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Archive for the month “March, 2009”

By Elections in April

It is not an April Fools joke but yes we are going to have 3 by elections. In the midst of the country and world all suffering from recession and economic uncertainties, we are still undecided of our leader or least to say who should lead us out of this economic slowdown. Many people are starting to get real tired of all these never ending play of elections and power exchange by politicians as till now we have yet to see any kind of progress or any significant move made by any leader for the recovery of the economy.

Well in fact there are some short term benefit from these elections as many jobless workers will be able to cash in some pocket money if they work as the party workers or do a little bit of side business during these campaign days.

I reckon there will be at least 2 more by elections in 2009 and as things seem hardly to settle down, Malaysia may face a sudden snap election very much sooner than anyone could have anticipated.



Get up from failures

Failures are part of life. If we never failed we will never know what success mean. The important thing is how we get ourselves up from our failure.

This is a very humbling video. I’m sure many will find it just very meaningful

Is the economic situation bottoming up

We saw many things happening during the last couple of days, both good and bad things. Now many start to wonder why the AIG executives deserve the 300 million bonus when they are partly to be blamed for the company losses. After that there are some many stories going on at the AIG crisis and we could just wait when will it going to end.

Wall streets managed to performed a rally last week with the Dow recovered from it lowest level in 8 years. I believe that some of the investors confidence are restored to some point. We should be able to see some slight recovery in the financial market in the coming week particularly in Asia especially China.

However there are some worries left in Japan. Being the world largest economy, Japan is badly hit during this recession, the worst ever in the modern history of Japan. Although big auto makers like Toyota had announced of some big cut in output and sales, we should see the industries to return back by the middle of the year.

Economic cycle is very much predictable. Some say it will come every 10 years which is quite true during the last 3 resession we had. But it all depend on human behavior. Human nowaday may not be like we were 10 or 20 years ago. Now we need to move on forward with life. The behavior pattern tells us that human will return back to be an aggressive consumer again very soon.

How long can a person delay to buy a car or replace a car. We have computers or laptop that we need to change every 2 years in order to stay with the current technology. So as the cell phones, PDAs and latest range of LCD TVs. Human being cannot escape from the desire to own better things or the upgrade themselves, especially with what we have now in our surroundings.

Not long from now we will see consumer will start their activities to spend money and thus revive the economy back again.

Obama Administration Will Develop Renewable Energy on Public Land

During a recent speech, Obama spoke of the key role renewable energy will play in his economic recovery plan. He emphasized the need to “transform our economy…and save our planet from the ravages of climate change” by developing renewable energy. In March, the U.S. Interior Department secretary Ken Salazar, recently issued an order to create a special task force to encourage the development of renewable energy projects on federal lands.

The Departmental Task Force on Energy and Climate Change will identify solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass energy projects can be developed. The Interior Department will coordinate its efforts with the Energy Department and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The Interior Department manages one-fifth of all U.S. land and over 1.7 billion offshore acres. The Department has identified 21 million acres of public land with the potential for wind energy projects in 11 Western states, 29 million acres for solar energy projects in six southwestern states, and 140 million acres of public land in western states and Alaska that have potential for geothermal projects. The National Renewable Energy Lab identified 1,000 gigawatts of wind energy potential off the Atlantic coast and over 900 megawatts off the Pacific coast.

“We will assign a high priority to identifying renewable energy zones and completing the permitting and appropriate environmental review of transmission rights-of-way applications that are necessary to deliver renewable energy generation to consumers,” Salazar said. “We ought not to let the jurisdictional bureaucracy get in the way of the ultimate agenda. We need to get it done.”

“Secretary Salazar has laid the foundation for our nation’s entrepreneurs to harness the planet’s wind, sun, heat, and other renewable energy sources in a manner that safeguards the wildlife and natural resources that help keep American communities healthy, safe, and prosperous,” said Wilderness Society President Bill Meadows.

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Speak to us of work

Then a ploughman said, “Speak to us of Work.”

And he answered, saying:

You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.

For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life’s procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.

Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?

Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune.

But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,

And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,

And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.

But if you in your pain call birth an affliction and the support of the flesh a curse written upon your brow, then I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash away that which is written.

You have been told also life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary.

And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,

And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,

And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,

And all work is empty save when there is love;

And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.

And what is it to work with love?

It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.

It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.

It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.

It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,

And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching.

Often have I heard you say, as if speaking in sleep, “he who works in marble, and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone, is a nobler than he who ploughs the soil.

And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth in the likeness of man, is more than he who makes the sandals for our feet.”

But I say, not in sleep but in the over-wakefulness of noontide, that the wind speaks not more sweetly to the giant oaks than to the least of all the blades of grass;

And he alone is great who turns the voice of the wind into a song made sweeter by his own loving.

Work is love made visible.

And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.

And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine.

And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.

IPhone from Maxis in Malaysia

After years of waiting Malaysians finally got the chance to use Iphone in Malaysia. But it’s not going to be cheap to won one. But be prepared to spend huge amount of money if you want to use one. It should be around RM2700-3000 to own a phone with service included. That is a lot to pay for a phone, but with all the features it is something worth to pay for.











Looks great right. But why do we have to wait so long to get one and why the price tag is so high. Once again when come to technology especially 3G and high speed networking we are always too slow. But better late than never.

RM60 Billion Stimulus Package – Will that help

Today the government announced a RM60 Billion stimulus package in order for the country to cushion the impact of the ever worsening global economy. Will the RM60 billion is sufficient or do we have that kind of money. As we all know that the US government is now broke and they need more bail out and stimulus package in order for the economy to survive and people to keep their job or worse some may not able to put food on the table tomorrow.

Else where too there are stimulus after stimulus package being introduce, the US, China, Australia and many other countries, we yet to see any positive impact. US giant insurance group may go to bankruptcy after efforts to save it seem to bring not positive result or it was merely to save the creditors. In China, cheap borrowing did not ended up in investment but to higher returning deposit thus economy still remain sluggish. Steel price remain rock bottom, an indicator that no economic movement has taken up recently.

There should be a more serious commitment by the governments and policy makers as well as investors and business owners that everyone should remain focus to revive back the economy. 

Already the Dow Jones is at 7,000 points and I am not surprise to see some more retreat on the Dow. Many companies including big giant like AIG could be delisted. Citigroup market capitalization also dropped that some banks in Asia overtook the US financial giant in term of market capitalization.

What am I going to write today?

This sounds very familiar, sometimes we just running out of idea or topic to write. A blogger should always full of ideas even though sometimes we thought that we are totally blank. We should know that there are no limit to our thoughts and they are endless as we breath and go through our life journey. 

The same thing goes to other passion that we have. Photography is another passion that need a lot of time to master. Sometimes we just running out of ideas and locations where to take the shots. Everyday the shots are becoming more and more similar. We need something different. 

How about a picture of a rainbow in a setting sky

Jiyai Shin wins HSBC Women’s Champions

South Korean rising star wins the HSBC Women’s Champions today at the Tanah Merah Country Club in Singapore today. She card an 11 under par on the 4 rounds tournament. 

Dubbed as the next best thing, Jiyai played with confidence and took advantage as the round leader Katherine Hull make mistakes at the second nine and finished the 72nd hole with 2 strokes lead.

Jiyai won at USD300,000 for the title and yet we see another young South Korean continue to dominate the world of Women’s golf.

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