Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Woman Power

What does woman power mean? I believe that it refers to a woman's courage and endurance, no matter what happens.

A woman who has power is a woman who fights for what she wants.
She is...
... the schoolgirl speaking up for a place on the debate team.
... the sweeper lady who is fighting to put food on the table for her children.
... the housewife who is battling to keep hearth and house together.
... the bank officer struggling to balance accounts in time for her to rush home and have dinner with her family
... every woman who has ever hungered for something and fought for it no matter how many times she gets beaten down.

And all of a sudden, I thought of Jessica Rabbit.

Jessica Rabbit, the quintessential sex-on-legs who KNEW what she looked like and yet accepted it and still got on with her life with her darling Roger. AND she was willing to fight for that life.
I really liked that about her...

And the part in the film when she's revealed for the first time can still produce total silence among first-time viewers even now.

Cry Her A River, Why Don't You?

For the past few weeks, a girlfriend of mine has been in agony over a loved one. But the way I hear it, she's better off without him. Heard a song on the radio that I'd love to hear her dedicate to him...

Cry Me A River

Now you say you're lonely
You cry the long night through
Well, you can cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you

Now you say you're sorry
For being so untrue
Well, you can cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you

You drove me, nearly drove me, out of my head
While you never shed a tear
Remember, I remember, all that you said
You told me love was too plebeian
Told me you were through with me and

Now you say you love me
Well, just to prove that you do
Come on and cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you
I cried a river over you
I cried a river...over you...

And Barbra Streisand gives a killer version of this song.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition 2009

Another great opportunity for our young people to show what they can do!

The Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition has four different age bands, 'Classes'. Each Class offers five topics, plus the Commonwealth Question and the Charlton Athletic Community Trust Question. As we hope to reach a diverse student body across the Commonwealth, there are options for both academic and creative minds. 

The Competition deadline is 1st March 2009 

CLASS A - Born 1990-1992 

1400-1750 words 

All questions can be answered by writing an essay or a story which explores the topic in an interesting and relevant way.  

  1. Can I help you? 
  2. Bullying is an issue which concerns young people throughout the Commonwealth. Why does it matter and what can be done about it?  
  3. It is 200 years since Charles Darwin was born and 150 years since the publication of "On the origin of Species". In your view, what evolutionary developments are needed to ensure the continuing survival and well-being of humanity? 
  4. EITHER Unlikely friends OR An unexpected friendship. 
  5. The match.  
  6. EITHER the Commonwealth Question OR Charlton Athletic Community Trust Question.

CLASS B - Born 1993-1994 

1200-1500 words 

All questions can be answered by writing an essay or a story which explores the topic in an interesting and relevant way.  

  1. Tracks. 
  2. What makes a good teacher?  
  3. Who's the boss in your family?  
  4. Sport ~ love it or loathe it?  
  5. The long way home… 
  6. EITHER the Commonwealth Question OR Charlton Athletic Community Trust Question.

CLASS C - Born 1995-1996 

500-700 words  

  1. Your assignment is to interview an animal for your local newspaper or radio station. Send us the transcript of your interview! 
  2. What three plants or trees are most important for life in your country? Why? 
  3. What I don't want to do when I'm grown up.  
  4. A distant cousin who lives in a very different Commonwealth country is coming to visit for the first time. Write a letter introducing yourself and your home. 
  5. Write a story about the sea or a mountain or both. 
  6. EITHER the Commonwealth Question OR Charlton Athletic Community Trust Question. 

CLASS D - Born 1997 or later

300-600 words  

  1. There is a fuel shortage in your area. How does your family cope? 
  2. You have decided to stand for leader of your community. Write a short speech stating what you will do to improve where you live. 
  3. The day was perfect for a swim … 
  4. The most exciting day of my life.  
  5. Write about what your life would have been like if you had been born a hundred years ago.  
  6. EITHER the Commonwealth Question OR Charlton Athletic Community Trust Question. 

Commonwealth Question

The Commonwealth Question is open to all candidates and entries will be judged according to the relevant criteria used in the four Classes (A to D). 

If you choose to answer the Commonwealth Question please DO NOT submit another essay and keep to your Class word count. 

The value of the prize is equivalent to that of the 4th prize in the relevant class. Any entrant selecting the Commonwealth Question as their topic will also have their essay considered for a main prize. 

Over half of the 1.8 billion people in the Commonwealth are aged 25 or under. What changes in your country would enhance the lives of young people?  

Charlton Athletic Community Trust Question 

  'The Beautiful Game': Why does football inspire such passion around the world?  

Monday, July 21, 2008

One Sign of Economic Downturn - More Con Jobs!

I'm a member of an online forum and one topic came up about an elaborate con job just to steal a mobile gadget.  But a very expensive gadget.  Read and be wary...there are people who are willing to go to all lengths for illicit profit.

The post in MyPDACafe

And if you're too lazy to click, here's the gist of it, spelling mistakes and all.  But you have to remember that this was written by a guy in mourning.

Well... before i start my ramblings...

Data on the PDA Phone that was 'given away'

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I had a phone call to the office in the morning about 1030am asking for the sales person. This guy called Liew, introduced himself as a CFO of SJ resources. He says that his Director, Patricia is looking for purchasing some equipments as their company is going listed and has new product research & development... I did a google search, and this company did many things from food stuff, manufacturing, some biotech stuff (don't know whether related but it had that SJ xxx Resources name)

I tried to ask more but he says he is not so technical and have to ask Patricia... he chatted that like information is very confidential as they are going to be listed and how another media company cheated them where they sold some information to another competitor, etc...

In short, these stories are so real and I myself have heard of these...

So he asked me whether I'm free to meet up with them today... He said he would bring more info about the company and products that they are interested. I asked him how he knows us, he said last year, our customer gave him our contact but at that time did not call us...

So believing as I had a number of calls within this 2 weeks that new prospects and customers call up... and we also had referrals like this before...

So the appointment was set at 2.30pm...

I called up my boss and told him about this appointment and told him I got a very funny feeling and they are too friendly and something was not right... I told him, that if I got kidnap or suddenly missing, at least he knows where I am... At that point, I was joking...

So driving to Ampang Park, I receive a call for Liew, he says his hp is out of battery... and he has to call from a public phone.... he told me to meet him at Guardian at the main entrance...

So I waited at there but not really exactly at that spot, then i received another call asking where was I and ask me to go up the escalator and meet him at the open food court area...

So I went up and waited for a little while... I believe he was checking me out...

Then he came and shook his filthy hands... and he brought me to Pizza hut... as we sat down a few seconds later... my phone rang and it was lo and behold Patricia... asking me whether her partner belanja me makan and whether I have eaten and had a small talk with her...

Then she asked whether she could speak to Liew... so they had they small chat, saying that waiting for her, my name is Sam for this company and that, etc... Then the waiter came and ask us for drinks and ask me to order a small pan pizza as he was on the phone... He even mentioned my boss name, with Patricia and whether I can pass some items for him.

Then suddenly he said "you don't know the way ah" in their conversation. "There at ampang park, pizza hut" it was so natural and the story line was so clean, as he introduce themselves from Singapore... so he was directing her and suddenly he stood up as if she was near and showing her where we are...

So he went downstairs to lead her... As he left the table, there was this CD with "Company Profile" and also 2 envelopes attention to Patricia, sealed and stapled...

See the whole modus operandi? So planned out... the food ordering to hold me back, the items on the table... the date on the CD also so believable... dated in like end of 2007... so detailed....

I waited like 10min and was anxious, where are these ppl... so i when downstairs to call my mobile on the public phone... He picked up and said he is nearby at OSK, as Patricia is familiar with the place... so i went up again and sat down. I took his CD and saw it was empty, nothing burned, inserted into my notebook, nothing... The first thought is maybe he brought the wrong CD, it happens right?

I went online to check with our admin in Melaka and check whether my boss knows any Patricia, she checked and she said none that he can remember... I told Jo, if I get conned, this is one of the best in my history...

Then another 15min, I called again... He said they are on the way to Malaysian Tobacco and ask me whether can go there and meet them... I told him I want my phone back and I am waiting for him at Pizza Hut before my coins ran out...

At the point, this is really something wrong, I open up the envelopes that are sealed slowly, so that if I'm wrong, I still can put it back, I even ask the staff for a stapler to stapled it back if mistaken... !@$#!!! empty paper!!! The next envelope, I just ripp it apart! Newspaper! !@#!@#!!!!

start calling my number but goes into message... I called our KL admin up and ask her to cancel my handphone....

I'm done... I just gave my precious pda phone to this old forty plus chinese man! Which looks so polite and mannered with a neck tie!

Called my beloved and told her that I got conned... suppose to bring her out at night for 'jalan jalan' but plans all gone...

Wanted to go home already... but thought for a little while, maybe can see this guy on CCTV... I asked for the manager to see whether can catch the video, she says need police report and necessary authorization from HQ.

So I went to the Police station across the road and made a report... it seems that some of the police know this modus operandi... and told me exactly... even the manager of Pizza Hut told me this happened also last month...

Finished my report, dashed through the rain to Pizza Hut again... and pass the letter... now waiting for Pizza Hut to release at least a photo or video footage of the incident...

What I lost or spent:
My PDA... RM3200
PDA Cover RM40
My Parking Ticket... RM8.80
Pizza... RM17.70
Petrol... RM20
Thumbdrive... RM60
Micro SDs... RM450
My missed plan time with my beloved... Priceless

Friday, July 11, 2008

Rattled By Life! Where's My Security Blanket!

Sometimes things happen that rattle me. They aren't earthshaking or life-endangering or stuff like that. But when they happen in a combination, I get rattled.

So when that happens, I look for my security blanket.

For some people, security blankets may mean an old teddy bear, a favourite rocking-chair or whatever. My security blankets are human beings who let me vent and they even go,"Uh-huh..." very patiently when I spout nonsense.

My husband is one (obviously!) and I also have one in Johor, one and a half in KL and two in KK.
But after pouring out all my fears and worries onto them, I feel so relieved.

In case anyone wonders, this particular kind of security blanket takes about ten years to develop.