#157 can man control weather?

There is constant vigilance and scrutiny these days about pollution and the weather on the forthcoming Olympic Games in Beijing…will the pollution hinder or bring some side-effects on the health of the athletes?

What is the media doing by constantly harping upon whether China is able to clean up the air for the Games?

Is China not doing her level-best to take control of the weather and her environment?

Is the media and those in the West asking China to become like a god or deity?

It has been clearly stated: man cannot and not able to take control of the weather. If man can take control of the weather, then…man is almighty!

A decision had been made for China to host this Games. Why are the media and human rights groups and some leaders in the world bringing longstanding issues like human rights or pollution to task? President George Bush was smart in defending his decision to attend the Opening Ceremony…

Pardon me, what have the human rights organisations contributed to the affairs of the people in that nation? What concrete realities or help have they offered except come up some statements? Why are some Chinese so foolish to echo those human rights organisations and go to jail? Surely there must be some creative and think-out-of-the-box to beat some unjust social issues.

Are the Chinese NOT able to learn from past history — the sages, heroes and writers to consider and beat the system. Historically, the people in China had suffered injustices and corrupt officials, will this be abolished within this decade…or even during this Olympic Games?

Previously, there was little publicity or hype on global warming or greening the earth –venues in the past were not under close scrutiny on such.

Unfortunately or fortunately for China today, she comes under tremendous pressure to make a success of the Games. Will the West make China stronger and almighty when she is able to control or lessen the smog?

Positively, this has brought much awareness and accelerated research on how to curb air pollution in China.

In Singapore, there was increased level of smog when there was huge forest fires in our neighboring countries.

#156 looks

Why do some Asian females want to look like Caucasians?

Plastic surgery is in vogue.

Many young girls in Asia look alike. Previously, you could tell a Japanese from a Korean or a Chinese…however these days, after plastic surgery, somehow there is the look alike.

Hmm…this is better than cloning huh?

Many young ones paid handsomely for plastic surgery to get better paid jobs…better looking boyfriends or girlfriends or spouse. They do not know the pain they have to bear after the surgery or probable side-effects.

Can plastic surgery solve the human psychological issues of a person?

Beauty comes from within…it is spirit that exudes from within…not without. 

One might have perfect physical features, yet one’s looks is not as desirable, simply that from within didn’t shine through. As a matter of fact, one looks uglier. Somehow that physical patchwork doesn’t match the face and body and make-up of the individual’s personality.

Many celebrities look really ugly and plastic these days!

#155 a bridge for peace

I do not understand why the Christian women in the ministry want to fight for the role of bishop in the Anglican Diocese. Surely, when the time is right for the women to assume, there will be unanimous chorus, but presently…this might be one cause of schism within the Anglican leadership in the world.

I’m saddened…about this women leadership issue…

However, when I read this most refreshing and encouraging bit in the International Herald Tribune, my heart was thrilled as I view this video link, ‘baking their way to peace’: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid959009704?bclid=1350269312&bctid=1643952424

In France, some women formed an association where they led peace through baking…one bridge, the Muslims and Jews.

What a wonderful and powerful testimony!

#154 photos

I’d been enjoying the photos posted on flikr. I’ve yet able to post my pictures on this blog site as I don’t know how to reduce the size of picture to fit into each post.

I tried but…

Since I cannot manage this…unless someone guide me…I shall treat this a word blog. Sometimes, a picture speaks better than words though.

#153 money, money, money

These days, I wonder where my hard-earned money went?  There is marked increase in the prices of food! With the fuel price hike, I wonder when announcements will be made for another transport fare increase?

Why is money so important? No money no talk. Without money one cannot survive.

Wonder how our founding governing leaders manage to bring Singapore to where she is considering a land without any natural resources. They were able to mobilise the human resources and only assets Singapore has was the port and air route…which then created tourism. Today it’s the intelligence resource… The economic downturn or recession is evident…and I can only pray for wisdom for our governing leaders to manage wisely…

Wisdom is a shelter

as money is a shelter,

but the advantage of knowledge is this:

that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor.

(Ecc 7:12)

A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes life merry,

but money is the answer for everything.

Whoever loves money never has money enough;

whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.

Money is important but the love of money is the root of all evils…

#152 ‘against the odds’

Imagine being the fastest athlete or person in the world…what glory indeed.

Olympic Games 2008 is 16 days away (August 8th)…and BBC International has this wonderful series introducing those participating from around the world who are racing ‘against the odds’ of which I quote the following:

  • Samiya Yuusf Omar (16 years old): “Somalia is a country ridden by more than 17 years of lawlessness and civil wars. Its institutions and the national infrastructure have been destroyed, but sport is the one thing that has survived the scars of annihilation. Samiya comes from a destitute family with no breadwinner. For her and her relatives, athletics offers the chance of a route out of poverty and away from the violence; of a better life and prospects for the future. ” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7492967.stm

 

  • Nery Brenes (22; Costa Rica): “According to his coach, Walter Salazar, he’s the best athlete ever to have come from the country. Nery was born in the impoverished port town of Limon, on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. It is a town being consumed by gang violence. Around 30 people have been killed there so far this year. Walking beneath the huge trees of Limon’s tattered central square, he told the BBC: “Right now this town is going through a difficult time.There are a lot of deaths. Young kids killing young kids. There is a lot of drugs. So I’m just trying to be like someone that they can see improving life.”” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7493000.stm

 

  • Vijender Kumar: “The son of a bus driver who worked overtime to pay for his coaching, Vijender is India’s unsung champion boxer. “My blood boils when everybody goes gaga over cricket,” says the 22-year-old, one of five boxers in India’s modest Olympics contingent to Beijing this summer. “It is not easy becoming a boxer in a cricket-crazy country. People here think boxers are violent or mad.” Boxing in India is a colonial legacy. The first club opened in the western city of Mumbai (then called Bombay) in 1925. The first national championship took place exactly a quarter of a century later.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7482661.stm
 

 

  • Ziad Richa: “Ziad Richa, 40, grew up to the sound of gunshots and explosions. Like many others who lived in Beirut during the civil war of 1975-1990, his childhood hopes were more about survival than winning Olympic gold. Now he sells BMWs for a living, and is getting ready to compete in the Beijing games. His sport, appropriately or not, is shooting. Clay targets, of course. “We are born in this country as hunters. In everybody’s house you will find a minimum of one gun. But I will tell you honestly I carry a gun in a peaceful way…I would like to try to achieve something to help the people of Lebanon. I want to come back and give people happiness and joy. The Olympics – it’s a dream for me”.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7492974.stm

  • Hem Bunting (Cambodia or Khmer Republic): “Bunting is one of nine children from a farming family in the remote province of Stung Treng, where sports officials spotted his talent at a provincial event and brought him to the capital. As he sits down on his simple wooden bed, with a mosquito net nailed above, he casts his eyes down the room. There are dozens of similar beds with barely enough room to walk. This is where Cambodia’s elite athletes live, all together in an improvised dormitory overlooking the swimming pool at Phnom Penh’s crumbling Olympic Stadium. The sun has yet to rise when Bunting makes his way down to the dirt track to start his warm-up routine. Now he pounds the traffic-choked streets around Phnom Penh in the run-up to the Olympics.  The elite athletes say they are often treated as second-class citizens by staff at the stadium.  Bunting and his training partner Cheng Chandara mutter that it all boils down to cash. He receives an allowance of less than $50 a month which leaves him hard-pressed to cover his basic living expenses. A pair of running shoes costs around double that amount, and with no corporate sponsorship Bunting finds it tough to buy the equipment he needs.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7493076.stm

 

  • Bernandette Baczko: “I began judo when I was nine, which turned out to be the ideal age for a girl, though I didn’t know that at the time. I have three older brothers, and was brought up as a bit of a tomboy, but it was actually a friend, a classmate who first took me to a training session. I fell in love with it straight away.” Bernadett advanced in the sport with great strides, encouraged by all her family, but especially her mother. “It took me three years to come to terms with the loss of my mother, and with all the injuries…only now can I talk about these things without crying.”” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7511259.stm

I shall be looking out for these athletes at the Games.

I wonder if these athletes were successful at this forthcoming Games, will they come under pressure to take performance enhanced drugs to improve their prowess?

#151

I wonder how many athletes and sportspersons who qualify the Olympic Games 2008 come from the country where each was born — or one representing the adopted countries?

Sports have become big money for an individual!

Take football as an example…increasingly, there are more Africans or South Americans representing the big leagues in UK or Europe. This is one situation where one can actually — sell their talents? or promoting their skills by representing another country to win the accolades of the year. If one plays for one’s country, the individual is probably paid pittance!!!