Feb 262011
 
Closed Mind by Jimmy Changa

I have been watching Seasons 1 and 2 of Fringe for the past few weeks. Given my love for science fiction thrillers and the bizarre, it is not surprising that the show has me hooked. But what I really love is how the show encourages you to have an open mind. No matter how strange or far-fetched an idea may seem, the answer to a crime often lies in “the impossible.” Watching Fringe is a constant reminder of the need for me to view the impossible as possible.
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Feb 222011
 
Egyptian V by Yamaha Gangsta

The 2011 unrest in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are unprecedented in scale and scope. It has even managed to do the unthinkable by toppling two heads of states so far. Right now, thanks to the media, both traditional and social, the world is watching as history unfolds before our very eyes. In fact, the use of social media is changing the world as you read this. Yet in the midst of all this change and chaos, there are lessons for us all. In fact, it would do us good to heed the signs and master the lessons early. To do otherwise would be unwise.
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Feb 162011
 
Helping Hand by Lusi

The old saying goes that no one is an island. At some point or other, we will have to ask for help because there are too many things that we cannot know. We will need to rely on the expertise of others. Now, the way we ask for help affects the quality and extent of help that we will receive. If we do so in a half-hearted or off-putting manner, we are unlikely to get the help we need. Even if we did get help, it will not be whole-hearted which can make a lot of difference. But if we ask for help with sincerity, we are likelier to get the help we need. To illustrate this point, I would like to share a favourite story of mine.
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Feb 122011
 
Yoda by Aryc Ogre

Each of us has a unique destiny here on Earth that we have to create for ourselves. Creating this destiny however, requires guts, time, effort and ability. To add to our problems, we may not have the ability or the experience needed to succeed in the first place. Instead, we must acquire them over time. Only when we pass through the baptism of fire can we hope to succeed. At this point, life steps in to guide and help us.
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Feb 082011
 
Cloud Forest by Luca5

Nature provides much insight about life if we take the time to notice. Being like water for example can help us to manage the problems we face. Then, there is the matter of gradual development. No matter how much we try to rush matters, everything will only unfold at its own time. If we complete a process through excessive haste, the desired outcome will not occur. This applies to many areas in life. Whether it is the growth of a tree or the growth of a relationship or even the growth of a nation, only gradual development can ensure lasting success.
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Feb 042011
 
Mini Spicy Shrimp Rolls by Su-Lin

Chinese New Year (CNY) is a big thing in Singapore. Apart from the red packets, there is always the food, which seems to come in endless supply. It would be easy to avoid overeating by if I could avoid temptation. Unfortunately, this is the time where we visit people or people come to visit to catch up. Now all good hosts know it is their sacred duty to provide CNY goodies. It is unthinkable to have no CNY goodies to serve the hungry guests. Thankfully, I am not that big on CNY goodies. Even so, I still have a few weaknesses that I cannot resist. The names of these criminals are pineapple tarts and dried shrimp rolls. Since I cannot avoid temptation, I have compiled a list of measures to deal with it.
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Feb 012011
 
Learning to Let Go by Indigo

Question: What do a dictator and an annoying house guest have in common?
Answer: They do not know when to leave.

The recent unrest in Egypt has set me thinking. It is not easy to let go and call it quits. In fact, it is far easier to overstay our welcome only to find ourselves thrown out. In social settings, we may have the awareness needed to know when to go. But when the situation involves money and power, it is harder to know where to draw the line. This problem is not only common in our age. Countless people before us have clung onto power and money longer than they should. In fact, thousands of years ago, Lao Zi addressed this issue in the Tao Te Ching.
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