Monthly Archives: August 2013

Fresh Milk versus Powdered Milk

Ambewela Milk

Ambewela Milk

With all the scares and scandals that are associated with powdered milk, lets examine both sides of the story

Milk Powder

This is the predominant form in Sri Lanka and for some it is a matter of privilege and pride to say that they drink a certain brand of powdered milk.  Now people are running to distance themselves from those brands and companies.  Let’s examine some of the factors.

  1. Long shelf life, which is generally more than one year
  2. Easy to prepare.  Just add water
  3. Fortified with minerals and vitamins and sometimes various other chemicals which are said to be beneficial to brain development in children, or for preventing osteoporosis in women.
  4. Some say it tastes better than fresh milk
  5. Some also say that it is creamier (more on that later)
  6. Some argue but haven’t really proven that the best components are removed and used for manufacturing other products and then the milk has vitamins and minerals added to it
  7. There is new evidence to show that powdered milk contains more cholesterol causing agents than fresh milk
  8. One packet of 400 grams of milk powder generally gives us 3.5 litre of milk which is equal to 17.5 glasses of milk.  Generally, people have gotten used to using the wrong quantity of powder meaning that the milk that is made is more creamier, leading to lesser number of glasses.

Fresh Milk

There are a few producers that sell fresh milk in Tetra packs and these are available in most shops and supermarkets.  The image of this post shows the Ambewela product lineup which includes 1 litre and 200 ml packs

Points to consider

  1. A more natural version of the drink that many people say to be Nature’s Energy Drink
  2. Compared to raw milk which can spoil quickly, fresh milk is packed in TetraPaks for a shelf life of several months
  3. If you think the taste is not to your liking, you could add a bit of sugar or a flavouring agent such as Malt, Chocolate, etc
  4. If you argue that powdered milk is creamier, that is either because you have used less than the recommended amount of water, or because the butterfat content is higher.
  5. Compared to the cost of milk powder which is approx Rs 325 for a 400 gram packet, a 1 litre carton of milk from Ambewela, Rich Life or a similar local manufacturer is in the range of Rs. 140.  Once opened, the carton can be kept in the refrigerator for several days.
  6. If you believe that you cannot use it up in several days, the 200 ml pack is approximately Rs 35 and is equal to one glass of milk.
  7. If the requirement is to give your child one glass of milk per day for a month you spend approx Rs 1,000 if you buy the individual servings.

For the dairy farmers, the price they get per litre of raw milk is less than Rs. 50.  If the government could step in via Milco and expand their facilities, fresh milk could be made available countrywide at a much more affordable price than what the private sector is offering and their would be some healthy competition.  Milco could make a higher profit than what it is doing now.

Food for thought – think about it.

FOREX Trading in Sri Lanka

Here’s the transcript of a chat I had with an operator of a website promoting FOREX Trading.  Please excuse the multiple spelling mistakes, as I have taken the chat transcript exactly as it is.  For those of you that are interested in FOREX trading, the key point to know is that FOREX trading in Sri Lanka is legally limited to licensed operators only.  If you are trading in FOREX it is a violation of the law.  Further, you have to deposit money into a foreign account via your credit card.  This is also a violation due to unauthorised foreign remittances.  Also, your Credit Card has been issued for personal use only, and not for trading purposes.  If you have an internationally issued Credit card, then that would be OK, but if you residing in Sri Lanka, you still cannot get away from my first point regarding unlicensed trading.

Read on…

  • * Admin is online!
  • guest355747: Hello
  • Admin: hi
  • guest355747: I have a question
  • Admin: yes
  • guest355747: For FOREX trading, I need to put money into an account?
  • Admin: k
  • guest355747: How do I do that? With my credit card?
  • Admin: u can
  • guest355747: But isn’t that illegal?
  • Admin: r u think, is it Illegal, leave this site
  • guest355747: I’m asking a valid question. Isn’t it illegal to pay with the credit card for something like that?
  • Admin: How you know is this Illegal ?
  • guest355747: Central Bank Rule, from what I have heard.  Cannot do foreign remittances of that sort. Isn’t that so?
  • Admin: i’m From Uk in Past 7 year, i don’t Know Sri lanka Situation ath this Moment, if you think, this is Illegal , I told to you leave this Site,
  • Admin: but, Forex Is World trusted Earnign System
  • Admin:
  • Admin: Forex handle In World Largest Central Bank, is this Illegal, Why World Largest Central Bank Handle this ? Can U Find Answer ?
  • guest355747: That’s interesting. Your site is in Sinhalese, and you’re encouraging Sri Lankans to invest in this scheme, but you are not in Sri Lanka and you do not know that what you are promoting is illegal.  World Central Banks do not matter. There are laws in Sri Lanka prohibiting FOREX trading for anyone other than licensed organisations and banks
  • guest355747: Violations are: Central Bank rules regarding FOREX trading, and Credit Card issuing bank rules regarding valid use of Credit Cards
  • Admin: More than Out Side Of Sri lankan Using this Site, For Learning Somthing About Forex, this is a free education, if don’t Like Forex,Why are you Not Leaving this
  • Admin: ex : Korea , Saudi arabiaya, Uk, USA, Japana, i have a More than Sri lankan Member with Lakforex
  • guest355747: Free Education? Isn’t it misleading education when you don’t say or show the illegal side of it?  Your domain is so you are specifically targeting Sri Lankans and enticing them to break the law.  Your site should have a clear statement about the risks as well as the legal status.
  • guest355747: Authorities would be very interested in what you are saying through this site.
  • Admin: yes, i warning For All, read First Article
  • guest355747: Warning that it illegal?
  • Admin: r u mean, Forex trading is Completely Illegal In World
  • Admin: ?
  • guest355747: Nope. Illegal for Sri Lankan Citizens to do it
  • Admin: what r u think Srilankan People in Out side of Sri lanka ?
  • guest355747: They can do it
  • Admin: i can’t block this Site to Sri lanka , this site visible to all Country
  • Admin: you can visit My English site
  • Admin: it’s Now Under Maintain
  • Admin:
  • guest355747: Yes you can. You can restrict it based on IP address, or put a notification about the legal status. The fact that this site is in Sinhala shows that you are targeting locals
  • Admin: i’m give to answer for you recent, More than Sri lankan leave it Out side of Sri lanka
  • Admin: i’m Not a Web developer
  • Admin: i Don;t have good website building Knolage
  • Admin: i’ Using , Free Blog for Create this
  • guest355747: Be very careful in that case.  The authorities would initiate legal action against you.
  • Admin: ok,
  • Admin: it’s ok
  • Admin: i request for block lakforex to Srilanka,
  • Admin: From, Your Side
  • Admin: you can Do it
  • guest355747: I’m not the site operator. You are. Bye
  • Admin: k

Here’s a press release from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka about illegal Forex Trading:

Also please be aware that trading in FOREX trading may be a risky gamble if you don’t know what you’re doing.  It requires deep insight to know how the market will turn and you have to stay at it.  Having a good night sleep and then coming back, you may find that the market has gone completely in the other direction.

Ultimately, look around, and make the right decision for yourself

How to submit a professional application and CV for a vacancy

In my position, I see a lot of applications and CV from potential employees.  Unfortunately most of the time some applications are knocked off in the first round itself due to the unprofessional way in which people apply.

Here’s my viewpoint as an Employer.


Take time to read the advertisement or job description fully.  Don’t just read the top part and send off your application as fast as you can.  Being the first to apply does not get you the job.  Example, I recently advertised for Management Trainee, and there were a few that applied for Management Trainer positions.  I also advertised for a Secretary post asking for ladies to apply, but several men applied as well.


Prepare your CV with proper formatting and make it attractive.  Avoid using flowery borders and other distractions.  Inserting a picture of yourself is also recommended.


Include a covering letter explaining why you are suitable for the position, and why you believe I should hire you.  If they have not asked for a covering letter, adding one will show you to be professional and understanding.  If one is asked for but you do not include one, that shows you have no attention to detail, and / or do not care


When sending submissions / applications via email, include the vacancy title / position in the subject of your email.  If a company advertises for several positions, and your email arrives without a proper subject, chances of it being ignored or mis-categorized are higher.


When attaching your CV, don’t use file-names such as “cv.doc”, “bio.doc”, “my cv.doc”, “curriculum-vitae”, etc.  When all of the applications are received and grouped together, your CV may get lost or overwritten by someone else’s.  “curriculum-vitae-NAME-POSITION.doc” is a much nicer file-name.


When sending an email, don’t apply to several organisations at once by putting multiple addresses in the TO or CC. eg:,, etc. This shows that you are unsure of yourself, uncommitted, unprofessional

Don’t forward the same application to many people by sending one, forwarding again, forwarding yet again, etc. so that your application looks like a chain letter.


Don’t apply for the position if you are not suitable for it. You’re just sending something that will get thrown out at first glance.  I recently advertised for a position of a VB programmer and people straight out of ‘A’ Levels without any computing knowledge applied.  Same happened for a recent advert I put asking for Web Application Developers with PHP knowledge.   Don’t think people will pity you and give a job just because you apply. You’re wasting everyone’s time.

Hope this helps.  More Tips will be added later.

Beware of bogus education scams

I received an unsolicited email from an Indian organisation last month, and thought that it would be in the best interest of the public to share the content.

They don’t mention the name of the institution or awarding body, and use a Yahoo mail id to communication. They say the certificates are “well recognised & valid everywhere”, which is not possible.

Be careful of these fake / bogus Indian institutes that issue certificates not even worth the paper they are printed on.  What’s the purpose of this type of bogus education qualifications / certificates if they are not recognised?

The content was as follows
Dear Sir/Madam,
We are one of the oldest Institutes in India & offer variety of programmes for working class students. We have come up with a unique scheme for working students, where a student after having sufficient year of working experience can apply for final certificate after passing all subjects in one attempt. Certificates are well recognised & valid everywhere.   This opportunity is available for very limited number of students & for very limited period of time. This scheme is applicable for following programmes:
•    M.Tech                                                      –       Courses available in all branches.
•    B.Tech                                                       –       Courses available in all branches.
•    Diploma Engineering                                –       Courses available in all branches.
•    IT & Management                                     –       Courses available in all branches.
•    Graduation Courses in all Subjects           –       B.A., B.Com, B.Sc in all subjects.
•    Post Graduation Courses in all Subjects   –       M.A., M.Com, M.Sc in all subjects.
•    Paramedical Sciences                                –       Courses available in all branches.
•    Biotechnology                                           –       Graduation & Post Graduation Level.
•    Media & Communication                         –       Graduation & Post Graduation Level.
•    Hospitality & Tourism                              –       Graduation & Post Graduation Level.
•    Insurance & Management                         –       Graduation & Post Graduation Level.
•    Architecture & Design Technology         –       Graduation & Post Graduation Level.
•    Fashion Design                                         –       Graduation & Post Graduation Level.
•    Traditional Programmes                            –       Graduation & Post Graduation Level.
For more information & admission, kindly contact: –
Mr. Alok Jha, contact no.: (+91)77XXXXXXXX, E-mail:


Real or Fake: Rose the 87-Year Old College Student

The article below is not my own creation and is taken from here.  This seems to be going around on the web again, especially on social networks.  The actual lady shown in the post is not the actual Rose, but a lady by the name of Nola Ochs who was 95 years old at the time she went to college.

A story about an 87-year old college student named Rose is a touching story about life, fulfilling dreams, and growing old. But is the story real or fake?

It’s probably fiction.

We can neither confirm nor debunk the actual story, though it does read more like a modern fable than a true historic event. The story entitled “Never Too Old to Live Your Dream” was written by Dan Clark and published in the 1999 book entitled, “Chicken Soup for the College Soul: Inspiring and Humorous Stories About College,” and re-published in several later Chicken Soup books. This book contains stories, poems, and inspirational tales, and the Rose story certainly reads as an inspirational work of fiction. But again, we can’t completely say either way.

The Photo: Nola Ochs
The image circulated with the “Rose” story is actually a snapshot of Nola Ochs, who in 2007 became the Guiness record holder as the world’s oldest college graduate at the age of 95. Her story is a real-life inspiration. She graduated from Fort Hays State University with a general studies degree with an emphasis in history back in 2007 at the age of 95. She graduated with her 21-year old granddaughter, Alexandra Ochs. Nola went on to earn her master’s in 2010 at the age of 98.

The Story
Here’s the story of Rose, the 87-year old college student, as passed around social media in 2013.

An 87 Year Old College Student Named Rose

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know.

I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned round to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.

She said, “Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?”

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze.

“Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked.

She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…”

“No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.

“I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!” she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.We became instant friends. Every day for the  next three months, we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine” as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium.

As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, “I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell
you what I know.”

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, “We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day.

You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.

We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it!There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.

If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old.

If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.

Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change.

Have no regrets.

The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.”

She concluded her speech by courageously singing “The Rose.”

She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.

At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died  peacefully in her sleep.

Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly be .When you finish reading this, please send this peaceful word of advice to your friends and family, they’ll really enjoy it!

These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.


We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.

Bottom Line
We believe the story is an inspirational work of fiction. What do you think?

How to get a professional looking website up and running with PHP and mySQL

Most of you could probably think of something nice that you could do if you had your own website.  Maybe you could setup a website for your company or your family’s company, or you could setup a website for a charity or other non profit organisation, or maybe setup a personal website for yourself.

Here’s how you can get a nice simple website up and running, with a professional look.

1. Register your .info domain

this is the cheapest option available currently, and the yearly fee is $ 2.99.  Click on the link below to register it

Register your .info Domain

2. Get a Free Hosting Account

Visit and register a free hosting account for yourself.  It comes with PHP and mySQL, so you can satisfy most requirements through it

3. Direct your Domain

Get your domain pointed to

That’s it. A fast and easy method to get a professional looking website.  Just upload your site content, and you’re done

$1.99 Hosting Offer – Limited Offer until 7:30 pm today

iPage is Easy to Use
Sri Lankans probably do not have experience in dealing with this webhost, but I believe it is the same company as iPower and PowWebThe difference is that iPage is offering a hosting package at a starting price of 1.99 which includes several great features, including

  1. Free Domain Name Registration
  2. Unlimited Disk Space
  3. Unlimited Bandwidth
  4. $100 Google AdWords Credit
  5. $25 Bing / Yahoo Credit
  6. $50 Facebook Credit
  7. Ability to transfer existing accounts
  8. Anytime Money Back Guarantee
  9. plus a lot more

A Great Hosting Offer from GoDaddy

Be Where your Customers are - $1.99/mo hosting from GoDaddy!
GoDaddy Hosting has a great offer for those of you who are on the lookout for some great hosting options.GoDaddy is the top hosting solutions company in the US, and there are quite a bit of Sri Lankans that are using their services as well.  They currently have a promotion which includes some great features including a free domain name,  unlimited bandwidth, and more.  Check it out by clicking on the banner on the left.  There are more feature packed packages available at a slightly higher fee.When you click on the link, you will see a notification at the top of the page which gets you your discounted hosting.

Life in England in the 1500’s

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500’s:

  1. Most people got married in June, because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
  2. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children! Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying,

    “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.”

  3. Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and off the roof. Hence the saying

    “It’s raining cats and dogs.”

  4. There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence.
  5. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying “dirt poor“.  The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance way. Hence the saying a “threshold.”
  6. In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme

    “Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.”

  7. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could “bring home the bacon.” They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and “chew the fat”
  8. Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
  9. Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or “upper crust”.
  10. Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a “wake”.
  11. England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a “bone-house” and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found t have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the “graveyard shift“) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be “saved by the bell” or was considered a “dead ringer

History is never boring

Racial Discrimination

This scene is supposed to have taken place on a flight between Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England

A white woman, about 50 years old, was seated next to a black man. Obviously disturbed by this, she called the air hostess. “You placed me next to a black man. I do not agree to sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat.”

“Be calm please,” the hostess replied. “Almost all the places on this flight are taken. I will go to see if another place is available.”  The hostess went away and then came back a few minutes later.

“Madame just as I thought, there are no other available seats in the Economy Class. I spoke to the captain and he informed me that there is also no seat in the Business Class. All the same, we still have one place in the First Class.”

Before the woman could say anything, the hostess continued. “It is not usual for our company to permit someone from the economy class to sit in first class. However, given the circumstances, the captain feels that it would be scandalous to make someone sit next to someone sooooo disgusting.

“She turned to the black guy, and said, “Therefore, Sir, if you would like to, please collect your hand luggage, a seat awaits you in First Class.”

At that moment, the other passengers, who’d been shocked by what they had just witnessed, stood up and applauded.

WELL DONE, [Name has been removed] Airways

Author Unknown