Vasana

Dear friends, the energy that pushes us to do what we do not want to do, to say what we do not want to say, is called habit energy, the negative habit energy in us. Vasana is the word in Sanskrit. It is very important that we recognize that energy in us. This energy has been transmitted to us by many generations of ancestors, and we continue to cultivate it. It is very powerful. We are intelligent enough to know that if we do this, if we say that, we will cause damage in our relationship. Yet when the time comes, when we find ourselves in that situation, we say it or we do it, even though we know it will be destructive. Why? Because it’s stronger than we are, we say. It is pushing us all the time. That is why the practice aims at liberating ourselves from that kind of habit energy.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Top 50 Clubs In the World

1

Name: Fabric
Location: London
Capacity: 1600
Website: www.fabriclondon.com

2

Name: The End
Location: London
Capacity: 1000
Website: www.endclub.com

3

Name: Turnmills
Location: London
Capacity: 1100
Website: www.turnmills.co.uk

4

Name: Pacha
Location: Ibiza
Capacity: 3000
Website: www.pacha.com

5

Name: Space
Location: Ibiza
Capacity: 5000
Website: www.space-ibiza.es

6

Name: Amnesia
Location: Ibiza
Capacity: 5000
Website: www.amnesia.es

7

Name: Womb
Location: Tokyo
Capacity: 1500
Website: www.womb.co.jp

8

Name: DC10
Location: Ibiza
Capacity: 1500
Website: www.circolocoibiza.com

9

Name: The Cross
Location: London
Capacity: 550
Website: www.the-cross.co.uk

10

Name: The Arches
Location: Glasgow
Capacity: 2000
Website: www.thearches.co.uk

11

Name: Zouk
Location: Singapore
Capacity: 3700
Website: www.zoukclub.com
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Ya Seh Meh

By Rose Tse and Angela Collingwood
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Southern China is in a sub-tropical zone whose high temperatures and humidity cause bacterial and fungal growth. According to traditional Chinese medicine, hot and wet weather makes it easy for exogenous heat and dampness evils to attack the body. They consume chi (vital energy), impair body fluids and cause a series of health problems.

Those suffering from damp-heat evils can experience fever, irritability, thirst, heaviness of the limbs, chest tightness, nausea and diarrhoea. When these evils attack different parts of the body, they cause specific syndromes.

Herbal beverages are seen as an ideal way to prevent heat and dampness conditions as they clear the heat and dampness, replenish chi and supply fluids.

They’re referred to as cooling teas, have a bitter flavour and are dark brown.

In ancient times, these drinks were effective and affordable remedies for people to treat and prevent disease. They were also combined with local ingredients and brewed to individual tastes.

Initially, people would buy the herbal ingredients and prepare the remedies at home, until herbal shops began to provide ready-made forms for convenience. In Hong Kong, these herbal beverages are often sold by the bowl at herbal tea shop counters.

There are no standard prescriptions, and many herbal shops keep their recipes secret. Ingredients in the teas may alter depending on the time of year.

Today, these traditional teas are still popular folk remedies. They’re not only able to protect against climatic influences, but also can relieve aliments caused by the stressful urban lifestyle.

Some common teas found in Hong Kong include:

Five Flowers, which is said to clear heat and expel dampness and is anti-inflammatory, helping to alleviate symptoms such as fatigue, sore throat, indigestion, poor appetite, insomnia and urinary problems.

Canton love-pes vine, which is said to relieve fatigue, irritability, chest fullness and indigestion. It is also consumed to prevent hepatitis and urinary stones.

Chrysanthemum is suitable for those people who always feel thirsty and have a bitter taste in the mouth, or those with blurred vision, sore throat, hoarseness, dark yellow urine or a headache due to wind evils attacking the head region.

Sugar cane and lalang grass rhizoma, which is said to help replenish body fluids and clear dryness and heat symptoms such as thirst, mouth sores, a dry throat, bad breath, crusty lips and nasal bleeding.

Flu tea is a very bitter tea recommended when you have the early symptoms of cold or influenza such as fatigue, a sense of general weakness and a slightly runny nose.

Twenty-four flavours is also a bitter tea used to treat excessive fire in the body and is helpful to many other ailments too. It’s said to help alleviate sore throat, fever, the common cold and flu, and skin problems.

The drinks provided by herbal shops may target more specific conditions, as each shop has its own unique formulation.

Before taking any medicine, consult your TCM or medical practitioner.

Philip Fisher: Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits

Philip Fisher

Philip Fisher’s Investment Philosophies

– Invest for the long term.

– Diversify your portfolio through proper asset allocation.

– Blend passive with active management.

– Know your costs and keep them low.

Philip Fisher’s Investment Principles

1. Buy companies that have disciplined plans for achieving dramatic long-range profit growth and have inherent qualities making it difficult for newcomers to share in that growth.

2. Buy companies when they are out of favour.

3. Hold a stock until either:

(a) there has been a fundamental change in its nature (e.g., big management changes); or

(b) it has grown to a point where it no longer will be growing faster than the economy as a whole.

4. Deemphasize the importance of dividends.

5. Recognise that making some mistakes is an inherent cost of investment. Taking small profits in good investments and letting losses grow in bad ones is a sign of abominable investment judgment.

6. Accept the fact that only a relatively small number of companies are truly outstanding. Therefore, concentrate your funds in the most desirable opportunities. Any holding of over twenty different stocks is a sign of financial incompetence.

7. Never accept blindly whatever may be the dominant current opinion in the financial community. Nor should you reject the prevailing view just for the sake of being contrary.

8. Understand that success greatly depends on a combination of hard work, intelligence and honesty.
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How to Iron a Shirt

Mary Ellen Pinkham explains how to neatly press a shirt.

One thing to remember before beginning to iron is to always start with the smallest sections of the garment first, then move on to the larger sections. The reason for this is that collars, cuffs and pockets will wrinkle less as the rest of the garment is ironed.

Unbutton the collar and start ironing the reverse side of the collar first, followed by the sleeves, back and finally the front of the shirt.

When ironing several shirts, dampen them first by spritzing with distilled water. Do not use tap water because this may cause water stains. Fold the sleeves in and tightly roll the shirts up and set aside for about 15 minutes.

Pull the shirt over the pointed end of the ironing board to iron the yoke, or the upper part of the sleeve. Iron in a back-and-forth motion only, never in a circular pattern, which can damage the fabric.

Ironing the seams may be difficult, but they are the most important areas to iron for appearance reasons. Iron one side of the sleeve, then turn and iron the opposite side. The sleeves will then have creases. One way to iron out a few pesky creases is to stuff the sleeves with a rolled-up towel after ironing them and gently pressing out the creases.

Next iron the back of the shirt, and finally the front. Be sure not to run the iron over the buttons. Carefully iron between the buttons.

Use a bit of spray starch for any natural fabrics, or use sizing for polyester and other synthetic fabrics.

Turn on the radio for a little background music while ironing.

When ironing the collar and cuffs, begin at the outer edges and move inward.

Pride of the US fleet sails in for some fun

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DONALD ASPREY

Crew members aboard the USS Ronald Reagan set their sights on Hong Kong yesterday as the US Navy’s newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier made its maiden stopover.

The 334-metre warship, commissioned in July 2003, has more than 60 aircraft and a raft of design changes, including a bulbous bow, digital communications and a redesigned “island” – the command centre for flight-deck operations.

Displacing 98,500 tonnes and with 1.82 hectares of flight deck, the ship’s four 30-tonne bronze propellers can drive the vessel at more than 30 knots, powered by two nuclear reactors that can run for more than 20 years between pit stops.

Rear Admiral Michael Miller, commander of the fleet that includes the aircraft carrier, said the city would give his crew some much-needed entertainment.

“We have brought about 6,000 sailors into your city and they are ready to spend,” he said. “For many of them it will be their first experience of Hong Kong. This is one of our favourite berths and we are all very excited to be here.”

Admiral Miller said that as well as filling the bars in Wan Chai, many sailors were keen to get involved with the local community.

“Some of us will also be participating in community relations projects, which involve anything from painting an orphanage to interacting with patients in hospitals,” he said. “It is a global community and we want to help where we can.”

Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Dominique Lasco painted a picture of life on board. “It gets very routine,” she said. “You are working 12 hours on, 12 hours off, usually seven to seven, and then you grab a bite to eat and go to bed. There are no bars or leisure facilities. In fact, there’s no alcohol. That sucks.”

The sailor, who enlisted 2 1/2<121> years ago to help pay her tuition fees, said she was glad to be in the most balanced crew in the navy, but said life on board could still be tough for women.

“There are about 500 to 600 women on this cruise [about 12 per cent], the most for any ship in the US Navy. But it can be hard.”

One of the highlights for her has been the travel. Since the carrier was deployed in January it has roamed more than 24,000km along the east and west coasts of Latin America, through the Straits of Magellan and across the Pacific to berth at Malaysia and Singapore.

“Singapore was very disappointing,” she said. “It was boring.”

I RECENTLY had the opportunity to once again visit the Lion City and confer with the Prime Minister, the Minister for Defence and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

My visit was part of the fifth annual Shangri-La Defence Conference, which also afforded the opportunity to meet many other defence ministers from around Asia.

As always, I was struck by the energy, zest and prosperity of your clean and beautiful city.

Having visited many times over the years, I remain an enormous fan of Singapore, a vital ally and friend of the United States of America.

Thank you so much for your warm hospitality and all that you contribute to this vibrant Pacific region and to the world community.

I look forward to my next visit.

Donald H. Rumsfeld
United States
Secretary of Defence

Singapore Chief Justice's Address

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Less polluted air could save HK $4b a year

HONG KONG – BETTER air quality in Hong Kong could save as many as 1,600 lives and HK$21 billion (S$4.3 billion) a year, according to a new study.

In addition, 64,000 hospital ‘bed days’ and 6.8 million family doctor visits could be saved, said the report released yesterday.

Air pollution in Hong Kong has deteriorated markedly in the past decade; some say it is starting to affect the city’s economic lustre by making it harder to attract overseas talent to work here.

The report said Hong Kong had poor visibility 45 per cent of the time and was worse than Los Angeles, London, New York and Paris in terms of ‘respirable particulate air pollution’ levels.

‘If it was an infectious disease, there would be a crisis,’ Mr Anthony Hedley from the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health told a news conference.

‘This is a medical emergency.’

Besides his department, the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Institute for the Environment at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Civic Exchange think-tank took part in the study.

The researchers estimated that HK$1.5 billion could be saved per year in tangible health care costs, HK$500 million in productivity lost due to pollution-related illness and HK$19 billion in intangible costs, including the value of lost lives and willingness to pay to avoid illness. — REUTERS, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Wong Kar-Wai

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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Private eyes
By Vivienne Chow and David Watkins

Wong Kar Wai

Director Wong Kar-wai. Photo: K.Y. Cheng.

THE MASTER OF light and shade he may be – but he’s the master of shades, too. Wong Kar-wai never steps into the public arena without his prescription sunglasses, refusing to take them off even when indoors. With his eyes hidden from view, it’s sometimes impossible to tell where he’s looking, what he’s thinking or whether he’s finished answering a question after one of his customary pauses.

Many rumours have circulated about why Wong hides his eyes. Some say he suffers from a rare disorder and is ultra-sensitive to light – although the sensual, luminous colours of his films would suggest otherwise. Others says it’s vanity – an attempt to look like the chain-smoking characters who populate his movies. Or maybe he simply dislikes being interviewed.

The truth is more down to earth, derived out of a basic need for privacy: they’re his disguise. “I have no problem with the press – I give interviews all the time. Sunglasses are like a uniform for me,” says Wong, smoking his umpteenth cigarette. “I don’t have a name card, so I have glasses. Without these sunglasses, people don’t recognise me. That way I can have more privacy with my family when I don’t wear them. Some people do things in opposite ways.”

Although his films are filled with tragic types suffocated by romantic longing, Wong in person is cheerful, to the point of being playful. And although he imposes a dimmed view of the world on his eyes when facing reporters – as he does on the day he’s at Taikoo’s UA Cinema, promoting his part in Eros, a directorial menage a trois with Steven Soderberg and Michelangelo Antonioni about erotic love – it’s what his eyes see through the camera that the world is clamouring for. Continue reading Wong Kar-Wai