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Hi all,

Have not blog for quite a while due to busy and hectic lifestyle.Many layman friends and colleagues always ask me about amulets every now and then to get an opinion knowing that I am a collector.I thought I might as well try to produce an article based on my understanding.Basically it is like collecting stamps and coins just that we are dealing with images of Buddha,Monks,Devas,mythical animals or sometimes spirits.For a start,amulets have nothing to do with Buddhism,some schools or sect even condemn it as an attachment or superstiion.Such claims are mostly from the Mahayana schools and they do have their grounds.I can only say such the only link between an artefact and Buddhism,carrying an image of a buddha helps remind yourself his teachings and virtues.Nothing more.Amulets doesn’t come from the Theravada school,it is only an icon and a culture embraced by a buddhist country like Thailand.They are popular in Thailand,everyone wears one,three,five,seven,nine or as many as you want like these 2 guys in the image below as long as your are comfortable.

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Personally,I have tried wearing 5 pcs and it is extremely uncomfortable,for a couple of years it was 3 pcs.As I grow up and mature from a baby collector.My understanding and knowledge grew along the way,I switch to 1 pc or max 2 pc.for some people they started wearing 1 pc get deeper into this hobby and added more and more like 3 to 5 kind of thing.It depends on individual perference.Right now,I wear 1 pc and swap depending on what I was doing and where I am going. Amulets come in all shapes and sizes made for different purposes.There is nothing like 1 size to fit all again it boils down to personal preferences,you need to wear them yourself and through personal experiences find your own drift on what’s suitable for you. Many a times,friends will ask me what they should wear and what is the best to enhance their life.Honestly,I have no answer to that and I am also searching for the same answer.Nevertheless I tried to stick to what they can afford to part with for an amulet.It can cost anything for S$1 to S$100,000.By knowing the range,I would make a few recommendations for their selection which includes the following information

1. Year it was made to identify the age

2.Temple and monk who consecrate the amulet

3.Experiences and feedback from other users and myself

4.Purpose it was made. It can be fund-raising for build/repair temples,schools,roads,hospital etc. Special occasions like a monk’s 80th Birthday,the king’s 60th Birthday. Some are for commemoration purposes,sometimes even to raise funds to provide humanitarian aid to disaster hit countries. The list just goes on and on.In general,they are usually made with good intentions just that certain intentions greatly exceed others. For example raising funds to provide humanitarian helps far exceeds a commemoration of a birthday celebration.

5.The estimated cost of it in current market.

The amulet industry and other industries that it is linked to is worth billions of Thai baht.It is so huge to the extent it is already an important element of the Thai economy.I have a fair bit of money pump into this hobby and if I urgently need cash for whatever emergency situation,I can cash them in with profits which at any day will beat putting the same amount of money in a fixed deposit account. Amulets like antiques will appreciate in value as times goes by and sometimes at a ridiculous rate.

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This is a medal of Luang Phor Koon, a famous monk of the present era,it was made in Buddhist Era BE 2517.Now is BE 2556,so it is close to 40 years old. More than 5 years ago,I was offered this pc at a price of less than S$300.oo. Now dealers are retailing it at more than S$1000.oo. Now which bank in the world can give you this kind of interest? I do want to kill myself at times for missing out on the opportunity and this is only one of the classic cases which I experience myself. Back then, not many collectors expect LP Koon to be so popular to this extent.It is now too late to buy one to add to my arsenal of amulets as the price has gone through the roof. Of course,not everyone can part with S$1000.oo for an amulet and good amulets don’t have to be expensive.

The feature amulet below doesn’t cost a limb and can be considered one of the best consecrated amulet in Thai history.

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This is the 25 Buddha Sattawas Leela,it is produced and funded by the Thai government to build a park to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism. It was the greatest quantity ever produced and the biggest blessing ceremony in Thai history.As it is produce in huge masses.It is impossible to manipulate the demand and price for it.This pc will only set you back by S$150.00 the most.More information can be found herehttp://lekwatruak.tripod.com/25hist.html

My friends,I would like to stress I am certainly not a high-end collector,I do only have a modest and humble collection with a couple of my prized gems which won placings in major competitions in Thailand.If I go on and on,it will be impossible to stop,I can write about amulets for the whole of next month and I will still have sometime to write.Just wish to give everyone some information that just barely scratch the surface.If you have any questions,just drop me a message and I try to answer you with my limited knowledge.

TCM Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 

 

 

 

Carpel Tunnel is a tunnel that pumps blood into your pumps,if it jams up,your hands will feel numbness,no strength and for me difficulty to control the strokes of my writing.According to specialist at Gleneagles Medical Centre,surgery with a 50% recovery is the only way.This sort of syndrome usually occurs for people over 50.So its just my luck waking up one day and had this problem.I am now seeking TCM and Master Wong a 4th generation disciple of Wong Fei Hung is treating me.I am getting a 30% recovery after 5 treatments.At the base of my palm,three needles are inserted into the same point and 1 needle further down at the wrist.So its 8 needles on both palms.the pain,no words can describe,I am banned from carrying all heavy stuff and stop all training until further notice.The reason why I got into this is venting my anger on my wooden dummy,hit and hit non stop to the point beyond pain just to make myself feel better from the failures I suffer in my work,life and relationship.I have to rest now but I need to recover quickly go back to training so if I see that nerd on the streets I will break his nose and teeth for the injustice he cause me.I am not a man of violence but no way I can keep this lying down.

耍人?还是被人耍?

不久前刚被前女友梦华甩了,被女人甩对我来说其实不是一间光荣的事,我的朋友CS(不是他的真名)一番好意来劝我,让我心情好一点。他说他是局外人所以看的东西比较清楚,叫我不要为了像梦华这种女人当傻佬。他身经百战,玩过的女人有超过百个,所以什么五华八门的女人他都看过,所以他绝对不会看错。我有过几个女人,用两只手算还有甚,对感情比较专一,从不乱来,自找上门不带表我一定要。所以经验当然输给他。他提到了很多关于梦华的东西,都是一些很难听的话。他认为梦华不是个简单的女人,会用心计达到她要的目的,不着手段,见好就收。我是斗不过这样的女人,因为我重情重义所以被利用到自己都不知道。我知道CS要对我说的重点,就是不值得为她这样伤心。实事上我和梦华的事没有人比我们更清楚,我银行有几分,赚多少钱,梦华一清二楚,因为从头开始我就对她就是坦白,跟本没有什么秘密,也没有什么值得她来利用。CS不懂的是梦华是千金小姐,家境不错,从小就给妈妈宠坏,要风得风,要雨得雨,所以她不必打工也有生活费。银行户口有的肯定比我多,我从不过问因为这是她的隐私,我也不需要用到她一分钱。我知道梦华对CS没什么好感,因为他每次跟我借钱说要还每次都不受信用,我又随便不计较。梦华是看不顺眼,就主动帮我追,有一次还在电话狠狠鸟他一顿。他们对彼此的影像都不好,所以有些误会。梦华对我的心,我懂也很明白。我赚钱辛苦所以她不喜欢别人跟我借而不还。如果她有心要伤害我,跟本是易如翻掌,她知道的商业秘密就可以搞到我无法立柱,何必用心计。早上CS打电话给我,说她的女朋友,要闹上他家去找他老婆,让他家破人亡。我很早已经警告CS了,他是有家庭,别人的老公,孩子的爸爸。最好快点收手,咱草除根,不要浪费时间因为到最后是不会有结果的。失业一年工作不去找还学人包二奶,太不像话了。家用老婆一个人承担。我一时间也不懂该怎么办好,早就叫他不要玩火,他偏偏要。现在烧到手了,知道痛了。这个女人更不简单,每一次都恐吓CS说闹上他家不然就是,一哭,二闹,三上吊。连CS自己都承认梦华更这个疯女人比,小屋见大屋,比都不用比。请神容易,送神难。这个女人也是不容易打发走的,CS有用到她的钱,所以她不会轻易放过他。其实当他们的关系还没曝光,我和梦华早就怀疑这两个人不只是普通朋友那么简单,我有问过CS他说没有,既然CS 不承认,我们也不想多管闲事。当时我也说了没有关系,那是最好,不要乱来,你是有家庭的。我希望大家听我一句话不会错的,就是不要去玩弄感情,因为有一天感情会玩弄你。

What do you live for?

I was working at an event at SMU a while ago and I came across a display.People live for different reasons,some for good grades,some for their love ones,some for religion and some for all kind of reasons.So what do you live for?Me? Practically nothing significant,except for my folks and being the servant of the dog.The only thing that really matters to me now is MFO (Marine Fuel Oil) nothing else but it seems so far away and untouchable.Without MFO,my 2 years of hard effort will be as good as nothing then there is nothing worth living for.People who are happy want eternal life,People who are unhappy with their lifes wish for eternal death.

I just received the certificate over the weekend,the SS600 comes with a 80 page manual,I totally screw it up big time the last test.Basically the whole test is very technical and operational in nature.Before I even seat for it,a classmate of mine @ IMBM already told me it is a piece of cake if you are in the trade,if you are a layman it will be tough.An 8 hour crash course with an examination paper at the end of the day doesn’t make things easier.This certificate is a must have if you wish to be in the marine fuel industry.There are practically three grades for this certification ”sucessful”,”completion” or ”attendance”.There is a acknowledgement form which I have to sent back to the Singapore Shipping Association upon receiving the certificate,so I guess I come out of the exam on the tops.It took me quite some time to prepare for this retest,80 pages of standard operating procedures is certainly no easy meat for an academic like me.During the 1st round,I already knew I am going to screw it up big time as I practically hand in a 50% blank paper.At the point of receiving I should be delighted because I am already at the gate of the industry,finally one dream near achievement.I felt no joy as if it didn’t matter any more.This hard fought victory should not be mine alone,she was behind me all the time giving me the encouragement I need.She also knew how hard this test was,how I fail the 1st time,how important this is to me and how disappointed I was after failing for the 1st time.At this stage,I ask myself if she will be happy if she knew I did good this time.Yes,I am sure she will still be glad after all she still wanted me to do well in all things.However our positions are now miles apart and We do not share common goals anymore,that alone made me felt that nothing else matters.

3 days ago,I did an event for Citibank wealth management department.It was an informal get together dinner event.The venue is the multi purpose hall @ Tampines Community Club,it definitely is a shocker to me.Throughout my years in the events industry,this is the 1st time I heard of  bank holding their event @ a community club.It seems more like a Malay wedding than a Citibank event to me.So SOP we setup the sound and wait for the event to commence.From the 250 to 300 attendees,90% were Indians,with a handful of pinoys around as well at least 95% were foreigners.The head of the department was a middle age chinese man who is definitely isn’t local.He is a from Hong Kong,the accent which he spoke in confirm my suspection.These are white collars jobs and it is sad to see not even one of our local guys are in this department.WTF?I knew all along foreign talent is a problem for years but I didn’t know the impact was so great to such extent.A graduate who just come out hot and fresh from varsity is  most likely to be paid S$2000 to S$2500 depending on what he major in.This pay scale is not inclusive of those in specialise degrees like Engineering,Medicine and Law.With this amount of money used to hire a freshie with totally no experience,employers now have a choice for a foreign talent who has perhaps multiple degrees and a few years of working experience under his belt and maybe a high flyer in his native country.You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out why jobs are given to foreign talent instead of our home-grown talent.I am seriously thinking how can we ever complete for jobs with these high qualified foreign talent.I can understand why foreign workers are hired for jobs like cleaners,dish washers and construction workers,that is acceptable to me because our local guys don’t wanna do such jobs.so its fine get the foreigners to do it.I support this and have no objections.However why give the white-collar jobs to foreigners as well,these are the jobs our guys wanna do and it’s simply not fair for employers to import foreign talent to fill such positions,I am sure our local boys have the skills,academic achievements and qualifications as well to take on such jobs.It is not easy for these foreign talents to come here and work as well,not only they are cheaper to hire,they must be the cream of the crop to be able to make it here.Now that will cause a lot of jobs lost to foreigners.Something needs to be done to rectify this situation,the government seriously need to review their foreign talent policy,if not it is a matter of time our home-grown boys will be driven to their graves.

SR  Nathan is nothing but a crony and a by product of the PAP,he will never ever exercise his right as a President for the interest and benefit of the citizens,why need to when he is paid as much Prime Minister,Lee Hsien Loong.An obsence pay package of around 4 million dollars.Ex foreign minister George Yeo said before the general elections that he will not run for presidency,however after a sound defeat and a kick in the ass by the worker’s party.He lost his seat in the parliament as well as his minister’s salary,that is a lot to lose.Now he says he wants to run for president,as well as PAP old guard and back bencher Tan Cheng Bock.It is all a conspiracy to propel someone from the PAP to become a president,although the position itself is largely ceremonial,the president still wields a great amount of power and can enquire on the government on national issues.Of course the PAP want their guy on top shut his mouth,take his pay and don’t bother with what the government is doing.Ex president and Deputy Prime Minister Ong Teng Chong is one of the best president Singapore has ever had,he enquire with the government with regards to the national reserves and was being denied by the goverment.In the end,after serving his term he fell ill with cancer and pass away.I have a lot of respect for President Ong for all he has done for us and what did the government do to him?No even a fucking state funeral for a man who serve his country for more than half of his life thanks to Lee Kuan Yew.I believe in the law of cause and effect,there will come one day Lee Kuan Yew will surely die in a horrible manner and his soul will be subjected to all sorts of torture and suffering for the next few billion years in the depths of  hell.It is not just one or two good man he broke,there are so many of them that I can’t even count.

 

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Ex NCMP Sylvia Lim has left her full-time job to serve her residents full-time,I think that is right.As an elected MP,you have a pay package of around S$15,000 a month .I would consider this good money to live a comfortable life,therefore commitment to serve citizens is definitely the right way to go.There are many PAP MPs who are elected and still hold various positions of directorship in private sectors,so whose interest do they act upon on?Their jobs or the people who elected them?

People’s action party won 60.14% of the mandate,lowest since independence,I have written in length again and again that the PAP is losings its grip,it is about time citizens acknowledge that Singapore is bigger then the PAP.Despite poor showing they are still able to secure 81 seats out of 87 seats,this is due to the GRC system the PAP put in place to dilute opposition votes.Many people like me are fed up with the government for the high cost of living,high cost of of HBD flats,the ridiculous amount of salaries ministers pay themselves etc.Since 1988 since the introduction of the GRC system,the opposition parties are unable to capture a GRC due to the existence of a anchor minister in every GRC ward, a common man will find it difficult to vote for the opposition parties as they are unable to introduce a candidate of ”minister” calibre.This election the worker’s party had captured Aljunied GRC,this is a break through we have since 5 opposition MP to represent us in parliament to voice our concern.The PAP will not take us lightly,they have not lost to WP just 5 seats but also Minister of Foreign Affairs,George Yeo who is anchor minister for Aljunied GRC.George on his last night of the hustings acknowledge that the people have resentment and anger towards the government and he promises is elected they will be reformers in seeking the government to listen to the people.PAP has never taken this sort of stance before,they are all along arrogant but after this election.PM Lee Hsien Long,and DPM Wong Kan Seng said they have heard the people’s voices and concerns.They better be! If not in the next elections,they will lose more GRCs and more Ministers.Many people are sad as George is leaving,I feel so as well,as minister George is more of those decent guys in the PAP.Despite having said that,he has to go for standing in the path of WP,I am sure the new elected MPs will voice the concern of the people. Mr Chiam See Tong who in this election  lose his seat of 27 years said ”They are your servants,not your bosses.”I fully agree with him,elected MPs are supposed to serve the people not gods for us to worship,the PAP has forgotten about this.The single member seat of Potong Pasir has been returned to the PAP after 27 years,Mr Chiam fought hard against the PAP even when they introduce a 80 million upgrading carrot to wrestle back the ward from him in the last election 2006,the residents still gave him their support.Mr Chiam suffer not one but two strokes and is sick but that did not gave up,he head a team of 4 to contest in the nearby Toa Payoh– Bishan against DPM Wong Kan Seng which he lost with 43% of the votes at the same time not to manage to retain his Potong Pasir seat.It was a double blow for him,whatever it is he will forever remain as a hero in Singapore politics with the likes of  J.B. Jeyaretnam.I hope he take good are of his health and leaving the fight for democracy to the younger generation

General Elections 2011

7th May 2011 is the polling day,this is the 2nd time in my life I have to cast a vote to decide who will represent my district in parliament.There are many problems that I would like the ruling party People’s Action Party  to address and provide answers and solutions.They are mainly bread and butter issue.Democracy,human rights,freedom of speech and all that is secondary to me.In this GE,the opposition has put up a strong line up to give PAP the run for its money,judging from what I see and hear,it seems like the PAP is feeling the heat from the opposition parties.The opposition parties have a form an alliance since the last GE 2006 to avoid three corner fights in order to save resources so that they are able to contest in all wards.This is a good strategy,this will keep the PAP heavy weights busy in their own wards as the fire is right in front of their doors.Any walkovers is only an advantage to the PAP,it helps them save resources. Heavy weight ministers uncontested will then help to put out ”fires” in their colleague’s wards.The worker’s party and the Singapore People’s Party has taken offensive in this GE instead of defending on their own turf ,Low Thia Kiang and Chiam See Tong are coming out from their single seat home ground to lead a team to contest in a GRC. This is a bold move and the consequences from a loss is unimagineable.Hougang and Potong Pasir has remain as the opposition strongholds that have not lose for the past 20 odd years,this is the result of hard work.Opposition MPs are always approachable and friendly compared with their PAP counterparts who always have their nose in the air.PAP MPs have taken the support of the public for granted,I would seriously want to remind them that their role is to serve us,not the other way round.The infallable GRC system which the PAP created to dilute opposition votes is about to backfire on them,for PAP to lose a GRC means they lose a minister as well.They have been telling the voters that they will lose an important cabinet minister that is irreplaceable to get sympathy votes,even the crown prince has apologise to the public about an irresponsible remark with threatening intention made by the King.At the end of the day,it is the King that came out with this dumb idea of GRCs,now the worker’s party is right in front of your door,they are about to breach the defenses of a GRCs which is suppose to be infallable.The king and crown prince is well aware that any break through will make their life very difficult in parliament,in the opposition camp,they also know to have a voice in parliament,capturing a GRC is much needed.