Saturday, February 26, 2011

Little Alex is getting bigger and smarter...
Now she has spelling tests every week, let's see how she fare...
I got no idea why some if the pics are still rotate to the right. I already get it done when I upload them here. Anyway, little Alex is so happy whenever I went to fetch her from school. When I received her at the door, she will pull my hand, took out her exercise book and show me the stickers the teacher pastes for her.
Now she insists to bathe her own, she doesn't want me to wash for her. Even when she needs to wash her pat pat, she will push me out of the bathroom. She insists to dress herself, she knows which is front and back. In the past, she doesn't know how to differentiate which is which and she will wear panties the other way round or the top inside out. Now she can tell me "this is front, this got the little tag so this is the back".
Soon, I guess she can go to the toilet on her own already...
Last Friday I went to the World Vision gathering for new sponsors @ Central level 4 NPVC. I thought some food will be provided but when I reached there, there is none. Anyway, it's only 1 ½ hrs meeting.
Can you spot where am I sitting?
At least during this 1 ½ hrs, we get to know where our money goes. In order to help the children, we need to help the family and the community as well. So our money actually goes to develop the area, help the community to be able to grow crops and plantations, buy tools, educate the farmers how to grow crops better, provide education to the children. The whole project will take about 10-15 yrs. Once the aim is achieved, then World Vision will move out and concentrate on another area.
It is like "teach a man how to fish instead of giving him a fish".

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Read All the Books by Jim Rohn

All of the books that we will ever need to make us as rich, as healthy, as happy, as powerful, as sophisticated and as successful as we want to be have already been written.

People from all walks of life, people with some of the most incredible life experiences, people who
have gone from pennies to fortune and from failure to success have taken the time to write down their experiences so that we might share in their wealth of knowledge. They have offered their wisdom and experience so that we can be inspired by it and instructed by it, and so that we can amend our philosophy by it. Their contributions enable us to reset our sail based upon their experiences. They have handed us the gift of their insights so that we can change our plans, if need be, in order to avoid their errors. We can rearrange our lives based on their wise advice.
All of the insights that we might ever need have already been captured by others in books. The important question is this: In the last ninety days, with this treasure of information that could change our lives, our fortunes, our relationships, our health, our children and our careers for the better, how many books have we read?

Why do we neglect to read the books that can change our lives? Why do we complain but remain the same? Why do so many of us curse the effect but nourish the cause? How do we explain the fact that only a small percentage of our entire national population possess and utilize a library card—a card that would give us access to all of the answers to success and happiness we could ever want? Those who wish for the better life cannot permit themselves to miss the books that could have a major impact on how their lives turn out. The book they miss will not help!
And the issue is not that books are too expensive! If a person concludes that the price of buying the book is too great, wait until he must pay the price for not buying it. Wait until he receives the bill for continued and prolonged ignorance.

There is very little difference between someone who cannot read and someone who will not read. The result of either is ignorance. Those who are serious seekers of personal development must remove the self-imposed limitations they have placed on their reading skills and their reading habits. There is a multitude of classes being taught on how to be a good reader and there are thousands of books on the shelves of the public libraries just waiting to be read. Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary. We must not permit anything to stand between us and the book that could change our lives.

A little reading each day will result in a wealth of valuable information in a very short period of time. But if we fail to set aside the time, if we fail to pick up the book, if we fail to exercise the discipline, then ignorance will quickly move in to fill the void.

Those who seek a better life must first become a better person. They must continually seek after self-mastery for the purpose of developing a balanced philosophy of life, and then live in accordance with the dictates of that philosophy. The habit of reading is a major steppingstone in the development of a sound philosophical foundation. And in my opinion it is one of the fundamentals required for the attainment of success and happiness.

"Don't just read the easy stuff. You may entertained by it, but you will never grow from it." —Jim Rohn

The Best Gift to Give Yourself and Others by Jim Rohn

I’m often asked the question, "How can I best help my children, spouse, family member, staff member, friend, etc., improve/change?" In fact, that might be the most frequently asked question I receive, "How can I help change someone else?"

My answer often comes as a surprise and here it is. The key to helping others is to help yourself first. In other words, the best contribution I can make to someone else is my own personal development. If I become 10 times wiser, 10 times stronger, think of what that will do for my adventure as a father... as a grandfather... as a business colleague.

The best gift I can give to you, really, is my ongoing personal development. Getting better, getting stronger, becoming wiser. I think parents should pick this valuable philosophy up. If the parents are okay, the kids have an excellent chance of being okay. Work on your personal development as parents—that’s the best gift you can give to your children.

If you have ever ridden in an airplane, then you might have noticed the oxygen compartment located above every seat. There are explicit instructions that say, "In case of an emergency, first secure your own oxygen mask and then if you have children with you secure their masks." Take care of yourself first... then assist your children. If we use that same philosophy throughout our whole parental life, it would be so valuable.

If I learn to create happiness for myself, my children now have an excellent chance to be happy. If I create a unique lifestyle for myself and my spouse, that will be a great example to serve my children.

Self-development enables you to serve, to be more valuable to those around you; for your child... your business... your colleague... your community... your church.

That’s why I teach development skills. If you keep refining all the parts of your character (yourself, your health, etc.) so that you become an attractive person to the marketplace, you’ll attract opportunity. Opportunity will then begin to seek you out. Your reputation will begin to precede you and people will want to do business with you. All of that possibility is created by working on the philosophy that success is something you attract by continually working on your own personal development.

"The reason why most people face the future with apprehension instead of anticipation is because they don’t have it well designed." —Jim Rohn

Establishing Dreams and Goals by Jim Rohn

One of the amazing things we have been given as humans is the unquenchable desire to have dreams of a better life, and the ability to establish goals to live out those dreams. Think of it: We can look deep within our hearts and dream of a better situation for ourselves and our families; dream of better financial lives and better emotional or physical lives; certainly dream of better spiritual lives. But what makes this even more powerful is that we have also been given the ability to not only dream but to pursue those dreams and not only to pursue them, but the cognitive ability to actually lay out a plan and strategies (setting goals) to achieve those dreams. Powerful!

What are your dreams and goals? This isn’t what you already have or what you have done, but what you want. Have you ever really sat down and thought through your life values and decided what you really want? Have you ever taken the time to truly reflect, to listen quietly to your heart, to see what dreams live within you? Your dreams are there. Everyone has them. They may live right on the surface, or they may be buried deep from years of others telling you they were foolish, but they are there.

So how do we know what our dreams are? This is an interesting process and it relates primarily to the art of listening. This is not listening to others; it is listening to yourself. If we listen to others, we hear their plans and dreams (and many will try to put their plans and dreams on us). If we listen to others, we can never be fulfilled. We will only chase elusive dreams that are not rooted deep within us. No, we must listen to our own hearts.

Let’s take a look at some practical steps/thoughts on hearing from our hearts on what our dreams are:

Take time to be quiet. This is something that we don’t do enough in this busy world of ours. We rush, rush, rush, and we are constantly listening to noise all around us. The human heart was meant for times of quiet, to peer deep within. It is when we do this that our hearts are set free to soar and take flight on the wings of our own dreams! Schedule some quiet “dream time” this week. No other people. No cell phone. No computer. Just you, a pad, a pen, and your thoughts.

Think about what really thrills you. When you are quiet, think about those things that really get your blood moving. What would you LOVE to do, either for fun or for a living? What would you love to accomplish? What would you try if you were guaranteed to succeed? What big thoughts move your heart into a state of excitement and joy? When you answer these questions you will feel great and you will be in the “dream zone.” It is only when we get to this point that we experience what our dreams are!

Write down all of your dreams as you have them. Don’t think of any as too outlandish or foolish. Remember, you’re dreaming! Let the thoughts fly and take careful record.

Now, prioritize those dreams. Which are most important? Which are most feasible? Which would you love to do the most? Put them in the order in which you will actually try to attain them. Remember, we are always moving toward action, not just dreaming.

Here is the big picture: Life is too short to not pursue your dreams. Someday your life will near its end and all you will be able to do is look backward. You can reflect with joy or regret. Those who dream, who set goals and act on them to live out their dreams, are those who live lives of joy and have a sense of peace when they near the end of their lives. They have finished well, for themselves and for their families.

Remember: These are the dreams and goals that are born out of your heart and mind. These are the goals that are unique to you and come from who you were created to be and gifted to become. Your specific goals are what you want to attain because they are what will make your life joyful and bring your family’s life into congruence with what you want it to be.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Some late pics...
In fact it should be posted last week, before CNY but my wireless device suddenly went berserk and it died... Natural death, woh. You know, now it still kicking and alive... then you go to bed kissing him.... the next morning you wake up and he didn't wake up... you tried to wake him up but he didn't... No vital signs of surviving, no pulse, no chance...
So during the few days of CNY I have to learn how to survive without Internet access... Maybe then I can save many many money cos' I didn't surf net during the night. My power bills can go down, like from $200 to $50 loh... You siao ah!!! 10 days only leh, you tink 1000 days meh...
Anyway, see what pics I took on the CNY eve when I took little Alex out. She doesn't want to go to school lately, cos' she claimed that her teachers always scold her in class. Well, she isn't telling a lie cos' it's true that the teachers always scold her. According to them, little Alex doesn't seems to be following what they told her to do. She keep doing her own things in class... Well, this can be good and bad, in both ways. If you know the story of Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein. They both like to day dream in class and was branded morons and idiots. But I think that little Alex could be pretty far from that calibre yet, so right now it's bad for her to do that, in class.
So I took little Alex to Orchard Road... So many ppl there. I wanted to take her to Vivocity but she doesn't want to go.
Year of the Rabbit, a big fat rabbit here...

I can't figure it out what design is this, but anyway I still take a pic of it.
We went to Carrefour @P.S to shop around. So many ppl are shopping at the last minute. My planning is to drag some time in there so that little Alex and I can go home for dinner later. I put her in the shopping cart and push her around. But when we passed by the strawberry section, she said she wanted to eat. I tried to con her that we are buying it when we reached home but she didn't buy that, so we ended up choosing what box is the best to buy. You know, stuffs on offer tend to be mouldy or whatsoever. True enough, we saw some boxes are really infested with moulds. Little Alex was like pretending to be a typical auntie choosing the strawberries... She point to this box and say "mouldy..." then the other box and say "mouldy..." I managed to find 2 "best" boxes and show to her to choose which one she want. She will lift up her hand, swing it to the back and then point the one to me. So that's the box we are getting.
And you know what we are queueing up at the counter with only one miserable product to pay, whereas the others are loading their carts with lots of stuffs. The cashier was like asking me "only this one?" and I said "Yes..." She kinda give me that sheepish look.
So we are sitting opposite Park Mall to eat our strawberries. Little Alex loves to eat them and she alone ate about 70% of them. I peel off the leaves for her to eat and I was busy taking pics of her greedy look, niak niak....
My mother told us to be back home for dinner at 6pm, we reached home about 6:30pm. Little Alex was sleeping in my arms when we are taking the train back home. I laid her down and she wakes up already. So I push her into the bathroom and wash her pat pat, then we had dinner. As usual, little Alex wants to eat what's in your plate...