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Monday, April 30, 2007

A Good Story 一个很好的故事



当他一放下心, 又听见了一阵声音,仔细一看,一黑一白的两只老鼠,正用力地咬着梅树的树干。他先是一阵惊慌,立刻又放心了,他想:「被老鼠咬断树干跌死,总比被狮子咬好。」情绪平复下来后,他感到肚子有点饿,看到梅子长得正好,就采了一些吃起来。他觉得一辈子从没吃过那么好吃的梅子,找到一个三角形树丫休息,他想着:「既然迟早都要死,不如在死前好好睡上一觉吧!」他在树上沉沉的睡去了。

睡醒之后,他发现黑白老鼠不见了,老虎、狮子也不见了。 他顺着树枝, 小心翼翼的攀上悬崖,终于脱离险境。原来就在他睡着的时候,饥饿的老虎按捺不住,终于大吼一声, 跳下悬崖。黑白老鼠听到老虎的吼声 , 惊慌逃走了。跳下悬崖的老虎与崖下的狮子展开激烈的打斗,双双负伤逃走了。

由我们诞生那一刻开始,苦难.就像饥饿的老虎一直追赶着我们, 死亡,就像一头凶猛的狮子,一直在悬崖的尽头等待,白天和黑夜的交替,就像黑白老鼠,不停地正用力咬着我们暂时栖身的生活之树,总有一天我们会落入狮子的口中。

既然知道了生命中最坏的情景是死亡,唯一的路,就是安然地享受树上甜美的果子,然后安心地睡觉,好好的享受你在世上的每一分每一秒。 如果刚才你和另一半或是和家人为了芝麻绿豆的事闹翻了,现在头顶还在生烟的话,请你看看那晴朗的天空和那飘渺的白云,其实你又错过了美好的一
天呀 !

、也许是一些笑话、温馨小品,或是小游戏给你,这表示他一直在关心着你,他将你放在心里,也珍惜彼此的友谊。 因此,要时时抱有感恩的心!脚走好路!身行善事,惜缘种福...... 。


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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Do Not Get Angry



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Recent Photos of Kepong Station

It was raining on the night of 16-04-2007 (Monday). This affected the turnout. However, there were still around 30 of us at the station. We can't practice in the open air, so we practiced inside the canteen. Below are two photos taken after the regular 5 routine practice.

Catherine Wong demonstrating to fellow practitioners the first routine of KZMMG.

A photo taken from another angle.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

10 great health foods: Best bets for eating well

Red beans
Sweet potatoes
Vegetable juice
Wheat germ

Here are your best bets for eating well. These 10 health foods are some of the healthiest because they meet at least three of the following criteria:
€ Are a good or excellent source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients
€ Are high in phytonutrients and antioxidant compounds, such as vitamins A and E and beta carotene
€ May help reduce the risk of heart disease and other health conditions
€ Are low in calorie density, meaning you get a larger portion size with a fewer number of calories
€ Are readily available

Why eat apples? Apples are an excellent source of pectin, a soluble fiber that can lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Fresh apples are also good sources of the vitamin C — an antioxidant that protects your body's cells from damage. Vitamin C also helps form the connective tissue collagen, keeps your capillaries and blood vessels healthy, and aids in the absorption of iron and folate.

Why eat almonds?
These tear-shaped nuts are packed with nutrients — fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, iron and calcium. In fact, almonds have more calcium than any other nut — 70 milligrams (mg) in 23 almonds. And one serving of almonds provides half of your body's Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin E.
Like all nuts, almonds provide one of the best plant sources of protein. And they're good for your heart. Most of the fat in almonds is monounsaturated fat — a healthier type of fat that may help lower blood cholesterol levels.

Why eat blueberries?
Blueberries are a rich source of plant compounds (phytonutrients). As with cranberries, phytonutrients in blueberries may help prevent urinary tract infections. Blueberries may also improve short-term memory and promote healthy aging.
Blueberries are also a low-calorie source of fiber and vitamin C — 1 cup of fresh blueberries has 83 calories, 3.5 grams of fiber and 14 mg of vitamin C.

Why eat broccoli?
Besides being a good source of calcium, potassium, folate and fiber, broccoli contains phytonutrients — a group of compounds that may help prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Broccoli is also a good source of vitamins A and C — antioxidants that protect your body's cells from damage.

Why eat red beans?
Red beans — including small red beans and dark red kidney beans — are good sources of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and thiamin. They're also an excellent low-fat, low-calorie source of protein and dietary fiber. Red beans also contain phytonutrients that may help prevent chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Why eat salmon?
Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids — a type of fat that makes your blood less likely to form clots that may cause heart attacks. Omega-3s may also protect against irregular heartbeats that may cause sudden cardiac death, decrease triglyceride levels, decrease the growth of artery-clogging plaques, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke.
In addition to being an excellent source of omega-3s, salmon is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and is a good source of protein

Why eat spinach?
Spinach is high in vitamins A and C and folate. It's also a good source of riboflavin, vitamin B-6, calcium, iron and magnesium. The plant compounds in spinach may boost your immune system and may help keep your hair and skin healthy.

Why eat sweet potatoes?
The deep orange-yellow color of sweet potatoes tells you that they're high in the antioxidant beta carotene. Food sources of beta carotene, which are converted to vitamin A in your body, may help slow the aging process and reduce the risk of some cancers. Sweet potatoes are also good sources of fiber, vitamins B-6, C and E, folate and potassium. And like all vegetables, they're fat-free and relatively low in calories — one small sweet potato has just 54 calories.

Why drink vegetable juice?
Vegetable juice has most of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients found in the original vegetables and is an easy way to include vegetables in your diet. Tomato juice and vegetable juices, which include tomatoes, are good sources of lycopene, an antioxidant which may reduce the risk of heart attack, prostate cancer and possibly other types of cancer. Some vegetable and tomato juices are very high in sodium, so be sure to select the low-sodium varieties.

Why eat wheat germ?
At the center of a grain of wheat is the wheat germ — the part of the seed that's responsible for the development and growth of the new plant sprout. Though only a small part of the wheat seed, the germ is a highly concentrated source of nutrients, including niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin E, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc. The germ also contains protein, fiber and some fat.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Photos of 17-03-2007 - CNY Celebration of PHZQWP

On 17-03-2007, Persatuan Hexiang Zhuang Qigong Wilayah Persekutuan celebrated the 2007 Chinese New Year at a restaurant along Jalan Pudu. Quite a number of practitioners from our station participated. Below are some of the photos which were all taken by Mr. Chin Yee Chew.

SK Chan & Chin Yee Chew

Alice Wong, Tan CB & Lim KH

Chin YC & James Yap

Molly Chung, Jeniffer Lim & Chia KS

SK Chan & Steven How

Yam Sing

Chin KK in red shirt

Cathering Wong & Amy Qui

Thursday, April 12, 2007

四月的生日庆祝会 April Birthday Celebration

The birthday celebration for the month of April has been fixed for 16-04-2007 (Monday).

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Green tea 'may keep HIV at bay

Green tea has been linked to many health benefits

Green tea 'may keep HIV at bay'
Drinking green tea could help in the fight against HIV, research suggests.

Scientists found a component called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) prevents HIV from binding to immune system cells by getting there first.

Once EGCG has bound to immune system cells there is no room for HIV to take hold in its usual fashion.

However, experts said the joint UK and US work, which appears in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, was at a very preliminary stage.

We suggest that it should be used in combination with conventional medicines to improve quality of life for those infected
Professor Mike Williamson
University of Sheffield
Researcher Professor Mike Williamson, of the University of Sheffield, said: "Our research shows that drinking green tea could reduce the risk of becoming infected by HIV, and could also slow down the spread of HIV.

"It is not a cure, and nor is it a safe way to avoid infection, however, we suggest that it should be used in combination with conventional medicines to improve quality of life for those infected.

"Future research is also currently under way in order to determine how much effect can be expected from different amounts of tea."

More work needed

Keith Alcorn, senior editor of the Aidsmap web service, said tests on animals would be needed before any conclusions could be safely drawn on the potential protective effect of drinking green tea.

"This study only looks at the ability of a chemical in green tea to block HIV binding to human CD4 immune cells in the test tube.

"Many substances shown to prevent HIV infection in the test tube turn out to have little or no effect in real life, so I think there's a long way to go before anyone should rely on green tea to protect against HIV infection."

Lisa Power, head of policy at the HIV charity, Terrence Higgins Trust said: "Condoms keep HIV at bay. Anything that boosts your immune system is beneficial for people with HIV, but green tea can't be a substitute for proper medication and prevention techniques."

Green tea has been linked to a positive effect on a wide range of conditions, including heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2007/03/29 00:36:16 GMT


(from an e-mail we received)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

More Photos of 11-03-2007

Mr. & Mrs. James Yap

Mr. & Mrs. Ng Chek, Eric Ho & Son

Wong KS & Chin KK

Cheang KT, Siu GH with Mr. & Mr. Ki TS

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