Monday, December 10, 2007

Today I Weep for Thee

In the midst of a joyful Christmas shopping spree, I was petrified to hear the arrest of my legal colleagues.

Today I see those familiar faces in horror.

Today I see the misuse of law as a weapon against the legal activists.

Today I see the fall of justice, civil liberty and the rule of law.

Today I see the terrifying prospect of a totalitarian state creeping onto this land.

Not for Monday blues, but today I weep for the dying democracy of this country, and I see her sky tearing for thee too...

P/s: Is this the land where we can still live a life to the fullest?

Friday, October 05, 2007

Quest for Liberty

"Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

My passion for the subject of "Civil Liberties" has grown since my law school's days. It is just natural in me that those stories of sheer foolishness, corruptness, injustice, inequality and violation of truth get on my nerves, especially those taking place in bolehland. I am not perfect but I believe that a good leader on his conscience should care for the people above his own pecuniary interest. Sadly, this seems to be the opposite in bolehland ~ most MPs (Morons of the Parliament) are trying so hard to scrap every inch of our rich resources for their own palaces (some are distastefully decorated) and Mercedes Benz!

I have read too many well-written articles and blogs online that jitter me to express my own views. Nevertheless, though I may sound naive or idealistic, I have decided to give it a shot ~ to say something in the standpoint of a young professional lady. In reality, most Malaysian young ladies are apathetic of politics. All they care about are fashion, make-ups and relationship issues that are repetitively propagandized by the women magazines. A female friend of mine actually "advised" me to accept the political reality in bolehland. Some ladies shun me (though some men seem accepting) when I start sharing my political views. Well, I may tolerate all "evils" to stay and live in bolehland for the time being, but nothing would change my stance in pursuit of truth, justice, fairness, freedom and equality.

In the course of such pursuit, please forgive my blunt sarcasm, as well as my intellectual inadequacy.
p/s: I read that there will be an internet code of ethics prepared by the government of bolehland. Are we losing this platform for freedom of speech soon?

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Please Leave Us Alone!

My eldest cousin, in his 30s, has just gotten married recently. It was a jovial occasion for the entire Lai's family ~ after all the last matrimonial celebration took place in the family 13 years ago when my aunt (dad's sister) got married.

Throughout the event, apart from performing the cousins' duties, we had to constantly, mechanically and robotically respond to the sixty-four thousand dollars' question raised by our concerned elderly relatives, "oh this is XXX, the groom's cousin! Wow... so handsome / beautiful! When is your turn to treat us?" Typically we would wish to shut their mouths by saying, "oh! auntie XYZ! The time will come... just be patient!" The more nosey aunts would probe further, "so , do you have any girlfriend / boyfriend?" If we said "yes", they would then advise us to promptly tie the knot before we became too old for "procreation". If we said "no", that was where the nightmare crept in... "aiya... why are you so choosy 'lah'? That's not good, you know... hey why not you join the groom and the gang to meet some girls at the bride's place..."

And the next "interrogation"? The next wedding of a buddy. The only difference is, you have your married friends, albeit their young age, probing into your marital status.

Is that such a big deal? Why do we have to conform to their standard? Is it wrong for certain people to make the choice to be single? Is there a hurry if one has yet to find the right partner?

Why can't we just let the nature takes it course? There are so many things to be seen and done in this world at this age, and we are all inquisitive to find out more. Instead of behaving like fools to rush into marriage, why can't we take our time to prepare ourselves emotionally and financially?

Dear aunties, uncles and friends, please don't worry too much about us (in other words, mind your own business!). When the time comes, you shall be notified and please get the big "ang pow" ready, OK? Thanks in advance! :p

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Forever Friends?

The cuddly teddy of "Forever Friends" is one of my favourite characters. It was created by Hallmark, the card maker, to promulgate the idea of love, joy and friendship.

Deep my heart I can never stop wondering, does friendship really last for a life time? I used to take friendship seriously as part of my life. I felt that I was not popular in school or college but I cared for my friends on my VIP list. Dad used to tell me, "friends come and go", but I would never take heed to his words.

Time flies. I am now a grown-up who thrives everyday not only for bread winning, but also to handle so much of other stress and strains in life. It finally comes to my enlightenment, that friends, DO come and go ~ Ling was a buddy of more than 10 years but she feels that she is high up on the corporate ladder and I am not so "compatible" as her friend; I might be close to Sara 2 years ago but we no longer talk to each other ever since she has got married; Jenny and I used to meet twice a week for all sharing of secrets and now, Jenny shuns me for having cognisance of her past romances; and certainly, those events occur vice versa. You tell me, does friendship last?

Many years ago, being a younger lady full of angst and passion, I was always hurt for losing friends. It affected me so badly that I constantly doubted myself for not behaving well or being a good friend. And now, if you may ask, I am a skeptic of long lasting friendships. I don't read quotes about that any more. I understand that it is the reality of life in which close friendship stays momentarily at young age; when it comes the time of full adulthood, such bonding loosens up due to all sorts of commitments at hand. No one should be blamed for such departed friendship.

Certainly some are blessed enough to have close friends for life but it is rare. I have some close friends from days in the law school and it is still too early to judge how long such friendships will last. If they last, I thank God; otherwise, it is fine for me too.

The Chinese concept of "shui yuen" probably serves as the best resolution for such negativity in life ~ let's the destiny (of a romance or friendship) or nature takes its course. Seize the present moment of togetherness, albeit a short-lived one, and when the time is up, take it easy and give your blessings to him or her...

Monday, September 10, 2007

My Partner in Crime

Every year around the time in August and September, things seem to slow down at work. Guess what I have been doing for the past few weeks? I am completely drawn into the world of cyberspace! And the "accomplice" and "abettor"? My new and advanced PC well equipped with Microsoft Vista. But is it really a "crime" to go gallivanting in the cyber space?

To me, computer, together with the internet, is one of those greatest inventions in this modern civilisation. It came into my life when I was 18. Prior to that, it was something alien and "too high-tech" for me ~ what was that MS DOS with those green lettering on the black screen?! In fact, it never crossed my mind that this little machine, aided by the internet, would change the world, connect people everywhere and globalise all nations. When I was first introduced to the internet, I was completely mesmerised to its colourful interface, not to mention the ideas of chatting and researching online without the need of mobility. It was like love at first sight. I started lobbying for the first computer in my family. I sticked to it everyday, just to check emails with Eudora Light (still exist?) and make friends on MIRC and ICQ. In fact I met a Roman friend who made my trip in Rome absolutely unforgettable.

Unfortunately that computer was almost dead after I came back from the UK. For nearly 4 years I lived in dark ages with no convenient access to the internet neither at home nor my workstation. Yahoo actually froze my email account for my complete MIA (missing in action) for more than 1 year.

And now, I have my best buddy at work. I log on to the cyberspace first thing in the morning before I make my favourite cuppa of Nescafe Gold. With my iGoogle I indulge in surfing for international news. It is a blessing that I no longer have to tolerate the tampered information of bolehland. There is a better world with a better system out there... and I believe no lies and beautiful pictures fabricated by the "penghulu" (head of village) and his klans (including the MP, Morons of Parliament. My thoughts on bolehland will be posted in the "Quest For Liberty".

Apart from my thirst for knowledge and information, the thought of blogging had come to me 1 year ago. I would love to post my comments and opinions (can't help with this gene built in me biologically and professionally) upon so many issues in life, be it politics, socio-economics, corporate culture or personal affairs, but I never really walked the talk on blogging. I used to keep diaries as a kid but I eventually dropped the habit when I was trapped with the evil called love at the age of 18. Save for personal secrets (if any), the cyberspace has provided a fantastic platform for freedom of my expression without too much of constraint. The threat of bolehland to trackdown on bloggers? Well, I come with clean hands and clear conscience. What is there to fear for?

In summary to all the benefits I receive online, well, I find my favourite recipes, I read law and finance, I learn French and new vocabulary in English, I research with Wikipedia, I am inspired by beautiful quotes... and the list goes on.

Last but not least, the cyberspace has become a medium to connect my friends and I, irrespective of where they are and what they do, instead of losing friends after completing any phase of my life (e.g. leaving high school and college). Not to mention that I have retrieved friends that I lost contact completely for years. With Friendster, I realise that, despite my persistent whine about me lacking good social skill, I have many friends who are willing to keep me in their circles. With Facebook, I can interactively share all things that we never know about one another albeit a long term of acquaintance. My Queen's Counsel and I use it as a tool to exchange ideas, knowledge and passions :p

At hindsight, I suspect that I am endowed with some geeky gene though I was seen more like a bookish nerd during my adolescent years (those who have seen my old photos probably will concur) and not the robotic geek type (for a better picture, please see the photo of my Queen's Counsel). It is probably too late to switch to the IT field now. Nevertheless, I have got myself compensated with the aid of my Queen's Counsel. He is a real IT expert who provides professional services to ease my thirst to understand IT. My recent visit to the Geek Town for his consultation has proved to be a fruitful one ~ I enjoyed every moment in the Geek Town... :)

Is such gallivanting a crime? Well, no way according to my Queen's Counsel. A lot of IT companies in Geek Town allow such freedom at work to promote flexibility, creativity and innovation, so long the assigned task is accomplished in time. I concur, and I thank my boss for such liberty to this wild horse.