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Friday, May 11, 2007
Save the Earth

The weather is getting very harsh these days,
The ray of the Sun is really burning the skin,
The heat is getting more and more unbearable,
Drought and heatwave are creating havoc for many,
Water catchment drying up, Snowy mountain and Ice-berg melting,
Living organism, animals and creatures habitats are destroyed,
The forest, trees, plants and shrubs are disappearing,
The sea level will be rising and flooding our civilisation.
Many many more scenerio can be thought of and will happen.

All because of us - human.
We are destroying the land, the Planet Earth that we live on.
We want to advance in term of civilisation but at the expense of the Earth.
Can we not at the expense of the Earth but still advance?

Let us all just do a little a day to Save The Earth.
Reduce the wastage of energy and resources,
Reuse the resources that we have,
Recycle the waste that we dump everyday.
Be clean and green about the environment.
In that way only can we start to see a change in our weather.
My appeal to all human being on this mother Earth.

I have started to do my little everyday for a long time,
but have told myself to do more these days.
Shop at the supermarket with my own carrier bags these days.
For I buy all that I would need and fill the bag that I have.
That has also force me to stop buying unnecessary foods and stuffs
which would go to waste and rot due to overbuying.
I reuse the bag and recycle the container as much as I could etc.
That has help to save on the resources we have.
If the supermarket can also reciprocate those that help to save the earth
by giving a small token of appreciation in a rebate or small discount.
I would forsee more people will start the drive by reduce, reuse and recycle.
One hand will not clap - it needs both hands to clap.
So the commercial world don't just think about only making $$$$$$$.
By starting this little campaign will not only save them $$$$$$
on expenditure on the materials.
At the same time it will bring in the crowd more often.
Like I used to do my groceries once a week or even once a month.
Now I do it like twice a week to get the things I needed often.
Isn't it a WIN-WIN situation for all?

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Thursday, April 19, 2007
Under the sea...

Hi friends and readers.....
It's been a long long time since I last update.
For I have been on land for too long now.
So I will disappear for the next three days to go under the sea.
As you would have guess so....

I am going DIVING.
Just need that sea-water to revive me....Wink
It's been a long time that I last dive.
Long for the peaceful moment down under the sea.
Swim with the fishes, feel the streamline of the current flow...
Have to have that before the unwelcoming shift patterns.

It's been told that the new shift pattern will start 28th May.
Well just have to review it to see if I can cope with the changes.
Working till 0115 hrs is really really making me a very unhappy guy.
Anyway shall see...

Meantime just enjoy my DIVE........
Will update again once back from the trip.

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Saturday, February 17, 2007
Gong Xi Fa Cai (恭喜发财)

Wishing all a Happy and Prosperous Lunar New Year.
Gong Xi Fa Cai  (恭喜发财).

Have not been blogging for a while.
This will be a 1st update for this year.
Been rather busy and tight scheduled over the last year.
With the few days of the Lunar New Year,
Been able to get away for these few days.
It's a pleasure to have a good rest
before another busy year ahead.

Over the last two over months been doing spring cleaning
and coping with the heavy workload.
It had really worn me out.
But the result of doing spring cleaning earlier had
in fact given me the satisfaction and great feeling this year.
No more last minute spring cleaning.
Which had me completely drain out almost every year.
As there were too much to do but too little a time to spend.
Have relocated all my furnishing and am pretty happy
with the new arrangement.
Also I have tried my hand on renewing some paint work.
Below are some pictures of new layout for my home sweet home.

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This year I have also bought myself a present - an oven.
It is something that I have long to have but never invested in.
So with the new simple oven I have tried my hand in baking.
Especially so for this Lunar New Year.
Pineapple Tart - my favorite goodies.
Although it is still not up to standard but at least it's edible.
Not bad for a first try without any baking experience.
Will continue to try and come out with more goodies.
This is the end result of my product.

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There are so many things that I would want to achieve for 2007.
But I will focus on the many few that will be achievable first.
As I know my time is running shorter and shorter before retirement.
Hence I have to achieve more than I have planned for.
Else I will not be able to achieve my targets.

At work there will be a big wave of changes coming this April.
Shift hours will be changed, working partners will be changed,
Corporate culture is changing, workload is changing,
workers attitude are changing, peers and subordinates feeling are changing.......
All I can feel is the mount of hurdles ahead of me.
I know many of that aren't in my courtyard but still I have to face it.
"Just do it" like NIKE does.
Hoping that the change in shift hours will not affect my health much.
As the working hours and shift pattern is a little of concern to me.
Having the biological clock switch like a toggle switch is no joke to health.
But the company is just too adamant on the shift pattern without any
ground of negotiation.
Even though a more logical counter proposal had been presented.
Anyway I will try to adapt but if things don't work out then it will be bye-bye.
I would want my health and not sacrificing my health.
Health is all I have for once so it's more important than having a job anytime.
Maybe that's the Kiasi attitude that I have adapted over the years...Smile
Having travelled so much and seen so much.
I think that's not so much about Kiasi (afraid to die) but about the value of life.
Have witness my mum's death, have seen the people elsewhere appreciating
the value of life even though they have nothing.
We all can still live happily with the minimum comfort.
It's all in us that drive us nuts about the value of life - Kiasu.
Not stating the fact that kiasu (afraid to loose out) isn't good but to an extent.

Health will be a top priority in my 2007 schedule.
Have just joined a club to get myself to keep fit and stay healthy.
It will be within a throw of where I am staying.
Probably that's a motivation and morale booster for me to workout.
As I have the problem of perspiring profusely after working out.
Hence, the trouble of taking public tansport around with that sweaty "aroma".
It not just yaks others but making me uncomfortable too.
Keeping my finger cross that I can keep to my schedule and not affected
by other happening.
For I know - everytime I am very serious about doing something - there
bound to have something happen and prevent me from doing it.

Also stated in The Year of the Golden Pig horoscope -
Have cross path with Tai Sui - so must appease Tai Sui this year.
Health will be a top priority for me.
Work will be a little eventful this year.
Financially will be on the rock if not careful with spending and investment.
Socially will have misunderstanding among friends.
Hence, will maintain a low profile for The Year of the Golden Pig.

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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Oh no! I have finally work myself so hard that I'm sick now.
Been a week now that I've been coughing badly.
Seen a doctor but still didn't get it cure.
Have tried all kinda herb and medicine but it doesn't seem to improve.
Worst of all the cough mixture made me feel even more lousy.

Look like I have to take a break from work.
Much as I would love to....
But the meagre manpower currently I have and
the mountain high workload is drowning me over the head.

Don't even dare to think of the yet to confirm new shift.
It's been rumours that it would be three shifts, while others
say that it would be work two rest two......etc.
So many versions of it.
The manpower will be definitely leaner than before.
Working pace will be even more hectic.

Anyway I'll see how it will turn out next year.
If things are worst than what I would expect
Then I'll have to have myself prepared.
It seem like the lifespan in a company is getting shorter.
However, if the situation isn't as bad then I might stay a little longer.

Well....just gonna laze for a few days.
Get away from this mundane issues and get well soon.

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

It's the fourth week now.
Four weeks....
I have been working non-stop for four weeks.
Am I testing my endurance or trying my limit?
None of the option....

Just trying to clear as much work as possible.
As December will be approaching...
Many colleagues will be going on vacation.
As I have used up all my vacation leave.
So this year I have to stay back to face the work.
Hence, trying to clear as much as possible.
Hopefully as December approaches
there isn't as much to do so it will not weigh me down.
With the limited manpower and resources currently,
trying my luck to push the work over the mountain.
In order not to get accumulated over to next month.

I am really really very exhausted.
But will push on to have a easy life over next month.
Gamba de.

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Sunday, November 05, 2006
Her Final Words

Just heard a "story" earlier on that gets my adrenalin going.
Felt the urge to pen down this story before my memories fade.
What I am going to write shortly may sound absurb or rubbish to many.
As what I would be typing shortly I believe she's here around me to witness it.
But I do believe the story....

I had a dream of mum a few days ago.
Much as I would wanna know her well being.
But she just seem so distance away.
Manage to get near her and held her by her arm.
She's just so cold and can't get to see her face.
No matter how hard I tried she just won't turn around.
By the feel from her arm I can sense she has suffered.

My mobile rang and I got awaken by it.
Then for the next few days I tried getting into the dream.
But I just don't get to see her anymore.
My heart just felt uneasy for the past few days.

Today my heart just simply felt very easy and peaceful.
Just cannot explain why?
After work went to dad's place for dinner.
Upon arriving met Big Bro in the Living Room.
Sat down to chat with him.
While chatting he mentioned something about mum.....
Which got me excited to hear more of it.
And he starts relating the whole story.

Big Bro had just came back from a business trip to Thailand.
While on his trip as usual he would go to the temple to pray.
When he was at the temple to sought the blessing.
Suddenly the medium spoke some language that's not undertandable to himself.
As Big Bro can converse in Thai so he tried to ask what had happened.
Finally, he make up those words were actually in Teochew.
Translating to be "Need your assistance".
On asking the medium who needs assistance?

The medium said to Big Bro,
"Do you know there's a soul had been following you all the way from home?"
Big Bro got a shock and silence for a moment.
Big Bro then asked,
"Where is the soul now? Who is the soul?"
Medium: "The soul is just standing at the doorway with two others and is a lady."
In order to testify....Big Bro asked alot about the soul in order to confirm the identity.
After asking many questions the picture get pretty much clearer.....

Big Bro:"How does the soul look like?"
Medium:"She sports short length hair, wearing a grey coloured cheongsam, holding a string of beads chanting but feeling very uncomfortable...."

Big Bro:"Can you ask her to speak my language so that I can understand her?"
Medium:"Yes, she will speak your language."

Big Bro continued to ask, "What can I do for the soul?"
Medium:"The soul had came all the way to sought the help of me to ask you for a favour...."
Big Bro:"What is it that she need from me?"
Medium:"She said she had been suffering and burning......"
Big Bro:"Why are you suffering and burning?"
Medium:"Because my tablet had been placed in the wrong position."
Big Bro:"Why is it so?"
Medium:"Because I have yet to attain the level of The Way so shouldn't be position at that same level. Hence, I am punished for that."
Big Bro:"So how can I help?"
Medium:"Do set me a proper place and I will be glad and thankful....I need to go now."
The medium just release himself from the trance and back to his normal self.

The encounter just puzzle Big Bro as much.
Not gonna to lose this opportunity to get connected to understand more.
Big Bro decided to go back again on the next day.

On the second day,
Big Bro:"Teacher, can you please get connected with the soul again?"
Medium:"I'll try....."
The medium continue to chant and pray to connect....
Medium:"I am here. What is it that you want to know more?"
Big Bro:"Do you remember what had happened to you?"
Medium:"I had a lowly death...."
Big Bro:"Why is it so?"
Medium:"Let bygone be bygone...Do not rake up the past. Let's move forward. Do not be sad for me anymore. Whatever the family had sent (burnt) to me I had received them all and have enough of them. Do not send me anymore."
Big Bro:"OK....So how have you been feeling?"
Medium:"I'll be very relief if you can do what I had asked of you. Currently, I am very good and no more of the sore or pain on my knee anymore. I'm perfectly alright."
Big Bro:"So do you have anymore things to ask of me?"
Medium:"I have been practicing The Way and have been enlightened. So I am waiting for my time and chance to be reincarnated once all is done. Since I'll be achieving my enlightment so please do not offer me any more meat as offering."
Big Bro:"I'll remember that and will fulfill your wish..............................................."

The conversation continues...............
The medium came back to normal.
Big Bro:"How does she look today?"
Medium:"She's looking perfectly very much better than yesterday upon knowing her wish will be fulfilled. And she's on her way to enlightenment."
Big Bro:"How had she been living along all this time?"
Medium:"She's been very lucky. The rituals, prayers and scriptures that you all had done/sent for her had helped her to escalate her enlightenment pretty fast. That's very good for her as she had suffered less in the nether world......................"

The end of story.

Absurb or rubbish to many as it may sound.
I chose to believe the story.
And knowing that this could be the final word from her.
Mum....I believe you are around me right now.
Rest assure that I will not shed another tears on your advice of your final words.
I'll make sure you have a happy journey for your enlightenment and reincarnation.
I'll love you always and continue to pray for you.

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Saturday, September 30, 2006
Mysterious Tibet - People Series 2 (Adult)

Every place that I travelled. The faces, the smile, and the behaviour of the local people plays an important part in my trip. As they gave me a memorable trip everytime I look through my photo. The beautiful or sad encounter that they had left me with. Adults are the people that we interact most when we travel. Hence, the way they express themselve does tell us alot about their way of life, culture etc. So taking the opportunity to understand them more by capturing them on prints through communicating with them.

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Thursday, September 28, 2006
Mysterious Tibet - People Series 1 (Children)

Every place that I travelled.
The faces, the smile,  and the behaviour of the local people
play an important part in my trip.
As they gave me a memorable trip everytime I look through my photo.
The beautiful or sad encounter that they had left me with.
Children are the most innocent and
they are the one who could tell you alot of stories on their facial expression.
So I like to capture their expression most of the time.
The most difficult and most challenging to do so.

So sit back and relax.
Enjoy the next series of my video clips on -
Mysterious Tibet - People Series 1 (Children).

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Thursday, September 21, 2006
Mysterious Tibet - Nature Series

After hearing and receiving many comments and feedbacks on the trial video clip.
Many of the feedbacks and comments are:
1) not focus
2) disorganise in term of themes
3) transistion speed is too long for some pictures
4) repetition
5) background music or song does not blend with pictures
6) distracting effects

These are the major comments & feedbacks that I have single out.
Have work on all the comments to improve on this next video clip.
Believe this has been improved very much as compared to the trail video clip.
For the coming next few updates - the video clips will be divided into different themes to be more focus and organise. Do come back for more updates on the different series.

This very first series will be :-
Mysterious Tibet - Nature Series
Tibet is such a beauty in many ways.
Especially the picturesque natural beauty of its nature.
No matter at which corners or at what angles.
One can easily capture the most beautiful picture.
And this picture just mysteriously stand out and comes alive.
So go on to imagine & admire the nature of Tibet.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Video Clips of Mysterious Tibet

Finally, I have completed a short video clips of my trip the holy land of mysterious Tibet.
It has yet to cover the whole trip but a kaleidoscope of the things that I seen it through my eyes.
May not be the best but have tried my best to make it the best for all of you viewers.
Hopefully you will enjoy the clips....
If you want more of it then it will be the next update.
Below will be the link to the video clips.
Please be patient as its an about 5 minutes clips.
When downloading it could take a while.
Thanks and enjoy your virtual journey.

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