Sunday, November 30, 2008

I Wanna Sleep Early Tonight

Im tired from the 3-days 2-nights orientation program (my eyes were the colour of a Man U jersey yesterday night) i'll just post something light today :)

New definitions of everyday words:

School: A place where Papa pays and Son plays.

Life Insurance: A contract that keeps you poor all your life so that you can die Rich.

Nurse: A person who wakes u up to give you sleeping pills.

Marriage: It's an agreement in which a man loses his bachelor degree and a woman gains her masters.

Divorce: Future tense of Marriage.

Tears: The hydraulic force by which masculine willpower is defeated by feminine waterpower.

Lecture: An art of transferring information from the notes of the Lecturer to the notes of the students without passing through "the minds of either"

Conference: The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present.

Compromise: The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest piece.

Dictionary: A place where success comes before work. Conference Room: A place where everybody talks, nobody listens and everybody disagrees later on.

Father: A banker provided by nature.

Criminal:A guy no different from the rest....except that he got caught.

Boss: Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are early.

Politician: One who shakes your hand before elections and your Confidence after.

Doctor: A person who kills your ills by pills, and kills you by bills.

Classic: Books, which people praise, but do not read.

Smile: A curve that can set a lot of things straight.

Office: A place where you can relax after your strenuous home life.

Yawn: The only time some married men ever get to open their mouth.

Etc.: A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.

Committee: Individuals who can do nothing individually and sit to decide that nothing can be done together.

Experience: The name men give to their mistakes.

Atom Bomb: An invention to end all inventions.

Philosopher: A fool who torments himself during life, to be spoken of when dead

Friday, November 28, 2008

Posh Treatment

Today, lets play a game. Its called 'Guess where i am?':

Ok, now its your turn. Guess. :)

Holiday Inn?


Some other 5-star resort?

Nearly there.

Ok, i'll spill.

The picture above is the room im staying in at Bank Negara Malaysia's Lanai Kijang resort, for an 'orientation program' until Sunday. Orientation program. Everyone expected it to be some sort of summer camp. Never in our wildest dreams did we expect to be greeted by a hotel lobby:

Or be given a single room each, and a queen sized bed. Apakah???!!! Im beginning to love BNM more n more by the minute. :) Im not a**kissing. The look on their faces says it all:

Looking forward to an exciting program. :D

Thursday, November 27, 2008

My Last Driving Lesson

Today is the last time i'll be going for the 2-hour driving lessons. Hopefully. (If i fail my test on Monday i'll probably hav to take xtra lessons..nauzubillah)

As you can see, the class was early in the morning..*cannot tidur balik..sigh*

Tada! This is the place for my driving sure im gonna get real nervous on monday..especially on the.. least 2 of my friends failed on the slope.(FYI, i hit the divider once during parking and my engine stalled once on the actual road=instant failure should i happen to repeat that on Monday). Cuak weyh..hahaha

Anyways, on a different note

Do you know Malaysia's rank on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI)? 43 out of 179 countries. However, look at the score. 5.1 out of 10 points. (1 being the worst and 10 being the least perceived corruption)

Its not so bad, but still not good enough for a developing country of our stature. the CPI measures public opinion on corruption, and the public in Malaysia ain't stupid.

Corruption in our country is widespread. If politicians, our elected and trusted representatives, dabble in money politics, then dont be surprised if the man on the street does the same.

This is where my personal experience comes in.

A few months ago, during one of my driving lessons, another instructor came into the car. he talked about something with my instructor. What were they talking about? Bribing a JPJ official to 'close one eye' to a particular student. The student is guilty for bribing, the instructor is guilty for being a mediator and the JPJ,guilty for taking bribes. Welcome to Malaysia. You'll like it here.

With that kind of attitude, its no wonder our drivers are known for their 'ini-jalan-bapa-aku' style of driving. Im not saying Malaysian drivers are generally bad, but as usually happens, a single bad deed brings a bad name to all of us. No amount of Ops Sikap , no amount of safety measures can reduce accidents and road maladies if drivers' attitude remain a constant variable. Change your attitude. You can make a difference. =)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Obama likes Indonesian food??

"JAKARTA (Reuters) - U.S. president-elect Barack Obama, who spent part of his childhood in Jakarta, told Indonesia's leader he would like to visit the Southeast Asian nation again and recalled a taste for local food.

The Indonesian president said that Obama also said that besides forging greater cooperation between the two nations, a visit would give him a chance to try local food again including meatball soup, nasi goreng and rambutan, the paper reported."

If what is reported proves to be true, then Obama would have set two new records. The first African-American president. And the first American President to have a liking for nasi goreng. They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

So Indonesia, when Obama pays a visit remember to give him the best damn nasi goreng, and a rambutan dessert.

Maybe then America will be more sympathetic and help lessen Indonesia's debt with the IMF, a debt that, once eliminated, could help Indonesia divert its wealth to help alleviate poverty in the country. (27.1% of Indonesians live below the poverty line, which is roughly 63 million people).

Remember, in the first place it was a Hungarian-born American speculator's speculative activity that crushed the Southeast Asian economy a decade ago. America, do a favour for the world. Stop bullying.

An Inspiring Conversation

An Atheist Professor of Philosophy was speaking to his Class on the Problem Science has with GOD, the ALMIGHTY. He asked one of his students to stand and . . .
Professor : Do you Believe in GOD ?
Student : Absolutely, sir.

Professor : Is GOD Good ?
Student : Sure.

Professor : Is GOD ALL - POWERFUL ?
Student : Yes.
Professor : My Brother died of Cancer even though he Prayed to GOD to Heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn't. How is this GOD good then? Hmm? (Student was silent

Professor : You can't answer, can you ? Let's start again, Young Fella. Is GOD Good?
student : Yes.

Professor : Is Satan good ?
Student : No.

Professor : Where does Satan come from ?
Student : From . . . GOD . . .

Professor : That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in this World?
Student : Yes.

Professor : Evil is everywhere, isn't it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?
Student : Yes.

Professor : So who created evil ? (Student did not answer)

Professor : Is there Sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the World, don't they?
Student : Yes, sir.

Professor : So, who Created them ? (Student had no answer)

Professor : Science says you have 5 Senses you use to Identify and Observe the World around you. Tell me, son . . . Have you ever Seen GOD?
Student : No, sir.

Professor : Tell us if you have ever Heard your GOD?
Student : No, sir.

Professor : Have you ever Felt your GOD, Tasted your GOD, Smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any Sensory Perception of GOD for that matter?
Student : No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't.

Professor : Yet you still Believe in HIM?
Student : Yes.

Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student : Nothing. I only have my Faith.

Professor : Yes,Faith. And that is the Problem Science has.
Student : Professor, is there such a thing as Heat?
Professor : Yes.

Student : And is there such a thing as Cold?
Professor : Yes.

Student : No, sir. There isn't. (The Lecture Theatre became very quiet with this turn of events )

Student : Sir, you can have Lots of Heat, even More Heat, Superheat, Mega Heat, White Heat, a Little Heat or No Heat. But we don't have anything called Cold. We can hit 458 Degrees below Zero which is No Heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as Cold. Cold is only a Word we use to describe the Absence of Heat. We cannot Measure Cold. Heat is Energy. Cold is Not the Opposite of Heat, sir, just the Absence of it. (There was Pin-Drop Silence in the Lecture Theatre )

Student : What about Darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as Darkness?
Professor : Yes. What is Night if there isn't Darkness?

Student : You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is the Absence of Something. You can have Low Light, Normal Light, Bright Light, Flashing Light . . . But if you have No Light constantly, you have nothing and its called Darkness, isn't it? In reality, Darkness isn't. If it is, were you would be able to make Darkness Darker, wouldn't you?
Professor : So what is the point you are making, Young Man ?

Student : Sir, my point is your Philosophical Premise is flawed.
Professor : Flawed ? Can you explain how?

Student : Sir, you are working on the Premise of Duality. You argue there is Life and then there is Death, a Good GOD and a Bad GOD. You are viewing the Concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can't even explain a Thought. It uses Electricity and Magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view Death as the Opposite of Life is to be ignorant of the fact that Death cannot exist as a Substantive Thing. Death is Not the Opposite of Life: just the Absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your Students that they evolved from a Monkey?
Professor : If you are referring to the Natural Evolutionary Process, yes, of course, I do.

Student : Have you ever observed Evolution with your own eyes, sir? (The Professor shook his head with a Smile, beginning to realize where the Argument was going )

Student : Since no one has ever observed the Process of Evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an On-Going Endeavor, are you not teaching your Opinion, sir? Are you not a Scientist but a Preacher? (The Class was in Uproar )

Student : Is there anyone in the Class who has ever seen the Professor's Brain? (The Class broke out into Laughter )

Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor's Brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? . . . No one appears to have done so. So, according to the Established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that You have No Brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your Lectures, sir? (The Room was Silent. The Professor stared at the Student, his face unfathomable)
Professor : I guess you'll have to take them on Faith, son.

Student : That is it sir . . . Exactly ! The Link between Man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that Keeps Things Alive and Moving.

Exactly. Without faith everything would fail. Faith was the basis of the greatest Muslim empires, and yet we see a great erosion of faith today.

So you know what to do.

Who was that student? That student was Albert Einstein.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Jalan-jalan Cari Makan

I went out for teatime with my family today.

And with that short introduction, let me introduce you to one of the best places to have popiah basah =) :

Figure 1:'Medan Selera' Pasar Section 14, PJ

This place looks gloomy and unappetizing?

No, its not. The gloom is caused by my low-tech camera..hehe. It happens to house a small popiah basah stall, and believe me, the popiah is delicious. :)

The unassuming,yet so scrumdiddlyumptious

The stall is run by an indian muslim guy. During Ramadhan, he sells popiah at the Section 14 Ramadhan Bazaar. But be warned: during Ramadhan, there's a 45-minute queue, longer than trying to get on a theme park ride.(45 minutes IF you're lucky). Yes, its that popular.

That's what im talking about :)

If this looks appetising to you, head to Pasar Section 14, PJ. RM1 would seem a bit expensive for popiah basah, but hey, at least its cheaper than teatime at Starbucks.

Then we went to One Utama to find a new digicam. (My brother unwittingly lost the old one at school).

The author, proud advertiser for THE house of glory

But the cameras in bukit bintang were cheaper, so in the end we left without buying.

And by some twist of fate, we ended up in Home-Fix D.I.Y. Its amazing how these DIY people manage to come up with all sorts of partly-necessary 'gadgets' to help us part with our money, like this magazine-and-tissue holder:

I guess you use the magazine when you run out of toilet paper.

If only i had this during DOE..

But unfortunately..

If only i had that kind of money..huhu

Before going home, we bought mexican coffee buns at ROTIBOY. Coffee on the outside, butter on the inside..pure heaven =D

And that was the end of my short outing..anyways, feels good to be spending time with your family :)

Monday, November 24, 2008

What To Do if You're Home and Bored

Its that time of the year holidays. :D
In college, we look forward to going back.
But at home, we get bored..and for some reason, everyone goes into 'malas mode', our books tucked away safely in some conveniently hidden shelf, waiting for last-minute perusing (the author is also guilty of this)
Gosh, we're hard to satisfy, aren't we?

If you're wondering how to fill your holidays with meaningful joy *snicker*, try these (compiled from Holiday Fillers for Dummies.. hihi):

1. Write a blog
-Blogging may be a bit time consuming (ok, i sat blogging for almost 3 hours last nite), but hey, u have a lot of time at, you can that deadened creative brain the work out it needs :) For cool blog templates and widgets for your blog, check out

2. Help your mom
-Yes. There's no better time to prove to your mum that ur not just 'menghabiskan beras'. Bring a smile to her face. :) There's a host of things you can do(sleeping until noon is not one of them). For example, this morning i helped clean the toilet: =D

the author, brushing away s**t

3. Surf the net

- Go online. make friends on facebook. chat. do something useful on the Web(like blogging). Or if you love the printed word, read the book that has collected dust in the bookshelf. But stay away from adult websites k? ;)

4. Video Games

- If the above is not for you, then do what my brothers do: play games for hours.

Warning: The author is not liable for any naggings and hurt ears that may result from excessive gaming. :)

Parents day

Date : 2 days ago
Time : 11 something
Venue : Great Hall of Lembah Beringin

In KYUEM, we have a parents day on the last day of each semester. U know, that day when you have to sit with your parents in front of your teachers. And discuss your progress. And your behaviour in class is kantoi-ed. ;p

My teachers' report was:

Mr K: "absolutely no comments"..i assume thats good

Mr. Highton: "He plays Hamlet, he dances..but his maths is hopeless" (in a very serious tone)
(Then he moves on to talk about my real maths performance, which was fairly good)
*after tht,he looks at me and says* "its ok, u can give me the money later..all these praises for just RM200..its good isnt it?"
haha..dear old mr.highton..
Ms.Zai : "He's the next Keynes"..kidding ;p
Dr Foord: "How do you think you're doing?"
Me: "fairly good, but i need to improve"
Dr.Foord: "that's a standard answer."
p/s: everybody else also gave a standard answer. :)
Conclusion : My parents were quite happy with ths semester's results..and that's important, making ur parents happy =D
to those who were bashed by their teachers during parents day, dont worry..b optimistic..everything has to get worse before it gets better..ganbatte!! :)
Now, 1 more semester to go..cepatnya.......

Recession : Is it Coming?

A strange phenomenon happened yesterday in KL. What's so strange, you ask? Well, consider these factors:

1. It was a Sunday

2. It is a school holiday

3. KL streets weren't as crowded as usual

4. Dwindling numbers of shoppers at our year-long Sogo Sale

I can offer two explanations for this unusual phenomenon :

1. Its school holiday, so lots of people are going on holiday (somewhere other than KL, that is)

2. Consumer spending has been dampened by the imminent onslaught of a recession

The first explanation is unlikely. Why? We hear about recession almost daily on the news, with words like 'credit crunch' becoming part of our 'kopitiam' conversations. People fear about the gloomy economy. They fear that recession in other parts of the world will affect them, make them lose their jobs. Therefore, consumers tend to spend less on luxury items such as travel, although a case study of 'the Sogo effect' yesterday shows that, at first glance, people also cut spending on clothing.

So, is recession really hitting Malaysian shores? Or is it the expectation of a recession that is actually dampening the economy? (If deflation is happening, i dont see it..a plate of nasi beriyani at Insaf restaurant (the best nasi beriyani ever) costs a hefty RM sbb sedap makan jgk)

According to a friend of my dad's who works in the financial sector, recession may not hit us just yet, probably next year. Still, we malaysians know from our 1997 experience that it doesn't hurt to prepare an umbrella before it rains. In the US, it has already been forecasted that unemployment would reach 8%, a troubling number for a troubled economy, as a result of retrenchment. Less workers, less output. Less output, less, trade. less trade, less income=less consumer spending. Overall, its pretty bad. (tula..sapa suruh riba byk sgt kn2??)

How will it affect us students? Well, the pound sterling, for one, has depreciated (RM 5++ for each pound), so our government and corporate sponsors could better afford to send students to the UK.


If a recession is coming, it poses a question as to whether they have the means to support students, wth less money coming in from trade and spending(hopefully they continue to sponsor in spite of the gloom..amin:))..(and please dont reduce my monthly allowance..hihi)

Whatever's happening, dont forget your responsibilities. Study well. Insyaallah, we'll get there. :)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Moshi moshi!!

lately, i've been afflicted by 'japanese series' fever. Can watching only one series addictively be called a fever? boleh kot :)

my chaletmates introduced me to this series. It's called 'my boss my hero' dowh :D

its about ths 27 year old guy, Sasaki Makio who's going to be a yakuza boss. but he's hopelessly baka (stupid), so he has 2 go to high school and graduate to become boss.

Sounds boring?

No,its not!! it has a mixture of laugh-out-loud and drama, rolled into a delightful platter of fun :)


Japanese chicks are kawaii (cute)!!

kawaii!! ;p

come to my chalet if u want a copy :)

The Last Dinner for The Penultimate Semester

Time flies when ur having fun..its been almost a year in kyuem..a fantastic year, of course, but nevertheless its sad to live life in the fast lane and not fully notice the wonderful things around you..


i wont go emo just yet


there's a lot of things to be said for the end-of-sem dinner =D


the food: nasi lemak ayam berempah..kuey teow penang..yong taw foo..need i say anymore?

however, there were 8 stalls n 400 students. according to economics, when demand exceeds supply (the kuey teow guy 'goreng' each plate individually, u know) there is a shortage..

n tht means..

major queues..

luckily my tablemates agreed on a form of division of labour.

b'youte: nasi lemak for 8 people

chakoy: pasembor " " "

ikmal: supposed to take nasi lemak tapi b'youte dh ambik dulu

it was smthng like that.

n our table was laden wth food..(i thnk it made the neighbours jealous..sorry guys, we had more efficiency)

banyak gler makanan..

HOme Video Awards: no prizes 4 guessing the winner..'golden cage' won so many awards, i lost count..anyways, congrats to tiger n oggy..hope to see your commercials on TV soon :)

Isa's Band: Luurve it. U gotta hand it to the Garage Band Geeks..its true Isa, Slash would hv been Nithi if he was darker..haha(no offense Nithi). And Isa's been singing that song almost everyday when he was my chaletmate last semester.*imagine coming out of the bathroom hearing an acapella 'Sweet Child of Mine'* I guess it was a dream come true 4 Isa to become an Axl Rose impersonator..haha..*applause*
Cultural Performance: This, for me, was THE highlight of the night (ok, i performed in it, thats why) i was nervous as hell weyh. i kept asking nantini 'nan, bila nk pg backstage?' well, u know us kiasus. must b punctual all the time ;P
the performance kicked off with a nice and slow zapin dance. and then a ribbons-and-fans chinese dance to the tune of a funky jay chow song..imrul created a fanclub by being the only ribbon guy..(i jokingly asked him for an autograph later..hihi)
n then
my debut moment
the indian dance!!:)
the guys were datuk shah rukh khan wannabees..and the girls were dancing like kareena kapoor.
*nach baliye..*
oops..the song is in my head.
it was that fun..and i had the time of my life dancing :)
mr highton said i could be an indian dancer if i dont wanna study..haha
(sorry..angkat bakul byk sgt)
Now im malas lets wrap it up.
western dance: superb
british students' performance: ermm...
All-in-all, it was a great dinner..thanks 4 organising it aainaa :)

Back in Business

After months of neglect (with only 3 freakin posts), i finally have the balls (figuratively speaking) to start blogging again..yay. =D


welcome to my blog people. Im back in business..eventhough statistically two-thirds of new businesses fail.

so, what are my areas of interest?

nothing in particular. i like almost everything. some people call that 'kiasu'. ;)

enjoy my blog.:)