Friday, December 31, 2010

Law Of Attraction: A New Year Means New Possibilities

A new year usually means change for a lot of people. We tend to set goals that we mean to carry out in the beginning of the new year. And this is a good thing. We can get ourselves motivated to change our lives. And with that we can change our relationships as well. Every new year brings new possibilities and you can attract the relationship that you want this year!


What are your old patterns when it comes to the relationships in your life? Do you find yourself usually wanting more? If so, make this year different. Say good-bye to the old you and welcome in a new you! You can become the person that you want to be and you can attract the kind of people and situations that you would like to have in your life.

We all know that changes must come from within ourselves. We cannot expect to keep up the same patterns and habits and expect our lives to change. It just will not happen that way. To attract the kind of relationship that you want, you have to become clear on exactly what you expect and also clear on what you do not want.

Give more attention to what you do want, but stay aware of what you do not want. This way you may be able to recognize the patterns and habits that keep you from getting what you really want. You can attract the life and the people that you want to have. You just have to let go of the old and welcome the new!

Authored by Bryan Appleton, an investor/entrepreneuer who has dedicated himself to teaching others how to achieve their dream life. He is also a proud single father with one son.
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Thursday, December 30, 2010

My Bubble: Better Safe Than Sorry ...

An incident in the locker room at my neighborhood gym remains fresh in mind, eventhough it happened way back in July (I did wrote about it then) and every time I used the gym lockers, I still have a fear that history will repeat itself!

Being a practitioner of the Law of Attraction, I know pretty well that this fear is just going to attract the same or maybe a worst scenario.  I guessed I've not worked hard enough to overcome this fear because it happened again!  But this time round, I'm glad it wasn't as bad.

It has been more than a month or two since I've visited the gym but I recently received a complimentary invite to a popular gym at the next door neighborhood.  I'd planned to warm-up on the gym bike for about 30mins before joining a 45mins session in a body-combat class.  I certainly hoped the workout will not aggravate the nagging pain on my feet due to tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.  Arghhh ... the signs of body deterioration ... the signs of aging!

Anyway,  as usual I had kept my gym bag in the locker room before going about my exercises at this newly opened gym.  The gym bike was great, all brand new equipped with a USB port to plug in my MP3 ... cool!  Disappointingly the body-combat session did not have as much impact as the instructor was just a young trainer who seemed to be fresh out of school sort.  She was nervous and stiff at the same time.

I returned to the locker room about one-and-a-half hours later to have my shower and to a hive of commotion.  I proceeded towards my locker, at the same time trying to make out what all the hoo-ha was about.  My heart sanked as I was confronted by my wide-opened locker.  My gym bag and toiletries just strewn on the floor.  I felt fortunate that I had my wallet, handphone and car-keys with me during my exercise.  Obviously, the thief was not fruitful ransacking my locker but some ladies weren't as fortunate.  Forgoing the intention to shower, I quickly gathered my stuffs and bolted from the place as I didn't want to be dragged into the nitty-gritty of dealing with the management of the gym.  It'll take hours of claims and denying responsibilities.  No thanks, I don't want to be involved considering I'm just a guest member.

While driving home, the incident in July kept repeating in mind.  My regular gym has since replaced all their gym lockers to more reliable and durable ones which hopefully no one will ever suffer any unfavorable episodes again.  But still, I'd rather chose to carry all my valuables with me at all time.  For me, the lockers are rightfully meant to keep my change and toiletries only.

It's better safe than be sorry.

Just Laughs: All My Jobs

My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got canned because I couldn't concentrate.

Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn't hack it, so they gave me the axe.

After that I tried to be a tailor, but I just wasn't suited for it. The job was only so-so anyhow.

Next I tried working in a muffler factory, but that was exhausting.

I wanted to be a barber, but I just couldn't cut it.

I attempted to be a deli worker, but any way I sliced it, I couldn't cut the mustard.

My best job was being a musician, but eventually I found I wasn't note worthy.

I studied a long time to become a doctor, but I didn't have any patience.

Next was a job in a shoe factory; I tried, but I just didn't fit in.

I became a professional fisherman, but discovered that I couldn't live on my net income.

I thought about becoming a witch, so I tried that for a spell.

I managed to get a good job working for a pool maintenance company, but the work was just too draining.

My last job was working at Starbucks, but I had to quit, because it was always the same old grind.

After many years of trying to find steady work, I finally got a job as a historian, until I realized there was no future in it.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Bubble: Jalan Bellamy Ikan Bakar

Just fresh from a seafood 'pig-out' expedition in Crab Isle and here we are ... savoring pan-grilled fishes at one of the Jalan Bellamy Ikan Bakar stalls for lunch. There are roughly about 5 stalls offering the same speciality, hidden right behind Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur. There are an array of choices aside from the various types of fishes such squids, prawns and cockles. Choices of fish starts from the usual very bony 'ikan terubok', a fresh-water herring to catfish, stingrays, mackerels, scadtails and some other lesser know fishes.

Without fail, we'll always head towards this particular stall, Gerai #3 that attracts the most customers each time we're there. The other stalls seemed to be the backups when time does not permit the long wait looking for tables here ... there's no room to be shy when grabbing for a table if you really really want to savor those grilled seafood.

It was just Lo Kong and me, since Nick's at his part-time job yesterday. Since it was a spur-of-the moment decision to have ourselves some 'ikan bakar', we reached there right in the thick and thin of a lunch-time crowd. Lo Kong quickly queued up for the grilled fishes while I waited around looking for a table which actually ended as a tight squeeze in between other customers on a long bench-table. Lucky thing, the weather was very very kind to us yesterday ... else, it was normally scorching heat under the zinc.  That's where the extra saltiness adds to the flavor!

Between us, we had a big whole scadtail, a slice of stingray and 2 portions of mixed veggies and 'kerabu' (mixed raw veggies). All came up to RM19.00 inclusive of a glass of coconut water.  'Twas reasonable and indeed a satisfying lunch ... from overly famished to being completely over-fed!

The fishes were fresh and super-yummy.  However, I wouldn't say they are all that healthy with the loads of oil being used to grill them but then ... I guessed it beats eating the sinful 'bak-kut-teh' and all those piggy offals!

Poetry: New Year's Reality Check

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Note Of Awareness ...

Monday, December 27, 2010

My Bubble: A Weekend In Crab Isle ...

For me, it was my 3rd visit to an island called Pulau Ketam ... literally translated as "Crab Isle", a small island not far off from Port Klang. For some a 2nd and others a first, although for Uncle Chew ... it's practically home-ground and he was actually our 'Tour Guide De-facto'.

For Uncle Chew, t'was where he had first laid eyes on his beautiful soul-mate, an island beauty. An unassumning meet during a students' outing followed several years later by a chance meet that blossomed into a union of over a quarter century. Here's Elaine's alma mater ...

Before our departure, we all headed to one of the best bak-kut-teh outlet in Klang for lunch ... Restoran Ki Heong in Bukit Tinggi. Slurpilicously yummy ... good old authentic traditional bak-kut-teh ... it expanded Lo Kong's tummy into a big round balloon!

We boarded the 1.45pm ferry for a 45 minutes ride to Pulau Ketam, making 2-stops along the way. Upon reaching the jetty, we had to switch onto a wooden boat that ferried us to our private getaway. While it was supposed to be a recluse-breakout for me, a well-deserved rest for Cheryl and an eye-opener towards life on the island for the young'ems, Lo Kong and Steven were all geared up for fishing with their tools of trade in tow. Lo Kong was kinda lucky on the first day albeit only small 'ku-chi-lek' fishes. Jeremy was quick to catch on to fishing and his all new enthusiasm got the whole family trying their luck again that night and the next afternoon. Guess all the big fishes were well informed of our visit though since mostly were the small fishes that took to the baits.

Upon our arrival at the home of Uncle Chew's in-laws, we had an opportunity to check out a newly constructed 3-storey concrete birdhouse. It is to house the swifts that come to nest and soon leaves bird nests for the picking. We climbed the darkened stairways all the way to the rooftop to catch the sights of the whole island. When we returned to the house, we were greeted with inviting Steamed Flower Crabs, followed by Steamed Prawns and then White Pomfret ... all in their whole naturalness. No flavoring whatsoever ... except our own drooling saliva! That was the first taste of 'Crab Isle'. Upon hearing the arrival of a fishing boat, all of us headed down to a neighbour's pier to catch glimpse of the fresh haul for the day. According to Uncle Chew's brother-in-law, Uncle Chia ... times have changed. Good catch are getting fewer and what we had seen that day was just pure luck!

Dinner was early that day despite our 'seafood tea-time' less than 4 hours earlier (I remembered my biology lessons ... our food needs at least 4 hours to digest duh?). Oh well ... it was a steamboat dinner and ready or not, it was beckoning us to "eat eat eat lar! diet tomorrow when you go home!" Toppings after toppings of fresh fish-fillets, prawns, squids, fish-maws, fishballs and the special "flying saucers" that you can't get anywhere else. It's only made by a neighborhood auntie through special orders of at least 1000 pieces. She uses only one specific fish (a secret) and if no such catch, then very sorry ... no "flying saucers"! We had beer with dinner but the culmination of the evening was a bottle of Johnny Walker Green Label and a Glenfiddich. While Steven complained of a terrible headache after, Lo Kong was completely knocked out for the night with a severe hangover the next morning.

Despite a very comfortable bed in an air-conditioned room, I couldn't really sleep that night. I rosed early the next morning and chatted up with Uncle & Auntie Chia while waiting for everyone to wake up. By 10.30am we were all heading to town for brunch (eat again). Unfortunately the tide was still low and we all had to climb upright down to the boat at the side of the pier. It inadvertently created a slight hoo-ha as it became a big challenge for Cheryl who has a phobia of heights. Ultimately, she made it with help from her hubby, Steven ... amidst the tears and trembles that soon turned into triumphant laughters for her. You did it Cheryl ... each a tiny step to overcoming your fear. You've done it on Apek Hill and now, Pulau Ketam.

Then upon reaching the town jetty, Lo Kong threw up several times, akin to the 'merlion' in Singapore ... all the good stuff from the night before ... gone gone gone. Too bad it just totally slipped my mind to capture all these actions!

Then off we went for our seafood brunch, a little walkabout around town and then a 30-minute walk back to Uncle Chia's house ... no more boat-rides for the time being. Steven and his family were quick to head down to the pier for another quick round of fishing while Lo Kong attempted to fish Uncle Chia's snakehead in a well right in front of the house ... unusual fishing but he caught a 3kg whopper!

Soon it was time to get back home. We thanked Uncle & Auntie Chia profusely for their hospitality and their gifts of fresh fishes. We bade our farewells as we made our way on a wooden boat to the jetty to catch the ferry to Port Klang ... this time there was no tears and trembles as the tide was high enough we need not climb down the pier.

Catch our fun-filled short weekend holiday at

Affirmation: I Am Plentiful ...

Sunday, December 26, 2010

What Am I Grateful For This Week ...

It has certainly been a week of PLENTIFUL for me! I am GLAD ... I am HAPPY ... I am HOPEFUL ... I am EXCITED ... and I have FAITH that it's going to be a great new year ahead as we complete the final week of 2010.

These are my random list of gratitude;

1. I am grateful for the fun day spent with a Little Angel {♥} who had popped in for a visit from Seremban.

2. I am thankful for the safe and enjoyable journey during our recent weekend holiday.

3. I am grateful for the wonderful hospitality rendered to my friends and myself during our getaway in Pulau Ketam and our palate discovery of nature's wonderous abundance over there.

4. I am grateful for the surprising spontaneity poured into my cooking and the enjoyment flashed over the faces of my guinea-pigs.

5. I am grateful for another Christmas and our unwavering conviction.

6. I am grateful for the excitement to greet 2011 that's just round the corner.

LIFE is just a magical adventure ... filled with many stories to be unfold, many lessons to be learnt and various doors to be opened that leads into a brand new world of our choice.

Let's be thankful for these opportunities and embrace them with open arms!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

My Bubble: Reflect, Renew & Revitalize

Early this year, I'd asked myself how hard it would be to achieve my resolutions for the year. At this point in time, we have exactly 6 more days before we bid our farewells to 2010 and how have I fared?

My conclusion?

An ability to achieve 9 out of 15 ain't bad. I would definitely say it wasn't that hard when focus and desire is adequately applied but I'm not going to be any harder on myself either for not achieving the rest because I'd lacked discipline in certain areas!

More importantly now ... how do I reinvent myself to maintain those that I've achieved and to get from here to;

1. Growing with God ... HE has gotten me through all the road blocks of doubt and fear and to grow, I must continuously seek to know Him in my own uncomplicated ways.

2. Be more accepting and less expecting ... remember, it's not all about me!

3. Listen more, speak less but to share endlessly ... I want to make a difference!

4. Be more creative ... writing, work, photography, exercise, cooking ... whatever I undertake!

5. Eat right and break my sweet-tooth ... I want to be fruitful and healthy till a ripe old age!

6. Say 'No' to junk-food!

7. Kill a couch potato wannabe ... too much TV!

8. Stop bullying ♥ 'lo kong' ... a little lesser that is!

Dear friends and fellow bloggers, got your new year resolutions in-check yet. It's a pretty fine time now to be working out a commitment to ourselves to reform our habits, attitude and lifestyles for a better year ahead.  When we've clarity and focus of our wants, it's a whole lot easier to attract them into our existence.

Let's be thankful for all that we've accomplished this year and fastened our seatbelts for another fun ride on the rollercoaster of life!


Merry X'mas ... Ho Ho Ho!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Law Of Attraction: New Year's Resolution, Law of Attraction Style

Each year many of us make New Year resolutions knowing full well that we are going to try to uphold our promises to ourselves. "This year I'm giving up smoking," or "This year I'm going to start and finish that book I want to write," then about three weeks into the New Year we have already set ourselves up to fail. We push back the date saying 'we'll do better' and keep wishing and hoping that we would just hold up to what we promised ourselves.

We then forget all about what we had asked for and when we look back on our New Year's resolution we feel as if we have failed. Well, it doesn't have to be like this at all. When making a New Year's resolution, it is always how you perceive what you want to do whether it will get done. And the Law of Attraction can help you out.

We all know the Law of Attraction and positive thinking takes a full change of mindset from within. When you find out that whatever you put out into the Universe comes back to you in some form, you begin to restructure your feelings and thoughts based on what you decide you want your life to be. It isn't always an easy task to change a repetitive thought pattern but it is well worth it when you find your life easing up and find a grateful flow of abundance in all areas of your life.

Let's think about the word 'resolution' for a moment. Resolution means to be determined in making something happen. Now we know that words alone aren't what propel the Law of Attraction into action. It is the thought and the feeling of what we want that initiates what we desire in our lives and it is the feeling; the emotion of how you feel about a certain focus that brings you what you focus on.

Hearing the word resolution brings to mind that you are going to make something happen come hell or high water. By taking on the feeling of resolution it sounds as if we are ready for a fight. It's going to happen no matter what, and that feeling is one of resistance. And you know what that will bring: more resistance.

Each New Year's Eve we have a meeting of the minds. We get together with everyone who is a part of our life; those who support and encourage all of our ideas. And we do the same for them. It doesn't matter if you have anyone to help support you, though. You and you alone can create the New Year as you want it.

We then write down and talk about what our dreams and life inspirations are. We each take a turn in creating the reality we want without resistance. So for those two hours together we imagine 'as if' life is just as we want it with all of the ideas and concepts we envision for the next year. Maybe you want to quit smoking. If you were at our New Year's Eve meeting of the minds you would visualize what it must be like to feel smoke free. You'd breathe easier and enjoy life without something that you thought you needed. You would live in the moment of what it must be like.

Everyone around you would encourage and support your new end result and live through your eyes as you describe your day without smoking. Instead of feeling as if it is going to be an uphill battle you put out the vibration of how it feels to have already gotten what you wanted. This is the Law of Attraction's way of seeing a New Year's resolution.

Maybe you vow you are going to make more money this year and then wonder how you're going to do it. The doubt sets in and you become frustrated, wondering if that kind of New Year's resolution is going to happen. All of the thoughts and feelings that come along with what you envision become a part of what you send out to the Universe and that is what will come back into your life. The Law of Attraction New Year's way is to envision what you will be doing next year with a full bank account and all the joy that comes along with that.

Take a moment to imagine a day full of exactly what you want in your new year. See it, feel it, and see it 'in the now' of the day. Every day after making your New Year's wish take some time to imagine 'in the now' of having it all and then let it go to the Universe without any more energy spent on how, when, or where. The Universe figures out all that for you. You just envision and stick to your focus and the Universe takes care of the rest because of your constant positive focus on the desires of your life.

So make a New Year's resolution the LOA way and watch your New Year unfold exactly how you envisioned it. And Happy New Year!

Authored by Beth and Lee McCain, the hosts of a popular nationally syndicated weekly radio show Radio LOA on Experience Radio and publishers of the national LOA magazine, The Indicator.
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Note Of Awareness ...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Poetry: Walking With Angels

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Just Laughs: New Coffeemaker ...

The newlywed Blonde went to the store to ask how to operate the new coffeemaker received as a wedding gift. The salesman carefully explained how everything worked; how to plug it in, set the timer, go to bed, and upon rising, the coffee is ready.

A few weeks later the goober was back in the store and the salesman asked her how she liked the coffee maker.

"Wonderful!" she replied, "But... it's just awfully inconvenient to have to go to bed every time I want to make a pot of coffee."

Monday, December 20, 2010


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Gratitude: A Noble Soul ...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

What Am I Grateful For This Week ...

Fast, fast, really fast ... 7 days just flew by so quickly. Here goes another week's random list of my gratitude ...

1. I am grateful for the time spent, chatting up stories past and catching up on the latest with my ex-colleagues Lynn and Susan just a few days' ago.

2. I am grateful for the invisible force that drove me to attend church mass on a Friday afternoon ... it felt really good!

3. I am grateful for the awareness of several shortcomings in me that I've allowed to rear its ugly head lately.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Universe, to the Infinite Being for all the calm and enlightenment.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Law Of Attraction: Why Carry People's Emotional Baggage?

Everyone has their issues ... me included.  But it can drive us crazy when we hang around people who are consummate people-pleaser, blowing hot and cold all the time to please others, situations or perhaps their own fancies.  Then at the deeper end, it can be an embarrassing torture to be around hot and cold people who can be verbally and negatively eruptive at any unwarranted time.

We all may have at some point in time come across loved ones, friends or acquaintances who are ebulliently in favor of any ideas to only turn apathetic later or those who are very friendly and agreeable when things are going their way to only publicly explode at a slightest unfavorable shift.  Let's remember to remind ourselves not to become one of them.

Regretfully, it is no less important that we should not hang around them too frequently either! To be caught in such undermining situations with them can only confuse, hurt, disappoint and humiliate us.  To continually maintain company with these people of such extremes can only lead to negative feelings. As we lose our respect for them, we are also constantly confused by their extremism.  This is certainly unhealthy!  The hurt, disappointment, humiliation and confusion leads to a pent-up anger that destroys the relationships.  This pent-up anger will boil to a point that it stress and drowns our energies.  Why should we be willing to carry their emotional baggage with us?

Like thoughts attract like experiences according to the Law of Attraction and we definitely do not want to attract more of these negative predicaments.  We know what kind of relationship that we truly desire. So, mingle with coveted friends who are consistent in their personal values and behavior to maintain a healthy, grounded, productive and lasting liaison which in turn draw to us more such beautiful relationships and life experiences.

Copyright © Wenny Yap 2010 All Rights Reserved. This article may be reproduced with my written consent, provided my name and link remain intact.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Bubble: Am I Expecting Too Much?

Is every situation in life made out to be coincidences? I'd rather not believe it to be such. Everything that we discover or experience are circumstances of our very own thoughts, emotions and actions ... according to the Law Of Attraction.

Just a few days back as I was having tea-time break with a girlfriend, our conversations eventually broached into the issue of meeting expectations. Sadly I must admit I've been told umpteen times in the past that I set too high expectation for others. Thanks to some sound advice from her, our conversation led me to re-acquaint myself with this weakness that I've tossed aside eversince I retired. Still fresh in mind, it seemed too coincidental that I should stumbled upon the same topic again over the internet.

Someone with a pseudonym, R&B Diva had posted this question over a forum and I quote as follows:

"Is It that I expect too much out of people?

i hope you all have a little time to spare because this question may be a bit detailed. i must say that what id like to say is complicated so please try to understand me. well i have been told that im a perfectionist at times (virgo). i was raised in a household where my parents instilled morals and values in me and they are embedded in me til this day. i like to consider myself a really good person. and as conceited as this may sound people should be lucky to have me as a friend because its not often u bump into people with pure, loving hearts like i have. im respectful, compassionate, loyal, and trustworthy. all the things people want in a friend.i try my hardest to treat people the way i want to be treated. it seems as though i never get the same in return and it makes me reluctant to be so kind and generous to people cause i hate the idea of me being taken advantage of. sometimes i feel like its a curse to be a genuine person living this world because people are always out for themselves and im not that type of person. i get so discouraged because i feel like i cant trust people or love whole heartedly anymore because people have hurt me in the past when i "wore my heart on my sleeve". ive had a friend steal from me and id never even dream of being a thief. ive had another friend gossip about me when i took her in cause she had no friends because of a severe skin disorder. i told her how beautiful she was regaurdless of her skin, trying to build her up so she can feel good about herself. and she turned around and dogged me out! i think im too nice or something. idk but its driving me crazy! it sucks u cant even be a nice person anymore. does anyone feel the way i do or do i just simply expect too much from people?"

It's surprisng that her question hits quite close to home for me. I've experienced something similar before and it's not easy not to be hurt or disappointed. But realising that "I am my very own best friend" helps me to let go of the need to please others, to put others first or to allow others to discourage me. One thing I've learnt from reading all those personal development books is, "You can't please others unless you can please yourself!"

So, I hereby re-affirm to myself that I shall henceforth let go of all my expectations (as much as I possibly can) of others but myself. I shall judge not nor criticise but try to understand and forgive them.

A Note Of Awareness ...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Poetry: Just One

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Just Laughs: Let's Pretend ...

Through a scheduling mix up, a man and a woman who have never met before find themselves in the same sleeping carriage of a train. It's late, the train is full, and everyone else is already asleep. After the initial embarrassment, they both manage to get to sleep; the woman on the top bunk, the man on the lower.

In the middle of the night the woman leans over and says, "I'm sorry to bother you, but I'm awfully cold and I was wondering if you could possibly pass me another blanket."

The man leans out and, with a glint in his eye, says, "I've got a better idea ... let's pretend we're married."

"Why not," giggles the woman.

"Good," he replies. "Get your own blanket!"

Monday, December 13, 2010

Affirmation: I Love Myself ...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Gratitude: Good Life ...

Saturday, December 11, 2010

My Bubble: My Marathon Experience ...

It's been a week since I'm back from Singapore and it's only now that I felt inspired to write about our enjoyable trip down south. I guess the laziness is just due to the break of routine and the prevailing holiday season before the year 2010 comes to a close.

There were 5 of us travelling together to the Lion City ... Uncle Chew, his wife Elaine, their nephew Bernard, Lo Kong & myself. The top priority of our trip was for the Standard Chartered Marathon where Uncle Chew, Bernard and Lo Kong are all geared up to run the full 42km race. After the event, Uncle Chew & Elaine had planned to bring us all around town for a gastronomic experience. Of course, shopping was not forgotten either.

Actually Lo Kong had participated twice before in the Singapore Marathon but this time round seemed to be more fun with the company of like-minded friends. We were joined by 3 other runners from our KK Pacers club (Roy, Lim & Keith) who had traveled there separately. All completed their respective categories while there were new personal best achievements for Bernard, Lim and Lo Kong. They can be seen in action here.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of them on their successful completion of their respective races!

The event was indeed HUGE ... there were over 60000 participants from all over the world taking part in the various categories of 10km, 21km (half-marathon) and 42km (full marathon). We met many familiar faces from our local running communities there too! My excitement was taking camera shots of our team members in action, preferably with some landmark as backdrop. It wasn't easy though since we had our members in all 3 categories running on 3 different routes. It was unfortunate that I could not snap the start for the 10km and 21km as they started at different venues and at different time. After capturing the flag-off for the 42km at Orchard Road, I walked about 1.2km to the MRT station to catch the earliest ride to Marina Bay. I had studied the routes the night before and decided to station myself between The Singapore Flyer, the world's largest observation wheel and Singapore's Formula One Pitstop Building. It was the 8km mark for the 10km event, 19km mark for the half-marathon and the 40km mark for the full marathon.

Surprisingly, I did not move around alone as expected. I met a Filipino lady, Jo-Ann whose hubby was running the full marathon. She was kinda following me silently, smiling when I turned to look at her. I broke into a conversation with her and she decided to follow me on my routes since she was not sure where to go. We took the MRT ride together, help each with the directions and taking snapshots here and there but too bad ... we never took any shots of each other .... ADOI!!! Regretfully, we lost each other when I was busy snapping my teammates.

It was indeed tiring running up and down several spots to capture my teammates in actions but DEFINITELY SATISFYING!!! All the photos turned out good.

When Uncle Chew arrived after 5-and-half hours, I walked about 2km to the finish line to meet up with the whole gang. Unfortunately I followed the wrong crowd and ended up on the wrong side of the finish line. When I finally reached the meeting point, the ground was muddy from yesterday's rain, the sun was blazing hot and there was a human-traffic-jam!

As there were a many road closures, we could not grab a cab back to our hotel. No choice, with aching legs and drained out bodies, we all walked to the nearest MRT station for a ride back.

What Am I Grateful For This Week ...

'Tis week 49 of the year and 'tis time again in the week to recount all my blessings. There's a sayings that goes; "Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow" ... let's do the same you and I!

My random list of gratitude this week;

1. I am thankful for the enjoyable trip recently to Singapore in the company of good friends.
2. I am grateful that my photography skills have improved alittle for night shots.
3. I am grateful for the early Christmas presents that I've been receiving.
4. I am grateful for a wonderful surprise call received from an old colleague.
5. I am grateful that an old sales pitch had been almost successful.

We are where we are today because of our actions of yesterdays. It's a closure to all that we'd envisioned before but what comes out of today becomes our calling for our tomorrows. Let's remember not to take our actions today for granted for it can change how our tomorrow turn out to be.

Let's be thankful!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Law Of Attraction: Willingness Is Always The Place To Begin

When you find yourself judging, criticizing, or rejecting something within you or your life, your opportunity is to practice accepting it. Practice being willing to see it from a broader perspective - even if you have NO IDEA what that broader perspective is.

The fact is that oftentimes, we DON'T get to see the perfection in a difficult situation. Sometimes, we don't get to see the divine perfection within our life time - only from the MUCH broader non-physical perspective when we die and our consciousness re-emerges into the non-physical realm of the Absolute - can we see the perfection. Sometimes you do get to see the perfection when the challenge has passed and you have time, distance and a new perspective. I'm sure most of you have had that experience - where you look back on a time of adversity, or an aspect of yourself that you resisted, but in hindsight you can now see how it all served you or a higher good?

When you can't see the perfection, or can't accept what is, the place to begin is WILLINGNESS. Willingness is always the place to begin. Manifestation is much more about releasing resistance than it is about visualizing or affirming what you want. The better you are at releasing resistance, the more effective you are as a manifestor! Why? Because when you shift from resistance to acceptance and surrender - you open the doors to the infinite well-being that is already here.

So.. for let's say for the month of December practice accepting whatever you have been judging and resisting about you and your life, so that you can begin to see and feel your wholeness. So that you can begin to see yourself as an individual expression of Source Energy. (If you need a little more context for this, read the previous article.)

If you have goals around prosperity, you'll want to look at what is it about your current financial situation that you judge. Your debt? Your income? Your habits? Practice accepting what is, and seeing all of your financial experience as whole, perfect and complete - even if you can't imagine how this is so... simply be willing.

If you have goals are around your body or health, look at where you are holding judgments - trying to separate yourself from what is. Understand that all of it, every aspect of the shadow side of your experience is part of the whole. Practice accepting it. Be willing to see the perfection. That what is is PART of the whole that is Source.

If your goals are around relationships, look at where you've held judgements - of yourself, of others? Practice suspending judgment. Practice being willing to trust that there is perfection here, even if you cannot see it.

Written by Sonia Miller, "The Voice of Your Soul," an internationally recognized life-coach, counselor, teacher, healer, minister, author and speaker. She has helped countless people activate personal success, healing and transformation since 1983. For free life-changing treasures go to:  Article sourced from

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Note Of Awareness ...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Poetry: New Life

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Just Laughs: Code Word For Sex

A husband and wife decided they needed to use "code" to indicate that they wanted to have sex without letting their children in on it. They decided on the word Typewriter.

One day the husband told his five year old daughter, "Go tell your mommy that daddy needs to type a letter".

The child told her mother what her dad said, and her mom responded, "Tell your daddy that he can't type a letter right now cause there is a red ribbon in the typewriter." The child went back to tell her father what mommy said.

A few days later the mom told the daughter, "Tell daddy that he can type that letter now."

The child told her father, returned to her mother and announced, "Daddy said never mind with the typewriter, he already wrote the letter by hand."

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Affirmation: All I Need To Do ...

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Gratitude: God's Gift

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

What Am I Grateful For This Week ...

It's been a peaceful and fruitful week. Now, it's time again to review my weekly list of gratitude.

Here goes my gratitude randomness;

1. I am grateful to have finally completed revamping my blog.

2. I am grateful for the speedy completion of several online assignments and the payments that came promptly.

3. I am grateful for the successful submission of 2 artworks to print flyers and business cards for a friend.

4. I am grateful for another new business opportunity offered by an old friend.

5. I am grateful that I'm on my way now to Singapore with hubby and friends to participate in the coming Singapore International Marathon tomorrow.

6. I am grateful that Nick has wholeheartedly committed to sent lo kong and myself to KLIA so early this morning at 6am.

Finally, I am also grateful for a new handphone (actually it's a secondhand unit but still relatively new). It was such an unexpected purchase, spur of the moment I would say but I am extremely satisfied with it. Regretfully, it's coming out from my own pocket.

Cheers to myself for another week well done!!!

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Friday, December 3, 2010

My Bubble: Another Year Of Growing Pains Ends ...

One more month and 2010 comes to a close ... the year 2011 then begins!

What have we learned, what have we endeavored, what have we accomplished in these past 11 months going on to 12? It's time to reflect again our growing pains. A moment to evaluate our mistakes and measure our growth in order to make amends for better year ahead.

For 2010, I vowed to follow this rule; "LOVE LIFE AND LIFE WILL LOVE ME BACK!" and so far, I'm still adapting to being adapted to a life of my choice ... to live by own rules at my own pace in my very own space and time. This has been greatly possible as a result of meeting my biggest resolution ... RETIREMENT and "I'M LOVING IT!"

Progress and growth continues for 2011 as I continue on my quest to seek inner peace, spiritual growth and most importantly, my truest identity ... "The Best Of ME!" How different will my resolutions be for next year? We'll see.

Dear friends and fellow bloggers, have you begin to review your year yet?

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Law Of Attraction: Friendship and Prosperity, How One Critically Influences the Other

If you talk to many personal development teachers they all talk about the influence of others. The people around you influence you tremendously, those 6 or 7 people, are what we call your Sacred Circle. This sacred group can either influence you for the better or they can have negative consequences for you. I would like for you to take a close look at who are these people in your life, and whether or not they are helping you on your road to living a prosperous life!!!

Negative Influences

If you are not living the life that you want, look at the people you're hanging around with. What type of attitude do they have? What are they listening to? What are they doing? How do you deal if you have someone in your Sacred Circle that's not positive healthy person? You have to bring people to offset that. If you don't you are going to get that influence even at a subconscious level. You are going to be influenced by their actions, attitude, spirituality, the way they live, and their financial means. This is the reason you have to go out there and meet new people.

Building the Sacred Circle

You have to make sure that you are out there getting involved and that you are meeting people to bring into your Sacred Circle. Your posture needs to be with more people that have accomplished what you want to accomplish in your life. You need to bring these people into your life through friendship. It will start to influence you and things will start to change.

Start spending more time with people that are manifesting more and that have the lifestyle that you want. You have to bring something of value to the relationship if you posture and position yourself properly. Let go of the friends that are holding you back. Sometimes you have to release those people around you that are not moving you forward.

Review your Sacred Circle

Make sure that you are looking at that Sacred Circle. As you start to manifest more and as you start to get clear about what you want, you start to move toward your dreams, all of a sudden people appear. The universe will begin to work for your benefit.

Make a list of the six or seven people closest to you. Review this list. Look at the people on the list and see what they bring to the table. Look and see what changes need to be made. What will you do to bring more people into your life?

How can I get out there and meet more people that are doing what I love so that I can increase my influence in my Sacred Circle. If you are a parent, it's so critical that you watch your child's Sacred Circle. It's the biggest influence of what is going to happen in their life.

Now the tough question is would you be someone that you would want in your own Sacred Circle? What would you bring to the table? If not what changes do you need to make to be part of this Sacred Circle.

Be aware of your Sacred Circle. Write it down. Understand who they are. What are their aspirations? Do they believe in you? Who are the six people that have the most influence on you? How are we going to make the change to bring new people into our lives and make it so much better?

Authored by JB Glossinger, the founder of the worlds first personal evolution system based on the principles of self help, personal development, self improvement, and life coaching.
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Note Of Awareness ...

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Poetry: Walk With Me

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Bubble: Just No Letting Up ...

For the past several months since I retired, I've passed down my trusty old Perodua Kembara to Nick. There just wasn't any chemistry between him and the second-hand hatchback I bought for him ... new driver meet old car! Ever-since he had the car, he has had met with some accidents ... 2 major ones in 3 months! In the short span since we bought the car, it has spent almost half the time at the San Diego auto repair! The car's in such a bad shape now, it's close to being declared a piece of junk. Luckily it suits hubby just fine to get him to the train station daily before embarking onto the train to his workplace ... no parking risks no worries.

Now that Nick's comfortably settled into driving my car, he fusses over it like some 'little girl with her Barbie' ... ARGHHH!!! It reminds me of a friend who treats his Ford F-150 like his mistress!

My trusty Kembara has been with me for alittle more than 10 years now and I've driven without any complaints whatsoever so far. Apart from two recent fender-bender to my side and the rear that created some squeaks and clankings while driving over humps and potholes, I'm perfectly happy with it. I've tolerated the heat without any window tinting, I've enjoyed the music with the player that came with car, I've driven without any need to increase the battery size for more engine power or even the need to fix an indicator gadget to check engine light. I just don't see the necessity of all these!

Anyway, whatever he wants to do to the car that's outside the basic maintenance is going to come out from his own pockets and I've warned that he'd better check with our regular auto shop beforehand ... less he'll be taken for a ride being such a greenhorn.

There's just no letting up when the expectations are way too high!

Let's Be Thankful!

Just Laughs: I Like Your Thinking ...

A teacher asks her class, "If there are 4 birds sitting on a fence and you shoot one of them, how many will be left?"

She calls on little Johnny and he replies, "None, they all fly away with the first gun shot."

The teacher replied, "The correct answer is 3, but I like your thinking."

Then Little Johnny says, "I have a question for YOU. There are three women sitting on a bench having ice cream. One is delicately licking the sides of the triple scoop of ice cream. The second is gobbling down the top and sucking the cone. The third is biting off the top of the ice cream. Which one is married?"

The teacher, blushing a great deal, replied, "Well I suppose the one that's gobbled down the top and sucked the cone." 

To which Little Johnny replied, "The correct answer is the one with the wedding ring on, but I like your thinking."

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Monday, November 29, 2010

My Bubble: Yet Another Case!!!

I had only just crossed the border into Thailand, heading for Hatyai and my handphone's been tingling with messages after messages. I knew 'twas normal since it's due to the international roaming taking effect.

Checked checked checked ... oh there were 2 missed calls. One from my son, Nick and the other is an unknown number. I tried to figure out the familiar country code on that number but what the heck ... I thought if it's of utmost urgency, the caller would be calling back soon. The caller did call back twice and both times I missed the calls again ... one while I was having my Thai massage and the other while I was making the call of nature ... haizzz, what a timing!

Not giving much thought to these calls since I do not expect any old colleagues to call from India ... yeah finally figure out the country code, the caller called back last Friday. She identified herself as Jagjit (something like that coz her accent was too strong) from Paypal. She briefed that I have 2 websites but my paypal account only incorporated one. She offered to assign an assistant to help with the integration of my paypal account for both sites. I immediately turned down her offer as I had no intention of doing so. Even if I did, I would do it myself.

On hindsight, I felt so lucky that I had immediately turn down the offer and did not verify my paypal email ID which she had quoted wrongly. First of all, the email ID she indicated had no paypal account at all and secondly, she even struggled with the pronunciation on a repeat ... there's definitely something fishy behind this!

So dear friends ... please be careful if anyone were to call you regarding your paypal account or even for the matter, whatever accounts you may have eventhough they may not be $$$ related.

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Affirmation: Accepting Abundance Now!

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Gratitude: Gratitude Makes Sense ...

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

What Am I Grateful For This Week ...

I'm late today to post my weekly list of gratitude ... but it's better late than never, the first on my list for the week.

I'm grateful that 'lo kong's' pain in his shoulder has finally been diagnosed by a neurosurgeon as 'frozen shoulder'. At least now we can rest easy that it's not something serious to do with his previous back surgery and with proper consistent physiotherapy, the pain should resolve in time.

I'm grateful for the enjoyable and safe trip to Penang & Hatyai, Thailand with 'lo kong' and friends. It was a truly fun getaway despite a small glitch that's made everyone a whole lot wiser!

I am grateful for the recovery since returning from my trip and catching up on my assignments that's been sitting in my inbox during my getaway.

Cheers to you and me! Looking forward to a fulfilling and rewarding week ahead!!

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Law Of Attraction: Personality Development

Almost everybody has heard about The Law of Attraction. But if you haven't, it is the principle of attracting everything into your reality using the power of your mind meaning you are like a magnet, and the universe reacts through your thoughts and actions and that you are responsible for whatever events you manifest in your life. Positive attracts positive; negative attracts negative. Using the Law of Attraction seemed simple enough as long as you continue to think and do good things, you can expect good things to manifest into your reality.

However, relying on the Law of Attraction alone is not enough because you also have to make some effort to change your personality. The Law of Attraction does not give us restrictions but guidelines so that we can achieve success. The two essential developments that you need are self-discipline and self-courage because this involves patience and self-control. If you want to accomplish your goal, you have to resist temptations. You have to steer clear of your tendencies to be overpowered by your temper, and be dominated by your desire to do things "your way". For example, if you want to lose weight, you have to regulate your eating habits and start practicing moderation. If you desire success in your life, you need the patience to wait until it manifests into your reality.

Don't be afraid to take risks and don't run away from challenges because this will shape your personality and make you a better and stronger person. In every goal you set, you need to have the courage to see it through the end. Don't get distracted by your fear of failure and disappointment because you're going to attract more failure and disappointment. If you find yourself stuck in a deep pool of negativity, get up, pull yourself together, and move on but always stay positive so that you will attract positive circumstances.

If you want to accomplish your dreams, you have to face all obstacles head on. If you lack self discipline and courage, your emotions towards your goal will change. It will affect the way you think and act, thus, attracting events opposite to what you really deserve. By changing your personality, you will also change the way you think. Remember, the universe acts on cause and effect rule. Whatever circumstances you will face in the future, whether it favors you or not, you brought it upon yourself. Choose to be positive and amaze yourself with the new you.

Authored by Janet Grace Ortigas, a freelance writer and online blogger.
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Note Of Awareness ...

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Poetry: Rose Of Life

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Just Laughs: Heat Wave

Jack was living in Arizona during a heat wave. As he got out of the shower he said to his wife:

"It's just too hot to wear clothes today honey, what do you think the neighbors would think if I mowed the lawn like this?"

"Probably that I married you for your money."

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Affirmation: I Love Being Positive!

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Gratitude: Expressions Of Gratitude

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