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My 38C hip – i got rhythm

February 20, 2011 - 7:32 pm - Posted by YS

My wife and I are enrolled in Zumba/Zoomba dancicise.

Being the only other male out of a class of 25+ often makes me feel  “different”.

It is times like these i can clearly  see and experience why and how women move more elegantly than men.

Perhaps to make me feel at home, one day the female instructor commented that my hips moved with rhythm.

I proudly responded by saying, “… this is a 38C backside….”.

Take my word, I strongly advise all able seniors to join some sort of physical activity – it is good for your soul, your health and your self confidence.

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Yield and Pull to the side

February 6, 2011 - 4:51 pm - Posted by YS

I recently read an article in the Vancouver Sun detailing about the writer’s experience with drivers who would continue driving despite clear and loud siren alarm/sound from Ambulance or Police Cruiser.

Yesterday ( Feb 5th ) while driving south on King George/96th, Surrey, we experienced similar behaviours from quite a few cars.  The drivers either proceeded as if nothing had happened or blocking traffic on the middle or the fast lane making no effort to pull to the side.

On a related issue about drivers still using hand held cell phone or equipment, this happened just too often.  I see it just about once a week or more whenever I asked my passenger to spot these irresponsible drivers.

Time to set up special traffic squad to issue tickets to offenders. This will save lives and take a lot of pressure from regular police who have more urgent and demanding issues to deal with.

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RRSp-LRIF- convertion

January 31, 2011 - 7:54 pm - Posted by YS

I recently tried to find info. on converting Lock-In RRSP into Lock-In RIF, min, / Max withdrawals. After visiting numerous financial sites, Banks and Insuance companies and even phoning a Bank’s 1-800## I was told to check out CRA (Canadian Revenue Agency), to no avail.
I finanally stumbled into a very good and user friendly site
It provides a very comprehensive ROAD Map- min amount withdrawal and MAX amount withdrawal for Lock-In RIF…
You can even do a dummy/trial tax analysis. Highly recommended.

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Since early 2010 it became illegal for drivers to use hand held phones while driving. 1 year later I often see violators, young and old, male and female defying the law. If as a driver I can casaully notice these irresponsible drivers, it will not be difficult for the police to actively seek out these culprits. I strongly urge the BC govt. to pursue these dangerous drivers. It will only save lives if the police go after these selfsih people.

January 31, 2011 - 7:31 pm - Posted by YS

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I am back

January 30, 2011 - 10:58 pm - Posted by YS

I am back. I officially retired in September 2008 at the age of 60. To-date I have managed to keep myself busy at a moderate pace doing meaningful things I like and those that I didn’t have the time or the money to do in my younger days.
I will have more to say in the coming days/weeks on how things and my life have evolved since then.

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Sept 19/ 2008

June 10, 2009 - 9:38 pm - Posted by YS

September 19, 2008 – Friday

Was my last day at work after giving a 13 week verbal notice followed by  a 7 week  written confirmation to my employer.  The decision was not difficult as this had been well thought of and discussed with my spouse for over 1 year.  I  informed my supervisor in early 2008 that I would not stay pass Jan/2009 and would leave earlier if they had a candidate to replace me.

I had also wanted and considered  taking a 6-8 weeks leave but regretfully that could not be worked out.

I am a true believer of stepping down before my time is due or simply put – quit while you are ahead. My job was not overly demanding or stressful and the pay is adequate. This had prompted many to ask ” why!”.

Over the years it was clear to me that there were too many who have overstayed -  they showed clear signs of ill health, physically and mentally and noticeably performing their job in a ” wobbly manner “.

People who are concerned about  not having enough to do after retirement need to look no further than their own communities – volunteering work is abundantly available. Give back to the society, i urge them, or simply spend more time on things you have always wanted to do  unless you are one of those who would prefer to pass out/away on your desk.

To start my retirement i will take a small and humble step of weeding one at a time!

Not to burn  my bridges – I may indeed return to a paid job -  will keep the rest of thoughts to myself


June 2009 – update

I have been busy working around the house so I truly enjoy my retirement.

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Beefs About Human Selfishness

June 10, 2009 - 9:34 pm - Posted by YS

Here are some very common and irresponsible acts that can be seen in our everyday life.

At the swimming pool -

1 – an adult man somehow had his jacket turned upside down in the changing room and out came about 5 locker tokens ( coins provided by the pool for lockers) from one of the pockets;

2 – people with clear skin problems that should not be in the water;

3 – walkers in a lane clearly marked for lap-swimming only;

4 – shaving while leaving taps open    (steam from the hot water can be easily seen);

5 – 20 + sheets of paper towels to dry one’s body with bath towel on the body;


5 – generously sharing loud music with windows wide open;

6 – flicking cigarettes ashes through the window;


7 – hopping from side-walk to the road without even turning head to ensure no car is turning;

8 – riding against the traffic flow;


9 – slowly opening one’s handbag and trying to locate a purse or loose change

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DUI / Drink And Drive

January 25, 2009 - 7:53 pm - Posted by YS

I recently spent a few days in Ningbo, a city about 1.5 hours drive from Shanghai, China and noticed that there were lots of cameras on the highway – almost every 1/4 of a mile or so.  I also noticed that there were not many cars moving at  high speed.

At first I  thought the cameras were the main deterrents till a friend told me that if one was caught driving with alcohol levels higher than the legal limit not only would the car be impounded so would the driver immediately for 10 days.

Yes, the drunker driver would go straight to the cell to sober up for 10 days. My friend told me his friend sure learnt fast after being locked up and not having an income.  It was very bad for  ” losing face”.

Perhaps we should have a similar law that summarily put these irresponsible drivers away instantly- no ifs and buts.

I for one would never want to go to jail for 10 days.

Besides, I believe that would save lifes and reduce our car insurance premium.

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B. Obama

January 21, 2009 - 10:41 pm - Posted by YS

The recent world wild  exuberance about the 44th President of USA  is clearly unprecedented. The world seems hopeful and jubilant.

However, I do have 2 issues that I found a little puzzling and somewhat disturbing.

1 Why is it  every one refers him/ Obama  as the 1st Black President. Doesn’t he has 50% of white blood as well?  Aren’t  people making too much a fuss about it  -    on and on and on!

2 Why so little, if any,  has been mentioned about his mother?  I got this strange feeling that it is still an overwhelmingly  male dominated society when TV repeatedly showed his 1/2 sister from Kenya and little if any about his other relatives/siblings on his mother side.

I really would like to know more about his mother.   It must have been tough for her to have married someone from Africa.  She would be an interesting person to know.  She had to be very courageous.

Almost without exceptions, newspapers on both sides of the borders simply ” follow the crowd “.

It would indeed be nice if  media would tell me more about Obama’s mother and his other 1/2 siblings Obama is knwon to have besdies those in Kenya.

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December 2, 2007 - 8:38 pm - Posted by YS

Some 35 years ago, when I was close to graduating from the University Of Wales, my long term plan was to get a “iron bowl” job and “take it easy” till 45, then start writing a book about my life and fully retired from my employment at 50.

I was to be busy traveling after 50 – just see the world and be embraced by the nature.

I had thought that my life till then was quite eventful. I was 25, not knowing that the ensuing part of my journey would be no less interesting, meaningful and definitely more demanding. I had wished and truly and honestly believed that all my bad experiences in my younger days would be over once I had obtained a degree from the colonial motherland.

For example, I had a close call before I turned 20 and thought I would surely die in a single car accident- I was bleeding with one leg trapped under the side of the jeep in a country side off the road with no people in sight – it was in a war zone.

History seems to like to repeat itself – when I was 51 another close call was implanted in my mind, by courtesy of a diagnostic medical error in 2000. Few years later I thought I might never be able to walk again without a steel knee – that was 2006.

Looking back, it really wasn’t that bad. We all have our share of misfortunes, only in a very different shapes or forms. Over the years I have become stronger and more sympathetic towards the less fortunate people. Meanwhile I have become increasingly determined to do the right things whenever possible as I continue my journey.

I also hope my memoirs would help me be a better person and help me heal both within myself and by lending a helping hand to others.

So help me god, whoever and whatever you and I perceive him/her/it to be.

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    I am close to early CPP collection age; having worked for about 30 years mainly in the Canadian banking sector i now put in a 3-day week. I plan to give back what i have taken and more to the society... sharing my experience and thoughts is one of many ways to do so..... John YS. I finally retired in September 2008.

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