Blogathon, Dot-Dot-Dot

Happenings over the weekend

Sorry for spamming the RSS feeds (I notice that if I don’t blog for a few days, I’ll put up more than one post a few days later, which isn’t deliberate!), but thought I’d make a post for what I did over the weekend. Haven’t really processed the pictures yet, so this entry is short (at least I hope it will be one).

You know your weekend was productive when…

You spend most of the day catching up on 3 weeks’ missed sleep.

You went out to have a good one-on-one breakfast with your bro and both of you can joke without worrying your parents will be alarmed at the topics you talk about.

You go to a cousin’s 21st birthday party and end up “sharing” stories of when the birthday boy crashed into the drain upon learning how to ride a two-wheel bicycle (in the urban areas, this is a NECCESSARY SKILL, regardless of whether you actually own a bike).

You go out for a walk with a friend and end up playing Monopoly in another friend’s place five minutes away by train (Deru and I walked over to the LRT station and took the train to Asia Jaya to shota Xeon’s place).

You get started on clearing your desk and get distracted by an old book you forgotten you’d bought (Why, hello thar Loveless vol 3!).

You discover the loveliness that is Nissin.

You still feel like strangling your ISP for constant lag (My characters died in an otherwise easy map because of the %&#&%#*$ lag) but feel glad that at least the most important connection didn’t lag, namely GTalk, IRC and iSketch. :D

You spend more time researching than writing.

So, how was your weekend?

PS: [EducateDeviate]’s home! Can’t wait to see her again!

Sidenote: Blogathon 2008 will NOT happen this year. There is an alternative though, and it’s located here.

Blogathon, Governance

Accountability

I’ve just received a delightful surprise from Mercy Malaysia. During Blogathon 2007 this year, I sponsored Rainbow and Butterflies in support of Mercy Malaysia. The donation was made on 1 August 2007. I’d actually forgotten all about the donation till today, when a woman called me up from Mercy Malaysia.

I didn’t catch her name, but she wanted to confirm that I had made the donation on the day stated to Mercy Malaysia. When I confirmed it, she then asked me for my address as they wanted to send me a receipt. I was actually surprised that they still wanted to send me the receipt even though I (think) I mentioned that I didn’t want one on their website. She asked me twice just to make sure that she heard me correctly that I did NOT want a receipt for the donation. When she confirmed it, there was a note of relief in her voice.

Although I suspect that the note of relief was because of she did not have to file paperwork, it got me thinking. Just how many of our Government organisations would take the trouble to clarify with their customers and issue a receipt after double-checking with their customers? How many organisations would take the trouble to clarify with their donators when they receive an unexpected donation?

Perhaps I’m being a bit too awed by the fact that more than a month after my donation someone’s actually following up on it. That or they just wanted to cover themselves. Either way, they were actually taking the initiative to be accountable. They were actually leaving a paper trail, doing something I’m sure some of our upper echelons, does not know exists.

Misc: Right before I click Publish for this entry, [Nick] points me to this asshattery. I think Pan Malaysian Bus Operators Association president Datuk Ashfar Ali, CVLB chairman Datuk Markiman Kobiran, and Road Safety Department director-general Datuk Suret Singh ought to sit in an an express bus from Perlis to Singapore with a driver who’s not had enough sleep before they make those comments. To make it even more interesting, they should in fact schedule a unexpected, undercover, with the undercover press ride with a random bus trip in the one week before Hari Raya. Heck, any weekend right now would do. I’m sure they would be singing a different tune after that.

For those who don’t know (aka overseas visitors), expresses buses have come under fire lately in Malaysia because there was a series of horrific bus crashes in Malaysia. After years of talking about it but no action, the Government has finally decided to clamp down on these jokers. The cynic in me says that it’s because it’s very close to the elections and the Govt doesn’t want to take the risk of having this turned into an issue. As long as the enforcement doesn’t let up, I don’t really care about the reasons why they’re only doing this now, as long as it continues.

Blogathon, Links

Painful cancer

I know this is coming too soon after Blogathon, but there’s a reason why cancer is hard not only on the patient, but the people around them. Doesn’t always have to be family and friends.

Compared to her day, I’m just glad that my biggest worries of the day was getting home from work on a weak car battery and the case of my missing grandmother, which turned out that she had been with my uncle at church and he didn’t bother telling us. -_-“

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Last Push

As I’ll be heading off to Kapas in the morning and I still haven’t packed :p

Thanks Pelfy!

Pelfy made me a Blogathon button. YAY!

DAMN YOU MAYBANK I FORGOT PIN TO ACTIVATE. T_T

My maybank2u acc has been suspended. Just the internet, thankfully.

Blogathon

Borderless Love: A Blogathon Push

Beyond Religion. Beyond Race. Beyond Politics. Beyond Borders. Mercy before Judgement. Mercy before Reality. Mercy and Compassion. Diseases that can be prevented. Diseases that can’t, but can be managed. Love, Compassion, Understanding. Hugs. Sorrow. Pain. Sharing. Forgiveness.

Love.

The single most powerful word in ANY language today. No matter what you say or do, Love represents the highest and most complete human emotion. It encompasses a range of emotions; sadness, joy, care, tender, protectiveness, anger, jealousy… Unlike hatred, which is a single negative emotion (though deep), when you love someone, you tend to express more than one emotion. It’s like a whole package that becomes so much more when you have it in full measure instead of half.

Love, as we all know, comes in many forms and sizes. The most common, of course, is romantic love, but love for humanity, for friends, family, strangers… This love is far more powerful. In the movies, in the media, it is almost always romantic love that is emphasised, but how many people you know love more than just their partners? How many do you know would be willing to leave their partners to pursue their passions? Romantic love does not affect the world, not even if you’re a statesman. In this day and age, romantic love is a matter between the lovers and their families, no one else (close friends count too).

Compare that love to all other types. Love for her child prompts many women to take decisions into their own hands and leave their abusive husbands/partners. Love for friends prompt others to honour that friend. Love for country prompts many to speak out against her, if only to try and change/stay her course. Love for God/Faith/Religion prompts people to kill themselves to spread the word; on the opposite side, it prompts others to live their life in service/helping others.

Love has changed the world, but not in the way most people think. Offering mercy, consolation to those who need it, is one of the smaller expressions of love. How many lives would have been unnecessarily lost if we held on to our prejudices? Despite the Hypocritical Oath, many doctors prefer to pick and choose their patients. They withhold treatment, discourage their patients from seeking alternatives, judge people by their behaviour.

Yet at the core of this, there are many more who hold true of the Hippocratic Oath. Many who, when the call goes out, rush to the aid of others without thinking of cost, of danger, of timing, of season (except to get leave from their respective employers). They give more than their aid; they give themselves. They are rarely seen except in times of desperate need, and they are almost always among the first to respond when the calls go out (especially in the South East Asia region).

Help Rainbows and Butterflies Support Mercy Malaysia.

As a side note, I’m pledging to both Mercy Malaysia and Makna (ChanKelwin.com ). What about you? For a complete list of the Lunatics taking part in Blogathon, have a look-see here.