Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Alright come back to my post about this million dollar wiki, i knew about this website from the dot com mogul - John Chow. The website of million dollar wiki is basically ask you to buy a page from them for USD 100. Then the entire page is up for you to design, post your company's website, write up and last but not least it is for life. Yes for LIFE.
No more catch behind.
Million Dollar Wiki will grant you to control the entire content of your own page and you can re-sell the page when you feel is right. How it works? It is just like you control of your own website but the advantages are your site is with other higher page rank sites and traffic will flow to your site as long as people search it. But Million Dollar Wiki is no longer new and fresh in the market now and the worst fact is most of the keyword are taken.
So, I've been cracking head to buy a page and get some decent traffic to promote my pamperzone, hell know. Today, when i click to John Chow's website, he is promoting another Million Euro Wiki. A pure carbon copy of the previous Million Dollar Wiki. This news must have not reach most out of the world yet before it is too late. Head on and check the Million Euro Wiki and you will receive a 10% discount if you key in JohnChow.
Graphics speak louder than words, a lenghty blog could make you feel boring if the topic or content isn't interesting but attractive graphics could hold your readers to stay longer on your blog or website.
A survey out of 10 person i know (well i'm not running a focus group), my readers on my blog always hope to see photos, graphics appeared in my blog so that they feel more attractive. Yes, Attractiveness is hard to get out of most. Even you're not scoring for an A in your English (just like Me) but just fair writing with graphics and photos will make your readers feel that your blog is lively. Try me if you don't believe.
Look who says Dummy cannot design!!!
Interesting article written by an Indian Economist
Japanese save a lot. They do not spend much. Also Japan exports far more than it imports. Has an annual trade surplus of over 100 billions. Yet Japanese economy is considered weak, even collapsing.
Americans spend, save little. Also US imports more than it exports. Has an annual trade deficit of over $400 billion. Yet, the American economy is considered strong and trusted to get stronger.
But where from do Americans get money to spend?
They borrow from Japan, China and even India.
Virtually others save for the US to spend. Global savings are mostly invested in US, in dollars.
India itself keeps its foreign currency assets of over $50 billions in US securities. China has sunk over $160 billion in US securities.
Japan's stakes in US securities is in trillions.
The US has taken over $5 trillion from the world. So, as the world saves for the US, Americans spend freely. Today, to keep the US consumption going, that is for the US economy to work, other countries have to remit $180 billion every quarter, which is $2 billion a day, to the US!
A Chinese economist asked a neat question. Who has invested more, US in China, or China in US? The US has invested in China less than half of what China has invested in US.
The same is the case with India. We have invested in US over $50 billion.
But the US has invested less than $20 billion in India.
Why the world is after US?
The secret lies in the American spending, that they hardly save. In fact they use their credit cards to spend their future income. That the US spends is what makes it attractive to export to the US. So US imports more than what it exports year after year.
The world is dependent on US consumption for its growth. By its deepening culture of consumption, the US has habituated the world to feed on US consumption. But as the US needs money to finance its consumption, the world provides the money.
It's like a shopkeeper providing the money to a customer so that the customer keeps buying from the shop. If the customer will not buy, the shop won't have business, unless the shopkeeper funds him. The US is like the lucky customer. And the world is like the helpless shopkeeper financier.
Who is America's biggest shopkeeper financier? Japan of course. Yet it's Japan which is regarded as weak. Modern economists complain that Japanese do not spend, so they do not grow. To force the Japanese to spend, the Japanese government exerted itself, reduced the savings rates, even charged the savers.
Even then the Japanese did not spend (habits don't change, even with taxes, do they?). Their traditional postal savings alone is over $1.2 trillions, about three times the Indian GDP. Thus, savings, far from being the strength of Japan, has become its pain.
Hence, what is the lesson?
That is, a nation cannot grow unless the people spend, not save. Not just spend, but borrow and spend.
Dr. Jagdish Bhagwati, the famous Indian-born economist in the US, told Manmohan Singh that Indians wastefully save. Ask them to spend, on imported cars and, seriously, even on cosmetics! This will put India on a growth curve. This is one of the reason for MNC's coming down to India, seeing the consumer spending.
'Saving is sin, and spending is virtue.'
But before you follow this neo economics, get some fools to save so that you can borrow from them and spend!!!
Monday, September 24, 2007
During the service of the portugese Jose Mourinho, Alex ferguson has only won once draw 5 and loss 5 against the Blues out of the 11 meetings. A very sudden departure of Jose Mourinho after the draw with Rosenborg at Stamford Bridge last week when the board disclosed that Jose left with "mutual consent". So who do you think football maniac?? Do you want Jose Mourinho still attached with EPL??
Well, in my opinion i really want Jose Mourinho to stay with Chelsea for another few good years, his exists really contribute alot of excitements to EPL and the European Champions League. Chelsea fans like him, even the rivals fans like me (i'm Man united fan) also love him to stay. Football is not only about winning or lossing (although win is important for the club) but for us we like to watch beautiful football that display alot of skills, tactics and strategies. Even the rivals manager like Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger both praised the portugese manager and sad to see him leave the EPL.
I still clearly reminded a quote from Jose Mourinho during his interview session at ESPN sports centre last week saying that:
Jose: I love the club, I love the fans, I love Chelsea FC. If the people love me I will give 100% of my love in return. If you hate me and force me, I'll hate you and give you what you deserve.
From the above statement it was so clear that he has some bust up with the bosses on top, no support from the top management even like us working in the corporate world also feel one word "SIEN". I also will quit the company don't say he is Jose Mourinho, aren't you?
At here i wish Jose Mourinho the best of luck in all your future undertakings and hope he will return to another football club to see him in action again!!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Well where have I been for the pass month... (i) been busy arrange for "indon maid", (ii) busy looking for baby sitter for baby Sara, (iii) busy gathering with friends, (iv) busy arrange holiday for 2 me and pauline and (v) busy with my current stuff
In fact, for the pass half month i really busy on all the above... finally, everything have been resolved and I really need a holiday with pauline (only for both of us after tired of taking care baby and lots of errand to run) i still recalled our last vacation were to Hong Kong during CNY... and that't it, we have never been organised any trip after we know about the arrival of baby Sara.
So, this time I'm the organiser for the trip to reward pauline after her delivery of baby sara... pretty much options to choose from Penang to Club Med and from Avillion to Redang Island...(we even think of flying to nearest city like Bangkok, Macau and etc but it's over our budget..) so after some indepth discussion we planned our trip locally... The itinery Berjaya Hill Homes (previously known as Bukit Tinggi Resorts) cum Genting Highlands.
People will think that why Berjaya Hill Homes and Genting Highland. Well to escape from city i prefer to get a short holiday to beach or island or some places that are cooling.. in order to keep our trip fun and enjoyable we picked Berjaya Hill Homes as we've never been there but hear about the places for years. In addition, Genting currently are running a few promotions for the low season and we get our Room + Fly show for only RM223.00. If you want to know more about the room rates check out at the Genting websites alot of options for you to pick from if you want to get yourself out from the city and a night in the cooling resorts.
A 1.5 hours journey from Kuala Lumpur will be the home of Berjaya Hill Homes, where the famous Hill Resorts located 2,700-3,500 feet above sea level, Pahang, Malaysia. What to expect if you never been to this place? It is great with no expectation as both of us have never in our life think of going to this Hill Resort and certainly the Berjaya Hill Resorts bring alot of excitement for us.. During our drive all the way up to the hill we were thinking of how the famous Japanese Village and French-themed Resort look like... Suprised!!!
Both the Japanese Village and French-themed Resort look gorgeous from far and when we drew closer the French-themed Resort also known as Colmar Village in France is a picture postcard come alive. After settled down we planned to have a lunch on this Colmar Village and later on heading towards the famously known "Gambling Haven" the Genting Highlands.
Here are some nice photos taken on the Berjaya Hill Homes:
On the way to the French-Themed Resorts at Berjaya Hill Homes
After some discussion with Pauline, we decided to go to the Japanese Village first then only headed to the French-Themed Resorts as the Japanese Village is located on top of the hill. This photo is the traditional Japanese Tea House. Guest is prohibited to go in unless you rented a Kimomo and take photo with the Tea Lady. (i feel a bit cheated... why??? because we travel all the way to discover this place then the catch is here... You need to pay to take photos... WTF!!)
I quickily take a few photos of this traditional Japanese Tea house, the entire garden and interior is designed renowned japanese architect Mr Kaio Ariizumi and 22 skilled craftman from Japan, pretty impressive right...
Another shot on this Japanese Tea House, where the hell is the photo lady suppose to be... don't see her around...
This is me, Gossip with David author, David.
The tour of Japanese Village is far from impressive and it is not finish yet, me and pauline take a walk across the lush green which directed us to a new place...
This is the place TaTami Spa a minute away from the Japanese Tea House, but prior appointment is needed if you want to try the Spa service.
A closer look on the Tatami Spa, the main door is clocked down to avoid patrons to walk across.
After visited the Japanese Tea House and Tatami Spa garden, both of us feel like heading back to our car and then go to the Colmar Village (the french village), a route that lead us about 300 meter away and we passed the Botanic Garden. (of course i'm not interested in gardening or flower so we just take a skip on this)
We are heading to the Colmar Village, this shot is taken from our car, the journey from Japanese Village to the Colmar Village takes less than 5 minutes. (i think i'm speeding, to show some drift to Pauline... muahahahahahahahahah)
Right before the entrance of the car park you could see this... I think is DUCK...what do you call it??
After i've parked my car in a decent carpark offer by the Colmar Village, here is the main street of the French-Themed Resorts. Everything seems so unreal but it is a nice place to hang out with close friends to take a few days off from work or the busy city lifestlye, there are pubs and golf course as well not too far from this place. Due to weekday you don't see the crowd. PS. I don't think the place will packed by crowded tourists during weekend as the place don't offer much entertainment compare to the nearest Genting Highland and Resorts.
Featuring David on the main street of Colmar Village, only few couples on the coffee shop and a group of people attending their company's training from Bayern Corp Malaysia. It seems like a dead town, but the place is so neat that i wish to come here again on weekend to lay off.
Finally, settled down for our lunch at La Flamme, opposite is a bookstore further down there are souvenir shops and foot massage centre.
The end of the main street and both sides are the different themed Resorts. Is time to leave the place and heading to Genting Highland.
A 30 minutes journey we have reached the Resort Hotel, both of us are pretty tired till then. Before we entered our hotel room we expect it to be a run down and average room because we booked from online. But this photo tells it all. The room is totally out of our expectation, if you were ask me to rate the Resort Hotel room i will give 9 out of 10.
A comfy king size bed for us to take a nap before heading for tonight's show, The FLY at First World, Pavilion.
This is the view from our hotel room, you can see the Outdoor Theme Park and the thrilling space shot, height at 185 feet and travel on the speed of 67km/hour. Must try if you have no heart problem!!!
Just able to catch a shot from our hotel to the Awana Genting, the scenery is beautiful and calm.
After the rain, the fog getting thinner and the entire environment and scene from the top of the resorts seems so comfortable that you could stay there for life.
This is it, a 2 Days 1 Night stay and lay off at peak of the Highland. A trip that is memorable for once and hope to get another one in the near future. So folks, if you really don't know where to break away from your work, Genting Highland might be a good place, don't associate with the gambling activities first but to relax and slow down your pace. Sometimes, you will look further and clearer when you get a brighter sight.