HRH Prince George Alexander Loius

It has finally happened. The long awaited royal baby of Great Britain arrived late in the afternoon on the 22nd of July, 2013. kate-will-georgeThis adorable little bundle of joy is named George Alexander Louis two days after he was born, by his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, and his wife, Kate Middleton. George Alexander LouisHe will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. I’m guessing he’s gonna grow up to be a fine young man. Fine and good looking, given his genes are a mixture of Prince William and Kate’s, both of whom passed with flying colours in the ‘looks’ department.

Gotta say. I’m always a tad bit confused when it comes to the titles of the royal family of Great Britain. Prince Charles of Wales, Prince Edward the Earl Of Wessex, Princess Beatrice of York, Princes Harry of Wales, Prince William the Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, and the list goes on. So most of the times, I stick to simple titles like Prince Charles, Prince Edward, Prince William, etc etc. 😉

I can’t help but smile when I see pictures of the proud parents with their newborn. It’s just so sweet. It’s like a part of a fairytale. kate-will-george (2)Will-Kate-GeorgeThough I know that life as a public figure ain’t a bed of roses all the time, but for that moment in time, Will, Kate and George looks like the perfect picture of a perfect fairytale. It’s just such a nice sight to behold. Kinda makes me wanna go, “Aawwwww…” every time I see pictures of this little royal family. It certainly doesn’t help when the proud parents let slip little tit-bits like how Kate mentioned that Will changed baby George’s first diaper, or how Will said that his son ‘has got a good pair of lungs on him’. Lol! 🙂

Of course, I may have paid a bit more attention to the birth of this baby as compared to other famous offspring, reason being, I used to have a crush on Prince William. Hahaha! BUT, that was when I was younger and he was younger. Lol! prince-william-age15He was about 15-16 years old, and I was 11-12 years old. It’s a kiddy crush. He’s cute. He still is actually, despite having a slight hair-loss problem. I still find him dashing and looking as fit as any prince charming would be. 🙂

One thing that caught my attention besides the adorable baby Prince George is Will & Kate’s attire for the day. kate-will-fashion(2)Just one day after giving birth to baby Prince George, Kate is looking absolutely stunning. Of course, according to new reports, she had her hair stylist fixing her hair in the morning before she left the hospital, but I still feel credit should be given to her for looking so good just a day after delivery. It’s kinda inspiring. I mean, I would wanna be like her someday, looking presentable at all times, even if its a day after giving birth. Teehee! 😉 Oh, and Prince William is the definition of ‘sophisticated casual smart look for men’, in my opinion. I love guys who are able to dress casual smart well. Formal is kinda easy, casual is kinda easy too, but many slip and fall when it comes to casual smart. 😉

Anyways, as much as some people think this news has been given way to much coverage than it deserves, I personally feel that it’s nice once in a while to read about a joyous news. Lately it seems, almost every news article I read is either depressing or just downright stupid. So yes. I’m one of those who are happily reading away about this royal newborn. Happy news makes people happy. 😛

Thank You, Sir Alex

Technically speaking, I knew this day would come, but at the same time, when it finally happened, it feels so unreal. Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from the football scene, after 26 six years managing my all time favourite club, Manchester United. He joined Man. Utd. in 1986, exactly the year I was born.

From the days when my dad would watch alone, to the days that he taught me to watch and I watched with him, till now, I watched alone, Alex Ferguson has been there, at sidelines, yelling commands at his players and cheering at goals scored. I won’t deny it won’t be the same not seeing him there, at the sidelines.

Though it’s really sad to see him retire, I believe he has earned this well deserved rest. The trophies he has under his belt is enough to make him a legend in the football world. 316410_447053398722963_1124600748_nOh, let me rephrase that. He’s not a legend, but he’s the legend. My most memorable season is in 1999 where he lead the Red Devils to a treble win. That was fucking awesome! I remember celebrating with my dad. Dad even got me a t-shirt that says ‘Treble Champions’. But time is sometimes a cruel thing. 14 years down the road, dad passed away and now Fergie’s retiring. I guess all good things must come to an end? I hope not, though. Hopefully new manager David Moyes will be able to continue leading the Red Devils into more victories.

Coming back, it’s definitely a loss to the club, and all it’s fans around the world. Heck, even those from the rivaling clubs feel the loss. As long as you’re a football fan, you’ll know the significance of Sir Alex Ferguson. 428712_171483143017563_1210524948_nI don’t care what anyone else says, but to me, Alex Ferguson is the best manager ever in the history of English football. As a matter of fact, he’s the best manager ever. Period.

All being said, I hope he’ll have a splendid retirement.

But, I’m definitely gonna miss good old Fergie.
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The Countdown, My Take On It

We’re a week away from our country’s 13th General Election. While I used to take a rather calm and neutral stand usually, I can’t help but voice a couple of my opinions this time around. Now I won’t touch on the opposition’s claims on corruption issues or how those people of high authority in the country are misusing their power, for I don’t have solid proof, neither do I have a strong argument. Everything I know about those issues are simply read from the net and Facebook posts. So, as silly as it sounds, I’m gonna take a ‘innocent till 100% proven guilty’ stand. Or at least I’ll try not to talk and accuse anyone of anything….. yet. 😉

The stuff that pisses me off are mostly not politically based, but they’re more of those general stuff done during the campaigning period that annoys and disgusts the living daylights out of me. I’ll say this, in Penang, campaigning has been take to a whole new level. (Note : ‘A whole new level’ does not necessarily mean it’s a good thing.)

1) The flags. Oh gawd, the flags. While one party places their flags properly and spaces them nicely (well, relatively speaking), another just simply lump them all together. Not kidding. My state has been strewn with lost of blue coloured cloth. It’s becoming a real eye sore. 317313_10151868821954692_506942498_nSee what I mean? Truth be told, these scenarios tell a lot about the people campaigning. These speak really loudly of the mentalities of the people who are running for the particular area where the flags are simply strewn around like rubbish. I wonder what in the world were they thinking when they walk/drive past all these messy flags? Didn’t they see these atrocities?! Can’t they ask one of their volunteers to tidy it up properly? Seema as if they couldn’t even be bothered. Seriously, if you can’t even keep your flags in check properly, how the hell are you gonna be able to do a proper job in your assigned area? Hmph.

2) The campaign ads. Oh wow. Seriously. I think both sides are guilty of this, even if one side is slightly better than the other. But I feel both could do without dissing the other party excessively. When I attended some of the rallies, I like it when they tell us what they can do for the country and the nation, and NOT the part where they’re insulting and dissing the other party to extremes. A little dissing here and there is okay, it adds the humour, but to spend the entire half hour you’ve got just dissing another party? Not cool. Some of the candidates from both sides are guilty for this. I personally feel a real professional campaign ad should be made to tell people what you can do and contribute to the country, NOT dissing the opposing party. While both sides are guilty of these slanderous billboards and posters and rally talks, but one party takes it a step further by not only publishing it in newspapers, but also on the radio stations and television channels as well. It actually disgusts me to the point I simply turn off the radio. Whatever happened to proper campaigning? Ugh.

3) Freebies. Now, this pushed me over the edge. I’ve always kept mum on all things politics, until about a month back when I heard free laptops will be given out to students. I just snapped, and the dam of thoughts just flowed right out. Lol. But seriously, enough of giving all these material things and money! Firstly, it makes you look like you’re buying votes (boo!) and practicing money politics. Secondly, it makes people feel that even you guys aren’t even confident in your own party and its manifesto, hence needing to give away all these goodies and freebies. Thirdly, I really appreciate the 55 years of peace in this country, but,you should know, we don’t want all these temporary goodies and freebies (it’s a waste of money actually). All we want is a permanent improvement in the country’s development and also the standard of living of the nation. The future for our future generations.

All these little actions shows the kind of people on each side of this ‘GE 13 game’. I don’t know about everyone else, but to me, a person’s mentality place a pretty big role in the person’s ability to carry out a job properly. What kind of people do we want to put our country’s future in? I’ll be fair and say this. There are the good ones and the bad ones in both parties. It would be ideal to vote for the ‘good and righteous ones’ regardless of their parties. But sadly, that is not the case this time, is it? The nation has taken to pick parties instead of capable candidates. Well, that’s the bad news. But the good news is, most of the ‘lesser of two evils’ is on the same party. 😉

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The death match will be this coming Sunday. Who will win and who will lose?

The Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy (December 2012)

I actually wrote this on Christmas, but didn’t get to finish it. So I’m modifying it a little to suit the time.

Christmas and the New Year just passed not long ago. For many of us, we partied, we celebrated, we sang, we laughed and we enjoyed this festive season. But for a few families in the Connecticut, United States, I’m sure Christmas and New Year for them would have been very quiet. Some might even have spent their holidays staring into the rooms of their children, whom they lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, thinking of ‘what ifs’.

My heart goes out to the families of every victim who fell on that fateful day. Those kids made the biggest impact on me. I teared up just thinking about the things they will not get to do. Some I saw their pictures and thought, “She would grow up to be Prom Queen material.” Some, “He looks like he’s gonna grow up to be the next Bill Clinton or something.” And it hits me. All that will not come to pass. Here’s to remembering the beautiful little lives lost. Little and young they may haave been, but I’m sure they shone bright in the lives of people who knew them.

Sandy Hook Child VictimsWith their last names in alphabetical order (though not according to the picture placement above : Charlotte Bacon (6), Daniel Barden (7), Olivia Engel (6), Josephine Gay (7), Dylan Hockley (7),  Madeleine Hsu (6), Catherine Hubbard (6), Chase Kowalski (7), Jesse Lewis (6), Ana Marquez-Greene (6), James Mattioli (6), Grace McDonnell (7), Emilie Parker (6), Jack Pinto (6), Noah Pozner (6), Caroline Previdi (6), Jessica Rekos (6), Avielle Richman (6), Benjamin Wheeler (6) and Allison Wyatt (6).

Other victims killed includes 6 adults, who gave their lives trying to protect the children. The principle Dawn Hochsprung, the school psychologist Mary Sherlach, the teachers Victoria Soto and Lauren Rousseau, and the teacher’s aidesRachel D’Avino and Anne Marie Murphy.

These people will be remembered.

It’s somewhat hard for me to comprehend the ability of someone to hurt a kid, let alone shooting at an entire classroom of them! What the hell is wrong with the fella?! For crying out loud they’re barely 7 years old! It’s been almost a month and my heart still feels like it’s being steamrolled whenever I think of this tragedy. These aren’t high school students who may be capable of bully or discrimination. These aren’t college students who may be capable of looking down and being mean to others. These aren’t working people may be capable of bitching around each others’ back and playing politics. These are kids. Very young kids. Innocent little kids! Whose only capabilities are making friends and doing their own thing. Playing, colouring, drawing. Why them!? And each kid was shot multiple times. I shiver at the thought of it.

My first reaction when I first heard the news was ‘Every parent of the victims should be given a gun and be allowed to shoot at free will at the gunner (I choose not to mention his name because I don’t think anyone who has done evil deserves to be famous) even though he’s already dead.’ But that make us stoop to a level as low as the shooter, right? Maybe the killer was under depression, maybe he was on drugs, maybe he’s mentally ill due to bullying at school. I don’t know. Whichever it is, it is undeniable that what he did was wrong. But it is not our position to judge him. No matter how mad we are towards him, how hateful we feel towards him, it is still not our position to be the judge of him. God will be the judge. God IS the judge.

All we can do is pray. Pray for the lives lost. Pray for the family of the victims that are left behind. Pray for a better, less cruel world. It’s gonna take them all a very long time to get over this. I doubt one year is enough. Some may not even recover fully from this tragedy. All we can do is pray for them.

Erm… NBC? What Are You Doing?

Sept 11. I don’t even need to mention the year. Anytime someone mention the date Sept 11, I’m sure your mind flashes back to the day the world was rocked to it’s core.11 years ago, when the World Trade Centre came tumbling down. All it took was 2 hijacked planes. And thousands upon thousands of lives lost, just like that. Just because some humans aren’t civilized enough to settle their stuff peacefully and decided to turn everything violent to send a message. Though, the retaliation to the act above ‘ain’t that civilized as well. War is really not the answer. But I guess we all still have a lot to learn about being civilized. Maybe that creature in the movie Green Lantern were right about the human race, that we’re still a very young race.

For America, I’m sure 11 years is still a very short period of time to truly get over such an incident. And that being so, most morning talk shows observed a minute of silence at 8.46am (the time which the first hijacked plane hit the first tower) on Sept 11, 2012 in remembrance of all those who perish in the tragedy 11 years ago. Innocents who lost their lives and people who died in line of duty.

And here is where NBC’s ‘Today’ show made headlines, for all the wrong reasons, again. Not only they didn’t participate in the minute of silence, guess what they replace that minute with? An interview with Kris Jenner. Yup. As in the Kris Jenner of the ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’. And the topic? Kris Jenner’s breast augmentation. Yes. Breast augmentation.

I may understand if they replace it with something more ‘serious’, ‘useful’ or somehow ‘less bimbo-ish’. It could even be a story about a boy who saved a cat. It’s still better that the story they aired, cause, maybe they thought it was time to move on, since in their defense, they mentioned that they did do some coverage on the tragedy. But the fact that they use that particular time when all around were observing a moment of silence for the Sept 11 tragedy to talk about Kris Jenner’s ‘breast artwork’, I personally feel it’s an insult to all those who fell on that tragic day 11 years ago, and I’m not even an American.

There may be those who argue that it is time to slowly let go. Which, yes, I agree, is true. But that doesn’t mean forgetting. And some may counter, not having a moment of silence does not mean that it is forgotten. Yes, that is true too. But a moment of silence can sometimes be a good thing, in many different ways.

This moment of silence gives people a little time to remember those who were lost, those heroes who risked their lives and perish while trying to saving people, those innocent people who walked into the building that morning not knowing that they will never see their loved ones ever again. This moment of silence gives people a little time to reflect on how fragile life can be, how precious a life is, how it is in a single second, we could lose everything we have. This moment of silence gives people a little time to think about how much blood have been shed since this tragedy started, how a little extra compassion from the human race may have prevented the tragedy from happening, how we can better ourselves and act or react differently in the future.

I gotta say, NBC’s ‘Today’ show is a pure disappointment this time. Kris Jenner’s breast augmentation. Smirk.

Clash Of The Giants : Apple & Samsung

20120831-011538.jpgEasiest way to describe the situation in the smart phone industry, currently. What with Samsung losing another lawsuit to Apple. I guess, you can’t be too sure about the development of technology in today’s world. But to be frank, Apple start the whole touch screen smart phone revolution that is so user friendly with countless apps to download. Then again, in the world of development and research, one can always discover something new, or slightly better. That is, of course, IF they really did do their work. This lawsuit between Apple and Samsung have been going on for quite a long while now.

And really, as a consumer, I really don’t care much who copied who, or if there is actual copying work done. But, I stumbled across this article by Bloomberg Businessweek. The 10 Best Lines From The Apple-Samsung Trial. 😉

The one that got me amused. Erm. Apple. Samsung. Breat Feeding. Wow.

The one that got the question marks going off in my head.Erm. Totally agree with Phil Schiller. Never heard that one before. Ever. Where do they come up with this nick? Bellybutton? Eewww!

And the one that made me think that the judge for this trial is one of the coolest I’ve ever read about. One word. HAHA!

I’m sure this ain’t the last lawsuit we’ll see of these two giants. =)
By the way, I feel really sorry for Nokia. Heh. Lol! 😉

Big Dream?

Gladys sent me this a few days back. Trust me when I say, I’ve NEVER heard of it, ever! Until I was sent this picture.20120831-011435.jpgBoy, did I have a good laugh. But seriously? I really doubt it’ll be able to replace Facebook. The thought itself is considered a joke among many. Reading up on this website, it is apparently only limited to Malaysians. This is one of the main factor that pulls the whole idea down, I supposed. Many of us now have relatives and friends living overseas. And limiting the members aren’t gonna get it anywhere. Facebook on the other hand, lets us connect with people all over the world.

I daresay, till now, almost 2 years after launching the 1malaysia.com website, it is still nowhere near replacing Facebook in this country. I did a little check up on the website, for the first time ever. Gotta give it to them though. The log-in homepage will definitely ease parents’ worries of allowing their kids onto the website.It looks 100% kids-friendly. 😉

But all that being said, it’s always good to dream right? One must have dreams in order to be on their way to success. Dream big. Aim high. Aim for the stars and you may fall on the clouds. Then again, there’s a chance it is a cloudless day. 😉