Thursday, May 29, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Lets hope this is not sweep under the carpet (if the case is true).
Ministry waiting for Taiwan molest facts
PETALING JAYA: The Tourism Ministry is waiting for the case facts regarding a Malaysian tourism deputy director reportedly arrested for molesting a female shop assistant in Taiwan, before deciding on the next course of action.
“We cannot take action just based on media reports. If there is a case, we will refer it to the disciplinary board for further action,” Tourism Ministry director-general Datuk Mirza Mohammad Taiyab said yesterday.
“We are waiting for the facts of the case from his superior,” he added.
On Thursday, it was reported that Ahmad Junaidy Yahya, deputy director of the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board’s representative office in Taiwan, was detained on Tuesday evening for allegedly groping a woman’s back and private parts.
He was questioned by the police but released on Wednesday morning after apologising to the victim. But she reserved the right to press charges of sexual harassment.
“The disciplinary board will have to consider the gravity of the situation, but the maximum penalty is expulsion,” said Mirza, who earlier launched the Asia International Tourism Expo (AITE) 2008 at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here.
On the three-day expo, Mirza said it was a good platform for smaller players in the travel industry to show what they had to offer, as “it is very expensive for small players to take part in big international fairs.”
He said that there were some 156 international buyers and 71 seller organisations at this “maiden expo.”
It is jointly organised by the Association of Tours and Travel Agents, the Bumiputra Tours and Travel Agents Association, the Malaysian Chinese Tourism Association and the Malaysian Indian Tourism Association, in close relationship with the Tourism Ministry and Tourism Malaysia.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Loan from my aunty. Very interesting books, two are based on real stories and the other are fiction.
Start off with Ann Rule's "Every Breath you take".
A True Story of Erotic Obsession, Revenge, and Murder
Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I'll be watching you
Every single day
Every word you say
Every game you play
Every night you stay
I'll be watching you
The true story of the murder of Sheila Bellush takes its title from the 1983 Police song "Every Breath You Take," and the lyrics quoted above chillingly illustrate the obsession that led to the crime. Allen Blackthorne never forgot that his ex-wife Sheila had defeated him in court, so he hired someone to murder her almost ten years after they divorced. This book is as much about the making of a sociopath as it is the narrative of a woman's life cut short as her children watched helplessly.
Allen Blackthorne was a sadist from the time he was a child who intentionally caused the death of a family pet.
Author Ann Rule traces the history of violence, neglect, and sexual abuse that were Allen's heritage from generations past. Sheila Bellush, his ex-wife, feared for her life even after escaping Allen, remarrying, giving much-publicized birth in Texas to quadruplets, and moving to Florida. What makes this book unique is that it may well be the first book ever to be written at the request of the crime victim. According to Sheila Bellush's sister, Sheila had read several of Ann Rule's books, and during a televised version of Rule's best-selling book Dead by Sunset, she made the request, "If anything should happen to me, find Ann Rule and ask her to write my story." Every Breath You Take is the fulfillment of that tragic request.
Rule helpfully includes a "Cast of Characters" section, a necessary addition to help the reader sort out family members, friends, neighbors, multiple ex-spouses, and law enforcement officials in two states. The "Author's Note" details how the case finally came to the attention of Ann Rule, and the book is very appropriately dedicated to Sheila Bellush and her children, with Rule saying, "I hope I got it right." Twenty-four pages of photos chronicle happier times in the lives of the victim and her family, the crime scene, and courtroom shots of those involved in the conspiracy to kill. In an afterword, Rule speculates on what could cause an intelligent, attractive millionaire like Allen Blackthorne to detach from human feeling to the point that he was able to have the mother of his children murdered in cold blood. Unfortunately, the answers remain murky.
Every Breath You Take is also available abridged on audio cassette and CD, with the author's note and afterward read by Ann Rule herself. Although this book is not as compelling as Rule's The Stranger Beside Me, in which she chronicles the crimes of serial killer Ted Bundy (another case in which she was personally involved), Every Breath You Take is a recommended book for those interested in true crime and its psychology.
My take on this book; as the author gives the historical background on the people involve...it shows a series of broken marriages and the lost of family value. I.e Allen blackthorne(the master mind behind the murder of his ex wife), his own father married 3 times. He himself married 3 times too.
This book is intersting to read because the victim herself was the one who contacted the author and had also told her own sister that should anything happend to her...must investigate her death. It was as if the victim knew something bad will happend. It is a sad case for all involved.
Check out this news link if want to know more.
Friday, May 16, 2008
For the instructions, add your name on the list and simply spell out your name using the given Japanese letter- translations below. Tag six of your friends and inform them of the tag. Have fun.
A - ka
F - lu
K - me
P - no
U - do
Z - zi
B - tu
G - ji
L - ta
Q - ke
V - ru
C - mi
H - ri
M - rin
R - shi
W - mei
D - te
I - ki
N - to
S - ari
X - na
E - ku
J - zu
O - mo
T - chi
Y - fu
1. OSWALD - moarimeikatate (sounds like america and states. har…. har… har…)
2. CHLOE - Miritamoku — Um…think I still prefer my given name, ha ha
3. GENG – Jikutoji — Actually, I think its cute sounding. Arigato gozaimasu!
4. CONSTANCE - Mimoto arichi katomiku — WOW! Does it sound like an authentic Japanese cuisine? YIKES! I broke it up cos it was quite a mouthful!
5. DORA - Temoshika – Sounds pretty good huh?! Does it mean beautiful woman?
6. Sting - Arichi Kitoji - Sounds like a guy's name but at least it rhymes! LOL!!
7. Amidrin - Karinki Teshikito (I was deciding between Karinki Teshikito or Karinkites Hikito. LOL... still the english name sounds much better.)
8. Osindak - Moari Kitotekame (I sound very Japanese! LOL)
9. Monica - Rinmotokimika (lol, it sounds so funny)
10. Nightwing - Tokijirichi Meikitoji.....:)
Feel free to join in...:)
Thursday, May 15, 2008
The strong wind on Sunday...quite a number of trees was down. Even cause one of the high way traffic jam cause of fallen trees.
The weather in the world is really something. Cyclone in Myanmar, volcanoe eruptions in Chile, earthquake in China....what's next?
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Borrow from KL Aunty...
"LIFE comes only once,
Enjoy it to the fullest,
Try not to be 'Angry or Sad',
Because every minute of your anger and sadness,
U lose 60 seconds of Happiness.
Have a good..:) Happy..:) and Smilling day..:)"
HAPPY MOTHER's DAY!!!!
God bless always.
Hope you all will like this song.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Got this from Monica. Thanks again...:)
*START COPY*In order to be able to achieve and maintain happiness we need to, actively, be able to do two things:
1. Complain and then let go (Dump the baggage, the roadblocks to happiness.)
2. Openly Express Gratitude (The open expression of gratitude promotes happiness.)After all, everyone has something to be grateful for and/or something to complain about. If you would like to accept the challenge, please follow the appropriate link and do so: "Are You Grateful?", "Complain Complain Complain."Contributors to Are You Grateful & Complain Complain Complain:
1-Attitude, the Ultimate Power 2-Max 3-DianaCA's Metamorphoses 4-Mental Poo 5-My Thoughts 6-Baba Doodlius 7-Wake Up America 8-Life is a Roller Coaster 9-Life is Beautiful 10-pinay mommy's love blog 11-My Happiness Haven 12-And Life Goes On for a Filipino Mom 13-Blessed Sanctuary 14-Expressions And Thoughts 15-Memories by Jenn 16-Reminiscence of My Adventures 17-In the Life of Mne 18-Juliana's Lair 19-Pinay Wahm 20-Lucid Creativity 21-Winged Words 22-Irresistible Fascinations 23-A Little Time 24-See Me For What You Will 25-Greatest Reviews 26-ETC ATBP 27-Gandacious 28-We Are Family 29-Journey to this thing called LIFE 30-http://www.rajeshrana.net/ 31-http://www.rajeshrana.com/ 32-BaReFooTeD Me 33-Uncomplicated 34-Points of View 35-Pride & Prejudice 36-Colorful World 37-Nora's Notes 38-A Daily Walk With Bill & Gina 39-Strange but True 40-Everything Under The Sun ( Beth Rebokon ) 41-Kaleidoscope 42-Fil-Oz Blog 43-By Oscar Luiz 44-Comedy Plus 45-Blogging by Sandee 46-Soul Meets World 47-Mae's Memoirs 48-Beyond the Rave Reality 49-Amori, poesie, arte, chat by Hanna 50-Attached at the Hip 51-Carver's Sight or is that Site? 52-Empress Reviews 53-Simple Pleasures In My Heart 54-Lourdes' mia 55-A Grateful Heart 56-Majorsleepyhead 57-Scrappy n Happy in Ohio 58-CHOC MINT GIRL 59-Extraordinary Things 60-ZOOROPAZOO 61-BeNolSatuEm 62-As The World Turns 63-Your Caring Angels 64-Life Is Wonderful To Know Everyday 65-Sugar Magnolias 66-Little Peanut 67-Creative In Me 68-Me and Mine 69-Pea in a Pod 70-the diary of the Pink & Brown Wedding 71-good thoughts, good trades, good life 72-My Blog - all things me 73-Rainbows 74-Little Corner of Mine 75-Me, Myself and I 76-My Planet Purple 77-Amel's Realm 78-A Handful of Surprises 79-A Detour 80-Something Purple 81-Vanity Kit 82-Are You Grateful? 83-A Simple Life 84-BlogTips.Com 85-Balitang Kalye 86-Mariuca 87- Emila Yusof 88-A Total Blog 89-My Life in this Wonderful World 90-MommyAllehs 91-Things That Suck 92-A Mother's Stuff 93-Princess Vien 94-My Inner Thoughts Revealed 95-Roxiticus Desperate Housewives 96-Apples Of The Eyes 97-Nita's Random Thoughts 98-Nita's Corner 99-Thomas Digital Services 100-A Mother's Thoughts 101-Meltwater. Torrents. Meanderings. Delta 102-My Perfect Escape 103-Vanidosa. Marie 104-Confessions of a Supermodel Wannabe 105-Lynda's Loft 106-Listening..Learning..Living 107-LadyJava's Lounge 108-Asian Mutt International 109-Turn-u-Off 110-Carpe Diem
Hope i am doing it right. For me i choose 'Grateful'.
Things i am grateful for: 1) For accepting Christ in my life.
2) Close with my aunties and uncles.
3) Great GF/Future wife.
4) Having friends who i can always count on, be it good time or bad.
5) Meet great people in the internet world (blogging / facebook).
Monday, May 5, 2008
Lawyer prepares insanity defense for incest captor
AMSTETTEN, Austria (CNN) -- The Austrian who reportedly admitted holding his daughter captive for 24 years and fathering seven children with her will plead insanity, his lawyer said.
Attorney Rudolf Mayer said he believed 73-year-old Josef Fritzl had a mental disorder, The Associated Press reported. Mayer said someone who was mentally ill "didn't choose" to do what police allege he did.
Mayer said Fritzl would be confined to a psychiatric institution rather than a prison if he was certified as insane and convicted, AP reported.
Police said last week that Fritzl had confessed to imprisoning his daughter in a secret cellar dungeon in his home, fathering seven children with her and burning the body of one who died in infancy in a furnace.
Meanwhile, Fritzl's sister-in-law has said his wife did not know her daughter was held captive in their basement for decades because she had been trained not to ask questions under her husband's tyrannical rule of the household, .
He was such a tyrant," said the woman identified only as Christine R. in a Saturday interview conducted and translated by AP.
"He tolerated no dissent," Christine R. added.
"Listen, if I was scared myself -- I was scared of him at a family party and I did not feel confident to say anything in any form that could possibly offend him -- then you can imagine how it was for a woman who spent so many years with him."
In the televised interview, Christine R. added detail to the bizarre story of 73-year-old Fritzl who was recently arrested and confessed to holding his daughter captive in a dungeon under the home for decades, repeatedly raping her and fathering seven kids -- with six of them surviving.
Christine R. also said Fritzl committed an unrelated rape in 1967, served 18 months in prison for that crime and that her sister continued to stay married to him in a desperate attempt to keep their family together.
Recent media reports also claimed Fritzl had been convicted of rape. Austrian police have said they are looking into the claims.
The horrifying story has shocked many locally and across the world. On Sunday, members of the Amstetten religious community held a Mass to remember Fritzl's family. After the Mass, members of the church signed a banner outside a church in support of the victims.
The story of the family's imprisonment began to unravel two weeks ago, when Fritzl's daughter, Kerstin Fritzl, fell seriously ill with convulsions and was hospitalized.
The 19-year-old girl, who had been locked in the basement her entire life along with her mother and two brothers, was in an artificially induced coma in an Amstetten clinic. She was suffering from a kidney ailment that worsened because she did not receive medial treatment sooner, authorities said.
Fritzl told his wife that their daughter Elisabeth, who is now 42, ran away from home at age 18.
The couple adopted three of the children who Josef said were left on their doorstep as infants by his runaway daughter.
In the interview Christine R. said her sister, Rosemarie, truly thought that her daughter had ran away to join a cult.
"She never believed him being capable of it," said Christine R. "We were all taken in by him and believed that she (referring to Elizabeth), was in a cult and that she wouldn't come out."
It may have been Fritzl's strict rule over the household that made it possible for him to keep his gruesome secret hidden for so long, Christine R. said.
The unspeakable ordeal has taken a toll on the whole family, Christine R. said, stating that she spoke to her sister on the phone recently.
"Five or six days after Kerstin went to the hospital I called my sister and asked her how the girl was doing," Christine R. said. "She said that she herself was doing badly, and the girl herself was doing badly and she wished with all of her heart that the girl would pull through."
Fritzl is being held in police custody. He has yet to be charged, but he can be held by police for 14 days without formal charges while the investigation is under way. That amount of time can be extended by a judge.
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Thursday, May 1, 2008
Incest family 'faces years in therapy'
(CNN) -- The woman and children held captive in a cellar for years by their incestuous father will take years to recover from their disturbing ordeal, doctors warned Wednesday as the family at the center of the case remained in psychiatric care.
Members of the Fritzl family will also be offered the chance to adopt new identities in an effort to help them lead normal lives, officials said.
Hans-Heinz Lenze, the head of local social services said the family was "doing as well as can be expected in the circumstances" and said any change of identity would be the family's decision.
Elizabeth Fritzl -- now 42 -- spent more than two decades in the windowless basement after being drugged, handcuffed and locked up by her father, Josef Fritzl, as an 18-year-old. Repeatedly raped, she gave birth to seven children by Fritzl, one of whom died as an infant.
Three of the children -- Kerstin, 19; Stefan, 18; and Felix, 5 -- remained imprisoned underground with their mother. The other three lived in an apartment upstairs with Fritzl and his wife who believed Elizabeth had abandoned them after running away from home.
Elizabeth and five of the children were continuing to receive treatment at a local clinic near Amstetten after being reunited on Sunday. Kerstin, whose hospitalization at the weekend finally brought the family's plight to the attention of authorities, remained in a coma at a nearby hospital.
"It is astonishing how easy it worked that the children came together, and also it was astonishing how easy it happened that the grandmother and the mother came together," clinic director Berthold Kepplinger said. But Kepplinger warned that the family would require extensive counseling.
"We're talking of 20 years of darkness, incest and its effects and other illnesses they might have suffered from."
Kepplinger said the two sets of children were tentatively getting to know one another, adding that the two boys who had lived underground had an unusual way of communicating with each other.
A policeman who had accompanied the boys to hospital after their discovery on Sunday said the pair had "screamed with excitement" during the car journey as they experienced the outside world for the first time.
"The two boys appeared overawed by the daylight they had never experienced before," said Chief Inspector Leopold Etz. "The real world was completely alien to them... We had to drive very slowly with them because they cringed at every car light and every bump. It was as if we had just landed on the moon."
In an interview with the Austrian newspaper, Oesterreich, psychiatrist Max Friedrich, who treated the abducted teenager Natascha Kampusch, estimated it would take "between five and eight years" for the children to recover from their experiences.
Another psychologist, Bernd Prosser, told Austrian television that it would be impossible for the four held prisoner underground to lead normal lives. "I am afraid it is too late for that."
Kampusch, the Austrian girl abducted as a 10-year-old and held captive in a basement for more than eight years until she escaped in 2007, also offered her help to the family on Tuesday, but questioned the decision to move them from the cellar into psychiatric care.
"Pulling them abruptly out of this situation, without transition, to hold them and isolating them to some extent, it can't be good for them," said Kampusch, now 20, in an interview with Austrian TV station Puls 4.
"I believe it might have been even better to leave them where they were, but that was probably impossible. This case is not like mine, where that was not my environment. They were born there and I can imagine that there is a strong attachment to that place."