When and where was your first encounter with monkeys? At Batu Caves? Penang Botanical Gardens? Zoo Negara? In Malaysia, you can find them everywhere! But don’t post it on Facebook!
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It has been a very stress free few months for me. The reason is because I have intentionally ignored everything said and written by the nation’s number one nemesis, Ridhuan Tee.
I have ignored his weekly columns and I have ignored all the things that were written about him. Whenever I see his name crop up on my computer screen, I just click away. It’s nice!
That is, right up until a couple of days ago when a friend of mine tagged me in a post on Facebook which had a link to an article about Ridhuan Tee. Ahh… it was good while it lasted!
It was about Ridhuan Tee, in one of his columns, wondering why no one had come to his defence when he was investigated for sedition once before regarding an article he wrote.
It seemed like he was so jealous and envious of the fact that so many Malaysians had come forward in support of Assoc. Prof. Azmi Shahrom when he was charged for sedition recently. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]
It’s that time of the year again when the nation is gearing up for the tabling of the 2015 national Budget by prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
This is when issues about the economy and finances start cropping up taking centre stage in the people’s minds. And of course the number one topic has to be cost of living.
And why wouldn’t it be, right? The rising cost of living in Malaysia affects every person in the country who is, well, living.
Without a doubt, every year, things get more expensive and we have to continue to spend more just to maintain a certain standard or quality of living that is considered decent.
It’s different for different people. Some are happy just being able to survive and put food on the table for themselves and their family while others want a little bit more of an enhanced lifestyle.
How ever you define your standard of living, one thing is constant – as the years go by, you need more and more financially to be able to maintain it, what more to improve.
It is only natural for human beings to expect that to improve your financial situation, you will most probably have to put in more effort.
We are taught that if we put in effort, be it more thought or even more physical work, we will reap the benefits. And for the most parts, this is true.
If we work harder at our jobs, we expect to be recognised and rewarded for it. If we work hard and pursue and education, we also expect there to be a reward for it.
So, I cannot fathom the reasoning of elected leaders who go on and on about how we need to appreciate the fact that the government of the day is so generous in giving handouts.
They go on and on about how cash handouts like the ever increasing BR1M money giveaway and subsidies for petrol, cooking oil, flour, etc, improves people’s lives.
For example, the deputy finance minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan recently said that with all the handouts given, it should cover the living expenses of Malaysians for three months. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]
We live far from where we work. We work in the city and we live on the outskirts. But that’s what we can afford. It’s a trade-off between travel distance and a bit of space and solitude.
When Athena turned two years old, my wife and I decided to send her to play school because she’s a really active and playful girl and it seemed like she would be bored at home all day.
We did a little bit of research and settled for a school near where we work in the city. We liked the teachers, students and it also meant that it was easy for us to send her in the morning.
The only problem was the fact that one of us had to leave work in the middle of the day when her school ended to fetch her and send her home.
Did I mention we live far from work? So what that means is that either my wife and I will have to spend an extra two hours commuting every day.
This extra two hours is in addition to the one hour we take to travel to work in the morning and another hour back from work in the evening (this is with heavy traffic of course).
In the beginning, it was alright. We were excited to see Athena so happy going to school and making friends. And we thought it was worth the effort.
Then the second year of school came about. Exhaustion started to creep into our lives as the extra commute starting taking it’s toll on us. [Click to read the full article at MakChic.Com]
The Islamic State seem to be doing a much better job on the Internet than Al-Qaeda or the Taliban ever did in their day. But they all will never be able to beat the Internet-savviness of that Nigerian prince!
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