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Protected: Exhibitionist 2 – Tattoo Monday, 31 October 2005

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Protected: A Girl’s Best Friend Monday, 31 October 2005

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Moral Strength Friday, 28 October 2005

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Sometimes I wonder if I will have the moral strength to defend my stand, one that is backed by facts, logic and conlusive evidence. Someone at work was placed in charge of an investigation of a particular incident that happened at work. Through his investigation, he had obtained statements from the people involved and on scene evidence. However, based on what he had, he was unable to determine the cause conclusively and the motive if any. Without motive and a suspect(s) proved beyond reasonable doubts, surely he could not apportion any blame to the suspect(s)? But this was exactly what he did. Is there anyone reading my blog who might have the legal knowledge to answer this question?

I wonder if he was under pressure? I heard “rumours” (which might be factual since it came from a very reliable source) that the CEO had harsh words for him as he was not detailed and thorough in his investigation. Alas, I guess he must have interpreted that the CEO wanted him to find a person to attribute the fault to. Sigh…. where is his moral strength?

This was the downer to an otherwise normal day. I gave a great presentation today. Was glad I chose to approach the topic in a more philosophical way instead of the usual factual way. It was definitely more interesting!

Oh, my parents seem to have patched up.

Story of A Corn Wednesday, 26 October 2005

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No, it’s not going to be a corny joke. =)

Someone shared this story with me and I told it is really quite wonderful. It can be a lesson for us in this harsh reality show that we call Living. The story was taken from ‘Beyond The Age of Innonence’ by Kishore Mahbutani (though it is probably not in its original form after passing from one person to another).

There was this farmer who was very passionate about his one singular crop – corns. Because of his passion he grew the best corn in the country and had won the Blue Ribbon year after year. One year, right after the Annual Corn Contest which he won yet again, he was interviewed by the city’s reporters. The reporters were curious to find out the secret behind his Blue ribbon corns.

They asked him,”Danny, how did you manage to grow such wonderful corns year after year?”.

And Danny replied,”Well, I simply give the corns to my neighbours to plant.”.

The reporters were amazed and asked him,”Why would you do that for?? Wouldn’t that give you competition?”.

And Danny said,”Don’t you know? The wind carries the seeds of any plants and deposits them all over? If my neighbours grew inferior corns, the wind would cross pollinate my corns with theirs and I will end up with inferior corns. By giving them my corn, I would ensure that my corns remain the best.”.

I guess this applies to everything around us, isn’t it? For our society to progress, we must be able to share our “good corns”. Only then can we reap the benefits of collective goodness (and knowledge, and wisdom…blah blah blah) and progress. 🙂

Reclusive Son Tuesday, 25 October 2005

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Sometimes when I go home, I will go right into my room, close the door and do my stuff. Sometimes I wonder why.

I guess it is my parents. They are always not on good terms. Always bickering… sigh…sometimes I get so fed up. And I think my Mom feels the same way too.

I think I rather go to my room and do my stuff then to see them that way.

Geomancy Monday, 24 October 2005

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I went and got some dates for my customary wedding dinner. Paid more than a freaking S$100 for it which includes an explanation of what fate has in store for me and my fiancee based on on our “ba zi” (8 Characters – as defined by one’s date and time of birth according to Chinese geomancy/astrology). 

To what extent should we believe in such “hocus pocus”? Well, the Chinese 8-Character Analysis has endured the test of time since ancient China till now. It has remained popular with many Chinese all over the world, except maybe those born in Western countries. Yes, popularity may not be the best indication of whether something really works or is accurate. However, through my 8 Characters, the fella today wsa able to “see” that I would be or have already embarked on further education and that I am experiencing changes at work. Remarkably, he was right.

Now, to know that it might make that slightest difference to one’s fortune (fortune here defined as the future rather than wealth), shouldn’t one at least give it a shot? No harm other than a longer wait (in my case), isn’t it? And the date given to me, according to him, is a very good date in 2007!

Unfortunately, my fiancee isn’t really into all these “hocus pocus” stuff. :

Inner Voice Sunday, 23 October 2005

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I have many voices in my head.

No, I am not schrizophrenic. 🙂

Just that I am always pondering stuff and having a debate with myself with issues confronting me. Sometimes it can get so bad that it distracts me from my work, like now. I meant to read my coursework but I ended up penning down my thoughts in my blog. Do you have the same problems as I do? 🙂

Fustrations of Group Work Sunday, 23 October 2005

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Argh… I was at my Masters degree group’s project meeting when I grew increasing impatient and fustrated with a team mate’s proposals. Not that they were bad proposals but rather they were unnecessary. He wanted very good or even excellent grade for this assignment and as a result has proposed many things to get us noticed or to show that we have got everything planned out etc to our lecturer. Yes, the Singaporean’s kiasuism (i.e. “afraid to lose” syndrome)has reared its unpleasant head again. While I do want to get good grades too, but c’mon, let’s be more realistic than that! Let’s do what we are required to do but do it good. Full stop. Instead we ended up putting materials or “research plan” for the second assignment (which would be graded) into the first report! We spent so much time on for a first report which wouldn’t be marked/assessed at all! Argh!

This happens when people working in a group have got differing personal goals and agenda. And it can get fustrating. The feeling that you are spending precious time (with opportunity cost involved!) doing unnecessary stuff can be overwhelmingly fustrating. Similarly, the other person will feel fustrated that he has a “slacker” that is holding him or the team back. In such situations, the team leader has to step in and guide the team on the right direction. Unfortunately, in all school projects, the team leader is a student himself. Without the authority of someone in a senior position, he would likely be passive and “go with the flow” as he wouldn’t want to antagonise his team mates.

Sigh… I must learn to breath deeply and control my impatience. It can sometimes creep into my tone when I speak.

Retailing Ascics Shoes in Taiwan Sunday, 23 October 2005

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Check out all the shoes man! Such variety…

Separation Sunday, 23 October 2005

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Mum again mentioned that she had enough already. All the miscommunications and the let-downs are too much for her. The last chance that she gave Dad has been squandered away without any lessons learnt on his part. I don’t know what to say or to make of it. To persuade her to forgive him yet another time? To tell her that it is a miscommunication? I dunno…

Thru all this, I have learnt one thing. Age does not necessary make one grow wiser. Experiences are simply just that if one does not reflect and think about them. Without reflection, no lessons would be learnt from the experiences. How else can 2 adults in their 50s not understand that and learn from their mistakes they’ve made in their relationship?

I know I am not perfect, but I know I have learnt much from them. Alas, that I have to learn from their unhappiness and mistakes.