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Huat Ah! Heng Ah!

My throat feels a little sore right now.  Was shouting "heng ah!" "huat ah!" along with the crowd of 200,000-odd people at the Chingay procession in Johor Bahru last night.

I don't normally do that, but felt so blessed last night.  I left the office with my colleague and best friend, Mary, at nearly 7pm.  Some were saying we'd only reach the city centre at midnight.

Initially was quite worried too because of the massive turnout and traffic congestion.  People parked their cars everywhere and 15 roads were closed.

But covering the event was a breeze, everything was smooth-sailing.

We reached the grandstand at 8.10pm, which was about the same time that Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin arrived.

And Mary managed to find a vacant spot at the carpark of  Komtar JBCC.   Heng ah!

The Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar arrived at 8.25pm amid cheers and roars of "Daulat Tuanku".

The New Straits Times' story is at http:/…

Toss To Good Health and Sensibility

Since Annie wrote about Singapore in Be More Like Singaporeans,

I also want to say something about Singapore.  I've been wanting to write about this for some time but never got to it.  I hope it's not sensitive.

My friend's sister works in Singapore but lives in JB.  She says her sis keeps most of her earnings in a Singapore bank after changing it to Malaysian currency, which is sufficient for necessities in JB.  The rest is kept in Singapore. Well, nothing wrong with that.  It's her hard-earned money.

Even when I told her that the interest rate offered by the banks there is not that high, she says it's ok.  At least it is safe, she said.

I'm baffled.  Malaysia's GDP growth moderated from 4.9% in the 2nd quarter of 2015 to 4.7% in the 3rd quarter.

According to the Statistics Singapore, the republic's economy expanded 1.8 percent year-on-year in the last three months of 2015.

But one can still invest in the Singapore share market using Malaysian Ringgit …

Johor's Stand


A BKim Moment

Warning! This is a cocky post!
I was having lunch with a good friend the other day and had a hearty laugh when she told me this.

My friend had covered an event and she asked the organiser a question. The organiser's reply was: "Tanya soalan yang macam Bee Kim?" (asking a question like Bee Kim).
Wow! I didn't know I have made such an indelible impression on someone! Even when I'm not there, I am on the person's mind. What can I say? Thank you.
Has any of my questions stirred anger, hatred, sadness, disappointment, shame or disgust? If yes, do let me know. 
If it had made anyone giggle for a moment, that's really not a bad thing. 
People who take a swipe at you either envies you or are miserable souls themselves. So, just laugh it off and don't let their remarks get to you.

I also have a nasty pimple on my nose which I think is going to stay until Chap Goh Meh (the last day of the Chinese New Year celebration). Are you going to laugh at me, or laugh wit…

Ensure foreign workers have minimum academic qualification, Khaled tells Johor businesses

PASIR GUDANG: Industry players in Johor must ensure that foreign workers have minimum academic qualifications before they can be employed as general workers.

Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the grouses of the local community is primarily the influx of foreign workers and the conflict that could arise if preventive measures were not taken. Khaled said management and administrative staff must be locals, while foreigners can only be employed as general workers but they need to have the minimum academic qualifications equivalent to the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

Ensure foreign workers have minimum academic qualification, Khaled tells Johor businesses

Read More :  "We don't want a similar problem to arise like in Singapore," Khaled said in reference to the sharp rise in the foreign population in the republic, which in 2014 led…

Stunning, and a bit of Financial Planning

The fireworks is going boom, boom, boom all around us as the Fire Monkey swaggers in. Stay cool.   My friend gave me this link I haven't checked it out yet but I'll be checking it later when I have the time.  Need to get ready for a Chinese New Year gathering. Just want to share this before I go.  This is simply stunning. It's poetry in motion.

Kung Hei Fat Choi: Let's Get Fat

The reunion meal is served. Yummy!!!

"Jiuhu Char" and lettuce.  The stir-fried shredded cuttlefish dish is a Penang Nonya dish prepared during Chinese New Year by the Chinese community from the northern states.
Abundant blessings. Two types of soup plus Chicken, Fish, Sotong, Veggies cooked with love in our hearts.

The Arrival Of Spring

春 chūn or Spring is here again and the Chinese community is set to welcome the Year of the Fire Monkey, which is said to symbolise fire sitting on top of metal.

For those who have yet to start a regular savings plan, it's time to start one.  Money is not everything but everything needs money.

A close friend's mother is currently in hospital.  She has insurance, but she now realises that just having an insurance plan is not enough.  The plan did not cover other things, and she wanted the best for her mother, so she still needs to dig into her savings for that.

Even if the investment didn't yield high returns, at least you will still have some savings when something unexpected happens.  Something is better than having no savings at all.

It's the Year of the Monkey, stop abusing monkeys.  Be kind to all animals.  Hoping to see the implementation of the Animal Welfare Act 2015 soon.

Need to go prepare for tonight's reunion gathering.

Wishing all those who are celebra…