This is a personal blog and should be taken as such. So don't sue me if what I write pisses you off. Or if I write lies. Or if I give maladvice. Or if you fail to read through my sarcasm. Et cetera.
I like stalkers.
Is it in bad taste to quote one's self?
"The greatest of debaters are not only the most eloquent -- they are the most bruised, the most resilient, the strongest of heart." -- Andrew Loh
Quotes "How many times have you chickened out?" - Qu Hsueh Ming
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Albert Einstein
"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last." - Sir Winston Churchill
"Affirmative action is something the good don't need and the bad don't deserve" - A wise man
"The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation's greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us." - John F. Kennedy
"The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were." - John F. Kennedy
"I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually." - James A. Baldwin
"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is but a broken winged bird that cannot fly." - Langston Hughes
"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." - Sir Winston Churchill
"Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?" - Alfred Lord Tennyson
"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." - John Calvin Coolidge
"We will either find a way or make one." - Hannibal
"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." - Napoleon Bonaparte
"For evil to triumph, it is only necessary for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
"War begins in the minds of men, and it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must first be constructed." - UNESCO Constitution
"The proper study of mankind is man." - Alexander Pope
"My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death." - Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens): A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
"Patriotism is to support your country all the time and your government when it deserves it" - Mark Twain
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man." - George Bernard Shaw
"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." - George Bernard Shaw
"Democracy is a system ensuring that the people are governed no better than they deserve." - George Bernard Shaw
"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." -- Noam Chomsky
"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell
"When the people fear the government, you have tyranny. When the government fears the people, you have freedom." - Thomas Paine
"I sense a learning: that much dumber people than you end up in charge. Look at the way things are. I'm no fucken genius or anything, but these spazzos are in charge of my every twitch. What I'm starting to think is maybe only the dumb are safe in this world, the ones who roam with the herd, without thinking about every little thing. But see me? I have to think about every little fucken thing." - Vernon God Little, Act II
The Malaysian government's top ethnic Malay language institute said yesterday it may impose fines on lawmakers and officials who use English in Parliament and other formal events without prior approval.
"If there is a need to use words or phrases in English, members of Parliament will have to seek permission to do so," said Noresah Baharom, the language department director at the government's Institute of Language and Literature said in an open letter in the New Straits Times newspaper.
"This is a show of respect for Malay as the national and official language of Malaysia ... DBP will be given a mandate to ensure that `code-switching' and mixing of Malay with other languages does not occur in formal situations," she said in the English language paper, referring to her institute's Malay acronym.
A fine of 1,000 ringgit (US$273) could be imposed on offenders, Noresah said in the letter, but did not specify how the department intends to enforce the regulation.
Most Malaysians speak the national language, Malay, also known as Bahasa Malaysia, but English is widely spoken, even in Parliament. A mishmash of both languages -- known as "Manglish" -- is also commonly used in the former British colony.
Critics have said Malaysia's decision in the 1980s to change most of its school text books from English to Malay has hurt its global competitiveness, and caused English language standards among students to plunge.
Malays form about 60 percent of the population, with ethnic Chinese comprising around 25 percent and Indians making up about 10 percent. Noresah said language mixing would no longer be permitted at "formal meetings."
Vernon God Little, Act II
I sense a learning: that much dumber people than you end up in charge. Look at the way things are. I'm no fucken genius or anything, but these spazzos are in charge of my every twitch. What I'm starting to think is maybe only the dumb are safe in this world, the ones who roam with the herd, without thinking about every little thing. But see me? I have to think about every little fucken thing.
Next up we'll be asking permission to use our brains.
Now that Harvard's pictures were up, I felt guilty because not many Swarthmore pictures were up. So to show you how Swarthmore is more beautiful, here are some bases for comparison. =)
Only a few trees are turning colour.
Garfield (yes, the orange striped obese cartoon cat) once said, "I like fall. The crisp leaves reminds me of potato chips."
Green, baby, green!
Parrish - My dorm + Swat's administrative building.
Magill Walk (Parrish is the building behind it)
Tarble - remember this picture? Compare with this six weeks ago.
Also Tarble. Beautiful arches.
Swarthmore is also a nationally recognized arboretum.
Reminds me of orange Sugus. Remember?
Sharples Dining Hall. You do not come to Swarthmore for its food. Yucks.
The Asian food here is neither Asian nor food.
The squirrel posed for me! Couldn't resist.
Our new Science Center. Designed by Swarthmore Engineering students. Huge windows for natural light. Saves lotsa energy. Windows are tinted so birds don't fly into them and get hurt or die (apparently quite a problem in this part of the world). Biology class here.
Sculpture - Alexander Calder! Right outside the Science Center
We have our very own Observatory.
And our very own forest. Woooooo~~~~~~~
Where I will graduate.
(As some of you can already tell, the only reason I'm doing this is because I'm procrastinating for a Philosophy paper)
Harv: Swarthmore? Wow. I hear that's a hard school.
Something for you haze ridden people.
Autumn at Harvard! Swat's trees aren't even red or orange or yellow yet.
What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
Where the debate tournament was held. I travelled for free, hehehehe. 6 hours roadtrip to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Fun fun. American Parliamentary (2 teams of 2) is so different from British Parliamentary (4 teams of 2 - World Universities Debating Championships) is so different from Australasians (2 teams of 3 - World Schools Debating Championships and Malaysian secondary school debate type).
Rock Fountain in front of Science Center
Met up with Xiang Ling aka Eng Han's friend. :) Harvard's freshman dorms are HUGE. I am jealous.
But what's bad is that everything's locked after x hours. EVERYTHING. The gates, the buildings, the dorms, the rooms IN the dorms, the BATHROOMS in the dorms!!!!
If you lose your card then you're locked out. Then you call campus police. Fun fun.
John Harvard, founder.
Widener Memorial Library
Freshman Dining Hall, not church.
Freshman Dining Hall. HUGE. By the way, one Harvard class (1600) is larger than the entire student population of Swat (1400, 350 per class). Xiang Ling and I tried to sneak in, but it was locked. Ack. Harvard is paranoid. Locks everything unless it's in use.
All in all quite fun lah, but I what I didn't like is that Harvard is sooooo big. I don't like having to walk around to my class and having to dodge traffic at the same time. I hate cars on campus.
Weather was beautiful, though. Autumn weather is ooooolala, gorgeous, perfect for my skin.
Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim said this was one of the measures being taken to strengthen the national language.
"This step was outlined in a special memorandum between the Education Ministry and my ministry which was approved by the Cabinet to make sure the national language is not sidelined in any way," he said.
"DBP can now enforce the correct usage of the national language on the public and private sectors," he told reporters at a press conference at his office yesterday.
Rais said for a start, DBP would advise anyone found using the language wrongly.
Anyone refusing to follow an order by the DBP director-general can be fined up to RM1,000.
Not everything good should be made compulsory, not everything bad should be made illegal.
Nothing better to do ah?
My tax money goes to you catching people who don't use proper Malay ah, but not to catch the corrupt government ministers and officials la, or solving the annual haze crisis la. I see what Malaysian priority is.
Darfur has been embroiled in a deadly conflict for over three years. At least 400,000 people have been killed; more than 2 million innocent civilians have been forced to flee their homes and now live in displaced-persons camps in Sudan or in refugee camps in neighboring Chad; and more than 3.5 million men, women, and children are completely reliant on international aid for survival. Not since the Rwandan genocide of 1994 has the world seen such a calculated campaign of displacement, starvation, rape, and mass slaughter...
Darfur Rally, 17 September 2006, Central Park, New York City.
Blue beret: UN peacekeeping force attire Green wristband: "Not On Our Watch: Save Sudan!" Make Love Not War T-shirt: So apt leh. Emerald shamrock necklace: I like mah. Stickers: Amnesty International and Darfur victim #207576 Bandana: Free!!!