Saturday, November 15, 2008

Choose Life

Our life is a journey
Where we want to reach
Who we want to be
Is all decided by us
May choose to strive against boundless obstacles in life
With the heart of a lion
Roar like the lion's roar
You may also choose to go to another path
Shortcuts to achieve your target
Running away from challenges
Doing illegal businesses
But bear in mind
You might ended up entering the wall of misery

"We human beings do have some genuine freedom of choice and therefore some effective control over our own destinies. I am not a determinist. But I also believe that the decisive choice is seldom the latest choice in the series. More often than not, it will turn out to be some choice made relatively far back in the past."
~Arnold Toynbee~

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Use Google tools to detect Flu Outbreaks! it works huh? Computer users, especially those who rely almost everything on the technology might use Google to search for everything, including remedies or methods to solve influenza etc. So, Google actually use this to track how many people in that state are requesting for help and so, it detects flu outbreaks. Amazingly, this way is actually 2 weeks faster than the data collected by CDC(Centres for Disease Control and Prevention). If you still wondering how they can locate your position or which state you are in, that is through your IP address. Each IP address is unique and tells which district you are in now. So, when your state is indicated as high flu outbreaks, you can consider of buying some medicines or get yourself a jab before you get it. Doctors also use this tool to pay more attention to their patients if they see that the rate is quite high around that area. This could definitely reduce the disease widespread.
Look for the video from CNN here.

Kenny Sia n I are on the same page

I see my name there...Ooppss..Kenny Sia's too!! Look there, just below there...
Proud to see my name is there in the same campaign as I am also doing good just like the Malaysia top blogger!!

Can't see clearly? Here is the cropped version...

Our name and blog were publicize due to we are in the same campaign, promoting child sponsorship program. Previously I have blogged about this campaign, if you missed it, click here.

Please guys/gals, dear bloggers especially all from NuffNangs... Show your support to this campaign!! We need you... Thanks in advance!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

~Italian Art & Photo Exhibition~

Holiday is just around the corner. My last paper, which is also the toughest paper that I will be facing will be "justified" this Friday. I have an idea of going to this Italian Art & Photo Exhibition right after my paper, as it will end around 11 a.m.. Anyone interested to accompany me? Just drop me a message and let me know, okay? Here is the detail of the exhibition:

Italian Art & Photo Exhibition On The Occasion of the

Italian Language Week In The World, 8th Edition

Date : 7 to 16 November, 2008
Time : 11.00am to 6.00pm
Venue : 5th Floor Exhibition Hall, Wisma Kebudayaan SGM,
click here for map
Admission : Free
Organisers : Soka Gakkai Malaysia, Italian Embassy
Enquiry : 03-9075 6876 (Ms. Joanne Foo)

Since 2001, the “Week of the Italian Language in the World”, under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic of Italy, has been the main international event promoting the Italian language worldwide through the network of Embassies, Consulates, Italian Cultural Institutes, University departments of Italian and Italian schools abroad. It has grown ever more successful, with 1500 events in 88 countries for the 2007 edition.

This year, the Embassy of Italy in Malaysia & SGM will showcase an exhibition of 38 etchings by Bruno Starita, one of the most renowned Etching Master in Italy and a very famous representative of the Italian artistic and cultural heritage, along with 9 samples realized by his pupils.

The Malaysian public will enjoy a photo exhibition of the 19th century Italian photographers Fratelli Alinari (Alinari Brothers), who photographed for decades the architecture, artistic heritage, landscapes and towns of Italy. Through the exhibits displayed we will have the opportunity to admire the most famous Italian “piazza” or open public squares such as Piazza Navona in Rome, Piazza del Campo in Siena, Piazza della Signoria in Firenze, just to mention some of them. Information panels will introduce the social and cultural relevance of these Piazzas and its significance the Italian culture and civilization.

In fact since the early days of ancient Rome the “piazza” (or the “forum” as it was named in Latin) has always represented the very heart of all the villages and cities in Italy: not only a marketplace, but also the most important meeting point for people, the main venue for political activity, philosophical controversies, social encounters as well as the preferred setting for musical and theatrical exhibitions. Even nowadays, the ‘piazza’ still maintains its fundamental role as the social, political and economic symbol of the hundreds of cities and 8000 municipalities that make up contemporary Italy.

Source: Soka Gakkai Malaysia

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Kingdom of Heaven

Well, yesterday I watched one of the movie that I borrowed from UKM's library - Kingdom of Heaven, starring by Orlando Bloom(Balian, in the movie) who is also a member from SGI. This story is about the fought between Christian and Muslim for Jerusalem. One of the sentence that caught my attention was "What man is a man who does not make the world better?". Indeed, we, as the wisest living being on Earth, if we could not make the world better, we are not the wisest living being at all. The world should go better, not the other way. Think of this yourself.

The story started with Balian's wife committed suicide at the same the Balian's father(who is the lord) visited him. His father is on their way to Jerusalem and asked him to follow him. Balian rejected his offer at first. Then, he changed his mind and murdered the priest(who chopped off his wife head and took her cross, what kind of priest he is? I don't know) and decided to follow his father's path. He wanted to clear off his and his wife's sin in Jerusalem, which they believe that.

Things happened, his father dead and he took over his father's position as the Lord. During the war between Salahuddin(the Muslim key person) and Balian(who is protecting the Jerusalem fort after the death of the King and that silly Guy de Lusignan defeat against Salahuddin), many people died. Salahuddin army is outnumbered compared with Balian's but Balian fought with his wisdom and his heart to protect the people of Jerusalem. After a few days of fighting, Salahuddin come out with few terms to request Balian's surrender which he promised Balian's people can be safely return back to their own place. Balian agreed under these terms. Well, one of the funny sentence came out from the bishop of Jerusalem before their negotiation was "Converge to Islam, repent later". This is an act of a coward.

I believe Balian's fight against the Muslim was not to defend his territory but the people inside the fort. To him, defending the city is not for the stone or the Holy place, but is the people. If everyone could think this way, we can save many innocent lives.

He also mention this, "Be without fear on the face of your enemy, be brave and upright the god may love you, speak the truth even it leads to your death, safeguard the helpless." My eternal mentor - Mr. Daisaku Ikeda also said that youth must have courage to strive, roar like the lion's roar. Strive without fear! We must be upright no matter what we are doing. We must make a change to this world, a positive change which is a must! Poverty is making the society goes haywire, robberies, break-in, or even pick-pockets are all because of poverty. If this is solved, world peace is just around the corner.