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 Monday, 23 March, 2015
c'est la vie , history , sociopolitics
This morning, I woke up and turned my phone on around 7.40 am. One of my Whatsapp groups buzzed. Daphne had sent a message at 5.23 am: ‘Lky passed away le / So sad’. Sze Yong shared a link to a press release from the Prime Minister’s Office, which announced that Mr Lee Kuan Yew had passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital this morning at 3.18 am.
Quickly turned on the TV to Channel NewsAsia. At 8 am, Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong addressed the nation in a live telecast. He spoke in Malay, Mandarin and finally English.
Although we all knew that the old man had been hospitalized for over a month and didn’t seem to be getting better, the news still came as a bolt from the blue. Still can’t believe that ‘first of our founding fathers’, as PM Lee had put it, has gone. It’s the end of an era……
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 Monday, 9 March, 2015
adventures , digital life
Finally gave up using my malfunctioning Samsung phone and bought a Asus Padfone S (in white) from Best Denki in a mall near my home. It has a 16GB internal memory, so hopefully I’ll have tons of space for everything. It was going for $399 but managed to get it at $299…… the first ever phone I’ve bought with my own $$$!!!
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
Published Sunday, 1 March, 2015
culture , digital life , japan , quoteworthy , science
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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