Stumbled upon something that triggered reading about the Iranian Revolution of 1979 which toppled the last Shah of Iran from his monarchy in place of a new Supreme Leader which is (till today) governed by an Islamic theocracy.
It was this sentence that made a lot of sense about 'brain-washing' and 'blind-siding' :
Revolutions, Islamic and otherwise, seldom deliver on all their promises, and a clear external enemy can serve as a useful diversion from internal problems.
Think North Korea too.
Familiar? Well, I don't know, I'm probably another cog in the wheel. But when many of these cogs decide to stop working (and start revolting) in the tangible yet invisible machine that they supposedly serve, things can go.... awry.
You know the saying "No news is good news."; to be frank, we could all use a little more of this absence of bullsh*t. I'd prefer it more than anything in my daily dose of reading.
In my feeble attempt to revive this blog, let me update about the goings-on in the past couple of weeks so that I don't forget what I've been doing (in case my old brain decides to forget them unwittingly). I'll get to the subject that the title alludes to in a bit.
Last Thursday-Friday (9 Oct) - The GE Women's Network Annual Summit 2014, where I was emcee for the day (my main responsibility was to introduce speakers/panelist as well as to facilitate the flow of event for the day.) I must say that it really is a little nerve-wrecking to be the one responsible to inform the audience of the background of such high-achieving people who have taken the time to come and spend their time with us. I feel like I was just reading from paper (which is pretty much what I did LOL) and didn't do their background justice (I lacked inflections and worse, I didn't bother to memorise their achievements, but to my defense some of their achievements are too long to say in one breath LOL). But anyway, the main focus lies on the speakers so, I hope my emcee-ing was average, at least.
And then at night was the one where I could let my hair down a little (day time events are always so formal) as it was the gala dinner of the summit, with the theme of "Celebrating 1920s glamour" - think 'Great Gatsby' style dresses, headpieces and accessories. Again, I was volunteered (the irony) to be emcee for the night, along with 3 other people (Tracy, Pei Wen and the one and only Iskandar) and I think I was more in my element at night as I didn't have to be formal in the least bit. We split our jobs and the games were received pretty well by the crowd if I do say so myself. We had 1920s trivia quiz, a Charleston dance-off, a best-dressed runway and a live band. I hope it wasn't too bland. I received some nice compliments from people saying that my emcee-ing was good. So encouraging, thank you all.
Here's a photo of me in my 1920s outfit (I rented it for RM100 from Century Fiesta)
Not too shabby, eh? I think I looked like I came straight from the 20s LOLOLOL (perasannya). But honestly, if I wasn't the emcee, i think I would have been one of the nominated for Best Dressed of the night. I wouldn't mind parading like I'm Heidi Klum or Cindy Crawford because the prize was a one-night stay with breakfast at the Majestic Hotel KL (which was where our event was held). But I guess it would be a conflict of interest (not sure how that works but oh well) if I had won. LOL. Oh well, there's always next year to be a participant and not an emcee, LOL!
The next day was the MasterChef challenge which I didn't particularly feel engaged because I don't cook very well and I was damn tired from two days of having less than 5 hours of sleep -_-"
But who knew that cooking Thai food is actually not too hard? now i know how to make this (Red Rubies):
It's incredibly easy!!! One day, I'll probably try it out myself (no promises, but one day..)
That very afternoon after the GE Women's event was over, I was volunteered (yet again) to participate in a competition on how to best remember a new set of GE Beliefs that was being rolled out of late. I was so stressed out because I can't not participate ( I was asked by the HR manager herself) because then it would look bad. But thankfully for awesome GEMP-ers Awatif and Cheok, we managed to put something together in the form of a video presentation. It employed the use of irritating sounds/music and peculiar imagery woven together to make a video that is memorable (in a strange way). Since there were only 4 group participants in total, every group got a prize (I must thank the CLO for making it happen this way also LOL), RM500 Hilton food vouchers yo! Shared among group members of course ;)
So the first thing I won was that RM500 voucher at any restaurant in Hilton (group)
The second thing I won was the 'Caption that GE Photo' contest which was circulated earlier last month through emails, which had an attached photo and all you had to do to participate is to caption what you understand about the photo in 15 words or less.
*rubs palms* this is my time to practise writing copy!
Copywriting is such an art I wish I can spend more time in. Well... what better way to do that than to
try your hand at writing competitions like these!
And with that, I landed myself with RM200 worth of MPH vouchers. much happy!
So the second thing I won was a set of vouchers worth RM200 in total. Off to buy books yay!
on the 8th of September 2014 (which was another Monday filled with the usual blues) as I was driving to work, I was a little earlier than usual.
Then, the rest is history. I won some money and I count myself as truly lucky because the stars aligned for me on this day.
one, I managed to be the first one through the line.
second, i was earlier than usual driving to work to actually catch the cue to call.
third, it was a song I had always known (and loved), and also because it's one of my alarm ringtones (out of 3). #musicmuzik
fourth, I was at the 5th snowball stage and... I won it!
Not to brag here, it's just that I'm losing track of my dates, thus I need to write this down here for me to remember for all earthly eternity.
After around a year of active driving, I can say that I'm quite confident navigating my way around a car in the bustling (oftentimes crazy) roads of KL, including parking (though, this is still my weak point).
Whether being confident makes me a good driver, is up to other (good) drivers to decide.
What I've come to realise about driving, for me, is this: it makes me stressed, irritated and wears my patience thin very quickly, especially when half the time I'm on the road, there'll be some level of congestion which sometimes seem to have an inexplicable root cause :S.
I admit that I'm at fault at times too, in particular when it comes to my slow acceleration to cut into another lane, but aside from that, I reckon I do follow the following rules quite well which I hope more drivers will abide more frequently:
Turn your headlights on when the weather is gloomy/cloudy, upon sunset and when it's raining
If there is a pedestrian crossing and people are crossing it, it is the pedestrian's right of way. Don't honk at them for goodness sake.
When one wants to cut into another lane, indicate it using your L-R indicators.
When turning or stopping, please use your L-R indicators. Please, do.
Do not use hazard lights in the event of heavy rain.
These rules aside, I think there are a few driving know-hows that the not-so-good drivers around (myself included) should try and pick up on, and that is: do not use your brakes liberally. Remember that your brakes do not only decelerate your car, but it also turns on the brake lights at the rear to indicate to the driver of the vehicle behind you that you are slowing down. Sometimes, fast-reacting drivers will also press their brakes, which would result in, if the vehicle behind this driver is also a fast-reacting driver, to press his brakes, leading to a trickling effect if the brakes were used to brake unnecessarily (i.e. when the vehicle you're trying to not come to close to is more than 20 m in front and is not pressing his brakes even). Sometimes, I think this is the unfortunate cause of a jam that could have been avoided if everyone had just not step on the brakes prematurely.
Yes, I find myself in this situation (or thinks I am) a lot, which when I'm not in the best of moods, would result in me cursing while driving (which is something I've developed, sadly), along with other driving-related foibles.
The other thing that I've come to realise is that when using the right-lane, one should use their rear mirror liberally (au contraire). Why? Well, sometimes there are people who do want to overtake and as a courtesy to other drivers, the rule of thumb when using the right lane is to give way to such vehicles moving at a faster velocity than you are, and are expecting you to give them way; there is a reason why the right-lane is also called the fast-lane.
Well, I do wish I can be a better driver with every day I drive (e.g. faster parking maneuvering, better distance perception) and that I could stop cursing while driving. It isn't very becoming, but heck, there are studies which demonstrate that cursing helps relief pain.
Anyway, that's enough of my driving rant. I wish you all a safe drive every time you get behind the wheel.