nil conscire sibi, nulla pallescere culpa
to have a clear conscience and not pale at any charge

Jun
24

 This car-phone salesman is good enough to cut an album and I am just surprise he hasn’t done so.

 Paul in his Semi-Final performance.

Paul’s performance in the Finals.

Jun
24

She is just 6 and has an amazing voice.  She even manages to put a smile on Simon’s face, who isn’t exactly in a good mood!

 For those of you who have active tear ducts, prepare your tissue papers!

Apr
25

OMG!  If you think that Gotcha is bad…. wait till you see this…

The Japanese at their best …..

Dec
25

I am amazed by the flexiblity and sheer strength of these 2….

 

Dec
24

Band Aid was a British and Irish charity supergroup, founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia by releasing the record “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” for the Christmas market. The single surpassed the hopes of the producers to become the Christmas number one on that release. Two subsequent re-recordings of the song to raise further money for charity also topped the charts. The original was produced by Trevor Horn.

There are 3 versions (1984, 1989 and 2004) of this song.
So, which is your FAVOURITE? 

This is the ORIGINAL Band Aid (1984 version).  Amongst the participants are:
Duran Duran, U2, Bananarama, Spandau Ballet, The Police, Wham!, Paul Young, Paul McCartney, Big Country, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, etc…. Do you know who is who?  Check out the MTV:

This 1989 version (Band Aid 2) includes: Kylie Minogue, Big Fun, Matt Gross (Bros) Cliff Richard, Lisa Stansfield, Sonia, Wet Wet Wet and many others…

This is Band Aid 20 (the 2004 version) and includes U2, Chris Martin (Cold Play) Dido, Snow Patrol, Robbie Williams, Will Young and many many others.

Bono, Sir Paul McCartney and George Michael were the only artists from the original Band Aid who have been asked back to lend their voices to Band Aid 20.

Dec
24

Here’s wishing each and everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS!
And especially to Teck Beng (Mr Ting), CONGRATULATIONS!  It will be your wedding day on Boxing Day.

Well… Here’s the Pussycat Dolls to steamed up your screen…!

However, my favourite is Christmas Time by Bryan Adams.
Once again, wishing you a Blessed & Meaningful Christmas.

Nov
28

I came across this story (and several other versions of it) a couple of years back and it struck me hard. I am sure my friend, Zaoxiang, would like this story because it brings across the same message as the movie “Click”.

I hope you will spend a little time to read this.  Here goes:

 

One day, an old professor of the School of Public Management in France, was invited to lecture on the topic of  “Efficient Time Management” in front of a group of 15 executive managers representing the largest, most successful companies in America.  The lecture was one in a series of 5 lectures conducted in one day, and the old professor was given 1 hr to lecture.

Standing in front of this group of elite managers, who were willing to write down every word that would come out of the famous professor’s mouth, the professor slowly met eyes with each manager, one by one, and finally said, “we are going to conduct an experiment”.

Jar of RocksFrom under the table that stood between the professor and the listeners, the professor pulled out a big glass jar and gently placed it in front of him.  Next, he pulled out from under the table a bag of stones, each the size of a tennis ball, and placed the stones one by one in the jar.  He did so until there was no room to add another stone in the jar.  Lifting his gaze to the managers, the professor asked, “Is the jar full?” The managers replied, “Yes”.

The professor paused for a moment, and replied, “Really?”

Once again, he reached under the table and pulled out a bag full of pebbles.  Carefully, the professor poured the pebbles in and slightly rattled the jar, allowing the pebbles to slip through the larger stones, until they settled at the bottom.  Again, the professor lifted his gaze to his audience and asked, “Is the jar full?”

At this point, the managers began to understand his intentions.  One replied, “apparently not!”

“Correct”, replied the old professor, now pulling out a bag of sand from under the table. Cautiously, the professor poured the sand into the jar.  The sand filled up the spaces between the stones and the pebbles.

Yet again, the professor asked, “Is the jar full?”
Without hesitation, the entire group of students replied in unison, “NO!”

“Correct”, replied the professor.  And as was expected by the students, the professor reached for the pitcher of water that was on the table, and poured water in the jar until it was absolutely full. The professor now lifted his gaze once again and asked, “What great truth can we surmise from this experiment?”

With his thoughts on the lecture topic, one manager quickly replied, “We learn that as full as our schedules may appear, if we only increase our effort, it is always possible to add more meetings and tasks.”

“No”, replied the professor.  The great truth that we can conclude from this experiment is:

If we don’t put all the larger stones in the jar first, we will never be able to fit all of them later.

The auditorium fell silent, as every manager processed the significance of the professor’s words in their entirety.

The old professor continued, “What are the large stones in your life?  Health?  Family?  Friends? Your goals? Doing what you love?  Fighting for a Cause?  Taking time for yourself?”

What we must remember is that it is most important to include the lager stones in our lives, because if we don’t do so, we are likely to miss out on life altogether.  If we give priority to the smaller things in life (pebbles & sand), our lives will be filled up with less important things, leaving little or no time for the things in our lives that are most important to us.  Because of this, never forget to ask yourself,

What are the Large Stones in your Life?
And once you identify them, be sure to put them first in your “Jar of Life”.

With a warm wave of his hand, the professor bid farewell to the managers, and slowly walked out of the room.

Take care of the large stones first – the things that REALLY matter. Set your priorities.  The rest are just pebbles and sand.  If you put the sand or the pebbles into the jar first, there will be no room left for the stones.

The same goes for your life.  If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, you will never have room for things that are truly most important.

Pay attention to the things that are critical in your life. Take time to play with your children. Take your partner out for dinner.  Take time to have a chat with your loved ones.  There will always be time to go to work, clean the house and give a dinner party.

Sometimes the less important things in life can distract us, filling up our time and keeping us away from what really matters. I encourage you to take a moment and ask yourself, is your jar of life full of sand & pebbles or is it filled with large stones?

Nov
27

Retirement Planning 

I was at NTUC Supermarket and spotted a long queue at the corner.  
I was then reminded that it was Sunday.

In Singapore, the equation goes like this:
WED / SAT / SUN  =  LONG QUEUE
Looking at the queues at the Singapore Turf Club’s outlets on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, I must say, we have a long way to go.  A long way to make people understand that their retirement funds should not require matching numbers.

Nov
26

I have finally uploaded some of my October 2006 Thailand Trip photos.

However, halfway thru’ my camera ran low on battery.  Will con’t to upload once the battery is fully charged!

Your comments are WELCOME.

Click on cutie to Enter!

Nov
26

I have always wanted to devote some time to doing social work and helping the needy, especially working with children and/or teenagers.  However, the only regular “good deed” I seem to have been doing was blood donation, which to me, at the same time is beneficial to myself.  As such, it is not much of a good deed but rather mutual benefits.

Recently I have received an e-mail from Ananta, a friend who resides in Nepal.  I met Ananta during my trekking in Nepal.  He was then working with ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) in Jomsom, a lovely place and the air is fresh as it is located some 2,700m above sea level.

Apparently, Ananta has been doing more social work and is involved with Naya Bihani Basti, a home providing shelter, food, health services and education/job & skills training to underprivileged children, youth and the aged.  He has written to ask if I am interested to be involved as they are looking for a Country Ambassador. 

I readily agreed, although I still do not know what my role and level of involvement would be.  However, I am expecting to hear from Ananta in about a week or so.

I want to finally put my thoughts to action!

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