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15th June, 2004. 4:39 pm.

i'll tell you why no one would want to remain jobless for extended periods. it's the same fear as being stuck in a huge empty warehouse where you're strung up high admist steel cords of high tension silence that pierce your ears with its deafening shriek.

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6th April, 2004. 7:02 am. Matthew 26: 6-13

6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. 8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? 9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. 10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. 11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. 12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. 13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

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5th April, 2004. 9:16 am.

exams are starting this week! hohoho. i'm so NOT in the mood for revisions and stuff. help! i'm having ume sake in the morning. i need more of that stuff.. anyway here's the lowdown on my modules and stuff (yes i'm lounging into a rant so skippity skip for all rubbish intolerants)

(kono nomimono wa, totemo oishii deshiyo..)

well what's more disappointing than having STUDIED for a subject and despite that failing for it?? i read 3 chapters for the mid term accounting test and still scored like a P (which stands for a pass). that would have sounded pretty if not for the fact that 25% scored VG (very good), more scored G (good), and there you have the AAs (above average) and A (average) finally those at the bottom rung P and WP(weak pass). it's absolutely demoralising. i understood those chapters when i was readding them but the questions are all totally in another league of their own. pfft!!

well i think i'll start self abuse revision after a couple of futurama episodes. Sigh. the weather is lovely but the week has to start in this tone.

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15th February, 2004. 8:33 am.

My journal says I'm 72% masculine.
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24th January, 2004. 5:55 pm.

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a figure in the distance. As he got closer, he realized the figure was that of a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”
The youth replied, “Throwing a starfish into the ocean. The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”
“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, “I made a difference for that one.”

Adapted from “The Star Thrower” by Loren Eisely

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4th January, 2004. 10:38 pm.

happy 4th january! just because!

school's starting tomorrow.. no more lazy breakfast hours :( i'll miss that. it's my last semester anyway, and some days i find myself worrying about employment prospects. i wouldn't want to be tied down to office hours, hvns forbid. mm.

i'm already looking forward to the year end. i will miss the festive atmosphere. it's good that we still have chinese new year to look forward to!

hopefully year 2004 would be a good one, a year which i could account for and not look back with regrets.

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31st December, 2003. 4:55 pm.

Happy new year folks! 2004 is so surreal. but sometimes i refer to the present year as 2005. it's getting hard to know exactly where you stand on the timeline when days/months/years just glide into a whole messy pool like hot goo.

i won't be making resolutions this year because it's depressing to realise you've forgotten what resolutions you've made when you're stuck in the middle of the year. i love year ends/beginnings. somehow there's a sense of achievement that i've survived the year in one piece, that somehow all the negative events combined weren't enough to pull me down. that's not without God's care of course, and all my friends and parent and relatives! not to mention those pleasant moments that altoghter added outweighs the negatives!

mm, that's all for now! take good care and enjoy the coming year :)

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8th December, 2003. 10:25 am.

Take a trip *here*
Easily the best online adventure i've had :)

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2nd December, 2003. 11:47 pm.

vodka mudshake is horrid. it's diluted washing-liquid. gag. i need baileys now. or double shots of brown nipples. brown cow. anything strong with cream. somedays it's so boring. man. i want to play grim fandango again. but the family pc's spoilt. it won't work. this laptop is overloaded. the tv's crap. mm. mmm. maybe i should go get some sleep.

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27th November, 2003. 5:57 pm.

i'm currently doing a module on South Asia Studies. One of the central themes is the exploitation of women and children.

This excerpt is taken from Neera Burra's "Born to Work - Child Labour in India". (1997)

Ch2, Where are children working?

Beedi Industry

Of all the industries employing children, the beedi industry in India and the carpet industry of Mirzapur-Bhadohi-Varanasi are the most notorious. In the report of the Task Force on health prepared for the National Commission on Self-Employed Women, beedi workers in Tamil Nadu told of their pitiable condition where they had to mortgage their children in order to survive. One middle-aged woman told Prayag Mehta, the then Director of the National Labour Institute:

"I have mortgaged my seven-year-old girl, and eight-year-old boy to a Sheth three years ago for a loan of Rs 200 (Rs 100 on each child). Two years later, my husband was mortgaged to the same Sheth for a loan of Rs 200. My two children and their faher roll 4000 beedis a day. THey work all the time for the master. Their total wage should be at least Rs 20 a day. However, the Sheth has been paying them each Rs 2.50 a day, out of which he deducts half the money every day." (Mehta 1983: 15)

Another woman said:

"All of us are forced to mortgage our children. What else can we do? When we mortgage other items to the Sheth, we lose control over those items, like our utensils and jewellery. We don't have these any more. We have only children. When we mortgage them, we lose control over them, as we lose control over other items." (ibid.: 15-16)

Saroja, another woman, said:

"Our grand-children are also mortgaged, We are like bonded labour. We are slaves. We just give birth to children and then leave them to work for the money lenders. We can ask no questions. We have to follow them like slaves. Husband, children and grand-children all work in this way. All are slaves." (ibid.: 16)

Mehta writes:

In voices choked with emotion, they described how mercilessly their children are beaten by the moneylender employers. Most of the children are very young when mortgaged. It is difficult for them to work all the time. Sometimes they do not go. The Sheth then beats them severely. Their fingers are injured by caning (ibid.).

Most of the mortgaged children said that they became bonded over very small sums of money. They had in fact paid back both the principal and the interest but since they and their parents are illiterate, tehy did not understand the basis of calculation. Even after ten or fifteen years of work, when they want to leave, the employers demand the principal and the interest.

If the beedi industry is oppressive, the conditions of children in the carpet industry are worse.


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