Sunday, October 25, 2009
I like all sorts of species of durians and from all places. I like the durians from Segamat and Gelang Patah in Johor. I like the durians from Thailand. But most of all, I like the durians in Sarawak, especially those from Serian and Bau. Mmmmph mmmmph ... they are finger licking good :)
For anyone who has not tried the durians from Sarawak before, you have no idea what you are missing.
That's right ... Sarawak durians are indeed the king among the king of fruits ... hehe :)
Btw, durian is just the right kind of nutritious fruit I need at the moment to help me build up my strength and stamina, after the recent ordeal (life and death situation) I have been through. Let's, see ... I have eaten these delicious durians almost 15 times in the last 1 month since I was discharged from the hospital :)
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Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Congratulations to BARACK OBAMA for Winning The 2008 Presidential Election of the United States of America
I predict that Senator BARACK OBAMA, the DEMOCRATIC PARTY presidential nominee (who is a junior United States Senator from Illinois), will definitely win the "2008 United States Presidential Election" and would like to be among the first to congratulate him for becoming the next president of the United States of America (USA). Why? Because as most people could see, President Obama will surely be the most likely person to bring about true change to the United States of America and definitely the whole world as well. With Barack Obama elected as the president of the U.S. of America, President Obama will actually be surrounded with and in constant consultation with the best brains of the nation (and of course worldwide too) to bring about true change to the politics, administration and especially economy of the country and to completely revitalise the White House like never before.
President Barack Obama has created history by becoming the first "black" (African American) president of the United States of America. It has once again proven that only in a country like the United States of America that "everyone" truly has equal freedom and opportunity to achieve the best they could with their abilities and hard work and of course, to achieve the "American dream". President Obama has given hope to millions all over the world with his determination to overcome all obstacles and challenges in order to lead his nation with true quality smart administration and wise leadership.
President Obama, Sir, congratulations for becoming the next president of the United States of America! Show the citizens of the United States of America and the people of the world who have supported you that they have made the right choice. Prove to everyone that you will become and will always be one of the smartest and wisest presidents the United States of America ever has. CHEERS!!! :)
I would like to congratulate Senator Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (the DEMOCRATIC PARTY vice presidential nominee who is a senior United States Senator from Delaware) too, for winning the 2008 Presidential Election of the United States of America together with Barack Obama and becoming the new Vice President of the United States of America. Congratulations, Sir! :)
As for the REPUBLICAN PARTY presidential nominee for the 2008 Presidential Election for the United States of America, Senator John Sidney McCain III (a senior United States Senator from Arizona), please don't be disheartened. You are a war hero and your country and fellow citizens will never forget the sacrifices you have made for them. You don't have to be the president of the United States of America to continue serving your country. Keep up the good work and all the best :)
At the same time, for the REPUBLICAN PARTY vice presidential nominee for the 2008 United States Presidential Election, Governor Sarah Louise Heath Palin (the governor of the state of Alaska of the United States of America), I would like to say that, Mdm, you have had your moments. Lose with dignity and learn from it. Return to Alaska being wiser and prove to the people there and the whole United States of America why you deserve even to be elected Alaska's governor in the first place. Lead the state of Alaska with renewed conviction and especially with true dignity and substance. You could have made many women of the United States of America (and probably the whole world) proud and of course many men too, but in the end, many of your "supporters" have ended up kicking themselves. You know why? It is because "ignorance" and "arrogance" are not very good combinations. Do not tempt fate. You know you have been lucky and should not have taken it for granted. Learn to be humble and to actually work hard for the people who have believed and had faith in you. Work harder, smarter and be humble. Remember: God is always fair and He is watching you ... as always. All the best, Mdm.
CONGRATULATIONS to President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden and to the people of the United States of America. All the best and keep up the good work.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I don't normally celebrate my birthdays but for today, I actually celebrated it with my mom and other family members and loved ones in Singapore. Just a simple and small gathering. Hehe ... a small cake, and some nice Singapore vegetarian delicacies too. :)
It was really nice to have such a simple celebration of my 40th birthday :)
Btw, I had a pleasant surprise when I was leaving Singapore. The ICA (Immigration & Checkpoints Authority) officer behind the counter (at the Singapore Customs & Immigration checkpoint at Woodlands) who checked and stamped my passport realised that it was my birthday and actually wished me a "happy birthday". Hehe ... that was sweet of him :)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
You know, one thing I really like about Kuching is the rain. Yep, as someone from Johor Bahru in West Malaysia that has less rain, somehow I like the climate and weather in East Malaysia so much more. I feel that over here in Borneo, it is cooler and I like cool environments :)
Monday, September 08, 2008
Any blog post done before 5th September 2008, are from the previous JustNice.Org blogs on the original site using WordPress.
Any blog postings after 5th September 2008, will be new posts added after the "move" to JustNiceOrg.BlogSpot.Com :)
Thank you. :)
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Yep, and this time around, I am determined about moving the JustNice.Org Blog to Han-Yi.BlogSpot.Com (permanently) as I am running out of patience after 4 long years of problems with versions 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 of my JustNice.Org Blog using WordPress. I give up. It will be BlogSpot from now on :)
Frankly, I kind of like WordPress, but somehow there are too many problems that I cannot control. Hehe, since started blogging back in 2004, I have already set-up and then abandon 3 of my WordPress blogs on JustNice.Org (Ver 1.0, Ver 2.0 & Ver 3.0). The first 2 blogs were “abandoned” due to very serious comments spamming problem.
Eventually, in 2006 I finally managed to solve the comment spamming problems with new and more powerful anti-spamming features built-in the newer versions of WordPress. That’s when I set up version 3.0 of my JustNice.Org blog. Everything went well for the last 2 years … that was until recently.
Towards the end of August 2008, suddenly my WordPress informed me that my “dbase” is outdated and I am “forced” to update to the newer version. I updated my WordPress to version 2.5 and then 2.6.1. Somehow, when I updated the first time around, I lost all my categories (ALL 100+ of em). And before I could figure out what to do about it, suddenly I could not log in to my Admin area. Yep, I am now “logged out” of my blog altogether and I really don’t know what to do about it. I then upgraded to 2.6.1 hopping that as the latest version maybe the problems might have been rectified.
Well, the problems are still there. Eventually, while I still could not figure out how to “log-in” my JustNice.Org Ver 3.0 blog and “recover” my “disappeared categories”, I have to come up with a plan-B. So, I have decided to set up a new blog all over again with BlogSpot.Com instead. So, ladies and gentleman, I present you with JustNice.Org Blog Version 4.0 and keeping my fingers crossed … hehe :)
ps. *sigh* eventhough I have lost many valuable comments and blog readers over the years with the "interruptions" and "breaks" to my JustNice.Org Blog and this eventual switch to BlogSpot ... it is ok. I understand that it is part and parcel of life. Sh*ts happen and we just need to learn to cope with them and move on. Yep, I am moving on ... again hehe :)
ps. and I would like to thank WordPress for a nice free software that has allowed me to blog for the last 4 years :)
Friday, August 08, 2008
Yep, today is a day with a very special date: 08.08.08 (8th of August 2008). Of course, today is also a day with a special occassion: the opening ceremony of the 2008 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES (officially known as Games of the XXIX Olympiad) in Beijing, People’s Republic of China :)
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Hehe … It has been so long since I blogged. Have been really busy with work and life in general. Time sure passed very fast indeed :)
Recently, I noticed that there seems to be less cars on the road. I could be wrong, but somehow I think maybe due to the recent price hike of the petrol, people are driving less … or maybe less people drive :)
On the other hand, whilst there are less cars on the road now, there are more motorbikes. Cheaper alternative maybe and still faster than cycling :)
Monday, February 25, 2008
Haha … I have not blogged for quite some time :)
Well, today something happened that made me realise that I need to write it down … blog about it. A “seed” I planted almost 10 years ago has finally grown into a tree, flowered and bore fruits :)
Well, it was a surprise for me and of course I am extremely delighted. So many years ago, I planted the seed and put much effort into it. Then when all things and efforts necessary have been done, I have left it all alone and almost forgotten about it. Haha, recently, suddenly it sprouted, and grown into a huge and strong tree that bore many beautiful flowers and bore lots of sweet & juicy fruits :)
Well, life is like this isn’t it? Everyday we are planting “seeds” … many many “seeds”.
Some good, some bad. Some will grow, many will just disappear without a trace. Somehow, we must consciously plan more good and positive seeds to off-set that negative seeds we might have intentionally or unintentionally planted.
Be persistent determined to plant as many good seeds as possible and give them adequate attention, watering, trimming of rotten leaves, fertilization, sun, etc.
One day, many of these “seeds” will bear fruit … eventhough we often might not be sure which ones. :)
Happy seeds planting …. remember to care for them *wink* :p
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Yep, very good news indeed :)
The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest valor award of the British army. Since its creation 200 years ago by Queen Victoria, only slightly more than 1000 VCs have been awarded to military personnels of Britain and Commonwealth countries.
New Zealand Police Recover Stolen War Medals
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand police have recovered rare war medals, including nine Victoria Crosses, which had been stolen from a national museum in December, officials said on Saturday.
The stolen medals included those awarded to New Zealand’s most celebrated war hero, World War Two Captain Charles Upham, one of only three men to have won two Victoria Crosses, the highest award for bravery among Commonwealth nations.
Police said an unidentified third party helped arrange the return of all 96 medals after a British medal collector and a local businessman announced an award of NZ$300,000 ($238,095) for information on the missing medals.
“These medals are New Zealand’s national treasures, with a value beyond any monetary worth. New Zealanders will be both delighted and relieved that the VCs and other medals have been recovered,” Defence Minister Phil Goff said in a statement.
The medals were taken from the war museum on the outskirts of the small town of Waiouru, in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island.
“The reward was offered for information leading to the safe return of the medals and that has encouraged a person to come forward and facilitate the return of the medals to police,” the New Zealand Press Association quoted detective senior sergeant Chris Bensemann as saying.
Bensemann declined to say how how much of the reward was paid, but “an amount” would be transferred to a third party on Monday following several weeks of negotiations, NZPA said.
No immunity from prosecution or support for reduction in any sentence for any offender was given in return, Bensemann said, adding that the police will continue to hunt for the burglars.
A local export had valued the stolen medals to be worth around NZ$10 million. ($1=NZ$1.26)
Everyone who is involved in the recovery of the war medals have done very well indeed! Kudos! But, I really hope that henceforth, these war medals which are precious national treasures, will be well-guarded and never stolen again.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Wishing everyone a very happy lunar new year of the earth rat :)
May your loved ones and you be blessed with abundance of happiness, good health, success and prosperity :)
* Xin Nian2 Kuai4 Le4 - Happy New Year
* Wan4 Shi4 Ru2 Yi4, Xin Xiang3 Shi4 Cheng2 - Dreams Come True
* Shen Ti3 Jian4 Kang - Good Health
* Xue2 Ye4 Jin4 Bu4 - Improvement & Progress In Studies
* Gong Xi3 Fa Cai2 - Prosperity
Smooth sailing and all the good things for a great and wonderful new year :)
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Hehe, as a “Laoshi” (Teacher), many people like to ask me how I have managed to teach so well and what is my “secret of success”. Well, let me share with you a simple story and you shall see:
I believe everyone knows Confucius (Kongzi or Kung Tzu). As the greatest “laoshi” (teacher) China ever has, Confucius (Kongzi or Kung Tzu) used to have more than 3000 students with him at any one time and among them 72 favourite and top disciples that he taught much. One day, one of his 72 favourite disciples, Anthony, came to see confucius.
Anthony: Laoshi, if I want so be successful in life, what is the secret.
Confucius: Anthony, whatever you do, you must think and ponder for 3 times before you make any decision.
Anthony: Think 3 times?
Confucius: Yes, 3 times. Never make any decision hastily. Make sure you think 1 time, 2 times and finally 3 times … then only make a decision, and you will not fail.
Anthony: Oh, thank you, Laoshi. I understand now.
(Anthony left happily, having now been enlightened on the secret to success).
Btw, while Anthony was consulting Confucius on the secret to Success, Brandon was also there and he was also much enlightened.
After some time, another top disciple, Dianne, also came to see Confucius.
Dianne: Laoshi, if I want so be successful in life, what is the secret.
Confucius: Dianne dear, whatever you do, do not think too much. Just do it.
Dianne: Just do it?
Confucius: Yes, just do it. Don’t waste time thinking. Do it immediately without haste … and you will not fail.
Dianne: Okie dokey Laoshi. I know what to do now.
(Dianne left happily, having now been enlightened on the secret to success).
Btw, while Dianne was consulting Confucius on the secret to Success, AGAIN Brandon was also there and he was also much enlightened … AGAIN.
As Brandon was there BOTH times (he is damn kaypoh one) when either Anthony or Dianne was being counselled on the secret to success, he was now baffled by the opposite and conflicting advice that the laoshi has given to 2 students who asked the SAME question.
As a very wise laoshi, Confucius can feel it when one of his students is baffled by something. So, eventhough Brandon (the kaypoh) didn’t say anything, Confucius invite him for a private chat in his thatched hut office.
While sitting down over a cup of tea (presumed to be chinese tea since they don’t have ceylonese tea in china 2500 years ago) and some peanuts (menglembu), Confucius encourage Brandon to talk.
Brandon apologised to the Laoshi for eavedropping on his conversations with Anthony & Dianne. Confucius says he is forgiven.
Then Brandon mentioned his bafflement with Confucius’ opposite answers to the SAME question by BOTH Anthony and Dianne.
Confucius smile … and then let out a hearty laughter while stretching his right arm over the low table and pat Brandon’s shoulder.
Confucius then suddenly composed himself, adjust his teacher’s official garment and his headress, and then speak carefully and clearly to Brandon.
Confucius: Anthony and Dianne BOTH asked the SAME question to the SAME laoshi on the SAME subject, correct?
Brandon: Yes, laoshi.
Confucius: I repeat, same question, same subject, same laoshi.
Brandon: Yes, all same.
Confucius: Haha … no, no, no.
Brandon: ????????? Huh??????????
Why? Any idea?
Well … the conversation continues …
Confucius: Same question, right! Same subject, right! Same laoshi, right! But DIFFERENT students asking.
Brandon: Different students ….
Confucius: Yes, one is Anthony, and the other one is Dianne.
Brandon: Ohhhhhh … eerrh, Laoshi, can you kindly elaborate.
Confucius: Haha … ok. Listen carefully.
Brandon: Ok, Laoshi, I am all ears.
Confucius: Anthony is a very impatient and reckless person who always make mistakes because he never spend enough time thinking about what he should or should not do. Lack of sufficient thoughts and analysis, can result in wrong moves that can be costly. If only he could slow down a bit and think before he act, then he would definitely become accomplished in life.
Brandon: I see …. That’s why Laoshi remind him to think 3 times!!!!
Confucius: Yes, now you get it. Ok, on the other hand, Dianne is a person who thinks too much. Her hesitations and procrastinations have resulted in many missed opportunities. If only she learns to act instead of just think … then she would be very successful in life.
Brandon: I SEE!!!!!!!!!! That’s why Laoshi told her to “just do it”! Now I know already!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU laoshi :)
Confucius: Hahahaha ……. go now. :)
Yes, everyone has different abilities to learn and master knowledge. As an effective teacher, one must be able to analyse what are the strengths, weaknesses, talents, abilities and general needs of each and everyone of one’s students. Teach your students according to what is best for him / her and you will never go wrong. In Mandarin Chinese we say “Yin Cai2 Shi Jiao4″ :)
Btw, as this is the first post to my blog for the year 2008, I would like to wish everyone a wonderful new year and may you be blessed with abundance of happiness, good health, prosperity and success :)
Saturday, December 08, 2007
The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest valor award of the British army. Since its creation 200 years ago by Queen Victoria, only slightly more than 1000 VCs have been awarded to military personnels of Britain and its former colonies all over the world.
Reward Offered For 9 Stolen New Zealand War Valor Medals
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP): A British nobleman who owns the world’s biggest collection of Victoria Cross valor medals said Tuesday he is willing to offer a US$153,000 (euro104,000) reward for the return of nine of the medals stolen from a New Zealand army museum.
New Zealand officials said they were considering Lord Michael Ashcroft’s offer but discussing the matter with police before formally accepting it, with Prime Minister Helen Clark noting that such rewards sometimes can serve as an incentive for further thefts.
Ashcroft said he was “horrified and outraged” by the weekend theft of nine Victoria Cross medals awarded to gallant New Zealanders, including the Victoria Cross and Bar awarded to Capt. Charles Upham — which Ashcroft described as the “Holy Grail” of such medals.
Upham’s medals are the only such double award ever made to a combat soldier.
Inaugurated by Britain’s Queen Victoria in the mid-1800s, the Victoria Cross for gallantry in war remains the highest valor award in Britain and its former colonies.
Ashcroft said he was offering the reward for information leading directly to the recovery of the nine medals.
Clark said the offer from Ashcroft, who owns more than 140 of the rare medals, was generous but that she would need to take police advice on it.
“One of the issues that always arises is whether you should encourage the posting of such offers because it could in the worst of circumstances be an incentive to theft,” she said.
Defense Minister Phil Goff said most New Zealanders would not need the money as motivation. “They will provide the information if they know anything that will help the police,” he said.
Clark said earlier that the theft was “distressing to the nation” but that New Zealand has the means under international law to get back such stolen cultural items if they surface in another country.
Maybe the “thieves” or “burglars” who stole the 9 VCs (Victoria Cross) were professionals who are really good in what they are doing, but somehow I strongly feel that the security at the Army museum should have been tighter! For something as precious as a “national treasure” like the Victoria Cross, how could they be “allowed” to be stolen (and from an ARMY MUSEUM somemore!!!)? Why aren’t there guards on duty to guard them? Why were the criminals “given” the opportunity to attempt and eventually succeeded in stealing the valour medals?
“The Opportunity For Victory Is Given By The Enemy” - Sun Tzu’s Art of War
Anyway, I really hope that the 9 Victoria Crosses that have been stolen could be recovered soon and put in better secured facilities.
Monday, October 29, 2007
The Passing Of A Great Man: Yang Bahagia Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong passed away 7 days ago:
TheSTAR Online: Nation Tuesday October 23, 2007 MYT 4:54:41
PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, founder and honorary life president of Genting Group, passed away at 11.20am Tuesday at the Subang Jaya Medical Centre.
The tycoon, who turned 90 in April this year, was renowned for his vision in transforming Genting Highlands from an unexplored hilltop to one of the world’s most successful casino resorts.
The fifth child in a family of seven children, Lim migrated from China’s Fujian province in 1937 at the age of 19 with only a small suitcase and US$175.
The idea of a hill resort was chanced upon by Lim amidst the crisp air of Cameron Highlands in 1964. Lim was then working on a hydro-electric power project at the popular hill resort, patronised mostly by British colonials seeking cool refuge from the tropical heat, when he foresaw a prosperous Malaysia of the future desiring a cool mountain holiday resort within the reach of all Malaysians.
To date, Genting Highlands Resort has five hotels and two apartment blocks at the hilltop and Awana Genting Highlands Golf and Country Resort.
The company, founded in 1965, has since expanded and diversified from its initial hotel and resort activities to plantations, properties, paper manufacturing, power generation, oil and gas, electronic commerce and information technology development under Genting Group.
According to Forbes Asia, the Genting Group founder was third richest in the country with a net worth of US$4.3bil (RM14.6bil).
Lim is survived by wife Puan Sri Lee Kim Hua, and their six children and 19 grandchildren.
TheSTAR Online: Nation Monday October 29, 2007
GENTING HIGHLANDS: Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong’s final journey will take him to places that he loved and up the hill where he had spent much of his life.
From Gohtong Villa, the cortege, accompanied by some 600 family members and association representatives, will travel up Genting Highlands stopping at Chin Swee Caves Temple and Genting Hotel.
Special prayers will be performed at the stops.
At the villa, MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting will be giving a eulogy together with Genting Group and Resorts World Bhd deputy chairman Tun Hanif Omar and representatives of FoxWoods Resort and Casino, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tung Shin Hospital.
At Genting Hotel, staff will pay their final respects to Lim before the cortege is brought back to the memorial park for a private burial.
Meanwhile, in line with Lim’s long-held philanthropic philosophy, the family decided to make monetary donations towards charitable causes.
However, due to the time constraint, details of the donations would only be announced later, a statement issued by the funeral management committee said.
And one piece of news that finally brought tears to my eyes:
TheSTAR Online: Nation Monday October 29, 2007
GENTING HIGHLANDS: The late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong’s legacy does not only live on in Genting, but halfway round the world in the Native American tribe of the Mashantucket Pequot.
Unknown to most Malaysians, in 1991 the late Goh Tong helped the tribe – that was struggling to grow cabbage – by investing in their idea of building a casino, the Foxwoods Resort & Casino, which has now become the largest casino in the world.
The chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, a sovereign nation within the US located in the state of Connecticut, Michael Thomas said the tribe owed a great deal to Lim for his vision and his confidence in them.
“When we wanted to start the casino, we approached 23 lending institutions who all turned us down because there was no guarantee we would pay back the loans,” he said.
As a result of a meeting with the business partner of Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Nicky Brown, Thomas and his tribe were introduced to the late Goh Tong who turned out to be the only one who would help them.
“He heard about our situation and actually came to our place to meet our people and see for himself what we were about and what our values were,” he said after meeting with Lim’s family for over two hours at the wake yesterday.
“Within 48 hours of meeting us, he agreed to give his support in the form of a US$$60mil (RM200mil) investment,” he said, adding that Americans widely credited the Pequot tribe for opening the doors for hundreds of other Native American tribes to open their own gaming centres.
Thomas said the success of the Pequot tribe, together with another Native American tribe, now created USS$2.7bil (RM9.02bil) in revenue for the Connecticut state government from “taxes” levied from their slot machines.
Thomas, who led a nine-man delegation from the US, arrived yesterday without some of his luggage as it had been delayed, apologised for his informal dress and said that he would be dressed in traditional attire when giving a eulogy at Goh Tong’s funeral today.
“A number of customs that are only extended to our own people have been and will be bestowed on Goh Tong to mark his passing,” he said.
Thomas said this included all buildings in the nation flying their flag at half-mast for a week, while a sacred stone called Wampum which is sourced from a clam called the Quohog would be given to the family.
“The stone is valuable because it is usually only given to our leaders,” he said.
Thomas said it was important for the world to know that it was the faith Goh Tong had in them that allowed them to succeed beyond their wildest dreams.
Pequot tribe vice-chairman Kenneth Reels said Goh Tong’s help allowed their nation to be self-sufficient while creating some 10,000 jobs there.
“As a nation, if you have to be dependent on somebody else then you are not exercising sovereignty to the fullest.
“He has enabled us to do that. We are here today because we feel it is appropriate to pay our respects to someone who gave respect to us.”
“He is part of our history and we have a family relationship that we will cherish forever. His family is part of ours as ours is part of theirs.”
Yep, the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong has indeed touched the life and helped change the destiny of many. He is truly one of the greatest minds in Malaysia (and definitely Asia and the world) and gracious heart that is indeed an inspiring model for other successful business men and women all over the world.
“Yang Bahagia Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, Man4 Zou3 Le4 (Selamat Jalan)!”
ps. btw, you may sign your condolence at the “Online condolence book in memory of the late YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr.) Lim Goh Tong“.