錢是你自己的,但資源是全社會的

English Version

我的馬來西亞朋友送我這篇文章。這是很好的閱讀。這篇文章不是我的。我只是想分享這篇。

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錢是你自己的,但資源是全社會的

~~~~~ 德國的一張罰單 ~~~~~ 值得馬來西亞人沈思

德國是個工業化程度很高的國家,說到賓士,BMW,西門子……沒有人不知道,世界上用於核子反應爐中最好的核心泵就是在德國的一個小鎮上產生的。

在這樣一個發達國家,人們的生活一定是紙醉金迷燈紅酒綠吧。去德國考察前,我們在描繪著、揣摩著這個國度。

到達港口城市漢堡之時,我們習慣先去餐館,已在駐地的同事免不了要為我們接風洗塵。

走進餐館,我們一行穿過桌多人少的中餐館大廳,心裡犯疑惑:這樣冷清清的場面,飯店能開下去嗎?更可笑的是一對用餐? 侶的桌子上,只擺有一個碟子,裡面只放著兩種菜,兩罐啤酒,如此簡單,是否影響他們的甜蜜聚會?如果是男士買單,是否太小氣,他不怕女友跑掉?

另 外一桌是幾位白人老太太在悠閒地用餐,每道菜上桌後,服務生很快的幫她們分配好,然後就被她們吃光光了。

我們不再過多的注意她們,而是盼著自己的大餐快點上來。駐地的同事看到大家飢餓的樣子,就多點了些菜,大家也不推讓,大有「宰」駐地同事的意思。

餐館客人不多,上菜很快,我們的桌子很快被碟碗堆滿,看來,今天我們是這裡的大富豪了。狼吞虎嚥之後,想到面還有活動,就不再戀酒菜,這一餐很快就結束了。結果還有三分之一沒有吃 掉,剩在桌面上。

結完賬,個個剔著牙,歪歪扭扭出了餐館大門。出門沒走幾步,餐館裡有人在叫我們。不知是怎麼回事:是否誰的東西忘記了?我們都好奇,回頭去看看。原來是那幾個白人老太太,在和飯店老闆嘰哩呱 啦說著什麼,好像是針對我們的。看到我們都圍來了,老太太改說英文,我們就都能聽懂了,她在說我們剩的菜太多,太浪費了。我們覺得好笑,這老太太多管閒事!

「我們花錢吃飯買單,剩多少,關妳老太太什麼事?」 同事阿桂當時站出來,想和老太太練練口語。

聽到阿桂這樣一說,老太太更生氣了,為首的老太太立馬掏出手機? 撥打著什麼電。一會兒,一個穿制服的人開車來了,稱是社會保障機構的工作人員。問完情況後,這位工作人員居然拿出罰單,開出50馬克的罰款! 。

這下我們都不吭氣了,阿桂的臉不知道扭到哪裡去了,也不敢再練口語了。駐地的同事只好拿出50馬克,並一再說: 「對不起!」

這位工作人員收下馬克 ,鄭重地對我們說: 「需要吃多少,就點多少!錢是你自己的,但資源是全社會的,世界上有則人還缺少資源,你們不能 夠也沒有理由浪費!」

我們臉都紅了。但我們在心裡卻都認同這句話。這個富有的國家裡,人們還有這種意識。我們得好好反思:我們是個資源不是很豐富的國家, 而且人口眾多,平時請客吃飯,剩下的總是很多,主人怕客人吃不好丟面子,擔心被客人看成小氣鬼,就點很多的菜,反正都有剩,你不會怪我不大方吧。

事實上,我們真的需要改變我們的一些習慣了,並且還要樹立「大社會」的意識,再也不能「窮大方」了。

那天,駐地的同事把罰單複印後,給每人一張做紀念,我們都願? 接受並決心保存著。阿桂說,回去後,他會再複印一些送給別人,自己的一張就貼在家裡的牆壁上,以便時常提醒自己。

Money is yours but Resources Belong to the Society

中文版

My Malaysian friend forwarded this and this is a nice read. The article below doesn’t belong to me and I just want to share this.

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MONEY IS YOURS BUT RESOURCES BELONG TO THE SOCIETY

Germany is a highly industrialized country. It produces top brands like Benz, BMW, Simons etc. The nuclear reactor pump is made in a small town in this country. In such a country, many will think its people lead a luxurious life. At least that was my impression before my study trip.

When I arrived at Hamburg, my colleagues who work in Hamburg arranged a welcome party for me in a restaurant. As we walked into the restaurant, we noticed that a lot of tables were empty. There was a table where a young couple was having their meal. There were only two dishes and two cans of beer on the table. I wondered if such simple meal could be romantic, and whether the girl will leave this stingy guy.

There were a few old ladies on another table. When a dish is served, the waiter would distribute the food for them, and they would finish every bit of the food on their plates.

We did not pay much attention to them, as we were looking forward to the dishes we ordered. As we were hungry, our local colleague ordered more food for us.

As the restaurant was quiet, the food came quite fast. Since there were other activities arranged for us, we did not spend much time dining. When we left, there was still about one third of unconsumed food on the table.

When we were leaving the restaurant, we heard someone calling us. We noticed the old ladies in the restaurant were talking about us to the restaurant owner. When they spoke to us in English, we understood that they were unhappy about us wasting so much food. We immediately felt that they were really being too busybody.

"We paid for our food, it is none of your business how much food we left behind," my colleague Gui told the old ladies.

The old ladies were furious. One of them immediately took her handphone out and made a call to someone.
After a while, a man in uniform claimed to be an officer from the Social Security organization arrived. Upon knowing what the dispute was, he issued us a 50 Mark fine.

The officer told us in a stern voice, "ORDER WHAT YOU CAN CONSUME, MONEY IS YOURS BUT RESOURCES BELONG TO THE SOCIETY. THERE ARE MANY OTHERS IN THE WORLD WHO ARE FACING SHORTAGE OF RESOURCES. YOU HAVE NO REASON TO WASTE RESOURCES."

We all kept quiet. The local colleague took out a 50 Mark note and repeatedly apologized to the officer.

Our face turned red. We all agreed with him in our hearts. The mindset of people of this rich country put all of us to shame. WE REALLY NEED TO REFLECT ON THIS. We are from country which is not very rich in resources.

To save face, we order large quantities and also waste food when we give others a treat. THIS LESSON TAUGHT US A LESSON TO THINK SERIOUSLY ABOUT CHANGING OUR BAD HABITS.

My colleague photocopied the fine ticket and gave a copy to each of us as a souvenir. All of us kept it and pasted on our wall to remind us that we shall never be wasteful.

Candy Train

Remember Pipe Dreams…. I first encountered this on Windows 3.1 claasic game. The objective of the game is to place the pipes from one end to another end. And make sure that the water will smoothly flo to the other end.

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Pipe Dream for Windows 3.1

Here is its reincarnation… Candy Train.

Platform: iOS (iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad [HDMode])
Price: FREE

Similarity: Instead of Pipes, it became rails. And the train will just go round and round.

Objective: The train will just go round and round and you need to get the additionar train car. All you need to do is to prepare the tracks for the train. When the train get longer it became faster and difficult to manuver.

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When you get the caboose a station will appear. And you need to let the train to get in to the station, so the train cars will be left at the station on the next level.

However you must remember DO NOT LET THE TRAIN CRASH!!!

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Why addictive, because of compeion to the high score.. The game rules is so simple but it is hard.

My highest score is 24,120. And my friend, who introduced the game to me has a score of 36,xxx…

Here are some screen shot for this game.

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Wring on iPad

I love writing on my notebook. The most effective way for me for note taking is writing, however these days, it is hard to share something if it is not in digital copy and scanning you notebook is not a goo approach.

Why writing is the best?
Do you know that when you right you remember the strokes.

Honesly I don’t review my notesmuch often. I remember what I write because of the strokes. But in typing, aside from being a slow typer. It is hard o remember what you type.

Here are some tools in iPad that I bought for writing.

A. Penultimate
Like: when i write it looks my hand writing is nice.
Dislike: hard rest algorithm is not that good, cannot type, wrong touch you will go to next or next next page.

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Screen shot of Penultimate.

B. Notes plus
Like: you can type, write, and put shapes. Can eport to PDF. can be sync with Google Docs. Nice wrist pad for hard writing
Dis like: Bad hand writing.

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Screen shot of Notes Plus

Here is my stylus for writing

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Word Press for iPad

I’m back and guess what, I’m using Word Press for iPad. This is a simple tool that allows you to write something specially while you are on the go.

This is so simple and all that you can do is to write,add photos, and add videos.

If you are expect enough you can use HTML commands to add color and change font. Who cares, you want art go to your PC. You want simple and fast, use mobile device.

By the way why we blog? Because we want to write and share something.

I tried some featues that i think useful for this application.

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Sample screen shot.

Tip #4 Give Way

What is the difference of the street and race track?

In order to be successful on race track you need to win the race while on street in order to be successful you need to have a smooth traffic.

In Metro Manila, being ahead of other cars is better, there is no such award of arriving first at a destination.  I don’t know why.

Whenever you want to change lane, most of the cars don’t give way,  therefore at end of the intersection you can see a lot of cars struggling to make the turn from the inner lane since nobody gave way before they reached the intersection.

Bottom-line the traffic flow is still not smooth since nobody give way.

There is no value on reaching the destination first, but there is a great value on reaching the destination comfortably.

Tip #3 Mind you own Business (Wag maging Uzi)

Traffic accident is one of the common reasons why we have traffic jam.  Because it clogs one or two lanes of the road, therefore traffic built up.  Do you know what is the real reason of the traffic jam if there is an accident?

GOSSIP, people slow down and wondering what is the cause of the accident as if they can help.  Yah right,  they can only help by making the traffic jam worst. 

By looking at the above photo, you are already wondering what happened on those motorcycle riders.  People really want to know the story and others took a photo of it as shown on the above photo.

Almost all of the locations after the incident area, the road is already wide open.  Most of the time, motorists don’t have an idea on the real story of the incident.  Real story such as root cause, status of the people involve, etc.

This is not only common on accidents. There are some other scene that motorists slow down and take a look.

Someone made a traffic violation: normally people slow down and wondering what is the violation. 

By looking at similar incidents same with the photo, do you know the root cause?  Can you help the one who has trouble on the street.  Definitely NOT!  You only help to make the traffic jam worst by slowing down.

 

Picture Source:

http://autom.i.ph/blogs/autom/2008/05/22/motorcycle-accidents/

http://www.paranaque.gov.ph/news/2009/11/paranaque-is-a-traffic-discipline-zone-2/