Yesterday, there was this piece of news in the national papers on Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme.
Tuesday January 23, 2007
Malaysia My Second Home programme under threat By MANJIT KAUR
KUALA LUMPUR: “Hanky-panky” by officers in a government department and unscrupulous agents are jeopardising efforts to promote the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme.
Our tourism minister said that:
“Unfortunately during this transition period (one year), some of the officers from a department did something which is not nice for me to say.
“But the mess has been cleaned up by the department, and we are working closely to ensure that such incidences do not occur again.
“A few officers from the department have been sacked for not following the stipulated rules and regulations on fixed deposits,”
What a laugh. Isn’t that a gov’men department and don’t we, the rakyat, have the right to demand for transparency? How can a statement like that be allowed to slide? Not nice to say so don’t say issit? Wahhh What has become of Malaysia?
Long before I got down to getting this blog up, I thought that it would be ideal if I could migrate the content from my old blog over here.
However, after I upgraded my Blogger to Blogger Beta and subsequently to the new out-of-Beta Blogger, I read in one blog that it is not possible to migrate the old contents to a new blog anymore, or at least it’s not as easy as it was before.
It’s horrifying to think I may have to copy and paste each post one by one over here. I have over 400 posts on my blog and ahhh the amount of work!
When I first stated that blog, I diligently published one post a day. After I started to blog for money, I have on average four new posts on the blog per day.
So shall I migrate? Even if I do, I will only be saving the old posts as drafts in this blog as I don’t want search engines to think my blogs are mirror sites, since they are definitely not, and risk getting removed from their index.
Ok, I give up. I have no bloody idea how to go about editing WordPress themes. It did not help that for whatever reason, I am unable to access the theme files just when I’m all fired up to get the stuff done. It really kills my mood. Why waste time with the layout when I can blog, right?
So this blog is for now bare of Adsense, image buttons, stats tracker, advertisement banners and what not, till I figured a way to go about implementing them.
Sometimes I do feel that it is better not to know who reads my blog. At least I can blog without feeling self-conscious. I can’t blog as emotionally free now that my other blog has more readers.
This is also the reason why not even my family knows about my blogs. If I am not granted the freedom for anything else, I will fight for my freedom to express. I don’t know if there’s anyone else who knows me in real life that discovered my blogs. If they did, nobody confronted me but thankfully, not many people I know for real are bloggers. Bloggers are one of a kind.
So I thrive on this opportunity to write and write away without minding who, from where, reads my thoughts, when and for how long.
I hope you will enjoy reading my thoughts as I have enjoyed jotting them down.
The other day, I had the opportunity to listen to a recorded interview with a marriage counselor. She said that every time she is annoyed with something, she will tell herself, “Inner smile!” and she will conjure up an image of upturned lips and twinkly eyes.
Since then, whenever I get annoyed, especially when people come asking me for money as if I have a flourishing money tree, I will tell myself, “Inner smile, girl!”
You may wonder if this works, well most times it does. Not only do I conjure up a virtual smile in my mind, I also think of some joke or something that made me laugh. It helps when you have joker friends who crack jokes like nobody’s business all the time. I’m glad I do have friends like these to cheer me up. It sure beats searching the internet for jokes.
I suppose one of the fastest way to beef up on Page Rank is to have a little link love. I would appreciate it if you could include me in your blogroll or if possible, a more effective way is to post my link within one of your posts.
In return, I will also write about you on my other blog with has a Page Rank of 3. Yes, it’s another link to your blog!
I thank you in advance!!
Many people are asking if this blog will have paid posts, having seen what has happened to ** An Anonymous Journal **. It’s getting pretty crowded over there, isn’t it?
To be honest, this blog was started as a back up in case Blogger terminates the accounts of review writers, like what happened to WordPress free blog users.
As I said, this blog is a contingency plan. I also envision that sooner or later, advertisers will be more inclined towards having own-hosted domains to write about them. Maybe because domain names play a role in key word search in search engine marketing. I am not sure.
Therefore, I do not deny that this blog will have paid reviews in the future. However, if my Blogger is still intact, this blog will have a lot less sponsored posts. I couldn’t write that many posts a day even if I wanted to, anyway.
To be honest, I did not feel the warmth over there. Most people there are damn kiasu. They made it seem as if we were the alien invaders. If I were on the other side of the divide, I would gladly welcome the implementation of changes since there will be less qualified people and hence less competition.
Unfortunately, I am on this side, where my kind will be sidelined, either because of our blog host, education level, geographical location or whatever excuse that they may have now or in future.
I feel that it’s an inaccurate assumption that own-hosted blogs are superior to free sub-domain blogs. In fact, Blogger blogs are so idiot-proof that they get indexed even without doing anything, except blog. So it’s unfair to also exclude people with high Page Rank free hosted blogs.
Well, I guess it’s time to let go. It’s time to move on. Play time is over. Now, I just wanna concentrate on building my blogs, especially this baby. And how about some Korean drama? Anyone?