What is the most useful gift you’ve ever been given?
This has to be my pull-up bar which my childhood buddies bought for my 16th birthday (I think). They had the intention to beef up my upper body strength so that I will pass the pull-up station of this fitness test conducted yearly in school. In fact, the pull-up bar is still at the threshold of my room (see below)! Well, passing it was a "then" of course.
Name the most terrifying moment of your life so far.
It was a car accident. I ended up in a ditch and my windscreen caved in at the front passenger's side. I was alright save for some bleeding from numerous scratches and the shock from realising that I would have killed someone if there was a passenger in the front with me. The vehicle was totally wrecked and the passers-by who came by to help me told me I was fortunate to have survived.
One hot summer afternoon, while walking through a parking lot at a large shopping center, you notice a dog suffering badly from the heat inside a locked car. What would you do?
I would break a window and rescue the dog of course! But before leaving for the nearest vet, I would break the rest of the windows and scratch a note on the bonnet saying, "You deserve more for leaving your pet in the car unattended." In reality, I would do just the former and perhaps release the gas from the tyres of course. :)
Have you ever had one of these moments in life when, chancing upon some food stall, you just had to order a particular food item which you have not eaten for a long time and that which reminds you of your childhood days?
When I was a kid, I would eat the following Indian dish, dosai, regularly for breakfast.
Located just next door, I would bring over an egg and present it to the Indian cook at the stall to prepare my dosai.
My colleague reminded that the dosai tastes better with rock sugar. That, too, was a favourite dressing (not sure of the correct word to use as I do not cook!) that I had long forgotten and which I just had to try again - in moderation of course.
The vegetable curry and coconut paste - the standard dressing for the dosai.
Yeah, I had rediscovered one of my long-lost comfort food.
After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, here's what I've decided : there's no such thing as a grown-up.
We move on. We move out. We move away from our families and form our own. But the basic insecurities, the basic fears, and all those old wounds just grow up with us. We get bigger, we get taller. We get older. But for the most part, we're still a bunch of kids running around the playground trying desperately to fit in.
I've heard that it's possible to grow up. I've just never met anyone who's actually done it.
Without parents to defy, we break the rules we make for ourselves. We throw tandrums when things don't go our way. We whisper secrets with our best friends in the dark. We look for comfort where we can find it. And we hope against all logic, against all experience.Like children, we never give up hope.
Pick out the most important item you have in your purse/wallet and tell me why it's important to you.
Right now, the tap card to my new pad is the most important item in my wallet because it gives me access to what is probably the most expensive possession I'll ever own (or rather, the bank still owns most of it!).
What would you take from your house if you knew it would be flooded tomorrow?
My 2 backup storage which contains all my precious digital photographs, work-related documents and ripped audio files of most of my CDs (almost completed).
If you were stuck in a room for an hour with a chalk board, what would you draw on it?
This is a tough one. Basically I doodle a lot in classes that are really boring a long time ago. Therefore, I will usual go free form. Right now, I'll probably draw a scene of a beach with palm trees - a quiet one - on a sunny day with clear blue skies - just that perfect getaway I need now.
Like Icarus*, without heed, we sometimes fly too close, too soon,
along that road which leads to our fiery doom.
*Escape from Crete Icarus' father, Daedalus, a talented craftsman, attempted to escape from his exile in Crete, where he and his son were imprisoned at the hands of King Minos, the king for whom he had built the Labyrinth to imprison the Minotaur. Daedalus, the master craftsman, was exiled because he gave Minos' Daughter, Ariadne, a clew of string in order to help Theseus survive the Labyrinth.
Daedalus fashioned a pair of wax wings for himself and his son. Before they took off from the island, Daedalus warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, nor too close to the sea. Overcome by the sublime feeling that flying gave him, Icarus soared through the sky joyfully, but in the process he came too close to the sun, which melted his wings. Icarus kept flapping his wings but soon realized that he had no feathers left and that he was only flapping his bare arms. And so, Icarus fell into the sea in the area which bears his name, the Icarian Sea near Icaria, an island southwest of Samos.
18 Sep 2008 Performers dance with an athlete during the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games in Beijing. - AP
Manchester United's Owen Hargreaves (2ndR) challenges the referee (R) after teammate Ji-Sung Park (2ndL) was tackled inside the penalty box during their UEFA Champions League match against Villarreal. - AP
Referee Luis Medina Cantalejo (R) shows the yellow card to Arsenal's Bacary Sagna during the Champions League soccer match against Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine. - AP
Tuition Results #10 Term 4 2008 English Preliminary Exam Results 2008
I'm truly thankful for my graduating students' Preliminary Examination results. Isaac Cheong (S4Exp) - C6 (55% - Common Test, Term 1 2008) --> A1 - 76.6% (PRELIM 2008) - improved by 5 grades - 3rd highest in class of 43
Ng Tai Jun (S4Exp) C5 (56.2% - MYE 2007) --> B3 - 67.2.0% (PRELIM 2008) - improved by 3 grades
Stanley Tiong (S4 Exp) - E8 (44% - MYE 2007) --> B4 - 63.2% (PRELIM 2008) - improved by 4 grades