Thursday, December 31, 2009
US President Obama visited China last week, primarily to find out what exactly & how exactly China is doing things that makes it such a success story, surpassing all the so-called "expert economic planners" of the US & Europe. His team found these 5 basic lessons behind
China 's success - it applies equally to our country :
LESSON No 1 - BE AMBITIOUS
The Chinese believe in Setting Goals, Making Plans, & Focusing on Moving Ahead - there is always the sense of foward motion.
As an example, a huge 6-lane highway in Shanghai took only 2 years from planning to ready for traffic. In the US, 2 years will only get you the environment and local authority permit if you are lucky - in Malaysia in 2 years, they will still be calculating how to inflate the costs, and to whose abang-adik company to award the project.
LESSON No 2 - EDUCATION MATTERS
The Chinese are obsessed with ensuring kids get the right education - English, Maths & Science. They made sure that ther education system reached even the most remote rural areas - today the literacy rate in China is OVER 90%, surpassing even the USA 's 86%. According to American Educationists, the Chinese kids are way ahead of the kids in the USA .
Meanwhile in Malaysia, our Moo-Moo politicians are determined to retract our education system into the stone age.
LESSON No 3 - LOOK AFTER THE ELDERLY
The Chinese DO NOT send their elderly to nursing care centres - they personally look after & care for their parents. In the US, nursing care of the elderly is now costing each resident USD 85,000 annually, & this is rising. The Chinese also believe that the grandparents at home make the best tutors for their children. It also provides a sense of cultural continuity - this helps bind society.
Here its a growing trend to have children brought up by maids, of the lowest educational & moral quality - so our children (the future leaders) grow up with similar language & outlook capability.
LESSON No 4 - SAVE MORE
In the USA , savings dropped to zero in 2005, and is only now slowly rising to 4%. In China , the savings rate for every household has exceeded 20%. The Chinese believe that fugality & a healthy savings rate are a sure indicator of a country's financial health. High savings lead to increased investments - results in increased productivity, innovation & job growth.
In the West, & aped by our Malaysians, the status symbol is to spend more than you earn, with as many credit cards as possible.In the end, the whole country gets into debt.
LESSON No 5 - LOOK OVER THE HORIZON
In China , eveyone is foward looking - never backwards. New graduates make a vow - never ever will their children & grandchildren ever work in the fields again. With this kind of foward mentality, people are always thinking & planning how, not just to succeed, BUT how to be the best in the world in everything they do.
In Malaysia , we are still, after 24 years, trying to get the window switches of the Proton to work properly, and our Muslim Fundamentalists want us to adopt medieval syariah laws.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I am a medical student currently doing a rotation in toxicology at the
poison control centre.
Today, this woman called in very upset because she caught her little
daughter eating ants. I quickly reassured her that the ants are not
harmful and there would be no need to bring her daughter into the
hospital. She calmed down and at the end of the conversation happened to
mention that she gave her daughter some ant poison to eat in order to
kill the ants. I told her that she better bring her daughter into the
emergency room right away..
Number Two Idiot so far in 2009
Early this year, some Boeing employees at Amberley decided to steal
a life raft from one of the C 17's. They were successful in getting it out
of the plane and home.
Shortly after they took it for a float on the river, they noticed a
Westpac Rescue Helicopter coming towards them.
It turned out that the chopper was homing in on the emergency locator
beacon that activated when the raft was inflated. They are no longer
employed at Boeing.
Number Three Idiot so far in 2009
A man, wanting to rob a Bank of Queensland , walked into the Branch and
wrote 'Put all your muny in this bag.'
While standing in line, waiting to give his note to the teller, he began!
to worry that someone had seen him write the note and might call t he
police before he reached the teller's window. So he left the Bank and
crossed the street to the NAB Bank. After waiting a few minutes in
line, he handed his note to the teller. She read it and, surmising from
his spelling errors that he wasn't the brightest light in the harbour,
told him that she could not accept his stickup note because it was
written on a Bank of Queensland deposit slip and that he would either
have to fill out a NAB deposit slip or go back to Bank of Queensland .
Looking somewhat defeated, the man said, 'OK' and left.
He was arrested a few minutes later, as he was waiting in line back at
the Bank of Queensland. Happened in Noosa!
Number Four Idiot so far in 2009
A guy w! alked into a little corner store with a shotgun and demanded all
of the cash from the cash drawer.
After the cashier put the cash in a bag, the robber saw a bottle of
Scotch that he wanted behind the counter on the shelf. He told the
cashier to put it in the bag as well, but the cashier refused and said,
'Because I don't believe you are over 21.' The robber said he was, but
the clerk still refused to give it to him because she didn't believe
him. At this point, the robber took his driver's licence out of his
wallet and gave it to the clerk.
The clerk looked it over and agreed that the man was in fact over 21 and
she put the Scotch in the bag. The robber then ran from the store with
The cashier promptly called the police and gave the name and address of
the robber that she got off the licence. They arrested the robber two
Number Five Idiot so far in 2009
A pair of robbers entered a record shop nervously waving revolvers. The
first one shouted, 'Nobody move!' When his partner moved, the startled
first bandit shot him..
Number Six Idiot so far in 2009
Seems this guy wanted some beer pretty badly.. He decided that he'd just
throw a brick through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run.
So he lifted the brick and heaved it over his head at the window. The
brick bounced back knocking him unconscious. It seems the liquor store
window was made of Flexi-Glass... The whole event was caught on
videotape.. Perth W! A .
IDIOTS IN FOOD SERVICE:
My daughter went to a local McDonalds and ordered a burger..
She asked the person behind the counter for 'minimal lettuce.' He said
he was sorry, but they only had iceberg..
Happened in Surfers Paradise !!!
I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee
asked, ''Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your
knowledge? To which I replied, 'If it was without my knowledge, how
would I know?' He smiled knowingly and! nodded, 'That's why we ask.'
Happened in Melbourne .
JUST AN IDIOT :
When my husband and I arrived at a car dealers to pick up our car, we
were told the keys had been locked in it.
We went to the service department and found a mechanic working
feverishly to unlock the driver's side door.
As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door
handle and discovered that it was unlocked.
'Hey,' I announced to the technician, 'its open!'
His reply, 'I know - I already done that side.'
This was at the FORD dealership Dubbo.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
These people are giving religion a bad name just like the white crusader of Christians in the old europe history.(I dont know the real name given for those white color clothing Christians but most of you should know what I mean)
Some may have stereotyped certain religion through the influence of media and people around them
But like all religion I believe Islam at its purest core is just as good as any other religion. Its just the politicians.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Individuals experiencing a mid-life crisis have some of these feelings:
- search of an undefined dream or goal
- a deep sense of remorse for goals not accomplished
- desire to achieve a feeling of youthfulness
- need to spend more time alone or with certain peers
They exhibit some of these behaviors:
- abuse of alcohol
- conspicuous consumption—acquisition of unusual or expensive items such as motorbikes, boats, clothing, sports cars, jewelry, gadgets, tattoos, piercings, etc.
- paying special attention to physical appearance such as covering baldness, wearing "younger" designer clothes etc.
- entering relationships with younger people
Thursday, October 15, 2009
1)Skin is good -fact
2)skin has antioxidant -fact
3)skin has got pesticide and other chemicals on it -fact
4)most apples non organic which last for months has a layer of food grade wax on it -fact
- Why the skin is important especialy the red delicious ones
skins contain a far greater concentration of the antioxidant flavonoid named
quercetin, than does any other variety of apple. This is also true of red
onions with respect to yellow/white varieties.
Other important sources of quercetin: black/green teas, cranberry, red wine,
brocolli, kale, spinach, whole buckwheat flour, undutched cocoa powder
- Now how do you get rid of the wax?(the best answer i come across
Wash under clean, cool, tap water, scrub gently with clean vegetable brush and rinse again.
Some people use soap. I know someone who used bleach once. You should never use either.
Also, it is recommended that you do not just soak in water. Soaking in water just has the fruit sitting in the dirty water. Running it uner water is best.
You should also wait until just before you eat it to wash it. You shouldn't wash it and then store it because it can pick up unclean things while storing.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Trying to get a spot earlier or two I walked in quickly I thought I heard a lady greeted me "How are ya?" as I walked past her. Thinking that I am no Tom Cruise material I turned back and said "Good thanks" only to realise she was one of the staff there. I thought to myself "That was impressive".
Ok this is not the first time I am here but still it is impressive.
The queue had only 3-4people in line, the guy in front of me decided to go take a look at the info booklets at the side. So I was 1 spot ahead! I thought"WEee YES!", being Malaysian i thought hey...he might come back to take his spot right ? No he didnt , he went behind me and rejoined the queue.
When it was my turn , I said to the lady at the other end that I didnt bring my passport I only had my Queensland government work ID and my Malaysian IC, she said thats fine and took my work ID. I was like..ok...does that really count?She even wrote down my work ID no. which I dont know even know which one is. Anyway I was impressed that they didnt make a fuss out of it.
After a while she told me to wait, went to the other end to take a pile of cash.While I was waiting I only realised there were 3 staff on the left counter of me trying to explain something to the Japanese girl, 1 of the staff spoke Japanese.
The banker came back and signal me to the other end. She showed me the machine that calculates the amount of cash note. I nodded to her and went back to the counter.This time the Japanese girl left , she was stopped by the "boss"(general manager I guess) asking her if everything is alright to try to make sure she is fine and wasnt "bullied" by the staff. Now that was impressive!
At the other end of the bank I notice 3 other indians walking out happily of a small room with a banker . Whatever it was they were having a good time dealing with that banker.
My banker then recalculate the pile of cash manually and then recount it 10notes at a time and tie it with a rubber band in front of me every time i nodded Yes thats fine.
After all that was done, she told me to wait while she was going to get an envelope for me. She came back puts the money into the envelope nicely , gave me back my IDs, and said "Have a good day", I said "you too" as a courtesy, just as I was turning back to walk away I notice she gave a friendly wink(now dont get that wrong here).
Certainly I was VERY impressed with this bank , fast response, friendly, and they make sure you walk away with a smile.
Now that's customer service! I thought they would be any other bank who renovated their bank just for a physical revolution, but hey I think they have re-engineered their services too.
Shouldnt all services be like that? I am one happy customer with Commonwealth Bank now.At least the one in Brisbane CBD Adelaide Street.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Anyway I went to Sydney recently , fell sick again just like Melbourne trip. It was a planless holdiay trip just like my Melbourne. Just take what comes along.
My high schoool , sungaiwang lepak, camping mate Damien in Sydney brought me and Chan Yew Choong(all the way from UK ->Malaysia->Perth->Melbourne->Sydney, yes no Brisbane :P) around the city.
We had some of the best food in Sydney had a nice boys night out,been a while u know the high school hang out feeling, doing silly things like freezing ourselves fishing at night, checking out photos on facebook while we were suppose to be in bed sleeping, stuff like that.
I finally recovered from tiredness, YES i am getting old . Saw my ex colleague Benjamin photos and I suddenly got inspired to edit my photos again!
I am now with stage 4.
2)delete out of focus ,blur photos
3)delete unwanted photos(2nd filtering)
4)edit in light room. Mostly S curve and my 300 preset, and cropping is done here.
5)edit in photoshop vintage film effect or any extra editing.
This time I want to do sth extra than photo editing.....not sure if I am able to get my ass off it.
Wish me luck!
o oo....2 more weeks hello KAY ELLE! miss u guys heaps back home!
p/s: dont comment on my english i dont check spellin grammar etc i just type like talking only ekkekeke
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Three of the B vitamins have also been linked to brain health. The results of several research studies suggest that consuming adequate amounts of vitamin B6, vitamin B9 and vitamin B12 throughout one's lifetime may play a key role in reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia as we age. This evidence was strengthened by a study that found patients with Alzheimer's disease had higher blood levels of homocysteine (an amino acid in the blood) than members of the age-matched control group who were not afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. Individuals with higher blood levels of homocysteine were several times more likely to have Alzheimer's disease than those with lower blood homocysteine levels.
And what is the strongest determinant of blood homocysteine levels, unless there is an overriding genetic defect of some major consequence? The nutritional status of folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12.
Taken together, the body of evidence continues to support the contention that B vitamin nutritional status is crucial to the development and preservation of mental capacities throughout our lifetime. The sad reality is that many midlife and older members of society have poor dietary intake and nutritional status of various B vitamins. Pay attention to foods that are rich sources of these important B vitamins and talk to your doctor about the multitude of benefits available from daily use of a well-formulated multiple vitamin and mineral supplement.
Friday, August 21, 2009
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
History of surname, how it came about. copied from http://wenda.tianya.cn/wenda/thread?tid=259dee507c29cb55
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I was and maybe at times still am like that ...I am an idealist yes I am . There is this idiot best friend(i hope you are reading this) of mine said that I am an analog guy that gets locked in the digital world. (Sound so familiar eh). I couldnt understand back then, because I was naive , couldnt care less all these philosophical stuff. I was a simple man , a peaceful friend my ass hole best friend said(omg did i just think/typed that out loud again ?) .
Have we ever cursed something so much that we swear its wrong or it shoudnt be like that or we will never be like that ?
Yes the philosophical stuff says/said
You curse because you were once like that
You curse because you can never be like them
You curse because you were intimidated
You curse because you felt unjustice(two sides of the coin here)
I am not saying we shouldnt curse , we are human after all . I dont even know why I am writing this...maybe.............. *to be continue*
Coming to you before this week ends.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
My housemate told me she wanted something light not so meaty, so I craved for steamed salmon I had tried making when she went back to Malaysia. Then I read my Sam Kuma(3rd aunty, father's 3rd elder sister)'s daughter in law's blog and I craved for stir friend soy sauce prawn all of a sudden. I knew it wasnt too difficult to make 1 giving the taste is abit salty and sweet, then I googled a lil and sure it isnt too difficult to make 1.
Went to woolies to get my stuff and here are the pictures. Thank goodness the salmon were steamed just right! 70% cooked, u can see on another pic the orangey fish meat! The green colored toppings is dill which is used in some smoked salmon. Now i wanted to make 1 before but didnt get the chance to it, smoked salmon is made by salt,sugar,vodka, lime, lemon and dill, depending on your creativity you can even use orange juice.
The stir fried soy sauce prawn ? The basic one is stir fried the prawn add 2 table spoon of soy sauce and 1 table spoon of sugar.
What I did was garlic , olive oil , stir fried the clean washed prawn. When it got about 40% cooked, add in the mix of 2tablespoon of soy sauce, a lil bit of chili flakes(or u can use chili padi or chili powder,1 table spoon of sugar and a bit of salt like about 2pinch because the soy sauce is already salty. the other i added after i pour the mix is 1 cap full of chinese cooking wine "fa diu"(dont get me wrong here). Cook till the sauce is creamy.
The salmon, a bit of salt and 2 slice of lemon marinate it for 5mins and steam the 2 piece of salmon with 1 and half cup of rice. Luckily the timing was right about 70-80% cooked. After it's cooked, add dill.
I am extremely satistifed with both dishes as they are close to chef taste! hehe
Sunday, June 7, 2009
"Ah no....she is no longer here..." - dumb founded, lost, sorrowful, why can't I remember things? Ah...I was still sleeping , part of my mind isn't working, it's a feeling I had.
I went to Lonepine earlier this morning, 1 of the thing I remembered was the koala post card I sent back to my 3rd aunt(and my family and other relatives of course).
"What, is that animal real ?" I recalled vividly her voice expression over the phone, her surprised, a lil embarassed, a lil joy laughter.
This blog isnt about koala, I must've disappointed some readers. It's about little things we do that brings joy to people's live, it's about my grief for my 3rd aunt(paternal/father's side).
She was 1 of the people I respect, look up to the most. It was her genuine love and care when she grumbles at you, the feist/energy she still had at the late 70 age.
It was probably because she was close to my mum, she was a close companion that my mum could count on to talk to , she was a good listener I think. But readers here may think that's the main reason, but I can say that it's not. I still weigh my respect for her because of her genuine care for the people around her. She spoke to everyone that she cared like her own child. People can just tell/feel, at least I could.
She will be missed by many not just those related to her, but even the people at the market. Being "a man", I can hardly hold my feelings and tears.
Here's some nice koala photos (no this is not marketing shit the reason I am writing this blog :P )
Deeply in my memory, she will be.
Friday, June 5, 2009
I once heard the saying you only lived if you knew how to love your family,friends,relatives,the community and the country. For economic reason as well as unbearable things happening in the country people choose to leave.
I am sure a lot of my friends who migrated share the same sentiments.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
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