Archive for February, 2007

Back when we were young …

Posted: February 19, 2007 in memory lane, mi vida loca

we are/were all of that … or maybe more …

 

Blinded by his or her desire to search for fortune or fame one would have no qualms about joining the bandwagon of the get-rich-quick scheme. Ah, fast cash & living on the fast lane… what does it matter?

[“It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly.”]

Samuel Butler

 

But what’s it like in the real world? It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there. Some are just too soft to survive the harshness of the outside world. Will they survive being bullied, harassed, tortured etc etc … ? God knows!

[“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”]

Marie Curie

When push comes to shove, we will learn to survive even though one has to plaster a fake smile on his/her youthful face. We are pretenders, actors and actresses, hiding behind invisible masks. What is hidden behind that mask? Heart ache, sorrow, pain … feelings of envy, hatred, betrayal … the list goes on.

“Character isn’t inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action. If one lets fear or hate or anger take possession of the mind, they become self-forged chains.”

Helen Gahagan Douglas

However, many would fight their pain & end up becoming stronger, a fighter, a leader, no longer a meek follower.

With that, I’d end with these quotes:

“No matter how brilliant a man may be, he will never engender confidence in his subordinates and associates if he lacks simple honesty and moral courage.”

J. Lawton Collins

“It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.”

 

Æschylus

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Posted: February 18, 2007 in culture, mi vida loca, Our World

It’s the year of the PIG … … oink..oink

 

 

Pictures were taken using my camera phone, apologies for the poor quality. The Lion dance was accompanied by gong & drums which went on and on for an hour non-stop. I would have died of heart attack if they had continued for hours! It was that loud. Anyways, it was a sign of good luck or good fortune, hence it is a tradition performed every New Year.

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We later decided to stop at our new studio unit near by, so below are a few shots taken by the swimming pool of the view in and around the township.

 

 

 

Back Then

Posted: February 17, 2007 in Globe Trekker, memory lane, mi vida loca, US

This was taken in 98, the home we onced lived in was no longer standing and was replaced by high-rised buildings.

 The building on the extreme right is now occupied by young professionals. Below is a  photograph taken of the ground level of Ballston Metro (at the foreground) and Hecht’s Departmental Store in the background.

Ballston

 

The worst is yet to come

Posted: February 12, 2007 in mi vida loca, Our World

Teasing and provoking one another and hell would break loose! One need not look too far, with the scenario in Israel of the excavation on the holy site which is still going on. The renovation may have been halted but the Palestinians are still angered by the actions taken by the Israelis to continue the excavation. So, with both groups unable to control their hatred for one another, will there ever be peace in that region? I often question my self, when will the volcano erupt? Will the eruption lead to the extinction of these two groups at war? Will this lead to a chain reaction of more wars to come? Will Iran be the next country at war? Having been accused of supplying ammunitions to the Iraqi Militants or for pursuing her nuclear programme? So, as you can see, the worst is yet to come.

After watching the news on CNN, BBC or Al-Jazeera English, have you ever wondered if there are any news aside from war reports or bombings, fightings etc? Yes, global warming. However, are we passionate enough to heal this world as we are in making profit? I guess not. If we were, there wouldn’t have been such extreme weather we are facing at the moment. The torrential rain, flooding, extreme heat wave etc. The signs are there, but we are blinded by the dollar signs. We are extremely vulnerable when it is flashed in front of us. We would kill and lie and cheat even back stab those around us or in our way. We are weak and full of hatred. No wonder, buildings collapse, poor infrastructure, killings and kidnappings, poor management all due to corruption! Our own doing will lead to the destruction of mother nature and in the end, what’s left for our future generation, nothing, zilch but an unfurtile land full of skeletons in the closet!

I wouldn’t want to see that day arrive, for I believe it is all in our own hands to help change this world into a better place. Yes, I am a dreamer, but dreams do come true if we work together hand in hand & get rid of the jealousy in us. For no one else could help us but ourselves!

After nearly a year has passed, only then did I remember to check on the shots I took. So after struggling with clip & converting it from a VOB to a wmv, I had decided to share by uploading it at ikbis. (more…)