Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tires safety

As a member of oil and gas fraternity, there are some HSE( Health, Safety and Environment) documents that are made available to me. I would like to share an article on tire safety with my kind and appreciative readers. Hopefully you will find this article is of some importance to you.
This article is taken from a slide show presented by one of the oil company at their HSC weekly general safeety meeting...
Happy reading

Most of us operate motor vehicles on daily basis and hardly ever pay any attention to one of the most vital parts of the vehicle – our tires

Unfortunately very few of us change this bad habit until it is too late

Did you know that tires expire 4 years after the date of manufacture and this date is stamped on the side of the tire?

This number indicates that the tire was manufactured on the 7th week of 2007 (Feb 2007) and that the expiration date in February 2011.
Expired tires are likely to burst and result in a very serious or even fatal accident. A good practice will be for us to checks our vehicles tires and make sure they have not passed their expiry date.
On the side of the tire, you will also find the maximum allowable inflating pressure for specific tire, some tires have a maximum pressure of 32 PSI, some are rated at 44 PSI and some even at 50 PSI. A few pounds below maximum allowable pressure is acceptable but not too much ( ? please check your car specification for tire pressure – check with you friendly foreman?). Different tires are designed for different pressures and you will find your maximum tire inflation pressure on a small number next to the rim on the side of the tire, NEVER exceed this pressure.

Lower pressure increases tire heat, infrared photography of tires tested at high speed shows that damaging heat increases as pressure drops.

Another important point to consider is the load we put on our tires..

Exceeding the maximum rating on a tire may lead to tire failure that could result in an accident.

The speed rating that a tire is designed for is indicated by a letter next to the load index ( T -in the above picture). Table below shows the speed rating in km/h & mph. Exceeding that speed limit also may hasten you to place you do not preferred to be ;).

Many of us when we go and buy tires , we just read it from the old tire and gave them to tire shop, but what do those number mean?

There are few other things that are good for you to know especially if you are buying imported second hand car.

Have a safe and successful day.

Monday, October 17, 2011

2nd Notes from oilfinder

I have had a rather busy time - chasing rainbows. Last year's plan was for me and team (after this shall be referred as we or us or our) to drill one (1) exploration well in 2011. By July we has an offer we cannot refused :D (read: we have been asking for it and we got one of the biggest marginal gas field in Peninsula Malaysia). The condition for the award meant we need to fast-tracked our activities and we ended up agreeing to drill 2 wells in 2011.

End September saw us drilling our first well (well-1) searching for oil - down dip of the discovered gas (oil leg -our jargon). After having some share of good fortune with drilling (read: not too much non productive time, no loss time incident or wait on weather/tool/personnel) -we have not been too successful with our search for oil leg in our primary reservoirs ( read: finding only gas and water). While drilling through a deeper (yet to be tested) reservoirs -our secondary objectives -our ever so cheerful petrophysicist has already casted her pessimism that all deeper reservoirs accumulate only water or the reservoirs are water wet (dry - our jargon).

We have not been so fortunate with our 'borehole' - we can not take procedures to ascertain the fluid contents of these reservoirs in normal way - using wirelines. We have to use TLC {not "tender loving care" but tough (conditions) logging tools} that not only cost more but also requires more time to successfully perform the required tasks.
The well is a successful well after all - 'our last ditch' effort saw us adding an estimated resource of about 7 million barel of oil from 0.8 metre of sand. This also meant that we have proven ' the concept of oil container' - and may in all finality add a few "tens if not hundreds' million barel of oil that can be recovered from that field.

The oil from Well-1

We hardly have time to breath our sigh of relief as a week after we reached the final total depth of the first well, we spud our second well using the same drilling rig. We kept on adding new 'data to be acquired' plan for our second well since we wanted this well to be last well to be drilled in a radius of 4 km circle i.e. we want to acquire all required data to allow us to 'handover' the area to development department to develop and produce the oil.
Then came a bombshell- a well planned to be drilled after our second well in another region is not ready to be drilled and guess who have to 'salvage the situation'. I quickly informed the team about the situation and some dissatisfaction have been voiced out on this fast tracking thingy. We even called ourselves 'pasukan bomba dan penyelamat'.

Not to be outdone, I dropped my own bombshell - 'let's get another three wells ready to be drilled by Q1 2012 ' ;P.

They negotiated here and there but they relented when I told them that I will personally be doing all the documentation for these three wells. Unknown to many I have already solicited 5 wells from the other three units in the team- with this decision we will have at least 8 well candidates to push us into 2012 and beyond :D.

Last weekend saw us in Awana Genting discussing our Exploration Project Meeting where we discussed and laid down our past & future projects and analyse our performance. I did not commit any the 8 wells, knowing very well I will again be called upon to play the role of 'pasukan bomba dan penyelamat'. ;)

Saturday night, after a whole day exhaustive meeting, we have 'Retro Gala Dinner'.

The bosses were asked to show their talent at a karoake session.
Future bosses were also welcomed to show their talent.

Ayoh Wang was also secretly asked to render a song by the MC, who also happen
to be a member of our team. After hearing so many songs and knowing that I could not do worse damage to the party, I relented and obliged them with a Malay song, I popularised in Sudan as "tayammum" - It was not 1970 song and as you can see I did not even properly dressed for the occasion - trying hard to keep out of the limelight. Not too successful though...

I must have been singing rather badly.. as you can clearly see.. there was another guy in the background trying his level best not to allow me to 'spoil' the party with my rendition ;).

There .. I have sufficiently told you that I was bogged down in this search for oil thingy... another one of my feeble attempts to apologize to my blogger friends for not 'contributing comments' to their many postings.

Have a nice week ahead..

Friday, October 14, 2011

15 minutes exercise..Anyone?

I owe this post to a good friend and an office mate, Yu Sheng Mou, who shared with me many good articles. According to him this is a good exercise and we need to it for only 15 mins a day. I have tried it without looking at the watch.. My.. I thought I have spent more than 15 minutes at it and it turned out I was only at it for 3 minutes!.. That speaks volumes of the current state of my physical fitness and the difficulty level of this exercise :D.

I do not spend time massaging the translated version and I also include the original Mandarin version for my two Chinese friend/reader who frequent my blog.. one stays in Canada while the other stays in Kemaman..

I believed all of us need to be in good shape to enjoy life.. so happy reading and happy exercise!.

A must read and try exercise for those who are too busy to go to the gym or morning walk. Wish you all good health:-

Dear Friends: The Qikung Walking Exercise that I am teaching at different venues is good but needs at least 1 hour a day to practice for good results. Since many of you are still working, here is one exercise I believe that could help you solve the “time” problem. Just 15 minutes a day and good results can be expected if you do it diligently everyday for a period of 2-3 months (depending on individual’s health conditions and one’s duration of holding up the legs….) A real simple exercise to help you increase your energy… The English text is my translation from the Chinese text that I received from Sonata. Lie down on your back, raise your legs as shown in the photo – 90 degree at thighs with body, 90 degree at knee joints, 90 degree at ankles – and keep this posture for 15 minutes or longer. Start the exercise with a duration that you can manage and add on the minutes. That’s it.

1) Drink before and after the exercise 300cc of warm water. Breathing normally. Don’t hold back your breath. Using the energy from your waist and “Dan tian” to hold your legs in that posture as long as you can manage.

2) When you are lying down in this posture, blood will flow back to your liver and kidneys ensuring fast detoxing and increasing your metabolism. You will feel very “sore” with your legs and your pituitary gland will be activated to hasten the detox process and the toxins in your body will be excreted via sweating.

3) When you are lying in this posture, your body is getting rid of the “toxin” in your body. They your good body cells will be stronger and has definitely a good control of any bad cells (including cancer cells) inside your body.

4) Since you are using your waist’s energy to support the legs, your Shenqu (CV 8)and Ming Men (GV4) of the main acupressure points) were used to do the breathing, your Front and Back main Meridians will be cleared and connected. Thus your minute skin pores will be opened to help with the “detox” process. With breathing through the Dan Tian, it helps to lessen the burden of breath on your lungs. Therefore, you heart functions will be stronger with the result that your blood pressure will also be lower.

5) When you sweat, the acidic toxins will be excreted, your blood lipid (fatty deposits) will be burnt. Spleen is in charge of our 4 limbs. Therefore, your blood sugar level will also be stabilized with the result your spleen function is being improved. End result is that you will feel more calm and gentle.

6) When your legs are up, your small intestine’s movement will be activated and your bladder’s muscles will be stronger. Therefore, constipation, abnormal menstruation, prostate problems can all be avoided. Also, once your digestion and excretion systems are in order, you will have good appetite and can maintain your normal body weight.

7) When your legs are up, your spine is straight. That means your whole body’s muscles will be strengthened. Qi and blood will flow smoothly throughout your body. Your joints can easiy have more bone marrows and the nerves alongside your spine are well connected with all parts of the body. Thus degeneration of joints and growth of bone spurs can be avoided.

8) When your legs are up, all your inner organs are working in harmony. Your brain burden will be less and thus can function better, resulting in clear heads, better memory and no more insomnia. Also you will have better tolerance and stronger will power.
Therefore, the longer you can hold up your legs in that posture, the better and long living you will be.

《不是因為幸福才笑,而是笑了才會幸福......》 這些年有時常會有些身邊的至親、朋友、同學等有不健康遺憾,在教拳中每當看見有人因身體不適, 花錢來學習太極拳時,我心中總是會有不捨與難過,因為大都是積勞成疾。西醫無法根治、中醫調理要花錢、花時間!我們社團內也有醫師好幾位來學習太極拳藝, 只為了想用最自然的方式養生!因為醫師們知道西藥副作用的後果。10/8參加同仁精進營,執行長林俊龍院長公開表示:要活就要動!這時老祖宗的智慧出現了~藥補不如食補、食補不如功補!
末學提供一種簡單易學的功法。名為能量倍增操。為太極輔助功法。只要你想要健康。只要你願意在連續二、三個月。在睡前的十五分鐘抬抬腳。只花你一點點的時間,就可以讓你精神倍增、改善體質;這個功法,約民國87年在屏東有一位太極尤師姐教我練習,當時,只要有人生理不適、便秘、胃腸消化不良、尿失禁、攝護腺腫大等, 她就免費傳授。師姐當時對我說:如果將來有機會,要把這功法教出去造福大家。所以整理了過去的講義提供大家參考如下。     在此簡述抬腳時的過程與反應:

一、 在抬腳時前、後需各喝300西西溫開水,心平氣和保持輕鬆,自然呼吸、不可憋氣,靠腰力及丹田氣力來支撐身體下半部所受之酸。使身體與大腿成九十度、大腿與小腿成九十度。支撐至少十五分鐘以上。

二、 在抬腳時血液會迅速流回肝、腎,給予重新解毒排毒,此時新陳代謝增加,腰部以下會有強烈極酸的反應,為了排解瞬間增加毒素,人體腦下垂體自會分泌激素,激發潛能,加強排毒,最後在流汗中,將毒素予以排出。

三、 在抬腳時可引濁氣下行排出,升清降濁正氣倍增,體內正常細胞大曾活躍,癌細胞自然死亡。

四、 在抬腳時神闕 CV8(肚臍)及命門 (GV 4)同運氣,打通任督氣血暢行無阻,毛細孔擴張,增加皮膚呼吸及代謝作用,因丹田訓練呼吸,減少肺部負擔胸腔之濁氣自可順利排出,解決心胸之鬱悶、心胸開朗氣沉丹田、心臟恢復正常功能,心理壓大降低、血壓隨之穩定。

五、 在抬腳時因流汗,自可將體內酸性毒素排出,血脂肪自然燃燒。脾主四肢,所以血糖可以穩定,改善脾的功能,人的性情自然溫順和譪可親。

六、 在抬腳時,大小腸自然會蠕動,膀胱更有力,男女生理功能更是增強奏效,何來秘便、月事不順、攝護腺腫大等失調症。胃腸消化、排便正常,何來肥瘦不均,胃口不開呢?

七、 在抬腳時,脊椎保持水平,全身肌肉富有彈性,氣血順暢,各關節自會增生骨髓,脊椎兩旁神經恢復平常傳導作用,何來關節退化,或長骨刺的名稱,壓迫神經的病痛呢?

八、 在抬腳時,因內臟全身運作,腦內革命,心理生理調適正常,何來睡眠障礙症。頭腦清醒、智慧、記憶力當然會增加,這是真善美的表現。激發意志力及吃苦耐力,方能突破酸的痛楚、障礙,達到流汗的過程,發揮抬腳的最終目:抬的愈久,活的愈久。

Have a nice and good weekend.. my healthy friends!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Stay Young My Friend

This post is inspired by a Canadian friend I have yet to meet, Uncle Lee (he blogs here)
However I owe this post to another e-mail group friend, Mohd Jamin Lebai Din ;).

We all need to read this one over and over until it becomes part of who we are!


1. Try everything twice.
On one woman's tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph:
"Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!"

2. Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down.
(Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)

3. Keep learning:
Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever...
Never let the brain get idle.'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.'
And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud.
Laugh until you gasp for breath.
And if you have a friend who makes you laugh,
spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER.

6. The tears happen:
Endure, grieve, and move on.
The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.
LIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love:
Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever..
Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health:
If it is good, preserve it.
If it is unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips..
Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county,
to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
I love you, my special friend.

11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second chance..

And if you don't send this to at least 4 people - who cares?
But do share this with someone.

Remember! Lost time can never be found.

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Have a great day!

Monday, October 3, 2011

All you need to know about oils

Oops! I am not about to bore you with those hydrocarbons. Although I am in oil and gas industry but I am not going to talk about that oil.. I have received an interesting article on oils that are closer to us - our stomachs.

Gone are the days when all you had to do was choose between sunflower or olive oil. Now it seems you can buy the oil from just about every plant, nut or seed out there but should we be adding them to our stir fries or drizzling them over our salads?

Find out at a glance guide to 9 of the best.

Best oils to cook with

Top rated - rapeseed oil
Rapeseed oil contains omegas 3, 6 and 9, essential fatty acids so it's great for heart health, brain health and joint mobility. It is also a rich, natural source of vitamin E — essential for healthy skin and a strong immune system. High in mono-unsaturated fats and with less than half the cholesterol raising, saturated fats of olive oil.. it is one of the few natural oils that can be heated to deep-frying temperature without its antioxidants, character, colour and flavour spoiling. In short, one of the best oils there is and what's more — some of the very best rapeseed oils are produced right here (the clue) in Britain.

Best all rounder - olive oil
Olive oil is a great source of heart protecting, cholesterol lowering, monounsaturated fat as well as free radical fighting antioxidants known to protect the body against premature aging and cancer. It can be used to cook with up to temperatures of 180 degrees and is mild enough in flavour to be used with most dishes. However, extra virgin olive oil (the oil that is extracted from the first press) is not quite so stable so it is best used cold.

Best for tight budgets - sunflower oil
Cheap, easy to find and a great source of the free radical fighting antioxidant - vitamin E. In fact, just 1-2 tablespoons contains all your daily requirement. It is also a good source of cholesterol reducing omega 6 polyunsaturates. However, it contains very few omega 3's so if you use sunflower oil regularly, you need to be sure you're getting enough omega 3s in your diet from other sources to balance things out. A chemically stable oil, it is suitable for deep-frying but don't be tempted to re-use the oil more than a couple of times as re-heating it to high temperatures can result in the formation of trans fatty acids known to raise cholesterol and increase the incidence of some cancers.

Best for high temperatures - groundnut oil
Ground nut oil — sometimes called peanut oil has a high smoking point making it ideal roasting, making Yorkshire puddings or frying. It is an excellent all-rounder and has a very neutral, light flavour perfect for use in oriental dishes that often combine quite delicate flavours. Do be careful though as this oil is made from peanuts so anyone with a nut allergy should steer well clear.

Best for adding flavour - sesame oil
Another great source of cholesterol lowering omega 6 fatty acids light sesame oil can be used for deep frying and the dark or heavy sesame oil (made from roasted sesame seeds) adds a delicious rich flavour to stir-fried meats or vegetables. Used a lot in oriental dishes it's rich flavour works as a seasoning in itself.

Best for rice dishes - avocado oil
Avocado oil has very little if any omega three fatty acids but it is a great source of monounsaturated fats and is also rich in skin enhancing vitamin E. It has a slightly nutty flavour that is delicious drizzled over salads or rice dishes. However, it can also be used to cook with as it has a higher smoking point than many oils so it's fine to grill, sauté or stir-fry with it.

Best oils for dressings, drizzling and dipping
Top rated - walnut oil
A delicious, aromatic, nutty oil that is a good source of omega three fatty acids and tastes delicious (used as a dip along side a good balsamic vinegar) as a dip for freshly torn, warm breads for warm breads. It's also great for drizzling over salads and risottos and goes really well with white fish, meat, mozzarella and goat's cheese. However, this oil tends to become bitter when cooked and can go off very quickly so buy in small quantities and store in a cool, dark place.

Best for vegetarians - linseed oil
Linseed oil is a much richer source of omega 3 than any other oil and a great choice for strict vegetarians who need to get omega 3 fatty acids solely from plant foods. Omega three fatty acids help to lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, increase concentration (particularly in children), alleviate the symptoms of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and they may also help prevent Alzheimer's. Linseed oil however, is not suitable for cooking as heat can make it taste bitter and it can quickly become rancid if it is not stored correctly (in a cool dark place). Studies show that if this happens the benefits are negated and possibly reversed.

Best for drizzling - hazelnut oil
Hazelnut oil is a great source of Vitamin E which helps to maintain a heart health, good skin, a healthy reproductive system and a strong immune system. Fairly pricey and not so readily available as many other oils it is worth seeking out either from your local health food store or on line to drizzle over salads, rice dishes or fresh pasta adding a delicious, subtle, nutty flavour.

This post was uploaded from an article from my e-mail group posted by Zubia Kiran.

Now you may wonder why our own beloved coconut oil and our palm oil are not listed here.. your guess is as good as mine.. this article was probably written by those who do not appreciate our palm oils... Yes! it is from Britain ;)

It is not that I am not patriotic or something .. I am too busy trying to find the other oil.

Have a good day.