On current affairs…

Been busy, and will be for the next few months, methinks. Work is catching up, as the usual lull in workload this time of the year is wearing off, and things to do are starting to build up again. With the wedding coming up in March, its endless preparations as we plan to do this without a wedding planner. It should be possible, after all, this is what I do for a day job, planning events…

There’s the wedding course, and the paperwork – oh the paperwork is endless!! No wonder people elope, it’s just easier that way – the invitations (to design, print and send out, not to mention the guest list), the make up and hair people, the photographer, the reception venue, flowers, wedding outfits, hantaran, relatives to deal with… It’s going to be several hectic months ahead of me, and the odd thing is, I’m relishing it! I’m actually looking forward to it… 🙂

I suppose this would be a bad time to consider a change in career direction. I suppose I would have to let my work autopilot me for a while, as methinks plunging into a new job at this point in time will make putting the wedding together all but impossible. The work is a killer, but getting a new job will be even more crazy, right? I hope my current employers might put up with me for a bit more…

Running off to see the tailor today! – Jasmine.

ps – Did I forget to mention, I love you, my favourite Giraffe? Everyone, me and you included, have bad days. It’s just unfortunate sometimes it happens to fall on the same day. Let’s get your people talking to mine so we can schedule our bad days out of each other’s hair, no??

On the irony of being a policemen…

Was in the seedier ends of Chow Kit recently to go to a bake supplies store, and as I walked down the lane flanked by ladyboys soliciting from the doorways, it suddenly occured to me that the small police station that used to be there is no longer. Instead, in its place, is a wonky looking bazaar-type thing, that proclaimed it was “Opening Soon!! Rental Lots Available!”. Aikkss? What happened to the mini-police-station thing?

Finally solved the mystery today, found this in the The Star…

Policemen beat a retreat

KUALA LUMPUR: A police beat base located in the Chow Kit area of downtown Kuala Lumpur has been shut down because the “presence of criminals could make it unsafe” for police officers. (Well! The presence of criminals makes it unsafe for the rest of us too but guess we can’t rely on the police?)

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the beat base was located in a dirty area where police faced the possibility of being exposed to contagious diseases. (What diseases exactly?)

The presence of criminals also posed a threat to the safety of police officers. (No! Really?)

He said this in a written reply to Dr Lo’ Lo’ Mohamad Ghazali (PAS – Titiwangsa).

Dr Lo’ Lo’ had asked why the beat base along Jalan Haji Taib was closed considering that vice activities were high in the area.

She also wanted to know what kind of action had been taken by the police to curb vice activities in the Chow Kit area.

Syed Hamid said police were in the midst of finding a new location for the beat base.

In an immediate response, City Chief Police Officer Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Sabtu Osman said the beat base was not shut down but relocated to bigger premises near Jalan Raja Bot. (Funny, the CPO doesn’t seem to have briefed Syed Hamid that they have found a place…)

“We moved there to provide better service as we have increased our manpower and need more space,” he said.

Dr Lo’ Lo’s question was the 30th in the Order Paper and hence did not get a mention in the House during the daily one-hour Question Time.

However, Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli (PAS – Kuala Krai) managed to raise the matter when he interjected during Azmin Ali’s (PKR – Gombak) speech during the debate on Budget 2009.

Dr Mohd Hatta said that if the police themselves felt unsafe in a beat base, it would be even worse for the public.

“Maybe it would be better to put the beat base in the army barracks.”

Dr Mohd Hatta then managed to raise the issue again during his own debate on Budget 2009 saying that Syed Hamid’s response was irrational and hoped he would clarify his written answer as this was not the kind of police the people wanted.

“The police are there to make a place safe. If they themselves are scared and run away, how can we hope for others to want to be there?” he asked.

Dr Mohd Hatta said if the place was dirty, it was up to the police to organise gotong-royong activities to clean it up.

He added the only kind of contagious disease in the area was sexually transmitted, adding that getting infected was a matter of choice. (Can we then give the denizens of Chow Kit a choice in NOT getting infected by giving them condoms?)

I can understand Syed Hamid not getting it right but even Dr Hatta, a medical doctor, seems to be confused between a contagious disease and an infectious one.

According to the freedictionary.com, a contagious disease is defined as: A disease communicable by contact with a patient suffering from it, or with some secretion of, or object touched by, such a patient. Most such diseases have already been proved to be germ diseases, and their communicability depends on the transmission of the living germs. Many germ diseases are not contagious, some special method of transmission or inoculation of the germs being required.

On the other hand, an infectious disease is defined as any disease caused by the entrance, growth, and multiplication of microorganisms in the body; a germ disease. It may not be contagious.

I would guess that the disease most feared by the police in the Chow Kit area is HIV/AIDS which is an infectious disease, not a contagious one. You can’t get it just by hanging around people who have HIV.

Don’t forget boys and girls, one needs to exchange bodily fluids in order to catch these kinds of diseases – Jasmine.

On marriage…

Found this incredibly funny clip on Youtube… Just thought I’d share a laugh…

Hilarious!!

Don’t worry my darling Giraffe. It’s not about our wedding. Just a funnies for a dreary Tuesday 🙂

Thinking of sleeping the day off – Jasmine.

On happiness…

We had our official, formal engagement, my significant other and I, over the past weekend. It was the typical Malay thing – complete with pantuns and jests from both parties to sugarcoat the hard bargaining they were doing, and hantarans by both sides.

To tell you the truth, this was one of the happiest moments of my life, to know that we are finally officially engaged, and that a wedding is now due. I’ve always thought that when people say that their wedding day is the happiest day in their lives, that they were being cliche and and overblowing it. I mean, how happy can you be, to be tied down to one person for the rest of your natural life, barring a messy divorce?

Apparently, insanely happy!! And honestly, this was something that I truly did not fathom before…

I must say, I’ve never been happier… I suppose it will only get better after the wedding, no?

My deepest appreciation and love for everyone who made it happen – Mum and Sis and Dad and Bro and Little Tigress, aunties who lent a helping hand, and my ever patient Giraffe who finally showed me what true love really is…

Looking forward to madness of the wedding – Jasmine.

On uselessness…

Found this little news snippet today, about Shah Rukh Khan’s datukship… Read about it here.

It’s pretty much inevitable that soon Malaysians won’t be able to spit and not hit a Datuk. Every other Ahmad, Ah Chin and Muthu is now Datuk Ahmad, Datuk Ah Chin and Datuk Muthu respectively (no disrespect for the names of course, they’re just imaginary Datuks ok?).

I have always thought that these awards and what-nots where conferred onto people who contribute to the society, or the development and progress of the nation, that sort of thing. Now, almost anyone who can afford it, is a Datuk. The ones with more moolah to shell out opt for more ‘glam’ titles like Datuk Seri, or even Tan Sri. How will one respect these so-called pillars of society, when they are rewarded for every little thing? Even worse are those that choose to pay for the privilege of being known as a pillar of society… It’s just crazy!

In all honesty, I am damn curious to know what Shah Rukh Khan’s contribution to nation-building is… Heck, he’s not even Malaysian… Sort of like that Datuk Jean Todt ehh? And to think his contribution to the country is marrying Datuk Michelle Yeoh. *sigh* See? I told you, more useless Datuks!

Reading through the article, it is said that Shah Rukh Khan contributes to the movie and tourism industry bla bla bla. Let’s look at it for a minute, does anyone honestly thinks that he even knows where Malacca is? Sheesh!!

Just so not proud to be Malaysian right now – Jasmine.

On the rain…

Another rainy day today… I hear the pitter-patter of the water, as they fall from the sky. Relentless and unforgiving, the rain drives down, washing away the patina of forlorn from the melancholic days… *sigh*

I suppose my melancholia today draws from dealing with difficult people… Well, to be honest, there seems to be only one difficult person today, but it’s so emotionally draining that at the end of a simple phonecall, the rest of my patience has evaporated into a mist, just like the raindrops hitting the pavement…

Listening to Morcheeba’s “The Sea” made me realize how much I miss the sun on my skin and the sand beneath my feet, crystal clear waters with gadzillion fish swimming all around me… And most of all, I miss the feeling of freedom, leaving all of the world’s cares behind, and the promise of liberty and freedom.

One of these days, I really have to leave the rat race behind and get me some much needed R&R…

morcheeba_the_sea

Thinking of you endlessly, with the breeze in my hair and the waves lapping at our toes – Jasmine.

Oh ya, forgot to mention about Pak Lah deciding not to defend his post in March… Hmm… Food for thought, are we on the mend? Or are we going into more turmoil? Can’t speculate just yet… Give it a few days before some witty comeback y’all…

On the one you love…

Recently heard this song by Donna Summers called “Sand on My Feet”… Listening to it makes me realize how much we (or me, at least) take the ones we love in our lives for granted. Maybe its time to put some romance and passion back in ours, ehh Giraffe?

Don’t you ever forget that we’ve been through so much together, and that I love you now more than ever, especially now, when the craziness is just getting worse – Jasmine.