Forlorn.of.thee (fa'lo:n ŭv thē), p, my only strength and stay,forlorn of thee, whither shall I betake me, where subsist?
Paradise Lost by John Milton

Monday, August 31, 2009

Temples, Churches and Mosques...

Back from a short holiday to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, population a tad shy of 7 m inhabitants (including the suburbs). A friend asked for snaps of a church, managed to do better.

Malaysia is a Muslim country but enshrined in the country's constitution is the right of worship. So, Buddhist, Hindu, and Christian places of worship are a commonplace around town.

We'll start with Po Ling Chinese Temple. Serves pretty good vegetarian dishes. (Yes, it's all about food... and shopping in Malaysia!)

Dropped by the Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple. Paid my M$2* for what I thought was the admission fee. Was I wrong! It was a 'donation' for a blessing. Cleansed my soul over the fire and was handed a packet containing two bananas, betle leaves and chalk (smear the chalk on the leaves and chew!)

It's said that all distances out of Kuala Lumpur start from St. Mary's Cathedral. It's located next to Selangor Club and the Padang (the Field) where the old colonials sipped their Scotch and swung the cricket bat.

Finally, there's Masjid Negara (the National Mosque).

No, its not a sect nor freemasons in purple. A condition for admittance, us foreigners had to attire ourselves in this robe :)

* M$3 = A$1 = U$0.80

Friday, August 14, 2009

Eye Candy?

It started at Wimbledon, the All England Club admitted that to play on Centre Court, you gotta be a hottie! So there was Gisela Dulko (unseeded), Sorana Cirstea (27th), and Maria Kirilenko (unseeded, ranked 59) all playing on Centre Court whereas poor Svetlana Kuznetsova, who won the French Open and Serena Williams had to slug it out on Court 2.

The SMH article also quotes a spokesman from the All England Club, Johnny Perkins, "Good looks are a factor. 'It's not a coincidence that those [on Centre Court] are attractive."

Wimbledon champion, German Michael Stich, hit the nail on the head when he said "That's [sex] is what they sell."

Now we also know that job offers are based on good looks, bugger the experience. Talent2 director, John Banks said physical appearance was still a large part of the hiring process. In some cases, it was the determining factor 90 per cent of the time.

So girls, if you're hankering for that vacancy you know what to wear...

Guess job interviews are designed to weed out the ugly and those of undesirable race.