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Sarabande - In Unison

Beautiful as the Melody, Paced out as Choreographed, Synchronized to the Beat... Fast or Slow, it's in Unison

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Who makes the best concert audience?

Sat, 23 Apr 2011 19:11:00 +0000

I think the audience of a symphony orchestra concert is the best.

They try their best not to make any sound when the orchestra is playing so much so that you can hear people start coughing once the piece or movement is completed.

They clap only at the end of the piece, never in between, and do it continuously as long as the orchestra is on stage, but stop immediately when the conductor rise his baton to start the next piece. Such discipline!

The applause is generous and always with shouts of "bravo" and standing ovation at the end.

Stumbling on Happiness

Sun, 15 Nov 2009 13:18:00 +0000

It was a surprising pleasant read. It helps me to understand why people including myself, make choices and regret later. Why we always yearn and regret for things we couldn't get or didn't do?

Chance upon this book when I saw the video by the author Daniel Gilbert.

Stumbling on Happiness is a provocative read. Not meant for the faint hearted.

Up the Kilimanjaro mountain

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 07:08:00 +0000

Almost 2 years have passed since I was up the mountain. Writing a post only at this point of time serve as the chance to reflect and just tell what was still enact in my memories and how these memories made me feel now. I want to wait till the pain and joy I went through at that time are diluted. I think these would be my real learnings.

Speaking now with additional years of growth and thoughts, the emotions and experience that have passed through me at that point of time now gave me a new perspective to my life and aspiration.

Trekking up the mountain was a training of the mental strength and releasing of the potential of one's body and mind. I could still remember when I was moving up on the summit climb, I could only push on by focusing on the success story I could tell if I have done it. What a show-off I want to be, when I think about this now. I'm not a story teller who can leads anyone to feel how I felt at that time.

I started to read some stories from mountaineers who survive the worst ordeals in the mountains. Under the titanic forces of nature, it is easy to understand how vulnerable humans can be and how naive I have been. But at the same time, human can only tap into the deepest wells of potential when it is for survival.

If ask how I truly felt about being on top of the mountain, I felt just what those authors did. After being at the highest point, when you look back in time, you can feel a sense of almost emptiness in the heart. Like you lost something and you know you can never get it back or replace it with anything else. And you can only feel its presence in the way it had influence and grow you.

Boracay Wreck Dive (May 08)

Sun, 01 Jun 2008 07:25:00 +0000

After 2 years, I finally get to dive again. This dive is quite deep, up to 30m. At this depth, air get used up pretty fast.

Nothing very spectacular. It's a vessel sunken 7 years ago, so not too much coral yet. This is my second wreck dive after the first one during my advanced open. Nevertheless, it's still enjoyable. after all, it's scuba diving.

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So much fun down the water.

Work Harder, Play Harder

Sat, 03 May 2008 13:59:00 +0000

I'm definitely working harder. But not playing harder. Shit.

Precious - Umizaru 2:Test of Trust OST

Sat, 19 Apr 2008 16:51:00 +0000

This is the MV of the OST. I loved this song when I watched the movie earlier this year, but I didn't know what's the title. But somehow, I chanced upon it and there was a moment of deja-vu. A search on Google revealed to me that it is the theme song for Umizaru 2! Cool find!

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And Yuno Ito is a really good singer. And she had a duet with Celine Dion, A world to believe in.

Searching for answers

Thu, 07 Feb 2008 15:22:00 +0000

A question on morality.
If the only way to get food and medical supplies to a refugee camp is to smuggle arms along with those supplies, will you do it? Forget about the risk of getting caught.

A question on longing.
Do we miss the people we don't get to see more or do we miss those we get to see everyday more? Do we remember the people more for the happy moments they have brought us or do we remember them more for the misery they have brought us? Sometimes we tend to miss those things we have lost more than those we have around us. And it's just a thin line to cross from missing to forgetting. It's weird how our hearts and minds can play tricks on us.

Thoughts after Beyond Borders.

A New Day - Wish Item #1

Mon, 04 Feb 2008 03:53:00 +0000

Saw the dvd of this sell-out performance last weekend. Bought it. This is really great. Some this has become the 1st item I got on my 2008 wish list.
A few things on the dvd. The visual effects and the stage performance didn't out as good as I would expected it to be. Perhaps the stage is just too huge to be captured on screen. Nevertheless, the extras are more than enough to make up for it.

(image) I think the long running show at Las Vegas had made her a better performer as compared to 10 years ago. Perhaps it's the change to motherhood that brings a sense of maturity in her.
If you like her songs or voice, this will be a must-get.

The future comes along its way

Sat, 19 Jan 2008 16:25:00 +0000

The year begins with the question with what I’m going to work as in the future. It automatically leads me to think what kind of life I want. How do I want to live my next few decades?

These thoughts spiraled through my head. The answers didn’t come immediately. I know what I have to do. Be honest with myself. It’s not easy. Sometimes I think I might not even know if I’m lying to myself. Sometimes I don’t get any answers for the questions I asked. It is worst then not getting answers.

I thought about The Alchemist - Answer to Your Calling. If I do that, I can get the riches or treasure of my life. Else, I can just lose the direction in my life. It’s not as simple as just following my own thoughts. Especially when I mentioned I can’t tell what is real all the time.

But I know I’m still on this journey (as long as I live). I’ll grow to be who I want myself to be with no regrets. I have to write down what I think is the truth for me. Events that happen around me continue to help me be in-tune with my own feelings and values. Lucky for them, I’m able to better know who I am. I learn about how turn-off I can be about some other people. I ask myself why I’m turn-off. And I get my answer (thank you). I don’t like self-centered behavior, and words/actions that neglect other people’s feelings. I’m equally guilty of behaving the same way at times. I don’t want to judge anyone just because they have these personality traits, so I just write down I don’t like what they are doing. They are not wrong in my opinion. We are just different. I think I have a real high score for F to make me feel this way about others. I know this means I have to work on social dynamics and interpersonal relationships. Making people feel good about themselves is my calling but I don’t expect just anyone to understand and feel the same as I do.

I kept thinking that before I can help anyone, I have to deal with myself and make sure I’m congruent and doing well. It means take care of my own problems before I start meddling into others. Down the road, I came to know that my problems will never end. New ones come and old ones resurface. If I only help myself, I can never answer the call. I’ll never be happy. In life, the realization always comes at the least expected moment. As a surprise. I was watching the latest TV hit, Heroes. From it, I realized that even heroes have their problems to solve constantly. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. But weaknesses shouldn’t be stopping us from helping the rest. Weaknesses are there so that we have to work with other people and we need each other help to improve our life. It means we need to learn to work with people, to reach to the ones who need help and from them, we can get to learn how we can carry on with a meaningful life. You might not be able to help Alice, but Bernard can and you can help Bernard. We may not see the immediate effects of our actions but we have to believe in paying it forward. One good turn deserve another. What goes round comes round. I’m beginning to hold a stronger belief towards Kharma. Somehow, I feel life can get simpler with this belief.

I don’t need to be the greatest man in the world. I just have to be the greatest man I want to be, in the way I want to be.

And when I think further about a few words my friends had shared on impermanence. I think I’m experiencing it with my changing thoughts and beliefs. I feel differently about other people and myself already since the time I’m revealed to some answers. It just happens and certain emotions and opinions about things just go away bit by bit. Welcome to the new rules, I say.


Sun, 13 Jan 2008 09:31:00 +0000

2 weeks into 2008, I was already asked several times about my goals or resolution for the year. I'm not planning to write a list of them this year. Instead, I want to adopt an attitude and carry it through. I came up with a mission statement for myself to stay focus.
Work Harder, Play Harder.
This year my aim is to use my time efficiently and enrich my life in all aspects. I foresee 2008 is a year of tremendous challenges and hence also means opportunities and growth for me.

Work Harder. It's a make it or break it year at work. My colleague suggested work smarter. I agree to his point. It also may determine where I want to go for my future.
Play Harder. What's life without play and fun? Got to go explore more places, try new activities, widen my social circle. Realize life is too short to just bump around and sleep 12 hours on weekend.

More Japanese film

Sun, 13 Jan 2008 09:09:00 +0000

As mentioned earlier, I watched the highly acclaimed japanese animation in the week. This weekend was filled with more Japan stuff. I bought 3 more Japanese movies, Hula Girls, Umizaru 1 & 2 and watched 2 of them.

Similarly, I missed the Hula Girls last year in the cinema. It's based on a true story that took place in 1965 in a small coal mining village in Japan. It talks about the breaking free of traditional thinking, going against your dearest family while fighting for your dreams and strong bondings between teacher and students. One word to sum it up - Touching.

Umizaru 2 was out the year before. I heard it was good and wanted to watch it but given my usual style, I hate to watch the Part 2 without watching Part1 1st. I'm the kind who can miss the ending but will choose not to watch a movie if I miss the beginning. I tried to search for the Part 1 and couldn't find it till yesterday at Page One where they have a VCD box set for both parts. I'm missing diving after watching.

I think I'm living a Japan weekend. I also had a Japanese dinner on saturday at Akashi. The sashimi here lives up to standard.


Thu, 10 Jan 2008 15:31:00 +0000

After so many years, I still think that the Japanese are the world's best storyteller. Their manga, drama and anime are proof of this statement. Their greatest works are really the best stories ever told and illustrated. Plots may be simple but the words and how the stories unfold can always be dramatic, unexpected or touching.

Missed a one good animation last year but got the vcd. They just get better and better.

(image) Go watch this. You won't regret it.

New Year's Gift

Tue, 01 Jan 2008 08:03:00 +0000

I received a gift at the countdown party- a kiss ... ... from mother Nature. This is the consequence when fun went overboard.

I find it a bit of irony. I engaged in mountain trekking and was unscathed. Who will expect that I hurt myself back at a party. Really have to exert caution at all times.

Feeling crippled with the right hand down.
  • I can't exert too much strength with my right hand, eating using the chopsticks and spoon become quite painful now.
  • Holding a pen poses a little problem. Now my handwriting is even more illegible. Luckily typing still works as long as I'm careful on how I place my wrist. Yea, using the mouse is a bit more tiring as I have to hold my hand in mid-air to operate the mouse.
  • Bathing is as usual, refreshing and awakening. whoo...when the water flows through the wound. Haha, I can't be more alive than this. I can't scrub myself properly too with only one hand. Just feel like I'm applying soap and washing off the soap. Maybe have to put on cologne to mask off any smell.
  • Can't eat some food in case of infection. Chinese new year is one more month away!
Otherwise, I think I'm coping well with my better left hand. A different way of starting 2008. If everything happens for a purpose, I think it will be to learn to take better care of my body, health, mind and not to take things for granted.

Look Back on Wish List 2007

Sun, 30 Dec 2007 14:50:00 +0000

Looking back at my wish list for 2007, seems like I got quite a lot of them. Man, it means I'm spending lots of money too! But I think I've done great in controlling myself from buying models which are just decorative and I hardly have enough space for them.

This list serves as a 2007 checklist, as well as to announce what I want (in case you want to buy me some presents for whatever reasons).

  1. Rent OST Got it
  2. Moulin Rouge OST (this has been on the list for years!) Got it
  3. Namie Amuro Concert

  1. Star Wars Saga
  2. Matrix Trilogy
  3. Memento
  4. Transformers (all seasons) Got Season 1 to 4 and the cartoon movie. Think it is enough
  5. Macross UPDATE: Got Robotech and "Do you remember love"

  1. Harry Potter (1st four books and book 7!, the Bloombury's Children edition) UPDATE: I'm missing Goblet of Fire
  2. Slam Dunk Complete Edition (certain volumes only & the Box cover for the 1st book)
  3. Social Intelligence At last it arrived.

  1. Tissot Touch I'm thinking the new Hamilton Khaki Twilight as seen in I am Legend looks even better and cooler.
  2. Timex Expedition with Compass & Night light Got it
  3. Backpack Got it
  4. Teva Sandals Got it
  5. Casual Shoes Got my Ecco

  1. VF-1 Roy Fokker Skull Squadron Valkyrie
  2. One Piece Straw Hat Pirates
  3. Gundam Seed Destiny - Freedom (Not really important to get it now)
  4. Rei Ayanami (with proper resemblance)
  5. Vincent Valentino (with proper resemblance) Got it
  6. Tifa (with proper resemblance)

A New show

Sun, 30 Dec 2007 14:12:00 +0000

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The 5 years show ended in Las Vegas on 15th Dec 2007. Celine Dion is the most amazing singer I have come across. Her strength, love, songs and sincerity touches the hearts of millions, including mine.

I think her songs are always filled with her passion and emotions for life. That's why they never fail to move me.

It is sad indeed this marvelous show has to end, but an ending also signifies a new beginning. She will begin her tour soon. I'm fortunate to catch A New Day last year. It's a great performance put up by her and the whole team. The dvd is only out this year, I think. I hope I can get it over here.


Sun, 09 Dec 2007 06:49:00 +0000

I have the longest dream about you last night. I only recall some scenes now but I know it has been a pretty fun dream.

I think we are adults in the dream, yet we are behaving like little kids. Those are the only memories of the very little days we had spent together. Laughter, simple life.

Top musicals

Sun, 09 Dec 2007 06:46:00 +0000

Watched Les miserables last month. It's a good show with powerful story line. But I think I like Phantom of the Opera more.

Rush Limbaugh's Chauffeur

Fri, 28 Sep 2007 11:14:00 +0000

Rush Limbaugh and his chauffeur were out driving in the country and accidentally hit and killed a pig that had wandered out on a country road.
Limbaugh told the chauffeur to drive up to the farm and apologize to the farmer.

They drove up to the farm, the chauffeur got out and knocked on the front door and was let in. He was in there for what seemed hours. When he came out, Limbaugh was confused about why his employee had been there so long.

"Well, first the farmer shook my hand, then he offered me a beer, then his wife brought me some cookies, and his daughter showered me with kisses," explained the driver.
"What did you tell the farmer?" Limbaugh asked.
The chauffeur replied, "I told him that I was Rush Limbaugh's driver and I'd just killed the pig."

You don't know how badly people think of you... especially behind your back

Complete Makeover

Mon, 17 Sep 2007 15:42:00 +0000

An Amish boy and his father were visiting a nearby mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny silver walls that moved apart and back together again by themselves.

The lad asked, "What is this, father?"

The father, having never seen an elevator, responded, "I have no idea what it is."

While the boy and his father were watching wide-eyed, an old lady in a wheelchair rolled up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched as small circles lit up above the walls.

The walls opened up again and a beautiful twenty-four-year-old woman stepped out.

The father looked at his son anxiously and said, "Go get your mother."

Events that happened before another may not be causal. There's still things unknown to us and unexplored. Do not assume too much.

Refrigerator Husband

Mon, 17 Sep 2007 03:14:00 +0000

A woman goes to a psychiatrist and says, ''Doctor, you've got to do something about my husband. He thinks he's a refrigerator!''
''I wouldn't worry too much about it,'' the doctor replies. "Lots of people have harmless delusions. It will pass.''
''But you don't understand,'' the woman insists. ''He sleeps with his mouth open, and the little light keeps me awake.''

Some people just can't see and understand that the problem lies with themselves. It can be difficult sometimes as it is hard to be objective as well as see things from another point of view. If this can change, their world and perception will change as well.

2 Days Later

Thu, 13 Sep 2007 15:18:00 +0000

It has been like this since slightly more than 10 years ago. I always wished I could say the words right to you. But now, even if I tell myself I can recognise you from your back 10 metres away, your voice from 3 metres away, I can't find you anywhere. Best wishes to you.

My Dæmon

Sun, 09 Sep 2007 14:56:00 +0000

Meet Lysianthia.

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"Hi to this world."


Sun, 26 Aug 2007 14:01:00 +0000

Eating lots of ice-cream lately. Can't have enough of them.

Just Joke - Sentence making

Wed, 15 Aug 2007 09:43:00 +0000

Children were called upon in a classroom to make sentences with words chosen by the teacher. The teacher smiled when Jack raised his hand to participate. She gave him the words 'defeat,' 'deduct,' 'defense,' and 'detail.' Jack stood seriously for a while with all eyes focused on him awaiting his reply:

''Defeat of deduct went over defense before detail!''

The feet of the duck went over the fence before the tail

A good voice can really liven the spirits

Sun, 12 Aug 2007 14:24:00 +0000

She was from British Got Talent, and I think she is really an adorable six years old. Go catch the rest of her videos. Her attitude and singing is really touching. Like a little princess. She looks cute when she stick out her tongue through the gaps of her missing front teeth.

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And well, a competition can only have one winner. Paul Potts had a touching voice and story too. But it really would be nice if she win and sing to the Queen.