Getting Boring

September 16th, 2008

I wanna go to the mountains…Life is really hard in the mountains…Yet it can be so fun…You just find it difficult to understand huh…  

The Audi Convertible

August 20th, 2008

An image I saw at Kathmandu, Nepal last year still stuck with me and I got reminded of it yesterday on the train.

The image of an Audi Convertible in the form of a newspaper cutout kept in the wallet of one of our most loved Sherpa, J.

J said with a huge grin that it’s his dream car when I asked him about it. Cute. J rides a motorbike in Nepal, one of those which are so ubiquitous on the streets of Nepal. My guess is that J is your average Nepali wage earner. Probably not struggling to make ends meet but also not so highly paid to be labeled wealthy. In fact, high altitude sherpas are generally already decently paid. ( or so I gather from my limited knowledge) I also know he has many repeat clients who ask for him simply because he is competent and such affable character. But to afford an Audi, that’s a hell lot of money.

In fact, I have never seen an Audi being driven in Nepal. Do they even import it there?

Maybe I’m being terribly pessimistic but before I wrote this entry, I was thinking it would be so difficult to fufill his dream given his situation and location. However, as I write, I begin to think that the scale of his dream is not so different from the typical Singaporean’s dream of exclusive condos, fancy cars, premier club membership etc. It’s not so different from our team’s dream to scale everest despite the lack of funds. Maybe things are not that unattainable afterall. If J has successfully summitted Mt Everest (besides other honourable mountains) so many times, he must possess the qualities many of us attribute mountaineering to – determined, focussed, peservering etc. Qualities which most believe can steer us through almost anything.

So perhaps, to achieve great things, one must dare to aim for the seemingly impossible and not be afraid that it would be ridiculed or unattainable.     

Highlight

August 17th, 2008

The highlight of today is giant prawns.

My mum roasted these giant prawns on banana leaf for my post breakfast snack. 

And as the day concludes, I sit here at my computer thinking what my highlight of the day was, apart from the women’s table tennis, the PM national day rally which started off really light hearted and even a tad humorous , the eighth gold for phelps, the defeat for lee chong wei, marveling at the speed marathons can be completed, trying to understand how one competes in the indoor biking, etc and I realise it’s the giant prawn that stole my heart for today. 

giant prawns 

huge prawns the size of my entire hand. not just the palm mind you, but the hand.

They could pass off as baby lobsters. They tasted smoky and it was just most fun dissecting the prawn head and picking at every edible flesh.

I never would have realised when I was eating the prawns this morning that they would actually be the highlight of my sunday today… 

Why Aren’t You Afraid?

August 4th, 2008

This is the question this student asked me at the Aspiring Mountaineers Program on top of the abseiling tower at Safra last sunday. 

I answered her almost instantaneously. My answer was that I think fear keeps us alive in precarious situations.

It’s fear that reminds me to double check my knots, that my prussiks are clipped in, that my figure of eight is clipped in all the time so it doesn’t fall off. It’s fear that prevents me from doing any daredevil stunts and it’s fear that keeps us moving, the fear of not making it to the next camp in time, of not having enough food, water, oxygen.

However, I did also mention that although its inevitable to be scared, it shouldn’t handicapp us. and to do that , one simply acknowledges the fear, attempt to think rationally and find the ‘daring’ in us to forge on…. 

I don’t think I plagiarized this from anywhere but I remain astounded that I concocted this genuinely sincere answer that makes so much sense at a snap.

Obsessed

July 23rd, 2008

My latest obsession is to be organised in all aspects of my life:
Organise my folders on my comp.
Clean up virtual memory regularly
back up back up and back up
follow up on tasks closely
organise itunesorganise hard disks
organise finances
make a finance tracking sheet file all bills/papers
tidy the room
tidy the wardrobe
extend life of all equipment and electronic gadgets with tender care
prioritize allocation of time
clean out the car boot
pen down more thoughts
read all the books i bought
eat only fruits and veg for one day a week
drink more fluidseat less meat
do more yoga
stretch
get rid of that joint strain
drink milk
monitor the pirce of petrol very closely
defecate daily

Lincoln and Darwin

July 23rd, 2008

Quoted from Newsweek: Both spent the better part of their 20s trying to settle on a career and neither man gave much evidence of his future greatness until well into middle age: Darwin published ” The Origin of Species” when he was 50, and Lincoln won the presidency a year later.  Patience…  Still have a long way to future greatness….

So this is how you see me

July 9th, 2008

u have passion for life

for living

u r unconventional

9:37

but that is what makes u unique

the stories that I dreamt…

June 4th, 2008

Three short stories I dreamt of writing last night
And when I woke I was still in the midst of finishing the third
Stories which told of truths and memories all jumbled in warped twists and turns
Stories that are more twisted than the smoke and mirrors crafted by neil gaimen

But then I thought there are so many stories to tell
of friends and loved ones around me
Is there a need really to create any more fiction in this world???

Kim leaving for down under to marry the karmic healer boyfriend
Come to mambo and boogie one last before we turn thirty
I am happy that he has found love and will forever admire him for staying true to himself.

Changes to come with a switch of job, huge changes I fear,
disclipine I think, is all I need and something which I obviously lack
Unless there is a bigger consequence at hand

How easy it is for the modern man, to change their lives, their companions and their geography
How much the modern man is governed by the location of work,
It just suddenly struck me as such.

But yet there is fear, fear of the unknown and the worse off
For there is nothing worse than mistaking the current bed of roses for thorns
And embarking on the road that can never lead you back.

I wrote this down as a start to my trilogy of award winning short stories
And uncannily it has shifted by itself into
A medley of sentences all grouped in threes

LOVE this….totally love it. can’t agree more.and a good reminder once in a while

June 4th, 2008

Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen (Baz Lurman)??

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’99:??Wear sunscreen.??If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.??

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.??Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra problem by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.??

Do one thing everyday that scares you.??Sing.??Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.??Floss.??Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.??

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.??Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.??Stretch.??Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.??

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.??Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll do the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.??

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.??Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your own living room. Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.??Do not read beauty magazines they will only make you feel ugly.??

Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They’re the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.??Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on.

Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.??Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. ?Travel.??

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.??Respect your elders.??

Don’t expect anyone to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.??Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40, it will look 85.??

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than its worth.??But trust me on the sunscreen.

Rule of thumb for Interval runs

June 4th, 2008

Run like you have never ran before in your life
Run like you will never ever run again in your life
Run till your lungs gasp, your bowels give way, your sides split and your heart drums….
That is the first interval training for you. First in 3 years.