Archive for July, 2006

Decide your future

July 31, 2006

Yesterday night, out of a sudden, I remember something that my Form Six chemistry teacher once said. Because the majority of us are not doing well in our exam, which is the STPM, dubbed the World Second Toughest Exam, she said,

“These last three months will decide your future and what you are going to do for the rest of your life!”

I know her intention is good, but I remember back then when she was saying this, I was thinking…

“I will be the most useless person in this world, if I’m ever going to let these three months decide what I am going to do for the rest of my life!!”

I mean, if you failed once, it doesn’t mean you will fail for the rest of your life, right! And if you doesn’t do well in your exam, it does not mean you are not going to do well in your life.

So, we just gotta learn from past failure, and look forward. Besides, medicine is not the only profession that is reputable, let alone the income.


Monday blues…

July 31, 2006

“I hate Mondays…”

If I repeatedly tell myself this mantra every Monday morning, how will I ever change my perspective of Monday? Monday blues…

Why Monday blues? Perhaps I still miss the weekend? Yeah, I do. Weekend seems too short for me. And yes, I have to work half day on Saturday, and that to me spoils my whole Saturday.

And Monday – it’s the first day of the week, and I have six days not to look forward to.

I can only sleep late on Saturday night and wake up late on Sunday morning. Yes, ONLY 1 DAY EACH. I am so deprieved of sleeps. ZzZZzzZzzzZZzzz…

But funnily enough, I can sleep late at night, let’s say about 1 or 2 am, I might need to drag myself to the washroom in the morning, but I never felt tired during the day. Wow… body change I think.

I used to be very tired if I don’t have enough sleep the other night. Maybe I’m getting older… older people need lesser sleeps…

Coming back to Monday blues, it really scares me this morning while I’m on my way to work. Out of a sudden, I remembers just how many Mondays I have been through, thinking, and wishing for Friday to come. And most of the time, Friday come so fast… and in a blink of an eye, it’s Monday again!

Time really flies… and it is already July, of the year 2006!!! It is the last day of July, and Merdeka is just 30 days away. We’re at the last quarter of the year already.

Looking back the past 7 months, time just goes by like that. Yeah, just like that. Another day gone. Another week gone. Then another month gone.

Have I wasted the past 7 months? I don’t know. But, sometimes I think I really wasted my time by doing unconstructive things like surfing the Internet, (though it provide me with a hell lot of information and news), lazying at home doing nothing, watching TV…

I shall cut down my Internet time, and also my time lazying at home. And do more constructive things… like catching up with friends!!! Hahaha…

Maybe I need a mindset change, and start looking forward to weekdays. Hmm….

Miss Malaysia Tourism 2006 Grand Final

July 24, 2006

The Miss Malaysia Tourism 2006 was held last Saturday (22 July) at Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel Grand Ballroom. Though it’s not as glamourous as the Miss Malaysia World, but it was an entertaining night. There are a lot of room to improve, I think.

Anyway, here are some of the snapshots from the event. Well, I was there to enjoy the show, not as a photographer, so these pics were taken as in when I feel like it, and some of the pics are a bit blurry, no thanks to my sister’s Olympus u-Digital 600. I have only one word to describe the camera – useless. Should have used my trusty old Canon A60 Powershot instead. *thumbs up*

A bit malas to add description lah… maklumlah, I am not good at news reporting. Hahaha…


My partner for the night… and the rest of my life…

My lovely niece, whom I brought along, thanks to my MD’s wife absent. Hehehe…


And the show begins…


The beauties introduction… wearing Carven Ong’s creations…

My manager, Sam, presenting the Miss Characteristic award…

And that’s Amber Chia, one of the judges for the night…

There you go… the 2nd Runner Up…Florinda Johnson…

The 1st Runner Up… Felixia Yeap… whom I think deserve to win as well… 😉

And the winner is Brenda Chew…


Spot Hannah Tan in there as well!! She looks amazing that night!!

All the best to Brenda as we believe she will represent Malaysia well in the Miss Tourism International which will be held in China.

Good judgement comes… Rita Mae Brown

July 18, 2006

“Good judgement comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgement.”

Rita Mae Brown

Twenty years from now… Mark Twain

July 17, 2006

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

Mark Twain

I stumbled upon this quotation from Mark Twain when I was preparing my Out-going Interact Club Presidential speech way back in year 2000. I was in Upper Six then.

On that night itself, I pondered on this quotation and took a walk down the memory lane. I looked back at the things I’ve done in the past, and those I wished I could have done.

That night alone, I recalled back so many incidents or things that I thought to myself, “How I wished I have…”. Nothing is more painful than “How I wished I have…”

When you wished you had, it simply means you have not! When you have not, it means you do not know the outcome, and that is the most agonizing part. When you did not do it, you will not know the answer.

One good example is, well, I guess most of you had the puppy love experience before. Ya’know, the girl from the opposite school, or the girl from Mrs. Lee’s mathematics tuition class. How I wished I have enough courage back then to just walk over and say “Hi” to her. How I wished even without enough courage, I could have just take the plunge and talk to her.

But, back then, I was worried. I was worried that I’m not good looking enough to get her attention. I was worried for rejection. I was worried that my friends will laugh at me. I was worried for…so many things. In the end, I hesitated. And finally, I did not make any move at all.

Who knows, if I have taken the move, even without any courage, we could have become friends from the “Hi” and… well, who knows, I could have captured her heart?

Well… who knows?

You never do it, you’ll never know.

Just few nites ago, I was having this conversation with my bro-in-law’s sister’s husband (long relation lah…) about planning. I mean, we’re discussing what the heck is it with planning. What is planning actually?

We do not know the outcome of all things, unless we take action and do it. Planning is nothing, really. Who could have planned that the prices of petrol will increase so drastically, and inflation rises so fast?

Our conclusion is, unless your father is Mr Rich, else, you never do it, you’ll never know!

Right now, I am faced up with something that I have been hesitating. That is why I digged up this quotation, and hopefully it will inspire and spur me into action.

I don’t know what is holding me back. Laziness, perhaps. It has been following me like a shadow, and I have been trying hard to fend it off, albeit with little success. I’m trying.

Maybe I’m not as lazy as I used to be, but, I have to agree that a lot of times, I still hesitates. Perhaps I worry too much.

*Slap* *Slap* Come on, Aaron Tan. Time to wake up! Time to get moving!

Well… I wished I could have……

What the superior… Confucius

July 16, 2006

“What the superior man seeks is in himself, what the small man seeks is in others.”


Wishing for things

July 15, 2006

I was cleaning up my email accounts when I stumbled upon the following newsletter from Andrew Matthews. It’s just a very simple newsletter that talks about taking action to achieve what we’ve targeted.

Wishing for things

Lots of us use visualisation to achieve goals.

It’s where you:
a) choose a goal, and then
b) continue to imagine yourself with the goal already achieved – until you actually achieve it.

Whether you want to:
* lose weight
* gain confidence, or
* get better at anything
experts agree that visualisation works. “As you think, so you become.”

Regularly picturing success – AND putting in the necessary effort – hastens results.
So we might ask, “Why not just WISH for things?” Isn’t that similar?


Visualising means:

  1. You choose a goal, eg. a flat stomach, an interesting job, a change of lifestyle.
  2. You picture your goal already achieved in the present moment.
  3. This image becomes fixed in your subconscious.
  4. You continue to work toward your goal.
  5. You keep moving forwards.

Wishing means:

  1. You tell yourself, “I hate what I’ve got.”
  2. You wish for more money, or more happiness or Brad Pitt.
  3. Your mind drifts around in the future.
  4. You have no strategy.
  5. Nothing happens.

Key point: we change our life by putting energy into the PRESENT MOMENT.
When we wish for things, our mind is in the FUTURE.
So the more we wish for things, the more we stay STUCK!

Don’t wish! No matter how bad your situation! Set your goal, make a plan, picture your improvement, put in the effort.

In the meantime, be happy with what you have got.
While you are saving for the Ferrari, be happy with the old clunker.IN A NUTSHELLAs you think, so you become.
As you wish, so you become … frustrated.

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The leader of genius… Adolf Hitler

July 15, 2006

“The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category.”

Adolf Hitler

World Cup Germany 2006

July 10, 2006

So, the Italians are the new world champions! At last, we’ve come to the end of the World Cup Germany 2006.

But, are they the worthy winner? My humble opinion is they are not! No, no, no. Midway through the second half, I messaged my friend, “How can you score against a team playing with eleven defenders?”

Eleven defenders! I can’t think of a more negative team than Italy at the momeny. They played well in the first half, but the French could have won it had it not for the moment of stupidity by Zizou. Great player, just not a fair ending to a glittering career he has had. I suspect Materazzi must have said something really nasty to Zizou. But still this is not something you expect from an experienced player.

Marcello Lippi

If there is one Italian whom I think deserves to win it, it has to be the cigar-smoking Marcello Lippi. Sir Alex once said that if you look into his eyes, you will see a man who is in control of himself, and the circumstances surrounding him.

I have admired him since his days managing Juventus way back in the 90’s. I have utmost respect for him. Unfortunately, his mastery of ENglish is not so good, else would love to see him managing Manchester United. (Now I am hoping that the rumors are true he will join Sir Alex, and eventually taking over the helm.) A true master tactician, but eleven defenders?? Big letdown.


Credit to the French. They played well after initially under performing, causing fear of a repeat of World Cup 2002. But the team that I actually supported is England. I think they did ok all the times, and they normally reserves their better performances for top teams.


The England team of France 1998, i believe is one of the best. Glen Hoddle did well, in fact, but was sacked for some reason not connected to football. Well…

And in Japan/South Korea 2002, they beat Argentina and played well against Brazil, if not for that fluke goal by Ronaldinho.

This time around, they might not have played so well against lesser team, but against Portugal, they are playing a team famous for simulations and diving. For a team that will keep on running even when fouled, it is not an easy task! Just ask Rooney. And to lose Rooney for the second time against Portugal does not help the cause at all. Add that to the way Lampard, Gerrard and Carragher take the penalty. I could have scored from the spot. I couldn’t agree more when Ranieri said Eriksson turned the Lions into lambs.

Cristiano Ronaldo

One word. Disgust. Well, being a Manchester United fan, I liked him. However, he is one particular Man Utd player that I have not liked whole-heartedly. That’s because there is something about him. Something not so nice. He does not look like a decent player to me. I mean, he is good, but that’s the kind of feeling he is giving.

He looks like someone who is not compassionate, and whose heart does not belong in Manchester United. He always looks like he is going to leave. And for what he has done to Rooney (no, I don’t mean the sending off, but the winking!). To do that to your own club mate, I think he is a big disgrace and should be offloaded!!

If I were in Sir Alex position, and since he likes Madrid so much, I’d transfer him to Athletico Madrid in exchange for Fernando Torres! (Fergie are you reading this?!) Man Utd wants players who are committed to the club.

And I cringed upon hearing Cristiano saying he is dissapointed with Man Utd because no one has came out to defend him of all the criticism he has received. I think Sir Alex will be even more dissappointed having guided him to where he is now!

During Cristiano’s earlier games for Man Utd, he looked lost, and does not know when to do what. He just dribbles, and dribbles, and dribbles. Compare that to how he plays now! That is all down to Sir Alex’s guidance. And this is what he gets in return!

Thank God he did not win the Best Young Player award, and Portugal did not win the third placing match, because cheats don’t deserve to win.

So, the World Cup is finally over, and I am a poorer guy now than before. Just a bit lah! Haha… didn’t really watched the World Cup this time. Work has been occupying most of my time, and I definitely do not want to fall asleep at work! It sucks.

The referee gave a farewell card to Zizou. Nice.