Friday, November 28, 2008

How to Enjoy Your Turkey like a Pro

Good ol' Google - so reliable about their logo for every occasion. Just spotted this one. Is this for Thanksgiving, you think, bountiful harvest and all?

A must-watch video -
How to enjoy Thanksgiving turkey dinner like a pro...

Friday Frolics - What Kind of Shopper Are You?

A loyal shopper. That's me. Actually, I'm more a picky shopper. Oops! Talk about shopping, it's Black Friday today in the US and I suspect some people are already queueing up in front of stores. Happy shopping!

You Are a Loyal Shopper

You are a very picky shopper and tend to be loyal to a few brands.

You are willing to pay extra to buy from a brand you trust.

Of all the types, you're the most likely to own many designer items.

You don't seek out sales as much as most people... unless it's a sale at your favorite store!

Find Out More About Yourself

Take A Closer Look At Credit Cards

Many people here do not really pay attention to the types of credit cards offered thus not fully benefitting from the credit cards. This is partly due to ignorance of what's available. We need to be more aware of the types of credit cards available in order to take advantage of the special features or benefits.

How many consumers know enough to apply for cards with 0% APR credit card offers as opposed to those without? The next time should you apply for a credit card, you may want to take a closer look at what is being offered. It's to your benefit to be more discerning.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving Day as celebrated in the western culture. Whether one celebrates this happy holiday or not, everyone has something to be thankful for.. Happy Thanksgiving!

It is sad that amid this air of festivity of thanksgiving, renewing family ties, turkey dinners and all, something like the terror attacks incident in Mumbai has to happen. CNN reported at least 85 dead and 200 wounded. However, as at this morning, the death toll has risen to 100 and the wounded, 314.

A TV station reported that terrorists have hit a fifth location--a hospital in addition to a train station. A van drove up and opened fire.

It was also reported that terrorists were rounding up US and UK passport-holders.

Related news:
At least 78 dead in Mumbai 'terror attacks'
Troops confront Mumbai


Have you heard of anyone losing a phone memory card and that by accident? Or perhaps you have personally experienced it?

I have a girlfriend who has taken some shots of an important family function and when she was ready to download the pictures, found the memory card missing. She has no idea when it had gone missing.

It is a good thing that memory cards are easy to replace but unfortunately, memories captured on film (for lack of a better term) are irreplaceable.

If you are dependent on your cellphone for picture-taking, you may want to take extra precaution because I hear some cellphones have weaker design in the area of memory card storage.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Yoga Aside

Life is about choices and the choices we make affect the way we live - from what to wear for the day, the route we take to work, where to park your car today, what to eat for breakfast, to being nice to everyone in the office, and so forth.

These are just the mundane actions we take on auto mode. Yes, they still are decisions if you think about it. Sometimes, we add a little zest to our life with bigger decisions such as a change in career path, or house-buying and with it the associated decisions. Yes, even choosing area rugs can be quite daunting at times.

On a serious note, aren't we glad to have this freedom to choose? Yoga aside.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

ISTP - The Mechanics

Bonnie left a link to an interesting website, Typealyzer, in this post. Thanks, Bonnie.

If you have not checked it out, you may want to do so and learn what the contents of your blog tell about you. Oh yeah, they do.. Now you know.

In an earlier Friday Frolics on Personality Type, the result identified me as an ISFJ. However, Typealyzer here came up with an ISTP reading from the stuff I blog about. Interesting.

Here's what it says..

ISTP - The Mechanics

The independent and problem-solving type. They are especially attuned to the demands of the moment are masters of responding to challenges that arise spontaneously. They generally prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts.

The Mechanics enjoy working together with other independent and highly skilled people and often like seek fun and action both in their work and personal life. They enjoy adventure and risk such as in driving race cars or working as policemen and firefighters.

This diagram shows what parts of the brain that were dominant during writing.

Now, your turn. Find out which parts of your brains tick when you are doing your thing.

Penang World Heritage Site not in jeopardy, afterall

In my post several days ago about the possibility of George Town (Penang) losing its UNESCO World Heritage site status, we are now assured that "George Town’s World Heritage Site status is not in jeopardy as the upcoming high-rise hotels in the area were approved with UNESCO’s knowledge," said a former state exco member.

Last Saturday night, thousands of Malaysians and foreign tourists witnessed the official awarding of the UNESCO World Heritage Site to George Town and Malacca at a colourful ceremony at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.

The award arrived on an elephant, was passed to UNESCO’s regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific Director, Hubert J. Gijzen, who then handed it to Malaysia’s UNESCO national committee president, Education Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammud-din Tun Hussein. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, then received the award from Hishammuddin.

All's well that ends well..

Source: The Star

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Language of Signs

Signs are great communication tools. Though they can sometimes be misleading or ambiguous, once in a while you come across some really hilarious ones, like these as submitted to . The comments are copied verbatim from the site, simply because I couldn't do better. Enjoy them... For more chuckles, visit the site.

A sign in Beijing Zoo says..

Oh dear!...Is the car park half full or half empty?

Drive-by surgery
The streets in Wausau are kept so clean you could perform surgery on them.
Location: Wausau, Wisconsin

Deep thinkers ahead
Superficial drivers should proceed with caution.
Location: Opiki, New Zealand

Fresh flesh
We only sell the fleshest food.
Location: Tokyo, Japan

Have you come across any that can top these?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Yoga is not for Muslims

Yoga is a popular form of exercise and is practised by people of all ethnic groups.

On Saturday, the National Fatwa Council, Malaysia's Islamic body, declared that yoga is prohibited in Islam and Muslims are banned from practising it saying it had elements of Hinduism that could erode the faith of Muslims.

Related news:
The Star:
Fatwa Council deems ancient form of exercise from India 'haram'
Hindu Sangam urges Fatwa Council to ‘be more sensitive’

Top Islamic body: Yoga is not for Muslims

Atlas of The Real World

The map of the world above is what we are familiar with - the size of each country is correctly shaped as how we know it. With a whole bunch of things going on around us, it would be nice, in a way, if we are able to tell what happens where mostly or who is screwing it up for the world, etc. Well, now we can.

There is this new book titled Atlas of the Real World that has 366 digitally-modified maps depicting the nations of the world not by their physical size but by their demographic importance on a range of subjects. Basically mapping the way we live.

Below are a few interesting cartograms, as they are called. I'm surprised that Malaysia and Greece have been noted as countries with the most motorcycles and mopeds. Read on..

Mopeds and motorcycles
The size of each nation indicated the total number of motorcycles and mopeds there. The largest number of motorcycles per person is in Malaysia and Greece - where there are more than one for every five people - closely followed by Thailand, Cambodia and Italy.

Projected wealth in the year 2015
China seems set to come full circle from 2,000 years ago. If estimates are correct, by 2015 China will be producing 27 per cent of the world's wealth, up from just five per cent in 1960.

Housing prices
The size of each territory shows the total value of all housing, adjusted for local purchasing power. Western Europe contains the most expensive housing, while Africa and South Asia has the cheapest, even after allowing for the fact that money goes further here.

HIV prevalence
The size of each territory shows the number of people aged 15 to 49 with HIV. The highest prevalence exists in Swaziland, where 38 per cent of 15 to 49-year-olds carry the virus. More than a fifth of people in Botswana, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia, within this age range, carry HIV.

Alcohol consumption
The size of each nation shows the total quantity of alcohol consumed. Per person, the world's heaviest drinkers are Ugandans, followed by people in Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Ireland, Moldova and France.

Nuclear weapons
As of 2002, eight countries are known or suspected to have strategic nuclear weapons: the United States, Russia, France, China, the United Kingdom, Israel, India and Pakistan.

Increase in emissions of carbon dioxide
Between 1980 and 2000, nearly three-quarters of all territories saw an increase in carbon dioxide emissions, with China, the United States and India leading the way.

Decrease in emissions of carbon dioxide
Between 1980 and 2000, 28 per cent of countries reduced their emissions. Almost half of reduction were made in territories of the former Soviet Union, while Germany (15 per cent), Poland (eight per cent) and France (six per cent) also made substantial cuts.


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Mustard-roasted Potatoes, anyone?

It's been raining the past few days. The good side of it is, it cools down the temperature, otherwise it can get rather unbearable here what with the high humidity.

The weather is beautiful today. Beautiful as in the sun is up, the sky is blue and today being Saturday. Saturday! Yes! I went to Old Town Petaling Jaya on a mission. This part of PJ is still a bit kampong (rural) and you can sometimes catch chickens picking food by the roadside.

I saw a scene that made me gasp. It was too faraway to be captured on film though. It was a flock of birds - three turkeys, a few hens and a dark, tall and handsome cockerel. What a sight. They were all hanging out together, something like a multi-ethnic group of human friends. Cool!

Back at home, online now, and the first link on Twitter brought me to this wonderful potato dish/snack. You know I don't review food here but I just can't resist posting this for you - easy-to-prepare mustard-roasted potatoes. I'm thinking great as a snack with a long cool drink or just vegging out in front of the tv. I'm posting the pictures here but you can go here for the recipe. Enjoy the day!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Pinhole Glasses - Have You Heard?

The other day, I met Jenn, a former colleague, at a function and was surprised at how well she looked. I thought she swopped her glasses for contacts but apparently her vision has improved so much, she no longer needs glasses.

She said the secret lies in a pair of pinhole glasses that she recently acquired from a friend's recommendation. I have never heard of pinhole glasses so she clued me in a little. At the same time, I had to find out for myself how a simple pair of eyeglasses could cause such a major transformation. Now I can share it with you.

Firstly, this is how pinhole glasses look like. Pinhole glasses or pinhole eyeglasses, consist of precision-manufactured lightweight perforated plastic lenses, inset into standard metal or plastic spectacle frames. These glasses are ideal for sufferers of refractive eye disorders, the elderly and computer users.

A little about how these pinhole glasses work. In a healthy eye, light rays are focused into a single point on the light sensitive retina at the back of the eyeball. Depending on the type of refractive disorder endured, less healthy eyes focus light rays either in front of or behind the retina, casting a 'blur circle' on the retina itself. The pinholes on the surface of the plastic lenses of the pinhole glasses effectively narrow down the aperture of the eye's pupil, thus allowing a narrower beam of light through to the eye lens with a greater depth of field. The narrow beam casts a smaller 'blur circle' on the retina, improving your vision.

It seems achieving perfect vision is possible. Probably, Jenn's vision is near perfect as she is going about her business without the aid of prescription glasses. She drives too.

Looks like pinhole glasses really do work. At $14.99 a pair, it's really a steal. The price aside, they are not bad-looking, they are light weight, durable and one pair suits all situations. You can watch tv and read a book with the same pair. Talk about convenience.

So, for those of you who are currently wearing glasses, are you game enough to try this modern and affordable alternative to prescription eyeglasses, eh?

Friday Frolics - What Kind of Intelligence Do You Have?

This week's quiz is about Intelligence. No, not how clever you are but rather what are you more inclined towards. I don't know about being linguistically intelligent, but I do know I speak a few Chinese dialects.

Find out about yourself..

Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence

You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.

An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.

You are also good at remembering information and convincing someone of your point of view.

A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.

You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.

Other Fun Personality Quizzes

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Web-hosting: How to Pick the Right Service

More and more people are going online, either for social reasons or for making a living. With the current downturn in the economy, an article I read the other day, says that with layoffs mounting, people are turning to the Internet to generate income.

Setting up a business online is not too difficult. The initial outlay is very minimal. There is no need of a physical office. One can operate from home off a personal computer or better still a laptop, the latter offering mobility and convenience. Perhaps a telephone line as well. The biggest investment is probably your time - time to do research, time to have site set up and other essentials.

An online business is for the long haul. The one single item that is needed is website hosting. You would want to make sure that you have a reliable website hosting company. Not just any web-hosting service but one that offers the best features available, such as unlimited space, unlimited traffic, at least one free domain for an indefinite time, and at the cheapest rate available. Shop around for the best package.

Penang - A UNESCO World Heritage Site no more?

Two Malaysian cities were designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. One is the city of Malacca, the other is Penang. Now, Penang is in a dilemma of possibly losing the status should they go ahead with the approved plan of building four high-rise hotels which would be in the heritage core and buffer zones and which violate the guidelines approved by the World Heritage Committee (WHC).

Under stringent heritage guidelines, a maximum height of 18m or roughly five storeys was set for new buildings in the two zones.

Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, said, “Now, we’re caught in a conundrum. If we allow the buildings to go ahead, we may risk the status, but if we stop the buildings, we could be sued for hundreds of millions which will definitely bankrupt the local council."

What are your thoughts? Should this building give way to a high-rise in the name of development?

An artist’s impression of the Rice Miller boutique hotel which will be built in Weld Quay, George Town. It is one of four projects to be carried out in the island’s heritage zone, a move that could threaten Penang’s World Heritage Site listing.

Source: The Star

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

KL's Not Pretty Today

KL's not pretty today. It's been raining since morning, and still is. Still, I can't complain. There are worse things.

Hope you are having the weather of your liking.

Steve Wozniak, Geek Of The Month

I just read an interview with Steve Wozniak,'s first Geek Of The Month. This is Part 1 of a two-part interview.

Steve Wozniak, (I'm sure you recognise the name), is co-founder of Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.). He is also known as the "Other Steve" (Steve Jobs being the other one) as well as other nicknames including "The Woz", "Wonderful Wizard of Woz" and "iWoz".

Other than autobiographies and biographies, I find that interviews too provide some knowledge about significant individuals, people who have impacted the world, our lives. These accounts give us the whys and the wherefores of the events, situations and personalities that we would not have known otherwise.

If you are interested, here is the interview with Steve Wozniak.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

15sen reduction in fuel prices

Oh goodie! Effective midnight last night, fuel price has been reduced by 15sen.
The pump price of RON97 petrol is now at RM2 a litre from RM2.15 while the retail price of RON92 petrol and diesel is RM1.90 a litre. In line with this reduction, supermarkets and hypermarkets have also marked down many essential items.

Another item that went down, down as in buried are these locally-made biscuits which have been found to be melamine-tainted. All 12,000kg of various types ended up in landfills.

Picture Source..The Star

Monday, November 17, 2008

Buddha Has Returned

I read with interest the newspaper article about a 15-year-old Nepalese boy meditating beneath a pipal tree for months without food and water. This was sometime back.

Then last week, I saw a documentary on tv about him. The film showed him sitting beneath the tree, still, eyes closed. The place was crowded with pilgrims who came to the dense jungle of southern Nepal to worship this 15-year-old boy who has been hailed as a new Buddha.

Devotees claim that Ram Bomjon, who is silently meditating beneath a tree, has not eaten or drunk anything since he sat down at his chosen spot six months ago.

This is exactly how he looked like.

Three years have gone by.

The teenage boy revered by many as a reincarnation of Buddha sat silently in the jungle as he blessed his devotees Wednesday with a light tap on the head, which they consider the touch of the divine.

His face was still, his long hair spilled over his white robe, and he never said a word.

Continue reading..Nepal devotees flock to 'Buddha reincarnation'

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday Frolics - What Freudian Stage Are You In?

Last week, we did something (Carl) Jungian. This week, let's do something Freudian, Sigmund Freud, that is.

From Wikipedia, Freud is best known for his theories of the unconscious mind and the defense mechanism of repression and for creating the clinical practice of psychoanalysis for curing psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst.

Freud is also renowned for his redefinition of sexual desire as the primary motivational energy of human life, as well as the interpretation of dreams as sources of insight into unconscious desires, among others.

Interesting stages of development depicted in the results of this Freudian quiz.

You Are in the Genital Stage of Development

According to Dr. Freud, you've reached the genital stage of development.

Whatever issues you may have had in your childhood have been resolved.

You don't have any hang ups, and you are able to function as a stable adult.

You are the model of being well-adjusted, and you are able to balance your life beautifully.

Other Fun Quizzes

Singapore Zoo Incident

Heard over the radio this morning about a horrifying incident which happened in the Singapore Zoo in which a cleaner was mauled to death by two white tigers. The incident was photographed as well as captured on video by holiday-makers. The news is on the frontpage of the Straits Times of Singapore.

Eye-witnesses said they had earlier seen the victim shouting and throwing things as he walked by the crocodile enclosure, a short distance from the tiger enclosure.

Life is indeed so uncertain. Health too if we don't take the effort to maintain our health, which begs the question. Do you have health insurance? Health insurance ensures better medical treatment when you need it.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Of The US President and The White House Remodelling

Read that has the best pictures. Below are some of them. This batch features Barack Obama, but of course.

The White House will be remodeled for the new President and a basketball court will be a new addition. Yes, US President-elect, Barack Obama, plays basketball and is pretty good at it too. Some fast facts here about Obama Basketball.

The White House will be remodelled for the new First Family. There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and 6 levels in the residence. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases and 3 elevators. In addition, there's a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater and bowling alley. And now, there will be a new basketball court. How do you think they should redecorate it? Wanna vote on which style or design aesthetic best suits the Obamas? You can vote here on

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Eye on Malaysia in Malacca

The Eye on Malaysia after being in Kuala Lumpur for more than a year has finally found a permanent home in the historical city and a World Heritage site of Malacca. It was launched amid pomp and splendour last Friday, November 7, 2008. A fireworks display enthralled the 10,000-strong crowd of locals and tourists.

This 60m ferris wheel with 42 air-conditioned gondolas is located at the mouth of the Malacca river on a 1.6ha leisure park. The Eye on Malaysia is among three main attractions on the park. There will be a 30m by 60m water screen, tipped to be the largest in the region. It would display scenes of Malacca’s landmarks. This will be ready by December.

The third attraction would be a 4D space exhibition which would give patrons a feel of outer space. This will be operational by February next year.

Source: The Star.. Eye on Malacca

Air Asia Strikes Again

In case you have not had the chance to read the headlines yet, and if you intend to travel second or early third quarter of next year, this piece of AirAsia news may be for you.

Air Asia is doing it again! They are offering 500,000 free seats with no fuel surcharge. Booking period is from today, Wed, until Sunday. Travel date for the free seats is from June 22 to Oct 24 next year.

In fact, all AirAsia and AirAsia X passengers will now no longer have to pay for the fuel surcharge for all local and international flights. However, should fuel prices increase in the future, the fuel surcharge would be reintroduced. Fuel surcharge can set a traveller back an average of RM47 per person, so there is some savings there.

Passengers would now only have to pay for the fare, airport tax and administration fee when flying with Air Asia, and, of course, the check-in baggage handling fee.

Talk about baggage, what's the biggest number of bags that you have ever checked in? Anything close to the number that Mariah Carey and her husband, Nick Cannon, brought along on their 3-night visit to London? Between them, they had 20 bags.

But I digress. So, if travel is on your cards for next year, make it an AirAsia destination and book your free seat. You have until Sunday.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fishing, anyone?

We communicate to understand one another. Sometimes, we don't need to, as body language can do just as well. Are there times, we don't want to know what happened or simply too afraid to ask? Or, do we prefer a little mystery in our life for that extra excitement?

*She Has Destroyed My Fishing Pleasure!*

Saturday morning I got up early, dressed quietly, made my lunch, grabbed the
dog, slipped quietly into the garage to hook the boat to the truck, and
backed out into a torrential downpour.

The wind was blowing 50 mph. I drove back into the garage, turned on the car
radio and discovered that the weather was going to be bad all day long.

I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed. I
cuddled up to my wife's back, now with a different purpose in mind, and
whispered " The weather out there is horrible ! "

My loving wife of twenty years replied, " Can you believe my stupid husband
is out fishing in this crap ? "

I still don't know to this day whether she was joking, but I have given up

Source unknown

The Story about Bottled Water

People in Malaysia are blessed in that we can drink water straight off from the tap albeit some of us have it filtered. The Chinese comunity would have it boiled and then cooled for drinking. This is a practice from way back when. Still, there are some of us who drink just bottled water. Below is a good story on bottled water from

Monday, November 10, 2008

Bavarian Bierhaus - German outlet’s new branch draws KLCC crowd

I just had my lunch but this picture of a generous portion of a mixed sausage platter gets me hungry all over again.

This mouth-watering dish is on the menu of Kuala Lumpur's newest branch of a German restaurant, Bavarian Bierhaus. The new outlet is located at Wisma UOA with the first one being at The Curve in Petaling Jaya.

When it comes to German cuisine, not only sausages, pork knuckles come to mind and they top the favourites at this restaurant. There are a few types to choose from and new at this outlet are the Crispy Knuckle with Pineapple Gravy and the Crispy Knuckle with Thyme Infusion.

Pork lovers’ must-try at the outlet is also the Pork Ribs, which is another hearty meal like the knuckles.

Pretzels, who can forget pretzels. The pretzels are fresh and aromatic. They can be eaten with Odatza, a savoury dip made from soft cheese, garlic, cream and pepper.

The outlet also has an interesting snack menu to go with its crisp and smooth Paulaner beers.

It also has an interesting offer of set lunches at RM19++. It comes with a main course, soup of the day, iced-lemon tea or a soft drink.

BAVARIAN BIERHAUS, No. 8, ground floor, Wisma UOA II, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur. Business Hrs: noon to 11pm, daily. Sun, 3pm to 11pm. Tel: 03-2166 7268. Non-Halal.

Source: The Star..German outlet’s new branch draws KLCC crowd

Is Your Mom Like This Too?

Being a multi-racial, multi-ethnic society here, it is not easy not to come across race- or ethnic-specific real situations or in written form. Take the piece below, for instance. I am sure every group has its own idiosyncrasies. And that's what makes life so colorful, challenging and fun.

Phone rings. INDIAN MOTHER (in strong Indian accent) picks up the phone and answers:

Indian Mother: Hello?

Daughter: Hi Mom. Can I leave the kids with you tonight?

Indian Mother: You're going out? chi chi chi chi

Daughter: Yes.

Indian Mother: With whom?

Daughter: With a friend.

Indian Mother: I don't know why you left your husband. He is such a good man.

Daughter: I didn't leave him. He left me!

Indian Mother: You let him leave you, and now you go out with anybodies and nobodies.

Daughter: I do not go out with anybody. Can I bring over the kids?

Indian Mother: I never left you to go out with anybody except your father.

Daughter: There are lots of things that you did and I don't.

Indian Mother: What are you hinting at?

Daughter: Nothing. I just want to know if I can bring the kids over tonight.

Indian Mother: You're going to stay the night with him? What will your husband say if he finds out?

Daughter: My EX husband. I don't think he would be bothered. From the day he left me, he probably never slept alone!

Indian Mother: So you're going to sleep over at this loser's place?

Daughter: He's not a loser.

Indian Mother: A man who goes out with a divorced woman with children is a loser and a parasite.

Daughter: I don't want to argue. Should I bring over the kids or not?

Indian Mother: Poor children with such a mother.

Daughter: Such a what?

Indian Mother: With no stability. No wonder your husband left you.

Daughter: ENOUGH!!!

Indian Mother: Don't scream at me. You probably scream at this loser too!

Daughter: Now you're worried about the loser?

Indian Mother: Ah, so you see he's a loser. I spotted him immediately.

Daughter: Goodbye mother.

Indian Mother: Wait! Don't hang up! When are you bringing them over?

Daughter: I'm not bringing them over! I'm not going out!

Indian Mother: If you never go out, how do you expect to meet anyone?

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Horse Riding as a Hobby

Horses are a rare sight here in Kuala Lumpur. I mean we do not see them in main thoroughfares like in Canada, for instance. We do not have farms here that require horses.

The only places we are able to see a horse or two are in the zoo or at a horse riding school, the latter, most of us would not ever think about visiting unless one is into horse riding.

Besides obtaining membership to an equestrian club, horse riding involves the right apparel and equipment such as riding boots, riding breeches, riding helmets, show clothes, horse blankets, saddles and much more. I hear English saddles are much sought after.

In temperate climes, autumn heralds the dawn of the best riding time of the year. The days are cooler, the flies are fewer and breathtaking fall colors add up to great riding experiences. If trail riding is your main interest, the trails will be more beautiful than ever.

Have You Been to Las Vegas?

Over lunch the other day, my co-workers and I got to talking about going places and what are our dream destinations.

A friend related that he lost his wallet (of cards and cash) the very first day in Rome. Oh dear!, I thought to myself and that's the place, plus the rest of Italy, that tops my list of places to visit. LOL!

Las Vegas is a popular choice. Those who have been there sang praises about the place and the abundance of accommodation. Hotels las vegas are aplenty, that's what they noticed.

A Home Away from Home

One of the good things of Malaysia's colonial heritage is the big vacation homes our colonial ancestors left behind.

If you were to visit holiday places like Penang, Frasers Hill, Cameron Highlands and even Port Dickson, and looking for a place to stay, you would be able to find vacation homes for rental just like those Outer Banks rentals in North Carolina.

Someone I know used to own a vacation home outfit and it even has its own private beach. It's on the west coast, so sunset is truly a sight to behold.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Friday Frolics - What's Your Personality Type?

Some things you don't realise about yourself until it is worded. Beats me about those letters though, the ISFJ. Somehow they look familiar, like I have seen them somewhere before. Anyway, no point losing sleep over them, right? Enjoy the quiz and have a wonderful weekend. May you have blue skies and all things nice.

You Are An ISFJ

The Nurturer

You have a strong need to belong, and you are very loyal.

A good listener, you excel at helping others in practical ways.

In your spare time, you enjoy engaging your senses through art, cooking, and music.

You find it easy to be devoted to one person... a partner who you do special things for.

In love, you express your emotions through actions.

Taking care of someone is how you love them. And you do it well!

At work, you do well in a structured environment. You complete tasks well and on time.

You would make a good interior designer, chef, or child psychologist.

How you see yourself: Competent, dependable, and detail oriented

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Boring, dominant, and stuck in a rut

Other Fun Quizzes

Sex by the Fence

I know, it is Friday and we are supposed to be doing a quiz but I simply can't resist this one. Too funny! In fact, it is too funny to be dirty - Enjoy!

The husband leans over and asks his wife, 'Do you remember the first time we had s e x together over fifty years ago? We went behind the village tavern where you leaned against the back fence and I made love to you.'

Yes, she says, 'I remember it well.'

OK,' he says, 'How about taking a stroll around there again and we can do it for old time's sake?'

Oh Jim, you old devil, that sounds like a crazy, but good idea!'

A police officer sitting in the next booth heard their conversation and, having a chuckle to himself, he thinks to himself, I've got to see these two old-timers having s e x against a fence. I'll just keep an eye on them so there's no trouble. So he follows them.

The elderly couple walks haltingly along, leaning on each other for support aided by walking sticks. Finally, they get to the back of the tavern and make their way to the fence. The old lady lifts her skirt and the old man drops his trousers. As she leans against the fence, the old man moves in.. Then suddenly they erupt into the most furious s e x that the policeman has ever seen. This goes on for about ten minutes while both are making loud noises and moaning and screaming. Finally, they both collapse, panting on the ground.

The policeman is amazed. He thinks he has learned something about life and old age that he didn't know.

After about half an hour of lying on the ground recovering, the old couple struggle to their feet and put their clothes back on. The policeman, is still watching and thinks to himself, this is truly amazing, I've got to ask them what their secret is.

So, as the couple passes, he says to them,' Excuse me, but that was something else. You must've had a fantastic s e x life together. Is there some sort of secret to this?'

Shaking, the old man is barely able to reply, 'Fifty years ago that wasn't an electric fence.'

Source unknown

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Visitors by Country - Is Your Country Listed?

Mar 15, 2012 Update: 121 countries

Welcome, reader(s) from

121. Gabon

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Does anyone know how many countries there are in the world? I do not but I am sure somewhere there is a number.

Just to satisfy my own curiosity, I have decided to embark on this frivolous little project - to do up a list of the countries that show up in my site analytics - just to honour the people who visit.

The list starts today, Thurs, Nov 6, 2008. So if you see your country on the list, know that you count and I thank you for visiting. I would be thrilled if you could also take the time to leave a comment as well as indicate where you are from. Indulge me?

The alphabetical system is used here to be fair and for easy referencing. The date in parenthesis indicates the initial date of visit, starting from today, Nov 6, 2008. People from 23 countries visited today.

Greetings to Everyone!

Algeria (Nov 14, 2008)

American Samoa (Apr 21, 2009)

Anguilla (Dec29, 2010)

Argentina (Nov 13, 2008)

Armenia (Nov 11, 2008)

Australia (Nov 6, 2008)

Azerbaijan (Dec 9, 2008)

Bahamas (Nov 20, 2008)

Bahrain (Nov 15, 2008)

Bangladesh (Feb 22, 2009)

Barbados (Feb 21, 2009)

Belarus (Nov 22, 2008)

Belgium (Nov 6, 2008)

Bolivia (Mar 24, 2009)

Brazil (Nov 13, 2008)

Brunei (Nov 14, 2008)

Bulgaria (Nov 25, 2008)

Canada (Nov 6, 2008)

China (Nov 21, 2008)

Colombia (Nov 8, 2008)

Cote D'ivoire (Apr 5, 2009)

Croatia (Dec 8, 2008)

Cuba (Feb 19, 2010)

Cyprus (Nov 25, 2008)

Czech Republic (Nov 22, 2008)

Denmark (Nov 6, 2008)

Djibouti (Jan 11, 2011)

Dominican Republic (Feb 28, 2008)

Ecuador (Nov 26, 2008)

Egypt (Nov 8, 2008)

El Salvador (Dec 8, 2008)

Estonia (Nov 28, 2008)

Fiji (Nov 11, 2008)

Finland (Nov 7, 2008)

France (Nov 6, 2008)

Gabon (Mar 15, 2012)

Georgia (Feb 23, 2009)

Germany (Nov 6, 2008)

Gibraltar (Nov 24, 2009)

Greece (Nov 14, 2008)

Grenada (Oct 31, 2009)

Guatemala (Nov 26, 2008)

Honduras (Feb 21, 2009)

Hong Kong (Nov 6, 2008)

Hungary (Nov 24, 2008)

Iceland (Nov 10, 2008)

India (Nov 6, 2008)

Indonesia (Nov 6, 2008)

Iran (Nov 14, 2008)

Ireland (Nov 17, 2008)

Israel (Nov 8, 2008)

Italy (Nov 15, 2008)

Jamaica (Nov 12, 2008)

Japan (Nov 7, 2008)

Kenya (Jan 9, 2009)

Korea, Republic of (Nov 20, 2008)

Kuwait (Nov 7, 2008)

Kyrgyzstan (Mar 24, 2009)

Laos (Nov 2, 2010)

Latvia (Jul 11, 2010)

Lebanon (Nov 12, 2008)

Lithuania (Nov 21, 2008)

Luxembourg (Nov 24, 2009)

Macau (Nov 6, 2008)

Macedonia(Feb 24, 2008)

Malaysia (Nov 6, 2008) - This is where I am.

Maldives (Nov 6, 2008)

Mauritius (Nov 28, 2008)

Mexico (Nov 11, 2008)

Moldova (May 23, 2010)

Mongolia (Nov 13, 2008)

Montenegro (Dec 9, 2008)

Morocco (May 27, 2010)

Nepal (Apr 7, 2009)

Netherlands (Nov 15, 2008)

New Zealand (Nov 24, 2008)

Nigeria (Nov 16, 2008)

Norway (Nov 6, 2008)

Oman (Nov 12, 2008)

Pakistan (Nov 6, 2008)

Papua New Guinea (Dec 8, 2008)

Peru (Nov 24, 2008)

Philippines (Nov 6, 2008)

Poland (Nov 6, 2008)

Portugal (Nov 6, 2008)

Puerto Rico (Dec 1, 2008)

Qatar (Nov 20, 2008)

Romania (Nov 28, 2008)

Russian Federation (Nov 7, 2008)

Saint Kitts and Nevis (Jan 20, 2009)

Saint Lucia (Feb 19, 2010)

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Sep 3, 2010)

Saudi Arabia (Nov 6, 2008)

Senegal (August 23, 2009)

Serbia (Mar 30, 2009)

Singapore (Nov 6, 2008)

Slovakia (Nov 28, 2008)

Slovenia (Nov 11, 2008)

South Africa (Nov 6, 2008)

Spain (Nov 9, 2008)

Sri Lanka (Nov 27, 2008)

Sudan (Nov 28, 2008)

Swaziland (Sep 21, 2009)

Sweden (Nov 26, 2008)

Switzerland (Nov 13, 2008)

Taiwan (Nov 25, 2008)

Thailand (Nov 8, 2008)

Trinidad and Tobago (Nov 6, 2008)

Tunisia (Mar 16, 2009


Ukraine (Dec 6, 2008)

United Arab Emirates (Nov 7, 2008)

United Kingdom (Nov 6, 2008)

United States (Nov 6, 2008)

Uzbekistan (Apr 8, 2009)

Venezuela (Nov 10, 2008)

Vietnam (Nov 7, 2008)

Virgin Islands, British (Jul 11, 2010)

This post will be on the sidebar for everyone's reference. Feel free to check back for updates.

Sources of images:
- Google Maps
- Wikipedia