Sunday, May 31, 2009

Is the message Loud and Clear?

(Picture from Malaysian Insider)

Congratulations!! Saudara Adun Mansor Othman.

The power that be:

Is the message loud and clear?

Can you understand?

(The Election Commission (EC) said total voter turnout was 46.15 per cent or 7,100 when polls closed, against the 82.13 per cent in Election 2008.)

Friday, May 29, 2009

The harmless unassuming sparrow.

(Picture From HERE)

If you value true love, view this video with gratitude.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

What is left of Jaya Supermarket.

(Photo from The Star)

"Jaya Supermarket" as it is today!
(Picture from Malaysian Insider)

I am surprised to read of the demolition of the Jaya Supermarket in PJ. And to add to the sadness the collapse has claimed 2 lives. I hope that the five trapped are safely rescued in due time.

I remember way back in the 70's it was a landmark in PJ especially around Section 14 and the Paramount Garden area. I was a young man then, just married and lived just a walking distance from Jaya Supermarket. It was the only place that provided some comfort and companionship for a homesick young man from Penang.

Things change, people come and go, nothing lasts for long; for better or for worse.

Farewell, Jaya shopping centre.

The Star did a write up on Jaya Shopping Centre on Jan 5 2008. To read click HERE.

(Picture from the Star)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Penang Island Attacked By Aliens!!! (Part 2 of 2)

I am now standing on the shores of Batu Kawan where the second Penang Bridge is to be constructed. Straight ahead should be the Island of Penang, but now only sea. I can see vultures hovering above the waters where the Island used to be. It's gone! The Island of Penang is gone!!

Our PM Najib held an emergency meeting but couldn't invite Penang CM Lim Guan Eng to attend. It is believed that Lim Guan Eng has escaped by the DAP Rocket which was parked on top of Komtar at the time of attack.

Latest announcement by the PM that there will be no by-elections as it is bye-bye Penang. After all the PM reiterated that BN is not going to play to the tunes of Ultraman and Spiderman.

RIP, The Pearl Of the Orient!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Penang Island Attacked By Aliens!!! (Part 1 of 2)

All Islanders perished!!

Don't worry about me. I'm still alive and blogging. Luckily I moved to the mainland 3 months ago.

Those willing to contribute to Penang Disaster Fund please bank into my bank account.


I too, will succumb to temptation!

The Late Mr Roh Moo-hyun
(From BBC News)

I will also succumb to temptation.

When a person is exposed to temptation (of whatever sorts) for a prolonged period that person will succumb to its grab, especially when there is no check whatsoever. Add a dash of power to it, the person surely will fall victim to unchecked temptation.

The only control is to implement a system of check and balances with the leadership of a "no-nonsense" incumbent. It has to be leadership by example and not "talk only" policy. If the leadership and the system are rotten then don't expect the rest to stay "fresh".

The suicide of former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun is indeed a tragedy. How many of us can hold our heads high and declare to the world that we are Mr Clean 100%? I dare not.

Even a small fish in murky waters will be polluted. Don't blame the fish, clean up the water.

You can read the tragic story of Mr Roh at BBC News HERE and HERE:

May Mr Roh Moo-hyun rest in peace.

An old kiwi has awakened!

I was surprised to receive an email from a very old friend from Kiwiland. He is a friend of 39 years! (See, I wrote before that 9 is my "lucky" number. ) I almost gave up on him using the computer, let alone the internet. So it was a surprise indeed.

Let's see whether he reads this post. Come on my dear old friend, introduce yourself by clicking on the "comments" below. You can do it!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

It's the monthly curse for BN (UMNO)!

What has this got to do with BN (UMNO)?

For those interested to know the A to Z of this monthly curse refer Auntie Flow HERE:

When they think it's all over after Penanti, another one is coming. This time in Manek Urai in Kelantan following the demise of its PAS Adun Ismail Yaacob.

Looks like Auntie Flow's monthly curse for BN (UMNO). This time cannot run and hide with no contest. How many defeats will they then see Red??

Friday, May 22, 2009

Extra Extra Ordinary!

(Picture from The MalaysianInsider)

The Malaysian Insider reports:

Nizar's counsel Sulaiman Abdullah said he would be filing an appeal.

When asked if he was shocked at the court’s decision Sulaiman said,

“We have extraordinary judges in Malaysia with extraordinary abilities”.

Malaysia BOLEH: Extra Extraordinarilly!!!!

And this is lebih boleh: From the Malaysian Insider.

Barisan National (BN) lawyer Datuk Hafarizam Harun today claimed triumphantly that there is no longer any crisis in Perak with the Appeals Court judgment that ruled in favour of Datuk Zambry Abdul Kadir as the state’s mentri besar.

“In accordance with other Commonwealth countries, the right to choose mentri besar and prime minister is the ultimate right of the sultan,” Hafarizam told reporters outside the courtroom in the Palace of Justice.

Hey Presto!!!!!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Just a simple story.

(Picture from Datuk Hon's blog)
(Nothing to do with this post; just for viewing pleasure)

Nowadays things are getting very complicated. A very simple problem can be churned into a messy maze. We have been taken for a ride. Are we really that stupid? No, we are just not given the right to speak up; simple as that.

Just a very simple story in three lines!:

BN: We have the sufficient mandate to rule the Silver State. We are for the people of the Silver State.

PR: Hey! What are doing? It's Daylight Robbery. We are the rightful party chosen by the Silver State people.

People of the Silver State: Hey stop this Shit. Ask us then.

The End.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Raise the White Flag!

The BN (more precisely UMNO) is not contesting the Penanti by-election for obvious reason.

At least this time they are not that stupid. It's better to run with its tail between its legs rather than be slaughtered!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Blessed are those with thoughtful children.

(Pantaloons Femina Miss India Pooja Chopra)

Blessed are those with thoughtful, responsible, obedient and filial children. You have got to experience through the life of a parent who has gone through the heartache of raising "naughty" children to really understand my statement. I write with this experience; unfortunately.

The story of Pooja's mother and her own life story must be fully "copy and paste" for those who are serious about life, to read and ponder. By the way, "Pooja" I think means "Offering" usually associated with "offerings" to a respected person or teacher.
How appropriate a name!

Story from

Neera Chopra lived through abuse, poverty and some tough choices to make her once-unwanted girl child, Pooja Chopra, the Pantaloons Femina Miss Pooja Chopra with her mother.

I don’t know where to begin... they were terrible times.. My husband was well-placed, but the marriage had begun to sink almost as soon as it began. Like most women do, I tried to work against all the odds .

My in-laws insisted everything would be alright if I had a son. My first child was a daughter, and that didn’t do me any good... but I couldn’t walk out. I had lost my father, my brother was in a not-so-senior position in Bata. I didn’t want to be a burden on my family and continued to live in my marital home in Kolkata.

I looked after my mother-inlaw, who was suffering from cancer, and while bathing her, I would tell myself she would bless me and put things right.

I don’t know how I tolerated it all. The least a man can do, if he must philander, is to not flaunt his women in his wife’s face. Then began the manhandling. I still wanted my marriage to survive. I was a pure vegetarian and learnt to cook non-vegetarian delicacies thinking it would please him.

Then, I was pregnant again. When Pooja was eight months in my womb, my husband brought a girl to the house and announced he would marry her. I thought of killing myself. I hung on the slight hope that if the baby was a boy, my marriage could be saved.

When Pooja was born a girl, for three days, nobody came to the hospital. There was a squadron leader’s wife on the opposite bed, who was kind enough to give me baby clothes for Pooja to wear. When she was 20 days old, I had to make a choice. I left the house with my girls ‘ Pooja and Shubra, who was seven then. I haven’t seen my husband since. I promised myself, even if we had just one roti, we would share it, but together.

I began life in Mumbai with the support of my mother, brother, who was by then married. It wasn’t the ideal situation, especially when he had children ‘ space, money, everything was short. I began work at the Taj Colaba and got my own place. How did I manage’ Truth be told, I would put a chatai on the floor, leave two glasses of milk and some food, and bolt the door from outside before going to work. I would leave the key with the neighbours and tell the kids to shout out to them when it was time to leave for school.

Their tiny hands would do homework on their own, feed themselves on days that I worked late. My elder daughter Shubhra would make Pooja do her corrections... This is how they grew up. At a birthday party, Pooja would not eat her piece of cake, but pack it and bring it home to share with her sister. When Shubhra started working, she would skip lunch and pack a chicken sandwich that she would slip in her sister’s lunchbox the next day.

I used to pray, ‘God, punish me for my karma, but not my innocent little kids. Please let me provide them the basics.’ I used to struggle for shoes, socks, uniforms. I was living in Bangur Nagar, Goregaon. Pooja would walk four bus stops down to the St Thomas
Academy. Then, too little to cross the road, she would ask a passerby to help her. I had to save the bus money to be able to put some milk in their bodies.

Life began to change when I got a job for Rs 6,000 at the then Goa Penta. Mr Chhabra, the owner, and his wife, were kind enough to provide a loan for me. I sent my daughters to my sister’s house in Pune, with my mother as support. I spent four years working in Goa while I saved to buy a small one-bedroom house in Pune (where the family still lives). I would work 16-18 hours a day, not even taking weekly offs to accumulate leave and visit my daughters three or four times a year.

Once I bought my house and found a job in Pune, life began to settle. I worked in Hotel Blue Diamond for a year and then finally joined Mainland China ‘ which changed my life. The consideration of the team and management brought me the stability to bring them up, despite late hours and the travelling a hotelier must do.

Shubhra got a job in Hotel Blue Diamond, being the youngest employee there while still in college, and managed to finish her Masters in commerce and her BBM. Today, she is married to a sweet Catholic boy who is in the Merchant Navy and has a sweet daughter.

I continue to finish my day job and come home and take tuitions, as I have done for all these years. I also do all my household chores myself.

Through the years, Shubhra has been my anchor and Pooja, the rock. Pooja’s tiny hands have wiped away my tears when I broke down. She has stood up for me, when I couldn’t speak for myself. Academically brilliant, she participated in all extra-curricular activities. When she needed high heels to model in, she did odd shows and bought them for herself.

When I saw Pooja give her speech on TV, I knew it came from her heart. I could see the twinkle in her eye. And I thought to myself as she won ‘My God, this is my little girl.’ God was trying to tell me something.

Today, I’ve no regrets. I believe every cloud has a silver lining. As a mother, I’ve done nothing great.

‘I won due to my mother’s karma’

Pantaloons Femina Miss India Pooja Chopra’s mother promised ‘One day, this girl will make me proud’. Pooja speaks on fulfilling that promise... When I was 20 days old, my mother was asked to make a choice. It was either me ‘ a girl child, or her husband. She chose me. As she walked out she turned around and told her husband, ‘One day, this girl will make me proud’. That day has come. Her husband went on to marry a woman who gave him two sons. Today, as I stand here a Miss India, I don’t even know if my father knows that it is me, his daughter, who has set out to conquer the world, a crown on my head. Our lives have not been easy, least so for my mother. Financially, emotionally, she struggled to stay afloat, to keep her job and yet allow us to be the best that we could be. I was given only one condition when I started modelling ‘ my grades wouldn’t drop.

All the girls in the pageant worked hard, but my edge was my mother’s sacrifice, her karma. Today, when people call to congratulate me, it’s not me they pay tribute to, but to her life and her struggle. She’s the true Woman of Substance. She is my light, my mentor, my driving force. My win was merely God’s way of compensating her.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Don't forget Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi
(Pictures from BBC News)

Aung San Suu Kyi, the political icon of Myanmar has been under house arrest for the past 5 years under the "long and winding" law called the "Law to Safeguard the State Against the Dangers of Those Desiring to Cause Subversive Acts" - the maximum period someone could be held without trial was five years.

Now that the 5 years have gone by, the evil regime is concocting some new excuses to bound her. This time blame an American who swam across the lake to her dilapidated mansion.

All over the world illegitimate regimes are using all sorts of underhand "tricks" to stay in power.

History has shown us that never could an evil regime stay forever. Their time will come when the axe will fall.

Let us not forget Suu Kyi.

(You can read all about it at BBC News)

What say you??

This came through email. Food for thoughts:

What about my version?:

The Aircon said Be Cool
The Fan said Keep Going
The Roof said Protect Yourself
The Window said Look Before You Leap
The Clock said Your Life Is Ticking Away
The Mirror said Take In Everything Without Prejudice
The Calendar said Your Time Is up
The Door said Don't Forget Your Car Keys

And I said Call For A Fresh Election In Perak!!

And Anwar said Call For A General Election!!!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

9 is my favourite number.

(From Anil's Blog)

(The results of the SMS poll over the 8.00pm news on ntv7
on Thursday 14 May)

99% Yes! What does this mean to the PM? My guess is as good as yours. Just another figure.

Incidentally, 9 is my "lucky" number. My house is No. 9 and the road is also No. 9. My phone number ends with a 9. My NRIC number also ends with 9! My car No. starts with a 9.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Can you help ?

Sorry. Internet access problem again for the past 2 days.

I am posting this from an internet cafe.

In the meantime Blogger friend Romerz has requested me to post his message.

Please click HERE for more info:

Incidentally I knew YB Liew Chin Tong when he was a young lad, always smart and alert.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Are you sick and tired of all these???

Pakatan leaders at a press conference in the
State Government complex around noon

- Photo by Kinta Kid (via Anil's blog)

The Court of Appeal fast-tracked Zambry's case originally fixed to start at 2.30 p.m. - decision delivered at about 1.20 pm granting stay.

Court of Appeal (single judge Justice Ramly Ali) grants stay to Zambry. Does this mean Nizar moves out and Zambry moves in to SUK?

Nizar says Court of Appeal decision raises more questions than solving the Perak crisis.


Are we all very very very sick and tired of all these?????????

This is worse than a circus performance. At least a circus performance has a time limit.

Worldly wisdom in Hokkien songs. (Part 2)

Presenting Chen Lei, the effervescent Taiwanese singer: "So long as you are happy!"

If you don't know Hokkien, below is my bluff (rough) translation:

Life is such that you must understand
Some will praise you, others condemn
Better let them go, as long as you are happy so
Life is short, just like a play
Sometimes good sometimes nay

Complain of parking problem
Complain of house too small
Complain of tasteless food
Complain of ugly wife not good

Big car fear of being stolen
Big house hard to maintain
Good food health problem
Pretty wife eloped again

Aiyoooooh.....So long as you are happy!!!!!!!!!!


Monday, May 11, 2009

Nizar IS MB! Justice Prevails!

Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin celebrates the High Court decision
surrounded by his supporters outside the court building
this afternoon. – Picture by Choo Choy May

Nizar is MB

By Debra Chong of Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 — Pakatan Rakyat’s Datuk Seri Nizar

Jamaluddin is the real mentri besar of Perak , the Kuala Lumpur

High Court decided today.

Judge Datuk Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim said in his ruling: “The only

way to force the MB to resign is through a vote of no confidence

that must be taken in the state legislative assembly.”

The High Court also rejected an appeal from Barisan Nasional’s

(BN) Datuk Zambry Abdul Kadir for a stay of the declaration.

Nizar is now on the way to Ipoh to seek an audience with the

Perak Sultan to ask for consent to dissolve the state assembly.


(For more up-dates go to MalaysianInsider)

Victory for Justice and


Now let the real battle begin!!

Worldly wisdom in Hokkien songs. (Part 1)

Those familiar with popular Hokkien songs will know that there are a lot of worldly wisdom in the lyrics. The Taiwanese are very good at it with catchy tunes to boot.

I searched through You Tube and was able to find two of my favourites, one of which I present below. The second one will be posted tomorrow as "Part 2". It will feature the original singer (I think) who sang the first song.

For those not knowing Hokkien, just enjoy the songs with these pearls of wisdom:

1.Life is 30% fate, and 70% hard work.
2.Life is like the ocean waves, sometimes up sometimes down.
3.You must work hard to win.

Beautiful lady with beautiful voice, Joyce Lim.
Let's see what others said:

field68 (1 year ago)
Thanks a thousand times. Ai Pia Cia E Yia is the song I searched a long time.
All videos by Joyce Lim are very nice a staged exellently in a beautiful setting.
Please give me the adress of someone who distributes the original CCD or DVD, I am intending to order one. The strange thing is they are hard to find. Can you give me more info? Thanks in advance.
Can somone translate what the meaning is?

peacebella (1 year ago)
strive for success, strive to win!

jankin86 (1 year ago)
it means u need to have the drive to achieve success

kelvinchtang (1 year ago)
30% based on luck, 70% based on hard work... strive in order to win!

veil2007 (1 year ago)
30% depends on good kamma & 70% depends on skills.

ilovem2m (10 months ago)
"3/10 are based on God's will, 7/10 are based on people's hard works." My nother always said this line to me when i was a child.
This is my most faverite song as it is also my motive.
Thank you very much :)

hillarywhore (10 months ago)
LOVE THIS SONG! LOVE JOYCE LIM! wish i could hear Teresa sing it... :(

fungwan2006 (6 months ago)
Absolutely wonderful Hokkien classic sung by an absolutely beautiful Malaysian-Chinese GODDESS !!! 2-Thumbs Up !!! "3/10 are based on God's will, 7/10 are based on people's hard works." My nother always said this line to me when i was a child.
This is my most faverite song as it is also my motive.
Thank you very much :)

markly1999 (2 months ago)
This is such a great song, and the singer is awesome. Tomo, you have to tell me where to buy her videos. I searched online and found nothing. Where do you buy her songs.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

We are not made equal. (Part 2) Teresa Teng

The wax figure of Teresa Teng
at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

(The Real One, The Perfect Shot : My favourite photo)

The greatest vocal icon of Asia with a sweet, untarnished natural beauty: Teresa Teng

She passed away suddenly on May 8, 1995 due to asthma in Chiang Mai, Thailand, at the age of 42.

A great loss to millions of her fans, including this blogger who is a banana, yellow outside, white inside. For those who still don't understand, it means a Chinese with an English-educated mentality. I don't know Mandarin, but I enjoy listening to Chinese music and songs.

(An update : My daughter presented me a Christmas gift this year 2011.  Never did before!  Guess what? A collector's set of 12 Cds and 5 DVDs of Theresa's songs including her life-story. That made a very happy father!)

We are not made equal. It's a fact.
For a more detailed write-up, please go to my Hubpages site.

Presenting The Greatest Teresa Teng with her 2 most popular classic renditions:

The Moon Represents My Heart.

English and Hanyu Pinyin Lyrics

English Translation

You ask me how deep my love for you is,
How much I really love you…
My affection is real.
My love is real.
The moon represents my heart.
You ask me how deep my love for you is,
How much I really love you…
My affection does not waver,
My love will not change.
The moon represents my heart.
* Just one soft kiss
is enough to move my heart.
A period of time when our affection was deep,
Has made me miss you until now.
* You ask me how deep my love for you is,
How much I really love you.
* ** Go think about it.
Go and have a look [at the moon],
The moon represents my heart.
Repeat *
Repeat **

Hanyu Pinyin

ni wen wo ai ni you duo shen
wo ai ni you ji fen
wo de qing ye zhen
wo de ai ye zhen
yue liang dai biao wo de xin
ni wen wo ai ni you duo shen
wo ai ni you ji fen
wo de qing bu yi
wo de ai bu bian
yue liang dai biao wo de xin
* qing qing de yi ge wen
yi jin da dong wo de xin
shen shen de yi duan qing
jiao wo si nian dao ru jin
* ni wen wo ai ni you duo shen
wo ai ni you ji fen
* ** ni qu xiang yi xiang
ni qu kan yi kan
yue liang dai biao wo de xin
Repeat *
Repeat **

Now take a look at this CLICK HERE:

Saturday, May 9, 2009

We are not made equal. (Part 1) Stephen Wiltshire

We are not made equal.

This is a fact.

Happy Wesak

(My favourite painting from a Burmese artist)

To-day is the full moon day of the month of Vesakha which corresponds with the month of May.

It is Wesak Day, the day The Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and the day he passed away.

Buddhists observed this day with gratitude to the Buddha for what he has taught us:

To live in peace with oneself, with the society and with nature.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Right and wrong.

“Do something for others.” Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda ( 1918-2006)
(Picture from Anas Zubedy)

Today (Wed. 6 May 2009) on Page N22 of the Star newspapers, Zubedy true to his "value-added" spirit has once again put up a full page advert in conjunction with Wesak. The picture immediately struck me as he was none other than my Revered Spiritual Teacher the Late Venerable Dr K Sri Dhammananda.

Anas put forward 14 points which you can read from his blog HERE:

The most striking and clear message is point NO.1 which I quote below:

I) Sees wrong as wrong and right as right, no matter who did it.

And I am posting this as Anas has encouraged us to spread his message:
(If you are happy with the list, pls email, blog it and spread the message to as many people as possible TQ : Anas Zubedy)

Well done Anas Zubedy.

Who's nicer?

The average dog is a nicer living being
than the average person.

-Andy Rooney

Monday, May 4, 2009

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Difference between man and dog

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous,
he will not bite you;
that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
-Mark Twain

Yet another by-election!!??

The Malaysian Insider reports :

"Kota Alam Shah assemblyman M. Manoharan, who won the seat while under ISA detention, is most likely to resign on May 19 as he is not free yet to serve his constituents."

Now the new PM has the chance to avoid another "money-wasting" by-election by releasing Manoharan. That will do everybody good.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Wash grapes with toothpaste.

To get rid of the poisonous chemical "malathion"
that is sprayed on grapes to rid of insects,
wash grapes with toothpaste.


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