Saturday, March 31, 2007

Stroller Rain Covers

The weather is really hot these days and have been so for the past few weeks. Fortunately, there has been rainfall too in between and that helps to take away some of the heat. Rain or shine, you can see families packing the malls and eating places with grandparents and babies in tow.

With babies and small children, travelling or moving around can be rather cumbersome. Luckily, there are baby strollers though the sun and the rain here can be quite a dampener with insects adding to the menace. A baby stroller cover would come in handy.

Sasha's Kiddie products is The #1 selling Sun UVA/UVB Covers. With a cover, baby will be protected from the harmful effects of the sun, the wind and the rain. Baby will not be bitten by insects too.

The Stroller Rain Covers available are made of high quality breathable material. Baby will be safe and the see-through feature will let the baby enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Sasha's Kiddie Products also custom makes for Graco, Peg Perego, Evenflo, Baby Trend, and more.

Egyptian parties

One of the mini-series on TV that I enjoyed is "Cleopatra". Though that story may have been spiced up, there is no denying that Eygpt does have an interestingly rich history and recently archaeologists found evidence that Egyptians held wild parties akin to our modern-day rock-an-roll type. And "We are talking about a festival in which people come together in a community to get drunk. Not high, not socially fun, but drunk — knee-walking, absolutely passed-out drunk."

Read article on "Sex and booze figured in Egyptian rites"...MSNBC

The above, a drawing based on an ancient Egyptian wall painting, shows a drinking festival in progress. The upper row of figures features revelers drinking wine, including one woman who has overindulged. The lower row shows a procession with musicians.

Friday, March 30, 2007

How to get to the top of a directory

Now here's a new twist to web directories. Big Web Links Bid Directoryis a web directory with a new concept not many directories use as listings are placed based on bids. There are thousands of web directories on the Internet and getting to the top or somewhere near the top would be near impossible for a regular site.

On BIG Web Links, getting to the top of the directory listing or among the top is achievable. You decide at what position your site is to be with a bid. It could be worth the investment as your site will have four links to it as the web directory lists the top 10 sites, the top 20 sites and a listing detailing each listing. The directory is new, but it is being very heavily promoted to offer traffic as well as very good link value. The site is expected to have a very respectable Google PR soon.

"Slow Down" Culture

Below is an interesting reflection by an unknown author. Received this through a forwarded email. I wonder why when people pick up stories, they do not include the author or the source. Anyway, this thought-provoking piece offers a new perspective. Read on...

It's been 18 years since I joined Volvo, a Swedish company. Working for them has proven to be an interesting experience. Any project here takes 2 years to be finalized, even if the idea is simple and brilliant. It's a rule.

Globalize processes have caused in us (all over the world) a general sense of searching for immediate results. Therefore, we have come to posses a need to see immediate results. This contrasts greatly with the slow movements of the Swedish. They, on the other hand, debate, debate, debate, hold x quantity of meetings and work with a slowdown scheme. At the end, this always yields better results. Said in another words:

1. Sweden is about the size of San Pablo, a state in Brazil.

2. Sweden has 2 million inhabitants.

3. Stockholm, has 500,000 people.

4. Volvo, Escania, Ericsson, Electrolux, Nokia are some of its renowned companies. Volvo supplies the NASA.

The first time I was in Sweden, one of my colleagues picked me up at the hotel every morning. It was September, bit cold and snowy. We would arrive early at the company and he would park far away from the entrance (2000 employees drive their car to work). The first day, I didn't say anything, either the second or third.

One morning I asked, "Do you have a fixed parking space? I've noticed we park far from the entrance even when there are no other cars in the lot. To which he replied, "Since we're here early we'll have time to walk, and whoever gets in late will be late and need a place closer to the door. Don't you think? Imagine my face.

Nowadays, there's a movement in Europe name Slow Food. This movement establishes that people should eat and drink slowly, with enough time to taste their food, spend time with the family, friends, without rushing. Slow Food is against its counterpart: the spirit of Fast Food and what it stands for as a lifestyle. Slow Food is the basis for a bigger movement called Slow Europe, as mentioned by Business Week.

Basically, the movement questions the sense of "hurry" and "craziness" generated by globalization, fueled by the desire of "having in quantity" (life status) versus "having with quality", "life quality" or the "quality of being". French people, even though they work 35 hours per week, are more productive than Americans or British. Germans have established 28.8 hour workweeks and have seen their productivity been driven up by 20%. This slow attitude has brought forth the US 's attention, pupils of the fast and the "do it now!".

This no-rush attitude doesn't represent doing less or having a lower productivity. It means working and doing things with greater quality, productivity, perfection, with attention to detail and less stress. It means reestablishing family values, friends, free and leisure time. Taking the "now", present and concrete, versus the "global", undefined and anonymous. It means taking humans' essential values, the simplicity of living. It stands for a less coercive work environment, more happy, lighter and more productive where humans enjoy doing what they know best how to do.

It's time to stop and think on how companies need to develop serious quality with no-rush that will increase productivity and the quality of products and services, without losing the essence of spirit. Many of us live our lives running behind time, but we only reach it when we die of a heart attack or in a car accident rushing to be on time. Others are so anxious of living the future that they forget to live the present, which is the only time that truly exists. We all have equal time throughout the world. No one has more or less. The difference lies in how each one of us does with our time. We need to live each moment. As John Lennon said, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans".

Congratulations for reading till the end of this message. There are many who will have stopped in the middle so as not to waste time in this globalize world.

Get insured for that peace of mind

In my previous post, we talked about life insurance and the importance of getting a life insurance. There are other insurance products that we'll need. Take for instance, travel insurance. Imagine if you were travelling and an accident happened to you and if you were not covered by insurance, you would have to pay the costs yourself. Travel insurance would have taken care of them for you. I know, most people would assume that nothing would happen but why take that chance? Get travel insurance. You would be travelling with more peace of mind.

What about dental insurance? Have you got one yet? Dental treatments can come up to quite a substantial amount so it would be a good savings tool to get dental insurance.

Yet another insurance product is business insurance. Never thought of insuring your business? Check up Florida Business Insurance or Massachussetts Business Insurance if you are in either of these areas.

Get the required insurance. You will have more peace of mind, believe me.

Stories from Boingboing

I recently read two interesting stories from Boingboing. If you are familiar with Boingboing, their tagline is "A directory of wonderful things". Though not always wonderful, some of the stories are on rather bizarre stuff though. Take the following one, for instance. This one's about the girl who was caught driving while under the influence of alcohol. Check out that mohawk hairdo. It's pretty like a peacock?

The other is about British royalty, Camilla in particular. "Is Camilla becoming just a little too grand?". You tell me.

PowerTools for computer cleaning

After years of use, our computer system could do with a proper cleanup. If your system is Windows-based, here's a tool that would do the job well. It's Macecraft Software's jv16 PowerTools. This is a high quality, simple-to-use utility tool that tune ups and cleans Windows-based computers. Powertools contains 20 tools including Software Manager, Registry Cleaner, File Cleaner, Directory Finder and others and for a low price of $29.95, it's already a steal though you will get a discount with this coupon code.

Give it a try, download a free trial version of the jv Powertools.

Down Memory Lane..KL

I can never understand why names of roads need to be changed. What's wrong with the old ones? Here in Malaysia, many roads have had their names changed, supposedly to fit into the local context. There goes history. Apparently, the authorities do not care two hoots about history.

Below are two pictures of the same place in different eras. This road started out as Cross Street, then Jalan (means Road in Malay) Silang and now it's Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin - quite a mouthful, isn't it?

Totally different: Cross Street during the British colonial days.

Convenient spot: Metro buses drop off and pick up passengers at its stop in front of the Mydin hypermarket on Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin.

Read story..The Star

Get Life Insurance

I have friends who are in the insurance business and they cannot stress enough on the importance of life insurance.

I remember some years ago, another friend suddenly succumbed to a heart attack leaving his wife and three children in a difficult financial situation. All this because he did not have a life insurance.

If you are a resident of New Jersey and Washington, and are looking into signing up for a life insurance, will be able to provide you with Life Insurance Quotes. They provide free online insurance quotes, industry expert advice, and valuable information about important insurance types essential for your protection. Get a free insurance quote today to receive the lowest possible insurance rates.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

100ml limit for liquids, aerosols and gels in hand luggage

Malaysia joins 190 other member countries of the International Civil Aviation Organisation in setting a limit of 100ml for liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) permissible to be in airline passengers' hand luggage. This follows a foiled plot which involved liquid explosives concealed in hand luggage on flights from London to the United States on Aug 9 last year.

More..The Star

Windows Vista Certification Training

Here it is, folks, the just released training for Windows Vista. At the reduced rate of $149.95 (usual price of $199.95), you get 19+ hours of Step-by-Step Video Training - instructor-led with scenarios and examples, plus 50+ pages of Instructors notes.

Some of the topics covered in the Vista Certification Training include installation options, new users interface and navigation securing the systems, learn the capability of Vista in a networked environment, learn how to use Vista's Disk Management Tools to keep the system fast and clean, and many more essential topics for the trainer.

Windows Vista marks a revolutionary step in Windows Client/Home Computing. It introduces hundreds of new features including this very useful tool called the User Access Control or UAC which is a huge step to creating a more secure operating system. For an idea of the UAC from the Users & Groups Video, check out their 9-minute segment.

At $149.95, Train Signal's Windows Vista Training is really a great bargain.

Formula One

Malaysia is back again to hosting the Formula One. The event is slated to be from April 6 to 8. As usual, hotels in the city are fully-booked and the rates for the F1 weekend is more than double the usual rate. Would I bother going to an Formula One race? Nah.....

A new black dating site

Some people feel comfortable among their own people. So if you are black and are interested in dating just black folks, here's a new black dating site you might want to check out. This site has got a huge community of Black Singles from all over the world. Add romance to your life and who knows you might find someone to keep for the rest of your life.

This great site also has dating tips and articles you might find useful. You can also find inspiring success stories here. Sign up for free today.

Tummy Tuck

At a class reunion last month, we were all pleasantly surprised by how Maggie looked. She used to be big, if I may say so, but that night, she looked different. She looked beautiful and most definitely slimmer than the Maggie we knew. She looked almost like a model.

What stood out was her trim tummy. She confided that she had a tummy tuck while on a vacation the the US. After the birth of her son, she and her husband went on a vacation to the U.S. While there, she heard of this Rodeo Drive's only plastic surgery center that specializes in tummy tuck procedures.

The Rodeo Drive Tummy Tuck procedure including the Rodeo Drive Belly Button™ and the Rodeo Drive Mommy Makeover™, has been highlighted in many national and international media outlets. Because of this favorable publicity and their cutting edge techniques, Maggie's husband was agreeable to her undergoing the procedure. Needless to say, Maggie came out happiest with an improved body contour and a smoother shape to the abdomen. And, she can continue to wear her bikini as the incision was made within the bikini line under the abdomen.

Though the procedure was performed under general anesthesia, she did not have to stay in but recuperated at a specialized care center. She said there was very little pain following the surgery and she flew home eight days later. In fact, most patients return to work about ten to fourteen days after surgery.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Ecotourism catching on in Hawaii

Hawaii would be a great holiday destination. I hear the ecotourism industry in Hawaii is growing by leaps and bounds as holiday-makers these days are more discerning and are more concerned about the environment. Hawaii is beautiful, fresh and green with world-class beaches to make any holiday a trip to remember.

Little wonder that the demand for travel and vacations is more skewed towards those that are environmentally friendly as an alternative to the mass-market, cookie cutter trips commonly offered.

For an enjoyable holiday, I believe a local agency would be in a better position to recommend the desired accommodation and service. is one such agency that hand-picks their properties and offers first class service. They offer thousands of vacation rentals, vacation homes, hotels, resorts, beachfront and ocean-front properties and lots more on all the islands. I hear Kauai is a real treat to visit. It's nature at its best, they say.


Sunset over Kuala Lumpur

KL has been experiencing hot days the past week or so. Not only the days are hot and humid, even the nights are so. Yesterday evening, I noticed a reddish-orange hue across the sky and saw that the sun was like a salted-egg yolk so I took some pictures to capture the moment and its beauty. Below are two shots taken almost immediately one after another. The twin peaks in the lower picture are the Petronas Twin Towers and to their left, the Kuala Lumpur Tower.

Hardware for the Home

It is a known fact that we get the best prices at a wholesale store. If you are looking for hardware for the home, I would recommend Farrey's Wholesale Hardware Co., Inc., goes back a long way. Founded in 1924, it distinguishes itself as the premier source for unique high quality products and the very best professional service.

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The Teacher Story

This piece is so lovely I simply have to share it. Every once in a while you receive something in the mail that drives home a real message. This is one of those. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. Happy reading.

The Life Changing Gift of Appreciation
By Barbara Glanz

In my keynote speeches and workshops, Care is an acronym I use for the elements of a caring, creative, joyful workplace and home. The "A" in CARE stands for "Appreciation for ALL."

As I speak about appreciation, I use this quote by Albert Schweitzer:

"Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light."

Then I ask my audiences to please shut their eyes and think about someone, who at some time in their lives, has rekindled their inner light. I leave the room in silence for several minutes, and it is always a profound experience as they remember the JOY they received from being appreciated by someone when they needed it the most.

Afterwards, I ask them to write down the name of the person they thought of and to commit to their own act of appreciation letting that person know in the next 72 hours that he or she was thought of. I suggest a phone call, a note, or even a little prayer if they are no longer living.

After one moving session, a gentleman came up to talk with me and thanked me for creating a new awareness in him. He said he thought of his eighth grade literature teacher because she was everyone's favorite teacher, and had really made a difference in all of their lives. He planned to track her down and let me know what happened.

One afternoon nearly two and a half months later I received a call from him. He was choked up on the phone he could hardly get through his story. He said that it had taken him nearly two months to track his teacher down, and when he finally found her, he wrote to her.

The following week he received this letter:

Dear John,

You will never know how much your letter meant to me. I am 83 years old, and I am living all alone in one room. My friends are all gone. My family's gone. I taught 50 years and yours is the first "thank you" letter I have ever gotten from a student. Sometimes I wonder what I did with my life. I will read and reread your letter until the day I die.

He just sobbed on the phone. He said, "She is always the one we talk about at every reunion.

She was everyone's favorite teacher- we loved her! But no one had ever told her... until she received his letter."

Original source unknown but very much appreciated. I'd like to thank SL who in turn got it from her good friend, AT. Thank you, ladies, for sharing it.

Gifts for a function

Sourcing for gifts and stuff for a function can be quite challenging. There are many sources for such items but one that gets my vote is

Janet, a good friend, is active in social events. Recently, she has been made Champion in charge of gifts and attire for her neighbourhood social club. The club is planning a Charity drive and in her appointed capacity, she has been tasked with the job of sourcing for items for her team booth. She also requires to get t-shirts and caps for the committee.

I think Janet will find everything she needs at Customlink which has a great variety of gifts and items ranging from t-shirts and caps to athletics to drinkware to pens and supplies, bags to fun stuff like soft toys and others. With their wide range of design samples, Janet will have no problem selecting what she needs.

As Janet is working with a very tight time-line, Customlink's quick turnaround would be most helpful. Besides, she's able to track her order.

Shop Smart with Coupon Codes from

Technology advancement has made going online easy and convenient. Almost everyone these days is online either for business or for pleasure. Many business deals are now being conducted online including banking, stock transacting, loans, even education. For pleasure, online games are popular. Surfing the net is a common activity. Information is now only a click away. Shopping is of course a key activity and getting popular. One can practically buy anything online. Arm-chair shopping, as it is commonly referred to, contributes substantially to businesses around the world. Shopping without leaving the home is now a norm rather than the exception.

Shopping online is not only convenient, it is a lot cheaper too. This is in part attributable to the availability of discount coupons. One just need to go online to obtain coupon codes and these codes can be found for almost any item. is a coupon site where there is a huge choice of coupons. You can find coupon codes for just about anything and the rates from their merchants are way lower than those from other coupon sites. Imagine a grand number of 12,000-plus coupon codes. That's the kind of choice you will have with Shop smart, shop with MyCoupons coupon codes.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Styles for the Busty Woman

A few of my colleagues have been lamenting about their size and are trying very hard to trim down their figure. It's not their waistline that needs help. It's their bustline that's getting all that attention, not that they are complaining but they are having a hard time getting clothes that fit. Styles for the busty woman are not easy to find here in KL. What they need are clothes made specifically for the large-busted but not full-figured women. I think they'd have to shop online to find clothes that will fit them properly for that confidence, style and class.

Unconditional love

In this morning's radio show, the topic of discussion was whether you would opt for a $5000 annual increment or have more time-off instead. Interesting topic, this one.

We are talking about $5000 increment here. My drive allowed for just a few callers and surprisingly, the few ladies who called in went for more time-off, all citing they'd prefer to spend time with their children. Now that's unconditional love for you. One lady said she'd been spending so much time away from her child that he even wrote about it in his essay. That was a wake-up call for her. One male caller, however, opted for 50/50. Wanting the best of both worlds here.

There is no right or wrong answer, I believe. At different times of our life, it would be one or the other. What do you think?

Some pictures here to tease the brain...

Falling in love - as in going in circles under the spell of the object of love?

Blooming love

Defined love - different things to different people

Monday, March 26, 2007

JustSayHi vs Plentyoffish - Online Dating Sites

In an earlier post, I talked about my friends joining dating sites to widen their circle of friends which come in handy when they travel. They seem to be pretty happy with the people they have met up so far from According to them, it's easy to hook up with like-minded, fun and attractive men and women.

One other free dating site they have joined is Just like the name implies, this site is reputed to be the world's largest online dating site generating over 300,000 relationships a year. Even though this may be the world's largest online dating site, my friends still prefer mainly because they have a better looking and neat site plus it's easier to navigate.

Are you looking to improve your social life? Why not join

Friday, March 23, 2007

Do some fun quizzes

Let's do some fun stuff. Short fun quizzes..
Have a great weekend, y'all.

How do people see me..

Slow and Steady

Your friends see you as painstaking and fussy.

They see you as very cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder.

It'd really surprise them if you ever did something impulsively or on the spur of the moment.

They expect you to examine everything carefully from every angle and then usually decide against it.

How skeptical am I?

You Are Fairly Skeptical

You're not the type of person who will fall for anything...

But you do keep your mind open to all sorts of possibilities.

You figure that anything could be true. After all, the world is a strange place.

However, you're going to need some convincing before you can believe in aliens or reincarnation!

How thankful am I?

You Are 94% Thankful

You're an incredibly thankful person, and everyone around you feels very appreciated.

You inspire people to be more optimistic, forgiving, and grateful.

See..Told you I'm a good person.

The importance of observation

One for Friday...

First-year students at Texas A&M's Vet School were receiving their first anatomy class, with a real dead cow. They all gathered around the surgery table with the body covered with a white sheet.

The professor started the class by telling them, "In vet medicine it is necessary to have two important qualities as a doctor: The first is that you not be disgusted by anything involving the animal body. For example, the Professor pulled back the sheet, stuck his finger in the butt of the dead cow, withdrew it and stuck it in his mouth.

"Go ahead and do the same thing," he told his students . The students freaked out, hesitated for several minutes. But eventually took turns sticking a finger in the anal opening of the dead cow and sucking on it. When everyone finished, the Professor looked at them and told them, "The second most important quality is observation. I stuck in my middle finger and sucked on my index finger. Now learn to pay attention."

Wouldn't you say magic tricks are like that too? Is it the hand that's quicker than the eye or is it the eye being quicker than the hand? Oh well...

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Sniffer dogs

What do you think they are wanted for? There's a bounty on their heads, not for attacking innocent people or anything like that. They have been wanted for being instrumental in sniffing out fake optical discs worth RM10 million and now the syndicate bosses have put up an undisclosed bounty for them.

Picture source: NST

Looking for a Gift?

Christmas is over some months now but birthdays are ongoing and it's rather difficult sometimes to know what to buy for friends and relatives. Not anymore, since I found this site full of costume jewelry. This is my favourite section. There are pretty, hand-painted money bags, sweet feminine watches, keepsake boxes, and more.

In this artist gallery one can find lots of lovely pieces of jewelry that will surely stand out at any function. Many items are available including apparel, items for the home such as furniture, garden stuff, items for the kitchen and home office, even pet accessories are available. Not sure what to buy? Check out their "Gift ideas" section, you are bound to get something just right for the recipient. Check out the site, you won't regret it.

80% of Malaysians going to UK to study law

Every language has it own unique features and slang. The joke below illustrates this well. It indicates that the British think that 80% of Malaysians who go to the UK to study, read law.

UK Immigration Officer: Purpose of visit?
Visitor: I'm here to study law, sir.

Officer: You know, you must have a lot of lawyers in Malaysia .
Visitor: Why do you say that?

Officer: Well, i've been here for a good twenty years, and I'd say 80% of Malaysians I see here say they're here to read law.
Visitor: Oh, really? That's really something i never knew. Hard to believe in fact.

Officer: Just you watch, then. You just stand here until the next Malaysian comes along, and I'll bet he's here to read law.

***Visitor waits for 5 mins, Ah Chong from Malaysia comes to immigration counter***

Officer: Mr. Ah Chong, purpose of visit?

Ah Chong: Study lorr...

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Fliptrack - Create Your Own Music Video

Most of you take beautiful pictures. I know. Have you ever thought about putting them together into a video and with music added? There's this new tool I found on fliptrack which lets you create a music video that matches your photos to the lyrics and rhythm of the music.

All you need do is to just download the tool to create your own video and when you are done, you can share your video by emailing it to your friends and family or embed it on your site or blog.

By the way, there's no worry about copyrights infringement as fliptrack provides pre-licensed songs, hundreds of them. You also have the option to use songs from your own library.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

What goes around, comes around

I've always believed in what goes around comes around, something like karma.. you get what you give. A Christian friend sent me this article which I found among my archives and thought I'd share it with you. Perhaps you've already read it but it's still a good tale to reread. Enjoy..


His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to eke out a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog.

He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved. "I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life."

"No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.

"Is that your son?" the nobleman asked. "Yes," the farmer replied proudly.

"I'll make you a deal. Let me take him and give him a good education. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll grow to a man you can be proud of."

And that he did. In time, Farmer Fleming's son graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the nobleman's son was stricken with pneumonia.

What saved him? Penicillin.

The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill.

His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill.

Someone once said what goes around comes around. Jesus said it another way: Give and it will be given to you, in good measure, pressed down, shaken and running over, will be poured into your lap.


By the way, here's the answer to yesterday's little puzzle.

The King of Pop decided to go for a walk
All on a summer's day.
His i-Pod he brought, no one should talk
But only his Gator-Aide may.
The Knight mare was yelled at, "Don't stalk!"
"Go get yourself a beer or a hole milk, I say!"

Monday, March 19, 2007

Extend Your Circle of Friends

Dating sites are a great source of new friends. I just found out that some of my friends signed up on a few of them. According to my friends, that's a great way to extend their circle of friends which I couldn't agree more. Besides, they get to select who they'd like to meet. Straightforward and simple.

I wonder if they've heard about this new site, Many dating sites charge a fee but this site is totally free to join. If they sign up, they'd be able to get to know more fun and attractive friends. A few of them travel in their line of work so it makes sense for them to have a wider circle of friends to meet up when they travel.

Chasing away the Monday Blues

Here's another one of those atrocious stuff, perfect for a Monday.

Apparently, in an interview, this chap was asked to construct a sentence using 1 to 10. Not only did he manage to do it, he even did it backwards. Gotta give him an "A" for ingenuity, albeit not quite accurate in context, but then again, I don't think anyone would write like that. Do you?

Here goes...

1 day I go 2 climb up a 3 outside a house to peep. But the couple saw me, so I panic and 4 down. The man rush out and wanted to 5 with me. I run so fast until I fall 6 and throw up. So I go into 7 eleven and grab some 8 to throw at him. Then I took a 9 and try to stab him. 10 God he run away. So, I put the 9 back and pay for the 8 and left 7 eleven. Next day, I call my boss and say I am 6 . He said 5, tomorrow also no need to come back 4 work. He also asks me to climb a 3 and jump down. I don't understand, I so nice 2 him but I don't know what he 1.>

Warmed up some? Good! Try this then. Find the term to replace the image.


decided to go for a walk

All on a summer's day.


he brought, no one should talk

But only his



was yelled at. "Don't stalk!""

"Go get yourself a beer or a

I say!"

Answers tomorrow unless someone comes up with them sooner.

Friday, March 16, 2007

The Human Show in Paris

Got an interesting email yesterday - supposedly exhibits from the Human Show held in Paris. Look how real they are. Beautiful, aren't they? I find the first exhibit mesmerizing but my favourite has to be the man on a chair. He must be freezing. It was Winter, wasn't it? Which one's your favourite?

Source unknown

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Pidgin English

Some years back, I received an email that made me cracked up so much. It was in Pidgin English you see and this style of writing can really cause a riot. That email was voted "Best Email of the Year", mind you, and was even featured in a magazine! I remember reading it again in the magazine.

Today, I received another such email. It has the same effect. A little silly perhaps but really good for a laugh. Who says grammar has to be correct. What matters is that the message is understood by the receiver, right? Here goes...See if you are able to understand it.

Ah Beng's e-meow

Dear Ah Lian

Thanks you for your letter. Wrong time no see you. How everything? For me, I am quiet find.

You say in your letter your taukeh soh want you to chain your look?
Somemore you must wear kick kok soo, hope you can wok properly.

You know, Ah Kau Kia working in a soft where company now. Last week, He take I, Muthu & few of his friend to May Nonut to eat barger. After that he take we all go to kalah ok.

Muthu sing and sing no stop until the sky bright.

Next week, my father mother going to sellerbread 20 years annie wear sari. My father mother going to give a fist to all the kampong people. So You must come with your hole family.

I only hope one day we no need to write and send letter to you and to me.
Better I e-meow you, you e-meow me. I will ketchup with you soon. And when you got time, please few free to call me. Goo bye.....

Worm regard,
Ah Beng


Rivers and waterways have long served us well. From time immemorial waterway travel has been part of life. Today, many rivers are still being used to transport people and goods. I saw a few documentaries of river travel. One was on the Yangtze River in China where in certain parts where the river flows upwards, boatmen had to get down from the boat and pulled the boats. And one showed boats plying the rivers in England which serve as an alternative mode of transportation.

And this one, a waterbridge in Germany. Quite an engineering feat, this one.

It took six years to complete at a cost of 500 million euros and is 918 meters in length. This is a channel-bridge over the River Elbe and joins the former East and West Germany, as part of the unification project. It is located in the city of Magdeburg, near Berlin. The photo was taken on the day of its inauguration.

For those who appreciate engineering projects, here's a puzzle for you, armchair engineers and physicists. Did the bridge have to be designed to withstand the additional weight of ship and barge traffic, or just the weight of the water?

Scroll down to check if your answer is correct.

It only needs to be designed to withstand the weight of the water! Why? A ship always displaces an amount of water that weighs the same as the ship, regardless of how heavily a ship may be loaded.
Remember your high school physics, and the fly in an enclosed bottle project? Similarly, the super sensitive scale proved that it didn't make any difference whether the fly was sitting on the bottom, walking up the side, or flying around. The bottle, air, and fly were a single unit of mass and always weighed the same.

Picture source unknown

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


Mega-structures. Skyscrapers included. After seeing this, the havoc earthquakes can create, the mind boggles as to why we are still so bent on building skyscrapers like these. They are awesome, no doubt, a work of art even but is there a real need, one wonders. Their height gives me the shivers. Does it you?

Click on the picture to zoom it up

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Get Free Antivirus Software and More

Just last week, my friend's PC crashed apparently due to it being infected by a virus. Valuable information was lost. She didn't have a backup copy so it was upsetting for her.

The Internet is an amazing tool that provides a great source of information. What's not so amazing is the presence of viruses, worms and such resulting in our system crashing and subequently the loss of important information. Come to think of it, surfing the Net is a rather risky affair as we do not know what lurks in there that's why a reliable copy of an antivirus software is a must. No doubt about it.

Did you know that Google is offering free Antivirus downloads? Yes, tell your friends about it. Also, don't be a victim of identity-theft, get a free anti-spyware. While you are there, you might also want to check out other free downloads available including Google Desktop, Google Toolbar, Skype, Mozilla Firefox, and others.

The aftermath of the Sumatra earthquake

Got these images via email but with no comments nor source. Apparently, this hole was created after the recent earthquake in Sumatra. I wonder what stood there before it happened.

In actual fact, this did not happen in Sumatra but in Guatemala. An anonymous reader of this blog alerted me via his comment on this post. You can read more about the sinkhole here.

Monday, March 12, 2007


Funny how lots of actions and even our body parts need practice or exercise but strangely the tongue is one that doesn't. Ever wondered about it? Anyway, if you do need to practise the tongue, here are some twisters.

1. If you understand, say "understand" . If you don't understand, say "don't understand". But if you understand and say "don't understand". How do I understand that you understand? Understand!

2. I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish the wish the witch wishes, I won't wish the wish you wish to wish.

3. Sounding by sound is a sound method of sounding sounds.

4. A sailor went to sea to see, what he could see. And all he could see was sea, sea, sea.

5. Purple Paper People, Purple Paper People, Purple Paper People

6. If two witches were watching two watches, which witch would watch which watch?

7. I thought a thought.But the thought I thought wasn't the thought I thought I thought. If the thought I thought I thought had been the thought I thought, I wouldn't have thought so much.

8. Once a fellow met a fellow In a field of beans. Said a fellow to a fellow, "If a fellow asks a fellow, Can a fellow tell a fellow What a fellow means?"

9.Mr Inside went over to see Mr Outside. Mr Inside stood outside and called to MrOutside inside.

Mr Outside answered Mr Inside from inside and Told Mr Inside to come inside. Mr Inside said "NO", and told Mr Outside to come outside.

Mr Outside and Mr Inside argued from inside and outside about going outside or coming inside. Finally, Mr Outside coaxed Mr Inside to come inside, then both Mr Outside and Mr Inside went outside to the riverside.


11. The owner of the inside inn was inside his inside inn with his inside outside his inside inn.

12. If one doctor doctors another doctor does the doctor who doctors the doctor doctor the doctor the way the doctor he is doctoring doctors? Or does the doctor doctor the way the doctor who doctors doctors?

"When a doctor falls ill another doctor doctor's the doctor. Does the doctor doctoring the doctor doctor the doctor in his own way or does the doctor doctoring the doctor doctors the doctor in the doctor's way"

13. We surely shall see the sun shine shortly. Whether the weather be fine, Or whether the weather be not, Whether the weather be cold Or whether the weather be hot, We'll weather the weather Whatever the weather, Whether we like it or not. watch? Whether the weather is hot.

Whether the weather is cold. Whether the weather is either or not. It is whether we like it or not.

14. Nine nice night nurses nursing nicely.

15 .A flea and a fly in a flue Said the fly "Oh what should we do" Said the flea" Let us fly Said the fly"Let us flee" So they flew through a flaw in the flue

16.If you tell Tom to tell a tongue-twister his tongue will be twisted as tongue-twister twists tongues.

17. Mr. See owned a saw.And Mr. Soar owned a seesaw. Now See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw Before Soar saw See, Which made Soar sore. Had Soar seen See's saw Before See sawed Soar's seesaw, See's saw would not have sawed Soar's seesaw. So See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw. But it was sad to see Soar so sore Just because See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw.....

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Online Advertising catching on in Malaysia

Looks like online advertising is expected to play a significant role in Malaysia. Current trends in digital and mobile lifestyles have changed the habits of Malaysian customers as more people go online both for work and leisure.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Big Savings on Hotel Reservations

When it comes to travelling and holidays, everyone has his own preferences. Some of us like everything to be taken care of as in joining a tour group, others may prefer the flexibility of travelling on his own. Each of these has its own merits. Joining a tour group has the advantage of having everything taken care of by the travel agency while travelling on one's own allows for flexibility and allows for taking in more sights and places where conventional tours would not cover.

There's this site I found that offers the lowest hotel rates with great discounts on world wide destinations and some as much as 70% discounts. You can make Hotel Reservations anywhere in the world on this site, from Las Vegas to New York to London to the Middle East to Africa to Asia Pacific and more. If you are not able to find the hotel, you can even call their toll-free number.

They have just about every accommodation anyone is looking for, hotels, motels, resorts, bed & breakfast, even condo rentals. They even have vacation rentals and vacation packages. If you are looking for that golf or spa holiday or even a holiday that involves gambling, they list places and accommodations for them too.

If it's a cruise you are interested in, they can help you make that reservation. Looking into taking a road trip holiday in the U.S.? They have hotels and vacation packages to suit your need. is truly a one-stop holiday shop. Besides hotels, vacation rentals and vacation, you can also book your flight and rent a car for your holiday need. Find out where to go and how to plan your trip with's Destination Guides! Get recommendations on attractions, restaurants, and hotels, and up-to-date weather, health tips, and general information for thousands of destinations. Isn't this helpful? With, you will be assured of a great holiday.

A little history on a landmark in KL

This building with a hint of Moorish architecture, used to be the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. It was opened in 1911 but in 2001, its major roles were taken over by KL Sentral. Kuala Lumpur is rich in history and many old buildings reflect her rich past, this being one of them.

Below is a good write-up from The Star on the history of this part of Kuala Lumpur. I am copying it verbatim to archive it here.

A former train hub called Victory Avenue

LARGELY forgotten by the locals, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin is now famed only for being a must-see tourist spot.

While it was once a busy transportation hub when trains were still the main carriers, it has now become a quaint road that is used by motorists only to get to other busier areas.

Only a handful of people know the personality behind the name. Sultan Hishamuddin Alam Shah was a ruler of Selangor state and was elected the second Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong in 1960. Born on May 13, 1898, Sultan Hishamuddin was one of the privileged few of his day who attended the prestigious Kuala Kangsar Malay College.

He ascended the throne in 1939 and became a prisoner of war during the Japanese occupation in Malaya. After his return from his pilgrimage to Mecca in 1952, he gave up his private residence of Istana Jamaiah in Klang to be used as the first Islamic College in the Federation of Malaya.

The sultan passed away on Sept 1, 1960 after his short reign as King for six months.

The road was previously known as Victory Avenue and was developed by the British government as the train hub for the Federated Malay States.

But perhaps the highlight of the road is the magnificent structures along it.

The beautiful colossal building known as the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station opened in 1911 and was home to Keretapi Tanah Melayu, which connected major states in the country.

The design of the station was incepted by architect A.B. Hubback who incorporated Moorish influences.

One of the steadfast companions of the railway station is Station Hotel, which has been around since the launch of the station. It is now known as Heritage Station Hotel and caters for budget travellers.

The railway station currently serves only commuter trains following the launch of KL Sentral in 2001.

Right opposite the station is the former Majestic Hotel, which has housed the National Art Gallery for the past 23 years. The gallery is well known for avant-garde pieces by both local and foreign artistes.

“There were rumours that during the heyday of the hotel, a guest committed suicide in one of the rooms and that the spirit is now watching over the road,” said Mohd Bakri Ishak who works at the railway station.

Further down the road is the National Mosque that took three years to complete and was opened in 1965. It is one of the most popular venues for prayers and is usually packed on Friday afternoons and special religious occasions. The mosque features contemporary Islamic art and calligraphy.

“The roof of the mosque has 18 points, representing the 13 states of the country as well as the five tenets of Islam,” said Bakri.

Work in progress: The National Mosque under construction in 1964. It took three years to complete and was officially opened in 1965.

Another interesting building along the road is Menara Dayabumi, which was built with aesthetic values in mind.

The building is built according to an eight-point star pattern that gives it a rather unique look.

Other notable landmarks on the road include the Syariah Court which is also housed in an historical building as well as the Malayan Railway Administration Building.

Photos by SAM THAM
Source: The Star

Get a Free Phone

These days, cell phones are such an essential item in life that you see them being sold like almost everywhere - in big department stores, regular-sized shops and even roadside stalls. It seems that outlets selling phones are mushrooming like there's no tomorrow, at least here, where some people are carrying two phones at any one time. Naturally, phone service providers are laughing all the way to the bank and phone companies are also doing a roaring business, needless to say.

People are changing phones more often too. Colleagues of mine change phones yearly for newer and more advanced features. Perhaps they need to check out Wirefly's cell phone deals. They are giving away a phone for signing up a new cell phone contract. The perception that free phones suck needs a revamp as it no longer is true in the case of Wirefly's free phones don't suck! They are giving away the BlackBerry Pearl when you sign up for a T-Mobile account.

Or get a Sony W300i phone when you sign up for a Cingular Wireless account. However, if you prefer a Motorola phone, get a Motorola RAZR V3m with a new Verizon Wireless account. Instead of individual plans, families can consolidate and sign up for a family plan. Wirefly gives away 5 RAZRs free with a Cingular Wireless Family Talk Plan with new Cingular Wireless account. I don't think any other can top this deal.

If it's just phones you are looking for, check out the many phones available on Wirefly. Phones here are listed by category. If you are looking for the latest and the top-sellers, check out those in the "Top selling cell phones" category. You can also view all phones by Carrier and all phones by Brand. Prepaid phones are also available. All phones come with a 100% guarantee too, so if you are not satisfied with your wireless phone for any reason, you may return it for a full refund.

Holiday packages to Gentings for East Malaysians

Genting Highlands, dubbed the City of Entertainment, has long been a playground for residents of Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding areas. Some people go there daily to try their luck, the place being just an hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur.

Gentings (as its normally referred to) is most well-known for its casino, the only legal land-based casino in the whole of Malaysia. Unfortunately, many people have the misconception that there is only the casino up there. In fact, the integrated resort offers theme parks, hotels and extensive shopping and it encompasses six hotels with 10,000 rooms. The First World Hotel has a total of 6,118 rooms, making it the current largest hotel in the world. Gentings attracts some 15 million visitors annually with Singaporeans making up a sizeable number.

Many Malaysians have yet to visit Gentings, especially East Malaysians but very soon it will be convenient for a visit from Sabah and Sarawak when Gentings and AirAsia collaborate on holiday packages specially drawn up for East Malaysians.

Friday, March 9, 2007

NRD, Immigration departments in Malacca to operate on weekends

Saturdays used to be a day for errands but ever since banks and government departments close on Saturdays, doing errands is now troublesome as I need to take time-off during weekdays. I even take leave at times. At least, people in Malacca have something to cheer up as the National Registration Department (NRD) and the Immigration department located at the state Home Affairs Ministry building will start operating on weekends. More..

A Wife's Diary


Sunday night.

I thought he was acting weird.
We had made plans to meet at a cafe to have coffee.
I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset that I was a bit late, but he made no comment.

Conversation wasn't flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed but he kept quiet and absent.

I asked him what was wrong.

He said: "Nothing."

I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset. He said it had nothing to do with me, and not to worry. On the way home I told him that I loved him.

He simply smiled and kept driving. I can't explain his behavior;
I don't know why he didn't say: "I love u, too."

When we got home, I felt as if I had lost him, as if he wanted nothing to do with me anymore. He just sat there and watched TV; he seemed distant and absent.

Finally, I decided to go to bed. About 10 minutes later he came to bed.
I could not take it anymore, so I decided to confront him with the situation but he had fallen asleep.

I started crying and cried until I too fell asleep. I don't know what to do. I'm almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else.

My life is a disaster.


Today, Manchester United lost the match. DAMN IT..!!

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Indonesian plane crash

Seems like Indonesia is having some hard times. On Tuesday, it was the earthquakes then yesterday a plane crashed resulting in 23 deaths. More..

As if that is not enough, a Singapore news report this morning indicated two more quakes (different locations from the previous ones) measuring 5.9 and 6.3 on the Richter scale. No casualty reported.

Amsterdam, Venice of the North

"What's a good time to visit Europe?", my colleagues asked. They are looking into a Europe vacation covering just a number of countries and one of them being Holland, Amsterdam being their main interest. Spring is just around the corner, so they'd be able to see the fields of tulips in full bloom. I bet that would be a wonderful sight. In fact, every season of the year presents something different in Amsterdam also known as the "Venice of the North" with its beautiful canals.

Amsterdam is much visited by people from all over the world and this cultural capital of Holland has lots to offer and is evolving into an interesting melting pot of cultures and sub-cultures.

Attractions in Amsterdam include the house of Rembrandt, the famous painter who lived and worked in the old Jewish neighbourhood of the city; the house where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary. Taking a canal trip is a must and one will be wowed by the old pictureque buildings. For that bit of excitement, visit the marijuana museum or the sex museum or look around the infamous red-light district.

My colleagues will find that booking a hotel is so easy. There is a wide range of hotels available to suit every budget. Booking online is easiest with

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Earthquake in Sumatra

Did you feel the earthquake yesterday?

What to do during an earthquake
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The Best Insurance Package

I do marvel at people who sell insurance. I have friends who are selling insurance for a living and mind you they are extremely good at their job. Actually too good that they are at it all the time, almost. But then again, they are a great source of information on anything insurance.

Needless to say, having insurance is important so that any loss or damage can be compensated or our family can be taken care of should anything unforeseen happen. Life insurance is of utmost importance, of course. Other priorities include home insurance and auto insurance. I hear David Beckham, the famous English footballer, has taken out an insurance package on his pair of legs that's worth millions of pounds. But that's for another post.

We normally sign up for policies with our usual insurance agencies but are we getting a good quote from them? Perhaps we should shop around for the best quotes?

Monday, March 5, 2007

Disorder in the Court

Robin, I hope you are not reading this. I simply couldn't resist it.

Shhhhhhhh.... don't let him hear you laughing.

These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts, and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters who had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.

ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS : I forget.
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of
something you forgot?
ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you
that morning?
WITNESS : He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS : My name is Susan.
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies
in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS : Did you actually pass the bar exam?
ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS : Would you repeat the question?
ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS : Uh....
ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS : He was about medium height and had a beard.
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you
performed on dead people?
WITNESS : All my autopsies are performed on dead people.
ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS : The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS : No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was
doing an autopsy on him!
ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
And, the best for last

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you
check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive
when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS : Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: But could the patient have still been alive,
WITNESS : Well, I guess it's possible he could be out
practicing law somewhere.

Chap Goh Meh

The first fifteen days of the Chinese or Lunar New Year is celebrated with much pomp and splendour and yesterday marked the last day of the fifteenth. There is even a name given to it here in Malaysia. It is Chap Goh Meh which simply translates to the "fifteenth night" in the Chinese Hokkien and Teochew dialects. It is also referred to as the "Lantern Festival" or the "Chinese Valentine's Day". Readers of this blog are well-versed with what entails pertaining to the latter, i.e., the Chinese Valentine's Day.

However, for those uninitiated, this is the evening where in olden times in China, unmarried ladies toss oranges into the river or the sea in the hope of finding a husband. I always thought this was an ancient practice but was surprised to read in the papers the other day that people in Malaysia do practise this. These days, even unmarried men are also taking part. What they do is they write their contact number and name on the orange before tossing the fruit.

This is all quite fun but I wonder what are the chances of ending up in a marriage this way? Of course, there is another more reliable way of getting a date as well as getting married a step further. These days, one can go online. There is this high quality online dating site,, that is sure to have a suitable match for any single looking for a meaningful relationship or just want some dating fun.

Even though this site is free, the features are really as good as any paid site. Join the site and view thousands of online personals. The emphasis here is high quality but don't take my word for it. Check out the site for yourself. This could be a great start to a wonderful online dating experience leading to a meaningful relationship.

Friday, March 2, 2007

Smile, Friday is here again

Have I ever mentioned that I love Fridays? Not because I'm a Friday child but the feeling of a weekend so close at hand creates such a sweet feeling.

Some jokes to wind down the week but you might have come across them but it's okay, have another laugh.

Have a great weekend and Gong Xi Fa Cai again, y'all!

Two men met while both where looking for their lost wives.
1st: How yours look like?
2nd: She is 5"7, 36-24-36, Fair, Black eyes. What about yours?
1st: Forget mine. Lets find yours!!

Man comes home, finds his wife with his friend in bed.
He shoots his friend to death.
Wife says, "If you behave like this, you will lose ALL your friends".

Small Boy wrote to Santa Claus," send me a brother"
Santa wrote back," SEND ME YOUR MOTHER"

What is the definition of Mistress?
Someone between the Mister and Mattress

Husband asks , "Do u know the meaning of WIFE??
"Without Information Fighting Everytime"
Wife replies," No, It means, "With Idiot For Ever !!!"

Three Feelings:
What's the difference between stress, tension and panic?
Stress is when wife is pregnant,
Tension is when girlfriend is pregnant, and
Panic is when both are pregnant.

Teacher: u know the importance of period?
Kid: Ya, once my sister said she has missed one,
my mom fainted, dad got heart attack & our driver ran away.

Women asked man who is traveling with six children, all these kids are urs??? No, I work in a condom factory & these are customer complaints.

Son asks difference between confidence and confidential Dad says,
you are my son, i'm confident. Your friend is also my son, that's

Mother to her teenage daughter: I think this is the right time we should talk about sex. Daughter (Excitingly): Sure mom, tell me what do you want to know. Mother Faints...

Safeguard the Web for Our Children

I first read about this in Bernard's site and I am all for it. As more and more children use the Internet, the probability of them being exposed to material not suitable for them, i.e., adult stuff, is high as the Internet is a place where this sort of material is easily accesible. It is therefore timely that something be done to safeguard the Web for Our Children.

BloggerPower has initiated a project to safeguard the Web for children. How we as bloggers can help is to post a request to all the “adult site” webmasters. You can either write your own article about it, or simply use BloggerPower's letter as follows:

" Please require a password-protected login before allowing even free access to explicit adult content. We understand that selling porn is your business and we respect your right to make a legal living. But understand our legitimate concerns and work with us. You already have the “warning adult content” on your websites. Yet kids, who are not legal customers of your product, ignore the warning. So to prevent them from having direct access to explicit images, texts and sounds, the simplest way is to have a password-protected login. No more “free tours” before a visitor supplies basic information."

Let's all band together for the sake of all children.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

A death-defying act

We go through life, some mundane, others exciting, unusual, difficult, challenging but in most cases, change is not an option. Human nature is difficult to fathom. That's why the world is such a melting pot of differences. Some of us put ourselves in a spot, some in the work environment others in our leisure activities the latter, mostly by choice, I should think. Have you ever, ever done anything death-defying either at work or in your pursuit of leisure? The following article may be a case in point.

This is a case of photographer photographs photographer. The following photographs were taken by photographer Hans van de Vorst at the Grand Canyon, Arizona. The descriptions are his own. The identity of the photographer IN the photos is unknown.

I was simply stunned seeing this guy standing on this solitary rock IN the Grand Canyon.
The canyon's depth is 900 meters here. The rock on the right is next to the canyon and safe.

Watching this guy in his thong sandals, with a camera and a tripod I asked myself 3 questions:

1. How did he climb that rock?
2. Why not take the sunset picture on that rock to the right, which is perfectly safe?
3. How will he get back?

This is the point of no return.

After the sun set behind the canyon's horizon he packed his things (having only one hand available) and prepared himself for the jump. This took about 2 minutes.
At that point he had the full attention of the crowd.

After that, he jumped on his thong sandals....

Now you can see that the adjacent rock is higher so he tried to land lower, which is quite steep and tried to use his one hand to grab the rock.

We've come to the end of this little story. Look carefully at the photographer.
He has a camera, a tripod and also a plastic bag, all on his shoulder or in his left hand.
Only his right hand is available to grab the rock and the weight of his stuff is a problem.
He lands low in his flip flops both his right hand and right foot slips away...
At that moment I take this shot.

He pushes his body against the rock.
He waits for a few seconds, throws his stuff on the rock, climbs and walks away.....

Now, did that little episode get your adrenalin pumping? Actually, the title of the article is "Leap of faith.....or stupidity?". What do you think?