Tuesday, July 20

Joy in Just a Pen

Just saw a story about 'Pen'.

Have you ever had problems figuring out what to buy as a gift for someone else during a birthday?

Most often, we can't really seem to figure out what to get as most people would already have most of the things. Even at a very young age, many of them would already possess things which many of us only have it at a later stage in life.

Look at primary school kids, they already have hi-tech mobiles, playstation 3, X-box 360, etc. So what can you still get for them?

An author when going on a vacation to Tibet was told by his friend to bring more pens/pencils on the trip. At first, he was curious about the reason behind this. He thought, maybe it was hard to get pens in the area and his friend just wanted him to be able continue writing even during vacation.

During the trip, the author noticed something different. For the many places which he has visited. The kids often gather around you with their hands right in front of you asking for money and a desperate look.

But in Tibet, the kids weren't like these. Instead, they just walk behind you, smiling at you. They looked poor. Yet they were very different from those kids you can see in places like India for example. They don't beg for money. The author felt the need to give them something, but not sure what. In the end, he took out his pens and pencils and gave it to them. Instantly, he could see their joy in receiving those stationery. Only then, he understood what his friend meant.

The children there, unlike others have not much opportunity to go to schools for a proper education, to study and to write. Pen or pencils, to us are things we can buy in bulk from stores, but to them, is something near to priceless, which they enjoy using for learning.

A lot of times, we have so much things in our lives that we kind of forget the joy in having the simplest of things.

We forget that even a simple pen, can also be very precious in some way, it can encompass our sincerity in presenting it as a gift, it can also carry creativity and the passion to learn.


Saturday, July 17

A blogger said: Murderers are actually good people?

I was reading a blog recently which tells a story about a murderer who killed the entire family of a child. The interesting part about this blog post was it stated that the murderer was not wrong in doing so. The reason behind this is: because of what the murderer did, the boy grew up working his best to become successful and then contributed a lot in terms of crime prevention.

Before I go on, I state here that I am not saying that the thinking of the author is wrong.

But I have another point of view towards this story:
1. How sure can we be that if the murderer did not kill the boy’s entire family, the boy will not work hard in life and be a successful person?
2. How certain are we that the boy when he grew up will not contribute towards better crime prevention?
3. How positive are we in saying that the boy’s success is totally dependent on the actions of the murderer?

If the murderer did not kill the boy’s family, does that mean the boy wouldn’t have understood the importance of crime prevention? Why the success of the boy later in life must be dependent on the cruel event?

If the boy were to live happily with his family, being cared and loved, being taught of the right moral values and principles, would he not still be righteous later as an adult?

Hmm… There seems to be a lot of ‘if’ here… I think the notion to suggest that the killer’s action is right because it caused the boy to be strong and successful in life is rather *I’m lost of words; not sure how to describe*, let’s say ‘illogical’…

Whether an action is right or wrong, in my opinion, for this case of murder should be considered at that point-of-time. It is wrong for the murderer to rob and kill his family (in fact, anybody). It is unlawful/immoral/against ethics for the murderer to commit a crime. Simple as that.

If we were to always, take a long and winding path and painstakingly linked every single success to a crime done by criminal, then we might as well just let all the killers and robbers roam the streets because they make people stronger after having a bad experience being robbed or family or friends being killed. In other words, all the crooks and now saints because of what they did.

Again, I would like to emphasize I’m not saying the author is wrong in saying what he said, I’m just saying that the notion isn’t very ‘sound’ to me.

What do you guys think?

Tuesday, July 13

Life is about correcting mistakes

Jocelyn married William this day. At the end of the wedding party, Jocelyn's mother gave her a newly opened bank saving passbook. With $1000 deposit amount.

Mother: 'Jocelyn, take this passbook. Keep it as a record of your marriage life. When there's something happy and memorable happened in your new life, put some money in. Write down what it's about next to the line. The more memorable the event is, the more money you can put in. I've done the first one for you today. Do the others with William. When you look back after years, you can know how much happiness you've had.'

Jocelyn shared this with William when getting home. They both thought it was a great idea and were anxious to know when the second deposit can be made.

This was what they did after certain time:

- 7 Feb: $100, first birthday celebration for William after marriage
- 1 Mar: $300, salary raise for Jocelyn
- 20 Mar: $200, vacation trip to Bali
- 15 Apr: $2000, Jocelyn got pregnant
- 1 Jun: $1000, William got promoted

.... and so on...

However, after years, they started fighting and arguing for trivial things. They didn't talk much. They regretted that they had married the most nasty people in the world.... no more love...Kind of typical nowadays, huh?

One day Jocelyn talked to her Mother: 'Mom, we can't stand it anymore. We agree to divorce. I can't imagine how I decided to marry this guy!!!'

Mother: 'Sure, girl, that's no big deal. Just do whatever you want if you really can't stand it. But before that, do one thing first. Remember the saving passbook I gave you on your wedding day? Take out all money and spend it first. You shouldn't keep any record of such a poor marriage.'

Jocelyn thought it was true. So she went to the bank, waiting at the queue and planning to cancel the account. While she was waiting, she took a look at the passbook record. She looked, and looked, and looked. Then the memory of all the previous joy and happiness just came up her mind. Her eyes were then filled with tears. She left and went home. When she was home, she handed the passbook to William, asked him to spend the money before getting divorce.

The next day, William gave the passbook back to Jocelyn. She found a new deposit of $5000. And a line next to the record: 'This is the day I notice how much I've loved you thru out all these years. How much happiness you've brought me.'

They hugged and cried, putting the passbook back to the safe. Do you know how much money they had saved when they retired? I did not ask. I believe the money did not matter any more after they had gone thru all the good years in their life.

"When you fall, don't see the place where you fell, instead see the place from where you slipped. Life is about correcting mistakes."

Saturday, July 3

Prince of Persia: The Sand of Time

Just watch Prince of Persia (PoP) recently during the winter break. I kind of like the movie a lot. Ok, ok, anybody who knows me would say I'm bias on this movie because I like the PoP game on PS2!! Haha... Who doesn't??!?! If you are a PS2 guy, you would definitely love this game! The graphic is nice, the movement of the character is superb! The variation of fighting techniques around is 'chun' man!! haha... But one thing about it is, the bloody sand always run out before I manage to conquer the game! hahaha.. yea yea, you guys going to say I'm lousy at this game! haha.. but then, everytime I want to re-play the game, I keep thinking about assignments, so what to do! hahaha.. sure go piah the assignments laa...

By the way, if I'm not mistaken, this game goes wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy back when Information Technology started! Haha.. According to my cousin bro laa, he is a computer tech-ky guy.. haha... Maybe since the start of Windows 95 or even before it, this game Prince of Persia was already around. So it is an EPIC!!!!
Ok, now about the movie. Before you guys start worrying that because you've never played the game and so you can't understand the movie. No worries! because it starts from the very beginning of the origin of the prince! haha.. So, you need not any prior knowledge. Basically the prince isn't a prince but an adopted orphan by the king from the streets.
But obviously, this guy turned out to be a person with the heart of a prince! Haha... Amazing right?! He has superb fighting skills! Better than Jackie Chan lor!!

What I like about the story is: "Follow you heart"

Yup, the catch phrase! I think the part of the story which I love most is the fact that though the Prince of Persia (Not the real prince) and the real Prince are not blood siblings, they got very closed to each other. And at doubt, they can follow their heart to believe and trust each others to protect and save each others.

I hope that this is not too much to ask from my close friends!! Hahaha... But yea, I guess in all relationships including friendships, trust is an important ingredient.
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