Monday, December 21, 2009

Failure - Introduction

----------Failure. The word itself is so profound but different people see failure in a completely different perspective. Very often, failure is associated with defeat, the inability to rise from a deep fall and the complete humiliation that comes from it. This group of people perceive failure negatively in such a way that failure is the doomsday. The encounter with failure ends with total destruction of lives and even their future. To them, failure is not just an obstacle. It is more than a just a stumbling block, it is more than just a hindrance, it is the boundary between life and death. Furthermore, their obsession with failure has led them nowhere and they are forever trapped inside their world where failure rules over their mind. For some people, failure is nothing but just a life's norm. This group sees failure in a different manner. To them, failure is a part of their lives but they tend to be ignorant and treat it lightly because they fail to grab the real meaning of failure. Hence, their lives are monotonous and dull. On the other hand, only some minorities in the society define failure to be the beginning of every life's event. To them, failure is common in life. Everytime they stumble upon failure, they have to comprehend the meaning behind its existence in that particular event, the causes and effects that it brings. Failing to comprehend every aspect of failure will eventually lead to ignorance. Nonetheless, the definition of failure is not limited and it varies from one individual to another. Where people go, success and failure clash but only one will emerge victorious.

Gender Inequality - Academic Writing

In this era of gender inequality, women have transcended their passive self and have asserted their rights to enter all male dominant field including the army and navy. Take a position on this issue and argue whether woman should be involved in the army.

----------Looking seductive and elegant parading the streets and rocking the road with their high heels, they walk as equal amongst the male community. In today's society, women are no longer treated as a weaker species but they are given much more opportunities for education and employment than ever before. Women are no longer caged in the house performing dull house-chores and babysitting. Instead, they obtain their rightful freedom and venture out to the male dominated society competing against men only to be acknowledged as their counterparts. Their courage and actions are applaudable but their struggle to alter the society's mindset that men are always a status higher than women often meet a stumbling block. This essay argues on whether women should be involved in the military sector.

---------- Very often, women are perceived as being physically unfit and not built for military sector because the term military is always associated with physical endurance and strength. Back in history, the army and navy profession are strictly a male's job due to strict and tough training programme. For instance, jungle trekking, mountain climbing and sea rescue requires much more endurance than any women can handle. Although some people may disagree with this theory but the society has long stereotyped the military sector to be a male field. As a results, it continued to be until today. Imagine a women spending most of her time in the sea adapting to the rough sea condition and unpredictable weather, she who possessed female characteristics are much more vulnerable to dangers, physically and mentally compared to men. Thus, there is no doubt that women are less suitable to enrol themselves in the military sector because they are not as capable as men.

----------Other than that, women are also being labeled emotionally unfit because of their inability to control and suppress their emotions, which made them weaker and vulnerable. On the battlefield, death are unavoidable. There will always be the wounded, the blind, the paralyzed and the ones incapable of even performing simply task of eating and drinking. Too frequent exposure to this environment will undoubtedly leave a scar in their mind as the situation is psychologically disturbing. Without doubt, it greatly affects one's emotions whether man or woman. Nevertheless, men are capable of suppressing their feelings and this is what earned their positions in the military and at the front line of the battlefield. Although many claims that women have better self-control but it is always the case where women shed tears for failing to control their emotions. It can be concluded that men are slightly better than women in concealing their emotions during hardships and that women are emotionally unfit to be in the military. Hence, being physically and emotionally fit, men are always one step ahead of women in these fields though to some extent, women sometimes lead the path of glory.

----------Unlike men who always emphasized of strength and physical endurance, women are more delicate and committed to their jobs. From a research, it is known that women have greater finger agility than men. By blending women into the military sector, the can opt for medical positions such a doctors, medics and nurses. Instead of carrying the role as fighter, they tend the wounded, playing the healing role. Furthermore, it is believed that the presence of opposite gender in the battlefield indirectly increases the army's morale. Until today, the reasons have yet to be discovered. Therefore, women should be given a chance to participate in the military sector and should be cleared from the discrimination of not being able to contribute to the country and people. Though physically and emotionally unfit, women are much more delicate and committed in their profession.

---------- In a nutshell, the participation of women into the military sector depends on the discretion of the society whether to abolish the traditional mindset of keeping women as housewives or by granting them freedom to choose their future. From my point of view, I believe that the battlefield is no place for women, and thus only men should be granted access to battlefield.

Your Cheating Heart

Have you ever been tempted to cheat on your partners or even your best friends? Have you ever think badly about them and feel that they are just mere tools that you could manipulate till the end? Have you ever lied intentionally to these people?

Although love constitutes a relationship, it never builds them. In fact, a relationship is build on trust. With love but without trust, a relationship fails to manifest. Very often, the urge and temptation to cheat and lie on your partners or best friends stem from your very own heart. Your self-control. Your inner desire. Whether to cheat or to be loyal, whether to manipulate them or to stand by their side, to be a honest person or a 'bad ass' is entirely your choice because you are in control of yourself. Remember that choices are always available in life.

Paraphrasing - Academic Writing

1. Of the more than 1000 cycling deaths each year, three fourth are caused by head injuries. Half of those killed are school-age children. One study concluded that wearing a bike helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent. In an accident, a bike helmet absorbs the shock and cushions the head."Bike Helmet: Unused Lifesavers"
Consumer Reports (May1990): 348.

According to Consumer Report (1990), deaths from cycling are accumulated to more than 1000 victims annually with 75 percent due to head injuries and 50 percent of those deceased are adolescent. The risk of injury to head can be lowered to almost 90 percent using head gear based on a research. The head gear is capable of cushioning the head and reduces the shock from a crash.
Bike Helmet: Unused Lifesavers. (1990). Consumer Report, 348.

2. While the Sears Tower is arguably the greatest achievement in skyscraper engineering so far, it's unlikely that architects and engineers have abandoned the quests for the world's tallest building. The question is; just how high can a building go? Structural engineer William LeMessurier has designed a skyscraper nearly one-half mile high, twice as tall as the Sears Tower. And architect Robert Sobel claims that existing technology could produce a 500-story building. From Ron Bachman, "Reaching for the Sky." Dial (May 1990): 15.

Ron Bachman (1990) argued that architects and scientists are always on the mission to build a building even taller than Sears Tower which is considered the finest architecture. But the limitations of the height of buildings remain unknown. A skyscraper almost one-half mile high and double the height of Sears tower has been modelled by William LeMessurier and Robert Sobel proposed that a 500-story building could be engineered with the current brainpower and machine.
Bachman, R. (1990). Reaching for the Sky. Dial, 15.

3. A key factor in explaining the sad state of American education can be found in over bureaucratization, which is seen in the compulsion to consolidate our public schools into massive factories and to increase to mammoth size our universities even in under populated states. The problem with bureaucracies is that they have to work hard and long to keep from substituting self-serving survival and growth for their original primary objective. Few succeed. Bureaucracies have no soul, no memory, no conscience. If there is a single stumbling block on the road to the future, it is the bureaucracy as we know it. Edward T. Hall, Beyond Culture, Anchor Publishing, 1977, p.219.

Edward T. Hall (1977) discussed that bureaucratization is the main factor of the degrading status of American education which combines the public institutions into enormous industrial units and to greatly expand the size of the tertiary institutions in less populated area. In bureaucratization, its primary objective is to work fruitlessly in order to survive. However, many failed because bureaucracies are cold and heartless. Bureaucracy is the only hindrance for future undertakings.
Hall, E.T. (1977). Beyond Culture. Anchor Publishing, p. 219.

How is smoking harmful?

----------Every puff of smoke a smoker inhales into his lungs, the higher the chances of getting lung cancer and many other related diseases, such as liver and kidney disorder and even the potential of developing benign tumour in the body cells. The smoke contains toxins and chemical substances, mainly carcinogens. Carcinogens are dangerous chemical because once inhaled into the body's immune system, it replenishes the cells giving it more energy and thus, increases one's metabolism rate. Beneficial at first, carcinogens do more good than harm. In long term, carcinogens pose dangerous risk of mutating normal cells into cancer cells, which will eventually destroy other healthy cells in the body. Thus, smoking should always be the last option because the effects are tremendously disastrous not only to smokers but people around them as well. The effects of smoking range from burning away money and killing other innocent non-smokers. However, smokers have different perception on smoking because they believe that the benefits of smoking far outweigh the harm it does, by providing a sense of relaxation and releasing stress.

----------Smoking is bad habit because it burns away the hard-earned money. Smokers tend to be addicted after having few smokes of cigarettes because of the presence of a chemical inside the ingredients of a cigarette. A study has shown that a normal person who smokes usually spend one fifth of his salary on cigarettes a month. In addition, many cases of broken families are also closely related to smoking issues. The amount spent on dozens of boxes of cigarettes to satisfy the addiction can actually be spend wisely on bringing up the family by supporting children to schools and colleges, provide proper food with proper nutrition, appropriate shelter and clothing. These basic needs should be fulfilled in a family before burning the hard-earned money by smoking which indirectly causes poverty and broken families in many societies. Thus, smoking is definitely a habit to be avoided because it burns away the hard-earned money.

----------On the other hand, smoking can be so dangerous that it is able to kill other non-smokers around them. Smokers inhale the smoke from the cigarettes and exhale another kind of smoke, called a second-hand smoke. When a smoker enters a particular vicinity and smokes, upon leaving the area, the smoker left behind a scent of smoke which is the second-hand smoke. Although second-hand smoke is not as dangerous as the original smoke inhaled by the smokers, it still poses similar dangers and effects to people who unintentionally exhale it. Lung cancer, kidney and liver disorder which initially are the diseases capable of infecting the smokers are now capable of infecting the non-smokers as well. Indirectly, non-smokers who come into contact with smokers pose greater risk of developing these deadly diseases. Moreover, the existence of third-hand smoke also increases the risk for non-smokers. Smoke attached to furniture, clothes, shirts and other fabric materials are known as third-hand smoke. Hence, the effect of smoking is too extreme because it is capable of taking the lives of even the non-smokers. Smoking brings more harms than benefits because of its disastrous nature but smokers have their stand against the harm that smoking causes and argued that it benefits them greatly.

----------Smokers have different views and ideas on smoking because they are the victims. To them, smoking provides a sense of relaxation and the means of releasing stress and tension. In the male dominated society, men tend to be the breadwinner of the family, carrying the burden of supporting every family member. Thus, they are constantly being exposed to stress and tension at workplace and even in their normal interactions in life. Without a proper means of releasing the build up negative energy, men resort to smoking as a means of getting rid of their problems. By smoking, they feel relaxed and at ease, living in their peaceful world free of problems. As time passed, smoking has turned into an addiction, a haven for men where they can have constant self control of themselves and also a tool to show their masculinity. In other words, smoking has sunk deep into their lives, becoming part of them. For smokers, a day without cigarettes to smoke is equivalent to living in hell because of the addiction. Hence, to smokers, smoking benefits them more than they could imagine by providing them a life free of stress and tension, filled with relaxation.

----------In a nutshell, smoking harms the smokers more than it could benefit them but smokers define smoking the other way round, it benefits them more than it harms them. The different perceptions come from the views of smoker and non-smokers. Smokers enjoy the feelings they obtained from smoking regardless of the consequences but non-smokers fear for their lives, fear of contracting the deadly diseases and fear of death. Therefore, it depends on the majority voice of the society and also the government on the degree of harmfulness of smoking. In my point of view, I believe smoking is harmful not only to humans but to the environment as well.

Can 1Malaysia concept take off in the society?

----------A unique country with diverse culture and races, Malaysia has strived to make its name known to the world. Having multiple of races under one roof such as Chinese, Indian, Muslim and other minority races prove Malaysia as a multicultural society whereby different ethnic groups can retain and practice their subcultures. It is therefore consistent with the environment of Malaysia that our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak introduced the concept of 1Malaysia. This concept brings together the society as a whole, forms them into a team regardless of their races and ethnicity to achieve one common objective. Though its implementation has yet to manifest, the concept of 1Malaysia is seen to bring about abundant benefits to the society, mainly foster national unity and enhances economic growth in the society. However, some minority groups have different perception on the concept and thus, refuse to acknowledge the benefits it brings. Instead they see the concept as empowering the influences of certain races.

----------Undoubtedly, by bringing the society together, 1Malaysia concept can foster national unity among the different races in Malaysia. Although there are still riots and demonstration on issues regarding races, the introduction of 1Malaysia concept has slowly altered the mind of many who stereotype their own race into a neutral zone, whereby they start to accept other races into their lives. In school, seeds of patriotism are being planted in younger generations by teaching of history, civics and social studies in their formal curriculum. Besides that, the concept of 1Malaysia also encourages participation of different races into non-academic activities, especially sports and recreation. Sports are the perfect tool to bring together many races, to cooperate together within a team, to achieve a single goal. On special occasions such as festivals, open house brings together many races to celebrate a festival regardless of races. For example, during Hari Raya AidilFitri, non-Muslim such as Indian and Chinese can be seen flocking the open house festival together with the Muslims to celebrate the joyful occasion. Thus, the concept of 1Malaysia has successfully foster national unity among majority of Malaysians even though there are still minorities that simply enjoy to go against the norm in the society. 1Malaysia can definitely foster national unity among many races in Malaysia.

----------Moreover, 1Malaysia concept can enhance economic growth. The aim of 1Malaysia is to bring the nation together to achieve a common goal. A few decades ago just after independence, Malaysians are still glued to their own races. The Malays plant paddy in the outskirt and kampung, the Chinese involves themselves in mining activities and some small business while the Indians are grouped together in rubber estates. Today with the implementation of 1Malaysia concept, no races are subjected to this discrimination of occupations. Everyone is equal and has similar rights in getting employment in various fields. Therefore, many races working together under a single company can definitely boost the growth and profits of the company. Similarly, many races working together in a single nation can boost the economic growth as they form a single entity. Hence, the Malaysian economic system can definitely outgrow itself to a higher standard with cooperation of multiple races.

----------Although the concept of 1Malaysia has bring about abundant benefits to society in terms of social unity and economic growth, it is still far from perfect as it empowers the influences of a particular race. In political field, there has been a stereotype to one race that holds power and authority. Even though other races are given the opportunity to engage in the political field as well as assisting in the government associations, there are only a small percentage of them. The concept of 1Malaysia that upholds the value of unity and cooperation among different races fails to manifest in the political field. Many corruptions and money laundry are being associated with these people of authority and most of them have similar race. Yet, no stern actions are being taken by the government immediately. In addition, the concept of 1Malaysia urges other races to accept the special rights and privileges own by one particular race in Malaysia. In this situation, the concept of 1Malaysia fails because in bringing the races together, members are to accept each others differences and special rights without any doubts, even if the particular race stands above other races by taking all the benefits from the government. Hence, 1Malaysia is far from reaching its goal as it empowers the influences of a particular race.

----------In a nutshell, the pros of 1Malaysia concept outweigh the cons. Although the concept excels in the social and economic factors, it fails to take into consideration the political factor. The concept is definitely worth applauding because it helps to generate a feeling of unity among the various races and indirectly enhances the country's economic sector to a wider horizon. Despite the benefits, harms tag along and it depends on the society to reach a consensus whether to accept 1Malaysia or to alienate it. As for me, I am definitely supporting the concept because I believe chances are created. Therefore, 1Malaysia concept should be given more time to reveal its true potential because it is rather early to reach a consensus.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Why do humans read ?

----------Words are powerful tools that can penetrate deep into one's soul and emotions. It is so powerful that even the writers are afraid of them. It can solve disputes but at the same time, create chaos and destruction in the society. Thus, writers around the world have put together pages and pages of printed words in books to convey their messages, ideas and imagination. With the availability of bookstores just around the corner of every neighborhood, youth and adults have the opportunity to stop by anytime to grab or buy a book for reading. Until today, reading has been the most popular pastime activities for youth, adults and even the older generation. Reading books improves our vocabulary bank, increases our knowledge on moral values and facts about the world, improve the nation and our language (This essay will talk about effects of reading).
----------Reading improves our vocabulary bank and language. There are various genres of books with diverse topics ranging from romance, horror, crime, thriller and others. These different genres offers different writing styles, good grammar usage and structures. For instance, romance books are much more detailed and complicated in explaining a situation involving emotions and feelings while horror books prove to be better in describing the detailed settings of a haunted scene. Furthermore, reading variety of genres of books widens our vocabulary and language usage as we tend to pick up interesting sentences and look up for difficult words in the dictionary. As a result, we are able to enhance our vocabulary bank. Hence, reading definitely helps our vocabulary bank to evolve to a higher standard.
----------Another benefits of reading is, it increases our knowledge on moral values and facts about the world. Non-fiction books on environment and current global issues help us to comprehend the devastating state of our world that has been polluted by chemicals and toxins from human activities. Besides environmental issues, there are also books concerning governmental organizations, biography of prestigious leaders and the latest technology on the road. These books contain facts about our physical and social world. Unlike non-fiction books, fiction books carve a deep impression in the reader's heart with profound moral values. Readers can utilize these moral values and adapt the lessons they have learned into their real lives. Reading never fails to leave good impression the hearts of every reader. Therefore, reading should be made a child's career because it increases our knowledge on moral values and crucial facts about the world.
----------On the other hand, reading improves the nation itself. If reading habit is instilled in children at a younger age, they will develop affections towards reading for years to come. As a result, it will increase the literacy rate in the country as majority citizens able to read. Economically, there will be drastic increase in book sales and publishing house with the ever increasing demand for more books. As more books are becoming available throughout, the tax on the imported books will greatly contribute to the government's revenue. Moreover, frequent reading will increase the concept of critical thinking and decision making which are vital in the competing society today. With the abundant benefits obtained solely from reading, it is no doubt that reading improves the nation.
----------In a nutshell, reading influences our lives by shaping it towards a better future. William Faulkner once said, "Read, read, read." Reading is enjoyable. At the end of the day, those who are not able to read will be outcast from the society because the greatest gift in life it the passion for reading.

The Dark Side of Human Beings

We are born under the light of heaven, where evils cannot penetrate our innocent souls. However, as we walk the the Earth, we begin to pollute ourselves with sinful and vehement acts. We turn selfish; we develop greed and lust; we kill; we rape; we torture. We loss ourselves in the midst of acquiring power and money. It totally blinded our eyes and souls.
And we walk without visual assistance only to be guided by our own emotions; constantly unstable and vulnerable to evil temptations. Everyday, we seek more power and money. The next day, next week or next year, it goes the same.
Power.
Money.
We could never grow tired of looking for more, even if it requires sacrifices, we willingly offer them regardless of whatever the conditions would be.
It never suffice.
It never will.
The souls are tainted. The once white cloth, has turned into the ugliest color, that not even light can pierce through the small little fabric. It devours it completely leaving no trace of existence.
Black.
The color of damnation.
The color of death.
The color of despair.
Our souls are tainted but there could still be hope for humanity.
No man has ever escape the temptations of devil.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Do you know ?

There are times when you feel the world is on your shoulder. Having to carry the burden by yourself, you feel rage and anger; those deep and dark emotions start to flow out from your inner being. Your once modest and calm personalities turn into devil-like. Your once sweet smile turns a complete sour. However, I just stood there knowing that no matter how evil you are, I will always stand by your side with the knowledge that 'there is still some good left inside you.' No matter how hard it is, I will guide you to the light, to the hope so you will return to your true self.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Trust Nobody But Yourself

Believe me when I say, "Trust nobody but yourself."
The moment that you learn to depend on someone, you have indirectly put yourself in danger. Humans are vulnerable beings, to the extent that they easily fall for emotions and lust. However, they can also be the worst, to the extent of behaving like a monster. They care less about what happens in future; what is important is the present life. This is what we are, the mankind of today.
To put your trust into someone else is easy, but to make them trust you is another chapter of life. Trust is necessary to survive in the society because without it, you will have to depend on yourself and there is simply no other way for you to rely on other people. Isn't it cruel ?
But try to think of it as a challenge, being independent is a good thing. Although you lack of socialization which according to sociology, it might be a hindrance to your life, it does not imply that you are an outcast. Is that really important ? Do you truly believe that those decision makers, politicians, leaders, lawyers.etc. are better than you ? It is your choice. You determine the course of your life.
No one controls you, not God, not me, not a single person in this world. It is you alone. Putting your trust wrongly can be fatal, but at the same time, putting your trust on someone worthy, might just earn you something precious in life. You need to trust yourself to put your trust into the correct person. Hence, trust yourself to do the right thing and no one else besides your own heart.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Tears

With tears rolling down,
It fell and dropped,
Onto my little palms,
I held it near,
Tasted it,
Felt it,
It was warmth and comforting,
Without doubt,
It was my feelings,
Complicated and incomprehensible,
Sweet instead of saline,
I hesitated,
Again I tasted,
This time,
It wasn't sweet anymore,
It tasted bitter,
How could I possibly comprehend such mixed emotions,
How could I,
If only I could ever understand what I'm truly thinking,
I could,
Perhaps understand the world.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Teambuilding

Five weeks are all the times we have together. From the first day, we were just strangers to each other, staring at unfamiliar faces and talking in an awkward manner. On the second day, we got to know each other a little deeper by opening our hearts to those whom we trusted. On the third day, we shared our little secrets to whom we called friends. On the fourth day, we practically poured everything out, from sadness to happiness, to whom we called best friends. The day never comes to an end but the moments together are limited.

It seems like yesterday when I know you,

Looking into your eyes makes me wonder,

Do I really know you that well ?

From the times we are together,

We played, jokes,cried and laughed,

I could not hope for more,

You enlighten my dull life,

Filling it with colors of rainbows,

I wish time could be longer for us to be together,

But destiny calls,

I will miss every single moment of ours,

For what we have,

Are only memories,

Let us keep it, share it, and never forget it,

Because it is what keeps us closer to each other,

And that is FRIENDSHIP.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Philosophy of the Day

Have life been too simple yet it seems like thousand miles before you reach your goal ?

Stephen Gately - Boyzone

It is sad that you are no longer with us. However, we will always remember you for who you are. We will always be with you so that you are never lonely. Rest in peace.



Stephen Gately - 1976-2009

Stephen Gately was born in Ireland in March 1976 and joined Boyzone in 1993 after answering an advert in Dublin to audition for Ireland's first boyband.

He and Ronan Keating shared lead vocals and band had huge success with six singles reaching reaching number one, including "Stay" in 2001.

The band decided in 2000 to move on to solo projects. Gately was the first with his debut solo single titled New Beginning and later a debut solo album of the same name.

He went on to appear in various stage productions including starring in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Gately hit the head lines in June 1999 when he admitted he was gay in our sister paper the Sun disappointing hundreds of his girl fans. His manager Louis Walsh was unaware of Gately's sexuality when he selected him for the band and has said that, had he known, he would have thought twice before picking him, citing that "it wasn't cool then to have a gay guy in a band.

(As for my own opinion, I don't think being gay is not cool, in fact, it is cool. I admire your courage for standing out for your own sexuality. Even though people do not accept you, it is who you really are and that is what makes you Stephen Gately.)

Gately wed Andrew Cowles, first in a commitment ceremony in Las Vegas in 2003 and more formally in a civil partnership ceremony in London in 2006.


Happy times: Andrew Cowles and Stephen Gately after their civil partnership ceremony at the Goring Hotel in London


Boyzone got back together in 2008 and Gately was enjoying the second coming when he tragically died last night in Majorca. This year in had made his film debut in the horror movie Credo.

Last week he attended the Pride of Britain Awards and the band were intending on bringing out a new album in 2010.


More pictures of Boyzone:



Heart-throb: Stephen Gately flexes his muscles on stage
Reunited: Boyzone take to the stage after an eight year hiatus at the Belfast Odyssey Arena

Full Monty: Boyzone show off their newly-toned bodies in a homage to the classic British comedy.
Passage taken from:
News of the World
http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/news/544219/Boyzone-star-Stephen-Gately-dies.html#comments

Pictures taken from:
Mail Online
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1219826/Stephen-Gately-Police-trace-Bulgarian-man-Boyzone-star-husband-took-1m-home-night-died.html

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Philosophy of the Day

Love them for who they are but not for what they possess,
Love through their hearts but not through simple words,
Love their inner beauty not just physically,
Love them because you care for them,
Love them because they love you.

~Michael Ch'ng~

Philosophy of the Day

It is not who you are, but what you becomes determine your future ~ Michael Ch'ng

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Moments of My Life

The journey of my life started in Penang. After graduating from the oldest school in South East Asia (Penang Free School a.k.a. PFS), I chose to do A-Levels in Disted Stamford College.
Here are some pictures of my college lives.



Disted Stamford College Year 2008: Statistics Class.


Don't be mistaken. This ain't any prom night. It's self organized dinner to celebrate the end of our course. In the picture, Reagen (Prom King).


The last six months of holidays before deciding to venture down to KL for Actuarial Science in UTAR, Setapak.

My best friend-Dominic (behind the scene). Venue: Batu Ferrighi.


2-days trip to Batu Ferringhi.



During Christmas....................................

One of my common holiday locations, Genting Highlands. To be honest, I've been there for more than 10 times ever since I was little.


Preparing for rock climbing, one of my favorite sports.


Year 2008



Year 2009

Presently, the second semester in UTAR has ended. Come to think of it, I have been here in KL for at least 9 months now. I'll be coming back for short semester, which is 7 weeks long. Time definitely flies. Don't you guys out there agree ?



Basic Professional Writing Class (First Semester)


Birthday present from my fellow course-mates


The end of first semester. Trip to Sunway Pyramid.

Phoebe's Birthday (Second Semester)

Well, it's brief but that is basically my for the past one year. I'll dig out some pictures and write more about it.

Random

Well, exams over. I don't know what to write about. So, I'll just post some pictures.





Nothing much about this little guy. His name is Papi a.k.a. Baby. It's just a translation from Hokkien. I haven't seen him for 4 months now. Wonder how is he doing, behaving or mischievous as usual. Above are just a few random pictures of him showing off.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Second Chance

Have you ever wondered whether you made the right choices/decisions in life? Or have you been blaming yourself over the decision you made few years back and regretted living the life at present. What will you do if you were given a chance to go back and re-live that life? Though it sounds absurd but there are some logic behind it.

When you realize that your life is a failure, you blame everyone, especially those around you. Those people close to you. However, you never take a good look at yourself. It is you who made that particular decision because you were once given a chance to choose and you have chosen. The path might not be as good as the other one but it does not mean that your life would be better by taking that road.

Will you re-live your life if you were given a chance? I believe the answer is yes. But you will soon realize that your present life is too precious to give away because every moment counts. Their impacts are such tremendous in a way you can never imagine. Your memories are your treasures. So, always keep them close to you. These memories of yours, your childhood, your birthdays, your parents, your love life - they do not come often and some, you can only experience it once in your lifetime.

For those parents out there, I believe this is part your experience, and nothing can be more precious than seeing your own flesh being born into this world.

"The first moment when you hold your baby, and you didn't know anything can be so small so delicate and you feel the tiny heartbeat, and you know that you couldn't love anything more than the whole world. And hope that you can do right and always be there to catch her/him when she/he falls and nothing ever hurts her/him - broken arms, bad dreams, broken heart. "

Quoted from "17 Again"

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Think twice

Politics in Malaysia have been boiling hot. Since the change of administration, instead of focusing on developing and fulfilling their promises during the election, they came up with excuses and trying to tarnish the reputation of the previous administration. True but not supposed to be done openly and daily.

Indeed, the whereabouts of the taxpayers' money are utmost important but improving the current economic situation comes first. Though by nature, corruption will eventually destroy the empire from within. Thus, before engaging others, reorganizing our administration structure is a priority. However, there are times for change in rules. Reorganizing is not a simple task and therefore, diverting the attention to other matters should be the wisest choice.

A battle that takes 10 years to achieve victory is not practical and a wise general would eventually realize that engaging in the meaningless battle would only bring upon misery and suffer to the battalion and the people. Thus, looking for alternatives and try to engage other possible methods would be advisable. Looking for faults without adequate proofs is similar to digging a hole by the beach. When the sea current rises, everything will eventually be swept away.

Turning your back on a country that provides you benefits is foolish enough to lead your entire nation, perhaps into a state of desperation. It is similar to turning your back against your parents. As far as I know, no one is that foolish unless he/she is ready to live independently. It is also of similar cases when an employee betrays the trust of his/her company. Thus, instead of creating havoc out of something small, be wise and make use of the relationship to lead to the expansion of the empire.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Consequences

I have been staring at the moody sky for a long time now. Without myself realizing, my mind wanders off somewhere; to a realm of fantasy whereby the world belongs to me.

Then, you will start to understand why everything goes with a consequence. The world is fair, just and ready to dissolve your problems. However, what makes it ugly is mankind. The lust for battle and power, the unstoppable streak of insanity, and the little darkness in the heart that constantly consumes your guilt.
A never-ending streak of war has been plaguing mankind since the birth of our very own planet, Earth. But, till today, there are people, family and children being targeted on the battlefield. Why? Are they merely tools, pawns that you can simply direct in order to determine your victory? Or maybe as it is always quoted, "sacrifices are needed for the development of a better future." Or should I say, "these are all craps! What you see in front of your eyes is the slaughtering of your very own kind."
The victory that comes with bloodshed should always be honored but what good is that? In the end, people respect you because they fear not because you are worthy to be respected. With different approach, there will be different consequences. Life will never be the same if you walk a path less traveled.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

FAMILY

Sometimes, I felt sorry for for my parents. Being over 40, still they are working really hard to earn a living, to feed us, to sustain a family and to provide us with proper education. It is really hard seeing them, rain or shine, out there.
Until one day, I realized how important family is.
Father And Mother I Love You.
There tend be arguments and fights in a family, but what is important is the needs to understand the feelings of every member in the family. Don't go around harboring hatred for you parents for scolding you because they too are trying their best to help you, to guide you down the correct path. You might regret your action one day.
Learn to speak up and express your feelings. If you talents lie in other fields, tell them and make sure they understand. Though every parents hope is to see their children excel in education, it also their hope to see their children excel in the fields of their interest.
Do realize one thing, life never ends. It is a continuous cycle of birth.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Life

Sometimes, when the machine stops functioning, only then will we realize how important it is. We tend to take things for granted. Ignoring the facts that behind the comforts, there is a price to pay. Similar to our lives, we will never know when it will suddenly stop functioning. Thus, knowing that our future is unpredictable and complicated, yet we just live by the rules though it is meant to be broken.

What is life without challenges;
What is life without a little adventure;
What is life without love and sex;
What is life without embracing who we are;
What is life without living to our very own expectation;
What is life without having fun;
What is life without having a life.

Life is simple but complicated. Just like a maze, you choose your own path, walk your own life and decide your fate. Sometimes, you will get lost in the middle of it, but by conquering your fear, you will be able to survive to find your way out.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Lucas & Peyton - One Tree Hill

The hardest part of saying goodbye is having to do it again every single day.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Something to ponder....

There are moments in life when you feel down and useless. Unable to perform up to standard as you've always wanted. Sometimes, we envy those who can perform very well without putting themselves in a dire condition. While us, we have to give our best and remind ourselves that a slight mistake will eventually lead to our downfall. Thus, there is no room for mistakes. Not even one.
I believe none of us would want to live a life of full of regrets for not being able to enjoy what God has provided us. Though grades are important but what defines a truly successful person, is not limited to grades alone. It is never a good measurement of intelligence. Do you truly believe that being on top on everyone proves that you are the wisest among us ? Maybe for some reason, it is. For most of us, it is just another chapter of life.
No doubt, being special, a genius, is what most of us hope for. As a student, sitting for an exam, attending lectures and completing tutorials are just the kind of life we will be living. "If only I am smarter....", "Why can't I be as smart as him?" , " How come he can easily score full marks?" These phrases are common. They are always part of you, perhaps another personality being envious of those who perform better than you.
However, we fail to evaluate ourselves. We never acknowledge our weaknesses. Instead, we just blame whoever, whatever, we think is wrong. God created mankind and I believe that God foresee this problem even before the birth of Adam and Eve.
We are unique, born with gifts and talents. But, these talents are left for us to explore. Though we are already grown-ups, but our chapters of life have just begun. We still have plenty of chapters to explore, to find the right purpose, the correct path and the wisdom of life. Thus, failure is never a dead end. It is just another chapter of life to make you stronger, wiser and better than before.
Good luck everyone for your finals. All the best! After this, we'll move on to another chapter.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Failure

Define failure. A word so powerful that it brought down so many allies with it. In fact, there are only two outcomes from every consequences, failure and success. You will never stay between the boundary, not even an inch from it. It is either success or failure that we choose and though we wanted success so badly, failure will always detour around looking for possible victims.
Some people gave up. Some take it too seriously with the cost of his/her own life. Some just pretend that it never exists. Why such ignorance? Is being ignorant always the best solution to deal with failure? Some people would risk their life just to make sure failure does not occur again. They fight for what they believe is right and lead the path of success.