Thursday, January 29, 2009

Let's Sumazau


Suddenly, I’ve got the urge to listen to kadazandusun songs. My favourite would be the classical Jambatan Tamparuli made popular by Justin Lusah. This song has been sung and remixed by many and I think, younger generations will not know which was the original version.

After Justin Lusah’s original version, comparing others, I would go for Clarie John Matha’s version.

Click on the link to listen to the songs:

Jambatan Tamparuli by Justin Lusah

Jambatan Tamparuli by Clarice John Matha

Listening to this make me reminisce those days when we had Christmas parties at home and how mom’s friends from Sabah danced the Sumazau dance (Yes, they managed to fit in the small living room! Hahaha). However, Jambatan Tamparuli's rhythm is a teeny bit to fast for a Sumazau dance but still gives me the mood though :P

Sumazau is the most well known traditional dance in Sabah. It looks deceptively easy but those who can’t catch on the rhythm, your legs & hands will go haywire.. hahaha..Happened to me at my first trial.. and I was laughing at myself. But, after all the twisted legs and awkward hand gestures, I managed!! :)

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Zodiac & Horoscope Compatibility


There are two horoscopes which are known to almost everyone - Western Zodiac & Chinese Horoscope.

Some people read their daily horoscope daily without fail. Some just don't care. Some just want to read for general knowledge. Others, just out of curiosity and for fun sake - like yours truly :P So, those of you don't mind killing a cat out of a curiosity... read on.. hehehe

Western Zodiac
Western Astrology takes into account the time and location of your birth in conjunction with the position of the Sun, Moon and Planets within the Zodiac; as well as their relation to each other. The twelve zodiac signs, also known as sun signs are; Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces

ARIES (March 21 - April 20)
Your element : Fire
Your ruling planets : Mars
Symbol : The Ram
Your stone : Ruby
Life Pursuit : The thrill of the moment
Vibration : Enthusiastic
Aries Secret Desire : To lead the way for others
TAURUS (April 21 - May 21)

Your element: Earth
Your ruling planets: Venus
Symbol: The Bull
Your stone: Emerald
Life Pursuit: Emotional and financial security
Vibration: Determined energyTaurus
Secret Desire: To have a secure, happy and wealthy life/marriage
GEMINI (May 22 - June 21)

Your element: Air
Your ruling planets: Mercury
Symbol: The Twins
Your stone: Aquamarine
Life Pursuit: To explore a little bit of everything.
Vibration: Intense mental energy
Gemini's Secret Desire: To be ahead of the crowd
CANCER (June 22 - July 22)

Your element: Water
Your ruling planets: The Moon
Symbol: The Crab
Your stone: Moonstone
Life Pursuit: Constant reassurance and intimacy
Vibration: Moody
Cancer's Secret Desire: To feel safe (emotionally, spiritually, romantically and financially)
LEO (July 23 - August 23)

Your element: Fire
Your ruling planets: The Sun
Symbol: The Lion
Your stone: Peridot
Life Pursuit: To lead the way
Vibration: Radiant Energy
Leo's Secret Desire: To be a star
VIRGO (August 24 - September 22)

Your element: Earth
Your ruling planets: Mercury
Symbol: The Virgin
Your stone: Sapphire
Life Pursuit: To do the right thing
Vibration: Compassionate and caring
Virgo's Secret Desire: To love and be loved in return
LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)

Your element: Air
Your ruling planets: Venus
Symbol: The Scales
Your stone: Opals
Life Pursuit: To be consistent
Vibration: Unsteady
Libran's Secret Desire: To live an easy, uncomplicated life
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)

Your element: Water
Your ruling planets: Pluto
Symbol: The Scorpion
Your stone: Topaz
Life Pursuit: To survive against all opposition
Vibration: Resilient
Scorpio's Secret Desire: To triumph
SAGITARIUS (November 22 - December 21)

Your element: Fire
Your ruling planets: Jupiter
Symbol: The Archer
Your stone: Turquoise
Life Pursuit: To live the good life
Vibration: Overly expressive - frequent burnouts
Sagittarian's Secret Desire: To make a difference in the world
CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20)

Your element: Earth
Your ruling planets: Saturn
Symbol: The Goat
Your stone: Garnet
Life Pursuit: To be proud of their achievements
Vibration: Poweful resilient energy
Capricorn Secret Desire: to be admired by their family and friends and the world at large
AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19)

Your element: Air
Your ruling planets: Uranus
Symbol: The Water Bearer
Your stone: Amethyst
Life Pursuit: To understand life's mysteries
Vibration: High frequency
Aquarian's Secret Desire: To be unique and original
PISCIES (February 20 - March 20)

Your element: Water
Your ruling planets: Neptune
Symbol: The Fish
Your stone: Bloodstone
Life Pursuit: To avoid feeling alone and instead feel connected to others and the world at large
Vibration: Erratic Energy levels
Pisces Secret Desire: To live their dreams and turn fantasies into realities
Zodiac Compatibility

Click on the combinations of your partner and yourself and read on :

(Taurus & Aries) (Taurus & Taurus) (Taurus & Gemini ) (Taurus & Cancer) (Taurus & Leo) (Taurus & Virgo) (Taurus & Libra) (Taurus & Scorpio) (Taurus & Sagitarius) (Taurus & Capricorn) (Taurus & Aquarius) (Taurus & Piscies)

(Gemini & Aries) (Gemini & Taurus) (Gemini & Gemini) (Gemini & Cancer) (Gemini & Leo) (Gemini & Virgo) (Gemini & Libra) (Gemini & Scorpio) (Gemini & Sagitarius) (Gemini & Capricorn) (Gemini & Aquarius) (Gemini & Piscies)

(Cancer & Aries) (Cancer & Taurus) (Cancer & Gemini) (Cancer & Cancer) (Cancer & Leo) (Cancer & Virgo) (Cancer & Libra) (Cancer & Scorpio) (Cancer & Sagitarius) (Cancer & Capricorn) (Cancer & Aquarius) (Cancer & Piscies)

(Leo & Aries) (Leo & Taurus) (Leo & Gemini) (Leo & Cancer) (Leo & Leo) (Leo & Virgo) (Leo & Libra) (Leo & Scorpio) (Leo & Sagitarius) (Leo & Capricorn) (Leo & Aquarius) (Leo & Piscies)

(Virgo & Aries) (Virgo & Taurus) (Virgo & Gemini) (Virgo & Cancer) (Virgo & Leo) (Virgo & Virgo) (Virgo & Libra) (Virgo & Scorpio) (Virgo & Sagitarius) (Virgo & Capricorn) (Virgo & Aquarius) (Virgo & Piscies)

(Libra & Aries) (Libra & Taurus) (Libra & Gemini) (Libra & Cancer) (Libra & Leo) (Libra & Virgo) (Libra & Libra) (Libra & Scorpio) (Libra & Sagitarius) (Libra & Capricon) (Libra & Aquarius) (Libra & Piscies)

(Sagitarius & Aries) (Sagitarius & Taurus) (Sagitarius & Gemini) (Sagitarius & Cancer) (Sagitarius & Leo) (Sagitarius & Virgo) (Sagitarius & Libra) (Sagitarius & Scorpio) (Sagitarius & Sagitarius) (Sagitarius & Capricorn) (Sagitarius & Aquarius) (Sagitarius & Piscies)

(Aquarius & Aries) (Aquarius & Taurus) (Aquarius & Gemini) (Aquarius & Cancer) (Aquarius & Leo) (Aquarius & Virgo) (Aquarius & Libra) (Aquarius & Scorpio) (Aquarius & Sagitarius) (Aquarius & Capricorn) (Aquarius & Aquarius) (Aquarius & Piscies)

(Piscies & Aries) (Piscies & Taurus) (Piscies & Gemini) (Piscies & Cancer)(Piscies & Leo) (Piscies & Virgo) (Piscies & Libra) (Piscies & Scorpio)(Piscies & Sagitarius) (Piscies & Capricorn) (Piscies & Aquarius) (Piscies & Piscies)

Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Astrology Signs are based on a Lunar year not a Solar Year. Similar with the Western Horoscope Signs, the Chinese Zodiac Signs also have twelve signs. It is based on the year you are instead of the day you were born.

When determining compatibility, people focus on your animal sign.
Each of the twelve Chinese Zodiac Signs is represented by a particular animal. The Chinese Zodiac Signs are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.

RAT (2008, 1996, 1984, 1982, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924)
You are imaginative, charming, and truly generous to the person you love. However, you have a tendency to be quick-tempered and overly critical. You are also inclined to be somewhat of an opportunist.

OX (2009, 1997, 1985, 1983, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1927)
A born leader, you inspire confidence from all around you. You are conservative methodical, and good with your hands. Guard against being chauvinistic and always demanding your own way.

TIGER (2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1928)
You are sensitive, emotional, and capable of great love. However, you have a tendency to get carried away and be stubborn about what you think is right; often seen as a "Hothead" or rebel.

RABBIT (2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927)
You are the kind of person, that people like to be around affectionate, obliging, always pleasant. You have a tendency, though, to get too sentimental and seem superficial.

DRAGON (2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1953, 1940, 1928, 1916)
Full of vitality and enthusiasm, the Dragon is a popular individual even with the reputation of being foolhardy and a "big mouth" at times. You are intelligent, gifted, and a perfectionist but these qualities make you unduly demanding on others

SNAKE (2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929, 1917)
Rich in wisdom and charm, you are romantic and deep thinking and your intuition guides you strongly. Avoid procrastination and your stingy attitude towards money. Keep your sense of humor about life.

HORSE (2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918)
Your capacity for hard work is amazing. Your are your own person-very independent. While intelligent and friendly, you have a strong streak of selfishness and sharp cunning and should guard against being egotistical.

GOAT (2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919)
Except for the knack of always getting off on the wrong foot with people, the Goat can be charming company. Your are elegant and artistic but the first to complain about things. Put aside your pessimism and worry and try to be less dependent on material comforts.

MONKEY (2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932, 1920)
You are a vary intelligent and a very clever wit. Because of your extraordinary nature and magnetic personality, you are always well-liked. The Monkey, however, must guard against being an opportunist and distrustful of other people.

ROOSTER (2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921)
The Rooster is a hard worker; shrewd and definite in decision making often speaking his mind. Because of this, you tend to seem boastful to others. You are a dreamer, flashy dresser, and extravagant to an extreme.

DOG (2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934, 1922)
The Dog will never let you down. Born under this sign you are honest, and faithful to those you love. You are plagued by constant worry, a sharp tongue, and a tendency to be a fault finder, however.

PIG (2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935, 1923)
You are a splendid companion, an intellectual with a very strong need to set difficult goals and carry them out. You are sincere, tolerant, and honest but by expecting the same from others, you are incredibly naive. Your quest for material goods could be your downfall.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

When We Are In a Relationship


Daily Habit #1: Talk to Each other
Daily Habit #2: Flirt with each other
Daily Habit #3: Get Stupid Together

Build a foundation of Appreciation & Respect.
Simply say “thank you” on every considerate actions your partner say and does.
Saying “I’m Sorry” may be difficult, but it makes a lot of difference in the long run of a relationship.
Enjoy each other’s company

Get to know each other’s interest, likes & dislikes
Discuss one thing at a time
Try new things together
Occasionally, hang out in a group

Establish an understanding with each other
Learn to trust!
Establish an atmosphere of emotional support
Exercise healthy communication
Be a good listener
Be each other’s best friend
Be supportive to each other

As months and years passes by and our relationship grows, we need to expect some changes that will impact the relationship.
Learn to welcome the change, take it as an opportunity to enhance the strength of the relationship.

Don’t take each other for granted, allow each other’s right of privacy when needed.

Our relationship is likely to drift into rocky waters without us even noticing if we don’t take the initiative to keep it “alive”.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

What’s My Race?


I was born in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah but was raised in Penang since I was 4 months young. My Dad is a Chinese, my mom is a Sino-Kadazan (Chinese + Kadazan). For the benefit of those who haven’t heard of Sino-Kadazan, it is a phrase used to describe the half Kadazan and half Chinese race.
My birth certificate and identity card bears a Chinese name. However, my birth certificate shows my race as “Chinese” but my Identity Card shows my race as “Sino-Native’.

When someone ask me, what is your nationality? I would simply answer “I’m a Malaysian”. However, when they ask me what’s my race, I’ll take some time to answer : Chinese? Sino-Kadazan? Most of the time, when they finally strike out the possibility that I’m a Malay (because I don’t look like a Chinese), they would then guess that I’m a Sino. I do have some people thinking I'm Portugese, Siamese, Filipino or Indonesian..On the contrary, my sister is fairer and she usually gets people thinking she's Chinese or Korean :P
What should I fill up in the race column in forms? Chinese or Sino-Kadazan? Hmm?? To make things simple – I shall just state “Chinese” under the race column since my dad is Chinese.

I have a bad habit – when I go shopping, and the sales person walks up to me and started to speak to me in Bahasa Melayu, I’ll smile at the person and said “Thank you, I was just looking around” , then I’ll walk out of the shop even I have the intention to buy the item.
There’s one incident when I was with my sister at a pharmacy. She and I was browsing on the many types of vitamins being displayed and soon enough, a salesgirl walked up beside us. She said,”Ini semua ada diskaun”. Then I told my sister in a tone a bit louder than a whisper “Oh there goes, I’m so not buying from here”...Giggled and then I walk out of the shop while my sister still continue browsing. When my sister got out from the pharmacy, she said the salesgirl apologised to her for thinking we’re Malays because she said we don't have Chinese eyes...Haaa???

Anyway, since my mom is a bumiputra, I wrote to Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara to clarify whether I’m considered as a bumiputra or not. The reply I received as follows :
“Tuan boleh rujuk perlembagaan persekutuan di bawah perkara 161a (6) dalam perkara ini, 'bumiputra' ertinya........ selain itu, untuk makluman tuan, penentuan status bumiputra seseorang juga bergantung kepada agensi yang anda berurusan. harap maklum, sekian terima kasih”

Perlembagaan Persekutuan
Perkara 161A.
Kedudukan istemewa anak negeri Negeri Sabah dan Sarawak.
(6) Dalam Perkara ini "anak negeri/ bumiputra" ertinya—
(b) berhubung dengan Sabah, seseorang yang merupakan warganegara, ialah anak atau cucu kepada seorang daripada suatu ras asli bagi Sabah, dan telah lahir (sama ada atau tidak pada atau selepas Hari Malaysia) sama ada di Sabah atau dengan bapanya berdomisil di Sabah pada masa kelahiran itu.

In Wikipedia the defination of Bumiputra:
1. Peninsular Malaysia : "If one of the parents is Muslim Malay or Orang Asli as stated in Article 160 (2) Federal Constitution of Malaysia; thus the child is considered as a Bumiputra"

2. Sabah :“If a father is a Muslim Malay or indigenous native of Sabah as stated in Article 160A (6)(a) Federal Constitution of Malaysia; thus his child is considered as a Bumiputra"

3. Sarawak :"If both of the parent are indigenous native of Sarawak as stated in Article 160A (6)(b) Federal Constitution of Malaysia; thus their child is considered as a Bumiputra"

According to the Perlembagaan, I can be considered a bumiputra.
According to Wikipedia, since my dad is a Chinese, then I ought to be Chinese instead.
Hmm..I’m starting to feel a bit dizzy.. hahaha

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Friday, January 2, 2009

A New Year, A New Journey


*by MystiqueAsh*

Lots have occurred in Year 2008
Mixture of bitter sweet memories
Entering the New Year, 2009
Wishing for brighter hopes and dreams

So, I pick myself up and bid farewell to 2008
And greet 2009 beamingly
Looking forward..

As I journey along
I wish to share my thoughts and experience
By digitally penning them down

Transcending through the passage of time
Come what may..
Let's start this journey!

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