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Empire Hotel Subang - MalaysiaJust minutes ago, I got a message from my friend, Sansan Tagarino via BlackBerry informing me that the new Empire Shopping Gallery linked to the Empire Hotel in Subang has been extensively damaged due to a loud explosion early this morning. She got the news from her dad who lives in an apartment just a few steps away from the scene. I was shocked so I immediately went online!

It was noted that at 3:40 AM today, people heard a loud blast which allegedly caused extensive damage to the newly-built hotel and shopping mall in Selangor, Malaysia. It even shook the apartment building besides it where my friend’s dad lives. I initially thought it was a terrorist attack so I contacted friends in Malaysia living near the place. More so, I read similar tweets about the incident.

Empire Shopping Gallery - Aerial ViewI tried using Google to get more information but it seems that official news were coming slow. Perhaps, the police are still conducting their investigations. Using Twitter, I read a few tweets about #EmpireGallery and it seems that the explosion was at the left wing of the said establishment and some people having first-hand visuals described the damage as extensive as if the place is “under construction” again.

Empire Shopping Gallery - Front DamageThe Police blocked the road for safety. Some say that it was a gas leak while some used the word – bomb. I read some tweets saying that it was an alleged cover to rob a bank within the vicinity. All these are mere allegations. I have yet to read an official news about this but I was able to obtain photos from fellow bloggers and people on Twitter who provided timely update of the incident. Due credits are given to them.

Empire Shopping Gallery - Front DamageAnyway, I learned that 4 people were injured and 300 were evacuated. I do hope that none of the staff and guests was seriously hurt in the said explosion. The Empire Shopping Gallery and Empire Hotel Subang is one of my favorite places to stay in Malaysia and I have been there many times. I pray that all will be fine. The meantime, let’s all be safe and let’s pray for others to be safe as well! Thank you and good morning to all of you out there!


Speaking One's Mind© 2011A young man sprinkling his lawn and bushes with pesticides wanted to check the contents of the barrel to see how much pesticide remained in it.  He raised the cover and lit his lighter; the vapors inflamed and engulfed him.  He jumped from his truck, screaming.  His neighbor came out of her house with a dozen eggs, yelling: "bring me some eggs!"  She broke them, separating the whites from the yolks.  The neighbor woman helped her to apply the whites on the young man’s face.  When the ambulance arrived and when the EMTs saw the young man, they asked who had done this.  Everyone pointed to the lady in charge.  They congratulated her and said: "You have saved his face."  By the end of the summer, the young man brought the lady a bouquet of roses to thank her.  His face was like a baby’s skin.

Healing Miracle for burns:

Speaking One's Mind© 2011Keep in mind this treatment of burns which is included in teaching beginner fireman this method.  First aid consists to spraying cold water on the affected area until the heat is reduced and stops burning the layers of skin.  Then, spread egg whites on the affected are.

One woman burned a large part of her hand with boiling water.  In spite of the pain, she ran cold faucet water on her hand, separated 2 egg white from the yolks, beat them slightly and dipped her hand in the solution.  The whites then dried and formed a protective layer.

Speaking One's Mind© 2011She later learned that the egg white is a natural collagen and continued during at least one hour to apply layer upon layer of beaten egg white.  By afternoon she no longer felt any pain and the next day there was hardly a trace of the burn.  10 days later, no trace was left at all and her skin had regained its normal color.  The burned area was totally regenerated thanks to the collagen in the egg whites, a placenta full of vitamins.

This information could be helpful to everyone: Please pass it on.

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order provigil europe Note: I read this from one of the mass emails I got in my inbox this morning and I thought it would be wise to share it as well. Actually, the email came from my sister!


Speaking One's Mind © 2011It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven its value. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:

Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.

Speaking One's Mind © 2011METHOD OF TREATMENT
1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing your teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water.
2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minutes.
3.. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.
4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours.
5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.
6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.


The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure / control / reduce main diseases:
1. High Blood Pressure (30 days)
2. Gastric (10 days)
3. Diabetes (30 days)
4. Constipation (10 days)
5. Cancer (180 days)
6. TB (90 days)
7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards – daily..

Speaking One's Mind © 2011This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times.

It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life. Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active.

This makes sense .. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals ..not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain…

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.
It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.

Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine.

Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

Speaking One's Mind © 2011A serious note about heart attacks:
· Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting,
· Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.
· You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack.
· Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms.
· 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up.
· Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive…

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to everyone they know, you can be sure that we’ll save at least one life. Please be a true friend and send this article to all your friends you care about.


WarningNote: I just read this article on Facebook and I thought I would publish it on my blog so people will get to be informed about it. I am not familiar with any scientific research related to this so it would be best to consult your doctors first if you are in doubt and especially if you have a heart ailment. Cheers!


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It was almost 10 years ago when I first heard about SAP from my college professor who asked me to research more about ERP. He was then the head of an organization in the region for manufacturers. He was into furniture-making and he was interested in automation, process integration and improvements using Information Technology. Since, I was known then as an enthusiast for computers and programming, he tagged me along for regular exchange of thoughts.

Soon after, I would find myself exposed to ERP solutions especially SAP. Amidst the feedbacks from software architects and system administrators who are more into non-SAP products criticizing SAP’s complexities and closed-system, I do not see myself moving away from it as my chosen technology in terms of profession because I still believe that SAP is not just the best ERP system in the planet but it is also offers the best and most rewarding job for an IT professional. This is based on my own belief though. Coming from the famous tagline that best-run businesses run SAP, I can say that best-run careers are SAP careers! Well, I love my job!


Speaking One's Mind© 2011I have always wanted to win the lottery and be an instant millionaire. Thus, I always see to it that I get to place a bet whenever I get to pass a lotto betting outlet.

I have always been betting with the same number combinations for almost a decade now. I have spent quite a lot but I have not won a single penny ever since!

Today, I found out why. I just found all my lotto stubs in one of my boxes and some in my wallet. It seems, I just place bets. That’s all! I do not even check the results.

So today, I am thinking of getting all the lotto results for the past year and do a counter-checking of all my bets. Hahaha! It will take time but I don’t mind! There is no harm in trying, right? Who knows! I’m already a millionaire after today! Hahaha! How I wish!


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Today, I was very much impressed by my son. I was initially annoyed for the past few days with him getting so busy cutting paper patterns and pasting them after. He told me it’s PEPAKURA. Whatever.

He would often go to National Bookstore or Ace Hardware after his piano class to buy paper, glue and body filler. He would save from his daily allowance just so he could buy lots of materials to work with.

Well, I am into arts and crafts but my son puts more time to whatever he likes doing. More so, he works alone. In as much as I wanted to help him finish his craft fast, he would always say no.

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So today, I was so much impressed after seeing his work nearing completion. It’s a helmet pattered with Halo characters. He’s done with it and he’s about to apply body filler prior to painting it.

He is also now unfolding some 3D models online for printing as he wanted to create body armor and weapons so he could perhaps join the next CosPlay or simply costume play which is popular among kids.

I’m happy that he has the right skills and patience as well as the good attitude in terms of engaging himself into something complex and yet produce good results. It’s a good start indeed.

Although I am supportive of his hobbies from collecting action figures – Bionicle, Lego, Halo, Star Wars, Beyblade to swimming, piano, dancing, basketball and paper craft, I would still want him to focus on studies.

Nonetheless, I am so much proud of him that amidst having so much hobbies, he is still among the few who tops his class. The only thing that he skips doing now is to give his Big Daddy a long hug! He’s so busy!


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I was out today with my son checking out new books when he asked me to get him a correction tape refill for his correction pen which we just bought recently.

I asked him why he has to buy refill so soon when we just got him a new one. He told me that he makes so much mistakes writing that he has to always do correction.

I asked him if it was his eyesight or that perhaps he is having issues with spelling. He told me that it was his handwriting that is so bad that he would often do revisions.

Okay. So I got him a new one after having been convinced. While doing so, I saw this huge eraser bigger than my hand! Hahaha! I showed it to my son and suggested that we just buy one of them so erasing would be faster in just one brushing off. He laughed and told me with a grin…

I only make small mistakes dad!


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I have been very busy lately. After doing so much work in various countries and meeting all sorts of nationalities for the past 2 years straight and simultaneously, I feel like I am drained.

I feel like my phone right now – drained, overused, exhausted and maximized. I guess I can blame aging as a factor but other than that, I just work too much and do more than what I have to.

So now I am planning to give myself a little break by taking it slow and easy but still maintaining the course towards the career path that I have taken. I need to focus back more onto people and project management. I need to stay with SAP more that what I have been in the past years. I also believe that now is the perfect time for me to pursue graduate studies to prepare myself for higher roles. – The Plan.


Speaking One's Mind © 2011I was so tired from work just quite recently being in a middle of implementing a global standardization project in Malaysia when I happen to have come across a good poster placed inside the toilet. Well, the thing written on it put a huge impact on me that day. But then again, I asked myself – Why place such a thing in a toilet?

Anyway, we were having issues that time that entails making a decision whether to push forward with our rollout or simply quit and rollback as what our solutions architect from Dell recommends. It was a touch situation because quitting is not me. We had technical challenges before and we have never resorted to rollbacks.

I decided to move forward and finish the job. As what Pontius Pilate did after making a tough decision, I  headed directly to the toilet to wash my hands, find a little silence, reflect and do recalculations. It’s funny but it was the best place at that time to think. No wonder why they call it the “Comfort Room”!

Speaking One's Mind © 2011Going back to my question why the company placed motivational posters in toilets, I would say that I now know the answer. I believe that the company put real effort and time thinking about placing such materials in common places such as toilets because it is where they will be read with less distractions. It’s true. It is not just in Malaysia that I have seen this but also in Singapore when I was doing the same rollout.

Well, I realized that whenever we feel something bad at the office, we often would head either towards the toilet to think things over, cry (maybe), look ourselves in the mirror or just stand there for a moment and think. While others would run outside for a smoke or coffee, I think most would run for comfort at the comfort room!

Speaking One's Mind © 2011When I went to the toilet that time, my mind was blank so the poster got my attention quickly. After reading it, I got an instant boost. It convinced me more that I have taken the right decision to move forward rather than stop and rollback. It made me stand firm in the midst of opposing views of the few, the bad and the ugly! Indeed, you can do it if you think that you can! As a result, the project went live and it was a success!

It may be funny but at times, a simple poster could indeed motivate someone who is in distress and needs a push. God has his way of giving everyone a pat in their shoulders. It’s amazing! Indeed, you can always find motivation and comfort even at the places you least expected… even at the comfort room!


Growing People2 years ago, a company offered me a managerial job with a lucrative compensation and benefits that I thought I would have to take until another job came into my front door with almost exactly the same offer except that it would entail a lot of travel around the world. I was enticed by the latter.

Today, if I have taken the first offer two years ago, it could have strengthen my foothold onto the technology where I am most likely to be inclined with which is SAP. If I have taken the job right away, I could have put more years on my role as a senior manager to make me a guru right now. I could have coached and grown people like me.

Nonetheless, I took the latter because I wanted to further be in the global side. My mentor informed me that being able to travel around the globe and do a global standardization project would further boost my competitiveness as a global professional. Besides, my exposure to other culture will indeed put my value high!

Well, two years after, I may say that I am not so much convinced. Although the trend right now is onto global standardization of infrastructure, business solutions and business process, I still see SAP as a more valuable area of expertise. More than that, I see myself being passionate more onto people management than going back.

Grow PeopleThe 2 years that I could have used to coach people, direct initiatives, push innovations and handle more high-level responsibilities could have accelerated my professional growth. But then again, I have done the same in the job that I have chosen except that there were limitations because I was dealing with foreign counterparts.

Although I do not have regrets on the decisions I have taken because I always stand firm on whatever steps I take, I feel that I could have done more if I were wiser enough. But maybe I have already done a lot. I have travelled to almost all places I wanted to be at and I have successfully managed a global project.

So I’m taking a shift back soon to focus myself onto taking higher roles. I’ve taken all the steps from the bottom of the ladder and up. I believe that it’s time to take leadership positions more than staying on the technical side. In that way, I could do more for the company and for the industry by having the chance to plant ideas and…

a chance to grow people.