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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Brand new Singapore dollar bill launched ...



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"The Moneytree Authority of Singapore (MAS) launched a brand new Singapore Dollar bill, which has been named the "Peanut Series". Each peanut series bill is legal tender equivalent to 600,000 Singapore Dollars, henceforth known as 1 Peanut.



The CEOs across the Republic have been quick to applaud the launch of the 1 Peanut bill. In an interview with a Mr. Durai, a CEO of a philanthropic organisation, who wished to remain anonymous, he said, "Now I don't have to carry suitcases of money home. Prior to the issuing of the Peanut, I had to carry a whole suitcase of small change home every month. This is because the people who paid me tend to do so in small amounts, like $5 dollars each time, and it can be very irritating. Now I am just paid 1 Peanut with a single bill, slip it quickly into my wallet and off I go. It's very convenient!"

The reaction by the general public was however cool. Most said that it is unlikely that they will ever use a 1 Peanut bill. With a average national income of S$3000 (0.005 Peanut), the average Singaporean will need about 2 lifetimes to save a Peanut. Said a Mr. Tan, who is a plumber, "The other day, I installed a golden tap in some CEO's bathroom and he paid me using 1 Peanut for the $1000 golden tap. I tell him where got enough change?
Watch out for the newest security features on the 1 Peanut note, including a new watermark which replaces the traditional lion head. The new watermark can only be seen under an intense bright light and close scrutiny because of its extreme lack of transparency.

According to MAS spokesman, the added security features are extremely important given that 1 Peanut can probably buy three 4-room HDB flats, or 10 Nissan Sunnies, the average Singaporean will be very tempted to lay their hands on a Peanut."

Test For Dementia

B elow are four (4 ) questions and a bonus question. You have to answer them instantly. You can't take your time, answer all of them immediately . OK?

Let's find out just how clever you really are....

Ready? GO!!! (scroll down)













First Question:

Y ou are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position are you in?








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Answer:
If you answered that you are first, then you are
absolutely wrong! If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are second!

Try not to screw up next time.
Now answer the second question,
but
don't take as much time as you took for the first question, OK ?

Second Question:

I
f you overtake the last person, then you are...?
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Answer:
If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong again. Tell me, how can you overtake the LAST Person?


You're not very good at this, are you?











Third Question:

V
ery tricky arithmetic! Note: This must be done in your head only .
Do NOT use paper and pencil or a calculator. Try it.



Take
1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000 . Now add 30 .
Add another
1000 . Now add 20 . Now add another 1000
Now add
10 . What is the total?


Scroll down for answer.....










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Did you get
5000 ?

The correct answer is actually 4100.




If you don't believe it, check it with a calculator!
Today is definitely not your day, is it?
Maybe you'll get the last question right....
...Maybe.




Fourth Question:


Mary's father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3. Nini,
4. Nono. What is the name of the fifth daughter?








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Did you Answer Nunu?
NO!
Of course it isn't.
Her name is
Mary. Read the question again!



Okay, now the bonus round:


A
mute person goes into a shop and wants to buy a toothbrush. By imitating the action of brushing his teeth he successfully
expresses himself to the shopkeeper and the purchase is
done.

Next, a blind man comes into the shop who wants to buy a pair of
sunglasses; how does HE indicate what he wants?



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He just has to open his mouth and ask...
It's really very simple.... Like you!






KEEP THIS GOING TO FRUSTRATE THE
SMART PEOPLE
IN YOUR LIFE

American Intelligence

It's worrying that we have to entrust our faith in these people that will vote the most powerful person of the free and democratic world!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Happy Birthday Belly Dance- Maz Jobrani

Maz Jobrani gives you a special birthday belly dance. Mazjobrani.com

Take Control of Spyware and Adware


hese days—whether we are checking the latest stock quotes, sending an email to an old high school friend, or instant messaging a relative in another country—there may be someone monitoring every move we make. This trend is more than a little disconcerting, striking at the heart of our sense of privacy and freedom. Unfortunately, spyware and adware have become an all too common annoyance and security risk.

But what exactly is spyware, and how is it different from adware? What sort of harm can these programs cause? And is it possible to control them? These are all good questions. And despite the confusion surrounding these technologies, each question has an equally good answer.

Is it spyware, adware, or simply unwelcome?
There is some debate—even among security experts—over the definition of spyware. However, if a program installs itself on your computer so it can capture private information without your knowledge, it's probably spyware. If the main purpose is presenting ads or routing you to a commercial site, it's adware. Of course, what you call the software doesn't really matter. The most important question is whether you want it on your computer. If it compromises privacy and security as you define it (or at a minimum, becomes an nuisance), then it falls squarely into the category of unwelcome software. And that means you need to learn how to deal with it.

How harmful can it be?
While a lot of spyware and adware programs are fairly harmless, some spyware puts your privacy, data, and identity at risk. These programs employ clever, highly sophisticated methods to get at your most private information. And while not all spyware is dangerous, that's not to say their more benign cousins aren't a serious problem. Programs that constantly launch pop-ups are maddening. And some spyware and adware, working busily in the background, can dominate your system's resources, sometimes bringing down your entire system.

Where does it come from?

So, how does this unwelcome software find its way onto your computer? It can happen in a number of ways. Spyware and adware often get installed along with free programs you download from the Internet. Or they can make their way onto your machine as you surf the Web, in many cases lurking behind an intriguing pop-up window or fake dialog box. And while some spyware programs sneak quietly through browser security holes, downloading unwelcome software typically requires some action (or inaction) on your part. And that's good news, because it means you retain a fair amount of control.

How do you avoid spyware and adware?
The following practices can reduce the likelihood of inadvertently downloading unwanted spyware and adware:

  • Be selective about what you download to your computer. If you don't have a reason to trust the company providing a piece of software, hold them to increased scrutiny. Visit their Web site to learn more about the people behind the technology, as well as the technology itself.
  • Read licensing agreements. Don't just scroll to the bottom and click the "I accept" button when installing freeware. Instead, read each agreement carefully and look for language pertaining to information-gathering activity.
  • Watch out for antispyware scams. The Web is rife with "antispyware" tools that do little or nothing to prevent spyware, and some even make it worse. Purveyors of these tools often provide free scans, which almost invariably identify hundreds of spyware programs on your computer. They then immediately ask you to buy their bogus product.
  • Beware of programs—especially free ones—that flash clickable ads in the user interface. Their presence is a red flag, and it's possible someone is watching how you respond to them.
  • Keep your Internet browser up to date. Because browser security holes are a common pathway for spyware and adware downloads, it's important to apply any and all security patches when they become available for your browser.
  • Disable scripting and active content unless you really need it. Scripts—especially ActiveX controls—are common tools for installing spyware without your knowledge or consent. You can always turn on scripting should you need it for a trusted site.
These recommendations go a long way toward reducing the amount of unwelcome software on your computer. However, even the most vigilant users can't stay on top of everything. That's especially true as the methods of spyware distribution continue to evolve, becoming ever more sophisticated. Fortunately, despite the widespread existence of fly-by-night antispyware vendors, it's possible to get effective spyware protection tools from trusted security experts. With a good anitspyware solution, you control what gets in, what stays out, and what remains on your computer.

In the end, that's the only way to get a handle on unwanted, uninvited software: by taking control. Spyware and adware aren't going away anytime soon, and fortunately, you can take charge of the situation.


Phishing Scams : Learn How to Spot and Avoid


hishing scams are the easiest way for criminals to steal your identity and your confidential data. Learn to protect yourself with these easy steps..
Phishing attacks are hugely popular amongst cyber-criminals. And it's easy to see why. They are the easiest and most effective way to fool internet users into handing over their identity details and other confidential data. Every day, thousands of new - fake - phishing websites come and go: it's a booming business! Fortunately, protection is readily available and close at hand.

Phishing scams operate via e-mail and, more recently, instant messaging (IM). Whatever the means, the purpose is always the same: to make victims click on a link, believing that it'll lead them to a legitimate website with whom they're doing business, like a bank, a retailer, a government agency, or a credit card company.

Whether it arrived within an e-mail or instant message, the fake link actually leads to a fake website that looks just like the real one. When you get to that site, you are asked to divulge personal information for some made-up reason explained in the e-mail or IM you received (including alleged security or technical problems). Scammers usually ask for login account information, passwords and PIN numbers, etc...

All this information, of course, is then stored on that fake server and used subsequently by phishing scammers to steal your identity and drain your bank account.

Recently, a variety of phishing, spear phishing, has becoming increasingly sophisticated and common. Spear phishers target a specific group of people. They've even targeted MySpace, a social networking site. A spear-phishing message targets a smaller audience but works harder to make it look real. It looks as if it came from your employer, a co-worker, or a friend. Think about it. We're more likely to be tricked by a phishing e-mail if it contains targeted information about us, like "Hey Tom, it's Jake. We're mates from High-school". Or: "Welcome to our team Yolanda Juarez". Or even just an e-mail, allegedly from the IT Department, urging you to "install these new updates by January 30".

It's Your Identity. Keep it safe.
Don't click on links within e-mails or IMs that ask you to provide personal information. If you follow the instructions, and enter your personal information on the website you're led to, you'll deliver that information directly into the hands of identity thieves. Always go directly to the official website by typing the address yourself, or by using a bookmark (although some Trojan horses have been known to change bookmarked addresses.)

Beware of pharming. With pharming, when you type in the address of a legitimate website, you're taken to a fake copy of the site without realizing it. It all takes place at the server level. The risks are the same as with phishing, but it's up to your ISP or IT department to prevent pharming.

Only open e-mail attachments if you're expecting them and know what they contain. To be especially safe, use a good antispam filter to limit your exposure to spam e-mail from phishers.

Know the sender's identity before you provide any personal information. Legitimate credit card issuers and other companies will never ask for your personal information in an e-mail. Ask for the sender's name, the name of the agency or company, the telephone number, and the address. Then find out if they're legitimate. Don't be afraid to make a phone call instead of answering an e-mail.

Watch out for job seekers pretending to be potential employers, especially if they ask for your social security number or other personal information.

If you think you've provided account numbers, PINs, or passwords to a phisher, notify the companies with whom you have these accounts immediately. To find out how to place a fraud alert, contact the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce,
www.scamwatch.gov.au (Australia), www.consumeraffairs.govt.nz/scamwatch (New Zealand).

Conclusion
There is no need to be afraid of e-mail and IM! But knowing how they are used by scammers can help you to avoid falling prey to these phishers. It's simple: never, ever, follow a link from an e-mail or IM to an "official" website to enter personal information. Just don't do it, and you'll be safe. Then, keep yourself informed of the latest trends in scamming, and consider using security tools like Norton Confidential and Norton Internet Security to reduce your risk and prevent personal information from leaving your PC in this way.


Monday, May 28, 2007

US visa interview with an Arab

An Arab was interviewed at the US Embassy for a U.S.A. Visa
Consul : What is your name?
Arab : Abdul Aziz
Consul : Sex?
Arab : Six to ten times a week
Consul : I mean, male or female?
Arab : both male and female and sometimes even camels
Consul : Holy cow!
Arab : Yes, cows and dogs too!!!!
Consul : Man,........isn't it hostile?
Arab : Horse style, dog style, any style
Consul : Oh..........dear!
Arab : Deer? No deer, they run too fast!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

ONLY If Shanghai Bank understands Bahasa...

ECGMA says : Click on image to enlarge


From: "Chia, Tommy"
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2007 4:59:02 PM
Subject: ONLY If Shanghai Bank understands Bahasa...


Hope you guys get a laugh on this......hahahaha

May The Farce Be With You!!!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Heart of Gold - versions by Neil Young & Johnny Cash




Johnny Cash - "Heart Of Gold" [from his album "Unearthed" - song performed with John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)]

I want to live,
I want to give
I've been a miner for a heart of gold.
It's these expressions I never give
That keeps me searching for a heart of gold
And I'm getting old.
It keeps me searching for a heart of gold
And I'm getting old.

I've been to Hollywood
I've been to Redwood
I crossed the ocean for a heart of gold
I've been in my mind, it's such a fine line
That keeps me searching for a heart of gold
And I'm getting old.
That keeps me searching for a heart of gold
And I'm getting old.

You keep me searching for a heart of gold
I've been a miner for a heart of gold
And I'm getting old.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Potentiality & Reality

How many of us understand the real meaning of Potentiality & Reality?

Youngest Son: "Tell me Daddy, what is the difference between"Potentiality" and "reality"?"
Dad: "I will show you"
Dad turns to his wife and asks her: "Would you sleep with Robert Redford for 1 million dollars"?
Wife: "Yes of course! I would never waste such an opportunity"!
Then Dad asks his daughter, if she would sleep with Brad Pitt for 1 million dollars ?
Daughter:" Wow! Yes! he is my fantasy!"
So Dad turns to his elder son and asks him: "Would you sleep with Tom Cruise for $1 million?".
Elder Son: "Yeah! Why not? Imagine what I could do with $1 million! I would never hesitate!"
So the father turns back to his younger son saying:" You see son, "Potentially" we are sitting on 3 million dollars, but in "Reality" we >>are living with 2 prostitutes and 1 gay.

What A Contrast In Leadership!

Date: Mon, 21 May 2007 01:27:36 GMT
M.Bakri Musa

It is the mark of great leaders that they are able to read their followers well, and then to inspire them by appealing to their better side. Raja Nazrin Shah, the Raja Muda of Perak, is not yet a sultan, yet he has excelled on both counts.

His recent royal wedding to Zara Salim Davidson was elegant in its simplicity, and dignified by its moderation. Simplicity and moderation did not make the ceremony any less regal; on the contrary, they enhanced it. We were, for instance, thankfully spared the all too-common debasing of our fine cultural tradition of the mas kahwin and wang hantaran (dowries) into a crass exchange of cold cash.

In a culture where the elite has difficulty differentiating between the public treasury and private coffer, the prince's declining to accept public funding for his wedding is unprecedented.

The fact that he is receiving widespread praises and adulations reflects the underlying silent disgust Malaysians have for the rampant and obscenely ostentatious displays of wealth that is fast becoming the norm among our elite. Only our Malaysian politeness prevents the citizens from expressing their loathing for such vulgar displays and the assault on our collective sensibilities. Unfortunately, our leaders mistake that to be tacit approval, if not explicit encouragement. How wrong can they be!

A few months earlier, the Crown Prince gave a speech where he passionately declared, "Malaysians of all races, religions, and geographic locations need to believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that they have a place under the Malaysian sun." He was specifically addressing young Malaysians, but his speech inspired all. It was without doubt the most widely quoted address. That was remarkable. It was as if Malaysians were yearning for their leaders to say something sensible, and at last they found one who did.

In style, tone and words, his speech was a refreshing contrast to the usual screaming, race taunting, and keris-wielding antics of those who have pretensions to be our next leaders. While Raja Nazrin appeals to the finer qualities of our fellow citizens, these other leaders derive their strength by instigating their followers' sinister side. Raja Muda's speech touched our hearts; these other leaders' rhetoric chilled our spines.

Hereditary and Political Leaders

The merit of democracy is that we get to choose our leaders, in contrast to a monarchy where the leadership in inherited. With the choice and competition of democracy we should expect better quality leaders. Yet in the person of Raja Nazrin we have a hereditary leader who is way above our elected political leaders.

We could not attribute the difference to education. At the risk of flattering UMNO Youth leaders like Hishamuddin and Khairy Jamaluddin by comparing them to the Raja Muda, consider this. The pair attended top British universities, as did Raja Nazrin. Khairy, for example, went to Oxford and came back to marry the prime minister's daughter in lavish multiple ceremonies that dragged on for days. There was nothing modest or simple about that wedding. Raja Nazrin too was Oxford educated, but he opted for a modest uncomplicated ceremony, and asked that donations be given to charity in lieu of extravagant tributes and bodek advertisements in the media.

Nor could we explain the difference to their upbringing or breeding. Hishamuddin is the scion of a distinguished political family. His grandfather, Datuk Onn Jaafar, was ahead of his generation in seeking integration among the races and the creation of a pluralistic vibrant Malaysian nation. Onn resigned from UMNO's Presidency over this very issue. Hishamuddin's father, Hussein Onn, was noted for his integrity and intolerance of corruption. Despite intense opposition and at a considerable cost to his popularity, Hussein refused to block the prosecution for corruption of a popular senior UMNO figure. Unfortunately, none of these sterling qualities filtered down to Hishamuddin.

Demonstrating Good And Upright Leadership


In his speech, the Raja Muda emphasized that "good and upright leadership must be demonstrated." He was echoing the qadharat hassanah - leadership through personal example - of our Prophet Muhammad, s.a.w.

When the Raja Muda declared that he wanted a modest ceremony, he meant it. He politely declined public funds and asked that the money be expended on the poor instead. The royal wedding guests included students and orphans. In so doing, he inspired others to do the same.

All too often our leaders are good only at spouting trite phrases. "Work with me, not for me!" is an oft-repeated quote of Prime Minster Abdullah. Yet when the citizens were in dire need, as during the massive Johore flood, he saw no need to cancel his scheduled overseas vacation. He asked Malaysians to be frugal yet would not hesitate in buying a luxurious
corporate jet at public expense for his use. Never mind that no other Commonwealth Prime Minister has such a privilege. He compares himself to the Saudi King and the United States President. The humility and modesty of a modern Imam!

When the Raja Muda said that political, social and economic incentives must reward good behavior and penalize bad, I wished our Prime Minister would listen. Consider Klang Town Council member Zakaria Mat Deros and "Close One Eye" Melaka MP Muhammad Said. Far from being punished, they are being rewarded, and rewarded handsomely. That sends precisely the wrong message, and undercuts the Prime Minister's very message (and campaign promise) of public integrity.

Encouraging the Raja Nazrins and Discouraging the Hishamuddins

The challenge for Malaysians is how to encourage the Raja Nazrins and dissuade the Hishamuddins among our leaders. Picking our leaders based on their political or familial pedigree is not reliable, as demonstrated by Hishamuddin. Sending future leaders to august universities like Oxford is no guarantee either. As with Khairy, that would only feed their over-inflated ego and sense of competence.

Instead, what we should do is heed the advice of Razja Nazrin, that is, reward our leaders when they do good, and penalize them severely when they stray. Our ultimate weapon as citizens in a democratic society is to grant or deny them our approval at election times. Elections however come once every four or five years, and the election weapon is a crude one: approve or reject. There is no subtlety.

There is much that we can do in between elections to voice disapproval of our leaders. The obvious is of course to let these leaders know when they do something we disapprove. With the democratizing effect of the Internet, any citizen can now have a potentially powerful megaphone to reach as wide an audience as possible. The worse that we could do is to justify their stupidities or be their apologists. That would only encourage them. If we
do nothing but remain silent on the sidelines, our leaders would eagerly interpret that as approval. They would then continue to act with impunity and become, in the word of my kampong folks, tak sedar ekor (lit. not knowing where his tail is; fig. get carried away). Alternatively, when they do something worthy of our approval, we should be generous in our praises.

I read a deeper meaning to the Raja Muda's refusal to accept public funding for his wedding. He is a genuine prince, and his marriage is the product of true love. Like us, he knows that the flattering public displays of devotions and tributes in those effusive newspaper advertisements are phony. There was nothing generous in the Mentri Besar offering money that is not his to the prince. Unlike our political leaders, The Raja Muda intuitively knew that the path to the citizens' hearts is not to have them spend money
on him but for him to spend money on the citizens.

As Raja Nazrin Shah and Zara Salim Davidson begin their life together, I join millions of others in wishing them many years of blissful marriage. May they bring happiness to each other, and may Allah shower His Mercy and Blessings upon them. May their example of charity, grace and moderation rub off on all of us - leaders and followers alike.

Become Like Little Children

by Fr. Robert D Smith

A lot of people think that mothers and fathers can walk out on their families and marry someone else and that only children will perceive it as monstrous. One of the Gospel passages often musunAderstood is Matthew 18:3 "...unless you change and become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of God." Many un- fortunately think of this as just a pretty phrase with no particularly profound meaning behind it. They think of it as requiring some vague kind of simplicity. The Gospels show that Christ meant much more than that.

Acceptance of God's law, of His ideas of right and wrong as eternal and inflexible for all men, is required. Little children do this very well. And everyone who hopes for Heaven must follow their example. Those who do not, to their total astonishment in the next world, will find themselves fulfilling the negative side of this statement: they will not enter God's Kingdom.

Christ used what seemed to be an odd phrase in referring to the damned: "... there will be the weeping, and the gnashing of teeth." (Matt.13:50). Christ repeated this phrase more often than any other in all four Gospels- five times, on five separate occasions-six times altogether! Why? Because He knew that His revelations about Hell would be the hardest to accept. We all like to think of ourselves as mature, and, from a worldly point of view, Hell does seem childish.

Following all Ten Commandments is childishly easy, childishly understandable. Eternal torment for violations for such simple things seems childish. It can seem too simple. Christ countered this response with numerous repetitions. Something can be simple and still be true. And He warned that simplicity is required in accepting the simple. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. The soul in Hell will say to himself: "It was all so simple. A child, any child, could see it, and I was so stupid that I blotted even these laws from my mind while I was on Earth and ignored multiple warnings from Christ himself.

St.Paul said:"...be like children as far as evil is concerned, but in mind be mature." (1 Cor.14:20), Christ is not calling us either to a vague kind of simplicity or to simple-mindedness; quite the reverse. We are called to maturity, but a maturity that has not blinded itself to evil....to strict ideas of right and wrong, ideas held so clearly and easily by children.

Things2Make: Clock

by Bob Shaw

Materials:
Paper plate, split pins, card, felt pens.

Instructions:
Draw numbers on the plate. Cut out clock hands from the card. Put a split pin through plate and hands.

Hints:
Use this clock to learn how to tell the time!




Amy the Rabbit Gets Into a Tight Spot

by Deacon Tom Frankenfield

Once upon a time in a forest far away, there was a lovely rabbit named Amy. Amy was scared and crying because she had lost her way in the great forest. It happened so suddenly! Amy had been joyfully walking with her family when all of a sudden a big brown bear appeared. Amy's day shouted, "Run!" Everyone in Amy's family was forced to run as fast as they could. In fact, they all ran in different directions.

Amy ran as fast as she could. Just as she was getting tired from moving her tiny feet she saw a hollowed log lying on its side in the deep brush. Amy ran to the log and darted inside a hollow log to hide. Amy went very deep into the log and snuggled into some leaves so to blend her color with the color of the leaves. "Finding this log was lucky," thought Amy, "That big bear can't fit into this little log.

As Amy sat in the log, she was very scared. She thought of all the wonderful times she had with her brothers and sisters. She hoped that they we doing well and that the bear did not find them. Before she knew it, Amy fell into a deep sleep inside the log. Time passed quickly then.

Hearing a loud sound, Amy suddenly awoke. "What was that sound, she thought?"

It happened again. Amy laughed to herself, "Oh gosh, that is the old red rooster singing away in the nearby farmer's fields." Amy smiled.

Within a few seconds, she realized that she had slept all night in the hollow log. Amy thought to herself, "I have been here for hours and I will never find my family."

Amy thought the she needed to start searching for her family. So, Amy popped her head outside to see if was safe. It seemed quiet and she could not hear any sounds. So, she jumped out! Amy stood up on her hind legs and looked across the field. Suddenly she saw the bear and was frozen in silence.

"Oh no!" Amy thought. Then the bear looked at her with a deep stare. The bear licked its lips and started to move slowly towards Amy.

"Help!" cried Amy. Then Amy became so stiff that she could not move her body. Amy was frozen in fear. Amy closed her eyes as the bear came closer. Amy thought, "This is the end. I hope somehow I can be saved."

Suddenly, Amy felt a pull on her back fur and in a split second, Amy felt like she was flying in the air. Amy slowly opened her eyes and noticed that, yes; she was now flying through the sky.

Amy started to cry when the large bird who has carried her away whispered, "Relax my little friend, I saved you from being the bear's breakfast. You can trust me."

Amy replied, "Trust you. I think that you want me for your breakfast."

The large bird laughed and said "Well, actually, I am not hungry at this moment."

"Oh great," though Amy, "he is not hungry now but later he will be and he have a taste for some fresh rabbit stew."

After a few minutes, the large bird landed in a huge nest on top of the forest's tallest tree. She put Amy down and sat next to Amy.

"Hi, I am Mick the Great Eagle and I was happy to save you today. What is your name? What can I do to assist you?"

"My name is Amy and I just want to be with my parents" exclaimed Amy and she started to cry.

With what looked like a smile on his beak, Mick stated, "Ok, my new friend Amy, I will help find your parents but it must be in the day. I need a nap right now and I invite you to nap also."

"Oh very funny," Amy shouted back at Mick, "Then you will you eat me when I am sleeping."

"No, no" said Mick the Great Eagle, "my mission in life is to save people and animals, not to hurt them. Mick stated further "Amy, just trust in me and everything will be alright." Then Mick put his beak over Amy and breathed upon her.

At once Amy felt relaxed. So, Amy the Rabbit crawled into a little ball and fell asleep. Inside, he was scared but some how she knew if she trusted the big bird things would be better.

My friends, the next time we will journey with Amy and Mick on an adventure to find Amy's family. I hope that you are happy and are enjoying your family. Your family is special—they are one of God's gifts to you. So, treasure your family always! Keep Smilin! - Deacon Tom


The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

Once upon a time, a Wolf decided to disguise himself as a Sheep in order to catch his prey more easily. He was hungry and knew that the shepherds of the area guarded their sheep well.

Covering himself completely with an old sheepskin, he wandered into the pasture nearby. A flock of sheep was grazing there, blissful under the morning sun. "When the shepherd turns his back I will slide in with them," said the Wolf, making his sly move into the flock eventually.

Soon evening fell and the shepherd led his sheep away, back into the fold.

He locked the gate securely and left. "Aha! Now is my chance!" said the Wolf, and was about to take off his disguise when the shepherd returned.

He had come back to the fold to choose one of the animals for its meat, for the next day's meal. To the Wolf's bad luck, it was he, in sheep's disguise, who was chosen to be cut up!

The Wolf found himself instantly under the sharp knife of the shepherd, and soon very much dead: the hunter becoming the hunted!


Moral

Pretending you are someone you are not can be dangerous!

Why Do Some People Die Before They Are Old?

Death entered the world when sin came in. Ever since Adam and Eve, pain and death have been part of life. Eventually, everything that is alive in our world has to die. Plants die. Animals die. People die. Death can come from a lot of different causes: automobile accidents, sickness, old age, and so forth. And life is short, no matter how long a person lives. Just ask someone who is sixty or seventy or eighty. Remember that because life is short, we must make the most of every day that we are alive. Each breath is a gift from God. But also remember that this life is not all there is. After we die we can life forever with God.

Key Verse

For to me, living is Christ, and dying—well, that's better yet! But if I live I can win people to Christ. So I don't know which is better. Should I live or die? Sometimes I want to live, and at times I don't. For I long to go and be with Christ. How much happier for me than being here! (Philippians 1:21-23)

Related Verse

2 Corinthians 5:6

What Do You See?

by Fr. Jack McArdle

The word 'Mystic' is defined as 'one who seeks by contemplation and self-surrender to obtain union with, or absorption into the Deity, or who believes in spiritual apprehension of truths beyond the understanding'. Among many others, St Padre Pio and St. Teresa of Avila are our best known mystics. A mystic is someone who stares relentlessly at reality, and comes to see what is REALLY there.

As an ordinary human being, I am 'boxed in' by my humanity, and the limitations of my physical abilities. I can see what is there before my eyes, and I can hear what is within my hearing reach(with, or without my hearing aids!). There are people in those houses across the road, but I cannot see them. There are people speaking to each other down at the end of the road, but I cannot hear them. I can hear cars in the distance, but I cannot see them. Like St. Paul, 'I am a prisoner in this body', and my body determines the extent of my bodily senses.

The mystic is not imprisoned within such boundaries. The mystic sees what's REALLY there, whether you or I can see that or not. The soul does not take up space, as the body does. Therefore, when someone dies, the body is left behind (which took up space), and the spirit (which does not require space) moves on to a STATE of being, whether that be heaven, hell, or Purgatory. The deceased person goes AHEAD, but does not go AWAY. We are surrounded by spirits on every side.

Padre Pio, from a very early age, always saw his Guardian Angel, but he never told anybody, because he thought everybody else did! I am now an incarnate, which means that I live in a body. The body is not ME; I'm only living in it for a certain length of time. There will come a time when the fabric and functions of the body will begin to break down, and it will be no longer habitable. It is then I will have to vacate the body, change residence, and go to live elsewhere. The barriers and walls of the body will be broken, and I will be set free from this cage.

Try to visualise the following scene. A young lad is placed standing in a box which is so much higher than he is, and he is given a set of ear muffs which blocks out all sound. The box is placed in the middle of a large room, and the lad cannot see or hear a thing. The room is beautifully decorated, with very expensive drapes, furniture and chandeliers. The room is filled with people of all ages, races, and dress code. Suddenly the magician clicks his fingers, and the sides of the box fall away. Watch the look of amazement on the face of the young lad as he looks around the room. He had no idea of all the wonders and people that surrounded him. We are laughing, because WE knew all the time what that room was like.

That's what it'll be like at the moment of death. As the eyes of the body close, so the eyes of the soul open to endless vision, to clearly see all that was there all the time, but which was beyond the power of human vision. Part of that new 'seeing' will be that I will see myself clearly in relation to God, to others, and to life.

There is a 'mini-mystic' within each of us, and it is important that we develop that 'sense' of the Other. Just because I cannot see something doesn't mean that it's not there. The physically blind have a very heightened level of 'seeing', because they have to develop other sensitivities to make up for what the eyes cannot see. Their sense of touch, and of hearing, becomes very acute, and, even without the white cane, they could probably sense that there is an object in their path.

I learned to pray by praying, and I learned to walk by walking. I can learn to sit in the company of the Others by doing so from time to time. I can do this at any hour of the day or night. I can do so sitting in my car, in a chair in my bedroom, or sitting on a rock overlooking the sea. I can bring my Companions with me, wherever I go. I should never feel alone, because I am NEVER alone. Some people naturally enjoy their own company, and others require people around them at all times.

What I am suggesting now can become a real life-giving experience. In the first chapter, I suggested that we should not wait till we die to openly stand in the presence of God. The same thing applies to this present suggestion. If I hope to spend my eternity with Them, I should become familiar with their company. There is nothing I will get when I die that I'm not offered now. The only difference then is that I will see clearly, and comprehend a bit better. Even in heaven, I don't expect to be able to understand God, or have a full comprehension of his infinity. However, I will join all the choirs, human and angelic, in adoring and praising him for all eternity, with a sense of wonder and gratitude that will require an eternity to express.

Nowhere can we be more certain of the heavenly hosts being around us, than when we gather around the table of the Lord to celebrate Eucharist. Jesus tells us that where two or three of us are gathered in his name, he is there in the midst of us. If Jesus is present, then, you can be certain that ALL of heaven is there as well. When Jesus speaks of him making his home within us, he says that 'WE', the Father, Son, and Spirit will make their home in us.

I spent a week with a community of Cistercian monks for their annual Retreat at the end of last year. A few days before the Retreat began, two of the monks were called home suddenly by the Lord. Naturally, the rest of the community was deeply effected by this(and not just because they believe that they die in 'threes'!). During my time with them, I thought long and hard about the lesson to be learned from their sudden passing. One of the strongest awareness I had was how they must look back now, and see clearly just what an extraordinary occasion it was to stand at the altar for Eucharist. I felt certain that they looked back in awe at what really happened on such occasions, or how the whole of heaven was in attendance.

I mentioned earlier about practising this inner disposition, and becoming more and more open to all the possibilities. Nowhere should this be easier than during the celebration of Eucharist. I should think long and hard before I enter the church door, and I should have my antennae fully stretched during the time I'm there.

It can help concentrate the mind if I remember that ALL my deceased relatives and friends are present, whether already in heaven, or being purified prior to entry into the Beatific Vision. I can be sure that they are very conscious of my presence. What a shame that I should ignore them, or fail to be aware of them. "The Communion of Saints" is the bond that exists within Christ's Body, the Church. There is the Church Triumphant(heaven), the Church Suffering (purgatory), and the Church Militant (on earth). When I am present at Eucharist, I am there as part of that Church. Sometimes, today, we hear people bemoaning the fact that we have 'empty churches'. I don't think so!

It is important that we think and know of this as a REALITY, not as some sort of fantasy. We all have memories of playing 'Blind man's buff' as kids. For someone who is looking on, it can be hilarious. One of the people sits absolutely still, and the person with the blindfold is reaching in all directions, and is often within inches of the person's face before turning to search in another direction. So near and yet so far!

One time, when I was in hospital, I was having a completely sleepless night. I was twisting and turning, and there was no sense of drowsiness, and there was no hope of sleep. All chairs had been moved out on the corridor, as is usual at night. There was no sign of a nurse, so I sneaked out, grabbed a chair, placed it by my bed, and I asked Mary my Mother to sit on it and lull me to sleep! I was totally conscious of her being there, as I relaxed more and more…and I remember no more! It's as simple as that.

"Happy are they who have not seen and yet believe". "Reach out and touch the Lord as he goes by." We are surrounded on every side by the Church Triumphant and the Church Suffering. It is called "The Communion of Saints". There is a certain order in this journey of discovery. If I could see them, there would be no thanks to me, and there wouldn't be much merit in my belief.

If, on the other hand, I accept and believe, I will become more and more conscious of their presence, and this will become so real that it will be the same as if I could actually see with my eyes. There are other ways of seeing besides eyesight, and the eyes of the soul can see deeper, and much more distinctly. It is not possible to exaggerate the richness that comes from being aware of living in such company. There is never an empty or lonely moment in my day or night, and I have a constant sense of joy from living in the presence of heaven.

Please remember that we are speaking of real living beings here. Living beings who can see us, who know us, and who really care for us. Apart from the Trinity, Mary, and the choirs of heaven, I am surrounded by relatives, friends, and former neighbours. The Souls in Purgatory should receive my special attention. When it comes to pray for the departed in the Mass, I digress a little, raise up the paten and chalice, and pray this prayer "Heavenly Father, we offer you these gifts on behalf of the Souls in Purgatory. We ask you to pour out upon them now the fullness of forgiveness, redemption, and salvation merited for them by Jesus on Calvary, so that many of them may NOW come into the Kingdom of heaven."

I happen to believe that, through that prayer, there are souls in heaven at the end of the Mass that were not there when Mass began. What a privilege is ours! As time goes on in this process, I can identify more and more of those who surround me. When someone belongs to me dies, we feel we have lost them, and it takes a while to find them again. Don't forget your favourite saints. What a privilege to be able to spend time with Therese of Lisieux, Faustina, Padre Pio, or John XXIII.

You'll be absolutely amazed to discover that, in no time at all, you're sitting in the company of one of these, and listening to them speak about The Little Way, The Divine Mercy, the Power of Eucharist, or Renewal in the Church. Your creative imagination comes into play, and you become like the little girl who spends hours playing with 'her friends'. It is an extraordinary privilege to be able to make friends with all those with whom I will spend an eternity. Hurry up, and catch up with those who have gone ahead of you (and, by that, I don't mean that you should die!). Nothing can separate God's children from each other, because they are closely bound in the embrace of his love.


The Physiology of Success: Balancing Body, Mind, and Spirit

by Armstrong Williams

The philosopher Aesop once related a story about a farmer who discovered among his livestock a goose that had laid an egg of pure gold. Every morning the same thing occurred, and soon the farmer found himself a wealthy man. But as he grew rich he grew greedy; and thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it, only to find nothing.

In a sense, we are all our own golden goose. The fruits of our labors enrich us. But in this society of round-the-clock business and nonstop entertainment, few of us take time to replenish ourselves, and in doing so end up damaging the very engine of our success—a healthy body, mind, and spirit.

Nurturing our inner selves begins with having a spiritual base rooted in faith in the Creator and love for all mankind. When I was a child growing up in Marion, South Carolina, my parents instilled in my siblings and me a spiritual regimen that included daily prayer and weekly fellowship at church. I didn't know it at the time, but the structure of prayer and contemplation would stand me in good stead over the years.

As life's storms have come—as they do in everyone's life—I have found refuge in my faith in God and the words of the Bible. As the Scriptures would have it, the principles of my faith kept me tethered to my foundation as the unpredictable winds of change whipped about me, ripping the less steadfast from their moorings and casting them about on the open seas.

Maintaining the Temple

The second foundation after faith is works. All of us must work to excel in this life. It sounds simple, but most of the profound things in life are simple. As a precondition for work, one must have energy. It's a physical law that one cannot express outwardly what one does not possess internally. Work requires energy, and energy requires good health—both mental and physical.

Physical health is governed by the functions of the body. You cannot work if your body is sick or weak. Therefore, it is critical to make choices that will support your body. For the past 20 years or so I have maintained a daily exercise regimen, often rising early in the morning and going to the local YMCA, where I spend at least an hour jogging, biking, weight training, and stretching. I have found that this practice gives me an abundance of energy, brightens my mood, and prepares me for the rigors of the business day.

Many people work out with a result in mind. They exercise in pursuit of a leaner or more muscular body. But I have found that, while maintaining a healthy physique is a welcome result of exercise, the main benefit is the process itself. Daily exercise represents a victory in the struggle against internal laziness and tests our resolve to get up and go when most people would prefer to get another few minutes of sleep. Even more important, exercise steels the body against the onslaught of disease. We have all heard the phrase, "Your body is a temple," and it is wise to recognize the critical role that our physical health plays in our ability to be a good citizen and servant of God.

The second component of vibrant health is what we take into our body. Studies conducted on people who died of supposedly "natural" causes have revealed that they actually died of food poisoning. It wasn't that they consumed rotten food, but that their bodies became less able to process the foods that they had consumed over a lifetime of eating. As we age, our bodies become less adept at breaking down food, and those foods end up staying in our system and wreaking havoc on our internal organs. I was raised on a rich farm diet, consisting of meat, starches, and vegetables. Working on the family farm required us to eat enough food to endure the backbreaking labor of planting and harvesting. Today most of us, including myself, lead a sedentary lifestyle, chained to our desks for most of the day. We do not need to consume copious amounts to survive. When we do so, we merely tax our internal organs and create unneeded waste that will come back to haunt us as we age. As a precaution, I have begun eating less as I grow older.

For people involved in brain work, quality of food should be stressed over quantity. In this society we are blessed with a plethora of options for maintaining a healthy diet. We have organic markets, local grocers where farm-fresh produce is sold in abundance, and a readily available supply of whole grains, lean meats, and clean water. Even most restaurants, including my beloved soul-food spot, the Florida Avenue Grill, have healthy menu options that, if consumed in moderation, will support a healthy lifestyle. My regimen generally consists of a hearty breakfast of whole oats, soy milk, and fruit, followed by a sensible lunch that includes fresh vegetables. Most nights I do not eat dinner, but will have a small snack if besieged by hunger.

As the brain replaces the body as the primary tool of production for most American workers, we should be mindful of poisoning it with alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. These substances have an immediate and destructive effect on the brain's operation and expose it to debilitating conditions such as depression and mental illness. It profits us little if we can lift a thousand pounds but cannot concentrate on the complexities of the modern economy. One cannot arrive at work hungover from a night of partying and expect to be a productive coworker or effective leader. It's obvious that psychoactive drugs such as marijuana and cocaine have destroyed the inner cities, but what's more insidious and less talked about is the rampant drug use occurring among the middle class. The effects on mental health, worker productivity, and economic well-being have not been adequately accounted for, but they would be mind-boggling if we could truly see the extent of their consequences.

Instead of damaging our brain with toxic drugs, we should nourish it by reading books that stimulate the spirit and ignite our creativity and imagination. We should keep a written journal, and commit to writing down our thoughts and experiences daily. Not only does this sharpen our basic communication skills, but over time it provides a blueprint of our lives to which we can refer in times of uncertainty or struggle.

In truth, it's easier to be wealthy than it is to be healthy. The hardest work I have to do every day is the work that I do on myself. What I have found, however, is that when I work on myself, everything around me begins to fall into place. When I become more physically healthy, my outlook becomes healthier, and everything begins to work when I set my hand to it.

A once-famous mantra held that "The clothes don't make the man." The truth behind the slogan is that we tend to rely on rich raiment, elegant elocution, or technological wizardry, while the primary engine of our success lies within us. The simple truth is that man is already completed in God's image. Our souls, bodies, and brains are wonderful gifts endowed by our Creator, and should be nurtured above all else.

Why Rest Is Necessary

Of course, in addition to keeping ourselves physically and spiritually fit, we also need to make time in our lives to take a step back and relax. Some people do this through weekly attendance at church, others through a family dinner every weekend, or with time out with friends on special occasions. There are many different ways to create space in our lives for enjoyment and reflection, but it is important that we recognize the need to do this on a regular basis. Having moments of reflection on the Sabbath, for example, allows us to reconnect to what is truly important. In the same way, making the time for a vacation every year also helps us to recharge, refresh, and reengage with our best selves. Sometimes all it takes is a few days away from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives to realize that those things that were causing us stress are really not so important after all.

In my own life I have found that trips away are often helpful. Sometimes it is as simple as returning to the family farm for a weekend. Other times I've taken more extensive trips abroad. The important thing is not that we take "luxurious" trips or fancy vacations, but that we make the time to get away and to really enjoy ourselves.

I used to feel that I needed to take work with me while I was on vacation. I never got much work done, but I always managed to make myself feel guilty about not finishing it. So I got the worst of both worlds—I would partly spoil my vacation and be unproductive at the same time. Now, when I go, I try to turn the cell phone off, get away for a while, and spend time with friends and family, giving them my full attention. I find that I enjoy my vacations more, and that I return to the job more refreshed and better able to work.

Friends are another important ingredient in maintaining our equilibrium. Too many of the folks I know don't spend enough time with their friends. One good friend can sustain us through sorrow, help us to carry our burdens, encourage us to see our full potential, and allow us to become our best selves. When we are in danger of harming ourselves, they can set us on the straight path again. Our friends, in fact, are sometimes our best guardians.

The Bible says that a friend sticketh closer than a brother. I know in my case that my brothers are my good friends, but I also have friends who have enriched my life in ways that I never would have expected. I have friends who have helped me to better enjoy life and to better see my own potential. A good friend can see our problems from a different angle, casting light on our difficulties in a way that makes them seem less glaring and more manageable.

A healthy spiritual life, good food, exercise, friends—all of these things are essential if we aim to preserve and nurture our best selves. Furthermore, these rules of good living apply to us all.

The Call to Work

Now we have to take things one step further. I've written at some length about the necessity of taking time to cherish what we have, and to do the necessary work of taking care of ourselves. We need to remember, however, that if we want to create wealth for ourselves, we need to work for it. That wealth might be material, spiritual, physical, or a wealth of friends and good experiences. But let it be clear: Real wealth is the product of real work.

The parable of the goose that lays the golden egg reminds us that we should never become so greedy that we end up killing the very gifts that have enriched us so. Even those who inherit great wealth need to work if they want to enjoy a wealth of friendships, a meaningful spiritual life, or rewarding life experiences.

Let us always remember that the riches we are able to enjoy are the riches that we work for. We have many challenges before us, and many opportunities to do fulfilling work in the world. God has blessed each of us with the ability to take advantage of these opportunities. But in order to make the most of them—and to help those around us—we need to pause, recognize our gifts for what they are, and set to work to build an even more beautiful world.


Times Of Your Life - Paul Anka


Good morning, yesterday
You wake up and time has slipped away
And suddenly it's hard to find
The memories you left behind
Remember, do you remember?

The laughter and the tears
The shadows of misty yesteryears
The good times and the bad you've seen
And all the others in between
Remember, do you remember
The times of your life? (do you remember?)

Reach out for the joy and the sorrow
Put them away in your mind
The mem'ries are time that you borrow
To spend when you get to tomorrow

Here comes the saddest part (comes the saddest part)
The seasons are passing one by one
So gather moments while you may
Collect the dreams you dream today
Remember, will you remember
The times of your life?



Gather moments while you may
Collect the dreams you dream today
Remember, will you remember
The times of your life?

Of your life
Of your life
Do you remember, baby
Do you remember the times of your life?

FADE

Do you remember, baby
Do you remember the times of your life?

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

How Your computer cursor works!

Recent Japanese technology has discovered the secret!!

Go to the site below, and move your cursor through the special 'magnifying field' in the centre of your screen...

the link...
http://www.1-click.jp/

Monday, May 21, 2007

A Malaysian diaspora speaks up

Learn a word a day :
Di·as·po·ra - [dahy-as-per-uh]
1.the scattering of the Jews to countries outside of Palestine after the Babylonian captivity.
2.(often lowercase) the body of Jews living in countries outside Palestine or modern Israel.
3.such countries collectively: the return of the Jews from the Diaspora.
4.(lowercase) any group migration or flight from a country or region; dispersion.
5.(lowercase) any group that has been dispersed outside its traditional homeland.
6.(lowercase) any religious group living as a minority among people of the prevailing religion.

ECGMA says : Thanks AK!
----- Forwarded Message ----
From: AK
To: ECGMA
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2007 5:29:42 PM
Subject: [Fwd: FW: A Malaysian diaspora speaks up]

Well said....I like her...I like the way she stresses Chinese Malaysian...
Over here they would say Australian citizen of Chinese ethicity etc....
so who is wrong eh?
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** A Malaysian diaspora speaks up....**

**I am a female Chinese Malaysian, living in the Washington DC area in the United States. I have read many of the letters that often talk about foreign countries when the writers have no real knowledge of actually living in those countries. **

**Many draw conclusions about what those countries are like after hearing it from someone else or by reading and hearing about them in the media or after four years in a college town in those countries. **

**I finished STPM with outstanding results from the prestigious St George's Girls School in Penang. Did I get a university place from the Malaysian government? Nothing. With near perfect scores, I had nothing, while my Malay friends were getting offers to go overseas. **

**Even those with 2As got into university. I was so depressed. I was my parents last hope for getting the family out of poverty and at 18, I thought I had failed my parents. Today, I understand it was the Malaysian Government that had failed me and my family because of its discriminatory policies. **

**Fortunately, I did not give up and immediately did research at the Malaysian American Commission on Education Exchange (MACEE) to find a university in the US that would accept me and provide all the finances. My family and friends thought I was crazy, being the youngest of nine children of a very poor carpenter. Anything that required a fee was out of our reach. **

**Based on merit and my extracurricular activities of community service in secondary school, I received full tuition scholarship, work study, and grants to cover the four years at a highly competitive US university. **

**Often, I took 21 credits each semester, 15 credits each term while working 20 hours each week and maintaining a 3.5 CGPA. A couple of semesters, I also received division scholarships and worked as a TA (teaching assistant) on top of everything else. **

**For the work study, I worked as a custodian (yes, cleaning toilets), carpet layer, computer lab assistant, grounds keeping, librarian, painter, tour guide, etc. If you understand the US credit system, you will understand this is a heavy load. **

**Why did I do it? This is because I learnt as a young child from my parents that hard work is an opportunity, to give my best in everything, and to take pride in the work I do. I walked away with a double major and a minor with honours but most of all a great lesson in humility and a great respect for those who are forced to labour in so-called `blue collar' positions. **

**Those of you who think you know all about Australia, US, or the West, think again. Unless you have really lived in these countries, i.e. paid a mortgage, paid taxes, taken part in elections, you do not understand the level of commitment and hard work it takes to be successful in these countries, not just for immigrants but for people who have lived here for generations. **

**These people are where they are today because of hard work. (Of course, I am not saying everyone in the US is hardworking. There is always the lazy lot which lives off of someone else's hard work. Fortunately, they are the minority.) **

**Every single person, anywhere, should have the opportunity to succeed if they want to put in the effort and be accountable for their own actions. In the end, they should be able to reap what they sow. **

**It is bearable that opportunities are limited depending on how well-off financially one's family is but when higher education opportunities are race-based, like it is in Malaysia; it is downright cruel for those who see education as the only way out of poverty. **

**If you want to say discrimination is here in the US, yes, of course it is. Can you name a country where it doesn't happen? But let me tell you one thing - if you go looking for it, you will find it. But in Malaysia, you don't have to go look for it because it seeks you out, slaps you in your face every which way you turn, and is sanctioned by law! **

**Here in the US, my children have the same opportunity to go to school and learn just like their black, white, and immigrant friends. At school, they eat the same food, play the same games, are taught the same classes and when they are 18, they will still have the same opportunities. **

**Why would I want to bring my children back to Malaysia? So they can suffer the state-sanctioned discrimination as the non-malays have for over 30 years?**

**As for being a slave in the foreign country, I am a happy 'slave' earning a good income as an IT project manager. I work five days a week; can talk bad about the president when I want to; argue about politics, race and religion openly; gather with more than 50 friends and family when I want (no permit needed) and I don't worry about the police pulling me over because they say I ran the light when I didn't. **

Comforting Embrace / What The World Needs Now

ECGMA says : Click on the left image to enlarge.
This is what our world needs more of.....
Dionne Warwick - What the World Needs Now (Kraft Music Hour) (1970)

What the world needs now
Is love, sweet love
It's the only thing
That there's just too little of

What the world needs now
Is love, sweet love
No not just for some
But for everyone

Lord we don't need another mountain
There are mountains and hillsides
Enough to climb
There are oceans and rivers
Enough to cross
Enough to last
Till the end of time

What the world needs now
Is love, sweet love
No not just for some
But for everyone
Lord we don't need another meadow
There are cornfields and wheatfields
Enough to grow
And there are sunbeams and moonbeams
Enough to shine
So listen, Lord
If you want to know

What the world needs now
Is love, sweet love
It's the only thing
That there's just too little of

What the world needs now
Is love, sweet love
No not just for some
But for everyone

OUTRO:
More love, uhh, more love
Everybody know that
(the world needs love)
Everybody, Everybody knows that
(this world needs love)
This world, the whole world
(the whole world needs love)
The whole world, the whole world
(more love, more lovin')
There's not enough...

John Paul Young - Love Is In The Air (1978)

JPY's promo-video for the hit single 'Love Is In The Air', the title track taken from the 1978 album.
Written and produced by the legendary George Young and Harry Vanda (ex-Easybeats/Flash 'n' The Pan).

LOVE IS IN THE AIR (John Paul Young)

Love is in the air
Everywhere I look around
Love is in the air
Every sight and every sound

And I don't know if I'm being foolish
Don't know if I'm being wise
But it's something that I must believe in
And it's there when I look in your eyes

Love is in the air
In the whisper of the trees
Love is in the air
In the thunder of the sea

And I don't know if I'm just dreaming
Don't know if I feel sane
But it's something that I must believe in
And it's there when you call out my name

(Chorus)
Love is in the air
Love is in the air
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh

Love is in the air
In the rising of the sun
Love is in the air
When the day is nearly done

And I don't know if you're an illusion
Don't know if I see it true
But you're something that I must believe in
And you're there when I reach out for you

Love is in the air
Every sight and every sound
And I don't know if I'm being foolish
Don't know if I'm being wise

But it's something that I must believe in
And it's there when I look in your eyes

(Repeat Chorus 4X)

Conversations with God - Parts 1-5

Conversations with God Book 1. Part 1

Conversations with God Book 1. Part 2

Conversations with God Book 1. Part 3

Conversations with God Book 1. Part 4

Conversations with God Book 1. Part 5

NEALE DONALD WALSCH, GOD & NEW WORLD ORDER

NEALE DONALD WALSCH (Communicating with God?)
is an American author claiming he has a communication with God. Neal's written a series of books selling millions of copies worldwide. He also started Humanity's Team, a spiritual movement implementing spiritual beliefs.

He's also one of the beings in the movie: "The secret". In Reality Portal he talks about God, gay kinky sex, Hitler, Bush , the New World Order and if it could happened again...

www.cwg.org www.nealedonaldwalsch.com

Enigma - principles of lust

Rod Rod Stewart - First Cut Is The Deepest & Sailing

First Cut is the Deepest


Sailing

Rod Stewart - Rhythm of My Heart & Forever Young

Rhythm Of My Heart LIVE

Forever Young
Added February 03, 2007 by roncoza (Pics roncoza's sons)

May the good lord be with you down every road you're on
And may sunshine and happiness, surround you when you're far from home
And may you grow to be proud, dignified and true
And do unto others as you'd have done to you

Be courageous and be brave
And in my heart
you'll always stay
Forever young, forever young,
forever young

May good fortune be with you, may your
guiding light be strong
Build a stairway to heaven with
your prince or your vagabond

And may you never love in vain
And in my heart you will remain
Forever young,
forever young,

And when you finally fly away,
I'll be hoping that I served youwell
For all the
wisdom of a lifetime, no one can ever tell

But whatever road you choose
I'm right behind you
Win or lose
Forever Young,
Forver young,

Enigma, The Eyes of Truth

Song by Enigma, new age rock, music of the future

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Friday, May 18, 2007

This is Australia, Sir. Would you prefer a topless car wash, or a nude car wash?

ECGMA: Thanks EdCh for this piece of 'newsflesh' (newsflash)!

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: EdCh
To: AC
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2007 11:17:48 PM
Subject: This is Australia, Sir. Would you prefer a topless car wash, or a nude car wash?

Nude car wash here to stay
Georgina Robinson
May 17, 2007 - 8:18AM

The place offers a topless car wash for $50 and a nude car wash (everything off!) with x-rated show included, for $100.

Unhappy Brisbane residents may have to put up with a nude car wash offering x-rated services, after police and Brisbane City Council both said its operations were beyond their control.

Local councillor David McLachlan spoke out about the Bubbles 'n' Babes business on Tuesday, using a council meeting to complain of inaction from police and council officers.

Cr McLachlan said the business, run by strip club entrepreneur Warren Armstrong, was originally given approval to operate as a motor vehicle repair shop.

After complaints from residents, Cr McLachlan said he had asked council officers how the business was allowed to operate in its current form.

"To date I've not been provided with an answer to the questions I've asked," he told council on Tuesday.

Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said the issue was out of council's control and a matter for Queensland Police.

"If it was approved for a car wash then I can't imagine how we can stop them," Cr Newman said.

"If there are other things going on, which shouldn't be going on, that are regulated by state law, then that is a matter for the Queensland Police Service."

However, Metropolitan North District Officer Col Campbell said police investigations to date had found the business was not involved in anything illegal.

"We'll continue to monitor the situation but anything we've investigated so far has been lawful," he said.

The operation offers a topless car wash for $50 and a nude car wash with x-rated show included, for $100.

Superintendent Campbell would not speculate on what activities would be considered unlawful or how police planned to monitor the business.

Cr McLachlan said he was disturbed that police had told the media they had not received any complaints from local residents about the car wash.

He said he had corresponded with a senior Hendra police officer who said the station had taken complaints.

Superintendent Campbell said the officer had made a mistake.

"We did not receive any complaints about the operation itself that required a police response and investigation," he said.

"We have received information from the community that it exists and that it's there."

He rejected claims of a police cover-up.