Archive for January, 2007

Team Hoyt

January 31, 2007

There is a truly inspiring real life story that I wanted to share with my friends. It’s a story of an unconditional love that a father has for his son. A story of never giving up. A story of living your life to the fullest. And most importantly, a story that reveal the true love of a parent and a family who never give up and believing.

Team Hoyt – Dick & Rick Hoyt.

Due to a birth tragedy, Rick was born unable to walk or talk. The doctors said that he will be a vegetable for the rest of his life, and advised the parents to give up on him, but the parents never did! Never for once they thought of giving up on him.

They do their best to give Rick a normal life. And they even send him to a public school. With the help of a specially built wheelchair (like the one Stephen Hawking‘s using), he managed to talk for the first time, although through a computer.

His first words? “Go Bruins.” That surprises his parents because they have been expecting “Hi, mom.” & “Hi, dad.” They realised that he has been following the hockey games like everyone else in the house, and he likes sports.

One day, he told his Dad that he wanted to participate in a five-mile benefit run for a local lacrosse player who has been paralysed in a car accident. They finished the race last, but Rick told his Dad for the first time, he did not feel paralysed at all!

And they went on for more races……

Watch the video, and be touched.

The undying and unconditional love of a parents……

@#$%^&*()!

January 28, 2007

After working for more than 2 years with an outdated computer that hangs more often than I have ever experienced, I finally got a new computer! Must be God damned happy right? Left! I mean… wrong!

My previous computer is a P4, which I suspect it isn’t. But anyway, let’s just assume it is. It’s a P4 that cannot run Window XP. So, mine was Windows ME. RAM? Erm… I’m not sure also… I guess it’s 128MB. The computer often ran out of memory eventhough I’m only running two or three applications (including MSN). I’ve always make sure there are no useless application running in the background, except for those required by the MIS Dept. 

It can even hang when you are booting up the computer. I forgot when was the last time I shut down my computer with the start button, because usually I have to just turn off the switch (the plug).

So, after countless time of futile request for new computer, finally, I was reluctantly agreed to be issued a new computer. Ha ha ha. I admit I was a little ecstatic, because even Dell is offering Flat Panel monitor, and the standard processor nowadays is Duo Core, and it comes with a DVD Combo.

I got my new computer yesterday, and guess what!! It’s a CRT monitors. Pentium 4 (HT Tech). CD-ROM 52x. No wonder I can’t even view one of my company’s event DVD! I was totally speechless. Looks like my joy is a shortlived joy of hope.

The CRT monitor is NOT EVEN FLAT SCREEN. Hello, you get free upgrade to FLAT PANEL with DELL. And flat panel is not that expensive now. It’s becoming a standard spec.

CRT monitors and P4 HT Tech is alright, but CD-ROM?? OH MY FCKING GAWD!!! Even the Dell lap top which I bought one year ago has better specs than this HP computer.

And to add salts to wound, it’s only 80GB HDD and…ta daaaaa… NO MICROSOFT POWERPOINT. They try to cheer me up by telling me they will install Powerpoint Viewer, which they did!! I salute my MIS Department. My utmost respect to the best IT units any company can ever have. Tell me how am I going to prepare presentation slides?

Even my sister’s lap top which was bought earlier than mine Dell lap top can play DVD, and is currently using IE7 and the new Windows Media Player.

My utmost respect to the MIS people in my company. I salute you all.

 

Primitive Shark

January 25, 2007

Are you afraid of sharks, after all the movies about sharks? Have you seen a primitive shark? A shark that has changed little since prehistoric time.

A frilled shark was spotted in the Japanese water and caught by the Awashima Marin Park in Shuzuoka, Tokyo yesterday. You gotta watch the video because this is a living fossil!

Alert! Stop FTA US-M’sia.

January 16, 2007

US-Malaysia trade deal possible by March

 

from: http://www.umno-reform.com/

We Are Screwed

January 4, 2007

Our greatest fear has come true. Screenshots has coverage from the press conference organised by Parti Keadilan to reveal the concessionaire agreement between the Government of Malaysia and Litrak, the company that operate LDP, which was actually built on an existing road.

You can read it all here at Screenshots.

We’ll all continue to be screwed until year 2031 by a company that reported a nett profit of RM80 million for year 2006 (43% increase from year 2005), unless you have plan to migrate. And according to an ex-Group CEO of Guthrie who has experience of building highways, the maintenance cost is only less than 5%. So, what happened to the rest of the monies?

We’ve all been paying toll all the time. So, now is the time for us to find out how are we being charged.

I do not know… Bill Cosby

January 4, 2007

“I do not know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”

Bill Cosby

Ahh…Time Flies…

January 4, 2007

Vincent turned 26 today. Nothing much to hurrah about. I am following suit in about two weeks time. Yup, we are crossing the mid-twenty barrier, and this is when I says, “Time really flies…”

Forget about the New Year celebration. Forget year 2007. So what? We’ve been having New Year every year for the past 25 years. But, this is the first time we’re in the mid-twenty. Oh shit, getting nearer than ever to 30.

When I look at myself, I still feel so young. It dreaded me to think that I will be reaching 26 soon. What has happened for the past 25 years?? It’s all gone in a flash! Just like a dream I’ve just had yesterday night. *poof* Gone.

*To say it’s gone might not be so right. Over the years, I have grown and learned so much. Things have changed. People come and go. I’m a better person now than before. So is Vincent.

Happy birthday-lah, my friend. (What’s so happy about getting older?)

Goodbye 2006, Hello 2007.

January 3, 2007

Hello 2007.

It’s time of the year again when we often hear people says, with a sigh, “How time flies…” And the look in their eyes, filled with thoughts, thoughts of all things that has happened in the year just ended.

And as usual, this is the time of the year when people often look back and gauge the year that has just ended. Whether it has been a good year or a bad year for you, let bygones be bygones. What is done, cannot be undone. But what is not done, if it is not time-concerned, then it can still be done. Take your chance now, if you have not taken yours in 2006.

Mark Twain once said, 20 years from now, you’ll be more dissapointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did do. How true his words are. I can vouch for it!

The beginning of the year is often a good time and chance for us to have a brand new start. It’s a timeline opportunity for us to leave behind setbacks, and give whatever another shot. Be it your career, studies, sports, life, whatever.

Year 2006 has been rather stagnant for me. It’s not a bad year, neither it is a good year. To put it simply, one word to describe my year – monotonous. Nothing extraordinary. No big hoo-haa. It’s just another year.

If you have had a good year, cherish it and strive for a better year.

If you have had a not-so-good year, forget it and starts a new!

I hope I can wish you Happy New Year 2007, but what’s so happy about the new year? This tokkok fler says nothing much. Who can disagree with him? I definitely can’t.

Anyway, Happy New Year lah…