Thursday, March 22, 2012

A filial son indeed in today's uncaring world

The photos and video of Ting Tsu-chi carrying his mother to the hospital have gone viral. (Internet photo)

Filial piety
 has become a hot issue in Taiwan after video of a middle-aged man carrying his frail mother into the Chi Mei Hospital went viral, touching hearts all over the country. Now people want to know more about the man in the video.

On Sunday, the local Apple Daily confirmed the man's identity as Ting Tsu-chi, who retired from the Bureau of Investigation in the southern city of Tainan five years ago. He applied for early retirement in order to take care of his elderly mother. Three days ago, the video of Ting carrying his seriously ill mother to see doctors was reposted on the net repeatedly. Many netizens have dubbed him "the model of filial piety," and other users said he is the "25th filial exemplar," with his story titled, "He wrapped his mother in cotton cloth." The 24 Filial Exemplars is a classic text written on filial piety by Guo Jujing during the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368).

Ting Tsu-chi, 62, has stayed mum on the incident, and when reporters asked his former colleagues to ask him for an interview, he told his friends to tell the reporters, "These are my personal affairs, I would rather not."

His neighbors said they have hardly any interaction with Ting so they don't have any impression of him, yet when looking at the photo of him carrying his mother to the hospital, one neighbors said, "It's incredible to see such a scene in today's world."

Ting talked to his former boss Mo Tien-hu, currently the chief of the Tainan Bureau of Investigation, about the incident in a phone call, saying his mother has had a stroke and can't move well, and last month she broke her leg. Ting reportedly said that because his mother is fragile and thin, sitting in a wheelchair would be not suitable for her, as her broken leg could be hurt if it bumped into anything. He decided using a wrapping cloth to carry his mother would be the best option to take her into the hospital.

According to Mo, Ting's father died in 2006 and his mother was depressed after losing her husband. She asked Ting to take her back to mainland China to see relatives, and he complied. At the time, he was up for promotion at the Bureau of Investigation, but he passed it up to take care of his parents.

''When I was small, you carry me; When you grow old, I carry you'' newspaper commended as saying. These words touched many a heart.
''Filial piety''
 is deeply embraced in ancient Chinese culture, teachings and philosophy. Please share this beautiful story with your friends........

Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday Humour

A well known Anti-Semite, walks into a bar and is about to order a drink when he sees a guy close by wearing a jewish cap / kippa, a prayer 
shawl / tzitzis, and traditional locks of hair / payos. 
He doesn't have to be an Einstein to know that this guy is Jewish. 
So he shouts over to the bartender so loudly, that everyone can hear, 
"Drinks for everyone in here, bartender, but not for that Jew over there.”; 
Soon after the drinks have been handed out, he notices that the Jewish guy is smiling and waving to him and says 
' Thank You ' in an equally loud voice, so that everyone can hear. 
This infuriates the Anti-Semite and in a loud voice, he once again orders drinks for everyone except the Jew. 
But as before, this does not seem to worry the Jewish guy who continues to smile, and again says, "Thank you." 
So the guy asks the barman, "What's the hell is the matter with that Jew? I've ordered two rounds of drinks for everyone in the bar except 
for him, and all that the silly bugger does is to smile and thank me in such a loud voice. 
Is he nuts? 
"Nope," replies the bartender. 
"He owns this place." 


Commenting on a complaint from a Mr. Arthur Purdey about a large gas bill, a spokesman for North West Gas said, 'We agree it was rather high for the time of year. It's possible Mr. Purdey has been charged for the gas used up during the explosion that destroyed his house.' 
(The Daily Telegraph) 

Police reveal that a woman arrested for shoplifting had a whole salami in her underwear. When asked why, she said it was because she was missing her Italian boyfriend. 
(The Manchester Evening News) 

Irish police are being handicapped in a search for a stolen van, because they cannot issue a description. It's a Special Branch vehicle and they don't want the public to know what it looks like. 
(The Guardian) 

A young girl who was blown out to sea on a set of inflatable teeth was rescued by a man on an inflatable lobster. A coast guard spokesman commented, 'This sort of thing is all too common'. 
(The Times) 

At the height of the gale, the harbour master radioed a coast guard and asked him to estimate the wind speed. He replied he was sorry, but he didn't have a gauge. However, if it was any help, the wind had just blown his Land Rover off the cliff. 
( Aberdeen Evening Express)

Husband texts to wife on cell..
"Hi, what r u doing Darling?"
Wife: I'm dying..!
Husband jumps with joy but types "Sweet Heart, how can I live without U?"
Wife: "U idiot! I'm dying my hair.."
Husband: "Bloody English Language!

Angry wife to her husband
An Angry Wife To Her Husband 0n Phone:  
"Where d Hell Are You ...?"
Husband: Darling You Remember That Jewellery Shop Where You Saw The Diamond Necklace n Totally Fell In Love With It n I Didn't Have Money That Time n I said "Baby It'll Be Yours 1 Day ... "O:)
Wife, With A Smile & Blushing: Yeah I Remember That My Love!
Husband: I‘m in the Pub Just Next To That Shop

A Special Package for Business Men.
An Airline Introduced A Special Package For Business Men. Buy Ur Ticket Get Ur Wife's Ticket Free.
After Great Success, The Company Sent Letters To All The Wives Asking How Was The Trip.
All Of Them Gave A Same Reply..."Which Trip?"

Husband was seriously ill
Husband was seriously ill. Doc to wife: Give him healthy breakfast, be pleasant & in gud mood, don’t discuss ur problems, no tv serial, don’t demand new clothes & gold jewels,
Do this for 1 yr & he will be ok.
On the way home.. Husband: what did the doc say ?
Wife:- .No chance for u to survive

An intelligent wife
''An Intelligent Wife Is One Who Makes Sure She Spends So Much
That Her Husband Can't Afford Another Women"

Wife treats husband

A Wife Treats Hubby By Taking Him To A Lap Dance Club For His Birthday ..
At The Club: Doorman Says: Hi Jim How R You?
Wife Asks: How Does He Know You?          
Jim Says: Oh Dear, I Play Football with Him
Inside Barman Says: The Usual Jim ?          
Jim Says To Wife: Before You Say Anything, He's On the Darts Team in My Local
Next A Lap Dancer Says: Hi Jim      
Do You Crave Special Again?
The Wife Storms Out Dragging Jim With Her & Jumps Into A Taxi..
Driver Says "Hey Jimmy Boy, You Picked Up An Ugly One This Time.."
Jim's Funeral Is On Sunday

Cool message by a wife
Dear Mother-in-law, "Don't Teach me how 2 handle my children, I'm living with one of yours & he needs a lot of improvement"

Lion bounced on wife
In an African Safari, A LION suddenly bounced on Santa's wife.      
WIFE: Shoot him! Shoot him!        
SANTA: Yes, Yes. I'm changing d battery of my camera..

 Part & Art of living
Having "WIFE" Is A Part Of Living...
But Having "GIRLFRIEND" Along With The "WIFE" Is Art Of Living

Head & Neck of the family
It is said that Husband is the head of the family, but remember that wife is the Neck of the family & the Neck can turn the Head exactly the way she wants.
To whom do you owe your success as a millionaire
Interviewer to Millionaire: To whom do you owe your success as a millionaire?"
Millionaire: "I owe everything to my wife."
Interviewer: "Wow, she must be some woman.    
Interviewer: "What were you before you married her?"    
Millionaire: "A Billionaire"

What if you don't see me for 2 days?
A man came home late at night after a party.        
His wife yelled:        
"how would you feel if you don't see me for two days?"    
The man couldn’t believe his luck: 'that would be great'!  
Monday passed and he didn’t see her......  
Tuesday and Wednesday passed too.....    
On Thursday his swelling became better    
And now he could see her from the corner of one eye.
Why women starts with W
You know why women starts with 'W'...      
because all questions start with "W".. !      
Who ?        
Why ?          
What ?        
When ?      
Which ?      
Whom ?      
Where ?      
Finally Wife..!!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

No motive is necessary to murder Altantuya?

Look at the following pictures and tell me, who in his right mind would want to murder her and then blow her to smithereens, unless the perpetrator is prompted by some very strong motives to do what he did.

Yes, the lady above is none other than Altantuya Shaariibuu who was shot twice in the face and then blown up to bits and pieces by C4 explosives.

However, this judge said motive was not a necessary element in the case and therefore found it necessary to acquit Abdul Razak Baginda.  Now I am trying to understand the rationale here.  If a person can do things without a motive, then the person must have taken leave of his senses, or his mental faculty.  As such the person would be ruled as being not of sound mind, which will lead to acquittal on grounds of insanity.  However, to prove that the person was insane, the accused must have gone through a series of psychiatric tests.  I doubt the acquittal was based on such a premise, which in any case Razak did not look insane to me, from the photos I have seen.  How did our learned judge come by with this conclusion?

Penang shining, thanks to Guan Eng

 Former political detainee Lim Guan Eng wasted no time leaving his mark on Penang after the brash opposition politician won power in the Malaysian state in 2008 general election.
He quickly balanced the books of the former British colonial outpost, which were stained red after a half-century under the control of Malaysia’s authoritarian ruling coalition.
He has virtually eliminated its debt, launched a campaign to halt official corruption, and has, by most accounts, injected new vigour and efficiency into the government of the important economic hub.
Today, Penang — a colorful mix of colonial architecture, pre-war Chinese shophouses, tropical beaches and high-tech factories — is on the up, as property values soar and foreign investment rolls in.
With potentially pivotal new elections expected to be called within months, Lim — a 51-year-old ethnic Chinese former banker with slicked-back hair and a wide chin — says the implications of his record are clear.
“If you can show that you can govern well, it will be a model, a showcase… a precursor of governing the federal government,” he said, pointing to the possibility of the opposition led by Anwar Ibrahim taking power.
Malaysia’s long-ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition faces voter unease over allegations of misgovernance, corruption, and racial tension, the latter often blamed on policies that promote majority Malays over minority Chinese and Indians.
But the BN insists the Anwar-led opposition can do no better.
Lim’s success in Penang has called that claim into question, however, and his outspokenness mark him as the country’s most potent symbol of minority impatience.
Lim earned a one-year jail term in 1998 for sedition after he criticised the dropping of rape charges against a Malay top ruling party politician and he launches regular broadsides against the BN over its frequent financial and other scandals.
His detractors call him a domineering self-promoter who is benefiting from UNESCO’s 2008 listing of Penang’s capital Georgetown as a World Heritage Site, a bid launched before he took over.
But even opponents acknowledge he gets results.
Bureaucracy more efficient under Lim

“He is very clever, very authoritarian,” said Teng Hock Nan, Penang’s top official for Gerakan, the ruling coalition partner ousted by Lim’s DAP in 2008. “When he gives a directive, it gets done.”
One of Britain’s oldest Asian settlements, Penang was a cosmopolitan trading hub in its 19th-century heyday before going into what Lim calls a “graceful decline”.
Today, run-down Georgetown shophouses — the distinctive rows of buildings seen in parts of Southeast Asia — are being transformed into trendy hotels, cafes and art galleries injecting new life into old neighbourhoods.
A federally-backed grant programme provides seed money for such renovations.
Many credit Lim’s attempts to clean up the rampant backroom deals and political patronage that are typical of Malaysia, whose rating by Transparency International on corruption in recent years has steadily sunk.
Lim launched an unprecedented system of open tenders for state projects and his top officials this year took the unheard-of step of declaring their assets.
Business figures privately say once-routine demands for payoffs are now rare and the bureaucracy more efficient.
“What is sad about Malaysia is that things that are the international norm (clean government) are abnormal,” Lim said.
Foreign investors have signalled their approval. Home to much of Malaysia’s high-tech industry, Penang led the nation in luring manufacturing investment the past two years.
Lim’s moves have been “very substantive in managing finances, cleaning up the government, and initiating green policies”, said Bridget Welsh, a Malaysia politics analyst with Singapore Management University.
“I’ve gone there for years and can tell you there is a big difference.”
Australian investors Karl Steinberg and Christopher Ong, who is Penang-born, have restored an Edwardian bungalow and other decaying heritage properties into boutique hotels, lured by the new energy and official “cleanliness”.
“There are places where corruption can make it hard to get things done. Penang is relatively free of that,” Steinberg said.
But Lim’s directness rubs many raw and he faces criticism for overly fast growth as soaring property prices have worsened a low-cost housing shortage. Plans for huge infrastructure projects have fuelled the concerns.
Gerakan accuses him of stoking racial tensions, and national leaders including premier Najib Tun Razak have warned vaguely of threats to Malay dominance, widely seen as referring to ambitious non-Malays like Lim.
Strong grip of Penang

But Francis Loh, head of independent Penang-based democratic rights group Aliran, says Lim’s government has been racially inclusive.
“They represent the opening up of government in Malaysia,” he said.
Leading Malaysia pollster Ibrahim Suffian said Lim looks so secure that the ruling coalition likely views Penang as a “lost cause” in the next polls.
Nationally, the picture is less clear.
Lim doubles as national head of the Chinese-dominated DAP, one of three members of the opposition front, including Anwar’s multi-racial party and an Islamic party.
The alliance won historic gains over the BN in 2008 but remains fractious and its performance is mixed in three other states — Malaysia has 13 — it won four years ago.
But Lim remains hopeful. He relaxes by reading British historian Niall Ferguson’s works on the failures of past national governments through history, in case the opposition wins control.
“If we win… I need to know what are the pitfalls,” he said.
[Source: AFP]

Our Sunday Girl - ANNIE


You fill up my senses
Like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses
Come fill me again

Come let me love you
Let me give my life to you
Let me drown in your laughter
Let me die in your arms
Let me lay down beside you
Let me always be with you
Come let me love you
Come love me again

[Hum the verses]
Let me give my life to you

Come let me love you
Come love me again 

You fill up my senses
Like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses
Come fill me again

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