Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Vomit it out

Its been a long time since the last time I vomited. Last night was the latest incident. Penang Asam Laksa came out. Together with sambal and rolled pineapple tarts. I am not sure what the ingredients are in the Laksa but I know my stomach don't like it. By 10pm my eyes started to feel painful (like detox effect)and by 11pm I cannot tahan de. Took my lazy chair out and just lie down until the last customers left. Then I quickly switch off all the switches, close down the shutter and drove back home. I am not sure how many drivers have I scolded in my heart for driving "too slow" last night. Immediately when I came out from my car, all the vomit came out. Ewwwhhh.. vomit out all that I can vomit... Penang Asam Laksa. Then went into the house and after brushing my teeth, immediately went to bed. No energy to service my wife.

Competitive business

Everyone is talking about economic slowdown. Often there will be news of factories closing down their operation. Many companies are retrenching their workers. Some choose to reduce their operation days to minimal. At the end of the day many companies would have to do what they can to avoid loss. Even General Motors and Chrysler in US had to depend on government loan to sustain them from bankruptcy.

Cyber cafe business is no exception. When the public are hard on cash, they would think twice on spending on entertainments. This means that the money that they would spend in my shop would be used for other necessary needs resulting in less income for my business. Economic slowdown affects everybody.

I can see the other business along my shop. There are many signs that they are affected too. There are three beauty salons shops in the same row. And looking at the situation they are in now, I can say that beauty salon jobs are not easy. One of the hairstylist is doing quite well as he has a flair with girls and most of the factory girls would go to him to have their hair rebonded, perm or coloured. Because of his flair with his customers, the other beauty salon is left with less customers and might have to close down operation. Sad but that's the reality in business. It is very competitive.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Ho ho ho... I got a present for Christmas

Yes, I got one this year. And it is a wonderful surprise too. Didn't expect to receive any as I know that wifey did not buy anything for me, nor do I bought any for her. Only for the children. But lo and behold, during the church Christmas evangelistic meeting at night, I was one of the blessed 30 persons who received a gift from the blessed draw. And I got a Hellboy II promotional gift bag. Suitable to be used when I go cycling.

And another good news is that Mother also got a gift, a 3 pcs handmade decorative vases. She was also asked by Pastor Lee Neo to pick out 5 names for the blessed draw. Brother Daniel's family was blessed with 3 gifts. So the Bong's family was blessed with 5 gifts out of the 30 gifts prepared by the church. My children was so excited to know that their daddy and granny received presents. And they are the ones who unwrapped the presents.

Christmas and presents



Now that Christmas Day is over, many would give a sigh, some sigh of sadness because the beautiful wonderful celebration is over while some sigh of relief because life returns to normal. I have always wanted to have a quiet peaceful Christmas but it seems that that wish does not come true this year. This Christmas is busy with activities, from the morning Christmas service in church and then a dinner cum evangelistic service at night. In between, there is the opening of presents by the children. This year their mommy bought for them toys instead of books. I remembered that we bought a book for Annabelle for last year Christmas present. This Christmas she got a scooter board from her mommy.

I remembered my first book present from my sister long time ago. I read it again and again and I really treasured it. Then when I was a teenager, I love reading books like Secret Seven and Famous Five, and would dream of having my own investigative group to solve various riddles and mysteries. Those were the days when books captured the hearts and mind of the readers. Now, it still does but it just that I have no time to read books. Instead I prefer to go online and read whatever information I needed to find. It is time for my children to find the joy of expanding their mind through various story books. Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day everyone.

The price is going up

I asked my wife, "What's the price of gold now?" She just shrugged her shoulder and said, " I don't know". "Check the price online lah" I asked her as she was there in front of the computer. Upon checking the price, she told me it is RM105 a gram. Wah, the price has gone up since last week.

After putting our extra money in the gold account, I was interested to check the gold price regularly. Often when we passed by a gold shop, we would check the price to see whether the price is going up or going down. We did not buy the actual gold as we do not have a safe place in our house to put them. So putting them in a gold account is a better choice for us.
And everytime we passed by the gold shop, my mind wants to buy jewelery for my wife. I know I can't afford the expensive jewelery now so maybe buying from holsted jewelery would be sufficient. The quality is superb and looks like the real one. Anyway, I told my wife that when the time comes, she will get her wishes. I thank God that she is not fussy about it.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Felt aimless

I hate this feeling. Being aimless in life. It is a sick feeling. Going through life without much to look forward to. No target, no goals to achieve. Well, at least not in the near future. Felt aimless.

Don't get me wrong. I know what I want to do with my life. Or at least I know what is in store for me in the future. It is just at this time when the situation is such that I can't do anything that I think I should be doing. Business working hours are not fixed, depending on the part time staffs schedule. Of course, the income is not more than enough to enable me to want to do the things I want to do. So I'm stuck in the unpredictable timetable routine which disables me from doing much. No time to exercise too, lack of regular sleeping time already shown its' toll on my body.

Aimless...but then I will continue to trust in the Lord. He has a better plan for me.

Friday, December 12, 2008

What would you do?

If you are pregnant and the scan shows that the baby is having cleft lips? What would you do when you are told by the doctor that the baby might also be deaf and dumb and some other difficulties? What would you do?

My wife friend's colleague is now in her 21 weeks pregnancy, same as wifey. The friend's colleague is considering to abort the baby. WAITTTTTTT.... DON'TTTT DO THAT.

Would you ABORT the baby?

What would a Christian do? Let me rephrase that. What would I (as a believer in Jesus Christ)do about it? I guess that is what the Holy Spirit has been asking me since I heard the news. What would I do? Deep down I know what I must do. Adopt the baby. What? Am I crazy? Well, the last time I check I am not in any mental ward hospital...so I think I am still okay. But why adopt the baby?

Let it be known to all that our lives are given by God. That each and every lives are precious to God. And if it is precious in God's sight, it must be precious to us too. And being a believer in Jesus Christ necessitates me to show God's love to everyone (in varying degrees at varying times). And in this circumstances, to show to the baby that God loves him even though the parents may not want him alive.

Now, I am not condemning the parents. They may in their ignorance and in their own religious beliefs think that they are doing what is best for the baby. I would not want to dwell or argue on that. What they can do is to let me adopt the baby instead should abortion is their decision.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Striving Hard

The word "striving" basically means hard work, endurance to achieve a goal. And that is what I am doing now. I am striving hard. No, not to build up my business, although at times I seems to be doing so, but to finish my studies. It is not an online degree but by way of correspondence. I enrolled for the degree a long time ago and I still have about 5 more subjects to finish. Whether I like it or not, I have to strive hard to finish my studies. Studying is not one of my favorite things to do but I know I have to do it.

So with the striving hard month by month, I hope (hope only) that I can finish my degree by end of next year earliest. It will take me about 3 months average to finish one subject. Go go go...go for it.

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Birthday party for Clarissa

Her Mommy wants to do a simple birthday party for her. What is supposed to be a simple party turns out to be a not so simple party. More like a medium party with a total of 15 children, 3 teenagers and 15 adults. Haiyo... quite a big turnout lah. I'm not so fond of having parties. I prefer quiet solitude than being in the hoohahs. But I guess children would love parties where there are cake and presents. Anyway... happy birthday my dear Clarissa. May God's blessings be upon you throughout your life. Don't forget to serve Him all the days of your life. Daddy loves you very much.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

What do I want for my birthday?

I didn't realize that my birthday is coming soon. Too soon I may say. Too fast as I didn't expect it to come flying by. My wife has already asked me as to what I want for my birthday gifts. As usual, I would have no idea as to what I want for my birthday. So my standard normal routine year by year answer would be, "Hmmm...don't know lah".

I guess to some wives out there, that kind of answer can be a relief as they would not need to spend much money buying gifts. But on the other hand some may find is irritating as they would have to crack their head and figure out what to buy as a gift. As long as I get a quiet day to relax and enjoy myself, I would be very happy indeed. No gift also never mind. Maybe just a meal together at KFC or Pizza Hut using the free voucher coupon that we received from Bonuslink would do just nice.

Even though I have told my wife many times for many years, she would still buy me something for my birthday gifts. Sometimes others give me presents that is of no practical use for me. Times like that I wished they would just give me any gift card instead. Then I would be able to buy the things that I really want to use like sports items. No wastage of money for both sides.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Need time to relax

It has been a hectic time working full time at the shop. At my age, working the whole day in the shop can be very tiring indeed. I thank God that there are part time staffs who helps to break the monotonous schedule. Even then I had to work full days for 3-4 days in a week. Lack of sleep can take a toll on my health.

I am asking God for a full time staff. Honest, reliable and someone that can be depended on to provide good friendly service to the customers. I can't go on my own like this for long or else I would soon be in Fort Lauderdale Home Health Care before I know it. With a full time staff, I would be able to have enough rest and sleep and can have a balance lifestyle. I do want to spend more time with my family as the children are growing up fast, very fast. As for now, I need time to relax.

No hope for it now

There are so many students who called to see the apartment. Most of them say they want to rent the apartment. Most of them confirmed, saying that they will definitely rent the apartment. We went there for how many umpteen times to show the apartment to the students. But then they will call (or did not call) and say that they will not rent it. Each calls give hope but each hope was dashed to the ground. Now, I don't put any more hope that the students will rent the apartment. Even though they confirmed with me, I still have no hope about it. Even when they have confirmed, I still take calls and entertained other students who wants to see the apartment. ONLY and ONLY when they have paid the deposits then will I have more confidence in them. As for now, all they talks are bullshits.

Monday, November 17, 2008

It is faded now

The shirts that I wear to work have shown signs of aging. It is now faded. The black lines are no longer striking black and so is the orange color. I guess that vigorous washing by the maid really put a lot of pressure and tension on the shirts.

It is about time that I buy a few more working shirt for my staffs and myself. Maybe I will check out Dickies as I heard that their workwear is durable and yet comfortable too. Must make sure that the company logo and slogan can be printed on the shirts.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Nightmare again

I had my nightmare again yesterday. Dreaming of being in college and the exam is near. Now, I never studied in a college before. And I never take any courses via online colleges too. I studied in the local varsity and truthfully speaking those four years of studying is not an enjoyable time of my life. No, I never went crazy because of the hectic lecture and tutorial schedules. It is just that studying is not my favorite hobby. And in my nightmare, the exam is near and I realized that I has yet to study for one particular subject. Wah... it is really scary. I am not sure about you but if I have to sit for an examination and I am not prepared for it, it would be scary. Of course if I had prepared myself for it, then there is nothing to be scared of. I just thank God that I woke up and then realized that I am already working.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Capital needed

He wants to sell his cybercafe business for only RM16K. Sounds cheap considering that there are 16 units of computers and that there are already regular customers. The reason he wants to sell his business is because of lack of reliable staff to run the cybercafe. He can't be there all the time as he has other works to do. After being in the business for 2 years, I believes that with God's blessing the business can be run successfully. Since his cybercafe is only offering computer usage and gaming service, there are opportunities to generate more income if we provide additional services. To cut it short, I know there is potential for that cybercafe business to generate more profit. That is why I am keen on buying over that cybercafe business.

There are two problems that I have to overcome. First, the capital to buy the business and secondly, to find a reliable manager to run the business. I came across Applyfast.com where I can apply for credit cards. Maybe I can use the credit card to provide some portion for the capital while the rest of the capital would come from other sources. I have inquired about taking personal loan from the bank but the amount allocated for me is not enough to cover the total capital needed. A business partner who can provide half the capital would do just nice.

Will still pray about it. Man can plan but it is God who determines the success of it.

Additional staff

Employed another staff to help run the cybercafe. His name is simply Ramesh. Yes, one word name as stated in his identification card. A friend of Andy. Allowed him to work with me as he intends to own and operate an internet cafe himself. We were actually thinking of buying over one cybercafe business and that's the starting point to me ending up employing him, part time. He is still working with Infineon and he would come to work with me during his free time. Two days he had been with me, learning whatever that can be learned. He has a lot of things to learn and I do hope he can catch up fast. Then I can have more rest time... rain rain go away lah.

Rain rain go away

It has been raining these two days. Argggghhhhhhhh... and I'm still coughing a bit. Cold cold weather...go far far. Rain rain go away... go far far. I need warm weather. Give me the sun, heat me up. Rain rain go away, me David wants to recover.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Unfulfilled wish

As much I would love to shower my wife with beautiful gifts, I know I have my financial limits. I know it would be nice to be able to shower her with gifts and I am sure she would be delighted to receive it. She has been asking for a real diamond ring when we got married but until now I have yet to fulfill her wish. Although she did not ask for it again, I know it would be great if I can give her one. This is one of the benefits of having a wife whose language of love is not Receiving Gifts.

Maybe I should consider looking at holsted jewelry and choose the beautifully designed diamond ring for her. Of course, there are “cheap” diamond rings that look like the real ones but then it would defeat the purpose of fulfilling her wish. Wait dear, when the Lord blesses us, you will get your heart’s desire.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

I hate this feeling

Of being sick. And that of being helpless, unable to do much about it. Tried everything that I know to get me better and the body just refused to budge from being sick. And then there's perspiration from morning till night. Everytime I drink water, it seems that the next minute the water is literally sweating out from my body. "Out of your body, flows out rivers of sweat". And then there's the dreaded coughing, the irritation of the throat that makes cough and cough. The cold weather and wind made things worse. At times like this, I wished I lived in a desert. Urggggghhhh....I hate this feeling.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Disconnected

Lord, I feel so distant from you. It seems that we have been disconnected many times for a few weeks now. And the many times when we were connected, it seems just for a little while. My spirit is drying and thirsting to be filled with you again. Quench my thirsts for you O Lord. I don't want to live my life without your touch, without your anointing, without your presence in my heart, mind and spirit. How can I be filled with Thee O Lord! To seek Thee and to enter into Your presence wherever I may be. May Your power, joy, peace and love radiates in me. Oh how true the Psalmist says, to be in your presence a day is much better than to be without you a thousand years.

You are the vine, I am the branches. Without you, I will die. Without you, I can do nothing. Flow your essence through me and let me grow and blossoms, and bear much fruit for You.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Prolink Load Balancer

Bought one Prolink Load Balancer from Fida Systems Sdn Bhd. It is 4 WAN ports load balancer. That means it can be connected to 4 internet lines.I have one unit of 2 WAN ports Load Balancer but because I wanted to add additional streamyx line, I had to buy this 4 WAN ports Load Balancer.

Okay, how do you configure the 4 WAN ports Load Balancer? It is quite simple. You need to understand how the Load Balancer works. You can do this by reading the manual which comes in softcopy format. If this is your first time using the Load Balancer, I would suggest that you read through the manual.

No, I would not list down how to install the Load Balancer. That would be too long. I just want to point out these two things.

- When the streamyx contractor come to install your streamyx line, tell him NOT to configure the ADSL modem to router mode. Just make sure you know the Streamyx Username and Password. If however, he has configured it to router mode, just reset it to factory default.
- It is better to configure the Load Balancer directly, meaning the LAN cable from the Load Balancer is connected directly to the PC instead of going through a hub.

The others are as mentioned in the manual. Make sure you read the manual thoroughly.

Missing her

I missed my wife now. She normally comes to help me out in the shop at 6pm till 9pm. This week the children (all three of them) are down with fever, cough and flu. That means that wifey had to stay at home looking after the children. Today, she herself is down with fever. I miss my wife. Lord, let your healing touch be upon my children and Michelle.

Added the 3rd streamyx line

After much consideration, I decided to add in another streamyx line for my internet cafe. Right now I am subscribing to a total of 3MB of streamyx broadband. I do hope that with the additional 1MB, there would not be any lagging or slow connection for my customers. I hate it when the streamyx line is down and I have to turn away my customers. It is a big loss for my business. This additional streamyx line costs me about RM1.3K. I had to fix another phone line which costs me RM350 including deposit. Then I had to buy 4 WAN Load Balancer from Fida System which costs me RM850 and 8 ports router which costs me RM66. Streamy Combo for Business package costs me RM150 a month. I pray that this investment will give me good returns in the short and long term.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Seven Deadly Stresses

Stress can kill. Yes, that's true. Maybe not immediately but in the long term. I received an email from Bill Gothard about the seven deadly stresses and I know it would be a good insight for all of us. Read through.


I have some very exciting news! It relates to the commands of Christ we have been learning about through the Daily Success e-mails. God promises that if we keep His commands before our eyes, He will reveal Himself to us. This is precisely what He has done by allowing us to
see how His commands relate to health.

We have learned that there are seven deadly stresses that are major causes of health problems. These include the stresses of anger, guilt, lust, bitterness, greed, fear, and envy. Each stress has a direct effect on a system of the body. Anger affects the cardiovascular system, guilt the nervous system, lust the endocrine system, bitterness the digestive system, greed the immune system, fear the respiratory system, and envy the musculoskeletal system.

When people resolve the stresses in their lives, the related symptoms of their diseases often clear up. What is even more exciting is that there are seven commands that directly relate to each stress! For example, by applying the seven commands related to anger, we can
resolve the stress of anger in our lives. The same is true for every other stress.

All of this is explained and powerfully illustrated in a brand new health manual titled How to Resolve 7 Deadly Stresses. You can secure a copy of this "revolutionary" manual by visiting
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There is an accompanying Website, www.lifepurposehealth.com , that further explains the truths in the book. I believe that you will be encouraged and benefited by these two resources for life and health.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Renewal and Inquiry

Went to MBMB to renew my business licence. It is due end of September and renewal for 3 months period. It costs me RM90 to renew my licence. For whatever reasons, MBMB only gives out temporary licence to internet cafes. Most probably they want to monitor the activities of the cybercafes in Melaka. I find it very troublesome to go to MBMB every 3 months to renew my licence. Waste of petrol and time for something that should be done once a year.

While at the counter I asked the clerk about the possibility of opening another branch at PK. She says there should not be any problems but I suspected that she does not know much about it. She consulted another colleague who seems to know more about the conditions of opening a cybercafe. She said I can inquire from the officer in charge but the officer would only be in the office after 12 noon. Knowing that nothing much I can do there, I went back to my shop to start my work....full day today. Will have to find time to drop by at the officer's office.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Glad to be of service

Miss Tan works as the Operational Manager in one of the local banks and she has helped me a lot with my banking work. Out of a sudden she came to my shop and ordered a bottle of honey. Yes, I do sell honey way back then but I stopped selling it now. While she was in the shop, another customer of mine Jack came in. He wanted to photocopy some bank documents and I introduced them to each other. Soon they were talking about loans and credit cards. Miss Tan requested Jack to go over to the bank so that she can process Jack’s application for loan. Jack has been telling me of his intention to buy a house and is looking for bank loans. Upon preliminary assessment of Jack’s income, Miss Tan told him that she can work out something for him.

Well, I am happy for both of them. Glad to be of service to them. Oh ya, I was surprised when Jack told me that he does not have any credit card and he has been using his mother’s supplementary card all these years. It is of late that Jack decided to make proper his income statements. Without proper income statements, he cannot buy a house under his name or apply any bank loans.

credit cards

Anyone interested to get a bank loan or credit card. Call me. I will be happy to serve.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

When will I?

When will I be able to cycle to work again? When will I have the time to go to the bank during the daytime? When will I be able to spend time with my mother during weekdays? When will I be able to spend time with my children at home during the weekdays? When will I be able to go out for movies?.... when?

But in all things give thanks to God.

I need to be healthy all the time.

Now that I am stuck here at the shop six days a week from morning10.00am till 1.00am the next day, I need to take care of my health. There is no exercises sessions for me except on Sunday evenings. Furthermore, it is not advisable for me to cycle to work as it is dangerous to cycle back home at 1.00am. What I do not want to happen is seeing my body getting weak and prone to sickness. Falling sick is not an option for me at this time. I do not want to contract any fever, flu, cough or even Community-Acquired Pneumonia. I want to be healthy so that I can provide good service in the shop.

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Friday, September 05, 2008

They like my toilet

I noticed a few of my customers make full use of my shop toilet. Even when they are not using the computers in my shop, they would come in just to use the toilet. They should have use the many restaurant's toilets that are available but somehow they prefer to come to my shop and discharge their human waste in my toilet.

Hmm....I should look it in a positive way. I guess my toilet is much cleaner than the other toilets available around here. Yes, I do my best to keep the toilet clean. Dirty toilet gives a bad image of the company. Furthermore, if the toilet is dirty and smelly, it would definitely affect the customers. Haha... I should consider charging a fee if they want to use the toilet only.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

No wifey this evening

Wifey is not coming to the shop this evening. Looks like I would not be able to bath today while at work. I hope I don't sweat a lot today. I really don't like being sweaty at work. Makes me feel unclean and uncomfortable. Tried putting up a sign on the door stating that the shop will close from 7.00pm till 7.30pm but the customers still comes in. Even the Malay customers still use the computers during that Buka Puasa time. In the end, there's no break for me to bath and eat. Will have to bath quickly if I am too sweaty. Wifey, wifey where are you?

Completing my study

After many delays, I will finally be doing my SLR student learning requirement in two weeks time. As the subject requires me to share in a group, I was not able to find the suitable time or the opportunity to do my sharing. I am supposed to share on what I have learned from the course and apply the principles in my sharing. It would not be easy as the topic is a difficult topic to apply. It is not something that you can apply everyday. Anyway, I am thankful to God for giving me the opportunity to complete my SLR by this month. And I am hoping to take the final examination for this subject by end of this month too. After that I might want to take another subject from ICI. It is not an online university although I would be glad if they can consider providing online courses.

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Mini Lobsters - Don't Eat

Received an email from my brother about MINI LOBSTERS. It seems that these mini lobsters are being served in many restaurants especially Chinese restaurants.

Do not eat these mini lobsters.

These mini crustaceans are literally the garbage cleaners in the sewage treatment plants.


The 'dirtier' the water, the fatter these mini lobsters
become.

Their lungs are full of worms and their flesh saturated with poisonous metals.

Unscrupulous merchants somehow found a way to get these marketed to eateries.


Do not order this dish.
Pass this to those friends who may want to try these mini 'lobsters'.

FYI, lobsters are categorised as "unclean food" in the Bible.



Rainy Days = Slow Internet Connection

This is an unproven theory but it is something that I have observed for the past 2 years. I am not sure of the technical reasons of it. But as a cybercafe operator, I loathe to see rainy days. The Streamyx broadband lines that I subscribed would be narrowband and my customers would complain of slow connection. Mind you, I pay for TWO (2) streamyx lines. So I am seriously considering subscribing to another line. Scouted for alternatives to streamyx but unfortunately there are none available for my area.
Haizzzz..... rain rain go away, come again on Sunday.

Coffee Enema

Have you ever tried coffee enema? Well, I did coffee enema a few years back. What is coffee enema? Well, it is part of a detoxification process where you use coffee as the medium to dislodge and discharge toxins from your body. This is done by inserting a catheter into your anus and letting the coffee enter your anus through the catheter. Then you have to wait for at least 15 minutes to let the coffee do its magic. After 15 minutes make sure you discharge all that you can discharge in the toilet bowl. Well, does it work?

Yes, it works. However, due to lack of patience and the difficulty in getting the coffee, I stopped doing it. If you are thinking of doing coffee enema and is looking for the equipment, check out foley catheters or do a search on coffee enema.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Totally exhausted

Yesterday was very tiring. I was totally exhausted by 11.30pm. Eyes pain and head dizzy. I can't wait to go home and sleep. Then wifey called and asked me to buy Nasi Lemak for her. She had her "mengidam" again. By 12.10mn, I told my customers that I'm closing the shop. Had to remind them again 5 minutes after that. By the time all of them left, it was already 12.30mn. I could not care less to count the money or mop the floor. I was too tired to do all that. I only want my sleep. Switched off all the computers and then off I go to look for the Nasi Lemak, on the way back. Unfortunately, the mamak/malay shop is closed. Reached home, brushed my teeth and off I slumped myself on the bed. Moments later.... I woke up...its already 8.30am.

Remove Blackheads with Egg White

My wife told me that the best way to take out blackheads is by using egg white. Yes, no need to buy expensive facial care products. Just buy one chicken egg. Break the egg and remove the egg yolk. You only need to use the egg white. Another thing you need to have is cotton gauze. Cut the cotton gauze to different sizes in accordance to the location of your face. Soak the gauze in the egg white and paste it on your face. Let it dry. Only when it is dried you can peel it off. The blackheads would also be pulled out with the gauze.

Then don't forget to wash your face.

I hate blackheads

I can’t seem to remember when the last time my wife did a facial on me was. No, I am not talking about the full professional facial session for my face. I am only thinking about putting the peelable masks. It is the one where you peel it off and all the blackheads will come out together with the mask. She did it often last year on her own face and on mine once in a while although she has not gone to any of the cosmetology schools in texas. I too like the feeling of the mask being peeled off from my face and seeing the blackheads coming out together with it. It makes me feel that my face is cleaner. I think I will ask her to do it for me.

Webcam with My Children

Since I am working full day, I don't get to see my children awake except for Annabelle if she comes in my room before she leave home for kindy. The other two woke after I left home. Today I got to see all of them because they woke up early.

If not, before their bedtime, I will have a chat on the MSN video with them. Thank God for the advancement in technology and internet. If not, they might forget how their daddy looks like.

Clarissa is out of kindy

Her mummy decided to bring her out of kindy and drill her at home. She has been to kindy for more than a year but has yet to improve on her ABCs. Only when we drilled her at home she managed to remember it. Furthermore, we were informed that she is not paying attention when the teachers taught the class. After much thinking, she is now under the care of her mummy. And knowing Clarissa, her mummy is going to need lots and lots of patience and love and compassion and willpower to teach her. All the best to you dear.

Investment in gold

With so many changes happening to us in the last 2 months, we have yet to continue depositing into the gold account. With M resigning from her job and staying at home looking after the children, our income has dropped to only 20% of our total income. There are so many things that we have to cut down and investing in gold or buying
gold coins is no longer the luxury that we can afford. Although investing in gold coins is definitely a good choice and one which we would recommend to others, we are limited by our income. And yes, M’s income formed the bulk of our total income. And yes, we have been living on M’s income all this while with me contributing to the household’s expenses only. However, we are praying for God’s providence upon our lives. In God we trust.

No exercises

I wonder when I can get my exercises. Working the whole day definitely robs me of my exercises. I can cycle to work in the morning but I do not think I want to cycle back home as it is dangerous to cycle back home at 1am. Another setback is that I can’t do any form of exercises while working as I do not want to sweat out. I need to bath if I sweat out and bathing is not a luxury that I can afford while attending the shop all by myself. So for now, I hope that I can figure out some ways to keep fit and healthy.

Tough Job

It has been three days that I have to work whole day (from morning till morning). One word sums it up, “tough”. By evening, I would feel tired and it does not look good for my customers to see a tired, non-jovial staff at the shop. I had to keep reminding myself to smile always and try my best to serve the customers. Sometimes it works but many times I forgot to smile. If this continues, it would not be good for the business. I want returning customers. It’s a tough job.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

It is time to face the facts

The Permatang Pauh by-election has ended with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim garnered a higher majority compared to his wife in the last general election. It is indeed a sign for the ruling coalition to face the fact that the people are not happy with the country progress. Many are asking for changes to be made to the nation's economy and not forgetting matters like judicial credibility, government transparency and equal and fair treatment among the races. After the March 8 general election, the government has yet to come up with concrete steps to help the people. Instead, the petrol price has been increased shortly after the election even though the party promised that they would not do so during their election campaign.

So it is no wonder that the people are not happy with the leaders of this country. This led to the incident where the Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Najib were thrown with water bottles during the Permatang Pauh by-election. It was reported that as he was leaving one of the campaign stations, the Opposition party supporters jeered at him and threw water bottles. He was not hit and managed to escorted to another place. The Federal Reserve Units had to step in to prevent further scuffles between the supporters of the two parties.

I'm sure that if Datuk Najib was hit, the police would arrest the people to find the perpetrator. Maybe then Datuk Najib need to seek advice from Fort Worth Personal Injury Attorney. No matter how we may dislike our leaders, we should never resort to physical attack against him/her. To our leaders, the people have spoken. It is time to face the facts.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Am I up to it?

My staff got another good job offer from an international company. Well praise God for His blessings upon him. I'm glad that God is opening doors of His blessings upon him and I pray that He will continue to do so.

That means that I will have to work full time at the shop until God blesses me with another trustworthy, honest and reliable staff. Yes, that means that I will have to work from 10am till 12 midnite. It would be a long day away from home, leaving house at 9am and reaching home at 1.00 or 1.30am. Okay, I've done it before when I first started the business, managing the shop alone but that was about 2 years ago. Now, I'm not so sure whether I'm as healthy and strong as before. Am I up to it? Well, whether I am up to it or not, I will still have to be up to it.

Okay, maybe I should also learn about the easiest way to earn from forex trading. Who knows, I might be good at forex trading and might be blessed with some extra income from forex trading. I am sure there are easy ways to earn from forex trading. I've tried forex trading before. Well, okay, only once I tried my hands in forex trading but hey, who knows I might be good in forex trading and can easily earn from forex trading.

Alrite, one thing at a time. Will see how things goes with me having to work all day at the shop, then only I will think about earning from forex trading.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Getting the best deal

My internet shop needs another broadband line. Due to the increase in computers in the shop and partly also due to the increase in bandwidth usage, many of the customers are complaining of slow internet connection. We noticed that if half of the customers are playing online games, the other customers would experienced slow connection. Well, that is a sign that I need to install another broadband line.

The last time we signed up for the broadband line, we managed to get a desktop. It is really worth the money invested. Now, Charter.com is offering an irresistible offer. They are offering three great Charter services online – Charter High-Speed® Internet at $19.99/mo for 6 months, Charter Digital Home™ and High-Speed Internet at $69.98/mo for 6 months or Charter Digital Home™, High-Speed Internet, and Charter Telephone® at $99.97/mo. for 12 months. And to add to that offer, every purchaser will be receive a Free Shell gas gift card. Furthermore, he is automatically entered to win 1 of 30 HP Compaq Presario C770US Laptops.

If I am entitled to it, I would definitely go for this Charter Laptop-a-Day Giveaway. The value is much more than what you will be paying for.

Going picnic

Wifey forced me to wake up today. "Wake up. We're going to the beach". I was like..."huh"....I want to sleep lah. But as much as I want to continue my beauty sleep, I know I had to go to the beach. The children are all inside the car, waiting, waiting for their daddy and mommy to bring them to the beach. So, had to force myself to sleep...oops..to wake up.

The weather was cloudy and windy. It was high tide but we managed to find a spot. As usual the children got their feet sandy straightaway while we enjoy our breakfast. After an hour there, we head back home.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Auto Body repairs

Our car has yet to be fitted with the new accessories. We were thinking of changing the car seat covers with a new pvc type cover. Currently it is the cloth type seat cover and get easily dirty with stains from the children's food and drinks. Well, that will cost us a big sum which will definitely makes our pocket emptier (if there is such a word to describe it). We do pray that we will not be involved in any accidents which requires major auto body repairs on the car. Anyway, since I would be cycling most of the time, the car would be idle most of the time. Hopefully with the exercises I get from cycling to work, my own body will be auto repaired to be fitter and healthier.


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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Holiday Apartment in Melaka

My apartment in Bukit Beruang, Melaka is vacant again. The tenants could not pay the deposit and the rental and we have to ask them to move out. It is not the right time to look for tenants as most of the students would have a place to stay by now. The same thing happened to Michelle's apartment.

As such we decided to use the two apartments as Holiday Apartments. There are swimming pool facilities in both of the apartments area. The cost is only RM100 a night, still negotiable if you are planning to stay longer. It is a 3 rooms apartment; fully furnished with air-cond, fridge, washing machine, jug kettle, gas stove (yes, you can cook but don't burn down my apartments enough already), sofa, dining table and TV. Sorry, no water heater.

If you looking for Holiday Apartments in Melaka, please call me at 012-2544606, David or Michelle.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

One thing I would like to do in my lifetime

One of the things that I hope to do during my lifetime is to try out the highest roller coaster ride in the world. Yes, that would be some exciting memory. I can imagine the adrenalin gushing all over my body while coming down from the highest peak. It sounds scary and yet exciting. It is the feeling of the state of “no return”. Whatever happens is beyond my control and I just have to hang on until I reached ground. Truthfully, I am not sure whether I would be wetting my pants from the excitement but I will make sure I go to the loo before I sit on that thing. As for my children, I would get for them discount Disney World tickets which I am sure they would thoroughly enjoy themselves there.

For the Love of the Malays

Bar Council's forum on conversion to Islam met with opposition today. The Star paper reported that about 300 people held a protest outside of Bar Council building, some even holding placards saying "Jangan Cabar Islam" = "Don't Challenge Islam". As much as I hope that this country has become a better place after 50 years of independence, the truth that hurts is that it is not so. In fact, due to the country leaders propaganda for more than 50 years, the opposite seems to happen. Well, from the outside, this country has developed to be one of the developing country.

However, the mentality of the people especially the Malays seems to have gone backwards. Due to NEP policies that baby-feed the Malays in almost all things that they do, they have failed to become strong but have now becoming too dependent on subsidies and quotas from the government. Mind you, the former Prime Minister had said that 90% of the country taxes are generated from the NON-MALAYS and yet most of the country's policies are discriminating against the Non-malays. Okay, that is happening here in Malaysia.

Back to the Bar Council forum on the conversion to Islam. If Islam is perfect and a good religion as most Muslim ulamas would claim, why is the fear when people want to discuss about the tenets of Islam. Why are they so afraid to let other people discuss about it. The No. 2 said that such forums would incite anger and very sensitive issue to this nation. That is a very backward thinking. Using race and religion to instill fear in the hearts of people who wants the freedom to address matters affecting their lives.

I would not be surprised the shallow mentality of the ulamas (most of them if not all) and the MPs who would be very happy to organize protests upon protests everytime the name Islam is being "challenged" in any way. Why should you protest when Islam is being discussed by others? Why not protest to the injustice and corruptions that occurred under our very nose? Why not protest against our MPs and country leaders who blatantly speak lies, who have no integrity to tell the truths.

When the book and movie Da Vinci Code appeared, the Christian communities does not organize protests upon protests. What the book and movie achieved in the end is to instill a deeper desire to know the truth about the Biblical teaching. No "fatwa" was issued by the Christian leaders to kill the author of the book. I guess the same does not apply when we are talking about Islam. When Satanic Verses was written, a fatwa was issued to kill Salman Rushdie. The Muslims were happy because there are protests upon protests but unfortunately not many benefits from it. Yes, they finds anger aroused in them but no further understanding about the Quran.

As much as I loves this country of mine, I too feel that many things are not going the way it is supposed to go but going the other direction. For the love of the Malays, I do hope and pray that many would wake up from their "slumber".

My First Wife

While driving back from the apartment, I shared with my wife about the many experiences riding the bicycle to work. Last week, I cycled to work for the first 4 days while drove the car on the other two days. The motorcycle was left unused. I told wifey that I pity my motorbike, being left unused for so long.

She then remarked that the motorbike is like my wife. Jokingly I told her that the motorbike is my first wife, then the car, then her and now the bicycle. I know that some people do treat their vehicles to that extent, but my wife would still be Michelle Soo.

Spending money in Las Vegas

When you are talking about city of entertainment, one might think of Las Vegas. That is not surprising as the amount of investment poured into the city is tremendous. Rightly so, people would have a wonderful time spending their holidays there, staying in some of the beautiful Las Vegas Hotels available there. I would say that you would definitely enjoy yourself there if you have tons of money to spend.

As for me, the best city of entertainment that I can afford is Genting Highland. Even then, there are many things there that I would not have the chance to enjoy due to limited finance and time. Hmm….come to think of it, I think I prefers to use my money to bless others than to waste it unnecessarily.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Setting up wireless connection

My staff told me that when a few of my customers are playing online game simultaneously, the other customers would experience in a slow down in accessing the net. This would mean that it is time to add in additional internet line to increase the internet bandwidth so that all the customers would be happy with fast internet connection speed. Another option is to provide wireless connection to my customers. If you are thinking of setting up a wireless connection you will be needing a wireless: router, access point (if your router doesn't serve as one) and adapter.

Of course, a fixed cable line is much better than a wireless connection. As such, if you are thinking of playing online games or streaming videos and movies, then you would need 802.11g internet connection and invest in a digital-media adapter. Once you have all the necessary items, set it up and make sure you take time to ensure the computers are secured. You need to set up the NAT firewall setting and also the WEP or WPA setting so that your computers would not easily accessed by other visitors/customers computers. Well, if you do not have any inkling of what I have just wrote, please do not hesitate to pay the computer technician guy to set it up for you.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Working full day

Have to work full day today. Andy is back in National Service for two days. No, he is not after Form Five student. He is there as a trainer. And he is called up to teach the trainees in the camp three times a year. Or in this case, he is called up because there are not enough trainers to teach the syllabus. And when he is not around, I would have to work full day. It can be very tiresome.

Effect of petrol price increase

The rise in petrol price has indeed affected us is many ways. Firstly, we have to spend more a month for transportation. Secondly, most of the shops are increasing their products prices which translated to higher monthly expenses. Thirdly, we decided not to buy a new Proton Persona car. There are many other effects of it which we will only feel in a month or two. We also have no extra money to buy gold. Yes, we were thinking of investing in gold but with the current changes, we have stopped buying for lack of money. I am sure when God continue to provide for us in various other means, we will be able to invest in gold again. As for now, we will have to trust God in providing for our monthly needs.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mother not sleeping at night

Over the last few weeks Mom has not been able to sleep at night. I've seen her awake, sitting in the living hall, doing nothing physically, lost in her own thoughts. When I approached her and asked her why, she just smiled and said that she could not sleep. She would stay awake until almost dawn and then only she would fall asleep.

Though this does not happened everyday, it is still a concern to me. I wished and pray that she would be able to sleep at regular time and that her health would not be affected by these sleepless nights.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Bulging protruding tummy

I don't like the sight of my tummy. It is not nice to see a bulging protruding tummy. It is just not healthy to carry a burden in front of me. A lot of people are talking about dieting. Mostly ladies lah. When I go out shopping, I noticed that most of the people are getting fatter. You can see lots of fat people now. And you can see bulging, protruding tummies which is really an eyesore. I really need to cut down on the amount of food that I take every meal. Also thinking of starting back fasting a day each week. Zzzz.... what must I do to obtain flat tummy.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Repainting and cycling

After much delays and postponements, we finally repainted our cars. My old Mitsubishi Tredia has been repainted with grey colour metallic coated. My wife’s old Toyota KE30 red car has been repainted with light orange pastel colour. It costs us more about RM3K to get it done, which included the cost of welding the various parts of the cars that are rusty. At least now, we do have a “presentable” car to drive. Earlier, we were thinking of buying a new Proton Persona car but in the end we decided not to. Now that the price of petrol has increased and Michelle is no longer working, we thank God for not allowing us to go into further debts by buying the new car.

Now, I will try to cycle to work. Yes, it was unthinkable to do that a few years ago. The distance is 11km from my house but it is now a norm for me to cycle to work. Yes, I did it, I did it. Now, I do not have to think about Car Radiator though I have to think about my safety while cycling on the road. One thing for sure, the roads in Malaysia are not bicycle friendly.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Increasing the prices

Thinking of increasing the price of the drinks that I sell at the shop. No, I am not doing it just because others are doing so. I am thinking of increasing the price because the cost has increased. Yes, the supplier has increased the price of the drinks by about 10% of the cost. And here I am, still selling the drinks at the same old price. That means my profit has gone down. If the supplier keeps on increasing the price, I would have no other choice but to increase the selling prices too. As much as I want to help my customers, I have no other choice but to do it. Business can sometimes be "cruel".

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Scratching where it is not itchy

There was once a anthropologist who went to a tribe to study their culture and language. He was aware that there was a missionary that went to that group and had minimal results in reaching out to them. While the anthropologist was talking to a group of the tribal people, he asked them the question, “Why is it that you all did not believe what the missionary told you?” After a long silence, the leader of the group finally told the anthropologist. “Well, it is like he is scratching where it is not itchy”.

Fulfilling the needs of the person is important before we can reach out to them. Well, the needs may not only be for food, water or shelter but it could also be the issues of life. It can be about the challenges of living everyday and it can also be about spiritual issues. Most people would look to the church, temple, mosque or monasteries if they are seeking help in spiritual matters. If you have thought of “I Want a Better Marriage” then you are having a “itch” that needs to be scratched. I would suggest that you find an Emergent Church to find the answers to that need.

I would advise that you Find a Church in Rancho Santa Fe if you are staying in Santa Fe and find the solutions that you need for your “itchiness” in life.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Zenni Optical

It is time for Clarissa to go for her eye check-up with the optometrician. We do hope that her eyes would get better now that she is wearing her spectacle. We bought the spectacle at the optometrist shop. At the shop there are many types of spectacles including the Incredible Stylish New Frames From Zenni. There are Variable Dimension Frames From Zenni that we can choose from but we need to make sure that it is suitable for Clarissa. The range of Zenni Optical $ 8 Rx Eyeglasses are very attractive which I would definitely consider if I want to get a new spectacles.

Good health is a great asset

One of the best supplement products that I have tried is the Usana products. Yes, I am not lying and this is not a gimmick to sell the products. I’ve tried it and I am fully convinced of its benefit. And it is really important for me to have a daily supply of multi-vitamins supplement which include anti-oxidation and detoxification effect. I need it because I am exposed to radiations from computer monitors everyday. If there are only one computer then it may not be so bad, but I’m exposed to more than 20 computers everyday for 8 hours a day. I know I need to protect my body from this danger of radiations. That is why I trust in God and in excellent proven track record products like Usana.

Unfortunately, not many doctors are aware of these excellent Usana products. Some are even marketing low quality herbal products to their patients. If any of you are taking prescribed drugs for medication, you should consider checking out drug guide for iphone. Do not simply take any drugs without knowing the full implications or side effects of it. Yes, no doubt the doctor would have known about the drugs’ side effects, but he might not inform you all the side effects that you might be experiencing. So better be well informed rather than being confused. Good health is a great asset.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

A new backpack for me

Went shopping yesterday with Miche. We wanted to go for a movie just to celebrate Miche being out of job. While at Mahkota Parade, I remembered that I need to get a new backpack as the backpack I used while cycling is torn and cannot be used anymore. So we headed toward the various shops there. There is a few sports related shops in Mahkota and we went to Sports Station.

There are various sports accessories like Puma, Adidas, JanSports, Nike and many others. Well, I am not a fan of any of the brands as my main consideration is the price. If the price is low and the quality seems good, I will buy. However, the Puma backpack that we saw is quite expensive though it is of good quality. We almost went out buying nothing when someone tapped Miche’s shoulder.

We were indeed surprised to see our church member and later being informed that she is the manager there. She offered discounts and managed to persuade us to buy the backpack. Well, much to our surprise again, the backpack is on “Value Buy” promotion and the price is much lower that the discounted price the manager can give us. Furthermore, it is within our budget so we bought it. Then off we went to watch “Wanted”. Oh ya, since Miche is out of job, the Nintendo and the treadmill would have to wait.

Monday, July 07, 2008

I did it, I did it - Part 4

Yes, I did it again this morning. So nice and I felt so good. I made sure that I slept early last night so that I would have enough rest and enough energy to do it this morning. My wife already awake when I woke up. After the shower and a glass of Quaker Oat for breakfast, I took my bicycle and cycled to work. Yes, I did it. Hope to do it everyday if the weather permits. So far, it took me about 37 - 45 minutes to reach my shop. It is about 11km from my house so I would have cycled 22km to and fro. Praying that the weather would not be hot or raining. Would ask my companion the Holy Spirit to protect me from harm and harsh weather conditions.

Yes, I did it, I did it.

Trading in shares

It is interesting to see various people coming into the shop and use the computers. Most of them are students who would play games, surf the net or do their assignments. Generally, the boys would play games, the girls would surf the net. Only during certain times, they would come in and do their assignments. Of course, chatting on the net is their favorite thing to do.

There are a few older customers who come in to check the stock market. I am not familiar with the websites that they logged in to check the share prices as I am not into buying or selling shares. Maybe if there are many more customers who are into trading shares and they want to use the computers in my shop, I should consider adding in option screener program as an added service to my customers. I’m sure they would be delighted about it.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

I did it, I did it - Part 3

I didn't do it for two days already. Haizzz...I really miss it. Circumstances doesn't allow me to do it. Will be looking forward to it. It is like I am addicted to it. And once addicted, am looking forward to get it again. Now I know how the addicts must have felt when the urges start coming back to them. Must do it next week lah. Really miss it.

Monday, June 30, 2008

I did it, I did it - Part 2

Yes, I DID IT! I DID IT! AGAIN.

Wah... I'm so happy. I did it again. This morning as I was lazily trying to wake up, my wife ask me, "Are you going to do it again?". Not sure whether I am up to it. Told her, "Not sure, feel tired lah". My mind kept on asking whether I should do it. She said, "You told me you are going to do it today." I looked at the time, it is almost 9am. Not sure whether I do have the time to do it.

Anyway, I managed to get up and she helped me to it. And I DID IT! I DID IT AGAIN... LOL.


zzzz.... Now I am feeling the aching. But I am very happy lah. Satisfied

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Studying nightmares

I had my nightmares again lately. No, it is not about ghosts or evil spirits stuffs. It is about being in school or campus again. Always, I would dream of being a student and I had to sit for an exam paper like History, or Law but I was not prepared at all. Wah... that was scary. The funny thing is that I never had the scary thoughts while I was in campus or in school. It is only when I am working that these thoughts, these nightmares started to happen. But thank God I woke up and realized that I am no longer in campus thus no need to go for any exams.

I wonder if things would be different if I had taken online college courses instead of studying four years in campus. Well, maybe it would but then I am not sure whether I would have graduated at all, knowing my lack of discipline in studying. Whatever it is, I have to make sure I complete my second degree by end of next year...hopefully.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

I did it, I did it.

Yes, I did it. I did it. Hahahaa....Yahoooooooooooooo. It feels good, it really feels good. ....and a slight aching too. But it sure feels good. Planning to do it somemore.... Wooit.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

My first mountain bike Le Run Avatar


This is what I bought from my petrol rebate, Le Run Avatar mountain bike, inclusive the mud-guards. Costs a bomb RM640. I pray that I will use it as often possible.

Kill two birds with one stone. One is to reduce petrol consumptions thereby reducing my expenses. And secondly, to get fit and health. If it is not because of the health reason, I don't think I will made the decision to buy this bike.

He is cute

My wife likes him very much. He looks so cute. I can agree to it. And she even went to see him once and then a few times after that. He is much younger than me, shorter and got baby face look. He has attractive looking smile. My wife went to see him to get her hair done. And also to give Barnabas a hair cut. He is the hairstylist operating two doors away from the cybercafe. I always see him walking past by my shop and dropping in to have short conversations.

Most of the time he will talk about his skills and business while I do the listening. He did mentioned that he has 7 years experience working in KL. However I did not recall him mentioning which hair schools that he attended before he embarked into hairstyling business. If you are in Malacca and looking for a good cute man to cut your hair, check out Mo Style Hairstylist at Taman Bachang Utama, outside of Giant Hypermarket. His name is Iven Chang.

My first bicycle exercises

Woke up at 8am today. Yes, it is that early...hahaha...early for me lah. Normally I would wake up at 9am as I need at least 8 hours of sleep a day. Anyway, even though with lack of sleep I managed to force myself to get up. The main reason is that I want to exercise. Yes, I badly in need of exercise. My body is getting weaker for lack of exercises.

Since I already got my bicycle yesterday, I decided to go for a ride to the beach which is exactly 3km from my house. Really not sure whether I can make it. The first few minutes are okay. Then my leg started to feel the acid lactic but I pressed on. I pressed on and on and on and on and..... at last I did it. Reached the beach and then turn back home without stopping to rest. And I pressed on and on and on and on and on and on....whoa the journey seem further on the way back. But I pressed on and on and at last I reached home safely. It took me about 35 minutes to cycle 6km. Yeah... I did it, I did it. Felt good over my achievement.

Now I am planning to get myself fit again and then maybe I will cycle to work which is about 11km one way.

Health investments

All of us will have some form of insurance. Okay, let me correct myself. Most of us would have some form of insurance. Most would have at least one personal insurance and maybe one or two medical insurance card. We want to be protected financially in case something bad happens to us. However, not all diseases can be treated easily. Those that can be treated sometimes cost a lot of money which unfortunately may not be sufficiently covered by the insurance policies. Genetically-related diseases are much more difficult to treat where you need to have the right compatible donors.

Aware of this difficulties, most parents are thinking of storing the stem cells of their own and their babies for future "insurance" against future health risks. Check out Cryo-Cell Innovative Stem Cell Solutions and Cryo-Cell Innovative Stem Cell Solutions for further information on this issue. And if you are convinced of investing in your family health for the future, check out the Cryo-Cell's "Protect Baby, Protect Mom" offer that they have.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Please answer my questions

Wifey told me about her friend's experiences with her doctor. Her friend has many questions to ask the doctor about her baby and her health condition. However, when she asked the doctor her questions, the doctor seemed very reluctant to answer her questions. Her friend was quite upset with the doctor's reluctance and attitude. It is not that she did not pay the doctor. In fact, she has paid quite a big sum of money to the doctor for the treatment. It would be reasonable for the doctor to answer all her doubts and questions. That is one of their responsibilities, making sure that their patients are well informed of their health conditions.

I am not sure why the doctor reacted in that manner but one possibilities is that the doctor do not know the answers to many of the questions put forward by wifey's friend. Due to lack of information or meaning lack of knowledge, the doctor would not be able to give a satisfactory answer and this definitely would not look good for him. I'm sure if the doctors make the effort to keep themselves updated with the advances in medicine, they would not have any problems giving satisfactory answers to their patients. If they do have a PDA they can apply for free medical blog widget and be updated with the current medical information. We want doctors who are not only qualified but also well aware of the advances in medicine so that we can have the best options available to us. So doctors, please keep yourself updated all the time and please try to answer all our questions. We can turn to nobody else.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Still haven't got my rebate yet

I know many people have gone to collect the petrol rebate of RM600+ from the post office. The papers reported that many people queued at the post office as early as 7am to get the rebate. Well, I do not want to judge people but I feel that they are really "kiasu" to do that. Maybe they scared that the government would change the ruling and they would not be able to get the money. No doubt there are many people out there who could use some extra money and this rebate is indeed a blessing to them.

As for me, I would only wait until all the "hoohahs" have died down and there is no long queue at the post office. I prefer to do other things rather than wasting my time queuing up. Maybe I will go this coming Friday.

No exercises last week

I was looking forward for the football game last Sunday. However, that did not materialized. After church service I received an SMS from my brother telling me that the football game was canceled. It was such a disappointment as I was really looking forward to my 2 hours of exercises. Now I can feel my stomach getting bigger and fatter. Haizz.... must really do some kind of exercises within these few days.

Server down means stress

I would not be surprised if many people have the thoughts that working in an internet cafe is very easy. It is actually not true. Working in the internet cafe does not mean that you just sit in the counter all day long and play with the computer when you are free. Well, to a certain extent that is what you would be doing but that is not all the things that you are supposed to do. There are a lot of things that can create stress while working in the internet cafe.

The most stressful time is when the server broke down. This could be due to the program itself or the computer is having problem. I experienced this problem a few times and I always feel stressed up when that happened. Without the server, it is so troublesome to control the other computers. I thank God that most of the times, the problem could be rectified in less than half an hour. Even then, I hope it would not happen always or I might have to consider taking kava kava drinks.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Cell Stem from you

If you were born 50 years ago, you would not even hear about cell stem. Maybe only the scientists would have thought about cell stem and the advances in technology. Now, the researches in cell stem have progressed tremendously. The benefits of cell stem research are many. Two major beneficiaries of cell stem research are the medical industry and the cosmetic industry. Among other diseases that can be treated using cell stems technology are Alzheimer's, Autism, Autoimmune diseases, Anemias, Blood and Liver Disease, Bone and cartilage deformities, Brain tumors, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Leukemias, Muscular dystrophy, Cancer, Stroke and many others.


If you know that you are in higher risks of contracting any of these diseases, it would be good if you do consider cell stem storage. You do not have to go through risky operations to have your cell stems harvested and stored. The good news for ladies is that it is even possible to harvest cell stem from women menstrual. You can read about it on All About C'elle. If you are interested to have your cell stems stored you can do so by clicking on Celle Order Now link on the website. The good thing is that you can even Become C'elle Distributor if you find that it has benefited you or if you are more of the business minded person.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Refined as gold

"A CRISIS always brings out the best or worst in human nature. What a person does or says in reaction to a calamity is a true reflection of his or her character."

Found this phrase from The Star paper today. How true and apt it is as I reflected on the situations that is happening in the past week. Each one has a choice to make. I am also reminded of the verse that says that it is from man's own heart that his words reflects. And another verse which says that the tongue has the power of life and death. And yet it is very difficult to tame the tongue. With the tongue we praise our God and with it also we cursed man; this should not be so.

It is very easy to react negatively to a circumstance that is against us. That does not take any courage or strength to do. It comes naturally. But it takes a lot of energy, strength, will-power and courage to do the opposite, to react positively, to humble oneself, to show love despites the hurts that is still cutting in our hearts. Such a man is rare to find. To be able to show Christlike love despite the hurts we received. As Jesus looked at the soldiers and people who sentenced Him to the agony and pain of the cross, He asked His Father to forgive them for they know not what they are doing.

Have I achieved that character? Well it is still far on the horizon but I am pushing myself to walk towards it. It takes lots of strength and will-power but I want to do it. I want to stand before my Maker and after being tested, to be able to stand victoriously and refined as gold.

PERSONAL PERCEPTION

Different people have different perception. One man's meat could be another man's poison. A couple bought a donkey from the market. On the way home, a boy commented, "Very stupid. Why neither of them ride on the donkey? "Upon hearing that, the husband let the wife ride on the donkey. He walked besides them. Later, an old man saw it and commented, "The husband is the head of family. How can the wife ride on the donkey while the husband is on foot?" Hearing this, the wife quickly got down and let the husband ride on the donkey.

Further on the way home, they met an old Lady. She commented, "How can the man ride on the donkey but let the wife walk. He is no gentleman." The husband thus quickly asked the wife to join him on the donkey. Then, they met a young man. He commented, "Poor donkey, how can you hold up the weight of two persons. They are cruel to you." Hearing that, the husband and wife immediately climbed down from the donkey and carried it on their shoulders.

It seems to be the only choice left. Later, on a narrow bridge, the donkey was frightened and struggled. They lost their balance and fell into the river. You can never have everyone praise you, nor will everyone condemn you. Never in the past, not at present, and never will be in the future.

Thus, do not be too bothered by others words if our conscience is clear..

Friday, June 06, 2008

I want this and that

Human nature. Always want to have things. Always want to buy this and that. Natural tendency for us to want to own something, anything. Right now, what I want is a new computer. Yes, that's right. I want a new computer for the house. The present computer that I am using is the old version Pentium 3. Yes, I know.... it is outdated but hey, I'm being honest here. An internet cafe owner and yet I only have a Pentium 3 computer at my house. What a shame.

Okay, it is not as bad as you think it is. My wife has a laptop which she bought about half a year ago. So we are not so outdated as it seems. The problem is that I would be using the laptop to play my online game and she was "forced" to use the old computer. She is complaining and asked me to get a new computer. She wants to get a new laptop while I prefers a new desktop. Time to go check out ShopWiki.com. Why ShopWiki.com?

Everytime you want to buy something new which costs a lot, you normally would seek other people's opinion and advice. Well, that is what you can get with ShopWiki.com. Read the guide and compare the products that you are looking for. Now, I only need my wife to give her consent to allow me to use her Paypal money to buy the computer. That however, would be a huge task to undergo.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Have I got it before?

My daughter Clarissa is down with Chicken Pox. The once so lively and mischievous Clarissa is now a bit mellowed down. She will be scratching her itchy spots on her body and with the fever, she is not that active as before. Sigh.... it is no joy to see my daughter in that condition. The doctor said that it is not so bad for children to have Chicken Pox compared with adults. She will still be able to be active even with the Chicken Pox. Well, at least that is good news.

But I am not sure whether I had contracted Chicken Pox. I can't remember having it before. Wah... if I haven't then maybe I would be contracting it now. Well, if I got it then I will have to go through it lah, whether painful or not is another matter. Better to get it now than when I am 60 years old.

Gold Coin or Gold Savings?

This is the question that I asked myself when my wife and I discussed about investing our money. Maybank do offer gold coins for people to buy. At first we thought it would be better for us to buy gold coin as we would be able to have and keep the actual gold in our house. No, we do not have any safe-box in our house. Haha... my wife said that maybe we can hide the gold bullion under our pillow. Then we will sleep on a golden pillow...Wow!

After much thinking and also for convenient sake, we decided to go for the gold savings with Maybank. It is much easier that way. We received a gold savings book where we can keep track of our gold purchases. The good thing is that when the price of gold increases, our investment also increases. Hoping to invest more in the future.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Crating Services

If you ever need to export your valuable equipment, you might want to consider portland export crating. They are the expertise in this field. With portland crating services, you can be rest assured that your valuable equipment will reach its destination still intact!

They have the expertise and experience to solve even the most difficult and challenging custom crating and packaging needs. With portland crating, if you have high tech products, their do have shock resistant crating to moisture barrier crating and packaging systems for shipping your most valuable equipment.

If ever I need to move my business oversea, and can’t get all my computers sold, I might just bring them over. I wonder whether they do provide compartmental crating to store all my computers or they will just stack my computers since they are already in the boxes. I will inquire about this with them if ever the time comes and the needs arise.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Ant & The Grasshopper

Got this beautiful story cum analogy from an email. Hope everybody can learn from it.

Older Version
The Ant works hard the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter. The Grasshopper thinks the Ant is a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away. Come winter, the Ant is warm and well fed. The Grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.

Modern Malaysian NEP Version

The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter. The Grasshopper thinks the Ant ' s a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering Grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the Ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

TV1, TV2 & TV3 show up to ! provide pictures of the shivering Grasshopper next to a video of the Ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

The majority of the Malaysian Parliment stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be that this poor Grasshopper allowed suffering so?

Khairy stages a demonstration in front of the Ant 's house .

Nazri goes on a fast along with other Grasshoppers demanding that Grasshoppers be relocated to warmer climates during winter.

Most of the related people criticizes the Malaysia Government for not upholding the fundamental rights of the Grasshopper.

The local news paper & the Internet is flooded with online petitions seeking support to the Grasshopper (many promising Heaven and Everlasting Peace for prompt support as against the wrath of God for non-compliance) .

Deputy minister immediately passes a law preventing Ants from working hard in the heat so as to bring about equality of poverty among Ants and Grasshoppers.

Hishammudin makes 'More Special Reservation ' for Grasshoppers in Educational Institutions & in Government Services.

The Ant; fined for failing to comply with 30% sharing and having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes; its home is confiscated by the Government and handed over to the Grasshopper in a ceremony covered by maju ---------.

Prime Minister announces to the whole Malaysia that this is part of the NEP and all have to respect, no question ask and have to follow it.

Many years later

The Ant has since migrated to the US and set up a multi-billion dollar company. 100s of Grasshoppers still die of starvation despite reservation somewhere in Malaysia because of loosing lot of hard working Ants and feeding the Grasshoppers, Malaysia is still a developing country!!!

All bcos the ANTS are still doing their work.............................

Thursday, May 22, 2008

40 years difference

When I was a 20-something college student, I became quite friendly with my study partner, a 64-year-old man, who had returned to school to finish his degree. He confessed, with a wink, that he had once thought more than friendship might be a possibility between us.

"So what changed your mind?" I asked him.

"I went to my doctor and asked if he thought a 40-year age difference between a man and woman was insurmountable. He looked at my chart and said, 'You're interested in someone who's 104?'"

Courtesy of Cybersalt Digest

Monday, May 19, 2008

Wah...I'm blessed

After weeks of mooting the idea for her to cook flower crab dish, she finally did it today. I'm blessed by it.

Though she claimed that it(the dish) is a disaster as the gravy is burnt, I still enjoyed eating it. No lah, it is not really burnt and if it is not mentioned I would not notice also. Anyway, it is delicious.

Thank you dear for the treat. Love you.

Delaying?

Things to Do:

1) Do up the partition for the office room which costs about RM1K.
2) Buy another 2 more PC for the shop which costs about RM3600.00
3) Buy another PC for home use which will cost RM1800.
4) Buy a car which will cost RM46K
5) Repair the roof for the store which will cost about RM2-3K
6) Redo the shop's signboard which will cost about RM2K.

Haiyo...... all need money. So since we do not have the means to do it... wait lah.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Vacation for ourselves

My wife told me that we would not be planning for a holiday any near future. We felt so tired after going for two holidays within two months. I guess the holidays are more for the children than for us adults. We spent more energy looking after the children than to enjoy ourselves. I told my wife that if ever we really want to enjoy ourselves during a holiday, we have to go there without our children. Alternatively we can go when the children are much older and can look after themselves. That would be like another 15 to 20 years down the road and I don’t think we want to wait that long. Maybe we will plan to go for Las Vegas vacations without the children and try to have the time of our lives there in Vegas.

Maid To MIL House

Since Mother won't be around and wifey and I will be working in the morning, we can't be leaving the maid alone at home. So we have decided that the maid will be staying at MIL's house until wifey comes back from work, that is at 12noon. Then she will follow wifey back home after the children had their lunch.

Mother Leaving To KL

Bro Cheng and Enso Yen supposed to go to Langkawi end of this month with Bro Ann and family. Mother will be going along too. Since Enso Yen just went for an operation, they canceled the trip. Unfortunately, no one will be fetching Mother to Bro Ann's house.

Since Bro Chuan is back this weekend, Mother will followed him back and stayed with them until the day of the trip. So, we won't be seeing Mother until next month then!

Don't want to go home

Every time we brought our children for a holiday, they would really enjoyed themselves and would not want to go back home. They so enjoyed the rides they experienced in Genting Highlands that they are asking us to bring them there again. We too enjoyed the rides in Genting but I think the best time for us is the time spent at the warm water pool. Then at the Tiara Beach Resort, the same thing happened. The children so enjoyed themselves at the Children Corner that they do not want to go home. I am sure if my wife is able to get discount Disney World tickets the same thing would happened in Orlando. The children would definitely enjoyed themselves and would not want to go home. But home they must go for I love my sweet bed and pillow more than going for a holiday.

Cyst Operation

A week ago, one of my SILs went for an operation to remove the cyst in her womb. During the scan, they found 1 cyst and told her the cost is RM5k to remove it. During the operation, the doctor found 3 cyst instead of one and they charged her RM9k for all 3.

What people would do?

Do you know to what extend a person will do in order to get the tickets for the premier game or show? Some girls are willing to walk naked in front of their friends just to get the tickets for their favorite band. And no, I have not seen those naked girls and I do not condone such actions. I know it is nice to get myself the Miami Heat tickets but I would never degraded myself to obtain it. If ever I need to find myself a ticket, I would only need to check out premiumseatsusa.com and get the tickets from there. It is not just any game tickets that they offer but also various shows in USA. And please, do not be like those girls who are so desperate and willing to go naked for the tickets. Just check out the website.

Footballers

Since I started playing on this field, I never bring my children until that day. Partly because the field has no shade and the evening is extremely hot.

Since they do not have much to do that Sunday, wifey brought them to the field later in the evening when the sun is going to set. They had fun kicking their balls at the side of the field.

5 years old

Happy Birthday Annabelle. You are now 5 years old already.

Daddy loves you very much. Don't ever forget that. Be a good sister to Clarissa and Barnabas. And always trust in Jesus Christ.

Let it benefit the people

The Star wrote an article about the Malaysian Government and TM investing about RM15.2B to expand the broadband services in this country. I gladly welcome this move by the Government and sincerely hope that such project would not be delayed. While countries like Korea provide broadband service that is up to 1000MB to consumers, Malaysia generally provide from 1MB to 4MB to its consumers. Such vast differences and yet we boast of our Multimedia Super Corridor. What is the purpose of having such Super Corridor when the people does not benefit from it. Being an internet café operator, I would love to provide VoIP phone systems services to my customers but with only 2MB bandwith, I really have to think many times. I prefer not to provide any services if the services offered will not be to what the customers expected it to be. So for now, I will just wait until the broadband service here is upgraded to a higher bandwidth.

Not her genes

Annabelle being cheeky and playful said this to her Mommy.

Annabelle: Mommy, you so crazylah.
Mommy: Yalar, if you say that then you have a crazy Mommy.

Daddy: Yalor Annabelle, thank God that you have more of Daddy's genes. If not, you be crazy too.

LOL. Then the Mommy attacked the Daddy."Help! Help!". Thank God Annabelle came to the rescue.

My favorite food now

My favorite food now has changed from Sambal to Tomyam noodle. I love to go to Ban Loong Chinese & Western Cuisine in Pulau Gadong and eat the Bihun Tomyam.

The gravy is thick and you can really taste the sour taste of the TomYam. If you are in Melaka and wants to try out the Tomyam, let me know.

Good advertisement

I received the magazine today. It is full of advertisements. It is interesting to see what other businesses are advertising or promoting to the public. It is also another way for me to find the necessary services or products at a discounted price that I need for my shop. Most new shops would advertise their promotions in the magazine. It is indeed a good way to promote their business. It is through this magazine I heard about Dr Fish and we will be going there next week to check it out.

Every city would have their own magazine and if you are in Denver and wants to know more about Denver, check out Denver magazine. It is a good way for you to know what is happening in Denver. Oh ya, if you are interested to join me in exploring Dr. Fish, do let me know. But you have to come down to Melaka lah.

Business offer

A friend of mine told me that he is interested to open a bookstore. It seems that he is planning to retire/resign from teaching this year and has in his mind to start a Christian bookstore. He approached me inquiring whether I would be interested to start the business together with him. Well, I was quite surprised to hear that he is resigning from teaching. He is a good BM teacher and I am sure many students have benefited from this teaching. As for the business opportunity, I need to ask God to see whether I should join him and if yes, where I can fit into the plan.

He is back

Philip told me that Mr Wong Kow Fu had came back to Melaka. Mr Wong was a national footballer and is actively involved in coaching young people in soccer. Wow... that is good news. Will be contacting him if he can help out with the RGFC team. Hope he has time to come and train us. Then it would be to the team's benefit to learn from him.

Choose correctly

When you car broke down you know you need to find a good mechanic to repair your car. And a good mechanic would recommend to you to buy the original spare parts of the specific car model. If you own a Ford Taurus and the radiator need to be replaced, then you need to find one Taurus Radiator and not just the ordinary radiator. However, if you are not so concerned about original parts, you still need to find a good and certified Ford radiator OEM style. And not every time you need to use the original spare parts. If your car is as old as my old junk, using OEM parts is still acceptable. My old Datsun car radiator had to be replaced and the mechanic simply installed an expensive branded radiator without my knowledge. Imagine a branded and good quality radiator in an old junk. It just looks funny and not making sense. Anyway, if you need to find good radiator, check out radiator.com.

ISLT training postponed

Received a phone call from Philip Devadas. He told me that the ISLT Level 1 training that is scheduled to be held next week had to be postponed to sometime in June. The reason is because the dates coincide with the beginning of school holidays and most of the students would have church camps to attend. As such the dates would not be suitable. Had to inform Andy about it as he is interested to attend the training.

Plagiarism

What would you do if you have no ideas to write for your post? Well, one way is to go to other people's blog and copy what was written. That is called plagiarism and this lady experienced someone copied her post without linking it to her post. Even after being reprimanded, nothing much was done by the copycat to rectify the matter.

If you are really desperate, you can copy but please link it to the original post.