Saturday, February 17, 2007

Happy Lunar New Year

It's here again... indeed, sometimes asked myself: What's the significance of the new year? How different is it compared to the past? Is it just another occasion when we get together, catch up with one another? Is it time for us to open a new chapter?
Er... that thing pops up my mind... Review the 'harvest' of the year... Revise strategies and Plan ahead... Implement... Assess and Review again... oops! the cycle goes on and on...

The "MisUnderstood-ed" Pigs

This morning read an interesting article about PIGS.

Pigs? Pigs? Pigs? It's making headlines these few weeks... not because of the 'bak-gua', but it's its year!

The article picks on 3 misconceptions (myths???) that we have...

  1. Pigs are Greedy: No, they are not! Indeed, they only eat enough... indeed, it's other 'beings' that will overeat - that reminds me when we go for buffet meals... hahaha... we 'pig-out' there... oops, not quite a relevant descriptor now.
  2. Pigs are Dirty: Pigs do not come with sweat glands... so, pigs do not sweat? er... perspire? I guess, when a pig and a human stand under the sun, only human gets wet? Pig rolls itself on the mud ground to cool down itself... ok, this is something we don't do... we dive into the pool... hahaha....
  3. Pigs are Stupid: It's reported - No! No! No!

Hey, the article did not talk about about myth: Pigs are lazy... er... why we usually associate pig with laziness? hm...

Oh yes, not to forget about 'cute', 'cute' pig - Wilbur, the star in "Charlotte's Web".

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Rude Commuters

Singaporeans are rude? Singaporeans are inconsiderate? Singaporeans are ingracious? Singaporeans have no manners? Sometimes, I could not help, but keep wondering... NO! NO! NO! It's very unfair to say such sweeping statements! I'm a Singaporean, too! A local breed! But why????

To some extend, just wonder if our education has failed? No, I do not mean that our system has failed to raise the "Singapore" "status? name?" in the world... we have very successful people... On the other hand, when coming to values... VALUES? values? what it means? I wonder... what does value mean to the younger generation? or let's look at sometime even at a lower level to tackle... manners! Basic Manners that I'm talking about!

I believe in this: First time, it's accidental; Second time, it's coincidence; Third time: It's a Pattern!!! Just imagine, I saw the 3 similar behaviour within 30 min, at the MRT.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

The Stendhal's Syndrome

Came across this when reading an article from the Straits Times, "Weak in the Presence of Beauty".

Very interesting... in wikipedia, it's described as "a psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is particularly 'beautiful' or a large amount of art is in a single place."

Yes, it reminded me of my visits to Europe. Yes, Europe... not Australia or Asia (yet). The visits to the Churches in Paris, Spain and Portugal, where without fail, seeing pieces of arts everywhere. Yes, there's where I learnt how to look out for some unique features that make one piece a special one. Of course, will never forget the visit the Lourve... twice... but the real 'dose' came from the one-day visit, surrounded by the paintings and sculptures.

Palaces and Theatres, too... and yes, the most recent visit to the British museum... ok, I like the halls where I was surrounded by mummies... 'ginger'... a memorable trip, though brief.