Wednesday, March 29, 2006

I thought this was Brilliant...

At first, you'd think you're looking horizontally at a herd of camels walking on and across a dune across the horizon. Then it hits you. Wow.

Aim true

Long ago in India, there lived a martial arts teacher named Drona. He ran
an academy in the middle of the forest where he taught the art of archery.
Students traveled for miles and miles to learn from him. A boy named Arjuna
wanted to be the best archer in the world. So he decided to study at Drona's
academy. He lived in the cottages for students.

Drona showed his students how to hold a bow and arrow. He told them to
focus, "Look at where you want your arrow to go. Nowhere else." He told
them to concentrate, "Think only of what you want your arrow to do.
Nothing else."

Arjuna listened intently. He practiced and practiced and practiced. One
night while Arjuna was eating his dinner, a gust of wind blew out the oil
lamp. Arjuna continued eating.

"I can eat in the dark because I know where my mouth is," he said to
himself, "I don't need to look at anything else."

He decided to practice archery in the dark. He relighted the lamp and used
it as a target. He thought, "I know where my target is and I don't need to
look at anything else."

He picked up his bow and arrows and began shooting. TWANG! TWANG! The
sound of bow strings filled the air. When Drona heard the sound, he came
out of his cottage. The sight of Arjuna practicing archery delighted him.
He blessed Arjuna, saying "May your arrows never miss their targets."

Soon other students grew jealous of all the attention Arjuna was getting.
"Why do you think Arjuna is the best among us all?" they asked the teacher.
That evening Drona made an announcement.

"Tomorrow, there will be an archery competition to find out the best archer,"
Drona said. "When the sun climbs over the horizon, be ready with your bows
and arrows."

The students polished their bows. They sharpened their arrows. Next morning
they gathered in the yard. Glossy bows and pointed arrows gleamed in the sun.
The wind was still but the students' hearts fluttered with excitement. Drona
stepped out. In his hands was a bird made of clay. He laid it on a tree far
from them.

"See that clay bird perched on the tree ahead of us? Aim at its eye," he said.
Then he called the first student. The student plucked an arrow from the
quiver, placed it on the bow, and pulled the string.
"What do you see ahead of you?" Drona asked.
"I see the sun, the clouds, the trees," the student replied as he released
the string. The arrow shot forward and landed yards away from the tree.

The second student took his position. He plucked an arrow from his quiver,
placed it on the bow, and pulled the string.
"What do you see ahead of you?" Drona asked.
"I see the tree, the branches, the leaves," the student replied as he
released the string. The arrow shot forward and landed near the roots of
the tree.

The next student came forward, plucked an arrow from his quiver, placed it
on the bow, and pulled the string.
"What do you see ahead of you?" Drona asked.
"I see the bird, its legs, its wings," the student replied as he let the
string go. The arrow shot forward and grazed the wings of the bird.

Finally it was Arjuna's turn. He plucked an arrow from his quiver, placed it
on the bow, and pulled the string.
"What do you see ahead of you?" Drona asked.
"I see the eye of the bird," Arjuna replied.
"What else do you see, Arjuna?" Drona asked.
"Nothing. I only see the round black eye of the bird," Arjuna replied as he
released the string. The arrow shot forward with a swoosh. It pierced the
center of the eye of the clay bird.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Rachel Gibas

Kinda like Rachel Gibas' work. Something bout them caught my eye. Lemme share some of her work with you.




Below is a biography from her website:

Rachel Gibas was born in Kenosha,
Wisconsin in 1968. As an only child, she
amused herself and her young cousins with
her imaginative creations.

With a strong sense of the importance of
fostering creativity and imagination in
children, she decided to make a career of
teaching art. She received her bachelor
degree in Art Education with honors from the
University of Florida and taught elementary
and middle school art for three years before
joining the Education Department at the Harn
Museum of Art where she created and
expanded such family programs as Tot Time,
Harn Family Days and the Junior Docent

Rachel has been honored to serve as the
judge for the local chapter of the National PTA
Reflections Student art competition
, and
Rachel has been delighted to have judged
"Trashformations: The Art of Recycling" High
School and College Art Competition
sponsored by the Alachua County
Department of Public Works.

Among other commitments to the arts past
and present, she serve
d as a board member
on the City of Gainesville's Cultural Affairs


©Rachel Gibas . 2004

Once upon a time a man whose ax was missing suspected his neighbor's son.
The boy walked like a thief, looked like a thief, and spoke like a thief.
But the man found his ax while digging in the valley, and the next time he
saw his neighbor's son, the boy walked, looked and spoke like any other

-Lao-tzu, philosopher (6th century BCE)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Where I come from, people and friends used to say I can't live without pork or that pigs live in fear of The One Called El Kay. Well, I wouldn't say I'd keel over if I don't get a daily dose of porcine but I happen to like the taste.


Here, I'd like to give you 3 facts about pigs that not many people know. (Always wanted to put these little nuggets up somewhere).

Fact #1:

Pigs are the only mammals other than humans that can get sun-burnt.

Fact #2:

It is physically impossible for pigs to look up to the sky when they're on all fours.

Fact #3:

Pigs' orgasms last for 30 minutes.

So there.

An Old Seaman

I received an SMS from a friend. It's a riddle that goes like this:

An old seaman went to a drugstore to buy something. How did he describe this something?

Like this:

"3 quarter of a cross,

and a circle complete.

2 semi circles and perpendicular meet.

An equilateral triangle standing on 2 feet,

2 semi circles and a circle complete.

What is the old sailor trying to buy?

As far as I know, 2 out of 100 people get it.

Monday, March 20, 2006

My My Wheeeeeee.......!!!!

Ain't she a beaut?

I've been spending some time now looking at my 2-year-old Perodua Kelisa (the good ol' boy, that) and then looking around and seeing this online and on the streets.

Boy oh boy...

Not to say that I see this particular one in KK every day la but if I had the cash and the inclination, I'd go out and buy a Perodua MyVi and do it up like that.

Cuz that, my friends, is the new Perodua MyVi fitted with the TRD bodykit.

Still, the MyVi by itself feels so good. I took my buddy's MyVi for a spin a few nights ago and man, it felt more solid and more nippy than the Kelisa anytime. Now, all I can think about it selling the Kelisa before it depreciates any further and working out a deal where I pay the same amount of installment as I do right now on the Kelisa.

Still with me?

Cuz this baby costs something like.... hmmm... just a lil' bit more than RM50k...

I'll keep you guys posted.

Back to me good ol' boy... the feelings I have right now is something akin to having a wife and seeing a super-hot chick and...


Anyway... check out the stats the Perodua MyVi:

Type 5 door Hatchback
Engine type K3-VE water-cooled,4-cycle,in-line 4-cylinder,DOHC DWT
Displacement 1298cc
Transmission Manual 5-speed
Drive Layout FF (front engine, front drive)
Power (hp) 87@6000rpm
Torque (Nm) 116@3200rpm
Fuel Consumption n/a
Fuel Tank Capacity 40 litres
Steering Rack and pinion
Suspension Front - MacPherson Strut with coil spring, Rear - torsion Beam with coil spring
Brakes Front - Disc brake with booster, Rear - Drum (Leading & Trailing)
Features Dual SRS airbags for driver & co-driver

Interior finish

Meter cluster with LED type for clear view, Steering Wheel with silver paint & chrome finishing, Electric side mirrors, Four Speakers

Curb Weight 940kg
Length 3720mm
Wheelbase 2440mm
Width 1665mm
Height 1550mm
Wheel Alloy Rim
Tyre 175/65 R14

Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd


The question now is.... Should I or shouldn't I?

While I ponder that, let me just leave you with this:

The new Perodua Kembara.

My my.

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