Wednesday, 23 March 2005

no wonder...

see the striking resemblance with Patches (the Shih Tzu), below??

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both faces are so flat...

or maybe i'm going mad... hahahaha..

Tuesday, 22 March 2005

The Shih Tzu that stole my heart..

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i think Shih Tzus are the cutest dogs in the world.

otherwise, i prefer cats. period.

Friday, 18 March 2005

You Are 24 Years Old


Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

how bizarre!!

Thursday, 17 March 2005

KL Get-Away..

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hot as usual.. KL..

(from top.. the most photographed building in KL - Sultan Abdul Samad Building - next to Independence Square, supposedly the tallest flagpole in the world, some unnamed building, the Textile Museum, stir fried mee, sotong kangkong, fish & alphabet fries, Petronas Towers with the Force of Nature banner, view from the skybridge)
Fort Tanjong Katong 1879

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An old colonial fort, built by the British more than 125 years ago, to prevent possible Russian invasion from the sea. (The Commies!!)

A century later, the fort was buried as part of land reclamation, apparently forgotten, the surrounding area turned into a nice little park, and only discovered recently (less than a year back?), when this particular resident, living just across Tanjong Katong Park noticed bald patches running in neat continuous strips all across the grass and suspected a fort beneath (this area being just off "Fort Road" after all!)

A civic minded individual, he informed the National Archives or something like that and research, tracing records all the way to London, finally confirmed the existence of such a fort.

That began all that digging and what a splendid find it was!

So being curious and all that, I went to see it.. they're still digging and finding more and more stuff.. Isn't that just so cool?!

Tuesday, 8 March 2005

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always a good read... The Difference Between The Brain of A Man & A Woman..

At a hospital the relatives gathered in the waiting room, where a family member lay gravely ill. Finally, the doctor came in looking tired and serious.

Surveying the worried faces, the doctor said, "I'm afraid I'm the bearer of bad news. The only hope left for your loved one at this time is a brain transplant. It's an experimental procedure, very risky, you will have to pay for the brain yourselves."

"It makes sense that brains vary between the sexes."
The family members sat silent as they absorbed the news. After a great length of time, someone asked, "Well, how much does a brain cost?"

The doctor quickly responded, "$5,000 for a male brain, and $200 for a female brain."

The moment turned awkward. Men in the room tried not to smile; avoiding eye contact with the women, but some actually smirked. One man, unable to control his curiosity, blurted out the question everyone wanted to ask, "Why is the male brain so much more expensive?"

The doctor smiled at the childish innocence and said to the entire group, "It's just standard pricing procedure. We have to mark down the price of the female brains, because they've been used."

Monday, 7 March 2005

little pomo gets a wash..

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yes, in case you wondered.. the stork (ha! stock..) arrived early.. :)

Wednesday, 2 March 2005

Death and living

"The fear of death stops you from living, but not from dying"

Two mornings ago (at 6am no less!), my sis shared with me the above quote over breakfast, which is so good I know I simply have to share it...

If the fear of death and dying can be so paralyzing as to stop anyone from fully embracing and enjoying what life has to offer, isn’t it time to see what all this is really costing us?

As I mused over why and when this fear of death came into our humanly lives, I shared with her what my school principal told us recently, a small gathering of new teachers in an informal chitchat session with him. In his own words, he said, “We (teachers) must be the ones to decide how much risk can be allowed in any activity. Kids this age (17/18) will take all sorts of risk. They think they cannot die”.

He went on to share with us two incidents in his past experience as principal of two other schools, one of where an unfortunate incident occurred in which a boy either leaned too far out or actually climbed onto a fourth-floor railing to untie a banner and fell, hitting the ground head-on. The poor boy didn’t survive.

After patiently hearing my story to the end, my wise sister said, “Ah! That is part of developmental psychology.” She elaborated further on how kids at different ages slowly develop their understanding of death, from a non-existent concept, to a concrete one, and eventually to the abstract notion of what death is. It’s pretty interesting.. read this..

Infant to Toddler (0-2)
The terms "death" or "forever" or "permanent" may not have real value to children of this age group. Even with previous experiences with death, the child may not understand the relationship between life and death. Death is not a permanent condition.

Preschool (3-5)
This is the age of "Magical Thinking". This age group may view death as temporary or reversible, as in cartoons. Death is often explained to this age group as "went to heaven." Most children in this age group do not understand that death is permanent, that everyone and every living thing will eventually die, and that dead things do not eat, sleep, or breathe.

School-age (6-12)
School-aged children are developing a more realistic & concrete understanding of death. Although they attempt to ascribe a more comprehensible meaning to the event by personifying death as a "devil", "God", "ghost", or "bogeyman", this age group is beginning to understand death as permanent, universal, and inevitable. Children (9-12) may experience fears of mutilation and personal injury. They may hence externalize these by focusing on the "gruesome" details of dying and death. Externalizing equals control.

Adolescent (13-18)
Most adolescents understand the concept that death is permanent, universal, and inevitable. Yet, due to adolescent egocentricity, it is accompanied by disbelief in the possibility of one's personal death. A predominant theme in adolescence is feelings of immortality or being exempt from death. Hence, they are least likely to accept the cessation of life, particularly their own. Their rejection of death is understandable developmentally because the adolescents' tasks are to establish an identity by finding out who they are, what their purpose is, and where they belong. Any suggestions of being different or non-being is a tremendous threat to the answer to such questions.

So I guess, sometime after that age, was when most of us typical "adults" started to realize our mortality. Yet, instead of making us merely more cautious and careful, or in the case of risky sports or activities, to be more skilful (which is not a bad thing at all), it very often can become a situation of excessive anxiety, disproportionate apprehensiveness or, as Singaporeans love to say, just plain “kiasi” (one of the three ks, including kiasu and kancheong)

So the quote again:

"The fear of death stops you from living, but not from dying"

is indeed a timely reminder… or perhaps just a new way in which we can look at man’s greatest fear – death... because ultimately, dying, without having actually lived, may be an even riskier choice....

(pardon the morbid topic … it’s been sitting on my mind for a while so I have to put it somewhere..)