Prostitution Plight

Sita, a prostitute from Kolkata who gave only one name, told of her violent childhood marriage that forced her to flee her home and land in a brothel.

“My dignity was torn to pieces. I used to cry a lot. But I soon learnt some things will never change no matter how much you cry,” she wrote.

Read the article: http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSDEL28321320070730

If we do understand that the chains are heavy, and even heavier on some than it is on others. Very sad, this.

Zonbu – Green Computing for $250 (USD)

I totally digg this particular PC. Unfortunately it is only available in the US. Good news? My sis is going there soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ hahahahaha.

On to the things that really attracted me to this particular product:

Zonbu is a compact, ultra low power mini with all the bells and whistles:

  • Intel-compatible ultra-low power CPU
  • 512 MB RAM + 4GB flash-based local storage
  • Graphics up to 2048 x 1536 (16 million colors, 75 Hz). Hardware graphics and MPEG2 acceleration
  • PC-compatible ports for keyboard and mouse
  • 6 USB ports to plug-and-play all standard USB accessories
  • Broadband ready: 10/100 Mbps Ethernet built-in
  • Without noisy fans and disk drives, it’s completely silent, so it won’t intrude on your inner space.
  • Average energy use is only 15 W (Normal computers are 175 W)!

Of course it is only useful for mundane tasks…. Office applications and internet usage. Not for heavy gaming and programming/rendering. But that’s ok ๐Ÿ™‚

Change

After so long, it changes.

New paths taken, not by me, but you.

It is trully saddening for me.

Hope it is better on the new side.

Spare just a good thought on me.

6 Years Later…

It has been that long since the last. Different circumstances. Same intrinsic problem.

Thank you, Charles Simeon. For your life & your faith. ย 

With this sweet hope of ultimate acceptance with God, I have always enjoyed much cheerfulness before men; but I have at the same time labored incessantly to cultivate the deepest humiliation before God. I have never thought that the circumstance of God’s having forgiven me, was any reason why I should forgive myself; on the contrary, I have always judged it better to loathe myself the more, in proportion as I was assured that God was pacified towards me (Ezekiel 16:63)…. There are but two objects that I have ever desired for these forty years to behold; the one, is my own vileness; and the other is, the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ: and I have always thought that they should be viewed together; just as Aaron confessed all the sins of all Israel whilst he put them on the head of the scapegoat. The disease did not keep him from applying to the remedy, nor did the remedy keep him from feeling the disease. By this I seek to be, not only humble and thankful but humbled in thankfulness, before my God and Savior continually.

Unjustifiable

This is my observation and my conviction on the matter. Strictly a spiritual matter:

You have the scenario of a person A liking (or being strongly attracted) to person B. You can see that it is pretty obvious, with A giving those doeful eyes and those stares from afar, etc. The person B knows that A is not suitable and goes against the conviction of B in the matter of relationships. Should B indulge and be friend A? And in what manner should that friendship be at?

I always thought that if B were to indulge A as a friend, B should actually be considered a nice person. “Oh, so nice the person, at least B is soothing some of A’s heart, etc.” Unfortunately, immature thoughts could only bring me so far in the logic and conviction of the matter.

Person A is actually infatuated in B and would want to hold on to any hope of B liking person A back. Any. Going into a relationship is basically a call to building and enacting a hope and a promise (covenant). You want to be assured of something. B’s merciful or pitiful (however you see it) attempt to just placate A as a friend goes against what is originally warranted, because it is a giving of FALSE HOPE.

In the spiritual sense, giving False Hope is an evil thing that is constantly done by the Evil One (and is what the world gives… temporal hope) – 1 John 5:4. On a bigger scale we can categorise it in this. We can narrow it further; Person B’s action is a stumbling block against the Person A. Where there should be no miscommunication (something that is precious in all good-friendly relationships), there seems to be plenty when a blurred signal is given that can be misinterpreted. Person A is already struggling with the thoughts and turmoil in mind over the matter. The person may even be fighting against the emotions rather than to let emotions take control over the thoughts and actions (mindset) that overcomes a person in this situations (Matthew 5:28). AND PERSON B is not helping but making it more difficult! Those who stumble others are usually looked upon more unfavourably.

In our world nowadays, where friendships are seen to be the first step towards a full blown relationship, we ought to guard even more against giving the wrong signal to the opposite person. Most soap operas or dramas (most popularised by FRIENDS) harp this notion to its viewers. I would caution against establishing or even fronting more than a general acquiantance on this matters.

But again, how many would even think this is a problem? Certainly the Christian is called to a higher calling and measure than the world, is it not?

P.S. It is ironic that the persons who often hates to be misled in this area, are often time the chief instigators of these same things. The mind and heart is a fickle thing. Often it likes to flirt without measure, but hates to be subjected to false hopes. Self control in this day and generation is seriously lacking in great measure. Playing with the heart, is no more different than the despised word we call ‘manipulation’.

Okay, enough of a rant on this issue. ๐Ÿ™‚

Enya – Watermark

I forgot how beautiful this song was and how as a secondary school boy I was quite enthralled by its ethereal sounding music. What did the article mention? A wall of music wrapped around the listener. Very aptly described, as I recall at the time.

I’m glad to have the album with me. It really does give me a nice sense of nostalgia. I’m always happy with my childhood and have no regrets (much) on how I was raised up (including the not-so-good times).

The album (Watermark) was my only Enya album that I enjoyed ALL the songs. The second being “The Celts”. As I recall, it evoked all sorts of feelings of creativity in me. It challenged me to re-look at the piano in a different light and to take note of the phrases and the mixture of notes on a piece of classical music. Unfortunately, it did not push me into experimenting with music improvisation (X-Japan did that for me). But I can remember the sheer awe of hearing music that was seriously pleasant to the ears.

I guess I liked Enya for the fact that I found many similar traits in her. Quiet, contemplative, mysterious (as in low profile) and passionate.

Here’s to:

  • Watermark
  • On Your Shore
  • Storms in Africa 1 & 2
  • Miss Clare Remembers (beautiful & yet simple piano piece, my first song that I copied to memory)

More updates coming up ๐Ÿ™‚

His True Mindset Revealed…

I shudder to see this pasted on Malaysiakini’s front page:

This is an Islamic state: Najib
Jul 17, 07 6:27pm

Malaysia is an Islamic state and not a secular one, the country’s deputy prime minister said today, while carefully assuring members of minority faiths that their rights will be protected.

Somehow, it brought to mind what was written in the bestseller book “May 13: Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969”,ย where it was written on page 90:

“From all Razak had said it seemed he believed that any attempt at accommodation with the Chinese would cause the Malays to lose the “power-edge” they maintained over the Chinese. If the Malays lost this, Razak seemed to believe that the more dynamic Chinese would eventually take over. This, Razak seemed determined to prevent and it seemed possible he might propose changes in the Constitution to formalize Malay rule.” This was based on a briefing given by the CIA for the Commonwealth Liaison Officers, documented and filed with the British Cabinet Office.

Chilling to see the strong similarities between father and son, doensn’t it?

Wonder what the main newspaper would write in regards to his statements?

Art – Sketching

It was a fun session that had nothing to do with my usual work. Basically, I was given an hour to cobble up a workshop to do with art. I chose to teach the students ‘how to sketch figures’. It started late – Malaysian timing as usual, and there were only 6 of them (not including ML – my wife). 10 minutes later it was already packed. Another 5 minutes later, more chairs had to be brought in.

It was fun. I have never taught a group of people something that has been quite natural for me. This might not be fair to say, considering that I had taken art classes before, but my drawing skills were never taught to me… only painting was taught (and still is). Over the years I have compiled a few nuggets of information on the process and I had to condense the whole thing into 30 minutes (to allow actual exercises for the remaining time).

Looking back, I think I agree with my old observation that art cannot be truly taught by explanations (lecture). It must be through something personal. The whole reason for art is to convey something personal of the sender (creator). I found the rest of the time much more effective than the first. I like to work in smaller groups. Anyway, I thought the students enjoyed themselves. I guess…

What did I teach? Form. Form must come first before the detail (at least for the beginners and amateurs – like me). It is hard to ensure that the form is correct when you start from a ‘detail’ approach.

I’ll post some of the art that I have been doing up soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

Christian Fellowship – TPM Online Website

After weeks of procrastination, I have finally finished up on the website. I am still in the midst of installing additional modules for the site, which is a time consuming affair for me, since I am not a technically inclined IT sort of person (translation: I have to read a lot andย use the time tested approach of trial by error!).

So, go check out http://cfellowshiponline.com. The best part of the website is the self-registration process. You are able to come up with your own blog! No hard disk space limitations. ๐Ÿ™‚

*Found a bug which disabled the blog content creation! Shessshh… in the midst of fixing it now*

Anyways, got to go now.

BOOKS! New ones!

Book buff alert! Haha. I’m getting some new books from the US. Am quite happy and looking forward to it.

A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism (Paperback)
by Benjamin Beddome (Author), James Renihan (Author)
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Solid Ground Christian Books (January 30, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599250527

Sermons: Printed From The Manuscripts Of The Late Rev. Benjamin Beddome (Paperback)
by Benjamin Beddome (Author)
Paperback: 504 pages
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (January 17, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1430452153

The Puritan Family (Paperback)
by Edmund S. Morgan (Author)
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial; New Ed., Rev. and Enl edition (August 7, 1942)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061312274

There! I’m quite hyped for the end of this month… I must be more tired than I thought… sigh.

Oh, and I’m finishing a poster (featuring the Joker) for the ICCG 2007 event on campus.

I’ll post up the scan when it’s done. IF it gets done.