Hotel California


Ta-daaa! This is the on-going project I told you about in my last post. I present you my new 3-Column Blog. I got this 3-Column template from Thur Broeders plus a helping hands by a fellow Malaysian, Mr. Peter Chen. Thur's Blogger WorkShop offered a variety of templates for free. I'm using his Old Blogger Clones, Minima_original_3col. On my first try, my post dropped to the bottom. But it's all in a days' work!

After a little bit of tweaking here and there, finally I can present this new look. His only terms of used, he said and I quote,

There aren't any, really! Though it would be nice if you kept my (own)
template's header information 'as is'. Call it my small (narcistic)
Advertising Campaign!

It's nice to meet someone new. Here is Inmatez Wife,a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and opinionated woman. Let's us welcome her to our Recovery Group.

And here is Cindy, who is 53, live in WV and am married with grown children. She has a great love for others and want to share the blessings of God. She look forward to making new friends through her Blog and OA.

Hope you enjoy Eagles' Hotel California. That's Joe Walsh at his best. Hotel California still remained my favourite playlist. Enjoy also a news article, a story of one individual's efforts during national recovery month in US.


FeedBurner's Package
The time is 2:11am. It is Thursday in exotic Malaysia and our HNT's session is open. I received this package from Eric Olson (see name card above envelope) of FeedBurner yesterday's afternoon. Included are 6 FeedBurner stickers and a FeedBurner pin (beside name card, in the middle of envelope).
That's the book I'm reading now. Reader's Digest, four books in one volume. It contained John Grisham's The Broker, James Patterson's Sam's Letters To Jennifer, Greg Iles's Blood Memory and Soheir Khashoggi's Mosaic.
The black cap is from our very own National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK).
p/s Thank you for all your comments posted on my first HNT entry. Thank you again for making me feel at home. Love you guys/gals.

If you want to see my wild and crazy HNT friends, (borrowing JJ's words) CLICK HERE!


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Addiction Recovery Advocate Vows to Help Others
Posted on Tuesday, September 26 @ 10:49:18 CDT by xtv

lacpib writes "
A story of one individual's efforts during national recovery month in US.

USA, September 26, 2006 (XTVWorld.Com) -- A little over seven years ago a young man was desperate and depressed; feelings that were brought on by his substance abuse. Not knowing how to change but not willing to give up on life, he reached out to his family for help and they found a successful long-term rehabilitation program.

Today things are vastly different for this still-young man after working for six years in the same field that helped him save his life. His name is Lucas A. Catton and he is now an intervention specialist and certified counselor working with an addiction help line (, among many other things. He is also one of the recovery advocates featured in this year's National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month kits, which are available online at

He has had hundreds of articles printed in publications across the country and his book "Losing the Beer Goggles" is a social commentary on the addiction treatment field, which Catton says needs to undergo a serious change.

Earlier this year he started a non-profit organization called the Foundation for Social Improvement, whose goal is to acquire funds to give grants to community organizations that specialize in education as well as drug rehabilitation and prevention. He is also the spearhead of an initiative called the Drug-Free Alliance (, which is an advocate of drug-free living and practices.

Mr. Catton's message of change doesn't often sit well with traditionalists in the addiction treatment field, for he lashes out at medication-assisted therapy and mind-altering drugs prescribed to people, especially addicts. "It doesn't make any sense at all to give a substance abuser another drug and call it treatment," he says, "Even the science behind it can't prove the theories or that they work."

As for what's next on his plate, Catton is in development for an independent feature film about drugs and the treatment field in an effort to entertain as well as share a message. He also plans on continuing to grow the Foundation and the international Alliance by adding new members and opening state and national chapters.

"People deserve to know the truth about things so they can make informed decisions. It's no different with the drug treatment and prevention field. People and institutions regarded as the authorities aren't necessarily right in their assertions, and as long as I'm around I'm going"



Hotel California Lyrics
by Eagles

On a dark desert highway
Cool wind in my hair
The warm smell of colitas
Rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance
I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night

There she stood in the doorway
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself
This could be heaven or this could be hell
Then she lit up a candle
And she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor
I thought I heard them say

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place, such a lovely face
There's plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year, you can find it here

Her mind is definitely twisted
She's got her Mercedes Benz
She's got a lotta pretty, pretty boys
That she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard
Sweet summer sweat
Some dance to remember
Some dance to forget

So I called up the captain
Please bring me my wine
He said "We haven't had that spirit here since 1969"
And still those voices they're calling from far away
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place, such a lovely face
They're livin' it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise, bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceilling, the pink champaign on ice
And she said "We are all just prisoners here of our own device"
In the masters chambers they're gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knifes but they just can't kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I was runnin' for the door
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before
"Good night" said the night man "We are programmed to receive
You can check out anyytime you like, but you can never leave"

Courtesy of LyricsDomain

Hotel California
By The Eagles

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15 Comments thus far...

lash505 said...

ha I know one of the guys in the band. The song was written, because they were living out of a hotel in LA for a while..

Jiwa Rasa said...


Nice to know somebody from Kuala Kangsar. I was bornt in Karai...:) Currently working in Penang.

Michael said...

Hi Noor,
I love that song Hotel California. wish u the best of luck mate, squeaky door hasnt phoned yet

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Noor Azman,
I do believe I made it in for your wake up call today!!!! It is 6 a.m. in your corner of the planet! Are you up yet????
I love seeing you on HNT! And your new blog layout seems to rock, my friend.
Keep coming back. You are doing important work here.
By the way, when I look at the visitors from all the countries to your site, it brings tears to my eyes. You are truly carrying the N.A. message around the world, my friend!
Also as JJ says, you kick ass!

Inmatez Wife said...

Noor, thank you for mentioning me. And welcoming to the recovery link. It is a good place to be!! Recovery!!!

Mary Christine said...

Noor, Akron, Ohio, USA is where AA was started in 1935. Dr. Bob's house is owned by AA there and is kept pretty much the way it was back when AA was new and shaky drunks sat around the kitchen table. It is a wonderful place to visit. In June, they have "Founder's Day" - a huge celebration of AA.

lushgurl said...

Love the new blog Noor...I agree that what you are doing is great- spreading the message of recovery all around the world. Keep up the good job, the rewards will far outreach your wildest dreams! xox

Michael said...

Hi Noor,
Its me again the lovesick Jedi Master from Yorkshire, England.
Love reading your blog mate and really love the encouraging comments u send me - thank u so much!

Meg Moran said...

Oh Noor, such a lovely comment you left on my blog...I'm smiling all over. Thank you friend. You ARE loved..we are all ONE.


Always enjoy your taste in music.
Sorry I haven't been very social lately. Just taking it ODAAT.

mAAry-AAnne said...

Hi Noor. I'm a big fan of the Eagles. I think I have a tape with that song on it. Going to dig it out and play it. Great way to spend a sober sunny Sunday. Thanx.

Grace said...

I like the new blog template layout and the text isnt red in Firefox! :-)

Rex said...

Blog is looking great Noor! Thanks for all the words of encouragement you always leave me, they mean a lot.

Scott W said...

Here is a link to the book you requested:

Michael said...

I am really glad you enjoyed the joke, ill keep posting them, I am a bit sad cos Squeaky Door has dumped me!

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