Monday, August 10, 2009

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Posted: 10 Aug 2009 05:03 AM PDT


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I'm back from my camping. Just check out my photoblog for more photos.


THE ART OF MARITAL CONVERSATION

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 03:00 AM PDT

The problem with communication … is the illusion that it has been accomplished.
~George Bernard Shaw


The day at work has been horrific. Emails never stopped. The voicemail light kept flashing. The boss needed the information yesterday. And to top it all off, you had a fight with your wife as you left this morning.

You feel the tension coming from the house when you get out of your car in the driveway. The kids are in their rooms doing homework and your wife approaches you and says the words most men dread: "we need to talk."

It seems at this moment, most men have the fight or flight response. I can berate her about the timing of things, continue to insist that I'm right and she's wrong. Or I can shrug it off and disappear with the TV, the Internet, alcohol, or the work I conveniently brought home.

What is it about talking that is so difficult for men? Granted, this does not apply to all men, but most have some trouble with deep conversation. Especially when it comes to conversing with our spouse.

A brief history

Men have been educated from birth to compete, judge, demand, and diagnose. We are very adept at seeing a problem that needs fixing and developing a way to fix the problem. Unfortunately, this fix is according to the man, possibly not taking into account those around him. This is due in part to our learning to think and communicate in terms of what is "right" or what is "wrong."

To add to this, we often express our feelings in terms of what has been "done to us" rather than being independent of those around us. We mix up our needs and we ask for what we'd like using demands, guilt, or even the promise of rewards. This should come as no surprise since this is how many of us were raised by our parents.

At best, the basic ways men think and communicate hinder communication and create both misunderstanding and frustration. At worst, they can lead to anger, depression and even violence.

Communicating with your spouse do's and don'ts


* Talk face to face. Anytime you are in a discussion with your spouse that is beyond the scheduling or surface level, do it face to face. If this is not possible, the phone will work, although this can limit the connection and increase the possibility of misunderstandings. Never try to cover deeper issues via email or text messages.
* Turn off other distractions during the conversation. If you're working on the computer, minimize the work or better yet, shut the whole thing off. If you're watching TV, turn it off. If you are afraid of missing something in the game, get Tivo.
* Don't answer the phone. If it rings in the middle of the conversation, you have voicemail for a reason. Let it do it's job.
* Take the time to listen to her point of view. You are only one part of the relationship. Consider her side of things and ask for clarity if you don't get what she's saying. You don't have to agree with everything she says to still love her. But it will help to understand her if you listen.
* Forget about being right or wrong. As soon as the discussion turns to who's right and who's wrong, you've both lost. If you have an insatiable need to always be right when it comes to your spouse, riddle me this: what's it like to be married to a loser? If you have to always be right, that makes your spouse always wrong. It's not about right or wrong most of the time.

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.
~Rollo May


The art of non-violent communication

Do you think it is possible to connect with what is alive in ourselves and in others from moment-to-moment? Dr. Marshall Rosenberg says yes. His non-violent communication techniques focus on how we express ourselves, how we hear those around us and how to resolve conflict by focusing our consciousness on what we are observing, feeling, needing, and requesting.

In order to connect on a deeper level, we have to check ourselves throughout the conversation. Often, whenever our emotions spike during the discussion, we will change the subject or attack the other person in order to help us feel better about whatever is going on at the moment.

My grandfather once said that when a person involved in a conversation raises their voice, it's no longer about what best for all involved and the current situation. It's about their power and their pride.

The art of conversation at a deeper level:


* Focus on the intention. Most marital conversations can be simplified down into one of two categories. A chance to be closer together or a chance to be my own person. Humans vacillate between being too close together or too far apart. Conversations are often used to either bring us closer together or create some space between us. If what you are really wanting is companionship, understanding, compassion, then say so outright. If on the other hand you are wanting some space to chart your own course, speak up. Both connection and separateness are necessary parts of every relationship (for more information on this subject check out my Ebook, The Simple Marriage Matrix).
* Seek compassionate connection. This is done primarily by the conversations not being tied to a particular outcome, like being right or something you'd like the other person to do. Focus on being clear with your side of the conversation and then clearly hearing their side. This may mean you don't agree. So what. You are two separate individuals. You are not going to see eye to eye on everything.


The conflict or issue may not be resolved, that's not the point. A mutually satisfying outcome is where both people are heard and understood. Think of your conversations in terms of sex. When both people are satisfied, the connection is much deeper and lasting.


Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.
~Robert Greenleaf


by Cory Allan from SimpleMarriage.net.


moral profiling: a must in community

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 02:45 AM PDT

I'm referring to certain statement that wanted to differentiate business with pleasure

I'm against it

Why? Because you're morons who uphold liquor rather than a sane men

Why must we self-destruct ourselves in the name of Constitutional Rights

Fuck You!!!! I cursed those who strongly believed it's okay to sell liquor everywhere, anywhere at anytime.

To the minister who said that we(the Muslims) must forbid and self-regulate ourself and not the government duty to stop it...ko belajar agama kat ner?


This Is OK? Not Haram?

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 12:39 AM PDT

Hope UMNO Youth protest to this as they protestedwhen PKR put up the same thing of Datuk Seri Anwar.
Some story HERE.


Telekom, Is This True?

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 12:29 AM PDT

Received through my email

Urgent Message from TELEKOM

To those who have a telekom home phone, please read. Here is the original text received from Telekom:

If you get a call from someone identifying himself as a phone technician performing a test, and this person asks you to touch nine( 9 ), zero( 0 ),hash sign ( # ) and then hang up... PleaseREFUSE TO DO SO! By pushing 90#, you are giving the individual, who called you, access to your telephone line and allowing them to place a long distance call with the charges appearing on your telephone bill.

We were further informed that line scam has been originating from many of the local jails/prisons.


Please pass the word around.


H1N1, No Masturbation No Homosexual Activities, Pleasee.

Posted: 10 Aug 2009 12:27 AM PDT

This is BERNAMA report

Unconventional Methods To Prevent Influenza

By Sajad Hussein

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 9 (Bernama) -- Avoiding masturbation and homosexual activities are among preventive measures one could take against Influenza A (H1N1), according to an eminent practitioner of complimentary therapy.

Dr. V. M. Palaniappan said that such activities caused the body to develop friction heat which in turn, produced acid and made the body hyperacidised.

"Thus, the body becomes an easy target for H1N1 infection," he told Bernama, emphasising however, that normal sexual union between members of the opposite sex was absolutely safe.

The former associate professor of ecology at Universiti Malaya has authored several books on complementary therapy called, 'Ecological Healing System'.

Dr Palaniappan said his 33 years of research had shown that high acidity in the body resulted in loss of immunity, thus making people more susceptible to viral diseases like Influenza A (H1N1).

Hence, to prevent acidity, it was essential to consume alkaline food and drinks that could neutralise excess acid in the body.

Dr Palaniappan recommends coconut water, which is alkaline, and therefore could be used as a herbal medicine for the prevention of H1N1.

For example, he said, those who felt feverish and developed a burning sensation while attending to a call of nature because of extreme acidity, could neutralise it by drinking coconut water, twice a day, for three days.

He also recommended orange, lemon and pomelo which, despite containing citric acid, were very rich in potassium and therefore, would not disturb the body's immunity.

According to Dr Palaniappan, excessive physical activity like running a marathon should be avoided as it produced acid due to excessive metabolic activity.

Similarly, he said, keeping late nights without adequate sleep and working without proper rest could also increase the body's acidity which in turn, lowered immunity and made the body vulnerable to viral attacks.

Dr Palaniappan's blog: http://ecohealingsystem.blogspot.com/ discusses the therapy in more detail.

-- BERNAMA


JOKES FOR MONDAY BLUES

Posted: 09 Aug 2009 08:00 PM PDT

Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. The following is from the Canadian Association Of Retired People. Thanks to Freddie who shared this with me.

Questions and Answers from CARP Forum


Q: Where can men over the age of 60 find younger, sexy women who are interested
in them?
A: Try a bookstore under fiction.


Q: What can a man do while his wife is going through menopause?
A: Keep busy. If you're handy with tools, you can finish the basement. When you're done you'll have a place to live.

Q: How can you increase the heart rate of your 60-plus year old husband?
A: Tell him you're pregnant.


Q: How can you avoid that terrible curse of the elderly wrinkles?
A: Take off your glasses.


Q: Seriously! What can I do for these Crow's feet and all those wrinkles on my face?
A: Go braless. It will usually pull them out..


Q: Why should 60-plus year old people use valet parking?
A: Valets don't forget where they park your car.


Q: Is it common for 60-plus year olds to have problems with short term memory storage?
A: Storing memory is not a problem, Retrieving it is the problem.


Q: As people age, do they sleep more soundly?
A: Yes, but usually in the afternoon.


Q: Where should 60-plus year olds look for eye glasses?
A: On their foreheads.


Q: What is the most common remark made by 60-plus year olds when they enter antique stores?
A: "Gosh, I remember these!"

Remember:

Senior Citizens Are Valuable!

We are more valuable than any of the younger generations.

We have silver in our hair.

We have gold in our teeth.

We have stones in our kidneys.

We have lead in our feet and,

We are loaded with natural gas!



SMILE, You've still got your sense of humor, RIGHT?


TO LOWER HEART DISEASE, WHAT SHOULD LADIES DO? :-)

Posted: 09 Aug 2009 11:15 PM PDT

An unhappy marriage predisposes women to metabolic syndrome (the risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke) according to a study by University of Utah psychologists (American Psychosomatic Society); by the way the unhappily married men in the study are just fine. Apparently, when women are stressed, they are prone to an increase in blood pressure, an unhealthy lipid panel, insulin resistance and fat distributed around the middle. Yes, the man you live with could be making you fat! Who knew?

Purposeless arguing, red hot anger and simmering resentment in marital life cause women to feel stressed which leads to depression. Since women feel stress more intensely than men, they are more likely to fall into a negative loop. Apparently, experiencing emotional heartache damages your cardiovascular system if you are female.

Should you dump him?

Before you do, look at the big picture. Tim Smith, a psychology professor and co-author of the new study, reminds women that there is data from a larger study which claims "a history of divorce is associated with coronary disease." The compromise solution and you should always aim for compromise in marriage: Try improving your marriage and heart health will follow. The first step is to objectify the pattern.
These days the recession has strained many relationships - not just yours.

It is easier to blame your best friend than look in the mirror. Revisit your marriage with a new perspective. Examine what you are telling yourself: Do you lean to the negative or the positive? Your state of mind colors your perceptions which include your beloved. Ultimately, since everyone self-justifies, can you open up to another person's point of view and accept a different opinion?

When you complain that you have outgrown your relationship, ask yourself who you have really fallen out of love with? Most likely it is you! Connect to the heart of the matter and address your personal stressors, the ones you can do something about, because they accumulate and overwhelm. Don't deplete yourself and then feel resentful. Let things go from that endless to-do list to carve out time and space for you – to revitalize and reflect on what makes your heart sing. Passion in one arena of your life translates to another.

This is what the phrase follow your heart means. Your heart, a strong muscle beats powerfully, symbolizing action. But your heart also rests between beats, symbolizing relaxation. Similarly, internal peace is not a constant state. Internal peace means meeting stress head on and then letting it go. Just like you can alter your metabolism's set point, you can alter your serenity set point.

Here are some concrete tips to resuscitate your relationship today:

* Choose courtship conversation. Words have great power to manifest destiny. For example, "Remember when we first got fell in love," "You're the best," "I'm so lucky to be on my life journey with you."
* Do something for him or her that you normally don't do, like cook a favorite meal, or write an I love you note and place it on the windshield wiper of the car or pin it to a shirt.
* Create a personal ritual for each other.
* Buy a lottery ticket and attach a note: "I won the lottery when I met you!" This will recession-proof your marriage
And men please note that helping with household chores without being asked is the best foreplay.


written by Debbie Mandel


The Nut Graph Needs Your Help!

Posted: 09 Aug 2009 05:00 PM PDT

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101 East – ISA

Posted: 09 Aug 2009 04:00 PM PDT

Another rally happened here in Malaysia which virtually brought the whole city into a stand still. I was not there but i sure was stuck in the massive jams which were cause by the authorities who clogged up the routes to the city center. But that aside, Al-Jazeera did their coverage on the rally and boy did it piss me off!

Remember this name Mohd Khairul Azam Bin Abdul Aziz, he is the Chairman, Pro-ISA Movement. According to him, the ISA is to protect the Malays who are the majority in Malaysia. Apparently, its to ensure that the Malays stay in power!? Dude! If this is the reason he is fighting for the ISA to be maintained, he needs a nice strong cuppa coffee! I know for a fact that many many Malays would disagree with him because this is extreme!

I think the powers that may be should have a closer look to people who spark ill feelings like what this dude is saying on international tv is not doing any favours to the worlds impression over Malaysia and the PM's 1 Malaysia ideology !

For a concept like 1 Malaysia to work, Malaysians should feel that we have equal opportunity and feel 1! I hope that the ISA will be reviewed as promised by the PM and clear lines are drawn, too much grey area and it sure seems like the grey area in the act has been capitalized on and its causing a tad more damage than any good.

Having said that, i think it was a small but good debate  by the panelist which should be taken more seriously. Allow the relevant parties to debate the issues and the government should hear out the sides and make a decision which will protect the interest of the nation ..

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101 East -- ISA


How I Wish ...

Posted: 09 Aug 2009 07:43 PM PDT

The weather is horrible out there. While wifey was watching TV and I was doing my work on DNA testing last night, we could practically smell the acrid smoke in the air. The haze is really getting terrible and it looks like it's getting worse and worse each year. The smell of the smoke in the air was so bad that wifey's eyes were starting to sting and tear up that we had to close all our windows and doors.

I don't remember it ever being this bad. The worse part is we know where this bloody haze originates from and nothing is really being done about it. It's a yearly problem that plagues us and gets worse each year. We know where the source is, so what really is the big problem in solving this. All it needs is REAL effort.

Are my kids going to have to face this every year and for the rest of their lives? In fact, it's more like a monthly thing these days seeing a film of haze around the air. My kids walk to school and back and they're exposed to this crap on a daily basis, what with the H1N1 virus going around, it just makes things much worse.

Wifey is already getting face masks and making the boys wear them to school, especially when they're walking to and back from school. Going to the park in the evenings is out of the question, at least until the situation gets better which right now doesn't seem to look the least bit positive at all.

I remember back in my days these kind of things didn't happen. We could play outdoors all day and not worry about sucking up a lungful of hazardous smoke filled air or even worrying about deadly diseases. And when there was a film of white smokey feel enveloping the air, it would be cool refreshing mist and not haze. I don't think we'll ever see those kind of days again over here.

I pity the earth we leave behind for our children. They're probably going to be stuck indoors all day and probably have to use a mask if they wanna go out and play. The worse part is, this crap is caused by adults who have no qualms about ruining the earth ... siggghhh ... It's the only earth we have and if we don't take care of it, our children are going to be the ones who inherit a planet full of smog, pollution and deadly disease!

You know, in my fits of anger, I sometimes wish someone would just nuke the place where this crap originates from and be done with it. All that would be left is a piece of radioactive crater! No more haze problems. But then, when I calm down, I know it's an evil thought cos no matter how strongly I feel about this, wishing for something like that is way of out line. Bad Nick! But then, sometimes you can't blame me for my anger!
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IMPERIUM

Posted: 09 Aug 2009 08:05 PM PDT

I am reading IMPERIUM: A novel by Robert Harris, 2006, Hutchinson, London. It is the story of noted orator and Roman statesman, Cicero, as told by his slave and confidential secretary, Tiro.

In the lines I quote, Cicero addresses The Tribune in an effort to seek justice for his client, wrongly found guilty in absentia of crimes he did not commit. Cicero also hints at the coming of Pompey, and a new rule, and era, for Rome.

I have adapted the paragraphing to make for an easier reading of the text. I quote from p.61:

'There is an old saying, gentlemen, among the merchants in the Mecellum, that a fish rots from the head down, and if there is something rotten in Rome today – and who can doubt that there is? – I tell you plainly that it has started at the head. It has started at the top. It has started in the senate.'

Loud cheers and stamping of feet.

'And there is only one thing to do with the stinking, rotten fish-head, those merchants will tell you, and that is to cut if off – cut it off and throw it out!'

Renewed cheers.

'But it will need quite a knife to sever this head, for it is an aristocratic head, and we all know what they are like!'

Laughter.

'It is a head swollen with the poison of corruption and bloated with pride and arrogance. And it will need a steady strong hand to wield that knife, and it will need a steady nerve besides, because they have necks of brass, these aristocrats, I tell you: brass necks, all of them!'

Laughter.

'But that man will come. He is not far away. Your powers will be restored, I promise you, however hard the struggle.' …

'To you now falls the great test of being worthy of this fight. Show your courage, gentlemen. Make a start today. Strike a blow against tyranny. Free my client. And then free Rome!'

Somewhat rabble-rousing, wouldn't you say? But, that was Rome, in 70-something B.C. We're much more civilised these days.

Thank you, Robert Harris, and Cicero, for some beautiful prose.


Heart4Hope t-shirts and books of worthy causes at Taylor’s College Subang Jaya

Posted: 09 Aug 2009 08:44 PM PDT

My friends and I are setting up a sales booth at the main campus of Taylor's College Subang Jaya on August 12th, which is this Wednesday, from 11:30am to 4:30pm. All proceeds will be used to pay for my brain surgery.

We are selling:

1. Heart4Hope t-shirts in men and women sizes. Children can wear the ladies' size S t-shirts!

2. Wild Orchids of Cameron Highlands photobook.

3. "Outside Looking In - Kuala Lumpur" by Steven VL Lee.

4. "Malaysians" another photobook by Steven VL Lee.

5. This next one is not for sale but there will be a large bin on the table for those who would like to donate without buying.

6. Carrol Lawrence will be speaking at 1:00pm to raise awareness for REACH's conservation projects in Cameron Highlands and to promote the Orchid book.

How to get there

Taylor's University College
Address: 1, Jalan SS15/8, 47500 Subang Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel: 603-5636 2641
Fax: 603-5634 5209

Click here to download the location map.

I hope to see you there. Please come and support us!


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Gaun pengantin sepanjang 2.24km

Posted: 09 Aug 2009 06:44 PM PDT

GAUN Rong dihisiasi dengan kuntum ros merah.




CHANGCHUN - Seorang pengantin perempuan, Lin Rong di wilayah Jilin memakai gaun perkahwinan yang sepanjang 2.24 kilometer (km) dalam majlis perkahwinannya, menurut sebuah akhbar semalam.

Pakaian buatan tangan keluarga itu menyebabkan lebih 200 tetamu mengambil masa tiga jam membantu untuk membuka lipatan gaun dan menyemat 9,999 kuntum ros merah.

Pengantin lelaki, Zhao Peng, 28, seorang pekerja kereta api berhasrat mencabar rekod dunia gaun perkahwinan sepanjang 1,579 meter.

Dia teruja untuk mencipta sejarah selepas mengetahui terdapat pemegang rekod gaun pengantin terpanjang sebelum ini iaitu satu pasangan dari Romania.

Peng sudah menghantar permohonan kepada Guinness World Records bagi mendapatkan pengiktirafan.



UNDERSTANDING WOMEN & THEIR DESIRES

Posted: 09 Aug 2009 03:00 PM PDT

'Men do not understand women.' How could they? There's an old joke I'd like to share with you that illustrates this point so well.

A man finds an old lamp on the beach and gives it a rub and out pops a genie. The genie tells the man that he has one wish (whatever happened to the other two?) The man thinks for a bit and then says, "I've always wanted to visit Hawaii but I'm afraid of flying and I get seasick on a ship. Could you create a highway from my beachfront home in Malibu to Hawaii?" The genie laughs, "That's impossible. Think of the logistics of creating such a highway. How would the support beams even reach to the bottom of the Pacific ocean? And that's just for starters. Can't you ask for something else?" The man thinks for a while and then replies, "Ok, I wish I understood women." To this the genie responds, "Would you like that highway to have two lanes or four?"
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Dr. Roger Sperry won the Nobel Peace prize in Medicine and Physiology in 1981 for his breakthrough research on the difference in brain functions between male and female babies. He discovered that between the 16th and 26th week of gestational development in the womb, a chemical reaction occurs in the brains of boys that does not happen in the brains of girls. Two chemicals are released that slow down the development of the right side of the brain. Dr. Sperry found out what all women already know, men are born with a disadvantage and it gets worse… ;)

Jokes aside, we have all been taught the right side of the brain is the creative centre of brain but it's a little more than that. It is the part of the brain that deals with the emotions and it is also the 'caring' and 'nurturing' part of the brain. Those who claim that women and men are alike should do a little research. We are vastly different in the way we think and respond because we are different physiologically.

Henry Higgins the fictional character who had the unenviable task of turning Eliza Doolittle into a real lady, retorted, "Why can't a woman be more like a man?"

I'm not going to go into all the physiological differences between men and women because many of them are obvious. Women were uniquely created to bear children and care for them. Men were designed to be hunters and providers. I know that in this modern age we have largely departed from our traditional roles and women are now taking on erstwhile traditionally male roles and vice versa. There are great female leaders and providers and great male house-husbands who nurture and care for the children while their wives go out and bring in the bacon but this is not the way nature intended for it to be. If it were, men would have been created like seahorses. If you don't know what I'm talking about pull out your encyclopedia or google the reproductive processes of a seahorse and you'll know what I'm talking about.

The purpose of this article is not to discuss the differences between men and women ad nauseum. It is to help men understand women a little better…something I know that some men would dearly love. Conversely I'd love to understand men better but that's another subject.

'To understand a woman is to love her' ~ Unknown

If this were true, you could not possibly love a woman. Get this one thing straight. You will NEVER fully understand a woman but you will understand her better if you WANT to. This is the KEY.

In order to GAIN anything in life you must first WANT it. Desire, coupled with passion leads to action and action coupled with awareness leads to understanding. ~ Chanti

A couple with marital problems visited a marriage counselor in hope that he could help their relationship. The marriage counselor listened attentively to them both and after a short pause for thought, he strode around his desk, lifted the woman to her feet and then he swung her back in his arms and kissed her passionately on the lips. Her milquetoast husband was nonplussed but didn't say a word. At this point, the counselor looked intently at the husband and said, "This….is what your wife needs every day!" to which the startled husband responded meekly, "What time should I bring her in every day?"

Men use romance to get sex.
Women use sex to get romance.

Ouch, I can almost hear the libbers rising up in defence over that one. Before you get on your high horses, I didn't coin that expression. I don't know who did but there is some truth in it. When a woman says to a man, "Please hold me," a man may take this to be an invitation to have sex. His testosterone levels are charged up and he mentally rubs his hands with glee and thinks 'Tonight is my lucky night!'. She simply wants to be held. I'm not saying that this scenario couldn't lead to passionate love-making but it's not the woman's purpose or goal. In order for a woman to feel loved, she needs to be held, cuddled and caressed. If a man tended to her needs without expectation of sex (Please note: Men usually aim for the end result while women focus on the process) he is more likely to get what he wants. I'm not saying that women are not sexual creatures. We are but we're built differently to men. Whereas a man can be visually stimulated and get turned on, a woman usually requires other 'deeper' stimulus. A woman needs to be turned on emotionally before she can be turned on physically. I've heard men say 'My wife is not interested in sex.' and I've wondered 'Why?' and asked "Was she ever interested in sex?" Yes there are women AND men who may have physiological or psychological problems that may affect their libido but I'm not talking about these. He will often reply, "Oh yes, when we were first married she couldn't get enough of me but she seems to have lost interest."
There are numerous reasons why women may lose interest in sex. Raising children is exhausting and after a hard day, a woman may not feel like the sexiest creature on earth and may find her husband's advances tiresome but this is only one of a multitude of reasons.

Note that I said '…a woman may not feel like the sexiest creature on earth…' In order for a woman to BE sexy, she needs to FEEL sexy. This is where your understanding of her makeup will make a huge difference. In order for a woman to feel sexy, she needs to feel beautiful (at least in your eyes). You can't MAKE anyone feel anything but you can boost her self esteem by not focusing on her weaknesses but rather on her strengths.

What you focus on grows and what you neglect shrinks.

If you want your woman to be beautiful, treat her as though she were the most beautiful creature to have ever graced the face of the earth. We become what we think and you can influence what she thinks by what you say. This might be overly simplistic but it's a basic truth. Try it out. You don't even need to say the words 'You are beautiful' to make a woman feel beautiful although you should. If you pay her attention, look deeply into her eyes when she talks and make an effort to treat her with respect and love, she will blossom. Men and women love to be appreciated. We know that there are different love languages and how we show our appreciation and love may vary according to our partner's needs but most people respond well to positive words and affirming actions. If you had to say to your wife, "You are so beautiful, I only have eyes for you," and the next minute lasciviously stare at the waitresses long legs, she is likely to believe you about as much as she will believe a politician's pre-election promises. Your actions need to match up to your words.

The feminist movement started in the late nineteenth / early twentieth century started for all the right reasons but as so often happens, the movement was taken to extremes. Feminists argue that sexed identities such as 'man' and 'woman' are social constructs. I won't go down that road right now because I have strong ideas about this subject that might not be very popular. It's a controversial subject that evokes strong feelings in men and women alike. We know that there are no hard and fast rules and we cannot state anything as a broad fact when it comes to humanity. Just on one level: Men were physiologically created to perfectly complement a woman's physiology but we know that not all men are attracted to women and vice versa. Not all women are emotional and not all men are logical. You cannot make generalised statements like these and hope to get away with them. When I share what women want, I'm sharing subjectively but I know that I'm not alone in these thoughts having shared this subject with many women and taking in their views.

There are women the world over who seem to have lost a sense of their own femininity and the truly crazy thing is that these are women who often refer to themselves as 'feminists'. As you can tell, I'm not a member of the 'bra-burning' brigade. Quite aside from the fact that I find this whole concept to be bizarre, bras have a practical purpose and I don't really want to have breasts that look like Spaniel's ears in a few years. *winks*

It is my opinion that most women, even those who have taken up traditionally masculine roles, do want to be feminine and they feel feminine in the presence of a man who has confidence in his own masculinity. Most women do not want wimps. We like men who are self-possessed, confident and protective of us. We do want to feel protected and safe with our men. We enjoy men who are decisive and who will take control in tenuous situations. I'm not talking about cave men who drag us about by the hair and who demand obedience and subservience from their women. Try that one out in this day and age and you'll have an extremely rebellious woman on your hands. It's often said that men are attracted to beautiful women and women are attracted to powerful men. This is a gross generalisation because attraction is such a complex mechanism but men are visual creatures and attraction is more likely, at least in the initial stages, to be based on what they see. Women may also be attracted to looks but you will often find that women will be very attracted to men who would not be termed conventionally attractive simply because the man has such an aura of power or confidence. He is the kind of man that walks into a room and commands attention because he is self-confident and seems to be in control. He is the kind of man who will make her feel safe. In short, one of things that most women seek, whether they admit it or not, is SECURITY. When a man cannot provide her with security, she will provide it for herself and she will lose respect for her man or men in general. Men in turn have felt threatened by the emerging Amazon women who no longer seem to need them and they may slip into a form of complacency. It really has become a vicious circle. Nevertheless, this was not intended to be a political statement or even a dissertation on the differences between men and women. It was intended to help men gain some kind of understanding of the wants and needs of a typical woman.

Women want men to listen, really listen. Please be aware that women don't always directly say what they mean. This is where you will find confusion creeping in. How do you know what a woman means if she doesn't tell you? Oh boy I wish I had a dictionary to offer men to help in this department. Men find the subtleties of feminine communication hard to understand. Women often take a circuitous route to a point whereas a man simply wants 'the point'. He may become so confused by her form of communication he will start to wonder what she is getting at and when she finally communicates a point directly, he will say 'What do you mean?' Is it any wonder he doesn't get it? I wish I could teach women how to communicate their needs more directly to men. It would make our lives so much simpler. Women prefer to be more subtle. We are also more inclined to hint at what we want or need rather than coming straight out and saying it. One way in which you can help a woman overcome this and get directly to the point is to reassure her. Women may avoid being direct because they fear a negative reaction. Tell her that you'd prefer for her to be very clear about what she wants and tell her that you will listen carefully and consider what she is telling you calmly before responding and keep that promise. Ask her if she requires an answer. Sometimes women share for the sake of sharing and don't necessarily require anything from you but a willing ear. Men are problem-solvers by nature and when a women shares the details of a problem, they are inclined to click into 'logic' mode and tell her how to solve the problem when all she really wanted was for him to listen and make the right noises. It may be hard for you to keep your mouth shut in these circumstances but if you learn to listen without trying to solve her problems, you will find that she will be more open to you in future. She will also be more inclined to listen to any advice you may wish to offer. If you're not sure whether you should offer anything up, ask her. "Would you like my advice here?" More often than not she'll be more receptive if you phrase it this way. Now don't make statements like, 'You must…' or judge her actions e.g. 'How could you be so stupid as to….' etc. The best way to tackle this is the way women deal with one another e.g. 'Well what I would do is….' and then end off with 'What do you think?' Always make her feel like her own opinion counts and you're not just telling her what to do.

Obviously there is a lot more that I could share but I feel that I've covered a few key points here.

To summarise:

WHAT WOMEN DESIRE:
Romance
Physical affection (Cuddles)
Appreciation / Validation
Respect
Security (to feel safe)

The final point is vital….LISTEN

You will only understand what a woman wants if you are prepared to listen to her and if you truly desire understanding. It's an ongoing process and the more you listen, the more you will learn.

I wrote this article with the intention of helping men gain an understanding about women and their needs but this doesn't let women off the hook. Any relationship is a two-way street and their should be effort on both sides. I think it's just as important that women try to gain an understanding of men and apply themselves to meeting their needs as well. I hope this article has been of some help and would love feedback if it has.

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najib wants selangor back…

Posted: 09 Aug 2009 09:58 AM PDT

… at all cost?

he may wants selangor back but does selangor wants him? all of you who stays in selangor, do you want UMNO er… BN back to rule your state?

i heard on TV news, towards the end of the news, the announcer said "the PM urged BN to do all they can to take back selangor".

… only BN? do you mean also MACC? and the IGP?  the police?

… all they can? even through foul means? like what you did to perak!!

Najib, who is Pekan member of parliament, also spoke of what he called the "Pekan Formula" which saw him rising in the political arena to become the prime minister and party president.

Najib said he implemented numerous changes after his narrow victory in Pekan in the 1999 general election, where he won by a mere 241-vote majority.

He said many felt that his political career was nearing an end but he nevertheless stood by the Pekan parliamentary seat even though he could choose to contest in safer seats in subsequent elections.

what pekan formula?? we all know why  he won in pekan! lots of gerry-meandering in pekan!  due to the  redelineation of the pekan seats!  so is he going to win selangor through something like this – foul means?

He also said that the BN should be fair to the people in line with the 1 Malaysia concept.

since when has he been fair? if the BN govt. is fair, why is there no action against the very racist utusan malaysia?

"Being fair to all races is required in Islam and if Umno is fair to all, it will be respected by them," he said.

not only in islam but other religions too lah. if UMNO is fair?? yes, a very very big IF. the moon will turn blue when UMNO is fair! how can UMNO be fair when all it ever think of is its ketuanan melayu, or ketuanan UMNO more likely?  they feel they are the superior race in this country, they have special rights. the very term of 'special rights' already means being unfair!

nobody is going to ever believe what our PM said lah. all cakap kosong.  and we still remember what happened in perak, esp. how the speaker sivakumar was dragged out of the state assembly.  mr PM, are you going to take back selangor just like how you took back perak?


Najib: I want Selangor back

Posted: 09 Aug 2009 06:58 PM PDT

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said today he wants Selangor back in Barisan Nasional's (BN) fold.

Describing the state as the heartbeat of the country, he said, the BN has a bright chance of winning back the state provided that component parties, led by Umno, are prepared to change, he said when opening the Kuala Selangor Umno delegates' meeting today.

There is also a need for Umno and component parties to work together based on the spirit of consensus, he said.

Complete news at :

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/110186


seals: Is this why Selangor is being attacked by MACC / Police ?

A readers comment:

The title of this article itself sounds like a child screaming for a candy or a chocolate! We have made our choice & that decision stays till the next GE. My Selangor should not be another Perak!
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Will Home Minister Hisham take action?

Posted: 09 Aug 2009 09:45 AM PDT

On 'Utusan - the true face of 1Malaysia'

CS: From the audacity shown by this Utusan Malaysia writer, it is clear that he has been put up to this task of inciting racial hatred amongst all Malaysians. It is also a foregone conclusion who is behind this despicable act.

I would urge the home minister to remember the words of his grandfather, Onn Jaffar. He said "the only way forward for this nation is to think as one, to believe as one and to act like one". These words were drops of pearls, inspired by Allah for the good of all mankind.

Dear Dato Hishammuddin, as home minister, you now have the power to make or break this nation, which is at the brink of collapse. You will make the nation proud if only you act as the leader of one nation, not as a Malay, Chinese or Indian but as a Malaysian.

Show the people that you really care, like your grandfather would have wanted. Put an end to this type reporting/comments in Utusan. You know what the consequences will be if you do not take action now.

Be all you can. Love all and hate none. May Allah always guide you like he did your grandfather.


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http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/109994
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52nd Merdeka logo

Posted: 09 Aug 2009 09:06 AM PDT

Until today, any one knows the 52nd Merdeka celebration logo?

Scaled-down Merdeka Day celebrations

KUALA LUMPUR: This year's 52nd Merdeka Day celebrations will be a series of scaled-down but meaningful events centred on the theme "1Malaysia: People First. Performance Now".

Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the events would not be overly extravagant given the current economic slump. He said the main celebration and parade would be held for the first time at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.[.......]

Does the 52nd Merdeka logo = 1Malaysia logo???

Moderate Merdeka Celebrations To Respect Ramadan – Rais

[......]Rais also said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would launch the 52nd Merdeka celebration logo on June 27 at Dataran Merdeka, during which six 1Malaysia songs that were selected by the Cabinet would be made in public for the first time.[......]

From the news report, the Mederka celebration logo should announced on 27th June 2009 at Dataran Merdeka; but, any word regarding that? On 27th June 2009 at Dataran Merdeka, our PM did launched a logo but 1Malaysia logo. Does it means the 52nd Merdeka logo = 1Malaysia logo?

Very confused. :confused: We wait and see.

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Swearing is good!

Posted: 09 Aug 2009 09:00 AM PDT

While browsing through the blogs, I just found out that swearing is actually good. I'm not talking about taking an oath because this word has 2 meanings. The one I'm talking about will be the one on cursing, being rude, etc... Although it's impolite to swear but researchers finds that swearing could help reduce our stress. You swear when you're frustrated, angry, pain, 'high'.. Lol.. . Don't you know that swearing toughen you up? It's a good news though because I swear a lot... That's why I'm gonna 'fuck' all night long!


"If you take a diamond and crush it, the dust you get will be black."

"We face difficulties in life, but we need to lead our lives and not let others control our path"

Problems.. problems.. problems... We can have a thousand problems a day. Yet, it was never easy to keep it in you.. and neither it's easy to solve it.. Look behind those eyes and see how many problems they faced although they're happy.. I'll find a day where I go so drunk and couldn't speak.. not forgetting too, wear black for the rest of the month...


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