16 Sep 2014

The One With Malaysia Day & Scottish Independence Voting Day

It has been a while that I have not wrote anything here. More often than before when I have something in mind to write, I don't have a chance to do it. And when I am near the laptop, I have nothing in my mind at all!

Then came today. For those who doesn't know, 16th Sept 1963 was the day when the current state of "Malaysia" was formed combining Malaya and 2 Borneo states (Sabah & Sarawak) as well and Singapore.

Yup... Singapore was part of Malaysia back then before they were "expelled" (apparently) and become an independent country in 1965.

So, Happy Malaysia Day to all Malaysian!! :)

This has lead me thinking. If Singapore didn't become an independent country (or forced to do then), will they became what they are now?

And if the answer is "NO", will Scotland be a better country if more than 50% of Scots vote "YES" this Thursday?

Let me caveat myself from the beginning. I am not a Scot nor a citizen of the UK. Whatever happen this Thursday has got nothing to do with me, my family and my future. I am just writing out my thought :)

So, back to the Scotland independent vote.

Being an avid reader on political news and happenings, what had happened for the past 2 weeks (in particular) really open up my mind.

A government can grant more power to another government.

There are two parliaments in the UK.

The Queen might lose her sovereignty on a country that HM "used to rule" but yet can't defend the lost (if it Scotland ever get independence).

And to my surprise, there are a lot of Scots that would not like Scotland to become independent.

Yes. My view is a YES vote if I were given a chance to vote.

The reason is very simple. Patriotism. How can one call a Scot if he/she doesn't want her country to be independent? In the era where tablets are selling more than PC, this really baffles me.

Chances are, the next 10 years or so after independence Scotland might not be "economically stable" compare to now. But with Scotland being an oil producing country, maybe they may not need 10 years to become an economically stable nation. Maybe they already are the day when their parliament can decide entirely what Scots can do in Scotland.

And the thought of having another referendum probably not in our generation but eventually will be is very counter productive. This means that Scotland will become and independent country, EVENTUALLY.

Like the Queen said in her timely Church session in Scotland last weekend, "...Vote carefully for the future...". And if the future it is to be voted, I would say, YES. Scotland should celebrate their independence day every year on the 18th Sept starting from 2014!

13 Jun 2014

The Cheapest Place to Buy Apple's Product is... (as of 13th JUNE 2014)

Malaysia & Hong Kong!!!

Perhaps the most surprising one would be iPad prices.

Hope this helps :)

*Disclaimer: Please don't sue me for any error :)

ModelUS ($)SG ($)MY (RM)UK (£)HK ($)DE (€)
MBA 11' 128GB 1.4GHz100%106%100%141%96%135%
MBA 11' 256GB 1.4GHz100%108%99%139%96%135%
MBA 13' 128GB 1.4GHz100%106%99%144%97%135%
MBA 13' 256GB 1.4GHz100%108%98%141%97%135%
MBP 13' 2.5GHz100%106%96%141%99%135%
MBP 13' 128GB 2.4GHz (Retina)100%110%100%143%99%135%
MBP 13' 256GB 2.4GHz (Retina)100%111%101%141%99%135%
MBP 13' 512GB 2.6GHz (Retina)100%111%102%141%100%135%
MBP 15' 256GB 2.0GHz (Retina)100%112%101%144%99%135%
MBP 15' 512GB 2.3GHz (Retina)100%110%102%143%99%135%
iPad mini 16GB100%109%99%141%99%131%
iPad mini 16GB (3G)100%110%100%138%99%129%
iPad mini Retina 16GB100%110%100%136%100%132%
iPad mini Retina 32GB100%110%100%136%101%130%
iPad mini Retina 64GB100%111%100%136%101%128%
iPad mini Retina 128GB100%111%100%136%101%127%
iPad mini Retina 16GB (LTE)100%110%100%134%100%130%
iPad mini Retina 32GB (LTE)100%111%100%134%100%129%
iPad mini Retina 64GB (LTE)100%111%100%135%101%128%
iPad mini Retina 128GB (LTE)100%111%100%135%101%127%
iPad (Ret) 16GB100%106%93%140%100%128%
iPad (Ret) 16GB (3G)100%106%94%137%100%127%
iPad Air 16GB100%110%100%136%101%130%
iPad Air 32GB100%111%100%136%101%128%
iPad Air 64GB100%111%100%136%101%127%
iPad Air 128GB100%111%100%136%102%127%
iPad Air 16GB (LTE)100%111%100%134%100%129%
iPad Air 32GB (LTE)100%111%100%135%101%128%
iPad Air 64GB (LTE)100%111%100%135%101%127%
iPad Air 128GB (LTE)100%111%100%135%101%126%
Apple TV100%120%109%169%103%149%
4 Core Dual CPU 3.7 GHz100%114%100%141%101%135%
6 Core Dual CPU 3.5 GHz100%114%101%140%101%135%
12 Core Dual CPU 2.7 GHz, 64GB RAM, 1TB SSD6GB GPU100%113%104%137%101%135%
Price In USD (FOREX :13th JUNE 2014)

23 May 2014

The One With The Teluk Intan By Election MAY 2014

First of all, congrats and good luck to both nominees for the upcoming by-election, Mr Mah Siew Keong and Ms Dyana Sofya.

Being a local boy in this wonderful town of Teluk Intan, I thought it's probably right for me to say a few words :)

I have a hunch... Didn't come through a dream or wasn't told by any guru or what so ever.

I think BN might win the Teluk Intan by-election. Maybe not by a big margin, but sufficient for BN to show face to the rest that they are still "relevant".

This is why...

1) In the last election, we all hate BN. That's not changed. But at that time we also love Mr Seah (RIP). He is a local boy, in and out. He attended the school next to mine. And most importantly, the whole Teluk Intan has a hope. The hope of tumbling the government and or at least winning back the State.

2) Then we have Mr Mah Siew Keong. The son of a well known local millionaire, charity organisation and also frankly quite a nice guy, as I was told. And his organisation has the ability to move the Police Station, built the one and only Library FOC for the council and probably most important of all, he is also a LOCAL. In and out!

3) In order to save face, BN is and will going to put all their "promise" into this by-election. One that is probably most "lucrative" to most people in this small town is, we might have a very own first Minister (full) in the Government. And that normally translate to prosperity and support from Central Government and this town really like this.

4) Last but not least is, WHAT THE HELL IS DAP/PR is doing? They knew pretty well how's the situation of the late Mr Seah even back in February. Why on earth they are not prepping for a "local" replacement???!!!

You know what. For all I have said and written before, I hope I am wrong this time (only:). Please don't get me wrong. I don't know who is Dyana Sofya at all and that's why I didn't try to pretend that I do by writing it.

Truth, will be told on the 31st May.

Again, good luck to Ms Dyana Sofya and Mr Mah Siew Keong. Whoever wins this, please take care of this wonderful town of Teluk Intan. Is has and will always be my and many others hometown.

EDIT: By the way, at least for one day on the 25th May, can we all UNITE under one Flag called MALAYSIA to support our THOMAS CUP contingent in India? #MalaysiaBoleh !

18 Apr 2014

The One With Karpal Singh

In this "small" World of just over 6,000,000,000 people, there are occasional coincidences that amaze me. Like what happened today.

There's a long old friend of mine from Bangsar has a husband that for whatever reason has parents who are from my small hometown and for whatever "wind" ended up in a shop that I grew up in selling shoes ;) (Chan Wei Chee... I am talking about you!!! :)

Then I started flashing back some memories I had back then selling shoes. Since young. It was really long time ago. But feels like not many "days" ago...

In a small town, gossips are imminent. "... these fellar son or daughter or wife or mistress have this or that and that happen because of this and that..." Then we gossips diminished and slowly transformed into a more serious conversation, I vividly remember some words that keeps on flashing in my head...

Loh ket... Kat Cheong... Yuet Kong... Ching Tau... Kapar sing...

Obviously I have no idea what are those words then...

Then I went to college. Away from a well orchestrated education system "telling" us the really good things about what the government had done to us, and bla bla bla... But in college we have access to a wider range of "story books" and however slow it was then, there were this thing call "internet".

So besides reading books that I need to pass my exams in college, I have started reading stories about Malaysia, from "the other perspective". And months became years. And from interest became passion. I have translated those words that makes no sense to me to words that brought some lights into what I like to read in my free time...

In cantonese;
Loh ket = Rocket a.k.a DAP
Kat Cheong = Lim Kit Siang
Yuet Kong = Moon a.k.a PAS
Ching tau = Scale a.k.a BN
and of course, Kapar sing = Karpal Singh

And obviously, yesterday right before I went to sleep twitter and Facebook feeds keep on flashing the news about the passing of Karpal Singh and as usual with my limited vocabulary my first reply to the first feed I saw was, FUCK! Is there no more good news from Malaysia???

I thought it's fitting to leave a "footprint" in my blog to reminds me of a sad moment not just for me in my passion of politics, but also for all Malaysian.

I thought without him, Malaysia might not belongs to "Malaysian" anymore.

And I thought his dedication to fixing what some may see is right but he has the vision, courage and strength to oppose in my opinion the most corrupted, most injustice and utmost racists government since he took his oath to become a MP for Jelutong...

RIP Mr Karpal Singh. May god bless you. And bless all Malaysian...

Source: Freemalaysiatoday.com

8 Mar 2014

Pray For MH370

All the prayers and thoughts for the families.

So far, no news yet. It may be good news. Fingers crossed.