Saturday, 17 June 2017

Somewhere In A Parallel Universe Far Far Away

Had Malaysia been an English-speaking nation, its national anthem, like America's 'Star Spangled Banner', Canada's 'O Canada' and Britain's 'God Save The Queen', might have been something like this:

[sung to the tune of Negaraku]




O land of mine,
So blessed by God and so divine
Especially in terms of harmony;
No other king was loved more than our own
Or such a thing as flags more proudly flown,
No other king was loved more than our own
Or such a thing as flags more proudly flown.

And two of its patriotic songs might also have been something like this:

[sung to the tune of Setia]



A nation the world's ignored before
Suddenly was the talk of every town
As its growth rate upwards climbed all the time
Whilst everyone else's went down.*


It was a vision of national greatness
That has brought us where we were today:
An economy that has come to be 

Regarded by the world as impossible;*
It was a vision of national greatness
That has stirred us up too in a way:

Such as number one, second best to none, in all we sought to do till it was done.

* [high single-digit growth rates from early 1980s to mid-1990s]


[sung to the tune of Sejahtera Malaysia]




A nation no one's heard about before's
About to be made known forevermore
In ways not heard about before:
Malay-ay-sia forevermore.

And, yes, were we found worthy of the land,
Almighty God would see and understand
That we deserved what greatness was in store:
Malay-ay-sia forevermore.

Harmony was something that came naturally
For the whole wide world to see;
The king we loved whilst God above has blessed us quite abundantly.

And, yes, were we found worthy of the land
Almighty God would see and understand
That we deserved what greatness was in store:
Malay-ay-sia forevermore.

Friday, 16 June 2017

My X'mas Shopping List

1. Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM (still a Nokia at heart)
  

Retail Price: US$133   
Savings In Hand: US$35 --> US$70 --> US$105 --> US$35 --> US$0.00
Acquisition Status: Pending


2. ASUS ROG GL753VD 17" 16GB Gaming Laptop 


Retail Price: US$1,049
Savings In Hand: US$0.00
Acquisition Status: Pending


3. 1969 Pontiac Firebird V8 335 HP








Retail Price: US$35,995
Steering Position Relocation (L.H.S. --> R.H.S.): US$ ?
Transmission System Modification (Automatic --> Manual): US$ ?
Shipping Fees: US$ ?
Savings In Hand: US$0.00
Acquisition Status: Pending

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

A Disillusioned Atheist's Guide To Choosing The Right Religion

Ask yourself:

1. Does this religion's God teach you right from wrong?
    (a) Yes   (b) No

2. Does this religion's God show you the way to salvation in the next
     
life by good deeds in this life?
    (a) Yes   (b) No

3. Does what this religion's God say will happen come to pass?
    (a) Yes   (b) No

4. Does this religion's God speak to people through prophets with 
     God-like miracle-performing abilities as opposed to mere 
     mortals whatever their exalted  positions in society might be?
    (a) Yes   (b) No


If you have answered 'No' to all of the above, this religion is definitely not for you. 


If, however, you have answered 'Yes' to all of the above, this religion is the right one for you, regardless of whether you intend to honor / fulfill its obligations and requirements or otherwise, as that is what salvation is all about - free will.

  


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Chasing Sunsets


Chasing sunsets
And capturing them on film
As I succeeded in doing moments ago
Is a hobby of mine.
Someday I'm gonna paint them
As well as cloudy blue skies
Like a Van Gogh or Monet would
As that is a dream of mine.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Eurovision 2016 Top 10 Songs In My Book

Judging Criteria:- 

(i) Entertaining
(ii) Enjoyable
(iii) Good Market Response If Recorded & Marketed By A Record Company
(iv) Hit Song Potential As In The Case Of Abba (Waterloo, 1974)


(in reverse order)

No. 10 -- Azerbaijan / Miracle by Samra




No. 9 -- Spain / Say Yay! by Barei




No. 8 -- Armenia / Love Wave by Iveta Mukuchyan




No. 7 -- Russia / You Are The Only One by Sergey Lazarev




No. 6 -- France / J'ai Cherche by Amir




No. 5 -- Lithuania / I've Been Waiting For This Night by Donny Montell




No. 4 -- Belgium / What's The Pressure by Laura Tesoro





No. 3 -- Bulgaria / If Love Was A Crime by Poli Genova





No. 2 -- U.K. / You're Not Alone by Joe & Jake





Honorable Mentions:-


(i) Sweden / If I Were Sorry by Frans





(ii) Cyprus / Alter Ego by Minus One





No. 1 -- Netherlands / Slow Down by Douwe Bob





Thursday, 10 March 2016

Two Sides Of A Coin


A woman's beauty is defined by her face, her hair, her hands, her legs and her figure. If she chooses to hide them from the eyes of every man except her husband's, who are you to pass judgement?  - Anonymous   


                        

                        
                            





Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The Virtues Of A Good CEO

1. A good CEO is like a ship's captain who captains his ship 
    from the deck of his ship, not from shore via satellite     
    link or such.

2. A good CEO treats his subordinates as equals, each with 
    his own job responsibilities, not as servants, butlers or 
    slaves.

3. A good CEO always has time to listen to the problems of  
    his subordinates no matter how busy he might be.    

4. A good CEO never treats his office as an extension of his   
    home regardless of the time or day.

(...another work in progress...)

Somewhere In A Parallel Universe Far Far Away

Had Malaysia been an English-speaking nation, its national anthem, like America's 'Star Spangled Banner', Canada's 'O Ca...