How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?
Corruption is so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Auspicious colours to wear in the year of the Snake

"We know that black is usually frowned upon when it’s Chinese New Year, but it may very well be the exception for you this year if you’re born in the year of the Dog or the year of the Rat.

That’s right, our auspicious colours change every year so it largely depends on your zodiac sign and how it is affected by the lunar year.

This year we’ve decided to help you out by charting the colours so that you know just what colours you should be shopping for and what shades you should be avoiding like the plague.

So go on, find your sign and colour your way to an auspicious 2013!"

Chart courtesy of Divaasia


I was brought up in an environment where superstitions reigned supreme. My mother never had education and her family used to believe in treatment of illnesses recommended by a temple medium who went into a trance to get divine help. So you can imagine the effects on me when it comes to discarding any superstition. Basically, it was usually a case of when in doubt, just believe it!

Some of the superstitions which I am still affected are: when planning a trip, make up your mind, and do not flip-flop because it would affect your travel adversely in terms of inconvenience or even accident; do not play with knives because there are spirits which could make you injure yourself or others; and so on.

In the 60s, while in secondary school, I can still remember how a classmate told us that his parents would never allow him to wear black under any circumstances! Nowadays, we can see people wearing black at all occasions, including birthdays, weddings and Chinese New Year. It has become fashionable to do so. But personally, I tend to think in terms of its effect on the hosts, for instance. What if they are still superstitious like before?

The first time I was aware of different colours for different people for a new Chinese year was when a relative painted his house gates green. When asked, he said it was auspicious for him in that year! Just imagine if this catches on, the paint companies and their dealers should be glad.

I am not really into Fengshui because it requires a strict regime to properly follow, and I am never good at nor like to be regimented. I used to watch Astro channel 305 (old Cantonese serials for free) and now and again, there is a Fengshui woman (used to be a man) from HK who would provide details down to the nearest hour! I just cannot imagine anyone following such instructions to start the day and checking every few hours. I am sure it affects anyone's self-confidence in making decisions.

I am also unimpressed with Lilian Thoo's recommendations of certain objects (available in her chain of shops) which could help something auspicious or prevent something inauspicious. It seems too easy and too commercial, if at all you believe in such advice.

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