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To Be Back Online Soon.

September 23rd, 2015 No comments

To Be Back Online Soon.

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握紧双手,里面什么都没有;放开双手,得到的是整个世界。

January 7th, 2010 2 comments

握紧的未必可以得到,与其拖延纠缠不如面对现实,学个放手。

有舍才有得。

退后原来是向前。

放开双手,得到的是整个世界。

与天下受挫失意人共勉之。

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3 Weeks into my new gadget: Nokia 5800 XpressMusic “Tube”…

March 23rd, 2009 2 comments
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic in Red

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic in Red

It’s been a while since I am thinking to replace my good old Sony Ericsson W810, which has certainly served me well for the last 2.5 years. It was a brick – literally. I have dropped it to ground unintentionally gazillion of times, and submerged it fully into a small pool of water once (also unintentionally), the phone just refused to stop working.

3 weeks ago I met out with a friend (you know who you are!). He showed me his wife’s new Nokia 5800 XpressMusic (nickname “Tube”) in black with red linings. It is a 3G touch screen phone (Nokia’s 1st?), no physical keypad, and the screen resolution is really good. I played around with it, but really just checking the menu system and figure out how to navigate it – I haven’t used a Nokia phone before! I was told there is GPS too but I wasn’t impressed by then as I haven’t tried out any previously (yea yea I know I am outdated).

Did some online research when i was back home. The phone has everything that I need, and more. Price is not really cheap but not prohibitively expensive. I went to Digital Mall @ SS14, Petaling Jaya after a few days of consideration, and purchased the phone within 15 minutes.

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Some Personal Spending Numbers in 2008

February 15th, 2009 2 comments
2008: Personal Expense Breakdown

2008: Personal Expense Breakdown

Had some time on hand during the weekend, and thought I would go through my last year’s spending to see how I can do better in year 2009. Well, the numbers are staggering – I wouldn’t have imagined I spent that much! Not ready to disclose the actual amount, but here are some numbers:

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无事忙中老,空里有哭笑,本来没有我,生死皆可抛。

February 5th, 2009 4 comments

法鼓山创办人圣严法师创办人圆寂于二月三日,享年八十。遗言有偈如上。

A great movie – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

February 3rd, 2009 No comments

Just finished watching the romantic love story “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. Liked the way how the storyline was being narrated and unfolded by Benjamin and Caroline. Some memorable quotes:

“Our lives are defined by opportunities.”

“… It’s never too late… to be whoever you want to be. There is no time limit, start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing.”

It might be true that nothing lasts in life, but true love will last forever. As Benjamin puts it: “I never stopped loving you.”

A highly recommended movie – go watch it before it scores in Oscar!

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幸福是什么?请读《地球行星的旅者》!

January 31st, 2009 2 comments
地球行星的旅者

地球行星的旅者

终于读完了这本书,间中停顿了有好几个月。趁着这几天的假期,一口气把剩余的看完了,也重看了首几篇散文。有些书是连第一遍都难以读完,有些书则是读完后还想重读, 因为每次都会有新的感触。《地》肯定属于后者。韩国诗人作者柳时和把行旅印度神秘之旅的经历写成了三十余篇散文,同时也把他行旅印度的目的-探索人生意义以及探讨幸福快乐的本质-精彩的描述出来。

对于最近发生了一些状况的我来说,这本书无疑像是当头棒喝。失去了一些本不应得到的,却庸人自扰的失落了好一阵子。像此书所写,

“我们在人生中并没有失去什么,什么都没有失去。不管在任何情况之下,不应说 ‘我失去了什么。。。’,而当说‘啊!那东西回到原位了!‘ ”

这句话和 “本来无一物,何处惹尘埃” 似乎有异曲同工之妙。

当拥有时并不快乐,那时的我为何还要执着的不肯放手?

真正的幸福不是拥有,而是快乐。这是我读这本书得到的启示。看起来很简单,真正面对时却不容易放下。

作者在书中也提到印度人的口头禅:”No Problem!“。 两三年前我去印度旅行时也面对同样的问题 -总之什么东西他们都 “No Problem“,虽然很多时候是”Big Problem“。

失去人生方向的人,强烈建议读读这本书。或许你可以找到一些答案。

“活在世界而让你今日拥有这些东西,所以当他们在你身边时更要珍惜,如同旅者珍惜可住一晚的旅馆一样。”

“珍惜活着的自己,热爱人生。”

书讯

ISBN:978-986-6759-15-4

作者:柳时和 (韩)

翻译:陈香华

出版:天下杂志

初版:2007/08/29

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Boycott taxi drivers that don’t use meter at KL Sentral (or anywhere else for that matter)

January 18th, 2009 No comments
Just Say No to No Integrity

Just Say No to No Integrity

I was spent and tired, just got back from LCCT Sepang by the Skybus after my Bangkok trip. The Skybus – with its ever strong and cold aircond – took 1 hour to the dot to reach KL Sentral. It was just over midnight. A Malay guy came by to the bus door, supposedly a taxi driver.

“OUG?” – I asked. this is where I stay.

“Yea… erm… 25 Ringgit!”

“Mahalnya, kurang sikit boleh?”

“Tak boleh la boss, dah lepas 12”

“Takpe la!” – RM25 is just too expensive for a trip less than 10km.

I went over to the side of the bus to retrieve my backpack while the taxi driver walked over to chat to other passengers. My trip buddy Boon was already waiting. Just beside the bus lane, taxis are abound and all parked nicely but without drivers. We walked further down and were surrounded by a legion of taxt drivers.

“Nak pi mana?” One of the taxi drivers asked me.

“Takpe la, mesti mahal”

“Tak la, tanya dulu, mai sini tanya!” He led us to a small table with a manila card written “taxi”. A guy sits in a chair, surrounded by taxi drivers. He probably is the “managing director” here.

OK, since we are here already, I will just ask.

“OUG berapa?”

“OUG? OUG ke Bukit OUG? Lain tau!” One of the taxi drivers asked.

I was like, OK, “OUG!”

“Pasti ke OUG? Bukan Bukit OUG? Harga lain-lain!”

I was a bit pissed. “OUG! Kalau Bukit OUG, I dah cakap Bukit OUG!” I raised my voice.

“OK OK!” The MD said. He then starts to write down some numbers on a piece of paper, looks like a tear-off from a cigarette carton box. “Erm.. OUG… erm”. It took him like 10 seconds or so. “21 Ringgit!”

“Ooi mahal la!”

“Macam tu la, mana mahal?”

Boon too asked for the taxi cost to go back to his place at Dataran Prima at near Kelana Jaya, and he got “RM29!”. He worried that there is no other cabs and he gave way. We said Goodbye and parted.

As I started to walk off, one of the taxi drives asked: “You pergi mana? Tak nak naik taxi macam mana balik?’

“Ada lah”, and I crossed the bus lane and walked towards the monorail station at the main road at Brickfield, just less than 2 minutes away. It was my lucky night – there was a taxi stationed right at the bus stop beside the main road. I walked up and asked “OUG? Use meter?”

“Yes!” The Indian driver replied.

In less than 15 minutes, I reached home with the meter reading of RM8. With the extra 50% premium for over midnight ride (applicable for 12am to 6am rides), I paid RM12. Not that I will become a rich person immediately by saving RM9, but I don’t want to be ripped off by unethical taxi drivers that conquer Sentral at night times as if they are the landlords there. And it is illegal for taxis to not use meter too!

Of course, they behave this way because of the lax in enforcement by the related government departments. Not all the taxi drivers are like this, there are only a handful of bad apples. Do something, Government! This is not the way you want your own citizens or foreign tourists to be treated just hours after they arrived in Kuala Lumpur!

And to everybody else: Let’s start boycott all taxi drivers that are not using meter. It may cause some inconveniences, but together we can make a difference! Probably one day, the enforcement department will wake up too. Zzz…

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爱一个人,不难;不爱,才难

January 9th, 2009 4 comments