Tuesday, December 17, 2013

你悟出道理了嗎

 你悟出道理了嗎
一天,一個小和尚跑過來,請教禪師:“師父,我人生最大的價值是什麼呢?”禪師說:“你到後花園搬一塊大石頭,拿到菜市場上去賣,假如有人問價,你不要講話,只伸出兩個指頭;假如他跟你還價,你不要賣,抱回來,師父告訴你,你人生最大的價值是什麼。”
  
第二天一大早,小和尚抱塊大石頭,到菜市場上去賣。菜市場上人來人往,人們很好奇,一家庭主婦走了過來,問:“石頭多少錢賣呀?”和尚伸出了兩個指頭,主婦說:“2元錢?”和尚搖搖頭,家庭主婦說:“那麼是20元?好吧,好吧!我剛好拿回去壓酸菜。”小和尚聽到:“我的媽呀,一文不值的石頭居然有人出20元錢來買!我們山上有的是呢!”
於是,小和尚沒有賣,樂呵呵地去見師父:“師父,今天有一個家庭主婦願意出20元錢,買我的石頭。師父,您現在可以告訴我,我人生最大的價值是什麼了嗎?”禪師說:“嗯,不急,你明天一早,再把這塊石頭拿到博物館去,假如有人問價,你依然伸出兩個指頭;如果他還價,你不要賣,再抱回來,我們再談。”
  
第二天早上,在博物館裏,一群好奇的人圍觀,竊竊私語:“一塊普通的石頭,有什麼價值擺在博物館裏呢?”“既然這塊石頭擺在博物館裏,那一定有它的價值,只是我們還不知道而已。”這時,有一個人從人群中竄出來,沖著小和尚大聲說:“小和尚,你這塊石頭多少錢賣啊?”小和尚沒出聲,伸出兩個指頭,那個人說:“200元?”小和尚搖了搖頭,那個人說:“2000元就2000元吧,剛好我要用它雕刻一尊神像。”小和尚聽到這裏,倒退了一步,非常驚訝!
他依然遵照師傅的囑託,把這塊石頭抱回了山上,去見師傅:“師傅,今天有人要出2000元買我這塊石頭,這回您總要告訴我,我人生最大的價值是什麼了吧?”禪師哈哈大笑說:“你明天再把這塊石頭拿到古董店去賣,照例有人還價,你就把它抱回來。這一次,師傅一定告訴你,你人生最大的價值是什麼。”
  
第三天一早,小和尚又抱著那塊大石頭來到了古董店,依然有一些人圍觀,有一些人談論:“這是什麼石頭啊?在哪兒出土的呢?是哪個朝代的呀?是做什麼用的呢?”終於有一個人過來問價:“小和尚,你這塊石頭多少錢賣啊?”小和尚依然不聲不語,伸出了兩個指頭。“20000元?”小和尚睜大眼睛,張大嘴巴,驚訝地大叫一聲:“啊?!”那位客人以為自己出價太低,氣壞了小和尚,立刻糾正說:“不!不!不!我說錯了,我是要給你200000元!” 200000元!”小和尚聽到這裏,立刻抱起石頭,飛奔回山上去見師父,氣喘吁吁地說:“師父,師父,這下我們可發達了,今天的施主出價200000元買我們的石頭!現在您總可以告訴我,我人生最大的價值是什麼了吧?”
  
禪師摸摸小和尚的頭,慈愛地說:“孩子啊,你人生最大的價值就好像這塊石頭,如果你把自己擺在菜市場上,你就只值20元錢;如果你把自己擺在博物館裏,你就值2000元;如果你把自己擺在古董店裏,你值200000元!平臺不同,定位不同,人生的價值就會截然不同!”
  
這個故事是否啟發了你對自己人生的思考?你將如何定位自己的人生呢?你準備把自己擺在怎樣的人生拍賣場去拍賣呢?你要為自己尋找一個怎樣的人生舞臺呢?
不怕別人看不起你,就怕你自己看不起自己。誰說你沒有價值?除非你把自己當作破石頭放在爛泥中,沒有人能夠給你的人生下任何的定義。你選擇怎樣的道路,將決定你擁有怎樣的人生。
說的太好了。受教。

Friday, December 13, 2013

The 8-ball Tournament at Island Country Club

The final of the 8-Ball Pool Tournament was held at the Island Country Club, Miri, last weekend. We saw some of the very good players from around Sarawak and Brunei. The first prize money was around RM1000 at the beginning of the tournament. However, someone fattened the final prize to RM2500!
The finalists posed with the host, Henry, on the left and the event organiser Nigel on the right.
I think she was one of the only lady player and I should say that she played very well.
 Teddy, one of the finalists.
 Danny Pang from Bintulu delivered the final killer winning ball!
 The proud runner-up Teddy Wong from Miri.
The champion, Danny Pang from Bintulu.

This was the first time I did photoshoot in this sort of environment. I am very sensitive to smoke and luckily I wore a mask throughout the evening! Hahaha ....

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A month has passed ...

When one is busy, time really flies! I just realised that it has been just over a month since I last did my update here. Ok, I have been working my butt off lately and I have also been very busy upgrading my own skill in order to be able to do my job even better!

Over the last one month, I suffered one system disk corruption! This disk corruption render my working horse dead and non functional for nearly a week. Fortunately, I did a 100% backup of all my photos which is a good 400GB! However, some very important Java scripts I have written for my Photoshop were mysteriously "lost". All the Actions I created for Photoshop were gone! This is minor because I can easily recreate them, except that this time, it is better than the last one. One other thing is that I have rewritten one Java Script which is now some 20 times faster than my last one!

Talking about data backup, I have always advice everyone to print their photos, especially those important ones. I keep hearing from friends that they lost many years of digital photos collection. So, you either backup or print some of them. This is probably a blessing and also a curse (depending on whether a disk crash happen to you or not) of digital photography and smart phone.

Ok, for those who are interested to do backup, read this article here and choose a software to automatically do backup for you!

BTW, if you are interested in long lasting prints, especially 4R, and printed using Epson inkjet printer, please contact me. The paper I use is ultra glossy which can survive soaking in plain water.I don't know of any commercial printer using inkjet to print 4R photos.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

10 motivational quotes from Zig Ziglar

I just realised that it was a month ago since I last make an entry here. I have been too busy lately. So, here is something to motivate you from Zig Ziglar:

10 quotes from Zig Ziglar that have the power to completely change the direction of one’s life:
10) “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”
9) “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”
8 ) “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.”
7) “There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.”
6) “People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.”
5) “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”
4) “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”
3) “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
2) “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
1) “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Final day of Asia Music Festival at Eastwood

Today is the last opportunity for you to see live performances from around Asia. Below is the latest schedule:

4.00 pm to 5.00 pm                -           The Mountain Wind Band (Malaysia)
5.15 pm to 6.15 pm                -           Melissa Francis (Malaysia)
6.15 pm to 7.15 pm                -           Starlets Band (Malaysia)
7.30 pm to 8.30 p.m               -           Fakhrul Razi featuring the
Camouflage (Brunei Darussalam)
8.45 pm to 9.45 pm                -           Boy Thai Band (Thailand)
10.00 pm to 11.00 pm            -           Antoney Dassan Yen Party (India)

11.15 p.m. to 12.15 pm          -           Foxy Girls (Indonesia)


Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Music lovers, are you ready for this weekend AMT at Eastwood?

This coming weekend, Miri will resonate with the sound of music as the inaugural Asia Music Festival takes place at the Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club on the 4 & 5 October 2013. 13 Asian bands from the Philippines, Korea, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Brunei have confirmed to perform at this festival. Among them will be Tritha from India.


Tritha was born in Kolkata. She started training in North Indian classical music at the age of five, and never stopped. She has forged her own unique, inclusive sound and has already gained critical and popular acclaim for her songs. Tritha’s dusky tones and throbbing intensity, vibrating and moving emotional commitment, thrills her audience and leaves the public spell bound.

Make sure you are there at Eastwood. It starts at 4:00PM all the way till midnight!

About Asia Music Festival (AMF):
AMF is a 2-day musical event featuring artist and musicians from Asian countries namely from India, Korea, Indonesia, Brunei Philippines and Malaysia. AMF promotes music, art and culture of Asian countries. AMF has a vision to become the iconic musical event for Sarawak and the region. It is organized by Sarawak Tourism Board, supported by the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia and Ministry of Tourism Sarawak and endorsed by Tourism Malaysia.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Are you a fresh graduate and interested in O&G training?

Technology Specialist in Specific Domain Expertise (TeSSDE) is a structured 9-month program, designed to prepare new graduate engineers for working in specific high technology and high-impact industries. Working closely with industrial partners, this program seeks to accelerate the learning of engineers by providing access to industrial-relevant training and support for them to stay aligned with the current development of human capital in these industries.

THE BEST PART IS THAT THIS PROGRAMME IS FREE!

To find out more, click on the link here. Make sure you download the pdf file and find out the requirements!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Forgotten History of Sybil Kathigasu

Sybil, a heroic woman freedom fighter for the then Malaya against the Japanese. She became the only Malayan woman to receive the George Medal for Gallantry, a high civilian honour given by King George VI. But alas, the Malaysian history mentioned nothing of her and others like Sgt Hassan, Lieutenant Adnan and Iban hero Kanang.

Do read up more about heroes like her... the story is very touching! Or just watch the video below:

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

We need your vote to give our Miri boy a chance to go into space!

Indeed, this is a chance of a lifetime and a chance of a lifetime for you to be able to vote for Anthony Vue, our local Miri boy, currently studying in Belfast Queen's University, for his challenge to beat the rest of the four contestants in Malaysia to represent Malaysia.
His facebook name is Ishyhara Rio and make sure that you don't vote the wrong person!

If you wish to know more, continue reading below:

INFORMATION:

Lynx is offering the chance to travel into space with the launch of its 2013 Lynx Apollo range.
The Unilever brand is looking to put the Lynx Effect into orbit by giving people the chance to win place on a space trip, in support of the launch of its new 2013 fragrance. 
There will be 22 places up for grabs globally, with the competition running in 77 countries around the world.. 
Entry was done through the lynxapollo.com website. The top voted candidates will go forward to the Lynx Space Academy for a challenge weekend in each national states respectively, whittling down the candidates with a further Global space camp in Florida before the final winning astronaut is picked.

The stages:
Stage 1: Online voting through lynxapollo.com.
The link is the following: https://www2.axeapollo.com/en_MY/144201/choon-wei-vun  (This voting link was done/ finished)
(Each country will select different number of candidates to compete at National level depending on the size of the country.)
e.g, UK will select top 200 voted candidates to compete in the UK
(Top 3 to compete in global space camp)
       Malaysia will select top 15 voted candidates to compete in Malaysia
(Top 1 to compete in global space camp)


Stage 2: National Space Camp starts where candidates compete in their own countries respectively to select representatives to compete in Global Space Camp in Florida.
In Malaysia, 28/9 - 30/9,
Physical, Mental and Personality test was done on candidates
40% - Physical + Mental
30% - Personality (interview and relationship with staffs and friends)
Then, Top 5 will be selected to enter round 2 for National competition,
Top 5 will have to compete to conquer for the final 30%
30% - Online Voting (Marketing/ Publishing technique)
(Current stage) 
1. Or Go to Ishyhara Rio Facebook Page
2. Click in the 1st Wall Post: AXE Malaysia Link
3. Vote for Ishyhara Rio

Finally, of 100%, the top mark will be selected as top 1 to represent Malaysia to the Global Space Camp.

Stage 3: 150 Candidates from 77 countries will compete in Florida for Global space camp, where proper astronaut training will be done. (e.g., jet piloting, G-force, Anti-gravity control)
Stage 4: Top 22 Candidates in Global Space Camp will be selected to represent respective countries as astronauts being launched into space.



Global Space Camp trainings
·  Take Off - A flight in a L-39 Albatross
MKII jet that travels at twice the speed
of sound
·  Zero G - A parabolic flight that recreates the weightlessness of space
·  Re-entry - A centrifuge machine that
simulates the same extreme G-Force
astronauts are exposed to
during landing.

Thank you very much for your time,
Anthony Vun Choon Wei (Ishyhara Rio)
MSci in Physics with Astrophysics

Queen's University Belfast

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Camera & lens clearance sales

My distributor gave me just three days to help find buyers. Otherwise, he will ship all the equipment out of Miri. So, if you are interested in any of the item, please let me know asap - +6012 8782007

Best buy is Nikon SB-600 speedlight and Finepix C10 camera!

Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S DX NIKKOR ED VR Zoom Lens  RM1,031
Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S VR Nikkor Lens  RM1,520
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF-S Zoom Nikkor ED Autofocus Lens RM5,790
Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX (VR) Vibration Reduction Wide Angle Autofocus Zoom Lens  RM1,170
Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Autofocus Lens  RM360
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S Auto Focus Nikkor Lens  RM1,730
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight / Flash RM735

Finepix C10 camera RM250 complete with charger

Monday, August 12, 2013

民舞坊《花言侨语》五周年舞展

Did you miss the show last night? Tonight is the last show from our own talented Kelvin Bong.


Picture from last night can be found here:
《民舞坊》舞蹈工作坊 ~ 『花言侨语』 五周年舞展 第二场
日期:2013年8月12日(星期一)
地点:美里民事中心三楼
时间:7:30pm

Flowers Talk at the library, 3rd floor, 7:30PM.

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

HAHAHA ... Can you become your own grandfather and also your own grandson?

Two men, one American and an Indian were sitting in a bar and discussing about their family problems. Shot after shot. The Indian man said to the

American: "We have problem in India. We can't marry the one whom we love. You know my parents are forcing me to get married to this so called homely and domesticated girl from a village whom I haven't even met once. We call this an arranged marriage. I don't want to marry a woman whom I don't love. I told my parents that openly and now have a hell of a lot of family problems."

The American said: "Talking about love marriages, in America we can marry the one we love. Let me tell you my story. I married a widow whom I deeply loved and dated her for three years. After a couple of years, my father fell in love with my step-daughter and married her, so my father became my son-in-law and I became my father's father-in-law. Legally now my daughter is my mother and my wife is my grandmother. More problems occurred when I had a son. My son is my father's brother and so he is my uncle. The situation turned worse when my father had a son. Now my father's son, my brother, is my grandson. Ultimately, I have become my own grandfather and I am my own grandson.

And you say you have family problems?"

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Such close shave!

This is an amazing video showing some of the most amazing close shave! Watch this video and see for yourself.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

For a good laugh

This one is from the courtroom... Sorry that I didn't update this blog as much as I would like to. I have been very busy lately!

How Do Court Reporters Keep Straight Faces?

These are from a book called Disorder in the Courts and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place.

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?'
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!
_______________________________
ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
____________________________________________
ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
WITNESS: No, I just lie there.
____________________________________________
ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?
WITNESS: July 18th.
ATTORNEY: What year?
WITNESS: Every year.
_____________________________________
ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?
WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?
WITNESS: Forty-five years.
_________________________________
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget..
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
___________________________________________
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
____________________________________

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He's 20, much like your IQ.
___________________________________________
ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you shitting me?
_________________________________________
ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Getting laid
____________________________________________

ATTORNEY: She had three children , right?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
WITNESS: None.
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
____________________________________________
ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death..
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.
___________________________________________

ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.
_____________________________________
ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
______________________________________
ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.
_________________________________________
ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
WITNESS: Oral...
_________________________________________
ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
____________________________________________
ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?

______________________________________
And last:

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
WITNESS: No..
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Typical Malaysian Drivers

Have a laugh... perhaps you are one of those?! BTW, I often ask the car in front to drive faster or move to the inner lane.... hahaha.

I like the car which can automatically park for you.

Horror accidents on video

As the Raya holidays is just days away and many people will be on the road to balik kampong, I just share this video with you to remind you to drive carefully! Most accidents can be avoided if you remember to check your car before setting out your journey, sleep well and if you are tired, stop your car at a rest point and take a short sleep.
Be safe and arrive safely. Your loved ones are waiting for your arrival!

Have a blessed Hari Raya to all my Muslim friends....

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Sin Siang Hai Annual Furniture Fair

Sin Siang Hai Furniture Fair for 2013 is even better than 2012!! Go over and pay them a visit. They have fantastic offer of up to 45% off during the fair only. Extra discounts are given by the vendors who were on site to explain to you about their furniture.
More picture, click here.




Monday, July 01, 2013

Brian and Pheobe Wedding

Last weekend, 29-Jun-2013, our church member Brian and Pheobe got married!
You may see some of the photos I took here.

Emergency Light From Cooking Oil

Power supply from Sarawak Electricity Board seems to be more stable but when there is a power failure, it seems that it is more widespread and lasted for much longer time. During the last Thursday (27 Jun 2013) outage, many scrambled to buy candle or dry cell, until the whole town went out of supply!
But is candle the only viable "emergency light"? What sort of fuel is readily available that we can use? I read from the internet about making light from cooking oil and orange core. So, I gave this a try...
During my childhood days, kerosene is always used for lighting. But as electricity is getting more readily available, this oil is getting out of fashion besides being expensive.
Emergency light using orange skin is very simple:
1. Half an orange. Only one half can be use!
2. Take out the flesh carefully and not breaking the center core (I think it is called pith).
3. Put in cooking oil.
4. Use a candle (or whatever) to light up.
Note that lighting up using cooking oil and a wet core is not immediate. It may take up to a minute.
Beside being an emergency light, it also emit a nice smell.

If orange is not available, any container and a holder for a wick will do. Perhaps, I will give suggestion on an easy to make emergency light in future.

One thing you can now do is to collect some used cooking oil for emergency lighting use.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Haze is on the way ...

The burning in Indonesia seems to be affecting Miri now. We noticed high altitude haze since two days ago. I just hope that this haze will not descend to low level or we will be choked once again.
This photo was taken this morning and it is clear that even the sun has lost it glorious ray!

Sunday, June 09, 2013

The return of cicadas

We take the noisy cicadas for granted but do you know their life story? Watch this video and surely you will learn something!

Friday, June 07, 2013

You made Miri proud!

These young people from Miri really made Sarawak, or rather Miri proud.

Billy Lau from Miri and his team from Korea and China has found a way to crack open Apple's iOS with ease with his custom-built charger! Read more here. So, as a precaution, don't ever lost your charger in future. You can never tell what the manufacturer put in there.

Then we have SmartWard, which is another Apps that aims to reduce hospital paperwork has won a competition to find the best new business ideas. This idea is from Dr Michelle Teo who is the daughter of YB Mr Michael Teo of Miri.

Read more of the SmartWard news here.

Congratulations to both of them and team. Miri boleh! I am proud of your achievement.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Empurau Fish

This video is actually very educational, especially for those who have never heard of the Empurau fish (or Unforgettable in Chinese), from Sibu, Sarawak, which I think is probably the world most expensive, at RM800/kg (or almost US$270/kg). Anyone knew of any other fish that is costing more?
This video was made by a Taiwanese travel channel 世界第一等. It shows how the fish was caught and finally how it was being cooked.
I just realised that this fish loves to eat seed and the scale is also edible! This reminded me of my childhood days when we use rubber seed to catch cat fish in the wild.
A little more information can be found here.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

飯前香蕉 百病消!太厲害了! Eat banana b4 meal!


日本東京大學教授山崎正利利用動物試驗,比較了香蕉、葡萄、蘋果、西瓜、菠蘿、梨子、柿子等多種水果的免疫活性,結果證實其中以香蕉的效果最好,能夠增加白血球,改善免疫系統的功能,還會產生攻擊異常細胞的物質 TNF 山崎教授的試驗也發現,香蕉愈成熟即表皮上黑斑愈多,它的免疫活性也就愈高。所以從現在開始要吃熟一點的香蕉香蕉不會使白血球盲目增長只有在數量少的時候才會大幅度加。因此,專家們研究認為,香蕉具有的免疫激活作用比較溫和 , 在人體狀態健康時並不會使免疫力異常升高。但對病人、老人和抵抗力差的體弱者則很有效果。 
在日常生活中,我們不妨每天吃12根香蕉,透過提升身體的抗病能力來預防感染,特別是預防感冒和流感等病毒的侵襲。山崎教授指出,在黃色表皮上出現黑色斑點的香蕉,其增加白血球的能力要比表皮發青綠的香蕉強8倍。 
 研究顯示,兩條香蕉,可以提供足夠能量維持 90 分鐘劇烈的運動。但是,香蕉不單隻提供能量。還可以幫我們克服或治療好多病症和身體狀況,所以我們必需把香蕉加進每天的餐單。1.  抑鬱症:患抑鬱症的人,在吃過香蕉後,感覺好好多。因為香蕉含胺基酸,會轉化成血清促進素,令人鬆馳、提升情緒。2.   貧血:香蕉鐵質含量高,能刺激血液內的血色素。3.   血壓高:香蕉含極高量的鉀,但鹽份低,最理想是降血壓。最近,美國食品及藥物管理局宣佈,允許香蕉業宣傳:香蕉能降低血壓高和中風機會。4.   腦力:在英國  Twickenha就有 200 名學生,為了要提升腦力,幫助考試,在學期開始,於早餐、小休和午飯,都吃適量香蕉。研究顯示,含豐富鉀質的香蕉,能提高學生的專注力,對他們讀書有所幫助。5.   便泌:香蕉的纖  質很高,可幫助回覆腸胃正常活動,消除便泌,無需服用輕瀉劑。6.   宿醉:香蕉奶色加蜜糖可以即時解酒。香蕉鬆馳胃部,蜜糖提升血糖水平,抒緩精神和製做炭水化合物。7.   心絞痛:香蕉對身體有一種天然的制酸性,有鎮痛作用。8.   早上無精打彩:早餐後午飯前,吃少量香蕉可保持血糖水平。9.   蚊釘蟲咬:用香蕉皮內部輕擦患處,可退腫消炎。10.   緊張:香蕉的  生素 B含量高,可幫助抒緩神經系統。11.   超重:澳地利心理學學校研究發現,工作壓力大,使員工會不斷進食巧力克和薯片去抒緩情緒。研究員對5000 名醫院的病人做研究,發體型肥胖的,通常都是司職壓力非常大的工作。研究總結認為,要避免引起對抒緩情緒食物的欲念,就應該約每兩小時吃一點高炭水化合物的食物,以降低身體內的血糖水平。12.   胃潰瘍:香蕉是調理腸胃失調的食方,因為香蕉有著柔軟的纖維而且柔滑。對於長期患者來說,香蕉是唯一可以進食的未煮熟食物,而不會有不良反應。香蕉還可以中和胃酸和減少疼痛。13.   體溫控制:在不同國家、地區和文化中,都有把香蕉作為一種「降溫」的果物,可以用作降低身、心的熱度。在泰國,孕婦為了使嬰兒出生時有較為涼快的環境,臨盆時就會吃香蕉。14.   戒菸:香蕉可以幫助戒菸。香蕉含維生素 B6  B12,也含鉀和鎂,可以複元戒菸者,因為沒有了尼古丁刺激的影響。15.   壓力:香蕉所含的鉀,可以調節心跳使之正常化,從而將氧氣順利送到大腦,與及調節身體的水份。當受到壓力緊張時,我們的新 陳代謝就會加快,因而使鉀的水平一降。鉀含量高的香蕉,正好作補充。16.  中風:據著名醫學雜誌"The New England Journal of Medicine" 的研究指出,長期吃香蕉,中風死亡的機會率大大降低 40%香蕉的確可以治療許多疾病。如果跟蘋果比較,香蕉多四倍蛋白質、多兩倍碳水化合物、多三倍磷質、多五倍  生素 A 和鐵質、多兩倍其他維生素和礦物質。香蕉也含豐富的鉀,是最有益的食物。所以,應該把那句老句子改為:「一日一香蕉,醫生遠離我。」猴子經常都情緒高漲和開心,應該是吃得多香蕉的原因。還有,想皮鞋潔亮如新?嘗試用香蕉皮的裡面,直接擦到皮鞋,然後用乾布擦淨,效果立見。真神奇的生果!17.   香蕉緩解眼睛干澀避免其過早衰老 :
在電腦前工作的人常常會覺得眼睛干澀或紅腫、疼痛,如果每天吃一根香蕉,就能起到一定的緩解作用。這是台灣番薯藤健康網站的一篇文章日前告訴讀者的。文章中指出,香蕉保護眼睛的功能:首先和其中含量豐富的鉀有關。人體攝入鹽份過多,會導致細胞中存留大量的水分,引起眼睛紅腫。香蕉中的鉀可以幫助人體排出這些多余的鹽分,讓身體達到鉀鈉平衡,緩解眼睛的不適症狀。此外,香蕉中含有大量的胡蘿素。當人體缺乏這種物質時,眼睛就會變得疼痛、干澀、眼珠無光、失水少神,多吃香蕉不僅可減輕這些症狀,還可在一定程度上緩解眼睛疲勞,避免其過早衰老。

10 Common Habits That Damage the Kidneys

My friend just got a kidney failure and is now on dialysis. No one know what is happening or why it happen. But did you realise that kidney disease is usually found out too late resulting in dialysis? Here is a summary of 10 most common habits which will give kidney problem. However, if you want to read the whole article, click here.

1. Not emptying your bladder early
2. Not drinking enough water
3. Taking too much salt
4. Not treating common infections quickly and properly
5. Eating too much meat
6. Not eating enough
7. Painkiller abuse
8. Missing your drugs
9. Drinking too much alcohol
10. Not resting enough

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Seeds of Death - Genetically Modified Organisms

This documentary is very informative. If you have time, watch it. It is about genetically modified food which you may be eating and how it may harm you! It also review how big corporations are going around the system to have their product marketed without hindrance.
To find out which countries require labeling, click here. Although Malaysia is on the list, how can we be assured that there is proper enforcement?

Leaky pipes ...

After 30 years, the water and gas pipes are giving way. The nastiest one is behind the bathtub. And finally, I removed the useless bathtub... 
Removing the bathtub is not a real big issue. But removing the over engineered support around the bathtub is big issue. After a week, I still can't remove the support for the bathtub.
 ... These are the tools I use. I think what I really is a jack hammer!
 Hot and cold pipes feeding the shower and bathtub. Both pipes are seriously corroded.
 The cold water pipe running horizontally across is the cold water pipe which is also corroded.
The corrosion for the hot water is so bad that  the whole pipe is almost severed.

So, having said all these, how do you know that your gas or water pipe systems are having issues?

1. Water or gas bill is increasing every month although there is no change to usage pattern
2. Water pump is frequently switched on
3. Gas or water meters are moving even though there is no usage

How to spot where the leak is?
For gas, it is very difficult! Perhaps, during heavy rain, you may spot bubbling water. However, your nose could be your best gas detector.
For water, look out for wet spot or pool of water which suddenly appear.

For concealed pipes, look out for wet ceiling, wet concrete wall or localised wet soil.

To repair, perhaps it is better to get in profession and replace the whole system rather than follow what I have been doing. I found that copper piping do corrode over time. I will never use concealed piping system again. It looks good but the problem it is giving is simply not worth it!

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Part 2 What do Chinese people want - politically speaking?


This article is from https://www.facebook.com/LeongDLu. If you like it, do go to her fb and share it out!

Part 2. (for those who don't understand our political motivations)
What do Chinese people want - politically speaking?

#1 So, Chinese people spread ourselves thin throughout the globe. Why? Besides the fact that we are always running away from each other (due to the obviously intensive competition to survive) overseas Chinese always see opportunity for a better life far FAR away from the crowd. The further the better. All we want is to quietly make a better living and put food on the table. All we look forward to is to enjoy our food, our shopping, our travels, and time with our family.

#2 However, we are a people who are NOT AFRAID to LEARN. We are taught to embrace learning at a very young age. Our parents are never afraid of our culture being lost by learning from others. We play the piano. The violin. We play chess the western way. We learn ballet. We embrace Christianity and Islam. We marry out of our race. We learn everything English, Italian, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Malaysian, etc to the extent that we can no longer read or write in Mandarin...but it is okay with our parents. People take one look at us and they STILL call us Chinese all over the world :)) - that is our curse.

#3 We LEARN because we are dying to move forward. Whatever it takes. We strive to differentiate our skills so that we can stand apart from our carbon copies. Without differentiation, we are but a mass of yellow people.

#4 We are able and willing to adapt to the local culture because we see the good in learning from others. We see the benefits of diversifying ourselves. We know we need to be different from each other to succeed. And we-don't-want-to-go-back-where-we-came-from because we have worked TOO DAMN hard to get away from it!

#5 What we want is progress and to BE ACCEPTED. We will trade our sweat, our tears, our undying efforts, our intellect, our creativity, our knowledge, our talents, our tenacity, our inclination for numbers, our ability to grow wealth, our innate instinct to survive, our diverse communications skills, our discipline, and all else that we can offer as a collective culture in exchange for ACCEPTANCE as patriotic Malaysians.

#6 All we want is a government who can accept us and 'acknowledge our contribution' to the nation. Taking over the government of the country is not in our best interest. But the harder we work in our professions, the more our government and our country gains from us (in taxes, in jobs created, in shepherding a new generation).

#7 But it pains us to see the hard earned money we made, together with our bumiputra and non-bumiputra brothers and sisters, each day flow like a leaking tap due to poor administration and corruption within the government. It grinds us to our very core when our leaders cheat their way to wealth and power on the backs of the poor and average hard working citizens.

#8 Pardon me. But we cannot stand wastage. Especially when it comes to money. Our DNA rejects it like a plague. Harness our ability to curb wastage and the whole country will gain.

#9 We offer you our best young talents (sacrificial volunteers). Our politicians. They are trained professionals who have stepped up to the task their society demands. Honestly, being a 'politician' is not a sought after profession in Chinese society. It is considered a 'thankless job'. Only the most dedicated will volunteer themselves. History has taught us that politicians don't last long. Today they are loved. Tomorrow they are out. Take a look at those in MCA. Take a look at other Chinese leaders in the world. If they don't deliver, we vote them out. Yes, we Chinese are a performance based culture. Pride for politicians comes when they are able to 'deliver' progress to the people. The people, however, are more interested in...you guessed it...making more money for a better life.

#10 What the Chinese in Malaysia want is - a better management team. We understand that a diverse country needs a diverse team of people with diverse backgrounds and diverse skills. We KNOW that progressive Malaysians from ALL races can do a better job of running this country if they are chosen base on their ability. We know that we can effectively HELP underprivileged youths and families (regardless of race) with more meaningful development programs if our funds are not siphoned away by greedy individuals. We know we can work hand in hand with our bumiputra brothers and sisters more effectively to create a better nation.

What we want LOUDLY is not to be marginalized and not be cheated at the polls.

What we want is to be called MALAYSIANS next to our brothers and sisters of this land after 56yrs of Independence and 600yrs since Puteri Hang Li Poh set roots here.

Our political motivation is to create a united Malaysia and put the right people in the right jobs, so that the rest of us can go about our own lives in peace. Honest.