Friday, 6 May 2016

HAPPY BELATED STAR WARS DAY

Star Wars Day was celebrated on May fourth which was just a couple of days ago.  I got my cat to pose next to part of my Star Wars memorabilia for this special day.

REVIVING THE HERB GARDEN

I can feel that the hot and dry weather from the El Nino effect is going to end pretty soon.  During its peak, quite a number of my plants died and some were looking half dead.  Now that there is rain and the temperature is not so hot, the plants are looking much better.  So it is time for replanting and reviving the herb garden.
In the picture above, you can see me looking on as my students, Vasan and Suriani help to add fertilisers to the potted herbs.

RECYCLING USED TEA BAGS



My students using the recycled tea bags as fertilisers for plants in the herb garden.The tea bags can be used as an organic fertilizer with many stimulant benefits from the nutrients in the in the ingredients. You can even remove the bags and mix the tea leaves inside with your soil, helping absorb water and retaining moisture.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

"The Feng Shui of Your Handwriting and Signature"



"The Feng Shui of Your Handwriting and Signature"

by Kathryn Weber


In feng shui, you can look at someone’s office and home and often see the level of success they enjoy. But can you take those same traits and apply it to something more personal, like your handwriting? Just like there’s a flow and movement that translate into qualities in your life, there’s flow of handwriting that can indicate – and even influence -- personal qualities.

The art of handwriting analysis, graphology, is much like feng shui.

Graphology is undertaken seriously by those who practice it, and those who don’t, often treat it esoterically. But, look at some interesting facts about handwriting analysis, or graphology. The CIA, FBI and many police departments in the US look at handwriting to understand the minds of those they’re investigating.

How does graphology relate to feng shui?

In feng shui, the mind and thinking are related to the hand, so by extension, the style of writing someone has provides some insight into that person’s personality and can influence their lives. In my own feng shui training, my teachers encouraged students to look at our signatures to make sure they looked successful and prosperous, with an emphasis of writing that had bold strokes that tilted up and to the right.

But what else makes a signature auspicious or writing that show signs of problems? According to Kathi McKnight, the “Handwriting Shaman,” changing your signature has the ability to change your life. “Handwriting can reveal things about you from your sex drive, your health and psychology, even exposing your demons to how open and expressive you are,” McKnight says.

When it comes to how you’re perceived in the world, McKnight says that the signature is where it’s at.

Some of the key qualities in signatures, though, are more about what not to do. “If someone makes a line in their signature that goes through their name, they’re effectively crossing out their right to take up space in this life,” she says. Other key qualities according to McKnight include whether the signature is legible or illegible. If illegible, the person may not want to be seen or “discovered.” If the signature is very different than their writing, it often shows someone who acts differently in their lives.

McKnight also said that a signature or writing that tilts left is also a good indicator of personality.

“If the slant moves to the left, the person is withdrawn or reclusive,” McKnight says. If it’s to the right, the person’s more expressive and sentimental. Small tips McKnight shared included how to improve one’s memory by being careful to dot your i’s carefully with the dot precisely over the letter.

Looking for love? Graphology can help. Note where someone crosses their t’s can show how healthy their self-esteem is, which often affects the relationship. The lower the cross bar on a t, the lower the self-esteem. Aiming for a middle or higher cross bar shows a better self-esteem. McKnight suggests looking for someone whose writing tilts right as opposed to left, which indicates an emotionally withdrawn person. According to graphology experts, approximately 75-80% of Americans write tilted to the right and that left leaning writing is more rare and can indicate emotional injury as a child.

And when it comes to money, McKnight recommends looking for the money bag strokes in your handwriting.

These are the g, j, and y letters that have loops at the bottom. When they’re round and full, they indicate an interest in money. When they’re compressed with slender bottom loops or if they’ve been re-traced, it shows trust issues around money, which could cause someone to not only have financial problems but to actually repel money.

What tips does she offer to make your signature more successful?

Her first recommendation is to make your signature legible. After that, McKnight suggests making the first letter slightly larger than the others in your first and last name. “This shows a healthy ego.” And when it comes to underlining your name, a single underline that starts from left to right is helpful. One last feng shui tip is that all writing should take a forward movement, especially the signature. When letters move backwards or strokes go to the left, it indicates a problem moving forward in life.

SOURCE:  www.redlotusletter.com


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

MAMA'S CAPTAIN AMERICA MEMORABILIA


 Precious is admiring my Captain America water container and coin bank.  The container was bought last night when I watched Civil War.  It was very entertaining.  It was more Avengers but with a slant towards Cap.

Friday, 29 April 2016

YOU ARE RICH WHEN ...


MY FURRY BOYS: THEN AND NOW

 What a difference 10 months make.  The first two pics were taken in the first few weeks  I brought Precious home.  Look and him and the big bully, Junior.

 Look at what happened to my boys 10 months later.  Little brother has overtaken big bro in size.


How to check if batteries are good or bad

Source: www.lifehacks.org

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

"The Feng Shui of Your Front Door Sidewalk"



"The Feng Shui of Your Front Door Sidewalk"

By Kathryn Weber

Feng shui focuses a lot of thought and energy on the front door. The size, direction, color and condition of the door all influence the occupants of the house or business and how successful or unsuccessful they are. But what delivers you to that front door? The home’s sidewalk or garden path. When that pathway is missing or afflicted, so is the quality and type of energy from that home.

The pathway is another way of looking at water because water brings opportunity and income, and roads and pathways in front of a home are considered water pathways.

When water is running smoothly and easily, this promotes the wealth and health of the home and its occupants. This is what makes curb appeal such an important part of building your home’s feng shui.

The appearance of your front door and the front walkway instantly set the tone for the kind of energy you have in the house and the type and quality of opportunities and good fortune you experience. It’s what makes the type of walkway you have coming to the front of the house such an important part of creating the kind of feng shui that creates the kind of life you enjoy the most.

Look at these sidewalk and pathway points for improving your home’s pathways, and your home’s chi and your good fortune.

This arrow-straight walkway to the door can create problems for the residents of the house. It’s made even worse if you can see out the house from the front door and can cause severe financial hardship.


The poison arrow path.

This is one of the most common problems with the front sidewalk. This sidewalk is usually at the street and runs straight to the front door. This type of sidewalk can cause rushing chi and is often described as a poison arrow.

When looked at it as a waterway, this type of path is akin to a firehose – it delivers so much water so quickly as to be destructive.

The poison arrow path delivers energy too quickly and can cause problems with the sector it is associated with, in addition to creating hostility aimed at the occupants of the house. This is compounded further if you can see from the front door out the back of the door. It will often cause the occupants to have severe health and financial difficulties, possibly even bankruptcy.

To correct, be sure to add some plantings next to the sidewalk to help soften it. You can also take out a center section of the sidewalk and add a circular area with an urn or a planting area that makes visitors go around. You can also add planting beds that run alongside the walkway to help slow down the chi.

The starving house.

Often older homes did not have a path or walkway from the driveway or street to the front door. When there is no waterway, the home is starved -- or dying of thirst.

If the house is quite old, this would have been fine years ago when the house was built but as the house ages, anyone who lives in the house will see depleting finances as well as health problems.

To correct, a new front walk must be added. The more permanent the walk, like poured concrete, the better as this type of walkway will help bring more water chi to the front door more quickly.

The afflicted house pathway.

This house may have a walkway that is too small, old, cracked, crumbling or deteriorating. This means the quality of the energy is deteriorating too.

This disrupts the walkways ability to deliver the water or chi to the front door, cutting off income, opportunity or making the quality of the opportunity and income decline over time. Make sure the walkway to your front door is in good condition and that it delivers chi to the door smoothly and auspiciously.

Pathway and sidewalk pointers
• Always try to make the walkways auspicious looking and attractive with plants and other landscaping elements.
• Endeavour to creating smoothly winding or curving pathways. These deliver beneficial chi.
• Add lighting to pathways to encourage excellent yang energy.
• Add plantings such as beautiful flowers to add good fortune chi.
• Promote excellent energy by adding other features such as water fountains to bring benevolent energy to your home.

SOURCE: redlotusletter.com

HOW TO CLEAN A BLENDER

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

OH NO!!! NOT AGAIN ..


The telephone and Internet cables my neighbourhood are stolen again.

"Feng Shui Shapes and Their Meanings for Your Success"



"Feng Shui Shapes and Their Meanings for Your Success"

By Kathryn Weber

In feng shui, shapes have significance in their meanings. Shapes are related to various elements and having each of the elements represented in your décor and environment is an exceptional way to balance your home’s energies and bring in the full energy of each shape.

It’s not hard to use shapes either.

Having various shapes in your environment or even your clothing and décor can help you use personal feng shui and invoke the energies of the specific shapes for your particular desires or goals.

Employing shapes

Using shapes in your home, office and bedroom can help you surround yourself with the kind of growth that brings enhanced luck and good fortune!

For instance, famous fashion designer, Tory Burch, was profiled in an Architectural Digest article that included photos of her office, which employs feng shui, and showed her use of the rectangle shape, among others.

Looking at her desk, she is flanked on both sides by tall bookshelves, that also act as sentinels to watch over and protect her while promoting upward growth.

Even the office is decorated with a balanced mix of blue (water) and white plates in a rectangular pattern (wood), showing the round plate shape (metal) , in rows of 5 (earth) in three rows (wood) for a total of 15 plates (heavenly metal number).

She also has an assortment of gold mirrors (metal) with spikey patterns (fire, sun energy) in a grouping of 10 (a number that reduces to 1 – meaning water).

The only thing missing is some green growth – and that’s handled by the green upholstery and pair of plants. Looking at this office tour, you’ll notice that numbers play a significant role – especially the number two (represents pairs, the woman, double goodness).

You can use the energy of shapes in your life too. Each kua number has a shape associated with it that is especially auspicious.

Look around your home to see if you home and office has a variety of shapes. Look at what your missing in your home and add it in with shapes!

Rectangle.
This shape represents the full energy of wood and of upward growth and the number three and four, with the number three being more auspicious. The rectangle represents movement. Add this shape when you have too much metal or earth energy or when you desire more growth and protection. This is the shape of success for the 9 and 1 kua.

Square.
This is the element of earth and the number two. Squares are solid and grounding. They are beneficial for adding the energy that benefits relationships and the family. Add this energy when you are feeling like there is too much movement in your life. This is the wealth and success shape for the 8, 2 and 5 kua.

Triangle.
This is the shape of the element of fire and the number nine. This shape should be used sparingly, but it signifies success and upward movement – especially when the points are up. Look for this shape to add more success and increased energy, but use this sparingly as it is the element of fire and too much fire can burn down the house! This is the shape of success for the 3 kua.

Wave.
The wave shape signifies water and is very auspicious! It’s represented by the number one. The curvilinear shape symbolizes the fluidity of the water element and its ability to transport and transform. This is one of the shapes least seen in home and office settings. Too much wavy shapes can create depression and too little can create a lack of opportunity and growth. This is the shape of success for the 4 kua.

Round.
This shape is considered the most auspicious as it is the shape of heaven and the element of gold, or metal, and the numbers six and seven, with six being the most auspicious. Metal shapes help to keep too much wood (often found in homes) from overtaking the energy of a home. Many homes have wood floors and wood furniture. Employing round shapes helps to control excess wood – which can increase tensions in the family. A small round table or round objects can help keep wood from becoming oppressive. This is the shape of success for the 6 and 7 kua.

Source: www.redlotusletter.com

Monday, 25 April 2016

BLACK GARLIC IS ...


STAGES OF FERMENTATION FOR BLACK GARLIC

To know more, click the link below
http://marycrimmins.com/black-garlic/

CHANCE MEETING WITH SOLIHIN

I met up with a former student a the Billion carpark. Solihin was having a meal with his friend at a Mamak shop when he spotted me loading my groceries into the car. He quickly came over to help. I feel very happy when I get to see my former students.
Solihin got engaged recently and will be tying the know with his fiance next year. He told me that he will definitely invite me.  Little does he know that his mother, who is my friend, has already invited me in advance.  Huhuhu

TILL WE NEXT MEET




Last Saturday, the college organised a farewell lunch for our final year diploma students. They have completed their On Job Training, sat for their Level for SKM exam and handed in their reports. After this they will be going out to work.

Here I am with Shafiq and Nizam. I will miss the two of them terribly as they have been with me for more than four years. Hopefully they will stay in touch and keep coming back to visit me.

I don't like to say farewell to the boys as they are very dear to me.  So it shall be till we next meet.

FIFTH BIRTHDAY CAKE

Precious is checking out his Mama Li Na's fifth birthday cake for 2016. It was given to me by my student, Ahmad Rafi Zaim. His mum made it for her. My little kitten was so mesmerised with the flame that he became cross eyed.  Hahaha.

SHARING A SAME BIRTHDAY

My friend Nancy and her sons organised e lovely birthday celebration for Kimmy and me at Meranti Seafood Restaurant on April 18. Kimmy and I are both born on April 17. On the actual date, both of us celebrated with our families and so we got to celebrate together a day later. That was birthday cake Number 4 for me.
 Nancy, Kimmy and I
At the back left to right, Vimal and Vasan.  Sitting Nancy, Kimmy and I.

BLACK GARLIC



I saw a TV programme about the benefits of black garlic and learnt from the Internet that one could actually make them using a rice cooker. So I followed the instructions and did so for a month.

Tada! What you see in the picture above is the black garlic I managed to ferment. It is a super garlic with l
ots of health benefits. I read an article about the cost of black garlic in Singapore. 6 bulbs cost SGD 60.00.

The monthlong fermentation process in creating black garlic contributes to creating a kind of super garlic. The compound S-allylcysteine, a natural component of fresh garlic and a derivative of the amino acid cysteine, was found in much greater concentrations in black garlic and is thought to help lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of cancer, reports HealthMad.com.
To read more, click this LINK.

MY ACTUAL BIRTHDAY

My family celebrated my actual birthday with me on Sunday, April 17. Standing at the back from left is Benjamin, my brother-in-law Michael, Jeremy.  Aunt Linda is in red and my sister Li Mei is in white.  This was the third cake I got and I got to make a third wish.  Lucky me.

WHEN CACTUS FLOWERS BLOOM




My cactus plant produced 4 magnificent blooms on Saturday. The Chinese believe that when a cactus plant growing in ones home starts to bear flowers then it is auspicious sign. The blooming of the cactus flower symbolises that good luck will be upon the owner or occupants of the home. Usually the good luck or good news comes immediately after the flower blooms.

The flowers were in full bloom on Saturday morning and afternoon but they faded when evening came.

My aunt told me to buy some lucky number to try my luck and I did. Did I win? Nope.

I'M BACK

My phone and Internet line was not in service for 9 days.  This was because of the cables in my neighbourhood being stolen by thieves who harvest some copper parts from them.  Finally connection was restored at about 6.00 p.m. on Sunday.
So folks, I am back and will be able to update my blog regularly like I always do.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

TREATING MY COMMITTEE MEMBERS


Yesterday I gave my resource centre members a treat. It was in appreciation for them organising a special Birthday Do for me on Thursday.

EARLY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION











My librarians and a few of my colleagues organized a birthday party for me on Thursday evening. They had to wait until 5.20 p.m. for me to finish attending a meeting first. This is an early celebration, the actual date is April 17.