Monday, September 24, 2007

.._. .._ _._. . _.. Earth

I invite you to take a gander at the two photos of the same stretch of beach taken 3 months apart.



Isn't it amazing what a difference a few months can do to the view. How can you talk about changing the world and making it a better place when this is happening in your own backyard. I say, do your own laundry before offering to do someone else's.

I just feel that it might be best to tackle the short term problems and help each country to clean up their act than to try taking on something that's too big for the general population to comprehend. It's like learning something new. You can't just say "I want to learn a new language" and just go out and learn it. You'll burn out of the initial enthusiasm way too soon. You've got to tackle the smaller problems baby step by baby step. Get a text book. Find a teacher or instructor. Learn chapter by chapter till you are finally fluent in a new language.

Live Earth showed image after image of places far away that were greatly in need of help but I feel that it would have been more impactful of they had shown each and every country that they visited the things that were going on in their very own country. Not to diss the Live Earth project [they've gotten enough flaming from elsewhere] but it was rather unmoving to see something happening thousands of kilometres away. YES! I agree that environmental degradation is a worldwide problem. But the effect of what's going on in Brazil's rain forests won't affect me till decades down the line. Something that is happening just 15 or so kilometres away from me is something way more tangible. I've seen, felt and smelt the problem and I wish that there was a way that we can stop what's going on. But a small group of guys can't make even a small dent on what's going on.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Deep Blue

The Rugby World Cup is finally underway. Many days of sleep deprivation lie ahead for me. The coverage is really good this year. Well. Good for rugby fans in S'pore, not so good for the eye bags that are starting to blossom under my eyes. Sigh. My hopes are with the Wallabies but the Boks seem pretty strong this year.

Anyway. I'm thinking of going for my OW diving course next year in Feb after I ORD and the diving season restarts. Think it'll be pretty cool. But of course, as any other ordinary NSF, I'm low on cash. So that means less spending on the weekends, more cookhse food and less visits to the canteen. i.e. budgeting all the way.

Of course if there are any kinds souls that are out there that would like to contribute to the "Send Bong Diving" Fund, donations are accepted in cash, cheques or money transfers. lol

I think there has been rather alot of Bong Funds that I've set up over the years [none of which have had any other source of funding other than my own wallet, by the way]. All of them accomplished their "missions" so I guess that's an achievement. Hopefully, this one will have the same outcome as the previous ones.

Worst come to worst, will ask my dad for a loan for the trip and pay him back when I get back.

Am thinking of getting a relief teaching job after I ORD to get some experience in what I hope to be my future profession [and the money to pay my dad back. See previous para]. But I guess it'll be pretty strange cuz I'll only be able to work for one term before uni starts in Aug. And in the middle of that term, I'll have going NY for my big sis' wedding. Oh yeah. Did I mention my big sis is getting married? No? well. now you know. Obviously, between the teaching gig and my sis' wedding, there isn't really much of choice. I'd die before I miss her wedding. Haha. plus the chance to go to NY is totally sweet.

Meg & Dia - Monster
Strung Out - Calling
Bedouin Soundclash - Until We Burn in the Sun (The Kids Just Want Love Song)
Gogol Bordello - 60 Revolutions

Some of the good songs from the Warped Tour 07 CD. good stuff.

Just had a good shave. my chin is all smooth now. makes me feel sexy.