Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Classifieds


Oh God, there's a new Artemis Fowl installment!

Awkward?

CAUTION: the picture featured here is uncensored and a little too graphic for little kids. Parental Advisory required.


"Your market value, your resurrection
Your shallow concept
Help yourself, I hope you choke and die"

-pretty handsome awkward; The Used-


That's it for the intro.Need I say anymore?

hey, it's Raya's eve and I'm so not in the mood for Raya. Hahaha. I hate that ****ing shedload of homework. Dammit. and some people just like to get on your nerves. ARRRGHHH!

I hate going to school if you have to face the same face everyday. How sad could that be?

here's a few verses of rage for you..

like a puppet on a string
when are you cutting me loose?
get my life in sync
and be happy with what I choose
It's miserable being tied down and shackled
what am I to you?
just a sickly little mule?
You'd have the bones in my grave rattled

I feel damn angry, I just need to vent in here, I've been feeling angry for the last five months or so, but most of them came out through physical means, and things did get ugly. I repeat, things did get ugly. i was she-hulk the minute I saw red and..let me spare you the details.

I am so totally out of control right now, and sometimes, I feel the 'satisfaction' of God forbid, blasphemies. i am not happy, well, with almost anything, and i can't fathom my sudden dissatisfaction. What the hell is wrong with me??

oh God, now that Mindless Self Indulgence song Shut Me Up is playing in my head like a broken record.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Guilty Pleasure

Today I watched the third installment of The Mummy Saga. well, the action scenes were nice, no flaws for that matter, but plot-wise and character-wise, not as good as the other two. Brendan Fraser looks too young to be grown-up Alex's dad, and something about the 'new evy' that makes it seem as if the two never had any chemistry in the first place. Jonathan's character seems plain boring and didn't help to build up the plot. The lines were tad cheesy. Other than that, I've also watched Good Luck Chuck unintentionally. What's too say? Too much sex, I'm not watching anything like that again. Although I do know that if the boys got their paws on that, they'd be..ah well, lets not get into the details. The boys are so damn gross. Last year, I found pieces of paper in a boy's desk which had 'detailed descriptions'. I itched to give that sample to the teacher, but I don't want to get in trouble with the guys, but what's for sure, you'll never know what's on the twisted mind of theirs. Drat! What am I doing bitching 'bout this in here?

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Viva La Vida


Aha, another movie I've recently watched. You've seriously got to catch this. One of the 'Wajib tengok' movies this year.
In this movie, it explores the theme of humanity, and yeah, maybe on the environment and a bit on metallic love. E.V.E. and WALL.E are so cute, and you can't helpbut feel sorry for poor old WALL.E who goes to extreme measures for E.V.E.
yep, they've got their facts right on the cockraoch being able to survive in a hostile, supposedly 'inhabitable' environment.
One thing that still dissatisfies me is that, yeah, earth is portrayed being all barren and 'inhabitable', but where's the seriousness of the situation? where's the hostility?
It was as if WALL.E was just 'house-sitting' for the humans while they were out for a little bit, yeah, more like, 700 friggin' years!
and I bet with all the pollution, the atmosphere must have been riddled with high levels of carbon dioxide! How can the humans still acclimatise to that so instantly as they set foot on earth? It was as if nothing has happened at all.
They should show the global meltdown due to global warming and the humans got away, okay, logically, it would be a few humans, on board a shipwhile the rest perished in the apocalyptic disaster.
The animators made it so easy, as if giving a message that it's okay to damage earth, cos we're all gonna be fine soon and we can go back and start all over again. That is so not true. who ever gave you a second chance in the aftermath of an undone damage?
Sudah terhantuk baru nak tengadah?
In the mean time, who does all the dirty work? poor little robots like WALL.E who has been running for the last 700 years.
This proves how much human beings have been bad to the bone and still is.
However, I would agree that to save planet earth, the human being population must be rid of completely.

Check This Out


Video: Kevjumba Responds To Haters

Video: Girls Are Like M&Ms; Kevjumba

The point is not the girls, but the color of the M&Ms. Go for anti-racist..

There's a bit of it in everyone.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Long Walk Home

I recently watched The Green mile. Okay, it was nice. I love the drama, and the ending reminded me of Sir Isaac Newton's sci-fi short story, but I seem to have forgotten the title. It was about a super smart computer designed to store all data on human beings all over the world, and people seem to dump all the world's troubles into it. It was also designed to predict crimes, so that the police could stop it. The system has been successful since then. However, there came a point where the computer could'nt take it anymore and orchestrated it's own murder. That attempt was, alas, unsuccessful. That was also the reason why John Coffey chose to die in the arms of 'Old sparky', the electric chair.. quote, " I can't stand seeing people being ugly to each other.." wow, a powerful phrase indeed.

When It Rains

when it rains, and it pours and you're out on your own
and I crash on the couch and I sleep in my clothes....... eh, wrong lyrics!

anyway, I've done nothing for the past few days except eat, sleep, breathe music. Now I have Agnes Monica's Matahariku playing on my Winamp. I've got tons of homework that I have not done yet. I'm now in front of the Old Computer coz the new one's jammed. **** the connection. Now, just so you know, this blog's pretty much Censored and decent, except for political matters, that is.

It was never meant to be censored, unless if it were commenting on issues that could jeopardise the inter-racial harmony. hey, if you don't believe me, check out all my political posts, most of them mainly criticizes Malays. I personally won't give a damn what other people want to do, they have their own free will, but as a Malay, I feel that it is important to 'berpesan-pesan sesama sendiri as well as diri sendiri', right?

no, I'm not making up pathetic excuses to defend myself. I am actually rationalising my cause that many people always fail to understand.

oh yeah, about the title When It Rains, it was random actually, since I did put Paramore's song of the same title in my blog just recently. When I read the title, it reminded me of the recent 1119 lesson, where we learnt Looking For a Rain God and Monsoon History. Two very closely-related literature components to the rain. The latter described the situation with no rain, while in the other, there was too much rain! My, how much the human lives revolve around the rain.

Personally, I look at the rain in many perspectives, negative, positive and neutral.

most of the time, people associate rain with sadness, while some with joy. well, it is fun to get soaked to the skin walking, okay, running, in the rain sometimes, aha! Another word associated with rain- nostalgia.

no, it's not raining in KL as it should be in Kelantan. I hope this raya doesn't rain, it'll spoil the mood, but I would'nt mind if it would, it'll give me an excuse to snuggle beneath the covers.

okay, moving on to the next song on my Winamp now, Mengintai Langit. coincidence?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Saja2

Tagged by Amirul Mukmin

15 weird things that you might not know about Nurul Kamilah:

1. I can sleep with my eyes open, which is why I don't get caught sleeping in class. The only way I get caught is when my heavy head gives in to Newton's Law of gravity.
2. One day, I might be plotting on world domination, that'll show 'em to mess with a meek creature like me.
3. I get 'high' on coffee. I know it's unhealthy, but I think I'm addicted.
4. I'm a sucker for guys in a crisp shirt. blechh!
5. I'm sacrificing my snooze time to do this tag is coz I can't sleep in the first place.
6. I hate dressing up. Really. So, I'm not really looking forward much for the Raya celebration at school after this school holiday. The only thing that's keeping my Raya flame alive for that day is my rave for food. heheh
7. Okay, eight more to go..hurm..I guess that I can say is that I am at my worst when I am angry. so, it is best you keep a galaxy's distance before i turn into incredible she-hulk.
8. I have lots of alter egos and I give them names, then I make up life stories for them, which I use to write for my 1119 essays.
9. My life seems to obey an up-and-down pattern. According to that pattern, it should be going up in a bit, so I'm just waiting for it to get better any time now....please..
10. I can be emo and miss konnyaku the next moment..hell, what borderline personality disorder is this?
11. hey, I'm not really writing weird things 'bout me aite? well, there's one thing I do find weird about myself is that I have to buy at least TWO items from any store that I go too.
12. I'm actually a perfectionist. Yeah, I know not many people believe it judging from my formless handwriting, but I'm serious. I am a perfectionist.
13. Now it's getting hard..hurm..what else? I used to hate having my picture taken, now I'm a photo freak.
14. I find it weird that I am able to be an English debater, but not a Malay one.
15. Lastly, it's nice, for me, to be one of the boys..

okay, so what's weird about YOU??
I want:

AMIN
and ABE DAYAT

to share bout it..

YOU GUYS ARE TAGGED!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

PERDANA ESSAY 2008

Question: What is your vision for Malaysia in 2057 when the country celebrates its Centennial Independence celebration?

Title: Malaysian Makeover: From Manufacture to Multimedia

When the country celebrates its Centennial Independence, I foresee Malaysia as a developed country, with large metropolitan cities populated by technologically advanced and knowledgeable citizens. It would be a prosperous nation with an educated workforce who enjoys a high living standard. We would also be a highly competitive and innovative global player, instantly recognizable and respected in the international arena.

I believe this vision is possible based on Malaysia’s development track record from the post-merdeka days until now, mainly due to its dynamic policies and effective leadership. Also, by the year 2057, Vision 2020 would have long been achieved and Malaysia’s status as a developed country will no longer be in its infancy.

Malaysia has seen a three-phase transition throughout her fifty years of independence. Starting off from agriculture to industry and now, k-economy, Malaysia strives to survive as one of Asia’s economic powers since the conception of her industrialization phase. Tremendous progress had been made within this period, and I believe another fifty years will see the country achieve even higher goals.
Among the earliest formulated policies is the New Economic Policy (NEP) which has been put into great effect in eradicating the identification of race with economic function and reducing the incidence of poverty. When the country’s riches are evenly distributed regardless of race or status, only then can you have active participation from a nation-wide work force.
The Human Poverty Index value of 8.3 ranks Malaysia 16th among 108 developing countries in 20041.
This shows that the standard of living of our people has increased over the years, and as a result, promoted a more integrated interracial society, the core strength of our country’s development.
Statistics also show that sound economic fundamentals have enabled the country to achieve real gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 6.7% per annum. If we continue to grow by 7% per annum, we would be able to achieve Vision 2020 in no time at all2.
Based on these trends, Malaysians are already enjoying a higher standard of living and the economy is continuing to grow at a steady rate. Thus, I believe Malaysia would be a developed country and prosperous nation by the year 2057.
As an extension of the NEP, the New Development Policy was formulated which still focuses on the core issues of the NEP but has been revised to suit the requirement of an evolving international economic agenda. This policy focuses on the next step of Malaysia’s development, which is enhancing the human resource.
In recent years, the literacy rate has increased to 93.5% in 2000 and 92.7% of the male population aged 6 years and over had ever been to school compared to 87.6% for females in Census 20003.

This shows that more and more people have been given the opportunity to obtain education. Due to this, Malaysia’ s Human Development Index (HDI) stands at 0.811, which gives the country a rank of 63rd out of 177 countries with data in 20054.
Other policies have been previously implemented in an array of Malaysia’s national development plans. This includes the Leadership by Example and Look East Policy, which have taught us to learn from the successful. These two policies have also allowed us access to technology transfer and emulation of the Japanese managerial system. Malaysians were provided a valuable learning experience and the opportunity to adopt an efficient work culture and thus, helped changed the people’s mindset.
With the implementation of all these policies and continued good leadership, by the year 2057, we will have a nation of well-educated, intellectual, capable people with good work ethics.
Historically, ever since the Melaka Sultanate, Malaysia’s economic forte’ has always been international trade, but back then, we mainly relied on our natural resources. In order to remain competitive on the global arena, Tun Dr. Mahathir stressed on the importance of industrialization and innovation so that our economy has an added domestic value5.
It was Tun Dr. Mahathir who liberalized Malaysia’s economy because he knew that Foreign Direct Investment was one way to obtain capital for Malaysia’s development. This was the reason Malaysia’s economy was financially strong. Apart from the effective capital control, we were able to recover from the Asian Economy Crisis of 1997 because of our financially strong economy6.
Malaysia was to be made into a business-friendly environment to attract foreign investors with the accessibility of trained work force, well-developed infrastructure and telecommunications support, excellent human resource development, liberal investment policies and attractive tax incentives7.
This has benefited our country in terms of technology transfer, increase of production, expansion of trade, and has made our country more competitive on an international arena8.
The Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) industry alone was estimated to be worth US$75 billion with a compound annual growth rate of 25% in 1999. Exports of electronic products from Malaysia continued to grow and amounted to US$48.2 Billion in 20039.
Our industrialization and foreign investment policies have made us stronger globally in international trade and in fifty years, I think Malaysia will be a competitive force to be reckoned with.
Malaysia’s capability to sustain growth and expand its economic potential through the development of human resource is becoming even more important due to globalization. Thus, our country must embrace the digital age and shift to k-economy.
The platform for Malaysia’s shift to a knowledge-based economy began with the conception of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC).
The MSC in its essence acts as a test bed for multinational companies to explore multimedia technologies. MSC was envisioned to be a catalyst for technological advancement both on the global scale and locally due to its ideal environment for IT and multimedia. The MSC encompasses well-structured infrastructures and facilities, productive workforce, specialized cyber laws that deal with computer crimes, illegal access in intellectual property protection and policies.
These policies facilitated the movement of knowledge workers in and out of MSC. It allows 100% ownership and unrestricted employment of foreign knowledge workers as well as tax incentives10. This will indeed ease the knowledge acquirement for our locals to develop and apply in our innovations for an added value of our economy. When our country becomes a hub of knowledge acquirement, process and distribution, our economy is also guaranteed to flourish as it did during the Melaka Sultanate.
In its second phase, the MSC has been expanded to other regions of Malaysia, for example, the Kulim Hi-Tech Park.
The Kulim Hi-Tech Park acts as a site for research and development (R&D) industries to flourish such as microelectronics, medical and scientific instrumentation, and biotechnology, aerospace as well as other emerging and new technologies. Basically, the Kulim H-Tech Park is set up for scientists and researchers to explore and experiment new technologies to add value to Malaysia’s production line.
Both MIMOS and Sirim are working to also develop an electronics centre and Advanced Material Research centre to control the quality of production.
To date, MSC-status accreditation has been given to 110 companies, out of which 84 are already in operation. In April 2001, there were a total of 180 applications for MSC-status, out of which 34 percent are from foreign companies, 43 percent from Malaysian companies, and 23 percent from joint ventures between Malaysian and foreign companies11.
The developments for the digital future initiated by the MSC would have given birth to an explosion of new ideas, technology and innovation so that by 2057, Malaysia would have become a nation highly advanced in their knowledge and their ability to harness potential resources.
However, lest we forget that it is the people who make the nation; human development must also be taken into account. If we look at the nine challenges outlined in Tun Dr. Mahathir’s Vision 2020, most of the challenges that need to be overcome are those regarding the people themselves.
Hence, Malaysia’s other agenda other than the infrastructural transformation is developing the people themselves as each individual becomes an important asset in Malaysia’s growth sustenance.
The plan dedicated for the human resource development of Malaysia is the K-economy Master Plan.
In the K-economy Master Plan, the nation aims to reduce the number of foreign workers by 100 000 a year, reducing the number of low-knowledge workers 95 000 annually while accepting 5 000 “extraordinary world citizens”12
Tun Dr. Mahathir stressed on the urgency to enhance the production and supply of information, knowledge and wisdom and assure the accessibility to all the people.
Henceforth, the government has taken measures to bridge the digital gap and the people themselves must also be aware of the situation and take their own initiatives to master the digital wave. This can be done by cultivating a culture whereby every person strives to learn and acquire knowledge, and is inquisitive, sensitive and updated of the local and global current issues.
The government has taken several initiatives in ensuring that everybody has access to multimedia privileges and acquire ICT skills. Many efforts have been made in this conquest. For example, e-Melaka and e-Bario programs.
In e-Melaka, cybercaf├ęs were used as training centers to teach the rural community. By the end of 2004 the scheme had managed to train 25 000 participants. Whereas in e-Bario, computers, telephones and VSATs were utilized to connect the villagers in remote areas to the internet. These projects help to bridge the gap between the rural students and the students in urban areas13.
Even now, smart schools and ICT subjects at schools have been introduced to ensure that the people have acquired the skills at an early age.
Thus, by 2057, not only will the wealth and riches be evenly distributed, the people will also get to share equally in the knowledge and skills to survive in a globalized world.

The country does not need workers who are merely robots. The country needs thinking workers who have the knowledge to manage global-scaled projects and make decisions for the benefit of the nation. The productivity of a worker is measured by knowledge and skills in the era of K-economy. That is why the government now is focusing on the development of R&D where a thinking community can be developed through the promotion of critical and analytical thinking when conducting research and experiments.

The education system itself has to take on new strategies to develop a critical and analytical mode of thinking to create well-educated, highly-skilled and strongly motivated labor force14.

To summarize, dynamic policies and effective leadership has seen Malaysia develop from agriculture to industry and k-economy in the last fifty years since our independence. Our living standards have been raised, promoting a more integrated interracial society. There are also more opportunities provided for education. Industrialization and innovation has helped our economy grow and become stronger by increasing production and expanding trade. It has also brought us technology transfer, and efforts are being made for further technological advancement and R&D.

Malaysia also has plans for human resource development to ensure its people have equal access to knowledge and skills required for our country to be more competitive on an international arena.

In conclusion, based on our track record, one hundred years after its independence, I envision Malaysia to be a developed, technologically advanced country populated by a thinking society, a prosperous nation where wealth and knowledge are equally shared. It is a country recognized for its economic strength and competitive edge.


NOTES

  1. Available online at http://hdrstats.undp.org/countries/country_fact_sheets/cty_fs_MYS.html
  2. 21st century Malaysia: Challenges and Strategies in Attaining Vision 2020 (2002).
  3. Available online at www.statistics.gov.my/English/news/pressedu.htm
  4. Available online at http://hdrstats.undp.org/countries/country_fact_sheets/cty_fs_MYS.html
  5. Mahathir Mohamad: A Visionary & His Vision of Malaysia’s k-economy (2002). Quoting Tun,

“We stated our conviction that ‘What we have between our ears is much more important than what we have below our feet and around us.’ We understood fully that ‘our people are our greatest resource”.

  1. Proma-Chondra Athukorala (2003).
  2. Available online at office.investpenang.gov.my/_files/modbuild/pdf_ems.pdf
  3. Available online at www.moe.edu.my/rnd/simulasi/LAP7/NOTA/MARA%20-%20briefing.ppt
  4. Available online at office.investpenang.gov.my/_files/modbuild/pdf_ems.pdf
  5. Mahathir Mohamad: A Visionary & His Vision of Malaysia’s k-economy (2002).
  6. Mahathir Mohamad: A Visionary & His Vision of Malaysia’s k-economy (2002).
  7. Available online at 161.139.39.251/akhbar/economic.policy/2000/ns00309
  8. Available online at pppjj.usm.my/mojit/articles/pdf/April05/10-Zaitun-final.pdf
  9. Available online at www.mier.org.my/mierscan/archives/pdf/musalmah24_11_2001.pdf

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Accessed 28 May 2008.

www.statistics.gov.my/English/news/pressedu.htm Accessed June 1 2008.

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Hong, Carolyn. 2000. <161.139.39.251/akhbar/economic.policy/2000/ns00309> 8 March. Accessed May 28 2008.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

A Day At Senak Beach












Where in the middle of nowhere did I find this place?

I have no idea, but the idea was from Teacher Rozie, and it turned out to be a blast for all the Sidang Redaksi SEMASA members, or REDAX.

It was three days before puasa and everyone had a time of their lives.

Well, just so you know, the 'Senak Beach is in Bachok. It's actually an untouched beauty really, because the pollution isn't so bad and the coastal erosion is not as bad as in PCB. Plus, we had a picturesque lighthouse setting against the sunset sky to boot.

I regretted for not bringing my camera because it was such a beautiful place.
Initially, we had a bit of a problem organising this year-end party, and yeah, I guess it could count as the official retirement for the fivers, so it was a bit of an appreciation ceremony as well.
However, against the odds, despite all the problems we had: being two hours off schedule, the 'dewan makan' not complying to our requests and all..
we had some kampung-style dish of grilled chicken and fish, some ulam and budu (which I stayed away from), some pulut kuning and telur rampai, dalca, telur masin (Affan totally pigged out on it), some D.I.Y. 'colek buah' and syrup drink.. yum..

Afterwards, we had a game of tarik tali, one for the boys and one for the girls..haha..love the feeling of being children once more.
And yeah, since we were two hours off schedule, we had to get on the move for Asar prayers since there wasn't any facilities there.

Later on, the party continues at the Sultan Ismail Airport, Kota Bharu (note: this airport is literally at the doorstep of my school, okay maybe it takes a three-minute drive..)
The certificate and tokens of appreciation were given away, yaddyayyadda

It was a pity that the principal did'nt come, and the whole REDAX team was kind of incomplete.
All in all, the sweat and tears poured into the effort of organising this year-end party was worth it. It was a day to remember.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Run


These were the some of the pictures from my school's Merdeka Eve celebration.
I finally discovered the euphoria of running.
Argh, scratch that!