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11 August 2010

Reunion of Greatness

In my naive years of 2001, a young trainee teacher handed me a small note in which I kept with me for the next four year until high school graduation. In the note wrote a quote found in the movie 'Patch Adams'.

Though it wasn't mouthed by the Patch Adams himself, it was nevertheless a quote found in the movie Patch Adams. It was from this quote that I draw strength and inspiration in times of doubt. In a way, the quote was my life jacket. Many times upon the brink of giving up, it was this quote that adds a slight push reminding myself to persevere just abit longer. Often times, all it takes is a slight push to get me through tough times.

I could very well turn out to be a different person, caged in paralyzing dark dungeon of hopelessness had not for this quote. You could say that my high school life was indebted to this quote if it was capable of seeking payment in return. Sometimes it does make me wonder how much more motivation I could draw from the man himself if this short quote could motivate me this much

I'd imagine this quote is a mere waterdrop of greatness compared to what Patch Adams has done for the society. Now that i'm a grown up, a simple quote no longer fulfills my hunger for inspiration. Considering all greatness requires inspiration, I shall be on the look out for more. That is why I wish to meet Patch Adams, and 23 other inspiring figure in the Gathering of Great Minds. It is now my desire to attend this event.

By the way, if you are wondering, this is the quote that got me through high school:
"You're focusing on the problem. If you focus on the problem, you can't see the solution. Never focus on the problem!"

I feel this post would be incomplete without a real-life quote from the legendary Patch Adams himself.
"In Russia most of the hospitals don't have any pain medicine, they don't have any money. So if you're with kids with cancer, they can have metastases to the bone; which some say is the worst pain a human can experience. So a mother can be in a room with a child who hasn't stopped screaming in five months. ...85% of the time I walk in there as a clown they'll stop screaming."

Note: This is a contest entry Cybermate's Dungeon to win TWO Season Passes to The Gathering Of Great Minds worth RM988 each!
(For this contest, contestant are required to write an entry about The Gathering Of Great Minds and why you are excited to meet Patch Adams in person.)

21 July 2010

The amazingness of Government Issued Leave

Back in School, the only thing i look forward to is school holiday. The same goes for college and university. Even after 2 years of graduation, it hasn't changed much. Now that I'm in the professional workforce, Public Holiday thrills as much as striking a winning lottery ticket.

After all, how could anyone not love the sensation of a massive cash flowing endlessly into your own bank account, especially when its on a public holiday. Its only unfortunate that it will never happen because for obvious reasons, the lottery workforce doesn't work on public holidays.

Still, the anticipation of a public holiday is enough to provide me with energy of a thousand chocolate bars. And do you know what is the equivalent of a million chocolate bar?

A government approved holiday issued just for you. Now! That is a worth a million creamy chocolate bars of the highest quality.
Yes, the government issued a holiday for me, for two days, and its well written in this letter. Just this letter makes me want to pay my tax.

I know i know... I'm the coolest kid in town.
Want my autograph?

22 June 2010

Can Football Unite the World?

"Always support your team, unless they suck"
---- Kiffa World Mug ----

With FIFA happening right now, the football hype is here YO!

Let me start of by saying that Football is a funny game, consisting of 22 skilled players, one impartial referee, two eagle eyed referee's assistants and one stupid ball. If you can't fathom the thought of 22 people chasing after one ball, then I doubt you'll understand the idea of 736 players aiming for one Stupid Cup that doesn't even hold water.

Think Unification! Football unites people. In a football team, players play together for a common goal. In a fan club, fans rally behind their favorite team to provide moral support. It does bring people together, on and off the field.

You see, I know two office workers who doesn't see eye to eye. They don't even have the courtesy to greet the other, let alone talk to each other. By miracles, I saw them together discussing politely over a problem, which I swear will never ever happen in a hundred lifetime had they not support the same team in FIFA.

It makes me wonder if people can be united through Football (or any major sport event). It bands friends together, it allows for an epic conversion topic and it is a great way to meeting new people. Not to mention 700 million individuals globally watched the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals. Plus, it was estimated that 2billlion people watched the 2006 FIFA World cup. Thats 1/3 of the world population.

You have to admit, that is some serious figure. I'd imagine Sports will give religion some serious competition given how it unites people. The bigger question is: Can Football Unite the World?

24 May 2010

The Legendary Red Knight

Started its first production in 1995 and ended in 2005, I have to say that Proton Satria is one of Malaysia's favourite National Car. The Proton Satria is a 3-door hatchback with its designed inspired from the Mitsubishi Mirage. The name Satria means knight in Sanskrit, a name that does justice in reflecting the sportiness of the car.

My family once had a Proton Satria. Memories of the car is pretty much fond within me as it has accompanied me throughout the year when I was in high school all the way to 2010. What comes next after this paragraph is pretty much a boring recount of my experience with that car.

I remember the first time I drove the car. It was a Saturday back in 2002 when my dad was sitting next to me trying to get me familiarise with the car. Because it was a manual transmission car and it had a long clutch, the car dies everytime I switch from 'neutral' to 'first gear'. Every junction was a nightmare to me. I had to multi-task like I'm a freaking quad processor chip. I had to be mindful of oncoming traffic, feel the vibration of the engine with one leg on the clutch and the other on the accelerator, one hand on the wheel, the other on the gear, and at the same time face humiliation by the loud horn from the car behind and also to tune out my dad's nagging. That's keeping track of 8 things at a time, and believe me, it wasn't easy. Nevertheless it was a great experience.

Other than the first memories of my first time driving, I also remembered the day when I first drove it alone. It was a Sunday at about 4.45pm driving to school for karate class. The first song that came out from the radio was "Hot in Here" by Nelly. I remembered that moment because it was a freaking hot day.

I also remember the fear of driving in a storm. That day I was heading home after having to attend International Understanding day hosted by the Interact club of Damansara Utama School. It was the most frightful day in my driving experience. It was a heavy storm that came pouring out of the sudden and visibility was so bad that I could only see 10m ahead (which is about the length of two cars). And it doesn't help that I had to rely on signboards to get back home as I was unfamiliar with the road back. I almost got into an accident that day because of bad visibility. But it was all good.

I remember being the first among my peers to obtain a driving license back in high school. I was also the second person in my school year privileged enough to drive to school. Too bad, i wasn't a cool kid back then. Else I would have seduced a lot of pretty girls. Nevertheless, I still remembered the many night outings when I'm among the unlucky soul who ain't suppose to get drunk all because I will the one responsible to ferry everyone back home. Hence, the car was well known as the 'The Legendary Red Knight' among my peers.

Such fond memories as I try to relive the wonderful moments with the car. Though it ain't some fancy Ferrari, I sure did have countless great times with that small humble car.
Early April this year, the car has been sold off.
Gone so fast are these nine years. Farewell, Lengendary Red Knight.

20 May 2010

Back to the Blog

"Even zombies come alive after death. It is as if they belong to neither heaven & hell."

The previous blogpost was meant to be the last blogpost. Back then I expect that I wouldn't have the time, energy & creativity to keep up with my blogging needs. Its either i force myself into blogging, or quit totally. Quitting back then seems to be the sanest choice.

Over time, I was exposed to so many experiences. Experiences I felt compelled to blog about. But for some difficult-to-explain reason, I refrained myself from penning it down in my blog. As time pass by, I grew envious by the blog entries made by avid bloggers. Reading their blogpost reminds me of the excitement I once had when I was a hardcore blogger.

I've thought about this for the past 4months whether I should pick up blogging again. Today, I've made up my decision to revive this blog. Except this time, I'll hope this blog more personal than ever. I write not for the public audience anymore, I will write for myself. This is so that I'll be able to relive the awesome experience of every blogpost sometime in the future.

It's good to be back.