Monday, January 25, 2010


Saw this on facebook posted by an old friend...


It is translated as ,

If trees shed their bark, it will definitely die.
If a man shed his face [ie sense of shame], he will be invincible!

A long time ago, my dad, in one of his experience sharing sessions with me, told me that a man, if desperate enough, will shed his sense of shame, his dignity as well as his pride, because he already has nothing to lose and will do anything to survive.

And the best examples will be the beggars on the street. They are on the brink of their lives, and will not hesitate to give up their pride and dignity to kneel down and kowtow to any passersby to ask for spare change. In return for giving up pride and dignity, they also have to face rejections even after paying homage to passerbys.

To most whom find them a social problem and brand them as lazy people that chooses the easy way out, consider this penny of a thought from me....

If these poor beggars are willing to give up their sense of pride and dignity and embrace shame wholeheartedly by reaching out their hands for spare change which amounts to a insignificant sum to the average passerby, do think about what have these people given up. To trade the basic dignity of a human being for loose change, that is not an easy pill to swallow.

Would you kneel for a stranger for a few coins?

But to look at it from a more positive perspective.
Probably, by giving up some pride and dignity will allow or empower one to do things in a certain manner in which most normal individuals wouldn't do.

And if success come by means of travelling the less trodden path, then probably the one whom dares to sacrifice his dignity and pride (and if pride and dignity is already the last 2 assets he own, he'd have nothing much to lose anyway), would have everything to gain from decision to go down the lesser trodden path that may be difficult at first but will most definitely bring him to the peak faster than anyone else.

And I am sure that is what this Chinese proverb is all about....



Friday, January 22, 2010

Some Morals I learnt from the movie: Law Abiding Citizen

I had the chance to watch the movie, Law Abiding Citizen, after a good friend W, mentioned about it during one of our late night buddies (F,W,A,A) chit chat sessions.

It was a very exciting movie in terms of plot. Gerard Butler starred in this movie and he was also one of the producers. Jamie Foxx was casted as the second lead in this vengeance thriller.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

OMG, so retro cool, play videos in ASCII mode!

ASCIImeo is a site that plays online flash videos from VIMEO in completely text ASCII mode!

See an example video rendered in ASCII!

Original video clip at Vimeo

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

For God's Sake! I can't translate the 3 simple words preceding this sentence to Bahasa Melayu!

My first article on the usage of the word "Allah" in Malaysia was first published in March 2009..

Recently, their decision to allow the word "Allah" to describe the spiritual almighty for other religions, besides Islam, has been overturned again such that, other religion cannot use the word "Allah" to describe their religion's "Almighty" in the Malay Language.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Too much PC games for 5 year old Isabel

My daughter or "dotter" (I prefer dotter) is 5 years old and likes to play PC games.

My wife and I have an old laptop for her just to let her play some PC games. And recently, I introduced the game "Plants vs Zombies" to her..

Initially, I thought the game would be too complicated for a 5 year old toddler but she amazed us by showing us that she can understand the game and how to play in order to win...

I was quite hooked to this game a couple of months back... A simple strategy game that needed fast clicking mouse fingers...

On passing our corridor plants, my wife told me that our dotter told her after seeing a dying plant that, it was eaten by Zombies... [due to influence from the game]

That comment made my day.

For those whom have yet to be addicted to the game yet, a trial play mode is available at POPCAP.

To buy it is only S$19.95.

Did the Zombies eat your plants too?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Severed legs

Severed legs found @ Jervois condo,River Valley area,Singapore

Friday, January 15, 2010

A Brief History of the Ampersand

The "&" symbol...

Seriously, how many people know that it is known as the AMPERSAND symbol?

Most of us read it as the "and" letter and on the PC keyboard, the "and" key.

So you think you know?

Read the history of the AMPERSAND symbol below.

A Brief History of the Ampersand: "

Cameron Chapman of Web Design Depot has written a heavily-illustrated article about the history of the ampersand. This old symbol has again become popular in the last several years with the emergence of abbreviated written communications, such as tweets and text messages.

The word “ampersand” was first added to dictionaries in 1837. The word was created as a slurred form of “and, per se and”, which was what the alphabet ended with when recited in English-speaking schools. (Historically, “and per se” preceded any letter which was also a word in the alphabet, such as “I” or “A”. And the ampersand symbol was originally the last character in the alphabet.)

Link via The Presurfer | Image: Cameron Chapman

Monday, January 04, 2010

Avatar Movie: Learn How To Speak Na'vi

Not only the Elvish language, aka Sindarin, from Lord of the Rings was a created language used in fiction.. Now Na'vi is also a learnable language, thanks to its linguistic creator, Professor Paul R. Frommer. All hail "Eywa"


Na'vi is a a constructed language spoken by the fictional indigenous race (the Na'vi) on Pandora in James Cameron's 2009 film Avatar. The language was created by Paul Frommer, a professor at USC with a doctorate in linguistics. This website exists to share this beautiful language with all who want to learn.

Learn Na'vi Website
Handbook Download (pdf)

Read the full article at
Read my review of Avatar movie here

Friday, January 01, 2010

Disney to buy Chinese Cartoon Company?

There are so many talents waiting to be spotted in China... and yet they are flooding the immigration customs of Singapore, dying to defect and convert to become a Singaporean citizen.


Ever heard of a Chinese domestic made cartoon called The Pleasant Goat and the Big Big Wolf (喜羊羊與灰太郎)? It’s a children’s cartoon series created by a local Chinese company and has over 590 episodes, broadcasted by 65 TV stations since its first appearance in 2005. To many Chinese, this cartoon represents a kind of Chinese nationalism and culture as it was developed purely by a domestic company... and it’s the only domestic cartoon brand that is sizable enough to compete against Walt Disney cartoon products in China. Now there is a rumor that Walt Disney wants to buy “The Pleasant Goat and the Big Big Wolf”.

Read the full article here at