Picture a Name: Learn From Me

My weakness is to remember people names. Nevertheless, I am good at remembering people faces.

So what I do to improve my memory on names is by adding images. Of course, those names with clear meaning would be easy to remember. For example if I meet a man by the name of Hamdi. I will form a mental image of his face. It is easier if he has some beard. Then I would link to my friend named Hamdi who has been already established in my mind with beard since I knew him many years ago.

This approach of linking images of a person that you already established in your mind is called ‘Picture a Name’.

Another way is to add wordplay. My friend Hamdi is a family man with few beautiful, lovely daughters. He is a family man too. Correct, aa..Hamdi?Basically, my new friend is a family man too. So I might connect these fact to his name: Hamdi…Daddy. So every times I meet my new friend, I would remember, Hamdi..the daddy.

Again sometimes, I can’t use wordplay because there is nothing to manipulate. I will move to characterization. This is getting more difficult, my dear friend.

Here, I need to think about what kind of person he looks like. A gentle face..or a condescending one? This one is dangerous too..I may be bias in my way of characterization and that would influence my true opinion of him. I got to be extra careful then. ha…

Last but not least, what I do is to combine all these methods.

In fact, now I know, that is what my mind has been doing all these while. The only flaw is: I didn’t realize it has worked out so well on me….

In fact, at the end of the day, nothing great about it…..punnnn……ha..ha..ha……

(Sorry, Dr Hamdi. jangan marah…just want to laugh like the great old days)

The World is Flat

I like this book because it widen my understanding on  contemporary rivalry between companies which lead the world toward equality and flattened the playground after all. The Malay translation by Institut Terjemahan Negara (ITN) is timely as many readers could read and understand the current history of IT explosion that change the way we interact and behave.

The author is an award-winning New York Times journalist, Thomas Friedman who had traveled to almost every corner of the world in search of evidence on flattening world in the 21st century. He demystifies the traditional belief that the world is divided into various nations with different set of rules and proposed that rules have been made equal and as a result the world is seen literally flat. He based his argument on the successful outsource program by the US & Japanese companies in many sectors from medical transcription to telemarketing. However, his analysis on political roots of global Islamism has to be seen from Western rather than global perspective.

The translated Malay version is recommended as the quality of translation is good and I have to congratulate Mohd Daud Mat Din from ITN for his tireless effort to get this project completed. Finally, this book has opened up my understanding on the contemporary affair of the globalize world that we are living in right now.


Have you heard about iPad?

Launched early this year in the US, it is a larger version of iPod Touch and runs on the iPhone operating system. It is a sleek, slim device, has a nice 9.7 ‘ screen, weighs only one and a half pound & can play movies for 10 hours on a single battery charge.

No wonder, iPhone is cheap now!

Economic Recovery, anyone?

Everyone knows that US is facing with recession lately. Nevertheless, Daniel Gross’s article recently published in the Newsweek on why America will stay top has outlined few reasons: (a) US has restructure its economy which among other things focus on efficiency and creating new business opportunities for smart companies (b) traditionally US is a nation for inventors and US has shown an ability to bring new ideas to global scale in short period of time. There are example of companies like Apple Inc which came out with new products to help recover the market.

The point that Daniel failed to mention is how can US help other countries to recover from economic recession as many Third World economies depend on US as trading partners. On the same note, we would like to know the extend to which the role of manipulators and currency traders play on the currency trading that lead to the global recession and how the system have been checked to put them under control.

We would like to know the shape of things to come. Not just to the US but to the world at large. As a trading nation we will be affected if the exchange rate fluctuate. As parents who have children studying overseas, and pay study fees in US dollars, we will be affected too.

To my mind, there is no easy answer and we have to keep our fingers crossed.

Till Death Do Us Part

I wonder how couple could stay together till they reach 80s. What is their secret?

As one elderly relative says, I married him for better or worst. From a cute young lady, she grew broader and larger, and her marriage even grow stronger and stronger. May be the kid, force them together,  I contemplated.

But then I argued to myself, that marriages that were organized around child rearing is peadiatric marriages. With the kids gone, aging husbands and wives have more time to argue their differences or as many couples complaint, they have little or nothing to say. That was exactly what Bang Li, my spiritual advisor used to tell me: “we are just friend, doctor, he..he”. I fully understood what he meant.

But child rearing  goes right through the  end of  the life of the elder parents. In our culture, as men retire, he spent most of his time in the mosque and to some extent start sharing some household task. That soften his personality. On the other hand , perhaps women make more decision for the two of them and become more dominant in the relationship. That is the nightmare…..ha..ha..and I don’t want to retire..he..he..

The cliche is I still believe in till death do us part.

Intergenerational Issue in the Next PRU?

Will Malaysian politics change as the baby boomers age become a larger part of the electorate?

The big challange for BN or PR is to provide leadership to met the needs of hundred thousands  of boomers coming on line.

The question that I would like to ask is: is the political persuation natural for older people such as conferring the road and bridge suitable to the huge cohort of baby boomers so that they will act appropriately to vote for the ruling party?

On the other hand: what could the PR offer, that could attract young baby boomers to vote for them?

Older people, by enlarge, are more likely to cling to traditional social values, are less favour of racial equality, take an isolationist position and that is why PERKASA has been accepted by most middle age and elderly Malays.

The baby boomers are more interested on internet speed and coverage, equal opportunity, transparency in governance as well as equal job opportunity.

Women will be the major voters in the next election.  The prominence of women means that the government has to maintain their status and right as well as provide equal opportunity in term of work, university intake etc.

The good news is women tend to think about family and children well-being as well as the welfare of the society at large. Child care, child abuse, buang bayi issue hopefully would be discussed and action taken.

Otherwise, intergenerational politic is difficult to disentangle totally in the Malaysian politic. Nevertheless, result from the last election showed the prominent of young intellectuals in Malaysia. Like it or not, their influence will grow till there will be a time when they too will grow older and become senior politicians. Thus the younger one will repeat the same process. This cycle will repeat itself and hopefully, it is for the benefit of the nation.