Monthly Archives: April 2010

Punch and counterpunch

The ongoing world chess championship has its exciting moments. IT HAS been a week since the start of the world chess championship match between defending champion Viswanathan Anand and his challenger, Veselin Topalov. After all the drama of Anand’s overland … Continue reading

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Summit uncertainty

Mother Nature puts a whammy on world championship match. AS IS typical with all high-stake chess events, especially the world chess championship matches, the pre-match mind games usually start well before the first move is played. This year’s world championship … Continue reading

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Snippets: first impressions

Job interviewers can usually tell whether or not you are an ideal candidate for the job within the first minute. It’s called the first impression. Your personal appearance, outfit, facial expressions and body language can make or break you. To … Continue reading

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Girl power

Teen sensation captures the hearts and imagination of players and spectators alike at KL open. CHINA has a lot of young and talented chess players but few have made an impact like wonder lass Hou Yifan, 16. Yifan, who started … Continue reading

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Those street sex drugs can kill

I came across this story that appeared in Singapore’s The Straits Times recently. It was quite timely too, because I haven’t written anything about this Power 1 Walnut sex-enhancing drug in my blog for quite some time already. So here … Continue reading

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Snippets: building rapport

Doing business is a lot about building a rapport, and building a rapport with a job interviewer is equally as important. Studies show that job interviewers tend to hire candidates based on whether or not they are like them, as … Continue reading

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Another question of shelter

An elderly parent needs to consider various issues before transferring his only house to his child. THE pursuit of material possessions is a common obsession, and people’s attitude towards ownership of property may change as they get older. Many, after … Continue reading

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Game of joy and creativity

Love your chess but don’t get carried away. TODAY marks the third day of the Kuala Lumpur Open chess tournament. It is one of the country’s bigger chess tournaments this year. There’s an unprecedented number of foreign players in the … Continue reading

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Malaysian insurance laws under sections 166 and 167

Well, I learnt something useful today. I’m not an insurance person, so I’ve always found it very confusing when trying to deal with the types of nominations under the important sections 166 and 167 of the Malaysian Insurance Act 1996. … Continue reading

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Passing of a master

Vasily Smyslov will long be remembered for his love for chess and music. IT IS very easy to get excited when meeting revered players such as world champions, or even former world champions. When my friends and I were in … Continue reading

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