Thursday, February 25, 2021

WSD 2021 Johor Bahru Update 2

Registrations for World Speech Day events in Malaysia are moving along nicely – but we know we can do better. More so for WSD 2021 Johor Bahru. 

Today, we’ve reached 50 registrations – and there’s still a long way to go.

And so, I’ve developed another series of posters for the said event – to give it a boost. 

#unexpectedvoices #worldspeechday

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The Humble Chamber Pot Transforms

Chinese internet users are abuzz over the humble chamber pot rebranded as an “enamel fruit basket” and sold on US e-commerce platform Amazon. 

According to Global Times, besides being tagged at a price almost 15 times its regular price in China, the ad promoted the item for “other uses”. 

A similar product sold on Chinese e-commerce platform Taobao, is priced at a much more modest 28 yuan (RM17.52). 

One Weibo user quoted by the portal expressed hope that no one would buy the chamber pot and send it as a gift to their Chinese friends. 

“Because no Chinese people would feel happy if they see a delicately packed spittoon with fruits in it”, commented the user. 

Another user joked about his childhood potty fetching such a high price of $60 (RM242.55). 

The humble spittoon, commonly seen in Chinese households in the 1980s and 1990s, went viral after an internet user posted a picture on social media with a wide range of uses, including holding vegetables and fruits, as an ice bucket, decorating the kitchen and used as a gift for housewarming and weddings. 

The post was widely circulated among Chinese internet users as they were amazed and shocked to see the spittoon being so well regarded. The hashtag “the other ways a spittoon is used” has since received more than 50 million views of comments on Chinese social platform Sina Weibo.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

112 Million Cases and Facebook Capitulate Or So We're Told

We’ve reached 112 million coronavirus cases. 

And Albania becomes country #82 to join the list of countries with more than 100,000 infections todate.


Overall, these countries have combined to yield 97.8% and 96.6% of cases and deaths respectively worldwide. 

Facebook are now reversing their Australia news ban or so it seems. According to news reports, they appear to suggest that the former sued for peace because of the global pushback to Facebook’s hostile attack on Australian users, and their news purge had drawn stinging condemnation. 

Who knows what went on behind closed doors. 

For sure, the story has not ended because governments will want to address the monopoly power of the big "tech" companies like Facebook and their bullying behavior.

Monday, February 22, 2021


Here's a confession. The only exercise I do is push-ups. And I’ve not done them for years. I kid you not. 

But since January this year, I’ve started them again on a daily basis – and they have become my regular exercise routine every morning. 

Push-ups are a type of strength building exercise. Though they mainly activate muscles in the arms and shoulders, they also engage muscles in the core and legs. Therefore, push-ups are beneficial for building strength throughout the body.

"Push-ups will improve your health by building muscle, raising your metabolism to burn fat, and providing a cardiovascular benefit", says Robert S Herbst, a personal trainer and former world champion powerlifter. "They enable you to get a full body workout with no equipment". 

I started with twelve push-ups and I’ve steadily increased the number of push-ups over time. Now, I’m doing about 42 push-ups daily and working my way to do even more. 

And if I’m looking for push-up variations – here are two I could consider in the future: The decline push-up and the dumbbell hex press.

Flouting the SOP that Confuses Everybody

On Saturday, I blogged about the SOP that confuses everybody – my post titled “An SOP that is a Muddled Mess”! 

Indeed, Malaysians are getting nabbed for flouting the 10km rule – and which banned interstate and inter-district travel. 

That day itself, one hundred and thirty three people were caught for this particular offence. On February 19, there were one hundred and thirty-five cases. And on February 18, sixty-eight cases.

The New Straits Times reports, of course, did not provide any further details. I reckon it'll be nice to know if the flouting of the said SOP was intentional or unintentional. 

Anyway, I did say yesterday that Malaysians are MCO-weary, didn’t I? 

Ross County moved out of the Scottish Premiership relegation places after their 1-0 win over Celtic on Sunday. 

The latter dominated possession but created little on another dispiriting night for Neil Lennon's reigning champions. The defeat all but ended Celtic’s slim title hopes. 

They are left trailing Rangers by 18 points with eight games left. Sigh!

Sunday, February 21, 2021


The Covid-19 numbers for these six days are definitely not encouraging at all. Two words to describe them. Very high.

The national figures are a series of ups and downs. A seesaw situation. But one thing’s certain – it’s still four digits. 

This means that the MCO 2.0, which started on January 13, has failed to bring down the numbers drastically. And the authorities cannot be imposing MCO after MCO after MCO. 

Already, Malaysians are MCO-weary. I mean, those of us in KL and Selangor especially. 

Of course, I’m not surprised by this state of affairs – but another round of MCO, I’ll want to think about killing myself.

Justice in Malaysia moves oh so slowly. And I'm saying this because I was reminded of this Facebook post I saw today:

Like many Malaysians, I can't help but wonder when the two lovebirds will end up as jailbirds. 

BAT are Back with a Vengeance

As smoking falls out of fashion, British-American Tobacco are pinning their hopes on younger users of e-cigarettes and nicotine pouches. 

BAT have aggressively embarked on a £1 billion campaign that harnesses the popular appeal of social media influencers, pop stars and even sporting events. 

According to a wide-ranging report by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, they have also attracted younger adults, non-smokers and even reached the eyes of children. They’re hoping to capture the fast-growing stream of revenue from e-cigarettes and vapes – not to mention the nicotine pouches beloved of TikTok influencers. 

BAT make much of how such products are helping adult smokers switch to less harmful alternatives, under the slogan “A Better Tomorrow”. But this is all a farce. 

Nicotine is nicotine, in whatever form it takes! 

By 2023, the company expects to be targeting 500 million nicotine consumers with £100 billion a year to spend. Products other than cigarettes are driving much of that growth. 

Therefore, the time has come for us to stop tolerating these products. 

Yesterday, Everton produced an outstanding Merseyside derby performance to beat Liverpool at Anfield for the first time since 1999. 

And Liverpool have now lost four successive home matches for the first time since 1923. 

What’s there to say? Liverpool hit a new low!