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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Want to discover your unique talents?

In this article, I will be focusing on how to identify your unique skills and talents, or in other words, your unique intelligence. All of us are born with different intelligences. Some of these are inborn, while others are learnt and discovered along life’s journey. There are many different types of intelligence that we possess. You have to find your unique combination and from there, you would be able to know what your unique talents and skills are as well as your strengths and weaknesses.

1. Linguistic Intelligence involves sensitivity to spoken and written language, the ability to learn and use languages to accomplish certain goals. People who have this intelligence are good with words, and it can be either verbal or non-verbal. Writers, poets, lawyers and speakers are among those that have high linguistic intelligence.

2. Interpersonal Intelligence is the ability to understand, negotiate, influence, persuade and communicate effectively with other people. If you have the capacity to understand the intentions, motivations and desires of other people, you probably have this intelligence. Today, it is one of the more sought-after intelligence as people need to work and co-operate with one another. Educators, salespeople, religious and political leaders all have a well-developed interpersonal intelligence.


Sunday, 23 January 2011

Discovering your passion and interests

The earlier you are able to identify your passions, the better it will be as you will be able find the right direction in life to move forward. This article will give you some ideas on how to discover your passion and interests.

1. Think back

a) Subjects or courses you were interested in
These are classes that you found interesting and those that you easily excelled in, while others may have found them difficult. These could also be topics that you read beyond your textbooks on your own initiative.

b) Extra-curricular activities
What were the activities that you loved to join, either as an organiser or participant, where you didn’t mind contributing your time, energy and effort? Find out the areas where you had a natural advantage over others, be it in extra-curricular activities or inter-school competitions.

c) Accolades from peers or school mates
For example, some people are naturally good at entertaining people. Some may be good at drawings (the next Lat in the making perhaps?), some good dancers, etc. These could be starting points for you to explore your passion further and take it to the next level.

d) Outside of school
What sort of activities held by organisations or local communities did you enjoy taking part?

2. Ask people close to you
Ask your parents, elder siblings, relatives or even your childhood buddies to recall the things that you love to do in your younger days, as you might have forgotten. Personally, I couldn’t remember what I loved to do when I was still young. When I asked my father many years ago, he told me that I used to love spending my time looking at pictures of beautiful houses in newspapers and magazines. Whenever I came across a picture of a house that I like, I would tear that page and keep it in my study table drawer. Perhaps that explains my keen passion for properties today! Likewise, my son who is 15  years old now loves visiting the beautiful showhouses of developers. As parent, I will encourage him to find his passion in this area. Who knows, he might become a famous architect or an interior decorator.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

What is your money personality?

I have come across many people who have different attitudes towards money. All of us have unique personalities − some characteristics are inborn and some are learnt along life’s journey. Likewise, when it comes to money and real estate investments, we too possess various money personalities. They are:

1. Spenders / Shoppers
These personalities derive great emotional satisfaction from spending money. They need instant gratification and can't resist spending money. Spenders often shop to entertain themselves, even if the items they buy go unused. A sale is simply an excuse to spend money on the pretext of getting a good deal on things that they do not need at the moment.

A well-to-do good friend of mine was shocked to discover, during his house moving, that his wife owned more than 100 pairs of shoes and over 30 handbags! Like most guys, he couldn’t see the need for his wife to own so many pairs of shoes and handbags. As money was not an issue, he didn’t mind his wife buying more new shoes or handbags, provided that she gave her old ones away. He was concerned that his new house was quickly running out of closet space to store the things his wife bought.

Unfortunately, besides being a shopper, his wife was also a hoarder. She didn’t have the heart to give away things that are still fairly new and seldom used. This led to frequent quarrels and my friend decided that the only way out was to build more closet space in his current house and to move to a bigger house a few years later to accommodate his wife’s impulsive shopping habit. It was a small price that he could afford to pay to keep his wife happy.

Advice for Spenders/ Shoppers: Shop a lot less, save a lot more

If you love to spend, it's very likely that you are going to continue doing it. when shopping, try to seek long term value, not just short -term satisfaction.  Before purchasing, ask yourself how much that purchase is going to mean in a year. If the answer is "not much",then forgo the purchase. This way, you can limit your spending to things that you'll actually use. If possible, set a monthly budget and stick to it. In case you over-spend  in a month, make sure that you have the discipline to cut back the following month.

Another suggestion is to cut up any extra credit cards you may have and lower the credit limit  on the ones you use regularly. Give standing instructions to auto-debit your bank account on the due date with the full amount for all your credit cards. This way you will not  be tempted to overspend.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Semakan keputusan kemasukan ke MRSM Tingkatan 1 dan Tingkatan 4 / 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: Sejumlah 41,117 pelajar yang memohon memasuki tingkatan satu dan Empat Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) boleh menyemak kedudukan permohonan mereka mulai hari ini melalui laman web: 



Ketua Pengarah Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) Ibrahim Ahmad berkata pelajar boleh membuat semakan itu dengan menggunakan nombor surat beranak atau kad pengenalan.

“Mara menawarkan 3,500 tempat bagi pelajar tingkatan empat, dan 6,500 tempat untuk pelajar tingkatan satu bagi sesi tahun ini, iaitu dari segi keseluruhan pertambahan 3.3 peratus atau 330 jumlah tempat jika dibanding tahun lalu,” katanya dalam kenyataan di sini, semalam.

Katanya, sehingga tarikh tutup permohonan 30 November tahun lalu, 25,244 permohonan diterima dari pelajar untuk melanjutkan pelajaran ke tingkatan satu di MRSM.

Beliau berkata, bagi tingkatan empat, 15,873 permohonan diterima sehingga tarikh tutup 8 Januari, dan menurutnya jumlah permohonan keseluruhan mencatat peningkatan 3,907 permohonan atau 7.5 peratus berbanding tahun lalu.

Ibrahim berkata, pelajar tingkatan satu dan empat akan mendaftar serentak pada 7 Februari ini di semua 46 buah MRSM di seluruh negara, kecuali pelajar MRSM Mukah, Sarawak yang akan mendaftar, 7 Mac nanti.

Malay history: What’s missing from the textbooks (2)

The Chinese arrived at least 876 years before Parameswara reached Malacca. Could the Chinese have been the original royal lineage of Brunei?

Also interesting to note is the following:

In Late Yuan Dynasty, China became chaotic, people who lived along the coastal area of Fujian, under the leadership of Ong Sum Ping's siblings, escaped to eastern Kalimantan — they landed at the river mouth. 

When they were exhausted, facing a shipping crisis, someone lost their arms. After that, the Kadazans named it as Sungai Kinabatangan — the place where the Chinese lost their arms.

Ong Sum Ping and his sister, and the Chinese people, developed the area of Sungai Kinabatangan and they increased their influence there. With the increase of his prosperity, the natives named him Raja or King. The Chinese named him ‘Chung Ping’ — meaning the General. We can clearly see that Ong Sum Ping controlled Eastern Kalimantan.
“Located the north-western part was the Sultanate Brunei; its southern area was controlled by local Malays (from Palembang) and they were in a state of decline. In the eastern part, they suffered from the invasion of the Muslim Sultan of Sulu. When the new (first) ruler — Sultan Muhammad Shah — ascended to the throne, he asked for the help of Ong Sum Ping. Sultan Muhammad Shah married his daughter to Ong Sum Ping, and titled him as Maharaja Lela. Muhammad Shah also asked his brother to marry the sister of Ong Sum Ping, and titled her as Puteri Kinabatangan. Via these marriages, these two regional powers built a close relationship. Under the cooperation of Ong Sum Ping and the Chinese armies, they fought against the Sulu Muslim invasion, and Brunei was saved from utter collapse...”
Without Chinese help, Brunei and Sabah would have collapsed and fallen to the Muslim pirate Suluks. And the year is the early 1400s. And for the record ‘Kina’ (kee-na) is used by Kadazan Dusun which, similar to ‘Cina’ (chee-na) used by Malay, refer to the Chinese. So, the correct way to say it in today’s context, is to call it CheenaBatangan, and Mount CheenaBalu, or Mount CheenaBaru (had they mispronounced it), and Kota CheenaBalu (to replace the British given name of Jesselton).

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Malay history: What’s missing from the textbooks

Brunei has always been known to be one of the earliest Muslim Kingdoms in Southeast Asia. They pride themselves in this fact. All their neighbors pride themselves in this too, and of course, since it is fact, it is irrefutable. Right?

Good. Let’s quickly look at some FACTS then:
It is taught in school textbooks that Pateh Berbai, the brother of Awang Semaun and Awang Alak Betatar, discovered Brunei. Awang Alak Betatar subsequently became Brunei’s first Sultan and was known as Sultan Muhammad Shah. Awang Semaun and Awang Alak Betatar were the famous heroes in Brunei during that time.

Sultan Muhammad Shah was the first Sultan of Brunei. He ruled Brunei from 1363 to 1402. He was the first Muslim ruler of Brunei as a result of his conversion to Islam in 1363 for his marriage to a Johorean-Temasik princess. Prior to conversion to Islam, he was known as Awang Alak Betatar.

He sent a mission to China in 1371 by which his name is recorded in Ming historical record as Mo-ha-mo-sha. Sultan Muhammad Shah died in 1402. Sultan Muhammad Shah was the first Sultan of Brunei. He ruled Brunei from 1363 to 1402. He married the daughter of Iskander, a Johorean-Temasik princess introduced by Bal-Paki, her brother-in-law to be.

So far so good... Oh Really?

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Doakan saya...

Sedar tak sedar dah agak lama saya tak menulis. Semalam ada yg menitipkan rindu dan ingin melihat blog ini diupdate. Hmm bukan sengaja menyepi, cuma kebelakangan sibuk dgn pelbagai agenda hidup yang banyak mematangkan saya. Ranjau dugaan, rintangan, komplikasi kesihatan, dan suka duka kehidupan tapi saya tetap bersyukur atas segala nikmat yang diberikanNya.

Biarpun tidak begitu sihat, komitmen saya terhadap agama, kerjaya & famili tetap tak berkurang. Kepada teman-teman rapat, terima kasih kerana sudi berkongsi rasa. Doakan agar saya terus gagah menghadapi segala kemungkinan... Doakan agar saya bisa terus senyum sebagaimana saya yang selalu kelihatan ceria di mata anda. InsyaAllah, semuanya akan berakhir dengan tenang dan mudah. Semoga dipermudahkan untuk saya... kerana hakikat rasa hanya saya yang merasainya.