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Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit…and you are keeping all of them in the air.

You will soon understand that work is like a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.

How?

Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.

Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.

Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as they would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.

Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of your life.

Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us together.

Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it’s impossible to find time. The quickest way to receive love is to give, the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly, and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.

Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been, but also where you are going.

Don’t forget a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.

Don’t be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.

Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved.

Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step and each day along the way.
The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid term.
The answer by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well :


Bonus Question:

Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following:

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today.

Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.

This gives two possibilities:

1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.

2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, "It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you," and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct.......leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting "Oh my God"

THIS STUDENT RECEIVED AN A+.

Value your Time and Loved Ones

To realize
The value of a sister/brother
Ask someone
Who doesn't have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
Who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:

LOSE ONE.

Remember...

Hold on tight to the ones you love!

His Needs, Her Needs

Just read something interesting

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Willard F Harley helps couples understand why their best intentions are not enough to prevent marital incompatibility.

Ignorance often contributes to a couple’s failure to care for each other. Men tend to try to meet needs that they value and women do the same. But their needs are often very different and they waste effort trying to meet the wrong needs.

The right needs are so strong that when they’re not met in marriage, people are tempted to go outside marriage to satisfy them. Harley describes the ten emotional needs of men and women. He helps you identify which are the most important to you and your spouse, helps you communicate them to each other, and helps you learn to meet them.

His Needs, Her Needs was written to educate you in the care of your spouse. Once you have learned its lessons, your spouse will find you irresistible, a condition that’s essential to a happy and successful marriage. It will also help you eliminate the major cause of infidelity.

Men’s Needs:

The first thing he can’t do without – sexual fulfillment
He needs her to be his playmate – recreational companionship
He needs a good-looking wife – an attractive spouse
He needs peace and quiet – domestic support
He needs her to be proud of him – admiration
Women’s Needs:

The first thing she can’t do without – affection
She needs him to talk to her – conversation
She needs to trust him totally – honesty
She needs enough money to live comfortably – financial support
She needs him to be a good father – family commitment

Something to think about

I've always been intrigued by stories of conspiracies, tales of men & women pulling the strings from behind the curtain, and other stories of the sort, but never really believed or paid much attention to them. However, after watching the following, I think that there's something to it this time. I think that really, humanity is destined for much greater things.

Watch these 2 videos and let me know what you think.

Zeitgeist & Zeitgeist - The Addendum

My "Next Life"

I never really believed in re-incarnation and always felt that we had one chance to really live our life. But if I ever did come back in a another life. I'd defintely have to agree with Woody Allen. ^_^

"Next Life"
By Woody Allen

In my next life I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way.

Then you wake up in an old people's home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day.

You work for 40 years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for high school. You then go to primary school, you become a kid, you play. You have no responsibilities, you become a baby until you are born.

And then you spend your last 9 months floating in luxurious spa like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm!

I rest my case.

Up Close Card Magic

Wow, check this out.

Lennart Green, a world champion close-up/card magician's performance at Ted

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/lennart_green_does_close_up_card_magic.html

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Columns on China by Tom Friedman

Here's an article that really resonated with me.

Tom Friedman, author of The World Is Flat

After attending the spectacular closing ceremony at the Beijing Olympics and feeling the vibrations from hundreds of Chinese drummers pulsating in my own chest, I was tempted to conclude two things: "Holy mackerel, the energy coming out of this country is unrivaled." And, two: "We are so cooked. Start teaching your kids Mandarin."

However, I've learned over the years not to over-interpret any two-week event. Olympics don't change history. They are mere snapshots — a country posing in its Sunday bests for all the world too see. But, as snapshots go, the one China presented through the Olympics was enormously powerful — and it's one that Americans need to reflect upon this election season.

China did not build the magnificent $43 billion infrastructure for these games, or put on the unparalleled opening and closing ceremonies, simply by the dumb luck of discovering oil. No, it was the culmination of seven years of national investment, planning, concentrated state power, national mobilization and hard work.

Seven years ... Seven years ... Oh, that's right. China was awarded these Olympic Games on July 13, 2001 — just two months before 9/11.

As I sat in my seat at the Bird's Nest, watching thousands of Chinese dancers, drummers, singers and acrobats on stilts perform their magic at the closing ceremony, I couldn't help but reflect on how China and America have spent the last seven years: China has been preparing for the Olympics; we've been preparing for Al Qaeda. They've been building better stadiums, subways, airports, roads and parks. And we've been building better metal detectors,armored Humvees and pilotless drones.

The difference is starting to show. Just compare arriving at La Guardia's dumpy terminal in New York City and driving through the crumbling infrastructure into Manhattan with arriving at Shanghai's sleek airport and taking the 220-mile-per-hour magnetic levitation train, which uses electromagnetic propulsion instead of steel wheels and tracks, to get to town in a blink.

Then ask yourself: Who is living in the third world country?

Yes, if you drive an hour out of Beijing, you meet the vast dirt-poor third world of China. But here's what's new: The rich parts of China, the modern parts of Beijing or Shanghai or Dalian, are now more state of the art than rich America. The buildings are architecturally more interesting, the wireless networks more sophisticated, the roads and trains more efficient and nicer. And, I repeat, they did not get all this by discovering oil.

They got it by digging inside themselves.

I realize the differences: We were attacked on 9/11; they were not. We have real enemies; theirs are small and mostly domestic. We had to respond to 9/11 at least by eliminating the Al Qaeda base in Afghanistan and investing in tighter homeland security. They could avoid foreign entanglements. Trying to build democracy in Iraq, though, which I supported, was a war of choice and is unlikely to ever produce anything equal to its huge price tag.

But the first rule of holes is that when you're in one, stop digging. When you see how much modern infrastructure has been20built in China
since 2001, under the banner of the Olympics, and you see how much infrastructure has been postponed in America since 2001, under the banner of the war on terrorism, it's clear that the next seven years need to be devoted to nation-building in America.

We need to finish our business in Iraq and Afghanistan as quickly as possible, which is why it is a travesty that the Iraqi Parliament has gone on vacation while 130,000 U.S. troops are standing guard. We can no longer afford to postpone our nation-building while Iraqis squabble over whether to do theirs.'

A lot of people are now advising Barack Obama to get dirty with John McCain. Sure, fight fire with fire. That's necessary, but it is not sufficient.

Obama got this far because many voters projected onto him that he could be the leader of an American renewal. They know we need nation-building at home now — not in Iraq, not in Afghanistan, not in Georgia, but in
America. Obama cannot lose that theme.

He cannot let Republicans make this election about who is tough enough to stand up to Russia or bin Laden. It has to be about who is strong enough, focused enough, creative enough and unifying enough to get Americans to rebuild America.

The next president can have all the foreign affairs experience in the world, but it will be useless, utterly useless, if we, as a country,
are weak.

Obama is more right than he knows when he proclaims that this is "our" moment, this is "our" time. But it is our time to get back to work on the only home we have, our time for nation-building in America. I never want to tell my girls — and I'm sure Obama feels the same about his — that they have to go to China to see the future.

The other half (meme)

Since this the other half did it and she thinks she know's me better then I know her.

About the talkative one ^_^

1. He's sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen?
Well since it's with me, GA. If TV, then chinese shows when she's at home.

2. You're out to eat; what kind of dressing does she get on his salad?
Vinegarette as I'm pretty sure I've never seen her eat anything else.

3. What's one food she doesn't like?
The skin or fatty part of steaks / fried chicken. Pretty much anything greasy

4. You go out to the bar. What does she order?
Lychee Martini

5. Where did she go to high school?
Hmmm, I think it's called RJC (Raffle Junior College)? Was some catholic girls school if my memory serves me right.

6. What size shoe does she wear?
Size 6 in sgp

7. If she was to collect anything, what would it be?
Used to be Earrings, is probably Nike Handbags now.

8. What is her favorite type of sandwich?
Subway Oven Roasted Chicken on Honey Oat

9. What would this person eat every day if she could?
Tofu mixed rice

10. What is his favourite cereal?
Oatmeal Squares or Cheerios

11. What would she never wear?
Lots of Makeup or High Heels

12. What is her favourite sports team?
She doesn't have one, she like all individual sports

13. Who will she vote for?
I don't think she votes since she's not into politics

14. Who is her best friend?
Amelia

15. What is something you do that she wishes you wouldn't do?
Be selective about what I tell her.

16. How many cities/countries has she lived in?
Singapore

17. What is her heritage?
Singaporean

18. You bake her a cake for her birthday; what kind of cake?
Lemon Cupcakes, since it's meaningful for her.

19. Did she play sports in high school?
Don't think she did.

20. What could she spend hours doing?
Blogging, Facebooking, or sleeping...

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Mount Faber



The happiest I'll probably look before the race. =) I defintely couldn't have done it without S.G.

Just got back from the USA and a wedding cruise. Unfortunately, when I travel I tend to slack up on the training. As you can tell from my lack of blog post, I'm the least prepared for this race.

Here I am, trying my best to get in shape before the race. I'm at the top of Mt. Faber (the highest mole hill here in Singapore), I just completed a 20K hike with my pack. I've been doing 10K "runs/walks" daily with the pack as well.

Right now the biggest concern of mine is my shoes. My left foot is killing me on the top of my shoe. I think it has to do with the way trail shoes are built. The GoreTex tongue is sown into my shoes (but creates a fold of cloth that seems to press on my arch). I've been experimenting with various ways to lace my shoes but they don't seem to help. The strangest part is that it was fine when I ran with them at the Niketown, and also on my first run with the shoes. Ah well, I'll figure out something, somehow.

Looking forward to the race. Will keep you all informed.

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