Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Internet, The Mankind Second Life


The Internet has become one of the necessities to the mankind. Some even live in the Internet.

If you are observance, you will notice that many young adult now a day are playing on-line game. These games are built to be comprehensive enough to enable players to communicate with each other, trade (sometime to get to spend real money to make a purchase for virtual items) besides completing the never ending missions.

Many people spent hours per day playing on-line game, or shall I named it as role playing on-line game. In the other word, they live the second life on-line.

The newspaper even has reported several cases that players suicide because of facing difficulties in the role playing on-line game. It is unbelievable that one opted to do such a stupid thing just because of the game, but it has happened and many more will come.

If we managed it properly, on-line game shall be something interesting. For example, you are able to meet up with friends on-line; team up for a mission. One, who is shy, can start making friends on-line before meeting up. Some even make a living on-line, for example “The Second Life” is a game that simulated the real life and enable player to make money in the game.

Live your life to fullest, the real life and the second the life.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Work Life Balance, Your Choice!


Since I am so pissed off with the working life and traffic system in KL, I have decided to manage my time wisely.

For instant, after meeting with customer which is around 4:30pm, I was in the midst of deciding whether I shall return to office or to leave the business area before the traffic got jammed up. (Traffic started to be busy around 5:00pm, and will be at standstill at around 5:30pm to 6:45pm).

The journey back to the office is approximately 15 minutes, and to be productive, I need at least an hour to really complete some tasks. Where by the time I am ready to go it would probably hit 5:45pm, the time the traffic should have already got standstill, then I will have to waste 2 hours plus to got back home.

Thus, the decision was I will not go back to office; I rather drive to a place near the railway station (LRT station) which is located just few minutes drive away from my daughter’s nanny house.

It took 15 minutes to reach a coffee shop with wireless Internet connection which is located next to the railway station; I ordered a cup of Hainan coffee and toast bread before I start working.

Even though the coffee and bread were really no good, but the wireless broadband is great! I spent 90 minutes at the coffee shop before adjourned to pick up my wife and daughter. The decision to work at the coffee shop rather than returning to office has enabled me to work 30 minutes more for today, and reached my home earlier by an hour as compared to normal day. Other benefits would be savings in petrol and less stressed up due to smooth traffic.

And the energy that I gained from avoiding the jam has enabled me to spend more time with my family at night and more energetic and ready for tomorrow tasks.

I believe this is why European countries that strived very much on work life balance is always ahead of Asia countries.

“It is the quality work that counts, not the quantity of hours spent to work!”

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Pissed Off With KL Life


I am tired.

I was stuck in a traffic jam yesterday due to the road flood caused by a day light heavy rain. I was on my way traveling to KL downtown to pick up my wife.

The traffic is not moving, and I have to keep waiting in my car. It was already 6:30pm. I wonder what time will I am able to reach my house…… I’m really pissed off with the city life.

I wake up at 5:45am on normal working day. After have some biscuits, a cup of 3in1 coffee and a quick shower, my daughter, my wife and myself leave our house at 6:45am.

The first destination would be Old Klang Road, where my daughter’s nanny stays. My wife and me then continue our next destination, which is downtown KL, the place where my wife work.

At last, I will be traveling from KL downtown to Damansara uptown to work and time of arrival would be at around 8:00am to 8:15am.

It is still not too bad in the morning, but the after work traffic is really ridiculous. The journey from leaving from Damansara Uptown to KL downtown and then Old Klang Road will takes more than 90 minutes if I leave my office at around 5:30pm.

The time I manage to pick up my daughter has already reach 7:00pm, you can imagine what time will I be able to get back home.

Life is precious, and the KL folks are burning our petrol and life in the traffic jam. Do we have many options? To be positive, I shall consider changing to a better car since I spent 3-4 hours a day in the car. Or alternately, shall one of us quit the day time job and work from home?

Monday, March 24, 2008

Earning Money Blogs


Make money via blogging has become a hot topic nowadays.

According to a local newspaper, there are a few successful bloggers who earn some handsome income from their blog.

Liew Cheon Fong, 27 is earning a few thousands Malaysian Ringgit per month from his blog (http://www.liewcf.com/). He has quitted his day time job and become a full time blogger in year 2005. The main stream of his on-line income is from Google Adsense.

Gobala Krishnan (http://www.gobalakrishnan.com/), 27 is believed to earn more than Liew CF even though he is yet to be a full time blogger. His total on-line income including blogging is at the range of MYR 20,000 to MYR 30, 000 per month.

AsianTom.com is another blog that earns MYR 32, 000 per month, the earning is similar to a multi national corporate managing director income.

Vince Tan (http://www.vincetan.com/) is also earning MYR 25,000 per month from Google Adsense with the Black Hat strategy.

The earning of these bloggers is very impressive, and the bonus to them is all the money earns from oversea is exempted from tax.

This is a good stream of income, what do you think?

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Google Adsense Income Is Exempted From Tax in Malaysia

According to LHDN Malaysia website, a Resident individual is assessable on income derived from sources in Malaysia and income received in Malaysia from outside Malaysia. W.e.f. Y/A 2004 income remitted into Malaysia from overseas by a resident individual, a trust body, a cooperative and a Hindu Joint Family be exempted from income tax.

Meaning that the income from Google Adsense is exempted from tax. Thus, bloggers in Malaysia is earning 100% from the payout amount.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

HSBC Bank Malaysia- Reasonable Processing Charges for US Pay Cheque Deposit


HSBC Bank Malaysia- Reasonable Processing Charges for US Pay Cheque Deposit

At last, my first Google Adsense pay cheque has been successfully transacted to my saving account.

As you can notice from the picture, it charges MYR 11.65 for the Adsense pay cheque amount at USD 101.46. The processing charges are very reasonable.

Details as below:
Commission: 0.1% of the amount

Minimum charge: RM 10

Maximum charge: RM 100

Stamp duty: RM 0.15 per cheque

Miscellaneous Charges (below 10k): RM1.15

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

USD 1.99 Earning Per Click


Normally I will log on to my Google Adsense account once or twice a day to see the daily earnings, page impressions and clicks.

The average earning per click would be at around 5 cents to 50 cents, sometimes I got USD 1.00 per click, where I actually though this shall be the maximum earning per click in the Google Adsense program.

To my surprise, I have made an earning of USD1.99 per click yesterday. This is the record earning for me so far. I guess it must be contributed from one of my blog where it generates high earning per click since it was indexed by Google, Yahoo and MSN search engine.

Try Seeing From Another's Point

The train has started moving. It is packed with people of all ages, mostly with the working men and women and young college guys and gals. Near the window, seated an old man with his 30 year old son.
As the train moves by, the son is overwhelmed with joy as he was thrilled with the scenery outside.

" See dad, the scenery of green trees moving away is very beautiful".

This behavior from a thirty year old son made the other people feel strange about him. Every one started murmuring something or other about this son.” This guy seems to be a krack.." newly married Anup whispered to his wife.

Suddenly it started raining... Rain drops fell on the travelers through the opened window. The thirty year old son , filled with joy " See dad, how beautiful the rain is ."

A woman got irritated with the rain drops spoiling her new suit. "Can't you see its raining, you old man, get him- your son............... to a mental sylum..and don’t disturb the public henceforth".

The old man hesitated first and then in a low tone replied " We are on the way back from hospital, my son got discharged today morning , he was a blind by birth,last week only he got his vision, these rain and nature are new to his eyes... Please forgive us for the inconvenience caused.”

The things we see may be right from our perspective until we know the truth. But when we know the truth our reaction to that will hurt even us. So try to understand the problem better before taking a harsh action.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Personal Data Security


If you are asked for your name, IC and other details online, pause and think twice. You might be handling over your identity to a thief.

Banks, eBay and other companies will never send you an email to ask you to confirm passwords or account details.

Below are useful websites about personal ID security

Protection against ID misrepresentation
http://identityweb.umich.edu/
A huge but simple guide from the University of Michigan that explains how you can recognize ID theft scams online.

ScamBusters
http://www.scambusters.com/
Details how popular scams work so you can avoid common pitfalls. If you are wondering how the Nigerian official who wants you to help steal millions from a forgotten bank account got your email address, check out this site.

Malaysian Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCERT)
http://www.mycert.org.my/
If you want to report suspicious, malicious or criminal activities online, or are curious to know about current online scams and problems plaguing users in Malaysia, visit this site for news and tips on incidence reporting.


A very classic example was Edison Chen’s sex scandal. Edison Chen and related female celebrities in the pornographic sex scandal are the victims of the online ID theft as the pornographic photos which are belongs to Edison Chen’s personal collection have been accessed and stolen by hacker and distributed globally.

It is no longer safe to store personal data in the online PC.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Algebra Practise- See how smart you are


A man wanted to get into his work building, but he had forgotten his code. However, he did remember five clues. These are what those clues were:


The fifth number plus the third number equals fourteen.

The fourth number is one more than the second number.

The first number is one less than twice the second number.

The second number plus the third number equals ten.

The sum of all five numbers is 30.What were the five numbers and in what order?


The answer will be published on 29th March 2008.
To view the answer, click below:

緣份的故事


你相信緣份嗎 ? 相信緣份是早就註定好的嗎 ?
在釋迦牟尼佛和十大弟子的故事中有提到............
有一天他對著所有弟子在講經說法, 忽然他叫起了" 阿難" 說. .
" 你拿一個桶子, 到前方五里路遠的一個小村莊, 向一個在井邊洗衣服的老婦人 ,
要一桶水回來 . 記得態度要客氣和善一點 ............... "阿難點點頭, 拿著空桶子 , 往世尊指示的方向去要水
他想說, 這麼容易的事,一定輕易就能辦妥世尊所交待的任務
走阿, 走到了那村莊 , 真有位白髮蒼蒼的老婦在井邊洗衣服.
阿難, 很有禮貌的向這位老婦恭敬的作揖 , 說:
" 老人家阿老人家, 可以跟你要一桶水嗎 ? " 那老婦一抬起頭望向這年輕人 ,
不由怒從心生...... 很生氣的說:
" 不行 ! 這口井只能給這村子裡的人使用 , 任何外人 , 是不被允許的 ! "
接著就把阿難給趕走了 ,
任由阿難苦苦哀求也不為所動 !阿難無奈 ! 只有帶著空桶回去. . .. . . . .
他將他所遭遇的種種情形 ,娓娓的向世尊和在場的弟子道來.......世尊點點頭 , 示意阿難坐下, 接著祂叫 " 舍利弗 " 去舍利弗一樣走阿, 走到了那村莊 一樣見到那個白髮蒼蒼的老婦還在井邊洗衣服.
舍利弗一樣很有禮貌的向這位老婦人 , 說: " 老人家阿老人家, 可以跟你要一桶水嗎 ? "
那老婦一抬起頭望向這年輕人 ,
不由得心花怒放...... 彷彿見了一個很投緣的親人 很高興的說:
" 行 ! 行 ! 來來, 我來幫你打水. . .. . . " 打好一桶水給舍利弗後, 又叫他等一下
老婦人匆忙的回家拿一些齋食叫舍利弗帶著路上吃 他帶了整桶水回去 將他所遇到的種種情形 ,
也娓娓的向世尊和在場的弟子道來........世尊點點頭一樣示意 舍利弗坐下..... 阿難和在場弟子就很納悶 ,
疑惑, 問世尊是何種因緣 ?
造成阿難和舍利弗這兩人有這麼大的差別世尊開示說道...... : 在遠劫前的一世 ,
這位老婦淪為畜牲道是隻老鼠, 牠死在路邊被烈日豔陽暴曬著. . ..
阿難那時候是個趕貨經商的賈人 見到這隻死老鼠 , 心中起了嫌惡之心 , 掩鼻而過. .
舍利弗那時是個正要赴京趕考的讀書人 見到這隻死老鼠 ,
心中起了憐憫之心 , 順手捧把泥土將牠掩蓋.經久遠劫以後 ! 現在他們見了面 產生這樣不同的差別待遇 .. 眾人可以想像 . . .. . . .
小小的起心動念 , 就有如此大的善惡果報, 何況是直接加諸痛苦在人身上呢 !!緣份真的很奧妙 ! !有時候走在路上 ,看到一個完全不認識的人 莫名其妙就覺的很討厭,
有時候又跟個完全不認識的人或不是很認識的人產生莫名的好感 ,
就像我對你的感覺一樣 . 不知道你是不是也有同感. . .. . . . . . . .

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Ubah gaya hidup! (Change your lifestyle!)

video

8th of March 2008 will be an election day to Malaysian. The ruling party, namely Barisan Nasional (BN) is flushing the Malaysian from all angle with all the posters, movies, billboards and even advertised online via Yahoo advertisement.

Maybe BN know that the people of Malaysia is very unhappy with the tremendous increase of the living cost. The movie is also an election campaign movie that express the real situation and feelings of Malaysian towards the extra ordinary inflation and criticize the comment made by BN representative against the voice of people.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

A lesson from Edison Chen's sex scandal


Edison Chen's sex scandal that involve pornographic of a number of Hong Kong celebrities such as Cecelia Cheung, Candice Chan Si Wai, Bobo Chan, Gillian Chung and etc is the hottest topic in the global Chinese communities.

Besides looking at the sex scandal as breaking news, it would be wise if we could take it as a lesson for all especially to the female teenagers and young adults.


Below are some advise:

1. Do not take drug or get drunk especially you are dating/outing with boys/men. You would not know what will happened. And it would be too late to know it if something bad happened.


2. Do not offer your body when your boyfriend demand for sex especially the relationship has not proven to last.


3. Do not allow any picture or video snapping while you are undressed/naked. You never know where will be the soft copy ended to. Take Edison Chen's incident as reference.


Take Edison Chen's sex scandal as the real example for education. It is sinful if we look at it as purely entertaining topic.


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