Information on Swine Influenza (Pig Flu) – Signs and Symptons – Selsema Babi

News on the Swine Influenza/Flu have been dominating the TV lately.

I even got an e-mail from my university as a reminder to take care of myself and be careful. In fact, the news just now announced that it might be wise to stock up on canned food just in case the pandemic worsens.

Anyway, for the signs and symptons of the swine flu, go to here and here.

For more information on the swine flu, go to here, here, and here.

For Australians travelling overseas pretty soon, make sure you have a look at the Smart Traveller website here.

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University Life (Australia) – 5 Reasons Why You Need a Car When You’re Studying Overseas

This post is meant to be for fun only. No elements of seriousness were intended. Don’t get all worked up alright?

Here are five reasons why I think you need to buy a car when you’re studying overseas

1. Submit Assignment

Instead of submitting your assignment well in advance, to factor in the amount of time you need to take public transportation and as such, you can now submit your assignment 10 minutes before the time it is due. This is very true in the case of a friend of mine. Her assignment is due at 4PM and I had to drive her to uni at 3.50PM for her to hand in the assignment 😛

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Trade to Survive, Not to be Profitable

Talking about trading, there’s one thing that I learned from a very good trader in Australia.

“You trade to survive, not to be profitable.”

What that means is, you need to set it clear in your mind that you are here to survive in the long run. Aim to preserve your capital first. Take the whole notion of profitability out of the equation for a little while. True, at the end of the day, profitability is all that matters but remember this, if you survive in the long run, profitability will be drawn to you automatically.

If you aim for profitability alone and you want it fast, that’s when impatience starts to kick in. This is then followed by greed. As a result, self destructive behaviour will start to take control.

Moral of the story: Patience is virtue.

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Keretaku kecil hati agaknya

It was an eventful week last week for my car. Mungkin dia kecil hati sebab aku panggil dia Kuda Tua.

Here are the problems that I had with my car last week:

1. Punctured rear tyre.

2. Had to change the headlight bulb.

3. On the same day as (1) and (2), the rear power window won’t work anymore and the window just slides down whenever I drive. Had to use some packaging tape to keep the window from sliding down.

4. Car servicing is due. Have to send her in before more problems surface.

Moral of the story: I have to treat her better from now on. Give her a bath more often or something like that. Dia sudah banyak berjasa untukku.

P.S. A very big thank you to Mr. Ed for helping me last week with the tyre. Cheers mate!

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Unemployment exists in Australia? Huh? Really?

I was talking to a person the other day and he asked me about my plans after graduation. I then replied:

“Oh, perhaps I’ll return to Malaysia after uni. Maybe I won’t apply for the permanent residency. You know, it seems really hard to get a job in Australia these days. Even Rio Tinto (a mining company) laid off hundreds of their people a few days ago. Unemployment rate is well through the roof right now. I don’t think I’ll be able to get a job here”.

To which he replied:

“Huh?? Unemployment exists in Australia??”.

I was gobsmacked…….

Moral of the story: Watch more TV 🙂

The end.

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Costs of running a car in Australia (Should I call Australia or Malaysia as home?)

The post relating to the costs of running a car in Malaysia is located here.

I only have an experience with running the car as stated below. As such, I will resort to using figures based on that car.

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Costs of running a car in Malaysia (Should I call Australia or Malaysia as home?)

In making the decision to either continue on staying in Australia or return to Malaysia, I have got to consider a number of things. One of them is to look at the costs of running and maintaining a car in both countries.

In this instance, we’ll look at a Proton Saga 1.3. As I have no experience whatsoever in maintaining a car in Malaysia, I have to use a lot of assumptions here. So, if you have much more accurate figures, do share with all of us yeah?

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Should I work in Malaysia or Australia? (Should I call Australia or Malaysia as home?)

The dreaded moment will soon arrive. I’ll be graduating hopefully by the end of this year. Questions upon questions of what’s going to happen and what am I going to do arise.

Before, I was so certain of getting my Permanent Residency in Australia, setting up my abode over there, get a job/set up a business, then only come back to Malaysia. Now however, with all the mumbo-jumbo about the financial crisis and other what-not, I am now not so sure anymore.

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Can I still achieve what I plan to achieve by the time I’m 30?

Truly, the global financial crisis that we are facing right now is taking a toll on me.

My unit trust investment with Public Mutual is down around 35%, and my CFD trading activities is crippling. I’m still making money with CFD but my bank balance is advancing very very slowly. One day I’m up a few hundred dollars and the next day, I’m down a few hundred dollars. I made a loss last quarter but it’s getting better this quarter (I hope). Whatever it is, my trading performance is beating my unit trust investment performance but of course, I can’t be comparing them two. It’s like comparing apples and oranges.

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Potong Rambut di Malaysia

One very important matter that a man needs to do from time to time is to get his hair trimmed. You see, that’s what I like about Malaysia. Getting my hair trimmed is an easy task. All I need to say when I go to an Indian Barber is “Pendek!” and he knows exactly how to trim my hair. 95% of the time, I’m satisfied with how I look like after a hair trimming session. Not to mention, it’s cheap too!

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