A busy December

I have traveled a lot this December. My journeys were long and full of of excitements. It was all started with my semester break last month. I was in Ipoh towards the end of November and came down to KL on 1st of December to mark my presence at the National Indian Youth Convention organized by The Mind. I was together with some of my buddies to attend the one day convention which draws almost 400 delegates. Number of speeches, forums and experience sharing slots took place and I was quite impressed listening to an impromptu speech by Datuk Vinod Shekar. The young millionaire talked about his life experience in making his way to the list of top 40 richest Malaysians in such a young age. I was in KL for another day to joint some of the Malaysian Indian Bloggers for lunch. It was our friendly meeting after a long a break since the last Bloggers Buff, held few months ago. Then, I had to go all the way to South to spend some time at home with my family.

It has been months since I went to Johor Bahru and it was time for me to go back and "punch card" at my place of birth. I only get chances to go back during stretch holidays as my journey to Johor Bahru often takes up to 9 hours. Still, I just stayed a week there before something else came in my way. I had to come back to KL again for three days conference during the mid December days. It was The Conference of Teaching and and Learning in Higher Education 2007 (CTLHE'07) which discussed hundreds of papers pertaining the issues related to higher learning institutes and focused on building the Human Capital in Universities. I was there to present a conference paper and the preparations for that ate up most of my early December holidays.

Anyway, I managed to grab an opportunity to participate in two more social events before I left for the conference. One was the closing ceremony of Total Imerssion Camp that lasted for 21 days in SJK(T) Ulu Tiram. It was an awareness camp for post UPSR students organized by one of the most established NGOs in this country- Education, Welfare and Research Foundation (EWRF). The next would be a prize giving ceremony for the young achievers of UPSR examinations held at Skudai by Johor Tamil School Headmasters Council. More than 200 standard six pupils received certificates and token of appreciation as recognition to their efforts and hard earned results.

I came back to Johor Bahru after the conference on the 14th of December, only to spent a night at home as I left with my family on the next day morning for another round of long trip. I travelled more than 2000km from south to the extreme north of Malaysian before back home after almost a week. I'll talk more of those exciting days in coming posts.

Till then, have fun celebrating the last few days of this year. Say goodbye to 2007 with a great sense of appreciation as this year has been one of the most exciting and wonderful one for all of us. Be prepared to welcome a brand new start. Remember, we can never go back and start a new beginning, but we can always start now and make a new ending. I'll see you again next year with new year resolutions. Period.

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Merry Christmas!

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New Year: Are you ready?

It's mid of December. Everyone has started counting their days for Christmas and New year. The year 2008 is just around the corner bringing a brand new start and a big hope for all olf us. There is a popular saying that goes, "You can never go back and make a new beginning, but you can start now and make a new ending" Yes, we start each year with new spirit and energy. It is time to refresh and put everything back on track; it is the perfect moment to look back and reflect on our past deeds and to make some effort to improve ourselves in the future. Therefore, it's time to plan our new year resolutions.

Sometimes I wonder, how many people who set new year's resolutions actually achieves them. We make fresh resolutions every year, without considering how successful we have been in accomplishing the resolutions in previous year. So, let's make the coming year a real different one. We shall take some time to plan on yur new year resolutions and make sure our goals are achievable and realistic. It should be very focused and related to our peronsal life vision. Some people make resolutions that are impractical and impossible which often end up in failure. So, think carefully and plan the coming year well.

I have been thinking of my new year resolutions at the back of my head. It has been a real busy month for me leaving no time to scribble them down yet. I'll try my best to share my goals here in this blog with all of you once I am done with the list. How about you? Have you planned your success?

Meanwhile, as the new year approaching, I'd love to share some of the thoughts of success taken from the pages of the book, Trump 101: The Way to Success as it might give you a kickstart and some ideas on what to look for in the nearest future:

Ask yourself whether you're doing what you want and what is right for you;

Be positive every day. If you're not, no one will think you can succeed;

Believe in yourself, exude confidence, and get in your competitors' way. Project yourself into their picture and upset their status quo;

Break loose from your comfort zone by moving forward with the power and momentum that positive thinking creates;

Zap negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. Whatever energy you expend will build the positive stamina that is vital for success;

Ignore the expectations of others. Stand up to your friends, family, teachers, colleagues and those who think that they know what's best for you. Plug into your own energy.

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LOL Mondays 10

A couple are getting ready for bed after a long, hard day at work."I looked in the mirror and I see an old lady," the woman says to her husband. "My face is all wrinkled, and I'm sagging and bagging all over. And look at my flab on my arms." He husband is silent. "Hey!" she says, turning to him. "Tell me something positive to make me feel better."

"Well," the husband says, "your eyesight is still great."

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The world is waiting

I am in KL right now attending the National Indian Youth Convention 2007. I'll be on road most of the time for the next few days. My updates will be minimal as I'll be away from my keyboard. Till we meet again, I give you some nice lines for you to ponder :)

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