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frankfurt in 8 days April 1, 2010

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no. i am not going to switzerland.  i am going to germany where i first stepped foot on almost two years ago.

the last time, someone was waiting for me to touch down. this time, i am alone.

same airport.

 

Revelation March 25, 2010

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Making alot of money is an art

Making consistent money is a science

Spending money is a talent

Knowing what to buy is culture.

maths in romance March 23, 2010

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an entire series would be coming up

romance with a heart March 18, 2010

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cards are made from sudden inspiration.

this would look great on the desk, framed. if you want a copy of this, drop me a comment and let me know.

WoW-fried March 11, 2010

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Every year, most people eagerly awake March and April. In March, we get our performance bonus. Our merit increment is announced in April.

Performance bonus is a lump sum, a function of our monthly salary. It is dependent on our work performance from the previous year. People tend to enjoy receiving PB (as it is called) because its a sum of money enough to pay off purchases like car downpayment, house downpayment etc. Or even a long holiday. I liken it to the Talisman of Resurgence. With cooldowns, I get an extra 599 spellpower for 20 sec. It looks great during the first 20 sec of a fight for burst dps. But for the rest of the 5 min long fight, it is of no use.

Merit increment is the increase in the per month salary. It does not sound as impressive as PB, but it accumulates over the year. That is like the Muradin Spyglass. It doesn’t help on the burst, but for the rest of the fight, there is a constant additional 180 sp for the next 5 min. That adds up to a lot when compared to 599sp for 20 sec, if you calculate in terms of total damage done.

It took me a while to warm up to Muradin’s Spyglass but now I am totally cool with it.

Every day, I learn something new March 9, 2010

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Today:

The one who truly loves, will find beauty, in the one who is loved.

the pool of singles February 18, 2010

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Last month, I watched my buddy marry his girlfriend of 8 years. He said, with tears in his eyes, that he will love and care for her forever. Cherish and treasure her. Be her pillar of strength. And be her loving husband for the rest of his life.

forever. rest of his life. lifetime.

i asked my friends who are getting married or are married. How do you know he is the one? How do you know she is the one?

The answer always is, you just know.

::

I think i fear finding The One more than I fear not finding the one.

control [f] January 31, 2010

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someone once casually mentioned this to 3 of us:

Is work very stressful? The frequency of you guys using the f word has increased quite dramatically.

I actually think it is the best word to express constant frustration in a civilised controlled manner.

someone can disagree.

into the distance January 21, 2010

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if i was famous January 6, 2010

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Which city offers the best quality of life:

Munich. I enjoy the perfect blend of contempories and historics, parks and open spaces, and the small allies and corners that hide the most interesting shops. The pace of the city is optimal.

Is this also your favourite city?

I don’t have one. I like to think that I can uncover the essence of each place I go.

What are your favourite design features in other cities?

Roof gardens in New York City.

The straight view along St Kilda Road to the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne City.

Contemporary Art Centre in Melbourne.

Millenium Park in Chicago – specially the Laurie Garden.

The drains that run within the city in Freiburg.

If you could make one change to the urban fabric, what would it be?

Have fun decorations along the sidewalks, building walls, shelters and bus stops to liven up the space.

On a personal level, what is essential to quality of life?

Creativity and imagination.

then Fresh air. ample green space. great coffee. good bookstores. safe bicycle lanes. pedestrian sidewalks.

4th Nov 3.39pm November 4, 2009

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i naturally gravitate towards:

the juxtaposition of old and new,

the tension between slow and fast,

and the relevance of the ancient truth versus modern ideology.

 

i am drawn to:

struggles for a better world,

inner demons that threaten to overwhelm,

and the imperfection that makes life what its worth.

 

The end never leaves an impression.

It is the in-progress that fascinates me.

People should enjoy the ride.

The destination is anti-climax.

music for the soul August 5, 2009

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I was packing my stack of cds today, and realise I listen to a range of music. I think taste in music changes with age. I grew up on classical music and New Age Classical – Kitaro, Kevin Kern, Yanni. In my teens, I briefly enjoyed pop, and very quickly dropped it for New Age Classical. In the last two years, it has been quite permanently been jazz, Bossa Nova, and New Age Classical, with a dash of classic rock thrown in. Guns and Roses, Bon Jovi (any of his albums up to Its My Life). I have recently been hooked to the High Society cds, in-house compilations from That Cd Shop, particularly Shanghai Jazz, Shanghai Diva and Passion.

phantom of the opera

Yanni Live at The Acropolis is a fantastic introduction to his music.  I have been listening to him since 12 and i still think this is timeless. Recently, I have also begun to like Lang Lang – some pianists play long string of keys that doesn’t seem to make much sense but for his, there was a definite progression in the ‘story’ of this music and space for emotions to follow along.

yanni_Live at the Acropolis

lang-lang-adidas-originals-gazelle-1

 what music do others listen to?

The Answer June 29, 2009

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I believe you are the answer to every tear I’ve cried
I believe that you are with me,
My rising and my light.

Give me strength when I am weary
Give me hope when I can’t see
Through the crosses I must carry
Lord, bind my heart to thee

That when all my days are over
and all my chores are done,
I may see your risen Glory
Forever where You are.

                                                                    – Corrinne May

 

25.06.09 King’s tribute June 26, 2009

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As the sunset of one’s life approaches, we often will wish we will be remembered for the best we have been. In the essence of one’s true character and personality as we tried our best to live it, through ourselves or others. Just as sunrise marks the beginning of a meaningful and fulfilling journey together, hopefully filled with love, joy and kinship, sunset should be a welcome embrace to a life lived to the fullest.

May this have been so:

As I would remember you always

living June 22, 2009

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“Twenty years from now,

you will be more disappointed by the things

that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.

Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.”

                                                                                Mark Twain

4th June June 4, 2009

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1 There is a time for everything,
       and a season for every activity under heaven: 

 2 a time to be born and a time to die,
       a time to plant and a time to uproot,

 3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
       a time to tear down and a time to build,

 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
       a time to mourn and a time to dance,

 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
       a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

 6 a time to search and a time to give up,
       a time to keep and a time to throw away,

 7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
       a time to be silent and a time to speak,

 8 a time to love and a time to hate,
       a time for war and a time for peace.

As i go through different phrases of my life, experience different emotions, I am reminded that there is a reason for everything to happen at that particular moment in time. I never did question the way God worked; I only believe it is for good reason that something happens to me. It is a lesson to learn.

If I could pick out two things from the list I have yet to learn, it is knowing when to speak and when to give up. I think both require  a great deal of grace and strength. I hope it comes with age – then I still have time and space to improve. i find it harder to know when to give up, or when to choose the battle to fight. How do people give up what was once theirs? Or perhaps, come to realise that what was thought to be theirs, was in fact never theirs? If there was a way for me to learn this instantly, I would.

tonight is a better night. a little at peace with myself. a little more joy.

character profiling May 20, 2009

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i will be a slave driver if i become boss in future.

whether i will be nice or unfeeling is anyone’s guess.

if you ask me, i would rather be unfeeling. it requires less effort 🙂

made in China: Diaspora May 17, 2009

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i am not sure if every major city in the world has a Chinatown. But at least every major city I have been to has a Chinatown. it is quite amazing, especially when I showed up in Freiburg and there was a little chinese provision shop selling Lee Kum Kee.

CHINESE DIASPORA

via wallpaper

click on the link to come to an interactive one. it will pull up other more remote Chinatowns such as Nauru and Tel Aviv (i missed this one when i was there in 2006), and there is a new one in Darwin, targetted for completion in 2010. I wonder how different would the older, slow-evolving ones be from the new, deliberate ones.

we’ll see