Update me

Today is Friday and its another weekend i’m really looking forward into. No reason actually. The rain is on and off. But no flood like the last few days. Yeah, i think for the 1st time in my life i saw Kuching was hit by the big flood. To me its big because this flood made my sister stranded at her office after office hour due to the water high level which prevent Mason’s honda civic to move around. The water level was about 3 feets and i was so curious BUT happy about it. I was born in Sibu and Sibu area are fond to flood. No rain but only King tide can turn Sibu into Venice (ever see Venice submerged in water??).

I still remember this one particular day, i think i was 2 years old where i was with my brother Igat sitting at the car porch under the house in Lanang Camp. Our house was built on few strong poles and it is sort like few meters above the land. I think it was engineered that way for the flood. So that morning, nearly lunch time, the rain started to poured like cats and dogs. Just within few minutes the water level reached our car porched. I was so surprised yet excited about it. So my brother picked up a dead leaf and put a few drops of hammer oil at the but of the leaf  and immediately put it down on the water and there it went as quickly forward as if it was like a boat with a horse power engine attached to it.

As a 2 years old lad, it was a magic to me and it was something extraordinaire when one does not know the law of physics at that time. This was one of the activity that we do during flood and another favourite that i could recall back was to swim in the drain in front of the house. How i did it, that i can’t imagine 🙂 Eating sand? Yup, i did that too… As if my mom’s cook were horrible. Oh yea, drinking gasoline? Yup, that’s me and i was hospitalized for a night to  get my stomach cleaned.

I don’t think my nephews and my neice will have the same game like what i (we) had expereinced. Put them in the Rajang River i’m sure they’ll get drown. Not that i want that but things now a days so different. People especially parents tend to play safe.  Can’t blame them tho… But i guess i experienced more than them and i did not regreat to do all those stupid stuffs because i know one day it will turn into a story and i’ll type it on the typewritter opsss!! On the  computer and let my children know what their daddy had done when he was young.

January 16, 2009 at 11:35 pm Leave a comment

No wonder….

January 14, 2009 at 11:36 pm Leave a comment

A news from Israel

Isa 41:11-13    “Behold, all those who were incensed against you shall be ashamed and disgraced; they shall be as nothing, and those who strive with you shall perish.   You shall seek them and not find them– those who contended with you. Those who war against you shall be as nothing, as a nonexistent thing.
For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’   
(NKJ)
Maintain a Biblical FocusAs the military war and the media war rages on,  I felt the Holy Spirit prompting me to encourage all of our readers to resist the influence of the left wing humanistic media and to maintain a Bibilcal focus. We are being bombarded from all sides  – even in some churches –  it is a war, so please be aware and look to the Bible for the truth.

Shalom to the faithful warriors of God   …………  the Israel / Hamas war in now in its 3rd week  –  lets hope & pray that it ends very soon !!!

 

 

 The Bible passage that our pastor focused on yesterday was 2 Chronicles 26.   Uzziah was only 16 when he became the king – his name means My Strength is from Yah ( God ).  In verse  6  we read that God sent Uzziah & the army of Israel to make war against the Philistines and to live among them.   As much as Ashdod and  Ashkelon are legitimate Israeli cities, so is Gaza.  As impossible as it seems in todays political environment, I believe it is Gods will that the entire Gaza strip be a part of Israel.  And if God wants it to be, one day it will be, and most probably, it will come at great cost.   God’s ways are much different to our ways and we need to be very careful to keep in sync with Him and not to allow our focus to be compromised by the Greek thinking ways of the world.  If you have a concordance please take a look at all of the references to Gaza.  I found more than 20.

Father I pray for all of our dear brothers and sisters in the nations, that you will fill everyone with a fresh and increased love and zeal for You and for Your Word and for Your Land.  Holy Spirit, please help all of us to keep a Biblical focus on this and every situation,  and to stay in line with your plans and purposes for Israel.  Help us to stand strong on Your word in the face of intense pressure from the kingdom of darkness.   Thank you for the privilege of being Your ambassadors ( 2 Cor 5:20 ) and help us to be good ambassadors for Israel and Your Kingdom at this time  ………….

Update on the IDF positionOnce again there is a lack of agreement between the government and the IDF command.  The IDF is being careful not to publically show disunity or critisize the government, but it is becoming clear that the government is not being as focused as it should be.  The IDF ground troops are in a situation that grows more dangerous each day because they are remaining fairly stationary, neither moving forward nor pulling back.  This makes it easier for Hamas to target them.  “The army cannot go on like this forever,” former National Security Council head, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Giora Eiland, said. “We need to reach a decision: Either reach a cease-fire in two to three days, or start a big military operation that will take at least two weeks. We’ve been beating around the bush for a week, and we need to make a decision now.”   

 

 

IDF Chief Gabi Ashkenazi is constantly pushing battalion commanders to change positions and carry out targeted attacks to prevent the troops from becoming targets. IDF troops patrolling around the Jabalya refugee camp are facing militants using tactics similar to those used by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.  Meanwhile, reservists called up after the operation began have completed training in an army base close to Gaza and are awaiting orders, but they cannot be held on standby forever.
Please pray that the government leaders and the IDF leaders to be in unity and to make wise decisions that will bring victory and the restoration of peace

At the frontlines   –  Israel    50 Rockets struck Israeli towns on Saturday  –  causing injuries in Ashkelon   –  Rockets are still coming out of Gaza on Sunday  –  20 so far

 

                            –  Gaza    we are now hearing reports that Israeli troops are moving into towards the centre of Gaza City.  This means urban warfare that will be very dangerous for the soldiers and will be fighting at very close quarters and many buildings have been booby-trapped and there are probably mines set to catch the soldiers when they come in.

On the diplomatic front,  ( ha Aretz News) the IDF was caught off guard by the UN’s decision to call for a cease-fire in Gaza. Only hours before the decision was announced in New York, an army official in Israel covering international developments said the IDF still had time before diplomatic pressure curbed its scope of operations.  The UN’s decision is not binding, but it indicates the beginning of the end of the operation, especially with the swearing in of U.S. president-elect Barack Obama in nine days.

Many Palestinians believe an Israeli victory is within reach, but this would require an assertive decision by Israel to topple Hamas. If the IDF were to take control of symbolic locations in the Gaza Strip, this would end Hamas’ sovereignty over the coastal territory. Such real estate includes the Palestinian Presidential Palace, the Islamic University and the Sariya, a complex of buildings that Gaza’s rulers have used as their headquarters over the past century. All are located in the affluent Rimal neighborhood in western Gaza city. The IDF’s operations have so far focused on the city’s eastern side.

In the meantime, Hamas has been doing its best to hide its losses: Official statements issued by Hamas claim that the Islamic group has not suffered any casualties. However, the Palestinian Authority and the IDF believe some 300 members of the organization’s military wing have been killed. Egypt believes the figure is even higher.   But regardless of its losses, the military wing’s objective remains survival and continuing the rocket fire on Israel.

Gilad Shalit   Until now Gilad Shalit, the young Israeli soldier who was kidnapped by Hamas 3 years has been unharmed.   Today Hamas has begun to make threatening statements about Gilads safety  –  that he is no longer a valuable bargaining chip and they dont care what happens to him.   We need to pray that the IDF will find him and bring him home unharmed

The UN Cease-fire Proposal     Both sides have so far ignored the UN Cease-fire.  Hamas rejected it outright and Israel says that it is unworkable as the text of the cease-fire proposal did not mention several key issues that are imperative to meet Israel’s demand for an international peace-keeping force to ensure that Hamas can not re-arm.  The real problem with the UN is that the Muslim Arab nations manipulate the UN Security Council in their favour.

 

BREAKING NEWS   IDF soldiers come under fire at Syria border fence.  A number of Israel Defense Forces soldiers came under cross-border fire on Sunday while working on the fence between Israel and Syria.  There were no casualties in the incident, but the bullets struck a few vehicles on site.  “In the afternoon, there were a number of bullets fired from Syria at an Israeli army force doing engineering work near the fence,” an army spokesman said. “No one was hurt but a vehicle was damaged. Forces in the field are examining the incident and a complaint was sent to UNDOF which sent a team there. The circumstances of the incident are still unclear.”  The IDF said that it did not appear as though the Syrian army was not involved in the incident. More likely, it said, Palestinian militants fired the shots to protest Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip and to cause tensions on a second front.  Please pray that the northern border remains quiet and under control

Correction:  In Friday’s Carmel Alert I wrote that Associated Press and Reuters news agencies are owned by the Saudis.  This is information that I was given many years ago and have believed it ever since.  However I have tried to find firm evidence to back up those claims and as yet have not been able to.  Does anyone have solid information, one way or the other ?

January 12, 2009 at 10:04 pm Leave a comment

Miscomunication

General Manager spoke to the Manager

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Today at 11 o’clock there will be a total eclipse of the sun. This is when the sun disappears behind the moon for two minutes. As this is something that cannot be seen every day, time will be allowed for employees to view the eclipse in the car park. Staff should meet in the car park at ten to eleven, when I will deliver a short speech introducing the eclipse, and giving some background information. Safety goggles will be made available at a small cost.

Manager spoke to the Department Head
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Today at ten to eleven, all staff should meet in the car park. This will be followed by a total eclipse of the sun, which will disappear for two minutes. For a moderate cost, this will be made safe with goggles. The Director General will deliver a short speech beforehand to give us all some background information. This is not something that can be seen everyday.

Department Head spoke to the Floor Manager
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The Director General will today deliver a short speech to make the sun disappear for two minutes in the eclipse. This is something that cannot be seen every day, so staff will meet in the car park at ten or eleven. This will be safe, if you pay a moderate cost.

Floor Manager spoke to the Supervisor
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Ten or eleven staff are to go to the car park, where the Director General will eclipse the sun for two minutes. This doesn’t happen every day. It will be safe, but it will cost you.

Supervisor spoke to the staff
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Some staff will go to the car park today to see the Director General disappear. It is a pity this doesn’t happen every day.

January 11, 2009 at 9:41 pm Leave a comment

Weekend Funny Story

There were three women, a brunette, a red head, and a blonde who were
trying to break the world record for fastest time to swim across the
English Channel doing only the breaststroke.  The brunette shows up on the
other side 48 hours later.  “Congratulations!” everyone shouts.  2 hours
after the brunette shows up, the red head appears.  “Good try” everyone
shouts to her.  Two weeks later, the blonde shows up.  When everyone asked
her what happened, she replied, “I don’t mean to sound like a poor sport,
but I think the other two women were using their arms.”

January 10, 2009 at 1:30 am Leave a comment

From the Desk of Dr Kahirul

I need to know this, maybe you do too 🙂

High Cholesterol: Heart-Healthy Diet

Learn how to eat a heart-healthy diet and reduce your risk of heart disease.

By paying close attention to what you eat, you can reduce your chance of developing atherosclerosis, the blocked arteries that cause heart disease. If the artery-clogging process has already begun, you can slow the rate at which it progresses. With very careful lifestyle modifications, you can even stop or reverse the narrowing of arteries.

While this is very important for everyone at risk for heart disease, it is even more important if you have had a heart attack and/or procedure to restore blood flow to your heart or other areas of your body, such as angioplasty, bypass surgery or carotid surgery. Following prevention advice can protect against restenosis, or the re-narrowing of your arteries.

Feed Your Heart Well

Feeding your heart well is a powerful way to reduce or even eliminate some risk factors. Adopting a heart-healthy diet can help reduce total and LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol), lower blood pressure, lower blood sugars, and reduce body weight. While most dietary plans just tell you what you CAN’T eat (usually your favorite foods!), the most powerful nutrition strategy helps you focus on what you CAN eat. In fact, heart disease research has shown that adding heart-saving foods is just as important as cutting back on others.

Here are 5 nutrition strategies to lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease:

  1. Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes. These wonders of nature may be one of the most powerful strategies in fighting heart disease.
  2. Choose fat calories wisely. Keep these goals in mind: Limit total fat grams; Eat a bare minimum of saturated fats and trans-fatty acids (for example, fats found in butter, salad dressing, sweets and desserts); When you use added fat, use fats high in monounsaturated fats (for example, fats found in olive and peanut oil).
  3. Eat a variety — and just the right amount — of protein foods. Commonly eaten protein foods (meat, dairy products) are among the main culprits in increasing heart disease risk. Reduce this nutritional risk factor by balancing animal, fish and vegetable sources of protein.
  4. Limit cholesterol consumption. Dietary cholesterol can raise blood cholesterol levels, especially in high-risk people. Limiting dietary cholesterol has an added bonus: You’ll also cut out saturated fat, as cholesterol and saturated fat are usually found in the same foods. Get energy by eating complex carbohydrates (whole wheat pasta, brown or wild rice, whole-grain breads) and limit simple carbohydrates (regular soft drinks, sugar, sweets). If you have high cholesterol, these simple carbohydrates exacerbate the condition and may increase your risk for heart disease.
  5. Feed your body regularly. Skipping meals often leads to overeating. For some, eating five to six mini-meals may help keep cravings in check, help control blood sugars and regulate metabolism. This approach may not be as effective for those who are tempted to overeat every time they are exposed to food. For these individuals, three balanced meals a day may be a better approach.

January 8, 2009 at 10:58 pm Leave a comment

This is World Peace

Osabush

January 7, 2009 at 11:45 pm Leave a comment

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