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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Honda shuts down factory

Honda shuts down Swindon plant for 4 months

Workers at Honda's Swindon factory made the last cars on Friday before a four-month shutdown caused by a sharp fall in worldwide sales. Honda shuts down Swindon plant for 4 months.

Production at the Japanese giant's plant will be halted until June 1, with 4,200 workers receiving full pay for the first two months, reduced to 60 percent for the rest of the shutdown.

Honda has insisted it intends to maintain its Swindon workforce until the Jazz model is due to go into production there later this year.

The shutdown came on a grim day of news for Honda as Japan's second-largest carmaker said its net profit plunged 89 percent in the fiscal third quarter and it slashed its annual earnings forecast by more than half.

It made a net profit of 20.24 billion yen (157 million pounds) for the three months to December, down from 200 billion yen a year earlier.

Japanese car firms have been slashing production and laying off workers to cope with the global economic crisis, which has seen demand for vehicles collapse as potential buyers find finance drying up amid the credit crunch.

In Britain, Nissan has cut 1,200 jobs from its 5,000-strong workforce at its plant in Sunderland in northeast England.

Friday, January 30, 2009

NIKE EXPO SALE - UP TO 60% DISCOUNT

The Nike Warehouse Sale is happening next week from 5-8 Feb 2009 (Thursday - Sunday). Attached is the communication piece. Please help spread the news to your family and friends

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Black Thongs, Leather Pants, & Angel Wings

When you look at this picture, what do you see? Pride? You see an emaciated boy waving a rainbow flag. You see his meaty butt cheeks, strangely disproportional to his toothpick legs. You see a black thong shoved in his crack like a coin in a couch cushion.

Of course, that's not all you can see. It's only what you choose to see. It's what you choose to focus on. That's all anyone wants to focus on at a pride parade – the butts. The nakedness. The showiness. The feathers. The glitter. The surface.

Now look closer. In the background of the photo, to the immediate left of thongboy's head, stands a tiny Asian woman. She's staring at the boy's jiggling crotch-pouch, wearing a horrified expression – the bulge in his Speedo causing her eyes to bulge in shock. Her mouth is wide open, practically lock-jawed. A folded magazine rests atop her head, preventing exposure from the sun – and the shame.

When I finally discovered her in the picture, standing meek and unnoticed inthe background, I realized the tiny Asian woman … is me. Moreover, that tiny Asian woman represents an entire subset of the gay community, mortified and embarrassed by the lewdness of pride parades. Only instead of hiding a face of disapproval under a magazine, I've decided to expose it by writing in one.

The ultimate goal of the parades is to instill a definite sense of self-worth within the gay community, which continues to face oppression and inequality. And yet, many people participating in the parade itself seem to be working against this goal, pushing our progression backwards as the parade marches ahead.

The photo, which I took at a New York City pride parade this summer, illustrates this point. It's a perfect example of false pride. Though the bony boy is "proudly" waving the rainbow flag, a symbol of unity, his conceptualization of pride is deeply cracked – not unlike his own ass.

Not only is his nakedness and showiness pushing social conservatives further to the right, it's causing normal, non-diva gays to disassociate from the celebration.

There are thousands of people who march at the parades (fully-clothed) in support of marital freedom, adoption rights, and equality in the workplace. Unfortunately, because the media focus all of their attention on drag dressers and Harley-riding lesbians, the more conservative demonstrations at the parade are ignored. Their voices are muted by the loud colors and boisterous costumes of the dancing queens, who feel that egotism and whorishness are traits to be proud of.

"It's time to stop parading and start marching," gay columnist Roger Downey says in a June issue of Seattle Weekly. "Sure, let's say it loud: We're gay and proud. Now let's accomplish something we can be proud of."

In Christian theology, pride is said to be the deadliest of all the sins, a trait from which all of the other sins essentially spawn. At the parade in Manhattan, I was reminded of how figuratively fatal pride can be.

THE DEATH OF SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE
I'm on the corner of 50th Street and 5th Avenue – buying a bag of warm nuts from a guy who looks like the Indian version of Alec Baldwin. My friend Kate is across the street buying a hot dog. When she comes back, I notice that – together – it's like we're eating an entire crotch. Appropriate foods for a gay pride parade.

We've just finished shopping at a three-story H&M, and our legs are tired after squirming into countless ill-fitting pairs of skinny jeans. We sit on a bench and watch the floats.

One of the first to pass by is filled with "leather daddies." A group of old men sporting assless leather chaps and shiny dog collars are dancing in locked cages. They're shaking flaps of loose skin to the beat of Britney Spears' "Toxic."

"With a taste of a poison paradise. I'm addicted to you, don't you know that you're toxic?"…

In retrospect, the song seems strangely metaphorical. The leather-clad men in dog collars seemed to be completely unaware of their own toxicity, oblivious of the chemically dangerous effect their actions have on the public perception of the parade.

After all, if the parade is supposed to promote acceptance and equality for the gay community, how could these tacky displays of sexual depravity be thought of as anything other than "toxic?" Is this what we want straight people to see us as? Is this really what we're proud of?

IU senior Peter Hart went to a pride parade in Chicago this year. We discussed the embarrassment of leather daddies over a delicious Grand Slam Breakfast at Denny's.

"They're the reason straight people hate us," he said, balancing a jiggling piece of scrambled egg on his fork. "They're worried that we're all secretly like that – leather-bound, boawearing, sex-crazed freaks.

"I wish the parade were just a whole bunch of gay people dressed normally, nicely," he continued. "Like in suits and dresses and stuff . Nice shoes and cummerbunds … I know it might be really boring in comparison, but it would have such a good message."

At this point in the gay pride movement, the gay community should be focused on moving forward, charging ahead. The fact is if we spend our time dancing in cages, we're not really going anywhere – we're simply locking ourselves out of social acceptance.

MURDERING OUR OWN SELF-IMAGE
I crumble my empty sack o' nuts into a ball and toss it into a trashcan. After making the shot, I focus my attention on an incoming fl oat, which is filled with steroid-pumped men slathered with liquid glitter. They're wearing angel wings, which are strapped tightly to their broad, tanned backs.

Together, they flock towards us – rubbing their bodies sensually from nips to hips.
I'm always worried about how the straight community is affected by what they see at the parades – if it's just throwing more fuel on the Christian fundamentalists' fi re. It wasn't until this past summer, while watching the fallen angels, that I began to wonder about how the parade may be affecting how we see ourselves.

A study published last year in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology shows that gay men report high levels of "body dissatisfaction, body-related stress, eating disorders, and poor body image." Regale this fact to any gay man on campus, and he's bound to give you a hearty laugh. It's like telling Rosie O'Donnell that butter is awesome – the fact is pretty well understood.
Cut to Read Center, fourth floor, freshman year. I walk into the communal restroom to find a gay friend of mine hunched over the toilet, removing the recently eaten chicken dinner from his tummy.

"Are you sick?" I ask him, holding a cupped hand over my mouth.

"No," he says, flushing his purged poultry. "I'm just fat." A growing number of body-conscious gays are tossing their chicken wings to fit into their angel wings. In April, MSNBC published a study on eating disorders within the gay community. Th e results, which were compiled by Columbia University, showed that an estimated 15 percent of gay men suffer from an eating disorder – proving that, once again, this "sinful" obsession with bodily perfection can become deadly.

RESURRECTING OUR PRIDE
Kate and I are winding through a maze of tourists, trying to find an entrance to the subway system. As I'm doing this, I walk straight into a large sheet of pink poster board. On the board is a message that reads: "Together 50 Years, Still Not Married."

Holding it is an elderly man, dressed adorably in J. Crew slacks and a blue ball cap. I apologize to the man, who slightly tips his hat in acceptance. When I finally catch up to Kate, I swivel my head around to look back at the man. He's holding the sign with one hand and his partner's hand with the other. The two men are watching the fl oats together, smiling – the glossy number "50" glistening slightly in the sunlight.

Forget black thongs, leather pants, and angel wings.
"That," I think to myself, "is something to be proud of."


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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Interesting notice

Spotted any mistake in the notice?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

STORY BEHIND YOUR DATE OF BIRTH


If U were born on the 1st, 10th, 19th, 28th of any month U r number 1....

If U were born on the 2nd, 11th, 20th, 29th of any month then U r number 2...

If U were born on the 3rd, 12th, 21st, 30th of any month then U r number 3...

If U were born on the 4th, 13th, 22nd, 31st of any month then U r number 4...

If U were born on the 5th, 14th, 23rd of any month then U r number 5...

If U were born on the 6th,15th,24th of any month then U r number 6...

If U were born on the 7th,16th,25th of any month then U r number 7...

If U were born on the 8th,17th,26th of any month then U r number 8...

If U were born on the 9th,18th,27th of any month then U r number 9...

Number 1


You are smart, straight talking, funny, stubborn, hardworking, honest,
Jealous on competing basis, kind hearted, angry, friendly, authorities,
Famous person...always want to be and regarded as first on people
Position, they are often like to be independent, will never be under
Others, self confident people!


You are most likely to fall in love in the younger age, but will get
Marry when you mature! You are likely to have problems with people who have opposite views
And you are most likely to take revenge over your
Enemies in a long time basis. You are a spender, but you will have a good profession in the future.
If you are guy you will be very popular that everybody will have mental attraction and respect at you.
You can go anywhere from the local shop to the heart of the parliament because you are positive and
Well talented in numerous issues!! But in your life you will always have some people who will work hard
To bring you & your name down. This is undercover!! Coz of your smart behavior you will be hated by some
People too...


Your family life is very cool, you will have a very nice partner &
Wonderful children... You are pioneer, independent & original...


Your best match is 4,6,8 good match is 3,5,7 !!!


Number 2


No matter what, you will be loved by every one coz your ruler is the
Moon and every one loves the Moon. Well.. You are a person who day dream a lot,
You have very low-self confidence, you need back up for every move in your life, you
Are very much unpredictable. Means you do change according to time and circumstances,
Kind a selfish, have a very strong sense of musical, artistic talent, verbal communication.
Your attitudes are like the Moon, comes to gloom and fade away so everybody can expect
Changes in you. You can be a next Mahatma Gandhi who does peace love or you can be a
Hitler who wants to destroy the man kind and peace (I mean in the community and your own home).

If you really have a deep thought about your own believe in God you can
Feel the difference which will make you stronger! Most of the time your
Words are a kind of would be happening true! So without any knowledge
You can predict the situation. You will become poets, writers, any
Artistic business people!

You are not strong in love, so you will be there and here till you get
Marry.. If U r a girl you will be a responsible woman in the whole
Family. If U r a man you will involve in fights & arguments in the family or
Vice-versa. Means you will sacrifice your life for the goodness sake of
Your family...You are gentle , intuitive with a broad vision, a power
Behind the scenes, well balanced People!!!

Your best match is 2 ,5 ,9 no other people can put up with you !!!


Number 3


You are a person of hard hearted, selfish most of the times, religious,
Loves to climb up in your life. You always tend to have lots of problems
Within your family in the early stages but you will put up with everything..
You have the strong word power, pretty happy face.. So wherever you go always
You have got what you wanted!!! And from the birth always wanted to work hard in order
To achieve something.. You will not get
Anything without hard work! When you reach a man/ woman age you want other younger
Once to listen to you because you want younger people to respect people older than them.
You do set so many examples to others. Generally you are not a cool person. It's not easy
thing dealing with you. A tough player you are! But once you like someone's attitud! e then
here you go, what can I say? It will be a lasting friendship. You always have respect from others.
Your life seems to have lots of worries and problems but sure they won't be long.. You will always
have brilliant kids!!! You love the money a bit too much so temptation will push you to endless
trying and trying.. If you are a guy then it's over. Looking after your family and help friends, so you
will spend a life time just being generous and kind (except 21st born men). And number 3s you will
be such an example of how to be in the culture & life!!! If you are girl then you have good character
and culture & hardworking attitude. You always follow.. You are a freedom lover, creative, ambition
focused, a person who brings beauty , hope & joy to this world!!!

Your best match 6 ,9. Good match 1 ,3 ,5 !!!


Number 4


You are very stubborn too, very hard working but unlucky in important
matters in life, very cool, helpful, you have rough word power.. Might
put lots of people away from you, you may cause nuisance to others if you are a man,
and you often understands others and their problems well. If you are a girl you are very
good with studies and arts. If you are a guy you spend most of the time after girl friends
(almost) at times, you will have sort of too much fun life with mates & girls. Your friends will
spend your time & money and get away with their life and you will become empty handed and
don't know what to do... So be careful!! You love to spend anyway!!! Your good will is you are
always there to help family and friends. Tell you what you people are little gem! s, specially the girls..
You always fall in love in younger age as well. You often live with disappointments, for an example
you have got a degree in some thing... but you will be unemployed.. or will do very ordinary jobs.
But you will take care of your family very well...All you need to be careful of people who will take
advantage of your kind heart. And beware of your relations too.. You are radical, patient, persistent,
a bit old-fashioned, you live with foundation & order...

Your best Match 1, 8. Good match 5 ,6 , 7 !!!


Number 5


You are very popular within the community, you can get things done by
just chatting..to even enemies! You have a pretty good business mind, you are often
have no-idea what is today is like, or tomorrow is like, you are a person who does anything
when your head thinks "lets do this". You will be famous if you open up a business,
get involve in share dealings, music etc.. Very popular with sense of humor ,you are
the one your friends and families will always ask for help, and you are the one actually
get money on credit and help your friends. You will have more than 1 relationship,
but when u get settle down you will be a bit selfish anyway. Coz your other half will
have a pretty good amount of control in you, be careful! You tend to go for other relationships!
Contacts even you are married at times 'coz your popularity.. You are someone who get along
with anyone coz the number 5 is the middle number.. Changes & freedom lovers you are! You are
an explorer with magic on your face. You learn your life through experience and it's your best teacher!!!

Your best match 1 ,2 ,9. Good match 6 ,8 !!!

Number 6


Ooopppss..you are born to enjoy.. You don't care about others. I mean
you are always want to enjoy your life time, you are a person.. You will be
very good in either education or work wise or business management! You are talented,
kind (but with only people who you think are nice), very
beautiful girls and guys, popular and more than lucky with anything in
your lives. All the goodness does come with you. Your mind and body is just made perfect for love.
You are lovable by any other numbers. But if you are a number 6 man, you will experience kind of
looks from most girls and will involve in more than few relationships until you get married. If you are girl,
most of you will get marry/engaged early. You are ! a caring
person towards your family & friends . If you miss the half-way mark then you are about to suffer physically
and mentally. Generally you will lead a very good inner-home happiness with nothing short of. You are a person of compassion, comfort & fairness, domestic responsibility, good
judgment, and after all you can heal this world wounds to make peace for every life coz you have the great
power of caring talent to make this world of love one step further...

Your best match 1, 6, 9. Good match 4, 5!!!

Number 7


You have got the attraction to anyone out there, you are realistic,
very confident, happy, such a talented individual with your education,
music, arts, singing, and most importantly acting too. You have real problems
with bad temper! If you are a girl, you are popular with the subjects listed above.
You give up things for your parents. I mean you value your family status a lot, you will be
in the top rank when you reach a certain age. If you are a guy you are popular with girls,
you are a very talented too. Most of the number 7s face lots of problems with their marriage life.
Only a very few are happy. You have everything in your life, but still always number 7s have some sort of unfullfilness, such worries all their lifetime. It's probably the Lord given you al! l sort of over the
standard humans talents and you are about to suffer in family life. So you need to get ready looking
for a partner rather than waiting. If you don't, then you might end-up single. So take care with this issue,
ok? You are wonderful, friendly, artistic, happy person.. You are born to
contribute lots to this world!!!

Your best match is 2. Good matches are 1,4 !!!

Number 8


You are a very strong personality, there's no one out there will
understand you. You are very good at pointing your finger at some thing and say "this is what".
You are more likely to suffer from the early ages. I mean poverty. If your times are not good
you might lose either of your
parent and end up looking after your entire family. You often suffer all the way in life.
The problems will not allow you to study further, but you will
learn the life in a very practical way. You are the one who will fight
for justice and may die in the war too. You are normally very reserved with handful of
friends and most of the time live life lonely and always
prepared to help others. Well. once you get married (which is often
late) then your bad lucks will go away a bit and you! u become safe. You will face un-expected
problems such as : the error, government, poisonous animals, accidents. You are some one with
great discipline, persistence, courage, strength which will take you to success. You are a great part
of a family team. You are a fighter!

Your Best match 1 ,4, 8. Good match 5 !!!

Number 9


Hey....you guys are the incompatibles people in the world. You are so
strong, physically and mentally... You are often have big-aims. You will work
hard and hard to get there.
Normally you suffer in the early age from family problems and generally you
will have fighting life.. But when you
achieve what you have done, it's always a big task you have done! You are so much respected in
the community, you are a person who can make a challenge and successfully finish the matter off.
You are very naughty in your younger age, often beaten up by your parents and involve in fights
and you seemed to have lots of injuries in your life time. But when u grow you become calm and macho type.
Love is not an easy matter for you. You are good in engineering or banking jobs coz people always trust you.
Your family life is very good, but will have worries over your children.
Your such qualities are humanitarian, patient, very wise & compassionate.
You are born to achieve targets and serve every one all equally without any prejudice.
You are totally a role model to anybody in the world for a great inspiration.

Your Best match 3, 5, 6, 9. Good match 2

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Singapore in worst-ever recession after Q4 slump

SINGAPORE, Jan 21 - Singapore's economy shrank the most on record in the last quarter of 2008 and the government forecast a 5 percent contraction this year and a possible fall in consumer prices, which may prompt a one-off currency devaluation.

A government declaration that the economy was suffering its worst ever recession and official forecasts of a continued slump suggested to analysts the central bank could push down the centre of the trading band for the Singapore dollar, effectively devaluing it to help the key export sector.

The grim figures, largely a reflection of Singapore's exposure to the slump in global trade, also pave the way for an expansionary budget on Thursday as the government scrambles to shelter the economy from the worst global financial crisis in decades.

"The Singapore economy is going through its sharpest, deepest and most protracted recession," the Trade Ministry's Second Permanent Secretary Ravi Menon told journalists.

Government data showed gross domestic product shrank in the fourth quarter at a deeper-than-expected and seasonally adjusted rate of 16.9 percent, the biggest fall on record and the third consecutive quarterly contraction. Provisional figures had reported a 12.5 percent slump.

From a year earlier, gross domestic product fell 3.7 percent.

That left 2008 growth at just 1.2 percent, an abrupt turnaround from a 7.7 percent expansion in 2007 when the stock market <.FTSTI>, financial services and property prices were booming.

The government downgraded its view of the economy for the second time in just three weeks, reflecting the rapid deterioration in the global economy that has seen much of the developed world slip into recession.

Singapore now sees GDP falling between 2 percent and 5 percent this year, which would be the worst performance on record, with consumer prices flat to down 1 percent.

"The official acknowledgement of deflation risks keeps alive a strong possibility that an eventual downward band re-centring could be on the cards in April," said Kit Wei Zheng at Citigroup, adding it could also restore some cost competitiveness.

However, the central bank said on Wednesday its monetary policy stance was intact after it moved to zero appreciation for the currency in October to counter the global financial crisis.

It said it had no plans to review policy before a scheduled meeting in April.

Singapore manages monetary policy by adjusting the value of its currency in a secret trade-weighted band.

A sustained slide in prices can be damaging for an economy if it leads to a fall in demand as buyers hold back from making purchases in anticipation of yet lower prices.

However, Prakriti Sofat, an economist at HSBC, said in a note that the risk of sustained deflation in Singapore was remote since consumer prices would fall as the boost from high food and other commodity prices drops out of the annual price comparison.

The Singapore dollar fell to 1-� month low of 1.512 against the U.S. dollar after the GDP data, compared with 1.51 before the data.

It was trading at 1.5044 at 0516 GMT. The central bank said it saw no reason for a persistent weakening of the currency after it fell from a record high in July.

For key central bank and government quotes [ID:nSP422528]

JOB LOSSES

"I'm bearish for the Singapore dollar," said Irene Cheung, currency strategist at Royal Bank of Scotland in Singapore.

"I expect monetary policy to remain accommodative -- they should have recentred the band earlier, but they might still do it -- the sooner the better."

The government expects non-oil domestic exports, which make up around 70 percent of the Southeast Asian city-state's economy, to shrink 9 percent to 11 percent this year, while total trade, which includes entreport activities, may plunge 17-19 percent.

Its manufacturing industry contracted by 10.7 percent in the fourth quarter from the previous year, while services industries recorded no growth. Financial services in Southeast Asia's banking capital fell 1.8 percent.

Singapore last reported three straight quarters of economic contraction in 2001 after the dotcom bubble burst in the United States, badly hurting the island's big electronics sector.

Reflecting the downturn in Singapore, sales of watches and jewellery, popular tourist buys, have fallen. German fashion label Hugo Boss has a 50 percent sale on its suits this month and a night club is offering beer for a dollar to entice customers.

Economists expect the government to unveil fiscal stimulus measures on Thursday in its annual budget and a senior government minister said this week it might tap its multi-billion-dollar reserves for the first time to tackle the slump.

Stimulus measures could include infrastructure spending, tax rebates, training and targeted help for the poor.

"The results show the further deterioration from the global downturn and Singapore is hardly immune from it. I believe there will be emphasis for fiscal measures for the Singapore budget tomorrow, stimulus measures and bolstering for a safety net," said David Cohen of Action Economics. (Additional reporting by Kevin Lim and Saeed Azhar; Editing by Neil Fullick)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

Wearing shorts and tank-tops is akin to prostitution???

Original comments from a reporter when MDIS came out with this rule

WHEN the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) enforced a dress code for its students two months ago, it led to an uproar among the students.

Much as I would like to say I support such a rule, I found, unfortunately, that I was more inclined towards indignation.

Why? Because having graduated not long ago, I was one of those students who dressed casually.

Shorts, micro-skirts, tank-tops ? I wore them all.

I understand the conservatives who protest that a tertiary institution deserves respect, and that dressing appropriately on the premises is required.

But I take offence when people say that wearing shorts and tank-tops is akin to prostitution.

The dress code prompted a Stomp contributor to comment: ?You go (to school) to get an education, not to prostitute yourself.?

I believe Singapore has not come to the point where having long hair and wearing a tank-top constitutes prostitution.

Besides, isn't a tertiary institution one which promotes independence, creativity and exploration?

My university years were among the best times of my life – well, partly because I did not have to wake up early.

Rouse me from bed before 7am and I turn into an emotionally-unstable grouch.

More importantly, it marked for me my first tentative steps as an adult.

I was happy because of the freedom that I was enjoying for the first time.

To me, university is a time when you break away from the constraints of secondary school and junior college, with their rigid class schedules and uniforms.

It is also the period where you are taught to stand on your own feet; where there is freedom to choose your modules, freedom to study when you want to, freedom to go as you will, freedom to think beyond things that are taken for granted, and freedom to dream.

And, of course, freedom to dress as you like.

During this time, you get to learn discipline as well as manage your time and life in a way that works for you.

We will wear more solemn – and appropriate – clothes for the next 40 years, so do we really have to start so young?

Only in a comfortable and non-restrictive environment can we learn how to express ourselves and build our own identity.

When you bind students to an unforgiving dress code, it is somewhat incongruous with the vision universities have of nurturing creativity and critical thinking in their students.

My take on the matter?

Give tertiary students a break. Allow them to enjoy this period of their life, and let them grow up at their own pace. Because, trust me, they will in due time.

myp@sph.com.sg

The reply from a reader...

Fine to dress down - outside school

I REFER to the commentary, 'Wearing shorts sluttish? Give me a break' (my paper, Jan 14).

I am aware of the situation the columnist refers to, having graduated from a tertiary institution not long ago.

When I was in campus, there were many students who dressed casually in shorts, micro- skirts and tank-tops. Some students sported dyed hair and came to classes with thick make-up.

I am not for or against their style of dress, which is now common. However, I wish to point out the fact that most local tertiary institutions and universities (except junior colleges, which have uniforms) uphold a common dress code.

Many students in these institutions pursue higher learning for the sake of professional advancement.

Thus, I hope that these students would be responsible when it comes to their actions, moral obligations and, yes, dressing.

As pointed out by the writer, students' university years mark their first steps into adulthood. Dress is an important indicator of one's image, regardless of one's race, religion or social background.

Students should be grateful that they have the opportunity to further their studies and contribute to Singapore's progress.

Dressing sloppily in class could project a negative image not only to lecturers, but also to the general public.

My question is: What is so wrong about dressing appropriately for school?

Everyone has many opportunities in their private lives, such as at home and at outings with friends, to dress casually and let their hair down.

I hope that my honest opinion on the issue will not be seen in a negative light.

Mr Muhammad Dzul Azhan Haji Sahban

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

One month overdue ...

In New Delhi, Mr. Sharma comes homes one night, and his wife throws her arms around his neck:
"
I have great news: I'm a month overdue. I think we're going to have a baby! The doctor gave me a test today, but until we find out for sure, we can't tell anybodyI".

The next day, Mrs. Sharma receives a telephone call from DEB (Delhi Electric Board) because the electricity bill has not been paid..
"Am I speaking to Mrs Sharma?
"
Yes, speaking"
"You're a month overdue, you know!"
"
How do YOU know?" stammers the young woman.
"Well, maam, it's in our files!" says the DEB guy.
"
What are you saying? It's in your files... HOW????"
"Yes.... we have a system of finding out who's overdue"
"
Oh my Goodness!!!!! This is too much..."
"Madam, I am sorry... I am following orders. I have to inform you are overdue".
"
I know that.... Let me talk to my husband about this tonight. He will speak to your company tomorrow"

That night, she tells her husband about the call, and he, mad as a bull, rushes to the DEB office the next morning.
"
What's going on? You have it on your file that my wife is one month overdue? What business is that of yours?" the husband shouts.
"Just calm down," says the lady at the reception at DEB.

"it's nothing serious. All you have to do is pay us."
"
PAY you? And if I refuse?"
"Well, in that case, sir, we'd have no option but to cut yours off."
"
And what would my wife do then?" the husband asks.
"I don't know. I guess she'd have to use a candle?"

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bragging

People who boast have an inferiority complex. They try to increase their importance by lying about their achievements or what they can do. Skiting, boasting, name-dropping, big-noting oneself, and having a swelled head are other names for this vice.

People who have accomplished something don't have to boast. People who are not bothered about their position in the world don't see the need to brag. People who accept their position and status in the community realize it is fruitless to try to convince others of their superiority.

What kind of people, then, find it necessary to exaggerate their importance or achievements to all and sundry? Those people who feel inferior in some way. They lack self-esteem, self-respect, and self-love.

There are two kinds of self-love that we need to clarify here. One is positive and the other negative.

The positive self-love is loving oneself as Soul, a creation of God. We can love our inner self because it is flawless and faultless. It is a Spark of God.

Those who know this as truth know that to think of themselves as better or more important in any way than anyone else is denying what they know: that every other individual is also Soul and shares the same attributes, power, and love. They are all equal in the sight of God.

Negative Self-love

Negative self-love is vanity: the belief that the person is better in some way than any other individual.

It is a strange phenomenon that vanity gives rise to the inferiority complex that causes bragging. At one level the person believes in his superiority. But at a deeper level he knows that he is inferior in some ways to other people.

This causes uncertainty and the individual is in a state of imbalance a lot of the time. In the presence of other people he tries to prove his superiority, but when he is by him/herself he is plagued by the knowings that he can't live up to the image he assumes in public.

But he can't help him/herself. He must continue his charade or suffer public humiliation. Because his world is built on lies and he has become so accustomed to lying to him/herself and others, he can't bring him/herself to tell the truth about him/herself.

Disadvantages of Bragging

People tire very quickly of hearing someone talking about their achievements to anyone who is forced to listen to them. They remove themselves from the boaster's vicinity at the first opportunity.

The braggart makes few friends because new people he meets are targets for their real or imagined exploits. As soon as the prospective friend realizes that most of what is said is hot air, they beat a hasty retreat. So the braggart has few friends.

Handling Bragging

Bragging only occurs in those people in whom vanity is a major weakness. For most of us the problem is more how to handle a braggart rather than being a braggart ourselves.

The best method is to keep your distance from him/her. If you happen to be caught with him/her, you can excuse yourself and say that you are late for an important meeting and scurry off as soon as possible.

Although one would like to bring the braggart down to earth with cutting remarks about the truth of his/her claims, this would mean we are being caught up in his/her game. We become the victims of our own vanity and anger. Therefore, we won't be doing ourselves any favours. This anger and vanity will come back to cause us trouble some time in the future.

John Bright 

Monday, January 12, 2009

Matrix 4 -George W. Bush ( Don'T MisS )

Found this entertainment from Nikita's e-mail. I never thought that George W. Bush was very good in avoiding shoes!

And so this is how to protect the president from the shoes...

Saturday, January 10, 2009

GIRLS IN MY CIRCLE


When I was little,
I used to believe in the concept of one best friend,
And then I started to become a woman.
And then I found out that if you allow your heart to open up,
God would show you the best in many friends.

One friend is needed when you're going through things with your man.
Another friend is needed when you're going through things with your mom.
Another will sit beside you in the bleachers as you delight in your children and their activities.
Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be.
One friend will say, 'Let's cry together,'
Another , 'Let's fight together,'
Another , 'Let's walk away together.'

One friend will meet your spiritual need,
Another your shoe fetish,
Another your love for movies,
Another will be with you in your season of confusion,
Another will be your clarifier,
Another the wind beneath your wings.

It may all be wrapped up in one woman,
But for many, it's wrapped up in several..
One from 7th grade,One from high school,
Several from the college years,a couple from old jobs,
On some days your mother,On some days your neighbour,
On others, your sisters,
And on some days, your daughters.

So whether they've been your friend for 20 minutes or 20 years
AND ONLY IF YOU'D LIKE TO
Pass this on to the women that God has placed in your life to make a difference.

~Thanks for being in my circle~

Thursday, January 8, 2009

This weekend, are your friends are going?

Got this e-mail again and again. Since I'm not going, just feel like sharing with you all the next happening you can find in Malaysia :)

Are your friends going to YOUTH'09 this weekend?

youth09 ---> (updated)

I think your friends might be going... we counted altogether 15,800+ youths have already gotten their YOUTH'09 pass! (Which means they're going to be part of over 100 exciting activities. See the schedule we've added more than 15 new updates!) There's definitely going to be a lot of old and new friends to meet.

Join us this exciting weekend to start 2009 in a fun way! Entrance is free!

For more information, visit youth09
See you there?

Rina,
YOUTH'09 Team
YOUTH'09 is Malaysia's Largest Youth Lifestyle Festival, with 100 exciting youth activities happening across 3 days, from 9th to 11th January 2009 at PTWC.
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P.S ---- I've attached the event flyer in this email, forward it to your friends if you can - we need to make sure no one misses out on this wonderful weekend?

P.P.S --- If you are already going to YOUTH'09 - see what other YOUTH'09 volunteers are doing...

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Flyer GM quits

IN A shock move, Singapore Flyer general manager Steven Yeo - the public face of the attraction since the Dec 23 incident which left 173 people trapped on the giant observation wheel for six hours - has resigned.

He tendered his resignation on Monday, giving six months' notice.

But Flyer management told him to go immediately, and by yesterday afternoon, he had cleared out his desk.

His sudden exit was among several signs of tension among the Flyer's top management.

Contacted last night, Mr Yeo declined to go into the details of his departure.

'I have no further comment as I would rather deal with the matter privately with Flyer management,' he said.

When asked about his resignation and the reasons for it, Singapore Flyer management would only confirm that he was gone.

But, according to Mr Yeo's resignation letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Straits Times, he quit over differences with his bosses and alleged breaches of his terms of employment.

Mr Yeo, 46, was previously general secretary of the Football Association of Singapore and deputy chief executive officer of the Singapore Sports Council.

In his resignation letter, he said he had joined the Flyer on the understanding that as general manager, he would hold 'the most senior management position and would be responsible for all operating functions'.

But, a week before the Flyer incident, company chairman Florian Bollen decided to form an executive committee and have Mr Yeo report to it. That, Mr Yeo alleged in his letter, had 'negated' his role.

The result, he wrote, was that he was confined to 'micro management'.

The Straits Times also learnt yesterday of tensions within the Flyer's four-man board of directors, who comprise Mr Bollen, Mr Joerg Loewejohann, Mr Peter Purcell and Mr Thomas Bone Winkel.

Mr Bollen and Mr Purcell are Singapore permanent residents, while the other two are Germans.

Mr Purcell told The Straits Times that he had had frequent disagreements with Mr Bollen on various matters concerning how the business was run. He declined to go into further detail.

When asked about tension at the top, a company spokesman said last night: 'There have been minority opinions from time to time, but the board has a majority of support.

'In any matter of discussion, a difference of opinions is quite natural. There are disagreements, but in no particular areas.'

Pressed to elaborate, he said the matters were confidential.

Meanwhile, The Straits Times understands that questions have also been raised about the Flyer's financial health.

A report prepared recently for one of banks linked to the Flyer questioned its ability to meet expected revenue projections, among other things.

But the Flyer spokesman said the company had rejected the report.

He admitted that the attraction had been hit badly by the shutdown since the Dec 23 incident, as that meant missing what would have been a busy Christmas and New Year period.

But, he added: 'We are absolutely financially stable.

'We suffered because the Christmas sales were not there. It was a major blow for us, to be very frank about it, but we are insured against the loss of revenue.'

A fire in the control room caused the giant observation wheel to stop turning on Dec 23. The incident led to a police-mandated shutdown.

Two weeks into the closure, tenants at the Flyer complex are anxious about when it will reopen, and whether visitors will return.

The company spokesman would only say last night that initial investigations had been done and the company had come up with technical solutions which would be presented to the authorities today.

It hoped an announcement would be made by the end of the week, he added.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Very Ugly Suzuki Swift Driver....

Female carpark bully:
If I can 'chope' seat with tissue,
I can 'chope' parking lot 

STOMPer Sadpanda wanted to reverse into an available lot at VivoCity's carpark, but was stunned to find a woman standing in the middle of it.

He signalled to tell her he was reversing, but was shocked to be told that the lot was reserved for her husband.

John tells STOMP:

"Yesterday (Dec 14), I arrived at the VivoCity's carpark just before 7pm and found a nice lot near the lift lobby. I wanted to reverse in but there was this woman standing in the lot.

"She appeared to be texting someone on her phone so I signalled my intention to reverse into the lot and even lowered my window to let her know I was coming in.

"She told me to park elsewhere as she was 'chope-ing' the lot for her husband who was on his way.

 
"Dumbfounded, I told her, "You can't do that".

"First come first serve. She told me off and said she can.

"Her justification to me was that, "If I can chope seat in a foodcourt with a tissue packet, I can chope a parking lot."

"Moments later, her husband finally arrived in his blue Suzuki swift.

"As I was in a half-parked position since his wife was standing in the lot, he stopped in the middle of the driveway, came out of the car, took stock of the situation and waved me along, asking me to find another lot since his wife came first.

"I said "No way! How can anyone do this? And get away with it?" To which he even dared to say, "Surely you have seen people do this before?"

"I told him that they were being unreasonable. He denied being so and said instead that I was the one being unreasonable. He accused ME of being "kiasu" and should instead go look for another lot. We argued for a few minutes, passers-by came and went and eventually cars started to pile up behind and were honking.

"Cursing my own damn luck to meet this couple, I swallowed my pride and moved off so as not to obstruct traffic. I did find a lot after I moved off and gladly parked in it.

"As I walked to the lobby, I caught sight of the couple and went towards them, demanding an apology. They shoo-ed me off and warned me of harassing them, even threatening to call the police. I told them they epitomised the true blue ugly Singaporean to which he answered, "Sorry to disappoint you but I'm not Singaporean".

"Obviously a crowd of curious shoppers took notice. He showed me the middle finger and shouted vulgarities at me.

"How can people get away with such thing? Have we lost total decency and decorum?"

Do you think it is all right for people to reserve lots this way? Tell us.



Monday, January 5, 2009

Faith - An Interesting Conversation

An Atheist Professor of Philosophy speaks to his Class on the Problem Science has with GOD, The ALMIGHTY.

He asks one of his New Christian Students to stand and . . .

Professor : You are a Christian, aren't you, son ?
Student   : Yes, sir.
Professor : So you Believe in GOD ?
Student   : Absolutely, sir.
Professor : Is GOD Good ?
Student   : Sure.
Professor : Is GOD ALL - POWERFUL ?
Student   : Yes.
Professor : My Brother died of Cancer even though he Prayed to GOD to Heal him. Most of us would attempt to Help Others who are ill. But GOD didn't. How is this GOD Good then ? Hmm ?

( Student is silent )

Professor : You can't answer, can you ? Let's start again, Young Fella. Is GOD Good ?
Student   : Yes.. 
Professor : Is Satan good ?
Student   : No.
Professor : Where does Satan come from ?
Student   : From . . . GOD . . .
Professor : That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in this World ?
Student   : Yes.
Professor : Evil is everywhere, isn't it ? And GOD did make Everything.. Correct ?
Student   : Yes.
Professor : So who created evil ?

( Student does not answer )

Professor : Is there Sickness ? Immorality ? Hatred ? Ugliness ? All these terrible things exist in the World, don't they ?
Student   : Yes, sir.
Professor : So, who Created them ?

( Student has no answer )

Professor : Science says you have 5 Senses you use to Identify and Observe the World around you. Tell me, son . . . Have you ever Seen GOD ?
Student   : No, sir.
Professor : Tell us if you have ever Heard your GOD ?
Student   : No , sir.
Professor : Have you ever Felt your GOD , Tasted your GOD , Smelt your GOD Have you ever had any Sensory Perception of GOD for that matter ?
Student   : No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't.
Professor : Yet you still Believe in HIM ?
Student   : Yes.
Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son ?
Student   : Nothing. I only have my Faith .
Professor : Yes. Faith . And that is the Problem Science has.
Student   : Professor, is there such a thing as Heat ?
Professor : Yes.
Student   : And is there such a thing as Cold ?
Professor : Yes.
Student   : No sir. There isn't.

( The Lecture Theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events )

Student   : Sir, you can have Lots of Heat, even More Heat, Superheat, Mega Heat, White Heat, a Little Heat or No Heat. But we don't have anything called Cold. We can hit 458 Degrees below Zero which is No Heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as Cold.. Cold is only a Word we use to describe the Absence of Heat. We cannot Measure Cold. Heat is Energy. Cold is Not the Opposite of Heat, sir, just the Absence of it.

( There is Pin - Drop Silence in the Lecture Theatre )

Student   : What about Darkness, Professor ? Is there such a thing as Darkness ?
Professor : Yes. What is Night if there isn't Darkness ?
Student   : You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is the Absence of Something. You can have Low Light, Normal  Light, Bright Light, Flashing Light . . . But if you have No Light constantly, you have Nothing and it's called Darkness, isn't it ? In reality, Darkness isn't. If it is, were you would be able to make Darkness Darker, wouldn't you ?
Professor : So what is the point you are making, Young Man ?
Student   : Sir, my point is your Philosophical Premise is Flawed.
Professor : Flawed ? Can you explain how ?
Student   : Sir, you are working on the Premise of Duality. You argue there is Life and then there is Death, a Good GOD and a Bad GOD You are viewing the Concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can't even explain a Thought. It uses Electricity and Magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view Death as the Opposite of Life is to be ignorant of the fact that Death cannot exist as a Substantive Thing. Death is Not the Opposite of Life : just the Absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you Teach your Students that they Evolved from a Monkey ?
Professor : If you are referring to the Natural Evolutionary Process, yes, of course, I do.
Student   : Have you ever observed Evolution with your own eyes, sir ?

( The Professor shakes his head with a Smile, beginning to realize where the Argument is going )

Student   : Since no one has ever observed the Process of Evolution at work and cannot even prove that this Process is an On - Going Endeavor, are you not Teaching your Opinion, sir ? Are you not a Scientist but a Preacher ?

( The Class is in Uproar )

Student   : Is there anyone in the Class who has ever Seen the Professor's Brain ?

( The Class breaks out into Laughter )

Student   : Is there anyone here who has ever Heard the Professor's Brain, Felt it, Touched or Smelt it ? ... No one appears to have done so. So, according to the Established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have No Brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then Trust your Lectures, sir ?

( The Room is Silent. The Professor stares at the Student, his face unfathomable )

Professor : I guess you'll have to take them on Faith , son.
Student   : That is it sir ... the Link between Man & GOD is FAITH . That is all that Keeps Things Moving & Alive.

NB:
I believe you have enjoyed the Conversation ... and if so ... you'll probably want your Friends / Family to enjoy the same ... won't you ? ...
Pass them this link to Increase their Knowledge ... or FAITH