young/old

Being the main person in charge of my company’s Facebook account, I am able to see what a lot of our doctor members share. Noticed a paediatrician post this earlier today:

Me: “How old are you?”
Little boy: “I am not old.”
:)

How cute is that!!! :D

the solitary diner

As a single girl, I eat at restaurants alone quite regularly. But actually, solitude is a luxury in our crowded city……

serendipity

His search for a sewage pipe, which began in 2000, became one family’s tale of obsession and discovery. He found a subterranean world tracing back before the birth of Jesus: a Messapian tomb, a Roman granary, a Franciscan chapel and even etchings from the Knights Templar. His trattoria instead became a museum, where relics still turn up today.

I really enjoyed this article, about an Italian man who started digging to fix a pipe, and ended up unearthing an amazing array of historical artifacts!

the wisdom of children’s literature

A month ago, Kang Hao sent Ming Zhen and I the following image, evidently from 9GAG:

mewtwo

He later commented that he actually hated everything about Pokemon other than Mewtwo. Its words of wisdom actually made me recall two quotes from Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series……

To Harry Potter in The Chamber of Secrets: ‘It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.’

And to Cornelius Fudge, Minister of Magic, in The Goblet of Fire: ‘You place too much importance, and you always have done, on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!’

you learn something new every day

There is actually a water allergy and it is known as aquagenic urticaria!

you learn something new every day

The science of mountains is called orology.

you learn something new every day

Sylvester the Cat‘s trademark exclamation is ‘Sufferin’ succotash!’, and today I finally found out what succotash actually was!

time flies

And the first quarter of 2015 is over!!!

do not stand at my grave and weep

Still can’t believe LKY is gone. It just feels so surreal…… And perhaps it’s the perfect time to revisit this poem……

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I did not die.

a fond farewell and a final journey

After six days of mourning, Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s funeral was held today. And even the heavens wept for him…… 永别了,阿公!您安息吧! 一路走好!

you learn something new every day

The earthy scent of rain is known as petrichor.

muddy waters

Have been reading about the US investment research firm Muddy Waters in the news lately (like here), and kept wondering why anyone would ever give their company such a name. ‘Muddy Waters’ 给人一种水摸鱼、同流合污的感觉! (Translation: ‘Muddy Waters’ gives one the feeling of hun shui mo yu [fishing in troubled, or muddied, waters] and tong liu he wu [evil flowing with evil]!)

So I went to check out its website, and realized with the greatest amusement, that it was indeed named after the Chinese idiom 水摸鱼 (hun shui mo yu). To quote:

The Chinese have an old proverb, “浑水摸鱼” (muddy waters make it easy to catch fish). In other words, opacity creates opportunities to make money. This way of thinking has unfortunately become endemic in global capital markets.

you learn something new every day

I was reading this New York Times article when I came across the word weltanschauung, which as it turns out, has a whole school of thought behind it!

buying my first official lot (online)

So yesterday afternoon I placed a buy order for OCBC on the Phillip POEMS online platform, but alas, it was not fulfilled by the end of the trading day and hence cancelled. So after work, I immediately made another order for OCBC for the following day. But I decided to set it at a slightly lower price, even though I thought that I was unlikely to get it.

Then at 9.12 am this morning, I received an email informing me that my order had been executed completely at the price I had requested! And thus I officially bought my first online lot! (Had officially bought my very first lot, via broker assistance, last month!)

And with this purchase, I have finally collected the full set of all three local banks. Felt a bit like queuing up at McDonald’s for Hello Kitties. Gotta catch ’em all! :D

十五

Today’s Yuanxiao Festival, which marks the 15th and last day of the Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration period. It is a tradition to eat tangyuan on this day, I popped into the nearby Mr Bean outlet on my way home, and bought three bowls of tangyuan (only those with peanut filling were left) in soya bean milk home for the family. Everyone enjoyed the dessert tremendously! As did I! But most of all, I can’t believe CNY is over! Definitely need to find some other New Years to make a big fuss of!!! :D


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