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Monday, 17 December 2007

SHORT UPDATE

I JUST arrived in Putrajaya. Was supposed to come back from Sabah yesterday
but there was a change of programme.
This note is meant to inform you all that I am still alive and kicking.
Will have more updates later.
Till then, let us look at the whole,
rather than touching the trunk and said that's an elephant.
See ya!

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

1000 WORDS - MUSIC

c SOMPOTON. A wind music instrument
made up of bamboo and pumpkin.
Whatever.
As long as it makes sound. Of music.

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

SYABAS!!


Teenager Rayzam hurdles his way to a surprise gold

"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"


What can I say? Congrats Rayzam!
I would like to think of myself as a person who likes sports (read more here). The fact that I once was adjudged as the Gold winner of a Sabah Press Award for one of my reports years ago somewhat made me a sports addict (in the sense that I read sports reports much more that other news).
Keningau. I once stayed and studied in that district, in the Interior of Sabah.
Again, syabas (congrats) Rayzam!
He showed that Sabahans can reach for the sky.

FIRST EXPERIENCE

"KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat passed the Constitution (Amendment) Bill with more than two-thirds majority, with the Opposition MPs boycotting.
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

TRUE OR FALSE - HISTORY

"Okay, let us get the facts straight. The Federation of Malaya did not exist prior to 31 August 1957. The independent Malay states were not united under one nation and, other than the Straits Settlements, were under the rule of their respective Sultans.
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

CAGED

I AM about to fly. Again.
But this time I am alone.
My boss changed his flight at the eleventh hour.
He is in business class. He got a seat.
I fly economy. Thus, not seat until much later.
Here I am in the MAS Golden Lounge.
Am excited coz in about three hours time, I will meet my family.
As I look around, I saw a variety of characters.
Somehow it dawns on me that some of these people are in their own world.
A great many look so free.
Not a few seem so trapped. Caged.
"Be all that you can be"
this slogan that I saw somewhere came to mind.
Then I saw the papers.
It is flooding in Johor.
Hugo Chavez failed in his Venezuela referendum.
A teenager wanted to be famous so he shot and killed more that ten people
then kill himself.
Bersih. Hindraf. Crosses in mission schools. Batu Buruk.
I don't know. I really don't know.
It is Advent now - a season we prepare for the birth of that special one.
No. Am not talking about Jose Mourinho. Who is he?
I want to break free.
Oh come oh come Messiah
take this cage away.....
(I saw this bird whistling joyfully recently. Even if her world is not that big!)

Thursday, 6 December 2007

THURSDAYS WITH....

cEEBOT: I WISH human can fly.
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.)

1000 WORDS - WE WILL CROSS THE...

LIFE is about making choices
Decisions can be made individually or by a group
We will cross the bridge when we reach it
Me? Would like to think am already on the other side.

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

TREES

c I WAS in a plane on Monday.
It was an Airbus. Big. Stable. Comfortable.
To my left, a family of five were seated.
The father, mother and their three beautiful children, all below five years, I figured.
They seemed rather quiet.
The meal came. The mother and children ate. So did the father.
All were well. At one instance, the father took care of their youngest girl
while the wife finished off her dinner.
I was about to dose off
Then the father stood up, felt for the baggage compartment above
and searched for his bags.
It was quite an effort. I noticed.
Then it struck me like lighting!
He is blind
I felt myself wanting to stand up
I must help him. He needed assistance.
Some other passengers must have felt such urge, I reckoned.
Yet the wife looked calm. And the children.
He was there, just three seats away for about two hours
And I did not notice.
His white cane was at the pocket in front. I did not see.
I look. I did not see.
I hear. I did not listen.
I touch. I did not feel.
Too often. I miss the forest for a tree.
Sorry. If I take things for granted...
(I took the picture in Kundasang, Sabah near the increasingly famous Nabalu Lodge)

C U SOON

NO. I did not have a blog-block (as in mental block).
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

THURSDAYS WITH....

BUDDY: Why are you so quiet today, Minnie? She has not say a word, did you not notice that, Eebot?
EEBOT: You also look blank, Minnie. Are you alright?

MINNIE: I am alright. Thanks.

BUDDY: That's about it? Thanks? What's with you, girl?

MINNIE: If you must know, I just feel like being quiet today. There is no other reason...

BUDDY: But that's strange. You are usually very talkative.

MINNIE: Is being quiet wrong?

EEBOT: We all want to do what we want to do. Minnie, you can be quiet. Buddy, you may talk and talk as much as you want. To me, it does not matter. But at least when we are together for our usual coffee shop meeting, we should do what we are supposed to do. We talk. We seldom meet. So we talk when we are here. Drinking coffee and talking.

BUDDY: That's precisely my point.

MINNIE: I made a big mistake this week. I should have been more thorough and vigilant. As it was, I let my boss down. And many other people. It is so hard to get over it.

BUDDY: Hey, nobody is perfect. You make mistakes. We all make mistake. So what? Life goes on. We are wrong, we say sorry. Ask for forgiveness and strive to do better next time. And life should go on. Let us get our focus right. Look at the thorns on the plants in front of you. If we focus on the red flower, we may end up in real pain...

MINNIE: It is easier said than done, Eebot. I prayed hard and it does help. I do not know. Today, I just feel I am most comfortable by just listening to the two of you.

EEBOT: Get on with life, Minnie. Drink your coffee, Buddy. And talk. Minnie finds your talking a healing therapy.

BUDDY: Ha ha ha... whatever!

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

A TIME FOR EVERYTHING

Book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3: 1- 8
For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to cast away;
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time for war,
And a time for peace.
What time is it for me? In my life. In my family.
What season is it for me? In my community. In my political life?

Monday, 19 November 2007

SMILE, LAUGH, WHATEVER

Quote from a recent meeting: "We are going to continue having these meetings, everyday, until I find out why no work is getting done".

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

ANOTHER DAY GONE


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

YES AND NO

cTODAY is Saturday. I brought my Allyshearha for her injection.
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

ROOT OF ALL EVIL

WE all have heard it
The root of all evils is money
Friends want to get marry - they look for money
A lady dreams of a long shining hair - the rebonding costs a fortune
My distance relative aims to expand his business - he awaits for money
Some people want fast money - they got hook to ah long a.k.a loan shark
The government to call back the one sen - they stand to save RM14million a year
Not too long ago, the authority stopped the usage of the RM1 coin
- some cried because they failed to change their coins
Some young people want to make a difference
- they have no capital
Many are into politics
- instead of making money, a great many are losing money
Aspiring leaders want to gather followers
- their families need more money to bring food to the table
Money. Money. Money
I have learnt years ago
evil or not
it is up to you and me.
I love money. I hate evil.

THURSDAYS WITH ...

FLYING is quite an experience. The taking off and landing are especially thrilling - to say the least.
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

PEOPLE POWER

(UPDATE: Kindly read this link)
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.)

FAMILY TREE


THE year end holidays are coming.
And this time, I hope to carry out what I wanted to do... like years ago...
I want to have a decent knowledge of my origin
Yes. I want to do a family tree
Imagine. I do not even know the full name of my grandmother
May be the fact that I was too young to remember when she was called to the Lord
is as good an excuse as any...
But, better late than never.
So, I hope to compile a family tree
I may even try to meet as many relatives as possible
I will begin by knowing better my grandfather,
the great Bingkasan (left) and my grandmother Gobou (right).
Help me along, grannies!

THANKS

LEARNING is a life long process
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

NO LINE

Dearest one and all
Have a great weekend
Spend more time with your loved ones
Smile
(Am on the way to my home State Sabah again, so no line next few days)

Thursday, 8 November 2007

THURSDAYS WITH.....

EEBOT: Hi one and all. Happy Deepavali.
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

1000 WORDS - JOY

Alpha and omega. Life is like that

Rice wine = Tapai (in my mother tongue)

BE child-like. Joy in pure form.

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

UMNO STRATEGY

cKUALA LUMPUR: Umno has proposed a five-point strategy to uplift the nation, which emphasises the creation of "glocal" Malays with a first-class mentality who can "think globally and act locally" as the primary driver.
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.....

NEAR DATARAN MERDEKA

I HAD to go to Kuala Lumpur yesterday afternoon for a dinner function.
As usual (I hardly drive in the national capital), I took the train from Putrajaya to KL Sentral.
Then I took another train to Masjid Jamek,
before walking across to the Royal Selangor Club.
I had to take that picture.
Adjacent to the historic Dataran Merdeka,
the Sultan Abdul Samad Building stood solid and strong.
But I honestly knew very little about the square and that building.
Once there was a song with the following as one of its lines:
'To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia'
Go to the links, friends and know more about Malaysia.
Come to think of it, how much do I know about Malaysia?
Or my home State Sabah?
Or myself, for that matter?
Who knows?

Sunday, 4 November 2007

NO 1, P8E/5, PUTRAJAYA

ccTHE Hari Raya mood is still in the air. But my posting of my house address today has nothing to do with me inviting you all to my open house. Because, I am not entitle to have one. Will do so for Christmas.
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

ATTACK!! ATTACK!!

One of the links in this blog is to Malaysia Today. In my profession, I have to be an all rounder (am not very good at it yet but am doing my best).
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

SHE'S WATCHING


TODAY is All Souls Day. That is according to the Catholic Church calendar. Yesterday was of course, All Saints Day.
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.
(I did not know what picture to use in this posting. Then I stumbled upon this computer painting by Allysha. She entitled it My Family. I thought it was cute of her. Thanks my gemuk (fat) girl!)

Thursday, 1 November 2007

THURSDAYS WITH...

EEBOT: From now onwards, I want to be true to myself.
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.
MINNIE: So?
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

PROGRESS

HEY, I was progressive enough this October
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!!!

1000 WORDS - FLYING WITHOUT WINGS


Bring me with you, girl
in your flight to glory
as you dance away
in the footsteps of our ancestors
Bring me with you, girl

Monday, 29 October 2007

HOPE


I WAS in my hometown (again) over the weekend - Friday to Sunday, to be exact. What a contrast life is: my being a government servant in Putrajaya and just one of the villagers in Kampung Kionsom.
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:


THIS is a short posting.
There is hope.
There is tomorrow.
There will be smiles.
I believe.
Anyway.

Thursday, 25 October 2007

THURSDAYS WITH ...

Eebot: What is new under the sun?
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

1000 WORDS - POOR?

Rich man? Poor?

LUKE 4: 18-19


"The spirit of the Lord is on me,
for he has anointed me
to bring the good news to the afflicted.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives,
sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord."


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).

It is one of my favourite verses from the Bible.

(And that picture, taken by my buddy Alix Sunggin, is one of my favourite pictures...)

Sunday, 21 October 2007

OF TITANIC, UMNO AND MYSELF

I AM a politician. I am a member of United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation. I am determined to quietly put in my two cents to help ensure a better tomorrow for my people. Thus, when situations or messages supposedly from the powers-that-be speak about things like the article below, I wish I am Superman, Batman, Spiderman, the Incredibles, the El Mariachi, the Cicakman, James Bond, Matrix, Lara Croft and the Bourne Ultimatum all moulded into one. Then again, David defeated Goliath using only a simple sling-shot. There is hope....

“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

THE DEEPEST END

SWIMMING. Oh... I have fond memories of swimming.
In my younger days (that would be in the Seventies), rainy days were almost always "a good weather".
Why? If we were in school when it rains, the teachers would not allow us to bring home our school bags which were full of books.
No bags so that those of us who walked home would be able to do so as fast as possible. And the books stayed dry.
But instead, we have the longest journey home - though the trip usually will take only about ten minutes on foot - because my friends and I would pick wild fruits, play children games and off course swimmmmmm!
The Kionsom river was such an irresistible temptation!
Better if it was flooding. Then we would challenge one another to swim across the gushing river!
Memories!
But come to think about it, how did I learn to swim?
One of my former bosses is fond of using this age-old saying:
We could either begin with the usual lessons - from the ponds for children then go deeper as one progresses. Or we could take the bold step of straight away jumping to the deepest part of the swimming pool. And learn to swim!
Am learning about life very much the same way....
(I borrow the picture from my PC... )




A FRIEND - BISHOP JULIUS DUSIN GITOM

AS I mentioned last week, I accompanied my boss to attend the
Erection of the Diocese of Sandakan, Sabah and the Episcopal Ordination of
Fr Julius Dusin Gitom on Oct 15, 2007.
The new bishop was one year my senior in St Peter's College, Kuching, Sarawak.
It goes without saying that I praise God for blessing Sabah with
a new diocese and my friend as its first shepherd.
The trip also enable me to meet many of my friends especially priests, religious and sisters most of whom prayed for me during the MIRACLES.
SHEPHERD AND HIS FLOCK

Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception
The FSIC Superior, Mother Grace Deosing
Bishop Julius and Tan Sri Bernard Dompok

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

1000 WORDS - LIMO

A PICTURE is worth a thousand words.
Starting this week, every Wednesday, I will have at least one posting - a picture that I hope is worth a thousand words.
This was taken in London - outside the London Hilton Hotel at the Park Lane in early 2006.
What good is a limo if it does not take you anywhere?

Saturday, 13 October 2007

SELAMAT HARI RAYA

c I AM a Catholic. Most of my family members and relatives are Catholic.
But I have relatives and friends who are Muslims.
After fasting for a month, they celebrate the Hari Raya Aidilfitri (a festivity at the end of the fasting month) today.
I took my camera to the usual one a week Pasar Tani (agriculture market) right here in Putrajaya yesterday but before I could do anything, the sky decided to open up and it was pouring like nobody's business.
So I surf the net and look for a picture of lemang and found it here.
According to Wikipedia, lemang is a traditional Malay food cooked in a hollowed bamboo stick. Usually prepared for festivities such as Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Haji, lemang is made of glutinous rice and coconut milk, with salt added for taste.
Some lemang recipes add corn. Lemang is usually eaten with rendang.
I am sure I will be enjoying lemang in the many open houses I intend to visit the next few days.
SELAMAT HARI RAYA
( I am going back to my home State, Sabah today till Tuesday. Will try to update if I could have Internet access. Till then, smile! )

Thursday, 11 October 2007

ROSES ARE RED ... ERR ... WHITE

cc MENTION rose and immediately I think of red
Life. Prosperity and happiness come to mind
Yesterday. A 1001 memories hit my mind
Today. I should have done more
Tomorrow. I hope to do my best
In reality, rose can also be white
Life can be a nightmare
Yesterday today tomorrow are temporary
You and I
And others
We will one day go elsewhere
So
Don't worry, be happy!!
Look into your heart
Live that life to the full
Bon Voyage one and all
(The rose, planted by my sister Silia, was blooming that night. I know, I did not capture it well. But what if my focus is on that spider web?)

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

INTO SPACE

The Malaysian language - Bahasa Malaysia - has a saying: Kalau melihat bintang di langit, jangan lupa rumput di bumi.
Loosely translated, it means stay humble despite our great achievement.
Congratulations Malaysia!
Here wishing we could all - including the natives in Sabah - fly into space!

First Malaysian Goes Into Space, Nation Sets History

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.
The 35-year-old "angkasawan" (astronaut in Malay), an orthopaedic surgeon from Seremban who has American Peggy Whitson and Russian Yuri Malenchenko for company, lifted off at 7.21 pm (9.21 pm Malaysian time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in a Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft bearing the flags of Malaysia, Russia and the United States.
The launch of the spacecraft, which is headed for a docking with the orbiting International Space Station (ISS) 333km above the earth, was followed live by millions of Malaysians back home who were glued to their television sets or giant screens placed at strategic locations in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi watched the historic lift-off live on one of the several huge screens set up at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), along with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Kong Cho Ha and 280 schoolchildren. A breaking-of-the-fast was held earlier at the venue.
The launch was observed here by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis as well as the parents of Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor -- Datuk Sheikh Mustapha Sheikh Shukor and Datin Zuraida Datuk Sheikh Ahmad.

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

PUTRAJAYA OH PUTRAJAYA

The Perdana Putra Building
What a landmark in Putrajaya
The Federal Government Administrative Centre
The office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia
Where the dome is, he is there
To the left the Deputy Prime Minister
To the right, my office and third home
After Kionsom
And my home in Putrajaya three minutes away
Putrajaya oh Putrajaya
Spread your arms wide and long
Embrace Malaysia
One and all
Be a centre to us all!

Monday, 8 October 2007

FULL MOON

Allyshandhra, Nelly, Sr Anita and Allyshearha
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
My family
I GIVE UP. After Sept 8, 2007, I tried really hard not to keep referring to that day.
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

MU FAN AND PROUD OF IT


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....

Friday, 5 October 2007

HOME SWEET HOME

I WENT to stay with my uncle, Valentine Gunsud Bingkasan in Keningau in 1976 and study at the St Francis Xavier secondary school. I was then ten years old - having spent those early years with my family at Kampung (Village) Kionsom. [I spent only five of the six years of primary school education because the teachers then said my result showed I could skip Primary Five].
After three years in the Interior, the Sabah State government gave me a scholarship for three years to study agriculture in Bogor, Indonesia until 1982. While there, I was active in Pramuka (the Indonesian version of the Scout movement) and we had campings as well as activities in remote villages sometimes for over a week).
Then I went to study Philosophy and Theology at the St Peter's College, Kuching in Sarawak from 1984 to 1989.
I had a three-month course in Tagaytay, Philippines in 1990. I was there when the Luzon earthquake happened.
I started work as a sub-editor in a local newspaper BORNEO MAIL soon after before quitting as a journalist in 2001 to join politics full time. In 2004, I joined my boss in Putrajaya, West Malaysia.
Since my first longest journey in 1976 from Kampung Kionsom to Keningau, I have since travelled to Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Hongkong, England, Sweden, China, Cambodia, Italy and Venezuela.
Why am I telling you all these?
See the house in the picture? That is my dream house. More or less (Hope to build one sooner rather than later :-)
But my travelling all these years had proven at least one point - it does not matter how well built your house is. In fact, it could be just a tent or a hut made of tree branches and leaves.
We can be happy anywhere. Make the house a home. That'll do.
Building that dream house ? That will be a real bonus....