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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Guide to a better life

This was shared by a friend with me, I thought of sharing it here.

This is amazing, Randy Pausch 47 yrs old, A computer Sc. lecturer from Mellon Universityhe died of pancreatic cancer in 2008, but wrote a book ‘The last lecture” before then, one of the bestsellers in 2007. What a legacy to leave behind…
In a letter to his wife Jai and his children, Dylan, Logan, and Chloe, he wrote this beautiful "guide to a better life" for his wife and children to follow.
May you be blessed by his insight.


1. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
2. Don't have negative thoughts of things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment
3. Don't over do; keep your limits
4. Don't take yourself so seriously; no one else does
5. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip
6. Dream more while you are awake
7. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..
8. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner of his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
9. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
10. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present
11. No one is in charge of your happiness except you
12. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn.
Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
13. Smile and laugh more
14. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

15. Call your family often
16. Each day give something good to others
17. Forgive everyone for everything
18. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6
19. Try to make at least three people smile each day
20. What other people think of you is none of your business
21. Your job will not take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch.

22. Put GOD first in anything and everything that you think, say and do.
23. GOD heals everything
24. Do the right things
25. However good or bad a situation is, it will change
26. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up
27. The best is yet to come
28. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful
29. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it
30. If you know GOD you will always be happy. So, be happy.

While you practice all of the above, share this knowledge with the people you love, people you school with, people you play with, people you work with and people you live with.

Not only will it enrich YOUR life, but also that of those around you.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Orchid Collection from Genting

On the way down from Genting there is a Mushroom Farm. The following Orchids are obtained from there:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Article on Trading and Investment

This is a snippet from the following url which I thought may be useful for those dealing with Stock Market.  The summary of the article is as follow:


  1. Do not wait for a reason for price movement.
  2. Do not trade when conditions are not favorable.
  3. Do not blame the market.
  4. Learn from losses.
  5. Find the path of least resistance
  6. Lose small and win big
  7. Be patient and sit tight through the bull run.
  8. Do not try to pick market top and bottom
  9. Average up not down.
  10. Do not have a position too large for your psychology
  11. Reverse your instincts.
  12. You cannot beat the market.
  13. Do not focus on how much money you are going to make.
  14. Do not listen to others.
  15. Do not trade the market to clear your debts.
  16. Know yourself
  17. Booms and bust will always happen because human nature does not change
  18. Sell after a reaction
  19. Do not follow or give tips
  20. Learn how to diagnose the market
  1. Find an appropriate time to unload a large position.
  2. Make a stock active during the bull run.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Where to find free books to read

Where to find free Books to read

The following is a collection of sites where you can download books for free. You have to be careful about the websites you go to. Some of them are just baits to get you to sign on and so they can send you spam or get you to buy other things. I try to list some genuinely free download.

This is where you can find a good collection of personal development eBooks

This one contains a good collection:

This site uses rapidshare for download:

Contains out of copyright books for download:

Free eBook Library:

This one contains mostly technical books but have some on finance:

Contains a lot of public domain books:

This one requires a special reader (called asksam Viewer) to use:

There is also a Guttenberg Project that collects free ebooks from the world over:

Here is another

For those who would rather listen to their books, you can download them from here:

Saturday, January 23, 2010

PC Recycling

I just recently found out that Penang has been very successful in performing PC parts  recycling, thanks to effort by Dell and its various partners.

I thought I would share the collections points to further help the effort.  I converted the following handout to something that can be copied and pasted:

No Pusat Kutipan Lokasi Tarikh Waktu
1 Sunshine Jelutong
(Tel: 04-281 2222)
9-27, Jalan Lenggong, 11600 Jelutong Setiap hari Selasa kecuali hari cuti umum 7.00 pm - 9.30 pm
2 Sunshine Farlim Shopping Mall
(Tel: 04-827 1111 Mr. Wong / Ms. Sim)
294, Jalan Thean Teik, 11500 Ayer Itam Setiap hari Khamis kecuali hari cuti umum 7.00 pm - 9.30 pm
3 Stor Pembersihan Kampung Jawa Baru (Tel: 04-228 4284 Mr. Bahari) Star MPPP, Jalan Kampung Jawa Baru, 101 50 Georgetown Setiap hari Isnin hingga hari Sabtukecuali hari cuti umum 8.00 am - 5.00 pm
4 Bahagian Perkhidmatan Perbandaran, MPPP, Jalan Padang Kota Lama(Tel: 04-263 3000) Dewan Bandaraya MPPP
Jalan Padang Kota Lama, 10200 Georgetown
Setiap hari Jumaat kecuali hari cuti umum 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm
5 Pusat Panggilan Nama MPPP Jalan Chai, Balik Pulau Kontena MPPP, Jalan Chai,  11000 Balik Pulau Setiap hari Isnin hingga hari Sabtu kecuali hari cuti umum 10.00 am - 11.30 am 2.30 pm - 4.00 pm
6 Pusat Panggilan Nama MPPP Jalan Oldham, Tanjung Bungah(Tel: 012-465 6585 Mr. Zolkefli) Kontena MPPP, Jalan Oldham, 11200 Tanjung Bungah Setiap hari Isnin hingga hari Sabtu kecuali hari cuti umum 2.30 pm - 4.00 pm
7 Rukun Tetangga Island Park (Green Lane Area) (Tel: 019-475 7911 Mr. Khoo) Sekolah Menengah Chung Hwa,
Tingkat Tembaga, Off Jalan Mesjid Negeri, 11600 Georgetown
Hari Ahad yang ke-empat 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
8 Rukun Tetangga Kawasan Kulit Lembu (Dato' Keramat Area) (Tel: 013-481 7344 Mr. Chew) Pusat Kutipan Kitar Semula
309-A Jalan Sarnak, 10150 Georgetown
Hari Ahad yang terakhir setiap bulan kecuali hari cuti umum 9.00 am - 11.00 am
9 Rukun Tetangga Taman Guan Joo Seng (Tel: 016-421 6577 Mr. Eddie) Jalan Mas, 11600 Georgetown (berhadapan dengan Sekolah Menengah Convent Green Lane) Hari Ahad yang terakhir pad a bulan Jan, Mac, Mei, Julaj Sept, Nov 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
10 Malaysian Nature Society Penang Branch (Tel: 04-227 3673 Mr. Kanda) 673-B, Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350 Georgetown Setiap hari Isnin hingga hari Sabtu kecuali hari cuti umum 8.00 am - 11.00 am
11 Cerebral Palsy (Spastic) Children's Association of Penang Tel: 04-657 0160 Mr. Saw / Puan Valli)( 425, Jalan Masjid Negeri, 11600 Georgetown Setiap hari Isnin hingga hari Jumaat Setiap hari Sabtu kecuali hari cuti umum 9.00 am - 4.00 pm
9.00 am - 12.00 pm (Sat)
12 Rukun Tetangga Batu Lanchang B (Tel: 016-439 8646 Mr. Choong) 35, Tingkat Jelutong, 11600 Georgetown Hari Ahad yang pertama 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm
13 Rukun Tetangga Bayan Baru (Tel: 016-420 8602 Uncle Chai) Medan Mayang Pasir, 11950 Bayan Baru Setiap hari Isnin hingga hari Sabtu 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Other resources of where to recycle in Penang can be found here.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

A New Year

It's been a while since I posted here.  The reason is because I have been busy writing on Triond instead of here. There are very good writers and articles there and I am receiving more comments there too.

Seems that more serious articles such as Five Problems with Contact Lenses are getting more hits.  However, I am doing more fictional children stories because this is the one my children demand every night.  I do, however, punish them by withholding stories when:

  1. They misbehave - fighting, crying and shouting.
  2. When they insist on staying late - way past their bedtime.