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Drink less, work more

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Gina Rinehart, world’s richest woman, wrote: ‘Do something to make more money yourself.’ (Photo: AFP/File, Tony Ashby)

I read this article few days ago and I thought it was one of the most useful inspirational pieces someone who’s striving to be a success in life can take as motivation.

Writing in an industry magazine column, the world’s richest woman, Australian mining tycoon Gina Rinehart, urged those envious of the wealthy to do something about it, and stop whining.

Rinehart is the matriarch of her family iron ore prospecting fortune of US$30.1 billion, which also makes her Australia’s wealthiest person.

“There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire,” she wrote.

“If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain. Do something to make more money yourself — spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising, and more time working.

“Become one of those people who work hard, invest and build, and at the same time create employment and opportunities for others.”

Other people (they’re probably myopic) have slammed her supposedly controversial remarks, but I think her words made absolute sense. And the fact that she has multiplied her family fortune to where it is now only enhances the value of her advice. Priceless.

I truly believe that if someone has perfectly functional limbs and mental intelligence, then they should work hard for what they want, instead of begrudging the government or the society or the environment or the people around them for not serving everything on a platter to them. Agree?

Those, who have been protesting that Rinehart should share her wealth with the poor, should just shut up. How would you like it if you were told to donate half your salary to poor strangers you don’t know every month? Don’t argue that you have less money than her. It’s a matter of perspective.

Giive Rinehart the benefit… She probably does her fair share of charity work and just hasn’t publicise every single activity, unlike other publicity seeking organisations that have to advertise every dollar they donate.

Remember, there’s no monopoly in earning your first million dollars.

Rinehart, you’ve got a supporter in me!

P/S: If your kids insist on taking you to court over the trust fund and you’re thinking of disowning them, I’m available for adoption. Ahem.

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Day Internet takes over the world

Ever wonder how long till Internet is going to rule the world completely? You won’t have to wait long now. Seems that a UN survey has found World Wide Web’s domination is almost ¼ complete. Matrix, anyone?

A survey by International Telecommunications Union, an agency of the UN, says nearly a quarter of the world’s 6.7 billion people now use the Internet. Oh, but that is nothing compared to the amount of people using mobile phones worldwide. More than half the global population apparently. Maybe mobile phones will get us first.

Out of curiosity, where do you prefer to sit when checking in with your flight? Personally, my bladder likes the aisle seat if it’s a long journey. Saves me the general awkwardness when I have to grin sheepishly and squeeze my legs over the cramped neighbour at the umpteenth time to the washroom. Turns out, my bladder has been the smart one this whole time.

It somehow knew window seats are not really all that awesome to die for. Now it has been proven fatal. (http://tinyurl.com/ccdzgr) It increases the chances of you getting deep vein thrombosis during a long flight but hey, nothing alcohol wouldn’t cure. The report adds a glass of alcohol prevents blood clotting. A good enough reason for me to get knocked out on a plane.

An interesting piece of news which kept me squealing intermittently like a spider-pig yesterday by the way, this blog just got the highest clicks ever, all thanks to this referrer site. 278 in one night and still counting! Absolutely brilliant. Thanks for the unintentional love, Seattle!

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Oddly addictive pineapple tarts

Today, being the 15th day of the lunar calendar and all, marks the end of Chinese New Year. Which means no more addictive but fattening snacks such as pineapple tarts and pistachio cookies. That is if you haven’t been greedy and finished the whole stash long ago.

Oh and I did my part in the last lo hei tossing, pomelo munching and chewing down of mini pink and white glutonious rice balls. All to celebrate, or mourn really, the end of Chinese Spring Festivities.

According to Beijing media Xinhua, the first penumbral lunar eclipse of 2009 will reach its darkest peak at 22.38pm so the moon will be rounder than usual and also bigger till then. No need for fancy telescopes or binoculars. Perhaps you can double check if the estimated distance of 365,000 km between the moon and the earth is correct then.

Somehow I imagine the moon to look very much like this lovely pineapple tart. Without the little buttery ribbon and brown filling obviously.

Awesomeness packed in one tart

Awesomeness packed in one tart