Sunday, August 31, 2008

Merdeka Merdeka Merdeka

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Please note that this post will be in Bahasa Malaysia - Malaysia's National Language. Fret not for there will be an English translation version at the end of the Bahasa Malaysia post.
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Versi BAHASA MALAYSIA


Salam sejahtera diucapkan kepada semua warganegara Malaysia.

31 Ogos 2008 merupakan Hari Kemerdekaan yang ke-51 bagi Malaysia dan ini menunjukkan bahawa Malaysia telah mencapai kemerdekaan selama 51 tahun.

Tujuan BenardCometh Revelations menulis menggunakan Bahasa Malaysia pada hari ini adalah untuk menunjukkan bahawa BenardCometh Revelations tetap bersifat patriotik walaupun selama ini hampir semua artikel-artikel ditulis dalam Bahasa Inggeris.

Namun begitu, hanya dengan menulis atau menggunakan Bahasa Malaysia tidak bermakna seseorang itu bersifat patriotik ataupun sayangkan negara. Demikian juga, dengan jika hanya menulis dalam Bahasa Inggeris tidak bermakna seseorang itu tidak bersifat patriotik ataupun tidak sayangkan negara.

Dalam pada itu, BenardCometh Revelations menulis dalam Bahasa Inggeris adalah kerana Bahasa Inggeris merupakan bahasa dunia dan kerana itulah Bahasa Inggeris digunakan demi membolehkan sebahagian besar pembaca-pembaca dari seluruh dunia memahami apa yang ditulis di BenardCometh Revelations.

Maka, adalah amat merugikan sekiranya Bahasa Inggeris diabaikan semata-mata hendak memperjuangkan Bahasa Malaysia secara membuta. Penguatan Bahasa Malaysia memang harus dilakukan tetapi bukan dengan mengorbankan Bahasa Inggeris. Eh, hampir terpesong dari topik. Dah lah tu, kalau tidak takkan habis-habis.

Hari Kebangsaan Malaysia ataupun Hari Kemerdekaan Malaysia disambut untuk meraikan kebebasan dari penjajahan British dan juga demi mengeratkan perpaduan antara warganegara Malaysia. Sehingga hari ini, berjuta juta ringgit telah dibelanjakan untuk meraikan Hari Kemerdekaan yang seolah olah terlalu dikomersialkan tetapi adakah semua yang menyambut Hari Kermerdekaan benar benar menghayati semangat kemerdekaan?  Benar benar memahami apakah itu kemerdekaan?

Adakah dengan mengibarkan jalur gemilang (Bendera Malaysia), membuktikan bahawa seseorang itu adalah patriotik dan menghayati semangat kemerdekaan?

Malaysia merupakan sebuah negara yang warganegaranya terdiri daripada berbilang kaum maka perpaduan adalah sangat penting untuk mengeratkan lagi persefahaman dan menguatkan identiti warganegara Malaysia ataupun bangsa Malaysia.

Manusia secara semulajadi adalah takut kepada yang tidak diketahui ataupun ketidakpastian. Ini menyebabkan wujudnya perkauman yang seolah olah boleh memberikan keselamatan dan keselesaan kepada mereka yang sama kaum. Sebarang salah faham yang terjadi berpotensi menjadikan usaha untuk mengeratkan perpaduan menjadi sia sia. Disebabkan itulah, toleransi dan persefahaman perlu dalam usaha mengeratkan perpaduan antara kaum.

Selain daripada itu, fobia terhadap yang tidak diketahui dan ketidakpastian dapat dielakkan melalui pendidikan. Pendidikan membolehkan seseorang mempunyai pengetahuan yang boleh mengelakkan salah faham dan yang tidak diketahui. Oleh itu, pendidikan adalah amat penting dalam usaha mengeratkan perpaduan di Malaysia.

Sebelum ini, saya terbaca di Malaysia Today tentang seorang ahli politik yang membuat pernyataan bahawa Warganegara Malaysia Cina hanyalah tumpang di Malaysia dan sekiranya mereka mempunyai kuasa, mereka tidak akan adil kepada semua kaum. Ini merupakan salah satu contoh yang boleh merosakkan usaha mengeratkan perpaduan kaum. Kenapa?

Ini kerana dengan pernyataan itu, Warganegara Malaysia Cina akan berasa bahawa keselamatan dan keselesaan mereka tidak terjamin dan wujudnya ketidakpastian. Warganegara Malaysia yang lain juga akan berasa bahawa keselamatan dan keselesaan mereka tidak terjamin disebabkan wujudnya ketidakpastian.

Disebabkan itu lah, pendidikan adalah penting supaya seseorang itu dapat mempunyai pemikiran yang matang dan ingin menyumbang kepada pengeratan perpaduan antara kaum supaya negara boleh berkembang maju dengan menggunakan asset paling pentingnya iaitu Warganegara Malaysia.

Adalah menakutkan sekiranya ahli politik yang bersifat perkauman dan tidak mementingkan perpaduan antara kaum menjadi seseorang yang menentukan polisi-polisi kerajaan dan negara. Bayangkan sejauh mana kerosakkan dan kemusnahan yang mungkin berlaku kepada Malaysia yang berbilang kaum.
Adalah sama penting bahawa usaha untuk memastikan sifat-sifat perkauman tidak berlaku dalam pendidikan di Malaysia terutamanya tenaga pengajar ataupun pendidik. Sekiranya tenaga pengajar ataupun pendidik adalah cenderung kepada sifat sifat perkauman maka ini tentunya akan membantutkan usaha mengeratkan perpaduan. 

Saya merupakan produk sistem pendidikan Malaysia dan walaupun sistem pendidikan Malaysia mempunyai kelemahan-kelemahannya namun saya tetap berpendapat bahawa pendidikan adalah bergantung pada individu dimana seseorang itu harus mempunyai sifat ingin tahu dan tidak hanya bergantung kepada orang lain tetapi boleh berdikari dengan bimbingan yang betul di samping mempunyai sifat yang mendahagakan pengetahuan.. Namun begitu, pengaruh tenaga pengajar dan pendidik tidak dapat dinafikan lagi terutamanya pada kanak-kanak. Oleh itu, adalah amat penting tenaga pengajar dan pendidik tidak bersifat perkauman.
Bagi warganegara Malaysia, masih ingatkah Rukun Negara? Rukun Negara bertujuan untuk memupuk perpaduan antara kaum di Malaysia.

Rukun Negara


    KEPERCAYAAN KEPADA TUHAN
    KESETIAAN KEPADA RAJA DAN NEGARA
    KELUHURAN PERLEMBAGAAN
    KEDAULATAN UNDANG-UNDANG
    KESOPANAN DAN KESUSILAAN
 
Bagaimana? Masih ingatkah anda? Bagaimana dengan lagu Negaraku? Negaraku memainkan peranan penting dalam menyemaikan patriotisma terhadap warganegara Malaysia.



Negaraku

Negaraku, tanah tumpahnya darahku,
Rakyat hidup, bersatu dan maju,
Rahmat bahagia, Tuhan kurniakan,
Raja kita, selamat bertakhta.
Rahmat bahagia, Tuhan kurniakan,
Raja kita, selamat bertakhta.

   
Dengan itu, BenardCometh Revelations mengucapkan Selamat Menyambut Hari Kemerdekaan kepada semua warganegara Malaysia yang masih lagi membaca sehingga sekarang dan juga yang tidak membaca. 

Merdeka! Merdeka!! MERDEKA!!!

SELAMAT HARI KEBANGSAAN
 Kertas Dinding


Versi BAHASA INGGERIS
(English version) 
Grettings for all Malaysian.

31st August 2008 is Malaysian 51st Independance Day and this shows that Malaysia have already achieved independance for 51 years.
The purpose BenardCometh Revelations am writing using Bahasa Malaysia (Malaysian language) today is to show that BenardCometh Revelations is still patriotic even though all this while almost all articles are written in English.

Regardless, only writing or using Malaysia language doesn't mean that one is patriotic or love the country. It is the same with writing only in English also doesn't mean that one is not patriotic or doesn't love the country.

In that sense, BenardCometh Revelations writes in English because English is the world's language (lingua franca) and because of that English is used to enable majority of readers from the whole world understand what are written at BenardCometh Revelations.

Hence, it is a great lost if English is neglected just because of wanting to champion Malaysian language blindly. Strengthening of Malaysian language should be done but not by sacrificing English. Eh, almost divert from the topic. That should be enough, if not it will be endless.

Malaysian National Day or Malaysian Independence Day is held to celebrate freedom from the British Colony and also to  strengthen the unity among Malaysians. Up until today, millions are spend to celebrate Independence Day as if too commercialized but is it all that celebrate Independence Day really feel the spirit of independence? Really understand what is independence?

Is it with the waving of "Jalur Gemilang"(Malaysian Flag), proves that one is patriotic and feels the independence's spirit?

Malaysia is a country where her citizens consists of multi racial communities which means unity is very important to strengthen the understanding and identity of Malaysian.

Human beings naturally are afraid of the unknown or uncertainties. This causes the existence of racial notion that as if can gives security and comfort for those who are of the same race. Any misunderstanding would potentially waste their efforts of strengthening unity. That is why tolerance and understanding is a must in the efforts to strengthen unity among the race.

Aside from that, phobia of the unknown and the uncertainties can be prevented through education. Education enables one to have knowledge which can prevent misunderstanding and the unknown. That is why, education is very important in the efforts to strengthen unity in Malaysia.

Before this I read in Malaysia Today  about a politician, who makes remark that the Malaysian Chinese are squatting in Malaysia and if they ae in power, they will not be fair to all races. This is one of examples that can destroy the efforts of strengthening unity among the races. Why?

This is because with that remark, Malaysian Chinese will feel that their security and comfort is not guaranteed and the existence of uncertainties. Other Malaysian will also feel that their security and comfort is not guaranteed because of the uncertainties existence.
That is why, education is important so that one can have matured thinking and wants to contribute to the strengthening of unity among races so that the country can grow modernly with the usage of the country's most important assets which are the Malaysians.

It is frightening if a very racial politician who does not put emphasize on unity among races becomes someone that determines the government and country's policies. Imagine how far the damage and destruction that might happen to the multi-racial Malaysia.

It is equally important that efforts to make sure racial sentiments does not happen in Malaysian education especially the teachers and educators. If the teachers and educators are prone to racial sentiments then this will certainly hinder the efforts to strengthen unity.

Yours Truly am the product of Malaysian education system and although Malaysian education system have weaknesses, yours truly still thinks that education depends on individual where one must have curiosity and not depending on others but can be indepedent with the right guidance aside from having the "thirst" for knowledge. Regardless, the influence of teachers and educators cannot be refuted especially towards children. That is why, it is very important for teachers and educators to not be racial.

For Malaysian, do you still remember the Rukun Negara(National Principles)? Rukun Negara is aimed to foster unity among races in Malaysia.


Rukun Negara
(National Principles)
BELIEF IN GOD
    LOYALTY TO KING AND COUNTRY
    THE SUPREMACY OF THE CONSTITUTION
    THE RULE OF LAW
    COURTESY AND MORALITY
 
How is it? Do you still remember? How about the Negaraku (My Homeland). Negaraku plays an important role of inculcating patriotisme of Malaysian. 
Negaraku
(My Homeland)

My country, the land where my blood is spilt,
The people live united and progressive,
Blessings of happiness, may God grant,
Our King may reign in peace.
Blessings of happiness, may God grant,
Our King may reign in peace.

   

With that, BenardCometh Revelations wishes Happy Celebrating Independence Day to all Malaysian that are still reading up until now and also to non-readers. 

Independence! Independence!! INDEPENDENCE!!!
 

HAPPY NATIONAL DAY
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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Borneo Highlands Part 2

*** Continuation from Borneo Highlands Part 1 ***


Back to where I left off in the previous post on Borneo Highlands. After visiting the Tea House, Yours Truly went around the Flower Garden and snap some photographs of the flowers. Quite a variety selection of flowers available.
(Obviously, since it IS called the Flower Garden.)

Marigold Path

Marigold Again

Marigold Yet Again

Not sure what is the name

Not really sure what's the name

Closer Up

Purple-ish Flower

Some weird looking flower

Ghomphrena
(Sound like a STD or something...)

Ghomphrena Close Up

Big-ass Flower

Yet Another Big Ass Flower

Flower having the 'blues". Get it? Having the blues.

Weird Hanging Thing

Water Lily


There is a bird of paradise in the Flower Garden. That must be one heck of a bird to be called the bird of paradise. Even the name sounds way cool. Here, I have some photos of the so called bird of paradise.

Well, like the sign says 'Bird of Paradise"
(Look real hard and you will be able to see the bird of paradise.)


I felt cheated with the name of the plant. Bird of paradise indeed. Oh ,the naive me thinking that there will be a bird of paradise flying around. The gullible me felt cheated. Hence, in a fit of rage yours truly came upon the real bird of paradise plant. This is the case of, "Will the Real Bird of Paradise, please stand up?".

Chirp~~~ Chirp~~~ Chirp~~~
(Birds should sound like that)

Bird of Paradise in its fullest glory


There is also some stone bench-like structure in the Flower Garden. With animal theme incorporated into it. Specifically, the cat. Feline theme. Since, looking around Flower Garden involve some walking time, the structures function as a place to rest your ass on. So to say.

Cat for Cats City

Meow~~

Apparently they think Doraemon fits the cat theme
(Well, technically speaking Doraemon is a cat)


After loitering around Flower Garden for a while, it tends to get boring fast since there is nothing else to do but flower watching. Yours Truly am not a bee ya know. Hence, Yours Truly opted for the Highland Tour for an additional Rm10 per person which apparently drives you to the Flower Nursery, Kalimantan Border, and the view of some properties that belongs to some rich folks.

The post on the Highland Tour will have to wait till the next and last part, Borneo Highlands Part 3.

Tickets for Highland Tour

The Highland Tour Transport


That is it for this post, Borneo Highlands Part 2.

To be continued......

Stay tuned for the next and last part, Borneo Highlands Part 3.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Borneo Highlands Part 1

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This Borneo Highlands post will be split into three(3) posts due to the inability of the author, Yours Truly in filtering the many pictures. Yes, Yours Truly's skills in photography is "teh awesomest" until he cannot choose and filter which pictures to be posted.

All are just to damn good. However, filter he did and manage to choose around 70++ pictures to be posted out of nearly 200++ pictures.
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On the 20/08/2008, Yours Truly went to the Borneo Highlands. For more info about Borneo Highlands and Borneo Highlands Resort, go to the Borneo Highlands Resort website. All you want to know about Borneo Highlands including how to get here and etc are stated in the website.

Here, Yours Truly am going to show you what he experienced during the trip to Borneo Highlands. It's a day trip.

Borneo Highlands foothill entrance is around one hour drive from Kuching and Yours Truly arrived at the foothill entrance at around 10am in the morning.

Borneo Highlands Foothill Entrance


There is quite a lot of cars parked along the stretch of road near the Borneo Highlands foothill entrance prompting yours truly to park his car just opposite the entrance gate.

The battle car located on the bottom right of the picture
(Can't reveal much of the battle car, mmmkay)

More cars parked at the side of the road

After parking the battle car under a nice shade, Yours Truly proceed to the Borneo Highland foothill entrance's counter and purchase the tickets for the transport to the Flower Garden from the foothill and back. It costs RM30 per person.

The tickets

Usually, Borneo Highlands are off-limits unless you are staying at the resort or HAVE property there. And if you so happen to be the few people who HAVE property there, or even plan to stay overnight then you can drive your own car all the way up. And also of course you would not want to leave your car at the foothill entrance if you are staying overnight.
(I think for the month of August, they are open for day trips. Not really sure whether it is still open for day trips or not.)

However, at times when they are open for day trips, I think it is alright for you to drive up in your own vehicle. Then again, why bother when after estimation, the cost of driving up is more than using the resort's transport?

Hence, the resort's transport option is the best choice for the day trip.
The big ass signboard in front of the entrance also helps in brainwashing influencing people to not drive their car up. Think of the air to be shared by all, don't be selfish or be inconsiderate by sharing your smelly car smoke/emission.

Big ass signboard


Depends on your timing, you might need to wait for the resort's transport and to make it easier for you to wait, there is a waiting room equipped with air conditioning and also a public toilet.

Waiting room

Public Toilet


After waiting for a while, the resort's transport arrive. It's a modified lorry fitted with benches at the back with some protective railings.

Resort's Transport


The way up is quite steep at some parts and after experiencing it, it is a good idea after all to use the resort's transport up. The scenery is quite nice. Heck, with mother nature one can't really criticize.
Swoosh

Up up and away

Higher up


Right, now time for some random views on the way up. All along the way, Yours Truly am like trigger happy with the constant photo taking. Fly like a butterfly, Sting like a bee, and something along that line. =p

Overgrowth

Sky High

Preserverence

Mountain

Blue Sky

Cloud

Greenery


After a while, or make that more than a while. The gate entrance to the Borneo Highlands Resort can be seen and there is a welcome greeting in the form of plants and flowers.

Second gate entrance

Welcome To Borneo Highlands Resort


Since the ticket is only valid for the transport to Flower Garden, it is obvious that is the drop off place. Off I go to take some pictures and look around the Flower Garden.

Flower Garden

Flower Garden another view

Yet another view

Place to sit on if you are tired
(Have to be careful though, there are bees the size of my fist buzzing around - Well, I might exaggerate a bit there... =p)


There is a Tea House located inside the Flower Garden with the tables and chairs but is empty and looks quite deserted.The surrounding environment makes it an ideal place to relax and well, drink tea and enjoy the fresh air.

Tea House

Tea House
(The Chinese character represent LOVE)


There is a signboard with some philosophy stuff relating to the Tea House. Some mojo thing I guess.

Tea House Signboard


Let me interpret for you the meaning of the philosophical stuff written on the sign board. I am quite well versed in that sense.

First, if you have any worries, just take off your shoes and you will worry no longer. Yes, it is that amazing and magical. Somehow, taking off your shoes will magically make all your worries disappear. Just like that. With no strings attached.

Second, why bath? Why waste money on all those body shampoo and body scrub when you can easily cleanse/clean yourself by washing just your feet. Yes, it is that easy. Now everyone can cleanse. Make that few times a day ya?

Third, this is the best of em all. Now go choose someone you want to be equal with. Lets say you want to be equal in wealth with Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, just go and bow to them then you will be equal. Yep, it is really that easy. Hell, why settle for one? Bow to both of them and you will get their wealth combined. Way cool.

Lastly, if you are offended with the explanations, I don't give a damn cuz I can always take off my shoes and no worries just like that then I apologize to thee.

Back to the post,near the Tea House, there is a mini stone bridge and mini hanging bridge. Just felt that it should be mentioned. Mini is the all rage now. I Suppose.

Mini Stone Bridge

Mini Hanging Bridge
(Not exactly that mini. Maybe small would be more appropriate.)


Before I end the post and continue in the next post, there is just one more thing. Borneo Highlands is all about nature. Back to Nature of some sort. Hence, the toilet are designed in a way that one can enjoy nature while doing own "business" inside the toilet. The fresh air and the nature must have a very therapeutic effect in the ease of "releasing".

Male Toilet

For your ease of "letting go"


With that Borneo Highlands Part 1 ends.

To be continued.....

Stay tuned for