Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Forgiving in an unforgiving world

Dong Yun Yoon lost everything on that fateful day when a plane crashed into his home. The tragedy took away the life of his 2 daughters, wife and her mother. Yet in the pain and anguish of such conditions, he still finds the love of Christ relevant.

"Please pray for him not to suffer from this accident," and "I don't blame him. I don't have any hard feelings. I know he did everything he could," said Yoon regarding the pilot that survived the accident. It doesn't take courage to say such words, but rather, I believe, it takes a man who has experienced the love of God through his Son Jesus Christ to be able to extend love even in such hurtful moments.

Is Yoon grieving over the lost of his family? Definitely. Yet the love of God is real in his life. I pray in our world where chaos and confusion clouds our vision of God's sovereignity, we will still be reminded of Christ's love as Yoon has faithfully reminded us.

As Christmas approaches, I pray for the joy of the Lord to be Yoon's strength, and may he be reminded that though his world is falling apart, yet Christ is still Emmanuel; "God with us".

Friday, October 24, 2008

An article by Orson Scott Card

By Orson Scott Card October 5, 2008

Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?

An open letter to the local daily paper -- almost every local daily paper in America:

I remember reading All the President's Men and thinking: That's journalism. You do what it takes to get the truth and you lay it before the public, because the public has a right to know.

This housing crisis didn't come out of nowhere. It was not a vague emanation of the evil Bush administration.

It was a direct result of the political decision, back in the late 1990s, to loosen the rules of lending so that home loans would be more accessible to poor people. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were authorized to approve risky loans.

What is a risky loan? It's a loan that the recipient is likely not to be able to repay.

The goal of this rule change was to help the poor -- which especially would help members of minority groups. But how does it help these people to give them a loan that they can't repay? They get into a house, yes, but when they can't make the payments, they lose the house -- along with their credit rating.

They end up worse off than before.

This was completely foreseeable and in fact many people did foresee it. One political party, in Congress and in the executive branch, tried repeatedly to tighten up the rules. The other party blocked every such attempt and tried to loosen them.

Furthermore, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were making political contributions to the very members of Congress who were allowing them to make irresponsible loans. (Though why quasi-federal agencies were allowed to do so baffles me. It's as if the Pentagon were allowed to contribute to the political campaigns of Congressmen who support increasing their budget.)

Isn't there a story here? Doesn't journalism require that you who produce our daily paper tell the truth about who brought us to a position where the only way to keep confidence in our economy was a $700 billion bailout? Aren't you supposed to follow the money and see which politicians were benefitting personally from the deregulation of mortgage lending?

I have no doubt that if these facts had pointed to the Republican Party or to John McCain as the guilty parties, you would be treating it as a vast scandal. "Housing-gate," no doubt. Or "Fannie-gate."

Instead, it was Senator Christopher Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank, both Democrats, who denied that there were any problems, who refused Bush administration requests to set up a regulatory agency to watch over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and who were still pushing for these agencies to go even further in promoting subprime mortgage loans almost up to the minute they failed.

As Thomas Sowell points out in a TownHall.com essay entitled Do Facts Matter? "Alan Greenspan warned them four years ago. So did the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to the President. So did Bush's Secretary of the Treasury."

These are facts. This financial crisis was completely preventable. The party that blocked any attempt to prevent it was ... the Democratic Party. The party that tried to prevent it was ... the Republican Party.

Yet when Nancy Pelosi accused the Bush administration and Republican deregulation of causing the crisis, you in the press did not hold her to account for her lie. Instead, you criticized Republicans who took offense at this lie and refused to vote for the bailout!

What? It's not the liar, but the victims of the lie who are to blame?

Now let's follow the money ... right to the presidential candidate who is the number-two recipient of campaign contributions from Fannie Mae.

And after Freddie Raines, the CEO of Fannie Mae who made $90 million while running it into the ground, was fired for his incompetence, one presidential candidate's campaign actually consulted him for advice on housing.

If that presidential candidate had been John McCain, you would have called it a major scandal and we would be getting stories in your paper every day about how incompetent and corrupt he was.

But instead, that candidate was Barack Obama, and so you have buried this story, and when the McCain campaign dared to call Raines an "adviser" to the Obama campaign -- because that campaign had sought his advice -- you actually let Obama's people get away with accusing McCain of lying, merely because Raines wasn't listed as an official adviser to the Obama campaign.

You would never tolerate such weasely nit-picking from a Republican.

If you who produce our local daily paper actually had any principles, you would be pounding this story, because the prosperity of all Americans was put at risk by the foolish, short-sighted, politically selfish, and possibly corrupt actions of leading Democrats, including Obama.

If you who produce our local daily paper had any personal honor, you would find it unbearable to let the American people believe that somehow Republicans were to blame for this crisis.

There are precedents. Even though President Bush and his administration never said that Iraq sponsored or was linked to 9/11, you could not stand the fact that Americans had that misapprehension -- so you pounded us with the fact that there was no such link. (Along the way, you created the false impression that Bush had lied to them and said that there was a connection.)

If you had any principles, then surely right now, when the American people are set to blame President Bush and John McCain for a crisis they tried to prevent, and are actually shifting to approve of Barack Obama because of a crisis he helped cause, you would be laboring at least as hard to correct that false impression.

Your job, as journalists, is to tell the truth. That's what you claim you do, when you accept people's money to buy or subscribe to your paper.

But right now, you are consenting to or actively promoting a big fat lie -- that the housing crisis should somehow be blamed on Bush, McCain, and the Republicans. You have trained the American people to blame everything bad -- even bad weather -- on Bush, and they are responding as you have taught them to.

If you had any personal honor, each reporter and editor would be insisting on telling the truth -- even if it hurts the election chances of your favorite candidate.

Because that's what honorable people do. Honest people tell the truth even when they don't like the probable consequences. That's what honesty means. That's how trust is earned.

Barack Obama is just another politician, and not a very wise one. He has revealed his ignorance and naivete time after time -- and you have swept it under the rug, treated it as nothing.

Meanwhile, you have participated in the borking of Sarah Palin, reporting savage attacks on her for the pregnancy of her unmarried daughter -- while you ignored the story of John Edwards's own adultery for many months.

So I ask you now: Do you have any standards at all? Do you even know what honesty means?

Is getting people to vote for Barack Obama so important that you will throw away everything that journalism is supposed to stand for?

You might want to remember the way the National Organization of Women threw away their integrity by supporting Bill Clinton despite his well-known pattern of sexual exploitation of powerless women. Who listens to NOW anymore? We know they stand for nothing; they have no principles.

That's where you are right now.

It's not too late. You know that if the situation were reversed, and the truth would damage McCain and help Obama, you would be moving heaven and earth to get the true story out there.

If you want to redeem your honor, you will swallow hard and make a list of all the stories you would print if it were McCain who had been getting money from Fannie Mae, McCain whose campaign had consulted with its discredited former CEO, McCain who had voted against tightening its lending practices.

Then you will print them, even though every one of those true stories will point the finger of blame at the reckless Democratic Party, which put our nation's prosperity at risk so they could feel good about helping the poor, and lay a fair share of the blame at Obama's door.

You will also tell the truth about John McCain: that he tried, as a Senator, to do what it took to prevent this crisis. You will tell the truth about President Bush: that his administration tried more than once to get Congress to regulate lending in a responsible way.

This was a Congress-caused crisis, beginning during the Clinton administration, with Democrats leading the way into the crisis and blocking every effort to get out of it in a timely fashion.

If you at our local daily newspaper continue to let Americans believe --and vote as if -- President Bush and the Republicans caused the crisis, then you are joining in that lie.

If you do not tell the truth about the Democrats -- including Barack Obama -- and do so with the same energy you would use if the miscreants were Republicans -- then you are not journalists by any standard.

You're just the public relations machine of the Democratic Party, and it's time you were all fired and real journalists brought in, so that we can actually have a daily newspaper in our city.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Way I Was Made - Chris Tomlin

Caught in the half-light, I'm caught alone
Waking up to the sunrise and the radio
Feels like I'm tied up, what's holding me?
Just praying today will be the day I go free

I want to live like there's no tomorrow
I want to dance like no one's around
I want to sing like nobody's listening
Before I lay my body down
I want to give like I have plenty
I want to love like I'm not afraid
I want to be the man I was meant to be
I want to be the way I was made

Made in Your likeness, made with Your hands
Made to discover who You are and who I am
All I've forgotten help me to find
All that You've promised let it be in my life

Friday, October 10, 2008

Solar Powered Ham Sandwiches

Lazy to blog, but posting comics can be fun too!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Pearls classic

Pearls from 2005:

Monday, September 15, 2008

Good week ahead

What a great way to start off my Monday:

Crude Oil
$99.64
▼1.54
1.52%
21:49 PM EDT - 2008.09.14

Curse of Competence


I wonder if anybody else feels like this.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Lookie here...

Crude Oil
$111.12
▼0.10
0.09%
2:12 AM EDT - 2008.09.02




It can still go down!!!

Pearls makes my day...


Who else loves Pearls??

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Malaysians feels a wind of change coming

The voice of the people have been heard. How much more can lies and denials be twisted, hidden or ignored? We wait with great hope and expectation for what is to be unveiled. Leaders who have already been elected, please, don't let us down. We don't need great promises. We just want the simple ones kept.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I want to work at Google


You would too after reading this.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Why is the China's 'Yellow River', yellow?

Could this be why?

I've got a strong feeling many will not get this. Then again, it's a Monday, so pfft.

source

Friday, August 22, 2008

It was good while it lasted

Goodbye, hope for cheap(er) fuel...

Crude Oil
$121.30
▲0.12 0.10%
21:48 PM EDT - 2008.08.21

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Some updates...

Comparing Ron Howard's hands with mine @ Hollywood.


My bestest friend since young... (taken @ walk of fame)


Alcatraz (The Rock) at the back. This is at San Francisco.

Cycling over to Sausalito using the Golden Gate Bridge.

The other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.


Arrival at Sausalito. (Hua Jing is right, Sausalito is beautiful!)

Friday, August 01, 2008

Greetings from Las Vegas

Some water spouting thing in the hotel

This is the hotel where I'm putting up

Oasis in the desert

Shops and casinos on the Strip.




More to come...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Monday, July 28, 2008

Bloggee

I have bad blogging habits. While I find myself habitually reading other people's blogs, I'm very inconsistent in updating mine. I would not consider myself a 'blogger'; rather, I think I'm more of a 'bloggee'.

I'll be leaving for Las Vegas in a couple of days for about 10 days. I'm hoping that during that period of time, I'd be able to update this blog with photos from the trip. Then again, this could be just wishful thinking. We'll see how things go.

Yes yes. I know. The Korea trip photos are still in my memory card. I plan to upload them sometime this century, God willing. :P

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Lighter moments

Again, to digress... someone sent me this joke:

I was walking past the mental hospital the other day, and all the patients were shouting ,'13....13....13'

The fence was too high to see over, but I saw a little gap in the planks and looked through to see what was going on. Some idiot poked me in the eye with a stick. Then they all started shouting '14....14....14'...



This is sure a slow Wednesday...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Piclens

PicLens is the must have plug-in for your Firefox or IE browser if you are a frequent visitor of sites such Facebook, Friendster, YouTube looking at photos or videos. Here's a preview of the PicLens experience:



I have managed to enable PicLens for this blog, but I'm still trying to figure out how to get the rest of the photos in.

So, what are you waiting for? Get PicLens here today!

Once you have installed the plug-in, click the PicLens icon on your browser's toolbar to see the photos on my blog.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Reminder to practice the guitar

Yea.. I know, I was supposed to post photos of Korea, but I got distracted and posted this video of this young Korean guitarist instead:


Click here to see more of little "Sungha Jung" in action!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

In Korea now...

I'm currently in Bupyeong, Korea, which is roughly an hour away from Seoul. Angeline and me are putting up at the Bupyeong's Methodist Church, which for me, seems to be much better than any hotels I've stayed at before.

The experience so far is amazing. The Korean Christians are truly the representatives of Christ. Will write more when I get a chance. Photos to follow also. Stay blessed guys!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

What makes Christianity different.

I recently had the privilege to discuss religion and life with a friend. Our conversation went from one religion to another, about personal experiences and then to the philosophical question about morality, right and wrong, and the existence of evil. To be honest, I who consider myself as a seasoned person in topics like these was found to be dumbstrucked in the midst of the many statements that my friend has made. At that moment, I found myself almost convinced that what he said was true. One of the things that he asked me was "What makes Christianity different from other religions?" I thought that was a simple question so I told him, "well, Christ is only one that is still alive today." Then he replied back saying that in his religious scriptures, there are not one, but many instances of people coming back from the dead. Sign and wonders are natural occurrences in his religion. He then talked to me about his faith in God that dared him to walk on hot burning coal, not once, but seven times in his life.

So, how do you respond to that? God, to my friend is more than just a mere good idea. It is more than just a inheritance that you receive from your parents. I found myself almost unable to respond back. So I just let him speak on, and just listened to his points on why he is a vegetarian, and how he loathes people that claims to love animals and yet still eat meat. He sure makes a good preacher so I thought.

The next day, my mind pondered on what he said. Then for some reason, this thought came to mind. Come to think about it, it sounds more like a joke now. This is how it went:
A vegetarian was talking to a non-vegetarian. He was telling the non-vegetarian that to be holy, he should stop eating meat because eating meat means having to kill living creatures. Then came a vegan and he told the vegetarian that to be holier, he should not only refrain from eating meat, but also not use any animal products such as leather. A bit later, a fruitarian came and he told the vegan that to be even holier, his diet should only be fruits, in other words, food that can be harvested without killing the plant. Then came a Jainist who told the fruitarian that true holiness is when you don't harm any living creatures, including fruits. Finally, a tree came and said "Yo."

If you don't get the joke, that's fine. What I was trying to say is that the tree was probably the holiest of the lot as it doesn't harm anyone. I guess that if this was truly the case, what we can expect to see in heaven some day are many trees.

Then, it finally hit me. In the midst of the many claims and statements that were thrown to me, I now know what made Christianity different. It was Christ coming down to earth to save sinners. I am a sinner. No matter how much I can try to refrain myself from eating meat or do other acts that are deemed godly, I will never be good enough for a holy God. God in heaven is holy. His holiness is beyond our comprehension. We as mere mortals can't even prevent ourselves from having an ungodly thought, so what more if we were to be presented before this holy God. The bible says that we will perish if God were to show Himself to us. His holiness has no room for sin and wickedness. But in His desire to be with us, and also in His astounding and great mercy, He sent His son Jesus to die for our sins so that we can be cleansed of our sins and stand justified before Him. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst (1 Tim 1:15).

Nobody likes to be told that they are wrong. More still if it is something pertaining to something as personal as one's own faith. But what if, and just what if, what you're believing today is wrong. Do you know for sure? Is God real in your life? Do you have a reason for the hope that you have? Do you even have this hope?

Friday, March 14, 2008

30

I turn 30 today. It felt only like yesterday when I first stepped into the United States to study, and goodness, that was 12 years ago. Where did the time go? The average male in this country lives up to 73, that means another 43 years to go (plus minus a few years), God willing.

I hope that by the next decade milestone I hit, I'd be able to know where the time has gone. And I pray with all my heart that the time had gone towards His glory. God help me.

Anyways, not all gloom and doom. Thanks all those who have sent SMSes and emails and gifts (keep them coming!). I await in anticipation of the cake that I will have (hopefully somebody has bought me one). After this cake, I promise to watch my weight (despite saying that after the new year, and Chinese New Year, and Valentines, and ....).

Peace out!

Friday, March 07, 2008

RIP Christa


Rest In Peace
Christa Grapentin
2004 - 2008

Friday, February 29, 2008

When 1 + 1 = 3

I normally don't really like to blog about politics in this country (even though I like reading about it in other people's blog), but for some reason, I just can't stay silent over what I've just read in the news today.

This is not the time for experiments, says PM


29 February, 2008 (New Strait Times)

KEPALA BATAS: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yesterday said the people should not wager the country's future by trying out the opposition. He said forming the government was a serious business and the people could not afford to "conduct experiments".

"It is going to be disastrous if the experiment fails. The risks are just too high.

"I hope such calls for the people to experiment with the opposition will not get any support."


Abdullah was asked to comment on calls by opposition party leaders for the people to give them a chance, even if it was just for one term, by voting against the Barisan Nasional.

The prime minister said the BN had already proven that it could run the country and ensure continuous economic growth.


Now look at what was written in the news a day before:

Najib: Give Barisan four years (The Star, 28th Feb 2008)

PASIR MAS: Give Barisan Nasional four years to rule Kelantan and kick it out if it fails to deliver, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak told the Kelantan people.

The Deputy Prime Minister said Barisan had many plans for the state and wanted a new and developed Kelantan.

“Four years is enough time for us to bring changes and show what we can do,” he said yesterday at the SM Tengku Panglima Raja here.

He said the Federal Government had pumped in a lot of money to build roads and bridges in Kelantan, adding:

“If they want more development at a heightened pace with more dramatic transformation and with East Coast Economic Region (ECER) corridor coming up, the answer is to go with Barisan,” he said.


See anything wrong here? The PM tells us (the states under BN's rule) not to 'try out' the opposition party because this is not the time (when is the time then?) but his deputy tells the people in the state of Kelantan (who is not under BN's rule) that this is the time they should try BN. It's like 'only the things I say and do are right'. Ri-ggght....

Not.

29 Feb folklores

Check this out:

http://www.snopes.com/oldwives/february29.asp


and also

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadie_Hawkins_Day




29th February, 2008

Every four years, something uniques happen. We get an extra day in the year, the US elects a new President, the world competes each other in the Olympics and Prince Khoo celebrates his birthday! Officially, Prince would be 5 years old this year! Yippie. Now he can count his toes!


Sadly, he still ages whether he blows his candles or not. So Prince, being this the first birthday that you're celebrating out of Malaysia, I present to you an imaginary cake. Don't laugh at this cake! This cake is fat free, sugar free, carbo free, cake free, and more importantly, it's free!

Have yourself a wonderful birthday. Give thanks to God for another 4 years and keep praying! Take care and hope to hear from you soon!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Easter 2008

Taken from http://www.snopes.com/holidays/easter/earlyeaster.asp

Do you realize how early Easter is this year? As you may know, Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.

Found out a couple of things you might be interested in! Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare.

Here 's the interesting info. This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier! Here's the facts:
  1. The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you're 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that!).
  2. The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Barisan Rakyat

Saw this poster from RPK's Malaysia Today website.

Monday, February 25, 2008

80th Annual Academy Awards' Results

This just up in case some of you didn't catch it:

Best Picture
"Atonement"
"Juno"
"Michael Clayton"
** "No Country for Old Men" WINNER
"There Will Be Blood"

Actor
George Clooney, "Michael Clayton"
** Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood" WINNER
Johnny Depp, "Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
Tommy Lee Jones, "In the Valley of Elah"
Viggo Mortensen, "Eastern Promises"

Actress
Cate Blanchett, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"
Julie Christie, "Away From Her"
** Marion Cotillard, "La Vie en Rose" WINNER
Laura Linney, "The Savages"
Ellen Page, "Juno"

Supporting Actor
Casey Affleck, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
** Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men" WINNER
Hal Holbrook, "Into the Wild"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Charlie Wilson's War"
Tom Wilkinson, "Michael Clayton"

Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett, "I'm Not There"
Ruby Dee, "American Gangster"
Saoirse Ronan, "Atonement"
Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone"
** Tilda Swinton, "Michael Clayton" WINNER

Director
Julian Schnabel, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
Jason Reitman, "Juno"
Tony Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"
** Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men" WINNER
Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"

Foreign Film

"Beaufort," Israel
** "The Counterfeiters," Austria WINNER
"Katyn," Poland
"Mongol," Kazakhstan
"12," Russia

Adapted Screenplay
Christopher Hampton, "Atonement"
Sarah Polley, "Away from Her"
Ronald Harwood, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
** Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men" WINNER
Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"

Original Screenplay ** Diablo Cody, "Juno" WINNER
Nancy Oliver, "Lars and the Real Girl"
Tony Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"
Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava and Jim Capobianco, "Ratatouille"
Tamara Jenkins, "The Savages."

Animated Feature Film
"Persepolis"
** "Ratatouille" WINNER
"Surf's Up"

Art Direction
"American Gangster"
"Atonement"
"The Golden Compass"
** "Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street" WINNER
"There Will Be Blood"

Cinematography
"The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
"Atonement"
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
"No Country for Old Men"
** "There Will Be Blood" WINNER

Sound Mixing
** "The Bourne Ultimatum" WINNER
"No Country for Old Men"
"Ratatouille"
"3:10 to Yuma"
"Transformers"

Sound Editing
** "The Bourne Ultimatum" WINNER
"No Country for Old Men"
"Ratatouille"
"There Will Be Blood"
"Transformers"

Original Score
** "Atonement," Dario Marianelli WINNER
"The Kite Runner," Alberto Iglesias
"Michael Clayton," James Newton Howard
"Ratatouille," Michael Giacchino
"3:10 to Yuma," Marco Beltrami

Original Song
** "Falling Slowly" from "Once," Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova WINNER
"Happy Working Song" from "Enchanted," Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
"Raise It Up" from "August Rush," Jamal Joseph, Charles Mack and Tevin Thomas
"So Close" from "Enchanted," Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
"That's How You Know" from "Enchanted," Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz

Costume
"Across the Universe"
"Atonement" ** "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" WINNER
"La Vie en Rose"
"Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

Documentary Feature
"No End in Sight"
"Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience"
"Sicko"
** "Taxi to the Dark Side" WINNER
"War/Dance"

Documentary (short subject)
** "Freeheld" WINNER
"La Corona (The Crown)"
"Salim Baba"
"Sari's Mother"

Film Editing
** "The Bourne Ultimatum" WINNER
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
"Into the Wild"
"No Country for Old Men"
"There Will Be Blood"

Makeup
** "La Vie en Rose" WINNER
"Norbit"
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"

Animated Short Film
"I Met the Walrus"
"Madame Tutli-Putli"
"Meme Les Pigeons Vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven)"
"My Love (Moya Lyubov)"
** "Peter & the Wolf" WINNER

Live Action Short Film
"At Night"
"Il Supplente (The Substitute)"
** "Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)" WINNER
"Tanghi Argentini"
"The Tonto Woman"

Visual Effects
** "The Golden Compass" WINNER
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"
"Transformers"

Election Fever

In less than 2 weeks, people from Malaysia will heading to the polls to decide who they will want to govern over them. On the way to work this morning, I could see that the streets were already filled with banners, flags and posters of the various parties that are contesting. Dark Blue, Light Blue, Green, and Red are the theme colors of the respective major parties running.

It's a good thing that I registered myself last year so that I can vote this round during the general elections. If you have also registered, and would to check your status, go here. This would be my first time voting, and strangely, I've never felt so 'involved' and 'empowered'. In the previous years, I was always just 'indifferent' towards politics in this country. Maybe its because I was younger back then, or maybe, and probably, I am just 'old' right now. Sigh.

Anyways, for some reason, I've got a feeling that the outcome of this coming elections will be much different that the previous one. I've heard many say that though they have voted for the major government the last round, they are changing their minds this time and will vote for the opposition. Will the BN lose its 95% dominance in the parliament? Who knows. I'm guessing that the reason why people are throwing their support to the opposition is because of the many controversial issues that happened in the past few years. From the government servant who could build himself a mansion to the suppression of the people's voice during rallies, the present government has failed to convince the people that they are FOR the people. The government has just shown that it's protecting itself, and it that way, prove that they are no longer listening to the people. Their attempts to silent the people's woes by bribing them with occasional freebies such as lowering road taxes to giving them a free holiday only show that they are interested in short term effects, rather than feasible long term solutions.

Will the opposition be better in running the country? Not necessarily. But I'm feeling that they can't do much worse than the present one. At least, if the major party is denied of the 95%, it will show that the people of Malaysia will not condone and support a complacent government. Winds of change is coming. Whether the wind will bring about changes of good and bad, I'm still unsure. But at least, we hope, and pray, that things will not remain the same.

I will be voting in the Subang Jaya constituent. Coincidentally, I discovered that an old friend of mine is running for the opposition in the same constituency. If her name is on the ballot, she can be sure to have my vote. If you're voting in Subang Jaya also, you can check out her blog at http://hannahyeoh.blogspot.com to learn more about her before you cast your vote.

Malaysia will decide on March 8th. Lets pray that the elected government will be a government that will be bring about good changes for the people.

Friday, February 22, 2008

The Logan Show

I came across this on the internet. Has anyone watch any of their shows before? I haven't got chance to watch it yet since I'm still at work, but am really looking forward to it once I get home. If you have time, watch it and let me know what you think of it.

Their write-up:

The Next Generation In Late Night TV
Clean comedy has never been hipper and the laughs more gut-wrenching than the skits, bits, and guffaws emanating from the nationally and internationally syndicated The Logan Show hosted by funnyman Logan Sekulow.

Described by the media labelmeisters as a clean alternative to the kingpins of late-night TV comedy, The Logan Show is in reality much more – and much edgier.

It’s all the zany memories millions of American youth have of family, friends, church, music and high school, packaged into a non-stop, half-hour variety venue of stand-up comedy, slap-stick skits and outtakes. Add to all that appearances by the hottest Christian music acts with interviews focusing on Hollywood celebrities and well-known sports personalities.

The Logan Show, with its growing fan base of millions of viewers worldwide, is one of faith and family-friendly TV’s best offerings, and is one of the most popular shows in its category viewed by teens and young adults.

The show takes a bit of the "Late Show," mixes in a smidgen of "Saturday Night Live," then adds a little "Austin City Limits." Sprinkle in a tad of "Conan O' Brien," shake it all up, and "WALLA!" — you’ve got the next generation in late night TV -- The Logan Show!



Sample video here.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Some thoughts on global warming

The global warming issue was probably one of the most hyped-up doomsday message that was spread by the media last year. They attributed many of the natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and floods in India to global warming. Some 'scientist' predicts that within a hundred years, the polar ice caps will melt and will contribute to rising of sea levels to as much as a hundred feet, hence sealing the fate of coastal regions around the world, and all other areas that are less than a hundred feet above sea level.

But just as we enter 2008, news of snow storms and extreme freezing took hold of many news headlines. Until now, no one dared link these weather conditions to global warming, well, as you can see, 'warming' tend to cause hotter temperatures, not cooler (well duh..). So, how is it that within a year, the so called greenhouse effect caused by you and me driving our cars to the local grocery stores has managed to be dramatically reversed?

Another less known fact was that several independent parties conducted temperature measurements around the world concluded that the year 2007 was actually cooler than predicted (by global warming activists), in spite of the increase in atmospheric CO2s. Wouldn't that cause a "wait a minute" moment in your mind? Environmentalists, scientists, politicians, and even your next door neighbor has been harping on what they believe as truth beyond doubt, that is, the more you drive your car, the warmer the earth will become. The more you and I breathe, the more the polar ice-caps will melt. The more the cows poop, the more.. well, you get what I mean. So now, is this so called 'fact' then, still a fact?


Due to the fact that most of my blog readers were born during or after the late 70's, many of us are actually unaware that back in the 1970's, there was a world-wide scare that the earth was experiencing a 'global cooling'. I don't really know much about what people who predicted this said the causes were, but I know enough that it took the attention of many around the world. However, as the years gone by, the scare was overshadowed by other unrelated world events and eventually just faded away like yesterday's news.

Since I'm not planning to further bore you with more of these stuff, my point of writing this is to more of an informer, and hopefully to open your eyes to the truth so that you do not just believe whatever the media dishes out to you. There are plenty of good content out there on the internet that speaks about both sides of this theory, and hopefully, you'd be more a little more informed the next time you suggest your neighbor to save the world by breathing less.

Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming_controversy
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=20070315&articleId=5086

Thursday, January 24, 2008