Sunday, August 26, 2007
Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whos sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.
In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal.
Story of Juan Mann ......
" I'd been living in London when my world turned upside down and I'd had to come home. By the time my plane landed back in Sydney, all I had left was a carry on bag full of clothes and a world of troubles. No one to welcome me back, no place to call home. I was a tourist in my hometown.
So I got some cardboard and a marker and made a sign. I found the busiest pedestrian intersection in the city and held that sign aloft, with the words "Free Hugs" on both sides.
And for 15 minutes, people just stared right through me. The first person who stopped, tapped me on the shoulder and told me how her dog had just died that morning. How that morning had been the one year anniversary of her only daughter dying in a car accident. How what she needed now, when she felt most alone in the world, was a hug. I got down on one knee, we put our arms around each other and when we parted, she was smiling.
Everyone has problems and for sure mine haven't compared. But to see someone who was once frowning, smile even for a moment, is worth it every time.
Why Did it get banned?
Public liability fear and red tape. But its all okay now! Make sure to check your local laws before embarking on your Hugathon!
I would just like to thank Sickpuppies for their incredible song "All the Same " which the free hugs campaign video would have never been the same without.
For their music visit www.sickpuppies.net !"
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Sometimes, a hug is all what we need. -> Free Hugs Campaign.Org
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Friday, August 24, 2007
and so, to help other poor students in New York City who love to eat, I've compiled a list of cheap eats that actually taste really really good (because there's nothing worse than eating bad food).
So enjoy! and please let me know if you have other ones to add.
Yummy Things Under $10
1. Blueberries & Creme Frappucino from StarBucks - $5.99
2. Cream puffs from Beard Papa - $1.49
3. Buffalo Sauce Chicken Sandwiches from Dominic's Pizza - $5.99
4. Supreme Omelets Sandwiches from Dunkin Donuts - $2.50
5. Spicy Shrimp over rice from May Wah - $4.95
6. Sun Dae Ice-Cream from McDonalds - $1.00
7. All yummy bagels from Absolut Bagels - $2.95
8. Toasted yummy flatbread edges from Cosi - free
9. De pabillon arepa from Caracas - $5.00
10. Mc Chicken Sandwiches from McDonalds - $1.25
11. Flavor Snacks from KFC - $0.99
Let's celebrate the third blog day on August 31.
What is BlogDay?
BlogDay was created with the belief that bloggers should have one day dedicated to getting to know other bloggers from other countries and areas of interest. On that day Bloggers will recommend other blogs to their blog visitors. With the goal in mind, on this day every blogger will post a recommendation of 5 new blogs. This way, all blog readers will find themselves leaping around and discovering new, previously unknown blogs.
What will happen on BlogDay?
One long moment on August 31st, bloggers from all over the world will post recommendations of 5 new Blogs, preferably Blogs that are different from their own culture, point of view and attitude. On this day, blog readers will find themselves leaping around and discovering new, unknown Blogs, celebrating the discovery of new people and new bloggers.
BlogDay posting instructions:
- Find 5 new Blogs that you find interesting
- Notify the 5 bloggers that you are recommending them as part of BlogDay 2007
- Write a short description of the Blogs and place a link to the recommended Blogs
- Post the BlogDay Post (on August 31st) and
- Add the BlogDay tag using this link: http://technorati.com/tag/BlogDay2007 and a link to the BlogDay web site at http://www.blogday.org
Hope everyone of you who own a blog, can join this wonderful event too!
4. Yee Piao
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is an opportunity for thousands of people to come together, to connect, to share their stories, and to celebrate life. Most important, it allows each of us to make a real impact in the fight against this disease.
The Avon Walks are produced by the Avon Foundation, an accredited 501(c)(3) public charity, which also oversees management and distribution of the funds raised. 100% of the net proceeds from the Avon Walks are returned to the breast cancer cause nationwide to support breast cancer awareness, screening and diagnosis, treatment, support services and scientific research.
For more information about the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer please click here.
Native New Yorkers know that this is a city for walking. But both the born-and-bred and first-time visitors will be surprised by some of the Big Apple’s hidden treasures. The Avon Walk New York takes you to the east side, the west side and all around the town in the only way to truly experience New York - on foot.
Take the first step. Register today!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
I love dogs. Especially the kind with those melting brown eyes and liquid look - and I especially love yellow Labs. Marley & Me is a book from John Grogan, about the "World's Worst Dog," a yellow Lab, but as the book promises, you do fall in love with Marley long before the last page is turned.
This story about a delinquent dog that slobbers about the house like a goofball stayed on top of the New York Times best-seller's list for 24 weeks. Of course, Marley has something going for him? Indeed he does. This is one book I can pick up any day and re-read all of Marley's adventures again and again. And oh yeah! Especially Marley's capers with his old love, a poodle.
The young family making their way through life with the help of a neurotic dog will have you laughing out loud one moment, and then wiping a tear the next.
However, whether or not you are a "dog person", there is still an awful lot to gain and enjoy while reading this book. The memories are so personal and heart-felt, at times you can completely forget Marley has anything to do with the book. But then he comes barreling back in the next paragraph, bringing humorous antics with every step.
Marley & Me : Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog is an excellent book that can be enjoyed by all sorts of people (even cat lovers). The stories are funny and meaningful, the drama is heartwarming and sincere, and the dog is a complete mess. In the end, Marley reminds us all that life should be lived to its fullest, that we should love people unconditionally, and that shredded upholstery is a small price to pay for a life-long friend.
Check out Marley's own site -here- while the -New York Times has an interesting review- on the book.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
I watched 'An Inconvenient Truth' about weeks ago. The documentary is definitely a good start for those who are still not aware of the problems plaguing our planet. It tells us what is currently happening in the world and what potentially lies for us in the future if we continue to pollute our world. Those are some issues that we discuss everyday. Such as global warming, rising sea levels, extinction of species. When we talk about global warming, it could bring me back to my little background story. When I went to school in Malaysia, I was already used to the hot weather. But ever since then, the weather is getting warmer and humid; I can’t live with the extra heat. Most of the time, I need air-conditioned to cool me up. Plus, when I back to New York, and there’s a big climate changes on this winter compare to last year winter, I started to wonder, is that all about global warming? Is it true that what did Al Gore said in the documentary? I started to question myself. O.o
I was amazed when I saw the statistic that shows in the documentary. Somehow I agree with the message that Al Gore tried to bring to us, but it can’t deny the fact that he’s a politician. A part of the message came from directly in the documentary are concentrate on his past year election and duties. Which I think is not fit with the documentary itself.
Global warming is caused by human activities, I agree on the most part. Al Gore shows different pictures that the scientist toke in the past years and it is evidence from the records of ancient climates changes compare to year 2007. Al Gore said that global warming is here, it’s human-caused, and it will continues for centuries even if greenhouse-gas emission are stabilized, changes in the atmosphere, the oceans, glaciers and ice cape show unequivocally that the Earth is warming, according to the first global assessment of climate change science in years. People always questioned that how can we do better to protect the earth. For my opinion, we do the best we can, it is about team work and not only for certain groups of people who consider themselves have they loved the earth.
As an ordinary human being, the only thing I can do now is just keep my finger cross and hoping tomorrow will be better. Global warming isn’t my first concern that makes me worry; on the other hand, I would love to pay more attention to the war and the crimes that happen in my community or around the world.
Global warming is a major problem that may affect our next generation, but if we can’t take care of the crimes that happen in front of us, I doubt that even we could save the earth but we can’t save ourselves.
When my mom first saw this picture, she just like, "What the heck, is that fish?" Actually yes. This is a fish. Don't you think this is absolutely repulsive or just kinda cute? Apparently, this fish is actually called a 'fathead', being of the genus Psychrolutes.
It was trawled up from the ocean floor below 1000 meters, north-west of New Zealand in 2003. People discovered it by accident. So weird ...
Monday, August 6, 2007
Take the following photos as an example. I came across them in internet. Are they a fertility culture, the new youngster's style? Or is this a far out dating gimmick like Lovapalooza? Or is it just extreme porn? I really have no idea. (scratching my head)
Leave this post if you are underage, or if you are not comfortable with nudity or sex.
I've been tagged by ideapinkrose to write on the following:
1. Food you hate --> Pork
2. Fruits that you hate --> No
3. Veggies that you hate --> I got some, but I don't remember the veggie name.
4. Celebrities or people that you hate --> No
5. Event/Incident/Situation that you hate --> Crowd
6. TV Shows or Movies that you hate --> Stupid some kind of romance teenagers movie or drama. Doesn't make any sense.
7. Type of Music that you hate --> Heavy metals
8. Household chore that you hate --> Everything "P
9. Things you hate about the world --> Corruption! Discrimination! Global Warming!
10. Things that you hate about yourself --> I can't stand making mistakes and losing myself. I hate losing confident and be a failure.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Here's the amazing education background I love about Hillary. She was an undergraduate at Wellesley College (One of the famous Women's school in nation), Hillary mixed academic excellence with school government. Speaking at graduation, she said, "The challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible."
In 1969, Hillary was strangled about making decision between Harvard Law School and Yale Law School. But finally, Hillary entered Yale Law School, where she served on the Board of Editors of Yale Law Review and Social Action, interned with children's advocate Marian Wright Edelman, and met Bill Clinton. It was a romantic story begun when Bill and Hillary first met in the Yale Law School library. The President often recalls how they met in the library when she strode up to him and said, "If you're going to keep staring at me, I might as well introduce myself." The two were soon inseparable--partners in moot court, political campaigns, and matters of the heart.
After graduation, Hillary advised the Children's Defense Fund in Cambridge and joined the impeachment inquiry staff advising the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives. After completing those responsibilities, she "followed her heart to Arkansas," where Bill had begun his political career.
They married in 1975. She joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas Law School in 1975 and the Rose Law Firm in 1976. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the board of the Legal Services Corporation, and Bill Clinton became governor of Arkansas. Their daughter, Chelsea, was born in 1980.
Hillary served as Arkansas's First Lady for 12 years, balancing family, law, and public service. She chaired the Arkansas Educational Standards Committee, co-founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, and served on the boards of the Arkansas Children's Hospital, Legal Services, and the Children's Defense Fund. Hillary helped transform that role, becoming a champion for health care and families at home and a champion of women's rights and human rights around the world.
As the nation's First Lady, Hillary continued to balance public service with private life. Her active role began in 1993 when the President asked her to chair the Task Force on National Health Care Reform. She continued to be a leading advocate for expanding health insurance coverage, ensuring children are properly immunized, and raising public awareness of health issues. She wrote a weekly newspaper column entitled "Talking It Over," which focused on her experiences as First Lady and her observations of women, children, and families she has met around the world. Her 1996 book It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us was a best seller, and she received a Grammy Award for her recording of it.
As First Lady, her public involvement with many activities sometimes led to controversy. Undeterred by critics, Hillary won many admirers for her staunch support for women around the world and her commitment to children's issues.
And now, she's running for the President of United States 2008.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
1. Do you ever lie about your age?
Only sometimes when I feel like playing around.
2. Do you prefer “sensitive boys”or “tough guys”?
Hmn... I say in between both
3. Do you prefer blonde or dark haired guys/girls?
Doesn’t matter, just as long as it suits or looks nice.
4. Are you currently single?
Oh yeah, single and enjoying it
5. How many things in your past do you regret?
At least few, that's why I always say "Never do something that will make you regret one day"
6. Do you have a best friend?
Yes. I have, and I lost one few months ago
7. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I guess always the same thing as I used to say. I want to be successful.
8. Who was the last person you hugged?
Hmn.. Quite a lot, hugged= greetings
9. Have you ever had your heart broken?
Yes. But I learned from the past, it makes me grow stronger.
10. Have you ever thought about having plastic surgery?
Hmn.. No answer..
11. Do you like your life?
There are times you like them and there are times you don’t. It is only HUMAN to be that way. But I apprecieted my life so far, and like it the way it is, of course, it could be better.
12. Do you shop at Macy's?
13. Has one of your friends ever stolen a boyfriend from you?
Yes.. During high school year...
14. Has one of your friends ever stabbed you in the back?
15. Do you have more friends that are girls or boys?
50/50 I guess
16. How long have you had friendster?
17. Have you ever cheated on someone?
Have you not
18. Has anyone ever cheated on you?
19. Have you ever slapped a boy in the face?
I had. but it was a stupid fight during my primary school year.. Poor kid
20. What is one of your biggest fears?
Losing myself, became a failure, life without motivation.
21. Have you ever skipped a class?
What do you think?
22. Has anyone close to you ever passed away?
Yes. He died when he was 18, and I was 17. Tragedy
23. Have you ever cried yourself to sleep?
24. Have you ever been able to get someone out of your head?
25. Do you believe in the saying “once a cheater, always a cheater”?
I dont know
26. Have you ever had a good feeling about something and it turned out that you were right?
Oh yeah, few times
27. Do you ever wish you were famous?
28. Do u ever wish u were a man?
I acted like a man sometimes, but no.
29. Do you think men smell nice in cologne?
30.The moment of terror! I tag Broken, Jimmy, Mayee, Jacky, Kimiko, Poonky, IdeaPinkRose, Gary, AdventChildren
Another terror tag by -Broken-
1. What was the last thing you did that you pleased your parents?
2. Do you keep long nails?
Oh yeah, my nails is freaking long ~
3. What makes you start blogging?
Simply because I have too much to spend last semester...
4. Blog hopping is good or bad?
Is good. Another way to increase people skills
5. How long you take to bath?
15 - 20 minutes
6. Whose blog you viewed before doing this tag?
7. What motivates you to go out for the outdoors the most?
Mostly go out in the night. During day time, except autumn or winter season, otherwise, I hate the summer sun~ Hmn .. hanging out with friends
8. How long is your average SMS length?
I have no idea. I prefer call and talk better than sms.
9. What you use your email for?
10. What is your favourite snack?
11. What movie that you think that is worth for your money this year?
Transformers, Die Hard 4.0
12. What would you look for when you wake up early in the morning?
I tag --> Hiew, Yuan, Jacky
Friday, August 3, 2007
4 1/2 Stars
Currently I'm waiting for Grey's Anatomy Season 4
By the way, little news to be announce. I will be departure from KLIA Kuala Lumpur back to JFK New York on 12 August. Goodbye Malaysia.
Nicholas Chang show up in Ipoh Parade with a casual look. When he sing the new song "Prince", the singer fan falls into immediately the frantic condition, lifts the digital camera to strike with force in abundance to a pillar of the state. 3 lucky fellows also receive invite to come on stage sing the song "Prince" in the center to rap the song. (Lucky guys).
The DJ and Nicholas
The 3 lucky fellows
lol, he's looking at me ~
Thursday, August 2, 2007
The event recorded
10,250 total visitors
7,500 total unique visitors
5,500 total prospective students
44 US Universities
7 Ivy League Universities
3 Supporting Group
1 Official Chinese Newspaper
5 prominent speakers
4 prominent panelists
1 Official Booth Contractor
544,000 web hits in the website 20 buntings (6 feet * 2 feet each)
1 backdrop (10 feet * 8 feet)
1 banner (6 meter * 2 meter)
300 posters (17 inch * 24 inch each)
6000 flyers (A4 size)
24,000 bookmarks (8 bookmarks in one A4 size)
It is just so amazing that Experiences 2006 Kuala Lumpur is successfully organized. YB Datuk Ong Tee Keat (Deputy Higher Education Minister), HE Christopher J. LaFleur (US Ambassador), Tan Sri Dr. Lin See Yan, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz etc attended the opening ceremony.
A large group of media attended the opening ceremony as well. Bernama, NTV7, The Star, Nanyang Siang Pau, Sin Chew Jit Poh, Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian, NST and Oriental Daily were there covering the event.
Awesome!! 10250 attendees is awesome!!!! Way off the roof!
2008 Contenders :
Joe Biden, Sam Brownback, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Jim Cilmore, Rudy Giuliani, Al Gore, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, Dennis Kucinich, John McCain, Barack Obama, Ron Paul, Bill Richardson, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, Tom Tancredo, Tommy Thompson.
YouTube has obtained official and exclusive rights to host videos from presidential candidates, including U.S. Senators Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain and John Edwards, among others.
Under the “You Choose ‘08 Spotlight” initiative on the News and Politics page, candidates will post videos addressing the audience and YouTube users will have a week to post their own video responses to the candidate. This is your chance to engage in conversations with your favorite candidates!
News 1 :
Al Gore : I have no intention to run
On 5th July 2007, "The Today Show", AL Gore says he has fallen out of love with politics. I kinda doubt it. Due to the things that he has done, he seems to shake up the 2008 election somehow. A petition for Al Gore on Draftgore.com has 100,000 signatures!
I personally support Al Gore's decision whatever his decision is. But frankly, I like Al Gore keep to stay on his sidelines. Anyone is better off doing what he or she loves, and Al Gore seems to thrive in his cause for our environment (The Incovenient Truth)(Links to my previous post). At this point I'd rather see him at the Oscars then in the White House. First of all, AL Gore had a long past that he fought for politics quite a long time. Include the death of his own son. Eventhough he lost the previous year US Elections due to the late votes from Florida, but he seems so much happier. Second, it seems that people are actually responding to his passionate fight for environmental reforms. Finally, he places third behind Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in a CNN poll and I highly doubt he actually could win the nomination for next year elections.
My vote will give to - Hillary Rordham Clinton
I'm currently enjoy reading the book of Hillary. "The Living History" by Hillary Rordham Clinton.
I am amazed by her educations background and her passion to law. Serving others and help the poor one. Hillary Clinton - Graduated from Wesleyan College, MA and law graduated from Yale University, Same batch will Bill Clinton.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
But anyway, less than 2 hours plus some beers, we still had good pictures taken. Later on we went to Rum Jungle for dance. It still okay at the end of the night. At least I enjoyed my dance on the stage.
My friends that I went with..