Google Headquarters: A Wonder of a Workplace!


A workplace generally for some can be a pressure house & in another extreme you’ll find employees relaxing by drinking coffee or having unnecessary breaks.

To find a work environment that is stimulating, creative,innovative, fun & conducive that will ensure & encourage maximum productive work

from the employees will be hard to come by . . . but NOT with Google Headquarters!

A workplace that is “feng sui” fabulous . . . a high tech company that is virtually a desired home or city . . .

Ever think sometimes you work in the wrong place???!!!

Knowledge is limiting but creativeness & imagination are unlimited.


Moving around: A slide allows quick access from different floors …

There are also poles available … they are similar to the ones used in fire stations.

Food. Employees can eat all they want from a vast choice of food and drink.


Work Station: Each employee has at least two large screens. There are 4-6 ‘Zooglers’ per office.


INNOVATION: Large boards are available just about everywhere because ‘ideas don’t always come when seated in the office’ says one of Googles managers.


LEISURE. Pool tables, video games etc. are available in many areas.


Communication… On each floor, there are private cabin areas where employees can attend to personal affairs.


Technical Support: Problem with your computer ? No problem …Bring it to this area where drinks are available while it is being fixed …


Health: Professional masseurs (eusses) available.


REST … This room provides massage chairs that you control … while you view relaxing aquariums … !!!


Ambiance … There are many books in this library … even some about programming!!


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My question….When do they work …?

How much do they pay employees to work there ..?

But most Importantly ……..

Do they have any vacancies?

Won’t you fight & die for a workplace such as this?

Karaoke Dinner Night Celebration

By P Chong                                                                     Sun. 3 October 2010

It’s a pity that celebration doesn’t last, no matter how joyous or jubilant. Our friend Tom, a retired engineer, bears a significant birthday which coincides with the National Day Celebration of the Peoples Republic of China. I thought we’ll give him a celebration that he won’t forget with the Roasted Suckling Pig as the big surprise. It was in a way to bid farewell to my two visiting sister-in-laws Anna & Jenny from Singapore & Malaysia after their month long stay as our guests, and last but not least, to welcome Michael our visiting “Singing Lawyer” cousin from Johore Bharu with his wife Lily.

As with our usual practice, it’s customary for the invited guests to bring along a dish to share. I must say there was a good array of delicious food display with every choice to satisfy the hungry stomach. Wow . . . the speed with which the roasted suckling pig disappeared from hand to mouth told me  too clearly that other dishes are of little compare.

13 Kg Roasted Suckling Pig

We were lucky to have the presence of Dr Yap Chin Fah, the “Singing Doctor” to render his expert hands in cutting up the 13 kg pig. Just look at the photos.

Birthday Boy Tom with his Architect Wife Florence

Dr Yap Chin Fah scissor cutting the pig with his expert hands.

Heng, a lawyer by profession, an international chef as a professional hobby, rendering a helping hand. (Below)

Four at a time elected to play mahjong
Tom & Florence Ong
Karen Chiang singing in Mandarin
Dr Yap Chin Fah - "The Singing Doctor"
Michael teoh - "The Singing Lawyer"

There was no shortage of Karaoke singers. Melody flowed . . . joy glowed . . . and we all had a wonderful time.

Some unfortunately couldn’t sing because of cough!

Cullen’s Chardonnay is World’s Best

By P Chong                                                Thurs. 16 September 2010

“Beer is made by men, wine by God.” ~ Martin Luther

“Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.” ~ Louis Pasteur

Cullen Wines, one of the oldest and most revered Margaret River wineries, has beaten more than 10,000 entries in the world’s biggest wine show to win the top prize for the world’s best chardonnay.

Margaret River producer Cullen has won a trophy for the world’s best chardonnay at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2010. The Cullen Kevin John chardonnay 2007 was one of 28 international trophy winners chosen from nearly 11,000 entries in the annual awards announced in London.

It beat hundreds of chardonnays from around the world in the over-$18 category, including wines from France, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, the US, Chile, Argentina, South Africa and even China, in what is one of the most fiercely contested categories.

Winemaker Vanya Cullen said that while 2007 was a great vintage, the wine also reflected the biodynamic techniques used since 2004.

It’s said that a man is as young as he feels

but a woman is as old as she looks.

However, like good wine she mellows with the years.

Recommended: Old vintage wine!

Cullen’s Wine Homestead

Caves Road, Wilyabrup, Margaret River, WA, 6284, Australia  Visitors can readily enjoy bushwalks or stroll over to the Cullen winery for “a taste if the wine is good.”

You can go to this website re Cullen Chardonnay 2007.

The price is average $77 per bottle excluding sale tax.

Benefits of Drinking Coffee

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If you want to be young & healthy, drink your coffee. Coffee is surrounded by myths, both good and bad. Its ability to invigorate and cause insomnia is absolutely true. Its main effect on the body is stimulation of the nervous system.

No matter what they say about coffee being harmful, moderation is the key to success, doctors say. Research conducted by American biologists revealed that two to three cups a day is more than enough to provide protection for the heart, slightly increase metabolism and even reduce appetite if you have excessive weight issues. Coffee has as much antioxidants as green tea, which means in theory it protects body from cancer and slows down aging.

It’s the antioxidants & not the caffeine that give it the bitterness.

Coffee Plant with Red Berries

According to a legend, coffee was first discovered and brewed approximately in 800 A.D. in Africa. Kaldi, an Ethiopian goat-herder, was frustrated because his goats kept him awake. He decided to find out what made them so lively. He noticed they were eating some red berries of a tree. He took the berries to a local abbot where the entrepreneurial African monks brewed the first coffee that they later used to pray all night long.

Because of its caffeine content, most adamant critics claim that excessive coffee consumption may lead to a heart attack, and there is some truth to it. However, American experts calculated that a lethal dose of caffeine is 10 to 13 grams, which means that you have to drink 23 litres of coffee at a time to die. This is more than a hundred cups. Anyway, such volume of liquid would kill you faster than caffeine.

Caffeine is the best friend of fitness – Two cups a day help to deal with muscle aches after intense exercise, scientists from the University of Georgia claim. It is not required to drink coffee on a regular basis. Just two cups after a training session are enough to restore the muscles.

Coffee is better than wine – Red wine and champagne are considered to be traditional beverages for a romantic dinner. Men might want to reconsider this tradition. It you have some hot romantic after-dinner ideas, give your lady some coffee, researches from the South West University recommend.

They conducted a series of experiments on female lab rats and found out that a dose of caffeine prompts the rodents for more frequent sexual contacts. There is a “but” – the beverage will only be effective provided the lady does not drink coffee on a regular basis. If she is a habitual coffee drinker, you will have to rely on wine and your personal charm.

There is a theory that a dose of caffeine may help men be more active in bed. Caffeine improves the blood flow, which means the blood is carried better to the sexual organs as well. As a result, the possibility of an erection and its duration may increase; therefore coffee can be considered a substance for prevention of erectile dysfunction.

Scientists have discovered that coffee contains potent antioxidants that can fight cancer & numerous ailments, including heart disease and diabetes. According to the American Coffee Association, 54 percent of Americans drink coffee on a daily basis, and they drink, on average, over three cups each. 

The diseases coffee can benefit include:

Dementia. Drinking moderate amounts of coffee during middle age — classified as three to five cups daily — can decrease the risk of dementia by 65 percent, according to a 2009 study by Swedish and Finnish researchers.

Liver disease. In those who drink too much alcohol, those who drank the most coffee — more than four cups every day — reduced their risk of developing alcoholic cirrhosis by 80 percent.

Heart disease. Research associated with The Nurses’ Health Study found that women who drank two to three cups of coffee daily had a 25 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease. Along the same line, a Spanish study found that men who drank more than five cups of coffee each day lowered their risk of dying from heart disease by 44 percent, and that women who drank four to five cups each day reduced their risk by 34 percent.

Prostate cancer. A recent study from Harvard Medical School found that men who drank the most coffee slashed their risk of developing the fastest growing and most difficult to treat prostate cancers by more than half when compared to men who drank no coffee.

Gout. Drinking four or more cups of coffee each day dramatically reduces the incidence of gout, say U.S. and Canadian researchers. Men who drank four to five cups daily lowered their risk by 40 percent, and those who drank six or more cups daily reduced their risk of developing gout by 59 percent when compared to men who didn’t drink coffee. 

• Breast cancer. Coffee can either reduce the risk of developing breast cancer or delay its onset, according to Swedish studies. They found that coffee alters a woman’s metabolism and produces a safer balance of estrogens. Women who drank two to three cups of coffee a day reduced their cancer risk by as much as two-thirds, depending on the specific type of breast cancer.

Diabetes. Enjoying six or more cups of coffee daily can cut chances of Type 2 diabetes by 54 percent in men and 30 percent in women over those who don’t drink coffee.

Parkinson’s disease. Several studies show that drinking coffee lowers a man’s risk of developing Parkinson’s up to 80 percent — and the more the better.

Colon cancer. A Japanese report found that women who drank three or more cups of coffee every day slashed their risk of developing colon cancer in half. 

What’s responsible for coffee’s healthy benefits? Most researchers believe it’s the antioxidants (polyphenols or flavonoids) in coffee, but there are hundreds of compounds in coffee that may be partially responsible.

Coffee even protects against mouth cancer.

Overall, its benefits far outweigh its side effects.