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Open Up Your Mind

My blog, first and foremost, will always remain my home. It’s a messy home, meant for me. If you’ve dropped by, Hi. If you’re a friend, welcome.

From My Journal on Writing.Com, to Ramblings at Blogspot, to Broken Shield and Sword on WordPress and finally my own domain, my blog has changed many names, but it has remained quintessentially, me. Like me, it’s a whimsical thing, with various attempts to keep focus and purposeful.

More than anything, it reminds me there are things to live for. It is a recorder of my days. A snapshot of my life. Origins will tell you part of the story.

Which is why, today, on a whim, this early morning of 3 August 2009, I decided to change the name of this blog. It’s a timely reminder, one that should have come earlier. I’d forgotten this song existed.

Reach into your soul ashita ga mienakute mo
Yes ikiru tsuyosa ga areba
You can take another look from the other side
ai no subete ni deau made

Reach into your soul, even if you cannot see tomorrow
Yes, if you have the strength to live
You can take another look from the other side
Until all you see, is love. (my translation)

Song: Open Up Your Mind
Performed by: Mirai
Original lyrics and translation here.

moshimo ima subete ga umaku nante ikanai
makesou ni naru toki datte
hitomi wo tojireba kokoro kara
sekai ga miete kuru

In this world when life can be so tough
You must be strong
Just believe in yourself and don’t you fear
So open up your mind and close your eyes
Take another look from the other side

kodoku na yoru demo mayoi osoreru toki mo
ima wa hitori demo kono ashi de doko made mo
aruite ikeru hazu dakara

Just hold on tight hitomi tojita nara
Look inside yourself kagayaki ga aru kara
Yes subete shinjite hoshii
You can take another look from the other side

Just hold on tight kokoro kujikete mo
Reach into your soul ashita ga mienakute mo
Yes ikiru tsuyosa ga areba
You can take another look from the other side
ai no subete ni deau made

kono sekai de ikinuiteiku tame no tsuyosa wo
anata ni negatteiru kara
kokoro no tobira wo hiraitara
nanika ga miete kuru

Just remember you are not alone
So don’t you fear
Even though you’re miles away
I’m by your side
So open up your mind and close your eyes
I’ll be there for you no matter where you are

hoshi no inochi nara nagai kedo itsu made mo
onaji kono hibi ga kurikaesu wake ja nai
ashita wa dare ni mo mienai

Just hold on tight hitomi tojita nara
Look inside yourself kodou kanjiru kara
Yes MIRAI shinjite hoshii
You can take another look from the other side

Just hold on tight kokoro kujikete mo
Reach into your soul ashita ga mienakute mo
Yes chigau sekai ga atte
You can take another look from the other side
ai no subete ni deaeru yo

Just hold on tight hitomi tojita nara
Look inside yourself kodou kanjiru kara
Yes MIRAI shinjite hoshii
You can take another look from the other side

Just hold on tight kokoro kujikete mo
Reach into your soul ashita ga mienakute mo
Yes chigau sekai ga atte
You can take another look from the other side
ai no subete ni deau made

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I AM ALIVE

Regular posting will resume once I can finish off the writing I promised Regina for the Pixel Project, the magazine articles I owe Max and Geri (who are going to kill me it’s more than three months overdue ahahahahaha) and the most important of all, work.

OK BACK TO WORK!

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[Politics] Quick Updates

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Quick note: Apparently, the S’gor govt has been rewarding contracts to cronies, no different from BN. Can anyone point me where to look for the information on this?

Also, Zaid flames Utusan. ๐Ÿ˜€

Former Umno leader and minister Zaid Ibrahim has lashed out at Malay daily Utusan Malaysia for playing up racial sentiments.

He said the articles which appeared in the daily’s Sunday edition reminded him of how far removed the paper is from the reality of life in Malaysia.

“This is probably the reason why its readership is on the decline. It’s theme and main plot is race, race and race,” he added in a blog posting.

Zaid cited a particular article with the heading ‘Melayu dikhianati?’ (Malays betrayed) penned by Awang Selamat.

In the article, the former Umno leader said, the writer lamented that he is hurt by the demands, which reek of racism, of the non-Malays since the last general election.

“In other words, Malaysians must not hurt the feelings of Awang Selamat because when Awang Selamat is hurt, Umno is hurt and when Umno is hurt, the Malays are hurt.

“This is the logic of Awang Selamat,” he added.

Zaid said the writer made no mention of the ‘extreme’ demands made by the non-Malays in his article.

“If they (the non-Malays) are asking about scholarships, land allocation and employment opportunities, can’t these questions be addressed rationally and based on facts?

“Why get hurt so easily?” he asked.

Are all their demands baseless?

The former de facto law minister also questioned if all the demands of the non-Malays, whose rights are enshrined under the Federal Constitution, were baseless?

According to Awang Selamat, he said, this appears to be the case because “50 years ago Umno and the Malays were generous enough to offer citizenship to their (non-Malays) ancestors.”

“Since Umno had been gracious in according them citizenship, their descendants should never make any demands because they must always be grateful to Umno,” he added.

Zaid pointed out that this is the exact mindset which is no longer viable and has been rejected by all races.

When a citizen, be it a Malay, Chinese or Indian, asks for something, he said it is the duty of the government and the media to evaluate it in order to grant the request.

“If the demand is excessive, explain but don’t raise history to cover up shortcomings. Do not get angry always, threaten and dish out pieces of incomplete history for political mileage,” he said.

Zaid also reminded that the country obtained independence because the British agreed with the alliance on the terms. “When we agree, we must honour the agreement,” he said.

In view of this, he said there was no reason to state that “we were being generous in granting citizenship to the Chinese and Indians.”

“The fact is, that is the term we agreed to. At the time, it was impossible for the British to relinquish Malaya if the issue of citizenship for Chinese and Indians was not resolved.

“The British were strict on this issue and Umno agreed. That is the price which the Alliance accepted with an open heart. Does Utusan have different historical facts?” he added.

Zaid said even if one went by the perception that Umno was generous in giving citizenship to non-Malays, there is still no room for Awang Selamat’s ‘feudalist mindset’ in a modern nation.

Those with ‘blind hearts’

Meanwhile, he said another article by senior writer Zulkiflee Bakar had advised Utusan readers not to be ‘historically blind’.

“I suppose Malays like myself are historically blind. But history is not difficult to learn and I am interested in knowing more.

“However, the most unfortunate people are those whose hearts are blind. When our hearts are blind, no amount of facts or knowledge can fill the void,” he added.

Zaid said instead of stoking racial sentiments, Utusan should help the prime minister find ways to develop the economy via pragmatic and just policies.

“To Utusan, the Malays fail because of the Chinese and Indians. Wake up Utusan, non-Malays and Malays themselves can tell the difference between the Malay race and Umno, they know that when an Umno policy is criticised, it is not challenging the Malays but Umno.

“Much effort is being put into creating friction between the Malays and Chinese. Believe me, racial flames will not burn as brightly as before,” he said.

“The Malay mindset has changed. They know the challenges that lie ahead in the world and the changes which they must make. Only Utusan has not realised this,” he added.

[Song/Lyrics] Sprinter- Kalafina

So I have a new earworm. It is called Kalafina’s Sprinter, which incidentally was used as the ending song for Kara no Kyokai.

Just a note: Romaji and English translations are from here. I took the Kanji from AnimeLyrics (deru, ren, iluna and whoever reads Japanese, are the translations accurate?)

sprinter
Vocals: Kalafina
Lyrics: Kajiura Yuki
Composition: Kajiura Yuki
Album: Seventh Heaven

Romaji:
Kimi to deai
Kanawanu yume o mita
Sore wa tatta ichibyou de koeru eien

Iโ€™m calling kimi o
Mamotte agetakute
Nobashita yubi mo furueteru sono mama dakishimeta

Bokura ni dekiru koto wa tada, ikite irun da to
Chikara tsukiru made nasu sube naku sakebitsuzukeru, sore dake nanda
Kimi ni todoku? Boku ga todoku?
Zetsubou no amasa uchikudaite hashiridasun da ima sugu
Sekai no hate made

Iโ€™m calling tooku agaku boku no uta ga
Kimi no hoho o sora ni mukeraretara
Hitori ja naiโ€ฆ

Mukidashi no hontou ga konna karakuri no kokoro ni mo
Afuredasu hodo tsumatte itan da

Hikari no hayasa de kiete yuku kinou e te o futte
Doko made mo akarui sabaku o
Ima, bokura wa toki o keri hashiru

Kaze ni mukai yabureta hata o furi
Kimi no inai michi o boku wa boku no tame
Yukun daโ€ฆ โ€ฆ
Sekai no hate madeโ€ฆ โ€ฆ

Kimi ni aitai
Kimi ga koishii
Kimi ni aitai
Kimi ga itoshii

Iโ€™m calling boku ga koko ni ita akashi wa
Ima mo kitto kimi no hitomi no naka

Iโ€™m calling tojiru rasen ni sakaratte
Naite sakende kiete yuku bokura wa

Ikite, irun da
Koko ni, irun daโ€ฆ โ€ฆ

Kanji:

ๅ›ใจๅ‡บไผšใ„
ๅถใ‚ใฌๅคขใ‚’่ฆ‹ใŸ
ใใ‚ŒใฏใŸใฃใŸไธ€็ง’ใง่ถŠใˆใ‚‹ๆฐธ้ 

Iโ€™m calling ๅ›ใ‚’
ๅฎˆใฃใฆใ‚ใ’ใŸใใฆ
ไผธใฐใ—ใŸๆŒ‡ใ‚‚้œ‡ใˆใฆใ‚‹ใใฎใพใพ ๆŠฑใใ—ใ‚ใŸ

ๅƒ•็ญ‰ใซๅ‡บๆฅใ‚‹ไบ‹ใฏใŸใ ใ€็”Ÿใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใจ
ๅŠ›ๅฐฝใใ‚‹ใพใง ๆˆใ™่ก“็„กใๅซใณ็ถšใ‘ใ‚‹ใ€ใใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰
ๅ›ใซๅฑŠใ? ๅƒ•ใŒๅฑŠใ?
็ตถๆœ›ใฎ็”˜ใ•ๆ‰“ใก็ •ใ„ใฆ่ตฐใ‚Šๅ‡บใ™ใ‚“ใ  ไปŠใ™ใ
่žบๆ—‹(ใ›ใ‹ใ„)ใฎๆžœใฆใพใง

Iโ€™m calling ้ ใ่ถณๆŽปใๅƒ•ใฎๅ”„ใŒ
ๅ›ใฎ้ ฌใ‚’็ฉบใซๅ‘ใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰
็‹ฌใ‚Šใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„โ€ฆโ€ฆ

ๅ‰ฅใๅ‡บใ—ใฎ็œŸๅฎŸ(ใปใ‚“ใจใ†)ใŒ ใ“ใ‚“ใชใ‚ซใƒฉใ‚ฏใƒชใฎๅฟƒใซใ‚‚
ๆบขใ‚Œๅ‡บใ™ใปใฉ่ฉฐใพใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใ 

ๅ…‰ใฎๆ—ฉใ•ใงๆถˆใˆใฆ่กŒใๆ˜จๆ—ฅใธๆ‰‹ใ‚’ๆŒฏใฃใฆ
ไฝ•ๅ‡ฆใพใงใ‚‚ๆ˜Žใ‚‹ใ„็ ‚ๆผ ใ‚’
ไปŠใ€ๅƒ•็ญ‰ใฏๆ™‚ใ‚’่นดใ‚Š่ตฐใ‚‹

้ขจใซๅ‘ใ‹ใ„็ ดใ‚ŒใŸๆ——ใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚Š
ๅ›ใฎใ„ใชใ„้“ใ‚’ ๅƒ•ใฏๅƒ•ใฎ็‚บ
่กŒใใ‚“ใ โ€ฆโ€ฆ
่žบๆ—‹(ใ›ใ‹ใ„)ใฎๆžœใฆใพใงโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆ

ๅ›ใซไผšใ„ใŸใ„
ๅ›ใŒๆ‹ใ—ใ„
ๅ›ใซไผšใ„ใŸใ„
ๅ›ใŒๆ„›ใ—ใ„

Iโ€™m calling ๅƒ•ใŒใ“ใ“ใซๅฑ…ใŸ่จผใฏ
ไปŠใ‚‚ใใฃใจๅ›ใฎ็žณใฎไธญ

Iโ€™m calling ้–‰ใ˜ใ‚‹่žบๆ—‹ใซ้€†ใ‚‰ใฃใฆ
ๅ“ญใ„ใฆๅซใ‚“ใงๆถˆใˆใฆ่กŒใๅƒ•็ญ‰ใฏ

็”Ÿใใฆใ€ใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ 
ๆญคๆ‰€ใซใ€ใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ โ€ฆโ€ฆ

As usual, English under the cut: Read More »[Song/Lyrics] Sprinter- Kalafina