Saturday, November 29, 2008

Kuching Waterfront…an attraction or a disgrace?

Have you been to the Kuching Waterfront lately? The so called kuching’s popular recreational spot is now a disgrace too many of us since the recent crimes that appeared to involve students, including the murder of a Form 5 student. This once favorite leisure spot for families, joggers, tourist guides and even the newly-weds taking those wedding pictures has now been tainted with loitering students in the area which has make it an eerie place these days.

It would be such a humiliation to have tourists from both the local and international countries seeing students loitering and walking in space (I’m referring to those who were high on drugs or under the influence of alcohol). This is not a place for students to loiter but then again why they are allowed to do so in the open? Where are the authorities? Isn’t there a tourist police being stationed at the Waterfront? Strangely no one is doing anything until someone gets killed! Or maybe the security guards that the authorities sent to patrol the waterfront were not fit or capable of controlling these youngsters who were consuming alcohol and drugs or those who were fighting.

So I hope the local authorities will not only take serious actions when higher authorities come down from Bukit Aman and once these officers left, the local people are back to their leisurely couldn’t care-less attitude. I am also hoping that the authorities will come down hard on traders who sold alcohol and cigarettes to the students. Placing signs to the whole stretch of the Waterfront that reads “Stay Away From Alcohol! Do Not Destroy Your Future” is not enough and wouldn’t help that much if there is no serious actions taken by the authorities. Signing out. TheWonderWoman

Friday, November 28, 2008

New Dish in Sugarbun

Fish head lovers now can indulge in the new Assam Fish Head Claypot dish at all Sugarbun restaurants here. The dish is a combination of fish and “terung assam”, tomatoes, and lady’s fingers cooked in a special formulated sauce. Told by its Marketing Manager, Clara Chan; their recipe is hot and sour sauce developed by their research and development department. During the promotion period, which lasts until Dec 20, customers can enjoy Assam Fish Head Claypot with a soft drink at RM9.90 only while the ala carte version priced at RM8.50. And the good news is, both packages come with a portion of fragrant rice (which is a must in our society's meal) Singing out. TheWonderWoman

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Something to Ponder

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour a day to drain the fluids from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.

The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation. And every afternoon when the man in the bed next to the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed would live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the outside world. The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake, the man had said. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Lovers walked arm in arm amid flowers of every color of the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance. As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man could not hear the band, he could see it in his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words. Unexpectedly, an alien thought entered his head: Why should hehave all the pleasure of seeing everything while I never get to see anything? It didn't seem fair. As the thought fermented, the man felt ashamed at first. But as the days passed and he missed seeing more sights, his envy eroded into resentment and soon turned him sour. He began to brood and found himself unable to sleep. He should be by that window - and that thought now controlled his life.

Late one night, as he lay staring at the ceiling, the man by the window began to cough. He was choking on the fluid in his lungs. The other man watched in the dimly lit room as the struggling man by the window groped for the button to call for help. Listening from across the room, he never moved, never pushed his own button which would have brought the nurse running. In less than five minutes, the coughing and choking stopped, along with the sound of breathing. Now, there was only silence--deathly silence.

The following morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths. When she found the lifeless body of the man by the window, she was saddened and called the hospital attendant to take it away--no words, no fuss. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it all himself. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. It faced a blank wall.

Moral of the story:

The pursuit of happiness is a matter of is a positive attitude we consciously choose to express. It is not a gift that gets delivered to our doorstep each morning, nor does it come through the window. And I am certain that our circumstances are just a small part of what makes us joyful. If we wait for them to get just right, we will never find lasting joy.

The pursuit of happiness is an inward journey. Our minds are like programs, awaiting the code that will determine behaviors; like bank vaults awaiting our deposits. If we regularly deposit positive, encouraging, and uplifting thoughts, if we continue to bite our lips just before we begin to grumble and complain, if we shoot down that seemingly harmless negative thought as it germinates, we will find that there is much to rejoice about.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My Fav Quotes of the Day

Everything is okay in the end. If it's not okay, then it's not the end...

This quote is what makes me thick to live my live every single day, to face all the challenging obstacles, and to feel optimist everytime when the hardship comes. With this quote i learn to take things positively, stay cool, be calm, though the dateline of the most major project due tomorrow but don't lose the grip of things in your grasp. If you are certain with your decisions and confident with it, the public will feel confident on you as well. Just remember, if it's not okay, then it's definitely not the end. Signing out. TheWonderWoman

Hero Hindustan In Action

Salam semua…Untuk blog kali ini (dan mungkin utk yg lain- lain seterusnya), saya ingin menggunakan bahasa Melayu kerana saya rasa lebih bebas untuk menyuarakan pendapat dan pandangan saya yang ikhlas. Sebelum itu, ingin saya mohon maaf terlebih dahulu sekiranya blog saya kali ini ada berbau perkauman sedikit. Bukannya saja-saja tapi memang hati ini dah naik meluat melihat pertelingkahan kaum di negara ini yang semakin serius. Saya pasti ada ramai di kalangan kita yang sempat menonton Berita Terkini di TV3 jam 9 malam tadi. Perihal yang nak diceritakan saya ini adalah tingkah laku sesetengah pihak dalam persidangan parlimen (pihak pembangkang) yang berkelakuan sungguh biadap dan kurang ajar (sehingga di halau keluar dewan). Orang lain pun nak menyuarakan pendapat dan ketidakpuasan hati tetapi takdelah sampai jerit-jerit, maki-maki yang dipertua parlimen dan sebagainya. Bila dilihat, rupa-rupanya ahli dari kaum minoriti. Kaum minoriti di Sarawak saja la, kalau consider Semenanjung diorang ni ramai jugakla… (pandai-pandai la korang teka yerr…)

Adaka patut mamat yang rasa hero Hindustan ni, boleh dia melawan yang di pertua dalam perbentangan dewan tu. Dahla tu, bila yang dipertua dah maklum kan dia digantung dan disuruh keluar dewan, boleh lagi dia nak tanya berapa lama kena gantung? Pastu dengan bijik mata dia yang besar (ala…yang macam korang salu tengok dalam drama diorang ni bila scene nak gaduh & tumbuk ramai-ramai tu la) dia jerit “DON’T TOUCH ME! I DON’T WANT TO LEAVE!” kat pengawal dewan bila pengawal nak iring dia keluar. Alamak…tolong la weyyy…tak tau malu ker. Ni bukannya perjumpaan biasa-biasa. Ni pembentangan parlimen, dalam dewan Parlimen dan dihadapan ahli-ahli parlimen. Masuk tv lagi tu, LIVE! Hmmh…saya rasa memang dah dalam darah daging kaum ni panas baran kot. Tengok saja apa yang mereka dah buat di rumah terbuka PM kita Hari Raya yang lalu. Macam-macam la diorang ni. Nanti diorang jugak yang bawak lawyer-lawyer diorang bertekak pasal tak puas hati dengan hak keistimewaan orang Melayu. Sedarlah sikit, negara kita ni negara Malaysia. Bangsa kebangsaan adalah bangsa Melayu, bahasa rasmi kita pun bahasa Melayu. Jadi adalah tidak wajar sekiranya ada pihak yang mahu mempersoalkan hak keistimewaan orang Melayu. Last advice dari saya la, kalau rasa tak puas hati, belah jerrrr.. angkat beg, angkat kaki pergi main jauh-jauh. Negara kita tak perlukan makhluk perosak begini. Saya bukan nya mahu menuding jari atau pun bersikap perkauman, tetapi manusia ni ada tahap kesabarannya sendiri. Jika bangsanya dicaci, dihina buat pertama kali mungkin dia masih boleh bersabar, tapi kalau dah banyak kali, habis satu, satu…siapa yang tak sakit hati kan? Signing out. TheWonderWoman

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Year-End Epic Bargains

The Malaysia Savings Sale is almost here. From 29 November 2008-4 January 2009 Malaysians will enjoy huge discounts as the most awaited sale of the year is back. From food to fashion, accessories to appliances and etc, they all beckon with really hard-to-resist prices nationwide! To fellow Sarawakian, why bother spending your hard-earn salary for the air flights to KL, and not forgetting your accommodation just so you can shop at the famous Bukit Bintang or Suria KLCC or the new Pavillion Mall? Have you forgetting something? We have The Spring people! And it is simply the shopping heaven you should not miss. Signing out. TheWonderWoman

Yoga Banned!

Recently we were informed by the fatwa issued by the National Fatwa Council's on the practice of yoga by Muslims as haram. Many comments, judgments and other perceptions bring thrown at the Muslim community. Some views even say that it could create racial tension. (Even Samy Vellu wants to meet up with our PM over this yoga ban!)

To me, I have never tried yoga but have always wanted to try it out some time. But I guess I just have to forget about that now don’t I? Though I personally feel that the absurd ban is not right, however who am I to say that as I am not an ulama in this matter right? I am not trying to be smart here, but I just thought that isn’t it the sincereness and truthfulness of our intentions is what matter most in any Muslims actions and doing? Its called NAWAITU! I am well aware that it is the responsibility of the Fatwa Council to alert all Muslims on something that is not right or can lead to something wrong. But I am just writing to express my honest thought. I'm sure the National Fatwa Council won't simply issue a fatwa without first discussing the matter among all the ulama either within or outside the council. Signing out. The Wonder Woman

Monday, November 24, 2008

They Were Just A Couple of Noisy Frogs

A farmer came into town and asked the owner of a restaurant if he could use a million frog legs. The restaurant owner was shocked and asked the man where he could get so many frog legs!

The farmer replied,"There is a pond near my house that is full of frogs ---millions of them. They all croak all night long and they are about to make me crazy!" So the restaurant owner and the farmer made an agreement that the farmer would deliver frogs to the restaurant, five hundred at a time for the next several weeks.

The first week, the farmer returned to the restaurant looking rather sheepish,with two scrawny little frogs. The restaurant owner said, "Well... where are all the frogs?" The farmer said, "I was mistaken. There were only these two frogs in the pond. But they sure were making a lot of noise!"

Next time you hear somebody criticizing or making fun of you, remember, it's probably just a couple of noisy frogs. Also remember that problems always seem bigger in the dark. Have you ever laid in your bed at night worrying about things which seem almost overwhelming like a million frogs croaking? Chances are pretty good that when the morning comes, and you take a closer look, you'll wonder what all the fuss was about.

Monday, November 17, 2008

SCORE towards 2020

Article From:

THE development of SCORE (Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy), both intensive and intrusive, will represent the last phase of a major development for Sarawak to push the state to a much higher level of development beyond the year 2020.

It will exploit the most important economic potentials, available in the central region, to push the state to the era of massive industrialisation to enable it to become an industrialised society on par with those in developed countries towards the year 2030.

Nevertheless, the development dictates a kind of politics where the government and the opposition should agree to speak on the same wavelength, at least on major issues, with the primary objective to involve the people in the process of the massive development of the region.
Hence, it is important for all elected representatives of the people to be bold enough to understand what will evolve in the next 20 years of economic planning toward 2020 and beyond. The state government, with the support of the federal government, has a perspective of the things that will be carried out during the period.

All the planning, the fundamental ones in particular, will move towards realising the objectives of Vision 2020.

However, the state cannot become part of a developed nation unless the people have the capacity to participate in the big transformation of economic management which entails transfer of technology in carrying out the task from the most difficult one, which is the development of Mukah as a Smart City, to that of providing better amenities to the people.

The following are excerpts from a keynote speech of Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud at a parliamentary discourse in Kuching on Oct 13:

I have been watching the political development in the country for the last one year, after the March general elections in particular, and seeing populist ideas surfacing very strongly.
In fact, they are becoming the most important features of the challenge being mounted by the opposition to score political points against the government. Before this, during the last 20 or 30 years, populist politics had never played a role in Malaysian politics for the simple reason that the people had been focusing on the development of the country.

Obviously, the populist politicians have been trying to exploit some of the social problems which have been overlooked or have not been tackled by the government in the common efforts to bring into proper perspective the socio-economic development in the state and country.

Immediately after Merdeka, the spirit of independence was sufficient to get the people to be more patient in waiting to enjoy the fruits of development.

However, because of rising expectations and exposures to things happening around the world, the people have become increasingly impatient with things being done for them, the state and the country.

In fact, the second Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdul Razak, took the opportunity to frame a political consensus whereby even the opposition should share with the government a certain political attitude — that is to minimise politics and give greater attention to the efforts of national development.

Of course, I share his view because what is the use of freedom and independence if the people are still struggling in poverty; they will not have enough dignity to enjoy their political freedom.

The Wonder Woman:

So what is SCORE? The Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy or simply known as SCORE, is one of the five regional development corridors being developed throughout the country. SCORE is a major initiative undertaken to develop the Central Region and transform Sarawak into a developed State by the year 2020. It aims to achieve the goals of accelerating the State's economic growth and development, as well as improving the quality of life for the people of Sarawak.

SCORE is what the people of Sarawak is waiting for. It will speed up our growth in economic sectors and creates a lot of job oppurtunity. This will eventually lead to the development of infrastructure and utilities. Simply said if the cards are right SCORE will definitely be our gold mine in the near future. In order to achive its goal we need to work and move as a team. Without unity in Sarawak we will find it will be hard to achive anything. With SCORE we will achive the goal of balanced development, and a general improvement in income levels and quality of life in the State.

Hopefully the people of Sarawak will realize what our leaders are planning now for our better future. If we do not realize it soon, SCORE would be just a dream and a waste of a lot of money.

Signing Out. TheWonderWomen

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

PBB's Bully Issue

Do you still remember the statement made by our Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management Dato Sri Awang Tengah Ali Hassan- quoting “Sarawak does not need an act on race relations to prevent racial conflicts as there is no racial problem in the state” It was not long ago that I had blog on the racial issues being an exception to the Land of the Hornbills, different from what has been experienced by the West Malaysians (read up Act On Race Relations In Sarawak? in my September 29, 2008 post)

But now, I believe my nightmare is just about to turn into reality. PBB was suddenly being accused of bullying other component parties in Sarawak? The Former Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) information chief, Baginda Minda recently said that PRS had been bullied by PBB in the past election, and as many would feel that this act is an echoing act to as what the Malaysia Chinese Association (MCA) had said about the United Malay National Organisation (UMNO).

To me personally, PBB might be the biggest political party in Sarawak (of course laaa…since all the Bumiputras name it the Malays, Melanaus, Bidayuhs, Ibans, Kelabit, Kenyah, Kayans, Orang Ulu and many others were united under one group in this party) but this does not mean that PBB is bullying anybody from others parties.

Here I quote an article by Dato’ Peter Minos :
“Everyone in Sarawak can see that PBB has stretched all out to accommodate its political partners in the State BN. This can be seen by the sharing powers, of the giving of ministerial positions among the BN partners and of making decisions that do not hurt anyone”

In his article, he also urged people of Sarawak not to compare PBB with UMNO as he explained that the population pattern in Peninsular is completely different from that in Sarawak, which makes applying the Peninsular political policy wouldn’t work in Sarawak.

So I leave this to all bloggers out there to think wisely before any assumption is made. Lastly, again a profoundly witty quote from Dato’ Peter Minos :

“ People must not compare apples with durians. There are to types of fruits. It does not make sense to compare”

Signing out. TheWonderWoman