Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Too busy sitting down!

My last post was on Thursday.  I think this is the longest lapse between posts.  If I may recall saying that if you did not see a new post within 7 days, something may have happened to this old man.  So I better scribble a few words to let you know that I am still breathing.  I wonder whether anyone cares??

Lately I have been very busy strategising on my "internet  marketing."  Only recently I managed to grasp some solid tips on how to go about attracting traffic to my articles.  There are alot of hardwork involved to set up a strong network of website links in order to enable Google to "crawl" and identify my articles.  You see, we depend on heavy traffic to visit our sites/articles.  No reader, no result.  Simple as that.  So the most important basework is to create a strong network of website links to my articles.  Well, if you don't understand what I am talking, it's ok.  After all I am just as confused!!

To cut matter short, I have been very very busy sitting on a chair staring at the monitor screen, clicking away, sometimes past 3 in the morning.  This is the reason for the long silence in this blog.  

You will be seeing a slight change in the contents on the right side bar in time to come. 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Stop this senseless killing : Canned Hunting.

(Please Click HERE to act)

[This mail was sent to me by HSI.  Please do your litle part to save the animals.  Remember, a little will add up to much.]

Dear Concerned Readers,

People visit South Africa to experience the rich diversity of wildlife there. Unfortunately, not all tourists come with the intention of taking photographs. Some come to kill wild animals so that they may take them home as prizes. They are trophy hunters.

In South Africa, thousands of lions are bred, reared and held in captivity for the purpose of canned hunting. On canned hunts, shooters are led to feeding and watering stations where the semi-tame and fenced-in prey make easy targets. Please help ensure this practice is not promoted by South Africa's tourism ministry.

Fortunately, South Africa's new Minister of Tourism has been outspoken in the past against canned lion hunting, declaring it a "rogue" and "reprehensible" practice. When he worked for the Ministry of the Environment, he introduced new regulations to ban canned lion hunts, but these regulations have yet to be implemented. The canned lion hunting industry appealed, bringing things to a standstill. The case will hopefully be considered by the end of this year, but until then, canned lion hunting in South Africa continues.

We need your help to urge the Minister of Tourism in South Africa to keep speaking out against canned hunting. He recently released a new tourism strategy for the country which touts the idea of responsible tourism. This was a perfect opportunity to promote "humane tourism"; yet abolishing canned hunting was not mentioned.

As a South African who has followed a family tradition and dedicated my life to saving animals, it saddens me to see my country permitting this kind of needless cruelty. Please join us in asking South Africa's Department of Tourism to include "humane tourism" as part of their new responsible tourism strategy. Wildlife tourism brings in significant amounts of revenue for the country and to ignore this in their overall strategy will ultimately affect their tourism goals and drive people away from South Africa. Submit your comments on their tourism plan by July 30th.

(Please click HERE to act)


Andrew Rowan

President & CEO

Humane Society International

Monday, July 19, 2010

I am a peeping Tom!

To all my dear readers:

This article is a "test" post.  This post appeared in Hupages.  If you click on the link below it will take you to the site page.  I am still learning to use the tools in Hubpages.  One of them is an icon called "share" and if I click on it, I am supposed to be able to share that article to the listed sites.  So I clicked the "blog" icon and here it is!! 

In the internet, you never stop learning.  There is so much to learn that you wish you have 48 hours a day!  To add to the mysteries of the learning process, you never know what you are actually doing; just like this instance.  Only when you start clicking, you will learn by trial and error.  Unless you have an internet Guru sitting beside you, you will be like me, a lost sheep!

Ok.  Hope you click the link below and enjoy reading my article.

"I am a peeping Tom!"


(An update : Hey, I just found out that I have actually posted this article in this blog on 5 March 2010!)
(CLICKHERE to see) 

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Now, this is pragmatism.

(Modern Beijing)

AFP) – Authorities in Beijing plan to make most residents -- from hairdressers to policemen -- learn English under a drive to convert the Chinese capital into a "world city," state media said Monday.

The government programme -- first launched in 2002 in preparation for the Beijing Olympics and recently renewed -- calls for all kindergartens in the city to introduce English courses within five years, the Global Times said.
A minimum of 60 percent of shop assistants, receptionists and hairdressers under 40 will also be required to pass English tests by 2015, as will 80 percent of police officers, the report said.

Every civil servant under the age of 40 with a bachelor's degree will also be required to master a minimum of 1,000 English sentences.
The programme aims to bring "greater convenience to foreigners working or studying in the capital and enhance international relations and cooperation," the report said.

It also comes amid a campaign to transform Beijing from a "city well-known for its culture" into a modern "world city," it added.


Now this is what I call pragmatism.  Can Bolehland do that?  No, instead it's going backwards.  From fluent English-speaking urbanites back to "Apa nama?"  Just walk into KFC or Mac and try to place your order  in English. What about Government Departments?  Semua habis lah! 

"Me no talking the England!"

Friday, July 9, 2010

PM has to rent a house!

Just received an email titled:
PM's residence: 3 days' rental could buy 1 low-cost house

An opposition lawmaker has questioned the need for the government to pay a whopping RM6 million a year for the rental and maintenance of the prime minister's official residence in Putrajaya.

(Liew Chin Tong)

"It's definitely a waste of taxpayers' money. It means we are paying more than RM16,000 a day," Liew Chin Tong of DAP told Malaysiakini.

"We can buy a low-cost house for needy people with three days' worth of rental for the residence," he said.

He noted that the government is also paying a huge sum for the deputy premier's official residence.

In a written parliamentary reply to Liew, Abdullah had revealed that the government forks out RM6 million a year for rental and maintenance works for his official residence, Seri Perdana.

According to the reply, RM4,149,000 is paid as rental to Putrajaya Holdings - the master developer of the federal administrative capital - while the remaining RM1,896,616 is for maintenance works.

The government also pays RM3.4 million (RM2,273,888 for rental and RM1,129,992 for maintenance) for Seri Satria, the deputy premier's official residence.

In total, this works out to about RM26,000 per day for both residences.

Liew, the Bukit Bendera MP said the prime minister and deputy prime minister do not need such "luxurious" residences at the expense of taxpayers, and that the sum can be channelled for better use.

"Look at No 10 Downing Street (the British prime minister's residence), it is just a humble building. Even the White House proper (US president's residence and office) is smaller than Seri Perdana, which is just a residence," he said.

The government is bound by an agreement with Putrajaya Holdings to pay the sum for 25 years, from the time the first occupant of Seri Perdana - then premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad (left) - moved into the complex in 1999.

'More being paid in rent'

Mahathir had said the Putrajaya project had been funded entirely by the private sector and that government money was not involved. He was fending off criticism over the development of the mega-project.

However Liew pointed out: "We are now paying close to RM1 billion to Putrajaya Holdings annually to rent all the government offices in Putrajaya, and the amount is increasing year by year since the government is occupying more offices."

According to Putrajaya Holdings' official website, its shareholders include Petronas via KLCC (Holdings) Sdn Bhd (64.41 percent); CIMB Group Nominees (Tempatan) Sdn Bhd (for and on behalf of Kumpulan Wang Amanah Negara, 20 percent); and Khazanah Nasional Bhd (15.59 percent).


Do you smell a rotten rat???

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I will settle for the half truth

(Raja Petra)

The Malaysian Insider reports:
"Articles written by fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin are only half truths with the rest made up by him, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said."

That is better than all the lies the others are spewing out.

I shall settle for Petra's "Half lies" or more correctly  "Half truths."

Half is better than none at all.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

How to reduce cholesterol level.

(Thick Black Fungus)

Do you have high cholesterol level?  Or maybe your friends or relatives have.  You may like to try this remedy, or introduce it to your friends and relatives.

It is by using natural Chinese ingredients: Thick black fungus, red dates and ginger.  That's all, very simple.

Please go to my Hubpages site for the method of preparation by CLICKING HERE

Hope you benefit from it.


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