Friday, September 3, 2010


"People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive."

~ Joseph Campbell (1904–1987); mythologist, writer & lecturer; best known for his work in comparative mythology & comparative religion;


A social buddy of mine has sent me the foregoing beautiful snapshot of nature's brilliance.

It comprises a nature scene that you will probably never get to see in your lifetime.... This is the sunset at the North Pole with the moon at its closest point.

You also get to see the sun below the moon.

A truly amazing snapshot, and it's certainly one that is not easily duplicated.

I thought it would be a great idea to share it with my readers.

Thursday, September 2, 2010


"Nothing in life just happens. You have to have the stamina to meet the obstacles and overcome them."

~ Golda Meir, former Prime Minister of Israel;


I am now in the deep heat of my relocation logistics to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

That's right... I am moving from the concrete jungle of Singapore to the vast hinterland of Indo-China, so to speak.

From now till the end of this month, I will be very busy... so the posting of my weblog will be somewhat intermittent &/or erratic.

A good friend of mine wrote back when I emailed him regarding my big move:

"... Thats a very interesting thing to do. To pack up and take a different road in Life now is very adventurous. May I ask what made you decide to relocate and what will you be doing there?..."

My decision to move to Vietnam was actually made five years ago, when I married May from Ho Chi Minh City.

Prior to meeting her, I had visited the beautiful country with friends, & I fell in love with it instantly. I was attracted by the slow pace of life, wholesome Vietnamese cooking, & the vibrancy, youthfulness & friendliness of the people.

To cut the story short, Vietnam offers the best option for me to stretch my retirement dollars.

In a nut shell, it will be an exciting phase of my life.

For my wife May, it will be 'Home Sweet Home!'

For me, I am looking forward to big changes, novel experiences & exciting challenges.

I have actually set up a weblog - 'Bonjour Vietnam, Here I Come!' - to chronicle my relocation journey to Vietnam. I have just got it started... so, please give me some time to get it running smoothly.

Please stay tuned!

[The first photo shows farmers working on a paddyfield in the Mekong Delta. The last photo shows the famous marketplace known as Ben Thanh Market, located in the perennially busy District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City (to the local folks, it's 'Saigon'), which is also a favourite "must-see" tourist attraction.]

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


"Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought."

~ Napoleon Hill; the man who struggled for 20 years to write the definitive guide to success, 'Law of Success';

Monday, August 30, 2010


"Instead of asking what their company does best today, managers should ask, 'What do we need to master today, and what will we need to master in the future, in order to excel on the trajectory of improvement that customers will define as important?'"

~ innovation strategists Clayton Christensen & Michael Raynor, writing in 'The Innovator's Solution: Creating & Sustaining Successful Growth';


The new urban shopping centre, known as Iluma, especialy with its illuminating facade, on Victoria Street, is undoubtedly a very artsy place. [Please refer to my earlier blogpost.]

To increase shopper traffic, there is even an air-conditioned overhead pedestrain bridge from the perennially busy Bugis Junction shopping mall.

While visiting the place on Saturday afternoon with my wife, sister-in-law & niece from Vietnam, following our earlier forays into Bugis Junction, I noticed a reasonably large array of beautiful peacock concortions, plus other hand-crafted artefacts, put on open display by arts students, in conjunction with Singapore's 45th National Day Celebrations.

Naturally, they piqued my interest. Here are some of my snapshots.

[More information about Iluma is available at their corporate website.]


"In today's age of change, as soon as you achieve success, someone is nipping at your heels, learning your unique strengths, & planning to take a portion of your market. The only way to succeed is to have the ability to change - rapidly & repeatedly. This requires perpetual innovation from you & your entire staff at all times."

~ Stephen Shapiro, recognized as one of today's most influential consultants in the area of process excellence practices, writing in '24/7 Innovation: A Blueprint for Surviving & Thriving in an Age of Change';

Sunday, August 29, 2010


The following twenty-nine seemingly humourous lines have been forwarded to me by a social buddy of mine:

1.. My husband and I divorced over religious differences. He thought he was God and I didn't.

2.. I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.

3.. Some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them.

4.. I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

5.. Don't take life too seriously; No one gets out alive.

6.. You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me

7.. Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.

8.. Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.

9.. I'm not a complete idiot -- Some parts are just missing.

10.. Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.

11.. NyQuil, the stuffy, sneezy, why-the-heck-is-the-room-spinning medicine.

12.. God must love stupid people; He made so many.

13.. The gene pool could use a little chlorine.

14.. Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.

15.. Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

16.. Being 'over the hill' is much better than being under it!

17.. Wrinkled Was Not One of the Things I Wanted to Be When I Grew up.

18.. Procrastinate Now!

19.. I Have a Degree in Liberal Arts; Do You Want Fries With That?

20.. A hangover is the wrath of grapes.

21.. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.

22.. Stupidity is not a handicap. Park elsewhere!

23..They call it PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken.

24.. He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless DEAD.

25.. A picture is worth a thousand words, but it uses up three thousand times the memory.

26.. Ham and eggs...A day's work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.

27.. The trouble with life is there's no background music.

28.. The original point and click interface was a Smith & Wesson.

29.. I smile because I don't know what the hell is going on.

Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends! Life is too short and friends are too few!


"Everybody has a 1,000 hp mind; the trouble is that they only use about 1 hp."

~ George Prince, co-founder of the famed Synectics group problem solving process;