Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
The Original Last Lecture.
Inspirational Speech by Dr. Randy Pausch On the Oprah Winfrey Show
"Why I gave the talk?
The talk isn't about how to achieve your childhood dream. It is much broader than that. It is about how to live your life. Because if you live your life the right way, the Karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you. If you live properly, the dreams will come to you...... I only wrote this lecture for 3 people (his 3 kids), and when they're older they will watch it." - Randy Pausch
This reminded me of a recent conversation with a friend.
He was not excited and enthusiastic about life. He mentioned that what is life about - working, sleeping working etc... He has a religion, he has a good relationship with his girlfriend (getting married soon). Why is he not enthusiastic about life??? To me, a person who is not enthusiastic about life is a walking zombie (I would always see them on a monday morning during the train ride.... haha.)
It is good to know that time is limited. To know that things does not last. That's when we started to be appreciative and learn not to take things for granted.
For example: I remembered when I was leaving San Francisco Bay Area for Singapore. That last morning, I found the sky to be exceptionally blue, the trees exceptionally green and the air exceptionally fresh. Everything was so beautiful. That's only the end of a phase of my life.
Thinking about my whole life.
Death will be the end of this life.
Reflecting on Death is a great a way to remind me that things are not permanent.
When i realised that time is limited, I see everything around me as a gift and start to treasure life and appreciate little things in life.
More importantly, I want and need to feel ALIVE.
And EXTREMELY thankful that I am ALIVE.
I always feel that:
Life is beautiful!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I was already upset with NKF incident, as I was donating monthly since year 1 in university and every time during the charity show (taking into consideration that I had limited monthly allowance). For Ming Yi’s incident, I was even more upset because he does not represent himself only, but the Buddhist fraternity. I believe he drew more donations because of his position as a Buddhist monk. At least, I donated as I was touched by his sincerity and his compassion.
A role of a Buddhist monk is to dedicate his life to help all beings (that’s why they are normally vegetarian), to be de-attached to the worldly possession (simple living) etc… and ultimately, attain enlightenment for the sake of all beings. If a monk who seek enlightenment for self-interest, he will NEVER succeed. That is why I have high respect for Monks.
After thinking and pondering over this incident, I still must admit that he did a great job for the patients at Ren Ci Hospital. Without him, I do not know what would happen to the lives of the patients.
“Trying hard to hold back his tears, Ming Yi revealed that it was Venerable Siong Khye who sparked the determination in him to set up a hospital for the chronically ill. It was to fulfil his wishes that Ming Yi went on to take over the Chronic Sick Unit at the old Woodbridge Hospital, despite his acquaintances telling him he would not succeed.”
May be my expectation of a monk is too high. Nobody is infallible, and we are mere mortals who commit mistakes. Everybody comes in different shades of grey (a mixture of White & Black – Good & Bad). Under different conditions, our shade of grey might darken or lighten.
A friend once told me “To Err is human, to forgive is divine”. (I think it is taken from the Bible). While it is normal to make mistake, it takes a lot of courage to seek forgiveness and it takes a lot of wisdom to forgive.
That being said, I would definitely continue to donate to Ren Ci Hospital.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Very fortunate to have a friend who took good photos.
My timing was not exactly what I am proud of, but...
I tried my best and enjoyed the race!!
That's all that matters.
Total Time: 1hr 30mins 28secs
750 swim - 18mins 22secs
Transition Time - 2min 29secs
20km bike - 40mins 02secs
Transition Time - 1min 09secs
5km run - 28mins 26secs
Category Ranking: 45 out of 108
Gender Ranking: 256 out of 586
Overall Ranking: 297 out of 746
Triathlon is starting to get abit addictive.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I like to plan ahead and set goals/targets.
Well, being a lazy person by nature, i lack the self-discipline to push myself if I don't have target.
For example: Completing an Olympic Distance Triathlon is one of the resolutions for this year. Initially, I just wanted to complete it - regardless of timing. Then, I started to time myself (which is good) to push myself harder etc... When my timing did not improve, and even deteriorate (even at my low level of fitness), I get upset with myself.
I became very goal-oriented (which is good to a certain extent), and becoming obsessed with timing, so much so that I forgot to enjoy the journey.
What do i like about Triathlon?
- The satisfaction of conquering my fear and weakness
- Improving my fitness and Challenging my limit
- The fun of competing
- The Joy of cycling in the morning in the midst of nature and breathing fresh air
- The Joy of jogging in the evening and enjoying the sunset
- The sense of freedom from swimming (feel like a fish... sometimes)
- Socialising with friends after training
- FEELING OF BEING ALIVE!!!.
While it is good to set targets/goals, this is an instance where I felt that the journey is more important. If the joy of savouring the journey is compromised, what’s the use of reaching the goal (ie. Good timing)?.
This applies to a lot of things in life. I learn to re-evaluate my life. Why am I doing certain things? What are the things that really matters? Are the destination/goal/target really matters? Why I did set those goals/targets?
The Journey is definitely more important than the destination.
While I am going to do my best for the race, I would soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the whole experience.
LIKE any 10-year-old, Ralph Payne enjoys the outdoors, but he cannot walk and has the mind of a six-month-old child. This is, however, not stopping him from taking part in the Tri Bob Singapore Sprint Series at Changi Beach tomorrow. His father Anthony Payne will first swim 750m alone, then ride a modified bicycle with Ralph for 20km, and finally run 5km pushing a buggy with Ralph on board. The Payne family hopes to use this opportunity to raise awareness of children with special needs and raise funds for the Asian Women's Welfare Association (AWWA) School. Online donations can be made at http://www.donation.org.sg/Cheque or cash donations can be made to AWWA's Early Years Centre at 11, Lorong Napiri, Singapore 547532.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Sunday, April 05, 2009
"I have had a happy life and thank the Lord. Goodbye and may God bless all!"