Monday, August 24, 2009

Moving forward

Knowingly and unknowingly, the season of change is setting in. And the theme of change is 'moving forward'. Entering of a new season.

That is what Latter Rain Church, the church that my family attending is undergoing. Our church is litterally moving forward as we will be moving to a new place of worship at Jaya 1, Petaling Jaya. We are currently doing the 'Big Move' as our first Sunday Worship in Jaya 1 is in 30th August 2009.


Just yesterday the worhsip and media team have shifted some major components to the new premises. My buddy blogger Dan'Lion has captured the scene with his ready camera (click here to see). I was busy with others packing, shifting and setting up.

The changes is not only seen in my church but also in my life. The sense to move forward is strong (kinda hard to explain) and it keeps building up in momentum. You just want to make shift from the usual place. Move out from the comfort zone.

Move it, move it!

All alone...by myself

Being alone at home by myself is an unusual feeling. Well, that's what I felt yesterday when I try to close my eyes to sleep. It takes me awhile to doze off. Lonely....I guess.

The kids and mummy is putting a night at my in-law's place. My parents is away for their church camp. And I got to be home to hold the fort.

The bedroom is awful empty and quiet. Usually bedtime is always if not often 'noisy' with Ivan and Reanne trying to settle down to sleep. The kids will often play with each other, read books, running around, shouting, toss and turn before finally doze off.

I got to bear with the 'unusual quiet' bedtime for one more night. Another word.....I missed my family.

More Malaysians turn to international schools

As reported in MalaysiaInsider, more middle-class Malaysians are enrolling their children in international schools despite long waiting lists, as parents grow increasingly frustrated with the local education system.

Another reason because since 2006 the rules were relaxed and international schools were allowed to enrol up to 40 per cent Malaysians – middle-class Malaysians have started placing their children in such schools, which have increased in number. At least 20 more international schools are scheduled to open soon, according to school operators.
As parents myself, I can't help to think and feel the recent changes on national education system have sent many wrong signal to many parents in this nation. Education is the forefront foundation to build, nurture and cultivate new generation of well equip nation builders. But how come this was not laid down properly as related in the changes made in just a short spend of 6 years. The ministry must be aware of the seriousness of this nation building 'pillar' in order not to jeopardise our children future if not their (minister) children.

Not many can afford to send their children to a better, systematic and well equip international school. Given a choice many parents would like to do so. But monetary factor is a big challange. So in the end of days, parents (like me) will have to do it ourselves to dig deep, think far and do all that we can in order that our children will be well nurture.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fastest man in the world


Usain Bolt (Jamaica) the current fastest man in the world has broke his own record again. He clock 9.58 second to finish the 100m dash.

On average Bolt have run 37.58km per hour to achieve the feat. If we are to run below 10 second, we got to dash more than 36km per hour. Here is something for you to think of. Interesting isn't it.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Dataran Budaya Kuala Lumpur 2009

My family were at Dataran Merdeka last Saturday attending the Dataran Budaya Kuala Lumpur 2009. Our main purpose was to visit my sister in-law Soo Mei who has a display booth together with few of her friends for her homemade jewelry a.k.a Molecule Handmade Jewelry (you are welcome to drop by her website www.mol3cule.blogspot.com). This is her first debut via offline ever since she have launch her home based handmade trinket online shop as she described it.

Congratulations Soo Mei for your successful national and international debut!

Note: Beside Molecule Homemade Jewelry, Soo Mei also the creator of Bling Deco (http://www.blingdeco.blogspot.com)

Caring Pharmacy


Recently I dropped by to Caring Pharmacy to purchase some items. What I want to share is that as I just discovered they allows instant redemption point for BonusLink members. A service that would gives a lot of BonusLink members a chance to maximise their accumulated points for health investments. You can save money as no cash involved in the redemption process. Not to mentioned you can collect points at the time as well.

They have 40 retail pharmacy outlets in Klang Valley.

Harmony Life Organic Cafe & Mart

If you want to get yourselves a wholesome foods, I can recommend this organic mart cum cafe located at Sri Petaling for your fancy. Harmony Life Organic Cafe & Mart goes by their 8 No’s Concept in their dishes: No MSG, No Artificial Colouring, No Preservatives, No White Sugar, No White Salt, No Meat, No Egg and No Garlic.

My family together with my parent in-laws were there last Saturday having our dinner. This is my 2nd visit to the cafe but 1st for my family members. My family likes the food that being served there. We order several dishes which comes together with brown rice. Their miso soup and seaweed soup were fantastic. Unfortunately I didn't take any photos (busy eating and serving Ivan).

There were also a corner for reading and books recommendation available for visitor to browse. Overall the food is good and so is the environment. Have a try if you have not venture into organic vegetarian food before.

Photo abstracted from FoodStreet.com.my

Restaurant Woo Pin Fish Head Noddle


My family weekend venture another round of re-visit one of our 'old' place we (Soo Pei and I before the arrival of our kids) used to eat. Thats bring us to Restaurant Woo Pin at Jalan Ikan Emas (Gold Fish Road....so appropriate) just along Jalan Loke Yew.

They are famous for their Fish Head Noddle and Fish Paste Noddle. Price for one bowl have already peak to RM6.50 (small) and RM7.50 (big). We ordered one big Fish Paste and one small Fish Head noddle. Both the kids like it especially Ivan.

We got to pre-warn you guys, the restaurant is without air-cond and hot. Operated in a low cost apartment shop unit. Kinda small and tigh. So prepare to sweat for the food.

A(H1N1) death toll reached 62

As of yesterday 3 more deaths have been reported from the Influenza A (H1N1) virus, bringing the overall death toll to 62.

Latest victim were a 6 year-old child with Down Syndrome and a hole in the heart who died on Thursday of "pneumonia with underlying Down Syndrome and pulmonary hypertension. Another was a 3year-old also succumbed to H1N1 complications after being admitted to the hospital on Aug 1 for fever and cough and suffering breathing difficulties for five days.

There were delays in administrating anti-viral treatment to the victims although being admitted to hospital. The Health Ministry is currently checking on why there was a delay. This is a very serious matter where such delay has caused death due to late treatment. This shouldn't be happening since the death toll is getting serious. Early detection and treatment is the vital key to fight this deadly virus.

Another alarming statistic parents need to take heed is the raising numbers of children succumbed to A(H1N1). Precaution methods (refer to US CDC recommendations) and monitoring constantly need to be done on our children. So parents be on high alert if children starts to be give early flu like symptoms and monitor their breathing sign.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Get ready for a new mobile network 010

Tune Talk Sdn Bhd, in which Celcom (M) Bhd has a 35% equity stake, is finally set to launch a new prepaid mobile service next Wednesday after over a year’s delay.

Tune Talk is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that rides on Celcom’s cellular infrastructure to roll out services as it does not have its own spectrum, but has operations in billings, customer care and switching systems.“We are offering voice, SMS and data services on a 2.5G platform. A user just needs to buy a SIM card for RM5 and insert it into his mobile phone, choose the number he wants and he is connected to our network,” Tune Talk chief executive officer Jason Lo told StarBiz in an interview yesterday. “We are going to offer very low flat rates for our Tune Talk service and we offer nationwide coverage from day one.’’Tune Talk’s prefix for its cellular service is 010.

A(H1N1) affects more to high risk group

People with certain health conditions may face special medical challenges during flu season.

These health conditions include:

• Pregnancy

• Cancer

• Blood disorders (including sickle cell disease)

• Chronic lung disease [including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)]

• Diabetes

• Heart disease

• Kidney disorders

• Liver disorders

• Neurological disorders (including nervous system, brain or spinal cord)

• Neuromuscular disorders (including muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis)

• People with weakened immune systems (including people with AIDS or those who are receiving chemotherapy)

It’s important to remember that people who have one or more of the conditions listed above can have a more severe illness from any influenza infection, including illness with the new H1N1 virus. Unless your health care provider says not to, keep taking your medication even if you become sick with the flu. If you have one of these health conditions and you develop flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider or seek medical care. Flu-like symptoms (including the symptoms of the new H1N1 flu) include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have diarrhea and vomiting.

If you have one of the health conditions listed, during a flu outbreak you should:

• Seek medical attention if you have a fever and symptoms of the flu.

• Limit contact with crowds and avoid crowded places. If you can’t avoid crowded settings, consider wearing a facemask or respirator to decrease your chances of getting infected. Be careful not to touch your face and wash your hands often.

• It is estimated that staying at least six feet away from a person who sneezes or coughs may be a safe distance.

• Talk with your doctor about having a two-week supply of medication.• Keep the name, phone number, and office address of your doctor or health care provider with you at all times. Find out the best way to communicate with your doctor.• Get a written record of the kind of chronic disease(s) you have and the treatment you are receiving. Keep this information with you at all times.

• Prepare a typed or printed list of all medications usually taken and the times of day they are taken. Also include necessary medical supplies or equipment such as syringes, strips, lancets if you have diabetes, or oxygen if you have COPD.

• Determine how you will access ongoing medical care such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Ask your health care provider if they have a plan to deal with a severe flu outbreak (including new H1N1 flu).

• If you use medications for your condition, continue taking it even if you become sick with the flu, unless your doctor or health care provider says otherwise.

• Be alert to changes in your breathing, especially if you have heart failure, congestive heart disease or COPD. Promptly report changes to your doctor or health care provider.

• Inform family members or close friends of your medical condition.

Seasonal and Novel H1N1 Flu: A Guide for Parents

How can I protect my child against flu?

Get a seasonal flu vaccine for yourself and your child to protect against seasonal flu viruses.Take everyday steps to prevent the spread of all flu viruses.

This includes:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Teach your child to take these actions too.
  • Try to keep your child from having close contact (about 6 feet) with sick people, including anyone in the household who is sick.
  • Keep surfaces like bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen counters and toys for children clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label.
  • Throw away tissues and other disposable items used by sick persons in your household in the trash.

What can I do if my child gets sick?

If your child is 5 years or older and otherwise healthy and gets flu-like symptoms, including a fever and/or cough, consult your doctor as needed and make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks enough fluids.

If your child is younger than 5, or of any age and has a medical condition like asthma, diabetes, or a neurologic problem and develops flu-like symptoms, including a fever and/or cough, call your doctor or get medical attention. This is because younger children and children who have chronic medical conditions (like asthma or diabetes) may be at higher risk of serious complications from influenza infection, including the new H1N1. Talk to your doctor early if you are worried about your child’s illness.

What if my child seems very sick?

Even children who have always been healthy before or had the flu before can get a severe case of flu. Call or take your child to a doctor right away if your child of any age has:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Has other conditions (like heart or lung disease, diabetes, or asthma) and develops flu-like symptoms, including a fever and/or cough

For more details, please go http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/parents/

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Company annual dinner 2009

Together with KL colleagues



Company annual dinner on last Friday held at Mines Wellness Hotel, Seri Kembangan. Here group photo with my Penangnite colleagues who came all the way from Penang.

Restoran Kin Kin spicy pan mee


2 weeks ago this is where my family when to have our lunch at Restoran Kin Kin 40 Ground Floor, Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman 1, off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur.

They are famous for their spicy pan mee with egg (mata kerbau). They serve you their pan mee dried and you gotto add the dried chillies yourselves (as much as you like).

Very shiok!

Hey what to post?

Man, it has been a month I didn't blog. Such a long absence is already taking a toll on my blogger mind. What to post hah?

I guess I loss my momentum. Gotto build it up again.

It was a very busy period last 3 weeks ago. Then last week fall sick.....terrible 3 days.

For now I will try to find back my form.