Saturday, May 31, 2008

Jogging and I

I started jogging more than 20 years ago. Initially when I jogged I ran out of breath very quickly. I could not jog all the way. At the end of the exercise I felt giddy. Now those are the things of the past. I can jog non-stop and I don’t feel anything at all after my jog.

I find jogging extremely beneficial especially when my mind is exhausted after a hard day’s work. It helps me to relax my mind. I jog about two to three times a week in the evening. Near my house there is a rugby field. You can see an Indian temple at the background. It’s a tourist attraction. So I jog along the road surrounding the field for two rounds. It's enough to make me sweat all over.

According to expert jogging increases strength of the legs and lead to improved functioning of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It is also an excellent calorie-burning activity. The other benefit is the satisfaction that you have taken time to do something positive for yourself.

Jogging is only one of the many physical activities that you can do. Choose something you enjoy doing and do it consistently because the health benefits are tremendous. You can refer to my previous posting on “The Benefits of Exercise” dated November 18, 2007.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Sleep and concentration

According to a recent study, there is a direct link between sleep and concentration. When you are tired, you have higher levels of a hormone called cortisol in your system. This causes increased blood pressure and stress and weakens your ability to think. It also affects the immune system.

Every night I always go to sleep more or less at the same time. It’s between 10.30 and 11.30 and seldom after 12.00. I usually have a small cup of coffee (Nescafe 3 in 1) and a very light snack. It doesn’t interfere with my sleep. My routine before I actually go to bed is to have some reading of any materials. After reading for a while, I feel sleepy and I go to sleep like a log (a line from ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ by the Beatles). The next day I wake up between 6.00 and 6.30. I have a glass of water and then I practice a round of Tai Chi for fifteen minutes. I also have a cup of Quaker Instant Oatmeal to absorb and remove unhealthy cholesterol from my body in the morning. Like the study says I have no concentration problems.

I think it’s a good habit to sleep early and when you wake up early you feel fresh and energetic.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

How to be rich and famous

Warren E. Buffett, the richest man in the world, has the following advice for the young ones:

* Do not touch credit cards.
* Always invest in yourself.
* Live a frugal life and live for yourself.
* Do not believe in what others say; decide what is acceptable to you.
* Do not go after branded clothing, just wear something comfortable.
* Don’t waste money, buy only the essential items.
* Be your own master and don’t leave things to others.

According to a newspaper report he depends on his monthly salary and the amount is nothing to shout about. He lives in a normal house and it is nothing lavish. He wears neatly but not branded garments. So, he preaches what he does.

It is good to discipline yourself while you are young. You could be one of the richest people in the world when you are older.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The world of blogging

I joined the blogging fraternity in October 2007. Before that I told myself I wanted to be a blogger and I would write one article a day. Writing diary is my habit and I was thinking to myself that it should not be a problem. I posted my first article on October 24, 2007 in the morning. 24th is an auspicious day for me. As Google is based in The States the posting date was October 23, 2007. Ever since I did the first posting I have been posting consistently one article a day. I remembered I went for a holiday in Guangzhou in February. I did a few posts on draft to cover those days that I was away and I told my son to post one article a day. Unfortunately the posting dates were the dates that I saved as drafts. It was only recently that Google was able to schedule posting date. If you check my blog you will see in February I had 34 articles and in March I had only 26 articles.

I am happy to be a blogger and I am excited to know that there are so many things for me to learn from copying codes to placement of ads and the right ways to write articles to get closer to my readers.

Until then happy blogging-:)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Stamp collecting

During my days in primary school, stamp collecting was my hobby. I would go to the back door of banks and offices to look into their trash bin to search for the envelopes, because all the stamps were there. I collected the envelops and I cut the stamps together with the paper behind. I, then, soaked the stamps together with the paper sticking to them. After a while I could remove the paper easily without damaging the stamps. I had to dry them and when the stamps were ready I would send them to a stamp dealer in Singapore to do a barter trade. I would request for the stamps I like to offset the value of the stamps that I sent. All the stamps that I sent were local stamps and in return I had a substantial collection of foreign stamps without forking out a single cent.

Now stamp collecting has its benefits:

* It is a hobby. In fact it is the king of hobby and the hobby of kings.
* It’s an education tool. During my school days Geography was a piece of cake to me. I knew most of the places around the world. I knew the people, their local products and their livelihood. The knowledge gained was through my stamp collection.
* It’s an investment. The rarer the stamp the more valuable it is.

Now I still have my stamp collection but I can’t devote my time to it anymore.
I spend most of my free time blogging.
(Picture: Stamps of Sarawak issued in 1955)

Monday, May 26, 2008

Good habits in the office pay off

I always have a bottle of water next to me in the office and I drink it throughout the working hours. Next, I take my lunch at home at the same time every day. I just leave the work behind and in between I don’t take anything except a quick tea break in the afternoon. I am glad that I have been doing the right things as far as health is concerned.

According to Pang Wai Ling, a dietitian at National Heart Institute and a member of Malaysian Dietitians’ Association, she points out the following:

* Drinking water sufficiently throughout the day will provide you with the hydration you need and also make you feel fuller.
* When you are eating and focusing your attention on another activity, you will miss out the taste and texture of the food. So don’t eat in front of your computer.
* When you eat in a hurry you will suffer indigestion and heartburn. Eating hastily also leads to overeating. It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to recognize the signal from the stomach that it is actually full.
* Snacks are always available in the office and if you cannot avoid the temptation you will add up extra calories
* The frequency of eating outside is associated with body fat and body mass index. The fact is that outside food is high in sodium and fat and low in fibre.

When you are feeling down and inert may be you should just change your eating habits.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

At the end of each working day

This is my habit when my working day comes to an end. I will:

*Tidy my desk before I leave my work place.
I don’t want a messy desk to greet me and turn me down the next day. I want to start the day by actually working and not arranging things.
*Evaluate my day. I want to find out whether I have done the most important things listed in my to-do list. I am also interested to know what kind of a day it is. (No time wasted? no interruption?). Can I do more in less time without sacrificing the quality of my work?
*Get ready my to-do list for next day. When I arrive at the office in the following day I can start to tackle the day’s work without wasting any time

It is also a good idea to cross out an item in your to-do-list as soon as it is done. It gives you a sense of accomplishment. I always do.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Education and character building

This is the current trend. From the headmaster to the teachers and from the teachers to the students the emphasis is on academic excellence. According to Mahatma Gandhi, “Education is the process of training and developing knowledge, skills, mind and character”. School is the place to mould one’s character by training and disciplining the mind. It is also the place to instill moral values such as humility, honesty, empathy and truthfulness. It is sad to say that even the basic value of politeness is missing among some of our students. Things like “Thank you”, “Yes, please” and ‘I am sorry” do not come out of their mouths often enough.

Your character is formed by your daily habits in bits and pieces. Cultivate good habits while you are young. A person with good character will have an edge over others in the job market.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Earthquake surviving tips

I have just received the following e-mail from Singapore. It is crucial to circulate freely especially to those living in earthquake-prone areas:

My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI), the world's most experienced rescue team. The information in this article will save lives in an earthquake.I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with rescue teams from 60 countries, founded rescue teams in several countries, and I am a member of many rescue teams from many countries. I was the United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation (UNX051 -UNIENET) for two years. I have worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985, except for simultaneous disasters.In 1996 we made a film which proved my survival methodology to be correct.The Turkish Federal Government, City of Istanbul, University of Istanbul,Case Productions and ARTI cooperated to film this practical, scientific test.We collapsed a school and a home with 20 mannequins inside. Ten mannequins did "duck and cover," and ten mannequins I used in my "triangle of life"survival method. After the simulated earthquake collapse we crawled through the rubble and entered the building to film and document the results.The film, in which I practiced my survival techniques under directly observable, scientific conditions, relevant to building collapse, showed there would have been zero percent survival for those doing duck and cover.There would likely have been 100 % survivability for people using my method of the "triangle of life." This film has been seen by millions of viewers on television in Turkey and the rest of Europe, and it was seen in the USA,Canada and Latin America on the TV program Real TV.The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in Mexico City during the 1985 earthquake. Every child was under their desk. Every child was crushed to the thickness of their bones. They could have survived by lying down next to their desks in the aisles. It was obscene, unnecessary and I wondered why the children were not in the aisles. I didn't at the time know that the children were told to hide under something.Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a space or void next to them. This space is what I call the "triangle of life".The larger the object, the stronger, the less it will compact. The less the object compacts, the larger the void, the greater the probability that the person who is using this void for safety will not be injured.The next time you watch collapsed buildings, on television, count the"triangles" you see formed. They are everywhere. It is the most common shape, you will see, in a collapsed building. They are everywhere. I trained the Fire Department of Trujillo (population 750,000) in how to survive, take care of their families, and to rescue others in earthquakes.The chief of rescue in the Trujillo Fire Department is a professor at Trujillo University. He accompanied me everywhere. He gave personal testimony: "My name is Roberto Rosales. I am Chief of Rescue in Trujillo.When I was 11 years old, I was trapped inside of a collapsed building. My entrapment occurred during the earthquake of 1972 that killed 70,000people. I survived in the "triangle of life" that existed next to my brother's motorcycle. My friends who got under the bed and under desks were crushed to death [he gives more details, names, addresses etc.]...I am the living example of the "triangle of life".My dead friends are the example of "duck and cover".

Tips from Doug Copp:

1) Everyone who simply "ducks and covers" WHEN BUILDINGS COLLAPSE is crushed to death -- Every time, without exception. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are always crushed.
2) Cats, dogs and babies all naturally often curl up in the fetal position.You should too in an earthquake. It is a natural safety/survival instinct.You can survive in a smaller void. Get next to an object, next to a sofa,next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a void next to it.
3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in during an earthquake. The reason is simple: the wood is flexible and moves with the force of the earthquake. If the wooden building does collapse, large survival voids are created. Also, the wooden building has less concentrated, crushing weight. Brick buildings will break into individual bricks. Bricks will cause many injuries but less squashed bodies than concrete slabs.
4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed.
5) If an earthquake happens while you are watching television and you cannot easily escape by getting out the door or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next to a sofa, or large chair.
6) Everybody who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is killed.How? If you stand under a doorway and the door jam falls forward or backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. If the door jam falls sideways you will be cut in half by the doorway. In either case, you will be killed!
7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different "moment of frequency" (they swing separately from the main part of the building).The stairs and remainder of the building continuously bump into each other until structural failure of the stairs takes place. The people who get on stairs before they fail are chopped up by the stair treads - horribly mutilated. Even if the building doesn't collapse, stay away from the stairs. The stairs are a likely part of the building to be damaged. Even if the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake, they may collapse later when overloaded by fleeing people. They should always be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is not damaged.
8) Get Near the Outer Walls Of Buildings Or Outside Of Them If Possible.It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather than the interior. The farther inside you are from the outside perimeter of the building the greater the probability that your escape route will be blocked.
9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed when the road above falls in an earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is exactly what happened with the slabs between the decks of the Nimitz Freeway. The victims of the San Francisco earthquake all stayed inside of their vehicles. They were all killed. They could have easily survived by getting out and sitting or lying next to their vehicles, says the author. Everyone killed would have survived if they had been able to get out of their cars and sit or lie next to them. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next to them,except for the cars that had columns fall directly across them.
10) I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed newspaper offices and other offices with a lot of paper, that paper does not compact. Large voids are found surrounding stacks of paper.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

God Bless the people of China

God is testing the resolve and will-power of the Chinese people. Initially it was the Tibetan issue. The Chinese government tried to deal with it as quickly as possible in a diplomatic manner. The next issue was the collusion of two passengers’ trains in Shandong province. It was then followed by the Olympic Torch Relay that went round the world. Pro-Tibetan groups were trying to sabotage the event. As if these were not enough the people were further punished by a major earthquake of 7.9 magnitude (revised to 8) in Sichuan. The catastrophic losses are far too much for China to bear.

I pray for those who had departed to rest in peace and for God to give strength and determination to those who survived to start a new life again. The countdown to the Olympic Games has already started. It is an event which will bring glory to China and its people. I pray for the successful hosting of the Olympic Games (without violence and disturbance) notwithstanding sufferings.

God bless China.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Are you prepared?

There is a saying: Luck is what happens when opportunity meets preparation.
First of all, school is the place where you start building a strong foundation. With a good grounding, you prepare yourself for the next step by studying for the subject that you are interested in. While you are doing that the crucial thing is to polish your language skills. It is not enough to be good at one language especially in Malaysia. Look at the politicians, they speak fluently in English, Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia. If you want to be competitive you have to master three languages.

When you are prepared you are ready to grab any opportunity that comes your way .You will have no regret.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Take naps to boost your memory

I enjoy my Sunday afternoon nap very much. In fact it is a pastime for me. The nap can take less than an hour or more than one hour without being interrupted. It does not interfere with my eight-hour sleep at night. Now there are more reasons for you to take naps. According to the brain researcher, Avi Karni of the University of Haifa in Israel, who instructed participants to learn a complex thumb-tapping sequence, then split the study subjects into two groups; one that napped for an hour, and one that didn’t. Those who took an afternoon snooze showed substantial improvement in their performance by that evening. After a night’s sleep the two groups were at the same level, but the groups that slept in the afternoon improved much faster than the group that stayed awake. Further study showed just how much faster a 90-minute nap could help lock in long-term memories.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Research and article writing

When I write an article I will make it a point to check the validity of the facts. This is to make sure that the facts are accurate. They are not out-of-date and are relevance.

Here are the sources of my research:

The Internet: The fastest way to locate an item. I always go to Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia for reference. The amount of information there is beyond your imagination.

The public library: You will be able to locate books, magazine and newspapers relating to your subject.

Books: I have a small collection of books and I always refer to them for ideas.

Newspapers and magazines: I read the newspapers in Chinese and English daily. I subscribe to Forbes Asia and I read Personal Money. The latest happenings are all there for you to peruse.

Dictionary: I use the Longman’s Dictionary of Contemporary English to ascertain the right words to use.

Other minor sources are TV news, videos and DVDs. I also ask around to get feedback from other people on certain topics.

Friday, May 16, 2008

How to share the household chores with your children

Arrange a meeting with your children .Tell them that the house needs to be regularly maintained in order to be speck and spank. Get ready a list of things to do to look after the cleanliness and tidiness of the house. Solicit for ideas from your children. When the duties are agreed upon and allocated fairly among the children you are to set the rules for non-compliance. The penalties could be forfeiture of pocket money, no more TV time and the like. Lastly, you have to monitor the children closely. When work is done remember to praise them and when it is not, enforce the punishment.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The shortcomings of Singapore drivers

Referring to a recent report in the newspaper, it says that 60 Singaporeans are killed along the north-south highway over the last 14 years.

The problems faced by the Singaporean drivers, according to expert, are:

*The side wing along the highway can cause a car to swerve to one side. The sign as shown in the picture above is to warn you about the side wing.
*75% of the way to Kuala Lumpur is along straight road. The journey will be monotonous for the drivers. Loss of concentration and sleepiness are the end results.
*In Singapore you don’t have a chance to drive above 100 km per hour. Here, you are driving up to 110 km per hour; your judgment may be impaired.
*Singapore drivers don’t look at the rear mirror often enough. They are unable to judge the speed of the car behind.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Shop at Carrefour with UOB card

Carrefour opened its door in Kuantan recently. I was among the first customers who patronized the outlet when it opened. When I was there I was approached by a UOB representative to apply for their card. To my pleasant surprise, I discovered that the card had a host of benefits for card holders while shopping at Carrefour. Here’s how you can stretch your ringgit further at Carrefour with your UOB card:

*Buy their offer items at much lower than normal prices from time to time as advertised in newspapers and flyers.
*Buy their house brand goods at lower prices than other brands.
*Pay at the counter with your UOB card to get 4% cash rebates.
*At the same time swipe your Mesra card to accumulate points for redemption of merchandise.
*You can also use the UOB card to get cash rebates at many outlets such as BHPetrol, GSC and Sushi King. In addition you can get cash rebates by paying your utility bill via UOB PayOnline. The best part is that the card is free.

I have just received my UOB platinum card. See you at Carrefour.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

When you are in Kuantan

The school holidays are around the corner again. If you happen to visit Kuantan do not forget to buy some famous salted fish for your loved ones at home. There is a shop on Jalan Besar, it’s on the left side of the street when you get out of town. Mega View Hotel is just behind this shop. The shop is packed with salted fish, fish crackers, prawn crackers, dried squibs, dried shrimps, dried prawns, dried fish fillet, dried cuttlefish, dried seaweed, scallops, dried anchovies (ikan bilis), shark’s fins and many more. When you are in the shop the friendly shopper will help you to do the selection.

My favourite food is the fish crackers. Whenever I visit my relatives out of town I always buy a few packets for them. According to them the fish crackers are yummy.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Ways to detoxify your soul

Here are a few ways that you can purify your soul:

*Spend five minutes every day using your favourite quotes to encourage, motivate and remind yourself to do better.
*Before you go to sleep at night plan the day ahead of you. By doing this you will do your best the next day without undue pressure.
*Do a good deed every day. You will also uplift your mood.
*Every day spend a little time to pray for those who have helped you and you also pray for the people around you. Pray for their health and their well-being.
*Compile a list of quotes that can fortify your soul. Read them every now and then to defend your soul from toxin.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

How to prevent car-jacking

The Automobile Association of Malaysia offers some useful tips:

* Wear your seat belt: It's not only for your own safety, but it is also a deterrent to car-jacking. A carjacker cannot get you out of your seat easily when you are wearing your seat belt.
* Room to maneuver: When you stop in traffic make sure that you are able to see the tyres of the car in front of you. This will allow you to move away easily.
* Lock your car doors: When you are in your car lock your doors immediately.
* Someone appears at the side of your car unexpectedly: Do not open the door or roll down the window especially at night. It he tells you that there is something wrong with your car, don't get down but thank him and drive away.
* Before you enter your car: Look around especially at parking lots to check if there is any suspicious figure around.
* While you are about to get into your car someone approaches you: Move away from your car. Come back when the coast is clear.
* When someone is carrying a gun : Do the sensible thing - give up the car.

Friday, May 9, 2008

The voters, the candidates and the government

The voters vote for the candidates whom they think are able to serve the people well and the chosen candidates form the government to look after the interest of the people. It goes on fine for quite a while. However, in the recent election in Malaysia the government received a rude awakening. The candidates did not receive the usual support from the voters. As reported in the mass media, one of the factors is that complacency sets in after running the government for so long. They don't listen well enough to the people any more. They don't deliver what they have promised. The rising cost of everyday items hurts the common people very much. The crime rate, the judiciary and the issue of transparency worry the people a lot. On the other hand, there is a new generation of voters. Their perspective, their ideology, their way of thinking and their lifestyle are different from the older generation.

The power of the chosen candidates who form the government is in the hands of the voters.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The "killing" factors on the road

In a recent issue of "Drive" published by the Automobile Association of Malaysia, it cited eight reasons for road traffic accidents:

  1. Insufficient concentration: A driver may be distracted by a passenger or a mobile phone call. You need 100% concentration on the situation ahead of you to be in full control.
  2. Sleep: One of the major causes of accidents is due to sleepy drivers.
  3. Errors of judgment: Some of the errors are moving too fast into a bend, unsafe overtaking, too fast in fog, gap not large enough for vehicle, gap in traffic closed before arrival, failure to leave a ' time to react' space and exceeding safe speed.
  4. Errors of observation: Drivers in this case usually look but do not see.
  5. Dangerous attitude: Driving with no regard to other road users or vehicles such as beating the red light, older drivers with poor eyesight, younger drivers fail to do essential tyre and brake maintenance and road hog forcing other vehicles to brake or swerve.
  6. Mechanical failure: Owners fail to do regular maintenance.
  7. Inexperienced drivers: One of them is that he normally does not drive but do so when the road is congested, in a vehicle he doesn't get used to.
  8. Unexpected loss of control.
  9. Tailgating

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The three ways to make money

According to Mr.Lee, a writer who is an expert in share investing tells the following story:

Generally speaking, there are three methods that you can have earnings:

1. Use you hands - the hardest way to make money.
2. Use your brain- when you use your brain, you are one above the rest.
3. Use money to make money.
Firstly, in order to use money to make money, you need capital . Next, you must equip yourself with the necessary knowledge. The stock exchange is the place to use your capital and knowledge to make money.
Personally I would add the following:
Earn passive income by writing regularly articles of interest on your blog.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The characteristics of a good worker

The characteristics of a good worker

Employers are looking for people who are endowed with the following virtues:

Humility - When you are praised often by your boss, you behave your usual self without a display of boastfulness.

Trust - When you commit yourself you go all the way to complete the task as promised.

Courage - The stamina to face problems squarely and overcome them until you see success.

Resourcefulness - The ability to initiate action in this ever changing environment.

Honesty - The guts to tell the truth.

Related article:The Characteristics of a Good Worker - 8 Virtues

Sunday, May 4, 2008

The things that happy people do

According to a study conducted by the Explorandum Research Institute, happy people like to spend most of the time with their partner, friends and family. They enjoy the sunshine and a kiss from a loved one makes them happy. On the other hand unhappy people spend most of their time playing computer games, surfing the Internet and watching television.

German psychologist Eva Wlodarek, who does research in happiness factors, confirms the results of the study. In addition she offers the following tips:

  • Think positive thoughts
  • Take initiative to make friend with others,
  • Be appreciative of the things that you have.
  • Regular exercise will give you a feeling of well-being.
  • Don't be jealous and envious of others. Just think that you are better off than many other people.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

When the examination results are out

As parents you should support your child all the way without being influenced by his results. Go along with him to the school to collect the result slip and do not pass comments even though the results are not satisfactory. There is a will there is a way. You should respect your child's interest in respect of his choice for further education. Assist him to decide the best course of action but do not apply pressure on him

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Keeping a pet and your child

According to child psychologists, children love animals because they are small and helpless. Children feel proud when they can take care of them. This is the foundation to develop their self-esteem and responsibilities. Whenever they feed the small animals, they develop a caring attitude towards the weaker ones. Allow your child to keep that rabbit if he wants to.
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