UPDATE: THIS PHONE HAS BEEN SOLD ON 16 MAY 2013.
If you don’t already know, I have expressed on my twitter and facebook account that I intend to let go my iPhone 5 in exchange for an Android phone.
What’s the catch? Nothing, really.
It is a 32GB Black iPhone 5 that I bought in Dec 2012, 5 months old. Another 7 months warranty with Maxis. Phone is in top condition since it always stay in its casing. Asking price RM2100 (negotiable). Comes with original box, earpod, lightning adapter, screen protector and bumper (Air Jacket). Drop me your request here.
It is just 19 days away from the day Malaysians get to exercise their right to vote in the 13th General Election. Like many first time voters, I am, so to say, rather anxious as I booked my flight ticket home on the day the Parliament was dissolved.
May 5! Mark down your calendar. Take a day off, go home and vote for your country, for your community, for yourself, and for your next generation.
In case anyone of you are still reading this blog, here’s a video for your reflection. Though the title says “A Christian’s Reflection”, it does paint a picture for us all to reflect upon some of the key issues very dear to us as a nation.
Who to vote for?
We vote to ensure that our nation is guided by the ethics of respect for the human dignity and the principle for the common good.
Apart from the video, I’ve also made downloadable the 13th General Election Manifesto unveiled by the Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat. I am still hoping for some kind soul to do a head-to-head comparison of what both coalitions promised.
BN’s Manifesto – Menepati Janji, Membawa Harapan (Download BM, ENG)
PR’s Manifesto – Pakatan Harapan Rakyat (Download BM, ENG)
God bless Malaysia!
Meryl Streep’s Eulogy for Margaret Tatcher
Margaret Hilda Thatcher (13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013)
Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics. It is hard to imagine a part of our current history that has not been affected by measures she put forward in the UK at the end of the 20th century. Her hard-nosed fiscal measures took a toll on the poor, and her hands-off approach to financial regulation led to great wealth for others. There is an argument that her steadfast, almost emotional loyalty to the pound sterling has helped the UK weather the storms of European monetary uncertainty.
But to me she was a figure of awe for her personal strength and grit. To have come up, legitimately, through the ranks of the British political system, class bound and gender phobic as it was, in the time that she did and the way that she did, was a formidable achievement. To have won it, not because she inherited position as the daughter of a great man, or the widow of an important man, but by dint of her own striving. To have withstood the special hatred and ridicule, unprecedented in my opinion, leveled in our time at a public figure who was not a mass murderer; and to have managed to keep her convictions attached to fervent ideals and ideas — wrongheaded or misguided as we might see them now — without corruption — I see that as evidence of some kind of greatness, worthy for the argument of history to settle.
“How often do you look back and really reflect on what you’ve done? The insignificance of it all. Pointless arguments. Inside jokes. Funny haircuts. But do you ever wonder how you’ll be remembered? Or if what you’ve done and what you’re doing means anything at all? What will your songs sound like when you’re dead and gone? Will tears fall when the last note is sung? And how will your story be told? Will your words leave a bitter taste in their mouths or will they even remember you at all?
Compassion. The concept is rather simple, most know what it means to be civil, but there truly is a fine line between sweet and sour.
Give too much of yourself away, and you’ll be all used up. Not enough, and no one will be around to share this with. So what is it that motivates us to be better, gentler, more refined, I’d like to think it’s those close to us, close to the heart and soul. Those who carried you to the car after you puked on their shoes, those who took the blame for breaking the window when it was you who cast the stone, those who will be by your side when reality knocks on your door both good and bad, but more importantly, those whose stories you will share with your kids, and grand kids and their kids and their grandkids in hopes to somehow keep this all alive.
Chivalry. Decency. Kindness. Compassion. Desire. Strength.
How will you be remembered?”
— John O’Callaghan, Said and Done
“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ”
― Henry David Thoreau