Friday, February 26, 2010


An inspiring story to start with  -  Mandela winning the hearts of ALL South Africans and Pinaar's World Cup winning Springboks.

I remember how they broke the rugby world's hearts when they beat a Jonah Lomu-led All Blacks team... on hindsight, probably deprived arguably the best known rugby player ever a world cup winning medal.

Who can forget Nelson Mandela's story of forgiveness and inspiration?

The film? Well.... Morgan Freeman as Mandela is a no brainer and he didn't dissapoint. Matt Damon was casted for his great acting skills and not his rugby skills nor knowledge - obvious. Clint Eastwood's direction was great.

Inspiring film overall.

However, we don't get the deliberate factual twist though...
Tthe story surrounds a hand written passage president Mandela passed to his rugby captain Pinaar. This same passage helped Mandela though his years in prison, and consequently helped Pinnar inspire his team to victory.

In Real life... it was a quote from a famed Theodore Roosevelt speech titled "The Man in the Arena" the Sorbonne in Paris, France on April 23, 1910.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

In the film (and the title)... they changed it to the short poem by the English poet William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

 Both powerful... maybe they just want a more poetic passage.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

100224 reconcile#2

First reconciliation days ago.. was marked by fries.. How bloody symbolic.. Well, it's not always gonna be dramatic

This was tougher..
It's a reversal.. Or rather, we needed to hold it together and reverse some situations..

"I am not convinced that I have the basic requirements for this relationship"
"This doesn't make sense.. Not to 2 out of 3 in me.. The rest r just confused"
"This is new.. I never had such tacts.. But it has to be so"

Are we ready?

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

100221 Life's end, Soul's free


5543 at velocity unclear.
Not the unsighted speed.
But vision cloudy blurred
Johnny blackened indeed

One bend too many..
One life too precious..
To kill or killed be
Instinct over cautious..

The rubber failed the stir
The world in reverse
A thud before the river
Soft landing without burst

The hundreds watched in pain
Hundreds more in beyond
The few tried in vain
The saints lifted him gone..

A life for a life?
I cannot tell for sure..
My senses he did arise
We got home in sober.
Bless you brotherX

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

LUNA New Year FAQ...

Aunt: not shy receiving ang pao from younger married cousins? .. Me: strange, yes.. Shy? Nup :)

Old foreign friend : hey u happy Valentine's! Who's your current main dish?.. A: it's lunar new year here... Main dishes many many!

Q : happy NY, when r u getting married??.. A: still looking.. Q: stop looking! Just marry!!

Q: happy NY, why never bring girlfriend? .. Q: don't hv one.. A: it's time u buy bigger car !!

Q: still not married?.. A (tired): yes.. Q: auntie has a friend who has a nice daugther.. A: can test drive first? .. Q: ha?

Monday, February 15, 2010


Happy Lunar New Year...
Have a cracking Tiger year!!!

oh ya... Happy VD too... don't let the disease get to you...


Saturday, February 13, 2010

still beyond my reach.. thru the dark...

one that i left out by accident.

Here, I am...
And beyond the reach of my hands
She's sound asleep
And she's sweet another know why
These dreams could've seen her
And I watched her slipping away
And I know I'll be hunting high and low
There's no end to the lengths I'll go to
High and low
There's no end to the lengths I'll go to
Find her again
Upon this my dreams are depending
Through the dark
I can hear the pounding of her heart
Next to mine
She's the sweetest love I could find
So I know I'll be hunting high and low
There's no end to the lengths I'll go to
High and low
Do you know how it feels to love you?
Do you know how it feels to love you?
High and Low

Thursday, February 11, 2010

110210 pairity

Some have found their true pair, some anyhow pair, some multi-pairing, some in repair, some have despaired..

The rest are in long human chains of pursuit..

Sometimes.... one of the chains become a full circle.
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Lost in Converse

Sometimes.. Just gotta make a choice..
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Monday, February 8, 2010

Day Trip around West Perak

trips like these remind me why I still love this country.. why I'm still here trying to make a difference.

More pix on Picasa

Thursday, February 4, 2010

030210 post Muse

Rise against.. Uprising..
Mosh, swear, breathe.. outstanding...
Seeking the strengths.. Wanting the highs..
Feeling every muscle.. Filling every thoughts
No answers.. Just more soreness
Past and future.. Theirs and ours..
They collide.. In silent pleasures..

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Happy 83rd birthday, my beautiful grandma
I still miss you every day, mama.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

020210 KhelL to SINless

Of opportunity n hope or escapism n pretence?
For the better or worse, need of faith or impatience?
Revelation or more deception? Will we like the revelations ?
Are we seeking answers or just more twist to our journeys?
Is the SINess light the tunnel's end or the guide to deeper rubbish?
Will the doors swing open or will we hit our own front teeth ?
It's up to us..
We just gotta keep it together.. Now that's the hell's bitch :)

We would like to meet them - your complicateds..
Show us, introduce them to the disConnecteds..

Monday, February 1, 2010

Having a bad day?

Someone else always has it worse.. Hehehehe
Yummy dinner though..
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