Golf: A Psychological Game

Any golfers out there?

I started playing golf since I was in Form 3 (15 years old). Or was it earlier? Can’t actually remember.

The first few years was pretty frustrating until I met this one amazing golf instructor. Too bad I lost contact with him already.

Anyway, when I went to college in Nilai, I trained under a new instructor who apparently trained in California and bla bla bla. Well, I screwed up my swing and got hold of some really bad habits. I couldn’t hit right for 1 year plus.

After college, went back home and went to train under my old instructor again. Thank goodness I got better!

Being in Australia, I did manage to play a lot in the beginning but life took hold and golf is now in the back burner. I’m starting to play again slowly and I’m really hoping that I can improve my swings pretty soon.

The major problem that I’ve always had when I play on the course is pscyhology-related. I can swing amazingly on the driving range but when it comes to playing when it matters, I shank, I slice, and I hook. I just can’t handle the pressure. Kadang-kadang, malu wei!

Thus the reason why I’m a bit embarassed when people invite me to play golf with them 😉

By the way, to illustrate my horrible-ness as a golfer, my handicap is 24 🙁

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The more you give, the more you get back in return (philanthropic and charitable efforts)

The more you give, the more you get back in return.

Aiming for wealth is good but in my honest opinion, utilising the wealth for the good of others is also respectable, no?

We hear in the press about rich folks giving millions away for philanthropic and charitable efforts. Even Warren Buffett gave away a mighty proportion of his wealth to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Very admirable.

Perhaps it’s time for us to do the same as well? Granted, we don’t have as much wealth as these guys do, but giving little by little will certainly make a difference in the long run, wouldn’t you agree?

For the past couple of weeks, I have been promoting 5 charity organisations that I currently support. I’m not able to give much financial support just yet but hopefully by advertising them on my blog, I’ll be able to give them some extra exposure. Anyway, to recap, here they are again:

1. PLAN Australia
2. Fred Hollows Foundation
3. Operation Smile Australia
4. Muslim Aid Australia
5. Human Appeal International

I’ve always been thinking to myself about giving back when I’m a bit well off. Often, when we are indeed “well off”, we always have excuses not to give back. So, instead of allowing myself to do that, I’m forcing myself to do my part. It’s not much, but at least it’s something. I urge all of you to do the same. It doesn’t have to be the organisations I’ve listed above. You can support any organisations that you feel comfortable with.

On top of having an investment portfolio, how about having a charity portfolio as well? Sounds fair? After all, the more you give, the more you’ll get back.

Do share in the comments section below of the charity organisations that you support.

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Muslim Aid Australia & Human Appeal International: Giving with a Purpose

Muslims and non-muslims, if you like to help others, these two organisations are the ones to look out for. They are Muslim Aid Australia and Human Appeal International.

These folks have a range of charitable programs that you can donate to. Some of the programs deal with education & skills, orphans, health & medical, micro enterprises, and many more. Do visit their websites here and here for a full list of what they do.

You can even pay zakat over there too!

Do lend a hand folks. Who knows, maybe in the future we’ll be the ones needing help.

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Sponsoring a Child: Will it make any difference (PLAN Australia)?

There’s one charity organisation that I like here in Australia. The name of the organisation is PLAN Australia.

PLAN Australia exists to combat poverty around the world. One thing that I like about PLAN Australia is that they don’t discriminate people based on their religion or political beliefs.

One of the programs that they have is the child sponsorship program. With just around AUD43 per month, you will be funding the well being of a child and his/her community.

What do you guys reckon? Can sponsoring a child really make a difference?

Share your thoughts below.

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So, you wanna be a pilot? (Air Asia’s Cadet Pilot Recruitment Campaign)

Air Asia has been running a campaign since 1st April 2009 in the effort to recruit new cadet pilots to be inducted into their organisation.

Basically, what you’re supposed to do is to blog about why you want to become a pilot. The best 10 bloggers will be given a chance to have a go at embarking on a journey in becoming a pilot with Air Asia. Have a look at Air Asia’s Blog.

The blog competition ends on the 15th May 2009.

Air Asia even made a video for the blog competition.

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Under Attack by a virus called XP ANTIVIRUS 2008 (How I got rid of it)

While surfing a webpage, all of a sudden, my firewall automatically turned off, and my wallpaper suddenly changed to a picture displaying “your computer has been infected by ‘so and so’ virus.”

I tried to revert back to my old wallpaper, but that option wasn’t available to me.

I tried to google my problem but I couldn’t get anywhere. I was instead forwarded  to random websites (browser hijacks???).

My reaction was, “oh shit, what now…

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