Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
To liken Ezam as rakan seperjuangan rakan rakan Keadilan is definately an understatement. We are talking about this guy who used to be DSAI political secretary and Youth Chief of PKR. Not only that but he merengkok in penjara for his struggle too. And even Hishamuddin Rais in his blog Dari Jelebu did a write up on his cell partner of 2 years, about how courageous Ezam is.
So his rationale of joining UMNO? Pak Lah recent actions has prompted him to take this path and fight from within because he sees a commitment from UMNO to make a change.
Hmmm......isnt it too early to say anything at this juncture? Yes recent events has shown the government is trying its best to undo some of the legacy left behind by BN. Restoration of the judiciary and ex gratia payment to the judges involved in the judicial crisis, the Lingam commission, a commit to review the toll rates, to relook at some of the draconian acts we have, bringing Zaid Ibrahim into the PM Dept to take charge of legal affairs, to make ACA from a toohless tiger to ACA (the real deal of course), and just today proposals to amend the University Act.
Why all this populist moves? Its plain simple. BN was handed a knock out by the rakyat. Some component parties had fallen so deep that, they might not climb out of the hole for a long time to come. All these acts by BN are more of a damage control in play. With DSAI looming at the edge of the Parliment, Ezam is just another pawn in percaturan politik of the bigwigs.
Malaysian politics has just gone a notch higher. And I am still not talking about the side events happening in and outside of the Dewan Rakyat.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
It was tiring but fun as well. The aftermath, Kim had backaches all over her body and he throat felt funny smelling the various colours from the paint and the many brands we used such as Toa and Nippon. As for me, I think I came out pretty okay although I had a foolish dumb start when I made my 1st attempt to paint the ceiling of the room. I think I put too much paint onto the roller and as I was standing on the chair to reach the ceiling, one lump of white paint fell from the roller hit spot on into my right eye. Trust me, when I say I was momentarily blinded and my eyes felt sticky and hot. Didnt know that painting can be a hazard as well.
Below are some pictures from the Project Painting.
This is me a happy camper before the song Smoke Gets In Your Your Eyes became Paint Gets In Your Eyes if you get my drift.
Armpit Man Dom in action, noticed the hole in his armpit to give more fresh air circulation into his body. Nah.......thats just his working clothes when he is not working as an engineer but moonlighting doing some hard odd jobs for a living......nah thats not true as well. He just loves his torn worn out shirt he got from Oregon, USA.
Who says painting is not fun, its already 8pm plus and here we are still with our spirits held up high since morning.
Well what a start to Monday...........the most dreaded day of all calendar days......
What more can I say about the place I stay as I have blogged about my place in many occasions.......not only undesirable elements like thugs or uncivic minded people are staying there.....now ghouls and spirits too.......what's next?
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Alas, DAP won Penang state slaughtering BN component parties, literally speaking. And Joceline yet again shows how shallow her observation skills are. Just makes me wonder, is this lady worth every cents she is paid for?
A platter of new issues
COMMENT BY JOCELINE TAN
DAP is trying to drum up support by playing up new issues as traditional ones like Chinese education and corruption are about as palatable as cold dim sum.
FIRECRACKERS were exploding in the distant background as DAP leader Lim Guan Eng stood on top of a makeshift stage (actually it was a small lorry) speaking in a mixture of Mandarin, English and Southern Hokkien.
The Chinese New Year may be over but the festive mood seems to have lingered on thanks in no small part to the start of the general election campaign.
Penang will see fierce battles in the days ahead and the DAP shifted right away into campaign mode after nominations closed on Sunday morning.
The Bagan parliamentary seat is where Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, is staging his entry into Penang politics. Hence, it was no surprise that he chose to kick off his party's ceramah campaign in Bagan.
The contest for the Chinese vote will be fought out mainly in seats like these where the Chinese make up nearly 70% of the voters.
The opposition party also launched the party’s election video with a theme song borrowed from a pop hit by the boy-band Westlife and which provided a pretty good idea of the topics that they will be playing up in the campaign.
Times have really changed.
This is probably the first general election in history in which Chinese schools is not an issue.
Chinese education used to be an election hot potato that was guaranteed to swing votes to the opposition. Today, it is like cold dim sum, still tasty but less saleable.
The DAP would be loathe to admit it but the fact that Chinese schools are no longer an election issue is testimony to the MCA’s efforts and good working ties with Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
Corruption, the all-season favourite of the DAP during the Lim Kit Siang era, also seems to have taken a backseat.
This election will be about cost of living, crime and security and, for the Chinese crowd, the antics of Umno Youth and especially the high-profile Khairy Jamaluddin.
Pictures of him taken during the Ijok by-election are guaranteed to draw reaction from the crowd.
The DAP will not be short of issues in Penang but Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting’s announcement that this would be his last polls and Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy’s stunning decision not to seek re-election has thrown a double spanner into the DAP works.
There is considerable goodwill for the show of professionalism by MCA's top two and DAP leaders would have to think twice about attacking MCA's leadership.
But one of Lim’s concerns that evening was to assuage feelings on the ground. His presence in Bagan has been at the expense of long-time Bagan DAP strongman Lim Hock Seng who had to move to contest in a state seat.
He pulled a grinning Hock Seng onstage and they held hands up in the air like wrestling champs.
Lim can expect an easy victory in Bagan but Hock Seng will now have to struggle to win against one of MCA’s most promising assemblymen Ooi Chuan Aik, known locally as the Michael Chong of Penang.
Even some of those at the ceramah that evening said they would have a difficult time choosing between Hock Seng and Ooi.
Both are very likeable personalities. Hock Seng’s ties with the area goes back decades but Ooi has the advantage of incumbency as well as being younger and more energetic.
In fact, as senior MCA politician Tan Sri Dr Sak Cheng Lum pointed out, people will be busy checking out the candidate.
“The issues are there of course but they have been talking about it for more months.
“Over the next week or so, people will be assessing the track records of incumbents, scrutinising the new faces and basically asking themselves what each candidate can do for them,” he said.
“It’s going to be challenging but if you are able to deliver, people will recognise what you have done.”
There is an undeniable feeling of “boh song” or dissatisfaction among Penang Chinese over a variety of issues and about the Government.
But there is none of the “wind of change” mood that had blown through the state in 1990.
The opposition is hoping to fish in these troubled waters and it is up to the ruling coalition to convince voters why their bait, just like freshly-steamed dim sum, is tastier.
Letter to: Joceline Tan
Hi Miss Joceline,I am writing to you in reference to the article you wrote "A platter of new issues" dated 26-Feb-2008. I have read alot of your articles through the years and I must say this article really made me say enough is enough. I am not sure how you can go to office everyday writing packs of lies and still live your life proudly.
Yes, you can still enjoy your dim sum with your ill gotten money. And if I were to compare a robber robbing a poor old lady on the streets versus you earning a living as a journalist writing packs of lies each day, you're no different than the former. In fact, you're a bigger robber because your article had deceived many readers.
I am coming back to vote in this election, the people will show you what finer values in life are. Something my parents taught me which I find you're lacking of.And trust me, your journalistic writting is pale in comparison to mine and your political deduction is like a soggy piece of rotten cabbage. Even a novice like me can write and view things more objectively than you.
I have heard many stories about how you sucked at writing. That piece of article you just did tops it all. I find all your writing borders what I envisioned the propaganda team in North Korea will dissseminate to its people. I suggest you re-evaluate your journalistic ethics and give readers a more balanced choice of reading.
And by the way, the "congrats" on the subject header,is just a carrot to ask you to read this email. Imeant congrats for being a biased journalist.
From: Disgruntled Reader
When Kuomintang under Lee Teng Hui was handed a severe blow by the voters when they voted for DPP under the helm of Chen Shui Bian, Kuomintang came back stronger in the latest general election with Ma Ying Jeou reinventing the party capturing the hearts of the Taiwanese voters. Its interesting to note as well that 2 nights ago NTV7 primetime news did a poll on whether UMNO will emerged stronger from this crisis. Most of the respondents said NO.
Going back to UMNO being jinxed, the founding father of UMNO Dato Onn Jaafar left UMNO when he wanted to make UMNO a multi racial party while many disagreed. Shortly when UMNO was disbanded in 1988, our 1st Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj and our 3rd Prime Minister Dato Tun Hussein Onn quit and didnt rejoin UMNO. Now CheDet has walked the same path despite the fact he holds membership no. 001 in UMNO. Do I think is he still relevant in today's politics? I enjoy reading his hard hitting criticisms, but his power to sway many to leave UMNO? I doubt so.
Whats next for UMNO? The party is in disarray. I dont see how the party can pick itself up again in the near future. Plus, their brand of politics is not relevant anymore. Colonial days are over. CheDet used to rule UMNO by whipping up colonial sentiments branding Singapore as Malaysia's boogeyman. The western countries are a threat to Malaysia. Sad to say, CheDet is still stuck in the past. His outdated racist point of view is not welcomed anymore by Malaysians and the world.
The only way forward now is to give Pakatan Rakyat a chance. If Malaysia has taken her chance with BN for over 50 years, why not give Pakatan Rakyat a chance to rule and prove themselves what they are made of. The beauty of democracy is that once you're sick and fed up with the current administration, you can vote them out in the next general election. In a nutshell, we are fortunate that we have elections to choose our government unlike some other countries. So its time Malaysians, to give that chance to some others who are more deserving to run the country for now. If we can forgive BN's heaps and bounds of endless errors, misdeeds, arrogance and wastage, why not we be more forgiving and give Pakatan Rakyat a chance?A chance to save Malaysia and make it a better country for all.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Another one of my favourites, and favourites of many is Penang Asam Laksa. I grew up eating Kelang Lama Laksa. So when they actually opened an outlet in BM, I was ectastic. Even Kim is a fan of laksa. That goes to show, laksa is also a favourite among Koreans. What makes this laksa unique apart from the gravy is that it comes with the cracker you see above. The cracker is special and trust me when I say that its highly unlikely one can find this cracker anywhere else. In fact after the meal, I bought 10 more crackers to bring home, with each cracker costing RM0.20.
So everytime when I come back to my hometown, having this store's bak kut teh is a must. Absolutely a must. So far, we have brought many guests to this bak kut teh store located behind BM wet market, no one has denied the fact so far that the bak kut teh is super duper delicious. Even my ex boss, a Singaporean tasted this dish before and she still remembers the sweet taste of the soup. The ingredients are cooked to perfection. The soup is so tasty, that you will definately ask for more soup. Oh yeah, almost forgot....the chicken feet is tasty too.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I am eagerly anticipating other Marvel made movies which will invade the big screens across the world. Next on line, hoping to catch Tony Stark cameo appearance in The Hulk. Meanwhile think I will just tweak my handphone ringtone to IronMan theme song from the movie.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
First dish on the lunch menu is Greenhouse Tomatoes in Sesame Sauce. What I can say about this dish is that the tomato is huge. And the sauce is laced with wasabi as well giving it a tingling taste of sourness and spiceness thats just nice to open the taste buds for more good things to come.
Deep Fried Soft Shelled Crabs in Plum Sauce. Crispy, and nice, its perfect and its just a perfect showcase how all soft shell crabs should taste like.
The very reason why I chose Xi Yan is because of this signature dish above. Sichuan Salivating Chicken With Century Eggs. So before you start of this dish, the waitress will ask you whether you want to settle for mild, medium or hot. So we settled for medium since we dont know what to expect when they serve it hot to us. Anyway, the dish comes with additional chili in the event one finds the spice level is not up to one's liking. The dish is cold and it reminds Kim of Korean Cold Noodle. After tasting it, I must say this dish deserves 2 thumbs up. The century egg and nuts mixtures just blends nicely. Only a smart chef would have think of this dish.
By the time Zhengiang Spareribs hit the table, I must say the barrage of food is taking its toll on me. However how can I give this spare ribs a miss when the chef has marinate it with brown sugar and XO sauce. One of the best spare ribs I have tasted thus far.
The cake above was specially made for Kim as I had earlier specified that it was her birthday. So its kinda unique that instead of blowing candles, Kim has to blow the brightly lid fire doused with alcohol circling the cake.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Next highlight is the Kway Chap. You cant missed it as it has the Green Book Awards certificate. The soup taste is sweet and the ingredients taste fresh when I savour it. Thumbs up too.
After a big meal, its back to work again in the office. Good things never last, so they say.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Before the General Election, my Dad attended a handful of ceramah. What I remembered was he did tell me that Gobalakrishnan was a fiery speaker. Obviously I didnt took much notice of him until I saw this video in YouTube.
Pasir Salak MP as you can see has been reduced to mouselike figure. Stunned by Gobalakrishnan response. So Gobalakrishnan, its okay you didnt submit any questions in the 1st Parlimentary session. Keep up the good work in keeping BN bloody gap shut.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Okay this is a non parrot picture for a change and also penguins. Watching them sliding and walking reminds me of Surf's Up and Happy Feet.
Bongo Burger, comes with beef patty and fries. Not cheap. Its priced at $9.90. And no drink included. Decided we just share 1 burger and eat out instead later on. Missed a couple of shows there but guess it was okay. Will think if making another trip there since if the buzzword is FREE.