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The wonders of antibiotics

November 22, 2007 4:42 pm

I just got back from my trip to Japan and Taiwan.   While on the trip I must have caught a cold / bug.   Was feeling really bad prior to coming back.   I started taking some antibiotics that the doctor prescribed me ahead of time, just in case I got a bug when I was traveling.   I’m feeling much better now and it’s been less than a week since taking the antibiotics

It makes me wonder what people did before the invention of Antibiotics?  Did people just die?  It’s often very difficult for the body to fight a bacterial infection, especially if it is in the chest (throat, lungs, etc.).

What would the world ever do without pharmaceutical drugs …

Realtor Video

October 23, 2007 2:26 pm

What the World Eats

October 22, 2007 1:43 am

My friend sent this to me.  Quite interesting to see what the rest of the world eats. 

Germany : The Melander family of Bargteheide
Food expenditure for one week
: 375.39 Euros or $500.07
Favorite foods : fried potatoes with onions, bacon and herring, fried noodles with eggs and cheese, pizza, vanilla pudding 

United States : The Revis family of North Carolina
Food expenditure for one week
: $341.98
Favorite foods : spaghetti, potatoes, sesame chicken


  Japan : The Ukita family of Kodaira City
Food expenditure for one week
: 37,699 Yen or $317.25
Favorite foods : sashimi, fruit, cake, potato chips


Italy : The Manzo family of Sicily
Food expenditure for one week
: 214.36 Euros or $260.11
Favorite foods
: fish, pasta with ragu, hot dogs, frozen fish sticks 



Great Britain : The Bainton family of Cllingbourne Ducis
Food expenditure for one week
: 155.54 British Pounds or $253.15
Favorite foods : avocado, mayonnaise sandwich, prawn cocktail, chocolate fudge cake with cream.


Kuwait : The Al Haggan family of Kuwait City
Food expenditure for one week
: 63.63 dinar or $221.45
Family recipe : Chicken biryani with basmati rice 


Mexico : The Casales family of Cuernavaca
Food expenditure for one week : 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09 

Favorite foods : pizza, crab, pasta, chicken


China : The Dong family of Beijing
Food expenditure for one week
: 1,233.76 Yuan or $155.06
Favorite foods: fried shredded pork with sweet and sour sauce 


Poland : The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna
Food expenditure for one week : 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27

Family recipe : Pig’s knuckles with carrots, celery and parsnips 


United States : The Caven family of California
Food expenditure for one week
: $159.18
Favoit foods : beef stew, berry yogurt sundae, clam chowder, ice cream


Egypt : The Ahmed family of Cairo
Food expenditure for one week
: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53
Family recipe : Okra and mutton 


Mongolia : The Batsuuri family of Ulaanbaatar
Food expenditure for one week : 41,985.85 togrogs or $40.02

Family recipe : Mutton dumplings 


Ecuador : The Ayme family of Tingo
Food expenditure for one week : $31.55

Family ripe : Potato soup with cabbage 


Bhutan : The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village
Food expenditure for one week
: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03
Family recipe: Mushroom, cheese and pork 


Chad : The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp
Food expenditure for one week
: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23
Favorite foods : soup with fresh sheep meat

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. J.P. Lee

September 24, 2007 8:57 am

Congratulations to the newly weds Mr. & Mrs. Jenning Paul Lee.




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SEO - Search Engine Optimization

8:48 am

Prior to 2005 if you typed in Gary Lau into a major of search engines, the results was usually about me.   In the past few years I’ve been losing ranking on the search engines.  It’s interesting to see what the people with the same name are up to.

The Gary Lau’s I’ve seen so far are:

I’ve been trying to get for years.   It’s currently redirects to google, so the person is not using it actively.  It is set to expire April 2008.  Hopefully he fails to renew the domain.

So now the goal is to gain back top position on the Search Engines.

Mail in Rebates (MIR)

August 31, 2007 2:36 pm


It’s been over six months and I am still waiting for my rebate cheque to come in the mail.

This isn’t the first MIR that took this long.  I’m finding that they take almost 8 months to be processed, does it really take that long?   I think it’s a big scam.  If you don’t follow up with them they would just say the cheque must have been lost in the mail, we never received your MIR.     I think maybe 50-60% of the people who buy with with MIR actually get their money back.

The MIR industry really needs a body overlooking their activities, they need to be audited on a constant basis to make sure they are honest.


Bubble Economy

August 18, 2007 9:54 am

No one argues that we are in a bubble economy right now. Just when the pin will burst the bubble.

I’m hoping soon. Signs of it was shown on Thursday. If the Bank of Canada and US Fed Reserve didn’t step in by putting in money and having lenders calm things down, we might still be on a downward trend.

How long can the Government keep on putting in money. Where does the money come from? Every time the BoC and US Feds put in money, they devalue their respective curriences.

Fun times to come, at least for people who are very liquid.


July 3, 2007 11:24 am

I can’t believe it.   There is a kwik-e-mart in Coquitlam, BC.   There are only eleven of these world-wide to promote the release of the Simpson’s Movie and of all possible places Coquitlam was chosen.  It is the only one in Canada.   I heard it will be opened for a month.  Stop by if you are a Simpsons fan.


SFU Chancellor Dozing Off?

June 7, 2007 11:35 pm

I went to Jenny’s Convocation today and after reviewing some pictures I took there today I see that the Chancellor is dozing off during opening speeches. I guess he is bored like everyone else there. The speeches are not very motivating. I hear of large US schools getting speakers like Steve Jobs to speak.




Vancouver Real Estate Crash

April 24, 2007 2:19 pm

When will the Real Estate Market in Vancouver Crash?   This year, next year or after the 2010 Olympics?  I’m hoping it happens very soon.  The sooner the better.  Hopefully the Bank of Canada increases their prime rate, forcing most people on variable mortgage to default on their loan, bringing a huge influx of inventory onto the market at rock bottom prices.   Let’s hope this happens soon.