Friday, February 14, 2014

Love is in the air

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The message saying 'I Love You' was formed by British sailors aboard HMS Daring – their red and white hats combine for the heart-felt gesture – as the Type 45 destroyer gets ready to head back to its home base of Portsmouth, Hampshire, having spent nine months on deployment – one of the navy's longest missions. 

After leaving the UK in May 2013, HMS Daring, with its ship's company of 200, has called at 21 different ports and sailed more than 38,000 miles. It has crossed the Atlantic Ocean, supported anti-piracy operations in the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Aden, tracked ballistic targets in the Pacific Ocean and provided immediate humanitarian support to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Hiayan.

FYI, today is a double special – Valentine’s Day as well as Chap Goh Meh (the fifteenth day of the Lunar New Year and popularly referred to as the Chinese Valentine's Day) – this happens only once every nineteen years!

For those not familiar with the Chap Goh Meh celebration, there is this local tradition of tossing mandarin oranges into the sea in search of love. Names and contact numbers are written on the oranges it is a novel way for participants to get in touch with a member of the opposite gender after fishing out their prized fruits. These days, mandarin oranges are not lobbed to search for love but merely for the fun of getting to know new friends and participating in this much-loved ritual.

But in Bolehland, the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) today reminded Muslims to stay away from the celebration(s) because they would lead to social problems such as cheating, mental confusion due to alcohol, and baby-dumping!

Please don't ask me if you get confused by this advice because it doesn't make any sense anyway. The people at Jakim have mechanical minds it's too bad they forgot to wind them up this morning!

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