When Mates Meetup..

Like a young wine matures and improves with age so too does friendships! What has it been? Two years or slightly more? Well we’ve made it a point to stay in touch and that’s what matters most.  Feels a little strange that forum mates can hit it off so well and form friendships that can stand the test of time….Anyhow I haven’t seen them in quite a while but it is always a treat for me when we do meetup.  Pity Andrew came late, because we had already stop taking pictures by then.

Met up at Viviocity when we had dinner at Food Republic followed by Coffee and Cake! Yummm….

 

 

My Dinner From The Java Kitchen..Nasi Kunning something..

My Dinner From The Java Kitchen..Nasi Kunning something..

 

 

And a yummy...GADO GADO!

And a yummy...GADO GADO!

 

 

My half eaten carrot cake with a smile..

My half eaten carrot cake with a smile..

 

 

Miss Roboto!

Miss Roboto!

 

 

Our Resident Guess Model! I kid you..not...okay I do..

Our Resident Guess Model! I kid you..not...okay I do..

 

 

Will the lady on my right & left..stop looking at the other camera?!

Will the lady on my right & left..stop looking at the other camera?!

 

 

There's an opening for a lady with longer hair..only shortlisted candidates will be notified

There's an opening for a lady with longer hair..only shortlisted candidates will be notified

 

 

And we haven't even started drinking yet...

And we haven't even started drinking yet...

 

 

Oooh Yeah..not going to forget this pic anytime soon..*winks* at Alicia

Oooh Yeah..not going to forget this pic anytime soon..*winks* at Alicia

 

 

Model for my lates Arc'teryx Covert Beanie!

Model for my latest Arc'teryx Covert Beanie!

 

Will do drinks next time…..CHEERS!

Sunday Funnies…

A SAUDI COUPLE

A Saudi couple, Ahmed and Layla, preparing for their wedding,
meet with their Mullah for counselling.

The Mullah asks if they have any last questions before they leave.
Ahmed asks, “We realize it’s tradition in our religion for men to dance
with men, and women to dance with women. But, at our wedding
reception, we’d like your permission to dance together.”

“Absolutely not,” says the Mullah. “It’s immoral. Men and women
always dance separately.”

“So, after the ceremony, I can’t even dance with my own wife?”

“No,” answered the Mullah, “It’s forbidden in our religion.”

“Well, okay,” says Ahmed, “What about sex? Can we finally have
sex?”

“Of course!” replies the Mullah, “Allah Akbar! (GOD is great) Sex
is OK within marriage, to have children!”

“What about different positions?” asks the man.

“Allah Akbar! Mafi Mushkila (no problem),” says the Mullah.

“Woman on top?” Ahmed asks.

“Sure,” says the Mullah. “Allah Akbar. Go for it!”

“Doggy style?”

“Sure! Allah Akbar!”

“On the kitchen table?”

“Yes, yes! Allah Akbar!”

“Can I do it with all my four wives together on rubber sheets with a
bottle of hot oil, a couple of vibrators, leather harnesses, a bucket
of honey and a porno video?”

“You may indeed. Allah Akbar!”

“Can we do it standing up?”

“No, absolutely not!” says the Mullah.

“Why not?” asks the man.

“Because that could lead to dancing!”

SUPER BOWL

Bob received a free ticket to the Super Bowl from his company.
Unfortunately, when Bob arrived at the stadium he realized the seat
was in the last row in the corner of the stadium. He was closer to the
Goodyear Blimp than the field!

About halfway through the first quarter, Bob noticed an empty seat 10
rows off the field right on the 50-yard line. He decided to take a
chance and made his way through the stadium
and around the security guards to the empty seat.

As he sat down, he asked the gentleman sitting next to him, “Excuse
me, is anyone sitting here?” The man said “No.”

Very excited to be in such a great seat for the game, Bob said to the
man next to him, “This is incredible! Who in their right mind would
have a seat like this at the Super Bowl and not use it?!”

The man replied, “Well, actually, the seat belongs to me. I was
supposed to come with my wife, but she passed away. This is the first
Super Bowl we haven’t been to together since we got married in 1967.”

“That’s really sad,” said Bob, “but still, couldn’t you find someone
to take the seat? A relative or a close friend?”

“No,” the man replied, “they’re all at the funeral.”

PEPE LE PEW

A man and his wife were driving home one very cold night when the wife asks her husband to stop the car.

There was a baby skunk lying at the side of the road, and she got out to see if it was still alive.

It was, and she said to her husband, “It’s nearly frozen to death. Can we take it with us, get it warm, and let it go in the morning?”

He says, “O.K., Get in the car with it.”

“Where shall I put it to get it warm?”

He says, “Put it in between your legs. It’s nice and warm there.”

“But what about the smell?”

“Just hold its nose.”

The man is expected to recover, but the skunk she used to beat him with died at the scene.

Time To Take A Break And Smell The Roses…Erm Coffee!

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After religiously blogging the past few months, it’s time to take it easy, refresh if you will…

I leave you with some thoughts on what I think is important on how we spend our time…

Always make time….

  • For God be it in prayer or thought
  • For Family and loved ones
  • For your body, exercise and nutrition is key
  • To read and write
  • For yourself to regenerate, refresh and relax
  • For the little things you can do or say to help someone, better yet if it’s a stranger
  • For the natural beauty that surrounds us, birds, flowers, sunshine even rain…..

And as a wise Vulcan would say, I bid you “Live Long And Prosper!” : )

 

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P.S. For those interested in some prayers for healing and hope, I’ve added a ‘Prayers’ tab to this blog

Now That’s What I Call Lateral Thinking…

See the questions & answers below: The answers were given by people who have exceptionally high IQ.  These are people who think differently.

Q. How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
A. Concrete floors are very hard to crack! (UPSC Topper)

Q. If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?
A. No time at all as it is already built. (UPSC 23 Rank Opted for IFS)

Q. If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and
three oranges in the other hand, what would you have?
A. Very large hands. (UPSC 11 Rank Opted for IPS)

Q. How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
A. It is not a problem, since you will never find an elephant with one hand.
(UPSC Rank 14 Opted for IES)

Q. How can a man go eight days without sleep?
A. No Prob, He sleeps at night. (UPSC IAS Rank 98)

Q. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become?
A. It will become wet or sink. as simple as that. (UPSC IAS Rank 2)

Q. What looks like half an apple?
A: The other half. (UPSC – IAS Topper)

Q. What can you never eat for breakfast?
A: Dinner.

Q. What happened when the wheel was invented?
A: It caused a revolution.

Q. Bay of Bengal is in which state?
A: Liquid (UPSC 33Rank)

Q: What is the opposite of Nag panchmi?
A: Nag did not punch me

 

Highlight the area below this pic for the answer

Highlight the area below this pic for the answer

Answer: The last person took the basket with the last egg still inside.

 

Sunday Funnies…

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9 WORDS WOMEN USE:

 
1. Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

2. Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

3. Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.

4. Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don’t Do It!

5. Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of nothing.)

6. That’s Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a woman can make to a man. That’s okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how an d when you will pay for your mistake.

7. Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or Faint. Just say you’re welcome.

8. Whatever: Is a women’s way of saying F@!K YOU!

9. Don’t worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking “What’s wrong?” For the woman’s response refer to #3.

 

The  Surrogate

There is not one dirty word in it, and yet it’s Hilarious. ….
 
The Smiths were unable to conceive children and decided to use a surrogate father to start their family. On the day the proxy father was to arrive, Mr. Smith kissed his wife goodbye and said, “Well, I’m off now. The man should be here soon.”
Half an hour later, just by chance, a door-to-door baby photographer happened to ring the doorbell, hoping to make a sale.

“Good morning, Ma’am”, he said, “I’ve come to…”
“Oh, no need to explain,” Mrs. Smith cut in, embarrassed, “I’ve been expecting you.”
“Have you really?” said the photographer. “Well, that’s good. Did you know babies are my specialty?”
“Well that’s what my husband and I had hoped. Please come in and have a seat”

After a moment she asked, blushing, “Well, where do we start?”
“Leave everything to me. I usually try two in the bathtub, one on the couch, and perhaps a couple on the bed. And sometimes the living room floor is fun You can really spread out there.”

“Bathtub, living room floor? No wonder it didn’t work out for Harry and me!”
“Well, Ma’am, none of us can guarantee a good one every time. But if we try several different positions and I shoot from six or seven angles, I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the results.”
“My, that’s a lot!”,  gasped Mrs. Smith.
“Ma’am, in my line of work a man has to take his time. I’d love to be In and out in five minutes, but I’m sure you’d be disappointed with that.”

“Don’t I know it,” said Mrs. Smith quietly.
The photographer opened his briefcase and pulled out a portfolio of his baby pictures. “This was done on the top of a bus,” he said.
“Oh, my God!” Mrs. Smith exclaimed, grasping at her throat.

“And these twins turned out exceptionally well – when you consider their mother was so difficult to work with.”
“She was difficult?” asked Mrs. Smith.
“Yes, I’m afraid so. I finally had to take her to the park to get the job done right. People were crowding around four and five deep to get a good look”
“Four and five deep?” said Mrs. Smith, her eyes wide with amazement.
“Yes”, the photographer replied. “And for more than three hours, too. The mother was constantly squealing and yelling – I could hardly concentrate, and when darkness approached I had to rush my shots. Finally, when the squirrels began nibbling on my equipment, I just had to pack it all in.”
Mrs. Smith leaned forward. “Do you mean they actually chewed on your, uh…equipment?”
“It’s true, Ma’am, yes.. Well, if you’re ready, I’ll set-up my tripod and we can get to work right away.”

“Tripod?”
“Oh yes, Ma’am. I need to use a tripod to rest my Canon on. It’s much too big to be held in the hand very long.”

Mrs. Smith fainted!!

Phone Bill

The phone bill was exceptionally high and the master of the house called for a family meeting.

Dad: This is unacceptable. You have to limit the use of the phone. I do not use this phone; I use the one at the office.

Mum : Same here, I hardly use this home telephone as I use my work phone.

Son: Me too, I never use the home phone. I always use my company mobile

Maid: So what is the problem? We all use the telephone at our work place.

Ash Wednesday – The meaning behind this Lenten Tradition

Falls on 25th Feb 2009

Ask most Catholics and they will tell you that Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent and that it is a day of abstinence and fasting.  And if they have gone to mass before work on Ash Wednesday then you would notice a cross like mark made with ash on their foreheads, but not all of them know the history behind the symbolic ritual.

Why smudge ash on our foreheads? Why is it a symbol of Lenten repentance?  In search of answers to this questions, we need to look to our past, but before we do that  here is a little excerpt I found, which may bring greater clarity as we journey back….

 In Jewish and Christian history, ashes are a sign of mortality and repentance. Mortality, because when we die, our bodies eventually decompose and we become dust/ dirt/ash/whatever. Repentance:, because long ago, when people felt remorse for something they did, they would put ashes on their head and wear “sackcloth” to remind them that sin is pretty uncomfortable and leads to a sort of death of the spirit. This was their way of confessing their sins and asking for forgiveness.

*In the period of the Old Testament, the prophets of Israel often speak of ashes as a symbol of repentance. Jeremiah for example, calls for repentance as the enemy threatens Jerusalem: “O daugther of my people, gird on sackcloth, roll in the ashes” (Jeremiah 6:26). Daniel when he prayed for Israel’s deliverance used ashes too: “I turned to the Lord God pleading in earnest prayer, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes” The preaching of Jonah in Nineveh was so effective in bringing about the conversion of that city that the text says, “When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in the ashes” (Jonah 3:6).

The prophet Isaiah challenges the sincerity of wearing sackcloth and ashes, but in doing so he indicates that it was a recognized  custom in Israel:” Is this the manner of fasting I wish, of keeping a day of penance: that a man bow his head like a reed, and lie in sackcloth and ashes? Do you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?” (Isaiah 58:5)

In the New Testament , Jesus attests to this practice, too: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes” (Matthew 11:21, Luke 10:13)

Once we move beyond biblical times, the use of ashes does not appear clearly in Church documents until about the sixth century after Christ.  We discover then that it first used as part of a ritual of admitting people into the Order of Penitents.  This Order in the church was modeled on the catechumenate as a process of conversion.  As the catechumenate sought the initial conversion of those seeking Baptism, the Order of Penitents sought a renewed conversion of those who had fallen into serious sin after Baptism.  Penitents would confess their sins to the bishop or his representative and then be assigned a penance to be done over a period of weeks or months.  The penance was intended to foster a true conversion and a change of heart and behavior.  After the penance was completed, the penitents would be formally reconciled by the bishop in the presence of the community, often in Holy Thursday.

Though the confesstion was private, the rest of the process was a communal one.  The whole community prayed for the penitents and then welcomed them back to Communion when they were reconciled.  One of the symbols used in enrolling people in this Order was the imposition of ashes.

By the 11th century, it had become customary for all the faithful to receive ashes at the beginning of Lent, cleary imitating the penitents and expressing their own need for forgiveness and renewal.  At the end of the century, Pope Urban II called for the general use of ashes on the Wednesday before the First Sunday of Lent, and later the day came to be known as Ash Wednesday.

Though we do not have formal penitents in most of our communities today, our reception of ashes commits us to a ‘conversion’ journey similar to theirs.  We acknowledge our sinfulness and our need of forgiveness.  We admit that we had not fully lived up to the commitments of our Baptisms, so we seek healing and renewal.  We must always remember that Lent is a baptismal time.  Some Church documents speak of it as both baptismal and penitential, but the penitential dimension is based on the baptismal.  We do penance and we celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation because we need to renew our baptismal commitment.  

It is appropriate then, for those who are already baptized to include the celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation as part of their journey through Lent.  This may be part of a parish penance service or it might be a time for individual Confession.  If the celebration is to be truly fruitful, it is important to prepare for it well.*

 

The Ashes
The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts. His Divine mercy is of utmost importance during the season of Lent, and the Church calls on us to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance.

 

 

 

*Main Source* from an article by Father Lawrence E. Mick Archdiocese of Cincinnati

 

Additional Notes *

Abstinence is not about NOT Watching TV or NOT GOING to the PUB, it is about doing more this Lentern period as we journey towards forgiveness and moving closer to God.  That means not just saying/doing I will Not Watch TV but it is because I want to read the bible or saying I will NOT go to the pub this lentern period because I want to reflect and pray.

Fasting is not about losing weight, it is about emptying ourselves of worldly pleasures etc. so that we can meditate and reflect in prayer as we ask for forgiveness for our sins.

Alms Giving is not just about Money, there is more to it than that.  Making time for a friend in need is alms giving, taking care and consoling the sick is alms giving etc..

 

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A Student Betrayed…..

I have only fond memories of my school days, my teachers were great whilst others were excellent.  And every single one of them was of great character and moral judgement.  I even wrote a piece for my school magazine in 1986 entitled ‘Teacher Will You Remember?‘ in dedication to my teachers.

So I wonder what happens when a student is betrayed by his/her teacher whom ought to know better than to have sex with him/her? Would they write something like this instead?

 

 

Teacher will you remember the student 

who made you sigh?

Cause there will come a day when 

we’ll have to say goodbye.

I’ll never forget you were there 

to guide me through sex,

Though mentally unprepared was I 

to face the facts!


Teacher will you remember the joys 

especially sorrows created together?

Your pledge to nurture and to mould me? 

why then break your nestling’s feather?!

Teacher you have not lived up to your name,

In time I may not do the same.

And if and when I fail, I’ll have no one,

only myself to face the shame!