Life is unpredictable. We live in a world of which we have no idea about what will happen to us or others in the next second.
In any second, something freaky may happen to me and take my life away. It could be as easy as ABC - a falling bottle, a malfunction escalator, a mad man, or a flu.
Or one day I woke up to a very sad news about someone’s passing away and I quickly realised that person was disappeared forever and I would never be able to meet them again.
There is no certainty in life. The only certainty I have is that I have been living until now.
What would be your aspiration if you knew you may just die in any second?
You may realise life is not about flashy careers, big name cars, etc but it is about your relationships with the world and with those creatures living in it.
You will be happy that you acquired just enough knowledge and experience to think for yourself; You will be happy that you made every decision in life consciously; You will be happy that you were being who you were; You will be happy that you were being thankful for everything you had and for every one you met.
When I die, plx enjoy the free flow of alcohol in my funeral coz I only die once. And feel free to blame me for your hangover.
We are often reminded how fragile life is, yet we take our lives for granted.
Today, a friend of the same age as me passed away following an accident. We are both Sagittarius; So, naturally, we are both optimistic, energetic, friendly and cheerful. On Facebook and Twitter, we often had short exchanges of comments– mostly on food or funny articles. It is sad to see her leaving us so soon. May she rest in peace in God’s loving arms.
While some of us talk about dreams, some of us have absolutely no idea what we want to do in lives. If I have a dream but I am not doing anything about it because I have ten thousand excuses for delaying until the right moment, my dream is just as good as a dream. Perhaps in the end, it doesn’t matter – whether you want to be an entrepreneur, a musician, an astronaut, a teacher or even a banker… . Let me repeat, it really does not matter what you do in your lives. In my own opinion, what truly matter is how you lead your life and how your life impacts/influence others positively.
You will never know what will happen in the next second. How could you waste your life being comfortably numb? What is important to you and more importantly, what is not?
“That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.” 1 Peter 4:2
Forasmuch then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have worked the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revelings, parties, and abominable idolatries: …
A little bit more than a year after the first blog was written, I decided to resume the habit of blogging. The reason is simple - I have too much to share and I need a channel.
There are several advantages of blogging. The Blog is your King’s Landing: In here, you are the King; you rule the blog. This is the place Where you can freely express yourself. Others may like it or hate it but they Had the option to read or not to read your blog. If you are lucky and they like Your post, they will give you a “Like” or give you supportive comments. If they Hate it, they may leave you critics as your food for thoughts.
Today I would like to share two applications that I really like Recently:
Workout Trainer (Free)
This is the closest thing to a personal trainer you will get on Your smart device. If you have a non-regular schedule like me, you will Appreciate this app even more! You will find workout programs in various intensities, Target areas, durations to suit your lifestyle and needs. When you are busy, You may choose to do a Power Workout for ten minutes (I swear this works you out Like no tomorrow.) When you have more time, you can opt for a one hour Tough Mudder training. When you are feeling low, you can do a relax one. The key is to keep yourself motivated. P.S. It is much more effective to work out during the summer, so I didn’t waste my winter and spring doing nothing.
One of the best music streaming apps besides 8Tracks, Spotify, in terms of data consumption, streaming speeds, music selections, user interface, and download-ability. Extremely easy to use. For every soundtrack, it displays the actual sound track and users may comment at specific point on the track. This social element really spices things up a lot!
That’s it for today. Although I cannot say I will update this blog regularly, but I will definitely try to update this as often as I can.
Feel Free to leave me any comments ! Watch this Space!
God, I’m about to face a challenging interview for a new job. First, thank you for this opportunity. Thank you that you care about providing for my needs, and fitting me in the right employment situation is something you yourself are working to complete. I know I have you on my side in this matter. You are looking out for my best interest and I know you have a perfect job fit for me. If this is that perfect fit, then make it perfectly clear to me and to those who are making the hiring decision. Begin now to prepare the time and place where we will meet. Set the tone in the room. I know that first impressions matter a great deal, so help me to be the natural “me” that you have created, so that they can see through my nervousness and anxiety to the person you have created me to be. Give me a peaceful and sharp mind. Bring to my memory all the knowledge and wisdom that is already there. Let your joy and contentment flow out through my words. And whatever the result, let this process be a blessing to those who review my case, and also to me and my family along the way. Lord, right now I receive your “shalom” peace. I trust you to work in and through this interview process. I trust you to provide for all my needs. And if this is your perfect fit, then let nothing stand in the way. If it is not right, then close the door and lead me quickly to the right next step. In your name I bless those who will be conducting this interview. Give them wisdom, peace and rest as well. I receive now, ahead of time, your promise – ” I will never leave you or forsake you!” I believe this and oh, do I need it. I don’t go into this interview alone. You are with me. And with that confidence, I am at peace. Help me now to feel that peace. In Jesus…
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
In addition to Ben’s wisdom and support, this makes me (even more) happy to work for an a16z portfolio company. Though in a long-term and indirect way, more of the product of my work will go toward a great cause.
I am now sitting in a prayer group. The theme of the day is Realignment - spend an hr to draw close and religion your heart back with Jesus at our own pace, in a way we feel most comfortable. I am having such peace or sheldom in this room full of prayers sitting or lying on the floor quietly talking to God. Believe it or not, I understand my issues very well. Career, family, relationship - three things that are important to me most. I know exactly the current circumstances of each and how each should proceed. In family and career, i can be very rational and do the right things for each to achieve the desired outcomes. Of course, i cant do this alone and i must need God’s blessings in all areas, such a Dad’s health and The new role. However in relationship, i must admit that I am messed up, totally. In the same time i am juggling or manipulating the mind of many girls. However, In the end, i am the one who is being mind-fked by them all. Pardon my language. I know what i should do and should not do but i cannot help with thinking with System 1 alone. My system one has effectively ignored system two in pursuit of lust and pleasure that are both unreal and unsustainable. Then i asked myself i wish i could come to church more often and led a simple life. If we have been so concern with time management, we should really note that drinking and clubbing have taken a big part of our lives. If we take it out from the equation, we have created much more productive hours for ourselves. However, I, like many others, am not willing to give up this lifestyle coz it seems to goood to let go: models, bottles, monies, nightlife, fun…etc, who else wanna give them up? It is an internal conflict that many young Christians like us have to dealt with. We r just not yet ready to give outselves 100% to God yet. Perhaps we havent seen it through and we are making excuses for ourselves. Deep inside, we all know what we should do, but knowing and doing are like just-talk and actions. Actions always speak louder than words. Lord, please cleanse us with holy spirit so sooner or later we all realise none of this lifestyle matters to us and we can then submit ourselves fully to you.
Seeing others are being so emotional when they are praying to God, some of them even cried. What sort of relationship do they have with God? How do they see God? I see God as the mighty creator and a buddy per se. I talk to him like he is the only one who knows me inside out, so most of the time I dont even hve to explain to Him in details, he just gets it, i know damn well; i am most likely explaining that just to get it out of my mind or laying out the issues clearly for myself. Thanks God who has made me a more methodlogical person. And O Lord, please help me with my spellings too…
“I don’t write merely to rub two pennies together; I write because I want to have an impact in the world. I want to work with my community to break stories and tell jokes, to highlight injustice and find better ways of solving problems. That means reaching readers where they are. People’s lives aren’t divided into “offline life” and “online life,” even if we’d like to pretend that’s the case. People on Capitol Hill use the Internet. People on Main Street use the Internet. People on Wall Street use the Internet. The Internet is where the action is: it’s where all the elegant, dirty, pretty, lowbrow, brilliant ideas come together to commingle and evolve.”—Alexis Madrigal (via soupsoup)
Apple couldn’t get much bigger without selling oil, while the media industry has been reduced to dime-size buttons that show up on iPhone screens. Google regularly announces initiatives to “save” the newspaper and book industries — like a modern-day hunter who proclaims himself a conservationist. And Facebook, having already swallowed up enormous chunks of discretionary media consumption time, has its old-school media counterparts chasing after “Likes” as if they were cocaine being dispensed in a lab rat’s cage.
So it would be easy to think that the Whole Earthers are winning and the Epiphinators are losing. But this isn’t a war as much as a trade dispute. Most people never chose a side; they just chose to participate. No one joined Facebook in the hope of destroying the publishing industry.
My mind is being taken to a whole new level. Thanks to Daniel Kahneman’s “Thinking, Fast and Slow” . This book explores how the two systems of our mind drive the way we think and make choices. I am going to read it again and again to ensure that I am the true master of my own mind.
For a very low price, this book transforms the way I take decisions and experience the world.
On relationship, I know it very well that i am looking for a particular kind of girl to be my next gf. Sometimes, it is frustrating because either girls are out of your league or they are just not up to par, thus there may be a temptation to settle for worse. However, do not settle for worse unless it is a strategic move; this applies to both job and relationship (only that a strategic move may not exist in a relationship stance point)
I am also having a seious issue with talking to new girls or even new frds of frds.. Esp girls, they may think I am a boring person. Also, it feels like I am not eligible / worthy to make friends with new girls, whatever background they belong. The reason is that I am not satisifed with my status quo and so I am not able to offer my best to others, or lets say, my bragging rights. Hence I am seen as timid. Thats why sometimes I feel like I lack the self-confidence, the boldness of an investment banker/a finance guy/ a MC to be successful in finance or anywhere, which is somethig that I need to acquire badly.
P.s. I wish badly to moving back into the city…I am tired of travelling.
WYSIATI stands for What You See Is All That Is. We are often only given one side of the story and fail to recognise the important of or the existance of the other half. This causes us to jump into conclusion or over confident with what we see, even if we see very little.
The world is only our perception. When we change our perception, we also change the world.
Dont be fooled by the obvious. We can fool others so easily by simply manipulating what they percieve.
Every little thing matters; devil is in the details. Dont let your subconscious takes over control, coz it can be very easily fooled.
In the era of technological Entertainment/Information proliferation, each day we are facing the problem of too many things and too little time. We are constantly occupied by our gadgets whether it’s playing games, chatting with friends or reading social networks/news. We are constantly being stuffed with unorganised informations; although we may have read and seen a lot, we may not have fully understood a single thing at all. Hence, both our attention span and memory decline.
Although i must approve that smartphones have make our lives more efficient and more covenience in many ways, however, i hold a strong opinion that usage of smartphone is being abused and there should be a more discipline way of usage. Gadgets should help us to organise our lives and to achieve our goals. But the current uprising trend of unproductive entertainment-based applications is countering this purpose.
Our time should be better organised.
We just cant waste our lives away on these stupid gadgets, we gotta be more productive.
Things that i want to do in March
- Formulating Fixed income investment ideas
- Coming up with a viable business plan
- subscribe to economist
- Learning Korean
- Getting back into a beach-ready (aka bitch-ready) body shape [six packs, chest, arms]
- Minimizing 3rd tier and lower tiers expenses
1) prioritise the above
2) make a realistc timetable to accomodate the above
3) set goals for each
4) weekly review
Job descriptions often include the requirement to be a Team Player. But how exactly to collaborate effectively with other team members when there are obvious discrepency in working style, in opinions or in basically everything? I can tell you that leading a team is harder when teammates are not pulling their weighs or their work is not up to par (a nightmare that every boss faces)? What could be worse is that you may be in the same level as him and noone had more power over one another, how would you confront him to drive the process? Or what if he was a demanding person who commanded you like you were his bitch, how would u react? Or what if you were blamed for something that you was not your responsibility, would you take the bullet for your boss or teammates?
The Answers to these questions vary case by case. Noone can really tell us the “right” way to react to the above problems because we all have our own standards and values. In general, I conclude that it is always better to voice out your concerns and speak up for yourself because noone else would. From my own opinion, it is also important to be frank to your partner/teammates/boss but in a respectful manner. Afterall, respect is the G. Keep in mind that they all want to be respected because everyone thinks they are the shit. I belive most problems can be solved in a constructive and respectful way. Its okay to be wrong, but its not okay to be an ass and wrong. Even if you are right, noone listens to assholes.
Stay strong! Dont get beaten down! Every asshole we face now helps us to prepare for the Bigger asshole tomorrow. in fact We should be thankful to those assholes who have taught us a lesson or two. Of course, a middle finger salut is also preferred.
It felt good to be partying sober.. You can still act stupid and no body cares. Better yet, you actually remember evrything and everyone that you have met in the night. In the past few years, i must have met shit loads of people who i didnt even remember meeting them. And for once my brain is thinking straight and is as sharp as a tool.
My name is Arthur and I am an alcoholic. once I start drinking, i cannot control the amount that i drink, which will ineviably lead to being dru as fuck. When i get drunk, I black out. I guess it is the effect of long term driing, once younget black out, you are more likely to get it more easily and frequently. So whenever I am drunk, I black out, which is not a very good thing to be honest.
Our brain stors two types of memory, one is long term memory and the other is short term memory. When we learn something, our short term memory is at work, and it is that active learning which converts the short term memory into a long term memory. Black out is essentially the alcohol blocking the passage between the long and the short, ie our short term memory cannot be converted into long term memories. During the state of black out, our short term memory is still at work which stores approximately two minutes worth of memories, hence we can still conduct normal conversation. Since the short term memory is not being convereted into long term, we eont be able to remember anything on the following day. This is essentially embarassing and ashameful when you have done something stupid or something that you will regret for life…. I really hope to stay sober as long as I can…while having the time of my life!
Since 10 o’clock this morning, a large number of professionals had been redialling on their phones and refreshing their browsers non-stop just to access to the purchase system; the scene resonance to a typical trading floor, except they were not doing any selling, It was a Buy-only order for - Lady Gaga’s HK concert. No one ever picked up the call; it was an awkward silence followed by a hopeful dialling tone and an abrupt drop-dead tone; Browsers were not loading at all, servers down for sure. Frustrations and furious look were shown on the face of these “traders” as they were unable to connect to the other side. Some of them might have taken orders from their spouses, friends, or bosses; their jobs may be at stake if they were not able to get some Lady Gaga’s tickets! After an hour or so non-stop calling and refreshing browser, a horrible news came through - All Tickets were sold out.
Initially, there was a wave of unbelieving souls…redialling after redialling. Then there were disappointments and shoutings “How could all tickets be sold out so darn quickly?” After all, it was a pre-sale for only the American Express card holders; it might not be the most super-rich card in the market but surely not THAT many people are willing to pay the premium annual fee to enjoy such status. Everyone was wrong! Those that who own the card must be in a somewhat higher than average salary bracket….
So, all tickets were sold out within an hour by these “privileged” Amex card holders. The tix were not cheap neither. One may conclude that all these privileges, discounts and goodies were only benefiting the riches, while the poorer get none. As the saying goes “The rich gets richer, and the poor gets poorer.”
Similar to clubbing, all those extravaganza clubbing styles could only be enjoyed by the ones who can and/or willing to spend. but No way for an average person to keep up with that pace without going bankrupt; not those big-heads nor even Allen Iverson who earned over $200M in his professional career (he just declared bankruptcy)
From this, I was able to draw three conclusions (The magical number 3):
Wealth Gap will only get wider. There is an urgent need to bring the gap closer by helping the poorer.
Privileges and perks are only enjoyed by the richer; We have to get rich or die try’ in.
You are who you are. If you are not there yet, just dont pretend you are. You will only get yourself killed in one way or another.
Finished reading two books today; one was on decision making and the other one was on options trading. Interesting there are more ways to add additional revenue streams other than your current salary. I have been thinking about going back into the stock market lately (I only trade HKEX) but just when I was about to say, man I am gonna get fucked by volatility in this fking climate, I learnt about the latest innovation - Hang Seng Volatility Index (“VHSI”)! It measures the 30-days expected volatility of HSI, a very standard VIX really uses the coming months option pricing to calculate an index; when shit hits the fan, vix shoots thru the roof; when market is calm and steady, vix stays low on the floor. This will be a transparent indicator of the sentiment of the market - great for lazy asses like myself to get a quick feeling instead of studying those option prices (which i never do.)
Anyway back to selling options.. This is truly a way to slowly building up your warchest. You could play safe or you could be aggressive as fuck to underwrite some ridiculous amount that you cant afford when shit hits the fan. Options is good becoz you can go both long and short. (rmb how JP earned his buck?) this flexibility is also one of the advantages that I found in forex trading (will elaborate on the advantages of fx trading later and to decide whether fx trading is suitable for me upon further reading. you may stick with just a couple of currency pairs and they will never grow old; perhaps new pairs may eventually become popular, but the main stream ones are here to stay. (Oops, I went off topic again.)) Trading options are viable but still you need to understand the underlying companies, not fucking selling all the DOTM options will make u a millionaire. But well, thats you may now couple ur analysis with the new VHSI so the probability of you winning is higher. Aftall, its all about probability. It is better to win small everytime, then to lose mother fucking big one time which would possibly empty your pocket. (which was something happened to me….and i learnt my lesson, of course sometimes we have to be bold and aggressivr and a bit risky to achieve extraodinaryresults, but everything is calculated and evaluated, not betting ur entire networth on a game of blackjack. ) so Let me study more on option trading in hong kong in more details before learning something completly foreign to me! I have to build my warchest for both rainy days and lucrative oppurtunities!
What are you good at? Frankly, I have no answer to the question. This may have been asked repeatedly during interviews, I might just have been able to bluff something out of thin air. But frankl, I have no fking idea what I am good at. it might be clear to see that I have a vast interests in almost every thing. It takes practice to make perfect; according to a research, it takes an average person 100,000 hours to master in anything. However, I never spend enough time on one thing to make me super good. I enjoy the process of mastering something, but after I reach a decent level, I will just move on to my other adventure(s) because there are so many stuff that I wanna try. So when I look at others who are really good at something as they devote their time to and focus on one particular skill set, I really admire them.
Back to business, the banking/ corporate world has finally shook some senses into me - the world is cruel. People get fired every day. If your life and family is dependent on your paycheck, then God bless America. Hence, saving up for the rainy days makes much more sense now. But I guess I realised a few years late, not too late, but a few years late. Also, learn how to invest: using money to make money = profit. Entreprenuership, something that we must do.
Since I was young, I have always been asking myself the same question: Should I become a doctor? I chose not to pursue this profession, yet the same question always resurfaces to the top of my mind.
My motive of becoming a Doctor is much straight forward and noble: Saving people from illness and pain. I was not hoping to change or to save the world but simply making a direct impact in someone’s life. Throughout my life, I have been in-and-out of the hospitals numerous times. I have seen good doctors who are responsible and caring for their patients, and bad doctors who are clearly there 9-to-5 and do fuck all (or they may do the nurses). When I was 7, I had a car accident which I got knocked over by a minivan. Fortunately, it only managed to knock down a few of my teeth. Doctors were not making much impact back then, the dentist did, but dentist just never appeal to me at all. In my Lower Sixth Form, my right kneecap was fractured in a tackle-drill practice session just before an important cup match; at that very moment right after the accident happened, I knew my leg was fked. I was being very emotional and I had tears all over; I kept crying for the coach and kept asking the same question “Am I going to miss the cup match? Am I going to miss the cup match?” To me, It was such a devastating thing to missing the cup match than breaking a leg or two. But I knew my fate was done for. I was being admitted to the hospital and I was surrounded by all sort of freaky and serious accidents.. There were people who got burnt all over; there was a person who just got “knee-capped” (similar to a fractured knee cap that I suffered, but it was a much more serious one as he was gun shot in the kneecap, a very very common gangsters way to do to your enemy in Northern Ireland) At one point, I even think that my injury was nothing compared to them and requested if they could be served first (although…I saw my knee was swollen to the size of a freaking handball…) That was when I was most inspired by these folks who were busy saving lives - they could fix up a person; they could ease their pain, in turn they saved their families and many broken hearts (too bad Steve Job still died).
My grades and chosen-subjects were perfect fit for any best school in the UK for medicine (I could not decide on any degree when I was choosing my subjects, so I chose those that could led to both Medicine and Engineering. At that point of time, I knew fuck all about finance and had no intention or whatsoever to become a fuking banker; back then I thots bankers were mostly loan officers or teller…wtf was wallstreet? wtf was investment bank and commercial bank? wtf was Equities? Bonds? Had I even read/heard about those terms? NO, fuck all. Thats how fking naive I have been…) Then the question is Why the fuck I didn’t go into medicine? And my answer back then was very straight forward: I did not want to take numerous exams throughout my entire life; Exams actually scared me off despite all the noble reasons. So every now and then I ask myself whether I had made the right decision..
After all, I believe I had made the right decision. (maybe more explanations on this later when i feel like it; My Blog, My Rules. That awesome moment when you feel like being a King.)
It happens to every writer, or every one who tries to write at least (Eg Me!), that when we want to get down to the writing business, words just dont come out. Our minds are rapidly changing: “this seems like to be a good idea, let me.. Oh no, this stupid, let me think of something else to write, how the eff we are supposed to have so much to write about every day? How abt this idea? Oh screw this!” so in the end of the 30mins session, we get nothing down the paper.
These are excuses for our laziness. Take note.
The whole point of this 30mins exercise is to get us comfortable with writing. It doesnt matter what shit we write or how bad is our writing (ie my writing)
Nothing is really a challenge if you put your heart to it; you will want it so much that you will do whatever it takes to achieve the desired outcome. And that is the attitude that we should have in life. And thats when you start enjoying Life. According to Maslow, we all have five basic needs: self-esteem, friendship, love, security, and physical needs. more than often we feel depressed or frustrated because we lack of one or more of these needs than we wanted; whether it is a bad day at work, being frustrated about career, arguing with gf/bf, feeling sick, etc. its all the same. And it all goes back to one simple question: what is the most important value/purpose/goal/person/object/[insert verb here] to you? Once you know whats important to you, then it is not difficult to figure out the rest as objectives become clearer which make decisions become much easier! If you think writing 30mins a day will help you to achieve your goal and if you actually believe it will work (or you may be like I aint sure but i dont mind giving it a go), then you will certainly stick to your plan even thou it might not yield immediate results (read Fitness training too. On average it takes four (4) months to see the results but most people have already given up right before then). Although I might not be a believer in the evolution theory, but I do believe the theory of The Survival of the Fittest. Only those who strive to be the best will survive, the lazy ones will either get fucked by the strong ones or kill themselves in one way or another; it wont be a pretty sight to see.
I have been a much happier in the past two weeks because I am doing all I can to meet my needs. If I wanna play a song, I immediately find a guitar tab on google and start teaching myself. If that doesnt work quite well, i will learn from youtube. I simply waste no time at all. I simply want to do every thing that may interest me, i dont want to look back in the future and regret “oh i shd have done this or that, i shd have tried this and that” FK NO, life is so unpredictable. You could feel how fragile it is when you break an arm or a leg, then you will know how fking fragile life is and wish you could have done much more when you are healthy and sound.
If my brain was like a room, it would be a very messy room with thoughts lying everywhere. It wasnt easy to get the message straight to the point. May be i lacked of common sense or I had no fking logic or may be my brain was too slow to process what’s going out in the outside world. Thats also the reason why I cant slow down. I have to keep learning and improving, otherwise I will definitely be washed away or being looked down (True, one may argue that we should not care about how others see us because thats just their imaginations of us. However, its not about them; its about Me. Even I would critic harshly on myself if I thought that I had done or said something I should have had done or said in a better way.
"What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?"
Know what your payoffs are. If you are planning to spend time to earn your payoff, be sure that when you attain them, you still want them, ie the discount factor.
Some Bible teachings which I found awesome! …The Egyptians tried to wear down the Hebrew people by forcing them into slavery and mistreating them. Instead, the Hebrews multiplied and grew stronger. When we are burdened or mistreated, we may feel defeated. But our burdens can make us stronger and can develop qualities in us that will prepare us for the future. We cannot be overcomers without troubles to overcome. Be true to God in the hard times because even the worst situations can make us better people.
It was such a sensational experience to play the guitar once again after all these years.
Let me started the story off with my guitar. I always wanted some sort of musical instruments at home so I could blast it whenever I had the need to. Therefore, after saving just enough from my parttime job at start bucks, i bought my first guitar, prolly the first expensive item that I bought with my own money. (well money never comes easy) this was about 7 yrs ago, yet the guitar is as good as new coz i must say I had hardly played it extensively.. Its always a few blast and back into the bag..
Furthermore, I had to teach myself all over again via youtube or guitar tab or wtever.. Although i knew the basic but it definately takes practice to make perfect. And this is what I am doing now. I hope I can play fluently once again.
Last night I learnt “Talking to the moon” by Burno Mars. I must say it was an easy one to start off with. But lets keep going and see how far it will go !
Standard Chartered Full Marathon 2012 - I made it this time again! Tks God for all the strength and the endurance (of pain, of tireness, of thirst, of hunger…etc). This had been an humble experience.
[AC: insert hk marathon route uniqueness]
I started off quite well and I thot I stood a pretty good chance to breaking my last yr record of 5:15 hrs of which I was running with a cast on my arm!! However, I felt the first sign of clampness in my legs after I reached 18km!!! As you may know, this is certainly not a good sign coz as soon as you clamp, it will take a long while to recover and there is always a possiblilty that you will be taking the “losers’ bus” (the bus which takes all the losers who cant make the cut to the finishing line to take theirvstuff and go home. I often see there are water, banana and chocolate, everything that would makes you feel so good at that moment, in the bus).
If the pain of themild clampness was not enough to force me to quit,Mi was doubting if i could make it to the checkpoint. Mentally, I had been doing all the Maths based on how long i had run and how long it took me to work out how fast I had to run for the remaining distance and time….
But due to the clampness, I had to run at a pace that would not trigger the clamp while bearing the already tightness in my legs and feet. Every other fifty meters or so, I had to give a quick handy massage to my legs to ease up the muscle; It was like if hitting 100% would trigger the clampness, a quick massage reduced that to 60%, then as soon as you started running again, the barometer rose steeply.
So I prayed… And God answered by giving me chocolate bars! Tks God once again for those delicious life-saving heavenly chocolate bars!
After all the struggles which I aint bother to write about now, (will do so in the next edit) I made it and it was such a joy to have people on both side of the road cheering you up! You could hardly enjoy such “heroic” return after such a dreadful but amazing run! And when you finally reached the Green capet of the last 50 meters.. That was amazing to see that the freaking hard work was about to pay off!„ and when you were stepping on the finishing line, wow, thats an orgasmic experience!
[A: insert marathon route map and finishing photo]
Today is the big Standard Chartered Marathon 2012 Day, the race starts at 7:15am and hence I had to take the early 5:45am train to get there. There are less than 10 people in the first few cabins who all occupy a corner for themselves so they could lean on the glass wall and get busy with their smartphones or whatever.
Looking around me, there are at least two empty benches between one and the next person. Suddenly, the emptiness of the cabin saddened me. Bible teaches us to love thy neighbour, yet we are all acting like we are strangers (although the very fact that we WERE in fact strangers was true, i am categorising us, human, as a group of species being different from others.)
Our communities do need more friendliness, loving and caring among us.
Since when we have become so fluent in protecting ourselves from harm, whether it is our emotions or reputation risk ?…sometimes protecting our own interests meaning sacrificing others, are we being smart or just being selfish?
Perhaps I am being idealistic.. But it would be so great to see everyone talking to each other more freely, openly and in a freindly way, even thou they may be strangers. This happens very often in the UK, you could have talked for over ten minutes with someone you met in a coffee shop, in an event or sth (not in the case of picking up opposite sex) yes, HK needs that.
For a change, I am blogging from an art studio today, I hope the artistic atmosphere here will be able to give me some inspirations!
Okay, this doesnt help. let me try again..
Painting is such a difficult Job which takes hours, if not days. No wonder Da vinci was still painting when he was old. (ok…i know that wasnt the reason…just saying) it takes a lot more patience and attention to details than I previously anticipated. (i guess I could put this in my resume, too) The repetitive task of building layers upon layers requires a great deal of patience. It is the spirit of working to perfection that motivates you. You keep on fine-tunning..until you are completely satisified. (just like how i normally edit my posts five to seven times before the final version, and even more editings are done after it goes public)I am also a big fan of the idea that there is no “erasing” in the life of your painting, if you make a fked up, you just need to paint on top of ur fk up to mask it. There is no “going back”, you are always one step closer to your goal. Isnt this inspiring?.
No matter how painstaking the process is, it is still very much enjoyable as you work towards perfection. After all, when you see the final product of your painting, that feeling is better than sex!! (well, thats what she said!)
[AC: my final painting to be inserted upon completion.]
Office Politics and tricks pulled by management from top down and bottom up have blown my mind off.
Doing a deal is equivalent to Playing poker; it is a psychologicl game, power play, game strategy. The human factors are always harder to overcome than the technical part.
How much time have been wasted on non-value-adding comments? How much time have been wasted on explainig to people who dont matter but just for the sake of doing so becoz they want to have a skin in the game?
The same applies to governements around the world, and thats why citizen suffers.
Knowing who is who and their agenda will get you far in this game.
Set a standard format for any particular purpose. Think it thru carefully and ensure that it is neat and tight. MECE, rmb? Then you wont waste a lot of time on the non-material stuff such as Style, section arrangement, etc.
If you dont think for yourself, you will be like a donkey being tempted or beaten to work as hard as you can. But in the end you are just going circle.
It is my Sister’s Birthday today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHIZUKA! BEST SISTER AWARD !!
Anyway, Starring at the calendar this morning led me to think what is the purpose of life? Day by day passes by, while we are constantly looking forward to that special event, or for that special person, on that very special day, (As for me, I am watching Girls generation from South Korea <3 SNSD and Blogging is such a great combination!! Yoona!!) we are wasting our valuable Today. Sustaining injuries (dental op, nasal surgery, broken leg, broken arm, car accidents, snowboard accidents, rugby accidents) made me realise how fragile we are; there is no absolute fitness that will prevent us from getting sick. Death (definitely not me…yet) made me realise no matter how great/rich/famous/[insert word here] you are, we all share the same destination and we have no control (involuntarily) when death-god catches you by surprise. Therefore, I pursue every thing that interests me.. call it headstrong or whatever you like, its just the way I am.
While watching Yoona, I start listing what am I looking for in my gf/wife..I think the look of the person is quite important. It is at that first sight that decides the future… after the first sight, it is the characteristic that matters… I am particularly charmed by the hard working ethics of some girls, while seeing them losing temper disinterest me.
Here is a list of boxes that need to be checked:
Sense of Humor
A bit sassy
February is the month of Love. Love your Family, Love your Friends, Love your Neighbor, and Love yourself.
After two consecutive nights of 100-push-up challenge, my body is already showing signs of fatigue. If I insist in completing 100 push-up tonight, its likely that I will suffer from muscle strain and potentially fuq up my chance for marathon this coming Sunday. Hence, I am just going to do half and take a good rest tonight for a new day tomorrow. Every day is a blessing.
Now, fkers, you might be thinking…..
"Aging wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul." - Douglas McArthur
But remember: Sometimes, we just have to advance in a different direction in order to move forward, ie. Keep your eye on the big picture.
"We’re not retreating, we’re just advancing in a different direction." - Douglas McArthur (again)
"Through adversity comes opportunity." - anonymous
During the past few months, it had been hell of a ride in my life. In short, external difficulties (job security, career decision) coupled with Internal struggles (indecisive, loss of purpose) led me into being an unproductive and unambitious person. I am glad that I made it through this period with God and finally have the courage to pick myself up again.
I recently read an inspiring analogy as follows: Every one of us has a special bank account. In this bank account, it stores a single currency called Time. The Time can be used for various reasons; spending with families, going out with friends, working for extra bucks, lying in, studying, making love etc. The list is limitless. The privilege is that we have full control of this currency, Time to exchange for whatever we desire in life. The flip-side is that we are given only upto 24hrs a day, not a second more, with no guarantee that we might be able to access to the bank tomorrow (God forbidden).
There is no doubt that free lunch does only exist in best-selling fiction books. If you want it, you work for it, ie. You exchange your time for the things you desire. However, most of the time we are either too lazy to think or uncertain of “how to get the things I want” or “what is the thing I want most in life”. We let ourselves wondering in the mother-fking-wonderland, then, we procrastinate, sometimes for months (in my fking case). Until you get a wake up call.
I found that scheduling myself for some 30 mins-tasks or clearly-defined realistic goals (such as 100 press-up every day instead of 1,000 or “exercises”) every day really helps me to become more productive and goal-oriented.
Here are three tips (again, Three is Good) that I would like to remind the future-me :
Stay focused when you are on a task.
Be proactive in reaching to the top of things; Never mind about face-losing coz saving-face wont get you far.
When solving a problem: Structuring; Mutually Exclusive, Collectively Exhaustive; Prioritizing; STEP FUKING BACK; Facts! Synthesizing!!!; Story telling.
Here I am sitting in front of a computer at 23:48. I have 30 mins to go. Wow. 23;50 now…Time flies.
The whole day I have been thinking how to write an interesting blog that will make me follow through this harsh 30-mins-daily-routine. At the end of the month of challenge, it would be good to nurture a habit of writing 30 mins a day out of love and interest. But how?
Let me try to organise my thoughts by answering these three questions:
1. What is the key message that you want to convey in your blog?
Through sharing my feelings and opinions on different matters in life, I wish to be provocative as well as inspiring. My aim is to challenge the norm and stereotyping. By challenging the norm, we form new ideas or new ways of doing things. By challenging the stereotyping, I want to say that we are all unique and complex individuals who need a deeper understanding.
2. From your own experience, what makes a blog interesting?
Short, Clean, Witty, Logical, Picture, Right tone.
Short - Audiences’ attention span is short. K.I.S.S.
Clean - otherwise, it is easy to lose sight of the key point
Witty - If you sound stupid, I lose interest in you.
Logical - Makes your thoughts easy to follow/understand.
Picture - A Picture worth a thousand words.
Right Tone- Be humorous; be serious; be sympathetic; depends on the topic.
3. What are you trying to benefit from blogging?
Organizing my thoughts
A window of opportunity for reflection on different aspects of life
Better understanding of myself
Satisfaction from making an impact on others’ thoughts (mind-manipulation? or…satisfaction from mind-fking others successfully ?)
Keeping a journal to see how my mind grow
P.S. Initially I wanted to keep the number of questions up to three as 3 is good. (agreed by all managerial consultants) but my thoughts just went out of hand, so here comes two additional questions. Q4 is a sub-set of Q3; hence it is now moved into the appendix section. While Q5 is in fact a question to the answer of Q4.
4. Does high traffic volume keep me happy?
After all, we all want to receive some tokens of appreciation for the effort we put in, do we? Traffic is likely one of the best indicators to show that people are interested in your work - whether it is out of hate or of love. But this will give me pressure instead of pleasure. NO, this is not the motivation. Furthermore, a porn site drives more traffic/Unique Visitors/Page-per-view than a typical blog site but it will not satisfy, keep me happy, benefit me in the long run.
Today, Kenneth Chan and I have come up with the idea of Monthly Challenge - Each month we are setting ourselves a few challenges for the purpose of enhancing values in our lives.
So..Here is the list of challenges for February:
A total of 100 Press-ups every day
Reading a book at the minimum
Writing for 30 minutes every day
Additionally, Ryan has also challenged me to live on HKD 10k a month. Challenge accepted! Starting from February, I shall not carry any credit card and live only on HKD 10k with the rest of the monies being transferred to a checking account which I have no access to.