Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Interested in getting future foretold?

Alright this is a plug for my friend, a close one. I'll just quote what she said on her blog. Name's Jasmine.

I'm doing tarot readings as my part time job. I mean, I'm quite good with tarot readings.. so you guys can ask me if you want them..

Tarot cards are not evil.
Tarot cards don't tell da future [as in, it's just a projected future. Can be changed depending on what you do next.]
Tarot cards are not dangerous.

I've got customers already =] so.. whether you want it or not depends on you..

Blessed be.

PS: you can call and tell me or email me at simpeijun89 (at) hotmail (dot) com [I only do local ones.. meaning for Singaporeans as of now]

Sunday, January 20, 2008

One day on crutches

It's been a while since I last updated, so I thought I'd do a quick post.

I've uploaded some new photos in my Friendster Profile, so do check them out.

Nothing much have been happening this past week because I've been home for like four days continuous, going out only for food. It's quite boring, I know. But I had to take rest.

Here is how it all went.

Last Saturday, I joined my friends at a condominium swimming pool. I got in the water, regardless of my inability to swim. (Surprising, huh?) I've never learnt to swim. I was walking and "running" in the water and at some point my right ankle twisted a bit, horizontally. It ached a bit, then I just wiggled it off.

Sunday, I was fine, Monday I was fine too.

Forward to Tuesday. In the morning when I woke up, I was experiencing slight pain on the right ankle. It wasn't too much, so I got ready in the afternoon and went to school. But it was raining heavily on my way to school and my pants got soaking wet. This added to the weight I had to bear. It was aching more, but I was still able to walk. I thought maybe it's because of the soaked pants, and it will be gone by the next day.

Wednesday, I woke up really early in the morning because I couldn't bear the pain on my right ankle. It has swollen up so much that I couldn't move my foot without screaming! [I didn't scream for real, but I was moaning though :P] With that early a wake up I would have surely been able to come to school on time. But I didn't because I could hardly walk. There were crutches in my house, so I asked the landlord if I can borrow them. So I used them and got to the Toa Payoh Polyclinic in the afternoon.

Waiting time in polyclinic is so long! The doctor looks at the computer screen more than she looks at the patient. So impersonal. In the end, their fees in total was $49.90! $19 is the minimum because I'm foreigner. Then there was X-ray, then medicine and other fees. I also got MC for three days, starting Wednesday. In total, I spent $72 inclusive of cab fare. I was forced to take taxi both ways. Taking bus was near impossible!

Oh, in the morning, I was installing Vista, but that's a story of it's own.

Thursday morning I woke up and found that the pain was 90% gone! It was unexpected. I thought I would have to use the crutches a day more, but I could put them away. I continued on my medication. The gel they gave has the stamp "POISON" on it! Never seen any medicine like that before. But it's fast acting. I spent the day watching CSI, going out only for food.

Friday and Saturday, I continued on medication, and spent the day watching more CSI, thanks to my friend. Only went out to get food. I also watched The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers towards the night, yesterday.

Sunday, it is today. I think I'll go out for food now, and come back and see if I have to do any assignments or continue CSI or movie. Or maybe I'll pack up and go roaming. Either of the two.

Friday, January 11, 2008

I believe in God, in science, in... Sunday supper.

From CSI Season 2 Episode 6.

Gil Grissom: We both have jobs that begin after the crime.
Father Powell: After the sin.
Gil Grissom: Some people would call that a career in futility.
Father Powell: Some call it a vocation.

Gil Grissom: A hundred years ago, we didn't have the technology for fingerprints. Fifteen years ago, we didn't have DNA. Hopefully one day, we'll have foolproof means by which to put the right man in jail in this case.
Father Powell: Someday we won't need jails.

Father Powell: I celebrate mass every Thursday night, 7 o' clock.
Gil Grissom: Thank you... but... no.
Father Powell: You don't believe?
Gil Grissom: In religion. I believe in God, in science, in... Sunday supper. I don't believe in rules that tell me how I should live.
Father Powell: Even if they're handed down by God?
Gil Grissom: How many crusades were fought in the name of God? How many people died because of... someone's religion.
Father Powell: Fanaticism, not religion.
Gil Grissom: Semantics. They're still dead. ... I'm sorry about Ben, Father.

[Ben is the character who was arrested for murder of two men, but later declared innocent.]

Father Powell: You still suffer like a Catholic. ... Light bulb goes out, other people fix it, get a new one. Light bulb goes out for the Catholic, he stands in the dark and says "What did I do wrong?"
Gil Grissom: That guilt's not in me anymore.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Sh*t I killed a snail!

I was walking, on my way home after alighting the bus. A family was coming towards me and the guy in the group was talking some nonsense, which I didn't really care about. Suddenly I heard: *SLUSH* and I realized I stepped on something slimy under my left foot. I just continued walking like nothing happened until the family was behind me. Then I turned back and looked. Looks like it's a snail... OMG NO! Not a snail! Poor thing. I just killed a poor snail which did nothing to me!! *guilty feeling*..

Hey wait a second! Who asked the snail to get under my foot in the first place? -_-"

Anyway, as soon as I reached home, I washed the soles of my shoes. Eww gross stuff >.< The thought still makes me wanna puke!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Life is as happy as we consider it to be.

Many of us live life just as it comes to us. We take all that is thrown at us by life, but don't really think about what can be done with what we get. Instead we just keep it in the shape how it originally is when we get it.

If you don't answer yes to even one of these questions, it doesn't mean you have a perfect life, but it does mean you're happier than an average person.

Do you wonder why you were born in this world? Do you wish you hadn't? Do you wish that your life would end and you would be freed of the misery you are in now? Do you wonder why people you love don't love you? Why they don't care about you, or even about themselves? Do you wonder why the world is never a better place for you? Do you think it is unfair that fate decides you should not be happy as you want yourself to be?

I can say a lot more questions, but you get the gist.

But if you're ready for a revelation, you can learn now that, you can decide when you want to be happy, and when you don't want to be. But we all think we suck at making the right choices so we let situations and circumstances make them for us. This is not a right attitude to have. Yes, we do make wrong choices, but that's not all the time. We learn from our wrong choices, and don't make them again.

But making a wrong choice is better than making no choice at all. And making the right choice is the best thing. If you just start making choices about your life, you'll learn that the decision making process is not as hard as it seems to be.

We are also conditioned from our childhood that choices are to be made by fate, situations, other people, Higher Power, etc. as from the beginning our parents made choices for us, and gave us what they thought is the best for us, without letting us voice our opinion. There are a few parents who train their children to make choices for themselves, but parents generally don't do it, considering children to be immature and unable to make right choices. I'm not saying this to blame any parents, but to remind you that when you become a parent yourself, you should train your child to make the right decision on his/her own.

Anyway that's just a side note. Wow this is a long post already. Let's get back to the main topic now. Life is as happy as you consider it to be. What does that mean?

When we have positive feelings and are happy about something, we nod our head while thinking or talking about it. But did you know that you can actually create positive feelings but intentionally nodding your head? That sounds impossible, but it will work. Guess that's why rockers nod their heads so much. Talking about that, we don't shake our head left and right when we listen to good music, do we? We nod it up and down.

So what I want to say is that you can make life happier than it seems to be, only if you impart happiness into it, instead of demanding happiness from it. Say, you're in a situation that's sad and making you unhappy. You're not getting any happiness from the situation, and you're not going to. But you already have happiness in you (know that?) and you can inject it into the situation.

How, you may ask. Simple. Don't get easily affected by the situation around you [quoting my friend] and don't let it change how happy you are. Instead, you can affect the situation by taking initiative to look at it with a positive view, and possibly change it if you can, and thus change how happy it is to you.

[Note that there are some situations where you cannot apply what I told you, like death of a loved one. In such situations just let yourself cry it out. It will heal with passage of time.]

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Ang Mo Kio Countdown 2008

UPDATE: Videos moved to blip.tv [YouTube sucks in uploading!]

I went to the countdown party there (alone, sadly) and took a few pictures. Here they are: (click on thumbnails for bigger versions)

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I also took two videos:

Arrival of Guest of Honour Dr. Balaji Sadasivan. Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Information, Communications and the Arts. MP for Ang Mo Kio JRC.

... 5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1.. Happy New Year 2008!