Simplicity. Is. Beautiful.

there goes my dignity
I'm currently reading Asma Hasan's Why I am A Muslim, An American Odyssey and loving it! This book makes me see the Qur'an in a whole new light. I didn't know that Allah actually EXPECTS us to make mistakes, and that's because we humans are Its vice-regents on earth. Angels such as Gabriel are perfect but they can't think for themselves and satan, well...he's just bad all over. Little do we know that we posses godly traits. Like, when we think and do good things, we're showing a little piece of God in us. This is very much in contrast with the Islam I've been taught since I was in kindergarten, that Allah will punish us even for the little sins done when we mean well. That Qur'an demands us to be perfect no matter what. This book teaches me that Allah and his Qur'an are friendlier than I thought.

Listening to: Hepburn - Here Comes Napoleon
Wednesday, December 7, 2005, 09:04 p.m.

stupidity matters
Mariana Renata's undergrad thesis is called A Diplomatic Perception of East Timor in Australian Resources. Um, I thought she majored in English literature? Maybe she writes about how the Aussies teach the East Timorese English and links that to politics...
Oh god how could I be so stupid? Ok, still on the late Nguyen Tuong Van, I was really silly to think that Van was his surname and that maybe it was one of the most common Vietnamese surnames. In this case, Van was his given name, and that I realized because his twin brother is called Nguyen Tuong Khoa and his mum Kim Nguyen. Ok, no more talks about dead people. I dedicated two entries to Natasha Anya, more entries to Brandon Lee, and this is my fourth entry about that doomed Nguyen man. One of my best pals Henny's already thought I have a dead people fetish. May you all rest in peace.
Remember my entries about Auckland people lighting fireworks in early November and how I thought they had an early Christmas celebration? Recently it occured to me that it wasn't Christmas they were celebrating. It was Guy Fawkes' Day! Shame on me...When I was a teen taking an English course at EEC, I impressed my native speaker teachers because I was probably the only one who had ever heard of Guy Fawkes. Shame.

Listening to: Bram Titaley - Keroncong Pasar Gambir
Monday, December 5, 2005, 09:56 a.m.

my version of mastercard ad
Annual tuition fee: NZ$17,000
Monthly rent: NZ$600
Monthly allowance: NZ$700
Finally understand why people who study abroad are slightly (or pretty much) arrogant: priceless

Listening to: Black Eyed Peas - My Humps
Sunday, December 4, 2005, 08:59 a.m.

a moment of silence, please


A life taken too soon...

Listening to: Michael Jackson - Gone Too Soon
Friday, December 2, 2005, 07:19 p.m.

stop the murder
Happy December everyone! Omigod 2006 is just around the corner...
New year's resolutions:

  • Stop complaining (unless when I'm on major PMS because it's inevitable).

  • Get at least an A.

  • Stop making first moves on the guy(s) I crush on.

  • Get a job!

  • Notice something missing? Yes, I no longer plan to learn FTP and get a domain. I'm already content here.
    Please sign the petition against Nguyen Tuong Van's execution here. Damn I just found it out...and his execution is TOMORROW! However, the poor Aussie bloke still has a morsel of hope, for he can have his execution cancelled (if it's positive, the notice will be given eleven hours before the execution). I'm not against capital punishment (man, I even strongly support death sentences for terrorists), but I think Van's life should be spared because he smuggled the drugs only to pay for his drug addict twin's debt (he's not a user himself) and he's a first-time offender. Besides, Singapore wasn't his drug traffic destination (it was Australia).

    Listening to: Utada Hikaru - Passion
    Thursday, December 1, 2005, 07:46 a.m.

    orang gila
    Seriously I don't get people who don't believe in God. These people obviously believe that they're in control of their own destiny. Well that's just partially true. Like, if you want to succeed you must work hard. But of course, you're bound to meet hardships along the road to success and which human being wants hardships? That's just one of the things beyond our control.
    You know, it's just not nice being cocky. I don't understand people who believe that being cocky is a manifestation of high confidence and that makes people think twice to mess with you. The former is true, but the latter? Yeah right. People hate vanity, and the more people hate you, the more they try to bring you down.
    EDIT: It's exactly a month before I leave for Auckland. Really can't wait. I can't go on having no life like this.

    Listening to: M2M - Everything
    Wednesday, November 30, 2005, 06:13 a.m.