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
还抗得起就不用放下
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...

天时地利人和

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








Monday, December 11, 2017

Until I Give Up, I Am Still In The Race

when I am drain dried, I ...

I never give up ~ never
But, if I decided that "enough is enough, I walk away" & fade into memory lane
The broken link is time tested and it is always the strongest link
Jealousy, selfishness, glory-stuffed and flip-flop decisions are most detrimental
Speaking the truth is no longer fashionable nor acceptable
Speaking pleasantries soothe the ears

I dislike dishonorable persons
I detest persons who have agreed to do something but did otherwise
Breaking promises and empty words are the scariest because it disrupt a planned outcome
The uncertainty is introduced
The damages to reputations, preferred solutions and honour are unmendable
More often than not, the bystanders and innocents are hurt

I do not seek glory
I care & share
The worst that can happen is when I give and I realise that I had been tricked in giving, i lost faith
My lost is not monetary but faith in humankind
The theft of honor will prevent me from further contributing to alleviating others difficulties
I am no angel and can recoil back into the safety of my humble abode

Society suffers because of selfish & self-grabbing persons
Power, money and fame ~ are all finite and cannot be brought along into your afterlife
But, the glory and fame is so irresistable
Animals kill for food but humankind can 'kill for fun'
It is not insanity but greed, power, fame and money that kill
Even the religious practitioners are not immune to temptations

It is through the fear of GOD that mankind will repent

Living and being alive meant suffering
All religions preach the need to help your fellowmen overcome sufferings
But, alas, the Church, the Temple, the Synagogue, the Houses of God are ridden with/by rogues
Human will self-destruct when 10% of the richest controls 80% of global wealth
The rich cannot live in a 'sea of poors'
Slaves do not rebel; they undermine the very support of Society

The world will lasts longer if everyone cares to "care & share"
No man's an island
The richest can buy many things but not everything
The grains & food are the domains of the traders
Without the (poor) labourers, handymen and farmers, the fields are barren
Money cannot by anything if nothing is produced

I have faith in humanity but I have greater Faith with GOD

I do not give up but repeated betrayals forced me to be extremely careful
Similarly, repeated failures also dampen my resolve and motivation
From time to time, I need to wriggle into my shell to hibernate
To recuperate & return ready, fighting fit and more prepared to destroy; to fight fire with fire
I am not weak but sincere, humble and forgiving
When I hit back, I fight to win

Either I walk through the baptism of fire or I walk away with indifference

I do not give up; I give away
So long as I am in the race, nothing can stop me
I am the incurable optimist 








Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Broken Clock Is Right Twice A Day

mistakes & lies repeat long enough ...

The world is getting harder to comprehend and trust as illusions reign
Multi-media circulate doctored views, outright fake news and lies that looked decidedly real
Robotics and AI have revolutionize work ethics, approaches and increasingly built self-centredness
The manifestation of unreal into reality albeit fake is building distrust, disbelief and conflict
Fake & dishonorable intents are dressed-up with impunity and delivered as 'good' promise

The world is fast changing; time is compact and the velocity of change multiplied
When you least expect it, it happens ~ for the better or worse
The world is indeed made smaller by the speed news travel
The Las Vegas shooting: did one man single-handedly killed so many from the distance? Puzzled 
Most terrorists attacks are said to be ISIS-linked but could these attackers be insane? Probably

Since Mankind, rogue leaders find reasons to justify their actions
So are clairvoyants, fortune tellers and selfish & self-centred leaders
Leaders are born and so he shalt rise to lead in any crisis
Charlatans, charading as leaders, are the parasites of Society
Their strategy is "promise you some before winning & give you a little more before asking again"

Don't blame others if you leave your Destiny in another's hands

 

Statistically, party members are small compared to the total population
China ~ The Chinese Communist Party reached 82.6 million members in 2011, making it the world’s largest political party. This represents 6.13 percent of the Chinese population.
UK ~ As of June 2017, Labour had 552,000 members and the Liberal Democrats had 102,000 members as of May 2017. As of August 2017 the SNP had 118,000 members.

It is a global phenomenon
Then, why can citizens be held hostage to the demands of Political Parties?  
Indifference; throw in Divide & Rule & their Fate is sealed     
Any political party(ies) just need to convince the electorates their "Promises"
Cumulative small changes shift mountains

The Broken Clock Is Right Twice A Day
A broken promise, when delivered nearer the D-day, clears many a doubters 
We cannot depend on Luck to win the day
An honest, dutiful approach to identifying solutions save the day
Providence is universal but should not be left to chances

If you do not care, then don't complain ~ The Broken Clock Is Right Twice A Day

Waiting for another to carry your burden is like trying to walk to your grave on your own upon death
You reap what you sow
There are NO bad leaders but bad electorates
Live by the sword and die by the sword
As some will complain, some benefit from bad decision

I am neutral
Alone, I break easily but I do sway in the wind in my 'harbour of hope'
Some day when the grand old oak tree collapsed, I will have more space
Like HOPEs, the seedling shalt grow again
Some day soon, change shalt come


Monday, October 23, 2017

Will The Stock Market Turn?

what goes up must come down vis versa ...it's only when

You can make 10 rounds but one bad round could wipe you out for good
Similarly, when the going is good, even fools make money
There is no easy money; you need to do homework
Many are not able to last a year of slowdown, bland and uneventful economy and a stagnant market
2017 has been a fairly positive year but there are still blood on the streets

Going forward, will the stockmarkets correct, see a sharp fall & rebound (fairly painless)
Or fall sharply, sprinkled with dead-cat bounces before sliding further (very painful)

History tells some story:

1977/8 ~ energy crisis - Yom Kimppur War/Iranian Revolution
1987/8 ~ stockmarket crisis - Black Monday
1997/8 ~ asia financial crisis - Asia muddled in debts/Currencies depreciated
2007/8 ~ financial crisis - Subprime mortgages/Lehman Brothers
Will 2017/18 escape the claws of 10-year cyclical movements of events

Money is the denominator of all crisis
Whilst wars, political changes and calamities are incidentals & magnify the impact
Human are sacrificed as blood bleeds and greed grabs
The problems were never resolved and 'the can is kick down the road'
Every crisis gets bigger than its predecessor

Looking at the charts (tracking the past) and the emotional imbalances & disturbances
The time is ripe
According to the Guardian (Jan 2017), the world's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%, that is, they are worth $426bn (£350bn), equivalent to the wealth of 3.6 billion people.
Problems like US/NATO & Russia/China military gamesmanship, religious-centric refugees, shifting political partisanship, food scare and reappearences of olde diseases  are just manifestations of inadequacy, injustice, elitism, greed and suppression.

The next crisis is near - November & December 2017 is not far away
It's not 'will it happen but when'

All are not 'Doom & Gloom' but this time, it will take a much longer time to recover
Is 18 months too long? No, it is the sufferings by the seconds that is
Cash is King
Gold is a more reliable currency
Good LUCK


Note

How did the war end the Great Depression?
The Depression was actually ended, and prosperity restored, by the sharp reductions in spending, taxes and regulation at the end of World War II, exactly contrary to the analysis of Keynesian so-called economists. True, unemployment did decline at the start of World War II.Nov 30, 2013


Indices (23/10/2018)

DJIA 23,328.63
S&P 500 2,575.21
Nasdaq 6,629.05
STIC 3,347.02

World Indices (from shareinvestors.com)

Name Last Change
Nasdaq 6,629.1 24.0
HSI 28,321.9 -165.3
HSCEI 11,484.0 -74.4
Jakarta 5,958.5 28.9
Nikkei 225 21,658.3 200.6
SSE Comp 3,381.4 2.7
Shanghai A 3,541.1 2.8
Shanghai B 352.9 0.0
ShenZhen A 2,095.9 4.4
ShenZhen B 1,204.8 -1.4
Taiwan W 10,754.1 25.2
PSE Comp 0.0
KOSPI 2,486.4 -3.1
FTSE 250 20,146.9 +15.4

Monday, October 16, 2017

My Winning Combinations

picking up again...


Rest if you must but never quit
Quitters are losers
Persevere ; you will make it
Have faith; GOD willing, you will succeed
When to going is tough, the tough keeps going
Lovely phrases but the person going through it is showing signs of 'drowning' & hopelessness


Nobody wants to give up if he can sustain
Everyone is waiting for that nice break ~ sometimes, that looks like a distant possibility
Unfortunately, what breaks you is not the toughest but 'the last straw' is the lighetest ~ the lightness You can defeat the biggest bully, return from the worse setback but if your spirit is down, it's the end 
No amount of tough talks nor motivation can save a drowning Soul
Try as you may, sometimes it is flogging a dead horse

If GOD helps those who help themselves
Does it mean GOD is redundant? Perhaps...
If we have full faith with GOD yet when failures knock, many say 'everything happens for a reason'
The only reason is "there is no GOD"
GOD is only an invincible hope & comfort for the failures
Try talking to the successful ones; like you, he has never seen GOD

To rebuild or to build our future according to our goals is to plough on 'blindly but steadfastly'
Getting your intended target is 'success' & missing is a norm
There are no permanent doomsday nor victory parade; pass this moment, life is back to normal
Frustration, disappointment and disillusionment are due to expectations
Move ahead; just do it ... expects little and all shall be sugar, spice and everything nice
Victory or defeat is just that moment ~ & all shalt pass

Successful people also face defeats
Steve Jobs, Guo WenGui, Wang JianLin, George Yeo, Anwar Ibrahim, Jerry Yang...
The larger the gamemanship, the higher the stakes, the greater the defeat: No "IFs", No "BUTs"
Rebuilding is tougher than building as the sweetness of yesteryears turned bitter
When Man is non-emotional yet steadfast, he conquers all
No fear is greater than fearless 心有多大 舞台就多大

I fear nothing for I came naked and shalt return naked
Though, I must say I do have some emotional baggage
Above all, I know I am finite
I pass through this way but once
I shall live to the fullest and I'm aware no two moments are the same
I live NOW & I live well ~ some sugar, spice and most things nice

Defeats, disappointments, frustrations come & go 没有做不到的事 只是还没想到

I was down... I maybe down ~ but I shall return

Win ~ I Shall

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Hello October, Goodbye September

the October feeling of reeling into wintry weather...

Life is full of surprises but winners may not necessarily be the best person
The fakes, the schemers, the conmen...
Any man can make mistakes but only an idiot persists in his error
Yet, the idiot wins
Almost everyone is born a genius but dies an idiot
The smartness somehow eludes the smartie and he dies a pauper

There is nothing more dangerous than a resourceful idiot
It's worse if he is a politician
He will cut corners, divide and rule, speak the untruths without blinking an eye
History has many ...alas!

Talent is a flame
Genius is the fire
A spark to glory manifest into sustainable victory
There is no genius without some touch of madness
Dare to be different & leaves the groupthink
No two ideas are similar and the first mover has advantage


If you choose bad companions, no one will believe that you are anything but bad yourself
- Aesop, Aesop's Fables 
Do not succumb to pressure to act and be 'one of the Jones'
Cut the coat according to your cloth
Time is the best friend and your achievements come over time
You cant have sex with 9 women & have a baby in 1 day ~ Law of Nature
 

A bad friend is is worse than an enemy, an enemy you can see and avoid, but to detect an insincere friend is hard - Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom 

Acquaintances are not friends; they merely pass by
When you are down, the real friends surface but they are far and few
A bad friend secretly plots your downfall - Bangambiki Habyarimana, Book of Wisdom 
However close to you, where money comes between friends, money dictates the outcome
Trust is delicate 
Be yourself

Strangely, friends almost always leave you at your most critical moments
Hearts are broken, relationship stops
You are on your own in this world when all leaves and the wintry chills blow
You arrive alone and naked & this is the paradox of life; you are always on your own
Your friends are here to share your glory, fame and monies


Fake friends are like shadows: always near you at your brightest moments, but nowhere to be seen at your darkest hour True friends are like stars, you don't always see them but they are always there.
Habeeb Akande

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fear

loneliness, losing and dying are the biggest fear...

Nothing lasts forever & everything shall comes to an end
If not now, sometime soon
But, why is losing something dear terribly scaring? It's the bondage
We grew use to it and become unduly comfortable
Taking away the norm, the usual, the comfort is fear in itself

When you are poor and hungry, you can hunt and find food
When you have a roof over your head and a family to care for, your stakes increase
When you are rich, famous, powerful & had achieved success, dying becomes a challenge
You are bonded by your desires and earthly needs, the thought of losing all is life threatening

Strangely, when you are alone, you are not lonely
When you bathe in good company & enjoy companionship, life becomes lonely when one departs
The belongings, the longings, the togetherness breed contempt
Bonds and bondages make human/men dependent
If you can give up your earthly wants, you would have achieved half-enlightenment

Fear incapacitates

Empty is not void
Alone is not loneliness

Fear not
Everything is finite
Some day, some time; everything ends
Most importantly, live life to the fullest