Nee Sern is...

really really sleepy

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Recent Events

Yesterday, Lina Joy was denied freedom to change her religion.

Yesterday, I sent 450 pictures to be printed in Fotokem Sunway Pyramid.

Today, my newly joined colleague expressed his wish to resign from the company.

Today, the 27th INCOVAR Dhamma Camp officially begins in SJBA.

Today, is the 31st of the month, i.e. 31% discount for Baskin Robbins ice cream.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Drooling for a compact?

This is arguably a very stylish compact camera. The IXUS 850IS from Canon may be half a year old already; but is true wide angle lens (28mm equivalent), coupled with high ISO and Image Stabilizer capabilities make it a great party camera. It's currently retailing for around RM1400 with 1GB SD card, so it's still quite expensive for a point-and-shoot. This is not surprising, given the 850IS is actually a lifestyle product that happens to make good pictures. Design and branding are paramount, while image quality and usability are 2nd priority.

There is a replacement already announced (IXUS 950IS) that has higher resolution, but drops the wide angle lens (which is really a shame). Wide angle is so much more useful than telephoto, unless of course you plan to snoop around and be a pseudo peeping tom/private investigator.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Congratulations Suky & Yap!

My ex university friends Suky and Yap were wedded yesterday.

Congratulations to both of you and may you enjoy each other's company for the rest of your lives together!

Thanks for the "entertainment" during lunch too ;)

Congratulations Jsun & Joy!

My ex colleague Jsun (Tho-San a.k.a Jsun-chai) and my ex university mate Joy Teoh were wedded last last Saturday.

Congratulations and may you have a wonderful future together!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

I know what I want next

After intensive photography in Europe last month, I realize what I'm missing in my arsenal... a super wide angle lens!

Yes... those buildings were so huge, those landscapes were so breathtaking... I definitely need a super wide angle!

EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, price around RM2.5K...

Start saving!

Canon oh Canon...

Nikon has already in market the 18-200mm VR lens which is high in demand and low in supply.

Sigma has already in market the 18-200mm and recently announced the 18-200mm OS.

Tamron has already in market the 18-200mm and even an 18-250mm lens.

The question to Canon is.... when are you gonna release a super zoom lens for digital SLR's ??!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Kadar Pembayaran Tol Terowong Bijak

Mr. Arrogant has been in the news lately, proclaiming that the toll rates for the terowong bijak will be very high. Guesstimates from the public has placed the rates at as high as RM4 for the 4km stretch, making it the most expensive tolled road in Malaysia.

Here's what we should expect instead.

Tempoh Tol (RM)
2007 - 2009 2.00
2010 - 2014 3.00
2015 - 2019 4.00
2020 - 2024 5.00
2025 - 2029 6.00
2030 - tamat 7.00

When the toll rate is announced, we will anticipate Mr. Arrogant spewing his nonsense about how the government managed to negotiate a lower toll rate and how caring and understanding the government is to reduce the burden on the public, bla bla bla.

How to convince the unconvinced?

I had a brief moment of realization recently, when a friend mentioned that he will continue to vote for the BN because there is no viable opposition that can handle being in the government position.

It was then that it struck me, I'm really unprepared to "evangelize" those around me who are either:
1) genuinely satisfied with the present administration
2) complacent and going where the wind blows
3) hoodwinked by government propaganda
4) ignorant and maintaining status quo

I can't do much about those in the 1st category, but I can definitely do my part to convince those in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th categories that with a better opposition representation in Parliament, we will have better access to our wishes as citizens of this nation.

Recently I've been doing a lot of reading. It doesn't matter if it's pro government (all mainstream media and some websites), pro opposition (mostly blogs) or neutral standing. With more information, I am able to see more than what the government feeds me via UMNO/MCA controlled newspapers.

Nonetheless, I wonder now what is the best way to "evangelize" the non-believers. I don't want to convert them into blind believers of the opposition. In this respect, I choose to use the Buddhist concept of Ehipassiko (come and see). I wish to instil Right Understanding and not blind faith. The question is, how?!