Saturday, December 30, 2006


Group with Paul Gilby at Mount Wellington
looking over Hobart

Scenic Coastline of Tasmania

Group with Philippa on scenic tour

Visit to Port Arthur historic site

At Cradle Mountain National Park

Paul + Meg Gilby House

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Why I Like Retirement!!?

And they ask why I like retirement....

Question: How many days in a week?
Answer: 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday

Question: When is a retiree's bedtime?
Answer: Three hours after he falls asleep on the couch.

Question: How many retirees to change a light bulb?
Answer: Only one, but it might take all day.

Question: What's the biggest gripe of retirees?
Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done.

Question: Why don't retirees mind being called Seniors?
Answer: The term comes with a 10% percent discount

Question: Among retirees what is considered formal attire?
Answer: Tied shoes.

Question: Why do retirees count pennies?
Answer: They are the only ones who have the time.

Question: What is the common term for someone
who enjoys work and refuses to retire?
Answer: NUTS!

Question: Why are retirees so slow to clean out the
basement, attic or garage?
Answer: They know that as soon as they do,
one of their adult kids will want to store stuff there.

Question: What do retirees call a long lunch?
Answer: Normal.

Question: What is the best way to describe retirement?
Answers: The never ending Coffee Break.

Question: What's the biggest advantage of going back
to school as a retiree?
Answer: If you cut classes, no one calls your parents.

Question: Why does a retiree often say he doesn't miss
work, but misses the people he used to work with?
Answer: He is too polite to tell the whole truth.

How Sweet it is!!!!!!

Monday, December 04, 2006




Monday, November 13, 2006


Akan Datang at PGRM II !?

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Sunday, November 05, 2006

New Zealand HAKA!

Mention New Zealand to anyone and most likely, they will think of the All Blacks, New Zealand's rugby team.

The thing that most people will associate with the All Blacks is their haka, the war dance they perform before every match.
Haka is the generic name for all Maori dance. However today, haka is defined as that part of the Maori dance where the men are to the fore with the women lending vocal support in the back. It is used by the All Blacks and other New Zealand teams as a challenge, to intimidate their opponents before the game commences.
The following is the official version of the meaning of the chant used by the All Blacks.

Ka mate, Ka mate! Ka ora, Ka ora!
Ka mate, Ka mate! Ka ora, Ka ora!
Tenei te tangata puhuruhuru
Nana i tiki mai
Whakawhiti te ra!
A hupane, kaupane
A hupane, kaupane whiti te ra!

I die, I die! I live, I live!
I die, I die! I live, I live!
This is the hairy man
Who fetches the Sun
And caused it to shine again!
One upward step, another upwards step
And upward step, another the Sun shines!

But there is another version being told. In that unofficial version, the Haka tells the story of a Maori Chief who had killed a British Officer and was escaping from the troops sent to capture him. Running into a village, the chief could not find a suitable hiding place. The only one available was under the skirt of a woman (skirts were huge back then). As he hid under there, with the troops swarming around him, the chief thought to himself, "I'm going to die, I'm going to die!" Then he looked up, and thought, "I want to live, I want to live!'

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Re-learning our ABC

Re-learning our ABC

A is for Apple, and B is for Boat,
That used to be right, But now it won't float!
Age before Beauty is what we once said,
But let's be a bit more realistic instead.

Now A's for arthritis;
B's the bad back,
C is the chest pains, perhaps car-d-iac?
D is for dental decay and decline,
E is for eyesight, can't read that top line!
F is for fissures and fluid retention,
G is for gas which I'd rather not mention.

H is high blood pressure-I'd rather it's low;
I for incisions with scars you can show.
J is for joints, out of socket, won't mend,
K is for knees that crack when they bend.
L for libido, what happened to sex?
M is for memory, I forget what comes next.

N is neuralgia, in nerves way down low;
O is for osteo, the bones that don't grow!
P for prescriptions, I have quite a few,
Just give me a pill and I'll be good as new!
Q is for queasy, is it fatal or flu?
R for reflux, one meal turns to two.

S for sleepless nights, counting my fears,
T for Tinnitus; there's bells in my ears!
U is for urinary; big troubles with flow;
V is for vertigo, that's "dizzy," you know.
W is for worry, NOW what's going 'round?
X is for X-ray, and what might be found.

Y is another year I'm left here behind,
Z is for zest that I still have in my mind.

I've survived all the symptoms, my body's deployed,
And I'm keeping 26 doctors fully employed!

Thursday, October 26, 2006


Nice Chinese Painting!? Posted by Picasa

Just like the Painting...Sean swimming! Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 20, 2006


Parents-children relations

An 80 year old man was sitting on the sofa in his house along with his 45 years old highly educated son. Suddenly a crow perched on their window.

The Father asked his Son, "What is this?"
The Son replied "It is a crow".
After a few minutes, the Father asked his Son the 2nd time, "What is this?"
The Son said "Father, I have just now told you "It's a crow".

After a little while, the old Father again asked his Son the 3rd time, What is this?"
At this time some ex-pression of irritation was felt in the Son's tone when he said to his Father with a rebuff..
"It's a crow, a crow".

A little after, the Father again asked his Son the 4th time, "What is this?"
This time the Son shouted at his Father,
"Why do you keep asking me the same question again and again, although I have told you so many times 'IT IS A CROW'. Are you not able to understand this?"

A little later the Father went to his room and came back with an old tattered diary, which he had maintained since his Son was born. On opening a page, he asked his Son to read that page.

When the son read it,
the following words were written in the diary :-

"Today my little son aged three was sitting with me on the sofa, when a crow was sitting on the window.

My Son asked me 23 times what it was,
and I replied to him all 23 times that it was a Crow.

I hugged him lovingly each time he asked me the same question again and again for 23 times.
I did not at all feel irritated I rather felt affection for my innocent child".

While the little child asked him 23 times "What is this",
the Father had felt no irritation in replying to the same question all 23 times and when today the Father asked his Son the same question just 4 times, the Son felt irritated and annoyed.

So.. If your parents attain old age, do not repulse them or look at them as a burden, but speak to them a gracious word,
be cool, obedient, humble and kind to them.

Be considerate to your parents.
From today say this aloud,

"I want to see my parents happy forever.
They have cared for me ever since I was a little child. They have always showered their selfless love on me. They crossed all mountains and valleys without seeing the storm and heat to make me a person presentable in the society today".



I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
"Oh excuse me please" was my reply.

He said, "Please excuse me too;
I wasn't watching for you."

We were very polite, this stranger and I. !
We went on our way and we said goodbye.

But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.

Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My son stood beside me very still.

When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
"Move out of the way," I said with a frown.

He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.

While I lay awake in bed,
God's still small voice came to me and said,

"While dealing with a stranger,
common courtesy you use,
but the family you love, you seem to abuse.

Go and look on the kitchen floor,
You'll find some flowers there by the door.

Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.

He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise,
you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes."

By this time, I felt very small,
And now my tears began to fall.

I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
"Wake up, little one, wake up," I said.

"Are these the flowers you picked for me?"
He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree.

I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue."

I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way."
He said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay.
I love you anyway."

I said, "Son, I love you too,
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue."

Are you aware that if we died tomorrow,
the company that we are working for
could easily replace us in a matter of days.
But the family we left behind will feel the loss !
for the rest of their lives.

And come to think of it,
we pour ourselves more into work

than into our own family,
an unwise investment indeed,
don't you think?

So what is behind the story?!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to Wife Mei Wan (centre with lunch group) Posted by Picasa

Roses for the Birthday Girl! Posted by Picasa

Triple Birthday Dinner!
...for my Wife Mei Wan, my Son Si Siew with wife SuAnn and Family Friend Clem Parfitt from New Zealand! Posted by Picasa

Birthday boy Clem with daughter Helen Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Eight Words with two Meanings

Eight Words with two Meanings

1. THINGY (thing-ee) n.
Female...... Any part under a car's hood.
Male.......... The strap fastener on a woman's bra.

2. VULNERABLE (vul-ne-ra-bel) adj.
Female....... Fully opening up one's self emotionally to another.
Male............ Playing cricket without a box.

3. COMMUNICATION (ko-myoo-ni-kay-shon) n.
Female...... The open sharing of thoughts and feelings with one's partner.
Male........... Leaving a note before taking off on a fishing trip with the boys.

4. COMMITMENT (ko-mit-ment) n.
Female...... A desire to get married and raise a family.
Male.......... Trying not to hit on other women while out with this one.

5. ENTERTAINMENT (en-ter-tayn-ment) n.
Female...... A good movie, concert, play or book.
Male........... Anything that can be done while drinking beer.

6. FLATULENCE (flach-u-lens) n.
Female...... An embarrassing by product of indigestion.
Male........... A source of entertainment, self-expression, male bonding.

7 MAKING LOVE (may-king luv) n.
Female...... The greatest expression of intimacy a couple can achieve.
Male........... Call it whatever you want, just as long as we do it.

8. REMOTE CONTROL (ri-moht kon-trohl) n.
Female...... A device for changing from one TV channel to another.
Male........... A device for scanning through all 375 channels every 5 minutes.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Si Siew 'playing with Fire'! in Tioman Posted by Picasa

Paul and May too! Posted by Picasa

Monday, September 25, 2006

Cigarette Story!

The Cigarette story

I am Peter Stuyvesant
I have two friends, Benson and Hedges
I came from the city of Marlboro,
In the Salem high country
I Always carry a Mild Seven
I rode on a White Horse
Going to Kingsway in Kent
It was Lucky Strike I fell in love
With the daughter of Master Duke
Her name was YSL
We got married by Perillys, the priest
We checked in at the house of Dunhill
And booked into room number 555
I laid her on the bed made of Gold Leaf
I played with her two Matterhorns
When I poked in my Rothmans King Size
She cried in delight, "You are a Rough Rider!!!"
You are riding like a mad Camel
When I asked her if she is satisfied
She answered" I want MORE!!!!"
Then suddenly she turned around and asked me
if I want to enter her Gudang Garam.
She said... depan belakang puas,
barulah SAMPOERNA!!!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Conferment of Datoship by Penang Governor * Year 2006

Year 2006 Datoship conferment Ceremony at Penang Posted by Picasa

Conferment by the Governor of Penang. Posted by Picasa

Presenting Dato' + Datin KL Lim Posted by Picasa

Saturday, September 16, 2006


George Carlin's View on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives
when we like to get old is when we're kids?
If you're less than 10 years old,
you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

"How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!"
You're never thirty-six and a half.
You're four and a half, going on five!
That's the key.

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back.
You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

"How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!"
You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16!

And then the greatest day of your life . You become 21.
Even the words sound like a ceremony . .

But then you turn 30.
Oooohh, what happened there?
Makes you sound like bad milk!
He TURNED; we had to throw him out.
There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling.
What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away.
Before you know it, you REACH 50

And your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60.
You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40,
REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70!
After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle;
you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime.
And it doesn't end there.
Into the 90's, you start going backwards;
"I Was JUST 92."

Then a strange thing happens.
If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again.
"I'm 100 and a half!"

May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

1. Throw out nonessential numbers.
This includes age, weight and height.
Let the doctors worry about them.
That is why you pay "them!"

2. Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning.
Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle.
"An idle mind is the devil's workshop."
And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud.
Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen.
Endure, grieve, and move on.
The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.
Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love,
whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.
Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health:
If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9 Don't take guilt trips.
Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county;
to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them,
at every opportunity.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.

And if you don't send this to at least 8 people - who cares?
But do share this with someone.

We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!

Have a wonderful day!!!!!!!

Monday, August 28, 2006

The Paradox of our Time in History

The Paradox of our Time in History

The paradox of our time in history is that
we have taller buildings but shorter tempers,
wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time.

We have more degrees but less sense,
more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems,
more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little,
drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little,
watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We've added years to life not life to years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.
We conquered outer space but not inner space.
We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.
We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.
We write more, but learn less.
We plan more, but accomplish less.
We've learned to rush, but not to wait.
We build more computers to hold more information,
to produce more copies than ever,
but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion,
big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships.
These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes.
These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.
It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom.
A time when technology can bring this letter to you,
and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete...

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones,
because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe,
because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember to give a warm hug to the one next to you,
because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember to say, "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones,
but most of all mean it.
A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment
for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak!
And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.

......George Carlin

Sunday, August 27, 2006

The JUNCTION Bistro!

The JUNCTION Bistro at PGRM tower 2 !? Posted by Picasa


The Beauty of Maths.

1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111

9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

Brilliant, isn't it?

And finally, take a look at this symmetry:

1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111=12345678987654321

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Chinese Garden

Proposal for Chinese Garden
at Lim Family Courtyard House, Ipoh. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, August 15, 2006



A parent who has never apologized to his children is a monster.
If he's always apologizing, his children are monsters.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

You don't really understand human nature
unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents
every time around - and why his parents will always wave back.
~William D. Tammeus

Making the decision to have a child is momentous.
It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
~Elizabeth Stone

Always kiss uoyr child goodnight
- even if they're already asleep.
~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

To bring up a child in the way he should go,
travel that way yourself once in a while.
~Josh Billings

There comes a time when a woman needs to stop thinking
about her looks and focus her energies on raising her children.
This time comes at the moment of conception.
A child needs a role model, not a supermodel.
~Astrid Alauda, on the "hot mom" trend

Your children need your presence more than your presents.
~Jesse Jackson

It's not only children who grow. Parents do too.
As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives,
they are watching us to see what we do with ours.
I can't tell my children to reach for the sun.
All I can do is reach for it, myself.
~Joyce Maynard

Don't worry that children never listen to you;
worry that they are always watching you.
~Robert Fulghum

Parents often talk about the younger generation
as if they didn't have anything to do with it.
~Haim Ginott

If you want children to keep their feet on the ground,
put some responsibility on their shoulders.
~Abigail Van Buren

The quickest way for a parent to get a child's attention
is to sit down and look comfortable.
~Lane Olinghouse

Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
~Robert A. Heinlein

Too often we give children answers to remember
rather than problems to solve.
~Roger Lewin

The thing that impresses me most about America
is the way parents obey their children.
~Edward, Duke of Windsor, Look, 5 March 1957

How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board.
It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.
~Walter Scott

You will always be your child's favorite toy.
~Vicki Lansky, Trouble-Free Travel with Children, 1991

If you want your children to improve,
let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.
~Haim Ginott

If nature had arranged that husbands and wives should have children alternatively,
there would never be more than three in a family.
~Lawrence Housman

The hardest part of raising a child is teaching them to ride bicycles.
A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom.
The realization that this is what the child will always need can hit hard.
~Sloan Wilson

If I had my child to raise all over again,
I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I'd finger-paint more, and point the finger less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.
I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I'd do more hugging and less tugging.
~Diane Loomans, from "If I Had My Child To Raise Over Again"

Ma-ma does everything for the baby,
who responds by saying Da-da first.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Children are natural mimics who act like their parents
despite every effort to teach them good manners.
~Author Unknown

A child, like your stomach, doesn't need all you can afford to give it.
~Frank A. Clark

Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying.
~Fran Lebowitz, Social Studies

Friday, August 11, 2006

Beer Vs Water

Beer Vs Water

WATER_...... It has been scientifically proven that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli bacteria found in feces. In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop!

However, we do not run that risk when drinking beer because alcohol has to go through a distillation process of boiling, filtering and fermenting.

WATER = Poop

Free yourself of Poop, drink BEER!!!

It is better to drink beer and talk shit than to drink water and be full of shit.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information;
I am doing it as a public service.

Ah Bengs! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, August 10, 2006

10 Commandments for the Over-50s

1. Act and behave your age

Face and accept the reality of getting old, its consequences, and the limitations which growing old brings. Quit fooling yourself by trying to look like you were in your youth.

2. Move on

Focus on enjoying people and not on indulging in/or accumulating material things. Enjoy life and meet new people. Do the things you have always wanted to do but was unable to do so. Follow your dream and your hearts' desire.

3. Plan to spend whatever you have saved

You deserve to enjoy it and the few healthy years you have left. Travel if you can afford it. Don't leave anything for your children or loved ones to quarrel about. By leaving anything, you may cause even more trouble when you are gone.

4. Live in the present

Live in the here and now, not in the yesterdays and tomorrows. It is only today that you can handle. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow may not even happen.

5. Spoil your grandchildren

Enjoy and spoil your grandchildren (if you are blessed with any) but don't be their full-time baby sitter. You have no moral obligation to take care of them. Don't have any guilt feelings about refusing to babysit anyone's kids, including your own grandkids. Your parental obligation is to your children. After you have raised them into responsible adults, your duties of childrearing and babysitting are finished. Let your children raise their own offspring.

6. Accept your health

Enjoy whatever your health can allow. Accept your physical weakness, sickness, limitations and other physical pains. It is a part of the ageing process.

7. Retire

Enjoy what you are and what you have right now. Stop working hard for what you do not have. If you do not have them, it's probably too late.

8. Love yourself

Accept yourself for what and who you are. People, who truly love you, love you for yourself and not for what you have or for what you can give them. Anyone who loves you for what you have will just give you misery.

9. Forgive and forget

Forgive and forget all those who have wronged you. Forgive yourself and others. Forget the slights, hurts, and misfortunes of yesterday. Look towards the future. Enjoy peace of mind and soul.

10. Befriend death

Don't be afraid of death. It's a natural part of the cycle of life. Death is the beginning of a new and better life. So, prepare yourself not for death but for a new life.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Golf is better than Sex! Posted by Picasa

Top Ten Reasons Why Golf Is Better Than Sex

Top Ten Reasons Why Golf Is Better Than Sex

#10 A below-par performance is considered damn good.
#9 You can stop in the middle and have a cheeseburger and a couple of beers.
#8 It's much easier to find the sweet spot.
#7 Foursomes are encouraged.
#6 You can still make money doing it as a senior.
#5 Three times a day is possible.
#4 Your partner doesn't hire a lawyer if you do it with someone else.
#3 If you live in Florida, you can do it almost every day.
#2 You don't have to cuddle with your partner when you're finished.
And the
#1 reason why golf is better than sex
…...If your equipment gets old and rusty, you can replace it.

Sunday, July 30, 2006