Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Pictures!

Pictures from Project50 - the Merdeka performance that I am participating now. Check it out.
http://merdeka50sgm.blogspot.com/

Friday, July 13, 2007

Summer Movies

Quick summer movie reviews (scale of 1-10, 10 being best)

Shrek 3 - 4
Transformers - 7
Harry Potter - 6
Die Hard 4.0 - 4.0 (lol.. I kill me)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Life State

When I do my morning prayers these days, one of my prayer objectives is to bring forth the Buddhahood within me. In other words, I really want to elevate my life condition. Buddhism believes that there are 10 states of life that a person moves about. You can read more about the 10 states here.

Why is elevating life state important? When you are in a higher state of life, you view things with a different lense. You view problems and challenges with wisdom and compassion. A real example: A girl came back from work. Her mother cooked fish for dinner. She gave her mother a pat on the shoulder, thanked her for a hard day's work - basically showing appreciation for her effort.

Her sister, in a bad mood that day due to work, came back, saw the fish and started complaining that the fish stinks because it is too fishy, why do we always eat fish, fish are making a mess of the kitchen and dining table.

If you look at it, the fish is not the problem here. It is just a fish. But look at the the effect of the same fish has on to people with 2 different life conditions. One has gratitude and the other condemn the cook and spread negative energy.

This is why having a high life state is important. People call it having a positive mindset. It's the same concept :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Project 50

Last weekend and the upcoming 8 weekends, I will be participating in Project 50. Project 50 is a request from out government to Soka Gakkai Malaysia to perform a group formation and gymnastic in the upcoming national milestone, the 50th Merdeka Day this Aug 31. Soka Gakkai Malaysia is recruiting 1,400 young men and women for this event. There are 2 practices each week on Saturday (4pm-9pm) and Sunday (8am-4pm), in open field, under the sun. It will be physically tough. It will be difficult. It is going to be a huge challenge to each participant.

People who have participated in events like this have shared their testimony. It turns out that the physical challenge plays only a minor part. Participating in activities in a social environment creates opportunity for people to overcome their own personal challenges: it is the process during these two months that is challenging - some have to challenge their work, health, financial, family and time (some members travel from as far as Ijok, Batang Berjuntai, Klang and need to stay overnight at the center on Saturday).

It is an opportunity for us to challenge our own weaknesses, our own karma. During SUKOM (the 1998 Commonwealth Games which Malaysia was the host) and Citrawarna performances, many have shared their experiences on how they have persevered and triumphed. They are the true victors in life. They demonstrated the courage and wisdom to triumph over all difficulties in order to gain TOTAL VICTORY in our human revolution, daily life, work and kosen rufu.

I have my own personal challenge to overcome. When I was asked to participate, I had a lot of negative thoughts: I am anti-social; so I should not be participating; I will sweat like a pig in this heat. I am too old for this.

When I told my friends, Monica, a long time friend, fell on the floor laughing, saying that it is ironic that the king of anti-social would be participating in an event like this. Participating in Project 50 is the first small step, a minor victory for myself - I can now show to Monica I am taking a first step in changing.

My sister was surprised, asking me: "aren't you afraid of the sun? I cannot imagine you doing this."

People are noticing a small change in me. A change where I am trying hard to mix with people; to challenge against my lack of lifeforce and energy (you know I always have this "I am so tired I need to sleep") and of course, my other major challenge - the heat that my body can't seemed to take on anymore.

I will be victorious!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Daishonin Buddhism

After years of being a free thinker and not having any spiritual growth, I have decided to take on a faith. I have started to practice Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism, the same faith as Anne, naturally. It is difficult for a lost soul, one that hungers for spiritual food, to resist the goodness that was showered continuously and patiently by one's mate. And I am glad that I picked on a faith for I could feel that I am a better person already :)

The essense of this Buddhism is human revolution through chanting a specific mantra, Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. The whole idea is to bring forth the Buddhahood within all of us so that we can then have the wisdom and courage to face life's challenges.

As a child, whenever I fill a form, I would check "Buddhist" in the Religion box without understanding what is Buddhism. I used to wish that I could find Buddhist text that are written in English so that I could understand the teachings.

Years later, I finally found one :)

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Living in fear

Since I have moved to my new house, I have been living in fear of house break-ins, no thanks to an over imaginative mind and recent unfortunate events.

My friend's house in TTDI was broken into. His family lost jewelries, cash, gadgets. My colleague's immediate neighbour's house in Kepong was broken into, the maid was raped. My current neighbour told me about a house 3 blocks behind mine that was broken into and kept on reminding me to get an alarm.

You see why I am living in fear? And I hate that feeling! I mean, I still sleep well at night but I worry a lot more. 2 out of 3 incidents I cited above was daylight burglary. The bad guys now entered the house in the morning when everybody is at work.

What is the police doing?

Is our economy going downhill? Because theft and break-ins are an after effect of a downturn. Was it due to too many illegal immigrants? 2 out of the 3 incidents I cited above were performed by Malaysians - Indians and Chinese to be exact.

What is going on?

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Venezuelan Week

Today I attended the official opening of the "2nd Venezuelan Week 2007" in Wisma SGM in Jalan Imbi. The event was launched by some Datuk fom some Ministry and the Ambassador of Venezuela in Malaysia.

Excerpt from tbe brochure: "The first Venezuelan Week held in Malaysia in July 2006 allowed the Malaysians to get to know the Venezuelan culture and at the same time to enjoy a festive atmosphere on the occasion of the 195th Independance Day of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.


"In 2007, the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela together with Venezuelians living in Malaysia would like to join Malaysia in her 'Celebration of 50 year of Nationhood' by holding a second Venezuelan Week...


".. include events such as Salsa Concert.. Venezuelean Gourmet Festivals, Charity Gala Dinner.. "

If you are interested to check out some cultural stuff, click here.

Fun with Picasaweb

I am having so much fun with Picasaweb - trying to tag all my pictures to the location they are taken. For instance, the picture I took at Hatchesup Temple in Luxor - I have now mapped it to Google Earth.. so you can see how far we have travel from temple to temple in Luxor. Niceeeeee...

Don't WhatsApp /SMS when driving

This morning, we received news that one of Jane's classmate passed away after fighting for her life for 4 days. She was cycling in her A...