Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year 2012!


新年快乐,万事如意,多多发财,身体健康,事业有成,心想事成,步步登高,生意兴隆,学业进步,大吉大利, 花开富贵, 财源广进, 年年有余,竹报平安!

Google Translation:

Here is wishing everyone...

Happy New Year and good luck, lots of rich, healthy, successful career, all wishes come true, step by step climb, business is booming, academic progress, good luck, Blossoming, plenty of money, every year more than, bamboo know I was safe!


Bamboo know I was safe?! LoL!!! (Actually, I think there is a story behind this saying. It must have something to do with some ancient messenger method involving the use of bamboos to inform someone at home of one's safety)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

What is the Meaning of Life?

Yeah, like I know the answer to THAT question. But I can tell you what we have made life into. A race. Yes, we have turned it into a race.

We're all born at age zero. Then we grow up, learn, achieve, have careers, travel, get married, have kids, grow old, and die (not necessary in that particular order, except for the dying part).

We all seem to be racing to go the furthest before we die. How far we are perceived to have gone depends on many things the society uses to judge a person's worth. Wealth is an obvious gauge. Health could be the less obvious criteria, but it translates into longevity and that means more time to achieve more i.e. go further in the race. Many other things are used to judge how "successful" we are in life, like how well we marry, how many places we've traveled to, how popular we are, and how irreplaceable we are at work.

But hold it. Who set all those scales? Who decided that if we make more money, if we know more people, if we published a book, we go further in life? It's us. The society. WE made it such a way that if you get promoted at work, you go further in life.

If we're totally honest to ourselves, we'd all rather be living only for ourselves, without having to worry about what our families, friends and the society think about us. But that's not the way it works, is it? Imagine if everyone lives for themselves, the world will be a total wreck. There'd be no workers to keep the factories running, no supervisors to keep the workers working, no managers to keep the company functioning, no CEO to set up companies.

So in short, we live to contribute to the society so that the society can support us. And those lucky ones who found a way to do what they are truly passionate about, living their dreams, without any care to what the society thinks of them, are there to provide hope for the rest of us. It's like when you see the judges on American Idol keep telling all the failed contestants to never give up on their dreams. Yet, we know it's not possible for everyone of them to be successful in the entertainment industry, because part of the attraction and glamor of the industry is the very selective nature of it. The winners are there to give hope to those who are trying, and the industry needs people who are trying, or hoping, to keep it glamorous.

According to my very rough (and random) estimation, only 1% of the total population of the earth can be considered truly happy in their lives, in the eyes of everyone else. This 1% includes the wealthiest, the most popular, and the most powerful. But what is the point of being happy "in the eyes of everyone else"? So that when you die, you know you are a leader in the race. But then after that you still end up dead and none of what you've achieve would matter to you. It would to the people still living, but not to you. That's selfish thinking right there.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Malaysian Sportsmanship (or Lack Thereof)

Here's my observation on Malaysian sportspeople and their fans.

When they win, they and their fans go overboard with their joys, with ad-hoc public holidays and all. Once they lose, they go downhill and hardly ever regain composure. Any match with Malaysian supporters watching live will be filled with noisy air-horns and annoying clap balloons. And who could forget the infamous laser pointers? Come on, Malaysians. We're way better than that!

If there is one thing we should learn from other established athletes and fan bases, it is the spirits of sportsmanship. Win or lose, keep cool and shake each other's hands, pat each other on the back, maybe give each other a hug, walk out of the playing field, THEN sulk or break whatever furniture you want in private.

Of course, when I say "other established fan bases", I most certainly do not mean English football fans.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

House Thieves & Burglars

There are many reasons we hate thieves and burglars. They are like parasites to the society. No, worse than parasites, because even when they are not committing thievery or burglary, they still cause us nuisance. We still have to set up home security alarm systems, CCTV systems, hire security guards, and construct anti-trespassing fences worthy of state prisons standards. They don't only rob us of our belongings, they also rob us of our pleasure to carry around luxurious handbags, parade in our expensive blings, and use our expensive phones peacefully in public.

No, I did not recently get mugged or anything. The topic just came to mind one day when I found my parents lazing in the living room, with the main door, main door grilles, and the gate outside all wide open. Nope, my family has no respect for thieves and burglars what so ever. None out of admiration, certainly none out of fear.

P/S: I know, it has been eons since I've been active in the blogging department. See how the year now says 2012? It is my (no-longer) unspoken resolution to start active blogging again. Regardless of the fact that blogging is so outdated now, I am going to pursue this hobby of mine again because life is too short for putting off things I enjoy doing. Erm, that...and also now I have an extra half day every week since my job now is only 5-day weeks instead of the previous 5.5. Hooray!