Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Good Joke

I haven't been here for quite a while now so I thought I start off again with a nice joke!

A bus stops and two Italian men get on. They sit down and engage in an animated conversation. The lady sitting behind them ignores them at first, but her attention is galvanized when she hears one of the men say the following:

"Emma come first. Den I come. Den two asses come together. I come again once-a-more. Two asses, they come together again. I come again and pee twice. Then I come one lasta time."

"You foul-mouthed swine," retorted the lady indignantly. "In this country we don't talk about our sex lives in public!"

"Hey, coola down lady," said the man. "who talkin abouta sexa? I'm a justa tellin' my frienda how to spella 'Mississippi'"!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

And 2009 was fast or what?
and the Top Ten for 2009 as by My Fonts are;
  1. Champion Script Pro
  2. Geogrotesque
  3. Liza Pro
  4. Calluna
  5. Memoriam
  6. Alright Sans
  7. Ivory
  8. Narziss
  9. We Love Nature
  10. Aphrodite Slim Pro
With our personal favorite being Ivory, (and No we are not gay!)

and back to blogging we go!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I am gonna try to lose weight!

I have been reading this article about Dr. Oz.
And he said something about the ideal waist size, or the max healthy waist measurement.

It goes something like this; the measurement of your waist shoud be half the lenght of your height. So for me this means that since I am 68 inches tall, my waist measurement should be 34 inches.
Come to think of it I look pretty good when I was 34" at the waist.
But now, I am 40 inches at the waist. So there is pressure on my kidneys is what Dr. Oz says. That increases blood pressure is what Dr. Oz says.

He says that it takes 6,000 steps a day to maintain a healthy life, but 10,000 steps a days to start losing weight. So I am going to start walking 10,000 steps a day.
Already got my state-of-art pedometer (a little digital device that counts steps; mine is a Omron brand that goes onto my belt), and for the next few days I am gonna find out how many steps, I tally every day.

Then phase two of my programme!
Will kep all of you posted!

And that a pic of me at the Singapore Army Open House.

Its Been A While

Its been quite a while now.
Months I suppose.
I sorta blog-burned out.
I guess I was in it for the money. The wrong oblectives.

Anyway, I will try to post more stuff.
Stuff for my self I suppose.

And stuff that I really like!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

“Brace Brace, Heads Down, Grab your Heels”

It’s taken me a while to write up this post. And then it’s just a collection of the memories of that day and situation. Not really structured.

It’s been a long time since I had been in any sort of emergency. Life prepares you to handle them, but you are never really sure how you would react. But on that day, which started as normal as it could be, for an early morning flight to Mandalay I found that I was strangely indifferent to impending doom.

That morning, I was half asleep through the entire check-in process right up to the point of getting into my seat on the plane (as I had this journey dozens of times).
And then blank, I had a nice nap, and as always I awake right before landing at Bagan, I always want to catch a glance at the temples and pagodas.

Then the unusual process starts.
The pilot circles the airport for a few times, affording a lovely view of Bagan, before he heads off to Mandalay.
A minor technicality, the captain says!
He is in control, the captain says!.
We then circle Mandalay airport burning up all our fuel, while emergency preparations take place onboard and on the ground.
I have all of this on video.
Everything turns out ok.
The pilot brings the plane down on one of the smoothest landings that I have ever experienced and the cabin erupts with happy applause.
Some of the passengers are quite shaken. The crew was as professional as ever that I have seen. Bravo to the Air Bagan crew that day. I suppose that in the movies the aircrew members panic for the benefit of the audience, because there was none of that, that day.

The thing in the movies about your entire life rushing before your eyes right before calamity strikes!, I found out that it’s real and it happened to me there and then, and I thought – oh S**t, this is gonna be the end of my life?
My thoughts rushed to take stock of my entire life, it was fun! My wife and daughter would be Ok, everyone I cared about would be Ok without me in their lives. And my only regret was that I would not get too see my wee little daughter grow up to become whatever she would be.
I felt a little sad about that.

I remember a scene about my father who had a fatal liver condition, one morning he was busy scribbling away and then he showed us what he had down. He had written his own obituary, and seemed to be rather satisfied of the result.
So that decided it for me, if I was to die, I would experience the entire episode from the point of a detached human-behavior studying scientist, and as always I regard myself as I observer of human behavior under extreme stress.

Then I noticed;
It was 2009, the 9th day, at 9:00 am, could the total number of people on that flight total to a number that could add up to a 9? (Example - 63 people: 6 + 3 = 9, 45 people: 4+5=9!! I would not be surprised).

Flashes and excerpts that I remember;
“Due to a technical inconvenience we will be diverting to Mandalay International Airport.”
“Everything is under my control!”

The pilot puts the plane into a series of gut wrenching maneuvers to dislodge the anything (the ‘whatever’, they won’t tell us) that is stuck!
“Hey, look at the fire engines all rushing for out for us!”
“They have stopped all air traffic from Nyaung Oo, HeHo and Yangon airports, and the entire Mandalay Tada Oo airport is preparing for us to land!”
The plane is circling the Mandalay airport to reduce the load of fuel it has onboard. (can’t they flip a switch to dump the fuel?) Probably to reduce the size of the potential fireball that we could possibly create I think.

The air stewardesses are preparing the emergency exits. And arranging so that Myanmar passengers to sit beside them and taking positions there.

They are asking us to practice the brace position and checking if every passenger is able to do it.
They are asking us to remove all sharp items from our pockets and ladies to remove high heels and the sort.
They are asking all the passengers who are wearing spectacles to take them off and put them into the seat pocket in front (Now I am technically blind).
After the plane landed we mentioned to each other that “Today is a good day and nothing could ever top this, at least for today”.
One of the passengers cracks a good joke, and I tell him “That’s a really good joke but sorry for not laughing!”
I meet the pilot and ask him the truth of the matter and he replies that the panel light that indicates that the front nose landing gear had deployed properly, did not light up. And that’s why he flew to Mandalay airport to ask the control tower to take a look for him as he flew over it. So then he executed the smoothest landing that he ever did.

My wife thought I was making part of all this up until she saw the videos, and then she said that I was so cold blooded to makes jokes about all of it when I could die in a few minutes.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

A Rare Opportunity, Home for sale in Pyin Oo Lwin , Mandalay, Myanmar

You might not see somthing like this at this price again! ever!
Beautiful 3000 sq ft family house
Anisakahn near Pyin Oo Lwin

This spacious, immaculate house, with parquet throughout, includes 3 tiled bathrooms, 3 double bedrooms, two kitchens, split level living room, vaulted entrance and reception room.
Porticos, one at the front and one at the rear, protect the generously proportioned front and garden doors.

This house is near the Monastery of Sin Gaun Gyi, and has extensive views over the new airport at Anisakahn

The whole property is ideal for a family, or, because of its extensive hospitality amenities, as a Guest House.

Electricity, solar and electrically heated hot water in all bathrooms and kitchens, a tube well, and a garden well make gracious and easy living a pleasure here.

A 50 foot balcony to the east, and bedroom balconies on the north and south sides provide pleasant outside relaxation.
All enquiries to 09-510-5427 or
English House, Sin Gaun Gyi, Anisakahn
or EH, 149 Forest Road, Pyin Oo Lwin(near Thiri Myanmar Hotel)
3% commission. Target price 1500 lakhs, negotiable,
and can be paid in forex offshore or kyats onshore.
Best wishes

Monday, April 27, 2009

Moreno Extreme Land Rover Defender

The phenomenon that is Land Rover began in 1948 when the Series I was released with the advertising slogan the 'go anywhere' vehicle. Fifty-Seven years later, what began as a post war project to keep the Rover Car Company afloat has developed into a British motoring legend and over two-thirds of Land Rover's sold in the last half century are still in use today.
Now known as the Defender, Land Rover's iconic off-road vehicle is the benchmark for all modern four-wheel-drives and is often described as the 'hero' of the Land Rover range. Often seen as the vehicle of choice for expeditions and adventures including Lara Croft's transport in the Tomb Raider films which proved so popular that Land Rover introduced a limited edition 'Tomb Raider' model. When Sir Ranulph Fiennes embarked on an epic around-the-world trip it was a Land Rover Defender that he chose to rely on.
Available with a choice of three wheelbase lengths - 90, 110 and 130 the Defender offers a range of body-styles. The 90 and 110 are available as a pick-up, hardtop and station wagon whilst the 110 is also available as a double cab and the 130 as a crew cab. Defenders can also be converted or adapted to fulfil more unusual roles such as fire tenders, ambulances and fitted with protective bodywork for peace keeping duties.

Checkout the entire review here!

GM, Segway PUMA Concept

From the 2009 New York Auto Show,'s Kelsey Mays takes a look at GM and Segway's PUMA (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility) concept.
Out this April 2009

You gotta check it out!
The Amazing future has arrived!

Monday, April 20, 2009

A story like 'a Disney movie' ; Why Susan Boyle inspires us!

After a week of unabashed hysteria about Scottish chanteuse Susan Boyle, it's time to pause and ask: What's that all about?
A psychological boost for a world battered by economic calamity? A spiritual moment for millions in search of transcendence? Maybe it's about rooting for the underdog. Or maybe it's just a new reminder of an old truism: You can't judge a book by its cover.
"Susan Boyle is a Disney movie waiting to happen," says church worker Janelle Gregory, 34, of Olathe, Kan.

But why?

It's the vindication. "When they were making fun of her, I was getting annoyed," Carrigan says. "And inside I'm thinking, 'I hope she blows them away.' I was so happy when she just let them have it."

It's the surprise. "If you have expectations of someone, you need to be prepared to be surprised by them," says Paul Potts, the chunky former cellphone salesman who was the Susan Boyle of Britain's Got Talent in 2007 and has since sold millions of records as an opera-and-standards singer. His second album, Passione, arrives in the USA May 5. "It's part of human nature to make judgments based on first impressions, but sometimes we allow ourselves to be misguided by first impressions."

It's the guilt. Why the surprise? There's no correlation between appearance and talent, says Scott Grantham, 35, a financial analyst in Atlanta. "If she didn't look the way she did, would there be the same reaction? I don't think so," he says. "We make snap judgments based on appearance, and when we see those judgments were premature, we overcompensate by going so far in the other direction."

It's the shame. Boyle forced people to recognize how often they dismiss or ignore people because of their looks. "Is Susan Boyle ugly? Or are we?" asked essayist Tanya Gold in Britain's The Guardian.

It's the psychology. "There's an emotional state called elevation, characterized by a warm, glowing feeling, that we get when someone transcends our expectations," says Lynn Johnson, a psychologist in Salt Lake City. Boyle is "an elevator — we want to believe in something higher, that there's meaning in life and that the ugly duckling can become the beautiful swan."

It's the hope. "She has truly touched my heart and soul and lifted my spirits," says Anne Jolley of San Jose, who describes herself as 47, unemployed, frumpy and "disheartened, disenfranchised, disillusioned and dis-just-about-everything-else in these bleak times." The messages of Boyle, she says, are that "there is hope still in this world; that dreams really can come true; that cynical people can be turned around; that maybe my best years are not behind me after all."

• It's the distraction. With everything going on in the world, "our economy in the tank, my husband and I worried that we will lose our jobs — this was a feel-good/underdog story, and I ate it up," says Lisa Sweetnich, 40, a CPA in Massillon, Ohio.

• It's empowerment. "What are we all crying about?" asked writer Letty Cottin Pogrebin, founding editor of Ms. magazine, in her Huffington Post blog. "Partly, I think it's that a woman closing in on 50 had the courage to compete with the kids — and blew them out of the water."

• It's the authenticity. Unlike most of the contestants on, say, American Idol, Boyle clearly has not been groomed to be a pop star, so she is perceived as the real deal, says Ken Tucker, editor at large of Entertainment Weekly. "People want their idols to be authentic."

• It's the spiritual solace. "We're responding to someone who does not have the packaging expected of us, especially women, and in that moment of recognition, people got in touch with something so soulful and spiritual," says Laurie Sue Brockway, inspiration and family editor of "People felt blessed by that."

For many, it all comes down to ancient wisdom. Rahn Hasbargen, an accountant in St. Paul, cites John 7:24: "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."

"Never has that verse been explained more dramatically than in the case of Susan Boyle," Hasbargen says.

More people flock to Twitter as a conduit for information

Maybe you know about Ashton Kutcher’s obsession with Twitter. Last week the actor became the first tweeter to reach 1 million followers, and on Friday he got Oprah to join in.
You might have even heard about Corey Menscher, the new dad who made a tweeting habit of documenting every time his wife felt their baby kick before the boy was born in January.
But did you know this? The FBI twitters. So does the Johnson County sheriff’s office. Don’t forget the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas. Or physicians in Wisconsin who on Thursday took followers through a knee surgery, tweet by tweet.
It seems this land of Twitter — where life is documented on the Internet in 140 characters or less — isn’t just about celebrities or the silly anymore. It’s about real information, in real time.
Sometimes that can be tweeters telling people about a shooting in their town, or about who was arrested overnight and is now in the county jail. Or letting residents know about severe weather headed their way.
“Twitter is a scanner. It’s a scanner of life, scanner of the country,” said Jen Reeves, an expert in new media and a professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
And so many organizations are jumping in.
The sheriff’s office in Cass County, Mich. — population roughly 50,000 — posted its first tweet March 26. “Just started tweeting today! Hopefully found a way to get out our info to more of our citizens in a unique way.”
The next day: “Have more complaints of scams in Cass. People need to remember to NEVER give out personal info to unsolicited email, mail or phone calls.”
The FBI set up its Twitter page last fall, making it one of about 20 law enforcement agencies at the time with one. Today, at least 150 police agencies twitter, and the FBI has more than 2,600 followers.
During President Barack Obama’s inauguration, the bureau told its followers on Twitter which entrances to downtown Washington were closed and which were open. On a daily basis, tweets can be about new criminal charges across the country or wanted fugitives, even cold cases in need of information and where to call with it.
“The ‘Wanted’ posters of the past, while there’s a purpose for those, this is the new version of that,” said Special Agent Jason Pack, a spokesman in the bureau’s national press office. “Twitter is another tool we can use to put the faces and cases out there. … We want to keep up with the times and reach people we ordinarily wouldn’t be able to reach.”
Created three years ago at a San Francisco podcasting company as a way for people to instantly communicate with one another, isn’t just for the young. According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, the average Twitter user is 31.
And the number of those twittering grows every day. The same Pew study said that in May 2008, 6 percent of adult Internet users said they used Twitter or a similar microblogging service. Seven months later, the number had grown to 11 percent.

“People still ask, ‘Why would you want to do that?’ ” said Jen Humphrey, the spokeswoman for KU’s Biodiversity Institute, which includes the museum. “Microblogging is a phenomenon that has a great deal of power and allure for a community conversation.”
And the conversation is instant. Quicker than mass e-mails or phone calls, tweets can be sent to and from cell phones or BlackBerrys, too.
That is one reason Twitter would be a good way to alert students of an emergency on a college campus, such as a shooting or major incident, said Jeffrey Beeson, an MU spokesman.
“It’s the fastest way to notify people that we have,” Beeson said. “Hopefully we don’t have to use it for that.”

How To Nail An Interview (22 Tips)

Check this advice out
22 tips to ace an interview.

1. Cover letters are worthless
If you think a well-crafted cover letter (or email) explaining your lack of experience is going to make you stand out, you're wrong and shouldn't even waste your time. With 100's of people applying, there's just no time to read your "pitch". It's all about your resume. That's what sells you. That's what gets you the job interview.

2. 10 seconds to sell or say so long
Unless your resume catches the interviewer's eye in 10 seconds it's over, you're done. So the big question is how do I catch the interviewer's eye? Here comes the best advice on how to get a job interview you'll ever get. Cater your resume to the job description!!! I can't stress this point enough. It's imperative that you cater your resume to each position you apply for. And I mean taking each line on the job description and writing a line on your resume to reflect your experience with regard to that line.
Yes, it takes more time than sending the same resume to 100's of jobs, but you're far better off applying to a fraction of those jobs with a resume specifically written for each job. Put yourself in the interviewer's shoes. Their job is to hire the most qualified candidate. They've been given a set of qualifications to look for: aka the job description, and that's exactly what they're after, so give it to them!

3. Be on time
There is no excuse for it, none! You don't want a pissed off person interviewing you. Leave extra early, do whatever it takes. Blaming it on traffic or anything else doesn't matter (even if it's true).

4. Cell phone off
Obvious… but easily forgotten, at least it was with 2 of the people interviewed. Double and triple check to make sure your cell phone ringer is turned off.

5. Know the company, and why you want to work there
Google the company you're interviewing for. Learn as much as you can about the company's mission, objectives, goals, and future plans. If you're asked why you want to work for the company, you best answer something better then, "I like the company's location", which was said.

6. Bring resumes
Your interviewer(s) will likely have a copy of your resume but bring spares. It shows you're prepared and serious about getting the job.

7. Bring a notepad
Very few people bring a notepad with them to a job interview. It's a very subtle thing that makes you stand out. Take notes when appropriate.

8. Dress in a clean conservative manner
Make sure you go into an interview having showered and wearing clean clothes. If you like wearing cologne or perfume, don't wear any on the day of the interview. What's subtle smelling to you may be overwhelming to your interviewer.

9. Profiles to private
If you don't think interviewers Google you or look you up on Facebook or MySpace, you're crazy. Hiring managers I've talked to all do this, as one put it, "to weed out people who wouldn't be a good fit in the company's culture." Don't give them ammo to not like you, set your profiles to private.

10. Don't make jokes
Too many people think they are funny when in reality they're not. A job interview isn't the place to test your material. Be friendly and outgoing, save the jokes.

11. Don't babble
When answering a question, answer the question. Don't start out answering a question and then veer off to talk about something else. Make sure your answer directly reflects the question being asked.
12. Don't badmouth a boss
Bad mouthing a previous boss in a job interview is a huge negative. They may have been the worst boss in the world but expressing that in a job interview is a huge mistake.

13. Don't flirt with the interviewer
Common sense but apparently needs to be stated.

14. Don't play with your face/hair
Interviews can be a nervous experience but rubbing your chin, twirling your hair, or anything else along those lines makes you look like you're lying or lacking confidence, both not good.

15. Don't mention your spouse's job
Ok, likely doesn't apply to you, but for her…yes.

16. Have good eye contact
Staring at the floor, ceiling, or wall when speaking or listening makes you appear disinterested. Again, simple and obvious but happens way more then you'd think.

17. Honesty is (sometimes not) the best policy
It's important to be open and honest in a job interview but sometimes certain things are better left unsaid.

18. Have goals
Maybe you don't have any idea where you want to be in a few years professionally but figure out something to say. If you don't and you're asked, you appear un-ambitious, which leads an interviewer to think you'd be a lazy employee.

19. Have accomplishments
Be prepared to talk about something that you're proud of accomplishing, whether professionally or personally (or a failure and what you learned from it).

20. Have passion
Be able to express why you want to work in that field/industry and what you do to further your knowledge (books, blogs you read). The more intelligent or informed you are the more impressive you'll look.

21. Ask Questions
At the end of the interview make sure you have some questions to ask. If the interviewer doesn't offer you a chance, ask to ask. Again, it reinforces your strong interest in the job.

22. Send a thank you note
It's easy to send an email but take the extra effort to mail your interviewer a hand written thank you note. It reinforces your interest in the job. It doesn't need to be long, just make it sincere.

There you have it. The best job interview tips you'll ever get.
Stick to them and you'll be on your way to getting hired :)

reference- to see the videos too!