25 Life Lessons from Albert Einstein

1. Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.

2. Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.

3. Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.

4. If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

5. A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.

6. Love is a better teacher than duty.

7. If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

8. No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

9. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

10. Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

11. It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

12. Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.

13. Force always attracts men of low morality.

14. Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler.

15. A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.

16. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

17. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

18. It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

19. Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.

20. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

21. Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

22. Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

23. Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.

24. Information is not knowledge.

25. Never lose a holy curiosity.


7 Things to Remember When You Think You’re Not Good Enough

We can’t hate ourselves into a version of ourselves we can love.” ~Lori Deschene

Sometimes I am really terrible to myself and relentlessly compare myself to other people, no matter how many times I read or hear about how good enough or loveable I am.

On an almost daily basis, I meticulously look for evidence that I am a nobody, that I don’t deserve to be loved, or that I’m not living up to my full potential.

There is generally a lot of pressure to “stack up” in our culture. We feel as if there is something wrong with us if, for example, we’re still single by a certain age, don’t make a certain amount of income, don’t have a large social circle, or don’t look and act a certain way in the presence of others. The list could truly go on forever.

Sometimes in the midst of all the pressure, I seem to totally forget all the wonderful, unique things about myself.

I get stuck in my head and allow my inner critic to completely tear apart my self-esteem until I hate myself too much to do anything except eat ice cream, watch daytime television, and sleep.

The other day, while I was beating myself up over something I can’t even recall at the moment, I read a comment from one of my blog readers telling me that one of my posts literally got them through the night. Literally. And if that one simple word was used in the intended context, this person was basically telling me that one of my posts saved their life.

I get comments like these on a pretty regular basis, and they always open my eyes to just how much I matter, regardless of my inner critic’s vehement objections.

Such comments also open my eyes to all the things we beat ourselves up over that don’t matter—like whether or not we look like a Victoria’s Secret model in our bathing suit, or whether or not we should stop smiling if we’re not whitening our teeth, or whether or not the hole in our lucky shirt is worth bursting into tears over.

Lately I’ve been trying harder to catch myself when I feel a non-serving, self-depreciating thought coming on. And I may let these thoughts slip at times, but that’s okay because I’m only human.

While my self-love journey is on-going, here are a few things I try to remember when I’m tempted to be mean to myself:

1. The people you compare yourself to compare themselves to other people too.

We all compare ourselves to other people, and I can assure you that the people who seem to have it all do not.

When you look at other people through a lens of compassion and understanding rather than judgment and jealousy, you are better able to see them for what they are—human beings. They are beautifully imperfect human beings going through the same universal challenges that we all go through.

2. Your mind can be a very convincing liar.

I saw a quote once that said, “Don’t believe everything you think.” That quote completely altered the way I react when a cruel or discouraging thought goes through my mind. Thoughts are just thoughts, and it’s unhealthy and exhausting to give so much power to the negative ones.

3. There is more right with you than wrong with you.

This powerful reminder is inspired by one of my favorite quotes from Jon Kabat-Zinn: “Until you stop breathing, there’s more right with you than wrong with you.”

As someone who sometimes tends to zoom in on all my perceived flaws, it helps to remember that there are lots of things I like about myself too—like the fact that I’m alive and breathing and able to pave new paths whenever I choose.

4. You need love the most when you feel you deserve it the least.

This was a recent epiphany of mine, although I’m sure it’s been said many times before.

I find that it is most difficult to accept love and understanding from others when I’m in a state of anger, shame, anxiety, or depression. But adopting the above truth really shifted my perspective and made me realize that love is actually the greatest gift I can receive during such times.

5. You have to fully accept and make peace with the “now” before you can reach and feel satisfied with the “later.”

One thing I’ve learned about making changes and reaching for the next rung on the ladder is that you cannot fully feel satisfied with where you’re going until you can accept, acknowledge, and appreciate where you are.

Embrace and make peace with where you are, and your journey toward something new will feel much more peaceful, rewarding, and satisfying.

6. Focus on progress rather than perfection and on how far you’ve come rather than on how far you have left to go.

One of the biggest causes of self-loathing is the hell-bent need to “get it right.” We strive for perfection and success, and when we fall short, we feel less than and worthless. What we don’t seem to realize is that striving for success and being willing to put ourselves out there is an accomplishment within itself, regardless of how many times we fail.

Instead of berating yourself for messing up and stumbling backward, give yourself a pat on the back for trying, making progress, and coming as far as you have.

7. You can’t hate your way into loving yourself.

Telling yourself what a failure you are won’t make you any more successful. Telling yourself you’re not living up to your full potential won’t help you reach a higher potential. Telling yourself you’re worthless and unlovable won’t make you feel any more worthy or loveable.

I know it sounds almost annoyingly simple, but the only way to achieve self-love is to love yourself—regardless of who you are and where you stand and even if you know you want to change.

You are enough just as you are. And self-love will be a little bit easier every time you remind yourself of that.



Many people know that anyone whom hails from IPOH has this very famous tagline of “IPOH MALI”. But not many people know how it was first coined and whom are Ipohites actually. I am IPOH and so are all IPOH children. We were the second main administrative city in the 19th century due to tin mining. Ipohites were also known as TIN KINGS. And the majority of the population is the Chinese with approx of 290K of them in the city. And we were known as THE CITY OF MILLIONAIRES and we still are but no doubt KL has evolved over the years.

But we are still the BIG BROTHERS.
And wherever an Ipohite goes, let it be to another place or another state; this conversation takes place.

Mr/Mrs X : Aiyaaaahhhh, Lu Mana Mali Ah ???????
Proud Ipohite : Gua, IPOH MALI.

This is how the tagline was first coined and now after many generations, we are still IPOH MALI and forever will be. We will always remain the best place to retire in peace, beautiful, and soulful. We will remain socially conscious for the current generation and for the future. IPOH HUMILITY.

Thoughtfully, Navinn Rajendran.

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Malaysians Are Still Majority

I am re-posting something I wrote quite sometime ago, because I feel its still very, if not more, relevant now.
I am writing this to discuss the nonsense that is race-based politics.

A while ago I was sitting having a drink with 3 old friends. One was a Malay and the other 2 Chinese. We were having a hearty and loud discussion about government, business, the opposition, education, the judiciary – the usual gamut. My two Chinese friends were complaining about how they are made to feel and are treated like second-class citizens. After about 10 min of this, my Malay friend, who had been quiet for awhile – looked up, said pointing to each of us, “Fuck you, fuck you and fuck you ! What about me ?. Education ?!! What’s the use of getting preferential treatment to get into a national university that will only assure my children they will be at the bottom of the pile in any job application ! Assuming its even recognized ! Land?!! Land!?!! Yeah yeah..we have reserve land…but we can’t develop it and sell it freely, and no bank will finance it!!! That is of course if you’re special enough to have the reserve land!! If I screw a girl and get caught — I go to jail !! I drink a beer and get caught —I go to jail. And you think I get government contracts ?? I have tried for 10 years and I don’t have one single govt contract. Maybe I am just too dumb, but I don’t have a single friend that has received a govt contract. For govt contracts, you cannot just be someone with special rights, you must have special, special rights. I am a Malay from Kedah – and Malaysia is the only country in the world where we can have Malays from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Yemen, Kerala, mana mana pun boleh!! Bro, here in Malaysia, first class citizens are a very small special group. If you think you are a second-class citizen, then I must be a third class citizen!!!! At least you can screw and drink and not go to jail!!”

This friend of mine, last year, applied for and received PR status from Australia and moved to Melbourne. He says he wanted his children to have access to the best available education, and he could not afford the price of private uni’s in Malaysia. He is one of the most brilliant young professionals I know. In 2011 the largest group to emigrate out of Malaysia were Malaysian Malays. The brain drain in this country continues, among all racial groups. Heck, Singapore is essentially run by Malaysians. We cannot afford to let this continue. We have to not just stop it, but also reverse it. Race based policies of any kind have no role to play in Modern Malaysia. We must stop accepting it in ANY form, for ANY ethnic group. Politicians and some NGO’s survive using fear – racial, religious and cultural fear– to divide and control. It is their oxygen. Its time to wake up, stand up and turn their oxygen off. Let them shrivel back into the soulless, pathetic, empty shells that they actually are. Stand up and be heard. Stand up for our kids, just please, stand up! I am Malay, I am Chinese, I am Indian, I am Sabahan, I am Sarawakian – We are Malaysia. We are the majority, silent no longer !

Vinod Sekhar


13 Things only Malaysian boys who went to All Boys School will understand

1. If there is a hot teacher teaching us a particular subject, that would be the most exciting subject for us

2. Gang fights after school is very common

3. The best day of the week for us is Friday because we get to end school early as the Muslim students would need to go for Friday Prayers

4. We go crazy when it’s time for Pendidikan Jasmani dan Kesihatan (PJK)

5. We hated our short recesses because we only had about 5 – 10 minutes max to enjoy a meal

6. Strict and annoying prefects are who we used to hate back then

7. Many of us bring our phones to school and we hide it in places where the prefects would NOT want to search in. That’s right — in our underwear

8. When we were in Form 4 or Form 5, we used to think that riding motorcycles or driving cars to school were cool but only 10 – 20% of the students will have their dreams come true

9. Speaking of motorcycles, we used to enjoy the stunts being pulled off in front of the school

10. We hate the morning assemblies

11. Whenever the cleaners clean the toilets, it will get dirty again the next 20 minutes

12. If you’ve got a funky hair style, it will be gone the next day in school as the discipline teacher would cut it off

13. No matter how bad it was, we still miss those times



We are very much aware that Indians especially Tamils love to watch Mega Mega Meegaa Serials, just to learn how to poke fire and destroy the peace of other families and also to cry in front of the TV. But let me tell you a bigger drama that’s going on in our very own Malaysian Indian Music INDUSTRY (*slap. Aheeem) Malaysian Indian Music SCENE. The artist will never rest in peace if there is no dramalah. Either they must tekan ( a way to say diss/pressure in MALAY ) the other fellow scene mate or post something that has got NOTHING to do with them. This makes me terribly angry even though it’s not on my wall. But if such is the case why didn’t you set the POST PRIVACY to yourself ah, if you don’t want your friends to rebut your stand. OK, we Indians are spice loving creatures, that why we get hot easily.

Why waste your money, energy and brain to diss or tekan your FORMER FRIEND( If you never knew the fella, you would had the problem in the first place right ). Just because he tapau your music or sometimes they even bungkus your sareke ( BIASALAH, how many other peoples daughter you tapau using your ARTIST status, KARMA is a Proton *The late catch up’s I dunno where u need to hang yourself lah. Proton is a VANDI’da, Translate to ENGLISH ). And the other fella will reply and this drama will attract some Tin Kosongs to reply. Yenda intha drama ?? But I love it !!

The wayang (show off ) that they will show before any music or movie release or even in real life. Aiyoaathadi. Not worth 10 kupang also. But when the product is out, for some the wayang koyak while the rest kena Kangkang Rajang ( Sungai Rajang is the Longest River in Malaysia ). Yenda intha poleppe. Be la humble abit. Dunno how to be humble ?? Lemme give you a technique. When people praise you, divert the praise to god. When genuine people like me TEKAN you, shut up and listen. Say Thank You. And screw me in your heart later.

You are human. Your itchy dick cannot keep quiet if some aweks compliment. And we know where it ends and after 6 months whether we get the news if she is pregnant or not, we will get the news in FB on how you cheated her. One group will demand justice, another will demand pictures to load at the SEXY SEXY FB PAGES ( dei dei dei, you fellaz will not like the page but will view the photos and massage your hands kan ). I like this drama cause we just don’t give a shit if its true or not but we will teeeekkkaaaannn the artist ( paavom la aven ).

You just can’t see someone suckcessful. You need to be another suckcessor in successfully screwing someone. If not you cannot sleep. The creativity that projects where you do it in such a way where you think others will not know and the whole world knows it before they even ask you.


Im in love with these dramas cause I layan them well.
To the Vandithanam Industry Personalities, please promote CONDOMS ( *if you want to have the FEEL, get Married ). To the Recording Producers, you know how backward we are. Skip the chase and let’s move forward. Let the talents grow RAPIDLY. To the radio stations in Malaysia, itu double standard bagi HAPUS. And use your platform as Artist for good purpose. Most importantly, don’t stop the DRAMA. DRAMA OH’ DRAMA.

“Dia Rolling Kita, Kita Rolling Balik”


Benefits Of Drinking Green Tea

Green tea boasts several health benefits and is considered as one of the world’s healthiest drinks. Here are a few benefits of drinking green tea every day.


Fights cancer: Researchers have found that drinking green tea every day reduces the risk of cancer. It has polyphenols, an antioxidant that prevents cell damage.

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Fat burner: It is a known fact that green tea helps in losing weight. Have a cup of green tea with a teaspoon of honey on empty stomach in the morning to witness changes.


Promotes longevity: Polyphenols also prevent aging and promote longevity.

Reduces belly fat: If you are fantasizing about having a flat stomach, have four cups of green tea every day. Along with the right amount of exercise and following a healthy diet, make it a ritual to drink a minimum of four cups to fight your belly fat.

Keeps you hydrated: Even if you are not someone who drinks water at regular intervals, drink a cup of green tea throughout the day. It helps you stay hydrated.

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