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Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Success isn't measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.

-- Mike Ditka

Monday, April 27, 2009

Never judge a book by its cover

Take a few minutes of your time to enjoy it, and hopefully we can all understand from here the true meaning of "Never judge a book by its cover."

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Sunday, April 26, 2009


I was brought up to believe that a person must be rescued when drowning, regardless of religion and nationality.

-- Irena Sendler

Saturday, April 25, 2009

To give and to receive

Giving and receiving are opposite sides of the same coin.

Receiving entails trust in our own value and our having respect for the giver.

By receiving we reinforce the giver and are ourselves supported and affirmed by the gift.

In this way we participate in life’s goodness and assist in its flourishing.

There are times in our lives when the only way we can give back is to receive.

-- Sallirae Henderson

Friday, April 24, 2009


Happiness is when what you think, what you say and and what you do is in harmony.

-- Mahatma Gandhi

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Buddhist-Hindu Divide in Premodern Southeast Asia

Just attended a lecture on: The Buddhist-Hindu Divide in Premodern Southeast Asia

Speaker: Associate Professor John Miksic, Southeast Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore

Date: Thursday, 23 April 2009

Time: 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Venue: Institute of South East Asian Studies, Seminar Room II, 30 Heng Mui Keng Road, Pasir Panjang

You cannot stay on the summit forever

You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. . . .

So why bother in the first place?

Just this: what is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above.

One climbs, one sees.

One descends, one sees no longer but one has seen.

There is an art to conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up.

When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.

-- Rene Daumal

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The time to relax

The time to relax is when you don’t have the time for it.

-- Sydney J. Harris

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

If you live forever

Work as though you would live forever,

and live as though you would die today.

-- Og Mandino

Monday, April 20, 2009

Do something different once in a while

If you feel that you need a challenge, all it takes is a slight change to your regular routine.

With that little change, your day looks will look exciting again!

When you are excited, your enthusiasm will motivate you for the rest of the day.

That is why I like to do something different once in a while!

Dexterine Ho

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Flatter me, and I may not believe you.

Criticize me, and I may not like you.

Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.

Encourage me, and I may not forget you.

-- William Arthur

Saturday, April 18, 2009

We are a creature of habit

You and I are all creatures of habit.

Some time, we may think our day is ruined if our routine is altered even slightly, but the opposite is true.

If we keep an open mind and try something news, we may experience a day with novelty and new joys.

Friday, April 17, 2009


Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.

-- Jim Rohn

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Know how to listen and you will profit even from those who talk badly.

-- Plutarch (46 - 120) Greek Essayist

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Forgiveness set ourself free

Lack of forgiveness causes almost all of our self-sabotaging behavior.

-- Mark Victor Hansen

Forgive other is not just to give others a chance to feel good about themselves, but also to set ourself free!

Dexterine Ho

Friday, April 03, 2009

About soul

"The soul, being eternal, after death is like a caged bird that has been released.

If it has been a long time in the body, and has become tame by many affairs and long habit, the soul will immediately take another body and once again become involved in the troubles of the world.

The worst thing about old age is that the soul's memory of the other world grows dim, while at the same time its attachment to things of this world becomes so strong that the soul tends to retain the form that it had in the body.

But that soul which remains only a short time within a body, until liberated by the higher powers, quickly recovers its fire and goes on to higher things."

-- Plutarch (The Consolation, Moralia)

Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus (AD 46 – 120) commonly known in English as Plutarch — was a Roman historian (of Greek ethnicity), biographer, essayist, and Middle Platonist.

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Gazing at each other

Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.

-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The first of April is the day ...

The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.

-- Mark Twain

The Insiders Guide to Getting Published in Research Journals - Workshop

Attending a workshop on April fool day?


Here is the details:

The Insiders Guide to Getting Published in Research Journals - Workshop

Speaker: Mr Adam Sutcliffe, Senior Business Manager - SE Asia, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Target Audience:

The workshop is aimed at anyone seeking a better understanding of the publishing process, and ways to increase their chances of acceptance.


The session contains insider's information on:

- How to get published in the right journal

- How to target your work more effectively

- What editors and reviewers actually look for

- The key questions that make or break a paper

- How to peer review your own work

- The secrets of revision

Date : 1 April 2009 (Wednesday)

Time : 9.30am - 12.00noon

Venue : Possibility Room, Level 5, National Library Building

It is very academic and those who are at the workshop are not fooling around!

Ms Ngian Lek Choh shared her view and personal experience on getting published in research journals and the plan NLB has in place to facilitate NLB staff on publishing. She mentioned that NLB maybe able to help LAS members in the same way by Sept/Oct 2009. So there are more to look up in the months to come!

The joy of attending this workshop is of two folds:

* Enriching and reinforcing professional knowledge: Mr Adam Sutcliffe from Emerald Group gave detail insider information on how Emerald as a publisher helps authtors on getting published in research journals.

* Fulfilling and delighted to have a small re-union with my ex-TP (Temasek Polytechnic) stduents. I was so happy to learn that one of them is a now Ph. D students, the other two are doing their M Sc.

As what I have told my students years ago, I may not be able to gain the title of "Dr", but I am sure my students can make it!

It is joyful for me to see one of my TP students now awaiting the award of Ph. D and be address as "Dr".

I am sure I will meet more students and address them as "Dr" in the future, the NIE groups I taught in 2001 had completed their first degree course or masters course by now. Very soon, I will be able see more Ph. D when I meet them in Yun Nan campus!

LAS Professional Development Scheme points: 46

(Only applicable to librarians who are participants of the scheme)