Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I've asked Mr. Team Leader a couple of times regarding my predicament, but he seems very nonchalant and relaxed. I'm not entirely sure what is he up to. I've been told that an extension is usually granted to all staffs that didn't manage to hit their first confirmation target but I must admit that I'm worried. My working relationship with CT ain't all sunshine and rainbows I can tell you that. I know that I have nothing against him but you won't find me holding his hand any time soon. I fear that if CT was the one to decide if I'll be able to get an extension, I'm gonna be in slightly deep s***.
*Sigh* I keep telling myself that I joined at a very bad time and that I should have joined 2 months later but truth is that at the point when I started my new job, I was dead broke and badly needed a job not to mention I realized what the problem with me was. I wasn't persistent enough. Working in this line, I've learnt that pesky = good. People then get the impression that you're really hardworking and persistent. As for me, before working here and basically my entire life, I dislike pesky people. People who can't get a hint and ought to get sprayed with Fumakila Pesticide or something and now I'll be having to do the one thing that I hated most.
But there are a few people that I'm incredibly thankful for helping me by passing me leads. I'm not sure if I'm suppose to mention names but you ought to know who you are. Your help was much needed and appreciated! Thank you!
But enough job rantings, life seems to be on speed dial right now with everything passing by so fast. My days are spent driving around meeting people ... and eating. I've gained all the weight I've previously lost "HAH! Now E can't say I'm too skinny no more!" Only problem is that I'm a kinda worried about the size of my a**
I've also decided to go vegetarian during the last 3 days of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. I've been wanting to do it for some time now but now I've found some companion with me atleast. I know it'll sound weird but I love visting the temple whenever I can. The closest one to our office is the Goddess of Mercy's Temple which I like to go after lunch hour when there's fewer people and less smoke. Uhh, okay that was kinda off topic but anyway I finally FINALLY found a passable dupe of Estee Lauder's Midnight 'something' with Ianti's Black Rose nail colour. Whee! I first got the Estee Lauder Midnight 'something' as part of a coffer set or was it a free gift *scratch head* but anyway it since then that I've searched high and low looking for a good dupe for it since I was too poor and stingy to fork out over RM50 for a bottle. Was in Perangin Mall walking alone after getting ditched by E & K and found it, it was only RM7.90 too. Ahhhhh! Love love the dark purple.
Friday, September 26, 2008
X reminds me of a friend I used to have in high school, every single day without fail over the ICQ or phone, he would call and complain about how he hated his life and how depressed he was and how the world was againts him and how the world was unfair and how he wanted to die.
And every single day I would always tell him to cheer up and gave him moral support. Which then prompt him to complain and more even more about how wrong I was and how he wanted to die.
So one fine day, when he went on to moan about his day and how he wanted to die, I finally said, 'okay, good luck.' which then prompt him to be accuse me of being a lousy friend and how i don't support him and how I wasn't suppose to ask him and to go die!
In many cases, I would never support a friend that way. As in to go and die, but I was fed up with his attention whore attitude and also i knew he would never do it. First, he was too much of a chicken, second, he think that it's 'cool' to keep complaining about how much he wanted to die because he's into Heavy Metal songs that promoted wrist cutting, death and self mutilation. Trust me when I say that he would never do the above, he just so badly wanted to make himself stand out by saying that he was all that.
I wonder if I should quote a newspaper artice I've read years ago about a case in Singapore when a guy wanted to die and told a bunch of his good friends. Being such good friends they respected their friend's decision to die and supported his all the way to the extend of scouting all over Singapore for the best place to commit suicide.
Since the Friend Test, I've somewhat 'revealed' personal information about myself that previously no one really knew for sure. Things like what I thought plushies are good for etc. One thing that is that I suffer from a mild form of depression. I'm sure everyone has gone thru some sort of depression period so how does one knows if they are suffering from depression or is merely just 'down'.
Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life. But when sadness takes hold and won't go away, it may be depression. More than just the temporary "blues," the lows of depression make it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. A person with severe depression has little or no interest in work or hobbies, and may even have trouble getting out of bed. - HelpGuide
If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from clinical depression.
- you can’t sleep enough or you sleep too much
- you can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult
- you feel worthless and hopeless
- you can’t control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try
- you have lost your appetite or you can’t stop eating
- you are constantly irritated or become enraged even at small things – and this is new for you
- you have thoughts that life is not worth living, or have a plan for how you would end it (Seek help immediately if this is the case)
Example: "Oh wow, I'm sooooooo depressed that I didn't manage to get that pair of shoes"
Depression to some people is real and should never be treated so frivolously.
Truth is that I'm not proud to reveal this little fact about me. And it's something so personal that I doubt my own parents knows that I suffer from depression. I have never seeked help nor am I on any medication. My friends are the best medication there is. A healthy dose of friendship lifts me up little by little till I can get over the problem.
I don't complain excessively when I'm depressed. All the complains and words are all in my head and they hardly leave my mouth. I tell Elisa that I'm depressed but I can never/ hardly tell her the reason why I'm depressed or I'm too ashamed to reveal them.
There are times when I'm depressed for no apparent reasons or there are times when my thoughts of self-loathing takes over, and it's then when I find it hard to open up and tell Elisa why I'm depressed because it sounds so bloody silly that I'm depressed because I hated myself.
My sympthoms of depression is sleeping too much which is usually over 14 hours everyday. Lost of appetite, irritated at the slightest things, being overly sensitive and crying (I can cry for 4 hours NON-stop, I don't stop to hiccup but endless gushes of tears type) being extremely negative and cynical and thinking of ways to die and actually trying to as well as short term memory. Which is why some years are actually lost to me and when asked, I hardly or don't remember what I did or happend during that time.
Also, my depression usually lasts for months and can drag up to a year. Believe it or not, but when asked what I did during 2006-2007, I really don't remember.
I'm not sure how others would think of me once I post this 'article' of me up but we'll see. The reason I'm finally revealing this is because being a depressed person I do NOT like people coming to me to 'tell' me how depressed they are over the stupidiest things. I like positive people and I need it to keep my own spirits up high. I like to go out with people who laugh, joke and generally be happy rather than to sit down next to a depressed person telling you depressing things.
I try not to drag people down even when I'm depressed so I'm usually hiding at home or I never say anything. So these people complain and complain and complain and it really puts me in a foul mood. I mean, no one likes people who complain too much for God's sakes.
I'm fine with people who sometimes complain about their partners/ parents / work and is not trying to drag you down with them but because they need to let it out. On the other hand, there are some people who likes to drags you down with them. It's like, 'Hey, I'm depressed, you're depressed, lets start the Depressed People Club or something'. They knows you are already having a tough time and need some cheering up yet their still tells you depressing stuffs. ARGH!
So please, if you're a depressed person, you're more that welcome to join me and Elisa out for a good time filled with jokes and laughter but if you're a depressed person that needs another depressed person so you can be depressed together and who knows, commit suicide together, do NOT come near me or I'll beat the shit out of you!
During one of my recent bout of depression, I lost as much as 2kg during the first day. In the end, my weight plummet from 50kg to 44kg for someone standing at 165cm, I was a walking skeleton and during that time, I didn't not understand why my parents kept saying that I've lost weight. I never realized till the day Elisa took this picture and I couldn't believe my eyes. My shoulder bones were sticking out in the weirdest positions and I look so...thin and haggard. It was only after that did I try my best to gain back the weight I lost. I remained at 45-46kg for a little over a year before I started putting on weight again. Now all is fine.
And don't worry, depression is not contagious and I don't spread it around, don't fear me.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
I remember reading the newspaper some time ago that they actually mix cardboard with mince meat to be stuffed into meat buns. Although the Chinese Government actually covered the entire thing and accused the newspaper reporter for reporting a 'hoax' or whatever. I'm going to be a little more cautious when it comes to Made in China stuffs especially food stuffs whether they come preserved or in a can.
I'm trying not to be biased but I've come to believe that in China, almost anything can be done in order to make a profit. It doesn't matter who eats it or what happens to the consumers, as long as a quick buck can be done, it's done!
It's almost like their motto is "If you die eating our products, it's not really our concern as long as you hand your money over before you die"
God, that sounds like a some robbery.
The watchdog said it would "strictly find out the reason for adding the melamine and severely punish those who are responsible".
Yili group products were recalled by the Hong Kong government on Thursday, after tests found milk, ice-cream and yoghurt to be contaminated with melamine.
Health scares and fatalities in recent years have ranged from the contamination of seafood to toothpaste and, last year, to pet food exported to the US.
How cool is that? You give milk to your baby/ children thinking it'll make them big and strong and what do you end up with? Kidney stones and death. Yes people, breastfeed you baby if you can, it's scientifically proven that babies that are breastfeed grows up smarter anyway. Nothing beats mummy's milk. Your baby is NOT a calf/ baby cow, STOP feeding it with Cow/Goat milk!
Oh, I finally had my haircut on Sunday. Phew, it was getting a little unruly and messy. So anyway everything got snipped off and my head feels so much lighter, yay! I've colored it too, but it really cost me alot for my length. Rm120 is on the pricy side in Penang but now that Andrew, my friend and hairstylist is no longer in Penang, I'm left with very little choices on who to dye my hair. RM120 not including cutting just yet T.T
Awww, ain't it a beauty?
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Thursday, September 18, 2008
Left to Right: Lipstick in Crystal Baby, lip gloss in Honey
Bottom: Eyeliner in Softsmudged Black
Metrojaya had a preview sale last Wednesday and since it was a public holiday (Whee!) I went to Island Plaza with my mom soon after I woke up, I wanted the Estee Lauder's Cyberwhite EX eye cream. I was given a small sample a week or so before the sale and tried and liked it! I have a lot of pigmentation problem just right below my right eye. Perhaps it's from the constant driving and being in the driver seat, my right eye is naturally going to get more sun that the left. Including the fact that I'm fair skinned, my skin is going to naturally absorb more sun light which is why fair skinned people tends to get freckles or pigmentation/ brown spots sooner and easier than our tanner counterparts.
Anyway mom has been eying the Estee Lauder box set make up and she finally got them much to her happiness. She liked the eyeshadow and gave the rest away to my sister and I. I took the Lipstick in Crystal Baby. I already had the colour before this but it broke! But I had really liked the colour as it was similar to my own lip's colour. I also took the Lip Gloss in Honey and the eyeliner pencil in Softsmudged Black. It's not really black black but rather a very dark shade of gray black. In my opinion anyway. How I see the colour might be different from yours so...
I really can't believe that I'm even posting this up in my blog. My naked eye!!! But anyway from here, you'll understand what I mean when I say I really have pigmentation problem. My left eye is fine, it's just the right. *sigh* And to think I'm only 24!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Managed to get the MC for the day but I ended up working till 4pm anyway. Writing submissions and waiting. Mostly waiting. Elisa's team leader, AL is one guy that cannot tell the time. I have offered to teach him how to tell the time endless of times but to no avail. Guess he thinks that some things are best left unknown. Ignorance is bliss.
"When the big hands reaches 12 and the little hand reaches 8, you know it's time to bangun pagi, gosok gigi, cuci muka..."
Besides being tardy he loves to conduct long long long meetings. I really have no idea what they do inside the meeting room. While their team has only 3 staffs they take the longest. I've always figured that either
- AL is counting his pubic hair (3 hair, plait, 3 hair, plait...)
- He's busy interrogating his staffs on their whereabouts
- He loves his own voice and never get tired of it
- Wants to show his superiority
- Everyone has fallen asleep
- Something important and worth mentioning to his staffs
If you're going to conduct a Sales Clinic, kindly do a special one for AL so he can tell the time and for ONCE in his life be punctual and not tardy. Thank you.
I can sincerely tell you that one I black out / faint, NO ONE in the office will be able to carry me and they will have to drag me out to the clinic by my hands, imagine what a horrible scenario that is! I mean, a colleague blacked out a few days ago and she's like what? 44kg? And since it was dead weight, they had difficulty carrying her, I'm a good 48kg and I'm NOT popular. So hell, they definitely won't be carrying me ala Romeo style but most likely drag me like a sack of potatoes style or they'll drag me over to the water dispencer and just turn on the cold water in my face.
Another thing that leaves me shooting daggers at AL was because he got me in trouble with SM! He just had to conduct another long meeting during breakfast time and I ended up waiting for Elisa thinking she's going to be done any minute now and by the time they were done, it was way over our breakfast time and I was getting gastric pains and begged Elisa to accompany me for a quick breakfast and got caught by SM! Bloody &^%$#@! Hit lottery also not that accurate!
I'm also a little sad that because I was sick today, one of my cases that my team leader passed to me got passed to my junior. He had his reasons why he passed his case to my junior but the customer was super sure to sign so it hurts a little. But Mr. Team Leader did call to apologize and I do understand his reasoning so no hard feelings. *sigh*
Anyway we were suppose to head over to meet some new agents but thanks to AL, plans got messed up, not the first time but more like the 10th time. He loves last minute stuffs. Next time I'm calling him "Mr Last Minute" or "Mr Always Late", "AL" for short. It also helps that his AL is his initials anyway. Nyeh ha ha! We make effort to meet more new developers/agents/lawyers only for him to ruin everything everytime!
Anyway by 4pm, we were suppose to head over to Jones Lang Wutton to meet Shawn and to The Cove but I was too sick by then. Everytime I swallowed my throat felt like tiny pieces of glass was cutting it all the way down and in my head all I was thinking was counting how many strepsils have I eaten and trying not to hit over 8 a day.
But somehow we ended up in Gurney, looking at cosmetics always never fail to cheer me up! I love em'. I got some stuffs from Stila again, an oil-free foundation in colour B and a lip glaze pencil in Vanilla. Whee for me, BOO for my now almost empty wallet. There goes my carefully planned budget.
Left to Right: Kate Liquid foundation (shade c), Stila Liquid foundation, Stila Oil- Free liquid foundation, MAC Mineralize SkinFinish, Estee Lauder So Ingenious, Kate liquid foundation (shade b)
While some is relatively new, you'll notice that some of them have already been discontinued in counters such as the Stila Oild-Free foundation and the Estee Lauder So Ingenious. I don't use them because I'm pretty sure they've hit way over the expiry date but I had loved them so much I couldn't bare to throw them out, sounds crazy I know.
All this while, I have something for liquid foundations, I can never have enough and I count of Elisa to stop me. I know she's going to scream for me to stop buying any more and to throw the rest away but still... *sigh* sakit hati
EDIT: Was waiting for Elisa to finish her blog when I decided to pop into Friendster and read my horoscope. Here's what it says;
The Bottom Line
If you are feeling friction with authority figures, today, stand up for yourself.Urmm, does that mean that I'm going to be in a fist fight with SM today? Ohh Boy, even some people in the office notices that SM treats me pretty shabbily. Gah! So let me put on my boxing glove, beat the shit outta him and hopefully finally get some respect?
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Woke up feeling shitty, I could tell I was having mild sore throat. I don't particularly understand my body, it tends to fall sick on weekends! Rummaging through the fridge with no Strepsils in sight, I seriously felt like screaming. As if I could anyway.
Luckily Elisa called, craving for caviar. Of all things, Elisa has expensive taste buds. She has the tongue of an aristocrat while I seem like the MPPP (Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang) the local rubbish truck of the bunch. Anything also sapu, my motto in life is 'Expiry date is just a suggestion' MUAHAHA!
So anyway, we headed to Gurney, while browsing around, we were told that Stila, Guerlain and YSL is closing down! What a shock and the cosmetics were almost half price but unfortunately the sale has been going on since the 9th so it was a little empty by the time we got there. I didn't manage to get anything except one miserable lip gloss.
Guerlain's Cherry Fizz for only RM35
I suspect that I might be down with a slight fever as well so I'm heading back to bed. Night!
I'm pretty sure that in life, we've all had our fair share of dreaming about people who we least expect. Truthfully, I love having nightmares, I love the running, the confusion and seeing myself die in my dreams. I know it's weird but it intrigues me and leaves me wanting more. It's like watching a movie without an ending. You would want to know what happen next and what else happens.
Just yesterday, I had the oddest dream of all. I dreamt of Peter. Before you think of Peter Rabbit, a character from Beatrix Potter, the author of The Tails of Peter Rabbit, let me explain to you that the Peter here is no rabbit nor does he belong in Never Never land. Peter here is our bank's valuer. Someone whom we deal with atleast a couple of time a week begging *ahem* asking for the property's current market value.
I remember waking up and saying to myself, "Wow, I had a nice dream" then promptly, tried to remember what was the 'nice' dream about. It took me a few minutes to figure out what it was and who was in it. Next thing that came to my mind, "Gosh! What a nightmare!" and tried to push it to the farthest part on the back of my mind.
Disturbing - yes. Funny - yes, Creepy - definitely!
Perhaps it came from the guilt of sending him on a wild goose chase just earlier that day. I accidentally told him the wrong address for valuation and off he went in search of the 'so-said' place. When I learnt of my mistake, I wanted crawl away like a worm into some hole. And worst, it happen all in front of my team leader so it doubled my embarrassment and I really felt like I wanted to sink into the ground and disappear. *Phoof*
EDIT: AHA! It wasn't my mistake after all! It turns out that Peter made a mistake and I told him the right address! Wheee! Wish he told me that before I had the nightmare T.T
So anyway on with happier news, the wig that I ordered 2 weeks ago finally arrived! Woo-hoo! I'm pleased with the seller because she was prompt and kept to her promise on the timeline and the ETA of the wig.
I ordered the darkest shade of wig which was Dark Brown because I was hoping to wear it to work. I didn't wanted any outrageous colour that might incur the wrath of my Sales Manager, CT, as if he wasn't pissed at me already.
Talking about CT, Elisa and Kern has always told me what a nice and funny guy he is, so far, I have not seen that side of him yet. I still remember my first meeting with him when he called me back for a 2nd interview. NO ONE was ever called back for a second interview but I suppose my resume was so bad he wanted to double confirm. Halfway through out the interview, I wanted to reach out my hand and strangle him. It was unsual for me to feel that way but I seriously wanted to do that. I do think of him fondly and really like him from the stories that E & K says and I do want to get to know him better and see for myself what he's like but he keeps a distance from us and busies himself with only a selected few. So no chance no chance. What to do?
When it first came and I removed it from the net, I remember thinking to myself, "Gosh! What a big lump of hair! How the hell do I even put it on?"
When I placed it on my head and I remember seeing nothing but hair. My entire vision was blocked with thick black hair and no matter how I pushed it aside, there was more and more and more hair everywhere!
I learn to part the fringe and to clip it to both sides before putting the wig on or it's so problematic later on. It doesn't sit all too comfortably and it does look a tiny bit fake from the view on the top. But once it's on properly, it looks pretty good! I'm happy with it! Oh I forgot to mention, it stinks. It smells of... something. Not the dead skunk on your head kinda smell but one on plastic melted crayons smell perhaps? I don't know the exact words to describe it but I sprayed on some perfume just to cover it a little. I don't recommend doing it but I was desperate. Don't take tips from a desperado, I'll tell you that!
If you're wondering why I bought the wig, was it because of vanity or because I'm actually bald, I'm here to tell you it's a little of both. Lol! I could never grow my hair long because my scalp is not strong enough, after it reached a certain length, I'll start shedding like no tomorrow and you'll see endless lumps of hair on my bedroom floor. That's one reason I got the wig, I wanted to see and feel how it was like to have long hair. So there you have it!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 10:20:37 +0800
It's been interesting to read such free-flowing comments on an all 'Malaysian' free for all. While we are on the subject, how many of you have read the book entitled Contesting Malayness'? Written by a Professor of National University of Singapore. Cost S$32 (about). It reflects the Anthropologists' views that there is no such race as the 'Malays' to begin with.
If we follow the original migration of the Southern Chinese of 6,000 yrs ago, they moved into Taiwan, (now the Alisan), then into the Phillipines (now the Aeta) and moved into Borneo (4,500 yrs ago) (Dayak).
They also split into Sulawesi and progressed into Jawa, and Sumatera. The final migration was to the Malayan Peninsular 3,000 yrs ago. A sub-group from Borneo also moved to Champa in Cambodia at 4,500 yrs ago.
Interestingly, the Champa deviant group moved back to present day Kelantan. There are also traces of the Dong Song and HoaBinh migration from Vietnam and Cambodia. To confuse the issue, there was also the Southern Thai migration, from what we know as Pattani today. (See also 'Early Kingdoms of the Indonesian Archipelago and the Malay Peninsular'.)
Of course, we also have the Minangkabau(s) who come from the descendants of Alexander the Great and a West Indian Princess. (Sejarah Melayu page 1-3.)
So the million Dollar Question: Is there really a race called the 'Malays'? All anthropologists DO NOT SEEM TO THINK SO.
Neither do the 'Malays' who live on the West Coast of Johor. They'd rather be called Javanese. What about the west coast Kedah inhabitants who prefer to be known as 'Achenese'? Or the Ibans who simply want to be known as IBANS. Try calling a Kelabit a 'Malay' and see what response you get. You'll be so glad that their Head-Hunting days are over.
The definition of 'Malay' is therefore simply a collection of peoples who speak a similar type language. With what is meant by a similar type language does not mean that the words are similar. Linguists call this the 'Lego-type' language, where words are added on to the root word to make meaning and give tenses and such. Somehow, the Indonesians disagree with this classification. They refuse to be called Malay. Anyhow you may define it. Watch 'Malays in Africa' - a Museum Negara produced DVD. Also, the 'Champa Malays' by the same.
With this classification, they MUST also include the Phillipinos, the Papua New Guineans, the Australian Aboriginies, as well as the Polynesian Aboriginies. These are of the Australo Melanesians who migrated out of Africa 60,000 yrs ago.
Getting interesting? Read on.
'Malay' should also include the Taiwanese singer 'Ah Mei' who is Alisan, as her tribe are the ancestors of the 'Malays'. And finally, you will need to define the Southern Chinese (Funan Province) as Malay also, since they are from the same stock 6,000 yrs ago.
Try calling the Bugis a 'Malay'. Interestingly, the Bugis, who predominantly live on Sulawesi are not even Indonesians. Neither do they fall into the same group as the migrating Southern Chinese of 6,000 yrs ago, nor the Australo Melanesian group from Africa.
Ready for this?
The Bugis are the cross-breed between the Chinese and the Arabs. (FYI, a runaway Ming Dynasty official whom Cheng Ho was sent to hunt down.) Interestingly, the Bugis were career Pirates in the Johor-Riau Island areas. Now the nephew of Daeng Kemboja was appointed the First Sultan of Selangor. That makes the entire Selangor Sultanate part Arab, part Chinese!
Try talking to the Bugis Museum curator near Kukup in Johor. Kukup is located near the most south-western tip of Johor. (Due south of Pontian Kechil.)
Let's not even get into the Hang Tuah, Hang Jebat, Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekiu, and Hang Lekir, who shared the same family last name as the other super famous 'Hang' family member, Hang Li Poh. And who was she? The princess of a Ming Dynasty Emperor who was sent to marry the Sultan of Malacca. Won't that make the entire Malacca Sultanate downline 'Baba'?
Since the older son of the collapsed Malaccan Sultanate got killed in Johor, (the current Sultanate is the downline of the then, Bendahara) the only other son became the Sultan of Perak. Do we see any Chinese-ness in Raja Azlan? Is he the descendant of Hang Li Poh?
Next question. If the Babas are part Malay, why have they been marginalized by NOT BEING BUMIPUTERA? Which part of 'Malay' are they not? Whatever the answer, why then are the Portuguese of Malacca NOT BUMIPUTERA? Did they not come 100 yrs AFTER the arrival of the first Babas? Parameswara founded Malacca in 1411. The Portugese came in 1511, and the Dutch in the 1600's. Strangely, the Babas were in fact once classified Bumiputera, but discovered that they were strangely 'declassified' in the 1960s. WHY?
The Sultan of Kelantan had similar roots to the Pattani Kingdom making him of Thai origin. And what is this 'coffee table book' by the Sultan of Perlis claiming to be the direct descendant of the prophet Muhammed? Somehow we see Prof Khoo Khay Khim's signature name on the book. I'll pay good money to own a copy of it myself. Anyone has a spare?
So, how many of you have met with orang Asli(s)? The more northern you go, the more African they look. Why are they called Negrito(s)? It is a Spanish word, from which directly translates 'mini Negros'. The more southern you go, the more 'Indonesian' they look. And the ones who live at Cameron Highlands kinda look 50-50. You can see the Batek at Taman Negara, who really looks like Eddie Murphy to a certain degree. Or the Negritos who live at the Thai border near Temenggor Lake (north Perak). The Mah Meri
in Carrie Island looks almost like the Jakuns in Endau Rompin. Half African, half Indonesian.
By definition, (this is super eye-opening) there was a Hindu Malay Empire in Kedah. Yes, I said it right. The Malays were Hindu. It was, by the old name Langkasuka. Today known as Lembah Bujang. This Hindu Malay Empire was 2,000 yrs old, pre-dating Borrobudor AND Angkor Watt, who came about around 500-600 yrs later. Lembah Bujang was THE mighty trading empire, and its biggest influence was by the Indians who were here to help start it. By definition, this should make the Indians BUMIPUTERAS too since they were here 2,000 yrs ago! Why are they marginalized?
So, in a nutshell, the 'Malays' (anthropologists will disagree with this 'race' definition) are TRULY ASIA!!! (Main continent and West Asia included)
Here are some comments from Michael in answer to some Malays who have attacked him for penning this commentary.
Greetings. This is Michael Chick. Unlike others who hide behind 'anonymous synonyms' I came clear with my real name. The post which I put up was not a figment of my imagination but the end result of 3 years extensive research. As such, the facts presented are clear-cut, straightforward and unassuming. Perhaps you would all like to chat with any anthropologist at UM before sending-off any flaming sparks in my direction again. These Professors should be as Malaysian as any of you.
The subject matter is fact-based. To Bayi, 'Contesting Malayness' is available at Kinokuniya at Takashimaya 4th floor, Orchard road. At a cost of S$32. It is also available at National University of Singapore. Why? 'Coz it's their textbook. Let me repeat -'Contesting Malayness' is an NUS textbook, published by NUS Press, written by Professor Tony Milner.
To Achmad Sudarsono, calling the Malays a 'race' is akin to calling the Hokkiens or the Javanese a 'race'. Please do not confuse the term 'orang' with 'Bangsa'. What do I mean? The term 'orang' is used by Malays to describe Orang Bugis, Orang Acheh, Orang Laut, Orang India, Orang Melayu. And here is where the confusion was. Orang Melayu merely refers to the residents of Kampung Melayu near Jambi, near Palembang. Please use Google Earth to find its exact location.
Unless you can say that all 'Orang Melayu' are descendants of that village, you simply cannot be called Orang Melayu. In fact the name 'Malay' has been traced to Lembah Bujang, where the Indian traders used to call the locals 'Malai' (in Tamil) to describe the locals. The locals were animistic pagans at that time, and readily adopted Hindu practices and Indian customs. 'Raja' and 'Sultan' are Indian titles. The adat bersanding with the pelamin are of Indian origin. Even the 'gifts-bearing' walk by the groom has its Indian roots. Please attend an Indian Wedding before flaming me again. Or have a chat with Prof Nik Hassan who is in charge of the Lembah Bujang archaeological excavations.
Malaya, was therefore a derivative from Himalaya. 'Sejarah Melayu' therefore was describing the Kampong Melayu origins. But here is where, from pages 1-3, it will tell you that Kampong Melayu are descendants of Iskandar Zulkarnain (Alexander the Great) through the bloodline of a West Indian Princess. This came from Sejarah Melayu. This book is cheap. You can buy it at the University Malaya Bookstore for a mere RM35. It is published by MBRAS (Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society). Its patron member is Tun Hanif (ex-IGP).
Please speak with Datuk Prof Zuraina Majid, who excavated 'Perak Man'. She will tell you that Perak Man is a descendant of the Australo-Melanesian stock. African National Museum of the Phillipines will verify that they came from Taiwan. And National University of Indonesia will confirm that they came from the Phillipines.
Nik Aziz (PAS leader from Kelantan) will tell you that his grandfather came from Champa. To all Kelantanese, please explain the newly changed name of a Kampong near Bachok (close to the Pengkalan Chepa airport) to 'Kampung Champa' to our friends here.
Please also visit Museum Negara to see the exhibits on the 'Dong Song' brass drums and Gua Cha in Kelantan near Gua Musang to see the Hoabinhian Caves. Dong Song and Hoabinh are in Indochina. And therefore, the locals are descendants from that region. The entire Northern States also have their roots from the Pattani Kingdom; which today we call Thailand. In fact, please visit the Kelantan WWII museum to see the article on how Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu was part of Thailand from 1943-1945. Then walk over to the Kelantan State Museum to see the exhibit on Gua Cha to read their explanations of the Hoabinhian Cultures of Early Kelantan settlers.
Malaysian Archaeologists call the early settlers Proto Malay. And the current settlers Deutero Malay. The scientific term is actually, Australo Melanesian (African) and Austranesian (Chinese, or Mongoloid). This is a DNA and bone structure classification. Even the term Negrito transalates from Spanish to mean 'mini Negro'.
I hope that I've made myself comprehensible enough. Feel free to ask any further questions to help clear the air. The 'Malays' are NOT a race. I'm so sorry that you are only hearing this now. The rest of the Academic World has known it for years.
By: Michael Chick on May 30th, 2007 At 2:44 am
To address Hang Tuah, Hang Jebat, Hang Lekir, Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekir and Hang Li Poh. They were all related by the family name of 'Hang'.
Please visit their graves in Malacca. Their graves are clear-cut Hindu. This was during the 'Great Malacca Empire' when Parameswara was supposed to have converted to Islam. Why are the graves of the 'Legendary Defenders of the States' Hindu? They do not have the spiral headstones or the Batu Acheh type headstones - instead, they are solid concrete blocks with triangular holes for incense and oil-lamp burning.
Hang Tuah's grave (Kampong Keling) is another 'conspiracy'. Please read the inscriptions on the side: 'they found a large stone marking a grave, and therefore it must be Hang Tuah...'. This grave was merely designed to be a tourist destination. Note that there are no names engraved anywhere. Just a big non-descript stone marking that a human body lies underneath it. Lastly, why is a Muslim buried in Kampong Keling - 'Keling' meaning Indian?
The subsequent question is why is Hang Tuah removed from current school history textbooks?
One of two suggestions comes to mind. He was pure fiction (please read Hikayat Hang Tuah before flaming me again), or as the Bugis Museum Curator in Johor will insist, that Hang Tuah was Chinese. So were the rest of his 'blood brothers'. They were all Chinese; and related to Hang Li Poh.
Let me pose a simple question to you: Why is it, that when you visit Malacca to see the great historical Malaysian City/State, you see the Portugese 'A Famosa' gateway, or the Red Dutch buildings like Christchurch, or even St. Paul's Church on St. Paul's Hill? Where is the evidence of 'The Great Malaccan Empire'?
Let me help you with that answer. Published by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka in a publication called 'Melayu Journal' in 2005 - '...we had to look for an icon by which the Malays would be proud of...' Since Majapahit, Acheh, Lembah Bujang (Langkasuka) were either Hindu, on Indonesian soil, or both, Malacca was the only location left. The great Parameswara is, by the way buried on Fort Canning Hill downtown Singapore, for those of you who want to visit it. They call it the 'Keramat' and it's immediately behind the National Musuem of Singapore.
Please enlighten me by showing me ONE single piece of evidence of 'The Great Malaccan Empire'. Even Dewan Bahasa couldn't. Perhaps any one of you could. Evidence, and not mere gut-feeling please.
Also, please consult Prof Khoo Khay Khim before flaming me again; Thank you.
Went to visit IJM a few days after the launching. They have moved from the Citibank building (Sorry I forgot the name of the building) to near Tesco. Their new building is 3/4 surrounded by glass and it looked fabulous! The sun shining in without it being overly hot and the place looking immaculate and clean. Hell, I really don't mind working there. I didn't dare to take pictures of the entire place so no pictures to provide and readers will have to use your own imagination.
I find it really hard to believe that Yew San, Jacky's colleague is urmm.. way older than I had first thought. It's so unfair! How come guys can still look good without having to use all the anti-wrinkling and firming stuffs that we females are so dependent on. *waves fist at Jacky and Yew San*
While Jacky is funny, I must admit that I can never tell when Yew San is telling the truth or not. He's the super macho and super cool type of guy and I quote from Elisa, the very man type. Muahaha! No pictures too. Sad.
When I first painted my french manicure, it was so that I could paint animal prints on it. It really didn't turn out as nice as I saw on Youtube. I suck! Well, there's always a first for everything. Giffafe prints are no fun and bloody hard to do, the next time, I'm gonna stuck with Zebra prints. That'll be much easier!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Kohl has been worn traditionally as far back as the Bronze Age (3500 B.C. onward). Kohl was originally used as protection against eye ailments. Darkening around the eyelids also provided relief from the glare of the sun. Mothers would also apply kohl to their infants' eyes soon after birth . Some did this to "strengthen the child's eyes," and others believed it could prevent the child from being cursed by an "evil eye" - Wikipedia
It's been a few years since I last use a kajal pencil, usually known as a kohl pencil. I didn't even manage to use half of the stick before I threw it away.
But I decided to go ahead and get a new one since RM1.90. There was a slightly smaller one for only RM1 too! It's as black or even more black than most eyeliners that I've used.
The only eyeliner I know that is even this black is the one I'm currently using, the Givenchy eyeliner pencil and the NYX Black Bean. Though NYX's Black Bean is not an eyeliner and more of an eyeshadow and the Givenchy eyeliner pencil is very creamy and needs to be applied with a layer of black eyeshadow so that it won't smudge.
The reason I use pencil instead of liquid or gel eyeliners is because for one, I'm not all that good with liquid and it doesn't suit me cause I need a thicker than usual line because I have mono lids and if I draw too little, nothing can be seen. For gel eyeliner, no problem there but it irks me that it dries up before I can finish it, so I end up with jars and jars of gel liners that has more that 3/4 left.
The description on the back of the package says;
It's a little sad that no ingredients were stated on the package. I'm really not sure if it's really 100% safe but then again, what cosmetic is 100% safe but do read the ingredient and if it looks too shady. Don't buy it! Also, the Kajal/Kohl did smudge a little on me.
The content of kohl and the recipes used to make it vary greatly. While some kohl is a harmless, "natural" cosmetic, certain varieties can pose a serious public health concern. Galena (lead sulfide) used to be used in kohl preparations before the toxicity of lead became known, but now reputable manufacturers use amorphous carbon or organic charcoal instead of lead. Plant oils and the soot from various nuts, seeds and gum resins are often added to the carbon powder - Wikipedia
Oh and another thing that Elisa, Kern and I were talking about during breakfast. We absolutely hate bloggers that give not very truthful reviews on items.
We've encountered a few that perhaps was a little 'worried' about offending other people or the manufacturers or whatever shit by saying the truth so they end up painting pretty pictures about the product. Saying only the niceties and leaving out the nasties. And that irks me because as a blogger, we're not bounded by anyone, there's no one to offend or suck up to and we're trusted to give the most accurate and personal reviews on the product.
But I give a benefit of a doubt that perhaps, they product really suited her and she genuinely liked the product but like all coins, do state out the possible cons or remember that no one paid us to do reviews so lets give it our most accurate to other readers.
P.S: Elisa bought the product based on a certain blogers recommendation only to find out that it was one of the most disgusting sunblock she has ever used.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Does it hurt everytime an idiot open his mouth and removes all doubt that he's an idiot? Yes, it does hurt, growing up in Malaysia and studying in a Convent, I had lots of Malays friends whom I still love dearly. Growing up, the government then promoted racial harmony and I happily boasted to all my pen-pals around the world how calm and peaceful Malaysia is with all races working together and not having any racial tension. Fast forward to 2008, I take back all my words and hide in shame. We seem to have forgotten how hard Tun Abdul Rahman and Dr.M's work towards one race, one country, one Malaysia dream. It's all now about Ketuanan Melayu. The dates moved forward for time wait for no man, but unfortunately man himself seems to be going backwards.
And to Mr. Ahmad Ismail,
I calmly translate the above statement:
It's only in Malaysia that one can come up and say 'It looks like me, sounds like me but is not me." and pretty much get away with it.
Our wonderful Prime Minister Pak Lah has finally stood up and asked the newspaper, bloggers and to stop SMS nonsense and not to blow up sensitive issues.
Right. Then kindly send your MPs (Monkey Parade) or your UMNO chairmans (something or another), to classes to learn about mannerism, etiquette and use our tax money into good use by giving these people a brain to begin with instead of sending people into space. Its really 'funny' when you hear about the ruling coalition being the ones who are racist. Tsk tsk, shame on you!
Pak Lah mentions that issues regarding race, religion and social contract could lead to anger and racial disharmony.
Like DUH. It's expected, tell Mr. Monkey that being a VIP (Very idiotic Person in this case) he is in the public's eyes and everything he say will be recorded, so mind what you say. Don't want racial disharmony? Easy, don't let the Mr. Monkey open his mouth.
Oh wow, I'm so smart, I ought to be in the parliament. *Pets herself on the back*
Taken from my old journal regarding the then upcoming General Elections 2008
*Don't bother reading if you're not Malaysian, It's a long, boring and probably and most likely confusing unless you're into International Politics. But this is a personal rant. Kindly note the 'personal.'
Vote for AH MENG for an important post in the upcoming Malaysian General Election 2008!
Ah dang, I forgot...
Number One: Ah Meng's a Singaporean.
Number Two: Ah Meng just recent went to where all Orang Utan all goes when they kick the bucket.
But worry not, there's still hell alotta monkeys here in Malaysia for you to vote for. THE ROYAL 'MALAYSIAN' CIRCUS IS COMING TO TOWN!! March 8 2008. Come one, come all!
I know that politics is a sensitive subjects but I really can't help sometimes. I'm beginning to see Malaysia as nothing more than a big circus. With the "Oh-So-Important' VIPs as ringmaster and trapeze artist and clowns. Don't forget the clowns for all circus needs clown. The ordinary Malaysian are nothing more than the circus animals. Held in small cages depending on species, we do all the work, get whipped if complain and get paid peanuts.
Kidding! I don't wanna be put into jail under ISA (Internal security Act), I want my mommy!! It'll be torturous enough if they take my poor laptop away or cut my internet connection *ahem*
The ISA is a preventive detention law in force in Malaysia. It allows for the arrest of any person without the need for trial in certain defined circumstances. Primarily to combat the armed insurgency of the Malayan Communist Party
A person detained under the ISA during the first 60 days is held incommunicado, with no access to the outside world.
Furthermore, lawyers and family members are not allowed access to the detainee during this initial period. - wikipedia.
If you note the "primarily to combat the armed insurgency of the Malayan Communist Party" then you would have realized that Hey! We don't need ISA anymore since our country have long gone finish their war with the communist.
Meaning: Communist = kaput
Meaning: Communist = Packed up and gone else where
But we still have the ISA around.
Question: What ever for?
Answer : If you say something nasty about the government. We'll have the right to say that you're citing racial disharmony and basically a pain in the ass and therefore we're going to lock you up in a 'special' cell. HAHA
I love my country, but I must be truthful, I'm not entirely sure if my country loves me back. I'm not even sure if they want me actually but even so, guess I'll stick around and see what happens next. That should be interesting.
I know that if there's anyone even reading this, probably one of their first initial thoughts are "Hey if you hate it that much, MOVE OUT!"
Hell, I'm Malaysian too. I'm born, raised and WILL die (peacefully I hope) in my country. My little patch of soil. MY little patch of soil. MY!! And I will take my right and make my thoughts be known!
But there are some *ahem* people in the government that irks me. Namely, Pak Lah's (our Prime Minister) son-in-law, Khairy J. I'm not gonna mention about his personal stuffs but having a background in journalism and investment banking, I'm not entirely sure what the hell was he thinking when he supports the illegal racing. Is this guy right in the head or does he has a screw lose?
"Another controversy that created a stir among Malaysians was the unsuccessful attempt by Khairy Jamaluddin and Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim to rebrand "Mat Rempits" as "Mat Cemerlang". "Mat Rempit" is a derogatory term used to refer to youths who aim to win drugs, prostitutes and cash in illegal racings using illegally-modified motorcycles. The suggestion by Khairy that "Mat Rempits" should become the "Eyes and Ears" for the Malaysian Police Force has sparked anger among former victims of "Mat Rempits", who previously had their vehicles smashed by "Mat Rempits".
Eyes and Ears? Does Khairy have eyes and ears?!? If he did, he'll be seeing us giving him "the" finger and cursing his name.
Mat Rempits are the ones that causes trouble on the road. They ride their bikes in numbers of HUNDREDS and some think that it's okay to ride on the opposite side of traffic without the lights on. If we were to crash into one, I strongly suggest making a run for it. Head to the nearest police station at all cost and do not alight from the car.
These 'rempits' nearly cause Devon and me an accident since they rode on the wrong side of traffic to avoid a road block!
These "eyes and ears" are more often snatch thieves and robbers who prey on women drivers. How many of us women has fallen victim to them and to suggest them to be eyes and ears for the Police Force is so stupid I wonder if Khairy's brains is up in his ass. Guess he stores them there when he's not using them, which is most of the time if not all.
Khairy created further controversies by claiming that the Chinese Communities in Malaysia will take advantage of the Malays if UMNO is weak.
Editted my nasty comment in fear of the ISA.
I'm not extremist nor am I racist, it just breaks my heart whenever I see that people are judged, awarded and looked down upon just because of the color of our skin. I thought we've pass that.
We were all born here, live here and we're all proud to be called Malaysians. Why do you rejects us so and insist and treat us all differently?
I would die for Malaysia. I'm patriotic. But what's the use of that is I died for a country that didn't appreciate my death.
Khairy, who once said he wanted to be Prime Minister before turning 40.
Take note, fellow Malaysians. If Khairy ever has a chance to become the PM, I'm migrating despite the promise to myself to die in my own homeland. I'm moving out!
I'm leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again. Oh babe, I hate to goooooooooooo~
@Dream, I hope Canada's nice.
Another MORON that makes me wanna load my shotgun and put it into good use is Hishammuddin bin Tun Hussein. He is the current Malaysian Education Minister and also the Chairman of the Youth Wing of UMNO. I acknowledge that to some he may be a hero, but to me he's nothing more that a pest. An extremist trouble making racist!
Talk about bull shitting, this guys wins hands down.
In 2005, Hishammuddin became infamous for waving the keris (traditional Malay dagger) at the UMNO Annual General Meeting. Commentators perceived this action as meant to defend Malay supremacy and to threaten those who opposed the Malay special rights as set out in Article 153 of the Constitution of Malaysia and in the social contract.
Can I wave my kitchen knife around next time when I'm making a public speech?
Then there's the May 13 1969 incident. May 13 marks a black day in the Malaysian history and a day when the Malays and Chinese fought. Correct term : A day when the Malays beat the Chinese. LOL!
May 13 incident
We chinese bowed our head in shame thinking that it was indeed all our fault that the riots started only to find out later that;
In 2007, a book — May 13: Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969 by academic, former Democratic Action Party member and former Member of Parliament Kua Kia Soong — was published by Suaram. Based on newly declassified documents at the Public Records Office in London, the book alleged that contrary to the official account which had blamed the violence on opposition parties, the riot had been intentionally started by the "ascendent state capitalist class" in UMNO as a coup d'etat to topple the PM from power.
Let me guess, the two chineses guys that beat up a malay that sparked the entire riot were fiction from some sick person's imagination. *&^%$#@ to you, sir!!
In other words, we were scrapegoats. Gee, thanks!
That being said and done. In every country, there is the good, bad and ugly. As I said before, I support the government but some people should just sit at home, grow old and die.
This is my longest post. Wow!!!
I sincerely hope that the Government will not find my post and knock on my door and drag me away under ISA.
If you note that I have not log in for over a year, it means I have been taken away by the little men in white coats or whatever they are wearing at that point of time.
The highlight of the week was working in the Property Fair in PISA as odd as it sounds, I had lots of fun. Being there on Friday and being as blur as 'sotong' I walked around aimlessly as I there alone while Elisa and Kern was having delicious luncheon with their lawyer, Ms Wong at the E&O eating smoked salmon and oysters while I was eating a tasteless char koay teow in PISA. So while walking around after lunch, I caught sight of one of IJM's sales advisor, Jacky Chan (Seriously that's his name). I was super lucky that he remembered me from Elisa's blog as he's a frequent reader. LOL!
So I requested to hang around their booth and basicly be a parasite. If any 'potential' customers were to approach IJM regarding their property, we were to intoduce ourselves and hopefully get some sales if they needed a housing loan.
The Summer Place Condominium. It's along the Jelutong Expressway and is currently open for registration only. It'll be launching sometime near Jan of next year if I'm not mistaken. IJM's The Spring Condominium was sold out in hours after launching with people queueing up as early as 3am in the morning, I wonder how the sales will be like for The Summer.
Read Elisa's blog here about IJM The Spring launching
I wish IJM would have more projects in Tg. Tokong or Tg. Bungah side.
Time passed by really fast on Saturday while working with Elisa and Kern, Elisa was required to service Plenitude a new up and coming developer that will be developing Feringghi Heights next to Sri Sayang. The price tag is a little scary but it another drool-worthy eye candy condo.
It's been some time since I last worked at a roadshow and I guess I've forgotten how fun it used to be. I remember a few years back how Elisa and I loved to work in roadshows because of the pay and flexibility. It's usually just 2 or 3 days work and it was fun. I don't really have a problem talking to complete strangers and I've during my stinct with IJM, I forgot that I was working for a bank and was happily getting people to register for The Spring and Summer Place. But I must apologize to Jacky if I was being a pest that day.
It was relatively stress-free till it was time to get home. OH BOY, I was bloody glad that Elisa and Kern carpooled with me that day so I wasn't lonely, it rained non-stop the entire day and the roads were flooded and jammed bumper to bumper. We left at 7 pm only to reach home a good 1 1/2 hours later on a usual 35 minutes ride.
March 16 *Please go to IJM The Summer Place Launching for more info or feel free to email me
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