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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Pass It On

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.

The Simple Joy in Life

Know Joy
Know Joy

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

Appreciate the Beauty of Every Day

Morning Sun Shines on Railroad Tracks by Stephen St. John
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.

Good Morning!


The Odd Couple by Dann Tardif
The Odd Couple


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Don't Quit

Don't Quit
Don't Quit

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Dance in the Rain

Life by Karen Tribett

If for all your life,
you think that
happiness is all about sunshine.
Then maybe no one has ever
told you about
dancing in the rain!

Quotes on Determination

Determination: Ice Climber
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

The Power Of Perspective

Sleepy Hollow Farm, Woodstock, VT by Charles Benes
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!

Garfield's Words of Wisdom

"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

Tips to Better Living

Live Laugh Love by Jo Moulton
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.

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.

Call your family often.

8. Drink plenty of water and have adequate intake of fresh fruits and green vegetables.

Buy a DVR. Tape your late night shows and get more sleep.

Play more games and read more books than you did the previous year.

Dream more while you are awake.

Try to make at least three people smile each day.

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.

Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

24. The best is yet to come.

Do the right thing!

Express gratitude for all the good in your life. Start a Gratitude Journal.

Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:
I am thankful for __________.
Today I accomplished _________.

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.

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 by Frederick George Cotman
One Of The Family


Thursday, November 20, 2008

You Can Choose to Be Happy (^-^)

Field of Sunflowers by Aflo
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.
Smile! =)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Letting it go

The Dentist by Linda Braucht
The Dentist

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

Quotes on Change


"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

“你继续试着去改变外在的世界, 但不论你做什么,世界都没有改变,

- 何权峰著《幸福早知道就好》

Monday, November 17, 2008

Inspirational Quotes from Barack Obama

Barack Obama: Change
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

Today is the Beginning of a Beautiful Tomorrow

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.

Quotes on Habits

Be On Time
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."
- Aristotle

"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

The Power Of Habit

Feeling Fit Motivational by Mather
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 by Grace Pullen
Champagne Dreams: Life







Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The 7 Wonders of Our World

Do you know which are the 7 wonders of the world?

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

Decide to Be Happy

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 cheerful,

Be agreeable,
Be understanding
Be your best.

Dress your best.

Talk softly.

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
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

I Believe I Can Fly

The result was out - Barack Obama has won the presidential election and became the first African American to be elected as President of United States!

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:
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

[Repeat 1]

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

[Repeat 1]

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

Quotes on Believing


"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 Treasures


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 by Jim McGuire
American Breakfast of Pancakes, Eggs, and Bacon


Monday, November 3, 2008

The Power of Attitude

The weekend was just over and it's the start of a brand new week again. If the Monday blues is starting to invade your day, come on watch this Power of Attitude movie and see if it can beat the Monday blues away =)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Quotes on Attitude


"A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. "
- 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

"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative."
- 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