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Happy Weekend to you all! August 31, 2007

Filed under: Personal Opinion — saifulrizan @ 10:46 am
I enjoy it every time it’s sunset here.
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It has been 17 days now since I left everyone wandering where the hell I am. I am so sorry to those who didn’t know what I’m up to here. I’m fine, really fine, except that for some undeniable circumstances and conditions, I startled myself with the endless thoughts of going back home and get a real life. It’s been playing over and over inside my mind that I will come back to Australia as a tourist, not as a businessman, or some company’s director. The workload kind of annoying and burdened both shoulders and if there is hump at my back, it will be a relief to lighten my shoulders a bit.

I’ve made it clear in my recent post with regards to 50th Malaysia National Day, about my opinion on our nation as a whole after 50 years of Independence from the British, which I’ve typed for almost an hour. I’ve been working hard on my mother-tongue language pretty hard because I haven’t write formally since I’ve finished my SPM. All my daily conversation afterwards mixed with the slang and languages from almost all the race in Borneo (perhaps some twisted West Malaysia slang).

It’s planned that I will be here for another moon to come. With job assigned progressing very well, I’m happy to know that I can spend my quality time at work at fully rate. I used to be determined for not being there at workplace, and sit here instead to deal with my blog(s), business and friends. Job is always like that. You’re dying to get out when you’re not interested and fully-occupied with the job. But once you dip in some interest to the job, added with some determination on getting things done, you’re into it, 100% guaranteed. *big grin*

It’s going to be a very busy weekend. But then, I’m not looking forward to lazing around on Saturday and Sunday. I’m determined to get the job done as soon as possible, so I can speed up things here and get back to Malaysia to get my things done (like I’ve craved a lot on that matter!).

So my fellow bloggers and my blog loyal reader, I wish you a great weekend. Please spend some quality times with your loved ones while you still got the chance to do so. J

 

Rintihan anak Malaysia di Perantauan August 30, 2007

Filed under: Personal Opinion — saifulrizan @ 12:06 pm
Untuk kali ini, saya mohon untuk menggunakan Bahasa Melayu. Maaf, bukan kerana saya enggan berbahasa Inggeris, ataupun bersikap supremasi untuk menunjukkan yang saya terlalu cinta dan banggakan Malaysia sepenuh hati saya. Saya anggap ini peluang untuk saya meluahkan apa yang terbuku di hati saya berdasarkan pemerhatian dan tanggapan (dilengkapi dengan bacaan dan tatapan harian )saya. Lagi pun, saya kurang selesa dicap sebagai lupa daratan hanya kerana saya berada di luar negara. Agak malang sesetengah manusia masih menganggap bangsa Melayu adalah satu-satunya bangsa yang hebat sehingga menidakkan peluang untuk menimba ilmu dan pengalaman dari bangsa lain. Ah, permulaan yang hebat untuk kali ini. Setidak – tidaknya mereka yang memandang rendah terhadap saya boleh lah buka mata mereka sekarang, kerana saya menulis dengan bahasa yang satu – satunya mereka fahami.

Tahun ini saya merayakan Hari Kemerdekaan di luar negara. Agak ironi tahun ini saya hanya duduk di rumah, menghadap komputer riba ini dan menyertai forum – forum sekadar mengisi masa terluang, berbanding sewaktu saya berada di Labuan. Malam ini pulau Labuan bakal bergema dengan gegaran konsert dan bunga api. Beberapa artis dari Akademi Fantasia dijemput untuk memeriahkan penduduk Labuan yang berbilang bangsa dan warganegara. Ya, sepanjang pemerhatian saya, warganegara asing yang banyak meraikan hari kemerdekaan di Dataran Labuan, cukup dengan gaya dan sikap yang diimport khas dari negara mereka. Agak beruntung kalangan mereka ini, bebas untuk berbuat apa sahaja di negara kita, selagi mereka mempunyai dokumen yang sah di poket, atau duit lebih untuk menggalakkan si penegak keadilan tutup sebelah mata. Berbanding rakyat Malaysia yang menetap di luar negara, kita lebih sopan dan akur dengan undang-undang negara yang kita diami. Manakan tidak, penguatkuasaan undang – undangnya agak tegas dan kurang bertoleransi selagi kata putus berkenaan siapa salah dicapai secara mutlak. Maka itu saya rasakan hidup di sini lebih selamat berbanding di Malaysia. Maaflah, bukan niat saya untuk memperkecilkan negara kita, tapi apa guna kita banggakan sesuatu yang hanya cantik pada uniform luaran, tapi sebaliknya di dalam.

Sesuatu yang lazim pada malam sambutan kemerdekaan, ialah gelagat remaja yang berpusu – pusu mengerumuni Dataran Labuan, menikmati keseronokan berjumpa rakan – rakan, dengan pelbagai agenda mereka tersendiri. Sebelum ini, penulis agak pedih hati melihat gelagat remaja baru keluar kampung yang menghadiri satu majlis keramaian yang diadakan di Dataran Labuan. Jelik dan meluat melihat perangai mereka memaki – maki rakan sambil ketawa bagai pontianak, dengan harapan untuk menarik perhatian orang ramai agaknya. Mereka berjaya menarik perhatian pengunjung, namun sebaliknya tindakan mereka itu tidak menjemput rasa kagum, tetapi rasa kecewa pakcik – pakcik dan makcik – makcik yang melihat gelagat pewaris kepimpinan dan kedaulatan negara Malaysia kita. Namun saya berharap mereka hanya sebilangan kecil remaja di Labuan yang bertindak sedemikian rupa, kerana saya amat berharap akan ada seorang anak jati Labuan yang mampu memimpin Labuan secara harmoni dengan semua kaum, tanpa mengira kepentingan dalam perniagaan, politik dan kepentingan kuasa. Sebelum ini sebilangan kawan mencadangkan saya menyertai politik hanya kerana mereka tertarik mendengar hujah dan gaya saya semasa membincangkan Polisi Ekonomi Baru (New Economic Policy) . Saya tolak cadangan tersebut dengan baik, mengenangkan yang politik tidak membawa erti pada impian saya sebagai seorang usahawan yang berjaya di kemudian hari.

Sudah cukup hebatkah Malaysia di mata dunia? Jika ditolak ketepi keadaan politik dan kepimpinan negara, saya rasa kita hanya mampu berbangga dengan penglibatan ekonomi dan penyertaan misi aman tentera Malaysia di negara – negara yang berkonflik hebat. Proton masih hidup, walaupun AFTA akan dilaksanakan sedikit masa lagi; yang saya anggap bisa menelan kredibiliti dan kepercayaan rakyat Malaysia terhadap barang buatan Malaysia ini. Bidang pelancongan tetap berjalan lancar, dengan tahun 2007 diisytiharkan Tahun Melawat Malaysia oleh menteri yang bencikan blogger seperti saya (oh, maaf, saya tidak menipu dalam blog saya). Di Labuan pula, sudah cukup puaskah kita dengan pembangunan yang kita capai? Hanya kerana status bebas cukai kita mampu menikmati kereta import pada harga yang berpatutan. Dan hanya kerana status bebas cukai lah kita masih mampu mendabik dada bila bercerita tentang pelancongan, tapi menghembus nafas kecewa bila kita terangkan kenapa pelancong datang ke Labuan. Agak ironi dan menyedihkan, namun apa yang mampu kita buat tanpa kuasa dan modal yang besar untuk mengubah nasib pulau ini dan penghuninya? Mungkin kita hanya perlu menunggu sehingga ada pelan untuk manfaat penduduk – penduduk di pulau kita itu yang lebih dari sekadar ada. Secara peribadi, saya tidak tahan untuk menunggu sehingga pemimpin kita buka mata untuk menyedari yang kita perlukan pembangunan dan kemajuan ekonomi yang lebih mantap dan pelbagai dari yang kita nikmati sekarang.

LOFSA dan status pusat kewangan pesisir pantai tidak membantu penduduk tempatan secara langsung dari segi peluang pekerjaan dan peluang perniagaan. Mungkin anak jati Labuan masih sibuk menimba ilmu sebelum berani tunjuk muka di pasaran pekerjaan Labuan yang agak sempit, seperti sempitnya terowong baru arang di Tanjung Kubong. Penulis sendiri menganggur selama 6 bulan sebelum menyertai syarikat tempat penulis bekerja sekarang. Alhamdulillah, setelah hampir 2 tahun bekerja di bawah orang asing, penulis kini berani untuk beralih arah meninggalkan status makan gaji. Saya yakin saya mampu untuk berjaya tanpa bantuan mereka, atau majikan orang Kelantan yang menipu anak jati Labuan dengan kata – kata tidak masuk akal sekadar menunjukkan mereka itu bangsa yang terhebat dan terkaya di Malaysia. Ya, saya bekerja dengan sebuah syarikat perkapalan yang dimiliki oleh seorang pesara tentera yang agak hebat dari segi kata – kata, namun agak miskin dari segi sikap dan kewangan. Saya meninggalkan syarikat tersebut setelah memutuskan yang kerja sebagai Pengurus dengan gaji RM 500 sahaja (termasuk kerja setengah hari pada hari Sabtu dan overtime tidak dikira) agak keterlaluan dan tidak membantu dari segi pembangunan diri saya sendiri.

Biarlah orang katakan saya pengkhianat kerana beralih arah kepada orang asing dan bekerja dengan lebih keras berbanding bekerja dengan orang Melayu, hanya kerana usaha kita dihargai. Biarpun majikan saya sekarang agak menyukarkan dan cerewet, saya teringat satu frasa “Jangan tengok siapa yang berkata, tetapi dengar apa yang dikatakan”. Agaknya itulah yang membantu saya untuk terus mencari pengalaman dan menguatkan hasrat saya untuk memulakan perniagaan saya sendiri (walaupun saya sebenarnya mempunyai sumber pendapatan sampingan dari dulu lagi).

Maka bila ada bangsa sendiri yang memperlekehkan kredibiliti saya hanya kerana saya bekerja untuk orang putih, saya hanya mendiamkan diri. Mungkin mereka cemburu, mungkin mereka tidak pernah jumpa orang putih, ataupun mungkin mereka hanya melakukan perkara yang agak lazim bagi mereka; merendah – rendahkan orang lain. Memetik respon saya di sebuah forum premier Malaysia; Supremacy; heads up, brains down. Kenapa kita perlu keras kepala dan terlalu mendabik dada membanggakan diri sendiri bila kita tahu yang ia sia – sia?

Sudah 50 tahun kita merdeka, namun kita masih seperti dahulu. Yang berbeza hanyalah acara sambutan mengenangkan kemerdekaan Malaysia setiap tahun. Adakah kita sudah mencapai impian kita? Pada mereka yang menggunakan 50 tahun kemerdekaan sebagai kayu ukur pencapaian diri mereka sendiri, saya ucapkan tahniah dan rasa bangga saya kerana anda bersikap patriotik – mengaitkan cita – cita sendiri dengan pembangunan Malaysia.

Sekian dari Darling Downs, Dalby, Queensland.

Yang benar,
Mohd Saifulrizan Abu Bakar

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Lunar Eclipse, August 28, 2007 – Dalby, Australia August 29, 2007

Filed under: Local Event,Photos — saifulrizan @ 12:38 pm
Notes : Love Hurts by Incubus portray my actual feelings now.

It was a very clear breezy night here, when the moon started to gloom and turned red. I am so thankful to be here in Darling Downs Air Spray, Dalby, Queensland. I can’t believe I can see Milky Way with my naked eyes. The stardust looks very close, exactly the same like what I saw before in television.

It’s really too bad I can’t take better photo of this. I forgot to bring my tripod from Malaysia, and the battery wrecked by the super cold and windy breeze of Dalby. I have to switch off the camera after every shot taken with Tele mode.

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I sat in front of my laptop and transferred all the images of the lunar eclipse into the hard disk. i can’t believe I got this opportunity, which I think this will be the first and the last. Of all, I adore the beauty of Milky Way. Sometimes the sky turned to star carpet. The stars blinked rhythmically, giving me that rare sensation.

Dear God, thanks for such chance!

Info on this Lunar Eclipse can be read here.

 

I’ve waited for this day! August 27, 2007

Filed under: Personal Opinion — saifulrizan @ 12:15 am
Note : 25th August 2007 marked 1 year milestone of my daily read (among other blogs as well), Julian Sabah. He’s one funny guy, and his posts never stop to entertain a loyal reader like me. I met him for first time during some X-Games exhibition at Warisan Square last December. Happy Birthday Julian!


Not meant to be jiwang, but hey, finally we got nice weather here. After a week of struggling to death (kiddin) fighting 0 degree celsius temperature, and a strong wind to add salt to injury, I am now relief. Finally…

On the other news, work getting more shitty than ever. I’m tempted to re-schedule my flight to go back to Labuan as soon as possible. I admit there’s more better things to do in Labuan than here. But I did said I fucked up the moment I step the plane to Brisbane. Oh God, another mistake in my life, and it’s expensive! I guess I will just stay strong for another month. Honestly, It’s not like what I’ve thought of. Seriously, I’m fucked! I spent Saturday and Sunday watching YouTube, instead of going to town and meet friends, or just lay on the couch and watch tv all day, like what I always did in Labuan. It’s God merciful that he gave me this Internet here, other than 3 tv channels that shows boring stuffs. I wonder how they cope with things like this here. I guess that maybe the reason it is boring to be them. Supremacy, heads up brain down. I bloghopped a lot, just to kill time. But I admit those bloggers I’ve visited got cool and nice blogs, which I envy much, because I don’t have the talent to do so. I admire their literature, simply amazing and … amazing! Some of them designed their blog layout really cool that I’m dying to get one for this blog (and my other blogs). I will wait for Adam to do that, when I reach Labuan… which is… I don’t know when. The blog scene in Malaysia grows in massive, it is now made available by 11 year old girl. I guess everyone should bow down to the power of blogging, despite the urge of blogging rules set by the Malaysian Government itself. I believe that’s another sense of common that people will do to make them know what they’re doing, when they’re not.

Weather’s getting better now. I had my chance to fly on a two seater plane yesterday afternoon, which later I pilot the aircraft myself. It’s really easy when it’s on air, but it’s not when it comes to landing and take off. There’s one time I fly 300 metres above the ground, and trying to do the manuveur that kinda simple, but the air pocket got me. And one time, we land without the engine turned on. Are we crazy or what? But then, it’s an ultra light aircraft, it was designed to glide when the engine dead. Thanks Mr Rob, you teached me how to ride a bike in the sky! 🙂 Here’s the video I made from my visit last year. Enjoy!

*The song in the clip above was sang by Australian Idol (First Season I guess), Shannon Noll. The title of the song is Shine.

 

Foo Fighters – A320 August 24, 2007

Filed under: Miscellanuous — saifulrizan @ 12:53 am


Note : Can you please respond to the Poll next to this post, under my picture? Thank you very much for doing that. 🙂

Recently I caught up with this video in YouTube. It’s the Superman Return clip, but with Foo Fighters A320 song. The creator of this sync vid clip nailed it down. The song matches the clip perfectly! Originally, this is a song from Godzilla Soundtrack called A320.

Here are the video clip and the lyric. Enjoy!

There is a place I’d love to go
Strangers takin’ me there
I dream about the day I learn to fly

I’m afraid of aeroplanes
Even though I act the way
that it feels to be a person in the sky

It’s alright
and it’s good
this time

I look out and on the ground
really don’t believe it
gravity can pull me from this height

One day we’ll come crashing down
What will I do
Never had a chance to say goodbye

Close my eyes and hope that it’s
a real smooth flight
this time
Close my eyes and hope that it’s
a real smooth flight

And it’s good
this time

I look down and on the ground
I look down and on the ground
I look down and on the ground
I look out, we’re going down

 

My train of thoughts… August 21, 2007

Filed under: Personal Opinion — saifulrizan @ 10:50 am

It’s now 10 deg
It’s now 10 Degree Celsius out there.

Sadly, I can only manage to get 20 Deg Cel inside here… The heater a little bit old to spark some nice heat to the whole room.

And yet, my comforter so cold as if it was soaked into water.

It’s time like this that I will have a really deep thoughts on things. Anything.. anything possible… and impossible. It’s time like this that I will look back in my life and went “oh…” “ah…” “huh?…“. I am a bit funny when I think, be it to anyone or to myself alone. I wont let my day left out without having that deep thoughts. Recently, all my thinking circled around my relationship, my career and my future… yet I am still dragged to let the matter remain unsolved. So much for someone graced by anyone wiser. There’s more of me than meets the eye..

Recently a friend of mine asked if I would migrate to Australia, since I’ve been coming to down under 3 times already. I told everyone that asked how’s life here. How would I resist, it’s better than Labuan in any aspect (exclamation : comparing to Queensland with Labuan alone). Public transport, shopping facilities, security, politics etc. Transparency of the system and easy life for everyone made me wonder if we can achieve the same thing in Malaysia.

Despite all the comments and critics going around every aspect of government in Malaysia, and where the country heading to, I am still here holding my own perception towards my Malaysian citizenship.

I am not Malaysian even though I am Melayu Brunei.

I am not Malaysian even though I am holding a MyKad and red Malaysia Passport.

I am not Malaysian even though I live there.

I am not Malaysian even though I gain benefits and opportunities from the Malaysian government.

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I am Malaysian for my love and passion towards the country development, progression, hopes and efforts which someday will benefit everyone disregards the difference in racial and religion aspect.

So my answer will be NO for anyone that asked me if I will surrender my citizenship to live in other country. I know many have done that, for whatever reason that caused them to do so. It’s unquestionable everyone would want to change in some part of their life.

But I will stay here, hoping that I will contribute more to my society in specific, and country in general.

Happy 50th Birthday, Malaysia.

The only picture of Malaysia flag that I have in my possession. There’s no Malaysia flag in where I am now.

 

Where I am now.. August 19, 2007

Filed under: Photos — saifulrizan @ 10:53 pm
Notes : Pictures from the recent EC Trust Co 6th Labuan 10s Rugby Carnival 2007 have been uploaded to to our Labuan Rugby Club blog. You can check all pictures of the best teams in Sabah, Brunei and West Malaysia as well. Among the teams are OSCA (Old Sabah Collegian Association), UiTM Kota Kinabalu, BlackHawk, Subang Air Base and Labuan teams as well. I didn’t played that day, because I haven’t attend the daily training for 1 week, which can lead to serious injury if I’m playing like an asshole. Anyway, enjoy the pictures there!

It’s raining all day here in Dalby, making it colder than usual. Perhaps thats the reason my camera getting slower than it was in Malaysia. Yet I felt this time I manage to get that country feeling in my pictures. I don’t know, but I think I do.

What do you think of these pictures? Comments and critics are welcome!

The old ATV that still useable. I used to drive one of these last time. Im looking forward to go for a ride on it again.. but with this shitty weather, I’ll just do that in my dream…

The propeller of one CESSNA plane they have in the hangar. I looked from many different angels to get this picture. Anyway, the engine of this plane produces approximately 1,200 hp.

If it’s HEADS UP AND LIVE, this will be the only thing that help me to put myself together to be patient till the day I will be going back to Malaysia. This trip unlike the previous, because I put myself in hesitation and leave everyone with question mark on their forehead. I need to go back and fix it!

When I took this picture, I was having this wild imagination of this antenna as a teleport machine. God, you hear me. I want to go back.

Tanks that used as a storage for grains from the farm.

Im still sobing for how much I miss Malaysia dearly…