Monday, April 30, 2007

Perodua Viva Launch - 10th May 2007?

According to this advertisement in today's copy of The Star, the new Perodua Viva (codenamed D18D) will be launched on NTV7's Thursday Night Live at 9pm on 10th May 2007.

Perodua Viva Paper Ad
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Even before spyshots of the car turned up on the internet, interest in this Kancil and Kelisa Replacement Model has been as great as that of the Perodua Myvi (if not greater), launched two years ago. The Perodua Kancil makes up a huge portion of the company's sales and with the launching of a much improved model to replace its highly successful flagship model coupled with continued strong demand for the Perodua Myvi, Malaysia's second national car manufacturer is definitely going in the right direction unlike its big brother, Proton.

Perodua Viva Spyshot
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Apart from the paper ad, there's also a teaser advertisement on The Star Online. Hovering your mouse over the ad will play you a teaser video clip of the car. Clicking on the ad will bring you here.

Perodua Viva Teaser Site
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At this website, you are presented with a mixer. You are asked to adjust the sliders to reflect your preference in a car. After making a choice under the "Money & U" section, you click submit and will be prompted to fill up a simple form. After filling your contact details, you will receive this in your email.

Perodua Viva Car Recommendation Email Reply
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Based on the choices you've made in the mixer site, you will be presented with your choice of car. Mine seems to be "Glittering Silver 1000", probably meaning the 1000cc version. As long as it's not Passion Red, I'm a happy camper.

The Perodua Viva is rumoured to cost between RM28,000 to RM46,000 which is a little pricey when you compare it to the Perodua Myvi with a price range of RM39,000 to RM50,000. Anyway, I can't wait for the launching of this model and to see one up-close with my own eyes. You can view more spyshots and specifications of the new Perodua Viva here and here, respectively.

Are you looking for true love?

Friday, April 27, 2007

Akon Says "It Don't Matter No" To Underage Sex

by Akon

"Don't Matter" music video by Akon

I truly liked this song until this despicable act came to light.

Video of Akon gone wild in Trinidad

Everytime I hear that song now, that wild video in Trinidad will pop into my mind and I just can't shake it off. Constantly picturing Akon molesting/dry-raping an underage girl on stage whenever I hear this song is not exactly how I would like to enjoy listening to this song and it's really making me sick. Why couldn't he had chosen some other song like that incredibly whiny and annoying song "Lonely" instead? Why spoil a perfectly nice song with your sick exhibitionist ways on stage in front of so many people? Not that I'm condoning underage sex here but at least have the decency to do it somewhere more obscure like behind the stage or in a hotel room where there won't be so many curious eyes looking at you hump the poor girl's mind off!

Really gives you a whole new meaning to his lyrics...
Nobody wanna see us together
But it don't matter no
Cause I got you babe
...doesn't it?!?

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Constitutional Monarchy Malaysia Installs New King

Yang di-Pertuan Agong
[SOURCE: The Star]

Malaysia, a constitutional monarchy, formally installed the Sultan of Terengganu, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin as its 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong today. His Majesty, who was elected by the Council of Rulers to replace the former Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin, will hold this largely ceremonial role for the next five years.

The list of Yang di-Pertuan Agong:
  1. Tuanku Abdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan (1957-1960)
  2. Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah of Selangor (1960)
  3. Tuanku Syed Putra of Perlis (1960-1965)
  4. Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah of Terengganu (1965-1970)
  5. Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah of Kedah (1970-1975)
  6. Sultan Yahya Petra of Kelantan (1975-1979)
  7. Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Mustain Billah of Pahang (1979-1984)
  8. Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj of Johor (1984-1989)
  9. Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah of Perak (1989-1994)
  10. Tuanku Jaafar of Negeri Sembilan (1994-1999)
  11. Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah of Selangor (1999-2001)
  12. Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin of Perlis (2001-2006)
  13. Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu (2006-)
It will be refreshing to have a young King who hopefully will bring some life and relevance to the institution. In fact, His Majesty has already decided to make some changes at the palace. Who I would love to be King however is Raja Nazrin Shah.

Raja Nazrin has an impressive academic and intellectual background with bachelor's degrees with honours in various fields – philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University. His Royal Highness also holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard and Ph.D in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University.

Now, that is someone with the right know-how to do something good for Malaysia. Unfortunately, if the Council of Rulers follows the succession line based on the previous rotation, Raja Nazrin would only be King a good 25 years from now. But of course, His Royal Highness would need to succeed his father as Sultan of Perak first, another man I have great respect for and in about 20 years time, Sultan Azlan Shah would already hit 100 if he's still alive, enough time for him to get acquainted with ruling the state of Perak before taking over as the Supreme Leader of Malaysia. Hopefully, the damage is not too severe by the time he takes over as Agong for him to work his magic.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Take On Me

by a-ha

"Take On Me" music video by a-ha
We're talking away
I don't know what
I'm to say I'll say it anyway
Today's another day to find you
Shying away
I'll be coming for your love, OK?

Take on me, take me on
I'll be gone
In a day or two

So needless to say
I'm odds and ends
But that's me stumbling away
Slowly learning that life is OK
Say after me
It's no better to be safe than sorry

Take on me, take me on
I'll be gone
In a day or two

Oh the things that you say
Is it life or
Just to play my worries away
You're all the things I've got to remember
You're shying away
I'll be coming for you anyway

Take on me, take me on
I'll be gone
In a day or two
You've got to love this classic. Just take a listen to the synthesisers and tell me you're not head over heals over this song. During a time before computers were widely used in the music industry, you start to appreciate the true geniuses of that era who were capable of churning such beautiful original music, hardly adulterated (if any at all) by the technology we are so used to nowadays - automation.

Even if the music is not your cup of tea, you've to admit they did come up with one kick-ass music video. The innovative video is an amalgamation of rotoscope-style animation and live-action, in which the video is first shot on normal video, then each frame is hand-traced over to give the animated effect. You tell me now that's not some amazing creativity and hard work to produce a mere music video, during a time when MTV was still finding its footing.

Just puts to shame the music video you see nowadays, doesn't it?

Friday, April 20, 2007

Differences Between You & Your Boss

A little joke from an email I would like to share with you to start off the weekend.
When you take a long time, you're slow.
When your boss takes a long time, he's thorough.

When you don't do it, you're lazy.
When your boss doesn't do it, he's too busy.

When you make a mistake, you're an idiot.
When your boss makes a mistake, he's only human.

When doing something without being told, you're overstepping your authority.
When your boss does the same thing, that's initiative.

When you take a stand, you're being pig-headed.
When your boss does it, he's being firm.

When you overlooked a rule of ettiquette, you're being rude.
When your boss skips a few rules, he's being original.

When you please your boss, you're arse-creeping.
When your boss pleases his boss, he's being co-operative.

When you're out of the office, you're wandering around.
When your boss is out of the office, he's on business.

When you're on a day off sick, you're always sick.
When your boss has a day off sick, he must be very ill.

When you apply for leave, you must be going for an interview.
When your boss applies for leave, it's because he's overworked.
Have a great weekend. :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Let Existing Penang Bus Companies Suffer

Last year, the Penang bus companies threatened to cease operations. [PDF]
Penang bus firm to cease operations

A bus service operator here is about to cease operations due to the new zoning system imposed on April 1.

Angkasa Barisan (M) Sdn Bhd chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Ali Kadir said: "I am quitting because I have lost confidence in the Co-operative and Entrepreneurial Development Ministry, CVLB (Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board) and the state government. [...]
A few weeks back, they cried for a buyout. [PDF]
Cry for a 'buyout'

[...] To avoid any unhealthy competition, Lim suggested the Federal Government buy them out.

"There will definitely be stiff competition among the drivers of existing bus companies and those from RapidPenang when they compete against each other to pick up customers," he said. [...]
Now, they say they are prepared to face the challenge posed by RapidPenang. [PDF]
Prepared for challenge

Penang bus operators are prepared to face challenges from RapidPenang which will begin operations in the state in August.

Milan Travel Sdn Bhd manager Lim Theam Hock said the company would work doubly hard to serve commuters in the island. [...]
Just makes you wonder if they are ever serious in tackling the chronic public transportation issue in Penang. The arrival of RapidPenang will provide the healthy competition that is needed to help solve Penang's public transportation woes. It's HEALTHY competition, Mr. Lim of Milan Travel, not unhealthy competition as what you are so wrongfully trying so hard to point out. Like the saying goes, if the fire is too hot, get out of the kitchen!

Let there be no buyout. Let them bleed financially if they can't compete. Let them pay for the sufferings and exploitation of Penangites all these years. Let them be bankrupted and all assets sold off cheaply to RapidPenang and all worthy workers absorbed into the expanded company. All unscrupulous workers should be left to suffer for their hand in making Penangites' commute a living nightmare.

The existing bus companies have been given too many chances to provide acceptable public transportation for Penangites. Too long have Penangites been made to suffer in the hands of these irresponsible crooks. Enough is enough. It is payback time!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

All The Fuss Over A 'Wayang Kadbod'

I really don't know what's all the fuss about. The wayang kulit (shadow puppet theater), I mean wayang kadbod entitled Tragedi Kg. Berembang is not even that entertaining or controversial.

If the authorities want to be worried over anything, it's the woman in this video and not some wayang kadbod.

The woman in the video is so emotionally charged, she'll win a debate against anyone, anytime of the day. If someone would to sponsor her to speak from state to state all over Malaysia about the demolition of her house and 50 others in Kampung Berembang, she would definitely win many hearts over. Now, that's something to be really worried about. Not some wayang kadbod performed by some kids. Kicking a fuss over some kids' art project is just lame. The authorities are just making something out of nothing. So free ah? Go catch some real criminals lah!

Friday, April 13, 2007

You Know You Should Have Kept Your Mouth Shut

You know you should have kept your mouth shut when your team, which is from a league well-known for its defensive attributes, got beaten so convincingly and shipped in seven goals in the process. Ladies and gentlemen, the most entertaining match I've watched so far - the second leg of the 2007 Champions League quarterfinals match between Manchester United and AS Roma at Old Trafford. Enjoy.

Francesco Totti's ego got the better of him when he shamelessly sounded to the media that he would make Sir Alex Ferguson pay for not mentioning him as one of the AS Roma players that could pose a threat to Manchester United's ambitions of navigating through the tricky Champions League match-up between the two clubs and eventually lifting the Holy Grail of European football in Athens.

As always, Ferguson made Totti eat his own words when a spectacular display by Manchester United defeated a top Italian team in the last eight of an European match, this after being 2-1 down in the first leg and missing top players like Paul Scholes, Nemanja Vidic, Gary Neville and Louis Saha. It's like AC Milan missing the likes of Kaka, Alessandro Nesta, Paolo Maldini and Filippo Inzaghi. Or AS Roma without Daniele De Rossi, Christian Panucci, Philippe Mexes and Francesco Totti. You know it's going to be an uphill task.

Looking at how ineffective Totti was during both legs, he must be feeling really foolish now for having being so outspoken before the matches. Seems like the only thing he was good for was launching stinging freekicks right into the arms of Edwin van der Sar! The goal is to put the ball in the back of the net my dear, not bruise the opponent's keeper! The least you could do was test the keeper by curling one like David Beckham, Roberto Carlos or Cristiano Ronaldo!

I must admit it was a freakish night indeed. It was as if every shot on goal by a Manchester United player would end up in the back of the net. But no one can fault their free-flowing attacking football though. Just amazing to watch. All the goals were brilliant. Even the one by De Rossi. It is without a doubt the most outstanding European match in recent times if not ever.

Definitely worth waking up in the middle of the night to watch. And I've not being doing that for a good few years now. What luck! Here's to a triumphant season and hopes of a second Treble!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Blog Decluttering

For my loyal readers, you may have realised yet another new look for "Just So You Know". With increasing content, the blog would need some spring cleaning sooner or later. I decided maybe it was high time I did some blog decluttering.

As you know, the sidebar for the previous layout was filled to the brim with stuff. It was quite unsightly, I admit but I didn't have the means to do something about it then. Recently however, I found a way to implement AJAX to categorise and declutter the links on the sidebar, not only keeping the sidebar neat, tidy and presentable but also applying a little cool factor to the blog. You have to admit clicking repeatedly on the menu headers to reveal the contents of each category is kinda fun.

I've kept the minimalist look since my intention is to declutter the blog, no? Nothing makes the blog more busy like adding too many colours to the layout. I know many have commented how plain (and dull) the previous layout was. The good news is, it's not that dull anymore. The bad news is, it's still plain but I'm sure you'll come to enjoy the "clean look" sooner or later. Like I said, very zen.

Some have also stated their dislike for the relatively much narrower column (compared to the layout before that) but like I've explained, it is for the good of my readers. You don't see Reader's Digest or newspapers printing their articles from left to right, do you? No, they break it down to smaller columns for easier reading. The same concept applies here.

You may realise that you are able to right-click on the blog now. I've removed that restriction as I feel it does make it somewhat difficult to browse around the blog although it does help prevent people from stealing photos from my blog. However, my readers come first. So, the right-click restriction has to go. I've however included a huge Creative Commons logo to remind all that the contents of this blog is protected by a Creative Commons license.

I still have some grouses of my own regarding this layout. Like how it uses tables instead of full CSS implentation for the columns. For someone who has used both to create websites, I would have to say I very much prefer CSS than tables. I've already seen some errors on this website due to the use of tables instead of CSS but nothing too serious. It should be easy for me to change the layout to full CSS but I'll be doing that some other time.

Anyway, enough talk. Try out the new layout and tell me what you think about it. Do let me know if you encounter any errors along the way. I don't know about you but I really like it very much. (That would be a no-brainer, no?) :P

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Just So You Know

by Jesse McCartney

"Just So You Know" music video by Jesse McCartney
I shouldn't love you but I want to
I just can't turn away
I shouldn't see you but I can't move
I can't look away

And I don't know how to be fine when I'm not
'Cause I don't know how to make a feeling stop

Just so you know
This feeling's taking control of me
And I can't help it
I won't sit around, I can't let him win now
Thought you should know
I've tried my best to let go of you
But I don't want to
I just gotta say it all
Before I go
Just so you know

It's getting hard to be around you
There's so much I can't say
Do you want me to hide the feelings
And look the other way

And I don't know how to be fine when I'm not
'Cause I don't know how to make a feeling stop

Just so you know
This feeling's taking control of me
And I can't help it
I won't sit around, I can't let him win now
Thought you should know
I've tried my best to let go of you
But I don't want to
I just gotta say it all
Before I go
Just so you know

This emptiness is killing me
And I'm wondering why I've waited so long
Looking back I realise
It was always there just never spoken
I'm waiting here, been waiting here

Just so you know
This feeling's taking control of me
And I can't help it
I won't sit around, I can't let him win now
Thought you should know
I've tried my best to let go of you
But I don't want to
I just gotta say it all
Before I go
Just so you know

Just so you know
Thought you should know
I've tried my best to let go of you
But I don't want to
I just gotta say it all
Before I go
Just so you know

Just so you know...
Now, how often do you hear of a song named after a blog? Alright, so the song wasn't named after this blog but so happens to share the same name. You have to admit that it would make a really good theme song though, no? Not only did the title of the song caught my attention when I heard it over the car radio the other day but the tune is quite catchy too. And I'm not saying this all because it shares the same name as my blog. Or is it? :P

Just so you know, this song's taking control of me. ;)