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Saturday, 29 August 2009

BBRAeNEWS No.211 - A Moment to Ponder.

Dear Residents,

BBRA's A Moment to Ponder - A Man's Love for God.

BBRA's A Moment to Ponder.
"Let No One Say the past is dead, the Past is all about us and within . Let us rediscover that our strength lives in living our ideals, not talking about them. "- Barrack Obama
The church of Pastor John Lim and family
He has positioning this church for greatness and devotes his life to do what he loves most - to serve God. Pastor John Lim gave up a lot to serve in the ministry. He was a former Singapore EDB scholar who walked away from the corporate world to pastor a church. Pastor John also served as the second President of the BBRA for the Bandar Botanic Resident’s Association.

The goal of this blog is also to bring Awareness to all residents of what is actually happening or had already happened. Some of the pictures may seems ruthless. But can each and everyone of us gives a Ponder of a Moment?
What is your personal opinion on this picture? ....Do you have any comments? ...Do you have any more thought for Pastor John Lim or have you already forgotten him for his service in Bandar Botanic Resident’s Association?

BBRAeNEWS No.210 - Kite Flying in Bandar Botanic.

Dear Residents,

Dairy Of a Resident

Kite Flying in Bandar Botanic.

Kite flying is rite of childhood and everyone has memories of windy days in the Botanical park with Mommy and Daddy shouting gleefully as the colorful kites go higher and higher. But kites also do get stuck in trees and you have to get them down.
And the good thing about kites is that we can always use shoes to knock it back to the ground. Ha ha ha.. So, kite flyers out there, remember this: try not to fly too close to trees, especially when you are not equipped to retrieve struck kites. This rule applies to especially tall trees.
Mid-air collusions: Sometimes, there is head-on collusion, the props of one’s kite cut into another innocent kite’s, causing it to break. What surprised everyone was that even though the innocent kite suffered damages, it still can fly. Meanwhile, everyone will be laughing over the incidents and also having a jolly good time over the mid air collisions.

As kids, we learned to fly on small, inexpensive versions but now, kites come in various shapes and sizes to keep adults entertained as well. However, kite-flying is a new hobby in Bandar Botanic and Bukit Tinggi and you've find residents upgrading to a fancier version.
There are several things not to do, such as
a. Do not fly kites in stormy weather and thunder storms.
b. Under TNB high tension power lines.
c. Kites that are too heavy and powerful.
d. Avoid flying kites near people, water, trees, and buildings.

BBRAeNEWS No.209 - A Merdeka's Joy from MPK?

Dear Residents,

Diary Of a Resident

Thank You, MPK.

This is it! This must be the Merdeka’s Present Joy from the local council MPK to the residents of Bandar Botanic? The MPK has today allocated 40 new dustbins to the Bandar Botanic garden.

There are always illegal dumping by irresponsible residents and outsiders. Therefore, the local council MPK has today provided another 40 new, large dust bins to the residents of Bandar Botanic placed at strategic locations. I have alone counted five of these new dustbins in the playground and land between Angsana and Jenaris.

According to the sub-contractor for MPK, these dustbins are larger then the usual small ones and they have been bolted into the concrete cement at the bottom to prevent the dustbins from been pilfered, damaged or thrown about.

To me, indeed it is a Merdeka's Joy to the Residents of Bandar Botanic township.

BBRAeNEWS No.208 - Street Crime Prevention Tips.

Dear Residents,

Street Crimes Prevention Tips.

Every Saturday, BBRA will bring you an article on Street Crimes. This would serve as a prevention tips and how to avoid.

The Star Newspaper
Monday August 24, 2009
Snatch theft victim mourns loss of a friend

JOHOR BARU: Both Kamurummisah Mohd Kassim and R. Prathiraj have known each other since primary school and even worked at the same fast food outlet in Singapore.
Days after Prathiraj died in a snatch-theft attempt, the 24-year-old waitress is finding it hard to deal with her loss.
“I still cannot accept the fact that my good friend is no longer alive. He was a very quiet person, who avoided getting into trouble,” she said of her friend.
Kamurummisah said she and Prathiraj were on their way home on a motorcycle after work at a McDonald’s outlet when the incident occurred at 6.30am along Jalan Bakar Batu here on Aug 15.

Tragic victims: Kamurummisah recuperating from a broken arm, leg and facial injuries and Prathiraj (inset), who died after being in a coma for two days.

“I have been working there for more than two years. But it was the first time I accepted a lift from him because his friend who usually followed him to work had called in sick,” she said when met at home in Masai recently.
Kamurummisah said they had just turned off at a traffic lights junction when two men on a motorcycle appeared beside them and tried to snatch her bag from the front basket.
She said Prathiraj refused to let go of the bag and instead, tried to catch up with the culprits when one of them kicked at their motorcycle.
“He managed to control his motorcyle from falling onto the road but lost control of it and rammed into a tree.
“I freed myself and tried to revive Prathiraj but he was motionless with blood around his eyes and nose,” she said, adding that passers-by later called for an ambulance.
Prathiraj died of head injuries at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital at 10.20am the following day.
Kamurummisah, who suffered from a broken hand, leg and bruises to her face, described her experience as a nightmare.
“Everything happened so fast. I hope the police will catch those responsible as many people have become victims of snatch thefts. This is the first time I have been involved in one,” she said.
Johor Baru (South) OCPD Asst Comm Zainuddin Yaacob said police were conducting operations to nab the suspected snatch thieves and urged those with information to contact the hotline at 07-221-2999.

Friday, 28 August 2009

BBRAeNEWS No.207 - Blanks Sign-boards.

Dear Residents,

Blank Wooden Signs of No Meanings.


Most of the wooden signs boards in the entire botanic garden put up by the Developer within the estate are completely blank - lettering has worn off, due to wear and tear long time ago. It seems puzzling that these are being ignored by the Developers TMO. One thing I can tell you is that TMO is unknowingly and unobtrusively inviting ruthless Graffiti writers to try their skills on these blank signs sooner or later just as they have done on the walled partitions (see picture). Wouldn’t it be sad then? Don’t you think the adage that “prevent is better then cure” works in this case before damage is being done? One may ask where are the ‘after sales services’ from the developers?

BBRAeNEWS No.206 - Beware of Dogs.

Dear Residents,

Beware of Loose Dogs.


The following pictures speak eloquently to the need for a lifetime commitment by responsible, competent dog owners to properly train and socialize their dogs. There are no problem dogs, just problem owners.
Many people, especially children and women have been frightened by the threat of dog attack, but most don’t see their own dog as a threat.

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but they may also bite the hand that feeds them. The cost of pain and suffering after a dog bite is great.

Our Human Society has dispelled many of the common myth associated with dangerous dogs but the typical perpetrator is usually the family dog, and the victim are usually children and women. Most bites occur while the dog is unleashed. Nearly most of the attack occurs on street, sidewalk or alley adjacent to the dog owner’s property.

Anyone who regularly walks runs or rides a bicycle will encounter dogs. Most of these encounters are friendly and harmless. Some dogs will bark at or chase passing pedestrians or bicycles. This is normal canine behavior and is in itself not dangerous. The dog can however annoy someone enjoying a peaceful walk, run or ride. In addition it is often difficult to tell if an unfamiliar dog might bite or attack if he catches you. But occasionally the dog will be vicious and dangerous in some way and they can cause problems.

I know of a lady who had been bitten by a small dog near Phase 3. And the dog owner, also a woman, just stood there did nothing to deter the dog, which she let loose. She did not even offer an apology. Such is the disgusting attitude of some Botanic residents. The lady had to go to the clinic for an anti rabbis injection and after one year the dog teeth’s marks are still there.
A sharp noise sometimes chases these dogs away. Throwing a small rock in the dog’s general direction, without actually hitting it will also often chase the dog away. Frequently the act of bending down to pick up the rocks works.

Pay attention: If you see stray or potentially dangerous dogs ahead try to alter your route to avoid them. If a particular route has a problem with potentially dangerous dogs, map out a new route or call the local animal control officers from MPK!
Fortunately truly vicious dogs are rare, but they do exist. Some breeds such as pit bulls, rottweilers, and similar breeds have been bred for protection or fighting – such as the one belongs to my resident friend in Phase 6. If such dogs are mistreated or poorly trained by their owners, they can become vicious and extremely dangerous.

If you encounter such a dog, do whatever is necessary to protect yourself.
Here are some tips:

1. Do not try to run away. Two legged humans cannot outrun a four legged dog, no matter how scared they are. The dog will chase if you run.
2. Back away slowly while facing the dog.
3. Use whatever is available to protect yourself. If available, a large stick, rock can strike the dog from a distance.
4. At the last resort, curl up into a ball covering your face and head. Do not move and hope that the dog loses interest in a non moving object.
5. Do not hesitate to take appropriate legal action afterwards.

BBRAeNEWS No.205 - BBRA's Health Tips.

Dear Residents,
BBRA's Health Tips.
Every Thursday of the week, BBRA will bring to you a small little something of health. We hopes that the residents of Bandar Botanic would always be healthy.
“Are you drinking enough water? Your body is about 60% water, so it's no big surprise that getting enough of it is essential for optimal health. We've all heard the old "drink eight eight-ounce glasses a day" rule, but that's quite generic and outdated. Instead, use this updated formula to find out your daily needs:

Your weight (lbs) / 2 = Ounces you should drink each day

Take your bodyweight in pounds and divide it by two. That's how many ounces you should drink every day. So if you weight 180 pounds, that's 90 ounces. Sounds like a lot, doesn't it? Let's take that number and get an idea of how much water that really is. Do you have a favorite glass or water bottle you usually drink out of? Most people do. Go get it and use a measuring cup to measure how many ounces it holds. Then just divide the total amount of ounces you're supposed to drink per day by the amount of ounces your glass or bottle holds to get an idea of how many times you would have to fill that container to get to your quota.”

Thursday, 27 August 2009

BBRAeNEWS No.204 - The Replanting of trees.

Dear TMO,
for the attention of Mr Goo CK of Gamuda Land and his Senior Managements.

Recently BBRA Mr Choo in charge of the Landscape and Recreation Portfolio has ask Mr Goo for his kind attention to plant further trees to Green up the Garden further as certain locations are bare of trees. Mr Goo says that no additional trees will be planted in the Garden Lake. However, we wish to appeal to Mr Goo CK and his Senior Managements to consider replant those trees which are found dead and somehow failed to grow. I have taken some pictures of these dead trees which only constitute a small number. I hope Mr GOO CK can entertain BBRA's requests. Thanking Mr Goo and his Senior Managements in advance for their kind cooperations - Andrew Sum

BBRAeNEWS No.203 - A Doctor's Corner.

Dear Residents,

BBRA's A Doctor's Corner.

Every Thursday of the week, BBRA will bring you some medical and physician report in A Doctor's Corner. We hope you like it.

How to Prevent Stroke - Obesity is bad for your brain as well as your body, leads to dementia: study
Tuesday, August 25th 2009, 1:29 PM

Eating healthy not only keeps you slim: it may also benefit the brain later in life by warding off dementia, one study suggests.

Keeping your weight in check may help keep your brain in shape. Being plump can increase the risk of dementia, according to new research reported in NewScientist.
Earlier studies have shown that obesity in middle age can bump up the chances of getting dementia decades later. But this research shows that older people who are obese have smaller brains on average than leaner oldsters.
Brain scans provide a more complete picture of the differences in brain size between obese people and those of average weight. In older obese people, the brain regions important to cognition are smaller, compared with leaner people, and this makes their brains appear up to 16 years older than their actual age, according to NewScientist.
The research was done at the
University of California in Los Angeles by Paul Thompson. He found that in people with a higher body mass index, the brains were smaller, especially the parts of the brain that are important for planning and for memory.
In his research, Thompson notes that increased body fat may up the chances of having clogged arteries. This could reduce the flow of blood and oxygen to brain cells.
Some experts believe that exercise, known to improve blood flow and cardiac health, may be the answer to avoiding dementia.
“To keep your brain young, you need to have good blood flow and the way to have this is through exercise,” says
Dr. Amit Shelat, a JustAnswer neurologist and faculty member in the department of neurology at North Shore University in Manhasset.
“As a person gains weight, the body can’t handle all the sugar and so pumps out more insulin,” explains Shelat. “The body becomes more resistant to insulin and eventually this leads to Type Two diabetes. The first thing you’ll be told when you go to the doctor is to exercise.”
An obese person is at an increased risk for a stroke, explains
Dr. Albert Favate, neurologist and director of the Stroke Center at St. Vincent’s Hospital. “A person could be having hundreds of small, silent strokes in the brain,” he explains. “And these small strokes can contribute to dementia.”
Staying physically fit and mentally active are important for brain health, says
Lou-Ellen Barkan, president and CEO of the New York City chapter of the Alzheimers Association. And eating right helps, too, she says.
“A brain healthy diet is one that is heavy on fruits and nuts and low in fat and cholesterol,” Barkan says. “Obesity is definitely not a good thing for a healthy brain.”

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

BBRAeNEWS No.202 - BBRA's Cookery.

Dear Residents,

Every Wednesday, BBRA will bring you some cookery delights. However, since this is a Ramadan month, BBRA will bring you something Halal for Muslim food fans in Bandar Botanic as well as those awaiting something unique in the food. Hope you like it.

Summer Green Bean Salad

3/4 pound green beans, stems pinched off
1 teaspoon finely chopped chives
1/4 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon minced shallots
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons heavy creamscant
1/4 teaspoon salttiny pinch of freshly ground pepper
1/3 cup olive oil1 teaspoon honey (optional)
a handful of frisee or little gem hearts
a handful of small cherry tomatoes, each cut in half
1/2 cup hazelnuts, smashed and toasted
Start by making the dressing. Whisk together the chives, thyme, shallots, lemon juice, heavy cream, salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil with a fork, stirring until everything comes together. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Sometimes my lemon dressings have a puckery edge to them, and when that happens I just whisk in just a touch of honey to counterbalance the sour. Set aside.

In the meantime, bring two quarts of water to a boil. Salt generously and stir in the green beans. Cook for about 1 1/2 minutes. Just until the beans brighten up and soften a touch, I go a bit beyond "al dente" here for this salad. Quickly drain them and run under cold water to stop the cooking.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

BBRAeNEWS No.201 - Danger Plant.

Dear Residents,

Poisonous Plant.

Beware, if you may have this plant at home ...Cycas revoluta (Sago Palm )

Please check whether you have this type of plant at home?

Leaves and male cone of Cycas revoluta. The plant is called a Sago Palm and its highly poisonous to both pets and humans.

A chemical in the plant called cycasin is toxic and often causes permanent liver damage as well as neurological damage if enough of the poison is absorbed by the body. The seeds are the most poisonous part of the plant and the effects on humans are seizures, coma and death. Of course you and I wouldn't just yank off a chunk of this plant and gnaw on it but the seeds are colorful so if you have kids and Sago palm in your yard, educate them on the danger or get rid of the plant. Fortunately our dog was one of the lucky ones. I later discovered that our dog vomited the plant in the yard soon after swallowing it, and after 2 days in the vet on IV, and having a ball of charcoal inserted in his stomach, a test revealed that his liver was recovering and he came home. Sadly few people are aware of how dangerous

This plant, many have lost their dogs, and even many veterinarians are unaware. This plant doesn't carry a warning label and is becoming popular in Walmart, Lowes, and Home Depot so spread the word.

BBRAeNEWS No.200 - Ramadan

Dear Residents,


The Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar but for many Muslims it’s the first and Muslims believe this to be most blessed month of the entire year. The month is holy and spiritually uplifting but if you’re are not careful, the obligation can also lead to some common health problems because of the drastic change in dietary habits.

The long fasting hours may cause digestive problems like gastritis, fatigue and lack of vitality – due to the body not getting the right types of food need to be consumed for a healthy fast and to provide enough energy to sustain the fasting person throughout the day.

The key then to staying alert and not compromising your health is by maximizing your nutrient intake during the sahur meal.

The solution is to eat smart at sahur by taking nutritious food and supplements with a rich concentration of essential nutrients, nutrients which is a natural powerhouse of essential amino acids (protein), vitamins and minerals that provides energy for the body’s daily needs to keep you energetic all day long.

BBRAeNEWS No.199 - A Moment To Ponder.

Dear Residents,

BBRA's A Moment To Ponder.

Every Tuesday of the week, BBRA will bring you A Moment To Ponder. Just free yourself and spend a little time to give ponder to the little things that are happening around you everyday in your lovely little Garden which you have spend so much money to invest in.

Damaged children's 'Swing' at the Children's Playground between Jenaris and Angsana.

BBRA's A Moment to Ponder.
"Let No One Say the past is dead, the Past is all about us and within . Let us rediscover that our strength lives in living our ideals, not talking about them. "- Barrack Obama
Are We Creating Danger to our own little children ?

The danger is imminent. TMO should removes the wire chains completely and replace them with new Chains.
The goal of this blog is also to bring Awareness to all residents of what is actually happening or had already happened. Some of the pictures may seems ruthless. But can each and everyone of us gives a Ponder of a Moment?
What is your personal opinion on this picture? ...Do you know what will happen if an accident occurs ?...Do you have any comments? ...And do you have any solutions to offer to BBRA?

Monday, 24 August 2009

BBRAeNEWS No.198 - A Moment of Beauty.

Dear Residents,

BBRA's A Moment of Beauty.

Every Monday, BBRA will bring you A Moment of Beauty.

In Full Bloom.

BBRA Moment of Beauty
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.The goal of this blog is also to show at least one moment of beauty for each day. We can all benefit from taking some time each day to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.A new lovely photo or image is presented every day. From bright images of flowers and landscape to solemn photos of religious status in shadow, to little hands discovering new things. BBRA Moment of Beauty will offers you a wonderful new surprise each day. Why you will like this site is because it is very family friendly and will brings a smile or moment of happiness of so.