Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Happiness Without Expectations

 ...waited for years

I have dutifully add water and fertilizers to these plants for years

The purpose was to soften the concrete surroundings & did not expect it to bear flowers
It did blossom in days towards Chinese NY
This is the day; folded & in rest

Confidence & Faiths move mountains 
This is at night; bloom & fragrant
When you least expect it, everything is a 'bonus'
It may last a short while but isn't all happiness, niceties & goodies finite? Enjoy them while you can...
Misery last longer, or at least, it seems like it because everyone dwells & wallow in it

Enjoy the beauty while it lasts

I find this ridiculously good
Seeking permission to be happy must be the easiest; I dare you
The world loves a Winner & the winner is necessarily happy

But, like sunrise & sunset, everything is finite
Use fortunes sparingly & need not dwell in sorrows
Some day, some how ...your dream shall crystalize

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Best Year, Not Just A Dog Year

believing in yourself ...

GOD helps those who helps themselves
Then, why need God &/or what is God for? Mental reassurances
Everyone has a GOD in mind & that HE is a peace-loving God
What if HE is a SHE? Hahaha, nobody really knows

New Year resolutions, Chinese New Year resolutions
I resolutely want to ......
Some made it, so are re-runs and some are just words
There is no results without actions although actions may not necessarily get the desired results
The difference is ; if you don't try, you never know

I try to avoid GOD, not disbelieve but definitely not dependent
He is so desired by ALL that He may not have time for most; me too

Winter冬, Spring春, Summer夏, Autumn秋
Slow down, rest & recuperate in Winter
Spring into action, bathe with blankets of flora & fauna and be empowered
Summer is the motor of powering forward
When Autumn comes, its time to change, reflect, count you blessings and harvest your fruits

One without the other is incomplete as the butterfly's wings need to dry before it can flaunt its beauty

I have my fair share of hits and misses although I wish for more
More of the desired results & less of disappointments
I strive to be healthy & happy
Contented; guess I am
Rich? I am not but I believe I have enough to go around
I love a laid-back life; back to the woods & springs
I am a dreamer

Politicians challenges one another for fame, power & control
Businessmen push boundaries and write new frontiers
Military honchus show their hardware & destructive prowess
Religious leaders lead their flocks with disarming charms
Me? I am a commoner, living a day at a time
Living to the fullest

I am not in the race

2018 is the Year of the Dog
Loyalty, diligence, hardworking & defensive
My furry friends are fun to be with
A truly de-stressor but naughty at times
I enjoy little, little escapes from realities


Looking forward to a safe, progressive, contented, healthy & happy year ahead

Monday, February 12, 2018

New Year, New Hopes

the fluidity of water ~ aquarius ...

January and February are the months of hopes
New year, new resolutions, new start... almost everything is new
The truth is only the Year 新年 is new, the rest follows
Your job, home, wife, car, friends, especially habits remained
But, the power of 'feeling new' is enough to move mountains
Faith can bend minds

This year bloats with turbulence ; as turbulent as the stock markets/DJIA's swings
The once confrontational North/South Koreas enter the year with a joint participation & friendliness
The US enters the new year with almost a second executive closure for lack of funds
SG begins the year with closure of CHC case & deferred prosecution of another ~ forgiveness reigns
There is calm & a semblance of order

The speed of change & change itself was phenomenal
Interest rate hikes begin and rebalancing portfolio becomes a necessity
Our economy is dead stuck yet peppered with impending rise in costs of operations and taxes
Higher underemployment and unemployment seem to be a norm (nobody challenges this assumption)
En-bloc sales boosted our property prices when all was 'down & almost out'

I am of the opinion that time will be rougher and tougher but ...
If we care to adopt, adapt and adjust, life gets lighter
But, not all can be deflected; the incessant introduction of layered insurance-type compulsory policies will pile onto us further burdens sprinkled with further tax increases & you are 'dead'
There was hope; now, its almost hopeless
If there is no avenues for ventilation, I'm afraid it may implode

Nonetheless, humans are highly adaptable
Go with the flow & survive to await the next upswing
The rich cannot live in 'a sea of poors'; the turbulent past passed & so will this difficult era
No man's an island
Like a new year, there is still HOPEs

Change shall come
But, change must start with you

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Dreams Do Come True

where dreams come true...

Sometimes, dream takes a longer period to crystallize
At times, it is not that the dream doesn't materialize but the dreamer is still dreaming...in slumber
Time is the best friend
But, without the right attitude and aptitude, dreams are but dreams-in-motion

I dream a dream

When the kids are young, the parents wonder what will they be when they grow up
When they are teens, they wonder what will they be
Farmer, Actor, Lawyer, Hawker, Engineer...the lists flows
That's not the problem as they can chase their dreams

When 天时地利人和 dream flourishes

Problems surface when their parents dictate, not guide, what they should be
The 'mirror-image' is when parents want their kids to achieve their unattained dream
The horror is the kids will struggle to fulfill a dream that's not theirs
Obedience and filial piety sometimes break the kid

You maybe born poor but dying poor is testament to your failures to build your fortunes during your lifetime
You can act like one, make it as one or try being one
Riches don't fell from the sky ~ you've to earn your stripes
Even if an heirloom is bequeath to you, "a fool & his money will soon part"; alas
Go, chase your dreams

Richness is not just about money; it's about achievements

When there is a will, there is a way
Self-esteem, positivity & determination are paths to successes
What others say is unimportant
What you do or don't do, determines the outcome
Bricks and stones break bones, not words
Nobody can snatch away your deep-rooted aspirations

Happiness is a given, no "IFs", no "BUTs"

When you see two groups 'A' ~ the happy clique & 'B' ~ the complaining, arguing, quarrelsome mess, which group will you join?
'A', of course

Simple choices of life is happiest

Choose to be happy; the natural way
If living is a chore, why live in misery instead of living happily? Come what may, nobody can rob you of a decision

Tomorrow is never promised
The last breathe can be any time
Enjoy your today like angels in merry-time

Why wait until you go to heaven then that you enjoy? You may not make it there anyway
Make heaven on Earth & live healthily, happily & fruitfully

Monday, January 22, 2018

It Is Best To Walk Away When Not Wanted

compassion is not for everybody ...

Some thing and some body may be old but still useful
Difference of opinions do not mean anti-establishment or rebellious
There is no monopoly of power
Groupthink is different from following blindly
Where thoughts and ideas are 'standalone' & capable of scrutiny
The infinity of tests will separate the boys from the man

Wisdom has affinity with commonsense 

Why do clubs, associations and Clans fail? Selfishness
A headless chicken will find no paths
The naked emperor will always look great amongst his subjects
The noble intent of early founders were brilliant and magnanimous
But, alas ...
When good intent are adulterated, failures await

 No man's an island

If you are not needed, you can still offer to help
But, if you are not wanted, it is best to walk away
There can be pretense when not needed but it is futile when not wanted 眼中钉
Why bother to stay around, be used & then discarded? Nothing should go to waste, including 'charity'
The feeling of 'unwantedness' is destructive to the Soul
Walk away and be free again

Everyone has a role in Society

When you save an animal, it returns with gratitude
When you treat strangers/others well, chances are they'd appreciate it but the 'unwantedness' feeling is so destructive that it makes your life hollow and meangless
Get on & go alone
Alone is not loneliness nor void

Give yourself a pat
Take a dive & swim in the deepest ocean
Climb the highest mountain
Travel the longest distance
Eat the crave that you most feared
Read your first book
Do anything you want & free your Soul

Nobody owns you but yourself

 If you are not wanted, it is best to walk away

We are all made for better things and greater times
Do not wallow in self-pity
Nobody can bully you if you disallow
Stay healthy, stay strong

Tomorrow shalt be better 

Once In A Blue Moon

when the blue moon comes...

After monkey business, came talking cock
The next gonna be a barking (dog) year

The Rooster year has been fairly consistent in raising costs, loss of livelihoods, more foreigners calling on-shore & change of Laws to regulate & dictate pliant behavior

What will the Dog (year) bring? Loyalty

Blind loyalty, indifferent attitude, cowardice and avoidance of 'trouble' will result in more sufferings; the oppressed will be basked for time quietly whilst the weak shall be sanitized

The overwhelming continuous passing of costs to the commoners will decimate 'the will to speak out', not because of fear but because of the struggle to survive

Lunar Eclipse @ Blue Moon

The Blue Moon – second of two full moons in one calendar month – will pass through the Earth’s shadow on January 31, 2018, to give us a total lunar eclipse; the first of two Blue Moons in 2018, the  super Blue Moon eclipse!

Typically, a total  lunar eclipse  also coincide with a sharp turndown of the financial market but this 'once in a blue moon total lunar eclipse' seems to have a reverse effect. Stockmarkets, the world over, have been rising.

Will it last?  I do not think so.
I  hazard to guess the drop will be sharper and more damaging in due course.
For those who cannot wait to put your money into the markets for fear of 'missing out' ~ Good Luck
I would rather be late than sorry; 31st January 2018 is not very far away

There are two total Lunar Eclipses this year :
31/1/2018 & 28/7/2018
Come whatever may
Stay healthy & be happy in this depressing year
No amount of regrets and complaints can stop a challenging year 
Just go with the flow

Tough time don't last; tough people do

This blue moon will usher in dynamic changes
Where dynasties change and wealth switches ownership
Where you least expect will happen
Where the impossible is made possible
The sudden change of fortune is real & immediate
If you are not there, however & whatever changes is/are irrelevant

Live well and be ready
"Luck" is where preparation meets opportunity
I have my fair share of "misses" & "hits" are rare
Not for want of not trying but for reasons beyond my comphrension

I fight to win & the world loves a winner

天时地利人和 When Heaven Smiles

 Some day, some how...my Lady Luck smiles

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 二零一八

...nothing much changes except the date

There is a New Day every day & there is a New Month every month
But, both never garner the excitement & exhilaration of a New Year every year
Why so? Guess, the scarcer it is, the higher it is valued
So, we need not be too generous and caring for they shall be taken for granted
We need not provide too much nor pay too high for they will feel entitled
Abuse comes from familiarity rather than scarcity
Being taken advantage of is painful and distasteful especially if sincerity had been dumped in

Many a times, we say "we have learned our lesson" but we continue to give in
The heart/mind is weak and the exploitation continues
So long as we have compassion, a simple apology from the 'predator' moves the mountain
There are no fools but stupidity has no known cure
A weak heart is 'stupidity in captivity'; easily swayed into submission
The good heart is blessed although hurt

Looking forward 2018 ~ 2易0定1要8发
sounded like ~ Easy 2 Sure 0 Want 1 Prosperous 8
I don't think 2018 is any easier
In fact, I would postulate that 2018 will tougher and rougher
It is the "calm before the storm"
The uncertainties had gathered strength & shall implode at the slightest provocation, stockmarkets included

The US had reduced taxes and many industries will flow back & someone got to loss
US recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's Capital & the backing of Saudi against Iran, Syria, others are explosive gunsmanship, not just gamesmanship
US & NATO manoeuvre against Russia in Eastern European theatres are provocative
US adventures in Asia-Pacific or Indo-Pacific are intrusive
A military war by accident or an economic war arising from protectionism will be disastrous
China and Russia will not sit-by idly when the first shot is fired; economic or military

If ever a war breaks out in North Korea, China will encircle & secure Taiwan before taking a second look at North Korea
If Japan were ever to be provoked to go to war with China, all Asian nations will back China, especially those who suffered during Japan occupation as the ghosts of 2WW still hurt and haunt
We are living with higher degrees of uncertainties than many would imagine
Worry not, though
The next major war will end all wars & reduce the human race to a manageable level

When the dusts settle, the world will be a safer place

It is not all bleak and doom
There are many sane men and leaders around
Good shall outwit the bad and the ugly
Sure, there will be turbulence but it's darkest before the day breaks
We will make it back well, alive and "with everything nice"
After destruction is prosperity; no other possible outcome when you already hit rock bottom

Wars inevitably start on economic reasons, say whatever you like

Hold tight, belt up
The best is yet to be
Sufferings must come before emancipation of mankind returns
I do not think a major will break out but an 'economic war of sorts' is inevitable
Trickle-down economics will lead to anarchy
Man has lived long enough but few have learnt their lessons

Friday, December 22, 2017

Smile & Smiley

the day the world ended ...

I say 'good morning' to many people every morning
It's nice to cheer up the world & to perk up the spirit
Some will response, some find it a nuisance

A few enjoy the spirit-lifting greetings but never responds
I eliminated a guy in my chat group as he never reponds & he said 'Hi, why you take me out? I enjoy the greetings!"
Holy ghosts! There you have a 'close' friend who just enjoy receiving but never cares about others' feeling!

I have been reciting my uplifting messages for years
Not because I am good but because by doing so, I uplift myself
Positive begets positive
The good Lord will always be with you ~ bless & be blessed

The loads of demands and expectations can floor a bull
I am a small built guy & the burden gets heavier by the day
Rightly or otherwise, everyone takes advantage of me
I struggle to keep my smile & I force a smiley fascade
The world loves a winner & I intend to remain

Sad or happy; life goes on

There is no permanence
Life is finite so is day and night
No one can take away what you refuse to submit
Violation has a price; retribution
Live and let live will allow the body and Soul to build up; stay healthy

Smile & the world smiles with you

You can't fly like an eagle if you work with turkeys
You cannot be happy if you are surrounded by depressed people
You will not prosper if all around you only whine, complain, look for excuses and had 'given-up'
Like the brush, your color is the color of the ink
Soak in misery & you are in the dumps

Friends come from all walks of life, space and sizes
Love you, hate you, use you, betray you...
Learn to be wiser as you age
The lessons are the same but by a degree higher
Take it easy...


The best shall come at the right moment  in time
Some day, some how...we will get what we want
But do remember; you can't get apples if you sow banana seeds
Happy days are when you are healthy plus some cash
Even if you have loads of cash but without health, you are still in the dumps
No health, nothing else matters

Stay healthy, stay happy and GOD shall be scarce

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A Broken Clock Is Right Twice A Day

tick, tock, tick, tock...

Whatever you do, don't worry ~ just do it
If you are determined enough, you will be right after a while
GOD will not forsake you forever; HE will return to 'redeem' HIMself
To proof that HE cares, afterall
The strange thing is many said "GOD helps those who helps themself", then why need HIM? Umm

I always believe HE is somewhere but every time, I truly need HIM, HE's no where to be found
Then, someone quipped "everything happens for a reason"; alas
Everything being fair, I want the upper half
If you do not have too much expectation, you will have lesser disappointments
I never doubt GOD, but I want to get whatever I want; if not where does success come from? Ya!

The truths is I have been waiting for the new, great break
But, everytime I'm told "soon"
Too much failures can be demoralising and undermine my 'samurai spirit'
There are days where starring at the ceiling is a norm but just when I am about to give up, a fresh breeze swings in to warm up my inner-self
I am baffled

Like the broken clock, I am right at times
The most miserable moment is also the most awakening
But, when I compare with my cohorts and those around me, I'm still much better
Or, is it time to give up and goes into the hills to meditate? Hahaha! I am not cut up la
Some day soon, Lady LUCK will returns ~ maybe tomorrow

If my hands are broken at 10 o'clock, I am right in the morning and night
But, I gonna be struggling for the next 11 hours set
That's life
Get use to it, I suppose.
GOD bless me with Abundances and Lucks

Taking Stock & Reviewing Annual Resolutions

whatever  and however you try, there is a possibility of ...

I have long forgotten what is a New Year's resolution
In fact, I don't set any as I review my objectives and intents quarterlyt
My big picture doesn't change but I persistently guide myself along my goal
Many times, it looked extremely promising only to evaporate without the 'ink of the pen'
Frustration, disappointments, disbelieves...but real

Man proposes, GOD disposes

Is there a 'sure' thing? No! Nothing is sure and it was never meant to be ...unless crystalized
In life, I guess, we just keep ploughing and irrigating the fields
Sow the seeds and wait for the 'heavenly blessings'; be it a farmer or a "Jack Ma"
Every good turn deserves another but if luck pans out that could be last turn
We can just be hopeful; do your best and leave the rest

The world loves a Winner

The straight "As" students may not go on to shine just as there are many who "A"s their careers
Jack Ma & Steve Jobs are rare finds but proofs of possibility
The elitism that breed in Singapore, though denied, has no place in Society
Meritocracy is a word of the past when kids are 'boxed up & streamed' in their early ages
When you served detention in NS, your career in Civil & Govt Service ceases

Why sentenced the youths early in their ages, be it streaming or in the NS? Elitism
It is definitely not the fear of competition from late bloomers but an outright 'social engineering'
Casting aside as many in early ages reduce the probability of fiercer competition latee
"White horses" are protected breed
As for the rest, the earlier you walk out of the system, the higher the chances of returning to victory

What have I achieved for the year? Nothing to shout about
But, I have build and sustain my health ~ a fact that no one else can help nor replace
When Steve Jobs was staring at the live-support machines, he was reminded that we are mere mortals
The elites think highly of themselves, rightly so, until the days of reckoning
Death the leveller

If Earth is a living hell, what gains do you get to live longer? The end is usually more devastating
Let the be compassion, care & share
The Earth will be destroyed in a nuke war; whether you are Trump, Kim, Xi or Lee
Live and let live ~ when you save one, its one. When you saved two, its a pair
I would rather live comfortably than in a stress-filled world

Tomorrow is never promised; live your best today

Looking back, I survived a tough and rough world
My sunny island is peppered with problems and elitism where lip services abound
I am hopeful that things will change but the change starts with me because I/we cannot change others
My annual resolutions had been shelved for years
In GOD i trusts

I live a day at a time

My resolution is to remain happy & healthy, comes whatever may