Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Home Sweet Home

Apologies to all ardent fans out there. Ed has been too busy/tired to post anything. Finally, some time to ramble...

Life's been good.

In case you aren't my enamoured devotee, I was at Tsinghua University, Beijing at an academia-oriented conference in mid October. T'was a great experience and a very fruitful trip - and I don't mean the shopping.

It being an international conference, I got to meet people from across 13 countries. And that was certainly the best part of the trip, for me. For one, I got to put my rusty mandarin to practice.

During dinner the other day, a good friend was lamenting how most of his close friends are flying off to other countries. Yet when I asked him, he said he's staying put in Singapore. Expected of him, he gave a rather rational & logical answer, which is the affordable cost of living, relative to certain developed nations, of course.

Back in Beijing, my colleague kept groaning on the bus about how she hates Singapore. And LKY is the only thing Singapore should be proud about.

Well, I'm not getting into a fight about what's Uniquely Singapore.

When she asked me, what's worth staying in Singapore, my answer - family & friends!

You left out the food, she offered.

Of course :)

One thing G's taught me is that you don't have to travel to see the world and to have an open mind with broad horizons.

Coz it's all in the mind.

Either that or Ian Wright & Lonely Planet.

*cue peculiar yet familiar didgeridoo sounds*

Oh wait, I'm outdated. I believe it's Pilot Guides now.

One thing I've yet to learn is work/life balance. Seems all I know now is work-life balance.

Too bad if you don't get it.

Of course, compared to my peers slogging away in banks & consultancies, I really shouldn't complain.

Life's good.

Ah, home sweet home...

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?

Last night, I got to know a 33yo Dutch guy. I find him inspiring because he's finally discovered his purpose in life, after working in a big MNC and making big bucks. Now he edits his own magazine and though hasn't turned profitable yet, that's where he wants to be.

It's also interesting how he's had so much life experience, while I feel like I've only just begun to experience life for real.

Hmmm...

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Land of Peking Ducks & Flying Pigeon Bicycles

Here I am at Terminal 2, blinded by the gleaming lights of the many shops in the departure hall.

After all, we don't get up at 5plus everyday.

Off to Beijing, I am.

Awfully excited and feeling empowered by the expanded sense of independence. Yet this independence also comes with a sense of being lost.

Anyway, will be back soon.

Friday, October 08, 2004

Amidst the Silent Hum

Woe is the flatulent cubicle drone whose surreptitious attempt at dispelling wind amidst the silent hum of air-con & computers is defeated by the unwavering laws of acoustics.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Motorcycle Diaries

Dunno why, but the trailer just attracts me.

http://www.motorcyclediariesmovie.com/

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

It's My Hatching Anniversary!

How nice to have birthday greetings streaming into my phone first thing in the morning. Thanks guys & gals!

And I've realized that the best present I can have is simply your presence :)

If I've time, I'll do a tribute to myself. Heh.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Machinima

Machinima: The Marriage of Gaming & Animation

Interesting films made by gaming enthusiasts using games such as Quake, Half-life & Unreal Tournament.