Friday, January 28, 2011

Been some time since I last blogged...

Just update a bit here since the most naughtiest girl on Earth is sleeping soundly, no one will come and climb onto my lap and press my laptop anyhow...

Recently I did something I never done before...

I bought a book online, from Amazon.com....

Nice book, though. Not very long the story.


When to Orchard few days ago to Triple One Somerset, done the things I need to do then when I was walking I saw this decoration @ION...

Can you see that it looks like a rabbit folded in paper?


Some more rabbits...


Do you find the smile on the rabbit face is a bit weird?


Maybe not so nice hor....

Then I went to West Mall to catch a movie, Season of The Witch... It's still early so I watched this performance by a group of China artists.






video

Enjoy the drum beat performance...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

How Do You Measure Success?
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Quality of life, in America today, is often measured by the amount of money you make. Success is defined by the kind of car you drive. By the neighborhood you live in. By the toys you own. After all, he who dies with the most toys wins. True or false?
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Life was difficult before remote controls and automatic door locks. Skiing was so boring before the new shape skis hit the market. Fishing without a carbon-fiber rod was next to impossible. And the best part of life today is that big-screen plasma HDTV, the one with the universal remote that controls everything. It’s the best escape devised yet from an otherwise dull evening.
In contrast, the people of the remote Himalayan country of Bhutan were recently rated as having the poorest quality of life of all but one other country in the world—after all, their average annual per capita income is only $500. Ironically, however, when you visit the country, there are no beggars, only beautiful, snow-capped peaks, virgin forests, and clean air. The crime rate is extremely low, no one is in a hurry, and there is a strong sense of community. You might almost think that instead of depending on their belongings to entertain them, they’ve learned to enhance their lives by building relationships with each other.
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Be careful to avoid the trap of “the more you buy, the more you need.” Because oftentimes, then, the more we think we need, the more unhappy we are with what we have. So this year, before buying those new golf clubs, stop and think. Will that $1,000 bring you more happiness through a bag of irons, compared to a few days off with your family, or as a donation to an organization, or a person who is trying to make a difference. It’s your choice. It’s how you measure it.
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10 Attitudes of Top Achievers by Brian Tracy
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If you think the same way as the top achievers think, you can begin to get the same results they do. Here are 10 psychological and practical ways to mirror the attitudes of top achievers.
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1. See yourself as a consultant rather than a salesperson. Believe that you are a problem-solver with regard to your product and how the client can best use it.
2. Become a doctor of selling. Act in the best interests of your “patients” and have a high code of ethics.
3. See yourself as the president of your own sales corporation. Accept 100 percent responsibility for your results.
4. Commit yourself to being the best in your field. Dedicate yourself to lifelong learning.
5. Be ambitious, hungry, and determined to use selling as a steppingstone to the success you want in life.
6. Have integrity. Be honest with yourself and others.
7. Engage in thorough preparation prior to every call.
8. Be an excellent listener; be extremely customer-focused.
9. Have tremendous courage. Be willing to face your fears of rejection and failure, and overcome them.
10. Be highly persistent. Start your workday earlier, work harder, and stay longer.
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To make these changes work you must walk, talk and behave consistently with them every hour of every day.
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It is Up to You by Jim Rohn

One of the first things successful people realize is the old adage, “If it is to be, it is up to me.” That is, for you, the fact that your success and your course is up to you. This doesn’t mean that you do it all alone. It simply means that you take responsibility for your life and your career.
Too many people today look at opportunity and figure it is up to someone else to make sure they get it. They look at financial security and hope that the government will make sure they live safely in retirement or in case of disability. They wait and wait, figuring that it is up to someone else. And then the wait is over, and it is too late to do anything. Their life is over and they are filled with regret.
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This isn’t true for you however. You know that you must take responsibility for your life. It is up to you.
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The fact is that nobody else is going to do it for you—you must do it yourself.
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Now, some people may say, “Jim, that’s a lot of responsibility.” Friends, that is the best news you can ever hear. You get to choose your life. Hundreds of millions of people all around this world would give anything to live in the situation you do—just for the chance to have the opportunity to take control of their destiny. “It is up to you” is a great blessing!
Here’s why:
1. You get to chart your own destiny. Maybe you want to start a small business and stay there. That’s great because you can choose that. Maybe you want to create a small chain of stores. Maybe you want to have a net worth of $100 million. That’s okay too. The idea is that you get to choose. You can do whatever you like. Different people have different dreams and they should live them accordingly.
2. You can reap what you sow. Sleep in and go to work late and reap the return. Or get up early and outwork the others and earn a greater return. Place your capital at risk and earn a return—or place it at greater risk and perhaps reap a greater return. You decide what you will sow and thus what you will reap.
3. No one else can stop you from getting your dream. Yes, there will always be things that come up and people who may not like what you are doing, but you can just move on and chart your own course. There is great freedom in that.
4. You experience the joy of self-determination. There is no greater pride than knowing you set your mind on something and accomplished it. Those who live with a victim mentality never get to experience the joy of accomplishment because they are always waiting for someone else to come to the rescue. Those who take responsibility get to live the joy of seeing a job well done.
Let me ask you a question: Where will you be in five years? Ten years? Or 25 years? Do you know? Do you have an idea? Have you ever dreamed about it or set a goal for it? Are you willing to take responsibility and recognize that, “It is up to you?”
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You will be wherever you decide to be in those timeframes. You decide. It is up to you.
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Personal Development: The Plan by Jim Rohn
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As we all know, our results are only as good as our plan. My mentor, Mr. Shoaff, taught me that it’s not what happens that determines the major part of our future, because what happens, happens to us all. Instead, he taught me that the key is what we do about it. If we start the process of change by developing a plan, doing something different in this next year than we did the previous year, it won’t matter how small those efforts start.
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Start doing different things with the same set of circumstances—the ones we’ve always had and cannot change—and see what miracles occur. If we start the miracle process and change ourselves, then everything changes. And here’s what is interesting: the difference between success and failure is so subtle. Let me explain by giving you my definitions of failure and success. Here it is: Failure is a few errors in judgment repeated every day. The man says, “Well I didn’t walk around the block today and it didn’t kill me, so it must be okay.” No, no, it is that kind of error in judgment that after six years has him out of breath and panting as he walks from his car to his office. You can’t make those kinds of mistakes; it will end up costing you.
Now, here is my definition of success: A few simple disciplines practiced every day. Do you see the distinction? A few disciplines. Here’s a little phrase we’ve all heard: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” And my question to you is, “What if that’s true?” How simple and easy is that plan?
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The fact is, when you look at successful people, you will almost always discover a plan behind their success. They know what they want, they work out a plan that will get them where they want to go, and they work their plan. It is the foundation for success. We as humans have the unique ability to effect change in our lives; it is through our own conscious choice when we engage in the miracle process of personal development that we are able to transform our nature and our lives.
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So, what are some good ideas on developing a plan that will work well and take you to the finish line powerfully and in style? Here are some major points to keep in mind:
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Develop the Plan for You. Some people are very detail-oriented and they will be able to follow an intricate plan closely. Others are a little more freewheeling and aren’t really “detail” people. That is okay too. In all the years of my speaking to audiences worldwide, people have asked the question, “What plan is the right plan?” And my answer: the plan that fits you—your plan, the one you develop that is unique to you and for you. You see, each of us is unique and motivated by different factors, and you’ve got to develop one that is right for you and fits you. Some plans will not be as intricate as others, but we all must have a plan, along with goals in that plan, to move us along the program. If you are a free spirit type, don’t tell yourself you are going to spend two hours a day with a book and tapes and journal. It probably won’t happen and you will get discouraged. Whatever your personality, your strengths and your weaknesses, develop the plan around them! This is not a one-plan-fits-all proposition.
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Establish Times to Spend Working on the Material. It may be every Sunday night. It may be 20 minutes each morning. It may be in the car listening to the CDs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Whatever it is, set the times and do it. In your step-by-step plan, put down points that you can accomplish every week. They should be specific and achievable. Develop the discipline and take those steps every day, which will move you closer to your goals and where you want to be.
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Keep a Journal. Take notes. It may be on paper, it may be on a micro-recorder. Mr. Shoaff taught me not to trust my memory, but to write it down, to find one place to gather the information that effects change. And that advice has served me well all these years. Record the ideas and inspiration that will carry you from where you are to where you want to be. Take notes on the ideas that impact you most. Put down your thoughts and ideas. Brainstorm with yourself on where you are going and what you want to do. Record your dreams and ambitions. Your journals are a gathering place for all the valuable information that you will find. If you are serious about becoming wealthy, powerful, sophisticated, healthy, influential, cultured, unique, if you come across something important, write it down. Two people will listen to the same material and different ideas will come to each one. Use the information you gather and record it for further reflection, for future debate and for weighing the value that it is to you.
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Reflect. Create time for reflection—a time to go back over, to study again the things you’ve learned and the things you’ve done each day. I call it “running the tapes again” so that the day locks firmly in your memory so that it serves as a tool. As you go through the material in this plan, you will want to spend time reflecting on its significance for you. Regularly set aside time. Here are some good guidelines for times to reflect: At the end of the day. Take a few minutes at the end of each day and go back over the day—who you talked to, who you saw, what they said, what happened and how you felt, what went on. A day is the piece of the mosaic of your life. Next, take a few hours at the end of the week to reflect on the week’s activities. I would suggest at least a half hour. Also during that weekly time, take a few minutes to reflect on how this material should be applied to your life and circumstances. Take a half day at the end of the month and a weekend at the end of the year so that you’ve got it so that it never disappears, to ensure that the past is even more valuable and will serve your future well.
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Set Goals. Your plan is the roadmap for how you are going to get to your goals, so you have to have them. Of all the things that changed my life for the better (and most quickly), it was learning how to set goals. Mastering this unique process can have a powerful effect on your life too. I remember shortly after I met Mr. Shoaff, he asked me if I had a list of my goals, and of course I didn’t. He suggested to me that because I lacked a set of clearly defined goals that he could guess my bank balance within a few hundred dollars... and he did! Well, Mr. Shoaff immediately began helping me define my view of the future, my dreams. He taught me to set goals because it is the greatest influence on a person’s future and the greatest force that will pull a person in the direction that they want to go. But the future must be planned and well-designed to exert a force that pulls you toward the promise of what can be.
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Act. Act on your plan. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful so many times is that the successful simply do it. They take action; they aren’t necessarily smarter than others, they just work the plan. And the time to act is when the emotion is strong. Because if you don’t, here’s what happens: it’s called the law of diminishing intent. We intend to act when the idea strikes us, when the emotion is high, but if we delay and we don’t translate that into action fairly soon, the intention starts to diminish, and a month from now it’s cold and a year from now it can’t be found. So set up the discipline when the idea is strong, clear and powerful—that’s the time to work the plan. Otherwise the emotion is wasted unless you capture the emotion and put it into disciplined activities and translate it into equity. And here’s what is interesting: all disciplines affect each other; everything affects everything. That’s why the smallest action is important—because the value and benefits that you receive from that one little action will inspire you to do the next one and the next one.
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So step out and take action on your plan, because if the plan is good, then the results can be miraculous.
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And that is very exciting!
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This Is Classified by Ron White
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It must be really interesting to be in the CIA, Naval Intelligence or some top-secret organization. Imagine knowing the nation’s secrets—wow! I bet that has to carry with it tremendous pressure, but it must also be neat having access to the inner workings of what is really going on in the world. Well, I guess I will just have to live vicariously through James Bond movies or Matt Damon in the Bourne Identity because I will never walk in those shoes.
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Listen to this next part closely...YOUR LIFE IS NOT CLASSIFIED DATA!
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What do I mean? A friend of mine and I were out at a restaurant recently and he had noticed a beautiful woman. I said, “Go talk to her.”
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“What would I say?” he asked.
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“Anything!” I replied.
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“Nah….”
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“Okay, I will get it started but after that you are on your own.” He looked up with hope in his eyes.
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I went over to her table and said, “How are you?”
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“Good, and you?” she replied.
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“Well, I got some great news today.”
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“What?” she inquired.
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“I just saved a ton of money on my car insurance with a 15-minute phone call!”
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She laughed and I introduced my friend and left. Hours later they were engaged in a deep conversation that would have never taken place if my friend had followed his plan of living his life as if it was classified. Get out there and talk to somebody!
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I have watched salesmen stare at the telephone, instead of picking it up and telling someone—anyone—about their product. Your product is not classified! Get out there and make some cold calls!
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Failure in business is guaranteed if no one knows about your product or service. However, fortunately for you—you are not sworn to secrecy. Although sometimes I think some business professionals believe they are! Make cold calls, join a leads group or Chamber of Commerce. Pass out your business cards at every opportunity and make sure that everyone knows what business you are in. If not, close your business and join the CIA because you are much better at keeping secrets.
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If you have a top-secret clearance for the safety of the country, keep your mouth shut about it. If not, talk to that stranger. If in sales, pick up that phone and a million-dollar sale might be a few minutes away.
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Yet if you remain frozen as if you are handling classified information, you will not only lead a boring existence, you will soon be out of business!
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Now, let’s all get out there and live a little. Maybe even rent a James Bond movie to remind ourselves that our lives are not classified.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Now is 2011... A brand new year ahead... Some pple says they are going to have a great 2011. If they don't work hard during 2010, they will not have a great 2011. What you reap now is not what you sow yesterday. What you reap now is what you have sowed for the past one year... You dun enjoy the fruits on the tree which you planted last nite, right? What grow on the trees is what you have planted 20 yrs ago.

Last Saturday is a day for me and little Alex. She is a little imp now. Her brain can twist and turn very fast. Currently she is sleeping with my mum at nite, and I have to sleep alone.. sob sob Anyway, it doesn't matter so much cos' I can stay up late at night whenever I want to and won't have to worri if the lights will affect her sleep. So the day before (Friday) when I took her down to the playground, I tell her that tomorrow we are going out so tonight who she wants to sleep together with? Her little finger, very swift, points to me. I ask her why not sleep with grandma and she shake her head.

And guess what, at night she still sleeps with my mum....

The next day, we went to buy a calendar for myself. Little Alex was running around at Borders, in circles. There is a post Christmas sales where many items are off 40%. I got my calendar at 40% off too, together with a gift for little Alex. Initially I didn't want to get for her, but she keep on pulling my hand to there. I walked away and she comes pulling my hand again. No matter how I pacify her, she just doesn't buy it. She looks like she really like to so much so I get for her. I told her to carry it herself. (sorry, no pics of her gift...)

Daily quotes from Richard Carlson, for 365 days.

Every weekends, so long I'm not working, I will take little Alex out. We have been to almost all the places that I can think of. Well, not almost all but to many places. There are still some places which we haven't visit before.

Little Alex will sometimes tell us she wants to go to Vivocity, though...

So I took her to this newly opened shopping mall, Nex @ Serangoon.


A garden at the parapet...
There are many shops to patron and food to eat. Not bad for a walk. We didn't stay there long, maybe just an hour or two.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Welcome to 2011!! Here's are 58 Noteworthy Resolutions for the year 2011.

1 Stop procrastinating on your goals
2 Spend more time with your family
3 Widen your social circle – Meet new friends!
4 Become more organized
5 Exercise more and keep fit
6 Lose weight: Achieve your ideal weight
7 Eat more healthily
8 Wake up early every day
9 Be on time
10 Express gratitude to people who have made a difference in your life
11 Do volunteer work
12 Do more kind deeds
13 Further your education
14 Learn a new language
15 Cultivate at least one new skill that will enable you to perform even better at work (presentation skills, public speaking, effective writing, etc)
16 Be emotionally generous
17 Drop caffeine
18 Reconnect with old friends
19 Make at least 5 positive, like-minded friends and foster strong relationships with them
20 Take your family out on a vacation
21 Revamp your room into your personal, inspirational haven
22 Run a marathon
23 Don’t bad mouth other people
24 Stop complaining
25 Be a more positive person
26 Be your real self
27 Read more books
28 Read one meaningful self-help article a day
29 Visit the holiday destination of your dreams
30 Deliver your best performance at work ever
31 Double your business revenue (for business owners)
32 Get a career switch to a better career
33 Or better still, pursue a career of your true passion
34 Earn a million dollars
35 Earn a billion dollars (for those who have achieved #30)
36 Find your soulmate
37 Move out and get your own apartment
38 Get out of debt (if you are in debt)
39 Save more money
40 Help other people achieve their dreams
41 Get rid of clutter
42 Take up a class in something of your interest (dancing, singing, roller blading, ice skating, swimming, photography, web design, rock climbing, piano, guitar, yoga, pilates, etc)
43 Drink more water
44 Reduce your alcohol intake or quit drinking altogether (for people who drink)
45 Quit smoking (for smokers)
46 Learn to see the positive side of everything
47 Turn every challenge into an opportunity
48 Let go of any past baggage
49 Meditate daily
50 Go on a Vipassana Meditation Retreat
51 Write a book
52 Visit a new place you have never been to
53 Stop beating yourself up when bad things happen
54 Love yourself more
55 Start your life handbook and use it document everything it takes to live your best life
56 Limit your mass media exposure – Stop watching television or reading the papers (remove negative stimuli from your environment)
57 Take time out to rest and rejuvenate every week
58 Live every moment to the fullest!