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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A personal record: your palm line etc ...

To a librarian, a book is a record of data, information, knowledge or/and wisdom of the author.

Being a librarian for over 20 years and teaching information study and library courses since 1996, I see palm reading (or palmistry) and face reading like I look at a book.

Your palm and your face is a record of your life.

It is for you to create freely and for other to read, interpret and get some understanding of you as a person.

The line on the palm and a face of a person is a record (or a reflection) of one's personality, character, life experience, hidden emotion and health condition etc. As it is a personal record of the person, so it varies from one person to the other.

A record of a person is written by that person. You write it yourself, you are free to create it the way you like.

Throughout one's life, one constantly creating new record and writing new data and information to one's life record book.

I like to read books, and I like to read palms and faces. To me, it is the same in nature. My interest in reading books is being transported laterally to palm and face reading. Nevertheless, the knowledge of palm and face reading and the wisdom of translating your knowledge is something that I always find it hard to master.

Some palmist maybe able to read the record and see the data, others can extract some/selected information. The same palm or face can be read by different people and have different interpretation.

Reading palm line and reading palmistry books help me to gain a lot of insight into how one think and react.

The wisdom of reading and expressing it is a very interesting interactive process.

I enjoy palm and face reading and like to read books on the subject since I started secondary school.

My father, before he passed away, always like to share his knowledge on face reading and palmistry with me. He also brought a lot of books on face reading, palmistry and related subjects and let me read them. Maybe, it is this common interest that made me closer to my father as compare to other siblings.

Both of us like face reading and palmistry so much that we both enrol into a course at NUS Extramural and have a few lessons on face reading and related subjects by a professor.

Now my father had passed away for over 20 years, yet when I read books on this subject, I always recall the fond memory of sharing and exchanging our understanding and knowledge at the dinning room.

If my father is still alive, I think he would appreciate the following youtube videos:

Palmistry & Palm Reading Secrets

Read your palm ! - only 7 minutes lectured by Japanese Ninja

Inside Palm Reading Secrets Revealed

JIM WINTER Teahing Palm reading

The Basics of Palmistry and Astrology

Monday, July 27, 2009

Commencement address to the graduates of Stanford University by Steve Jobs, June 12, 2005.

Steve Jobs delivering his commencement speech to the graduates of Stanford University in 2005. In it he talks about getting fired from Apple in 1985, life & death.

It is a truely inspirational speech:

He shown everyone that your destiny is in your very own hands!

* Follow your passions -- life is for the living. Real success comes with happiness and love.

* Take the road least traveled, and it may not be the hardest one sometimes -- you may find riches beyond your dreams and at the sametime enrich the lives of others around you and beyond.

* Happiness and fulfilment are abundant to anyone who thinks outside the box. Financial, emothional, spiritual & intellectual riches are yours if you are able to connect the dots. Everything that happens to you -- even the things that look rough at the time -- will serve and enrich you in many ways when you connect the dots of the past.

The fulltext of the speech was published on "Stanford Report, June 14, 2005"

'You've got to find what you love,' Jobs says

The text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005.

Here I quote what touches my heart:

** The first story is about connecting the dots.

* The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn't interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

* And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.

* I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating.
None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography.

* If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.

* Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

* Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

** My second story is about love and loss.

* I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life.

* ... And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started?

* I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down - that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me.

* I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did.

* I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

* I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.

* The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

* It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it.

* Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith.

* I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.

* You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.

* Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

* If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.

* As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.

** My third story is about death.

* When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right."

* Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

* Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

* About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer... I didn't even know what a pancreas was.

* My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

* I lived with that diagnosis all day... I had the surgery and I'm fine now.

* This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope its the closest I get for a few more decades.

* Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:
- No one wants to die.
- Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there.
- And yet death is the destination we all share.
- No one has ever escaped it.
- And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life.
- It is Life's change agent.
- It clears out the old to make way for the new.
- Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away.
- Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

* Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking.

* Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

* They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

* ... The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation ...created by Stewart Brand ... all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

* Stewart and his team ... put out a final issue... On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, ... Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off.

* Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

* Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

On teaching children

Children do not need to be made to learn to be better, told what to do or shown how.

If they are given access to enough of the world, they will see clearly enough what things are truly important to themselves and to others, and they will make for themselves a better path into that world then anyone else could make for them.

-- John Holt (1923 - 1985)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

On teachers and delusion

We teachers - perhaps all human beings - are in the grip of an astonishing delusion.

We think that we can take a picture, a structure, a working model of something, constructed in our minds out of long experience and familiarity, and by turning that model into a string of words, transplant it whole into the mind of someone else.

Perhaps once in a thousand times, when the explanation is extraordinary good, and the listener extraordinary experienced and skillful at turning word strings into non-verbal reality, and when the explainer and listener share in common many of the experiences being talked about, the process may work, and some real meaning may be communicated.

Most of the time, explaining does not increase understanding, and may evenlessen it.

-- John Holt (1923 - 1985) American Educator

Monday, July 20, 2009

Perception and the minds tricks

Perception and the minds tricks

A Israeli street games with a sign reading from the other way!

It maybe upside down to the street readers, yet it is the right way from the person's own perspective.

What a brilliant experiment with the sign to me!

Like one of the viewer's comments: "May be all ideas/thoughts are just reactions to someone elses' ideas or thoughts, all actions are just reactions, there is nothing new under the sun unless our brains ... are capable of something better."

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A successful day

If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day.

-- Alex Noble

Thursday, July 09, 2009

LAS 3M Visit

Today I joined the Programmes and Social Committee, LAS for a tour of the 3M Woodlands and 3M Yishun Facilities.

Date: 9 July 2009 (Thursday)

Time: 12.45 – 6.15pm

The itinerary for the 3M visit:

Meeting point is at Admiralty MRT Station Taxi Stand.
At 1.00 pm, a bus took us to the 3M Woodlands Staff Shop (purchase 3M items at a discount) and later to 3M Yishun facility.

I was impressed by the variety of items 3M produced worldwide. The group is about 33 members and most of us took the opportunity of the visit and bought some 3M products.

Thanks to Mustafa Bin Mahadi, who co-ordinated the tour for LAS and reminded us to bring cash for shopping!

I was one of the four lucky draw winners and brought home a stationary set (3M tape plus dispenser and a set of post it notes.)

By the time we finished the visit and listened to all the 3M stories, it was 6.15pm.

It was a very fruitful day and we wonder why we never thought of visiting 3M all these years.

The visit is highly recommended for LAS members. If you missed this round, look up for the next one.

Notes: Professional Development Scheme (PDS) Points

1. Eligible for PDS Points: This activity attracts 36 points under the Industry Knowledge Development (ID) category.
"Participate in product/services briefing & demonstrations by vendor organized or approved by LAS"
2. Reference: See para 4.6 of the PDS Guide [: ]

Monday, July 06, 2009

Moody and depressed

Sometime if I feel moody and depressed, I will take a break to relax, walk outside, do something different or meditate.

As things at work could get a little overblown and exaggerated when you concerntrate on it for too long, it maybe better to step back and let them roll away like water rolling off a duck's back.

In between heavy tasks, take a detour to gain a new perspective. You will unlock yourself and not being sucked into an argument or a locked mindset.

Dexterine Ho

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Quit doing less-than-excellent work

If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today.

As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.

-- Thomas J. Watson (1874-1956), Founder of IBM

Friday, July 03, 2009

Devote Our Life To Great Thoughts

Often we allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget.

We lose many irreplaceable hours brooding over grievances that, in a year's time, will be forgotten by us and by everybody.

No, let us devote our life to worthwhile actions and feelings, to great thoughts, real affections and enduring undertakings.

-- Andre Maurois (1885-1967)

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Be Thankful For Your Troubles

Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it is too late.

Today, this hour, this minute is the day, the hour, the minute for each of us to sense the fact that life is good, with all of its trials and troubles, and perhaps more interesting because of them.

-- Robert R. Updegraff, Author of "Be Thankful For Your Troubles"

Wednesday, July 01, 2009


Remember, happiness doesn't depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.

-- Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)