Saturday, March 31, 2007

Mini Farewell

I went out with Ferdinand, Zhen Hui and Irin at Pizza Hut last night. It was kinda farewell for us but it wasn't the last time we'll be seeing each other before we leave coz we'll be meeting up again at the OGA Annual Dinner later tonight. Well, nothing much for me to say about this mini farewell.
It's just that, yea, Irin you're right, that's our first meeting. And of all the time, what a time to meet, right? Haha... By the way, thanks for the card. It was cute (I mean what you wrote inside it). Luckily the timed-bomb didn't explode as you've told me earlier :P coz I just can't resist myself to open it before I'm back home. Hehe...

Later that night, since the night was still young (haha, why am I talking so flowery??), I asked Gaik Li out. It happened that she was cik kim-ing (it's 'folding gold' if I were to translate it directly!) that time. But your bro finished cik those kim for you in the end, right? Anyway, thanks for the early birthday present and those bookmarks. But where's honey's bookmark you promised me? How am I going to explain to him?
And that's all for this post. It's kinda short this time but I'll write a longer post (if I'm still can find time) in the next post. Got to get ready for tonight's dinner. Still not very sure what to wear there though...
後二日間しかない。早いね。
Translation: Just 2 days left. It's fast and coming...

Friday, March 30, 2007

清水先生からのメール

カルヴィン君へ

お久しぶりです!
皆が合格したと根津先生から聞いていました!!本当におめでとう!!

私は今川崎(神奈川県)で日本語を教えていますよ。
長岡はちょっと遠いけど、ぜひ東京に遊びに来てくださいね。

私は火曜日に皆が行くホテルへ会いに行こうと思っています。
みんなの元気な姿に会えるのを心から楽しみにしています。

家族と遠く離れたり、友達とも別れたり、今の気持ちは複雑でしょうね。
でも、楽しいこと、素晴らしいことが 日本で待っています!

カルヴィンさんも元気で。日本で会いましょう!!

清水亜希子


P/S: 清水先生へ:先生に僕たちが泊まるホテルで会うのを楽しみにしています」

Well, to those of you who doesn't learn Japanese, I'm sorry coz this is in Japanese. I didn't translate it coz I wanted to post it in its original form. Anyway, it's nice to hear from my lecturer after more than a year she left for Japan.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

What Your Name Means

Wonder if you guys would take a moment to try this. I've tried it and I guess it really works (at least to me).
Instructions: What you do is find out what each letter of your name means. Then connect all the meanings and it describes YOU. It's TRUE and isn't it GREAT?
P/S: If you have double or triple letters, just count the meaning once. For example: RAMA
R - You are a social butterfly.
A - You can be very quiet when you have something on your mind.
M - Success comes easily to you.
A = You can be very quiet when you have something on your mind.
B = You are always cautious when it comes to meeting new people.
C = You definitely have a partier side in you, don't be shy to show it.
D = You have trouble trusting people.
E = You are a very exciting person.
F = Everyone loves you.
G = You have excellent ways of viewing people.
H = You are not judgmental.
I = You are always smiling and making others smile.
J = Jealously.
K = You like to try new things.
L = Love is something you deeply believe in.
M = Success comes easily to you.
N = You like to work, but you always want a break.
O = You are very open-minded.
P = You are very friendly and understanding.
Q = You are a hypocrite.
R = You are a social butterfly.
S = You are very broad-minded.
T = You have an attitude, a big one.
U = You feel like you have to equal up to people's standards.
V = You have a very good physique and looks.
W = You like your privacy.
X = You never let people tell you what to do.
Y = You cause a lot of trouble.
Z = You're always fighting with someone.
So, lets see what my name means. If what mentioned above is true, then I'm someone who:
  • Definitely have a partier side in me, which I shouldn't be shy to show it (I guess so)
  • Can be very quiet when I have something on my mind (I'm just trying to find some calmness)
  • Love is something I deeply believe in (True, but so far...)
  • Have a very good physique and looks (I wouldn't comment on this!)
  • Is always smiling and making others smile (I think so)
  • Likes to work, but you always want a break (I'm getting lazier lately)
Check your name's meaning and tell me if it's true. Looking forward to response and comments from you guys.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Road Back To SGI

I returned to SGI for the… hmm, maybe the second time since I left the school in 2004. I wanted to go by myself initially, but Ferdinand asked me if I wanted to go together and I straight said yes to him. At least I'll have a company and not going alone. If not because he had stomach acne yesterday, we would have gone there a day before. But never mind la Ferdi. I won't blame you for put-me-airplane!! Haha…
We went there around 10am coz it's recess time and it'll be easier to meet up with the teachers. The school was still pretty much the same. Just that there are some new facilities, new renovations here and there and also some new teachers and also teachers who have either retired (like Miss Teoh) and left for other places. The first teacher I talked with was Pn. Soh, my Add Maths teacher. And she was still the same Pn. Soh few years back. I also met with Pn. Liang, which didn't teach me before during my time in SGI. But nevertheless she knows me quite well (I think). She's actually my mum's kampung friend. Something nice when talking with Pn. Liang is that she'll be using all sorts of dialects when talking. Just name it. English, Bahasa Melayu, Hokkien, Mandarin, and sometimes even Tamil and some Thai! I guess next time I got to teach her some Japanese as well…
Next was Shaun's mum, Pn. Aeria, who thought us Living Skills (or more commonly known as Kemahiran Hidup) in Form 3. The first question after I told her I'm leaving for Japan is: "You not scared of earthquake ar?" Haha, I think she likes that question very much coz last time whenever I talked about I'm going to Japan with her, she'll mention that word. Anyway, it was a nice chat with Pn. Aeria.
Although I see Mr. Yee (my Physics teacher) almost everyday in the lake gardens jogging, we never really got the chance to have a decent chat. So I managed to catch up with him as well. While talking halfway, the electricity went off. But still in the darkness (I think I've over elaborated coz it's not that dark actually) and hot condition, we continue talking away.
Ferdi and I actually felt that there were just a few teachers around today until we got to know that the rest were in the library having a jamuan after their debate competition. And by the way, SGI won the district level debate competition. They beat SM Hua Lian in the final. So after they had their jamuan, I got to see Pn. Choo and Cik Nurul as well. Thanks for the copy of Georgian 2006, Pn. Choo :) And to Cik Nurul, I'm looking forward to you having a trip down to Tokyo some time in the future.
And the other teachers I saw, but didn't got to talk to them (they were busy with class and some other stuff) were Pn. Devan, Mr. Onn (still with his jokes), Miss Ng (saw her teaching in the class when we were ronda-ing the school and her teaching method is still the same. For those who was under Miss Ng before, I think you know what I mean here) and Pn. Kuna I’m trying to think who else, but I could have forgotten some of them. Sorry if I had left out anyone here. And I also met with Zhen Hui's mum, Pn. Chan.
After talking with the teachers, both of us just chat a while before I leave coz I got to fetch my sister. I've been doing this (fetching my sis) for the whole holiday! And for our (I say 'both' coz Zhen Hui and me will be leaving) farewell, we changed our plan and now we'll be doing it together with the OGA Annual Dinner. So it'll be a 2-in-1 event.
Fuhh, I didn't realized I've blogged so long already. So I guess I'll stop here for today.
5 days away and it’s getting closer…

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Back To Taiping

I'm back, after a 2-day lapse. Well, I just came back from my KL and Klang trip late last night and reached Taiping early this morning. I went to Methodist Girls School (MGS), which happens to be Joann's ex-school in Klang. But before that, she picked me up and brought me to try Klang's famous bak kut teh. And I got to say it's different from other places that I'd try before. The smell, the texture, everything. I'll summed them up into one simple work - ho chiak! We was chatting away until Joann told me we got to be hurry for the function in her school.

As I mentioned in my last post, there is an exchange programme going on between the students of the Japanese Society of MGS and the students from Nagaoka Technical College of Technology. When we were at MGS they had already arrived. And the guest were signing the guest book. As Vincent (my junior) and I were kinda like self-invite-guest, there wasn't a name tag for us. But anyway, it can't be taken as self-invite as it's Joann who asked if I wanted to go. Anyway, as usual, there were speeches, performers and presentations. And it continued with a game - Explore Race and later was our lunch and presentation (again!) followed after that.
I managed to catch up with some of our senpai (seniors) there. Among them were Wiliam, Zulhelmi, Idris and Khalid (he’s from Toyota Kousen). I even got met up with the lecturer from the Mechanical Engineering Faculty - Ooishi Sensei. By the way, he looks kinda funny (I just don't know why) Maybe coz he put the bunga telur he got in his pocket in front of his coat! It's his first time seeing bunga telur I guess! I met with students which will be in the same year and taking the same course with me as well (but I've forgotten his name). He warned me about that class though. 'Bad' class he said. I think he means 'naughty'.

We have a short chat with Nadia Sensei before we leave. From Klang, I cross over to UKM to meet Looi. I know him through my NS stint in Gopeng. He took me around the university and we have a chat. It's actually been a while since we last meet up. And it was nice having a chance to meet up with him before I leave next Monday. (Looi, if you were to read this, well, you've told me about your plan and what your 'sister' think about it. Actually I feel that that's a siao idea as well. Haha... I'll just leave everything to you. It's up to you to decide it).

And after that, I headed to KL to start my 4-hour journey back to Taiping.

Just 6 days left and counting…

Sunday, March 25, 2007

At Last, My New Laptop

I got my laptop today! Yeah, it has been some time I wanted to have my very own laptop. So, for the most of the time today, I've been browsing through the laptop. The operating system is Windows Vista, so there are lots of new features which I find them kinda interesting.
Tomorrow, I'll be going down KL coz I'll be going to Klang on Monday morning. Joann told me the lecturers and students (plus Malaysian senpai) from Nagaoka Kousen will be going to her school Methodist Girls School (MGS) that day. I'll also be able to meet up with Nadia Sensei, who happens to be teaching at that school. I'm hoping it will be a nice trip down Klang as well as getting the chance to try their famous bak kut teh as well (Joann promised to treat me! Haha…thanks ^.^)
By the way, the visitors to my blog surpassed the 200 mark for the first time today. I know this is still a small figure, but still, isn't it an 'achievement' for a new blogger like me?
I'll be back with stories on my trip to Klang in a couple of days.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Giraffe Birth Moment

here it comes
slowly but steadily
opps, it drops down with those white stuff (what's that?)
this is my cute little baby
I love my baby

Friday, March 23, 2007

Before And After Marriage

Before marriage: Darling here... darling there...
After marriage: Baling here... baling there...

Before marriage: I die for you.
After marriage: You die, up to you.
Lagi lama married: You die I help you!!

Before marriage: You go anywhere, I'll follow you.
After marriage: You go anywhere, up to you.
Lagi lama married: You go anywhere, better get lost!!

Before wedding: You are my heart, you are my love.
After wedding: You get on my nerves.

Before wedding: You are sweet and kind just like Cinderella.
After wedding: You are worse than godzila!!

Before wedding: Roses are red, violets are blue. Like it or not, I'm stuck with you.
After wedding: Roses are dead, I am blue. You get on my head, I will sue you.

Before wedding: Every makan, he brings you to Shangri-La.
After wedding: You want to go, he says you wait la.

Before wedding: She looks like Anita Sarawak.
After wedding: Don't know whether katak or biawak.

Before wedding: Weekends at Cameron, Genting and Fraser's Hill.
After wedding: Furthest you go is Maxwell Hill.

Before wedding: He opens the car door.
After wedding: He opens his mouth and snores.

Before wedding: She/he was your ideal.
After wedding: She/he becomes your ordeal.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Naughty Jokes

Here are some (naughty) jokes to make the day alive. Enjoy them!

An Arab was being interviewed at a US checkpoint.
"Your name please"
"Abdul Aziz"
"Sex?"
"Six times a week!!"
"No, no, I mean male or female!"
"Doesn't matters, sometimes even camel"
Twins were born, but he could not sleep for the whole night. Why??
He kept wondering who is the father of the second child.
Teacher : What do you want to become?
Lil Johnny : Doctor!!
Teacher : Why?
Lil Johnny : Coz it's the only profession where you can tell a woman to take off her clothes and ask her husband to pay for it.
Woman complaining to dentist: It's so painful, I'd rather have a baby than have a tooth removed.
Dentist : Make up your mind soon! I'll adjust the chair accordingly.
75 year old man got married to a 15 yr girl. On their first night both were crying. Why??
Coz she didn't know anything, and he had forgotten everything.
An old lady, 85, a virgin, about to die. She wanted her tombstone to read: 'BORN
A VIRGIN, LIVED A VIRGIN, DIED A VIRGIN'.
The engraver shortened it to 'RETURNED UNOPENED'

5 Don'ts When You Are Sleeping

Don't Sleep with Watch
Watches can emit a certain level of radioactivity. Though small, but if you wear your watch to bed for a long time, it might have adverse effects on your health.
Don't Sleep with Bra or Underwear
Scientists in America have discovered those that wear bras for more than 12 hours have a higher risk of getting breast cancer. Well the same goes down there for guys. Imagine having a prosthetic part. So go to bed without it.
Don't Sleep with Phone
Putting the phone beside your bed or anywhere near you is not encouraged. Though some of us will use phones as alarm clocks, but please put the phone as far as possible. Scientists have proved that electrical items including mobile phone and television sets emit magnetic waves when used. These waves can cause disruptions to our nervous system. Therefore if you need to put your mobile phone near you, switch it off first.
Don't Sleep with Make-up
People who sleep with make up might have skin problems in the long run. Sleeping with make up will cause the skin to have difficulty in breathing and problem in perspiring. You will also need a much longer time to go into deep sleep.
And the 5th don'ts and the most important that you should be aware of:
Don't Sleep with Others' Wife or Husband
You may never wake up again.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Speech Contest

While I was tidying up my stuff just now, I came around this pink paper-pack thing.

wondering what's inside it?

And it reminded me of the PPKTJ's Speech Competition that I took part last year. And by the way, for those who might be wondering, PPKTJ stands for Pusat Persediaan Kajian Teknikal ke Jepun (Preparatory Centre for Technical Studies to Japan).

The competition was actually in Japanese, and it's compulsary for every student in my course to participate. Initially, everyone of us was hoping for an exemption (I'm being one of them!) It was first held among students in each class. And the best 3 student from each class will be entering the finals, which 12 students are selected.

This first task was basically picking a topic and preparing the text. It took me days to figure out a topic. And finally I came out with the title 'Mareshiajin to Nihonjintono Seikakuno Chigai' (The Difference between Malaysians and Japanese).

the text I came out with

And I got to prepare texts over texts before I finally done with my final copy. So, what the contents of my speech? Well, I touched about punctuality and manners.
the first text - nagasugiru (too long)

the second text with lots and lots of corrections

the final one (at last!)

So the text is done. And next is the memorizing part. Yea, I know we shouldn't memorize our text but weren't we've been trained to memorising since our school days, especially during exams! But actually, I didn't really memorize my text as you can see in this picture below:

my text is on the table (in case I go blank!)

Next is the finals. Since the lecturers weren't the judges, students are given this for giving the marks for the contestants.

well, I still refer (but just once in a while) to the text during the finals!

When the results were announced, I came out 4th (out of 12 participants) well, that's not a bad achievement, isn't it?


actually my president was reluctant to hand me the prize

And the prize? It would be nice if the prize is a trip to Sydney (or something like that), right? Well, that's just me having a day dream. But the 4th prize wasn't bad though. It was a certificate and a pair of pencil and a sharpener!


the certificate I got...

and my newspaper-made pair of pencils and sharpener!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Malaysia At Its Very Best... And Worst!

Recently, I've been talking about Malaysia. And again, in this post, we'll see some of our Bolehland at its very best, and worst! (no hard feelings, okay?)

These are some of the things that I love being a Malaysian:

  • The government is sending students oversea to further their studies (I’m one of the benefactors!)
  • Low level of stress (we can see this through the low number of suicide cases in the country)
  • Low level of noise pollution.
  • We are surrounded with natural and refreshing green environment (at least in the kampungs, if not in cities like KL)
  • We have a lot of natural resources like petroleum and tin (once upon a time)
  • We are free from natural disasters like earthquake, typhoon and volcano eruptions (the tsunami in late 2004 being an exception)
  • It rains throughout the year.
  • We have large area of land. So our homes are bigger (rooms in Japan are usually smaller than our toilets!)
  • We have our own freedom to choose our religion.
  • A multi-racial country means we are living in a multi-culture community (with various types of festivals and languages)
  • It's easy (and cheap) to get a driving license.
  • Price of things is still low (but how about the fuel price?)
  • We have our own national car.
  • We have the skyscrapers recognized around the world (the Petronas Twin Tower being one of them)
  • We are helping poorer countries.

And now, the not-very-nice-things about Malaysia:

  • We are not punctual (well, Malaysia's time is generally half an hour after the initial time)
  • We don't queue-up when paying in the cashier or getting into buses and LRTs.
  • We don't have the reading habit (well, I don't read either!)
  • We throw rubbish and keropok's plastic everywhere (everyone's doing it, aren't they?)
  • We lack the awareness to keep the country clean, city folks especially
  • We don't know well about our country (just a simple question as a test: what's the population of Malaysia?)
  • We don't do well in sports (I mean like football (old story) and hockey; not squash, of course!)
  • Pirated goods are everywhere (Petaling Street will definitely come to our minds)
  • Services aren't good, especially in government departments (okay, there are some improvements lately)
  • Road accidents cases are among the highest (is this an example of 'Malaysia Boleh'?)
  • Cars and electrical equipments are expensive
  • The education system-well, how should I put it?
  • The programmes in the local TV are mostly boring, especially in RTM (agree, anyone?)
  • Too many illegal immigrants in the country.
  • Vandalized public facilities are everywhere.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Does Size Matter?

Was it because of the title that made you read this post? So, does size matter? Heck! What kind of question is this? Well, it depends on what's in your mind.

Let me take height as an example. Just compare Asians and Westerners height. Well, the average height for Asians is around 171cm, compared to the Westerners who measured up to 178cm. So, what do we compare to see if size does matters. I'll take the performance of our sportsmen in various sports as a comparison.

Football. Well, we all know Malaysia are not doing well in the international scene (they are now ranked 154 in the world ranking!). And of the top 10 ranked teams, 8 are from the Europe and the remaining 2 are from South Americans. Even the highest ranked Asian team, Iran are just placed in 34th place. So, does this show that if you got the height, you do better in football?
Yes, if we compare Malaysians with the Europeans; but no, if we compare Malaysians with other Asian teams. Get what I mean here?
can you see where Malaysia is ranked?
We are just the same in physical sizes if we were to compare to the Japanese and Koreans, but why when they could qualify into the World Cup finals over the years, we couldn't even pull out a decent result in the qualifying matches? Instead we are the ones who are watching the tournaments from home.

So, does size matter? NO! (I don't think so)

Okay, enough on football. Now take my cases as another example. I've got to go to 2 states, several shopping complexes and shops, gone through tons (I'm not sure of the exact figure) of pairs of shoes to get my leather shoe. And finally I got one. Why all the hassle?
the pair of shoe I finally got!
Yes, you guess it right, SIZE! You could almost never find a pair of shoes with size above 10 in Taiping. And I got to go to Penang and Ipoh to get a right shoe for me. Usually when we are buying shoes, the things we look for are price, design, brand (maybe) and the last will be size, as it usually won't be a problem. But for me, it's reversed. Size comes first. No size, no talk.

So, does size matter? YES!

Well, it's squared at one-a-piece. So what's next to compare? It took me quite some time to figure it out.

But an article today in The Star (Education Section) left me no choice but to talk about height, again. Being tall now has another benefit if you are a female who is at least 5'10" or a male at least 6'2", you are eligible for the Kae Summer Einfeldt Scholarship worth US$1,000 (RM 3,500). As long as you are under 21 and plans to attend college this year, you can get in touch with Tall Clubs International for more information. So, JPA and Petronas, take notice!
height does matter - there are scholarships for those over and under certain heights!
And those who are vertically challenged, don't worry as the Little People of America Association offers support to people who are 4'10" or less in height. An application form, letter of request and three reference letters could see you on your way to landing US$2,000 (RM7,000) to help subsidise your education.

Again, when we ask, does size matter? YES, it does!

Let us ask this question from the women point of view. Do they really mind how the c*** of their boyfriends and husbands measure up? I couldn't answer this, of course! As a guy, how would I know?!

So, girls and women out there, do you guys really take the size into account?
Does size matter?
Would you guys prefer this?


Or this?


And yes, that c*** was meant for 'CARS'!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Malaysia Boleh and ‘Malaysia Boleh’

When our climber, Magendran Munisamy and Mohandas Nagappan scaled the Everest in 1997, the spirit of Malaysia Boleh began to be used as a motivation for Malaysians to achieve great success in the any field. It was in fact introduced by Tun Dr. Mahathir, our former Prime Minister. Of course there are some achievements which deserved to be recognized to show the world that we can. But, over the years, I feel that this Malaysia Boleh thing has been over-rated sometimes.

In this post, I'll take some of the examples of the what we should recognize as Malaysia Boleh and what we should rather put it as 'Malaysia Boleh'.

Take Nicol David's success as an example. This girl from Penang has came a long way before becoming the world champion and world number one, the youngest ever. And there’s a saying which goes; it's easier to win something than defending it. But Nicol proved that Malaysia Boleh by successfully defending her world crown late last year. By doing this, she got to compete against the best with players, among others from Australia, England and New Zealand. Up till now, she still remain the world number one player in squash.

Recently our badminton pair of Koo Kien Kiat-Tan Boon Heong won the men's doubles crown in the All-England finals. This victory is achieved after a lapse of 25 years as the last Malaysian pair to won the title was the Sidek's brothers of Jalani and Razif, in 1982. And during that time, I wasn't even born yet! Although this young pair were making their debut in the competition, their determination and resilience take them through all the way to the final and beating the world champions and top seed from China, Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng.

A few years back, Hafiz Hashim won the men's singles title as well. But since then, he failed to win any major tournaments. Here comes a question of the reason why Malaysians athletics, sportsmen and sportswomen have a tendency of failing to maintain a consistency after they won a major tournament or championship. Today they could be the hero, but the next day, they just turned zero. So, time will tell whether this young pair of Koo Kien Kiat-Tan Boon Heong has what it takes to be a world top pair.

Now, we'll see some examples of 'Malaysia Boleh' so-called achievement. Take the world's biggest court complex as an example. The complex will house 30 High Courts, 21 Sessions Courts and 26 magistrate courts, and will have 500 parking bays for the public, 300 bays for court staff and 200 bays for judges and magistrates. Enough on the stats. But what does this exactly tells us? It just tells the world that we have high crime rate. Now we have the world's biggest court. So, what's next? The world's biggest prison will not be a bad idea either.

Over the years, the opportunity to have their name placed in the Malaysia Book of Record has made Malaysians set out to create creative, wonderful but sometimes unpractical and weird records. Recently, a 362.8m line of kuih ketayap was formed by students from UiTM. This wasn't a new thing as we have had the highest can stacking, the biggest dinner gathering, the biggest the tarik event, the longest line of sandwiches, the tallest building formed by mooncakes, and the list goes on. 'Malaysia Boleh', eh?

Above are just a friction of examples about the difference between Malaysia Boleh and 'Malaysia Boleh' spirit. It will be nice and I'm looking forward to get more examples from you guys out there.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Off To Penang

I went down to Penang today. I went there with my family, so it wasn't a trip to catch up with my Penang friends. It was just a 1-day-trip. We spent most of the day shopping, so it's kinda tiring.

a ferry heading to Pulau Udan (For first timers, NEVER wait for a ferry written with Pulau Pinang!)

and this one's to Pulau Rimau, 10 kilometres off Butterworth!

and how about this one? Pulau Tayar maybe?

By the time we were on our way back in the evening, it started to rain. So there was a slow traffic on the Penang Bridge. If the traffic condition is like this every time it rains or during festive seasons, I guess the plan for the Second Penang Bridge is not a bad idea. Well, caught in this slow moving traffic, I came out with an idea of taking photograph. And it turned out to be an interesting shot, at least to me! =)

And here are the remaining of the photographs taken from Penang.
the jetty at the island
KOMTAR-reaching the skies
KOMTAR-from the ferry
a view of the Penang Bridge from the island
and the famous Penang Bridge-in the rain
this is the shot I mentioned just now
and another nice shot of the Penang Bridge (or should I say the traffic?!)