Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas







Hi all,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2011.
Good health and blessings always.

Enjoy the festive seasons.

Allen Lai

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

NCSM QiGong Class of 2010

 Dr Borhan

 Master Yap

 Last session

 Group photo

 Full stretch

 Me 

QiGong food


Hi all,

QiGong Class of 2010 ended its last session for the year with simple ceremony and buffet. We had enjoyed ourselves learning new QiGong movements under Master Yap.

Happy practicing QiGong, See you all next year. Class starts on Sunday 02 January 2011.

View more photos here:
http://picasaweb.google.com/paceputrajaya0


Allen Lai

Thursday, December 16, 2010

QiGong Testimony


Hi all,
I am both surprised and pleased that Mr Bob Ellal had responded promptly to my last post on Zhineng QiGong.  Mr Ellals’ respond is a classic  testimony that QiGong works miracles for us.  However he is correct to advice that QiGong should only be used as an Adjunct Therapy to professional medical treatments. It is also to be noted that QiGong is a not a onetime session.  QiGong should be practiced daily and mindfully.
Thank you Mr Ellal for sharing your success with us. God bless you.

I quote his response below:
 
Qigong—Chinese mind/body exercises--helped me immensely in my successful battles with four bouts of supposedly terminal bone lymphoma cancer in the early nineties. I practiced standing post meditation, one of the most powerful forms of qigong--as an adjunct to chemotherapy, which is how it should always be used. Qigong kept me strong in many ways: it calmed my mind--taking me out of the fight-or-flight syndrome, which pumps adrenal hormones into the system that could interfere with healing. The deep abdominal breathing pumped my lymphatic system—a vital component of the immune system. In addition, qigong energized and strengthened my body at a time when I couldn't do Western exercise such as weight-lifting or jogging--the chemo was too fatiguing. And it empowered my will and reinforced it every day with regular practice. In other words, I contributed to the healing process, instead of just depending solely on the chemo and the doctors. Clear 14 years and still practicing!

Bob Ellal
Author, ‘Confronting Cancer with the Qigong Edge’

Read Mr Ellal’s  full post here:



Allen Lai

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Zhineng QiGong



Hi all


I have being practicing QiGong for the past three months under Master Yap with the National Cancer Society  Malaysia. Now almost on practically a daily basis. The form of Qigong I practice is Zhineng QiGong.

There are as many forms of QiGong as there are masters of the practice. In the book The complete idiot’s guide to Tai Chi and QiGong, master Bill Douglas  (Founder of World Tai Chi and QiGong Day) explained that Tai Chi is a form of QiGong, and they are essentially the same. They stem from the same roots for concepts and movements. However whilst Tai Chi is totally QiGong, All QiGong is Not Tai Chi.
Huh? Whatever.
Do not be confused and disturbed by the mysteries and myths of these ancient sciences of healings and wellness regimes. Just practice QiGong or Tai Chi.

Just practice.

I do not wish to dwell on the benefits and cures by practicing QiGong. Suffice to say it cannot do you any bad. There are just too many benefits to pen and too many explanations to explain. I’ll let you go to the QiGong Institute to find the answers you are looking for. The institute has loads of studies and clinical trial’s reports for your answers.

Enjoy QiGong. You will love it like me, and all others.
Visit the QiGong Institute at:

Allen Lai

Happy Afiq

 Afiq

 The occasion

 Me and Afiq

 Games

Having a blast

I was very happy to have received an email from Afiq's mother  last week. Afiq is well and is on his last leg of treatments for Consolidation. It means Afiq's prognosis is good and that he has responded well to the chemos administered over several months in HUKM. Thanks to all the doctors, nurses and staff who had help to get Afiq to get better.

Afiq can now go home, but needs to be on day care treatments in the hospital for maintenance of medications and observations.

I was with Afiq, his 2 siblings, Nenek and his parents last Sunday in a Telematch party organised for cancer kids in three major hospitals in KL. The party was held in the closed stadium in Titiwansa, KL.

Afiq was beaming and very happy to see me. We high fived and hugged. Afiq looks very good in his T shirt and jeans with a red bandana scaf on his head. How cool and handsome.

I am glad to note all the participating kids were having a bast in games organised. This is what all kids should be doing all the time. Thank you to CARES for all your care.

I am glad Afiq and I bonded well,We we look forward to more gatherings together when he is more recovered. I promised to see him next at the Putrajaya Night Run in mid January 2011.

Welcome home Afiq. You made all of us proud seeing, you so happy and courageous.

Allen Lai

High Tea






An occasion for high tea was held by two prostrate cancer support groups on 5 December 2010. It was a first time joint get- together held at the Lake Club Subang Jaya. In previous years, our prostrate support group from the National Cancer Society Malaysia has held their annual party in a member's home.

About 60 participants from both groups attended the sumptuous lunch/high tea. There was lots of chatter, laughter and good food to eat for the whole afternoon.

Thanks to Mr Das and Mr Liew and all those who had made this occasion possible and enjoyable.

Hope this will be an annual affair.

Allen Lai

Monday, November 15, 2010

The China Study



The China Study is not about China. It is about you and me and what goes on inside our bodies after we have eaten. There are books on nutrition’s and there are books on nutrition’s. In fact too many in the bookshops to confuse us.

The China Study is a medical scientific study undertaken by the US for the past 40 years. The title of this book is taken from the China-Oxford-Cornell Study on dietary, Lifestyle and disease Mortality Characteristics in 65 Rural Chinese Counties.

The project covered 12 kinds of cancer in over 2400 countries and 800 million people. This report should be worth your while to read and to have a basic understanding of the relationships between diseases and the foods/nutrition we eat.  The China Study is the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted.
I do not wish to write a review about this book. Suffice to say that is had been the best seller in its category. The book is written by D Colin Campbell, and it is available in all major book stores and libraries.

Read it as it may save your life later on.

Allen Lai

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Antioxidant Miracle



I take antioxidants too to fight the free radicals in my body. Just like everybody else I am perplex as to what are the best antioxidants to take, its true effectiveness and cost of course.
We all know antioxidants comprise the vitamins, minerals, acids, akalines, flavonoids and including the whole works in biochemistry.

Dr Lester Packer is the foremost scientist in antioxidants, having spent his whole working life in the Packer Lab in Berkeley. He wrote the book The Antioxidant Miracle in 1999 and today this book remains relevant in the studies in antioxidants. This book is a must for every home as it is very comprehensive and detail in telling us the functions and roles of antioxidants.

The two very important things highlighted in his book are one, our cells are either water based or fat based as such antioxidants can only work in either type of cells, but not both.  And two, There are antioxidants that networks. Dr Packer had discovered that some antioxidants actually network to achieve  synergic levels.

These networking antioxidants can actually overcome the water/fat barrier by being able to work in either types of cells. They are also able to recycle each other when expanded in our bodies.

These networking antioxidants are Vitamins C and E, Lipoic acid, Glutathione, and CoQ10 enzyme. They are the antioxidant micrale.

Read more yourselves. The book is available in any major bookshop or library. This knowledge is worthy and may enhance your life in many ways.

Allen Lai

Sunday, October 31, 2010

High Fives

Afiq receiving the TNF medal

I visited the Pediatric Ward HUKM again on Friday 29 October. Almost all the children were still in the ward. The only signs left of our event were some kids had actually hung their medals on the beds and on the wall behind them. Only one purple balloon was still on one of the bed albeit about the size of a tennis ball. Kids do love balloons.


Visiting the rooms

 Karen giving the medals

Kooky and Afiq

As I entered the ward, Afiq cheerfully waived to me. He was actually happy and glad to see me. We high fived. I also met Afiq's parents and had a long chat with them. Afiq was the kid who had received Kooky's TNF medal. I am very pleased to hear from the parents that Afiq had responded well to his treatments and would be discharged soon.

Little things mean a lot, even High Fives. I append below Afiq's mother's note to me the next day. Afiq's happiness had made my day.


Hi uncle,
sorry dah lama i tak buka email. thanks uncle atas info yg u berikan.We all memang mengharapkan bantuan dan bimbingan from u. terima kasih sebab uncle sudi datang pagi tadi.Afiq sangat gembira dengan kedatangan uncle.Last time uncle datang pun dia asyik cerita pasal uncle "give me 5 ". keep in touch yea...



Remember to High Fives kids when you see them.

Allen Lai





Saturday, October 23, 2010

Video on visit to HUKM

Hi all
Below is the video on our visit to HUKM. Curtesy and thanks to Pueh Tian.

Enjoy.

Allen Lai



Follow up visit

Afiq all smiles like a champ

Happy father Encik Fairul

I made a followup visit to the Pediatric Ward in HUKM yesterday to see that everything is all right after our activity last Sunday. I had met the sister incharged, Puan Siti and all the nursing staff. They were really pleased to see me and conveyed their heartfelt thank you to all of us.

I also made my "round' to visit all the wonderful kids in their beds and cribs. All of them remembered our party and their parents were by their sides giving their thanks to us.

I met young Afiq Danial who had received Kooky's TNF medal. He is now much better and have moved into the main ward from his restricted room. I talked with his father Encik Fairul and he was very grateful to all of us. We had made the difference.

So it was a very successful event and we had really touched their hearts. We should all now be feel good feeling good. Ala mak! even one parent asked me Bila esok ada satu party lagi ? I just smiled.

Let's do it again. Jom?

Allen Lai

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A visit to the Pediatric Ward HUKM


Partytime

Kooky Kash is one kool Kooky. On the trails, in her races and in taking up the most challenging projects. Her eye for concepts, details and creativity are unbelievably spot on. You got to meet or work with her to actually see all her  traits. Just believe me.
Kooky had cued to me that she would like to do an event with unfortunate kids. She would like to present them with race medals so that they would be encouraged and be one day able to pick up the sport. I agreed but with some apprehension. I really foresaw a lot of problems and obstacles ahead. Who would want to help us to do the event at the Pediatric Ward in HUKM? Did we have the time frame?
We would have to start dealing with the kids who are frail and fighting for their lives. This is no normal kids party. That would be chicken’s feed. Our target participants are located in the hospital’s ICU, bedriden in individual rooms and in a ward highly restricted to visitation. Can we get enough runners to donate their medals for the kids?  Admittedly I did not offer to part with my medals too, but parted with two.
A basketful of medals

It takes Kooky to get things moving. She quickly rounded up a great team to get things done. All amazingly through her blog, emails, sms, telephones calls and Facebook. Soon I had emails coming from strangers in respond to Kooky’s call. I’ll do this and I’ll do that. My friend can do this and my friend can do that. Wow. Soon enough even Kooky got help, contribution and donations from total strangers. Help and precious medals poured in. Unbelievable, in about 10 days our email thread was so long and deep that if it was yarn we could have weaved a running vest. We had only one brief meeting at my house two days before the event.
Who says there must be a team leader in teamwork? Our team did not have a leader per se. We were all peers; all of us took on our responsibilities and tasks without much of a fuss, question or doubt. Critical decisions were made by each team member.  Our teamwork was slick like clockwork, all cogs moving smoothly forward. We had over come all the obstacles in time management, resources, floor space management and event management.

Happy birthday all

We hosted 25 kids from age just over 1 year old to about 12 years old. All were with Leukemia or Lymphoma. Some were in wheel chairs and some still had IV/ drip tubes still attached. All were accompanied by their parents. Five were confined in their own rooms.
Our programme included interactive singing, a magician, a clown, board games, face painting, sand art, balloon sculpture, a birthday celebration and a big feast. The event finished with medal and gift presentations to the kids. All cramped into 2 hours and done within a floor space of about 20 X12feet. Whew, do we have a tight ship. We also had to do a side activity to visit the kids who were confined to their individual rooms. They were also not left out as we were determined to bring cheer to them by giving them medals and gifts as well.
Kooky's team

Kooky was accepted as our Ketua, I was as usual SiTua and I took on as floor manager and troubleshooter.  Julie was MC, Karen Loh took care of the visit to the kids in their rooms. Tina was Music Director, Nita was in charged of the cakes and Rais and all others were crew and deck hands. Our own spouses and kids contributed just as much in organizing the space and more importantly cleaning up the place after the event. A big thank to you guys. Soon more of the gang came to help out. Ijam came in time to clown around. He said to me that he did not have any training as a clown. He was just himself. No need to play act. Pueh Tian and Yim took all our photographs. Gerald and two lovely ladies from the Sacred Heart Church Peel Road came with a guitar for our sing-a-long. The Church also kindly donated biscuits, food and goodies to the Hospital. Thank you Gerald.
Young Danial volunteered to perform amazing magic tricks and card tricks. We salute and thank Danial’s father Dato Bala  for allowing him to perform despite young Danial was to sit for his school Assessment Test the next day. We had Chai working with the balloons, Anne did the pretty faces with colours and stickers, Wai Wan brought some interesting board games for the kids and Kelvin and June provided the sand art. Khairul Anuar, Azza and Syah and their families were also with us for the event.
Everybody enjoyed themselves, kids, parents and of course we had a blast. Julie  and Maymun were born frogs, having demonstrated their skills in Lompat Si Katak Lompat. They will win hopping races hands down. Ijam obliged me with a short stint of Joget; and boy, was Tina a singing sansation. So much hidden talent in her. Watchout Academy Fantasi wannabes.
I must add that everybody had held their composures well. Well almost everybody. Presentation of the medals was a hyper emotional itinerary. Both in the games room and in the individual rooms. A handicapped boy was brought to center stage to participate with the magician. He had refused any assistance by Julie to return to his wheel chair. He struggled back all by himself. I am not a very tough guy either and had shed a tear discretely. It was unbelievably touching.
 Only poor Junebaby had to miss the event as she was scheduled to visit Taiping on Sunday. Junebaby was in the original team. Thanks for all your help and encouragements; and for keeping yourself in the loop throughout. There will always be a next time.
The PRO and hospital staff on duty were great hosts to the event. They were most helpful to all our requests, including Baca Doa by the resident Ustaz. HUKM staff did not believe that we are a bunch of good friends, quickly assembled by Kooky and gang; of which most had not even met before until at the event. I still don’t believe it myself, why should they. They thought that we belonged to some slick NGO. Ha Ha. We became instant event consultants for HUKM’s future projects.
I wish to thank everyone who had contributed to the success of this wonderful event. We couldn’t have done it but for Kooky. We had achieved our aim to bring hope and cheer to some unfortunate kids and had touched many hearts. Most of all the event was fun, like participating in a race.

A medal for you

I’ll direct you to Pueh Tian and Yim’s the FB and photo galleries for more photos of the event. (Thanks for the above photos PT.)

Take care
Allen Lai

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Wellness Classes and Support Groups


The NCSM is housed in a fairly large building in Jalan Raja Muda Aziz,Kuala Lumpur. One of its key facility is the Resource and Wellness Centre. The resource centre conduct classes and workshops for those diagnosed with cancer, their families and caregivers. All activities are free of charge, but donations and volunteers are welcomed.

The following classes are conducted:

Qi Gong. Every Sunday morning 10.00am to 1.00pm.

Yoga with Relaxation. Saturday morning 8.00am to 10.00am.

Massage And Aromatherapy. Wednesdays and Thurdays. By appointment.

Post Mastectomy Exercise Classes. Tuesdays. 11.00am to 1.00pm. By appointment.

Dietary Advice. Online. Email to contact@cancer.org.my

Lifestyle changes workshops. Every 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. 10.00am to 2.00pm.

Prostrate cancer support group. Every 3rd Thursday of the month, session conducted bi-monthly. 2.00pm to 4 pm.

Pink Unity. Last Saturday of each month. 11.00am to 1.00pm.

For more information or registration for the above activities. Please call 03-2698 7300 or email to contact@cancer.org.my

I attend the Qi Gong class and attend the Prostrate Cancer Support Group session. You may catch up with me there.



Saturday, August 14, 2010

Discipline, Self-discipline is the real key to fighting cancer


I had posted earlier, the ABCDs of fighting cancer. Attitude, Believe, Change and Discipline. Whilst all ABCD are indeed important factors, discipline is in truth, the single most important and critical factor in fighting cancer. ABCD is written in this order because of basic alphabetical convention. Not that attitude is more important than the rest of the other factors.
Allow me to elaborate a bit more in detail, my experience with discipline. Such a simple word but so hard to apply, particularly self-discipline. Perhaps it was poor knowledge and no self-discipline that had got us into trouble in the first place.
We were disciplined as young children by our parents. We were disciplined by our teachers when in school. We were disciplined when we joined the army and other uniformed organisations. In fact we expect some form of discipline in our place of work, on the roads with other users and of course we have to queue and things like that. It implies requirements for general good behaviour.  Basically we are to follow a set of established rules, conventions, rules of engagements, standing orders, operating procedures and what not; for fear of punishment. So punishment is the stick behind discipline. It is the sole motivator for us to be disciplined. But self discipline? How do we punish ourselves? Whilst the stick is behind discipline, a carrot is usually behind self- discipline. We get rewarded with good self-discipline.
Who would want to discipline a 67 years old man? Who would indeed have the heart to punish a cancer patient? Any age. Thus we would have to look at self-discipline. Be good, take our medications; be good, exercise more; be good, change your life style and eating habits. It needs self-discipline to make changes by ourselves and for ourselves. We must be focused on the carrots it brings for self-discipline.
In my case I try to impose self-punishments whenever I loose myself in self-discipline. For example, I have set myself to do regular Qi Gong exercises. In doing Qi Gong, I would have to do a lot of repeats. I would have to count the number of counts in the set of exercises. But I would loose count, as I get distracted easily. Was it 59 counts or 69 counts? My self-punishment would be to take the less count, regardless. So I would have to do 10 more counts. Cool ya?
I told myself that coffee is not good for me. So I had stopped taking coffee like I used to; sometimes 6 cups a day. I feel lousy being deprived of coffee. Sometimes I take a sip or two from my wife’s cup. Just cannot tahan. For self-punishment, I’ll have drink 3 cups of water to dilute the tiny sips of coffee taken.

In times when we ran out of my fresh vegetables and fruits in the house. I would not eat anything else. I’ll have to just drink my green tea and to take a nap or watch the TV. No lunch or dinner. That is my imposed self-discipline to eat healthy foods only. Eat healthy foods or nothing. But once in a while I treat myself to a grand indulgence of wicked foods.

Self-discipline should be self-imposed for rewards. It needs a lot of self-confidence and dedication to the end results. Try it. Do not punish yourself. Give yourself a treat once in a while.

Friday, August 13, 2010

When life pushes you down



Here is another truth to be told.


When life pushes you down, push back!
That’s what you’re here for.
You’re capable, you’re creative, you’re full of life and energy.
You have what it takes to move yourself forward around any obstacle.
Don’t let anything stop you.

Take strength from meeting the challenges, and move ahead.
The struggles you face are just what you need to fulfill your potential for greatness.

A year from now, when you look back at today,
you’ll see that the problem you’re so concerned with right now,
was another valuable lesson waiting to be learn
ed.



Visit here for more inspirations.

The truth of life

I came upon a beautiful quote from pravsword.com

We make them cry who care for us
We cry for those who never care for us
And we cry for those who will never cry for us
This is the truth of life; it is strange but true
Once you realise this, it is not too late to change






Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Please help to save a young Life


Hi everybody,

I received the following appeal in my mail. I pray that God will grant her a bit more time so that a bone marrow match is found for her. Please help to save a life.

Thank you
Allen Lai


A simple forward this mail to others will be a meritorious deed, and it doesn't waste much of your time.

Thank you for doing that in advance. Please act as soon as possible.

Chen Siew Cheng : Tel : (02)23708099, Fax : (02)25507098. Please forward to the person who has
AB blood type of bone marrow and hope everybody will forward the mail to your friends so that they can have the opportunity to find the 'right person' to help.

The success rate maybe very slim, that's why we used the e-mail method hope to find the right person. It may not be the smart method, but to us, this is final chance.

To the family member of the leukaemia (blood cancer) patient, every second count. We anxiously need a AB blood type of person to donate his/her bone marrow, and although it only have very little chance to match, but we still have hope for it. Because of your loving kindness to pass the mail along, she may stand a chance to recover.

So, please put a little effort, the little girl may have chance to live because of you.
Thank you very much and a thousand words cannot express our appreciation.


Lim Seong Boon
Seremban

Hope for our children

Hope for our children

Presentation of family portrait

MOU Signed

Mr Skelchy and Mr Chris Yong

You cannot be happier than this

Me trying a new T

Smile, you matter

Mr Chris Yong and Staff of CM

Mr Anthony Skelchy, President NCSM

Group photo

Thank you Court Malaysia


I was invited to participate in the official launch for the Hope for our Children Campaign on 10 August 2010 by the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM). The launch included a mini walkathon before the official addresses, MOU signing ceremony and press release.

It would be appropriate that I surmised the visions, objectives and purpose of our sponsors for the event. Hope for our Children Campaign is a joint campaign by NCSM and Courts Malaysia (CM). NCSM had been incorporated in 1966 as a registered charity body to provide education, care and support services for people affected by cancer. Courts Malaysia, formally known as Courts Mammoth Sdn Bhd, was incorporated in 1986. CM is a leading retailer of consumer electronics and furniture in the country. CM carries two very successful marketing strategies by providing a lowest price guarantee and with an affordable and flexible installment repayment plan to boot.

Despite both NCSM and CM were incorporated 20 years apart, they had shared a far sighted vision in launching the Hope for our Children Campaign. The campaign is very apt, timely and spot-on for today’s corporation’s desire to contribute back to society in their CSR programmes. CM had previously successfully supported Rumah Ceriaku Campaign since 1999 in their long history in community projects. This particular project adopted 50 orphanages in the country and had benefitted 2,491 children todate.

Today CM wanted to do more for children. Nothing would be more magnanimous and humbling than saving the lives of young cancer patients. I know because I have been there and done that. CM will achieve the Feel good feeling good euphoria and jubilation derived only from saving lives. Charity is also good in that it would make life easier for the recipients, but saving lives, even one life, we would have met God’s requirement for us. Saving lives touches the heart of the unfortunate person and their loved ones and caregivers. I must congratulate NCSM and CM for their initiative and objectives in this well thought out campaign.

Prevention is the best cure for cancer. The campaign’s tagline and slogan is very appropriate. Cancer Prevention Begins With A Healthy Lifestyle. It is the truth of the matter, and it should be inculcated into our children. We should empower our children with the knowledge that healthy lifestyle habits can reduce the risk of cancer later in life.

I wish to thank Dr Saunthari Somasundaram, Chief Executive and Medical Director NCSM for enlightening us about cancer in her welcoming address.

On behalf of all future direct recipients in this campaign and their loved ones and caregivers, I wish to thank Mr Chris Yong, Country Director CM, for the corporation’s commitment and pledge to this programme which carries a target contribution of RM1 million for this cause. So please do your part in giving something when you pass and see donation boxes in any of CM’s 50 outlets nationwide. You matter and this is a worthy cause.

About 200 people from cancer survivors, caregivers, supporters and staff from CM participated in this morning’s walkathon in Mutiaria Damansara. We were flagged off at 8.30 am in front of CM’s outlet. It was a nice and early walk around the office and shopping blocks. As I had noticed the morning’s traffic had picked up, I offered to help as a safety warden and assisted the police in traffic control in the many junctions and ingresses into the office blocks. We arrived safely back to our start point in less than 45 minutes to the delights of a good morning breakfast.

Thank you NCSM and Courts Malaysia.


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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Back to the Warfront Again

I am back for awhile. I was drafted into a personal war late last year. The warfront is ablaze and horrible, unlike conventional warfare. Took a quick break from the front to post this.
I am glad I had learnt my lessons well in our tactics courses, in MTAT and in MPAT. I am more glad to have been DS and Instructor whilst in service. I understand Strategy, I understand the importance of terrain and most of all, fire and movement. I know I must fight on grounds of my own choosing. I must identify my GTI. I need all the fire power available and fire at will. I must maintain my momentum. I must.
I must do my appreciation. It must be a Full appreciation with my own pink DS answers and all. A quick appreciation on Aim, Ground and Plan is inadequate. I don’t know nor understand the enemy well, and now the enemy has an upper hand.
As of today I have a better understanding of the enemy. The enemy is ferocious, brutal and intense. The enemy grows from strength to strength every second, every minute, 24/7. The enemy’s combat power is almost unmatchable. The enemy employs blitzkrieg movements with onslaughts far exceeding the pace used by the Germans in WW2. The enemy employs guerrilla tactics and techniques to entrench itself in our weakest area. It establishes a very strong base before breaking out. Once it breaks out, the enemy is almost unstoppable until it is too late for us. The enemy’s strategy has 4 stages. Its operations in the first two stages are almost impossible to detect, unless we do deliberate surveillance over our sensitive terrain.
I was alerted by friendly forces, of possible enemy within my mist late last year. Intelligence units confirmed the presence of the enemy. I was caught sleeping with my pants literally down. The enemy had firmly dug in and entrenched into it’s stage 3 and is in its local advanced stage. I was in total shock when the intel was presented to me. I couldn’t believe it, what, with me nicely retired and starting to look forward to a good life. The Intel was F1 intelligence and confirmed by several sources. I must be drafted into the war. It is my war. My defense pact with several friendly forces is inadequate. There is only so much that they can do and assist. I cannot let them do all the fighting. I am fighting fit and I will fight. I am a Gunner.
I have Cancer.

Allen Lai


The Battle Plans


I am back at the frontline again. Glad to be back to take personal charge of the battle. We are halfway through our Fire Plan. We had agreed to 30 fire missions and we had fired 13 missions todate. Target analysis had just come in and we are pleased that we are on time and on targets. Target analysis under the PSA format and score line came down from 20 plus points to 2.34 points to finally 1.44 points. These results showed that our fireplans are effective and on track.
I am glad to have concrete alliance with the best elite forces in the country. HUKM have tremendous expertise and experience in destroying the enemy. HUKM have very specialized and seasoned personnel and fire units. HUKM had proposed a dual approach to eliminate the enemy. Firstly we need to contain the enemy and stabilize the situation. HUKM proposed to do this by using the Hormone Line as the first line of attack to force the enemy to dig in, and to stop a blitzkrieg. The Hormone attack plan had paid off nicely despite some minor setbacks and side effects in our terrain. The Hormone attack plan had completely caught the enemy by surprise. The enemy retreated and had dug in and moved into their defence phase. We had successfully contained the enemy for destruction.
Having contained the enemy, HUKM proposed a NBC attack, particularly a Radiological attack. Standard NATO High Explosive shells are not effective. We will fire 30 fire missions at 10 seconds intervals, at selected High Value Targets. We had selected 7 HVTs in the enemy’s Vital ground. The Fire Plan scheduled 4 fire missions on each HVT. We had agreed to accept a calculated loss of own troops as casualties in the vicinity of the target areas. This is most unfortunate and we pray that our frontline troops recover, reorg, and regroup quickly to continue to maintain the momentum on the ground attacks.
Whilst HUKM’s main twin attack plans were in place, I had taken additional steps to cut off the enemy’s supplies and food and also to reinforce our own forces resources. I had been too aggressive in the support plan that had resulted some setbacks in the admin areas, particularly with shortages of toilets in the field. HUKM quickly addressed the situation and had advised me to delay my support plans to poison the enemy’s supplies and to enhance our troops fighting capabilities. I agreed and had put my support plans on hold for the time being.
The battle continues.

Lesson learnt No.1
Spend time to be fit or spend time to be sick.

Review of the Situation


The battle is still raging as I start to ponder.
What is happening ? WHY me ? There MUST be a mistake somewhere. People makes mistakes. Right? Intreps have shown how the enemy had advanced to Stage Three. Steady I said to myself. I must remain calm. I must remain calm at all cost because I must display leadership and control.
I thought about the basics. It must start with the basics. We have always been told to go back to the basics. Do an appreciation or do a SWOT appraisal, but what ever do not panic. I started to look at my terrain.
I am male and 66 years old. I should have about 6 trillion troops under command. Our troops are organized as cells, nodes and organs. I would have about 2 trillion combat troops and the remainder combat support and logistics troops. Combat troops seek and destroys enemy troops wherever there is a a contact. They fight 24 /7 hours without taking any annual leave.
My troops recruit and retrench on a daily basis. They are fairly organized and regulated. They form designated defense lines with self immunizer units. However they need high value supplies and food. But immunizer units degrade over time and age. At my age I admit some combat troops do loose their firefights sometimes. I maintain regular PULHEEMS checkups and ARTEP tests to ensure that my troops are FE always and fairly fit for battle. But alas I admit to being complacent for quite some time. I had taken things for granted. My troops soon became inferior to the enemy. This is the truth of the matter.
I then considered the enemy. I must respect the enemy. Sun Tzu had advised us to know our enemy.
The enemy comprised mainly from Free Radicals, they had mutinied and are running amok. The enemy is sustained in anaerobic conditions in the terrain. It avoids an alkaline situation and strives with happy hours in acidic conditions in the terrain. The enemy cohorts quickly with other radicals known as carcinogens.
When the enemy gathers enough strength, it will metastasis into our main stream lifelines and limp nodes. The enemy’s thrust and push will be almost impossible to contain. They form strong colonies called Tumours.
We also know the enemy does kamikaze style apoptosis when given certain type of food. It actually commits suicide. The enemy is very vulnerable to deception. Big idiots, if I must say.
I conclude that I must fight on grounds of my own choosing. I must fight an unconventional warfare. I must first contain the enemy and then blast the enemy with Chemical and Radiological arsenals. I must create an alkali and oxygenated environment in my terrain, by consuming good nutrients and exercising.
Last but not least I must call up my Higher Reserves. I must open up my communication channels to GOD. I cannot communicate with HIM if I am not calm, if I remain angry and frustrated. I am blessed that I have received great calmness and strength from HIM and my signals to him are always answered, even when my messages are relayed to HIM by my family members and friends. GOD bless all of them.
I am glad to be a fighter, a Gunner fighter at that.
So much for now. Lets adjourn to the officers’ mess in the field for a drink. Cheers.
Allen Lai

Lesson learnt No 2.
Don’t ever take your life for granted. It is vulnerable.

Visit to the gun position

As the battle fiercely rages on, I visited the gun position of the In Direct Support Regiment. (Radiology Unit).
As at today my ORBAT have increased with the following units:
In Direct Support and at priority call for Fireplan HUKM
1. Oncology Regiment HUKM
2. Radiology Regiment HUKM
In support
1. GS (Urology) Regiment HUKM
2. GS (Medical)Regiment Putrajaya
3. GS (Ophthalmology) Regiment Putrajaya
4. GS (Orthopedic) Regiment Putrajaya
All the batteries in the Radiology Regiment are equipped with the high powered Siemens Mevatron Linear accelerators. (See picture above). This radiation linear accelerator equipment is very versatile and can fire up to 15 Megavolts. It fires Photons and Electrons measured in Greys (GY).
Fireplan HUKM was planned by the CO of the Oncology Regiment. The CO had ordered 7 targets to be fired with at least 4 missions per target. Each target is fired upon for 10 seconds.
The target list was then circulated to all fire units. The Radiology Regiment having received the target list will then use the data as predicted targets. The predicted target list is then placed over scanned images of the terrain. I was then called into a simulation room to confirm the targets in my terrain. A full survey and mapping exercise will be conducted by the survey and BDP personnel. The targets are then registered and sent to the fire units. Survey data will be circulated to all units. And all units will be upgraded Divisional Grid.
In the gun position I was met by the Bty Comd, a survey officer, a BDP personnel and one gun number. The BDP personnel and gun number are lady personnel. A full survey and marking of the targets in the terrain will be conducted and lines passed to the guns. Center of arcs will be marked in the terrain. Four registered will be fired on a daily basis. My fireplan have always been on time and on target. We have successfully finished 20 fire missions todate. Target analysis have just come in and my PSA reading has fallen further to 1.44. We are on track to victory. Thank you all.
The CO is now planning a Phase 2 to the Fireplan.

Allen Lai

Lessons No 3.
Prevention is the only and best cure for Cancer. Take care always.