#194 clutter

  • Can you consistently find what you need within a few seconds?
  • If you work with others, can they quickly find what they need when you’re not around the office or workplace?
  • Is your ‘in’ box constantly overflowing?

What is clutter?

  1. compulsive hoarding
  2. disorganized heaps of photographs or recipes; old magazines; outdated articles
  3. things or spaces that are untidy and disorganized
  4. too many things in a small space
  5. anything unfinished
  6. anything you do not use or love
  7. clothes that no longer fit or out of fashion
  8. inherit items that don’t fit with your décor
  9. gifts that are kept out of obligation or guilt
  10. items that are broken or missing parts

Clutter comes in other personal form:

·         too-full schedule;

·         out-of-date goals and commitments;

·         draining relationships;

·         debt;

·         excess weight;

·         and limiting beliefs

 

Some effects of clutter psychologically:

·         drains your energy and distracts you

·         undermines your self-esteem –- loss of confidence and out of control

·         difficult to relax at home or workspace

·         keeps you stuck to the past

·         is expensive: buying things not needing, compulsive purchases

#193 bloggers detained

Can bloggers be detained under the Internal Security Act? Is the ISA applicable to those blogging?

The latest in Malaysia: a blogger had been detained under the ISA. Was the blogger writing in official capacity…like a journalist? Sources given: he was warned by the authorities before.

Yikes…what is a blog? What is blogging? This has given a new twist or face to blogging today.

Self-censorship might be required but to be detained under ISA where that written could be evidence to incriminate self?

If that written by a blogger could come under criminal act? scrutiny, this proves then that whatever the blogger had written must be true. Otherwise the government would not go to the extent of detaining bloggers. Self-fulfilling prophecy on governing leaders? Hm…so there is truth to the words of bloggers! Arghhhh… Where is opinion? What is fact?

What is freedom of speech or written words?

Is the state or government taking too seriously that blogged?

#192 remembering…911

7 years flown yet…

it seemed surreal

when planes ran into the Twin Towers

pillars collapsed and thick black clouds emerged

on television screen!

I gasped and wondered – disbelieved.

 

3,000 civilians – brilliant and young – reduced

to ashes without warning

on that fateful day!

Dying in war zone is fair game

but those died that day…

they were not given

the chance to prepare or defend themselves

They were not given the choice!

And, I’m still smarting bad…

 

Pain and sorrow remain

in loved ones and many present there.

 

Man never knew such evil existed until…

September 11, 2001.

#191 disabled perform

When I look at these performers, I’m humbled and I couldn’t tell or see any difference from us, the abled.

It appears their performances and their dispositions are so like us, that often times we just forget who they are when we become irritated and unappreciative.

At the same time, they put many to shame for their verve to living.

The disabled in the society are not regarded especially in some Asian countries…perhaps due to poverty and underdeveloped. Take for instance, in Thailand, many disabled are born to the poor in the villages.

So often the blind and deaf and dumb are regarded as disabled but there are many other disabled like those suffering cerebralpalsy, atrophy of the nerves…

However there are many disabled among the elderly. As one aged, especially in the 60s or 70s age group many suffer some form of disabilities.

This Paralympics has opened my eyes to many and great possibilities for those disabled. Can they enter the mainstream of workplace? Or will they start their own to complement the mainstream?

(photos taken from chinadaily.com.cn)

#190 paralympics opening ceremony

It was sad I could not view the opening ceremony of the Paralympics at all…and neither the competition as this was not broadcast on our television screen.

I copied this slideshow (not sure if I’m allowed, if not, please let me know. Thank you.):

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/photo/2008-09/07/content_7005821.htm.

I read this from chinadaily.com.cn where this 12-year-old Li Yue, who survived 70 hours before she was rescued at the Sichuan quake, performed at the Opening ceremony. What a pity I couldn’t actually see the footage!

(photos taken from chinadaily.com.cn)

#189 stiletto sprinters’ record dash

I read somewhere that wearing stilettos are bad for the lower back of the body. I used to enjoy wearing these as they literary help me to walk upright and properly. If I don’t I’d lend up on an embarrassing spot!

Now in Australia, there is this special race for those gentle ladies. I couldn’t help uploading this videoclip:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7593509.stm.

#188 paralympics 080906-17

There was great publicity on the Olympic Games…but somehow, the next big Paralympic Games from September 6th-17th slips international attention!

Is this because the Paralympics is not a politizing medium??!!!

Glad the Torch will grace different locations in China.

(from chinadaily.com.cn)

These paralympians are able to use the same facilities in the Olympic Village built for the Olympic Games. However there will be noticeable support equipments in the bathroom, toilets and rooms for these paralympians.

When the event is over, will these units of apartment be given priority sale to the elderly or only those who could afford?

These paralympians have greater courage and determination…looking forward to viewing this Paralympics.

Will there be extensive coverage for viewers around the world? Will I be able to follow this Paralympics like that of the Olympics?