My Take on Charlie Hebdo

It was a very unfortunate event that lives are lost in this incident. Such violence and hatred must stop. Religion must never be the main reason for people to kill and such inhumane act must be condemned.

I remember I once posted a saying that all religion were created to instil goodness in people and such extremism happened because people has deviate from its actual teachings and strayed from the true cause of a religion. While very much of the world condemns the act, the society today believes in freedom of speech and that gave us the right to voice our opinion and make drawings that hurt some quarter of people. Ask yourself whether marching to show the freedom of speech will help you solve the problem. This protest is just as extremist as terrorism is concerned, and it is like putting off fire with fire. It will only make matter worse. The freedom of speech gives us the right to hold our opinion, the right to a pen and write out our views and not protest to show the power of freedom of speech. The result of this march only incites more hatred towards each other.

In a PR point of view, there is clearly no mutual understanding between both parties. As opposed to the definition we all have by so many PR bodies around the world that public relations is to create a mutual understanding between the parties involved. Clearly, this isn’t a representation of the case at all. To create that mutual understanding means to draw a line to how much freedom of speech allows us to voice our opinion through whatever channels you can name.

As an individual with no faith affiliation to Christianity or Islam, I couldn’t agree more with Pope Francis more than ever on this issue that there are limits to freedom of expression and one shall not make fun of faith. Whether we like it or not, there should be a limit to freedom of speech. It is after all like democracy. We are not completely free of democracy, or else there wouldn’t be law! People will go do whatever they like without any restriction to law and order. How free is freedom of speech today? And finally, how true is religion?

Amsterdam – geweldige plek!

Ola!
Finally I have some time off to blog about my trip to Amsterdam! Great to see my hard work after the trip paying off with fantastic results!

Alrite! Back to the trip, it was a five day trip with 100% attendance from the Malaysian gang!

We stayed at the Meininger Hostel in Amsterdam Sloterdijk for about 85 Euros for 4 nights. The hostel is just beside the station, making the journey so much simpler and it is just a stop away from Amsterdam Central where the city centre is.

However, using their train services is not cheap! It will cost you about just under 4 Euros for a one way trip. So it will cost about 7++ euros for a return trip. And so we bought the Amsterdam Card for 3days for 60euros which allowed us unlimited services to the tram, bus and underground services in the city.

The card also allows you to visit a total of 400 museums in Amsterdam! (Trust me, you won’t be able to see all). I strongly recommend the card as it gives you the many access to museums in Musuemplein, including the overrated Van Gogh Museum.

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DSC_0177There are two museums that we went but were not included in the card, Body World and Rijksmuseum. Strongly strongly suggest one to go for Body World if human bodies does not disgust you and for those who wants to learn more about yourself inside out! Definitely one of a kind museum to go to. The dead bodies are real and donor agreed to have their body donated to the museum for it and I personally think it’s a cool way to use body for science and art!

Love beer? Head over to the Heineken Experience! The famous brewery begins its little story over here before becoming a super brand in the brewing industry. Had a really great time learning how the pints we drink were brewed and of course,making my own pint!

Finally, its red light district time! Seriously, this place is an eye opener for someone from a conservative country like me. We went to a small museum that dedicates its history to the area and it’s so sad that some were cheated into the sex trade. And of course some that are willing people who came for the money. Anyway my eyes love it but we didn’t do anything there! (No pictures taken!)

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Take a train to Zaanse Schans and you will see the traditional side of Netherlands with its famous windmills. This place is a wonderful place with some residents still living in little islands that were formed from the canal.

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Reflection of 2014

Hey!

Wow! One glimpse and 2014 will pass us by.

This year has been a roller coaster year. Personally, it has been a great year. 12 months ago,I never even thought I’d be here in the UK. Even though I really wanted to study abroad, I had too many commitments back home but who knows what the future really hold. Boom! And I’m here!

Who would’ve have thought that I will be spending Christmas in Amsterdam?! (More on that when I’m done with my assignment!)

The recent crash of yet another airplane from AirAsia capped the year with a horrible note.2014 has been a disastrous year for Malaysia and the aviation industry with three plane disaster. Then the flood that hit the northern part of Malaysia was another incident that has tore the hearts of the nation. But it eventually brought the nation together. Fury of mother nature at its best. Lastly I’m so proud of my friends that volunteered themselves to help the victims!

While it may not be the best of years but they all have its own ups and down. We make do with what we can. Let 2015 be the year we all make this world a better place!

Lincoln Santa Run!

Hello! As the Christmas approaching,i present you  the Lincoln Santa Run! Joined this run with Bernice and her boyfriend Ryan, the run had more than 2000 participants and participants can even choose to run with their dogs as well! This is truly feeling like Christmas now! With £10 joining fee,each participant received a Santa suit,a race number and an exclusive Lincoln Christmas Run 2014 medal! The run was organised by The Rotary Club if Lincoln and few charities will benefit from it. The run aims to collect a total of £84000 for these few charities involved. image image image image image Having joined so many runs back in Malaysia,this Christmas themed run was never heard of back home. It would have been really great if all my training friends can join this together with me! The run was about 3km and they even awarded a trophy for the first male and female runner home! This time I’m joining this run just for the fun of it and for the charity. The old me would have try and give it a fight if I had known about it earlier! Here’s to Christmas guys! Merry Christmas and have a blessed one! Amsterdam next for Christmas!!

Lincoln Christmas Market

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Hello!
This is write up for the Christmas market last week!
I must say I’ve never heard of a thing called Christmas market back in Malaysia! And so yup it’s my first time to market like this. It was wonderful with the whole market area being covered in the historic Bailgate area which include the castle,cathedral and and the bishop’s palace. The atmosphere was carnival like which i was told it used to be more communal rather than this huge massive crowd.

My two lovely A-Levels friends came over all the way from London to visit me and for the market.

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I went to the market for 3 consecutive days in a row! My course required me to do an assignment on the Christmas market where we were asked to give a professional view of the market.

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Of course,i do have some photos of the market which some would not want to see about the market! Well that was for my assignment anyways. So assignments aside, the market was clearly an enjoyable except for the crowd that was unbelievably huge. They came from all over the place,some were from as far Kent and it really showed how famous this market is. Started in 1982, the market started with only four stalls and has came a long way ever since.

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Perak means silver in Bahasa Malaysia🙂

My friends and I went to the cathedral which embarrassingly it was first time inside for me. We also went to the Life of Lincolnshire Museum nearby and the Bishops Palace which held the site for the medieval market. Finally we tried the famous Chippy fish n chips at Burton road! Chippy ranked 4th in the UK for its great fish n chips and yes give it a try!

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Overall it was a one of a kind experience and great fun meeting up my fellow A-levels friends again,reunited in the UK! I’m going to end this with some pictures from the Bishops medieval market and the the cathedral. See ya!

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PR- The Failure of a Nation

I don’t like it when our own people (Malaysians) still identify each other by the race and ethnicity.
Let us not lie about it. The country is so divided today and still look into each other by race, skin colour and ethnicity. This is the failure of our government.
The nation has been always divided for the past 70 years, way older than its formation as a country. While I am always proud to identify myself as a Malaysian in a foreign land, it saddens me when I’ve come so far, thousands of miles away from the country and the last thing I want to see is a Malaysian introducing themselves to people around the world by their race.
Absolute pathetic.
Spiritually we have the Malaysian spirit but why has it been so hard to identify ourselves as Malaysians? We have been so differentiated for far too long. While I’m trying to say this without sounding bias, but racially speaking the ethnic Chinese (I myself included) and the Indians has fared the worst. It’s a shame seriously.
It is very shameful when you can’t sing your own national anthem.
It is a shame when you don’t respect your own national anthem.
It is an embarrassment when you fail to recite your Rukun Negara (National Principles).
When you fail all this, you failed yourself, you’ve failed your country.
I feel proud to call myself Malaysian and am very happy to explain why I look like certain nationality (obviously Chinese) but at the end of the day I will tell them that I am Malaysian. It feels good when you can speak so many different languages.
But again coming back to our divided nation of race and ethnicity, we must face the truth that we have racially discriminated each other by our own racial barriers. The country has been shaped in a way that our own mindset and beliefs that we are unconsciously dividing ourselves. We might have been consciously dividing ourselves in fact.
When the government decided that vernacular school should remain, we are dividing our children at a young age. It is not hard to protect our mother tongue, the national school curriculum just had to be modified to suit people of all culture and differences without discrimination.
But is our government prepared for a change? Ultimately, is Her people ready for this?
Theoretically, this has been propagandistic for so long that it has shaped the way we think, behave and react. Like it or not, the element of propaganda is there and with politicians playing the racial cards these days, we are consciously dividing each other.
We can only ask ourselves how long we want to divide each other.

Midlands Career Conference In Birmingham

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Hey there!

I had a trip to Birmingham for the Midlands Career Conference hosted by CPA Australia at University of Birmingham. Surprisingly there was quite a number of Malaysians studying here in Lincoln were on the same bus as me! My main reason of going for this trip was to look at internship opportunities during the summer and all the requirements needed to do get a work permit here after I graduate.
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I did managed to talk to some companies and even got my professional headshot photo taken for my LinkedIn profile. But I don’t think I’m going to use it just yet. I was so looking forward to speak to the people from the Chopsticks Club and GRCC Asia but by the time I had my lunch and photo taken, they were gone! Which was really disappointing as my main agenda was them. However I did talked to other companies who were looking for communications people and even found groups that can sponsor me a work permit after I graduate provided that I find myself a position first.

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University of Birmingham was just magnificent! I’d wish our uni is like that as well! I just love the architecture. The hall where the conference was held is superb. Just love the place, though I didn’t get to see more of the university.
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