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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Forwarded mail : China the 'success story'

China - the success story


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.

Sydney Harbour Bridge photo is used at http://www.schmap.com

Just received an email that my travel photo is being used in 1 of the online map website for their 2010 edition. It's no biggie but certainly feel good about it.
http://www.schmap.com


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You've been sent a Flickr Mail from Emma J. Williams:

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:: Schmap: Sydney Photo Short-list

Hi Anthony,

I am writing to let you know that one of your photos has
been short-listed for inclusion in the tenth edition of our
Schmap Sydney Guide, to be published late January 2010.

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Clicking this link will take you to a page where you can:
i) See which of your photos has been short-listed.
ii) Submit or withdraw your photo from our final selection
phase.
iii) Learn how we credit photos in our Schmap Guides.
iv) Browse online or download the ninth edition of our
Schmap Sydney Guide.

While we offer no payment for publication, many
photographers are pleased to submit their photos, as Schmap
Guides give their work recognition and wide exposure, and
are free of charge to readers. Photos are published at a
maximum width of 150 pixels, are clearly attributed, and
link to high-resolution originals at Flickr.

Our submission deadline is Friday, January 8. If you happen
to be reading this message after this date, please still
click on the link above (our Schmap Guides are updated
frequently - photos submitted after this deadline will be
considered for later releases).

Best regards,

Emma Williams,
Managing Editor, Schmap Guides

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Boleh land , can do spirit is going up another level

Read this article here

It seems according to that Article the jet engines were said to be going to Iran. Previously another case with a subsidiary of Scomi

"The Khan-led network was exposed when centrifuge components produced by a subsidiary of the Scomi Group — a large engineering concern controlled by Kamaluddin Abdullah, the son of former premier Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and prominent businessman Shah Hakim alias Shahzanim Zain — were intercepted by European intelligence officials in a ship bound for Libya."

Wow it seems the can do spirit is not only can ignore Petroleum Act , Hatyai Peace agreement, C4 bombings, throw your politic opposition out of the window, feed all your cronies with 20million ish mansion either high rank police or mentri besar, and so on and on.

Memang boleh ni, gorek gorek gorek till kosong and boleh land is relying more and more on petrol tax .Only matter of time we are on par with Zimbabwe.


The story about the high rank police officer is here

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Think you know http already?

I wasnt impress with Google Chrome OS but this 'protocol 'I am impressed.

Google is attempting to replace http with spdy protocol, it means a new 'talk channel' for your internet browser which handles multiple data type at the same time.

In a more simple description..it means google is trying to create a new talk channel for internet browser to speed up our web surfing.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I am a registered voter , are you one yet?

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=213892134737

this is one mail you should forward, not that poor child waiting for donation from Microsoft for every email forwarded.

This message you forward , if it becomes fruitful, it is 1 precious vote to bring a change in Malaysia.

We always ask why, why no more subsidy, why inflation, why crime rate, why toll why this why that, but we never bothered to vote, never bothered to give opposition a chance.

For me I believe in 2 party system that has worked well in several developed countries.

For absolute power corrupts.

Time to bring a change, if you it, it starts with you ("If you want a change it starts with you" Michael Jackson.)

一张纸

一张纸




出生一张纸,开始一辈子;

毕业一张纸,奋斗一辈子;

婚姻一张纸,折磨一辈子;

做官一张纸, 斗争一辈子;

钱一张纸,辛苦一辈子;

荣誉一张纸,虚名一辈子;

看病一张纸,痛苦一辈子;

词一张纸,了结一辈子;

淡化这些纸,明白一辈子;

忘了这些纸,快乐一辈子!




再忙,也要照顾好自己,

朋友虽不常联系,却一直惦念。

天凉时记着多穿衣!

世界好友周快乐!

少喝奶茶、不吃刚烤好的面包,

远离正在充电的电源。

白天多喝水,晚上少喝茶,

一天不喝多于两杯的咖啡。

少吃油多的食物,

最佳睡眠为晚上十点至早上六点。

晚上五点后少吃大餐,

每天喝酒不超过一杯。

不用冷水服胶囊,

睡前半小时服药忌立刻躺下。

睡眠不足八小时人会变笨,

有午睡习惯的人不易老。

手机电池剩一时不要打电话,

剩一格时辐射是平时的一千倍。

要用左耳接电话,

用右耳会直接伤害到大脑。

一个中心:一切以健康为中心。

2009新概念

两个基本点:遇事潇洒一点,看世糊涂一点。

三个忘记:

记年龄,

记过去,

记恩怨。

四个拥有:

论你有多弱或多强,一定要

拥有真正爱你的人,

拥有知心的朋友,

拥有向上的事业,

拥有温暖的住所。

五个要:

要唱,

要跳,

要俏,

要笑,

要苗条。

六个不能:

不能饿了才吃,

不能渴了才喝,

不能困了才睡,

不能累了才歇,

不能病了才检查,

不能老了再后悔

Monday, December 14, 2009

For a laugh or two

Did I read that sign right?
TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW

In a Laundromat:

AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT

In a London department store:

BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS

In an office:

WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN

In an office:

AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD

Outside a secondhand shop:

WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING - BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?

Notice in health food shop window:

CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS

Spotted in a safari park:(I sure hope so)

ELEPHANTS PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR

Seen during a conference:

FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN'T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE 1ST FLOOR

Notice in a farmer's field:

THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES.

Message on a leaflet:

IF YOU CANNOT READ, THIS LEAFLET WILL TELL YOU HOW TO GET LESSONS

On a repair shop door:

WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR - THE BELL DOESN'T WORK)



Now that you've smiled at least once, it's your turn to spread the stupidity and send this to someone you want to bring a smile to (maybe even a chuckle). We all need a good laugh.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Idiot of the Year Applicants in AUSTRALIA

Number One Idiot, so far in 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
his loot.
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
hours later.


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 !!!


IDIOT SIGHTING:

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

Some random thoughts on MY politicians

I was reading this from this. It appears that with the insanity things the politicians are doing it is getting more and more insane and ridiculous to the level of... sorry I cant find the word!!
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.

Whatever is happening in Selangor with the war between PR and BN especially with the beer issue and condom is just absurb! People in Kelantan muslim and non muslim live in harmony and pork seller is right next to a muslim seller in the market. Where has education brought us to the so called developed and brain child state of Malaysia-Selangor?

Friday, October 16, 2009

What is mid life crisis?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midlife_crisis

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.
  • depression
  • paying special attention to physical appearance such as covering baldness, wearing "younger" designer clothes etc.
  • entering relationships with younger people

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Apples

I have been eating apples for my breakfast, i keep peeling them off and my other colleague keep eating them. So I've googled and here goes the facts/comments by others

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
They may not taste as good as other apple varieties, but AFAIK red delicious
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
http://www.diyprojects.info/bb/ftopic62518.html
  • 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

A trip to Commonwealth bank

I was walking into the newly renovated Commonwealth bank on Adelaide Street in Brisbane CBD with 2 shopping bags.

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

Been a while

Since I last posted my holiday pics. There was a series I didnt post I am still not sure if the main character in the photo allow me to do so yet?

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.
1)backup photo
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

Outsource real purpose?

"Outsourcing in large organisations never saves money - the outsourcer makes a profit, so wouldn't insourcing save Qantas that same profit? Sure, IBM and other outsourcers have a wide range of expertise, but don't 1,000 IT staff also have that range? I think that most of the time in large organisations, outsourcing is just a great excuse to get rid of the deadwood that is slowing the place down, and the long term view is to insource again after the contract expires."

http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25992775-15306,00.html

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Brain food

The B vitamins are eight water-soluble vitamins that were once considered a single vitamin, but are actually chemically distinct nutrients that tend to be present in similar foods, including meat, eggs, dairy products, green vegetables and whole grains. As a group, they are responsible for several important functions, including supporting metabolism, enhancing immune and nervous system function, maintaining healthy skin and muscle tone, and promoting cell growth and division.

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

最新白家姓排序

据来自公安部身份证数据库
01.王9200 02.李9000 03.张8500 04.刘6700 05.陈5800 06.杨4000 07.黄3100 08.孙2600 09.周2500 10.吴2400
11.徐1900 12.赵1800 13.朱1500 14.马1500 15.胡1400 16.郭1400 17.林1300 18.何1300 19.高1200 20.梁1100
21.郑1100 22.罗1000 23.宋900 24.谢900 25.唐780 26.韩760 27.曹730 28.许730 29.邓730 30.萧730
31.冯700 32.曾680 33.程660 34.蔡650 35.彭640 36.潘620 37.袁620 38.于600 39.董590 40.余580
41.苏580 42.叶580 43.吕570 44.魏570 45.蒋540 46.田520 47.杜520 48.丁470 49.沈470 50.姜460
51.范460 52.江450 53.傅450 54.钟440 55.卢440 56.汪430 57.戴430 58.崔420 59.任420 60.陆420
61.廖420 62.姚410 63.方410 64.金380 65.邱(丘)380 66.夏370 67.谭370 68.韦370 69.贾370 70.邹360
71.石360 72.熊360 73.孟330 74.秦320 75.阎310 76.薛310 77.侯300 78.雷300 79.白280 80.龙280
81.段270 82.郝270 83.孔270 84.邵270 85.史250 86.毛250 87.常240 88.万240 89.顾230 90.赖230
91.武220 92.康220 93.贺220 94.严220 95.尹220 96.钱220 97.施210 98.牛200 99.洪200 100.龚200


http://nhlrxxin.blog.163.com/blog/static/115180496200941482020693/

Thursday, August 20, 2009

“梁祝”故事一说

2002年,东京中学教师渡边明次60岁退休,来到北京学习汉语。教材里有一篇课文介绍“梁祝”故事。2005年,渡边探访了十个“梁祝”故事的发源地,考证出梁山伯大约是公元四世纪的一位官员,20岁那年当上了县令,可惜一年之后就因为治理河道积劳而亡。由此渡边推测:祝英台听到这个消息后十分伤心,并且为梁山伯报效国家的精神所感动,她觉得应该坚守当初关于理想和爱情的誓言,于是在出嫁时已然自杀了。这才应该是真实的故事。(录自2009.5.30《广州日报》)


copied from

http://lrxin.anyp.cn/blog/category/178201.aspx?pid1=2

Friday, August 14, 2009

The history of surname(In Mandarin copied off internet)

Surname history: http://www.greatchinese.com/surname/surname.htm

History of surname, how it came about. copied from http://wenda.tianya.cn/wenda/thread?tid=259dee507c29cb55

欧美各国的姓氏大多源于中世纪,极少数可以追溯到古希腊和罗马帝国时代。中国人的姓氏起源于上万年前对风、云、雷等的崇拜。女娲、伏羲为风姓,神农之后为雷姓,黄帝以云为官,有云姓。由于后世众多姓氏都是最早的祖姓依不同地域和事迹的分化衍生而成,万姓归宗,可以说中国人的姓氏都出于华胥氏之后,同属炎、黄子孙。

秦朝以前,姓和氏有不同的含义。姓字的古字是由“人”和“生”组成的,意即为人所生,因生而成姓。氏的本意为木本,即植物之根。

商周以前,姓用以区别婚姻,故有同姓、异姓、庶姓之说。氏用以区别贵贱,贵者有氏,而贫贱者有名无氏。同姓不可通婚,同氏而不同姓者,可通婚姻。

西汉时期,姓和氏的区别已趋于湮没。司马迁所作《史记》正式把姓氏连用而不再加以区分。

中国最早的姓都带有“女”字,如姬、姜、妫、姒等,可以由此推断姓形成于母系氏族时期。西周铜器铭文中可以确定的姓不到30个,大多数都从“女”旁。在“只知其母,不知其父”的时代,流传下许多“圣人无父,感天而生”的故事。如女娲感受绚烂虹光生下颛顼,华胥履人足迹而孕伏羲……。夏、商、周的始祖也是其先母吃下车前子(大禹)、燕子蛋(契)或履践熊迹(后稷)得来的神胎。在我们得知黄帝轩辕氏、姬姓,炎帝列山氏、姜姓的时候,实际上我们已同时被告知,姓是依据母系血缘在更早确立下来的谱系,而父系社会的成形,则是以氏所标出的血缘谱系越来越盛大为标志的。

相对于更早的母系而言,因地域分化(从赐封地地名、国号得氏,如赵、郑)、职业分化(因长于某种技业得氏,如陶、张、巫、卜)、官位分化(因官位得氏,如司徒、史等)、或其它种种世俗业绩的分化而表现出来的“氏”,起初也许不过是在标明独特的地域、独特的职官或技能,标明某个获得氏称的个人不同凡响的事绩、经历、声望和地位,与“姓”的共同血缘并不相干。但贵而有氏的这些英雄们的后代则可能从此找到与祖姓有所不同的一脉血缘的一个新的命名,继而以氏命姓,以氏代姓。

原始的以母系的生殖为标志的血缘谱系向父系以英雄业绩及其发生地为标志的血缘谱系的转化(炎、黄二帝),是姓分化为氏,氏历久而成姓这一历史循环的第一个转折点。如果说最初的姓总是在标示出某种母系或父系的更古老血缘,那么“氏”,则是此一血缘(姓)中的杰出人物以自身的某种世所公认的事迹或历史因缘(避讳、赐姓等等)从此分别出血缘支系,让子孙在此一支系内单独标出其血缘谱系的一个个历史事件。所谓以氏来区别贵贱,贵者有氏,贫贱者有名无氏,不过是在说,大多数在历史上拥有过共同血缘的人都因为有名无氏而无声无息地消失,只有其中最杰出的人物会因为世俗的业绩或与之有关的值得纪念的历史事件而得到一个“氏”号,从而得以在同姓的血缘之流中通过标记出自己独特的子孙而成为一个新的姓氏。

在先秦因复杂的努力而得到区分的“姓”与“氏”,到司马迁的《史记》里合而为一,实际上是姓以氏分,氏终成姓这一历史循环的一个自然结局。中国人姓氏由极少到极多的世代演进,正是身处在滚滚血缘洪流中幸免于沉沦的血缘英雄们不断累积的一个成果。

可以说,一个姓氏就是一部英雄史诗。中国人总是会在一个独立的姓氏里,读到遥远而神圣的安身立命之据,读到某种不死的信念和值得记住的事绩。不管千里万里、何年何月,身在别处的炎黄子孙总是会以自己的姓氏为据回到与这个姓氏血脉相通的地方去认祖归宗。

从黄帝“胙土命氏”开始,母系的生殖已不再是命氏的根据。后世姓氏的起源可大致归类如下:

1.以居住地地名、方位、封国命氏。如赵、西门、郑、苏等。

2.以古姓命氏。如任、风、子等。

3.以先人名或字命氏。如皇甫、高、刁、公、施等。

4.以兄弟行次顺序为氏。如伯、仲、叔、季等。

5.以职官名称命氏。如史、仓、库、司徒、司寇、太史等。

6.以职业技艺命氏。如张、巫、屠、优、卜、陶等。

7.以祖上谥号为氏。如戴、召等。

8.古代少数民族借用汉字单字为氏。如拓跋氏改为元、叱卢氏改为祝、关尔佳氏改为关、钮祜禄氏改为钮等。

9.因赐姓、避讳改姓氏。如唐王胡赐功臣以李姓、朱明王朝赐朱姓。汉文帝名刘恒,恒性避讳改为常氏。晋帝祖上有司马师,师姓遂缺笔改为帅氏。

10.因避仇杀改姓。如端木子贡后代避仇改沐姓,牛姓避仇改牢姓等。

姓氏起源的形式多样,同姓异源或异姓同源的情况不在少数。随着时间的推移,时下流行的取父母双方单姓合成复姓的种种情况,也可能成为新的命姓方式。

对古今姓氏数量,文献所载有较大出入。一个较为概括的统计是,古、今姓氏总量在1万左右,其中许多是今天已经没有人使用的姓氏。而中国人现在仍在使用的姓氏,其数量也远在1000以上。

最早记述姓氏的专书是写成于春秋战国时代的《世本》。《世本》也是世界上首部姓氏学专书。其后历朝历代有关姓氏源流的著述可谓汗牛充栋。

东汉时的《邓氏官谱》是中国第一部单一姓氏的族谱。至唐代贞观、开元之世,考叙姓氏源流的谱学渐成显学,到北宋形成前所未有的民间修谱高潮。至今影响甚广的《百家姓》即是北宋初年杭州一书生编成的蒙学读物。《百家姓》经增补后共收单姓414个,复姓60个。自北宋以降,民间私修谱牒成为中国古今著述史上的一大奇观。至民国年间,几乎每姓每族必有一谱,人人以入谱为终身大事。

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What goes around comes around...

Have you been so cock sure (excuse my language) of your own ideal, on the other side of the bridge that just could'nt understand or refuse to understand whats the other side like or why is it like that ?

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

Neutral Density filter VS polariser filter

A bit into photography these days.

Here is the two main filter photographer uses and their difference

Neutral density


Polariser
*main usage is for reflection and glare
*use polarise during the day , take it out at night because...
*polariser reduce F stop by 1.5

Friday, July 10, 2009

Math and Science in Malay Language? Yes or no

Vote it here http://chedet.co.cc/chedetblog/(Tun Dr Mahatir's blog)

Film or DSLR ?

I was frustrated at work over some work process that's not matured yet here. Anyhow...I just got my photoshop cs4 yesterday and before I venture myself to CS4 with hours of tutorials I asked myself if I am a photographer or a graphic designer ? I quickly googled film vs dslr... havent found a dslr vs film.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Photoshop vs Not photoshop;Natural light vs Strobist


I am being pulled to photoshop ...look at that work by Alfie , 1 of the runner up in 2008 (dont remember the exact) in Asia photographer of the year.

I am very much venturing to strobist hobby and probably pick up photoshoping after looking at all these amazing photos from Alfie especialy his night photography of Japan.



What do you say? are you a strobist, natural light person? are you an old fashion film photographer or super duper photoshop guy?

Friday, June 19, 2009

An hour of our time-for the parents

Got this forwarded mail like the 3rd time but it touches my heart every time and would like to share. Besides the obvious message from the article it also tells us not to judge and comment on someone too quickly. Always ask the reason and be patient!


"
A woman came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find her 5-year
old son waiting for her at the door.

SON: 'Mummy, may I ask you a question?'

MUM: 'Yeah sure, what it is?' replied the woman.

SON: 'Mummy, how much do you make an hour?'

MUM: 'That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?' the
woman said angrily.
SON: 'I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?'

MUM: 'If you must know, I make R 50 an hour.'

SON: 'Oh,' the little boy replied, with his head down.

SON: 'Mummy, may I please borrow R25?'

The mother was furious, 'If the only reason you asked that is so you can
borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you
march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you
are being so selfish. I don't work hard everyday for such childish
frivolities.'

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door..

The woman sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's
questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?

After about an hour or so, the woman had calmed down , and started to
think:

Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that R25.00 and she
really didn't ask for money very often.The woman went to the door of the
little boy's room and opened the door.

'Are you asleep, son?' She asked.

'No Mummy, I'm awake,' replied the boy.

'I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier' said the woman.
'It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the R25
you asked for.'

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. 'Oh, thank you Mummy!' he yelled.
Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.

The woman saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.

The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his
mother.

'Why do you want more money if you already have some?' the mother
grumbled.

'Because I didn't have enough, but now I do,' the little boy replied.

'Mummy, I have R50 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home
early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.'

The mother was crushed. She put his arms around her little son, and she
begged for his forgiveness.

It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We
should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some
time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do
remember to share that R50 worth of your time with someone you love.

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily
replace us in a matter of hours. But the family & friends we leave behind
will feel the loss for the rest of their lives."

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Why is everyone excited about Lee Kuan Yew? -James Chin@Malaysian Insider

I read another article, click here, from Malaysia insider and find it interesting, so I decided to share especially with the Malaysians.

I dont understand 100% the history of Malaysia and politics but this article gave few insights. It's a bit funny.

1 of the funny quote i like reading

"They simply do not like the idea of a “too-smart-for-his-own-good” LKY getting away with “Malay” land and creating a Chinese “dot” between the Malaysian and Indonesian Malay sea. The fact that Singapore has transformed itself into a fully developed nation with the highest standard of living is another thing they cannot stomach."

Dont get me wrong, I am just amazed at how he put it in a funny way. I am not writing this because I am pro chinese(although I am sometimes) but I am more "pro citizen" than pro chinese. I like reading articles about 1 country develops itself into a developed nation and being competitive, the jokes on the politics who's right and wrong. I think the readers get my point now.

After reading more on Malaysian Insider, i just knew the exact politic way how Singapore bring itself out of Malaya into a country of its own. So now after reading that article,to put things to a more drastic speculation, it means Penang, Selangor, Perak and any other Pakatan Rakyat political party can join Singapore "as a Federation". Now we have Malaysia part 2?

It's sad that now only I truly understand the Malaysia-Singapore and the formation of Singapore came about. I never truly understand state government until now.(Actually I wasnt really seriously learning history too) What was taught in high school ?Hang Tuah ? Oh wait they removed the syllabus after u know what report.

You're only a true citizen of a country if you know your country's ACTUAL history. It's sad that not just Malaysia is not telling the whole true story of their country history. With history, the people can only learn and progress!

Now dont put into ISA...or worst UN court trial for this matter.


Another article by James Chin click here

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Stir fried Soy Sauce Prawn and Steamed salmon

I am usually very lazy to cook, either a simple steamed mixed ice pack vege with butter and salt, and apple or when I am not so lazy I cook miso noodle with mix marinara* ,eggs,vege and sometime ham.

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

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Koala that gives memory

"Ah I am going back in September, *feels joy* , 1st thing must do visit 3rd Aunt" - first thought in the morning ,a thought felt like a dream, but it wasnt a dream because there were no images, it's a thought I had while I was sleeping.

"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.

LEONG FOOK HAR @ LEONG FOOK HAI 梁福霞(i hope i got her chinese name right)

Here is the koala
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Here is capture of the day
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Friday, June 5, 2009

Why did we migrate?

I have not read through word by word the below attached article. But what have been said are generally felt the same by everyone else.

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.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/opinion/breaking-views/28523-why-we-had-to-leave-part-ii-george-lee

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/opinion/breaking-views/index.php/opinion/jameschin/28296-ex-malaysians-and-their-right-to-speak

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Mourning from far away down under

Cant get myself to type in the words at work..but am still mourning , trying hard to hold on to tears everytime the thoughts of her sneaked in...

Friday, May 29, 2009

Help Setapak Mee seller Old lady

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Date: 2009/5/27
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Setapak附近一带的上班族、学生们。。。
不懂你们有没有遇过她。。。

她在prima setapak附近的一个小食中心买面。。。
在7-11和pasar中间的小食档(新朋霖)。。
很容易认的,她的背后有一个很大的驼峰。。。
她在那里卖甘香鸡面,鸡丝河粉,档口是在里面的。。。
70多岁了,原帖LZ认识她7年了。。。
如果你去买面吃,他会笑容满面地问你要吃什么,坐下后不久,他就会捧一碟大大碟的面,有时还大到吃不完。。。
她和一些学生的感情不错的,那些学生时常去“帮衬”她。。。

她和老太公在附近租了一间房间住,本来好好的。。。
去年,她老公心脏病进了医院,他们的问题就出现了。。。
虽然是政府医院,不过药也要钱,再加上需要吃一些中药,经济就出了问题。。。

她告诉原帖楼主,她一天卖到大约30碟面,百多块收入,扣除本钱,档口的租金,身下不到几十块,有时有赚到30块,算是不错了。。。
她的房租300,有时候没办法,需要欠房东钱,还好房东也没有太过逼她。。。
有时要钱买药,没办法,被逼想起他人借钱,不过,又有几个人肯借钱给这样老的人呢?没办法时,只有ahlong可以帮到她。。。
原帖LZ劝她不可借阿隆,她讲没有办法,连买药的钱都没有了。。。

我希望借着佳礼,希望各位上班族、学生怀着恻隐之心,帮帮这个老人家。。。
每个人都要吃午餐晚餐的,如果你们到那里吃,何不想想,可以帮到一个需要帮助的人,又不用给多余的钱(一碗面RM4.00,小碗的RM3.50)。。。
叫没上佳礼的朋友们,一起去吃。。。

吃东西又可以帮到人,何乐而不为???

如果你不是住那里的,请帮忙一起转出去吧!!

ken lung
02.05.09