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Friday, December 31, 2010

2010: Mixed Emotions

Sydney is currently celebrating their 2011 celebrations right now as I'm typing this. And yes, this blog is officially more than 1 year in use! 

Overall, 2010 is a bittersweet year for me. The year began silently while fireworks from the Tawau Yacht Club began beautifying the skies, while I was alone at home, thinking of the future. All was static until February when I embarked my first journey overseas to Melbourne and Sydney of Australia. 

Gosh! They are 2 beautiful places. I wish 1 day I will be back there as a travelling photographer. 

In fact, I made my second attempt on covering a wedding - which is of my cousin Jason, and Iris Cheung. And I even learned some tips from their hired photographers. It was a really great experience learning with the Nikon D80. 

I went back to Kuala Lumpur and resumed my 2nd semester in Journalism. Happy to met back most of my classmates. They even celebrated my birthday. 

However, that happiness had short-lived. It's not that I had a quarrel with them or something, I really have no idea why things changed ever since our campus had shifted to the new Lakeside Campus around April after the mid-term break. For sure, when we were in the old LCS campus, we were still able to go anywhere during class breaks. However, the traffic jams discouraged us to go outings, plus, the food in the new campus were more expensive. 

However, during that period, I really thanked God for Elaine whom I always sms-ed with during her National Service periods throughout those days. She really cheered me up. Without her I really felt alone at those times, seriously. 

Plus, I also had a nice gathering with my old classmates during that period. Can't wait to see you guys during Chinese New Year. 

World Cup fever was around that time, and I returned to Tawau for vacation. It was a fantastic tournament as Spain pounced against their opponents 1 by 1 to win the Cup, as Andres Iniesta scored the screamer goal against Holland, leaving the Dutch Oranje being stunned with 1 of their players, John Heitinga, got red carded. 

Once again, another gathering happened, thanks to Michelle Dieh, the main organizer. 

One of the pictures taken that day. 

After the break, I was then blessed with another new camera, which is needed for my 3rd semester's Introduction to Digital Media (IDM) course, the Sony NEX-5. As its advertisement tagline said - Creativity Changes The Everyday, the NEX-5 does a better job when compared to my Nikon D80, specially at night. I needed it for its video features. 

Well, my original choice was to get a Panasonic LX5, but it haven't reached the Malaysian markets yet. 

See how good it is, when compared to the ageing D80. 

Nothing really happened much in the 3rd semester. My main classmates were just Amirul, Jenifer and Aalia, a new student who had transferred from UiTM if I'm not mistaken. And this is the semester where we were began to be segregated according to our majors. The huge group of friends who we were in 2009 had been divided into smaller groups. 

I really had a deserted feeling. The only gathering I had with the CMM-ers, namely Huei Ling, Thomas, Bong + Kar Chun and Ruth was during the Syabu Syabu gathering around Sept or Oct.

However, it was this semester when I felt that I began having a stronger affiliation with my church - Faith Christian Centre. Well, besides of having my shared group and my ex-cell members from the English Youth, I also get to know some other friends like Melanie and Vincent. 

And slowly I became one of my church's main photographers - alongside my cell leader, Kim Loong, plus Gary, Cedric, Zermi, etc. And the first church event I covered was the Celebration Night concert.

The Sony NEX-5 then became like an offering to God. And I'm looking forward for more church coverage. 

Well, that explained why 2010 is kinda bittersweet. I saw large group of friends being segregated into smaller groups, I saw relationships reinforced and dissolved. I saw myself being in a middle of nowhere, sometimes I saw insights and new wisdom along the road. 

At the end of the day, it's all about life. You still have to move on. In this month, an online suicide note rocked Kuala Lumpur with the death of Alviss Kong. He just ended his own life for the sake of being depressed of his no-longer-committing girlfriend. I won't label him as foolish, nor sincere, being neutral about him tells me about how important life is. 

Last but not least, 

May new adventures await us. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Congratulations Malaysia!

Just a short update congratulating the Malaysian Football National Team for winning the AFF Suzuki Cup just recently, though they lost to Indonesia 2-1 in the Second Leg. 

Anyway, to me, I am fascinated by this guy. 

Khairul Fahmi Che Mat. He made many excellent saves and he even knows how when he should rush out and when he should stay on guard. It's like seeing another world class keeper in action. 

And yes, after Lee Chong Wei, he's the 2nd Malaysian to be on Twitter xD. 

Even the Indonesians also congratulated us as well. Well, most of them surely has a Blackberry each, so they just tweet whatever they like. 

Last but not least, this guy deserves credit as well. Safee Sali - Malaysians tend to dub him as our very own Wayne Rooney. 

And him! K. Rajagopal, our Malaysian head coach who has the Arsene Wenger look! :) He's the proof that we no need any foreign head coaches like Vietnam and Indonesia to succeed more. 

Once again, MALAYSIA BOLEH! 

Sunday, December 26, 2010


Sorry for the 2 month break. Actually I had lost my mood on blogging for that period. Nothing much actually happened, except for Dec 23. 

Here's where I went. I flew back from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau at November 28, and my life pace had freezed right over here.

I can't really update a lot due to the slow Digi Broadband upstairs in my room, but ever since I changed my house's Streamyx into a WiFi area, I am able to surf the Web faster without fighting for the main laptop here.

What happened in Dec 23 to me was 2 great fellowships during the noon and the night. I spent a good lunch with my schoolmates and my ex-cell members that night in Olive. 

Let the pictures tell the story. (pictures will be uploaded) You can spot the differences of image quality as I used the Nikon D80 and the Sony NEX-5 for the occasions. 

You can see the differences between the 2 cameras - My Nikon D80 and my Sony NEX-5. Obviously the Sony NEX-5 has a better image quality. 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Malaysian Trending In Twitter?

For the first time ever, I saw a Malaysian trending in Twitter.

It's NOT Mahathir, it's not Anwar, it's not Najib, it's CHONG WEI!!!!!

Haha, Datuk Lee, sorry for the loss as you got rapid punched by Lin "Ip Man" Dan, but we're still proud of having you getting the silver medal.

And yes, Malaysia salutes you.

This shows that you never walk alone! :)

*Updated - I recently thought of some chants for Chong Wei as I browsed through some Man Utd chants in youtube. So, I might as well share it here. 

From Nemanja Vidic - 

Lee Chong Wei, ohhhhh! Lee Chong Wei, ohhhh! He comes from Malaysia. He'll fckin smashes ya!

From Ryan Giggs - 

Lee Chong Wei, Lee Chong Wei, smashes the shuttlecock! Lee Chong Wei, Lee Chong Wei, smashes the shuttlecock. Loves by us all, feared by them all. Lee Chong Wei (x3).

From Wayne Rooney- 

I saw my mate, the other day, and he said he saw a white Sidek. So I ask, who is he, he goes by the name of Lee Chong Wei! Lee Chong Wei (x2), he goes by the name of Lee Chong Wei! 

From Ole Gunnar Solksjaer (retired) - 

You are my Chong Wei, my only Chong Wei, you make me happy, when skies are grey. Though China's Lin Dan, was fcking dearer, still please don't take my Lee Chong Wei away!

From Anderson - 

Lee Chong Wei wei wei, he's a better Wong Choon Hann. Lee Chong Wei wei wei, he's our top badminton man, to the left, to the right, to the kompang beat tonight! He is top with a brass and he smashes all to the ground!

Note: The original part was offensive, as it was "and he shits on Fabregas!"

That's all folks! 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Finally, This Semester Is Over

Well, this is just a brief update. It's been almost 2 weeks I did not update my blog. And finally, I'm free. :) 

Photoshop CS5 has finally updated in my new Asus laptop, but I decided to try some new games, namely Football Manager 2011, Medal of Honor 2010 and Call of Duty: Black Ops. And yeah, the next post will be a comparison between COD and MOH. =)

Anyway, some recent photos? Here's one and this will give you followers a hint on what I will post after the review. 

Taken during my church's Celebration Night last week. :) To the Anglican churches, you'll know who this artist is - Tim Lim :) Do listen to his album, "This Road". 

Monday, November 8, 2010


This time lapse video made me thought of many things on freedom. 

If this world has more freedom, with the monetary system being phased out in history, I want to travel with a custom made DSLR camera to places around the world, to enjoy life, to discover new cultures and meet new people from different worlds, and to enjoy nature. 

Won't you want a world without currency? No stress, no unnecessary conflicts, no oppression, no unnecessary wars for resources. 

Things are changing, I can see that. Just listen to the idealists. 


Meanwhile, I miss Sydney. Missing Melbourne as well.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Ferrari Parade in Pavilion

Hello, fellow bloggers. 

Well, first and foremost, this is the first post I blogged from my new laptop. An Asus X42J. I have no choice but to get that to replace my old Acer 4920G that already had its motherboard malfunctioned. Hopefully the Intel i7 processor sustains better. 

Anyway, this is a brief update on what I took for today's sudden event I bumped into in Pavilion - some Ferrari Club gathering, where members show their Ferraris to the public. Photos are unedited, and all were taken by my Sony NEX-5 - and I need a Photoshop for this laptop!









This is me with one of the Ferraris. I just managed to be there for a few minutes as me and my friends were dashing to Lowyat Plaza first. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cell Group Memories

The picture on top is the last photo that I took with them way back May 2007. And they were Danny, Lucas, Siew Li, Gabriel Lo, Jonathan Lo, Jacqueline, Timothy Chung and Roy Tingson (from left).

The 2nd picture is the one I recently took - with Silviana, Alvan, Timothy Chung, me, Mei Chi and Lucas in Faith Christian Centre, right after the Saturday service.

See the difference? I'd been missing the old cell group members, though Colbert and Timothy are currently in the same cell group with me under our senior, Kim Loong.

Still, I miss the past. We can't be young anymore anyway, but the memories are still there. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Paul the Octopus Is Dead :(

Well, just recently I saw this sad news while browsing the FIFA World Cup site to search players for my Football Manager 2010 game. And this news suddenly appeared that Paul the Psychic Octopus had died.

News link >here<

The aquarium manager even commented to prepare him a funeral. He deserves a funeral to be commemorated, for Paul is a unique creature that predicted 100% of the games he predicted. 

Rest in peace, Paul.  

Monday, October 25, 2010

To Be A Christ-Like Person not just to follow the norms around the society. You also have to question everything around you, and that is where you get your wisdom. 

Well, being a Christian is not just about praying one hour a day, reading the Bible or to attend church services every Saturday or Sunday, it's about being a more godly person, and to be a more wise, enlightened person.

The sad thing is, when you begin to be wise, things around you will change. You will see things differently. Everything around you will tempt you to think more. 

"Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will open." 
- Jesus said this in the Gospel of Matthew. 

Same applies to any followers of another faith. Even the Eastern religions like Buddha and Islam teaches the followers to learn and seek more wisdom. 

*picture will be inserted here*

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

National Budget Critic (Update 1 For This Week)

It's been a long time I didn't update my little space. And yes, the last 2 weeks were busy moments, especially the previous week. And sorry my readers, I had abandoned this page for a little while, as traffic had declined from 80 views per day to just 25 within 1 week!

And so, I update this.

Well, Part 1 of my update today is about the National Budget 2011 for Malaysia. Yes, it is a 1Malaysia-based economy plan which is also the New Economic Model (NEM).

And here's the overview of the budget from Malaysiakini.
Total budget – RM212 billion, 2.8% higher than the 2010 Budget
Operating expenditure – RM162.8 billion
Development expenditure – RM49.2 billion
  • 2010 growth revised to seven percent compared to six percent previously, fuelled by private investment growth (15.2%), private consumption (6.7%) and exports (11.6%)
  • 2011 growth expected to hover between five to six percent supported by private investment (10.2%), private consumption (6.3%) and exports (6.7%)
  • 2011 per capita income expected to go up 6.1% to RM28,000, while income in terms of purchasing power parity will hit US$16,000, tempered by moderate inflation (2-3%) and low unemployment (3.5%)
  • Budget deficit is expected to go down to 5.4% of GDP, compared to 2010 figure of 5.6%
  • Federal government revenue is estimated to increase 2.3 percent to RM165.8 billion in 2011, compared to RM161.1 billion in 2010
  • Private investment to expand 12.5% to RM86 billion.
Emphasis on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects
  • RM12.5 billion worth of public private partnerships (PPP) will be implemented under budget 2011, with RM1 billion facilitation fund from government
  • Mass Rapid Transit project to be implemented beginning 2011 with private investment of RM40 billion and to complete by 2020.
  • Academic Medical Centre – a joint-venture between Academic Medical Centre Sdn Bhd and John Hopkins Medical International as well as Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland – which involves private investment of RM2 billion
  • Development of International Islamic University Teaching Hospital in Kuantan; Women and Children’s Hospital
  • Construction of a 300MW Combined-Cycle Gas Power Plant in Kimanis, Sabah
  • Construction of highways such as the Ampang-Cheras-Pandan Elevated Highway
azlanRM5 bil new tower in KL
  • A new landmark, Warisan Merdeka, expected to be completed in 2015, will include a 100-storey tower, the tallest in Malaysia
  • It will stand on land next to Stadium Merdeka and Stadium Negara. Both stadiums to be retained as national heritages
EPF to fund Sungai Buloh development
  • Development of the Malaysian Rubber Board land in Sungai Buloh covering an area of 2,680 acres. To be funded by EPF with RM10 billion over 15 years.
  • EPF overseas investments will be increased from seven percent to 20% of total assets managed
  • GLCs to divest shares in major companies listed on Bursa Malaysia to increase liquidity and trading velocity
  • An International Board will be added onto Bursa Malaysia to increase foreign investment, especially to promote syariah-compliant products
  • Bumiputera Property Trust Foundation will be launched to enhance bumiputera ownership of prime commercial properties in urban areas
Corridor projects not forgotten
  • Corridor and regional development will be accelerated with injection of RM850 million
  • RM93 million for Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy
  • RM133 million for Northern Corridor Economic Region
  • RM178 million for projects in East Coast Economic Region
  • RM339 million for Iskandar Malaysia
New private pension fund
  • To revitalise capital market activities, the government will launch a Private Pension Fund in 2011
  • Existing income tax relief of up to RM6,000 for employees contributions to EPF will extend to Private Pension Fund contributions
Funds to help businesses
  • RM146 million fund to support the oil, gas and energy industry
  • RM857 million allocated for local E&E (electrical and electronic) companies to compete at the international level
  • To help entrepreneurs that face financial problems, Insolvency Act to consolidate Bankruptcy Act 1967 and Part 10 of Companies Act 1965, including introduction of provision relating to relief mechanism for companies and individuals with financial problems. Review will also amend current minimum bankruptcy limit of RM30,000
  • RM100 million allocated to support the tourism industry
  • RM3 billion eco-nature resort Nexus Karambunai, Sabah, to commence 2011
  • RM85 million to facilitate construction of hotels and resorts in remote areas
IT development
  • Multimedia Development Corridor programme allocated RM119 million. Focus is on creating an innovative digital economy.
  • Import duty and sales tax exemption on broadband equipment extended for two years until 2012.
Minimum wage
  • A National Wage Consultation Council will be set up to determine the rate and mechanism of minimum wage for various sectors.
  • Basic minimum wage for security guards to go up to between RM500 and RM700 depending on location, compared to RM300 to RM400 previously
  • Fully-paid maternity leave for civil servants to go up to 90 days compared to 60 days previously
  • Levy on foreign workers to increase in stages according to sector. Health insurance for foreign workers now mandatory.
  • Talent Corporation to be set up under Prime Minister Office in early 2011, will formulate National Talent Blueprint
  • Aim to increase PhD qualified academic staff to 75% in research unis and 60% in other public institutions of higher learning
  • 1Malaysia Training Programme will be launched January 2011 with an allocation of RM500 million
Sabah and Sarawak
  • RM2.1 billion to upgrade rural roads in Sabah and Sarawak, RM696 million for Semenanjung Malaysia
  • RM1.5 billion to develop rural electricity and water supply in Sabah, RM1.2 billion for Sarawak and RM556 million in Semenanjung Malaysia
Allocation for ministries
  • RM15.86 billion for Prime Minister’s Department. It was RM14 billion in 2009 and RM12 billion in 2010
  • RM29.3 billion allocated for Education Ministry
  • RM10.2 billion for Higher Education Ministry
  • RM1.2 billion to the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development
  • RM627 million for Ministry of Human Resource
  • RM111 million for Permata (Pusat Anak Permata Negara)
Other salient points
  • azlanScheduled hike in toll charges for four highways owned by Plus Expressways Bhd will be frozen for the next five years.
  • Civil servants Grade 54 and below will get a RM500 Special Financial Assistance, including contract officers and retirees, payment will be made in December 2010
  • Maximum housing loan eligibility for civil servants up to RM450,000 from RM360,000 previously
  • First-time homeowners will also enjoy a 50 percent discount on stamp duties for homes below RM350,000.
  • Young adults of household incomes of less than RM3,000 will be assisted through a first-home owner scheme where government will guarantee 10% down payment for homes below RM220,000. This means that house buyers will obtain a 100% loan without having to pay the 10% down payment.
  • Malaysian permanent estate workers will get maximum RM60,000 housing loans to buy low-cost houses at four percent interest rate and repayment period of 40 years extending into second generation
  • Sales tax for mobile phones reduced by 10 percent.
  • RM350 million allocated to boost efforts to cut down crime index, and establish 25 special courts to expedite prosecution.
  • Full import and excise duties exemption granted to franchise holders of hybrid cars extended to Dec 31, 2011, extends also to electric cars and hybrid and electric motorcycles
  • Import duty on approximately 300 goods preferred by tourists and locals, at 5% to 30%, be abolished
  • Service tax to be increased from 5% to 6%. Government proposes to impose service tax on paid television broadcast services
  • azlanExcise duty exemption on national vehicles purchased by the disabled to go up to 100 percent from 50 percent previously
  • RM200 million allocated for Distribution of Essential Goods programme, on top of RM100 million allocated under budget 2010, to standardise prices nationwide
  • 375 native English speakers to be recruited from United Kingdom and Australia to improve teaching of English.
  • Monthly allowance of community leaders (JKKK, village heads, Tok Batin, etc) to be increased to RM800 from RM450 previously. Meeting attendance allowance also increased from RM30 to RM50
  • Imam allowance increased from RM450 to RM750, KAFA (religious school) teachers’ allowance also goes up to RM800 from RM500
  • RM1.9 billion allocated for environmental projects, including for the River of Life programme and greening of Kuala Lumpur
  • Point system to be introduced to facilitate permanent resident status applications, and can be applied for after five years of residence compared to 10 years previously
I bet many Malaysians are not somehow impressed with this high valued budget issued by our beloved Mr. Najib last Friday. 

On education and some social improvement stuffs, like the MRT, I don't have any critics against it, however, when I was reading the highlights via Twitter during class at 5 pm, my senses told me that this budget is a materialized piece of budget that doesn't satisfy all Malaysians. 

Even Anwar Ibrahim agreed with me in Twitter (yes, he replied me!) saying that it is a total waste of money.

And yes, I am one of the voices that is not impressed with the budget. 

And so, this is my critique. 

BEFORE THAT: I am not affiliated to any Opposition nor the BN political bodies. I am a political atheist who does not support either of these 2 parties, for I only believe in an egalitarian system (resource-based economy). 

1. Our national debt will be increased. 

Our government doesn't own 100% of our money. Besides of taking from our taxes, they also borrow money from the central bank for the extra expenditures. At the end of the day, they are to pay back the loans and the INTEREST rates in it, thus increase our debt to the banks. 

They do this purposely for various reasons. One of them is to ensure the money circulation to be increased around the society. Printing out more money doesn't help solve the debt problem. Instead, it increases the debt amount as the government distributes the money via loans from the central banks. Remember the fact that money is DEBT. It exists from loans (principle), and the debts are impossible to be paid (principle + interest)

Here is an excerpt from Zeitgeist: Addendum where the narrator, Peter Joseph describes the creation of money. 

So, it has been reported that our 2011 National Budget is 2.8% higher than the 2010 budget. Imagine how much more debt will our nation have. Little do our politicians know how deadly it is our banking system is - also known as the Fractional Reserve Banking System, or FIAT. 

2. $5 billion "White Elephant" project? 

As we all know, Kuala Lumpur is currently under the Greater KL project where we want the outsiders to know how "materialistically" awesome our new Malaysia will be by the year 2020. 

And this new tower, named the Warisan Merdeka, is 100 storeys tall, and will outshine the "ageing" Petronas Twin Towers and the KL Tower. It shall be owned by Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) and people will feel more grand by staring at that tower.....blah blah blah...

And my reaction is - What is the point of building a 3rd skyscraper while the other two had been well known internationally? Why join in the race for building the tallest city when you know that the tower costed in billions that should be used to benefit people more?

Why spend more on materialistic aspects and NOT on social aspects? 

3. High income = high expenses

Yes, we all are delighted to know that we will be a high income nation. It sounds so positive right? But, a high income nations will have their daily expenses increased, and the increase of tax from 5 to 6 per cent is something that I expect along this concerning agenda. 

Sure you can argue that there are laws being processed in order to ensure everyone, EVEN the poor security guards to have their salaries increased, but imagine what if your expenses are increased to the point where you find it hard to earn some savings for the future, what will be your thoughts about it? 

As a result of this phenomenon, I can assure you that this high-income good news doesn't guarantee you that it improves social living, for the rich-poor gap will continue to skyrocket. Someone will be left behind. Plus, what about the increasing unemployment rates and the uncertainty of the Western-dominated financial system? They are unpredictable all the time, and you will not see them coming. 

So, that's my critique ever since I heard the highlights last Friday. Based on the Facebook groups on Malaysia, I can see a radical change which is beginning to form within the Malaysians. I can see that they wanted a radical change, as people tend to solve problems, not money. So, why not allocate more monetary resources to help the people? 

"What Malaysia needs is a radical change towards a welfare-based and loving society, NOT a materialistic one." 

P.S - Please join this group if you disagree with the $5 billion mega tower project, our voices needed to be heard if you want to see positive change in society, as in spirituality and social justice.

"Armies can be stopped, but not to an idea whose time has come"

- Victor Hugo