Sunday, August 05, 2007

Around Ikhwan's Five Year Old Birthday

Well, on the 20th of July 2007 (what a nice date it was: 20072007), Ikhwan turned 5 years old. No birthday party this time. But as usual we have some cakes, sweet and candies for the kids. Ikhwan got a remote control robot, Marsya received a doll model while Alya got a small keyboard piano.


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

My new Site : www.zakiyamani.com

Hi guys, I'm moving to my new domain and hosting. Check out my new "ZakiYamani.com" which is using wordpress platform. Well, I'm still green in wordpress. I'm sorry because the site is still not perfect yet. I'm improving it on a constant daily basis (after work off course....).

Friday, May 25, 2007

Thought For the Day 3

.....Have the Name of God on your tongue, in your breath, ever. That will invoke His Form as the inner core of everything. That will provide you with His company, and contact with His boundless energy and bliss. That is the “good association” which gives you maximum benefit. Converse with God who is in you; derive courage and consolation from Him. He is the Teacher who is most concerned with your progress.....

....You are engaged in service and undertaking various spiritual practices. What benefit have you derived from these activities? Only when good feelings emerge from you, you get rich rewards. After sowing a papaya seed, you cannot expect a mango fruit. As is the seed, so is the tree. Likewise, as is the feeling, so is the result. Good and evil are based on your feelings. Hence, develop noble thoughts and spread the message of love to the entire world. Cultivate the feeling that all are your brothers and sisters.....

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Size Does Matter!!!

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Adsense Video....Cool

Google is coming out with a more attractive and aggressive ads than the text adds. It's the new "Adsense video". I cannot wait to insert those video ads in my blog but I have to wait for a while. It's still under testing. However, check out the information from Google Inside Adsense below:

You've heard the expression "Content is king." We completely agree, and we also realize that these days website content is much more than just text -- it's also video. That's why we're excited to announce that this week, we're launching a pilot with a small group of publishers to test streaming video ads in their online video content. With this pilot, publishers control when the ads play in their videos and choose which videos get the ads.We know there's a lot going on in the world of video, and you may be wondering how this relates to other video
initiatives we've announced in AdSense. Here's a brief clarification:

- Click-to-play video ads: This is a video ad type on our content network. Any publisher opted into image ads and using one of the supported formats may see these click-to-play video ads on their sites.

- AdSense video distribution and sponsorship: We ran 2 pilots that allowed publishers to choose video channels (short-form video clips bundled with video ads) to display on their sites.

- In-stream video ads pilot: This is what we're announcing today - we're extending AdSense to online video content. Publishers in this test will be able to define at what point in their videos that streaming video ads will appear. (MORE)

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Mars Starts Using Animal Products

When it comes to chocolate bars, my wife will get crazy. She love chocolate bars a lot especially Cadburry, Snickers, Mars etc. With news release that some of chocolate bars will stop using vegetable fats, that is not a good news for us to hear. My favourite, which is Maltesers is also in the list of chocolate that is no longer suitable for vegetarians.....Check out the article below adopted from BBC NEWS.

Mars, Snickers and Twix chocolate bars
Masterfoods' brands are household names
Some of the UK's best-selling chocolate bars, such as Mars and Twix, will no longer be suitable for vegetarians.

Also affecting brands such as Snickers and Maltesers, owner Masterfoods said it had started to use animal product rennet to make its chocolate products.

Masterfoods said the change was due to it switching the sourcing of its ingredients and the admission was a "principled decision" on its part.

The Vegetarian Society said the company's move was "incomprehensible".

'Extremely disappointed'

Masterfoods said it had started using rennet from 1 May and non-affected products had a "best before date" up to 1 October.

Rennet, a chemical sourced from calves' stomachs, is used in the production of whey.

It will now also be found in Bounty, Minstrels and Milky Way products, and the ice cream versions of all Masterfoods' bars.

"If the customer is an extremely strict vegetarian, then we are sorry the products are no longer suitable, but a less strict vegetarian should enjoy our chocolate," said Paul Goalby, corporate affairs manager for Masterfoods.

The Vegetarian Society said it was "extremely disappointed".

"At a time when more and more consumers are concerned about the provenance of their food, Masterfoods' decision to use non-vegetarian whey is a backward step," it said in a statement.

"Mars products are very popular with young people and many will be shocked to discover that their manufacture now relies on the extraction of rennet from the stomach lining of young calves," it added.

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Make A MILLION In 3 Years

§ Would you like to make a MILLION in three years?

§ Would you like to be paid cash for your products?

§ Would you like to get involved in a business giving a near 100 percent passive income?

§ Would you like to be in a business with low running costs?

§ Would you like to be in a business where you do NOT have to hire any employees, worry about salaries, overtime, work force planning, bonuses and EPF issues?

§ Would you like to be in a business where the demand is high and the supply is very limited?

If you answered ‘yes" to any of the above questions, then this is for you.

The answer to ALL of the questions above is swiftlet farming or better known as bird's nest farming.

Well, what exactly are swiftlet farms? Swiftlet farms refer to modified building or specially build structure for the purpose of providing breeding places for birds known as swiftlets. When swiftlet breed, they build the nests for their young using their saliva. It is this saliva that the Chinese around the world are willing to pay top dollars for. What's more important, swiftlets reside in only a few countries in the world, and Malaysia is one of them!

For many years, swiftlet farming has been providing lucrative and unbelievable returns to those who know the secrets of the business. For example, the projected returns from a 2- storey standard shop lot is in excess of RM300,000 per year. This successful business model has been replicated many times by the privileged few who guards the secrets fiercely for obvious reasons. What's more, swiftlet farming is legal and has the endorsement from Federal and State governments.

Due to popular demand, we are organizing a workshop for those who want to find out more about swiftlet farming. This is a workshop that we guarantee you have never seen before. It will cover all the topics you needed to know to kick start your own swiftlet farms. This is also your rare chance to meet up with the Guru of Swiftlet Farming, Dr. Christopher Lim, who is also the author of the best selling "Make Millions from Swiftlet Farming - A Definitive Guide".

Dr. Lim is a well respected figure in the field of swiftlet farming on top of being a full time Consultant Physician and Kidney Specialist at various reputable institutions and hospitals in Malaysia. He is a much sought after speaker in both local and international swiftlet farming workshops. Over the years, he has assisted many in owning their dream farms. More importantly, he is a successful farmer himself - he manages two highly successful swiftlet farms. Further, when he started his farms, he was not even residing in Malaysia!

By attending this workshop, you will be able to understand the ins and outs about swiftlet farming. Learn first hand from Dr. Lim about his vast experience in swiftlet farming. Do not miss this opportunity of a lifetime!

When: Saturday 7 July 2007
Where: Holiday Villa, Subang Jaya
Time: 9 am - 1 pm
Speaker: Dr. Christopher Lim
Fee: RM490
Group Discount (2 or more pax signing up at the same time): RM400 only. (Please call us at 03-7880 1051 for group discount sign ups.)

This program will soon be full. Act quickly and join an already impressive list of investors and business people at this powerful and unique program.

BOOK YOUR SEATS NOW to ensure your spot. To do so, simply register online at www.MillionairesPlanet.com/Swiftlets.htm or call us at 03-7880 1051 and we will do the rest.

We look forward to sharing this remarkable event with you!

Yours sincerely

Azizi Ali
Millionaires Coach
www.MillionairesPlanet.com
P - 03 7880 1051 F - 03 7880 8051

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Interesting huh.....Art or Furniture?

The Obelisk ( wOw )



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Thought For the Day 2

".......One needs to keep watch over one’s thoughts, because they form the basis for one’s actions. When one’s wishes are fulfilled, one is content. When they are not realised disappointment ensues. But no one inquires into the causes for such divergent feelings. Failures are the result of one’s own shortcomings. When the heart is pure, actions will automatically yield beneficial results. Our thoughts are the cause of the success or failure of our efforts. Hence one must utilise thoughts in a proper manner. When one’s thoughts are sublime, the results one achieves are also sublime.........."


"........When defeat and disappointment stare you in the face, you must not give way to weakness or despondency. Never condemn yourself as inferior or useless. Analyse the situation and find out the reasons for defeat so as to avoid it next time. You should have muscles of iron and nerves of steel. Then your resolution will generate the necessary confidence, and that will win over opposition. For the crop of life, courage and confidence are the best fertilizers. Be like lions in the spiritual field, rule over the forest of the senses and roam fearlessly with full faith in achieving victory...."

Alza Price


Sunday, May 20, 2007

Our Weekend Activities


Today, we woke up late. Well, it's Sunday!!! Later in the afternoon, we went to some show houses. They're beautiful. I wonder, went we'll be living in such a spacious and luxurious house like that. The cost of the house is nearly 1/2 a million MYR. mahal beb....



Don't be mistaken. That's not my car. It's the new Toyota Camry and I fancy it so much. I hope I can own it within 18 - 24 months time. Hopefully.

By the way, hari ini aku memang tak banyak main dengan internet. Just buat 5S (kemas-kemas la...ala konsep Jepun tu) Aku ISO kan dokumen2 aku la....Hari ini memang kena buat evaluation sikit dan review balik semua planning dan kerja aku. Kalau tak review, ntah-ntah ada yang tak kena, terlajak, buat waste time aku je.....Puas hati aku dapat kemas-kemas sikit benda-benda dan dokumen aku yang bersepah sikit2.




Frust juga semalam sebab manchester united kalah...Tapi nak buat camna, telan je la...besok kat tempat kerja, mesti member-member enemy Man-U standny nak mengutuk aku....Takpa,,tabahkan hati...



Akademi Fantasia 5, aku memang dah agak si Milah tu yang menang....Memang dia start takde momentum masa mula-mula AF5 start dulu...tapi last-last power pulak....di tambah pulak dengan iringan lagu my Heart.....perhhh tangak feeling pulakk....

Hmmm kena standby, besok nak pergi kerja. It's another new week. I'm going to optimize my time and work.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Semua benda yang ada dalam kepala sekarang

Dah berapa malam aku tidur lewat. Semalam aku tidur jam 2 pagi. Before that aku tidur jam 3 pagi. Adalah projek/kerja yang aku buat. Memang besoknya aku kena pergi kerja, tapi aku ada target yang aku kena capai this month. He he...macam target sales lah pulak....eh...memang iye pun.....

Sebenarnya bukan senang nak senang. Asyik pikir macam mana nak buat itu ini. Nak bersama family dan harmoni. Nak tambah rezeki dan sebagainya. Dalam pada tu, aku pun tengah pikir nak sambung belajar lagi. Huh....!!! macam-macam la....

Sekarang ni dahla tengah clash pulak 2 program....Akademi Fantasia 5 final dan juga F.A cup final Manchester United dan Chealsea. Dua-dua program nie lewat pulak habis....tak habis-habis lagi walaupun dah jejak 12 tengah malam....Sapa lah nak menang....nie....??? Bola dah jejak extra time dah nie...

Aku punya saham pulak dalam bursa KLSE nie...masih hold lagi....pelik jugak lah walaupun indeks komposit nampak ok...tapi kebanyakkan saham2 murah dan sederhana nie....tak aktif sgt....nasib baik aku tak jadi beli marco warrant hari jumaat lepas pada harga 11.5 sen seunit.....kalau tak mesti aku jadi lagi tension sebab closing Jumaat lepas pada 10.5 sen....pheww....!!! Well, let's just hope saham-saham aku nie akan jadi ok la....Patut la member aku dan analisis cakap bulan May nie....memang tak berapa Ok sikit....indeks nampak ok pun pasal blue chip ok.....

Pasal projek aku nak sambung pHd pulak.....ingat nak commercializekan project freeze concentration yang wife aku pelopori tu....tapi bila aku tgk2 dan cari info sikit pasal cooling system dan kos operating cost yang terlibat, rasa macam payah pulak.....tapi aku nak try selidik dulu la....takkan main give up cam tu je....malas aku nak pikir topik lain nak buat.....Aku nak kena check lagi sekali feasibility dan commercial viability project separation tu....

Itu hari, makan dengan member aku yang dah naik pangkat jadi manager....macam2 benda kita borak while makan....memang fruitful dan pack dengan ideas.....idea nak cari duit la......bagus juga sekali sekala keluar dan spent time dengan different people.....kekadang aku bergaul dan mix dengan geng executive yang lain, hampeh.....asyik mengarut je...tapi at least release tension gak....daripada duk pikir pasal kerja...je kat kilang aku tu....

Aku memang nak maintain blog nie asalnya in english...tapi aku take time la nak tulis dalam english....kena control grammar, spelling dan macam2 lagi....So aku decide utk tulis je dalam BM dan selit2 dengan English.....So, lagi cepat la aku taip....apa yang ada dalam benak aku, aku taip je.....Tapi lepas aku baca comment daripada Paula Mooney dari USA dalam post beberapa hari lepas...aku sungguh terharu, sebab dia masih membaca dan memberi komen terhadap post aku....maybe after this, it is difficult for her to read my post.....Sorry Paula....

Dah 3 malam gak aku duk tanda report design project student UITM nie....itu antara sebab minggu nie average time tidur aku dah jadi 1.30 pagi.....he he....nasib baik dah siap aku kasi marking....rasa macam jadi lecturer pulak.....dah la tu kat kilang aku supervise sorang lagi practical student.....

Well...life goes on....We must to do our very best to succeed in everything....without ignoring our faith and God.....Yes, we are busy, but still we must allocate a portion of our precious time for our love ones....our spouse, kids, parents etc....

Friday, May 18, 2007

Thought For the Day

...Evil qualities like desire, anger and hatred may arise in you at times but they should not be allowed to take root in the mind. When someone comes to your doorstep with his baggage, if you receive him and start exchanging pleasantries, he will immediately enter and settle down in your house. On the other hand, if you ignore him completely, he will seek lodging elsewhere. Likewise, when evil thoughts arise, just ignore them. On the other hand, if you entertain them, they will rule over you. When you come across something evil, do not look at it, talk about it or listen to it; just ignore it. You should permit entry into your mind only that which is sacred. Do not allow evil to enter. Only then can you attain peace....

.....Whatever you seek in the external world is present in you. There is nothing outside which is not within. When you open your eyes, you are able to see thousands of heads. Once you close your eyes, you cannot see anyone. From this, it is clear that all that you see with your physical eyes is transient. So long as the physical eyes are functional, you are able to see the world. Once they become non-functional, you cannot see anything. But there is something that you can see whether you open your eyes or shut them. That is Divinity. It is changeless and eternal. It has neither birth nor death. In fact, you are the embodiment the same divine principle. Understand this truth.....

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Kurang Masa Tapi Banyak Kerja

Aku punya perancangan dan projek yang nak di buat punyalah banyak. Masalahnya aku tak cukup masa nak buat dan laksanakan. Maklumlah, kerja dah makan masa banyak sangat, lepas tu travelling pulak tu, berapa jam satu hari!!! Tapi, macam mana pun aku kena try usaha buat semua benda yang aku plan tu.

Cabaran aku sekarang ni adalah untuk belajar pakai soholaunch untuk design website. Aku ni bukanlah dari komputer background. So, memang problem sikitlah nak design site. So, selama nie belajar sendiri la....If only aku ada tok guru yang boleh ngajar aku buat site, jimat masa sikit siut...

Aku pun nak maintain blog ni dalam bahasa melayu + english....supaya aku boleh main type je apa yang ada dalam kepala otak aku nie....kira type jari tak berenti la.....

Aku punya investment kat BSKL pulak hold je sbb market tgh down la pulak....so, maintain je lah investment aku dalam tu. Harapnya later aku boleh lah earn something like 500++ monthly from saham aku tu...InsyaAllah....at least membantu la sikit urusan dan beban kewangan yang semakin menghimpit zaman moden nie....

Tadi, dua bijik keta aku bawak pegi cuci sekali dgn ikhwan dan marsya....Dah lama nak bawak cuci, tapi tak sempat....So, aku tak kisah sangat nak tengok Akademi Fantasia masa tu, lepas balik rumah around 10 lebih malam baru aku join tgk AF5 dengan wife aku. So, tadi tu, cuci Kancil aku yang baru lepas accident....Nampak ok la Kancil tu....tapi bunyi clucth memang hampeh dan tak sedap betul....memang kena bawak pegi service la.....kat Perodua service Taman U nanti....

Target short term adalah utk cepat2 settlekan site ChemicalEngineering101.com aku...Bila la aku boleh launch.....???

Monday, April 16, 2007

Life Goes On Stories

I'm really busy nowadays and I don't like it. A lot of jobs and reports have to be done at work. My boss suddenly resigned. My down line staffs have their own "mystery" problems of taking MC (medical leave) at strategic time. Sometimes, I don't have enough manpower on a shift to run the plant (but we still run the plant). Luckily my eyes are a little bit fine and OK. I can feel the improvement and it's not as stress as last week.

Last Saturday, on my way home from work, I stopped at Shell station to buy the Star newspaper (to see and read some business and stock investment stuff!!!). Unfortunately, the paper was not available. I don't understand why the Star always run out of stock almost everywhere except at Jusco Mall Taman University (where they have tremendous amount of the Star newspapers). Well, that's not the story I want to tell here. As I drove my car to the main road (Pasir Gudang highway), an old man waved to me from outside. He approached me. I lowered down the window. He asked me nicely whether he can take a lift to the Carrefore / Jalan Kota Tinggi intersection. He said that he have been at the petrol station for few hours already. Initially I was not sure whether to offer him a lift or not. Who knows maybe he's a stranger with bad intention!!! But, after observing him, i felt pity. I welcomed him and he hoped into my Waja (after I cleared all the papers and documents which were lying unorganized on the seat. I threw them to the back seat.

In the car, we chatted. He came from Kluang to Johor Bahru to seek for work. He arrived the day before and spent the night in a mosque at Permas Jaya. He intended to visit and stay a few days at his cousins home, but his cousin have moved. I asked him whether he have family or not? His wife had past away few years ago and his 2 children were already married and lived with their family. His kids are doing just enough to support their family. So, he cannot depend on his children financially. He still have to work at the age of 63. He added, he was earlier at Shell to seek for some work, not long, just a day or two, to buy some food and perhaps return back to his home town (if he cannot meet his cousin, where he can have shelter). I really pity him that moment. I wish I can help him financially or other ways. But, I must help myself and my family first...

We reached the junction and I dropped him. Before he left, I gave him some money (enough to buy a good lunch) and the only food stock that I have in the car i.e. a packet of half filled "kuaci" (seed). I'm glad I helped him a little by giving him a ride and some money. I hope he is safe and healthy and can find a job and meet his cousin (well, i don't know how!!!) and can survive. I hope his kids will take care of his father...

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Limited Time

I already have my own domain name and I really wanted to work on it. Unfortunately, I have limited time to learn and explore WordPress and manage my domain account. Nowadays, my work seems to conquer most of my time. I'll be working on my blog progressively bit by bit. In the mean time, I'll still be using this platform to blog, until I'm ready for a change.

It's now 8.45 pm and I better get some sleep because in a few hour times (1.00 - 5.00am), it's my turn (my shift) to be a "security guard" at my housing area!!! Well, it's a social obligation and the communities are working together to ensure peacefulness of our territory.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Some Adjustment

Hi friends,

I'm sorry for not posting anything in the past few days: Several reasons are

- My eyes are too tired to face the laptop as I've been staring the monitor for 9 - 10 hours at work doing my monthly reports. When I reached home at night, my eyes are already very weak to blog. Watching TV or focusing my eyes to read the newspaper also add some stress to my eyes. My wife have covered me by posting the Guatemala Earthquake incident. But she too have her own commitments and are only capable to cover me once in a while. That's why associating with a guess blogger is important and can ensure continuous flow of our blog content. I'm planning to do so. Anybody want to be a guess blogger?

- I'm in process to switch from blogger to WordPress platform. This blog domain is http://zaki-yamani.blogspot.com. If you go to http://zakiyamani.com, you can see my new WordPress blog, but it's not ready yet, simply because the reason mentioned above plus I have to learn and explore WordPress. I need to get a new WordPress theme that can suit my taste and look nice and pleasant for readers. That may take some time to establish.

- Here comes the new weekend and we're heading to my in laws house in Kuantan. Hence, I'm not going to be able to do some blogging or other internet activities. There's no internet line connection in the house. There'll be some cyber cafe but I must check on the availability of my time to do so. Meeting family and relatives, chatting and keeping up to date, that's the reason of us heading there this afternoon. The last time we went there was last January.

Wrapping up: I hope you can wait and hold on. In a few weeks time (few weeks because I'm a part time blogger!!! a full time engineer...) , I'm pleased to the fact that of switching to my own WordPress blog having my own domain name and my own email address: zaki@zakiyamani.com. Hmmm...I like it.....

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Photo of the day - A sinkhole in Guatemala


GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala - A 330-foot-deep sinkhole killed at least two teenagers as it swallowed about a dozen homes early Friday and forced the evacuation of nearly 1,000 people in a crowded Guatemala City neighborhood. Officials blamed the sinkhole on recent rains and an underground sewage flow from a ruptured main.

The pit emitted foul odors, loud noises and tremors, shaking the surrounding ground. A rush of water could be heard from its depths, and authorities feared it could widen or others could open up.

Rescue operations were on hold until a firefighter, suspended from a cable, could take video and photos above the hole and officials could use the documentation to decide how to proceed.

The dead were identified as Irma and David Soyos, emergency spokesman Juan Carlos Bolanos said. Their bodies were found near the sinkhole, floating in a river of sewage.

Their father, Domingo, was still missing, according to disaster coordinator Hugo Hernandez.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Malaysia Stock Exchange Investment Blog

I've mentioned earlier in post that I'm working on stock trading investment. I've just invested in a company last Friday. I prefer not to reveal the amount of units that I've purchased and the company. Some tips (trusted information) said that the particular company's stock price will increase up to 200% (based on the project awarded by the government), but we don't know yet how long will the process takes place. I just hope, I'll get some damn good clean profit of at least 10% or more in 1-2 weeks time. I've already injected a couple thousands MYR in my trading account. I plan to invest in another 1 or 2 companies.

In conjunction with that, I started another blog in March entitled SAHAM 8993, which will share some informations, tips and updates related to the Malaysian stock market. I don't have much knowledge about the trading and investment industry (I'm still fresh, green and virgin!). Therefore, my colleague who has been successful in accumulating substantial wealth will be the main contributor for the blog. I hope it will be informative for those who want to learn, or already indulged in the industry and want to get hot tips and latest news on what's happening in the Malaysian stock exchange.

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Photo of the Day - Man Down, Goal Down

Losing 1-0 to Blackburn, Manchester United also lose defender Nemanja Vidic to injury (a dislocated shoulder). However, Manchester United managed to won 4-1 after scoring 4 goals in the second half. Goals by Paul Scholes (61), Michael Carrick (73), Ji-Sung Park (83), Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (90). What a fantastic match! GettyImages

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Photo of the Day - Run Around The World

In this file picture, Robert Garside runs on a beach in Kochin City, in the southern Indian state of Kerala 20, April, 2003. More than three years after he finished an epic journey across six continents, Garside has been officially recognized as the first person to run around the world.
On Tuesday, he will become the first person recognized as having run around the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Garside traversed the world over five years and eight months, crossing 30 countries on six continents and covering more than 30,000 miles(48,000Kms).(AFP/File/Ravi Raveendran)

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Brand New Nokia E90 Coming Soon

Why have a separate notebook and mobile phone when one device can do it all? Well, almost. The Nokia E90 Communicator is the latest in the company's line of fold-open smartphones with QWERTY keyboards and come with wealth of connectivity options, including both quadband GSM and WCDMA (with 3G and HSDPA for high speed internet on to go), WiFi connection for hotspots and proper HTML browser (use FireFox for clearer, faster and better browsing). You can stay connected with E90 where ever you are.

If you need to do work or blogging!!!, E90 allows users to open and edit office documents which runs on Symbian OS v9.2 so you can expect a level of application sophistication close to a notebook PC.

And furthermore, there are two colours to choose from, cool black (excellent choice for your corporate husband and boyfriend) and hot red (suitable for your wife or girlfriend). E90 will be available soon. Check out more from Nokia.com.

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My Chemical Engineering World Blog Position in Search Engine

I wanted to search and check the position of my Chemical Engineering World blog (another blog that I owned which is more technical) in Google and Yahoo. To my surprise, Chemical Engineering World is at position at #4 in Google and #1 in Yahoo search when I search using "chemical engineering blog". The same blog appeared at #4 in Google and #8 in Yahoo when searched using "chemical engineer blog". I'm very pleased with the present blog's position so far, but I must improve the position of it in Google search engine.

In addition to that, Chemical Engineering World blog position is at #144 (page 14) when I searched using "chemical engineering". It is a more general term/key word that most people would search when seeking information about chemical engineering. I give up searching the blog's position at Google because I cannot find it until page 37! I definitely need to improve on the position when using this broader keyword (chemical engineering) in those search engine.

In order to have better position in the search engine, we have to include/mention the keyword repeatedly in our post, if possible in the title as well. The more keyword we have, chances of having a better rank in the search engine is higher. Then, I will always ping the blog from Technorati to refresh my blog content.

Conclusion: Ultimate goal is to be #1 in Google and Yahoo search engine for the keyword - "chemical engineering".


Chemical Engineering World at #4 in Google
(search using "chemical engineering blog")


Chemical Engineering World is at #1 in Yahoo
(search using "chemical engineering blog")

Chemical Engineering World at #4 in Google
(search using "chemical engineering blog")

Chemical Engineering World is at #8 in Yahoo
(search using "chemical engineering blog")

Chemical Engineering World is at #144 in Yahoo
(search using just "chemical engineering")

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A Part Time Blogger Concept

I go to work very early in the morning, and return home when it is already dark. Everyday, I arrive home and have a wonderful home cook dinner prepared by my wife (I'm lucky that my wife's cooking is marvelous and she loves cooking for me). I play a little bit with my three beautiful kids. Sometimes they're noisy playing around and sometimes they quarrel with each other. Well, they're just small innocent kids.

Before taking shower, I'll switch on the laptop and modem. After shower, praying, having dinner, I sit at the table with my right hand initially maneuvering the mouse. My eyes are laser focus reading emails and my favourite blogs. After about an hour or two, both of my hands are one the keyboard, posting something for the two blogs that I maintain (this blog and Chemical Engineering World). I will try my best to post on a daily basis for each blogs with such a limited time. To be frank, it is easier for me to post in Chemical Engineering World because of the daily working experiences and continuous learning process that I gained as a chemical engineer in an oil processing factory. However, posting for this blog, is quite a challenge. Actually I can post a lots of things happening around me, my family, friends and community. However, I don't want to be stressing too much on my personal story because I fear the readers will be bored with it. I plan to be more focus on the content for this blog and I want my readers to benefit from it big time. Therefore, I have decided to narrow down this blog scope to 'blogging tips', 'making money' and 'anything that linger in my mind'. Let me explain the concept of the blog.

Blogging tips
: I'll be discussing and sharing blogging tips that I learned and experienced all this while as a part time night blogger. It may cover areas such as increasing traffic, SEO, marketing, link exchange and much more. I'll be doing some link love with other established bloggers around. I welcome some link exchange as well. Just mention it in the comment area and we can be in a win-win position. Ultimate aim is to improve our blog rank.

Making money: Everybody wants to make money. Hence, I'm going to share my journey on making money online via blogging, affiliate marketing etc. I'm new in the industry (just discovered and began blogging last August), but thank God, I already received my first Google cheque last two weeks. My wife had a big smile on her face after the discovering the cheque. She already bank-in the cheque on my behalf. Now, I'm on my way to receive my second cheque. I noticed making money via blogging has an exponential effect. I could still remember how difficult it was for me to learn editing html, script code etc without any help. I went through it by try and error. Well, I'm still learning. It's a continuous process. This is part of the 'making money online'.

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I'm now involve in the stock market investment. This is a great and fantastic area to make big bucks. However, again, we need to learn the market, formulas, tricks, technique and networking with other traders and brokers to get early and accurate information. There's a risks in stock market investment. Therefore, we need to be cautions on our decisions in buying and selling stocks. This is part of the 'making money off-line'. More of the off-line making money stuffs are to be grabbed out there. I'll share some of them in this blog later.

Anything that linger in my mind: This is the portion where I'll post whatever I'm thinking. It can be personal experiences, family outing, movies, vacation, food and beverages and many more. Sometimes, just posting about blogging tips and making money could be boring. Why not I include some piece of 'anything that linger in my mind' to spice up the world!

As I end this post, my wife is already asleep. She's exhausted and not feeling well after a very hectic day. Marsya, my first daughter has already slept as well. Ikhwan and Alya are still actively awake! For your information, it is already 1.05 am in the morning. I've been the laptop's best friend since 8.30 pm just now (that's why sometimes my wife complaints...). Tomorrow, I'm going to wake up at 6.00 am and drive to work at 7.00 am still being sleepy (the distance between my home and my work place is about 50 km and usually it took my one hour to reach there).

I can say this is my daily routine as a part time blogger, in progress to be part time stock market investor and full time chemical engineer. Not to forget, a full time husband and father. I'm tired and sleepy but I could not sleep without posting to this blog. OK, now that I've completed this post, I want to have some sleep. Adios!

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Getting Traffic To Your Blog

There are tonnes of techniques driving traffic to your blogs. Just google the keyword "increase traffic", or "traffic tips", or others, you name it, you'll get hundreds of blogs and websites teaching you techniques to increase traffic. Some of them give out free tips, free e-books, free newsletters, and others. Most of the time, there are too much to read and digest (if you don't have all the time in the world). Even if you are given 24 hours a day without sleeping, there are still too much of informations to learn and absorb, and our fatigue eyes could not stand staring the monitor.

Hence, I include some of the vital strategies/tips to increase traffic to your blog which I borrowed the some of the original content from Seth's Godin blog. Well, those are just 25 basic stuffs not to be missed out for bloggers.
  1. Learn enough to become the expert in your field.
  2. Break and announce news.
  3. Be timeless... write posts that will be readable in a year.
  4. Be among the first with a great blog on your topic, then encourage others to blog on the same topic.
  5. Share your expertise generously so people recognize it and depend on you.
  6. Encourage your readers to help you manipulate the technorati top blog list.
  7. Be snarky. Write nearly libelous things about fellow bloggers, daring them to respond (with links back to you) on their blog.
  8. Share linklove and expect some back.
  9. Include polls, meters and other eye candy.
  10. Tag your posts. Use del.ico.us.
  11. Do email interviews with the well-known.
  12. Answer your email.
  13. Use photos. Salacious ones are best.
  14. Encourage your readers to digg your posts. (and to use furl and reddit).
  15. Post your photos on flickr.
  16. Encourage your readers to subscribe by RSS or to email.
  17. Include comments so your blog becomes a virtual water cooler that feeds itself.
  18. Highlight your best posts on your Squidoo lens.
  19. Point to useful but little-known resources.
  20. Write about stuff that appeals to the majority of current blog readers (eg. blogging/gadget).
  21. Have relevant ads that are even better than your content.
  22. Write posts that each include dozens of track backs to dozens of blog posts so that people will notice you.
  23. Utilize forum. It's a great package to maintain your readers.
  24. Give credit to those that inspired, it makes your writing more useful.
  25. Ping Technorati. Or have someone smarter than me tell you how to do it automatically.
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Thought For the Day

A close colleague of mine at work that I respect email a very meaningful thought (below). After reading it, I felt connected and could relate myself to the message. I believe everybody reading it will feel the same. As we grew older, our physical/body keep changing slowly, progressively, but our self remains the same. Sometimes, we wonder and think, am I for real? Is true I'm already 20 years old? or 30 years old? or 40 years old? When I'm going to die? How will I die? I already have 3 kids, but yet sometimes I act like a child? But I am still my self. And I shall remain like this even after having grandchildren. In this short life, we should live in a meaningful way. We should be good to ourself, family, relatives, friends and communities. We should live happily even though we don't have everything we desire. Sometimes, we struggle financially but we still have a wonderful family to support and love us. We are still ourself!

"Suppose there is a plate, tumbler and spoon made of silver. Their names and forms are different, but silver is common to all of them. Names and forms change but silver remains unchanged. Likewise, a child becomes a boy, then a man and later on, an old man. The form keeps changing but the spirit remains unchanged. Do not repose your faith in the body, which constantly changes. Body is like a water bubble; mind is like a mad monkey. Do not follow the body, do not follow the mind. Follow the conscience. Conscience is the “Self”. Have total faith in the “Self”. You are bound to face problems if you rely on the body, the mind and the senses. However, so long as you live in this world, you have to discharge your duties using your body and the mind as instruments."

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Transformers Movie Teaser

Transformers Movie

I went to the cinema with my wife today, just the two of us, alone. Nowadays, it's difficult for us to watch movie because our three kids are still small to join us. Luckily, we have a good and trusted maid to take care of them while we were out. We don't have any movie in particular to watch. We just went there, scan through the movie listing, and decided to watch a Malay movie called "Mukhsin".

However, a teaser theatrical triller shown before the movie (Mukhsin) really caught my attention. The sound effect, stunt, action and fire power made me wonder what movie is this?
To my surprise, it is Transformers the movie and it is not a cartoon. Transformers was my favourite robot cartoon series since I was small. I always watched and sketched most of the robots. My robot heroes back then were Hot Rod (race car), Blaster (stereo cassette player), and of course Optimus Prime (commander of the heroic Autobots).

It's going to be a super great movie and I know it definitely will be simply because Steven Spielberg is the man behind it. The movie is going to played this July and look forward watching it.

When Transformers The Movie cartoon was played in the 1986s, I immediately grab hold of the video and watched them repeatedly. My guess, I have watched the cartoon movie almost 30 times or more. I even have the DVD now at home (which I borrowed from my younger brother), and my 5 year old son is always playing it. I believed, he has been watching it for more than 10 times already. Like father like son!

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Google Checkout Referal

Now, in addition to AdSense, AdWords, Firefox with Google Toolbar, and Google Pack, you can now refer your users to Google Checkout through AdSense. Checkout gives your users a faster, safer, and more convenient way to shop online.

Every time you refer a user to Google Checkout, you make a little money. It's a simple process that includes all of three steps:

(i) You place the Checkout referral button on your site.

(ii) Someone clicks on the button, signs up as a buyer with Google Checkout using a valid U.S. credit card, and completes a purchase of at least $10 through Checkout within 90 days. (The current $10 minimum purchase corresponds to existing $10 promotion for new buyers, so this amount may change in the future.)

(iii) You earn $1. Please note that Checkout referrals are currently only available for U.S. publishers (which means a lot of publishers around the world including me could not yet take this opportunity), and Google Checkout is currently only available for buyers with a U.S. credit card. We hope to make both Checkout and Checkout Referrals available in more countries soon.

It costs nothing to sign up (in fact, you'll even get a $10 bonus) and it'll make shopping online a easier. For more information, please read Jack Chou post in Inside Adsense: Referals, Now with Google Checkout. As a publisher outside U.S., we look forward to use Google Checkout.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Making Money by Investing

I finally met my broker yesterday after work. The broker was a young man, aged 24, majoring in business administration, recently graduated from Multimedia University, a private university in Malaysia owned by Telekom. He explained some basic stuff about the stock investment market as well as some regulations related to it. I listened tentatively and asked few questions to ensure I really understood everything. He was very helpful and well verse on the industry (or maybe I'm fresh and still green?!).

When asked, how much am I willing to invest? I answered, as a beginner (still new and plenty to learn and absorb), I'm ready to gamble (not the correct word); invest MYR 2,000.00 (that's after discussing with my secretary and accountant, which is my intelligent wife). That figure is not that much, but it's still valuable money that we can use for paying off some of our accumulated debts (ops...did I talked too much?). I'm going to bank-in the money this weekend to my stock account and will further decide on which company to "take over!!!" ha ha....

I hope, with some research and a little bit of luck, I can gain some profit from the stock market. Wish me luck and pray for me.

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Learn Website Traffic From The GURU

"I'm having very poor traffic",
"Nobody is coming to my site",

"I'm frustrated with the number of unique visitors coming to my blog"
,
"How can I increase my traffic?"


Can you associate the above statement with you? If yes, you need to check out HarpZon. This is the ultimate blog discussing about "IDEAS AND TIPS TO INCREASE WEBSITE TRAFFIC". I stumbled upon Harpzon about three weeks ago. It is a brand new blog packed with various information on techniques to improve website and blog traffic. In addition to that, Mitchell Harpz, a 24 year old good looking lad, a successful entrepreneur (interspire.com), a dedicated owner of the blog, discussed and shared some of his personal life and blogging experiences. Check out how tasty his breakfast was and some healthy tips which is practical to follow.

For a new site in the blogging world (can be considered blogging industry now!!!), I must say I'm impressed with the number of readers Mitchell managed to attract. In fact he is very generous to compile and give out a free copy of "Blogging Traffic Blueprint". I downloaded the blueprint, comprehend and digested it yesterday. I highly recommend the Blogging Traffic Blueprint for any bloggers having burning desire for better page rank and a flux of traffic.

Mitchell has also introduced a cool and brilliant concept called link love. He gives opportunity to other bloggers to review his blog (positive or negative....anything will do..) and in return, he will provide a back link to the reviewer's blog, which will somehow help to increase traffic.

Harpzon is now one of my favourite blog that I must read everyday (exception if I'm going outstation or vacation or my modem is spoilt). I cannot afford to miss any new multiple content published daily by him. I hope Mitchell will continue posting quality fresh content that will benefit and enriched his loyal hungry readers like me. And I wish him more and more success in future.

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Preview: United Internationals

A plethora of United players will be in international action as the Reds take a break from domestic football (adopted from Redview 23th March 2007 Issue 149). I don't really care about the International game. I'm just interested watching Man United achieving another treble this year and not Chelsea stealing a quadruple...

Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ben Foster all trained with England at the new Wembley on Wednesday, ahead of the crucial qualifiers against Israel and Andorra. Kieran Richardson could go one better, and be the first United man to play there when England's Under-21s host Italy in a friendly on Saturday.

Two United players will go head-to-head next Wednesday when Serbia host Portugal. Before that, Nemanja Vidic and Cristiano Ronaldo will play away to Kazakhstan and at home to Belgium respectively. Ronaldo must be careful as his opponent have bad intention to get him down under 2 minutes!!!

Jonny Evans, currently excelling on loan to Sunderland, has been called into the Northern Ireland squad to face Liechtenstein and Sweden.

John O'Shea and Darron Gibson are involved for the Republic of Ireland's matches against Ryan Giggs' Wales and then Slovakia. Wales' second game is against San Marino next Wednesday.

Edwin van der Sar's calf injury keeps him out of Holland's qualifier against Romania but he'll be assessed again before the clash with Slovenia. Tomasz Kuszczak is in the Poland squad to face Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Ji-sung Park is in the South Korean squad for their friendly with Uruguay, while Dong Fangzhuo has been called up by China for their games against Australia and Uzbekistan.

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Heart Attacks And Drinking Warm Water

This is not just about warm water after your meal, but also about heart attacks. This really make sense. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals, and not cold water. My parents drink warm water as well after meal. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!

Nothing to lose, everything to gain!

It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this "sludge" reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal. That's why now, I'm drinking hot tea with less sugar (I love it when my wife made me hot tea with perfect temperature and correct dosage of sugar concentration) or warm plain water for lunch or dinner.

A serious note about heart attacks: You should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.

You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and
be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Importance of Good Blog Entry Titles

Having an excellent content alone will not guarantee the success of our blog. We need to have a combination of factors to create a good blog such as a keyword selection and suitable post title. The reason that titles are imperative is because of how we scan information and make snap decisions on whether to dig into a story further or not. I found a very good article made by Dave Tylor from The Intuitive Life Business Blog. He has brilliantly explained the importance of having a good blog entry titles. I need not to elaborate further, but it's worth reading. At least, I learned something about "targeting search engine" with Dave's "cellphone" versus "cell phone" example.

Part of Dave's insights....

"Obviously, there are specific words that are always going to draw your eye, and these are used - ad nauseam - in advertising. The most common? Sex. Yes, you know you already saw that on an informal scan of the page and have had to come back to this paragraph to see and identify the context, right? Uh huh.

Should you use these high engagement words in every headline on your site so you can maximize the chance of engaging readers? No. Just like seeing twenty adverts that each suggest you'll become sexy and have gorgeous fun-loving friends if you consume that particular product, you'll just end up creating fatigue in your readers and it will backfire as they recognize that what you're doing is trying to manipulate them rather than help them identify whether a given article is worth reading or not." Continue reading HERE

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Red Alert

Manchester United Asian Tour ticket offer is now made available for the red devil die hard fan. I wanted to part of the tour but perhaps later when my kids grew older. It's difficult to drag them all around when they are still small. Oh boy....I'll miss the match....

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Centre of the Earth

These are some amazing beautiful pictures of the centre of the earth emailed by my friend. I am not sure of its location, but it sure is beautiful.

Amazing, isn't it.

What Does Blogging Means To Me?

I discovered blogging less than a year ago. That time, I don't know what does the word 'blog' means. I soon realized that blog was derived from the a combination of "web" and "log", which became "weblog", and finally "blog". Blogging gave people like you and me a platform to express and share ideas, opinions, thoughts, knowledge and more than that too. Anybody can create a blog and compose whatever they want.

I wish I knew about blogging earlier. I love to write and post articles in magazines and bulletins. I was always directly involved in publication since primary, secondary and tertiary education (using my mother tongue language). Now, that my work place does not provide me any means to write, they just want me to work and work and work. Hence, as soon as I discover blogging, I immediately sign up under Blogger and start posting. My first blog was Chemical Engineering World. That blog is progressively getting some attention from fellow chemical engineers around. Initially, it was not easy managing that blog. Slowly, I learned positioning some script code the hard way by try and error. It took me some time to learn and grasp the technique and skill. Now that I'm comfortable with blogger, the new Blogger was released. To be frank, I'm not comfortable playing around with the new Blogger, but I'm glad they introduced "Labels" to categories our posts. I'm still struggling to adapt with the new Blogger and you can see that my adsense and other ads are not optimumly positioned. I'm still working on that.

Another good think about blogging is the income that can be automatically generated from it 24/7. Earlier, I never thought that blogging can become that generous. I must admit, some successful blogs out there inspired me to create and produced a good quality content blog. Yesterday, while reading "I've made $4,375.75 online! Here's how you can too...", I discovered more ways and tools to monetize our blog. It really open up my eyes reading Paula's teachings. If you have not read that article, you better spent 10 minutes reading it. It's a great post and I'm glad Paula share it with her readers.

Enough about blogging and making money. It's already late at night and I still have a job to take care tomorrow. I'm going to work harder to improve my blog with some little time that I have at night. Thanks to my wife for understanding and supporting me. For my readers, thank you for reading my blog. I hope you'll find it useful and enjoy it very much.

p/s: Besides Google Adsense, try AuctionAds to monetize your site.

Utilizing Carets

I came across this interesting and useful technique while I was reading the computer tips and technique newsletter from Worldstart.com. I think it might come handy especially when we are handling, editing and saving documents routinely. Check it out below.

Here's a quick one for you! If you often save different versions of the same file in different folders on your computer, you should try using this simple tip. I promise, you won't be disappointed!

When you go to save the file, after the regular name, type ^1 behind it. This makes it a version one. To get the caret (^), hold down the Shift key and hit the number six on your keyboard. For the second version, type ^2, after the file name. For the third, type ^3 and so on.

Now, go and do a search by clicking the Start button, followed by Search. In the search criteria box, type ^ (just the caret). When the search is finished, you can sort your list by name by clicking View and then Arrange Icons By > Name.

You now have a list of all the files you save “in versions" and in order, by version number. You can now delete the ones you don't need. That's pretty convenient, isn't it? Give it a shot!

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