Sunday, November 30, 2008

Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Steamboat A Weekend Keeps The Tummy Happy (But Not Slimmy)

Believe me, this place is like infested with steamboat restaurants. Some are good, some are crappy, some survived, some closed-shop.

Yum!















Friday, November 28, 2008

eBay MPs?

The highest bidder wins?

You want them to represent you?

Yes, names please.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sixty Nine

Yesterday. Nobody would have remembered if not for Foxy's fave punchbag Twenty Five today.

"Yo, you remember me?"

News and Video To Reflect On Thanksgiving Day - Woman Gives Birth To Mutant Baby in Malaysia

Woman gives birth to mutant baby in Malaysia

26.11.2008 Source: Pravda.Ru

The news of an unusual alien-like baby born in China has received an intensive coverage in the media recently. Ms. Li Hui-Ying, a village from China’s Jiangxi Province, gave birth to a boy with frog’s eyes. The baby also had big bumps on his head and even a small tail on his bottom. The boy does not have any eating, drinking or sleeping disorders, but his parents still try to bring him to treat in the hospital. However, all the hospitals that the parents have been to so far refuse to accept the weird patient claiming that they have never had such an unusual incident in their experience.

Another shocking incident took place in Malaysia not so long ago. A woman gave birth to a baby with its eyes turned inside out. The baby has no ears and no nose, has hooves instead of hands. There can be no words found to describe the sufferings of the poor baby. Click here to see the video.

Also read: Russian woman gives birth to Cyclops child

Such terrible abnormalities can be explained with the phenomenon known as Harlequin Ichthyosis. It is a skin disease, is the most severe form of congenital ichthyosis, characterized by a thickening of the keratin layer in fetal human skin. In sufferers of the disease, the skin contains massive, diamond-shaped scales, and tends to have a reddish color. In addition, the eyes, ears, mouth, and other appendages may be abnormally contracted. The scaly keratin greatly limits the child's movement. Because the skin is cracked where normal skin would fold, it is easily pregnable by bacteria and other contaminants, resulting in serious risk of fatal infection.

Sufferers are known as harlequin fetuses, harlequin babies, or harlequins.

The harlequin-type designation comes from both the baby's apparent facial expression and the diamond-shape of the scales (resembling the costume of Arlecchino), which are caused by severe hyperkeratosis. The disease can be diagnosed in the uterus by way of fetal skin biopsy or by morphologic analysis of amniotic fluid cells obtained by amniocentesis. In addition, doctors can now usually recognize common features of the disease through ultrasound, and follow up with 3D ultrasound to diagnose the condition.

In the past, the disorder was invariably fatal, whether due to dehydration, infection (sepsis), restricted breathing due to the plating, or other related causes. The most common cause of death was systemic infection and sufferers rarely survived for more than a few days. However, there have been improvements in care, most notably the drug Isotrex. Some patients have survived into adolescence and, in very rare cases, lived to adulthood




Happy Thanksgiving! Whatever that means...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Commentary On 'Mahathirism Strike Back' on Bloomberg

Rubinism in U.S. Will Meet Mahathirism Elsewhere: William Pesek

Commentary by William Pesek

Nov. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Much is being made of how the next U.S. Treasury team includes Robert Rubin’s former posse.

Timothy Geithner, Lawrence Summers and the handful of other Rubinites set to run the U.S. economy have something else in common: direct experience with Mahathirism. As fate would have it, the policies of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad may make a comeback in Asia.

When Malaysians speak of Mahathirism, they are often referring to the authoritarian or outspoken ways in which Mahathir ruled their nation for 22 years until 2003. For investors, the phrase conjures up images of an anti-free-market firebrand.

The truth has always been somewhere in between. Yet the return of Mahathirism is the talk of Malaysia as Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s stock falls as fast as those comprising the Kuala Lumpur Composite Index. Mahathir’s presence is again being felt by the nation’s 26 million people. His blog is getting millions of hits.

The spread of Mahathir-like policies will be of even greater interest to Geithner, selected by President-elect Barack Obama to be Treasury secretary. That’s because the U.S. may fight an uphill battle to keep Asia on the road toward open markets.

‘Mahathir Was Right’

Making the rounds in Asia these days, one increasingly hears the words “Mahathir was right” in his reaction to a regional crisis 10 years ago. Rather than join Indonesia, South Korea and Thailand in accepting International Monetary Fund bailouts, Malaysia took matters into its own hands.

As fallout from the U.S. credit crisis zooms Asia’s way, it’s an open question how governments will respond. The IMF said yesterday Asian growth will probably weaken “substantially” amid slowing demand for exports, faltering consumer confidence and a drop in bank lending.

The idea that Asia is less vulnerable to global events is dying a quick death. The IMF expects growth in Asia, including Japan, Australia and New Zealand, to slow to 4.9 percent next year, from a 5.6 percent pace predicted in October.

Let’s face it: 4.9 percent is overly optimistic in a world in which the U.S. is bailing out a single bank -- Citigroup Inc., in this case -- to the tune of $306 billion. As the U.S.’s woes catch up with the global economy, growth will slow more dramatically than is currently appreciated.

Avoiding the IMF

Faced with such prospects, Asian governments may be tempted to turn to Mahathir-like capital controls and pegged currencies. Aside from a desire to stabilize markets, doing so might enable developing nations to avoid aid from the IMF, which tends to come with strict strings attached.

Such concerns have led Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to delay seeking emergency funding from the IMF. Escaping IMF tutelage has been a goal for Erdogan since he became premier in 2003. He chose Malaysia for his first official overseas visit and asked Mahathir how he managed without IMF loans in the 1990s.

Asia has experienced a currency-reserve arms race of sorts since then to achieve a similar goal. Korea, for example, is sitting on $212 billion of reserves, while Malaysia has stockpiled $109 billion.

There’s no guarantee Asia will turn inward. Doing so may do more harm than good for such open and export-dependent economies. Yet if global growth is headed for its worst period since the 1930s, governments will be on the spot to shield living standards.

Waning Influence

This time, the U.S. will have little leverage in Asia.

Geithner has first-hand experience with Mahathir’s policies. In July 1998, he and then-Treasury Secretary Rubin traveled to Kuala Lumpur, where they tried to persuade the Malaysian leader to give the IMF’s prescriptions more time. A day later, Mahathir announced he was giving up on high interest rates and budget tightening. He imposed capital controls and pegged the ringgit in the months that followed.

The U.S. will have zero moral high ground to counsel against such steps. In Lima last week, President George W. Bush urged governments to avoid onerous regulations, spurn protectionism and stay on the free-market path amid a “demanding” global outlook.

Such rhetoric flies in the face of efforts in Washington to bail out banks, insurers and automakers with borrowed money. It bumps up against the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented steps to print dollars.

It’s worth noting how the descendents of Rubinomics -- with its focus on balanced budgets, financial deregulation and free trade -- are changing with the times. Geithner and Summers, whom Obama chose to be director of the National Economic Council, will find it’s easier to prescribe tough medicine than to take it.

“I can’t help feeling I’m vindicated,” Mahathir said in an interview last month. In December 2002, the IMF said Mahathir established a “stability anchor” that helped the economy.

Rubin’s stock also isn’t what it used to be. He’s facing questions about his role in Citigroup’s woes and efforts to avoid regulation of derivatives while in government.

Geithner and Summers may find that the more they try to inject some Rubinism into the global economy, the more Mahathirism may push back.

(William Pesek is a Bloomberg News columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.)

To contact the writer of this column: William Pesek in Kuala Lumpur at wpesek@bloomberg.net

Last Updated: November 25, 2008 15:01 EST

"Macammana, Mau Tolong Kah" Didn't Quite Work With The Traffic Cops Across The Causeway...

Sorhai MahChauhAi pig thought it could work our way in Kiasuland.

Man fined $15,000 for offering to 'take care' of traffic cop

WHY become my enemy when you can be my friend?

And when I see you next time, I will take good care of you.

Such a 'make peace' offering may be effective in resolving a dispute.

But in this case, it landed the person who made the offer in more trouble, because he had tried to use it to bribe a traffic police officer into letting him off for a traffic offence.

Sergeant Pah Wenxiang was patrolling along Woodlands Road at about 5.30pm on 31 Oct last year when he spotted a driver of a white car making an illegal U-turn and driving against traffic flow for 500m.

In doing so, the driver narrowly missed a collision with a motorcyclist before entering a petrol station.

The cop then tailed the driver and confronted him when the latter stopped at the petrol station.

The driver, Lim Teck Choon, a 56-year-old Malaysian businessman, told Sgt Pah he did not want to be caught in the traffic jam and wanted to return to Malaysia as soon as possible.

He even went on to suggest that it was common for vehicles to reverse and drive against the flow of traffic when there was a traffic jam.

His excuse cut no ice and Sgt Pah proceeded to inform Lim that he would be charged in court for dangerous driving and that he would be placed under arrest.

Tried to bargain

Lim tried to bargain with Sgt Pah by asking whether it was possible not to 'summon' him so 'heavily'.

Sgt Pah replied that he had no choice as Lim had committed a serious traffic offence. Lim acknowledged that he was at fault and that he could not deny this.

While waiting for the police car to arrive, Sgt Pah started a conversation with Lim, who said that he was a businessman with businesses in Singapore and Malaysia.

He added that he also owned plantations in Johor which were popular grounds for fishing and hunting.

Lim then told Sgt Pah: 'Why want to do this, be enemy. You should let me go. We can be friends. Next time you come to Malaysia, Iwill take care of you, still got benefits.'

On hearing that, Sgt Pah felt that the accused was offering a bribe, and he accordingly told the accused that it was an offence to do so.

The accused replied 'okay' and did not say anything else after that.

Still, the offer to bribe the cop landed Lim in hot water.

When his case came up before District Judge Jasvender Kaur, the judge noted that attempting to bribe a police officer is a serious offence.

But she took into account Lim's plea for leniency in this case.

First, after Lim's request of not being summoned so heavily was turned down, Lim did not persist.

Lim admitted he was wrong and that the traffic police officer was only doing his duty.

Judge Kaur said: 'I think it is reasonable to say that the accused would, in all probability, not have said what he said had Sgt Pah not started the casual conversation.'

Lim also pleaded with the judge, saying that he was a deputy chairman of Malaysian Chinese Association for the town of Kampong Jawa in Johor, and he has helped students and orphans in his constituency

As Lim had no previous records, he was spared the jail sentence and was fined $15,000 for the bribery offence.

He was fined $2,500 earlier and disqualified from driving for six months.

The prosecution has since filed an appeal against the sentence.

Under the law, those who commit bribery offences can be jailed up to five years or a fined up to $100,000, or both.

This article was first published in The New Paper on Nov 23, 2008.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome Aboard To KUL-STN Flight D7 2008...

After all the farting, the man who would let KJ buttfucked him Datuk T finally announced it!

RM 499? Oh, really?

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RM 1387. Not bad!



But after you add in the salt and the sugar, it comes to around RM 1863 (you can't be going baggageless, cold and hungry, can you?). And don't forget that STN is more than hour away to downtown London. If you take the coach, add another 10 quids or RM 60 more.



Well, can't complain much. Look at this:



Or this:



Wanna go Londres?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Soon-To-Be-Banned 'Corrupting' Songs and Artistes

"Don't even think bout it, Lady B"



"Doesn't matter if the two songs words at the back were omitted, it's still corrupting"



"Simply a bad choice of English name. Plus he's a kafir."


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Mmmm....Food! (3)

Wendy's. Pretty usual.


Indomee Goreng. Those keropoks are a must. Refer further photos later.


Nasi Rendang Sapi + Ulam Masak Lemak + Heavenly Cincau = Yummy!


Time for some change. Beef steak.


Minced meat noodle washed down with a slim can of Coke.



Bihun baso.


Mi baso.


Blue Nazi's favourite dish. Soto mee.



Mee jawa. Kinda horrid and prefer our version more.



Donuts? What's so special about this?



Yummy filling...


Oh, it's Krispy Kreme. It's more expensive than J.Co (an Indonesian brand) and Big Apple (not available at that shopping complex),

Interesting Signages Around Indonesia

'Rawon Setan' = 'Devil ???'. I have no idea what that is.



Semen makes babies...and also buildings. So, don't waste it. ;-)




Crappy cam pix. It says here 'Bachang Kote'.




This hawker cart is selling 'Pukis'.



'Swearing' plants: "Butuh lu!"



The world's most populous Muslim country encourages people to drink alcohol. At a touristy area though.

An Afternoon at Nazi Headquarters PWTC...

Go Mobile Expo 2008













The Late First Lady's PM First Wife's Pet Project









Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mmmm....Food! (2)

More! Can you guess where I've been?