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Current Location: at home
Feeling: calmcalm
Listening to: Shawn Colwin - I Never Saw Blue Before
04 April 2012 @ 10:59 pm
I stumbled over something like this this on untoldsarcasm 's journal and here it is because... fun, fun, fun!

Reply to this entry with a secret/confessional.

Everyone's got something they're not telling someone, and most of the time, it's good just to say it and get it off your chest. Whether it's something serious, or just plain embarrassing, say it here.

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Current Location: at home
Feeling: curiouscurious
Listening to: Theodore Shapiro - Miranda and Andrea
I love my country, I really do.

If you've been living here a while (or all your life), you will know that the level of corruption is intensely high and the government is known for parading cronyism, hypocrisy and spouting ridiculous statements. The latest "issue" going on around here is the Bersih 2.0 rally, which calls for free and fair elections.

And it's illegal.

Let me rephrase that for you.

A coalition, advocating justice, fairness, and transparent elections is illegal.

And what is even funnier?
The movement against Bersih (supported by the government and the ruling party) is legal.
I cannot, for the life of me, fathom why that is even possible. It defies all laws of logic - unless, of course ... I'm sure you know where I'm heading. If you incite a movement against fair elections, you have got to be the one who've always been winning the elections and are afraid to lose it. And if you don't practice corruption and backhanded means to win those elections, WHY ARE YOU SO GODDAMNED AFRAID OF BERSIH?! When the Election Commission comes out and says that Bersih is an opposition movement to gain power, you question their supposed objectivity.
To the extent of banning all things yellow - somebody please tell me what the hell this achieves considering the fact that my surname even means yellow - and arresting people for wearing yellow outfits. This violates basic human rights, violates what little freedom of speech and assembly Malaysians have. As Aung San Suu Kyi writes, "To view the opposition as dangerous is to misunderstand the basic concepts of democracy. To oppress the opposition is to assault the very foundation of democracy."
Authorities (mainly UMNO -related people, no surprise there) are painting Bersih as a movement for several things. Watch them try and use pathos in their rhetoric - and being entirely ridiculous - I'm pretty sure the international community will be laughing their asses off at them. So far, they've been calling Bersih supporters communists, trying to incite pre-Independence sentiments against communists Then, inciting racial and religious tensions by saying that Bersih is funded by foreign Christians, calling Bersih (and its chief) anti-Islam. It always boils down to the race/religion card when the government is struggling to maintain its desperate clutches on power.
For the record, Bersih's 8 Demands are:
  1. Clean the electoral roll
  2. Reform postal ballot
  3. Use of indelible ink
  4. Minimum 21 days of campaign period
  5. Free and fair access to the media
  6. Strengthen public institutions
  7. Stop corruption
  8. Stop dirty politics
Nowhere does it mention race, religion, or anything its attackers are using against it. And it's a peaceful rally. It does not advocate violence, or riot etc. Funniest thing is that anti-Bersih rallies by UMNO supporters and such are the ones making riot and being violent, threatening to burn down buildings etc. Yet, the authorities are only going after Bersih and its organisers.
Justice and fairness present? I think you can strike that out.

Any wonder why people are campaigning for it?

I'm glad that Penang's CM has openly supported it, although by doing so, he has been criticised by the federal government. The state police has gone to the judiciary to ban the state-supported roadshows for Bersih to be held yesterday, so we all know who the police and judiciary sides. Definitely not the people.

The fact of the matter mains; the way the government is reacting to this entire thing is evidence of their losing grip on power. I can only hope that Malaysia is not heading where it seems to be heading - down the toilet. 
Current Location: at home
Feeling: aggravatedaggravated
19 April 2011 @ 12:33 am

Hello all! :)

I’m currently in a competition where the first prize’s an iPad. So if you guys are on Facebook, I need a little favour from you all! It’s really simple.

1. Go to -> Taylor’s University’s page and “like” it.

2. Then, go to -> my picture and “like” it - it’s the same picture you see above.

And that’s all! Simple right? Please help vote for me! Pleasey, please?

The dateline's on the 4th of May so do hurry and help me win an iPad! :)

I thank you all in advance. It is really, really appreciated! ♥
Current Location: at home
Feeling: hopefulhopeful
Listening to: John Travolta - Moonlight Lady
02 March 2011 @ 01:00 am
For the past three months or so, I've spent almost every morning waiting for the postman to bring the mail and hopefully, parcels. Yes, this girl had discovered the joys of Mastercard. Now that I'm back in uni, I've occasionally asked home whether I'd received any packages. Okay, maybe not occasionally. It's been less than two weeks since I've left Penang and I've lost count of how many times I've bugged my brother over whether something arrived in the mail for me or not.

So once, during my obsessive asking, my brother actually said I got something. All good right? So I thought. As it turned out, I got a letter from JPJ - that's the Road Transport Department for those not in the know - summoning me to some sort of interview to assist in an investigation regarding bribery. Needless to say, I was not amused. Firstly, I'd just left Penang slightly more than a week ago and now I have to travel all the way back? Secondly, I was going to have to miss the Oscars since the interview was Monday morning. And thirdly, I never bribed anybody! But I could get into a lot of trouble (jail, anyone?) if I didn't turn up for this.

This is part of the evil letter. Those are not my scribbles; they're my father's.

How it all turned out and ended with Marlene Dietrich & pictures!Collapse )

P.S. - Brought Penang laksa back with me for the rest! I feel like the delivery person for long-distance hawker food orders. Can't tell you how common it is for people to actually travel far distances for food, driving all the way to another state to satisfy a food craving. Only in Malaysia.
Current Location: at home
Feeling: amusedamused
Listening to: The Beatles - Let It Be
25 February 2011 @ 02:29 am

New header! Screencap links to the LJ. :)

Photo credit: Clayton Chew
Current Location: at home
Feeling: calmcalm
Listening to: Bruno Mars - Count On Me
23 February 2011 @ 10:32 pm
In case you're wondering why there's an update despite it being a weekday, well, I have a day off! Kinda. :P

Yesterday was a long, long day. But it was one of the most awesome I've had in a long time for three reasons.

1. We finally got our timetable for the semester and it's wicked awesome! We have Fridays off! That means a three-day weekend!
Think of all the one or two-day trips that we could make - all the places to explore. Malaysia's enough for an entire year's itinerary! I'm incredibly excited for it. (Probably having high hopes - a 100% course based programme doesn't allow many free weekends.)

2. I watched Burlesque (finally!).
Okay, the storyline was weak and very predictable. Christina Aguilera's false lashes (the irony of it when her character's talking about it being her first time learning how to wear make-up while she's been wearing falsies since the beginning of the film) was quite distracting. I kept looking at her lashes whenever she appeared and pretty much nothing else. Anyway, the main point of mentioning Burlesque...

These two.

More thoughts and Kristen Bell.Collapse )

3. We celebrated Veronica's and Amanda's birthday - a day late, but what the heck.
We went to Bubba Gump at Sunway Pyramid after Burlesque and had a feast! I don't normally eat shrimp (although I love other seafood) but I'll gladly eat their shrimp any day! So juicy and tender! I could eat those every day until I drop dead from high blood pressure. And their onion rings. Heaven. I know I haven't posted any picspams lately (and mostly just link to Facebook or Plixi etc so in an actual conscious effort to revive the blog, here's a picspam! These have been stolen from Facebook (thanks in advance, Danesh and Adrian :P) and have been Photoshop-ed so we'd look pweeettyyy. :D

Look at those onion rings! They were so good!

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Current Location: at home
Feeling: accomplishedaccomplished
Listening to: Paloma Faith - Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?
20 February 2011 @ 06:27 pm
Lazy Sunday afternoons usually prompt me to do lazy things, like paint my nails (which I will do soon, since it's the last day of my 3-month break), eat a lot of chocolates, drink a lot of green tea and usually finish reading a book. But due to my sudden inexplicable drive to post an update, I'm here, sitting at my laptop instead of lolling about in bed. Yes, I loll about in bed most Sunday afternoons. I'm an incurable loller.

I have a confession to make. I am a Twitter-addict (if you follow me on Twitter, you probably know this already). A friend of mine made up a word to describe me; I'm a Tweetict. I've always known I'm one but I never realised to what extent my addiction is until the application I use for my phone got suspended by the Twitter gods. For a moment, I actually mourned the loss of ÜberTwitter because few other applications for the Blackberry actually supports photo uploads to Plixi and I do post quite a lot of pictures. The official application doesn't compare to ÜberTwitter in terms of functionality at all. Then, just as I was about to wear black, there came the news that they're renaming the application to ÜberSocial! I saw the light of dawn and gone were my plans to wear black.

After attempting the entire day to install the newly-named (but virtually still the same thing) application, I finally succeeded but it refuses to work. Bugger. And until now, it's not working. Bad Twitter. Bad, bad Twitter.

Anyway, the point of this post is to illustrate what is my life coming to if I need this little - or not so little - social network with the little bluebird to keep me happy. This cannot possible be healthy. But there are so many good things about it that I cannot imagine a better life without this little bird.

Here are the TOP 5 reasons I'm a Tweedict:

1. Many people I interact with a lot use Twitter

2. Many people on Facebook post statuses which just irritate the hell out of me. Eg. "My mother said no to the iPhone. She's such a bitch! FML." and these are people I know in real life so it would be incredibly awkward to unfriend. I tend to not go on it much so where else can I go to keep up to date about people? Twitter! I keep up with everyone easily and when I see someone the next day; I can say; "Oh my gods, where did you get that gorgeous pair of shoes?!" because they'd posted the picture. I like to know what's going on with the lives of the people I care about - yes, including their new shoes.

3.The DM feature is a substitute for text messaging so I don't have to spend money since I'm using an unlimited data plan.

4. News spreads so fast there that I barely need to pick up the newspaper to know what's going on in the world - and I won't get smelly, inky fingers flipping the pages! (People like me are probably contributing to the death of traditional print newspapers.)

5. It's easy to broadcast a message I need many people to see; comes in incredibly handy during the stressful moments of meeting assignment deadlines. "PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR RESEARCH MATERIAL TOMORROW EVERYONE," works faster than individually texting all of them. And those heart-attack inducing moments. It usually goes like this. Someone tweets; "Finally. Reached 2000 words." And some poor bloke would tweet back; "ZOMG WTF I THOUGHT IT WAS ONLY 1000 WORDS."

There are cons to Twitter too, of course, but I think the pros outweigh them. I definitely prefer it to Facebook. :)
Current Location: at home
Feeling: mischievousmischievous
Listening to: KT Tunstall - Suddenly I See