Friday, 28 February 2014

GIF files with cats and dogs fun

Oh yeah! Nazi planned to kidnap and gas
1 million cats and kittens for their furs; oh my!
The pet door was built with an exit and entry access
for me when I was a puppy!
Hmmm, it's great rubbing my chin on your rough hide.
Strange bedfellows.
Little chipmunk awakes for a new day
by brushing its turf on its head.
It will ready for a camera shot.
Smart cat finds a brilliant method to amuse itself.
Hey, this merry-go-round is real fun, better than
chasing my own tail. Now  I'm dizzy and can't
 get down from the turn-table.
Good to be taller, even for a dog.
What a feeling, you touch my toes and I touch yours.
Let's imitate crawling behind the baby,
just for the kick of it.
.
Hi Kat Kat, stop eating, let's go out and play.......hurry!
 
Life is too short not to take time out to enjoy the fun.


GIF files obtained from A Chinese media news print
 

 

Alan CY Kok

Habits that will help you to live up to 100 year-old

 
 

"Evidence shows that in societies where people stop working abruptly, the incidence of obesity and chronic disease skyrockets after retirement,"says Luigi Ferrucci, director of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. The Chianti region of Italy, which has a high percentage of centenarians, has a different take on leisure time. "After people retire from their jobs, they spend most of the day working on their little farm, cultivating grapes or vegetables," he says. "They're never really inactive." Farming isn't for you? Volunteer as a docent at your local art museum or join the Experience Corps, a program offered in 19 cities that places senior volunteers in urban public elementary schools for about 15 hours a week.

That may help keep your arteries healthy. A 2008 New York University study showed that daily flossing reduced the amount of gum-disease-causing bacteria in the mouth.This bacteria is thought to enter the bloodstream and trigger inflammation in the arteries, a major risk factor for heart disease. Other research has shown that those who have high amounts of bacteria in their mouth are more likely to have thickening in their arteries, another sign of heart disease."I really do think people should floss twice a day to get the biggest life expectancy benefits," says Perls.

"Exercise is the only real fountain of youth that exists," says Jay Olshansky, a professor of medicine and aging researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "It's like the oil and lube job for your car. You don't have to do it, but your car will definitely run better." Study after study has documented the benefits of exercise to improve your mood, mental acuity, balance, muscle mass, and bones. "And the benefits kick in immediately after your first workout," Olshansky adds. Don't worry if you're not a gym rat. Those who see the biggest payoffs are the ones who go from doing nothing to simply walking around the neighborhood or local mall for about 30 minutes a day. Building muscle with resistance training is also ideal, but yoga classes can give you similar strength-training effects if you're not into weight lifting.

Getting a serving of whole-grains, especially in the morning, appears to help older folks maintain stable blood sugar levels throughout the day, according to a recent study conducted by Ferrucci and his colleagues. "Those who do this have a lower incidence of diabetes, a known accelerator of aging," he says.

Instead of skimping on sleep to add more hours to your day, get more to add years to your life. "Sleep is one of the most important functions that our body uses to regulate and heal cells," says Ferrucci. "We've calculated that the minimum amount of sleep that older people need to get those healing REM phases is about six hours." Those who reach the century mark make sleep a top priority.
 

Strong evidence suggests that people who have high blood levels of certain nutrients—selenium, beta-carotene, vitamins C and E—age much better and have a slower rate of cognitive decline. Unfortunately, there's no evidence that taking pills with these nutrients provides those anti-aging benefits. "There are more than 200 different carotenoids and 200 different flavonoids in a single tomato," points out Ferrucci, "and these chemicals can all have complex interactions that foster health beyond the single nutrients we know about like lycopene or vitamin C." Avoid nutrient-lacking white foods (breads, flour, sugar) and go for all those colorful fruits and vegetables and dark whole-grain breads and cerealswith their host of hidden nutrients.

It may work for Woody Allen, who infuses his worries with a healthy dose of humor, but the rest of us neurotics may want to find a new way to deal with stress. "We have a new study coming out that shows that centenarians tend not to internalize things or dwell on their troubles," says Perls. "They are great at rolling with the punches." If this inborn trait is hard to overcome, find better ways to manage when you're stressed:Yoga, exercise, meditation, tai chi, or just deep breathing for a few moments are all good. Ruminating, eating chips in front of the TV, binge drinking? Bad, very bad.

Americans who define themselves as Seventh Day Adventists have an average life expectancy of 89, about a decade longer than the average American. One of the basic tenets of the religion is that it's important to cherish the body that's on loan from God, which means no smoking, alcohol abuse, or overindulging in sweets. Followers typically stick to a vegetarian diet based on fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts, and get plenty of exercise.They're also very focused on family and community.


Centenarians tend to live by strict routines, says Olshansky, eating the same kind of diet and doing the same kinds of activities their whole lives. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day is another good habit to keep your body in the steady equilibrium that can be easily disrupted as you get on in years. "Your physiology becomes frailer when you get older," explains Ferrucci, "and it's harder for your body to bounce back if you, say, miss a few hours of sleep one night or drink too much alcohol." This can weaken immune defenses, leaving you more susceptible to circulating flu viruses or bacterial infections.

Having regular social contacts with friends and loved ones is key to avoiding depression, which can lead to premature death, something that's particularly prevalent in elderly widows and widowers. Some psychologists even think that one of the biggest benefits elderly folks get from exercise the strong social interactions that come from walking with a buddy or taking a group exercise class. Having a daily connection with a close friend or family member gives older folks the added benefit of having someone watch their back. "They'll tell you if they think your memory is going or if you seem more withdrawn," says Perls, "and they might push you to see a doctor before you recognize that you need to see one yourself."

Many thanks to Ron Lim for sharing.

Alan CY Kok           

Thursday, 27 February 2014

You should not leave your friend behind



A man and his dog were walking along a road.
The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.


He remembered dying and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years.
He wondered where the road was leading them.
After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road.


It looked like fine marble.
At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.

When he was standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold.
 
 
He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, 'Excuse me, where are we?' 
'This is Heaven, sir,' the man answered.
'Wow! Would you happen to have some water?' the man asked.

'Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up.'
The man gestured, and the gate began to open. 'Can my friend,' gesturing toward his dog, 'come in, too?' the traveller asked.
'I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets.'

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.

After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. 
There was no fence.

As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

 


'Excuse me!' he called to the man. 'Do you have any water?'
'Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in.'
'How about my friend here?' the traveller gestured to the dog.
'There should be a bowl by the pump,' said the man.

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside

it.
             

The traveller filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog.
When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.
'What do you call this place?' the traveller asked. 
'This is Heaven,' he answered.
'Well, that's confusing,' the traveller said.
'The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.'
'Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell.'

'Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?'
'No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their
best friends behind.'


 

Now you see, sometimes, we wonder why friends keep forwarding stuff to us without writing a word.


Maybe this will explain it.
When you are very busy, but still want to keep in touch, guess what you do? You forward emails.
When you have nothing to say, but still want to keep contact, you forward jokes.

When you have something to say, but don't know what, and don't know how.... you forward stuff.


A 'forward' lets you know that you are still remembered, you are still important, you are still loved, you are still cared for.


So, next time if you get a 'forward', don't think that you've been sent just another forwarded joke, but that you've been thought of today and your friend on the other end of your computer wanted to send you a smile.




You are welcome at my water bowl anytime !!




So here's to keeping in touch even if it means only forwarding on an email
 
 
Many thanks to TS Ng for sharing
Alan CY Kok

Haunted Hotels of Asia



Have you ever heard of hotel room stories which tickle your sixth sense? Or maybe you checked into a hotel which eerily reeked of an unknown presence. Asia has a lot to offer in the paranormal sense of the word. Lets look at the best resort asia's bona fide list of haunted hotels reportedly to be haunted by ghosts or other supernatural beings.
A fire engulfed the First Hotel Bangkok in the 80s that took away the life of a Singaporean singer by the name of Shi Ni. The Pratunam Hotel chain was surrounded by popular shopping complexes like the MBK.
                                                    Asia Hotel, Bangkok

With one glance you would deemed Asia Hotel to be just another spooky hotel in Bangkok. The overall hotel is dimly lit and rooms are old and musty. A typical story involves guests waking up just in time to see ghostly figures sitting on the sofa staring at them, only to vanish into thin air. NEW REPORTS
Buma Inn, Beijing.

 The Chinese really take seriously these things paranormal. Anyone would be, if the event will include scary paranormal creatures of the night, the Berserker. Buma Inn in Beijing will be pursued by a ghost angry and seeks revenge. It was said that a guest died because the chef poisoned his food and then the chef stabbed himself. The terror is not over yet. Until now, the restless spirit of murdered Review pursues the hotel in search of the chef, who poisoned him. 
Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Bangkok

The  Baiyoke Sky Hotel, rising 88-storeys above Bangkok’s skyline, is Thailand’s tallest (as of 2011) hotel.Three billboard installers died when they fell from a suspended platform at the 69th floor of Baiyoke Tower II.NEW REPORTS


Diplomat Hotel, Baguio City, Philippines.
The Diplomat Hotel on Dominican Hill, Baguio City, Philippines is famous for being haunted by headless apparitions amongst other things. There were some visitors of the hotel claiming to saw headless figures carrying a platter with their severed damaged head on it, walking along the corridors wailing for justices. The abandoned hotel was the heaven for the paranormal and ghost hunters.
Genting Highlands, the famous hill resort in Malaysia, is also known as one of the most haunted places in Malaysia. Paranormal incidents have been reported at the First World Hotel. Given that it is a casino resort, a lot of gambling-related suicides have happened over the years. There are eerie sounds in the middle of the night as well as apparitions of restless spirits. Locals even claim that some hotel rooms are never rented out even if the hotel is fully booked because occupants fall sick after their stay. There were also reports that the lift never stopped on the 21st floor. The lift would either skip the 21st floor or would not even reach the 21st floor. 
Ghost stories about the Grand Hyatt Taipei are rooted in the hotel’s dark history. Apparently the hotel was built on a World War II execution ground and cemetary.. Guests of the hotel have allegedly seen ghosts in the corridors while others have heard strange noises from unoccupied rooms. Paranormal activities and rumors regarding the hotel have so negatively affected the business that management decided to consult Feng Shui experts. Chinese calligraphy and scrolls have since been installed in strategic places within the hotel in the hopes of warding off restless spirits. Many visitors swears that they saw a ghost at the top floor, and refuses to ever stay there again.



Room 308 in Samudra Beach Hotel was my main reason to go to Pelabuhanratu. I had read that Nyai Loro Kidul, the Goddess of the South Seas, has room 308 permanently kept empty for her.Legend has it that Nyai Loro Kidul lures fishermen to her love nest at the bottom of the ocean. She whisks away anyone who ventures into the sea, anyone wearing green. Swimmers are warned not to wear green and not to swim in the ocean and if drowning occurs they are attributed to this malevolent Goddess. 

THE SAVOY HOTEL, MUSSOORIE, INDIA


 The Savoy, is a historic luxury hotel located in the hill station, Mussoorie, in Uttarakhand state of India, The Savoy Hotel, the inspiration of Agatha Christie's novel was the Mysterious Affair at Styles. The hotel offers not only a luxury but a constant supply of pure terror. His former owner, Lady Ormsby , who died allegedly from poisoning, is said to be the haunting opulent hotel. Scary creature of the night was to see to draw aimlessly the halls of his former hotel. 

 



The Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai sadly, now known for the infamous 26/11 terrorist attack, is haunted by the ghost of it's architect W. A. Chambers, the hotel’s chief engineer. Chambers travelled to France shortly before the hotel’s completion. He later returned to India only to find out that it was built in the opposite direction. He was so heartbroken that he took his life. Hotel staff and guests claim that his ghost roams the old wing of the hotel obviously still lamenting his design gone bad
Tambun Inn is one of the favorite hotels in Ipoh, Malaysia. Apparently the tourists are not the only errant fools to the hotel. Scary creatures of the night allegedly wander the hotel as well. Many accounts of events have been documented ghosts. Some of these accounts have mentioned the light in and out; the sounds, whispers and screams heard disturbing the inn. There was also a report of a ghost of an elderly woman was discovered near the pension. 

The 220-room hotel Yun Shan Fan Dian is three hours north of Beijing on the Yangtze River. It is built on the very same grounds where Manchu royalty would escape the summer heat of Beijing. Over the years, several guests have reported sightings of none other than Dowager Empress Cixi, tending her beloved garden. It seems the old Dowager feels duly protective of her garden. 


HERE'S SOME BELIEFS OF THE HOTELIERS : (BELIEVE IT OR NOT IT'S UP TO YOU)

Every single hotel, there shall be at least a permanent room which should be left vacant at all times. No matter how full the hotel are, they are not to sell that room(s) to any guest. It was said that special room was "reserved" for those "special visitors". So, if you plan to stay in some hotel, always book in advance. Try to avoid walk in. If the receptionist tells you there are no more rooms available, do not insist one anymore or try to bribe them to give you a room. If you do that, most of the time the room you have will be that "special room". Sometimes those "special visitors" might go to other rooms also, so here's some tips on how to protect yourself:1.  Before entering your room, always knock on the door first, even you know the room is vacant. 2. After you enter the room, if you feel very cold suddenly and have goosebumps, leave the room quietly & immediately and go to reception to request a room change. Most of the time the receptionist will understand what's happening. 3. After you enter the room, immediately switch on all of the lights, and open the curtains to let the sun light in.4. before you go to bed, arrange your shoes so that one of them is upside down. Some say this is representing yin & yang to protect you while you're asleep. 5. Always leave at least a lamp on while you're sleeping, preferably the toilet's lamp.6. If you're staying alone and they have give you a twin bed, do not sleep with the other bed vacant, try to put your things like luggage on the other bed before you sleep.

 Many thanks to Dorris Chan for sharing.

Alan CY Kok