18.8.08

parental dilemma

I had a conversation with a friend recently about what type of parents we will be when we are married, with children. It is like an obligation nowadays that both parents have to work, to have good careers, due to the demands and the needs of a family in these modern times. It is not often do we see a conventional family, where the common understanding is that the father is usually the soul bread-winner.

But what impact does this bring to the children? How does it affect the most basic institution in a human's cycle of life, which is the structure of the family itself? I would state honestly here, in an ideal world, I would love to have a wife who would stay home, takes care of the household, while I carry on with the duties of a father, to bring income and support the family. While the demands will not permit this, as a realist, I would also love to see my wife as a successful lady. My wife, also a realist, would also think that her diploma or degree would go to waste if it is not put to use.

So where does this lead to? At the same time, I am also not really in favour with the idea of leaving my children alone with a stranger. The touch of a mother is always important in a child's development, as what I have experienced during my childhood days. While the strength of a father will provide the pillar towards a strong family. The dilemma is, what will happen when one of these qualities does not exist anymore? Is this the actual reason why children nowadays are so exposed to the negatives of life?

I recently read an article ("Homework Given for Good Reason" by Practicum Teacher, The Star, 12 August 2008) regarding a teacher's dismay about the complaints aimed at them, for trying to discipline the students. It's a pity to the teachers that when they are supposed to assume the parents' role while the children are at school, some thoughtless parents are blaming them for scolding and hurting their child. We have had enough by not attending to our children that often anymore, I believe we should not get in the teachers' way when they are trying to carry out their noble profession. Is it wrong to actually give piles of homework to the students? Is it really a crime to punish those who miss out on their assignments?

This makes us think, and ponder, what future generation are we creating, when obviously, with each and every day, we linger with the possibility of losing touch with our children.

7.8.08

how old am i?

A guy walks into a bar and says to the bartender, “I want you to give me 12-year scotch, and don’t try to fool me because I can tell the difference.”

The bartender is skeptical and decides to try to trick the man with 5-year scotch.

The man takes a sip, scowls and says, “Bartender, this crap is 5-year scotch. I told you I want 12-year scotch.”

The bartender tries once more with 8-year scotch.

The man takes a sip, grimaces and says, “Bartender, I don’t want 8-year scotch like this filth. Give me 12-year scotch!”

Impressed, the bartender gets the 12-year scotch, the man takes a sip and sighs, “Ah, now that’s the real thing.”

A disgusting, grimy, stinking drunk has been watching all this with great interest. He stumbles over and sets a glass down in front of the man and says, “Hey, I think that’s really far out what you can do. Try this one.”

The man takes a sip and immediately spits out the liquid and cries, “Yechhh! This stuff tastes like piss!”

The drunk’s eyes light up and he says, “Yeah, now how old am I?”

Big Grin

2.8.08

sperm sample

A 70-year-old man went to his doctor’s office to get a sperm count. The doctor gave the man a jar and said, “Take this jar home and bring me back a sample tomorrow.”

The next day the 70-year-old man reappears at the doctor’s office and gives him the jar, which is as clean and empty as on the previous day.

The doctor asked what happened and the man explains, “Well, doc, it’s like this: First I tried with my right hand, but nothing. Then I tried with my left hand, but still nothing. Then I asked my wife for help. She tried with her right hand, with nothing. Then her left, but nothing. She even tried with her mouth, first with the teeth in, then with the teeth out, and still nothing. We even called up the lady next door and she tried with both hands and her mouth too, but nothing.”

The doctor was shocked! “You asked your neighbor?”

The old man replied, “Yep, but no matter what we tried we couldn’t get the darn jar open!” Big Grin

the daredevils

As much as I so despise the Rempits and the inconsiderate motorists in KL, you will be amazed by what they do in Kerteh. My job requires me to go to Kerteh a lot, it gives me the clearest view of their behaviour. They are much, much more daring and dangerous than the others I've seen in my life! Surprise The cars will overtake and swerve into their original lane as late as possible, causing panic to the drivers in the opposing lane. This is also where the Rempits do their stuff freely, seemingly without any obstructions from the authorities. Trust me, not even an effort was there to trash these culprits.

Hmmm...I wonder why... Thinking

to off or not to off

I was on a plane recently from Bintulu to KL when one incident happened to a guy sitting nearby. First of all, if you are familiar with flying, you will also be used to the flight attendants asking the passengers NOT to switch their mobiles phones on, as this will interrupt the plane's electronics. Electronic devices such as media players, laptops, are exceptions, for they are only unusable during take-offs and landings.

One thing that caught my attention since long, which happened to the same guy I mentioned above, was the option 'Offline' which we have in some of our mobile phones. Is it valid to switch to this option, while in a flight, or do we have to switch the phone off completely. On a few occasions I've seen the stewards or stewardesses asking, both polite and rude, the passengers to totally switch their phones off, rather than switching their profile to Offline mode. I sometimes get confused by this also, I'd switch my mobiles off, to avid unnecessary confrontations.

I'm not sure where my source was, but these so called electronic devices are defined by groups, or Classes, name Class A and Class B devices. Either one of them would mean the devices would transmit a certain signal, or waves, which will interrupt the plane's systems, while the other Class does not emit such signal, thus permitting devices such as mp3 players and laptops.

I can't be so sure myself, maybe anybody out there can provide some light for this. But definitely, for sure, I am sooooo against those who switch on their mobiles before being in the terminal building, as required! So irritating!!! Angry

1.8.08

Malaysia vs Chelsea

Everyone knows how devoted I am to Manchester United. But when I heard Chelsea was coming to Malaysia, well, what the heck, it's not often to see world class footballers strutting their stuff on our ground. Ballack, Lampard, Terry, Carvalho, Cech, Deco, Shevchenko (Shev who?) And to accompany a good friend, well, no harm I guess. Winking

The match started at 8.45 pm. But we only managed to get a seat inside the stadium at about 8.55 pm. We had to thread through traffic leading to the stadium. I never knew there are sooooooooo many Chelsea supporters here in Malaysia! HAHHAHAHA!!! Feeling beat up

The game was good. The atmosphere was okay-okay lah. There was a Mexican Wave at half-time that encircled the stadium about 3 - 4 times. Though it was apparent Chelsea weren't playing as serious as they could, Malaysia did at least gave a spirited fight. In the end, Chelsea was superior in all aspects; physical, technical, mentality, etc etc etc, and they won 2-0through Anelka and Ashley Cole. Clown As for me...well...

GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED!!!!

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Welcome!

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Erwan and wife

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Score at half-time, 1-0 to Chelsea

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The not so many people in the stadium!

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A certain Rosyam Nor was nearby...

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Final score, Malaysia 0, Chelsea 2

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Both teams embraced each other in the end

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