Thursday, March 29, 2007
posted by PabloPabla at 11:06 am

I just logged into the PPP dashboard and I saw Ah Pek nicely smiling back at me. Only problem is, the link is not working. Or could it be that Ah Pek's homepage has been hacked again??? Ah Pek, please fix it soon ar! Afterall, your link says "" wor,..

Another thing I am proud of is to see Lilian at No. 5 of the Top Earners at PPP. That shows how terror she is! I can't wait to see her climbing up the ladder lah. Then she can belanja all of us. Heh! Heh!


posted by PabloPabla at 10:08 am

Lately, I've got many assignments of the tag-kind. Yeah, those that leave you "Oh no! One more tag to do" and with lesser hair as you scratch your head thinking how to get them done. Not that I don't like them. In fact, I feel honoured as my blog buddies remember me well enough to want to pass it to me (unless they just want to make me busy busy busy :P).

The latest tag I got from Organic Parade is on travelling. I tell you this is one of the most difficult tags I've encountered. Much more difficult compared to the tag I created - 5 Favourite Bloggers. So, to find a way out, heh! heh!, I am gonna do a review of her blog at Blogsreview.Net. So, from now onwards, if I get a little lazy to complete my tag assignment, I will give a blog review instead. Even at Blogsreview.Net, I have a couple of reviews yet to be done. Wei! I need to work you know! My clients are going to rip me to pieces if they know that I'm blogging instead of looking at their file. Muahahahah! But of course, my clients come first. Blogging second.

Off I go work to do lah! What else?


Wednesday, March 28, 2007
posted by PabloPabla at 10:47 am

The house I am currently staying in is my very first home. It is indeed nice to have one's own home but the process towards acquiring one can be very stressful indeed. Back then, I did not get the benefit of reading much about how to buy a house and had to learn everything through experience. Nowadays, the internet is a world of information.

Mortgagelowdown.Com has come up with a very good article on 43 Must-Know Tips for Every First-time Home Buyer. Though this is mainly catered to home buyers in the United States, it is actually quite universal in nature. For example, the writer dealt with the question "When is a good time to buy? Or should I wait for the down market?" in a very as-a-matter-of-fact manner. His straight forward answer that "If you think you should wait for the market to go down before you buy that home, then you need to remember that it's impossible to time the real estate market. It is wiser to make your home buying decision on factors other than your predictions of how the market will move." is so true. It is impossible to predict or establish when is boom-time or when is low-market. That is how things work, just like stock markets.

A commendable feature of this article is that credit is given to sources of reference. The writer does not claim that everything written in this article is solely his work which would be plagiarism. The fact that he attributes his source of information gives this article more clout. First time home buyers should read this article before embarking on their journey of house hunting :)



Friday, March 23, 2007
posted by PabloPabla at 10:49 am

Having set up my Blogsreview.Net since Monday the 19th March, 2007, I've had a few requests for their blogs to be reviewed. I've found that it's fun reviewing other people's blog because in a way, I can also learn about their blogs. The other part I find fulfiling is the fact that I am able to give them something which they may appreciate i.e. deep linking to their blog (which may enhance blog ranking) and traffic.

Hopefully, as this Blogsreview.Net gets more popular, it will also increase in its blog ranking and create a win-win situation for both Blogsreview.Net and the blogs I review.

So, do you want a review? I am supposed to do a blog abuse on AhPek.Com shortly. Stay tuned for the abuse of the day coming right up! (after I finish my legal opinion).


Thursday, March 22, 2007
posted by PabloPabla at 10:42 am

It's official. According to my latest stats, my Hochiak! food blog which is less than 3 months old (15th January till todate) has now overtaken this blog (which is more than a year old) in terms of traffic. In less than 3 months, Hochiak! has garnered 20,440 pages loads from 10,818 unique visitors. That is really encouraging for me and will definitely keep me on my toes to make sure I keep churning out good food to share with one another.

How is it possible to get so much traffic and page loads? Well, if you have been following the history of Hochiak!, it was first hosted through the free hosting platform - Blogger beginning July 2006. By then, I had written quite a few recipes and I copied them into the new home which used the Wordpress platform. So, I guess visitors to the new site had more to see.

I would also give credit to Lilian for helping me to publicise my blog as well as all my blogging friends who put up a word or two as well as linking to my site. That did wonders.

As for this blog, it still has value to me because this is my very first blog. So, I will still continue to nurture it :)


Wednesday, March 21, 2007
posted by PabloPabla at 2:52 pm

He's found! He's found!

Apparently, he was in Johor Bahru.

Now we can all breathe easy....just a small miscommunication, that's all.


Monday, March 19, 2007
posted by PabloPabla at 1:36 pm

Yes, I have been working on Project No. 2. Unveiling = Blogsreview.Net

Not surprising since I bought 3 domains at one go last week. Last Friday, I was frantically looking for my host but did not get a respond (I guess he was busy). The good thing that came out of it was I figured out how to set up a wordpress blog after Lilian prompted me with the word "Fantastico" whilst we were on MSN!

You bet I was really thrilled when my clicks here and there (with a sense of trepidation) worked and now, the blog is up and running. I still need to tweak it until I am satisfied with it. Right now, it looks so "Adsense"-like. LOL! Wait lah...let me work on it until I find a template I really like. There are thousands out there and I haven't had the time to go through them.

Link to my new if you must (and I would be really pleased) and drop a note if you care (I would be most obliged). If you want, I can also do a review for your blog for free ;) and if you are game for it, a reciprocal link would be appreciated.


Friday, March 16, 2007
posted by PabloPabla at 10:27 am

I wonder where is my host? He must be busy, I think. I am looking for him because I need his help. Having bought 3 new domains and setting one up with him with nameservers pointed in the right direction, I need to get my wordpress set up so that I can start blogging away!

Anyway, he's my host for my food blog and has been very helpful all these while. That's why I decided to continue hosting with him for my new up and coming (, rather). It is a bit intimidating to set up a new site especially when one is still grappling with codes used in wordpress. I tried reading wordpress help but hey, it confused me even more :P

So, I shall have to just patiently wait for Bryan to reply to my email and page for him across the internet ;)


posted by PabloPabla at 10:05 am

During the recent Chinese New Year gathering, I met up with some classmates of mine and we chat about our kids and things revolving kids. Being parents now, what other topic would be more relevant than kids, right? Anyway, our conversation then turned towards stem cells and how some of them have actually saved their baby's cord blood for future use, when necessary.

I have heard about some of the benefits claimed through stem cell research. It sounds impressive enough that that little sample of stem cells could be generated to rebuild or replace damaged cells when the baby grows older. It looks like a process of prolonging the life of another. What is most interesting and exciting is that there are currently research done to see if these stem cells could be harnessed to cure genetical and neurological defects like those believed to cause addictive behaviour eg. drug addiction. It remains to be seen whether these research will bear fruit.

As for me, well...Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and whoever believes in Him, shall have eternal life :)


Thursday, March 15, 2007
posted by PabloPabla at 2:54 pm

This is a long overdue assignment given to me by Paris the Beaverbank! She tagged me when I was in Kuching enjoying my Chinese New Year holiday and I think it is high time I complete this assignment ;)

Incidentally, I also have the same tag from Shooi but I will reserve that for my food blog.

1) Who is the first blogger you met?

I met Daryl even before he went big on blogging. He is the man behind the How to Earn Money Blogging Site. Oh, he's my neighbour...that's how we met.

2) Who is the ‘Most wanted to meet blogger?’ for you?

Ryeurn! You are wanted! Actually, I am supposed to meet him for lunch today together with Paris but both got something cropped up. It was supposed to be a farewell for him as he is leaving for Sydney to run away from our Special Branch. Woops! The secret is out! So, since I won't get to see him before he leaves this Saturday, Paris is my next target!! Wait till I bump into you on the streets!

3) Who is the ‘I can meet, want to meet but somehow never got to meet’ blogger?

All those who went to the biggest party in town - The Together Gather party. Especially VIP Wingz and Pinky Lady 5xmom.

4) Who are the group of bloggers you most wanted to meet?

Those bloggers who cook so well and take magazine-quality pictures of their kitchen produce to make my tummy growl!

5) Do you have any bloggers/blog readers that you wish to meet right now?

Ryeurn!!!!!! Paris!!!!!!!!

Who do I tag next?

Over to you BengBeng, AC and Mumsgather (she wants me to tag her wor! and I don't care if she has oredi done this tag).


posted by PabloPabla at 2:08 pm

I cannot remember when did I actually sign up for ReviewMe. But it must have been a couple of months ago. I thought I would be bypassed because no advertiser seemed interested to want me to review their stuff.

What a pleasant surprise I had this morning to see a ReviewMe opportunity made available to me! Not only is the review appropriate, the pay was bigger than any of the individual posts given me through PayPerPost. So, I immediately got down to work and not allow it to pass. It was an honest review and I hope my advertiser is pleased with it.

On another note, I would also say that LoudLaunch opps are quite high paying too though there may not be as many compared to PayPerPost. However, the beauty with LoudLaunch opps is that bloggers from blogspot domains are treated equally.

Have you signed up for anyone of them yet???


posted by PabloPabla at 11:26 am

Sigh! If only this Remodel, Blog & Win contest came out three years ago and provided I had been blogging then, I could be staring at a cool $5,000.00! But then again, it is further restricted to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, or a legal resident of Canada, excluding the residents of the Province of Quebec. So, I would be out of the picture in any event.

Anyway, this would be exciting for those who qualify. Bloggers who are remodelling or conducting a home improvement project could stand to win the biggie. The professional judges (made up of people in the home improvement industry as well as established bloggers) would have a final say on who will win the $5,000.00. But that is not all because there will be a People's Choice award of $1,000.00! Who says you cannot capture the hearts of the masses?

The thing about this contest is that you put your creativity into your home improvement project (just like how you would do it in any event if this contest was not around), blog about it by putting nice pictures of your masterpiece and submit your entry for consideration. You might win the cash prize and that's great! If you don't win, there is still potential for generation of traffic to your blog! The increase in exposure will be an intangible benefit indeed. Who knows? You talents might get spotted and you might become the next famous Home Improvement guy in town!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007
posted by PabloPabla at 4:16 pm

I was excited when I saw, a new site where advertisers + bloggers = money + happy. Why I was excited? Not just because it looks like another get paid for posting kinda programme, but it is homegrown! Buatan Malaysia wei! No joke!

So, I signed up. I want to support something homegrown. As what they say, below:-

Need to make more money with your blog? Tired of international blog advertising programs that display advertisements irrelevant to your blog readers? Tired of making little money from international online advertising programs, because there aren’t enough advertisers for your region?

Advertlets provides targeted advertising through the means of real time demographics profiling for your blog - meaning, you get local advertisers, matched with the target audience for your blog. We wouldn’t show ads on your blog for make-up and high heels if we found you had 80% male visitors, for instance.

Looks good to me. I would be very interested in stuffs more relevant to Malaysia.

However, having signed up, I was asked to update my profile before certain functions could work. Or something like that. That was when I was rather disappointed.

You see, nothing wrong with the upper part of the profiles page. Later, it gets really too private for my comfort. Questions like profession, mobility??, relationship status??, children, race, religion and monthly income are just like what appears in forms issued by the government! Why should these details be required? PayPerPost, which is arguably the leading advertiser / blogger programme does not require it. Neither does Blogsvertise and Loudlaunch.

I hope the admin guys see this feedback of mine. I stopped short of completing the details and I won't fill them unless they are removed. These details should be removed, unless you want people to suspect that you are working for the special branch or the inland revenue board ;)


posted by PabloPabla at 2:56 pm

When a guy gets into a shopping frenzy, he really gets crazy.

Whilst I was contemplating whether to buy new domain and what name, I suddenly thought of something interesting and quickly bought it. Now, let me tell you, these registration services are quite evil, I must say. They entice you to buy this and that and as a result, weak as I am, I succumbed to not one but three domain names!!!

Wah lau! I need more PPP opps to feed this shopping frenzy!

Anyway, when I have finished setting up this new project of mine, ALL OF YOU will be informed. Good stuff for everyone ;)


posted by PabloPabla at 12:30 pm

As a follow-up from my "Crossroads" post, another dilemma sets in. Assuming I were to get myself a new domain, what shall I name it? For my food blog, it was relatively easy as the domain name sounds good and attractive enough (Hochiak! Delicious Asian Food). In fact, just the name itself brought me some traffic through searches done on the internet. But it is not as easy for personal kind of blog.

I was toying with the idea of inviting people to suggest a nice catchy name for my domain and I will pay them a sum of money (via paypal only) if I like the name suggested. Minimum payout will be USD10.00, if I do execute this idea of mine.

Will you be interested to suggest a domain name for me? If there are at least 10 people who are interested, I will then take this idea further.


Tuesday, March 13, 2007
posted by PabloPabla at 1:06 pm

I got tagged by Mumsgather for this Sesame Street assignment. I call it Sesame Street because it runs from A - Z. By the way, I grew up on Sesame Street and despite all the Barneys and what-nots on television nowadays, I still try to influence my daughters to watch Sesame Street instead. Ernie rocks! So here goes...

[A is for age]:
7 years younger than Mumsgather. If you want to know, go find out her age. But then hor, it is approximate only.

[B is for booze of choice]:
Plain water. I drink at least 2.5 to 3 litres a day!

[C is for career]:
Probably the world's oldest profession. I solicit a lot.

[D is for your most dreaded]:
Difficult questions like this. So, I exercise my right to remain silent.

[E is for essential item you use everyday]:

[F is for favorite song at the moment]:
See D above.

[G is for favorite games]:
Does Championship Manager qualify? But then again, ever since I started blogging, I got no time for that.

[H is for Hometown]:
See D above

[I is for indulgence:]
My wife???

[J is for favorite flavor of juice:]
Teh tarik can ah?

[K is for kids]:
Two girls.

[L is for last hug from husband] mean from wife? This morning lor... Everyday sure got hugs wan ;)

[M is for years of marriage]:
Same as Mumsgather

[N is for name of your crush]:
My wife's name.

[O is for overnight hospital stays]:
Kena dengue in 1991.

[P is for phobias]:
Hydrophobia and fear of snakes. Really!

[Q is for quote]:
Never thought of one

[R is for biggest regret:]
Can't really think of one. God works in all ways.

[S is for status, married or single]
Married, of course. Why else would I have 2 kids and a wife??? Duh!

[T is for time you wake up:]
Usually 6.15am so that I can battle the traffic jams.

[U is for underwear:]
Yours? I don't wear one.

[V is for vegetable you love:]
Anything but bitter gourd and petai

[W is for worst habit:]
Go ask my wife. I reserve my right to remain silent.

[X is for x-rays you’ve had]:
Hmm....chest and jaw. That's all, I think.

[Y is for yummy food you make]:
Go see my food blog at Hochiak! Delicious Asian Food. Make sure you also bookmark it and link to it. Tencue very the much!

[Z is for zodiac sign]:
I don't believe in it but if you must really be so kepoh to know, the one with fuzzy hairdo.

The A-Z that I am going to tag :

Must tag ah? This meme has been going round and round in the blogsposhere so much I takut people stale with it liao. Who wants??? Let me know lah.


posted by PabloPabla at 12:58 pm

I just came back from Court about an hour ago and I was perspiring like never before. Court is a short walk away from my office but even though it is a short walk, the blazing noonday sun will ensure that your sweat glands and pores work overtime. Apart from that, my eyes were squinting from the bright sunshine. It is times like these when you wish that you had a pair of Sun glasses with you.

Which reminds me, should I check on my sunglasses since that pair of mine was made about 6 years ago. Being prescriptive sunglasses, I might need to check whether the prescribed "degree" in my current pair of sunglasses are still appropriate for my eyesight condition at the moment. I have heard some where that I am supposed to have an eye check up annually but I have not done so. In fact, the last time I had my eyes examined was about 3 years back! I guess it is the fear that the optician will make recommendations that I will need to change my sun glasses or even glasses and as a result, I will have to spend a couple of hundred bucks. Do you have that kind of similar fear of visiting opticians?

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Monday, March 12, 2007
posted by PabloPabla at 12:11 pm

Confession time. I bought 2 links at two high traffic sites for my food blog. Result? Hardly any noticeable referral brought in. In fact, I would say it is money badly spent. If you are thinking of it, don't waste your money.

The first was a link which I purchased through Text Link Ads. The other was a link on a web directory.

On the other spectrum, blogroll links or link exchange does bring in some traffic. So, it is best to still get to know other bloggers and exchange links instead of buying links at some sites.


Friday, March 09, 2007
posted by PabloPabla at 11:55 am

Have you reviewed my post? But firstly, this goes to those who are not already a PayPerPost Postie. If you are not, why don't you review my post, any post, and get paid for doing so? It's simple really. You can criticize the contents of my post and say what a crappy blogger I am going on and on about this PayPerPost thingy or you can say how much you admire me for writing such interesting stuff on my blog. Ahem!

Of course, I must also disclose that whilst you get paid for whacking me or admiring me, I also get paid the same amount. Afterall, if you are going to whack me, I must be paid some compensation for the injuries in reputation sustained...if at all I have any reputation here in the blogosphere in the first place. It is a win-win situation. You get the satisfaction of getting paid for whacking me and I get compensated for that.

Being open and truthful, I would also say that when you actually review my post, I will increase blog traffic in a way or another. How is that so? Well, when you write something like "That PabloPabla of has got nothing else to write but just sponsored posts all over the place and he is so money minded!". That kind of writing will bring attention to this blog and therefore, there is a possibility that your readers would want to check out who is this money minded PabloPabla and click on my link.

But really, all is not lost. This useful "Review My Post" programme allows bloggers who do not wish to write sponsored post to earn money simply by allowing the "Review My Post" badge at the end of their usual posts. If somebody decides to review their posts, they get paid. Meanwhile, their blog is free of sponsored posts.

So, what are you waiting for? Start whacking or better still, tell the world why you admire me...I might just decide to share my commission with you ;)


Thursday, March 08, 2007
posted by PabloPabla at 12:59 pm

I used to play computer games a lot. My favourite computer games back then were Total Annihilation, Command & Conquer : Red Alert, Starcraft and Championship Manager series. I think I must have spent the most hours on the Championship Manager series where I realise my fantasy of managing a football club. After the above games, I have not played any. Recently, I realised that computer games have evolved and improved so much in the gameplay and graphics.

One game in mind is Siberia 2. This is a sequel to the successful award-winning Syberia 1, a mystery solving adventure game with an interesting storyline. Apparently, the storyline involves the adventures of a New York lawyer! With a partner, they go in search of the last of the fabled Syberian mammoths at the heart of a long and forgotten universe. What an adventure indeed! I am also a lawyer but I definitely don't have such an adventure as part of my own storyline. LOL!

Anyway, has now gotten
an exclusive of the English version of Siberia 2 for the pocket pc. Touted to have the best graphics ever on any pocket pc game, Siberia 2 is sure to give pocket pc gamers a new experience in pocket pc gaming.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007
posted by PabloPabla at 3:01 pm

When it comes to hosting a website, nothing is more important than the reliability of the server as well as the technical support the company brings. DMG Dedicated Servers, a company which has been in this industry for nearly 3 years now, provides server solutions for websites, businesses and gamers. Central to their business philosophy is the provision of excellent network reliability (which can be frustrating for those whose servers run like tortoise) and efficient customer support. As the old saying goes, "The customer is always right", some of the testimonials of the customers of DMG Dedicated Servers show that they are impressed by the fast servers provided and competitive pricing.

I've been toying with the idea of having my second and might consider having it hosted on DMG Dedicated Servers.

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posted by PabloPabla at 2:57 pm

I just came back from Court totally exhausted. It was a whole morning's wait till our case was called up and we only managed to complete Examination-In-Chief for the Plaintiff's first witness. The case is now fixed for continued hearing 11am. It is usually difficult to remain productive after spending time in Court in the morning as most of the mental alertness was used up for the trial.

So...I am just surfing around and checking what's new. So, what's new?


Tuesday, March 06, 2007
posted by PabloPabla at 2:58 pm

Recently, Paris Beaverbanks put up a post in her blog to sell their family piano. Quite an old piano apparently but serviceable. Just like the piano we have at home, pianos need to be serviced regularly to maintain its tune. Buying a piano, however, is no easy task. Same goes for keyboards. It is not like buying vegetables or fish from the market. Many people rely on word of mouth on the better piano or keyboard to purchase or go to sites which reviews such equipments. That would be a more informed choice.

Incidentally and talking about keyboards, I just learnt that keyboards have more or less taken over popularity from organs. Nowadays, more people play keyboards than organs and that's why in my church, we have difficulty finding people to play our pipe organ. With keyboards like Yamaha Keyboards which are so popular in the market (and much more portable), it is no wonder at all that keyboards are now the instrument of choice.

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posted by PabloPabla at 2:34 pm

Is that really Antonella Barba? I mean, all these pictures circulating in the net on the American Idol finalist? Frankly, I am shocked to see all these provocative pictures which are circulating around. I only knew about it when I saw her name ranking highest on Technorati and was wondering whether she got kicked out of the American Idol or something and truly did not expect to see tons of websites putting up provocative pictures of her.

I really do wonder if the pictures are genuine or fake. Either way, it is definitely embarassing to her and I really feel sorry for her to be involved in this kind of controversy. I do hope however, that she is not hoping to use this kind of buzz as a ticket to fame. Imagine the kind of embarassment and ridicule her family would have to go through.

Sometimes I do wonder why people take pictures of themselves in compromising poses because it risks being circulated for all to see. We have seen this kind of thing often enough to realise that these private pictures can fall into the wrong hands. Just look at Tammy! But whatever it is, fellas who circulate this kind of pictures should be brought to book!

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posted by PabloPabla at 1:45 pm

Tata is one of the giant corporations in India, a country with the second highest population in the world. Naturally, telecommunications business to keep the population connected is big business in India and Tata is also one of the big players in the telecommunications industry. Providing all sorts of telecommunications services ranging from mobile services, wireless desktop phones, public booth telephony and wireline services to other value added services like voice portal, roaming, post-paid Internet services, 3-way conferencing, group calling, Wi-Fi Internet, USB Modem, data cards, calling card services and enterprise services, tata indicom has put India in good connection with the rest of the world.

With increasing customer demands, broadband appears to be the choice connection for majority of internet users. Even I also prefer broadband connection to dial-up connection as what I experienced during the recent Chinese New Year. However, it is admitted that even broadband connections have problems at times which can range from set-up problems to irregular or disrupted connections. Hence, users of Tata Indicom Broadband may wish to visit the forum at IndiaBroadband.Net to share their experience with other users.

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posted by PabloPabla at 12:30 pm

Lilian of Mom's Daily was so kind to put my name top of her list of parents to share this meme. I quite like this meme because it is quite close to what people have sometimes asked about my kids. Questions like "Is your daughter (the elder one who is now 3 1/2 years old) in nursery?", "Are you planning for a boy (since I have 2 girls)?" etc. So, I will share here what I wish for my kids.

1. I wish they will know God personally and have a close walk with Him. After all, we are all God's creation and it is our lifetime goal to know our Creator and to find out what He wants out of this life He has given to us. I know that if my kids know God, they will find the greatest joy ever...much much more than what I can give them.

2. I wish that they will be God-fearing and will live a life as a witness and disciple of Jesus Christ.

3. I wish that they will be able to discover their gifts and talents and use them to bless others. It would be a real waste indeed if these gifts and talents are not used. God gives everyone gifts and talents for a purpose i.e. to bless others, not for selfish gains.

4. I wish that they will have compassion for others.

5. I wish that they will continue to make a difference in the lives of others.

As you can see, all my wishes above are guided by my walk with Jesus Christ and what little knowledge I have about His nature and qualities. I believe that these are the qualities that matter and which will make a lasting impact on others. It is more important to bless others than to think of self because when others are blessed by us, we will experience joy and peace which surpasses all understanding. As a Christian parent, kids are a gift from God and being stewards of God's gift, it is our responsibility to guide them in God's ways. God's ways will never be wrong indeed.

Hence, I (and my wife) do not worry about whether our girls will be playing catch-up by not attending nursery at their age though others have started and looks impressive with their command of knowledge and ABCs. Rather, we have decided that Sunday School is more important at this stage. For them to learn to be godly in their ways. To learn manners. To learn to love others just as how God loves us. To learn to share their belongings (eg. toys) with others. We believe that when we put God first in our lives, God will continue to guide and lead us (as well as our kids) and will never renegade on His promise to look after us and provide for our needs. Kindergarten can wait till they are 5 years old.

I am supposed to tag other parents. Who ah? At the moment I can only think of Ryeurn. Over to you daddy!


posted by PabloPabla at 12:03 pm

I just came back from EPF after checking the status of my account. I've been considering my current mortgage using funds from EPF. With the funds from my EPF, I would be able to knock off a slight chunk off the outstanding loan and thus save on interests chargeable. The interest chargeable currently constitutes about 40% of my instalment repayment and that is really substantial! Moreover, the dividend given by EPF is not higher than what the bank is charging me on interest.

Whilst I have this opportunity, I symphatize with those who have to juggle mounting debts or those with bad credit history loan. Some of them are victims of circumstances and have gotten them into a mountain of debt eg. to finance an urgent medical operation or recurring medical costs. Some have argued that financial institutions ought to be more humane in dealing with these customers as some of these customers do not choose to be in debt. However, on the other hand, financial institutions are a business entity and answerable to its shareholders. Perhaps these customers should try to talk directly with the financial institutions concerned on the plight to see if the outstanding loan/s could be restructured to give the former some breathing space. Some of these customers could also look at another option in the form of secured online loan. It may very well offer them a lifeline indeed.

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posted by PabloPabla at 11:33 am

Just came back from Court feeling really good. I just settled another case and that means, another case disposed and I can now look forward to billing. Whilst the fees won't be paid for a couple of months' time, it is still good to be able to dispose off another file rather than to have to let it sit on the rack.

Settlement depends much on the type of client that I have as well as my opposite number. Some of my clients are thankfully, quite agreeable with my opinion on matters and usually give me full mandate to act and settle as advised. Some however, makes you wonder why they engage lawyers in the first place because they do not agree with their own lawyers.

Anyway, I am feeling good right now. much shall I bill... :)


Monday, March 05, 2007
posted by PabloPabla at 3:44 pm

My wife likes dogs and my in-laws have a pet dog at home. If only we are now staying at a landed property (we are now staying in an apartment), we would have (or rather, my wife) gotten ourselves a dog to keep us company. As they say, dogs are a man's best friend and up till now, most of the information about dogs are particularly available only through print media.

This will probably change in the years to come due to the increasing use of e-media. For dog lovers, now brings to you a free-subscriber based e-magazine on dogs. In fact, it proudly claims to be the world's first doggy ezine. Since it is free and totally non-obstrusive, it certainly makes sense to subscribe to this doggy ezine. Moreover, also gives interesting interviews with an adorable bunch of dogs which sometimes, can be outright hilarious.

Imagine information given to you at your finger tips for free without having to run over to the nearest bookstore or news stand to BUY a copy. Reading an ezine also helps to save the environment by lesser use of paper. With over 10,000 unique subscribers and growing, it looks like is here to stay and will definitely give the traditional print media a run for its money. Have you subscribed?

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posted by PabloPabla at 1:44 pm is a site created by a bike lover for bike lovers to share their bike love with others. Sounds confusing? Not really. It is basically a site for all things about bikes. If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, you should head to the site where you can view and share all forms of media, create personal profiles, guestbooks, video and text blogs. Members of this site would be able to share their experiences as well as knowledge of the motorcycles which they own or ride. Great tips on customizing and perhaps modifications could also be obtained.

Whilst the site owner's hope is that through this site, people will learn how to enjoy motorcycles safely, meet others and ensure that motorcycle love will be spread across the world, funnily, some of the highest viewed videos on this site include videos on motorcycle crashes and silly (but no doubt dangerous) stunts performed on some high-powered motorcycles. So, I won't know which is which and what exactly is the thrust of this site.

As this site looks very new indeed, I also found out that the only member registered at this point of writing is the owner of the site himself. It will probably take a while before other members register in and until then, there is not much that this site could offer at the present moment.

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posted by PabloPabla at 12:07 pm

Wirefly, the popular retailer of all things cellular over the internet, now sells surplus cell phone inventory on EBay. Being the No. 1 authorized online agent for Verizon Wireless, Cingular Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint and Nextel, Wirefly offers plenty of items for sale on EBay as well as Wirefly phones without plans.

As a testimony of Wirefly's products and services, two of the latest comments by EBay purchasers (grassynollie) and (crysknife2000) revealed that "great phone! got exactly what I wanted. Thanks!" and "Great service, very very fast". Such good testimonies reflect well on Wirefly's business and are usually relied upon by other EBay purchasers. If that is not convincing, how about the 99% positive feedback obtained by Wirefly on the EBay site??

Some of the items available on EBay include a droolicious LG Chocolate VX8500 which comes brand new in a box with full warranty and 100% guarantee at USD249.99! Wirefly claims that you will not find stores and web sites of any major wireless phone provider or electronics chain with better value. Wirefly also offers free cell phones but you shall be required to subscribe to a 2-year plan.

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posted by PabloPabla at 11:48 am

The Automotive World has always been associated with men, in general. Or at least, over here in most parts of Asia. A quick look at the websites that offer resources, information and advice on automotive matters show that they are run or managed by men. It is thus refreshing indeed to see a web site run by a lady named Jody DeVere called Ask Patty.Com.

According to Ask Patty.Com, women purchase half of the vehicles sold in the United States each year and this contributes to billions of dollars a year in new car purchases. Yet, shopping for and buying a car can be a challenged for women who are first time car buyers or for women who had a bad experience in the past with a car salesman or dealership. I guess this is not just confined to women but men as well. Most first time car buyers are usually bewildered by the choice of cars available and usually get lost with all the terminologies used in the specifications of each car and comparing one to another can be a very daunting experience indeed. Till today, I am still unclear what the words "torque" and "horsepower" means!

Ms Jody DeVere, who is the current president of the Woman's Automotive Association International and who has more than 25 years experience in sales and marketing leadership is here to provide useful automative advice through Ask Patty.Com. Questions can be submitted to AskPatty via email or an interactive blog and Patty will typically reply back to the consumer the very same day. Selected questions and answers will be posted on an interactive blog paneled by women experts for the benefit of all consumer women.

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Friday, March 02, 2007
posted by PabloPabla at 4:42 pm

All my life, if I remembered correctly, I have only bought flowers 3 times...even that also I cannot be sure. But I remembered there was one year when I bought a bunch of flowers and did a flower arrangement for my then girlfriend (now my wife). She received a bouquet from a guy and I thought I need to outdo him by doing my own flower arrangement. It was an amateurish attempt at ikebana but it sure melted her heart (that's what she said anyway). To do that, I had to cycle about 2 kilometres to the nearest florist to get the flowers.

Nowadays, with the convenience of internet purchasing, buying a bouquet of flowers can be done with a click of a mouse just like what can be done at Los Angeles flower delivery. Such is the convenience of modern times. It sure is great when one needs to have flowers or gifts sent to loved ones far away and these online florist shops will see to it that your orders are carried out to bring cheer to your loved ones.

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posted by PabloPabla at 4:39 pm

I just realised....this blog is now 1 year old and I have just completed my 300th post!!!

Little did I know that this little hobby of mine could be so infectious. If I were to add posts from my other blogs (especially my food blog), I have easily done more than 450 posts! That is more than 1 post per day. However, I must say that one reason for the sudden surge in the number of posts has got to do with PayPerPost opps. I shall just savour a happy 1 year old blog to coincide with my 2nd daughter's first birthday :)

Happy Birthday PabloPabla!


posted by PabloPabla at 4:21 pm

I always have a pair of sandals with me, even when I was studying in England! It's such an easy footwear to wear and practically keeps my feet dry all the time. I just could not get used to the routine of wearing socks and shoes indoors when I was in England. On the other hand, my British housemates wore a surprised look when they saw me wearing sandals at home in autumn (when semester was starting) through winter and spring. I even offered to buy them a pair before I left England for home during the summer holidays!

Nowadays, sandals are becoming fashionable and I must say, reef sandals look good. Sandals nowadays are no more conservative looking like yesteryears. I can do without a pair of shoes but I sure need a pair of sandals anytime! Especially in hot and humid Malaysia!

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posted by PabloPabla at 3:15 pm

My second daughter is one today. Time flies. It was as if yesterday at this present hour when I was in the delivery room watching her birth. She was so small and fragile then (well, not exactly small 'cos she was a healthy 3.61kg girl) and today, she is so big and strong (10kg liao!).

It is really fun watching her grow (and no less fun watching her elder sister grow as well). It always bring me a smile just to see her sleeping soundly in the bed cot. Her antics are also really cute and one always get entertained. Hmm...I wonder if seeing her trying to walk and fumbling about is classified as entertaining??!!??

Anyway, we'll have a very small celebration by way of a birthday cake this evening. Nothing grand, just time spent with her ah kong and ah ma, ah chek, papa, mama, che cheh, kor po and kakak. She is going to taste cake for the first time in her life too. Mum said she was going to cook mee sua today to let her taste it as part of her "growing up" celebration :)

Happy Birthday Caryn!


posted by PabloPabla at 2:51 pm

I can't believe it that I have been driving for 15 years already! Time sure flies and I wonder how many kilometres have I clocked on the road. Looking back, it was a really daunting experience for me when I took up my very first driving lesson at the Safety Driving School in Petaling Jaya during my college days.

After passing through my theory exam, came the exciting but scary part of practical driving. The consolation was that the driving school had its own compound and therefore, the first couple of lessons were within the grounds and out of the madness of Petaling Jaya traffic. The car made available for me was a beat up Nissan (manual drive, of course!). Going into the car and cranking engine, the engine died on me again and again until my instructor realised that I did not press the clutch pedal! Silly me! So, I did as I was told and pressed the clutch whilst cranking the engine. Woopee! The engine started, then it died. I tried again and again it died. I did not know that I was supposed to engage gear and slowly let go of the clutch whilst pressing the accelarator! Really, I was a newbie unlike some who had driving experience (illegal) and was going through the motions so that they can get a proper license.

However, I got some good value for money experience from the driving school such as the defensive driving course. We were also taught on how to change the car tyres (which was really useful and practical). I also had many tries on the parking manourves until I was really comfortable parking the car. Nowadays, some places have things like Park N Place garage parking system which makes parking a breeze.

How times have changed!

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posted by PabloPabla at 12:40 pm

I read this at Mumsgather's blog and I thought why not I just grab the tag (since she's offering it). It looks easy enough but I think as I am typing this, it may not be as easy coming. So here goes...

1. Truthfully, the first reason I blog is to improve my English! There are many bloggers with such good command of English that made me realise that I have to improve mine too. So, I started blogging.

2. Then, I decided I wanted to blog about my thoughts and whatever that comes to my mind. I can be quite chatty at times and why not translate it into writing.

3. After that, I realised that blogging can bring a smile to people and build connections. So, it is a good media for me to reach out to others.

4. Not long after that, I found out that blogging also can give me a side income and thus, gives me added incentives to blog as well as giving me inspiration for blog topics.

5. Finally, erm...I guess blogging has made me many friends. One of them is of course, mumsgather :)


posted by PabloPabla at 12:17 pm

Frankly, I just can't get enough of online coupon codes. This must be one of the best things to happen in the commercial world involving internet purchases. I also think that offering coupon codes would also enhance an advertiser's chances of increasing their sales. After all, the advertiser gets prominent highlighting of their products and coupon codes will give added incentive on purchasers to buy these advertiser's products.

I have been working on my food blog really hard especially since it is a blog which I paid money for the name and hosting. However, I found that the pictures I took on the food which I cooked does not look as good as those that appear on some of those yummylicious food sites. You know, those that look so good that you just wanna eat it off your computer monitor and you just wished that the aroma could just come out of the computer for you to savour. So, to improve my photography skill, I might need to consider investing in a good book on photography. That way, I hope people would be more interested and realise that home-cooked fare looks as good as anything found at fine dining restaurants.

Incidentally, Books A Million coupons are available and I just might be able to get a good deal from them for a book on photography.

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posted by PabloPabla at 12:03 pm

I used to work in an insurance company and there is a bewildering number of insurance coverages available in the market ranging from life insurance policies to auto insurance policies to houseowners policies. Now that I am working as a lawyer, I also deal with insurance policies as some of my clients are insurance companies.

Based on my experiences so far, I find that many people are ignorant about the types of insurance policies available as well as what kind of perils these policies cover. More often than not, misunderstanding occurs and an unpleasant claims episode surfaces resulting in litigation. For instance, in auto insurance, there are two types (comprehensive and third party) of cover available where the latter is the minimum requirement under the law. Even so, the very basic coverage does not cover any injuries to the passengers in the vehicle unless an additional premium is paid. Assuming the windscreen is broken due to impact damage (independent of any other damage to the vehicle), a claim preferred on the policy (only comprehensive cover will afford the coverage) will result in a loss of No Claims Bonus (NCB) unless a separate windscreen cover is bought for an additional premium.

It is thus imperative that purchasers of insurance policies take time to ask as many questions from their agent and if possible, get the agent to explain each and every term and condition present in the policy so as to familiarise themselves with what kind of coverage they are buying. Some insurance portals provide quotations and these are useful starters to begin with.

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posted by PabloPabla at 11:33 am

For a working person, debt relief must rank as one of the highest priority to achieve. Unfortunately, many people do not have adequate debt management skills and as a result, get themselves spinning around with endless debts. One example would be the use of credit cards.

Credit cards are nice to have and it gives the cardholder the convenience of being able to make purchases without having to bring lots of cash around. With the increase in crime rate, it does make sense to bring less cash when out shopping. However, having a credit card also increases the temptation to purchase needless items. Or rather, the temptation to purchase items which are not essentials but more "I want" in nature. You can buy a tub of ice-cream for say RM6.00 but because you "want" that tub of Haagen Daz ice cream, you end up spending more than double the amount. It is no wonder then that at the end of the day, the credit card statement would be a dreaded piece of mail in the post box.

Some credit card holders then resort to applying for another or more credit cards and start doing the merry-go-round by transfering their balances. Whilst this may offer short term relief, unless the credit card holder is able to settle the transferred balance plus any other ongoing liabilities at the same time, the debt will continue to accumulate.

It is thus advised that those who are seriously in debt seek some form of credit counselling.

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posted by PabloPabla at 11:28 am

After a long CNY break, I am finally back in office.

Been clearing my mails and some correspondences the whole morning (but checking for emails and such as well). It's been a pretty good break and it could have been longer. Actually, I was back on the 28th and I went to Kota Bahru to conduct a trial yesterday. As predicted, or rather my sixth sense told me, the matter was postponed again as one of the Plaintiff's important witness did not turn up.

So, it was a long wait from 10.30 am till 5pm for my return flight. I shot off to the airport and bought the 3pm flight home. Still, it was a quite a long wait and I finished The Sun, The Star and the New Straits Times before I boarded the plane home. If only I could get a copy of The Moon (Harakah) as well. Heh! Heh! That would have kept me entertained!