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The Creator does not give to those who will not spend; His gifts are loaned to those who will use them. Empty your lungs and breathe. Run, climb, work and laugh. The more you give out the more you shall receive. Participate. Men and women do not really li

Updated: 2018-03-06T22:05:13.982+08:00




Time flies by so fast. I try not to think of my birthday in terms of years any more. Now each year just seems to mark a passage of another year behind my belt and new aches and pains. Okay, so I'm feeling a little old but I shouldn't.

Actually, I look back and realize that today I'm much wiser than I was say 10 years ago. I feel more settled, a little more relaxed, and definitely more confident. So I've vowed to not concentrate on the numbers, but focus on the accomplishments. And honestly when I do that my birthday becomes a real celebration of life, both past and present. I'm lucky too because I'm surrounded by my students who took time out to make it such a memorable occasion. What they wrote on the card was enough to make me cry.

Thank you my sweet angels for the unexpected blessings & reminiscent joys!



Gabby Douglas who was not considered the best United States gymnast, won the Olympic all-around Thursday. The US media constantly overlooked her talent and her abilities.

Beautiful moment with her intriguing, smiling coach. Gabby showed a great deal of talent, confidence and maturity. She's truly a class act. And to boot that her coach for two years was an Asian.

Gabby Douglas's victory comment: "it's a win-win. All the glory goes up to God and all the blessings fall down on me."

We love female role models like her. She is pure joy to watch: unbridled enthusiasm, professional athleticism and breathtaking artistry. Bravo to her for her hard won gold metal!

The Boomerang Principle


In the early years of my career, I did not have a correct view of life. I approached life as if it were a slot machine. I wanted to put as little as possible into it, and I always hoped to hit the jackpot. I’m embarrassed to say that I often had a similar approach in my interaction with people. I was more focused on what people could do for me than what I could do for them. As a result, I would try to make relational “withdrawals” without ever having made any “deposits.” Needless to say, I was not very successful.As I spent more time working with others, my thinking slowly began to change. I began to learn the Big Picture Principle, to see people in a different light, and to place a higher value on them. Once my attitude started changing, so did my actions. I started to invest in people simply because they had value. They were important. And I found that when I focused on what I could give rather than what I could get, people blossomed, relationships matured, and life was more rewarding. After I started to make giving my goal, I often felt that I received more from people than I was able to give.Over the course of many years, I began learning to invest in people first and often. Somebody has to make the first move in relationships. So I figured, Why not me? I started to take a giver’s approach to life, focusing on what I could give in relationships. And I often tried to do it without an expectation of receiving something in return. I discovered that when I added value to people, many desired to add value back to me. When that happened, the relationships developed an incredible synergy and went to a new level.WHAT GOES AROUNDWhere do you stand on the subject of giving to others? I believe there are only three kinds of people when it comes to this subject:1. TAKERS RECEIVE AND NEVER GIVE. Many people focus on themselves and rarely go out of their way to do anything for others. Such people are takers. They worry only about what they can get, and they are never satisfied.2. TRADERS RECEIVE AND THEN GIVE. Some people focus on keeping score. They are willing to give, but their primary motivation isn’t to help others. They see relationships as an exchange. Often they give because they think they owe something to someone who has helped them, and they desire to make things “even.” I was like that early in my career. I was grateful to people who helped me, but I didn’t understand the value of adding value to others. And I didn’t initiate giving.3. INVESTORS GIVE AND THEN RECEIVE. In this third group, people focus on others. They give first and then receive if something is offered in return. They believe that success comes from being helpful, caring, and constructive. They desire to make everything and everyone they touch better, and they understand that the best way to accomplish that is to give of themselves. Ironically, by possessing an agenda to give first, they are the ones who most often experience the synergy of win-win relationships.People who invest in other people have some things in common:Investors Understand That People Are of Great ValueOnce when I was speaking to employees at BellSouth, an executive for the company stated, “People are our company’s most appreciable asset.” I heard good news and bad news in that statement. The good news is that he truly valued his people and cared about their well-being. The bad news is that what he said is only partly true. People are an appreciating asset only if we are willing to invest in them. Most people, if left alone, remain much the same.Investors Embrace the Boomerang PrinciplePeople who invest in others know that the best way to help themselves is to help others. They start that investment process by investing in relationships. They see everyone as a potential friend. Counselor and author Alan Loy McGinnis noted:In research at our clinic, my colleagues and I have discovered that friendship is the springboard to every other love. Friendships spill over onto the other important relationships of[...]

Pushing the limit.


For all of us there are challenges that we should take on to make us test our limits. For somebody I know it has been running and seeing how far he could push himself to determine where his limits were. At an advanced age of past 50, most people will shudder at the thought of even running a marathon. Running an ultra trail race of 100 km where it involves hiking up steep inclines in blistering cold weather requires persistence and tenacity. It is truly inspiring that he ran the whole day and took a time of nearly 32 hours to complete the distance of 100 km. One will give up too easily. Just cant imagine how he manage and where he draws his energy. It's fantastic he is able to put up with the painful journey. He must be mentally strong to push on until the end.

That is what life is about. Challenging yourself and pushing the limit requires a tough frame of mind. You can discover that you have a deeper strength than you ever imagined. As the saying goes "the race is not given to the swift nor the strong but he who endures until the end.”

Free your mind and let it all out..


Most of us, myself included, often try to suppress feelings of frustration, anger, or a bad mood – hoping that if we can just ignore it long enough, it will go away, it will get better, or we’ll at least get through the day. The unfortunate truth is that we have to PURGE all those negative feelings out of us – keeping them in is like drinking poison – it is toxic to the natural state of well-being.

Every once in a while to just let it all out and SCREAM! Of course you have to make sure you are all alone or people could think you're crazy. Pressures in life seem to build at times in our lives and we all need to let off steam or else explode or worse implode and break down or lose control .After a particularly trying day, I just let out a SCREAM! That scream set me free from 'insanity'

It sucks.

When you are feeling uneasy, apprehensive, frustrated, anxious, uncomfortable, victimized, and resentful or ANY other negative feeling, it is absolutely, positively NECESSARY for YOU to get those feelings OUT! …Out of your head, off your heart and out of your thoughts! And no, I am not just talking about venting when something upsets you.

The best way I have ever found to do this is to write Angry Rants. Good Angry Rants can be A LOT of writing, but it’s just writing, and it’s the only way to get it out of YOU, where it can’t hurt you anymore, and allow your mind the space and peace to receive the good feelings and thoughts you deserve!

What a relief unloading all the pent up feelings and emotional garbage.

“What people in the world think of you is really none of your business.” ― Martha Graham

Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...


Nine years ago I lived through a nightmare that I thought would surely break me. I became a single mum. Strength is what gets you through the other side...Courage is what it takes to take a stand.

Smile. Today would be a wonderful day not to take life so seriously. Today may end up the way you prefer - and it may not. Happiness is not about being a winner - it's about being gentle with life - being gentle with yourself. Let life be a dance, and choose the kind of dance you want for today - perhaps a gentle loving dance. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have learned that sometimes, no matter how much it hurts, you have to stand up for yourself. You have to trust in your heart, have faith, and know that while the eventual outcome is still a big, fat, scary mystery, in the end everything will be OK. I've learned a lot about myself. The good AND the bad. And the bad is never any fun to face, and incredibly humbling to admit. But once you do it, it can change your life. As the old year ends and new year nears, now is the time everyone starts to make plans. Resolutions. Goals. And for 2012, I have just one.


Live my life to the fullest every day. Enjoy every second of my life. Do not look back. Do not wallow or fret. No envy or pity. Know that everyday that I face brings adventure if only I will seek it, thus I will meet it head on with a smile on my face. Just LIVE. For so far in my life, not much has gone the way I have planned it, but somehow it still always seems to turn out OK. And while the immediate rough times are certainly not over, I am still truly and wildly blessed, and I have faith that while I might not be where I had hoped right now, I am on a greater path to end up where I am meant to be. I will never take this beautiful life for granted.

The timetable


After becoming responsible for the timetable I was concerned that I would struggle to complete a timetable for a school of 2000+ students and a staff of over 150 with some facilities and staff shared with between the morning and afternoon session and the complicated structure of the school curriculum.

Having built up the database, armed with the program and with a little bit of guide from the wizard helpline I completed the timetable in a relatively short space of time once final staffing was confirmed. One year I had to produce four unique school timetables and if it was not for the ease of use of Winjaws and the power of the software there would have been embarrassment. The software has been invaluable ...particularly useful at times when timetable changes are necessary due to staff changes, or rotation of electives.

It just gives me pleasure and satisfaction to know I gave a hundred per cent and did my best. Yes, feeling a sense achievement is a very powerful motivator to keep us going in every chapter of our life.

Educational administrators everywhere will attest to just how difficult it is to solve the perennial problem of school timetabling: How to ensure adequate teaching resources and teachers are available in the appropriate classrooms with the appropriate students. Indeed, mathematicians have proved the school timetabling problem to be hard. Hence the educators' perennial headache. Until now, solving the school timetabling problem was done manually, or at best with the help of a spreadsheet program. Typically, a manual solution requires expert attention and can take many weeks for large schools. Moreover, because of the problem complexity, planners are not always able to take the best decisions, building schedules that are inconsistent with teaching requirements and do not satisfy all teachers' needs.

I spent the past few days untying knots and went to school spent a few hours in my room printing the fruits of my labor. The teachers’, the classes, the analysis, the master table for classes and teachers all have to be ready for distribution and inspection by visitors from the state department. I don't feel any different, other than an utter and complete sense of RELIEF that the work is DONE!

For the first time this coming semester I feel unburdened. I feel on top of things. I just want to take a little mid-week break and do nothing but go for yoga classes, read my chemistry notes. Nothing but the immediate and necessary tasks, in other words. (Hey, yoga is immediate and necessary!). I ll work on lesson plans for next semester, all of which is untaxing, soothing, and full of hope for the future. And this is why I got into this profession (well, one of the reasons, "because my work fascinates me" and "it suits my talents")

Sharing Christmas Cheer


What an awesome, blessed and Merry Christmas party it was this year for the children. As cheesy as it sounds, deck the freakin’ halls. Christmas decorations always provide some movement of the spirit. We listened to Christmas carols from the praise team. I am all for Christmas songs! It helps to get attendees in the spirit of Christmas. But what made the occasion most memorable was the very talented clown who is actually a pastor. Besides juggling acts and quick performances with tiny musical instruments, the clown kept the children in the "pink" with lots of giggling and sharing. He also shared a message and ended up with many artistic pieces which he created with his bags of balloons. I felt good to be there and did my small part in charge of registration and gift exchange.



There's always a warm glow in the air whenever Christmas season comes around. The radio starts playing our favorite holiday hits, everyone is in a merry spirit and looking forward to time off from work to relax and enjoy time with loved ones. This joyful Christmas spirit starts early December and usually lasts until a week and a half into the month before people transform into mass crazed shoppers bent on endless and senseless trips to the mall. While Christmas is my all time favorite holiday I despise the materialism and "gimmee" spirit that abounds.

Think about the people on your list and what would be meaningful to them and try to give something that will show them that you care. Give gifts from the heart that your recipients will love and in turn will bring you a personal sense of fulfillment.

Listed below gifts that do not cost a cent(author unknown).


But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.


Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back, and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.


Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."


It can be a simple "Thanks for the help" note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.


A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job," or "That was a wonderful meal"can make someone's day.


Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.


There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.


The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone. Really, it's not that hard to say, "Hello" or "Thank You".



Letting go is scary. It’s a free fall, an act of surrender. It’s releasing ways of being and things you thought were important, and then being okay with the fact that they’re gone.

It takes courage to look at your life and say, this is a helluva pickle I’m in and I need to lighten my load —my emotional load, whatever kind of load it is — so I can deal with the reality at hand. Just as tears are a doorway to the future, so, too, is letting go. When you let go you take an active role in shaping your life because you are taking responsibility not only for an immediate change but also for whatever comes after.

We’re not used to letting go. We’re used to hanging on for dear life. We hang on for lots of reasons: because something is familiar; because the past is a known commodity and the future is a question mark; because we lack imagination and can’t conceive of a future better than the past we’ve had.

We hang on because we’ve been taught that persistence is good and we should never give up. Or we’re simply afraid of the free fall, afraid of coming alive as ourselves. But if you don’t let go of who and what you once were, you won’t be available to become whoever and whatever this crisis is inviting you to become.

Letting go isn’t blocking memories or thinking sad thoughts, and doesn’t leave emptiness, hurt, or sadness. It’s not about giving in or giving up. Letting go isn’t about loss and it’s not about defeat. To let go is to cherish the memories, but to overcome and move on. It is having an open mind confidence in the future.

Letting go means acknowledging that this piece of your life, this relationship, this way of doing things has served its purpose and so it is time to let go of it completely.

Letting go is best expressed in the oft-quoted prayer: "Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference

The best things in life


The bumper that quotes “the best things in life are not things”

Not money or fast cars. But laughs, friends and hugs -- all these best things in life come for free. It's the simplest things in life that do not cost us anything which seem to bring us the most happiness." These are my pick of the best things :

The feel of the sun on your face, glimpsing a sunrise, watching sunsets.

Time to be alone with your thoughts, sharing a poem, learning something, love songs, good memories

The wonder you feel from seeing something beautiful , holding a new born baby, leafing through old photographs.

Reading a good book, walking along the beach and getting into bed with clean sheets.

The joy you get when someone shows you tenderness, they love you, .

The comfortable feeling you get from warm, fuzzy things, a good meal, a familiar place or face.

Accomplishment when completing a worthwhile task

The satisfaction you get from being self-supporting, or helping someone, standing up for something good, caring

The moon belongs to everyone. The stars belong to everyone. They gleam here and there for you and me.

A reminder to fully enjoy the moment, enjoy all the wonderful things happening to me, instead of just 'stressing' towards the next appointment, task or responsibility!

Yoga and Me


Practicing Yoga = Fit Body = Active Mind = Glowing Skin = Anti Ageing

Yeah!!! All the more reason to practice Yoga! Why didn’t I discover about Yoga earlier?

Thanks to Yoga, I am free of the debilitating back pain that I have suffered from the last seven years. Yoga is therapeutic and healing. Yoga to me is like some form of adjustment I receive when I go for my chiropractic session.

Yoga helps in slowing down the aging process, by providing elasticity to the spine, firming up the skin, removing tension from the body, strengthening the abdominal muscles, eliminating the likelihood of a double chin, improving the quality of loose arm muscles, correcting poor posture and so on. I am definitely more toned now.

Thanks to Yoga, I am more aware of my body, which makes me fall in love with myself. This helps you get rid of negative things in life like negative self talk, draining relationship, careers without passion and purpose, tension in body, stress in the mind, and unhealthy habits and addictions. Through meditation, breathing exercises; you can banish all your stress and lead a healthy life. Cheers for Yoga again!

Constant practice of Yoga will result in enhanced flexibility. A body part, which was rigid at the beginning of learning Yoga, would experience a remarkable flexibility in all parts, with regular practice. With stretching, the body develops a sense of harmony and balance. Also, with increased flexibility many tensions and conflicts are erased on their own. The more flexible a body, the better it is for the individual as it saves the body from unnecessary torture and pain.

The pain and stress we feel while stretching are nothing, but blocked, jammed, misplaced and misused energy. Increased flexibility opens these energy blockages and releases the energy circulation. I feel so good that now I can twist and turn and contort my body when I hold a pose.

Joy, Grace, Hope, Strength, Soul through Yoga

Loving Yourself.



Loving Yourself.

When’s the last time you said something nice about yourself out loud? If it’s been a while (or maybe never), you’re long over due. You can’t wait for people to notice the good things about you. You have to recognize and celebrate them for yourself. I mean, after all, if you don’t like you, who else will? Throw away the big O, Obligation. Give up the G word, Guilt. And make a commitment that everything you do, you do because you want to. Know that you deserve to be all of you, all the time. Be brilliant. Be you. And never apologize for it. “Speak positive things about yourself everyday.” So go for it. Don’t be shy; toot your own horn.

All You Need is Self-Love

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.

Lucille Ball

Embracing the Flaws

"If you can learn to love yourself and all the flaws, you can love other people so much better. And that makes you so happy."

Kristin Chenoweth

Love More Than Enough

"I don't like myself, I'm crazy about myself."

May West

Don’t Break Your Own Heart

"Self-love seems so often unrequited."

Anthony Powell

The Secret to Happiness

"To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness."

Robert Morely

Develop the Right Attitude

"Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others."

Wilfred Peterson

Inspire Others to Love You

"The first stop on the road to romance is you. Honoring and loving yourself opens the door for another to truly do the same."

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Honor yourself first

"You really have to love yourself first. Honor yourself first. Trust yourself first. You have to develop a partnership with yourself first."

Christine Arylo

Focus on the blessings


I have learned from my heroes that, no matter how horrible life may seem on the outside, it is so important to focus on the beauty. As we go about our daily lives, we take so many wonderful things for granted. It's now time to notice.

Strangely, this is hard to do, especially when we have our eyes focused on the bad. It sounds ridiculous, but we actually have to train ourselves to notice all the beauty in our lives. And train ourselves, we must... because focusing on the blessings is an absolute necessity for diffusing our fears about the future.

It is in the noticing of the little things that you truly get the feeling of a life well-lived... that wonderful hot shower, that kiss from a loved one, the fact that your car started, that great dinner you are eating, the warm rays of the sun, a candy bar, a wonderful television show.

Life is full of really good things. I love gazing at sunsets. The smell of flowers and baked bread. The smell of the aroma from my cuppa. Raindrops on the roof. The splashing of the colours of the rainbow across the sky. The taste of Mom's cooking.Yes, Mum cooks for busy me. So much to take in and enjoy.

Happiness is all around you. And it doesn't care how much money you have or the circumstances of your life. Cultivate enjoyment and greatness at work by remembering your true work is the evolution of yourself. Yes my life revolves around my students, preparation of lessons, thinking of the day to day business of life.

Someone once said, “The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.” I like that; it’s a great reminder. It doesnt matter. I ll continue doing good as I am continually blessed with the good things in life.

The joy of work.


I have long chosen to have my vocation be that which I truly enjoy. Now that doesn’t mean that my vocational pursuits are without bumps But, I can deal with the bumps because I am doing exactly what I want to be doing vocationally

I’ve always felt sorry for people who aren’t able to find joy in their chosen occupation. Work is and always has been the ticket to ride in life. Without satisfaction from our work we quickly devolve and denigrate into shells of our former selves.

When I return home from school, I’m physically tired to the bone; but emotionally, I’m happy and satisfied. Work remains one of the most satisfying features of our lives. That is why men and women become seduced by the luscious, extravagant feelings and become work-a-holics.. If one isn’t passionate about one is doing, then one is giving the best hours of their life away.

Work is a commitment to diligence. I think we all have unique talents and gifts inside we need to find. True passion is an evolution. Not something you wake up one day and find. Life is all about the ride. Enjoy it.

I celebrate teaching as a satisfying journey filled with joy, happiness, laughter, and personal reward. It means, obviously, liking young people, enjoying their noisy exuberance and intense questioning, which is their process of growing up. Teaching well comes from the integrity of the teacher, from his or her relation to subject and students, from the capricious chemistry of it all. That is my calling.

Letting go


Letting go is scary. It’s a free fall, an act of surrender. It’s releasing ways of being and things you thought were important, and then being okay with the fact that they’re gone.

It takes courage to look at your life and say, this is a helluva pickle I’m in and I need to lighten my load —my emotional load, whatever kind of load it is — so I can deal with the reality at hand. Just as tears are a doorway to the future, so, too, is letting go. When you let go you take an active role in shaping your life because you are taking responsibility not only for an immediate change but also for whatever comes after.

We’re not used to letting go. We’re used to hanging on for dear life. We hang on for lots of reasons: because something is familiar; because the past is a known commodity and the future is a question mark; because we lack imagination and can’t conceive of a future better than the past we’ve had.

We hang on because we’ve been taught that persistence is good and we should never give up. Or we’re simply afraid of the free fall, afraid of coming alive as ourselves. But if you don’t let go of who and what you once were, you won’t be available to become whoever and whatever this crisis is inviting you to become.

Letting go isn’t blocking memories or thinking sad thoughts, and doesn’t leave emptiness, hurt, or sadness. It’s not about giving in or giving up. Letting go isn’t about loss and it’s not about defeat. To let go is to cherish the memories, but to overcome and move on. It is having an open mind confidence in the future.

Letting go means acknowledging that this piece of your life, this relationship, this way of doing things has served its purpose and so it is time to let go of it completely.

Letting go is best expressed in the oft-quoted prayer: "Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference



It s a pity when I reflect on what's happening in Japan and the grim reports by CNN reporters who are doing on the spot and round the clock reporting, covering news from where they are, it is not enough to jolt some senses. Anderson Cooper is already there. He is always in the thick of major happenings. I have been glued to CNN cable every now and then and it is indeed heart wrenching to see images of a town erased and washed out by the ferocity of the waters. My heart cried out for the people of Japan.

Not only that, CNN engage experts through all sorts of means to give their opinion and a deeper understanding on the events that followed especially on the latest nuclear fallout which looms large and threateningly. Of course the Japanese authorities are doing everything possible to contain the threat. People are "scanned" to check for radiation exposure. The air is also monitored for radiation levels and using weather data they are also tracking the direction of the wind as parcels of radioactive pollutants can be blown and carried elsewhere.

This disaster has ripped so many lives to the core and the Japanese are going to cope with a lot more as food and water are in short supply what with the cold season around the corner. The government has set up a phone bank to allow relatives to call for survivors. Here in Malaysia we are still bickering over petty issues on race, religion and language. What a shame!



For the past few days I have been suffering anguished moments over what has happened between my son and his girl friend. I feel sad that they have parted ways. I need to console myself and get out of these feelings of despair. I am not happy at what my son has done but I cannot condemn him too much. Much as I adore the girl, I cannot encroach on her feelings and she has decided. I look towards happier days ahead and the peace of God to fill in me.

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.



I have spent a substantial amount seeking cure for my back. I have tried massage, acupuncture, creams and negative ions garment and now a package of 40 chiropractic sessions with Chiropractic First.

Before I have also signed up for sessions on the therapy bed where I get to lie down on a bed where my back gets heated up first with infrared and then the rolling session to align my spine begin.

Every morning when I get up I feel the pain most. I have to go behind my infra red lamp to get the blood circulating before I can move around to get ready for work. Heating by the lamp is my daily morning ritual. There is so much I want to do. I cannot live doing nothing. I need to do some light housework, I need to teach, think, read, solve problems. I need to be mentally challenged and I need to move about to get things done.

Today a visiting pastor said in church that it is God’s desire for His people to be healed, free of disease and pain and we need to plant the healing seed.

I trust God will work his healing power in the chiropractor that I have been visiting. Keep the faith. This is a reminder to keep in my heart.




To God be the glory, great things he hath done! What a feeling, what a moment!

What a country and what a leader rallying the citizens of the country to pray to provide moral support for the rescue team. God's hand was there in the minds of those who were trapped several hundred feet below and it was also there for those who brave the cold and ignored tiredness of body to bring out every single miner.

Miracles do happen! Imagine after a period of 69 days,miners held on to hope that help would arrive. Hurrah for the human spirit! And what an example to the rest of the world who follow in awe the resilience of the vicitims and the selfless unflagging efforts of the fellow coutrymen to bring out all the miners. Chile to the rest of the world said, "We are so proud to be Chileans"

Yeah raise our hands again to triumph of the human spirit!



ARE YOU IN IT - TO WIN IT? by Chris Widener

Have you ever heard this? "It isn't whether you win or lose. It is how you play the game." I am sure you have. But do you know who said it? Some guy who came in second place!

You see, I have a problem with that statement. It presupposes, or at least strongly suggests that winning and playing the game "right" are mutually exclusive propositions. Perhaps we ought to have this as our goal as we pursue success: We want to win, while playing the game right! I totally disagree with the statement that we should win at all costs. Instead, we should do everything good that we can to win at this game we call life. And we ought also do all that we can to help others win.

With all of are some thoughts on being in the game - to win!
Any "game" worth playing is a game worth pursuing a win in. If I get into a game, I play to win. What nobility is there is playing like a slacker? What virtue is purposeful mediocrity? None! I live my life to be a winner - Spiritually, financially, physically, emotionally, relationally - every area of my life! If it is worth doing, it is worth playing for the win!

It is good to win. We live in an age now where people have reacted to sore winners by saying that we shouldn't strive for winning. Many of our schools have abandoned the idea of competition, and our educational scores show that. Kudos to all of the teachers out there who still tell their kids that they can be winners! It is good and noble to win! It is something to strive for. It is good to push ourselves, to stretch and reach for victory. It is a grand thing to want to win!

There doesn't have to be a loser in life. Yes, in teamed competition, there are always losers (but more on that in a bit), but in life, you can all win! We can all strive for the best and give it our all to win.

Winners are the ones who move families, businesses, organizations, cities and countries ahead. Winners are the ones who push progress. You don't think that couch potato is the one who will cure cancer or open up the next great technology do you? No - it will be a person who has chosen to be a winner!

Losing can mean winning. Just because your score in a game or contest is the least at the end of the game doesn't mean all is lost. You can still be a winner in that you gave it your all, you competed at your highest level, you learned new skills and strategies, and you became a better player and person. That is winning in my book!

Winners help others win. That is right, good people, people who pursue winning by excellence, are also people who stop to help others so that they, too, can enjoy the spoils of victory. Pursue the win, but help others achieve all that they can as well! Winners make everyone better. When I get into athletic matches I want to play against the best. Yes, I may come up short in the score, but I will be better because that winner will make me grow in every area of my game! Winners stretch the losers so they can become winners too!

Questions for reflection:
Are you afraid of winning?
Do you think it is wrong to win?
Are you living each area of your life as though you are a winner?
Are you enjoying your wins?
Are you helping others win with you?
Friends, we need to be in the game of life full force! We need to be in it, and we need to be in it to win it!



Yeah!!! Japan 1 Cameroon 0.

The players mostly blondehaired guys were all over holding on to the score and defended to the death to maintain that score. There were scary moments when Cameroon slogged relentlessly to equalise.

Believe it or not, another Asian country triumphed.Suffice to say that Japan have got off to a wonderful start in a match that was certainly a must-not-lose match. Obviously i m ecstatic about the result. Thumbs up again for Asia.I was screaming with joy when the final whistle blew!

It ll be interesting to see if the Japs can contain the lethal orange shirts.



This is exciting and inspiring. At long last meritocracy is realised. This is truly laudable. Let’s give applause for such a noteworthy affirmation. I concur with the PM that high flyers with potential to become global champions should not have their wings clipped by the quota system

But then, where are our gifted individuals? Are they still in our backyard? They have been so negligent in addressing this long-standing deficit in the educational system and that is why the best brains are tapped elsewhere. Good people are devastated by an educational system that does not reward excellence.

What Matters Most: Words into Action or else we just have to lift and shrug our shoulders and dismiss it as another brouhaha or another case of "syiok sendiri"

Goody goody good! South Korea downed Greece. Congrats S.Korea! U guys really make Asian people proud of defeating a former European champion! Go, go Korea, Japan and make Asia proud.

And what a disappointment for a football nation England held to a draw by a basketball nation the United States. What a big fumble by the goalkeeper!

So how will the Socceroos perform against giant Germany tomorrow morning? German Chancellor Angela Merkel predicts “her” team will beat Australia 2-0 in their opening Group D World Cup match. Let's see.



We hate the fact that our students whine when they don't get A's and B's. We hate their sense of entitlement. And because we dish out A’s and B’s so freely, many of these students whine and cry foul when they do not land on the scholarships they apply for. And yet quite a lot of us award those grades even when students haven't earned them. Does anyone seriously believe that the A+ grade is for score above 90?

The whole higher education culture now seems built around keeping the customers happy. When exams scores are the only measurement of teaching effectiveness, it is surely tempting to play the game and come out a "winner." It is better in the long run to do what is right, rather than what is easy or expedient.

The unearned A's and B's we keep giving our students are but a reflection of facts no one really wants to face. We have an inflated grading system in our schools and colleges that can be traced to the inflated opinion we have of ourselves. We keep awarding unearned A’ s and Bs.

In the end, the ones being hurt the most are the students. The ones we are trying to avoid and appease -- or discipline. They will be living with the fall-out of this mess we've made. We can't fix the whole system, but we can be truthful about the grades they are earning in public examinations.

Can you imagine during the 70’s only a handful (less than a hundred) throughout the whole nation can only achieve the maximum A’s? In the 70’s the maximum number of subjects taken then for the MCE(SPM now) was eight and if one score something like five or six distinctions, that was a matter of pride.

Finally, in regard to the complaints of failing to clinch a scholarship, many do not know how to do anything BUT complain when things don't go their way. In the minds of the complainers, the world does not seem right or fair, the rules for success are hard to figure out, being mediocre is entirely acceptable, blaming others instead of taking responsibility is a way to get out trouble, and talking the loudest or going to the press seem to get the most attention.

Most of our students think they are in A range. We are not and we are screwing their future. It’s only when they study in high ranking universities in Hong Kong and Singapore, that they realize where they stand. It is so telling our standard when they put themselves in competitive situation. My student in Nanyang Technology University was telling me how top scorers in STPM find the going tough studying alongside with students from the Republic of China who achieve perfect score in Mathematical discipline with ease.



What a magnanimous gesture!

And we silly Malysians are still acting so childishly squabbling over rights of this and rights of that. When people of different faiths in other countries can co-exist and offer mutual help to support each other, here in Malaysia we are breathing down each others neck demanding the removal of this place of worship and of that.

Why cant these immature adults let things be and stop talking about their rights being whisked away as too much leeway have been given to the minorities to pursue their religious obligations?

Why do we always have to "bersengketa"? Where are our spiritual moorings? Cant we treat each other as equals? Let's make Malaysia a better place to live by not harping on our differences. Stop tearing each other. We are all one made up of the same stuff. We are all capable of good. Do not allow the demons to enter our minds and create havoc. Let's sow the seeds of love, care and empathy for people around us. The world will be a better place with less strife.