The following story is from an email sent to me by my eldest brother. Please read it till the end….it gives you food for thought. Are you also making the mistake? Are you missing out the joy of living? Are you so caught in your busyness that you never bother to stop and smell the proverbial roses? Maybe you should stop spending so much time making a living and spend far more time creating a life. A truly joyful and rewarding life comes only through “living in the now”…….happiness is a journey, not a destination. Never put off happiness for the sake of achievement. Never put off living! Today is the day to enjoy the fruits of your efforts. Today is the day to seize the moment and live a life that soars. Just do it!

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Perception

Perception

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My wife, my son Les and I went to the newly-renovated SCR at Soon Hup Tower for dinner yesterday. The restaurant looks nice and more “up-market” now compared to the run-down look before the renovation.

Looks very clean and nice

Looks very clean and nice

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We ordered a portion of the plain steamed chicken and the fried chicken, a spring roll and fried baby kai-lan plus an iced milo, an ice-lemon tea, a hot tea “o” and 4 plates of rice.

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The bill for the dinner was a reasonable RM23 (less than USD7). So if you are looking to grab a quick reasonably-priced meal in a cool, cosy and clean setting, head down to SCR at Soon Hup Tower.

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Zee Avi….her story sounds like a modern day fairy tale. Born in Miri in Sarawak (one of the 13 states that make up Malaysia) on the island of Borneo, she grew up in a liberal, encouraging household with a daddy who is very much into music.

Zee Avi

Zee Avi

At 17, she used to lock herself in her room for hours on end to learn guitar playing. But guitar had to take a back seat for 4 years when she was studying fashion design in London. Upon returning to Malaysia, she picked up the guitar again and began writing songs and performing with a band.

Zee began recording her songs on a webcam and posting them on YouTube. How she came to record her debut album in Los Angeles is a 21st Century tale of the immense potential of the Internet.

The day before her 22nd birthday, she posted on YouTube what she intended to be her last video, a holiday song “No Christmas For Me”. When she had time to check her emails, she had almost 3000 messages including a slew of record label offers. One of the offers came from Ian Montone of Montone Label after he had been shown her YouTube clip. And the rest is history.

Take a look at some of the rave reviews that have been heaped upon Zee’s debut album:

Then.S.Chong, Portland, OR USA5.0 out of 5 starsA lesson on originality and complexity, August 26, 2009

I am blown away by how someone can turn simple music into such pleasure. Zee Avi does not rock, she is a reminder that the joy and therapeutic value of music is from the heart just as Jimi showed that the mastery of the electric guitar is from the soul not by the skills we hold acrobatic chords or scales.

David Hutchins, Charlotte, NC USA5.0 out of 5 starsTerrific singer and songs, July 10, 2009

The title track ‘Bitter Heart’ grabbed my attention (probably heard it hundreds of times by now) but every song on the CD is very good, appealing melodies with catchy rhythms. Zee Avi has a beautiful voice and her style of singing is arresting. Highly recommend the CD. To view live performances of some of these songs search for her on youtube.

R.Willis, Bellingham, WA USA5.0 out of 5 starsGreat dinner music, June 27, 2009

This CD has everything you need for an evening of relaxation. Zee’s voice is so smooth and beautiful and the songs are catchy. You will be singing them later in your head. I am a massage therapist, and have even played this CD during a massage. She has the Amy Winehouse feel…. only better.

The Sideman, Boston. MA USA5.0 out of 5 starsFantastic!!!, May 30, 2009

As a huge fan of the whole Brushfire label I generally like most of the artists that they put out. In this case I can easily say that I LOVE Zee Avi!! Fantastic voice, simple but wonderful lyrics and just the right amount of accompaniment (a lot of singer songwriters tend to over produce) this album hits all the right spots for me. I am thoroughly enjoying this while I wait and hope she comes on tour near me.

Juan Pablo Rodriguez, Miami, FL USA5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Discovery, May 19, 2009

I discovered this wonderfully talented singer today while checking some of the featured videos for some people I follow on YouTube when I discovered a video of some live performances by Zee. I was instantly blown away by her great voice, fun lyrics, and generally mellow mood of her music. It’s not often that you see somebody like this with natural talent and is not produced from some manufactured formula. If your a fan of anybody along the lines of Norah Jones, you’ll definitely enjoy Zee.

All the above reviews were by Americans. It is so rare for an Asian singer (and a Malaysian!) to receive such glowing reviews from the Americans. Zee Avi has definitely struck a chord with them.

Whoever is reading this, please just sit back, relax and enjoy this YouTube video in which Zee performs 4 of her songs. And if you enjoy the songs, go grab her CD but if you are from Miri, you may have to wait for a while as the local stores have sold out her CD. I know because I have been trying without success to buy her CD for almost a fortnight already.The Speedy Stores inform me that they may receive fresh stock this week……I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

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October 26…………………it’s my wife’s birthday! Happy birthday my dearest!

Happy Birthday My Dearest

Happy Birthday My Dearest

Id like to take a moment to wish my wife the happiest of birthdays.

She is the world to me my best friend, my confidant, the mother of my children, my life partner.

That she has stuck it out with me for more than 27 years makes it easy for me to say that there is no man more fortunate than I to have such a wonderful woman as a traveling companion on this lifes journey.

There is so much life left to live, and there is no one else in the world Id rather live it with.

I can hardly wait.

Happy Birthday, love.

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Today is the birthday of my son Leslie. He was born at about 11.45 pm on October 25 1987. Had he been born say 16 minutes later, he would have shared the same birthday as my wife.

It was a real pleasure watching him grow into the fine young man that he is now. He finished his Bachelor of Commerce in June this year and after enjoying a couple of months’ rest, he started working in an audit & tax consultancy firm on the first of this month.

Happy Birthday Son!

Happy Birthday Son!

To our delightful son
That we love and adore

We would like to just
Say a few words
To celebrate this special day

Twenty two years have gone by
Since you were born

With each passing year
We have watched
You play and grow

From a tiny little boy
Into a great young man

Now at the age of twenty two
You have grown so much wiser
And even more smarter

Though you have grown so tall
You have not outgrown your trademark smiles

We hope this special day
Brings you great blessings
Peace and joy

You make us proud
For the accomplishments
You have achieved
Over these past years

That is why we can say
We love you
With all our heart
Happy Birthday Son

From: Mum & Dad

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As usual, I logged in to my eBay account a short while ago after brushing my teeth. It has become sort of a ritual for me every morning. But this morning I got a very pleasant surprise. eBay has granted me the status of Top-Rated Seller and the top-rated seller icon is now displayed next to my eBay user ID e-cybiz.

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eBay awards this recognition only to a seller who consistently receives highest buyers’ ratings and has earned a track record of excellent service and very prompt shipping. And it is based on feedbacks from customers.

Thank you eBay for your granting me this recognition. To all my eBay buyers, I wish to thank you all for your feedbacks and your support. This makes it all so worthwhile!

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Today is the birthday of my son Clarence. Happy birthday son! It is good to have you home on your birthday. Shoot for the stars and may all your dreams come true. It has been such a pleasure watching you growing up.

Happy Birthday Son!

Happy Birthday Son!

You have always been so special

in all the things you have done.

We are so proud of you simply

because you are our son.

From the moment of your birth

You’ve been the treasure of our hearts.

It is always so easy to feel nostalgic about the little boy you used to be.

And it is even easier to feel proud of what you have become.

You’re a son to be proud of.

You outgrew our laps, but never our hearts.

God bless you my dearest

On your special day.

And we give you our hearts of love on your birthday.

With lots of love,

Mum & Dad

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Just got back home from Esther’s birthday. As expected, Esther was really disappointed when she saw the “Princess” DVD….she looked so glum. But when I gave her the real present, her mood immediately changed.

Birthday gal Esther

Birthday gal Esther

The Icecream Birthday Cake

The Icecream Birthday Cake

Blowing out the candles

Blowing out the candles

Esther With Some of Her Friends

Esther With Some of Her Friends

Once again, happy birthday Esther!

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October is the month of every year in which a lot of my family members, friends and relatives have their birthdays. Just take a look:

My son Clarence ……………….. October 22

My son Leslie ……………………. October 25

My wife Jennie ………………….. October 26

Amanda Yew …………………….. October 14

Wen Hong (Amanda’s bro)……. October 17

Esther Ngieng ……………………. October 17

Nephew Kelvin Lim …………….. October 21

Sis-in-law Ah Ming ……………… October 25

To all the birthday guys and gals & women, I wish you all a very happy birthday and many happy returns of the day (I wonder if people still convey this birthday wish nowadays).

Today is the birthday of Wen Hong and 10-year old Esther Ngieng. We have been invited to Esther’s birthday party tonight. And we will be celebrating Wen Hong’s birthday tomorrow night.

I asked Esther what she wants for her birthday present and she coyly says she wants Princess. I know she wants a Disney Princess doll and I have bought one for her but I have also bought a DVD movie with the title “Princess”. I gonna give Esther the DVD movie first and see what is her reaction. She might freak out, haha!

The Princess

The Princess

The Birthday Card With the "Princess" DVD Inside

The Birthday Card With the "Princess" DVD Inside

And this is the actual Disney Princess doll set all wrapped up in present paper…..it is a Snow White doll and I know Esther gonna love it.

Snow White Princess Doll All Wrapped Up (bought at Toy "R" Us Miri)

Snow White Princess Doll All Wrapped Up (bought at Toy "R" Us Miri)

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Hi Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes, when did you get into the bus transport biz?

AirAsia now in bus tranport biz?

AirAsia now in bus tranport biz?

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