Monday, 17 December 2007

Hady 1st Asian Idol

I must say at close to midnight last night, there were lots of cheers near my block. That would include me, jumping up and down and screaming. I religiously watched the performance show as well as the results show, switching from Channel 5 and RCTI.

All the screaming came when Hady Mirza was announced as the First Asian Idol. He was chosen from the most number of SMS votes that was sent by the viewers from 6 different countries competing. Some might wonder. Well, it is good that Singapore sent an Idol to compete. Jacklyn Victor from Malaysia was a clear the best singer of the 6. Mau Marcelo from Philippines showed her diva performance and Mike Mohede from Indonesia was captivating the home crowd with a Ruben's teddy bear persona. Vietnam's Idol Phuong Vy was the sweetest of the lot. Abhijeet Sawant is definitely the up and coming Bollywood actor who can sings!

The way that the voting works, obviously, that Hady is the best 2nd choice for many of the other countries. Although Singapore probably has the least number of votes compared to the other countries like India, Indonesia and Philippines, it is obvious that most of them had chosen Hady to be the 2nd best to their own country's Idol. Which has worked mathematically in favour of Hady.

Like what Ken Tan said, the winner of the Asian Idol might not be the best singer but the one who has the most appeal.

Spot on!

After the results, RCTI showed Hady and Abhijeet's duet on a Hindi song. Hady sound good and versatile to sing in another language. Catch it on YouTube.

Well done Hady! You did well, you deserve this and you have did us proud. And for Singapore, with all the campaign to vote for Hady which started 2-3 months back, it has paid off. You can count on Singapore to put their money to see Singapore's name at regional and global level.

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My Blog: My first pic on my new phone.

Let's see how this works out. This is my pic from my LG phone. I am trying out something different from NOKIA. .

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

A Sweeter Fruit

"Fruits tastes sweeter when it is grown from your own garden"

Just something that I thought of. Whatever the challenges I have about work and things that I do, somehow, when I put that extra work, that extra time to it, the results would not be as satisfying if I were to be working on my own business or passion.

I would imagine the satisfaction of the completion would be accompanied with a smile instead of a relief.

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Monday, 26 November 2007

A Millionaire Mind Blowing Weekend

For the last 3 days I attended a program called Millionaire Mindset Intensive by T Harv Eker, author of the best seller "The Secrets of Millionaire Mind".

The program was Intensive, Compact, High-Energy filled with Practical tools and inspiring.

I was first introduced to T.Harv Eker, from a friend of mine who recommended me to his website, which leads me to the book and his teleseminar at 4am in the morning (Singapore Time).

Truth to be told, he and his co-presenter Rob Riopel is an amazing duo over the weekend. Estimated 4000 people attended and had great learning and fun. Coming from another friend of mine who attended the same program in LA 3 years back, she said the materials, program has improved and she did not regret attending again as refresher after 3 years.

I eventually bought 10 copies of his books which comes with 2 tickets to his next program in Malaysia/Singapore 2008. So for those who would like a copy of this book, you are welcome to contact me. It is a definite must for those who would like to move forward with their success.

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Friday, 23 November 2007

Just give Marketers a Blow Horn

Majority of marketers just want eyeballs count on the ads, advertisement and message that they put out. Their objective is to make the products desirable. Period.

The keyword here is 'Eyeball'. If there exist a magic Blow Horn where every message that comes out of it will reach every ear or eyes on the planet, every marketer would want one.

YouTube, the number of people uploading and watching videos on YouTube... Whoaa... a very large number. Everyone is there, we should be there too.

Facebook, Microsoft just bought Facebook and the number of people using Facebook is increasing by the second worldwide! Whoaa... a very large number. We should be there too.

The question is,
1. Which category is mostly viewed on YouTube?
2. Why are people using Facebook for? Business or Social?

If your products is not meant for any of these groups, you are wasting time. (Since both are free, there is no money involved here)

The problem is, most marketers do not understand technology and what it can do for them. They just want their message to be on everything and everywhere. Magic Blow Horn. Being everywhere would devalue the brand.

Do they care who is listening? Hmm...

The power of technology allows marketer to create a desirable product tailored to that market, to the individual. But all I see from lazy marketers with "Magic" Blow Horn, same message for everybody! Be it their members, customer, website visitors or referral.

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Monday, 19 November 2007

What is love?

I received this in my inbox. It is so pure the meaning of love to a child.

What Love means to a 4-8 year old . . Slow down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it. Touching words from the mouth of babes. A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, "What does love mean?"

The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore.
So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love."

Rebecca- age 8

"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.
You just know that your name is safe in their mouth."

Billy - age 4

"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other."
Karl - age 5

"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs."
Chrissy - age 6

"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."
Terri - age 4

"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK."

Danny - age 7

"Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more.
My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss"

Emily - age 8

"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen."
Bobby - age 7

"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,"

Nikka - age 6

"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday."

Noelle - age 7

"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well."

Tommy - age 6

"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.

He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore."

Cindy - age 8

"My mommy loves me more than anybody
You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night."

Clare - age 6

"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken."

Elaine-age 5

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford."

Chris - age 7

"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day."

Mary Ann - age 4

"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones."

Lauren - age 4

"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you."

Karen - age 7

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross."

Mark - age 6

"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget."

Jessica - age 8

And the final one -- Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge.

The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,

"Nothing, I just helped him cry"

When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need. Take 60 seconds and give this a shot! All you do is simply say the following small prayer for the person who sent you this.

Heavenly Father, please bless all my friends in whatever it is that You know they may be needing this day! And may their life be full of Your peace, prosperity and power as he/she seeks to have a closer relationship with You. Amen.

Then send it on to five other people, including the one who sent it to you. Within hours you caused a multitude of people to pray for other people. Then sit back and watch the power of God work in your life.

P. S. Five is good, but more is better.

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Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Tips to clear your head


Whenever you feel overwhelmed, brain blocked, could not find the solution to your problem, simply SLEEP.
Nothing beats a good 10mins nap or a good night sleep. Every thing becomes clear afterwards.

So, snooze.

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Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Discovering Family Tree

On the first day of Hari Raya, I realized that the number of relatives has multiply. This has totally blew my mind as, only my parents are very much in contact with them. It seems that there are no initiatives from my age generation to get to know them. This has let me to set up a guest book for all my relatives who come and visit my house this year.

Even better, my friend Dom, introduce to keep track of his family tree. This is amazing. I can create my family tree and I can invite any of my relatives (with emails, of course) to update their profiles and add their own family tree.

This is a great history and family record archives for me, my family and the younger generations of the family. Totally cool and totally Web 2.0. My kind of thing. Project for my Dad is to consolidate photos of my ancestors, if they exist.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2007

NFYB - Not For Your Blog

There is a new acronym in town and it is "NFYB" which stands for Not For Your Blog.

It seems that almost everyone who is on Facebook, MySpace has their own blog. Any news you share with anyone might end up in some blog somewhere. So, to keep things in perspective and respecting privacy, adding "NFYB" in your messaging (incl emails, text message and IM) hopefully that would keep your news out of the blogsphere.

So the next time you communicate with someone, you can say "NFYB".

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Respecting Email Subjects

Whether you are forwarding jokes or forwarding work related emails to your collegues, it is always a good practice to retype the subject on the email so that the person who receive the email would be able to look or sort the email based on subject matter and would not be lost in the list to FW:...

Any forwarding emails without any descriptive of what action to be taken would rank as low priority for me. I don't have the time to read the long chains of conversational emails "bottom upwards" that has been sent back and forth. Worse is when the forwarding email comes as an attachment.

If the sender has no time to re-compose the email personalizing to me, then the email would not get my attention. I am sometimes surprised that people you work with take you for granted and expect that the emails be read.

I may sound like a mini Diva here. But that is the truth. The next time you forward an email, take the time to type in something on top of it and the least describe what you are forwarding.

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Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Subject Matters

I received this in my inbox. A spelling error on the subject. The Promotion is missing an 'O'.
It is rare but mistakes do happen.

Sunday, 9 September 2007

First Run

My first run finally came and it was good achievement for me. As one of the success mantra says, the first step to success is showing up! I was there at 6.15am and there were already lots of ladies already there, geared up and ready to go. I did not have high expectations for the run. I wanted to finish it.

The flag-off was 7.30am and the 5km run started 5 mins after. I completed my 5km in about 40mins as shown on the timer's board as I ran in.

Not bad for a first timer and for someone who have not been running. The last time I ran 2.4km for my secondary school fitness test was 18mins so, 15years later, 40mins for 5km, I am pretty damn proud!

My running companion
I had my mp3 with me and I thought it would be nice to finish with George Michael's (6min) Freedom on my last stretch. Instead, my finished run was with Creed on Higher. Pat Benator's All Fired Up and Elvis Presly's A Little Less Conversation were among those who accompanied my run.

The Freebies
Apart from running with other ladies, for this run, it is the goodies bag. I have lots of trials and vouchers. I am listing them here. If you like them, let me know. I am giving them away. First come first get.

1. Free Dance Class by The Dance Floor at SAFRA Mount Faber valid 30Nov 2007
2. $5 Clinelle Professional Care Voucher valid till 31st December 2007
3. Gift Voucher ($68) by CitiSpa valid till 30 November 2007
4. 7 Day Pass by True Yoga valid till 31 October 2007
5. 1 Complimentary Yoga Pass by True Yoga till 31 October 2007
6. Buy 1 Get 1 Free by FreshKon Alluring Eyes valid till 7 October 2007
7. 1 Complimentary Yoga class by Pure Yoga valid till 30 September 2007
8. $200 Slimming Treatment Voucher by Marie France Bodyline valid till up to merchant
9. Guest Pass Complimentary 10 day visit by Fitness Werkz valid till 30 October 2007
10. Complimentary VIP 5 Day Membership by Fitness First valid till up to merchant

Personal Achivement
Participate in a mass run CHECKED!

I loved it. I would definately want to participate more. With the right pair of shoes and a timer watch would be sweet. :-)

Thursday, 6 September 2007

Yahoo Answers Addiction

I am trying out Yahoo! Answers and I found myself checking back all the time. And I am getting addicted to it. When I post a question, within 1 minute, I get responses. GOOD responses too.

Somehow, I feel very oblige to answer some questions myself, properly. There is also a points system where you collect every time you log-on to Yahoo! Answers and every time you answer someone else's question.

It is community regulated. So if you feel the response inappropriate, you can flag it. Like flagging uninvited commercial or marketing post.

It is fantastic!

Ask and You Shall Receive. Try it!

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Tuesday, 4 September 2007

SHAPE Run 07 Jitters

Counting down to SHAPE Run '07 - 4 days.

My stomach is turning inside out just thinking of it. Firstly, I was determined to make this marathon my first marathon and secondly, I had planned to train and keep fit for the last 3 months.

The fear and jitters started when 3 months became 4 days and I still have not had proper training. I did some jogging for 2km in the beginning of my enthusiasts but that stopped about 1 month ago. I asked questions on Yahoo! Answers and had some good answers from the patrons there. Some of the advise was, to take it as a fun run. There will be people at the back of the pack who would be making it a cool Saturday morning walk.

The SHAPE Run '07 was my choice for my inaugural marathon because SHAPE magazine is a fantastic read and I also heard of the goodies bag that comes with the sign-up. Just to play safe, I am only running for 5km. I wonder if 5km is from Orchard Road Station to City Hall? If the run is along the shopping malls stretch, I am sure it is going to be a breeze for me.

Other than that, I am prepared to enjoy the morning jog.

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Customizing your own Scent

You know how sometimes you kind of like the scent of a Jessica Parker but with a touch of Paris Hilton, or like from the of the shelves scent like The Body Shop, you try mixing perfume but could not get the right com bi for the scent you looking for?

Well, here is the expert. A featured shop from the TV show Fashion Police called The House of
Creative Scentualization caught my attention. At this shop, a
consultant will ask you questions and identify the kind of scent that
would suit your needs.

The best thing is, the shop has an online questionnaire that helps to identify the scent that suits you. After answering list of multiple choice questions, you can to order the perfume at US$45. Isn't it cool?

This business model is ingenious. Taking a speciality, personalized service and automating it. I am sure that from the online questionnaires, the accuracy of the recommendation is less than that from the expert herself. But coming from an online customer who could be from god who knows where (like from Singapore), this website is a journey to a customized scent. The new scent could be called "Lady Dayah"

The House of Creative Scentualization website link

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Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Fluency in Language

I admit that my written English is not top-notch and I do have difficulties in conveying my point with a punch at times. My good friend even pointed out that people might not take my blog seriously because of the grammatical errors I had.

I never had the grammar concept nailed. This is how I learn the language. I learn my hearing the sound of the words. How the sentence is put together. The meaning behind the words. Not really the logic of it. Does it make sense? When I hear words, I see picture. In training, I skipped 'A' level and had my academic in technology. I am very good with logic of how things run. I can see how things work.

Except in English language. Life to short to argue about the logic of the language.

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Monday, 27 August 2007

Eclipse of the Moon

Tomorrow night, around 7pm to 7.30pm ish, an eclipse of the moon will happen.

What happens is, the shadow of the earth will fall onto the moon. Therefore, the moon will be dark. It is going to be a full moon tomorrow night but because of the eclipse, the moon will be darkened by the shadow.

Eclipse of the moon is not as exciting as the eclipse of the sun. But it is as significant as well.

Thursday, 23 August 2007

Greying Population

In the recent NDP speech by the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the most talked and discuss topic is the aging population in Singapore. The statistics in The Straits Times today said that Singaporean are willing or have to work beyond their retirement age.

The government is doing their part in adequating and educating the working and retiring Singaporean the importance of CPF. We are lucky in Singapore that we do have such system in place to help us retire adequately.

Would a retiree want to work 40 to 50hrs monthly as before? I don't think I would want my Dad to. A new start when you retire. Retiring is not a drag. It is a breath of fresh air. How? you ask? Stay tuned....

Sunday, 19 August 2007

Words of Wisdom

To Trust is to Let Go

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Are you "Spoke"

A new "Wiki of people search" is taking her sit on the WWW search engines. This search engine is called You can search people by a person's name and list of their names would appear on the list with their details and contacts network. has been compiling names and profile and added 1million names every day.

My first visit search was of myself. I saw my Name and Contacts in brief. :-) I exist on Spoke! I am important and connected enough to be Spoke!

It use to be that if I can be Googled, then I exist. Shall I say now, I can be "Spoked".

Origins of Teh-C

I have always thought that Teh-C is a term that originates from one of the Chinese dialect like Hokkien or Cantonese. I have not visually seen the word. It is usually a verbal word rather than written. I assumed that it is spelled as Teh-see.

Recently, I saw a headline on an article titled Kopi-O, Teh-C... Ah ha! Teh-"C" and not Teh-see. So where does the "C" comes from? I asked a Chinese friend of mine if it is Hokkien or Teochew etc. She said, not really.

Teh-C is made of tea with evaporated milk instead of regular sweetened concentrated milk. In Malay language, evaporated milk is called Susu Cair (pronounce Soo Soo Cha-air). So I concluded that the term Teh-C comes from Malaysia. A short for Teh Cair = Teh-C.

Another version of Teh-C defined

Tuesday, 31 July 2007

2 Thumbs Up for Brothers & Sisters

The new TV series, Brothers & Sisters have my vote. After a month of dry season of TV re-runs of Greys Anatomy, House and also the ending of my beloved Gilmore Girls, I have found a new love.

Brothers & Sisters.

The casts, Emmy Winner Sally Field, Caslister Flockhart (Ally McBeal), Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under), Emily VanCamp (Everwood) and many other guests cast like Jason Lewis (Samantha's boyfried from Sex in the City) , Rob Lowe (Spin City, I think) and looking forward to more.

The story is about the perfection of imperfection of a family after the death of their father. Who left the family business in shamble and the exposure of his 15years secret love-affair with an actress and a daughter.

The script is meaningful and intriguing. It is a mix of Six Feet Under, a little bit of West Wing and a lot of Brothers & Sisters. Watch it.

Sunday, 29 July 2007

Purple is the New Pink

The next time you visit a women's website, notice the colours on the web. It is either purple, violet, lavender and the various shade of purple. Purple is the latest colours that defines womanhood. Woman who is feminine, strong, confidence, royalty and ripe. (Smile)

As in one of Seth's blog about role model, since Oprah changed the colour theme on their website to purple, many woman are influenced by this change. Purple or indigo is also the colour of the highest of chakras. I spoke to some women who are looking to do their personal or business website and one of their preference is to have the website in Purple. Go figures...

Nothing wrong with purple. Purple is great! But I would not be caught wearing purple dress. Me?! Golden brown skin with purple... hmm.... I don't think that would work.

To all the purple fan, Go Purple!~

Saturday, 28 July 2007

Every Woman Should Know

I found this poem in my inbox. Thanks Jovita for forwarding.

Poem by Maya Angelou


enough money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own,even if she never wants
to or needs to...


something perfect to wear if the employer,or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour...


a youth she's content to leave behind....


a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age....


a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra...


one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry...


a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family...


eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal,that will make her guests feel honored...


a feeling of control over her destiny.


how to fall in love without losing herself.


how to quit a job,break up with a lover,
and confront a friend without; ruining the friendship...


when to try harder... and WHEN TO WALK AWAY...


that she can't change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..


that her childhood may not have been perfect...but its over...


what she would and wouldn't do for love or more...


how to live alone... even if she doesn't like it...


whom she can trust,
whom she can't,
and why she shouldn't take it personally...


where to go...
be it to her best friend's kitchen table...
or a charming inn in the woods...
when her soul needs soothing...


what she can and can't accomplish in a day...
a month...and a year...

HOTA default opt-in

Recently, the Mufti of Singapore has released a fatwa that Singaporean Muslims to be included in HOTA (Human Organ Transplant Act) by default. Whereas previously, it was an opt-in. Which means, if a Muslim dies, the hospital cannot harvest their organs for transplant to people who are awaiting organs. Few Muslims opt-in to HOTA since this was introduce. Also this would lower the chance of Muslims to get organ transplant especially kidneys if they don't opt-in

I am very familiar with this opt-in and opt-out concept. I manage email marketing and these terminology and concept seems to apply even for organ transplant.

Like in e-newsletter marketing, it is harder to build an opt-in email database than an opt-out database. The difference of the two is, in opt-in email database, you will get subscribers who voluntarily want to receive your news. Very few sometimes. But the quality is usually very good.

In opt-out, you will buy database and send them email with option to opt-out. The case here, people who really do not want to receive your email marketing will opt-out but you will still have a bigger database of default opt-in subscribers.

The reason behind these 2 scenarios, very similar actually. There are people who knows what they want and choose to act on what they want. But there are majority of people who just, how do I say this, don't bother or look-see people.

In marketing, it is a brag to declare that you have a huge database of subscribers. Because, your look-see subscribers are your asset. And for human transplant, you need this big of a database for the shortage of organ for transplant.

So the move by MUIS is a good call. Even though there is a condition that a Muslim must be buried with everything when they die.

In my opinion, when I die of old wrinkle age, my organs gets aged with me. If not, then at least pieces of me still lives in 12 other people.

Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Obsession with Clean Windows

I was sitting in my room on a cloudy and drizzling day, a resident from across my block was cleaning her 12th floor windows. Fully unsecured. She was leaning out an open window from the 12th floor.

I thought this is the obsession that Singaporean has with clean windows inside and out. Almost monthly, I would see news of maids fell from high-rise residential home whilst cleaning the window. What is this obsession that these Singaporean have? I can count how many times I cleaned the outer of my window in the 15 years that I have lived here. To me, there is no point. The rain will clean them. Why put my life in danger by cleaning the window. Living in a HDB flat, no one is going to look at your apartment from outside. You just can't. Clean the room, the corridor, it is fine.

Worse is getting the Indonesian maids who came from ground floor village homes to clean them. No wonder they fell. Stop with the window cleaning call in people who have the equipment and the right cleaning detergent to clean them. Since you have money to pay for the maids, why not pay for a window cleaning service monthly?


Wisdom Saying

Count your blessings when your chips are down.

Art of Letting Go

If there is one thing that I learn over my adult life that has benefited me hugely would be letting go. Letting go is not about giving in but it is about surrendering with faith.

I noticed that I was not as angry not so much thinking and gruelling over little things. When things seem to be hard, I just let go... Breathing it out...

Very powerful skill to learn especially when involving interacting with other people. Any book out there about this?

Monday, 16 July 2007

Relationship and Shoes

The other day I was helping a friend to think through the relationship she is having. In the discussion I reflected the obsession of woman and shoes. The saying "There are many fish in the sea" seems not so inappropriate for urban women living in concrete jungle. We hardly, never go fishing. So, are we able to relate to the old saying?

But we can relate to shoes.

Walk in to a fashion shoe store like Charles & Keith, you are already swimming in the possibility of walking away with one pair. There are shoes for almost every young ladies. But not all shoes are suitable for your feet. Some has different arches, flat feet, broad and bony. So a pointy toes shoes may not be comfortable for a flat footer.

The requirements of an ideal shoe is, colour to suit your skin tone, style that matches your dress and bags and height to suit your tolerance to pain.

Sometimes, you bought a pair and you like it so much that you wear them for all occasion. The colour and style goes with your work dress, suits and jeans. Then one day, you tripped and twisted your ankle. Boo-hoo, you have a sore ankle for a week! What do you wear? Crocs or Birkenstock to work. Terrible thing to happen.

Maybe the shoe failed you, broke and unrepairable. Even though how much you like the shoe, you have to throw them away. Sometimes, you kept the shoe at the back of your closet not wanting to face the pain the shoe has cost your ankle. The agony of walking around in smelly medicated bandage to a major account closing.

After two weeks, your ankle felt better and you decide to reward your recovery by getting yourself a new pair of shoe. Maybe a little more cautious this time. Lesser height, breathable material and perhaps something you don't mind running to catch the train with.

Before you realize it, time has made you forget about the shoe at the back of the closet. On spring cleaning, you took it out, tried them for a while and gave them away.

As a new saying, there is always a pair of shoe for everyone.

"There are many shoes at the store."

Sunday, 15 July 2007

Who are your friends?

Friends are those who have the best interest in your well being and dreams.

Here, it is hard to distinguish between friends and business partners. I put effort to know about the people around me. Putting unconditional time to think about their business and careers. Suggestions and things to improve THEIR business.

Have anyone ask me what is MY dream? Hmm... it is busy, busy here in Singapore. Everyone is fending for themselves. They like to be heard but not to listen. Whew... tough.

So, who have the best interest in my well being and my dreams?

Saturday, 30 June 2007

Flip the Calendar Page

Flipping the calendar page marks a beginning of the Q3 for some. How have you fair the past quarter? Did you do better than Q1? What are your plans for the coming quarter? How can you do better?

Start of 7% GST in Singapore and yesterday we say farewell to the National Stadium and looking forward to the new National Day celebration at the temp location on the water that I could not get the tickets for. (Grumble, grumble)

Wednesday, 27 June 2007


Keep It Simply Simple

I think that is one of meaning of it. I cannot emphasize more on this. I fall into the trap of making simple things complex all the time. By the time, things get to that point, I lose interest in the project.

KISS complexity goodbye.

Lost Art of Handwriting

Do you recognise your handwriting? I have been using the computer since my teenage years (which is 15 years now) and very intensely for the last 10 years. Everything I need, even to take notes, I use the notepad on the computer. The only reason is because, I am always in front of the computer which is very accessible.

Time to time, I scribbled words on post-it notes. Only recently when I start journalling my days, I realized that my handwriting has changed. Looking back at my diaries from my teenage years, my strokes, curves and pressures has matured. They are more relaxed, careful and elegant :-). How beautiful the writings on my A'zone notebook.

Try this for me, the next time, you see writings on someone else notebook, look at their writing. How do they make you feel? Confused? Angry? Worried? Inspired?

Only the reason why some companies engaged experts on handwriting to analyse the true personality, character and current state of mind of the person they hiring?

Does your handwriting inspires you?

Tuesday, 26 June 2007

TV School

Can a couch potato be good thing? If you choose to be actively engaging on the shows you watch, you can learn a thing or two. Just watching CSI and typing this blog, I just learn from Grissom how HotDog got its name. I learn about the new SMS 2.0 that Affle, a company in UK is working with M1 and Nokia into integrating live advertisements while SMSing.

Inspired by Oprah's daily show and dancing later with Ellen Degeneres Show.

Couple of month ago, I saw a children encyclopedia show about the Dark Ages, Renaissance period and Middle East has the oldest library. That I did not know. Something I like to learn now.

Well, I learn basic spoken Chinese while watching SBC, TCS, TV 8 Chinese drama series when I was 9 to 15 years old! (Oh how I missed those days)

Definitely choice of shows influence the mind. So far, they have worked for me.

In Search of Happiness

I happened to stumble upon BBC's six part series called Happiness Formula last weekend. The series was about the science of happiness. Research has found that happy people is more healthy and live longer. The show has already discuss, researched and experiment on why people are unhappy.

What would make me happy?

1. Seeing the glass half full - Gratitude of what I have achieved so far. Financially and maturity.
2. I compete with myself - I am better today than yesterday. I look forward to be even better tomorrow.
3. Friendship and connection - Everyday I am surrounded by people whom I can interact and have silly conversations.

Another method of how to feel happy and better instantly is by looking around and look for something that catches your eye and start to describe the item for 1 minute of why you like the item. This I learn from Elaine Grundy at XL Momentum night.

How do I serve to Happiness?

I make time to call up, email or
sms a friend and ask how they are. Allowing them to share with me their feelings. Being the listening ear. I am happy just to share with them that I am there and I care.

Monday, 25 June 2007

God's Eco Message

What's God's message on Eco? From what I know he has asked Evan Baxter to build an ark to save the world. Evan Baxter (Stevel Carell) was the rival collegue of Bruce Nolan (in Bruce Almighty played by Jim Carrey). This is pre-The Office (US) period. It is one of those light-hearted and God humour movie. The producers of the movie worked with The Conservation Fund and set up Go Zero and replanted trees that were destroyed during the making of this movie (building the Ark I suppose).

The movie website is cool and interactive with triva questions, desktops downloads and games for the family.

God's word of wisdom to Joan Baxter (Evan Baxter's wife played by my favourite actress Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls)

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God: If someone prays for patience, does God give him patience or the opportunity to be patience? If he prays for courage, does God give him courage or does God give him the opportunity to be courages?...

So what do you pray for? Your prayers may already been answered but do you see the opportunity that God has given you?

I am looking forward to watch this movie. Go Eco! Go Lauren! :-)

Sunday, 24 June 2007

Anticipation Vs Participation

If you have already watch The Secret, you will be able to relate to it. Oprah had an earlier show where she invited the teachers of The Secret and Rhonda Bryne to the show to discuss about The Secret. Below is the follow-up interview and discussion Oprah had with James Arthur Ray and Dr Michael Beckwith.

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There are some A-ha phrases on the show that are really a A-ha moment. Here goes:

"We are not anticipating good. We are not anticipants. We are participants. When you anticipating some future good, you are preventing that good that is all around you from expressing through you. ... All these laws that we begin to practice, opens us up to be full participating in life" - Michael Beckwith

Have the INTENTION and then give your intention ATTENTION. - James Arthur Ray

So stop trying. TRYing is failing with honour. Either you do it or don't do it.- James Arthur Ray

Unforgiveness is a form of abuse. - Michael Beckwith

Being unwilling to forgive is like drinking poison and expect the other person to die - James Arthur Ray

It is not about getting. It is about letting. - Michael Beckwith

God use me. For purpose greater than myself. Use my life for something greater than I know. How can I be use to serve. - Oprah Winfrey

Mediocrity always attacks Excellence -Michael Beckwith

What's holding you from Blogging?

Words of Wisdom from Seth Godin's post Just one post got be thinking.

What's holding me back from blogging? Like most people who find setting up a website or a blogsite a daunting affair, I find that I get paralyzed from over analyzing and result in procrastination. The image that the page might not be good enough as some would say, first impression matters.

I have decided today to take that first step. Making the decision to start my first official blog. Calling Dayah's Blog. I invite you to include my blog on your RSS feed on your Firefox or IE browser. I would like to be a part of your day.

Welcome to Dayah's Blog.