历史轻舟划过马六甲河

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上世纪50年代的马六甲河旧照,黑白中夹杂泛黄和斑驳,宏伟的天主教堂非常抢眼,与右上角的 讯塔相互呼应; 圣保罗教堂隱约可见,横跨两岸的桥基在赶建中。

河岸两侧墙堤崩塌,瓦砾堆积。加上水势缓慢,造成河道淤塞。图中仅见一艘离群孤舟正奋力向河口驶去,吸引了岸上小童的观望。

新世纪里,经过当局的清理和疏通、加深河道、扩大河床,美化后的马六甲河显得格外娇艷脱俗,犹如將一个老妇妆扮成了少女,教人联想到马六甲原是古申的繁荣海港,而今沦为歷史陈跡,又怎能不教人唏嘘呢?

星洲日报/老照片说故事.韩飞.2010.03.14
[source:http://www.sinchew.com.my/node/152702?tid=15]

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Earth Hour Malaysia – 8.30 pm, Saturday 27 March 2010

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Earth Hour Malaysia - 27th March 2010 8:30pm Saturday

On Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people, organizations, corporations and governments will come together to make a bold statement about their concern for climate change by doing something quite simple—turning off their lights for one hour. Earth Hour symbolizes that by working together, each of us can have a positive impact in the fight against climate change, protecting our future and that of future generations. 

Set Your Clock 

On March 27th at 8:30 p.m. local time, Earth Hour will cascade around the globe—from time zone to time zone—uniting the planet under a single, simple, call to action. 

Earth Hour Malaysia 

Since its inception three years ago, Earth Hour’s non-partisan approach has captured the world’s imagination and became a global phenomenon. Nearly one billion people turned out for Earth Hour 2009 – involving 4,100 cities in 87 countries on seven continents. 

2009 was the first time Malaysia officially participated in Earth Hour bringing Malaysians to turn off their lights for one hour to show their support towards climate change. Many prominent landmarks switched off their lights and Malaysians celebrating. Its estimated that more than 5million Malaysians participated in Earth Hour. 

[source: http://ehm.my/about/

In addition, share with you an Earth Hour TV clip of 2009 by Pete Teo (the Earth Hour for 2009 was on the 28th March, whereas this year will be on the 27th March 2010): 

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Over staffed: fable of an ant

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Every day, a small ant arrives at work very early and starts work immediately.

She produces a lot and she is happy.

The Chief, a lion, was surprised to see that the ant was working without supervision.

He thought if the ant can produce so much without supervision, wouldn’t she produce even more if she had a supervisor!

So he recruited a cockroach who had extensive experience as supervisor and who was famous for writing excellent reports.

The cockroach’s first decision was to set up a clocking in attendance system.

He also needed a secretary to help him write and type his reports and …
… he recruited a spider, who managed the archives and monitored all phone calls.

The lion was delighted with the cockroach’s reports and asked him to produce graphs to describe production rates and to analyse trends, so that he could use them for presentations at Board‘s meetings.

So the cockroach had to buy a new computer and a laser printer and …
… recruited a fly to manage the IT department.

The ant, who had once been so productive and relaxed, hated this new plethora of paperwork and meetings which used up most of her time…!

The lion came to the conclusion that it was high time to nominate a person in charge of the department where the ant worked.

The position was given to the cicada, whose first decision was to buy a carpet and an ergonomic chair for his office.

The new person in charge, the cicada, also needed a computer and a personal assistant ,who he brought from his previous department, to help him prepare a Work and Budget Control Strategic Optimisation Plan …

The Department where the ant works is now a sad place, where nobody laughs anymore and everybody has become upset…

It was at that time that the cicada convinced the boss , the lion, of the absolute necessity to start a climatic study of the environment .

Having reviewed the charges for running the ant’s department , the lion found out that the production was much less than before.

So he recruited the owl , a prestigious and renowned consultant to carry out an audit and suggest solutions.

The owl spent three months in the department and came up with an enormous report , in several volumes, that concluded : “ The department is overstaffed …”
Guess who the lion fires first?

The ant , of course, because she “showed lack of motivation and had a negative attitude”.

Adapted from Portuguese by PR. Obrigado Mário.
[source: http://www.infosl.com/doyouknow/?p=152]

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Are you here for peace? by CJ

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Are you here for peace? - by CJ

Are you here for peace? - by CJ

Humming by myself a song of no melody
on the journey with the march enwrapped
camouflage under the blanket
painted in red with blood of nobody

Quenching thirst with endless tear
with my crutch starving to hunt the vulture
yet the smells of the burnt dead
masking the appetite I crave for food

Days ago you lived as a man of the house
before you took the gun and hugged goodbye
for the nation you had to fight
deep in me I know you stood for us

The silent moon bathes the scene
I could hear your whisper, mommy
fear not and sleep tight my child
shall you see me in your dream

My company my dearest pet
your beard reminds me of uncle across the street
smiled always and made delicious toasts
not anymore after the fierce assault hit

Saviour yet foreigner
you are here to take everthing I had
yet you say you come for peace
is it really right to be wrong?

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巴厘岛之念

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AK366 - 飞去巴厘岛的天空

巴厘岛是印度尼西亚(简称印尼)13600多个岛屿中最耀眼的一个岛也是印度尼西亚著名的旅游区。居民主要是巴厘人,信奉印度教,以庙宇建筑、雕刻、绘画、音乐、纺织、歌舞和风景闻名于世。为世界旅游胜地之一。土地垦殖率65%以上,出产稻米、玉米、木薯、椰子、咖啡、烟叶、花生、甘蓝、洋葱、水果与棕油等。牛、咖啡与椰干为主要出口产品。

巴厘岛不但天然景色优美迷人,其文化和社会风俗习惯的丰富多彩也驰名于世。巴厘人的古典舞蹈典雅多姿,在世界舞蹈艺术中具有独特的地位,亦是印尼民族舞蹈中一枝鲜艳的奇葩。气候属于热带海岛型气候,气候常年炎热,全年平均温度约28℃,每年的10月到次年3月为雨季,其它时间为旱季。巴厘岛的地区天气状况,除了中部山区气温略低,海边地区气温较高外,其它地区大多是晴朗炎热的好天气。
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