Hey, even F1 drivers have to start small. Me on the trike.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Hey, even F1 drivers have to start small. Me on the trike.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
A group of 250 seniors were treated to a free shopping trip at the NTUC Fairprice supermarket in Jurong on Sunday. Volunteers from the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) and Moral Neighbourhood Link, a voluntary welfare organisation that focuses on elder care were on hand to help the seniors and share tips on how to check for expiry dates and nutritional content on food items.
On the same day, the CDAC concluded a month-long rice donation drive with about 87,000kg of grain collected. The rice will be distributed to 4,000 needy families and senior citizens.
With nearly half of the pedestrian fatalities coming from the over-60 age group, the Singapore government will be introducing longer time at selected pedestrian crossings, mostly in the homelands or areas with a large concentration of elderly people. These 'Green Man Plus' crossings allow for an extra 17 seconds at a 4-lane crossing, and 21 seconds for a six-lane crossing.
All a senior citizen has to do is to tap his ez-link concession card on the special card-reader to activate the Green Man Plus. This will give him more time to cross the road safely.
The Green Man Plus idea would be great for the pedestrian crossing in front of Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) along Jalan Ampang. You have only 22 seconds to cross this busy 8-lane road. And you had better pray that motorists give you right of way as some don't bother to stop.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
It's been a frustrating week not being able to upload pictures on Seniorsaloud, no thanks to some technical glitch on Blogger. Apparently, it's a common problem. Guess I'll have to be patient and wait it out.
Fortunately, I can still upload from YouTube. Here's a video that I would like to share with you. I hope you will find it informative and useful.
When life is great, who doesn't want to extend it?
I've been meeting more and more 50+ folks who certainly know to enjoy life in their golden years. Just yesterday I met a fiesty 84-year old lady at a birthday bash for senior citizens. She was on the dance floor for almost every dance and game. Believe me, she looked fabulous!
There is no reason why we can't look good, feel great and enjoy life to the fullest, whatever our age. We just have to watch what we put into our body and mind. The right food, the right thoughts, and the right actions take us a long way on the road to longevity.
That's my mantra.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Just watched Oprah on telly going gaga over the Kindle. When I first heard about the Kindle late 2007, I dismissed it as yet another pricey gadget for the young and trendy. Now after seeing Oprah waxing lyrical over her Kindle 2, I thought maybe I should check out the latest model - the Kindle DX. I did and came away impressed.
No, Amazon is not paying me to promote their e-reader. But, hey, good stuff should be shared, right? I know a lot of seniors love to read.
Consider these features. At only 19 oz, it's a lightweight. It can store up to 3500 books. Think of all the storage space you can save. You can select from over 275,000 titles. You don't need to carry wires and batteries along with the Kindle. There's a built-in dictionary. You can adjust the font size for easy readability. Also, no trees will be sacrificed for your reading pleasure.
Sure, there are other models like the Sony e-reader and the iLiad, but I have a feeling that, like Google, the Kindle will become a verb.
The only major downer is the price tag - USD490. Well, I'm putting the Kindle on my wish-list and visualizing reading my favourite books on a kindle. Maybe that will work.
If you want more info on how to use the Kindle in Malaysia, visit http://forum.lowyat.net/topic/1053076.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Is filial piety dead?
In Singapore, the Maintenance of Parents Act 1996 has not deterred adult children from dumping their aged parents in hospitals. The government is considering amending the Act to allow a third party, such as hospitals, to take court action against children guilty of abandoning their parents in hospitals, in order to recover their losses in unpaid medical bills.
India has a similar act to protect the rights of parents to seek maintenance from their children for food, shelter, clothes, medical facilities and recreation.
In Malaysia, such an Act has yet to see the light of day. So cases of parental neglect continue to rise. From January to May this year, 134 such cases were reported at the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital – an increase of 12% for the same period last year. There is a similar pattern in other hospitals around the country.
Times have changed. Parents cannot take for granted that their children will look after them in their old age. Children today have a thousand and one reasons why they can’t or won't care for their aged parents.
“My father abandoned us when we were little.”
“My mother never cared much for us. Our maid was more of a mother to us.”
“My parents were poor role models. One was a gambler, the other was an alcoholic.”
"I can't afford to pay my father's medical expenses. I have my own family to support."
"My parents are so useless. They just sit in the house the whole day long and do nothing to help out."
"I resent being the one to have to care for my parents. My other siblings have refused to do so."
"Old people are so difficult to live with, and that includes my parents."
This is the reality. It all boils down to the parent-child relationship. Let's be honest with ourselves. Did we play our part as loving, responsible parents when our children were growing up? Did we spend enough quality time with them? Did we listen to them when they came to us for some advice and understanding? Were we too busy putting our career or business first?
If the bond is strong, our adult children will WANT to take care of us in our old age. They will do it out of love, and not grudgingly out of a sense of duty. A strong family bond is the best insurance against being abandoned by our children.
Taking our children to court and suing them for maintenance is a public admission of a complete breakdown in the parent-child relationship. In our Asian culture, this amounts to a total loss of face.
As a safeguard against this, young parents should brush up on their parenting skills. They should create and nurture a loving bond with their children from the very start. At the same time, they should start saving for their retirement and taking care of their health, the earlier the better so that they are able to live independently in their old age.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!
But now that I'm over the ripe old age of fifty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today.
Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and screw it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and eject it when finished and the tape would come undone.....because that's how we rolled it!
Monday, September 14, 2009
The bus company is obviously aware of what commuters have to put up with! I tried calling the numbers but no one picked up the phone. So much for the sign.
Ever since I sold my car in 1998, I have been relying mostly on public transport to get me from A to B. If you are a regular commuter like I am, you will have plenty to gripe about. Take today, for instance. It was my umpteenth 'public confrontation' with the Metro bus conductors since the bus fares went up on 1 September.
Clearly stated in black and white, but the bus conductors claimed they didn't know about the new concession for senior citizens!
It states clearly on the announcements pasted all over the inside of the Metro buses that orang tua (senior citizens) 60 and above pay only half fare. Regardless of which Metro bus I take, the conductor invariably insists I pay the full fare. Even when I point out the company's signed directive, I get any one of the following responses:~ the boss never informed us of this half fare
~ you don't look like you are 60+
~ the new ruling is 65+
~ none of the elderly passengers have asked for half fare
~ we don't have time to check all the identity cards
~ as you wish, but I'll report to my boss about this
So far, the conductors have caved in. That's because I stood up for my rights, and had the evidence to back me up. However, on all the buses I've taken, I have yet to see older passengers asking for this fare concession. Ignorance can be expensive if you take the bus daily! One elderly man was sitting right beside the directive, but for reasons best known to himself, he did not take the trouble to read it.
Buses waiting for more passengers, never mind if they are hogging half the road and blocking the taxis from exiting.
Now wouldn't it be lovely to board a bus and when you take your money out to pay the full fare, the conductor smilingly tells you, "Auntie, you only need to pay half fare." That would certainly make my day!
Dirty bus-stops are the norm. There are no bus schedules or information on bus routes. This is in the up-market neighbourhood of Sri Hartamas.
You can bet this is NOT a bus stop in Kuala Lumpur. There's ample information on schedules, time of bus arrivals, and wheelchair facilities on board. Below that is the map showing bus and MRT routes.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Singapore's Teresa Hsu at 100, and at 111 today with Anthony Robbins at last weekend's "Unleash the Power Within" event in Singapore. (Photo: Belle Luer aka my daughter). Click on the images to enlarge.
Young people in the prime of their lives often assume that ill health and disease affect only the elderly - until someone in their age group is struck down. Healthy living should start right now, and we should get our children and grandchildren actively involved before they wind up as fast-food-junk-food addicts.
Here are some health tips based on Dan Buettner’s “Blue Zones”.
2. Opt for a plant-based diet that includes nuts and whole grains.
3. Treat yourself to a glass or two of red wine a day. Asians prefer tea. It is a good anti-oxidant too.
4. Know your purpose in life and be driven by it.
5. Have in place a belief system - spiritual or religious.
6. Learn to relax and enjoy life.
7. Keep physically active.
8. Be part of a healthy social network.
9. Maintain good family ties.
Time for me to dust off the cobwebs on my weights and dig up those vegetarian cook books. I am 61 going on to a healthy 100 and beyond, God willing.....
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Take out your pen and note-book. Time to jot down some great tips on how to live long and happy. Learn from the people of Okinawa (Japan), Sardinia (Italy), Nicoya (Costa Rica) and Loma Linda (US). These are the Blue Zones - areas where you can find a high concentration of octogenarians. They are living proof that having an active lifestyle, healthy diet, social network and a purpose in life are the key ingredients of longevity.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Yet another hate story has surfaced. This one happened in China. As the majority race in China, the Chinese, who are of Han descent, seem to have difficulty accepting folks (like the Uighers of Sinkiang) who are of a different colour or religion.
It would be interesting to do a study of people who practice bigotry. Do they share common characteristics? Are they themselves victims of racial discrimination or abuse just like their parents were, perhaps?
In the cowhead incident, I wonder what this person meant when he said he would feel "uncomfortable" if an Indian temple were to be built in his neighbourhood. What's there to feel uncomfortable about? On the contrary, I would feel safe if I lived near a mosque, a church or a temple. True devotees, whether they be Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists or Taoists, practise love and respect for all mankind.
HATE is a most toxic emotion. Having this in our system is worse than having cancer because unlike cancer, hate is contagious. It can spread and kill much faster than the H1N1 virus. Just look at the atrocities taking place everywhere in the world.....and in our own backyard.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Almost sold out!
My kind of Malaysian street scene...
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
We are looking for candidates for the following categories:
~ Juggling - alone
~ Felt Craft (handicraft) - preferably male
~ Kizomba Dance - with a partner, both must be seniors
Basically, you have to be interested in learning the new skill/activity and we will introduce you to a professional trainer for a training course. The entire training will last for around slightly more than a month and ultimately, you will have to fulfill a task or achieve a mission. All expenses incurred will be paid by the production company or sponsored by various companies. We only need your time and passion!
If you meet the following criteria, we would like to see you:
~ above 45 of age
~ positive and cheerful
~ have a strong interest for your selected category (no experience preferred) as you need to learn from the basics
~ any nationality but must be able to speak at least basic Mandarin as it's a Mandarin programme
~ be physically fit and healthy
~ be comfortable in front of the camera i.e. not camera-shy
Please call (65) 63417710 and ask for Zelda（小橦）to arrange for an interview or to know more details. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone game for the challenge?