Guest Appearance on NTV7’s Talk Show – Venus

Again, I am so glad to be invited to a NTV7’s live talk show – ‘Venus’ with Aishah Sinclair, who is also the host of the local most famous dance reality show – So you think you can dance.

Venus is ntv7’s latest womens’ talk show programme that aims to empower an affluent generation of Malaysian women who have high expectations for their lives.  The program offers solutions, informs and entertains the modern working mother and also the go-getter single career woman.  It is also a platform for Malaysian women to voice out opinions, share ideas and experiences.

Today’s topic is about what it takes to become a successful individual who is constantly motivated. The episode aims to inspire the viewers on achieving dreams and setting goals for oneself.

Here’s the pictorial highlights today:

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This is the first time I actually saw my name on the TV screen with the title on it.

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Human are born to be success. If you are upset, what’s the big deal? You are only yet to success, not you can’t success!

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Aishah is doing a round up conclusion of my points and I must say she has done a really really good job for the audience!

If you miss it, you may catch the show again here at NTV7 website.

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2008 Wesak International Film Festival

Thanks to Nishiki, he brings to my attention on 2008 Wesak International Film Festival (WIFF).

The WIFF presents more than 10 Buddhist themed and inspired cinema from several countries – full length movies, documentaries, animation and children’s films.

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Amongst White Clouds, one of the movies to be shown at WIFF.
This 2007 film was inspired by Bill Porter’s book (better known as Red Pine), Road to Heaven. It was awarded Official Selection at various film festivals in the US and Israel.
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The objective of the WIFF is to use the audio-visual media to create greater awareness of Buddhism among the general public. This is the second such event, the first held in 2006.

The film festival is spread out over two weekends, beginning from Saturday, June 14 and closing on Sunday, June 22 2008. It will be held at the Malaysia Tourism Centre, located in 109, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, a very accessible location near the Petronas Twin Towers.

Admission to all movies are FREE. Spread the news folks!


Candle of hope

I am going to share with you an uplifting story about we should not let our flame of hope go out of our life. With hope, we can live in faith, love and peace.

What touches me is that, this is the first story I got from my dad, who is working oversea, via email today. I still remember the last sms I sent to him. It was a message with a deep thought, but hitting on a time 30 years later, it didn’t sound so good for our family, especially when I am the one who post that question. That was the time I know we have been trying very hard to achieve family happiness. With this story he sent to me, I know the answer is near, at least we give it a thought. It’s never too late, really.

How I wish my mom can understand this story too. I really hope she can join us to be part of the candle-of-hope family.

This is the story of Candle of hope. Enjoy! 

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The Middle Finger in Transformer Movie

Has anyone watched the latest Transformer movie? Malaysia rated the movie ‘U’ – General viewing for all age. Singapore rated ‘PG’ – Parental guidance suggested. US rated ‘PG13’ – Parents strongly cautioned, may not suitable for children under 13. Regardless of what is the rating liked, what interests me is the middle finger in this movie.

The middle finger appears in the used car scene in which the lead actor and his dad were looking to buy a used car. The owner of the used car shop was greeted by his family member, who was sitting behind, with a middle finger. It was airbrush-censored in Malaysia, whereas Singapore, it was nothing to hide.

The creator of the middle finger must be very proud. I bet he wouldn’t have known this sign now brings a powerful impact to our culture (and movies), and even influence the way people communicate nowadays. See this:

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Err… how about this?

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See? The creator should deserve a prize or an award for his achievement, right?Actually what comes in my mind is that, since when this sign has gained a standard definition, and why do some countries censored it, whereas others just leave it for ‘parental guidance’? Does the ban help stop promoting the sign? Or does it really mean something?

This gesture is mostly used as a non-verbal communication of saying ‘f**k you’ globally, but its origin is quite speculative. For those who has the similar curiousity liked me, check here to know more. I learn a lot, really. Trust me; this is a good question with a good thought!


Ladies first, huh?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladies-first policy now has a new extension. In a latest shopping spot in Damansara Mutiara, female single driver has certainly deserved a privilege. To eligible yourself to park at the nearest parking row right in front of the most access entrance, all you need is: to be a female driver.

The result: The moment I took these pictures, I have seen those who took these parking lots are females, of course, but they are in groups, not single driver. After they park their vehicles, you can still see them walking in the most leisure manner, as usual, you can still hear their talkative and laughter from the desperate housewives. In the other hand, it is not surprising that some other drivers are still desperately looking for their parking.

I have been thinking of a solid reason for the above priority. I have asked my female friends why is this privilege. They said because female is the shopping king, they have more spending power, so they should be rewarded. But how come they never think of this seemingly beautiful excuse: their safety. You know when female walking alone, all the way just to look for their car. Dangerous you know?

See, I am no gender discrimination. I would like to take care of them. But just see how people abusing it. What comes in my mind is: why females, yes, females like to ‘Ladies first, please.’ when they fight for their bonuses, whereas come across issues which are not favour to them, they will say ‘You are tough man ok? You should help.’.

I thought female always want equal rights as male? Now you have it, but what’s next for you girls?

Catch these privileges in the ‘most gentlemen’ shopping spot in Malaysia – CineLeisure Damansara, KL.


Do you LOHAS?

Have you LOHAS?

This is what my student asked me after he returned from oversea study. He said he want to do LOHAS here. A big business also, he said.

But, what is Lohas?

According to my web research, LOHAS is an acronym for Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability, a market segment focused on health and fitness, the environment, personal development, sustainable living, and social justice. LOHAS describes a $228.9 billion U.S. marketplace for goods and services focused on health, the environment, social justice, personal development and sustainable living. The consumers attracted to this market have been collectively referred to as Cultural Creatives and represent a sizable group in this country. Approximately 30 percent of the adults in the U.S., or 50 million people, are currently considered LOHAS Consumers.

I bet this is going to be a big woo-haa in Malaysia soon.

“So what does Lohas-ians do?”, I asked.

He said Lohasians (people who consumes Lohas) are interested in products covering a range of market sectors and sub-sectors, including: Green building supplies, socially responsible investing and “green stocks”, alternative healthcare, organic clothing and food, personal development media, yoga and other fitness products, eco-tourism and more.

Well, I have been thinking of venturing into new business and this seems to be a good one. I think I better do something on this before it grows famous in Malaysia soon.

Get it from me soon Malaysia Lohasians!


把 KLCC 吃进肚子里吧!

双峰塔的纸巾面包,还是头一次发现,还是朋友带我去的。

记得有一个台湾朋友来到马来西亚,我连忙的说一定要去我们最骄傲的双峰塔。我觉得这是我最能体现Malaysia boleh!(马来西亚能!)的了。

其实,最能证明“马来西亚能”是我们的美食,这也是这位台湾朋友告诉我的。说真的,我们虽然有闻名世界的高塔,却不曾为它留住任何回忆,相反的,外来游客来到这边却恨不得要把它套在相机带回家。我们不曾为我们的骄傲留住,老实说:你在我们的骄傲拍过照吗?

不管了。如果你不曾为它留恋,把它吃进肚子里吧!Roti tisu KLCC,就在The Curve 隔壁的Tesco 旁边的妈妈挡。

Yes, you are right, this is the world’s tallest and thinnest roti (some sort of flour bread) – the KLCC tissue roti!

For those who are keen to know more about this tallest ‘thin bread’, visit any Mamak (Indian Muslim) restaurant. This is the Mamak restaurant besides the Curve Shopping Mall and Tesco, which is situated just opposite the IKEA & IKANO power centre.