Monday, August 31, 2009

Happy Birthday, Malaysia

Tanggal 31, Bulan 8, lima puluh tujuh
Merdeka, Merdeka, Hari yang mulia...

You know what? I really miss the time in high school when the morning/afternoon session gathers together and sing all the National Day songs. Every students will be equipped with mini "Jalur Gemilang" and waves it as we sing. I also remember the the line "KERANAMU" got the whole school shouting (in a good way of course). I miss all the marching performance the scouts will perform every year.

Back then in high school, my class were scattered in to groups. We have the cool popular gang, the jocks, the geeks... Even my additional mathematic teacher complained about the sense of unity of our class. The National Day celebration in school was the only time when I feel united with the whole class (and school too). It's like everyone gathered in the same place, at the same time for the same purpose. Well I felt it during Sports day also .. but there's too much competition during Sports day, so.. it's not that fun haha

Honestly, I don't really know much about country and the politics behind Her. It was when I join the Journalism course in my university, then only I started to learn bits and bits about Her. Although there are some things that I dislike about Her, I still love Her a lot. Why? Cause we're a diverse country. We learn so many things about each other, we can speak different languages, we have huge varieties of food and the best of all.. we have lots of holidays. CNY, Hari Raya, Deepavali, Wesak, Xmas...

My friend once ask me, "What about Singapore?Why don't you like Singapore? It's pretty much similar to Malaysia." Why? Because I was born here. Because I was raised up here. Because I grew up here. Because this is "Tanah Tumpahnya Darahku" Because I'm a MALAYSIAN and proud to be one. It would be a total different story if I was born a Singaporean and raised up as a Singaporean.

In a nut shell, Happy Birthday, Malaysia!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Complexities of Sexual Identities

Anyway, check this news out. It's basically about the new world 800m champion Caster Semenya has been asked to undergo gender tests just because she clocked in a time faster than any other female athletes and she appears to look a little masculine. It's not that recent (About 2 weeks ago) but I find it really interesting.

for the article

What do you think? It's my first time seeing a lady having six packs and well shaped biceps. But that doesn't mean that she's a man right? What is more disappointing is the remarks made by other female athletes. Oh.. where is the sportsmanship? Sporting la sikit. It would be a total different story if she's running for the States

THIS article here addresses the complexities of sexual identities.

Anyway.. here's a quote from one of my Journalism classmate regarding this issue
I have to admit her picture looks pretty manly, but so what. Its all a bit silly really, imagine the embarrassment Caster Semenya would have to face because of this. Marion Jones was insanely fast and built, and she was a woman, and no one questioned it. I think this whole thing is a location issue, if she was running for a country like the US, boom, she'd be the next biggest thing. But since she's not, everyone is making a big fuss. True, Marion Jones looks a lot "better" than Caster Semenya, but honestly, take a look at some female body builders, they are way buffer than she is. So yea, just because she's bigger and faster than most women, does not automatically make her a man, I could not stop laughing as I read this article, and the use of humor was very intelligent, as it makes the whole issue seem ridiculous.

Sorry that I'm lazy to upload pictures to make this entry more interesting! Some other time kayyyyy

Thursday, August 27, 2009

First post! Also post no.667

If you're wondering why did I decided to start TRR (The Rene Report) version2.. then you're reading the right entry.
Reasons to upgrade TRR to a version 2
  • I've always been blogging about other people but not myself
  • Cut down on blogging about fandom and blogs more general issues
  • Improve critical thinking! It's very important. I realize I don't have a firm stand whenever debating on an issue
  • To improve general knowledge
  • A place to discuss and share interesting news I come across
  • To improve my language ability
Of course I'll still blog about my fandom. I'll never miss that out. It's just that I don't want my world to be just limited and restricted to "Fandom". I'll also be updating on many other topics such as fashion, animals and more.. so stay tune ya!