Monday, April 14, 2014

Want to learn how to make an app?

For those staying in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya, if you are interested on how to make apps, a golden opportunity has just landed.

A good friend and sister of mine has decided to share her knowledge that she has gained over the past 1.5 years on how to make apps.  


If you have any questions, you can email to me at nycatlife@gmail.com.  Totally genuine stuff.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The songs singing in my head

From young, I can always hear songs in my head.  No, not that I am hearing things.  I could hear myself singing to myself, in my head.  Not aloud.  Sometimes I don't even realised that I am doing it.  

After many years in Sahaja Yoga, it dawned upon me that this is also part of attention.  Where is our attention?  When there is singing in my head, there is no thoughtless awareness.

So, I did a test to see where my attention goes.  I found that sometimes that particular song in my head reflect my psychological being, about what are currently in my thoughts.  And the song only starts in the morning.  Based on this finding, I can judge where my attention goes, eventhough I told myself no thoughts.  It was quite an interesting experience.

On Wednesday morning, I started singing Whitney Houston song, 'Greatest Love of All' in the shower.  It started in my mind softly and I ended it loudly.  It's the lyrics.  Pay attention to the lyrics.

"Greatest Love Of All"
I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be

Everybody's searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs
A lonely place to be
And so I learned to depend on me

[Chorus:]
I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I'll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be

[Chorus]

And if, by chance, that special place
That you've been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love

The day before, I was thinking about my nephew's upbringing.  There are things that I agreed and things that I disagreed on how he is brought up.  So, the first verse can be explained.  

If I have a kid, I will show him/her all the beautiful things that God has created.  The flowers, the trees, the vegetables, the animals, the sound from these animals, the wind blowing, the beautiful sun.  I will let him/her feel and touch all these and let him/her enjoy nature as much as possible.

The second verse is about me.  I have always been looking for a hero, for someone to look up to.  Being the eldest, there was no one in front of me to look up to.  When cousin June left, I felt all alone.   It's only now, that the chorus applies to me.  That after so many years, I came to understand that I am an adult now.  No longer under my parents' shadow.  

You can say this is a form of introspection also.  It's just interesting to see where my attention goes and how my thoughts were processed.  Coincidentally, or maybe not, I visited a Sahaji sister on Monday and she gave me some Sahaj advise.  See, my thoughts were purer, more surrendered, more positive.

Yesterday and today morning, the chorus from Les Miserables, 'I Dreamed a Dream' has been playing in my brain like a broken record and I have no idea why.

You see, the interesting things about these songs are, they are not like the latest songs, or something in the top charts, or something that I have heard not long ago.  These songs are songs that I have heard many years ago and now starting to creep out from somewhere in my brain.

"I Dreamed A Dream"

There was a time when men were kind
When their voices were soft
And their words inviting
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time
Then it all went wrong

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving

Then I was young and unafraid
So dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung
No wine untasted

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
And they turn your dream to shame

He slept a summer by my side
He filled my days with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came
And still I dream he'll come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather

I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I'm living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed
The dream I dreamed

This song makes me want to introspect more on my current being.  I know that something in my life is not really going the way I want it to be.  I did say I want to surrender and probably need a song for that.  So, I am assessing why this song is in my head so much these days.  It's a very sad song.  Just look at the lyrics.

Yes, I did have a dream and that was broken.  Sometimes somethings are beyond our control.  In Sahaj, it's all meant to be.  We are all looked after, all taken care of.  So, we just need to accept.  We just need to have faith and surrender.

Now I can see.  On Saturday night, after a full-charge at the collective, there will be positive feelings and energy and good vibrations.  Thoughts also will be good ones.

Then come Monday, back to work.  This week I met a Sahaji and was charged up again.  But if I don't meet her, my energy levels continue to drill down and will only get charged up on Saturdays.  Not too good right?

I have to admit, meditations are not that great.  Rushing through it.  Didn't put much thoughts and energy into it also.  Maybe that's why.

Also, need to spend more time with Sahajis.  

Today is Friday and will get charge up tomorrow.  But meantime, better see where this attention is going.  Will continue to hear what songs will be playing and acknowledging them.

Interesting life, isn't it?


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Innocence


"So many jokes are there about the children – how they behave, how they talk. And they are so innocent that they will tell everything to everyone. They have no way of hiding anything, it is very difficult. I know one joke: a gentleman came to the house for dinner. So the child was looking at him very intensely. And then he says: “Mother, he doesn’t eat like a horse, as you told me!” She laughs. So everybody was shocked, because he doesn’t eat like a horse. Mother must have told him: “He eats like a horse”. So he looked at him and thought: “He doesn’t eat like a horse!”

See, they are so innocent sometimes, they say things by which you can get exposed completely. There are so many jokes about it. And if you write some books, writing the jokes of children, I tell you, people will just enjoy it. Because so innocently they say things, which are nothing but the truth. And they cannot tell lies. They are so truthful, that is the quality of innocence. They never tell lies. “You did this?” “Yes, I did.” “You didn’t do this?” “No, I didn’t do it.” They never tell lies. It is we, the grown-ups teach them how to tell lies, how to be cheating.

Then we teach also our children another bad thing, that is, “You must possess everything.” Especially in the West, it is a thing they do. They tell the child that: “This is yours, you should not give it to anyone, this is your own.” On the contrary, you should tell them: “You can do what you like.” Leave it to their innocence. You will be amazed, they will give up everything that they have. In such a beautiful manner, they will behave, that you will be amazed how they try to please everyone, and try to do something to entertain you.

All their capacity of this is so great that sometimes one wonders how these little things have developed these capacities. It is the blessings of Shri Ganesha. It is His blessings that children are so very sweet and so much entertaining, and so beautiful. Try to become like them. We have to be like them." - Excerpts from Shri Ganesha Puja 2000

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Happy 15th No.2 Birthday to me!


8th April 1999 was the day I received my self-realisation.  Today is the 15th year since that awesome day.  

For the past 15 years, it has been a joy-fulling self-discovery journey.  There were ups and downs.  But there are always joy around.  There is love and peace.  And best of all there are vibrations.

Thank You Shri Mataji for giving me the best gift of my life.  You have always been there for me, taking good care of me and the people I love.  Your love is endless.  Your blessings are abundant.  Your compassion is overwhelming.

Thank You for showing me what's love is all about.  Thank You for reminding me when I have ego.  Thank You for all the life lessons and tests that makes me appreciate life even more.

I am grateful for all the people that You have send along this journey.  Some brought out the best in me, while some the worse.  Whatever it is, it was all for my own good.

Last of all, thank You for including hubby into my life.  Let's rock this awesome lifetime and for many more joyful years to come!

Happy Birthday to me!!!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy New Shalivahan Year and a Blessed Gudi Padwa!

Jai Shri Mataji to all Sahaja Yogis!

Today is the first day of a new Shalivahan calendar.  Happy New Year to all!  Please enjoy the video embedded.  Great message from Shri Mataji!

Today on the way to work, the traffic jam was the worst ever.  It wasn't moving and there is no alternative route to take.  I was going to react but my spirit took the better of me.  It's a New Year!  Do things which are good!  

Instead, I took out my phone, searched YouTube and found the above video and watched the entire video while still stuck in jam.  Sometimes, some things happened for a reason.  It's good to be stuck.  I got the time to watch the video, without being reprimanded for being late because the bosses understand traffic jams.

For those who are expecting liver diets recipe, sorry to say, the plan has been abandoned.  Haha!  Just eat a balance and diet and ice the liver.

Instead, I will be posting more videos from YouTube.  My husband gave me an external hard drive filled with Shri Mataji's videos and talks.  Nice to put it up and save in YouTube and can access anywhere, anytime without worrying when the hard drive going to crash.  Do look out for it!  Might be daily or weekly.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Foreign spouse working in Malaysia?

This is in addition to the Long Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP) posts.  Many have asked me about the work visa.

Here are the few options in which your foreign spouse can take up, depending on his/her education and financial situation.  This webpage has very good information.  Please check it out.  I can only tell based on my experience.

1. Operate your own business
If you have the capital and are business-minded, then why not?  Bear in mind, foreigner cannot register as sole-proprietor in Malaysia.  You can register a Private Limited Company (Sdn Bhd) or Joint Venture with another Malaysian Company.  If you register as Sdn Bhd, then the other things come in mind; annual audits, annual tax filing, company secretarial, responsibilities of directors, etc.

2. Employed by Malaysian Companies
One reader was telling me that they may have a delay in getting the LTSVP as it was stated that couples need to be married for at least 6 months before they can apply for LTSVP.  This reader was just like me, registered in China earlier and they can't wait to stay together in Malaysia.  Can't wait to be apart for 6 months in order to get the LTSVP and Tourist Visa is only for 30 days.  

For situation like this, I guess it's better for the foreign spouse to apply for employment at Malaysian companies and get employment visa instead.  Since this reader's spouse is a highly educated person, I suggest to them to write in to as many Malaysian companies as possible and see which one strikes.  

Based on my HR experience, not all companies are willing to hire a foreigner.  That's because applying for employment visa is tedious and need to fork out some money.  So, go for big companies, MNC or international companies with very good HR department.  They are more willing to hire a good, educated person, no matter where they are from.  

And salary must be at least RM5,000.  So that means the foreigner has to be a professional.  

3. Work endorsement on the LTSVP
Foreign spouse who already has LTSVP can apply for work endorsement which is FOC.  Work endorsement allows the foreign spouse to work freely in Malaysia, in the company in which is stated in the work endorsement.  This seems like the easier option, but here are the complications:

a. Not all companies understand work endorsement for LTSVP.  As part of the application, we need to submit all the companies information to immigration for approval.  Not all companies are willing to give away their Form 24, Form 49, Form 44 as some of them feels it is private.  So, either you must know the person who owns the company to persuade them for those Forms, or you must find an employer who is very compassionate and willing to give all forms without questions.

b. Either you or your spouse have to get this work endorsement done.  Don't expect the employer to do it for you as this is part of the LTSVP application.


These are the options which I will write about as these are the ones that I can think of.  Of course, based on the webpage that I gave above, if you are financially well, then you can opt for being a regional representative in Malaysia or Labuan Offshore, etc.

But usually, newlyweds don't have much capital, especially after a wedding.  So, the above is more reasonable.

I have some people asking me, that they saw some foreigners working in construction sites, restaurant, shops, etc.  Lower pay.  And no problem getting a job.  Well, based on my research, these are temporary employment visas for foreign workers and only applicable in manufacturing, plantation, agriculture, constructions and services sector.  Also for maids who must be from Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam, Laos.  Salary is less than RM5,000.  

So, if you see someone at pasar malam selling things and they looked foreign, most likely they don't have a proper work visa.  

Personally, I feel in order for a foreign husband to work and stay in Malaysia, he has to be a professional.  If not, go for work endorsement and see if you can persuade some good and compassionate employers.

For foreign wife, it's easier to stay in Malaysia.  You can be a stay-at-home-mom if you can afford it.  But the other way round will be more difficult.  

Or if all things are difficult or complicated, be a blogger and start earning through advertisement on your blog(s).  Income received in Malaysia from outside Malaysia is exempted from Malaysian tax.

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