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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.

Goal Setting

I’ve just seen this video about “How great leaders inspire action” and I had a reflection on what happened to the last 10 years of my life.

Eight years ago I tried to set up an electronics retail business without knowing how to run a business.  At that time, I believed that if I graduate college and end up as an employee, I won’t have any bright future in front of me.  Why? I am surounded by rich businessmen and I don’t have any successful employee friend at that time.

As mentioned, The business went through and after a year it closed down.  What happened? Wrong goals.

My only goal was to make money.  No vision, no mission, no difference from my competitors, except that sometimes they are cheaper.  I dreamt to be rich because I wanted to raise the living standard for my future kids even though my current standard of living at that time was already high.

Bottomline is, my shop was like the small DeeBeeDee (DVD) stores  in Greenhills, where there is no difference between shop A and shop B. All films are the same, even the packaging, see one see all, the only difference is the bargain price.

After my business career, i went to an IT company to work.  My goal was to learn something from that company, quit in 5 years, and start my own company.  What was I thinking? I needed experience in order to be successful.

After six and a half years, I am still in that same company. Why? I still don’t have a good enough concept to start up a business. Why? Because I realized that I will never succeed if making money is my only goal.

Anyway, I am very glad that i’m still with this company because there’s never a dull moment, and never did a single day went by without me learning awesome and geeky things.

My goal now is to learn and not to earn.  I have set aside my focus on income and is now more focused on my work.  I see to it that i help people without expecting anything in return.  I treat the team not as colleagues and officemates but as friends and family.  What is my take away? I learned a lot.  How about my money-making goal? I’ll just follow my dreams and money will definitely follow.  I’ll leave everything to God and God will guide me according to His will.

Lost in Cainta

Date: April 1, 2010 09:00PM  (Maundy Thursday)

Event: Annual Panata (means similar to pledge) of people walking to Antipolo Church

Route: Antipolo City to Pasig City

GPS Used:

  • Garmin GPS (OSM Philippines Map)
  • Google Maps for iPhone

Naligaw sa Cainta

Situation Encountered:

  1. At Tikling Road, we were stuck in this human traffic, BIG TIME! 😦
  2. Ortigas Ext. to Cainta – heavy traffic
  3. Tried Manila East Road to East Bank Road (Floodway)
  4. Wrong turn at Rizal Ave.  suppose to turn at Highway 2000, stupid GPS
  5. Lost at the subdivisions of Cainta, relying on GPS, hoping to reached Floodway
  6. Reached Floodway by asking questions to the local residence on each corner.

Lessons Learned:

  1. Do not pass to Tikling Road (Ortigas Ext to Antipolo) on a Maundy Thursday
  2. Do not try something new without looking at the map first
  3. Free GPS map is not reliable on remote subdivisions
  4. Ask and believe to the residences of the place, they know better than STUPID GPS
  5. If lost look for Public Jeepnies, they will bring you to the main road.

IMG_0659Their Destination: Antipolo Church

Our Sight @ Tikling Road

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Upper Left: Station of the Cross Upper Right and Lower Left: Mga taong naglalakad, hirap kunan at nag iingat baka mahablot ang camera Lower Right: Film showing sponsored by Gordon-Bayani.

Couch to 5K

My friends invited me for running 2 weeks ago for a jog at UP.  At first I don’t think that I survive running.  Since for the past 10 years, my lifestyle was full of vices, sex, drugs, and Rock & Roll, nah 😉 only cigarette smoking, alcohol drinking, late night/early morning sleeping, and over sleeping.  Luckily I survived 6.6KM @ UP, walking.

Jameson Ong Finished 6.6KM @ UP walking/jogging. It took me 1:20 (3 ikot)

March 18 at 1:04am

After that run, I look for some application for my Ipod Touch regarding running and I bumped into this one, C25K. (Couch to 5K Program)  At first, I don’t see any value on this application since it will only say run or walk at a given time, but if you look at the program week by week this will help you a lot.  Since this program will help you prepare running straight in 30 minutes.

Currently I am already on end of the second week and I am preparing my self to 5K Fun run.  I remember old people always said: I can do that when I was younger. Age is only a number, we can stay young and fit forever.

Application Screen Shot:

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Couch to 5K Program by Josh Clark  (courtesy of Cool Running)

Week Workout 1 Workout 2 Workout 3
1 Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
2 Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
3 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
4 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
5 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog two miles (or 20 minutes) with no walking.
6 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2-1/4 miles (or 25 minutes) with no walking.
7 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).
8 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).
9 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes). The final workout! Congratulations! Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).

Thanks to Technology

Last week during the Tropical Storm Ondoy, we relied on technology a lot.  As we all know, some of the cellular phones services we’re not available, even landlines, and even electricity.  For some few lucky people (including me) our electricity we’re not cut and my internet is still available.

We all know that, Twitter, Facebook, Plurk and other internet services saves a lot of people.  How?  Since these services can have a facility to share anything you want to say to the public, therefore the people shared what they see.

Based from different sources, (news, personal witnesses, etc.)  we see item such as:

  1. Missing Persons
  2. Weather Updates
  3. People that needed help
  4. Traffic Updates
  5. Needed item, volunteers or any other things for help
  6. News Update

Since these are like SMS (140 characters per twit) that you send to the whole world. We expect that all the information are clogged up and unorganized.  Some groups stepped up and created a site for a consolidated information (http://sites.google.com/site/ondoymanila/)

OK, just got advice from a friend, we need to FOCUS. Let’s not make the RT’s remain as echoes… Pls read this http://tinyurl.com/y8pv24p

8:37 PM Sep 29th from web by @JiggyCruz

They maximized the power of Web 2.0 they used the following:

  1. Google Maps – by plotting the geographical information for those who needs help and the relief centers
  2. Google Spreadsheets – by providing different information on where to donate, missing persons, emergency numbers, and many more.

In the end, we are not medical professionals, nor rescue or military experts.  We cannot say that we did this smooth and perfectly. However we, the Filipino Netizens, did the right thing by sharing the information we got. And we witnessed that these information saves a lot of families. I want to express my gratitude to the silent majority of the Filipino Internet Users for sharing the information they got in order to save lives, and for doing a good job!

For closing, I want to share this picture from twitter and it said:

To all the people in the world I just want to say: 我最喜歡我出生和長大在菲律賓 (I am very happy that I was born and grew up in the Philippines)

My View Today (Typhoon Ondoy)

Since the night Sept. 25, 2009 rains in Luzon has started and until now (Sept. 26, 2009 3PM)  it haven’t stopped yet.  I want want to share some things which I have got this early afternoon.

My view from my window. Location: Marikina River, Caniogan, Pasig,

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On normal days you can see the river bank however now as expected you can’t.    Currently I am waiting for the water to flow over the fence so I’ll move my car.

IMAGE_111Initially I am planning to go to my parent’s house, however according to my brother c5, Tiendesitas is already flood above knee (lagpas tuhod na).  Anyway everywhere is already in flood.

For pubic service:

From mlq3:

Here’s what you can do even if you’re home.

1. E-mail friends/relatives overseas to donate to Red Cross for Philippine flood victim relief.

2. Here’s what you can do to help, possible, go to Red Cross in Port Area to help wrap and prepare relief goods.

3. Here’s what you can do even if you’re home. Call your parish to find out plans when rains subside so you know where , how to help.

4. Pledge what would’ve been this weekend’s gimmick money for disaster relief.

Spreading around twitter

Bagyong #Ondoy Hotline for anyone who needs help: 734-2118, 734-2120 pls retweet/repost. May everyone be safe…

RT @dementia: RT @ANCALERTS: BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION HOTLINES: 729-5166, 410-6254, 413-8859, 407-1230

RT @mlq3: Text Meralco at 09175592824 if you want service cut off to your area to prevent fires.

 

For my advice

For those who are not yet home and cannot go home. Please call home and tell them your consider so they will not worry. #manilaflood #ondoy