9/24/2007 - Same Name Same Thing?
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Have you ever gone past a store and wondered if you have seen the place before? What I'm talking about are actually franchises. Imagine Breadtalk, Bengawan Solo and even your friendly McDonalds. They all have one thing in common: All of them have a flagship of stores. I'm personally a quantity over quality person (especially in food) but I too wonder about the quality at times. My contention is that the quality of food among the different stores differ quite a bit. Different branches of Breadtalk surely have diferent quality of bread. Even if the recipe was the same, wouldn't the person making the thing itself also differ in skill when compared with another following the same recipe? Also, it has come to my attention that some stores offer different variety of goods and services. Yes, they come under the same parent company but they do have unique qualities. Ultimately, branding does help in the turnovers. People associate themselves with brands. They would rather stick to the popular brands than the so called label less ones because it is deem 'uncool' not to fit in with the crowd. Thus, franchises are an unavoidable part of the economy.While I would appreciate more quality control among the franchises, they don't really differ much from my standards in general so I'm mostly all right with it. A point to note, something that shares the same name or brand may not compare well to the original especially with higher standards set by the original. Just today there was a news report that a particular company found out that there were pirated bluetooth headsets being sold after one unfortunate user bought one and it exploded when charging. These things do happen so exercise caution when buying goods or services. Ask explicitly and you would be able to avoid unfortunate circumstances. Until then, always read the fine print!  
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9/21/2007 - The murmurs of dissent
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We see this all the time. People mumbling about things under their breath. Most of these rumblings are of the negative kind. Mouthing people behind their backs could be a source of relief in this stressful society. While not encourageable, it definitely exists. Many people do it. The question is why. Could be a variety of reasons. For example if a certain person makes a decision which doesn't seem fair yet it can't be overturned, there would be some people who would quietly complain and start to question the competence of that particular person. These people keep their thoughts to themselves and don't really express their dismay or disagreements towards the decision. In my opinion, this isn't healthy. We should always try to express ourselves even if we feel that it would not be a nice situation. Do not shirk your responsibility to yourself to show what you feel. I'm not trying to encourage brash behaviour for many friends turn to enemies because of this. Use tact but try to be honest to yourself. Things can only change if you make the effort. The person making the decision may not know the ramifications that arise because of it. Sometimes there is just no right or wrong. Life's like that. As individuals, we are all affected by what other people do or say. Instead of bottling all your feelings, throw them out in the open and see if there can be a compromise. Indeed, it would be difficult for those who consider themselves introvert in nature but I believe that even introverts are able to express themselves in a very effective manner. Nobody is truly intovert. There will be times that the introvert will become an extrovert. Exuberance is unnecessary, honesty is. People respect honesty even if it clashes with what they are trying to achieve. Even, if it doesn' t help to change things, at least you would have know you tried and not feel lousy over it. So always remember: Honesty is the best policy!

 

On a side note, Korat det people are back. The fearsome Kramni and Uncle Tan is coming back to strike fear in our lives. Looking forward to the day of freedom. Not the tmeporary reprieve of the next 2 days. I hunger, hunger for more...

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8/30/2007 - Foundations of Light
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Nope, this isn't going to be a physics piece. More of my weird and jumbled thoughts. What is light without darkness? Is it possible to have light and not darkness? Would it necessary be better for this earth? The Sun is one of the strongest provider of light yet there are times when the light cease to be. That is when you get total darkness. I'm quite sure you have come across a pitch dark night when there is no moon nor any stars. So where did the light go? If light is suppose to travel in a straight line yet behave like particles (the dual nature of light...going into physics but I can't resist lol) why is there no light in outer space? Or is it just a misconception that there is no light in outer space? How dark is the Black Hole? Questions with answers for sure but I don't know them so I ask. Wonder if I would find the answer someday. Mayhaps I will but I know not when that would be. Yet these thoughts do creep into my mind. It ain't a passion but probably curiosity. Something as basic as light and I know so little about it. Even as we speak, My computer screen is emitting light. An irony? Again the illogical mind is at work.  
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8/13/2007 - Stay The Same
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A song by Joey McIntyre. (I hoped I spelled that correctly) Many memories are invoked with this song. It tells a story really. Should a person change and reinvent himself for the sake of others? Or should he remain as he is? We are all different. I guess it's a useless statement since most of us already know this for a fact. Yet we are all the same. Contradictory? Perhaps. We are all human beings with emotions. Sometimes, it is this fact that clouds our judgement, preventing us from seeing what should have been obvious right from the very start. Change is inevitable. To avoid doing so will result in the lagging behind in this rat race. (Please don't be harsh on my grammer. It has been quite a while since I used it and it needs some warming up :) ) So the important question is who or what you are changing for and whether it would be worth it at the very end. If you are changing yourself to get a better job, a better income in order to lessen the burden of your loved ones, I would say go for it. Yet, consider a couple of questions if you may. Is this change necessary? Would it change the core of what you are? What I mean is would it shift your perceptions of your identity? (Looks like I'm really muddying the waters with this one lol...) Is it worth it? By asking this questions, you can justify the change. Or you will realise that it's not worth it. Relationships can be viewed in the same light. Is it worth all the effort to change yourself just to accomodate your significant other? Think about the burdens that you would have to carry. Or the eternal love that you profess to each other is worth all the effort in the world. That truly you have found your soulmate and not afraid to make the changes to display your sincerity and belief in this relationship that you deeply cherish. Could it be that you should just stay the same? If your other really love you, it should be plain and simple. He or she would love you just the way you are just like in the song. But love destroys all boundaries and numbs the senses. Not everybody would have the same view that I have. It is unfair for me to say what's right and what's wrong. The grey areas in life are what makes life interesting and steals away some of the black and white which are the fundamentals of the vibrancy of life. Fascinating isn't it?

 

On a different note, EPL kicked off last weekend. Liverpool sealed their win with a 2-1 victory right at the end courtesy of a Stevie G wonder strike from a free-kick. not the first time Stevie G saved us at the end. Not a good performance but the result is satisfying nonetheless. Chelsea scraped a 3-2 win over Birmingham while Arsenal did a Liverpool coming back from 1-0 down to blitz Fulham in a 15-min display of bombardment. Eventually stole all 3 points thanks to Hleb's Man of The Match performance. Man Utd could only manange a prro 0-0 draw with Reading. Disapoointing stuff from the league champions. 

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7/16/2007 - School
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I know of quite a few people who 'hated' school. To them, it was like a jail with no 'Get out of jail free' card. Made to wear gaudy uniforms and worse still, the dirty four-letter word: study. It's not surprising that school brings back memories. However, I sincerely believe if all of us were to think back, school wasn't that bad. Some uniforms were actually considered quite cool and even the lack of fashion sense was obviously evident, the situation was alleviated somehow because everyone was forced to wear the same thing. Agreed, school rules can be a drag. But there are always ways to bend them...Inevidently, there would be some teachers who were a cause for ire among the students, but there are also some who were in no doubt top-of-the-list for a Teachers' Day present.

 

All in all, school isn't even half bad. It was a place where we made new friends and transformed ourselves. Metamorphosis I was told. The opinion of friends became important. Activities were fun as long as it meant spending more time with friends. Teachers became more than they were. Outings tend to include them. It was a time of change and to mature. The growing process can be described as bittersweet. Examinations were tough as everyone worked together to tackle it. Group studies were a common occurence as libraries were packed like sardines. School was a place where values were cultivated as well as knowledge passed on. Some of my best friends were from my school. I love my school and wished that everyone will have fond memories of their own. If anything, there's always break time right?

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7/12/2007 - Time Lapse
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Been quite a while since I last blogged. I don't regret not doing so though. Excuses a plenty. Lack of time for one. Just plain lazy is another. Very tired now. Going to sleep. Jeepers! Today is Friday the Thirteen. Hopefully nothing ominous happens. Already having such a feeling. A pain yes. Zzz...
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6/29/2007 - 5 Inches of mud
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Imagine being 3/4 down an opening. Sludge, mud, dried leaves and whatever that muck is called flowing just over your shoes. Correction to last, make that covering your shoes. And it's not even flowing. The colour of the mess is enough to set your stomach roiling in horror. Maybe your breakfast and lunch will start spilling out of your gut. Vomitting, though less elegant, is but a step away. In addition, you absolutely hate the place. The higher-ups are beginning to irk you. Why ask for the impossible and keep saying otherwise? Why not come down and have a taste of what they want people to do. Do not do to others what you would not do unto yourself. I believe that's some kind of proverb. How unlucky of me to face all this in the span of a week! 5 inches of mud, showers of torrid 'rain' and a whole lot of rabid insects. What a day to end the week. Weekends are being burnt like fire burning through wood. Sad is a feeling I'm getting used to. 
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6/16/2007 - GE
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It's a really great game with good graphics. Seems addictive too. I'm talking about the Korean Game of the Year Granado Espada. A MMORPG like no other, it allows MCC or Multi-Character Control. Forming a team of three means you can control any one of them and at the same time too. Did I mention the graphics? It's really good and comparable to some of the more illustrious titles on the console. The learning curve though is something to take note of because the first few quests are not that easy especially the quest that requires you to survive in a dungeon with seemingly millions of monsters raining down on your party. The number of different characters available promises different variations of gameplay. Choose the one which best fits your style. Enjoy the background music which changes according to the situation. Right now the game is in its beta version but not for long. There's a raid party at Zouk in July and the launch of the game means that players will soon have to pay per play. While not dissimilar to WOW, it is nonetheless different in quite a numberr of ways. Try this game today to experience one like no other. 

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6/10/2007 - Infusion of Culture
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There are many different cultures in the world we live in that it's sometimes quite difficult to learn them all. Nevertheless, we should try at least to respect other people's culture even if we don't neccessary understand them. In doing so, we would take a great step forward in becoming a better person. I love music. Probably an understatement if you really knew me well, but I also love Japanese anime. In fact, I feel BoA sings really well. (She's Korean but sings Japanese songs) Japanese culture is becoming increasingly popular here. Many movies have that kind of influence eg. Deathnote trilogy and The Ring. Manga reading is also a popular pastime for quite a few people here. Back to the topic of culture, we have the American life. Hollywood is definitely a key influence in the tabloids we read and the movies we see today. MTV was a big step to globalise the music industry. McDonalds is so pervasive that many places in the world have them. It is unavoidable that there would be a meshing of cultures and that the reality could be the emergence of a global culture. Thus, it's important to keep a part of our culture intact. Otherwise, it may very well be lost forever and only remembered in History books.
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6/6/2007 - Ageless
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If we pause to think, there are many things which we term 'ageless'. A synonym would be 'evergreen'. It means that the thing transcends time. Music is one of the things which we term ageless. Songs from The Carpenters and ABBA are still listened to today even though they probably belonged to the previous generation. Some games have also achieved the enviable honour of being termed 'ageless'. Monopoly, Scrabble and chess are just some of the games which deserved such mention. Other less orthodox things include absolute truths and undisputable facts. Ageless has a nice ring to it. It suggests something profound and unarguable. An absolute that doesn't need to be questioned, a merit bourne solely because of what it is is a very fascinating thing indeed. But now I'm tired and all I want to do is go to bed only if my hair drys. Till next time! 
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6/5/2007 - Late
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Been going home late this few days. Very sad. Though I'm going to work later, it just doesn't seem proportionate. Sigh. That's life. You have to give and take. The worse thing is that I can't seem to sleep late. Could be because the rest of the family gets up pretty early and disturbs my rest time. I'm quite a light sleeper so I do wake if people go in and out of my room. Doesn't help that my siblings talk in a not so soft voice. Anyway, tired seems to be the word of the day. Need to juice it up somehow. Music and games seem to be the way out of this. Worth trying anyway.
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6/3/2007 - Lady Luck, Fate and Destiny
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I sincerely hope she's listening because I'm not getting it. Today's was a desparately unlucky day for me. Lost at Magic, keeping below-par rares and not being able to make up for the value. It's sad but I guess I can't get her to smile at me today. At least, she allowed me to skip an event today. A potentially long and boring event. So I guess today was not a total disaster. Anyway, it is in my opinion that luck plays an important part in whatever we do. In fact, luck has decided her fair share of outcomes. We can't control the element of luck but we can try to factor it in. Even then, its impact can be wide-ranging. It's fascinating but difficult to study luck. Some people say beginners have beginners' luck, others believe in praying to the various gods for her. (I refer to luck in the feminine sense because it's widely acknowleged that there is Lady Luck) I personally feel that luck and fate have an intimate relationship. I would even say that they work hand in hand. When somebody strikes the lottery, you can say the person was very lucky. Or you can say it was fate which allowed him to do so. In other words, he may have being trying his luck for a long time, investing quite a fortune on the lottery before finally winning it. In a way, he was making his own luck. While I'm at it, let's throw in destiny into the mix. Destiny is a weird subject because some say it doesn't exist. When someone fulfills his dream and does it with relative ease, people would start saying that it was his destiny to do so. Then they would throw in the luck factor and fate. These three are so entwined that to break them up would seem heartless. Science in this case has no answer for all three. They are strictly normative or to put it simply, all value judgement. Whether they actually exist is as good as asking if the supernatural actually exist. There are reports of sightings of the supernaturals. Similarly, there are people who claim that luck, fate and destiny exists and to fight against it is futile. Alas, in both cases there are detractors. Still, it's more interesting to believe than to disbelieve. More fun this way and puts the mind to work. It's up to you whether you want to believe in it but I'll believe it. Just as long as it's more fun and interesting to do so!
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6/1/2007 - People
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I like to observe people. I'm not a voyeur or anything along those lines. It's just that we can't just predict how people will react in different scenarios. Since my journey to work is a long one, I do have some time to just observe people. When an elderly couple gets on the train, I wondered how many people would give up their seat. Or will they remain glued to them. I also wonder how long it would take for someone to give up their own seat. This is when human nature kicks in. Some will become the next Academy Award winner and act as if they did not see them. Others will adopt the sleeping trick. Well, there are even people who just can't seem to take time off whatever they are so preoccupied with to notice them. it happens and so it's human. No one's perfect. We are not droids or robots. We too have feelings and though it may run along the lines of why we should give up our precious seat just because they are more elderly. It's a contradiction because I believe somewhere in our hearts we do know it's the right thing to do. People are just so unpredictable because we are complex beings. Our emotions, our reactions may be different even in 2 identical scenarios. It just so happens that they are different. And I do believe this particular attribute is what makes our living on this earth more enjoyable!
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5/29/2007 - Memories
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It's funny. We remember things not as they are but in a better state than it really is. The rose we saw at the roadside just seem a little more beautiful, a little more fragrant in our memories. It's the same for people. I personally remember my friends in the perfect sense. That they are flawless and beautiful people. They are people who will stand up for you, share your joy and pain. They are people who are good for me. In other words, they are my good friends. While it may seem I'm leaning towards an unrealistic image and that my friends are not as good as what I think they are, it's not true at all. I do know the difference between a friend and a 'friend'. Or at least I know to the best of my ability. But they title is 'Memories'. It's true though that in our memories, we tend to think of the good things and they seem better. It is also true that we remember the bad things as worse than it really is. Memories are an inevitable part of our human physique. Things that have already happened before will go into our memories. Though I must admit I do have short-term memory, there are things or events which are just impossible to forget. If these things are important to you, please remember that memories might not be the best thing to rely on. If it isn't as important, well. Just remember that your memory may not be an accurate portrayal of what actually happened.

 

My style of writing is weird isn't it? Sometimes it's coherent, other times it's just gibberish. Hopefully, I'm making sense to those actually reading my entries lol.

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5/28/2007 - Fly
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"If I were the rain, that binds the earth and the sky which will never meet eternally, would I be able to bind people's hearts together?" - translated from Bleach said by Orihime Inoue.

 

Isn't that phrase so meaningful? It has some sort of poetic feel to it. Makes me want to spread my wings and soar. What it must feel like to be in the air with no one to restrict your movements. If I only had wings, I would fly. Doesn't matter where my destination is, just flying itself must be a joy. My current situation could be better. Complaining about it would not make it better nor will it make me feel any better. Just suffer through the remaining time, in which binds all of us. Eternal, also known as one of the spaceships in Gundam Seed Destiny, symbolises many things. All of which I do not have the luxury to enjoy. Nevertheless, It's something I cannot change so I'll apply the 80-20 rule. What I can't change I'll leave it as it is. What I can change I'll do so to make my life a little better. To give in now will be a sign of weakness. That I will not do! 

 

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5/24/2007 - A Qualified Personnel
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What's in a qualification? So I'm officially qualified. Am I more valuable to the organization? Or am I less? Doesn't the dual trade mean I may lose some of the skills I had for both trades. No specialisation means less efficient. At least that was what I learn in economics class. Even so, the organization wishes to push. Push is such a wrong word. Maybe it should be changed to 'move forward'. It is as it is. No point crying over spilled milk. I'll rather attempt a stunt. Hopefully it works. AC Milan wins the Champions League. The better team lost. Not the first time and probabably not the last.
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5/16/2007 - Falling
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A star falls from the sky. It knows not where it came from. It knows not how it happened. It knows not where it is going to land. Down, down into a chasm. A hole big enough to contain it. Like a whale opening its mouth, the hole attempts to swallow the star. The star tries...or does it? The determination is questioned but the end result is the same. It will fall, fall and fall. Gravity pulls at it. The magnetic attraction of the abyss beckons it. The star falls inexorably...

 

Why does the star fall? Can it not? Questions with answers, can they be considered questions? Or are they merely statements and used to fill in conversations? The definite in the undefined; the truth in the lie. Contrasting they may be, like the 2 poles in our world they are linked in so many different ways. Lots of gibberish I may be spouting so heed not to this entry. Food for thought. I'll rather a hot plate of char kway teow thank you. 

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5/1/2007 - Freedom?
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A temporary reprieve. A moment of escapism. I'm free but just for the moment. It's the public holiday which allows me this moment to express how i feel. Kramni came up with some psychological blabble which failed to impress me. I could see where the discussion (for the sake of formality was going) was going. I don't doubt my comrades could see it too. The concessions were grudgingly given with stipulated conditions. However, what's done is done. We'll eat the cake since it was baked especially for us. Before anybody say anything about making an effort to do something about it, I can oly say I'll try. The bleak future has turned darker. Where is the light? May it come sooner and be brighter than the Northern Star! 
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4/28/2007 - My Last One
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Freedom is elusive. Just like a caged bird I'm going to lose it. It is so valuable that many people fail to trasure it when they have it. I feel the sorrow and the pain of my impending loss. Oh how it must hurt the bird! To able to lead your own life is the basic wish of most if not all living things. But alas! It is not to be! The four walls are slowly closing onto me. Claustrophobia is setting in. What am I to do? When the going gets tough, the tough gets going! I won't give up without a fight. I'll show the people the determination which I possess within me. If you fall, only you can pick yourself up. So don't be afraid to fall. It would only make you stronger. No names mentioned but some people are beginning to be unreasonable. If reasons are no longer needed, only consequences are left. And the victors are left to write history while the so called 'losers' wilt in the sun. It's all a facade yet reality is as grim as television. This may sound a little emotional for others but it's how I feel. After all, if what you feel can't be expressed, what's the point of blogging?

 

It is as it is. Hopefully, all's well end's well. 

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4/25/2007 - Gloomy
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The torrents just keep pouring. It seems like the heavens have opened their floodgates. Flashes of pure electricity decorated the skies. The low rumbling hollows imitate war drums on the eve of battle. I wouldn't be caught outside in this kind of storm. That's why I'm seeking refuge in my humble abode and blogging. Sometimes, being sheltered is a blessing by itself!
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