Ai Pei Sheah


Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Quotes from Warren Buffett

The reason i like this guy Mr. Warren Buffett so much. The way he thinks, acts & talks. Why Malaysia don't have any Oracle of Omaha? We only have Robert Kuok who doesn't talk, Ananda Krishnan who's shy , Teh Hong Piow who only count etc. (Ok, maybe Francis yeah can come close)..

Some golden advice from Buffett:

1) There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.

He's referring to those guys who create futures, derivatives & what have u not (reminds me of those places where you have to buy coupons to buy food then exchange back the leftover coupons to hard cash so that you can use it elsewhere).

which leads to:

2)On gold: It gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head.

Actually gold has many uses: . I'd rather not have gold as ornamental stuff - therefore we can have cheaper products. And less crime because of this cursed metal.

3) Success in investing doesn't correlate with I.Q. once you're above the level of 25. Once you have ordinary intelligence, what you need is the temperament to control the urges that get other people into trouble in investing.

That's why Forrest Gump can be successful. I know i ain't......yet.

4) A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.

errr... he means to say is that those elected politicians will not neccessarily use their brain. especially in our beloved Dewan Rakyat.

Yeah he's smart.

Monday, September 25, 2006

My laptop's LCD going kaput

aiyoh, big problem for me. my laptop's LCD screen is going sick! it look healthy before :

happy with lots of fighting spirit!!

but now, it's sneeziiiiing :

and catching a fever!! what should i do? already very pokai lah. it's Gateway (bought over by HP though) notebook - so lousy one. somemore the laptop gets very hot & emit some very toxic like smell when i use it. i won't buy Gateway / HP anymore. i advise you not to too.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Firefox Mozilla over IE

Why I'm not using IE now? I've been plagued by numerous spyware, trojan, adware & other virus on the net when I was using IE.

Firefox, which uses a different underlying browsing engine called "Gecko," also has a couple of close cousins based on the same engine. One is Netscape, now owned by America Online. The other is a browser called Mozilla, from the same group that created Firefox. But Firefox is smaller, sleeker and newer than either of its relatives, although a new Netscape version is in the works.

Firefox isn't totally secure -- no browser can be, especially if it runs on Windows, which has major security problems and is the world's top digital target. But Firefox has better security and privacy than IE. One big reason is that it won't run programs called "ActiveX controls," a Microsoft technology used in IE. These programs are used for many good things, but they have become such powerful tools for criminals and hackers that their potential for harm outweighs their benefits.

Firefox also has easier, quicker and clearer methods than IE does for covering your online tracks, if you so choose. And it has a better built-in pop-up ad blocker than IE.

But my favorite aspect of Firefox is tabbed browsing, a Web-surfing revolution that is shared by all the major new browsers but is absent from IE. With tabbed browsing, you can open many Web pages at once in the same browser window. Each is accessed by a tab.

The benefits of tabbed browsing hit home when you create folders of related bookmarks. For instance, on my computer I have a folder of a dozen technology-news bookmarks and another 20 or so bookmarks pointing to political Web sites. With one click, I can open the entire contents of these folders in tabs, in the same single window, allowing me to survey entire fields of interest.

And Firefox can recognize and use Web sites that employ "RSS" to create and update summaries of their contents. When Firefox encounters an RSS site, it displays a special icon that allows you to create a "live" bookmark to the site. These bookmarks then display updated headlines of stories on the sites.

Firefox also includes a permanent, handy search box that can be used to type in searches on Google, Yahoo, Amazon or other search sites without installing a special toolbar.

And it has a cool feature called "Add-ins" These are small add-on modules, easy to download and install, that give the browser new features. Among the extensions I use are one that automatically fills out forms and another that tests the speed of my Web connection. You can also download "themes," which change the browser's looks.

There is only one significant downside to Firefox. Some Web sites, especially financial ones, have chosen to tailor themselves specifically for Internet Explorer. They rely on features only present in IE, and either won't work or work poorly in Firefox and other browsers. Example is RHBinvest.

Luckily, even if you switch to Firefox, you can still keep IE around to view just these incompatible sites. (In fact, Microsoft makes it impossible to fully uninstall IE.) There's even an extension for Firefox that adds an option called "View This Page in IE."

So Firefox is my current choice of a Windows Web browser. It is to IE in 2004 what IE was to Netscape in 1996 -- the browser that does a better job.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Petronas Licensed Offshore Fabricators

These Malaysia’s largest oil and gas fabricators :

1) Sime Darby Engineering, Pasir Gudang , Johor
2) Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering (MMHE), Pasir Gudang , Johor
3) Ramunia Fabricators , Teluk Ramunia , Johor
4) Kencana HL , Lumut , Perak
5) Oilfab , Pulau Indah, Port Klang , Selangor
6) Penang Shipbuilding , Pulau Jerejak , Penang
7) Brooke Dockyard , Sejingkat, Sarawak

Monday, September 18, 2006

Most stolen street sign (not in Malaysia - dun worry)

Neo ( commented on my post Scarecrows that objects of beauty will be gone overnight in Malaysia. Same problem faced by this town in Austria. The place's name originated from a guy named Focko & therefore the meaning is “place of Focko’s people”.

With a name like that, which is most people's hobby - it's definitely worth the steal!

The sign is mostly being stole by the English people to keep as souvenir from their visit to the town. This has proven to be a major headache for the town's municipal.

One sign near a school has the words "Bitte - nicht so schnell!" below the sign. This sign is a German warning for car drivers to drive slowly because of children crossing (pic below) The humorous point in this sign is that "Bitte — nicht so schnell!" means "Please — not so fast!" in English. Huahahaha - no wonder people come from England to some small town like this!

Local guide Andreas Behmuller said that each nationality had its own priorities when visiting the area. "The Germans all want to see the Mozart house in Salzburg. Italians and Russians always celebrate New Year here. Every American seems to care only about The Sound of Music (filmed around Salzburg in 1965). The occasional Japanese wants to see Hitler's birthplace in Braunau. But for the British, it's all about F---ing."

There's only four such signs in the small village with population of only 108 people. The authorities can't keep on spending money replacing stolen sign right? (it's a different matter in Malaysia - drug addicts here dun care what's written, they just want to sell scrap metal). At the area council offices in adjoining Tarsdorf, a young planning official called Gabriele, who asked for her surname to be kept secret for fear of provoking reprisals, revealed that each sign cost at least EUR300 ($A490)[wow that's RM1500] to replace and this was reflected in local taxes.

So, they come out with this:

They are bolted and welded to steel posts embedded in concrete in the ground and the mayor added: "It would take all night to steal one". The Hulk's services is needed here. At last the mayor can sleep well at night after a good f**. No more nightmares that there'll be no more "f**king" sign...

Saturday, September 16, 2006

WA FM forgotten

I remember the Malaysian Chinese community's outcry when it was announced thah WA FM 97.6 would stop broadccast on 31 Aug 2005. We've celebrated Merdeka once since then. I heard about WA FM 97.6 was going online after that. Now what happened?

I believe it's dead.

It's indeed sad. It's like Dr Mahathir's fate. Once you're out of the mainstream, you are not so relevant anymore. Time washes people's memory. Certainly can't believe words like "Friends forever" or "I'll always support so & so". Where's Anwar Ibrahim now?

Beautiful scarecrows in Japan (Malaysia - u dream)

Evolution of scarecrows into beautiful beings. In Malaysia, we're still using milk tins ha ha ha...

Friday, September 15, 2006

Toddler missing from mall

I read it from The Star newspaper today. I felt so sad for it. Hope someone will help her. Those who meet her son. Please contact her. Young woman, a lesson how to be a mature mother. Never left behind your son alone. He just took few seconds to disappear. You will regret, when you still alife!

Kenny Sia, It is time to be a superman again!!

SEREMBAN: “Have you seen my son? Do you know where he is?” a distraught 15-year-old mother kept asking tenants and shoppers at the five-storey Terminal One mall here yesterday.
At 1.30pm, Hue Xiao Pei had popped into a digital printing outlet on the upper ground floor of the mall to look for a job and left her year-old son Lee Ka Lok outside the premises while she attended an interview.
When she left the outlet 15 minutes later, she found her son missing.
Hue, who had gone shopping with her son, had spotted a notice stating that the printing outlet was looking for workers.
“I wanted to go inside for the interview but my son refused to enter, so I had no choice but to leave him outside,’’ she said.
Hue, who lives with her mother in Taman Jujur in Sikamat here, said her pink handbag that she left with her son was also nowhere to be found.
“My identity card, other documents as well as my son’s birth certificate were in the bag,’’ said the teenager who had divorced her 25-year-old husband six months ago.
Hue was seen distributing photocopies of a picture of her son and her contact number to tenants and shoppers.
Dozens of people including the mall’s management staff, tenants and shoppers joined in the search for around five hours but failed to locate the boy who was last seen wearing a red T-shirt and shorts.
Members of the Negri Sembilan MCA Crisis Relief Squad (CRSM) rushed to the mall when they were informed by others who were attending the launch of the state-level Consumers’ Day celebrations at the mall.
They helped Hue download a photograph of her son from her camera phone, made photocopies of the picture and helped her distribute them.
A police report was lodged at the Seremban district headquarters at about 7pm.
A check with the mall’s management found that the complex had no CCTV facility.
Those who know of the boy's whereabouts can contact the Rakan Cop hotline at 06-761 9999 or state CRSM deputy chairman Jason Lee at 012-6312898.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

How to save your money in Pizza Hut

I got this in the e-mail. Forwarded by a friend. However, I don;t know who is th original author. If you are the creative one, drop me a line & I'll credit you.

.... Sorry for those who can't read chinese.... very creative idea, but i think it's not allow to do so, in fact if you did, you must be in the "not welcome" list, hahahaha...... ^_^..... (dare to have a try? Let's go to Pizza Hut and find out yourself). Good Luck.

如果去過必勝客那就一定會對必勝客的沙拉有很深的印象吧,小小的一個碗就要收幾十元!! 對此,有針對性地科學地研究了沙拉的堆砌技巧,現不吝為大家奉上。 一、首先準備一個盤子,裡面放準備堆上去的材料和用於黏貼的沙拉醬。




四、再在鳳梨塊圈中間填上你喜歡的小東西( 水蜜桃是上選,再弄點可以填縫隙的小豌豆)

五、內圈抹平擺整齊以後再在外圈( 胡蘿蔔條上)再整齊地擺上一圈鳳梨塊。 這步是第一層地基,一定要保證整齊,側面看要正!!要不然垮掉就丟臉了!










最終結果:圖中的那一份沙拉我們拿盤子分了7份,再加上 2 個pizza,用網路列印的優惠卷換的四對雞翅,和11杯可樂,我們十個人吃的撐死撐死了,最後算下來每個人不過26元




Thursday, September 07, 2006

Japan male heir born, a boy!

Princess Kiko, the wife of Prince Akishino, the Emperor's second son, gave birth to a boy on Wednesday morning. This is a long-awaited male heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne.

The baby is the first male born to the Imperial family in 41 years and becomes the third in line to the throne after Crown Prince Naruhito, 46, and Prince Akishino, 40. The Imperial House Law allows only males with emperors on their father's side to ascend the throne.

"That is good news," Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi told reporters after hearing about the birth at his official residence.

This is just one of the many problems faced by the Japanese society today. Their birth rate is just 1.25 per woman (comparatively Malaysia's birth rate is 2.8 per woman according to year 2004's statistics).

Maybe the financial burden faced is heavy indeed. But more clearly, their sexual life must be in a big mess. Some more the Japanese loves to bath at the onsen - must be real tough on their sperms inside those testicles.

Japanese might rejoice now for their new prince. However, we cry for the women there. Subject to male dominance for so long, they're not entitled for a reigning queen - not in the near future. Ah, cultural changes has made the now emperor to forgo having cocubines but not powerful enough to let a woman became a symbolic head of a throne.

And to think that they are living off the welfare of the state...As Warren Buffett said, "There should be no divine right of the womb." Scrap it man. There's a number of family members being demoted to ordinary citizen what. Is it fair? What's the difference? It's only the direction.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Gokusen (ごくせん ) vs Queen's Classroom

i'm currently watching Gokusen - roughly translated as Gangster / Mob Teacher, an abbreviation of Gokudo no Sensei. It stars the lovely (Yukie Nakama-なかま ゆきえ * in Japanese, the surname is at the front, like the Chinese but in romanised version they change to English style - to accomodate the numerous Americans i think )

Yeah, i've finished Tokyo Wankei - it's nothing to shout about. Actually i'm not planning to watch all her dramas. it's just a coincidence.

Anyway, this kind of drama is in the same class (pun intended) as GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka) & Queen's Classroom (currently on Hong Kong's tv, i think). In fact, it's almost like the female's version of GTO.

After the first episode, nothing to shout about. Of all the 3 dramas, i like Queen's Classrom the best. The story, the suspense, & the acting is superior. Even the ideas presented provided lots of points to ponder.

Eg. Akutsu Sensei's opinion on the underprivileged & privileged :

"Stupid people & lazy people will be treated differently & wil suffer"
"Clever people & those who make an effort can get privileges & live rich lives"
"That's called society - do you know how many people can live happily and be envied like this?"
"Out of 100 people, only 6 will be happy" (6%)
"There are 24 students in this class - which means? Out of all of you, only 1 or 2 can live happy lives. The remaining 94%? They have no choice but to spend their lives complaining day after day...."

In my opinion, (please debate this if you want), it's quite true. But why our teacher in Malaysia never tell us this? Because they're not in the 6% bracket! Because the teachers are wondering why they aren't happy. And they're complaining daily! And nobody is listening. In fact they kena shot back if complain too much.

Crocodile Hunter Dead

Steve Irwin. He's a favourite of many. Man & animals alike. But he's gone..

I like him because he's funny & brave. His legend is comparable to Bruce Lee, in my opinion. & like Bruce, he's survived by a foreigner wife & a girl & a boy. Bless them.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Lessons from history : From Warren Buffett

I admire Warren Buffett. He views is amazing. His company, Bershire Hathaway is great. Not many Malaysians may have heard of it but it's one of the biggest holding company in the world. The company is originally a textile producer in the US & was bleeding due to competition from cheap imports.

I'm afraid the situation is similar in Malaysia now. Cheap imports from other countries (Thailand, Indonesia, & most of all China) might snuff out some businesses in Malaysia (yea, we demand high wages). I have shares in a textile producer too - undergarment maker from Teluk Intan, Caely Holdings Berhad. I wonder will it end dying? The price is now 0.445, way off from it's high of more than RM1 (see pic - yea i follow the price online quite frequently). Pray for her lah.

Japan also got shit happens mah

For most of us Malaysians, we all had it bad. Real Bad. And those overseas lived in heaven with superefficient services. However as we grumble about everything under Malaysian sky, lets look at one other developed country that we've respected a lot (thanks to Mahathir's Look East Policy) - Japan.

Electricity was out on Aug 14 & not much better than what happened in Malaysia. Ah, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Anyway, before we go forgetting about disrupted LRT services here we must remember that continuous improvement is what we are looking for .

Tokyo when lights go out

Shukan Bunshun (Aug. 31)

After a blackout struck Tokyo and surrounding areas Aug. 14, the media carried the predictable reports. A total of 340,000 train passengers were "inconvenienced" and 1.4 million households were "affected," we were told.

But what we didn't hear so much about was the human drama that unfolded for three hours on that Monday morning, as thousands of people had their lives turned upside down from being deprived of power.

Shukan Bunshun fills in details after interviewing about 1,000 people living and working in the stricken areas who have their own stories to tell, from the trivial, to the humorous, to the deadly serious.

One of the many inconvenienced train commuters was a 34-year trading-company employee on the way to his uncle's funeral. For him, "inconvenience" came not only in the form of arriving late for such an important event, but the oppressive heat and claustrophobia inside his carriage. His Tokyu Line train was stalled for half a hour with no air conditioning and the doors jammed shut.

"The worst part was the heat. My mourning clothes were ruined by all my sweating," he says.

Elevators stuck
It was a similar, if not more claustrophobic, experience for the 58 people who happened to be inside elevators at the time. But even those who didn't ride had a tough time.

A 38-year worker at an IT company had the misfortune of arriving at the building housing his office on the 30th floor just after the electricity stopped.

"I had to walk up the stairs, and on such a hot day. Then I went to buy a juice, but the vending machine was not working. When I went to make coffee, the water had been cut off. So in the end I walked back down the stairs to a convenience store on the first floor to get a drink."

At thousands of other offices across the city, elevators weren't the only things on the fritz. All manner of hi-tech equipment broke down, including electronically controlled security doors, leaving workers either trapped inside offices or blocked from getting in.

Few workers had their work as disrupted as day traders, people who use PCs to buy and sell stocks, currencies and financial instruments.

"I made a huge loss trading because I was working with inaccurate information," grumbles a trader, who explained that the movements of the Nikkei index were not updated after power was restored.

Not all bad news
Still, it wasn't all bad news. Says a 54-year-old currency trader: "The power suddenly went out in the middle of a trade, and it didn't go through. But if it had gone through, I would have lost around 200,000 yen."

Yet for one woman using an ATM to withdraw cash, the blackout's timing couldn't have been worse: the machine swallowed her card the instant the electricity was cut. "I couldn't leave the scene and was stuck. I had to wait for three and a half hours until a clerk came," she recalls. "My entire day was ruined."

For her and millions of others in and around Tokyo that day, being inconvenienced and affected was never so frustrating.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

The old man and the sea

I just read a book by Ernest Hemingway entitled "The old man and the sea". This is a very famous book and I only got a chance to read it until now. This is a story about the old man struggling to catch a big fish in the sea.

I touched with the old man never give up spirit to face the problems in the process to catch the fish and fighting with shark on the way to bring back the fish to home. We should always learn the spirit like him and never give up easily.Highly recomemended to who has a weak spirits now.

However, I am too sad to read the story ending as I felt we struggled so much and putted many efforts should come with the good results.

Kambate Kudasai!!

Friday, September 01, 2006


Hooray - Malaysia is 49 years old. I notice that Malaysia, Indonesia (I was in Bali), Singapore & Brunei's birthday is quite near to each other. Thanks to the Queen's empire's influence. Mat Salleh punya pasal lah.