Tuesday, 22 November 2005

Your Power Color Is Lime Green

At Your Highest:

You are adventurous, witty, and a visionary.

At Your Lowest:

You feel misunderstood, like you don't fit in.

In Love:

You have a tough exterior, but can be very dedicated.

How You're Attractive:

Your self-awareness and confidence lights up a room.

Your Eternal Question:

"What else do I need in my life?"

Friday, 11 November 2005

by Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is success?
To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people
And the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics
And endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty;

To find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better
Whether by a healthy child, a garden
Patch or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier
Because you have lived;

That is to have succeeded.

Having said that, I believe that everyone has to have their own definition of "Success". I read somewhere before that "success is being able to do what one wants to do". I agree with that too. So an unhappy lawyer who is earning big bucks but who really wants to be an actor may not necessarily be "successful"..

But then one may ask: What about those things that I don't want to do but everyone tells me I have to do because it is "good for me"?

I think for those things then, you have to ask yourself first of all if you agree they are "good for you". If deep in your heart you do not agree, then maybe doing them may not really be such a good idea... i think you should trust your gut feel to some extent.. But on the other hand, if in resisiting them, you find that you are merely lazy or procrastinating or fearful but that these things are in fact good for you (for whatever reason), then do them without hesitation. Persuade and convince yourself that these are good for you so that the willingness to do them may come.

and this is stuff i muse about at night. instead of sleep. zzzzzz
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I saw the Orient Express pass by in front of me yesterday on my way to the Chemistry 'A' levels invigilation!! All the cars had to stop for the train to pass by but I didn't mind it at all... after all, it's the Orient Express!!

click here for more info and here for the official site

"The Eastern & Oriental Express (E&O) offers the romance of luxury railway travel with fine food, attentive service and breathtaking views..... Train cabins are outfitted in embroidered linens, intricate Thai carvings, and polished brasswork; even standard Pullman compartments have convertible seat-beds, private showers, and panoramic windows; and in the restaurant cars, you'll chow down on Malay curries and mango-filled samosas..."

Check out the prices for the train journeys from Singapore

Singapore to Bangkok or vice versa - prices range from SGD 2,520 to SGD 5,070
Singapore to Butterworth or vice versa - price range from SGD 1,750 to SGD 3,440
Singapore to Kuala Lumpur - prices from SGD 1,120 to SGD 2,340

If you just want to feel what it's like to travel on the train, you can go on the "DAY CAR TRAVEL" to KL which will set you back by a mere SGD 380 per person inclusive of lunch and afternoon tea...

in comparison, an airconditioned journey by rail from Singapore to KL typically costs between SGD 19 to SGD 68 depending on the class of travel.

talk about living in luxury!

Tuesday, 8 November 2005

countries i've been in...

create your own visited countries map

ok lah.. to be fair, for some of the countries, i've only seen the capital or some small town.. ha..but still counted, right?? :p .. look at russia!! wah!! as if i've visited the whole country!!
Observing Moon Craters with A Bino

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i was trying to share my joy of seeing moon craters with my bino just now with my mum and i realised she was just nodding mindlessly to everything i was saying. Distracted by the TV. some silly taiwanese talk show.

she didn't even react when i told her i could see Chang Er on the moon.


so i decided i must share it online.. you have to try this out. blew me away.. you need a somewhat high powered binoculars (12x60s or 20 x 80s.. mine is 16x50s). try to rest the binos on something stable so u can observe the surface slowly... its pretty fascinating..

best is when the moon is in a half or crescent .. when it is full moon, the moon is at its brightest because the Sun shines onto the Moon from almost directly behind us so we probably can see no shadows of craters and mountains...

the black bits are the moon's large, dark plains, called maria (the Latin plural of mare, "sea"). the maria are great lava flows that filled much of the lunar lowlands billions of years ago. astronomers have already named all the major craters and valleys and what nots (you can see this below). if u r interested, i'm sure u can find tonnes of info on this online..

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amazing hor??

we can see all this because in astronomical terms, the moon isn't really that far away - just a quarter million miles from Earth.. :)

Saturday, 5 November 2005

mr angry and mrs calm

see this. very cool.

(thanks lynn)

Friday, 4 November 2005

Be Careful Of What You're Eating...

you've got to see this Charcoal Roasted Chicken thing ....

Thursday, 3 November 2005

this is so not accurate lor..

Your Hair Should Be Red

Passionate, fiery, and sassy.
You're a total smart aleck who's got the biggest personality around.

been reading this book by steve chandler and he says that most of us live in "cocoons".

it is dark and dusty inside, and we think we can't get out. we tell ourselves stories about the cocoon, but these stories are lies. they only feel like the truth because they have been repeated so often. we could tear open the cocoon if we wanted to. we could push out and see the light of the world. we could learn to fly.

the cocoon is known by the name of 'personality' (or otherwise known as 'invented selves').

no wonder i've got these so-called "issues".. or at least that's what some people have been trying to tell me, especially of late.

sorry i've been so much of a pain in the ***. i'll try to change now that i've got time..

Wednesday, 2 November 2005

Some recent pics

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the first was taken at a pet shop in holland v. 3 puppies in adorable overlap.

the second at an art exhibition in NIE. some statement about how modern society has accelerated our maturity, the way mangoes are 'ripened' by placing them in a vessel of uncooked rice. (enid, correct me if i'm wrong!)

sensory overlap these few days. met some fascinating people and learnt some new things. saw the planet mars through a telescope. read two thought-provoking books in rapid succession. had some long talks with people who matter. got fined $30 for not displaying parking coupons when i'm supposed to.

amongst others.