robbery case in Cheras

14 June 2013. It was approximately 2 am where I came out from a hawkers food stall in Cheras (behind leisure mall). The hawkers food stall was quite a distance from where I parked and at that time there wasn’t any cars around mine. I was lighting up my cigarette and sitting in the car for less than 1 min and too late to noticed and there was 2 malays pointing the machete at my back. i wasn’t bucket up with my safety bell and they were hitting my back with the machete. i was forced to lean against the steeling wheel and they kept demanding for my valuables stuff. With the force from them, i cant even reach my wallet and they insist and keep whacking me with machete again and to the extend i was shouting at them “tunggu Sekejap boleh?” I delayed them and manage to honk my car and quickly change gears and drove off!

FYI, i was in the car with my door locked and they were standing outside my car. Due to the space limitation, the impact wasn’t bad enough to wound my back.

The lesson is never park your car at secluded areas… or don’t smoke with your windows down?


Dumpling Festival

The best-known traditional story holds that the festival commemorates the death of poet Qu Yuan (c. 340–278 BCE) of the ancient state of Chu during the Warring States Period of the Zhou Dynasty. A descendant of the Chu royal house, Qu served in high offices. However, when the king decided to ally with the increasingly powerful state of Qin, Qu was banished for opposing the alliance; he was accused of treason. During his exile, Qu Yuan wrote a great deal of poetry, for which he is now remembered. Twenty-eight years later, Qin captured Ying, the capital of Chu. In despair, Qu Yuan committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.

It is said that the local people, who admired him, dropped sticky hi triangles wrapped in bamboo leaves into the river to feed the fish. The rice was wrapped so that fish would not eat Qu Yuan’s body and eat the rice instead. This is said to be the origin of zongzi. The local people were also said to have paddled out on boats, either to scare the fish away or to retrieve his body. This is said to be the origin of dragon boat racing.


Email etiquette: 15 tips for better workplace emai

People treat email very casually, says corporate trainer Paula Goebel, but in the workplace, “Your credibility, professionalism and competence will be judged based on how you communicate online.” Be perceived as a professional by following these tips from Goebel.

  1. Be concise. Longer messages are difficult to read, and most people will put them aside.
  2. Avoid sarcasm and too much humour. It can come across as rude or abrupt because the recipient can’t gauge your body language.
  3. Use a descriptive subject line that’s no more than four to five words. Avoid important and urgent.
  4. Don’t send an email when emotional or angry. Sit on it for 24 hours.
  5. Avoid emoticons or textese. This should be reserved for personal email.
  6. Remember, email is not private. Don’t put anything in email that you wouldn’t “want the whole world to know about.”
  7. Think twice before hitting reply all. Ask yourself, “Do all these other people really need to hear my reply?” If not, reply only to the original writer.
  8. Don’t send a thank-you email in reply to a thank-you email. “What I find is people are thanking someone for a thank you, and it just doesn’t make sense.”
  9. Proofread, proofread, proofread. Check for spelling, typos and word usage.
  10. Respond within 24 hours. If you require more time, let the sender know you’re reviewing the email and when you’ll get back to that person.
  11. Never use all caps or all lowercase.
  12. Start withhihellogood afternoon or good morning. Avoid dear; it’s too formal.
  13. The proper closing would be thanks or regards. Sign your full name when emailing clients; your first name is fine with colleagues. After multiple email exchanges initials are fine.
  14. The ideal font is Arial.
  15. The ideal font size is 12.