Heaven’s Road 天路 “Tian Lu”

Paul Chong  Tuesday, 24 January 2017

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President Xi Jinping & First Lady of China Peng Liyuan

Jacky Kennedy, the once famous US First Lady, got to the White House through her camera. Peng Liyuan attained her envious position as the First Lady of China through her beautiful soprano voice.

“Heaven’s Road” is a delightful well-known Chinese folk song describing the railway line connecting Qinghai and Tibet, as rendered by China’s First Lady, Peng Liyuan. Lyrics available in Chinese & English (on screen).

It’s a rare occasion & privilege to listen to her rich soprano voice which captured the heart of President Xi Jinping, leading her to be the First Lady of China. Together they have a daughter named Xi Mingze (习明泽) born in 1992, nicknamed as Xiao Muzi (小木子),
reading law at Harvard. Peng has been married to Xi Jinping for over 25 years.
Today she sings no more (perhaps in the privacy of home or bathroom). A most gracious lady who tours with her husband meeting up with foreign dignities.

In China she’s well esteemed, respected & honoured, devoting her time & energy to such welfare organisations concerning HIV & TB.

Peng Liyuan, a native of Yuncheng County, Shandong province joined the People’s Liberation Army in 1980, when she was 18 years old, and began as an ordinary soldier. Because of her vocal talent, Peng later performed during frontline tours to boost troop morale during the Sino-Vietnamese border conflicts.

Peng, a national treasure (like the panda), quickly learned to sing patriotic songs and, as a skinny 15-year-old teenager, she beat 10,000 other applicants for a place at her provincial art school. From there on her career progressed by leaps and bounds. First she was picked for the elite performance troupe of the local People’s Liberation Army.

Then she attended the Conservatory of Music in Beijing. According to the state media, she was a “three points and one line” student, meaning Peng’s daily life then only had three points – the music room, the canteen and the dorm.

Peng first performed nationally and came to fame during the earliest rendition of the CCTV New Year’s Gala in 1982, when she performed On the Plains of Hope.

On November 20, 2014, Massey University in New Zealand conferred Peng an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of her international contributions to performing arts, health, and education.

Showers of Warning Or Showers of Blessings

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Paul Chong
23-01-2017

It was a rainy day on Friday, January, 2017 when Mr. Donald John Trump (aged 70) was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. The inaugural address he gave contained nothing new from his campaign trail. It’s full of rhetorics ahead of realities. I got the impression of the western cowboy of the days gone by . . . quick on the draw . . . rapid fire . . . with the desire of being the fastest gun alive.

Nothing seemed right. He was repeating the Oath of Office placing his left hand on his choice of of a set of Bibles held by his wife Melania. I maybe wrong as I thought it would be more proper for the minister to do this.

He spent some US$200 million for the inaugural ceremony, more than any other previous presidents and the inaugural audience is only a fraction of two-million-strong of Obama’s. This time around no foreign dignities were invited. And I thought he was going to be thrifty in the light of dwindling economy.

Trump is gripped with the fear of US losing its primer position to China. Trump emphatically voiced his slogan “Make America Great Again” without relent. Time alone would prove the possible outcome, but believe you me it will be a monumental task & challenge. Verbal convention is easy to render, implementation is often problematic. With so many campaign promises, also without any previous political experiences, he may be stamping upon grounds where even angels fear to tread. Granted he’s a successful billionaire businessman but politics, international affairs & foreign diplomacy are entirely different.

Domestically, polarisation is setting the nation apart. For the first time in modern history, a day after the Inauguration, more than 1 million rally at Women’s Marches in Washington and around the world. Just where will this end, your guess is as good as mine.

The world, particularly China, is watching US or rather Trump closely. His protectionism policy rings out loud & clear putting all nations on their toes.

“We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength,” he said.

As it is, and always has been, US is easily the safest nation in the world. Geographically, politically, militarily no other nations globally can match US. To the north lies its friendly Canadian neighbour. To the south is its lesser superior Mexico. Out west US naval force virtually covers the whole Pacific Ocean. No European nations, including the African nations & the Middle nations would dare to declare war on US over the Atlantic Ocean. What better safety endowments could US ask for?

US military power is without challenge. With a thousand or so military bases encircling every corner of the world, nuclear arsenal unimaginable, air power & naval power, US not go around intimidating, threatening & encroaching upon other territorial land & seas.

Respect begets respect.
Friendship ensures friendship.
Terror results in greater terror.

Let there be Peace & Goodwill among mankind.

The Magic of Money

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Time Is Money!

Paul Chong
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Have you heard of the story of money performing magic? Money once set to use, flows, circulates & energises all economic activities, increasing its value manifold making the world go round.

It is the month of August; a resort town sits next to the shores of a lake. It is raining, and the little town looks totally deserted. It is tough times, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.
Suddenly, a rich tourist comes to town. He enters the only hotel, lays a 100 dollar bill on the reception counter, and goes to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one.
The hotel proprietor takes the 100 dollar bill and runs to pay his debt to the butcher. The Butcher takes the 100 dollar bill and runs to pay his debt to the pig raiser. The pig raiser takes the 100 dollar bill and runs to pay his debt to the supplier of his feed and fuel. The supplier of feed and fuel takes the 100 dollar bill and runs to pay his debt to the town’s prostitute that, in these hard times, gave her “services” on credit. The hooker runs to the hotel, and pays off her debt with the 100 dollar bill to the hotel proprietor to pay for the rooms that she rented when she brought her clients there.
The hotel proprietor then lays the 100 dollar bill back on the counter so that the rich tourist will not suspect anything. At that moment, the rich tourist comes down after inspecting the rooms, and takes his 100 dollar bill, after saying he did not like any of the rooms, and leaves town.

No one earned anything. However, the whole town is now without debt, and looks to the future with a lot of optimism.

Money is that convenient means of exchange for goods & services. Money can be earned. All of us have equally about 40 years of economic life to become financially independent.. Sadly in the end a lot of us would miss our financial boat in life.

However, we must be able to spend the money earned; otherwise it’s no good to us.Once a very rich man died leaving his will & making his widow promised to bury him with all his worldly possessions. When asked by her friend after the funeral if she did keep her promise to her dear departed husband, the widow answered, “Yes I did. I wrote him a cheque to be cashed in his next life.” Amen.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Keeping In Touch

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Our paths in life may not cross again
Such is the nature of life
Time & space have a way of separating us & events
They can be so cruelly unkind
Like the flow of water in a river or waterfall
Once passed it’s gone forever gone
As with life’s love & laughter, romance & adventure
Treasure every leisure & pleasure
Life’s journey always come to an unexpected end
Life’s story albeit the best there is
It’s both fleeting & never quite a bliss
Time & tide wait not for thee
Believe you me!

Paul Chong
13 August 2016
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Can Any Other Than a Malay Be the Prime Minister of Malaysia?

Who said that a Chinese, Indian or any other can’t be a Prime Minister of Malaysia? What’s to stop him? Here’s the Constitution: Article 43 – Appointment of the Prime Minister and the cabinet[edit]
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong is required to appoint a Cabinet to advise him in the exercise of his executive functions. He appoints the Cabinet in the following manner:

acting in his discretion (see Art. 40(2)(a)), he first appoints as Prime Minister a member of the Dewan Rakyat who in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the Dewan. There is no Constitutional requirement that the Prime Minister must be of any particular race or religion;[17] and
on the advice of the Prime Minister, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong appoints other Ministers from among the members of either House of Parliament.

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Lest I forget, from the list of Malaysian Prime Ministers . . . from Tunku Abdul Rahman to Najib, who can you claim to be legally or biologically a “PURE MALAY”? From Siamese blood to Bugis & Indian, you can see a stream of foreign blood in their heritage!

White Tigers & Other Rare Animals

We are all familiar with common tiger in the jungle or zoo by way of its size & colour. During one of our holidays in China, right in the hotel dinning area, we were faced with something unusual about the tiger. We couldn’t believe our eyes that we wresting “white” . . . yes! white tigers. They didn’t seem so ferocious & scary, perhaps because they were in secured confined area. The hotel management mentioned that they started with a pair of them & it had since multiplied to 51 of them.

Such an encounter always remain in your memory. In the theme park of Chime-Long Xiangjiang Safari Park, Guangzhou, we saw many more (from our hired vehicle) with more room to roam in the safari setup.

Here presented for your pleasure are a few more of other rare creatures that seem to roam our jungles. Perhaps you may have the good fortune to encounter of these in your travel & capture them with your cameras.

The White Tiger
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White tigers are one of the most majestic and beautiful animals in the world, famed for their icy coloring and piercing eyes. They are a pigment variation of the more familiarly colored Bengal tiger but are not albinos. Just as humans can have blonde hair or brown hair, white tigers are simply a variation – one that we can all be thankful for.

Nature has given animals a wide variety of distinctive colorings that we can all immediately recognize. Many of these colors and patterns have become iconic in their own right and have even influenced human fashion and design. However, nature being nature, it occasionally throws us a surprise. These rare conditions have given these animals colors which make them stand out from the crowd in the most beautiful ways.
The Brown Panda

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The Pink Dolphin

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The Golden Zebra

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The Blue Lobster

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Blue Lobsters are the result of a genetic mutation that infuses them with a large amount of a particular protein that gives their exoskeleton a bizarre blue color rather than the familiar red. It is not as rare as some of the other mutations discussed in this list, with over 2 million blue lobsters estimated to be in existence. Their color often saves them from the human cooking pot so it’s a little more useful than the pink is to the katydid!

First Chinese Nobel Prize Laureate: Chinese Dream & Pride

Source: chinadaily.com.cn, BBC News Beijing & Wikipedia

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The honour of being the first Chinese Nobel Prize winner goes to a lady Youyou Tu who won half of the Medicine prize with the other half shared by two others William Cambell & Satoshi Omura.

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Tu was awarded half of the prize for discovering artemisinin, a drug that has significantly reduced the mortality rates for patients suffering from malaria.

“It’s a virtue to remain indifferent to honor or disgrace.”
The old Chinese saying should be the best footnote on the landmark chapter when Tu Youyou became China’s first Nobel Laureate in medicine. This Nobel Prize that the Chinese have dreamed of for so long is an important international recognition of Chinese medical staffs’ contribution to the world, so the Chinese have good reason to be proud of it. Tu was awarded the prize because she discovered Artemisinin in a health project, Mission 523, in the 1970s, which effectively helped the worldwide battle against malaria.

As a medical researcher without a doctor’s degree, international experience or the title of academician, Tu was first to bring Artemisinin to the project, first to extract it and first to carry out clinical tests.

The academician system has made a major contribution to China’s economic growth, scientific and technological progress as well as the development of the defense industry. And China has advanced in research on quantum communication, neutrino, stem cells and high-performance computers, no matter whether Nobel Prizes are awarded to Chinese or not.

The amazing thing is that Tu Youyou is not a medical doctor, nor is she a Ph.D. holder or has any international research qualification or credential. The point to emphasise is that Tu Youyou was helped by ancient Chinese remedy in winning this Nobel Prize in Medicine

The United Kingdom, United States, Russia and Sweden have academician systems much longer established than China. Many don’t have a chance to stand in the spotlight as a Nobel Prize winner, either. But that doesn’t hinder them to make great achievements in their own countries.

The Nobel Prizes always spark controversies because of the committee’s “secret selection procedures” and according to many renowned scientists the awards, established in 1895, can’t match the rapid development of science today.

Ironically, the questionable award of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama has proven to be the greatest controversy.

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The 84-year-old’s route to the honour has been anything but traditional.

Tribute should be accorded to Tu Youyou for her knowledge & relentless research in the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which is fast claiming its rightful place & recognition in the field of medicine.

Tu described as being modest was born in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China on 30 December 1930. She attended Xiaoshi Middle School for junior high school and the first year of high school, before transferring to Ningbo Middle School in 1948. From 1951 to 1955, she attended Peking University Medical School / Beijing Medical Collage.Tu studied at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and graduated in 1955. Later Tu was trained for two and a half years in traditional Chinese medicine.
After graduation, Tu worked at the Academy of Chinese Medicine (now the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences) in Beijing. She was promoted to a Researcher (研究员, the highest researcher rank in mainland China equivalent to the academic rank of a full professor) in 1980 shortly after the Chinese economic reform began in 1978. In 2001 she was promoted to academic advisor for doctoral candidates. Currently she is the Chief Scientist in the Academy.

As of 2007, her office is in an old apartment building in Dongcheng District, Beijing.
Before 2011, Tu had been obscure for decades, and is described as “almost completely forgotten by people”.
Tu is regarded as the Professor of “Three Noes” – no postgraduate degree (there was no postgraduate education then in China), no study or research experience abroad, and not a member of any Chinese national academies, i.e. Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering.Up until 1979, there were no postgraduate degree programs in China, and China was largely isolated from the rest of the world.

Tu is now regarded as a representative figure of the first generation of Chinese medical workers since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. – (Source: Wikipedia.)

“Crossing the Rubicon”

October 8, 2015     Caracas, Venezuela

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This is an interesting read with the happening that will greatly impact the world’s financial system forcing on a new system of no return. The writer of this article is Simon Black, Founder, SovereignMan.com

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In 49 BC, a defiant Julius Caesar stood in front of his army at the River Rubicon and made the biggest decision of his life.
It was strictly forbidden by Roman law for a general to lead his army out of its province and into Rome. And the Rubicon marked the boundary.
“Alea iacta est!” (The die is cast!) he said, and led his army across the river into civil war.
The phrase “crossing the Rubicon” has stuck for more than 2,000 years, signifying a risky and dangerous point of no return.
This week, the United States government crossed the Rubicon.
In a fit of complete arrogance, a federal judge ruled that he has ‘jurisdiction’ over one of the biggest banks in mainland China, Bank of China (BOC), and demands that the bank turn over financial records to his court.
The judge is hearing a case brought by the luxury brand Gucci against an alleged Chinese counterfeiting ring for selling fake handbags in the United States.
The claim is that the Chinese defendants are sending their ill-gotten gains back to Bank of China in the mainland. And the judge wants to see their account activity.
Bank of China, as you can probably guess, is predominantly owned by the Chinese government.
So it goes without saying that this demand (not a request) is a direct affront at China’s sovereignty.
The only leverage the judge has is that Bank of China has a branch in New York City; it is officially a licensed bank in the US.
So if Bank of China doesn’t comply, the judge could theoretically order that their US license be revoked.
Once again, the United States is using its financial system as a weapon.
Since US dollars are the most widely used reserve currency in the world, every bank on the planet needs some access to the US banking system.
Whether you’re in London, Riyadh, Sydney, or Shanghai, the most widely traded commodities, bonds, and financial contracts in the world are primarily denominated in US dollars.
Plus most global trade takes place in US dollars.
So not only are banks forced to hold US dollars, they require access to the US banking system in order to clear and settle US dollar transactions.
Large international banks have what are known as ‘correspondent bank accounts’ or ‘nostro accounts’ with US banks.
So a big bank in Denmark, for example, may have a correspondent account with JP Morgan or Citibank in New York in order to facilitate its dollar transactions.
And sometimes foreign banks may even apply for their own US banking license, as in the case of Bank of China.
But if a bank were to be kicked out of the US banking system, it would be incredibly detrimental to its ability to hold and transact in US dollars. And hence quite difficult to participate in global trade and finance.
This financial leverage is an unbelievable advantage for the United States, and is a result of the rest of the world placing a great deal of trust in the US government.
But the government has shown time and time again that they are willing to abuse that trust and use their advantage as a weapon– one that is more powerful than the US military.
Just last year, the Treasury Department fined French bank BNP Paribas a whopping $9 billion for doing business with countries that the US doesn’t like, such as Cuba.
Of course, Cuba and the US are BFFs now. But I doubt BNP is getting a refund anytime soon.
And naturally, if BNP didn’t pay up, the US could threaten to evict them from its financial system.
It’s simply amazing that the US did that to its own ally.
Now they’re going after China, its biggest competitor.
The Chinese are already working on a parallel, competitive financial system.
They set up the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to compete with the vestigial IMF and World Bank.
And they’re nearing completion on an international payment system and clearing network to compete with SWIFT and the US financial system.
It’s called CIPS.
And once it’s up and running, there will likely be a rapid increase in the worldwide use of China’s currency for financial transactions– transactions that used to be executed in US dollars.
Sticking it to Bank of China like this only gives the Chinese government even more reason to wage war on the US financial system through CIPS.
The reduced demand for US dollars completely destroys America’s last remaining advantage.
If they can’t force the rest of the world to use the US banking system, then they won’t be able to force the rest of the world to hold US dollars or buy US government debt.
It weakens America considerably.
And when future historians write the history of the decline of the United States, there will no doubt be a chapter on how the US government made it a matter of national policy to consistently abuse the power entrusted to them by the global banking community.
Of course, Julius Caesar didn’t learn that lesson either.
After crossing the Rubicon, he won a long civil war, after which the Roman Senate made him dictator for life.
And fearing he would abuse it, he was assassinated just a few weeks later by the very people who trusted him with that power.

Until tomorrow,

Simon Black
Founder, SovereignMan.com

The Flying Car is Here

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We may not have any hovercars yet, but flying cars may not be something you only see in spy movies anymore. A company in Slovakia has unveiled their newest prototype of flying car and it no longer seem like science fiction. Meet the AeroMobil 3.0, the transforming car/airplane hybrid of your dreams!

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The AeroMobil can reach 160 km/h (100 mp/h) on land and 200 km/h (124 mp/h) in the air. It needs 250 meters (820 feet) to take off and 50 meters (164 feet) to land. It can land and take off from any road or grassy terrain, and best of all – it runs on gasoline, so you can stop at any gas station for a quick fill.

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While there’s no official word on when the AeroMobil will be available on the market, a working prototype is the next best thing, and proves that it’s technologically possible! The only downside – you’ll need a light-aircraft license for this one…

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A great demonstration video:

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So, do you want one?

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Icon A-5: The Folding Airplane

Reblogged from ba-bamail.com

The Icon A-5 is a whole new aviation concept. It is designed to be a personal airplane aimed at the domestic leisure market – and people don’t need to be experienced pilots to fly it. The A-5 intends to simplify the flying process so much that anyone can pick up the skills necessary to fly the plane quickly and easily, and it has a whole stack of sophisticated safety features to help it achieve this goal. The aircraft has been in development since 2008 and is moving towards general release, having passed through the first of the necessary regulatory checks. Let’s have a look at this incredible concept and see a video of the A-5 in action.

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If you have ever dreamed of owning your own plane, but don’t want the added hassle of huge storage costs, long periods of training and complicated dashboards full of buttons, then the Icon A-5 is designed with you in mind. The dashboard of the plane looks more like something that you would find in the modern sports car, than an airplane, and aims to keep things as simple as possible. The A-5 has been described as the aviation industry’s answer to the Tesla.

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The aircraft can take off and land on either water or gravel, and is genuinely amphibious. It features a carbon-fiber airframe, retractable undercarriage, and is powered by a three-bladed pusher propeller. The plane is meant to appeal to ‘weekend warriors’ who would savor the thrill of flying, and use the plane to reach remote lakes and rivers. The company’s head of sales, Craig Bowers believes the plane will be at the forefront of the ‘next powersport’. It can be viewed as the latest expensive toy in a list that historically includes sports cars, supercars, jet skis and private yachts.

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Of course, flying is inherently dangerous and if people don’t know what they are doing then it could turn out very badly indeed. For that reason, the designers have attempted to ‘fool-proof’ the plane to prevent accidents. Among the many safety features are a unique ‘angle of attack’ gauge that lets the pilot know if they are flying safely relative to the conditions. Engineers have also designed the plane to be resistant to spins and stalls. If the pilot makes a mistake and stalls the plane, it will continue to glide rather than nosedive, due to its specially designed wings.

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Of course, it wouldn’t be suitable for the general adventure sport market if it wasn’t easy to store and transport. Engineers have tried to satisfy this need – and they have been innovative in doing so. The wings of the A-5 fold inwards to make the machine much more compact so it can be carried on a trailer. By the same logic, the plane could also be feasibly stored in a garage – although with a length of 23 feet (7 meters), you would need a fairly large garage.

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The Icon A-5 is officially classed as a light-sport aircraft and features some impressive specifications. It has room for one passenger in addition to the pilot, a range of around 345 miles (556km) per journey and a maximum speed of 211mph (194km/h). The maximum take-off weight is 1,510lbs (685kg), meaning there is room for 550lbs (249kg) of ‘useful load’ (passenger weight, baggage etc.).

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Before you get too excited, the Icon A-5 does of course come at a high price. The first batch of models are being sold for $250,000, although the company intends to sell later batches at the lower (but still significant) price of $197,000. That said, the plane is the first of its type and it remains to be seen whether the concept will catch on, leading to more affordable but similar offerings in years to come. The company behind the design is currently busy earning all the necessary Federal Aviation Association approvals ahead of the plane’s release, and have already received orders for 1,500 planes, which they hope to deliver by 2019.

Here is a video of the Icon A-5 in action:

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