Saturday, 27 April 2013

Joke - Gone Wireless

After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, British scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 200 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 150 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the British, in the weeks that followed, an American archaeologist dug to a 
depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, a story published in the New York Times said: 

"American archaeologists, finding traces of 250-year-old copper wire, have concluded that their 

ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network 50 years earlier than the 


One week later, Australia's Northern Territory Times reported the following: 

"After digging as deep as 30 feet in his backyard in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, 

Knackers Johnson, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. 

Knackers has therefore concluded that 250 years ago, AUSTRALIA had already gone wireless."


Friday, 26 April 2013

Cinnamon And Health Benefits

(Note: Cinnamon is very useful if you have cockroaches and ants in the house or kitchen. The cinnamon really get rid of them.... seriously. Just put a stick or a dash of powder at the area and the ants and cockroaches will not go there again.)

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Recipe - How To Make Banana Cake

The banana is a super food.

It has amazing health benefits.

It can be eaten on its own and ripe bananas can also be used to make banana cake.

As the new saying goes, a banana a day keeps the doctor away.

This banana cake is relatively easy to make.

It is moist, delicious and healthy as a snack or a dessert.

3 or 4 ripe bananas (mashed)
75 grams butter (melted)
100 grams sugar (brown or white)
1 egg beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
A pinch of salt
170 grams all purpose flour
For extra flavour, add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder.

Preheat oven to 175 degree C
With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl.
Mix in the sugar, egg and vanilla.
Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix well.
Add the flour last and mix.
Pour mixture into a buttered 4 x 8 inch loaf pan.
Bake for 1 hour.
Cool on a rack about 10 minutes.
Remove from pan and slice to serve.

(Note: With 4 bananas, the cake is moist and sweet. With 3 bananas, the cake is dry and less sweet.)



Chocolate chips are added in this banana cake recipe (4 minutes)

Milk, self raising flour and lime are used for this banana cake recipe (5 minutes)

This banana cake comes with chocolate topping (16 minutes)

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Joke - Church Squirrels

There were five houses of religion in a small town:
The Presbyterian Church,
The Baptist Church ,
The Methodist Church ,

The Catholic Church and
The Jewish Synagogue.

Each church and Synagogue was overrun with pesky squirrels.

One day, the Presbyterian Church called a meeting to decide what to do about the squirrels. After much prayer and consideration they determined that the squirrels were predestined to be there and they should not interfere with God’s divine will.

In The BAPTIST CHURCH the squirrels had taken up habitation in the baptistery. The deacons met and decided to put a cover on the baptistery and drown the squirrels in it. The squirrels escaped somehow and there were twice as many there the next week

The Methodist Church got together and decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God’s creation. So, they humanely trapped the Squirrels and set them free a few miles outside of town. Three days later, the squirrels were back.

But — The Catholic Church came up with the best and most effective solution. They baptized the squirrels and registered them as members of the church.
Now they only see them on Christmas , Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday and Easter.

Not much was heard about the Jewish Synagogue, but they took one squirrel and had a short service with him called circumcision and they haven’t seen a squirrel on the property since.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Basil Leaves And Health Benefits

Basil leaves are used to flavor any vegetable, poultry, or meat dish. The herb is also used in tomato and egg dishes, stews, soups, and salads.

Basil contains Vitamin K, which helps to strengthen the bones.

The herb contains essential oils which are anti-bacterial & anti-inflammatory.

Basil Herb and Its Health Benefits

Full article:

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Joke - Do You Drink Beer

Lady: Do you drink beer?

Man: Yes

Lady: How many beers a day?

Man: Usually about 3

Lady: How much do you pay per beer?

Man: $5 with a tip

Lady: And how long have you been drinking?

Man: 20 years, I suppose

Lady: So a beer costs $5 and you have 3 beers a day which puts your spending each month at $450. In one year, it would be $5400 correct?

Man: Correct

Lady: If in 1 year you spend $5400, not accounting for inflation, the past 20 years puts your spending at $108,000, correct?

Man: Correct

Lady: Do you know that if you didn't drink so much beer, that money could have been put in a step-up interest savings account and after accounting for compound interest for the past 20 years, you could have now bought a Ferrari?

Man: Do you drink beer?

Lady: No

Man: Where's your Ferrari?

Have a good day.


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Recipe - Lala Shellfish (Clams) Stir Fry With Garlic And White Wine

The lala shellfish (clams) is a rich source of protein, vitamins and minerals like iron, selenium, zinc and copper. These minerals improve the absorption of vitamin D, the vitamin that helps in absorption of calcium and protects against joint inflammation. It is also rich in vitamin B12 that is important for a healthy nervous system.

The lala shellfish is also a versatile ingredient. It can be steamed, baked or made into a soup. It can be stir fried with a variety of sauces for different flavours. The meat is juicy, tender and chewy at the same time. They are very sweet when they are fresh.

In this recipe, the clams are given a quick stir fry with garlic and white wine. Bacon chips and coriander leaves are used for garnishing to perk up the dish.

The clams live in shallow sand along the beach. It is inevitable that there will be sand or sediment in the shellfish.

I parboil them first to get rid of the sea smell and also to pick out any dead ones. This will help to get rid of any sand. One dead clam can ruin the whole dish. Scrub the shells. In a pot of boiling water, add a few drops of vinegar or rice wine and toss in the clams. The shells will pop open within 2 minutes. Take them out and rinse them. They are ready for the stir fry.

Serves 5.

1 kg of clams (parboil as above)
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 slices bacon
1 sprig coriander leaves or  parsley, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup white wine
1 tbs cooking oil
clams or lala


Cut the bacon into small strips.
In a large wok or pan, heat the oil on medium till hot.
Fry the bacon till crispy, about 1 minute.
Set aside on paper towel

Add garlic to the wok or pan.
Toss in the clams
Add the wine.
Stir fry on medium high heat for about 2 minutes.
Toss in the coriander leaves
Plate the clams and serve with the bacon strips.


In this 9 minute video, the clams are served together with linguine as a one dish meal.

In this 7 minute video, the clams are cooked with miso paste (salted soya bean paste).

Lala or clams go very well with basil. Always safer to parboil and pick out any dead clams.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Who Packed Your Parachute

Charles Plumb was a US Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent six years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now shares lessons he learned from that experience.

One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, "You're Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!"

"How in the world did you know that?" asked Plumb.

"I packed your parachute," the man replied. Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and said, "I guess it worked!"

Plumb assured him, "It sure did. If your chute hadn't worked, I wouldn't be here today."

Plumb couldn't sleep that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says, "I kept wondering what he had looked like in a Navy uniform: a white hat; a bib in the back; and bell-bottom trousers. I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said 'Good morning, how are you?' or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor."

Now, Plumb asks his audience, "Who's packing your parachute?" Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. He also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory -- he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute, and his spiritual parachute. He called on all these supports before reaching safety.

Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason. As you go through this week, this month, this year, recognize people who pack your parachutes.

Source - Unknown

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Bad Eyes Illusion Test

Bad Eyes Illusion Test

Can you read this in first attempt?

Not possible to read anything?

Then follow the guidelines given below

Close your eyes almost 90% so that you can actually read it

Its really superb!!!!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Fortune REITs (SGX - F25U.SI)

Fortune REIT is a real estate investment trust constituted by a trust deed entered into on 4 July 2003 (as amended) made between ARA Asset Management (Fortune) Limited, as the manager of Fortune REIT, and HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Singapore) Limited, as the trustee of Fortune REIT.

Fortune Real Estate Trust (“Fortune REIT”) has been dual primary listed on Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited and Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited on 12 August 2003 and 20 April 2010 respectively. It holds a portfolio of sixteen retail malls and properties in Hong Kong, through the ownership of special purpose companies.

The Manager’s key objective is to deliver regular and stable returns to Fortune REIT’s Unit holders through proactive management of Fortune REIT’s portfolio of assets and acquiring properties that generate long term benefits to Unit holders.
Fortune REIT holds a portfolio of 16 retail properties in Hong Kong, comprising approximately 2.45 million square feet of retail space and 1,989 car parking lots. The retail prperties are Fortune City One, Ma On Shan Plaza, Metro Town, Fortune Metropolis, Belvedere Square, Waldorf Avenue, Provident Square, Caribbean Square, Jubilee Square Smartland. Tsing Yi Square, Nob Hill Square, Centre de Laguna, Hampton Loft, Lido Avenue and Rhine Avenue. They house tenants from diverse trade sectors such as supermarkets, food and beverage outlets, banks, real estate agencies and education providers.

Company website:

Financial Year is from 1 Jan to 31 Dec.
NAV per unit as at 31 Dec 2012 is HK$8.81
DPU for 2012 is HK cents 32.35.
DPU is paid out 2 times a year after 1H and 2H results.
Number of units as at 31 Dec 2012:  1,697,825,978

Based on current price of HK$7.12, yield is about 4.5%.
Update on 9 May 2013
Results released on 8 May 2013 (link)
Number of units as 31 Mar 2013: 1,702.4 million
NAV per unit as at 31 Mar 2013 is HK$8.82
Earning per units is 9.52 HK cents
DPU for 1Q2013 is 9 HK cents (no payment till 1H).

Chart forFortune REIT (F25U.SI)

Monday, 8 April 2013

Silver And Uranium - Interview With David Morgan And Amir Adnani

Recently spoke with good friends David Morgan of, and Amir Adnani of Brazil Resources as well as Uranium Energy Corp.
David has been a huge advocate for Silver investing early on and continues to provide information with his service the Morgan Report.
Amir is a successful business leader in the Resource Sector; he is featured on Casey Research's NexTen list of  Generation of Resource Industry Titans.

Part 1 - 20 minutes

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Life Is Like A Cup Of Coffee

Live Simply.
Speak Kindly.
Care Deeply.
Love Generously.

This video combines beautiful pictures, inspiring music, and a touching story to help empower people to live more fully.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Cilantro (Coriander Leaves) And Health Benefits

Fresh cilantro or coriander leaves are often used as a garnish for many dishes. By itself the fresh coriander leaves do taste a little bitter but it adds freshness and a contrasting taste to the dish. Some people like it, some do not.

The roots of the coriander can be saved to cook curry and the dried seeds are often made into powder for cooking, curry or other dishes.

Cilantro has many health benefits, the key one would be to get rid of metals in the body.

  • Effective Heavy Metal Detoxification

    One of the most important health advantages cilantro provides is the ability to rid your body of heavy metals, when combined with chlorella and garlic extracts. Cilantro is particularly used in chelation of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and aluminum from the body. Not only that, it also eliminate gas in your stomach.
  • Prevent Diabetes

    Research has proven that cilantro promotes insulin secretion and helps reduce blood sugar. In a study, mice fed with diet with cilantro have recorded a significant drop in their blood sugar levels.
  • Great for Eyes and Skin

    Cilantro has excellent health effects on eyes and skin due to its high vitamin A content. It supplies 6748 IU or 225% of RDA of vitamin A in every 100 g of the herb. Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that helps improve your mucus membranes and skin. Nutritionists have recommended foods rich in vitamin A to protect against eye diseases including age-related macular degeneration.
  • Wonderful Antibacterial

    Another merit of cilantro is the antibacterial properties to combat Salmonella, enterobacteria that are responsible for foodborne illness and typhoid fever. The bacteria are eliminated by dodecenal, a compound that are found abundantly in the herb.
  • Enriched with Vitamin K

    Cilantro is a good source of vitamin K. Health effects of taking sufficient vitamin K include increase of osteotrophic activity in your bones and slow down of neuronal damage of brain among Alzheimer’s disease patients.
  • Full of Phytonutrients

    Cilantro contains loads of health properties especially phytonutrients, namely borneol, camphor, carvone, elemol, epigenin, geraniol, kaempferol, limonene, linalool, quercitin, rhamnetin, vitamin A and vitamin C. They are powerful antioxidants to fight against free radicals and capable of enhancing the immune system of your body.
  • Packed with Useful Minerals

    Apart from the many health purposes of consuming cilantro mentioned earlier, the nutritious herb is a vital source of minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. They are crucial to reduce the health risk and contribute to your overall fitness and wellbeing. 

Caution - Cilantro Side Effects

Cilantro is usually safe when consumed in small amounts. However, pregnant women have to be careful as it may increase the risk of miscarriage. Expecting mothers should consult the doctor before eating cilantro. People with cilantro allergy must not consume the herb at all.

Source (link)

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Glass Of Milk

One day, a poor boy, who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.
He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.
Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so she brought him a large glass of milk.
He drank it so slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”
“You don’t owe me anything,” she replied.
“Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.”
He said, “Then I thank you from my heart.”
As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.
Many year’s later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.
Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once.
He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case. After a long struggle, the battle was won.
Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge, and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words… 
“Paid in full with one glass of milk.” (Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.
Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You, God, that Your love has spread broad through human hearts and hands.”
There’s a saying which goes something like this:
The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least expected time. If you never see the deed again at least you will have made the world a better place – And, after all, isn’t that what life is all about?

A similar story in video and used by Thai Telecommunication giant "True" in its advertising campaign.

7 Foods That Fight Ageing

1. Blueberries

2. Dark Chocolate

3. Broccoli

4. Omega-3 rich fish

5. Almonds

6. Tomatoes

7. Garlic

Read more (link)

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

A Little Bee Humour

A man was driving down the road and ran out of gas. Just at that moment, a bee flew in his window.

The bee said, 'What seems to be the problem?'

'I'm out of gas,' the man replied.

The bee told the man to wait right there and flew away. Minutes later, the man watched as an entire swarm of bees flew to his car and into his gas tank. After a few minutes, the bees flew out.

'Try it now,' said one bee.

The man turned the ignition key and the car started right up. 'Wow!' the man exclaimed, 'what did you put in my gas tank'?

The bee answered,

Wait for it.wait for it..

You're just going to love this..

I see you smiling