Job description  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

My job for the holiday:

Liaison Officer - 2007 Kuala Lumpur World Marching Band Competition

Band assigned - Bodindecha Sing Singhaseni Drum and Bugle Corps, Bangkok, Thailand

dream come true!

Kenny Chesney - Baptism  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

The summer breeze, made ripples on the pond
Rattled through the reeds and the willow trees beyond
Daddy in his good hat, mama in her Sunday dress
Watched with pride, as I stood there in the water up to my chest
And the preacher spoke about the cleansing blood
and I sank my toes into that East Tennessee mud

Then it was down with the old man, up with the new
Raised to walk in the way of light and truth
I didn't see no angels, just a few saints on the shore
But I felt like a newborn baby, cradled up in the arms of the Lord

Amazing grace, oh how sweet the sound
There was glory in the air, there was dinner on the ground
And my sins which were many, were washed away and gone
Along with a buffalo nickel I forgot to leave at home
But that seemed like such a small, small price to pay
For the blessed peace of mind that came to me that day

And it was down with the old man, up with the new
Raised to walk in the way of light and truth
I didn't see no angels, just a few saints on the shore
But I felt like a newborn baby, cradled up in the arms of the Lord

This road is long and dusty, sometimes the soul it must be cleansed
And I long to feel that water, rushing over me again

Down with the old man, up with the new
Raised to walk in the way of light and truth
I didn't see no angels, just a few saints on the shore
But I felt like a newborn baby, cradled up in the arms of the Lord
I felt like a newborn baby, cradled up in the arms of the Lord

I am 38% off track in life! still ok..  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

Your Life is 38% Off Track

In general, your life is going very well.
You're quite happy with where you are and what you're doing.
And even if you get a bit off course, you're usually able to get back on track easily.

why the "ang mo"s (whites) are better  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

Maturity and open-mindedness is required to read what is posted below. Don't come with angry and insulted remarks when I've already warned you.

I call it denial. A way of convincing oneself that one is better when in actual fact is inferior to the opposed. What I'm referring to is when people like us Malaysians compare ourselves to the Western community. We refuse to admit that they ARE progressing way better than we are. Even when it is true that the crime rate is higher over there and that they're way too "modernized", they always emerge better.

The question now here is why? Why is it that many Americans belong to the top 100 most influential people in the world and not Asians? What makes the US one of the strongest country today? What is it that they possess that we don't?

What I am thinking here is that we lack creativity. Like for example, it was the Chinese who discovered gunpowder. But it was the Europeans who improvised the recipe and usage of it. One thing about the Chinese is that they are always content with what they have, they don't try to make things better or expand the uses. I suppose it's part of their ancestral teachings or whatever to always appreciate what they have and never ask for more. But look how it slowed their progression.

Hmm...before you start thinking otherwise, I'm not worshiping the Westerners or anything. I'm not like gonna fall on the floor and kiss their toes. I'm just stating the obvious. No matter how much effort you put in to deny the fact that we are inferior to them, it still remains a fact. But not all countries of Asia should be said to be like that, an example of an Asian country which showed great progression is Japan. During the World War II, Japan suffered a lot of damage, but look now, even with natural resources so scarce on their island, they are now the second-largest economy of the world.

Does it occur to you why? Let's not focus on comparing it to neighboring countries, let's just look at our country, Malaysia. I am sorry to say that Malaysians are a bunch of lazy people. We have first world infrastructures but a third world mentality. Look at the Japanese, they're really hardworking, disciplined and courteous people. If only we (Malaysians) can half of their traits...

Okay, now I am gonna go into my theory why Asians are less progressive than the Westerners. Right, it all starts when a child is born. Asian parents are really too protective over their children. They are so afraid to let them do a little exploring on their own and always insist on tying them down to their chair. Whereas in the Western community, I see many of the parents start exposing their young ones to the world at a very tender age. They're allowed to experience and discover things on their own. In Malaysia, parents always feel it's not right for them to know so much until they're older.We believe that we should always scold and punish them for being inquisitive and adventurous. Scolding a child when he fails to water the plants properly (even if its his first time) kills the child's self esteem. What a way of thinking we have. (sigh)

What parents over here should do is to let loose a little. They're too tense and uptight. Many parents don't treat their children according to their age. (i dont know about you all, but when i go home, i still have to go to bed by 11.30pm and wake up by 9) Children should be treated like an adult once they reach a certain age like when they hit their teenage years. They should be trusted to be able to think and make decisions on their own account regardless whether it's right or wrong. Of course, parents' guidance and care are vital to ensure that their children do not stray too far from what's right but not so much until prevents them from venturing off on their own to learn new things. They should function as the children's safe house, providing comfort and protection if the child gets tired or confused.

So my conclusion is that, why we Asians always appear to grow and mature slower than the Westerners is because of our upbringing. We weren't allowed and were forbidden to know about too many things. It's never good to be overly conservative and pampering as it will not keep your children safe and protected but only make them weaker and unprepared for the real world they're bound to come into.

(My children will not gone through the parenting i went through. im sure about that. He's going to play throw and catch with me by 5. She will be riding bikes and playing baseball when she's 5.)

Newest me  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

pictures taken during the Cohort 4 dinner. Server is slow, so i only managed to upload 2. will put more on soon.

This is taken when i played for the Cell Group party.

Some general traits of a drummer  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

I touched my first pair of drumsticks when i was 9. Since then, i have developed some traits. At times, these traits really annoy people, so i hope those who are planning to learn drums to read through this entry before deciding.

Drummers out there, just read though and see if you can agree with me.

- When my favorite song comes on, ill start air drumming and don't even realize it
- When i hear someone talking about drums, i can't help but give my 2 cents suggestions
- When im talking with other drummers, no one else has a clue what we're saying
- Absolutely any surface (table tops, books, our laps,walls, floors) can be a drum to me
- i create noise everywhere and drives everyone around me nuts
- i complain about having to haul gears to gigs, but i wouldn't trade it for the world
- i tend to "har? har?, excuse me, i cant hear you" when ppl talk to me
- Most bands take drummers for granted...and regret it the second they are gone
- People can't seem to understand why i will pay rm200 for a pair of woodsticks or rm350 for a round piece of metal
- Blisters and calases are a small price to pay, although scars are inevitable
- drummers are always the guy with his shirt off, pouring w/ sweat and rubbing his wrists after the show, but ppl seem to appreciate the lead vocal more

New blog, new beggining.  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

huh! this is my third blog page in a month! kinda tired of switching blog.