Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday, December 02, 2011

The Real Thing! * Lanjut Beach EcoVillage

View of EcoVillage from the Lanjut Beach!
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Chalets with View of Swimming Pool and the Lanjut Beach

View of Chalets around the Central Pond of the Beach EcoVillage

Friday, November 25, 2011

10 Secrets to Happiness

10 Secrets to Happiness

10 Secrets to Happiness I learnt from Andrew Matthews

Andrew Matthews

1) Be happy where you are now

Right now! Be thankful for what you have, instead of moaning about what you lack. Be satisfied with what you have when you are in pursuit of what you want.

2) Happiness, more than anything, is a choice we make every day

Happiness is a conscious decision. You choose to be happy today or you choose to be miserable. Your action/reaction is determined by how you choose to perceive a situation. Andrew gave an amusing illustration of a couple surrounded by a pack of crocodiles. The man thought “OMG Crocodiles!” while his wife thought “OMG Handbags!”

3) Happiness is understanding the things we can’t change yet and working on those we can

Some things are hard to change overnight. It’s unusual to change from a pauper into a millionaire in a day. Happiness is knowing that some things take more time. We can start by working on what we can change immediately.

4) Put a smile on your face. It changes how you think.

I was teaching a friend to ice-skate last Friday evening and there was this beautiful girl I met while getting a drink. She smiled as we both walked towards the vending machine. I smiled back and allowed her to buy her drink first.

While on the ice-skating rink, we passed each other a couple of times. I was trying to keep my friend on his feet while she was falling happily on the ice with hers. Our eyes met again. She smiled and I smiled back.

Then as she was making her way out of the rink, I smiled and waved goodbye. She smiled back. I could hear her friends asking “Is that your friend?” I didn’t catch her reply but I remembered her turning towards me with another smile. I returned the smile with a wave to her bewildered friends.

We didn’t exchange a single word. We didn’t need to. The smiles were enough to brighten up both our days.

5) Whatever you get, accept it and deal with it

All too often, when something bad happens, we are too quick to point fingers and start placing blame on everyone else. Happiness is about accepting responsibility and dealing with what comes your way. Blaming the whole world is not going to solve anything.

6) Problems = Catalyst to take Action

Andrew advises to see problems as a catalyst for us to take action. Problems are good teachers, so learn to love them. Next time, when you face a problem at work/in business, remember to run up to your boss/partner and say, “We have a huge opportunity!”

7) Learn from the elephants!

How do you eat an elephant?
Answer: One bite at a time.

What did the elephant say to the naked man?
Answer: How do you breathe through that thing?

8) Put everything you have into whatever you are doing now

Do your best (100%) and life will support you!

9) It’s not what you get. It’s what you become that matters

Know what to expect – Expect a better you.

10) No one else is going to make you happier. Work on yourself.

A lot of people get things mixed up. A wife thinks about all the bad things her husband does while a widow remembers all the good stuff. That is the ultimate recipe for misery! Isn’t it better to switch the lists around?

Work on your mindset. See things from a positive light.


Happiness is in the way you think. No one can make you happy except yourself.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

One Community * A New Way of Life!

Conscious and Conscientious

The founders of One Community are consciously and conscientiously creating a space to benefit the entire human organism; and we are excited to partner with other awake and aware individuals who agree that we as a species are ready to do better. Let’s face the facts: part of being consciously creating a better world as our children's children's planet“conscious” includes an objective and honest assessment of what is really possible when we decide to do something different, and for those of us already traveling in this direction the path is obvious. So let’s work together so we can get there faster.
What we are creating, and are establishing ourselves to continuously create, is a collaborative, constantly growing and evolving, completely open source contributor to global advancements in sustainability, social architecture, fulfilled living practices, education and more. If you are someone already making strides in these directions, or someone who has just known for a long time that this is the path but not had the vehicle to do something, take a look at what we are doing. We can help, we have specific ways we need help, and we are constantly looking for more ways in which to bring together, and be a part of, the creation of this blossoming human story.

"In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model.

You create a new model and make the old one obsolete. That, in essence, is the higher service to which we are all being called."
~ Buckminster Fuller ~


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Bhutan and the pursuit of happiness

Bhutan and the pursuit of happiness: "Too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things."

'via Blog this'

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Proposed Final Layout Plan of Lanjut Beach EcoVillage * September 2011

Final Layout Plan c/w Proposed Landscaping

Final Layout Plan

9+ acres Beach Land

Provision for Main Resort Building c/w Office/Reception lobby, Conference Rooms, Business Service Center, Games Room, Shops, Restaurant/Cafe and Terrace Bar

Total 111 rooms
1 No. Special 3-Bedrooms Beach Chalet
9 Nos. Semi-D Type Premium Beach/Lake View Chalet
17 Nos. Semi-D Type Std. Chalet
14 Nos. 2-storey Semi-D Container Type Chalet

* Swimming pools c/w Sunbathing Decks
* Resort SPA
* Landscaped Lakes and Gardens c/w Children Playgrounds, Wakafs and BBQ areas
* Sea Sports Centre
* Tennis court
* Staff + Maintenance Quarters

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

VISION : Lanjut EcoVillage


The Ecovillage at Lanjut aims to create a community that will have as its core - Living Sustainably - in harmony with nature in a meaningful community. Lanjut EcoVillage's vision is to “inspire sustainable living and development practice awareness” by creating a world-class ecologically sustainable village.

Lanjut EcoVillage's goal is to preserve and enhance the current exquisite beauty of the site, improve its biodiversity, and nurture the regeneration of the land into a leading example of sustainable community living.


To achieve the project’s environmental objectives, it has been important to challenge conventional thinking by employing practices, processes, systems and designs that embody innovation and excellence.

One example is the planning of our Villas, common facilities and road system. Refer to the Layout Plans which set out to create an ecohamlet.

A comprehensive list of the projects core principles and its “Desired Environmental Outcomes” are perusable in the Project Criteria below.


Lanjut EcoVillage Sdn Bhd intends to practically and successfully develop the subject lands and achieve a vision of inspiring sustainable living / development practice and awareness by creating an Ecovillage that exemplifies World’s Best Practice in its design, construction and accompanying processes. The project is intended as an inspirational model to the development industry and the broader community.

All activities included in undertaking the development must recognise the following factors:
(a) Environmental Sustainability / Ecology
(b) Social Sustainability / Ecology
(c) Economic Sustainability / Ecology
with each being given equal consideration, without marginalisation of any one factor in decision making processes.

To achieve the development’s objectives, it will be important to challenge conventional industry thinking by employing practices, processes, systems & designs that embody innovation & excellence in keeping with the project goal. All relevant authorities will be asked to participate in this approach.

To achieve the project goal, each of the following principles will require consideration - again without individual marginalisation of any other of the principles. The principles should be utilised to achieve a desired project outcome that:

(a) Is sustainable over time
(b) Relates to the local and global environments
(c) Provides & allows for future beneficial change to occur in design, infrastructure & regulatory mechanisms.

(i) Environmental Principles

Env.1 Restore, maintain & enhance biodiversity acknowledging the intrinsic right to life of all species
Env.2 Strictly minimise impact & change to air, soil & water in any way to ensure equity for all elements of the
natural environment whether living or inanimate
Env.3 Strictly minimise consumption of resources & energy both now & in the future
Env.4 Minimise impact on the local and global environments optimising local ecological food & material production
Env.5 Foster a deep sense of human connection to & interdependence with the land, flora & fauna

(ii) Social Principles

Soc.1 Respect & honour cultural, historical & spiritual values
Soc.2 Enable sustainable community by designing for social equity, diversity & interdependence, honouring
differences & catering for the needs of individuals through the different stages of life
Soc.3 Maximise health, safety & comfort of the built environment to provide enduring quality of life
Soc.4 Promote awareness & education of ecological issues including sustainability
Soc.5 Utilise aesthetic sensitivity to create a continuing sense of place and beauty that inspires, affirms & ennobles
Soc.6 Ensure regulatory mechanisms that ensure social equity over time
Soc.7 Promote social connectedness, empathy, ownership & attachment to place & community.

(iii) Economic Principles

Econ.1 Promote ecovillage economic viability through excellence of design
Econ.2 Ensure enduring property value growth
Econ.3 Ensure minimising of maintenance & operational costs
Econ.4 Minimise obsolescence through design of enduring component life cycle;
Econ.5 Provide for change & re-use at minimal cost / loss
Econ.6 Enable economic productivity & contribution to local & world systems & economies.

These are the specific goals of the development that should guide project management, project consultants & approving authorities in the intrinsic decision making processes. The above principles are interpreted to achieve Ecologically Sustainable Development outcomes, which are detailed in the following Environmental, Social & Economic Criteria specification.

Final Layout of the Lanjut EcoVillages!

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Sincere gift to alma mater

The St. Michael Institution class of 1961 presenting a mock cheque to the fund’s chairman Dr Benen Foo Ban Nyen.

FIFTY years after they left school, a group of former students from St. Michael’s Institution, Ipoh donated RM50,000 towards the Michaelians Give Back Fund at the school’s alumni dinner recently.

Speaking on behalf of the 16 “old boys” present at the dinner – who completed their Form Five in 1961 – Choo Jee Sam said that members of the group from that year, who now reside in the Klang Valley, meet up every two months for friendship and networking.

It was during one of these sessions that they decided to raise the sum RM50,000 — or RM1,000 for each year since they had left the school.

“Our group includes prominent lawyers, architects, engineers, government servants, other professionals and businessmen who are all successful in their own ways,” said Choo.

“We all have fond memories of St. Michael’s and are grateful for the solid educational foundation, the discipline, camaraderie and the ‘Michaelian spirit’ which shaped us to be what we are today.

“Our group includes prominent lawyers, architects, engineers, government servants, other professionals and businessmen who are all successful in their own ways,” said Choo.

“We all have fond memories of St. Michael’s and are grateful for the solid educational foundation, the discipline, camaraderie and the ‘Michaelian spirit’ which shaped us to be what we are today.

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Be Perfectly Happy to be ...

Be Perfectly Happy to be ...

There are those who seem to enjoy being unpleasant for the sake of it.
There are lots of others who are spiteful, scornful, snobbish, hurtful, selfish and small-minded.
Obviously, as an
idealistic and caring person, one is not one of them.
Now that circumstances are forcing one to deal with someone of this nature,
resist the temptation to encourage them to adopt a more gracious approach.
They're perfectly happy as they are.
Leave them be.
Be perfectly happy to be what you are, too.

The law of our life can be summed up in the axiom
"be what you are"

Thomas Merton