Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Man, The Horse, The Ox, and The Dog

One winter's day, during a severe storm, a Horse, an Ox, and a Dog came and begged for shelter in the house of a Man. He readily admitted them, and, as they were cold and wet, he lit a fire for their comfort: and he put oats before the Horse, and hay before the Ox, while he fed the Dog with the remains of his own dinner.

When the storm abated, and they were about to depart, they determined to show their gratitude in the following way. They divided the life of Man among them, and each endowed one part of it with the qualities which were peculiarly his own.

The Horse took youth, and hence young men are high-mettled and impatient of restraint; the Ox took middle age, and accordingly men in middle life are steady and hard-working; while the Dog took old age, which is the reason why old men are so often peevish and ill-tempered, and, like dogs, attached chiefly to those who look to their comfort, while they are disposed to snap at those who are unfamiliar or distasteful to them.

An Aesop's Fable from Aesop's Fables, Section 14 of 16.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Who is responsible?

Who is responsible to teach a human child how to live a life on his own, so that when he grows up to be an adult, he would live his life fearlessly and without ignorance? Is it the teachers at his school? Is it life itself? Or are all children expected to be born knowing how to live?

Many children, I feel, are just tossed into schools like banana chips tossed into a pot of hot oil. It is assumed by almost everybody that children only need to learn how to do something as they grow up. And that they only need to know how to make a living.

But never has anyone given a thought if it is necessary to teach a child how to live. It's almost considered a waste of time to touch on this vital issue in a child's life. I feel I was never taught how to live. I was let in the open like a newborn deserted by its mother

I went to schools and learnt Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computers, Engineering, French. But no school and no teacher could teach me Life. Because no teacher can teach me that. No school can provide such a curriculum.

So tell me, who is responsible to provide me with the necessary training to live a live, when I reach the mature age of an adult? And whoever it is, why have they not provided such a training. Why have they deserted me when they knew that they had to teach me valuable lessons of life, that nobody else can teach me?

Thursday, October 9, 2008

3 more hours

I will start the four hours journey to Trivandrum, India in about 3 hours' time. I am hopeful that the next 10 days I'm going to stay in India would be another wonderful time in my life, and that nothing worthy of regret would occur during this time.

See you all on the 19th or 20th when I will be back. Take care.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Have you seen it?

Have you seen episode 7 of Who is Johnny X? It's so sweet, how he finds out it is his real wife after all, and how he cries upon the revelation. And then how they hug each other like long lost lovers. I cried. Dont tell anyone

Watch in the player above or watch in wide-screen HD here.

Side Note: Notice how crisp and clear a real X1 screen is? (You'll see that when you watch the wide-screen HD version. Ha! Beat that, Mr. Omnia! Eye-rolling

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Short Trip to India

I'm going to India next week. I'll be leaving Singapore on the 9th October in the evening/night. As usual I'm taking a SilkAir flight straight to Trivandrum. It's quite convenient as my parents can be just waiting for me outside the airport. Better than flying elsewhere and then traveling down to my home town.

Anyway I'll be returning to Singapore on the 19th of October in the morning. Also I'm shifting to Tampines to stay with my friend in a room there, sharing the room. I will do the shifting after I have returned from India.

Good night.