Archive for March, 2010

The Sabahsightseeing staff had a FAREWELL dinner for their boss Ambrose Obon  and I too was invited. It was like one last dinner with Ambrose as  he will be leaving  us to start his own Tourism company, a direct friendly competitor to TATT in the making.  So toasts were made, some good-byes were said, and accolades for the session were given, before all return as competitors.

Ambrose, my good friend from the Pasok days will be leaving us immediately. Ambrose did a good job as Manager of Sabahsightseeing as he had turn around the branch which was year marked to be closed down before he took over due to low sales.

I want to thank Ambrose for opening up opportunity for me to learn so much about tourism and its products by allowing me to hang out in the Wisma Sabah office, and I want to thank also the staff of Sabahsightseeing for allowing me a chance to share one of my passions with people who were interested in my topic while I was hanging out with them.

Anyway, the dinner itself started quite normally, we ate, drank some beers and just had fun talking about anything and everything. Overall it was a great dinner, and I really enjoyed myself that night and so was everyone. Thank you Emily for organising this in such a short notice.

To Ambrose, if you ever read this, I’ll pray for your success. I hope our paths cross again, but if they don’t…please know that you’re been a wonderful part of my life during my 9 months in Sabah. I’ll take what you said to heart, that friends should always bring out the best in each other. And remember, it is said that the only thing you can count on to remain the same is the very concept of change. Life moves on, and hopefully we grow and move along with life. See you !! Read my blog often so that I’ll have motivation to update it on your behalf : I’ll try to visit you sometimes in your new outfit.

Thank you. Wish you luck my friend.

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I picked up this good news from Susan’s Blog. It seems All Senior Citizens in Penang will get RM100 posted to their home address after 21st of this month.  This is great news. Well done Guan Eng, you are doing well in spite of all the shit UMNO and its goons have been stirring since March 2008.

This is the best news for all Penangites and we thank you for taking your own initiative to come out with this “RM 100 Senior Citizens Appreciation Program.”  RM100 is no big deal and its not much in this present times but  it’s the thought that matters and a savvy way to really look into the demographics. Guan Eng should now also look into the needs and create more facilities for the older generation, the blind, the handicaped and the disabled.

Certainly this will go a long way and Guan Eng and his team are certainly on the right track. At this rate the Barisan National will be hard press to match the Pakatan Rakyat government in Penang.  Keep the momentum going as Guan Eng & Gang are seriously giving the BN a run for their money.

Here is the letter by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng…..

Dear Sir/ Mdm,

Penang Senior Citizens Appreciation Program of RM100 Annually

As a people-centric government, the Penang Pakatan Rakyat (PR) State government continually endeavours to listen to the people, do the people’s work and give hope to all. A people-centric government can be achieved through 3Es-to enable, empower and enrich the people.

  • Enable the people with the skills, knowledge and education to provide equal opportunity for all to create wealth.
  • Empower the people with fundamental rights, basic freedom and responsibilities with full observance for the rule of law.
  • Enrich the people by sharing wealth and economic benefits to persue socio-economic justice.

For the first time in Penang’s history, senior citizens above 60 years old residing in Penang shall receive RM100 annually. This is a symbolic gift from the Penang PR State government to all senior citizens for their contributions and efforts that have allowed Penang to enjoy its success today whether in the field of socio-economy or unity in diversity amongst our plural society.

The Penang PR state government can afford to do so as we have been rigorously adopting a prudent budget, strict savings and good governance based on CAT- Competency, Accountability and Transparency. CAT governance has gained recognition from international bodies such as Transparency International that praised a state government in Malaysia for the first time ever. The 2008 Auditor-General’s report also praised the success of the Penang PR State Government in turning around a projected 2008 Budget deficit of RM35 million to a record surplus of RM88 million and a projected 2009 Budget deficit of RM40 million to a surplus of RM77 million.

We regret that our political opponents have tried to sabotage this RM 100 cash appreciation program by describing giving money to senior citizens as an act of bribery and corruption. However we shall continue with this program and are prepared to face any investigation or action by the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Agency(MACC).

The RM100 cash appreciation to the senior citizens continues the Penang PR government’s tradition of giving to the people such as the RM100 water rebates to the nearly 170,000 low-income families in 2008-2009. Lest you think that you will be forgotten when you grow old- Remember that so long as Penang PR government exists, you will always be in our heart!

God Bless You!

Yours faithfully,

Lim Guan Eng ,Penang Chief Minister

My dad use to tell me and my sisters when I was very much younger that if  we drank cold drink or had cold food and had pain in our teeth, it is a sign of tooth sensitivity. Never paid much attention then to what he said although he was fixing our teeth cavities with those dental fillings.

Anyway what dad said was so true as according to a study recently, 20% of Malaysians experience pain when they eat something hot or cold. This study also says that sensitivity as a problem has the second highest incidence among Malaysians.

The latest findings indicate that 46 per cent of cases suffering from sensitivity belong to the age group 30-40.

The study also says that it is estimated that 50-90 per cent of people brush their teeth with too much pressure.

Sensitivity of teeth occurs with the passing of age and time, with years of brushing, significant tooth tissue as well as gum tissue get removed, exposing the inner portion of the tooth and the roots.

Anyway what is sensitivity of teeth?

Our teeth are made up of three layers. The outermost layer which covers the upper half of the tooth is called enamel and the layer which covers the root section of the tooth is called cementum. The layer beneath these is called dentine. This is not as mineralised and is less dense than the outer layers and, more important, it contains thin tubes which connect it to the soft portion of the tooth which contains nerve endings. Dental sensitivity is a condition that arises when this inner layer called dentine is exposed.

If a taste of ice cream or a sip of coffee is sometimes painful or if brushing or flossing makes us wince occasionally, we may be suffering from sensitive teeth. Sharp or shooting pain caused while eating hot or cold, sweet or sour food is the most common symptom of tooth sensitivity. When hot or cold foods and liquids come into contact with the root surfaces, they may stimulate the nerves, causing us to feel pain.

So how to get relief? It is suggested that using a desensitising toothpaste which contains compounds can help block sensation travelling from the tooth surface to the nerve.

Since some sensitive toothpastes are available in a mint flavour as well, they can be used as ‘regular’ toothpastes.

If the desensitising toothpaste does not relieve pain, then  normally some dentist will suggest a fluoride gel or special desensitising agents that may be applied to sensitive areas of the affected teeth.

When even these measures do not correct the problem, I know my dad would quickly do a filling as he would have definatly found a cavity somewhere in between our molars.