Sunday, February 25, 2007

Chinese New Year

Harry is finally back in action again to update his blog..

I got really busy during the preparation of Chinese New Year and it's a relief that Chinese New Year had finally arrived. Decoration can be found everywhere in my house. Not to mention, red and golden colours are the theme for my house this year. It's a custom for chinese to place pineapple in the house because it is told to be "Wang Lai" (旺來) or prosperity.

Ofcourse, decoration won't be perfect without fireworks in the sky and firecrackers everywhere. I have to admit that there are still firecrackers and fireworks displayed in Sarawak eventhough it is banned. However, for everyone's information, chinese seldom ever get themselves injured by those firecrackers or fireworks. I can seldom ever read news about people "bombing" their own body parts just to play those dangerous things.

However, without firecrackers and fireworks, a Chinese New Year is never a Chinese New Year here in Kuching.. For businessman, playing these fireworks represent their prosperity and hoping to gain more prosperity in this Pig Year (Lunar Calendar)..

Besides that, we will never miss the Lion Dance whenever it is Chinese New Year.. Eventhough, it's quite unpleasant to listen to the noise of the drum, we still get used to the sound and in fact, we'll try to rush ourselves to see the lion dance show.. This year, my family invited people to play Lion Dance show and it's early in the morning.. The show was nice with two "Lion" playing the dance..

And now.. I guess it's time for everyone to get settle down.. Back to school and back to work and continue the normal routine as usual..

Friday, February 16, 2007

Love and Marriage

"Appreciate them if u have love and marriage in your life..."

A student ask a teacher, "what is love?"

The teacher said, "in order to answer your question, go to the padi field and choose the biggest padi and come back. But the rule is: you can go through them only once and cannot turn back to pick."

The student went to the field, go thru first row, he saw one big padi,but he wonders....may be there is a bigger one later. Then he saw another bigger one... but may be there is a even bigger one waiting for him.

Later, when he finished more than half of the padi field, he start to realise that the padi is not as big as the previous one he saw, he know he has missed the biggest one, and he regreted !!!! So, he ended up went back to the teacher with empty hand.

The teacher told him, "...this is love... you keep looking for a better one, but when later you realise, you have already miss the person...."

"What is marriage then?" the student asked.

The teacher said, "in order to answer your question, go to the corn field and choose the biggest corn and come back. But the rule is: you can go through them only once and cannot turn back to pick." The student went to the corn field, this time he is careful not to repeat the previous mistake, when he reach the middle of the field, he has picked one medium corn that he feel satisfy, and come back to the teacher.

The teacher told him, "this time you bring back a corn.... you look for one that is just nice, and you have faith and believe this is the best one you get.... this is marriage."

Valentine's Day

You might be wondering how do I celebrate my Valentine's Day especially I am still single and available..

Well, it really wasn't a special day.. It's however a better day than the others.. I started off to celebrate my Valentine's Day by going for a movie with all my friends (ALL MALE).. Then, we went for a drink after that.. That's how it is.. Sounded bored?! That's the fact for a bachelor!

By the way, I received a gift from a lady (to be anonymous).. She drawed something on my hand..

So I guess.. It's a better day than the others.. As this is the first Valentine's Day I got a present (drawing on my hand)..

Chinese New Year MOOD!

Oh gosh.. Chinese New Year is just around the corner.. There's so much preparation that has to be done.. I had been busy since past 2 weeks.. Move things and clean things daily..

For some times, I was wondering "How come there's so many things in my house" and even wonder "Why there's so many things to be done for Chinese New Year"..

However, I do enjoy cleaning things and moving things in my house although it is tiring.. During the process, it wasn't really that fun.. The greatest part of it was to see the place cleaned and tidied..

It has been a custom for Chinese to clean their house for chinese new year.. In fact this is one of the good thing for us.. We'll try to clean the house once a year eventhough we are busy as usual.. If without this occasion, you won't even want to bother to clean those "ALGAE(greenish things)" at your backyard..

However, I am awaiting for the Chinese New Year.. By that time, no more cleaning.. but only PLAYING!!

You might even wonder how come Harry had been missing in action (MIA) these few days.. The reason is he is only available freely when it's almost midnight..

From here, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year in advance!! ^^

Thursday, February 8, 2007

The Wise Man Story

A man of 92 years, short, very well-presented, who takes great care in his appearance, is moving into an old people’s home today.

His wife of 70 has recently died, and he is obliged to leave his home.

After waiting several hours in the retirement home lobby, he gently smiles as he is told that his room is ready.

As he slowly walks to the elevator, using his cane, I describe his small room to him, including the sheet hung at the window which serves as a curtain.

"I like it very much", he says, with the enthusiasm of an 8 year old boy who has just been given a new puppy.

" M. Gagné, you haven’t even seen the room yet, hang on a moment, we are almost there. "

" That has nothing to do with it ", he replies.

" Happiness is something I choose in advance. Whether or not I like the room does not depend on the furniture, or the decor – rather it depends on how I decide to see it. "

" It is already decided in my mind that I like my room. It is a decision I take every morning when I wake up. "

" I can choose. I can spend my day in bed enumerating all the difficulties that I have with the parts of my body that no longer work very well, or I can get up and give thanks to heaven for those parts that are still in working order. "

" Every day is a gift, and as long as I can open my eyes, I will focus on the new day, and all the happy memories that I have built up during my life. "

" Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw in later life what you have deposited along the way. "

So, my advice to you is to deposit all the happiness you can in your bank account of memories.

Thank you for your part in filling my account with happy memories, which I am still continuing to fill…

Remember these simple guidelines for happiness.
1. Free your heart from hate.
2. Free your mind from worry.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
6. Appreciate with what you have.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Construct Sentences With Numbers

Exclusively only to great the Hong Kong, Malaysian and Singaporean Chinese.... with no offense meant please

Ah Lek was asked to make a sentence using 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and 10. Not only did he do it 1 to 10, he did it again back to 1.

This was what he came up with...

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

Monday, February 5, 2007


Cancer News from John Hopkins:

1. No plastic containers in micro.
2. No water bottles in freezer.
3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well.

Dioxin chemicals causes cancer, especially breast cancer.

Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.

Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us.

He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers.

This especially applies to foods that contain fat.

He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body.

Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else.

Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc.

He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food.

Cover food with a paper towel instead.