Thursday, January 29, 2009, Blabbered by pyroboy1911 at 3:46 am
This is the very first time i celebrated new year without my other relatives. Since my family will still be in Doha for the next few years, i guess for the years to come it will be the same too, celebrating Chinese New Year just like any other day.

A few nights before the new year itself, my family organized a dinner at our place. Rare i tell you, i never really remember any time in my life when family friends are invited over for dinner, usually it's us who were invited. At least we had that experience, and i must say it sure is a tiring thing to do, especially for my mum. So hard to imagine family like Sherp's who always invite people for lunches and dinners.

On the eve of CNY, we're invited by dad's friend for dinner together. that's three families, including Jas' and mine. Eating is the thing to do, but the finale of the night would be the contest between 2 sisters to see who can finish a piece of large currypuff-like dim sum the fastest. They took almost 4 minutes to finish something that i can finish in 1 minute...without trying.

And finally, the big day itself. Woke up at 9, wear my usual jersey and a short pants as my casual wear, and walked to Villa 14. Played cards, eat, play cards again, basketball, dinner, played those small sparkling thingy when you light it and swing it around (whatever you call it), played more cards, go home and sleep.

After that, its usual routine again till today. Unsatisfied with not having the most of CNY, i decided to buy this:

England away kit 2008-2010! Retail price: RM259. Bought it for QR80 = RM80. It's new, and it's red, what better CNY shirt can i hope for? ;)

Nonetheless, CNY wishes still must be wished. May the year of ox provide us with more food like beef soup noodle or beef steak. Oh, and a more prosperous year ahead after the rat churned all the food it ate and the shit came out in the form of global economy crisis.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009, Blabbered by pyroboy1911 at 6:33 pm
Bleh...nothing to blog now....

Life here in the second month of my 2 month stay is not as lively as the first, all thanks to the kids going to school. So life's pretty much a routine, wake up, do stuff until evening, then go gym, come back and eat, then do something until bedtime, repeat.

I've also enrolled in 2nd year's courses a week ago, so uni related stuff should be settled by now, all i need to do now is to pay my fees when i get back to Adelaide. Not to mention this year i only have 3 subjects, so less contact hours, means more free time!

I've also been playing football with a bunch of kids. I admit, playing football with boys 5-7 years younger than me seems.....sad. But that's the only time i can play football, plus it may be good in improving my confidence ;) . So there's this kid who asked me what's my name, so i told him i dont have a name, and in class, teacher calls me "boy number 12". So from then on, whenever i try to nick the ball away from that boy, he would shout "Boy number 12, please don't take my ball!" or something like that.

Seems like recently, SOMEBODY had Krispy Kreme...been wanting to have KK since i came, but always forgotten...then they reminded me about my intentions :P. So hopefully by this weekend or so, i'll get myself some...
Thursday, January 15, 2009, Blabbered by pyroboy1911 at 4:38 pm
I've just read this article from BBC about Malaysia's current situation. Seems like after almost a year away from the country, the situation did not even change.

Its funny how within a country that is always promoted with smiles and warmth to outsiders, there's still turmoil amongst the different race of a country. To think that we categorize each other according to their ethnicity, calling each other based on racial background instead of the land where you are born.

It just doesn't make sense when you call each other chinese or indians, because those two words represent people of China and India nationality respectively. People are just proud of the colour of their skin, thus trying to label themselves differently. Not wanting to categorize with others under the group "Malaysians".

It isn't help by the government at all. Whenever we are filling forms, these details came up:

Date of Birth:

And we would gladly fill in MELAYU, CINA, IBAN or INDIA based on what we are. Heck, even babies are taught how to be racial, if you don't believe go check your birth certificate.

First of all, what does a race have to do with say, applying for a driving's license? I've never known a particular race is better in driving than others, do they have statistics that shows such? They might as well arrange university application forms to such way:

Education qualification (optional):

Then there exists certain individuals or groups that still trying to hold onto such pre-civilized thinking. Take this individual for example. Look, i have nothing against the Malays. In fact, i have lots of malay friends, people that i know through uni or forums. But it's this small group of people that is afraid of change, afraid that they will not survive without the privilege given. To hell with your privilege! Saying stuff like "This is our land basically. And we have already given one special privilege to the non-Malays, that is citizenship,". Filthy bastard.

Again, why categorize into Malays and non-Malays? and don't think that citizenship is being "given", that just shows how much he lacks in his history knowledge. Citizenships are granted just because everyone wanted to be indipendent. It is required in the constitution before being approved by the British, don't make it sounded like it's out of your own generousity. If we were not granted indipendence in the first place, chinese would have done better in the business world, looking at the power of China now. If such people are future leaders, sorry to say i see no future in Malaysia.

And not to be biased, the same goes to other races. I grew up in a chinese community, knowing friends and people that have the mentality that everything we earn are for our own sake. That means whatever i earn, i have to keep to myself and my family. The more i earn, the better i will be. Chinese is superior because there's 1.3 billion of us. Chinese > Malays > other races. Screw Malays because i pay tax to government, and government = Malays.

Again, why dragged racial sentiments into this issue? I was given the excuse "They did nothing to us, why should we do something for it?" when people are asked about being connected to the country. Sad to say, this is how majority chinese thinks, and i admit i used to think this way before looking at it in a wider view.

The thinking is simple. I study, i grow up and work, i save money for my children, then i die. This is all thanks to my parents and relatives, so they deserve my respect. Also have to thank business counterparts who make good deals. All these are not wrong at all. But don't you think i left out something important? Did i mentioned about the land that i was born in, grow up in, and for most, study, work, grow old and die in? Did i mention about the air that i breath is being released by the trees grown on this land, the water i drank runs in the river of this land, food that i eat grown on this land? This piece of land is called Malaysia, in case you are just concentrating on the history of Mainland China.

I know we chinese and also fellow minorities Indians feel we are being under-treated by the government, because we are not malays. And then we start saying government = malays. And then we start to shun the malays. Think again. We always say that rich malay leaders got their money from the money paid from tax, while rich chinese leaders earn their hardwork. Bull la! This is all down to individuals, stop stereotyping just because Zakaria owns a mansion and Ong Tee Keat does not have one. Stop justifying your argument based on the colour of their skin and the size of their eyes.

And then there's political party based on race. UMNO for malays, MCA for chinese, MIC for indians etc etc. Grouped together as BN, but everyone minding their own business. No difference with the Malaysia we all know now. While other countries have political groups based on how the country will be run, we have political groups that decide which towns or cities are being overlooked by which race.

The solution is simple: erase the word Race from our dictionary. What we try to keep alive, what we try to keep as a tradition, what we are proud of is not our race, but in fact our culture and heritage. In fact, i can't seem to think of any benefits of being categorized into races. If you start to call me a chinese outside Malaysia, i would probably be offended because for me, chinese is not a race, but a nationality.

Sad to say i can't see that happening in the near future.
Saturday, January 10, 2009, Blabbered by pyroboy1911 at 8:27 pm
I will feel guilty if i dun post this hoho!

Today a certain Auntie celebrates her 96th 21st birthday!! Old already, yet still actively posting on her blog. Although i am waaay younger than her, i can be considered as her blogging senior, so u should visit here often to learn tips and tricks ok!

Besides blogging, her hobby includes punching or slapping people on the arm, talks like the auntie u always meet at pasar tamu and smile sheeply whenever taking pictures.

Sorry ya, no pic for this post...dunno which pic to post...all smiling sheeply.

Anyway, have a good holiday, and enjoy the gang's Sarawak tour! Too bad i'm not back there, less 1 people for u to punch....

PS: take note i say sheeply, not sheepishly...
Monday, January 05, 2009, Blabbered by pyroboy1911 at 11:37 pm
Without me noticing, tennis top stars have already landed in Doha yesterday. Ever since i found out tickets for semi finals onwards are sold out, i did not bother much about the updates on the Qatar Open.

Tournament is starting today, with Roddick having an easy game against Navarro, now tv is showing doubles involving Nadal. They are just 20 minutes driving away from me, yet i dun have the chance to see them.

Oh well, i will definitely be here again this time around next year, so as soon as the ticket is out, i'll definitely be getting them!
Thursday, January 01, 2009, Blabbered by pyroboy1911 at 6:02 am
Yet another new year. It is supposed to be the time to be celebrating, managing to finish the year 2008 alive and kick start the year of 2009. Also this is the last year of the 200x decade, as next year will be categorized in 201x series.

I will spare you guys with all my trackbacks of the year 2008, not that i'm implying it is boring, so no offense to those who did. Rather, i just want to wish all of you a Happy New Year, and may everything you believe in take its correct course. Maybe this year's feng shui talk may be accurate? I remember this fat charismatic lady called Lilian Too always with her crap feng shui talks. Did it come true for 2008? and what is her new prediction for 2009?

On the other hand, i probably did bring in some bad luck from 2008 all the way to 2009. i slightly sprained my ankle while playing football, stepping awkwardly on a water sprinkler and heard a crack sound. Nothing big though, as i still can walk and jump and run, but i bandaged my ankle to minimize movement, but i think its not going as planed, as i played ping pong with my leg bandaged.

Well, hopefully after ending the year 2008 with an injury, maybe the whole 2009 will be full of blessings. We will slowly wait and see what will happen in the next 365 days.