Monthly Archives: August 2009

Balingian Group is on Facebook!


Great news!  Those who are Melanau Balingian can join the Balingian Group on Facebook.  Click here to the group page.

Here are some of the other sites for Balingian people ūüôā

So, how am I connected to Balingian?

Well, my father is a Melanau from Balingian – born and bred there.¬† So I’m half Melanau.¬† My grandmother is still there with my aunts and cousins.¬† The nearest town to Balingian is Mukah, which is approximately an hours drive away.

My favourite Melanau food is the famous umai, linut, tebaloi  and sago.









Selamat berpuasa, dear muslim friends and family



I’ve been quiet lately as I had to attend to a few personal issues.¬† The kids were happy knowing that I was home the whole week.¬† It was time for the much needed 24X7 TLC .

So, the holy month of Ramadhan has begun and all muslims around the world is fasting.¬† This is the month that muslims fast and pray and read the Quran.¬† I came across an online Quran website.¬† It’s convenient that you could read the Holy Quran from anywhere possible, as long as you have Internet connection.¬† Here’s the link.

Also, I would like to wish friends and family good health and prosperity during this holy month.  Take care and hope you will be safe from the pandemic that is affecting the world.

Taking meeting minutes, how important is it?


I was asked to take minutes for another team during their User Requirements Confirmation Session last Wednesday.

What was meant to be a 4-hour meeting ended up lasting the whole day!¬† The main issue was the users were not sure what they want.¬† Even though the team has conducted 4 requirement workshops, the users were still not sure that day.¬† Furthermore, there was this particular person who was always trying to contradict a requirement.¬†¬† He would usually start with, “Masalahnya … [bla bla bla]”.¬† So then the argument starts …

Anyway, before the meeting, it’s important to take attendance and know who are the people there.¬† Take note of the time the meeting started and use the meeting agenda to structure the minutes.

If you are not familiar with everyone, it would be good to have everyone give a short introduction before starting.

During the meeting, you must be attentive of what is being discussed, major issues raised and the decisions made.  Only take note of the main points.

At the end, take note of the time adjourned.

For us, our minutes format would also include an Actions List at the end.  So, everyone knows who needs to do what.

Once you’re done with the minutes, get a colleague to review its contents before sending out to the customers.¬† Also, when you email them, include a message like this:¬† “Please review the minutes attached.¬† If there are any changes needed, kindly reply within one week.¬† Otherwise, the minutes will be deemed correct.”¬† This would kind of help the team if there are users who tend to deny that they ever said something during the meeting, which tends to occur with tough users and those who do not want to take responsibility … hehehe …

Truth or Fiction? 2 British Boys killed 3-year-old Jamie Bulger


Received a forwarded email about a 3-year-old boy who was killed by 2 British boys.

Below is the email content:

For His Memory

Do you remember February 1993 in England ,when a young boy of 3 was taken from a Liverpool shopping centre by two 10-year-old boys?

Jamie Bulger walked away from his mother for only a second, Jon Venables took his hand and led him out of the mall with his friend Robert Thompson. They took Jamie on a walk for over 2 and a half miles, along the way stopping every now and again to torture the poor little boy who was crying constantly for his mummy.

Finally they stopped at a railway track where they brutally kicked him, threw stones at him, rubbed paint in his eyes, pushed batteries up his anus and cut his fingers off with scissors. Other mutilations were inflicted but not reported in the press.

N.B. :- Remember, a 3year old cannot possibly defend themselves against a 10 year old, let alone of 2 them.

What these two boys did was so horrendous that¬†Jamie’s mother was forbidden to identify his body.¬†They then left his beaten small body on railway¬†tracks so a train could run him over to hide the mess¬†they had created. These two boys, even being boys,¬†understood what they did was wrong, hence trying to¬†make it look like an accident.

This week Lady Justice Butler-Sloss has awarded the two boys ( now men ), anonymity for the rest of their lives when they leave custody with new identities. They will also leave custody early only serving just over half of their sentence. They are being relocated to Australia to live out
the rest of their lives. They disgustingly and¬†violently took Jamie’s life away and in return they
each get a new life!

Please…. . If you feel as strongly as we do, (and if you haven’t already signed this petition ) that
this is a grave Miscarriage of justice РHit the forward button and add your name at the end, and send it to everyone you can !

If you are the 700th person to sign, please forward this e-mail to: <>
and mark it for the attention to Lady Justice Butler-Sloss.

Then continue on until it hits 1400, before you email her the list again.

There is power in numbers & these petitions do help.¬†Maybe it’ll prevent another child from a violent¬†death & maybe it’ll get greater, more appropriate¬†convictions for these criminals.whatever their age.

Please take a few seconds to forward it to your¬†mail list & don’t forget to add your name to the list.

Thank you.

<list of names in the petition>

A friend checked out the validity of the email at and found an explanation here.  The petition is out of date though.  By now, the boys have gotten their new identities and living new lives.