Post-GE13: An Open Letter To Everyone

To whom it may concern.

TO THE FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS

Congratulations on being given the mandate to administer the state and/or country for the next 5 years or so. Regardless of the political parties and officials that will constitute the makeup of the government, please try your hardest to keep the promises made in your respective election manifestos.  Continue reading Post-GE13: An Open Letter To Everyone

R.I.P. Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009)

Michael Jackson (1958 - 2009)

It’s been almost a week since the passing of the King of Pop, and everyday we see more tributes to his musical genius and reminders of how much of an impact he’s had on pop culture.

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Facebook is killing this blog

Just a year ago, it would not have happened this way.

But let me start at the beginning.

A friend sent me a link to a Youtube video. It’s a tribute to the great Formula 1 ace, the late Ayrton Senna.

I like the video. It’s a moving tribute, lovingly created to honour one of sport’s greatest heroes. I’m especially impressed by the scenes where Senna pulls his car over in the middle of a race and gets out to assist a driver who had just crashed. How many drivers would do such a thing these days?

As a driver, he’s amazing, but as a human being, he’s even more so.

From Wikipedia:

Senna reportedly donated the bulk of his fortune to create the “Ayrton Senna Foundation”, with the aim of helping poor and needy young people in Brazil and around the world.

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After Senna’s death it was discovered that he had donated millions of dollars of his personal fortune (estimated at $400 million at the time of his death) to children’s charities, a fact that during his life he had kept secret. His foundation in Brazil, Instituto Ayrton Senna, has invested nearly US$80 million over the last twelve years in social programs and actions in partnership with schools, government, NGOs, and the private sector aimed at offering children and teenagers from low-income backgrounds the skills and opportunities they need to develop to their full potential as persons, citizens and future professionals.

After watching the video, and reading the Wikipedia article about him as well as his tragic death, I decide to share it with friends and others.

A year ago, I would have immediately done what I’m doing now – I’d have blogged about it.

Instead, what I did was to log on to Facebook, posted the link with a brief comment of my own appended to it. I didn’t even think about blogging it.

This is not the first time I’ve chosen to use Facebook (FB) instead of my blog to publicly communicate my thoughts. With the myriad tools available on FB to share content and opinions, it’s a lot easier and faster to get my voice out there.

When once I would be logging into my blog to see how many hits I’ve gotten, or how many new comments have been posted, nowadays I’m logging into FB to see what my contacts are up to (based on their status messages), or who has challenged me to yet another game of Word Twist, or who has sent me FB mail, who has superpoked me, etc.

It’s crazy. It’s stupid. It’s laughably inane (superpoking?!). It’s also addictively fun.

When I started Facebooking (you know something has reached a special level of popularity when it’s name becomes a verb) not that long ago, like most newbies I’d be adding new applications and inviting others to do the same. Basically, I’d be spamming them.

Now that I’ve realised what annoyances these constant “invites” can be, I’ve stopped doing so. (If anyone continues to get invites from me to install an app on their profile, it’s not me, it must be the app itself. Please ignore it.)

As a communication tool, FB has surpassed this blog’s usefulness to the extent that this is the first time I’ve logged into sashi-isms in weeks.

Not only that, I find it a chore to crawl through the many hundreds of blogs that I’ve saved in my RSS feed reader. This weekend, I resolve to finally bring a hatchet to that giant list of RSS feeds, and hack out a majority of the blogs.

Back to this blog – what will become of it? I’m not going to just quit and delete everything. But don’t hold your breath expecting me to constantly update this blog either.

Maybe such a time will come when I find sufficient inspiration to become a regular blogger again. All I need is a muse…..

But for now, I’ll be over at FB, silently communicating with the masses.

“Sashi is logging off sashi-isms.”

Tanda Soalan

If it was destined to happen, shouldn’t it have happened by now?

Is it normal to feel like you’re barking up the wrong tree, and yet you go and bark bark bark away anyway?

Ever wished there was a “Reset” button for life?

Is it weird to want to know everything, but you risk not knowing anything because to ask about something might mean that you’re invading someone’s privacy?

Why are you reading this?

Everything’s so LOUD!

I was deaf, but man, can I hear now!

When I came to work Friday morning, I quickly discovered that my inability to hear had worsened, and I couldn’t catch much of what people were saying. At this point I realised I couldn’t just wait over the weekend for the ear-drops that the doctor provided me to work their magic; I needed my hearing back NOW.

So upon the advice of a few of my colleagues, I went and visited another doctor for a second opinion. After examining both of my ears, he pronounced them both completely and utterly blocked with ear wax. And that he’d get rid of them in a jiffy.

Woo hoo!

Using the syringe method of earwax removal, the doctor managed to clear both ear canals rather quickly, although not without some degree of discomfort.

As a result, I can now hear again. In fact, I think I’m hearing a little too much!

The traffic’s louder than I remember. My clothes rustle loudly as I walk. The tap water hitting the sink is loud. My phone’s ringtone is way loud. I even hate to use earphones to listen to music now, cos it’s too damn LOUD!

Which is probably a sign of good hearing. I hope.

Thanks for all the sympathy messages and well wishes. I luv u all long time. 😛

And first thing I’m wanna do now is to give a donation to the Malaysian Federation of the Deaf (MFD), or any such charitable organisation dealing with the hearing-impaired. Anyone know how I can do this? I can’s find their contact info.