Tuesday, January 31, 2006

After all these years good frens still meet at Miners Arm


Gong Xi Fa Cai greetings from FeiChiew, WanHon, KeeKuang, FongFatt & FooWah.

Also taking this auspicious period to share some doggie lessons ......

(extract from Heart Talk by Yeoh Siew Hoon – an editor/contributor from The Inner Circle – Shangri La Golden Circle newsletter)
Never bite the hand that feeds you: A well-trained dog would never intentionally bite its owner. It may occasionally snap at those that would do you harm. In business, we should never talk bad about our employers while we're working for them and especially after we've left them. Such words have a way of coming back to bite you in your behind when you least expect it. Ditto with friends who give you love - don't talk bad about them behind their backs. Say it to their face if you feel strongly enough about it.
There are no bad dogs, only bad owners: Dogs reflect their owners' disposition. Angry owners make angry dogs. Happy owners make happy dogs. It's as simple as that. In the same way, there are no bad employees, only bad managers. There's a saying that goes, if you point the finger at someone, three fingers point back at you. Next time you're unhappy with someone for a reason, find three reasons how you could have contributed to the situation.
Live every moment: For a dog, there is no time like the present. NOW is what counts. Many self-help books, especially those on meditation, tell us to live the moment. Many of us say it, but truthfully, find it hard to live up to. Trapped as we are by the burdens of the past and the fear of the uncertainty of the future, we struggle to live in the now. Throw away those books, just observe dogs for a day. It's cheaper and, trust me, more fun.
Give unconditionally: Yes, yes, it's true that dogs do expect to be fed at the very least. But they do know the art of loving unconditionally. No matter what you do to them, they will remain loyal and faithful to you. Give without expecting anything in return. It's far more rewarding than calculating from the onset what you're going to get in return if you give. The pleasure comes from not expecting; the expected always disappoints.
Express yourself: Dogs do not hold back on expressing their feelings. They sulk when disciplined. They roll over shamelessly when they want their stomachs rubbed. They whine when they want something. They put their head on your lap when they want love and affection. They lick you when they want to say, "I love you too." We should learn to be equally expressive and spontaneous. Too often, we are afraid to express our feelings for fear of "what will others think of me". Truth is, most people are too self-absorbed to bother about other people anyway. We should say and do what we feel with those we care for. Make it easy for those who love us to love us.
Respect other species: Dogs may hate cats but they have a healthy respect for the felines. They may chase them but they know they could get their eyes scratched out if they are not careful. Similarly, we should have a healthy respect for other races and religions. We may not understand them but we should accept that they are part of our world. Just as dogs are. Next time you meet a dog, don't shriek, "Does it bite?". Instead, say hello and ask to shake its paw. Make friends with other species, not spurn them.
Play for your life: There is no sight more joyful than watching a dog run on the beach or across an open field. They bound with such abandon that it fills your heart with laughter. We should learn to play more. Have fun with our lives. Play in the sand. Run through an open field. Wallow in the mud. Stop at every tree to appreciate its beauty. Play with each other.

Never take a dump in your own backyard: A well-trained dog does not do its business in the house. My dog has the ability to choose the most remote and hardest-to-get-to spot, forcing me to wade through knee-high grass to clean up after him. He knows discretion is the better part of valour.

And now some older pics....
(Left) 2005 CNY ... HongYick, OnnKeong, KeeKuang, MoonChong, NyatKeong, FongFatt, FeiChiew & FooWah


















(Below) Some years ago in PJ SS2......FongFatt, HuaChik & TuckSing

Watch out for more pics in the next blog.....keekuang aka agfoxx

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Photo Opportunities


The Chinese New Year festive season is here. There will be lots of photo opportunities for us all. Please keep the postings coming with all the lovely pictures.

Can you guess who these two gentlemen are? Photo taken at my clinic yesterday.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006



Hi -Really old ACS classmate
Chi Wi here in Taiwan for over twenty years.
Here is a photo of me, my wife and daughter(third chlid, 9 years old) at an outing in Eastern Taiwan. Will post my two handsome sons photos (19 and 17 years old) next time.
It nice for Onn Keong to set up this Blog so that we can all chat once a while.
I am still surviving and goes back to Malaysia at least twice a year to see my parents in JB.
I travel around quit a lot and it will be nice to know other classmate oversea so that we can visit.
I suggest an address book (plus phone) to be added.
Hope to see you people around sometime.
If anyone happen to be in Taiwan, give me an e-mail (cong@mail.nsysu.edu.tw) or ring me at
(77-5250355, ignore the 07 if you are in Kaoshiung or 0952311150 H/P) . We have ample space to put you up for as long as you like.
Cheers everyone and 'HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR

Monday, January 16, 2006

Guess the names of the Three Musketeers

This picture was taken in 2005 in Ipoh Swimming Club. Someone from afar has dropped by Ipoh to say "hello".

The previous picture I posted was that of Mr. Ng Peng Choon in my clinic. Did all of you get it correct?

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Clinic Nurse Injured

Beware if you are a resident of Ipoh. I was told yesterday that there is a group of 3 Indian males who have been terrorising businesses in town. They will enter shops in broad daylight and slash anyone in sight to cause panic. Then they will ask the the shop owners to give them money which they are more than willing to give to avoid harm. That is their modus operandi.

And today I was told that a clinic in Ipoh Garden South was robbed by most probably the same gang. It happened at 8.30 am when the nurse was opening the clinic door. 3 Indian males jumped at her, got her inside the clinic, punched her and slashed her. Fortunately or unfortunately, the doctor was not inside otherwise he will also be slashed. The gang did not make off with much money and so they will be robbing again.

So be very careful wherever you are. Most of these news are not reported in the press. Arm yourseves with pepper sprays and the like or simply carry RM 5,000 with you everywhere to be given away freely!!

Friday, January 06, 2006

Sweden, Beautiful People, Lagom….

This article is extracted from a recent NST pull-out.

Sweden now boasts of cleaner air, purer water and healthier forests compared to 20 years ago……how did they do it and why is it that we seem to be heading the other way? Apparently there are also many beautiful people and quality of life is among the tops in the world.

Below are some of very interesting findings/observations by a NST writer during his travel in this country. Quote by an American who married a Swede…” People here are beautiful here because they work hard at being beautiful. They love to ski, go into the wood, play outside…including simple activities like picking berries and looking for mushrooms.” One popular sport is orienteering which involves getting from one spot to another across a natural (not the concrete jungle type) landscape as fast as one can, using only a compass. Love and respect for nature is a key element of the Swedish soul.

One key word in the Swedish culture is lagom, the culture of finding “exactly the right amount” of everything. Not just how much food you eat, but also everything else – money, laundry, house, copyright law, carbon dioxide emission. This concept of “just enough” is viewed favourably as a sustainable alternative in contrast to the fanatic accumulation of materials wealth (hoarding?). Everything seems to be “less” and yet people report a very high quality of life and greater levels of overall happiness especially compare to the Americans.

I personally find this concept a very practical solution in contrast to our never ending journey towards consumerism, well at least from the secular perspective.


* Taken NST LIFE & TIMES Thursday January 5, 2006

Simple Flu Prevention Strategies

A Flu Pandemic may not materialise. If it does we may not have the vaccines or the anti-viral drugs available to prevent and treat the infection. I have listed several simple flu prevention strategies which you may wish to follow and avoid cathing the flu bug.

To find out how please go to my other medical blog at: http://www.breathingbetter.blogspot.com/

Thursday, January 05, 2006

The Story of Ipoh from feet to flight

A group of heritage lovers from Ipoh has organized a major exhibition in the Ipoh Museum. The exhibition starts on the 16 Jan till 12 Feb 2006. It opens from 9.30 am to 5 pm daily. Admission is free. See you there.

This is the first exhibition by a group known as Ipoh World Sdn. Bhd. The person behind it is Commander (Rtd) Ian Anderson a British gentleman. He is an avid collector of tiny shoes worn by ladies who "bound their feet" to look beautiful and elegant. Please come to lend support and encouragement.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

A surprise visit



I took this splendid picture today on Wai Hoong's request and he obliged. Now, can you all remember who he is? His name will be forthcoming in my next post. Think harder and I am sure you will get it right.

Today is a special day besides being the first day of school for our kids. I just spoke to dear Lim Kwan Wah. How better to serve our old school than to become the headmaster of ACS Primary School. His email address is lkwanwah@streamyx.com. Do drop him a line or two when you are free. I shall be inviting him to blog as well.

Last 2 weeks of 2005 & 1st Working Day of 2006

School started again today and surprising traffic was not too bad in KL. With a groan managed to get the 2 gals up at 6+ am...quite a feat considering we have been sleeping late and getting up late for last 2 weeks; been on annual leave since 17December. 2 weeks just went by very quickly but I am very glad that I took leave. Most of the days were spent to "connect" & "bonding" with the kiddos and of course with Kiat Beng quite often on a 1-2-1 basis.

Week 1

1st Tuesday morning was with WeiWen in PetroSains. Lots of things to do there and the two of us enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.


PetroSains with WeiWen


The next evening was with Kiat Beng without the kids. Another evening was with WeiLin, my young teenager who is taller with than her daddy...thank God for that. We had a good time in Sunway Pyramid.

Then came Christmas which fell on Sunday and the church had a combined service in Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil where over 5,000 people gathered to worship Lord Jesus and celebrate His birth. This year presentation was performed by Calvary KidsCAT consisting 104 exuberant children aged six to 14 years. These kids (WeiWen included) had diligently practiced fir this presentation since October. It is marvelous to see our young kids performing live and spreading the Gospel. Josh played the clarinet with accompanying orchestra and I was given the privilege to be part of breakfast team where breakfast was served from 7.30 to 9am on Christmas morning.


Christmas worship……Taken from Calvary News Jan/Feb 2006


KidsCAT….Taken from Calvary News Jan/Feb 2006


Week 2

Rest of the 2 weeks just went by fast, took WeiWen to newly open Aquaria in KLCC for her part 3 outing with daddy. Took visiting brother-in-law & sister-in-law to a friend's New Year eve dinner in Gita Bayu.... a nice gated community in Serdang Baru. The dinner was good and there were lots of sharing both food and biblical wisdom e.g. learned that it is stated in the Bible 2000 years ago that herbs are for healing and fruits are provided for food...nothing was mentioned about the nutritional value of meat.....Genesis 1:29 (hhhmmmmm beware meat lovers).


Celebrating WeiLin’s PMR 6As & 1B in 1Utama

Will go jogging later today with Josh who had been studying hard for his A Level albeit also spending a lot of time on the computer! Hopefully I can keep up with him.


The HUMs wishes you A Blessed 2006!

Monday, January 02, 2006

Let's start blogging

I finally got the energy to launch this blog for all of us young fellows. When one is going on 50's suddenly everything needs to be done at one go. This blog idea came sometime in October last year but then the lethargy.

I have already read several spiritual stories, some philosophical and others plain hilarious. It's really nice to read about how well all of you are doing. It will also be wonderful to know each other's family better for the other half of us is really inseparable from us all.

New Year's Day is always a time for reflection and quiet prayer. I always look back and count the numerous blessings I have received. As for the shortcomings, I always look at them, analyse them and make a wish never to repeat them. Then there are the whole lot of things which need to be done but never took off. Prayerfully there will be time this year.

Besides the usual day to day business of my clinical practice there is this desire to set up the Perak Chest Society. Hopefully it will become a reality this year since the idea was mooted in 2004. The main aim of the society is to help educate all those with chest diseases to help themselve. The main activities involve those with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (smoker's lung), respiratory cripples, obstructive sleep apnea, lung cancer prevention and end of life issues.

As we have discussed earlier it may also be a good idea for us to think about an education fund for needy students. I would like your feedback and perhaps then we can get down to the size of the fund.

My family and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Celebrating Christmas





Our cell group celebrated Christmas on the 23rd December, 2005. We had almost 50 people, including guests, attending the pot blessed dinner at my residence. We had a short re-enactment of the nativity scene by the children followed by singing of Christmas carols. Our cell group is known as CG 16 of the Canning Garden Mehtodist Church and I must admit we are truly blessed to have such a group of caring people. We have the very young and the very old and my son loves to meet them all. Our church embarked on cell group ministry some years back and the number of groups are getting larger.