Month: October 2008

Empty..

Friday
11:29pm

Well..well..well…

What am i up to lately..Hmmmm…just doing life..A life itself..:)..Nothing Much..

Its November..Whats so special about November..Hmm…November Rain? Sweet November? :)…ITs a months before CHRISTMAS!! Yayy..I love Christmas..A holiday, a reunion , a wedding..Yea, November is before December..So i love November..LOL..crap! haha..

I have struggling to organize my everything since last week..Organize my Outlook, my office table, my schedule, my meetings, my tasks, my appointments and my all..Well a bit organized, but..hmm…It does makes me think, Is life is all about being organize?

How about spontaneous?

Maybe in certain stage of life, one does need to change a little bit..

O yea, went to watch High School Musical Last weekend..Its NICE..Remind me so much on High School Days..haha..I love this song SO much..Its just so fine, so warm and so…so me? LOL…

CAN I HAVE THIS DANCE

Take my hand, take a breath
Pull me close and take one step
Keep your eyes locked on mine,
And let the music be your guide.

Won’t you promise me (now won’t you promise me, that you’ll never forget)
We’ll keep dancing (to keep dancing) wherever we go next

It’s like catching lightning the chances of finding someone like you
It’s one in a million, the chances of feeling the way we do
And with every step together, we just keep on getting better
So can I have this dance (can I have this dance)
Can I have this dance

Take my hand, I’ll take the lead
And every turn will be safe with me
Don’t be afraid, afraid to fall
You know I’ll catch you threw it all

And you can’t keep us apart (even a thousand miles, can’t keep us apart)
‘Cause my heart is (cause my heart is) wherever you are

Oh no mountains too high enough, oceans too wide
‘Cause together or not, our dance won’t stop
Let it rain, let it pour
What we have is worth fighting for
You know I believe, that we were meant to be

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FOSS

FOSS.my 2008 is Malaysia’s premier Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) event. Whilst this is our first go at it, we aim for this to be an annual event bringing together professionals and enthusiasts from Malaysia, Singapore, Asia and the rest of the world for a two day grassroots driven FOSS conference.

FOSS.my is different from other events in that we focus only on FOSS and that this conference is purely non-commercial. There will be no marketing/sales talks by vendors (we are very strict on this!) so all that is presented is FOSS goodness! Instead, vendors will be encouraged to speak on the FOSS technical aspects of their projects/tools. This approach works better as it benefits all through knowledge sharing within the community.

When: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th November 2008, 9am to 6pm.

Where: Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (TPM Campus) will be host to FOSS.my 2008!

Fees: RM30 before 25th Oct (without t-shirt), RM50 before 25th Oct (with t-shirt), fees include 2 lunches, 3 light refreshments

To all those who love opensource, this is our time!! The fees very cheap!!Come, support opensource!! 🙂

To REGISTER: http://foss.my/register/

As i walk…

Was in Penang this week on project completion..Hmm makes me soooo tired i want to cry..i can hardly sleep for 3 days..

Have to attend meetings, configuring the systems and network checking on daytime..Nite, had to complete the documentation on project and budget report…i can hardly think rationally, not yet mention calls from the management to ask on the project progress…those was a total torture..hmm…

BUT…jeng..jeng..jeng…

I never not-in-mood on taking pic..LOL..

Here, i snap some of them…well..havent edit the rest..Hmm my theme for the photo was ‘Sky has no limits’ ..ummm..:)







I love the sky….i just love them..

A Letter: TRUE SABAHAN

Hmmm….judge yourself…

“Dear YB Lim,

“Kindly please assist to post the article below on your blog, this is written by one of my friends from Sandakan, it reflects the true situation we are facing in Sabah, and East Malaysia, do hope it can be done. I wish to remain anonymous.”

I read it and felt very ashamed as a Malaysian that after 45 years of Malaysia, there is still such an ocean of ignorance among West Malaysians about Sabah and Sarawak.

Barisan Nasional is not prepared to create a truly Malaysian nation where Sabahans and Sarawakians can fully feel that they are an integral part of the nation.

This is why BN has become quite irrelevant, not only to Sabahans and Sarawakians but to all Malaysian communities, whether Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazan-Dusun-Muruts, Ibans, Orang Aslis.

Let Malaysians join hands as one people despite the obstacles and baggages of BN.- Kit]

As 916 (September the 16th) – the day where the change of Federal Government is rumoured could happen. I suddenly have the urge to say a few words for my beloved hometown and state – Sabah, the Land below the Wind.

I am not very good in writing, but I will try my best, to let our voices be heard throughout the world.

Many people assume that we Sabahans are a proud bunch of people, hence the name “Proud Sabahans”; I do admit, Sabahans generally do have a biased perceptions towards West Malaysians, me myself included.
Although Sabah is the poorest state amongst all the 13 states in Malaysia, it’s not the fault of the peninsular people. (It’s the fault of the Federal Government), but the lack of understanding of West Malaysians towards us – East Malaysians, makes me feel ashamed of myself.

Because they – West Malaysians, they never really encountered what we as East Malaysians faced, nor do they understand the distresses we are in.

This is the story of one country, two different encounters, as fate would have it.

When I first arrived in West Malaysia, west Malaysians they asked me “Do you Sabahans really live on trees?”, while my sister was mistaken for a bumiputra although she is a Malaysian Chinese.

We are not rude; nor we still hunt; nor we still have tiger meat for food; neither do we sleep together with Orang Utans.

West Malaysians do not really quite know where do I come from, is it Sarawak? Is it Sabah? Hence they always refer us as originating from Sabah Sarawak, explanations after explanations, they still do not get it, and hence still, they assume, we are from Sabah Sarawak. But I do not refer those West Malaysians as coming from states like Kedah Kelantan; neither melakasembilan nor penangperlis.

I tried my best to introduce Sabah to my West Malaysian friends; over in Sabah we do have housing estates, markets, discos, jetties, and even Giant hypermarkets.

But in contradiction, although I live in a house with 4 walls and a roof, but we always have to face frequent blackouts, not to mention frequent water disruptions and rationing also, we do not even have a properly tarred road, compared to West Malaysia.

Once I was staying in West Malaysia, I was ticked off by my housemates for not flushing the toilet after urinating; he mentioned that it was very unhygienic of me.

When I heard of this, I was dumbfounded; do I need to flush every time after I finish using the toilet?

Then I realized, West Malaysia have endless water supply 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 60 minutes an hour, 60 seconds per minute.

Humph!!! Well, it’s my fault, my fault for bringing all the bad habits from Sabah to West Malaysia, in my hometown – Sandakan, Sabah, we have to put up with frequent water disruptions, my mother do not allow me to flush every time after I use the toilet !! We only have water supply twice a week, which is on Monday and Thursday; this is because my house is situated on top of a hill, for other low lying areas, they only got water supply at the most 3-4 times a week, this is the policy that is practiced way back in my hometown.

When I mentioned about my house toilet, you would be better prepared, it smells and stinks like there are no tomorrow, we only flush when the urine stench is really became unbearable, looking yellowish in colour, if we were to flush every time we finish using the toilet, then there will be no more water for us to bath.

Either you want to use the water to flush every time you finish using the toilet, or use the water to bath, you decide yourself. For those who bath and wash their hair twice a day, I really envy you guys, as we are only allowed to wash our hair on Monday and Thursday, the days when there are water supply coming in.

Talking about power supply in my hometown, on average in a month, we will be in total darkness for at least 72 hours; the highest record was no power supply for 8 hours a day for 1 whole week!! If there is no power disruption in Sabah, then it’s not Sabah, even the electricity company of Sabah, SESB confirms to this, where SESB stands for SABAH EVERYDAY SURE BLACKOUT. If there were no power supply for half an hour in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, tomorrow it will be the top news in the media, but for us Sabahans on the other side of Malaysia, being drenched in total darkness for few hours, causing traffics to go haywire, no one even bothered about us.

I still remember the first time I took my friends to visit my hometown, on the first night there was no power supply, so we sat in front of the house, gazing at the stars and the moon on the sky. If I were to say, standing outside my house, lifting up your finger and you may be able to touch the moon, where the moon is so bright that you can see your shadow, and you can even differentiate each and every sign of the zodiac, you have to believe me, because the air in my hometown is still unpolluted, pristine and fresh.

Anyway, with regards to the frequent disruption of water and electricity supply in Sabah, we have become acquainted with it, for more that 20 years that I have been living here, its still the same, things never changed for the better, we have learn not to resist and accept it as fate would have it.

This is us, Sabahans, always the simple, pure and innocent lot; we just grin and bear with it.

Hence the reasons why the Federal Government always likes to bully us Sabahans, they took away all our vast natural resources to develop Kuala Lumpur, sold away all our valuable timber logs, in exchange for high rise buildings in West Malaysia, sucked up Sabah’s petroleum, in order to built north-south expressways in West Malaysia.

Not to mention using Sabah’s orang utan in exchange with China’s panda, and have it keep in Zoo Negara in West Malaysia.

The Federal Government is so generous in donating monies to Sichuan, but aren’t capable of building better roads for Sabahans, it’s still the same after 45 years.

Sabah’s first flyover was recently completed, after being built for 8 years more, this make us Sabahans so happy and jumping with joy.
That’s us, easily contented.

Sabah is a poor neglected state; she would weep if she were able to do so, each and every time, the government promised to solve the illegal immigrants issue plaguing the state, but the matter is still unsolved up until today, like the saying, to settle a matter by leaving it unsettled.

The illegal immigrants in Sabah has overwhelmed the local population at 1.7 million versus 1.5 million, and is increasing day by day, most of these illegal immigrants are from The Philippines and Indonesia, when last year it was briefly mentioned that The Philippines is interested in claming back Sabah, if a referendum were to be held, with the help of Filipinos residing in Sabah, we will be dead for sure, Philippines will be able to take Sabah back as theirs.

Needless to say, Sabah is not only without its frequent disruption of water and electricity supply, even job opportunities are hard to come by, causing all the youngsters to seek jobs in West Malaysia and other places.

Do you know that a bottle of yogurt that costs RM3.70 in West Malaysia cost Rm5.70 in Sabah, and all the magazines and newspapers in Sabah are more expensive if compared with West Malaysia? This is because all the goods have to be flown over from West Malaysia, where the courier charges will be included in the goods prices, therefore marking it up higher, the money that we earn are taxed by the Federal Government, these taxes that we pay are taken to develop Kuala Lumpur,

In Sabah there are still people that earn a meager RM200 per month, even worse off than those toilet cleaners in West Malaysia.

Everytime I am back in Sabah, wherever I looked went and looked around; I can only manage to find mostly schooling youngsters. There is nothing much these youngsters can do for those that prefer not to leave Sabah. Last year, a few of my friends decided that after graduation, they will stay in Sabah, no matter what happens, at that time I thought that they are very naïve, West Malaysia especially Kuala Lumpur is such a nice place, what’s the reason to stay back in Sabah? They replied in jest, “If nobody is willing to stay in Sabah, how do we expect Sabah to stand up”, what they said make me realized my mistakes, but what to do, none of the jobs in Sabah are suitable for me; I have no choice but to continue working in West Malaysia.

Last month, my cousin quit his job and went back to Sabah, out of curiosity, I asked him the reason for doing so, since the wages in Sabah is so low, it’s not worth it, I told him. He retorted back, saying “West Malaysia is not my home, sooner or later I will be going back to Sabah, the place where I belong, and I surely believe there are companies willing to employ me.” I felt ashamed, as previously I planned to reside and have a family in West Malaysia, but what my cousin say woke me up, although I am now residing in West Malaysia, I should have given words of encouragement for my beloved state – Sabah.

If the land of Sabah was and is properly developed, surely it will be amongst the top states in Malaysia, but everything was trampled on, ruined and went the other way!!

Hence the reasons why those who stepped on the soil of Sabah will be given an immigration slip by the Customs department, only allowing non Sabahans to stay in Sabah for not more than 90 days.

If Sabah were not to protect herself, I dare not dread to think of the consequences that may befall us, it will be too ghastly to look at.

Up till today, for West Malaysians, Sabah is shrouded in secrecy and far away from their sight. No one is willing to come to Sabah, as if it’s a different world comprising of humans of uncivilized nature, for those youngsters who are going to be send to Sabah to undergo their National Service, they wept like there are no tomorrow, its like they are about to enter hell.

Is Sabah heaven or hell? Come and have a look for yourself, until today, only tourists from Western and other countries are willing to come to Sabah, a state once deemed to be more prosperous than Kuala Lumpur, in search of its glorious pasts.

In West Malaysians, there are only 3 major races; in Sabah, there are
32 ethnic tribes, most West Malaysians do not know of these facts.

East Malaysia is the place where all the different races and tribes, of different faiths and religions, live harmoniously; this, probably West Malaysians do not know either.

In Sabah, it’s a norm for Muslims to eat in non-Muslims eateries, to dine in Chinese seafood restaurants, without fear and prejudice of being served with non halal foods; this is the kind of respect and trusts we have for each other. I don’t think this can be seen in West Malaysia, besides Kelantan, I would say.

Recently Giant hypermarkets make their presence known in Sabah; they are trying to control the Sabah supermarket segment, indirectly trying to control Sabah’s economy, but were rejected by Sabahans.

We in Sabah have our own newspapers; our own supermarkets, we do not need others to come in and reap our fruits of labour, all to be channeled back to West Malaysia!!

The country neglected East Malaysia – Sabah and Sarawak so much so that even 16th September 1963 was not recognized as the day Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak merged to form Malaysia. And out of nothing Malaysia boasted that Mount Kinabalu is the pride of all Malaysians.

Mount Kinabalu is the pride of Sabahans; the biggest flower in the world – Rafflesia is the pride of Sabahans, orang utans are also the pride of Sabahans; but we are not proud to be Malaysians.

Last but no least, as a Sabahan, I sincerely hope and pray that after 916, Sabah can gain back what she has lost all this while, for a better tomorrow for all Sabahans.

Hopefully the coming 16th September can be declared as the day, we East Malaysia – Sabah, Sarawak tohether with Malaya formed Malaysia!
Dear Federal Government, please be fair to us!!

All the best Sabah!! I wish to see you grow; in the future, in the time to come!!

A TRUE SABAHAN

http://blog.limkitsiang.com/

Accuracy of Death



…….Yeah Pose before the Movie…ahaks….

Accuracy Of Death

Hehehe..another movie preview. As much as i love Rain and Brosnan, i love Takashi..His new movie The Accuracy of Death is in my ‘MUST WATCH’ movie this year.
Well, its cute and not heavy movie..its just there, entertaining and cute 😉

Takeshi Kaneshiro plays a Shinigami (God of Death) who comes down to Earth to pass judgement on a random person, whether they had fulfilled their destiny and then die or be passed over because of unfinished business.

The movie is told in three seemingly different stories but everything is connected ultimately at the end. Takeshi Kaneshiro is perfect as the Shinigami who always meets with rainy days when he gets to work and his ultimate love is music, which he labels as man’s greatest invention. Compared to other Shinigamis, he is perhaps a kind-hearted one which explains why he has a black dog as companion who check his every decision.
Takeshi’s Shinigami character has to pass judgement (proceed=death, suspend=live) on three people in this movie, a meek girl who has a sad life where everyone around her just passes away leaving her behind, a faithful follower to his mafia boss and an old hairdresser that lives in the countryside.

The first story is about Kazue Fujiki (Manami Konishi) who lives a sad life and even has to face a harassment call daily. She meets Mr. Chiba (Takeshi Kaneshiro) who goes into her life and tries to get her views about death. This was a straight judgement call leading to death for her until an unexpected event occurs to her. This was a pretty well put together story.

The second story isn’t as interesting as it’s seemingly totally detached from the first and the characters are boring. I nearly dozed off at this part because there was too much talk. But it’s an important element to the entire movie at the end.

We head into the third story and are greeted by the sight of a robot maid (about 20 odd years later) who serves as the companion to the 70 year old hairdresser. As Takeshi goes into her life asking for a haircut, she asks him in return, “You are a Shinigami right? I met someone like you in the past…”, leaving him shocked. At the end, he realises the truth and that his decision earlier has led to Kazue Fujiki living a somewhat fulfiling life.

Takashi is really damn gorgeous in it…ahh he will always be…

Hehehehhehehe…love takashi…

A little bit of me

Monday 6 OCT 2008
11:00pm

Sometimes live challenged us in many ways. In relationship, in argument, in responsibilities and so on.. It does sometimes makes one’s weak, yet sometimes it makes one’s stronger.Who to decide is oneself, to move forward, or to blame the past. To make correct decision or to leave it to fate..I dont know.Or maybe its just a path that we need to go through in life…I cant judge nor can i suggest..Nah..im just in a mood of thinking..:)…lots of things suddenly visiting my peaceful minds..

I come across this poem by Christina E. Brown when i decided to do some research on my mind argument..And its very interesting tho..hmmm :)…Maybe im not a girl, but not yet a woman, so a little bit of both is me?..hmmm…ill keep thinking..:D

Girls vs. Women

Girls are insecure; Women are confident.
Girls dress trashy; Women dress classy.
Girls are students; Women are teachers.
Girls are listeners; Women are preachers.
Girls makes babies; Women raise babies.
Girls have sex; Women make love.
Girls are weak; Women are strong.
Girls fight; Women walk away.
Girls argue; Women speak.
Girls give in; Women compromise.
Girls envy. Women appreciate.
Girls give up. Women strive.
Girls look. Women see.
Girls take. Women give.
Girls follow; Women influence.

PAKU BAND

Last week i was spending the saturday nite attending my cousin’s (Jewin) band perfoming at Damansara. It was so cool, with my families and friends most, were there.
I havent got the chance to take picture, as i was ‘in the mood of dancing’ haha, so who cares about a photo?LOL

They perform very well, and it was a very successful. It has been 2 years since i finally hug my cousin, as he rarely balik kampung, but yea, somehow it was really a night!!

ABOUT PAKU

Formed in 2005, the band was put together by guitarist/songwriter, Riz (who had returned from the US after many years) and vocalist/songwriter, Wan (who was pursuing his Master’s degree at USM). The duo teamed up to formed Paku after deciding to rejuvenate the somewhat dying music scene in Penang. They invited Riz’s sister, Leena to play second guitar, Jewin to play bass and Alex to hit the drums.

The quintet writes and performs songs in both Bahasa Malaysia and English (while focusing more on the former) and has gigged out a lot over the past 3 years. Songs such as “Bila Kau Redha” ( a single taken from their “The 99 Club Sessions” EP) were featured on local radio stations such as XfreshFM and TraxxFM whilst the video for “Insomiac” was featured on HitzTV and NTV7.

From February to March 2007, the band embarked on a 2 weeks tour around the UK, playing at various festivals and venue in Swansea and Cardiff (BBC Interview and live acoustic set on air) in Wales; Newcastle (one of their songs were played at the Newcastle Football Satudium) and Portsmouth in England; Belfast in Northern Ireland and Edinburgh in Scotland.

The band was also able to record some live acoustic songs at Best Cellar Music Recording Studio while in Belfast, the very same studio Snow Patrol had recorded their very first demo many years ago.

Currently, the band has just finished recording their long awaited full length album which should hit the stores in December ’08 /January ’09.

Yeahhh….Wan really rock that nite, with his fantastic vocal…Bravo guys!!

The paradox of time

Sunday, 5 OCT 2008
08:38pm

Hmm i read this message from George Carlin before he died..Somehow makes me agree..something to share :)…

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoyless.We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge less judgmentmore experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete…

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

If you don’t send this to at least 8 people….Who cares?