This Thing Called Divorce

The SMS came a week ago.
The gist of the message was: July 14th would be the day she would walk out a free woman.
She would be officially divorced from her ex-husband.
And yesterday, at about 10.20am, I got another SMS from her. Finally, after all the waiting, she did walk out of court a free woman. Unencumbered by her past.
The first thing I did was to send her a message of support. That I was truly happy for her. I truly was because I knew she had been waiting for this day for the longest time.
She’s a happier person this way, and she’s found much strength in herself, after walking out of a bad marriage.

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Fired for Blogging…

You know, blogging is bigger than ever these days. Everyone knows what a blog is. It’s happening. It’s big and it’s set to grow even bigger.
But here’s even better news…people can get fired for blogging!
Shocked? Don’t be.
Usually it happens when you are working for some company (hence, you are an employee) and you start blogging, and writing how unhappy you are with certain co-workers, or why you didn’t get that raise when you were supposed to.
A stewardess in the US is appealing her case right now because she posted some photos of herself in uniform on her blog and she got sacked.
Another blogger got fired because he posted photos of the new Mac G5 on his blog.
So what’s the moral of the story?
Blogging is public, and blogging can get you in trouble if you are not careful, especially in the States.
And if you want to blog dangerously, make sure you are your own boss. That way, no one can fire you.

Hungry and Foolish

I loved this piece. It was sent to me by a good friend, James. Once in a while, I need this kind of heartwarming inspiration.
Thank you James!
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This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005 at Stanford University.
I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college.
Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life.
That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

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No Rainforest This Year

We’re not going to the Rainforest World Music Festival this year (SOB!) due to our business commitments and a whole load of projects. But we’ve encouraged all our friends to go and some are taking up the challenge.
This year seems to be a bit subdued (maybe too many years in the running now) but still, if you go, you will love it to bits. There’s absolutely nothing in Malaysia to rival this gorgeous music festival… and you won’t believe you’re in Malaysia either coz there’s going to be bunches of nationalities there! It’s a mini UN convention I tell you.

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What Colour, Courage?

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing a man who risked his life to save four children whom he barely knew.
Courage is not what you say but what you do.
This 37-year-old welder had so much of courage and so little fear that he entered a burning house 3 times to save four children.

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Naked in Everyone's Eyes

“What if your blog is read by people you don’t like?”
A good pal emailed me this question today and I guess, like all questions, it needs an answer.
While blogging is a great sanity exercise, blogging can take away your time, energy, focus and then some. It can get you addicted to reading (and sometimes, wasting time) because everything seems so juicy and you just have to read other people’s blogs… or in other words, we’re all human – we’re all ‘kay poh chees’ of the highest order.

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Hibernating Thoughts

I don’t know about others but I do my best thinking (and get the strangest ideas) when I am alone, in the mornings, in my bathroom.
I can be taking a shower and suddenly this hot, new idea pops into my head. Or I can be washing my face, shampooing my hair or staring at the pimple wannabe on my face when I get hit by thoughts which I call inspiration.

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Playing with Words

Recently, I had the good luck to find some of my ex-lecturer’s art pieces exhibited at the KLCC Galeri Petronas. He paints over pictures cut from magazines. I saw four of his pieces there – dark paint over blurred magazine cutouts of people.
But whoever the curator was, he or she needed Strunk and White’s 1918 classic on how to write simple, clear and understandable English. Because the introduction to the work was convoluted and pompous. Whoever wrote such an introduction clearly wanted to seem more high-brow and knowledgeable than she or he really was. If I hadn’t seen my lecturer’s work before, I wouldn’t have known an iota of what the introduction was about.

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Days of the Unknown…

A good friend, K, told me once that he doesn’t want anyone to know or read his blog. He says he likes keeping it that way. I think it is easier to spill one’s guts out knowing NO ONE (or at least no one you know) reads your innermost thoughts and ramblings.
It’s becoming quite antithetical, this blog issue. It’s becoming so popular that everyone has a blog now. It’s everywhere. Corporate bigwigs are highly interested in blogging because blogging works. Blogging makes us human. It taps into the YOU which the Internet de-humanises.

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Warm and Fuzzy… Not!

I think it is a damn conspiracy. And I think God’s male. All powerful and all testosterone too.
I figured this out early in my life but I think the only way to see how it all falls into the puzzle of life is to look at a pregnant woman.

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