Monday, 17 December 2007
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
Tuesday, 11 December 2007
"KORAT, THAILAND: Sunday, 9 Dec 2007: HURDLER Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian (photo) got into the SEA Games squad only because 2005 champion Robani Hassan was injured.
But not content with seeking exposure, the teenager ran the race of his life to not only bag the men’s 110m hurdles gold medal but he also shattered the Games record.
The 19-year-old Sabahan (from Keningau) clocked 13.91 to better the previous record of 13.92 set by Thailand’s Suphan Wongsriphuck in Hanoi in 2003.
Suphan won the silver in 13.95 and another Malaysian, Mohd Faiz Mohd, took the bronze in 14.00. - The Star"
The Bill seeks to extend the retirement age of Election Commission (EC) members from 65 to 66.
Since the amendment involves the Federal Constitution, a block voting was carried out after 16 opposition MPs, led by Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang, staged a walkout at about 3.15pm in protest against the Bill... (MORE)
I WAS in Parliament today. But not without uncertainties.
Usually, the trip from Putrajaya to Parliament which is about 40km will only take about 30 minutes. This morning, however, a few roads were closed supposedly because there were moves by NGOs to demonstrate. (Read about it here).
So the trip almost took me one and a half hour. A Prime Minister's Department sticker (a compulsory for workers at the department) on my windscreen helped cleared my way.
Later, there were heated debates about the bill. I saw and heard it all. First experience of wading through demonstrators and the passing of a bill!
Oh, what a day! But it enriched me somehow.
Monday, 10 December 2007
Malaya was formed as a Federation to unite the states under one nation rather than to ‘free’ the states. Independence was originally fixed for 17 August 1945 but unfortunately the Japanese surrendered two days before the proclamation of Merdeka.
Eventually, 12 years later, Merdeka was proclaimed but it was negotiated by the Malays, Chinese and Indians, not just by the Malays.
No one fought for Merdeka; we were forced to accept Merdeka by a bankrupt British government that could no longer afford to keep us. The Malays did not ‘protect’ themselves in Kampong Baru in 13 May 1969.
Finally, the SMSess said that PERKIDA and not HINDRAF is planning the gathering in Kampong Baru on 16 December 2007. And because of these SMSess the Bar Council cancelled its march today, worried that the march would be infiltrated by PERKIDA elements who might hijack the march to trigger race riots...MORE"
(Raja Petra Kamarudin in his blog Malaysia Today wrote the article above.)
Friday, 7 December 2007
Thursday, 6 December 2007
BUDDY: You mean like a bird? Yeah, that would be fun.
EEBOT: I have always been dreaming of flying in high speed, crossing the mountains, touching the young leaves of those tropical trees....
BUDDY: I could imagine flying just after the rain stops. The air is fresh, cold, clean... I think it will be like in heaven.
MINNIE: There you go again, the two of you. Thinking the impossible. Eebot, you fly every week. I thought you are tired of flying.
BUDDY: No, we are not talking about that flying. We are talking about us, human being flying, unaided by aeroplanes or helicopters or machines....
MINNIE: I know-lah. But flying is not one of our qualities. So why waste times dreaming or having wishful thinking about it?
EEBOT: Noted. In fact, sometimes I wish I could have you as my wife, Minnie.
MINNIE: What? Hey, I would rather be your best of friends then your wife, OK?
BUDDY: Ha ha ha... you and Minnie. Some couple you are!
EEBOT: Well, aren't our wife or husband our best friends?
MINNIE: Yes but I mean... Ah, whatever! I mean friends are very close to each other but not in that sense as a husband and wife.
BUDDY: What if I marry you, Minnie. I am single and so are you. We have been friends for ages. We can be happy ever after, you know.
MINNIE: Now, you want me to be your wife. Hey, I am very happy with us as we are now. We are friends, good friends. What more do we want?
EEBOT: I wish I can fly. But, I am very happy with my family. Minnie, you are one of my best friends. Buddy, you too but on a higher level compared with Minnie.
MINNIE: What do you mean? That I am lower than Buddy? But why? What does Buddy have that I don't have? I thought we are best friends, the three of us and that's it. Not lower or higher or what not. If that is the....
EEBOT: You want to fly?
(The picture was taken in the LIMA 2005. I did not go to the on-going Langkawi event this time.)
Tuesday, 4 December 2007
It was just that I brought my beloved family back to my home State Sabah.
I have a big family (my pretty wife, three daughters and a boy) so pardon me if I did not update this blog for ten days or so.
Also (and this is the main reason) I do not have Internet connection where I stay.
I hope to change that soon.
Will write about it once I get it.
Am now back in Putrajaya thus this update.
Till my next postings,
Let us make a difference in this life.
See you soon!
Saturday, 24 November 2007
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:
Monday, 19 November 2007
Quote from the Boss... "I didn't say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame it on you."
A motivational sign at work: The beatings will continue until morale improves.
I thought my Boss was an idiot, and quit, to work for myself. My new Boss is an idiot, too ... but at least I respect him.
Some people climb the ladder of success. My Boss walked under it.
Quote from the Boss after overriding the decision of a task force he created to find a solution: "I'm sorry if I ever gave you the impression your input would have any effect on my decision for the outcome of this project!"
Human Resource Manager to job candidate "I see you've had no computer training. Although that qualifies you for upper management, it means you're under-qualified for our entry level positions."
IF ALL the jokes above did not make you laugh, then at least you smile deep within your heart when you look at ALLSHEARHA latest picture!
Sunday, 18 November 2007
AS I sit in front of my laptop, it dawned on me that another day had passed us by.
My two schooling daughters Allysha and Allyshandhra are on their year-end break.
We all went to Holy Family Church, Kajang in the morning. And out of nowhere, Sister Patricia of the Good Shepherd Sisters greeted me.
She is doing her further study in one of the universities in Selangor. She is the head of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Sabah. I came to know her years ago because the congregation had invited me to share my thoughts on topics like leadership, youth, faith and the likes during seminars.
I forgot though to take her picture.
I have very good friends from the religious communities. One of them, as I mentioned before is Sister Grace Deosing (right photo), the Mother General of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (FSIC).
They had all been praying for my family. And am sure, they are praying for one and all.
From church, we went for a quick breakfast at a Chinese noodle shop before going back home.
Another day gone. It was a good one.
Am sure, tomorrow will be better. Smile
Saturday, 17 November 2007
The doctor said she is doing well. She is now two months and nine days old. But the doctor said, from the medical viewpoint, she is still only a month old because she is a premature baby.
Whatever. She is well and that'll do, for me.
I did not buy any newspaper today. So I browse through the Internet and my oh my... what a world of contradiction.
Just in case you missed it, here are two contradicting stories in connection with the BERSIH rally on Nov 10 in Kuala Lumpur. Happy reading.
What the eye does not see
“Tuanku Mizan Regrets Claims He Supports Illegal Rally,” screamed the Bernama headlines. The Malay version said, “Tuanku Mizan Kesal Dakwaan Baginda Sokong Perhimpunan Haram.”
Friday, 16 November 2007
EEBOT: I am always amazed with how the people react or prepare themselves especially for the taking off.
BUDDY: I went on board a small aircraft earlier this year. And I was nervous from the night before I flew. I actually prayed - something that I seldom do.
MINNIE: I think the two of you are making a fuss of something that is actually no big deal. What to worry? We can even die sleeping or walking or relaxing on a lazy chair.
BUDDY: When was the last time you fly, Minnie?
MINNIE: Emmm actually I never fly....
BUDDY: Ha ha ha... and you with your expert view!
EEBOT: In a way, flying is no big deal. But it can also be an experience of a life time. Yesterday, when I flew from Sarawak to Sabah, I saw a young couple holding hands so tight, so much so that I thought I saw the lady turning blue and pale. An elderly man on my left was murmuring a song. Then as soon as the plane was on air, he actually heaved a big sigh of relief
MINNIE: What's the point, Eebot and Buddy?
BUDDY: Flying is still a luxury to a great majority of us.
EEBOT: May be flying can make us live a true life....
(I know, today is Friday. This piece was ready yesterday but I did not have a line due to travelling. Sorry.)
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
Monday, 12 November 2007
My earlier posting:
NOVEMBER 10, 2007 will go down the national history as a day when thousands of people gathered in the national capital, in peace, to submit a memorandum to the King, asking for a clean and fair general elections.
People power? Am really tempted to say more but will keep my opinion about the event to myself for the time being.
Suffice to say: the truth will prevail.
(The picture is courtesy of minaq jinggo in Malaysia Today. One of the writes-up can be read here.)
Today, I stumbled upon a blog and saw the music icon
tried it and now I had added a music to this blog
Many of the features in this blog actually were inspired by others
They include my bro AKIMOMOGUN and IN-BETWEEN-POINT
so to all of you
Thanks for showing me what to do with my humble insight
Sharing is a wonderful thing
It too is a life long process
(Am now back in Putrajaya again)
Saturday, 10 November 2007
Thursday, 8 November 2007
BUDDY: Ha ha ha
MINNIE: Selamat Hari Deepavali too.
EEBOT: Today, its Deepavali. About a month ago, it was Idilfitri. Not too long from now, it will be Christmas. Then the New Year and later the Chinese New Year.
MINNIE: We certainly have a lot of festivities, haven't we? But am not complaining.
BUDDY: I read somewhere once that Malaysia has more than 30 days of holidays in a year. That's a month a year, plus our weekends and what not, wow, we are very free people. But, am not complaining too.
MINNIE: I just came from Deepavali open houses. Met a lot of friends. It seems there is another excitement among most of the people. Somehow, somewhat, the supposedly upcoming general elections are discussed.
EEBOT: Yap. I too noticed that. They said it will be end of this month. Others said it will be in early December. Most of them however pointed to March next year. Personally, I will be more comfortable with March.
BUDDY: Aah, we better drink our coffee. The festivities, the elections will come whether we like it or not.
EEBOT: You are right, Buddy. Let's drink. But when we have time, may be it will be good if we take the effort to read thoroughly the many discussions and resolutions in the on-going Umno assembly....
Wednesday, 7 November 2007
Tuesday, 6 November 2007
The four other thrusts are: knowledge and education as core components in nation building; religion and culture as the foundation of civilisation; economic growth and equitable distribution as a source of strength; and political stability as a pre-requisite to success.
Laying down the five thrusts, Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the most essential element of the glocal Malay was the mind; sharpened and trained adequately. MORE
DEAREST friends, read the story above. Re-read it. Analyse it. Understand it. And do something about it.
Honestly, the strategy is nothing new. And if 'they' are looking it only from their top-bottom view, then be afraid. Be very afraid.
Looking from bottom up, things are not going to be smooth sailing for minorities, like my Kadazandusun community and the political party that I am in: United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO).
Malaysia ku Gemilang, is a wording on that picture I took at the road to Dataran Merdeka the other night.
The DPM exhortation is for the Malays to excel (gemilang).
Oh, how I fear for my people.
Ask not what the country can do for you.....
Sunday, 4 November 2007
That is actually a view from one of the windows in my room. The government quarters I now call my home is very much like the one on the right-side of the picture - it is a three storey terrace house, a corner lot with four rooms and as many bathrooms. (Only the corner lot houses are built three floors up, the rest are only two).
The top floor, where I am, is the master bedroom, the second floor has three rooms and two bathrooms and a living room while the ground floor (or first floor, depending on how you look at it) is where the kitchen, bigger living room and another bathroom are.
The high rise at the background? Those are condominiums, used as government quarters too, while some are for sale (and too expensive for me!!)
Putrajaya is implementing the no fence concept and I must say it is working well. My family feel secure (thanks in part to the 24-hour surveillance by police patrolling cars).
It is Sunday, and am in Putrajaya. A rare occurrence. That is why, I stay home. We did go to Holy Family Church, in Kajang some 20km away this morning. Then my wife taught my daughters how to bake a cake (it turned out well despite the absence of a baking powder - my mistake, forgot to buy it) before we all took an afternoon nap (mine and my wife constantly being interrupted by the sweet sounded cry from our little princess - Allyshearha).
Thank you for reading this no substance posting.....
Saturday, 3 November 2007
Some friends said, why put that link there because it is not too friendly towards the government.
My answer: the main stream mass media is already doing the government 'job'. Malaysia Today offers the other side of the story.
I also like Malaysia Today's links to many great sites and news.
But I was very concerned when I came to know that it was attacked yesterday.
I don't know. I mean, why attacked? Is not that an affirmation that Malaysia Today is somewhat readable? The truth hurts, right?
My hope is that this simple, down-to-earth, humble Kionsom-insight will be spared from those so high and mighty hackers.
May be I should also have a back-up file. Just in case.... ha ha ha
Friday, 2 November 2007
And I happened to be in Putrajaya instead of back in Kampung Kionsom. I have quite a bit of work to be tied up and thus my not boarding the plane as usual. So I was not able to go to our family cemetery.
Throughout the day today, I remember my beloved late mother. Because it is All Souls Day. I had a mixed feeling. I was smiling. I was sad.
One of my mum's favourite phrases is: Dia ih bondo do dia noh. Loosely translated, the Kadazandusun words mean: Do not worry, if it is yours, it will be yours. Que sera sera, whatever will be will be. You are exactly what and where you are supposed to be. Everything happens for a reason so be happy where you are. (I know, I exaggerated the translation a bit, but hopefully you know what I mean).
Looking back, with the benefit of hind sight and being wiser after the event, I dare say that my mum was celebrating her being a saint yesterday.
Dia ih bondo do dia noh. That is like saying: "Your will be done" in the prayer Our Father.
What faith you have, mum.
Up there where you belong, do pray for poor souls like me. Dia ih bondo do dia noh, you said. I abide.
Today, All Souls Day, I know you, my dearest mum is praying for me - that my soul be where it should be while still on earth.
Thursday, 1 November 2007
BUDDY: Oh... so all these while you were not your true self?
MINNIE: May be what Eebot is saying is that he wants to live his life to the full.
BUDDY: Is what Minnie and I say correct?
EEBOT: Yes and no. You see, I fly from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu almost every week. When I look outside the window, the cloud mesmerises me.
EEBOT: I could almost feel that I could step outside, lie on the cloud and be at peace forever. The white cloud gives the impression that it is so friendly and soft.
BUDDY: So? Being true to yourself means the next time you fly, you will step outside and become buddies with the cloud?
MINNIE: What is with you Buddy? He is just being himself. Eebot, I respect and like you as you are now. So why change?
EEBOT: You see, normally, flying is quite peaceful. In fact I sleep most of the times. But when the weather is not so good, when there is air pocket, your life flashes before you and you wish you have done your utmost best in your short life. You begin to think what did you do with your life, what it should have been or what will you do if you are still alive tomorrow....
BUDDY: Ha ha ha Eebot, my friend. And Minnie. Life. Death. Today. Tomorrow. Bad luck. Good luck. Who knows what it will be.
MINNIE: Before I forget, Buddy and Eebot, I thank you for being my friends. Forgive me if I have done you wrong.
EEBOT: Asking for forgiveness is easy. Accepting forgiveness is more difficult. Being true to myself, right now I have to go find something to eat.... I am hungry therefore I must eat....
Wednesday, 31 October 2007
This is the 21st posting, the highest ever in a month
I exceeded even the 16 postings I did last month
Visitors? Well, I installed two counters
One said, I have close to 2,000 friends
The other showed slightly over 1,000
Don't know which one is correct...
Whatever it is, I would like to believe many of them are repeat visitors and friends
I also stumbled upon a pleasant finding
Type KIONSOM in any of the search engines
You will know why I am somewhat motivated...
I blog because I feel by sharing, we can all enrich each other
And as I always stressed - this is but my humble blog
Thank you, terima kasih, kounsikou for coming!!!
Monday, 29 October 2007
Come to think of it, my village is dinosaur years away from Putrajaya especially in terms of development.
Where do I prefer to live?
I enjoy the facilities in Putrajaya. But I love Kampung Kionsom.
At times I feel guilty because in more ways than one, I am enjoying both world - a serene village and the only supposedly smart city in the country.
So that Friday evening, when I was looking out a window in my Kampung Kionsom home, the full moon reminded me of who I am and what I should do if I was to fulfil my calling in life.
Then I took out my camera and tried in vain to get a good shot of the light in the sky. Didn't have a tripod so the outcome is not that good.
But I like it all the same. Much like my calling... it is still rather blur (whether I will be able to respond accordingly) though it is shining brightly.
I hope to live by it. I hope....
My earlier posting today:
There is hope.
There is tomorrow.
There will be smiles.
Thursday, 25 October 2007
Buddy: New? Under the sun? We have seen it all kawan (friend)!
Eebot: That's my point. Why can't we learn?
Buddy: My guess is everybody is bent to achieve his or her own goal. By hook or by crook...
Eebot: Ha ha ha... as if each and everyone of us have different goals.
Buddy: Hey... we all have our ambition, our objective, our mission whatever. Surely it is not wrong to pursue one heart's desire.
Eebot: Hey, I didnt say it is wrong. But may be, just may be, a great number of us are blurr about our destination.
Buddy: Life is too short, they said. So make full use of it.
Eebot: Noted. Life is too short. Let us get our priority right.
Buddy: What do you have in mind, exactly!
Eebot: Let us do our best in whatever we do.
Buddy: You are vague kawan. You and your priorities.
Eebot: You know the children song: "If you are happy and you know it clap your hands..." My friend Buddy, a feeling must always be accompanied by action. Happy therefore clapping. To me that is the basis of our life, sort of.
Buddy: I am thirsty kawan. So I better drink.
Eebot: So what is new under the sun?
(Depending on how I feel, this Thursdays With... may be the first and the last.... Wait and see!)
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
No. I am not having a deja vu.
No. Just because I attended the episcopal ordination of my friend Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom, I am now regretting my own life. NO!
The fact is, that verses from the Gospel somehow came to mind as I was driving home from work yesterday (Monday).
(And that picture, taken by my buddy Alix Sunggin, is one of my favourite pictures...)
Sunday, 21 October 2007
“This ship in unsinkable, even God Himself can’t sink it!” screamed the newspaper headlines just before the Titanic sailed off on its maiden voyage.The sinking of the Titanic was certainly a great tragedy. They were so confident that even God Himself could never sink it they did not provide enough lifeboats for every passenger because they never thought they would need them. While the higher-paying first class passengers faced no problems finding a seat in the limited lifeboats, the poor rakyat who could not afford the luxuries accorded the first class passengers only had one choice; a watery grave. But it was not a tragedy for everyone though. Decades later they made a movie about the incident and grossed hundreds of millions while Celine Dion made tons of money from the theme song. Kindly click HERE for the full version.
Friday, 19 October 2007
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
Saturday, 13 October 2007
SELAMAT HARI RAYA
Thursday, 11 October 2007
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
BAIKONUR (Kazakhstan), Oct 10 (Bernama) -- Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha (picture) blasted off from here today in a Soyuz spacecraft to become the first Malaysian to go into space in a launch seen as a milestone in propelling Malaysia into a new and exciting chapter in its history.
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
Monday, 8 October 2007
Sr Anita (looking for her rosary), Sarah, our two Sarawak friends, Arnold and William.
Awit, Budi, Jessica, Daniel and Victor
William, Budi, Awit and Arnold
But I failed. I have been repeating the Chonology of Miracles to almost every friends (and even strangers) I met or spoke to.
Today is of course, Allyshearha's full moon. But it is a working day. So we had a little gathering last night (Oct 7, 2007) instead. We invited some friends to the house for a rosary prayer and a simple dinner (without informing them that it was actually a full moon celebration).
And we were honoured to have the presence of Sister Anita from Sabah (a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception) as well as a few fellow Catholics (most of whom we just met last night).
There were only about 25 of us, yet my wife and I felt we were surrounded by all those who had been with us especially through their prayers when we were experiencing the Miracles.
On behalf of my family, I wish to (again) thank one and all for your prayers, concern and love. God bless us all.
Saturday, 6 October 2007
I AM not much of an athlete. But I do know how to play almost all the popular sports. In fact, I used to be one of the best goalkeepers ever produced by Kg Kionsom.
I know. It is just at a village level - they said my positioning was very good. Still, I ever conceded more than ten goals in a single match....
But it was good just to be AUTOMATICALLY named as the Number One goalie whenever my team played.
Earlier today, my favourite team Manchester United won 4-0 against Wigan Athletic. Carlos Tevez (left) , Christiano Ronaldo (right) who scored twice, and Wayne Rooney did the damage.
My beloved wife just shook her head when I urged the United players to be more aggressive. Luckily tonight, the game started at 7.50pm. Sometimes the MU game is at 2.30am. And I will be there, glued to the TV. Imagine how I feel if MU got beaten...
The game had just ended when I received a few messages from my fellow MU die hards. "We are on a roll", one said. Another text: "The goals are coming! We are going to champions again!"
Why does a soccer match at the other end of the world affect peoples like me?
May be it is time for me to put my priority right.
Buoyed by the big victory by MU, I would say my priorities are - family (including finding ways how and when to build that dream house), career and wealth.
My 8-year-old Shandhra said tomorrow is Sunday. Oh my, I should put God above all my priorities....