Saturday, September 27, 2008

08 Sep 27 - Strongest Dog in The World

Also See:
The Largest Dogs in the World


Uh I received this about a few months ago, but I still couldnt find further info on this, anyone actually have any clue on this macho doggie?






Perhaps it's the strongest dog in the world indeed!
Drop me a mail if you ever seen a dog with these muscle!

Cheers~

Sunday, September 21, 2008

08 Sep 22 - โครงการ SET Click2WIN 2008

Alright, just helping to spread this news because some pretty women asked me to when I went to the office a few days ago.




Actually, I wont bother translating it because the lecturer and experts will all be talking in Thai language.


โครงการ SET Click2WIN 2008 ขอเรียนเชิญเข้าร่วมสัมมนาพิเศษในหัวข้อ สะสมเทคนิคการลงทุน ในหุ้นและกองทุนรวม


For all who are interested, this is a Lecture that is held by experts with the topic of "The Tech of Investments and Mutual Funds."

At : Wednesday, 24th Sep 08
Time : 5pm-8pm
Location :Meeting Room, Sangwien Indarawijai, 3rd Floor, Stock Exchange Building

All those who are located in Bangkok and are interested in investment are encouraged to participate, it's free of charge. :)

Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

08 Sep 18 - Farang Go Home!


(Farang leaves Thailand together with their investments.)
ต่างชาติทิ้งบิ๊กแคป หอบเงินกลับ ปท. *ไม่สนไทยแลนด์โฟกัส - นายกฯ คนใหม่

ต่างชาติเมินหน้าหนีตลาดหุ้นไทย หอบเงินกลับประเทศ โละทิ้งบิ๊กแคป ฉุดราคาพลังงาน- ธนาคารรูดกราว หลังกังวลวิกฤตสหรัฐฯ ส่อเค้าทรุดหนักจากพิษซับไพร์ม หวั่นฉุดสถาบันการเงินรายอื่นในสหรัฐฯ "โกลด์แมน แซคส์" และ "มอร์แกน สแตนเลย์" ล้มครืนตามรอย "เลห์แมนฯ" ชี้แม้การเมืองเริ่มเห็นทางสว่าง หลังสภาฯ โหวต "สมชาย วงศ์สวัสดิ์" นั่งเก้าอี้นายกฯ คนใหม่ แถมจัดงาน "ไทยแลนด์ โฟกัส 2008" เรียกความเชื่อมั่น แต่รอบนี้ไม่มีผล เหตุนาทีนี้ต่างชาติเน้นกอดเงินสดลดเสี่ยง ด้านกองทุนในประเทศอ่วม พอร์ตลงทุนปีนี้อาจยับเยิน หลังผลตอบแทนลงทุนตกต่ำ โบรกเกอร์แนะจับตาสถานการณ์ใกล้ชิด

The morning was fine when I was in the office, and while I was in boss's house to attend his ceremony, all hell went loose.
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Maybe I should stop with managing Funds for now." that was what I was thinking.

Any takings?

Monday, September 15, 2008

08 Sep 15 - Wall Street Meltdown: Lehman Files for Record Bankruptcy

Urgent News from Yahoo!
Lehman Brothers files for bankruptcy!



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Wall Street awakes to 2 storied firms falling

Monday September 15, 7:01 am ET
By Joe Bel Bruno, Christopher S. Rugaber and Martin Crutsinger, AP Business Writers

2 storied Wall Street firms fall as US financial markets roiled by further shock waves NEW YORK (AP) -- When Wall Street woke up Monday morning, two more of its storied firms had fallen.

Lehman Brothers, burdened by $60 billion in soured real-estate holdings, filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court after attempts to rescue the 158-year-old firm failed. Bank of America Corp. said it is snapping up Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. in a $50 billion all-stock transaction.

The demise of the independent Wall Street institutions came as shock waves from the 14-month-old credit crisis roiled the U.S. financial system six months after the collapse of Bear Stearns.

The world's largest insurance company, American International Group Inc., also was forced into a restructuring.

And a global consortium of banks, working with government officials in New York, announced a $70 billion pool of funds to lend to troubled financial companies.

The aim, according to participants who spoke to The Associated Press, was to prevent a worldwide panic on stock and other financial exchanges.

Ten banks -- Bank of America, Barclays, Citibank, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and UBS -- each agreed to provide $7 billion "to help enhance liquidity and mitigate the unprecedented volatility and other challenges affecting global equity and debt markets."

The Federal Reserve also chipped in with more largesse in its emergency lending program for investment banks. The central bank announced late Sunday that it was broadening the types of collateral that financial institutions can use to obtain loans from the Fed.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the discussions had been aimed at identifying "potential market vulnerabilities in the wake of an unwinding of a major financial institution and to consider appropriate official sector and private sector responses."

The European Central Bank, the Bank of England, and the Swiss central bank also made more short-term credit available to banks. European stocks fell sharply, with the FTSE 100 Index off 3.42 percent in London, the CAC-40 down 4.27 percent in Paris, and Germany's blue-chip DAX 30 falling 3.38 percent. Asian stock markets also tumbled, with India's Sensex sinking more than 5 percent. Japan and Hong Kong were closed for holidays.

Financial stocks were hard hit and the dollar fell against the pound and the euro.

Futures pegged to the Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 250 points in electronic trading Sunday evening, pointing to a sharply lower open for the blue chip index Monday morning. Asian stock markets also tumbled, with India's Sensex sinking more than 5 percent. Japan and Hong Kong were closed for holidays.

The stunning weekend developments took place as voters, who rank the economy as their top concern, prepare to elect a new president in seven weeks. It likely will spur a much greater focus by presidential candidates -- Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama -- and members of Congress on the need for stricter financial regulation.

Samuel Hayes, finance professor emeritus at Harvard Business School, said the Bush administration may get a lot of blame for the situation, which could benefit Obama.

"Just the psychological impact of this kind of failure is going to be significant," he said. "It will color people's feelings about their well-being and the integrity of the financial system."

Lehman Brothers' announcement that it is filing for bankruptcy came after all potential buyers walked away. Potential suitors were spooked by the U.S. Treasury's refusal to provide any takeover aid, as it had done six months ago when Bear Stearns faltered and earlier this month when it seized Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Employees emerging from Lehman's headquarters near the heart of Times Square Sunday night carried boxes, tote bags and duffel bags, rolling suitcases, framed artwork and spare umbrellas. Many were emblazoned with the Lehman Brothers name. Its businesses in Britain were placed in administration Monday, said the administrator, accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, and employees carrying boxes and bags were walking out of Lehman's London offices.

TV trucks lined Seventh Avenue opposite the building, while barricades at the building's main entrance attempted to keep workers and onlookers from gumming up the steady flow of pedestrians flowing in and out of Times Square.

Some workers had moist eyes while a few others wept and shared hugs. Most who left the building quietly declined interviews.

People snapped pictures with cameras and their phones. Observers pressed up against a police barricade drew the ire of one man who emerged from the building and shouted: "Are you enjoying watching this? You think this is funny?"

Merrill Lynch, another investment bank laid low by the crisis that was triggered by rising mortgage defaults and plunging home values in the U.S., agreed to be acquired by Bank of America for 0.8595 shares of Bank of America common stock for each Merrill Lynch common share.

That values Merrill at $29 a share, a 70 percent premium over the brokerage's Friday closing price of $17.05, but well below what Merrill was worth at its peak in early 2007, when its shares traded above $98.

Charlotte, N.C.,-based Bank of America has the most deposits of any U.S. bank, while Merrill Lynch is the world's largest brokerage. A combination of the two would create a global financial giant to rival Citigroup Inc., the biggest U.S. bank in terms of assets.

Strategically, most industry analysts say it's a good fit. If the deal goes according to plan, Bank of America will be able to offer Merrill's retail brokerage services to its huge customer base. There is not a great deal of overlap between the two companies -- Bank of America does have an investment bank already, but it has never been terribly strong.

Where there is duplication, however, the combination of the two companies could result in more layoffs. Both Merrill and Bank of America have already cut thousands of investment banking jobs over the past year.

The deal would not come without risks, however. Merrill Lynch, like many of its Wall Street peers, has been struggling with tight credit markets and billions of dollars in assets tied to mortgages that have plunged in value. Merrill has reported four straight quarterly losses.

Bank of America's own finances are far from robust. As consumer credit deteriorates, the bank has seen its profits decline, and the company is still in the midst of absorbing the embattled mortgage lender Countrywide Financial, which it acquired in January.

Insurer AIG, hit hard by deterioration in the credit markets, said Sunday it is reviewing its operations and discussing possible options with outside parties to improve its business after a week when its stock dropped 45 percent amid concerns about the company's financial underpinnings.

The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times both reported early Monday on their Web sites that the American International Group is seeking an additional $40 billion in emergency funds -- possibly from the Federal Reserve -- to help it avoid a credit rating downgrade, which would make it more expensive for AIG to raise money. The insurer has already raised $20 billion in fresh capital this year.

AIG was working with New York Insurance Superintendent Eric Dinallo and a representative of the governor's office through the weekend to craft a solution that protects policyholders, according to Dinallo's spokesman David Neustadt.

"It's clear we're one step away from a financial meltdown," said Nouriel Roubini, chairman of the consulting firm RGE Monitor.

The meetings that began Friday night were a who's who of financial heavyweights: Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, Timothy Geithner, president of the New York Fed, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox, and a host of CEOs, including Vikram Pandit of Citigroup Inc., Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase & Co., John Mack of Morgan Stanley, Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., and Merrill Lynch & Co.'s John Thain.

For all their efforts, Lehman had to file for bankruptcy.

The end of Lehman may not stop the financial crisis that has gripped Wall Street for months, analysts said. More investment banks could disappear soon.

The independent broker-dealers "are going the way of the dodo bird," said Bert Ely, an Alexandria, Va.,-based banking consultant.

That's partly because some of the firms, particularly Merrill, made bad bets on real estate. But several analysts said that investment companies will need the deep pockets of commercial banks to survive the next few years.

On Sunday, there was also an emergency trading session being held at the International Swaps and Derivatives Association to "reduce risk associated with a potential Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. bankruptcy." The ISDA, which arranges trades for derivatives, said it was allowing customers to make trades and unwind positions linked to Lehman.

Roubini said it's difficult to accurately gauge the health of companies like Merrill because their financial health depends on how they value complex securities. As a result, their finances aren't very transparent, he said.

That can lead to a loss of confidence in the financial markets, he said, which can overwhelm an investment bank even if it is financially healthy by some measures.

"Once you lose confidence, the fundamentals matter less," he said.

The common denominator of the financial crisis, analysts said, is the bursting of the housing bubble. Home prices have dropped on average 25 percent so far. Roubini predicted they could drop another 15 percent.

The crisis has begun to slow the broader economy as banks make fewer loans and consumers have begun cutting spending. Many economists are now forecasting that the economy could slip into recession by the end of this year and early next year.

That, in turn, could cause additional losses for commercial banks on credit cards, auto loans and student loans.

The Fed is widely expected to keep interest rates steady at 2 percent, below inflation, when it meets Tuesday. It was possible, however, that the central bank might decide in coming weeks to cut rates if such a move is seen as needed to calm turbulent financial markets.

The International Monetary Fund predicted earlier this year that total losses from the credit crisis could reach almost $1 trillion. So far, banks have only taken about $350 billion in losses.

Commercial banks are also starting to feel the pinch. Eleven have closed so far this year, including Pasadena, Calif.-based IndyMac Bank, which had $32 billion in assets and $19 billion in deposits.

Christopher Whalen, managing director of Institutional Risk Analytics, a research firm, predicts that approximately 110 banks with $850 billion in assets could close by next July. That's out of 8,400 federally insured institutions, he said, which together hold $13 trillion in assets.

Individual customers are starting to get nervous about the financial health of their banks for the first time in generations, he said. Whalen's firm analyzes the safety and soundness of banks for business clients, but began receiving inquiries from individuals in the past two months for the first time, he said.

"If we don't get ahead of this, we are going to face a run on the retail banks by election day," he said.

AP Business Writers Madlen Read, Tim Paradis and Stephen Bernard in New York, Martin Crutsinger in Washington, Ieva Augstums in Charlotte and Michael Liedtke in San Francisco contributed to this report.

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This is an urgent news the people in the organization requested me to read.
This calls for emergency act now, the World's Market is gonna fall...

I cant express how stressed I am at the moment.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

08 Sep 14 - Acquainted in a bus?

13th Sep was the day I was waiting for, for all changes to come.

The effect comes on 14th, of when the Military had lifted the Emergency State in Thailand.
That's not all, I met this person who had a lot of debt to be paid for me on 13th, he was once acquainted to me during my study in Malaysia.

Everything doesnt stop there, it's rare for me to be on a bus today, and I met a freshman Pharmacist graduate on the bus.
She exudes some strange air which made her interesting, and surprisingly, we easily engaged in friendly conversation easily.

Smart as she is, her view on the world indeed differs from others, and thus we had a dinner together with the members in a steak house.

What can I say? I'm impressed by her thought and easy-going attitude, she's special, and reminds me of this one girl of which is studying in Penang.

Same attitude, but different. Been a few hours since the dinner, but I feel weird, the feeling of 'missing you.'

Anyways, it's beginning, 3 fortunes on the, countless coming especially on this 17th.


Friday, September 12, 2008

08 Sep 12 - Restless Legs Syndrome

Rawr, this is something I wrote out of the blue, just posting this because I cant think of anything else to blog about.

Btw, you can use this as reference, if memory serves its purpose, this should be the truth of which you can use for something.

Thanks Phong for the effort of helping me.


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Restless Legs Syndrome
(RLS, Wittmaack-Ekbom’s Syndrome, and is also referred to as Nocturnal Myoclonus)

Symptoms:

The ‘need’ to move will occur immediately when you are in an ‘idle’s state. The feeling and need differs upon each individual.
There are variable records on the age of the patients of which are infected.

Patience refers these ‘need’ as an uncomfortable feeling when they are in an idle state.
- These feelings differs upon each individual (electric shocks, pain, itchy, etc.)
- Some patients are unable to describe the feeling

Some self-therapy such as relaxing are bound to fail if the severity of the patient’s RLS are high.

It had been found that patients who suffers from RLS suffers them all the night, and some had worse symptoms in the evening and night.

The cause:

Although not entirely accurate, the RLS had been related to the defiance of the dopamine and iron.
The cause could also widen up to the damage in the brain.

Regardless, the RLS are usually connected to the low ferritin rate in the patient.
Genetics could also be the cause of RLS.


Prevention:

There has been no other way to prevent RLS except by discovering the root of the problem.

Treatment:

The RLS Foundation had discovered several ways to treat RLS which includes the pharmaceutical and non pharmaceutical ways. Drugs for RLS are known to have major side effects and are costly.

The second way would include the treatment of iron deficiency, thyroids or even varicose veins problems.

FDA had approved the use of :

- Drugs which acts as a Dompamine Agonist

- Mirapex (Pramipexole)

- Requip or Requip XL (Repinirole) for the treatment of RLS. The same drug was also used in the treatment of Parkinson disease.

- Drugs which are in the Anticonvulsants category

- Drugs which acts as Opoiod (natural, semi- synthetic, full synthetic)

- Drugs which are in the Benzodiazepines

(Personal experience had mentioned that Ropinoroles will have a lower side effect, thus events such as vomiting, dizziness, diarrhea, etc. thus why in most case Medical Doctors or Psychiatrist Assistance tends to use Pramipexoles instead of Ropinoroles. )


Websites to help you : http://www.rls.org


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Sunday, September 7, 2008

08 Sep 07 - A piece of the Sky

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It's 8th of Sep today, SC's birthday, wont you greet her a Happy Birthday for our sweet girl?

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Ever parked your car and heard something loud falling upon your car?
I did..

Just a few seconds before we went down from the car, something fell upon the roof of the car.
Check it out what had fallen down.




After the loud "thud", we got down from the car and noticed that the extended ceilings are full of "holes".
Obviously, the fault lies in the owner of the building who failed to conduct a proper maintenance on his building.



Might look a small scratch due to the fall, but cant really say how much damage that costs us on the car's roof.

Lucky we have Insurance on the car.


The only downside is that we had to wait for the officer to arrive, and that takes time.



A good ice cream time from the local McDonald really helps sometime.

Cheers.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

08 Sep 04 - What's out there?

It just something that I cant explain, this complicated feeling after talking with her.

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I listened to the story of a girl.

She's a positive, cute and enthusiastic girl.
She's always supportive to her friends and everyone around her.
Despite her kind and caring exterior, there lies jealousy.
The sin of envy..

She could move her whole classmates,
Telling everyone to enjoy their life everyday,
Smiling regardless of whatever misfortune that hits her,
But deep down...

Unsuccessful as she is,
She always thought of her friends' priorities,
But something down her always got into her,
It hurts, it hurts her...

All that she wish for is to be her best friend,
In beauty of appearance,
In the wisdom of thought,
And in the courage for challenge.

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She's one nice girl, and everyone likes her.
She just lack of confidence, yes, I'm here, rooting for her but things arent as simple as that, for this young and innocent girl.
She needs more than just cheers..

I'll be here for you.

Monday, September 1, 2008

08 Sep 01 - Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony Pictures

I'm not the type to let an unfinished go so easily, so anyways, I'll pick up from where I left earlier.

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I couldnt remember much of what was happening in this act, but they tries to reflect the wisdom of the ancient Chinese in the phase.
I wasnt sure of the relation this act has with Sun Wu.

"Which in the 4 seas, we all are brothers."

This must have reflects from the words that the Confucius, "Kong Zhi" said in the past.
The act is filled with scholars reading out several of the Chinese B.C. era poems.














For those who watched the Ceremony sure remembers that the special effect they applied was quite splendid, but what's more to that was the cooperation of the actors was more than the word amazing!

Even after posting this many pictures, I'm surprised that there's still more than 500 pictures in my Camera. Perhaps, I might do something to shorten them.