Month: July 2008

Hate Something, Change Something

I guess it was Mahatma Gandhi who said that if you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t, change the way you think about it. I lived with that principle, especially the last bit when I was in secondary school, dealing with thousands of ridiculous rules. I didn’t like it, and would not want to waste my time trying to change it (student voice wasn’t very heard back then) and so I just lived with it, happily.

But as I grew up, my true self -the outspoken one, began to resurface. And I still live with the same principle, but reduced to ‘If you don’t like something, change it.’. I must have hurt lots of people practising this, but it seems to be the right thing to do, especially when you feel that what is already there and done is not good enough. I think this is one of the basic reason why some people are inclined to activism, while some couldn’t care less, even when they are going to suffer a very bad consequence. The ability to ignore unagreeable things happening, that’s the key difference.

I have this Honda Ad song in my laptop, haven’t really paid any attention to the lyrics until last week, and guess what, as catchy as it is, it brings quite a big message.

Lyrics

Here’s a song for anyone
who’s ever hated…
in the key of Grrr…

Can hate be good? Can hate be great?
Can hate be good? Can hate be great?
Can hate be something we don’t hate?

We’d like to know… why it is so.
That certain diesels must be slow
and thwack and thrum… and pong
and hum and clatter-clat

Hate something. Change something.
Hate something, change something,
make something better-r-r-r

Ohh isn’t it just bliss… when a diesel goes like this?

Hate something. Change something.
Hate something, change something,
make something better-r-r-r…

Hmm.. ‘hate something, change something, make something better’ seems to be a good rule to live by. Is not that the Prophet himself who wanted us to enjoin goodness forbid evil? When our conscience is very much aligned to what God said, and our value system is as what Islam set earlier, should not we be hateful of what is wrong and try to correct it – with our hands (strength and power), or maybe with our words?

The Tag Game (Version 2)

Haih, My friend Becky tagged me. I am reluctant at first, because all this tagging games will make my blog more girlish than usual, which I personally despise, but since she is a good friend, here comes Tag Game II.

Instructions:

Remove ONE question from below, and add in your personal question, make it a total of 20 questions, then tag 8 people in your list, list them out at the end of this post. Notify them in their chat box that he/she has been tagged.

1. Do you believe in love at first sight?

NO. A big ‘no’, notice it?

2. Have you ever felt so good? Why?

Yes, by doing what others think I could not do.

3. Where is the place that you want to go the most?

Right now, it would be the Holy Sanctuary, Mekah. But if possible, please include Sinai, Egypt.

4. If you can have 1 dream to come true, what would it be?

Ultimately, it would be to enter the Paradise. In the worldly term, to be very very successful in life from every possible aspects.

5. Do you believe in seeing a rainbow after the rain?

Literally, yes, if the day was bright and shine, chances are rainbow will show up. And yes again, even if not literaly.

6. Do you like being who you are today?

Today? No. Way too lazy and unproductive than usual.

7. If you win RM1 million, what would you do?

Invest.

8. If you meet someone that you love, would you confess to him/her?

Of course, in the most graceful way. I fight for what I want.

9. Your favorite country?

I want to say Malaysia, but I like Egypt too.

10. What are the requirements that you wish from your other half?

Basic requirement: Knowledgeable, soft-spoken, a family person, supportive. And honest.

11. Which type of cars you love the most?

SUV no doubt. But it is not very green.

12. Please put one quote below.

Trust God for what you need.

13. If you have faults, would you rather the people around you point out to you or would you rather they keep quiet?

Point them out.

14. What do you think is the most important thing in your life?

Knowing my real purpose of life.

15. Are you a shopaholic or not?

Yes. Books, and probably my girl friends will add up – bracelets and dresses.

16. What kind of electronic device/gadget you own that you like most?

My newly-bought laptop. Can I add one more? It is my handphone.

17. If you have a chance, which part of your character you would like to change?

The lazy bits.

18. If given a chance, do you want to see your future?

No. I love surprises.

19. Will you get married?

God’s will. But not too soon.

20. Which TV shows you’re currently hooked up to?

Anakku bukan Anakku, 2.30 p.m TV3. And that series which has that supercool Horatio Caine in it ;p

Do I have to tag anyone? OK, I tag everyone who is reading this entry and has a blog to write in.

Being 23


I have no idea that being 23, and a girl can be quite something. Well, right now I have the taste of how it feels of to be 30 and unmarried, as people especially my relatives, even after 5 minutes talking to me (recall that I haven’t been home for a couple for years, to make this more unacceptable) will go straight to the question : Am I with someone right now? Even my 80 years old grandma asked me the same question within one hour of meeting me! It doesn’t really matter what is my answer for that question, but hey, I am just 23 for God’s sake.

My grandma even tried to frighten me by telling stories of all those 30-something ladies she met who offer themselves for marriage. Aiyah, there’s nothing wrong with that, and there’s also nothing wrong with staying single.

Pity all high-achiever out there, being a woman, 30 and single – it must have been like hell being fired with such questions. It seems that what you have achieved – think about a master degree, a latest model car, and a fulfilling career – are not important compared to this one thing, the biggest achievement ever – being married and have children.

And of course, I have to laugh my heart out as my grandma urged me to start whitening my skin. I told her that all those ‘white men’ are happier tanned than being pale looking, but she insisted that in Malaysia it is different. By having a fairer complexion you are seen as prettier – which argument I fired back – what’s the point of being pretty but have no brains – and she lauched another missile: now that you have brain why don’t you start trying to be beautiful as well. Aiyah, my grandma! I told her I won’t die even if I am not beautiful. Which is not a good statement – I should have said ‘Grandma, I am happy with how I look. All those whitening products are only suitable for girls with low self-esteem whose definition of beautiful is influenced by silly commercials.’

But I bet she won’t understand it very well, so I just kept that to myself.

p.s. I would rather have a dark but healthy skin than fair but acne-strickened skin which is in dire need of thick foundation. Haha.

Of Price Hike and All

I haven’t write any entry on the fuel price hike. Probably because I was too shocked, as the news hit me as soon as I arrived in Malaysia after 22 months watching it from afar. That news made me think, to be honest, do I really want to live in Malaysia after all? Lying leaders, high cost of living…

But instead of launching missiles over the killing price hike in my blog, I waited, and now I have a different perspective to offer. An environmentalist’s point of view. Which might not be correct all the way, but at least, this is the thought that I need to share.

After weeks of that big news, I read several articles regarding fuel – in other world, fossil fuel that we have all been clinging on to for life. True indeed for Malaysia, because our latest policy doesn’t really favour renewables. We still have the black diamond after all, and it is understandable. We have plenty of hydroelectric sites too.

One man from Environmental Department wrote about the price hike in Mingguan Malaysia, and said that it is a very good opportunity for us to start being less dependent on fossil fuel and start planning on using, or even better, innovating other sources of energy- preferably those cleaner and a lot safer.

I could not agree more. Upon studying and digesting facts and figures on how United Kingdom and European countries try to reduce their dependency on fossil fuel – justifiable acts indeed, since most of them will be oil net importer in less than 10 years, and have done great damage to other poor countries in term of global warming – I was yet to see how Malaysia, my very own country will move towards that direction, if not due to desperation like this. We feel safe with what we have, with only small steps, very small steps towards taken action towards more sustainable ways of living.

But then, thanks to the price hike, people are now shifting towards a better way of living, the one that involves less spending (since everything other than fuel are also affected)- which implicitly a greener way of living. Yes, I am sick of the government telling us to spend carefully, ‘berjimat-cermat’ and all (considering how they themselves living), but spending less which implies buying less is ultimately the greenest thing to do. People are now thinking of traveling less in cars and other fuel-consuming monsters (now I have to rethink my dream of driving a Rexton one day!). My uncle, who travels everyday between Seberang Jaya and Sungai Petani even opts to use natural gas, which is way cleaner than its cousins – petrol and diesel.

But as others have already shouted and screamed – public transport in Malaysia should be improved, maybe a few hundreds percent better than the way it is now. I can hardly imagine how to live green when I come back to Malaysia- especially in term of travelling. The heat and excessive humidity will obviously deter me from walking long distance the way I do in Manchester, cycling is not an option of course (cannot imagine me cycling in Baju kurung!) – and if I happened to live somewhere far from home, (think Johor for example), I will probably choose those low cost airlines to ‘balik kampung’, rather than those coaches which kill. The Shah Alam – Butterworth bus ride I took a few days ago was like hell (Choose Transnasional if you must, seriously!), I am done with it!

Even DPM , Najib (the controversial Najib) has commented on this thing – saying that Malaysia might venture further on renewables – wind, solar and even nuclear. Solar is probably the best choice so far (Hey, 12 hours of sunshine is heaven), wind is good too, but nuclear, it is not the greenest choice in our context (thin about the carbon footprint – the nearest uranium source available is China) – but it is a step to be applauded. I am all for it, do you hear me?