Archive for the 'c'est la vie' Category

and love the wind and rain

It’s 11.44 am, I’m sitting at my table, and there is a humongous storm going on. I can hear the rain pouring, wind howling and thunder rumbling. It’s an absolute adventure out there! Too bad I’m stuck at work!

7 reasons the world looks worse than it really is

I found this article, ‘7 Reasons the World Looks Worse Than It Really Is’, a completely refreshing read.  It totally resonated with me……

#7. We Are Only Happy if Other People Aren’t

#6. We Insist on Comparing Our World to an Imaginary One That Exists Only in Our Heads

#5. We Focus on the Negative Byproducts of Wonderful Trends

#4. The Things We Hate and the Things We Aspire to Are the Same Things

#3. We Don’t Recognize That Flaws Are Just Alternatives to Much Worse Flaws

#2. With People More Powerful Than Us, We Only Count the Bad Things They Do

#1. We Want the World to Be Bad Because It Gives Us an Excuse to Withdraw from It

So true, so true! Click here to read the article in full. Everyone should!

october, suddenly

And a quarter of a year more to go!!! :O

divine mischief

A particularly funny bit from Last Chance to See……

For all my rational Western intellect and education, I was for the moment overwhelmed by a primitive sense of living in a world ordered by a malign and perverted god, and it coloured my view of everything that afternoon – even the coconuts. The villagers sold us some and split them open for us. They are almost perfectly designed. You first make a hole and drink the milk, then you split open the nut with a machete and slice off a segment of the shell, which forms a perfect implement for scooping out the coconut flesh inside. What makes you wonder about the nature of this god character is that he creates something that is so perfectly designed to be of benefit to human beings and then hangs it twenty feet above their heads on a tree with no branches.

Here’s a good trick, let’s see how they cope with this. Oh, look! They’ve managed to find a way of climbing the tree. I didn’t think they’d be able to do that. All right, let’s see them get the thing open. Hmm, so they’ve found out how to temper steel now, have they? OK, no more Mr Nice Guy. Next time they go up that tree I’ll have a [Komodo] dragon waiting for them at the bottom.

I can only think that the business with the apple must have upset him more than I realised.

Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine, Last Chance to See

an amusing incident

Something really amusing happened to me yesterday evening……

Was supposed to meet my friends for dinner and decided to take a train there. The MRT I boarded wasn’t crowded. There was an Indian guy (almost an uncle, but not quite) sitting down, with an empty seat on each side of him.  I sat down on his left. Almost immediately, he slid over to the empty seat on his right!

I was like huh????? Because I was in a normal blouse and skirt, and wasn’t wearing any (overpowering) perfume, so why on earth did he act this way? I didn’t understand it either, but I guess he saw something in me to be avoided! :P

july, suddenly

Goodness, has it been half a year already??? :O

praying for rain

Currently chanting this:

天灵灵 地灵灵 风凛凛 雨淋淋……

a breath of fresh air

Somehow, the haze dissipated and the sky over here became quite clear, so we opened the windows to let in fresh air! :)

fifty shades of grey

Left my house wearing a surgical mask this morning. Everything was tinged a dull reddish grey, and there was an acrid smell in the air. It even seemed a little grey inside my office, which is air-conditioned. Everyone got a box of N95 masks from 3M, which had expired but were still usable. Spent the rest of the day wearing one, mainly for practice.

At 11 am, the PSI reading was a whopping 400!!!

Continue reading ‘fifty shades of grey’

hazy days

Back from Bali and came home to the haze……

letting it go

By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.

Laozi, Dao De Jing



My colleague J sent this image to me today……



Have worked for the past 11 consecutive days (including the weekend), with overtime every day! Am exhausted right now, but it all paid off as our May issue has finally gone to print!

Going to spend the next few days sleeping……


……and jubilation in the time of parturition!


Love in the time of cholera, panic in the time of SARS, apprehension in the time of H7N9……

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