On Healthy Living…

A light posting for a change… It’s been too serious lately, whether at work or home, everything’s been dead serious… So here’s a tribute to ‘living healthy’… I was inspired by my incredibly short gym session last night, followed by a glorious ‘nasi lemak’ lunch today, delivered to my office by none other than my dear sister 😛

HEALTH QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION

Q: I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life; is this true?
A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that’s it… don’t waste
them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your
heart will not make you live longer; that’s like saying you can extend
the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a
nap.
Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and
corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than
an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need
grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green
leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended
daily allowance of vegetable products.
Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that
means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of
the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!
Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can’t think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain = Good !
Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU’RE NOT LISTENING!!!… Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil.
In fact, they’re permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be
bad for you?

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: Are you crazy? HELLO . Cocoa beans! Another vegetable!!! It’s the best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.

Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! ‘Round’ is a shape!

I promise to do more than just stretch at the gym today – Jasmine.

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On what’s coming…

I think all Malaysians should start really worrying now. Remember how whenever our prime minister says that something won’t happen it does?

No. I am not going to get married so soon. Weeks later he does.

No. I will not dissolve Parliament. The next day he does.

No. That dude will not be Menteri Besar of Terengganu. Now he is.

Hold your breath people… In the last few days the prime minister has also said that there will not be any increase in petrol prices in the near future….

AAARRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wondering if I should get that tricycle and start ‘exercising’ to work? – Jasmine.

On being able to fly…

When I was much much younger and foolish, I used to dream that my ‘superhero’ specialty would be being able to fly. Imagine, being able to fly to wherever your heart wished, and being able to do good and all that… Never have to wake up early again, after all, all I gotta do is fly to wherever I’m supposed to be and never late! Flying to the cinema instead of waiting for the crunky old Sri Jaya bus, full of stinky people and perverts. Flying to McDonalds to get my sundae fix, and then over the weekend, fly off to some scenic spot to enjoy the sunset… The possibilities were limitless!

But then with the ability of flying, would come the endless responsibilities. Mum would have asked me to send and pick up my siblings from school. “You’re going to fly, how hard is it going to be?”, I can hear her asking. And then there’s the things to get from the grocery store, and more and more chores to do… And soon enough, I might even be doing so many things for others, that its no longer ‘my’ ability to fly, more of a community thing that needed to be shared. As corny as it sounds, the words “With power comes responsibility,” would now apply to plain ‘ole boring me!

The analogy here is not perfect, but I’d like to liken the new Barisan Rakyat government to myself, had I been granted the elusive powers of flying. It is a dream, yes, but one not likely to materialize. The Barisan Rakyat had always dreamed of the day when Barisan Nasional would finally be beaten, and they would emerge victorious. The operative word here is dream, and never had they prepared for the actual win.

They chaotic organization of the state governments has shown that this is the case. It took them a bit of time, to digest the fact that they had actually won. Where they had prepared for defeat, and therefore, know how to handle, a victory was handed to them. It did not actually come on a silver platter – missing documents in the state offices, and small tussles here and there over the coalition’s positions in the goverment, but eventually they settled down and began work in earnest.

Just like the child who dreamt of flying, Barisan Rakyat now have the mandate, and by default, also the responsibility to make it work. With power comes responsibility. Use it wisely, or the people will again make a choice, and perhaps put the idiots they kicked out this time, back into office…

Now that the rakyat of Malaysia have very clearly made the choice for change, it is interesting to see that the changes, are being made. Albeit a little slowly, as Barisan Rakyat learns the right way to ‘fly’, but they’re doing a commendable job…

Glad that I never really got the opportunity to fly – Jasmine.

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On bowing out gracefully…

It has been enlightening indeed, to observe that the Malaysian voters have matured, and made a decision for a change during the 12th General Elections recently held. Whether the change is for the better or not, its too early to tell, but I salute you, Malaysians, for having the heart and guts to make a change.

Change is always hard to accept. It doesn’t matter if the change is for better or worse, the fact remains that a change has taken place. It is here we see that in adopting to the change, forward movement can be made. Never before in the history of our nation, the Ruling Coalition been denied their 2/3 majority. Never before has so many seats and states been taken from them. Then again, never before has the Opposition been so united a front, making their voice heard across the board.

The mainstream media, for the first time ever, in my personal observation at least, covered the success and stories of candidates and winners from parties other than Barisan Nasional. They have also semi-openly published commentaries just a week ago was considered unsavoury, therefore unfit for the consumption of the general public.

Yes, a change is indeed afoot. We can only hope and pray that the change will be for the better. In the process of moulting, our nation will be made stronger, and more able to forge forward…

Wait, wait… I change my mind. I’m not praying for a nation surging forward. Like any other ordinary Malaysian, I just wish for better standards of living – in healthcare, in education, and economically. I wish for better prospects at work, and improved opportunities, not just for the Bumiputras or rather UMNOputras, but for all Malaysians up to the task of seizing the opportunity. I wish for a Malaysia with better tolerance for her many-faceted subjects – may it be in religions, beliefs or lifestyles. Perhaps now, to be ‘Malay’, one does not have to be over-zealously ‘Muslim’… I wish for lower crime rates and interest rates for my mortgage, and for a leader that has what it takes to make it all better…

It is interesting to note, that our former PM, Tun Mahathir has called upon Pak Lah to resign, to bow out gracefully, as he thought it was fair enough to lay the blame squarely upon Pak Lah’s already burdened shoulders. And then there are whispers about the notorious son-in-law, who purpotedly plans to wreck havoc with the nation by causing civil unrest, to ensure that the family that matters, remain in power.

For those who think that the plot seems far-fetched, and more at home in a Korean political soap-opera, don’t forget that this was the man who think nothing of inciting racial hatred to plonk himself ever-so-securely in a seat of significance. The man who is supposed to be in-charge himself, seems not to notice the manouverings, and is quite happy to let the country run on auto-pilot while the son-in-law runs it into the ground.

If emergency rule is enforced, the results of the recent General Elections will be declared null and void, and the hard-earned win by Barisan Rakyat will mean nothing, as those who were in power will remain there. It is therefore in the best interests of the rakyat, to stay put and not take the bait this time…

After all, we the rakyat, have made our voices heard, didn’t we? Now, we must be patient, and let the sleeping man fall off the throne on his own… Even Samy Vellu, who claims that even God himself could not remove him, has been ‘toppled’, and that ladies and gentlemen, was enough good news for me in one night…

Hoping the ‘Opposition’ will now do the jobs they promised to do – Jasmine.