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31 August, 2010

Merdeka!


Celebrating 53rd Of Independence Day

So Proud to be Malaysian...

MERDEKA! MERDEKA! MERDEKA!




30 August, 2010

What's Up Doc?



Morning everyone. 
Do you read newspaper every morning? I am. 
It is some kind of ritual for me, I must read it before I start my work. I need to know what's going on with our world...

In sabah, we have to rely on the local newspapers such as Daily Express, Borneo Post and New Sabah Times (only mention some of the local newspapers). The majors newspapers such as Berita Harian, New Straits Times and Utusan (only mention some of it) only available at 10am or 11am.

Anyway, this is a modern era. If you know how to use or got internet connection, just surf the web. All the latest news are on your fingertips...


Sumandak reads Online Newspapers

29 August, 2010

Three Weeks To Say Goodbye

Author : C. J. Box
ISBN : 978-0312365721  

Jack and Melissa McGuane have spent years trying to have a baby. Finally their dream has come true with the adoption of their daughter, Angelina. But nine months after bringing her home, they receive a devastating phone call from the adoption agency: Angelina’s birth father, a teenager, never signed away his parental rights, and he wants her back. Worse, his father, a powerful Denver judge, wants him to own up to this responsibility and will use every advantage his position of power affords him to make sure it happens. When Jack and Melissa attempt to handle the situation rationally by meeting face-to-face with the father and son, it is immediately apparent that there’s something sinister about both of them and that love for Angelina is not the motivation for their actions.

As Angelina’s safety hangs in the balance, Jack and Melissa will stop at nothing to protect their child. A horrifying game of intimidation and double crosses begins that quickly becomes a death spiral where absolutely no one is safe.




How far would you go to save someone you love?     

Just finish reading this book. If you like Thriller or Suspense, this one is for you. Fast pacing, well developed suspense and very convincing plot. I get hooked from the first page till the last, in another words this book was impossible to put down. 

The story is about Jack and Melissa who couldn't have their own baby so they adopt one. At first everything seem to be perfect because they tought all documentations has been done. Suddenly, the biological father came into the spotlight and want his baby back. Worse, his father is the powerful judge and of course will use his power to make sure it happens.  

But soon, it becomes clear that there is something sinister about their motivations. So Jack and Melissa do everything they can and will stop at nothing to protect their child.

You know, kids are always fascinate me. They have something that makes you want to be their champion. You want to hear them laugh and it is always fun just to hear their chatters on nothing. So I really don't understand why something like child abuse or baby dumping exist.

In the story, Angeline is only an adopt child. Yet Jack and Melissa treat her like their own and fight with their life for Angelina. How about you, are you willing to risk your life to save someone you love?

This is the first book I read from C. J. Box, they said first impression is very important. Thats right, C.J Box did impress me. Next time I shop for books, the author will be on my list.

Interested? Check the nearest bookstore or buy online on AMAZON, ACMAMALL, MPH ONLINE or TIMES BOOKSTORE
Another suggestion, just go to the nearest library.

28 August, 2010

Weekend's Laughter




LAUGHTER…some said it's the best medicine in the world. So start smiling and laughing as much as you can. Have a hearty laugh over every amusing situation. Laugh even at yourself and smile at the simplest pleasures in your life. With smiles and laughter, your days will become lighter, more joyous and more bearable even on those hay-wired days. Your smiling face looks much more appealing and beautiful too. Give away your smiles freely and in abundance. Spread your laughter around as it's contagious.
Enjoy these stories, I hope I can make you smile and hopefully.................LAUGHING!


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A little girl asked her mother: How did the human race appear?

The mother answered: God made Adam and Eve and they had children and so was all mankind made.

Two days later she asks her father the same question.

The father answered: Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race was developed.

The confused girl returns to her mother and says: Mom', how is it possible that you told me that the human race was created by God and Papa says they were developed from monkeys.

The mother answers: Well dear, it is very simple. I told you about the origin of my side of the family while your father told you about his side...




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A fifteen year-old boy came home with a new Chevrolet Avalanche and his parents began to hoot and holler, "Where did you get that truck???!!!" 

He calmly told them, "I bought it today."
"With what money?" demanded his parents. They knew what a Chevrolet Avalanche cost.
"Well," said the boy, "this one cost me fifteen dollars." 


So the parents began to yell even louder. "Who would sell a truck like that for fifteen dollars?"


"It was the lady up the street," said the boy. I don't know her name - they just moved in. She saw me ride past on my bike and asked me if I wanted to buy a Chevrolet Avalanche for fifteen dollars." 


"Oh my goodness!" moaned the mother, "She must be a child abuser. Who knows what she will do next? John, you go right up there and see what's going on."
So the boy's father walked up the street to the house where the lady lived and found her out in the yard calmly planting petunias! 

He introduced himself as the father of the boy to whom she had sold a new Chevrolet Avalanche for fifteen dollars and demanded to know why she did it.
"Well," she said, "this morning I got a phone call from my husband. I thought he was on a coffee break, but learned from a friend he had run off to Hawaii with his mistress and really doesn't intend to come back. He claimed he was stranded and asked me to sell his new Chevrolet Avalanche and send him the money. So I did".






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A man died and went to heaven.

As he stood at the gates he saw a wall of clocks. He asked, 'What are all those clocks?'

St Peter answered that they were lie clocks, whenever you tell a lie the hands move.

'Oh' said the man, 'Whose clock is that?'
'That's Mother Teresa's, it has never moved indicating that she never lied'.

'Whose clock is that?' asked the man pointing to another.
'That is Abraham Lincoln's clock. The hands have moved twice, indicating he only told 2 lies in his life'.

The man looked about and then asked, 'Where is Brian Mulroney's clock?' 'Ah' said St Peter, 'that is currently in God's office, he is using it as a ceiling fan'.

The Dead Crow



He saw a dead crow
in a drain
near the post office.
He saw an old man
gasping for air
and a baby barely able to breathe
in a crowded morning clinic.

This land is so rich.
Why should we suffer like this?
I want clean air
for my grandchildren.
I want the damned fools
to leave the forest alone.
I want the trees to grow,
the rivers run free,
and the earth covered with grass.
Let the politicians plan how we may live with dignity,
now and always.
(by A. Samad Said)


Just for sharing sempena Bulan Merdeka. Found the poem in my brother's textbook. A simple poem by A. Samad Said, yet speak a thousands meaning...renung-renungkan lah dan selamat beramal.

27 August, 2010

Bolt



the review :

This film is about a dog that believes his friend is in grave danger. What he does not know is that he is the star of a reality TV show.

Who would have thought Bolt would be so thrilling and entertaining! The opening action sequence is rushed with adrenaline, it excites me even though it is an animation! The plot is intelligent, interesting and fun, the great thing is that it entertains without the need of any toilet or gross out humour. The super-bark and laser eye scenes are so hilarious, in a cute and mesmerising way. In addition, the transition of Bolt from being a super dog to realising he he has no powers is very well presented, that it makes me feel sad for Bolt. The animation is flawless, and all the characters in the animation are super cute. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of Bolt, I think it makes perfect family entertainment. 





Have you watch this movie? I love and enjoy it very much! Maybe it is just a cartoon character but I learn a lot from it. Friendship for example...When a friendship test to the limit, true friend will never leave you behind no matter what. Just like Rhino (the hamster) said "If Bolt's taught me anything, it's that you never abandon a friend at a time of need!"  

Bolt was the main character in this movie but my favorite was the fully~awesome~Rhino. He worshiped Bolt (hahaha), very energetic and not afraid of anything.
  
I am not sure if the DVD still available in the store because the movie was released 2 years ago. But if you want to see it and cannot find the DVD anymore, try You Tube...hehe

26 August, 2010

More Rubbish Please!!!

:: City Hall in a never ending fight against trash at Tanjung Lipat ::

Kota Kinabalu City Hall is fighting a losing battle against tonnes of rubbish that are being swept from Pulau Gaya to Tanjung Lipat in Kota Kinabalu by the southwest monsoon, according to city officials. Since July, 10 City Hall labourers have been trying to clear the trash every day but to no avail.

“We collect 80 gunny sacks of rubbish from the sea at Tanjung Lipat every day,” says Robert Lipon, City Hall’s head of health and urban services department. “We clear the trash in the morning, but it is back again in the afternoon.”

Lipon says the collected trash is sent to the 45-hectare (362-acre) landfill at Kayu Madang in Telipok, about 20km from Kota Kinabalu.

City Hall worries that the dumpsite might not be able to cope with increasing rubbish beyond 2015, according to Lipon.

Environmentalists are concerned over the amount of rubbish that is being dumped into the sea, saying that they fear that plastic trash may leach toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) into the sea which then threatens marine life and people.

BPA is blamed for a host of illnesses from brain damage in infants and very young children, to endocrine disorders, most cancers such as breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, sexual, reproductive and heart diseases. 
(Reporting and picture by Ng Jia Xiang)
Source Insight Sabah


Ni lah masalah kalau tiada kesedaran sivik. Suka hati ja buang sampah merata tempat...Tahun 2020 negara lain sudah jauh membangun, silap-silap kita hidup dalam timbunan sampah! Siapa yang mau dipersalahkan?? Semua tuding jari sama DBKK, siap cakap lagi...nanti DBKK tiada kerja kalau semua buang sampah dalam tong sampah. Tiada tamadun langsung!

24 August, 2010

Street Children


Yesterday, we went to Tanjung Lipat and I couldn’t believe what I saw!
A group of children were ransacking the trash bin, looking for food. I was like OMG, who are these children? Where are their parents? Maybe they were the street kids that once plaguing the state, where the issue has been repeatedly raised but in the end went cold. 


:: Street Kids, picture downloaded from Google ::


I looked closely and realized that they are not locals or they could be Sabahans but it was hard to identify because they are so filthy. I didn’t mean to insult anyone about cleanliness but that what I saw. 


:: Street Kids, picture downloaded from Google ::


Illegal or not, children should be given education and love. But street kids issue is very complicated. The locals want them to be sent home. Like I said, the problem is not that easy to be solved. DNA proof is one thing. After proving that the child was come from Country X, do you think Country X will agree to take the child just like that? NO. Soon they will demand this and that papers. Papers, documentations, papers, documentations…after the long and hard works, in the end the issue is still there. Full stop. Noktah. 

Additional reading... 



 
 


:: Downloaded from Google ::


So, who is to blame?


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It broke my heart thinking about these children. I believe that life as children suppose to be a happy one…playing, laughing and went to school. Not ransacking the trash to survive life. They need guidance and love so they won’t end up becomes criminal.        

Sorry, I cannot capture the children pictures because my fiancĂ© won let me take even one snap. He said, “we are here so you can lessen your stress, not adding it up” (because he knows how I love beach, I guess he doesn’t want me to mess up the moment). OK boss, whatever…      


~ Quite a view, isn't it?? ~



  

23 August, 2010

Smile!



Yaaay, here comes monday!
Its been a while I didn't update my blog. My brain just recover from a serious problem. Haha...just kidding!
So, how's your weekend?? Anything interesting that you want to share?? Mine was a lazy one...sleeping, eating and watching tv.  Actually, my plan was to go to town but I canceled it because my head was still throbbing a little bit at that time...




Orait barait, don't forget to bring your own shopping bag today. Its Monday and most shop doesn't provide plastic bag. If you insist, they will charge you RM0.20 for each plastic bag. Together we support No Plastic On Monday campaign. The benefit is not for the shops but for our environment and for all.    



Everything is okay in the end, if it's not OK, then it's not the end
So SMILE and cheer up...got to work hard today! Ciao!


19 August, 2010

Migraine Attack!








Migraine attack!

Will update later...

17 August, 2010

Yawning

 
Next time you're in a meeting, try this little experiment: Take a big yawn, cover your mouth out of courtesy, and watch and see how many people yawn. There's a good chance that you'll set off a chain reaction of yawns. Before you finish reading this question of the day, it's likely that you will yawn at least once. Don't misunderstand, we aren't intending to bore you, but just reading about yawning will make you yawn, just as seeing or hearing someone else yawn makes us yawn.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What's behind this mysterious epidemic of yawning? First, let's look at what a yawn is. Yawning is an involuntary action that causes us to open our mouths wide and breathe in deeply. We know it's involuntary because we do it even before we are born. Research shows that 11-week-old fetuses yawn. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There are many parts of the body that are in action when you yawn. First, your mouth opens and jaw drops, allowing as much air to be taken in as possible. When you inhale, the air taken in is filling your lungs. Your abdominal muscles flex and your diaphragm is pushed down. The air you breath in expands the lungs to capacity and then some of the air is blown back out. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Contagious, isn't it? hehehe...  



 
 
 
 
Credit to Discovery Health, pictures are downloaded from Google.
 
More about yawn, please go here...
 
 
 

Pitcher Plant



In Malay, we called it Periuk Kera. In Dusun language we called it Kukuanga.

Pitcher plants are carnivorous plants whose prey-trapping mechanism features a deep cavity filled with liquid known as a pitfall trap. It has been widely assumed that the various sorts of pitfall trap evolved from rolled leaves, with selection pressure favouring more deeply cupped leaves over evolutionary time. However, some pitcher plant genera (such as Nepenthes) are placed within clades consisting mostly of flypaper traps: this indicates that this view may be too simplistic, and some pitchers may have evolved from the common ancestors of today's flypaper traps by loss of mucilage.




Whatever their evolutionary origins, foraging, flying or crawling insects such as flies are attracted to the cavity formed by the cupped leaf, often by visual lures such as anthocyanin pigments, and nectar bribes. The sides of the pitcher are slippery and may be grooved in such a way so as to ensure that the insects cannot climb out. The small bodies of liquid contained within the pitcher traps are called phytotelmata. They drown the insect, and the body of it is gradually dissolved. This may occur by bacterial action (the bacteria being washed into the pitcher by rainfall) or by enzymes secreted by the plant itself. Furthermore, some pitcher plants contain mutualistic insect larvae, which feed on trapped prey, and whose excreta the plant absorbs. Whatever the mechanism of digestion, the prey items are converted into a solution of amino acids, peptides, phosphates, ammonium and urea, from which the plant obtains its mineral nutrition (particularly nitrogen and phosphorus). Like all carnivorous plants, they occur in locations where the soil is too poor in minerals and/or too acidic for most plants to be able to grow.

(Source from Wikipedia)







Mum and Dad loves this plant. They planted a lot of it in our garden. The Chinese believed that this plant can bring wealth. There is no proof to confirm it but I guess if the plants can makes you happy, the feeling can help boost your spirit. You know what a happy and enthusiastic person can do, don't you?? lol...     




















Want to know more about this plant? Check out Nepenthes From Borneo. The website has more cool information about this plant.  

15 August, 2010

Crime Scene Investigation


It was raining outside. Although I am grateful because the temperature will be cooler but it was annoying (just a little bit...hehehe). I was suppose to layan my favorite TV show every sunday from 12pm to 3pm and guess what....I am the one who must control my own temper right now. Do you want to know why?? Look at the picture below...I was like OMG! I pay for it and look what I got. Everytime the rains come, my TV will get free text message!





Looks like I will have to wait for the re-play tonight, 9pm to 12am. Meet me at AXN (701) if you are interested. Oh, I am talking about CSI Las Vegas, CSI New York and CSI Miami

14 August, 2010

What's For Weekend?

What a beautiful Saturday's morning...
The sun was smiling brightly, not sure what the climate will looks like in the afternoon because the weather is so unpredictable these days. I have to work today, thank God it is just a half day (yawning)...will go straight to home after this.



My books was just arrived. Maybe I will spend my weekend reading...hehehe
How about you??
~ Noty likes to spend his weekend on his favorite spot ~
~ he said, Back off! Go find your own spot...hahaha ~

13 August, 2010

Sharing Is Caring



Everything in this world can be seen as you wish to 
Good or Bad;
Simple or Complicated;
Easy or Difficult; 
It's not how things are;
its about how you look up to them 
and how you look up to them is all up to you.
If you want something badly, let it go.
If it comes back to you,
then its going to be yours forever.
If it doesn't
then it's never going to be yours...
To love is a Duty...
To be Loved is a Success..
To be with someone you love
is a Achievement...
To be with someone who
loves you is Life ....
Success lies not in the result but in the efforts....
"Being" the Best is not important,
"Doing" the Best is all that matters....



I hope the quote can inspire your day today. My hands was a little bit shaking right now. I don't know why but I got a feeling...  

12 August, 2010

Superwoman

:: credit to google ::




I am a WOMAN

I am STRONG

But I am so tired today...












Do you think its easy to become a woman?? Especially working mom...imagine how they deal with the non-stop busy day in the office (not to mention double-standard, sexual harassment, etc...) 

After office hour, they have to deal with the 'home hour'. Managing the entire household...cooking, washing, attend all the children need and everything in between. The question is, where is the HUSBAND?

:: credit to google ::



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