Thursday, January 31, 2008

YIPEEEEEEEEEEE. THIS BLOG IS ONE YEAR OLD!

Today this blog is one year old. This day one year ago, I unmasked myself in solidarity with the above Blues Brother, Rocky and Jeff who was being sued by the nasty New Straits Times. I hate bullies especially bullies who use others money to bully ordinary people. But I know that these bullies do not sleep soundly. Trust me. They don't.

That day at Denmark House I met old Xaverian Syed Imran with his son who told NST what he really thought of them. The presence of this father and son further convinced me that I cannot remain just a commentator called Zorro.I have to unmask. Back in the National Press Club that night, former student Tony Gayangdato urged me to put up a blog of my own, as he had done earlier. It didn't take much persuasion and that was how zorro-unmasked joined the band of bloggers who put a name to their nick.

So how did we fare. I really don't know. Perhaps the figures below could tell although I lost six months of sitemeter records. But truth be told I met some wonderful men and women who agreed to disagree. Today, these are my buddies and soul-mates. I have learnt a lot from them and they have touched my life, believe me you men and women did. You have all enriched my life. I dont know how to repay you. My gratitude goes to the readers and commentators who visited, said their piece and mostly professionally too. I only had to reject four commentators and if I did not apologise to these four, I am saying it now. My gratitude also goes to Sheih, Mob1900 for lending me their graphics.

Did I make a contribuion? Was the posting impactful? I tried to contribute from the heart. Impact? Maybe I got recognition for the wrong reasons: Somebody impersonated Zorro and had his posting hosted by Mahaguru. When alerted Zainal immediately broght down the posting. Then last Saturday during the Price Hike Protest a police superintendant called out to me: "Hello Zorro, can I have your particulars?" And three weeks into opening up this blog, an anonymous caller reminded me that there was a place called Kamunting. If getting noticed is impactful for whatever reasons I will continue to write from the heart, for justice, for peace, for freedom to speak, freedom to assemble, and freedom to tell it as it is.
I HAVE LIVED A GOOD LIFE AND IT IS NOW PAYBACK TIME IN THE LITTLE INSIGNIFICANT WAYS MADE AVAILABLE TO ME.

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34 comments:

seiloko said...

Welldone señor , keep up the good work. Keep on whipping the corrupted politicians; fanatics; bigots; injustices; suppressor of democracy.....

Long live Zorro!!!

polytikus said...

congrats korkor zorro!!! :) have a wonderful blog-versary! :)

thinking said...

A hearty congratulations on this very momentous occasion! Well done and keep on blogging!

nat said...

yipee!!! happy blogoversary!! :)

lucia said...

happy 1st anniversary, zorro!

you sure did make an impact with your blog - just a year and now latest already got 40,000 visitors a month. i see the figure keep increasing - 110K, 20K, 30K.... by end of this year you will sure have over 100K visitors per month!

i can still remember the time before you started your blog, when you used to come in once a while to my blog to comment. now with just a year blogging, you had become so popular (unlike me, 4 years already still lagging behind! lol).

continue blogging the way you do. i enjoy reading your blog very much.

once again, congrats!

The Ancient Mariner said...

Congrats on your first anniversary. I am also truly grateful to you, mat salo and the rest for the intro to others in blogosphere.

Didnt even realise I have also completed my first year .. heheh

Lrong said...

Yappeee b-day, taiko... keep it flying...

Syed Imran said...

Dear Bro Zorro the Xaverian,
Congratulations and best wishes to you. It marks an important milestone on the path of your struggle against all 'evil'. I wish you many more milestones and success. Cheers!

LABOR OMNIA VINCIT

team bsg said...

happy birthday!
hetheman...
cheers

shanghaistephen said...

Congratulations, monsier zorro,
You go and tell them like.... "in your face" to all things not justified to the common man !Yeah man !Cheers and this calls for another round tonight !Beers first and then malt?.....errh... 1 cube ice please Loy !
Cheers zorro !

beeranyone said...

fine single malt whiskies must be served in a single malt whisky glass... neat & no ice.

yes, nothing but straight up...

just like all your posting.

Kata Tak Nak said...

Happy Anniversary See Fu. I appreciate all that you have done. You truly are one of a kind.

Nora aka Anon Fm Miri said...

Happy 1st year anniversary brother. So you coming to the Miri International Jazz Fest????

Adios

CP Waterman said...

Happy 1st anniversary!
Thank you sir you have touched my life.
Take care & God bless!

fr.
Paris.

hard-T said...

happy b'day baby. CHEERS

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

Happy 1st anniversary, uncle B! without Zorro Unmasked, there wouldnt be any let's Go Land, and without LGL, I wouldnt be making tons of friends, i kid you not.

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Anonymous said...

Dear Sir,

You never taught me in school but were good friends with a teacher that I greatly respect - although I had the pleasure of having Mrs. Zorro as a teacher. Having met you just a couple of times over the years, I am not surprised at your passion in this blog. I read your postings daily from the US (NY) and share a lot of the discussion with family and friends.

Thanks for everything and I look forward to leaving another comment on your 10th anniversary.

Trashed said...

Happy 1st anniversary.

Allow me to hoist one to wet my whistle to commemorate this auspicious landmark.

You have already provided much to many people in your past "lives" as teacher, coach, HR manager and consultant, without fear or favour. It is others who should be thankful for your wisdom.

You have also proven that an old dog CAN learn new tricks with your blog.

Please continue, sir. Exclesior !

polytikus said...

and a congrats to you too, captain! :)

eh what's this, let's have a parteeeee! :)

mindful mariner said...

Hearty Congratulations Zorro.

Wishing you a Happy Blog 1st Birthday.

Keep up the good work, your country and her people need you.

À votre santé

mob1900 said...

Congratulations Cikgu!
The elegant white hair gentleman who stood up against tyranny and voice out for the frail, just as the mythical Zorro would, Salut!

RaisingMercury said...

thank you for sharing your thoughts and keeping me updated.. i would have probably been that katak di bawah tempurung if not for your blog =) plus you write things straightforward and easy enough to digest =) also...OMG, your visitor stats are reaallyy amazing... at least your message is being said loud and clear to your thousands and thousands of readers =)

Whitelight59 said...

Congrats Mr Khoo, a milestone indeed. lets raise a glass of single malt in cheers !!

Yaaaaaaammmmmm senggggggggggg

Anonymous said...

Way to go, sir!

From Bergen.

mekyam said...

Congratulations on your blog's anniversary, Mr BK!

Impact? That has to be an understatement, Teach!

Can't speak for others who visit your site regularly, but I simply love the way you try to knock sense into your readers. With a lot of heart and a lot of wit, but most of all, in the plainest of speak.

You are not all talk either. You walk! And how! :D

Thank you Mr BK for sharing your heart and soul with us this past year. God bless.

Only cowards would have you cowered, Sir!

GobloKing said...

congrats Zorro!!!!
MMM...mwahhh....from me to you!

Let no one say you have not fought the valiant fight!

I enjoy you because you write from your heart; sometimes impulsively, but always STRAIGHT!

Sometimes I worry for you but then I wonder what Mrs Zorro has to say!!

Plse continue serving us straight up and no bullshit!

This way, you are True to yourself..& US!

p/s if you happen to bump into Lim Keng Yaik, just tell him for me
"every dog has its day". That's all!

tony -stand-up philosopher said...

Dear Sir,
Congrats on your first year. Many great things began with humble beginnings...so too your blog. It only had to take two beers to start a blog. Have more and make it a household name. Cheers!

nstman said...

I like beer drinkers. Therefore I like you. Keep up the fight, Zorro. Continue the struggle against lies, hypocrisy, idiocy, stupidity, religious extremism and bigotry. Once again, congratulations for enriching our lives.

Mr Bojangles said...

Congratulations. The 1st year is always the hardest and I'm sure the fun has only just begun.

The chart is really graphic. Its clear that you are giving notice, via a red-tipped finger, to the crooks, cronies, and unprincipled ones bent on messing this land with their Gula and Avaritia.

Cheers.

Harrison bin Hansome said...

Everybody's talking (goodness) about Zorro, a.k.a. bernard khoo on the blog. They couldn't be wrong on this. Hats off to you SIR.

Anonymous said...

Zorro rides again!
ZZZ....(not meant for Sleepy Head ) !

A Voice said...

Congratulations and celebration.

Anonymous said...

hmm... amazing thread ))