WordPress 1.5.1

Posted on May 2005 at about 11:16 PM by hwa

WordPress 1.5.1 is out for grab now!! Click here to download the latest version!! For those who are going to upgrade from WordPress 1.5 then please read this first!!

The new release is basically fixed some bug, according to WordPress there are almost 170 bugs fixed and an important security fix.

As for me! Hehe i just upgraded my blog to WordPress 1.5.1 woohoo~~! ๐Ÿ˜†

It Is A Bug!

Posted on May 2005 at about 5:24 PM by hwa

When i woke up today, i was planning to give another shot on the Firefox bug i discovered last night, so i went to Bugzilla and search for the relevant bug, and i found this link here.

So… It is a bug, ๐Ÿ˜† and it appeared since version 1.0 until now! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

A Bug In Firefox??

Posted on May 2005 at about 4:56 AM by hwa

I found this strange behavior with my Firefox web browser, when i type a long string without space into a textarea, the horizontal scrollbar will appear.

Well you can test this on your own at any textarea, of course you need a Firefox web browser, the best place would be my shoutbox there. At the message box, just keep pressing a single character until it fill the message box, then the scrollbar will appear, but remember dun press “Shout!” after testing it!! ๐Ÿ‘ฟ But if you do the same thing with Internet Explorer the string will continue to the next row.

At first i thought it was my Firefox setting went wrong, so i keep looking for where to find the setting, including typing “About:config” at the address bar there, but still can’t find the setting. so i went search in Google and i found this link here.


So is it a bug? Maybe but people say the Mozilla people are working on it now, so i hope they can solve this problem in the next release.

New Section!!

Posted on May 2005 at about 1:47 AM by hwa

Added new section!! Contact!! W00t!!!! Haha!! From now on you people can email me! Yeah~~! But remember!! No spamming ya~~ ๐Ÿ˜‰

Please click here to send me email!!

My Hometown

Posted on May 2005 at about 6:08 PM by hwa

Well guys, I’m originally from a small town called Ayer Tawar, but grow up in somewhere else. Anyway if anyone of you are interested in Ayer Tawar and the origin of Kutien, which is my dialect, here i found a very interesting story of it. Original post at here.

Ayer Tawar is a small town (in the state of Perak, Malaysia) on the Ipoh-KL highway. Cars rush through and kill people. Most people live on the road or nearby. The New Village, where my maternal grandmother lives was created during the Emergency caused by the Communist Insurgence (1948-1960). The other residential areas including Taman Dindings where my immediate family lives are all newer. Taman Dindings used to be rubber land. All around us is farmland, rubber and oil palm estates and jungle. All told, people in the town and on the land around numbered about 10,000 in 1995 when I was doing my Geography project. The economy is mostly agricultural.

The politics is mostly oppositional. (Yes, I know that’s not a word.) I suppose we have always been trouble-makers. ‘Chin Peng’ (real name Ong Boon Hua?), the leader of the Malaysian Communist Party (when it still existed) came from Sitiawan, which is next door. Last we heard (2001 or 2002) he’s still alive, kicking and running around in Thailand somewhere. The BBC interviewed him not so long ago. As for contemporary politics…suffice it to say we’re still making trouble.

The other thing Ayer Tawar and Sitiawan are famous for besides trouble-makers is good students. My family’s theory (we have many theories) is that this is because the towns are mostly Chinese (and hence discriminated against by government policies), but unlike the Chinese in much of the rest of the country, the people were farmers rather than businessmen. When you have nothing to eat and the government isn’t giving you handouts, the only way out is education. And I suppose those who didn’t feel like jumping through hoops started the Communist Party. Interestingly we have also produced 3 cabinet ministers. Some people from the cities are of the opinion that when you are surrounded by jungle there is nothing else to do but study. It could well be true, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

However, in recent years, with the overall increasing standard of living and all that, kids have been becoming lazy. It is said that threatening kids with starvation at the weekly assembly (at school) doesn’t work any more. And so we’re losing our edge in that sort of thing. But not entirely. The other thing is that having been so successful in the previous generation, people have moved away. You’ll find Ayer Tawar and Sitiawan engineers, doctors, lawyers and scientists…more or less all over the world. We can only use so many doctors and lawyers; engineers and scientists are useless in this little town. (Unfortunately this means I can’t go home. No, that’s not true.) Even so, we reputedly have one of the the highest concentration of doctors (as a percentage of population) in the country. If you take a walk down Jalan Besar (Big Road, i.e. The Road) you may well believe it.

Oh yes, where did we come from. In 1903, the Brits decided to bring people in to clear the land. They decided to get the help of the Methodist Mission because that Mission had previously helped with a similar settlement in Sibu, Sarawak in what is now East Malaysia and what was then British Borneo. So the Methodist bishop in Singapore arranged it somehow and the first settlers from Fuzhou, Fujian, China arrived in 1903. They first settled in what are now the various parts of Sitiawan and the surrounding villages. This important date (1903) is on Pioneer Church and is the founding date of the Anglo-Chinese (Methodist) School.

I’m always surprised when people from China, Taiwan and even Singapore think that all of Fujian speaks one dialect, Hokkien. It doesn’t. In fact, before the Communists, ten districts were under the Fuzhou (or Hokchew) prefecture, including Minchiang (Minqing), Hoochiang (Fuqing), Kutien (Gutian) and Changle. After the communists, Fuzhou became its own thing and the ten districts are now directly under the jurisdiction of Fujian. In any case, even these ten districts have only somewhat mutually intelligible dialects and I have heard that the number of dialects in the whole province of Fujian is about 70. The dialect known as Hokkien is spoken by some group I have failed to identify in the south, since the people from the former Fuzhou prefecture call them ‘nannuen’ (spelling very approximate to pronunciation, I don’t think the second vowel exists in English). My father says that random unidentifiable people from Fujian call themselves Hokkien after the province because their villages are so small nobody would recognize them anyway. Whereas we from Fuzhou know where we’re from. ๐Ÿ˜›

In any case, most of Ayer Tawar speaks Kutien, which means that you end up speaking Kutien no matter what your dialect was in the first place. Similarly, Kg. Cina in Sitiawan is mostly Hoochiang, Ipoh and KL mostly Cantoneese, Singapore and Penang mostly Hokkien.

I have yet to meet anyone from from Kutien or Hoochiang in the States. My family says ‘no surprise there’. After all, those ten districts are supposedly still dirt poor (‘why did we move to Malaysia?’) and produce mainly illegal immigrants these days. Naturally one wouldn’t meet them in academia. Good thing we got out, eh?

With the Methodist Mission and John Sung, you might imagine that there were a lot of Christians in the area a few decades ago. People are not so religious any more. That’s partly a global trend, partly other things. People say we were self-selected for stubbornness and ability to work like hell, having to clear farms from the jungle and so on. This may again be wishful thinking, but certainly people died and some people who couldn’t take the hard life went back to China. That was before Communism, of course.

Taken from Ayer Tawar.

Blue Tiger Eye Bracelet

Posted on May 2005 at about 1:39 AM by hwa

Yesterday just bought a brand new Blue Tiger Eye Bracelet from lelong.com.my for RM38 only! ๐Ÿ˜† Yaya i know that it’s damn freaking hell cheap, probably is a fake one maybe, but who care?? It’s RM38, i just hope that the fella who sell it will send me a nice looking one.

Well most of the time you will get a really good deal when you buy in lelong.com.my, or any other auction website such as eBay. But the problem is that you can’t choose the product you are buying, especially the item that you need to choose, like my bracelet. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Oh and you need to wait for the item to reach your home also, unless you are going to get it straight from the seller.

Anyway now back to my Blue Tiger Eye!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I heard people say there’s no such Blue Tiger Eye thing, honestly this is also the first time i heard about Blue Tiger Eye lol! ๐Ÿ˜† So I’m not sure about it does exist or not and i don’t really care neither, because that bracelet really caught my eye when i saw it! :p Hey it’s blue you know??!!! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Well!! Now i just hope that i won’t get conned!!

Blue Tiger Eye Bracelet

New Header Image!!

Posted on May 2005 at about 1:53 AM by hwa

Wow~~!! Look at that!! New header image! After so long time finally i change the god damn boring header image! And it’s just a simple orange gradient style!! Lolz!!! ๐Ÿ˜†

Haha!! Just joking. But seriously i really like the new design!! Although it’s simple gradient, but it’s burning you know?? How to say? It give you the feel like something is going on behind there!!

Man it’s really hard for me to explain all the stuff, arts. ๐Ÿ˜† Hey wait a minutes! Since when i started to appreciate arts?? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ


Posted on April 2005 at about 11:22 PM by hwa

Just came back from Pizza Hut, meeting with old friends, and you know what? It was damn hell boring!!!! ๐Ÿ˜• Regretted to go out with them.

People just keep on talking about their life in city, non stop!! Talking about how their life there, how the chicks and blokes in their university, where they had been so far, all those discos, pubs and then bragging on how nice their boyfriend or girlfriend and all those craps.

You see, it’s not that i don’t like city ok? In fact i found out that i love KL pretty much, i can find almost all the thing i want here, no matter it’s related to my study, any latest game or i just looking for entertainment, it’s all here in KL.

But the point is all of us are living in city now, we all study there and we all are facing the same old “city” thing everyday, nothing to talk about. But why the hell they still mentioning that?? Even when we all are still on holiday?? Don’t they feel boring?? I mean we all are on holiday now, don’t they think planing to go some trips would be more suitable?? Genting Highland? Or go to beach to have some salt water, wouldn’t it be more nice? But talking about their boring life?? Sorry mate that was sooooo boring!!! ๐Ÿ˜ก

Tomorrow they plan to go out again, this time to where i don’t know. But i guess i won’t go out with them anymore, at least for now. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

I’m Hungry!!

Posted on April 2005 at about 2:45 PM by hwa

Argh~~ Damn hungry!! ๐Ÿ™ It’s 2.37 PM and me still haven’t take my lunch… ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Just wake up actually ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Last night my friends just back from KL, fetch them back to their house, so probably these few days will be busy again, and tonight they plan to eat Steamboat hehe, ๐Ÿ˜€ i think maybe i should ask them go Ipoh with me. ๐Ÿ˜›

But for now, i just want to find something to eat, got Pasar Petang today, so going there to hunt some food!! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

Life Goes On…

Posted on April 2005 at about 7:30 PM by hwa

Wow~ Look at the date, already one week since my last post!! Lol!! ๐Ÿ˜†

Actually I’m quite busy recently, meeting with friends, go out YamCha, bring friends go here and there and all those stuff. Life going normal these few days as well, sleep at the right time n wake up at the right time!! Don’t even have time to play games!! Haha!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Hmm… I just realized that this is my shortest post so far!! ๐Ÿ˜†