Yesterday was a public holiday, Deepavali. I had a church engagement in the mornings till late afternoon, and was feeling guilty I couldn’t spend time with my 2 kids.
In the evening, I coax them for a short walk with me to the hawker center. Charlotte wants to spend time at home to play mum iphone, but Aaron was willing. I practically had to force Charlotte to come along.
CRossing a bridge, I met a neighbour and some old guys chatting and fishing. Aaron wants to have a look, and we hung around. The old guy, Steven was fishing and I told him I will be running the vertical challenge next month. The two kids were watching him fishing, and a old man nearby asked Aaron whether he wants to see a monitor lizard. Aaron was frighten by the stranger, but walked behind me. I love nature and all the animals.
Soon, we saw a small monitor lizard, not moving. Aaron was frightened, and so was the monitor lizard. It ran away. While Charlotte was watching Steven fishing, Steven decided to coach Charlotte into fishing. FANTASTIC.
Later, the monitor lizard was found again and the old man asked Aaron to hold. Aaron was frightened and refused. Steven had caught a small fish, but being too small and little value, Steven threw to a nearby grass patch, as some kingfishers were already eyeing the fish.
It was a short but wonderful experience. On a river bank, we had monitor lizards, fishes and kingfishers. The kids enjoyed it lots. Although I did not have a camera and take photos, the memories will stay. Truly blessed.
Who moved my cheese? is a story about choice, change and adaptation.
China has a one policy rule. There are advantages and disadvantages to it. It is easy to criticise, but policy makers can only look backwards and plan forward. There are natural deaths, and unnatural deaths by suicides, murders, accidents and earthquakes. Also there are migration push and pull components.
Singapore has its fair share of problems. I call my country CHASE Country, where children are forcibly chasing academic and well round balance, encourage by MOE. THe working adults are chasing for financial independence. We are growing in inflation, but devaluing moral values and ethics. The rule is self-preservation, and not group preservation.
Governments may have to relook at paradigms to help families, to give help as and when neccessary. The childcare leave is a good start, whereby for those 7 to 14, could we have 3 days childcare leave? The government could seriously look into this suggestion.
Q: If there are 4 birds on a branch and 1 hunter shoots 1 down, how many birds are left on the branch?
A: 0, the rest are frightened off by the gun shot and flew away.
Q: If 4 fishes are in a tank, and 1 died, how many fishes are in the tank?
A:4, I have not removed the dead fish.
Army General at war: The enemy is here, fire at will!!!
A soldier was seen sprinting away.
Army General to Captain: Why is that soldier running away?
Captain: His name is Private Will, Sir!
A simple minded soldier was tasked to fly a helicopter and monitor below for security until further notice, while a General is having a meeting. 10 minutes later, the helicopter crashed. The General ran out from the meeting to see what is happening, and having seen the soldier, asked him what happened.
Soldier: Sir, it was getting cold up there, so I turned off the fan (pointing to rotOr blades of helicopter)
All contributions from my students…luff till stomachache
THis youtube video was posted in facebook, run by a pc with win XP Os. Ultimately, the first pcs were run by win Os, which were copied by Macintosh. I believe in the evolution cycle, most of what applications and softwares and ITs were largely a permutation of this man, Steve Jobs.
My best wishes to a man, who valued his parents earnings and stewardship, who faced life smack in the face, who dared to dream, and when he fell, he scrapped his knees and walk again. He started apple, and pixar, he got kicked out of apple, and had cancer.
He shared his life story with a group of stanford graduates, and opened up his life, the good and bad. Few man would do so.
To the children and youths today, take time to listen. You may connect the dots 10 years later. Death has swept away the old, and he is equipping the new in process. Happy children’s day, RIP, Steve Jobs.