She looks like you...
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - July 29, 2008 Posted: 5:35:27 PM EDT

My friend recently became a newly-minted father. He's blessed with a baby girl and the proud father uses her picture for his MSN Messenger avatar.

He calls her, 'Fishburger'.

Yes, you heard me right, and I don't know why too.

I saw her pic and since I thought she looked a lot like him, I messaged him over MSN messenger:

I said, 'Hey, your baby girl looks just like you, lah!'

He replied, 'No lah, she looks like my neighbour!'

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Ugh, perish the thought!

Anyway, despite your dad's wicked sense of humor, you are a cutie-pie, fishburger! 

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40 years later...
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - July 29, 2008 Posted: 5:10:28 PM EDT

This book was published 40 years ago.

I first read it, I think, about 20 years ago as an undergraduate hungry for self-knowledge. I am sure I was pretty anxious about what was ahead of me then. I have read every one of Scott Peck's books since.

And I must have read this book 3-4 times over.

This book, this one book, left a deep imprint in my mind. 

I bought this current 'Rider 100 print' at the Popular Bookstore, AMCORP Mall. I must have bought several copies of this book and had given to many friends before this. This one is for keep. I really love the cover-art.  

M Scott Peck : The Road Less Travelled
The Road Less Travelled:
A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth

I am looking forward to reading this every night before I sleep.

Pure joy.

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Sony Walkman Is...
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - July 25, 2008 Posted: 11:55:44 AM EDT


Sony Walkman makes me loony!

You can win the new Sony NWZ-A828 Video MP3 Player! Click on the loony photo above to get to campaign site. 

 

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Take the path Less Ordinary...
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - July 17, 2008 Posted: 4:29:07 PM EDT

I stumbled upon this blog below. It says, 'This blog gives viewers a glimpse of the beautiful but unsung parts of Malaysia'.

Outskirt Outreach

'We hope this would dispel fear for venturing into the wild interiors, encourage people to learn more about hidden communities and bring more economical spread to the countryside. See charity activity and blog diary entries / photo album to see how we keep ourselves busy. '

 

Maybe we should be doing this type of exploration more often and not waste precious time channel surfing in a hotel room for every company trip.

Teja Orang Asli Village Adventure & Night Trek 2D/1N
http://malaysiaupclose.wordpress.com/2007/11/29/teja-orang-asli-village-adventure-overnight-stay-2d1n/

Cool!

 

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北京歡迎妳
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - July 14, 2008 Posted: 6:24:11 PM EDT

This is a great song, Beijing Welcomes You. We are counting down to a significant milestone in the history of the Olympics and Modern China.  北京歡迎妳!

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Sony Walkman is...
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - July 14, 2008 Posted: 6:21:14 PM EDT

Shoot & Win - Enter the Shoot & Win contest and win exciting prizes!

Win a NWZ-A828!

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Live Green, generate your own energy
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - July 10, 2008 Posted: 2:45:48 PM EDT

I've always been very interested in the Solar-powered homes. For one, it holds the promise of cheap, renewable energy. Secondly, it is less polluting.

I visited the much talked about Setia Ecopark last weekend and was told of this thing called the 'BIPV system' that will be integrated into the homes built by them. BIPV, what's that?

I googled it and here's what it is.

BIPV stands for 'Building Integrated Photovoltaics'.

'One of the most promising renewable energy technologies is photovoltaics. Photovoltaics (PV) is a truly elegant means of producing electricity on site, directly from the sun, without concern for energy supply or environmental harm. These solid-state devices simply make electricity out of sunlight, silently with no maintenance, no pollution, and no depletion of materials.'

BIPV System 

You can read more about BIPV system here : http://www.wbdg.org/resources/bipv.php

Did you know that the Malaysian government is encouraging the adoption of BIPV system in your house and your office? No? There's a programme called SURIA 1000. You can read more about Suria 1000 here. http://www.mbipv.net.my/suria.htm

Here's an NST article about Suria and their BIPV project: http://www.redorbit.com/news/business/1001096/free_power_for_all/index.html   

BIPV system is expensive to install for now. From what I've heard, a typical unit will cost around RM200,000 minus the installation charge. But with the rising energy cost and the projected increase in the adoption of BIPV for homes and offices in Malaysia and across the world, the viability of switching to solar energy might come sooner than you will expect.

In Europe, especially across Germany, the adoption of zero-carbon emission homes have encouraged the mass adoption of BIPV systems. You can see solar panels everywhere across the towns of the country.

I've seen some zero carbon home models in Self-Build Homes magazines and it is my dream to build one in Malaysia one day.

   

Now the challenge is to build one that is adaptive to the tropical Malaysian climate.

Wish me luck!


 

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Who's That Girl?
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - July 8, 2008 Posted: 2:35:24 PM EDT

I was going through my phone's photo album and was deleting the unwanted shots when I stumbled onto this photo.

I didn't take this photo.

And I am not sure I can recognise the girl in the photo... but...

It's time to ask the little girl (who is only pre-teens btw) at home about her photo posing habits. I was very sure the scourge of such silly and slightly inappropriate poses won't make it to my home but I guess the peer-pressure to conform and belong is as strong as ever...

And the glory and power of pop culture.

Looks like the turbulent years are about to begin.

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He's 7!
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - July 8, 2008 Posted: 2:17:57 PM EDT

Happy Birthday, dude!

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Bird Watching
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - July 1, 2008 Posted: 2:02:47 PM EDT

We humans assume we are more sophisticated than animals. Well, there isn't that much of a difference, actually.

For instance, how can you tell a male bird from a female bird?

Too difficult, yes?

Not an Ornithologist, right?

Not an expert in birds, hrm...?

It is very simple, actually.

Let's try this. 

Which one is the female gull?

See.

You don't have to be a genius, yes?

 

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