Thursday, August 31, 2006

Happy Merdeka Day!

Wah, Malaysia 49 years old already....but still Aussie people think I'm Singaporean -_-.

What's to love Malaysia most? Well, here's my Top 10 reasons to love Malaysia.

1) Mamak.
2) Nightlife.
3) Mamak.
4) Pasar malam.
5) Mamak.
6) SS14's Bak Kut Teh.
7) Durian!
8) Ever so lovable Manglish Language. Aiya, mesti love it what...
9) Pirated DVD...pirated CD's...
10) MAMAK!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Calendar Battle: August

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Ok, I don't have that much time to write this entry down in detail, so this would be the shortest entry for the Calendar Battle for now.
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Jojo Struys VS Jessica Alba

Read rules here.

Jojo Struys:-

Jojo who? That cute American (?) singer Jojo I know la. But this Jojo...sorry, I really don't know who she is until I research her online later....

Jessica Alba:-

Ok, this one I know. I didn't fancy Jessica when I first saw her in 'Dark Angel on TV. When I see her in 'Sin City' though, I now think she's DAMN HOT!

K, to the point:



Jojo:

Nice dress...but I didn't feel it links well with the background of what looks like a bedroom. Shouldn't she be wearing a nightgown or something like that? Or that IS the nightgown?Decent pose nonetheless.

Photo Style: 6/10
Looks & Pose: 6/10

Jessica:

Jessica on a swimsuit. Hot. Look at that curve of hers. Hot. Though that bling-bling necklace took the attention out of her a bit. The sea background could have been better though...a lil' dull for me.

Photo Style: 5/10
Looks & Pose: 8/10

Overall:

Jessica wins. 13 to 12. Seriously, who the heck Jojo is? Someone enlighten me please...

Monday, August 28, 2006

QUT Cirqutry Magazine Issue 4

While I managed to find some time to update during these stressful weeks...



Topic is about ways to control stress. So students, you need this advice!

Click here and jump to Page 7.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

I've been away

Hmm....I've neglected my blogging self for quite some time.

Probably will continue to do so until the end of October at least.

It's not easy to juggle my time with my studies and my commitment to the Student Guild.

Despite that though, I did still have time to enjoy myself.

Especially the last week.

I love last week.

It made my shitty 2006 around for the better, as well as my overall stay in Down Under.

Don't worry though, I will still update this blog whenever I'm bored and/or when I have the time to be at home. Just probably will update at random times, but definitely at least once a month.

"OnCe A MonTH!? That SUCKS!" one will say. But hey, at least I haven't thought of quitting blogging for good.

To the loyal readers who've been patient with my lack of consistent updates, I would like to thank you for still coming to this page. I have been really busy getting in control with my life, but I'm really glad you would still read whatever random shit I put on this blog.

Now, would you excuse me, I've an appointment to attend to.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Big age differences in a love relationship: Is it even an issue?

I’m annoyed with some people making a big fuss about this.

Now, we all know the common case of an older person dating someone significantly younger. One case would be a 50-year-old man dating a woman half his age. An example: Siti Nurhaliza’s marriage with Datuk Khalid, who’s 20 years older than her. Another is Harrison Ford’s relationship with former ‘Ally McBeal’ actress Calista Flockhart; she’s 22 years younger than the 63-year-old ‘Han Solo’.



Historically, it is very common for men in classical Greece to marry when they are around 30 and take wives half their age. (Wikipedia).

While relationships with 10+ difference in age is not too common (as far as I know personally), there’s numerous amount of couples with less than double-digit numbers with their age gap.

Normally, it is usually the man that is the older one in a relationship. What about woman being the older one? It is less common?

I don’t think so. Look at Hong Kong celebrity Nicholas Tse, who once had a relationship with fellow Chinese pop-diva Faye Wong (she’s 11 years older than him). What about the relationship between ‘Punk’ed’ host Ashton Kutcher and Hollywood actress Demi Moore? He’s 27, she’s 42. 42-27= 15.



Oh don’t forget American rockstar Kid Rock (35) getting married to ‘Baywatch’ icon Pamela Anderson (39). Not that big a difference, but still she’s older nonetheless.

So what’s wrong with May-December romance?

Now, as far as I know most Western countries now are pretty fine with it (Correct me if I am wrong). However, in Asia we seemed to have a problem with that. Sad to say that Malaysia’s one of those countries in Asia that makes an issue of out of age disparity in relationships.

Of course, I’m just stereotyping and generalizing in Asian culture’s context la! I know not all Malaysians or all Asians think like that. But there ARE some.

So far, what I know is that people think of it as something uncommon, and even a very bad thing to do. They think that such relationships meant something rather than love. There’s the “gold-digger” relationship; one young female would date a really old man for the money the man can provide for her. And then there’s the sex: the same old man would date the young female in that she’s hot and he would like to fuck her. The old lady – young man relationship is even more abnormal, considering that men in general would always rather have sex with someone their age or younger (prettier and sexier than the older ones obviously).

And that is very much the criticism regarding Siti Nurhaliza’s relationship with Datuk Khalid.

While there are such kind of relationships… how do we know she’s not ‘gold-digging’ and he just want to fuck her? Do take note that critics are not always right. Maybe they are really in love with each other after all.

People would usually say “he’s too young for her” or “she’s too old for him”. My question is: How do you define “young” and “old”? I know a 14-year-old girl who amazingly thinks more maturely for her age than her fellow peers (esp. about relationships). And I know two 28-year-olds who act more like 19-year-olds. So how can they say that this person is “too young” when the person has so much maturity to consistently keep a relationship a happy one? Or they prefer to have a couple who have about the same age but their relationship is like a miserable dump?

Another case would be that the younger one needs the chance to grow up. While that is true, that can’t be applied to those who have long graduated from university. And like I’ve mentioned before, a 28-year-old doesn’t necessary act their age. Also, those in high school can grow up faster than you think. Not all, but there are some. Let the young ones decide if they want to grow up some more or prepare them the responsibility on an adult earlier. The old ones should better know if their younger partners are not just having a ‘puppy love’.

My point is: simply because the age gap is big doesn’t mean that they cannot be in a relationship.

Here are the following quotes taken from Wikipedia to justify my point:
“…a popular adage is "love is blind". For those who feel they are in love, it doesn't matter if their partner is several years older than they are. And as factors such as the divorce rate, changing patterns in dating, and basic incompatibilities affecting personal relationships, the average age difference between prospective partners has also changed.
Many find that the younger partner is appreciative of the life experience and wisdom the older partner brings, and the older partner appreciates the vigor, enthusiasm, and new political, social, and cultural perspectives their young partner has to offer.”


So for those of you who think that dating someone much older is just _completely_ foolish, you’re pretty damn narrow-minded. Do be open minded and accept it, as love is blind indeed.

Don’t even bother using religion as an excuse to criticize age disparity. The prophet of Islam, Mohammed is younger than his first wife Khadija. Buddhism teaches nothing about such relationships being a taboo, and I’m certain Christianity is the same too.

As long as the intention is good, there is nothing to make an issue of.

HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean I support the idea of “Lolita”. Any old man fucking an underage kid is just not cool to me.

References:-
Plentyoffish Forums (http://forums.plentyoffish.com/datingPosts4633186.aspx)
Wayne & Tamara (http://www.wayneandtamara.com/topicagedifferenceadvice.htm)
Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_disparity_in_sexual_relationships#Social_criticism)
Various websites for smaller information and pictures.

Monday, August 07, 2006

If Nando's™ have made a dish with Coke™....

Would their promotional poster looked like this?


Sunday, August 06, 2006

Fiasco’s Steakhouse @ Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Fiasco’s Steakhouse is located not too far from the central city of Brisbane.



According to my friend Bec, this steakhouse serves the best ever mushroom sauce in Brisbane and hence highly recommended to go.

What can I say? She’s absolutely right!

While the environment is almost like your casual, pub-and-grill restaurant the steaks is top-class. The meat is exactly how I asked (medium-rare), and the side dishes of Caesar’s salad and baked potatoes are well done too. The alternative side dishes of French fries and coleslaw are also well done. Oh, the portions are huge too! I came to the place feeling extremely hungry (despite my tiny size, those who know me well know how much I can eat) and I left feeling like I need to unbuckle my belt….


Steak with mushroom sauce, Caesar's salad and baked potatoes.

Best thing is: we didn’t have to wait for our meals for long.


Bec's Korean, Bec, Eevie, Eva, Josh

Drinks wise, I only ordered orange juice (as I desperately needed Vitamin Cs) and it was alright. The menu is quite ok in my opinion.


Josh, Eva, Eevie, Ah_Mike, Bec, KimChiMan

Oh yes, the service in Fiasco’s is great!



For $23, it’s definitely worth it. So for anyone planning to visit Brisbane, this has to be the one place you must come and eat!


Wander what you up to now Josh....

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Tell me who's right and who's wrong in this case.

Ok, here's the scenario.

My German housemates and I were watching the finale of '24' at the living room. There was a lot of conversation going on in the show so one of my German mates decided to put the volume up so we can understand the show better.

Now, my Norwegian housemate (whose room is nearest to the television) came out and complained that the TV was too loud for her.

The problem is :It wasn't loud...at least for the three of us. I certainly think that the volume was barely enough for me to listen to the show (mind you that I was just five feet away from the TV). Anything lower and we'll have a hard time to listen.

It was 10.21p.m. at the time so one would think she has all the right to say that we're being noisy.

But she once complaint to me too at 9pm on Saturday when I was watching my favourite show 'Iron Chef'.

And the remaining housemates (a Swedish couple) did not complain at the time when the Norwegian complained (on both occasions).

She complained that it sounded really loud in her room. But that wasn't the case for the previous housemate who stayed in the very same room as her. Heck, when we were actually loud (note: World Cup period) the previous housemate didn't complain. She only did when it was 2am and she had an exam at 10am.

So tell me, who's the right one?

Is ruining a night of television for three men for the sake of a woman's sleep (assuming she actually was planning to sleep) the right thing to do?

Or that the woman is being too self-centred and demanded dominance within the house?

Or rather, what is the fine line between being able to watch television and being respectful as well? Is 10pm onwards what you call 'quiet time'?

Who's the one on the wrong?