Sunday, July 31, 2011
Despite whats being portrayed here, this lady is quite vivd and colorful in real life. She is one of the vendors in the market selling some local veggies. Friendly.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
I ended up in Pulau Kapas - last beach holiday before the holy month of Ramadan. At the same time, my nephew was scheduled to get engaged during the same weekend so I guess I could kill 2 birds with one stone.
Unfortunately (or may be fortunately) my car took longer time than usual to be serviced due to unavailability of a spare part. My last resort was to call my friend and exchange my Jeep over the weekend for his Mini Cooper.
I love driving the Cooper. Not as quiet or as comfortable as my sedan, but definitely more fun to drive.
It’s like driving a relatively more comfortable version go cart. It sticks to the road like glue. I like to flirt with the max when negotiating a bend.
The usual ritual, of course, we have to stop by Hai Peng Kopitiam in Chukai, Kemaman for a cuppa, kaya buns adnd half boiled eggs. Yummy!
I have to tell you about the tree house.
Yes, it is real tree house. Really cool. The only set back is there is no toilet. You gotta walk 3 storey down to get to the toilet.
I was supposed to stay in one of the A hut, my usual no. 2 chalet from the beach, steps away from the sand and hammocks. Unfortunately, Kapas Beach Chalet has been getting heavy reservation due to high backpackers season of the year.
Since there were no other rooms available, I was given the tree house belongs to Zack, a friendly and generous guy you run the and own the boat service from Marang to Pulau Kapas.
But seriously, the tree house is like a shrine to Bob Marley. At the beginning it was rather spooky but after a while the ambience becomes quite enjoyable really.
It is really nice to lepak on the verandah of the tree house, facing the ocean. We can just chill without anybody watching - so its kind of cool.
My friend invented this name. I kinda like it.
Cotton Candy Island - can be a nice catchy name for a resort / restaurant, - befitting the name of the Island - Pulau Kapas or cotton island en angliase.
One of my friends even commented on FB that my frequent visits to Kapas is bordering obsession. I gotta agree with her - but you can’t blame me!
Every month for the past 3 months.
My approach to Kapas is man man in colloquial Chinese, meaning slowly / gradually. It is a small island but a gentle approach gives you more satisfaction and depth.
The good stuffs are in the rewarding details.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Two prime examples are Peristiwa Baling in Kedah in the 70s, and in 1997 in the streets of my beloved city Kuala Lumpur. Coincidently, both were initiated and lead by the very SAME ambitious individual. These incidents are ugly scars on the face of our beloved nation, besides May the 13th.
I would like to reemphasize my stand here. I am not against what BERSEH’s is fighting for. I am all for fair election and eradication of corruption at all levels, across the board - the Federal Government and each of the State Governments including Pulau Pinang and Selangor - not just for the benefit of foreign investors, but also the locals like you and me.
We have seen around the world people fight for what they call democracy, human rights and freedom of speech - cool sounding buzz words. By uttering them some people think they already contribute to the country. These words are not mere street chants. Its deeper than that and quite locational specific in nature. The sad truth is there are parties who abuse these terms, hiding behind them for their own political gain and survival, and the sadder truth is there are a lot of us out there who are so emotional and gullible.
We have to objectively look at the bigger picture and longer term implications. Like the weather, politics nowadays is no doubt GLOBAL. Don’t be naive, we should make a point to figure out the BIGGER agenda - far beyond the stadium, beyond our political boundary.
I respect each individual’s political inclination - that’s our fundamental rights. However, just because they think its cool to go against the establishment or just because they are so gullible to some political websites, that doesn’t mean they can justify to march the street of KL.
I have personally experienced how BAD politics divided Terengganu into pieces - until today.
Our (PAS) relatives come for Hari Raya to our (BN) home not eating the meat we serve because it was not slaughtered by PAS people.
Some PAS people just don’t go for Friday prayers because they live near (BN) mosques. Its like the moslems in Terengganu worship 2 different gods.
We have members of our family in both camps and both sides suck!
At the same time even UMNO Terengganu is divided into different camps. So the Malays are broken into tiny groups and FAR from being united until TODAY.
If BERSEH truly apolitical, and truly fights for fair elections and love Malaysia - why want to march the street? Do it with diplomacy. Sometimes it seems that there are so blinded with emotions - want to topple the government lah, this and that but did they even evaluate the repercussion of such actions to the whole big picture of our nation and its long term socioeconomic implications?
I am not deeply in love with the ruling party. Hell yes BN has lot to improve. However, the street is not an alternative.
Our Pembangkang is very weak. Quite a significant numbers of them were in BN too. Education Minister, Finance Minister even DPM. But, what did they do when they were on the “throne”? Education system was in a mess, and still is. We almost kowtow to IMF and gone bankrupt during the economic crisis.
Cakap memang senang! Ini semua kerja hasut menghasut di belakang tabir “Human Rights” and “Democracy”. Kononnya.
Remeber, we gained our independence from the British without spilling a single drop of blood. So, be a responsible citizen. Resolve this PEACEFULLY lah!