11 Oct 2010 @ 7:27 AM 

There has been 2 losses in my family this year. Uncle and po po, I’ll always be missing you.

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Last Edit: 11 Oct 2010 @ 07:27 AM

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 19 Jan 2010 @ 12:16 PM 

Productivity killer #47

Clicking through a link on someone’s status update and realized that it’s a webcomic.

“Just one more… click.”

http://www.thedoghousediaries.com/?p=302

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Last Edit: 19 Jan 2010 @ 12:16 PM

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 15 Jan 2010 @ 8:45 AM 

@1:29 So Muslim is a race now? Muslims of other race also cannot use Allah?

@1:58 “Tuhan or All… God”, then right after that, “Not Allah is God, never.” So Allah is not God. Okkayyy.

Pity the Mr. K.F. Morat, brought his UPSR karangan and wanted to read but always got interrupted. Hope he knows that he lari tajuk and salah isi. I think what he wanted to say is that Malaysian Islam is new, not the one that “real” Muslims have been practising for centuries.

@9:15 I think he couldn’t find his isi. Tip: Write your own karangan if you want to go on live TV. Use tabs and cross-references if karangan is multi-page. Use a binder. Wear white shirt, and look in camera.

@18:28 If a Muslim is to read the word Allah and be confused because he read it in a bible or from a newspaper called “The Catholic Weekly”, or if he heard it while he is sitting in a church, I think he has bigger problems. Maybe he needs to learn to read first or start to learn how to ask for directions.

I feel that the government should not interfere in the appeal, they should show impartiality by being the mediator and provide a peaceful session for both sides to publicly voice their opinion on national TV. But then again, it’s the Malaysian Government we’re talking about, which were voted by the Malaysian people. So shame on us too.

I wonder why religions are against apostasy or people leaving the “herd”, if you know what I mean. Someone of the faith, please enlighten me on this. I, for one, am for religious scriptures to be written in plain language. Stop all those cryptic writings and explanations. This will cut off the middlemen (scholars, priests, imams and rabbis might be out of work, but then again, isn’t it their duty to ensure that the teachings are correctly interpreted? Achievement unlocked then?) and allow the followers direct access to His teachings. If it’s in the form of Youtube videos with lolcats even better. Now that is sure to reduce apostasy.

Furthermore, I also don’t understand why religions (or is it just the religious leaders) are blaming other religions of trying to convert their followers. If you are doing such a good job, who else can influence your followers to another faith? Think about it. I think it’s the insecure religion (or religious leaders) itself (or themselves) which must reflect on their internal factors of the religion (or teachings) regarding the diminishing of faith. After all, if one’s belief of one’s religion is strong, nothing can shake it.

I am strongly of the opinion that religion only exists in this world because people are weak and need guidance. If a person is of a strong mind, there will be no need for religion. Therefore, I think religion can only be strong, as long as man is weak. Which is exactly what all religions are preaching (almost all, I don’t want to make generalizations of religions I don’t know of). Mind-blowing huh?

To know that there is a greater power than oneself, is submission;

To embrace and understand that the greater power is within oneself, is enlightenment.

- Kelvin Lew, 15 Jan 2010

Are Malay-Muslims in Malaysia sensitive beings? Discuss.

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Last Edit: 14 Jan 2010 @ 09:35 PM

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 14 Jan 2010 @ 5:10 PM 

One good tip I have on keeping resolutions is to be precise and evaluate often on your progress throughout the year. E.g. instead of saying, “I’ll pay off my debts”, think instead, “I’ll reduce my debt monthly by 5%” and keep records monthly.

So, my resolution for this year is: Increase my net worth at an average monthly rate of 2% in 2010.

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Last Edit: 14 Jan 2010 @ 05:10 PM

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 12 Jan 2010 @ 7:17 AM 

Ever had a dream so real, you thought it was real? Usually one will know when one is dreaming, at least that was always the case for me, but I just woke up from one which I thought was real. Here’s the story.

Part of the dream I knew I was dreaming:

Started with me in my Grandma’s room, with my cousin L and MMY. Can’t really remember the conversation. MMY gave me some thing to throw away in the kitchen. Wanted to take a bath, went out, met YPS. She started to ask about my job, I answered it was a better choice, I travel about thrice yearly. I started finding the rubbish bin. Went in the shower, saw a bag on the floor.

Suddenly was in a different room, someone came and played his Metallica CD I borrowed from him. Song started skipping. He took it out and I mentioned I did not play it since I borrowed from him, which was a lie.

Part of the dream that felt real:

I heard that familiar sound at 8 am where my phone will start syncing emails. I stayed in bed and started to feel vibrations under the bed. Took my phone from the nightstand and tried to read the display, but phone couldn’t be turned on. The vibrations on the bed started getting stronger and I felt like I was being sucked in.

Then I woke up.

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Last Edit: 12 Jan 2010 @ 12:09 PM

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 07 Jan 2010 @ 10:44 PM 

Islam is a beautiful religion, and so are others, but why is it now that we only see Muslims resorting to violence?  Are they being cornered by the other religions?  Is it so hard to be a good Muslim?  Are these so-called defenders of the religion really defending their religion?  Are their rights to profess their religion under attack?

Malaysian church fire-bombed ahead of Muslim protests

AFP – 7 Jan 2010

KUALA LUMPUR — A Christian church in Malaysia has been set ablaze in a fire-bomb attack, church officials said Friday, amid a dispute over the use of the word “Allah” by a Catholic newspaper.

The three-storey Metro Tabernacle church in suburban Kuala Lumpur was partly destroyed in the attack which took place around midnight, said church leader Peter Yeow, 62.

“Witnesses saw four people smash the glass and throw incendiaries into the church building. They came on two motorcycles,” he told AFP at the scene as firefighters investigated the blaze.

There were no casualties in the attack on the church, which occupies the corner lot of a row of shop houses and which Yeow said draws some 1,500 people weekly.

“The fire destroyed the administrative part of the church. We do not know if the prayer hall on the third floor suffered any damage,” he said, warning all other churches to “double their guard” against any attacks.

Muslim groups have vowed to stage nationwide protests Friday over a court ruling last week that allowed a Catholic newspaper to use the word “Allah,” which the government says should be used only by Muslims.

The High Court suspended the ruling on Wednesday, after the government argued the decision could cause racial conflict.

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Last Edit: 07 Jan 2010 @ 10:44 PM

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 05 Jan 2010 @ 12:29 PM 

Definitely a fruitful year all things considered.

Job is going well.  Getting exciting while settling in well with responsibilities and routine.

Relationship is getting stronger, but missing her a lot.

Someone close to me is fighting for his life.  Praying hard >.<

Family is well.  Miss them great bunch.

I want to spend more time with friends, dear old friends.  A lot of them going on to their next phases in life.

To life!

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Last Edit: 05 Jan 2010 @ 12:29 PM

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 25 Oct 2009 @ 2:00 PM 

Japan is really a country of extremes.

Tradition in a sea of modernity.

What a trip!

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Last Edit: 25 Oct 2009 @ 02:00 PM

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 25 Jul 2009 @ 6:39 AM 

Warren Buffet once said, “There are only 2 rules to investing, Rule 1: Don’t lose money; Rule 2: Don’t forget Rule 1.”

I am currently on a EUR500 per month saving and investing plan which has been implemented early this year.  So far it has gone pretty good and growing at a steady pace.  Target is capital growth and income which matches current savings interest rates.  In addition, any additional income of mine goes to a pot where I select some stocks to invest in.

I started off naively with Deutsche Bank’s Brokerage account, PrivatDepot.  Which is freaking expensive as compared to other online brokers.  I thought 5% front end loads were normal.  Until I discovered other brokers are offering at least half of that.  Only in June did I go and transferred all my holdings to Maxblue (also under Deutsche Bank), but way cheaper.  Orders are about 1% total cost, 50% off of most funds’ front end loads, free accounts.

I asked for the difference between these two and my adviser said it is only the lacking of face-to-face customer service and no advice on investments.  Yeah, about that, emails to my adviser went unanswered, and they only recommend their own products.  What good is their advice?

Disadvantages of Maxblue are as far as I see the cost of changing or deleting your orders, and costs involved if your stock has stock splits, give dividends in stock etc.  Otherwise it’s better and suitable for anyone who are comfortable making their own decisions.

So meantime, Maxblue it is.  Yay me!

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Last Edit: 25 Jul 2009 @ 06:39 AM

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 28 May 2009 @ 7:28 PM 

It’s election fever everywhere!  Like an epidemic.  Malaysia is busy with by-elections at Penanti and Manek Urai, while here in Ulm there are local elections going on.  Then in September, Germany will have its general elections amidst a recession.  Good luck to all candidates!

However, if this one candidate manage to win, I’m gonna have to go buy the next day’s papers just for the headline.

I can winz elekshuns!

I can winz elekshuns!

Local Loser Wins!

Ahh… I just love elections.  In fact, I’m having one light now.

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Last Edit: 28 May 2009 @ 07:28 PM

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