La Sallian lessons for life

Folks, just read this earlier today and felt that it's a nice story to share since we all come from a La Sallian background. Click the link for the jump to the story in The Star.

Age Quod Agis.

"When I was in Form Five, come Fridays, Bro Philip would instruct all the Muslim boys to line up, then head for a mosque nearby to pray. I did not comply with the directive because I was taking an important Science subject for my final exam and the lesson clashed with prayer time. The brother director insisted on seeing me in his office and requested that I get my parents’ consent to my skipping prayers. It was the first time the school had done something like that.

My father was elated by Bro Philip’s mindfulness and gladly gave his consent. He reasoned that the Almighty is all-knowing and that I would be forgiven because skipping prayers was not a deliberate act on my part. This was an eye-opener for those Muslim parents who were rather apprehensive about schools run by the Christian brothers. "

5 Ways to ruin your career

1. Be oblivious to expectations. Most operations don’t want a yes man. But, if you don’t understand the organization in which you work, you’re writing your ticket out the door.

2. Make it all about the money. Be a clock watcher and you’ll be sure to destroy any chance of advancement.

3. Pass the scuttle butt. Engage in endless chitchat and gossip. The boss will definitely notice all your time off task.

4. Blow off deadlines. You are part of a larger operation. When you drop the ball the whole team loses yardage.

5. Vacation on the job. Privacy at work is a myth. Engage in long personal calls. Spend lots of time in chat rooms. Work on your blog at the office. Any of these should get you on the short-timers list and quick.


Obviously there are more than these 5 ways to ruin your career but those may involve the police.Example, surfing porn while  wanking off in front of all your colleagues  when  you should be handing in that report that's overdue.

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The 25 Funniest Analogies (Collected by High School English Teachers)

My Favourite has to be number 12 & 23,click header for the complete list.

12. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.

23. The ballerina rose gracefully en Pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.


Does having kids actually make people less happy? | Ask MetaFilter

Spotted this on AskMetafilter and I loved the way some parents answered, just with a "NO".Classic.
I would have to say that I am least happy when my son is not well or when I can't see him for a prolonged time.The job comes with the highs and lows and there's a certain amount of calculated risk.I do not wish to sound like a "overzealous parent" type..if there's such a word but son is the best thing that has happened to me ,..after his Mama of course.
Click title for the jump and for me that certain prolonged separation(1 mth) from my family happens this coming Monday.Nihon bound!

The crutch that crippled

Over here, on most occasions we do not fuss about politics...well at least online.Though, when you find a piece of writing that's genuinely sensible and seem to "shout out" what we would be talking about when we are actually sitting in Madras Cafe, Melaka.........I gots to share it man.Click title link for the jump to read in detail.A must read!

The Crutch that Crippled
The NEP in its present form, in an ambience of intensifying racial and
religious extremism, is a sure recipe for disaster. The minority races may
be too weak to force changes, but global market forces will mete out
punishment to such an anachronistic society sooner or later.

When the economic noose tightens, Malaysian Malays may be the biggest
losers - for they have been least equipped to fend for themselves.

Giveaway of the Day

I did not believe it when I stumbled upon it few days back but truly they have been giving away something free almost everyday without fail.Too good to be true?Check it out yourself,click here for the jump.

Farting In Bed

This is a story about a couple who had been happily married for years.
The only friction in their marriage was the husband's habit of
farting loudly every morning when he awoke.
The noise would wake his wife and the smell would make her eyes
water and make her gasp for air.
Every morning she would plead with him to stop ripping them off because
it was making her sick. He told her he couldn't stop it and that it was
perfectly natural. She told him to see a doctor; she was concerned that
one day he would blow his guts out.
The years went by and he continued to blast them out!
Then one Thanksgiving morning as she was preparing the turkey for
dinner and he was upstairs sound asleep, she looked at the bowl where
she had put the turkey innards and neck, gizzard, and liver and all the
spare parts and a malicious thought came to her.
She took the bowl and went upstairs where her husband was sound
asleep and, gently pulling back the bed covers, she pulled back the
elastic waistband of his underpants and emptied the bowl of turkey guts
into his shorts.
Some time later she heard her husband waken with his usual trumpeting
which was followed by a blood curdling scream and the sound of frantic
footsteps as he ran into the bathroom.
The wife could hardly control herself as she rolled on the floor
laughing, tears in her eyes!
After years of torture she reckoned she had got him back pretty
About twenty minutes later, her husband came downstairs in his
bloodstained underpants with a look of horror on his face. She bit her
lip as she asked him what was the matter.
He said, "Honey, you were right." "All these years you have warned
me and I didn't listen to you."
"What do you mean?" asked his wife?
Well, you always told me that one day I would end up farting my guts
out, and today it finally happened.
"But by the grace of God, some Vaseline, and two fingers, I think I got most of them back in."

via e-mail,thanks Rodney

Why do asian girls like white guys?

Guess this must have been making it rounds on the net but only saw it today.Check out the ending.

15 Ways to Boost Your Energy

  1. Leave your curtains open

  2. Wake up naturally (I wish...)

  3. Take cold showers

  4. Suck a mint

  5. Breathe deeply

  6. Rub your wrists and neck

  7. Pick up the daily paper
  8. Put a plant on your desk

  9. Guzzle water

  10. Have sex (for those single people, I know why you look tired all day)

  11. Sing aloud

  12. Have a boiled egg for breakfast

  13. Don’t forget your morning cuppa (Aik Cheong or Nescafe will do forget Starbucks)

  14. Don’t rely on energy drinks (teh-tarik tongkat Ali incl)

  15. Clean your window

Click here for the jump to read in detail and for me, having the right amount of sleep, not too much always, always help.Add that in.

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Publish to your blog from your e-mail

BlogMailr allows you to publish to your blog from your e-mail.For example, this post is from my Gmail and thought I'd take the time to thank The Scullies & their adorable kids for their generosity and hospitality.I spent a few days with them while I was in KL on work and enjoyed myself very much.Let's say, catching up with TP & Jake and musing over all the crazy things we did while in school was the highlight of my trip.
The lowlight if there's such a word has to be , someone telling me that next year will be a bad year for those born on the year of the Rat.I am not superstitious but some people surely know how to make you feel lousy.Looks like he maybe right after all as I am scheduled to be in cold Japan for 2 months early next year or end of this year.
I know some people are relishing the thought of going to Japan but for me,even the best place in the world would suck if it means I can't see my wife and son for more than 2 weeks.So, I am dreading the thought of that 2 months already.

Essential Macbook Freeware

A majority of us are PC users but over here at teh-tarik@MadrasCafe we acknowledge that there are those who visit this stall via a Mac, like Ell.I know one couple who took a bite into the "Apple" recently.In view of this little fact, I thought I should post something related to their new toy.Click link below for the jump all ye Macbook users and for the rest of us, suck your thumb.

Extremely Useful Macbook Freeware

Free Internet TV

Folks, hope everything is going well for you and your family. Been meaning to write about our little trip to beautiful Kuching last month but didn't get round to it. Anyhow, I've been toying around with this Free Internet TV, yes you read it right! Free. It has ESPN channels, Comedy Central (Arul, might be interested), CNBC, Fox, AXN etc. Some folks from China are broadcasting this over the internet for some reason. Watch a couple of World Pool Championship games over here due to our great Astro going bonkers when it rains here and found it to be acceptable.

Note that you need a hi-speed internet connection for this to work alright. If not, it will lag a little. If you have a good internet connection, you might not even have to get cable. Click here for the jump.

Just download the player, get connected to the internet, execute and select the channel that you like (Look at the screen shot). Chances are you can't get this to function at your workplace due to the firewall but when at home, it should work out quite alright. I find our 1MB broadband line here a little slow for this and worse if you are using wi-fi lan.

It's a very simple software and most importantly, it works.

Arul, the virtual father advice and news are very interesting, I must say. You can get almost anything out of the internet these days. Nobody would believe that we could self train to be parents 10 years ago over the internet. That's the power of technology, wouldn't you agree?

Our Family Trip to Bali

We stayed in Ramada Resort Benoa and I would highly recommend it as the Balinese styled Villa's are really,really nice.It's located in Nusa Dua where it's a little more quieter than Kuta.
Our tour guide Elvy's ( was always prompt and was extremely knowledgeable & helpful.Do not expect him to chauffeur you around on a spanking new Honda Airwave as his fleet of vans are very ordinary but functional.
Bali roads is not for the faint hearted and yet the amazing thing is, amidst all that honking, no one actually gives each other the nasty"amacam bawak lu"stare, or even the "finger".In short you will not see the kind of scenes in that "ketepi-ketepi" road awareness advert on tv.Those who get what I am talking about would testify to the "awesome" acting in that advert.
I simply loved the Gamelan music , detailed wood and stone carvings but was deeply disappointed by the Balinese food which in my opinion is a little bland.
The people of Bali are generally very friendly people and rely a lot on tourism since natural resources are scarce.Many of them are pretty pissed about the bombings that have disrupted both their peaceful lives and livelihood.

More pics on the Flickr set

Blogs on Parenting esp Fathers

Apart from asking for advice from my friends like TP who are a little bit more experienced than me when it come to raising kids,reading books and like almost everyone else checking out these are 2 blogs that I read from time to time.I like ParentHacks for 2 reasons...their creative logo and their info on new gadgets for parents.
Second would be The Blogfather, guessed it, the whole theme and some pretty witty yet insightful stuffs there.By now, as you should know, I am a sucker for logos and branding is everything.
A word of caution, like everything else on the net, sieve and choose what you think is useful and discard the rest. Anyway, you already know that.

Gmail Happiness

How did I miss this wonderful extension to my beloved Firefox 2.0 browser when accessing my Gmail account? I am having more fun with Stylish than Greasemonkey.Click links y'all.

Stylish + Gmail userstyles = Gmail Happiness

Anyway, hope to post pics and details of our family holiday in Bali later on and received some news that Jake and Jesse conducted a wonderful PAG in JB over the weekend.Great job you two.