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Happy New Year 2010


Today is the first day of a brand-new year. I hope we have a good start and everything is good throughout Year 2010.

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I wish everybody all over the world would live a much better life; be happier, healthier, wealthier, wittier and lovable than last year. H A P P Y   N E W   Y E A R   2 0 1 0   ! ! !

Year 2009 – What A Year


Year 2009 is coming to an end. For some people, this is a time to do some reviews of the year . For most people, this is also a time to set some New Year resolutions for the forthcoming Year 2010.

I often hear my friends and colleagues said that Year 2009 is really a not-so-good if not a bad year for most people. I’m very sure they were referring to how the bad performance of the global economy has affected the people nationwide as well as worldwide.

Honestly, I agree with them because the global economic downturn has caused many companies to down side their operations and manpower significantly. Most of them were having a short workweek and forcing the employees to clear annual leaves so as to reduce cost. They have also freezed the wage increment and some even exercised a pay cut to their employees’ salaries.

The first half of Year 2009 was indeed a terrible phase of the year for most people. Fortunately, things turn better in the second half of this year. The global economy is technically out of recession and many companies have started to hire people. Gradually, we are seeing a ray of light coming out from the other side of the tunnel. Thank Goodness!

Personally, I find that Year 2009 is generally a good year for me. I build up more confident in myself and stay firm with my belief. I pick up new skills and practise what I learn. I gave training to my co-workers and did presentation to visitors.

I travelled to Thailand for work assignment and to Sabah (Malaysia) for leisure. These places have very nice people, building, food and environment. I’m happy that I got the chance to visit Thailand and Sabah in October and November respectively.

So, on the whole, I find that Year 2009 might not be a good year for most of the people but it’s definitely a fruitful one for me in terms of work and personal matters. Thanks and Good Bye to 2009.

Merry Christmas 2009


Merry Christmas to everybody!!

Here is a picture of a Christmas tree taken at Jurong Point recently.

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I wish everybody around the world have a Happy Holiday as on 25 December …..MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! And also I would like to wish you have a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010 in advance :-)

Sean Stephenson – The Three-Foot Giant


Here is an inspiring story of a man who is three feet tall. No, he is not a kid but a 30 year-old man who is permanently confined to a wheelchair.

His name is Sean Stephenson. He is a motivational speaker, published author, self-help guru and presently a doctoral degree candidate. One of his specialties is to help people overcome their limiting beliefs.

Sean Stephenson has a television show called “Three Foot Giant” premiering on 15 November. His mission is to rid the world of insecurities and self-sabotage.

If you are interested to find out more about Sean Stephenson and his “Three Foot Giant” show, click here to visit his Blog.

Sneak Peek of “Three Foot Giant” TV Show :

Friday The 13th – World Kindness Day 2009


Today is Friday the 13th. It is also the World Kindness Day which was established on 13 November 1998 in Tokyo.

Back in 1997, there were seven countries, including Singapore, came together to sign a declaration for the WORLD KINDNESS MOVEMENT. Its mission is to inspire individuals towards greater kindness. Its aim is to inpsire spontaneous acts of kindness to make life more pleasant for everybody.

It is important to look beyond the boundaries of gender, race and creed. The one common thing that bonds human beings to live together in peace is KINDNESS. So, please be kind to your family, friends and yourself.

Besides World Kindness Day, today is also a variable bonus payout day for my company. Like I had mentioned in my earlier Blog posts, Friday the 13th is a lucky day in my eyes. Today is a special and good day, let us treasure Friday the 13th and be kind to each other.

Pay Tribute to Michael Jackson – This Is It Movie


I went to see the “This Is It” movie on Tuesday night and it was in a way to pay tribute to the late Michael Jackson who passed away on 25 June 2009.

This Is It” movie is actually a compilation of rehearsals, interviews and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London. But too bad, he passed away suddenly just a few days before the concert would take place.

Michael Jackson was full of energy and flushed with enthusiasm throughout the rehearsals. Although he was thin, Michael Jackson looked fit and healthy whether or not he was on or off stage. It’s definitely hard to imagine such a healthy-looking person would die suddenly. Life is really unpredictable!

You can tell that Michael Jackson was very professional and serious about his performance. He knew his songs and dance steps very well. He also got himself involved in a lot of things such as telling the music director when to slow down with his music, telling the electric guitarist when to shine her skill, telling his co-singer when to look towards the audience and so on.

Michael Jackson was a perfectionist and he was in control of the rehearsals to make sure that everybody know what they were supposed to do in order to make the concert a success. However, Michael Jackson never knew that this was a tour he never got to begin.

After seeing the movie, I must say Michael Jackson was a real superstar, a talented artiste and a borned performer. He was the real King of POP of our time.

I often feel that Michael Jackson had a kind look in his face and I believe he was a kind-hearted person in real life despite all those negative news that were against him during his prime. Anyway, everything is history. This Is It.

Crab Buffet – Second Time Enjoying The Yummy Crab Feast


Crab season is here again. You can see advertisements everywhere promoting crab feast. It’s time to go for the yummy crab buffetHurray!

Just like last year, my family and I had made a booking at the Ellenborough Market Cafe of Swissotel Merchant Court hotel a few days ago. We opted for the lunch buffet last year. However, Ellenborough Market Cafe is offering dinner buffet only this time around.

We arrived at the Swissotel Merchant Court hotel 15 minutes before the crab buffet started at 6:30pm yesterday and the cafe was already packed with diners.

Crab Buffet :

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The spread of food is just like last year and it includes Chilli Crab, Indian Curry Crab, Tom Yam Crab, Sri Lankan Black Pepper Crab, Nonya Crab Popiah, Abalone Porridge, Shark Fin Soup, Soya Sauce Crayfish, Flower Crab and so on. It also includes the yummy yummy Durian Pengat.

Besides enjoying the good food, it makes us even happier is that HSBC credit card holder is entitled to enjoy the offer of “one dines for free with every three paying adult diners”. So nice :-)

Web Hosting Tutorial – How To Sign Up For A BlueHost Account?


If you have been using a free web hosting such as Blogger.com, you should know by now that you do not have much control over your Blog or website. Furthermore, Blogger.com has the right to shut down your Blog anytime if you did something wrong that violates their terms of use.

The best option is to switch it over to a self-hosted web hosting that requires a monthly subscription so that you could do whatever that you want on your Blog or website. Of course, the things that you do on your website have to be something that is done right morally, legally and ethically.

One of the most outstanding web hosting services as recommended by online experts is BlueHost. In fact, BlueHost is well-known for its ease of use for hosting WordPress Blog. Furthermore, you get your own domain free when you sign up for the BlueHost service.

Bluehost offers installation script called Fantastico Installer. This is a good service that enables you to install quickly and easily wide verity of scripts, content management systems, blog and forum platforms. WordPress is the most popular and easy-to-use Blogging platform and it is among those scripts available for easy installation via Fantastico Installer with BlueHost.

However, the downside of using Fantastico is that it does not provide the latest WordPress version. Good news is that BlueHost has included another installer that is similar to Fantastico. This installer is called SimpleScripts that allows you to install scripts or the latest WordPress version on your website or Blog within minutes.

Here is a web hosting tutorial that shows you how to sign up for a BlueHost account :

==> Click here to SIGN UP

Amazing And Cool Laptop Screen Effect


I happened to find a video clip featuring some special effect done on the screen of a laptop. It looks cool and I was wondering how the creator of the video clip had made it.

After searching the web for information, I came to know that this kind of cool stuff is called green screen effect.  It is a type of chroma key which is a technique used in video, film and still photography. The purpose is to replace a portion of an image with a new image such as a coloured background with a different setting.

I think the creator of the video clip has brilliantly utilised the green screen effect to bring out the attention-grabbing and cool laptop effect to his/her audiences. I’m sure you will be amazed by this person’s creativity.

Inspiring And Motivating Quote – Busy, No Time And Do It Tomorrow


I just came across some very inspiring and motivating quotes created by Pravs J. Although I don’t know whom Pravs J. is or what this person does as a living, I’m touched by the 7 meaningful quotes written by him/her.

I find that the inspiring and motivating quotes were created with words of wisdom. The lines are full of philosophy. Here is an example :

When you keep saying you are busy,
then you are never free.

When you keep saying you have no time,
then you will never have the time.

When you keep saying that you will do it tomorrow,
then your tomorrow will never come.

~ Pravs J.

Does it sound familiar to you in our daily life? Do you have friends or family who often tell you that they are busy and have no time for you? Do you put things off till tomorrow when you can actually finish it by today?

If yes, you are in fact hearing all kinds of excuses from the people around you and this is the thing that the quote is trying to tell you. So, why do you want to be a procrastinator? Hmm…..Things to ponder.