Archive for February, 2011

Life can begin at 60

Life can begin at 60, it is all in your hands!

Many people feel unhappy, health-wise and security-wise, after 60 years of age owing to the diminishing importance given to them and their opinion. But it need not be so, if only we understand the basic principles of life and follow them scrupulously. Here are ten mantras to age gracefully and make life after retirement pleasant.

  1. Never say ‘I am aged’: There are three ages, chronological, biological, and psychological. The first is calculated based on our date of birth; the second is determined by the health conditions and the third is how old you feel you are. While we don’t have control over the first, we can take care of our health with good diet, exercise and a cheerful attitude. A positive attitude and optimistic thinking can reverse the third age.

2. Health is wealth: If you really love your kith and kin, taking care of your health should be your priority. Thus, you will not be a burden to them. Have an annual health check-up and take the prescribed medicines regularly. Do take health insurance cover.

3. Money is important: Money is essential for meeting the basic necessities of life, keeping good health and earning family respect and security. Don’t spend beyond your means even for your children. You have lived for them all through and it is time you enjoyed a harmonious life with your spouse. If your children are grateful and they take care of you, you are blessed. But never take it for granted.

4. Relaxation and recreation: The most relaxing and recreating forces are a healthy religious attitude, good sleep, music and laughter. Have faith in God, learn to sleep well, love good music and see the funny side of life.

5. Time is precious: It is almost like holding a horse’s reins. When they are in your hands, you can control them. Imagine that everyday you are born again. Yesterday is a cancelled cheque. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is ready cash — use it profitably. Live this moment.

6. Change is the only permanent thing: We should accept change — it is inevitable. The only way to make sense out of change is to join the dance. Change has brought about many pleasant things. We should be happy that our children are blessed.

7. Enlightened selfishness: All of us are basically selfish. Whatever we do, we expect something in return. We should definitely be grateful to those who stood by us. But our focus should be on the internal satisfaction and happiness we derive by doing good to others, without expecting anything in return.

8. Forget and forgive: Don’t be bothered too much about others’ mistakes. We are not spiritual enough to show our other cheek when we are slapped in one. But for the sake of our own health and happiness, let us forgive and forget them. Otherwise, we will be only increasing our BP.

9. Everything has a purpose: Take life as it comes. Accept yourself as you are and also accept others for what they are. Everybody is unique and right in his own way.

10. Overcome the fear of death: We all know that one day we have to leave this world. Still we are afraid of death. We think that our spouse and children will be unable to withstand our loss. But the truth is no one is going to die for you; they may be depressed for some time. Time heals everything and they will carry on.

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Can You Read This

eonvrye that can raed this rsaie your hnad.

To my ‘selected’ strange-minded friends:

If you can read the following paragraph, forward it on to your friends and the person that sent it to you with ‘yes’ in the subject line.

  Only great minds can read this 
This is weird, but interesting! 

Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can. 

I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

If you can raed this forwrad it 



 A Short Neurological Test

1. Find the C below.. Please do not use any cursor help. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

2. If you already found the C, now find the 6 below.


3. Now find the N below. It’s a little more difficult.



This is NOT a joke. If you were able to pass these 3 tests,

you can cancel your annual visit to your neurologist.

Your brain is great and you’re far from having a close relationship with Alzheimer.


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(i love this part.. its absolutely amazing!)
Count every “
 F ” in the following text:



WRONG, THERE ARE 6 — no joke.
Really, go Back and Try to find the 6 F’s before you scroll down.

The reasoning behind is further down.

The brain cannot process “OF”.

Incredible or what? Go back and look again!!

Anyone who counts all 6 “F’s” on the first go is a genius.
Three is normal, four is quite rare

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How to write a closing notice


Dear Customers,

Our office will be closed from Chinese New Year’s Eve Feb 2, 2011 (9am-1pm) to Feb 6, 2011, and will resume operations from Feb 7, 2010. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year.

The Management

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How to Writing an Argumentative or Persuasive Essay

Chapter 5

A brief summary on how to write an

Argumentative/Persuasive Essay


Introduction:  Definition of topic or issue

                                     Present view/take a stand


Paragraph 1:     first argument to support view

Paragraph 2:    second reason to support view

Paragraph 3:    third reason to support vie     

Conclusion:     Restating of view/stand 


  • Most important reason
  • Second, third reasons
  • Examples, situations
  • Facts, figures

Transitional words (used to link points and add similar, additional and contrasting points)

Similar/additional points

–       Moreover

–       Besides

–       In addition

–       Similarly

–       Likewise

–       For example

Contrasting points

–       However

–       Firstly

–       Secondly

–       Finally

–       On the other hand

–       Although

Expressions to use

  • It is undeniable
  • Without doubt
  • I am of the view
  • I fully support
  • I agree
  • I cannot argue with
  • I am inclined to think
  • I am convinced
  • In conclusion

1.Write a composition of about 350 words on one of the following topics. 

The various programmes for turtle conservation should be carried on. Do you agree or disagree?


Suggested Structure:


Explain the logistics of a turtle conservation programme

i.e. what is being done. State your stand for or against such a programme.


Agree –                 

A unique species of animals –

give facts as example;

part of the ecosystem,

so cannot do without it;

plays an important role in nature –

controls jellyfish population.

Stop practices of eating and selling parts of turtle and its eggs;

Preserve the species for future generations.

Revenue as a source of income for the nation

Four species of sea turtles in the world can be found nesting on Malaysian:

the olive-ridley turtle,

the hawksbill turtle,

the green turtle and

the leatherback turtle.

Disagree   –    

A lot of money spent.

A lot of manpower needed.

Waste of time and effort –

could be spent on helping poor people.

A matter of survival of the fittest –

if cannot survive, make way for stronger species. 

Conclusion –  

End your composition by reaffirming your stand.

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A reply from the Dalai Lama

A question that was posed to the Dalai Lama:

“What thing about humanity surprises you the most?”

His answered: 


Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money

Then he sacrifices his money to recuperate his health

And then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn’t enjoy the present,

And as a result he doesn’t live in the present or the future

And he lives as if he’s never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived

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Beautiful Love Quotes

What is Love?






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How to RETIRE to a ripe old age and be HAPPY

How to RETIRE –

Better Read and Start Planning NOW

4 Pre-Conditions for Retirement

I retired in year 2000 at age 52. I am now 61, thus I can claim that
I got more experience at retirement than most! I thought I should
share my experience with mariners because I have seen too many friends
and neighbours who became so bored that they have become a nuisance to
their spouse and children and to others!

A few of them have solved the problem by going back to work. They
were able to do so because they have a skill/expertise that is still
in demand. The rest (and many are my neighbours) live aimlessly or are
waiting to die – a very sad situation, indeed..

You can retire only when you fulfill these 4 pre-conditions:

Your children are financially independent (e.g. they got jobs),
You have zero liability (all your borrowings are paid up),
 You have enough savings to support your lifestyle for the rest of
your life,

AND most importantly,

You know what you would be doing during your retirement.

DO NOT retire till you meet ALL 4 Pre-Conditions. And of course you
should not retire if you enjoy working and are getting paid for it!

The problem cases I know of are those who failed to meet

When asked, “What would you be doing during your retirement?”
some replied, “I will travel/cruise and see the World”. They did
that, some for 3 months and then ran out of ideas. The golfers
replied, “I can golf every day.” Most could not because they are
no longer fit to play well enough to enjoy the game. Those who could,
need to overcome another hurdle – they need to the find the
“kakis” to play with them.

It’s the same with mahjong, bridge, badminton, trekking and karaoke
– you need “kakis”! Most could not find others who share their
favourite game and playing/singing alone is no fun. AND when they do
find them, a few of them found that they are NOT welcomed like my
obnoxious neighbour whom everyone avoids.

Thus if you are into group sports or games, you must form your groups
BEFORE you retire. You need to identify your “kakis”, play with
them and discover whether they “click” with you.

The less sporty “can read all the books bought over the years”. I
know of one guy who fell asleep after a few pages and ended up napping
most of the time! He discovered that he did not like to read after
all. We do change and we may not enjoy the hobbies we had..

Routine Activities to Fill Your Week

For most people, your routine work activities are planned for you or   dictated by others and circumstances.    When you retire, you wake up to a new routine – one that you yourself have to establish as nobody else would do it for you!

The routine to establish should keep your body, mind and spirit   “sharpened”. A good routine would comprise:

a) One weekly physical sport – you need to keep fit to enjoy your
retirement. If you are the non-sporty type, you should fire your maid
and clean your home without mechanical aids. Dancing and baby sitting
are good alternatives.

b) One weekly mind stimulating activity – e.g. writing, studying
for a degree, acquiring a new skill, solving problems or puzzles,
learn or teach something. You need to stimulate your mind to stay
alive because the day you stop using your brain is the day you start
to die.

c) One weekly social activity – choose one involving lots of
urs. Get yourself accepted as a member to at least 3
interests groups. Unless you prefer to be alone, you do need friends
more than ever as you get older and less fit to pursue your sport.

d) One weekly community service activity – you need to give to
appreciate what you have taken in this life. It’s good to leave some
kind of legacy.

With 4 weekly activities, you got 4 days out of 7 covered. The remaining 3 days should be devoted to family related activities. In this way, you maintain a balance between amusing yourself and your family members. Any spare time should remain “spare” so that you can capitalise on opportunities that come your way like responding to an unexpected request to do a job or to take advantage of cheap fares to see places or to visit an exhibition.

Mind stimulating activities

Most judges live to a ripe old age. They use their brains a lot to decide on cases. I am sure MM Lee’s brain works overtime. He’s 80+ and still going strong. In “Today” you would have read of 2 inspiring oldies. One is a granny who learned to play the guitar at age 60 to entertain his grandchildren. She’s 70+ today and those grandchildren have grown to play with her. Another is an Indian radiologist who on retirement, qualified as an acupuncturist. He’s age 77 and still offers his services (by appointment only) including free ones to those who have no income. 

I guarantee you that they are happy people who discovered a “2nd wind” to take them to the sunset with a smile on their faces.

Mind stimulating activities are hard to identify. They require your
will to do something useful with the
rest of your life, a mindset
change and the discipline to carry it through.

Your Bucket List

Despite your busy routine, you will at times be bored. Then it’s   time to turn to your Bucket List.

Your bucket list contains a list of things to do before you kick the bucket. They are not routine and are usually one off activities. You need them to have something to look forward to. These include anniversaries, trips (and pilgrimages), visits to friends and relations abroad, re-doing your home, attending conferences (related to your hobbies), acquiring a new set of expertise. 4 such activities that are spaced our quarterly would be ideal.

Retirement Is a Serious Business

if you can afford to retire and want to, do prepare to live to your fullest. You need to be fit to enjoy it – therefore get into shape now.
You do not want to get up on a Monday and wonder what to do each
week, therefore identify your set of weekly routine activities now and try them out to confirm that they are the activities that you will be looking forward to doing each week, week after week.  

You bucket list
  of “rewards” or “projects” or “challenges” is needed to help you break away from the routine thereby make live worth living.  

Start listing what you fancy and refine it as you chug along in your   retirement. You will have so much fun; you would wish you were retired   since your turned 21   !

Uncle Teng

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