Sunday, September 30, 2007
The Sept. 24 issue of The Edge Malaysia has a full coverage in its Cover Story on Jaya Shopping Centre. This gave me a deeper insight into the developments.
When I passed by Jaya in a so-called trip of memories to PJ, my sentimental feelings for the shopping centre overflowed.
During my college days at Taylor's College pursuing Victorian HSC years back, Jaya Shopping Centre was one of my favourite hangouts. All the footprints and memories at Jaya are for me to recollect now.
Deep down in my heart, I have a passion for Jaya Shopping Centre. It took me through some of the most wonderful days whilst at Taylor's College in PJ.
Going into history is a reality that Jaya Shopping Centre has to face up to. I hope in its place a better mall would emerge.
Sayonara! Jaya Shopping Centre!
The picture shows The Edge's coverage.
Jaya Shopping Centre has to face up to the reality.
The hot spot is going into history together with Jaya.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
This year, Hari Raya Aidilfitri shall fall on Oct. 12. As a gesture of goodwill, gift-giving has long become a custom in Malaysia among races during festivals.
A few years ago, Hari Raya hampers quietly crept into supermarkets for the convenience of gift-giving. Innovative merchants wrap them up in green and yellow plastic paper to reflect the Malay culture.
This evening, I went with Yian to Sing Kwong Supermarket to shop for household daily needs. I came across a stack of Hari Raya hampers with attractive wrapping. These reminded shoppers of an exciting run-up to Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Friday, September 28, 2007
The talk covered primarily the future trend of the world economic order. The topic is relevant to all those who are concerned about the upcoming dominant economic powers in the world.
At the end of the session, the MAF presented to me a set of framed bible verses as mementoes. A very meaningful and thoughtful gifts, indeed. I value them very much.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us.
It's National Friendship Week. Show your friends how much you care. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND, even if it means sending it back to the person who sent it to you. If it comes back to you, then you 'll know you have a circle of friends. YOU ARE MY FRIEND AND I AM HONOURED!
Now send this to every friend you have! And to your family.
Please forgive me if I have ever left a hole.
****** ****** ****** ****** ****** ******
The above message e-mailed by Clement is so very touching that I had to pause for a few times reading through. Thank you, Clement Ling, for your valuable gift.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
We went to Australia together for further studies in Monash University. He exhibited to be mature in thinking and diplomatic in social contacts. As such, at times, Clement became my guru, guiding me through the initial part of my university life.
On Sept. 12, Clement e-mailed a very thought-provoking message to me. Too good not to be shared, I decided to put it through my blog.
NAIL IN THE FENCE
"Let us not pray for a lighter load but for stronger shoulders"
Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence. (Most importantly the last sentence)
There was once a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.
The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down.
He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.
Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he he was able to hold his temper.
The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.
The picture shows Clement Ling with his family in Australia.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Yian spent the afternoon preparing the dinner. We were all light-hearted because my mom was discharged from Rejang Specialist Hospital this morning after being admitted for four days.
Yian's culinary skill is commendable. She picks up her skills through self-learning without formal coaching.
All in all, she churned out ten dishes in less than two hours. Together with my youngest sister, eldest brother and sister-in-law, we had a wonderful Mid-Autumn dinner.
The above picture shows steak with salad sauce - it is mouth-watering !
Fish fillets in plum and orange sauce - it is simply yummy!
Five-spice meat rolls - we all like the dish.
Deluxe fried noodles - we can't afford to miss it.
Roasted chicken - it is also finger-licking good!
Monday, September 24, 2007
This festival is also known as the Moon Cake Festival because a traditional Chinese pastry called moon cake (yueh ping) is commonly eaten as a celebration for the occasion.
Nobody actually knows when the custom of eating moon cakes began, but one relief traces its origin to the 14th century.
It has long been a custom for Chinese to give moon cakes as presents to relatives or friends during the festival.
I received some imported high-end moon cakes as presents. A heartfelt appreciation for the wonderful gifts.
This year's Mid-Autumn Festival shall fall on tomorrow.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
The economy of the United States is really terminally sick. A rate cut is, at best, only putting the patient on oxygen. It is by no means to provide a cure for the patient.
It is, therefore, very much premature to celebrate over the strong market rebound following the rate decrease. The Federal Reserve's monetary policy decision on Sept. 18 has adverse repercussions which have severe implications for the United States.
One of them is a further devaluation of the dollar. As the greenback narrows the rate differential advantage, it loses its appeal to investors. It naturally follows that the dollar is going to trend down more and it is damaging for U.S.A.
I still keep a few dollar notes in my drawer. It is disheartening to see their value shrinking day by day!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
She contracted chronic coughing for around one week and despite initial treatment, she did not get any better. Yesterday, we sent her for a follow-up treatment. Dr. Simon Yii sent her for an x-ray screening and the report revealed that she had a mild inflammation on her left lung. She was admitted right away.
It was pain in my heart to see her coughing. Pray that she would be recovered soon.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Yesterday, U.S. dollar was traded on a par with CD, meaning one U.S. dollar was exchanged for one CD.
As I shared in my blog days ago, this scenario was long anticipated due to weakening greenback and strengthening CD.
Is CD poised to climb some more? Yes! The current circumstances are conducive to appreciation for CD.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
They are not attracted by our concrete jungle, but lured to fly all the way here by our ecological beauty.
Our culture, nature and adventure are important assets in developing our tourism. In short, tourism is simply all about selling our strong points.
I met up with the tour guide and tour leader in the early morning before they left for Bintulu and took a snapshot of the group in front of Premier Hotel www.premierh.com.my
The picture shows them busy boarding the coach.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Why Go To Church?
A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. "I have gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them...... So, I think I am wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all."
This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
"I've been married for 30 yearsnow. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this....They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"
When you are DOWN to nothing...God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!
All right...now that you're done reading....share it out! I think everyone should read this! When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, "Jesus, could you get that for me?!"
I e-mailed back to Clement Ling for his wonderful sharing and wished him best of everything.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
It is considered the most venerated and blessed month of the Islamic year during which Muslims are required to fast.
It has long become a tradition for local authorities to zone an open ground for Ramadan food fair.
This year, again, Sibu Municipal Council makes use of a portion of Sibu Town Square to set up Bazar Ramadan 2007.
Bazar Ramadan is a dual-purpose fair: firstly, to facilitate Muslims to buy home-cooked foods for daily berbuka puasa (fast-breaking), and, secondly, to serve as a fair for traditional Malay foods.
I popped over for a quick tour this afternoon. The foods were most tempting and the operators' friendly disposition is very commendable.
Patronizing crowds are not confined to Muslims. Bazar Ramadan attracts all races to sample the Malay foods of a wide variety.
The picture shows the entrance to Bazar Ramadan 2007.
Grilled fish with spicy sauce - this local delicacy is a must for gourmets.
Rati John - the stall owner told me the food originates from KL. The pricing is most affordable at RM2 per bun.
Roti canai - seriously, no Malaysians can afford to miss it out!
Apam - it is loved by all ages, from 3-year old kids to toothless grannies.
Monday, September 17, 2007
According to the writter, CD is set to outperform the greenback and, pretty soon, the exchange rate (1 U. S. to CD) is going to break 1:1. I am in total agreement with him.
If you wish to invest in foreign currency, but you are uncertain as to which one to pick, then you may consider CD.
Tomorrow I am to touch on Ramadan, the fasting month for Muslims. Ho! Ho! Ho! It is all about foods again!
The above picture is downloaded from CBC News.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Besides oil, Canada is also the world's largest producer of uranium - the mineral which is the chief ingredient in making nuclear weapon. This mining, which is centred in Saskatchewan Province, has become Canada's important source of revenue.
The picture shows the location of Saskatchewan Province (shaded red). The map is downloaded from Wikipedia.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
All good things must come to a close, as the saying goes. Jin Cai Je Ye 2007 was concluded with a benediction by D.S. Rev. Kong Chong Lin.
The audience then adjourned to a light refreshment at the side hall.
The picture shows MAF of Selangau Preaching Centre presenting a harmonica soloist.
The above pictures are by courtesy of Won Meng Lei.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Westerners strongly believe that life begins only at 50. It was propounded more than twenty years back to motivate senior group to lead a more excellent life in their golden age.
Rev. Tie, in his message, shared that he turned 50 this year. He set a fine example in his continuous service to Lord at a pace far more energetic than a lot of younger group.
Devote your golden age to more meaningful use - and lead an age of excellence. This is the thrust that Rev. Tie King Tai put across to a crowd of close to 800.
As the programme moved on, I was very touched - not by the melodious music, but by the performers' overflowing spirit for an excellent life. A clear message was transmitted to the audience - that age would in no way set a limit on them.
The picture shows Rev. Tie King Tai - age seems to set no limit on him.
Xiang Sheng themed Thanks-giving by MAF of Zion Church.
Another Xiang Sheng show themed White Cat, Black Cat by MAF of Hwai Ang Church.
A presentation by MAF of Logos Church - recital of Psalm 8.
The picture shows the crowded church hall.
The pictures are by courtesy of Wong Meng Lei.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
As the speaker Rev. Tie King Tai pointed out, excelling is simply by living out Jesus in our daily life.
A high-powered speaker, Rev. Tie is renowned for being explicitly clear in his messages on biblical points. At times, out of compassion and love, he is stern in his sermons in order to send across wake-up calls to church members, which may easily send some of their ears burning-hot.
Let's all excel -A night of praise-giving (Jing Cai Zhi Ye) is a combined gathering of the 15 Methodist Adult Fellowships in Sibu East District, to be held annually, with the purposes of praise-giving and sharing.
This year, we planned to hold it at Xin Fu Yuan Methodist Church on September 8.
The picture shows MAF of The Masland Church presenting a very enthralling Zan Mei Cao.
MAF of Tien En Church gave a very creative song drama presentation themed The True Wealth. They won a big round of applause..
MAF of Ai Ming Church presented a song dance.
A group singing - MAF of Peace Church sang up to praise Lord.
MAF of Siong Tau Church presented a melodious group singing.
The above pictures are by courtesy of Wong Meng Lei http://www.mengleiwong.blogspot.com/
Monday, September 10, 2007
I concur totally with Lawrence on this point. Sometime last year, I contributed an article to The Methodist Message, a weekly newsmagazine published by Board of Christian Literature (SCAC)
www.sarawakmethodist.org/weilibao on the outlook of Canadian Dollar.
I put it that CD and oil price move in tandem, the basis of which is the richness of Canada in oil.
As international oil price jacks up, CD follows suit by strengthening against Greenback, Yen or Euro.
Lawrence went on to share with me the oil-driven growth of Canada.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
It is filled with goodies for everyone and adequate sweetness for business.
Unless you have zero income, otherwise Budget 2008 will surely sweeten you up in one way or another. Even if you have no fixed income, under the budget, the Government has allocated a fund to provide guarantees to the banks to enable you to take up mortage loan to own your dream house.
As expected, our Government is still far from being able to balance the budget. With deficit projected at 3.1%, comparatively better off than last year's, Budget 2008 is expansionary in nature.
In short, our Government's spending shall continue to be the locomotive of our growth next year.
The picture shows The Star with extensive coverage of the budget.
Friday, September 7, 2007
A national budget is simply an outline of a government's expenses and revenues for the coming year.
Budgets have an economic, political and technical basis. In short, they are not entirely designed to allocate scarce resources for the best economic use to achieve sustainable growth. They also have a political basis wherein different interests push and pull in an attempt to obtain benefits and avoid burdens. The technical element is the forcast of the likely levels of revenues and expenses.
Malaysian Budget 2008 has all the three elements in its framework. Aiming for sustainable growth in an increasingly competitive global environment, Malaysia has to upgrade its human resources and improve its product quality. This is achievable through giving incentives.
The short term growth can be sustained by expansionary fiscal policy. The continuing deficit budget for 2008 is in response to the impending global situation.
Politically, Abdullah has to fit in with the timing of the next election. This is to firm the foothold of BN. Anybody who is in his position would do the same thing.
Simply put, it is really a budget for the rakyat (people).
The above picture of Dato' Seri Abdullah Badawi is downloaded from Wikipedia.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
As artistes, their daily life is a bit upside-down - they retire to bed at extremely late hours, get up at noon time, skip breakfast and take only brunch. This is typical of artistes' life style - to enthral audience at their personal sacrifice.
But, none the less, they have satisfaction in their work by entertaining audience on stage.
Tata,Mae, Tweety and Pet came together to form Four Play Band back in the Philippines . Now they are into their sixth month of formation and this is their very first overseas assignment.
When asked about Malaysia, they said they are adaptable to this place and the life style here generally.
Musically inclined and talented in singing, they are one of the major foreign reserve earners for their nation. In short, the Philippines exports human capital to contribute to the nation-building.
Coming in to replace the out-going New Creation Band and making their debut about two weeks ago, they are going to be here for three months by contract.
The picture shows Four Play Band in full costume. From left to right : Tata, Mae, Tweety and Pet.
I took a snapshot of them in Cafe Palmelia at their lunch table. Tweety (left) and Pet (right) are sisters.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Commonly referred to as LYP, Low Yat is an established commercial shopping centre specialising in electronics and IT products in Malaysia.
Located at lot 7, Jalan 1/77, off Jalan Bukit Bintang, LYP stands out by offering a greater range and variety of a single product by having a collective of inter-chained stores.
The business at Low Yat also bustles with crowds comprising mostly of youngsters.
I went down to the lower ground floor where eateries are centred. There, a large variety of foods is offered for food lovers to sample and indulge in.
At Old Town Kopitiam, I ordered a cup of thick kopi-o at only RM2.50++. Served with a traditional porcelain tea set, it was not pricey, considering the high living standards in KL and the ambience of the kopitiam.
Thick and aromatic, the kopi-o was of superb taste, so much so that it made me feel like going back for another one.
The picture shows the front portion of Low Yat Plaza.
We checked out Capitol Hotel at 13:00 and proceeded straight to KL Sentral where we took a bus transfer to LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal) for AirAsia's 18:25 flight back to Sibu. This ended my fruitful three-day trip to KL .
The picture shows the skyline of KL.
LCCT was crowded with waiting passengers. As I skipped my lunch, so I started surveying the only two eateries there for something to fill up. McDonald's was doing brisk business - in fact, it bustled to the extent I had a hard time to find a seat. Eventually, I was forced to ask for permission to share table with a lady. I ordered something both to satisfy my stomach and to kill the time since the boarding was still hours away.
The picture shows LCCT.
(The above pictures are downloaded from Wikipedia and LCCT website respectively.)
Monday, September 3, 2007
Sungai Wang Plaza is by far still the hottest ptoperty in KL despite the competiting malls comimg into play.
It leaves me with a lot of memories, sweet and tender, of my college days.
During my two years at Taylor's College, Sungai Wang was our favourite mall for hanging around during weekends.
The footprints left behind seemingly have not faded with time. When I stepped in the plaza this morning (on August 24), the old-time memories flowed back . The interiors and settings there may have changed over the years, but the memories stay vividly clear.
Again, time has not diluted my sentiment for Sungai Wang. I cherish the times that I spent loitering there and the hours chit-chatting away. But gone are the good times into the sea of memories.
I stopped at Famous Amos to look for some nice cookies for my family. Located on level 1, this island counter offers a wide variety of hand-made cookies, all with very tempting looks. I grabbed some since they are unlikely to be availasble in Sibu.
The picture shows a cup of kopi-o at Old Town Kopitiam on the basement of Low Yat Plaza.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Bukit Bintang is thus far the most bustling business district in KL.
I learned from one cab driver that, after 3 pm, Jalan Bukit Bintang is so jammed with traffic that all cabs levy surcharge on passengers for cab services to this area.
A normal 20-minute drive may easily quadruple during the jam hours. The levy of surcharge is built on this basis.
Bukit Bintang is, therefore, commonly refered to as "black" area in KL for this reason.
The picture shows the main entrance of Sungai Wang Plaza.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
A total of 9 international group pavilions including the most recent entry from Japan joining the likes of Austria, Belgium, Egypt, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Taiwan were present at the exhibition to proudly market their products and offer the best advice on the latest machinery.
It was truly an experience to expose myself to this spectacular show!
The picture shows a Korean promoter at the booth.
An Egyptian corner.
A lot of Indian products for you to view.
Taiwan foods - most eager to penetrate our market.
A crowded Japanese booth.