Thursday, December 27, 2007
And when it is raining, there is nothing much that can be done except to stay in the house and watch sports games on the television. I was thinking of buying the super bowl tickets and invite my friends to have a gala time at the stadium. Well, I might have to ask my wife first since she has indicated that she too wants to go to the stadium and feel for herself the vibrant energy that flows out from the crowds. Will consider her request but at the meantime I must make sure I go for the football game this Sunday.
However, most of the retirees that I came across seems to let the acquired knowledge be of no use and prefers to trade in stocks and shares. It seems that playing shares is more interesting to them than to continue doing some kind of “work”. If I were to ask them about iron condor, they might not know what it is. Well, if you use PowerOptions to trade shares, you will know about it. PowerOptions gives you the necessary data for you to invest in stock options. With it you can find, compare, analyze, and make money when you trade on stock options. I am not talking about just a few or a hundred optional stocks that you can find and compare but PowerOptions can sort, filter and analyze almost 3000 optionable stocks and almost 200,000 options online. I am sure if all the retirees uses PowerOptions, they would be going for holidays often with the profits they earn. Or they can learn to dance and even dance in the water like those couples shown in the previous post.
The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother's cubs, perhaps she would improve.
After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. The veter inarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species. The only orphans" that could be found quickly, were a litter of weaner pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger
Would they become cubs or pork chops??????? ??????
Take a look........ you won't believe your eyes!!!!
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This can be shown by countries like India & Egypt that are more than 2000 years old and are poor.
On the other hand, Canada, Australia & New Zealand, that 150 years ago were inexpressive, today are developed countries and are rich.
The difference between poor & rich countries does not reside in the available natural resources.
Japan has a limited territory, 80% mountainous, inadequate for agriculture & cattle raising, but it is the second world economy. The country is like an immense floating factory, importing raw material from the whole world and exporting manufactured products.
Another example is Switzerland, which does not plant cocoa but has the best chocolate of the world. In its little territory they raise animals and plant the soil during 4 months per year. Not enough, they produce dairy products of the best quality. It is a small country that transmits an image of security, order & labor, which made it the world’s strong safe.
Executives from rich countries who communicate with their counterparts in poor countries show that there is no significant intellectual difference.
Race or skin colors are also not important: immigrants labeled lazy in their countries
of origin are the productive power in rich European countries.
What is the difference then?
The difference is the attitude of the people, framed along the years by the education &
On analyzing the behavior of the people in rich & developed countries, we find that the
great majority follow the following principles in their lives:
1. Ethics, as a basic principle.
4. Respect to the laws & rules.
5. Respect to the rights of other citizens.
6. Work loving.
7. Strive for saving & investment.
8. Will of super action.
In poor countries, only a minority follow these basic principles in their daily life.
We are not poor because we lack natural resources or because nature was cruel to us.
We are poor because we lack attitude.
We lack the will to comply with and teach these functional principles of rich & developed societies.
He told me that there are many other similar cars sold by the used cars dealer near his place. I was thinking of searching for one at used cars Austin as I heard the price of the cars are cheap and attractive. My old junks are not up to the tasks of going outstation and this is one big factor in helping us to buy a good used car for our usage. I must wait for a few more months to see how our financial standing is before confirming on buying one.
Which leads us to the problem of Harold. Harold really wanted to be in the play, too, but he was - well, he was kind of a slow and simple kid. The directors were ambivalent - I mean, they knew Harold would be crushed if he didn't have a part, but they were afraid he might mess up the town's magic moment. Finally, they decided to cast Harold as the innkeeper - the one who turns Mary and Joseph away the night Jesus is to be born. He had only one line - "I'm sorry, we have no room." Well, no one could imagine what that one line was going to do to everyone's Christmas…
The night of the pageant the church was packed, as usual. The Christmas story unfolded according to plan - angels singing, Joseph's dream, and the trip to Bethlehem. Finally, Joseph and Mary arrived at the door of the Bethlehem inn, looking appropriately tired. Joseph knocked on the inn door, and Harold was there to open the door.
Joseph asked his question on cue - "Do you have a room for the night?" Harold froze. After a long pause, Harold mumbled his line, "I'm sorry - we have no room." And, with a little coaching, he shut the door. The directors heaved a sigh of relief - prematurely. As Mary and Joseph disappeared into the night, the set suddenly started shaking again - and the door opened. Harold was back! And then, in an unrehearsed moment that folks would not soon forget, Harold went running after the young couple, shouting as loud as he could -- "Wait! Don't go Joseph. Bring Mary back! You can have MY room!"
I think little Harold may have understood the real issue of Christmas better than anyone else there that night. How can you leave Jesus outside? You have to make room for Jesus. And that may be the issue for you this Christmas. What will you do with this Son of God who came to earth to find you?
Jesus is the One who trades a throne room for a stable, and the praise of angels for human mockery. This is the Creator who gives Himself on a cross! The Bible gives us the only appropriate response: "The life I now live I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me." (Gal. 2:20) You look at what Jesus did to pay for your sin on that cross, and you say those life-changing words - "For me."
Jesus is at YOUR door this Christmas. Maybe He's been knocking for a long time. Maybe He won't keep knocking much longer. All your life - even the events of the last few months - have been to prepare you for this crossroads moment with Jesus your Savior. Don't leave Him outside any longer. Open the door this Christmas Day. "Jesus, I cannot keep You out any longer. Come on in. You can have my room . . . my life."
Here, most parents are thinking about preparing their children for school this coming early January. Most people are on buying spree for the school uniforms. I am sure there are some parents who are looking for instant credit cards as they do not want to carry cash around the shopping centres. It is easy to own a credit card and very convenient to have one when you do your shopping. Just exercise a bit of self control and do not just buy everything you see.
Monday, December 24, 2007
We got lucky when we heard the old Piedmont Hotel in Atlanta was getting a face-lift and its beautiful maple doors became available for sale as salvage items. We bought several and had them installed in our 19th-century home.
Showing a friend around the house, I pointed out, "You know, these doors are from the Piedmont Hotel."
He raised an eyebrow. "Most people just take the towels."
Sunday, December 23, 2007
The students requested that we provide Certificate of Completion for the courses that they are taking. With the additional computer courses to their qualifications, they would have a better chance of securing administrative jobs back in their country. There is a small challenge that we faced as to the logo design of the certificate of completion. I have yet to have my own custom logo design that I can use for the certificate or even for my business letter-head.
My staff did manage to come out with a nice logo design for the certificate. However, there is a website called logoyes.com where I can find Free Logo and Business Card Creator. With the service provided there and for a very low cost, I can create my own business logo that I can use on my business letter-head, certificate and even business card. It’s time for the business to have its own custom-made logo.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I think mother has yet to go to Singapore or Indonesia. Some of her friends have their children staying or working in these countries and they will "brag" about the places there. Maybe if mother goes for Mexico Vacations, they would not have much chance to brag but would just listen to mother. Maybe I will follow along and enjoy myself there too.
Friday, December 21, 2007
The Indian shop nearby does not make good nice roti canai. Must go find at other shop.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
However, she did not take teaching course in the university. Now she is considering taking online degree programs at capella university. She wants to take TESL or TEFL as part of her preparation for the teaching ministry. Since English classes are highly in demand in most countries, it would be a good course for her to learn. At least with the degree she can be accepted to teach in any countries that we are called to go.
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Not many people today even though it is a holiday. Most of the Muslims are celebrating the festival so the beach is empty. Had a nice time resting at the beach. Happy Holidays and Selamat Hari Raya Haji.
Education has become very expensive nowadays. Maybe the best thing to do is to educate my children using online courses. I would not be surprise if in 20 years down the road, online education might be the alternative to the current classroom style of learning. Most universities like capella university are offering online courses at a low rate. I know my daughter would love to be in front of the computer playing games. Maybe she will consider online education when she is older. Hmmm…. .
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Many have done very well on their own soil, but from where I sit and work, and being a friend and ears to a number of people, there must be a better way to make a living.
WHAT a December. In the first week itself, there were a few heartbreaks: divorces, a break-up, a family friend getting a stroke, and lastly, my sister and her family leaving for a better future in Singapore, and hopefully in the future, elsewhere.
I don’t even know where to begin; all I can say is that our home is much quieter in the evenings and nights without my nephew and niece. No more fighting over Astro, no more chasing them out of my room and catching Layla playing with my make-up. The apartment feels so empty.
Like a number of my cousins and friends, my sister and her husband have opted to work and live overseas.
They believe life is much better abroad. The professional is compensated for his due diligence through meritocracy, and the children are exposed to different cultures and an education that challenges their intellect and artistic bent.
My sister is going nuts, of course, because there’s no domestic help. But for her the sacrifices are worth it.
In fact, my mother once said that it’s better for married couples to live out of Malaysia; marriages back home are so screwed up. When you’re in a foreign country, you work harder at a marriage.
There were a few snide remarks from acquaintances when they heard of the move. One asked me whose strings did they pull to get a job there?
I snapped back, “this is Singapore, you need the smarts to work there.” Even more so if you’re a foreigner. Unfortunately, this condescending git went on and on about how we should not forsake the motherland.
I also received an e-mail from a cousin who’s living with her family in Europe. She’s so much happier there now, and her relationship with her husband is stronger.
“True, Kak Dina, our friends in KL are millionaires now, and we’re struggling in a new land. But there’s something sick about KL. The people, the way we live, it’s not a place to bring up a family,” she wrote.
“Anyway, Kak Dina, Islam is a portable religion. You can practise it anywhere, you can pray anywhere, and there are many Muslims here! Jom lah, Kak D, duduk lah sini. You’ll love it here. Bookshops? museums?”
Are they the atypical Malaysians, so westernised that they cannot live and breathe in their own country?
No. My friends and relatives are just your normal Malaysians who love their mamak food, pasar malam; and when they lived here, led typical Malaysian lives. Sundays with the kids and church for my Christian friends, kelas ngaji and futsal for my Malay friends and cousins.
They were holding good jobs, too. They had a house, one or two cars...
They left because they believed that living and working abroad would afford them and their families a better future.
They knew they would be in for a few cultural challenges, working with Mat Sallehs, Arabs, Singaporeans, but they also felt the international exposure would be excellent for them.
Schools are increasingly more international in their approach: my nephew will be able to go for his Islamic classes as well as martial arts and swimming classes.
Another pull-factor. A very successful friend who’s based abroad once told me: “I live in Malaysia you think I’ll have all this? I could, but I’d have to brownnose everyone.
“I don’t belong to an old boys network and I don’t golf. I got to where I am because of what I can do and deliver.”
A shrewd investor, he is now leading that very life many aspire to, and he has done so on his own terms.
One of my Chinese friends was stunned to hear this. “You mean you Malays also go through the same thing as us Nons ah?”
“Hah? Apa itu ‘Non’?” I asked.
“Non-bumi lah, dol.”
“Of course lah!”
“Choy, choy, choy. If you guys feel that way, what about us?”
This brain-drain, Malaysians leaving for a better future abroad, is not confined to a particular race.
I’m not denying the fact that many have done very well on their own soil, in their own country, which is Malaysia, but from where I sit and work, and being a friend and ears to a number of people, there must be a better way to make a living, and to live.
If it means uprooting, then so be it. One must be practical. Sentimentality only works in fiction.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Jingle bells Jingle bells….Christmas is coming
Oh what gift for me to give for my darling this year?
Haizzz… I really do not like this time of the year. Had to think of what to buy as presents for my children and love ones. I thank God my wife has been taking over that task over the past few years. It is the “thinking of what to buy” that I do not like. I prefer to come out the money and then let someone else think about what to buy. Well, maybe for my wife, I will buy silver jewellery, a reminder of our dating years when we worked as silver jewellery promoters at La Belle, Mahkota. There are beautiful silver jewelleries sold at the shop which I am sure she would loves to wear. If not, then we can just keep it as an investment. We will wait for the value to go up before deciding on what to do with it. Hahaha...I'm dreaming of a silver Christmas.
Friday, December 14, 2007
strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls,
but do not show love to my family,
I'm just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen,
baking dozens of Christmas cookies,
preparing gourmet meals
and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime:
but do not show love to my family,
I'm just another cook.
If I work at a soup kitchen
carol in the nursing home,
and give all that I have to charity;
but do not show love to my family,
it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels
and crocheted snowflakes,
attend a myriad of holiday parties
and sing in the choir's cantata
but do not focus on Christ,
I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn't envy another's home
that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way,
but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return;
but rejoices in giving to those who can't.
Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things
endures all things.
Love never fails.
Video games will break,
pearl necklaces will be lost,
golf clubs will rust;
But giving the gift of love will endure.
"Ternyata Kau Ada"
Pelangi senja dan awan kelabu
Turun ketika gerimis usang
Indah bak lukisan
Di atas cakrawala
Tak berkelip mata memandangnya
Sejenakku terlela dalam diam
Ku ingat pada Dia yang mencipta
Dan ku ucapkan syukur
T’ma ksih Tuhan kurnia MU
Dan ketika senja menghilang
Dibalik ufuk cakrawala
Dan Pelangi pun turun sinar bersamanya...ooo....
Namun dihati telahpun bebas
Betapa Dia begitu mulia
Dan lembut kasihnya pada kita
Tuhan... ternyata Kau ada
Dalam setiap langkah nyata (3x)
It is these kinds of guys whose car or vehicle would be transformed by various accessories available. They would make their cars "hot" and desirable to look at. I like to see cars that are chromed. I have yet to see a wholly chromed car but that would definitely be a stunning machine. I know it is easy to find chrome accessories for cars but not so for trucks. If you own a truck and would like to find chrome truck accessories, you can check out buyautotruckaccesories.com. And if you do have a wholly chromed car or truck or even a motorbike, do email it to me. I would really appreciate it.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
The only setback for us is the price of the food. Wow... it is expensive. I don't know why they set the price to be so high. Since we are not in the mood to spend so much, we ended up eating Nasi Lemak which costs RM3.00 a plate (the cheapest food available). The other types of food is easily priced above RM12 per plate. Looks like Berts will be in our restaurants banned list. Thereafter, off we went for a walk at Tanjung Puteri beach. Took a few great night shots there, wifey posing.
Now I think it is time to install the front phone. I wonder whether it is a good idea to install the VoIP Call Center Phone Systems. Hahaha…yes, I know it is more for businesses usage but the features fit well my house needs. There is no need for additional PBX hardware to be installed and I can actually install a phone in each of the 7 rooms that we have in the house. We can do room intercom among our family members. And the good thing is that international call to my sister Bebe in UK would be cheaper. Wah…sounds like more of a hotel than a house.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
So, if you are planning to stay in my house, you need not worry about where to sit. There is enough chairs for you to sit.
They set up lots of games counter with lots of prizes to be won. The good thing is that they gave every person an amount of tokens for us to play at the counters. Well, I do not gamble with money but since this is given free and we have to use up the token, we tried all the games and won quite a number of prizes. And the hotel did provide Las Vegas shows and dances to entertain the guests. Who knows one day, I might be there in Las Vegas itself and have some fun time with my family.
If you are staying in my house, you need not worry about place to sit. You can choose to sit in any of the sofas there at the living hall.
So, if you are staying in my house, you need not worry about cold drinks, but I'm not so sure you will get a freshly cooked dishes. Maybe you can eat the warmed up/heated leftover food that mother kept in the fridge.
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Hmmm…maybe I should buy some flowers to decorate my house since it is now packed and crowded with things. Some flowers will definitely make the place brighter and cheerful.
As it is now, if you are staying over at my house, you need not worry about not having enough rice to eat. Plentiful of rice but not sure about the dishes lah.
So, if you are planning to stay overnight at my house, you need worry about not having mattresses to sleep on.
I do not want to imagine how it is like in Orlando where there are about 54 theme parks. Even Disney World theme park itself is already a big draw to tourists all over the world, what more when there are other theme parks located in the same area. People will go early to queue for Disney World Tickets in order to spent the whole day enjoying themselves at the park. I can imagine the same will happen here in Melaka. Anyway, I am sure they will also provide an online ticket sales for the theme park like orlandofuntickets.com
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Yahoooo….my wife shouted. “We don’t have to go to Orlando…we can just go to this Theme Park.” Hahaha… I am reminded of the many theme parks in Orlando. There are many other types of theme park besides the marine theme park in Orlando. Furthermore, the main attraction there is the Disneyworld. Hmmm…looks like we still might want to go to Orlando when we can. Thinking of staying at Orlando Holiday Villas as I can be sure that what I see online is the exact villas that I will get to stay in. Orlando, please wait for me.
So, giving gifts for my birthday would not have much effect lah. Wah, I can imagine you saying, "Good lah, save my money". Hehehe. However, it also works both ways. Since I do not appreciate gifts for my birthday, I tend not to give gifts for other people's birthday too. LOL.
Monday, December 10, 2007
I did not bring enough cash for it so my wife use one of her Best Credit Cards to pay for the things. Haizz… if we keep on spending like this we would need to ask for Loan from our family members to pay for the credit card. Another option would be to apply for Personal Loan from the bank. We hope that we do not have to resort to that option. Better to discipline our spending habits especially this coming Christmas.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
I am glad that the maid is here. At least the maid will be there to accompany my mother from day to day. I am sure at this age she would need someone to be there near her where she can talk and have conversations with. If the maid is not here, most probably she would have to go to the nursing home. It is very difficult to take care of an aging person if you are tight up with work. At least if she is at any of the nursing homes, she would have someone to look after her all the time. She might even get to know others of her age. There is a wealth of information that I found in bettercaring.com about old people and how to care for them. Check out the health matters in the website and learn more about health for old people.
I do hope that when mother's health is not so good, I would be ready to face it.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
I do hope that credit card holders would be wise in their spending for this Christmas season. Try to spend within your means. Sometimes it is not the expensive gifts that matters. What is important is that it comes from a sincere giver. If you do not have the means, use your creativity to come up with interesting gifts for your children. Likewise, ask them to do the same for the gifts that they need to give to you.
If however, you still need to spend using your credit card, it would be good if you could use interest free credit cards as this would lessen your burden a bit. You could also consider making full use of the balance transfers options given by credit card companies to regulate your monthly installment. At the end of the day, try not to be in debt this Christmas.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Now, being a father, I am affected by this situation even more. My eldest daughter Annabelle is 4.5 years old and my second daughter is going to be 3 years old this weekend. Seeing them growing up is a wonderful thing. However, even in their young tender age, they have unconsciously developed this mentality that it is important to be beautiful. The situation was further aggravated when they observed one of their aunties who love to wear make-up and put make-up on them. Then their mother bought for them make-up kits and they would be putting it by themselves. Yes, even at small age they already know where to apply the make-up by themselves.
After putting the make-up, they would come to me and ask me whether they are beautiful. I had to remind them that even without the make-up they are still beautiful. As a father beauty is not about make-up. It is about the personality of the children, about their uniqueness, about who they really are. No matter how they look like in their outward appearance, I would still love them. It is my responsibility now to teach them that inner beauty is much more important than outward appearance.
I find the campaign "Join Dove To Raise Self Esteem" as very important for all the girls to know. It is a timely effort as we do not want the situation to get worse. I really do not want my children to be exposed to the media’s bias portrayal of beauty as shown in this video.
Mothers, if you are reading this, please know that you are playing the most important part in assuring your children that they are beautiful no matter what their physical condition are. If they always see you trying to be beautiful outwardly, then they would also follow you in their thinking.
Love your children unconditionally.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
I heard that if I book through Hotel Reservations, I can get up to 70% discount and a $100 rebate too. Wow! With the savings, I hope we can use the money to extend the holiday period. :)
Finally she is returning home after 2 weeks of vacationing. I heard that she really enjoyed herself at Phuket. Good lar, time for her to really be happy and spend as much time as she could with other brothers too.
I hope she will like the maid that we hire. If she gives the green light, then only I will submit the application to take her as our permanent maid. So far, wife has no complaint about her.
Some would prefer to shop at the shopping mall itself just to feel the Christmas season atmosphere. Others would love to shop online for the convenient. And if someone is giving birth at this time, please do not give Christmas presents only. Do try and find personalized baby gifts and give it to them. The birth of a baby is a very special moment and should be treated in such a way. It is the
arrival of a new person, a special gift to the parents and family members. It reminds me of the birth of Jesus Christ, the greatest gift to man. That is what Christmas signifies, the birth of Jesus Christ.
Even though Christmas is near, where we sing about snow and white christmas, it is still dry here in Malaysia. I think that is why I don't really like to sing Christmas carols. I find most of the songs are not related to who I am as a Chinese or Malaysian. Why sing a song that is culturally and geographically different and have no real spiritual significant? The most important thing is to remember the True Meaning of Christmas.
I wonder why people are willing to spend so much on the celebration. Yes, it is only once a year but do we have to waste? If I were to spend so much on the celebration, I would have to apply for Low Rate Credit Card already. It is better than the existing normal credit card as it gives lower rate. Of course that does not mean that you can or should spend more. Be thrifty but do enjoy the celebration too.
Monday, December 03, 2007
Now that I have experienced the wonder of LCD, I might want to get the hitachi 42 LCD TV for my house. I am sure the it would be nice to watch the movies on it. Maybe I could connect it to my computer and play my games using the LCD TV. Wow...that would be awesome.
Now, I wonder how much my character ID can be sold. My ID is only lvl 40 so the price should be lower that RM250. But then I already have 4 real skills compared to only 2 real skills that the lvl 43 ID have. That should increase my ID value a bit. But then, I'm not sure whether I want to sell my ID now. Reason being that I can use this ID to trade and earn real money from it. Playing online game to get money.
So now, instead of being the guarantor for my tenant, my brother will have to be the buyer of the car but my tenant will pay for the monthly installment. If however, my tenant fails to pay the installment on time, I wonder whether my brother has enough savings to pay the due installment. If not, he would have to find some cash advance to pay for it or else the bank will repossess the car.
If you have watch the Chinese movie, "Hidden Dragon, Crouching Tiger" where the actors "fly" from one spot to another, then you can roughly imagine the "flying" in the mosiang game.
And now, in Mosiang, "I believe I can fly". Reached lvl 40 de...hahahahaha.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
At first I was leading the race but by the last 1km, I used up all the carrots and my horse got tired and I lost the race. Fun and tiring game. Maybe next time I will win the race.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Tried the game, thinking I am very strong. LOL. I did managed to win the first contender. But by that time, my hands grew tired from the weight of the boxing gloves. With the second contender, I managed to knock him down twice before I was given the KO punch. It was fun and very tiring. Gasping for air and felt very thirsty (its not a good idea to exercise in an air-cond room).
Now, my arms are still aching.