Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Roadblock

It has not stopped amazing me to think of the many roadblocks conducted by our men in uniformed. Sometimes for no apparent reasons, you see roadblocks put up at the least dangerous stretch of roads, in the broad daylight! Now, why is this so and this question has been asked a million times!

This picture shows somewhere near Permatang Tinggi in BM, before the railway gate, depending on which direction you come from, there is a roadblock at 2.00pm on sunny Sunday. Occasionally they setup roadblocks there. But the question that begs to be asked is, WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING FOR??? Gunmen? Militants? Terrorists? Robbers? No, no? Riding without licenses? Forget to bring along your IDs? Haaah...the last two are more apt I should say! Imagine under the broad daylight, no robbers are going to romp the street that smacked somewhere along the railway gate, nearby scattered low-to-middle-class housing estates and so do the gunmen.

My experience when this picture was taken was this; those policemen just looked at your windscreen, for the expired road tax sticker (very normal la brother) or stop the motorcycles to check IDs. There were 5 to 6 personnel at the scene. You ask this question - IS THIS WHAT THEY DO BEST? I believe it is more appropriate for them to patrol the streets, housing areas which I hardly see (unless I'm lucky I guess). Unnecessary roadblocks only contribute to inconvenience to the public e.g. roads jammed up. They should know better of how to keep us safe, isn't it?

I just wonder; would I be issued a ticket (saman) if I asked them a reason for manning a road block under a fine and peaceful circumstance?

Can't even provide clean water....talk so much!

Look at that picture, isn't it looks brand new...the piping and the filter? Well, I don't have to spend a "bomb" but hell yeah, it works at least to filter the dirt (the chocolate water, that's how we identify it) that is coming through government's provided water!

Not long ago I did highlight my plight to DAP Chong Eng and she got the PBA (Penang Water Authority) working for a day and unfortunately the dirty water problem still existed. They know the problem and what to do to solve it, so I'm not going to say much here - save my time.

Say what you want - YOU can tell us average Malaysians to 'change our lifestyles' (the famous phrase nowadays), and continue to be our guardian angels. But, please-la for goodness sake, change the way YOU manage the country first and foremost!!! Save the billions wastage, so much so that it is uncountable for the last 30 years or so. YOU can't give us simple clean water and yet talk about giving out "goodies" to cover your blunders! Allocate the millions to change all the rusty pipelines (I can't remember if it has been done before!) and do whatever you need to do to clean it up. YOU want to be our guardian angels, work with whoever is managing the states, no time for finding scapegoats. Giving 'ad hoc' goodies will not chase away the blunders you have made for so long!!!

What the heck, I do sound better than our so-called guardian angels. I would like to say this to YOU - we average Malaysians know better than you. Just because you carry a title or two do not make YOU a better man!!! Get this to your dung head!

Psssst....the capital 'YOU' here is referred to none other than.....our current one la. Aiya...the March 8 winner loh!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Malaysia Can

Well, I have seen so many Malaysia Can acts while traveling. I'm sure you have had your fair share of experience too. Some funny and some outrageous. What the heck....let's share some , after all, Malaysia really can!















Spot the difference? Vertically mounted rear lights!!!















3 on a bike, 2 without safety helmets, this is considered just nice. The Malaysia Can book of records is 4 persons? 5 persons perhaps!!!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Time Of My life....begins in Sydney

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On the 27th May evening 8.00pm local time, I landed in Sydney Airport. Took a cab to the hotel in Sydney central. Thus, the time of my life begins....in Sydney. As the saying goes, the rest is historical in my own right.

Chronicles of the time of my life in Sydney > surrounding Sydney Exhibition & Convention Centre > behind me is Sydney CBD, the city skyline is fabulous > couldn't resist taking a few shots of myself, all by myself > as night falls, Darling Harbour looks so beautiful, no word can describe > the next morning, walked across Paddy Market to light rail station > continuing my tour of Darling Harbour, took snapshot after snapshot, of course > boarded a catamaran heading toward Opera House > the aborigines played some fantastic music > the Bridge and Sydney Opera House at night time, so wonderful > there you go, Neil Smith (left) and Neil Sotheren (right) at Exhibition Centre (inside), great guys! > shots in and around Darling Harbour > 6.00am in the morning waiting for shuttle to airport, took a couple shots of the hotel I stayed in, Metro Sydney Central > inside Sydney Airport, ready to board a plane to Brisbane.

Don't miss my next slide show....the time of my life continues in Brisbane. See ya!

Continuing the time of my life in Brisbane

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Chronicles of my journey in Brisbane....

On the plane > touching down Brisbane Airport > heading to the city in Neil's four-wheel > Brisbane city skyline at the background > at Neil's apartment at the 10th floor > took a couple pictures, afternoon > cruising along Brisbane riverside, evening > Neil and Laurel, lovely couple > the next morning at 6.00am Sunday > at Sunshine coast with Margaret, Laurel & Neil > of course couldn't resist taking a picture of myself, background Sunshine Coast Beach, very strong wave > there you go, the cutie dog named Casper > lunch at the Ebb, a fine dining restaurant, what a lunch it was, "fantabulous" cuisine served > the sweetest desserts we had > photo shots at the restaurant > everybody left with a good memory of this restaurant > and we headed to Margaret's rest house for a break.

*Wanna rent for your holiday retreat at Sunshine Coast, I can give you the number, only AUD350.00 per week!

THANK YOU, NEIL & LAUREL, MARGARET........Casper for the memories!


P.S. "The Time Of My Life" is courtesy of David Cook's winning song in American Idol 2008. May your singing career takes off like a jet plane!

Time of My Life Lyric - American Idol David Cook Winner’s Song 2008

I’ve been waiting for my dreams
To turn into something
I could believe in
And looking for that
Magic rainbow
On the horizon
I couldn’t see it
Until I let go
Gave into love and watched all the bitterness burn
Now I’m coming alive
Body and soul
And feelin’ my world start to turn

And I’ll taste every moment
And live it out loud
I know this is the time,
This is the time
To be more than a name
Or a face in the crowd
I know this is the time
This is the time of my life
Time of my life

Holding onto things that vanished
Into the air
Left me in pieces
But now I’m rising from the ashes
Finding my wings
And all that I needed
Was there all along
Within my reach
As close as the beat of my heart

So I’ll taste every moment
And live it out loud
I know this is the time,
This is the time to be
More than a name
Or a face in the crowd
I know this is the time
This is the time of my life
Time of my life

And I’m out on the edge of forever
Ready to run
I’m keeping my feet on the ground
My arms open wide
My face to the sun

I’ll taste every moment
And live it out loud
I know this is the time,
This is the time to be
More than a name
Or a face in the crowd
I know this is the time
This is the time of my life
Time of my life
More than a name
Or a face in the crowd
This is the time
This is the time of my life.
This is the time of my life.

I fell in Love with Sydney & Brisbane

Where have I been for the past 10 days or so? I have not been seen in my blog for awhile, isn't it? Well, I must tell you...I was in seventh heaven for almost about a week. Now, where to, certainly not "up there". I went to a place known around the world with the most famous Opera House. Yep, you got it right!

Yeah, I went to Sydney! My oh my, even though it was sort of a business trip and I did not have the chance to 'explore' this marvelous city, but hell yeah I did step foot in Sydney. I went around Darling Harbour and Sydney Opera House although not quite near it due to its closure for a private function (something to do with FIFA). OK, more than satisfied for able to be there and took some great pictures of this historic building and many others in and out of Sydney. I promise that I will upload as many pictures as possible in my blog soon. So, hold your breath for those who have yet to visit Sydney.

Of course I continue my journey to Brisbane for two days, another fantabulous city to be, especially its riverside at night time. Oh how I wish I could call 'my home' at this very cool riverside in Brisbane! Cruising along the riverside especially at night would make everybody's heart melt and dreaming of this place to call 'home'. Yeah, like me. Haha. Lots of pictures from Brisbane as well - promise.

Oh yeah, how could I not mention my gracious host in Brisbane - the marvelous couple whom I address as Neil and Laurel. And their wonderful close friend, Margaret and her pet dog, called Casper. Of course I put up in Neil's apartment, overlooking the great Brisbane skyline. What a home there too! Together we had an unforgettable lunch in a fine dining restaurant known as Ebb, somewhere in Sunshine Coast. We tasted some very best cuisine there. I can only say 'I had a real good time tasting ... what I would term as one of the BEST beef, venison, wine, dessert and liquor in my life'.

I have not got enough of these two great cities. Definitely, for sure, I will be back someday with my family. See ya, Sydney and Brisbane!