Friday, July 11, 2008

The Cultural Dance

These pictures were taken in Bruma Flee Market in Johannesburg South Africa a few weeks ago. I was there with Vasanthan. P and Sharmini because Vasu wanted to buy some gifts before going bakc to Malaysia.
We went there on a Saturday morning and after a few minutes of browsing in the shops, i came out and saw this dance being performed, well, this is not the first time I was witnessing it though, have seen it a few times before but this was the time that I got proper shots of them with my Motorola V9 2MP camera.

There are many tribes as many of us know that exist in South Africa, I dont know which particular one this dance belongs to but it's a tribal dance. These ladies can really dance! I can certainly tell you that! There are even those who are rather big in size but they surely can shake it!
The dancing talent is in their genes I shall think, almost every black women have this gift of dancing. If you can see here, their attire is only tight's and bra embedded with beads, well, naturally, they dance without any clothing on their top! But since this is a oranized dance in a public place, they decided to weat bra's with beads! Rather creative i shall say, and they are all in their young age, I think no one is more then 25 years old.

The way the music is played and the way these ladies dance to it, its really an eye-catcher. They just seem to have all the energy to perform all this body twisting dance moves all the time!

The gentlemen playing the music in the back ground... really great to hear it, fast, raunchy stuff and they play it really well!
I will try to get more of this dance moves that's being performed in the 'Bundu's' when I get the chance. That will be really interesting and will try to upload some video's as well as it will give you the idea of the dance and the music they sway to!

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Where to?!

Crude Oil prices look to be on a up-hill and looks like there will be no end reaching the top! Because of crude oil being on the heart of everything we do/buy/make, life is on the edge for lots of people! Companies that are associated with Crude oil product's look to be on the edge as well.
Like those in the aviation industry!
My flight back to Malaysia is supposed to be on the 15th August, but I was informed last week that the flight on that day is cancelled and brought forward to the 14th August (not that I am complaining that I am going back early tough! sooner the better! haha). When I called up Malaysia Airlines office I never got any clear answer why, so, being eager, I searched for some answer in the net, and i found one(Unitravel Cape Town), lack of demand it was! So that means Malaysia Airlines is already playing smart cancelling flight's that does not maximize their earnings and off-set the fuel surcharge! Not bad at all. I am sure many airline companies are facing the same issue as well and are taking measure's of their own to compensate for the fuel price hike!
Of course they will take measures like this after scores of airline companies are in the brink of bankruptcy due tho this crude oil price madness.
Hybrid engines for jets are being developed and tested, new generation engines certainly consume lesser fuel than the current one's! Let's hope there will be faster deployment of those technologies to reduce dependency on crude oil.
That's just one needle in the hay-stack. Don't want to touch the other's now, pheww, imagine that!
So, all these while the World is dependent on crude-oil, helloooooooooo, any other alternative energy on the brink of discovery?! Please people, do something fast! I don't want to be paying RM5 for a glass of 'Teh-Tarik' in the near future!
So, where are we heading to in the near future?! Interesting!

Till We Meet Again...

July came and the stark reality struck me that my good friend and bra Vasanthan Pachiappan had to leave us me here in South Africa and go back to homeland, Malaysia. hmmm,
Yes, he had to resign from the contract work here in SA and leave earlier than expected because his father needed him, hat's off to you Vasu.
He came last November and after a 'lakker' 7 months, he had to leave on 4th July, well well, it was USA's Independence Day and Vasu's Independence from SA as well! I know he wanted to be here longer and earn more, but family call's!

Well Vasu, all this while, I really came to know you better and you are on my best of friends list already! I will be missing your company & drinks. Hope your father get's well very soon! You are one of the coolest guys I have ever met! Seriously!
Wishing you all the best in your future undertakings.

Uncle Roy and Aunty Anjalai is surely gonna' miss him much, they were blabbering about Vasu that, Vasu this, bla bla... ahaha, they really have grown fond of him!

Talking about leaving, I think I have another year in me before I fly back to homeland! My commitment's are such!

So, after Anba, Nazri, Dorai & Jansen, it's Vasu's turn this time. Left Suresh and myself now, who will be next? Only time will tell that :) Till then, SA will be my temporary home and I am sure I will be meeting those guys soon!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

June is here!

Half a year is gone for 2008. Is it me or it's been felt by everyone that time is moving faster nowadays?!
2008 presents a special moment in my life, the most significant one is the arrival of my son, Hareshaan in January this year!
What a feeling it was to become a father! Appa in Tamil!

Also that I have been very busy with my work this year! pheww! We do need more staff to offload the current team here which had been working tirelessly over the last 5 months with less man/women power! Interview's been held, people been chosen, but still no sign of them!
I am already thinking ahead for my future. My contract runs till end-March 2009 with Motorola South Africa, but i think an early contigency plan is all the better!

South Africa been in a lot of trouble lately! Currency value is going down(Curreny Converty by, electricity supply problem is here to stay! Xenophobic attacks(SA News) are being conducted on Refugees in Townships! Inflation is going towards the sky! Politically it's looking bleak! man, I can go on and on!
SA is a great country, it has the resources (Gold, Platinum, Minerals), Industrial strenght - being one of the most developed country in Africa and biggest net Exporter for African Region! Still, for me, it's being badly mismanaged! big-time mismanagement! All eye's on World Cup 2010 and after that!

I am just surfing the waves till I reach the shore and go back home to Malaysia! No denying it's been good to be working here, I have the experience of working outside my own country and I got to learn lots about other county and it's people first-hand! Made good friends here and also have my adopted parents in SA! They are Roy Naidoo and Unamalai Naidoo! 2 great souls that have done lots of things for me in SA!

More to come later, till then, Sayonara!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Second May Weekend...

10th May @ 2055 +2GMT

Quite a busy week work-wise, some tense filled day I should admit but the arrival of weekend is much heart-warming. 2 days of off-loading opportunity! Seriously, ever-since this 5 days a week came about, it's really been much relaxing weekend! Imagine the old system of 5 1/2 days/week instead of the 5 days a week currently! hmmmm, imagine!

What's the news in Malaysia then, well, Raja Petra was arrested and released on bail right now! Pheww! What shall I say? Can't we even express our thoughts? Or SOMEONE is feeling the pinch and decided to take on Raja Petra? Whatever it is, Raja Petra, we are behind you, all the way! RAKYAT is there for you! God Bless!

Back to my stuff now... Suresh came back from Malaysia today... with his beloved wife, Sharmini! He left her back in Malaysia and came down here to work just after 4 days of getting married back in January 2008, man, imagine that! but now it's all good, they are back together now! Time to get busy now! Ha ha ha. Uncle Roy and auntie Anjalai were there to land a hand in getting Sharm get used to this new place and people, well, I got to admit, she is adapting quite well to this new environment in South Africa! Winter is coming, well, it's already by the front door! Everyone got to get ready for winter.

Mother's day is tomorrow, already happening in Malaysia though as it's about 0315 hrs there as I type this! My wife (Vickneswary Sri Preakash) is celebrating her first Mother's day! I just wish i could be there for her and my mother (Mrs. Pushpavathy Sinnappan)! How much I miss them! The most special and respected souls in the whole wide world! Already sent both of them something that I could send from here! Just would like to wish them a very happy and relaxing (i hope) Mother's Day Wishes! But I should state here that everyday should be Mothers Day!

I got to video chat with my family today! My son Hareshaan was there! looking at me for a while and crying after that because he was sleepy! Can't wait to go and bring my family here in July or August! That little fellow looks so handsome and cute! So proud of him, from what his mother says, he is already doing stuffs that's normally be done by babies older than him! He is going to be a handful I suppose, but I will enjoy it all the way!

Let's see what I am going to say tomorrow, already tired today, had nice dinner and need to watch some programs on my newly installed Satellite TV - DSTV and go to bed later! furthermore, it's weekend people!


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Let's Get Started...

060508 @ 1120 +2GMT
Well, well, another chapter to my blog! This will be my public blog.

This will mostly be my general blogging / time passing / tension-releasing / thoughts / opinion dumping place. Won't be fixed to any title, this will contain anything to everything! :) - Following my mood sort off!

Many of you guys out there can really blog constantly, i am just trying to keep up with my blogging at least once a week, and i will be a happy man! I also have my family blog which is restricted only to my family i.e: my wife and myself ONLY! Oh, also my son Hareshaan who will only be old enough to blog in...lets say, 7 years time! :)

So, let's get started now, what shall I blog about now? hmmm, Malaysia? My country!
General Election just finished in March, and the result's were really surprising and 'on my own terms' pleasant! The opposition comprising of PKR, PAS & DAP denied the ruling BN of 2/3 majority and captured 5 state goverments! Kudos to the Opposition.

It's been too long the People of Malaysia, of all races, needed to see some kind of light at the other end of the tunnel, BN had been keeping us in the dark for such a long time! They did do something nice for the country, but it really could have been much better if not for the utter stupidity in wasting the tax payers money in so many ways, also on being so much indulged in race politics with it's UMNO power.

Also the Indian ethnic people of Malaysia had enough of bull shi* from the Goverment! It's a long story, want more info? just search for 'Hindraf' in google.

Now, Malaysia looks and sounds different, people are actually more united, no matter the race, this is what I was wondering if it still exist in Malaysia, and after the election and the result. Malaysian's are still united and well on the way to even greater unity! All this were blurred when BN was in total control and the people had no much voice, now, the voice of the people is louder and every decibel of the prople's vioce echo's for unity and respect!

Viva the people of Malaysia... we can change the country! Rakyat Malaysia Boleh!
Let's see what the future holds!