Dec 31, 2011

Happy New Year!!!!

Today is the very last day of 2011. Tomorrow, we greet a whole new year.

There are so many things to decide, behaviors to change, hopefully for the better. Lots of things to learn still and to improve upon. If we were to look back, there are plenty of mistakes and weaknesses in us that can and should be improved on.

To all my dear relatives, friends, pen pals, swap pals, colleagues, clients, and all, please forgive any mistakes I may have done, the things I should have done but did not or any hurtful words as sometimes as humans, we tend to speak without thinking .

May the coming New Year bring more meaning, teach us all to be better people, send us more solutions to any problems or questions we have, more success, love, happiness and good health to everyone of us....

Happy New Year to all...... Happy 2012

Dec 23, 2011

Maggi mee curry - a quick and delicious meal

Maggi mee instant noodles is always a welcomed savior when: (pick one, depending on the situation)
a)  after a busy day at work, tired and stressed, and in need of a quick meal. . .
b)  a quick pick me up supper. . .
c)  when one has some financial constraints. . .
d)  a quick snack
e)  great for whipping up a quick meal for guests. . .
f)   etc, etc. . .

Dec 22, 2011

Christmas surprise.....

Christmas, shouldn't just be about gifts, it should be about love, forgiveness, kindness, compassion, to give and be someone's angel when they need it the most.

I may be a Muslim, and have been a Muslim for the past 17 years but I was born a Christian. And Christmas brings nostalgic feelings even if I do NOT really celebrate it. Receiving a gift or to is always enjoyable, but, coming from a small family (very small), usually my gifts are just from my mom, who still celebrates Christmas.

Dec 10, 2011

the Zen of Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda 2 Movie quotes about zen 150x150 The Zen of Kung Fu PandaThe Zen of Kung Fu Panda | Kung Fu Panda 2 Movie Quotes

“Now… The most important time is now…” Soothsayer

Soothsayer Kung Fu Panda 2 The Zen of Kung Fu Panda

“Your story may not have such a happy beginning, but that doesn’t make you who you are, it is the rest of your story, who you choose to be… …So who are you Panda?” Soothsayer

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“Anything is possible when you have inner peace.” Shifu

“Once I realized the problem was not you but within me. I found inner peace and was able to harness the flow of the universe.” Shifu – Kung Fu Panda 2 quote

Lord Shen The Zen of Kung Fu Panda

Lord Shen: “How did you find peace? I took away your parents, everything, I scarred you for life.”

Kung Fu Panda: See that’s the thing Shen, scars heal,

Shen: No they don’t… wounds heal.

Kung Fu Panda 2 quotes 300x203 The Zen of Kung Fu PandaKung Fu Panda: Oh yah… what do scars do? They fade I guess.

Lord Shen: I don’t care what scars do…

Kung Fu Panda: “You should Shen. You got to let go of the stuff from past – because it just doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is what you choose to be now.”

Kung Fu Panda 1 Movie Quotes:

kung fu panda image 300x277 The Zen of Kung Fu PandaPo: “Maybe I should just quit and go back to making noodles.”

Oogway: “Quit, don’t quit? Noodles, don’t noodles? You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the “present.”

Master Oogway and Shifu 300x199 The Zen of Kung Fu PandaOogway: My friend, the panda will never fulfill his destiny, nor you yours until you let go of the illusion of control.

Shifu: Illusion?

Oogway: Yes.

[points at peach tree]

Oogway: Look at this tree, Shifu: I cannot make it blossom when it suits me nor make it bear fruit before its time.

Shifu: But there are things we *can* control: I can control when the fruit will fall, I can control where to plant the seed: that is no illusion, Master!

Oogway: Ah, yes. But no matter what you do, that seed will grow to be a peach tree. You may wish for an apple or an orange, but you will get a peach.

Shifu: But a peach cannot defeat Tai Lung!

Oogway: Maybe it can, if you are willing to guide, to nurture it, to believe in it.

Shifu: But how? How? I need your help, master.

Oogway: No, you just need to believe. Promise me, Shifu, promise me you will believe.”

Mr Ping Secret ingredient 274x300 The Zen of Kung Fu PandaMr. Ping: “The secret ingredient is… nothing!

Po: Huh?

Mr. Ping: You heard me. Nothing! There is no secret ingredient.

Po: Wait, wait… it’s just plain old noodle soup? You don’t add some kind of special sauce or something?

Mr. Ping: Don’t have to. To make something special you just have to believe it’s special.

[Po looks at the scroll again, and sees his reflection in it]

Po: There is no secret ingredient.”

Dec 5, 2011

world's most expensive cities 2011

World's Most Expensive Cities 2011

No. 1: Tokyo

Quick lunch: $20.80
Beer at a bar: $10.56
Kilogram of rice: $9.80
Dozen eggs: $4.50
Movie theater ticket: $23.80

Although the consumer price index in the Tokyo area has been falling since 2009, according to data from Japan's statistics bureau, the city remains the world's most expensive. While housing costs are not included in this survey, ECA International estimates that the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Tokyo stood at $4,352 in September.

No. 2: Oslo

Quick lunch: $45.20
Beer at a bar: $13.18
Kilogram of rice: $6.10
Dozen eggs: $8.50
Movie theater ticket: $18.80

Norway's capital is a major hub for trade, shipping, and finance and is home to the Oslo Stock Exchange. Oslo has ranked among the world's most expensive cities for years, which is not surprising when a quick lunch costs about $45 and a dozen eggs, $8.50.

No. 3: Nagoya, Japan

Quick lunch: $19
Beer at a bar: $11.37
Kilogram of rice: $8.50
Dozen eggs: $3.60
Movie theater ticket: $21.80

Nagoya is one of Japan's premier industrial and technological centers and is well known for its high quality of life and competitive business costs,according to the U.S. Commercial Service. Unlike Japan's other major cities, Nagoya was not significantly harmed by the global economic downturn and has maintained its growth.

No. 4: Stavanger, Norway

Quick lunch: $32.30
Beer at a bar: $12.83
Kilogram of rice: $5.70
Dozen eggs: $6.80
Movie theater ticket: $17.30

Stavanger was mainly a fishing community until oil was found in the North Sea in the 1960s, transforming it into a major Norwegian city. Today, Norway is a leading oil exporter, with Statoil as the largest oil company in the Stavanger region. The industry has become central to the local economy and has attracted many residents from other countries.

No. 5: Yokohama, Japan

Quick lunch: $16.90
Beer at a bar: $6.59
Kilogram of rice: $4.20
Dozen eggs: $2.50
Movie theater ticket: $21.70

Japan's second-largest city after Tokyo, Yokohama is easily reached from Tokyo by train. The port city is home to over 300 IT firms and has a growing biotechnology base, according to the city. Yokohama has nine main business districts and exports many cars and auto parts.

No. 6: Zurich

Quick lunch: $32.90
Beer at a bar: $10.54
Kilogram of rice: $3.70
Dozen eggs: $7.90
Movie theater ticket: $19.60

The financial sector is an important part of Zurich's economy and the city is home to the Swiss Stock Exchange and companies such as Credit Suisse and Swiss Re. Zurich is also a major transportation hub. Mercer ranked the city second in the world for quality of life in 2010, but such a high standard of living does not come cheap: Zurich jumped to No. 6, from being the 10th most expensive city last year.

No. 7: Luanda, Angola

Quick lunch: $52.40
Beer at a bar: $6.62
Kilogram of rice: $4.60
Dozen eggs: $5.20
Movie theater ticket: $13.90

Luanda was the most expensive city in the world in ECA International's 2009 ranking. Last year it slipped to third place, due to the depreciation of the kwanza, and this year it fell again, to No. 7. While the city has a high poverty rate, it remains one of the most expensive places for expatriates to maintain standards of living comparable to those in their home countries.

No. 8: Geneva

Quick lunch: $33.70
Beer at a bar: $9.12
Kilogram of rice: $4.70
Dozen eggs: $8.60
Movie theater ticket: $19.20

Truly a global city, Geneva is home to such international organizations as the United Nations (which has an office in the city) and the International Committee of the Red Cross. An important center for banking, government, and technology, Geneva attracts many professional visitors, as well as tourists. It ranked as the third-best city in the world for quality of life in Mercer's 2010 report.

No. 9: Kobe, Japan

Quick lunch: $15.60
Beer at a bar: $8.69
Kilogram of rice: $9.30
Dozen eggs: $3.10
Movie theater ticket: $20.80

Kobe is one of Japan's busiest ports and a manufacturing center for appliances, food, and transportation equipment. The city offers many types of cuisine, though it's known best for high grade and pricey Kobe beef.

No. 10: Bern, Switzerland

Quick lunch: $28.80
Beer at a bar: $7.46
Kilogram of rice: $4.70
Dozen eggs: $8.40
Movie theater ticket: $19.10

Switzerland's capital, Bern is the center of Swiss government, the engineering industry, and the precision industry, as well as a manufacturing center for watches and other technology used in the medical, IT, and automotive sectors, according to the Bern Economic Development Agency. Branded watches such as Rolex, Longines, Swatch, and Rado are manufactured in the Canton of Bern.

On seeing that and on the thought of heading to Tokyo next year .... I guess I won't be shopping, LOL.... =(