Alot has been said about "marketplace of ideas" theory. Al Gore put a foot forward in explaining how this concept is under assault in US where to get ideas out to the public, a candidate will need to have to pay to have a 30 seconds slot to air their campaign. Those unable to pay will have their chance to air their views robbed and the public will not have a chance to hear what he/she has to say.
John Stuart Mill, an English political philosopher of the middle and 19th century has a deep influence in US constitutional laws and Mill's essay "On Liberty" has been the catalyst for marketplace of ideas theory where free flow of ideas should not be restrained.
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.'s dissenting opinion in Abrams v. United States, 250 U.S. 616, 630," .......the ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas, that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market, and that truth is the only ground upon their wishes can safely be carried out."
In Malaysia, to say that we have grounds for this to happen would be the joke of the century. With all the restrictions and punishments ready to be invoked anytime, information flow is only a one way traffic.
It never fails to amaze me every time I witness this. I am also unsure if this is only prevalent in Singapore or its an accepted norm in other countries as well.
Non living things in a queqe. I have heard of a dream one day that robots could replaced humans, but never in my wildest dream that non living objects could replace humans in a queqe. So here we are, Mr Mineral Bottle, Mr Kentucky Buddy Meal Bucket, Mrs Dustbin, Mrs Umbrella just to name a few have been very patient waiting in line.
All for what you might ask? Heard from someone its for a $5 coupon. Times are bad. Guess its very true indeed........
One is a MP for Kota Bahru that won under Barisan Nasional ticket and the other a champion environmentalist who was once the Vice President of United States under Democrat and recently bagged himself a Nobel Prize.
Zaid Ibrahim definately earned my respect when it comes to speaking up against the wrongs of the government. And he earned extra points from me for his critical views as he is on the same side where his critical views is fired at. He has spoke on taboo subjects, off limits subjects among BN MPs such as the decay of the judiciary in Msia, the need for freedom of press, the need for Msia to make do without dacronian laws such as ISA and OSA, the essence and limits of Article 153 and the list goes on and on.
In another part of the world, Al Gore has articulately brought out the worst of mankind and captured it in a documentary An Inconvinient Truth that to me is more terrifying and real compared to Nightmare on Elm Street. Al Gore being a well respected statesman, when he speaks, I'll definately stand up and listen.
So I read both their books. Verdict? Excellent discourse of facts. Most interesting similiarity to me is that both articulated the need for more freedom of information to the people. In Zaid's point of view, empower the people to check and balance the govt. Give the people the right to seek information and let people be part of the combatants against corruption and the wrongdoings of the govt. Al Gore says the same thing. Use and give "reason" to the public to decide. And both agreed that the public should be aware of their own rights. Be it the Bill Of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, all the cases fought in Supreme Courts, The Constitution....etc.
One things for sure is that in Malaysia, we need to do whats's right this time. The Assault on Reason in Msia has already taken its toll on many Msians. I believe its time now to wake up, smell the air and say 50 years is enough.
December 11, 2007Max PavilionSingaporeBalloons don't really belong in a rock concert, but one must find ways to amuse ourselves while waiting for one to begin. The mostly teenage crowd at Max Pavilion were popping a few balloons that had appeared out of nowhere while waiting for My Chemical Romance to come on stage. After an hour past the appointed time, fans were finally treated to a robust performance by the New Jersey based rock band.
An incendiary Gerard Way charged up the atmosphere almost immediately with a Rock God-like pose by lifting the microphone stand up into the air with his two arms. If anyone was curious as to how any rock musician manages to stay fit on tour, look no further. Gerard jumped, punched, danced and sang his heart out to his adoring fans.
With his signature black long locks, Gerard was the consummate performer, and lapped up the adulation from his teenage fan base. Mostly dressed in black, one fan even took the trouble to replicate the coats donned in the video for "Welcome to The Black Parade." I didn't catch any kohl on his eyes, but A plus for the effort anyway.
Gerard acknowledged the support of his fans, and returned the compliments by saying, "look at you motherf**kers, you're beautiful," only to be greeted by much more raucous screams from an appreciative crowd.
At one time, he pushed the sexual agenda MCR has become noted for by asking to "see the boys." Commanding them to take their tops off and wave it in the air like the f**king animals they were, some of the crowd were happy to oblige. Gerard could have pushed the envelope by sharing an intimate kiss with Frank lero again as they once did in a concert earlier in July this year, but that might probably earn a very strict shake of disapproval from the censors who are still coming to terms with Gerard's potty mouth.
At one point, Gerard had yelled out, "We are f**king you so hard, you won't be able to walk tomorrow!" What did the crowd do? They screamed and begged for more.
While MCR delivered the goods with a great performance, and Gerard sang with an elegiac lament that has found great fame with the youths of today, it was the crowd that truly made the concert an eye opener. They sang to their favorites like "Helena," "Teenagers," "Welcome To The Black Parade", and "I Don't Love You."
At the free standing area, the moshing and vigorous jumping by the fans were causing a few bruises. Gerard was concerned enough to warn the crowd to have fun, but to pick each other up if anyone fell. No wonder the fans love him.
To further fuel the adulation, he sang, with a mournful longing intonation, the dirge "Cancer." As he sang "the hardest part of this is leaving you," he ended the concert.
The fans yelled for an obligatory encore, and MCR came back to please the crowd with "Desert Song." The lighters and cellphones were whipped out to provide the brilliant glow of a true rock concert. The night was an unforgettable romance with the lads of MCR, fugacious though it might be. - Gabriel Leong
On tour: The band performing at Stadium Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur Sunday night.KUALA LUMPUR:
My Chemical Romance, playing before more than 10,000 fans, racked up a storm in the rain in their first-ever concert in Malaysia at Stadium Merdeka here last night.
Currently riding the waves all over the world with their Black Parade tour, the American group played for about an hour after local punk band One Buck Short and rapcore outfit Pop Shuvit pumped up the crowd with the opening acts.
Formed in 2001 and reputedly the hottest name after Linkin Park, the quintet of Gerard Way (vocalist), his brother Mikey (bass guitar), guitarists Ray Toro, Frank Iero and drummer Bon Bryar were here as part of the world tour.
The atmosphere was electrifying as they belted out their hits like Famous Last Words, Helena and I Don’t Love You.
The tour has taken them to Japan, Australia, Britain and Mexico.
The boys were late. Here we are, me and my gf and countless hundreds of people waiting outside the venue. Thank God it didnt rained. The show was supposed to start at 8pm. Guess what, it started only at 9.00pm and ended at about 10.30pm. I was certainly not dressed up for attending this gig reason being, its a working day and I am just too lazy to change my outfit.
MCR started off with How I Disappear, and carry on with many of their hits from Black Parade. My personal favourite was Cancer. it was just vocals and the piano and lights off. Gerard did try to build some rapport with the crowd. But anyway think he fell flat. And the speakers sound seems a tad high on the treble. Nevertheless I am impressed with the pianist showing off his skills. The show ended with the single Famous Last Words with everyone jumping like popping popcorns.
Not everyone was enjoying the show though. On my right was this couple with girl certainly enjoying herself while her bf just stood there. At one juncture, she even asked her bf to move away from her so that she can have more room to dance.
Here are some pics taken with my hp. We enjoyed the concert nevertheless. All sweaty, think I am getting a bit too old for this energy zapping concerts. And cant help thinking as well that the concert in KL was more worth it as they had some local acts opening up the show. That beats standing outside the venue waiting for MCR to start off the show.
Our old school friend, Jenny stopped over in Spore and we managed to catch up with her over dinner. Jenny and us goes a long way back. We knew here from secondary school, and when she migrated over with her family to New Zealand and then to Australia, we still kept in touch. The wonders of technology made it happen.
Anyway, I am always imbued with a sense of pride that we are still tight despite after all these years. Mein on the left by the way has gave birth to a cute baby boy, and they are calling him Shawn. Got the news 2 days ago. Congratulations to Teik and Mein. And welcome Shawn to our circle of brotherhood.
Malaysia has been in the news lately for the wrong reasons. The recent Hindraf protest has certainly drawn alof attention from Britain and the Indian govt, not to mention the international press.
However one things for certain, graft has been a constant feature in Malaysia and this certainly cast a dark cloud over the government's resolve in battling this cancer from spreading. Because it seems like the disease has deeply engraved itself in the way of life for every Malaysians.
This brings to mind the first ever temptation that was thrown to Mahatma Gandhi when he was showered with gifts from the Natal Indians. Here is an excerpt from his autobiography.
"The gifts received in 1896 and 1901 were all returned. A trust-deed was prepared, and they were deposited with a bank, to be used for the service of the community, according to my wishes or to those of the trustees.Often, when I was in need of funds for public purposes, and felt that I must draw upon the trust, I have been able to raise the requisite amount, leaving the trust money intact.
The fund is still there, being operated upon in times of need, and it has regularly accumulated.I have never since regretted the step, and as the years have gone by, my wife has also seen its wisdom.
It has saved us from many temptations.I am definitely of opinion that a public worker should accept no costly gifts."
I believe thats just one of the many reasons why the world has looked upon Gandhi as a reflection of purity that transcends time and space.
For a movie that compels me to read its book after watching it, you can certainly say for sure that its certainly left a lasting impact on me. Last year, I watched the movie Hotel Rwanda which starred Don Cheadle as a hotel manager of Milles Collines that saved 1,268 people or to be more exact, 1,268 Tutsis.
So recently I grabbed his autobiography, An Ordinary Man - Paul Rusesabagina. And call it a double whammy, but the book left me feeling how ordinary people with the correct upbringing can change many people lives. And Paul did exactly just that. In the midst of the genocide in Rwanda, he stood out using his skills in the art of persuasion, and his valuable political connections, how he saved many Tutsis from being slaughtered by Hutus militias.
Kinda hard for me to summarize the essence of the story of this 1994 genocide in Rwanda, but what I suggest is that watch the movie Hotel Rwanda, then read the book. It certainly left a very deep impression in me on how one man's courage saved so many lives.
What is frugality all about? I remember reading about the ex Iranian president Mohammed Khatami who gives all his money to his wife. He never keeps any money with him. His rational is that he leads a simple life and he works for the people and the country.
IKEA founder also lives humbly. Ingvar Kamprad, ranked 4th richest man in the world, drives a 15-year-old car and always flies economy class. Given his status, I bet he can own a few more newer cars. He also dines in low budget restaurants. How about Wipro chairman, Azim Premji? He drives a Toyota Corrola. He flies by economy class and uses company guest houses rather than hotels . We all know Warren Buffett, one of the smartest wealthiest investor in our time. When the Omaha of Oracle speaks, we listen. He has been staying in the same house in the central Dundee neighborhood of Omaha, Nebraska that he bought in 1958.
Lets take a look at Manmohan Singh's house. Who is he? India's current Prime Minister. When I was in India a few months back, I read in the papers he is just renting a small flat close to the office. Did some research. He actually owns a small flat inside a triple-storey building, nestled on a small hillock in Sarumataria, near Dispur. But if you look at the picture its kinda unkept if you know what I mean.
Closer to home, we have Tok Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat, the Chief Minister of Kelantan.Known for his frugality, heard that he doesnt stay in the official Menteri Besar home. Instead he stays in his current residential home.
If leaders of today or our would be leaders of tomorrow in Malaysia has that mental aptitude to do so, then we are half way there to solve the many ills we're facing today.
Does cultural sensitivity matters when we market a product or service in uncharted territories?I believe it does matter and every marketeer will agree on this as well.
Take for instance this harmless looking product. A liquid detergent with a brand name Zokka. You can find this product in your friendly neighourhood store in Singapore. No big deal.
But I doubt you'll find it in South Korea. Why? Believe it or not, its a swear word!! Dont believe me? Try mentioning this word aloud when you're in South Korea. Do let me know if you get out of the country in one piece....hahahahaha.
2 weeks ago I had a thought of planting my own plants. Thought of planting plants which can be of some use to me such as mint or curry leafs, lemongrass......etc. So what beter way than to start off with a chilli plant. Heard that its a no brainer to plant a chilli plant.
All I need to do is to get some chillies and spread it into the soil. Asked around and found out that volcanic soil will be just nice.Then just give it some decent sunlight and water and just wait.
So bought the volcanic soil and pot from Cold Storage. Started my pet project by putting it just by the window. Finally last night, my girlfriend asked me to have a look at the chilli plant. Hurray!! Its finally showing sign of life. Its kinda weird seeing the empty pot having some sign of life now. A nice positive feel though I must say.
Hopefully in due time, we can taste the fruit of our labour.
Well today felt like changing my old mouse with a new one From blue to brown.Out the old, comes in the new
Hmm....let me have a feel on this mouse. Click click. Yes it works well. Should be using this mouse for a long time to come. Oh boy, feeling hungry now. Let me see what I can eat. Hmm....this is nice....munch munch munch.......didnt know that a mouse can taste so good. Delicious.Damn! I've eaten my new mouse.
Oh well, its back to the old mouse again. Kids, if you're reading this, dont try this at home. Only professional magicians like me will dare to attempt the impossible...hahahaha.
Two identical pictures. The 7x picture was presented by Malaysia team in The Hague. The picture was lifted from this blog http://leuchtturm3.blogspot.com. Leuchtturm means lighthouse in German.
Although Malaysia didnt argued using the picture saying explicitly that the island is shown to be near Malaysia territory, but we all know how this can influence the mind of readers subconsciously. Thats why conformity is such a norm in society today and "group think" has always been a curse. Those that interested in psychology will know what "group think" is.This concept was made famous by psychologist Irving Janis. So lets say we put this picture in front of 10 like minded people. And everyone shares the same view, then a decision might be flawed.
Anyway, this so called blog was created only in Oct, and the posting was made like about 4 days before the trial.
Then again its kinda strange as well that our Tourism Minister did made this statement before that bloggers are liars not too long ago. Then why our Malaysia team lifted this picture from this obscure blog to fight its case in The Hague? We are talking about a high profile case here. Usually your ammunitions will be made up of legal documents, maps, recorded statements...etc. A picture from an obscure blog? It just doesnt fit the bill here.
A snapshot of the park just at the centre of the building
Sat was charity day for me. Decided to give something back to society. Apart from donating $50 to Rainbow's Club every month, thought that maybe I can do something more without sacrificing too much of my personal time.
So I joined Citibank Charity Drive to Christalite Methodist Home. Joined the singing group. Not much of a singer myself, but other roles for activities such as murral painting and gardening has been snapped out. So I donned a Citibank t shirt with my girlfriend, went up stage with about 20 others and sang our hearts out. The list of songs are as below.
All I Have To Do is Dream
Puff The Magic Dragon
Rhythm Of The Rain
Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin
Top Of The World
Given the fact that we didnt trained together as a group prior to this, think we did okay. Got some applauses from the old folks.
Then later we proceed with serving food to the elderly folks. Chatted with some of them. Left the place with a warm feeling. Not sure how I will face the twilight years of my life one day. But for now, I just try to live life the best that I can.
Not too long ago, I blogged on the release of Halo 3. Last night, my friend reserved 1 Halo 3 t shirt for me. Since they are managing the call center, they had pre ordered some t shirts from US. And so happen some of the support staffs had left, they had some extra T shirts to go around.
Thanks Vic. Will make Halo gamers proud, although I am not a gamer myself...hahahaha...
Talk about a hole in our ozone layer......hahahaha. See what happened to my pants!! I knew something was terribly wrong when my ass felt a chill when I was sitting on the bench. I knew it. My pants were torn. Damn! Red alert!
I was on my way to yet another curry buffet on Sunday. Need to make a detour. Decided to go to Tiong Bahru Plaza to grab any pants I can find. Emergency case warrants an emergency action plan if you know what I mean.
Anyway for a male, what can the worst happen? Its either you forgot to zipped it up or your pants decided to break free just like mine......
Well.....at least I have a brand new pair of pants now......bye bye Puma pants. Will miss you for serving me well for the past years.
Talk about better be late than never. I finally got my Slipknot concert pic we took in 16-Aug-2005. Who would have thought Slipknot, this crazy metal freaks in masks that used to piss onto the crowd, clobbering each other up on stage, vomitting and singing to the anthem People = Shit will be here in Fort Canning Park just adjacent to the Parliment House....hahahaha.
Yes, it happened and the crowd looks gothic. I must say, we are the odd ones out, seriously. Anyway here we are, posing with the devil horns and a middle finger.
Next concert for me? My Chemical Romance, Black Parade concert. I have been waiting for this guys to come here and explode. However will be missing tonight's Linkin Park's concert. Been to their concert twice before in KL and Spore. And trust me, Linkin Park concert is worth every single cents you paid for.
Before you know it, its time again for our friends to meet again for good food. This time we head our way down to Ting Yuan that specializes in authentic steamboat Chongqing style.
11 of us munched our way through the food. The herbal mala soup is super spicy. We were given a choice to choose for the less spicy, or the more spicy one. Not to take any risks, we opted for the less spicy one. Even the less spicy soup will set you on fire. I can only imagine what would have happened if we were to try the more spicy version of the soup. However the base of the soup is the same with the chicken broth soup. So I reckoned they add the chilli separately into the soup and its not boiled together.
Another attraction is the unusual dipping sauce which is made of crushed peanuts, sesame seed, coriander and salted vegetables. It goes down well with anything that you dipped it in. A bit salty, but overall it appeals to me.The amount of food you see in the picture, you can safely multiply that by 4 times. Thats how much we ate.
We ate non stop basically we started at about 7.30pm, and all the way to about 10pm. Being unable to move after that, decided to take a cab home...hahahaha....
'These people, they come to a Malay area and they tell me that our country is not doing well and people are still suffering. Well, I will tell you - you can apply for citizenship in Singapore"
Selangor delegate Ismail Ahmad
Ismail, who helms the Youth wing of the Gombak division, was referring to an opposition claim that the economic pie is not shared equitably with all races.
For this I have one thing to say to you. Screw you and the people that supported your statement. You tak layak to even apply for citizenship for any First Class countries in this world simply because you have a low class mentality and judging from what came out from your mouth, not a cerdik person as well.
Plus keris was brandished yet again this year by Kerismuddin.
Yesterday was my birthday. A perfect day to be King for a day. So I hanged up my apron yesterday and my "jagiya" was the "orrisa" for the day.
She worked her way non stop in the kitchen to feed 5 hungry souls. Much time and effort were put and the result?
All single handedly prepared by her from scratch after a hard day's work. Except for 1 dish and the soup made by my friend's wife, the rest were whipped up by my jagiya.
Excluding the cake of course. Thats from the bakery. Another milestone has passed in my life. Hopefully the years to come will be better and I'm looking forward to greet it with much vigour and enthusiasm.
After the meal, we were all full and delighted since we were pampered with so many good food. She spent more than 2hrs cooking and she told me luckily birthday only happens once in a year. But cant agree with her on that. I dont mind being served with sumptuous meal everyday in my life...hahahaha.
Starting 6th-Nov-2007, Malaysia and Singapore will appear before ICJ (International COurt of Justice) to fight for their claims on Pulau Batu Puteh or Pedra Branca, South Ledge and Middle Rocks - which are located in waters off Johor. The 18-day hearings will take place at the Peace Palace in The Hague.
Singapore team comprises of Prof Jayakumar (DPM and Law Minister), Prof Tommy Koh (Ambassador At Large), Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong and Attorney-General Chao Hick Tin. On the other side,
Malaysia team will be represented by Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Mohamad (Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs), Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin (Ambasaddor in Netherlands) and Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail (Attorney General). Of course both sides will bring along their team of legal experts to fight the case.
This is how it goes:
i) Proceedings will commence with an opening address by both countries at the Peace Palace in The Haque in the Netherlands.
ii)This will be followed by Singapore which will have up till Nov 9 to have their say
iii)Malaysia presents its case from Nov 13 to 16, in the first round of arguments.
iv)The second round is scheduled to last two days - Nov 19 and 20 for Singapore, and Malaysia on Nov 22 and 23.
It will be interesting to see who will successfully lay its claim to this string of islands. However the decision is expected to be made before next June. So its not like we're gonna get to see who wins till then.
So who will you bet on to win? Maybe this excerpts below will help you make a decision.
"We are well prepared and our team has all the documents and evidence to win the dispute," Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail, who is already in the Hague, told the state news agency Bernama.
"Everyone is in high spirit... especially myself. This is one of the most anticipated disputes after Malaysia won the tussle over the Ligitan and Sipadan islands in 2002," Abdul Gani told Bernama.
A confident chap huh I will say. By the way, Mr Patail, you're best remembered as the leading prosecutor in Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim. And to me, with your name on that, it just tainted my impression of you.
By the way, this is not the first time Malaysia and Singapore are having a go at each other.5 September 2003, Malaysia applied separately to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) for an order on provisional measures, seeking to put an immediate stop to Singapore's reclamation works pending the setting up of the arbitration panel. The hearing took place between 25 and 27 Sep 03 in Hamburg, Germany. To sum it up, 8 Oct 2003, ITLOS unanimously decided that Singapore could continue its land reclamation activities
Today attended my friend's daughter's wedding lunch reception. Got myself a standing fan. Hahaha how does this all came about.
To my suprise, didnt know that nowadays, kenduri functions have teka teki (quiz) session in their itenary. A teka teki challenge was poised to the audience. Suprisingly many of them are not giving the right answers. After a short break having some karaoke enthusiasts belting out their songs, still no one managed to answer. MC was saying, okay seems like the crowd dont have the answer, we'll be taking the prize back to our office with a glee in his smile.
No way man. Me to the rescue. Being able to understand Bahasa Malaysia, I was able to provide the answer. Went on stage, gave the right answer and brought back a standing fan. I needed one anyway. The one in my room is giving out this loud noise as if I'm on a speedboat.
Got some congratulations cheers from the crowd for being able to answer and some of my ex Malay colleagues walked over and congratulated me. Well, the question wasnt that hard anyway.....guess I was plain lucky.....
There is this interesting poll on AsiaOne website. As of 9.30am, this is the results of the polls. Think readers out there will know what I vote for. I have always wanted to know what is like to have sex up there in the air.
Not sure if its easier to conceive if you're way up there in the sky. Mating, doing the hump, shagging.....whatever you call it. On telly, the bed seems big enough for couple to roll and stroll and do whatever that needs to be done.
We are not talking about having a quick romp in the small toilet in the airplane. We are talking about having a bed to perform.
I believe the only thing SIA now needs to consider is creating some sort of soundproof mechanism. Once thats out of the way, there is no stopping the 44% of us saying Yes to this idea.For the rest, dont be a party pooper and just join in the fun.
Its a pain to lose a wallet. I learn it the hard way. Although it was not exactly me who lost the wallet but it was my gf.
To cut a long story short, wallet dropped in a Comfort cab. The very next day, I contacted Comfort custoemr service to lodge a report. Hopefully a good samaritan will return it although personally I didnt pin high hopes we can find the wallet again. But thankfully, the cab driver was kind enough to return the wallet at one of the police post.
Retrieving the wallet wasnt easy. All lost and found items will be transferred to police HQ at Ang Mo Kio. Opening hours is from 9-5pm. Weekends are closed. So no choice. Gotta rush to Ang Mo Kio to retrieve the wallet on behalf of my gf.
One can only imagine the stuffs in the lost and found office. In the picture, you can see a grainy image of a broken wheel. I also saw a baby pram and also some motorcycle helmets. I wonder how on earth are the police gonna trace down the owners or do people will actually take the effort to report a missing broken wheel?
I can only wonder. Anyhow the my gf lost item was tagged and returned back to me. Another case closed.
Last Sat our pals had a steamboat at Teik's house. Great steamboat delight. Here are some picures to share. I was too busy eating that I snapped the picture when we more than half way through the meal....hahahaha. However cant say the same for Aiko, Teik's pet dog. One hungry dog. Keep prancing around for food and barking at every strangers that come to the house. If she's human, she can be Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey since she has a loud voice.
After that we proceeded to relive the moments watching the DVD where we troopers helped Chien Jin in grabbing the bride. I have lost counts as to how many times I was a trooper, but we sent a full army of Delta troopers into the battlefield. The biggest troop we ever assembled. It was like going into Iraq, with the Iraqis kicking our arse. It was a logical move. the enemies equaled or even outnumbered us. Alot of us were wounded in the battle. The flowers I was carrying were all reduced to ashes with only 1 flower left standing. Some have battle wounds and scars to show. Teik and Dominic had bruises they can be proud of. A memento on our battlefield victory.
We like these kind of gatherings......it helped us relive the crappy good ol' days......
Reading has always been one of my many profound interest since young. Partly due to my parents especially my Dad who showered me with books and setting up a good example by reading himself.
Last Fri evening went to MPH warehouse sale. Guess what I found there among the thousand of books available for sale there. One particular book is from our beloved PM, Abdullah Badawi. Oh a book on Islam Hadari. I wonder does any sane minded person will buy this book? Although i didnt flop or browse the pages of this book, I wonder what can someone write just by this topic alone?
There is another. Does the name of the author name rings any bell?Abdul Razak Baginda, the guy in the Altanthuya murder trial. I used to have much respect for this guy. Well everything now goes under the drain for me.
All books are on sale at $8.00. I picked up some good books. Reading Who Are We (The Challenges of America's National Identity) - Samuel P Huntington right now. Those 2 books I mentioned earlier, will not even bring it home with me eventhough if it was distributed freely.