Why Do I Blog?

By P Chong                                                                                            Saturday, 9 January 2010

To me, blogging is undoubtedly the purest form of journalism. With due respect to all the news media, how much of what we read is believable or is questionable.

Blogging provides me an avenue to have my printed word, not mere verbal convention, for all to read freely without restraint. I could blog just about anything with the freedom of content.

Why People Blog?

It’s an ideal place, without any external imposition & with complete freedom to work out my feeling about different things, be it political, economical, social or any other.

Blogging affords me the opportunity to be a part not only of the community in which I live but also the world at large. Electronically speaking, the world indeed is a small place. Talk about globalisation . . . blog enables me to achieve that.

I write & speak without restraint to a faceless audience, who may know me increasingly if they have been following my blog, and as I said in my blog:

With a lifetime of experiences to share with the world at large, I am electronically transferring all my thoughts & philosophy onto the blogosphere – to be accessed by one & all globally. Interestingly & provokingly, readers will have both the leisure & pleasure of savouring a wide range of subjects in:

love & romance

arts & science

facts & fiction

reminiscences & presence

greed & creed

economics & politics

fancy & reality

nature & venture

spiritual & secular

life & travel


Remember to leave behind a line or two of your comments that I may know of your coming & going. It’s like signing my Guest Book which I would eternally treasure.

Having lived a greater part of my adult life in a pathetic country like Malaysia, and now living joyously in the “Lucky Country” of Australia, the concept of “All men are created equal” takes on a better perspective & understanding.

The Scale of Equilibrium in justice & fairness must prevail.

Corruption, cronyism & nepotism not to assail.

Please circulate & share my blogosphere with one & all.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent

(Dedicated to God for Guidance, Power & Strength)

The Extraordinary Longevity of the Hunzakuts


The Hunza Country with a population of some 30,000 is situated at the extreme northern point of Pakistan/India, where the borders of Kashmir, China, India and Afghanistan converge. It’s a mountainous valley in the Gilgit-Baltistan autonomous region under the control of Pakistan government. The Hunza people or Hunzakuts are ruled by a Mir (King). It has been reported that a significant number of the Hunzakuts have survived to the incredible age of 145. Among these people centenarians are common.

According to reliable sources, it is not uncommon for a 90 year-old Hunzakut to father children.

hunzakutsThe Hunzakuts

These people were purportedly to have been descended & associated with Alexander the Great. Three generals in his army were said to have married Persian women. The generals betrayed Alexander by giving the Persians his plans. The generals, wives and a band of many soldiers fled when this was revealed. The valley of Hunza is thought to have been their valley of refuge because of its remote and secure location.

I first came by the above essential information some years back when researching on the question of longevity.

I cannot personally vouch the truth & validity of it all. This sounds too incredible. There’s such an abundance of information circulating in cyberspace today that before assimilating & accepting any you really need to research further. Also refrain from asking others, for opinions are about the cheapest commodities around, freely available.

This will be a worthwhile exercise to stimulate your mind, to energise & rejuvenate towards your own attainment of youth & longevity. Most people generally are gullible & accept anything in print as the Gospel truth, and yet ironically fail or reluctant to accept that which are written in the Holy Book.

In your quest for the truth, consider the following:

  • The Mir could have concocted the falsehood, just like he did with the news about the Abominable Snowmen in the Hunza mountains.

  • The Hunzakuts excelled in falsehoods about their ages, state of health & happiness.

  • The Hunzakuts kept no written records and did not know their calendar age.

  • The Hunza were not healthy or free from disease & lived in a very unsanitary environment.

  • The Hunza diet was not perfect as claimed.

  • The Mir of Hunza never provided verification of the longevity nor allowed others to investigate.

It would certainly be good to be able to live right up to 150 & beyond, still young, active & virile and able to father children at age 90. It’s said that truth sometimes is stranger than fiction, and often too that fiction is mistaken for truth.

Paul Chong

Saturday, 24 October 2009