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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....