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November 12, 2019

thumbs up

A few months back, we sold off Emily’s small work car, and got ourselves a brand new Honda. The day we picked up the car, the enthusiastic sales attendant requested us to pose for a goddamn picture with the car, with our thumbs up. It was for the contest, he said, so I reluctantly did it – the thumbs up.

If you do not know already, one of the things that grinds my gears the most is seeing people posing for photos with their thumbs up. I do not know what’s that supposed to mean. That everything’s good? A smile is not enough to convince people that you’re happy but you have to do it with your fucking thumbs up? Usually you’d see those multi-level-marketing shitbags or fucking cyclists in their body hugging tights posing like that – with their thumbs up looking like a massive tool. I used to have this moronic friend on Facebook who liked to pose with his thumbs up in every of his goddamn picture. Naturally, he was unfriended.

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November 4, 2019

everyone gets a medal

Our new generation is so afraid to be left out of everything, that all of them gets a medal for anything they do. I see people organizing run or walk events all the time, and you know what? Everyone gets a medal. Just for participating. That sickens me. My kid participates these events all the time, and even though she didn’t actually win a top 3 or top 100, she always get a fucking medal. Hell, she got so many of them and so used to it, they were chucked in a box somewhere. It doesn’t feel special anymore.

Back during my days, medals were reserved for winners and were sacred. People hung their medals with pride. The losers got nothing but sheer determination to do better next time. I got no medals even though I was a strong runner and finished top 20 or something in my sports house (alright, I lied, I didn’t even bother to participate – but you get the idea). But kids nowadays got so many of them for just being there. That’s why they’re so fucked up, being made to fake believe to earn something that they did not work hard for. I had to make my daughter not care about these stupid medals, but look further in the horizon for something more worthwhile.

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October 20, 2019

UM – a big joke

UM is a big joke. Many people claim that it’s a prestigious Malaysian university, I think not. It’s a shithole. Just look at how they’re willing to lie in the media. Some students protested against their vice chancellor in a convo, and they withheld their degree. You’d think they know what they’re doing, and would at least come out to explain why it was done. But no. When shit has hit the fan, these bunch of expired turds outright denied it and came up with some half past six excuses to quell the public anger. They don’t even have the balls to own up something that they’ve done. What kind of cowards do that? You really want these people to educate your children? They call themselves educators? What kind of example are they setting now? No thanks. I don’t have respect for people like this.

[Source]

UM protest grad to get his scroll, degree not withheld
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — University of Malaya (UM) board of directors chairman Tengku Datuk Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen Tengku Ibrahim today said that the graduate who protested during the convocation ceremony on Monday has been informed that he can collect his degree scroll.

“I want to stress that the university is not withholding the graduate’s scroll and academic transcript. All graduates can access and print out their scrolls through the university’s online graduate system.

“The distribution of the scroll and academic transcript are done in stages beginning October 12 and graduates can access and print it out from October 18,” Mohd Azman said in a statement today.

On Monday, UM graduate Wong Yan Ke carried a placard to the stage during the university’s convocation ceremony while receiving his bachelor’s degree, urging vice-chancellor Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim to resign.

This was followed by the barring of another student Edan Kon, 23 from participating in his convocation the next day after auxiliary police found a folded placard in his possession.

They suspected Kon of carrying out a similar protest in support of Wong.

Commenting on the incidents Mohd Azzman said while UM respects students’ freedom, the rights of others should be respected as well.

“I would like to emphasise that University of Malaya is an institution of higher learning that always supports and promotes academic freedom and intelligence and is neutral and non-compliant.

“In our opinion, the student’s act has disrespected the convocation ceremony and tarnished the event. The student’s action showed that he does not respect other graduates who are being celebrated and also their parents, other guests who were present,” he said.

Mohd Azzman added that UM’s board of directors strongly believes that the purpose of education is not only to gain knowledge but also to build an individual’s personality to achieve excellence through knowledge at the same time instill moral values.

“In order to achieve this goal, it is imperative that students are held accountable for actions so that they can reach their maximum potential.

“UM respects the rights and principles of freedom of expression of every individual under this University. On this basis, UM has always been regarded as one of the most liberal universities in the country. However, in exercising this freedom, the rights of others must also be respected,” he added.

Mohd Azzman said the Kongres Maruah Melayu (Malay Dignity Congress) on October 6 was an academic debate to identify, discuss and suggest solutions to challenges faced by Malays from political, economic, educational, cultural and religious aspects.

“Nevertheless, in line with the university’s goals and the principles it supports, the university will be more cautious and implement more stringent and dynamic justifications for programmes that address all aspects of national interest,” he said.

Both Wong and Kon were against alleged racist elements in Abdul Rahim’s speech during the Malay Dignity Congress in which the latter purportedly claimed last year’s change in government had eliminated Malay political dominance.

Abdul Rahim also reportedly claimed to have asserted that Malay privileges were being questioned and warned others not to challenge the social contract in his speech.

As a result, Wong was called in on Wednesday to have his statement recorded by the police after UM lodged a report against him, while Kon was accused by the university of his intentions to disrupt proceedings.

Among the reasons cited which caused Kon being barred from his graduation ceremony included a Facebook posting in which he “incited” other students to join in the protest to seek Abdul Rahim’s resignation during the graduation proceedings.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also on Wednesday stated that while students have the right to protest, a convocation ceremony was not the right place for such actions.

To the hardworking wage earning parents, I have one thing to say to you. Always be prepared to pay for your kids’ education. Don’t sit around hoping that the spastic government’s going to dole out charity funds to educate your children for you. That’s just lazy and wrong. Your child is your responsibility, not anyone else’s.

If you can’t afford a tertiary education for your children, it’s fine. Then have a plan. Your children can always work to lessen the burden. Tertiary education can always be done later. You don’t have to do it right after high school. There’s nothing wrong to earn an honest living to fund one’s own education – it might even make the experience more fulfilling for the child, and he/she would learn a thing or two about appreciating the hardship of life. If you don’t agree with me, fine too. Keep waiting for charity then.

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October 13, 2019

I have the oddest habits

I think I have the oddest habits. If I were to be psycho-analyzed by psychologists, they’re going to get headaches figuring out how the fuck I work.

One of things that I find myself keep doing (a habit), is to check my phone for updates. It can be any updates. The Google Playstore, the Samsung Galaxy Store, my maps app update, the regular Android Software patch, anything. When I see the red icon pops up reminding me of an update, I get excited like a dog seeing a bowl of treats. And seeing the apps get updated is like a gratifying therapeutic moment for me. It’s like seeing myself getting rejuvenated with a potion in a game. I get reset and go full health from there.

And that’s the primary reason why I have all my ‘auto update’ settings disabled by default, so that I get to update my apps and keep that moment to myself for savoring. If the phone were to update itself, I don’t get the benefit of that said rejuvenation. I have to tap the ‘Update’ button/icon, and see the bar goes through the progress… only I’d get the kick. I know this is psychological. Hell, some of the apps that got updated, I don’t even use them (like that “ANT+ Plugin Service”, I don’t know what the fuck’s that…), but I get the thrill all the same.

Like I said, I have the oddest habits…

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October 4, 2019

I don’t get high school reunions

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of people posting about their high school reunions. Like it’s a big fucking deal. Some 15 years, some 20 years, hell, some even 40 years. They’d go with matching T-shirts, and there’s one even complete with school uniforms. They hugged each other like they’re long lost siblings, and they looked like they’re damn happy to see everyone from their high school. My thought is, if they’re so happy to see each other, why didn’t they keep in touch and stayed friends? That’s why I don’t fucking get high school reunions.

I see it as an opportunity for those smug assholes to gloat over their less fortunate schoolmates/classmates. Or maybe a chance to compare dick sizes. More often than not, if you noticed, these reunions are often started by one that is quite successful in life. One who has made enough dough to be curious. It’s never the guy who’s a laborer still struggling to make ends meet. These organizer assholes, will be proud and loud, and they disgust me.

There’s one organized by this phony bastard for my school a few years back. I was invited of course, and I naturally turned it down. It was easy, really. High school was my most depressing period. It was a time when I felt most inadequate and I hated almost everyone (still do). Those who eventually became my close friends, do not need a reunion for me to meet them. Because we’d have fucking stayed in touch all these years regularly. So, a reunion, for me, is nothing but a redundant act of needlessly meeting smug assholes who didn’t make the cut to be my friends… So, why bother?

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