Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Team members have been very supportive and sponsorships are very encouraging but still none from Titliest. :(
Schedule will be drawn tonight and hopefully it will be a better year for us. Match commence the first week of March 2006
more later ....
Firstly, there is the much talk about bird flu but we are safe for now. Imports of fowls have been totally banned and migratory birds can't fly here because MAS and Air Asia dominate the route.
Total ban and we are safe. Fried chickens anyone?
Jokes aside, bird flu news are all over the TV stations and for prevention measures birds in affected area were culled. Authorities fully dressed in protective white suits with masks and gloves gives seriousness of how infectious the flu is. However in the background, laymen and their children stood unprotected watching their livestock being cull. While occasionally news crew can be seen wearing only masks. The double standard that we are adopting raises serious doubt in the effectiveness in containing the infections.
As for Sarawak, no bird flu case has been detected todate. Unfortunately the state is again hit with the HFM (Hand Foot Mouth disease) epidemic, with 4 death recorded so far including one fatality from the deadly EV71 virus that mysteriously killed dozens a few years back. Another kindergarten in Kuching with suspected case was closed today, which prompted me to write this. Why can't the ministry instruct all kindergartens to be close temporary in order to stop the chain reaction? Do we have to wait until more infections or death occured before we start prevention? How typical can we get?
So, why are all these diseases turning deadly? Many have been known to develop resistance strains as treatment drugs are widely misused and abused. Resistance occurs mainly in the usage of antibiotics, which under normal circumstances should be use as the last line of defense but are being unnecessary over used and not taken as prescribed. This raises fear that we are creating mutant strains that might be unstoppable one day.
Where we did we go wrong? Both consumers and healthcare providers are to be blame. Consumer for being ignorant and the medical personnel for not educating the public enough. Maybe it is the Asian culture where we still lack of interaction and the reserve attitude for not asking more?
Finally, another disease worth mentioning here is this one:
Selective illiteracy and mountain size ego during parking... :-)
Other diseases : Cholera, Dengue - prevention and cautions advisable. Typhoid, Hepatitis, rabies, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)- vaccination are available and advisable. Malaria - prevention or Prophylaxis with Lariam, Malarone, or doxycycline is recommended for rural areas, particularly the forested, hilly, and underdeveloped interior areas. Recent outbreak of Foot&Mouth ENV71 which is the deadly strain for children below of 7yo - maintain hygiene.
Contact me or your nearest healthcare provider for more information.
Friday, February 24, 2006
Golf can best be defined as an endless series of tragedies obscured by the
occasional miracle, followed by a good bottle of beer
Golf! You hit down to make the ball go up. You swing left and the ball goes
right. The lowest score wins. And on top of that, the winner buys the drinks.
"Golf is harder than baseball. In golf, you have to play your foul balls."
If you find you do not mind playing golf in the rain, the snow, even during
a hurricane, here's a valuable tip: your life is in trouble.
Golfers who try to make everything perfect before taking the shot rarely
make a perfect shot.
The term "mulligan" is really a contraction of the phrase "maul it again."
A "gimme" can best be defined as an agreement between two golfers ...
neither of whom can putt very well.
An interesting thing about golf is that no matter how badly you play; it is
always possible to get worse.
Golf's a hard game to figure. One day you'll go out and slice it and shank
it, hit into all the traps and miss every green. The next day you go out and
for no reason at all you really stink.
I play in the low 80s. If it's any hotter than that, I won't play.
If your best shots are the practice swing and the "gimme putt", you might
wish to reconsider this game.
Golf is the only sport where the most feared opponent is you.
Golf is like marriage: If you take yourself too seriously it won't work ..
and both are expensive.
The best wood in most amateurs' bags is the pencil.
To some golfers, the greatest handicap is the ability to add correctly.
In golf, some people tend to get confused with all the numbers... they shoot
a six, yell fore and write five.
Swing easy. Hit hard.
If you find yourself pleased that you locate more balls in the rough than
you actually have lost, your focus is totally wrong and your personality
might not be right for golf ... it is also just a matter of time before the
IRS investigates your business.
Why is it twice as difficult to hit a ball over water than sand?
"The greatest sound in golf is the Woosh, Woosh, Woosh, of your opponent's
club as he hurls it across the fairway"
Thursday, February 23, 2006
- If anyone blasphemes at god will it affect god?
- Will god punish the blasphemer? Will the sun punish the dog for barking at him? Why should such an awesome power as god (sun) punish such a puny little thing as the dog (blasphemer)? Do you think that god is trivially vindictive? Would you care what some bacteria or microbe said about you? Isn't god much bigger than man, as a man is big compared to a microbe?
- This doesn't mean that you have to start blaspheming or bad mouthing others.
- Banning blasphemy gives power to the fanatics.
- When blasphemy is banned the moderatists will lose, and the fanatics will win. The fanatics will narrow and narrow their world view as their power grows to such an extent that the slightest disagreement from the moderatists will result in the killing of the moderate who disagrees with them.
As silly as it may sound, I have a theory that recent violence's around the world over a caricature have been instigated by a group of people with unknown intention(s). For economic reason is my hunch and they are obviously evilly brilliant in capitalizing human nature's weaknesses; emotions and naivety.
In moderate Malaysia, thank goodness that we are obsecured from the extreme. The only hype was on a few newspapers that reproduced the said offending caricature and it's more of the political correctness that caused two local newspapers to be suspended. The third newspaper NST was waived the ban today; which could meant that there is finally a light at the end of this tunnel? Otherwise we might just end up one day as the first country in the world without any newspapers. Truly Malaysia Boleh.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Personally, I don't have one and never intend to get one as I can live without it. Modern phones are able to record videos and photos. Great. So that you can send your fugly face for someone to see? What's the hurry? :-)
Jokes aside, people might claimed that these phones are useful in many ways but so far I have been shown only one single reason; that is to record sex escapades, blow job and up skirt shots. What sick society are we becoming?
The latest furor, if you haven't heard, is about Tammy the cheerleader from a reputable polytechnic school in Singapore. She recorded her sex session with her boyfriend and somehow she lost her phone containing the clip and it conveniently fell into the hand of her archrival. What was she thinking in the first place?
There are many other instances and even Kuching has a few, the latest one apparently is an MMS depicting a couple doing it at the staircases of a building near Khoo Hun Yeang Street. The 2 minute short movie entitled "Saujana" shows the couple believed to be in their early 20's engaging in hot steamy positions. Do not ask me for any, as I don't have them.
Some might lament that camera phone might be useful in emergency situation but I can't think of any yet, except maybe when I need to review my golf swing when it goes hay wired in the middle of my round. But then again, the only time I heard it been used was to take photos of someone doggy styled his girlfriend or mistress behind a golf buggy.
I do not know what to make of this modern contraption but privacy issues need to be solved before things get out of hand. The current law out there is just not suffient enough to protect anyone. So the best thing to do for now, is not to capture what you do not want others to see.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Monday, February 13, 2006
I rather think it's the monopolizing company that's the doing the bashing on unsuspecting consumers.
After several tests, I felt cheated as I have been paying a monthly fee for what I thought was an 1 mb line. Whatever reasons that were given by the hopeless tmnet helpline, it just doesn't justify the sub standard speed quality that have been rendered. Not even close to 500 kb per second or half of what they claimed. Mediocre indeed!!
I want a refund but then again, knowing how poor our Malaysian customer services are, I rather employ the conservative tak apa attitude. Gee... did you felt my sacarsm? :-)
Buckle up Malaysia boleh...
Friday, February 10, 2006
Bank Negara Malaysia has issued a new RM50 note, the second highest denomination in a new design Malaysian currency notes series. The new series incorporate new security features and retain some of the existing security features to deter counterfeiting. The new series will circulate alongside the existing series until the existing series are gradually phased out.
Another plastic money? I hate how the current RM5 felt and will prefer any crisp paper bill anytime. Then again the new polymer notes are made to be more durable.
Anyone got them in their angpows this year? :-)
Put political agenda and religion aside, can some people look beyond this? It's just a cartoon for goodness sake. As a Sarawakian, I believe it didn't nor will it make much impact here. We are no extremist but a peace loving lot, who view it in a passing. It has nothing to do with our respect for other's religion; we have plenty of that here. It's just a caricature, plain and simple as that.
Sadly, some quarters are just out looking for political lime light for themselves. Brainless, tail wagging parrots.
Ok folks; time to hunt for an alternative morning coffee newspaper. Obviously limited and I seriously doubt that I could find any publications that's without any cartoons?
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
No you geographically incompetence knob, land below the wind is for Sabah and please... Sabah is the state up in the north of Borneo Island. Sarawak is southward (points down, duh) and for goodness sake, yes we are part of Malaysia.
With so much lack of exposure or rather, a true picture of what Sarawak is; it is not surprising that majority Sarawak's visitors were disappointed as they did not see any hornbills flying around our cities and towns. Seriously, somehow Sarawak today is still been over sold as the land of the primitive headhunters surrounded by thick tropical jungle. I blame it on the mass media and tourism department for the misleading information!
Hello? Do you expect to see kangaroos hoping in major cities in Australia or panda bears crawling in the middle of Shanghai? I rest my case.
Don't get me wrong here, I love Sarawak as it is. It's still is, and hopefully will still be, the most beautiful place surrounded by one of the world oldest rainforest. This is within reach outside of our modern cities and towns that dots Sarawak's map. A great place to call home as it feel safe and has friendly peace loving tolerance multi ethic group. So please no more headhunter or we live on top of trees stories as they are the thing of the past, that's unless you are still reading outdated misguided tour book in caves.
So what is a hornbill? Hornbill, as the name suggests, is a kind bird with a unique huge beak. The size and shape of this bill varies between the species, which about 8 known variants are found in Sarawak alone.
photo sourced from http://www.malaysiasite.nl/hornbilleng.htm
Most hornbills have black, white or gray plumage but many have strikingly colourful bills. The hornbill or scientifically known as Rhinoceros Hornbill, although capable of flying long distance, however, is not as accomplished a flyer as many other birds. Hornbills are omnivorous, eating fruit, insects and small animals. They also can be distinctively identify from the noise that results from their flying motion and mating calls.
The local native, Iban, view hornbills as a symbol of purity and believes that it brings messages from the spirit world. They use either the bird itself or it's representation, carved and painted hornbills, in their religious ceremonies. Adopted as the State Bird of Sarawak, the hornbill is a protected species as in other South East Asian countries. So if you chance to see one, only shoot them with camera please.
So why not plan your next trip to the land of Hornbills? Our local tour agency will surely be able to arrange out bound adventure trips. And who knows, maybe you might spot a hornbill or two and oh, if you see headhunters, try to avoid them. :)
Hope to see you in Sarawak soon, the land of great adventures.
Monday, February 06, 2006
For various reasons, many new parents these days turn to books and even Internet for guidance. Some provide good reference and I believe many of them are only applicable if the person reading them share the same cultural believes and ideology
As a parent, at times I cringe at the fact some try too hard and many followed books too strictly, which I liken them trying to bring up a clone kid, like the author? And who is she or he?
Every parent has to go through trial and error and books act only as reference, not god given guidance. That's unless you want to build a robot for the convenience of oneself. So I don't know what's worse, being ignorant, or being ignorant of being ignorant. You tell me.
Eh, I tried following every step of my idol Ernie Els's books and videos for years and how come I am not on the lucrative PGA tour yet? This is so stupid! Or am I the stupid one? Yeah yeah, I can hear you guys saying... lack of talent lah. Haha So, I am thinking of taking up cooking class after I shot 80 last Sunday and still lost to this 16 handicapper that shot 75 gross, that's 59 nett!! Really CCB, maybe it was just not my day huh?
So... to end my crappy post today, mahagurusia says; don't swallow everything that you read. Be selective. Yes, including this one if you have any sense!
Oh crap, I suck at this parenting blog... better stick to golf stuff
It showed four silver haired ladies chatting in a what look like an old folks' home. Lady One boasts of a businessman son who makes RM450,000 per annum, Lady Two has a Accountant son who bought a posh house in Damansara, Lady Three has a London based surgeon son who charges 20,000 sterling pound for an operation, and does two operations per day! Then they turn to Lady Four, "What about your son?" they ask. ....
A good advertisemnt and gives out a strong meaningful message to many Malaysian.
Anyone with info, kindly email me or redirect me to their link.
Will appreciate it very much. Thank you.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
The lunar year of the firedog opened with hot sunny days. I am not superstitious. Serious!
Unlike the previous years, the rain miraculously stopped 2 days before Chinese New Year. Families that were busy earlier took the opportunities to finished up their home spring-cleaning without any hassle from the above. I am not superstitious. Serious!
As for us, we hate to procrastinate and finished our chores early as usual. It was amusing watching other people scrambling to do last minute things. My favorite? Watching sexy housewives and maids bending down to scrub floors. Man! Me and my wild imagination this dog
Next came new year's eve, it's the day where family members from near and far gather together for the all important grand reunion dinner. We had our customary steamboat and Yii Sang. It was great to catch up with my, no longer little, sister and her newborn baby. Sarah celebrated her one-month birthday on the first day of Chinese New Year and she is so cute!!
Our reunion dinner was a joyous occasion and it was not pretentious like the ones with my in-law's siblings. A bunch of half past ten rich hypocrites and holier than thou attitudes. Sad… but as people aged and when wealth accumulates, they have the tendency to change. Screw them, it's the New Year and I am not going to spoil my mood over a few Asian bananas.
At the struck of midnight, despite the slower economy, fireworks were great this year. In Kuching or Sarawak in this matter, we have a unique display of public self-sponsored celebration. For visitors, they will be amazed at the array of firework displayed at the struck at midnight. This year the sky was again dotted with colourful sparks that lasted almost an hour and amazingly they were all lighted up by individual household. Besides the sky firepower, the noise pollutions definitely went up by a few hundred decibels with millions of firecrackers. An experience that truly need to be seen to believe.Angpows collection was good this year, less deficit. A good sign for the coming days ahead. I am not superstitious and I am serious! :-)