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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....

Thursday, 4 October 2007

ONLY TIME WILL TELL


THE coffee shop talk is that the General Election is going to be held soon despite the current term ending only in April 2009.
Opposition parties had earlier predicted it to be held end of this year.
Many now believe it will be in March next year (2008).
Interestingly enough, I have received a few calls and emails about the election.
One actually invited me to join them usher a "new era" for Sabah and the local community.
We will know the exact time for GE when the time comes. Time will tell.
But this simple wall clock which I bought two days ago for only RM15.90 (because I like the colour) will not tell us anything. Simply because though the 'second hand' is working but the hands that indicate the minutes and hours seem to have their own movement.
What is the use of a clock if it does not indicate the time?
What is the use of making all the fuss about when the GE is going to be held?
Better still, why do we speak expertly about politics - but that is about all we have been doing all these years?
I will tell you my answer in time to come!
In the meantime, only time will tell whether I will keep the 'not working clock' or not. May be it being purple will cloud my decision!
No inspiration yet .....

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

ROAD TO RECOVERY


TODAY, I brought my beloved wife Nelly (seen here posing before we went out of the house) for a review at the now almost second home KPJ Kajang Specialist Hospital.
Dr Bala greeted us as if we were his next of kins.
"I am so very happy to see you in this condition. You look pinkish with life and well. Why, I even dreamt of you last night," Dr Bala said joyfully to my wife.
I can understand his joy, especially after what he went through as evident in his report here.
She is in deed on the road to recovery. May be in a month or so, she will be back to her normal health.
My wife however said, she wants her health back. But not her former weight. She used to be 60kg. After returning home for about two weeks, she is now 53kg. Woman!
On behalf of my wife and baby Allyshearha (who is also doing very well), again I thank each and everyone of you for your prayers and concern during the Miracles that happened to us especially on Sept 8.
God bless us all.

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

ANYWAY

MARTINA McBRIDE is an international country singer. I was going home after sending my daughter to school in the wee morning earlier this week when I heard the song ANYWAY. It grew on me. Now, am humming it often.
I read somewhere that the lyric was inspired by Mother Teresa's poem.
I have a dream. It may never become a reality. I will dream it anyway.

I produce here the lyric. The song can be heard here (don't know yet how to upload the YouTube).

MARTINA McBRIDE
"Anyway"

You can spend your whole life buildin'
Somethin' from nothin'
One storm can come and blow it all away
Build it anyway

You can chase a dream
That seems so out of reach
And you know it might not ever come your way
Dream it anyway

[chorus:]
God is great, but sometimes life ain't good
When I pray it doesn't always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway
I do it anyway

This world's gone crazy and it's hard to believe
That tomorrow will be better than today
Believe it anyway

You can love someone with all your heart
For all the right reasons
And in a moment they can choose to walk away
Love 'em anyway

[chorus]

You can pour your soul out singing
A song you believe in
That tomorrow they’ll forget you ever sang
Sing it anyway

Yeah, sing it anyway
I sing, I dream, I love
Anyway
yeah

Monday, 1 October 2007

EMPTY SEATS

c THEY said life is like that
Beauty and the beast co-exist
The rich and the poor
Big and small
Near and far
The sunset so bright
The sunrise wonderful
But why empty seats
Why no people
Why no life
Why?
You
And I can make a difference
Its October now
November next
Lets be seated
And live life to the fullest.
(Picture taken using a mobile handphone not too long ago from the compound of Tan Sri Bernard Dompok home in Penampang, Sabah)