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Saturday, January 6, 2007

My first grandchild at his grandfather's 58th birthday

Today is 6th January 2007 and it is my 58th birthday. Celebrating birthdays are not my strong point as I don't remember ever celebrating it as a child. But anyway, my children never fail to arrange for a get-together whenever it is one of the family member's birthday. So they have arranged for a dinner, a homemade birthday cake, and presents.
(Note: If you landed here from my blog profile wondering how I obtained that rare genuinely smiling profile photo and want a quick explanation, surf over to grandpa's secret weapon)

Ah! presents! I have problem with presents. I want to tell people not to buy presents for me as I have enough material things as it is, and don't want more but find it hard to. And when they buy presents for me, it creates a dilemma for me as it would be very bad on my part if I do not express appreciation for the gifts, at the same time, I don't want them to spend money unnecessarily on material things that add to the clutter of the house. But this birthday gathering birthday was the best birthday gathering I ever had. And the reasons, I will explain later.

First some background. Since I retired, I have become something of a hermit, hardly going out of the house and glued to the computer. I shave only when I have no choice, I drag my feet over getting my nails, especially toenails, cut. I only go to the barber when my hair gets unmanageable. I am also an introvert. I don't laugh easily, I find it even harder to smile for the camera except if I am prepared for a very artificial smile. But I am happy the way I am (except for the inability to easily laugh and to smile for the camera).

Well, this evening, (actually yesterday evening, but I am going to change the date of this post to the actual date of my birthday), I shaved, I bathed, and I enjoyed a nice dinner with my children (I should not be calling them children anymore as they are now adults. But what should I call them?), my sons-in-law and my first grandchild (still in his/her mother's womb). We returned home, and I proceeded to open my birthday gifts, wondering what to say, to pretend that I like it, or to tell the truth. There were 2 gifts (actually 3, the 3rd one was from Google from my participation with Google AdSense. And the cheque arrived exactly today, my birthday). Anyway, when we reached home, I proceeded to open my presents. When I opened the first and smallest one, I started to laugh, really laugh. It was a long time since I had a real laugh, and the laugh was my best birthday present. I will let you guess what I found when I unwrapped the gift and to give you time to guess, I will put some pictures here for you to view before you get to the answer (click to enlarge. It is a large photo, 1024x768 pixels and may take some time to load. So best is to right-click on your mouse and select "Open in new window/tab" and let it slowly download in the new window/tab while you continue with this page). Further, I will do what I promised to do at the bottom of the post if you honestly guessed the correct answer before you read it (don't want to keep you in suspense. What I promised to do if certain condition is met is to exercise 10 minutes, something which I need).

Chen Family Birthday Gathering

That is my family gathering to celebrate my 58th birthday, me sitting at the center, my sons on my side and my daughters, sons-in-law and my first grandchild (hidden) standing behind. I will let you guess where my first grandchild is hiding. Same condition apply as above.

More photos - me just starting to blow all the six candles at one go (no easy task because they were in a long row). That is 6 candles for 60 years. That mean they don't need to celebrate my birthday till I am 61 years old.

grandfather blowing candles

OK. Here is the answer. What my youngest son gave me was a nail clipper! Well, I can take a hint and I can laugh at myself! And to my son, I really appreciate your gift. Now I give you somemore time to guess what the second present given by my other children and their hubbies was by showing somemore pictures (of me laughing at myself, holding the nail clipper) before I give the answer. Also, same as above. Guess correctly, and I will do what I promised at the bottom of the post, that is, do 10 minutes of exercise.

grandfather laughing and holding up the nail clipper

More photo so you have more time to guess. Below is the photo of my daughter looking through the photo album. I think she was pointing out the place she visited (Tivoli, Rome) on her company's trip last year. She later showed me the photo of me, my late wife (and her, hidden too, like my first grandchild) at exactly the same spot.

son and daughters viewing photo album

Well, the second present was a Phillip electric shaver, and a pretty sophisticated one at that! With rechargeable battery, so I don't need to go out to buy new batteries every time the old ones run out of juice! How considerate of them. And again I can take a hint and I can laugh at myself. But my regrets are, now, I have no excuses anymore not to shave and not to cut my nails. Thank you, all of you. And still more photos. Here is one showing me with the Phillips electric shaver:

Grandfather with the Phillip shaver

If you want to see more photos of my birthday gathering, you can surf over to Calvin's album

Just one more thing. One of the readers of my blog, commented in one of my post, and I reciprocated, visiting her website to comment thank her and to let her know I have responded to her comment. I read her post. It had something about exercising for comments. For each comment she received in her post, she will do a certain amount of exercise. I am going to be a copy-cat today. I realise I need exercise, but not doing very much about it. My late father was diabetic. A long time ago (20+ years I think), I was diagnosed as having Impaired Glucose Tolerance, meaning that when I take in sugar, the blood sugar falls slower than a normal person. They call it pre-diabetes now, I read in the papers recently. Going by what the report said, I should be diabetic now. Thank God I am not. They also say one need to exercise to keep diabetes and high blood pressure at bay. I need inspiration or persuation. So for each comment you put in this post, I will exercise 10 minutes. Deal?

Update 12 February 2007: Got the URL of the post from where I copied this exercise for comments: Healthy Blogger Life Style.

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123 comments:

Roberto said...

Well, Peter, here's 10 minutes worth of exercise for you. Thank you for including me on your list of friends. I value that.
Your family is a handsome one and look so irrespressibly young. Wouldn't it be nice to be that age, again?
My wife Penny, is of Chinese (Mongol) descent, though Thai-born.

Happy returns (My Brother-in-law is also the 6th Jan).

Bob (aka Roberto)
Roberto's Retreat 2

Ron Southern said...

Peter, I was very glad to see your smilin face (and your regular one, too)! Looks like a very nice birthday and very nice family. Welcome to fifty-eight! I however will be moving on to 59 next month! You ought to put a profile photo on your blogs (even the serious one); I don't expect it of people, but I always feel good when I can see the face of someone that I've grown to like in these blogs! Some of the cautious women drive me crazy with it, though I understand their hesitation and don't beg them to do it. I once asked my oldest blog friend Matt to send me a photo and all I got from him was a tale about how he never poses for photos, even though he has a family! How can he avoid that! I guess he must be very fat or very plain. I used to be very fat, but I never really ran away from photographs of me! People are different, though. Happy birthday, old man!

p.s. Like your father, I am diabetic since last year. It's under control, though. It's diabetes II, so it's easier than my sistern's diabetes. She has to take insulin with the needle, whereas I only have to take pill medication. And 4 or 5 other pills!

Calvin said...

Hi Dad!

Here's adding another 10 minutes to your exercise routine :)

and since laughing is a form of exercise too, here's to many many more laughs to come :D

Anonymous said...

Dear A-Q,

Firstly, Happy Birthday.

Secondly, Congratulations on your pre-datuk status!! (BTW, is it Mime or Mi Yoong??)

Thirdly, I just wanted you to know that this was the first time I have read your blog and I really enjoyed it. It made me laugh out loud many times (Jordan thinks I am mad laughing at the computer!!), and I am still SMILING!!

Fourthly, I hope you get many more google presents, and not just on your birthday!!

And last of all, happy exercising!

Chooi

Mi Me said...

Hi Pa !!

A good idea for motivating yourself to exercise :-) So, enjoy your 10 minutes of exercise ya :-D

It's really great to see you laugh.

Mi Ghent said...

AHA! I've found a way to make you exercise without nagging :)

Mi Ghent

Peter Chen said...

Hi Roberto, Ron, Calvin, Chooi, Chooi, Mi Me, and Mi Ghent,

Thanks for the comments and the 60 minutes of exercise. That sure is a lot of exercise. I hope you guys don't count my own comment for the exercise.

Anyway, I will start today - with 10 minutes of walking up and down the stairs, sit-ups and push-ups.

And Ron, because of your comment (and this gathering) I have a laughing face to put on my blog, which I have already done so for Blogger Tips and Tricks, at the bottom of the left sidebar. Maybe I will put the same mugshot in this blog.

Peter Chen

Anonymous said...

Hi Ah-Q,

Here's another 10 minutes of exercise!

Happy Belated Birthday and Congratulations on the 1st grandchild!!

Suchi

§j said...

Happy belated birthday Peter. With all this exercise you will be a shadow of your former self :o) It's been a real treat to read about your birthday and about you. You kind of remind me a little of a dear Texan friend of mine. As I was reading your description of yourself, I could have been reading about my friend :o)
Cheers
§ally j

Anonymous said...

Dear F Woo,
It's good to see you so happy on your birthday and so you should be too, considering that you have the whole family around and expecting the first grandchild. Congratulations, and a belated Happy Birthday. Enjoy your 10 mins of exercise.

F Chin

Mi Ghent said...

Dear uncle fung woo
hi i just read your blog
:)

very delightful!! proud to know my uncle is famous *grins* mighent was telling me about google rating your blogs

great to see all the chen clan is in good shape

zhiyoong

Peter Chen said...
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Peter Chen said...

Hi Zhiyoong,

Thanks for forcing me to get another 10 minutes of exercise. Heard about how your gang had been such wonderful hosts to Mighent. Thanks. You all are pretty lucky to have parents who have taught you (or did you all learn it by yourself?) to cook delicious meals.

Regarding Google, MiGhent must have been refering to that Blog*Star I got by helping out at the Google Blogger Help group. I am supposed to get a package from them with some goodies. Still waiting for them though.

Mousqueton said...

Dear Peter:
Though new to your growing fan club congratulations for your birthday. You have a wonderful family.
By the way, I will be checking this web site regularly to make my contribution to your exercising program.
Best regards

Peter Chen said...

Hi Mousqueton,

Thanks for the compliments and the 10 minutes of exercise. I tried to get to you site, but you have hidden your profile. Anyway thanks again for dropping by.

Elsie said...

Hello Peter

It has been a while since I visited your blogs, but if I really have a problem, I know where to come.

Happy Birthday although it is a little late now. Lovely post and I like the fact that you can also laugh at yourself.

I think you have 10 minutes of exercise coming up. Nice idea too.

Stay well
Elsie from South Africa

Mousqueton said...

Peter:
Just dropping by again to make sure you continue with the exercise. By the way; you were right!! Firefox is far better than explorer and certainly more reliable.
Keep up the sweating!!
Best regards

TRuLy said...

Hello... I know it's late but Happy birthday!!!
I really like your post...

And... you can add 10 minutes to your exercises routine:P


I love the pictures!!!

Ps: Your blog it's a big help...

Just Surfed In said...

Happy Birthday Peter !
You seem to be a smart person who knows what is important in life : ) You look so happy with your family in the photos, I hope my future will hold the same happiness : )

Best to you !

Sunflower said...

hi, Peter,

Thanks for the visit!

If you want, you can link to the link below.

http://smilingsunflower.blogspot.com/2007/01/healthy-blogger-life-stytle.html

Thank you!

Have a nice weekend!

I will Exercise for Comments!
Sunflower

Mousqueton said...

Peter:
Just a quick stop to make sure you keep up with the execise. Best regards!

Peter Chen said...

Ah, just back from a 30 minutes of brisk walking around the house (indoor), climbing up and down the stairs, and a bit of sit-up (thunderstorm forced me off the Internet), a bath and reconnection to the Internet. Thanks for all those who commented, otherwise, I'll probably be laying (how to spell that?) on the sofa and waiting for the thunderstorm to blow over.

Peter Chen said...

There was a thunderstorm. I had to disconnect the modem and unplug the computer. I used the time to do my quota of exercises. I walked around the house and up and down the staircase for a full 50 minutes. Don't think that it is a stroll. It worked up a sweat.

Took a bath and resumed my activities on the computer and Internet.

Catherine said...

Enjoyed your site very much.

My husband has held diabetes at bay with eating better and walking 20 minutes almost every day. Here's to 10 more minutes for you.

You have a lovely family.

Maybe my 58th birthday will be as nice as yours.

Your site prompted me to begin one for myself. Thanks again for taking the time to post your thoughts. This is a nice example of how strangers can share something small, but important.

I believe the length of this post justifies an additional 10 minutes ;.)

Peter Chen said...

Hi Catherine,

Thanks for the compliments and that 20 minues of exercise. Glad to see that you have taken the first step to start a blog. Don't know if you will pass by again, but if you do, just want you to know that I am trying (among many other things) to do an "online book" as a guide for people who are starting out a blog using the Google Blogger platform. The "online book" is at Dummies Guide to Google Blogger.

Hope the title does not offend you, but books "for Dummies" seem to be selling so well. Just trying to hitch a lift, but I can't put the title as "Blogger for Dummies". My original blog Blogger for Dummies will explain why.

Peter a.k.a. enviroman
Enviroman Says

Peter Chen said...

It is me comment commenting again. So that makes it 25-6=19 comments (own comments don't count), that is 190 minutes worth of exercises. Just back from a long brisk walk (exercise) at 4.00pm (afternoon sun). It seemed sunlight is not such a rouge as many people have made it to be (see Get a dose of sunlight. It is good for you. I was dressed in my usual short-sleved T-shirt and shorts (to maximise sunlight exposure). It was initially a short walk to the ATM machine in the nearby petrol station to withdraw some money. Unfortunately, that was out of service. So walked to my bank in Kelana Jaya. Withdrew RM1000 and quickly put it in my pocket without counting (don't want to let people estimate how much I am withdrawing. My son had warned me about robbers following people who have just withdrew money from ATM machines) For extra measure, on the way back home, walked into a nearby police station and walked out again (had to explain why to a policeman, who understood what I was trying to do immediately). Unfortunately, when I started, I forgot to take note of the time, but the walk had fullfilled at least 5 comments worth of exercises.

Walking is nothing to me (I have walked miles to get home before. I have even completed a marathon, the Penang bridge marathon 20+ years ago within the stipulated time to get a certificate). However, I do need your comments to push me to exercise as I am now so engrossed with blogging and the Internet that I really have no incentive to exercise more. My excuse for being on the computer for such length of time is that I keep learning new things as I go along and according to this post 3 ways to brain longevity, it should help me keep Alzheimer’s disease and senility at bay, and I really enjoy it.

Peter Chen said...

Forgot to add, counted the money when I reached home, and it was exactly RM1000. But next time I will probably withdraw less but more often so I will have to walk more.

mi me said...

definitely a better idea :p

does comments for your other blogs count? coz i've put in a few comments on Enviroman :D

here's another 10 minutes of exercise :p

Peter Chen said...

Hi Mi Me,

Thanks for all the comments that you have left in my various blogs. Since you have taken the trouble to comment in my other blogs, I will add that to my committments.

Pa

mott said...

Hi Peter!

My name is Su Kim and I am maintaining 3 blogs for my sons. To capture their funny, naughty, happy and sad moments.

I wrote to u earlier, as 2jins..those are my kids' blogs.

It's really nice to read your perspective and it helps me understand my father's ways...

I've linked u (the techie blog) on my blog. Hope that's ok.

Peter Chen said...

Hi mott,

Thanks for the links and thanks for the 10 minutes of exercise.

Peter a.k.a. enviroman
Enviroman Says

Peter Chen said...

Just received my monthly cheque from Google AdSense. Good excuse for me to walk to the LRT station and fullfill my commitment to exercise and get the dose of sunshine that this post Get a dose of sunshine. It is good for you says sunshine can help us healthy. I walked to the Taman Bahagia LRT Station, and that is 25 minutes worth of exercise again. I chosed to go to the KLCC (Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, part of the Petronas Twin Tower) which is slighly further from the Citibank Jalan Ampang branch than the Ampang Park station, and that is another 5 minutes of exercise plus save 10sen in fare. That makes a total of 30 minutes. Plus another 30 minutes for the return journey, and I have fulfilled 6 comments worth of exercise. Plus I have avoided burning fossil fuel and adding to the green house gas and made my contribution to reduce global warming.

Peter a.k.a. enviroman
Enviroman Says

fxbowman said...

Greeting Peter,

First time on your blog, actually I need your help..... please.

I use Google ads on my site, will google let me place ads of other affiliations on the same page or am I restricted to use these other ads on pages that do not carry google ads?

I appriciate your comments and thank you.

And - I did not have the intentions of increasing your exercises by including this comment. I need to do some myself.... putting on too much weight.

Take care - enjoyed your blog.

Peter Chen said...

Hi fxbowman,

AdSense do allow other ads as long as they do not violate their Program Policy and do not mimic AdSense ads. For example, I have asked AdSense Help if I coould put Amazon ads on the same page as their ads and the answer is yes.

If you want to see an example of ads that mimic AdSense, surf over to AdSense Alert. You will see a Wide Skyscraper ad unit in the left sidebar, below the Amazon ads, but it is not an AdSense Wide Skyscraper. I put it there because AdSense have told me not to put AdSense ads at that site because it contain the word adsense. Even aftet changing the title ot Earning Online, the answer is still no, so I have no AdSense products at that site. I am now researching other ways of earning online.The AdSense like ads are served by AmaSenseAds

However, one must be mindful of not overwhelming visitors with too many ads. That is why I like to use 3 column templates for my blogs so that I can have ads on the left sidebar and navigation ads on the right sidebar, and usually a relatively less intrusive link unit at the Header, below the title.

Peter a.k.a. enviroman
Enviroman Says

Frank said...

Greetings againn Peter,

Thank you for your helpful and detailed advice. I will follow the sites mentioned, and view the ideas you give.

I will bookmark your blogs and sites.... and visit the sites you suggest.

I cannot thank you enough.

You take care of yourself and God Bless You.

Frank Bowman
Malta

Mousqueton said...

Dear Peter:

Do not think you can fall back to the couch that easy. I am back to make sure you keep up with the xcercise.

Best regards!!

Peter Chen said...

Hi Mosqueton,

Thanks for your concern. I do need people to push me, however my problem is not the couch, but the computer and the Internet. Anyway, just got an excuse to exercise yesterday. I walked to the LRT station (25min walk) under the sun (I hardly go out nowadays) in my shorts and short sleeve T-shirt, took the LRT station the second nearest to the bank (walk again) to back in some cheques. Plus return trip, that will be 60 minutes of walking plus sunshine.

Peter
Dummies Guide to Google Blogger

Melvin Tan said...

Hi Peter,
I was searching for how to embed mp3 song into my blog when I found yours. At your age, you are really an inspiration. I scan through all your blogs, its amazing..I really have a lot to learn from you esp adsense..I am at USD 89 only after 2 years ! :)

I have some problem with the embeding of the songs after following yr instructions. Maybe you could help me with it? Hope its not too much to ask for. My blog is at http://mydearmum.blogspot.com. btw, I love the family gathering that you had..it gives me kind of a warm feeling. I din experience that for a very very long time...

irene said...

Hi sorry this come a bit late.. but hey.. My sincere prayer that you will have lots of meaningful years ahead of you... that you will have Joy that comes from within... =)

Kirana said...

Wasn't plan to place a comment in the first place...But something tickles inside me when I saw 39 current post aaaanndd.. the exercise promise! So, instead of 39x10 minutes exercise, why not make it full 400 minutes? LOL... Happy belated birthday, and wish your grandchild-to-be will be born safe and sound (and the mother too!). Warm wishes from Indonesia (not very far huh? :D).

Kirana said...

Gosh...slipped to count your own comment :( ... well at least THIS comment will add 10 minutes more...hehehe

Marcia Francois said...

Hi Peter

Here's another 10 minutes of exercise for you! What fun.

I loved seeing your whole family and your smiling face!

Peter Chen said...

Hi Marcia,

Thanks for that 10 minutes of exercise. I will be doing that tomorrow, but it will consist of walking to the bank to collect my pension. It is going to be more than 10 minutes.

Peter
Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
"online book" in progress

Mousqueton said...

Dear Peter:

Sorry have been away so long. Decided to stop by to make sure you keep with your exercise pledge. Best regards!

Peter Chen said...

Hi Mosqueton,

Really thanks for your concern. For exercise, I walked to my bank (1/2 hour) and backed yesterday. Did the same this morning. Hope that is enough.

Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
Blogger Tips and Tricks

David van Dijk said...

Hi Peter,

I was just surfing through blogger and I came across your page. I just wanted to say I enjoyed reading it a lot, and I hope you are well!

Well, with this comment you have 460 minutes of exercise! How are you going with it?

Peter Chen said...

Hi Meneer David,

Are you from Holland or Belgium? Thanks for leaving a comment and the 10 minutes of exercise. I am doing the best I can thought the pull of the computer and the Internet is strong. I don't take the motorbike to the bank or shops anymore. I walk there. I walk to get the newspaper every morning. And each time there is a thunderstorm, I have the excuse to go offline and switch the computer and exercise by walking around the house (indoor) and up-and-down the stairs. It isn't such soft stuff as you may think as I can work up a sweat. Hope that is enough.

Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
Blogger Tips and Tricks

David van Dijk said...

Holland, how did you know?

Wow! That is a lot of exercise, maybe I will have to do more as well! I hope I too will be as active as you when I reach 58!

Peter Chen said...

Hi David,

Van Dijk, Van Houten, De Vogel are all Dutch names. I was a student in Belgium for 2 years and know a bit of Flamish (Dutch). Did your family migrate from Nederlands to Australia?

Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
"online book" in progress

David van Dijk said...

Oh ok thats nice, yes just my parents. Everyone else is still there. I hope to go back sometime towards the end of the year

JC said...

i'm really glad about that happy picture of yours with the nail clipper...sure is a great gift and a good laugh...^_^

another 10-min exercise, pls?

thanks! :-)

Mousqueton said...

Dear Peter:
I am back to help with your exercise quest. Glad to see that you have many friends doing the same. Best regards;
Mousqueton

Peter said...

Hi Mousqueton,

Thanks for your concern and for the comments you have left in this post. They are helping push me into getting more exercise. Unfortunately you haven't left a profile or a link to your site or I would be there to thank you for the time and the trouble you are taking and for remembering.

Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
"online book" in progress

Mousqueton said...

Dear Peter:
Here is a link to my blog, Stars, Stripes & Stains; nothing important; just some idealist comments from a 100% prime simpleton. Feel free to drop by if you happen to have some time to waste; Best regards and this counts as an additional 10 minutes of exercise.

(http://stars-stripes-stains.blogspot.com/)

Great-Granny Grandma said...

Hi Peter - found this post through your Blogger Tips and Tricks blog, which is very helpful. Nice pics of your birthday. Thought I'd leave you a comment so you can add another 10 minutes to your exercise routine. :-)

Wombaticus said...

Hi Peter - I greatly enjoyed reading the blog, and just wanted to thank you for bringing a smile to my face. It was very nice to see you laugh! I've only recently registered my blog here, and already you've helped me a great deal. Thank you for that also.

Here's to many more birthdays to come, and 10 more minutes of exercise!

Mick.

sheryl1945 said...

Peter, it is August 27, quite a while after your birtu hday and a month since my 62 birthday..Are you still excercising??? I've discovered that riding a bicycle about 1 mile/ day is all I can handle--but I enjoy it and my health is very good. come over to my blog and see me some time--I'm Listening and www.im-listening-audio-books.com--HappyBirthday, Sheryl

Jay said...

Hi Peter

Hope all that exercise is making you fit & well!

Great to see that you are enjoying your family too. Sadly a lot of people do not. "The Secret" should be mandatory reading don't you think.

Anyway look forward to your posting when Grandchild #1 arrives!

Jase in beautiful Sydney

Jay said...

Hi Peter

Hope all that exercise is making you fit & well!

Great to see that you are enjoying your family too. Sadly a lot of people do not. "The Secret" should be mandatory reading don't you think.

Anyway look forward to your posting when Grandchild #1 arrives!

Jase in beautiful Sydney

Vuk Petar said...

happy birthday
just keep exercising !!!

Jannise said...

Happy Belated B-Day Peter. Your family look lovely. You look great smiling, so keep on showing your pearly whites.

Guess this means 10 more minutes of exercise. ;) Take care.

Jannise

AIRBORNE POPPA said...

Welcome to the wonderful world of grandparenthood, Professor. It was amazing to read about you. I am 59, just started blogging because I will be retiring next year and am/was looking for a way to suplement my time and income. I think it must be some sort of age related syndrome, trying to get the children not to buy presents, and trying to enjoy them at the same time. I have 10 grandchildren and that gives me 10 reasons to laugh and smile. I am sure it will come easily very soon. They, grandchildren, visit and then go home you know. I think you need to start a blog excerise club for I too don't get out much. Ok, now you owe me 10 minutes of heart pumping excerise, get at it young man!

ABNPOPPA

PS You can always call them kids or children because you are their dad. It is a term of endearment.

Peter Chen said...

Hi ABNPOPPA,

Welcome in advance to the retirees' club. 10 grandchildren!!! You must be enjoying your self tremendously. Thanks for the 10 mins. of exercise. Regarding the blog exercise club, I will think about it, and if I do start one, I will inform you about it. But I have not yet the slightest idea how a club like that should be.

Peter

Donna in Scotland said...

Hi Peter - I just found your blog page and had to add my comment for another 10 minutes exercise.

My belated birthday wishes 4 you - may your nail clippers always be sharp and your batteries always fully charged.

Until next time!

A P Panda said...

Hi Dear Mr. Peter,
I went through your blog now.
My belated GOOD WISHES on your 58th birthday.The Well Wishers do wish that the batteries of your life do remain charged always and GOD bless you all in family to keep laughing always and enjoy the life. Let the pesented "SHAVER" shave out the hurdled memories of by-gone-days and PEACE & PROSPERITY fulfil the days ahead.

"Aimee" said...

Greetings from Minnesota! I stumbled across your blog as I was looking for help, and found your site right away linked to the blogger home page. A coincidence you and I share: I too was also diagnosed with pre-diabetes (my father also had it) and believe me I need the exercise. Unfortunately no one knows about my blog except those I send the link to, so I can't use the "comment = exercise" like you do! BTW, can you help me post a pic to the top of my blog/headline? That's how I came to your site.
Hope you are getting lots of exercise and a belated happy birthday to you.
~Amy www.anirisharctichero.blogspot.com

Peter Chen said...

Hi Aimee,

There are many ways to add graphic to the blog Header. Refer to:
Adding graphic, AdSense, search box, etc. to blog Header

Clickable graphic Header

Add graphic background to your blog Header

Add graphic to blog Header the easy way (this need to be edited when I have the time but I am sure you will find your way)

Special fonts for your graphic blog Header

Peter (Blog*Star)
Blogger Tips and Tricks

Wak This Way said...

Nice post Peter. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing.

Mousqueton said...

Sorry Peter; have been away from the web because I had to take care of my 90 year old mom. She is doing fine now though.

So we can keep you in shape and reach the same age, here are 10 more minutes of exercise.

Best regards.

Richard said...

OK Peter,,Another 10 min,live long and prosper my friend.
Richard

GUARDIAN ANGEL said...

Hi Peter! I came across to your post at google adsense, when you assisted a troubled blogger about revenue. I will try kontera as you recommended. But now, I got stuck on your bday fun. You got a happy family out there! Hope I am not that late to greet you HAPPY BIRTHDAY! sorry I missed the party. I hope I'll still enjoy my life when I retire, too...
PS. HAPPY EXERCISING!!!

Peter Chen said...

Happy birthday Peter.

Peter Chen said...

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peter chen said...

peter chen said..

Hi there

Peter Chen said...

peter chen said...


I'm just testing.

Peter Chen said...

OK Rose Desrochers,

You made your point. But the thing is, the link to my profile is within the body of the post and I can easily proof that it is not me who made all those posts above. Google Blogger still did us a great favor by taking away the option to add a link for "Others"

Peter Blog*Star
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Peter Chen said...

Hi Rose,

BTW all those comments don't count for the 10 minutes of exercises.

Peter Blog*Star
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Rose DesRochers said...

Are you stating I need to exercise?

Peter Chen said...

Hi Rose,

Apparently you did not read the post. I was referring to my promise to exercise 10 minutes for every comment made in this post. Nothing to do with you.

Peter a.k.a. enviroman
Enviroman Says
(floods in England, polar ice and ice caps at moutain peaks melting, I think more severe and frequent hurricanes in US, rain when it is supposed to be a dry season in my country, someone from Queensland recently contacted me if I noticed the weather changing. I replied when I was young I had to sleep under the blanket, but now I sleep topless. If I remembered, he said it is freezing in tropical Queensland and now he has to sleep under a blanket. Please folks, take good care of our one and only Spaceship Earth which have no lifeboat. It may not affect us severely now, but it has every chance of severely affecting our future generations. Then they will have lots to be "thankful to us)

Anonymous said...

I am only 17.....and I came across this blog while I was doing my cooking project. how Ironic, but anyways I think it is nice to see a old man happy. I just hope when I get as old I will have a happy ol' family like yours and many others with childrens (adults), and grandchildren and such. Well here's 10 more minutes to your excercise to keep you going. Never stop and never turn back, always aim high and forward. Your goals should be 10 times farther than possibly can get to, that is how to reach a goal higher than your expectations.

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Cholo said...

:D Hello, sir. I've been reading your blogs and it seems you're a very pleasant man. I hope you continue to enjoy life. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Peter. Thx again for your response on the wrenches! Now I am helping you to get another 10 minutes of exercise. Definitely important with a pre-diabetic condition & just for health in general. Your family looks greta too!

Fit at 50, Jody

Half-Past Kissin' Time said...

Wow! Are you going to get any time to read your blog today with all this exercising!??

Happy Birthday to a dear man who clearly already has plenty of gifts!

ainelivia said...

Congratulations Peter on your birthday and your first grandchild.

Many thanks for this blog. You are the answer to months of frustration and I will be reading your advice avidly.

Gung Hee Faa Choi, belated New Year Greetings.

Peter Chen said...

To all the above who left comments, may I thank you all, but looks like I will have no problem in fulfilling my promises of 10 minutes of exercise for I am joining this community aerobic exercise every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 60 minutes a day, that makes it 180 minutes a week and that will be good for 18 comments a week. Keep those comments coming or I may slack off.

Above also result of nagging by children who said I have grown old because of lack of exercise.

Peter Blog*Star
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Mousqueton said...

Dear Peter:

Sorry for taking so long in coming back. I have been kind of tied up in Latin American politics the last couple months.

I haven't forgotten you though so here is a comment to make sure you do not waver on your new aerobics commitment.

Best regards;

Peter Chen said...

Hi Mousqueton,

Thanks for the bottom of my heart that you have been so faithfully regularly to make sure I get my dose of exercise. My children repeatedly reminded me not to spend too much time in front of computer and said I have aged, partly because of lack of exercise. Since I claim to be a good listener, so have ended up at trice weekly aerobic exercises.

Peter Blog*Star
Blogger Tips and Tricks

DRASNA'S TIPS & NEWS said...

Hi Peter,

Sorry I am so late to your Birthday party, but Happy B-Day again. I enjoyed your details of the day and you sound something like me. I am 53 and divorced and also a hermit.(But female) Keep smiling, it looks good on you, but watch out for the cracks to the face. My mother swears that exercise is good for pre-diabetes and High Blood Pressure. Her method is to work in her garden growing her roses and sugar cane in the Bahamas. Now I have to keep reading to find out where your grand child is. (Probably in the midst of one the present??:-))

Peter Chen said...

Hi Drasna,

Thanks for the additional 10 mins of exercise and for the very pleasant comment which I enjoy. Hey, with all respect to my late wife who had been a great help and greatly missed, it is nice to be able to do just about anything we want without having a second half to take into consideration, for me anyway as I spend a lot of time on the computer and the Internet and that fortunately or unfortunately, is what I love to do.

Don't know about you. 53 is not too late to get remarried, plus they say married couples are healthier and live longer.

Anyway, due to encouragement (dare not use any other words) of my children who said I have aged and become clumsy due to lack of exercise, I have have begun participating actively at aerobic exercises at SS3 basketball court. Now at 1 hour a day times 3 times a week, you can throw all the comments you want into this post and I will be able to achieve my commitment easily, no problem.

BTW, don't know if the face of the one you seek can be see at Lewis Chew, youngest "blogger" in the world.

Plus soon, I will have to start a new blog titled "????? Low" to be fair to all.

Peter Blog*Star
Blogger Tips and Tricks

TattingChic said...

Hi Peter, I hope you have fun doing all that exercise. How healthy you must be by now.

blizs/ful said...

Hi Peter, here's 10 more from me

I came across your post on meta tags (very useful by the way) then stopped to have a look round your blog. I enjoyed this post particularly - you look very good for 58 and look great when you smile! (I don't know why you say you don't smile often). I suffer from the same problem as you (lack of exercise due to being glued to computer screen), are you still exercising 3 times a week? you are good... I need to start working out myself...

thanks for your posts and many happy returns (I've realised another birthday has passed since this post, and you're still paying the price for your 10 minutes promise!)

best wishes,
Susan

Peter said...
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Peter Chen said...

Hi Susan,

Thanks for the greatly needed 10 minutes.

Don't believe I find it hard to smile? Surf over to my photos and secret weapon and view a gloomy photo of me. Plus check out my secret weapon if you want.

Peter Blog*Star
Testing Blogger Beta (now New Blogger)

blizs/ful said...

Hi Peter,

Thanks for your comment and visit to my blog, yes the name is right! (I am Muslim, though born and raised in the UK) I had a look at your gloomy photo, my oh my - I have to say the smiling one is much better! I know the world can be a miserable place (my origins are Iraqi & Iranian, enough politics there for anyone) but I think you should use your secret weapon as much as possible! You have a lovely family, looking at your photos is enough to make anyone smile the way you are in your profile picture :)

Best wishes,
Susan.

Linda Hayes said...

I think you have a nice smile and should try to smile more often.

Blkbtrfly at Butterfly Landing said...

Dear Peter, as your 59th birthday approaches, I see people have been letting you get away with less exercise. So . . . since I must also motivate myself, I will be adding this idea for my daily emails that I receive from friends (not businesses! at least not at first) Since it's pretty cold out, I'll also do stairs.

I found your site while needing some questions answered, which you did, thank you very much, and I went exploring because of your birthday. Thanks for sharing your true, happy-inside-smile!

Another happy retiree.

Balu said...

Hi Peter, well by this time you would be getting ready for your 59th BDay but I wanted to comment here for two things:

1. Its my first time that i have visited your blog and i really liked it.

2. To keep you motivated to do "10 Mins" Exercises.

Keep blogging, keep Exercising.

Tiken H said...

Hi,
It was really nice reading your post.
I hope you will live up to the deal i.e a 10 min exercise.

Regards,
Tiken

Mi Yoong said...

Pa, I hope you still sticking to your 10-min exercise!

Vinod Kumar said...

Dear uncle

Happy birthday to you from me

from India . God will keep healthy , wealthy , so that you will do service of mankind through your good blogging skills .

Thanks for sharing pictures

Daily Painters International Gallery said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBERTO and thanks for all you do for all the bloggers out there.

poemsnpuja said...

I dont know if you will still exercise for a comment posted now..it is very sweet and a funny post.

Statistics to Share said...

2 Years later...looks like you hit the 60 mark! I'm expecting my first grandchild (which drew me to your personal post :) and found myself relating so much to you when you described your "hermitness" - the only difference is if my nails grow even a little bit I go crazy and feel like I can't type fast enough so I have to cut them or go nuts. Hmmm wondering where pictures of the grandbaby would be now! I've stumbled on your blog a few times from google searches looking for something and you've always come through! Take care of you and yours! I'm gonna look for baby pictures...

Statistics to Share said...

Oh ya, p.s. skip the exercise and have a dinner out instead :)

Peter Chen said...

For all who left comments here, thank you very much and be assured that I am keeping my side of the bargain and am exercising. In fact, I just joined a gym - True Fitness.

SLee said...

geez . . . you're so popular. i had to scroll down so much just to leave a comment. this is my first time seeing your blog. this post makes me wanna come back. and follow.

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Anonymous said...

Hey,

I have a inquiry for the webmaster/admin here at my-first-grandchild.blogspot.com.

May I use some of the information from this blog post above if I give a backlink back to this site?

Thanks,
Peter

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Thanks for sharing the link - but unfortunately it seems to be down? Does anybody here at my-first-grandchild.blogspot.com have a mirror or another source?


Thanks,
William

Harsha said...

Sir u somewhat look like My fav Jakie Chan.. Some diff u hav with him is that of age ..! :)
Sir Is that ok if i add my site to ur comment next time wen i commnt?!(I know that its not fair to do so,thats y asking u)

Peter Chen said...

Just a note for those who left comments and either not responded to or published late or not published. Many ended up in the spam folder and discovered late. But just to let you know have been exercising regularly. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

I have a question for the webmaster/admin here at my-first-grandchild.blogspot.com.

May I use some of the information from this post right above if I provide a link back to this site?

Thanks,
Jules

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Thanks for sharing the link - but unfortunately it seems to be down? Does anybody here at my-first-grandchild.blogspot.com have a mirror or another source?


Thanks,
Alex

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I have a question for the webmaster/admin here at my-first-grandchild.blogspot.com.

Can I use some of the information from your post above if I provide a backlink back to this website?

Thanks,
Charlie

Peter Chen said...

For Charlie,

Thanks for asking. Sure you can use the materials from this post if you also acknowledge this as the source. Will also appreciate you letting us know where you used it by posting a comment here after you are done.

Ariel said...

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