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Unified Cause

February 28, 2005 Leave a comment

Name the single cause that satisfy the following three phenomenon:

  • Grass grows too long
  • Tooth ache
  • Unplanned pregnancy


Mat Salleh

February 23, 2005 10 Comments

Many of you have undoubtedly came across the term “Mat Salleh”. While most Malaysian knows that Mat Salleh refers to caucasian male, many does not have a slightest clue as to the origin of the term. Of course, yours truely will now don square hat and attempt to educate the nescient public.

disclaimer: this information is drawn from word of mouth and online sources with no academic backup whatsoever, and of course, a bit of fill-in-the-blank by me.

The term Mat Salleh has been documented for well over a hundred years in the Malaya Peninsula and the Borneo island. A entry to the Timeline to The Rise of The Melacca Empire

1895-1905: The Mat Salleh Rebellion in North Borneo

Now, long before people residing in this part of the world speaks the western languages, contact with caucasians were aplenty, especially around the various habours such as the once great, but now reduced to ‘a place with delicious chicken rice balls’, Melacca.

The caucasians were mostly sailors. Like all sailors who live on the ship for months on end, liberation (liquor, women, party) were the norm whenever they dock. To the locals, they looked like a bunch of mad men, always drunk and usually acted silly.

The locals spoke the Malay language, and when one of them heard another English speaking referring those caucasians as “Mad Sailors”, he tried his best to learn that term.. and inevitably prounounced it wrongly as “Mat Salleh”. The term stuck till now.

If this story hasn’t convinced you enough, please check out a recent picture of this Mat Salleh and tell me if he does not look like a mad sailor here.

p/s: i still love you, ST


Scary apple quiz

February 22, 2005 2 Comments

Here’s another simple quiz as a food for thought.

Assumption: If you bite and apple and see a worm, it’s scary. However, if you bite an apple and find 2 worms, it’s scarier than just one.

Question: How many worms would make the scariest scene after you have the fateful bite down the evil fruit that Adam loved to hate?

Ah, yet another Monday, so here’s a story to help cure the blue.

Once upon a time 3 geeks (the likes of yours truly) and 3 graphic artists (someone like jbasil) had to go on a trip from KL to Penang. They’ve decided to take the train.

At the station, the graphic guys bought three tickets, but noticed that the geeks only paid for one. They inquired the geeks for the strange behavior, and the answer was “You’ll know later”

All six of them boarded the train. The locomotive started moving. Moments later, when sensing the conductor approaching their cart, the three geeks went into the toilet.

The conductor came, and verified everyone’s tickets, including the graphic artists, and then knocked on the toilet door.

“Ticket please.” the geeks handed out the single ticket they had from behind the door. It was verified, and then the conductor left.

“Nice trick, we shall do that on the way back.” said the graphic artists.

After their fruitful and foodful trip up north. It was time to head back to KL.

At the train station, having learnt from the wisdom from us geeks, the graphic artists wisely bought only a single ticket for all 3 of them.

The geeks, however, went one step ahead and didn’t even buy any ticket.

“Dude, you guys don’t even get a ticket this time?” asked the curious artists.

“You’ll know later.” was again the answer from the geeks.

They went on the train, and before the conductor came, the graphic artists went into the one toilet, with their smiling face and the great sense of euphoria knowing they were going to pull this out. The geeks went into another toilet in the same cart.

Right when the conductor was at the next cart, a geek came approached the toilet where the graphic artists were hiding and knocked

“Ticket check please,” imitating the conductor.

A hand appeared from behind the door and happily handed the geek their only ticket.

Here is a simple quiz for you to crack your head with.

A coconut falling from 15 feet to your head, and a durian falling from 8 feet to your head, which one would be more painful?

As usual, the l33t mouseover move will reveal the correct answer!