Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Firstly, lets understand the meaning of beauty. In this context, its commonly associated with the appearance of a person and people see physically attractive people as beautiful. Mainly because mass media uses models to portray a stereotype man-made beauty, which is only at skin level. Facial make over, long legs, curvy body line and the all time attention magnet, the cleavage. With so much publicity, the phrase "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" no longer hold true as the perception of beauty have been pre programmed. Yes, I believed beauty have been manipulated.
Pity, as the victims are women themselves because everyone wants to look 'beautiful'. Plastic surgeons, diet/slimming centers, cosmetic and fashion industries are the few that are benefiting from the multi billion dollars beauty related business.
For ladies that have developed only an eye on physical beauty, they are heading the wrong way. Speaking from a male perspective, no doubt we are creatures that seek aesthetic beauty in women but physical attractions have a time frame. There are other beauty that feeds and strengthens the soul in the same way that beauty does. And perhaps if we develop an eye for meaning in the same way that we develop an eye for beauty we can enrich the life more than anything else.
Beauty.... its still in the eye of the beholder.
Saturday, August 27, 2005
They use TV advertisement, flashing neon lights, big billboards and models in magazines. Truly, my hat off to the marketing companies and top notch advertiser as they did wonders. They created brand awareness.
Many managed to turn merchandise into one that people worship and crazy enough to fork out more, just to own. It even ingrain a perception that owing a branded item makes one more superior. Amazing! A similar item and yet because its not known to the public because millions were not spent on advertising them, its consider to be cheap and unworthy to be seen with. For me, as long the item serve the purpose and in good quality, it A-okay. And good quality doesn't always mean paying more.
Be a savy consumer.
Is it just me or what? But I sensed that people are getting more selfish thesedays. This is felt more apparent over the years. Maybe it is because of time and age? or maybe because I came from a small town, where people lived in a close knitted community and materialism doesn't exist. People are happy with what they have. Living their life, day to day and saving enough for rainy days and their family future.
As we progressed, people living across major cities run a similar race, the so called rat race. Each individual trying to out do one another or themselves? One have to think big, talk big, big man syndrome stuff, rushing to make zillions, basically money talks louder! Money can buy expensive branded items, luxurious holidays and to have a better life but often at what price? Family are often neglected and enemies created.
At the end of it, what is there to have when its just dust. So what is the difference?
Friday, August 26, 2005
A cozy (orange) little place with a variety of fusion food. Opens from morning to cater for breakfast enthusiast and until late evening for easy dinning. Also a good place to meet up with reasonable priced drinks and snacks.
Opening hours: 8:00am 11:00pm, daily
Location: 2 1/2 miles, central park (behind McDonald)
recommend to try: The Lamp Chop & Green Orange shake
rating: n/a - buddy rating :-)
So what are you waiting for? Head down to Orange and give it a try.
Didn't know what to do. My old green template was giving me heaps of errors. My eyes spun and my head ached trying to read and edit the #$%& html.
Finally I managed to rid of the errors by starting a new template. What do you think? Comment please. The more the better. :-)
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Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Top 10 TV programs that I remembered:
- Kojak (Telly the detective)
- Dallas (Jr. Ewing & Sue Ellen)
- Falcon Crest (Love & hate in Tuscany Valley)
- The Walton's (Good night John Boy)
- Lessie (the smart woof woof)
- Chips (The traffic policemen on motorcycles)
- Little house on the prairie (Laura!!)
- 6 million dollar man (I broke my leg becos of him)
- Bionic woman (in the end she married Steve)
- Mission impossible (yes, it not a movie but a series)
Anyone care to add their favorite? :-)
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
As whenever I mentioned Rex, most youngsters thesedays will not have a clue of what I am talking about. Rex was the name of a defunct cinema in Kuching. It have been since demolished and the old site now sits a multi storey car park with the latest Cineplex on it's top floor.
The old rex was also known for its various food stall besides its obvious movie theatre. After they tore down the building, all the famous stalls were either relocated or wind down their business. Over the years I have managed to hunt down the few stalls that used to sell my favorite, mainly fried chickens, sotong kangkong, satays and cucur udang.
Cucur udang is a malay word that means deep fried prawn or better known as "Hay-Peah" by local Chinese, is another of my favorite. Hay peah or prawn biscuit/fritters, is made by deep frying a mixture of flour batter with prawns. Its serves with cucumber and the must have home made chili sauce topped with ground peanuts.
Besides Hay-peah, a selection of yams, sweet potatoes, fish balls, and my favorite chicken bishop nose (google searchsite not much help! hehe) is also available and they are all deep fried as well. Not much help in reducing cholesterol but its another heavenly snack with my kopi-O. Slurp!
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Have been anticipating Yap and SL trip to Kuching for the past month. Amazingly, their flight via Air Asia was on time and thanks to them, everyone now truly can fly.
On arrival. Look at what Beng and Lian brought with them?
Hungry couple! First stop, Sarawak Laksa and Kolo Mee.
Checking in at Harbour View Hotel
A room with a view... Sarawak River & Fort Margherita at background
At towering Kuching Civic Center, bollywood style pose
Here's a better up to date pose and Kuching skyline at back ground.
In the end, it's a beautiful day after all.....
It was food, food and more food. Got too engrossed with them, that we forgot to take pictures! Before we left we managed a few desserts.
Then came along the missus.
A stuffed happy ending
We headed out to Camp Permai which is located about 30+ km from Kuching City. It's situated at the foot of ledendary Mount Santubong. A heaven for adventure seekers and are known for its camping ground and jungle tracks. With lush forest and cyrstal clear streams flowing out into the South China Sea, it's naturally a great place to wind down and see wildlife up close.
Waloi wei, so many rules one ah! Singapore in the making!
Key to our tree house
Heading to the tree house....
End of Day 2, Part II
The last caption was added as a joke. I am sure that they had a great time as I did :-)
Friday, August 19, 2005
Finally Yap made it to KGS. A webpage supposed to be up and running in January, click here. Cannot access? Don't worry I have tried for many months, clicked here again. See what I meant?
Since the game was on Friday, I called up the evening before to confirm my booking that I made the week before and was shocked to find that it was cancelled off the list without any notification or what so ever! I was rather upset as I could not get the booking sorted out as the office was closed for the day. Luckily it was solved the next morning by one of my friend, otherwise it would have been an ugly confrontation if I got there earlier. In a way we were lucky to get in and had the whole championship course to ourself as it was supposedly closed for Sarawak Amateur tournament practice round.
At the half way house, quashing his thirst
The scores that day did not reflect the fun game we had. With excellent weather and great company among friends, what else could a golfer asked for. Until the next round buddy. :-)
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
I confessed that I am a free walking advertisement for Titleist. Ever since I started playing golf, I played with Titleist's drivers, from 975D to the latest 905T, my irons are also Titleist, DCI 990 and my addiction to the Pro V golf balls will probably never stop.
Recently I bought a Titleist carry bag which I long for ages. However to my disappointment, after only 2 months of usage, the strap is giving way (see photo insert below. Note: also see the rust on the metal ring). I only play once a week which is equivalent to less than 10 outings. I expected higher quality product especially from company like Titleist that makes equipment for serious golfers and Golf's Symbol of Excellence
I have lodged a complain with the pro shop (Transview Golf, Kuching) from where the bag was purchased. Initially the answer given by the manager was not encouraging, however he will forward the fault to Titleist. I was also told that it will take quite a while for Titleist's office in Kuala Lumpur to reply.
Lets wait and see (Watch this space)
I seldom observe politics but the recent tussle in MCA (Malaysia Chinese Association) caught my attention. It's about power and indirectly it's about money, which comes with the control. Lets hope they will come to their senses soon before any serious breakup in the family, afterall the losers are ourself as Chinese.
Sadly, Chinese people are segregating themselves more in the recent years. As seen lately, various Chinese associations mushroomed. There are the Hokkien association, Hakka, Teochew, Foochow and list goes on. Then there are the subdivision by clan names, the Chan, Lim, Lee, Ling etc. I never join any of this association as I believe its unhealthy and against the old Chinese saying that I believe in. Why discriminate and divide ourself? We should be united as one big happy family.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
'Kiasu' is a Hokkien (a Chinese dialect) word for 'fear of losing'. This word is so widely used by Malaysians and Singaporeans that it is incorporated into their English vocabulary.
Controversially, Kiasu culture somehow is always associated with Singaporeans and it's a highly contagious disease as seen in people that migrated over either to work or live. A few of them that I know might be reading these and I am sure they can relate to the following antic, besides the usual urges for freebies.
- Always must win.
- Must not lose face
- Never mind what others think
- Outdo everyone you know
- Pay only when necessary
- Take but don't give
- Vow to be number one
- Yell if necessary to get what you want
Personally I think Kiasu culture is due to the competitive nature of the country and in order to stay ahead as the economy hub in the region, people are constantly push to excel. However there is a limit to everything, thus people need to acknowledge and recognize of their Kiasu symptoms before it turn them into a ruthless selfish society.
Finding balances in life is part of the challenges.
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Then came the questions, how many bloggers are from Kuching? How many people from Kuching that have read my blog? How many are from Sarawak? and how many are Malaysians? It's also indeed encouraging to receive emails from people around the world and knowing that my simple blog have reached out to people around the world, is simple astonishing.
A simple request if you are reading this, as I am intrigue to know my readers origin. Do leave comments or simply just type in the country you are from. To protect privacy I have turned on the anonymous setting. Or if you prefer to send me an email, click the address in my profile. I love emails. :)
mahagurusia (Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia)
Friday, August 12, 2005
What made it worst was a particular interview last night with an assistant minister from JAS (environment department?) When asked by the reporter on when cloud seeding (to induce artificial rain) will be carried out. She confidently said that no plane can fly out of Subang airport and directed the fault to another department, quoting the Aviation department have closed down the airport. A typical finger pointing answer whenever there is a problem or no solution can be found? I guess plane cannot fly from the other many airports that are open (ah) ? Really beh tahan!
So what to do during this down time? Recommended readings are as follows:
1. Fun things to do by Simon sure can talk
2. Play rojak hide and seek by everyday rojak
3. Feeling dizzy symptom by dizzy man himself
4. Play with adult toys by choke & gag 5xxmom
A recent quote "My prayers are with you all. What to do....?" :-)
Thursday, August 11, 2005
After experiencing it for the past 10 years, we should have gotten immune to it. The recent lifted ban on API or Air Pollution Index, meant nothing if prevention was not initiated in the first place. Its also ridiculous to see ministers and government agencies scramble to hold meetings, only when the situation got worst. Memang Malaysia Boleh.
In this event, the few people that that I foresee benefiting out of this haze are:
- hospitals and clinic, due to more haze related illness
- mask producers, especially those promoted by TV announcers
- smokers, with hands free ciggy, just inhale.
- air purifiers or ionizer seller
- Air conditioning companies
- and electric company for higher consumption
Oh ya, how can I forget the ice kacang man. Cool man (pun intended)
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Another view of Kuching City (below) with Sarawak river flowing in the midlle, to the left is the famous golden triangle of Kuching.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
As seen recently, many organizations and individuals are doing them for publicity and fame. Some even do it for tax exemptions! Indeed its an ego booster for some to get their photo printed on mass media, just because they did some charitable work? There is no doubt that some do it for a noble cause. So if one truly cares, does it matter if nobody knows?
It's what inside of your heart that really counts.
No, the noodles does not sizzle but it is because of the boiling gravy on the fired hot pan.
Caution! Cover yourself with a napkin or serviette when the noodle is serve and preferably no white shirt. Remember also not to touch the piping red hot plate. Cooked fingers are difficult to eat with.
Coca-Cola League Championship
(Asian Handicap & Goal Line)
10 Aug 02:45 Brighton vs. Reading (0 /2.5)
10 Aug 02:45 Burnley vs. Sheff Utd (0 / 2.5)
10 Aug 02:45 Cardiff vs. Leeds (0 / 2.5)
10 Aug 02:45 Leicester vs. Stoke (0.5 / 2.5)
10 Aug 02:45 Luton vs. Southampton (0 / 2.5)
10 Aug 02:45 Millwall vs. Coventry (0,0.5 / 2.5)
10 Aug 02:45 Norwich vs. Crewe (1 / 2.5,3)
10 Aug 02:45 Plymouth vs. Watford (0.5 / 2.5)
10 Aug 02:45 QPR vs. Ipswich (0,0.5 / 2.5)
10 Aug 02:45 Sheff Wed vs. Hull (0,0.5 / 2.5)
10 Aug 02:45 Wolverhampton vs. Crystal Palace (0,0.5 / 2.5)
UEFA Champions Lg Qual Bet
10 Aug 02:00 Anorthosis Famagusta v Rangers (0.5 / 2.5)
10 Aug 02:45 Wisla Krakow v Panathinaikos (0 / 2.5)
10 Aug 03:00 Valerenga v Club Brugge (0,0.5 / 2.5)
10 Aug 03:05 Everton v Villarreal (0 / 2,2.5)
10 Aug 03:05 Man Utd v Debrecen (2.5 / 3.5)
10 Aug 04:00 Real Betis v Monaco (0.5 / 2,2.5)
Monday, August 08, 2005
At first it was the forever unclear rubbish pile behind this outlet and after making several 'constructive' suggestions to the floor manager, the situation improves.
Then came this!!
I don't mind having a fish fillet burger in a Big Mac wrapper or not having toys for my happy meal. But when they ran out of the basic essential?!
Friday, August 05, 2005
A lot have been said and written about women and at times when men have thought that they have understood them, the women species proved us wrong, everytime. If a woman ever asked a question, men are expected to .... let me rephrased, have-to give an answer but it will never be the correct answer (that women wants to hear).
So is there ever a choice for us, MEN? *sigh*
Thursday, August 04, 2005
I couldn't pull the camera trigger this morning as I reckon a blank hazy white page does not make a good photo. This man made health hazard phenomena is getting worst each year. Shifting cultivations and new land clearing were to be blamed. Fingers pointing seems to be the easy way out and after numerous expensive high level government meeting, nothing was done as usual. All the talk goes up in smoke, so to speak.
The haze normally occurs in this region during the dry season, starting from May to August. Extensive burning that lead to underground peat soil fires are the major cause and couple with low rain fall during the period, made the condition unbearable. From the economic point of view, its a disaster especially for the tourism industry. Holiday maker definitely did not have this uncomfortable irritant in mind.
Will there be an end to this old age tradition of burning and when will people and corporate entity act more responsible? It's only the future of the next generation we are talking about. So please do your part.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
The reasons are simple, as sex, golf and marriage all need regular foreplays, reviewing and maintenances. Life cycle will be incomplete without one of them. A friend (anonymous) recently got hitched and have been complaining about his bad golf games that were getting worst. I repeatedly told him that it was a norm after marriage and since he is in his first year aka. honeymoon period, he will need to find his footing in all the 3 categories. When he sort out his new life and find the equilibriums, everything ought to fall in place. Importantly the golf game will come back naturally and eventually.
Good sex, good golf and good marriage are 90% mental and 10% physical but when they are bad, its 90% physical
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Accidentally I found this little hidden stall at a local coffee shop. No noodle! and it is not Kuching's normal type of breakfast, so I was gamed.
I could not figured out the dish name as it was written in Chinese and the omelette or crepe in the picture looks irresistible so I ordered one, the special. The RM3.00 special comes with meat filling. Pan fried to perfection and not too oily, a good breakfast or brunch for those that wants a change.
What intrigued me, was the lady's good nature and coordination skill. Finally someone that can equal my crepe flipping skills! Thumbs up from me.
Monday, August 01, 2005
He is none other than Kenny Sia. (flee promo blader Kenny, huahaha) TNS - tuna singh!#$% Why I sensed that my ideas have been stolen and improvised? Sour grape! :-)
The heavy stock speeder shaft was definitely not my top choice as I did not like it during my try out during Titleist Demo Day a week ago. Grafalloy Blue and Aldila NV 65 would have been more ideal for me and since I have no other choice I took it and headed for the driving range. After a brief warm-up session, I was ready and hit several shots. Initially the ball flights look almost similar to my current 983K with custom order 661 Fujikura Speeder shaft. However the feel at impact were much livelier. Thus it gave a hotter ball flights and higher trajectories which were easily achieved even when it was 1 degree lower than my 983K. The most pronounce improvement that I observed was the extra roll that it produced.
The real test began at the first hole, a rather short par 5 (466m/508y), My! the trajectory came off hotter than that I would have expected which I concluded was due to the better ball (titleist proV 392) compare to the worn out driving range balls. The ball seems to be hoovering in the air forever and when it landed, it kept rolling. An easy 300+ yard drive!! For the entire round, I was virtually playing a new course as I was hitting it to distance that I only could have only dream off. The increased head size and playability, definitely makes the 905T the most forgiving Titleist driver to date. However my only gripe is the heavy shaft which tend to tired me out which translate to my only bad hole on 17th and it still flew a good 200yards! It definitely lived up to Titleist slogan, serious clubs for serious golfers.
For Titleist players that are using the 983K and other 9** series drivers, this will be an easy transition, as the 905T maintained Titleist similar classic profile which is visually pleasing to the eyes at setup. Do not trust my word just because I am a die hard Titleist fan, go out and get one and enjoy yourself.