To all wannabe-Bombers…

Posted July 6, 2006 by elan
Categories: Uncategorized

This, and this, is why you shouldn’t consider a (brief) career of detonating anti-personnel deployments.

And this is damn sound advice.

Productive Monday

Posted July 3, 2006 by elan
Categories: Nonsense Ahead


I’m so sorry Chief. I’ll work harder tomorrow.

Or could I be the next Scott Adams?

Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary. – Mark Twain

Posted June 27, 2006 by elan
Categories: Life, The Universe and 42

Pondering on the LRT yesterday, I thought of some Malay proverbs and sayings connecting our intelligence with various parts of our bodies. Two in particular were “Hanya jauhari mengenal manikam” and “Jauh perjalanan, luas pemandangan”. Both refer to a person’s sight as the yardstick for knowledge. This is not limited to the Malay culture, often we tout a charismatic leader as ‘visionary’ and ‘far-sighted’. Probably there are equivalent instances in the Chinese and Indian sayings as well. Any takers out there?

Conversely, we say that those who are the opposite of being knowledgable are blind, or in the dark. “Can’t you SEE the potential of this project?!”, you might say to your boss, as he rejects your proposal. The ability to visualise something that is intangible seems to be a common trait of geniuses. Think Einstein, with his thought-experiments that equated gravity on earth with the sensation of travelling away in space in a rocket. This was before any rockets were invented and flown into space.

The eyes of your mind paints its own picture, and perhaps that is why the sight is so valued, your eyes are right next to your most important organ, the brain. This was not always the case, though. In Classical Greece and Rome, initially it was the heart, rather than the brain, that was considered to be the seat of mental processes, including intellectual functions like thinking, memory and imagination. And perhaps they were not too far off, as we also have sayings relating to the heart as a place of knowledge, such as “mengisi ilmu di dada“.

There are also Qur’anic verses referring to sights and senses as a source of knowledge,“…And He gave you hearing and sight and feeling and understanding…” (Sura 32:9). But the heart is also also highlighted as the criterion for faith (a type of ‘sight’, in itself?).

Thank you for the birthday wishes. Pray for my eyes and and my heart, they don’t see so well nowadays.


Posted June 27, 2006 by elan
Categories: Uncategorized

On the 27th day of the 6th month of this year, I am now 27 years old.

So I’m a rock chick?

Posted June 16, 2006 by elan
Categories: Life, The Universe and 42

I have been having issues with myself lately. Work, personal, everything. It has gotten to the point where I would be awake in bed in the morning and refuse to get up until I get it into my head that I might be fired and I have debts up to my ass.

Funnily enough, when other job opportunities arise, I don't want to leave. As much as I'm clinically depressed right now (self-diagnosis, mind you), I know that I couldn't ask for a better job to be in right now. I love my job. Why can't I feel excited about it anymore? Sheesh, is this what happens in a marriage after 2 years?


I have been stocking up on my music files on my PC. It's a modest collection, and as I look through what I thought was a wide selection, the majority of the genre turns out to be Rock. How could this be?! Ermm… To a mention a few; Metallica, Nirvana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Sheryl Crow, Coldplay and REM. They are all different OK?!

Anyway, after one week of rotating all the songs, I have decided I need some empty-headed pop songs in my playlist. One cannot be constantly swimming the depths all the time, one must skim the shallow waters too. For that purpose, I have four Gareth Gates songs. What blessed advertisement-like relief. I was thinking of getting some Malay songs as well, just to address the gap. The first song to pop into my head is Teman from XPDC.

Oh my God. I am a rock chick.

Nikah Misyar: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Posted May 31, 2006 by elan
Categories: Life, The Universe and 42

This is an issue that is close to my heart, since apparently I am a contributor of a growing problematic community in Malaysia; I'm educated, employed, unmarried and female. 

I first read about "nikah misyar' (pronounced 'mis-yaar') through my Yahoogroups, and being one of the more argumentative voices in our circle, I Googled to have a look before replying. Almost immediately I came across what is to be a consistent problem in all discussions relating to nikah misyar. There are no clear and consistent definitions, no dalils from the usual sources of Qur'an and Hadith from the misyar marriage proponents, which basically leaves me stumped.

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Vertigo, a midget’s condition

Posted May 9, 2006 by elan
Categories: Nonsense Ahead

Oh the irony. To be diagnosed with vertigo when I am in fact less than 5 foot tall.

And here I was thinking the worst; tumour? losing my hearing? damage to my semi-circular canal?

NO! It's vertigo brought on by stress, topped off with some hyperacidity and trapped wind, and now I can't eat f**k all because I might be flatulent as well.

In the spirit of careful eating, I Googled and had a quick look at what I should avoid should one wish to reduce one's gaseous emission.

No beans (obviously), no high-fibre vegetables, no fried food or spicy food (hyperacidity), no wheat-based products, which just about wipes out all Malaysian culinary delights.

I think God is trying to tell me to start fasting.

Is it you I’m looking for?

Posted May 3, 2006 by elan
Categories: Life, The Universe and 42

Lately I have been on a hunting trail for long-lost friends; people who knew me by many different nicknames, now disused and forgotten. It was a spur-of-the-moment search and now turning into an obsession, I would Google my friend's name in the hope that an email address pops up in the same page. Why the sudden drive?

You know that song about Sunscreen, and when it was doling out advice, there's this one line that stuck with me, "… the older you get, the more you need to surround yourself with people who knew you when you were young…".

I am feeling my age.


Posted May 2, 2006 by elan
Categories: Haemoglobin Ties, Life, The Universe and 42

There are certain moments in your life, milestones if you will, that would appear to be a trivial matter to others.

My moment came yesterday.

There we were, Ayah and I. Another car ride to send me back to Ampang. We had dropped off my two younger sisters in their colleges respectively; we all had a very late lunch at KFC. We hardly get to see each other anymore, and mealtimes are usually catching-up sessions. YoungestSis has two more exam papers to go, the MiddleSis will be going caving somewhere in Kelantan, and then there's me moaning about my work.

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Stuck at the start line

Posted April 28, 2006 by elan
Categories: Life, The Universe and 42

Still thinking about what is it that motivated such vitriol over Those Two Films. I can't remember where I've read this, but one theory stated that what you see and dislike in another person's character is actually what you hate in yourself, but can't or won't change.

Now, thinking about this, it's not an infallible argument (that's why it's a theory). But I can guess at what the person is trying to say. People badmouth other people for various reasons, but mostly it's to make themselves feel better. It's comforting to know that although I'm no angel, I am nowhere near as bad as 'that useless bitch' or 'that lazy good-for-nothing buaya'.

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