Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sometimes love comes around

This is an awesome awesome video! You guys gotta see this video man..the guy is good and the girl is awesome!

P.S : The girl is so cute, adorable and pretty!and not to forget, she has one of the best voice too! seriously, you gotta watch!

Im very frus these days. it doesnt help when i cant even open facebook or my inbox on my laptop. Screw it.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much

When I first entered primary school, I was told by my mum that smoking is not good. When I was in early secondary school, smoking to me was un-cool and it was only for those teenagers who wants to show off their "Ah beng" style to attract girls (which until today I think that they do not really work on nice, decent girls). During the later years of my secondary school, smoking was really bad for health to me, thanks to all the ads about the negative side of smoking. Come college, smoking was beginning to look normal to me as everyone around me is smoking but the image of the ads about smoking is still lingering around me to stop me from taking that forbidden puff.

However, as I enter journalism, my perception from smoking being bad is slowly taking its turn to being a normal thing in society. Something so routine that I feel like, drinking a glass of water. What changes me perhaps is my working environment. Almost everyone (I think its only me and Aik Meng as an exception) smokes. Perhaps its the stress they are going through. But the amount of cigarrettes my colleagues puff are unbelievable.

After much deliberating (with myself), I find that I could accept IF (its all in caps, if you do not notice it) I start puffing the forbidden stick.

But, I'll leave that in the future though when I am much much older and I am really into the journalism line, not now. Who knows, by then some scientist somewhere might invent a form of healthy smoke (bubble pipes, anyone?).

For now, as an intern, I shall keep myself satisfied with a cup(maybe two or three) of Nescafe cum Milo from the ever so reliable coffee vending machine whenever I am under stress.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Misconceptions of the 'lonely' songs

[Warning: This will be an emo/whining/sad post. If by reading this, will make you think any lesser of me please do not continue on. If it does not make you feel so, you may continue or if I am already a lesser being to you, you're welcome to indulge in my misery. Thank You.]

How many of you have heard of lonely songs before? I think (and I dare to say) all have, in one form or another.

Now, how many have listened to lonely songs and sometimes feel that its so cliche, tasteless and repetitive? I am pretty sure there would be many (Me included).

Right, how many have listened to it, and feel emo and all those crap just to garner attention (presumably from girils, for the guys perspective)? This I can say, a lot (and again, me included).

So, based on my simple observation, all these sad, romantic, emo, down or whatever you call it songs gets it unfair share of criticism. I mean, the songwriters must have received lots of stick from people for writing sad and miserable feeling songs about breaking up, someone leaving and so on and so forth.

These criticisms actually are not directly directed to the songwriters (I do not know what I really typed in the paragraph before this), it is more directed to those people, who listens to it, and do not really indulge in the song. Instead, they use it to gain attention from their peers or as a tool for hitching up chicks. Its pretty sad when this happens. I know why people do that though, it works at times, especially if you're one heck of a pathetic fella (yes, i admit i was pathetic last time.)

Sometimes, or should I say most of the time, songwriters wrote their songs from what they gone through and it is real. It should not be used as a tool to be emo. You wanna emo, sit a corner by yourself and listen it by yourself. Don't bring others in with your down/sad/miserable looks Respect the songwriter, dude.

Lately, I've been listening to lots of these sad songs. And lots today because the Sultan of Johor passed away (R.I.P your Highness) and Fly.Fm have been playing sad and slow songs a lot today. It made me think while listening to the songs. I can feel what the family members feel. Sad. Same goes to those who lost their beloved love ones in the dragon boat tragedy. Some of the songs can put you in their shoes. It is not hard to put yourself in their shoes. We are all humans. All we need to do is just open up. Think what would they feel, when someone you cared so much, gone forever just like that. Then, you would understand songs like No Promises by Shayne Ward or Like You'll Never See Me Again by Alicia Keys.

No matter how long you are seperated from your loved one, be it a day, a week or a year, you'll feel empty. I know I do. I have to admit something though, sometimes, I do not understand one of my close friend's sadness of her leaving her bf behind, only for 10 weeks and I am here, not gonna meet mine (gf not bf) for atleast another 17 months. Hell, I would trade places with them anytime man. After thinking about it though, it struck me that, I once have to be without my girl for a month, I am even more devastated than that. Perhaps, this is human nature. For them, those 10 weeks might be like 10 months. Though it may sound like a short time to some people, it does not to them. Cause, these two people are in the relationship, not us. So, they know what and how they feel, not us. Same goes to my case. 17 months might be a hell of a long time to me, but, it beats those who has to wait their whole life just to meet their loved ones. Those people are those who lost their loved ones. For some religion, to meet them, you have to wait for your time on this wretched place to stop ticking before you could move on. Sounds like a hell lot worse compare to mine. However, like my close friend's case, you could not take that feeling of seperation from me as to me, it is painstakingly long.

So, I dare to say that, now, I fully grasp the concept of sad love songs. It is what the writer go through and he or she has the gift to put it down in not only pen and paper, but music as well, to tell those outside who are going through the same turbulent emotions, you are not alone.

That concludes my sad emo post, hopefully no more for a forseeable future. This post is one of the few post which i wrote it raw. I do not arrange what I want to write and points might fly everywhere.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The very latest from Petaling Jaya

This is day number 11 (if I am not mistaken) in Malaysia's capital, well sort of. I am in PJ actually. Anyways, I have started my training, together with another comrade(not in terms of football) YAM - Yap Aik Meng. It has been smooth sailing and I must say, I am enjoying my time here. However, nothing is perfect and the downside of this is the parking fees imposed here. I've spent a total of RM50 on parking for the last two days! Gosh.

Apart from that, Malay Mail (an ENGLISH newspaper agency) is actually a very nice place to be at. I was expecting all the hoo -hahs that you'll get from the senior reporters there, all the snobbish looks and yes, a very angry looking-foul mouthed-short tempered editor. This was not the case. People there are very friendly, albeit a few, but majority of them are pretty nice..including the editor.

I must say, I look forward to work everyday as I realised, I learn a lot each passing day. You can't learn some of the stuff here by just sitting down in a classroom in college, you have to come and experience it yourself. Things like, putting your nerves (and balls) together to call some big shot people that you runs one of the biggest company or even politicians.

Just recently I've been to my first press conference and it was an eye opening experience. Though I was a little lost in the process and I did lots of mistake writing the news, it is all part of the learning process. That's what I tell myself. I mean, no one in this world have never failed in their life before right? Some of the most successful people have failed. Donald Trump had failed before, he was almost declared bangkrupt. Bill Gates dropped out of college and look where he is now. Robert Downey Jr had a few miserable years, fighting addiction and look at him now, being the rich flying tin man. Tiger Woods failed in his marriage but bagged almost a dozen of blondes (Amazing) . Yea, so what Im trying to say is, to be successful, you have to fail..minus the part about Tiger Woods.

It looks like its gonna be a gloomy start to the year of the Tiger. Thousands of life have been taken away by the ferocity of mother nature. The Haitian tragedy is another wake up call for the power of mother nature and how much destruction it can bring. Thousands are dead and more are grieving for the lost of thier family members. Closer to home, six have lost their life in a mishap. It feels so surreal that things like this could happen so close to us. I guess I do not need to ellaborate on that. It made me think that life is really really fragile and unpredictable. One moment you can be happily sitting side by side with your family, cracking a joke or two, the next realised that they could be gone. Forever. So it is still not too late to appreciate what we have right now.

Perhaps that is the reason why I'm starting to feel a lil home sick right now though before this, I was coping well. All these tragedy made me think of home. I did not actually bid an actual goodbye to my parents, let alone my brothers. Now, looking at all these tragedies (one of the downside about being a journalism) I really really do miss my family. Cheesy. But it's true. I could hear from the phone calls my mom gave me every evening that she misses me and that my dad is worried about me. However, being the boy that was brought up to show less affection towards parents, I was steadfast except for some moments when I really did say "I miss your nagging" to my mum. And my bros, ahh..I miss the sarcastic remarks my brothers will give me about my room, about how they are better than me in basketball and the time we played football games. Yes Ang Sher Lyn, I do miss home now but I'm still coping well. haha.

Another person I would be missing now, and has always been and whom I considered as part of family as well. Yes, the girl that is thousands of miles away from me in a little state of republic called Taiwan. She recently has cleared one of her biggest issue, which involves her identity. I am happy. I truly am. However, I am also sad that she is not gonna be here..until next year September. I dont know about you guys. Holding my fort until now, which is like around five months, is not an easy task. Not at all. Yes, there are friends and dont get me wrong, they are very important as well and part of a reason why I am still looking forward to some days. But I do have to say, ShinRui, she is at another level. I do not doubt friend's importance like I've said before but..they could not give me what she has given me. I am sure you guys would understand what I mean right? I miss times when we go walking around in the mall. I miss times when we watch movies in the cinema. I miss sitting beside you. I miss putting my hands around your shoulder. I miss the feeling of looking forward to meet you. I miss quarreling with you in real life, not skype, as we can make up easily after every fight. Five months is already so tough, to tell you the truth, I do not know whether I have the strength to go on for at least another 19 months. I do not know what would happen in the future, but this is not a giving up statement. Just some thoughts that has been lingering in my head for quite some time.

And yes, KL seems a lil bit more entertaining, having the crazy monkey dude, Ang Sher Lyn here with me. Glad that you are here! =) We gonna make it through this industrial training aite? Stay strong! It seems weird writing this down here as in aproximately 11 hours, I am gonna meet you again and that you stay less than 200m away. Yi-Wen, dont worry. she misses you alot. haha.

Tomorrow, I am gonna go do some investigative reporting! woots! Wish me luck though that I wont get myself into any trouble. haha.

Btw, the late post is due to my tight schedule now that I have to work, clean my stuff, wash and hang my clothes and bla bla know the drill.

So hopefully I will be able to post up another one tomorrow! Goodnight peepz!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

This Is Something Special For Someone Special

Once upon a time, I came to know of the existence of this girl.

I was playing basketball and there she was, standing by the outside of the court with a book in her hands together with her group of friends.

My first thought, "Man, this girl is a nerd! Studying at a basketball court?"

Then i've got to know her more..She and her group of friends joined the game, with their own version of "basketball".

Oh was I wrong. I was hell wrong that she was a nerd.

We started to go out and know more of each other.

My perception of her changed soon after.

"She aint a nerd. She's a fighter."

We became an item soon after.

We had happy times, we had bad times but oh those were great times.

Sadly, she has to leave to some where far to pursue her dream to be a doctor.

It has been a few long months since she left..she has been facing plenty of challenge of late.

She has been stressed out to the max.

So this here, is to tell you, my love,

Hang on there!I believe you can make it through no matter how big the odds are.

I believe you can make it through because you are a fighter and, its cause you're my girl as well =p

I'll be here always if you need me.

I love you..always!

Return Of The Pitches!

The time is here again, where million of people (in America) would be stuck to their couch with their eyes glued on the technological box we call the television with telephones or mobile phones in their hands. Yes, its that time of the year again. The American Idol season is back!They are now into their ninth season.

This time, things will be different. The Idols are going through one of their biggest change in their history (i guess) which is the departure of the "vocab-rich" Paula Abdul. Yup, she aint there anymore. Unfortunately for the contestants for season 9, that means there won't be anymore nice comments that would soften any hard comments dished out by Randy and Simon especially, and I doubt Kara could fit into Paula's shoes. And, the judge allegedly(or confirmed) replacing Paula would be Ellen Degeneres! Like wha? Ellen? The dancing talk show host? That would be...just awesome i guess? Imagine, apart from having comments on your singing, you might have some jokes or puns thrown at your singing! For the contestants with difficulties or those who are facing some personal issues might get help from the show as well! And to top it all off, the live audiences might even get freebies at the end of the show! Aint that cool?

Truth is, the Idol is reaching its last stage. It does not really have the "oomph" anymore that can attract the audiences. To me, if it is not for Adam Lambert last season, I would not really turn on the tube and sit through the painful hour (sometimes 2) to watch the show. Yes, I have to admit, there are some great performances like Kris Allen's rendition of Heartless and Danny Gokey's You Are So Beautiful just to name a few, but seriously, would you like to watch a finale between Kris and Danny? Not that they are bad singers but they are just...boring. Yes, Adam might be over the top sometimes but isn't that what performances are all about? No, I am not being bias for your infomation. Just watch the marathon of season 8 on Astro again and imagine Adam is not there. And another thing, last season top 12 have stepped up the standard and it would be really hard for the contestants this season to break that standard.

Simon would be leaving after this season. Yes. The man who has been in a way, the backbone of the show, is leaving the show. So I guess I do not need to elaborate on his importance for Idol. Without his witty sarcasm, the panel of judges would be just too...dull?yea, the show is about the contestants, but Im pretty sure everyone, and I mean everyone would wait and anticipate the response of the judges right?Especially those of Mr. Cowell. I guess the thought of having Ellen and freegifts for the audiences would be pretty enticing now, no?haha

Thus, American Idol is heading into its last few steps then, they will fade away. Hopefully, this season the contestants would be better than last year though I do not put much hope in it. And sadly, I would not be able to watch it due to my internship in KL =(