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Wedding Videographer: Forza Pictures

A great wedding videographer is not just one who captures the day but one who tells a story.

Forza Pictures, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is run by Sandra Boon, a creative storyteller.

Forza Pictures

I think her work speaks for itself. Check out these 2 videos!

Tip: Go full screen for the best experience.

You can check out more of Forza’s portfolio at their Vimeo channel here:  http://vimeo.com/forzapictures

You can also contact Forza at: bugsbcf@yahoo.com

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Back To Drugs

After more than 5 years, I’m finally taking drugs again.

Towards the end of 2007,  I made a radical change of direction in my lifestyle.

It was based on my belief that our body was created to heal itself. The reason why we get sick is because our immune system is weak and is unable to deal with the attacks from bacteria, viruses and everything else.

Major change number 1 was moving to a predominantly vegetarian diet. A topic for another day.

Major change number 2 was deciding to no longer rely on drugs.  And consequently, no longer going to see a GP (doctor) whenever I felt sick.

Of course, for serious problems like back pain and issues with my ear, I would see a doctor. I’m talking about your usual bouts of flu and infections.

Why?

Well, generally, with western medicine, the approach is often to just deal with symptoms. The drugs attack the symptom, not cure the problem.

For example, Panadol might take away the pain of my headache but it won’t remove the tumor that is causing my headache!

Also, in Malaysia, doctors always prescribe antibiotics whether you need them or not. Not only does it harm you, it makes the bacteria more resilient!

Why would I want to pump these chemicals into my body?

I need a really good reason before taking drugs. Like the time when I had a tooth infection. If I didn’t take antibiotics and the infection spread, I could die!

So, for the past 5 years, I have been relying on natural remedies whenever I get sick. As long as I can strengthen my immune system, my body can heal itself.

So, I always joke that when people get sick, they will go to the clinic. When I get sick,  I go to the supermarket!

Well, I’ve been sick for the past few weeks and I’ve been travelling a lot so I’ve not been able to do my usual juicing.

A few days ago, I had such a bad cough, I thought maybe I caught TB from the country I just came back from!

Exercising wisdom, I finally went to see the doctor to get the usual dosage of antibiotics, cough mixture and lozenges.

As a result, I was reminded of another reason why I dislike these drugs. They make me drowsy!

So, for the past few days, I’ve been so unproductive. I felt like a zombie wandering around my house looking for brains to eat. Don’t worry, my wife is still of sound mind!

Honestly, there is another story behind my recent bout of sickness.

Towards the end of last year, I was just looking back on 2013 thinking that it has been my healthiest year. I haven’t been sick for an entire year!

I was feeling proud of myself that all the years of watching my diet has finally paid off.

When I was thinking this, I suddenly felt cold. Oh no. David, you’re going to pay for this.

Sure enough. 4 days before 2013 ended, I got sick!

That’s when I discovered that PRIDE is a much bigger sickness than flu bugs and bacteria!

A New Gospel? Part 2

In the first part of this series, A New Gospel, I suggested that we tend to interpret the message and purpose of Jesus through the epistles, the letters of the New Testament.

Why is this so?

Probably because the letters are more doctrinal and explanatory in nature. They seem to explain things more since they were written to different churches and individuals.

On the other hand, the Gospels seem to be just full of stories.

So, what happens is that, we end up interpreting the Gospels through the Epistles instead of the Epistles through the Gospels.

Or, as some have put it, we end up interpreting Jesus through Paul rather than Paul through Jesus.

Isn’t it strange that we should elevate Paul above Jesus? Isn’t there something wrong with this picture?

And this is why we end up missing out on a huge part of the purpose and message of Jesus.

If you still find it hard to accept what I’m highlighting here, let me give you one example.

Hilssong Word NLT Magazine Bible

Hillsong London has produced a marvelous magazine-style NLT Bible called Word. You can purchase it with free shipping here.

This Bible is arranged into 4 themes as explained in their introduction:

Hilsong Word NLT Book Order

The first 4 books you will read in this Bible to understand “What God has done, how and why?” are epistles! And guess which is the first epistle?

Romans!

At least Mark goes in there at the end.

You might think that this is not really a big deal.

Trust me, it is.

After reading the Gospels over and over again last year, now, when I read the epistles, I see things which I never saw before.

Ask my wife how many times I’ve said to her in the past few months, “Oh my goodness! This epistle doesn’t say what we always thought it said!“.

Again, I encourage you to find this treasure I mentioned in Part 1 of this series.

You will also be saying “OH MY GOODNESS!“.

Part 3 here

How To Spot A Scam

Barely 3 days after I posted the blog Do You Want To Get Rich Quick?, the latest Get-Rich-Quick scheme appears on my Facebook timeline.

A few years ago, a friend told me about this “Gold Investment” company which guarantees a 30% p.a. return. Straightaway, I said, it’s a scam.

As expected, I got the defensive response.

I discovered quite a few friends were into this “investment scheme”. One friend even told me that it has to be legitimate because he was introduced by a university professor who sits on the Board of the company. Surely, a university professor can be trusted?

I have learnt that when it comes to money, nobody can be trusted! Not even your mother!

Fast forward a few years and the company gets shut down by Bank Negara and many who donated their life savings are now still suffering.

Well, today,  I discovered a new “gold trading investment” opportunity.

Not offering 30% guaranteed return.

Wait for it.

Guaranteeing 120% p.a. return. Wow!

Not only that, you get 10% for introducing new suckers, I mean, investors. And not only that, you get additional bonuses based on the balancing of a binary MLM structure 10 levels deep.

Wow! So many bonuses!!!!! Quick invest!

Listen. One of the easiest ways to spot a scam is this rule:

If it’s too good to be true, it’s too good to be true!

As a general rule, run away from anybody who guarantees you 30% or more consistent return on an investment.

Nobody on planet earth can give that kind of guarantee.

Even the richest, most respected, most revered investor, Warren Buffet, cannot give you that kind of guarantee.

Do you know that in the past 30 years, Warren Buffet has only achieved an 18% annualized return on his investments? (source)

Warren Buffet? One of the richest men in the world. Only 18%?

Someone should ask him to put his money into this new gold investment scheme.

If it’s too good to be true, it’s too good to be true!

Remember this.

Nobody can stop you from investing into a scam. But if you introduce others to do so, you are responsible.

Don’t be a fool.

2 Things About Me

Hi! I’m David.

Before we go on, let me tell you 2 things about myself:

1. My brain seems to have lost the capacity to remember details about people especially names, faces and background.

Don’t ask me why but I can forget your name the moment after you tell me.

And the moment after you remind me.

Somehow, the neurons in my brain associated with names and faces has malfunctioned.

I am plagued by this constant question – Where have I seen this person before? Looks familiar…

Then I start to panic.

Is this a church member? My client? My ex-schoolmate? My former colleague? My relative?!?!! Help!!!

This is why I am grateful that my wife is not like me! She is my people recognition app. The problem is, I can’t bring her with me everywhere all the time.

I am hoping that Google Glass will have facial recognition capabilities.

Otherwise, please don’t get offended if I ask you, “Have we met before?“.

2. I have bad breath.

I have this cavity at the back of my mouth which the dentist says he can’t do anything about. It’s a gap between my last molar and a wisdom tooth that didn’t grow.

It is like a cave that provides safety for refugee food scraps.

Despite all effort to keep it clean, food does get stuck in there and emits a foul smell as it rots.

It’s just something I have to live with. And I guess, you have to live with too!

So, if you want to get upset with me if I forget that I know you and my breath stinks, I’m sorry. That’s just who I am.

So, here’s what you can do to help me:

  1. Remind me of your name when you meet me. Say, “Hi David! I am…..”.
  2. Pinch your nose and breathe through your mouth. It makes talking to me much more bearable.

If all else fails, just remember this.

I love you.

Even if I don’t know who you are.

Bags: Out Of The Ashes

There’s a new uber bag in town.

It’s limited edition. It’s hip. It’s tough.

And it’s environmentally-friendly!

Say hello to the OOA General Supply bag.

Out Of The Ashes Details

OOA stands for Out Of the Ashes. These bags are made from recycled canvas.

No, not your sissy canvas.

This is from canvas used on trucks.

Weathered canvas.

Tough guy canvas!

Like this guy here.

Out Of The Ashes Recycled Canvas

As a result, no two  bags are alike. So, if you want to be different. Here’s your chance.

Oh, and it’s not just for guys. Girls should also carry some tough guy canvas around!

Out Of The Ashes for Girls

You can check out OOA General Supply  here:

FB: https://facebook.com/ooageneralsupply
Instagram: http://instagram.com/ooageneralsupply

Do You Want To Get Rich Quick?

I’m sorry to say this.

If your answer to the above question is yes, then you’re a fool.

If I sound harsh, it’s for your own good. History is littered with the sob stories of millions wanting to get rich quick.

The best examples are lottery winners.

Wouldn’t you love to strike the lottery one day and suddenly have a windfall of millions? Imagine all the things you could do with all that money?

The truth is, most lottery winners eventually shipwrecked their lives and ended back in poverty.

Don’t believe me? Then check out these links:

19 Lottery Winners Who Blew It All
How the Lives of 10 Lottery Millionaires went Disastrously Wrong

Why?

Why is it foolish to desire quick riches?

The most obvious reason is that greed blinds you and leads you to make really stupid decisions.

But, even if you don’t make stupid decisions, the truth is, you can’t handle all that money.

How can you handle $100,000 when you haven’t handled $10,000?
How can you handle $1 million when you haven’t handled $100,000?
How can you handle $100 million when you haven’t handled $10 million?

Learn to build your wealth and you will get to keep your wealth.

There is a reason why things take time in life. We need time to grow.

Take the time to get rich and your riches will last beyond your lifetime!

Find out How To Spot A Scam in my next post here.