Thursday, March 26, 2009

First Letter of My Name Tag

Got this from Monica...:) Thank you.

The Rules: Copy the questions below. Simply use the first letter of your name/nickname as your answer for each questions. You can't use any answer twice and don't use your own name for questions # 3 & 4. After you're done, tag 10 people.

1. What is your name? Nightwing
2. A four letter word: Nite
3. A boy's name : Nelson
4. A girl's name : Natasha
5. An occupation : Negotiator
6. A color : Navy blue
7. Something you wear : Necklace
8. A type of food : Nachos
9. Something found in the bathroom : Nailclippers
10. A place : Nigeria
11. A reason for being late : No reason
12. Something you shout : Nooooooooo!
13. A movie title : Nancy Drew
14. Something you drink : Nestea
15. A musical group : Nickmatics
16. A street name : Nenas Road
17. A type of car : Nissan
18. A song title : Nobody Does it Better by Carley Simon
19. A verb : Need

Please feel free to join in...:)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Email from a friend....take special care and if this can happened in Cherasit can happened anywhere in please read.

Hi all,This incident happened to me and be very careful if you ever encounter suchcase in future.On Thur 5 Feb, I was driving home after work in the afternoon. quite anumber of cars on the road. I was driving near the UE3, Taman Miharja,

Cheras when 2 Indian guys on a motorbike honked me and pointed to the passenger-side wheel. I slowed down, not stopping but they kept honkingand pointing to the wheel. Finally, I stopped at the side of the road in front of the UE3 complex. The 2 guys stopped and came down from theirbike. One has the "BMW" name and logo on his blue shirt. While theotherguy squatted in fron of the passenger-side wheel (I cant see him), the

"BMW" guy came to the passenger side. My car is always locked when Idriveand I lowered the passenger=side window about 2 inch to talk with him.Speaking in Malay, he told me my wheel has smoke and oil. I hesitated evaluating the situation, and he then bend down at the wheel and came upshowing me his finger with some oil on it. He said my brake oil is leakingand cannot drive and ask me to go down out to see the wheel. Pointing to

Taman Pertama which is just nearby, I told him I stay there and will go tomy mechanic there for check-up. He kept insisting I dont drive as my brakesare not working and can get an accident. He kept asking me to go down and look at the wheel. I said no and I drove off. Giving this "GoodSamaritan"the benefit of the doubt, I drove home very slowly in case I really cannotbrake the car. 10 min later I arrived at my mechanic shop which is quite near to my house. I ask the mechanic if there is any oil in the wheel, hetouched it and said yes and possible brake oil is leaking. He took it intothe workshop and took out the wheel. Lo and behold, there was no leak, all dry.

There was some oil at the brake pd and at the back of the tyre. Hetook out the driver-side tyre and it was dry too. He told me the onlypossible answer was that someone must have poured oil into my wheel. He washed the tyres and cleaned up the oil and then I went off.I didnt tell the mechanic what had happened earlier but putting 2 and 2together, I think I know what happened.The 2 Indian guys stopped me. While one was talking with me, the other guy

squatting at the wheel must have poured some oil into my wheel, making methink my car's brake oil was leaking and in panic, I might go down andcheck (that's why he kept asking me to go down and see). If I go out of the car to see, the following things can happen:-1. one guy will drive off with my car (hoping in panic I'll leave the carkeys in the car) while the other will ride off in his motorbike.2. they will threaten and rob me (with or without injury)

3. they will say they can repair my car very fast with no hassle andcharge me a bomb.Looking at the crime situation in KL these days, I think either one of thefirst 2 possibilities will happen. Thank God, I was alert and didnt panic.

So for you drivers in KL, please be careful and be alert at all times whiledriving. Dont be so gullible and take all "Good Samaritan" word astrue.If it happens drive to the nearest police station or mechanic workshop.

The worst thing that can happen is to buy 2 brand new tyres (if tyres arekaput) or pay to repair for the damage done to the car. Cheaper than yourlife or your car.So drive carefully. Cheers.Dear Friends - In short don't STOP and proceed to drive home or to the police station. There are no more "Good Samaritan" around (all deadby now)....but thieves and robbers ONLY after your money and life.

Monday, March 16, 2009

What do u think..?

This is from CNN. Do you think companies should use government money/bail out to pay bonuses?

AIG's insistence on bonuses raises ire in Washington

CNN) -- White House officials and some members of Congress reacted strongly Sunday to news that insurance giant AIG had intended to pay out $165 million in bonuses and compensation. The company has received at least $170 billion in federal bailout money.

In a letter to the White House, AIG Chairman Edward Liddy, shown here in December, vows to curb bonuses.

Under pressure from the Treasury, AIG scaled back the bonus plans and pledged to reduce 2009 bonuses -- or "retention payments" -- by at least 30 percent. That did little to temper outrage at the initial plan, however.

In a letter Sunday to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold urged the Obama administration to explore "legal options" to prevent the millions in AIG payouts.

"I write to ask why any bonuses would be legally required, given the company's abysmal performance," says Feingold, D-Wisconsin.

Feingold asked whether the bonuses could be canceled or recouped from recipients, and whether the administration will sue AIG executives for breaching their duties to shareholders

"There are a lot of terrible things that have happened in the last 18 months, but what's happened at AIG is the most outrageous," Lawrence Summers, head of the National Economic Council, told ABC's "This Week."

"What that company did, the way it was not regulated, the way no one was watching, what's proved necessary, it is outrageous."

And on "Fox News Sunday," White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee said Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was "really upset by the news."

"He stepped in and berated them, got them to reduce the bonuses following every legal means he has to do this," Goolsbee said.

In a letter to Geithner, obtained Saturday by CNN, AIG Chairman and CEO Edward Liddy said his company was taking steps to limit compensation in AIG Financial Products -- the British-based unit responsible for issuing the risky credit default swaps that have brought the company to the brink of collapse. The default swaps amount to insurance against losses from bad loans, which have increased dramatically since the U.S. housing boom peaked.

In the letter to Geithner, Liddy said the unit's 25 highest-paid contract employees will reduce their salaries to $1 this year and all other officers in the unit will reduce their salaries by 10 percent. Other "non-cash compensation" will be reduced or eliminated. But he told Geithner that some bonus payments are binding legal obligations of the company, and "there are serious legal, as well as business consequences for not paying."

Rep. Barney Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, told Fox that bailout recipients should have to follow stricter compensation rules, and said Congress should look into whether the bonuses are "legally recoverable."

"We can't just violate legal obligations, I understand that," the Massachusetts Democrat said. "But I do want to find out at what point these legal obligations were incurred. Who said, and at what point, 'We're going to give these bonuses no matter what?' And I do think it's inappropriate for those people to stay in power at that company."

Frank said that if banks complain that the Obama administration has made things too tough, "They can give the money back. We made that easy."

Goolsbee said AIG was following "a policy that's really not sensible, is obviously going to ignite the ire of millions of people."

"We've done exactly what we can do to prevent this kind of thing from happening again," Goolsbee said. Summers told ABC that the administration was taking "every legal step possible to limit those bonuses."

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, told "Fox News Sunday" he believes it's important to know whether the bonuses are actually commission payments for products sold by brokers, saying he would withhold judgment until that is clarified.

However, "I do think that these entities that are receiving government money, our money, I do think they have to play by a different set of rules," Corker said. Hopefully, those different rules will discourage companies from accepting bailout funds, he said.

Liddy, however, makes clear in the letter that he took steps to limit his employees' compensation with trepidation. He said the company will have trouble attracting and retaining "the best and the brightest ... if employees believe that their compensation is subject to continued and arbitrary adjustment by the U.S. Treasury."

AIG lost a record $62 billion in the fourth quarter of 2008. It has more than 74 million insurance policies issued in 130 countries around the world.

Friday, March 6, 2009


Got this from KL Aunty. Never know when one might experience it.

What to do when you are trapped in a lift?

We never know when and where accidents will happen to us OR people around us.
Read on and hope this piece of information may help any of us when things do happen to ourself, our friends and our loved ones.

One day, while in a lift, it suddenly broke down and it was falling from level 13 in a fast speed.
Fortunately, I remembered watching a TV program that taught you must quickly press all the buttons for all the levels.
Finally, the lift stopped at the 5th level.

When you are facing life and death situations, whatever decisions or actions you make decides your survival.
If you are caught in a lift breakdown, first thought in
mind may be 'waiting to die'...

But after reading below, things will definitely be different the next time you are caught in a lift.

First – Quickly press all the different levels of buttons in the lift.

Second – Hold on tight to the handle (if there is any).

Third – Lean your back and head against the wall forming a straight line.

Fourth – Bend your knees

Reason – When the lift falls, you will not know when it will hit the ground, and it may result in whole body bone fracture.

Point 1 – When the emergency electricity supply is being activated, it will stop the lift from falling further.

Point 2 – It is to support your position and prevent you from falling or getting hurt when you lost your balance.

Point 3 – Leaning against the wall is to use it as a support for your back/spine as protection.

Point 4 – Ligament is a flexible, connective tissue. It can be attached to the bone
part of the activities,
but limit the scope of their activities in order to avoid injury.
Thus, the impact of fractured bones will be minimised from the severe pressure during fall.

For everyone, do send out this piece of information to all.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Not sure if it is true or not.

Be warned: Talcum powder can cause cancer!

CAP warns of ovarian cancer risk in talcum powder

GEORGE TOWN: Instead of using talcum powder which poses health risks, consumers should use traditional bedak sejuk (rice talcum), says the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP).

The association made the call following findings in the United States that suggest that women who use talcum powder are 40% more likely to suffer from ovarian cancer.
Women with ovarian cancer used talcum powder on their genitals more frequently than healthy women« S.M. MOHD IDRIS

CAP president S.M. Mohd Idris said bedak sejuk (powder made from rice flour) and powder made from corn flour were good alternatives to talcum powder.
He cited a study from the Harvard Medical School in the United States that found, from a sample of more than 3,000 women, that those using talcum once a week had a 36% higher risk of getting ovarian cancer while those using talcum daily faced a 41% higher risk.

A website that provides medical news,, reported that the study also revealed that the risk was greater still for those with a certain genetic profile.

The study’s lead researcher, Dr Maggie Gates, was also reported as saying that women should avoid using talcum powder in the genital area until more research was done,
Mohd Idris told a press conference yesterday that, despite the dangers associated with talcum powder, there were numerous talcum powder products in the market.
Some of these products were also baby products, he said.

“The majority of talcum products are being produced by well-known players in the industry and consumers buy them as they love the feel of talcum on their skin,” he added.

“Powder is an effective absorbent to help deodorise and imparts a silky touch.”
Mohd Idris said the primary component in talcum powder is magnesium silicate hydroxide, also commonly known as talc, which is the main ingredient in baby, medicated and designer perfumed body powder.

“Talc particles are capable of moving up the reproductive system and being embedded in the ovary lining,” he said.

“Researchers have found talc particles in ovarian tumour and they have also discovered that women with ovarian cancer used talcum powder on their genitals more frequently than healthy women.”

He urged the Health Ministry to place a warning on products containing talc and to stop the marketing of baby powder containing talc.