Monday, September 29, 2008

Worms on Face

Looks like some sort of therapy here. Very *icky* if you ask me...

Most Popular Indicators

This link explains the most popular indicators used in forex. The Winpips system consists of popular indicators bundled together to function as a whole.

Famous Indicators

If you are not able to open this link, it has probably been deleted.

Bollinger Bands Brief

I haven't been really keen on bollinger bands until recently as I feel that this plays a pivotal role in winning a trade. This is a concise and clear explanation on the uses and significance of bollinger bands. My goal is to recognize a 'Breakout' of a trend, which simply means that I need to know what conditions should I look at to know whether the trend is moving up or down.

Extracted from

If you are a forex trader and your not using Bollinger Bands you should as they are one of the simplest and most useful tools you can use for bigger profits in your forex trading strategy. Here we will look at exactly what Bollinger Bands are 3 ways you can use them to increase your forex profits.

Bollinger Bands Defined

Developed by John Bollinger, Bollinger bands are one of the most popular, flexible and easy to use technical indicators around. Here we will look at the logic behind them and how to use the to enjoy greater forex profits.

Bollinger bands are simply, volatility bands one each side of a simple moving average.

Bollinger bands are calculated using the standard deviation of price over the same period as moving averages and plotted on either side of the moving average. Moving averages are used to identify the underlying trend and Bollinger bands combine this with the ability to see the volatility of the individual currency as a trading envelope.

The distance between upper and lower Bollinger bands reflects the standard deviation of price (volatility) of the currency traded.

As prices become more volatile the outer bands move further away from the longer-term average, as volatility decreases they are of course closer to the moving average.

Why there so Useful

In any market, the value of it tends to rise slowly overtime but price spikes occur from time to time and these are normally a reflection of the greed or fear of the participants.

Short term price spikes never last for long and prices eventually come back to more realistic levels ( in the case of the Bollinger band) this is the moving average. The volatility of the outer bands therefore tells us how volatile prices are - and how far away prices have moved from fair value.

Bollinger bands can be used in the following way

1. Catching New Trends

When a market is in consolidation it tends to exhibit low volatility, when it trends, on the other hand, higher volatility is normally present.

When Bollinger bands are narrow, this shows a market with low volatility however low volatility in currencies never lasts for long and traders can be on alert for a breakout and new trend.

Trader should look for prices to break out of the outer bands in either direction to indicate a potential new trend.

2. Timing Your Trading Signal

If you want to get in on an existing trend the Bollinger Band can help you determine the best area to execute your trading signal in terms of risk to reward.

In a strong trend prices will tend to dip to the centre band or fair value and this is the place to execute your trading signal.

Look at any strong trending currency and you will see how effective this simple strategy is.

3. Spotting Market Tops and Bottoms

When top of the band is hit, you can sell, prices should revert back to the moving average. If the price touches the bottom of the band, they look again for prices to revert back to the average.


Bollinger bands are a volatility indicator - they should NOT be used in isolation to enter trading signals.
When using Bollinger bands they should be combined with support and resistance lines on your forex charts and ideally, before entering a position, you should use momentum oscillators, to confirm your move. An ideal one is the stochastic ( although there are many more), if you confirm each set up, you will get the odds on your side and that means big long term profits.

Bollinger Bands are a great tool and if you want to trade more profitably, make Bollinger bands part of your forex education.

Sabah Forex Forum

Someone recently started a forum mainly for Sabah forex traders to interact with one another and share knowledge, insight, experience, whatever that's relevant to the subject.

Its URL is

I hope this site kicks off well and get local participation as well as overseas. I seldom frequent forums on forex so I don't know how helpful information can be to improve on one's trades. But I think it is a good platform to meet people with same interests.

I probably will register when I feel I have something informative to share ...

Ken Shamrock Vs Kimbo Slice

If you like full contact fights then you don't want to miss this no holds barred bout between Ken Shamrock "The World's Most Dangerous Man" and Kimbo Slice come 4 October 2008.

Unfortunately there will not be any live telecast on our local channels but expect to watch it on youtube post October 4.

I only read about Ken Shamrock's biography last night at for insight as to why they call him "The World's Most Dangerous Man". Now I know. But with his coming of age, now 44, his performance has dwindled tremendously having 5 straight losses, I think. I don't blame the guy coz at that age you can't expect to STILL possess the STRENGTH, POWER and AGILITY of a 20 something. That's way past PEAK condition in aggressive sports like this. I saw him fight in the UFC, aired on NTV7 Channel (Sunday), two weeks ago. I have to say he was clearly out of his game going against a young and experienced fighter. His performance was dismal at best. He tried to land a high kick and instead tripped on his own. And that had cost him his victory.

On the other side of the ring is Kimbo Slice, a 34 year old and still very new to the UFC scene. Even before his move into mixed martial arts, I have seen Kimbo's fights in the streets. All were bare-knuckled fights which inhibited the use of takedowns and kicks. It was straight up boxing without gloves. The size of Kimbo would be enough to intimidate his opponents. With his massive build and rock solid fists, Kimbo has proven that he is more than just a fighter on the street. His first professional fight was with boxer Ray Mercer in which he won with ease. After that, he won 3 more fights against experienced Mixed Martial Arts fighters - JJ Thompson, Tank Abbot & ???. He is now in better shape than ever and I don't think Ken Shamrock stands a chance.

Although I would like to see Kimbo lose, I don't think that it is going to happen in this bout. Without a doubt Kimbo will eliminate Ken in the first round with a stand-up fight knockout. If Ken was successful to take Kimbo down for ground submission, it would probably fail due to Kimbo's excellent condition and experience at this point of time. And with Ken's age it makes the outcome even more obvious.

Despite my opinion, supposedly more people thinks that Ken Shamrock will knock Kimbo out in the upcoming bout as conducted by a poll in a certain website. Whatever it is, this is definitely a BLOCKBUSTER match up!!!

Officially Wifi

Since the ADSL router LAN connectivity problem I have been facing of late, it became a nuisance during my 'business' hours. So today, I bought a new Wireless Router costing RM159 (Aztech) in Karamunsing. I figured this is the most economy set. It comes in a colour white with a gray band filling in the mid-section of its perimeter. 2 antennas screwed in at the back is of course for WiFi.

Installation was a breeze. Pretty soon, I was browsing the internet without interruption. And when I checked my trade, it has already closed in profit. :).

So officially, the whole house is WiFi enabled. But how far reaching is the wireless signal is yet to be determined when my bro comes back with his laptop.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

All must be Fair

Izan's Cat - Putih

Why she named her cat putih is a mystery to me. This male feline treats her home as a transit point for easy food supply. Usually it wanders off for days and return home waiting next to the container that stores cat biscuits. Last Saturday night I took pix of this elusive pet during its snack time. After clearing the plate it gave a plain look to say "I'm Done for Now, Chow!". And off it went into the night ...

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Doraemon Lyrics

I 'ter'-watched Doraemon yesterday and today I stumbled upon the theme song and its translation to Bahasa Sabah. I bet most of you guys don't know this. :). (Content extracted from

Konna koto ii na
(Bestnya benda gini)
Dekitara ii na
(Bestnya kalu buli buat)
Anna yume konna yume
(Impian yang macam begitu dan begini)
Ippai aru kedo
(ada banyak bah)

Minna minna minna kanaetekureru
(semua semua semua kana kasi)
fushigina pokke de kanaetekureru
(kana kasi dari poket yang ajaib)

Sora wo jiyu ni tobitai na
(Mo tarabang bebas di udara bah)
Hai take koputa
(Nah! helikopter buluh)

An an an Totemo daisuki Doraemon 2x
(La la la Suka betul bah sama Doraemon)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Problem Router

It looks like my router is facing a connection problem. Today it failed to connect the LAN even after many attempts. Every time I reset the switch it either connect for a brief moment or none at all. That got me agitated a little but since it's the fasting month, my nerves had been calmed down. But I did exercise a patting on the superficial metal casing once or twice ... >:) .

It began a few days ago but wasn't as bad as today. It would usually cut off for a second then go back to normal.

I suspected it had something to do with the bad weather outside (See Picture - Minutes before the downpour). I hope so but that would be totally irrelevant. This might be a sign that it will soon be unusable. Which means money out for new one ... :(

I hope my brother in the next room understands this situation before calling me a sabotage person. But nevermind, kurang juga pahala dia. Ngam ka Jas? :)

So far while typing this post, it still hasn't caused any problem. Hopefully it rectified itself after I gave it my version of 'shock and awe'... Or maybe it became ok after I changed its position on the desk, which inadvertently comply with the Feng Shui philosophy ... Wah! so many theories.

Words Women Use

Words Women Use:

1.) FINE: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

2.) Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five Minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house. Ten Minutes: As mentioned above times 2.

3.) Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.

4.) Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!

5.) Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of nothing.)

6.) That's Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That's okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

7.) Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or Faint. Just say you're welcome.

8.) Whatever: Is a women's way of saying F@!K YOU!

9.) Don't worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking "what's wrong", for the woman's response refer to # 3.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Can Yuo Udnersatnd Tihs?

Mgnieukt kjiaan Cmabrigde Uinervtisy sseaipa upn bleoh mmbcanaya waalu hruufyna brterbaur kraena oatk ktia tiadk mngjea hruuf stau-prestau tpai mmebcaa preaktaan sceara mnyeulruh asalakn hruuf peratma jgua ynag trakehir bareda diteamptyna

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too.
Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs forwrad it.

Speed Stacking

Video speed has not been tampered with.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mitsuoka Orochi? Who's That

My friend Alex smsed me today saying that the Mitsuoka Orochi is in his showroom. In my thoughts, I was like ... "What's dat?" So before I replied I googled it to get info.

Apparently it is a Japanese Concept Sports Car. Below is a brief description taken from ...

The little known Orochi concept from the 2003 Tokyo Auto Show is a creation of small Japanese car manufacturer Mitsuoka, specialists in retro concepts.
The Mitsuoka Orochi is a radical design by anyone's standards. The name Orochi means 'Serpent' in Japanese, and a sinister, scaly, reptile-like resemblance is not impossible to see. The Orochi is powered by a mid-mounted 3.3 litre V6.

I'm not an automobile enthusiast so um ... yeah ... don't know what to say ... except that it looks very 'low profile'. :). It costs RM1.1 million as what my friend has informed me from his Taman Ria Showroom just now. NOW I KNOW what he does for a living.

The 100th Day

Today is the 100th day after my grandfather had passed away. It is the normal wont to hold a small gathering of families and relatives and conduct prayers for those who have passed on.

After the Christian prayer, food awaits and alcoholic beverages are served to the ones with gleaming eyes. I don't participate in any alcohol consumption due to religious restrictions.

Tonight's dinner was held in moderation. As usual there were long conversations between aunties, uncles, cousins and so on. I was in my usual poise - quiet and observant. I am the oldest among my first cousins but I can tune in to their subject with ease. I am young at heart maaa... Actually I favour hanging out with the teens than with the more wise. But there are times when my mood may swing the other way.

Outdoor, an old guitar gives off the Hotel California sound and singing was done by more than one vocalist. Indoor, the murmurs of conversations took place. I felt misplaced so I quickly joined my aunt and mom in one corner. :)

At 9pm, I was ready to go. My mom and brother too excused themselves. We handshaked anyone nearby and walked away from the still jubilant crowd. It's good to see families bonding again.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Wednesday Trade

In today's session I lost 1 trade because I did not adhere to one entry rule. Overall, I managed 8 profitable trades.

I have posted 3 consecutive day trades based on Winpips method so far. To some traders this may not amount to much in terms of pips accumulation. The reason for this is because of my reserved trading strategy which has hindered you from seeing the true potential of the system.

This will be my last submission of trade reports. If you are convinced with the evidence put forward, shift over to the Fx Hunters system. We will be hunting PIPS all week, all seasons!!! :)

A Warm Hello

I'd like to give a warm hello to Jeff Callahan and family from the US -

Jeff's blog reminds me of my childhood days. Despite enduring a broken neck, broken pinkie, lacerated and bruised elbow, deep cuts into my shin and several agonizing falls I enjoyed those days a lot. The neighbourhood I lived at that time was similar to Jeff's hometown.

There is a 'first person' view of Jeff's neighbourhood created by the 'Google' team here - Virtual Neighbourhood. You can easily navigate through the virtual expanse of scenic views and watch how clean and well planned the place is. Lots of greens surrounding the landscape but I don't see many people strolling around. Most are probably indoors at the time.

Working Dayz

I was unemployed for 6 months after I graduated from UMS in 2000. My job hunting saga began after 2 months of loathing, :). I collected job adverts in the newspaper, downloaded sample resumes from the internet and started customizing them for every application made.

I remember attending interviews for certain posts such as an electrical technician in a biscuit factory, an internet cafe attendant and service technician for water filtration system. The feedback would be that I was either over-qualified or inexperienced for the job.

I even went with my aunt to Inanam, where she had recommended me to her friend who runs a local media printing company. It was an informal interview in which he agreed to give me a one day trial to see whether I could perform to expectation. The task was to edit images submitted by reporters before they were published. I was familiar with the software used and did what was required. And though I was able to conduct the task, I thought that the working condition was a health hazard. The air conditioned office was polluted with smoke particles as a result of the boss' high frequency smoking habits. Everyone working there seem to have developed smoke tolerant attributes. Before 5pm, I walked out with a cough and two irritated eyes. I never returned.

After a few rejections I finally landed a job as a Technical Training Coordinator for a government funded learning institution. The feeling of getting my first job was exciting. Even more exciting was receiving my first pay, though not up to a 'Degree' standard. :).

But that feeling soon diminished and when my job requirement expanded from the technical to marketing side, I began to thirst for motivation. There was one time my lady boss called me in her office to ask whether I have hearing problems as it seemed that I didn't carry out her instructions well. That fazed out later as I became more competent through experience. During my probation which was 6 months, I thought about whether the pay I was receiving then will be sufficient for future obligations. Undoubtedly it was not. And so began another chapter of seeking better opportunities.

Forum got me Thinking

There's an interesting post in Sabah Forum that had me thinking ... I copied the original thread that reads :

Kamurang tidak hairan ka,bahawa surat kabar kita ni,tidak pernah la menyetuh bagaimananya kehidupan baru rakyat di negeri negeri dibawah perintah baru pakatan rakyat,sperti Selangor la,Perak la ,Penang ka.... :grin: cuba fikir,kalau hidup mereka bertambah buruk,pastinya newspapar sperti Utusan la,berita harian la,NST la sudah berabis fire dan kompilin ba tu kan,tapi,tiada,bererti,news paper semua tu tidak dapt permission,utk ceritakannya,dan juga enggan dan enggan sentuhkannya la konon.tapi,menurut kawan kawan saya dari negeri PR,Kualiti hidup bertambah baik banyak tau,contoh,di Selangor,air -- free of charge,ada lampung di jalan raya rosak,laporkan saja ,esok kena repair sdh,jln raya konon pun tiada lubang sdh konon sdh,di Selangor,ada konon yuran khas dan insuran khas utk membantu aman-aman,inan-inan,bayi lahir saja perintah subsidi sdh,sehinngah 18 tahun konon...ini saya cuma dengar kawan dari sana cerita,suba kalou siapa antara kita,ada kwn dari negeri2 terdebut ,tlg minta confirm,dan minta kesaksian sama diarang.... :grin: kalau semua itu benar,ta ade tembirang,next election,kita semua undi PAKATAN RAKYAT !! :thumbup1: :thumbup1: :thumbup1:


Passing News - Car Theft Strategy

Got this from another blog. Just passing on the news ...

Notice on car
Just last weekend on Friday night, we parked in a public parking area. As we drove away I noticed a sticker on the rear window of the car. When I took it off after I got home, it was a receipt for petrol. Luckily my friend told me not to stop as it could be someone waiting for me to get out of the car.

Then we received this email yesterday:

You walk across the car parking, unlock your car and get inside. You start the engine and shift into Reverse. When you look into the rear view mirror to back out of your parking space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you shift into neutral, unlock your doors, and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view. When you reach the back of your car, that is when the carjackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off. They practically mow you down as they speed off in your car. And guess what, ladies? I bet your purse is still in the car. So now the carjacker has your car, your home address, your money, and your keys. Your home and your whole identity are now compromised!


If you see a piece of paper stuck to your back window, just drive away. Remove the paper later. And be thankful that you read this e-mail. I hope you will forward this to friends and family, especially to women. A purse contains all kinds of personal information and identification documents, and you certainly do NOT want this to fall into the wrong hands.
Please pass this on.

Tuesday Trading

Today I started trading at 12.00pm and break at 12.30pm because I had to do home improvement work in preparation for 'Hari Raya'. I resumed trade again at 2.30pm. Up till 4.20pm I had completed 6 profitable trades with the Winpips system. (Lots of promotion for Winpips coz it's really that good!).

Anyway, got news from Sifu Don that his official Fx Hunters website will be out soon which means Winpips systems will be officially for sale.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Baby Care Reminder

Demistifying the ways of caring for a new born - for dummies. Here are several care guides that should be followed through correctly. Avoid the DON'Ts at all cost so as to ensure your baby grow up to be good citizens. :)

Sifu Don's Trades

From his blog, I copied his trading summary for a few days. This is for inspiration. Really jealous right now!

Butterfingers - Bebas

This song is what I've been trying to get for the past months. Finally a clear recording of the song available in youtube. It fits in the easy listening section of my sonic landscape (this song may not suit your spiritual acceptance of easy listening). And another local song I've just thought about is Estrella-Stay. It's only this year I acknowledge the band. Stay is like a calm breeze sweeping lightly across your face. Light percussions and keep-it-simple guitar chords compliments the vocalist's feminine sound. Reminds me of Juliet-the-Orange minus the POP.

Today's Trade

This afternoon I made 6 trades on my real micro account. I had intentionally lost 1 trade coz I wanted to test the system. All trades refer to time frame 5 mins except for the one that collected 30pips, which I referred to time frame 30 minutes (TF30min).

For trades that refer at TF5mins I have set stop loss of -20pips. This is the amount I am willing to risk during every trade. I find that if I make correct entries using the Winpips system, the negative figures will not reach -20pips before it hits my take profit. I usually take 7pips per trade.

For trades referring to TF30mins, in my case just now, it went down to -40pips before it went up again to close my target point at 30pips. This profit was taken from the GU pair. You may take more profits if you choose but don't be too greedy or you'll end up losing.

Remember, if you are trading on this time frame your stop loss should be higher than 20pips. The Winpips ebook, which comes together with the system, will show you how to identify stop loss regions.

I had many trade opportunities this afternoon. If I had focused just on TF5mins I could have earned more. But I'm satisfied with today's outcome.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Truculent - Adjective - Defiantly aggressive.
"a truculent speech against the new government"

Beat Birding

Birds normally give out limited distinct sound waves to communicate with its species. But listen as this bird mimic more complex sounds to communicate.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Big Holes

Sinkhole, Guatemala - a sinkhole is caused when water (usually rainwater or sewage) is soaked up by the earth on a large scale, resulting in the ground collapsing.

These photos are of a Sinkhole which occured early this year in Guatemala. The hole swallowed a dozen homes and killed at least 3 people.

Officials blamed the monster of a hole on a ruptured sewage pipe.

Great Blue Hole, Belize situated 60 miles off the mainland of belize is this incredible geographical phenomenon known as a blue hole. there are numerous blue holes around the world but none as stunning as this one.

at surface level the near perfectly circular hole is 1/4 mile wide, the depth in the middle reaching 145 metres. obviously the hole is a huge hit with divers. read more here.

Mirny Diamond Mine, Siberia. I'm pretty sure most people have seen this one. It's an absolute beast and holds the title of largest open diamond mine in the world, at 525 metres deep with a top diameter of 1200 metres there's even a no-fly zone above the hole due to a few helicopters being sucked in.

The red arrow in the photo below is pointing to a huge truck.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Tun Talks

Tun Dr. Mahathir has his thoughts on the current financial situation which beleaguers the nation. Read here Financial Turmoil

As we await for more distressing news and wonder how our economy will fare in the near future, let's listen to music to set our minds astray a while. I chose to listen to Lifehouse-Spin.

Winpips - The Looks

I am currently using V1 of Winpips for my real micro account trades. After 3 days using the system I can say that this is the most promising system I've used to date.

Winpips provides a clear entry signal and is very effective for consistent profits and more trade opportunities. However, it requires focus and attention to detail, else you'll end up with negatives.

Here is the face of Winpips on an MT4 platform. Image taken from

p.s.: Don't forget to check out fx hunters blog. You'll see some crazy testimonials of members who've just got the system and tried it. It's really crazy shizze**, insane stuff.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Almond London

My mom began the big task of baking them modern thumb-sized raya cakes on Monday. She started off with 'Almond London' which is supposedly the most time consuming to prepare. It took her 6 hours from preparation to baking of the roughly 1000pcs cakes. That duration did not include the chocolate layering and hazelnuts toppings. It took another 2 hours to finish everything, in which I helped.

We finished about 9pm that day. My brother came home just as we finished so I asked him to take some shots with his digi cam. Here is the finished gang of delicious Almond London(s) waiting to be arranged in small containers.

New Trading System - Winpips

Forex traders and interested parties take note - Fx Hunters has come up with a brand new system known as Winpips. The system comes with 4 different versions, V1 to V4, for traders to choose from. Every system has a high profit probability, tested time and time again by Sifu Don (Fx Hunters founder).

I just got the system today and tested Version 1 on GU and AU pairs. Because I favour the scalping (short-term trading) style, I traded using 5 min time frame and fixed 7 pips as my 'take profit'. Within less than 1 hour I made 4 trades and collected 31pips (no losses).

I traded again at night and got 2 trades both targeted at 7 pips. Both closed in profits. This is a small achievement compared to Don who is able to get 500pips in a day!!! Kaw Tim!!

Of course, winpips is also applicable for traders who want higher accumulation of pips per trade by using 30 min time frame.

Winpips can be used on all pairs. I will continue to test the system on real micro account for this week and the next. If all goes well, I will shift to mini account for more $ opportunities ...

I have high hopes on this system. My future depends on it.

If you are interested in buying this system, you can send in your inquiries at I am not sure how much it will cost because it has not been officially launched. Below is a sample of Winpips trades by Don.

Monday, September 15, 2008


I have been experiencing insomnia for more than a week now which has been caused by doses of coca cola fluids and the tea in the Pearl Tea in my diet. I also think that chrysanthemum tea has an effect on my sleep problem. When I don't drink any of these, my bedtime falls earlier but still past midnight. Psychologically, it makes me feel low and a little sad at daytime.

Surfing the internet is the popular choice to past the time but soon enough I get bored also. When that's done I try to close my eyes and hope that I fall asleep. Didn't work ...

I heard that reading history books provide good remedy for insomniacs like me ... Alas, there are none to be found. What's left is to go with the flow, lie in and wait for the body to call quits which usually does so around 3 or 4 am.

Tonight I am having one of those extended hours of vigil, now at 1.30am. This is a lesson for me not to indulge in drinks that cause sleep deprivation ... I can't help it! :)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Compatibility Test

This is a compatibility test between you and your partner. What it does is analyze your personality based on your star sign and compare em with your partner's. You can't really rely on this but it's quite fun. If your ratings are low, don't be discouraged at all, don't take it personally la ah.

The key to a good/great relationship really depends on the both of you.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

I like this song

I seem to have an affinity for songs like these. I've been trying to locate songs that are purely instrumental that are similar to this Grey's Anatomy Theme Song on the internet ... No luck so far. I like it when commercials or films incorporate the light and easy sound. It completes the process of creating an emotional connection there and then ... to me of course.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Telling Stories

That one day in July I remember a little exploration into the woods just nearby our place. It is a mangrove area very much visible from the highway of the Lok Kawi-Putatan stretch.

It was a mini self-tour my wife and I did. Thru the short span of trees is the beach which has litter strewn but still has a nice view over the horizon. We drew words on the sand, tested the trajectory of a broken stick, recorded its flight, and pointed towards the unknown. We made footsteps which would eventually be swept by the tide, chased little crabs for their picture in which we failed. The simple things we do to free our minds of worries.

It was nice. I hope the pictures are too. :)

1st 3D Image

This is my first try at creating 3D images using Photosynth. I took 18 shots altogether, uploaded the files and the program does the rest. This is the link to the 'synth'. But before you can view the image, you need to download the its viewer. Upon clicking on this link you will be asked to download if you have not already done so ... It will take a few minutes only.

Tissue Box

Monday, September 8, 2008

The Knowing (2009)

Here's a movie that's worth watching judging from the trailer, starring Nicholas Cage.

Light Sarcasm from

On the recent STUDY trip of 50 MPs to Taiwan by Tun Dr. Mahathir -

P.S. I think the Government and the private sector should consider retreats. It's not a holiday of course but comes very close to a holiday. Besides you can become a savvy agriculturist.

Read Article Here

A Poignant True Story in Sabah

Repro from a Letter to The Editor Malaysiakini

Don't neglect Sabah, please
Another Doctor | Sep 8, 08 5:11pm
I refer to the Malaysiakini article Kota Marudu needs more than wireless Internet

I read Dr Hams letter and cannot help but agree with many of his observations. I worked in Sabah for over seven years as a house officer and medical officer. After my housemanship, I was sent to Ranau to serve in the district hospital. What Dr Hams described in Kota Marudu is not something isolated to that district alone in Sabah. It is an often repeated story in the whole of Sabah.

My first introduction to the poverty in Sabah came during my first months there, when a sweet 70- year-old lady from Kota Marudu was sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with deep jaundice. She lived alone in a small village off Kota Marudu and noticed the jaundice about a month before.

She had no money for the taxi fare and so waited a month to sell off her chickens to have enough money to pay RM50 for the transport to Kota Marudu Hospital. She had to walk two miles to get to the road to get to the taxi.

Having been born, bred and educated in Peninsular Malaysia, I was shocked. When she arrived, she was septic and had a gallstone lodged in her common bile duct. The stone was duly removed but she was found to have a heart problem that required a pacemaker. We arranged for her to get a permanent pacemaker but she refused.

When I pressed her for her reason, she told me that she couldn't afford to buy batteries for the pacemaker, having sold off her chickens. Once I explained to her that the batteries would last for years and we would provide them, she agreed to the pacemaker.

Ranau town itself has roads and is on the main highway between Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu. It developed primarily as a result of the Mamut Copper Mines in the district. However, highway in this context means a two lane road with frequent landslides and potholes, with a two-hour drive to Kota Kinabalu.

Outside Ranau, transportation becomes a problem as tarred roads disappear to become gravel or crudely marked logging trails. Anyone who has worked in Sabah would have the same stories to tell, of extreme poverty and poor transportation.

During my 2 years in Ranau, I've heard and seen it all, patients with cerebral malaria, a condition unheard of in Peninsular Malaysia, coming in after 48 hours to the hospital from places like Kaingaran and Karagasan, with relatives having to push the ‘pirate taxi’ through the mud, spending RM50 on fare during the monsoon season, the equivalent of 2 months income, this too when petrol was only around RM1.20 a litre in Ranau.

Patients having to delay treatment for life threatening conditions because a bridge washed away along the trail (I won't even call it a road) to Tambunan. Emergency surgery such as caesarian sections, appendectomies and even ectopic pregnancies had to be performed in our little district hospitals by Medical Officers with little more than 4 months housemanship experience.

Medical emergencies such as myocardial infarctions, which in Peninsular Malaysia would be managed in a Coronary Care Unit setting, had to be managed in the district hospital level. I'm grateful however, that my staff in that hospital were the best I've ever had the pleasure of working with and were dedicated enough to want to make a difference in their patients’ lives.

But poor transportation does not only affect the access to healthcare. Having no roads to be able to transport their agricultural produce for sale means that these people are stuck in a never ending cycle of poverty.

At most, some of them get RM20 to RM50 by selling their produce to middlemen to be sold at the monthly tamu or market at prices that are perhaps only 10 percent of the value of the goods. These innocent people are also preyed upon by traveling cloth merchants, mostly foreigners, who offer them ‘easy payment schemes’ to buy cloth for clothes, and when they cannot pay for the cloth and the interest accumulates, they end up having to marry their daughters to these men, who often have wives back home in Pakistan.

One of the cases I could never forget was of the family who came to Ranau Hospital just as I was leaving, a family who had failed crops, were hungry and unable to get food. The father collected some toad eggs and fed them to the whole family in a desperate attempt to stave off hunger. When they arrived at our little emergency room, one of the children were dead and two passed away within 10 minutes of arrival in our casualty unit due to poisoning.

Education is a problem in parts of Sabah outside major towns like Kota Kinabalu at the moment. Many children would be lucky to be able to get to a school or even afford to get to one. Most of my patients outside Ranau were lucky to even have a primary school education and a vast number of women marry in their teens.

I've had 14 year olds delivering babies in Ranau, most of them have never ever stepped foot in a school. The education level is so poor that many women feed their children condensed milk thinking that it's better than breast milk.

But at the heart of it all, these mothers want the best for their children but are not empowered with the knowledge to help them. Major towns in Sabah have electricity courtesy of the Sabah Electricity Board, but smaller villages have either diesel generators or rely on candles or lamps when night falls.

How can children study in these conditions? Like many doctors in the districts, I had to learn Dusun to communicate better with these patients who could speak little else.

Forty five years after the formation of Malaysia, the promise of a better life for these poor Dusun, Murut and Rungus patients in the districts of Sabah is a pipe dream at best. How can our politicians claim to have brought development to the state and have neglected these poor people, many of whom still wear the cheap t-shirts and caps given free by political parties from many elections ago.

How can I claim to be proud of Putrajaya with it's beautiful bridges and lamp posts and the Petronas twin Towers when our fellow Malaysians in Sabah are so neglected?

The cycle of poverty and illiteracy one sees in the districts in Sabah brings despair to the heart. Eradication of poverty must tackle the real issues of education and transport and not just handouts to poor people.

By all means, declare Sept 16th a public holiday, but remember it in it's real context, where we made a promise to our brethren in Sabah and Sarawak to treat them as equals in Malaysia, and give them the development they've been long denied.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Digital Camera Project

Now with digital cameras you are not only limited to capturing pictures. Extend your picture taking skills to creating a panoramic 3D view of subjects with the help of a web software called Photosynth.

You can view submitted 3D projects from people all over the world. Instructions on how you can create some of your own can be read HERE.

This is something very interesting! I am also eager to make one or more simple projects ... The navigation tools used to view around the 3D samples can be quite confusing at first. But pretty soon you'll get the hang of things and find yourself browsing through for quite some time and admiring at the images displayed.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


Another giant croc movie! This time set at the Australian Outback. CROC MEAT - 1 Buffalo, 2 tourists, 2 locals and a dog named Kevin.

Initially, an ordinary river tour for tourists wanting first-hand experience of crocodiles in their natural habitat up river. We see some conversations going on, picture takings, a feeding session, and a little swearing ... Nothing much at the beginning.

Just as the tour reached its final destination and about to make a turn, someone (first to die) spotted flares lit from a distance. Responding to the distress signal, the boat continued deeper into what seems to be a sacred place. They ended up idling on some pristine location near land. An unidentified object lay afloat and as they slowly drifted towards it, the giant crashes the base of the boat causing everyone to be uplifted by the raw force. The impact immediately tore a hole through the boat and panic starts to seep in. Propellers start to sound and instinctively seeking land was the first priority. Not a problem as it was only a few metres away.

First death - It happened very stealthy, fast and at the river's edge. It took only one thrust, one snap to take down the first victim. The sooner others realized, they only got a glimpse of a gigantic tail pushing away into the depths. What happens next is quite predictable. Shock, fear and a desire to escape ...

This movie is significantly different from other gigantic reptilian based movies. Here there are no scientific experimentation gone wrong, mutated snakes or crocs, no hunting party, no over dramatic characters and no outsmarting humans type beasts. Here, it just involves ordinary people desperately wanting to flee to safety. The plot employs a more believable scenario and shock response to such a dire situation. The CG (computer generated) croc does not stray (much) from real life behaviours.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

(Picture : Real-Life giant. The Rogue croc is twice bigger.)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Bubble Tea Origins

Bubble Tea originated in Taiwan in the early 1980's at a small tea stand. Elementary school children would look forward to buying a cup of refreshing tea after a long, hard day of work and play. Tea stands were set up in front of the schools and would compete for business with the best selling tea. One concession owner became popular with her tea when she started adding different fruit flavoring to her tea.

Because of the sweet and cool taste, children loved the taste. Soon, other concessions heard about the "unique" and popular tea, so they started to add flavoring to their teas. When adding flavor, the tea and flavoring needed to be shaken well for a good all around taste. This formed bubbles in the drink, which came to be known as "Bubble Tea."

In 1983 Liu Han-Chieh introduced Taiwan to tapioca pearls. The new fad was to add tapioca pearls into a favorite drink. Most of the time tapioca pearls were served in cold infused tea. After the tea and flavor were shaken well, it topped tapioca pearls that were sitting on the bottom of a clear cup. The tapioca pearls also looked like bubbles, thus also became to known as "Bubble Tea." Bubbles floated on the top your drink and bottom of your drink.


We all acknowledge that this exotic drink has become sort of a fad and favoured by most ages. In my town, Putatan, Cool City recently opened and it delighted me with a smile plus teeth. I still prefer YOYO though. My personal favourite is the original Pearl Tea. I also like Peppermint Pearl a lot. I have my reasons to like it with fervour - aside from taste it's also got certain health benefits for the throat. I'll probably explain further in another post ...



Thursday, September 4, 2008

Animated BBoy

This cowboy animation is supposed to represent the Rivers Crew, Korea. There are flagship moves of the bboys of Rivers assimilated into this non-stop, non tiring 'Woody-Toy story'.

Wall-E - Must SEE

I watched Wall-E today on DVD and Pixar didn't disappoint the least bit!

The reviews I read BEFORE related the movie as bland, unexciting, dull. Some even went to say that it was the worst animated movie by Pixar thus far. Since there were more bad sides than good, I ignored trying to watch the movie altogether.

But thanks to a very long review written by a Singaporean movie buff, it changed my perception. You can read his article here Wall-E Review.

Seeing is believing and I like what I see. Wall-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth Class) and EVE (Extra-terestial Vegetation Evaluator) are the main characters, both having very limited vocabulary. But less is more ... One of the greatest love stories in cinematic experiences. Though the lines are quite cliche, I rather enjoyed the moments.

I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Animal Planet Feature

Yesterday afternoon I took some time watching ASTRO channels. I stopped at the Animal Planet wildlife series featuring Jeff Corwin and stayed till the end. What's interesting about the documentary is its element of humour blended into their usually perilous explorations into nature's creatures.

But the main reason for posting this is that it featured a saltwater croc which surprisingly was in Gayana Resort, Sabah. A 14-feet salt water croc found itself captive in the resort's natural pool. If you have been to Gayana Resort you will notice a swimming area towards the end, encapsulated by strong underwater nets.

The task was to bring the croc to its natural habitat, but before that, it must be filmed in HD ... The visuals were clean and there were really risky close-up shots underwater. Cool stuff brought to you by the Animal Planet!

5 minute management course

Lesson 1:

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings.

The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs.

When she opens the door, the re stands Bob, the next-door neighbor.

Before she says a word, Bob says, ‘I’ll give you $800 to drop that towel.’

After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob, after a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and leaves.

The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs.

When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, ‘Who was that?’

‘It was Bob the next door neighbor,’ she replies.

‘Great,’ the husband says, ‘did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?’

Moral of the story:

If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.

Lesson 2:

A priest offered a Nun a lift.

She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg.

The priest nearly had an accident.

After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg.

The nun said, ‘Father, remember Psalm 129?’

The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again.

The nun once again said, ‘Father, remember Psalm 129?’

The priest apologized ‘Sorry, sister but the flesh is weak.’

Arriving at the convent, the nun sighed heavily and went on her way.

On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, ‘Go forth and seek, further up you will find glory.’

Moral of the story:

If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.

Lesson 3:
A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when the y find an antique oil lamp.

They rub it and a Genie comes out.

The Genie says, ‘I’ll give each of you just one wish.’

‘Me first! Me first!’ says the admin clerk. ‘I want to be in the Bahamas , driving a speedboat, without a care in the world!’

Puff! She’s gone.

‘Me next! Me next!’ says the sales rep. ‘I want to be in Hawaii , relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.’

Puff! He’s gone.

‘OK, you’re up next,’ the Genie says to the manager.

The manager says: ‘I want those two back in the office after lunch.’

Moral of the story:

Always let your boss have the first say.

Lesson 4

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing.
A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, ‘Can I also sit like you and do nothing?’

The eagle answered: ‘Sure, why not.’

So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested.

All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story:

To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

Lesson 5

A turkey was chatting with a bull:

‘I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree’ sighed the turkey, ‘but I haven’t got the energy.’

‘Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?’ replied the bull. They’re packed with nutrients.’

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.

The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.

Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.

He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.

Moral of the story:

Bull Shit might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there..

Lesson 6

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field.

While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.

As the frozen bird lay the re in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was.

The dung was actually thawing him out!

He lay the re all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.

A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate.

Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, promptly dug him out and ate him.

Morals of the story:

(1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.

(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.

(3) And when you’re in deep shit, it’s best to keep your mouth shut!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Hurricane Gustav

Just 3 years later after hurricane Katrina (August 2005) devastated New Orleans, killing thousands of lives, a category 2 storm known as Gustav hits the city once more bringing wind speeds of up to 109mph. The storm made landfall today and about 2 million people had already fled from the coast.

Reports say that Gustav is less catastrophic compared to Katrina but with storms like these, severe damages on buildings and infrastructure are inevitable.

The death toll in the Katrina aftermath was unprecedented and was blamed on poor coordination in evacuation procedures and rescue. In hindsight, everyone concerned are more prepared for the coming disaster.

I'll be finding out further on Yahoo! news ... Chow for now...