Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Is Earth Hour a mere publicity stunt ?

Today I read an article from The Star with much interest. It is an opinion base article sent in by Marcus from PJ.
"Earth Hour is a mere publicity stunt"

I READ with amazement and irony the efforts of WWF Malaysia to latch on to the Earth Hour event and all the celebrities, media and corporations that have come up in support.

It is amazing that people are so easily taken in by a mere publicity stunt that fails at the very essence. Turning off our lights for one hour on one designated day of the year to save our planet surely is a PR event at best.

It shames the thousands of devoted people, government bodies, scientists and environmentalists that have for years been working on finding real solutions to address this global concern. Malaysians should see past this gimmick by international NGOs and start changing their lifestyles. Surely we can be more proactive and not be fed by an agenda of international bodies.

Why don’t we implement power conservation programmes, ride public transport on certain days in a month, car pool, etc?

It is also ironic that the organiser, WWF Malaysia, up until very recently, did not even have a climate change programme to begin with when all others (even local groups and individuals) have been persistent in their pleas for Malaysians to take action.

Remember, our leaders signed the Kyoto Protocol and there has been concerted movement towards reaching solutions. Please let us all be enlightened and move away from celebrations and gimmicks.

Petaling Jaya.
So anyway, this is to you Marcus of PJ. You are so damn wrong. This is not a gimmic or celebration!!!

Earth Hour is a global event whose objective is to raise awareness about this global concern. To save our planet and deal with global warming, first and foremost, we need to make sure that everyone is aware of what is happening, why we have to work together, why this matter is so important and etc.

What is the use of the thousands of devoted people, government bodies, scientists and environmentalists (who have been working for years to find real solutions to address this global concern) when no one cares nor aware to start appretiating all the hardwork?

What is the use of implementing power conservation programmes, ride public transport or even car pool when no one is aware or care about it. What is the use then? Do you think people will implement all these by means of the name 'implementation'?

The answer is NO. They need to know why they need to do it. They need to know why they should be doing it. The need to understand the consequences of not doing it. They just need to know about it and the rest will come automatically (well, if they really cares ... but that's not the point).

They just can't implement it without knowing the reason why. And so, Earth Hour is created to educate and raise awareness. Why the hell do you think Earth Hour cropped out all of a sudden few years back?


So, come Saturday 8.30 p.m., if you want to turn off the lights in support of the event, please do so. Support the event and the planet. Enjoy the moment.

If you don't, it is certainly fine with everyone. Just remember the purpose of this event and that is all that matters. But do try to put a mental note to yourself to conserve energy, car pool, ride the public bus or whatever that takes to help our beloved earth out.

My motto (and it should be yours too):
A little makes all the difference. Nothing makes no difference.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

A sinseh, a massage and a wrapped ankle

Few weeks ago, I rambled about my troubled leg (read it here). It had gotten worse of late and so, I went searching for a 'sinseh' (Chinese traditional doctor).

At one look, he knew something was not right with my leg. He told me that I hurt/twisted/sprained my ankle many years ago. Well, I don't quite remember hurting anything all this while. I had been guessing all this while that I walked way too much (a.k.a abusing my legs).

He took his medicine (ointment or something) out, placed some on my ankle and start massaging the troubled part. It hurts at some point when he massaged a little too hard. After like 10 minutes, he went for the next leg.

Frankly speaking, it felt so much better after the massage. To heal a little faster, he recommended his herbal paste to be placed on my ankle and around. Well, so long as it heals I am so gonna into it.

The smell of the herbal paste was extremely strong and smelly. Nothing much to be surprised here. After all, almost all Chinese medicine smells something like that - bitter, smelly, awful, etc. But hey, it work wonders.

While the paste was burning hot, he placed it onto my ankle. Ouch! Then, he proceeded to wrapping my ankle and around with several layers of plasters, gauze roller bandage, tissue paper and paper tape. I was not to take it off till Monday! Ohmy ... don't mention about smelly foot/leg to me.

One more day to go ... wee ... looks like I am going to work on Monday with my ankle being wrapped. A long pant, a sock and a shoe will definitely help keeping my wrapped leg hidden. Shhh!!!

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Anything! ... Up to you! ... Whatever!

A : "Let's go for lunch. What you want to have for lunch?"

B : "Erm ... up to you la ... anything also can ..."

Have you ever been in such a situation? I am sure you have :) In fact, I must and do admit that I am one of them who will always have 'anything' for an answer. Seriously, I really don't mind. I am not a fussy guy or whatsoever.

As the Chinese will always say ... "cin cai la ... ha mi to eh sai eh la ... men ma huan" (whatever la ... anything also can ... no need to be so troublesome). The truth is, and I certainly just found out, that, it is actually more troublesome if one has anything for an answer.

I brought this up because me and my colleagues were in a chat the other day during lunch time about a person who always had 'anything' for an answer. And, it was pissing this particular colleague off!!! My colleague's story is very similar to this little comic I am posting right now (Wan-Yi, thanks for the comic). People, enjoy :)

I was like 'Arrrr ... please just knock that character on the head will ya !!!' For Pete's sake, when you say 'anything', make sure you meant it. Please don't give silly irritating answers and suggestions.

I am nothing like that idiotic character above. I can assure you that. *wink*

You know, maybe someone should open a 'anything/whatever/up to you' restaurant or shops. For example, 'The Anything Restaurant' with a cool dice system thrown into it. People can just trow the dice to decide what to eat. No thinking is involved. Ain't it cool ...

Anyway, aren't we lucky that Jusco and 7-eleven is selling Anything? and Whatever? for quite some time already.

A : What you want to drink?

B : Erm ... whatever la ... anything also can

A : So you want anything or whatever

B : Arrr ... I said anything already lol ... whatever also can la ...

A : @$#%@^#@#%&^@$%

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

One Year Ago Today ...

One year ago today ... is a day I will never ever be able to forget.

One year ago today ... I thought it was almost the end of me.

One year ago today ... I realized how precious a life can be.

One year ago today ... has change me a little as a person.

It has really been a year since the incident where I am beaten profusely and mugged. A scar, a mark or whatever you may call it, I have learn to just let it go. I am now pretty much fine and good to go.

Never walk alone in the wee hour of the morning/night. If you have no choice, try to get someone to accompany you. Avoid shop lots with dark narrow lanes. Avoid it like a plague. If you have to, walk by the road side. Better still, walk along the main road. Walk together with bigger crowds. Last but not least, be careful wherever you are. Be more aware of your surroundings.

You won't have time to react. These monsters will just jump onto you all of a sudden and make their moves. And, they come in a group of 3 - 4 person. They will keep a lookout for victims. You certainly won't be able to recognize the bad from the good by just looking at strangers. When they meant it, you won't have a chance. A monster in disguise pretty much sums it all up.

FYI, the incident one year ago today happens in the lanes between shop lots along Lebuh Pudu. You can basically see Menara Maybank upfront. This area is muggers' favourite hotspot. I still walk there pretty much everyday. But I am more smart now one year later today. So no worries :)

KL is a very charming city. I love KL. But, things changes through time. Due to the 'so in the box' brains of the local authority and various party, Kl becomes less charming and over crowded with foreign workers. Some are nice and well behaved. Many are not though. When they couldn't find a proper income here in KL, they become muggers, pic pockets and etc. There are basically everywhere ... in rapid KL buses, on the road, in China Town (more like foreign worker town now) .... I am not being bias here! But, you can easily see it for yourself how they bring their dignity, behavior and names upon themselves.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

F * * K You (Explicit)

The other day I was reading through Sunday Star newspaper. Flipping through, I stopped at music section and I was like ... "Wow! Lily Allen's second album was already released". Yay!

I have been a fan of Lily Allen since her critically acclaimed debut album 2 years ago. 'Littlest Thing' has got to be my favourite. Lily is a British singer songwriter, known for her sweet saccharine pop songs. I know you must be thinking that yeah, she is just another spoiled pop star. Nothing special whatsoever.

Well, no she is not. I can assure you that. She is the smartest songwriter in the business. She has something unique which will definitely distant herself from the rest ... particularly Katy Perry. Her songs are very catchy and easy to dance to. But, what you truly need to do is to listen to the lyric of her songs. There is a story behind every song. Remember 'Alfie' where she sings about her brother ... or 'LDN' where she sings about London ... or 'Smile' where she sings about her ex-boyfriend

One song that caught my attention this time is this song called - F**k You. Hurh, you say! Sounded obscene and rude isn't it. Haha. Well, you've got to listen to the lyric to know what the song is about. This song has been playing in my head for a couple of days now.

F**k You is actually her very own farewell song to the man that is George Bush. It may be old news to us now. Though this song is a harsh commentary on the Bush years, the song presents itself in a sarcastically upbeat tone. The first time I heard it, I was like ... LMAO ... this is so funny. Listen to her British accent too. I find British accent very sexy and attractive lol.

If you do have the time, do search for the 'censored' version of 'F**K You'. This version is so very silly. I can't help but to laugh each time hearing it. Okay. Imagine each time the lyric 'F**K You' came up, it is replaced with the sound of animals. I heard the sound of horse neighing, chicken clucking, cat meowing and duck quacking. LMAO !!! Damn funny ...

What are you waiting for? Dedicate this song to someone you hate ... you don't have to harbor the anger ...

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

My first week working at Mediavest

It has been a week since I posted anything new here. In my previous post, I mentioned that I will start working this week. Its the end of the week :) How is it then? Hmm! ... All I can say is thank God everything went smoothly.

I was pretty tired each time I reached home. Thus, I was tired and my mind was empty. So, blog was neglected. I did reply to all the kind comments though :)

You see ... my office is located at Menara Olympia, Jalan Raja Chulan. Me, I live in Section 25 Shah Alam. Without all the silly traffic jams and the bad weather, I can basically reach office or my home in around 30 - 45 minutes. But, as KL being KL and Federal Highway being Federal Highway, it is not possible.

I took a bus on Monday at 7.00 a.m. to Pudu. It took me 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach my destination. The worse thing was standing all the way there. Damn! Going back, again I took a bus home. Guess what, the queue was so damn mighty long. I ended up standing all the way home. Again, damn! I reached home in a pretty bad mood!

To avoid another 'Monday', I took KTM commuter to work. I drove to the nearest station, parked my car there and took the 7.04 a.m. train. Okay, damn again! The train was pack with passengers. On the way to KL Central, the train became more and more pack ... like a can of sardine. On the bright side, the train took 45 minutes to reach KL Sentral. From there, I took LRT to Masjid Jamek. Damn! There was so many people queuing up to enter the train. I had no choice but to wait a little longer to get a place in the train. It was certainly more pack than a can of sardines ... a pancake really! On my way home, gosh ... the weather was so bad. As I reached Masjid Jamek LRT station, I was wondering why everyone was standing at the entrance of the station. An officer told me that LRT was suffering from a power failure. Not wanting to waste any more time there, I walked to the good old KL railway station for the next commuter back home.

Basically, Tuesday was just as bad as Monday ... lol. Wednesday to Friday was much better. Though I had to stand all the way, there was less disruption. I avoided LRT for good. From now onwards, I will only take commuter to work. The downside of it is that I have to walk a little further to reach my office and back to the old railway station.

If you read my previous post, I am sure you will be thinking that I am walking too much again. Well, what choice do I have? I try to walk in a more relax way ... not too fast and not too much force already. What more can I do?

Other than all the troubles getting to my office, everything went well in the office. I will be taking over from my colleague, Mei, who left the company Friday yesterday. Frankly speaking, I haven't even master much of her job scope. I am a little nervous right now thinking how am I gonna survive and go through my new job scope next week. What am I to do?

Mei, thank you so much for your guidance, kindness and friendliness. If only you can work a little longer ... or don't leave at all. After all, I haven't even learn everything from you yet.

On the bright side, my boss Joanne Chong and my senior Wan-yi are very helpful, friendly and kind. I am glad and happy to be able to learn from them. On my first week itself, I already did several reports, a presentation and a briefing session besides getting to know and understand Mei's job scope.

As you can see from the image above, that's where I am sitting right now. Oops! Ignore my breakfast will you :) My desk is pretty messy at the moment. A lot of the things are not mine. But, I am not bothered to arrange as I will be shifting yet again next week to Mei's desk. So, I will just shift my notebook, some documents, my magazines and my stationery.

That's about it. Have a nice weekend ahead :)

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

On work and leg ramblings

It is the month of March now. And, March is a total stranger, at least to me. I will start working on the second of March. A little nervous ... yes ... how can I not?

My 1st day at work ... My 1st job after graduation ... My 1st step towards my 'baby-like' career ... bla bla bla bla bla

Maybe I am pressuring myself a little too much. I do have high expectation and I intend to reach it sooner rather than later. Somehow, I am making a mental note to myself -
"Just do your best, okay. Don't think too much. Don't let your brain cause you mental restlessness."
The reason being that I am a person who are always tempted to take on too much, only to discover that I am unable to meet my commitments. My friends told me that I am always full of confidence and knowing what I am doing. The truth is that I am the least sure of myself. I am a huge self-doubter. As always though, I wouldn't dream of showing this side of me to anyone.

Okay, no more rambling for now. Last Monday, I went for a short simple medical checkup. I had been having pains in my legs for several months already. I thought it was a shin splint (Tibial Stress Syndrome) as it pained it that lower part area. Such injury is no laughing matter for your information.

Doctor: What is the matter with you?
Me: Both my legs are in pain. *Showing the doctor my legs*

Doctor: What do you think cause the pain? What have you been doing?
Me: I think I walk too much.

Doctor: How long your walk last usually?
Me: Erm, approximately 1 hour every day for more than a year the last 2 1/2 years. And, that's not even counting the time where I walk to school every day for 3 years many years back.

Doctor: Any other symptoms? Fever, flu, ...
Me: Nope. Only my legs.

Doctor: Put you leg up and let me have a look.
Me: *Show the doctor my leg*

The doctor did some simple diagnosis to see if there was something not right with my legs. I was actually hoping that the doctor would x-ray my legs. But, nope. The doctor told me that would be a waste of money. Even a full body checkup for me would be a waste of money according to the doctor. Apparently, to the doctor, I am still very young and that I will only need full body checkup when I am in my 30's. Hmm ... my brain tells me that it is not quite right.

After all the diagnosis, it ended up not like what I thought it would be. The doctor said everything was fine. Nothing was wrong. It was just a normal pain and I was given 30 tablets of paracetamol (What! 30 tablets ...). Well, either my self-diagnosis failed miserably or the doctor made a mistake.

What do you think I should do? Traditional medicine? Sinseh? Leave it as it is? I am putting some ointment every night right now! But, the pain is still there ... both leg.

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