Tuesday, July 31, 2007

How is your day today?

Everytime when you meet someone you know of, you will ask him, "How are you?" It is just a formal greeting and not necessarily you really want to know about what he is going through in his life. It is the same when you are online and chatting with your friends. They will ask you that simple formal greeting and you have the choice of whether to tell them or not. Depending on the closeness of your friendship, you will answer accordingly.

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The New Toyota Cowrolla

Now, I wonder whether any of us are interested to buy this New Toyota Cowrolla.

Hey, its cheap and economical.
- no need to buy petrol
- no heavy maintenance monthly
- the "engine" gets energy from sidewalk grass which is free
- the 'engine" can multiply. Your investment can double every year. No depreciation but appreciation.
- no need to buy insurance, relatively accident-risk free.
- no need to worry about security. No thief will want to steal your New Toyota Cowrolla.
- u can actually enjoy the fresh air while travelling.
- it is environmental friendly, no gas emmission that can harm the ozone layer.

What more can I say... this is the next car for the future.

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Please don't be in tension

The moment you are in TENSION

You will lose your ATTENTION

Then you are in total CONFUSION

and you'll feel IRRITATION

This may spoil your personal RELATIONS
Ultimately, you won't get COOPERATION

And get things into COMPLICATION

Then you may raise CAUTION

And you have to take MEDICATION
Why not try understanding the SITUATION

And try to think about the SOLUTION

Many problems will be solved by DISCUSSION
Which will work out better in your PROFESSION

Don't think this is a free SUGGESTION

It is only for your PREVENTION

If you understand my INTENTION
You'll never come again into TENSION

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Recently it has been appointed as one of UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most famous performing arts venues in the world. If you are an avid fan of ballet, theater or musical productions, then your experience would not be complete if you have not been to Sydney Opera House.

A friend of mine who studied in Australia and now currently works as a lawyer there loves to go to the Opera House. She is a musician too and very often she would sent emails about various musical concerts and promotions. She would write about her experiences and how wonderful it is to be in the concert hall listening to the beautiful music. Wah.... I really envy her.

There is one time where she emailed me and informed me about one musical concert. She even encouraged me to register and go all the way to Australia for that concert. I was thinking about the accomodation in Sydney if I were to go there. Upon doing a search online, I found that there are cheap hotels in Sydney that I can stay should I go for the concert. Besides the Sydney Opera House, I would love to visit the Darling Harbour where Sydney Aquarium is located. My three children would sure love that place. However, the busyness of my work does not permit me to go over.

Another place that I would go when I am in Australia is Melbourne. I want to visit my sister who is staying there. Of course, a visit to Australia would not be complete without going to visit the kangaroos. Wah... there are so many places to visit in Australia. Maybe I will plan for three visits to cover most of the places in Australia.

OK, This is for the Wives ..

Received this story in my email..... nice and touching story.

After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She said I love you but I know this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you.

The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my MOTHER, who has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally.

That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie.

"What's wrong, are you well," she asked?

"I thought that it would be pleasant to be with you," I responded. "Just the two of us."

She thought about it for a moment, and then said, "I would like that very much."

That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I was a bit nervous. When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous about our date. She waited in the door with her coat on. She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she
had worn to celebrate her last wedding anniversary.

She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an angel's.

"I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they were impressed, "she said, as she got into the car. They can't wait to hear about our meeting". We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice and cozy. My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady. After we sat down, I had to read the menu. Half way through the entries, I lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips "It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small," she said.

"Then it's time that you relax and let me return the favor," I responded.

During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation - nothing extraordinary, but catching up on recent events of each other's life. We talked so much that we missed the movie.

As we arrived at her house later, she said, "I'll go out with you again, but only if you let me invite you." I agreed.

"How was your dinner date?" asked my wife when I got home. "Very nice. Much more so than I could have imagined," I answered.

A few days later, my mother died. It happened so suddenly that I did not get to do anything for her.

Some time later, I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place where mother and I had dined.

An attached note said: "I paid this bill in advance. I wasn't sure that I could be there; but nevertheless, I paid for two plates - one for you and the other for your wife. You will never know what that night meant for me. I love you, son."

At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in time: "I LOVE YOU!" and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve. Nothing in life is more important than your family.

Give them the time they deserve, because these things cannot be put off till "some other time."

Monday, July 30, 2007

Watch out for those calories

It is not easy to stay healthy and slim. With all the new types of food that is fighting to get our attention, eating proper nutritional food would be a challenge. The fast food industries are growing as we are getting accustomed to getting everything done fast, including our food. But generally fast food is not the best choice of healthy food. In fact it is one of the worse kinds of food if you want to stay healthy. Okay, I would not go into the debate about fast food versus healthy living. I too at times prefer to go for fast food. Hey… the nutrition may not be there but the taste is good.

What I want to say is that we need to have a good balance of food diet. We must know what is good for the body and what is not. We need to know how much calories each of our bodies need daily. The good rule of the thumb is that we should not consume more calories than the amount of calories burned by our bodies daily. That of course will depend on the types of activities that you normally everyday. The more active lifestyle you have, the more calories you will need to take. If you are not sure how much calories you are taking everyday, check out the calorie counter website. It is easy to use and is very useful to help you monitor your calorie intake. Another tip that I myself found useful is to drink lots of water everyday, at least 2 liters of water everyday for me. All the best in staying healthy and slim.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?

If you ask me to imagine something that relates to United Kingdom or London, then the first image that would appear in my mind are the castles. Castles as shown in the movies and documentaries. Castles where there are many rooms and halls and towers and dungeons. Castle that stood majestically on a hill or surrounded by large plain of grass.

I have never been to London but one day I wish I could visit my sister there. She is living in London and it would be nice to visit her while on holiday there. If her place is not sufficient for us to stay, then we would just find London Hotels to stay like Earls Court Gardens Hotel which charge only GBP10.00 a day. The good thing about Hotels in London is that you can do a last minute booking with them and yet still have a reasonable cheap room rates. While I am there, I would definitely go to Manchester and try to see my favorite football club Manchester United players in training. Who knows I might be blessed and be able to watch them in a real game while I am there. Then, just like the pussy cat in the children rhyme, I will say, “I’ve been to London, to see the football game”. Hehehehe…London, wait for me.

Cheers to the bartenders.

When I was still young, I was amazed at the people who work in a bar. Amazed of the way they serve their customers in a well-mannered and polite way. Amazed of the way they prepare the drinks requested by the customers. Amazed at the knowledge they have in order to prepare special drinks. Well, that is what I saw in the movies, and I still do feel amazed at them now especially those working in a big bar that serves a long list of drinks. It is not easy to remember the various combinations of so many Mixed Drinks.

Then after my secondary school, I worked as a bartender. Just a small bar for me to prepare drinks for the customers but it was fun working there. I got the chance to explore and learn new Mixed Drink Recipes. I would not say that I am good at it but I did my best. There are times when the customers would be in a jovial and happy mood after having their first drink. Then they would challenge one another for a Drinking Games. It is fun to see them enjoying themselves but once they drink a little too much, then I had to be watchful that they would not get out of control. To all the bartenders out there, “Cheers!”.

Touching reunion.

The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry, to reopen a church in suburban Brooklyn, arrived in early October excited about their opportunities. When they saw their church, it was very run down and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything done in time to have their first service on Christmas Eve.

They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting, etc, and on December 18
were ahead of schedule and just about finished. On December 19 a terrible tempest - a driving rainstorm hit the area and lasted for two days. On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church. His heart sank when he saw that the roof had leaked, causing a large area of plaster about 20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about head high. The pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor, and not knowing what else to do but postpone the Christmas Eve service, headed home.

On the way he noticed that a local business was having a flea market type sale for charity so he stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful, handmade, ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth with exquisite work, fine colors and a Cross embroidered right in the center. It was just the right size to cover up the hole in the front wall. He bought it and headed back to the church.

By this time it had started to snow. An older woman running from the opposite direction was trying to catch the bus. She missed it. The pastor invited her to wait in the warm church for the next bus 45 minutes later.

She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and it covered up the entire problem area.

Then he noticed the woman walking down the center aisle. Her face was like a sheet. "Pastor," she asked, "where did you get that tablecloth?"
The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check the lower right corner to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria.

The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor told how he had just gotten the Tablecloth. The woman explained that before the war she and her husband were well-to-do people in Austria.

When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave. Her husband was going to follow her the next week. He was captured, sent to prison and never saw her husband or her home again.

The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth; but she made the pastor keep it for the church. The pastor insisted on driving her home, which was the least he could do. She lived on the other side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn for the day for a housecleaning job.

What a wonderful service they had on Christmas Eve. The church was almost full. The music and the spirit were great. At the end of the service, the pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door and many said that they would return.

One older man, whom the pastor recognized from the neighborhood continued to sit in one of the pews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he wasn't leaving. The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on the front wall because it was identical to one that his wife had made years ago when they lived in Austria before the war and how could there be two tablecloths so much alike.

He told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and put in a prison. He never saw his wife or his home again all the 35 years in between.

The pastor asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten Island and to the same house where the pastor had taken the woman three days earlier. He helped the man climb the three flights of stairs to the woman's apartment, knocked on the door and he saw the greatest Christmas reunion he could ever imagine.

True Story - submitted by Pastor Rob Reid

Who says God does not work in mysterious ways. I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for you today, to guide you and protect you as you go along your way. His love is always with you, His promises are true, and when we give Him all our cares you know He will see us through.

Fashion for Men

My wife also complains about the clothes that I wear. I am a very simple person and I prefer my clothing to be simple, t-shirt and jeans or slacks. So whenever she goes shopping she will ask me whether I needed new clothes. My answer will always be “No”. But at times I have no choice but to get new ties (I only have 3 of them) and new formal suit when there is wedding or formal function to attend.

I did hopped over to Belisi Fashions Blog on Shoes, Jewelry, Handbags & Fashion to get some latest update on men’s clothing. At Sharp By Design, I got tips on how to dress like a celebrity some more and I won’t face anymore headache when it comes to my father in law’s birthday or Father’s Day. There’s a list of idea of what to give as a gift to dads.

Friday, July 27, 2007

How true this is.

A Sunday school teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible: Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter.

Little Rick was excited about the task, but he just couldn't remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line. On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Rickey was very nervous.

When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, "The Lord is my Shepherd, and that's all I need to know."

Liquor to keep me warm

The weather is very cold these few days and to avoid from cough, I drank DOM or any liquor that I can find in the house to keep me warm. This is the last bottle of DOM available in the house. It comes together with one of the wine gift baskets that wifey got when she gave birth to my son.

Wifey just informed me that mother in law is coming back tomorrow with my sister in law and her newborn. I still have not thought of any gift for the baby and the mother. A set of wine gift basket will be perfect for her. As for the baby, well, there’s baby gift basket too. Btw, if you are wondering where am I going to get it, Gourmet Gift Baskets of course.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Daddy wants a hug

OK... here's a tip for the young and new fathers out there. Well... I know you did not ask for it but I just want to share lah my experience. I did it and am blessed by it so why not share so that you fathers would experience the blessings too.

A few months ago I started to ask my two daughters to give me a hug when I want to go to work at night. Yes, at first I do have to take the initiative and effort to go to them and hug them. I would do this almost everyday. It only takes about less than two minutes to go and hug each one of my two daughters. A hug and a kiss and a "Daddy loves you" to each one of them, Annabelle and Clarissa.
After a while, this has become a daily routine for me and the two girls. The best thing that happens now is that I don't have to take the initiative anymore. My two girls would be wanting to give me a hug and a kiss whenever I told them that I am going to work. Wah... so nice to be loved by them.

Now, Barnabas who is only a year old and who has been watching and observing his two sisters, would also hurry to me and wanting a hug from me..... or I think it is he who wants to hug me.
Wah... so nice lah to get this kind of affection from your children. So do try this out and I pray that you will experience the affection from your children too.

Oh ya, I do kiss my wife also and at times hug her when I go to work.

Enjoying fatherhood

It is not easy to be a father. There are many things that comes with a child. Not only I have to change my daily schedule, my interest and attention have to be divided between my wife, my children, my family, my work and my own wants. Truthfully, there are times when I wished that I am still single. Lol.... ok...many times.

But watching my two daughters grow up and now Barnabas, makes me enjoy being a father. I loves to be around them and play with them. Yes, it can be very tiring to play with these energetic vibrant young adorable cute at times stubborn children but its fun. Unless of course you are not in the mood, then it is a chore.

Well, to all my children, Daddy just want to say, "Daddy is proud of all of you and thank you for making daddy's life more meaningful by your presence".

Long lasting furniture

In my mother’s house there are a few old wooden cupboards. They are very simple in design, fulfilling its purpose for storage of things. These wooden cupboards are made of solid teak wood and have been with the family for a few generations. It is always a big problem for us when we want to rearrange the cupboards because we would need at least three or four people to carry it. It is very heavy.

It is very difficult to find these kinds of cupboards in the market. The usual cupboards that you see at the furniture shops are usually made of low quality wood. Though the designs are attractive but it normally does not last long and very light. If you want durable furniture you should look out for teak patio furniture. Yes it may be a little bit expensive but it is more economical in the long term.

Man of few words

I am a man of few words. Most lawyers are. People have this wrong perspective that lawyers are very talkative people. Salesmen are but no lawyers. We speak when it is needed. So if you ask me to write 7 non paid posts in one day, I might give up the offer taken. Unlike many ladies out there, I really wonder how can they maintain so many blogs and write a long post each time. I think ladies are gifted in expressing themselves and going into thing in detail. Don't you think so?

My New Watch

Last night I just mentioned to wifey that my "Rolex" is not working anymore. Just now during lunch, wifey came home with the watch you see above. Isn't God good? He knows my need and I do not have to spend a single cent for it. It is a gift from one of wifey company's customer.

Crew cab pickup truck

This year I see more and more crew cab pickup truck on the road. Unlike the normal pickup truck, crew cab has second row seating for your passengers. So you can actually use the pickup for your family outing. My eldest brother who is an estate manager just got a crew cab pickup truck to replace the jeep. My brother in law also bought the crew cab pickup truck to send his alkaline water to his customers and almost every month he would go jungle trekking with the truck. If I ever need to get another vehicle, I would choose crew cab pickup truck.

To win RM50

Wifey submitted the above picture of Clarissa sleeping in the kindy to The Star Thumbnail to stand a chance to win RM50.00 after a mommy told her about it in her blog. Do you this picture can win ah? hehe. I think ah, if got saliva flowing out from her mouth, sure win one! LOL

Favorite PU Spot

As usual the girls will play at the swings. Wife carrying my son sitting on one swing and me, carrying my eldest. My independent girl will run to her swing at another tree and swing by herself. Suddenly she came running to me. "Daddy, I want to shee-shee." "Just squat down and shee-shee on the ground." I told her. "No, I want to shee-shee on the stones." she replied. She walks to the gravel stone near the verandah and PU there. Well, this is not the first time she PU there. :)

Crane Operator

According to my wife, FIL used to work as a Crane Operator before he got married. He followed his father footstep who was also a crane operator. After getting married to my MIL, he stopped working as a crane operator as the job requires him to travel and be away from his family very often. Then he got a job in a golf course as a supervisor. Through that job, he raised and educates his children. He did part time farming too. Planting paddy, tobacco, sweet potato, long bean and corn for extra income. He is sure a very hardworking man.

Tough Love

While I was trying to empty the water tank, Clarissa started screaming. “Daddy! Ants bite me.” Wifey was carrying Barnabas instructed me to help her out. Well, need to teach her to be independent. I just told Clarissa to move away from the place and catch the ants. She did as instructed. I do not need to move an inch! This is what you call tough love. ;)

Increase Children's Immunity

Every evening whether possible, I will get my children out to play. Let them get bitten by ants and mosquito. Let them play with the stone, the sand and the soil. All this helps to increase their body immunity. Praise God so far none of them fall sick due to eating sand or soil or drinking water straight from the pipe.

Why Daddy

As I was tying away on this computer, my eldest girl approached me.

“Daddy what are you doing?” she asked.

“Writing on Daddy’s blog.” I replied her

Then all the “Why” question started.

“Why do you have to write on your blog Daddy?”

“Why you cannot write on the paper, like me?” You see she was drawing on an A4 next to table behind me.

“Daddy is writing paid post now. If not your Mommy will scold Daddy if Daddy don’t write.”

“Why Mommy scold Daddy?”

“If Daddy don’t write, we won’t have enough money to bring you to Disney World and stay in a nice apartment by Orlando Florida Vacation Rentals


“Never mind, you just continue your drawing and don’t disturb Daddy.”


*bang head on the keyboard*
(me, not my girl) hehe.

Ouchh... daddy please help

Brought my three children to play at the compound. They love to walk around the compound. The two girls love to sit on the swings. Barnabas also loves to climb on another low lever swing. However, the things that they do not like are the stony ground and the ants. If it is just the black colored ants that bite them, then it is not so bad. The ants that they dislike most, not just them but me also, is the fire ants. If you ever got the fire ants bites before, you will know how painful it could be. The after-bite of the fire ants is also something that you will dread.

Just this afternoon, my eldest daughter Annabelle got bitten by the fire ants. "Ouch.... daddy, daddy, got ants. Help, help" She started to cry. Told her to move away from the ants. Now there are ants bite marks on her leg.

If you are experiencing problems with fire ants, check out this informative website http://www.controlfireants.com/. You could find valuable information about fire ants and how best you can control them.

What will I do with $1 million? Hmmm

Got this tag from Bokjae about what will I do if I get $1M. Wah.... looks like a lot of money. But I think in reality it can be very little, depending on how you look at it. Anyway, with that little money, I will use it as ....... ... below:

10% as tithe to God
10% as offering to God
20% as funding for missionaries
20% to pay back all my debts & loans
10% to give to my family members in need
20% for my children's savings, education and what's not.
10% for my own usage, getting a new & suitable car, motorbike and what's not.
20% for my insurance, investment, and holidays.
10% for the expansion of my business
20% for.... alahai .. wait... wait, let me count...

oopss... its more than 100% alredi.... hahaha.... so little money lah $1M.

What is NFL Entry Draft?

I am a sportsman. I am a long distance runner, I am a footballer, I play squash and badminton and I swim. I can say that I am pretty good at all the above mentioned sports. The only game that I have not tried is hockey but I love watching others playing. Can someone tell me what is nhl entry draft? In the website, I saw NFL Entry Draft 2007 and 2007 Top 5 Draft Pick. There are names of teams and players. Hmmm...let me guess. Maybe draft refers to team. No? Let me check the Wikipedia.
A sports draft is the process by which professional sports teams select players not contracted to any team, often from colleges or amateur ranks.
Now I know. hehe. So you hockey fan, check out the website to see which team or players got chosen into the NFL entry draft.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Need a mailbox

My house do need a new mailbox. The one that we have is the small square box and red in color. I hang it outside the house in the open space but the because of the design it would not protect the letter if it rains. The letter would get wet and some of the important documents would be destroyed. I would ensure that every time the postman arrived we would collect the letter immediately.

There is always a problem here to get good mailbox. Most of the residential mailboxes that are sold in the supermarket or shopping centres are of the same design of the mailbox that I currently have. It is very difficult to get a good and suitable design mailboxes. Even for my previous office, we had to order one of the custom-made commercial mailboxes and it is quite costly to do so.

I like the mailbox designs offered by mailboxixchange.com. Each is unique by itself and definitely suitable and able to protect the letters during rainy days. Besides getting a mailbox from them, you can also earn money by joining their affiliate program. The good thing is that you will be paid $20.00 when you sign up for this program. Now, what are you waiting for.

Job offer

Yesterday I received a miss call from a lawyer friend. Called him. He told me that his legal firm is desperately in need of LA. He asked me whether I would consider going back to legal practice. Politely I told him that I would prayerfully consider his offer. If I were to accept his offer, I would have to travel outstation every day as the office is in another state. That is really a negative factor to the offer. Furthermore, it would be a litigation work, i.e. going to court. That is also something that I would prefer not to do. Yes, my legal experience is litigation work but at this age, litigation work is not something that I prefer to do.

Today, I received a SMS from my lawyer friend again, asking me to prayerfully consider working for him. Replied to him that I would pray about it. Lord.... ... .. .. .. .. .. . . ...........

Shops are closing.

No, not my internet cafe shop. Just last week the owner of the handphone shop (two lots beside my shop) came and mentioned to me about his business. He opened his shop a month later than my internet shop. And it has not been a year yet. He told me that business started to be very slow after the Chinese New Year. And he has been holding on to that business, making losses for 5 months already. Even though in the shop he also sells clothes, that too is not making money.

I have suspected that many of the shops there are not making profits, especially the handphone shops. There are so few customers during the daytime nowadays, now that the foreign workers are becoming less and less. One nearby factory has already closed their operation and all the foreign workers were transfered to another state. Many other factories are also minimizing the number of their foreign workers. These contributed to the slow sales of our business. Even my business is affected as the Vietnamese workers who frequently come to my shop have been sent back home. I wonder whether the income would be better if these shop and mine were to put up vendstar vending machines in our premises. Since these vending machines can generate up to 80% profit, it would definitely be of help to our business income. Furthermore there are many children from the nearby residential area that would love to buy from these vending machines.

Be watchful lest ye also be tempted

In the past I often wonder about this verse in Galatians 6, "Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted."

I often wonder what kind of temptations that the restorer should be watchful. Only recently did I experienced this verse. In the internet cafe I have installed porn filter. However no filter can filter each and every website on the net. Furthermore there are P2P programs that would not be affected by the filter. And the customers will be using these P2P program to download songs, softwares, and videos. When I come in to work at night time and do some computer maintenance, I would come across the pornographic files downloaded by the customers. This is when the above verse is a reminder. I would be tempted to see or watch the videos that have been downloaded. Though I may be spiritual but I am not exempted from temptation.

I really need to watch myself lest I also be tempted to download the videos.

Garage Cabinet for my wife!

Wife has been pestering me to replace the wooden kitchen cabinets at home because a few of them has mold on it. Those cabinets have been around for many years now and I think it is time to change them. I am a practical person. For durability, I would prefer those aluminum cabinets like the one sold at CarGuyGarage.com.

Take a look at the above picture. You won't even know that it is a garage cabinet. I just hope wife will agree. ;)

Vessel for noble purpose

Read 2 Timothy today. Paul in his letter exhorted Timothy to be steadfast in the faith and ministry. He also mentioned about how vessels being set aside for noble and ignoble purpose. He exhorted Timothy to choose and be like the vessels that is set aside for noble purpose.

That makes me wonder about my life right now. Is my life set aside for noble purpose? Am I consciously and unconsciously and purposely set my life for God's noble purpose? In truth, there are still so many things in my life that have yet to be thrown away to make it ready for God's noble purpose. Lord........ ... .. . . . . . . .

Expanding business.

I been thinking of how to expand the business and making full use of the space in the shop. Well there are so many possibilities and also so many challenges to come with it. I have thought about selling computer hardware and accessories at the front space of the shop. I am also thinking of selling cookies and hot drinks, making it a mini food-café. Then there’s the original plan of renting out the front portion of the shop. The main challenges now are lack of capital and time.

Sometimes I wish that Multivend have a business office here. Then I would be able to expand and diversify my business by adding the multivend vending machines in my shop. Since there are youngsters that come to the shop, these vending machines would be of interest to them. Furthermore, these machines are a 100% cash business and can provide up to an 80% profit margin, it would be a boost to the business income.

Cold weather makes me sleepy

It has been raining in the past few days. The temperature is a bit cold. I normally does not like cold weather. Reason being that I would catch cough easily when the weather is cold. Another reason is that I would be inactive when it is cold. My body would be lethargic and inactive. Feel sleepy most of the time. And though I sleep, it feels like it is not enough. It is the kind of sleep that makes you even more sleepy.

hmmm.... maybe I'm more of a reptilia... cold blooded.

Magazines for the girls

Some of my customers bring their girlfriend to my internet café for dating. No, they did not sit at corner to talk sweet nothing to each other. The boyfriend plays online game and the girlfriend chit chat with each other! Poor girl. Too bad there are not into online games if not I can generate more income. Hehehe.

I am thinking of getting some magazines for the internet cafe. For the girls read to pass their time while waiting for their online game addicted boyfriend. My wife just told me that with online coupons I can get quite a good discount for over 1,500 popular magazines in the market. With Net Magazines Coupon Codes, I would be able to get $5 off any purchase. Hmm..let me go check out what magazines that they have.

Mother's medical follow up

Sent Mother to the hospital this morning. The appointment was for 9.00am. Had to bring Barnabas along as MIL is still in Kuching. Upon registration and paying RM5.00, they found her medical report and asked us to wait for our number to be called. I think this is just a procedural blunder that the hospital has made. Mom had been discharged on the last visit. However, it was not recorded in her medical report. As such they called her to come again so that the doctor would make a proper discharge note on her medical report. Such a waste of time and money.

Upon seeing Mother, the doctor just prescribed more vitamins and paracetemol, which is not needed. He also recommended Mom to go see the "tukang urut" in the hospital. But mother does not want to because she to make further appointments for that. After taking the medicines from the pharmacy we went back.

Learning should never cease

It has been said by many people that we should get knowledge wherever we are. The mind is also like a muscle, the more you use it the stronger it becomes. Just as we need physical exercises to keep our bodies fit and strong, we also need exercises for our brain. I have known a few old people who are very much active, alert and sharp in their thinking. Mind you these people are in their mid 70's and yet their brain works even better than mine.

One of the ways is to play strategic board games like chess. Of course there are online strategy games that will also help to stimulate the mind. A quick search on the net and you will see a list of strategy games that you can play. However, I know that to read books is much better than to play games. Reading books will expand your mind to other thoughts and imaginations that you would never thought of on your own. It is more like reading the minds of other. Whatever you choose to do, be it play a game of chess, online game, reading a book or start an e-learning course, the point is that keep your mind active and alive. If you do that then hopefully you will keep Alzhemier away.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Gangsterism and drug addiction

Wife came back and told me about one of the former church member Q. She said that another lady SL mentioned that Q’s son has now joined a gangster group. When SL informed Q about her son, Q denied such allegations saying that her son is a good boy. Looks like Q is very ignorant about her son. Sometimes ignorance can make us blind to the fact. And many times people are afraid to face up the fact that there is something wrong about their love ones. Such is the case above.

I have known Q and her son for a few years. They have been joining our care group while I was in the same church. It is indeed very sad to hear of such news. The boy is definitely a bright boy. Now I am not so sure what will happen to him. It seems that the gangster group would require every of its members to fail in the studies and have tattoo marks on the body. They also require certain amount of money called protection money.

Wife also told me that her brother was also approached by a gangster group to join the group. However, he refused to join even though most of the group members are his friends also. If he joined the group back then, I wonder what he would become today. Maybe he would not be a technician today. Maybe he would not be married and have two lovely daughters. And most probably he would be involved in drugs. Most of the gangster groups are involved in drug trafficking and some of the members are drug addicts. Unfortunately for these group members, even though they are addicted, the group would not help them at all. They would be kicked out from the group and no longer under their “protection”. These drug addicts would have to get drug addiction treatment on their own. In most cases they will only go for treatment when they are caught by the police and sent to a drug rehabilitation centre.

I do hope and pray that Q's son would not end up as a drug addict and will get out of the gangster group immediately before it is too late.

Christlikeness in sport

Played football on Sunday evening. Upon reaching the field, most of the team players have started their warming up. There is a group of Malay boys who requested to play a friendly match with us.

This is the team that played with us earlier last this month. We lost to them by 3-6 at that time. This time we played a better game and the score was 1-1 during first half. In the second half, we scored another goal. Because of that the other team began to play unsportingly. One of the opponent’s players made a remark to Sam, one of our players. Sam replied in the same tone and the atmosphere began to become tense. When the whistle blows signaling the end of the match, the other player began to scold and wanting to start a fight with Sam. We quickly went in to cool down the two players. Things started to settle down but the remarks keep on coming out from the opponent’s player. I had to grab Sam and dragged him away from the opponent’s team. It got worse when about 3 outsiders came to Sam and wanting to pick a fight. Scolded them and asked them to go away. Thank God that no fight occurs.

When the opponent team went back, I gave a short briefing to the team, reprimanding such kind of behaviour in the field. It does not look good for us, a Christian team representing the church to have acted in that way. Though the opponent team player started it first, Sam should have more self-control and not be led to such unsporting behaviour. Asked Sam to apologize to our team members and also to the opponent’s team coach. Then we all went back home.

The cost of progress.

All of us would love if the world is like the Garden of Eden in its pristine and unspoiled environment. Of course nobody ever known how it is like to be in the Garden of Eden but we tend to imagine it to be the best environment the world has ever seen. Indeed it should be because it was just newly created by God before sin was committed by man. Since then the world continue to change. If you would ask me whether I would want to go back and live in the ancient times, my answer would definitely be NO. The main reason is that I am used to the environment and progress that is happening in this century.

There is my car that I can use to travel far. There is the air-conditioner in my room that I can switch on when the weather is too hot. There is the telephone that I can use to call my friends or family members whenever I want to. Definitely I would not have all these in the late 19th century. All this is because man have made tremendous progress in science and invention.

I read with much interest the article ran by Chicago Tribune about a BP Factory in Whiting, Indiana. Well, I did not live in Whiting nor have I been there but the news would have far reaching impact on the Americans and the world generally. The article mentioned about BP Factory discharging sludge into Lake Michigan thus will endanger the lives of not just the birds and aquatic life but also the people staying there. If this is true then it would indeed a tremendous wrong done by BP. BP Factory respond that the facts in the article are misrepresented and have issued their own facts about the matter.

Here are some of the facts mentioned by BP in their response to the article: -

Only treated water into Lake Michigan. What is released from our refinery is treated water that is more than 99.9% water — not sludge. All sludge is treated separately, according to state and federal requirements, and never discharged into Lake Michigan.

Well within legal limits A new water discharge permit allows the refinery’s average ammonia discharge to increase, but at levels that will still be less than half of those that federal environmental guidelines could allow.

No harm to people or the environment. We follow state and federal laws, regulations, and guidelines that protect aquatic and human life.

We certainly need the fuel generated by BP or any of the oil companies. And in order for them to produce the gas we need to live our lives as comfortable as we want it to be, they would need to expand their operation. Of course with the expansion there would be more waste produced but it is a necessary “waste”. If it is done within the limits govern by the law, then it should not be an issue at all. I just wonder whether human should stop having more children because of the shit and “waste” that children would produce. Definitely NO. We just need to learn to control and manage such waste.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Stroke Identification

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid's husband called later, telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00pm , Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.
It only takes a minute to read this...
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours, he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.
Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps, STR . Read and Learn!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S * Ask the individual to SMILE.

T * Ask the person to TALK & SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (coherently, i.e., It is sunny out today).
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

NOTE : Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Dating for the fit

I remembered my youth days and at times wished that I would still have the energy, stamina and strength of my youth. Now that I am already approaching half time of my life, all those seems to slowly depart from me. I know that I must keep myself fit not just for the soccer game that I play every Sunday but also for my health sake. It is a wonderful feeling to know that your body is really fit and full of stamina and strength.

I was a fitness freak when I was young. I would maintain a schedule of exercises that I need to do every week. And I exercised at least 4 times a week. I was what they call one of the buff guys. Just a look at my body and they think that I do weightlifting which I do not. If I know and if I am bold at heart back then I would have tried out the fitness dating. Then I would have met girls who are also fitness freaks. Anyway my wife was also a sports girl and we enjoyed our jogging and running sessions at the beach. Well that is another story in another post.

Pain relief

If you play any outdoor sports you would have experience pain. I play soccer and many times due to harsh play by other players or even because of my own carelessness I would suffer an injury. Or when I failed to have enough warming up exercises before a game, I would suffer cramp on the calves and thigh. Times like that I wish that I brought my pain relief cream with me.

Talking about pain relief cream and if you are looking for one, check out Nurofen Plus. You can use Nurofen Plus for powerful temporary relief of strong pain and/or inflammation associated with:

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Bend your mouth.

While eating lunch. Annabelle is eating noodle while squatting on the bench. However, it is too high for her to eat her noodle.

Mommy, "Annabelle, bend your mouth! If not, cannot reach your noodle."

Daddy, "???????"

hahahaahahaha... I must learn to bend my mouth lah... lol

Celebrity for you.

Most youth would have one or two celebrities or singers that they adore. And it would be of no surprise if you find various magazines and celebrity pictures hanging on their bedroom wall. And when there are news or gossips about their favorite celebrity they would be talking about it with their friends. When they are online they would search for their favorite celebrity and some would even blog about it.

Now, it is even easier for them to get pictures of the favorite celebrity. At celebritygossip.com, you can find pictures of your favorite celebrity. The registration is free and there after you can comment or rate your favorite celebrity. And if you want to find the latest news and gossips about various celebrity, this website is the place to go.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Coughing at bay

Had a bit too much durian and the body is very heaty. Then I failed to drink a lot of water during the day. When I went to the shop the coughing begin to show its signs. Oh NO... warning... warning...

Immediately took some precautions.

1. Drink and drink and drink lots and lots and lots of water.
2. Took Usana Essential multivitamin and antioxidant, three times a day.
3. Took Usana Proflavanol after every meal.
4. Wear 2 layers of clothing during night sleep. Normally, use only the blanket.
5. Drink Dom Benedictine before go to sleep.

And least but not last, God's mercy upon me. The coughing is now away. Hopefully far far away.

Still drinking a lot and lot and lot of water.

Meet the Gothic

Most of us are more at ease meeting and mingling with our own group of people or culture. Like me, I am a Chinese Peranakan. I have a mix Chinese and Malay blood. I look like a Malay guy, have a Chinese name and don't speak Chinese. Some Chinese rejects me because I don't speak their language. So, I prefer to mix with my own people.

The same goes to people from the subculture called the Gothic. They may look spooky by they are actually quite tolerant, non-violent and passive group of people. Check out Gothscene.com. There are nice gothic guys for those girls who are interested in goth dating.

Going up level

I has reached level 35 in my MoSiang online game. Not an easy task as the computer and broadband service gets disconnected often. Furthermore with the rainy weather, the internet line would always have problems. And every time there is lag, the character will die and reduce it's experience level. And it would take another 2 hours to get back to the original experience level. Not an easy game to play. Have to compete with other players for the best spot in any map. But then its the only online game I play now.

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The Best for Our Children

As parents we always want the best for our children, especially when it comes to education. If you are looking for innovative tutor for your children, I would suggest you to consider SCORE! At SCORE! they take active, hands-on approach to tutoring to make sure they enjoy their learning process. Children will only show interest in anything that interest them. So, making learning fun and interesting is what SCORE! does.

Another nightmare

Had another nightmare again. While still sleeping together with Barnabas the nightmare came.
I'm still in campus. Surprisingly, my two best friends in school are with me. There is also another girl, Rina, who always get first in primary school is also with us. In the nightmare, they were busy studying at the secondary school canteen (yes, school canteen but already in campus. I also don't know but it is a nightmare, anything can happen). I look at them and I became very afraid. I didn't study at all and the exam is near. Argggghhhhhhhhhhh.

How on earth can I pass my exams!!!!! Can I get work later on after varsity?????. Fear gripped me.

Then I woke up. Slowly my mind reminds me of reality. I already finished varsity and now has a business to run. PHEWWWWWWW. Thank God.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Two Moons Day

Please, have this valuable information. Don't miss it.

*Two moon on 27 August*

*27th Aug the Whole World is waiting for.............*
Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August.
It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye . This will cultivate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12: 30 am . It will look like the earth has 2 moons. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.

Share this with your friends as NO ONE ALIVE TODAY will ever see it again.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Love letter

I know what it is like to be in love. It is a wonderful feeling to be in love and to love someone. But sometimes it can be painful too. No… I am not talking about the pain of being ditched by the other person. Awh… being ditched is really painful. But I am talking about the waiting part. Waiting to be with the person you love. Waiting to see her face, the head unconsciously keep on turning to the back to see whether she has arrived. Waiting to hear the phone ring, hoping for her to call. And every time the phone rang, the heart seems to stop for a second.

And yet there is another waiting that is painful but is worth enduring. It is the waiting for the love letters to arrive in the mail box. The heart will leap for joy upon seeing the familiar handwriting on the envelope. Sometimes, the fragrant smell of the perfumed envelope ensures the heart the love letter has arrived. Along with other bills and letters received as the result of subscribing to the buy lists of various promotions, the love letters is the main attraction.

Ah… the love letter.

Salt rock.

Wifey received a call from one of the company's supplier. She said that she is already at the internet cafe with the salt rock. Wah... it was just a few months ago we were discussing of getting a salt rock or ionizer for the internet cafe. It is said that the salt rock can reduce the harmful ions produced by the computers.

Now the salt rock is besides me. Hopefully what the people say about the salt rock will come true. Better health for me.

Lost gracefully

Went to play football as usual on Sunday evening. The day earlier, my brother who is the Manager for the RGFC came to the house for a visit. We discussed a bit about the football team Suggested to him to introduce Christian values and principles into the club practices. Told him to start with prayer before every game.

We did that on Sunday. He prayed with the team before the warming up session. Then we played. I arranged the good players to be in one team while my brother and I joined the weaker team. We played and lost 10-1. Nice game. Though lost but we are satisfied with the performance of the team.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

VoIP phone systems

Stop thinking small. Start to think BIG. The sky is the limit they say. Well, get rid of that thought. If man had remained in that thought we would never reach the moon or even Mars. The only limitation is your imagination. What you limit in your life or business, that will definitely be the boundary that you will consciously or unconsciously live with. Of course, there are limitations that you have to face in real life but that should not stop you from enlarging or advancing in your life or business.

In particular, do not limit your mode of communication in your business and let it be the hindrance to your business growth. If your business is still using the old mode of phone calls and letter writing, then it is definitely time for a change to VoIP. No, it is not so expensive but it is a small cost that is required to expand your business. Check out Expander Communications which specializes in hosted PBX small business VoIP phone systems. The phone system if user friendly and if you have branches all over the country, you can even share the same phone system on the same private list of extensions. You will also have unlimited free service and support as well as improved long distance and international calling plans. So do consider using VoIP phone systems in your business.

The ONE MILLION dollar challenge

Well, the challenge is simple and very attractive. If any of my guild members can achieve real combat skill BEFORE I get my second real skill, I will give him 1,000,000 Mo Siang dollar. This should be attractive as most of them have higher combat skill compared to my other combat skills.

The only catch is that if they agree to accept the challenge, they have to sign a deal saying that if they lost to me, they will give me 500K Mo Siang dollar. Hopefully, many will accept this challenge.

A challenge to my guild members

hahaha.... last night I dueled with my guild members. No... not with real guns like the cowboy style but in the online Mosiang game. LOL.... I won all though I am not the strongest. There is still another guild member who is stronger than me but yet I still can win him... YEAHH.

As leader of the guild, I had to find ways to motivate my guild members. Sometimes I need to give them advice on how to handle conflict with other players from other guilds. Sometimes they will turn to me for help and I will try and help whenever possible.

But most of them are still low level and I need them to be higher lvl and stronger. So now I decided to give them a challenge. What is the challenge? Let u know in another post lah.

Make Every Single Cent Worth

I heard one of my neighbours plan to visit Disney World this coming school holiday. I also heard that they managed to get Cheap Universal Studios Tickets from Orlandofuntickets.com. Not only that, they also got the discounted tickets for Disneyquest, Downtown Disney Pleasure Island, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach Water Parks, as well as every Disney theme park all from OrlandoFunTickets.com. Well, they do know how to make every single cent that they save for this trip worth. I sure need to follow their example when I have enough saving to bring my family there. Get discounted tickets from OrlandoFunTickets.com.

Letter of appeal to Maybank

Yes.. decided to send a letter to Maybank. Appeal letter requesting the bank to cancel the TOD and interest charged to the joint current account. Hopefully, it won't take long for the bank to answer YES. Coz I am not expecting any other answer from them. If the answer is NO, then Maybank will receive another letter from me... to close the account.

Ahh.... now I can use my car.

The white car has been at the porch for a few days already. But I need to use the car on Friday. So had the battery recharged on Wednesday. Since I had to do some banking transactions, Michelle had to take half day leave to take care of the children. Did all my banking transactions first before sending the car to the mechanic. As expected, the alternator is the main culprit that the battery went dead. The mechanic suggested to change the alternator. Since the alternator is already being serviced a few times, I decided to change to a new one.

Now, it is already fixed. Already can use the car. Hopefully and prayerfully it would not cost any problems.

I bought a Rolex in Cambodia

Two years ago I went to Cambodia for a mission trip. For souvenirs, I bought for my wife silver bracelets and a Rolex watch for myself. It is very cheap in Cambodia. Well, of course it is not the genuine Rolex! How on earth can we afford a genuine Rolex watch! It is the cheap imitation Rolex watch. Well, after two years, the watch that has already shown signs of wear and tear. I wanted to get a new watch but I just could not find the time to go out and buy one. Maybe I’ll just buy online. I did that before. Buying watches online.

Opening a new current account.

After much thought, we went to Hong Leong Bank and opened a joint current account. The Branch Service Manager is our friend and because it is also convenient for me to do banking there. As I have my business account there at the same branch, it would definitely be easier for me as I need not have to go to two different bank to do my bank transaction.

The students are back

Well, there is good news for my business. The college students are back from their holidays. A few of them started to use the computers today. Hoping that more will come back. Indeed, it is a good sign for my business. Last month has been very slow. May God bless the business this month.

Cheap Magazines

Now that I am always online, it is no longer necessary for me to buy magazines or newspaper. Of course, when I am out of the internet cafe and got time to kill, I will buy the newspaper and browse through it. I still prefer to go online and read the news as it is cost me very little compared to buying the actual newspaper. And I need not go out to the shop to read the newspaper, everything is done online.

The same goes for magazines. It is much cheaper for you to subscribe for the online magazine than to buy it monthly. The additional benefit is that you can actually copy the articles that of your interest and save it in your computer. No longer need to scan the actual magazine should you need to use it in your presentation.

If you are thinking of subscribing to online magazine, check out Magazines Direct website first. You can compare the offered subscriptions prices from up to nine competitors. That should give you an idea of what is the best price you should pay. Get the Cheap Magazines from Magazines Direct.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Selling Mo Siang ID

Been playing Mo Siang online game for quite some time already. Now already reached level 34. It is an interesting game and I met a few friends in the game. But because of the time constraints that I'm facing now having to look after the children during daytime, I can't really play and level up that character as fast as I wanted. So I was thinking of selling that character ID.

So if any of you are interested to play Mo Siang but want it easy, buy the ID from me lah. The price I am asking is only USD200.00. Here is what that character has already achieved: -

1. Lvl 34
2. A GuildMaster with 10 members currently. The guild is at level 3 leadership which entitles you to enlist a maximum of 15 members.
3. The weapon used is Spear.
4. The character has already reached one real skill for Wu Long combat skill. Planning for the second real skill Fon Chi combat skill. Now it is still at lvl 9.
5. Already bought one Combined Skill Ze Sin and it is currently at lvl 4. Intending to buy another Combined Skill Po Huan.
6. There are other combat skills and passive skills that you can train if you play this character.

So... if you are interested, do email me at davidbong3@gmail.com.

Daddy, that's wrong.

Prepared the milk for Annabelle.

"Father, thank you for the milk. Amen" I prayed before giving it to her. She was already ready lying on the bed covered with her comforter as her usual habit. She must have the comforter before her milk and sleeping time.

"Daddy, that's not correct", Annabelle said to me.

I was surprised to hear that and looked at her, wondering what is it that is incorrect.

"Father, thank you for the milk. In Jesus' name. Amen", she continued.

LOL... shame on me. Didn't pray correctly.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Gold Colour Pencil

My eldest daughter asked me this question recently,

“Daddy, can you please buy for me gold colour pencil?”

“Huh? Gold colour pencil? Daddy does not have that much money to buy you a gold colour pencil. If you have money, you give it to Daddy. Daddy will buy for you.” I replied.

“No, Daddy, I want the gold colour. I want to colour my princess hair. She must have gold colour hair because she is a princess.”

“Oh, I see. Since you are Daddy’s princess, can Daddy colour your hair gold?” I teased her.

“Hmmm, let me think… Yes you can.”


Back to normal body clock.

Now that I am "forced" to sleep early so that I can take care of Barnabas in the day time, I am hoping that my body clock will return to normal in a few days time. Will need at least 6 hours of sleep at night and maybe can catch a short nap during the day time.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Taking care of the children

Wah... not so easy to take care of the children the whole day. Today the first day MIL is away in Kuching. Last night I could only sleep at 3pm because the customers stayed on until 2.15am. Today, had to wake up at 8am because Barnabas is awake by then. Wifey sends the two girls to kindergarten while I had to look after Barnabas. Still sleepy but then had to jaga my boy. By 10am he showed signs of sleepiness. Bathed him and then gave him milk. I thought he could fall asleep all by himself, as he usually does in the evening. Suddenly, I heard him crying. Went inside the room and saw that he vomitted all the milk that he drank. Had to change the bedsheet, pillow and towel. Bathed him again as the vomit is all over his face.

Then he don't want to sleep until about 11am. By 12.30noon, the two girls and the mother came back.

Wah... if this continues on, sure not enough sleep for me.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Buying a car

The past few weeks have been filled with many incidents about the two cars at home. Somehow or another, both of the cars gave us problems. At first the red car could not start. This red car has a history of "unable to start". We realized that if we did not use this red car for one whole day, then it would not start the next day. Then we would have to recharge the car battery and the cycle continues. Also, if there was heavy downpour and the temperature is colder than usual, the red car could not start. That is the trend for the red car.

The white car, which I use to go to work whenever there is a downpour or when the red car could not be used, also has a history of "battery problem". Everything seems fine and working well when suddenly, the car could not start at all. Send the battery for recharge and it would be fine for a while. Now the white car is there at the house, waiting for me to have time to send it to the mechanic. But first, I need to send the battery for recharge before I could start the car.

Whenever we faced the car problem, we would be thinking about buying a new car. Both our cars are more than 20 years old. Yes, I think most would ask us to buy a new car but we are a bit reluctant to incur much debt when the business is still not stable. Maybe we will consider buying a second-hand car which is less than 3 years old. Buying Used Cars could be a good option for us who does not have much to spend monthly. We can actually search the database of all the used cars for sale in www.buyyourcar.co.uk. Maybe we will find a model to our liking.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

IPITV Magazine

What is IPITV magazine all about? If you combined the needs of travel tour operators and today's business product solutions and adds in creative new ideas and business approach, you will have IPITV Magazine. It is no wonder then that IPITV magazine has received numerous awards and is recognized as one of the most successful publishing companies in South Florida. It has received twice the highest awards in the travel media industry, the South Florida Travel Publication Awards.

As always, the main reason for these achievements is the people that is behind the magazine. Michelle J. Paltani, who co-founded IPITV magazine in 2000 with Eric A. Calhoun III, has more than 6 years experience in marketing, media and in various publishing disciplines. Eric himself, has more than 4 years experience in media development, creative design and several publishing practices.

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Friday, July 06, 2007

Teaching My Daughters to Read

I babysit my children in the afternoon every other day except Wednesday and Friday. So how did I spend my time with them? Most of the time, I let them play by themselves. I tried teaching them reading but to no avail. "Daddy, you are not a teacher." My eldest would say when I tried teaching her. She is quite left behind in her class due to it. I need to find reading tutor for her. Anyone know any good reading tutor around that is as good as those reading tutors at SCORE!?

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Game and the real life.

Most people think that you are a different person when you play a game, be it online game or any game for that matter. Well, after playing online game for more than a month, I find that that thinking is not 100% true. More often than not, the person's personality and character are shown in the online game. While playing MoSiang online game, I came across many players with different attitudes. At first I was just thinking that maybe it is for fun the player acted in certain ways but the more I am into this game,the more I believed that the real person is portrayed in the game character. His or her attitudes are shown clearly in the game. Well, the same goes for me. What I want my game character to be most likely portrays my real character. I'm sure many who play online game would agree with me.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Teaching Math

Someone asked me, "Have you ever consider becoming a math tutor?" "Hah??? Me? Why me?" I asked in my surprise. "Because you have so much patience which I believe math tutors should possess." he replied. I, may be a very patience guy but teaching Math??? You must be kidding. I love nature. I love Geography not Math. You asked me to teach Geography, anytime but Math, go asked those math tutors from Score. They are the expert. :)

Selling business.

Thinking about selling my cc business. Anybody interested? Well, you may ask me why. Its because I'm thinking of opening at another place. Or maybe go full time blogging... lol. My wifey has been pestering me to go full time blogging. Well, if and if the business is not doing well for another 3 more months, maybe I'll sell the business. I know of another place where the prospect is much better. Anyway... lets see how lah.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Twinkle twinkle little star.

"... How I wonder what you are!" Yes, I do wonder about the stars. From my naked eye, the stars look small, just a tiny dot of light twinkling in space. When I was a child, I would dream of going up flying among the stars. Now I know more about the stars. Though practically, it would be impossible for me to reach a star in a space rocket, maybe in my dreams it could be done. Anyway, in dreams, the stars are not big hot blazing planets but just tiny cold dots which I can go near. I often used the binoculars to gaze at the stars. Though not so clear, but at least it is much better than the naked eye. Wanted to buy a telescope the other day for my children but I put it on hold first. Will scout around to find the best telescopes so that it will be worth the money. I want my children not just to be able to sing the song "Twinkle, twinkle little star" but also be able to see and know what they are singing about.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Daylight Robbery by Maybank

Many people may have experienced what I experienced but most of them can't do anything. This is not surprising because the ROBBER is the largest bank in Malaysia. Yes, Maybank.

Facts: -

1. June 27, 2007 - I received a call from Maybank Malim Branch officer saying that my current account was short of money. She asked me to bank in RM150.00 to my account before 10.30am. Upon checking my current account online, I found out that the shortage was only about RM78.00. I transfered RM80.00 from my saving account to my current account.

2. June 28, 2007 - I went online to check my current account. I did this to check whether my tenant has banked in the rental money. To my surprise, my account was charged RM50.00 with the code TOD*O. So my account was again in shortage of RM48.33... owing to Maybank.

3. June 30, 2007 - My account was further charged RM5.00 as interest charged for the money RM48.33 owing to Maybank. I think the interest rate charged is much higher than the illegal moneylender. I had to pay RM5.00 interest (3 days after I was so called "owe" RM48.33 to Maybank).

Questions: -

1. What is the purpose of having customer service department when the service is not customer friendly but more of the purpose to get money from the customer? Please provide free or at least reasonable charge for services provided.

2. Can a phone call that is less than 2 minutes cost RM50.00? I think there must be something wrong with Maybank phone charges.

3. Most probably the RM50.00 is the penalty for the shortage. Even if that is the penalty, would the shortage for less than an hour cost RM50.00. This is DAYLIGHT ROBBERY by MAYBANK.

4. Do Maybank knows how to count interest? I think NOT because if Maybank knows how to count interest rate, the interest charged for the RM48.33 owing to them would not amounted to RM5.00 (for only 3 days owing).

What lah... right now I'm really refraining myself from cursing Maybank. I emailed them about this matter and asked Maybank to cancel the TOD and interest charged. Will wait for their response on this matter. If they are not customer friendly, I will just close my bank account with Maybank.