Monday, July 24, 2006

Miss Universe 2006

And the new Miss Universe 2006 is...Miss Puerto Rico!!! The win was so overwhelming for the 18 year old Puerto Rican, Zuleyka Rivera that she fainted 40 minutes or so into her reign as the new Miss Universe during a post-pageant news conference and was immediately rushed off stage. She beat Miss Japan who was obviously a crowd favourite during the whole two hour event at Los Angeles. Zuleyka Rivera went one step further than last year's Miss Puerto Rico who ended up as first runner-up to Natalie Glebova of Canada. Zuleyka's chainmail evening gown was really captivating! This year's event was definitely worth watching. Catch the reruns if you can.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

May You Be Blessed

I've been finding it hard to finish my blog entries nowadays and the drafts are just piling up. My schedule is really packed, I usually reach home too tired to do anything and the internet connection at campus is sporadic at best. While trying to find the inspiration to complete at least a few posts before it gets out of control, I find this in my email.

Meaningful messages, beautiful images and most importantly soothing, tranquil music...what more could I ask for? May you be blessed with one million blessings. Enjoy the video.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Another Fight Club Video

Here I thought that only school kids were guilty of misbehaving and resorted to violence and mob rule to resolve matters. Unfortunately, I was proven wrong. Even university undergraduates believe violence and mob rule is the way to go when you want to get things done. In this video first published on Merdeka Review, you can see how shameful and idiotic these people who are suppose to be intellectuals and hard at work pursuing their first degrees at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) but instead chose to make a fool of themselves with such acts. Looks like gangsterism is alive and kicking wherever you go.

Original clip hosted by Merdeka Review.

So far, only theSun among all the mainstream dailies have chosen to highlight the disgraceful actions of these primitive apes [PDF].

Mob heckles seven undergrads in UPM

PETALING JAYA: Gangsterism reared its ugly head in Univerisiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) when about 50 "pro-establishment" students took the law into their own hands and manhandled seven students who are members of an organisation perceived to be "anti-establishment" last Monday (July 17, 2006).

A video clip obtained by theSun showed the large group surrounding and pushing about six members of the UPM Student Progressive Front (SPF) in the campus canteen.

Giving an account of the incident to theSun today, third-year Chinese Studies student Lim Sok Swan said she and six other friends were manning a help counter for new students when the incident started.

Lim said a group of about 50 students led by a student council leader suddenly surrounded and scolded them for setting up the help counter when the SPF is not a registered body.

"They demanded we leave within 10 minutes, saying we are not allowed to be there to disturb students.

"We replied that we were just helping students' welfare and denied disturbing anyone as it was in a canteen that is open to everyone," she said.

"We had done nothing wrong ,so we declined to leave. They then pushed us away and removed our tables, chairs and flyers," she added.

She alleged that campus security officers who were present did not offer any help and merely watched.

"I was very scared," Lim said, adding she called the police as she felt the tension was escalating.

"They only stopped harrassing us when police officers arrived," she added.

Another student said she was pushed and fell on the floor when trying to take some photographs of what was happening.

The student who said her camera broke when it fell lodged a police report at the Seri Serdang police station.

"A similar incident took place on July 11(2006) where a group of 'pro-establishment' students tore up our materials at the help desk," she added.

Meanwhile, Suaram coordinator Chang Lih Kang urged the Higher Education Ministry, the police and UPM's authorities to investigate and take action against the culprits.

"It's a crime to intimidate someone," he said, adding that at least 15 police reports have been lodged over the incident.

Meanwhile, Subang Jaya police chief ACP Mohd Fuad Talib said police have received five reports from the students.

He said investigations revealed that the incident arose as a result of a misunderstanding over an event organised by the students.

He said apart from some pushing and jostling among the students at the time of incident, no one was reported to have been assaulted.

Mohd Fuad said police have spoken to UPM officials and have left the matter to be resolved internally.

"But our officers will continue monitoring the situation to avoid any untoward incident in future," he said.

UPM vice-chancellor Prof Dr Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah and deputy vice-chancellor (student affairs and alumni) Assoc Prof Dr Azali Mohamed could not be reached for comment today (July 20, 2006).
Looks like it's double whammy for UPM especially so soon after the Ethnic Relations module fiasco [PDF]. As a Malaysian and a graduate student at a local public university, I really don't know where to hide my face. Those pathetic beings act like retards heckling and shouting in such a manner not any better wait, those chimps are way more civilised and cultured compared to those thugs! Strip them off their posts, demand they make a public apology and only after all that expel them. The university has no place for animals like them! I truly feel that our friend here on the right deserves their place in the university more than these imbeciles.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

You Know You Are Chinese

You know you are Chinese if
  1. You unwrap gifts very carefully, so you can save and reuse the wrapping (especially ribbons).
  2. When there is a sale on toilet paper, you buy 100 rolls and store them in your closet or in the bedroom of an adult child who has moved out.
  3. You keep a thermos of hot water available at all times.
  4. You save grocery bags, tin foils and tin containers. You use the grocery bags to hold garbage.
  5. You hate to waste food. Even if you're totally full, if someone says they're going to throw away the leftovers on the table, you'll finish them. (Your mom will give a lecture about starving kids in Africa). You have Tupperware in your fridge with three bites of rice or one leftover chicken wing.
  6. You don't own any real Tupperware - only a cupboard full of used but carefully rinsed margarine tubs, take-out containers and jam jars.
  7. You have a collection of minature shampoo bottles that you take every time you stay in a hotel.
  8. You wipe your plate and utensils or wash them in a small basin of hot water before you eat everytime you go to a restaurant.
  9. You own a rice cooker and a slow cooker.
  10. You wash your rice at least 2-3 times before cooking it.
  11. You fight (literally) over who pays the dinner bill.
  12. You have a teacup with a cover on it.
  13. If you're under age 20, you own a really expensive walkman. If you're over 20, you own a really expensive camera.
  14. You're a wok user.
  15. You only make long distance calls after 7pm.
  16. You prefer your shrimp with the heads and legs still attached - it means they're fresh.
  17. You never call your parents just to say hi.
  18. If you don't live at home, when your parents call, they'll ask if you've eaten, even if it's midnight.
  19. Your parents tell you to boil herbs and stay inside when you get sick. They also tell you not to eat fried foods or baked goods because they're heaty (yeet hay in Cantonese).
  20. You e-mail your Chinese friends at work, even though you only sit 10 feet apart.
  21. You always cook too much.
  22. You eat every last grain of rice in your bowl, but don't eat the last piece of food on the table.
  23. You starve yourself before going to all you can eat buffet.
  24. You know someone who can get you a good deal on jewelry or electronics, computers.
  25. You own your own meat cleaver and sharpen it.
  26. Your toothpaste tubes are all squeezed paper-thin.
  27. You know why this list consists of only "28"reasons.
  28. You take this message and forward it to all your Chinese friends.

This list that I received through email struck me in more ways than one. I might not really agree that some of the traits are just associated to the Chinese community but many are clearly traits held by the Chinese alone regardless of where we are.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

LPG Cylinders (Cooking Gas) Expiry Date

Received this in an email. Definitely worth sharing:

Have you ever heard about LPG gas cylinder's expiry date? I also didn't know. In fact, most of us do not know this. I came to know today from the gas stockist after an accident occurred.

Expired Gas Cylinders are not safe for use and may cause accidents. In this regard, please be cautious at the time of accepting any LPG cylinder from the vendor.

Here is how we can check the expiry of LPG cylinders:

On one of three side stems of the cylinder, the expiry date is coded alpha-numerically as follows:

A or B or C or D and some 2-digit numbers following this e.g. D06.

The alphabets stand for quarters:
- A for March (First Qtr),
- B for June (Second Qtr),
- C for September (Third Qtr), and
- D for December (Fourth Qtr).

The digits stand for the year it is valid:
Hence D06 would mean December Qtr of 2006.
Share this with your family and friends. Although I've not checked the authencity of this claim, I still feel that all should have knowledge of this just to be safe unless of course you hate that particular person and wish for an accident to happen with the gas cylinder! :P

Friday, July 07, 2006

Remembering The London Bombings

This day last year, London was rocked by four explosions that caused ripples not only in that busy metropolis but throughout the world. One innocent man was even shot seven times in the head all because of mistaken identity and widespread fear. To me, that actually rubber-stamped that the terrorists' objectives were achieved - to cause unnecessary fear and hysteria. The death of that one innocent man had more impact than the deaths of the 52 passengers. Let's take a moment to cherish the memories of those who perished in this awful tragedy. Let's make a pledge to continue living and cherish the life we have regardless of the insane ways of a certain few. Let's make living this life worthwhile.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Lesson Of The Day

A Mom comes to visit her son Kumar for dinner, who lives with a girl roommate Sunita.

During the course of the meal, his mother couldn't help but notice how pretty Kumar's, roommate was. She had long been suspicious of a relationship between the two, and this had only made her more curious. Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between Kumar and his roommate than met the eye. Reading his mom's thoughts, Kumar volunteered, "I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you, Sunita and I are just roommates."

About a week later, Sunita came to Kumar saying, "Ever since your mother came to dinner, I've been unable to find the silver chutney jar. You don't suppose she took it, do you?" Kumar said, "Well, I doubt it, but I'll email her, just to be sure."

So he sat down and wrote :

Dear Mother,

I'm not saying that you 'did' take the chutney jar from my house, I'm not saying that you 'did not' take the chutney jar. But the fact remains that it has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.


Several days later, Kumar received an email from his Mother which read:

Dear Son,

I'm not saying that you 'do' sleep with Sunita, and I'm not saying that you 'do not' sleep with Sunita. But the fact remains that if she was sleeping in her OWN bed, she would have found the chutney jar by now under the pillow...


Lesson of the day:
Don't Lie to Your Mother!