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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

LAS ILS sharing session from poly libraries

I learnt a lot from the four poly libraries ILS sharing session today.

The objective of the ILS sharing session is to share and gain a better understanding of the features and functionalities of different library systems used by four poly libraries (i.e., Temasek Poly, Singapore Poly, Ngee Ann Poly and Nanyang Poly).

It is interesting to note the creative way librarians used in solving work problems. Some workarounds approach make "impossible" things possible. Many turn-key/vendor systems are now integrated with other library services and campus systems.

Date: 30 Jun 2009
Time : 2.00pm - 6:00 PM
Venue : Temasek Polytechnic Library

Professional Development Scheme (PDS) Points

1. Eligible for PDS Points: This activity attracts 46 points under the Industry Knowledge Development (ID) category." Participate in library related talks, forums, discussion sessions and business meetings (e.g. AGM, Council & Committee meetings) organized by LAS or other libraries (provided they are open to LAS members or other librarians) “

2. Reference: See para 4.6 of the PDS Guide

Monday, June 29, 2009


Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

-- Neale Donald Walsch

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The road to preeminent success

I believe the true road to preeminent success in any line is to make yourself master in that line.

I have no faith in the policy of scattering one's resources, and in my experience I have rarely if ever met a man who achieved preeminence in money making...

certainly never one in manufacturing ...

who was interested in many concerns.

-- Andrew Carnegie

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

This world were not fashioned by those who were realistic

One of the saddest lines in the world is, 'Oh come now - be realistic.'

The best parts of this world were not fashioned by those who were realistic.

They were fashioned by those who dared to look hard at their wishes and gave them horses to ride.

-- Richard Nelson Bolles

Monday, June 22, 2009

Adversity is our teacher

Even the most daring and accomplished people have undergone tremendous difficulty.

In fact, the more successful they became, the more they attributed their success to the lessons learned during their most difficult times.

Adversity is our teacher.

When we view adversity as a guide towards greater inner growth, we will then learn to accept the wisdom our soul came into this life to learn.

-- Barbara Rose

Sunday, June 21, 2009

See ourselves as others see us

It is good to see ourselves as others see us.

Try as we may, we are never able to know ourselves fully as we are, especially the evil side of us.

This we can do only if we are not angry with our critics but will take in good heart whatever they might have to say.

-- Mahatma Gandhi

See ourselves as others see us

It is good to see ourselves as others see us.

Try as we may, we are never able to know ourselves fully as we are, especially the evil side of us.

This we can do only if we are not angry with our critics but will take in good heart whatever they might have to say.

-- Mahatma Gandhi

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Until ...

Until you have learned to be tolerant with those who do not always agree with you;

until you have cultivated the habit of saying some kind word of those whom you do not admire;

until you have formed the habit of looking for the good instead of the bad there is in others,

you will be neither successful nor happy.

-- Napoleon Hill

Friday, June 19, 2009

Appreciating art or reading books.

I like to spend my free time appreciating art or reading books.

Reading a book or a gallery/museum visit allow me a different ways to look at things.

Having the new ideas installed in my mind, it is like having a new software that add new power to my life.

With the new powered wired and embedded, it is easy to make things works in a different way.

I may not be able to find the new application immediately, nevertheless, the possibility of have such an application by itself is something I enjoy having.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

When you are inside of the frame

It is difficult to see the picture when you are inside of the frame.

-- Author Unknown

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Builds a dream

Everybody builds a dream in their lifetime.

You’re either going to build your dream, or somebody else's.

So build your own!

-- Christopher LaBrec

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Most of the time we tend to view criticism in negative mode.

Just reflect on your own experience of giving comments to other. Is it not always given with a good intention.

Hence, if criticism come your way, take it as positively. It is a gift that someone give us to make our life better.

Realize that it meant to help, not to hurt, you will see and read criticism from a different light.

If we are able to face the criticism or negative comments like the way we receive presents, we will have a different perspective in reading the message. With good reading, we will be able to accept criticism as advice and internalized it to make us a better person.

If we take criticism negatively, we will reject the message, yet it is like poison in our body and harm us.

If we take things negatively, we will be moody and being moody, it could lead to depression.

If we take criticism possitively, we will be happy to have some improvement to make. Having improved ourselves and realize that we are a better person, we will be happy. If we make our day joyful, we will live our life with gratitudes and not hatre.

Dexterine Ho

Monday, June 15, 2009

Knowledge vs wisdom

To attain knowledge, add things every day.

To attain wisdom, remove things every day.

-- Lao Tzu

Sunday, June 14, 2009


If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free.

If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.

-- Edmund Burke

Saturday, June 13, 2009


The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.

-- Michelangelo Buonarroti (1474-1564)

Friday, June 12, 2009

Happiness is ...

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed.

Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

-- Denis Waitley

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Living fully

The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next.

The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing.

-- Michael E. Gerber

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

LAS Tour of Chinese Heritage Centre and Wang Gungwu Library

Today, I join the Programmes and Social Committee, LAS for a tour of the Chinese Heritage Centre and Wang Gungwu Library.

Date: 10 June 2009 (Wednesday)
Time: 3:30 pm
Guided tour sponsored by LAS with a group of 40 LAS members

It is the first time LAS Programmes and Social Committee required member to register the tour with membership number. As I have been a life member for over 20 years, it is hard to recall my membership number. With the help of the committee, I refresh my long lost memory and re-registered in my mind that L041 is my Life membership number.

The Chinese Heritage Centre is housed in a four-storey building opposite Yunnan Garden on Nanyang Drive. The Wang Gungwu Library is on the first level of Chinese Heritage Centre.

Notes: LAS Professional Development Scheme (PDS) Points

Eligible for PDS Points: This activity attracts 46 points under the Industry Knowledge Development (ID) category." Study visit to other libraries (local and overseas)"

Reference: See para 4.6 of the PDS Guide [: ]

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Develop a greater vision

People who consider themselves victims of their circumstances will always remain victims unless they develop a greater vision for their lives.

-- Stedman Graham

Monday, June 08, 2009

Don't hurry, don't worry

Don't hurry, don't worry. You're only here for a short visit. So be sure to stop and smell the flowers.

-- Walter Hagen

Sunday, June 07, 2009


Whether we like it or not, change happens.

It is best to stay as open-minded as possible when facing new policy at your workplace or new changes at home.

Try to embrace it as you are unable to stop it.

Dexterine Ho

Saturday, June 06, 2009


Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul.

Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.

-- Pamela Vaull Starr

Friday, June 05, 2009

Travel light

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light.

Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.

-- Glenn Clark

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Happy and hopeful outlook

If you keep a happy and hopeful outlook, you will turn an ordinary day or a bad day to a joyful and an enjoyable one.

Just remember, we have everything we need to make our day a lucky one (or otherwise).

Change the way you look at yourself, change the way you communicate or interact with the world.

Only when you change your inner outlook, you then be able to change the way you look at the outer world. The happiness you experience in the outside world, is sometime a mirror or a reflection of your inner world.

Instead of letting events steer you or other's schedule overtakes yours, take control over how your time is being used. You can do a lot of things that may you happy if you organise and prioritize your time base on your choice and your need to fulful your inner needs.

Dexterine Ho

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

A peaceful heart

If I have a peaceful heart, it is easy to go with or go against any outside forces are working in my life.

When I feel peaceful, the strengths of tact, grace, and creativity automatically provide me with a perfect opportunity to fix a situation or conflict, or to create something innovative at ease.

When I feel peaceful, I like to trust my sense of style and take a bold new look at things and situations at hand.

When I feel peaceful, I like to just go with the flow and let the feeling overtake me!

Dexterine Ho

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Monday, June 01, 2009

See your goal clearly

Before you begin a thing remind yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to foresee are ahead.

You can only see one thing clearly, and that is your goal. Form a mental vision of that and cling to it through thick and thin.

-- Kathleen Norris (1880-1966)