Tuesday, May 27, 2008

On the radio

This morning I was on the radio for about 42 seconds and I don't know how I sounded!!

About a few months ago, I finally found the perfect radio station to listen to on my way to work. Previously I was stuck with a bunch of morons who thought they were being cute, but who were actually ridiculously annoying. And they kept playing the same songs, day after day. I got bored and left.

So, this perfect radio station has the coolest deejays who do the morning show. I think they call it the wake up show or something. Too bad no real life Malaysian would have had their breakfast at 7 am. These were the same dudes who gave tips on how to escape from the clutches of a python. And this morning, my fingers took over my brain and sent an SMS to the radio station for a contest while waiting for work to start. It was that easy! (I usually sit in the car and listen to the radio or read or do both till 7:59 because we have to attend an assembly)

Moments later, the deejay announces that they have a winner. He dials up the winner, and you can hear that a line has been connected. Over in my car, my phone begins to ring. I peek at the number, and I don't recognise it. I lower the volume of the radio and answer the call. Apparently I won the contest.

Hearing a deep male voice over the phone has somehow always managed to make me nervous to a certain extent. It could be anyone's voice. But deejays have such nice voices!!! If it's deep and sounds nice enough... blood vessels to my fingers constrict. Just don't ask me why...

For that particular reason, I can't remember what I said, or if I sounded like a moron, or anything for that matter. Of course I'm thrilled that I won the first ever contest I took part in for this particular radio station, but not knowing how my voice over the radio sounds like seems to be a bit of a bummer...

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Blogging For Peace - A Meme

Once again, we are close approaching the bi-annual event that advocates peace. This time around a meme accompanies this event. It's most probably going to be one of the biggest and best ever.

Anyway, I've err... directly quoted from Mimiwrites, and the meme goes like this:

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BlogBlast For Peace Meme ~ Join The Revolution
Here are the rules and the story.
Copy this into a post, ADD YOUR NAME to the bottom of the tag list and tag as many people as you'd like.
The Peace Globe project began in the fall of 2006 with a simple post from one blog, Mimi Writes. The post ignited a flame in the blogosphere. The flame became a passion. The passion became a movement. It amazingly traveled from blog to blog to blog across the globe. Bloggers wrote passionate articles on what peace means to them, along with the promise of three Latin words scribbled on a globe - Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace) - branded with the integrity of their names or blog names. It was positively inspiring to watch. And it began to happen all over the world - from Singapore to China to Afghanistan to Brooklyn. It was simple. And powerful.
In less than two weeks bloggers from all across the globe will blog for peace.We will speak with one voice. One subject. One day.Won't you join us?

In 4 easy steps!

1. Choose one of the four Peace Globe designs in this post. Right CLICK and SAVE in JPG format.

2. Sign the globe using Paint, Photoshop or a similar graphics tool. Decorate the globe anyway you wish. You can even include the name of your blog. Click here for hundreds of inspiring examples from previous BlogBlasts.

3. Return the peace globe to me via email ~ mimiwrites2005 at yahoo.com - Let me know your blog's name and url by leaving a comment here and signing the Mr. Linky. Your submission will be numbered and dated in the official gallery . Your globe and post will be listed on the Official BlogBlast For Peace website and The Peace Globe Posts page.

Here's the most important part.

4. On June 4, 2008 DISPLAY YOUR GLOBE IN A POST. Title your post "Dona Nobis Pacem". This is important. The goal is for all blog post titles to say the same thing on the same day. Write about peace that day or simply fly your globe. Click here for examples of peace globe posts from previous BlogBlasts.

If you need help making your globe, I will help and Sanni from Germany has volunteered to make globes for FREE. Just visit her and request one!If you'd like to help spread the word, take this button to your site. The code is in my sidebar. I, Mimi Queen of Memes, hereby royally tag the following.......
(Before you copy this list on your blogs, ADD YOUR OWN NAME to the bottom of the list. )
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Please consider passing this meme through the blogosphere.This is Mimi Pencil Skirt reporting from the lovely land of the Peace Globes.Memeing the Movement.
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So, if you've either done this before, or are contemplating trying it for the first time, go ahead, and get a globe, and use your artistic skills and show the world you care for peace!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Did Right Said Fred get it right?

Ok. Get a bucket ready by your side. Or one of those paper bags people use to throw up in during travelling. I believe that this might cause you to cringe in utter disbelief.

Well, I went into google looking for something earlier, and it led me to igoogle, which had this headline below. My thoughts on the issue are italicised.

School uniform sexy, says group
(Sure, whatever you say)

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian group condemned the uniform worn by girls at government schools, saying it encouraged rape and pre-marital sex.
OK, I'm listening(reading)...

“The white blouse is too transparent for girls and it becomes a source of attraction,” National Islamic Students Association of Malaysia vice-president Munirah Bahari said in a statement.
The uniform is the ugliest thing I've ever seen. From the colour right up to the design. It makes you look chubby. I can't imagine anyone being attracted to them (the uniform as well as the kids, cause everything is just too ugly!)

And, for our weather, imagine having the school kids wearing blouses in black or navy. They'd be roasted by the end of the day!!

“It becomes a distraction to men, who are drawn to it, whether or not they like looking at it,” she said, calling for a review of uniform policy so that it did not violate Islamic ideals.
You must be joking, woman! Why would any reasonable grown man be drawn to school kids in uniforms unless they had strange sexual perversions. Note: emphasis on strange sexual perversions. You could be wearing a tent, and they'd think it's sexy. So yeah, go ahead blame the school kids.

In multicultural Malaysia, home to majority-Muslim Malays as well as ethnic Chinese and Indians, female students at government schools have a choice of wearing a white blouse with a knee-length skirt or pinafore.
The standard govt uniform is that offending pinafore and white blouse (which becomes transparent with age due to washing - the country is dusty, and the blouse needs a good scrubbing to look white instead of beige or off white!) Some schools have special uniforms for the prefects. Mostly it's a long sleeved shirt and a skirt, and blazers on assembly days.

They may also wear a “baju kurung” and a headscarf is optional for Malay students.

Munirah said that “covering up” according to Islamic precepts was important to fend off social ills, including “rape, sexual harassment and even premarital sex.”
“This leads to babies born out of wedlock and, to an extent, even prostitution,” she said.
She doesn't know that her statements are going to be torn apart and scrutinised, and that she's going to be the laughing stock of May. Covering up is fine, but it doesn't prevent these so called social ills. Does she need to be reminded about the enginner who was raped and killed in a bus although she was 'covered up'. What did she do? Bat her eyelashes?

Munirah should have seriously done a survey prior to this. What I'd suggest is a multiple choice questionnaire with the title "What turns you on" It should be a multiple choice type with pictures (in case people can't remember what the uniform looks like) I'd love to see the look on the faces of the victims of her questionnaire.

Had she done that, it would have saved her from all this embarassment!

“Decent clothes which are not revealing can prevent and protect women from any untoward situations,” she said, suggesting that girls wear a blouse of a different colour or with an undergarment.
Ok fine... but no one has complained till today. You do realise that it is a uniform, and schools are cruel enough to punish you for any modifications. Need I remind you of that poor engineer again? And I disagree with your statement. Decent clothes do not protect. Age does not protect.

However, the girls themselves also came in for criticism, with the association saying that some used the white blouse to lure men.“This is the source of the problem, where we can see that schoolgirls themselves are capable of using this to attract men to them,” Munirah said.
They're teenagers who are ruled by hormones. Of course they're interested in the opposite sex. (I think boys, and not men) Nevertheless I doubt they use their uniforms for it. I left school only 10 years ago. The girls used to bring other clothes to change into after school, either for tuition or hanging out because it was just plain ugly, and boring. Enough said!

“This could see them getting molested, having premarital sex and all sorts of things.” – AFP
I don't know why I wasted my time on this, but it was fun. You know, Munirah... I think you're a "mat glamour" You want your name to be famous. You want people talking about that mad Munirah woman in the days to come. You want them talking about you in their blogs. I think your wishes just came true!

The school uniform... sexy? How?
Notes: Picture was flicked off wikipedia. News source was from Star Online.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Stories, and such...

I believe I have something that I usually pass off as a wild imagination. It moves from one spot to another at the speed of 5 to the power of 3 lightyears, which is a gazillion times faster than my fingers can ever type.

Two months ago, epiphany hit. A large number of interesting situations were happening all at the same time, and one story begged to be told. I was tempted to attempt satire! (I guess it would be safer to say that I was going to attempt something that I thought could be categorised as satire) Being somewhat occupied at that time (well, more so than today, of course) I told it to wait while I got some things straight. Meanwhile, I put the idea in an old notebook which I usually use for things like these so that I wouldn't forget.

(Note: It's amazing how many ideas there are that were actually written in the book - mostly cryptic because of the lack of time, and I am clueless on expanding them because I've forgotten the initial idea!)

Fast forward two months later, the story is still at its introductory stages. An attempt to move forward was thwarted by sheer boredom (I was bored in continuing it, and the story itself was moving towards the banner that proclaims "I'm boring!! Read me at your own peril!!". Even for a wannabe writer like me, getting bored of your own story spells doom.

So much for writing fiction. Sigh...

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Of bad eyesight and a slight irritation

"Hey where are your glasses? Can you see? Tell me, how many fingers are there?" they ask, while shoving their stupid fingers right at your face.That question used to irritate the hell of out me.

The thing is, nothing much has changed and questions of that sort still irritate me. The only difference is, the people whom I hang out with these days don't ask questions like that anymore, unless they fancy themselves being the New Age Peter Pan who couldn't fly!

I can't see well without some aid in the form of glasses (or contact lenses), I wouldn't be able to see if you had 1 strand of grey hair in that mass of black. Your skin looks flawless when I don't wear my glasses. Instead of a single light bulb, I get to see about 5 without the glasses (astigmatism!) And I wouldn't be able to say if your nose is slightly off centre from like say 20 metres away.

Other than that, I see you, and your fingers as well!

So, after a few months of procrastination, I finally went and got my eyes checked last week. I had a suspicion that my eyesight had deteriorated in recent months as my headaches had become more and more frequent. It was a fairly simple procedure that took less than half an hour. The good news is I learnt that my eyesight had not deteriorated at all. As for the 'feeling' that my eyesight had become worse, it was due to the fact that the lenses had their positions changed (most probably due to the fact that I have actually slept with them on several occasions, only to chuck them away in semi consciousness when I realise that they are hurting me)

The thing that took more time was the choosing of the frames. Imagine how difficult it is to choose frames when you actually can't see that well in the first place. A good tip would be to have someone with good fashion sense tag along!

It's been 21 years since I've started using glasses. If they were not inanimate, and if I've been using the same pair since then, they could be eligible to vote now! A funny incident I recall as a kid was when I first got my eyes checked was that I had the alphabets memorised after the first eye was checked (just because I didn't want them to think I couldn't read!) and ended up getting a not so good pair because of that idiocity.

Friday, May 16, 2008

My favourite things tag

Got this off Anita's blog...

1. Last movie you saw in a theater?
Yikes, I think it was The Transformers! A long time ago, yeah...
2. What book are you reading?
Selected Tales by Edgar Allen Poe. It's pretty good thus far, but it's taking longer than I anticipated!
3. Favorite board game?
4. Favorite magazine?
Anything on paints. Hehehe... just kidding!
5. Favorite smells?
Freshly laundered clothes
6. Favorite sounds?
Can't think of any at the moment
7. Worst feeling in the world?
Being ignored
8. What is the first thing you think of when you wake up?
No!!! It's still too early
9. Favorite fast food place?
10. Future child’s name?
Haven't given that any thought!
11. Finish this statement. “If I had lot of money I’d….?
Most probably die of shock!
12. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?
Never. And even if I tried, it would most probably end up on the floor by the next morning
13. Storms - cool or scary?
14. Favorite drink?
I'd say coffee
15. Finish this statement, “If I had the time I would….”?
Do everthing I never got to do because of the lack of time.
16. Do you eat the stems on broccoli?
17. If you could dye your hair any color, what would be your choice?
Do you promise that it would cover the original colour? The red never showed!!
18. Name all the different cities/towns you’ve lived in?
Kuala Lumpur, Port Dickson, Skudai, Klang
19. Favorite sports to watch?
Basketball, and sometimes football (soccer)
20. One nice thing about the person who sent this to you?
She's sweet
21. What’s under your bed?
Hmmm... nothing. Well, maybe some air, and err... dust?
22. Would you like to be born as yourself again?
I guess...
23. Morning person, or night owl?
Night owl.
24. Over easy, or sunny side up?
Sunny side up...
25. Favorite place to relax?
At home, sans telephone and computer!
26. Favorite pie?
Don't eat pies... especially after (ahem) American Pie
27. Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint with chocolate chips
28. Of all the people you tagged this to, who’s most likely to respond first?
I'm not really tagging anyone at the moment, so I really can't tell. We've just got to wait and see!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Today in history

Every Malaysian, young or old remembers today's date. It's historical, and yet in not such a nice way. Back in 1969, this day marked the beginning of a bloody race riot that changed the lives of many.

Recently, I had the opportunity to get my hands on a book written by our very first Prime Minister about the race riots that occured back then. It is a very simple book, written from his point of view of the events that took place before, during and after the incident,and as you read between the lines, you can sense some sort of sadness.

According to his book, the communists from a nearby communist country had infiltrated our society and had influenced a huge number of followers. They had a couple of strange tactics to ruin the elections that had been planned. However, the elections had continued despite the hitches, and for the first time after 12 years of independance, the ruling government did not get 2/3rds majority. This ended up with the opposition parties going on a victory march, and many people were offended by certain things that certain groups of people did on the streets. Being multiracial in a somewhat brand new country, some people were extra sensitive, and the rest they say is history.

Many people died that day, and the in the days after. The country had declared an emergency, and curfew was imposed. It was chaotic, and that incident on its own had inadvertently changed the lives of many people and their future generations.
PS: The image above has nothing to do with the book I read.

Friday, May 09, 2008

TRANSIENT THOUGHTS - From sleepless nights to Kellogs cornflakes

I think that insomnia has decided to sneak up on me again. Nevertheless I just hope that it was due to the fact that I had lost my blanket in the dark, was unable to retrieve it at any cost without getting hurt, and that even if it is too warm and a blanket is unnecessary, I still need to hold onto it so that I know if it ever becomes too cold, I'm safe!

I've digressed even before I've begun! Anyway (I'm using too much of this word!), what happened while I was cursing the sudden reappearance of the insomnia was that I began to think of the best way to fall asleep - which is to count sheep. Too bad it has never worked before. I believe that all the sheep that I intended to count were all happily grazing in the greens of New Zealand, bleating away, and were most probably too full to jump over fences just because people needed to sleep. I thought chickens were a better bet, because I see chickens practically every single day of my life. Running on the streets, opposite the house, etc... and then I started thinking about how chickens are slaughtered, and how as a very small kid, I saw an undigested cornflake lying in a pool of blood where a chicken had met it's untimely end, where I was immediately greeted by the memory of feeding some chickens cornflakes - just because the pack had a silhoutte of a chicken (rooster, actually) on it.

I never really slept that well after that because it got too cold. Well, that and the fact that I decided to backtrack my thoughs... Damn!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

All For Math

Image 'borrowed' from blc.com

If it weren't for the absurdity and obscurity that is probability (and maybe locus as well), I'd say that math would have been my favourite subject in school.

Anyway, I got this math quiz question via e-mail the other day. You'd think that with all the worries that occupy the minds of distracted people like me, working on a math problem would be the last priority.

It almost was, and would have been if it weren't for curiosity. But honestly, it was the happiest 10 minutes of my life that day. I never expected to have these words come out of me, but seriously, algebra rocks!!

So, if you're bored/tired/angry with the world for being so unfair... and think that algebra could make you feel better, go ahead and solve the puzzle below and put in the answers in the comments section

A man wanted to get into his work building, but he had forgotten his code. However, he did remember five clues. These are what those clues were:

The fifth number plus the third number equals fourteen.

The fourth number is one more than the second number.

The first number is one less than twice the second number.

The second number plus the third number equals ten.

The sum of all five numbers is 30

The original e-mail had an attachment that could be opened with 5 digit code, arranged in the order of 1st digit - 5th digit.

Monday, May 05, 2008


What if one day, you were awoken to the sound of rustling paper, only to discover a note pinned onto your pillow while you were asleep in which is stated that from now henceforth, you are required to follow a schedule so tight that you could forget to breathe?

I'm not a fan of schedules and routines. Deadlines are fine, but the step by step progress should be given some freedom. Alas, we live in such a world where routine does play a part, otherwise things may never get done. What you end up having is bored individuals who are always seeking for something new and exciting.

Anyway, I was sort of tagged by Anita from Ramblings of the Heart and Mind (well, she tagged me, but not this blog...) with this meme called My Daily Routine

What time do you usually wake up?
six thirty-ish on workdays and after nine on off days

What’s the first thing you do?
groan (if i recall correctly)

Low fat milk on the go on workdays and tea on weekends

Do you go to work/school?

Do you like it?
It keeps me occupied :)

If you stay at home, what do you do all day?
Read, go online or catch up with tv/music and ZZZZ

When’s lunch and what you eatin’?
Lunch has been substituted with brunch. What's in it varies based on what's available

What time do you get home from work/school?
Late :(

What do you do?
Hmmmm.... this needs a post on its own, but to summarise it, I'd say I'm there to ensure that nothing teribble happens to whatever it is we make! Honestly, I'd rather talk about what I'd rather do :)

Dinner: When and what?
Late, and whatever that is available

What do you do to unwind?
Music and books. I used to think that blogging helped a bit when I was tensed up, but it doesn't have the same effect it had like say two years back...

What is your favourite part of the day?
At night right before I sleep

Who’s your favourite person to interact with?
Sister, I guess

When’s bedtime?

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