Archive for March, 2011

on nature

Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature’s sources never fail.

John Muir (1838 – 1914, American environmentalist, naturalist, traveller, writer, and scientist), Our National Parks


the february issue

Our magazine is somewhat different from all other magazines.

Continue reading ‘the february issue’

the power of phrasal verbs

A very short sms exchange between me and the-almost-Dr Tan yesterday afternoon:

Me: Hang on hang on hang in there!
Dr Tan: hanging hanging!! :) not by the noose hopefully hahaha :) thank u thank u! :)

leopard preenz

Something to brighten up your Monday morning!

from here

what is essential

On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine de Saint Exupery, The Little Prince, translator unknown

I read a Chinese translation of The Little Prince when I was 14. Almost a decade ago! I’ve forgotten most of the story by now; perhaps I should go read the English version this time round.

Meanwhile I found a site which compares some lines from the original French to translations in Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese. Quite an interesting read!

earthquake and tsunami

My thoughts go out to everyone in Japan.

Hopefully they can recover from this disaster soon!

memory trigger

On Tuesday afternoon I was crossing a road towards Tiong Bahru Market for lunch when suddenly I heard a driver honk loudly.

Almost instantaneously I recalled that during a driving lesson a couple of years back, I’d asked my instructor, ‘How do you know if you are the one being honked at?’

And he replied, ‘If it sounds very loud, you are the one; if it sounds very soft, you are not the one!’


today at work

This afternoon……

I was confirmed.



Boss’s boss gave me a firm handshake to make it ‘official’.

And before that Boss said that overall, she was very happy with my performance, although there is, as is normal, a little room for improvement. :) But she agreed with my statement that I am great at collecting money from advertisers and that I would make a great ah long!!!

the right way

My hair was extremely obedient the past couple of days.

I parted my hair on the right and it stayed surprisingly flat, with no awkward puffing up as it usually does!

on death

read the rest of this story here


On the first night of Nainai’s wake (Feb 6), my mum suggested that I deliver a eulogy at her cremation on the fifth and last day. Obviously I had never done anything like that before, but decided to give it a shot.

Continue reading ‘我为奶奶做的最后一件事’

fairly pleased

Bobbi Brown has opened a new store at a mall near my place (I think it’s its first outlet in the heartlands), so after work today I went to look at their foundations.

The SA tested a bit of foundation on the back of my right hand, then I asked if I could try another one half a shade lighter. She looked at me and said, ‘Your face is very fair compared to your hand,’ before proceeding to apply a bit of the second foundation on my left jawline.

Her comment was a bit odd as I’ve always considered my hand fairer, nevertheless now I know at least one person thinks my face is fairer, which makes me fairly pleased. :D

(For the record, Bobbi Brown foundation comes in 20 shades, and I am the fifth lightest, 2.5 Warm Sand. :) )

brevity is the soul of wit

At 5.28 pm last Friday, I sent a completed (ie, text and images laid out properly) article to this GP for his approval. I had reduced his writeup from 852 to 650 words.

Ten minutes later his short reply came:

Thank you.
The article is very well edited.
When I read that I laughed aloud. Truly, brevity is the soul of wit!

the perils of modern living

WordPress was down the entire weekend, so I’m awfully glad it’s back!

fat cat

I never met a German shepherd who could open the refrigerator or food bag and pour himself another bowl.

Steven Budsberg, director of clinical research at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, on the news that more than half of U.S. dogs and cats are obese

from here

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