Friday, January 16, 2009

Felt Life A Little Too Much To Bear? Watch This Video And Be Inspired!

No matter who you are, there are moments when you will feel the world is too much -- days when you want to pull up the covers and half-sleep in bed until nightfall.

This is normal. It’s an integral part of building anything remarkable, whether a business, a relationship, or a life. Expanding your sphere of comfort and abilities comes with a cost: repeated self-doubt.

The below video may put things in perspective. In your moments of self-doubt, watch it and meditate on all of the things you’ve done that you once considering impossible.

Get back up. Bigger and better things are waiting for you.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

One injured, another trapped in temple limestone outcrop collapse

IPOH, Sun:

One person was badly injured and another is believed to be trapped after part of a limestone outcrop collapsed at the Perak Cave Temple along Jalan Kuala Kangsar here today.

Fifteen people were rescued by Fire & Rescue personnel following the incident about 3.30pm, said a spokesman of the Ipoh Fire & Rescue Department. He said the injured person had been sent to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital while 20 Fire & Rescue personnel were looking for the trapped person. The spokesman said all the visitors to the temple at the time of the incident were Malaysians except for one tourist from Vietnam. The Ipoh police headquarters is scheduled to hold a news conference to provide details of the incident. — BERNAMA

That's the news I read with shock just now. Part of Perak Tong temple collapsed? How could this be, I've just paid this temple a short visit a few days back.

You see, I've consulted a 'sifu' (Feng Shui master) on recommendations from a friend and he told me to get hold of a 'Thousand Hands Goddess Of Mercy' as the deity was said to be my guardian angel and would protect me from harm. Nowadays, I need all the protection I could get, not because I'm living life on the fast lane, but because with rising crimes everywhere, you'll need all the precautionary actions you can take. And that includes getting yourself an amulet. OK, OK, the amulet was suppose to also help me in my career...Hmm...this could be the MAIN reason I'm determined to get that amulet, even if that means the cave temple the amulet was supposed to be available for sale would give way and collapsed on you....

The Entrance...

Inside View...Noticed the giant murals?

Buddha, Sitting Tall And Mighty...

Painting of Goddess Of Mercy...At least 8 storey high

And here I've been exaggerating a bit. I didn't know the cave will collapse or else I wouldn't been there in the first place. Who will? But to read that one person was badly injured troubles me. Who is the unlucky one? Could it be one of the temple helpers? I visit this temple from time to time (Because there's not much place to visit, sigh.....) Therefore, I befriended a few people at the temple. Just crossed my finger whoever the victim is will have a speedy recovery. Why must tragedies happen?

Back to the amulet, no I did not manage to buy my amulet because there were no stock. So I had to toot elsewhere and luckily managed to get hold of one. And I was told, 'specially flown' in from Hong Kong, China.

Back to the cave temple, one may wonder, if there are really a deity, a guardian angel, the unseen power to be would have prevented the incident from happening in the first place. Yes that's true. So sad. That means there are no guardian angels? All wishful thinking? Fantasy?

Hmm....the incident occurred at 3.30pm, that means, near the evening, when tourists number are low. Just imagined if the incident happened in the morning, during peak time for tourists arrival. The news may read differently. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN CATASTROPIC!

Happened at night and the poor security guard would have crushed to death on the spot. Caves are not meant for temples to be built. Especially limestone caves. Water will dilute limestone easily, thats why you will find stalacmites and stalactites in limestone caves. So, for tragedies such as this, please don't blame the deities...

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Setor Original...The Gifted Artist

No, this is not a paid advertisement. Nor am I getting any interests or commissions out of this post, which is of a fine artist, now based in Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia.

Setor, born and educated in Malaysia and attended Malaysia Institute of Arts (Diploma in Graphic Design) in Kuala Lumpur, has been painting Watercolors painting, Chinese brush painting and Hand-painted T-shirts for more than 15 years, and sold more than 2,000 pcs of his paintings since 1990.

All paintings, hand painted t-shirts, bookmarks, greeting cards , etc are original paintings or only one in the world. In other word-truly unique!

If anyone of you had the good luck of buying his hand-painted t-shirts, please wear it and take a photo and e-mail it to me at , so that I could post it here, ok!

Setor's own label...

His store...In Batu Ferringhi, Penang

And...His paintings (Part collection) Impossible to post all here.

His Location...

And lastly, his own blog:

Well, I've met him personally last year (2008), and witnessed him drawing a painting with full dedication and speed. Also, he happens to be a friend's future brother-in-law (Hi, Steven! When you read this, coffee on you :) )
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