Friday, February 27, 2009

Loooonnngggg overdue post...

I've been wanting to write something about my precious Tich for soooo long... Tich has started kindergarden since January. She has never been to anykind of real school before. But on her first day at school it was just like she been there already. She did not cry or anything eventhough Mommy n daddy have to carry her to the bathroom that particular morning(we still have to carry her tho...) and bathed her while she's still sleeping.

At school we get to see all sort of character. Some keep on crying for their mommie n daddies, and some just sit there like nothing elses matter and some just get along real fine. As for Tich, she was so cool. Just go into her class,greet the teacher and seat by her side. At first we thought she gonna freak out on her first day, but she seem fine. Then at lunch time, more like mid morning snack, the teacher ask the children to bring out their snacks, to our horror Tich doesn't have anything to snack on... Poor baby. I did not know that the children have to bring their own snack. I thought the school will snacks for them... She looked so sad. But soon after the break and they were lining up to go to the wash room, she was happy again. Just see how easy children forget their sadness. From that day on I always remembered to pack her snacks...

The second day went well. Tich even ask Mommy and daddy to go to work because she has a lot of thing to do at school... So sweet. She's getting busy. My baby is growing up so fast and starting to have her own activities, and she can do it without mommy and daddy.... After school we gat a list of extra curicular activities offered at her school. The list was stappled at her school uniform strap. So cute. Maybe to make sure mommy and daddy don't miss it. We read the list together and Tich started jumping up and down when she heard the word "ballet" n "painting". So we just enrolled her to ballet and art class. It was so easy because no we don't have to spend weekends to send her to those classes. So far she still excited about her classes.
Today, after almost two months at school, Tich is becoming more and more individual. We can see more on what she likes and dislike. she is more firm and persistent tho sometime can be a bit headstrong. We just hope that she will be a better person each day. and that she will be able to enjoy everyday of her life come what may.

Monday, February 23, 2009

and The Oscar goes to ...

who will win?
my choice:
best actor: sean penn (milk) or brad pitt (ben button)
best picture: slumdog millionaire
and this 3 films are going to dominate this 81st edition
the answers ... in less than 7 hours from now

Friday, February 20, 2009

Slumdog Barks

I was glued to my recliner up till 4 in the morning! I can't sleep that night, thought that this movie could help me. It enters my domain when maestro A.R. Rahman won the Golden Globe for the best original soundtrack via this film.

A.R. Rahman is a different story, got one shop in Section 24 Shah Alam called AR Rahman Boys, probably worth a posting later.

Back to the Slumdog Millionaire, simple plot but touchy. A slumboy tea guy (chaiwalla) enter who want to be a millionaire show and guess what? All questions related to his life! From the flashback approach the film merged to a real time on its last quarter.

Only one Bollywood dancing scene and that's only during the credits.

And .... our Sentul slum is nothing compare to their JUHU. Blessed to be Malaysians!

Please watch!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Elizabeth Wong Fiasco

Pocoyo's Ellie (nothing got to do with this story)

From an old posting:

Our sole purpose is to elect quality people. By quality, I mean conservative, business oriented, temperate, highly moral, intelligent, and ambitious people who can literally change the landscape of our people and this country.
And if we can do that, then we can protect the rights of the unborn, restrict the cultural garbage that is consumed by our children,honor the sanctity of marriage, make our streets safe, fight off crimes, go green, seal our borders, and protect the true Malaysian way of life.

She is good! No doubt about it. But this former national swimmer, although could not follow Michael Phelps' glory by winning tons of gold in the Olympic, she did follow Phelps controversy. And she is even better at it. Phelps just smoking pot, but she choose to go to cloud nine the other way.

It is sad that she was blackmailed, and some stern action need to be taken to the people responsible. It is against the law.
We do impressed with how she sacrificed building a family and raising kids for the sake of servicing the people.

But ....
1. Do we allowed any dude on the street to brag about how he scored the unmarried State Executive Councilor?
2. Do we want to vote a party that do not respect the sanctity of our family institution? (They don't let her to resign ..)
3. Can elected reps say that what ever happen behind closed door is their privacy and do not affect their role as elected leaders?
4. Do we want our children to consume this cultural garbage?

and plus some leaders from the so called Islamic party allowed this to happen ...

Monday, February 16, 2009

Are Lock Stuck

Alor Star or Alor Setar?
Direct translation is Pomerac Stream. The city was named after a stream (alur) branched out from the Kedah River and surrounded by Pomerac trees.

Pomerac tree is known as pokok (tree) Staq (pronounce: stuck) in Kedah accent Malay.
This State Capital history could be tracked back to almost 300 years and one of the oldest city in the region.

Islam was already the official religion of the Kedah state and almost the entire records and related documents could be found written in Jawi (Malay language writing using Arabic characters). The Romanized (or Rumi) characters become a popular choice after the interaction with the British almost a century ago.

The actual Jawi spelling of the city is alif-lam-wau-rho (alur pronounce as "ARE LOCK" in local Kedah malay dialect) and sim-ta-alif-rho (star or pronounce as - "STUCK").
The Jawi-Rumi conversion was an evolution of its own and have undergo few versions since 1950s.
(Note: the arabic letter wau could be used as consonant W and vowels E or O, see the spelling of ALOR could also be ALUR - the currently official spelling in Kamus Dewan).
To date, since Romanized characters are widely used, hardly the Jawi version is referred to.

If back to Jawi, it is ALUR STAR then, but since it is a very old town with old Romanized Malay spelling, ALOR STAR is much more appropriate (Puchong in Selangor will not be rename as PUCUNG!)

Since the Kedah's (PAS administration) government change the spelling STAR to SETAR, PAS or Pan-Malaysia Islamic Party (Parti Islam SeMalaysia) should also consider changing its name to PIS.
Their argument is base on the Jawi initials PA-ALIF-SIN (PAS), but what the heck? They also not referring to Jawi in the above case!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Royale with Cheese

The infamous conversation from the movie "Pulp Fiction":
Vincent: Yeah baby, you'd dig it the most. But you know what the funniest thing about Europe is?
Jules: What?
Vincent: It's the little differences. I mean, they got the same shit over there that they got here, but it's just – it's just there it's a little different.
Jules: Example?
Vincent: All right. Well, you can walk into a movie theater in Amsterdam and buy a beer. And I don't mean just like in no paper cup, I'm talking about a glass of beer. And in Paris, you can buy a beer at McDonald's. And you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?
Jules: They don't call it a Quarter Pounder with Cheese?
Vincent: Nah, man, they got the metric system. They wouldn't know what the f** a Quarter Pounder is.
Jules: What do they call it?
Vincent: They call it a "Royale with Cheese."
Jules: "Royale with Cheese."
Vincent: That's right.
Jules: What do they call a Big Mac?
Vincent: A Big Mac's a Big Mac, but they call it "Le Big Mac".
Jules: [in mock French accent] "Le Big Mac." [laughs] What do they call a Whopper?
Vincent: I don't know, I didn't go into Burger King.

Tich's maternal grandmother or Tok Nda is a descendant of Sultan Abdullah of Perak. Yup, you got it right, the one that been exiled in Seychelles by the Brits.

My wife by default should have Puteri in front of her name since she is a half blood because her father is a commoner. But (I seriously believed), because her father does not want to segregate his kids (got other kids from other mothers that are not Royal at all), nobody have either Megat or Puteri in their name.

This make my lovely baby gemok a Quarter Blood Princess (very diluted!). My delicious kesayangan, the ROYALE WITH CHEESE!

The Quarter Pounder Princess & her throne.
Pix at Shana's cousin Nana (Raja Nordiana) 's engagement ceremony in Ipoh.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Popular Vote

PERAK Snapshot

Total Voters = 1,196,650
DUN Seats = 59

As per March 8, 2008 GE Results
Pakatan PKR-DAP-PAS (PR) = 31 seats
Barisan Nasional (BN) = 28 seats

As per Feb 4, 2009
BN = 28
PR = 28
Indy = 3 (But friendly to BN), so BN holds simple majority.

Refer to the Pie Chart: GE Results
Total Vote = 843,860 (all returned ballots minus void or 'Undi Rosak')
Total PR Vote = 442,660
Total BN Vote = 399,565
Different PR-BN = 43,095

Should we adopt the popularity vote instead?
Regardless of anybody hopping anywhere, the Popularity Vote is the one that determined who supposed to head the Executive branch of Government (to form an administration). Let the Legislative (DUN) ratio change because of the Article 10 (Freedom to Associate/Disassociate). But we use the Popularity Vote as the measure of the People's preferred party to administer (not RULE .... Rulers (King/Sultans/Raja) Rule or MEMERINTAH, but People (Political Parties) Administered or MENTADBIR.

What if the one who top the popularity gains less seat (not holds the majority)?
For me it is a better Check & Balance.

Remember Democrats control the Congress while Bush (Republican) was finishing his last year of 2nd term presidency, and how his additional budget for Iraq was turned down by the Congress.

So that every vote is count, regardless the guy that you vote for lost the seat contest, your vote still going to reflect your preferred choice of Executive.

Ada berani?