Saturday, April 24, 2010

Hulu Selangor By election

By elections usually leave me a little bit restless...but the Hulu Selangor by election is one that is really breath taking for me. Why? For one thing, PR won by a razor thin margin. Thus, this by election is a real test of acceptance of the opposition-run Selangor state, although this is a parliamentary by election.
But as always, whoever wins, will this person stay on connected with the grassroots....or just another one of those politicians?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

steamed fish head

at a food court with my dad. Ordered steamed fish head. this steamed fish head...i loved it, especially the fat in the head. Now i this fat really good as many people have been claiming? The world is full of assertions and claims, it is wise to filter out, and be clever not to trust too much in anything.....but what the heck...i still love my fish head...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Chicken Pox

Hai...had chicken pox the past few days. The fever i had in the beginning was really high and terrible. Times such as this help me to appreciate the blessing of good health that God has given to us. Thankfully, the pox has dried. Took this medicine that i had to take five times a day--acyclovir. Will go back to work coming Monday, after almost two weeks of sick boring...just stay at home email, surft net, watch tv, etc.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

street magicians

Watching over AXN channel, a street magic show by Cyril. Hmmmm....sometimes i think i would like to be one too....perhaps may be more interesting than just giving a lecture in class......hhahahhaha...but i am sure street magic is real, hard work...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

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Friday, January 8, 2010

of 'ALLAH' and "Tuhan"

There has been a lot of issues, debates, arguments, demonstrations, etc. on this issue. As an academic, let me give my two cents worth from my perspective:

(i) linguistically, a word is a word. Its referent may be known by many symbols--Allah, tuhan, God, etc. etc.
(ii) however, we have to look at the pragmatics of this situation. If Muslims want to use Allah exclusively for their religion, what is wrong with that? Why should catholics use "allah" when they could use "tuhan". Why should the Christian God be known as "Allah" ?

Frankly, let the muslims use "Allah" and let the christians use "Tuhan".

But i think the real issue is also the banning of bibles from indonesia, because they use the word Allah. there lies the real problem isn't it...the govt should take pro-active steps to allow publications of bibles, etc. in the Malay language (which is the lingua franca of many of our Sabahans and Sarawakians) and allow the church to publish these materials locally.

It is no problem for the church to use the word "Tuhan" to replace "Allah". In my opinion, it is easy for the catholic church to change the word through its mass media--the mass, catechism, prayer groups, etc.

But the church has to be given the freedom to publish its own reading materials locally.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

disappointing trip

tomorrow going back to KL, after four days in vietnam. Rather disappointing trip for me. Ho ChiMinh city is crowded,dirty and noisy. nothing much to see here. Went for mekong river cruise and it was disappointing as well. Nothing new to see there. Took about two hours plus to go there from the city, and two hours back, duh...and saw nothing.

Food wise, another disappointment. The only good things here are the beef noodles and the vietnamese spring rolls (the ones with pork fillings inside). Don't take the ones where you roll by yourselves (the ones served with pork or shrimp and various kinds of veggies/herbs). It was horrible...
So, take the ones that are deep fried. NOw, those are lovely. Will be back to be home the proverb goes, "east or west, home is best"