Life’s Moments…

Just after lunch…..

Nooo kissing me till you've both clean your mouths!

Nooo kissing me till you've both clean your mouths!

 

Awwww...muacks!

Awwww...muacks!

Part Time Parent

If you think being a part time parent as a result of a divorce is Bad! How about being one even when you are still Married!  Which do you think is worse?  At least being a part time parent from a divorce gives you an excuse doesn’t it? What excuse do you have if you aren’t?  Have to work very, very hard to earn a living?

Yes we all have to work for a living but I for one make it a point to rush home to be with my kids.  Every moment spent together is a fleeting and special to me and I cannot imagine spending my whole life in the office or on business away from them.

Some parents will tell you that their kids are well taken care of! By the maids, grandparents, boarding school, child-care centres etc.etc.etc. So are they really happy? Well if that is the life they are accustomed to then yeah…. probably, but they will never know or rather get to experience the love that only a Mother and Father can give!

“Who is that man or woman who comes home late and night and leaves early in the morning?” Or”Who is  that man or woman I see on weekends if I’m lucky?” queries the child.  If you behave like strangers then be prepared to be treated as such!

Oh but we make it a point to go on a holiday during the school vacation what?!…..Well good for you….but do you realise it is likely because your kids are still very young and so don’t really have a say in the matter. Just wait till they are older and have a mind of their own, see if you can still convince them to go on holidays together?!  They might if you had built a strong foundation and bonded with them in their formative years; Highly unlikely if you had not!

Children always seem to be on an express train! One minute they are babies the next they school going children,before you know it they are young adults preparing for life ahead!  Cherish every moment you have with them, before it is too late!

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Here is an oldie but goodie…Now if only you understood the lyrics earlier on eh?…..

Cats In The Cradle Lyrics

Artist: Harry Chapin

My child arrived just the other day
He came to the world in the usual way
But there were planes to catch and bills to pay
He learned to walk while I was away
And he was talkin’ ‘fore I knew it, and as he grew
He’d say “I’m gonna be like you dad
You know I’m gonna be like you”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home dad?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then
You know we’ll have a good time then

My son turned ten just the other day
He said, “Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let’s play
Can you teach me to throw”, I said “Not today
I got a lot to do”, he said, “That’s ok”
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
And said, “I’m gonna be like him, yeah
You know I’m gonna be like him”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home Dad?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then
You know we’ll have a good time then

Well, he came home from college just the other day
So much like a man I just had to say
“Son, I’m proud of you, can you sit for a while?”
He shook his head and said with a smile
“What I’d really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys
See you later, can I have them please?”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home son?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then Dad
You know we’ll have a good time then

I’ve long since retired, my son’s moved away
I called him up just the other day
I said, “I’d like to see you if you don’t mind”
He said, “I’d love to, Dad, if I can find the time
You see my new job’s a hassle and kids have the flu
But it’s sure nice talking to you, Dad
It’s been sure nice talking to you”

And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
He’d grown up just like me
My boy was just like me

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home son?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then dad
You know we’ll have a good time then ….

In The Park By Kenan

(In K1)

 

In The Park

In The Park

Anti Valentine Humour – T Minus 15 Days

 

Google Chrome 1.0.154.46 Is Released

Today we released the next version of the browser from Google called Google Chrome 1.0.154.46. Browser is developed in the direction of the speed of loading pages and security. Install and try out another tool from the giant Google.

Chrome is Google’s web browser developed by Google. A browser designed to enhance your experience while you browse the Internet. An excellent alternative to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Opera.

In Google Chrome 1.0.154.46 is rewarded efficiency and minimalism. Environment shows only the basic controls for navigating the Internet. But under such an environment simplistic hide three very interesting features: an innovative system of tabs, an address bar with integrated search and a short window to facilitate access to your favorite pages.

Undoubtedly, one of the features that make Google Chrome 1.0.154.46 browser is different from the rest of your tabs. As in Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox you can open different tabs to see different pages in one window. The novelty is that these processes are entirely separate tabs. If a page generates errors or crashes, you can close it without affecting the other tabs open.

On the address bar, Chrome gives Google a step closer to integrating a Mozilla browser. Google Chrome 1.0.154.46 faster input addresses showing pages views, different terms of reference, in your favorite pages or other sites previously visited. All in record time.

Another novelty is that Google Chrome 1.0.154.46 includes a summary window. It shows thumbnails of your most visited pages, your bookmarks recent history with the latest research and other items to help you accelerate entry into the circle of pages that you frequently move.

In short, Google Chrome 1.0.154.46 is Google’s web browser. A browser that includes a series of developments, no doubt, do not leave indifferent.

Size: 8.36 MB
Publisher: Visit Website
Release Date: 2009-1-29

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Buffet Lunch At Park Royal 2009

As I mentioned in my post on the 2nd day of Chinese New Year 2008, it was likely that this would be a new family tradition to have  lunch there and true enough this is the 3rd year running.  Instead of taking pretty much the same pics, I’ve decided to take and post slightly different ones.  Oh and I must mention that this year seem far quieter than the previous two, wonder if it has to do with the recession…hmmm

Anyhow see you there next year for lunch…Pro Rata eh? *Grins*

Coins this Year, instead Of just A greeting in the Hong Bao

Coins this Year, instead Of just A greeting in the Hong Bao

Fresh Seafood Spread

Fresh Seafood Spread (Blur is inherent in pic-rushed shot)

My Colourful Selection

My Colourful Selection

Singapore Laksa

Singapore Laksa

A Piece Of Ti Kueh aka Kuih Bakul aka Sticky Cake?

A Piece Of Ti Kueh aka Kuih Bakul aka Sticky Cake?

Here's How You Chocolatize A Marshmellow

Here's How You Chocolatize A Marshmellow

And Then Enjoy It...

And Then Enjoy It...

Ice Cream Or Ice Kachang?..Eeny Meeny Miny Mo!

Ice Cream Or Ice Kachang?..Eeny Meeny Miny Mo!

Yummy Bread Pudding!

Yummy Bread Pudding!

One For The Books...

One For The Books...

Tummys In...Chin Up...

Tummys In...Chin Up...

Art Work Left Behind By Kenan Using His Wooden Skewer..

Art Work Left Behind By Kenan Using His Wooden Skewer..

Abdullah II: The 5-State Solution By Thomas Friedman NY Times

Just makes you wonder why Mr Friedman doesn’t run for Office doesn’t it?

 

 

January 28, 2009
Op-Ed Columnist

Abdullah II: The 5-State Solution

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

In February 2002, I traveled to Saudi Arabia and interviewed the then crown prince, now king, Abdullah, at his Riyadh horse farm. I asked him why the next Arab summit wouldn’t just propose to Israel full peace and normalization of relations, by all 22 Arab states, for full withdrawal from all occupied lands and creation of a Palestinian state. Abdullah said that I had read his mind (“Have you broken into my desk?” he asked me) and that he was about to propose just that, which he later did, giving birth to the “Abdullah peace plan.”

Unfortunately, neither the Bush team nor Israel ever built upon the Abdullah plan. And the Saudi leader always stopped short of presenting his ideas directly to the Israeli people. Since then, everything has deteriorated.

So, I’ve wondered lately what King Abdullah would propose if asked to update his plan. I’ve even probed whether he’d like to do another interview, but he is apparently reticent. Not one to be deterred, I’ve decided to do the next best thing: read his mind again. Here is my guess at the memo King Abdullah has in his drawer for President Obama. I’d call it: “Abdullah II: The Five-State Solution for Arab-Israeli peace.”

Dear President Obama,

Congratulations on your inauguration and for quickly dispatching your new envoy, George Mitchell, a good man, to the Middle East. I wish Mitchell could resume where he left off eight years ago, but the death of Arafat, the decline of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, the 2006 Hezbollah-Israel war in Lebanon, the 2009 Hamas-Israel war in Gaza, the continued expansion of colonial Israeli settlements and the deepening involvement of Iran with Hamas and Hezbollah have all created a new reality.

Specifically, the Palestinian Authority is in no position today to assume control of the West Bank, Hamas is incapable of managing Gaza and the introduction of rockets provided by Iran to Hamas has created a situation whereby Israel won’t turn over the West Bank to any Palestinians now because it fears Hamas would use it to launch rockets on Israel’s international airport. But if we do nothing, Zionist settlers would devour the rest of the West Bank and holy Jerusalem. What can be done?

I am proposing what I would call a five-state solution:

1. Israel agrees in principle to withdraw from every inch of the West Bank and Arab districts of East Jerusalem, as it has from Gaza. Any territories Israel might retain in the West Bank for its settlers would have to be swapped — inch for inch — with land from Israel proper.

2. The Palestinians — Hamas and Fatah — agree to form a national unity government. This government then agrees to accept a limited number of Egyptian troops and police to help Palestinians secure Gaza and monitor its borders, as well as Jordanian troops and police to do the same in the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority would agree to five-year “security assistance programs” with Egypt in Gaza and with Jordan in the West Bank.

With Egypt and Jordan helping to maintain order, Palestinians could focus on building their own credible security and political institutions to support their full independence at the end of five years.

3. Israel would engage in a phased withdrawal over these five years from all of its settlements in the West Bank and Arab Jerusalem — except those agreed to be granted to Israel as part of land swaps — at the same pace that the Palestinians meet the security and governance metrics agreed to in advance by all the parties. The U.S. would be the sole arbiter of whether the metrics have been met by both sides.

4. Saudi Arabia would pay all the costs of the Egyptian and Jordanian trustees, plus a $1 billion a year service fee to each country — as well as all the budgetary needs of the Palestinian Authority. The entire plan would be based on U.N. Resolutions 242 and 338 and blessed by the U.N. Security Council.

The virtues of this five-state solution — Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, Israel and Saudi Arabia — are numerous: Egypt and Jordan, the Arab states that have peace treaties with Israel, would act as transition guarantors that any Israeli withdrawal would not leave a security vacuum in the West Bank, Gaza or Arab Jerusalem that could threaten Israel. Israel would have time for a phased withdrawal of its settlements, and Palestinians would have the chance to do nation-building in an orderly manner. This would be an Arab solution that would put a stop to Iran’s attempts to Persianize the Palestinian issue.

President Obama, too much has been broken to go straight back to the two-state solution. It would be like trying to build a house with bricks but no cement. There’s no trust and no framework to build it. Israelis and Palestinians need the kind of cement that only Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan can provide. It would give Israelis security and Palestinians a clear pathway to an independent state.

I hope you will give careful consideration to the five-state solution.

Peace be upon you,

Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz 

 

 

Click HERE for the source of this article….AMAZING!

LendAround.Com ( A ‘Library’ Program For Your DVDs )

This is an interesting site which basically allows a setup for a network of close friends, private groups, colleagues etc. so that they are able to share their prized collection of DVDs with one another. (So in that sense it is not opened to Public)  It is an online or rather collective database, with secure login access hence you will have to signup for it first. It offers tracking, and even printing of pre-addressed wrappers of the addresses of your friends. Oh and membership is free!  The only money you’d probably have to come out of your pockets are postage fees.  What a novel way to beat the recession eh?

This service is currently in Beta-Testing stage and will probably be launched officially in a week or two so keep your eyes open and look out for it!

Unfortunately this service is currently only offered in the States (USA) so till/if they open it up to the rest of the world….or if some like minded individuals do decide to start a similar service here, do let me know! I’ll be the first to sign up.

More about this service is extracted from their About Page below…

 

 

What is it all about?

LendAround is a project to encourage us all to stop hoarding stuff we own, and start lending it to each other. This page tells you what it is,why we’re doing it, how it works, who created it, and the story behind it.

What is it?

LendAround is a free web tool that helps people to borrow things from their friends — starting with DVDs.

It lets you keep track of what you own, what you’ve borrowed, and who from.

You choose who you trust, and you choose what to list.

You’re in control all the time. If a friend asks to borrow something of yours, saying yes is always optional.

To learn more, take the tour.

Why do it?

It’s good to bring friends, neighbours, families and colleagues together.

The world is drowning in stuff. We can get more fun out of life without consuming more.

It makes sense at a time when people are worried about the economy.

How does it work?

Make quick lists of stuff you own, and stuff you’d like to borrow, starting with DVDs.

Name the friends and contacts you trust, and we send them email for you. Or invite friends using our Facebook app.

When your wish matches someone else’s stuff, we send them your request – automatically.

We even provide downloadable, preaddressed wrappers with your friend’s address on them.

Who created LendAround?

LendAround was created by Tim Jackson and David Heath, with a lot of help from our friends Richard Pope, Daniel Jackson, David Pearson, Leisa Reichelt, David O’Dwyer and Mark Boulton.

Tim Jackson, who had the idea, is a former journalist with the Economist and columnist for the Financial Times, who founded a web companyin 1997 that had an IPO in 1999 and was sold in 2007. He also helped to run a venture capital fund created by one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Nowadays, he stays at home, writes a bit, and helps to run a small charitable foundation.

David Heath, who designed the LendAround architecture and wrote the code, is one of the few software engineers who combines a first-class degree from Cambridge, a talent for dancing and for singing in Brazilian Portuguese, and the ability to milk a goat. He also has a track record of innovative software engineering at an international range of not-for-profits including LeapLocal and OneWorld.net.

Richard Pope, who designed our UI and developed wireframes, is a former chief UI designer at Moo.com and a leading expert on user interfaces.

David Pearson, who produced some cool logo designs for us, is one of the world’s leading book designers. He is particularly famous for his work at Penguin, and now runs a design studio of his own.

Leisa Reichelt, who tried out the alpha version of our site on some carefully chosen sample users, is a specialist in user testing and usability research. One of the inspirations behind the Silverback app for the Mac, she’s more recently become renowned for her UI work on Drupal.

David O’Dowd is a talented syadmin who specializes in high-availability web services, Linux systems architecture and internet technologies. He helped ease our journey to Amazon’s EC2 platform, and is an owner of the T4 Partnership.

The idea for the project came about when Tim returned home to London after visiting a network of community groups helping vulnerable children in Africa. Looking around his home, Tim noticed how much stuff we all seem to have that doesn’t get used very much — at a time when there are a billion people in the world who have not very much at all, and when it would be good to use a bit less of the earth’s resources.

I remember doing a similar post on a tracking service for bills which could also be used for loaning stuff out I believe…. Billmonk.com
Perhaps this is way better for DVDs!…

 

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Then It Was Time To Visit Great Grandma..

 

The Kids With Their Great Grandmother

The Kids With Their Great Grandmother

 

 

And With Grandma!

And With Grandma!

 

 

Kenan With A Kissy Fish Face..

Kenan With A Kissy Fish Face..

 

 

Seth & The Twirly Hong Bao..

Seth & The Twirly Hong Bao..

 

 

Traditional Sit Down..*grins*

Traditional Sit Down..*grins*

1ST Day Of CNY

As my Dad is the eldest here in Singapore, it is cusomary for the rest of the Family to pay him a visit.  Mom prepared the foodstuff way in advance and started cooking early this morning.  Here was what was on the menu: 1) Devil Curry 2)Tao Yew Bak ( Dark Soya Sauce Meat) 3) Chap Chye ( Assorted Veggies ) 4)Fried Japanese Noodles 5)Kuah Chye Teng aka Kiam Chye Boei (  A soup dish with Two main types of veggies, of which one is salted, then there is duck, roast pork etc.etc. )

 

Here are few pic of the gathering that followed later in the day…

 

 

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

 

 

 

Yet Another Memorable Reunion Dinner 2009

A whole lot of work goes into the preparation of the Chinese Reunion Dinner and the first day of Chinese New Year.  But when the family works together to get it done then the burden is lessened and the whole dinner is a joyous occasion as it is cosy and warm.  I must say however that it is because of Mum that the dinner is yet another success!  Perhaps next year we should eat out instead so that she would not be soooo tired and worn out because she cooks for the first day as well….hmmmm ( But nothing beats a home cooked meal eh?)

Well here are a few pics for the book of memories…..

 

My 2009 Chinese Lunar New Year Greeting For You & All At Home

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