.:Strangers at First Sight; in Love Forever:.

Saturday, June 28, 2003

"The longest journey is the journey inward."
- Dag Hammarskjold

*This is an important announcement. I will not be updating my bLoG from 29th June 2003 till 6th July 2003 as I will be away for my backpacking trip. Meanwhile, check my TagBoard if you are even minutely interested in my progress. Haha. I know my fans will be disappointed at my absence, but I assure you, I will be recharged when I return.

I'll be back.

"Whoso neglects learning in his youth, Loses the past and is dead for the future."
- Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC), Phrixus

*I've kinda packed my stuff for the trip. I'm going to Sydney first via train, then to Melbourne via bus, and finally take a flight back to Brisbane. Let's see, 15 hours to Sydney, 12 hours to Melbourne, and two hours back to Brissie. Talk about maximising our options.

While packing, I recalled how I first came Down Under. That was about three years ago, when I was here for vocation attachment. Then, I had my first serious backpacking trip a year later (amid to mend a broken heart), and the following year, I was here for my studies. Right now, there is just one small matter of a semester standing between me, and graduation to the working world. Long overdue, if you ask my parents.

I've learnt so much along the way, and explored so much of myself. Needless to say, I feel confident about conquering not only the world, but my inner fears and self-doubts. Heh. I believe I can achieve wotever I set out to do, just so long as I have the perseverance to complete the tasks. The first task now is to enjoy myself during this trip, and get to know more people. Hopefully, get to know some babes too.

Damn...I was so smitten by an Aussie gal last nite. Haha. As my holidays begin, the beast within me is stirring up my dark side. The Force is strong in me. Hell freezes over, as I set out to conquer the Land of Oz. Beware, world!

Word of the Day
"nettlesome \NET-l-suhm\, adjective:
1. Causing irritation, vexation, or distress."

Friday, June 27, 2003

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
- Chinese Proverb

*It's over. I'm freeeee...as a bird. Yup. My exams are over. No more for this sem. Zilch.

So many things to say, so many things to catch up on. Where do I even start? I'm going to pack up my table and rid myself of the notes. I'm going to start packing my bags for the snowboarding trip. I'm going to the gym to build up some mass. I'm going to rent a car and send my cousin around the state. I'm going to be broke by the end of the activities, but I'm going to be happy.

Think that's all for now. I'm going to do all that I set out to do, but first, I'm going to take a well-deserved rest. Baby steps...baby steps to happiness, mate.

Word of the Day
"insouciant \in-SOO-see-uhnt\, adjective:
1. Marked by lighthearted unconcern or indifference; carefree; nonchalant."

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

What Finding Nemo Character are You?
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*Hmm...pretty interesting. The cup is half-filled with water (read: half-empty), and my brain has room for improvement (read: empty)!

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."
- Galileo Galilei

"The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief."
- Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion (1927)

*I'm not here to denounce religion. I'm utterly incapable of doing so. I just feel that a person's religious belief should not cloud his or her judgement. There have been numerous cases whereby two people can be so fine with each other, yet religion separates them like Moses separated the Red Sea. Hell, even I experienced it. Heh. Having said that, I am a firm believer of free-will.

Free-will refers to the belief that there is a God in this world, just that God comes in different forms to different religions. On the other hand, a free-thinker is someone who has no opinions about something, and accepts uncritically what he is told. Most people say that they are free-thinkers when it comes to religious beliefs. Does that mean that they have no comments about religion, or do they also believe that there is one God, just that they are unsure of the term to categorise their thots?

Ultimately, believing in your respective religions should help you find your inner peace. Some people's lives revolve around religion, and that is fine. With all due respect, I just wish that these people be respectful of other religions and not approach you at some bus-stop and denounce another Man's religion. You would not like that to happen to you, rite? So why do it to other people? Besides, I think we are forgetting one basic, but crucial element in the heated discussions about reglious belief that often result in bloodshed and loss of innocent human lives..

We are humans first, and everything else wotever.

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

"In times of prosperity friends will be plenty, in times of adversity not one in twenty."
- English Proverb

*Are you close to your cousins? I am, especially with two little boys in my family. They are the 24-year-old Aloysius and soon-to-be 22-year-old Benjamin. Both brothers, tho' they are uniquely different to each other. Thank goodness. Haha..

Aloy is an ARSEnal fan, and he makes no apologies about that. Heh. He is also an ardent England fan, and for that, I forgive his ill-judgment in choose the Gunners. Ben, on the other hand, is a Liverpool, Newcastle and Internazionale fan, and yeah, he has an identity crisis as a result. Oh, did I also mention that he is an Argentina fan? Heh.

Wot do we have in common? Other than having quite the same ancestry, and all three of us disliking Man United (Shh..dun tell my dad), I suppose we do have one more thing in common. They may disagree with me, but I think we look to one another for strength and comfort. In dire times, we hook up together and play their PS2, CM4 and basically talk cock. We let not the worldly worries burden us down when we are together. We confide in one another, and be there for one another, albeit reluctantly. Haha. In short, we are the Band of Brothers.

A small, little rubber band, that is.

Monday, June 23, 2003

"Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes."
- Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 - 1964)

*I'm now officially known as a schizoid. Haha. Do try that quiz. It's just for fun. Dun have to take it as seriously as you take your astrology columns. Heh. Anyway, since I am at the topic of schizophrenia, might as well clarify some facts and myths.

Schizophrenia does NOT mean a person has a split personality, like in Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Dr. J and Mr. H is an example of someone with a split-personality disorder, meaning they can be Fabio one moment, and then turn into a monster like me the very next moment. Get that rite.

Schizophrenia is a case whereby a person experiences hallucinations and delusions. His or her world is distorted, as in the case of A Beautiful Mind. The person views the world in a warped way, and reports seeing people or hearing voices that dun exist.

With that, class dismissed. Heh...

Sunday, June 22, 2003

*Haha! Isn't this fun?!

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
- Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

"Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame."
- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

*It's tough trying to forgive someone, especially when that particular person has been integral in your life. Having said that, I believe that one should forgive, but not forget the pain and hurt inflicted by the other party. Jinli and I used to listen to Wang Jie's songs, and one particular verse has scorched permanently into my brain, and that is "We grow strong by pain, grow great by dreams".

Having said that, we tend to think of inflicting pain on our oppressors, especially with their own medicine. It's true, the temptation can be irresistable at times. However, keep in mind Mr. Franklin's quotes. That's as true as it can get. Personally, the better solution is to forgive that person, for nothing annoys them more than seeing you remaining calm, and emerging unscathed, from their childish acts.

Saturday, June 21, 2003

"There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth - not going all the way, and not starting."
- Buddha

*Had my Statistics paper today, and once again, it has proven to be my Achilles Heel. All I hope for is a pass in this subject, and I wun have to face it ever again. At least not in uni. I think I can pass..well, I hope..hmm..I pray..err...

Every now and then, we will face a point in our puny lives that challenge our belief systems. For me, I used to believe that I would turn out to be a handsome prince some day. Well, I've squashed that thot Godzillion years ago. On a more serious note, my best gal fren has come to such a point in her life. I shan't elaborate further, but it has also brought me to that point. Hopefully, she will prove my belief in her that she will overcome all seemingly impossible barriers and lead a more fulfilling life. Naturally, she'll never walk alone.

One more paper, mates! One more paper and holidays beckon. We are along the road to truth, so to speak. We are going out on a high. It's our way, or the highway. We are gonna get spaced out! In short, we are gonna L-I-V-E I-T U-P. Eat my shorts!

Friday, June 20, 2003

"He who is outside his door already has a hard part of his journey behind him."
- Dutch Proverb

"He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever."
- Chinese Proverb

*It's gonna be the end of the semester, and suddenly, the prospect of going home seems not so distant. I still remember how I first embarked on my journey; having breakfast at Changi Airport with family and frens, arriving at Brissie and sharing a cab with Edy and frens, house hunting, first tutorial, knowing Ms Shuddup Can, fetching MadDuck from the airport and so forth. It does not seem that long ago, but it is..

I'm very happy for Ms Shuddup Can and MadDuck for having persevered on a foreign land, despite feeling drained from missing home. I hold lots of fond memories, especially time spent with frens and during tango lessons. I hear sniggles all around. Yes, I did tango here and I have a marvellous regular dance partner, Sarah. Furthermore, there is one important lesson learnt from the Aussies, and it's to never judge a book by its cover.

Most of my Aussie frens look relaxed and take life easily, as they surf and seem to slack almost everyday. No offence, mates! The compliments are coming. Heh. Yet, they have usually managed to score extremely well in their studies. One of the main differences between their culture and ours is that they ask loads of questions whenever they are unsure about their studies. For us, we tend to be quieter and be hopeful that our answers are delivered on a plate.

No such thing. I think our education system should encourage students to ask questions, and not spoon-feed them with answers. You reap wot you sow, mate.

Thursday, June 19, 2003

"Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition."
- Sir William Osler (1849 - 1919), to his students

*I have to admit that I do think a lot of past events, especially those that have shaped my life significantly. I wun go into details, but one such event has surfaced in my mind for quite a while, and I feel a need to share (before I blow my brains out). Heh..

Our family used to take care of a little Hong Kong girl. Let's just call her Ming. We took care of her for almost seven years, and during those years, we have watched her grow up into a teenager. Unfortunately, due to unforseen circumstances, she had to go back to Hong Kong. I guess it was a difficult decision to make, but it's all in the past now. Life goes on...

All this while, I've always treated her as a sister. I wonder if she is living well. Sometimes, I hope to have her address, whereby I can write to her. I dun think she can access the Internet readily, and I prefer to snail mail anyway. Rite now, I just ask for her safety, and hope that she is happy. Hopefully, we will at least keep in contact with each other. One fine day...

"A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times."
- John Dalberg Acton

*Think I have wasted enough time. Time to hit the books for my Statistics paper. Scary, how I can waste my time on literally nothing. On a brighter note, had a good chat with my previous housemate, Edy, this morning via ICQ. Credit to him for having a keen eye over Beckham's hairdo.

When Becks was in Africa, he sported a braided hairdo. Now in Japan, he is in his Sumo hairstyle. Notice that he respects others' cultures and marks that respect thru' his hairdo. Heh..it's a small gesture, but it speaks volumes to those he is respectful of. Read an article on TimesOnline, and it "could not care less about the hairstyles or the hairband, except that it confirms he has no intention of heading the ball". Wicked...

Naturally, whether he succeeds at Real Madrid is not a matter of his hairstyles, but his performances on and off the pitch. As Man United legend George Best once said about Becks, "no left foot, can't head, can't tackle, doesn't score, otherwise he's all right". Does that sound optimistic to you? Haha...

To cap the morning off, I spoke briefly to MadDuck. Woke her up and she sounded soooooooo lovely! Riiite...enough of my perverse thots. Back to work...

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

"If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give."
- George Macdonald

*It's been a bittersweet day for me. I'm happie-pappie for my best gal fren, MadDuck, as she has left for home for her hols. It's been a long semester for her, and I'm sure she misses her family and frens. I feel that I've not spent as much time with her this sem as I would have loved to, but I guess the time we did spend together is sheer quality. Can't wait for her to return...to my arms! Haha. Oh my...

This bLoG is also posted to cheer Ms Shuddup Can. No worries girl, I'm sure you will do fine in your Psychopathology exam! Get some rest now, and study hard and smart for our Statistics paper! At least we have our Chicken in a Biscuit, Tim Tam and Arnotts 'Nice' to accompany our long and lonely nites. Haha..

Finally, does anyone really care if David Beckham is now with Real Madrid instead of Man United? I mean, sheesh, he does look better in the whites of England, no? So wot's the fuss about? Heh...

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

"Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you."
- Spanish Proverb

"The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out."
- Thomas B. Macaulay

*There is this guy that I know of, here in Oz, that gossips about me. He knows who he is, tho' I'm pretty sure he will deny it. I have no idea as to why he likes to put me down in front of our frens (behind my back, for that matter), but I suppose it all boils down to a three-letter word called ego. Hey, some guys just wanna look good in front of the babes, no?

Contrary to getting angry, I am heartened that I ain't mad at him. It just shows the gulf in maturity between the both of us. Haha. Not trying to blow my trumphet or anything, but that's how I see it. It's extremely sweet to recall how he has managed to backstab so many times, and the very frens that he backstabs to still treat yours truly as a fren. So some of them begin to have doubts, but that's natural. If they wanna be my frens, they can just get to know me better. If not, quite frankly, I have nothing to lose should they believe in him and not confirm with me.

That's why I like to hang out with Ms Shuddup Can, cos she's direct and frank with her opinions. No backstabbing wotsoever. Guess I should be getting more Horlicks from her after she reads this. Haha. Oh my...

I've said it before, and I still stand by it. I know who my true frens are, and it is definitely a joy to have more of such frens. During the process of getting acquainted with such good frens, there is every chance that I have to lose those who are unworthy. If that's the case, so be it.

After all, it's my life, and this is how I live it.

Monday, June 16, 2003

"Who has seen the wind? / Neither you nor I: / But when the trees bow down their heads. / The wind is passing by."
- Christina Rossetti

*It was my first paper today, but I tend not to talk about my exams after I'm through with them. Hence, I shall share with you my stupidity from this morning in relation to the winter in Oz.

I had an 8am exam today (Singapore Time, 6am). There I was, up and about by 530am, eagerly munching at my noodles, psyching myself up for showtime. I left at 645am, and horrors, I wore slippers. My pair of slippers has been an able companion of mine all this while, but at 6 deg celsius (or even less!), this is suicide.

True enough, as I waltzed down the streets, I wondered why I've stuck by with my slippers in the face of adversity. Guess there is a thing called loyalty in me after all. Cut to the chase, the cold winter winds blew at the craters on my face, and filled them up with glaciers. Vapour escaped from my mouth with every exhalation, and my ears felt hot as I entered the bus. I must have looked like Rudolf the red-nose, red-ears reindeer to the Aussie folks on the bus. Hey, I think I look like J. Lo in her MTV All I Have! Minus the famous posterior, no doubt.

My toes? Let's just say that I could have easily popped them out and played a game of 5-aside Subbuteo table football, with two balls to spare! I reckon I would have given the balls a moniker in Mr. Golden Balls's favour. Frozen Balls, naturally.

Sunday, June 15, 2003

"Anyone who eats three meals a day should understand why cookbooks outsell sex books three to one."
- L. M. Boyd

*Just thot that this is an interesting quote. Haha. Somehow, this quote reminds me of Ms Shuddup Can. Oh, she has a new nickname to her repertoire, but it's deemed too adult to be placed on my bLoG. Let's just say it rhymes with her knack to test people's tickles, and that she is quite an eater. Haha...

Anyway, think it is Father's Day today. We dun realleh have such traditions back home, but enough of excuses. Have a happie daddy's day, Pa. No worries, your son is doing all the last minute revision that he can possibly do. Bleagh...

It's the start of my exams tomorrow. Sob sob. Wish me luck, folks. I definitely need it. Lastly, it's her birthday today. Happie Birthday, her!

Saturday, June 14, 2003

"Picture yourself in a boat on a river with tangerine trees and marmalade skies."
- John Lennon

*That verse is taken from a Beatle's song, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Apparently, the song was written when the Fab Four were high on drugs, particularly LSD (note that the title of the song abbreviates into LSD). So Ed, how true is that?

Anyway, I'm doing revision on biological psychology now, and one of the topics is on LSD. Without further adulation, this is the history of LSD. Heh...

The scientific name for LSD is lysergic acid diethylamide, and it is a hallucinogenic agent. It was first synthesised in 1938 by a Swiss pharmacologist, Dr. Albert Hofmann. He had little success looking for its therapeutic effects, so he left the compound aside for years. One day, in 1943, Dr. Hofmann was in a dreamlike state for a couple of hours. He claimed to visualise "fantastic pictures of intense colour and extraordinary plasticity" that rushed towards him. He had taken a small dosage of LSD by accident. Such was the humble beginnings of LSD; from a therapeutic agent to an abusive drug.

Alritey, back to reading more about drugs. "But the drugs dun work..."

Word of the Day
"invective \in-VEK-tiv\, noun:
1. An insulting or abusive expression or speech.
2. Insulting or abusive language."

Word of the Day
"gnomic \NOH-mik\, adjective:
1. Uttering, containing, or characterized by maxims; wise and pithy."

Thursday, June 12, 2003

"Let each man search his conscience and search his speeches."
- Sir Winston Churchill, Extract from "This is their finest hour", June 18, 1940

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
- Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

*From politicians to the directors of multi-national companies; from the principals to the students, and from the parents to the child, everyone contributes to the daily conversations that we know of. Whether they are important issues or just straight from the grapevine, it is hoped that these conversations are factual, and the spoken persons honest.

Alas, there will always be some black sheep within a family. It is almost impossible to regulate wot one says behind another's back. As disheartening as it may sound, a good fren of yours may just be the person who backstabs your trust in him or her. Would you choose to know that this fren has betrayed you, or would be rather be blissfully ignorant?

I believe that this is a vicious cycle. The ones who betray their frens tend to be betrayed themselves. What is important is not wot these so-called frens have claimed to have done for you. Rather, as you stand along a dire strait, look around and see who has been there for you. Such people, I feel, tend to be your true frens. And I know I have a few of them. They know who they are, but special mention has to be conferred to Jinli and Daqin. For without them, I may not even be half the man that I am now.

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

"Advice is least heeded when most needed."
- English Proverb

*Not sure why I posted the quote. There have been times when I recall my parents and frens offering advices to improve my life, but somehow, I guess the Taurus in me just stubbornly refused to heed them. Maybe it's 'cos I believe in learning from mistakes. Yet, when I offer advice to frens, I insist that they heed them or I will be bitterly disappointed. Double standards, I reckon.

Oh, it's the start of the State of Origin today. It's an annual Rugby League event between Queensland and New South Wales. It's like the Liverpool-Everton or Man United-Man City derbies. Possibly even at the level of the Real Madrid-Barcelona rivalry. That's how huge this event is. Sadly, the Reds of Queensland lost to the Blues of NSW tonight, 12-25. It's a best-of-three series, so "GO QUEENSLAND"!!!

And to Shuzhen, who is in the States now...Happie Birthday Girl!

Word of the Day
"provender \PROV-uhn-duhr\, noun:
1. Dry food for domestic animals, such as hay, straw, corn, oats, or a mixture of ground grain; feed.
2. Food or provisions."

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

"Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted."
- John Lennon

*Was in the uni lab to print my essay, only to realise I forgot to bring my floppy. Moron!

On the bright side, I met my best gal fren, May. She was on the way to the gym. We chatted for a couple of hours, even tho' we should have spent the time preparing for our exams. No regrets, tho'. We always have nice chats. It's one of the moments that cheer me up, wotever the context.

Going to uni again to finish up my essay and start on my exam preps. Suddenly, I feel like emailing to my poly lecturers. Hmm...

Word of the Day
surfeit \SUR-fit\, noun:
1. An excessive amount or supply.
2. Overindulgence, as in food or drink.
3. Disgust caused by overindulgence or excess."

Monday, June 09, 2003

"I slept, and dreamed that life was Beauty; I woke, and found that life was Duty."
- Ellen Sturgis Hooper (1816-1841)

*It's Queen Elizabeth's birthday today, and hence it's a Public Holiday here in Oz. Not that most of us noticed, since we have been preparing for our exams.

Had a brief chat with her on MSN, and we talked about Class 95. For my Aussie mates, Class 95 is a radio station in Singapore that plays sentimental hits, usually love songs. Recently, I was in the uni lab, and i logged on to the live radio broadcast over the Net. It's so nostalgic, especially those days when I had to squeeze in the MRT on the way to poly. Haha. Class 95 also reminds me of a fren, Kevin Yam. He is a Class 95 freak! Haha. Wonder how he is in army now? Heh. No worries, you are going to ORD soon, mate! Keep your chin chin up!

Oh well, slacking aside, it's time to focus on the exams again. For all my frens who are preparing for exams, persevere! By the end of the month, we can start burning our lecture notes. Haha. Of 'cos, for Debra, who does not have any exams this term, enjoy your VCDs, S-L-A-C-K-E-R. Heh.

Word of the Day
trice \TRYS\, noun:
1. A very short time; an instant; a moment; -- used chiefly in the phrase 'in a trice'."

Sunday, June 08, 2003

"I'm a simple man. All I want is enough sleep for two normal men, enough whiskey for three, and enough women for four."
- Joel Rosenberg, 'The Warrior Lives'

*It's winter, and one of my housemates just awoke from his hibernation. That's rite, he has been sleeping for about 15 hours straight. Haha. This kind of sleep is definitely a luxury here, especially when exams are looming large. After exams, we will have all the booze we need to drown our sorrows...sorrows not 'cos we did badly, but 'cos we dun have enough women for four! L-O-S-E-R through and through.

By the way, I've received complaints from frens that my bLoG is boring due to the lack of pix! This is supposed to be about my thoughts! That's why I've put up a link to my pix! Sheesh, how demanding you peeps are! Haha. No worries, I'm working on that now. Wot to do...? People nowadays just want to see pictures. That may explain why people seldom read the newspapers these days.

Saturday, June 07, 2003

Word of the Day
"alpenglow \AL-puhn-gloh\, noun:
1. A reddish glow seen near sunset or sunrise on the summits of mountains."

"Beware of small expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship."
- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

*So the Great Singapore Sale has been going on for about a week. I've read from reports that some Singaporeans have waited a zillion years for this year's sale, considering the extremely bleak economic outlook over the past year. Sure, it's a steal to get a few pillows @ S$20+ each, when each may cost about S$50. But sheesh, there is no need to go to the extreme by queueing up for hours, rite? It's typical kiasu-ism sia. Live overseas and you will observe that it's an Asian trait.

In fact, to take a cue off our Northern neighbours, this trait is "Truly Asia". Heh.

By the way, it was the last day of the UQ semester yesterday. I was too busy to bLoG last nite. Have to push myself for the final lap of this sem. More importantly, a snowboarding trip in Melbourne beckons! Haha.

Friday, June 06, 2003

"One's Sister is a part of one's essential self, an eternal presence of one's heart and soul and memory."
- Susan Cabill

*I just learnt that my sister has graduated from Cornell University. If you dun know where Cornell is, or its reputation, then you ought to shoot yourself in your temple. Haha. It's in the Ivy League of top universities in the U.S. of A. Definitely top material to be enrolled, let alone to graduate.

We've known each other for about 7 years now, and I'm ashamed to admit that I've not been there for her for the past few years. My most recent memory of her was when we had sushi together! That was like eons ago, dude. That's wot kind of a brudder I have been. I miss her a lot. Though I have faith in her that she can take care of herself, I can't help but miss the times we shared. I really hope to meet up with her again, maybe for a sushi or two...

There are many things I wish to say to her. For now tho', I can only dedicate this bLoG to her. This is to you, Jiaen. Good luck for your future endeavours, and keep very much in touch with this kor of yours. Hugs & kisses...

Thursday, June 05, 2003

"If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants."
- Sir Isaac Newton

*Make no mistake, this is the original quote oh. Not the one by Albert Einstein, and definitely not the one from the Oasis album. Haha. It's history tho', is a tad unglamorous, stemming from Newton's fierce rivalry with a certain Robert Hooke.

Robert Hooke was an elder counterpart of Newton, but his works had never been as recognised as those of the latter. Hooke criticised Newton for not being more respectful towards him, and claimed that he was influential in some of Newton's findings, especially those concerning optics. Newton countered by acknowledging contributions from other great predecessors, professing to have benefitted from standing on their "shoulders". However, he showed his disdain for Hooke by emphasising on the word "Giants".

You see, Hooke was kinda like a midget in terms of size. Hence, Newton sarcastically brushed Hooke's contributions aside by hinting that he needed no help from someone not only small in stature (at least to Newton), but also literally.

Word of the Day
"stertorous \STUR-tuh-ruhs\, adjective:
1. Characterized by a heavy snoring or gasping sound; hoarsely breathing."

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

"Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye."
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great."
- Comte DeBussy-Rabutin

*A few frens have asked me why I dun have a gf at present (well, maybe a couple of frens...maybe one. Hmmm...does anyone actually count?). ANYWAY, while I may claim that I'm not interested in having a r/s at the moment, it should be noted that I also scare the living daylights out of potential, should I say, "customers". Haha..

With frens, you often joke and suan them, and know that they are used to your idiosyncrasies. However, when you begin to show some interest in one of them, somehow, awkwardness sets in. It's as though this other person has to judge you all over again. Funnie, isn't it? One moment, you can be joking about her waist line. The next, if you use that same punchline, you may have just stamped your passport straight to hell, bypassing all other levels.

But, as my best fren said recently, that makes the courtship process challenging. Riiite...it's always easy for him to say that. Afterall, he is the charismatic, smarter and more popular one. Tsk tsk. But if you are one of my secret admirers (God forbid), you may want to go to another website now.

Yup! Quite smart ah you. I am lovestruck. Haha. Unfortunately, I'm not sure where I stand. Maybe I'm just another guy fren to her. Heh. Oh well, let's see wot direction the wind blows for me this time...

Word of the Day
"interpolate \in-TUR-puh-layt\, transitive verb:
1. To alter or corrupt (as a book or text) by the insertion of new or foreign matter.
2. To insert (material) into a text or conversation.
3. To insert between other elements or parts.
4. [Mathematics] to estimate a value of (a function) between two known values.

Tuesday, June 03, 2003

"Qn: What makes a nation?
Ans: The brains to rule, but first the hearts to serve."
- Geo. Essex Evans, Queensland University Congress, 1906

*These were the words extracted from the Inaugural Lines of the University of Queensland. Powerful words, no? I chanced upon the quote while reading the historical facts of UQ. Reminds me of what former U.S. President John F. Kennedy once said:

"Think not what the country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."

Anyway, powerful words from powerful figures aside, this blog is dedicated to Sarah. Hey bONitA, take care of your health! Speedy recovery from your flu! You still owe me an email. Haha.
- posted by Jer @ 21:18

Monday, June 02, 2003

Family lore can be a bore, but only when you are hearing it, never when you are relating it to the ones who will be carrying it on for you.
- Frank Pittman, U.S. Psychiatrist and family therapist

*This is a little tribute to my parents (I sense tissues filling the room. Heh). I've always felt that I have excellent parents. One of the best, in fact. I'm pretty sure they have suffered heaps for this prodigal son of theirs, which may explain why they stopped at one. Either that, or they are Communists! Hmm...

Well, my fren (let's just call her Ms "Shuddup, can?") asked me to detail a blog about my childhood. Good idea! Where do I start from? Well, recently, which unpacking my luggage, I came across some childhood photos of mine. There were pix of me with my dad in his reservist uniform, with my mom in Genting Highlands, with my granny, with a huge teddy bear that looked just as dumb as me, with my cousins...you get the drift. It's always nostalgic to relive some memories, especially those happy moments. Then, reality bites you hard when Ms "Shuddup, can?" coldly tells you,

"You were so much cuter when you were young. What happened to you now? So sad leh."

Yup, straight back down to earth, six feet from the edge. Oh well, I suppose she ain't the only one. Can imagine my secondary mates agreeing to that comment. Actually, I really do think I looked so much better when I was a child. Haha. Someone up there must have been jealous...Bleagh!

But I've been extremely lucky to have wonderful parents, and a memorable childhood. I will definitely be reminiscing some family lore in future posts. In the meantime, I propose a toast to my parents. Personally, they are, quite simply, the best there is, and the best there ever will be.

Sunday, June 01, 2003

"640K ought to be enough for anybody."
- Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder, in 1981

"The better work men do is always done under stress and at great personal cost."
-William Carlos Williams

*Times flies, and humans age. We must all move on in life. Someday, the things we invent will be deemed obsolete by newer, sophisticated technology. We humans will also be replaced by our offsprings. We should accept our limitations, and live our respective paths gracefully.

And so, it wasn't long ago that Singaporeans encountered the grisly nature of Sars. The latest news is that Singapore is finally struck out of the WHO's list of Sars-infected countries. While there is much to rejoice, we should not forget the unfortunate people who lost their lives, and the brave souls who sacrificed themselves by being in the firing line. Having said that, we in Australia will be quietly cheering as we anticipate the Singpore currency to rise against the Aussie dollar. It wasn't long ago that it was A$1 = S$1. Now, it's A$1 = S$1.15 (at press time). Heh.

It wasn't long ago, too, that yours truly started this blog, aiming to impress his fans with his dexterity. He has done enough to convince his parents that it's their moolah well-spent. Sadly, his creative juices are waning. More accurately, he finds it increasingly difficult to carry this facade of perceived intelligence.

After all, yours truly is still only human. An ah beng, at that.

"Experience is the name that everyone gives to their mistakes."
- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."
- Abraham Lincoln

*Over the course of two days, I've finally managed to make corrections to my HTML and Javascripts. At times, the task was so overwhelming that I felt so tired, that I just wanted to end it all and leave it at that. However, I am obliged to my fans to keep up the standard of this blog. Haha. Riiite...

Experiences, and regrets, are things that most people possess (tho' most would not admit they have ever regretted in anything). For the latter category, it may be true for some, but definitely not true for all (read: Abraham Lincoln's quote). I suppose it all boils down to ego-defense mechanisms, if you are a supporter of Sigmund Freud's Psychoanalytic Therapy.

According to Freud, people deny or distory reality unconsciously thru' repression, denial or displacement, just to name a few. For e.g., in repression, painful thots are involuntarily excluded from awareness so that the person will not be hurt again. Denial is on more conscious level than repression, whereby the person chooses to shut himself or herself from traumatic events. From the pent-up frustrations, the person then displaces his or her anger at someone else who happens to be more accessible than the event/person that they are angry about/with.

Those are just some examples for the Freudian view of human nature. You should email me if you want to know more. Haha. Self-advertising, mate!