Thursday, February 28, 2008

So-called Honor Killing of Women in America

They were smart, attractive, friendly, popular, and liked talking to boys. Unfortunately, that made their father want to kill them.

What a horror.

I wonder why people like Orpah aren't highlighting this this sort of thing? Then again, I don't watch her show, maybe she has.

Click on the photo for more details.

Wiliam F. Buckley dies.

What a life he led. Spy, politician, author, musician, professor, soldier, journalist. I wish I could be like that.

Read his biography here.

Its a Hyundai???

  How did the German drive that Hyundai like it was a rally car on speed?

Click on the photo.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Check out Jellyfish Lake

   Check it out! A diver's video of a lake filled with jelly fish. Surreal and creepy hey?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Man feeds himself to Shark

True story. Man gets himself fed to shark.

In other words, the dude went scuba diving for sharks. And to attract them - they threw in bloody chumps of meat.

Wow. Why am I not surprised. He might as well have painted himself black and white, covered himself with tomato sauce, and run into the enclosure for tigers and lions during their happy meal time.

Read the silly story here.,22049,23277477-5006506,00.html

Melbourne crime out of control

God knows what happened to Melbourne. The Labor Govt here seems intent on turning its streets into a haven for crime and thugs.

Click here for another incident...

Every now and then the politicians and police chiefs will trot out some well mangled statistic paper to "prove" that the level of crime and violence has gone down.

Its simple really - just discourage people from reporting crime - make it easy for criminals to walk off with probabtionary sentences - and go soft on chasing after criminals.

See!! Nothing to see here!! Move along!

Officer Barbardy School of Policing indeed.

Otway Holiday - Great Ocean Road

Last weekend I went to the Otway National Park with my sister, brother-in-law and their two kids. We stayed at the old lighthouse - this elegant house which was very well insulated from the cold wind. It was pretty as a picture. And built solidly. With Walls made out of huge massive bricks the size of bar fridges. Inside, you couldn't hear the wind or feel the cold - very impressed!!!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Jeremiah 10:23

Jeremiah's prayer

I know, O Lord, that a man's life is not his own;
it is not for man to direct his steps.
Correct me, Lorrd, but only with justice -
not in your anger lest you reduce me to nothing.
Jeremiah 10:23 -24.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Psalm 19:12

Verse for today

Who can discern his errors? God, forgive my hidden fault. Keep me from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgressions.
Psalm 19:12 -13.

Some trust in armed might and others in great wealth, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7

St Paul would not have been impressed

I used to read this sort of crap in University- and get lecturers telling me how "great" such arguments were. Now, I just see such talk as rubbish gilded with gold paint. How such people get into power I wonder.

    Earlier on, I proposed that the criterion for recognising and collaborating with communal religious discipline should be connected with whether a communal jurisdiction actively interfered with liberties guaranteed by the wider society in such a way as definitively to block access to the exercise of those liberties; clearly the refusal of a religious believer to act upon the legal recognition of a right is not, given the plural character of society, a denial to anyone inside or outside the community of access to that right. Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams

Read here how someone thinks Rowan's ideas are as useful as a car with 4 flat tyres and a busted engine in the middle of the freeway at rush hour.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Granny gets bashed in bed- robber walks free

I find the way the Australian justice system works very fascinating.

Check it out- a 19 year old man bashes a granny in her bed to steal some money - and leaves her there for dead in her pool of blood.

When caught - the judge decides not to put him in jail because he looks much too delicate for the prison system.


Read it here:,21985,23232956-661,00.html

Its worth noting that the judge has had a career supporting Aboriginal groups and their causes. As to whether he was impartial in this case, I leave it up to you.

Dina Rosendorff

February 18, 2008 02:58pm

A TEENAGER who robbed then bashed a 75-year-old great-grandmother in her bed so she would not recognise him has avoided jail.

Judge David Parsons today sentenced Ashley Wayne Brooks, 19, to a two-year youth justice centre order and said his young age and slight stature were factors in the sentencing.

Brooks had pleaded guilty in the County Court to five charges including aggravated burglary and intentionally causing serious injury after breaking into Barbara Durea's housing commission flat in Traralgon on March 17.

She eventually managed to telephone her daughter for help and was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She was placed in an induced coma for 12 days. The attack left her with a dislocated jaw, broken nose, cut above her brow, bruising to her face and body and unable to open her right eye.

The court heard Brooks had sought to render his victim unconscious so she would no't recognise him.

Judge Parsons said Brooks, whose girlfriend is expecting their first child, was a disadvantaged young Aboriginal man who was illiterate and effectively homeless.

Although he described Brooks' violent attack on Barbara Durea as "sickening", the judge said the defendant's chances of rehabilitation were reasonably good.

"I think you're worth a chance," he said. "You haven't really had much of a chance to date."

Judge Parsons sentenced Brooks to a two-year youth justice centre order, where he would have access to education and gain the necessary skills to change his life.

Isaiah 30:15

In repentance and rest is your salvation,

in quietness and trust is your strength.

Isaiah 30:15

Monday, February 18, 2008

Pachabel Canon in D RANT - highly amusing

If you love classical musical or hate it for that matter - you'll really like this guy's witty take on Pachabel.

Click on the picture- enjoy :)

Spoiling the Sorry Party.

Some of those on the lawns of Parliament House for the apology "meant well" but were often ignorant, he said.

"They think of indigenous people living in central Australia or in Arnhem Land or anywhere in the top end as somehow living a lifestyle of a noble savage, living off the land ... the reality is these people are dying of diabetes because of an inadequate diet, they are dying of malnutrition because their parents don't feed them adequately, they have diseases which have been eradicated everywhere else."

One of the causes of today's blight, Brough argued, could be sheeted back to Gough Whitlam. An old stockman had said to him: "It was Gough, you know ... sit down money, it destroyed our people." The man explained that "no one respected me as an elder any more because some white fella handed the money over and there was nothing in return. It had no value, so no one had to work."

Noel Pearson and Warren Mundine had argued against welfare dependency, Brough said. "If you keep handing money over which is used for all the wrong things: $15,000 in the pot for a game of cards where children don't get fed for 24 hours."

Read here for more:,25197,23221669-7583,00.html


A day after Sheik Hassan Nasrallah warned of "open war" against Israel, and Iran's ambassador threatened an "earthquake" against the "Zionist regime," Lebanese and Palestinians were terrified by a real tremor. The eastern Mediterranean trembled with a moderate quake just after noon, shaking buildings in Beirut and sending terrified Lebanese and Palestinians into the streets. The second tremor in a week, it was slightly stronger than Monday night's, which measured 4.0 on the Richter scale.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center said on its Web site that the quake Friday was 5.3 on the Richter scale and that its epicenter was in Lebanon, more than 10 times the strength of the earlier one, whose epicenter was about 4 miles east of Tyre, in the heart of Hezbollah's stornghold in southern Lebanon. The state-run National News Agency said it lasted several seconds and sent panicked residents to the streets.

In the southern coastal city of Tyre, residents ran toward the seashore and began reciting verses of the Koran after the tremor struck, an AFP correspondent witnessed.

Read the rest here :

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Australian Wines

I never used to drink wine. Didn't have a taste for the stuff.

But during one particularly cold winter, I acquired a taste for it.

Previously, if any, I preferred the sweet taste of white wines. Red wines, on the other hand, I found too strong, bitter, too winey lol...

But I acquired a taste for red wines after I drank this brand. Wynn's Coonawara. Back then it was pretty cheap. $17 per bottle back in 1997. Great vintage that year. The Cab Sab (Cabernet Sauvignon) is an excellent choice. Or try the merlot if you fancy something more mellow and smooth.

I found the "Cab Sab"s mellow, flavorsome yet subtle. Not too overpowering. And really nice to have on a cold winter night when the temperature is under 10C and the wind is howling outside.

It might be a good bottle for novices to red wine.

Coonawara is actually a region in South Australia. Quite a number of vineyards are based there. You can get (skins) or no brand bottles from the region at $10 a bottle. Good stuff to keep for a year or so.

From the
Founded by John Riddoch in 1890, the Coonawarra region lies in South Australia’s Limestone Coast viticultural zone, mid-way between Adelaide and Melbourne and one hundred kilometres inland from the Southern Ocean.

Over the ensuing century Coonawarra earned the reputation of being ‘the most preferred region in Australia for red wine’, but it was not until 2003 that its boundary was legally defined by the Geographic Indications Committee.

Located largely in the Hundreds of Penola and Comaum, this 400 square kilometre region extends some sixteen kilometres into South Australia from the Victorian border. However, its heart is a narrow terra rossa ridge, 27 kilometres long and averaging only 1.8 kilometres wide. Comprising 4820 hectares and accounting for just 12% of the Coonawarra region, it is on this unique soil that the best vineyards are located.

The Riddoch Highway follows the crest of the ridge and visitors remark with pleasure, as they drive its length, that reading the winery signboards is just like reading the wine list of any first class restaurant.

With its terra rossa soil and passionate winemakers, the Coonawarra region can't help but make fine wine. With Cabernet Sauvignon the undoubted star, the region is renowned for the production of some of Australia's greatest red wines.

Coonawarra lies within South Australia's Limestone Coast Zone. The region nudges the Victorian border 380km south east of Adelaide.

The climate is Mediterranean with cooling maritime influences off the Southern Ocean. Rainfall is low especially during the growing season, necessitating irrigation.

The region lies on a ridge 59m above sea level. The surrounding country is flat, frosty and poorly drained.

Coonawarra was entered onto the Register of Protected Names after an eight year battle over boundaries. The fight was protracted because the name Coonawarra is world famous and because that fame comes from the earth. The famous Terra Rossa is red-brown topsoil laid over a thin layer of calcrete (calcium carbonate) sitting on a white limestone base. This soil gives the wine its terrior or flavour of the soil. Black soil areas are interspersed amongst the Terra Rossa and these soils produce quite different wines. And there lay the difficulty, how to impose bureaucratic neatness on nature.

Coonawarra has become synonymous with Cabernet Sauvignon. It's the star performer on the Terra Rossa. Overall the region produces quality reds from Shiraz, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Malbec and Merlot grapes. White grape varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Semillon.

The first vineyard was planted in the 1880s at Yallum, a property established by John Riddoch primarily for sheep grazing. The region did not establish its reputation as a viticultural area until the 1950s when Wynns and Penfolds purchased acreage on the back of a resurgence in the table wine market. Investment by large and small companies led to expansion, securing Coonawarrra's status as a great wine region which was founded on the pioneering work of vignerons like John and Owen Redman of Rouge Homme.

Harvest time: late March to early May

Read more here:

How to play the Pyro in TFC

How to play the pyro in TFC - plenty of good fun here. No need for drugs. lol

Click on the photo for the video.

Not advisable if you suffer from motion sickness.

Slogans not Solutions

One thing that struck me about people who live idealized dreams is that they tend to cling so strongly to cliches, slogans or an idea even when it doesn't match up against reality and people suffer.

What is it about people that make them so... stupid? Pride, I think is one. Being afraid to admit you're wrong or worse, just being plain arrogant. Or... just plain afraid to confront the truth, preferring instead to cling to their dreams and ideologies - even though they are hurting or contributing to the suffering of children.

Whilst the rest of the community are cheering on about "Sorry Day" here in Australia - to apologize for a period in time when Aboriginal children were take away from their parents and community - I don't see any sign that the present Govt is going to offer any good long term solution for the crisis facing Aboriginal communities who seem to be veritable Sodoms and Gomorahs, hell holes where kids are raped at an early age - and no one gives a damn.

Read this story and weep.

Lara Wieland

IN the eight short years since I started living and working in Cape York communities, I have witnessed a rapid and tragic decline in the environment that children live in.

The older generation, the last few threads holding the social fabric together, is disappearing. The few who survive have become powerless, bewildered and despairing, living at the mercy of their dysfunctional families who harass them for money and steal their food.

Members of a generation who were raised by people under the control of substance abuse and welfare dependence are now becoming parents themselves. Many of these young parents have known nothing other than violence, mostly towards women, neglect of children, and an almost complete lack of understanding of the wider world.

The older generation with the strong morals, parenting skills and courage remember Christmas as a time when functional, self-sufficient families gathered after church to share good food, laughter and traditional dances. All today's kids can remember from last Christmas is fighting and drunkenness and the interviews they had to give police when their little friends were raped.

Worst of all, we are increasingly being left with a population that does not even understand the gravity of its situation. As Noel Pearson says, the dysfunction has become "normalised".

I have been frustrated to the point of pain at times over the unwillingness in these communities to face the problems and a tendency to smack down those who try. I could not fathom the possibility that so many people in a community would "not care" about their children. The dysfunction has become so deep that many people do not even realise the damage that is being done to their young people.

They hardly bat an eyelid at events that would make your stomach churn. A young mother in a drunken state beats her young child with a stick and screams that she is going to kill him. The next day, that same mother, sober, hugs her child and does not even think about the lasting emotional scars. Why would she when her mother did the same to her, and her neighbours do the same, and no one has ever told her that it is wrong?

I can see now what I couldn't understand before - why a person could feed their child hardly at all, sporadically send them to school, yell at them, criticise them, beat them and then still genuinely be heartbroken, despairing and confused when their child is removed from them. Some people, in their heart, really didn't realise that what they were doing was so bad. In fact, you'll often hear someone say, "But why did I lose my kid for that when I know many other families who are doing the same or worse?"

Read the rest here

Dr Wieland was sacked by the Queensland Govt for appealing to the Prime Minister (then John Howard) about the problems of child sex abuse.

The people in charge of the QLD Govt - who sacked Dr Wieland - are now sitting in positions of power in Australia.

Its beyond tragic.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Failure etched in Stone

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near Tanhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain. Time to die." Batty (Rutger Hauger in Bladerunner)

This is one of the most poignant lines given by an actor. He's done things - did great deeds. But when he dies, who will remember them, what will he count for? He wondered loudly.

The quest for immortality for meaning is embeded in the hearts of men.

You see them in the Pyramids, the Great Wall of China... but you know what I see? I see failure etched in stone.

They totally failed in their objective.

The Pyramids were a terrible waste of funds - the Pharohs must have ransacked their treasury to build those stupid things. They serve no useful purpose. Just one big building to help comfort a king - that there's an afterlife with Egyptian gods... and a big beacon to grave robbers.

As for the Great Wall - what an exercise in futility. Totally failed in its task to keep out the barbarians. And most likely lulled the stupid emperors of China into la-la land.

But that's what some people end up doing yeah? Wasting their entire lives on totally useless tasks:

Building Pyramids in the Desert. Monuments to Stupidity.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Sipadan Dive Trip

Start:     Apr 11, '08 07:00a
End:     Apr 15, '08
Location:     Kapalai, Sipadan
My friend Wendy is organizing a dive trip to Sipadan

If you're keen, do let me know by end Feb. We wanna get flight tix asap.

Our travel dates tentatively = 11 (Fri) -15th (Tues) April . Est total cost per diver = SGD1,300 (Non-diver price = SGD1,000)

Cheers, Wendy

Please see Sipadan Island on top right hand corner - 15 mins away from Kapalai


*Meet and land transfer from Tawau Airport to our Private Jetty at Semporna ( 70 mins ) & return transfer.

*Boat transfer to Kapalai Island & return

*Accommodation on a twin/triple sharing basis on the Resort.

*3 boat dives daily except on arrival and departure days

*Unlimited dives in front of Kapalai dive centre

* Provide diving around Sipadan, Kapalai and Mabul.

*Fresh Food Cooked by our Chef on buffet style.

*Afternoon snacks served after 3rd dive.

*Tea/Coffee, Cold Water and Cordial served throughout the day.

*Tanks, Weight and Belt are provided.

*No extra charge for night dives in front of dive centre for advanced diver or diver with night dive experience

*Limited dive gears are available for rental.



This is Chalet Accomodation in Kapalai...

Unlimited House Reef Dive...

Sipadan Dive Sites
"The Best Shore Dives in the World"

Ever since diving celebrity Jacques Cousteau raved about Sipadan's diversity of marine life, this dive mecca has been indisputably the most famous scuba destination in Malaysia. It is located off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia's eastern most state, and lies on the north-eastern corner of Borneo, the world's third largest island.

Turtles are literally everywhere at Sipadan - photo courtesy of ScubaZoo

The Sipadan diving legend has passed through the world's dive community to the extent that all divers with an interest in visiting the best sites in the world, have this small island near the top of their wish list.

Pulau Sipadan Island was at the top of Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine Gold List for 'The Top Dive Destination in the World'. In fact the island shared its top spot with two other destinations known for the amazing diversity of their marine life - the Galapagos Islands and Truk in Micronesia.

The list of attractions is quite staggering and all the more exceptional as it involves plenty of big fish encounters - at Barracuda Point you can find yourself surrounded by a spiralling vortex of barracudasOpens in a new window, so large that the sunlight is often clouded out. At South Point there are scores of reef sharks, large schools of passing trevally and herds of massive marauding bumphead parrotfish. This is one of the big fish capitals of the world!

When diving in Sipadan everywhere you turn you'll see turtles, munching on the sponges and algae, or lazing on the wall ledges. If you take the time to look closely at the walls you'll see a wealth of macro life and fish species to rival most destinations, although this is often overlooked due to the other major attractions vying for your attention.

How to Dive Sipadan

For environmental reasons this tiny island has now closed its resorts. This means the best way to dive here is by staying in on one of the resorts on the nearby islands of Mabul or Kapalai.

The resorts also boast some excellent macro-diving which is a great complement to the breathtaking big fish action of Sipadan Island.
Diving Season

You can dive here all year round. Overall, the best conditions at Sipadan Island exist from April to December, especially July and August. January to March can see some unsettled weather and a decrease in visibility but the resorts still see plenty of guests at this time as the diving can still be fine.
Reef Basics

Great for: Large animals, wall diving, drift dives and advanced divers
Not so great for: Wrecks, beginner divers and non-diving activities
Depth: 5 - >40m
Visibility: 10 - 30m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface Conditions: Can be choppy
Water Temperature: 26 - 30°C
Experience Level: Intermediate - advanced
Number of dive sites: 12
Distance: 12 km (25 minutes) south from Mabul and 10 km (18 minutes) southwest from Kapalai
Access: Diving from Mabul and Kapalai resorts
Recommended length of stay: 5 - 14 days, including the nearby islands
The Drop Off

The Drop Off is in many ways the signature dive of Sipadan Island. When Sipadan had resorts stationed on it, this site was a mere stroll off the beach where a 600 metre drop would welcome you to the underwater world.

Schooling trevally with Dive The World Malaysia - photo courtesy of Borneo Divers

The diving site is widely regarded as the best beach dive in the world. The photographs of Pulau Sipadan always include schools of fish (jacks / trevallies or barracudasOpens in a new window) circling above the diver and you may think that this is purely for the benefit of the promotional literature. However within five minutes of entering the water you are likely to see several hundred jacks circling overhead and a squadron of bumpheaded parrotfish charging around. These can prove a serious distraction from the ubiquitous whitetip sharks, grey reef sharks and green turtlesOpens in a new window.

The wall itself has a wide variety of coral and sponges and although there is an astonishing line-up of large fish around, you will find the Drop-Off to also be a great night diving spot as every nook and cranny in the walls is worth investigating for crabs, shrimp and various other nocturnal sub-aquatic wonders.

The Drop Off Reef Basics: Wall dive
Depth: 5 - >40m
Visibility: 15 - 30m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface Conditions: Can be choppy
Water Temperature: 27 - 30°C
Experience Level: Intermediate - advanced
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving Season: All year round
Distance: 12 km (25 minutes) south from Mabul and 10 km (18 minutes) southwest from Kapalai
Access: Dive Sipadan from Mabul and Kapalai scuba resorts
Barracuda Point

There may be no guarantees in diving, but let’s just say there is every chance that you can find yourself in the middle of a swirling vortex of chevron or blacktail barracudaOpens in a new window at this north coast site, one of the most treasured spots at Sipadan Island.

Diving at Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island with Dive The World Malaysia - photo courtesy of ScubaZoo

Normally divers roll in to the top of the wall here at about ten metres. There may be some current but that means there is lots of food which duly brings in tons of fish. Grey reef sharks are always patrolling the perimeter here, hunting for lunch. Cruise along the wall dropping down as far as you wish, and keep an eye out for a herd of bumphead parrotfish and turtlesOpens in a new window in every nook and cranny. A word of caution though, don't venture too deep to the north of this site as the currents can get very strong and sweep you downwards, out and away from the island.

Even without the barracudas this is a most colourful and entertaining dive but just when this thought flashes through your mind, you may be engulfed in a tornado of barracudas – more than the eye can take in. A superb moment in an outstanding dive. It is little wonder that visitors that come for scuba diving in Sipadan Island leave with so many “Barracuda Point” entries in their log-books. You should have one too.

Barracuda Point Reef Basics: Wall then valley
Depth: 5 - >40m
Visibility: 20 - 30m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface Conditions: Can be choppy
Water Temperature: 26 - 30°C
Experience Level: Intermediate - advanced
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving Season: All year round
Distance: 12 km (25 minutes) south from Mabul and 10 km (18 minutes) southwest from Kapalai
Access: Sipadan diving from Mabul and Kapalai scuba resorts
Turtle Cavern

Turtle cavern is a complicated site with the entrance to the cavern located at about 18 m. Sipadan diving is famous for its population of both green turtles and the smaller hawksbill turtlesOpens in a new window.

Ex-Marine ... life at Turtle Cavern - photo courtesy of Franky Gun, Avalon Graphics

It was at one time speculated that the cavern was their mausoleum and that they came to this site to die. However, a more accurate representation, is that the turtles became lost in the caverns at night and drowned. Sipadan Island’s resort operators insist that all Borneo divers to this system of interconnecting caverns must be accompanied by a local dive master.

Inside the cavern you will see the skeletons of those previous entrants who failed to find the exit and perished. Deeper penetration of the system reveals the cavern as home to shoals of fish specifically adapted to the low light environment of the further reaches.

\Turtle Cavern Basics: Cavern
Depth: 14 - 22m
Visibility: Zero if silt is stirred up, please be careful!
Currents: Gentle
Surface Conditions: Calm
Water Temperature: 26 - 30°C
Experience Level: Advanced Borneo divers only
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving Season: All year round
Distance: 12 km (25 minutes) south from Mabul and 10 km (18 minutes) southwest from Kapalai
Access: Boat diving in Sipadan from Mabul and Kapalai scuba resorts
South Point

This is a good place to get a bit deeper in the morning as long as you don’t mind a thin layer of narcosis-on-toast for breakfast. South Point is one of the most likely sites for the more rare sharks such as hammerheadsOpens in a new window and thresher sharks, both of which tend to stay at depths here of forty plus metres.

Bumpheaded parrotfish are one of the favourite sights in Borneo - photo by Eric Madeja - Dive The World Malaysia

On this Sipadan dive you will descend down to a ledge and then fin out gently into the blue, scanning the waters for a glimpse of action. If you are lucky enough to encounter hammerhead sharks or threshers you will be the toast of the resort and the object of envy.

Then, often you'll hear them coming nearer, long before you see them. The noise comes through the water like a riot in a school dining room, the enormous bumphead parrotfish grinding and munching the corals for the algae. At 85kg and easily more than one metre long, the fish have humped and scarred heads, small eyes, and jutting teeth-like fused beaks. They excrete white exhaust plumes of pulverised coral sand, like a locomotive train. Watch as they take pizza-sized bites out of the table corals and then march on by.

The wonder of Pulau Sipadan is that visitors get used to countless turtlesOpens in a new window, white-tips, bump-headed parrotfish and massive schools of other fish, that the crossbar is always raised, and South Point is often the site for the crowning glory.

South Point Reef Basics: Coral heads and steep wall
Depth: 20- >40m
Visibility: 20 - 30m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface Conditions: Can be choppy
Water Temperature: 27 - 30°C
Experience Level: Advanced only
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving Season: All year round
Distance: 14 km (30 minutes) south from Mabul and 12 km (23 minutes) southwest from Kapalai
Access: Sipadan diving by boat from Mabul and Kapalai scuba resorts

Thursday, February 14, 2008

My home in Melbourne Summer of 2008

Looks pretty good eh? The roses survived the drought of 2007 very well- despite getting very little care (I was in Singapore and there was no one seriously taking care of the roses).

Its as if God took care of them for me.

Praise His Name.

Melbourne Home

My home in Melbourne 2008. Its amazing but the roses have survived the drought of 2007 very well. Its as if God took care of them. No water, no care, I thought they would have all died. Instead, they thrived in the dry conditions. Now with a bit of rain, they've started getting blackspot.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Mars needs smiles

This picture is apparently not a hoax. Its a photo of one of the craters on Mars' surface.

Personally, I think its God's way to frack up the minds of the science community.

Click here for more details

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Melbourne to lose Formulae 1 Race - heads up Singapore.

Read the article below- no surprise there for me really. Melbourne F1 was struggling to make a decent profit - and there was constant attacks against it from the green lobby groups.

To the rest of the world, Melbourne's F1 is just at the wrong time slot - but well, the Melbourne crowd by and large don't give a damn about it - and by and large seem to be unable to manage it effectively.

End result, Albert Park returns to a sleepy drunks' park - and Singapore gets the GP rights.

Peter Rolfe, State political reporter

February 10, 2008 12:00am

FORMULA One chief Bernie Ecclestone has slammed the door on Melbourne's chances of retaining the Grand Prix.

Days after telling the Sunday Herald Sun the race was in doubt, Mr Ecclestone said there was no chance it would be in Melbourne after 2010.

The Brumby Government confirmed it would not run the Albert Park event at night, something Mr Ecclestone says is non-negotiable.

He said the Government's stance would effectively end 25 years of the event in Australia. But Australian F1 star Mark Webber urged the Brumby Government to embrace a night Grand Prix to save the Melbourne event.

Webber said the Grand Prix was crucial to Melbourne's international reputation, but "you can't constantly keep having the same toys in the sand pit".

"If it is an ultimatum of being

"We should try to make night work . . . it could be exactly what the event needs -- who knows?" Webber said.

If Melbourne loses the Grand Prix, Australia will be without F1 exposure for the first time since 1985.

Mr Ecclestone said if the event was to continue in Melbourne beyond 2010 it had to be at night

"I think it would be good for the public, good for the restaurants, good for everything. There is no downside to it," he said.

Government spokesman George Svigos reiterated yesterday that a night race would not happen.

"The Government's position is that there will not be a night race," he said.

Mr Svigos said Premier John Brumby had made it clear negotiations for the Grand Prix would be staged this year.

"The Government believes it is a good event for Melbourne. We fully support the Grand Prix," he said.

But Mr Ecclestone said a daylight Melbourne race was not up for discussion.

"I'm sure Melbourne will survive without a Grand Prix," he said. "It seems it would be better without it."

He again poured cold water on efforts by NSW to steal Melbourne's thunder.

"There is nothing in Sydney -- they haven't even got a circuit," he said.

The Grand Prix lost Victorians almost $35 million last year. Melbourne Grand Prix chairman Ron Walker has predicted this year's race will lose about $40 million.

Grand Prix sources said the licensing fee for the Australian event was about $40 million -- more than enough to make the Melbourne Grand Prix profitable if it were waived.

Mr Ecclestone said if it were not "good value, they shouldn't continue with it".

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Charlie Wilson's War - Warning coarse language

I just watched the movie and I thought it was pretty good - a bit light but pretty good nonetheless. Its got great witty lines, a wicked sarcastic tone to it - but also has a serious side to it. Worth watching.

So whats it about? Basically about Senator Charlie Wilson - a drunk, a playboy, but an otherwise pleasant man - who decides to help the Afghans defeat the Soviets. The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1980 - and the Afghans armed with WW1 rifles* had a Japanese whale's chance of survival against the Soviet Army - who had armored rocket firing helicopters and main battle tanks.

Charles Seymour does a great job as a spy with the diplomatic skill of a bear that sat on a bee hive. And Tom Hanks and his crew of extremely pretty secretaries make a fine hash out of a minimal plot.

*Yes I know the Lee Enfield rifle was used in WW2 - but it was still developed for WW1... so eat my pants.

Anyhow watch the clip and enjoy.

(Side note- for some reason - media player plays the clip in the wrong aspect ratio, so it looks squashed- playing it in MP Classic gets it right tho.)

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Saving Private Ryan Team Fortress Challenge Style

This video is quite disrespectful - but still very funny.

Click on the photo for more. But if you haven't played TFC - then don't bother, you won't understand.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


I hate doing my taxes. I really hate it. Now it seems a large chunk of the funds was not a trading loss and can't be accounted for. I've got to crossreference each and every bloody trade - with the brokers and the bank and fix it up. WTF.

Its going to be very hard though. I don't think I can do it properly.

But at heart - its my fault for being so godawful sloppy with the paper work and accounting.

However, the silver lining is that - if its tracked down - I could get an unexpected windfall. Well, at this time- these horrid moments - I draw near to God. And that can't be bad.

I found this book online- read a bit of it - found some parts a bit extreme. But it got me thinking about how so casually I take sin. Worth a read if you're a Christian. Click on the link- below.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Day of the Pyro

An amusing skit on one of the more entertaining characters of Team Fortress 2 : the pyro.

Click here for the video.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Solomon 1 Kings 8

22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in front of the whole assembly of Israel, spread out his hands toward heaven 23 and said:

    "LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.
    27 "But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! 28 Yet give attention to your servant's prayer and his plea for mercy, LORD my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day. 29 May your eyes be open toward this temple night and day, this place of which you said, 'My Name shall be there,' so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place. 30 Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.

Solomon's prayer was one of the best prayers in the Bible and indeed was very perceptive.

Before Solomon was corrupted- he was a man after God's heart. In many ways he was very fortunate.

His birth lineage was suspect - as his mother was Bathsheba whose husband David had murdered.

Yet, Solomon inherited the throne over the rest of his other brothers - and whats more he got God's blessing. God was pleased with him and blessed his humility with wisdom and wealth beyond measure.

Whilst his father, David, had to war, fight and struggle, the throne was handed to Solomon on a golden platter.

In many ways, many Christians today are like Solomon - many of us didn't have to fight for our faith - everything was given to us. You can even get Bibles for free today, a luxury not afforded to the ancient Christians and many Christians in 3rd world countries or Communist lands.

But yet Solomon fell from grace. He indulged in his wealth by a huge margin, took advantage of God's grace and turned his heart away from God. He died early, probably from the high living. Contrast the Song of Songs with the bitter and world weary Ecclesiastes, which Solomon wrote, the first when he was young, the last when he was at the end of his days, and you can see that at the end, he had lost his way.

His tragic failure truly serves as a warning to us.

God gives great gifts to all of us, some more than others. And when we sin against him and rebel, He still loves us- but He cannot forever protect us from the consequences of our folly. And in the end, He will not struggle with our stubborn spirits any more.