Wednesday, December 29, 2010

M'sian youths still tuned in to mass media

Petaling Jaya - Most single youngsters in Malaysia aged 15 to 24 years have not yet abandoned mass media, despite the image of them as being glued to the Internet.

A GroupM Malaysia 3D survey found that four out of 10 top weekday activities among them are watching television, reading the newspaper, listening to the radio and using the phone.

GroupM's latest monthly newsletter MediaMatters revealed the results of the poll which covered 3,000 respondents aged 15 to 49 years. The survey period was end-March to early June.

The media communications group said reading newspapers was more of a daytime activity while watching TV got more popular from 7pm and tapered off from 12 midnight.

During the weekends, the four communication-based activities remained among their top 10 activities.

"In fact, watching television starts earlier and listening to radio moves up a few levels to 6th ranking on weekends from 9th on weekdays," it said.

Shopping and visiting malls were the popular weekend activities between 12 noon and 10pm for these so-called "fledglings", MediaMatters said.

Young Malaysian men spend their weekends differently from the women.

"Among the top 10 activities that young men are most likely to engage in are riding their motorbikes and chilling out at mamak stalls.

"Reading the newspaper is ranked third," the report said.

Among the young women, socialising occurs during shopping and visiting the malls.

Watching television remains popular, but reading the newspaper is ranked after shopping.

"Activation and disseminating information on brands in shopping malls would be more ideal to reach these young women while increasing presence in mamak stalls may attract the male fledglings," the newsletter said.

Surprisingly, using the computer is not on the top 10 activities list.

However, working or using the computer seems more significant on weekdays among fledglings in market centres.

Ownership of computers and notebooks are higher among them compared to other urban and rural fledglings.

The report concluded: "Mass media like television, newspaper, radio and mobile phone are still a big part of the fledglings in Malaysia. It is how they use media and at what part of the day that matters."

http://malaysia.news.yahoo.com/ann/20101229/tmy-m-sian-youths-still-tuned-in-to-mass-d2ec26b.html

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bad Breath Joke

A young couple decided to wed. As the big day approached, they grew apprehensive. Each had a problem they had never before shared with anyone, not even each other.

The Groom-to-be, hoping to overcome his fear, decided to ask his father for advice. “Father,” he said, “I am deeply concerned about the success of my marriage.”

His father replied, “Do you love this girl?”

“Oh yes, very much,” he said,” but you see, I have very smelly feet, and I’m afraid that my fiancĂ© will be put off by them.”

“No problem,” said dad, “all you have to do is wash your feet as often as possible, and always wear socks, even to bed.” Well, to him this seemed a workable solution.

The bride-to-be, overcoming her fear, decided to discuss her problem with her mom.” Mom,” she said, “When I wake up in the morning my breath is truly awful.”

“Honey,” her mother consoled, “everyone has bad breath in the morning.”

“No, you don’t understand. My morning breath is so bad, I’m afraid that my fiancĂ© will not want to sleep in the same room with me.”

Her mother said simply, “In the morning, get straight out of bed, and head for the kitchen and make breakfast. While the family is busy eating, go to the bathroom and brush your teeth. The key is, not to say a word until you’ve brushed your teeth.”

“I shouldn’t say good morning or anything?” the daughter asked.

“Not a word,” her mother affirmed.

“Well, it’s certainly worth a try,” she thought.

The loving couple were finally married. Not forgetting the advice each had received, he with his perpetual socks and she with her morning silence, they managed quite well. That is, until about six months later. Shortly before dawn one morning, the husband wakes with a start to find that one of his socks had come off. Fearful of the consequences, he frantically searches the bed. This, of course, wakes his bride and without thinking, she asks, “What on earth are you doing?”

“Oh, my god,” he replies, “you’ve swallowed my sock!”

Source: http://www.oraltech.com.au

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

CROCODILE SHOCK AT TELUK CHEMPEDAK BEACH

KUANTAN, Dec 14 (Bernama) -- A stray estuarine crocodile shocked people at the popular Teluk Chempedak beach here last night.

The three-metre-long reptile, weighing about 200 kg, was promptly caught by eight personnel of the Civil Defence Department from Kuantan after they were summoned at 8 pm.

Kuantan Civil Defence assistant officer Mohamad Irwanis Seni said the crocodile was handed over to the Pahang Wildlife and National Parks Department at midnight.

Pahang Wildlife and National Parks Director Khairiah Mohd Shariff said the animal was released into its natural habitat at 1.30 am today.

She said the crocodile had most probably strayed from its natural habitat along the Kuantan River during high tide and was unable to return when the tide ebbed.

She also said that the Teluk Chempedak beach was not a playground of crocodiles and the people should not fear going there.

-- BERNAMA

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Rainy Roads Driving

Roads are dirty places. Between tires stirring up gravel and engines dripping oil and other fluids, a lot of oily and slick substances build up on roads. That's why roads are at their slickest almost immediately after it starts raining. The water brings those oils to the surface, making it sneaky-slick.

If you get caught in a slick situation and your car starts gliding or hydroplaning, don't panic or slam on the brakes. Take your foot off the gas and gradually press the brakes, making sure not to turn the steering wheel. To avoid hydroplaning:

make sure your tires aren't bald

easy does it around turns

if you can, go around puddles

Some countries require drivers to have their headlights on if it's raining. Also, be aware of thunderstorm warnings. If a thunderstorm starts while you're driving and visibility is poor, pull over and wait it out. Don't run the risk of being struck by lightning — stay in your car and pull as far off the road as safely possible.

Monday, December 6, 2010

SHAHIDAN CALLS FOR BLOCKING FACEBOOK IF CONTENTS POSE SECURITY THREAT

KANGAR, Dec 6 (Bernama) -- Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim today called for the blocking of the Facebook social networking website if its contents continue to pose a threat to national security.

He said a Facebook account holder was found to have taken advantage of the technology to insult Islam and leaders of Malaysia.

"If the website content poses a threat to national security and insults Islam, then it is unnecessary to have Facebook," he told reporters after accompanying Perlis Facebook Association committee members to lodge a report at the Kangar police station on the insults hurled at Prime Minister Seri Najib Tun Razak and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on a Facebook account.

The report was lodged by the association''s deputy president, Mohd Faizuddin Ismail, at about 5.30 pm.

Shahidan said a report would also be lodged at the State Islamic Religious Department as the holder of the Facebook account had also insulted Islam, and added that the insults hurled at Najib and Mahathir were discovered by a member of the association on Nov 29.

Shahidan, who is Tambun Tulang assemblyman, said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), the Malaysian Islamic Development Department and the National Fatwa Council should act against the holder of the Facebook account.

Bernama

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Malaysian hacked into US Fed

AFP - Friday, November 19

NEW YORK (AFP) - – A sophisticated Malaysian cyber bandit hacked into the US Federal Reserve's computers and also stole nearly half a million credit and debit card numbers, US prosecutors in New York said.

Lin Mun Poo, a Malaysian resident and citizen, was arrested on October 21 soon after entering the United States and was indicted by grand jury Thursday, the US attorney's office in Brooklyn said.

He allegedly hacked into the Cleveland, Ohio branch of the Fed, the US central bank, and in separate attacks also stole more than 400,000 card numbers, as well as breaching the defenses of numerous other systems.

Poo, who is being held in pre-trial detention, "made a career of compromising computer servers belonging to financial institutions, defense contractors, and major corporations, among others, and selling or trading the information," the US attorney's office said.

The US Secret Service arrested the 32-year-old a few hours after he flew to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

"Secret Service agents seized his heavily encrypted laptop computer, which contained a massive quantity of financial account data and personal identifying information that he had allegedly obtained by hacking," the prosecutor's office said.

Brian Parr, the head of the Secret Service's New York office, said cyber crimes "not only affect our nation's financial infrastructure, but are also an ongoing threat to our national security."

Among the other alleged hacking by Poo, the Secret Service said he entered a Pentagon contractor's system "potentially compromising highly sensitive military logistics information."

Earlier this week, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned that cyber attacks pose a "huge" threat.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Think simple, Live simple.

A millionaire who was bothered by severe eye pain consulted so many physicians and was getting his treatment done. He consumed heavy loads of drugs and underwent hundreds of injections. But the ache persisted with great vigor.

At last a monk who was supposed to be an expert in treating such patients was called by the millionaire. The monk understood his problem and said that for some time he should concentrate only on green colors and not to fail his eyes on any other colors.

The millionaire got a group of painters and purchased barrels of green color and directed that every object his eye was likely to fall to be painted in green color.

When the monk came to visit him, the millionaire's servants ran with buckets of green paints and poured on him since he was in red dress, lest their master not sees any other color and his eye ache would comeback.

The monk laughed and said "If only you had purchased a pair of green spectacles, worth just a few rupees, you could have saved these walls, trees, pots and all other articles and also could have saved a large share of his fortune. You cannot paint the world green."

Let us change our vision and the world will appear accordingly. It is foolish to shape the world, let us shape ourselves first. Lets change our vision..!! Think simple, Live simple.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Happy Diwali

A Story About Appreciation

One young academically excellent youth went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the first interview; the managing director did the last interview to make the final decision.

The managing director discovered from the CV that the youth's academic result was excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year he did not score.

The managing director asked, "Did you obtain any scholarship in school?" and the youth answered "none".

The managing director asked, “Was it your father who paid for your school fees?" The youth answered, "My father passed away when I was one year old; it was my mother who paid for my school fees."

The managing director asked, “Where did your mother work?" The youth answered, "My mother worked as a cloth cleaner. "

The managing director requested the youth to show him his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect to the managing director.

The managing director asked, “Did you ever help your mother washed the clothes before?" The youth answered, "Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me."

The managing director said, "I had a request, when you go back today, go and clean your mother's hands, and then see me tomorrow morning."

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily wanted to clean his mother's hands. His mother felt strange, happy but mixed with fear, she showed her hands to the youth.

The youth cleaned his mother's hands slowly, his tears dropped down as he did that.

It was the first time he found his mother's hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises incited pains so strong that shivered her mother's body when cleaned with water.

That was the first time the youth realized and experienced that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to earn him the school fees. The bruises in the mother's hands were the price that the mother had paid for his graduation and academic excellence and probably his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother's hands, the youth quietly cleaned all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, the mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the managing director's office. The managing director noticed the tears in the youth's eyes and asked: “Could you tell me what had you done and learned yesterday in your house?"

The youth answered, “I cleaned my mother's hands, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes."

The managing director asked, “Please tell me your feeling."

The youth said,

Number 1, I knew what is appreciation, without my mother; there would not be the successful me today.

Number 2, I knew how to work together with my mother, then only I can realize how difficult and tough to get something done.

Number 3, I knew the importance and value of family relationship.

The managing director said, “This is what I am asking. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the suffering of others to get thing done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life to be my manager. "

You are hired.

Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates, every employees worked diligently as a team, making the company's result to improve tremendously.

A child who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, he would develop "entitlement mentality" and would always put himself first. He is ignorant of his parents' efforts.

When he started work, he assumed every person must listen to him. When he became a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his staff and would always blame others.

For this kind of people, he can have good academic results, and may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel the sense of achievement. He will grumble and full of hatred and fight for more.

If we are this kind of protective parents, did we love the kid or destroy the kid?

You can let your kid lived in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it.

After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters.

It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way.

You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person.

The most important thing is your kid should learn how to appreciate the efforts and experience the difficulty and learn the ability to work with others to get thing done.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

FIGHT BAD BREATH!

There's a reason Dracula ran from garlic: The stink. Oh, the stink! Even if you're not a major garlic lover, it's no secret that bad breath can quickly cause those around you to flee for the hills. Banish those funky fumes with these simple tips.

EAT FRUITS AND VEGGIES

While some foods trigger offensive breath, Dr Michael Apa, DDS, says some fruits and veggies actually can counteract foul-smelling breath. "Celery, carrots and apples are high in vitamin C," he says, "which prevents gum disease and gingivitis and kills odor-causing bacteria. These fiber-rich fruits and vegetables help fight halitosis."

When dining out, Kevin Jorgensen turns to his drink garnish. "Ask for a lemon with your water. Bite the lemon just as you would a lime when you do a shot of tequila. Swish it around your mouth while scraping your tongue with your teeth, then swallow," he suggests. But he cautions not to make this a habit, because the acid will eat away your enamel. Apa explains why this works: "Citrus and other acidic foods increase saliva production. These foods cause your mouth to produce more saliva, which acts like a cleansing agent, keeping your mouth moist and rinsed out."

CHEW ON HERBS

Look to your garden for some breath-improving options. "Coriander, spearmint, tarragon, eucalyptus, rosemary and cardamom are good for fighting bad breath. You can chew on these or put them in a tea," suggests Apa.

Dr Laurel Clark, president of the School of Metaphysics, votes for parsley: "Chewing fresh parsley leaves works great! Drinking parsley tea is also good; it helps [improve poor] digestion, which is often the cause of the bad breath."

Sandra Lira also uses this method after eating garlic but reminds people to check the mirror for green teeth.

Stella Metsovas, BS, CCN, offers another natural remedy: "One of my top recommendations for curing bad breath is using oil of oregano or supplementing with encapsulated oregano. [Oregano] is considered one of the most potent, cure-all herbs. Studies have shown it to be a protective force in diminishing unfavorable bacteria in the mouth. Oregano has also been proven to fight against dental plaque -- a leading factor of bad breath."

SWITCH TOOTHPASTES

Dr Harold Katz, founder of The California Breath Clinics and the author of The Bad Breath Bible, suggests trading sodium lauryl sulfate toothpaste for a brand that has only oxygenating compounds, which helps kill the bacteria responsible for triggering bad breath.

DRINK WATER

We know water is good for our bodies, but it's also important for avoiding bad breath. As Dr Edgard El Chaar clarifies, "Moisture found in the mouth helps keep it clean. Oral moisture also dilutes and washes away the waste products that oral bacteria produce."

BRUSH YOUR TONGUE

Various tongue cleaners have made it onto the market, but according to dentist Kimberly McFarland DDS, MHSA, your toothbrush will work the same. "The papillae (hair-like) projections that are more noticeable on the middle to back third of the tongue tend to have more bacteria around them.," she says. "These bacteria need to be removed so the bad odor they can produce is not a problem."

CHEW SUGARLESS GUM

Gums and mints are classic options and easily accessible. Apa says, "A quick fix is sugarless gum. It won't replace brushing, but it can mask odors and increase saliva production to rinse away plaque and bacteria."

Dr Nushin Shir of Santa Monica, California, also recommends that people choose sugarless. She says, "Avoid products that contain sugar to prevent the accumulation of plaque, the bacteria that causes decay, gum disease and bad breath."

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

IT IS REAL AND VERIFIABLE ...

Vander Hoven, a psychologist from Netherlands, announced his new discovery about the effect of reading the Qur'aan and repeating the word ALLAH both on patients and on normal persons. The Dutch professor confirms his discovery with studies and research applied on many patients over a period of three years. Some of his patients were non-Muslims, others do not speak Arabic and were trained to pronounce the word 'ALLAH' clearly; the result was great, particularly on those who suffer from dejection and tension. Al Watan, a Saudi daily reported that the psychologist was quoted to say that Muslims who can read Arabic and who read the Quran regularly could protect themselves from psychological diseases.

The psychologist explained how each letter in the word 'ALLAH' affects healing of psychological diseases. He pointed out in his research that pronouncing the first letter in the word 'ALLAH' which is the letter (A), released from the respiratory system, controls breathing. He added that pronouncing the velar consonant (L) in the Arabic way, with the tongue touching slightly the upper part of the jaw producing a short pause and then repeating the same pause constantly, relaxes the aspiration.

Also, pronouncing the last letter which is the letter (H) makes a contact between the lungs and the heart and in turn this contact controls the heartbeat. What is exciting in the study is that this psychologist is a non-Muslim, but interested in Islamic sciences and searching for the secrets of the Holy Quran Allah, The Great and Glorious, says, We will show them Our signs in the universe and in their ownselves, until it becomes manifest to (remember me in your Dua) ALLAHU AKBAR Allah is great Allah keeps me going day and night. Without Allah, I am no one. But with Allah, I can do everything. Allah is my strength.' This is a simple test. If you love Allah and you are not ashamed of all the great things that He has done for you, let everyone knows this, May Allah help u to succeed...Ameen

Monday, August 30, 2010

How to Catch a Liar

by Reader's Digest Magazine, on Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:49am PDT

Are you being lied to? Find out how you can tell.

How is the person speaking?

Although a change in voice can be the tip-off to a lie, experts say that to be sure, you should also pay attention to a person's speech rate and breathing pattern -- if either speeds up or slows down, chances are you're not hearing the whole truth.

What is the person saying?

Liars tend to avoid exclusionary words like "but," "nor," "except," and "whereas," because they have trouble with complex thought processes. Liars are less likely to use the words "I," "me," and "mine." In their attempts to distance themselves psychologically from their tall tales, liars will tend to communicate using fewer personal pronouns.

Is his face giving it away?

You may think disguising your true feelings is easily accomplished with the help of a smile, but the expressions that flash across your face will give away what you're really thinking -- whether you know it or not. Experts advise paying close attention to the micro-expressions that a face can't hide. These clues are often so difficult to detect that even trained experts have trouble discerning them.

How is the person smiling?

A smile can sometimes mask a person's true feelings. Pay close attention to how a person smiles as well as other facial movements. You may be able to detect the emotions he or she is trying to hide -- such as fear, anger, and disgust. A true smile will incorporate both a person's lips and eyes.

Does the body language follow the story?

It's more important to examine a person's entire demeanor, as there's no one feature that's apt to give away a liar. Honesty is characterized by features that are in sync with one another -- so besides posture, note the fit between face, body, voice, and speech.

Is your subject behaving uncharacteristically?

Experts believe changes in a person's baseline -- how she generally conducts herself -- are worthy of your attention. You should weigh rate of speech, tone of voice, posture, and hand gestures against what you know, along with the context of the situation.

Is the question simple or embarrassing?

It's normal for someone to look away when asked a difficult question. But when someone avoids your gaze when asked a simple question, you should be suspicious.

Monday, July 26, 2010

The beauty of a woman

The beauty of a woman,
Is not in the figure that she carries,
or the way she combs her hair,
or the style she does make up,

The beauty of a woman:
must be seen in her eyes,
because that is the doorway
to her heart,
the place where love resides,

The beauty of a woman:
is not in a facial mole,
but true beauty in a woman,
is reflected in her soul,

The beauty of woman is
in her modesty,
And the real glamour of her is her honesty,
It is the caring that she lovingly gives,
the passion that she shows,
And the beauty of a woman,
with passing years only grows...

Monday, July 12, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

SAFE-DRIVING TIPS WHEN IT IS RAINING!

GOOD VISION IN A DOWNPOUR

How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour. We are not sure why it is so effective; just try this method when it rains heavily. This method was told by a Police friend who had experienced and confirmed it. It is useful...even driving at night.

Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still bad.

In the event you face such a situation, just put on your SUN GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle! All of a sudden, your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain.Make sure you always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car.

You are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but also might save your friend's life by giving him this idea.

Try it yourself and share it with your friends!??? Amazing, you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain falling.? You can see where the rain bounces off the road. It works to eliminate the "blindness" from passing cars. Or the "kickup" if you are following a car in the rain.

They ought to teach this little tip in driver's training. It really does work. This is a good warning. I wonder how many people knew about this.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Panadol

DON'T TAKE PANADOL AND PANADOL ACTI FAST AND PANADOL SOLUBLE especially if you have gastric problems.

One real story from a friend....

My husband was working in a hospital as an IT engineer, as the hospital is planning to set up a database of its patient. And he knows some of the doctors quite well.

The doctors used to tell him that whenever they have a headache, they are not willing to take PANADOL (PARACETMOL) . In fact,they will turn to Chinese Herbal Medicine or find other alternatives.

This is because Panadol is toxic to the body, and it harms the liver. According to the doctor, Panadol will reside in the body for at least 5 years. And according to the doctor, there used to be an incident where an air stewardess consumes a lot of panadol during her menstrual as she needs to stand all the time. She's now in her early 30's, and she needs to wash her kidney (DIALYSIS) every month.

As said by the doctor that whenever we have a headache, that's because it is due to the electron/Ion imbalance in the brain. As an alternative solution to cope with this matter, they suggested that we buy 1 or 2 cans of isotonic drink ( eg.100PLUS), and mix it with drinking water according to a ratio of 1:1 or 1:2 (simply, it means one cup 100plus, one cup water.or 2 cups water).

Me and my husband have tried this on several occasions, and it seems to work well.

Another method will be to submerge your feet in a basin of warm water so that it bring the blood pressure down from your throbbing head.

As Panadol is a pain killer, the more Panadol you take, the lesser would be your threshold for pain (your endurance level for pain).

We all will fall ill as we aged, for woman, we would need to go through childbirth. Imagine that we had spent our entire life popping quite a substantial amount of Panadol (Pain Killer) when you need to have a surgery or operation, you will need a much more amount of general anesthetic to numb your surgical pain than the average person who seldom or rarely takes Panadol.

If you have a very high intake of Panadol throughout your life (Migraine,Menstrual cramps) it is very likely that normal general anesthetic will have no effects on you as your body is pumped full with panadol and your body is so used to pain killer that you would need a much stronger pain killer, Morphine?

Value your life, think before you easily pop that familiar pill into your mouth again

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

How to be A Good Girlfriend

It is very important to give time to your relationship. Do not rush through it. Enjoy the initial phases without worrying about the future. It is often noted that girls get too anxious about the end of the relationship rather than enjoying the present.

Give him space. It is often noted that girls complain about less time been given, less attention, etc. do not be obsessive and let him enjoy his life. At the end of the day you are two individuals who meet up to form a couple. So, give him some room to move about like a free bird.

Be candid and honest right from the beginning. This would give you an added impetus and make your relationship strong. Also, by being sincere, you do not give a chance of any lose ends for your partner to point out.

Be optimistic and have a positive outlook. If you always indulge yourself in cribbing and having a pessimistic nature, he would rather run away from you and look for ways to avoid you. Be tactful in your approach and both of you would end up being happy.

Voice your opinion, needs, desires and wants but in a way that does not hurt the other person or sound demanding. Let your feelings be known to him but in such a way that would keep him interested in getting to know and understand you as a person every time.

Have realistic expectations from him. Do not go out of the way demanding things which might be too much of a burden and a duty to him rather than an act of love. Be happy with what he offers you because this is the best he can do for you.

If your boyfriend does not like some of your friends, it is okay. He has loved you and not your friends and is even not obliged to do so. All he needs to do is to be polite when he meets them. So do not yell at them when for not liking them.

Have mutual interest. If he loves doing something, adopt to his likes and interests. In case, you are not fond of what his hobbies, you can at least try to understand what is so special in it that makes him such a huge fan.

It is a wrong notion that only girls love gifts. Guys too love it equally well. Surprise him with a little gift every now and then and he would be surely be overwhelmed. You can also go for a handmade gift that would make him feel all the more special.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Something to Ponder...

Thanks to my friends who sent me such important emails in 2009 and 2010. It's so wonderful that you included me in your quest to inform! I'm sure you wish to thank me for the same!

Because of you:

I stopped drinking Coca-Cola after I found out from you that it's good for removing toilet stains. I stopped going to the movies for fear of sitting on a needle infected with AIDS.

I smell awful, but thank goodness I stopped using deodorant because you said it causes cancer. I don't leave my car in any parking lot even though I sometimes have to walk about seven blocks, because you said that someone might drug me with a perfume sample and then try to rob me.

I also stopped answering the phone because you said that they will ask me to dial a stupid number and then I get a phone bill from hell with calls to Uganda, Singapore, Tokyo and maybe the Mars Rover.

I stopped consuming several foods because you said the estrogen they contain may turn me gay.

I also stopped eating chicken and hamburgers because you told me they are nothing more than horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers that are bred in a lab so that places like McDonalds can sell their Big Macs.

I also stopped drinking anything out of a can - you said that I will get sick from the rat feces and urine.

When I go to parties, I now don't mix with anybody - you said that someone will take my kidneys and leave me taking a nap in a bathtub full of ice.

I donated all my savings to the Amy Bruce account. That poor sick girl that was about to die in the hospital. Funny thing, she never seems to get any older.

I went bankrupt from bounced checks that I wrote, in anticipation of the $15,000.00 that Microsoft and AOL were supposed to send me when I participated in their special e-mail program. It's weird, though, that my new free cell phone never arrived, and neither did the passes for my paid vacation to Disneyland.

But I am positive that all this is because of the chain I broke or forgot to follow and I got a curse from hell.

PS: If you don't send this by e-mail to at least 1200 people in the next ten seconds, a bird will shit on you tomorrow at 3:00 PM!

I HATE MAIL!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

How To Be A Good Boyfriend

Be true to your girlfriend. The base of any relationship is dependant on how honest you are to each other. It also builds up the respect for each other. However, be tactful when situation demands. At times, the reality is not well accepted by the girl when it comes to dressing sense, looks, style, etc. On such occasions tell them in a way that does not sound derogatory to them and conveys your message as well.

Most of the girls suffer from inferiority complex. Do not let this feeling overpower your girlfriend. Let her play an important role in all the decisions you take in life which is meant for both of you. If not, be prepared for the emotional game as girls often resort to this when they are ignored or not heard.

Communication is very necessary for any relationship to survive. Talk to her and let her know about what you feel, what are your aspirations, what she felt about a particular thing which happened, etc. give them the vibes that she can confide in you everything and would not have to worry about it.

Girls love to be pampered and when it comes to boyfriends they want it all the time. Pamper her with gifts, soft toys, dinner, flowers, cards, CD, books, etc. You do not have to get expensive items each time. Girls get impressed with even the simplest of all things like a single rose or a small key ring. So make efforts to make her feel special and loved.

Romance holds the key for your relationship. If you are romantic, sweet and thoughtful, your relationship would never suffer. Gesture speaks volumes about what you feel for the person. Compliment her, leave her a romantic note, call her unexpectedly just to say those three golden words. Even if both of you have been together for a long time, you need to make efforts to keep the romance alive.

Be interested in her interests. Girls love to talk and want someone to listen to them with a patient ear. It is noted that mostly guys do not take interest which usually leads to fights and tiffs. Show interest in what they say. Do not just blankly listen but be an active participant in the talks. Make them feel that something which is important to them is also important to you.

Do not be clingy and give her space. Being in a relationship does not mean that she has no personal desires. Let her be a free bird and move about freely.

http://ninanurziana.blogspot.com/

Saturday, May 15, 2010

7 Things to Stop Doing Now on Facebook

Using a Weak Password

Avoid simple names or words you can find in a dictionary, even with numbers tacked on the end. Instead, mix upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. A password should have at least eight characters. One good technique is to insert numbers or symbols in the middle of a word, such as this variant on the word "houses": hO27usEs!

Leaving Your Full Birth Date in Your Profile

It's an ideal target for identity thieves, who could use it to obtain more information about you and potentially gain access to your bank or credit card account. If you've already entered a birth date, go to your profile page and click on the Info tab, then on Edit Information. Under the Basic Information section, choose to show only the month and day or no birthday at all.

Overlooking Useful Privacy Controls

For almost everything in your Facebook profile, you can limit access to only your friends, friends of friends, or yourself. Restrict access to photos, birth date, religious views, and family information, among other things. You can give only certain people or groups access to items such as photos, or block particular people from seeing them. Consider leaving out contact info, such as phone number and address, since you probably don't want anyone to have access to that information anyway.

Posting Your Child's Name in a Caption

Don't use a child's name in photo tags or captions. If someone else does, delete it by clicking on Remove Tag. If your child isn't on Facebook and someone includes his or her name in a caption, ask that person to remove the name.

Mentioning That You'll Be Away From Home

That's like putting a "no one's home" sign on your door. Wait until you get home to tell everyone how awesome your vacation was and be vague about the date of any trip.

Letting Search Engines Find You

To help prevent strangers from accessing your page, go to the Search section of Facebook's privacy controls and select Only Friends for Facebook search results. Be sure the box for public search results isn't checked.

Permitting Youngsters to Use Facebook Unsupervised

Facebook limits its members to ages 13 and over, but children younger than that do use it. If you have a young child or teenager on Facebook, the best way to provide oversight is to become one of their online friends. Use your e-mail address as the contact for their account so that you receive their notifications and monitor their activities. "What they think is nothing can actually be pretty serious," says Charles Pavelites, a supervisory special agent at the Internet Crime Complaint Center. For example, a child who posts the comment "Mom will be home soon, I need to do the dishes" every day at the same time is revealing too much about the parents' regular comings and goings.

http://blogs.consumerreports.org/

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Heal The Hurt

When you blame others for your troubles, you give them
Control of your life. Free yourself from your own anger,
From your own resentment, and you'll find vastly more room
For serenity and abundance.

It's bad enough if someone has wronged you in the past. Is
It of any value for you to continue suffering from it?

Your best strategy is not to prolong the pain, or expand
Upon it. Your best strategy is to get past it as quickly as
Possible.

Whether or not anyone deserves your forgiveness is not the
Point. The point is, you deserve to forgive, to take back
Control of your life, so that you can live abundantly.

Your forgiveness may not even make a difference to those you
Forgive, if they're even aware of it. For you, it makes all
The difference in the world.

When it is you who is feeling the hurt, it is also you who
Can heal the hurt. Heal the hurt, and move past the pain,
With forgiveness.

Monday, April 19, 2010

The woman in your life...

Tomorrow you may get a working woman, but you should marry her with these facts as well.

Here is a girl, who is as much educated as you are; Who is earning almost as much as you do;

One, who has dreams and aspirations just as you have because she is as human as you are;

One, who has never entered the kitchen in her life just like you or your Sister haven't, as she was busy in studies and competing in a system that gives no special concession to girls for their culinary achievements

One, who has lived and loved her parents & brothers & sisters, almost as much as you do for 20-25 years of her life;

One, who has bravely agreed to leave behind all that, her home, people who love her, to adopt your home, your family, your ways and even your family , name...

One, who is somehow expected to be a master-chef rom day #1, while you sleep oblivious to her predicament in her new circumstances, environment and that kitchen..

One, who is expected to make the tea, first thing in the morning and cook food at the end of the day, even if she is as tired as you are, maybe more, and yet never ever expected to complain; to be a servant, a cook, a mother, a wife, even if she doesn't want to; and is learning just like you are as to what you want from her; and is clumsy and sloppy at times and knows that you won't like it if she is too demanding, or if she learns faster than you;

One, who has her own set of friends, and that includes boys and even men at her workplace too, those, who she knows from school days and yet is willing to put all that on theback-burners to avoid your irrational jealousy, unnecessary competition and your inherent insecurities;

Yes, she can drink and eat just as well as you can, but won't, simply because you won't like it, even though you say otherwise..

One, who can be late from work once in a while when deadlines, just like yours, are to be met;

One, who is doing her level best and wants to make this most important, relationship in her entire life a grand success, if you just help her some and trust her;

One, who just wants one thing from you, as you are the only one she knows in your entire house - your unstinted support, your sensitivities and most importantly - your understanding, or love,
if you may call it.

But not many guys understand this......
why women are so special,respect Her.
Please appreciate "HER"

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Do Not Park Your Car In Front Of Bank

I received this from a friend of mine and would like to share it as a reminder to all of us.

I drove to Maybank Seapark branch PJ last Friday evening at about 5.30pm, 29 May 09. I was pleased to find a vacant bay just outside the bank. I parked my car and went to do some banking at the machines, then I walked cross to Watson to get some toiletries.

I came back to my car and noticed that the front right tyre was almost flat. Immediately I drove to the tyre shop nearby, which is about 100m away. I told the shop keeper I had a flat tyre. His prompt response: "Did you go to the bank?" He told me a few similar cases happened.

It was a clean cut on the side of the tyre, about 1 cm long. I guess these evil-doers' tactic is to follow my car (if I had not noticed the flat tyre) until I could not go further with the flat tyre. Then they would either rob me on the spot or force me to go back to the bank to withdraw
money for them.

This reminded me of another time when I also parked in front of a bank in Uptown, Damansara Utama,Petaling Jaya. I did not go to the bank that day. I had lunch with a friend near the bank. I sent her back to Taman Tun and came back home. One of the tyres was flat. There was a brand new nail stuck to the tyre. I suppose that evil person did not follow us as he noticed we did not go to the bank. Please be extremely careful when you go to the bank.

DON'T PARK NEAR THE BANK YOU ARE GOING TO - You don't know who is
watching you!!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hair Loss Guide


by: Dr. Thomas S. Lee, NMD
“Yeeee gads! My hair is falling out!” This is a cry that can affect your whole family for long, awkward moments. What is it with your hair? Is it gone forever?

Let's clear up some confusion and try to notch down some panic about this kind of a look in the mirror.

About Hair
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Healthy hair simply looks good. The healthier your scalp and hair follicles, the better your hair will look. If you're starting to experience some hair loss and a general decline in the overall health of your hair and scalp, it has probably been deteriorating for a while, and you're only now seeing the effects.

Hair grows in a cycle of three phases. Each individual hair is in a growth phase (anagen phase) for 2-6 years, before it enters a transition phase (catagen phase) for 1-2 weeks, and then a resting phase (telogen phase) for 5-6 weeks. After that, the hair dies and falls out. Then the follicle returns to the growth phase, and a new hair begins to grow.

In normal, healthy adults, the approximate percentages of hairs in these three different phases are:

· 84% in the growth (anagen) phase
· 0-1% in the transition (catagen) phase
· 14-15% in the resting (telogen) phase

Returning your hair follicles to the anagen growth cycle is the objective of any plan to regrow healthier hair.

DHT Effects On the Hair Follicle
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The medical term for hair loss is alopecia. This is defined as a state where 20% or more of a person's hairs are in the telogen (resting) phase.

In cases of alopecia, the hair growth cycle has been altered so that the anagen (growth) phase is shortened. This results in an increased percentage of hairs in the catagen and telogen phases.

The enzyme conversion of testosterone creates a compound called Di-Hydro Testosterone (DHT). The effect of DHT on the hair follicles and oil glands of the scalp can be detrimental to the anagen phase that you want to lengthen.

In areas of hair thinning or loss, the follicles have more sites to which DHT can attach, and more DHT at those sites. This buildup of DHT near the follicles can shorten their growth phase and increase the numbers of hairs in the transition and resting phases. A continuation in this buildup of DHT will actually shrink the hair follicles, which causes their hairs to become thinner, weaker, and look less healthy.

Reality Check: No product known today will grow a hair without a viable hair follicle. Only a healthy hair follicle can grow a hair.

A healthy hair follicle can resist the negative effects of DHT buildup and continue in a normal growth cycle longer than an unhealthy one can. Hair care products that seek to lessen DHT work by binding to the same sites on the hair follicle to which DHT attaches. This blocks the abnormal response of the follicle to DHT, so it blocks the harm that is causing the weakening and loss of the hair.

The nutritional supplements recommended by a naturopathic physician work by helping the body to normalize its hormone levels, while increasing the circulation of nutrients and elimination of waste products from the hair follicle. This increases the strength of the follicle and protects it from further damage.

The amounts of the conversion enzymes that create DHT from testosterone, as well as the amounts of testosterone or cortisol, are thought to be genetically determined. This is why some people tend to have less of a problem with DHT than others.

The good news is that a person's genetic expression (i.e., how their body is now) can be changed by what that person does in the upcoming weeks, months, and years, as well as how they do it. With advances in the scientific understandings of these physical events, you can arm yourself with the right information and learn to make the changes necessary to stop a hair loss problem. We'll next explain how.

Hair Loss
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A variety of health conditions and environmental factors can cause hair loss. Likewise, many different approaches can be taken to stop hair loss and even grow hair back.

Certainly, having great hair is important to us, but the body has many other important things to do on a continuous basis. Some are higher priorities than maintaining lustrous hair — things like breathing, eliminating waste, absorbing food, protecting itself from infections, fleeing from danger, and so forth. If the body has a limited budget of energy, nutrients, and strength, it starts to redirect its resources to the tasks it deems most important. This is fortunate for us.

If stressful events occur to lower that 'budget,' the body may find it necessary to prioritize other functions more highly than hair growth.

For example, if a person undergoes a series of radiation treatments to kill cancer, the treatments incur a major stress on the body. The body's first priority then becomes to live and breathe to grow nice hair another day. As a result, hair loss is often the consequence of radiation treatments. Hair regrowth after this type of trauma is possible, however, depending on the state of the hair follicles and the person's overall capacity to return to health. Naturopathic doctors call this their "vital force.”

Major Causes of Hair Loss
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Hair loss might also be caused by various types of injury to the scalp, such as burns, radiation, acid spills, or scrapes. If the follicles are destroyed and replaced by smooth skin or scar tissue, a lotion or vitamin routine won't very likely restore hair growth. At this point, it may be time for an implant, a weave, a wig, or a toupee. Or maybe it's just time to accept the reality of a lack of hair. Bald can be beautiful, too.

Furthermore, various diseases, genetic tendencies, and auto-immune disorders can direct the body to neglect the health of the hair follicle, or even attack it directly. Some of these attacks might be triggered by environmental toxins, the side-effects of drugs, nutrient deficiencies, irregularities of hormone metabolism, or poor elimination of wastes. Here, we could discuss lifestyle choices and explanations of natural sciences such as nutrition, physiology, and biochemistry until your eyes glaze over.

If you have been taking anti-depressive medications like Zoloft or Paxil, you should be aware that the known side-effects of these types of drugs can include hair loss. The vicious cycle of compounding one's depression by having to deal with hair loss makes these drugs a thing worth trying to avoid. Work with your doctor and be smart about your use of any medications, because many drugs have negative effects on hair growth.

If you are a "stress puppy,” and the slightest disruption in your plans tears you to pieces for hours or days at a time, your body's response to those stress hormones can be yet another factor in hair loss and graying. Some training in stress management or anger resolution would be your best bet, while treating the resultant hair loss with physical medicines and lotions.

Sudden Hair Loss
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Sudden hair loss can occur after severe psycho-physical stresses like illness, childbirth, menopause, losing a job, or loss of a loved one. This type of hair loss appears within a few weeks or a month of the trauma, depending on its severity. It is often reversible with time, emotional healing, and the principles of physical support described here.

Hair Loss in Women
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Women seldom lose their hair for reasons of genetic predisposition. They do, however, experience hair loss from the other causes we've already mentioned. In addition, women are more commonly the consumers of hair treatments which are known to damage the hair and cause breakage and thinning. Rough handling, harsh commercial shampoos, perms, hair color, bleach, and cosmetics all can damage the hair follicles. Hormone fluctuations through life events of men or women also contribute to stress on the physical condition of the hair follicle.

Factors to Consider
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What does your body need to keep your hair looking good? Factors include good nutrition, effective elimination of wastes, exercise affecting the circulation, a good attitude, use of safe non-toxic products, and sensible protections from injury. These contribute to healthy glandular functions, especially of the thyroid, adrenals, gonads, and liver. If the links in this chain of hormone functions are weak or broken, your hair will probably be the least of your problems. It might just be the most visible one in your mirror, though.

Before you spend significant amounts of money on lotions or supplements to treat hair loss, try to figure out what is causing your hair to fall out, and change what you can about that underlying situation.

Enlist the help of your doctor to figure out any internal causes. Have your hormone levels tested for thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, and functions of the ovaries or testes. Make sure your nutritional intake and digestive functions are up to par. Again, this is a complex issue. It may take some study about the lotions and natural medicines available to find a plan that works for you, but the benefits to your health and appearance will be worth the effort.

For a detailed description of Dr. Lee's treatment recommendations, visit
http://www.naturodoc.com/hair_comeback.htm.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Naked in the airport: Are full-body security scanners really something to blush about?

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Posted by Chris Leadbeater, Travel Writer, TravelMail

The thorny issue of whether body scanners should be used at airports has taken another lurch onto the news pages today – with the warning that passengers who refuse to submit themselves to this security check will be barred from taking flight.

Actually, ‘thorny’ is probably the wrong word to use here, because if you are carrying anything vaguely sharp and pointy as you attempt to board a plane, these scrutinising devices will spot it. Along with anything else you may have on your person – birthmarks, that bruise where you bashed your thigh on the kitchen counter, that small bulge at the waist where you shovelled down an extra croissant 20 minutes earlier. Oh, and any bomb you have sewn into your underwear, if you happen to be a terrorist. The lot, basically. It will all be on display, because these scanners see everything.

OK. Hang on. That previous paragraph isn’t entirely true. The scanners produce pale, mildly blurry photostats of your body that reveal any hidden objects, but can’t detect if you’ve waxed your legs. And yet people are understandably concerned that the naked truth of their existence will be beamed into a computer as they file through the shoes-off-please queue on their way to the gate. Not a truth that everyone else in the line will be able to ogle, admittedly – but a truth visible to security staff nonetheless.

Nor will these concerns be assuaged by yesterday’s somewhat hectoring comments from Transport Secretary Lord (Andrew) Adonis, who told Parliament: “If a passenger is selected [for scanning] and declines, they will not be permitted to fly.” That he also said: “In the immediate future, only a small proportion of passengers will be selected for scanning,” is unlikely to calm these choppy waters. The message is quite clear: ‘Get your bits out before you get on the plane – or you don’t get on the plane’. Well, after you Andy. With a name like that, you shouldn’t have any fear of lumps and bumps.

This development comes, of course, in the wake of the attempted Christmas Day plane bombing, where al-Qaeda operative Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab smuggled explosives onto a Detroit-bound service by stitching them into his nether-garments – exploiting the fact that, well, your pants are the one place that the airport body pat-down never ventures. So, as of this week, scanners will be deployed at Heathrow and Manchester, with Birmingham joining the Peek-A-Boo Club before February is out.

That near-miss over Michigan is the key detail here. Because ultimately – and leaving aside the nanny-state lecturing from the Transport Secretary, who could surely have phrased his announcement in less daddy-knows-best terms – this issue boils down to a choice. Do you want to avoid embarrassment? Or do you want to be safe? And personally, I’m quite happy to have my body parts slapped onto a screen if it means the same body parts won’t be strewn across an American cityscape just because I had the misfortune to board a plane with Mr Tick-Tick-Boom. It seems an easy call.

But I’ll be particularly in favour of the scanners if they achieve something beyond safety – if they manage to speed up the current farce that is getting through airport security. On Sunday morning, I caught a flight from Geneva to London. The process – from wearily joining the back of the snaking line to finally putting my footwear back on after I’d half-undressed in the name of making it past the metal detector without there being a chorus of bleeps and burbles – took a good half hour. This isn’t to single out Geneva Airport for special criticism (it’s a perfectly good airport, and the Alpine view from its windows is certainly more appealing than the Hounslow vista at Heathrow) – it’s the same scenario at every airport these days. Coat off. Belt off. Can we have your shoes, sir? Do you have any potentially dangerous spring-water or shampoo products, madam? If the introduction of full-body scanners shortens this dreary ordeal by even a third, it will be achieving something in addition to theoretically safer flights.

I suspect, sadly, that this won’t be the case – that body scans will become yet another facet of security checks – another five minutes rolling around on the Wasted Time Clock – rather than a simplification of the convoluted system now in place. And I understand people’s privacy concerns – the idea that a random stranger can see almost to the core of your being is an unnerving one. But equally, spare a thought for the airport employees who will have to monitor these delightful snapshots. After a five-hour shift perusing nude outlines of all creatures great and small, nothing is going to seem less exotic than the human body. Salacious? Sexy? More like just another tear-jerkingly boring element of life at the decidedly dull sharp end of the travel industry.

Are you in favour of airport scanners, or do you consider them to be an invasion of your privacy? Do you think they will make flying more secure? Have your say…

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Turn A Negative Into A Positive


Every positive thing in your life represents a single unique blessing.
Every negative thing in your life has the opportunity to become
a double blessing.
For when you turn a negative into a positive, you gain twice.
You are no longer burdened with the negative situation, and
in addition to that you are strengthened by a new positive force.

Heal a strained relationship and not only do you lose an enemy,
you also gain a friend. Turn a weakness into a strength, and not only
are you no longer held back by the weakness,
you are pushed forward by the strength.

Every negative situation carries its own energy.
When you turn that energy around, the effort involved
brings a double reward.

The weaknesses, liabilities, nuisances and troubles
are no cause for despair. They are assets, conveniences,
joys and riches waiting to be manifested through your efforts.
Don't seek to merely get rid of the negative things in your life.
Instead, transform their energy into something of real positive value.

~Ralph Marston~