Thursday, October 20, 2016

What's His Story?

This is the car that is always parked outside my house at the moment.  He's not blocking my gate or anything, so I'm not going to be too bothered by it. 

But I'm still interested to know the "Why?" "What is his story?"

At least, from my observation, the driver of this car is a regular guy.  He leaves for work around noon and comes back late at night.  At times, the car is there quite early (probably his day off).  My guess is, he is probably a renter and his landlord already has a car in the porch.

Previously there was one car which was even more peculiar.  The owner hardly moves the car at all.  He just leaves his blue car at the back of my house, and it is such a beautiful car.  Why buy a car and not use it, I always wondered.

The driver of the blue car has now moved the car to the back of his own house.  It doesn't matter to me now whether he uses it or not because it's no longer at the back of my house.

At another house, also a corner lot like mine, I saw people parking their cars on the grass outside that neighbour's house.  I know it is a public road, but houseowners do plant flowers and shrubs on the grass.  This makes the taman a lovelier place to live in.  We also clean the place even though it is a public road --- I know, you're going to ask, "WHO ASKED YOU TO?"  --- but isn't it nice to live in a clean and green neighbourhood?  Does anyone have the right to destroy or damage another's effort?

My friend who visited me recently, wondered whether the guy with the white car had bought this car without his wife's knowledge, and to avoid a quarrel had decided to park at my place, and tells her that he takes the bus to work everyday.

We all form conclusions and perceptions of an event based on our own personal experiences. For me, I would never have thought of that.

I'm thinking of something more like ...

I'm very intrigued by "The Girl On The Train" at the moment.  I've bought the book but have not read it yet.  Maybe I'll just watch the movie.

Watch movie, then read book.... or read book, then watch movie ....

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Plea For Serenity

It has become a norm in many housing estates in Johor Bahru, and I believe elsewhere too. I heard KL is even worst. 

I think commercial hubs and even public hospitals are not spared this problem of illegal parking.

A recent drive through Taman Pelangi in Johor Bahru turned out to be such a stressful experience for me, with the traffic congestion and the deafening sounds made by the swiftlets. 

The number of cars is apparently more than the parking lots, and someone needs to come up with a solution to this problem which is only going to get worse. 

Build a multi-storey car park, fine motorists who park illegally, tow away their cars, come up with better connectivity and public transportation.

Parking woe is starting in gated and guarded communities while ungated neighbourhoods like Kim Teng Park and Serene Park, both located near the CIQ, are inundated with cars left by people who leave their cars there and go to work across the Causeway.  

the coastal highway going to town

The residents in these neighbourhoods have come up with a dozen ways to deter illegal parking but to no avail.  They're waiting for a hero to come their way.

Who wants to be the hero who can save the day?
One in every three adults in the country is grappling with mental health issues, whether they realise it or not. Startling and worrying findings shared by the Health Ministry have also revealed an increase in the number of women suffering from poor mental health. The ministry’s just-released National Health Morbidity Survey (NHMS) revealed a drastic two-fold increase in the number of mental health patients from a decade ago

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak made the announcement on the approval of a third Foon Yew High School branch in Bandar Seri Alam, during a meet-the-people and high tea session at Kompleks Sentosa, Johor Bahru, before the 13th general election.

The approval letter for the school branch was today presented by MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai to Foon Yew High School Management Committee chairman Tong Sing Chuan at the UMLand Seri Alam Sales Gallery, along with a cheque amounting to RM1 mil.

The Johor Baru Tiong Hua Association also contributed RM500,000 to the building fund.

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pic source NST online

MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, on a separate occasion, said that in Johor, a Johorean can apply for a house under the Johor Affordable Housing Scheme, which is priced between RM50,000 and RM150,000 in a prime location, such as Iskandar Puteri.

Wee asked those living in Pakatan-led states whether they can find houses that are priced RM150,000 in prime areas near their work place.

Wee also pointed out that Johor's foreign direct investment figures speak volumes of what the state government has done.

Meanwhile, Johor MIC chief Datuk M Asojan said that under the leadership of former Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Othman, the Indian community have received plenty of benefits for the building of Tamil vernacular schools and temples.

"When Khaled became the Menteri Besar, the 2015 state budget has an allocation of RM4 million for the Indian community and in 2016, the amount was increased to RM6 million for welfare, education, entrepreneurship and the rehibilitation of Tamil schools.

"You cannot find any dissatisfaction among the Indians here towards Khaled's leadership," Asojan said, adding that on Oct 4, in conjunction with MIC's 70th anniversary celebration, that state also gave RM1 million for the building of a ritual site for the Indian community.

Asojan called on those living in Penang and Selangor to ask what their leaders have done for them when the leaders ask them for votes.

Wee and Asojan were responding to State Opposition leader Liew Chin Tong's call to "puncture the myth" that Johor Umno and Khaled have delivered as a government and that there was "universal disdain" from the ground for Najib.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Minding Your Mind and Money

Aviary stock photo

I was awakened from my sleep early this morning by what I thought was the sound of someone starting the engine of his car.  I lay on my bed with eyes closed, not wanting to think too much about it. 

Park the car outside my house and coming to start the engine so early in the morning, my mind was raving.

When I eventually opened my eyes, I realised that it was actually my ceiling fan that had woken me from my sleep.

The reason I'm sharing this is I want to say that the mind sometimes try to trick us.

That's why people kill others at the spur of the moment (unpremeditated murder), and sometimes they kill themselves because they could see no other solution to their problem.  The Robert that they love so much has left them for another.  (Once upon a time, Hong Kong-made movies always name the Casanova type characters Robert).

So the mind tricks them into thinking that there is no other way out, it's the end of the world.  If only they could calm down and wait a few hours or days, they'd look back on that moment and see that it really wasn't such a big deal.

What I'm trying to say is, don't get tricked by the mind. Today is World Mental Health Day.  Keep the body and mind healthy, and if you know someone suffering from mental illness, try not to judge or ridicule them.  Be compassionate.

I also found this story

about Serene Park in Johor Bahru, which isn't so serene anymore.  The story was written in April but a check with the residents revealed that the community issue here still exists.  It's definitely worse in Serene Park than in my neighbourhood as there are break-ins, road accidents and robberies on top of people parking everywhere and causing congestion.

Apart from minding the mind and being the master of it, another thing one needs to be master of is MONEY.

Poor financial management resulted in 22,663 Malaysians under the age of 35 being declared bankrupt between 2011 and Sept 2015, according to the Malaysian Financial Planning Council (MFPC).

MFPC deputy president Michael Kok Fook On reportedly told Bernama that this group of people failed to manage their financial resources and do not understand the importance of proper financial planning.

Have a financial plan and cultivate the discipline to stick with it.  Also diversify and grow your wealth.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Run For Special Children

the crowd at the Sutera Square

More than 1,000 people took part in the Autism Charity Run organised by Calvary Victory Centre (CVC) in Johor Bahru today.

The run, held at the Sutera Square, was divided into two categories --- 5km for adults and 2.4km for children and those with special needs.

CVC, which started operations on Oct 1 with five students, now caters and offers Special Education Programmes to 120 students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aged three to 25.

Sponsors of the run include  Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhist Society, 7 Days Fitness Gelang Patah, and Comfort Beauty Spa.

Lee Ming Lee (Lily), who is the head teacher of  CVC,  said that autism awareness is growing in Johor and parents with special children are now more willing to bring their child out for activities that promote social interactions.

If you're planning a small gathering like a tea party of sort, you can consider ordering snacks from the  CVC DeLights Cafe which employs children with special needs.

Majority Rules

first there was one
and then there were two

I wrote that I wasn't going to be bothered anymore about things that happen outside my house, so maybe this will be the last (concerning my neighbourhood, that is).

I have no issue with these buses.  No one else seems to mind.

This post is about an incident which had happened in another country.  This woman wrote that she has two cars --- one was hers and the other belonged to her husband.  As one car was already in the porch, another one had to be parked outside.  As she has to move the other car before the one in the porch could get out, she decided to park one of her cars at her neighbour's house opposite the road.

She said that the neighbour then told her to move her car.  In the comment section, I saw a number of people lashing out at the neighbour, saying that the latter has no right to ask the woman to move her vehicle as the road does not belong to her.  They encouraged the woman to ignore the neighbour.

I don't think that is right.  If she has relatives coming over and since there will be three cars, then at least there's a valid reason to park at the neighbour's house.

But if it's because she doesn't want to inconvenience herself and her husband, and decided to make her neighbour's space their permanent parking spot, then it is not right at all.

However, I saw more people taking her side than that of the neighbour.  So sad and disheartening.

I guess this is a common community issue in every district, state and country.