The place we call home...


Since I've got a bit of time of my hands and Arul is taking his long awaited break to spend time with his son, Luke and family in Singapore, I might as well take the opportunity to keep you guys entertained with a little bit of my ramblings.

I found this site when I was surfing (click on the header), this guy made the effort to compile latest news about a beautiful, nostalgic state called Malacca or Melaka, the place where many of us called home in his site. Not only that, you guys should check out his photo gallery, especially the old photos; I think it brings back that old tingling feeling - kinda like the feeling when you sit by the old kopitiam at Lorong Bukit Cina drinking black coffee from the saucer. The only setback, perhaps that he is an old schoolboy of MHS so that there are quite a number of Malacca High School news. I managed to find one very nice old photo (aerial view) of the best school in the world from his site. Click on the header to visit.

Terror at Delhi


The current death toll is 59 people and numerous wounded in Delhi, in case, you have not heard. Naturally, there would not be so much of a publicity compared to the London bombings and 9/11, after all, we are talking about New Delhi.

While the nation is getting ready for India's largest celebration, Diwali or better known to us as Deepavali, three bombs went off at crowded marketplace in central New Delhi. Who were the culprit? We don't know and we don't want to assume. What was the aim? We will scarcely understand, however, we can only marginally feel the pain and loss of the victims in Delhi.

Let us pray for the victims of this murderous act, those who has lost their loved ones and families, those who were injured; and we pray that God will bring those responsible to justice.

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Happy Deepavali & Selamat Hari Raya to everyone!There would not be any posts from me for the rest of the week but you guys please let it rip, ya?

From L to XXL to M (aradona)


I can hardly believe when I saw the news today the recent picture (again) of the enigmatic midfielder and star of the 1986 World Cup in the Star. Amazing what a little brush with death and a bit of slimming surgery could do. Back in the day, we remember him as a tough and talented young man who led Argentina to the World Cup 1986, and then later, if we remember, his sad and overweight look just before he got admitted in the hospital for swollen heart and pneumonia. Who am I talking about? Diego Armando Maradona, of course!

Since then, our friend has sure taken a new turn - with his own TV program plus getting a little politically incline now (click on the header) and of course, he looked a lot better now. Hopefully, we have seen the last of Maradona's impression of Jabba the Hut. Maybe, he could do a little bit more salsa and a little less on the drinks...



As usual, we will applaud him on! Viva Argentina!

The Miracle of Life

Holding hands is the story of this miraculous picture (left) taken in 1999. The story to safe a life of a child even before birth. All I can say is... amazing! I remember the days when we use to say in the sharings "God assures us that the World is not coming to an end when he still allows babies to be born!"

If you have read about this before...well it deserves another read as it sends shivers down my spine - literally!! Read and understand.







As Einstein says....there are two ways to live your life....one as though nothing is a miracle...the other is as though everything is a miracle!

The pix on the right is just another image which I find so much peace each time I look at...not to mentioned that a black man holding a white child with such affection speaks so much more than words.

Indian Techie Flamewar

I think a great attitude for anyone to have is the ability to laugh at yourself and that is why this e-mail war between two feuding Indian tech companies really cracked me up.The bit I like best...
"I would do the needful"
I couldn't help read the whole thing as if I was a cast member of "The Kumars at No.42"

Among other things, if you like me downloaded the Flock browser and found that you can't edit the free wordpress blog they gave when using Firefox here's some tip on how to switch the user agent.IMHO, this matrix screensaver is the best I have seen and as usual I can verify that you would not have any spyware or adware bundled with it.Best part, it's FREE....."enjoy you cheap dog!"


Who you calling "Keling"?

I was not left fuming when I read in the NST that Datuk Badruddin Amiruldin (BN-Jerai) used the word "keling" to refer to Indians in parliament but was rather disturbed that such a politically incorrect word being used by a politician.I was not surprised that he brushed it off as a small matter when other MPs asked him to retract the word because he is known to be ignorant.
So is the word "Keling" a derogatory Indian word?I don't think such a word exist in the Tamil language and there are many different explanations on how it was derived.My personal opinion, in the days of the Malacca Sultanate, during the arrival of the Chinese and Indian traders, the locals referred to the Indians as Keling as the women had a leg piece(kolusu) which gave out a kling, kling sound.Then again , I could be wrong.
The word "Keling" is very much like the word "Nigga". One black dude can call the other black dude "Nigga" but it is considered a suicide for some who is not of a Afro-American race to use it.Example, Jake sometimes calls Suresh "Keling" and it's pretty much alright but if a non-Indian uses it on some "macha"...Trust me, they will bury you alive.
Then there are those who are very close friends who get this special privilege again, Terence Scully will call me up and ask "Keling, mana lu" and to top it off he will go on to say "where are the other 2 kelings" referring to Suresh & Jake.Guess what, we will NEVER get offended when Terence uses it because we know him well and we know he don't mean it in a degrading way..just like when we call him "Serani Borak".
So what am I saying?Know where you are and who you are with before uttering anything.Example again... I have a colleague who like to use the term "Going to bomb Osama" when he wants to go take a dump.I cautioned him that some people might be offended by that and whatever you do, do not say the word "Bomb" in this post 911 era,especially when you are in the airport or a plane.
Now, this is for my fellow Indian friends.The word "Keling" has been around so long that sometimes people of other races do not think that it a derogatory word.Being able to speak Mandarin & Hokkien has helped me to understand this part a bit especially in the Chinese community.For example, a chinese guy will say "Keling Kiah Pui" when he refers to Banana Leaf rice and in no way he is trying to run us down.
Racial slurs are a universal phenomena and they exist in every language on this earth. It is human nature for a group of people from a certain culture to assign racial insults on other groups that do not share the same characteristics with them. It is up to parents or guardians to teach their children on how to handle racism.Meaning, the non-Indian folks should eventually stop using the term "Keling" as they become more informed that Indians in general do not like to be called in that manner.Just like, I was not too pleased about a priest using the phrase" run around the tree" almost 5 times in his sermon during Jake&Jesse's wedding.It was funny the first time only.
As for us Indians calling each other "Keling" or using racial slurs which I am guilty of too....maybe we should skip it all together as we may be sending out the wrong signal to our kids.

As for Datuk Badruddin, I loved the anecdote Jeff Ooi gave,

But the fifth surgeon shut them all up when he observed: "You're all wrong. Politicians are the easiest to operate on. There's no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains and no spine, and the head and the ass are interchangeable."

Hello... Happy Birthday, Gwen!


Hello! Hello!

To our dear friend, Gwen! We wish you many, many happy returns of the day! May God pour out His Special Graces on you, Terence and the kids on your birthday.

We want you to know that you are a very special person who has touched and warmed many lives including ours, we also want you to know how much we appreciate you... and also your cooking!

Have a very Happy Birthday! :D

What,me worry?

The first time I saw Alfred E.Neuman was when I picked up a copy of MAD magazine at the barbershop in Bunga Raya when I was about 9 years old.I loved those Saturday outings with my dad,where the day would start with breakfast.Usually roti-bakar and tea which my dad would buy one cup,pour half in the saucer for me.Something about sipping it from the saucer made it extra special.
Then when I am done getting a haircut, I would browse the comics.My favourite was the "Spy vs Spy" series in Mad as I could not understand some of the other jokes back then.There's another British comic, I really can't remember but it features this dog..Beano or something.Then during school days, can't forget all those free browsing in bookstores like Lim Brothers and so on.I still remember being very dissapointed about this exact Mad issue with the MJ spoof sealed up.No, I am not the type who would open a sealed magazine but yes, I am the type who hopes someone else would open it.
Anyway, seeing this entire collection of Mad magazine from the first issue kinda brought back some old memories.The pop-up in flash is very nicely done and think I spent some time during lunch viewing this awesome collection and seeing Alfred's catch phrase What,me worry? made me smile.
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Happy 2nd Anniversary

Yep! It has been two years of surely ups and downs....all the reasons to wish Uncle Kiss and Aunty Cat (said in daniel's language). Chris, I heard frm very reliable sources that you are now speaking that same language.

Anyway, whatever said and done, may this special day bring back memories of the yesteryears...the things and events which brought you two and all of us together. May God's Love always be with our two good friends, Chris and Cath.

To sum up...I would like to quote Mr Martin Jalleh...."waiting for Immaculate Conception ar??"

A Very Happy Anniversary!

Compassion

The refrigerator door in our house is full of all those  souvenir fridge magnets from our holiday destinations , family pictures and inspiring posters. Every time I raid the fridge for snacks and drinks, I tend to stand there and look at those pictures and posters. I think I have read that "10 most important things in life" poster probably more than a hundred times but something just jumped out of the poster yesterday.
 Love
The Special Feeling that makes you feel all Warm and Wonderful
Respect
Treating others as well as you'd like to be treated
Appreciation
To be Grateful for all the Good Things Life has to offer
Happiness
The Full Enjoyment of each moment with a Smiling Face
Forgiveness
The Ability to let Things be without Anger
Sharing
The Joy of giving without Thought of Receiving
Honesty
The Quality of always telling the Truth
Integrity
The purity of doing what's Right no matter what.
Compassion
The Essence of Feeling another's Pain, while Easing their Hurt
Peace
The Reward for living the 10 Most Important Things...
 
It seemed clear to me that compassion is not just about feeling the pain of  another person but also means that I have to ACT to ease their pain. It's not enough for me to feel sad for the thousands in Pakistan & India who are homeless in the wake of the quake and have to survive the harsh winter that's approaching without doing something. It's not enough for me to feel sorry for the many deaths due to cancer around me without lifting a finger,saying a prayer or digging into my pocket to support Cancer  research and the list goes on.
I came across a rather insensitive post on one of the blog where the author had no respect for the passing of The First Lady. I guess he never realised that after all she was still someone's wife,daughter,sister and mother.
 
 

EPL insert caption contest

Suresh predicted that the only way Chelsea can be stopped is when the plane the whole squad is in crashes.Though, Everton, showed that on a good day,even the club that's is struggling can salvage a point from mighty Chelsea.There is still hope but not if Arsenal is going to do "stupid tricks" as if they are winning by 5 goals.What were they thinking?
Anyway, it must have been double sadness for our SM as Felix was migrating to NZ yesterday...the same day Liverpool went down to Fulham.
I hope to post a picture from the weekend action every Monday where you guys will get to add a caption or quote for the picture posted.While you guys are at it, I can't seem to figure out a suitable prize..any suggestions?Fot this week, here's a picture from the MU vs Spurs game.
p.s: Suresh/Ell, as per your request, you can add Felix to the "contributors" list in the blog so that we can get some NZ stories.

FlyakiteOSX

Generator blog is one of those prank or time waster sites I love.The pic on the left goes to show that you can't believe everything you read in the papers.
Ultimately this post is about FlyakiteOSX transformation pack. It will transform the
look of an ordinary Windows XP+ system to look like Mac OS X.The file size is around 25MB and if you are not thrilled about it soon afterwards, just uninstall it. I had to try it out to see what all the rave was about.Personally, I liked it.The FlyakiteOSX site is pretty neat too.
On other news, our deepest condolence to our PM and his family.May eternal rest be granted unto her and perpetual light shine upon her.

Heaven's Doggy-Door

My best friend closed his eyes last
night, As his head was in my hand.

The Doctors said he was in pain,
And it was hard for him to stand.

The thoughts that scurried through
my head, As I cradled him in my arms.
Were of his younger, puppy years,
And OH...his many charms.

Today, there was no gentle nudge
With an intense "I love you gaze",
Only a heart thats filled with tears
Remembering our joy filled days.

But an Angel just appeared to me,
And he said, "You should cry no more,
GOD also loves our canine friends,
HE's installed a 'doggy-door"!

--- Jan Cooper --- 1995

Sheena is surely in a better place...

Act Now,Sign the Petition

Click on header to sign the petition at SPCA.There are more dogs like Sheena and other animals out there...suffering a slow and painful death due to neglect and lack of love.
It's really sad to realise that a dog is "put down" when it attacks someone but when a 46 year old engineer (what a shame to my profession) gets off with a RM100 fine for letting an animal that loved him for 7 years to die a painful death..in loneliness,hunger and without love.
When would some realise that a pet is a committment for life...your life or the life of your pet.

RM100 fine? For crying out loud...


This disturbing news was in NST today. The poor German Shepherd was neglected, found infested with fleas living in an abandoned compound with faeces all around the animal. After the post mort, it was found that she had (get this) swollen liver, pale kidneys, shrunken bladder, frosted lungs, ulcers, lesions along her spinal cord, empty stomach and intestines. Her ribs were protruding and brittle. (Quoted from NST). This poor dog had to be put to sleep as she could not be saved. The bloke admitted the neglect and gave an eerie statement "... Earlier when I got the dog, I did take care of her but subsequently, I had my own problems and could no longer look after her". And he was fined a measly RM100 for his contributions. Sad, sad, sad. One thing's for sure, he'll definitely have some faeces on him if Uncle Leslie get to know him...

Meet the Al Shamsoon

Homer Simpson is "Omar Shamshoon," and Bart is "Badr" and the donut-shaped snacks he loves are the traditional Arab cookies called "Kahk".
My question is, will Flanders the "Christian" be featured and if Lisa wears a "tudung"??
Anyway, as most of you guys know, I love the Simpsons, Futurama (my fav ..Bender) and I love the Family Guy where the lead character Peter Griffin has chins that look like testicles.Recently I viewed The Family Guy movie, "Stewie Griffin: The untold story " which was totally hilarious.A must See!

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A Kiss That Renewed Sharia Laws

A passionate kiss between a departing soldier and his Acehnese girlfriend, has caused outrage in Aceh, with student groups calling for the two lovers to be flogged, and sharia law to be revived in the province.

Those without sin,cast the first stone...

The Prodigal Son Returns!

After squandering his money on Indian food with good live music... the son returns to his "father"! Kidding...

Arul, this is a pix from Jake's wedding. We laughed at it many times...at my place when I first saw it and then at Chris's place when we saw it and at Jake & Jessie's place when we all saw it. The story behind it... was of course the photo coordinator losing it during the photo session at the most important moment when you called for the parents of both the bride and groom!! You must watch it...A must see! Keep the magic of laughter coming! Remember that children laugh an average of 146 times a day; adults laugh an average of 4 times a day. Put more laughter in your day. And see the change! Just look at Daniel and Marissa!

Jake & Jessie, we had a good time at your place especially where the wild boar meat was concerned - sedap! But most important it was good to catch up with you two esp after the wedding. We all were treated with a dose of good food, humour and STORIES...Chris and I are now up to date with the LATEST happenings!!


The Madness Returns

Call back the search party because I am back.Was in the Pearl of the Orient and due to a lot of work was unable to even read the daily paper.Just when I think of using the WiFi at the Coffee House to blog, the thought of lugging my notebook there and paying a ridicilous amount for a cup of coffee that is not even close to "Aik Cheong" coffee never fails to discourage me.
Anyway, was able to meet up with the "runaway groom" for some good laughs and a nice meal.We went to one of those Indian restaurants where the price starts at RM9.90 for everything.Seriously,the meal was not bad but when you're an Indian boy who grew up eating and tasting delicious Indian food cooked by your mom, paying more than a hundred bucks for a meal seems crazy.My mom can cook for a whole month with RM100. Then again, the live music was great at this restaurant, so the amount is alright by me.
Penang is no polished pearl ..at least to me because I saw many breeding grounds for "mozzies".Looks like they were polishing some other pearl throughout operation "Polish the Pearl".
One of the thing I am doing more these days during outstation trips is to cultivate my reading habit which I lost some years back.I usually download free e-books at these sites below and read them from my notebook or PDA.
Free e-Book Site 1
Free e-Book Site 2

World Cup 1986 - Revisited

In our Webmaster's absence, let me help fill in the blanks...please come home quickly lah so that we get to read stuff on the web!

Since WC2006 is just around the corner, and Argentina's defeat to Uruguay yesterday which was surrounded by match fixing controversy (Shoot the Chilean coach), I decide to live in past glory just for a while.

If you ask me, I think Argentina will not win the world cup, simply because we do no have the likes of the man in the pix a.k.a Ronaldinho, Zidane...the only two outstanding players I can think of at this time. When they play they COMMAND the game so much so you need 6 players to surround the No 10 fellow! Prem once said you need that magic to win the Cup and I totally in most of the ways believe that statement. When Ronaldinho plays you can see the believe in the other Brazilians and that is lacking in all the other teams including Argentina. Aimar, Riquelme, Messi are all good individually but lack the leadership. If Argentina wins the world cup it will be through some individual brilliance or sheer luck. From the looks of it they are just playing the ball into the penalty area with the hope that one of our most expensive strickers will score goals...sounds just like Houllier telling his whole team to pass the ball to OWEN right? Well he did go on to win 4 cups and yes, you guessed it....that's the only way Argentina or any other team might win. Furthermore we go to WC2006 on European soil which only Brazil has broken the record to have claimed the coverted cup.

So Argentina people, let's start praying as that is one of the other ways to see our team lifting the Cup and claim that Jesus is Argentinian! With most of the favourites qualified...let the games begin.

Arul....please come home!

Have You Seen This Man?

Arul, you silence on the BLOG has started a rumour that you may be hiding in Penang with the runaway-groom. We beg of you ...please come out of HIDING. Those who have information on the man's whereabouts (pix) please go to the nearest place you can find a internet line and place your comments. He was last seen at Hotel EQ while making a wedding speech. Authorities are also looking for prime suspect, Suresh who may have vital information on the missing man. Sources say that Suresh was also last seen with some old ladies!!!!!!!

Now jokes aside....are you in Penang already? I know you were supposed to make a company trip and at the same time meet up with your accomplice!! Have a good time.

Maxis; Not Bad At All but can be better...

As some of you might know, I had sent Maxis an email on my dissatisfaction that they discontinue the Advantage Savings thingy. Of course lar, I was pissed, I was getting Advantage Savings of RM50.00 and to take that out without recompensating with other benefits seems really unfair. That's like adding RM50.00 to my bills for doing nothing.

Well, at first, I sent a feedback form from the website to express my dissatisfaction but didn't get a reply. After that, I decided to send an email to Dato' Jamal, the CEO of Maxis. Honestly, I've only half expected that my complaints will be entertained at all. I sent the email on Wed night, got a call on Thursday afternoon by a person name Christie. Got everything settled in that conversation. Then I sent Dato' Jamal a thank you note and gave the attendant a little affirmation. I was quite happy and impressed that the CEO of Maxis actually took action of this and has also took the time to reply my email.

As it turned out, Maxis is taking out 2 of their advantage savings plan which is approx. RM20 savings a month. Apparently, I will still have about RM30 advantage savings for being loyal -Better than nothing- but have made a blunder in their billing this month that they removed the Advantage Savings completely. So Christie said that it will be rebated in my next month's bill. All things being equal, RM30 is still a good reason to stay as Maxis' customer compared to other telco who does not have any at all!

But Dato' and Maxis: Come on lar... no need to take out that advantage savings for call and direct debit what?! Maxis must've been able to reduce their risk of late payment or AR issues by this advantage savings plan... you get RM10 or RM20 lesser per customer... but in the long run, it saves Maxis the risk in irrecoverable costs which could cost more. Furthermore, it's really a good plan, imagine when I tell people why I stay with Maxis... because they give me RM50 discount every month! Which other telco can do that? Impressive right?!!

Anyway, I'm happy enough that Maxis is still continuing that loyalty program for advantage savings... but obviously not entirely happy because now my phone bills will be RM20 more every month... I hope not, but I certainly think it will.

Better not say too much now... need to see my next month bill first to check if Maxis has given me a rebate... as promised!

1st Podcast Test

Click Arul's Podcast to hear or download my first podcast ever.Who says you have to invest in an iPod or those podcasting consoles.Use this free service from Podomatic and you are all set.I did this in 30 seconds on my notebook and was a breeze.
So the next time you don't feel like writing what you feel,.. talk it out.We can even broadcast a whole conversation over Skype the night before.As you know, it gets pretty interesting esp when Jake & Suresh are online. Require a little censorship though.Later on we can create a common account.
I do hope Suresh will podcast about the curse of the old lady in the toilet with the "kain" lifted.Yes, he believes she "Sumpah ed" him and that's why he's still not married.
The question , did she "sumpah" because he invaded her private moment or that he failed to do anything eventhough she was there for the "taking"...that we do not know.
Martin's wife Terry believes that the curse can only be lifted if he goes through that experience again.All I can say....all Malacca old ladies in the toilet better watch out.
Anyway, the newly weds are on a mini holiday in Singapore and we took them to the same place we take everyone who visits us, Hardrock Cafe...that's how boring we are.No Chris, we refrained from ordering the Killer Brownie.

The Best School In The World

Guys, came across our school website while searching for some materials and taught you might want to pay a visit to the above site. Well, for one I will send them a Franciscan 1980 cover which they do not have in their gallery. Really feels good to have kept the book!

Its brings back memories to look at some of the historic pictures which they have in their library. To now that we actually were products of the school is a pride and I believe the only teacher listed on the website which we know will be Mr Gan Poh Seng. Send them your comments if you must and hopefully it can become a better site for the older generation(like us and the current Franciscans who I believe will not bother to log on...at least for now.

World Champs Brazil-Under 17 Falls!

Its good to know that Brazil is not conquering the soccer world after Mexico defeated the defending champs 3 to nothing. Arul I think the pix on Argentina for Jake's wedding worked some magic lah! Anyway that was hitting below the belt but what the hack man...it was a good moment...perhaps one we will only have for some time until the men in Blue and white wins the world cup. I heard that Ronaldinho bro who played in this tournament is as ugly as him and even a better footballer. Ell..any where we can get a view of this ugly bugger?? Maybe suresh has a pix in his wallet...? Ops!

Tolkien's Creatures in the real world

Imagine Tolkien's creatures in our real world.Here are some great Photoshopped images to assist your imagination.Click header!

Sony Playstation Jesus Ad

Sony Playstation got into trouble for their "ten years of Passion ad" but when I googled for this piece of news, I found this even more disturbing SITE.
I still can't figure out if this people are for real.

Jake! Please Look At The Camera

Yes, finally they did it... Jake & Jessie are married. Congratulations to you both on this special day and I believe it made our day special as well since it will be another event to go into the books for lovely memories. One which I will remember very clearly what Arul said about his camera - "Ayah....my camera battery low lah..." and the rest I will have to tell you privately. Anyway, Chris knows what I am talking about. Jake, I promise to give you the run-down on this matter!!

Jake you look good! Jessie you look just as good if not better than Jake! Now didn't we learn this line in some camp before? But seriously, you two were great. Jake as usual was seen taking matters into his own hands despite being the groom. Brother - learn to let go man! Jessie next time tell Jake to delegate a little more...Guess some things never change but Jake please LOOK at the camera in the photo session to come. I bet Jessie is going to go beserk (Hurricane Jessica) when she sees the prints and know that her husband was looking elsewhere each time the cameraman hits the snap button. I must admit that the pix I took would have some too as I had a hard time trying to get Jake's attention.

I must say that God's hand was in all the planning of this wedding as Chris called 2 days before the wedding and told me that Jake was looking for the WYD 1995 theme song. And knowing I was able to get it via Wayar Limau (Just a day before) with just one search was amazing especially after both Chris and Arul told me that they tried but to no avail. The pix on the right was some of the actions to the song Tell The World of His Love ... Jessie its amazing that you still remember the actions to the song as I have forgotton....almost all of it. Arul, great speech...from the heart I am sure as Jake was caught in tears...its true to say that good friends are hard to come by. Jessie... Jake is a good man trust me if you are convinced enough by Arul's speech... I was sitting next to Jake in the classroom in form 2 (during his Naughty days and in form 4 and 5 during his transformation days. Just as he intervened between Arul and the bully...Jake willl do even more for you. So to Jake and Jessie - Congratulations - you are is our prayers always. Thank you for a beautiful experience. Let the kids come quickly!