Friday, December 30, 2005

A dog tale

I'm phasing down for the year.....

A man was leaving a cafe with his morning coffee when he
noticed a most unusual funeral procession. A funeral coffin
was followed by a second one about 50 feet behind the first.
Behind the second coffin was a solitary man walking with a
black dog. Behind him was a queue of 200 men walking in
single line.

The man couldn't stand his curiosity. He approached the man
walking with the dog, "I am so sorry for your loss, and I
know now is a bad time to disturb you, but I've never seen
a funeral like this with so many of you walking in single line.

Whose funeral is it?"

The man replied, "Well, that first coffin is for my wife.
"The inquisitive man asked, "What happened to her?" The man
replied, "My dog attacked and killed her." He inquired further,

"Well, who is in the second coffin?" The man answered,
"My mother-in-law. She was trying to help my wife when the dog
attacked and killed her also."

A thoughtful moment of silence passes between the two men.

Then the first one asks in excitement "Can I borrow the dog?"

The man replied "Please join the queue..."

Source unknown and meant no disrespect to any canine species too.

New Year Resolutions

And while we are busy partying and saying our farewells to the
old year and hellos to the new, let's not forget the resolutions.
The ones that we made (and missed - so what?!) and new ones just
to keep up with our friends (maybe).

How about some hints here to help you get started...

1. This year, I resolve not to buy a single pair of designer
shoes - I'd buy two.

2. This year, I resolve to buy another kayak to add to the ones
I already have and which are parked at the neighbour's yard.

3. This year, I resolve to buy another Kipling bag, the so
stunning one in shocking pink.

4. This year, I resolve to ...(now you continue)

A toast...

Happy New Year Everyone!

Now, now, don't do anything I would do........

Thursday, December 29, 2005

A true 7th month story

The story took place during the 7th month of the Chinese
lunar calendar and revolved around a young lad named Sam.
Sam at that time was working as a general worker, in a small
company located at Tuas.

During one particular working day, the whole of Sam's company
was requested to work OT in order to meet a deadline due
tomorrow. By the time everything was done, it was already
past 1am and Sam was the last person left in the office.
He was left wondering whether there were still any bus
services at this hour. He decided to try his luck and
quickly tidied up the office, locked up and rushed towards
the bus stop.

The bus stop was situated by a small narrow road with dense
forestation surrounding the area. Sam waited for about 20
minutes and was about to make his way to the main road to
catch a cab when a double-decker bus appeared from nowhere.
He hesitantly waved it down, boarded the bus and the only
person he saw on the same bus was a frail ghastly looking
old woman.

The old woman was dressed in white samfoo and black pant,
attire favoured by maids in those early days or "Ma Jie" as
they were commonly known then. Sam felt uneasy upon seeing
her and was about to go up to the upper deck when a voice
ranged out in Cantonese, "Young man, don't go upstairs.
Upstairs dangerous." It was the old woman.

Her comment sent a chill through Sam's bones and he
figured that the upper deck might be "dirty". He decided
to heed the old woman's advice and grab a seat at the lower
deck even though he felt uncomfortable by her presence. It
was an agonizing 20 minutes journey before Sam reached his
bus stop. He quickly alighted and turned to steal a quick
glance at the old woman, who stared right back at him by
the window. Without further ado, Sam hastened his pace and
was fortunate to reach home safely.

The next day, Sam was requested to work OT and ended up
being the last person left in the office again. It was
already past midnightand Sam was contemplating whether
to take a cab home but decided against it in the end as
money was tight. So he made his way to the bus stop again
and after about 20 minutes, the same double-decker bus

Sam boarded the bus and saw the same old woman again.
He decided to go to the upper deck again when the old woman
called out to him, "Young man, don't go upstairs. Upstairs
dangerous." Even though, he heard it before, he still felt
a certain fear inside him since it's the 7th month. To be
on the safe side, he reluctantly took a seat at the lower
deck again and reached home with no incidents.

The third day, Sam was asked to do OT again. By now
he was feeling dreaded and worried as he didn't want to
repeat the same process again. But he obliged nevertheless
since it's his livelihood. He was, you guessed it, the last
person left in the office again. He made the same journey
to the bus stop, occasionally checking his back as he walked.
The double deck bus arrived, he boarded it and saw the
same old woman again. As he proceeded to go upstairs, the
old woman warned him again, "Young man, don't go upstairs.
Upstairs dangerous."

Sam was fed up with the old woman by now and decided to go
upstairs even though he was feeling a bit scared. He saw
no one else when he reached the upper deck and slowly made
his way to the back of the bus and sat down. Sam's heart
began pounding away as he waited anxiously for something
to happen. After 30 minutes, with nothing happening,
Sam went downstairs to confront the old woman and asked
her why she kept saying it's dangerous upstairs.

The old woman turned, stared at him and replied, "Young man,
don't go upstairs. Upstairs dangerous. Upstairs got no bus


Ahh....a familiar scenario this time of the year.

Story of a greedy lawyer

I wonder if this is a true story or was it fabricated for
some laughs. Anyway, the story goes like this....

A Charlotte, North Carolina lawyer purchased a box of very
rare and expensive cigars and then insured them against fire,
among other things.

Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these
great cigars and without yet having made even his first
premium payment on the policy, the lawyer filed claim against
the insurance company.

In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost "in a series
of small fires." The insurance company refused to pay, citing the
obvious reason that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal

The lawyer sued. and WON!

In delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance
company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated
nevertheless, that the lawyer "held a policy from the company
in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and
also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without
defining what is considered to be unacceptable fire" and was
obligated to pay the claim.

Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the
insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the
lawyer for his loss of the cigars lost in the "fires".


After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him
arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!! With his own insurance claim
and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the
lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property
and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.

This is a true story and was the First Place winner in the recent
Criminal Lawyers Award Contest.

Monday, December 26, 2005

1421 - The year the Chinese discovered the world

1421 - The year the Chinese discovered the world.

When I first read about this, it piqued my interest (I've always
found history interesting) so I read every piece of article that
came my way, including the book. I also subscribed to their
newsletter that keeps subscribers informed of their latest
discoveries and so forth.

The "1421 exhibition" is going around the world and the last stop
was in Singapore. It was a walk-in, larger than life showcase of
Zheng He's travels, and helped to raise awareness of the importance
of these voyages.

For Malaysians who miss the exhibition in Singapore, there is good
news as the exhibition has now moved to the Cheng Ho Cultural Museum
in historic Malacca. It is hoped that it will from there travel the
world in the wake of Zheng He.

This year, the book has been published in Finland, Estonia and
Mainland China. A French edition is expected in Spring 2006.

There will be a film made and Warner Brothers has acquired
the motion picture rights to 1421, and are aiming to produce two
films, the first of which it is hoped will be released in 2008.

The 1421 team will be busy in 2006 with the notification of
"Zheng He's Integrated Map of the World, 1418."

The map, drawn decades before Columbus, da Gama and Magellan set sail, shows the whole world with extraordinary accuracy. Each continent of the world has remarkable geographical features with near correct general contours and position. All oceans of the world are displayed, as are many major rivers and innumerable islands. The map will be made public on January 17th 2006, so please watch this space!

See if these fascinate you too:

Urn found in Nevada

Coin dug out of an embankment at Ocean Park, BC

Chinese cast brass artefact found in Northwestern Australia.
It was found with Chinese pottery and an opium pipe.

Painting of Chinese Junk in California

Cave paintings of Chinese junks in Thailand

Chinese figures on Spanish Church

Get a glimpse of voyages and maps here:
Info on New World discoveries

Thursday, December 22, 2005

999 Roses for your sweetheart

While we're still on LOVE, how would you ladies (men too, why not?)
like to receive 999 red roses from your significant other or someone
who is so smitten with love for you?

Well, a gentleman in Penang just did that. He sent his lady love
999 red roses for her birthday. It's in a bouquet shaped like a
three-dimensional heart, decorated with silver ornaments and a
crystal. He said “I wanted her to have an unforgettable birthday
and also wish that her happiness will be jiu jiu (very long)." sweet. Btw, the present came with a price-tag of
RM3,500 (approx USD920).

Now, would you ladies love to receive such a present and would you
gentlemen give such a gift? Common, let's hear it.

Read story: 999 roses for a lady...The Star

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Installing LOVE

This being the season for loving and giving and all, thought
a little how-to for installing LOVE or more of it would be
helpful. ;) Here goes......

Installing LOVE

Customer: Well, I'm not very technical, but I think I'm ready to
install it now. What do I do first?

Tech Support: The first step is to open your HEART.
Have you located your HEART, ma'am?

Customer: Yes, I have, but there are several other programs
running right now. Is it okay to install while they are running?

Tech Support: What programs are running, ma'am?

Customer: Let's see... I have PAST-HURT.EXE, LOW-ESTEEM.EXE,

Tech Support: No problem. LOVE will gradually erase
PAST- HURT.EXE from your current operating system. It may remain
in your permanent memory, but it will no longer disrupt other
programs. LOVE will eventually overwrite LOW-ESTEEM.EXE with a
module of its own called HIGH-ESTEEM.EXE.

However, you have to completely turn off GRUDGE.EXE and
RESENTMENT.COM. Those programs prevent LOVE from being
properly installed. Can you turn those off, ma'am?

Customer: I don't know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?

Tech Support: My pleasure. Go to your Start menu and invoke
FORGIVENESS.EXE. Do this as many times as necessary until
it's erased the programs you don't want.

Customer: Okay, now LOVE has started installing itself
automatically. Is that normal?

Tech Support: Yes. You should receive a message that says it will
reinstall for the life of your HEART. Do you see that message?

Customer: Yes, I do. Is it completely installed?

Tech Support: Yes, but remember that you have only the base
program. You need to begin connecting to other HEARTs in order to
get the upgrades.

Customer: Oops. I have an error message already.
What should I do?

Tech Support: What does the message say?

COMPONENTS." What does that mean?

Tech Support: Don't worry, ma'am, that's a common problem. It
means that the LOVE program is set up to run on external HEARTs
but has not yet been run on your HEART. It is one of those
complicated programming things, but in non-technical terms
it means you have to "LOVE" your own machine before it can
"LOVE" others.

Customer: So what should I do?

Tech Support: Can you pull down the directory called

Customer: Yes, I have it.

Tech Support: Excellent. You're getting good at this. Now, click
on the following files and then copy them to the "MYHEART"
and ACKNOWLEDGE-LIMITATIONS.DOC. The system will overwrite any
conflicting files and begin patching any faulty programming.
Also, you need to delete SELF-CRITIC.EXE from all directories,
and then empty your recycle bin afterwards to make sure it is
completely gone and never comes back.

Customer: Got it. Hey! My HEART is filling up with new files.
SMILE.MPG is playing on my monitor right now and it shows that
PEACE.EXE, and CONTENTMENT.COM are copying themselves all over my
HEART. Is this normal?

Tech Support: Sometimes. For others it takes a while, but
eventually everything gets downloaded at the proper time. So,
LOVE is installed and running.
You should be able to handle it from here. Ah, one more thing.

Customer: Yes?

Tech Support: LOVE is freeware. Be sure to give it and its
various modules to everybody you meet. They will in turn share it
with other people and they will return some similarly cool
modules back to you.

Customer: I will! Thanks for your help!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Merry Christmas Everyone!

This is the time to be merry. Really. Christmas is such a
jolly time. There's so much spirit in the air - so much cheer.
So let me contribute just a little extra smile to this world
we call the blogosphere. Merry Christmas everyone and hope the
new year brings better tidings to one and all.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Joke of the Year

The weekend is here again. Honestly, been looking forward to it since Monday. Here's a joke to wind up the day or week more like it. Enjoy....... and have a grrrrrrrrrrreat weekend.

Voted joke of the year

A young lady in the maternity ward just prior to labour is asked by the midwife if she would like her husband to be present at the birth.

I'm afraid I don't have a husband" she replies.

OK Do you have a boyfriend?" asks the Midwife.

"No, no boyfriend either."

"Do you have a partner then?"

No, I'm not attached, I'll be having my baby on my own."

After the birth the midwife again speaks to the young woman, "You have a healthy bouncing baby girl, but I must warn you before you see her that the baby is black."

"Well," replies the girl, "I was very down on my luck, with no money and nowhere to live, and so I accepted a job in a porn film. The lead man was black."

"Oh, I'm very sorry," says the midwife, "that's really none of my business and I'm sorry that I have to ask you these awkward questions but I must also tell you that the baby has blonde hair."

"Well yes," the girl again replies, "you see the Co-star in the movie was this Swedish guy." "Oh, I'm sorry," the midwife repeats, "that's really none of my business either and I hate to pry further but your baby also has slanted eyes.

"Yes," continues the girl, "there was a little Chinese man also in the movie, I really had no choice."

At this, the midwife again apologises, collects the baby and presents her to the girl, who immediately proceeds to give the baby a slap on the butt.

The baby starts crying and the mother exclaims, " Thank god for that!"

"What do you mean?" says the midwife, shocked.

"Well," says the girl extremely relieved,

"I had this horrible feeling that she was going to bark."

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Cancer - general knowledge

Just received this and thought it's good general knowledge to be shared. Unfortunately, not able to give real credit as actual source is unknown.

Important information about cancer prevention:

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion.When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.

3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumours.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple
nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic,
environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet
and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells
and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow,
gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver,
kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and
damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often
reduce tumour size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and
radiation do not result in more tumour destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and
radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence
the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and
become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause
cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells
by not feeding it with the foods it need to multiply.

a Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one
important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like
NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is
harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or
molasses but only in very small amounts.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the
gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk
and substituting with unsweetened soya milk cancer cells are being
starved. Milo, Ovaltine, Horlicks are made with milk and best

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is
acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than
beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth
hormones, parasites, etc which are all harmful to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains,
seeds, nuts and a little fruits helps put the body into an alkaline
environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells.

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have caffeine. Green tea
is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of
digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become
putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining
from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein
walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy
the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence,
Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc) to enable the
body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements
(Maitake e.g ) are known to cause cancer cells apoptosis, that is,
induce cancer cells to commit suicide.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive
and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor.
Anger, unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and
acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit.
Learn to relax, enjoy and trust God for healing.

16 Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment.
Exercising daily and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to
the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to
destroy cancer cells.

17. Cancer can be reversed with nutrition, supplements and clinically
proven complementary and alternative therapies.

18. Cancer can be healed by divine intervention of God the Healer.....

1. Sugar is a cancer feeder. Avoid sugar Sugar substitutes like
Equal, Spoonful, NutraSweet are made with Aspartame, a chemical that
is harmful to the body. A better natural alternative is Manuka honey
in small amounts.

2. Milk causes the body to produce mucus Cancer thrives on mucus. A
better calcium alternative is unsweetened soya milk.

3. Green tea has anti-cancer properties. It is a better substitute
for coffee and tea, which have caffeine, bad for people with cancer.

4. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour.
Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

5. Meat like pork, beef, chicken contain livestock antibiotics,
growth hormones, parasites, etc., which are all harmful for people
with cancer. It is better to eat fish, or eat a little free-range
chicken. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of
digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines
become putrefied and leads to more toxic build-up.

6. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining
from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein
walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy
the cancer cells.

7. Water - best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known
toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic,
avoid it.

8. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink
fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and
eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at
temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

A little effort on our part will yield great return in the long
run... keep up the discipline and enjoy every single moment in life.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Crooks are getting creative

Stinking day for clerk who loses RM46,000

KUALA LUMPUR: It was a “stinking” day for a despatch clerk.

The 50-year old man was just outside the Maybank branch in Bukit Bintang at 12.30pm with RM46,000 to deposit when he noticed a peculiar smell coming from his body.

He realised that his shirtsleeve was covered with faeces.

Along came a Good Samaritan, believed to be a Caucasian, who offered to help him to clean up.

After the Samaritan had gone, the clerk found that it wasn’t just the sleeve that the man cleaned.

His sling bag containing the money was also gone.

Police said they were looking at closed circuit videos to find out the identity of the Caucasian.

Source: The Star

Today in History

December 13, 1642
Abel Tasman, the Dutch navigator, and his crew were the first Europeans to arrive to New Zealand. Several of his men were killed in attempting to land when Maoris interpreted an exchange of trumpet fanfares as a prelude to battle. Maoris call New Zealand "Aotearoa" which means the "Land of the Long White Cloud."

Maoris first arrived to New Zealand about 10 centuries ago:

December 13, 1937
In one of the worst atrocities of World War II, Japanese troops invaded the Chinese city of Nanking (at the time China's capital) and over the following few months killed nearly 370,000 Chinese civilians. The violent episode has become known as the "Rape of Nanking" because about 80,000 women of all ages were raped by Japanese soldiers.

"The Rape of Nanking" by Shi Young and James Yin is a new book on the

Source: The LearningKingdom

On the local front, in The Star today:

Nude squat woman identified

PETALING JAYA: The woman featured in the video clip doing ear squats in the nude testified on Tuesday before the Commission of Inquiry probing the incident.

She is a 22-year old Malay, and is currently three-months pregnant.

Related Stories:
Nude woman in video clip may testify today
Azmi returns with China’s message for enforcers
OCPD: Squats are standard procedure
Panel takes a peek at room
Club patrons perform ear squats

Thursday, December 8, 2005

The 90/10 Principle

Have you read this before?
Author : Stephen Covey (Management Guru)

Discover the 90/10 Principle. It will change your life (at least the way you react to situations). What is this principle?

10% of life is made up of what happens to you. 90% of life is decided by how you react. What does this mean?
We really have no control over 10% of what happens to us. We cannot stop the car from breaking down. The plane will be late arriving, which throws our whole schedule off. A driver may cut us off in traffic. We have no control over this 10%. The other 90% is different. You determine the other 90%. How?

By your reaction. You cannot control a red light, but you can control your reaction. Don't let people fool you; YOU can control how you react.

Let's use an example.

You are eating breakfast with your family. Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You have no control over what just what happened. What happens when the next will be determined by how you react.

You curse. You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the cup over. She breaks down in tears. After scolding her, you turn to your spouse and criticize her for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table. A short verbal battle follows. You storm upstairs and change your shirt. Back downstairs, you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish breakfast and get ready for school. She misses the bus. Your spouse must leave immediately for work. You rush to the car and drive your daughter to school. Because you are late, you drive 40 miles an hour in a 30 mph speed limit. After a 15-minut e delay and throwing $60 traffic fine away, you arrive at school. Your daughter runs into the building without saying goodbye. After arriving at the office 20 minutes late, you find you forgot your briefcase. Your day has started terrible. As it continues, it seems to get worse and worse. You look forward to coming home, When you arrive home, you find small wedge in your relationship with your spouse and daughter.


Because of how you reacted in the morning. Why did you have a bad day?
A) Did the coffee cause it?
B) Did your daughter cause it?
C) Did the policeman cause it?
D) Did you cause it?

The answer is " D".

You had no control over what happened with the coffee.

How you reacted in those 5 seconds is what caused your bad day.

Here is what could have and should have happened.

Coffee splashes over you. Your daughter is about to cry.
You gently say,"It's ok honey, you just need, to be more careful next time". Grabbing a towel you rush upstairs. After grabbing a new shirt and your briefcase, you come back down in time to look through the window and see your child getting on the bus. She turns and waves. You arrive 5 minutes early and cheerfully greet the staff. Your boss comments on how good the day you are having.
Notice the difference?

Two different scenarios. Both started the same. Both ended different.
Why? Because of how you REACTED.

You really do not have any control over 10% of what happens. The other 90% was determined by your reaction.

Here are some ways to apply the 90/10 principle.
If someone says something negative about you, don't be a sponge. Let the attack roll off like water on glass. You don't have to let the negative comment affect you! React properly and it will not ruin your day. A wrong reaction could result in losing a friend, being fired, getting stressed out etc.

How do you react if someone cuts you off in traffic?

Do you lose your temper?

Pound on the steering wheel? A friend of mine had the steering wheel fall off)

Do you curse?

Does your blood pressure skyrocket?

Do you try and bump them?

WHO CARES if you arrive ten seconds later at work? Why let the cars ruin your drive?

Remember the 90/10 principle, and do not worry about it.

You are told you lost your job. Why lose sleep and get irritated? It will work out. Use your worrying energy and time into finding another job.

The plane is late; it is going to mangle your schedule for the day. Why take out your frustration on the flight attendant? She has no control over what is going on.! Use your time to study, get to know the other passenger.

Why get stressed out? It will just make things worse. Now you know the 90-10 principle. Apply it and you will be amazed at the results. You will lose nothing if you try it. The 90-10 principle is incredible. Very few know and apply this principle.

The result?

Millions of people are suffering from undeserved stress, trials, problems and heartache. There never seem to be a success in life.

Bad days follow bad days.

Terrible things seem to be constantly happening. There is constant stress, lack of joy, and broken relationships. Worry consumes time. Anger breaks friendships and life seems dreary and is not enjoyed to the fullest.

Friends are lost. Life is a bore and often seems cruel. Does this describe you? If so, do not be discouraged. You can be different! Understand and apply the 90/10 principle.

It CAN change your life.........!!!!!!!

John Lennon, Oct 9 1940 - Dec 8 1980

Today, December 8, marks the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's death. Who killed John Lennon? Was it a senseless killing done by a madman or was it a conspiracy to remove him because he was thought to be a dangerous radical or a political activist?

Whatever it is, the world has lost one of its greatest musicians.

The account of "The Assassination of John Lennon" reads

The scene outside New York's spooky old Dakota apartment building on the evening of December 8, 1980, was as surreal as it was horrifying. John Lennon, probably the world's most famous rock star, lay semiconscious, hemorrhaging from four flat-tipped bullets blasted into his back. His wife Yoko Ono held his head in her arms and screamed (just like on her early albums).

A few yards away a pudgy young man stood eerily still, peering down into a paperback book. Moments earlier he had dropped into a military firing stance - legs spread for maximum balance, two hands gripping his .38 revolver to steady his aim - and blown away the very best Beatle. Now he leafed lazily through the pages of the one novel even the most chronically stoned and voided-out ninth grader will actually read, J. D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye.

The Dakota doorman shouted at the shooter, Mark David Chapman, "Do you know what you've done?"

"I just shot John Lennon," Chapman replied, accurately enough. More...

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Taugeh (bean sprouts) going up by 10 sen

Aiyoh! Even taugeh has not been spared.

The humble taugeh, a popular and cheap vegetable, has not been spared the effects of spiralling prices. The price will cost 10 sen more from Saturday, Dec 10.

Taugeh is widely used for hawker food, i.e., taugeh chicken hor fun, char koay teow, hokkien mee, mee rebus, tauhu sumbat, poh piah and pasembur. It is also served as a side dish with salted fish.

According to taugeh producers, the increase is necessary due to the increased cost of the raw material, the imported mung beans. A gunny sack of beans used to cost RM75 but it is now RM135.

Read story: Price of taugeh going up by 10 sen...The Star

Monday, December 5, 2005

Red Envelopes and the Law of Attraction

Are you superstitious?

Interesting article from Catherine Franz.

Red Envelopes and the Law of Attraction
The Universe sends me messages all the time. Last month, a
particular one jumped out at me when I was reading, "Feng
Shui for Dummies." It is a short half-page box about red
envelopes. The main message was about how red envelopes is
a tradition in Chinese history. The Chinese would insert
money into a red envelope, usually a coin, and then present
the envelope to the person performing a Feng Shui cure for
good luck.

The information didn't say much to me but the very next day
I was passing by a yard sale. I stop at yard sales maybe
once a year. This one seemed to pull me back. A mile or
two down the road, I did a u-turn. I didn't really want to
be there but since I was already out of the car, I shrugged
and remembered that heart pull that made me turn the car

Yard sales are okay, however, it’s the people that I want to
know more about. This lead to a discussion with the lady as
I scanned the tables There they were, red envelopes. Still
wrapped in its original packaging. Five cents, what a
steal. I grabbed them, paid the lady, slightly giddy
because I had never seen bright #10 red envelopes, only red
Christmas card envelopes. Afterwards I asked if she knew
what the Chinese tradition was. She said she did, she is a
Feng Shui consultant but she stopped using the envelopes
years ago.

Well, you know what they say about yard sales, "One persons
trash is another’s treasure." A few days later I was
writing an attraction check -- a donation above the 10% that
is paid to the universe. It was to a website that promotes
writers. It was only for $2.00, however, what I've learned
it isn't the amount and the figure came from finding $20.
The gesture is about attracting more money -- keeping the
flow open with the Universe. I placed it in the red
envelope and mailed it later that day.

I found two quarters next to the mail box. Later that day I
bought a lottery ticket, something I seldom do, and won $10.
Later I found a $10 bill in the pocket of a pair of slacks I
bought at the thrift shop. I was seeing the Law of Tenfold
occurring in rapid order.

I laughed a little, took $2.25 cash and placed it in another
red envelope, this time I mailed it to another place that I
felt strong pull towards. Again, my inner voice said, "That
isn't much." The universal voice counter balanced it with,
"It isn't the amount, and it’s the energy that you feel
towards who you are giving it to. Look where it originally
came from." Ah, trust. It does take consciousness.

The red letters continue to go out. I send out my 10% and
the Law of Tenfold transpires in so many forms. Now, I
can't say it’s the red envelopes, nor can I say it’s only
the contribution energy it’s being mailed with. What I can
say is that I did this before the red envelopes and the Law
of Tenfold worked occasionally but since the results are
almost a perfect percentage.

At the moment, I'm out looking for more bright red
envelopes, the #10 kind. When I find them, I'll post the
vendor information in the comments section. That is, unless
you know where I can find them, then let me know.

If you tried this, let me know your story. Sharing is part
of Law of Tenfold. Always remember the key is to ask for it
back after you sent your contribution out. Ask for it back
tenfold. And don't forget the 10% back when it returns.
This maintains the flow of money in your life and with the

Nicol is world squash champion

HISTORY MAKER: Nicol David hoisting the World Squash Open championship trophy in Hong Kong last night. The victory is expected to push her ranking to World No. 1 when the new list comes out in January.—STARpic by KAMAL SELLEHUDDIN

Malaysia's Nicol David capped a superb year-long run in squash by bagging the prestigious title in the World Squash Open championship in Hong Kong yesterday.

The 22-year-old lass, currently ranked third in the world, was in devastating form as she powered to 8-10, 9-2, 9-6, 9-7 win over world No. 2 Aussie Rachael Grinham to emerge as the first Malaysian, first Asian and the youngest woman world squash champion.

Read article: Nicol is world squash champion...The Star

CENTRE OF ATTENTION: World champion Nicol David with the Grinham sisters, runner-up Rachael (left) and Natalie. – STARpic BY KAMAL SELLEHUDDIN

Related article: Squash queen rules the world...The Star

Friday, December 2, 2005

The Power of the Future Card

This one is hilarious - you might have come across it but never mind have another laugh.

The multi-purpose Future Card will be the version of our perpetually metamorphosing IC in the near future. With an embedded smart chip, it can also be used as a passport, store our medical history, driver's license, act as an ATM card, serve as an electronic purse and even be used at the National Library... whatever you do with the card... you will be tracked!

It may also be a tracking device via GPRS (Good or Bad, depending on the situation). However, a recent debate has brought to light the questionable control on access, potential information abuse and privacy infringement. As the debate rages on, I can foresee a likely scenario when ordering pizzas in the near future...

Pizza Hut: Thank you for calling Pizza Hut. May I have your…
Customer: Haloh! Pisar Hut-ah? Can I order-ah?

PH: Can I have your Future Card number, sir?
C: It’s arh… hold on prease… arh… it’s 690230-88-5551.

PH: Thank you, Mr. Tan Ah Beng @ Or Kwee Tau. You’re calling from 17-D Lorong Cempedak, Gasing. Your home number is 6788988, your office number is 6788788 and your mobile is 021-6788688. Which number are you calling from?
C: Home-lah, wah, where you get all my phone numbers-ah?

PH: We are connected to the Future Card system, sir.
C: OK-lah, OK-lah, can I order your seafood pisar?

PH: That’s not a good idea, sir.
C: Why cannot-ah?

PH: According to your latest medical records, you have high blood pressure and high cholestrol level, sir.
C: What? Wah-lau-eh… medical records also you know. So what you lecomend?

PH: Try our low fat Hokkien mee pizza, I’m sure you’ll like it, sir.
C: Wah, how you know I like Hokkien mee-ah?

PH: You borrowed a book titled ‘Popular Hokkien Dishes’ from the National Library last week, sir.
C: OK, OK, beh-ta-han. Give me three family size pisar. How much-ah?

PH: That should be enough for your family of 10. The total is RM45. How would you like to pay?
C: I pay by Future Card, can or not?

PH: I’m afraid you have to pay us cash, sir.
C: Why?!

PH: Your credit card is over the limit and you owe your bank RM6,720.55 since October last year, sir.
C: ##**@@**! Everything also know, chia-lat!

PH: That’s not including the late charges of your housing loan, sir.
C: OK-lah, I run to ATM to take cash before you come to my house-loh.

PH: You can’t sir, based on the records, you’ve reached the daily limit on machine withdrawal today.
C: What?!

PH: The latest withdrawal is RM250 for 4d and Toto at 4:56pm, sir.
C: Never mind, just send the pisar. I borrow money from my Ah Mah. How long-ah?

PH: 45 minutes, sir. But if you can’t wait you can collect it with your motorcycle. You are only 5 minutes away.
C: Where got transport?

PH: According to your Future Card, you own a Honda scooter, registration number FE 3288…
C: ##**@@**!

PH: Better watch your language, sir.
C: Why should I?

PH: Remember on 15th July 1987 you were convicted of using abusive language on a policeman…
C: *[ugh}*

PH: Is there anything else, sir?
C: Nothing. By the way, still got stock on the 3 bottles of free cola as advertised?

PH: We normally would, sir. But based on the records, you are also diabetic…

Next scene: The customer turns around and tells his kids "I’m going to the hawker centre to tah-pao. Pisar no stock."

Thank God It's Friday!

Yes! TGIF! And to round up the week, let's have some laughs
from The Star.

New Meanings:

A person who has stopped growing at both ends and
is now growing in the middle.

A place where women curl up and dye.

Someone who is fed up with people.

The only animals you eat before they are born and after
they are dead.

Thursday, December 1, 2005

Freedom of music?

Should there be freedom of music? What do you think?
Read on......

Norwegian black metal group Mayhem will not be allowed to perform in Malaysia because it promotes “unacceptable” values, Deputy Cultural, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Wong Kam Hoong said.

“I assure you that the ministry will do all it can to prevent this group from coming in,” he said in Parliament yesterday.

He said he had seen the group's song lyrics and felt disgusted by them.

An advertisement had appeared in a local newspaper saying that the group would be performing at an entertainment joint in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 4.

Responding to concerns raised by Idris Haron (BN – Tangga Batu) while winding-up the Budget 2006 debate at committee stage, Wong said Mayhem’s application had not reached Puspa, the agency in charge of allowing foreign groups to perform in Malaysia.

Idris said the group promoted Satanic worship and drug use, as could be seen from its motto “Bringing hell to your doorstep” and their song titles included Carnage, A Time to Die and Deathcrush.

He also said that a group called “Say No to Black Metal” would hold a demonstration if Mayhem was allowed to perform here.