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One-eyed Jack Smiley

Was on Pulau Lang Tengah off the coast of Terengganu for the recent Raya Holidays last week when I took this picture of the One-eyed Jack Smiley.  ;-)

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Taiwan man ‘marries’ goddess

Pick up the following item from The Straits Times of Singapore:

I have heard of humans “marrying” spirits/ghosts, but humans marrying gods/dieties?

Guess this world is more complicated than I figure.

TAIPEI - A TAIWANESE man out of luck in earthly love has married a goddess after she ordered him to do so in a dream, a report said on Wednesday.

The man, identified by his family name Lin, claimed the Lotus Fairy, a Taoist deity, started coming to him in his sleep after he went to her temple to seek her blessing following a series of failed relationships, said CTS TV.

The goddess soon instructed Lin to marry her, and to comply the 40-year-old held a ‘wedding ceremony’ in which a young woman holding a statue of the goddess stood in for the bride, the report said.

Mr Lin signed a wedding certificate and presented a ring to the goddess in the ceremony at her temple, which was decorated with red banners, according to the report.

Since the wedding, Mr Lin has moved the statue to his home in central Taiwan to worship her and claimed that his ‘wife’ has protected him from both illnesses and accidents, it said. — AFP

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Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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Woman falls into arms of hero

Read the news in the Star today of a heroic job by our Fire and Rescue Department.

My hat off to the team members espcially C. Kesavan. I think he deserve  an award for this act of heroism.

The woman had threatened to take her own life by jumping off the building in Taman Pelangi, Johor Baru at about 8.25am Thursday. - 15 January, 2009

The woman had threatened to take her own life by jumping off the building in Taman Pelangi, Johor Baru at about 8.25am Thursday. - 15 January, 2009

The woman slips from the ledge and falls while screaming Allah hu akbar (God is great). However, operations commander C. Kesaven dashed forward and broke her fall. - 15 January, 2009

The woman slips from the ledge and falls while screaming "Allah hu akbar" (God is great). However, operations commander C. Kesaven dashed forward and broke her fall. - 15 January, 2009

The woman slips from the ledge and falls while screaming "Allah hu akbar" (God is great). However, operations commander C. Kesaven dashed forward and broke her fall. - 15 January, 2009

The woman slips from the ledge and falls while screaming "Allah hu akbar" (God is great). However, operations commander C. Kesaven dashed forward and broke her fall. - 15 January, 2009

Operations Commander C. Kesaven (right) lifting the girl to a stretcher with the assistance of other firemen after the failed suicide attempt in Taman Pelangi, Johor Baru. - 15 January, 2009

Operations Commander C. Kesaven (right) lifting the girl to a stretcher with the assistance of other firemen after the failed suicide attempt in Taman Pelangi, Johor Baru. - 15 January, 2009

JOHOR BARU: A fireman dashed forward without a second thought and stretched out his arms to break the fall of a distraught woman who fell from the top floor of a three-storey shophouse here.

The 25-year-old woman had apparently wanted to jump from the building in Taman Pelangi at 8.25am yesterday but 12 firemen from the Larkin fire station had calmed her.

However, after 50 minutes, the woman slipped from the ledge she was perched on and fell, screaming Allahhuakbar! (Allah is great).

Operations commander C. Kesaven dashed forward and broke her fall. She first fell on his head and then into his outstretched arms.

When met, Kesaven was modest about his heroic act, mumbling only: “It’s part of my job (to save people).”

The woman, he said, did not have any serious injuries and had been sent to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital for further examination.

“She had been renting a room on the third floor of the building. We believe she has marital problems,” he said.

The woman had earlier locked the door to her room, preventing firemen from entering and rescuing her from the ledge.

Firemen outside the building began setting up airbags and implementing other safety measures.

Kesaven said they did not want to break down the door, fearing that the shock and tremor might cause the woman to fall.

“We took every safety precaution. We’re glad that a tragedy was prevented,” he added.

State Fire and Rescue Department director Abd Ghani Daud commended Kesaven for his bravery.

“I am really proud of him and the rest of his men. He risked his own life to rescue the woman,” he said.

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I will take the pain away

Was deeply touched by this rap tribute from a daughter to her beloved mother…

I will take the pain away - by Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari

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