Monday, October 22, 2007

Hang Ka Sawan?

Di wajahmu ku lihat bulan
bersembunyi di sudut kerlingan
Sadarkah tuan kau ditatap insan
yang hauskan belaian

Di wajahmu ku lihat bulan
menerangi hati gelap rawan
Biarlah beta mencari naungan
di wajah damai rupawan

Serasa tiada jauh dan mudah dicapai tangan
Ingin hati menjangkau, kiranya tinggi di awan

Di wajahmu ku lihat bulan
yang mengintai di balik senyuman
Jangan biarkan ku tiada berkawan
Hamba selalu menantikan

Singer(s): S.Effendi then Hetty Koes Endang

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Oody the Hangkasawan Negeri - floating in the gravity-less chamber.

I have written about my fascination with the moon some time back. Our ehem.. hero, Dr Sheikh didnt exactly go to the moon but he was near enough there (plus good looking enough) to make the whole country goes over the moon for him (a friend at the office even had a dream about her and Dr.S honeymooning on the moon.. oooooohhhhh, naughty naughty).

It is wonderful that we can put our flag beside the likes of Russia and USA. It is wonderful that we too, a puny-sized country like Malaysia can send a man to space and back again. It is especially wonderful that we can spin a gasing and play batu seremban, plus eat satay and briyani in space. What a feat!

My only leeetle complaint is this, we could have sent someone to space, as a tourist, for 20mill - only a fraction of the cost we spent on Dr.S. We could send 10 men/women to space with that money! (If we have room, maybe we can even send that friend of mine to space together with Dr.S. If anything, the Projek Angkasawan Negara taught us that, dreams CAN come true, kan?)

And the experiments? Protein crystallisation in gravity-less condition has been done since what... 1970s? With the money, we could have spent it building a gravity-less chamber/room/lab to carry many more important experiments. Many more spinning tops and batu seremban of whatever type of batu you can think of.

And that wonderful invention of space-food? Err... where exactly is the market? There are how many trips to space conducted in a year? And the space travellers are not all exactly malays, indians and arabs who might fancy briyanis and satays, yes?

Like i said earlier, i too had goosebumps watching the rocket took off. I too had my ego swelled up to have a fellow rakyat in space, but there are a lot more important researches that the country needs, i think. We dont quite have the resources to carry out R&Ds that dont help generate income. We cant afford to carry out R&D just for the sake of ego, or to satisfy an itch. We cant afford to reinvent the wheel just to show that we can too.

But then again, that's why i am where i am today. Not in the seat of decision makers, because i dont have big vision and foresight. Oh well..

Anyways, the Quranic point of view on space sciences can be watched on video here.


Blogger arsaili said...

salam kenal n selamat hari raya kak..bloghopping from jo kontan..umm im not dr sheikh fan but prefer dr faiz ...ehehe..sorry dr sheikh

4:30 AM  
Blogger OOD said...

heyho arsaili,

hehe... between you and me, i was hoping Dr Faiz would make the trip too. Sorry Dr S too

5:42 PM  
Blogger anasalwa said...

You have the lyric, I have the song.

Lets sing together.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Theta said...

Dr Faiz looks more like a typical Malay guy, I concur. :)

Anyhoo, different semantics and connotations apply when you are called a tourist as opposed to a full-fledged astronaut.

In our case, space flight attendant is still A-OK, I guess. ;-)

8:21 PM  
Blogger OOD said...

yey! let's make beautiful music together-gether!
Thanks! After all these months, finally i got the lyrics!

Dr.S isnt exactly an astronaut right? But he must have been the happiest man in space. He was always pictured/filmed with this huge grin! And he couldnt be still too! Forerever floated about. Hehehe... bestnya to be weightless!

10:55 PM  
Anonymous kna said...

Dear ood,

Jokontan and I have been to Rebung Restaurant which is owned by Dr S and Chef Ismail. The food ok lah and at one time, Dr S was there too during one of his break from the space tourist program in Russia.

I read in the newspaper that both of them applied together to join the space tourist program,hehehehehe!!!

Being a handsome and macho man,I noticed a few men giving me "the look" while we were there ;-).Jokontan was not handsome enough to warrant any attention :-)).


7:29 PM  
Blogger OOD said...

hehe.. i heard that he is quite a gay and happy guy. So is the chef. But which couple wouldnt be if the restaurant is that successful?

*wink! wink*

1:10 AM  

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