Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Here in Malaysia, people are still snapping up new houses. Looks like real estate investment is still high on people's priorities. Buyers have known to queue up way before the developer's office opens.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Leadership training has also evolved and allows you to apply any leadership styles and skills in real time, and have you discover what you don't know in the safety of simulations.
Indeed, training methods have come a long way.
A young man wished to buy a pair of gloves for his sweetheart's birthday, so he went to an expensive boutique, bought the finest gloves available and asked the saleswoman to have them delivered with a note.
While wrapping the gloves, a clerk accidentally mixed up the order and sent a pair of panties instead.
Here is the note the young man sent to his sweetheart:
I chose these, because I noticed that you are not in the habit of wearing any when we go out in the evening. I would have chosen long ones with buttons, but because your sister wears the short ones that are so easy to remove, I decided to get the same style for you.
Although these are a delicate shade, the lady I bought them from showed me a pair she had been wearing for three weeks and they were hardly soiled. I had the sales girl try them on for me and they looked really smart.
I wish I could be there to put them on for you for the first time. No doubt many other hands will touch them before I see you again. When you take them off, remember to blow in them before putting them away as they will naturally be a little damp from wearing. Be sure to keep them on while cleaning them so they don't shrink. Just think how many times I will kiss them during the coming year. I hope you like them and will wear them for me on Friday night.
All my Love.
P. S. The latest style is to wear them folded down with a little fur showing.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
SIA, the first to operate the double-decker giant sold more than 650 one-way seats to Sydney and back in a charity auction. The bids came from 35 nationalities paying from USD560 for an economy seat to USD100,300 for a pair of one-way suite tickets. Close to USD2million (RM7million) were raised for charity.
The A380 is the biggest jetliner ever built. The combined floor space of its two decks could contain nine squash courts with a tail seven storeys high. Airports have had to widen runways and install special jetways just to handle the plane.
The aircraft has been certified to carry 853 passengers, yet SIA is providing just 471 seats on the aircraft which has 50% more floor space than the Boeing 747-400. The French fashion house, Givenchy, has been hired by the airline to create the interior of the plane.
For all that luxury, SIA's first class fares between Singapore and Sydney are 20% more than for the same route on the airline's 747-400s. The one-way fare comes up to around USD6000, excluding taxes and extra charges. Business class passengers pay a 15% premium, about USD4140 one way, excluding taxes and charges.
Seven out of the 14 carriers that plan to fly the A380 are also doing them up in luxury. The seven are Emirates Airline, Qantas Airways, Deutsche Lufthansa, Air France-KLM, Korean Air, Kingfisher Airlines and SIA. They have all configured their planes with an average of 503 seats even though the A380 is certified to carry 853 passengers.
SIA has 19 of the super-jumbos on order, Emirates 47 and Qantas 20. Airbus which has received an order for 165 A380s from 14 customers will need to sell about 420 units to break even.
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|Your Superpower Should Be Super Speed|
Your mind works at warp speed. From your perspective, everyone else is living in slow motion.
You get so much done, people have accused you of not sleeping.
Definitely not a couch potato, you feel a bit crazy if you're not busy doing something.
Why you would be a good superhero: You'd be the first on the scene... and likely to finish the job before anyone else shows up
Your biggest problem as a superhero: Being bored by everyone else. Including other superheroes!
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The Star reported that Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, the founder of the Genting Group and one of the world’s richest men, died Tuesday. He was 90.
His son Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay said his father died at the Subang Jaya Medical Centre where he was admitted two days ago.
The funeral will be held on Monday.
Remembering Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong
10,000 bid farewell to Lim Goh Tong
Ong: Goh Tong will be forever remembered
Final resting place for Goh Tong
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
A good night's sleep requires a good bed. A good-looking bed would be an added bonus, would it not? While checking out beds online, I came across some lovely French Beds. I think they'd pretty up any bedroom. You can now buy French design beds online.
A UK-based bed company which specialises in leather beds has a new collection of French beds. They have a wide range of French beds from painted rattan to painted upholstered to French gilt to Moulin Noir bed and many other designs. Any of these French-inspired beds would surely add a touch of romance to any bedroom.
I've always loved colours so was I glad I stumbled upon this site, Colourlovers. The profile says COLOURlovers™ is a resource that monitors and influences color trends. COLOURlovers gives the people who use color - whether for ad campaigns, product design, or in architectural specification - a place to check out a world of color, compare color palettes, submit news and comments, and read color related articles and interviews.
The beautiful picture below is borrowed from the site - sunset in Burma. The accompanying colourful essay provides great insights into the country that is undergoing turmoil and hopefully a change for the better. Enjoy Landmark Colors: Burma (Myanmar) and enjoy the site.
On a visit to Blackpool, finding a hotel to put up is not a difficult task as there are many Blackpool Hotels and the one you'd want to pickis Blackpool's newest hotel, the Big Blue Hotel.
The only Hotel on-site at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, a visit to the Big Blue Hotel will change the way you see Blackpool forever! The hotel has been recently voted Hotel of the Year at the Blackpool Tourism Awards. This unique hotel is located at the south entrance of Pleasure Beach on Ocean Boulevard. There are 157 spacious and beautifully designed bedrooms with a totally contemporary feel - perfect for both business and leisure.
The hotel is just five minutes from Blackpool Airport and a short stroll from Pleasure Beach's very own railway station. Europe's tallest and fastest rollercoaster, the Pepsi Max Big One, provides the breathtaking backdrop to the Big Blue Hotel with many rooms overlooking the park so that guests can truly experience the fun and excitement of staying at Pleasure Beach.
No visit to Blackpool is complete without a trip to the Pleasure Beach which is adjacent to the Big Blue Hotel. Set in 42 acres of grounds with over 145 rides and attractions, plus many cafes and restaurants, it includes many thrilling rides and the very best in theatrical entertainment with a capacity of over 7000 seats per day across 3 spectacular live shows.
And if you happen to be in Kuching, Sarawak, you simply have to contact FH2O. He takes adventurous folks out kayakking. New to the sport? No worries as kayaking with FH2O is very safe as he takes great pains to ensure high safety standards. Who knows, you might even get to savour some of the wild durians which are only available in that part of the country. FH2O will ensure you an unforgettable kayakking experience.
Blackpool (UK) has the UK's oldest theme park which is also one of the UK's biggest tourist attractions. On a 42-acre ground with more than 125 rides and attractions and spectacular shows, it welcomes almost 6 million visitors annually.
Pleasure Beach has everything from thrilling, white-knuckle rides like the Big Dipper. the Grand National and the Avalanche to the milder more leisurely river cruises.There's also the world's first interactive maze and Ripley's Believe it or not! Odditorium. There are lots more to enjoy at the Pleasure Beach - even shopping. With 54 restaurants and food outlets, no one would go hungry.
You don't have to cram everything into one day, put up a night or two at their new hotel, the Big Blue Hotel. It has spacious rooms and every category of rooms to suit every need. Being the newest hotel, the rooms are equipped with the latest amenities.
There is something unusual about these eight words. See whether you can figure it out: assess, banana, dresser, grammar, potato, revive, uneven, voodoo. The answer is at the end of the column. No peeking. In the meantime, here's something for English lovers. Click on article to enlarge.
Puzzler answer: If you take the first letter of each word, place it at the end of the word and read the word backward, it will be the same word.
Monday, October 22, 2007
A friend's colleague just came back from a two-week holiday in Europe. One of the cities she visited is Manchester. She took in a tour of Old Trafford, but of course. Being a fan of Manchester United, that's not to be missed. Manchester is not only Manchester United. She also went to the theatre and even attended a pop concert. Hotels in Manchester are aplenty and many of them are close to places of interest.
She spent a week in London too and she immensely enjoyed herself. London is home to countless historical and modern attractions, from the London Eye to the National Gallery and Tower of London. Admission to many top attractions is free. She was glad her accommodation in London was close enough to the places she visited. Anyone looking for London accommodation would have no trouble finding one close by to major places of interest. Even if one stays a liitle way off, the Tube is a convenient way to get around London.
A nurse noticed his predicament. " Sir", she said " You may use the ladies room if you promise not to touch any of the buttons on the wall."
He did what he needed to, and as he sat there he noticed the buttons he had promised not to touch. Each button was identified by letters: WW, WA, PP, and a red one labeled ATR. Who would know if he touched them?
He couldn't resist. He pushed WW. Warm water was sprayed gently upon his bottom. What a nice feeling, he thought. Men’s restrooms don't have nice things like this.
Anticipating greater pleasure, he pushed the WA button. Warm air replaced the warm water, gently drying his underside. When this stopped, he pushed the PP button.
A large powder puff caressed his bottom adding a fragile scent of spring flower to this unbelievable pleasure. The ladies restroom was more than a restroom, it is tender loving pleasure.
When the powder puff completed its pleasure, he couldn't wait to push the ATR button which he knew would be supreme ecstasy. He was immediately knocked out by an excruciating pain.
Next thing he knew he opened his eyes, he was in a hospital bed, and a nurse was staring down at him.
"What happened?" he exclaimed. “The last thing I remember was pushing the ATR button.”
MEN NEVER LISTEN, DO THEY?
Saturday, October 20, 2007
The Grand Canyon National park must be one of the most visited places in the United States with droves of tourists visiting the place every year. Arizona has other attractions too. There is the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert, the Hoover Dam, and Lake Mead. Even the much sung-about London Bridge has also been brought piece by piece to Arizona at Lake Havasu City. Manufacturing has become Arizona's most important industry, principal products being electrical, communications, and aeronautical items. Arizona luxury real estate must come with an interesting price tag.
Picture source: Wikipedia
Friday, October 19, 2007
|Your Five Factor Personality Profile|
You have low extroversion.
You are quiet and reserved in most social situations.
A low key, laid back lifestyle is important to you.
You tend to bond slowly, over time, with one or two people.
You have high conscientiousness.
Intelligent and reliable, you tend to succeed in life.
Most things in your life are organized and planned well.
But you borderline on being a total perfectionist.
You have high agreeableness.
You are easy to get along with, and you value harmony highly.
Helpful and generous, you are willing to compromise with almost anyone.
You give people the benefit of the doubt and don't mind giving someone a second chance.
You have low neuroticism.
You are very emotionally stable and mentally together.
Only the greatest setbacks upset you, and you bounce back quickly.
Overall, you are typically calm and relaxed - making others feel secure.
Openness to experience:
Your openness to new experiences is high.
In life, you tend to be an early adopter of all new things and ideas.
You'll try almost anything interesting, and you're constantly pushing your own limits.
A great connoisseir of art and beauty, you can find the positive side of almost anything.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Paris never sleeps. All year round, when day turns into night, when the lights go down on the city’s sublime sights and the French capital turns into one big dance floor. The Cabaret shows are also not to be missed when in Paris.
Did you know that there are some cities that are popular with honeymooners? According to a survey conducted in the US, the following are the Top Ten Best Honeymoon Destinations:
1. Paris, France
2. Rome, Italy
3. Venice, Italy
4. Bahamas, US
5. Rome, Italy
6. Sydney, Australia
7. London, England
9. French Riviera
The Russians sold the vast territory to the U.S. for $7.2 million dollars, or about two cents an acre. At the time, many Americans considered it money wasted on a worthless "icebox", but within a few years, Alaska's salmon fisheries brought an economic boom to Americans. Additionally, thirty years after the territory was transferred to the U.S., gold was discovered in Alaska.
An iceberg filled Portage Lake makes it one of the most popular destinations in Southcentral Alaska.
- Source: alaska.com
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
VisionBedding.com allows you that flexibility. You can personalize your blanket with photos of yourself, your friends and family. You can even have animal prints on it, your cat or dog, anything.
Giving a gift of a personalized blanket is an awesome idea, don't you think? Give a surfer a Surfer Bedding, for instance, and you'd have him or her as a friend for life. Perhaps not but he or she would be thrilled to bits.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
If your bag should spill its guts what would fall out? Would it be a book (to read while waiting in line for some appointment), a phone or two or even three (why not!), a pair of spare stockings, your vanity bag, an ipod perhaps, pens, one earring whose pearl has seen better days, a broken brooch, a half-eaten muesli bar, dog-eared brochures, a watch that shows five hours behind, a compass (that too, who knows!). What else?
This interesting item is ketupat, a type of dumpling made of rice that has been wrapped in a woven palm leaf pouch which is then boiled. As the rice cooks, the grains begin to expand to fill the pouch and the rice becomes compressed.
Ketupat is usually eaten with rendang (a type of dry beef curry) or served as an accompaniment to satay.
Ketupat used to be the staple during Hari Raya but these days, lemang has taken more prominence.
Lemang is a traditional Malay food cooked in a hollowed bamboo stick. Lemang is made of glutinous rice and coconut milk, with salt added for taste and cooked in a thick hollow bamboo stick over a slow fire. The hollow bamboo is lined with banana leaves before it is filled with rice. Lemang is best eaten with rendang.
Here's a demonstration of how lemang is prepared. (Source: The Star).
The start: The lemang maker inserts banana leaves into the hollow bamboo stick.
The next step: The hollow of the bamboo stick is filled with glutinous rice, leaving an inch or two of space at the top.
Cooking: The bamboo sticks are placed over a medium fire and turned every 15 minutes so that the lemang cooks evenly. It takes about three to four hours to cook the lemang.
End result: To serve the lemang, break open bamboo stick and remove the banana leaf and cut it. Lemang goes well with rendang or serunding. Serunding is tasty shredded meat.
Computer processor is a key component of a computer and Dell has a wide range of processors. Dell computer range includes the world famous Intel family of processors - providing great performance and reliability from a name you can trust. Computer processors come in a variety of specs and features so it is important to know what you need. If you are an engineer or a graphic designer and need to work on complex diagrams and artwork, you would need a Dell Precision 490, for instance. For assistance, Dell is always available to offer their expertise.
Dell computers are not sold at computer stores. That's one of the reasons why they are able to provide such amazing prices. Check out computer deals. Dell offers some fantastic omputer deals packed with the latest deals at unbelievable prices. Computer shopping can be done in the comfort of your home.
I'd buy from an award-winner. Wouldn't you?
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
You Are Iris
You are an interesting blend of fun and wisdom.
You definitely make people think about themselves and their place in the world.
But they'll have fun doing it. You definitely epitomize laughter therapy.
You are a very enriching and entertaining friend!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
The rocket launcher, carrying the Soyuz TMA-II spacecraft with Malaysian cosmonaut Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and crew members on board, lit up the clear night sky.
Also on the spacecraft were Nasa’s commander Peggy Whitson – the first female International Space Station (ISS) commander – and Russian Yuri Malechencko.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Beware of Garbage Trucks
David J. Pollay
How often do you let other people's nonsense change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee ruin your day? Unless you're the Terminator, for an instant you're probably set back on your heels. However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly he/she can get back her focus on what's important.
Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson. I learned it in the back of a New York City taxi cab. Here's what happened.
I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car's back end by just inches!
The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us.
My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was friendly. So, I said, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!'
And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck."
Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it. And if you let them, they'll dump it on you. When someone wants to dump on you, don't take it personally.
You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. You'll be happy you did.
So this was it: The 'Law of the Garbage Truck.' I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me? And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people: at work, at home, on the streets? It was that day I said, 'I'm not going to do it anymore.' I began to see garbage trucks. I see the load they're carrying. I see them coming to drop it off. And like my Taxi Driver, I don't make it a personal thing; I just smile, wave, wish them well, and I move on.
One of my favorite football players of all time, Walter Payton, did this every day on the football field. He would jump up as quickly as he hit the ground after being tackled. He never dwelled on a hit. Payton was ready to make the next play his best.
Good leaders know they have to be ready for their next meeting. Good parents know that they have to welcome their children home from school with hugs and kisses. Teachers and parents know that they have to be fully present, and at their best for the people they care about.
The bottom line is that successful people do not let Garbage Trucks take over their day. What about you? What would happen in your life, starting today, if you let more garbage trucks pass you by?
Here's my bet. You'll be happier.
So.. Love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don't. Believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance , TAKE IT! If it changes your life , LET IT! Nobody said it would be easy... They just promised it would be worth it!
Monday, October 8, 2007
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is a cosmopolitan Mediterranean city that incorporates both the charm of old Roman remains, medieval districts and the most beautiful of modern architecture. Such is the beauty, historical and cultural value of the emblematic buildings that they have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
The visitor, whether on business or pleasure, will enjoy Barcelona's Mediterranean character. The city has beautiful urban beaches, marinas, and seafront golf courses. Nature lovers will be able to hike through the hills that are part of the coastal mountain range and the Catalan Pyrenees.
Savour Barcelona's cuisine filled with rich Mediterranean flavours of the greatest of Catalonian recipes. You can find markets, art galleries and antique shops in Barcelona alongside crafts shops, fashion shops and open air markets. Discover a shopping world full of possibilities to satisfy all kinds of taste and all pockets.Barcelona is attractive and dynamic, and has become a favourite destination for incentive trips. The city has a wealth of quality facilities, large or small, along with a broad array of modern hotel accommodation. Whether it's business or pleasure, there is an abundance of hoteles en Barcelona. Booking accommodations online is convenient. Cheaperthanhotels offers last minute and year round accommodation at hotels , apartments and hostels in Spain at prices generally less than direct, with free inclusions and use of facilities.
Madrid, Spain's capital, is a cosmopolitan city located at the geographical centre of the Iberian peninsular. Its impressive Plaza Mayor (square), which was opened in 1620 and remains one of Spain's most popular and typical spots.
Art and culture are central to Madrid life. The city has 73 museums. Of these, the most important are the Prado Museum, one of the world's greatest art galleries. You will get to see great works of art by Picasso, Joan Miro, Salvador Dali among others.
Madrid's happening nightlife is another major attraction. Its pubs, bars, discos and flamenco clubs have a tremendous atmosphere, while by day there are traditional verbenas (open-air dances), popular festivals or the San Isidro bullfighting festival.
An enjoyable holiday needs planning. Having a nice place to stay and at the right price can contribute to a great holiday. Like in Barcelona, there is no shortage of nice hotels in Madrid. Whether last minute or year around booking, online booking offers accommodations at prices cheaper than hotels for great savings.
Friday, October 5, 2007
Your Inner Color is Yellow
Your Personality: Life's too short not to have fun. Your bright energy brings joy and laughter to those around you.
You in Love: A total flirt, you need a lot of freedom to play. But you'll be loyal to that one person who makes you feel safe.
Your Career: You love variety in a job, and you probably won't stick with one career. You would make a great professor, writer, or actor.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
The Internet has made it so easy for consumers to apply for cash advance or payday loans. A loan through the Internet has the advantages of it being done securely and anonymously from ones home and the loan process is often completed faster. If the application is approved, the loan amount is then wired into the applicant's bank account.
Check out some of the better and more economical cash advance marketing sites on the Web. There's Additional Earnings Pay Day Advance, Maximum Wages Cash Advance, even one called Silent Cash Loan Cash Advance. There is one specifically for women too, Womens Payday Advance.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
Sydney’s laid-back outdoor lifestyle and physical allure make it one of the world’s easiest and most pleasant cities to visit. There are lots to see and do in Sydney. The main attractions include the Opera House, the Sydney Harbour, Chinatown and King's Cross areas, the Rocks, just to name a few.
While in Sydney, don't miss catching the perfect wave at famous Bondi or Palm beaches or climbing to the very top of Sydney Harbour Bridge’s huge, over-arching span, by day or night with BridgeClimb or being inspired by a wonderful, magical performance at the Sydney Opera House or enthralled by one of the best Aboriginal art collections in the world at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
With accommodations aplenty in Sydney, holiday-makers are spoilt for choice as to the great number of Sydney hotels near the city's attractions.
Brisbane is also a popular place to visit. Famous for its great weather, exciting events and cultural scene, Brisbane has a sophisticated, warm and friendly charm plus, there is the charm of one of world's natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef. Brisbane city comes alive with weekend open air markets which provide a wonderful opportunity to not only find original gifts but to mix with locals. Just like Sydney, Brisbane hotels are in abundance with price ranges for every budget.
Due to work schedules, some people do not have the luxury of planning ahead for their holiday. In their case, Cheaperthanhotels Australia would be the site for them. It offers last minute and year round accommodation at prices usually far less than direct pricing with hotels. Offers often include free extras , such as breakfast, free meal and use of amenities.
We are about to enter the summer and BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity, as it's the only type of cooking a 'real' man will do, probably because there is an element of danger involved.
When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion:
(1) The woman buys the food.
(2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert.
(3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking,places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces,and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill - beer in hand.
Here comes the important part:
(4) THE MAN PLACES THE MEAT ON THE GRILL.
(5) The woman goes inside to organise the plates and cutlery.
(6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he deals with the situation.
(7) THE MAN TAKES THE MEAT OFF THE GRILL AND HANDS IT TO THE WOMAN.
(8) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread,utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table.
(9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.
And most important of all:
(10) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.
(11) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed "her night off."
And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women....