Sunday, July 24, 2011

Turtle tag

During a sampling dive off Talang Island last Friday, I stumbled on an intact turtle tag amongst the corals.

It was somewhat ironic since I was hoping to bump into some turtles during the dive, but found this instead. The fact that the tag was still clipped properly possibly meant that the turtle had died and left behind this tag when its remains decomposed. :(

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

From the sea to the river

Went for regatta training yesterday. It was brutal. (+_+)

No, it's NOT like sea kayaking. Although the sea can be rougher, but kayaks are lighter, the paddles bigger, and you get to use both sides of your body. The "dragon boat" that we used felt heavy and if you don't angle the paddle properly, you'll end up splashing the person directly behind you. Or flooding the boat. Both are definitely not very nice options. :-/

However, since I'm not diving on a constant basis, regatta training is one way I can keep my body active. Working in front of the laminar flow is as active as sitting in front of the computer. (=_=) As much as I am beginning to love the labs I work in, I still like being outdoors. I guess this is one of the side effects of my previous island job.

Well then, bring on more trainings! :)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Negaraku, tanah tumpahnya darahku

I am willing to die for my country. I love Malaysia that much, and I love Sarawak even more! I am willing to brave this supposed "chaos" if that means I can bring a change that will set Malaysia free from a corrupt government that cannot tell what's right from wrong any longer. I will not stand by and watch Malaysia descend into a state of complacency while parasites suck her dry at the pretense of development, peace and harmony. If anyone accuses me of being unpatriotic for this, I want to ask you back: are you willing to die for your country?

Allow me to quote from a friend:
"Business as usual for you and we are just a bunch of fools to you. And many have ridicule us for being crazy. Tear gas, water cannons, physical brutality - you think we deserved it for demanding electoral reforms in the name of democracy? You just don't know any better and I'll not waste time explaining something that you wouldn't even understand.
Evil triumphs when good men do nothing. We know better not to let evil triumph while we can still do something. If you are not in - that's fine. At the end of the day, it is all a matter of choice. Don't get in the way of those who are stepping out from their comfort zones to make a difference that matters. Don't try to twist your lack of understanding on this matter into something you think is childish. By all means, go busy tending to your turf grass in your little garden, while we hold back the landslide which could destroy the petty things that you love so much.
This is for the people who wants a change. And they deserve that change. And they get out to make that change."

Many who are against the movement for change and free and fair elections have stated that all they want is peace. Those who are not happy can just leave. They're right, I can just leave. Job opportunities in my field are more abundant elsewhere as well. The pay? Definitely much better than the going rate here. However, don't you ever forget: I was born here, this is my home, and through my maternal grandmother, I can trace my bloodline even further than your Parameswara. Malaysia is my home, and I believe that it's worth fighting for.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

A little piece of history

If there's any pictures from the BERSIH 2.0 rally that will go down in history as an icon of recent times, it will most definitely be this:

Or...maybe this: