Connect the Dots

16 Apr 2011 – A Relevant Comment… 

From now on, I’ll connect the dots in my own way – Bill Watterson

The comment below is from and the reply is as simple as it can get! Forgot to mention that even if and when the dots can be connected, the big pix is life itself and the end result is still death! So just live life to the fullest with good intentions so that you can face yourself within. Appreciations to all the readers and to those who have bother to comment. And yes ALL comments are read and noted. This is another example of what WordPress considers spam. It does not matter that it is spam, more important to thank you for all the encouragements. Please see posting 15 Dec 2010 regarding as to why the responses are limited to the comments where WordPress has already filtered into the spam box.

Lanell Kesten
Submitted on 2011/04/15 at 13:46

Throughout this great design of things you’ll receive an A+ for effort and hard work. Where exactly you actually confused everybody ended up being on your details. You know, as the maxim goes, details make or break the argument.. And that could not be much more correct right here. Having said that, permit me inform you what did deliver the results. The authoring is actually quite persuasive which is possibly the reason why I am taking an effort in order to opine. I do not really make it a regular habit of doing that. 2nd, although I can notice the leaps in reason you come up with, I am not necessarily certain of exactly how you appear to connect the points that help to make your final result. For right now I will, no doubt yield to your position however wish in the foreseeable future you actually link your dots better.

Submitted on 2011/04/15 at 14:20 | In reply to Lanell Kesten.

Thanks there for stopping by and for your comments. Life’s journey is just as it is and sometimes there are no dots or points, not to even mention link to them. Reasons and results do not really apply here. Life is messy and one just accept and live it to the fullest possible. Hope that you can understand what I mean. Thanks for your interest and consideration.

Bye-bye Camera

14 Apr 2011 – No Camera…

Camera has gone bye-bye to me 😦 Lawrence is giving me his camera next weekend, so will have no camera until then! Life without a camera means more words since a picture is worth a thousand words – Napoleon Bonaparte

1,000 words are not the forte in this blog, so will blog about one of the favourite pastimes-movies! The other favourites being sleeping, eating, catching up with family & friends and hiking. The weather here is no fun to hike in but somehow it did not seem to bother during childhood days when cousin Wilki and I were roaming Mr Faber and it’s foothills, climbing every climbable tree! Does age play a role or is it really global warming??  Would like to think that it is the latter 🙂

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart****a single girl notices a handsome hunk in the office building across the street. A quirky romance ensues as she starts communicating with the stranger through paper signs. Her fate changes when she is approached by a misfit. They start talking, become friends and she starts helping him to rebuild his confidence to get back on tracks. However, she meets the hunk and falls for him. Complications in a love triangle but an entertaining and feel good HKG movie!

Spoken in both Cantonese and Mandarin. Have once commented that will not watch another HKG movie here in SIN as the Cantonese is dubbed to Mandarin, thus lost in translation! Surprised and thrilled that this flick is not dubbed. The Hongkies spoke in Cantonese while the mainland Chinese spoke in Mandarin with English sub-titles. The 5*rating by local viewers was the reason that got me going. So sometimes the ratings can be right!

Norwegian Wood***Japanese flick but had to watch this with a title after the classic Beatles song Norwegian Wood! Watanabe is uncertain as to how to view life after the death of his friend Kizuki. Watanabe is a quiet and serious Tokyo college student who falls deeply for Naoko, an introspective young woman who was Kizuki’s girlfriend. Naoko feels as if some integral part of her has been permanently lost.

When Naoko decides to quit college and become a recluse, Midori comes along. Midori is outgoing, vivacious, supremely self-confident and basically the very opposite of what Naoko ever was. Watanabe is torn between the two women whom he is deeply attracted to. A melancholy slow drama befitting the mood of the title but in the Japanese culture!

Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad – Victor Hugo


13 April 2011 – High With Actions!

Limitless***an action-thriller about a writer who takes an experimental drug that allows him to use 100 percent of his mind. As one man evolves into the perfect version of himself, forces more corrupt than he can imagine mark him for assassination. Out-of-work writer Eddie’s rejection by girlfriend Lindy confirms his belief that he has zero future. That all vanishes the day an old friend introduces Eddie to NZT, a designer pharmaceutical that makes him laser focused and more confident. Now on an NZT-fueled odyssey, everything Eddie’s read, heard or seen is instantly organized and available to him. As the former nobody rises to the top of the financial world, he draws the attention of business mogul Carl, who sees this enhanced version of Eddie as the tool to make billions. But brutal side effects jeopardize his meteoric ascent. With a dwindling stash and hit men who will eliminate him to get the NZT – Relativity Media

Too much action, too unrealistic but at least not slow! Would not have chosen to see this flick if not for obliging an out-of-town guest. Perhaps a touch of action and fantasy will do no harm at this moment… 🙂

Lawrence is in SIN until tomorrow. Thanks to Ivy, Les & Jo for dinner two nights in a row. Poor Les, he just arrived from his 50th Blackrock Reunion in Dublin and was jet-lagged and tired. Today Lawrence, Jo and I was at Mandai Crematorium to pay respects to our parents. The crowds have thank goodness thinned out after the actual ChingMing/清明=clear bright date, 5 Apr this year. Also known as Tomb Sweeping Day and All Souls Day. And no to the burning of the paper stuff as mom & dad did not believe nor practice this ritual. If interested what ChingMing is about see posting 29 Mar 2010.

Pix from today will be borrowed and downloaded from different sites until the Nikon CoolPix can be replaced! Camera is really acting up and will have to look for a new one 😦

What if a pill could make you rich and powerful? Everything is possible when you open your mind – Limitless

Room & Pool with a View

11 Apr 2011 – Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Pix of the exterior of this hotel have been posted 14 & 26 Jun 2010.

Visiting guests@Marina Bay Sands on the 40th floor suite. Views from the bathroom, bedroom and living room.

Finally got to swim in this neat infinity pool with the SIN skyline in the background. How lucky to experience such luxury! Like being on top of the world, a kind of natural high feeling without any substance 🙂 🙂 🙂

Enjoyed the all you can eat and drink club by the pool while the rains moved in and the sky opened up raining cats and dogs! Quite an impressive sight with the lighting and thunder.  The casino was just too crowded and not my scene, decided to do window shopping after all the food and champagne!

Interesting door in one of the shops. There is an unusual fountain by where one can row a boat on the water-ways. From indoor, the water is coming out at the bottom of a transparent semi circular design. From the top (outdoor), it look like a mini hurricane with all the water rushing to a funnel.

If any philosopher had been asked for a definition of infinity, he might have produced some unintelligible rigmarole, but he would certainly not have been able to give a definition that had any meaning at all – Bertrand Russell

Happy On-Line Surfing!

10 Apr 2011 – Some Favourite Bookmarks

Tanjong Pagar Rail Station, a National Monument… This place brings back much happy childhood memories! Glad to know that it is now a National Monument and knowing the SIN system, the place will be immaculately maintained. Was there a couple of years ago arriving with the train from KL to SIN and it was a rather run-down sad colonial-style building. Looking forward to visit when it will be restored to its heydays.

Tropical fish inspire innovative yacht design… Designs like these are interesting and like any art, it is a personal and subjective taste.

Why did LOL infiltrate the language? The internet slang term LOL (laughing out loud) has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, to the mild dismay of language purists. But where did the term originate? And is it really a threat to our lexicon?… All these internet terms are fun and certainly makes life easier when chatting on-line or messaging on the mobile phone.

Økende tendens til nett-blokkering… Increasing tendency of web blocking/China. Difficult to imagine that China pop is app 1.3bil! With that kind of figures, perhaps web blocking, especially the destructive, harmful etc sites should be block for the younger impressionable Y-generation! South China Morning Post/HKG news, one can only get the headlines and when you click onto the link, this appears To read the rest of the article, you need to subscribe 😦

Just sharing some of the favourite bookmarks news sites and my two cents worth of comments! Have a wonderful Sunday 🙂 🙂 🙂

The question is no longer IF the internet can transform learning in powerful ways – The Web-Based Education Commission

The Illusionist

9 Apr 2011 – Hands Faster than the Eyes…

The Illusionist/2006****A boy falls in love with a girl above his social standards. Although the parents forbid them of seeing each other they cannot be split apart, until they were found together and the boy was sent off. He became a magician and traveled the world. She fell in love the Crown Prince and got engaged but the boy eventually meets with the girl and uses his powers to free her from the royal house in Vienna. This movie starred Edward Norton and being a fan of his, enjoyed this movie then.

L’illusionnist/The Illusionist/2011**Not to confuse with the above (which was released in 2006), this French/British animation is about a dying breed of stage entertainer whose thunder is being stolen by emerging rock stars. Forced to accept all kinds of obscure assignments, this French illusionist meets a young Scottish fan who believes in magic and tags along with him but changes her life forever. Not impress with this flick and found it rather boring and slow. The animated scenes of Scotland are quite well done!

There are many words synonymous to illusionist, eg: charmer, conjurer, diabolist, enchanter, exorcist, fortune-teller, genie, medium, magician, prophet, sorcerer,voodoo, witch,wizard etc. Being an admirer of good illusionists, will try to watch those performances and memories of father telling me that there is no such thing as magic, only that the magician’s hands are faster than the eyes. Ever since then, always wanted to learn to know the secrets of those tricks! Most people need a pinch of illusion in their life but as long as they are aware of the difference of what is illusion and reality 🙂

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place – George Bernard Shaw

The Ugly Singaporeans

6 Apr 2011 – Where Are These People From…

ST today: Why I parked at space for disabled. Driver blames shortage of parking spaces…

So he has to park at the space for disabled to tell the world that he is retarded!!! NO derogatory intended but the consequences of a rat-race society where the people turn to rats! Here is a good one on rats from a friend in Goa 🙂 🙂 🙂

An Indian tourist walks into a curio shop in San Francisco. Looking around at the exotica, he notices a very lifelike, life-sized bronze statue of a rat. It has no price tag, but is so striking he decides he must have it.

He takes it to the owner: ‘How much for the bronze rat?’

‘Twelve dollars for the rat, one hundred dollars for the Story,’ says the owner.

The tourist gives the man twelve dollars.

‘I’ll just take the rat, you can keep the story.’

As he walks down the street carrying his bronze rat, he notices that a few real rats crawl out of the alleys And sewers and begin following him down the street. This is disconcerting, he begins walking faster. But within a couple blocks, the herd of rats behind him grows to hundreds, and they begin squealing.

He begins to trot toward the Bay, looking around to see That the rats now numbered in the MILLIONS, and are still squealing and coming toward him faster and faster.

Concerned, even scared, he runs to the edge of the Bay and throws the bronze rat as far out into the Bay as he can. Amazingly, the millions of rats all jump into the Bay after it, and are all drowned…




The man walks back to the curio shop,
‘Ah ha,’ says the owner, ‘You have come back for the story?’

‘No,’ says the man, ‘I came back to see if you have a statue of an Indian politician in bronze!!!

On Tiger Airways flight last night, there was this obnoxious guy who was really rude to the cabin crew. The flight was not full and he wanted to move forward to some empty seat. The crew graciously told him that he had to wait till after take-off. He then tried to argue to get his way but went back to his seat. After take off  he moved to the empty seat near the emergency exit. When the plane was about to land, the cabin crew politely requested for him to move back to his original seat. Again he tried arguing to the point of being rude and insulting to the crew. Eventually it took three cabin crews to get him to move back to his original seat!

It is sad when you read and witness incidents like these, including the recent NS boy (getting the maid to carry his backpack)! Unfortunately it is not only a few or just a handful of people like these. What a waste of the courtesy and smiling campaigns for people like these… 😦

I love mankind, it’s people I can’t stand – Charles M Schulz