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The Rapture of the Moment

Posted by chulalongkorn on September 15, 2009

i can feel myself now transforming all over again. i feel as if i have gone out and taken a chance on something…and an emerging with new lessons learned under my belt…without having compromised who i am as a person deep down inside. my confidence was shaken temporarily and yet i find myself now, more sure of myself than ever. i know that a relationship needs to be based upon trust and devotion…even if those things are tested every now and then.

i know that myself worth does not depend upon the views of others because most opinions are just that, limited views that may or may not be accurate. each person must have the ability to face up to their wrongs and make ammends when necessary…and communication must be the centre of the circle of love. it is the glue that keeps us together and that keeps us in line. we tend to kept caught in those winds of change sometimes when our heads are more in the clouds than our feet are on the ground.

Emotions can let us see and believe things that are not really there anymore or perhaps never were. but once the clouds clear, if what we see is not what we have desired all of this time, we must not be afraid to pick ourselves up and move on. Life is about being happy with ourselves above all else…because we cannot learn to share and give of ourselves if we are not secure to begin with.

My candle of love is growing dim..but i am confident it will never fade. Temptation cannot tempt me to be lesser than my soul yearns to be. It took me years to figure out where that anger and lack of self-control was steaming from..but most importantly why. Habits are capable of being broken if you put your mind to it.

i’m the luckiest guy in the world and i didn’t want to mess up. i actually believed that in passivity one night discover virtue. you don’t get any points for not acting, for not doing anything, do you?.

i have searched my own soul inside and out, only to find even as more knowledge was gained & stored; something was still missing. i figured that finding all the answers to impossible questions or at least temporary fixes could fulfill empty holes in my life. sure some of them were successfully healed but others appeared and others enlarged. it was then that i realised that joy cannot freely dance within the realms of our rational minds.

So last night, i took some time out and put my deep thinking on hold for a couple of hours to sit and relax..enjoying the quiet..”i miss the comfort of being sad”!!…i had to make decision between being an intellectual and a dreamer….

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Minggu Terakhir Ramadhan

Posted by chulalongkorn on September 14, 2009

Minggu terakhir sekarang menjenguk sebelum kita semua khususnya umat Islam akan menyambut 1 Syawal pagi Aidilfitri. Dan minggu terakhir juga kita dibulan Ramadhan yang penuh berkat ini. Saya juga begitu sibuk sekali kerana perlu ‘mengejar’ pelanggan yang membuat ‘promise to pay’ last week/early this month supaya menunaikan janji mereka dan this week juga, saya akan banyak meluangkan masa diluar untuk membuat ‘collection’.

Pagi ni, aku buat Aging Report dulu, invoice Aug 09 dimasukkan dan start calling all customers. Weekly meeting bersama GM(S) baru je selesai dan seperti biasa banyak betul yang aku kena buat..

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Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Posted by chulalongkorn on September 12, 2009

Well for raya entry this year, i would like to share with all a story of rotating turn for married couple. This year suppose to be my turn, meaning that we got to reach my mom’s instead of hers at Jerteh. Though we got not much problem as our kampung were not far to each other, just half an hour drive from my mom’s at Kok Lanas to Jerteh. But still to me, i’m not going to say anything if she insists for once again to reach Jerteh first. To me, i enjoy staying at both house..and for the kids, Jerteh offers many kiddos as Mamanoni got more siblings than me.

Anyway, i’ll enjoy this year’s Raya much more ’cause for the second time, i’ll be in great shape & healthy condition to celebrate Raya with my own family.

Happy Hari Raya from us, Faizal, Nik Rozilah, Farah Lelaina Hannah & Muhammad Faizdlan. May Allah guide us well in full blessings.

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Three Lions book World Cup place

Posted by chulalongkorn on September 10, 2009

England booked their ticket to the World Cup finals with a five-star performance after trashing Croatia 5-1. Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard scored two goals each to exact their own personal revenge for that horrible night, with Wayne Rooney adding another near the end. Capello was the master technician though as England completed an eighth straight qualifying win to secure a trip to South Africa next summer with two games to spare.

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Aaron Lennon was rewarded with a blistering man-of-the-match performance. The fleet-footed Tottenham star created two goals, plus a chance for Emile Heskey and one he wasted himself.

All over the pitch England were first to the ball. This was great stuff and the fans were lapping it up. After failing in the last qualifying campaign, the belief and the trust went from the fans and that hurts the players more than anything. Fabio Capello has brought back the belief back for the fans and the belief back into the players and that’s what they needed. The Lads are playing good football again.

The Stars rated:

ROB GREEN (7)

GLEN JOHNSON (6), MATTHEW UPSON (7), JOHN TERRY (7), ASHLEY COLE (7)

AARON LENNON (9), GARETH BARRY (7), FRANK LAMPARD (8), STEVEN GERRARD (8)

WAYNE ROONEY (7), EMILE HESKEY (6)

SUBSTITUTES : DEFOE (6) (Heskey 60), BECKHAM (5) (Lennon 80), MILNER (5) (Gerrard 80)

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Pablo Escobar: 5 Things You Didn’t Know

Posted by chulalongkorn on September 9, 2009

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In most businesses, seeing a return on investment (ROI) of 100% would be more than enough for a company to thrive. By some estimates, notorious Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar enjoyed an ROI of as much as 20,000%. Put another way, for every $1 he put into his business, he got about $200 in return
That is one seductive ROI, for certain. It doesn’t account for risk, but for most of Escobar’s professional life at the head of the Medellin cartel, the risk wasn’t his, nor was it financial: The risk fell to the lives of Pablo’s rivals and to the lives of the (mostly) American dealers who pushed his product to the users who snorted it. Only after his wealth, notoriety and brutality made him the target of both big governments and small (but determined) vigilante groups did Escobar finally endure some risk. Not surprisingly, on December 2, 1993, a day after his 44th birthday, it caught up with him in the most permanent way after a rooftop chase-down in a middle-class part of Medellin.
As Hollywood eyes 2011 as a possible release date for a biopic based on Mark Bowden’s Killing Pablo, we present five things you didn’t know about Pablo Escobar.

1- Rats ate $1 billion of Pablo Escobar’s profits each year

The first thing you didn’t know about Pablo Escobar testifies to an uncommon, staggering degree of wealth. According to Roberto Escobar, one of Pablo’s closest brothers, at a time when their estimated profits were circling $20 billion annually “Pablo was earning so much that each year we would write off 10% of the money because the rats would eat it in storage or it would be damaged by water or lost.”

If that weren’t enough to drop your jaw, Roberto adds that the cartel spent as much as $2,500 every month on rubber bands to “hold the money together.”

2- Pablo Escobar’s paradise now houses refugees and hippos

Near the small northwestern Colombian town of Puerto Triunfo, Pablo Escobar once built himself a vacation getaway befitting a man of his stature. Hacienda Napoles was just shy of paradise, spread across almost 5,000 acres (7.7 sq-mi.) and featuring everything from pools to a bullring to an exotic zoo with hippos, giraffes, elephants, and more. Stories of enormous drug-fueled parties at Hacienda Napoles with some of Colombia’s most powerful and most beautiful in attendance continue to circulate, contributing to the legend of Escobar.

Today, though, that paradise is in ruins. Everything that could be gutted has been gutted by people looking for rumored stashes of coke or cash. It’s only residents are families of refugees from the country’s war against guerrilla fighters and about 20 hippos which roam the area with the same kind of impunity that Pablo enjoyed decades ago.

3- Pablo Escobar was suspected of bombing the World Trade Center

Another thing you didn’t know about Pablo Escobar is that he was named as an early suspect in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Shortly after the bombing, which killed six and injured over 1,000, a New York City prosecutor publicly suggested that the bombing could have been carried out by any “enemy of the U.S.,” including Escobar’s Medellin cartel.

Well, Pablo may have assassinated a presidential candidate (Luis Carlos Galán), threatened to kill the offspring of a sitting U.S. president (allegedly one of Bush Sr.’s sons), blown a commercial jet out of the sky (Avianca Flight 203), and orchestrated the attempted slaughter of the Colombian Supreme Court (Palace of Justice siege), but bomb the World Trade Center? Escobar was sufficiently offended, enough so that he sent a handwritten note to the U.S. Ambassador to Colombia declaring his innocence. “You can take me off the list,” he assured Ambassador Morris Busby, “because if I had done it I would be saying why I did it and what I want.”

4- Pablo Escobar built his own barrio

Medellin is Colombia’s second largest city (with almost 2.5 million residents), but it is, and always will be, linked by name to the legacy of Pablo Escobar’s cocaine cartel. To many of the city’s poorest people, Escobar — whom they called Don Pablo — was nothing short of Robin Hood in the flesh, a reputation he enjoys among some to this day.

In his prime, he was undeniably a public works tour de force, establishing food programs, building parks and soccer fields, but his masterstroke may have been Barrio Pablo Escobar, a neighborhood of 450 red brick homes housing a couple thousand of Medellin’s most indigent. Did they pay rent? Nope. Property taxes? No way.

The only problem? Writing for the Washington Postin 1989, Michael Isikoff noted a growing frustration among the barrio’s residents with kids from other areas coming to Barrio Pablo Escobar to peddle drugs. 

5- Pablo Escobar bought a Learjet to fly his cash

The last thing you didn’t know about Pablo Escobar is that he had an interesting solution to a very rare kind of cash flow problem. Escobar and his cartel began to see soaring profits rather quickly. His being a cash business, Escobar needed to get that U.S. cash back to Colombia. For a while, the small plane he used to transport that cash was sufficient, as it could hold about $10 million. Keeping in mind Escobar’s estimated ROI of 20,000%, and that he was getting cocaine to the U.S. by a wide variety of methods (including a pair of submarines which would each carry about 1,000 kilos), it’s no surprise that he needed an upgrade. Escobar thus bought a Learjet, a substantially faster plane and one that could carry as much as 10 times the amount of cash. Problem solved. 

 

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Otak dan Solat..Kebesaran Allah

Posted by chulalongkorn on September 7, 2009

Tahukah anda terdapat beberapa urat saraf di dalam otak manusia yang tidak dimasuki oleh darah . Padahal setiap inci otak manusia memerlukan darah yang cukup untuk berfungsi secara normal. seorang doktor telah membuat kajian yang memakan masa, akhirnya beliau mendapati bahawa darah tidak akan memasuki urat saraf di dalam otak manusia melainkan pada ketika seseorang itu sedang sujud semasa mengerjakan Sembahyang/Solat. Urat tersebut memerlukan darah hanya untuk beberapa sukatan yang tertentu sahaja. Ini bermaksud bahawa darah hanya akan memasuki urat tersebut mengikut kadar sembahyang waktu yang diwajibkan oleh Islam iaitu Solat 5 waktu. Oleh itu, sekiranya kita tidak menunaikan sembahyang 5 waktu, otak kita tidak akan dapat menerima darah yang secukupnya untuk berfungsi secara normal!!! Fikir2kan wahai saudara2 ku…marilah kita menunaikan solat 5 waktu..insyaAllah

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England 2 Slovenia 1

Posted by chulalongkorn on September 7, 2009

ROBERT GREEN – RATING 6

WILL never get a better chance to establish himself as England’s No 1 with David James injured. Rode his luck early on and was lucky to get away with it when he handled the ball outside his area. Then he was easily beaten as Milivoje Novakovic took the ball around him but the Slovenian put his shot over the bar. That good fortune ran out when Zlatan Ljubijankic squeezed in a near-post header to earn a consolation.

GLEN JOHNSON – 5

ALL over the place early on – looking bemused as Slovenia played neat little interchanges. He recovered some composure, although his forward runs meant Matthew Upson had to move across to cover. But his concentration and determination were exposed when he was done up like a kipper for Slovenia’s goal, leaving Nejc Pecnik to float over a cross for Ljubijankic’s header.

ASHLEY COLE – 8

GOT forward at every possible opportunity from full-back and did enough to impress the Wembley voters – who made him man of the match. At times, Cole’s willingness to join the attack left England’s defence short of cover – and that might be better exposed by a top-notch team. But he’s still first choice for the left-back berth. And there is a strong argument the Chelsea ace is among the world’s top three in that position.

JOHN TERRY – 6

THE Chelsea star is striking up a good understanding with Matthew Upson. As always, he showed full commitment even though nothing was at stake here. Some say the captain always looks better when he has the pace of Rio Ferdinand to count on at the heart of England’s defence. At the other end of the pitch he was unlucky with a thumping header that cracked back to safety off the crossbar from Steven Gerrard’s corner.

MATTHEW UPSON – 7

DISPLAYED excellent anticipation, terrific marking and cute awareness when he covered for other defenders who were pulled out of position. Upson is a rarity, a left-sided centre-half who can boast a left foot as the stronger of the two. He is not yet first-choice at international level. But the West Ham man does look totally comfortable and oozes the confidence every central defender needs.

GARETH BARRY – 8

MIDFIELDER who breaks up the opposition play really well. He has a high work-rate underpinned with enthusiastic energy. Barry looks so strong, a perfect complement in the holding role that allows Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to attack at will. His emergence from just a squad player to virtually an automatic starter is another big plus for England boss Fabio Capello as he heads to the World Cup finals.

STEVEN GERRARD – 6

A TIDY performance from the Liverpool ace. Nice pass in for the dubious penalty gained by Wayne Rooney. Always wants to give the England crowd a performance. Got stuck in hard until he was reminded it was a friendly and he was needed for a bigger occasion on Wednesday. Subbed at half-time to preserve some of his energy for the big one against Croatia – when he will no doubt get stuck in again.

FRANK LAMPARD – 6

KEEPS the England midfield ticking over like an expensive timepiece. The Chelsea ace has matured into a world-class act. He is no longer rash in his judgment of when to attack. He has gone from a player who reacts to situations to one who makes things happen with good movement and passing. Still at the top of his game at 31, Lamps is working harder than ever to make sure he stays there.

SHAUN WRIGHT-PHILLIPS – 5

HE is now way ahead of David Beckham in the pecking order down the right flank. But the Man City winger has plenty to do to hold off other challengers. Tottenham’s Aaron Lennon and Theo Walcott of Arsenal are breathing down his neck for a starting place. A plus is that he has slowed down some of his runs to give more control for crosses. But he must be more aware of defensive duties.

WAYNE ROONEY – 6

THERE is no doubt Wayne Rooney is the king of England strikers and has become a real talisman for the country. The Manchester United superstar did not have his best game, though – and on another day he could have grabbed a hat-trick. Only Rooney can get away with missing a sitter from five yards, then have a casual shot cleared off the line and still walk off to a standing ovation. The England crowd love him, his wife loves him and more importantly the England manager loves him for his bottomless desire and will to win.

EMILE HESKEY – 5

THE big fella gives it everything – and then some more – but he is no longer a cert for the World Cup as the target man. The Aston Villa man’s muscle impresses boss Fabio Capello. But Peter Crouch of Tottenham and West Ham’s fast improving Carlton Cole are his opposition for a ticket to South Africa. That is unless Capello really wants to take a striker whose international goal average stands at one every eight games.

SUBSTITUTES:

MICHAEL CARRICK – 6 (for Lampard, 45min)

CANNY football fans know the true value of Manchester United midfielder Carrick – although he is rarely eye-catching. So many attacks are started thanks to his cultured passes from the holding role just in front of the back four. Carrick is criticised for not scoring enough goals. But that is not the strength of his game, seeing the opening is. He is a key England squad member.

AARON LENNON – 6 (for Wright-Phillips, 45min)

THE Tottenham flier made an immediate impact with his pace in a like-for-like swap. What has been added to Lennon’s game this season is he is much more aware defensively and he will track back to cover for his team-mates. He is also starting to cut in on to his left foot, whereas in previous games the full-back would show him the line and the danger would be snuffed out.

JAMES MILNER – 6 (for Gerrard, 45min)

THE industrious Aston Villa midfielder helps provide an interesting variation for manager Fabio Capello. Milner has got the natural ability to motor past defenders on the outside or put them on the wrong foot by cutting inside. He has been drafted into the squad late but could be the answer to England’s long-standing problems down the left flank, with Villa team-mate Stewart Downing out of the reckoning through injury.

JERMAIN DEFOE – 7 (for Heskey, 45min)

HE is fast turning into England’s supersub with a goal soon after he came on as England switched to going without a big targetman. The Tottenham striker is much more effective when facing goal. He often struggles to get to grips when his back is facing it. But he is in form, scoring goals and has beefed up his frame with a summer spent in the gym looking for – and finding – extra dynamism.

CARLTON COLE – 5 (for Rooney, 80min)

THE West Ham beefcake has more going for him right now than the other two hitmen who are hopeful of getting on the plane to South Africa. He has had more minutes on the pitch in Premier League games than Peter Crouch and Emile Heskey combined and is starting to believe he can actually be part of the biggest football show on earth. What he does need very quickly is to break his scoring duck.

JOLEON LESCOTT – 6 (for Upson, 64min)

THE world’s third-most expensive defender is looking increasingly like England’s fourth-choice centre-back behind John Terry, Rio Ferdinand (when fit) and Matthew Upson. Manchester City’s £24million new-boy replaced Upson in the second half and looked to be badly at fault for the Slovenia goal. He was left on his heels as Zlatan Ljubijankic nipped in to head past the stranded Robert Green.

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Next Mission: Kedah

Posted by chulalongkorn on September 3, 2009

What i’m gonna talk ’bout ‘ere is my new task given by our GM is to cover another state and i’ve decided to go with Kedah Branch. Overall Kedah got 78 Customers. 48 Accts to be allocated for Ms Zana & 21 accts for Myself & Firdaus. 16 accts will be put under Firdaus and 14 ‘hardcore’ accts for me to handle.

My strategy is quite simple, to call every single customer and if we encounter ‘fussy’ customer along e way, i’ll not hesitate to proceed to e next level whereby a Reminder will be sent to those who think they’re good enough not to pay their debts. Try me!!….This morning, i was angry with one of e customer (OKA Concrete) when she refused to accept my invoice + reminders which i send to them.

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Di Anjung Maghfirah

Posted by chulalongkorn on September 2, 2009

Kita memasuki fasa kedua bulan Ramadhan, fasa maghfirah. Allah mengeratnya kepada 3 bahagian agar kita merasa mudah dan tidak sukar menyempurnakan 30 hari berlapar dan bersabar di bulan penuh keberkatan ini.

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