Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Happy New Year
A smile for the sweet memories,
a valued experience from the obstacles,
goodbye 2008 and welcome 2009.
Wishing you a year full of happiness and good health.
Happy New Year to you!
I Just Smile And Look Pretty
Every Little Smile Can Touch Somebody's Heart.
May You Find Hundreds of Reasons to Smile &
May You Be the Reason for Someone Else's Smile Always.
Have A Great Smiling Day! =)
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Love And Dreams
A woman came out of her house and saw three old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize them. She said, “I don’t think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat.”
“Is the man of the house home?” they asked.
“No”, she said. “He’s out.”
“Then we cannot come in”, they replied.
In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened. “Go tell them I am home and invite them in,” he said.
The woman went out and invited the men in. “We do not go into a house together,” they replied.
“Why is that?” she wanted to know.
One of the old men explained: “His name is Wealth,” he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing to another one, “He is Success, and I am Love.” Then he added, “Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home.”
The woman went in and told her husband what was said. Her husband was overjoyed. “How nice!” he said. “Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our home with wealth!”
His wife disagreed. “My dear, why don’t we invite Success?”
Their daughter-in-law who was listening from the other corner of the house, jumped in with her own suggestion: “Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with love!”
“Let us heed our daughter-in-law’s advice,” said the husband to his wife. “Go out and invite Love to be our guest.”
The woman went out and asked the three old men, “Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest.” Love got up and started walking toward the house. The other two also got up and followed him.
Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success: “I only invited Love, why are you coming in?”
The old men replied together: “If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would’ve stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever He goes, we go with him. Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!”
Monday, December 22, 2008
"Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."
- Robert Heinlein
"Love is not blind - it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less. "
- Julins Gordon
"Just because somebody doesn't love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have."
"To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world."
"You learn to like someone when you find out what makes them laugh,
but you can never truly love someone until you find out what makes them cry."
"Love is not about finding the right person, but creating a right relationship.
It's not about how much love you have in the beginning but how much love you build till the end."
"Love is always bestowed as a gift - freely, willingly and without expectation. We don't love to be loved; we love to love."
- Leo Buscaglia
"Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others."
- Brian Tracy
"You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love."
- Henry Drummond
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
感谢A和B曾和我一同走过的一段路，我会珍藏这些美好的回忆。希望你们都过得很好。。。 希望B已放下不愉快的过去，“永远向前 路一直都在”
World is Full of Beauty
The joy that you give to others is the joy that goes back to you.
A happy heart makes the face cheerful.
May your day be as happy as your heart.
Have a Happy, Wonderful Day (^-^)
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Words to Live by: Life
"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you
as by the attitude you bring to life;
not so much what happens to you
as by the way your mind looks at what happens."
- Kahlil Gibran
"A ship in harbour is safe but that is not what ships are built for."
- William Shedd
"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
- Beverly Sills
but it hurts even more
when you realise that you haven't done your best."
"If you don't have a vision for the future,
then your future is threatened to be a repeat of the past. "
- A. R. Bernard
"You don't have to ask for what you need
as long as you don't mind not getting it. "
"Nothing is so fatiguing as the external hanging on of an uncompleted task."
- William James
"If you keep doing what you have been doing,
you will keep getting what you have been getting."
"If you are miserable about all the things you want and haven't got,
think about all the things you don't want and haven't got."
“It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy,
but it’s good to check up once in a while to make sure you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.”
- George Claude Lorimer
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen,or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."
- Helen Keller
"The man with no shoes grumbled in the street, until he met a man with no feet."
"Failure is not falling down.
Failure is not getting back up."
Someday I'm Gonna Be King!
you will start living every day true to the best that is within you
and seriously pursue your most treasured dreams.
you will stop holding back and live the richness of every moment
and show the world who you really are.
you will explore the best of these possibilities
that you know in your heart are there.
you will see how truly beautiful life can be and
understand that nothing can hold you back.
you will wake up, see how useless most of your worries have been
and stop letting others hold you back.
you will decide that your life cannot wait any longer and
you wonder why you ever waited so long to start living.
Maybe Someday you will decide to Go For Your Dreams!
Maybe Someday is Coming.
Maybe Someday is Here!
Maybe Someday is TODAY!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
"You have to put in many, many, many tiny efforts that nobody sees or appreciates before you achieve anything worthwhile."
- Brian Tracy
"Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is he price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price."
- Vince Lombardi
"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it."
- Thomas Jefferson
"Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it."
"For things to get better, we have to get better.
Today will be much like yesterday unless we put in that effort."
"Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still."
- Chinese Proverb
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Easy is to get a place is someone's address book.
Difficult is to get a place in someone's heart.
Easy is to judge the mistakes of others.
Difficult is to recognize our own mistakes.
Easy is to talk without thinking.
Difficult is to refrain the tongue
Easy is to hurt someone who loves us.
Difficult is to heal the wound...
Easy is to forgive others.
Difficult is to ask for forgiveness.
Easy is to set rules.
Difficult is to follow them...
Easy is to dream every night.
Difficult is to fight for a dream...
Easy is to show victory.
Difficult is to assume defeat with dignity...
Easy is to admire a full moon.
Difficult to see the other side...
Easy is to stumble with a stone.
Difficult is to get up...
Easy is to enjoy life every day.
Difficult to give its real value...
Easy is to promise something to someone.
Difficult is to fulfill that promise...
Easy is to say we love.
Difficult is to show it every day...
Easy is to criticize others.
Difficult is to improve oneself...
Easy is to make mistakes.
Difficult is to learn from them...
Easy is to weep for a lost love.
Difficult is to take care of it so not to lose it.
Easy is to think about improving.
Difficult is to stop thinking it and put it into action...
Easy is to think bad of others.
Difficult is to give them the benefit of the doubt...
Easy is keep the friendship with words.
Difficult is to keep it with meanings.
Easy to read this.
Difficult to follow....
Things are usually not as difficult as they seem
the moment we start to take action and put in the efforts.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
It's a Wonderful Life
Face your past without regrets.
Handle your present with confidence.
Prepare for the future without fear.
Keep faith and drop the fear.
Don’t believe your doubts and never doubt your beliefs.
Life is wonderful if you know how to live it.
Have a great day!
Friday, December 5, 2008
"If you doubt yourself, then indeed you stand on shaky ground."
- Henrik Ibsen
"Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
"If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price."
"Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level."
- Max L. Forman
"The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do."
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Words to Live By, Begin Each Day
The angel asked, "You aren't happy. How can I help you?"
The poet replied, "I have everything. But I lack only one thing. Can you give it to me?"
To which the angel happily said, "Sure. I can give you anything you desired."
The poet stared right into the angel's eyes, "I want happiness."
"All right," the angel nodded. And the angel proceed to take away everything the poet possessed. The angel took away the poet's talent, destroyed his looks, robbed his riches and killed his wife. The angel then left.
A month later, the angel appeared in front of the poet. The poet was lying on the ground, half dead, hungry and struggling for survival. The angel then returned him everything he once
possessed and left again.
Two weeks later, the angel paid a visit to the poet. This time, the poet, together with his wife, thanked the angel profusely. He finally found happiness.
Often, a person need to lose everything before he/she learns how to cherish.
Actually, happiness is right in front of you. Just what is happiness?
When you are hungry, a bowl of hot noodle in front of you is happiness.
When you are tired, a soft bed is happiness.
When you are crying, a gentle tissue is happiness.
Step into a Dream
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.
The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had traveled to. And every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.
The man in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and colour of the world outside. The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.
Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color of the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.
As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene. One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man couldn't hear the band he could see it in his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.
Days and weeks passed.
One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.
As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.
Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the world outside. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it for himself. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. It faced a blank wall.
The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said that perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.
There is tremendous happiness in encouraging others and giving them hopes despite our own situations. Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.
Monday, December 1, 2008
"There are no hopeless situations, only people who think hopelessly. "
- Windred Newman
"If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. "
- Martin Luther King, Jr
”"Hold your head high, stick your chest out. You can make it. It gets dark sometimes, but morning comes.... Keep hope alive. "
- Jesse Jackson
"Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow. "
- Dorothy Thompson
"He who has health has hope. And he who has hope has everything. "
- Arabian Porverb
"No matter how difficult life can be the most important thing is to live it with hope."
－ 何权峰《命运发牌 机会出牌》
Saturday, November 29, 2008
With Christmas just round the corner and Chinese New Year not too far away, you may be thinking of buying new furniture or replacing some electrical appliances in your home. While you may be thinking of simply disposing your old furniture/electrical items (still in good working condition) or selling them to garang guni (rag-and-bone man), there is another option you can consider which is passing it on to someone who needs it.
There's no better time to Pass It On than the season of giving and sharing.
Yesterday I cooked fried bee hoon for dinner. Though the portion was a bit too much for the two of us, we managed to finish it all, in fact he finished them up after I "surrendered".
Seeing how much he enjoyed my cooking made me forgot that I still have not finished my chores, I still have the washing and cleaning up to do. But at that moment, his compliments made all my efforts worthwhile and made me smile as I did the washing... this simple joy was all it need to make my day (^-^)
Friday, November 28, 2008
Morning Sun Shines on Railroad Tracks
May the sun bring you new energy by day.
May the moon softly restore you by night.
May the rain wash away your worries.
May the breeze blow new strength into your being.
May you walk gently through the world and
appreciate its beauty every day of your life.
The Odd Couple
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
you think that happiness is all about sunshine.
Then maybe no one has ever told you about
dancing in the rain!
Determination: Ice Climber
"Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you."
- Denis Waitley
"Determination burns within each one of us. Whether or not it will heat the room or the whole house depends on how much time we spend feeding the fire."
- Michelle C. Ustaszeski
"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination."
- Tommy Lasorda
"A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough."
- John Christian Bovee
"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win."
- Roger Bannister
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sleepy Hollow Farm, Woodstock, VT
One day, a rich father took his young son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose to show him how poor people can be. They spent a day and a night in the farm of a very poor family. When they got back from their trip the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"
Very good, Dad!"
"Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked.
"And what did you learn?" the father asked again.
The son answered, "I saw that we have a dog at home, and they have four.
We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden, but they have a creek that has no end.
We have imported lamps in the garden, while they have the stars.
Our patio reaches to the front yard, yet they have a whole horizon."
When the little boy was finishing, his father was speechless.
His son added, "Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are!"
Moral of the story:
Isn't it true that it all depends on the way you look at things? If you have love, friends, family, health, good humour and a positive attitude towards life, you've got everything! Because you can't buy any of these things.
You can have all the material possessions you can imagine, provisions for the future, etc., but if you are poor of spirit, you have nothing!
"We all get heavier as we get older because
there's a lot more information on our heads.
So, I'm not fat. I'm just really intelligent and
my head couldn't hold anymore so
it started filling up the rest of me."
Monday, November 24, 2008
Live Laugh Love
1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.
3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement,
My purpose is to __________ today.
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
5. Make time to practice meditation, yoga or stretching. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
6. Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
7. Call your family often.
8. Drink plenty of water and have adequate intake of fresh fruits and green vegetables.
9. Buy a DVR. Tape your late night shows and get more sleep.
10. Play more games and read more books than you did the previous year.
11. Dream more while you are awake.
12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
13. Clear clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.
14. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
15. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
16. Try & pay an honest compliment to someone you wouldn't normally.
17. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
18. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
19. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
22. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
23. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
24. The best is yet to come.
25. Do the right thing!
26. Express gratitude for all the good in your life. Start a Gratitude Journal.
27. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:
I am thankful for __________.
Today I accomplished _________.
28. Enjoy the ride. Remember this is not Disney World and you certainly don't want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.
29. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
30. Please Share this with your friends.
Friday, November 21, 2008
One Of The Family
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Field of Sunflowers
Keep in mind that there will always be reasons to be sad
but there will never be reasons to stay sad.
Always remember that you can choose to be happy.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Letting go is like getting a tooth pulled out from a dentist.
Pull it out and you are relieved.
But how many times does your tongue run itself over the spot where the tooth once was?
Probably a hundred times a day.
Just because it wasn't hurting doesn't mean you don't notice it.
It leaves a gap and sometimes you see yourself missing it terribly.
It's going to take a while, but it takes time.
Should you have kept the tooth?
No, because it was causing you so much pain.
So, let it go!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
"Life is a progress, and not a station."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Life is meant for living... I know that sounds simplistic, but how many days do you let slip by without really doing something, accomplishing something, making a life change, a lifestyle change? "
- Ivana Trump
"I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better."
- G. C. Lichtenberg
"Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights."
- Pauline R. Kezer
"If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living."
- Gail Sheehy
"There are ... two kinds of people: those who are changing and
those who are setting themselves up to be victims of change.
As the world continues to march on around us, if I am only maintaining the status quo - if I'm not growing - then I'm falling behind."
- Jim Clemmer
"Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable."
- William Pollard
"It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power."
- Alan Cohen
"The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them."
- George Bernard Shaw
"You are the way you are because that's the way you want to be.
If you really wanted to be any different,
you would be in the process of changing right now."
- Fred Smith
"Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands."
- Clint Eastwood
Monday, November 17, 2008
Barack Obama: Change
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or
some other time.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
We are the change that we seek."
"In my heart I know you didn’t come here just for me,
you came here because you believe in what this country can be.
In the face of war, you believe there can be peace.
In the face of despair, you believe there can be hope.
In the face of a politics that’s shut you out,
that’s told you to settle, that’s divided us for too long,
you believe we can be one people, reaching for what’s possible,
building that more perfect union."
"Whenever I write a letter to a family who has lost a loved one in Iraq, or read an email from a constituent who has dropped out of college because her student aid has been cut, I’m reminded that the actions of those in power have enormous consequences–a price that they themselves almost never have to pay."
"We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don’t want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential."
"Because nothing worthwhile in this country has ever happened unless somebody, somewhere stood up when it was hard;
stood up when they were told – no you can’t,
and said yes we can."
Friends are like street lights along the road.
They don't make the distance any shorter
but they would light up the path and
make the walk worthwhile.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Yesterday was important coz it made us what we are today.
But yesterday ended last night,
and Today is the beginning of a beautiful tomorrow.
Be On Time
"There are two types of habits: ones which comfort us, and ones which would be a comfort if we stopped."
- Catherine Pulsifer
"Habits ... the only reason they persist is that they are offering some satisfaction... You allow them to persist by not seeking any other, better form of satisfying the same needs. Every habit, good or bad, is acquired and learned in the same way - by finding that it is a means of satisfaction."
- Juliene Berk
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit."
"The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half."
- Feodor Dostoevski
"The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken."
- Samuel Johnson
"If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got. "
- W. L. Bateman
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Feeling Fit Motivational
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.
Half the things you do, you might just as well turn over to me,
and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done,
and after a few lessons I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great men.
And, alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine.
Plus, the intelligence of man.
You may run me for profit, or run me for ruin;
it makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me and
I will put the world at your feet.
Be easy with me, and I will destroy you.
Who am I?
I am your Habit.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Champagne Dreams: Life
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Do you know the answers?
Why not check it out if you've got them right by watching the Seven Wonders of Our World movie. Do expect something different though (^ - ^)
Monday, November 10, 2008
Just for today, decide to be happy.
To love what's yours.
If you can't have what you want,
maybe you can like what you have.
Just for today, decide to be kind,
Be your best.
Dress your best.
Look at the brighter side of things.
Appreciate people instead of criticizing them.
Just for today, try it.
After all, it's just for a day.
And who knows?
You might like it and do it again tomorrow!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Believe In Yourself
Believe in Yourself
And in your dream though impossible things may seem Someday,
somehow you'll get through to the goal you have in view.
Mountains fall and seas divide
before the one who in his stride takes a hard road day by day,
sweeping obstacles away.
BELIEVE I YOURSELF and in your plan.
Say not - I cannot -
but, I CAN.
The prizes of life we fail to WIN
Because we doubt the power within.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
This sets me thinking that if he hasn't believe in himself, hasn't believe that he could do it, his supporters wouldn't have believed in him and he wouldn't have made history!
For the first time, I did a google search on him, and went to his blog where I found these inspiring words on the header of his blog:
"I'M ASKING YOU TO BELIEVE.
Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ...
I'm asking you to believe in yours."
I just thought of a very nice song by R. Kelly which I will never forget... the lyrics goes like this...
I used to think that I could not go on
And life was nothing but an awful song
But now I know the meaning of true love
I'm leaning on the everlasting arms
If I can see it, then I can do it
If I just believe it, there's nothing to it
I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away
I believe I can soar
I see me running through that open door
I believe I can fly
I believe I can fly
I believe I can fly
See I was on the verge of breaking down
Sometimes silence can seem so loud
There are miracles in life I must achieve
But first I know it starts inside of me, oh
If I can see it, then I can do it
If I just believe it, there's nothing to it
Hey, cuz I believe in me, oh
If I can see it, then I can be it
If I just believe it, there's nothing to it
Hey, if I just spread my wings
I can fly
I can fly
I can fly, hey
If I just spread my wings
I can fly
"People often become what they believe themselves to be.
If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it.
But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning."
- Mohandas Gandhi
"So if you have a dream then just believe that you can achieve it no matter what. Even when you can't feel deep in your heart any words of encouragement, just believe in your dream and your heart will finally show you the way."
- Shuchi Gupta
"Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve."
- Mary Kay Ash
"For as long as I can remember, people said I would never be able to do anything. My parents and I believed I could, and we've been proving them wrong ever since."
- Rick Hoyt
"You are what you are by what you believe."
- Oprah Winfrey
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Life's richest treasures are not those things
that can be bought.
They are a cheerful smile, a friendly word
and a sympathetic nod.
These are the priceless things
that can't be bought with silver or gold.
For like thoughtfulness, kindness and love
they are never sold.
Those are the priceless things in life
which no one can pay.
And the giver finds rich recompense
in giving them away.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
American Breakfast of Pancakes, Eggs, and Bacon
Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
- Hugh Downs
"It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude."
- Zig Ziglar
Ability is what you're capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.
- Lou Holtz
- W. Clement Stone
"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens."
- John Homer Miller
We cannot choose how many years we will live, but we can choose how much life those years will have.
We cannot control the beauty of our face, but we can control the expression on it.
We cannot control life's difficult moments but we can choose to make life less difficult.
We cannot control the negative atmosphere of the world, but we can control the atmosphere of our minds.
Too often we try to choose and control things we cannot.
Too seldom we choose to control what we can - our attitude.
- John Maxwell
"We have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for the day. Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. Our attitude is everything."
- Charles Swindoll
"The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better."
- Barbara Hetcher
Friday, October 31, 2008
We are very fortunate that we do not face the threat of natural disaster like flood, typhoon or earthquake in Singapore. However I often hear people complaining about their job, no interesting place to go on weekends, prices of public transport went up again etc.
Little did we still remember somewhere out there, there are people who do not have the basic necessity to survive and are dying of hunger, there are many children who are not fortunate to have education...
I've added a new element called "Let's Make A Difference" just above my latest post where clicking on it will bring you to www.freerice.com At this website, all you need to do is to "play" or rather it is a test on your vocabulary. Each correct answer you get, 20 grains of rice will be donated through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger.
There are also "tests" on Arts, Chemistry, Geography, Math subjects etc. The more you "play", the more right answers you will get, and the more rice will be donated to the needy.
Do visit the World Food Programme website to read more or make a donation to help fight hunger.
Don't forget... just as when we grumble about eating the same food all the time, someone on the other side of the world is dying without food...
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I Have Learned
I've learned that you cannot make someone love you.
All you can do is be someone who can be loved.
The rest is up to them.
I've learned that it takes years to build up trust
and only seconds to destroy it.
I've learned that it's not what you have in your live,
but who you have in your life that counts.
I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do.
I've learned that it's not what happens to people,
it's what they do about it.
I've learned that no matter how thin you slice it,
there are always two sides.
I've learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you'll see them.
I've learned that you can keep going long after you think you can't.
I've learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
I've learned that there are people, who love you dearly,
but just don't know how to show it.
I've learned that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
I've learned that true friendship continues to grow even over the longest distance, same goes for true love.
I've learned that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others,
sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
I've learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken,
the world doesn't stop for your grief.
I've learned that just because two people argue,
it doesn't mean they don't love each other and
just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.
I've learned that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
I've learned that no matter the consequences,
those who are honest with themselves get farther in life.
I've learned that it's hard to determine where to draw the line
between being nice and not hurting people's feelings
and standing up for what you believe.
I've learned to love and be loved. I've learned.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Pebbles Form Patterns on a Sandy Ocean Tidal Flat at Sunset, Australia
Many years ago in a small village, there was a farmer who owed a large sum of money to a village money lender.
The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the farmer’s beautiful daughter. So he proposed a bargain.
He said he would forgo the farmer’s debt if he could marry his daughter. Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the proposal.So the cunning money-lender suggested that they let Providence decide the matter.
He told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty money bag. Then the girl would have to pick one pebble from the bag.
1) If she picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven.
2) If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven.
3) But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into the jail.
They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the farmer’s field. As they were talking, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag.
He then asked the girl to pick a pebble from the bag.
Now, imagine that you were standing in the field, what would you do if you were the girl? If you had to advise her, what would you have told her?
Careful analysis would produce three possibilities:
1. The girl should refuse to take a pebble.
2. The girl should show that there were two black pebbles in the bag and expose the money-lender as a cheat.
3. The girl should pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order to save her father from his debt and imprisonment.
Well, here is what she did ….
The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.
“Oh, how clumsy of me,” she said. “But never mind, if you look into the bag for the other one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.”
Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the money-lender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one.
Moral of the story:
In life, we are bound to face problems and obstacles, believe that you can overcome any difficulty which is there to test on your determination to succeed, believe in yourself that you can find the solutions. Be positive and don't give up so easily.
Friday, October 24, 2008
The Sun Appears as a Bright Pointed Star in a Crisp Blue Polar Sky
Keep your optimism...
After all, no one has ever damaged his eyesight
by looking at the BRIGHTER side of LIFE.
MaKe EvErY DAy A SUnNy DaY (^-^)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
"What you say to yourself colours how you see the world."
"The most important words we will ever utter are those words we say to ourselves, about ourselves, when we are by ourselves."
"The most important opinion you have is the opinion you have of yourself, and the most important conversations you will ever have are the conversations you have with yourself."
"Change your thoughts and you change your world."
- Norman Vincent Peale
"A man is not what he thinks he is,
but what he thinks, he is."
- Max R. Hickerson
"We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make our world."
"Our minds work like a garden. It is fertile ground that accepts any and everything we plant. Good or evil, constructive or destructive, our lives will bear the fruit of the seeds we plant in our minds."
- Ivanla Vanzant
"How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking."
- David Joseph Schwartz
"The mind, properly controlled, can do just about everything. You can think your way through adversity, you can think your way through problems. It is a superpowerful instrument which so few use to maximum. And if the mind thinks with a believing attitude one can do amazing things."
- Norman Vincent Peale
"If you think you can or if you think you can't, you are right."
- Henry Ford
Destiny is what you think...
Watch your thoughts; they become words...
Watch your words; they become actions...
Watch your actions; they become habits...
Watch your habits; they become character...
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
"If you don't like something, change it.
If you can't change it, change the way you think about it."
- Mary Engelbreit
"The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts."
- Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The next important ingredient for bo bo cha cha is the crystal cubes, this is something I will first look for in my dessert bowl when I have this outside :P I bought both ingredients from a big supermarket.
Pandan leaves are included in the pack of sweet potatoes and taros, as it was after one week plus that I made this dessert, I decided to use my own pandan leaves instead. The other ingredients that are required in this dessert are cane sugar and coconut milk.
As there are only the two of us, I've decided to split the portion into two and cook the rest end of the week, and this has proved to be a right decision =)
Here is the final product - a bowl of easy to make and not too sweet bo bo cha cha dessert is finally ready for me to savour =) Yummy "P