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Freeze that thought

Posted in Uncategorized by chrisau on October 29, 2007

I read a great article from the Sunday Star, Metro Section yesterday (28/10/2007). Like to share with you guys………


MANY people spend their lifetime struggling to overcome negative thoughts that come up constantly.

Despite combating the bad feeling daily, many find that it surfaces off and on and affects their focus, actions, and over time it impedes their growth and well-being.

My column this week was spurred by two e-mails sent to me by readers from Penang and Perak about how lousy they feel daily because they are overwhelmed by unpleasant thoughts.

Kevin Yap from Ipoh and R. Shalani from Butterworth requested for tips on how to overcome such unfavourable thoughts which affect them adversely.

Their thoughts ranged from safety of their children when they are in school or at work, suspicions about the people they meet, having feelings that something bad is going to happen all the time and they often viewed things negatively.

Negative occurrences are normal owing to the environment we live in and such messages should be viewed positively, meaning that the thought requires attention.

Individuals should never feel hopeless in such a situation because these are learning processes of life and, in most cases, such influences are self-created.

To a great extent, all thoughts are developed by the individuals themselves and sometimes also owing to outside influence.

In most cases, we see negativity in others, which is actually a reflection of ourselves.

Such an attitude has a two-way effect – it not only makes you miserable but you also make others feel gloomy.

It is important that you have a positive outlook on life so that you have happy thoughts and you attract positive things.

This is because carrying negative thoughts is harmful as it can affect your health and your relationship with others.

There are many simple methods and techniques that can help individuals to get out of such situation and among them are to watch a funny movie or to spend time telling jokes with children and friends.

One powerful gesture, which I find can turn negativity to a pleasant reflection, is to smile – which is contagious, as it spreads the positive energies to all present in that environment.

Having an optimistic attitude towards people and things is like magic – you will see all actions and interactions falling into place as planned because it creates a cheerful mood.

Although it can be challenging to keep ourselves away from negative things, we still can carry a constructive attitude by focusing on the good things in life.

Here it is vital that we are in the company of people who are positive thinkers because their presence not only brings cheer but will also motivate you to move forward.

We should treat all troubles as experiences in life and even in the most painful moments we should focus on the good things in life so that we are above the depression situation.

Developing a healthy attitude does not bring harm but creates happy vibrations to overcome problems.

When faced with negative thoughts, replace them with positive ones and think about what you want and not what you don’t want.

Also be careful what you think because your mental process can decide your day.

Starting the day with positive affirmations is another strong way to ward off negative thoughts.

It is recommended that all individuals should focus on something that inspires his or her state of mind daily and maintain the thought process to create the desired results.

At the end of the day, success lies in our hands in the way we view and carry out our duties.

Keep trying and don’t give up.

Four steps to positive thinking

  • Focus on what you are thinking about and ensure they are positive. Control your thoughts and if you get negative thoughts coming, pause and change the hostility to acceptance.
  • Prevent your mind from being influenced by other people’s negative thoughts. To do this, stay away from negative people.
  • Prepare a checklist on the things you want to change in your life. Write down the negative attitudes you have on a piece of paper using black ink. Take it outside your house and burn the paper and you will be free from such issues again and start your life fresh.
  • Write down positive affirmations statements and stick them in your bedroom, work place or places where you spend most of your time. You can also carry them with you in the form of cards. Enjoy the greatness they make you feel whenever you read them.
    Powerful affirmations
  • I am in full control of my thoughts.
  • I vibrate positive energies.
  • I am a positive person.
  • I am very capable.
  • There is nothing I cannot do if I put my mind to it.
  • T. Selva, The Star’s Sunday Metro Editor believes that a positive attitude begins with a healthy self-image.
    Source:- http://www.thestar.com.my


    Authentic taiwanese restaurant in jb….

    Posted in Uncategorized by chrisau on October 29, 2007

    Hi there folks! It’s been a while since I updated my blog. Well, I was away in KL during the Hari Raya Puasa holidays and tell you what, KL has had her ‘detoxing’ period then!!! 😀 The roads are so smooth and no traffic jams!! I really can’t believe I was in KL then!! Too bad I didn’t bring my camera out else I can capture some nice night scenes. Anyway, my blog is not just food, thus, maybe it’s time to introduce some other good stuffs here.

    By the way, check out my blog links, I’ve added two new sites, one is Healthy Mind which I found the articles were great and it’s a good initiative that the Health Promotion Board introduce such websites. Another one is My Daily Bread, where the site has been around for some time but I feel that it’s great to refer to such a convenient resource when online.

    Back to food, I tried out the newly opened Yu Yuan Bao restaurant in Permas Jaya. Located nearby the Jaya Jusco shopping centre, and was one of the early occupants to the newly built district centre there, it offered authentic taiwanese food. The chef and waiters there also seems to look taiwanese.

    I had sesame peanut paste noodles. Firstly I have to mix the thick paste with water until it loosen up. It smelt more of peanuts and looks like peanut butter. 🙂 image063.jpg

    The paste was then pour onto the noodles and mixed with it, as shown below.


    It smells good with peanuts and sesame but it’s neither sour, sweet or salty. Not sure if this is the way the taiwanese eat the noodles (without taste)! It do look authentic anyway and maybe this is the place to savour real taiwanese stuffs. In addition to the noodles, my wife and I also have had their type of ‘xiao lung bao’ which I felt that it’s bigger than the Shanghainese type.


    And , we end up having a refreshing plum juice (which I think this is nice) and a latte.

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    It’s not really to my liking but somehow, kinda refreshing to try something new and healthy too! Maybe I should go for their beef noodles next time. The hand-made noodles were not bad, anyway. It’s very smooth.


    Posted in coffee,food,Johor Bahru,kopitiam,malaysia,steamboats,toasts by chrisau on October 8, 2007

    I love steamboats! It’s especially nice to have a steamboat dinner on a cold rainy day or on friday nights, where you can wind down after a long week. Just slowly put the mushrooms, chicken slices, fish meat, prawns, cabbages, fish balls, sotongs (cuttlefish) onto the hot boiling fragrance soup for a few minutes. Then, dipped it onto ‘homemade’ chilli sauce and you have a nice, great, pleasant time!!


    There are a few nice affordable steamboats restaurants in JB and one of them is Yummy Steamboat, which is also a favourite haunt among Singaporeans, in Taman Pelangi. ym4.jpg

    The food are packed in small plates, ala-carte style, where you can just grab as many as you can ( but it’s not buffet).


    Like Japanese sushi belts, the price of each plates are charged accordingly to its colour. I simply like their homemade chilli.

    Another place that I like to recommend is the Food and Tea restaurants, which has two outlets in JB ,at the Jaya Jusco’s shopping centres in Permas Jaya and Tebrau City. Like any Hong Kong style restaurant, they offered stuffs like ‘po loh’ pau, ‘yin yang’ (coffee mixed with tea), Nissin noodles, fried rice, chinese desserts, fruit juices and etc. I had a bowl of their recommended Nissin noodles with egg and ham and ying yang. Check this out…


    Kopitiams are almost a necessity for me for breakfast and usually I wouldn’t missed out OldTown Kopitiams. The outlets seems to be growing at an ‘alarming’ fast rate! (which i believed it will overtake KFC and McDonalds soon :)) Though, not all the outlets are good and I only found those at  the Permas Jaya Jusco and Tebrau City, which lived up to the standards.


    Besides offering the usual half-boiled eggs and kaya toasts, these kopitiams has an Ipoh taste (where it orginates from actually, as well as myself :)) . They have food like the famous Ipoh Hor Fun and Ipoh White Coffee. And, I had these over the last Sunday…


    Just go and try it out!!!