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Friday, October 2, 2009

Nice Thoughts

The following are a collection of nice thoughts:

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. - Mother Teresa

In a day, when you don't come across any problems, you can be sure that you are travelling a wrong path - Swami Vivekananda

If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means that they had never tried a new thing in their life. - Albert Einstein.

Never break four things in our life - Trust, Relations, Promise & Heart because when they break, the don't make noise but pains a lot. - Charles Dickens

Three sentences for getting success:
  • Know more than other.
  • Work more than other.
  • Expect less than other
- William Shakespeare.

If you win, you need not have to explain... If you lose, you should not be there to explain! - Adolf Hitler.

If we cannot love the person whom we see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see ... - Mother Teresa

I will not say I failed 1000 times, I will say that I discovered 1000 ways that can cause failure. - Thomas Alva Edison.

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. - Leo Tolstoy.

Believing everyone is dangerous, but believing nobody is more dangerous. - Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Mother, Mum, Mama, Mummy, Mumma, Ma

Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an, often chaotic environment.Candidates must possess excellent communication and organisational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.

Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers.

Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.

Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.

Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent.

When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Twelve Wonderful Commandments

1. Make up your mind to be happy. learn to find pleasure in simple things.

2. Make the best of your circumstances. No one has everything, and everyone has something. Of sorrow intermingled with gladness of life. The trick is To make the laughter outweigh the tears.

3. Don't take yourself too seriously. Don't think that somehow you should be protected From misfortune that befalls other people.

4. You can't please everybody. Don't let criticism worry you.

5. Don't let your neighbor set your standards. Be yourself.

6. Do the things you enjoy doing but stay out of debt.

7. Never borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than real ones.

8. Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish jealousy, Avoid people who make you unhappy.

9. Have many interest. If you can't travel, read about new places.

10. Don't hold postmortems. Don't spend your time brooding over sorrows or mistakes. Don't be one who never gets over things.

11. Keep busy at something. A busy person never has time to be unhappy.

12. And don't forget to always be THANKFUL! And Thank God for today!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Different Parts of Our Body Age At Different Times

Received this from a colleague:

WE all accept that getting older is inevitable, and now leading clinicians have revealed the exact age when different body parts start to decline, most alarming being the brain and lungs.

French doctors have found that the quality of man's sperm starts to deteriorate by 35, so that by the time a man is 45 a third of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Here, with the help of leading clinicians, Angela Epstein tells the Daily Mail the ages when different parts of the body start to lose their battle with time.

BRAIN - Starts aging at 20
As we get older, the number of nerve cells - or neurons - in the brain decrease. We start with around 100 billion, but in our 20s this number starts to decline. By 40, we could be losing up to 10,000 per day, affecting memory, co-ordination and brain function.

GUT - Starts aging at 55.
A healthy gut has a good balance between harmful and 'friendly' bacteria. But levels of friendly bacteria in the gut drop significantly after 55, particularly in the large intestine, says Tom MacDonald, professor of immunology at Barts And The London medical school. As a result, we suffer from poor digestion and an increased risk of gut disease. Constipation is more likely as we age, as the flow of digestive juices from the stomach, liver, pancreas and small intestine slows down..

BREASTS - Start aging at 35
BY their mid-30s, woman's breasts start losing tissue and fat, reducing size and fullness. Sagging starts properly at 40 and the areola(the area surrounding the nipple) can shrink considerably.

BLADDER - Starts aging at 65
Loss of bladder control is more likely when you hit 65. Women are more vulnerable to bladder problems as, after the menopause, declining estrogen levels make tissues in the urethra - the tube through which urine passes - thinner and weaker, reducing bladder support. Bladder capacity in an older adult generally is about half that of a younger person - about two cups in a 30-year-old and one cup in a 70-year-old....

LUNGS - Start aging at 20
Lung capacity slowly starts to decrease from the age of 20. By the age of 40, some people are already experiencing breathlessness. This is partly because the muscles and the rib cage which control breathing stiffen up.

VOICE - Starts aging at 65
Our voices become quieter and hoarser with age. The soft tissues in the voice box (larynx) weaken, affecting the pitch, loudness and quality of the voice. A woman's voice may become huskier and lower in pitch, whereas a man's might become thinner and higher.

EYES - Start aging at 40
Glasses are the norm for many over-40s as failing eyesight kicks in - usually long-sightedness, affecting our ability to see objects up close.

HEART - Starts aging at 40
The heart pumps blood less effectively around the body as we get older. This is because blood vessels become less elastic, while arteries can harden or become blocked because of fatty deposits forming on the coronary arteries - caused by eating too much saturated fat. The blood supply to the heart is then reduced, resulting in painful angina. Men over 45 and women over 55 are at greater risk of a heart attack.

LIVER - Starts aging at 70
This is the only organ in the body which seems to defy the aging process.

KIDNEYS - Starts aging at 50
With kidneys, the number of filtering units (nephrons) that remove waste from the bloodstream starts to reduce in middle age.

PROSTATE - Starts aging at 50
The prostate often becomes enlarged with age, leading to problems such as increased need to urinate, says Professor Roger Kirby, director of the Prostate Center in London . This is known as benign prosthetic hyperplasia and affects half of men over 50, but rarely those under 40. It occurs when the prostate absorbs large amounts of the male sex hormone testosterone, which increases the growth of cells in the prostate.. A normal prostate is the size of a walnut, but the condition can increase this to the size of a tangerine.

BONES - Start aging at 35
'Throughout our life, old bone is broken down by cells called osteoclasts and replaced by bone-building cells called osteoblasts - a process called bone turnover,' explains Robert Moots, professor of rheumatology at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool . Children bone growth is rapid - the skeleton takes just two years to renew itself completely. In adults, this can take ten years. Until our mid-20s, bone density is still increasing. But at 35 bone loss begins as part of the natural aging process.

TEETH - Start aging at 40
As we age, we produce less saliva, which washes away bacteria, so teeth and gum are more vulnerable to decay. Receding gum - when tissue is lost from gums around the teeth - is common in adults over 40.

MUSCLES - Start aging at 30
Muscle is constantly being built up and broken down, a process which is well balanced in young adults. However, by the time we're 30, breakdown is greater than buildup, explains Professor Robert Moots. Once adults reach 40, they start to lose between 0.5 and 2 per cent of their muscle each year. Regular exercise can help prevent ?his.

HEARING - Starts aging mid-50s
More than half of people over 60 lose hearing because of their age, according to the Royal National Institute for the Deaf.

SKIN - Starts aging mid-20s
The skin starts to age naturally in your mid-20s.

TASTE AND SMELL - Start aging at 60
We start out in life with about 10,000 taste buds scattered on the tongue. This number can halve later in life. After we turn 60, taste and smell gradually decline, partly as a result of the normal aging process.

FERTILITY - Starts aging at 35
Female fertility begins to decline after 35, as the number and quality of eggs in the ovaries start to fall. The lining of the womb may become thinner, making it less likely for a fertilized egg to take, and also creating an environment hostile to sperm.

HAIR - Starts aging at 30
Male hair loss usually begins in the 30s. Hair is made in tiny pouches just under the skin's surface, known as follicles. A hair normally grows from each follicle for about three years, is then shed, and a new hair grows. Most people will have some Grey hair by the age of 35. When we are young, our hair is colored by the pigments produced by cells in the hair follicle known as melanocytes.

Monday, August 10, 2009


Received this from a friend - posted it a bit late. National Friendship week is on Aug 2, 2009 (one week late).

Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence.

(Most importantly the last sentence)

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.. Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all.

He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, 'You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. But It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound will still be there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Remember that friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us. '

It's National Friendship Week. Show your friends how much you care.. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND, even if it means sending it back to the person who sent it to you! If it comes back to you, you will then know you have a circle of friends.


Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Mom Song

I just attended a talk today on parenting and was introduced this outrageously funny video and thought I would share it here:

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Chingay - Flag Balancing competition in Penang

To give you a sense of the difficulty, see the size of the flag compared to the participants:

The video is here:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

$20/- Sometimes we just need to be Reminded!

Received the following in the mail:

$20.00 - Sometimes we just need to be reminded!

A well-known speaker started off his seminar by:

holding up a $20.00 bill. In the room of 200, he asked,
'Who would like this $20 bill?'

Hands started going up..

He said, 'I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this. He proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar bill.

He then asked, 'Who still wants it?' Still the hands were up in the air.

Well, he replied, 'What if I do this?'

And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty.

'Now, who still wants it?'

Still the hands went into the air.

My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.

Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless.

But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.

Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who DO LOVE you.

The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE and WHOSE WE ARE.

You are special - Don't EVER forget it.'

If you do not pass this on, you may never know the lives it touches, the hurting hearts it speaks to, or the hope that it can bring.

Count your blessings, not your problems.

'And remember:

amateurs built the ark
professionals built the Titanic.

If God brings you to it - He will bring you through it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Prison vs Working Place

I received the following in the mail and thought of sharing it.

Prison Working Place
You spend the majority of your time in an 8'X10' cell You spend most of your time in a 6'X8' cubicle
You get three meals a day (free) You only get a break for one meal and probably have to pay for it yourself
You get time off for good behavior. You get rewarded for good behavior with more WORK.
A guard locks and unlocks the doors for you You must carry around a security card and unlock open all the doors yourself
You can watch TV and play games. You get fired for watching TV and playing games.
They allow your family and
friends to visit.
You can not even speak to your family and friends.
All expenses are paid by taxpayers with no work at all. You get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for the prisoners.

Something my son told me

Why is 6 afraid of 7?

Because 7 ate 9.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Asiasoft Gamefest 2009

We went to 1 Utama on Jun 7, 2009 - the last day for Asiasoft Gamefest 2009. Could not imagine the crowd going to that place. The place was jammed packed with people. All the parking places were full except for the open air parking.

Here are some pictures, taken of the event:


Look at the crowd lining up for freebies:

Stage events:

Staff in costumes:

Look at the crowd:

Registering for lucky draw:

Given the mix of age groups, it looks like gaming is not for Children only.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Young performers

I was in Mydin in PJ last week and happen to come across performance by a group of very talented dancers. From the looks of it, they are probably around 8 to 9 years old:

Here they are watching other performers:

Here they are performing:

Monday, June 15, 2009

Is this an Iguana?

Over the weekend, the following lizard appeared on the roof of my car park. Do not know where it came from but it just laid there for hours. Good for me since it gave me an opportunity to take the following shots:

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Survival of the Fittest

Ever notice how bugs and plant seem to survive no matter the conditions. Here is prove:

Notice even with almost no soil, the plant is able to grow here:

Even in the drain, it can grow:

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Agony of a caged runner

Its been two months since I was training to be the fastest man on earth. As I mentioned in that blog, I retired after I was mugged. I found that I can't just quit. My body has adjusted and is absorbing and building up a lot of energy in itself.

Every thing I eat or drink just increases the energy in my body. I feel like a balloon all bloated. It also cause me to feel very lethargic and sleepy. As I try to drink coffee to keep awake I feel worst. Just like trying to pump more air to a balloon that is already fully inflated. My head just feels like exploding.

I managed to get a few short runs recently, which helps quite a bit. If only I can get more running sessions!! I need to burn all these excess calories stored in my body.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

You are a new dad if...

Received this in an email:

You’re A New Dad If…

  • You’ve gotten used to doing everything one-handed.
  • The thought of your mother-in-law coming over for a few hours is a pleasant one.
  • You answer the question “How are you?” with “We’re fine.”
  • Getting six hours of sleep is a privilege.
  • You decide whether a shirt is wearable based on how well the spit-up stains match the shirt’s main color.
  • You see a lovely teenage girl walking down your street, and you think, “I wonder if I could interest her in ... babysitting?”

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

Pantecost Sunday

Yesterday was Pantecost Sunday. That is the day when the Holy Spirit was sent down to Earth and the disciples could start speaking in tongues. In the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, we celebrated it by catering lunch enough to feed 2000 people - including parishioners and neighbors.

Here are some pictures sharing this happy occasion:

Here you have the priest talking to the neighbors:

Friday, May 29, 2009

Learning Technical

With the current financial crisis happening globally, the stock market has dropped significantly.  It is true that some of the shares have recovered but majority have not. Now that a lot of people are trying to find safe haven for whatever funds they have left, it may be a time to buy shares.

I used to subscribe to the notion of buy and hold but that has caused me to lose a significant amount of funds. Maybe, investment should be a mixture of technical analysis and fundamental analysis. A lot of books and sites have been written on both topics.

So the question remains, how do you start. For the U.S. share market a lot of sites provide tools to perform such analysis but in other countries, there isn't as much. So what is the alternative. One of the tools I found that can be obtained for free to help learn / self study technical analysis is chartNexus. You can download and install the tool and it provides a daily update (End Of Day) data for a lot of different countries. The free edition is full of features but if you are not satisfied, you can buy additional modules. This is a much cheaper way of learning technical analysis compared to tools like Metastock which still requires you to find a data provider.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

WildLife Sculpture

I received this email from a colleague and found it to be absolutely beautiful.

The website of the artist is found at: