Sunday, December 21, 2008

current bleak state of Malaysian security

hey guys,

a close friend of mine in KL just got robbed outside her house. Two men trapped her from behind and in the ensuing struggle (she struggled I think) the knife slashed a wound 2-3 inches on her face from jaw up. She's through operation and her condition is stable, but as the wound was apparently deep enough to expose her bone, I can only hope that there are no further complicating issues, physically.

psychologically, who knows how long the fear will haunt her?

and just 2 weeks ago my mom got robbed in broad daylight outside my house. Luckily she wasn't hurt. Again, they had a knife too.

what's the purpose my post here?

just to point out that Malaysia is terribly unsafe now, at least in the urban areas, and we cannot afford to neglect that horrible truth even while we are relaxing here in the relatively comfortable and serene town of Davis.
when we don't have no respect and confidence in our police,
when we doubt the sincerity and of course, the wisdom of our leaders,
when we who are supposed to be masters of our own country are afraid to walk our own alleys,
we should realise that somethings are very very wrong.
and as young and promising Malaysians,
we cannot just sit back and hope that things will turn out better...naturally,
or hide somewhere and ignore the issues that affect our friends and family back home.
we must do something.
and whatever that something may be,
it certainly start with each one of us being more attentive,
more aware of what's happening,
more critical of what's going on.
form your own opinions, test the actions and words of others (esp. our great leaders!),
and when the time comes for action to be taken,
don't step back.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

stay tune for get-together events over Winter Break 2008

in response to Farina's question on the chat board------------->

let's use this space here to plan some of our get-togethers during the winter break. Most of us would be gone after the 20th, with some leaving even before that.
Some of us however, will be enjoying Davis until New Year (yippee!).

want to do something other than reading papers and writing applications? speak up!

I would say the following:
1. board games are fine with me...just arrange a time & venue. Perhaps Adilla should get her long-mentioned House on the Haunting Hill (or whatever the name was) to instill some freshness into our games (or I can go get the expansion pack for Shadow Hunters? haha)
2. sports lagi fine with me.
3. RockBand is boring.

Monday, December 1, 2008

sometimes our Sultans are way brighter than our politicians~

read this from The Star: Sultan: Don't harp on the trivial.

Although The Star certainly isn't a neutral news medium, let's safely assume that this report was unbiased...then in which case I am so much prouder of Selangor's monarchy than ever before! His Royal Highness Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah certainly said things that I was glad (and very eager) to hear...especially his response when asked

Q:What is your birthday wish?
A:There is a need for more common sense. I hope the politicians will take note of this. If you have a degree from Oxford or Cambridge, it does not mean you have common sense and I have to stress that common sense is important.

HAhaha...I wonder who our Sultan was referring to? ROFL.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

How slim is your turkey now?

So for fun, let's have a post where we brag on how much we spent (or save) over Thanksgiving weekend sales, and where we went shopping or how early.

*this can help our Education Ministry gauge how good is their financial assistance*
*also to check who's still reading this blog!*
*you can respond either by editing this post or commenting*
*don't slap me for lameness-factor*

Yao Hua (8am train to SF)
$15--ZARA polo tee
$40--ZARA slim cut jeans (dark olive green)
total--$55 !

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Somebody please make this Nasi Dagang

Nasi Dagang

Rice Ingredients

3 cups of beras lembut (or 2 cups Siam Special and 1 cup glutinous rice) – washed and soaked for about half an hour and drained well

3cm ginger – julienned

2 cloves garlic – julienned

6 shallots – thinly sliced

1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (halba seeds)

1 tablespoon cooking oil

2 cups thin coconut milk

1 cup coconut cream

Salt to taste

1 dessertspoon sugar (optional)

Method

Heat the cooking oil in a pan and saute the shallots, fenugreek seeds, garlic and ginger until fragrant. Add the rice and salt and fry until the rice is well coated and turns a little white. Quickly pour the contents of the pan into the rice cooker, add the coconut milk and stir the cream and let it cook. When done, turn off the cooker, put the rice in a tray, sprinkle with a little sugar, if desired, and steam for another 10 minutes.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

crows in foggy Davis

Foggy Davis, Nov 22, 2008. 7am. Characteristic seasonal residents of Davis--the crows in the more uncommon setting of a foggy Davis.
A sampling of our (very) recent activities~














--Eating out after MASA meeting--














Playing boardgames. TABOO, Shadow Hunters, Settlers of Catan, Kill Dr. Lucky etc (ceh that's all!). We should allocate some funding to this department...














And to prove that we are a loving community~















...in which conflicts are also inevitable.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thanksgiving Plan

Yo yo,
I am wondering if anyone is interested in getting together on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday) and Friday? We can have a small get together (like a pot-luck) on Thursday, and shopping together-gether on Friday. Any other ideas/suggestions are welcome.
We can discuss it here and more on Friday.

Yoong-

Friday, November 14, 2008

draft of blog description

a haven created by Malaysian students who studied or are studying in University of California, Davis. Here we rant, tease, laugh, nag, gossip, kick, flirt, cry, drool, praise, stare, push and pull. Here bridges are constructed and walls destructed. Like rojak, here diversity prevails and boredom fails.



*masalahnya kalau add blog description, our pretty banner above will be affected. so we got to figure out a way. nevertheless, a blog description would make it easier for people to find us*

on increasing blog site traffic

so as instructed by our president Mr.Long, I did some research into meta tags and stuff.

Apparently meta tags as a tool to increase search engine visibility is a thing of the 90s. It came about when search engines like Alta Vista looked at meta tags in the HTML to infer what the site's about and thus make it most relevant to searchers. But abuse by webmasters have caused most, if not all search engines to ignore meta tags now. Google certainly ignores it...unless you use the meta tag to dictate some linking behaviour of Google..but that's not the point here.

in short, I have given up on using meta tags. As to why our beloved blog written by that one super writer is not on the first page of Google search, there are several reasons. Let me be lazy and plagiarise another website (http://groups.google.com/group/blogger-help-howdoi/browse_thread/thread/6677667e0d4fc754/5b89cbc336f110cc?lnk=gst&q=search+engine#5b89cbc336f110cc) :

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You have to get the search engines involved, but you won't get listed by them, automatically. You have to do some work, let them know that you're there, that you want to be listed, and that you are worthy of being listed.

1) Get your friends to link to your blog, where your blog is relevant.
2) Participate in forums, where your blog is relevant, and include the
URL.
3) Comment on other blogs, in relevant comments, and include the URL.
4) Put relevant and useful content in your blog.
5) Some search engines may index your blog using the site feed. Be
sure to activate the feed.
6) When you have done all of the above, your blog will have some
weight. Submit your blog to the search engines, for indexing.
7) Post frequently, and keep the content of your blog moving.

None of this happens overnight. Search engines can take months to
index your blog fully. And even when indexed, don't expect for a
search to some key element in your blog to give you an entry on the
first page of the search hits.
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I have completed step 4 & 6 above. Our blog has been submitted to Google for indexing (though the stats aren't available yet) and the site feed has been submitted too but pending.

So unless I find further info, the best we can do is to post banyak banyak, and link to this blog from other sites, like your own blogs etc.

GOOD NEWS: try googling for davisrojak

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Board games this weekend?

let's see how useful this blog really is.

Question: Anybody wants to play board games this Saturday or Sunday? 1.30pm, my house or Drake if they are okay.

so...please respond by commenting. if there is enough to play Catan or Shadow Hunters, then we shall play! if not...then wait till enough people la.

Metatags

I tried adding metatags to our blog so that it would show up in search engines whenever people search for certain words that has to do with our blog. But, it does not work i don't know why.

here is what I added in the HTML page,

meta content='Malaysian Student Association in University of California, Davis website. Information on events,activities and updates of Malaysian Undergraduate and Graduate students.' name='description'/
meta content='MASA, UCD, Malaysian, Student, Association, MSA, University of California, Davis, USA, Malaysia,' name='keywords'/
meta content='Wan Wan' name='author'/


Anybody can detect any cacat in there?
btw, i didnt type (<) and (>) on the HTML coz blogger wont let me.

I'll try to do something with the "Misc./Love" folder that you guys want later.
I also notified Kak Mit about the existence of this blog.
Peace

DJ Flea

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Anybody wants to go for the Diwali Event?

Kumitaa said she wants to go...anybody else interested?

*it's kinda obvious that I wrote this post just to keep the blog going..hahaha....*

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The India Association of Davis (IAD) is organizing the 2008 Diwali Nite event. Diwali, as you may be aware, is the annual Festival of Lights celebrated by people of Indian origin in October/November. This year, Diwali Nite will be held on November 16th from 3:00pm to 10:30pm at Veterans' Memorial Center in Davis. The event will feature a cultural program, followed by dinner and dance. The details are below.


Everyone is invited to Diwali Nite 2008
At Veterans' Memorial Center (203 East 14th Street, Davis)
on Sunday, November 16, 2008
from 3pm - 10:30pm

Celebrate the Diwali festivities with a cultural program showcasing our local talent, followed by a delicious multi-course Indian dinner, and fun dancing.
Diwali Nite 2008 Programs
3.00-4.00 pm Social hour and snacks (at VMC MPR)
4.00-7.00pm Cultural Program (at VMC theater)
7.00-8.30pm Dinner and entertainment (at VMC MPR)
8.30-10.00pm Dance with DJ (at VMC MPR)

Diwali Nite 2008 ticket prices are as follows:

Adult Child (5 to 15) Child (4 and under) Student (w/ID)
(mem/non-mem) (mem/non-mem) (lap seating only)

Advance Purchase $14/$18 $10/$13 $0 $12
(purchased by Nov. 12)

At the Door $17/$21 $12/$15 $0 $15
(space permitting)

*Advance Purchase prices valid for tickets purchased by Wednesday, Nov.12, 2008 ONLY.
*Member ticket prices valid for 2008-9 IAD members ONLY. Annual membership: $35/family.


Please don't forget to buy the raffle tickets too. We have an array of raffle gifts, so you have a good chance of winning one!

Purchase tickets and/or volunteer to help at Diwali Nite 2008, please contact:

2008-9 IAD Committee Members

Ravinder Trewn President trewn@sbcglobal.net 297-7462
Anuj Varma Vice-President anujvarmabk@yahoo.com 297-1828
Sajiv Saxena Treasurer sajiv1@yahoo.com 297-1838
Padma Sudarshana Secretary padma_sudarshana@yahoo.com 753-2310
Praveen Srirama Co-Secretary praveenksrirama@yahoo.com (510)960-2833
Vinita Domier Co-Secretary vcdomier@yahoo.com 756-7443

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sample


This is what a friend of mine did for my batch. pretty Nice.

now what everybody need to do is send your own favorite face of yourself to somewhere..

hmm...if we have a workspace that would be awesome. do we need a flicker/photobucket or stuff like that?

btw, anybody got adobe photoshop?

about the title pic

we should ask everyone to send in a pic of their face which they like best,
then we crop the faces out of each pic,
and assemble them in a mosaic pic,
and use that as our top pic.
E.g.







*'we' above refers to someone who's free or will be free.*

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Something about rojak~

[One of my articles posted in The Afterthought, the student newsletter of Macdonald campus, McGill University, under the pseudonym 'Hainan Boy', April 2004]


On that beautiful Sunday afternoon of March 28th, I was walking to the gym with 2 German friends. Basking in the bright rays, they started commenting on what are the greatest places to be under a warm, generous sun: “A nice beach…around 30C, the sea….about 20C…good breeze…Greece. Greece is definitely the place to go to.”
But it wasn’t Greece that crossed my mind. Each time they reveled in their Mediterranean memories, I only thought of one destination—Malaysia. Malaysia. Home, and I am going home. Yes, when the sun gets in my eyes, I miss Malaysia.

What is “rojak’? Well, I will reveal it bit by bit…now it’s sufficient to say it’s a noun. Alright, it’s a Malay word, which means it’s used by Malaysians, Singaporeans and Indonesians. Note that when we Malaysians say that something is “…rojak lah~” it actually means…

I miss the warm, sometimes ruthless sun all Malaysians are so familiar with; I miss the cool, sometimes pouring rain all Malaysians played in. I miss standing on my balcony, in company of the clouds adorned in splashes of orange and yellow and the setting sun. I can stand on the same spot the next morning, and need only look east to greet the rising sun who is always younger than our last parting. Just in front of the balcony and slightly beyond my reach, my neighbour’s custard apple tree bends over our fence. Squirrels and yellow-oriels love that tree, while bats come as darkness falls.

…it actually means that it is mixed, a mixture of stuff. We Malaysians, especially the Malaysian-Chinese, speak multiple languages in casual conversations. Eaves-drop on any 2 people speaking, and you are bound to catch a ‘rojak’ of Malay, Mandarin, Cantonese, English and Hokkien vocabulary depending on the background of the people involved. Many other dialects are integrated too. Too bad the younger generations seem to be losing this diversity. My father is fluent in 3 languages and 5 dialects, mine is limited to merely 3 languages (excluding ma francais mal) and 2 dialects. Shame on us.

There, below the balcony walks my Grandpa tending to his dear bonsais with the same loving hands that have cooked us rice for the past 15 years. He wears a straw hat which we bought for him to shield his bald head from the sun. Perhaps we should have attached a rope to it because it falls off each time he takes a nap on the swing under our rambutan tree. I will do that when I return home. It’s not nice to have Bowie, our pet dog leave his teeth marks all over the hat.
Here in Montreal when winter makes space for spring, the sun is friendly and the air fresh from rain and earth. I just love being out there; standing still as if time has stopped even as 3 assignments wait in my folder (hahaha…). Yet the most relaxing moment I ever had was on Redang Island off the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Warm sun, soft fine sand, clear blue waters and the ever soothing breeze caressed my skin while I snoozed in a hammock after a coral reef snorkeling trip. That was Redang Island, one of the many bewitching islands of Malaysia.

Rojak—a mixture of fried shrimps shells, squids, mangoes, pineapples, vegetables, cucumbers, mangkuang and boiled eggs topped with grinded peanuts and shrimp paste sauce (just call it rojak sauce). Rojak is a haven for creativity and thus varieties of rojak are scattered across Peninsular Malaysia, all tuned by local taste buds or culture. The rojaks sold by Malays, Chinese and Indians are unique! Bear in mind that there is more diversity to Malaysia than just biodiversity.

So if you are ever pondering on what to reward yourself, visit Malaysia! The cities are nice and convenient, but if I could bring you around, I would show you the tranquil villages, trek the wild jungles and watch sunsets set the fine sand beaches on fire while coral reefs are within swimming distance away. And of course I would buy you a rojak!

* (title in Malay) Try Rojak!

i've made changes

the changes:

1. added navigation bar on top to allow easier access

2. allowed anonymous users to comment, though they still have to key in verification code

Friday, November 7, 2008

First Post!

Ever imagined how Louis Armstrong felt when he first stepped onto the Moon?
or
the top of the world feeling of Sir Edmund Hillary when he was first to conquer Mt. Everest?

well, now I know!
for I am the first to post on Rojak Davis!!


which I thought would be named Davis Rojak?