别哭, 别哭

31 05 2008

“妈妈别哭,别再抱着我幼小的身躯。我已经没有往日的温度。请给我换上爱穿的衣服拿来我爱读的书。假如天堂里有学校,我会在梦中告诉你考试的分数。”

                            -中国诗人周碧华用诗悼念在四川大地震丧命的N小学生。

Extracted from i周刊





Mundane Life

23 05 2008

Copied this from bing‘s blog.. will wanna share here…

The paradox of our time in history is that

we have taller buildings but shorter tempers,
wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.

We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less.

We have bigger houses and smaller families,
more conveniences, but less time.

We have more degrees but less sense,
more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems,
more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little,
drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too
little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life.

We’ve added years to life not life to years.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street
to meet a new neighbour.

We conquered outer space but not inner space.

We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.

We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.

We write more, but learn less.

We plan more, but accomplish less.

We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait.

We build more computers to hold more information, to
produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods, and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships.

These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and
nothing in the stockroom.

A time when technology can bring this letter to you,
and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just
hit delete.





Sg not a destination for the Olympic Torch Relay?

22 05 2008

Considering Sg is so called in close/strong ties with China…

Considering Sg is the first country to hold Youth Olympic in yr 2010…

Considering even countries like Malaysia and Indonesia are part of the stops for this Beijing Olympic Torch Relay…..

So why isn’t Singapore also a stop for the Olympic Torch Relay????

Who decide the destination, routes and stops???

So…. with… such… thing….. Sg is just considered a little (read: unimportant/insignificant!) red dot?!?!?!?!?!

*confused*





Red Cross Donation

20 05 2008

With so much casualties and losses, these people/nations definitely need more cash… to buy food, clothes, medical needs, and also build facilties… etc etc

So if u can afford, do give more to those needy ones..

Make a contribution towards the Red Cross China Earthquake Appeal

Make a contribution towards the Myanmar Cyclone Nargis Appeal

How you can help?





Daddy’s Prezzie

16 05 2008

16th May 2008

Met up with paper cutting master – Deng Jian Hui during Chinese New Year (CNY) 2008 bazaar… He was from China.. was very good with cutting the paper figurine… professional and fast…

Did one family portrait for my daddy’s bd prezzie..  Had it passed to my dad in Sydney via a friend.. Yes.. it is my daddy’s birthday today!! =)

Happy Birthday Daddy!! *muack*

A paper cutting portrait of our whole family – Daddy, Mummy,juskawaime,3 brothers& 2 sis-in-laws

A quote from bible:

我们一生一世必有恩惠慈爱随着我们,我们且要住在耶和华的殿中,一直到永远。

                                                                                                 –  诗篇 23 章 6 节

Also done paper cutting portraits for my brothers and sis-in-laws

My 2nd bro & sis-in-law – 志豪 和 洁庭

My 3rd bro & sis-in-law – 志勇 和 慧丽

Also did paper cutting for myself… this was given free..

I shall always practice what is written:

常常喜乐 (Rejoice)

不住的祷告 (Unceasingly pray always)

凡是谢恩 (In everything, give thanks)





Dance of the Dragon

16 05 2008

9th May 2008

Watched this movie – Dance of the Dragon -with Jo at The Cathay at 9.45pm

Dance of the Dragon 

Nowadays Movie online booking via Credit card can be very convenient and hazzle-free.. Just book ur movie tickets online, choose ur seats, provide ur credit card details… payment is then made on spot.. Once reach the theatre, queue up to get ur movie tickets. Said that u booked online, pass them ur credit card, they just slide down ur credit card, and printed out the movie tickets while confirming with you the movie details.. And ur off to see ur movie.. NEAT! =)

What Jo thinks of the movie… “Lot of Qs mark, Qs mark Qs mark scenes”

Quite a slow paced movie.. and I do not really into slow movies most of the times…

Jo was blaming me for seeing this show together with me.. just coz of my Fann Wong is acting in it!! hahaa… She thought the CNY movie Ah Long Pte Ltd featuring Mark Lee and Fann Wong was much better! hahaaa

But this is what she sms me when she return home, “Not really a bad movie la.. Goodnight!”





China Earthquake in Sichuan Province

13 05 2008

We should pray for those pple in Mymmar, Beirut and now China..

Even my overseas colleagues in Xi-An can feel the tremor..  And the Aftershocks are still on-going at 12th May various times like 11pm, 2am, 4am… and 13th May 11am…  This time seemed to be worse than 1998 time. All my Xi-An colleagues also run down the building during these earthquake and aftershocks.. seems like 15 pple reported dead in Xi-An.

Tue, May 13, 2008
Reuters
China quake kills nearly 10,000 in Sichuan province
CHENGDU, CHINA – AN earthquake devastated southwestern China, killing close to 10,000 people and trapping hundreds of others under schools, factories and houses while the worst-hit area was still cut off from rescuers on Tuesday.The 7.8 magnitude quake, centred in Sichuan province, struck in the middle of the school day on Monday and toppled at least eight schools. Chemical-laden factories and at least one hospital collapsed, trapping hundreds more, state media said.The death toll appeared likely to climb in China’s worst earthquake for over three decades as troops struggled on foot to reach the worst-hit area of Wenchuan, some 100km from the Sichuan’s provincial capital Chengdu.

Officials said there was no word from three townships nearest epicentre in Wenchuan, a hilly county of 112,000 people.

 

About 900 teenagers were buried under a three-storey school building in the Sichuan city of Dujiangyan. Premier Wen Jiabao, who rushed there, bowed three times in grief before some of the 50 bodies already pulled out, Xinhua news agency reported.

Xinhua said at another Dujiangyan school 420 students were trapped and workers had so far been able to rescue less than 100.

‘Not one minute can be wasted,’ Mr Wen said. ‘One minute, one second could mean a child’s life.’

In Chengdu, many residents slept outside or in cars, fearing more tremours in the city where at least 45 people died and 600 were injured.

The government has rushed troops and medical teams to dig for survivors and treat the injured. Sometimes struggling to contain his emotions, Mr Wen vowed to spare no effort while urging crying and injured residents to stay calm.

Severed roads and rail lines blocked the way to Wenchuan, and local officials described crumpled houses, landslides and scenes of desperation.

‘We are in urgent need of tents, food, medicine and satellite communications equipment,’ the Communist Party chief of Wenchuan, Mr Wang Bin said, according to Xinhua.

Townships collapse
Most farmers’ homes in two townships had collapsed and there was no word from the three townships nearest the epicentre, which have a population of 24,000, the report added. So far Wenchuan has reported 15 dead, a number likely to rise steeply.

More than 7,000 may have died in Sichuan’s Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County, where 80 per cent of the buildings were destroyed, Sichuan television said. Beichuan has a population of 161,000, meaning about one in 10 there were killed or injured.

‘Even if it means walking in, we must enter the worst-hit areas as quickly as possible,’ Mr Wen said, according to Xinhua.

But a paramilitary officer marching with a hundred troops towards Wenchuan described a devastated landscape that is likely to yield many dead and to frustrate rescuers.

‘I have seen many collapsed civilian houses and the rocks dropped from mountains on the roadside are everywhere,’ said the People’s Armed Police officer Liu Zaiyuan, according to Xinhua.

Thunderstorms forecast in Sichuan for Tuesday could make rescue attempts more difficult and dislodge more loose rocks.

Most phone lines in Wenchuan were down and a website for the region’s Aba prefecture said the quake had cut several major highways and communications were largely severed in 11 counties.

Landslides had cut off three major rail lines leading to Chengdu, stranding 31 passenger trains and 149 cargo trains, Xinhua said, but no casualties had been reported.

The US Geological Survey said the main quake struck at 0628 GMT (2.28pm Singapore time) at a depth of 10 km.

Its force was felt across much of China and caused buildings to sway in Beijing and Shanghai and as far away as the Thai capital Bangkok.

Shock to region
The quake was another shock to the region already trying to cope with the devastation of a cyclone this month in Burma.

Some 1.5 million people in Burma are facing hunger and disease after the cyclone ravaged the Irrawaddy delta, leaving an official toll of 31,938 dead and 29,770 missing.

The Sichuan quake was the worst to hit China since the 1976 Tangshan tremor in northeastern China where up to 300,000 died.

This time the devastation was worst in hilly farming country, where winding roads can be hard travel even in normal times. The area is near the famed Wolong panda reserve.

The disaster has come at a bad time for China, which holds the Olympic Games in August, and has been struggling to keep a lid on unrest in ethnic Tibetan areas.

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Movie Marathon

12 05 2008

Had a laid-back day this weekend…. Borrowed DVDs from my housemates, I had a movie marathon at home on Saturday and Sunday..

  • Crazy beautiful (Starring Kirsten Dunst and Jay Hernandez)
  • Shall we Dance? (in Japanese version. Not by Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez)
  • Kill Bill (volume 1) (staring Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu and ViVica A. Fox)
  • Basic Instinct (starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone)
  • Jerry Maguire (starring Tom Cruise, Kelly Preston and Renee Zellweger)
  • About Schmidt (Jack Nicholson)
  • Wall Street (starring Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen and Daryl Hannah)

Movies which I dun understand or not be able to appreciate (so I fast-forward them most of the times):

  • Factory Girl
  • Sex, Lies, and videotape
  • Secretary
  • American Beauty
  • Boogie nights
  • The Dreamers
  • The Hours (Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman) – Seen this before …
  • Before Sunrise (seen this before too – heard much abt this.. but think only the concept is romantic.. slow movie)
  • Before Sunset (same like Before Sunrise)
  • Love me if you dare

I found I like these actresses/actors also:

  • Renee Zellweger
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Michael Douglas
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Meryl Streep




$100k from her handbag – for cyclone victims

11 05 2008

With such natural disasters like cyclone disaster which struck Myanmar and killed an estimated 100,000 people … and also riots in Beirut… lets us appreciate that our loved ones are safe and sound… and appreciate to be in a safe and sound country…Lets do our part to help the less fortunate pple in ways that we can..

$100k from her handbag – for cyclone victims

Chen Meiyue & Samantha Eng
Sun, May 11, 2008
The Straits Times

A tsunami or a cyclone can strike suddenly. Compassion can take a while to build up.This seems to be the case in Singapore as donations for the Cyclone Nargis disaster which struck Myanmar on May 3 appear to be gathering force slowly.At 6pm yesterday, $906,000 had been raised here for the disaster which killed an estimated 100,000 people.

In contrast, the Singapore Red Cross alone received $1 million in donations within two days of the 2004 tsunami disaster.

 

Amid this apparent slowness, one Singaporean woman’s spontaneous generosity stood out.

She turned up at Red Cross House in Penang Lane just before noon yesterday and donated $100,000 in cash.

The woman, who appeared to be in her 40s, asked how she could help the Myanmar victims. Then, from her handbag, she handed over a wad of $1,000 notes, totalling $50,000, which was tied together with a rubber band.

Even as Red Cross volunteers were thanking her, she took out another wad and said: ‘Here’s another $50,000.’

She told volunteers she wished to remain anonymous and did not need a receipt.

She told The Sunday Times in Mandarin: ‘I felt so much pity for the victims of the cyclone. Whenever a disaster happens, I will do my part and make a donation.’

She had her 10-year-old son with her to ‘show him how donations are made’.

Her contribution equalled the $100,000 cheque which Creative Technology boss Sim Wong Hoo wrote to the Red Cross last week. The Red Cross has now collected about $450,000.

The May 3 disaster is the worst to hit South-east Asia since the 2004 tsunami which killed over 220,000 people.

Apart from the death toll, more than one million Myanmar people have been left homeless and disease may spread if relief operations are not quickly mounted.

Asked about the slow public response, Singapore Red Cross spokesman Carol Teo noted that the tsunami was seen to be of a greater magnitude as more countries were affected.

‘Also, during the tsunami, foreign aid was able to go in quickly. Now, there’s a little bit of difficulty,’ she said.

‘People might hold back contributions because they’re not sure if the aid is going directly to the survivors.’

Indeed, the situation in Singapore is not unique. In the first week of the 2004 tsunami, pledges of international aid amounted to US$2billion.

In the same period for the Myanmar cyclone, it has amounted to just US$50 million (S$68 million).

Ms Teo said the Singapore Red Cross will ensure that relief aid ‘will get to the right people’ because it will send aid only if liaison officers from Singapore are allowed in to work with the Myanmar Red Cross.

A Sunday Times check with 100 Singaporeans found most saying that the impact of the Myanmar cyclone has not been as overwhelming as the tsunami. Fourteen had not even heard about the cyclone, let alone the fund-raising efforts.

Operations manager Janeky Jayaprakas, 45, said: ‘If they make it convenient, like during the tsunami when there were collection booths, I’m sure more Singaporeans would make donations.’

Still, the response is acquiring a momentum. Besides the Red Cross, the Salvation Army has raised $60,000 while Mercy Relief has received $153,000. World Vision has received $70,000. Almost $83,000 was collected from donation boxes placed at mosques during last Friday’s prayers.

The 100,000-strong Myanmar community here is also collecting cash and clothes. The Overseas Burmese Patriots has raised $90,000.

Individual Singaporeans, like coffee-seller Helen Choy, 48, have been doing their part. She took the $400 she collected from her colleagues to the Red Cross yesterday.

But some, like administrative executive Linda Ng, 33, are still holding back because of Myanmar’s reluctance to let in foreign aid workers. She said: ‘If they let them in, I’ll donate.’

Meanwhile, international relief assistance continued to arrive in Myanmar yesterday even as aid experts remained doubtful about the junta’s ability to distribute the aid fast enough to those in need.

The junta ignored widespread calls and went ahead with a referendum yesterday on a new Constitution that critics say is aimed at giving the generals even broader powers.

 

More report: Race against the clock to help victims

The perfect storm

AsiaOne Source





Mum could be worth $23k a month

11 05 2008

My mum definitely worth this much!! Love you mummy.Happy Mother’s Day!! =D

Mum could be worth $23k a month

Shuli Sudderuddin
Sun, May 11, 2008
The Straits Times

 

 

Here’s a number – $22,568 a month – that’s bound to make any mother’s day today.That is what a top human-resource practitioner calculates as the worth of a stay-at-home mum in Singapore.Mr David Ang, executive director of the Singapore Human Resource Institute, picked five roles she plays daily, from executive housekeeper to chef and driver.Assuming she works 17 hours a day, she would make $22,568 a month at the market rate for such jobs.

On top of this, he counted a 13th month bonus, leading to a princely $293,384 a year.

The Sunday Times had asked him to figure out a Singaporean mum’s worth, in the light of a study done in the United States which estimated that a full-time mother could earn up to US$117,000 (S$160,000) a year.

The US study was conducted by Salary.com, a firm which studies workplace compensation. The US$117,000 sum is based on a mother doing 10 jobs, from housekeeper to psychologist and chief executive.

Another HR practitioner here, Mr Gene Yap, a human capital consultant with Aon Consulting, estimated that a Singapore mum’s work is worth $8,481 a month.

This is based on spending 30 per cent of her time on marketing and housekeeping, 40 per cent on supervising children’s activities like a teacher, and 5 per cent as a family motivator.

Both the Singaporean calculations factored in rest days, like the rest of the country’s working population.

Whether it’s $23,000 or $8,000, mothers were amused when told of the results.

‘I don’t think housewives would get that much money. Not all mothers cook or teach their children daily,’ said Madam Kee Chooi Hua, 34, a housewife with three children.

Said housewife Sandy Lim, 53, who also has three children: ‘Who will want to pay a housekeeper $23,000 a month? I enjoy my work and I don’t do it for money.’

Some working mothers like Mrs Maria Loh, 41, a financial planner, feel the figure is justified. ‘If you add all the duties a mother performs, the figure is accurate. And if she works and has to forgo work opportunities, then even more cost is incurred.’

But mothers’ roles are too important to be quantified, said several women MPs.

‘A mother’s job is priceless if done well,’ said Ms Denise Phua, 48, an MP for Jalan Besar GRC and mother of two.

‘There is no cookie-cutter price or standard solution; mothers must know how they can add value to their children’s lives.

‘I’m best at preparing my children for the future and being a friend to them. Things I’m not so good at, like cooking, I outsource,’ she said with a laugh.

Madam Halimah Yacob, 53, an MP for Jurong GRC and mother of five, felt it was impossible ‘to put a monetary value to what mothers do. It is far beyond $200,000’.

Ms Jean Yip, 48, founder of the Jean Yip hair-salon group and parent of three, agreed: ‘Mothers take care of both the emotional and physical needs of husbands and children. That’s why Mother’s Day is always more celebrated than Father’s Day.’

Ms Laurrieta Alaabons, 37, director of LAMC Productions which promotes concerts and a mother of one, said: ‘I think to give a dollar value to a mother is nonsense. A mother is a jack-of-all-trades and you cannot put her responsibility down in dollars and cents.’

Ms Constance Singam, 70, chairman of the Association of Women for Action and Research, said the value of a mother’s work is underrated.

‘The trouble with society now is that women, who often do housework that can’t be valued in economic terms, don’t get the appreciation they deserve.’

Even those in the HR field agree.

Said Mr Ang: ‘We can estimate how much the jobs might pay, but mothers are also involved in deep emotional bonds and life lessons which will stay with their children all their lives. Now, who can put a dollar value to that?’

 

Additional reporting by Terence Lee and Carmen Onggo

How much do you think a mother is worth in dollars and cents? Send your comments to a1admin@sph.com.sg

Stay-at-home Mum: Would you pay her $290,000 a year?

AsiaOne Source





さくぶんー作文

11 05 2008

Was proud of my first japanese composition homework… try to use more of the sentence structures that we have learnt in our first semester lessons… took me 2hrs to finish the composition… hahaa it is about 500 words (including small letter, commas and full stops).

Scored an “A” for this essay.. So here it is ….Wanting to show and share with u all…

Here it is ..

わたし

わたしはシンガポールじんで、なまえはjuskawaime です。わたしは六人家族で、父と母と弟が三人います。弟は二人人けっこんしています。一番下の弟は今大学の学生です。みんなは今オーストラリアに住んでいますが、私は一人ですんでいます。今Eunos にすんでいます。うちから駅まで十分で行けます。

わたしはインジニアで、会社員です。毎朝バスかタクシーで会社へ行きます。うちから会社まで十五分しかかかりません。

私のしゅみはテレビ見ることとりょこうをすることです。家族とみんなで何度か中国へ行ったことがあります。旅行ではいつもおいしい料理を食べたり、おもしろい建物を見たりします。試験の後で、友達と五人でタイへ行くつもりです。

私は日本語は好きですが、日本へ行ったことはありません。温泉(おんせん)に入ったこともありません。日本へ桜(さくら)を見に行きたいです。来年日本へ働き(たらき)に行こうと思っています。しかし、試験(しけん)がありますから、合格できないかもしれません。





Health Week

6 05 2008

This week is Health week for my company..

We have various Health Lunch talk for these 5 days.. I had attend yesterday Lunch Talk – It is abt “Towards Ideal Weight”..

Picked up some points here and there.. Sharing here … =)

  • We can know whether we are of correct weight, overweight or obese from BMI and Abdominal Obesity
  • BMI normal for us is <25 (<23 for Asian)
  • BMI Overweight is 25-29.9 (23-27.4 for Asian)
  • BMI Obese is >30 (>27.5 for Asian)
  • BMI Calculator can be found here
  • Abdominal Obesity (>91cm is considered for Asia men)
  • Abdominal Obesity (>80cm is considered for Asia women)
  • Eating chocolates do makes us happy coz chocolates generates endorphin which is called happy hormones
  • But better eat 70% dark chocolates – less fattening
  • Calories Input > Calories Output –> results in obesity
  • Ways to reduce obesity is to reduce Calories input or/and increase Calories output
  • Low calories diet for Female is 1000-1200kcal a day
  • Low calories diet for male is 1200-1500kcal a day
  • Only animals stuffs/products have cholesterol, so peanut and durian has no high cholesterol
  • However durian has high sugar and fats, so eat rationally
  • 1 day 2 servings of fruits
  • 1 cup of fruit juice  = 1 serving
  • 6 rambutans – 1 serving
  • 10 grapes – 1 serving
  • 3 seeds durian – 1 serving
  • We had HDL (good Cholesterol) and LDL (bad Cholesterol)
  • How to increase good cholesterol: Exercise more and eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • How to increase metabolism rate:
  • (1) Have a good breakfast (milk, fruit juice, wholemeal bread..)
  • (2) Constant meal (even if ur not hungry)
  • (3) 6 small constant meal
  • (4) Exercise and build more muscle
  • (5) Drink hot water
  • Fruits before lunch or fruit after lunch is ok
  • Everyday 8 cups of water
  • 2 cups of Coffee or tea is ok everyday, but need to drink 8+2 cups of water (to detox that 2 cups of coffee/tea)
  • Exercise everyday, 45mins – 1hr each time
  • 2 eggs only every week
  • if wanna eat more eggs, eat only the white part
  • Fast food has high calories
  • Fried stuffs has high calories
  • Do not eat Chicken skin, that is where the fats are
  • Cockles, crab, oysters .. have high cholesterol

Oh.. i went swimming too last night. Only 8 laps.. already dying … hahaa that shows my stamina!! =p After bathing, to my horror, I realized I forgotten to bring my towel!! *GOSH* Oh well… I have to make do… I tried to wipe my wet body with my shirt and skirt… hahahaa so everything was wet wet in the end… but still can make do.. coz my shirt is black..  hahaa…