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Am I bored?
March 23, 2007, 4:09 pm
Filed under: The known life

I am really not in the mood to blog. It’s basically because, the past two days had been uber boring.

To erase my boredom, I found ebuddy. Thanks to Louise for introducing it. I don’t have a MSN messenger in my ofice Desktop, thus I usually read books or help out with the other magazines. However, for the next one week, I have ebuddy for some entertainment! YEAH.

Hmm. I was just wondering how many photos you one could now upload in Friendster. I just bumped into someone who has uploaded 82 pictures in her friendster profile. Doesn’t she has anything better to do than to walk around with her camer? ***rolls eyes & shakes head***

There are a few things which I learnt today:-
1. Singapore will not be Singapore without the noise of drilling & constrution.
2. Guys will FOREVER be guys. ***Duh***
3. There are several things to do when your collegue is away…..below are some examples:

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Kelvin is away for a meeting now, thus Shanti & I wanted to try something new & yes we did. Kelvin is not back yet. I am really excited to see his reaction when he comes back & switches on his desktop.

Actually, you too could play this trick with your friends, family & collegues. All you have to do is press Ctrl+Alt+arrow down. Try it in your desktop/laptop first. To get back to normal screen, press Ctrl+Alt+arrow up. You could do the same with the left & right arrows as well.

Poor Kelvin always falls for our pranks. LOL.



Pay $$$$ to sleep?
March 21, 2007, 3:12 pm
Filed under: The known life

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Gosh! What an article! I came across this article “This bed costs more than a new car”, in the New Paper on 10th March 2007. The tag that promises you great, enduring sleep? S$75,000/-!! The advertisers and manufacturers are implying that the people who cannot afford such a bed are not sleeping well enough! What blatant advertising. !!

We all know that money can buy us books, but not education; money can buy us a house but not a home and definitely money can buy us a bed but not sleep even if our bed costs $75,000/. If one has peace and contentment, one can sleep just as soundly on a $10/- mattress! I have been sleeping on my bed for the past 5 years, and surprisingly it is still as new as ever. At that time, I paid $990/- for it.

I would never be able to bring myself to buy such an expensive bed. Somehow it does not seem right to bask in so much luxury. It will be hard to convince me that just because the bed is made of luxury materials, such as memory foam, silk, cashmere, lamb’s wool and hand-tufted horse hair, I would have a beautiful and incredible sleep every night.

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The worst is not, So long as we can say, ‘This is the worst.’
March 19, 2007, 4:47 pm
Filed under: The known life, The world of Indians

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Oh my God! I cannot even imagine Amitabh Bachchan playing an ageing monarch role. [Thanks to Shalu for the update.] Big B is all set to do his first full length English film which is tentatively titled “The Last Lear”.The film will directed by Rituparno Ghosh. Amitabh will be playing the role of King Lear and the film will be a tribute to veteran actor Utpal Dutt.The film will be based on a play Aajker Shahjahan by Utpal.The film will also star Preity Zinta,Arjun Rampal,Divya Dutta and Shefali Shah.

I hate to watch films where deaths occur consecutively. Just because of greed, betrayal, lust for power, and cruelty the entire Lear family would be shattered by the end of the play “King Lear”. I loooooove Shakespeare’s plays. Now that there is going to be a film produced based on his play, It’s a must SEE. Preity Zinta would best fit into as Cordelia [I wouldn’t be surprised if she plays as Goneril.] but I am not sure about the characters of the cast. We shall wait for the official press releases of “The Last Lear”.

This is going to be one movie full of emotions & Bollywood sentiments.

***Two more weeks & I’m back with my ever ending projects & school. On the bright side, I have my LOONY bunch of fellow sporadic buddies to keep me alive. WinkZzZzZ***



I told you it’s L.A.M.E
March 16, 2007, 5:30 pm
Filed under: The known life

What a smooth day. The twins are the most happening girls in the house. Now that they are in camp, the entire house seems to be so dull and boring. Even though how annoying they can be, I wouldn’t want to live in a house withou them. It’s just a 2 day camp. They should be back home by now. YEAH…back to their annoyance again.

We all would definitely hate or would not want something in our lives. But to think,we could simply couldn’t live without it or them. No matter how much the TWINS annoy me with their lame jokes and stunts, home wouldn’t be like home without the. ****Loooooove ya both****

After work, I’m going to head straight to Watsons & get a Vidal Sassoon. My hair should be looking “the best” for tonight’s dinner at Pontini.

On the other habd, I have something for you guys. I know it’s uber lame, but you can try just for the fun of it. Did I just sy it’s uber lame? Yap!!! So, don’t raise your brows after you’ve tried it. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Click here to find it out for yourselves.



Wages of Fear
March 13, 2007, 12:28 pm
Filed under: The known life

 I had a great weekend at the Singapore Masters. To be frank, I hate GOLF. “Singapore Business Review” was the official magazine for the event, thus I was there from the 8th to 11th of March enhancing our magazine circulation.

Thursday & Friday was disastrous with Kelvin around. However, my weekend was great. Monday morning, I received loads & loads of praises from my colleagues & boss for my fantabulous performance in the Golf Club. I am actually looking forward to our next event; Boat Asia 2007.

Feeling discouraged throughout last week, I am now feeling proud for what I’ve done. I think my true passion is to “believe in myself”. Success will be just a door away if we believe in ourselevs and most IMPORTANTLY, be proud for what we are doing.

It was the Twins’ birthday & my parents’ wedding anniversary last Saturday. I really didn’t take part in the celebration much as I was in the Golf Club till late night. I got the twins new handphones (Nokia 2626) each ***Being twins, they even want their finger nails to be of the length*** and gave my parents a box of chocolates from the Chocolate Factory.

I always wanted to watch “Wages of Fear” by Henri- Georges Clouzot. And Yeah!!!! I got to watch the movie yesterday. Thanks to my DAD for getting me the DVD.

The Wages of Fear (French: Le Salaire de la peur) is a 1953 film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot and starring Yves Montand. It tells the story of four desperate men hired by an oil company to drive two trucks packed with volatile explosives along a rickety road through a jungle to help put out an oil well fire.

Even a drop of that volatile chemical causes explosion. So, you can imagine for yourselves, what the guys would have gone through to deliver the 2 trucks of chemical. I am definitely going to watch the movie again tonight.

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The first half of the movie might not be that inteesting as it only develops the the main characters by examining their daily struggles.The catalyst to the film’s action sequence is a massive fire at one of the SOC oil fields. The only means to extinguish the flames and cap the well is nitroglycerine. With short notice and lack of proper equipment, the only means of transportation are jerry cans placed in two large trucks. Due to the poor condition of the roads and the highly volatile nature of nitroglycerine, the job is considered too dangerous for the unionized SOC employees. Thus, the company recruits drivers from the local community.

The final half of the film is an extended action sequence focusing on the drive to the oil field.The drivers are forced to deal with a series of physical and mental obstacles, including a stretch of road called “the washboard”, a construction baracade that forces them to teeter around a rotten platform above a precipace, and a boulder blocking the road.

On their arrival at the oil field they were hailed as heroes, but one driver(Jo) was dead and another driver(Mario) collapsed from exhaustion.

If you have not watched the movie…..don’t wait…Grab a DVD right NOW!!!



What Does It Mean to Live with Passion?
March 9, 2007, 5:43 pm
Filed under: The known life

It means you get out of bed every morning no matter how much It hurts or how broken your heart is.

It means you touch nature, walk in the rain, dance in the rain, feel the rain dancing upon your cheeks! Sniff the air after a downpour, gaze up upon the night sky and look out for stars wherever you are.

It means you see beauty in the world, be more than just a tourist in the world of images, just watching images passing by, take time to admire the beauty of both nature and architecture.

It means you go to the museum or that art gallery that you’ve always wanted to see but “never had time for”. It means you go bungy jumping, skydiving, or whatever it is you’ve always feared doing. You just do it, because life is too short for hesitations.

It means you accept yourself for what you are, and at the same time be able to balance the need between self-acceptance and growth.

It means you forgive yourself, forgive yourself for all the things that you did, all the things that you didn’t do, and all the things that you should have done. You can’t get stuck on the regrets of what should have happened.

It means you taste life, have some chocolate even if it does make you fat and ice cream with chocolate syrup on top and ya…marshmallows too!

It means you laugh out heartily at least once a day and be able to laugh at yourself.

It means you do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it; try again. Do better the second time. the only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire.

It means making time because time is precious. Spend time only on the things and people that matter. Be wise and strong enough to be able to tell which are the ones that don’t matter. Don’t waste time fooling around, playing the field, or on insincere people because time spent is the one thing that can never be regained.

It means you love. and you love unconditionally and deeply. you take risks even if you’ve been hurt before, because you can’t get stuck on all the ghosts of the past. It means to be passionate and devoted and dedicated and committed. It means you allow someone to take care of your heart, and not be afraid of paying the price for being this passionate.

It means you go out of your way to help a stranger in need. Be kind to everyone and anyone and all animals too! It also means you stop counting the dollars and cents.

It means you pick up a foreign language or a new musical instrument. You listen to the music of life. You embrace different cultures. The only colour of people that you see is the colour of their character.

It means you are strong enough to not be “poisoned” into being or doing what society says. If the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it, create your own.

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This post is written at a time when I’m feeling lost. Why does someone ALWAYS gets the name for my HARDWORK. Those praises and applauds were mind, I all I could do was to stand somewhere far behind and TEAR in my heart. It really hurts when you are not being appreciated for your something which you worked hard with 2 sleepless nights. 

Why was I not able to step in front and speak for myself? Why was I not myself today? Is this part of the game? 

All I need now is to find my true PASSION. There will never be a next for the same incident of today. Afterall I’m living for myself!

~ I strongly recommend the book “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom, which has inspired certain lines in this post.



Why Are Singaporeans So Easily Uptight?
March 7, 2007, 2:14 pm
Filed under: The known life

I had called an advertising client and realised I had dialed the wrong number and hence redialed. A call came in and I apologised to the lady for the wrong number and hung up.

The phone rang again and recoginising the same voice I said, “Sorry, I had called the wrong number.” To my shock, the voice screamed, “Why you hang up the phone so fast huh? Why so rude?” I was so stunned I did not know what to say, and not wanting to get into any argument or quarrel, I hung up the phone. The phone kept ringing and ringing!! I could imagine the lady fuming over the other end. Fuming over what? I had already apologised politely to her. What more did she expect me to say or do? My dad always advised us not to waste time with “little people”.

Yes, little people with small hearts and minds. It is sad to note that as our country gets bigger in terms of economical growth, people are getting smaller in hearts and minds. Is it not surprising that we are perceived as one of the unhappiest people on earth? Singaporeans are known to be often murmuring, complaining and whining. We sometimes act like spoilt little brats! We blame others for mistakes. We scream when we think others have taken advantage of us. We whine when we don’t get what we want.

Just the other day, I took the lift at the MRT station and was shocked at the profanities spewing out of the mouths of two ladies who were obviously colleagues. They were cursing their bosses, oblivious to being heard by other commuters! Though they were dressed immaculately, I suddenly thought that the poorly and shabbily dressed ladies I met in India seemed to be more noble and elegant than them.

Look at our foreign workers…. especially those in the construction line. They laboured under the sun, sending home their hard earned money to their families in India, Thailand, China, Bangladesh, etc. Yet, look at their joy and smiles as their pick-up vehicles speed along our busy roads! Or our foreign maids who smile and seem so joyful during their off days as they congregate around Orchard Road, thankful for their hard-earned break.

Singaporeans are known to be avid travellers! Each time I return from visits to other countries, I come back more appreciative of the wonderful things we are enjoying here.

Come on, people. Let us be thankful and count our blessings and name them one by one. Let us be gracious when others make mistakes and be forgiving when others hurt us, bearing in mind that we too may unintentionally hurt others and need forgiveness too. I have often wondered why God has given us such a difficult command of forgiving and even loving our enemies. He is our Creator and knows that when we get angry and become unforgiving, it is not good for our health. Hence, it is easier for us to breathe with ease and fill our minds with peace when we let go our anger even as the sun sets in the west, so that we can welcome each day with open arms and bigger hearts and minds.