'Happy Holidays' to all you guys and a Happy New Year! 'Merry Christmas' to those who are celebrating the birth of Christ.To those who are thinking of celebrating the Winter Solstice (the longest night) – no winter in Malaysia, so don’t celebrate. “Don't brood and enjoy the Christmas season and festivities…….Time will heal things. You are not alone …... Sometimes you lose, sometimes you win ….” JONGJong,Where have you been all my life??
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52x6bRgLI18&feature=relatedThis is meant specially for Jong, my one and only Cik Cun (Eat your heart out, DJ Blogger !).“And so this is Christmas And what have you done Another year over And a new one just begun And so happy Christmas I hope you have fun”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDZSClcEnwAAnd so this is XmasFor weak and for strongFor rich and the poor onesThe world is so wrongAnd so happy XmasFor black and for whiteFor yellow and red onesLet's stop all the fight
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JDTAqsMNEMFor Jong, my Cik Cun of the Year 2008Oceans apart day after dayAnd I slowly go insaneI hear your voice on the lineBut it doesnt stop the pain
wow, thank you dear Bean, wasn't that really something you have made my day and what more it's Christmas eve! Hmmm ...I am beginning to believe it was really you afterall who signed my autograph many moons ago!"Jong, Where have you been all my life??" - I was waiting by the bus-stop but you never showed up? How could you? ..sob sob!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MnuKnVtY6Q&feature=related
Woh! You're getting sentimental on a pre Christmas day. You'll have to do more than that to serenade Jong. It seems she ate up all the pomelos in the orchard!I would like a fire-eating dragon on the 12th Day of Christmas to sing Najib and the goons' pants off. Maybe shrek will join me for a - Fire-eating dragon on the 12th Day of Xmas[CLIKC]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MnuKnVtY6Q&feature=relatedJONG"Sad Movie" hit the airwaves when I was in Form Four (I think). I was still a virgin. At that age Salak already lost his because of all that swinging from tree to tree in the jungle of Sarawak.It really made us all sad even though we were not. I had my first crush about that time. My first crush was with my sister’s classmate who had two of her front teeth missing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w16S8WOns5c&feature=relatedHey, hey Jong,Where were you? I waited for you after school.
You are asking Paula or Jong? :DPaula is rushing to do her last minute groceries. She's cooking for us for Christmas - Bloggers unite!Wish You, Salak and Shrek are here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKaW4HSnmDU&feature=relatedCome softly darling. I waited so long for your kisses. Come softly to me.
Mr. Bean,WOW!! I was enjoying this romantic exchange between you and Jong when she smsed me to let me know that you put up Hey Paula. Thank you. That is very sweet of you.Wah - you must be in a romantic mood. Here's big cyber hugs to you swiiiiiiiiiiiiiiish.Catch it! Thanks Salak for the Christmas wishes...Jong, hehehe I am still sorting out my housework lah...will do the groceries later. :-) cos this romantic discourse is far more exciting than rows of groceries in TESCO..Merry X'Mas everyone!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNYdcwunG7g&feature=relatedWhy must I be a teenager in love??
Mr. Bean,I hate to burst your bubble but your choice of songs reveal your age. :-) Having said that, I must concede that you must be a romantic man to think of all these songs *grin* or maybe it is the snow falling on the sidewalks and you must be reminiscing about your toothless first love.*grin and giggle*.Anyway, thanks a lot Mr. Bean for sharing those lovely songs with us on X'mas eve.Now back to reality...Salak, I can imagine you breathing fire and eunuchizing a few persons :-).Jong,Time for us to buy fire-proof vests LOL!cheers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QYtyyKgqp0Paula,Why haven’t I told you? Why haven’t you told me??
Mr. Bean,OMG!!!! That song is ANCIENT to say the least LOL!! But indeed, it is a lovely tune. My mom had that hairstyle when she was nursing me :-) haha..tis my birthday tomorrow and I am feeling quite nostalgic. Thanks! That was truly a lovely walk down memory lane!cheers
Bean,hahaha, that was ancient, yeah agree with Paula, that's the same word I'd use! hahhaha!Let me share this with you - Zainal Abidin, my favourite male local singer, love his songs and his orignality - two songs "Sabar" and "Manis":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP_iRavsMGw&feature=relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQDwb9-9vJY&feature=related
Mr. Bean, Salak, Jong and other readers...Just to share one of my favorite songs with you all...Put Your Head On My ShoulderMay this Christmas be a time for loving, giving and sharing for you all..cheers
Paula,Jong and I plan to be together come Christmas day. There is space for more in the backseat of my Morris Minor. Want to come?? :)Don't tell your mom!
Ooops, I meant that "Teenager in Love", that one is real ancient!
Bean, Hey, you two go ahead, three is a crowd! I'll have tea under my durian tree.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuTbB-d12A0&feature=relatedYou’re so young. I’m so old. This my darlin’ I’ve been told. I don’t care just what they say. You and I will be as free, as the birds up in the tree.
Mr. Bean,Of course I want to come...I have to be your guardian angel to help you come back to reality!!!Aiyo - Morris Minor? Gosh! I have not sat in one for so LONG!!!! Did you use that for your many girlfriends :-) and was that where you were deflowered presumably this time by the same toothless love? *wink* Just kidding...I wish I could tell my mom about you. Really. She would have fallen in love with you but sadly, she left this world in 1972 and please don't ask me how old I was then cos simple mathematics would tell you how old I am now haha!Jong,Have you started packing for that white Christmas in NYC? LOLSalak, Peng, CT and I can be part of the entourage!!! Yipppee! Big Apple here we come compliments of Mr. Bean!!! Thanks!!:-)
Jong,Waa!! Jealous oledy??
Paula, talking of visiting the Big Apple makes me recall how I had to cancel my trip (to spend Christmas there) due to Sept 11 the same year.Jong, not jealous Mr. Bean. She's just packing the parachute for you.
Don't be like that one?? I was planning to have Bangkok Sandwich :)
Mr. Bean,Mati already lah you!!! Peng is here!!! Jong and I are here..Three lovely maidens versus you!!! No menage a trois thank you haha!LOL...Old men don't have enough teeth and the oomph power for Bangkok sandwich - only in their dreams so this one is specially for you. Click on the title to go to Youtube.All I have to do is dreamSalak - where are you??? Mr. Bean is screaming for assistance LOL!!!!cheers
I had to leave my room because of too much laughing strained my muscles, perot still sakit lah! lol!!!Hey Bean, go bang kok in Thailand then fly back with half nuri or alladin mat with Iraqi shoe to navigate!
Paula, Salak is smart lie low is the best defence.
Wei! Siapa bising!?Bean and I are meeting in Hadtjai after New Year!Then sun ourselves, or what's left of it, on Pantai Cendering!We'll be asleep on the beach when Tomboy and Nek Pidah walk by! :D
Mr. Bean,Awwwwwwwwwwwww! Come back !!! I am sorry I scared you with my comments. All the banter in good fun...and I was just beginning to enjoy myself.deep sighAnyway, thanks for the lovely songs and the interesting exchange :-).Salak - oi oi oi ....hang masih menyembunyikan dirikah? oi oi....Muncullah!!!
Peng, Paula Abdul and my Jong!A man needs to eat. Remember the way to a man's heart is through his stomach and mine has not been stapled or anything. Time out!Bangkok sandwich? Anybody?
Jong, Mr.Bean,Masterwordsmith, and Peng...too bad I don’t know how you all look like but I’m sure having a good time reading your comments…I wish all of you Happy New Year & Happy Holidays…Merry Christmas to all that celebrating it! To Salak & Shrek…Selamat Menyambut Tahun Baru Hijriah 1430 & Happy Holidays…it’s nice knowing you all here!
Mr. Bean,Mr. Bean,LOL! Excuses excuses!!! You can always eat in front of the laptop and talk to us!!!Have to do this in French lest Jong kills me LOL!!!Sont vous affamé pour les aliments ou pour votre ami jong? LOLBtw, I am not Paula Abdul :-). Er...isn't American Idol a bit too juvenile for a senior like you? ;)*grin*cheers
CT, welcome to the band of merrymen and merrywomen! If you visit our blogs, search and dig, you will be able to catch a glimpse of me and Jong! We are glad to bring joy and laughter to this bleak times.Salak, when you & Mr. Bean suntan & fall asleep on the beach, please cover up properly, ok! you guys won't want any parts missing when Tomboy & Nek Pidah breeze past...Mr. Bean, do enjoy your Bangkok sandwich..after all you have only 'one night in Bangkok'.
Oi Peng...U lupa samaku lah...CT..u can also discover me in my two blogs :-) I visit your blog quite often :-).cheers everyone
Paula's face is plastered all over the cyber space after her guitar serenade of 'A song of freedom' to the mata-mata and the MIB. Of course the warlords don't like that and sent her an invite to have tea with them!So Paula need no introduction!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RrlkXQshd8&feature=relatedJong is into French?? Ok here’s one song she wouldn’t remember – Je T’aime. Translated it means “I love you” - a song banned for 30 years!
Peng ah - CT from Singapore lah...don't think she would know abt what happened to me ...I don't think Mr. Bean knows too haha! Love the having tea bit ;)Peng but I hope they won't invite me anymore after 28th Jan.!!Mr. Bean,I don't know if Jong is into French but I wrote it in French hehe cos I was teasing you LOL..C'est la vie!Jong, You still around kah? cheers everyone
Jong has gone to massage her pomelos :)
Hey Paula,Yeah just got back from the bank before they close for Christmas.Daunt parler ordures! :D
Paula,You guessed right. I don't watch American Idol but Paula Abdul is not all about American Idol.
Mr. Bean,Lady Jong does not partake in such servile tasks :-) for her garden is well tended :-) and flourishing.And is your tweety bird still caged I wonder?*grin*
Jong,Je ne parlais pas de déchets parce que je crois que quelqu'un a faim de vous!!! heheheMr. Bean,For a young one like me, I only know Paula Abdul from American Idol.cheers
Her garden may be well tended. But she needs a better gardener to know how well tended her garden has been :)
Here's to the gang.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puWWqL4gojYI'm sure you can recognize yourself in the crowd.Happy Holidays, age is just numbers, you only wish to be older when you are between 1 and 10.
Hey Bean, awwww... you sound real love sick!Thanks, that's Bridgit Bardot the famous BB, but that guy Serge Gainsbourg he looks 'striked by lightning' lah!!! Teruk man what a mismatch!
CTThanks. Yes we are celebrating INY (Islamic New Year) next Sunday at Mesjid Omar Al Khattab. We are trying to make this a tradition. By the way don't forget Mr Bean
Don't tell me Salak is busy bouncing his balls??http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HM14xsCw-g&feature=related
Shrek,Take care of my baby will ya?? I gotta go!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl3_hZ9A7sc&feature=related
Salak,Shrek, CT and Mr. Bean,May you all have a wonderful Islamic New Year. Salam to you all.Shrek,Are you in LA? I know a Masjid Omar ibn Al-Khattab near to USC. Are you somewhere there?Mr. Bean,I did not know you are a botanist or a horticulturist who moonlights as Michael Jordan by night!!! ;)They say chocs are good for love sick fellas so perhaps a box of Godiva might do the trick?cheers
masterwordsmithYep that's the Mesjid on Exposition Blvd.By the way Bean is on his way right now. Ask Salak has a photo of Bean in his first class cabin.
Hey...Thanks Peng & Masterwordsmith! I'll visit your blog soon:)Anyway I didn't know Mr. Bean is Muslim...Sorry! Thanks Shrek & Everyone & not forgetting my darling Salak;) heheheMasterwordsmith said:"Peng ah - CT from Singapore lah...don't think she would know abt what happened to me ...I don't think Mr. Bean knows too haha!"Anyway what happen to you masterwordsmith?just want to kaypoh only:)
Hey Paula, Spot on! He sure loves Godiva and I know for sure because Mr Bean used that handle before to riled me up big time in another blog. Betul tak Mr Bean?
JongHeard that the Perak State EXCO getting new Toyota Camry with bigger engines as they travel a lot. Wah got new car not satisfied need bigger engines. See PR Exco no better than BN Exco. At least BN Exco under Tajol happy with Perdanas.The new MB also want to quarantine HIV infected people and won't let them marry. Is Perak going back into the 18th century?
CT, Hope this will answers your query, visit Paula's website and read this which is self-explanatory....http://masterwordsmith-unplugged.blogspot.com/2008/11/cry-for-freedom-penang-candle-light.html
Hi Peng...I saw your picture & Jong…Thanks!
Shrek, I have an appointment have to rush, will respond later ok? Thanks.
Thanks Jong For Your Info!
Bean,There's a good movie in Manhatten, sounds interesting -[The Secret of the Grain (2007) NYT Critics' Pick Review SummarySlimane Beiji, the sad, still center of “The Secret of the Grain,” Abdellatif Kechiche’s bustling and brilliant new film, might be described as an accidental patriarch. A stubborn, taciturn immigrant from Tunisia, Slimane (Habib Boufares) has spent 35 years working in the shipyards of Sète, a rough little French port city on the Mediterranean coast. The other members of his large, cantankerous family — his former wife, Souad (Bouraouïa Marzouk), and their assorted children and grandchildren — live mostly in a battered high-rise housing project. Slimane, meanwhile, keeps a modest room in the blue-collar hotel run by his lover, Latifa (Hatika Karaoui), and her 20-year-old daughter, Rym (the amazing Hafsia Herzi), on whom he dotes as if she were his own. The chief token of his benevolence is the fish Slimane collects from his fisherman buddies and dutifully delivers on his motorbike to the important women in his life: Souad; his older daughter, Karima (Faridah Benkhetache); and Latifa. Their freezers are overflowing with the mullet that is, in Tunisian tradition, served with couscous, the grain of this film’s title. The richness of “The Secret of the Grain” lies in the close, tireless, enthusiastic attention it pays to the most mundane daily tasks, especially those involving food. — A. O. Scott, The New York TimesThe New York Times Movies]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OhY8hVzsic&feature=relatedHere’s to Laura (not Paula, sorry). That used to be Jong’s first name until she changed to Pam (short for pomelo).Tell Laura I love her. Tell Laura I need her. Tell Laura not to cry. My love for her will never die . Here’s how I would sing the same song for Jong aka Laura (you gotta listen to this Billy Connolly song, Jong)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6BFrVfkz0Q&feature=relatedIn this case, it was Laura who got thrown under the bus …. literally!! Main street was not a pretty sight. There were bits of Laura (Paula) everywhere.Salak, thanks. No time for movies. Not on Christmas day. My daughter-in-law invited me to her house for Christmas dinner which is tonight).
Err... Bean argh!Please tell Laura I miss her! :D
Tell her, I busted my bike against Kuching City garbage tong!
Go tomorrow night lah!At least see for me! Or Laura!
Hey Bean,That Billy Connolly, he must be suffering from Mad Cow disease!
Hey guys, it's midnight here and Christmas Day! Good wishes and Cheers to all! I just got back from a Christmas Dinner of home cooked - turkey, lamb, yummy food and great company.
Ok. Since you guys have shown what you look like, it is only fair that I do the same.MERRY CHRISTMAS!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etUq95XKGiw&feature=related..and what I'm doing ahead of Christmas!
Where's everybody, drunk already?So CT you've read Paula's blog, seen how she looks like now? You know the ladies aren't like those three - Mr Bean, Salak and Shrek. They behave like 'Afghan brides' hiding behind the Afghan veils. At least CT(Siti?) you pix pasted your pix on your blog. Wonder why your dearest Salak, isn't following suit? :D
Eh, apa itu Bean? CT wants to convert me?Well, I always a kopiah ready in the back pocket of my jeans! :D
Bean, That video must be the 70th time you posted. That's not a good sign for old folks like you to be repeating things, see a doctor tomorrow.
Hey, jong I jumpa Sheila Majid punye lagu lagu lah!You're right. she's genit like Ruth!Most of her music is easy listening! The jazzy ones are gud too1
Now you know I got good taste, eh?
Jong, I don get it about Bean punye music lah!Almost similar punye Dinjerk punye! Apa dua orang ini? Did they share the same girlfren or waht?Maybe that's Bean knows so much about dinner-ruiner! :D
Zainal Abidin's good too, his music is unique, something special.
Jong,It is a fallacy that women have more issues than men. Obviously, some men love anonymity for a deeper sense of security. Take Mr.Bean for instance...he can ask me to sit in the back seat of his Morris Minor and later have no qualms about having delicious images of bits of Laura(Paula) everywhere hehe...So we have seen half of Salak's face but we have not seen the others. Are you guys SO HANDSOME that you fear we ladies here will fall prostrate at your feet and pay homage to you and fight for a place in your harem? So, to dispel all these silly notions mentioned here, pray show us your faces that we can assign the name to the face and better communicate with you :)That would truly be such a lovely X'mas gift, no?Merry X'mas!
Have you guys visited his blog lately? It must be icy cold and having a blue Christmas, eh?
Sure Jong! At least we like Ruth! None of these guys here appreciated her!Ini Aloq Setoq punye crowd lah! :D
Maybe those Aloq Setoq fellas like the Arab size, big strong and friendly....mmmm Sharifah Aini?
Hey Paula, Good you are back. Attended midnight Mass? I had a different crowd here with good food and lots of lawyers and doctors with their hum-sup jokes! Hahaaha!
Hey Bean,Can we got something contemporary a bit in music?Let's have Billy Joel lah. This is not too new! But you may like it!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F-nt7aC_JQ
Jong,Ah no wonder you had to go there this afternoon LOL!!! With all the training this afternoon, I am sure you must have been in your element :-).Anyway, no response from the guys to my request for them to unveil their faces...tsk tsk tsk...such modesty hehehe:-)No, I don't belong to the Catholic church. Had chinese meal with Peking duck etc...(my favorite).So Mr. Bean and Shrek, please unveil your faces...we await with fear, trepidation and excitement!Please don't disappoint us!cheers
Hey,You guys gotta wait. Am having breakfast la. Paula sounds every inch a feminist.
Where is shrek? Still flying 1st class on Kerala Airlines?
Paula, Leave them alone lah. Except for Shrek who was(still is) a well sort after model and favourite of head-hunters, the other two must be not too nice to look at. I suppose they are afraid to scare us off. Look at that silly Mr Bean in the video above, don't think his admirer and 'undergrad' is far off, eh? LOL!!!
Jong, Daffy sends us his good regards lah! You must wish him well! ;)
Mr. Bean,Awww it is my birthday now and you are accusing me, sweet sexy young demure me of being a feminist???? No way LOL! Ah - the age-old trick of distraction does not work here and I will not fall for that one despite my youthfulness. Still, I have to hormat you for your wisdom and skill in trying to evade us hehehe. I guess Jong is right after all - I must applaud you for being considerate in not shocking us with your imposing and scary demeanor :-)Another point...Mr. Bean, why are you always eating when the fun is happening? Don't tell me you binge when under pressure????? Oh no! Pls take care of your health!!!cheers
Paula, Bean is feminist admirer! He's just a lil shy at the moment! He likes gung-ho feminist with a whip!I wonder if he lost his crown because of that!
Get Sharifah out of this Jong! They told me too many on the golf course! :DBut she was great when in 20's huh?
Mr. Bean, Yoooohooooo anybody home??? Are you feeling shy cos Salak let the cat outof the bag?Please do not hide lah...Too old for hide and seek now :-). Come come...let us reason together :-)cheers
hahaha perot sakit ohhhh, lol!!!Salak, He must be a lazy bum, leave others to do the job, always lying down!
Hey, jong Did you have a Chrstmas tree cut for the house?This tree bizness at xmas is good. But don't cut Perka bald lah! Save a tree, Man! :D
I mean Perak!
Gosh, I spilled my coffee, spurt out!
Jong,Mr.Bean has a predictable pattern of behavior.When under attack, he has a tendency to :a) evade the issue by showing no responseb) circumvigate other peripheral issuesc) claim to be either eating, cooking or about to do either choresAnd after a few more comments, he emerges with a red herring...So Mr. Bean, prove me wrong at all counts :-)....cheers
Salak,No, I'm not a Christian. I'm more into Buddhism, the Buddha's philosophical teachings.
Hey, jong!I told you not to cut too many trees for xmas!Not spill coffee! Anyway coffee trees are not good for xmas lah! ;)
Oh, I see! Thought you were. Didnt get that crash at the church?It was a loud bang! hahaha!
You know Salak, I have a 10 year old durian tree in my back compound and it has a Christmas tree tiangular shape, stands 25 feet tall. It has never bear fruit but I don't mind, just love the different shades of greens. I was just thinking, one day I'll get it lighted up just for kicks to have the biggest Christmas tree around, ....syiok!
Woh! 10-year? Well, you should have had some first fruits lah! But depends on seedling. It's a pride to have one, Jong! Really!You should check with a nursery how they might prune it correctly! Or get advice on fertilising it. That's a life you have there! One whole durian tree!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE7N053BhoM&feature=relatedWith all the experience I have had in stuffing (in the bank seat of my old Morris Minor), stuffing a turkey for Jong wouldn’t be too difficult.
Oh no, not that one, Bean!
It was so hilarious lah! The whole house roared! :D
Salak,I don't prune it, just leave it to grow naturally and I like its triangular shape, so pleasing to the eyes with its different shades of green. During the early years I tried all sorts of fertilisers on advice of my two agronomist friends but nothing worked. Guess like humans, some are barren? :DMost important it's a healthy plant and I'm contented.
Mr. Bean,Stuffing a turkey is easy job even for kiddos!1. Tying the legs together keeps the inside moist.2: Smother the butter all over the breasts. Add the seasoning etc!3. Stuff the chestnuts etc up between the legs as far as it will go.4. You'll know it's ready when it pops up.Jong,I support your stand.We have to take care of our plants with tender loving care - then it will flourish.Salak,Yup. Pruning is important too as well as fertilizers and the right soil.
Jong, You satu macam! You should have had two trees! So you'll have cross pollination! You won't get any fruits that way?Maybe I should put a picture of me on the tree, hehe! :DThen I won't have my hand over my mouth as in the picture! hahaha! :D
You guys don’t make fun of my old Morris Minor! I have had Porshe, Mustang and Lamborghini and sold all to Old Geezer of DJ Blog fame.Ask my Jong why I needed to use the old Morris Minor on dates with her! This is in recognition of her skills as a contortionist.
My neighbour has two plants, huge and they do bear fruits but I understand 7 out of 10 fruits are uneatable. :D
Hey, Paula,Beans back and raring with his hris lah!Lets whack the bugger!
I mean kris!
Hey Bean, don't lah be a gentleman, don't kiss and tell. That's not nice.
An English judge once ruled that it is not legally possible to rape a woman in the back seat of a Morris Minor. She needs to give consent - which is why I hang on to my dad's Morris Minor.
You know Jong,You heard about, the things they did with Ssabah palm plantation? Real story!They are still not sure whether the insects they brought in did not actually damage other plants. I don't honestly know if the Sabah Gomen is managing that!It might have become an unseen hazard! To other crops. They're just not publishing the real info!
Hey Salak,You're a traitor to your own sex!! So you did lose your virginity when swinging from tree to tree after all!!
Of course I did, Bean!There are so many things in those foliage! Waht!But I crahsed most of the time! :DThe wheels up there slightly different! ;)
*yawn* *yawn* Merry Christmas have a Christmas lunch to attend. Goodnite guys!
Hey Bean,You have to see that movie, lah!We can't get to see things like that!What a shame lah you? Then we get it first hand from you lah! I'm sure Jong and I would like to hear your impressions!
This one!+++Salak said... Bean, There's a good movie in Manhatten, sounds interesting - [The Secret of the Grain (2007) NYT Critics' Pick Review Summary Slimane Beiji, the sad, still center of “The Secret of the Grain,” Abdellatif Kechiche’s bustling and brilliant new film, might be described as an accidental patriarch. A stubborn, taciturn immigrant from Tunisia, Slimane (Habib Boufares) has spent 35 years working in the shipyards of Sète, a rough little French port city on the Mediterranean coast. The other members of his large, cantankerous family — his former wife, Souad (Bouraouïa Marzouk), and their assorted children and grandchildren — live mostly in a battered high-rise housing project. Slimane, meanwhile, keeps a modest room in the blue-collar hotel run by his lover, Latifa (Hatika Karaoui), and her 20-year-old daughter, Rym (the amazing Hafsia Herzi), on whom he dotes as if she were his own. The chief token of his benevolence is the fish Slimane collects from his fisherman buddies and dutifully delivers on his motorbike to the important women in his life: Souad; his older daughter, Karima (Faridah Benkhetache); and Latifa. Their freezers are overflowing with the mullet that is, in Tunisian tradition, served with couscous, the grain of this film’s title. The richness of “The Secret of the Grain” lies in the close, tireless, enthusiastic attention it pays to the most mundane daily tasks, especially those involving food. — A. O. Scott, The New York Times The New York Times Movies
Hey! Bean Jong! I'm turning in! Good night!
Who's actor? Bridget Bardot, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Parker? If not forget it, don't waste Mr Bean's time.
Me too, nite nite!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qinoLbCgkvI&feature=relatedSleepin’ already???Hi hon,I’ll let this song by Paul Anka speak for me.I don't like to sleep aloneStay with me, don't goTalk with me for just a whileSo much of you to get to knowReaching out touching youLeaving all the worries far behindLoving you the way I doMy mouth on yours and yours on mineMarry me, let me live with youNothing's wrong and love is rightLike a man said in his song"Help me make it through the night"Loneliness can get you downWhen you get to thinkin' no one caresLean on me(And I'll lean on you)Together we will see it throughNo, I don't like to sleep aloneIt's sad to think some folks doNo, I don't like to sleep aloneNo one doesDo you(I don't like to sleep alone)No one doesDo you
Jong, I sensed that your friend Paula is overprotective of you. I believe she has taken a fancy to you for some time now. Perhaps even she may not have realized it. But you, me and your friend Paul, to be in the back seat of any car is a daunting task even for Old Geezer to figure out.Not to worry. You’re not alone. This was Shrek when he was singing at Merlin Disco in the 80s.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEWSAXdAdMs&feature=related
ooops no paul la. but paula.
Merry Christmas Daffy Duck, you sure are lively this Christmas! Yes, nobody is perfect so let's just do the best we can and in the spirit of giving, I wish you and your friends straight from the heart - abundance.It's also a day for reflection, on things we need to do and must do, and let's be reminded of the following:(a) If you want something you never had, do something you have never done.(b) Don't go the way life takes you, take the life the way you go.(c) You are born to live and not living because you are born.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq37P4ghVII
Thank you Bean for that Paul Anka's lovely piece, melt me it did! :DWhy soo jealous over Paula's protectiveness, wannnn? Guess she'd do the same for Salak too. Paula needs friends and emotional support as a result of her harrowing experience with MIB and we were among the firsts to be there for her and being her goodself, Paula's overwhelmed and very appreciative of my genuine support and I'm not used to hiding behind Afghan veils.
Shrek,I have not forgotten your query on the Perak State government's purchase of Toyota Camry cars for its State Assemblymen. What is so wrong about that when the national car Proton is so unreliable and if money is to be spent why should it not be spent on quality? Camrys are good cars, not too expensive yet reliable. How come no one questioned or complained when those UMNO buggers spent tax-payers money on mercedes before? They see themselves as the 'mafia lords' and are not obliged to explain their purchase and could never tolerate being questioned. They did what they like for 51 years.The mainstream media obviously had played a big part, played up the issue and harp on it on behalf of their political masters to create animosity and to divide and rule.Tajol Rosli may seem "ok" but never let down your guards, he is not an angel! Desperate politicians do desperate things.
Let me tell you of my experience some years back when Proton Perdana 2.0 was first introduced and came to the market. I was excited, thought wow the price is good and it's top of the Proton range, why not. So I placed a booking. Waited for 3 months and still no news of getting my car. Each time I contacted them, they gave me that arrogant replies - that I just needed to wait for my turn(!!) Damnit my money lah. I had paid my downpayment so had to patiently wait. Then after 3 months, I got news that those models sold were on recall back to workshop. Panic-strikened, I opted for the next model - Wira 1.8cc(limited Edition). It was good, fantastic pickup but I had problem with its doors, remote-control windows failing me and falling apart within the first 2 years! Got so fedup and sold it off! This is Proton Mahahtir for you!You expect the PR government to support it? The Malaysian rakyat has been made suckers for far too long. Proton should just close down!
There's a saying among former Proton car owners - "Once a Proton, never a Proton!"
Thanks JongI had rented several Perdana when working and visiting Malaysia and never had problems like you described. Can't drive fast as traffic always jammed up and roads conditions don't permit tho. The V6 was great comparable to any import here. But I guess it doesn't take the punishment.
Hi shrek,Jong's suggestion seems to be a major way out.What is more apparent is, despite the gemilang terbilang hype it is a mirror of the techie side of Malaysia: there's only a small market for quality products.The airheads in Proton will rationalise that since we can't pay for quality, we can't improve support sector for parts, let's keep on stealing from the rakyat!Of course, if we change the government, the services support plus parts manufacturers will have to sing different lagu. But the lead time for change can be planned even right now - running through all economic sectors.I hope we wont run through those hypes before about "Q" this and that "Risk Management" this and that, thinking out of the "box" this and that! Everybody just got boxed out while the goons make easy money stealing!
SalakMalaysia needs stronger consumer protection laws, lemon laws and large punitive damage awards. They will only understand when it hits their pocketbooks.But the tidak apa attitude, and no problem semuanya beres and bisa diurus pak is causing most of the problems. Malaysians should not have to take all this crap from Proton or any other manufacturer.
[Malaysians should not have to take all this crap from Proton or any other manufacturer. shrek]Well, shrek, not ever! Not from anyone! Not even the PR Gomen I want for the change. Otherwise, otherwise we might as well create our own country! I'm not joking! We could still find a piece of land somewhere nobody wants. North Pole is too cold. It'll shrink your balls off!What's a country without its people? In any case land grab is so bad, they're using it to plant food but not for us, others!
Hey this is Christmas. You guys are supposed to talk inter-faith issues!Like what Prophet Abraham brings to the table for all the three great religions. Judaism, Christianity and Islam share the same prophets - except that the Jews, after 1,000 years are still waiting for their Messiah.Buddhism and Hinduism and Confucianism pre-date CHristianity and Islam. These are Eastern philosophies and not religions. Buddha and Confucious didn't claim themselves to be anything more than mortals. India and China had their civilizations long before Europe had theirs. Now with India and China regaining their economic stature and in the field of international relations it has come back one full circle.
So Jong! Until I see you in Vancouver, Canada we'll just have to sing this song together (karaoke style).http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ4BOSazHro&feature=related
Salak and Shrek,What do you guys think about lesbians? Aren't they God's creatures too??http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt48Putzm5Q&NR=1
Whoa, how can like that yo now ditch Jong and go for lesbians?
Of course Bean everyone is! Even lesbians!Quirks of nature also made even more stranger things to mere mortals.I have no hangups about lesbians. Read the older civilisation stories like the Chinese and Indian lit. They have all kinds of problems we know as strange today, wat!You're not a lsebian, are you?
Maybe Jong is one?
Hhahaha, don't have to grind me to pulp my dear. Too much to drink at your daughter-in-law's place?
Salak, Mr Bean cannot be lesbian, gay for man la.
Biawak!I think Bean could have mistaken the turpentine for the wine! ;)What he could do is drink white canvas shoes whitener! Or a handful of charcoal tablets shud do the trick!Bean! Ooi! So where is the Paul Anka song again?I saw Paul Anka in Vegas! He said he wrote My Way for Sinatra and the guy never paid royalties! You watch out! Biawak is hungry! :D
Jong,Like I said earlier, your friend Paula has taken a fancy to you. Just that I think you ought to know that.
Jong,The litmus test is simple. You put one hand on Paula and the other on Salak. See what comes up! :) I know in the case of Salak, that would be enough to raise a thing or two which may be visible if he is iisn h sarong! :)
lol!!!! Aiyoo, my muscle still aches so is my perot!!!
Well, Mr Bean?Then you just miss one big Tarzan sandwich!!! :D
So are you going to see the Movie or not?
I know Beano!Bring a video camera then send me a copy of the CD! That's agreat idea!
In the case of Paula, I'm not sure if she has anything to raise!! :)
Bean,I was at Christmas luncheon today and someone mentioned that your Alor Setaq old-timer is having his own version of "serious" penthouse therapy and Halimah mohd said was not to be seen. Is that true? Apparently according to that fren who emailed me in the evening, that surprisingly, that particular post was toned down a little. Have you been visiting him lately?
Orang tua Aloq Setoq! You should find out by making yourself a nice sandwich!
Hello everyoneWOW! I am famous I see. On my birthday, someone has declared me to be a lesbian. Amazing! First I was taken by MIB. Now, supposed to have an affinity for the same gender.Well to all the lesbos out there, I am so sorry to have to declare that I am very straight. I LOVE MEN and I also LOVE JONG but as a sister.Jong is one of the FINEST women I have ever met in my life.When I was down and out, she was one of the two ladies in this world who reached out to me. And she is the ONLY lady in this world who has been helping me to find my feet back on the ground after my arrest.Because of my appreciation for her, for who she is and what she has done for me, I dedicated a post to her (as well as to 6 others) in my blog here:jong this is for youMy life is richer because of Jong. I am stronger because of Jong. When I had to go for my bail hearing on Nov 28th, Jong drove on her own all the way from Ipoh to be with me. Now if that is not a friend, who is?For all she has done for me, I will always remember. She is like the mother I had. Strong, fearless, firm, brave, intelligent and so much more and her husband and family are blessed to have her. We are blessed to call her friend. I have tears in my eyes as I write this. And why? Because she has touched my life in so many ways.And so now Mr Bean asks if I have anything to raise.Yes, I do.I want to raise the fact that when friends left me, when some relatives deserted me, who was there? Very few. JONG WAS THERE.This is about friendship and love. Only people with a heart can understand this without twisting something beautiful into something that is warped.Jong is my friend for a reason, for a season.And I pray she will be my friend for all seasons of my life.Thank you Jong....Hugs to you and to all who stepped forward and stood up for me when I was down and crushed.Because of you guys, yes.I CAN RAISE MY VOICE AND PROCLAIM - I AM WOMAN (STRAIGHT ONE) HEAR ME ROAR!!!I will not be trampled or misunderstood by people and even if I am, I will still love them, accept them and know that everyone is different and we cannot force people to believe in what we believe. The time will come when truth is revealed.For me, I just want to raise one thing.Jong is a fine woman and I love her as I would a sister and a friend.cheers
Hey Bean, We all know you were defeated by Paula, you don't have to be so cruel by suggesting she's lesbian. You are a bad loser.Earlier I thought you were suggestion I could be the lesbian!
oops, should read: "suggesting"
Hey Paula, You don't have to take Bean seriously. He's just being naughty and mischievous. Through my years of interaction with him in other blogs, I have come to know that's his style - to grind you to pulp and get the best of you for his 'enjoyment'. You can say he is somewhat a "saddest"! Stupid girl, don't shed tears over this silly Bean. Smile my dear, all done in jest.Mr Bean,See what you have done? Big bully! If I am like Paula, I would have cried a thousand times, but no I will not be bullied. I always fight back and when I leave a "fight" it means I have given up on you. But Mr Bean, in you there is still HOPE. Please don't make Paula cry, do the necessary and I know you didn't mean what you said about her being a lesbian. Over to you roger!
Paula, Thanks for all your kind words about me. I think that hat is a lil too big for my head. I was just doing what needed to be done and would have done the same for anyone in trouble. I have been branded a "kaypoe"(busybody) ever too often already until it's numb on me. I don't care what people say and I don't see I need to explain what I do as long as my conscience is clear but one thing for sure, you will know when my arrows come for you and I never stab you on the back.Hey Happy Birthday! Didn't know it's today? Let's call for celebration this saturday!
Jong et al,I cried while writing the post NOT because I felt intimidated by Mr. Bean. My training in the police station and the aftermath in the comfort of my house crying in despair has toughened me. For that, I must thank the MIB :-).I cried in memory of all I went through.I cried because Jong has touched my life and helped me to become MUCH stronger and not to be the wimp I used to be. And I am not the least intimidated by Mr. Bean because I also teased him.But I am concerned because JERK from the other blog could be swinging here to read Salak's blog and I don't want that goon to read and laugh about this and cackle all the way to Cik Cun or whoever's parlour for tea.So Mr. Bean, I bear you no grudges...it is all in good fun and jest but this one about Jong I have to make a stand. No worries ok?Jong, Thanks for being a sweetheart. I love to banter with Mr. Bean and will continue to fight tooth and nail hehehe!cheers
For those who did not see the post I wrote, here it is:JONG - This One's For You!Her name is Jong,I haven't known her for that long.But this I know,On her face there's a glow.That shows clearly to me,She's a woman who's not only pretty.She's a lady with grit and mirth,Filled with wisdom from heaven above.Such a zeal for life she displays,Undaunted, she presses on without delay.Always ready to help those in need,Without considering colour or creed.She left behind a mark in my heart,Thoughts of Jong from me will never depart.For all that you have shown to me and taught me and all that you are - thanks Jong! I appreciate you and what you stand for and know that you are a woman of substance!cheers
Paula, Why do you worry about that jerkdin and his cik cun, halimah mohd said etc. It will be good if he comes then he'll know why we left his blog but it will be for his own good otherwise his two bolas will drop to read the language we use on him and his cun.
Mr Bean,I put it to you strongly, you are free from all charges as of now. You have Paula to thank for. Please be a little more sensitive next time, and I know you will.
"I put it to you strongly, ...." This was our joke last night -Christmas eve dinner at a friend's house. Those lawyers were trying to figure out if the proper BM version should be:"Saya taro you kuat kuat,..." ? :DMr Bean, over to you!
Paula, it's bedtime! Peng and I will see ya on saturday.
I still think Salak did well to raise his!
He's recovering from it? :D
Hey, Bean!I'm serious about that Movie lah!Can you send us a CD or something? Now I'm raising a request lah! :))
Salak,Are you sure that is all you are raising????LOLcheersJong,Yes...see you and Peng. If you want to see an art exhibition that is being officiated by Antares, let me know but that means you two will have to come up earlier.Thanks for the birthday wishes.Drive safely!cheers
Imagine Bean busy taking the movie with his digicam and two burly FBIs come close and offer him a packet of popcorn? :D
Maybe that's the sandwich Bean badly needs!
Jong,If that were to happen, he might have a foretaste of what I went through or even what those fellas in PJ went through :-) and it might make him a wee bit more human:-).cheers
Paula, Bean misses home aloq Setoq. So let's raise his moods so he'll remember his "Cucur Jemput"!You still miss your "Cucur Jemput"? How will anyone get Cucur jemput in New York City?Maybe I should find you a good recipe lah Bean! Your daughter-in-law might be able to make some for coffee?
Lying low is the best defence?Saya taro you kuat kuat, ta'ada charges lah!
Now I know why Salak didn't answer about "recovery" - NTV 7 is showing Miss USA 2008 lah! Now 12mn to 2 am!Why so long hours?
Jong,who's lying low?You and Paula treated my guest from NYC quite well lah! So Mr Bean will now know how to get on with Paula and you!Hey, thanks lah!I'm yawning now! Goodnight Bean, Jong, Paula!Merry Christmas!
On a more serious note and on the issue of homosexuality – gays and lesbians – we have Genesis 9:7 “"As for you, be fruitful and multiply; Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it."We’re still suffering from that First Sin of Adam and Eve.But I would never use the word ‘lesbos’ because it is derogatory. You guys pride yourself as human rights activists but here you are referring to lesbians in derogatory terms! It sickens me.
"Well to all the lesbos out there, I am so sorry to have to declare that I am very straight." PaulaThis is disgusting to read!
BeanWords are labels. Remember the cookie and dog biscuit example. In a class a professor brought some coolies and gave them to the students. everyone ate them and said they were nice. After that the professor said they were dog biscuits, all the students threw up.Gays and lesbians are gods creation and deserve a place in this world. They chose the alternative lifestyles despite all the warnings and examples in the divine books. It's their choice but we should not look down on them. Most of the talented people are gays or lesbians. The list is endless.We can always distance ourself if we don't agree with their lifestyles. Who are we to judge them.
That's right, ShrekAnd who is this Paula to regard them with disdain, contempt for their choice in their sexual preferences and sexual orientation.When you use 'lesbos' instead of lesbians, 'homo' instead of gays, it is that classic Freudian slip at work.Not being able to recognise it for what it is i.e. a human rights issue, is one thing. But for it to come out of someone who sees herself as a human rights activist is another.I find that disgusting to say the least.
Mr. Bean,You are very low to MISUNDERSTAND my statement. You do not have the grace and elegance to apologize for ACCUSING ME OF BEING INTERESTED IN JONG BUT YOU HAVE THE AUDACITY OF ACCUSING ME OF BEING HOMOPHOBIC!!!!The only reason I made that statement was because you are stirring interest in CYBERSPACE about ME BEING GAY!!! And I would NOT want to disappoint any lesbian if they were to make overtures to me.Obviously, you practise double standards. It is ok for you to hit at people but when they make their defence, as I already predicted earlier on Dec 24th, YOU CIRCUMVIGATE THE PERIPHERAL ISSUES WITHOUT ADDRESSING THE MAIN ISSUE WHICH IS THE FACT THAT YOU ACCUSED ME OF HAVING LESBIAN INCLINATIONS AT JONG AND THAT IS SO LOW AND I NEVER THOUGHT THAT YOU COULD BE LOWER THAN THAT BY ACCUSING ME OF BEING HOMOPHOBIC!!!!!!Well, for your information, I AM not HOMOPHOBIC!!!! But, lesbians have made passes at me in Castro, San Francisco and even in Europe.Many of my best friends are gay and even my relatives. I have been regarded by them as a FAG HAG. And for your information, "lesbo" is not a derogatory term. I should know because I have many gay and lesbian friends.You have the freedom to hit out at others and yet when we defend ourselves, you do not see the value of HUMANITY OF FORGIVENESS but you have the AUDACITY to launch other attacks!!!HOW DISGUSTING CAN YOU GET TO TALK ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS WHEN YOU SO HIGHHANDEDLY PARADE AND STRUT AROUND AS IF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO DECLARE WHO IS RIGHT AND WHO IS WRONGAt least, on MY part, I did declare to the world that I do not have issues with you. Obviously, you have unresolved issues and your pride prevents you from seeing reality as it is.You have called me FEMINIST and LESBIAN and for an erudite person like you, it seems this practise of name calling is second nature to you.I have not called you by any names and this is the FIRST and LAST time I will address this issue.I have better things to do than to indulge in such trivial childish/immature and lOW attacks of the demeaning form.Goodbye. Such a pity that Salak's nice blog and this space has to be polluted by such attacks.
I was watching Miss America 2008 last night, wow aren't they all impressive tall shanks! My favourite Miss New Jersey dropped out, thought she had a good chance! And how did Miss Texas get that title? Well I guess, one man's meat is another's poison.
Let me have the last word on this.Paula has expressed herself and Shrek had done a good one.Bean,In New York, if you're there, things are different. The whole of the US has a wide spectrum of issues, religion not excluded. Nor is different sexuality. Not 'everyone' in the US would take it as you would nor would every Malaysians. If you could empathize with lesbians very well that would be great. But if you could do that, then it means you could then as well equally do so for those who have different views on it. Activism in all its groups would cover very many people - the whole spectrum of humanity.If enlightenment on issues sexual and ethical is very pervasive in NY that's fine. But how far have we moved when all that Fleet Street did was to seriously set back general global prospeity now admittedly moaned by many as simple greed? If roving bandits have now domesticated lets look at other peripheral issues in a manner conducive to better appreciation and understanding. It can work among friends as well as with friends and clowns.Maybe then we'll get a call from E.T.So when are you going to send me the the VCD on Secrets of the Grain?
So Salak, you sneakily excused yourself to glue your eyes on ntv7 after I posted that reminder on this thread, eh? hahahaaha!
BeanI think you got me wrong.Often times we use words without trying to be derogatory and in the best of intention. Perhaps this is the case with Paula. Somehow the word lesbo have got you bent out of shape. Perhaps gay and lesbian hits too close to home or have a mean significant impact on you. For that I can understand. Even here in the US you have people like Jay Leno and Conan O Brien making fun of gays and lesbians openly.This all started with a play of words and some words holds different meaning to different people in different parts of the globe. You take serious offence at the word lesbo yet it is freely used in other parts of the world to describe the alternative lifestyles. Let's not hold people too fast to your rule.In this season of love and kindness to all mankind, let's drop this issue. I believe apologies are in order all around. Perhaps we all should be more careful in choosing words in the future.
Shrek,Thank you very much. Such words of wisdom indeed and a well-thought comment to defuse the situation. You have my greatest respect. I was not wrong in presuming that you are an elegant, well-read,wise and distinguished gentleman.God bless you and may your new year be filled with blessings overflowing.Sincerely,Paula
lesbo Definition lesbo (lez′bō)adjective, nounSLANG lesbian: a mild term of contempt
Anonymous, if you wish to discuss the subject intelligently, please do so. There are plenty of Dictionaries on-line. Otherwise, it does NOTHING else but speak of no one else but of YOU. So, I'll add to shrek's request for everyone! Black has now lost its ungainly meaning. Soon a black President will occupy the White House.
It's Christmas night and it's so quiet, where's everyone? Guess everyone's busy with endless parties, dinners, food food food! I too just got back from one at downtown Casuarina Hotel. Hey Mr Bean, Merry Christmas to you! Jangan makan banyak huh, middle-age spread remember? Here's a Christmas Day dedication from me to you - Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross with "Endless Love".http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXsYHV5A8iI&feature=related
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Hi Hon,I guess I missed you :)
Don’t worry Hon,I will love again - even if takes a life time to get over you….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxnl83HD3R0
Thanks, yes Lara Fabian, that's one sexy chic!
JongHere's one from the Chickshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rVRK64Aa2Q
Thanks Shrek, hilarious! :D
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