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18
Feb
10

Laksa Janggus

Alone and bored on a Saturday afternoon, I ventured in search of the famed Laksa Janggus. Reputedly one of the best laksa in Penang, Laksa Janggus is located in Kampung Perlis, Balik Pulau. And of course, like most famous eateries in Malaysia, it has been featured on Jalan-jalan Cari Makan. Now, whether or not being featured on Jalan-jalan Cari Makan justifies it’s reputation as THE BEST laksa in Penang, I don’t know. It all depends on one’s own personal taste, I guess. My verdict? It’s good. It’s definitely tasty. And best of all, it’s very cheap! RM 2 for a big bowl of laksa.

Just google “Laksa Janggus” and you will find that many have blogged about the place. Hence, driving directions to the place are easy to find.

The long line of cars, belonging to customers, parked along the main road of Kampung Perlis, is proof of the popularity of Laksa Janggus

People queing up for the laksa. Food and drinks are on self-service here.

Voila! Does it look appetizing? (Sorry about the shadows and highlights)

08
Feb
10

8,000 – 11,000 year old skeletal remains found in Gua Bewah, Terengganu

A team of archaeologists from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and the Terengganu Museum have unearthed skeletal remains that have so far been dated to 8,000 – 11,000 year ago. If they are indeed as old as 11,000 years ago, this would mean that they are roughly contemporaneous with the famed Perak Man, from Gua Gunung Runtuh in Lenggong, Perak. Interesting.

I am not at ease at how the tv9 news reports the skeletal findings as Mesolithic. Whether or not there was a “true” Mesolithic in Malaysia is highly debatable. Some archaeologists in Malaysia prefer the use of the term “Epi-Paleolithic”. Furthermore, other findings at Gua Bewah include Neolithic pottery sherds, dated to 6000-4000 years ago. Whether or not they were found at the same level as (and associated with) the skeletons is unclear. At this point, I would assume no, since obviously the skeletons are reported with much older dates. I guess we will have to wait for a full report to be published for more details on the excavations and findings.

13
Jan
10

The effects of watching too many sad relationship movies

Guy’s version of the story: Girl is emotional, irrational, drama queen, demanding, rude, foul-mouth, pretentious

Girl’s point of view: Guy is selfish, unforgiving, arrogant, too formal, boring, cold, insensitive

Fact of the matter is, there are no truths, only perspectives.

13
Jan
10

Ancient artefacts unearthed in Terengganu

Ancient Chinese and Islamic artefacts have been unearthed by construction work in Chinatown, Kuala Terengganu. Read more here.

12
Jan
10

Football crazy

Yeay!  It’s the start of the new season. What season you may ask? The football season! The season’s halfway through, you may say. But it’s the start of the new Malaysian football season. This guy has really buang tabiat – I hear some of you say – since when is he excited about the Malaysian football league?

Well, this season it is different. For the first time in Malaysian football history, a university team will be participating in the league. And that team happens to be USM (Universiti Sains Malaysia) FC!!! USM has been home for me for the past three years now. And today, in the first game of the season, we were up against the Pos Malaysia team, and we won 1-0! What a great start to the season! Ok, so USM is in the Malaysian Premier League. Although it is called the PREMIER league, it is actually the second tier league as the Super League is where all the big boys are. But that’s alright. Who knows, we might be able to grab a promotion spot come end of the season. Fingers crossed!

Interestingly, Sarawak (my home team) is also playing in the same league as USM. Geez I wonder which flag will I be flying when USM vs Sarawak.

09
Aug
09

Diving in Pulau Redang, Terengganu

After six weeks of being on fieldwork in Sarawak, I am finally able to post. And the first thing i did after being away on fieldwork for so long was to book  a diving trip to Pulau Redang. It was fabulous!

Photo of myself with a stingray

Photo of myself with a stingray

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With my diving buddy, Leha

Stingray

Stingray

Saw quite a number of sharks on this trip

Saw quite a number of sharks on this trip

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A pair of butterflyfish

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Blue-spotted stingray

Blue-spotted stingray

29
May
09

What’s the big deal about Chin Peng?

Over the past few days, we have seen the furor and strong objections being voiced out by certain segments of the public and the government over the suggestion to allow Chin Peng, a former leader of the Malayan Communist Party, who is currently living in exile in Thailand, to return to Malaysia.

The government’s stand is that Chin Peng will never be allowed to return to Malaysia because of the atrocities that he and the communists committed during the Emergency period. In fact, Rais Yatim, the Minister of Information, Communication and Culture, is planning on digging into the Malaysian film archives and to rebroadcast documentaries showing the violence and atrocities that the Malayan Communist Party committed.

Another perspective of  Chin Peng and the Malayan Communist Party’s involvement in Malaysian history, which I believe is highly significant and which has not been publicized and emphasized enough, is the role that the Communists played in fighting the Japanese forces in Malaya during World War 2. Why do we not give them any credit for that?  And when the communists fought against the Malayan and British forces during the Emergency period, they were essentially fighting against the British colonialists of Malaya. Like the founding fathers of our independence, they too wanted freedom for our land, albeit by establishing a Communist dictatorship in Malaya.

I am in no way espousing any Communist sentiments or ideas here. All that i am wishing for is for people to view and to take into accounts both sides of the coin. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong in allowing Chin Peng to return. The Emergency period was a long time ago in our history and does not constitute part of the memory of the younger generations. If the people of Rwanda and South Africa could forgive the perpetrators of worse violence in their countries through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, why can’t we? Of course people were killed and tortured and maimed by the actions of the Malayan Communist Party during the Emergency. But it was a period of unrest and war. And people are bound to get hurt and killed in a war. Can you really blame them for shooting and killing the soldiers in the Malayan forces? Like the Malayan/British force, the communists too suffered casualties on their part. They probably experienced more casualties compared to the Malayan/British forces since in the end it was they who lost the war.  In the news a few days ago was an article about some former soldiers who had their legs amputated as a consequence of their injuries caused by the hands of the communists. I have profound pity for them of course. But it happened during the war. And that is the risk that one has to take if one decides to join the army. If a boxer is inflicted with brain injury after a KO defeat by his opponent, is it right for the injured boxer to blame his opponent? No. Because his opponent won fairly. And his injury is part and parcel of the game. Every boxer knows that. The same thing applies during a war.

Ultimately, we must be careful before passing any judgement about anything. Learn all sides of the story and keep an open mind when thinking about history. After all history is not absolute. Historical narratives are subject to interpretations and manipulations in order to put forth and to support one’s agenda.




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