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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Still in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong now is so different from the old that I've heard of, and seen on TV. I've always heard that Hong Kong was a loud & rude place, where tourists fear the peddlers. If you ask about prices & you don't buy, they will give you hell.

But on the contrary, the new Hong Kong is full of patient, polite & helpful people, who will try their best to assist you. they'd happily give you directions even if you don't buy anything from them. Oh, and most of them talk softly in public places now.

So far, what I've seen here impresses me. Hong Kong now has moved up several notches in my scale, to be at par with Japan now.

Will write more soon.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Hello from Hong Kong!!!

Hi All!

I am now writing this from the Land of Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fatt, Andy Lau & Jackie Cheung. But I haven't seen any of them yet.

Lots of things to see here & lots of things to eat. Will write a full report when I come back.

Monday, January 7, 2008

I'm MAD as HELL!!!!

In the movie Network, Peter Finch delivered one of the most memorable lines in film history:

I'm MAD as HELL, and I'm not going to take this anymore!

A couple of days ago, you might have noticed that it was impossible to get into my blog. Anybody who has tried getting in would be automatically redirected to this stupid @#$%^&* site:

I think this site must have popped up on my face about 50 times as I tried to to find ways to get rid of it.

I felt so sick of this picture. The more it popped up, the more I believed that it was alive & was trying to taunt me. I know she's just a poor innocent model, but I felt like giving her a good slap.

My apologies. I very rarely swear, just in case there are little children reading my blogs. Please know that this is entirely not my fault.

I panicked for two days not knowing what to do. I did a bit of research & tried out a few things, but nothing worked. It seemed that this problem was pretty new on the internet, and people are just beginning to be aware of it. So not many people really knew what should be done.

Suspecting the problem to have come from one of the widgets, I removed them painstakingly one by one. In the end, I traced the problem to Advertlets! @#$%^&* Advertlets!!!

It's probably not their fault, but I just need to let off my steam at something.

So if you look at both my blogs, they're without Advertlets now. I don't know why it's not happening to everybody, but I thought that I should share this with you in case you get it as well.

I lost all my readers in just ONE DAY. Just imagine how that translates into my advertising revenues. (Actually, that was just me trying to be dramatic about it. It makes this blog a little bit more interesting to read. The readers have come back lah. And what advertising revenues are my blogs generating? Maybe a few measly, smaller-than-peanuts cents)

UPDATES: I just found out what seems to be the problem. I think Advertlets didn't renew it's domain name or something. It has diasappeared from the face of the internet!

LATEST UPDATES: Advertlets is up again. There's no sign of any apologies or indication that there was a problem before.

Well, this is not a movie, and I'm just a small time blogger. But I'm still MAD AS HELL TOO!!!

Watch the clip & listen. It's so relevant to Malaysians today.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

A Snapshot of Sibu Houses

When in Sibu, sometimes, you'll feel like you're trapped in time. Time, like the Malaysian government, seems to revolve in a circle but it's not really going anywhere.

If you drive around town, you can still see really old houses from days of old.

The people living here in this house probably still crap in the drain, and spit onto the floor. But then again, that might not be true cos I'm just kidding.

This house is right in the middle of the town area, somewhere along Jalan Lanang, if my memory serves me correctly. I don't know. It's either a warehouse, or the owner really doesn't like windows.

Sibu is like a basin of water. So imagine what it's like when you try to build houses on top of it.

The water level in the drains would rise & sink in the course of a day, due to the changing tides. Sibu kids would probably have to wait patiently for the right tide to play & crap in the drains.

This place was flooded just a day before we got there. That morning, you'd still have to wade in the water to get in. But by early evening, the water had receded.

I think Sibu produces very good structural engineers. When the land shifts away, the houses are still left standing afloat.

Maybe it's because Sibu engineers grew up in that kind of environment, they know their territory well. They must have spent a lot of time in the drains.

But to say that the little town of Sibu is stuck in time is not entirely true either, if you know where to look.

There are also mansions big enough to rival Ting Pek Khing's T2.

Throughout my short stay in Sibu, I did not get to meet any gangsters, even though I was ready with my camera. But driving through Oya Road, it was a treat to see this.

I came to learn that this house belongs to the notorious top Sibu gangster who's under lockup... at the moment.