Monthly Archives: December 2009

Hand book 2010

01. Drink plenty of water..
02. Eat breakfast like a king,
lunch like a prince and
dinner like a beggar.
03. Live with the 3 E’s–Energy,
Enthusiasm and Empathy.
04. Make time to pray.
05. Play more games.
06. Read more books than you.
did in 2009.
07. Sit in silence for at least 10
minutes each day.
08. Sleep for 7 hours.
09. Take a 10-30 minutes walk
daily. And while you walk,

10. Don’t over do. Keep your
11. Don’t take yourself so.
seriously. No one else does.
12. Dream more while you are
13. Envy is a waste of time.
You already have all
you need.
14. Forget issues of the past.
Don’t remind your partner
with his/her mistakes of the
past. That will ruin your
present happiness.
15. Life is too short to waste
time hating anyone. Don’t
hate others.
16. Make peace with your past
so it won’t spoil the present.
17. No one is in charge of your
happiness except you.
18. Smile and laugh more.
19. You don’t have to win every
argument,Agree to disagree

20. Call your family often.
21. Each day give something
good to others.
22. Forgive everyone for
23. Spend time w/people over
the age of 70 & under the
age of 6…
24. Try to make at least three
people smile each day.
25. What other people think of
you is none of your

26. Do the right thing!
27. GOD heals everything.
28. However good or bad a
situation is, it will change..
29. No matter how you feel, get
up, dress up and show up.
30. The best is yet to come..
31. When awake in themorning,
thank GOD for it.
32. Your Inner most is always
happy. So, be happy.

-Fei Ming-



10 Misteri (di dunia) Yang Tidak Terpecahkan…

The world, as it is, is full of unresolved mysteries that have baffled people for long. Whether it is a matter of people disappearing, appearance prescience of unexplained phenomenon or sheer inexplicable existence of Stonehenge, this century and the past one have seen things that still haven’t been fully explained. Here’s a list of some of the most famous of these mind-baffling phenomenon that have long captured the interest of the world.
1.  John F. Kennedy’s Assassination
John F. Kennedy’s Assassination
Majority of the Americans are convinced that Lee Harvey Oswald could not have acted alone and that the way they explained it was not how the assassination could have been carried out. This unsolved mystery remains the darkest and most vivid stain on the record of American Intelligence and American democracy, or the lack of it since it is alleged that the President could have been done away with for going against the wishes of those in power. Could the President have been killed by the military and Industrial Mob or by some other force for his alliance with the infamous Marilyn Monroe? We will never know. JFK’s assassination, trial of Oswald, and the subsequent events have been a subject of many detective novels and movie.
2. Bermuda Triangle
Bermuda Triangle
The 20th century saw dozens of ships and aircrafts disappeared into the Bermuda triangle, situated in the North Atlantic Ocean. This area is known for having some strange magnetic force; the aircrafts that have disappeared have done so without leaving any trace behind; no debris can be found and there comes an end to all sorts of transmission, like it has been cut short abruptly. Due to this strange phenomenon this particular area on the map has been named the ‘Devil’s Triangle’. Some people have even associated religious connotation with the place.
3.  The Black Dahlia’s Murder
The Black Dahlia
This is the mystery of the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short also nicknamed The Black Dahlia by the press due to her being an aspiring actress who had acted in a play called ‘The Blue Dahlia’. Her body was found cut into two pieces in a parking lot and it launched the biggest crime investigation campaign that L.A had seen at that time. Till this day, the murderer hasn’t been found. The Black Dahlia came to stand as just one of those cases that attain immense popularity due to their sheer brutality.
4.  Loch Ness
Loch Ness
This is the largest of the three lochs located in Great Glen, near North Scotland. The mystery here is that of the Loch Ness Monster, a large aquatic animal that has been sighted by many over the past whole century. While great efforts have been put into finding this Loch Ness Monster, deploying cruising teams and what not, the scientists still haven’t been able to explain the sightings. While many contend that the monster just simply does not exist, a great many prefer to keep an open door on this issue.
5. Shroud of Turin
Shroud of Turin
Held in the cathedral of St. John the Baptist in turn, Italy, this piece of linen cloth has imprinted on it the image of a man who probably died of cruxification. It has been long believed to be the cloth Jesus Christ was buried in after his cruxification. Since there is no proof of this latter belief, the shroud still remains an explained piece of linen. Scientists have failed to explain how or when the image could have been imprinted on the linen.
6. Jack The Ripper
Jack The Ripper
In the late 1888, the air of London was thicker for a series of murders that terrorized its residents. The person committing these murders was given the nickname of ‘Jack the Ripper’ because of the brutal style of his killings. In modern times there has been some speculation that the murderer was Prince Albert Victor or some other notable doctor but till this very date the police have not been able to identify the murderer that killed all those prostitutes in a most vicious manner.
7. Stonehendge
Megalithic ruins situated on Salisbury Plain, England, this is a combination of earth, timber and stone structures that have been re-modeled over the past 1400 years. What exactly could have motivated those people to build these structures? Could it be religion? The answers to these haven’t been found and yet the Stonehenge continues to be a main tourist attraction for the sheer fact that these structures are majestic in their appearance and undoubtedly religious.
8. The Heist, Jump and Disappearance of Dan Cooper
The Heist, Jump and Disappearance of Dan Cooper
On a one-way flight from Seattle to Portland, Dan Cooper demanded to be given over $ 200, 000 on the threat of setting off a bomb. He jumped off the plane with just a parachute and with the amount of money he demanded. That was the last time anyone ever saw Dan Cooper. Did he survive his jump? If he did, where did he go? And why did he not ask for a helmet before he jumped! Even the intelligence community hasn’t been able to answer these questions till this day.
9.  The ‘Taos Hum’
The ‘Taos Hum’
This is a low-pitched sound heard across North America, U.K and throughout Europe especially. It cannot be caught on microphones, its source and nature is still a mystery. Those who have heard it describe it as a sound like a distant diesel engine. In 1997, Congress directed scientists to discover the reason for this ‘hum’ sound around a residential area in New Mexico but to no avail.
10. The Babushka Lady
The Babushka Lady
This is the mystery surrounding the strange scarf wearing lady (the scarf being of a Russian-Babushka style) captured in pictures, filming the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. She is seen filming the vent and stays on to film it even after a lot of people had deserted the place of the tragedy. Her figure appears in all movies covering the assassination.

13 Tutorial dan Sumber untuk membuat Twitter Background


Twitter is probably the most hyped social network out there, all the mainstream medias are talking about it and a lot of celebrities are using the service. The popularity of the website means that you get to connect with tons of other users, but it also means that you’ll have to stand out to do so. For that, having a great Twitter background is recommended to make a great first impression. Learn how to do this with the following collection of tutorials.

Twitter background guidelines

Technical information regarding the file dimensions for a Twitter background, its positioning and some recommended tools.

Croncast screenshot

How to brand yourself with a Twitter background

Introduction to Twitter branding by Calvin Lee of Mayhem Studios. Good advice on the type of Twitter background to chose, tiled image or not.

Twitter background branding

How to design the perfect Twitter background

An overview of various types of Twitter background, good read to make the right decision about how you will design your own background.

Twitter background design how-to

How to make a Twitter background picture

Step by step tutorial to create your Twitter background image with Photoshop.

Twitter background how-to

Twitter Background using Adobe Illustrator

Video tutorial teaching you how to create your Twitter background using the popular vector drawing software.

Twitter background with illustrator

Create a Twitter background using PowerPoint

For people with no Photoshop skills, this tutorial will explain you how to create your own Twitter background using PowerPoint. Some templates are provided in the article.

Twitter background with PowerPoint

Create a Twitter background with Photoshop

Excellent video tutorial with in-depth explanations on how to create a Twitter background with Photoshop.

Twitter background with Photoshop

How to turn a texture into a seamlessly tiled background

Create your Twitter tiled background by editing a texture image with Photoshop.

Tiled background creation

Twitter background design how-to and best practices

Perhaps the most complete article about the creation of Twitter backgrounds.

Twitter background How-to

High-quality Twitter backgrounds

A collection of free Twitter backgrounds for the people who are too lazy to create their own background.

Free Twitter backgrounds


Peekr is a great website to view the entire background image of any Twitter user, very useful to get inspired by other people’s backgrounds.

Peekr screenshot


A Flickr gallery of great Twitter extended backgrounds free to use.

Twitterbacks screenshot

1′000+ background patterns you can use for free

For the lazy ones, this website will offer you more than a thousand free patterns to chose from.

Free patterns

About the author: Mirko Humbert is a freelance designer from Switzerland. He shares his thoughts about his passion on his design blog. To connect with Mirko, you can follow him on Twitter.

10 Kota terburuk untuk dijadikan tempat tinggal

The best and worst cities to live in

The worst

10. Port-au-Prince, Haiti

The Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince has around 2.5-3 million residents, many of who are concentrated in the city’s numerous slums. Despite political unrest, the city still attracts some tourism.

The best and worst cities to live in

9. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Among the largest sub-Saharan conurbations, Kinshasa has a population of around 8 million when combined with neighbouring Brazzaville. The city has a high crime rate with 112.3 murders per 100,000 residents.

The best and worst cities to live in

8. Nouakchott, Mauritania

Mauritania’s largest city, Nouakchott expanded from a tiny fishing town in the 1950s to become a city of nearly 900,000 residents, many of whom moved to the city to escape drought.

The best and worst cities to live in

7. Pointe Noire, Congo

Congo’s second largest city, Pointe Noire is among Central Africa’s largest producers of oil. Its attractions include its surfing beaches, although the Foreign Office warns visitors to beware of carjacking and walking the streets after dark.

The best and worst cities to live in

6. Sana’a, Yemen

Dating back to the 6th-century BC, Sana’a’s Old City contains a number of ancient buildings and is recognised as a World Heritage Site. Recent attacks on foreign nationals and the bombing of the US Embassy, however, means it is off most tourist itineraries.

The best and worst cities to live in

5. Khartoum, Sudan

Located on the confluence of the Blue and the White Nile, and the stage for Chinese Gordon’s last stand, the Sudanese capital has seen a great deal of development in recent years, driven largely by the country’s oil money.

The best and worst cities to live in

4. Brazzaville, Congo

Founded in 1880 by European explorer Pierre Savorgan de Brazza, the city’s major industries include textiles and tanning. There were also a number of conflicts and civil wars here throughout the Nineties.

The best and worst cities to live in

3. Ndjamena, Chad

With a population of more than 700,000, Ndjamena was originally founded by the French in 1900 as Fort-Lamy. The city was heavily damaged during the civil war of 1979-82, while rebels attacked the city as recently as 2008.

The best and worst cities to live in

2. Bangui, Central African Republic

Originally a French military post, Bangui became a colonial administrative centre and now has a population in excess of 500,000. The city manufactures textiles, soap and beer, while a number of archeological sites outside the city have UNESCO World Heritage status.

The best and worst cities to live in

1. Baghdad, Iraq

Baghdad is the world’s worst city in which to live, according to Mercer. Despite possessing a rich heritage, the city remains beset by problems, although the level of violence across Iraq appears to be falling.

10 Kota terbaik (di dunia) untuk dijadikan tempat tinggal

The best and worst cities to live in

The world’s ten best and ten worst cities in which to reside, according to Mercer’s 2009 Quality of Living survey.

10. Sydney, Australia

Australia’s largest city, with a population of nearly four and a half million, Sydney’s beaches, beautiful harbour and cultural attractions – including the Sydney Opera House – are its big draws, although, according to Mercer, it is the world’s 15th most expensive city.

The best and worst cities to live in

The best and worst cities to live in

9. Bern, Switzerland

With a population of around 128,000, Bern is Switzerland’s fifth most inhabited city. The medieval centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while Albert Einstein once lived and worked in the city as a patent office clerk.

The best and worst cities to live in

8. Frankfurt, Germany

The largest financial centre on the continent, Frankfurt is the seat of the European Central Bank and the German Federal Bank. The city’s key sights include its 14th-century Gothic cathedral and a host of futuristic skyscrapers.

The best and worst cities to live in

7. Munich, Germany

Germany’s third-largest city with around 1.36 million inhabitants, the Bavarian capital also boasts plenty of Gothic architecture. Munich was heavily damaged by allied bombing during World War II, but recovered to host the Olympic Games in 1972.

The best and worst cities to live in

6. Dusseldorf, Germany

Situated on the Rhine, the city is renowned as a centre for German fashion, advertising and telecommunications, while the Dusseldorf Karneval attracts millions of visitors each year. The city is twinned with Warsaw, Moscow, Cairo and Reading.

The best and worst cities to live in

4= Auckland, New Zealand

Home to 31 per cent of New Zealand’s population, Auckland boast two harbours – Waitemata to the north and Manukau to the south, helping earn its nickname: the City of Sails.

The best and worst cities to live in

4= Vancouver, Canada

Consistently ranking among the cleanest, most livable cities in the world, Vancouver possesses an ethnically-diverse population, while it has become a centre for shipping, film production and a popular tourist destination.

The best and worst cities to live in

3. Geneva, Switzerland

With a population of around 185,000, Geneva is best known for diplomacy (it is home to various UN and Red Cross agencies), finance and the CERN nuclear research facility – birthplace of the World Wide Web and the Large Hadron Collider.

The best and worst cities to live in

2. Zurich, Switzerland

One of Europe’s richest cities and home to a wealth of multilingual Europeans, Zurich has attracted the likes of IBM, UBS, Google and Microsoft – each of whom has offices in the city. Novelist James Joyce died and was buried in Zurich.

The best and worst cities to live in

1. Vienna, Austria

The world’s best city in which to live, according to Mercer, Vienna boasts great economic, cultural and political strength, was the birthplace of Marie Antoinette and Sigmund Freud and has been sung about by Ultravox and Billy Joel.

Kota-kota tertua di dunia

20. Varanasi, India

Earliest inhabitation: 1,000 BC
Situated on the west bank of the Ganges, Varanasi – also known as Benares – is an important holy city for both Hindus and Buddhists. According to legend it was founded by the Hindu deity Lord Shiva 5,000 years ago, though modern scholars believe it to be around 3,000 years old.
Mark Twain: “Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”

19. Cadiz, Spain

Earliest inhabitation: 1,100 BC
Found on a narrow spit of land jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, Cadiz has been the home of the Spanish navy since the 18th century. It was founded by the Phoenicians as a small trading post and fell to the Carthaginians around 500BC, becoming a base for Hannibal’s conquest of Iberia. It then came under Roman and Moorish rule, before experiencing a renaissance during the Age of Exploration.
Robert Browning: “Nobly, nobly Cape Saint Vincent to the North-west died away/ Sunset ran, one glorious blood-red, reeking into Cadiz bay.”

16= Thebes, Greece

Earliest inhabitation: 1,400 BC
A major rival of ancient Athens, Thebes ruled the Boeotian confederacy and even lent assistance to Xerxes during the Persian invasion of 480 BC. Archaeological excavation has revealed a Mycenaean settlement dating back even further. Today, Thebes is little more than a market town.
John Milton: “Sometime let gorgeous Tragedy/ In sceptred pall come sweeping by/ Presenting Thebes, or Pelops’ line/ Or the tale of Troy divine.”

16= Larnaca, Cyprus

Earliest inhabitation: 1,400 BC
Founded as ‘Citium’ by the Phoenicians, Larnaca is well-known for its pretty seafront lined with palm trees. Archeological sites and numerous beaches attract modern visitors.
Robert Byron: “History in this island is almost too profuse. It gives one a sort of mental indigestion”.

16= Athens, Greece

Earliest inhabitation: 1,400 BC
The cradle of Western Civilization and the birthplace of democracy, Athens’ heritage is still very evident. It is filled with Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman monuments and remains a hugely popular tourist destination.
Alexander the Great: “How great are the dangers I face to win a good name in Athens.”

15. Balkh, Afghanistan

Earliest inhabitation: 1,500 BC
Known as Bactra to the ancient Greeks, Balkh is found in Northern Afghanistan and is descibed as the ‘Mother of Cities’ by Arabs. It reached its peak between 2,500 BC and 1,900 BC prior to the rise of the Persian and Median empires. Modern Balkh is home to the region’s cotton industry.
W.C. Fields: “During one of my treks through Afghanistan, we lost our corkscrew. We were compelled to live on food and water for several days.”

14. Kirkuk, Iraq

Earliest inhabitation: 2,200 BC
Located around 150 miles north of Baghdad, Kirkuk stands on the site of the ancient Assyrian capital of Arrapha. Its strategic importance was recognised by the Babylonians and the Media, who have also controlled the city. The ruins of a 5,000-year-old citadel are still visible, while the city is now the headquarters of Iraq’s petroleum industry.

13. Arbil, Iraq

Earliest inhabitation: 2,300 BC
North of Kirkuk lies Arbil, ruled at various times by the Assyrians, Persians, Sasanians, Arabs and Ottomans. It was a major stop on the Silk Road while its ancient citadel – which rises 26 metres from the ground – still dominates the skyline.

12. Tyre, Lebanon

Earliest inhabitation: 2,750 BC
The legendary birthplace of Europa and Dido, Tyre was founded around 2,750 BC, according to Herodotus. It was conquered by Alexander the Great in 332 BC following a seven-month seige and became a Roman province in 64 BC. Today, tourism is a major industry: the city’s Roman Hippodrome is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bible: “Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes.”

11. Jerusalem, Israel/Palestinian Territories

Earliest inhabitation: 2,800 BC
The spiritual centre of the Jewish people and Islam’s third-holiest city, Jerusalem is home to several key religious sites, including the Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the al-Aqsa Mosque. During its history, the city has been besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, captured 44 times and destroyed twice.
Benjamin Disraeli: “The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven.”

10. Beirut, Lebanon

Earliest inhabitation: 3,000 BC
Lebanon’s capital, as well as its cultural, administrative and economic centre, Beirut’s history stretches back around 5,000 years. Excavations in the city have unearthed Phoenician, Hellenistic, Roman, Arab and Ottoman remains, while it is mentioned in letters to the pharaoh of Egypt as early as the 14th century BC. Since the end of the Lebanese civil war, it has become a lively, modern tourist attraction.
Jan Morris: “To the stern student of affairs, Beirut is a phenomenon, beguiling perhaps, but quite, quite impossible.”

9. Gaziantep, Turkey

Earliest inhabitation: 3,650 BC
Found in southern Turkey, close to the border with Syria, Gaziantep’s history extends as far back as the Hittites. The Ravanda citadel – restored by the Byzantines in the 6th century – is found in the city centre, while Roman mosaics have also been discovered.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: “They have no past; they are not an historical people; they exist only in the present.”

6= Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Earliest inhabitation: 4,000 BC
The second-largest city in Bulgaria, Plovdiv was originally a Tracian settlement before becoming a major Roman city. It later fell into Byzantine and Ottoman hands, before becoming part of Bulgaria. The city is a major cultural centre and boasts many ancient remains, including a Roman amphitheatre and aqueduct, and Ottoman baths.
Lucian (Roman writer): “This is the biggest and loveliest of all cities. Its beauty shines from faraway.”

6= Sidon, Lebanon

Earliest inhabitation: 4,000 BC
Around 25 miles south of Beirut lies Sidon, one of the most important – and perhaps the oldest – Phoenician cities. It was the base from which the Phoenician’s great Mediterranean empire grew. Both Jesus and St Paul are said to have visited Sidon, as did Alexander the Great, who captured the city in 333 BC.
Charles Meryon: “Few persons new to the climate escape a rash of some description.”

6= Faiyum, Egypt

Earliest inhabitation: 4,000 BC
Southwest of Cairo, Faiyum occupies part of Crocodilopolis – an ancient Egyptian city which worshipped Petsuchos, a sacred crocodile. Modern Faiyum consists of several large bazaars, mosques and baths, while the Lehin and Hawara pyramids are found nearby.
Herodotus: “Egypt is an acquired country, the gift of the river.”

The world's oldest cities

5. Susa, Iran

Earliest inhabitation: 4,200 BC
Susa was the capital of the Elamite Empire before being captured by the Assyrians. It was then taken by the Achaemenid Persian under Cyrus the Great and is the setting of The Persians, an Athenian tragedy by Aeschylus and the oldest surviving play in the history of theatre. The modern city, Shush, has a population of around 65,000.
Francis Bacon: “Persia, a country imbarred with mountains, open to the sea, and in the middle of the world.”

The world's oldest cities

3= Damascus, Syria

Earliest inhabitation: 4,300 BC
Cited by some sources as the world’s oldest inhabited city, Damascus may have been inhabited as early as 10,000 BC, also this is debated. It became an important settlement after the arrival of the Aramaeans, who established a network of canals, which still form the basis of its modern water networks. Another of Alexander the Great’s conquests, Damascus has since been in Roman, Arab and Ottoman possession. Today, its wealth of historical attraction make it a popular tourist destination.
Hilaire Belloc: “Damascus is… a symbol. One might call it a bunch of symbols. It is a symbol of the permanent physical conditions that run throughout history; the permanent geographical limits of human settlement, government and war.”

The world's oldest cities

3= Aleppo, Syria

Earliest inhabitation: 4,300 BC
Syria’s most populated city with around 4.4 million citizens Aleppo was founded as Halab in around 4,300 BC. As the ancient site is occupied by the modern city it is barely touched by archaeologists. The city was under Hittite control until around 800 BC, before passing through Assyrian, Greek and Persian hands. It was later occupied by the Romans, Byzantines and Arabs, besieged by the Crusaders and then taken by the Mongols and Ottomans.

The world's oldest cities

2. Byblos, Lebanon

Earliest inhabitation: 5,000 BC
Founded as Gebal by the Phoenicians, Byblos was given its name by the Greeks, who imported papyrus from the city. Hence the English word Bible is derived from Byblos. The city’s key tourist sites include ancient Phoenician temples, Byblos Castle and St John the Baptist Church – built by crusaders in the 12th century – and the old Medieval City Wall. The Byblos International Festival is a more modern attraction, and has featured bands such as Keane and Jethro Tull.

The world’s oldest cities

The world's oldest cities

1. Jericho, Palestinian Territories

Earliest inhabitation: 9,000 BC
The world’s oldest continually-inhabited city, according to our sources, archeologists have unearthed the remains of 20 successive settlements in Jericho, dating back 11,000 years. The city is found near the Jordan River in the West Bank and is today home to around 20,000 people.
For the record, Europe’s other oldest cities include Lisbon (ca. 1000 BC), Rome (753 BC), Corfu (ca. 700 BC) and Mantua (ca. 500 BC). London was founded in 43 AD.