OK. Let me admit for today, and today only.
I am sick of researching about LCA for businesses and industries, I can’t read anymore about green business, I could not accept anymore environmentally-related words.
I have a few things to whine about – well yeah, I haven’t been writing for quite a while – so here’s a hodgepodge for you. If you still want to read.
1. I watched the Biggest Loser Asia Finale last night. While it should be starting at 9.00 p.m (or so), it was only played on Hallmark channel at 10 p.m, due to some technical problem.
What? A technical problem at this age and day? That is unacceptable and super ridiculous.
And without judging the content, I have to say that the whole finale episode was a mess. Though I like it when Sarimah is emceeing but this one time the quality was poor. And include all the (unexpected) disruption – where Garry re-proposed her wife (is it?) – the posters portraying the ‘old’ contestants, where each of them had to go through by tearing it up, was broken and fall messily one by one – the less excited audience – well, as compared to the U.S version… everything was unattractive.
Except for Carlo of course.
Now coming to the contest part i.e. the content.
Oh, I think David, regardless of his massive weight loss should not win. Yeah, he loses half his previous weight, but he is definitely looking super unhealthy, and not handsome at all. He was better-looking when he just came back from the villa. Now he looks like a sick person, with a few years added to him.
That’s the price for USD 100K , yes? But seriously, that ain’t healthy. Carlo and other finalists looked vibrant, on the contrary. And that is what you supposed to be when you are getting healthier after losing so much unhealthy weight, people would expect. David could not even walk properly.
Alright, I am biased. I like Carlo for his leadership quality. Enough said.
But hey, I have always like watching the Biggest Loser show, the U.S version, but for Asian version ..err.. why so many injuries and why, oh why, so many faint-hearted contestants, and again – the end of the only positive-promoting reality show turns out to be horrible, with some freaky looking guy who obviously went beyond the healthy line for an amount of money and a Renault MPV.
2. Have you heard this name – Rachel Carlson? In case you haven’t, please add her name to your list of individual who has managed to change the world by writing a book. She did well in that.
Well, this is the person who is said to start the contemporary environmental movement through her book entitled ‘Silent Spring’, published in 1960s, which now has reached its 40th edition.
Confession : I haven’t read that book.
I tried to find it back in the UK but was always tempted to buy some other titles. Kinokuniya has copies, in KLCC, at the price of MYR60 or so. But still, I don’t think I am going to buy it any sooner now that I can have a peek at Google Book.
But this lady is well-remembered for her contribution. Silent Spring let people became aware of the impact of DDT , which was widely used after WWII for agricultural activities and now that everything was done in massive scale the impact of the fatal chemical had became more apparent, resulting in a silent spring. So-and-so.
But that resulted in DDT being banned in the U.S. And the start of environmental movement which I believe, apart from what Greenpeace has done, is a positive force.
I want to die leaving positive legacy like that if I could.
‘It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility. ‘ – Rachel Carlson
3. I have been thinking about environmentally auditing my daily life. You know, working for a company which is in the phase of transforming itself into a more sustainable entity, I was well-exposed to environmental auditing, though am not directly-trained to do that. While the other environmental personnel is doing that kind of auditing, I am trained to be an expert on some newer environmental management tools and techniques.
I think it is going to be a hell of a task to audit my daily life. But I need to walk my talk – I have been reading, recommending and suggesting higher transparency for the company in term of publishing its environmental performance: carbon footprint, water and energy consumption etc, now it is time for me to do it personally.
Not a bad idea, I think? We’ll see if I am truly an environmentalist.
By the way, here’s just a random thought: Do you agree that there are more women drivers in KL during weekdays, commuting alone?
4. I watched Shah Rukh Khan’s latest film two nights ago – on the night when I was supposed to prepare for my five-minute speech, for Public Speaking training session. Oh yes, I ended up talking about the film for the session, and it took me 7 minutes.
I would not say it was a very good film – I found that somehow some plots were just loosely constructed and it is nevertheless still a typical Bollywood movie where the ending has this feel-good note. And tear-inviting scenes of course – which is not good for someone like me whose threshold is low.
Nevertheless, I’d give a good rating for the perspective it chose to tell the aftermath of 9/11. From an autistic immigrant whose life has been robbed due to 9/11 – which I think could not be any more heartbreaking.
I was not stirred by the ever-controversial part where a Muslim marries a Hindu (though there’s a sense of liberalism there), which is common in Bollywood movie as far as I am concern, for this story only, because if that is not in the story line, the plot would not be constructed well.
But it gets me into thinking the message that keeps being repeated: there’s no Muslim or Hindu, there are just good people and bad people, or something to that effect. I don’t agree completely with the first stance (if I do, you might consider me blasphemous), but hey, is not it true that we judge people and classified them based on what we can see?
I saw no friction between this statement ‘there’s only good people and bad people’ and the Islamic teaching. Of course, Islam teaches us the Oneness of God, but didn’t the Prophet told us that he was sent to perfect our manners? And haven’t we heard the story about this lady whose manner was bad, regardless of her good personal deeds, and later lead her into the Hellfire?
I think that good manners and the inclination towards goodness are just inherent in us – it is a built-in feature, and being a Muslim means you have stronger reasons to practice good manners.
Oh well, another entry that is not worth reading.