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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Self sustaining

With the cost of living going up, everything cost a lot more.  However, there people of go to great lengths to be come self sustaining.  I noticed this a semi detached house in Penang recently:

Here you have a small farm in Penang:

Here you have a house where they rear chickens, ducks, geese, and even turkeys.  (didn't get a picture of all of them).


Friday, September 26, 2008

How are we spending our life?

The average lifespan of humans is about 77 years based on Wikipedia. This may seem a lot but how much of this years are productive years. When compared to other animals and creatures, we rank one of the highest.

There is an article showing the lifespan of different animals. Here is the list from it:

Elephant 69
Horse 50
Hippopotamus 49
Chimpanzee 40
Grizzly Bear 32
Bison 30
Lion 30
Tiger 25
Elk 22
Mountain Lion 20
Beaver 19
Wolf 16
Squirrel 16
Chipmunk 12
Cottontail 10
House Mouse 4

Turkey Buzzard 118
Swan 102
Parrot 80
Great Horned Owl 68
Eagle 55
English Sparrow 23
Canary 22
Humming Bird 8

Giant Tortoise 152
Box Turtle 123
Alligator 68
Snapping Turtle 57
Cobra 28
Cottonmouth 21

Giant Salamander 55
Toad 36
Bullfrog 30
Mud Puppy 23
Green Frog 10
Newt 7

Catfish 60
Eel 55
Carp 47
Mosquitofish 2

Cicada 17
Ant (queen) 15

Take for example the lifespan of a butterfly which is only between 2 days to 14 days and yet they make the most of their life. How many of us can say that we have lived our life to the fullest?

In fact, if you sit to analyze it, most of us are spending half of our lives sleeping. This is not to say that sleeping is bad (since we need that down time for the body to do repair and also some people solve a lot of problems in their dreams). However, looking at my own life, a lot of our remaining time are wasted in:
  • watching movies after movies.
  • waiting for things to happen.
  • waiting in queues.
  • arguing (instead of solving problems).
  • making excuses.
Look around us and many times we find successful people are the ones who optimizes their time. Using whatever time they have within the 24 hours each of us have in one day to prepare and train for opportunities.

We also need to take some time off to appreciate the world around us but so as not to be selfish try to preserve is for future generations.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Mama Mia - Compliments all the way

As I wrote in the blog that got me my free ticket for the screening of Mama Mia - I went into the show with minimal expectation since I did not know what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

This is one of the few events organized by NuffNang for Penangites. So Horray!! There are so few events for us up North. Even though the tickets was not as impressive as the one the printed for K.L. Here is how our ticket looks like:

Since this was free sitting, I expected to see a lot of the ugly Malaysian Ethics but surprisingly everybody was well behaved and entered the cinema in an orderly fashion. Don't see too many of those in these kind of free functions.

Next I was surprised with the number of cameras that was brought for the event and more surprisingly was the fact that they were all allowed into the cinema hall. These shows how much respect we bloggers get :-)

As for the show, I enjoyed it tremendously especially with all the ABBA songs which were my favorite in my school days. The show was very entertaining, with the jokes in between without seeming out of place. My friend complained that there was just too many songs and felt song overload.

Another surprising fact, was how Nuffnang managed to fill the whole hall during a weekday and Monday at that. Very impressive.

All in all, great job Nuffnang and also fellow bloggers for making this a night to remember.

My only regret is not getting to know fellow bloggers!!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Various architecture found in Malaysia

In Malaysia, due to our multicultural heritage, you will find many different kinds of architectural design. Here are some examples:

These are pre-War (World War II) houses:

Notice Komtar in the back. Komtar is also starting to lose its attraction as a shopping destination but still contains government offices:

Some of the newer buildings in Penang:

The building in the center is the UMNO (United Malays National Organization - one of the political party) building.

You will find power cables in some areas:

Kuala Lumpur Times Square:

Here you have Kuala Lumpur Tower in the background:

This is the Penang Twin Tower. Can't see very well at this angle.

Hindu temple. Most of these temples are very beautiful artwork on them.

Penang Times Square. It is still under construction.

Old Chinese Clan building:

Look at the artwork on this Chinese temple:

Monday, September 15, 2008

Mamma Mia

Every once in a while you come across a movie with a title that makes you wonder what it is all about. The last such movie I saw was "Romancing the Stone". Now all of the sudden, you have a movie called "Mamma Mia".

What kind of title is that? To make things worst the poster just doesn't tell you anything about the story or what to expect. Which makes me wonder if the show is worth watching or not (have some very good stars but sometimes even the best stars cannot save a bad movie).

Then all of the sudden I received this email from NuffNang with an invitation to watch the show. Better yet, it provides a blog telling me more about what to expect. Now, there are a few more pluses going for the movie. It is a musical and features songs from ABBA - the group who produced some the favorite songs of my childhood. All of the sudden, I begin to think may be it is another "Romancing the Stone" where the title just doesn't do it justice. Now I am hooked. I want to see the show.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Perception makes a difference

The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling…
And even more beautiful is, knowing that you are the reason behind it!!!

You'll enjoy your journey only and only if you Know and Love your destination!!

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said:
'I am blind, please help.' There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, 'Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?'

The man said, 'I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.'
What he had written was: 'Today is a beautiful day and I cannot see it.'

Do you think the first sign and the second sign were saying the same thing?

Of course both signs told people the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively.

Invite others towards good with wisdom. Live life with no excuse and love with no regrets. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.

Great men say, 'Life has to be an incessant process of repair and reconstruction, of discarding evil and developing goodness…. In the journey of life, if you want to travel without fear, you must have the ticket of a good conscience.'

The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling…
And even more beautiful is, knowing that you are the reason behind it!!!

You'll enjoy your journey only and only
if you Know and Love your destination!!

" every relation is like a cardiogram . It has to go up and down , if its steady & straight it dies , learn to accept the ups & downs in life positively"

Thursday, September 11, 2008


A woman is driving in her car on a road.

A man is driving in his car on the same road, but in the opposite direction.

When they pass each other, the woman opens her window and shouts to the man:

The man immediately responds:

Both continue their separate ways, the man being very satisfied with his quick and bitchy reaction.
And just as he reaches the first curve in the road …


“When the other person speaks, try to think of the actual message rather than just react."

Monday, September 1, 2008