Thursday, December 24, 2009
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803-1882); philosopher, poet, essayist
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
“因为我们是人，所以，各种情况和每一个信息都是一个灰色领域，没有绝对正确或错误的理论。这是有关于道德伦理，经济，政治和法律的知识。” – 黄慧欣。
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
NAZA HOTEL MELAKA,
177, Jalan Tun Ali,
Tel : 06-28 82 288.
Fax: 06-28 82 289.
Att: En Abu Hassan Ismail @016-6685485
Let's look at Heritage Sleepover around the world.
1) Sleepover Hotel Santa Isabel, Cuba.
2) Giant Sleepover at London Aquarium
- It was one of the venues of this year's Giant Sleepover, which saw more than 30,000 people across 890 locations bedding down to raise money for Children's charities in June 2009. Source: http://english.cri.cn
3) Tibi Sleep Over Experiences
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
My colleagues and I had very simple food. 3 of them are married and I am the only single and the young lady. It is a norm when I am in Malaysia. I am just a lucky woman with many elderly around me. They taught me a lot about the life experience.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I had an invitation from a new friend for a movie in October 2009 in central London. Unfortunately, I had an emergency matter. I was back in Malaysia with only an SMS saying, "I'm sorry. I cannot go to the movie. Shall I send you a review when I have a chance to watch the movie?" I tried to contact him again when I was in London a few months ago. I could not reach him using email and his mobile phone number. In short, "Slumdog Millionaire" is a good movie. It passed a message to the audiences that a boy was born and grown in the slums of Mumbai could be smarter than lawyers and doctors by winning the game event, ‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’. He won twenty-million Indian Rupees. He showed the audiences that his knowledge was better than lawyers and doctors even though he never had a chance to go through a formal education. Former education is very important. Unfortunately, not all human beings have the opportunity to enroll to formal schools. He gained the knowledge through his life in the slums, and the adventures on the road with his brother and his “love”.
It was unbelievable that the boy, Jamal Malik from the story won the game. The movie showed the ugly side of the human beings being the sour grapes because they did not understand why a boy was born and grown in slums could answer all the questions. The police arrested him for a night during the break towards the last question of the contest. The police suspected him of cheating. Also, the movie showed the violence of the police force towards a victim. The policemen should not beat him because he was not charged being found guilty yet. In additional, where were the human rights? “Should the policemen go for the course of Ethics and Professional Conduct? Is that right to beat people even though they are wrong?”
“Should you use a better method to ask questions instead of beating someone? It hurt physically and emotionally. He was innocent, and he was smart. He never cheated. Why did you want to suspect him? Why did you want to beat him? Why did you want to give him so much trouble?”
“I have a suggestion for the sour grapes. When you are not sure why people are very smart, kindly invite him for tea to ask him properly rather than asking the police to arrest him and accuse him of cheating. His reputation and trust were down the drains. Were there any compensation given?” “I would recommend all to watch the movie. Kindly purchase the original copy because the pirated one is not going to give you a very good sound effect. We need to support the original copies of production. Support the original copies!”
I hoped that the audience will get the following messages.
1. Love at first sight is very powerful. Love is without conditions.
2. Never look down at people who are not born in a good environment. These people might have many merit points for us to learn from them. They could be smarter than us.
3. Professionals such as lawyers, doctors, engineers and professors are job titles. It indicates intelligence and expertise in a particular field. Therefore, when we talk about life and other knowledge, we are all equal. Let's learn from each other about life and other knowledge. It is not professional to say, "You are a lawyer. How come you do not know this simple thing?" If you are a friend of the lawyer, kindly let the lawyer know what the simple thing is. Tell him how other people perceive from their perspective, and seek the lawyer's opinion to find out what his position and perspective are in a given situation.
4. "Sour grapes" is formed as a result of the people’s thinking are not matching the way it supposed to be. In other words, your expectation is not matching with the outcome of an event. For example, the policemen from the story perceived that only doctors and lawyers deserved to win the game, "Who wants to be a millionaire?". The policemen perceived that only doctors and lawyers were smart. They perceived that a boy who was born and grown up in slums of Mumbai was definitely a cheater. Thus, there were unnecessary suspicion and violence inflicted on the victim. Why not one tries to understand him, understand how he grew up and his life experiences?
5. It is urgency to form the Ethics and Professional Conduct Law. A fine system is necessary for how people talk, and how people perceive. It is not an offence. It is just like a punishment for non-professional people, and, the non-professional attitude has jeopardized others' image, reputation and trust. The people who are non-professional judge a scenario with wrong reasoning methods and also, they do not understand the whole picture. Thus, you should not make a conclusion when you are not informed with enough information.
If you have done the mentioned mistake, kindly change your mindsets. If it is within your capacity, kindly give necessary compensation.
It was something funny when you heard some extremely intelligent people in certain fields gave comments on their country's government. These people did not understand the meaning of Accounting and Business, but, they could judge people were corrupted when they knew some former politicians have millions in their bank account. At the first place, how did they know that they had that amount of money? Was the banker ethical and professional?
Let me show you a simple calculation without any bank interest, life insurance, bonds, blue chips and properties ownership for a normal individual who has an income of ten thousand Ringgit Malaysia per month for ten years. The ten thousand Ringgit Malaysia is the net income because he or she has a company car and a company house. The food and traveling expenses are provided. One hundred and twenty months multiply ten thousand Ringgit Malaysia equal to one million and two hundred thousand. According to some insurances, bonds and blue chips investment projection, they show minimum of forty percent to a maximum of four hundred percent as the investment return. It is not strange when a person who used to work for ten years with ten thousand Ringgit Malaysia monthly salaries will have a few millions in a bank account.
The investor was not corrupted, understand? The investor was wise in investing. As a result of your suspicion and your stupidity to listen to rumors, the investor has a reduced in reputation and trust. “You may start to learn how to become a smart investor. Should government servants and policemen attend business and investment courses?”
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Incredible Train Journey from Chennai to Margao, Margao to Mathura, Mathura to Agra and Agra to New Delhi - an estimated 4300 KM
A very friendly tour agent near the entrance of Chennai Central gave me some tour information with a touchy hand. She ran her hand along my arm, from my arm to my back. I was not very happy, in fact, I was offended. The way she acted was just like a low quality man who was trying to take advantages of a woman. I had a hard time figuring out why she wanted to do that. Later, I just accepted that it was the way she reacted as a friendly person. I showed an angry face with a very big reaction. She sensed my unhappiness straight away, and she responded with a spit. I just said thank you and got myself away from that place within a second. I was safe.
Next, I walked into Chennai Central. It was amazing. I met a lady at the ticket booking office for foreigners. She was the best. She was a very professional and quality individual. She helped foreign visitors to book their trains. She booked me the trains I wanted within a very short time, and I loved her job efficiency. I told her that I wanted to reach New Delhi for a connecting flight to London, and I requested first class trains or the best class which was available at that time. "Ms. Wong, welcome to India, and I hope that you will have a wonderful stay. I know that you are a good lecturer," she said. I was blushing and nodding with thanks. I guessed she must be my student’s family member.
I was there to wait for my turn, and the queue was very long. I was the only Chinese lady, and I was alone, therefore, I attracted unnecessary attention from those people who were waiting for the booking. I met some new friends there. I met an English man, two Russians, two Albanians, four Pakistanis, three Arabs and two Italians.
First, an extremely interesting English man introduced himself. He was about sixty years old. He introduced himself as the "last" in the country. I was surprised why an individual had such a low self-esteem.
I replied, and I said, "Nice to meet you. I am a Malaysian with a big mission to work for a better world. How can I help you?"
After that, he responded with an angry face, "You're a Chinese in Malaysia. You have no power. Malaysia means Muslims’ world."
"What? I think you must be mistaken. Malaysia is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual country. We have equal rights in Malaysia. Power is gained only for respectful individuals. No races involved," I said strongly.
Later, he tried to argue. I did not have any intention to continue the never ending conversation. I just apologized, and I told him that I needed a rest because I had a long flight. He continued his own speech, and I just kept quiet. He mumbled something to me which I did not quite catch. I heard something like I was silly because I chose to have a transit in India.
Well, I never mentioned anything about my self-help research on the solution of miscommunication. He tried to talk to one Arab couple and they shouted at him. "Mind your own business. Did your mom tell you that not to talk to strangers?"
The English man kept quiet.
I was stunned.
Later, two Pakistanis shouted at him. "Keep your mouth shut. Mind your own business." I felt pity for him as he was a friendly person, but, from the others' perspective, they could not accept him as a friendly person.
I prayed for him that he will gain back his self-esteem and confidence. My advice to him was to stay in his country to build a career, and at the same time he should get rid of his negative attitude. Talking positively has its merits definitely.
At the same time, the two Russians tried to get some information from me. They wanted to travel with me. Of course, I welcomed them to join me. Three of us went to Chennai Market.
I had a good experience and a bad experience in Chennai Market for a cloth and a stitch. I loved my white dress, and it was made by a professional Indian man. And, I hated the blue blouse which was stitched by a European Muslim. She charged me eighty Indian Rupees. However, I did not like it for she was not able to sew a straight line on my dress. It was too bad because there was no money back guarantee. It was cheap undeniably but I would prefer to request a better quality even with a higher price.
An auto-rickshaw which I paid and arranged earlier was not present. I was almost late to catch a train. I had to get another driver to send me to Chennai Central. When I reached the train station, a baggage carrier just lifted my baggage without my permission, and he ran very fast to the train platform. I ran after him aggressively, and I shouted at him. "Hey! My baggage! Please give it back. Stop!" He make me ran after him, and eventually, he stopped. He checked on my train ticket. He pointed at the list which was pasted on the train's body, and he asked, "Is this your name?" I replied, "Yes". He quickly ran into the train, and searched for my seat. "Ms. Wong, here is your seat. It is one hundred and fifty Indian Rupees, please. " After I gave him the money, he thanked me, and he went off. The train departed after a second. "Oh! Thank you, my Lord. I am on time," I said. I sweated and breathed frequently after the run.
The train travelled towards Canacona Station. I was very disappointed because the lady told me that she would give me the best seats. Unfortunately, her definition of the best sounded wrong to me. I talked to the conductor who was in-charge to change my seat for a better compartment. I wanted an air conditional compartment but the conductor did not come back to me. I just accepted on what I had. It was four decks of old beds with ceiling fans. I slept at the third deck. “Thank you for a safe journey with quality people around me.”
I met four quality Indians, one English man and one French man on the train. Simson, Gilbert, Edward, Fernandes, a college lecturer and a round-the-world traveler. We had some conversation about the India Government, Christianity, meditation, yoga, Malaysian, Buddhism, agriculture, Mumbai, Manglore and seafood. I voiced my concern about some Christians who practiced meditation and yoga. They are Christians. However, they were agreeing the Christians who were practicing meditation and yoga. I was really happy with the response. I told them that I liked Buddhism as a philosophy of life, and I believed in God. They urged me to understand more about my talents, and needed not to worry about which religion I should believe in. They said there were terms called primary religion and secondary religion for an individual. Well, they solved my problem. It was good news for me.
Moving on, I got myself off at Canacona Station. The French man and I shared an auto-rickshaw to Palolem beach. After that, we lost touch since we checked in different guest houses due to individual preference and budget constraints. I forgot his name. I hoped we could meet again in the future. It was convenient for me to hang out at the nearest restaurant from Francisco and Marie guest house. I had my dinner with three Korean ladies. They ordered Kingfisher beers and some snacks. I had a Coke and a seafood platter. A Korean was on six months unpaid leave from Honda, Japan. She was an engineer there. She was on her plan to round the world alone in six months, and she hoped to meet her dream man. Another two Koreans were students. They wanted to know more about the world. The following day, I went to the same restaurant for my dinner. It was a seafood platter and an apple lassie. Four French men ordered Foster and some snacks for a girl friend's birthday celebration. One French man caught my attention because he seemed like a friend of mine, a Malaysian with heavy make-up. We had a great dinner. He sat next to me, and we had a lot to talk. We spoke American English. Hopefully, we could meet in Beijing in July 2009.
In my train Journey from Margao to Mathura, I met an Indian who could speak Malay. He worked with the Indian Government. He was a sailor. He was posted to Jakarta, Indonesia for two years. Therefore, he had picked up the Malay Language. Later, I met a very helpful textile businessman. He helped me to plan my day trip at New Delhi. I had a map. Three of us had a fantastic conversation about Malaysia, Malaysian, Tun Dr. Mahathir, Vision 2020, agriculture, Indian sarees, Indian food, chapati, Agra and Taj Mahal. They helped me to get out from the train at Mathura for a shorter distance to Agra for Taj Mahal.
I had a short trip to Sri Krishna Temple with a trishaw. It was run by a very professional man. I was impressed because he sent me to the destination with a small amount of money. Soon, I got myself on a train from Mathura to Agra. Upon arrival, I met a young American, another round-the-world traveler when I wanted to purchase my ticket to New Delhi at 6 a.m. on the following day. We agreed to travel together for budget reason. We thought of seeing the Taj Mahal before sunset, but, unfortunately, the gate was closed. We cancelled the train tickets, and he decided to stay a few more days since he really liked Agra. I just made a single purchase. I went to New Delhi the following day for my flight to London. We checked in a recommended accommodation by Lonely Planet. We asked for two single rooms. I requested for a morning call at 5.45 a.m. because I wanted to be the first person to see the Taj Mahal in the morning. We had a simple and nice vegetarian dinner at an Indian restaurant, and we had a lot to talk about Ph.D., research, military, internet security, NASA, George Washington, George Mason, Software Defined Radio, Satellites, his profession, national defense investigator, and my profession, lecturer. He mentioned his passion about teaching and Australians. He said,” Australians are unique. They are a combination of characters from the east and west. They are elegant and a bit wild character.”
He wished to fall in love in Australia. I wished him all the best. Later, twenty Indian entrepreneurs are parked into my memory. I knew them in an occasion. I was impressed with their spirits to provide more jobs. Some of them are undergraduates from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT). They had their entrepreneur journey under some Professors' supervision.
“All the best!”
“I hope that we can meet again in near future when we have accumulated more wealth for a better society. It is a special thank you for the inspirational talks and entrepreneurial experience,” I said.
“Thank you very much!” I thanked them gratefully.
Indira Gandhi International Airport meant a lot to me. It stood for revolution, friendship, humanity, human rights, hopes, a new world and a change to make a difference. It was a fantastic experience. We had discussed Mother Teresa and Barack Obama. We were referring to some new friends whom I had met along my journey to London.
"I do not have thirty Indian Rupees. Can I give you the same value in another currency?" I said.
"No worries, you may take a seat. I hope that you will enjoy your trip to London," said a boy at the waiting area in the airport. Later, he offered me a dinner. I truly appreciated what he did.
"Thank you!" I wished him a truly happy life. He was a friendly and understanding Indian who created a sweet memory for a Malaysian.
I met many Indians in India. However, I would like to highlight one man and one woman to appreciate their contribution to the society. Her father was very proud of her, and his wife would support whatever he did for a better community.
The woman was the only Asian who was working on Children's Rights Legal Aid in Kenya. She ran a law firm in Kenya, was hoping to make a difference for Children in the world. She told me about the eighty enthusiasts cum lawyers who would like to make a difference for children in Africa. They offered free legal services and free court representations for children in need.
She also told me about Barack Obama's home town and his little house. Everyone was very proud especially a black, i.e. Barack Obama got the America Presidentship, and his report to work officially at the Oval Office a reality. It was the beginning of a revolution with a black as the President. I understood what happened and, I tried to help if it were within my capability. I was listening!
I was very glad and happy to meet her because we had common interests to make a difference for children in the world. I had mentioned to her about the Kiwanis International, "serving the children of the world." She was interested. She urged me to start a legal aid for children in Malaysia. I told her that, Malaysia needed a legal aid for women particularly in sexual harassment related issues. I mentioned to her that the BAR Council in Malaysia was very efficient, and the organization aimed for justice and fairness. Her invitation for me to go to Kenya was accepted. I would definitely visit her in Kenya when I had some time buffers since I committed to some important responsibilities this year, i.e. I needed to get an enrollment for a Ph.D. Program in a university. I hoped to visit her this year.
“Woman, good job!”
Yale Law School initiated representing children worldwide programs particularly mentioned about the needs of help from the children in Kenya, which focused on the childcare and protection in year 2005. He was excellent. He had the God's calling to serve the community.
“Man, good job!”
He is an Indian who holds an Italy passport. He has his wife to be with him all the time. They are a very lovely couple. He is related to one of the missionaries of charity which is guided by Mother Teresa, and he has the calling to continue Mother Teresa's good work for the poor, sick, orphaned and dying.
“Hey! My name is Wong Hui Shin. Nice to meet you! I want to join the team when I complete my responsibilities in London and Malaysia. I also want to meet my soul mate. I want to follow my husband for some good work for the society if I have a chance to get into a marriage.”
“Must he be a Christian?”
“I guess it is not a must because I believe all religions play an important role in society, but, he must believe that God creates us, and He arranges everything for us.”
Mother Teresa was international famous in the seventies for humanities and charities. She started her charity work in India. She is an Albanian who has Indian citizenship. I like Mother Teresa's spirit to help the poor. She has created the ripple effects to spread the compassion to those in need. The Qatar Airways staffs were very helpful, and they were willing to provide solutions for their customers. I took a Swiss knife in my hand carry without my knowledge. The knife was advised by the security that I should check-in because it was prohibited in a hand carry. It was fair enough. I called the Qatar Airways staffs, and they managed to get it sorted out.
“Thank you very much, Qatar Airways for a fantastic experience.”
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
“Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.”
—John J. McCloy (1895-1989); lawyer and banker, former political advisor
"Life always grow at every minute. Today's you is always better than Yesterday's you. We aim for future and our goals. Past is a history and it meant for learning from mistakes and grow bigger and longer now, tomorrow and in future."
—Wong Hui Shin (2005-now); lecturer, former Software Development Engineer
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
By Linda Smith
We've used our imagination to turn a (budget-friendly) family favorite, chicken and rice, into a sizzling stew. Start by using chicken thighs, or turkey, and a basic tomato sauce, and let the herbs and spices do the rest. All this tasty dish needs is some chile peppers, oregano, and a dash of paprika and you are halfway to a delicious, spiced-up supper.
1 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
2 1/4 pound(s) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
4 Anaheim or poblano chile peppers, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon(s) dried oregano, crushed
1 teaspoon(s) sweet paprika
1 teaspoon(s) salt
1 can(s) tomato sauce
1 tomato, chopped
1 can(s) pimientos, rinsed
8 pimiento-stuffed green olives, sliced
2 tablespoon(s) capers, rinsed
8 cup(s) water
2 1/2 cup(s) brown rice
2/3 cup(s) packed chopped fresh cilantro
1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken, chiles, onion, oregano, paprika and salt and cook, stirring, until the onions have softened, 3 to 5 minutes.
2. Add tomato sauce, tomato, pimientos, olives, capers and water and bring to a boil. Stir in rice; return to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered, until the sauce is thick, the rice is tender and the chicken is cooked through, 35 to 45 minutes. Stir in cilantro and serve.
3. Note: Anaheim chiles (a.k.a. New Mexico chiles) are 7 to 10 inches long, ripen from green to red and are mildly spicy. Poblano peppers (sometimes called pasilla peppers) are dark green in color, about 6 inches long and can be fiery or relatively mild; there's no way to tell until you taste them. The two can be used interchangeably and are found at most large supermarkets.
Always a brunch favorite, hash is a hearty dinner option as well. You might top each serving with a fried egg. The yolk makes a silky sauce for every bite it touches.
1. Put the potatoes in a medium saucepan of salted water. Bring to a boil and simmer until almost tender, about 5 minutes. Drain.