Published Tuesday, 31 March, 2015
literature , musings , quoteworthy , sociopolitics
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.
Published Sunday, 29 March, 2015
c'est la vie , sociopolitics
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！
Published Thursday, 26 March, 2015
linguistics , science
The earthy scent of rain is known as petrichor.
Published Sunday, 22 March, 2015
amusings , finance , linguistics
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’ 给人一种浑水摸鱼、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 浑水摸鱼 (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.
Published Saturday, 21 March, 2015
fashion , linguistics
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!
Published Tuesday, 17 March, 2015
adventures , finance
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
Published Thursday, 5 March, 2015
amusings , gastronomy , la famiglia , unorthodoxies
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
In Japan, robot dogs can rest in peace
ISUMI (Japan) – Incense smoke wafts through the cold air of the centuries-old Buddhist temple as a priest chants a sutra, praying for the peaceful transition of the souls of the departed.
It is a funeral like any other in Japan. Except that the “dead” are robot dogs, lined up on the altar, with tags to show where they came from and which family each belonged to. They are “AIBOs”, the world’s first home-use entertainment robots equipped with artificial intelligence and capable of developing their own personality.
“I believe owners feel they have souls as long as they are with them,” said Mr Nobuyuki Narimatsu who heads an electronics repair company specialising in fixing vintage products.
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Published Wednesday, 25 February, 2015
linguistics , nine-to-five
While editing an article at work today, I was searching Thesaurus.com for a synonym for experience, and somehow bumped into apologue – which I had never seen before. Alas, it was not the right word I had been seeking!
Published Tuesday, 24 February, 2015
culture , finance
I was looking at the designs of the hongbaos that I received this year, and noticed that one with blossoms (peach? cherry? plum? they all look alike!) was from Citibank – which is called 花旗银行 in Chinese!
Published Saturday, 21 February, 2015
adventures , les amis
Visited my friend Joanne, ate lots of nice food, learnt how to play baccarat, and my wallet was $5 lighter after the game ended a few hours later. :D
Published Friday, 20 February, 2015
Went to eldest uncle’s house, parents played mahjong with the older folks, I played blackjack and in between with the younger ones, a whole group of us trooped to eldest uncle’s daughter’s house nearby to see her family’s new cat (an orange tom called Waffle), cat was pretty scared to see so many strange faces, lazed around for a couple of hours, went back to eldest uncle’s house, then play more blackjack and in between, and finally emerged with my wallet about $30 lighter close to midnight!
Published Thursday, 19 February, 2015
And the Year of the Goat (or Ram or Sheep) is finally upon us!!! Have a great and prosperous Chinese New Year!!! Mehhhhhhhhhhhh!!! :D
Published Sunday, 15 February, 2015
amusings , gastronomy , la famiglia , ma maison
About three more days to Chinese New Year, but my family has nearly finished our entire stash of festive goodies: pineapple tarts, cookies and our aunt’s cashew nuts! Only two pineapple tarts, a handful of love letters, and an unopened container of cookies are left…… oh and some bak kwa hidden deep in the freezer and safely away from the very hungry caterpillars!!! :D