Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Not fair, not fair

Overheard that boss is going to give bonus and increment to the junior staff only this year. Medium and higher management will not get anything this year. Bad news for me.

Not fair. Not fair. How could this be?

We have also put in our effort (+ sweat + tears + blood) this whole year long for the company. How can we are not rewarded for the sweat? Don't our effort being appreciated? ::crying face::

Not fair, not fair. We don't mind if it is just a small token, at least to show your appreciation.

We are very cham already this year, new academic year is going to start soon, and Chinese New Year is around the corner. I know, i know it is still another one month ahead. I don't even dare to mention about Christmas, where got enough money to spend for Christmas, already spent hundreds on the kids' uniforms, school bags, shoes, stationery, workbooks. ::sobbing::

Haih... really hope that boss changes his mind -- give bonus (at least) to everyone. Everybody will be happy then. (praying hard now)

Worry To Look Older Than My Age?

I found that recently my skin becomes dry and loses its flexibility, fine lines are visible especially on the forehead area, skin loses its natural glow and looks very dim and dull. I guess this is common among ladies at my age, this is especially true for those who stay up very late at night and staring at computer screen at least 12 hours a day like myself. But for the fear of looking older than my age, I start googling for some beauty maintenance tips. Here's what I got:

It seems that different skin types have their different way to maintain. So, it is obvious that the first thing I need to do is to find out my skin type and its appropriate way to maintain. There are basically 4 types of skin:

1. Moist and oily skin
This skin is basically normal, but it tends to change with environment, climate and diet. For example, hot season will cause excessive sebum and this leads to acne. So the best way to maintain this type of skin is to keep yourself in good condition with healthy diet.

2. Oily and water-lack skin
If your skin tends to get oiler whenever you forget about protection, you shall be more focus on retaining the moisture of your skin. The pores on this type of skin is obvious to be seen, making it to appear constantly oily. So, while you are busy removing the excess oil from your face, do keep in mind to replenish the skin with proper moisturizer. When skin is moistured adequently, less oil will be produced. You can combine the usage of Oil-control + moisturizing products together.

3. Moist, oil-less skin
This skin type will be the perfect skin type if much attention is given to moisture and oil-resistant. Although this skin may be the best, but lack of oil will result to the loss of moisture easily too especially when one is in air-conditioned setting or during cold windy days - skin gets dried up quite easily. Therefore, skin-care products with adequate oil is crucial. In addition, you should also pay more addition to the eyes area to avoid early fine lines as

4. Water-lack, oil-less skin
This skin type is the most fragile type that requires super extra care. This type of skin tends to get dry easily and is prone to fine lines. So, you have to be gentle with your face during the cleansing routine. Try to avoid stimulating the skin too much. Concentrate on supplementing sufficient moisture and adequate oil to this delicate skin type will do good to keeping yourself youthful.

Is Your Body Starving from Vitamins? How much you know about vitamins?

Vitamins (combination of two words: Vital Amines) are the complex organic substance essential in small quantities to the metabolism (nutrition) in most animals. These are found in minute quantities in food, in some cases are produced by the body, and are also produced synthetically. The human body needs them to work properly, so that we can grow and develop just like we should. Their deficiency results in many serious disorders.

Vitamins are divided into two major groups: the ‘fat-soluble vitamins’ designated as vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K, and the ‘water-soluble vitamins’ which include vitamin C and the group of molecules referred to as the vitamin B complex. Each of them has its own special role in the development of human body.

Vitamin A
Vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin, plays a really big part in eyesight and helps us to see in dim light and also at night. Vitamin A is also involved in the formation and maintenance of healthy skin, hair, and mucous membranes. In addition, it is necessary for proper bone growth, tooth development, reproduction and for the development of epithelial cells (that line any opening to the body e.g.; nose, throat, lungs, mouth, stomach, intestines and urinary tract).

Vitamin A can be found in eggs, milk, carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, fish oil, liver (pork, lamb, chicken, turkey or beef), butter, broccoli, apricots, nectarines, cantaloupe, and orange or yellow vegetables or fruits.

The deficiency of vitamin A can cause two major disorders like: night blindness and drying of skin.

Vitamin B
Vitamin B itself is a complex of different vitamins like: B1, B2, B6, B12, niacin, folic acid, biotin and pantothenic acid. These B vitamins are very important in metabolic activity and in facilitating the red blood cell (which carry oxygen throughout your body). They also help your body make protein and energy.

The sources of vitamin B are leafy green vegetables seafood, beans, peas, citrus fruits, whole grains (such as wheat and oats), poultry, meats, eggs and dairy products (like milk and yogurt). Some bacteria in our large intestine also prepare some type of B-vitamins.

The deficiency of vitamin B can cause the disease “Beri Beri”, cracked lips, weak muscles, malformation of red blood cells, affects normal growth and disturbs the nervous system.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is a water-soluble, antioxidant vitamin that is vital to the production of collagen, a protein that gives structure to bones, cartilage, muscle, and blood vessels. It is important for keeping body tissues, such as gums and muscles in good shape and it helps in quick healing of wounds. In addition, it helps protecting the fat-soluble vitamins A and E as well as fatty acids from oxidation.

The vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits (like lemon & orange), cantaloupe, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage and in other fresh fruits and vegetables.

The deficiency of vitamin C affects the healthy skin; poor wound healing and can lead to a disease called “Scurvy” which causes bleeding in gums, easy bruising, bumps of coiled hair on the arms and legs, pain in the joints, muscle wasting, and many other problems.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that regulates the formation of bone and the absorption of calcium and phosphorus from the intestine. It helps to control the movement of calcium between bone and blood, and vice versa. It is this vitamin you need for strong bones and teeth. In addition it helps your body absorb the amount of calcium it needs.

Vitamin D can be found in fish liver oil, egg yolks, milk and other dairy products fortified with vitamin D. It is also produced in our body in the presence of ultra violet light and sunlight.
The deficiency of vitamin D can cause weak bones and bowed legs (in children). And its excess can cause loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea, headache, depression and deposits of calcium in the kidneys.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin, is essential for the inhibition of oxidation in body tissues, formation of red blood cells, and also prevents breakdown of body tissues. It maintains the body tissues and protects the lungs from becoming damaged by polluted air.

This vitamin can be found in whole grains (such as wheat and oat), wheat germ, leafy green vegetables, sardines, egg yolks, nuts, bread, cereals and seeds. The deficiency of this vitamin can cause many diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer's disease.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Received this from Friend meant to be Shared, Cheers!

Boss: Where were you born?
Sardar: India ..
Boss: which part?
Sardar: What 'which part'? Whole body was born in India.

2 sardar were fixing a bomb in a car.
Sardar 1: What would you do if the bomb
explodes while fixing.
Sardar 2: Dont worry, I have one more.

Sardar: What is the name of your car?
Lady: I forgot the name, but is starts with 'T'.
Sardar: Oh, what a strange car, starts with Tea. All cars that I know start with petrol.

Sardar joined new job. 1st day he worked till late evening on the computer. Boss was happy and asked what you did till evening.
Sardar: Keyboard alphabets were not in order, so I made it alright.

Museum Administrator: That's a 500-year-old statue u've broken.
Sardar: Thanks God! I thought it was a new one.

At the scene of an accident a man was crying: O God! I have lost my hand, oh!
Sardar: Control yourself. Don't cry. See that man. He has lost his head. Is he crying?

Sardar: U cheated me.
Shopkeeper: No, I sold a good radio to u.
Sardar: Radio label shows Made in Japan but radio says this is 'All India Radio! '

In an interview, Interviewer: How does an electric motor run?
Sardar: Dhhuuuurrrrrrrrrr. .....
Inteviewer shouts: Stop it.
Sardar: Dhhuurrrr dhup dhup dhup...

Tourist: Whose skeleton is that?
Sardar: An old king's skeleton.
Tourist: Who's that smaller skeleton next to it?
Sardar: That was same king's skeleton when he was a child.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Visit to Samurai Village, Hokkaido

Guess what, he is a real human.

There are lots of shops along the pathway selling special Japanese delicacies including some yummy ice-cream.

He is the most amusing Samurai. If you wanna capture a heroic shot, you will pretend to be killed by you. He brought lots of laughter after all. Everyone was eager to take photo with him. LOL

One of the shop selling Japanese delicacies.

Japanese are darn friendly.

Geisha show, co-starred by one of our travel buddies.

See the General seated in the middle, he is our travel buddy. It is not easy to co-star in this Geisha show, in addition to have to beat other representatives from other travel groups (by paper-scissor-stone), one has to be good in alcohol. Can you see that the Geisha is pouring sake into the "cup" - you gonna empty the "cup" or else they won't let you go. My poor buddy...

Our tour guide told us that it takes ONE and A-Half hour to dress up a Geisha including the makeup, hair style and kimono. It is sure very a long and tiresome process.

Ninja show. We were told to to snap photos when everything turned dark. Wonder why?

It was quite an action-packed show. Arhh, I forgot to mention that there is this culture that before we went in for the show, be it Geisha show or Ninja show, we were given pieces of white paper. It was for us to wrap some coins and throw it onto the stage when the show ended to show our appreciation.

Little mock-up of traditional Japanese village - depicting traditional Japanese lifestyle.

Traditional Clock Tower

Maneki Neko - the Japanese Lucky Cat

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Cham-lah, No Bonus for This Year

Heard that There will be NOOO bonus for this year !!!



Friday, December 12, 2008

Nausea - the aftermath of coffee resumed

Did I tell you lately that I have consumed back the long-stop coffee drinking habit? It has been few months already I didn't take my usual morning / evening coffee. I used to have at least one cup of coffee, but sometimes, I get myself 2 - one in the morning, one during tea-time, around 4pm.

I began to abstain myself from taking coffee when my eczema condition exaggerates. It took months for me to heal the broken skin and the much hated itchiness. When my condition got better, my addiction to coffee came back. Natural human behavior I guess, when you don't have any health issue that bothers you, your bad habit starts to kick in naturally. Hahaha...

But weird enough that when i consumed back coffee, this "long-lost" drink kinda gives me some strange side effect - nausea. Sometimes it comes with bloated stomach too. The feeling is like morning sickness in the beginning stage of pregnancy. What a big joke, I even worry myself of getting pregnant (so coincident that my menses was late), and it is not just one time, but two times - in the month of October and November. Don't you think it is damn humorous.

Have anyone out there experiencing the same side-effect like me having nausea and bloating stomach after drinking coffee? Mind to share your story?

Beware: New Storing Device that save What You Have Typed



New storing device fits at the end of the keyboard cable connecting to the PC specialized to save all typed keys in it.

Mostly could be used in net cafes, exhibitions, hotels and airports therefore be careful especially the people who use the internet in these places to enter their bank accounts online or any other important sites.

After you enter the bank account and leave the PC it will be easy to open your account again as all what you have typed has been saved in the Black device.

Therefore, you should check the PC for any suspicious piece behind it before using the net in public places for important sites.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Photo Sharing: Hokkaido Trip - Day 2 @ 15-Nov-2008

Second day in Hokkaido, the weather was getting colder. Sun rises as early as 5.30am, and sunset at around 5pm. Kinda weird for us Malaysian. Traveling in winter somehow gives you shorten time for sight-seeing and shopping as well. Shops only open at 8 or 9 am, but some close as soon as the night kicks in, eg. around 6-ish in the evening when sky turns dark.

Here are some of the photos taken in day 2.

Nice scenery surrounding the hotel we stayed on the first night - Toya Sun Palace, a 5-star hotel.

The view is really magnificent, which I thought can only be seen on postcards. LOL

Do you see the mountain topped with white snow? Our tour guide said it is the local version of Mount Fuji in Sapporo.

Our first stop for the day was the steaming Noboribetsu Mountain. Can you see the whitish steam vaporized at the back?

You will see more steams as you go further down. It gives the illusion of the Chinese KungFu movie where the heroes and heroins flying and jumping around in the sky with these white steams. Haha...

More photos coming up soon. Stay tune ...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Improving Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease where white blood cells suddenly attack healthy tissues, specifically joints and cartilage. There are a few ways to help ease the symptoms, depending on which stage of the disease you are in. If you are in the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis there is a new disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) which has done an excellent job in controlling symptoms. It works best in the initial stages, so if you suspect you may have rheumatoid arthritis, see your doctor as soon as possible.

There are other options if you are in later stages of rheumatoid arthritis. These are also helpful if you are still in early stages. One is to use anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. This does a great job reducing pain and inflammation. However, these have side effects including heart problems and gastrointestinal bleeding. You can also use acetaminophen for your rheumatoid arthritis, which does not have these side effects.

When symptoms are mild, moderate exercising including stretching, weight lifting, and aerobics ease rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Be sure to rest when your joints flare up as this would just add strain to your aching joints. Stretching is important because it increases flexibility and is easy enough to do at any age. When stretching, stop when you feel mild discomfort and hold for 10 to 30 seconds. Then repeat 3 to 5 times. Weight lifting also improves flexibility as well as strength and balance. Barbells are easy, convenient, and inexpensive. Remember to stretch before lifting any weights. Start with 3 sets of 8 to 10 repetitions. If you would like you can start with no weights at all (such as going leg lifts for rheumatoid arthritis in the knees), then add weights when you can. Lift the weights slowly and evenly to not damage the cartilage.

Some other popular forms of exercise for rheumatoid arthritis are aqua therapy and Tai Chi. Be sure to find an actual therapist as they have specific exercises they do for arthritis patients. Aerobics instructors may push to far and do further damage. Tai Chi has no long term studies proving its effectiveness, but due to testimonials from patients who have taken Tai Chi, the Arthritis Foundation began offering the class. Remember to always check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Some other ways to relieve rheumatoid arthritis pain are to lose weight to take additional pressure off joints, eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, using heat or ice, and possibly using devices such as a cane, brace, or splint. There are many resources for additional information on rheumatoid arthritis including websites, flyers, periodicals, books, etc. Your doctor should be able to provide you with some reference on where to look for additional help.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008






A、你希望他能尊重你心里的感受。当你发生事情需要帮忙时, 他能够在身边守护你、温柔地对待你。发现你光着身体睡着了,马上帮你披上衣服并温柔地对你说「会着凉唷!





A、你选择了一年只能相聚5分钟的情人,天啊!?你真是如此冷漠的人吗? 其实不然,你如果喜欢上一个人,会愿意与他一起奋斗, 即使再苦也心甘情愿,你是个很重感情的织女。





A、你的个性相当内向,即使你已经将告白情书写好了,还是不敢寄出去。 结果准备送他的巧克力都放到过期了。只敢远远地看着他,整天胡思乱想。再不行动的话,真的要失恋了。

甚至自告奋勇要照顾他的生活起居。也不管对方对你是何种感觉, 只要自己喜欢就放手做,这样小心会被对方讨厌。





A、你是个头脑相当清楚,不容易被旁人左右的人。社交能力佳。 个性也非常随和,马上就能跟任何人打成一片,不过,





A、你对自己很没有自信,你是不是经常在问自己「怎么可能会是我。 对于爱情的态度相当消极,就算有喜欢的人也不敢向他告白。其实每个人都有他自己的长处,你要乐观一点。



















































Forms For EPF Contribution At 11%

Quoted from EPF Website:

Members of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) who wish to maintain the employee’s monthly contribution rate at 11 per cent from January 2009 wage may obtain Form KWSP 17A (AHL) Khas from all EPF branches or download it from myEPF website beginning 01-Dec-2008. Fully completed forms can be submitted to the members’ respective employers for onward submission to the EPF.

The EPF has also made available Form KWSP 17AA (AHL) Khas to facilitate employers who wish to apply on behalf of more than two employees.

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister YAB Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak recently announced the reduction of the employees’ monthly statutory contribution rate from 11 per cent to 8 per cent, effective from January 2009 wage for a period of two years. The measure is taken to help increase members’ disposable income given the current economic climate. The higher disposable income will in turn support domestic consumption and help sustain the momentum of positive economic growth.

In relation to reduction in the statutory contribution rate which will take effect from January 2009 wage to December 2010 wage, a new monthly contributions schedule has been issued. Members and employers may download the new schedule from their website or get the schedule from any of EPF branches nationwide.

Can U Read This

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid, too. Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe tuo fo 100 anc.

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 read this, your brain is 50% faster than those who can't. Mine is 50% faster :)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Natural Remedy: Lady Finger To Cure Diabetes

I received an email from a friend regarding a natural cure for diabetes. I have not tried it myself, and thought of sharing it with my readers as it will not do you any harm even if it does not do much good to you.

Another name for Lady Finger (Bhindi ) is OKRA.


Last month in one of TV program I learnt of a treatment of Sugar (Diabetes). Since I am diabetic, I tried it and it was very useful and my Sugar is in control now. In fact I have already reduced my medicine.

Take two pieces of Lady Finger (Bhindi) and remove/cut both ends of each piece. Also put a small cut in the middle and put these two pieces in glass of water. Cover the glass and keep it at room temperature during night. Early morning, before breakfast simply remove two pieces of lady finger (bhindi) from the glass and drink that water.

Keep doing it on daily basis.

Within two weeks, you will see remarkable results in reduction of your SUGAR.

My sister has got rid of her diabetes. She was on Insulin for a few years, but after taking the lady fingers every morning for a few months, she has stopped Insulin but continues to take the lady fingers every day. But she chops the lady fingers into fine pieces in the night, adds
the water and drinks it all up the next morning. Please try it as it will not do you any harm even if it does not do much good to you, but you have to keep taking it for a few months before you see results, as most cases might be chronic.

Song for This Christmas (new updated version)

This year's version of “Santa Claus” is coming to town … Enjoy!!

You’d better watch out
You’d better not cry
You'd better keep cash
I'm telling you why:
Recession is coming to town.

It's hitting you once,
It's hitting you twice
It doesn't care if you've been careful and wise
Recession is coming to town !
It's worthless if you've got shares
It's worthless if you've got bonds
It's safe when you've got cash in hand
So keep cash for goodness sake, HEY

You'd better watch out
You'd better not cry
You'd better keep cash
I'm telling you why:
Recession is coming to town!

Finance products !
are confusing
Finance products are so vague
The banks make you bear the cost of risk
So keep out for goodness sake, OH

You'd better watch out
You'd better not cry
You'd better keep cash
I'm telling you why:
Recession is coming to town.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Symptoms of Arthritis

Arthritis symptoms can vary depending on what type of arthritis you have. Arthritis can affect several part of the body and can be caused by several different factors. Although many of the arthritis symptoms may be similar, there are also some differences. Here are a few examples of arthritis symptoms.

Ankylosing spondylitis is arthritis of the joints in the spine. It is also known as Marie-Strumpell disease and rheumatoid spondylitis. This disorder affects multiple organs such as eyes, heart, lungs, skin, and gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms of this arthritis include: low back and hip pain and stiffness; difficulty expanding the chest; pain in neck, shoulders, knees, and ankles; low-grade fever; fatigue; weight loss. Initial arthritis symptoms are uncommon after the age of 30, although patient may not be diagnosed until after then.

Bursitis is another form of arthritis. Bursitis usually affects the hip, shoulder, and elbow. But it can also affect the knee, heel, or base of big toe. Usually this affects athletes, golfers, baseball players, or people who are out of shape and have poor posture. This arthritis’ symptoms are pain and stiffness in the joint. Arthritis symptoms become worse when joint is used. The joint may also be swollen and warm to the touch.

Juvenile arthritis symptoms are similar to the adult symptoms. There is pain, swelling, and joint stiffness. Symptoms can come and go. Young children especially do not complain about their arthritis symptoms. Parents may not notice until they see their child limping, avoiding physical activity, or acting unusually clumsy.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form in older people. It is brought on partly by long-term everyday use. Depending on which part of the body is affected, arthritis symptoms may vary. Most people with osteoarthritis in their fingers don’t even know about it unless an x-ray reveals deterioration in the cartilage. Arthritis symptoms are standard with pain and swelling. With osteoarthritis though, even though the arthritis never goes away, the pain fades over time.

Gout is a form of arthritis where the body has too much uric acid. The symptoms of gout arthritis are intense pain in the joint (usually the big toe). It may also become red, swollen, and warm to the touch. At times, gout can occur in the wrists, ankles, and knees. Arthritis symptoms may not come back for several years. But if crystals formed by the uric acid are left untreated, it can destroy part of the bone.

Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by an overactive immune system. Arthritis symptoms usually start out as minor stiffness and pain. It may come and go, but eventually the arthritis systems get worse and more frequent. Treatment for this is most effective if caught within the first few months.

If you have some arthritis symptoms, contact your doctor. Treatments are always more effective if they are caught in the early stages. You can also get more information on arthritis symptoms from the Arthritis Foundation.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My Hokkaido Trip - Day 1@ 14-Nov-2008

Just came back from my Hokkaido trip last week. It was indeed a very good trip with very good meals.

We had crabs in almost every meal. The crabs in Hokkaido are super huge. They are called spider crab with long "legs". The meat is super fresh and sweet. Hokkaido is also well-known for its hairy crab. I don't like hairy crab as much as the spider crab, as you don't find much meat in hairy crab. If you love eating crab roes, then you must not miss hairy crab.

Here I present to you some of the photos taken in Hokkaido.

Our first meal in Hokkaido. It's a Ramen steamboat - the portion you see above is for one person. The yellowish noodle is the Japanese ramen - it is chewy and springy, unlike our local yellow noodle. Do you notice the prawn. We called it pregnant prawn as it has a lot of blackish roes in its belly that made it looked like pregnant. This meal is accomplished with a bowl of japanese sticky rice topped with reddish salmon meat, potato salad, baby scallops and some pickles. We were told to put in the ramen into the soup and let it boiled for a while before serving.

That was me in the picture, looked tired after the long flight.

Our Malay trip mates. This restaurant prepared a special soup base to cater for our malay mates.

Our first stop was to visit the King of Hokkaido - the Bear Ranch @ Showa - Shinzan Kuma Bokujo.

These huge bears fed on apples. They just love apples.

This is a baby bear - look very similar to racoon.

Hubby acting terrified with the huge bear behind him.

Can you see the huge scallops? There are lots of these scallops in Hokkaido. We were served unlimited of these baked scallops in the Hotel's Buffet dinner on the first day. It's yummilicious.