Alan Soh aka Humourboi

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情人节

今天是华人农历新年,年初五;也是西方情人节

新年吉祥!身体健康!

合家平安!万事如意!

担心年除夕会下长命雨、担心新加坡全岛各处会豪雨绵绵。
趁着艳阳高照,那天早上,我捉紧时间前往裕廊西一间庙宇为家人、身边亲朋好友和自己上香祈福、拜太岁爷。果然,我成功避过下午那一场全岛性阵雨!:D

你知道吗?今年我头一次向「月下老人」上香,试试运气、看看他能否帮我牵红线?

我不要想太多。小弟我是随缘啦。哈哈哈。

祝愿天下间所有夫妻、情侣:情人节快乐!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

陈洁仪 - 今生今世 (粤语)

 

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Chinese New Year 农历新年 – Part 3 CNY Gambling (新春小赌)

时间飞逝如烟,今天是年除夕了!

圣淘沙名胜世界正式宣布赌场将在明天年初一中午12点18分开张!哇!

虽然还没有正式开张,不过我相信已有不少人开始摩拳擦掌,准备在赌场年初一开幕后,立刻趁新年其间不惜花100大元进场博杀四方,希望发新年财!

我们华人过新年拜年时,总会相聚在一起打打麻将,玩玩伯克牌,赌一点钱。

过年不去拜年,反而跑去赌场赌博?

据我所知,在国外赌场尤其亚洲一带,赌场场地的风水格局是经过高人精心布局的,目的就是要占尽优势,确保庄家永远赢钱。

说明白一点,那就是:有一些赌场的设计是完全以庄家通吃的格局为主,展示霸道气势为主的风水格局,因此所有赌徒一旦踏入赌场内都会被其霸气煞住,很难赢钱。

比如说:赌场设计弄成一个笼的模样,或赌场门口犹如虎口,代表有进无出,通杀无赔!

有的赌场老板甚至会出养小鬼这一招,来确保进来赌场的人好象被迷惑似的,舍得花钱赌博翻本!

总而言之,除非你八字运气超好,或是赌神 (哈哈!),否则你进赌场必定十赌九输!

赢了点钱,很好,走吧。

输了钱,你更加要立刻掉头离开。因为你越想翻本、你就可能越会被卷进赌博旋涡之中,或许从此泥足深陷,无法自拔!

适可而止啊。。。小赌OK、大赌就不妙了哦!


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Chinese New Year 农历新年 – Part 2 Spring Cleaning (大扫除)

再过2个星期就是农历新年了。

对于许多华人家庭,现在是"非常忙碌"时期;因为大家都在忙着大扫除、办年货、粉刷房子、上发廊剪头发、添购新衣裳或新家具。尤其是工作人士,更是会趁着周末两天,暂时放下工作,争取时间办妥一切,忙得不可开交。

至于学生们,爸爸妈妈已经开始唠叨,叫你们开始收拾干净自己的房间,对不对?嘿嘿。

我想,此时的牛车水年货市场应该开始热闹起来了吧。

我也不例外。

由于小弟我相当"重感情",有很多东西收了3、4年都不舍得丢掉,结果就"堆积如山"。比如:课本、讲议、杂志等等。还好啦,我的卧房还不是狗窝。本人爱干净。哈哈!

我会不定时收拾一下房间。对于富有纪念性的事物,我是绝对不会丢掉的。

妈妈已开始打扫房子了。

也许今年我应该"狠心"一点,把该丢掉的东西都丢掉。否则,旧的不去,新的不会来。

你说,是吗?:)

This may not be directly related to the topic of Chinese New Year Spring Cleaning, but it is apparent that as Chinese New Year approaches, most of us are trying our best to really multi-task – doing a few certain tasks (for example; clearing work emails, home spring cleaning, new year shopping, baby-sitting etc) all at the same time so that they are completed before specific deadlines hoping that we will then have time to take a breather; or to impress others that we are really efficient.

Come to think about it, we are just mere ordinary mortals. We are not robots. Why must we create stress for ourselves? When there just aren’t enough hours in the day to juggle job, family, friends and the household chores, don’t you agree that we should all ourselves a big favour and stop trying so hard?

In between holding down a couple of jobs, wiping runny noses, sitting on a handful of committees, trying to look passably well-groomed and attempting to complete my tasks within deadlines, I occasionally find moments for a brief e-mail exchange or MSN online conversations with friends.

Whether we call ourselves jugglers or multi-taskers, the more we manage to do at once, the more we congratulate ourselves for being so efficient. We iron with a phone tucked under our chin. Grab a sandwich and eat it while working. Yeah, the list of such behaviour goes on.

“Multi-tasking” was a phrase first minted (in Silicon Valley) to describe computers which could run more than one program at the same time. But in the 21st century today, we’ve all become human multi-taskers. Employers today emphasize a lot on the merits and importance of multi-tasking (Yeah yah, due to cutting down on hiring costs. One employee is now assigned doing the work of two or three employees at the same time.) 

And, no question, yes, perhaps I have to agree that women are better at it than men. Studies have shown that women use both hemispheres of the brain – while we men tend to use one, so men are more “compartmentalised”, tends to focus on just one thing at a time.

Bestselling “I Don’t Know How She Does It” author Allison Pearson sums it up: “We’re wired differently. It must be something to do with Early Woman being a gatherer – needing to pick berries while keeping an ear out for the kids and planning what we’re going to have for dinner at that cave party a week from Tuesday.”

However, recent research suggests that multi-tasking might be bad for our memories and our wellbeing. The stress of doing too many things at once can not only strain the brain, but set us up for a raft of physical problems, too.

Dr David Meyer, a psychology professor at the University of Michigan who specialises in cognition and perception, insists, “Chronic multitasking over the years poses a strong risk for ultimate brain damage. As we force ourselves to bounce from task to task, we generate stress. Body and mind gear up to cope by releasing adrenaline. This powerful medicine is good for a crisis – but on an ongoing basis, it’s hard on the brain and body.”

You see, stress hormones divert energy from the part of our brain that forms memory (including the hippocampus) to the parts of the body needed for the “fight-or-flight” response. Long-term, this stress can lead to permanent shrinkage of the hippocampus. What’s more, Dr Meyer observed that multi-taskers tend to lose the ability to concentrate.

According to Dr Marcel Just, who is doing research on ageing at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States, he said, “This is because there is only so much mental capacity to go around. If you run too many programs at once on a computer, the computer tends to crash.”

Multi-taskers also tend to sleep badly, which not only impacts on our immune system, but can also increase the likelihood of other stress-related health problems like heart disease. Didn’t health reports cite the point that staying up late into the night, is bad for our health?

Maybe for this Chinese New Year, it is time for us all to reclaim the idea of mono-tasking, that quaint idea of doing just one thing at a time. It might just turn out to save our health, wellbeing and our relationships. (And I might get to spend more time physically with my best friends, instead of sitting in front of the computer typing messages to him or her at 5am).

HOW TO UN-MULTITASK??
Not all multi-taskers are created equal, so if you want to detox your tasking routine, it helps if you take a customised approach. Make one small change at a time. If you give up multi-tasking completely, you’ll be on overload again before you know it. 

The Culture Vulture

So much to read (and watch, and listen to) – and so little time. You skim through the newspapers while watching “Desperate Housewives” and beside your bed is a teetering pile of Sunday supplements and mail-order catalogues that you only really attend to when it avalanches to the floor.

Solution

Ask yourself Will the world be any different if you buy only just one Straits Times newspaper? Each morning, earmark one or two TV programmes that you’d really like to watch that day and have a long, indulgent chat with a close friend rather than squeeze him or her in while channel-surfing. 😀

The Office Juggler

You pride yourself on being able to cope with whatever your day (or boss) throws at you – but in reality, projects pile up and only get finished when there’s a deadline. You probably also have the tendency to get in early and stay up late too, just to keep on top of your e-mails.

 Solution

First, clear your desk so that it’s easier to focus on each project. (A carefully-labelled hanging file under your desk is better than a mountain of folders.) Block out periods of time to work on specific projects.

Never go more than 90 minutes without a break because your brain needs time to recharge. Set aside 15-minute chunks, a few times a day, to deal with e-mail, rather than keeping it permanently open – and get a spam filter, so that you will not spend time deleting irrelevant information.

The Domestic Perfectionist

You bend over backwards to make sure that your home looks like something out of one of those glossy homes magazines you subscribe to. You have a pile of vintage curtains just waiting to be turned into gorgeous cushions, and spend hours spritzing your linen with lavender water. But there are piles of things behind the sofa because you never quite finish tidying one space before moving on to the next – and oh no, that mountain of ironing just keeps getting higher.

Solution 

Oh please. You should always remind yourself this — those gorgeous-looking homes in magazines don’t look like that for more than about 5 minutes!

(It takes a stylist and much grooming to get camera-ready, and invariably, just out of shot, there’s a vast pile of junk. You just don’t see it. If not, the entire home is inhabited by aliens!)

Therefore, please go slow down, relax, take a breath and ask yourself: Which is more important, a perfect home, or health and happiness?

You buy less things, so there is less to tidy. Doesn’t it make sense for Chinese New Year Spring Cleaning?

Make an effort to fold clothes when they’re straight out of the drier, so as to save time at the ironing board. And why not pay someone to make those pretty little cushions for you? 🙂


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Chinese New Year 农历新年 – Part 1 (生肖与个性)

农历新年即将来临。

根据我们自己的生肖,华人总喜欢分析和推算我们来临新一年的运势,不管是事业、感情或健康方面。

你知道吗?在古时候,12生肖其实被细分为36生肖。

这是按照你的出生时辰来推算的 - 凌晨0点到早上8点,早上8点到下午4点,和下午4点到午夜12点。

你也许知道得你的生肖,但是你是否晓得你自己的出生时间呢?

小弟我属羊,在中午3点之前出世。我是雕!

雕 Eagle
 

十二生肖属羊,上午8点到下午4点出生之人,在因果学当中认为前世是雕投胎转世。雕,俗称老鷹,是以肉食为主的书形性猛禽,共55种,分布在南极洲外的各大陆。

大部分的雕之腹部为棕色、黑色或灰色,但也有白色或带斑,有的则在头肩、翼部有明显的淡色区域。

在中国,雕又被称之为大鹏。

属雕之人有大气魄、大格局,有大勇、有远见、沉着、冷静、凶猛。眼明手快,迅速、敏捷,判断力佳,执行行力好,重效率、有尊严,权威性强、自我中心,虽然流于任性、倔强,但敢作敢当,高瞻远矚。同时重现实、重实力、不借力,凭自己本事与本领打天下。

他/她能适应环境、变化策略,唯变所适,能变化改革,不会死板僵化,通情达理、上行下达。

属雕之人算蛮聪明,因为他/她有计谋也有策略,又有战略与战术,善于在恶劣环境竞争,並有正义感、厌恨小人及伪君子。虽然任性,但他/她也能变化其妙计而能屈能伸,能忍嚷待时,不好欺騙。

属雕之人有好奇心,善巧计,富奇想,鬼才中之天才。充满防卸性,非常警觉,有十分强烈的危机意识。属雕之人有远大宏观。喜欢做事情有计划。凡事从长计,但求一劳永逸。

雕一次只生1,2枚蛋,雌雄共同孵卵。孵化期多在44天以上。父母喂食雕鸟130天才可以离巢,有些大型雕需要花1年以上的时间完成生殖週期,因而大多2年生一次。

雕虽然晚熟,但是它有长寿命。
因而,属雕之人大器晚成,且负有有扶养及教育下代的伟大胸怀,重视家庭甚与群体,是先有家,才有国跟社会的人。就算发生桃花纠纷,仍旧会回归家庭,通常也不喜欢随便发展男女关系。

 

雕是大型鷹类,属雕的人有大气魄、大格局,沉著、冷静、凶猛、有远見, 判断力佳、执行力好,有策略,而且能适应环境,属于大器晚成型的人。

他/她也比较孤僻、不合群,自负、偏见,甚至有点霸道,在感情上占有欲强。

 

属雕之人的性格正反面可归纳如下:

☆正面 (Positive Character Traits)

 

1. 高瞻远矚、宏观大志 (是吗?)

2. 待时而发、靜而后动,常一鸣惊人 (好象蛮对!)

3. 顾家、爱护下一代及部属 (可以这么说!)

4. 保护性強、防卸性高、警觉性好

5. 勇敢、进取 (可以这么说!)

6. 大方(我对朋友比较义气一点。)

7. 迅速、确实(可以这么说!)

8. 踏实、诚信(好象蛮对!)

9. 有信心、毅力

10. 有理想、有抱负(可以这么说!)

☆反面 (Negative Character Traits)

 

1. 不合群、孤僻 (我不孤僻,只是比较文静一点!)

2. 党私 (不是!)

3. 偏见(不是!)

4. 倔強、霸道、专制(我绝对不会!但是我觉得有时侯,按情况而定,我是应该适度表现出我的霸气。不可以太软,给人家欺负!)

5. 佔有欲强 (我不觉得。。。等以后结了婚就知道,哈哈!)

6. 喜欢掌控別人或一切有关的事务 (认识我的人都知道我从来不会强制性地掌控別人!)

7. 外交力差 (是吗?)

 

8. 自大、自负(认识我的人都知道我不是这种人!)

 

9. 苛求、严格(我不觉得。)

10. 凶暴、易怒 (认识我的人都知道我不凶暴!我比较会忍脾气。)

想知道更多,可以点击到台湾著名风水命理师 -林正义老师的博客URL -> http://fengshuimaster0.blogspot.com/search/label/%E4%B8%89%E5%8D%81%E5%85%AD%E7%94%9F%E8%82%96%E7%AE%97%E5%91%BD%E6%B3%95