Living In Australia

 

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Paul Chong                                                                   Thursday, 14 December 2017

 

In a word, living in Australia is great . . . “a lucky country” in the downunder world, geographically speaking that is. Everything else is top of the world . . . rich in natural resources, largest continental island in the world, beautiful weather with sun, surf & sand for fun lovers, good first class education, opportunities for one & all in a truly cosmopolitan nation. Most importantly, fairness is practised in true meritocratic way.

I am a Chinese by descent . . . an Australian by consent. My family & I have been in Perth, Western Australia since 1982, that is more than quarter of my life. It is indeed a fortunate life with my three offsprings all acquiring tertiary education from a PhD holder, a specialist medical doctor to a civil engineer.

Though born & bred in Malaysia, I could never consider myself a Malaysian because of the non meritocratic system of extreme corrupt government since independence from British colonial rule. Every non Malay race is marginalised in all aspects of human endeavour & life. Needless for me to go into any detail of the ongoing unfairness & injustice upon looking back & looking in from outside. There’s no meritocracy but sheer  “democrazy”. Brain drain from the country is no surprise. What’s Malaysia’s loss is gain to countries like Singapore, Australia, US, UK & Canada.

Everyone wants & deserves a good life, but not to expect & demand on hand-outs, for that would be tantamounting to living on your knees rather than dying on your feet. You’ve got to work, not only working hard but working smart as well. Work is God’s design for our natural living.

In Australia the aged are well taken of. Medical care can be said to be par excellence. All possible help are extended to make life of the aged comfortable & safe. Under the scheme known as Home & Community Care (HACC), there are organisations offering facilities to take good care of you, especially as the song goes “When you grow too old to dream, you’d have them to remember”.

Really, old people can keep on living in their own home, best place to be, rather than to scale down moving to units or aged homes, unless it is absolutely necessary. If you are living alone, Red Cross provides visitor service whereby a visitor would come by on a regular basis to keep you company, have a chat with you, have tea or a game of card, or take you out shopping or medical appointments. Other organisations also provide such a service & other home services as well like domestic cleaning, minor home maintenance, gardening.

There’s that Triple A Care (Australian Asian Aged Care Program) with multiple home & community care services. Charges for the services are subsidised & all that is required is $8 per hour.

TADWA’s (Technology Assisting Disability WA) purpose is to improve the quality & enjoyment of life for people with disabilities, older people & those caring for them through the application of technology & the skills of volunteers & staff. For our home, they came & installed safety railings for our steep driveway, front & back garden steps. All we need pay pay is for the materials.

In the case of Chorus (its old name Volunteer Task Force) apart from providing gardening service & other domestic services, organises outings to places of interest & lunches. I am particularly impressed by their friendliness,helpfulness with extreme care & attention.`The staff & the team of volunteers are about the nicest people you will ever meet. A stranger is but a friend you have not met. You can have hundreds of friends`but none near you or ever in sight, you might just as well be by yourself.

Old habits die hard. Nothing like living the life you are so accustomed to`. . . free & easy to be living in your own home.`A man’s home is his castle, however modest or otherwise.`

In the final analysis, I wish the best for all Malaysians. I would further add by quoting what the DAP leader Lim Kit Siang said: ” If we love Malaysia, we must unite as Malaysian patriots to save Malaysia from corruption, kleptocracy, injustices, exploitation and the fate of a third-world nation”.““““`“““““““““

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The Great Five-Senses Theory & Design

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Why is sex so good! And smoking so very additive!

One of the great mystery about cigarette smoking in that once you’re hooked, you’re not likely to throw off the bad habit lies in its production design incorporating all the Five Senses! It always feel so good! So cool . . . so exhilarating!

Smoking & the 5-Senses

Remember friends, I always maintain a crucial difference between a man & a woman lies in the question of “feeling”.

For a man is as young as he feels

Unfortunately, for a woman . . . she’s as old as she looks.

However, there’s one compensation . . . like good wine, she mellows with the years. That’s why some men prefer older matured women to the spirited sweet young things.

Good design looks great, yes – but why shouldn’t it also feel great, smell great and sound great? Designer Jinsop Lee (a TED Talent Search winner) shares his theory of 5-Sense Design, with a handy graph and a few examples. His hope: to inspire you to notice great multisensory experiences”.

Screen shot 2013-08-07 at 5.37.41 AM Jinsop Lee is an industrial designer who believes that great design appeals to all five senses.

Maybe why SEX is so good it’s because of the Five Senses. AND people say that great sex is still good even though it’s bad! Sex involves, more than likely, all the Five-Senses of the great extreme!

A former professor of design, Jinsop Lee founded the firm Uncle Oswald Is My Hero, which produces clever iPod speakers from old telephone handsets. And we’ll let him take it from here:

”My design background began when I was 5 years old. My mother cruelly refused to buy me a Star Wars X-wing fighter, so I built my own from Lego. Yes, I was the traumatized little boy in the corner of the playground holding the multi-coloured Lego X-wing fighter. However, this did teach me an important lesson: You don’t have to follow the instructions that come with the box. 


As an adult, I started my career as a suit-wearing design consultant, designing stuff and strategies for large companies. I then spent a mandatory two years in the Korean Army without killing anybody. Then I began teaching English, which eventually led to a job as an associate professor of industrial design. Being a professor means you’re designing the most important thing of all: students and the type of designers they will later become.



“Now I am working on a series of short videos about industrial design. Each video follows a simple formula: the viewer must learn something new about design while laughing (or snickering) an average of two times per minute. It turns out the second criteria is much harder than the first.”

LISTEN TO HIS PRESENTATION:

The Super Yacht That’s Dubbed “Tropical Island Paradise”

 

In the trend of modern day travelling, cruising has set its mark with cruise ships ranging in size. Presently, the largest afloat is “Oasis of the Seas” (Read all about it in this blog).

But you haven’t seen anything yet!

Now, to challenge the field of cruising, private ownership of yachts has taken on a different style from the usual. Such is the case with this Super Yacht (appropriately dubbed “Tropical Island Paradise”). No price tag has been attached to it, but you bet all the rich & famous will be vying for it.

The next super-yacht that’s set to hit the world’s oceans comes complete with its own functioning volcano and floating tropical islands.

The vessel – dubbed the ‘Tropical island Paradise’ – has been designed by British boat builders Yacht Island Design, from Derby, Derbys – some 90 miles from the sea.

The extraordinary & extravagant 295 ft. yacht has many unusual features:

  • it boasts of a towering volcano with a cascading waterfall which feeds the swimming pool

  • its very own floating tropical islands

  • helicopter landing pad & huge bar set behind a series of beach cabanas. Playboys will love this. This sis spectacular for those quick shore trips.

  • It comes with its own private beach cove and a waterfall cascading down from a volcano.

Studio director Rob McPherson at the Derbyshire firm, who have also created the Streets of Monaco super-yacht, said: ‘The exterior was designed to give the impression of waves breaking around a volcanic island, whilst maintaining the look of a contemporary yacht design.

‘This design centres around a secluded island paradise, with elements inspired by the islands of the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Polynesia. It is set to be a big hit when it comes onto the market.’

The lavish yacht can accommodate up to 10 guests – and can travel along at a top speed of 15 knots.

The main deck is a secluded beach ‘cove’ of cabanas surrounding a massive ocean view swimming pool.

And should the millionaire future owners get tired of taking a dip in the pool, they can sail out into the sea on their very own floating island complete with deck chairs and palm trees.

McPherson added: ‘We had two reasons for designing such a boat. The first being that it’s good fun, and secondly the current market is pretty saturated with designs that look fairly similar.

‘Our mission is to work on incredibly fun designs and carve a niche for ourselves within the market, a place where other designers fear to tread.’

Inside the huge, towering volcano is a cinema, library, games room, gym, spa and VIP suites – including an owners pad spread over two decks.

The boat – which has yet to hit the market and hasn’t had a price set – is causing waves in the boat building world with its unique design.

Would you be vying for it when it hits the market?

According to a survey, the rich still splashes around while the economy stumbles!

Story Source: Daily Mail – 23 July 2011