Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Generalised Autoregressive Conditional Heteroskedasticity and then some..

Wha? I know. I know. God only knows what's that.
It's the first word that i learned in my first financial econometrics class and i think i'm in for a pretty challenging semester. I try to look smart in class by strategically placing my silver pen near the corners of my mouth (left & right) or chew the tips of my spectacles.

For those who havent heard from me for ages, here are a few things about what i've been doing for the past few months.

I have tried and succesfully been able to grow a stubble. It's not as immaculate as i want it to be and doesn't make me feel very cool either. But what the heck... i'm keeping it for at least another few months. Maybe til summer then. keeps my chin warm in winter.
I am enjoying Melbourne quite a bit. The weather is really cold but it's still a step up from the fiery humidity in KL. You can get a good workout by just walking to your car.

I do however miss Malaysia at times. It's the simple things. Simple things like spitting on the floor, speaking malay, Waiting for hours for the LRT buses and the great mamak chats. In fact, i think that the mamak stalls are where Malaysians, in general let their defensive walls down and start sharing (too much occasionally) about their lives. From football, Why men have nipples, Politics, Badawi being a softy, the Jihad, Religion, God, Pornography struggles to even the sharing of one's core values in life. Nothing becomes too sacred or taboo when one holds a teh tarik/teh ais/limau/teh o in their hands. Perhaps its the sugar high, the bacteria laden ice cubes or the dense cigarrette-filled air. I dont know. We will never know.

I miss home. I miss Malaysia. I miss the amazing national health food, Ramli burger.

Another thing. It's been really bugging me. It's about Israel's massacre and all out attack on Lebanon. Nothing breaks me more than seeing the Chosen people go to war on the grounds of 3 POWs not being released. 750000 people are losing their homes and the deathtoll reads 418 lebanon people and counting. It's strike 3 for Israel after the acts of 1978 and 1982. I'm can't help but feel restless. It's either the UN or US who will be the clean up crew this time.

Someone always cleans up the mess. Someone always does.
The mike is yours now.

Love,
The Dugong

30 Comments:

At 5:20 AM, Anonymous ashwini said...

u HAD to proudly disclose that ur doing financial econometrics, rite =]

anyway..when on earth are we meeting up? n yes, i know its largely my fault =P

u let me know when ur free days are, aite..

n blog more often, k ...

ashwini

 
At 5:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey,

Nice entry bang. You doing Financial Econometrics? apa tu? macam matrix aje.

I've just got one thing to say man. F**k Israel! Bloody shitheads think they can do anything cause the US backs them up. Sorry.. Pissed off. Alynna agrees with me though. I swear!

-AG-

 
At 7:36 AM, Blogger TheDugong said...

Alamak boss,
selow selow skit. Jangan stim sangat sampai f. f. semua. kena steady skit.

But point taken.
:D

 
At 10:21 AM, Blogger chii~* said...

dude...
spelt my name wrongly...
what kind of phren man..
><
it's eng sean la brader niiga..

 
At 6:56 PM, Blogger mizzvickz said...

i miss home too :( i miss mamakz and cheap food toooooo. . . .

 
At 9:26 PM, Blogger jonboy said...

dei......dugong! Bro!! How u!

"...sumthing sumthing bless those who bless you, curse those who curse you....".

 
At 1:29 AM, Blogger Jagjit Singh said...

Hey Idiot

Malaysia miss you too!! Over here boring redi ler college.. hardly got ppl left.. Hows Melboune?? hopefully can come down for holiday and chill with you guys!!

Take Care man

Bloggers Rule!!

 
At 1:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kazra're

U SUX MAN>>

 
At 7:19 AM, Anonymous florence said...

hey Mr.Dugong,

how's life there??? u seem to be enjoying huh??? anyway, just wanna drop by to say hi...take care..

-cheers-

 
At 7:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got to agree with Bush about Israel being on the self defence. Lets just put ourselves in their shoes. Just imagine yourself constantly living under pressure and fear of your neighbours. Israel have gone through constant terrorism attacks. Just imagine living the bali attacks on a daily basis because of your neighbours. I believe that the occupation of south Lebanon is purely a defensive military strategy. However, I am not saying that Israel is completely innocent especially with the recent deaths of UN observers and high civilian casualties. I just believe that before we hastily judge Israel, we have to firstly put ourselves in their shoes.

Wombie

 
At 11:02 AM, Blogger chaiyen said...

yes! i just finish supper at murni. wah you just have to blog, never see so many comments on a blog before for every entry.

 
At 11:03 AM, Blogger chaiyen said...

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At 11:10 AM, Blogger dejelly said...

hey! mizzvicks!? same Uni as sdugongs? = )

 
At 12:39 PM, Blogger Wei Li said...

dude, how la...horse leaving man utd..damn sad..

 
At 5:29 AM, Blogger chii~* said...

o ^^
so fast correction made ^^
efficient giler.

 
At 5:40 AM, Blogger chaiyen said...

why i like horse to leave, too dependent on him already and he had lost it. new blood... more striker. no football team can be built upon one man.

 
At 6:29 AM, Blogger mizzvickz said...

dejelly :i don't know. AHAHAHAHA. i juz saw that he commented on ur blog so i come here and kaypoh :P

 
At 8:32 AM, Blogger TheDugong said...

yeah,
Horse is going already. I feel sad but horse is not as good as he use to be. Horse and Lizard both not settled ma. Sure confirm 'lacks match practice' one. Hor Hor

By the way, My next Post will be a thorough essay on Horse's time in Man Utd.

 
At 9:44 AM, Blogger brodie said...

im not writing this cos u said to write intelligent stuff, but because i read the comments and disagree with wombie so i had to say something.

first of all, if u agree with bush, remember, if it sounds smart, he probably did not write it. he was just reading a piece of paper his puppeteers, *ahem*, sorry, 'advisors', had written for him. secondly, occupation of southern lebanon might make sense if u reason it, cos that's where hezbollah is based. but that's not just they've done. they fricken bombed half the country, particularly beirut which is not in the south at all. tell me how bombing beirut airport, all major bridges (and various other parts of the city and suburbs) along with a full naval blockade help to combat hezbollah.

ok so kidnapping 2 israeli soldiers is bad. but do u have to go and destroy an entire country because of that? one that had finally recovered from civil war and was benefiting from a modern, peaceful lifestyle but has now been completely ruined again leaving thousands more refugees?

sure i'd be a bit pissed off if i was israel, but talk about a grossly disproportionate response...

sorry for my rant daniel, i know u've got enough comments already. had to put in my two cents... =p

 
At 8:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Blog owner,I stumbled on your blog and i feel i have to drop a comment. Feel free to delete it if anonymous comments are not your thing.
Israel,
You have taken overreaction to another level. If someone, in this case, Hezbollah threatens you with a pen knife, you turn around, take out a gun, shot the person, their families and every living thing around them. I strongly disagree with Wombie. It's not a military strategy. It's an act of stupidity, immaturity and of a really spoilt child.
-Sean-

 
At 7:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to Sean's comments, I believe that Israel was not threaten by a single pen knife but a bunch of robbers with pen knives. If I was a person with a gun threatened by a bunch of robbers with pen knives, I might react by shooting down one of the robbers. Drawing from analogy, Israel is one of the few countries in modern civilisation that have been surrounded by enemies throughout history since thousands of years ago. I'm not agreeing with Israel's over-reaction but as I said earlier, we shouldn't hastily judge Israel especially if we are seeking peacetalks to resume.

Wombie

 
At 7:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus says tt when someone slaps your cheek, turn and give them theother chee. i think it ain't our place to analyse the situation (ie. neighbours hate us), then take upon ourselves to act upon it (ie. eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil).

ladeeda....

vera
www.veraloves.tk

 
At 7:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"....bombing beirut airport, all major bridges (and various other parts of the city and suburbs) along with a full naval blockade help to combat hezbollah."

Any military strategists would agree that this is basic 101 modern military strategy - Air campaign and naval blockade followed by ground forces. Israel knows that Lebanon would counter-attack if they went after Hezbollah hence, explaning the reason for disarming Lebanon first.

Wombie

 
At 2:38 AM, Anonymous wei li said...

dude...wat's with ur blog man...suddenly damn serious about the war thingy esp in the comments...haha...anyways..faster post up the story of the horse la...u wana wait til this post got 100 comments isit? too cool la...cannot tahan... =p

 
At 2:46 AM, Anonymous wei li said...

welcome to daniel koh's forum =p

 
At 5:10 AM, Blogger brodie said...

wombie - yeah, but who said they had to go after hezbollah? and bring down a whole country to its knees in the process? not saying lebanon's a totally innocent country either, but damn...

 
At 7:32 AM, Blogger LauReLs said...

heyz daaanielll kkohh!
haha missed ya man.. super active man ur blogg.. haha

crazy.. anw, just dropping by a holler..

take heart!
Lola ann

 
At 5:29 AM, Anonymous alice said...

u miss m'sia?come back then...but i advise u to think twice as it is freaking hottttt here...

 
At 6:29 AM, Anonymous shanice said...

DUGONGGGGG!!!! U BLOGG AGAIN!

Wahlao.. and i just knew... cis.

keep in touch k.. and blogging rocks. ahaha. i saw eva's comment bout u not gonna comment on her blog anymore cos u;ve moved to blogspot. lol. funny la she..so cute :)

 
At 7:43 AM, Blogger jaime said...

Sorry, couldn't help rounding up your comments to 30 entries! ;)
Hey..you should really blog about that uncle from the Peking duck feast we had. He loved you. :)

And yes, you're cool. Not that you needed me to tell you anyway, you six feet underground rock eating monster!

hee hee hee

 

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