Wednesday, December 24, 2008
A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you and your love ones.
Sorry for not been visiting your cribs...cause for the past week i have been busy with my big day...:)
The big day came and it was on the 22.12.2008. Just family and relatives only. Will post some of the pictures when it is available...it is in the process.
Here is a 'brief' on what happened that day. Would like to thank God for giving us a good weather. During the important part of the events, no rain.
For me the day went by so fast...could not believe it when it was in the evening we were waiting to be called to go in to the dining hall.
My day started around 6:30am, getting ready to fetch my wife. She has to be at my house (dad's house) before 10am. My cousin came and help out at the kitchen, her mom cook tradition 'mee sua'. I had a bit before going off. Too excited to be hungry though...:)
My eldest cousin was the driver (i was his driver when he got married). He came on the dot at 7:30am. Another cousin came and he was the camera man...took video clips of me changing my baju (except for the pants part) and my dad helped me put on my suit. It was a humbling experience for me.
(Dad was very happy and excited about my marriage. Because of his work, he knows a lot of people, so in order not to offend anyone by leaving them out...we decided not to invite any friends from our side. My wife on the other hand can invite friends. Lucky we have common friends who i am also close to.)
Went to fetch my wife at 8:00am. With my aunty as the 'match maker'. And my brother as my best man. Reach my wife's place at about 8:25am. I had clear a few 'hurdles' before i can reach my wife.
The first hurdle was opening the door by one of my wife's nephew. I had to get ready many 'ang pows'/ red packets. Gave about 3 packets baru he open my car door. Then the next hurdle the girls part...they blcok the main entrace to the house. Also have to give many red packets. After that, asked me to sing a song to my wife. hehe...lucky i got practise one song 'You took my heart away' by Michael learns to Rock. I sang the chorus part only.
Cleared that one, i had to eat a bowl of 'mee sua' with 2 eggs. Lucky they were mercyful with me and did not ask me to eat the whole bowl. Just had a few bites and with all the cameras on me. First time eating like the whole world was watching.
After that hurdle, went up the stairs and another small gate is closed and again...red packet time. After all the kids had the red packet...baru small gate opened. Then came the door to her room. I have to say some sweet words for her to hear before they open the door. Wow...at that moment with everything that was going on...me and my mates could not think of any...but lucky some gave some ideas.
[Oh ya...before i forget, two of my mates/ buddies took time off to help me go and fetch my wife. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.]
My aunty also helped me with the sweet words....she said it in chinese...i think it is something like...'i will love you for million years'. I used that and my second verse i used english. "Forget about the past, for the future i will be with you always"....something like that...have to watch the video recording again...:)
Final hurdle...they tied my eyes and i had to guess which hands belongs to my wife. Not an easy task....lucky the first two belongs to the nephews...:) I think the fourth or number 5 belongs to my wife....ha...finally got her.
Kneel on one knee and gave her flowers. Went down stairs and gave teas to my mother and father in law. Went inside the car, have to go forward and backward 3 times before can proceed to my place.
To be continue.......
Sunday, December 14, 2008
THIS INFORMATION NEEDS TO BE SHARED!
Microwaved water - one MUST read
A 26-year old guy decided to have a cup of coffee. He took a cup of water and put it in the microwave to heat it up (something that he had done numerous times before).
I am not sure how long he set the timer for, but he told me he wanted to bring the water to a boil. When the timer shut the oven off, he removed the cup from the oven. As he looked into the cup, he noted that the water was not boiling, but instantly the water in the cup 'blew-up' into his face.
The cup remained intact until he threw it out of his hand but all the water had flown out into his face due to the build up of energy. His whole face is blistered and he has 1st and 2nd degree burns to his face, which may leave scarring. He also may have lost partial sight in his left eye.. While at the hospital, the doctor who was attending to him stated that this is fairly common occurrence and water (alone) should never be heated in a microwave oven. If water is heated in this manner, something should be placed in the cup to diffuse the energy such as: a wooden stir stick, tea bag, etc. It is however a much safer choice to boil the water in a tea kettle.
General Electric 's (GE) response:
Thanks for contacting us. I will be happy to assist you. The e-mail that you received is correct. Micro waved water and other liquids do not always bubble when they reach the boiling point. They can actually get superheated and not bubble at all. The superheated liquid will bubble up out of the cup when it is moved or when something like a spoon or teabag is put into it. To prevent this from happening and causing injury, do not heat any liquid for more than two minutes per cup. After heating, let the cup stand in the microwave for thirty seconds before moving it or adding anything into it.
If you pass this on .... you could very well save someone from a lot of pain and suffering.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
I only saw it recently...waited for the DVD to come out. And i love it. Not easy singing and dancing especially for Meryl. And the songs from ABBA...simply devine.
I will try to sing 'Winner takes it all'..:)
Any way...here is clip from the movie for those who have not watched it. Happy Weekend to all of you.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
A. Attached or single? In a relationship.
B. Best Friend? My future half..:)
C. Cake or Pie? Definitely cake.
D. Day of choice? Saturday, can play golf..:)
E. Essential Item? My laptop.
F. Favorite color? Red..(think Tiger Woods).
G. Gummy bears or worms? Gummy bears, of course.
H. Hometown? Oil town of Sarawak.
I. Favorite Indulgence? Eating chocolate.
J. January or July? July!
K. Kids? None.
L. Life isn't complete without? Family and friends.
M. Marriage date? Coming soon.
N. Number of magazine subscriptions. None.
O. Oranges or Apples? Apples.
P. Phobias? Deep water.
Q. Quotes? From my dad.."Must take care of your health or your health will take care of you."
R. Reasons to smile? Life and love.
S. Season Of Choice? Christmas season.
T. Tag five people. Please feel free to join in.
U. Unknown fact about me? can't think of one at the moment.
V. Vegetable? Eh...lettuce.
W. Worst Habit? Procrastination.
X. X Ray or Ultrasound? Ultrasound.
Y. Your favorite foods? Western, Chinese, and Malay food.
Z. Zodiac sign? Cancer.
Now you know my ABC's...! ;-)
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Here's the rule: Click copy/paste, type in your answers and tag four people in your lists! Don’t forget to change my answers to the questions with that of yours.
4 places I go over and over: The loo, Bookshops, golf courses, McDonald's.
4 people who email me regularly: My wife, Facebook friends, KL aunty and old classmates.
4 of my favorite places to eat: Citrus, Double star, Maxim sea food, McDonald's.
4 places you'd rather be: Rome, Paris, St Andrews, Hawaii.
4 TV shows I could watch over and over: Num3ers, The Apprentice, Friends, CSI Miami.
Am not tagging anyone...but feel free to join in.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I was walking around in a Target store, when I saw a Cashier hand this little boy some money back.
The boy couldn't have been more than 5 or 6 years old.
The Cashier said, 'I'm sorry, but you don't have enough money to buy this doll.'
Then the little boy turned to the old woman next to him: ''Granny,
are you sure I don't have enough money?''
The old lady replied: ''You know that you don't have enough money to buy this doll, my dear.''
Then she asked him to stay there for just 5 minutes while she went to look a round. She left quickly.
The little boy was still holding the doll in his hand.
Finally, I walked toward him and I asked him who he wished to give this doll to.
'It's the doll that my sister loved most and wanted so much for Christmas.
She was sure that Santa Claus would bring it to her.'
I replied to him that maybe Santa Claus would bring it to her after all, and not to worry.
But he replied to me sadly. 'No, Santa Claus can't bring it to her where she is now. I have to give the doll to my mommy so that she can give it to my sister when she goes there.'
His eyes were so sad while saying this. 'My Sister has gone to be with God. Daddy says that Mommy is going to see God very soon too, so I thought that she could take the doll with her to give it to my sister.''
My heart nearly stopped.
The little boy looked up at me and said: 'I told daddy to tell mommy not to go yet. I need her to wait until I come back from the mall.'
Then he showed me a very nice photo of him where he was laughing. He then told me 'I want mommy to take my picture with her so she won't forget me.'
'I love my mommy and I wish she doesn't have to leave me, but daddy says that she has to go to be with my little sister.'
Then he looked again at the doll with sad eyes, very quietly.
I quickly reached for my wallet and said to the boy. 'Suppose we check
again, just in case you do have enough money for the doll?''
'OK' he said, 'I hope I do have enough.' I added some of my money to his with out him seeing and we started to count it. There was enough for the doll and even some spare money.
The little boy said: 'Thank you God for giving me enough money!'
Then he looked at me and added, 'I asked last night before I went to sleep for God to make sure I had enough money to buy this doll, so that mommy could give It to my sister. He heard me!''
'I also wanted to have enough money to buy a white rose for my mommy, but I didn't dare to ask God for too much. But He gave me enough to buy the doll and a white rose.''
'My mommy loves white roses.'
A few minutes later, the old lady returned and I left with my basket.
I finished my shopping in a totally different state from when I started.
I couldn't get the little boy out of my mind.
Then I remembered a local news paper article two days ago, which mentioned a drunk man in a truck, who hit a car occupied by a young woman and a little girl.
The little girl died right away, and the mother was left in a critical
state. The family had to decide whether to pull the plug on the
life-sustaining machine, because the young woman would not be able to recover from the coma.
Was this the family of the little boy?
Two days after this encounter with the little boy, I read in the news paper that the young woman had passed away.
I couldn't stop myself as I bought a bunch of white roses and I went to the funeral home where the body o f the young woman was exposed for people to see and make last wishes before her burial.
She was there, in her coffin, holding a beautiful white rose in her hand with the photo of the little boy and the doll placed over her chest.
I left the place, teary-eyed, feeling that my life had been changed for ever.. The love that the little boy had for his mother and his sister is still, to this day, hard to imagine.
And in a fraction of a second, a drunk driver had taken all this away from him.
Now you have 2 choices:
1) Repost this message, or
2) Ignore it as if it never touched your heart.
For those who prefer to think that God is not watching over us.... go ahead and delete this. For the rest of us... pass this on.
The value of a man or woman resides in what he or she gives, not in what they are capable of receiving... repost it as a story that touches your heart.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
We have been reading about snatch thieves incidents. I witnessed for myself today a new method adopted by them.
Please pass this on to friends -
Alert them of this NEW METHOD adopted by snatch thieves.
I was driving along SS2/22, Petaling Jaya going towards Damansara Jaya. This street is totally residential one street off the main road.
About 10 houses in front of me was this young lady walking by a car parked along the grass patch outside one of the terrace houses. As she was reaching the rear end of this clean decent looking Silver Proton Waja, I noticed the engine started and the left rear passenger doors window was being wound down.
Suddenly a man emerged out of the rear passenger doors window his entire torsol and making a grab of this lady's handbag!!!! As this man emerged from the car's window, the Silver Proton Waja was pulling out of its parking position slowly not in a hurry with the man from within just dragging the lady and her handbag along until she gave it up!! Then they drove off slowly, no hurry!!!
All the above happened in front of my eyes in less than 30 seconds!!!!!
Her screams and cries did not help! No one came to her rescue in fact a middle age woman ran into her house upon seeing this happening right in front of her house only to come back out to lock her gates after the car has driven away! Do you blame her? The thieves were so bold!!!!
By the time my car reached her, the Silver Proton Waja had turned the corner. She was very shaken but thankfully only slightly hurt her pants were torn as were her slippers, bloody knees, shins, palms and elbows. On the way to the police station, she told me that she had noticed that there were 3 men she identified them as 'brown-skinned' men in the car.
I could not believe my eyes when I saw what was happening thus did not have the instinct to take note of the cars registration number. I've always thought that would be the first thing I would look out in an incident like this but NO I was too shocked simply watching this scene being played out right in front of me!!!
So please beware when you are walking by parked cars with men inside.
Pass this on to as many friends as you can to alert them.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Very nice story - Don 't Miss to Read it!!!
An elderly man in Mumbai calls his son in New York and says,
'I hate to ruin your day son, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are getting a divorce; 35 years of marriage... and that much misery is enough!'
'Dad, what are you talking about?' the son screams.
'We can't stand the sight of each other any longer,' the old man says.
'We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Hong Kong and tell her!'
Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone.
'Like heck they're getting divorced,' she shouts, 'I'll take care of this.'
She calls Mumbai immediately, and screams at the old man, 'You are not getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then , don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR??' and she hangs up.
The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. 'Okay', he says, 'It's all set. They're both coming for Deepavali and paying their own airfare!!'
No man / woman is busy in this world all 365 days.
The sky is not going to fall down if you take few days LEAVE and meet your dear ones.
OFFICE WORK IS NOT EVERYTHING IN LIFE and MONEY MAKING IS NOT EVERYTHING IN LIFE.
Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Written by David Astley, a British/Ozzie guy now living in KL
A guide for expatriate drivers in Malaysia
Since arriving in Malaysia in 1997, I have tried on many occasions to buy a copy of the Malaysian road rules, but have come to the conclusion that no such publication exists (or if it does, it has been out of print for years). Therefore after carefully observing the driving habits of Malaysian drivers, I believe I have at last worked out the rules of the road in Malaysia.
For the benefit of other expatriates living in Malaysia, and the 50% of local drivers who acquired their driving licences without taking a driving test, I am pleased to share my knowledge below:
Q: What is the most important rule of the road in Malaysia?
A: The most important rule is that you must arrive at your destination ahead of the car in front of you. This is the sacrosanct rule of driving in Malaysia. All other rules are subservient to this rule.
Q: What side of the road should you drive on in Malaysia?
A: 99.7% of cars drive on the left hand side, 0.2% on the right hand side, and 0.1% drive in reverse (be on the look out for drivers reversing at high speed in the left hand lane of freeways, having just missed their exit). Therefore on the basis of 'majority rules', it is recommended that you drive on the left. However, be aware that only 90% of motorcyclists travel on the left hand side - the other 10% ride in the opposite direction or on the sidewalk. Fortunately, motorcyclists traveling in reverse are rarely seen.
Q: What are the white lines on the roads?
A: These are known as lane markers and were used by the British in the colonial days to help them drive straight. Today their purpose is mainly decorative, although a double white line is used to indicate a place that is popular to overtake.
Q: When can I use the emergency lane?
A: You can use the emergency lane for any emergency, e.g. you are late for work, you left the toaster plugged in at home, you are bursting to go to the toilet, you have a toothache or you have just dropped your Starbucks coffee in your lap. As it is an emergency, you may drive at twice the speed of the other cars on the road.
Q: Do traffic lights have the same meaning as in other countries?
A: Not quite. Green is the same that means "Go", but amber and red are different. Amber means "Go like hell" and red means "Stop if there is traffic coming in the other direction or if there is a policeman on the corner". Otherwise red means the same as green. Note that for buses, red lights do not take effect until five seconds after the light has changed.
Q: What does the sign "Jalan Sehala" mean?
A: This means "One Way Street" and indicates a street where the traffic is required to travel in one direction. The arrow on the sign indicates the preferred direction of the traffic flow, but is not compulsory. If the traffic is not flowing in the direction in which you wish to travel, then reversing in that direction is the best option.
Q: What does the sign "Berhenti" mean?
A: This means "Stop", and is used to indicate a junction where there is a possibility that you may have to stop if you cannot fool the cars on the road that you are entering into thinking that you are not going to stop.
Q: What does the sign "Beri Laluan" mean?
A: This means "Give Way", and is used to indicate a junction where the cars on the road that you are entering will give way to you provided you avoid all eye contact with them and you can fool them into thinking that you have not seen them.
Q: What does the sign "Dilarang Masuk" mean?
A: This means "No Entry". However, when used on exit ramps in multi-storey car parks, it has an alternative meaning which is: "Short cut to the next level up".
Q: What does the sign "Pandu Cermat" mean?
A: This means "Drive Smartly", and is placed along highways to remind drivers that they should never leave more than one car length between them and the car in front, irrespective of what speed they are driving. This is to ensure that other cars cannot cut in front of you and thus prevent you from achieving the primary objective of driving in Malaysia, and that is to arrive ahead of the car in front of you.
If you can see the rear number plate of the car in front of you, then you are not driving close enough.
Q: What is the speed limit in Malaysia?
A: The concept of a speed limit is unknown in Malaysia.
Q: So what are the round signs on the highways with the numbers, 60, 80 and
A: This is the amount of the 'on-the-spot' fine (in ringgits - the local currency) that you have to pay to the police if you are stopped on that stretch of the highway. Note that for expatriates or locals driving Mercedes or BMWs, the on-the-spot fine is double the amount shown on the sign.
Q: Where do you pay the 'on-the-spot' fine?
A: As the name suggests, you pay it 'on-the-spot' to the policeman who has stopped you. You will be asked to place your driving licence on the policeman's notebook that he will hand to you through the window of your car. You will note that there is a spot on the cover of the notebook. Neatly fold the amount of your fine into four, place the fine on the spot, and then cover it with your driving licence so that it cannot be seen. Pass it carefully to the policeman. Then, with a
David Copperfield movement of his hands, he will make your money disappear. It is not necessary to applaud.
Q: But isn't this a bribe?
A: Oh pleeease, go and wash your mouth out. What do you want? A traffic ticket? Yes, you can request one of those instead, but it will cost you twice the price, forms to fill out, cheques to write, envelopes to mail, and then three months later when you are advised that your fine was never received, more forms to fill out, a trip to the police station, a trip to the bank, a trip back to the police station, and maybe then you will wish you had paid 'on-the-spot'.
Q: But what if I haven't broken any road rules?
A: It is not common practice in Malaysia to stop motorists for breaking road rules (because nobody is really sure what they are). The most common reasons for being stopped are:
(a) the policeman is hungry and would like you to buy him lunch;
(b) the policeman has run out of petrol and needs some money to get back to the station;
(c) you look like a generous person who would like to make a donation to the police
welfare fund; or
(d) you are driving an expensive car which means you can afford to make a donation to the police welfare fund.
Q: Does my car require a roadworthy certificate before I can drive it in Malaysia?
A: No, roadworthy certificates are not required in Malaysia. However there are certain other statutory requirements that must be fulfilled before your car can be driven in Malaysia.
Firstly, you must ensure that your windscreen is at least 50% obscured with English football
club decals, golf club membership stickers or condo parking permits.
Secondly, you must place a tissue box (preferably in a white lace cover) on the back shelf of your car under the rear window.
Thirdly, you must hang as many CDs or plastic ornaments from your rear vision mirror as it will support. Finally, you must place a Garfield doll with suction caps on one of your windows. Your car will then be ready to drive on Malaysian roads.
Q: What does a single yellow line along the edge of a road mean?
A: This means parking is permitted.
Q: What does a double yellow line along the edge of a road mean?
A: This means double parking is permitted.
Q: What does a yellow box with a diagonal grid of yellow lines painted on the road at a junction mean?
A: Contrary to the understanding of some local drivers, this does not mean that diagonal parking is permitted. It indicates a junction that is grid-locked at peak hours.
Q: Can I use my mobile phone whilst driving in Malaysia?
A: No problem at all, but it should be noted that if you wish to use the rear-vision mirror to put on your lipstick (women only please) or trim your eyebrows at the same time as you are using a mobile phone in the other hand, you should ensure that you keep an elbow free to steer the car. Alternatively, you may place a toddler on your lap and have the child steer the car whilst you are carrying out these other essential driving tasks.
Q: Is it necessary to use indicator lights in Malaysia?
A: These blinking orange lights are commonly used by newly arrived expatriate drivers to indicate they are about to change lanes. This provides a useful signal to local drivers to close up any gaps to prevent the expatriate driver from changing lanes. Therefore it is recommended that expatriate drivers adopt the local practice of avoiding all use of indicator lights. However, it is sometimes useful to turn on your left hand indicator if you want to merge right, because this confuses other drivers enabling you to take advantage of an unprotected gap in the traffic.
Q: Why do some local drivers turn on their left hand indicator and then turn right, or turn on their right hand indicator and then turn left?
A: This is one of the unsolved mysteries of driving in Malaysia.
Q. What is the use of the hazard warning lights?
A. Contrary to all international protocol, this four way flashing light is = switched on when the Police are escorting VIPs on the road to warn lesser mortals to move out of the way and not hinder the flow of the motorcade.
Taking a cue from the Police, motorists use this at the slightest excuse when it rains to tell other motorist to get out of the way as using their hazard light anoints them with powers that part the traffic, somewhat akin to Moses parting the Red Sea.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
A newlywed couple had only been married for two weeks. The
> although very much in love, couldn't wait to go out on
> the town and party
> with his old buddies.
> So, he said to his new wife, 'Honey, I'll be right
> 'Where are you going, coochy cooh?' asked the wife.
> 'I'm going to the bar, pretty face. I'm going
> to have a beer.'
> The wife said, 'You want a beer, my love?'. She
> opened the door to
> the refrigerator
> and showed him 25 different kinds of beer, brands from 12
> different countries; Germany , Holland , Japan , India ,
> The husband didn't know what to do, and the only thing
> that he could think of
> saying was, 'Yes, lolly pop ....... but at the bar, you
> they have frozen glasses'.
> He didn't get to finish the sentence because the wife
> interrupted him
> by saying,
> 'You want a frozen glass, puppy face?' She took a
> huge beer mug out of the
> freezer, so frozen that she was getting chills just holding
> The husband, looking a bit pale, said, 'Yes, tootsie
> roll........ but at the
> bar, they have those hors d'oeuvres that are really
> delicious..............I won't be long, I'll be
> right back. I
> promise........ OK?'
> You want hors d'oeuvres, poochi pooh?'. She opened
> the oven and took
> out 5 dishes
> of different hors d'oeuvres; chicken wings, pigs in
> mushroom caps, pork strips, etc.
> 'But my sweet honey............ at the bar, you know
> ......... there's
> dirty words and all that'.
> 'You want dirty words, Dickhead???? Drink your fucking
> beer in your goddamn
> frozen mug and eat your motherfucking snacks because you
> are MARRIED now,
> and you aren't going anywhere! Got it, Asshole?'..
> *......... and they lived happily ever after. Isn't
> that a sweet story?*
Sunday, October 12, 2008
01. Would you fart inside an elevator? Depends on situation.. if I am alone, maybe Yes..
02. What will you do if the person you like doesn't like you back? I will do nothing.. cause nothing much I can do..
03. Miss Piggy + Kermit the Frog = Mrs Kermit Piggy The Frog :)
04. Are you confused as to what lies ahead of you? Yes… sometimes......
05. What's your ideal lover like? My GF...future wife.
06. Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone else? I think I will go for both.
07. If the person you like does not accept you, would you continue to wait for them to change their feelings? I won’t wait… I will work harder to make sure that person accept me.
08. If the person you secretly like is already attached, what would you do? Let it go.
09. Is there anything that has made you unhappy recently? Yes.. golf competition postponed because of heavy rain...:)
10. What do you want most in life? My GF/future wife, my family, good health and of course...$$$
11. Is being tagged fun? Sometimes….depends if I have the time or not.
12. If you find out that your best friend is going out with your boyfriend/girlfriend, how would you react? Hmmm..hard call and for sure I won’t be happy dude..
13. Who is currently the most important person to you? My GF/future wife.
14. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is? A great friend and a good family man.
15. Would you rather be single and rich or married and poor? None..cause I prefer to be rich and married…hahaha..
16. Would you rather be a bum or be a busy person? A busy person I guess.
17. Would you give your all in a relationship? Yes.
18. Define LOVE.? Check wikipedia please.
19. Milk chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark chocolate
20. If you played a prank on someone, and he/she fell for the trick, what would you do? Laugh la for sure.
RULES!These eight people must state who they were tagged by.You cannot tag the person who tagged you.Continue this game by sending this to eight other people.
Don;t think i be tagging any one....please feel free to join in.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The Hotel Manager
One stormy night many years ago, an elderly man and his wife entered the lobby of a small hotel in Philadelphia. Trying to get out of the rain, the couple approached the front desk hoping to get shelter for the night.
"Could you possibly give us a room here?" the husband asked. The clerk, a friendly man with a winning smile, looked at the couple and explained that there were three conventions in town
"All of our rooms are taken," the clerk said. "But I can't send a nice couple like you out in the rain at one o'clock in the morning. Would you perhaps be willing to sleep in my room? It's not exactly a suite, but it will be good enough to make you folks comfortable for the night."
When the couple declined, the young man pressed on. "Don't worry about me; I'll make out just fine," the clerk told them. So the couple agreed.
As he paid his bill the next morning, the elderly man said to the clerk, "You are the kind of manager who should be the boss of the best hotel in the United States. Maybe someday I'll build one for you."
The clerk looked at the couple and smiled. The three of them had a good laugh. As they drove away, the elderly couple agreed that the helpful clerk was indeed exceptional, as finding people who are both friendly and helpful isn't easy.
Two years passed. The clerk had almost forgotten the incident when he received a letter from the old man. It recalled that stormy night and enclosed a round- trip ticket to New York, asking the young man to pay them a visit.
The old man met him in New York, and led him to the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th street. He then pointed to a great new building there, a palace of reddish stone, with turrets and watchtowers thrusting up to the sky.
"That," said the older man, "is the hotel I have just built for you to manage."
"You must be joking," the young man said.
"I can assure you that I am not," said the older man, a sly smile playing around his mouth.
The old man's name was William Waldorf Astor, and the magnificent structure was the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The young clerk who became its first manager was George C. Boldt.
This young clerk never foresaw the turn of events that would lead him to become the manager of one of the world's most glamorous hotels.
The Bible says that we are not to turn our backs on those who are in need -- for we might be entertaining angels.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Wealth can melt,
Pleasure is unsure,
Power is not forever,
But friends who remember each other
will always stay together.
Therefore i wanna wish you and your family a Happy Selamat Hari Raya.
For those who balik kampung please drive safely. Happy holidays to all..cheers!!!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Have a great weekend people...:)
A lonely widow, aged , decided that it was time to get married again.
So she put an ad in the local newspaper that read:
MUST BE IN MY AGE GROUP (70's),
MUST NOT BEAT ME.
MUST NOT RUN AROUND ON ME,
AND MUST STILL BE GOOD IN BED!
ALL APPLICANTS PLEASE APPLY IN PERSON.
On the second day she heard the doorbell.
Much to her dismay, she opened the door to see a grey-haired gentleman
sitting in a wheel chair. He had no arms or legs.
'You're not really asking me to consider you, are you?'
the widow said. 'Just look at you - you have no legs!'
The old gentleman smiled, ' Therefore, I cannot run around on you!'
'You don't have any arms either!' she snorted.
Again, the old man smiled, 'Therefore, I can never beat you!'
She raised an eyebrow and asked intently, 'Are you still good in bed??'
The old man leaned back, beamed a big smile and said,
'I rang the doorbell, didn't I?'
The wedding is scheduled for Saturday.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Not qualified list
Manufacturer's name & address
1 . KLIM Instant Full Cream Milk Powder (1.8 kg)
( 淨重 : 1.8 千克 )
Manufacturer: Nestle Shuangcheng Ltd.
Address: Friendship Road , Shuangcheng City , Heilongjiang Province, PRC
2. Nestle Carnation Calcium Plus Non Fat Milk Powder (1.6 kg)
三花高鈣脫脂奶粉 ( 淨重 : 1600 克 )
Manufacturer: Nestle Shuangcheng Ltd.
Address: Friendship Road , Shuangcheng City , Heilongjiang Province, PRC
3 + 歲以上
( 淨重 : 900 克 )
Manufacturer: Nestle Shuangcheng Ltd
Address: Nestle Shuangcheng Ltd., PRC
4. Nestle Dairy Farm Pure Milk
雀巢牛奶公司純牛奶 ( 淨容量 : 1 升 )
Manufacturer: Nestle Qingdao Ltd.
Address: Weihai Xi Lu, Laixi City , Qingdao , P.R. China
5. Mengniu Pure Milk
( 淨體積 : 250 毫升 )
製造商：中國內蒙古蒙牛乳業 ( 集團 ) 股份有限公司
地址 : 中國內蒙古呼和浩特市和林格爾盛樂經濟園區
6. Monmilk Breakfast Milk Walnut Milk Beverage
( 淨體積 : 250 毫升 )
製造商：中國內蒙古蒙牛乳業 ( 集團 ) 股份有限公司
地址 : 中國內蒙古呼和浩特市和林格爾盛樂經濟園區
7. Monmilk Suan Suan Ru Sour Milk Beverage (Mango Flavour)
蒙牛酸酸乳酸味奶類飲品 ( 芒果味 )
( 淨體積 : 250 毫升 )
製造商：中國內蒙古蒙牛乳業 ( 集團 ) 股份有限公司
地址 : 中國內蒙古呼和浩特市和林格爾盛樂經濟園區
Milk Deluxe Pure Milk
( 淨體積 : 250 毫升 )
製造商：中國內蒙古蒙牛乳業 ( 集團 ) 股份有限公司
地址 : 中國內蒙古呼和浩特市和林格爾盛樂經濟園區
9. Yili High Calcium Low Fat Milk Beverage
( 淨體積 : 250 毫升 )
地址 : 中國內蒙古呼和浩特市金川開發區金三道 2 號
10. Dutch Lady Pure Milk
( 淨容量 : 1 公升 )
Manufacturer: Tianjian Dutch Lady Dairy Foods Co., Ltd.
Address: South of Dongting Road , Hexi District, Tianjin , PRC
11. Vita Fresh Milk
( 淨容量 : 236 毫升 )
地址 : 中國廣東省深圳市光明華僑畜牧場
12. Nestle Vanilla Flavour Ice Cream Cone
雀巢雲呢拿味雪糕甜筒 (8 支盒裝 )
Manufacturer: Nestle Tianjin Ltd.
Address: No.149 Nanhai Road , TEDA, Tianjin , PRC
13. Nestle Chocolate Flavour Ice Cream Cone
雀巢朱古力味雪糕甜筒 (8 支盒裝 )
Manufacturer: Nestle Tianjin Ltd.
Address: No.149 Nanhai Road , TEDA, Tianjin , PRC
14. Meiji Ujikintoki (red bean and green tea frozen confection)
(6 支盒裝 :6 x 75 克 )
Manufacturer: Guangdong M&F- Yan Tang Dairy Products Co., Ltd
Address: Datanggang Shahe, Guangzhou , China
15. Meiji Hokkaido Azuki (red bean ice cream)
(6 支盒裝 :6 x 70 克 )
Manufacturer: Guangdong M&F- Yan Tang Dairy Products Co., Ltd
Address: Datanggang Shahe, Guangzhou , China
16. Trappist Dairy Low Fat Yogurt Drink
( 淨容量 : 200 毫升 )
地址 : 香港元朗青山公路二十八咪半
17. Strawberry Sorbet
戀愛果實士多啤梨雪巴 ( 淨重 : 54 克 )
Manufacturer: Xincheng Greenearth Food Co., Ltd
Address: No.62 Xingjianzhai, Huazhou Road , Pudong, Shanghai , China
18. Natural Choice Milk Ice Bar
( 淨體積 : 85 毫升 )
Manufacturer: Shanghai Yili AB Foods Co., Ltd
Address: No. 269 Beidou Road, Minhang Zone, Shanghai P.R. of China
19. 牛奶木瓜口味飲料 (Papaya Milk Drink) (350ml) -- 尚効
製造商：春喬食品興業股份有限公司 ( 地址 : 台灣彰化縣員林鎮鎮興里山腳路 3 段
25 巷 72 號 )
20. 阿薩姆奶茶 (Assam Milk Tea) (350ml) -- 尚効
製造商：春喬食品興業股份有限公司 ( 地址 : 台灣彰化縣員林鎮鎮興里山腳路 3 段
25 巷 72 號 )
21. 藍山炭燒咖啡 (Carbonize Coffee) (280ml) -- 尚効
製造商：春喬食品興業股份有限公司 ( 地址 : 台灣彰化縣員林鎮鎮興里山腳路 3 段
25 巷 72 號 )
For your information, the following items have been recalled due to China's milk scandal:
3. Mento's Yoghurt Bottle
4. Dove Chocolate
5. Oreo Wafer Sticks
6. Dutchlady Sterilised Milk
7. Wall's all natural mango
8. Mini Poppers Ice Cream
9. Magnum Ice Cream
10. Moo Sandwich Ice Cream
11. Mini Cornetto
12. Youcan Ice Cream
Stores have been asked by AVA Singapore to remove them. If u have any of these items at home, don't eat them.
Singapore's Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has said that its laboratory test have shown that the "White Rabbit Creamy Candy" from China is also contaminated with melamine.
Consumers who have bought the affected products are advised not to consume them, the AVA said in a statement.
The latest test results bring the total number of milk and related products from China imported into Singapore that are found to be contaminated with melamine to three.
The other two affected products are "Yili Brand" Choice Dairy Fruit Bar Yogurt Flavoured Ice Confection" and "Dutch Lady" brand of strawberry flavoured milk.
All the affected products have been recalled earlier.
Since Sept 19, 2008, AVA has suspended the import and sale of all milk and milk products from China.
These products include milk, ice-cream, yoghurt, confectionery such as chocolates, biscuits and sweets as well as any other products containing milk from China as an ingredient.
Retailers and importers have also been instructed to recall these products and withhold them from sale.
AVA will not hesitate to prosecute any retailer or importer who fail to remove these products from their shelves. Under the Sale of Food Act, anyone found selling unwholesome food can be fined up to $10,000 and/or sentenced to three months jail, or both.
As a precaution, consumers are also advised not to consume any milk or milk products from China.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
'The happiest people in the world are not those who have no problems, but
those who learn to live with things that are less than perfect.'
A group of graduates, highly established in their careers, got together to
visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into
complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the
professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and
an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain
looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves
to the coffee.
When all the students had a cup of coffee, the professor said: 'If you
noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind
the simple and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best
for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured
that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases, it is
just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of
you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the
best cups... Then you began eyeing each other's cups.'
Now consider this, said the professor, 'Life is the coffee; the jobs, money
and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and
contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the
quality of Life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating on the cup, we fail to
enjoy the coffee God has provided us. Enjoy your coffee!'
The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the
best of everything. Four things to take note of in life...
1. Live simply.
2. Love generously.
3. Care deeply.
4. Speak kindly.
Shine a light & enjoy your Coffee today!!
Monday, September 15, 2008
This is posted as a joke. Hope you all will enjoy it.
Why did the chicken cross the road?
The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a CHANGE! The chicken wanted CHANGE!
My friends, that chicken crossed the road because it recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.
When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure -- right from Day One! -- that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn't about me.......
GEORGE W. BUSH:
We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.
Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing the road together, in peace.
I have just released eChicken2008, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your check book. Internet Explorer is an integral part of the Chicken. This new platform is much more stable and will never cra...#@&&^(C% .......... reboot.
I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What is your definition of chicken?
Chicken shall not shit while crossing the road. This is for a green environment.
LEE KUAN YEW:
We have installed crossing lights at all traffic junctions. All chickens should follow instructions while crossing the road.
Gantry points have been set up. All chickens wanting to cross the road are advised to top up their cash cards first.
What chickens? I don't know any chickens... especially those from Mongolia.
We have to be fair to all chickens. Some want to cross over the road, some do not. ........ Zzzzzz .......zzzzzz ....... Now what were we talking about? Ah yes, chickens. We will form a Royal Commission to decide whether it is right for them to cross the road.
Now even non-bumi chickens want to cross the road! How can they disrespect and disregard apa nama bumi chickens? We must be allowed to cross over first. It is our special privilege and no one can challenge that!
We have enough chickens waiting to cross over in September.
All foreign chickens are welcome in Malaysia but they must not cross over the road within 50km of the border.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Its where almost all of the top holiwood actors, sportsperson, news people, business people came together on this occassion. Some are cancer survivors (Lance Armstrong, Fran (star from 'The Nanny') and few others).
A lot of things can be said about the American people..but when they come together for a common goal, they really come together. Almost everyone sure got love ones loss the battle to cancer.
This stand up to cancer is a way to fight back, everyone just donate some money for R and D on cancer. Bring all the top scientist together to share their info and hopefully, there is a chance for the future generation.
I lost an uncle to lung cancer and a friend's wife to cancer too. Although this is an American initiative but am sure when the time comes, they will share their findings to the rest of the world.
Got this from Wikipedia.
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is a charitable program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) established by media, entertainment and philanthropic leaders who have been affected by cancer. SU2C aims to raise significant funds for translational cancer research through online and televised efforts. Central to the program is a telethon that aired on three major broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) on September 5, 2008.
The SU2C leadership team includes news anchor Katie Couric; the Entertainment Industry Foundation, represented by Board of Directors Chairperson Sherry Lansing and CEO Lisa Paulsen; Laura Ziskin; the Noreen Fraser Foundation and its executives Noreen Fraser, Woody Fraser, Rusty Robertson and Sue Schwartz; and nonprofit executive Ellen Ziffren.
The Stand Up To Cancer initiative aims to raise awareness and bring about an understanding that everyone is connected by cancer. The stat used most often by SU2C is from the American Cancer Society: one out of every two men and one out of every three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, meaning everyone is affected in some way, or will be. Another part of the campaign is motivating the public through various forms of media to become involved in the cause of curing cancer.
One doctor involved in Stand Up To Cancer, Dennis Slamon, MD, has compared treating cancer with treating hypertension:
"If we turn cancer into a chronic disease that's manageable, have we cured it? No, not any more than you 'cure' hypertension. You treat hypertension, and if you successfully treat hypertension the patient may die, but they're going to die of something other than hypertension or the diseases related to hypertension. Does that constitute a cure? It constitutes an appropriate control of the disease so that it isn't what's life-ending.".
The initiative has been framed only as a national project, isolated to America.
SU2C's ultimate goal is to cut down on the amount of time promising research takes in progressing from discovery through clinical trials and out onto the market. The initiative's funding model is offered as an alternative to the traditional grant proposal and funding process used by institutions like the National Cancer Institute, wherein a reported two in ten grants are funded.
With the exception of a 10% endowment for possible future investments, the funds raised by SU2C will go as immediately as possible toward research. 100% of publicly donated funds go to research, none to overhead costs. 70% of funds will go to scientific “dream teams” established by experts, including the American Association for Cancer Research. Teams picked will be subject to mandated collaboration in hopes of accelerating research. The remaining 20% of funds will go to innovative young investigators who might not otherwise gain funding. 
SU2C “dream teams” will be composed of scientific experts, patient advocates, and experts in pre-clinical trial data. SU2C distinguishes itself from federal funding agencies like the National Institutes of Health by stressing that funding needs to go to applicable research now, when we finally possess promising knowledge about cancer and how it works at the molecular level. 
The Stand Up To Cancer manifesto has been published on the organization's website. No author is credited.
This is where the end of cancer begins.
When together we become a force unmistakable.
A movement undeniable.
A light that cannot dim.
When we take our wild impossible dreams
And make them possible
Make them true
When together we rise as one
When we stand up
When we Stand Up To Cancer.
standup2cancer.org (or su2c.org) launched on May 28th, 2008, the same day as the press release announcing the initiative. The website is the public face of Stand Up To Cancer in the run-up to the show and allows users to donate online. The website contains information about the initiative, video channels under the heading SUTV, and an online cancer magazine called SU2C Mag. Content includes videos and articles featuring performers and writers like Larry David and Jerome Groopman, M.D. Other promotional material with TV and film celebrities is also prominent.
The website has two social networking applications, or apps: The Stand is a Facebook application that allows Facebook users impacted by cancer to connect with one another via trading cards, leveraging Facebook's back-end networking capacity.
The Constellation, a tool through which anyone can launch a star in honor of someone they know who has been diagnosed with cancer. Honorees' stars cluster or align in close proximity within a telescope-like map of a virtual night sky. Stars can be launched for minimum $1 donation.
The three major American television networks, NBC, ABC, CBS, as well as E! aired Stand Up To Cancer's one-hour special event without commercials on September 5th at 8pm ET/PT. It was simulcast on three Canadian networks, Citytv, CTV, and Global.
The networks also helped publicize the initiative by plugging it on their morning shows on May 28, 2008. Katie Couric made her first appearance on the Today Show since moving to an anchor position on the CBS Evening News as part of the promotional effort. Brian Williams and Charles Gibson also took part.
The special included the campaign's theme song "Just Stand Up", produced by Antonio "L.A." Reid, featuring some of the top female artists in pop/rock music, including Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, Leona Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Fergie, Rihanna and Ciara. The song was performed live during the telethon, and was released as a single via iTunes.
Actress Christina Applegate, who in the months prior to the show underwent a successful double mastectomy, appeared on the special, as did Patrick Swayze, making his first network television appearance since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The heavy attention paid to the use of celebrities has led critics to claim that Stand Up To Cancer sacrifices substance for glamour.
Health care advocates have criticized the movement for focusing on translational research instead of public health concerns including carcinogens in our food, water, and everyday household materials. They have also criticized the project's emphasis on cures as over-emphasizing research without attention to prevention and health care access.
Listed as partners, known SU2C corporate and private donors include:
Major League Baseball
Saks Fifth Avenue
SU2C makes heavy use of cancer-related statistics in its outreach to the public. Frequently utilized statistics include:
Ending cancer would be worth $50 trillion to the US economy.
One out of two men, and one out of three women, will be diagnosed with cancer.
1,500 Americans die from cancer every day.
One American dies of cancer every minute.
There are nearly 11 million cancer survivors in America right now.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
There were two nuns...
One of them was known as Sister Mathematical (SM), and the other one was known as Sister Logical (SL).
It is getting dark and they are still far away from the convent.
SM: Have you noticed that a man has been following us for the past thirty-eight and a half minutes? I wonder what he wants.
SL: It's logical. He wants to rape us.
SM: Oh, no! At this rate he will reach us in 15 minutes at the most? What can we do?
SL: The only logical thing to do of course is to walk faster.
SM: It's not working.
SL: Of course it's not working. The man did the only logical thing. He started to walk faster, too.
SM: So, what shall we do? At this rate he will reach us in one minute.
SL: The only logical thing we can do is split. You go that way and I'll go this way. He cannot follow us both.
So the man decided to follow Sister Logical.
Sister Mathematical arrives at the convent and is worried about what has happened to Sister Logical.
Then Sister Logical arrives.
SM: Sister Logical! Thank God you are here! Tell me what happened!
SL: The only logical thing happened. The man couldn't follow us both,so he followed me
SM: Yes, yes! But what happened then?
SL: The only logical thing happened. I started to run as fast as I could and he started to run as fast as he could.
SL: The only logical thing happened. He reached me.
SM: Oh, dear! What did you do?
SL: The only logical thing to do. I lifted my dress up.
SM: Oh, Sister! What did the man do?
SL: The only logical thing to do. He pulled down his pants.
SM: Oh, no! What happened then?
SL: Isn't it logical, Sister?
What do you think happened?
Think for a minute for the answer, then scroll down……………..
Are you sure that was what has happened? …………
Scroll down further………………………………………
A nun with her dress up can run faster than a man with his pants down.
And for those of you who thought it would be dirty, say two HAIL Marys!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Wonder where was he during this year's GE. A 'leader' saying this kind of thing. In front of Deputy PM lagi. Remember this guy's name and if ever PR becomes 'government'...see what position he will holding.
Ahmad didn’t mean it, says Abdullah
KEPALA BATAS: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will personally see to it that Bukit Bendera Umno chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail does not repeat his remarks about the Chinese community.
“I will tell him not to do it again. You know in a campaign all sorts of things can come up. I don’t think he meant it. I’ll make sure to tell him not to use it again,” the Prime Minister said after chairing the Bertam Umno division meeting yesterday.
Ahmad had allegedly called the Chinese pendatang (immigrants) and was also reported to have said that “as the Chinese were only immigrants it was impossible to achieve equal rights amongst races” during a ceramah in Permatang Pauh in Aug 25.
He had allegedly uttered the remarks in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Penang Gerakan Youth committee member Dr Thor Teong Gee lambasted Ahmad and charged that Umno was still using racial ideology to achieve its own personal political agenda.
Bukit Mertajam MCA division chairman Lau Chiek Tuan called for disciplinary action against Ahmad.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s political secretary Ng Wei Aik also called on Ahmad to immediately retract his statement and apologise to the community.
Ahmad could not be reached for comment.
Tanjung Gerakan Youth division chief H’ng Khoon Leng lodged a police report at the district police headquarters in Patani Road over Ahmad’s alleged remarks.
MCA Youth chief Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said there was no reason for Ahmad to stir racial feelings with his remarks.
“This is the Merdeka month and such a racist remark should not have been made,” he added.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said Umno leaders should stop using racial sentiment to seek support from the people.
If i am not wrong, those who study history will tell him that Parameswara was also a 'Pendatang' and he made Melaka famous and from there the seeds was sown for Malaya and Malaysia.
Got this from here and wikipedia.
First Ruler of Melaka : Parameswara 1394-1414
Parameswara was a prince of Palembang. He married a daughter of the Majapahit Emperor and became a vassal of the his father-in-law. Not long after he threw off his allegiance to the Majapahit Emperor, who at once sent warriors to drive him out of Sumatra. Parameswara fled to Tumasek, which was actually old Singapore with his family and followers. During this time Singapore was ruled by a Malay chief from Patani, who was appointed by the ruler of Siam. The Malay Governor treated Parameswara well, but Parameswara killed the Governor a few days later and made himself Chief of Singapore and the neighboring islands. Parameswara ruled Singapore for about five years as a sort of pirate captain.
During the middle of the 14th century, the Siamese who were expanding their territorial power in the north of the Malay Peninsula as far as the state of Pahang, failed to extend their powers to Singapore although attempts were made to attack Singapore. This was because the kingdom of Majapahit at that time was at the peak of its strength and power and was feared by other kingdom in the Malay Archipelago. Several states along the Straits of Melaka including Tumasik or Singapore, as it is now known were under the control of Majapahit. A Javanese fleet from Majapahit attacked Singapore during Parameswara?s reign of Singapore. After defeating Singapore, the Javanese returned to Java. Owing to this, it was believed that the attack made by the Javanese from Majapahit on Singapore did not result in the downfall of the kingdom of Singapore and Parameswara?s flight from Singapore but had however, continued to rule it in its declining condition.
When Parameswara failed to establish a kingdom at two places in Muar, that is, Biawak Busuk and Kota Buruk, he led his followers to a place known as Sening Ujung or now known as Sungei Ujong. He continued his journey from here until he came to the mouth of the Bertam River where he founded Melaka and became the first ruler around the year 1394. However, during this time, Parameswara was still a Hindu. Hence a Malay kingdom was therefore established in Melaka to continue the existence of the Malay kingdom of Singapore which had fallen.
After Melaka was founded, Parameswara began to develop the place and ordered his men to cultivate the lands with banana, sugar cane, yam and other crops for food. Parameswara himself carried on trade in Melaka. Within a short period of time, news about the town of Melaka begun to spread all over Malaya, Sumatra, Java and India which resulted in a large number of traders coming to trade in Melaka. Two years after Parameswara founded Melaka, the population had soared to two thousand.
Not long after, news about Melaka becoming a center of trade and commerce reached China. Yung-Lo, the Emperor of China who reigned from 1402 till 1424 send his envoy known as Ying Ching to Melaka in 1405. Yin Ching?s visit opened the way for the establishment of friendly relations between Melaka and China. Chinese merchants began calling at the port of Melaka and they can be said to be among the first traders to set up bases here. When the envoy of Melaka paid homage to the Emperor of China, the emperor praised Parameswara and acknowledged him as the rightful ruler of Melaka. Emperor Yung Lo then presented Parameswara with a seal, silk and a yellow umbrella as a symbol of royalty and also a letter appointing Parameswara as the ruler of Melaka. Melaka was then recognized as a kingdom by the Emperor of China. The envoy returned to Melaka together with a fleet led by Admiral Cheng Ho who was the first Chinese man to sail and explore the areas in the southern region.
It was during Parameswara?s reign that a large number of Javanese, Indians, Chinese, Burmese and other foreigners came to settle in Melaka. In 1409, Parameswara was converted into a Muslim and adopted the name Parameswara Iskandar Syah. Two years later, in 1411, Parameswara Iskandar Syah himself, his wife and son with a royal party of 540 people left for China with Admiral Cheng Ho to pay homage to Emperor Yung Lo.
In 1414, Parameswara passed away and was believed to be buried on top of a hill in Tanjung Tuan, which was also known as Cape Rachado. Parameswara had turned Melaka into a flourishing trading center during his twenty years reign in Melaka. He also established a strong relationship with the Emperor of China by sending six envoys to China.
The relation with Ming China started in the early 1400s  when Parameswara embarked on several voyages to visit Emperor Yongle (Chinese: 永樂)(Wade-Giles name is Yung-Lo). He was escorted by Zheng He, Yin Qing (Wade-Giles names are Cheng Ho and Ying Ching) and other envoys in his successful visits. Malacca's relationships with Ming granted protection to Malacca against attacks from Siam and Majapahit and Malacca officially summited as a protectorate of Ming China. This encouraged the development of Malacca into a major entrepot on the trade route between China and India, Middle East, Africa and Europe.
In 1411, Admiral Zheng He brought Parameswara, his wife and 540 officials to China to pay homage to the Yongle Emperor (r. 1402–1424). Upon arriving, a grand welcoming party was held. Animals were sacrificed, Parameswara was granted a two-piece gold-embroidered clothing with dragon motifs, Kylin robe, gold and silverwares, silk lace bed quilt, and gifts to all officials and followers. Upon returning home, Parameswara was granted the jade belt, brace, saddle, and coroneted suit to the wife. Upon reaching the heaven’s gate (China), Parameswara was again granted jade belt, brace, saddle, a hundred gold & platinum, 400,000 banknotes, 2600 cash, 300 pieces of silk brocade voile, 1000 pieces of silk, 2 pieces of whole gold plait, 2 pieces of knee-length gown with gold threads woven through sleeves….
An extraction from Geoff Wade translation of Ming Shi-lu: 
“ You, king (refer to Parameswara), travelled tens of thousands of li across the ocean to the capital, confidently and without anxiety, as your loyalty and sincerity assured you of the protection of the spirits. I (emperor Yongle) have been glad to meet with you, king, and feel that you should stay. However, your people are longing for you and it is appropriate that you return to soothe them. The weather is getting colder and the winds are suited for sailing South. It is the right time. You should eat well on your journey and look after yourself, so as to reflect my feelings of concern for you. Now I am conferring upon you, king, a gold and jade belt, ceremonial insignia, two "saddled horses", 100 liang of gold, 500 liang of silver, 400,000 guan of paper money, 2,600 guan of copper cash, 300 bolts of embroidered fine silks and silk gauzes, 1,000 bolts of thin silks...... ”
Tributes that Malacca paid to Ming included: agate, carnelian, pearl, hawksbill, coral, crane peak, golden female crane peak, suit, white cloth, Western fabric, Sa-ha-la, rhino horn, ivory, black bear, black ape, white muntjac, turkey, parrot, pian-nao, rosebush dew, su-he oil, gardenia flower, wu-ye-ni, aromatic wood, incense sticks, gold silver incense sticks.
Indonesian religious leader and Islamic scholar Hamka (1908–1981) wrote in 1961: "The development of Islam in Indonesia and Malaya is intimately related to a Chinese Muslim, Admiral Zheng He." (see: Zheng He#Zheng He and Islam in Southeast Asia)
Melaka grew into an international trading port and heralded the golden age of Nusantara Islam. 80 languages were reportedly spoken in Malacca: Moors of Cairo, Mecca, Aden, Abyssinians, men of Kilwa, Malindi, Ormuz, Parsees, Rumes, Turks, Turkomans, Christian Armenians, Gujarati, men of Chaul, Dabhol, Goa, of the kingdom of Deccan, Malabars and Klings, merchants from Orissa, Ceylon, Bengal, Arakan, Pegu, Siamese, men of Kedah, Malays, men of Pahang, Patani, Cambodia, Champa, Cochin China, Chinese, Lequeos, men of Brunei, Lucoes (Luzon), men of Tamjompura, Laue, Banka, Linga (they have a thousand other islands), Moluccas, Banda, Bima, Timor, Madura, Java, Sunda, Palembang, Jambi, Tongkal, Indragiri, Kappatta, Minangkabau, Siak, Arqua (Arcat?), Aru, Bata, country of the Tomjano, Pase (Pasai?), Pedir, Maldives.
Malacca became an important port in the far east during the 16th century. It became so rich that the Portuguese writer and trader Duarte Barbosa said "He who is lord of Malacca has his hand on the throat of Venice".
Parameswara's Sultanate of Malacca (as a prosperous international port) changed the entire Malay Archipelago. Its success was admired by kings from neighbouring kingdoms. Melaka's dominance in the region also influenced the spread of Islam in the Malay Archipelago. In 1447, Kertawijaya became King of Majapahit and converted to Islam on the advice of his wife, Darawati, a princess of Champa. The nephew of Kertawijaya, Sunan Ampel works to spread Islam around Surabaya, and around the same time, Palembang converted to Islam. In 1459, Sultan Mansur Shah of Malacca sent Tun Perak to conquer Kedah and Pahang. Pahang became an Islamic sultanate under Malacca. In 1470, Dai-Viet captured Vijaya, the capital of Champa, killing 60,000 Cham and caused a mass Cham emigration to Malacca and Cambodia. The Islamic Kingdom of Demak was founded in 1478 by Raden Patah, son of King Kertawijaya and his Champa wife. An Islamic Sultanate was founded at Cirebon too.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
To those who balik kampung for the long weekend, may you all have a great time with family and friends. Take care and God bless.
Would like to share this tag with Smallee, Hazel, Ladybird and Chahya.
1. Add your site(s) to the list if you're a proud Malaysian Blogger!
2. Pass this tag to as many Malaysian Blogger as you know, or if you're interested but nobody tags you, just include yourself voluntarily. Show some patriotism!
1. mangosteenskin - Saya anak Malaysia! 2. Life is too short to be ordinary - Malaysia Tanahair Ku! 3. Sha's Love & Passion - Aku Anak Merdeka 4. A room of crazy scrapper - Merdeka!Merdeka! Merdeka? 5. Fliffy - Aku Patriotik, Sayang Malaysia ! 6. Rizal 7. haniz - Merdeka Forever! 8. Prozak Nation 9. CarolPinky - Proud Malaysian! 10. Mariuca - I heart Malaysia! 11. Emila’s Illustrated Blog - Saya Anak Malaysia juga 12. Simple Life - Sam - Saya Anak Malaysia 13. Shemah's My Sweet Escape - Live, Enjoy and Love.. MALAYSIA! 14. Mariuca's Perfume Gallery - Made in Malaysia! 15. Yani-Tennitodoku-Proud to be a Malaysian-MERDEKA! 16.Bluecrystaldude from My Little Black Pot - Saya Harap Malaysia Terus Maju! 17. Apples of the eyes 18. Snapshotcap - Freedom of choice is made for you my friend :) 19. Anaheus 20.Confessions Of A Breathing Tote Bag 21. A Great Pleasure - Malaysia is a food paradise ~ simply yummy~licious! 22. Mummy HnH - Harith and Hannah - MERDEKA 51st Celebration!!! 23. Shafie - I'm Here For U Malaysia 24. Nessa - Happy 51st Merdeka, Malaysia! 25. marvic 26. Deasya 27. Asian Mutt International 28. Point Blank - Sokonglah Pelancongan Domestik, Malaysia Cantik Indah Nian! 29. Turn-u-Off 30. Carpe diem. you're next!
Happy Independence Day everyone!!!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I heard from people, when the registration was opened last Monday at 8am. By 10am, it was already full...and some of the players have to put under waiting list.
I played ok got a par golf based on my handicap, i played 92, minus off handicap 20, got 72 net. I was in the 8th position. Won a Nike beg...:)
But even though if i did not win anything, by participating in the competition, every players already won something. The goodies beg which contains these items, t-shirt (worth RM149), golf umbrella, a tube of new golf balls, face towel, a bar of goat's milk soap and a cap. All these gifts are sponsored gifts and it is given to everyone who participated.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Got this from Yatie of my taste of home. Thank you Yatie for this award..much appreciate. It is very kind and thoughtful of you in sharing this award.
What is Brilliant Weblog? Brilliant Weblog is a prize given to sites and blogs that are smart and brilliant both in their content and their design. The purpose of the prize is to promote as many blogs as possible in the blogsphere.Here are the rules to follow:
When you receive the prize you must write a post showing it, together with the name of who has given it to you, and link them back. Choose a minimum of 7 blogs (or even more) that you find brilliant in their content or design. Show their names and links and leave them a comment informing they were prized with ‘Brilliant Weblog’. Show a picture of those who awarded you and those you give the prize (optional).All the bloggers have wonderful work and content in their blog and all deserve to get this.
As per the rules I would like to pass this award to my fellow bloggers mentioned below:
1. Puteri - Good blogger...:)
2. Cat Cat - Lovely blog with pictures of her
3. Daphne - A young lady in a new
country and also a future leader.
4. Kak Pi - An angel living in the midst
5. Smallee - An old friend since 8 years
old. A newbie in the blogging world.
6. Monica - She introduces places of
interest in the big city of KL and Selangor...especially the makan places..:)
7. Pak Zawi - I am sure any one who
visits his site will like it. Got great pictures and great write ups. His family
is number 1 to him.
8. Bento Pet - Any one into bento?
Please visit this sites for ideas..:)
9. Akmal - A potential young leader and
On a personal note, all of you deserve this Award. Some of you are not in to tags or already have been awarded by your friends...:) Please feel free to do the tags.
Take care and God bless....Cheers.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Played a practise round with her on Tuesday...i played 89 gross, minus off my handicap, i got 69 nett. My sis played 77 gross, minus off her handicap (3), she got 74 nett. She is a better golfer then me....:)
On Wednesday, she practise on her on.
On Thursday, at around 1pm, she called me and said her stomach very painful. I went to picked her up and saw her very pale. Wanted to see Dr. So went to one of the clinic and waited for her turn. While waiting she could not sit properly and bend over real bad. I called my dad (he was in a meeting), and told him abt her condition. He said bring her to hospital.
So i did, when at the hospital, went to the emergency section for them to checked. Went in about 2:45pm...came out at around 5pm. They took blood samples, x-ray, and inject medication for muscle spasm. When she was in the x-ray room, really pray hard for her.
The Dr (forgot her name), a lady. Came and talk to us (my aunty was there too), she suspect it could be gastric or appendix. But lucky when the results came out, it was negative for both. But still do not know what is the reason for it.
So around 5 something, we left the hospital and i was thankful to God, nothing major and her pain had subsided. I told her not to drink cold drinks, eat creamy things and oily food.
She managed to play the competition (from Friday to Sunday), She played 73,76 and 78. For final day, Sunday, i caddied her. She won the ladies section of the competition. Sunday went back to KL. This week she is playing in another golf competition.
Really thank God that it was nothing major. Yesterday dad booked her to see one specialist....have not check with her how that went.
All of you have a great week now...cheers.
Friday, August 15, 2008
New Year's baby's death shatters family, relationships
CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (CNN) -- Camryn Jakeb Wilson was bathed in TV lights the day he was born, celebrated on the local news as Summit County's 2008 New Year's baby after his arrival at 12:33 a.m. on January 1.
Just 12 weeks later, he was bathed in warm water minutes after he quietly died in his mother's arms, the victim of shaken baby syndrome. Camryn's 9-year-old sister, Tabatha, asked why he needed a bath now.
"We have to get him ready to go to Jesus," a nurse softly replied. Tabatha took up a sponge to help.
Camryn's father, Craig R. Wilson, 28, of Cuyahoga Falls, is scheduled for a pretrial hearing on murder and other charges August 20. Police say he confessed to shaking and squeezing the infant after arguing with his wife, Crystal Wilson.
But he has pleaded not guilty to all the charges and faces trial in September.
"There are no excuses for this to happen to any baby," Crystal Wilson, 26, told CNN. "This is murder. He had no reason to die. He died because he cried."
An innocent infant's violent death has destroyed a family.
"It really is a tragedy," said Craig Wilson's defense attorney, Jonathan T. Sinn. "I mean, not only did Crystal and Craig lose a son, but Crystal lost a husband, and Craig's parents lost a son and a grandson. ... One day this was a happy, perfect family, and the next day it's been devastated."
The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome estimates as many as 1,400 babies annually are injured or killed by shaking.
According to the center, 70 percent to 79 percent of people convicted of killing or hurting babies are men. The average age of perpetrators is 24, and 82 percent are either the parent of the victim or the live-in boyfriend of the mother.
Craig Wilson and Crystal Twiddy, both recovering alcoholics, met about four years ago in a softball league popular with Alcoholics Anonymous members. The couple beamed in engagement photos shot in a garden setting before they were married last September. It was the first marriage for both.
Craig, the machinist son of the Cuyahoga Falls High School wrestling coach and a former Mat Cats wrestler himself, became a father figure to Tabatha, Crystal's daughter from a previous relationship.
The newlyweds also became frequent caretakers to 1-year-old Corrine, a daughter Craig had with another woman. Family members said the couple's only source of conflict was Craig's interactions with Corrine's mother.
On March 12, the topic sparked a heated quarrel, according to a police report and family accounts. The couple hurled their wedding rings, along with profane insults, at each other. Crystal left with Tabatha to attend one of her regular A.A. meetings, leaving baby Camryn in the care of his father.
"Maybe they both could have used a meeting that night," Sinn observed.
When Crystal and Tabatha got home from the meeting on March 12, Crystal immediately noticed Camryn didn't look right in his baby swing. He was gasping for air but couldn't be wakened. After briefly speaking with an on-call doctor at Akron Children's Hospital, she scooped him up and rushed him there.
Camryn was critically injured, with bleeding inside his head and in the backs of his eyes, and several broken ribs -- some of which, according to the autopsy, turned out to be older injuries. Medical personnel at the hospital determined the combination of injuries could only mean abuse.
When rib fractures are seen in a 10-week-old infant, "it's beating up," said Dr. Nicolas Krawiecki, a pediatric neurologist and faculty member at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He is not involved in the Wilson case.
Craig Wilson was summoned to the hospital, where police questioned both parents separately. Early on March 13, the 5-foot-7-inch, 190-pound father was arrested after admitting he had shaken and squeezed his baby out of frustration and anger toward his wife resulting from the argument over Corrine's mother, according to the police investigators' report
The bleeding inside Camryn's head was catastrophic. The two sides of his brain were "like two telephone poles with the lines between them cut," a family member said a doctor told them. Camryn was blind and incapable of feeling someone touching him, he could not breathe on his own, and if he lived he would never be aware of his surroundings or even be capable of thinking, family members said. Learn about shaken baby syndrome »
After almost two weeks of waiting for a miracle that would never come, Crystal Wilson decided to withdraw life support. She gave friends and family -- including everyone on Craig's side -- time to gather to say goodbye to the tiny boy with the big, sightless eyes. Various relatives took turns holding him as he gradually slipped away.
"They pulled together, they prayed together, they took baby Camryn off life support together," said Sinn, the Wilson family's longtime lawyer. "And that was a wonderful thing, that they were able to pull together like that despite Craig being alleged to have done these things."
Camryn's father was not among them as he remained in jail. Sheriff's deputies took Craig Wilson to the funeral home for a brief, private viewing of the infant's body the night before the funeral.
But the family unity would not last. Buried with Camryn were multiple relationships that could not survive the grief, recrimination and legal machinations that have followed his death.
Crystal Wilson intends to divorce her husband of 11 months and is at odds with her in-laws.
"My anger is kicked in full load," she wrote on her private MySpace page. "I don't care what Craig's family members think. He did this to my son. May he get what he deserves! Maybe people should talk more about Camryn than Craig. Craig's name has no worth to even be mentioned."
Through their attorney, Wilson and his family declined to comment to CNN.
Sinn said the autopsy on Camryn raises questions about whether Craig Wilson or someone else might have injured the infant on previous occasions.
The autopsy report, obtained by CNN, found Camryn had multiple rib fractures -- including several that apparently were incurred on one or more previous occasions.
"The question becomes: If that autopsy is accurate, if this child has been severely injured to the point that his ribs were fractured on prior occasions, multiple occasions, how come no one knew that?" Sinn said.
If Camryn's caregivers didn't pick up on his earlier rib fractures, neither did medical personnel trained to look for signs of child abuse. Camryn had been to Children's Hospital several times during his short life -- including earlier on the day he was fatally injured -- for well-baby checks and immunizations. No doctor or nurse ever noted broken ribs or signs of unusual pain in the infant, family members said.
Cuyahoga Falls police have said there are no suspects besides Craig Wilson, and Summit County Children Services removes children immediately from a home investigators consider dangerous. Crystal Wilson's other child, 9-year-old Tabatha, is still at home with her mother.
Sinn conceded that his client belatedly admitted to police having squeezed Camryn on previous occasions.
"He only made the confession after the detectives involved started talking about other possibilities of how this child could have been injured, what other folks in the household could have injured him. Then Craig quickly took responsibility," Sinn said.
Sinn said his client would accept "today" an offer to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter, saying Craig Wilson had no intention to kill Camryn that night, making a murder charge inappropriate. But prosecutors say there will be no deal.
"No matter what happens, Craig is going to very likely spend the majority of his adult life in prison," Sinn conceded. "We are talking massive numbers here."
John Saros, executive director of Summit County Children Services, said crime within a family can bring long-lasting hardship, especially when a family member goes to prison.
"If that's the breadwinner or the main breadwinner, then you've got some serious financial problems right off the bat," he said.
Crystal and Tabatha can attest to that. They can no longer afford to live in the charming little house they once shared with Craig on a peaceful Cuyahoga Falls street.
"I lost my job because of this, because I couldn't work enough hours. Now I have to move into a smaller place," Crystal said. "It's horrible. It's a whole life change."
And the consequences in such circumstances extend beyond the immediate family, Saros said.
"It will be the basis for divorces, it'll be the basis for the kind of family conflict that then brings into play maternal and paternal grandparents and the extended family on both sides, and we end up with a lot of conflict," said Saros, who has been in the family services field for 40 years.
Crystal Wilson's mother -- Camryn's grandmother, Laura Twiddy -- is angry at Craig but is trying to keep perspective.
"I can't have HATE eat me up and beat me down. I can't live like that," she wrote on her MySpace page. "I will have to one day forgive him so that I might find peace."
Peace of a sort can be found near the back of Stow Cemetery, where birds chirp in the trees above a freshly carved marker bearing a photograph of a big-eyed baby boy.
The plot where Camryn now lies beneath that stone was donated to Crystal Wilson by a kind relative: Janet Wilson, Camryn's great-grandmother.
On his father's side.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Any way on Saturday played in a golf competition...Shell Invitation 2008. I played badly. Tee off was ok...was let down by iron shots and chipping. In my last competition my handicap was 21...this month it drop to 20. So yesterday i played 104 and after minus off my handicap...got 84 nett (bad score).
Today is my club's monthly medal. I played better today. Played 92, minus off handicap..got 72 nett..which is a par game for my handicap. And i got 2nd runner up. Got a trophy and a prize voucher worth RM100. Am planning to exchange it for Tiger Wood Nike cap...:)
May all of you have a great week ahead. Take care and God bless.
Monday, August 4, 2008
I went to the hotel to pick her and another lady golfer for lunch and they had a praticed round. The competition was on Wednesday and Thursday. She went back in Thursday nite...did not stayed for prize giving. She got second place in her division. Won a crystal tray..another lady golfer bring back to KL for her.
While she was here, i drove them around...from hotel to golf club and for dinner. Had fun with her and her fellow golfers. All of them got great sense of humour..:)
And it seems she is now into emails...:)
So here is one from her...cheers.
a.. If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will
call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.
b.. If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately
refer to each other as Fat Boy, Godzilla and Four-eyes.
a.. When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though
it's only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.
b.. When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.
a.. A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
b.. A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.
a.. A man has seven items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, deodorant and a towel .
b.. The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.
a.. A woman has the last word in any argument.
b.. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
a.. A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
b.. A man never worries about the future until he gets awife.
a.. A successful man is one who makes more money than hiswife can spend.
b.. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
a.. A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
b.. A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does.
a.. A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
b.. A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.
a.. Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
b.. Women somehow deteriorate during the night.
a.. Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She
knows about dentist appointments and romances, best
friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
b.. A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
A married man should forget his mistakes. There's no use in two
people remembering the same thing!
SO, send this to the women who have a sense of humor and
who can handle it ... and to the men who will enjoy reading it.