happy birthday to...

this awesomeness is by [rin] , Friday, October 30, 2009 7:56 PM


Effing leng lui, right?
Not model lah!
(And no, I didn't do any radical editing with Photoshop, either)
One of my friends whom I've known since childhood.
And I dedicate this post to her, specially for her Sweet Sixteen tomorrow.

Girl, I wish you all the best in your life.
Never let anything stand in the way of your dreams.
Like your pink pencil says: Laugh Loud, Love Freely, Live Life.


a meaningful e-mail...

this awesomeness is by [rin] 5:39 PM

Extracts from an e-mail that found its way into my inbox today...

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The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve because any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity.
An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people.

As people grow, their associates will change.
Some friends will not want you to go on but will want you to stay on where they are.
Friends that don't help you climb will cause you to crawl.
Your friends will either stretch your visions or choke your dreams.
Those that don't help you will eventually hold you back.
Friends Pictures, Images and Photos

Consider this:
Never receive counsel from unproductive people.
Never even discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who never succeed themselves are always first to tell you how.
Not everyone has a right to speak into you life - you are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person.
Don't follow anyone who's not going anywhere.


With some people you spend an evening; with others you invest it.
Be careful where you stop to ask for directions along the road of life.

Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships: if you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl.
Wolf Spirit Pictures, Images and Photos
But if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights.
Eagle, Condor, American Eagle, Pictures, Images and Photos
"A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses."
The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate - for the good and the bad.

"In prosperity our friends know us. In adversity do we truly know our friends."

Never make someone a priority when you are only an option for them.
If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you need to develop the habit of achieving in little matters.
Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude...


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When you read it the first time round, I suppose it sounds really harsh.
Like asking you to abandon your friends or something.
But still, there is some truth in these words.
I'll just let you decide, a'ite?

a woman who's an insult to females...

this awesomeness is by [rin] , Thursday, October 29, 2009 2:56 PM

In The Star newspapers yesterday and today, a reporter was covering articles on the Kelantan State Assembly.
One of the latest updates is about a Kelantan lawmaker who had a suggestion on how to reduce divorces and help single mothers.

You can check out the articles here:
Awards For Reps Who Take Single Mums As Second Wives
And here:
Reward Reps Who Wed Single Mums

For those of you who're too lazy to read the articles, let me sum it up for you:
State Women Family and Health Committee chairman Wan Ubaidah Omar's 'brilliant' idea is to give incentives to state assemblymen so that they will want to marry single mothers or take them in as second (Or third, fourth, fifth, etc.) wives.

This, to me, is an outrage!
Not only does she show complete disrespect towards women who're single mums, but she's also insulting women everywhere for talking about them like they're merely minor, insignificant problems to be solved and done with as soon as possible.
I mean, giving men rewards to marry women is truly the most sexist thing ever.
And this coming from a woman herself!

Does she actually think that single mums want/choose to be like that?
Most single mothers have no choice or control over what the cruel hands of Fate do to their lives.
Most of them never asked to be single mothers.
Being a single mother is already tough and challenging in itself, now this group of people are being further discriminated by the authorities, too.
Yes, those 'authorities' who are supposed to be caring and helping them.

They may think that it would be helpful for these women to marry state representatives and have the income and resources to cater for their children, but has the Kelantan State Assembly considered that these women are humans too?
That they deserve more than just to be treated as a means to get 'rewards' from the state government?
Has the Kelantan State Assembly considered the fact that many could (And would) abuse this if it was passed?

If men are allowed to use women like this - and be rewarded for it to boot - it shows that our society (And it's mindset) has never really moved forward, has it?

one small shuffle forwards for the language, one great leap backwards for the country...

this awesomeness is by [rin] , Friday, October 23, 2009 4:37 PM

A few years ago, the Science and Mathematics subjects in school were given a transition from Bahasa Malaysia (BM) to English.
The switch was long overdue and many welcomed the change.
Studying Science and Mathematics - two of the few most vital subjects - in BM just didn't cut it any more.
In this world where everything is constantly moving forwards and English is becoming the language of utmost importance, neglect of the numero uno language just won't do.
That's why almost everyone was in favour of the transition those few years ago.
Everyone thought it would be the first of many steps forward the country would be taking.

Unfortunately, the Malaysian government has again decided to do a switch; this time from English back to BM.



Now, if you ask me, I seriously think that all this is a waste of time and resources.
Not only is it going to use up a lot of the government's funds (Again!), it would also use up a hell lot of everyone's efforts - the students would have to re-initiate themselves with the subject in a whole new language with whole new terms (Again!), the parents would have to buy a whole new set of books once the switch is done (Again!), the teachers would have to teach in a different language (Again!), the publishers would have to translate books from English to BM (Again!) and the list goes on and on.

Yes, of course BM is our national language.
Yes, of course we should be proud of our country and its cultures.
And yes, of course we should use BM as much as possible, if only because it is out national language.
But sacrificing the development of the country to be loyal to a language is totally NOT worth it!

English is the most important language in the world.
It is a language that surpasses all barriers and is the international communicator.
It is Mother Earth's mother tongue!
Look at all the great nations - US, England, even China - if they're not already an English-speaking country, they're well on the way to embrace it.
And you can't quote Japan or Korea as being nations with bad English - they are well-developed, self-relying, first world countries!
No effing way can Malaysia even be compared to them.

Yet here we are, not even able to make an effort to develop our motherland into something more than just an 'up and coming' country.
Maybe we don't have endless resources, maybe we don't have bottomless funds, but we should at least make an effort.
However tiny and insignificant it may be, many small efforts put together will perhaps build up and become a great big Reward in the future.
Surely letting our future generations embrace the world's leading language in their studies of the two crucial subjects whilst they are in school is not too much to ask for?

Even though I may not be studying those two subjects any more by the time the changes are implemented, but I despair for the sake of my juniors.
They deserve a chance in the world out there instead of going totally blur when asked to explain the Physics concept of Buoyant Force, because they would have studied it as Konsep Daya Apung (Which, by the way, sounds like something vulgar)!

I really do hope that the Malaysian government (And our Education Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin) would come around and see the light, before it's too late and we've condemned our nation's future leaders to a life of embarrassment and inability to move forward and be known anywhere else but South East Asia.

Thy author,

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love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear...

this awesomeness is by [rin] , Friday, October 16, 2009 11:59 AM


love
[luhv]

–noun
1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
2. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection.
3. a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.
4. affectionate concern for the well-being of others.

–verb (used with object)
1. to have love or affection for.
2. to have a profoundly tender, passionate affection for (another person).
3. to have a strong liking for; take great pleasure in.

Synonyms:
1. Tenderness, fondness, predilection, warmth, passion, adoration.
2. Love, affection, devotion all mean a deep and enduring emotional regard, usually for another person. Love may apply to various kinds of regard: the charity of the Creator, reverent adoration toward God or toward a person, the relation of parent and child, the regard of friends for each other, romantic feelings for another person, etc. Affection is a fondness for others that is enduring and tender, but calm. Devotion is an intense love and steadfast, enduring loyalty to a person; it may also imply consecration to a cause.



Ah... Love.
That magical word which emotions can hardly be described.
A vague surreality in the lives of each and every one of us.

The overbearing love of a father.
The innocent love of a child.
The passionate adoration of a lover.
The puppy love between young ones.

It's an everyday occurrence in our lives.
We see these portrayals of love day to day and perhaps have always taken them for granted.

Where love is present, there exists a bond.
A relationship between the things that love each other.
However, these bonds are weak things.
They cannot last on their own.
Each side has to contribute his strength to keeping that bond strong and lasting.

A family has to communicate with one another and have regular gatherings as a whole family.
An owner has to take great care of his pet, so that it won't turn on him or forget him.
A spouse has to be intimate with his other half, because their lives are so intertwined.
Lovers have to work hard to preserve the relationship, because when the initial sentimentalities wear off, it is then that the realisation hits: Love is hard work.

When one does not give enough into the relationship, then the bond begins to crumble: Families quarrel, spouses divorce, lovers break apart.

Yes, love is indeed hard work.
But the rewards reaped are almost always sweet and worth the efforts.
So, while you have the chance, take the leap: love hard, laugh loud and live life to its fullest.



"Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two."
-St. Augustine (Captain Corelli's Mandolin)

i think my blog's getting a little... dull...

this awesomeness is by [rin] , Thursday, October 15, 2009 2:36 PM

Like the title says, I seriously think my blog's getting super boring!
It's been a while since I've some hot issue to post (Like the previous few political stuffs) and I'm getting super lazy to think up some good updates.
Procrastination gets to ya after a while.

Anyways, here's another boring account of my week so far...

Having a 4-day break from the exams now, for Deepavali.
This week's subjects are all the teras (Compulsory) ones - Languages, History, Mathematics etc.
Next week is gonna be the ultimate test for my existence in the science stream.
Pure science, no less.
Gonna be having Biology, Chemistry, Physics and bla-di-bla-bla.
I am so screwed.
Which is what I always say, anyway, so I guess it doesn't mean much any more, right?

Ugghh~
Boyf isn't replying my messages 'coz he's, like, out doing something.
So unfair not to be able to spend time with him.
Rawr!

Anyway, like who wants to listen to my ranting 'bout my boring ol' life, right?

So, Happy Deepavali to all my fellow Malaysians and anyone abroad who happens to read this, too!
Don't pig out too much on muruku, ya'll!



a big re-decision...

this awesomeness is by [rin] , Saturday, October 10, 2009 6:38 PM

We reconciled and are now back together.
Can't say much, just that this second time around, I'm really gonna work for it.
Maybe some people are gonna call me stupid or dumb, but let me just say this:
You haven't really felt loneliness until you've had someone to fill up that gap in your heart before.

It's a huge decision and maybe not the best one to make, but right no
w I don't really care.


Just for you...

my first solo trip to the bank...

this awesomeness is by [rin] , Friday, October 9, 2009 2:02 PM

Recently, I bought a pair of contact lenses online at
Missy.Gorgeous ♥.
When the invoice came today, she asked me to bank in the cash before 11th October.
Now, banks are closed on weekends and today would've been the final day for my payment before my order got cancelled.

As this is the first time I'm shopping online, I was kinda counting on my mum's help in depositing the money.
Unfortunately, the bank would have already closed by the time she came home from work.
So, I had no choice but to make the trip solo.

Feeling dead nervous, I rode to CIMB Bank on my motor.
Going in, I hovered around looking for the deposit cash slip before gathering the guts to finally ask someone where the heck it was.
Turns out, they'd run out of slips and 'refilled' when I asked.

I filled it out (With excruciating slowness - I even SMS-ed Mum to ask if I'd gotten the right slip) and wandered around yet again, looking for the number slip machine (You know, that little square thingy that gives you your angka giliran?).
Then I overheard the security guard telling someone else where to get her number and I followed suit.

Mum said that CIMB Bank is super slow.
Maybe today's a special day, 'coz I didn't have very long to wait till my turn came.
Then all I did was go up to the counter, pass the clerk there my deposit slip, hand her the cash and wait for the copy of the slip she'd give me.
And then I dashed home.

Sounds super gutless right?
So nervous just going to the bank!
But at least now I know how it's done, next time won't be a problem any more.
^^
My deposit slip copy.
Heheh.

I think I'm going a little crazy, if this post is any proof.
Oh well, blame it on pre-exam pressure!

the computer - man's curse to students...

this awesomeness is by [rin] , Sunday, October 4, 2009 1:04 PM

So I was supposed to start studying on Friday.
I didn't.
Now it's Sunday.
And I still haven't made a move on my Sejarah reference book.
It's sitting on my desk, screaming silent accusations at me.
"How dare you defy the will of Islamic history! Read me, read meeeee!"

I ignored it in favour of my lovely (And much more polite... =D) Toshiba laptop.

I know, I know, exams is in a weeks' time.
While all my classmates are losing sleep over their mugging, I'm losing sleep over the wonders of the Adobe Photoshop CS3 (Which I've just unzipped into my computer).
Seriously, people, the amazing stuff you can do with PS CS3.
Especially the download-able brushes.
*Swoons*

Anyway.
Not studying for year-end exams means I'm majorly screwed.
Especially Add. Maths and Accounts.
Ugghhh~
Guess that means I'll have to pick up those books sometime.
Question is,
when?

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中秋节快乐...

this awesomeness is by [rin] , Friday, October 2, 2009 11:32 PM

明天就是中秋节了!
有月饼吃,灯笼玩,老婆也叫我明天晚上去ACS校场参加他们庆祝呢。
想想下,我好像没去过那里庆祝中秋节哦…
平时只是根教会一起庆祝吧了。
So…
明天我有可能会去吧!
去参他们热闹。
嘻嘻~

Anyway, 老婆在学校送了我个月饼咯。
是Minnie Mouse型状的哦…
老婆,谢咯!
Muax~

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my maiden crash...

this awesomeness is by [rin] 3:37 PM

What is it with new motorists and their tendency to have accidents?
Back when they'd just gotten their licenses, many friends of mine would have an accident (Or accidents) shortly after.
Is it that we're too eager to ride around and get a little too cocksure of ourselves?
Well, my first accident happened 'bout 5 days ago.
And about time, too, according to the 'tradition' of we Sitiawan motorists.

It was Sunday night and I'd just left the newly-opened old folks home (Was there to do some community service).
I was fetching my |oupo and we were going for supper with a gang of friends.
But we had to go back to her home to get a helmet, so I went by another route instead of following the others.

I don't know, I guess I could have been showing off or maybe I was distracted with my thoughts, but I didn't see the dog until it was too late to brake.
Fortunately, I hadn't really accelerated yet and was still going at about 40kmph.
Unfortunately, that particular stretch of road didn't have streetlights and the dog was black coloured.

By the time my headlights showed me the dog's silhouette, I was about 2 metres away and it was too late.
As I jammed my foot on the brake and swerved, the thought that went through my mind was, "Cannot make it... Oh no,".
Just before I rammed into the dog, |oupo behind me started screaming.

In cartoons, they say that at your point of death, your life flashes in front of your eyes.
Well, the only thing that flashed in front of me at that moment was the fact that if I was gonna crash, I shouldn't have fetched my |oupo in the first place.
If I was gonna crash, it would have been much better if I was alone, so that I would be the only one to get into trouble and the only one to get hurt.

The dog was big; it loomed before my front wheel.
The bike connected with its middle and glanced off its behind.
I remember holding my breath as I fought to keep the bike steady.
Miraculously, miraculously, we didn't fall off.
The bike didn't overturn, the dog didn't chase after us and I managed to get it back into control.

The only effects of that accident was a bent gear pedal (Now already knocked back into place), awful bruises all along my left leg and a really, really shaky girl behind me.
I guess I should consider myse
lf lucky, eh?

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