Sunday, November 22, 2009


This year is the 45th anniversary since the opening of the Tokaido Shinkansen. The development of bullet train being a sustainable transportation mode to replace the private car, busses and conventional train symbolized the maturity and efficiency level of a country. Until last week, I was an ordinary layman from a soon but yet to be developed country, who never ride on the bullet train before in my whole life. (Msia aimed to become a developed country by 2200. Opps sorry , i mean 2020. Yes, i just said 2020) New high-speeed rail routes along linking mainland Europe such as Paris-Brussels-Cologne-Franfurt, have significantly improved the rail journey times through by-passing the relatively slow conventional routes along river valleys (David SPaven, 2006). Cant believe that the high speed rail technology has been exist for nearly half a century and we are still arguing wether or not to built a bullet train linking Kuala Lumpur to Singapore which will cost pproximately RM8.1 billion (USD 2.4 b). It was also the first year that Msia government rejected the proposed bullet train that link KL and Singapore (325km), reducing car travel time from 5 hrs to 90 mins. The conventional train takes 7.5 hours excluding time for immigration clearance. The 1 hr in-flight by air will take approximately 3-4 hrs if including the travel from city to airport and the immigration clearance.
Last Friday trip to Daejeon by Korea KTX (high speed rail) was a pleasant trip though it was too silent that it will be annoying if you start talking to your friend or wake-up by the announcement. The high speed rail enable passengerss travel to a far city and back to Seoul in the same day, saving time and increase productivity. The Korea KTX was opened in April 2004 between Seoul and Busan, using the technology based on the TGV (France). In 2004, Korea was the 8th country with trains operating at 300 km/h and only in the second in the Far East after Japan. Now Taiwan and China had join the league table with other player in the world such as Germany, Spain, Sweden, UK, Italy, USA, Finland and ect (Ryo Takagi, 2004).
I'm doing some research on the proposed bullet train mentioned above though it was rejected by the Msian government. I would think that it was a bad call since the initial cost will be supported by YTL Corporation who prepared the proposal and had successfully built another semi-high speed rail connecting KL to KL International Airport in a low cost. The reduce of road traffic will solve the congestion of the highway and save the government subsidies on the petrol beside other environment benefits. It is better to spend the money in the infrastructure especially in transportation that involving energy consumption saving than spending our taxpayers money onto the empty city of Putrajaya (new government ministry city) and its ever luxurious buildings which we seldom go. Do you think Msia can become a developed country like Korea in 2020? I am a lier if i say yes. The worst thing is everybody including i am starting to feel nothing about the speed of the KTX thinking that it should have been faster; and Msia is still using the ever slow KTM (Keretapi Tanah Melayu). A good choice if you plan to stay a nite in the train until reaching Spore in the morning with bed sleeper costing RM40 (USD 12), 10.5 hours journey. I need info on the statistics of number of passenger travel by cars, busses and train form KL to Singapore. Send the link or info to me if you have any. I have contacted both Singapore and Malaysia authorities. Though with negative outcome, the Spore side replied within 2 days and still no reply from Msian side in after 2 weeks. This is the difference of quality and efficiency. Now you know why it might take another 190 years for Msia to become a developed country and the developed countries like Japan, Korea and Spore will no longer be called developed but sustainable matured countries. Hmm... do i sound radical and only knew how to damage my own country's image? But dont you think a father will critics his son if he doesnt loves him? I would not say a thing if i dont care... Lets hope for the first bullet train in Msia when KTM evolute to KTX. ^^


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

More Global Warming

How Serious is Global Warming?

Korean friends told me that the weather in Korea is changing. In the old days, there will be a routine of about 4 days cold and 3 days hot in the late autumn. However, it is very hard to predict the weather now due to global warming. Koreans depend very much on the weather forecast to decide fashion and what to wear the next day. There is a saying in Korea that you will sense the changing of weather by just looking at the daily girls fashion on the street. Last year summer, the girls shortest skirt is up to 24cm above the knee. However, it was reported that the record has gone to 28cm during this summer. Good for guys. ^^ However, th disadvantage is that the sexy skirt may draw off your attention on the street and endanger you to the traffic around. Too bad, i cant provide you with Korean girls photos on the street. ^^ Korean girl can really stand cold. The girls like to wear shorts and mini skirt plus a layer of stocking during the late autumn or sometimes in the winter. However, they wear 3 to 4 layers on the upper part of the body. Quite a contrast^^ This might anger most of you cute ladies but my hypothesis is that girls tend to have more fat on their legs hence able to stand the cold. Wahahaha!

Attached herewith the photo descriping how serious is the global warming . Dont just 'talk' the global warming but 'walk' it. Only 48% are willing to spend additional money in gasoline taxes to achieve the goal in reducing US GHG emissions. It is convenient to blame the industry but most people are unaware that they are actually the source of the CO2 emissions. Some countries had made clear that they wouldn't sacrifice the economy development to CO2 emission deduction policy. So my humble first step in reducing Green House Gas is to wear sexy short pant in the next summer to reduce the usage of aircond; and stop taking bath for 3 months in the coming winter to save hot water ^^

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

No More Racist, i have my own 'pure' blood pride too---Drafting of law to prevent discrimination in Korea

Recently, New York Times posted a special topic in its Asia Pacific section pertaining to Korea. The lawmakers in Korea are starting to draft legislation that for the first time would provide a detailed definition of discrimination by race and ethnicity and impose criminal penalties following the recent incident reported in July which caught the eyes of all Korean nations. On the evening of July 10, Bonogit Hussain, a 29-year-old Indian man, and Hahn Ji-seon, a female Korean friend, were riding a bus near Seoul when a man in the back began hurling racial and sexist slurs at them. however, was that, once it was reported in the South Korean media, prosecutors sprang into action, charging the man they have identified only as a 31-year-old Mr. Park with contempt, the first time such charges had been applied to an alleged racist offense.

South Korea is a country where people were taught to take pride in their nation’s “ethnic homogeneity” and where the words “skin color” and “peach” are synonymous. Koreans are very proud of their 'pure' blood. Most of the Korean parents prefer their children to marry with their own race. Once i talked to an 'Ajuma' (Korean middle age lady), she is the owner of my frequent restaurant. She told me that she prefer her daughter to marry with Korean man because international marriage brings alot of unforssen problems in the future. She also advice me to marry a Msian women instead of Korean lady. ^^ I was up-set at that moment thinking that i have my own 'pure' blood pride too. However, i understand it was just a normal judgement that international marriage might couse confusion for the future generation.

If by any chance i got marry with a Korean lady, is she willing to stay with me in Msia, a hot country and with its own discriminative law towards minority races like my race. Anyhow, i believe there are only two types of homosapiens, the good ppl and bad ppl. How good is good and how bad is bad? I have my own standard but it wont variant too far from what you expect. All and all, Koreans are nice ppl and i salute them for their pride and culture. Wish me luck so that i can meet my right companion here in Korea (no prejudice but only ladies are welcome, not men), the lucky place for me.

From the article, i've also learned that even today, the North Korean authorities often force abortion on women who return home pregnant after going to China to find food, according to defectors and human rights groups. For many Koreans, the first encounter with non-Asians came during the Korean War, when American troops fought on the South Korean side. That experience has complicated South Koreans’ racial perceptions, Mr. Seol said. Today, the mix of envy and loathing of the West, especially of white Americans, is apparent in daily life.

Feel free to visit the website of New York Times for more details on the article at