“Illegal”protest in Malaysia

An English friend of mine told me about some unrest in Malaysia which we weren’t aware of last Saturday. Today I received a link from a friend from Malaysia to a video clip from Al-Jazeera, a Middle East television network, about the protest.

Of course the protest is “illegal”, as it is unlikely the police will approve such assembly. Apparently, according to W, an assembly of more than three people requires an approval from the police.
Have a look at this and the comments and you’ll get an idea of the kind of political scene in Malaysia. Full of interesting characters 🙂


Our backdoor glass suddenly shattered in the middle of the night yesterday. W was the one who heard it first, as I was definitely deep in my sleep, and didn’t realise W tried to wake me up until she shoved me! That was 0630 in the morning. I had to really concentrate before I hear anything. Anyway the sound came from the kitchen. And we weren’t sure what that noise was, until I went to the kitchen. Initially I thought it was hail or even rain drops that hit on the glass panel of the backdoor. Looked at it closer and there is this rather spectacular crack. I thought somebody had thrown an object at the door and broke it. But the panel of glass outside is unscathed (it’s double-glazed), to our relief. Good that the shattered glass is still intact. But I’m afraid that I won’t be opening that door until the glass is replaced.

Travel photos to Seville

Plaza de Espana
Originally uploaded by arctanck

It does take some time to resize, organise and upload photos online. Not the most exciting trip, but looking back now at the photos taken, the trip was not that bad actually. I guess it’s just that we have been to better places, and would much prefer to spend time in those places instead with hindsight.BTW this is blog using the Flickr blogging interface. My first time. Doesn’t seem to allow me to customise the layout easily. And it automatically puts the blog into an uncategorized category. Hmm, not such a great tool actually, as it still requires me to come back to my website to do the final editing.

Mixed feelings to Spain

Guess we spent one day too many in Seville. I’ve not been to Spain, but based on what I saw there I think it has to rank lowest on the list of European countries I’ve been to. It’s surprisingly expensive, for the kind of food we don’t enjoy. Apart from tapas and paella I can’t really think of other food that are particularly Spainish. Anyway a lot money were spent eating these crap. Salads are not appetising. They typically come with pickled asparagus, green tomatoes and lettuce. The city is very touristy and yet nobody knows how to speak some English. Very disappointing.One of the highlights was catching a glimpse of some of the world’s best football players in the world at the Seville airport on the we arrived! The Real Madrid team arrived while we were around hiring a car. Can you imagine, I was within touching distance of current world player of the year Fabio Cannavaro, Raul Gonzalez, Ruud van Nisterooy and Iker Casillas! Unbelievable. Will post some photos when I’m home. Am about to arrive at Reading train station now.