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Monday, February 28, 2011

P.Osh Chewy Brownie

Go ahead... have your cake and eat it...

I just had this 'P.Osh Chewy Brownie' at my work place canteen. 
It passed my taste test.
The brownie tasted good and chewy even though its not being heated up.

Cost $2.50. Packed in a Zip-Locked Bag the size of my palm.
The Zip-Locked Bag was white in color... 
and made to resemble a doctor's prescription plastic envelope...
that you normally receive after visiting the doctor.
Very clever. Very creative. Very, very entertaining... pictures below...

I find it expensive. Would I buy it again?
Yes, at the next craving.

Here are some pictures of the packing and the brownie itself.
Click on image to enlarge.

Below here contains more information about this product...
Their story... in their own words...

P.Osh Brownie

Brownie movement. Cookie revolution.

This IS the revolution of the cookie and brownie industry.

We started out as two thumb twiddling teenagers with nothing much to do. But there was one thing we loved. Eating. Especially brownies and cookies. So we spent much time and money surfing Singapore, tasting brownies from different restaurants and outlets.

Fact, most of the brownies tasted mysteriously and oddly similar. But, of course! They studied at same classes and probably used the same textbook recipes too. It became boring, other than the occasional refreshing anomaly of a brownie with a burnt base, or micro waved till a dry brown fried mass was left, or smelling like a flower from vanilla over-dosage. Necessity is the mother of invention, and we cannot emphasise enough how necessary it was to taste something better.

Scouring and testing all sorts of documented brownie and cookie recipes, we found that none of them really worked. The only way left was to explore the best recipes we could find. Through all the experimentation, we got acquainted with how cookies and brownies behaved according to their compositions. It was just a matter of time.

We now have a modest range of cookies and brownies, each of them tweaked to a unique consistent perfection. It's not just a food, it's an experience. We had the hope of enjoying exquisite brownies and cookies. Now, we share this fantasy with you. It's not just an experience, it's a dream.

Come, join the revolution.

CONTACT & Opening Hours:

Call: 9 007 0014


Dhoby Ghaut
11 Orchard Road
Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station

1011 Upper Serangoon Road
The Old House

Opening Hours:
Mondays to Saturdays
Noon to Nine

Update ~ 2011 Apr 08, 0801hrs

Review for “P.Osh (Dhoby Ghaut MRT) ~ by Brad Lau of ladyironchef (http://www.ladyironchef.com/)
Note ~ Gender ~ ladyironchef is a male yebber.

P.Osh is the brainchild between the two owners, Paul and Josh who both have a passion for brownies and cookies. Well they find most of the brownies to be fairly similar, and boring. Then through experimental, they came up with their own version of how a good brownie should be like, and hence the born of P.Osh.

P.Osh is located at the shopping belt of Dhoby Ghaut Mrt, where it is ideal in serving the shopping and the working crowd. It is the name P.Osh which stands out though. Remembering i seen the name before, i follow the trait to the little outlet and this leads to the brownie discovery!

The owners explained that there are currently about 11 types of brownies available, and you can get 5 in a box for $13, and 10 mini ones for $20. Like i said, comparison is inevitable in this line, and having tried brownies from the Brownie Factory recently, it’s no surprise really that i’ll compare both to give a big picture.

The folks at P.Osh says that each brownie tastes different, smells different, looks different, and feels different. Excitingly unique, and full of character. Some bake brownies, we give brownies life. Find a brownie that is so you, then fall in love with it. Some say, ‘you are what you eat’. We say, ‘you eat what you are’

3 Extra Mother (Sar Kay Mah)

I don't like eating this... but I know someone who does...

'Sak Ke Mah' or 'Sar Kay Mah' to me is translated in Hokkien as '3 Extra Mother'... but it's probably wrong.

Below is a better description.

Chinese Dessert Recipes

Translated as Sweet Egg Squares

Sweet Egg Squares or Sak Ke Mah was originally Manchurian food offered at ancestors remembrance ceremonies. In the Manchurian language, 'Sak Ke' means 'to cut' and 'ma' means 'to rearrange'. It is also said that in Hong Kong, some gamblers eat this for luck before they put their bets on horses.

The preparation of such Chinese desserts as featured in our Chinese dessert recipes require patience and time but the end result is most satisfying. Chinese traditional food usually use basic ingredients (nothing fancy or out of ordinary) as you will see here, the Sak Ke Mah mainly uses flour, eggs, sugar for the basic dough. This snack is deliciously chewy and sweet and filling as well due to the eggs.

Ingredients For Fried Strips
2 1/2 cups Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
4 Medium Eggs

Ingredients for Coating
3/4 cup Castor Sugar
1/2 cup Maltose
1/4 cup Water
1 tbsp Vinegar

• Sift plain flour together with baking powder. Add eggs, one at a time and knead dough until smooth. Leave aside for 30 minutes. Cut dough into half and roll each half into rectangles of 4 mm thick.With a sharp knife, cut into even 25 mm strips. Shred strips in finer strips.
• Heat oil and deep fry shredded strips until golden brown. Dish out.
• Cook castor sugar and maltose in water. Add vinegar. Pour syrup into fried strips and toss to coat thoroughly. Pour coated strips onto greased cookie sheet. Press firmly until compact (about one inch in height). Allow to cool before cutting into squares.

Here's another take...
about this cake...

Ke = Riding
Mah = Horse


i don't read chinese and i wonder why this snack is called 'sak ke mah'. 'Mah' in cantonese, i know is 'horse' but this snack don't look anything like a horse. 'Ke' , to me , it sounded like 'riding', put the two words together, it means 'riding a horse'. What is 'sak' and how is this name associated to this delicious snack? Does anyone know the story to this name?, correct me if you please and excuse my ignorance.


3 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
4 eggs
6 cups oil for frying

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup maltose
1/4 cup water
1/2 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar

• Sieve ingredients A:, add eggs and knead into a smooth dough , let stand for 20 minutes.
• Cut dough into half and roll one half into a rectangle 1/6 inch thick.
Cut into 1 inch strips and shred into fine strips.
• Heat oil and fry the shredded strips until golden brown. Remove and place into a large bowl.
• Cook B: for 2 minutes in medium heat(sugar should be dissolved),
pour mixture into the fried noodles and toss to coat.
• Pour coated noodles onto a greased cookie sheet pan and
press noodles into a compact rectangle, i inch in height.
• Let it cool, cut into square pieces.


Mother Teresa ~ On Humility

Mother Teresa said...
"Humility is the mother of all virtues; purity, charity and obedience. 
It is in being humble that our love becomes real, devoted and ardent. 
If you are humble nothing will touch you, 
neither praise nor disgrace, 
because you know what you are. 
If you are blamed you will not be discouraged. 
If they call you a saint you will not put yourself on a pedestal."

Quote, Mother Teresa

How to Start a 10,000 Steps Exercise Program ~ By David Sarokin

Here's an interesting way to exercise...

How to Start a 10,000 Steps Exercise Program ~ By David Sarokin

On average, people walk about 1,000-3,000 steps a day in their ordinary activities. Health pros suggest we up that figure to 10,000 steps a day as one of the keys to healthy livingA 10,000 Step Program can be the path to fitness. Here's how to get started.

Good running or walking shoes are recommended for 10,000 Steps. Made it! Another 10,000 Steps tomorrow! 10,000 steps, in the gym, health club or outdoors.


1 ***Read About 10,000 Steps***
The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports recommends the 10,000 steps a day goal as a way of getting a healthy dose of exercise, losing weight, and keeping fit. The Resource Section (Scroll down) includes links where you can read more about it.

2 ***Take It Slow***
Walking 10,000 steps might mean adding an hour or more of walk time to your usual daily routine. This may not be an immediate goal for everyone. Start off slow by using everyday opportunities to walk a bit more -- stairs instead of the elevator (down is fine), walk to the mailbox or grocery store, go out for an evening stroll. Whenever you're about to get into your car, think: "Can I walk, instead?"

3 ***Take Care of Your Feet***
Good comfortable sneakers are the way to go. They don't need to be specially marketed as "walking shoes" (though those certainly wouldn't hurt). But as you build up to 10,000 steps a day, you'll come to appreciate the comfort and protection of a good pair of walking/running more and more.

4 ***Keep Count***
A pedometer that clips onto your belt or clothes is a simple and inexpensive way to keep tabs on how many steps your take during the course of a day. A simple search on "pedometer" will give you dozens to choose from. Use the pedometer for a week to get your baseline -- the typical number of steps taken during your average day. Then set a goal for yourself to increase your steps (say, an extra 1,000 steps a day), and use the pedometer to track your progress. Then add another 1,000. And another.

5 ***Use the Gym***
If you prefer a gym as part of your walking routine, no problem. Step class, the treadmill, a stair climber -- anything that gets you in a walking motion -- all count towards your goal. Some machines will even keep count for you. Note, however, that pedometers do not always do well on stair-stepper and similar machines. You may have to learn to 'translate' your machine step count.

6 ***Lock It In***
Once you reach your goal, keep going and make it a habit. After a few months of stepping, you'll feel great, and wonder how you ever got by without it.
Resources Section:

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Air on a G String ~ Classical Guitar ~ Collection 2011 Feb 27, 2252hrs


Air on a G String ~ Classical Guitar ~ Paul Fowles's Arrangement

Arranged for guitar by Paul Fowles from the Manchester guitar circle

Air on a G string ~ Harmonica Diatonique ~ 2011 Feb 27, 2215hrs

Air on a G string ~ Harmonica Diatonique

Air on a G String ~ Classical Guitar ~ Peo Kindgren

Air on a G String ~ Classical Guitar ~ Peo Kindgren

The video above inspired this arrangement below...

Air on a G String ~ Classical Guitar ~ by guitarflorida
My arrangement for classical guitar on Bach's famous Air, from Ochestral Suite #3 in D major BWV 1068. The inspiration came from watching Peo Kindgren's (Youtube user name AndanteLargo) performances on Youtube.


Air on a G String ~ Classical Guitar ~ Sungha Jung

Air on a G String ~ Classical Guitar ~ Sungha Jung

Air on a G string ~ JS Bach (Piano Music Score)


Friday, February 25, 2011


When praying for HOPE, PEACE, LOVE and JOY...
Ask for these gifts upon ourselves first...
Learn to spread it to our families next...
Then thereon to other things and people that God has gifted each of us..

Reach out and hold onto God's healing hands..
sense His generous heart..breathe His creations

Holiday ~ Bus Coaches To Malaysia...

Next time... can try this...

First Coach
Next time we can try this. Scroll down for details... 
nearer to home... no foreign smell like it was at Golden Mile.

Odyssey Now Coach
My colleague said this one "... wah! very good... but expensive.. 
seats very big and comfortable... one trip is $50... 
compared to First Coach... return trip (go & come or 2 trips) is $50.

I was thinking... holiday... let's travel in comfort... ... Click here to read more

Details after this jump...
First Coach ~ Branch at Novena Square
Location238 Thomson Road
#03-33 Novena Square
Singapore 307683
Telephone +65 68 222 111
Facsmille+65 68 200 111


Art ~ Line Drawings of Microscopes & Stethoscopes

Art ~ Line Drawings of Microscopes & Stethoscopes

Art ~ Line Drawing ~ Elderly Couple

Art ~ Line Drawing ~ Elderly Couple

Blog ~ LOGOs with Thunderbolt

Logo ~ Thunderbolt ~ io Logo

Introducing Thunderbolt.
The fastest, most versatile I/O ever in a notebook.

Imagine accessing multiple streams of uncompressed HD video — from your notebook — at speeds that let you edit an HD feature film in real time. That's how Thunderbolt technology will connect the next generation of high-performance peripherals to the next generation of computers — starting with MacBook Pro. Ultrafast and ultraflexible, the Thunderbolt pipeline is more than 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0, and it offers unprecedented expansion capabilities. It changes what you can do on a notebook.

The Thunderbolt port will give you plug-and-play performance with a whole new world of Thunderbolt peripherals, as well as with the Apple LED Cinema Display and other Mini DisplayPort peripherals. You can daisy-chain as many as six devices, including your display. And with support for video and eight-channel audio, it's easy to connect HDMI-compatible devices — like your TV and home stereo — using the HDMI adapter you already have. Current VGA, DVI, and DisplayPort adapters are also supported. ~ Learn more about Thunderbolt

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Map ~ Chulia Street

Map ~ Chulia Street

Fish ~ Pie Chia / Pek Tor

I remember this fish. Read this guys blog. Very interesting.

My mum sometimes cook this for me during Chinese New Year because I love Fish Roe... which reminds me... she said she would do it this year...
...but she hasn't done it yet... mom! MOM! MOM! MOM!...

"...in my growing up years i do not remember we having yusheng for our chinese new year celebrations but we did have another fish dish - the pek tor fish or pie chia fish. the pek tor is especially popular with the teochew during the chinese new year season. however, since all chinese share the view that whole steamed fish is the symbol of long life and good fortune, it is not surprising that other dialect groups also take to the fish. the pek tor (white belly) fish is available all the year round but during the chinese new year season, it is special. that is when the fish start to spawn. the females are laden with roe... read on"

Original Article
the pie chia/pek tor fish
Fish, Fish Roe, Chinese, CNY, Caviar,

Towgay Pillow for Babies

I just got this via email. 

If you have problems getting your baby to sleep, 
this traditional 'comforter' may be the answer.

Read on...


Did you ever have a towgay pillow when you were young? Perhaps you still have one even today!

Just to be clear, these pillows are not stuffed with actual bean sprouts, but the brown husks that have been carefully dried in the sun. yg explains their soothing qualities for young children:

"babies are prone to be startled. i notice this again when i look after my grandson. asians, especially the chinese, believe in the effectiveness of the bean sprout husk pillow in soothing the baby. the elongated, narrow pillow is usually placed either over the chest or the tummy of the baby. it is believed that this provides some form of comfort and security to the baby.

most chinese believe that if you place this pillow across the chest or tummy of the baby, it helps to calm the baby and he or she will not experience those fitful frights that infants seem to have during the first few months of their life."

These traditional pillows used to be handmade for children, but now they seem to be available at stores, and you can even order them online. Read more about these bean sprout husk pillows in yg's post here.



Art ~ iLLustration ~ Rescue Dogs in New Zealand Earthquake

A good iLLustration...

Interesting to note...
• First they use the dogs to find the humans...
• Second only, do they use the high-technology equipment...

Makes you wonder... doesn't it?

Hmm... I just made a pun.
The word 'Wonder' could mean both '1', '2' or '3'... see definition below.

Wonder has 3 meanings:
1. to think or speculate curiously: to wonder about the origin of the solar system.
2. to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe; marvel (often followed by at ): He wondered at her composure in such a crisis.
3. to doubt: I wonder if she'll really get here.

So, every time you say "I wonder" it could mean 3 things... either...
1 ~ you are speculating
2 ~ you are amazed
3 ~ you are doubting

Wow! This word is ambiguous.

Earthquake, Rescue Dog, Dog, Art, Drawing, iLLustration, Wonder, Pun, English,

NO Hope? Good Things Can Still Happen.

Even if you have NO Hope... good things can still happen.
Apparently... there is no need of hope... good things can still happen.
Check out this news article below.

"...he admitted he had given up hope — as had his mother, struggling for oxygen and badly injured."

"If there was hope it could be found in the rescue of ...Victorian-born Anne Vos ... . Ms Vos, who was born and raised in Geelong, had spoken to media outlets on her mobile phone after being effectively buried alive during the quake on Tuesday. She had hidden beneath her desk, which was then pinned by the falling roof. Her phone battery ran out overnight, and as the hours ticked by, fears for her safety mounted ... .By mid-afternoon there was cause for a ... celebration when Ms Vos's rescue was confirmed. The receptionist has been taken to hospital suffering two broken ribs and a cut arm. Her son, Robert, who lives in Melbourne, had received a voicemail message from his mother saying goodbye after she became trapped; he then flew to New Zealand. Looking at the images of the PGC Building, he admitted he had given up hope — as had his mother, struggling for oxygen and badly injured. When they finally came face to face, Ms Vos said: ''I'm sure someone's watching over me.'' Had she not just started her shift behind the sturdy reception desk, she wouldn't have had shelter when the building crumbled. ''It would definitely be over,'' Robert, 31, said. ''We are just overjoyed and amazed as well as concerned for the other people as well.''"

News ~ Little joy as too few emerge from rubble
24 Feb 2011, The Australian

'They got Ann out of the building and God turned on the lights' BOB PARKER CHRISTCHURCH MAYOR

THERE were precious few moments of joy in Christchurch yesterday and a thousand more of despair. This was the day when many families were informed that hope had expired; that the masses of concrete entombing their loved ones were simply not ''survivable''. At the Canterbury Television building, emergency crews had responded to reports that up to 15 people were alive in an air pocket somewhere in the rubble. But with distraught family members gathered in vigil nearby, that report was revealed as a rumour. 

The two teenage children of CTV presenter Donna Manning had been in the middle of telling the media their trapped mother was a ''superwoman'' who could do anything when a police officer knelt beside Lizzie, 18, Kent, 15, and their father Jonathon to deliver the most horrific news. Police later confirmed that, while there were thought to be survivors at seven other sites across Christchurch, no one could have survived at the six-storey CTV building — and that the safety of rescue workers would not be risked. 

If there was hope it could be found in the rescue of two women, including Victorian-born Anne Vos and Christchurch local Ann Bodkin, from the remnants of the Pyne Gould Corp Building about 24 hours after it was toppled by the earthquake. Ms Vos, who was born and raised in Geelong, had spoken to media outlets on her mobile phone after being effectively buried alive during the quake on Tuesday. She had hidden beneath her desk, which was then pinned by the falling roof. Her phone battery ran out overnight, and as the hours ticked by, fears for her safety mounted — especially when rescuers pulled another woman, Ann Bodkin, from the rubble who had been trapped in remarkably similar circumstances under a table. Ms Bodkin emerged in a precautionary neck brace at about lunchtime but she was chirpy, giggling and largely uninjured in what was hailed as a ''miracle rescue''. As Ms Bodkin emerged, giant sunbeams burst through the city's grey, drizzly weather. ''They got Ann out of the building and God turned on the lights,'' Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said. Firefighters at the scene broke into applause when she was carried out. ''Getting her out is just stupendous,'' her husband, Graham Richardson, said. ''I'm a very happy man. I obviously feel for all the other people waiting to hear.'' By mid-afternoon there was cause for a twin celebration when Ms Vos's rescue was confirmed. The receptionist has been taken to hospital suffering two broken ribs and a cut arm. Her son, Robert, who lives in Melbourne, had received a voicemail message from his mother saying goodbye after she became trapped; he then flew to New Zealand. Looking at the images of the PGC Building, he admitted he had given up hope — as had his mother, struggling for oxygen and badly injured. When they finally came face to face, Ms Vos said: ''I'm sure someone's watching over me.'' Had she not just started her shift behind the sturdy reception desk, she wouldn't have had shelter when the building crumbled. ''It would definitely be over,'' Robert, 31, said. ''We are just overjoyed and amazed as well as concerned for the other people as well.'' 

According to media reports last night, another man was pulled out of the same building just before Ms Bodkin's voice was heard. James Faithfull was reported to be in reasonably good shape after the rescue, with his family waiting on hand for him to emerge. Rescuers still hope to find up to 14 more survivors at the PGC Building, meaning that, for many more families such as the Maynards, the agonising wait continues. Mark Maynard's wife, Kelly, worked on the first floor of the building, and he had spoken to her just 20 minutes before the 6.3 magnitude earthquake ripped through the South Island metropolis. He has not heard from her since. ''It is still no good at the moment. I am hanging around waiting. What do you do?'' he told stuff.co.nz. The couple have two children under three, and yesterday morning Mr Maynard was forced to confront their simple but heartrending questions. ''When we got up this morning they asked, 'Where is mum?' and I said, 'She is still at work','' he said. 

The rescue at the CTV building has now become a retrieval, and the news prompted an outpouring of anger and grief. Aaron Waine's mother has not emerged. Susan Chuter had started her job in sales for the CTV network just a month ago. ''She loved it, and she loved life,'' Aaron said. ''To pass away in these conditions, it's one of the cruellest ways to go.'' Mr Parker said about 300 people remained unaccounted for.


Bitterness, Fear, Hope & God

Someone sent me this via email.
This is what I learnt today.

Bitterness Is Fear In Disguise
With ref to ~ Ephesians 4:17–31 (scroll down below)

"Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, 
along with every form of malice." ~ Ephesians 4:31

It's just not fair!' 
~ says the 8-year-old when his parents say they can't afford to buy him a Nintendo DS; 
~ and the 18-year-old X Factor hopeful as she's voted out of the competition; 
~ and the 28-year-old computer programmer when his application for promotion is turned down for a second time; 
~ and the 38-year-old woman when yet another month has passed and she's still not pregnant; 
~ and the 48-year-old who finally gives up on her hope of getting married; 
~ and the 58-year-old who is made redundant years before he is ready to retire; 
~ and the 68-year-old whose children and grandchildren move to Australia without her; 
~ and the 78-year-old who is forced to sell her house to pay for her care; 
~ and the 88-year-old who fears she will die alone. It's just not fair.

'Hope deferred makes the heart sick, 
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life',
says Solomon in the Book of Proverbs (13:12). 

A sick heart can eventually turn into a bitter heart, and a bitter heart into a twisted one. Bitterness takes root when we give in to the fear that our deepest desires will never be met – and we hold it against God. So can a bitter heart ever be made sweet again? Yes, but we need to forgive and we need to let go of our unfulfilled hopes, dreams and disappointments. I don't know why God doesn't sometimes grant us our heart's desire – and, indeed, it doesn't seem fair that other people get the thing we want most. But I do know that God asks that He be our heart's desire above all else. If we put Him first we will never be disappointed.

'Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, 
and he will give you everything you need' (Matt. 6:33, NLT).

Ephesians 4:17-31
(New International Version, ©2010)

Instructions for Christian Living

17 ~ So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 
18 ~ They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 
19 ~ Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
20 ~ That, however, is not the way of life you learned 
21 ~ when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 
22 ~ You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 
23 ~ to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 
24 ~ and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 ~ Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 
26 ~ "In your anger do not sin"[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 
27 ~ and do not give the devil a foothold. 
28 ~ Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
29 ~ Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 
30 ~ And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 
31 ~ Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

[a] Ephesians 4:26 Psalm 4:4 (see Septuagint)

Bitterness, Fear, Hope, God, Bible Fav,

English ~ Dates ~ Push Back & Bring Forward

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 11:54 AM
Subject: English ~ Moving Meeting Dates? ~ added Paul Brians perspective of this

This guy explains it very well in his book.

You don't have a problem because... 
as he explains in his book... 
you think like most people.

He explains it clearly in this sentence.

We need to move the meeting forward” ► is ambiguous
We need to move the meeting forward to an earlier date” is NOT.

BUT... I still think the word Forward should not be used at all... 
...because Forward in Date Terms is really, very... ambiguous.

Forward to the future?
This is not how you think... right?

But... this is how a few of us will think... 
and they (or we) are NOT wrong.
The word Forward and Back 
used in Dates is very ambiguous...
... and the world should stop using it.


~ by Paul Brians in his book titled 'Common Errors in English Usage'

For most people you move an event forward by scheduling it to happen sooner, but other people imagine the event being moved forward into the future, postponed. This is what most—but not all—people mean by saying they want to move an event back—later. Usage is also split on whether moving an event up means making it happen sooner (most common) or later (less common). The result is widespread confusion. When using these expressions make clear your meaning by the context in which you use them. “We need to move the meeting forward” is ambiguous; “we need to move the meeting forward to an earlier date” is not.

Just to confuse things further, when you move the clock ahead in the spring for daylight saving time, you make it later; but when you move a meeting ahead, you make it sooner. Isn’t English wonderful?


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 11:22 AM
Subject: English ~ Moving Meeting Dates?

I could give a speech or talk on this subject.

This always has problems... but people are still using it.

I just saw Aida get confused... with Peihoon explaining it [B-Type], but I know it is more than that.

I think Peihoon thinks like you... the [B-Type].

Using words like 'Bring-Push, Forward-Back... and Up-Down'... will cause problems in thinking process.

I think it is clearer if we use words like 'Move, Earlier and Later' is better and clearer for both [A-Type] & [B-Type] thinking.

3 Types of Coin Personality
~ [AB-Type] Heads and Tail Person ~ A Balanced Person
~ [A-Type] ~ Tails Only Person
~ [B-Type] ~ Heads Only Person

A balanced person will be able to see both sides of a coin... but sometimes get confused because they're dealing with people from either side of the coin.

A one-track minded person only sees their own perspective... and looks confident and seem not confused... but causes confusion to the other 2 personalities.

[AB-Type] Personality can be further divided into 2 camps.
~ [AB-Type & Well Balanced] Personality is a well adjusted and balanced person with no confusion.
~ [AB-Type & Very Unstable] Personality is a very unstable and susceptible to confusion.

I think you know that I am an [AB-Type & Very Unstable] Personality.

Moving Meeting Dates?

1 ~ Bring the Date forward / Bring the Meeting forward

2 ~ Push the Date back / Push the Meeting back

Depends on how you think.

1 ~ Bring the Date forward... 
Is it... moving the Date forward to a Future Date... i.e. to a Later Date? [A-Type]
Is it... moving the Date closer to the Current Date... i.e. to an Earlier Date? [B-Type]

Same with 2...

2 ~ Push the Date back
Is it... moving the Date back from what it was... i.e. to an Earlier Date? [A-Type]
Is it... moving the Date farther from what it was ... i.e. to a Later Date? [B-Type]

Up & Down also has problems.

Up the on the Calendar is Earlier Date... or is it Up the Number of the Calendar which have it as a Later Date.
Down the on the Calendar is Later Date... or is it Down the Number of the Calendar which have it as a Earlier Date.

Note some Dictionary states that Bring means.
Bring = movement towards you. You can bring your friend home (to your home) from the airport. You can ask your friends to bring (you) a bottle of wine for dinner too.
Bring = take or go with (someone or something) to a place.
Recently, I heard someone say this statement...
that we need to "push forward" the date. I think this is wrong. 

It should always be.
• Push back the date.
• Bring forward the date.

Here's an example of it's correct usage from the news article below:

"However, after thinking it over, Chang decided it was now better to push back the wedding and let his wife-to-be follow her recovery regimen slowly, without having to worry about preparing for her nuptials."

News ~ Selina Jen's wedding "delayed indefinitely" says fiance
Posted: 22 February 2011 1501 hrs
TAIPEI: Taiwan singer-actress Selina Jen's fiance Richard Chang has announced that their wedding will be "delayed indefinitely" during an appearance on a Taiwan talk show Monday, reported Taiwan media. "The wedding date depends entirely on the progress of Selina's recovery. "Presently, it is delayed indefinitely, without any sort of time table," Chang said, adding that it was a decision he and Jen made together. "We have been discussing it all along. She (Jen) is OK with it." The 39-year-old lawyer said that he had earlier insisted on marrying Jen, of Mandopop trio S.H.E, on April 1 as they had previously planned, in order to motivate her. He believed it would give her something to look forward to, as she began her painful journey to recover from the severe burns she suffered in a filming accident in October last year. However, after thinking it over, Chang decided it was now better to push back the wedding and let his wife-to-be follow her recovery regimen slowly, without having to worry about preparing for her nuptials. "Jen goes through a lot of pain during her daytime recovery regimen, and cannot sleep at night due to itchiness and the heat, if we stick to the original marriage date, it would be very rushed. "It would be a burden on her body and puts a strain on her emotionally, so we decided to delay [the wedding]," explained Chang. Chang said he will definitely announce it when he and Jen fix a new wedding date. Jen's S.H.E group mates Ella Chen and Hebe Tien have expressed that they would turn up for the wedding, regardless of when it takes place. "No matter when the wedding date is, your sisters (Jen's group mates) will be there," Chen and Tien said, in response to queries by Taiwan media. -CNA/ha


Free Vocal Tip ~ 2011 Feb 24, 0928hrs

~ Warming Up In The Mornings
~ Using Your Head-Voice (or Falsetto)


Please watch this video. It has less theory & more practical 
and gives some good advice of how to warm up in the mornings. 

Notice also the light head-voice (falsetto) used when going higher... 
some of you strain to much when you're singing high. 
You've got to learn to relax... 
and there's nothing wrong in using your "falsetto"... 
if you practice hard enough... your falsetto will get stronger... 
and give you a better quality known as head-voice... 
which can bring your chest-voice much higher and increase your vocal range. 
Sing softly in your head-voice (or falsetto) first... 
and when it gets stronger you can sing louder by trying to mix it with your chest voice. 

Please don't strain... for those who know what it's like to drive a car in manual-mode... 
it's like driving at high speed in low-gear... you can hear the engine strain. 
Your head-voice (or falsetto) is your higher-gear... learn how to switch to it.

Every time we do the Bubble exercise... 
it's suppose to bring you to your head-voice (or falsetto)... 
that's the voice you'll have to use when it gets to high for you... 
never mind if it's too soft... with practice, it'll get stronger... 
believe me... I know... because I was quite a heavy singer.

How To Singing - Sing with Better Vocal Texture

This video on the other hand, may be a little difficult to understand coz it's all theory so it's optional.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Candida (Comedy Drama) ~ by G Bernard Shaw

Candida (Comedy Drama) ~ by G Bernard Shaw
Candida, a comedy by playwright George Bernard Shaw, was first published in 1898, as part of his Plays Pleasant. The central characters are clergyman James Morell, his wife Candida and a youthful poet, Eugene Marchbanks, who tries to win Candida's affections. The play questions Victorian notions of love and marriage, asking what a woman really desires from her husband. The cleric is a Fabian Socialist, allowing Shaw—himself a Fabian—to weave political issues, current at the time, into the story. 
The play is set in the north-east suburbs of London in the month of October. It tells the story of Candida, the wife of a first-rate clergyman, the Reverend James Mavor Morell. Morell is a Christian Socialist, popular in the Church of England, but Candida is responsible for much of his success. Candida returns home briefly from a trip to London with Eugene Marchbanks, a young poet who wants to rescue her from what he presumes to be her dull family life. Marchbanks is in love with Candida and believes she deserves something more than just complacency from her husband. He considers her divine, and his love eternal. In his view, it is quite improper and humiliating for Candida to have to attend to petty household chores. Morell believes Candida needs his care and protection, but the truth is quite the contrary. Ultimately, Candida must choose between the two gentlemen and she reasserts her preference for Morell, the "weaker of the two." 
The characters of Mr Burgess, Candida's father, an unrepentant capitalist, Lexy Mill, Morell's assistant, and Proserpine Garnett, Morell's typist, add humour to the play.
George Bernard Shaw

Songs by ~ Tony Orlando & Dawn

Songs by ~ Tony Orlando & Dawn
• Candida
• Knock 3 Times
• What Are You Doing Sunday
• Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree
• He Don't Love You
• and some others...
Medley ~ Tony Orlando & Dawn
Candida / Knock 3 Times / What Are You Doing Sunday
Candida ~ Tony Orlando & Dawn
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Tony Orlando & Dawn
Song, Music, Oldies, Tony Orlando n Dawn,

Everywhere Is A Great Place To Stay

We learn something every day. Someone once told me that New Zealand is a great place to stay. I don't doubt that. But when he says it's the "best place"... I don't agree. I believe that everywhere is a great place to stay. We know that most people love the place they grew up in and are reluctant to leave even when the going gets rough. The grass isn't always greener on the other side. Everywhere is a great place to stay... it's just a matter or perspective.

Earthquake Prone Countries
New Zealand sits on the "Pacific Ring of Fire", 
a vast zone of seismic and volcanic activity 
stretching from Chile on one side 
to Japan and Indonesia on the other.
Nearly 400 dead or missing in New Zealand quake
Posted: 23 February 2011 0704 hrs

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand - New Zealand declared a national state of emergency Wednesday after one of its worst earthquake disasters left nearly 400 people dead or missing. Rescuers worked frantically to reach survivors under collapsed buildings in the stricken city centre of Christchurch, after recovering 75 bodies. About 300 people are still missing after Tuesday's 6.3-magnitude quake. "New Zealanders have woken to a tragedy unfolding in the great city of Christchurch," said Prime Minister John Key, declaring the national emergency. "The earthquake that struck the Canterbury region at ten to one yesterday has wreaked death and destruction on a dreadful scale." New Zealand's second city was a scene of "incredible carnage", police said. Rescuers had to amputate limbs from survivors to free them from smouldering ruins of buildings reduced to debris in minutes, while dazed survivors were plucked from the rubble in a frantic rescue mission that spanned the night. But in scenes of joy, 15 people were rescued from one section of a collapsed six-storey office block, and four people were pulled alive from another mangled building, including one woman who was hiding under her desk. "We've got them out of the building and they're still alive, which was the goal for us, and we're continuing to search for more," a fire department spokesman told national radio. Superintendent Russell Gibson said the toll was certain to rise as more than 500 emergency workers combed buildings that had already been weakened by a 7.0-magnitude quake six months ago that miraculously resulted in no deaths. "There is incredible carnage right throughout the city," he told Radio New Zealand. "There are bodies littering the streets, they are trapped in cars and crushed under rubble." Gibson said rescuers were going door to door through the city centre calling out to anyone who was trapped, with efforts concentrating on two city centre office buildings where survivors had managed to communicate with them. "We are getting texts and tapping sounds from some of these buildings and that's where the focus is at the moment," he said. Prime Minister Key, who has described the disaster as possibly "New Zealand's darkest day", said dozens of aftershocks continued to rock the city, hampering rescue efforts. "There is no reason that can make sense of this event. No words that can spare our pain," he said. "We are witnessing the havoc caused by a violent and ruthless act of nature." The majority of the city remained without power and Gibson said rescue crews working through the night freed 20-30 people, cutting limbs from some of those pinned in the rubble. "It's quite amazing, we have some people we've pulled out and they haven't got so much as a scratch on them, we've had other people where we've had to amputate limbs to get them out," he said. Christchurch resident Anthony Rohan said he survived in his seventh floor office by sheltering under his desk, but others were less fortunate. Tom Brittenden said he saw a woman die with her baby in her arms when she was hit by falling debris in the city's Cashel St Mall. Her baby survived but she was killed instantly. "We tried to pull these big bricks off (her)... she was gone," he told the Christchurch Press. Among those unaccounted for were 11 students and teachers from a language school in the Japanese city of Toyama, Japan's Jiji Press news agency reported. Other Japanese media reports said several of the students were later rescued alongside a teacher who had emailed her family from underneath the rubble. Police drafted in search and rescue teams in an attempt to locate survivors, while Japan, Australia and the United States were among countries sending rescuers to help. Britain's Queen Elizabeth, who is New Zealand's head of state, said she was "utterly shocked" while US President Barack Obama offered his "deepest condolences", as expressions of sympathy poured in from around the globe. The quake is the deadliest to hit New Zealand since a 7.8-magnitude tremor killed 256 people in the Hawke's Bay region in 1931. The tremor hit at lunchtime Tuesday, toppling buildings and leaving central Christchurch strewn with debris. The city's landmark cathedral lost its spire. Last year's September 4 tremor, measured at 7.0 magnitude, damaged 100,000 homes but killed no one. Seismologists said that despite being smaller, the latest tremor was more destructive than the earlier quake because it was nearer to Christchurch's centre and much closer to the earth's surface. New Zealand sits on the "Pacific Ring of Fire", a vast zone of seismic and volcanic activity stretching from Chile on one side to Japan and Indonesia on the other. - AFP /ls