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Monday, May 31, 2004
The One with No Sleep in M'sian Bedroom 

How true is this?

Ikea survey unveils what happens in the bedroom

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Austrians love their bedrooms, but seldom make love in them. Malaysians often have sex in their bedrooms, but don't get much sleep there. Those are two conclusions of Gallup International poll released Tuesday by Swedish furniture giant Ikea.

The company wanted to know how frequently people in Europe, Asia and North America use their bedrooms for different activities, including sleep, relaxation and "romance."

In Sweden and Iceland, 72% of respondents said they use their bedrooms for romantic endeavors, while in China the figure was 20%. All it said about North Americans was that a fifth — about 20% — like to have sex outside the bedroom, but it didn't say where.

Malaysians were the most sexually active — 43% said they have sex daily in their bedrooms. Malaysia was also the place were people sleep the least — six hours and 36 minutes per night, about half an hour less than the survey's average.

Read more ...

The One with The Glenmarie Cove 

Yesterday, we went to DRB's Launching of Glenmarie Cove in Teluk Gong, somewhere in Klang and Pulau Indah. Opposite of the place is Carey Island.

The bungalow unit (the only one for sale) was of a different concept. It had water all around the house, not to forget that the houses are situated along the banks of Langat River. The price? Around RM1 million.

It amazes me to know that there are so many empty new houses (Bandar Puteri, Bandar Putera etc) along the way to Teluk Gong, and yet these Glenmarie Cove reaches to RM1 million. Although, they are targeted to certain market. Still...

Are Malaysians getting richer? Or that we have so much land, so what the heck let's just build the houses? Or, the government is showing that our economic crisis is over (yeah right?!!!) ? Is building more buildings (malls, shops, houses) creating more job opportunities to Malaysians? I doubt it. It is just making Malaysians being in huge debts over buying necessary and unnecessary stuff.

The One With the 4 Pointers 

Reading back the TOWTDDW article about the 4 pointers being refused by Medical Schools, it totally bedazzled me. I am confused, I thought our country is in need of doctors. Why the refusal?

Then again, to think about it, how come it is so easy for students nowadays to get Straight A's, let alone 4.0 CPGAs??? Are the Malaysian children getting smarter? Or our government is trying to show that our education system is getting better?

What happens when these Straight A's students go into the real world where there is definitely failure? The road aint always straight. And you dont normally walk straight on the road. Certain times, you fall. Certain times, you sprain your ankle. You can also get crippled along the way. How would you think these kids would fair if they only know SUCCESS and As?

Does that also mean that getting a B is a failure? Should I hurt myself for getting a B? Should I kill myself for getting an F?

We are having a lot of teenagers' social problems. And yet, we still have DAMN bright students? Something is wrong somewhere...

Our education system is so exam-oriented (talking thru experience, I HATE exams!). Nonetheless, not everything is about exams and getting As. You have to be smart in IQ and EQ. Talking about IQ, if most of our children is getting Above Than Average IQs (again, this test should be internationally conducted, and not by our ministry)..then I would say that our kids are smarter these days (said without envy). And EQ? Does our education system stress on EQs?

Having a baby in me now, keeps me wondering about my child's future. Other than being confident that it will get its parents' genius genes, I still worry about its surrounding (school environment, exams, tuitions, unhealthy competitions) later on.

InsyaAllah, everything will be just fine. I hope so.

Friday, May 28, 2004
The One With The Dr Don't Wannabe 

Quoted from The Star Online today :

128 top scorers fail to get into medical school


KUALA LUMPUR: As many as 128 students with top grades for their STPM and matriculation examinations failed to get into medicine in public universities because of the stiff competition and the limited number of places available.

Among the sciences, competition for the 779 places for medicine was the toughest – 14% of applicants with the maximum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.0 who put medicine as their first choice did not get a place

Read more..

Flashback to 7 years ago.. around this time, I received an offer from University Malaya to continue my Pre U studies in Centre For Foundation Studies In Science aka Pusat Asasi Sains. I actually applied for physical streams but was offered for biological streams. (If you are studying in physical streams, than u can proceed with ur degree course in Engineering School or Computer School. As for biological streams, one can go to Medical / Dentistrary or Computer School.

Back then, in my mind only thinking either going into Engineering Schools or Computer Schools. Since my eldest brother already a Doctor then I dont think I wanna be one.. Mama n Papa told me that I could be a good doctor, they would be very happy if seeing two of their sons becoming a doctor, but no thanks.. A month later I switched into physical streams.. I completed my Pre-U with CGPA 3.24, and applied for Computer Science course. Several friends of mine in Biological streams eg: Bongek, got slightly lower CGPA but still accepted into Medical School. So, technically I got the chance if I carried on with Bio streams.

Nowadays, it is almost impossible to get into a medical school. Even for 4-flat students. It is becoming more and more competitive.. I wonder what will happen 18 years from now.. Maybe we should plan to teach our children Russian languange.

Thursday, May 27, 2004
The One Where The Winner is.. 

I received an email just now. Quoted as below.

This is not about the laws of gravity…
This is not about the laws of relativity…
This summer, it’s all about the…

Dear Zen Akmal

You have won 2 tickets to Cinema Online’s Exclusive Preview Screening of “Laws of Attraction” starring Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore.

DATE: 29 MAY 2004 (Sat)
TIME: 10.30 AM

*Please bring along your Identification Card for ticket redemption at the Cinema Online Redemption Counter.

See you there!

Warm regards,
The Cinema Online Team

Hmmmm.. another free tickets, we both won several times already but never got the chance to redeem the tix due to so many reasons.. may be this time, we'll spare our Saturday morning watching movie.. Free movie..

The One With Mustapha United? 

Qouted from Utusan Malaysia Online :

Mustapha Kamal beli saham Manchester United?

KUALA LUMPUR 26 Mei - Jutawan hartanah, Tan Sri Mustapha Kamal Abu Bakar `lari' meninggalkan sidang akhbar hari ini sebaik sahaja ditanya mengenai khabar angin beliau akan membeli saham kelab bola sepak terkemuka, Manchester United.

Ketika ditanya wartawan perkara tersebut, Mustapha Kamal cuba mengelak daripada mengulas lanjut sebelum bertindak menamatkan sidang akhbar berkenaan dan berlalu meninggalkan pihak media.

Read more??

When you're saying buying over a company, means u're gonna be the major shareholder for the company.. If you're buying share of the company, 1 unit of share still consider a buying right??

Note : Tan Sri Mustapha denied on the very next day...

The One With The Fantasy Idol 

Fantasy turns reality for Fantasia Barrino when named as the new American Idol. Quoted from The Star Online :

Fantasia Barrino is the new "American Idol"

AP Entertainment Writer

NEW YORK (AP): Fantasia Barrino's fantasy of pop stardom became a reality when she was named the winner of "American Idol.''

Barrino grabbed runner-up Diana DeGarmo in a bear hug and twisted her around as tears streamed down her face Wednesday night.

"Thank you so much,'' she sobbed. "I broke my shoe!''

Read more??

The One With The Cup Final (part 3) 

Curtains for European clubs season were brought down last night with final match between FC Porto and AS Monaco battling for the prestigious Champions League Trophy at The Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Porto reaching the final after defeated Manchester United, Lyon and Deportivo La Carona in Knockout stages while Monaco eased pass Locomotiv Moscow before suprised two giant clubs Real Madrid and Chelsea successively.

Monaco started the game well with couple of chances but their inability to finish plus several misjudgements by linesmen prevent them to take an early lead. Best chance came when captain Ludovic Guily received a through-pass from Lucas Bernardi but keeper Victor Baia cleverly dived to make a perfect block. Minutes later, playmaker Guily also the hero who overwhelmed Real Madrid was limped off the pitch due to groin injury. Coach Deschamps brought in Croation Dado Pršo, 5-goals scorer against Depor in group stage, but clearly he was not any effective last night.

Porto, last year UEFA Cup winner started without profilic striker Benni McCarthy who thrashed Manchester United at Estádio do Dragão, got lucky when a slight mix-up in Monaco's penalty box allowed 19-year-old Brazillian striker Carlos Alberto to snatch a lead, fired his shot past keeper Flavio Roma's left hand. Half time ended at 1-0.

Desperate for an equalizer, Monaco had to sacrifice Eduardo Cisse who was replaced by Congolese striker Shabani Nonda 15 minutes after half time. They pushed forward leaving space at the back allowing Porto to set up a vital counter attack move. With an assist by substitute Dmitri Alenitchev, Deco broke clear on the left, before scored second goal for Porto. Two goals down was already a bit impossible for Monaco to come back, but three goals down means they needed a miracle. Just after 4 minutes Porto celebrated their second, Derlei broke free, and found Alenitchev courtesy of a cross that deflected off Squillaci, the Russian drove the third nail in Monaco's coffin. Monaco, a debt-ridden club nearly relegated to second division early this season ended their fairy tales unhappilly. Porto won the trophy with a convincing 3-0 scoreline.

Porto coach Jose Maurinho, adding another impressive title in his two seasons with the Portugese side, admitted the match was his last for Porto. He could be on his way to English Premiership, either Chelsea or Liverpool.

Next stop, Euro 2004.

-Extra time facts-

FC Porto became only the second side to win the UEFA Cup and the European Champion Clubs' Cup in successive seasons after Liverpool.

Carlos Alberto became the third youngest ever scorer in the European final.

p/s: Matrix-a-like cameras for replay were damn cool..

Champion of Europe

Wednesday, May 26, 2004
The One With The SBS 

Last nite Law & Order : SVU was about an 18-month-old girl suffering Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). The mother did that just because her little infant cried all night, disturbing her sweet time with her boss.

Summary of SBS as below.


What is it?
Shaken Baby Syndrome is the term used to describe the injuries babies and very young children sustain from being violently shaken. Children who sustain life threatening injuries from this syndrome are held by the arms and shaken back and forth in a quick, jerking motion.

Why would someone shake a child?
Frustration and stress are the reasons some one shakes a child. A crying child is reported to be the number one reason why people have shaken a child.

Effects of Shaken Baby Syndrome
Children can suffer the following injuries:

Symptoms of Shaken Baby Syndrome

Never ever shake ur (or anyone's) baby...

The One With the Sun Rising From the West 

Received this from a friend of mine.

Berita terkini dari NASA tentang Planet MARS yang kini dalam ujian dan kajian mereka.

MERM (MARS Exploration Rover Mission)-24th March 2004

The science of astronomy states that the speed of planet MARS has been decreasing in its course orbit toward the eastern direction in the few past weeks to the level we notice the "waver" between the east and the west, and on wednesday the 30th July 2004, expected the planet movement will stop going towards the eastern direction. Then in the months of August and September 2004, MARS will change its course in the opposite direction to the west - and that until the end of September 2004; which means the sun will rise now from the west on MARS! This Weird phenomenon of the opposite movement called "Retrograde Motion". Most astronomy scientist states that all the planets in the universe will go through the same once at least and our planet EARTH is one of them. Planet Earth will move in the opposite direction someday and the sun will rise from the West!!! This might occurs soon and we are aware of it.

Menurut Hadith Nabi saw. Rasullullah saw bersabda:

"Salah satu tanda akhir zaman (Kiamat), apabila sampai masanya ... matahari terbit di sebelah barat.Pada masa ini, taubat sudah tiada" Hadith Muslim.

Menurut Syariah Muhammadiah: "Terbitnya matahari di sebelah Barat hanya akan berlaku sekali pada masa dan ketika itu, matahari terus berada di sebelah barat. Dan seterusnya, matahari akan kembali terbit di sebelah timur dan seterusnya pada hari hari yang berikut sehingga Allah menghendaki dan menetapkannya."

Inilah apa yang akan berlaku pada planet MARS. Bergerak dari timur ke barat. Berhenti. Bergerak ke barat dalam masa yang pendek. Dan kemudian bergerak semula ke arah timur ke barat.

Abu Hurairah r.a berkata, Rasullullah saw pernah berkata: "Tidak berlaku dan tibanya kemusnahan dunia (Kiamat) sehingga terbitnya matahari dari barat. Apabila tiba masanya ini, semua makhluk di dunia akan segera tersedar dan percaya akan kekuasaaan Allah. Tetapi pada masa ini, semuanya sia-sia belaka. Tiada satu pun pintu taubat dibuka. Sesungguhnya pada masa dan tatkala ini, rugilah bagi mereka mereka itu". Hadith Al-Bukhari, Muslim.

Matlamat utama, ingin saya menyeru pada rakan semua. Setiap planet di dunia akan mengalami fenomena yang sama. Tahun ini, planet Marikh akan berlaku matahari terbit di sebelah barat. Kita tak tahu, mungkin planet planet lain sudah pun mengalami fenomena ini, dan mungkin hanya bumi sahaja yang belum, kita tak tahu, hanya Allah yang tahu. Secara kebetulan, Allah Maha Pengasih dan Penyayang, Dia sudah pun memberi tanda awal, walaupun melalui hambanya yang bukan Islam. Tapi bagi kita yang sudah beriman ini, sedarlah selagi ianya tidak terlambat. Kerana sekiranya berlaku, taubat sudah tidak diterima. Dunia ini hanya sementara. Bertaubatlah dari segala dosa yang kita lakukan. Berzikirlah, walaupun hanya pada sisa-sisa masa yang terluang kerana zikir itu juga penghapus dosa kita.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004
The One With The Pick-up Lines 

I stayed up late to watch a family friend on ntv7's Pillow Talk. Topic for the nite was, 'Picking up men and women'. Mano Maniam (as a guest), told once he said to somebody just two words 'Apa kabar' and the person replied 'Kabar baik'.... Bammm.. 4 years later, they still contacting each other..

So today, I browse thru and found some pick-up lines that might be useful.. (obviously not for me, for my single friends of course.. UKW ).. so, enjoy..

For Men to Use:
  • Were you just smiling at me from across the room, or do I have my contacts in wrong?

  • Excuse me, I'm a little short on cash, would you mind if we shared a cab home together?

  • Hi, the voices in my head told me to come over and talk to you.

  • I'll bet you 100 bucks that you couldn't get all your clothes off in 30 seconds.

  • At the office copy machine. "Reproducing eh?" "Can I help?"

  • Hi, are you here to meet a nice man or will I do?

  • Hi, I'm a fashion photographer. Would you like to be in my next photo shoot?

  • I just wanted to show this rose how incredibly beautiful you are!!

  • I'm sorry, were you talking to me? Her: No. Well then, please start.

For women to use:
  • Why do you have to be so damn fine every single day? Can't you take a break and let me concentrate on something else for a change?

  • Excuse me, do you have a Band-Aid? I skinned my knee when I fell for you.

  • Baby, when I saw you sit down, I got jealous of the chair.

  • Do you work for UPS? 'Cause I swear I saw you checking out my package!

  • Kissing is a language of love....so how about a conversation?

  • You must be Jamaican, because Jamaican me crazy.

  • Would you like to carry my books for me?

  • Did the sun come out or did you just smile at me?

  • Excuse me, I just noticed you noticing me and I just wanted to give you notice that I noticed you too.

  • There must be something wrong with my eyes, I can't take them off you.

For anyone:
  • Can I borrow a quarter? ["What for?"] I want to call my mom and tell her I just met the girl of my dreams. OR: I want to call your mother and thank her.

  • Is your daddy a thief? ["No."] Then how did he steal the sparkle of the stars and put it in your eyes? [Watch for those yes answers]

  • Can I have directions? ["To where?"] To your heart. [Cheese alert!]

  • If I could rearrange the alphabet, I'd put U and I together.

The One With The Recipe 

Courtesy of (surprisingly ) Tony..

California Roll (Inside-out maki)
Flying fish roe is an optional but nice touch -- look for it in specialty Japanese food shops. If you're so inclined, you can make this with real crab rather than the fake stuff ... but it'll be quite a bit more expensive.

1 ripe avocado
1 package crab sticks
flying fish roe (optional)
3 pieces nori
1 portion cooked sushi rice
stock (preferably dashi, or veggie)
time serves -- 10 min

1. Peel and slice the avocado into thin strips. Cut the crab sticks in half.
2. Lay a bamboo rolling mat on a flat work surface. Place a sheet of saran wrap on top. ( need help with the technique? )
3. Place 1/2 sheet of nori on the mat. Smooth a thin layer of rice to cover the sheet Wet fingers in vinegared water to smooth on the rice evenly. Flip the rice and nori (the nori should now be facing up.
4. Lay a strip or two of avocado and a strip of crab in the middle of the nori. Roll sushi, taking care not to let the ingredients slide around or the nori to skew.
5. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
6. Spread the flying fish roe, if you're using it, in a large plate. Turn each roll carefully in the plate, covering the rice with the roe.
7. When you've finished making the rolls, cut each roll into 3/4" thick slices. Serve.

p/s : Do bring some in your next visit..

The One With The Rainy Day 

Finally, after weeks without a drop, it is a rainy day here in Subang. Alhamdullillah..

My office has been experiencing low water supply for a couple of days, 'business' can be done only at certain toilets. Tough! Terrible! Sometimes you can wash but water wasn't enuff for you to flush! Erghh! Last Friday was the worst. SJ Mosque was also in short of water.. Many muslims missed their Friday prayer. Hopefully this problem will end soon..

- Latest news, water supply has been restored at certain floors, not mine though.. better than nothing..

- Latestest news, mail received from maintenance office.. quoted :

Hi All,
Water supply is back to normal for all floors except for the 3rd Floor ( Gents ONLY)."

Damn it.. of all the floors why must it be my floor!!!! !&(*@#*(&#*(@#(%^!(@*!!!!%(#)!@)

Monday, May 24, 2004
The One With The Major Accident 

Accidentally In Love :: Counting Crows (featured in Shrek 2 OST)

Genre: Adult Contemporary

So she said what's the problem baby
What's the problem I don't know
Well maybe I'm in love (love)
Think about it every time
I think about it
Can't stop thinking 'bout it

How much longer will it take to cure this
Just to cure it cause I can't ignore it if it's love (love)
Makes me wanna turn around and face me but I don't know nothing 'bout love

Come on, come on
Turn a little faster
Come on, come on
The world will follow after
Come on, come on
Cause everybody's after love

So I said I'm a snowball running
Running down into the spring that's coming all this love
Melting under blue skies
Belting out sunlight
Shimmering love

Well baby I surrender
To the strawberry ice cream
Never ever end of all this love
Well I didn't mean to do it
But there's no escaping your love

These lines of lightning
Mean we're never alone,
Never alone, no, no

Come on, Come on
Move a little closer
Come on, Come on
I want to hear you whisper
Come on, Come on
Settle down inside my love

Come on, come on
Jump a little higher
Come on, come on
If you feel a little lighter
Come on, come on
We were once
Upon a time in love

We're accidentally in love
Accidentally in love (x7)


I'm In Love, I'm in Love,
I'm in Love, I'm in Love,
I'm in Love, I'm in Love,
Accidentally (X 2)

Come on, come on
Spin a little tighter
Come on, come on
And the world's a little brighter
Come on, come on
Just get yourself inside her

Love ...I'm in love

Sunday, May 23, 2004
The One With The Cup Final (part 2) 

As expected, Manchester United lifted FA Cup for their 11th times.. 3-0 win over first division team Millwall with goals from MoM Ruud van Nistelrooy and another one from 19-year-old winger, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The one-sided cup final could ended with more goals but Millwall's keeper Andy Marshall made some pretty good saves.. Still, they have to do better in UEFA Cup Challenge next year..

-Extra times facts-

Skipper Keane and Giggs, equal Steve Bruce's record of 4 times FA Cup medal.

Curtis Weston of Millwall became the youngest player to play in the FA Cup final at 17 years 129 days

Referee Jeff Winter made his final appearance as a top-flight referee

The One With The Bad Day 

It definately wasn't a good day for Mamita, having diarrhea, couldn't eat.. couldn't sleep..

Went to clinic and will be on MC tomorrow.. Just hang in there my dear, i always by ur side..

Friday, May 21, 2004
The One With The Last Two 

American Idol now down to the last two. Pretty Jasmine was voted off last nite as expected. Now it is up to Fantasia and Diana to prove who is the real Idol.

Next stop, Malaysian Idol!

The One With The 'Sickos' 

What's happening to the world? Iraqi prisioners tortured by those sick minded animals called themselves human? Many innocent civillians being bombed during wedding ceremony by army called themselves saviour?

What's happening to our country? Mother abused her own child? An indonesian maid being brutally abused by employer's wife? Oh my god... what's happening here?

Last night I watched Buletin Utama, this one sicko made a prank call, saying millitant is planning a bomb in Mentakab Hospital.. the victims? 300 patients had to be evacuated from their sick bed for more than 6 hours.. damn this stupid man.. how many life could be lost by his unmatured brainless act?

Also, try check this out..

Oh.. not to be forgetten, 4 malay girls caught while performing erotic dances in see-through undergarments at a night club.

Man.. stop all these madness, pleaseee..

Thursday, May 20, 2004
The One With The Cup Final (part 1)

It was fairly a one sided match final at Gothenburg, Sweden last night UEFA Cup Final featuring Spanish side Valencia and French team Marseille. Valencia, went to final with easier route (Besiktas-> Gençlerbirligi-> Bordeaux-> Villareal) compared to Marseille (Dnipro-> Liverpool-> Inter-> Newcastle) set sight to overcome their double european final nightmares (losing UEFA Champion League Final in 2000 and 2001 succesively).

Although playing without Argentinian playmaker Aimar, Valencia still dominated the game really well. They took the lead late first half from a Vicente spot kick. Referee Pierluigi Collina also punished Barthez's two-footed challenge on Mista inside the box with a red card.

Marseille, down to ten-men pushed really hard for equalizer, only found themselves two goals behind after a counter attack brialliantly finished by Man of the Match Mista, fired an unstoppable shot past substitute keeper Jeremy Gavanon. Match ended 2-0.

-Extra time fact-

Valencia's Amedeo Carboni became the oldest player to win a UEFA club competition at 39 years and 43 days - 14 years after winning the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in this same stadium with UC Sampdoria.

Monday, May 17, 2004
The One With The Trojan War

God knows how much I love epic movies.. Naming a few ; First Knight, Braveheart, Patriot and Last Samurai.. however.. among many timeframes, I love ancient Greek and Roman the most.. 'The Gladiator' was really dissapointing to me.. with expressionless face of somehow Oscar winner leading actor, Russell Crowe, I don't really appreciate it..

Homer's Iliad re-opened.. The legendary Trojan War was adapted to the screen by by David Benioff as Troy. The tragedy begins when handsome prince of Troy, Paris(Orlando Bloom) 'abducted' Helen(Diane Kruger) away from Menelaus(Brendan Gleeson), the King of Sparta. The amity between the two kingdoms turns to combat. Menalaus seeks for helps from his brother Agamemnon(Brian Cox) of Mycenae, the arrogant king whom years lurking for a reason to conquer the great City of Troy.

However, knowing nobody could ever defeat the mighty walls that protecting Troy, Agamemnon turns to Achilles(Brad Pitt), the great Warrior yearns for his ultimate glory so that his name will be known for many many centuries.. indeed.. Achilles was simply superb.. His personal battle with Hector(Eric Bana), Prince of Troy; won the beach of Troy & Temple of Apollo; single handedly won battle for Thessalon with a single stab.. Stunning..

It was hard for the audience to accept the Mighty Achilles would ever fall under the arrows of coward and vain Paris (Bloom indeed a good archer), also unfaithful Helen managed to survive..

Still, I recommend this 2 hours and 43 minutes movie as a more than worth compared to RM12 tix price.. will definately add this to our DVD collection also.. 8.5 7.5 out of 10.. Enjoy!

ps: waiting for the next epic, King Arthur.

Trojan Horse rebuilt

The One With The Last Three

Quite a shocking results on American Idol last week when one of the world's favourite was voted-off from the competition.. La Toya London became the latest casualty, her performances during her 2 disco songs were slightly boring I admit, but not as bad as Jasmine Trias.. Jasmine, a Hawaiian based teenager, got the looks, but not very much in favour by the judges especially Simon.. may be her tears managed to get some sympathy from the audience or may be her fans do have 5 phone with them(as Simon said)..

It is gonna be a tough week for Jasmine, Fantasia and Diana.. Only one will emerge as the next Idol..

The One With The Secret of Love

Finally, it ended.. Latest Venezualan based soap opera TV-series 'Secreto de Amor' has finally ended.. I wonder how many Malaysians have spent their 160-hours of time watching this telenova, watching how Maria Clara Carvajal re-united with her Carlos Raul Fonseca along with their daughter Teresita.. heh.. Also I believed many people will satisfied when the wicked Barbara Serrano Sulbaran turned crazy, thinking herself as her own rival Maria, and her evil-influenced cousin Vilma stabbed to death.. To name a few : My wifey, MIL and SIL.. hehe..

At last, I can have the remote to watch X-Play.. :)

The One with the Education Expenditure 

Russian medical options

WHEN it comes to studying medicine, Russia is probably not the first destination that comes to mind. Most students would cite the United Kingdom or even Australia as their top choice.

But before you dismiss Russia on grounds that you simply couldn't possibly master the Russian language or withstand those absolutely freezing temperatures, think again! Studying medicine in Russia might just turn out to be the best option for you if your financial resources are limited.

More and more Malaysians today are looking at Russia for a medical degree. Abdullah Mohd Salleh will tell you that studying medicine in Russia is not without its advantages His daughter, a fourth year medical student in Moscow Medical Academy, is not only under the tutelage of some of the finest doctors in the world but has also picked up the Russian language and is actively involved in student life.

''My daughter Nor Azimimah or Azie as I call her, has always wanted to be a doctor. I checked out a few countries such as India and the United Kingdom but the costs were prohibitive. Then I discovered that studying medicine in Russia over a period of six years only costs about US$25,000 (RM95,000), including accommodation. The fees could also be paid in affordable instalments, so I decided to send her there,'' shares the proud father.

Abdullah says Azie was among the pioneer batch of eight Malaysian students who went to Russia in 2000.

''I have no regrets sending her there as she picked up the Russian language and is now very fluent. When my wife and I visited her last December, she impressed us with her command of the language when she took us around.

''She is also the president of the Moscow Malaysian Students' Association and rents an apartment near the metro (Moscow subway system) with two friends,” he adds.
Marik Singh, whose daughter Jaspal Kaur is a third year medical student in Moscow Medical Academy, also has no hesitation in recommending Russia as a study destination to anyone.

''Jaspal was doing her 'A' levels in one of the private colleges here in Kuala Lumpur when we found out about Russia. We were impressed by what we were told. The fees were also very affordable. I think we are fortunate that Russia accepts Malaysian students to study medicine there.

''She adapted very well and is very happy,'' he says, adding that he and his wife are planning to visit her soon.

Marik says his daughter needs about RM300 for rental, food, travel and other personal expenses per month.

''Jaspal has learnt to be a good cook and we are very proud of her,'' he adds.


This article was published in The Star last Sunday. What got me intrigued was the part that the father only needed RM300 per month for other necessity (rental, food, travel, personal expenses), excluding tuition fees.

RM300 per month? Totally incredible! Definitely affordable!

And I wish I could say the same living in KL now. Well, remembering the days when I was studying, I remembered that the lowest rental for a hostel room (room of 3) was around RM150 per month. Food was around RM3 per meal, (3 * 3 * 30) around RM300 per month. Plus personal expense....travel to the nearest pharmacy or grocery shop (around RM3-5)..??? Definitely around RM500 per month..plus minus..

Talking about tuition fees, it is getting higher by day, especially in Malaysia. How can we afford to send our children in 18 years time dear?

The One With The Grand Tradition

Quoted from NST 16 May 2004, Nuance section.

A Grand Tradition

Among its former students are Sultans, a prime minister and top-notch politicians, which accounts for why, in the minds of many, the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) is a bastion of all that is snobbish and elitist.

But as Tan Sri Datuk Mohd Azmi Datuk Kamaruddin put it in 1995: “It’s true that in the beginning, the college was started to accommodate sons of Malay rulers and their chiefs. But it was not long before meritocracy took over from aristocracy. Furthermore, it was also true that the early philosophy and the driving influence were derived from English public schools such as Eton but one should not deride the founders for wanting the best school model for their sons.”

There is no arguing that this “grand dame” of residential schools in the country has come a long way. When it was set up by the colonial government in 1905, it was an educational institution intended for the children of the traditional Malay elite in particular, many of whom were groomed for a career in government service.

By the 1930s, the school could already boast of having a number of Malay Rulers as old boys. At the outbreak of World War II in 1942, all four rulers of the Federated Malay States were products of the institution — Sultan Abu Bakar of Pahang, Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Yam Tuan Muhammad of Negri Sembilan, Tunku Hishamuddin Alam Shah of Selangor and Sultan Abdul Aziz of Perak. The trend continued in the post-war years.

Of the old boys who entered politics, there was Datuk Onn Jaafar, the first President of the United Malays National Organisation (Umno), and Tun Abdul Razak, Malaysia’s second Prime Minister, who was a second generation student at the college in the 1930s.

To an outsider, one of the most endearing things about MCKK is the “spirit” shared by its old boys. Talk to any of them, and the sense of pride is unmistakable; which is probably why the MCOBA — the Malay College Old Boys’ Association — has remained extremely active all these years, with its annual gatherings being much anticipated events.

And it looks like the tradition is not lost on the new generation of collegians, going by the responses of students approached on the campus, which clearly showed strong appreciation of the heritage and the honour to attend the school.

Datuk Andika Indra @ Ishak Mohd Esa, who at 101 is older than the College, remembers his time there like it was only yesterday.

“I was the captain of games,” he reveals proudly. “In fact, I was the headmaster’s favourite which was probably why I was also made head boy subsequently. I had to be quite strict with the boys as they were a naughty bunch.

“But the most I did was just to give them a tight slap if they were unruly. They never retaliated because if they did, they would be worse off when sent to see the headmaster!”

This son of a Penghulu Besar (his father was chief headman first in the sub-district of Parit, Perak, and then in the district of Kuala Kangsar) who now resides in Kuala Terengganu, actually entered MCKK at 13 in 1914, although his identity card showed he was 11, and left in 1919.

“During my time, the ‘big school’ (Forms 3, 4 and 5) could hold about 100 students but only 90 attended it. The ‘small school’ had about 28 students,” he recalls.
“Lessons included English Language and Literature, Arithmetic, Geography, History, Hygiene and Physical Training.”

Malay grammar and literature were also on the syllabus and this was where the college differed from other English schools at the time which offered Malay studies only as an option.

Games were obligatory, but encouraged, with football, cricket, hockey and tennis being the favourites. “Rugby was only played by yang kuat saje (the strong ones).”

The only other schools in the country at the time that came close to MCKK’s standing, according to Andika, were Kolej Sultan Abdul Hamid, Kedah, and Penang Free School.

“MCKK was not ‘tops’ because it had lots of students, but because of the type of students it had, namely the children of the elite. Our school was big — we had two buildings — but the student population (of the big school) was less than a 100, and we had only about 12 teachers.”

The best memories of the school?

“When we sneaked out to eat goreng pisang or bade in ‘New York’, before I was made head boy, of course!” guffaws the former head of the Forestry Department in Besut, Terengganu. “We would trick the Sikh jaga (guard) by throwing a stone in one direction and when he went to investigate, we scrambled out.

“We didn’t get up to much, just head for the riverside stalls to eat our goreng pisang or mee which only cost 3 cents then (pocket money was about $4 a month, which was a big sum then).

“We called the place New York because it was near the river, I guess. Of course, we were not supposed to go and if we were ever caught…kenalah dengan headmaster. Berjalur tangan! (You’d get it from the headmaster, stripes on your hands).

Retired CEO of Bank Pembangunan Salim Tan Sri Osman Talib, 72, likewise has fond memories of his MCKK days. Born in Kuala Kangsar, but now living in KL, Salim, whose father was a commissioner of land and mines, joined the school upon its re-opening in 1947 after the war.

“I was literally ‘ordained’ to go to MCKK,” he says with a grin. “It was an extremely reputable school in those days. Only anak raja (royal children) and sons of senior government officials get to go there. The father has to be at least a penghulu (headman).

“I remember the teachers were very strict but fair. A number of them were Europeans — English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish and they did take some getting used to, the thick Scottish and Welsh brogues sometimes!

“Punishable offences? That would be not doing your homework, and disregarding school rules such as not being punctual. Everything was to the bell. If you were caught… you had to write lines. Caning was rare. The worst punishment that could befall you was to be deprived of your liberty to go to town.”

Students were allowed out twice in the week — Fridays, after prayers, and Sundays, whole day. “Being confined at school and not able to go to the cinemas, or to the coffee shop to buy your ice-cream and cakes — that was hell!” Salim says.

Students would also be fined if they spoke in Malay. “It was 5 cents per word, if I remember correctly. They said we couldn’t possibly improve much more in our Malay but there was certainly a long way to go with our English!”

The highlight of his years in MCKK was his stint at the school library. “I was the chief librarian. Even during the school holidays, I would come back to school to record the books.”

“Then there were the evenings when our English teachers introduced us to the finer things in English life, such as classical music, Shakespeare, films, etc. That’s why when I went to England later, I was very familiar with things.”

And when it came time to leave?

“You do get attached to the place which had shaped almost every part of your formative years,” he admits. “Happy, sad, it was all there. The school grew on you and there were feelings that cannot be described. I’m just grateful to have had that experience.”

Sprightly Zaharah Mokhtar, 75, meanwhile will tell you with pride that she actually broke a major tradition of the college way back in 1949. On record, she is the only female student to have ever attended MCKK.

“Actually, I was only at the college for the Post-School Certificate, and I didn’t stay on campus. But still, I remember the headmaster saying to the students on that Monday, my first day, ‘We’re going to have a student breaking the history of the college!’” recalls the vivacious grandmother, who was attached to the Cooperative Development Department prior to her retirement.

Having just earned a Grade 1 in her School Certificate examinations, Zaharah was actually not supposed to go to MCKK, but was enrolled at Anderson School in Ipoh.

“I had already registered, having been strongly persuaded by a Mr Hicks, the then State Education Officer, who insisted that I should continue with my studies and then go to university,” Zaharah explains.

“But at that time, I had moved from Batu Gajah to my mum’s home in Aerodrome Road (now Jalan Kapal Terbang) which was about 4.8km from Ipoh town.

“1948 was the start of the Emergency and things were incredibly unstable. People were scared to go out and bus services were not regular. Buses even got burnt on the road from time to time. My kampung was actually next to Gunung Rapat where the Communists were known to have a very big camp. It was targeted by the British military all the time and there were a lot of bombings so it was generally unsafe to move about. As such, even though I had registered to go to Anderson’s, I ended up just staying at home.”

With a smile, Zaharah, who now calls Bangsar home, continues: “Mr Hicks found out about it, and deciding that it was a transport problem, he made arrangements for me to attend MCKK. For one thing, Kuala Kangsar was a peaceful town, unlike Ipoh then. And also I had a niece who was a nurse at the district hospital which was across the road from the college, with whom I could stay.”

Were the boys an issue?

Laughing, the “old girl” replies: “Of course not! It never bothered me to be among the boys as my previous school in Batu Gajah was a co-educational one after all. And before that, I was in some other co-ed institutions too”.

“The boys never treated me differently; some are still my close friends today. There were of course others who found it a bit hard to mix with me but it wasn’t because they were unfriendly, simply a little shy. That’s to be expected, they had never seen a girl on the college grounds before.”

Unlike the other classes, the Post-Certificate regime was a little more relaxed, and students had greater freedom of movement.

After class, “we would just walk to town,” says Zaharah.

“There was really little to do except to walk, talk, and argue. Arguments were simply a part of life — we would argue over just about anything, just to be controversial sometimes.”

“Yes, it was a special school, a special time” she adds. “My father went there and his two brothers too. My husband was also there, albeit for a short while, just before the war, for administrative training.

Turning thoughtful, she offers: “I believe there is something to the Malay College. Maybe, it’s the tradition. When you are in a school like that, with all that history behind it, and all the people who have graced its halls, you do feel that this is no ordinary place. Perhaps, this is what inspires its alumni not only to be proud of the college but also to conduct themselves in an appropriate way. It’s a privilege.”

And the future?

After a pause, Zaharah says: “It’s difficult to say. Things progress so fast these days. They were largely predictable at one time — just by looking at history, you could plan ahead — but not today, definitely not today…”

So should MCKK remain basically a residential secondary school, albeit one with a grand tradition? Or are there bigger things that it could aspire for?

“Malay College is a national heritage. It belongs to the nation. It is also now the only remaining Malay institution, aside from the Conference of Rulers,” says ex-government servant, Saiful Bahari Atan, 63, one of MCKK’s staunchest supporters, a member of the 1952-60 batch.

“Its future must be considered seriously. It has achieved the purpose for which it was set up. It needs to move on. Should we consider upgrading it into, perhaps, a university? We could always enter into some twinning programmes, link up with foreign institutions of higher learning as well.”

The platform for it is in place, after all: the lovely campus with vast playing fields, and more importantly, the tradition and the foundation for educational excellence.

“Alternatively, it could remain a secondary school but be run on a corporate-type basis, short of it being corporatised. It could be an exclusive school like Eton, or Harrow, where the best education is given... the best teachers, the bestneducational content, the best facilities,” Saiful suggests.

This way Malay College will be able to stay true to its tradition and also relevant to the times, he argues. “There is nothing wrong with wanting the best for the country. People must learn to appreciate such aspirations,” he adds, in response to those who view the grand dame with cynicism.


Friday, May 14, 2004
The One With So Called State-of-the-Art

I was thrilled when listening to radio advert on Webbit; now available in our living area. Webbit is a new broadband service which provides a hi-speed wireless data exchange. People will no longer dependant on fixed telephone line to access the internet. Such an interesting solution for us, living in a damn full with hanky panky condo. To bring any outside contractor for any installation need first to put down RM500 deposit; and must do during office hour. Furthermore, we don't really need a fixed phone line.

So, I browsed thru their websites. Indeed, this is what we want. With monthly access fees of RM69 for unlimited 24-7 internet access, available only around our living area, we could dominate every inch of the broadband. hehe..

However the major setback -> Check on the requirements. This State-of-the-Art system only supports Windows OS, not others.. We are not a big fan of Bill Gates (nor Steve Jobs) but being system developers, we can foresee the needs of users.. In system development, we learned some basic factors needs to be fulfill.. naming a few :

-extensibility (able to support further enhancement),

-security (protected from unauthorized access),

-reliability (free from any error; robust),

-compatibility (ability to support multiple platforms environment) and

-portability (can be move to different platforms with minimal effort);

When you call yourself a State-of-the-Art people will expect even more. I dont think all Malaysian support Bill Gates. Those who prefer to use Mac and Linux being denied from using this service.

Maybe it is still new and there will be major improvement later on. Hope so. Coz I'm buying a Mac. Insyaallah.. Right dear?

Wednesday, May 12, 2004
The One With The Poor Little Child

It has been more than a fortnite ago since the case of Norishzyani Amylia Ahmad, a two-year-old child who was believed to have been kicked to death, was reported in the headlines. A tragedy! It got the attention of many. The poor innocent little child was rushed to Sungai Buloh Hospital by her parents after she was found vomitting and looking pale. The parents thought she was having normal fever.

Doctor later declared her 'Time of Death', on arrival at the hospital. Severe bruises were found with some pinch marks on body including her private parts. The case was later referred to University Malaya Medical Center (UMMC). Post-mortem indicated that the victim was being abused for more than 3 months. Her liver was badly injured. The girl also had a tear in the a**s, suspected to have been caused by a blunt or hard object.

At first, many fingers were pointed to the Indonesian maid who voluntarily quitted her job few days before that. However, since the maid was hired for just two weeks earlier, and the brutality had been done for months, the pointed fingers went back to the child's close relatives..

Yesterday, the mother, a 24-year-old executive was charged with the murder of her own child, under Section 302 of the Penal Code which carries the mandatory death sentence on conviction. The father who was also remanded to help the case later released and will turn as prosecution witness.

Although we could already sensed something fishy from day one, I didn't expect the mother to be the one and only charged.. It has always been the father who appears as the bad guy...

Quoted from Harian Metro Online :

Edisi Nasional: Ibu tak sangka dituduh bunuh

PETALING JAYA: Ibu kepada kanak-kanak perempuan dua tahun yang mati didera, menangis selepas didakwa di Mahkamah Majistret, di sini, semalam.

Tertuduh didakwa mengikut Seksyen 302 Kanun Keseksaan yang membawa hukuman mati mandatori jika sabit kesalahan.

Ketika Majistret Azroul Hisham bertanya mengenai peguam, tertuduh yang berbaju kurung biru lengkap tudung warna sedondon, berkata: “Saya tidak diberitahu. Saya tak sangka akan dituduh.”

Read more??

She didn't expect that police will turn her down? Hello! On the first day this case broke into the headlines, the parents said to the reporter something like, "We dont know how this could have happenned, we want police to take action.." and of course with some crocodile's tears..

WTF.. if you really know your child, then u shd've known her problem.. (line taken from Law & Order:SVU last night's episode.. :p)

Amylia suffered for months and they didnt even notice?? Too bad neighbours who saw the bruises didnt report this matter to police earlier..they should also be prosecuted...they should be aware of their responsibility as a neighbour or even as a good samaritan.. maybe the child's life could have been saved.. or maybe Almighty God love her even more and invited her earlier..

Let this be a lesson to all...

Al-Fatihah to Nuriszyani Amylia Ahmad Iskandar.

Monday, May 10, 2004
The One With The Heartbeats 

As promised, we went to see our gynae last Saturday. We had to wait quite some time since Dr Siva had to attend one of his patient who was about to deliver.

Dr Siva came and we did the Ultrasound Scan.. Yeay! Our little unborn child, still as tiny a jelly bean(maybe slight bigger) but this time with heartbeats.. (I nearly shed my tears.. hehe.. ) so fast, Dr said it should double its mum's.. about 140 to 150 per minutes.. Hmmm.. We also got our first picture of the baby..

Dr said everything looks fine.. Alhamdulillah..

The next appointment will be in another 5 weeks.. shud be 4 weeks but he gonna be away for a conference.. 12/06/2004, can't wait..

Friday, May 07, 2004
The One With The Shattered Dream

Injury hit Newcastle lost 2-0 away to Marseille last night. Goals from Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba. Again no silverware this year, the trophy cabinet has been collecting dust since 1969..

Marseille will meet Valencia in final at Gothenberg on 19 May. Valencia edged another Spanish compatriots Villareal 1-0. Mista got the winner, scoring from the spot on 16th minutes.