Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Breaking News: Oscar Nominations-Ziyi Out, Legally Blonde Actress In

No 6 Nominations for Gay-sha, bucket loads for Gay Cowboys Cowboys Love Story and Munich.


More updates and full list soon!

UPDATED. From the Oscars website:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Philip Seymour Hoffman - CAPOTE
Terrence Howard - HUSTLE & FLOW
Heath Ledger - BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
Joaquin Phoenix - WALK THE LINE
David Strathairn - GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
George Clooney - SYRIANA
Matt Dillon - CRASH
Paul Giamatti - CINDERELLA MAN
Jake Gyllenhaal - BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
William Hurt - A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Judi Dench - MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS
Felicity Huffman - TRANSAMERICA
Keira Knightley - PRIDE & PREJUDICE
Charlize Theron - NORTH COUNTRY
Reese Witherspoon - WALK THE LINE

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Amy Adams - JUNEBUG
Catherine Keener - CAPOTE
Frances McDormand - NORTH COUNTRY
Rachel Weisz - THE CONSTANT GARDENER
Michelle Williams - BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR
HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE
TIM BURTON'S CORPSE BRIDE
WALLACE & GROMIT IN THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT

ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE
KING KONG
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
PRIDE & PREJUDICE

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
BATMAN BEGINS
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
THE NEW WORLD

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS
PRIDE & PREJUDICE
WALK THE LINE

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
CAPOTE
CRASH
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.
MUNICH

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE
ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM
MARCH OF THE PENGUINS
MURDERBALL
STREET FIGHT

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
THE DEATH OF KEVIN CARTER: CASUALTY OF THE BANG BANG CLUB
GOD SLEEPS IN RWANDA
THE MUSHROOM CLUB
A NOTE OF TRIUMPH: THE GOLDEN AGE OF NORMAN CORWIN

ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
CINDERELLA MAN
THE CONSTANT GARDENER
CRASH
MUNICH
WALK THE LINE

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
DON'T TELL
JOYEUX NOèL
PARADISE NOW
SOPHIE SCHOLL - THE FINAL DAYS
TSOTSI

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
CINDERELLA MAN
STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
THE CONSTANT GARDENER
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
MUNICH
PRIDE & PREJUDICE

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES(ORIGINAL SONG)
"In the Deep" - CRASH
"It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" - HUSTLE & FLOW
"Travelin' Thru" - TRANSAMERICA

BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
CAPOTE
CRASH
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.
MUNICH

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
BADGERED
THE MOON AND THE SON: AN IMAGINED CONVERSATION
THE MYSTERIOUS GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORATIONS OF JASPER MORELLO
9
ONE MAN BAND

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
AUSREISSER (THE RUNAWAY)
CASHBACK
THE LAST FARM
OUR TIME IS UP
SIX SHOOTER

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
KING KONG
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
WAR OF THE WORLDS

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
KING KONG
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
WALK THE LINE
WAR OF THE WORLDS

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
KING KONG
WAR OF THE WORLDS

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
CAPOTE
THE CONSTANT GARDENER
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
MUNICH

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
CRASH
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.
MATCH POINT
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
SYRIANA

What's your Oscar prediction, movie buffs out there?

Am I A Blog-Whore? (Part 2)

Part 1 here.

Compare this headline:
Jaim to verify religion of dead man

...with this headline:
Lagi kes tuntut jenazah Islam

Perform a news analysis and interpretation here. Deduct yourself what's the undertone beneath those two headlines.

For those who have no idea, here's the tip:

Headline 1: Dead man might not be Muslim.
Headline 2: Dead man was already a Muslim.

Now am I a blog-whore again? Enough said.

Always see the bigger picture. The bigger picture.

Bringing A Whole New Meaning To 'Leading By Example'

Guess who had been speeding?

The official cars of the Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and his deputy Datuk Abdul Rashid Abdullah have amassed 45 traffic offences, almost all for speeding.

Of the two, PG 1, the official car of Dr Koh, has been booked for 13 offences while Abdul Rashid's car, PP 1, has 32 summonses. All the summonses issued since 2003 are compoundable for RM5,830.

PG1's offences were mostly committed in Penang with the earliest in June 2003. The summonses are compoundable for a total of RM1,740.

Source-http://www.carword.com/special/amg/AMG_10.jpg

Ironically, see this related news.

That really brings a whole new meaning to 'leading by example'. What say you?

See previous related post also.

"Who Is Chu Koon and Kwang Chai?"

Get your popcorns, ladies and gentlemen! Psst...big secret revelation from here.

Rahsia mengenai panggilan `Chu Koon' dan `Kwang Chai' itu didedahkan oleh Tsu Koon dalam ucapannya pada majlis sambutan Tahun Baru Cina anjuran bersama Gerakan dan MCA di Arena Sukan Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang (PISA) di sini hari ini.

And your point being...?

And for those who wonder, those were just the Chinese pronunciation of their names.

p.s. I'd rather get my popcorns for the announcement of the Oscar nominees today.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Spot The Error

UPDATED: Now you see it, now you don't...



Here's the screenshot...

Click on image for larger view.

...and here's the link.

Spot the error. No prizes for correct guesses.

Am I A Blog-Whore?

Am I turning into a blog whore? If yes, have I benefited from that? Here's a checklist:

-->Sudden surge in daily site traffic up to five-figure. Checked. No.
-->Writing about toilets. And disabled ones. Checked. No.
-->Endorsement of products. Checked. No.
-->Listed as one of the 'top 10 searches of the hour' in Technorati. Checked. No.
-->Received hefty amounts of revenue from Google Adsense. Checked. No.

Hmm...so I'm not quite a blog whore yet. What say you?

The question arises when this post came out. Apparently, it was posted here and here. And also discussed in a forum here. And here's one of the comments the post got so far...

2nd the blogger .. apparently he's the one who is racist, notice his hatred. An attention whore. The Utusan pointed out the issue because there were no banner in BM or anything that all Malaysian can read. That was so not malaysia. The blogger have no point to bash here.


Many newcomers to this blog might not have noticed the style of sarcasm and satirism of this blogger. Although most of the post titles might be catchy, sensationalised and misleading, most of them always comes with a question mark; indicating that they are meant to be questions, not statements. For example this.

I am a strong believer of responsible free speech and thinking. Therefore, most of the blog topics come with questions; to provoke the thinking of its readers and to generate healthy discussions.

I am not going to catch the 'Politician Denial Syndrome' to defend to the fullest what I have written is right. There's no point arguing further about that topic again. Based on the track record of that press (which includes the 'MCA Rayu Tambah Sekolah Cina' memorandum fetish), only they know what they were trying to convey. It is up to you all whether to see the bigger picture or not by believing 100% what they wrote or sourcing alternative news and views. Therefore, I sincerely apologise if you have been offended or misled by the contents of this blog. Cheers.

Now, go and binge-eat and drink and get loads of angpows while I continue my lab work. Ta.

Who Said There's No CNY Celebration in the UK?

From BBC:
Yeah rite. Celebration. But look at the temperature. Brrr! Well, at least no snow collapsing roofs...

Oi! Just declare tomorrow as a holiday already, O.K.!

Neh. Have to get back to the lab in the morning. I still have a world to save with amazing scientific breakthroughs experiments to do, O.K.

No-brainer CNY Festive Movies. Discuss.

This is going to be a short post as you ought to be out there binge-eating and drinking, visiting and receiving bucket loads of angpows, have a fireworks frenzyand not reading blogs. :P

No-brainer CNY festive movies. Discuss.

Shopaholic or retail therapy? You decide...

p.s. Seen the movie and don't ask how, O.K. Gah! Is this her season? You see her in almost every movie! What happened to the Anak Kembar couple? And btw, kids and adults alike, you cannot get away that easily buying Prada, Gucci, DKNY, *insert your fave designer brand here* impulsively.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

The British CNY 'Reunion' Dinner...

It was a quiet CNY's eve after all. Well, at least better than the X'mas eve's one.

As I didn't join any Malaysian Kingdom Overseas Club (MKOC)(TM), so I did not have any mass-cooking or gathering to attend here.

Well, in order to blend in with the culture here because I'm too tad lazy too cook anyway, I decided to buy some very British fish and chips and satay sticks (not quite our Malaysian one; minus the peanut sauce also) from the market as my 'reunion' dinner. Check out these photos:

My 'reunion' dinner- fish and chips, satay sticks (larger than Kajang's one) washed down with mandarin orangessatsumas and Ya pear. Sorry, no beer and peanuts here.


Mmm...chunky fish meat...


The British satay.

And accompanied by some CNY goodies from all the way back home...

Chicken jerky, pineapple tarts, yam cookies, peanut cookies, fish strips, beef and chicken serunding, garlic-flavoured peanuts etc. etc...

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FAT CHANCE!!! You think I will disclose my address here?
(Learnt this trick from wingz, btw)

Happy CNY again and if you've missed 'The Greatest Firecrackers Video Clip in the World (TM), check it out here.

p.s. The British CNY 'Reunion' Dinner could be very 'Nian Nian You Yu'(年年有餘?)after all...

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Can You Teach Me Arithmetics Plurseee, The Star?

Hold on a sec, lemme get put on my brains first...mmm...o.k. done!

From here.

Now, 'last year' is 2005. The year before that is 2004. Shhh...you're getting me confused now...

Right, now 'fewer' means 'amounting to or consisting of a small number' according to this. Now, is 13.5 million between January and October 2005 fewer than 13.07 million for the corresponding period in 2004?

So, do you mean 'fewer' as in 2004 or 'fewer' as in 2005? Is 13.5 million fewer than 13.07 (same period)?

Oi, Howsy! It's CNY eve so stop this 'media-attack' thingy and get a life already. Your blog is full of crap and you have to close it sooner or later!

Ooppss...sorry for stepping on your tail. Happy CNY and remember to check this clip also. Ta.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Happy (Recycled) CNY and Kul 'am wa antum bikhair !

Not going to London on CNY after all. I guess it will just be a quiet normal Sunday after all. Maybe do some cooking. Or whatever.

So, here's a recycled CNY celebration in London last year, on 13th Feb. It was held on the Sunday after CNY that week. Enjoy the video and photos.

First, a video clip of the firecrackers display at Leicester Square a.k.a. Chinatown. Remember kids (and adults alike), don't try this at home. You will be fined heftily.



And some photos of the CNY celebration around Chinatown/Trafalgar Square area.

Erratum: The date on these photos are wrong. It should read 13/2/2005 instead.

CNY performances at Trafalgar Square.

The crowd at Leicester Square. Photo taken from above Burger King.

The CNY atmosphere at Chinatown, London.

I dedicate this banner to all my Chinese readers:



...and this to all my Muslim readers:

"Singaporeans Are Straight While Malaysians Are Crooked" and "Malaysians Obsessed With Everything BIG"

Hey, I did not make up these headlines O.K. BeeBeeCee did. Check out these two BBC-worthy news:

Malaysia plans 'crooked' bridge

One Malaysian politician told the Star newspaper that the shape of the bridge would be a reflection of relations between the two countries.

Singaporean sources told the BBC that this statement implies the Singaporeans are straight while the Malaysians are crooked.

Satu lagi projek 'Phallic'...Auuu...I'm so fab now. Gimme a kiss babeh, gimme a kiss! Photo sourced from Screenshots...

...and

Johor to mount hunt for 'bigfoot'

Malaysians have a long-standing love affair with anything big.

The obsessions resulted in record-breaking buildings, bridges, even piles of food.

Now they have gone crazy for Big Foot, known in local legend as Hantu Jarang Gigi - ghosts with widely spaced teeth.

Pablo Picasso/Botero protege in the making...

Personally, I as a Malaysian, is also obsessed with everything BIG. Big success that is, standing tall with the others all over the world, not just being a jaguh kampung or glocalisation or whatever shit.

Majulah sains zoologi and pembinaan untuk negara...

"What The Hell Is Holocaust Memorial Day? It Doesn't Concern Me Anyway!"

Well, I had the same thought till I visited the Nazi Concentration Camps almost exactly a month ago. You can't blame me though. I hardly have any memory on what the events that had happened and even though I score the highest marks in History in class every time because our kind Sejarah lessons didn't quite elaborate on that.

And today is actually the UK's 6th annual Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). So to make up for my past ignorance and in order to convince you that the Holocaust story is worth mentioning to you all, here's a post dedicated on that.

First, some information from bbc.co.uk:

Holocaust Memorial Day 2006

The UK's sixth annual Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is to be held a day earlier to avoid clashing with the eve of the Jewish Sabbath.

2006 will also mark the first year HMD was organised by The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, an independent charity that took over the running of the event from the Home Office.

HMD commemorates victims and survivors of Nazi persecution during the Second World War. In the UK the event is usually held on January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

The theme for HMD 2006 is One Person Can Make a Difference. Hundreds of activities will take place across the UK to celebrate those who brought new hope by rescuing people persecuted by the Nazis. Many rescuers are still alive and living in the UK.

Also, find out all about the Holocaust in the Wikipedia. Some of the interesting facts:

The exact number of people killed by the Nazi regime will never be known, but scholars, using a variety of methods of determining the death toll; estimations:

* 5.1–6.0 million Jews, including 3.0–3.5 million Polish Jews
* 1.8 –1.9 million Gentile Poles (includes all those killed in executions or those that died in prisons, labor, and concentration camps, as well as civilians killed in the 1939 invasion and the 1944 Warsaw Uprising)
* 200,000–800,000 Roma & Sinti
* 200,000–300,000 people with disabilities
* 10,000–25,000 homosexual men
* 2,000 Jehovah's Witnesses

The Holocaust has also been the subject of many films, including Oscar winners Schindler's List and Life is Beautiful.

Never had the chance of watching Schinder's List because it was banned by our generous Censorship Board and Uncle Ho or Auntie Torrent was virtually unavailable at that time. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I remembered someone rumoured me that one of the scene was actually filmed at the Ipoh Railway Station and the Old Town. But IMDB proved otherwise. Hmmm...

O.K. Enough with the facts and figures. Now here's some photos. You may click on the images for larger view.

Disclaimer: The following images may contain disturbing contents. Viewing at own's discretion. You have been warned.

A. The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany. Photo was taken before it was officially opened on the 10th of May, 2005; B. The Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland, listed as one of the UNESCO's World Heritage Site. ; C. The infamous entrance to Auschwitz. The slogan Arbeit macht frei over the gate translates as "Work (shall) make (you) free" (or "work liberates"); D. The strategic location of Auschwitz as a concentration camp in Europe.

A. The substance producing the highly-lethal cyanide gas named Zyklon was used to gass the prsioners. To avoid mass panic, the victims were told that they were going there for showering; to reinforce this impression, shower heads were fitted in the gas chamber, though never connected to a water supply; B. Shaved hair; C. Confiscated suitcases and D. Confiscated shoes from the prisoners. (Yes, it was eerie enough to be there.)

A. Prisoners were tattooed with numbers, which they were only recognised for; B. Some of the picture depicting the prisoners, which includes women and children; C. Doesn't this photo looks similar to the one in Wikipedia?; D. No photographs were allowed inside this crematorium, where they mass-cremate the dead bodies from the gassed chambers.

A. The barbed wires at Auschwitz II/Birkenau, about 3 kilometers from Auschwitz I; B. Snow, snow and snow everywhere inside the camp!; C. and D. Signboards portraying famous quotes pertaining to the Holocaust; transducing powerful and memorable messages. (Click on picture to view the quotes)

If you have a chance to go to Poland, make sure you don't miss these places. Plus, the entrance is FOC! Now, I think the Polish Tourism Board should pay me for this free advertisement.

Now, is it just me that is ignorant of this one of the saddest history in human mankind? What's your Holocaust knowledge then?

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Racist Propaganda Article in Utusan Malaysia: 'Gong Xi Fa Cai'='Pergi Mampus Lah' ?

I don't intend to put this up as people might say I'm such a wussy but here it goes:
Disclaimer: The title above comes with a question mark. It is meant to be a question, not a statement. The title was just to illustrate the extent of prejudice that the press might have (solely my opinion) towards the Chinese writings in the banner. It was not explicitly mentioned in anyway in the article nor in the banner. Always see the bigger picture by checking the original article first. The contents of this post are also solely the thoughts and opinions of the blogger. Reading and viewing of the following post are based on your own discretion. I guess this is the style of sarcasm by 'The Sensintrovert'. The blogger sincerely apologises again if you are misled or being misinterpretated (if any). Thank you.

UPDATED. Important: Read this also.

Yes. According to the Most Racist Newspaper in Malaysia © ®, Utusan Malaysia. Being scarce of political figures to plot for career suicides, these imbeciles are now being so xenophobic and insecure of words in Chinese; questioned why the CNY banners along the road were in Chinese. Isn't it obvious what the banners are trying to tell, that the 29th of January is coming soon and there are oranges portrayed in them? Probably they might have thought that those are another 'memorandum' to topple down the figures as shown at the top of the banner.

Interpretation by Utusan Malaysia: 'Selamat Pergi Mampus'?

Tanda tanya....

Salah satu sepanduk ucapan Gong Xi Fa Cai di Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur yang menimbulkan tanda tanya orang ramai.

RAMAI mungkin tertanya-tanya apakah makna isi kandungan sepanduk yang kini dipasang di tiang-tiang lampu jalan-jalan utama di ibu negara ini.

Ini kerana ia turut menampilkan wajah Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dan pemimpin parti komponen Barisan Nasional (BN) Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.

Sebenarnya isi kandungannya ialah kata ucapan Selamat Tahun Baru Cina atau yang biasa ditulis dalam ejaan rumi sebagai `Gong Xi Fa Cai'.

Alangkah lebih elok jika ucapan itu turut ditulis dalam bahasa kebangsaan yang dapat difahami oleh semua orang dan telah diguna pakai sejak zaman berzaman.

I think it would be better off for them if the banner would look like this:

Use this if you want to know the meaning of it.

Here's my message to them:

Hello, Abang Utusan Malaysia. Tolonglah sikit. Negara Malaysia ini berbilang kaum. Hang sorang tak paham Cina tak semestinya semua orang tak paham. Kalo betui-betui tak paham pun, susah sangat ke tanya orang yang paham? Ader limau, warna merah dan satu perayaan pada 29 Jan akan datang; aper lagi sepanduk tu nak kater? Sepanduk bahasa Cina ni tak semestinya bermaksud kata nak bunuh hang. 'Malu bertanya sesat jalan', paham? Jangan pakai main syak wasangka jer!

Berzaman-zaman? Yerke? Kalo hang pandai guna internet, carilah Wikipedia. Tengoklah aper bahasa yang diguna berzaman-zaman dan aper bahasa yang paling ramai orang guna. Negara Omputeh yang berkobar-kobar dengan bahasa penjajah tu sekarang pun berkejar-kejar nak belajar Mandarin. Skolah Omputeh kat negara bekas penjajah kiter tu pun nak tawar Mandarin.

Kalo takde benda nak lapor, laporlah maner longkang sumbat ker atau Big Foot kat maner. Tolonglah bersikap rasional sikit. Jangan macam katak di bawah tempurung.

I think their next headline would be "Haramkan Penerbitan Cina: Orang Ramai Tak Faham Kandungan"...

p.s. Personally I am NOT Chinese-educated and also get frustrated not understanding what some signs or menus are telling me. The same goes for Tamil or Arabic words. But common sense will tell me that if I see some Tamil words in a sign and there's people eating there, that'll be an Indian restaurant. Or would I question if I see some Arabic words in a food product? The same goes for the foreign languages in the signs around Europe where I went backpacking. Did I get lost or being kidnapped? It all comes to common sense and not to defend any race here.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Tuesday 24th Jan The Happiest Day of the Year for Malaysia?

If Monday the 23th was said to be the most depressing day of the year 2006, barely a day after, Tuesday the 24th seemed to be the happiest day for Malaysia instead.

Reason to smile, all Malaysians? Source-http://www.weko.net/weko/images/smiley.gif

Don't believe? Just check out these news headlines sourced from The Star Online (Wed 25th Jan) and NST Online (25th Jan)(can't bother too put up links here; visit their respective websites to read on more):

First of all, for ALL Malaysians: 'A dynamic Ninth Malaysia Plan'

For rape victims: 'Serial rapist loses appeal'

For environmentalist: 'Straying logging firm loses licence', 'Malaysia's environment conservation ranking up'and 'Animal poachers, beware! Stiffer penalties proposed in amendment to Act'(from NST)

For general human rights, justice and dignity: 'PM: Special panel will enhance integrity of the force', 'PM: Ruling shows Islamic court system is fair and just' and 'Device to zap criminals'

For gaining worldwide recognition: 'Our lion dance troupes roar'

For scam and fraud victims: 'Najem back in police custody'

For overweight couch potatoesTV enthusiasts: 'RTM to start 3rd TV channel'

and last but not least:

For students!: 'Govt may reduce weight of exams'

p.s. This post is specially dedicated to those who think The Sensintrovert is 'nothing but a babbling good-for-nothing noob and twat pessimist', who complained that I 'tarnished the image of Malaysia' or said "How dare you say bad things about Malaysia" and "If Malaysia so bad,why u call urself Malaysian?". And that includes 'lalala' who told me to 'shut down my blog sooner or later and 'get a life'. See now? I blog about happy news and good things about Malaysia also wat!

"Sue Teresa Kok!": Is Noh Really In The Dark?

First things first. Pardon my cheeky and attention-grabbing, tabloid-style title in my previous post:
" I Wanked Off Looking At The Nude Squat Video!". I was just so frustrated with these premature ejaculators who get aroused so easily by looking at women's breast for 10 secs baseless claims.


The million ringgit question: Is Noh really in the dark of one of his Umno Overseas Club Alumni Organisation member lodging a police report against DAP parliamentarian Teresa Kok for exposing the infamous nude squats video clip?

I let you do the judging by these links and screenshots:

1. Is Abd Razak Mohd Ghazali (who lodged the report) even in the AJK of the club? Check out this link.

2. Their website is astonishingly interesting indeed. They were having a very interesting poll (but expired now). Check out this screenshot also:

Very interesting poll going on on their website. Click image for larger view.

And here's the results of the poll. It garnered an overwhelming response also. Congratulations!!!:

I am so envious of the overwhelming response of the poll. Prolly, I should start a poll soon also.

3. There is also a very interesting and brainstorming, mind-evoking, intellectual forum going on on their website. And presenting here, the very interesting screenshot of the forum:

The mind-evoking intellectual discussion of the future brains and leaders of our beloved country.

Don't you just love them and wanna give them a hug? I do, I do...

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

" I Wanked Off Looking At The Nude Squat Video!"

Yes. But not me, you silly sicko. But by some perverted and sexually-oppressed groups who claimed that the video was 'pornography' (or 'phonography' according to a Bernama article here).

"Oooh...aaahhh...I'm so blardy aroused looking at this video!"

Now kids, what is the meaning of 'por(NOH)graphy'? Well, according to thefreedictionary,

por·(NOH)g·ra·phy
n.
1. Sexually explicit pictures, writing, or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal.
2. The presentation or production of this material.
3. Lurid or sensational material: "Recent novels about the Holocaust have kept Hitler well offstage [so as] to avoid the ... pornography of the era" Morris Dickstein.


I am sick to the bone of this openly denial syndrome. Imagine this coming from an 'overseas' club! They must be living in the coconut shell all those years when studying overseas and might have not known page 3 in The Sun . Maybe they really consider the video clip as 'pornography'. It's amazing that a video less than 2 minutes and the interesting 'soundtrack' in the background could get them sexually aroused (and any gratification action that follows it afterwards). Maybe that's why Orgacare Unik Plus-1 was so popular then. Bagi kuat tahan!

And to quote Desiderata:
Why Are Malaysians So Fond of Setting Up Race-Based Clubs Overseas? Aren't they barred from political activities under the Universities and University Colleges Act?

So, is it "negeri sendiri you mesti ikut, negeri luar, cerita lain, o.k"?

I remembered once the MP who shouted 'racist' 42 times in Parliament was giving his talk at one of those annual IPTA new students induction thingy to brainwash students not-to-go-against-government-you-must-be-grateful
-the-government-gave-you-a-place-to-study-here-yadda yadda. A student asked him 'Why students in overseas are allowed to participate in politics (with these clubs) but why not local students in IPTA?' He twisted around with the answer because he just couldn't answer!

Overseas clubs like these are very common. Been to one festive celebration kenduri(without my prior knowledge that the event actually existed actually; just tagged along with a friend) and they even have a stall recruiting new members and collecting membership fees!

Maybe I'm thinking of setting Malaysian Blogosphere United Overseas Alumni Club UK Branch here then...

Mmm...Gustoso Paella!

Oh, no! Not another bragging post by The Sensintrovert!

Well, CNY is coming soon and I don't want my mood to be affected by the gloomy Malaysian politics. So here's a food blog!- Paella.

Now, what is paella? According to Wikipedia, paella is a rice dish, originally from Valencia, Spain (so it is not all about football in this city after all), usually garnished with vegetables and with meat or seafood. The three main ingredients are rice, saffron, and olive oil.

I remembered tasted it somewhere and liked it ever since. So, decided to try it out at home and here's The Sensintrovert's Chicken and Chorizo Paella (A heavily Indian-influenced one)

Pre-cooking process: Marinate cut chicken strips with cumin, chilli, black pepper and tomato pepper overnight. Boil some briyani rice and put in some turmeric (for the yellow colour).

Then, heat 1/2 tablesppon of oil in a frying pan/wok and add in the chicked and sliced chorizo sausage and cook over medium heat as shown below:



Next, add in the briyani rice and mix vegetables and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring continuously to heat through.



Serve hot and sprinkle some 'seaweed' (actually some shredded green vege crisps but somehow they call it 'seaweed' here)and some pitted olives to garnish.



And this is what actually a paella should look like, according to Wikipedia.



p.s. Some of the ingredients mentioned here might have already been pre-packed and sold at supermarkets. You blardy cheater, Sensintrovert!!!

I Bought The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw Finally...

Earlier post: Should I Get Tash Aw's Novel As A 'Malaysian' Parting Gift?

But not for my colleague! Sigh! Did I tell you that she was the one who spitted out the durian dodol which I gave her to try? Yeh. Some people are just not that receptive to something Malaysian and to some extent me also.

Went to the bookstore, bought the book, it even has a new artwork cover, then flipped through a few pages, saw a few familiar words like 'Hang Jebat', 'keris' and 'Hennessy XO' and decided it was too 'Malaysian' for her. So, just gave it a miss and kept it myself.

The book which was too 'Malaysian' for her. That's the new artwork cover. Can you get that in Malaysia too? :P

But wait a while! What should I get her then? Flipped through my book drawers and found a book which I recently bought before Christmas. It was Great Lies to Tell Small Kids by Andy Riley. Wrapped it up and voila! A gift!

The recycled book after I read it umpteenth time nice joke book gift for her.

Now, back to the book. Not going to review it because haven't read it yet and will not also after reading it (coz I'm poor at reviewing things). Managed to catch a few interesting lines in the first page though:

...large kris, whose especially wavy blade announced its provenance:...belonged to Hang Jebat, the legendary warrior who, as we all know, fought against the Portugese colonisers in the sixteenth century...monotonous voice would assume a gravelly, almost theatrical seriousness, impressing the similarity between himself and Jebat...

Sounds too familar,eh? Yeah, someone did exactly that in one general assembly that I knew of...

Now, could it be possible that this novel be translated into a screenplay and make it big in Hollywood? Yasmin Ahmad as the director, probably? (Btw, she has a nice blog here.)

Hope that she will like the gift today; not that I really care anyway.

Monday, January 23, 2006

M.Mobile Mobile Phones= Hyundai Mobile Phones?

Yes. According to this piece of news in NST Business Times:

M.Mobile said close to deal with Saudi firm

MOBILE phone maker M Dot Mobile Sdn Bhd (M.Mobile), which will launch its mobile phones next month, is close to signing a contract with a Saudi Arabian firm to assist the latter in manufacturing mobile phones, a source said.

Under the collaboration expected to be signed by the end of this month or early February, M.Mobile will provide its expertise to Saudi Arabia Television Jeddah (Satjed) and produce mobile phones under the Saudi company's brandname for the West Asian market.
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Exported phones may also be branded under M.Mobile partners. Under a contract with Hyundai Corp, some of M.Mobile phones will carry the "Hyundai" brand as well.


Quote:
...launch its mobile phones next month


Wow! Congratulations then. And remember to check out their astonishingly interesting website here.

Another 'Proton' in the making? Enjin 'Renault' tapi kerta 'Proton'?

Related post: Going Gaga Over Mobile Phones in Malaysia...

Should I Get Tash Aw's Novel As A 'Malaysian' Parting Gift?

O.K. Normally I don't brag about myself here but I tad tired and sickened with the Malaysian politics now, just like everyone else.

Now, my colleague is having her Ph.D. viva (oral examination) tomorrow. So, as usual, we will be giving out parting gifts to her. But for myself, I want to give her something 'Malaysian'. You know, want her to remember a gift from a Malaysian bloke mar.

I am leaving out any keris or wau or keychains because you can't get it here!!!

A book is always good as a present-be it for Christmas or any occassion. I myself got a lot of books because I was very smart and always got 1st in class and sapu all the best subjects in primary school which I still kept till now.

So, what is the best combination of 'book' and 'Malaysian'? Voila! Tash Aw's Harmony Silk Factory! I mean, he's Malaysian. And he just got the Whitbread Prize First Novel Winner Award! This book is something to be proud of! What could be more better than this book as a gift.

BUT, wait a while. Looking at the review, here's what it got to say:



This promising first novel by the Malaysian-Chinese author Tash Aw declares that it will do something that sounds both simple and irresistible: tell “The True Story of the Infamous Chinaman Called Johnny”. So says Jasper Lim, who, in the first of this novel’s three parts, sets out to understand everything about his father Johnny — but by the end we know that nothing is simple, for Jasper has been looking in quite the wrong direction. In fact, the main question that this layered narrative answers is not “How wicked was my father?” but “Who was my father?” At the same time, Tash Aw systematically unpicks Jasper’s certainty that “Death erases all traces, all memories of lives that once existed”.

Johnny Lim was, according to the boy he raised, not only a thief, opium smuggler and black marketeer, but also a murderer and “a monster”. Jasper tells us his father is hateful, yet what he shows is rather different. Born in 1920 and living through the contradictions of life during the Japanese takeover of British-administered Malaya in the 1940s, Johnny turns out to be the inarticulate but multiply gifted son of a poor family of southern Chinese immigrants. The reader is soon in sympathy with Johnny’s struggles to survive in a British-run tin mine with racist, incompetent white managers, “No 1 Sir” and the equally obnoxious Nos 2, 3, 4 and 5. Johnny becomes a self-trained genius with machinery, resented and bullied by the incompetent men above him.


...racist, incompetent white managers. Erhmmm....that's not too good for a white British girl to read it, don't you think?

So what say you, my readers out there? I have less than 24 hours to decide whether to get her the book or not. The decision is yours...

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Wow, What An Animal Week That Was!

First, on Wed the 18th, we had the 'cruel' killing of a monkey which terrorised Taiping...

You evil creatures!!! How could you do that!!!

Then, on Thurs the 19th, we had a snake befriending a hamster in Japan.

Then, on Fri the 20th, a whale was spotted in the Thames river in London, UK , but finally died the next day, after a nerve-wrecking rescue effort.

The effort to free (and save) Willy has failed. Photo sourced from bbc.co.uk and copyrighted to Getty Images.

Malaysia did not lose out either. In our blogosphere, on Fri the 20th, we had KY's koi who jumped out the pond and passed away peacefully.

And today, The Star reported on the catching of an 'ikan buaya' which has a crocodile-like head and jaw and snake-like scales in Kampung Pasir, Mukim Naga in Jitra, Kedah.

The villagers call it the ikan buaya (crocodile fish) because no one quite knows what species it is. Padi farmer Abdul Razak Zain, 33, has been fishing since he was a boy but this is the first time he – or anyone in his village at Kampung Pasir, Mukim Naga in Kepala Batas, Kedah – has come across this type of fish. – Starpic by G.C. TAN

However, that fish should not to be confused as a crocodile fish (Platycephalus sp.). You could even watch a movie of it swimming here.

The REAL crocodile fish. Picture source-http://www.divegallery.com/crocodilefish.htm

Predator befriending prey. No religious tussle over the burial of them. Shouldn't we start reflecting on them sometimes?

Saturday, January 21, 2006

MCCBCHS Candle Light Vigil vs. 'Perarakan Menentang Semak Artikel 121 (1A)'...

The nightly candlelight vigils organised by the Malaysian Consultative Council for Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism & Sikhism (MCCBCHS): Around 10 people attended and the alleged 'call off the search' directive .

'Perarakan Menentang Semak Semula Artikel 121 (1A)' [March to oppose amendment to Article 121 (1A)]: 200 Muslim varsity students and 300 members from opposition parties attended. Was allowed to proceed.

May the force be with the people? But in what context?

Now, just how could that 'Dr. Ng Seng' article be true?

Friday, January 20, 2006

Pak Lah Has Finally Spoken!: "No, I don't Know and We'll Investigate"

UPDATED: No. 2 said:

...in submitting a memorandum to the Prime Minister calling for a review of laws that affect the rights of non-Muslims was "improper" and "not nice"...

A Sotinathan-like suspension for them probably?

Wow! After a deafening silence from him, this is what we heard from him as reported in Bernama not too long ago:

On the amendment of Article 12(1a):
Article 121 (1a) of the Federal Constitution governing the powers of the civil and syariah courts need not be amended, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Friday.

"Only laws that can create problems and misinterpretations should be studied whether they should be amended to make them clearer," he told reporters after launching a book entitled Antologi Puisi Sasterawan Negara A. Samad Said.

On the ECM Libra Bhd-Avenue Capital Resources Bhd (ACRB) proposed merger:
"I am not involved in it in any way with the deal that ECM has with ACRB. I didn't know about it"

On the Metramac Corporation case:
"The government will investigate if there is a report and the matter considered unlawful"


Very inspiring indeed, innit?

To quote Kit:
Many must wonder whether the two demonstrations today had a more powerful impact than the unread memorandum by the 10 non-Muslim Ministers.

May the force be with the people? You decide...

Going Gaga Over Mobile Phones in Malaysia...

First things first. I think Malaysia is the ONLY country who calls mobile phones as 'hand phones'. Just dunno why. And in the UK, people do not call 'SMS'. They prefer to use 'texts'.

First, it was:
"Mari sama-sama cincai register. Tak apa, nanti dulu. Nanti. Nanti. Tangguh. Tangguh." (Let's all register our prepaids together. No, nvm. Wait. Wait. Postpone. Postpone.)



Then, it was:
"Kejap boleh hepone di skolah, kejap tak boleh hepone di skolah" (Now you can use mobiles in school, now you can't.)

No more keris from you this time?

Now, it is:
Balik lah, hepone asing. Belilah Barangan Buatan Malaysia. Protek kiter!!! Semua orang hAPi.(Get lost all foreign phones. Buy Malaysian. We must protect our phones!!!)


I clicked on the company's website www.mmobile.com.my as given in The Star article and here's a screenshot of their astonishingly interesting website:

Need a Malaysian phone? Simply take a Motorola phone and refurbish the logo and cover a bit and voila! You get MMobile. Wohoo!!!

Interested of joining their company, anyone?

BUT, good news today:

Mobiles cancer link 'disproved'

Mobile phone use does not lead to a greater risk of brain tumour, the largest study on the issue has said.
The study of 2,782 people across the UK found no link between the risk of glioma - the most common type of brain tumour - and length of mobile use.

Among cancer sufferers the tumours were more likely to be reported on the side of the head where they held the phone.

But the British Medical Journal study said people over-reported phone use on the side their cancer developed.

The caption reads: Children are still advised not to use mobile phones unless necessary. What say you, Keris Man?

And this is not 'shooting from the hip' unlike the 'cinnamon treats diabetes' claim in Malaysia recently. Here is the copy of the abstract of the BMJ article if you're interested.

All the best to the mobile phone industry in Malaysia...

Time for reflection...

The Sensintrovert's getting touchy feely and emotional today. Just look at these pictures:

From NST: At the funeral of Gaik Yap, a rape and murder victim in SP.

Let it flow, just let it all out.

Two-year-old Yeoh Kai Ying, being carried by her mother Chow Choy Lin, bidding farewell to her father Yeoh Kok Siew during a prayer session at the funeral ceremony in Penang on Thursday. Kok Siew was killed after a homemade bomb exploded at Prangin Mall on Sunday night. STARpic by Chris Lim

This is just a representation. It is NOT Intan Syafiqah Mohamad Fauzi's grave, who passed away due the alleged victimisation of the red-tape by MOH's Medical Assistance Fund. (Can't find her photo online!)

And last but not least, this infamous photo...
Moorthy's widow, upon hearing the decision of the court...

You may argue that these sad happenings were not isolated to Malaysia and people die day by day. But there is just 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' of them recently.

A strong message and a clear sign to stop the rot already? A political career-suicide plot? Whatever it is, it's time to reflect how lucky we are for the moment. Put your own feet into their shoes. Nobody knows what will happen to us next. Cherish every moment of your life.

Last but not least, let us reflect on the message of this picture, taken at the Aushcwitz Concentratation Camp in Poland:



p.s. I apologise if you are bored with this 'sermon'. It is nothing religious though.

Snake befriends hamster: Predator and Prey Could Be Friends After All...

Just came across this interesting piece of news from BBC:



Snake 'befriends' snack hamster

Aochan, the snake 'seems to enjoy' being with Gohan, the hamster
A rodent-eating snake and a hamster have developed an unusual bond at a zoo in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, the Associated Press news agency reports.
Their relationship began in October last year, when zookeepers presented the hamster to the snake as a meal.

The rat snake, however, refused to eat the rodent. The two now share a cage.

"I have never seen anything like it," a zookeeper at the Mutsugoro Okoku zoo said, adding that the hamster was known to fall asleep sitting atop the snake.

The hamster was initially offered to Aochan, the two-year-old rat snake, because it was refusing to eat frozen mice, the Associated Press reports.

As a joke, the zookeeper said they named the hamster Gohan - the Japanese word for meal.

"I don't think there's any danger. Aochan seems to enjoy Gohan's company very much," zookeeper Kazuya Yamamoto told the Associated Press news agency.

The apparent friendship between the snake and hamster is one of many reported bonds spanning the divide between predator and prey.


So, those ridiculously, fictious, feel-good story-lines from 'Finding Nemo' and 'Shark Tale' seemed to be quite relevant after all...

Sharks...


befriending clown fish...?
Photos sourced from and copyrighted to pixar.com.

My foot! It's true, it's true...