Thursday, August 31, 2006

September 11: God's Big Heart

Hey Everybody,

I just got back from The Phillip Islands. Apparently, there’s suppose to have a lot of penguins hanging out in the area. (smoking weed and all) Unfortunately, the only penguin i could find in the resort was Tjokro.

But…. That’s a whole story altogether. He has gotten enough stick from me already. I’ll save it for another time. Hehe.

On a more serious note, earlier this afternoon, I had the honor to watch Paul Greengrass’s ‘United 93’ with Alan Tham. The movie spoke to me so strongly in many areas. Note: There is a strong possibility of it being BANNED in Malaysia though.

The film is a value of catharsis; it gives a visceral and haunting portrait of the tragic events aboard flight United 93, showing us what it’s like to be one of the passengers.

It’s the unbearable attention to mundane details that make this movie so wrenching and difficult to watch. You see people avoiding eye contact while waiting for the plane, people making small talk, looking at watches, giving fake smiles. The movie is an intense documentary-drama that puts the viewer in a pressure cooker.

At the end of its 110 minutes, this fact-checked, tightly woven drama is incredibly powerful not because it makes you cry or its ability to connect with the audience, but its ability to take us on a journey back through time to the day of the unprecedented American tragedy.

Yes… I did shed a tear or two while watching this controversial masterpiece. Not only for the heroes, victims and their families of September 11, but also for the terrorist hijackers that believed in something so fanatically that it ultimately consumed them.

After the movie, sitting on the tram on my way home, I felt God saying;
‘Jesus died on the cross for sinners like you and everyone else. Yes, he died even for the hijackers involved in the September 11’

I cried again.

A BIG God who loves me,

Saturday, August 12, 2006

The Ultimate Joker versus A Parodoxical Week

It’s been quite a few days since I’ve blogged. I must admit now that I am a very spur-of-the-moment person that, at times lack the discipline to maintain a regular-as-clockwork string of posts. Holding on to the principle of ‘If your heart isn’t there, just don’t blog for the sake of filling up the page’ I guess. Enough of rhetoric monologue.

I’ve had an incredibly paradoxical week.
Relax, Let me explain.
Washed, dried and pressed my Man Utd Jersey. It was in immaculate condition. Minutes later, A pigeon decides to shit on it.

Right side. Just above the Man Utd symbol. I never wanted to eat Peking Pigeon sooo bad….

Thank God I got a job interview. I got vomited at on the way to the interview. White marinara cream color discharge with grey bits.

I had an unbelievable bargain for tickets to ‘Fourplay’ in concert. I bought 3 tickets. Only to find out days later that they were NOT the band I thought they were. Tickets non-refundable.

Carefully timed my tram rides to perfection. Almost. Missing the tram by a few seconds.
Yeap. Four times in a row.

Am I bitter? No way, Jose. Sure… I may have been a lil’ cheesed off then.

But then I realized that Life is an amazing journey with God. It just shows how colorful life is and how amazing each day is planned out. Like I was telling a Juni and Pei Jet over dinner, Jesus must’ve been the ultimate joker 2006 years ago. Dave Letterman, Russell Peters couldn’t even hold a torch.

Everything works out for the good of those who love Him and live according to His will.
Life is ironically beautiful.

Oh, the interview went great. I think I got the job. :D

The Dugong

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

A Serious Post: Farewell To The Horse

The horse is set to leave Manchester United for Real Madrid this coming Friday for a substantially large fee.
This post, will be a short (very serious) tribute to probally one of the best 'in the box' strikers ever to grace Old Trafford.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy was one of the most imposing forwards in the world (for Man Utd and Holland). Scoring with his trademark power shots, he has torn more goal nets than any other player in the EPL. You never knew what hit you (If you were the goalkeeper that is). Never giving up a chase for the ball, great in the air and on the ground, 'The Horse' has:

1. Had a 100% penalty score rate for the 2002/2003 season
2. Scored a beautiful 45 yard lob. (the distance of about 1/2 the football field)
3. Ex-most expensive player in Britian (19million pounds)
4. Scored in 8 consecutive games
5. One goal shy from the European goal scoring record set by Dennis Law
6. Has scored a total of 150 goals for Manchester United
7. Has won Golden boot of the Season and English player of the year.

-A picture of Horse Neighing defeaningly as he scores a third goal againsts Blackburn. His Proud Neigh goes up to 120 decibels depending on how much grass he eats before a match. We will trully miss his horsey looks and kicks

To cut a long-story short, Horse's name will be remembered in the history books of not only Manchester United, but for Holland. Scoring numerous hattricks (3 goals in a game), uncountable braces (2 goals) and bags of single goals, The Horse has also been known fondly by fans as the 'Dutch Goal Machine'. In the wish lists of almost every football manager for half a decade, age, and injury woes finally caught up with horse. The 2005/2006 season was a forgettable season for the horse as injury, patches of bad form, team bust ups and a very public fallout with the manager made his position in the club anything but secure. A move to greener pastures was inevitable. Real Madrid timing was impeccable. And the rest is history.

As the Horse leaves Old Trafford, with his head high and proud, hoofs restless, Let us take a short, quiet moment to remember horsey's buck tooth smile and humanly neigh.

Sniff. Au Revoire Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

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Dugong aka Roy Keane =D