Monday, December 31, 2007

A new year, A new beginning

I am doing spring cleaning today.

As i sweep away the dust in my house, i want to do some spring cleaning of the heart too.

To dust off any sorrow

Mop away any unforgiveness and pride

Have a clean heart

To store only joy and goodness

A new year, A new beginning!

What i fall short of in 2007, i will be a better man in 2008!

HAPPY New Year 2008 everyone!


Sunday, December 30, 2007

10 Millionth Visitors to Singapore

Congratulation to Singapore!

As i celebrated my 10 thousands blog traffic hits, Singapore also welcomed its 10 Millionth Visitor on 22 Dec 2007 .

Next few years will be very exciting for Singapore with the F1 night race, two integrated resorts, interconnecting park land, the new air terminal 3 and many more international conventions and events.


Saturday, December 29, 2007

Story for Year End Reflection

A story for your year end reflection...

The Best Tailor

There once were three tailors in a little town in China. All three wanted to the best tailor, better than their neighbours.

One of them had an idea. He printed a large banner and proclaimed that he was the best tailor in town!

The second tailor wanted to edge out the first. He proclaimed on a bigger banner that he was the best tailor in the country!

The third one, was worried because he could not claim that he was the best tailor in the world. That would be too far fetch! He decided to paste a small sign at his stall.

The third tailor got the most traffic and customers. You know why?

The sign at his stall stated "The best tailor on this street!"

Morale of the story: Most people are concern with the events and things closest to them. Just be the best where you are now. It is easier to achieve.

My personal reflection: When you are making a resolution, make sure you can start to achieve a little of that now. Keep at it, review it mid year. If you are making a commitment like spending more time with your family, let them know. It is easier to realise an announced resolution. Happy New Year! Cheers!

Friday, December 28, 2007

My 2008 Resolution

I saw my son stretching out his hand and reaching for his toys and with persistence one day he will reach it. That act set me thinking. I have been thinking and planning for next year. I need a theme for 2008. I have decided that...

My 2008 resolution is: To step out of my comfort zone, stretch and reach out.


No one can predict to what heights you can soar.

Even you will not know until you spread your wings.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

An interesting Christmas present

One of the Christmas presents my son received is this...what it looked like before...

he dropped it a day later.

But what was interesting about it is this...(the text on the packaging box)

read text on top carefully...Not Suitable for Children under 72 years!

That makes most of us...
1. All children as we are under 72 years
2. and a lot of people are not suitable to play this toy.

No wonder my son dropped it the next day. LOL.

I wonder how this toy passed QC (if there is one in the first place).

Morale of the story: Choose toys carefully for Children as some may not be suitable for them.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

What is your new year resolution?

Now that we have celebrated 2007 Christmas!

and the new year 2008 is coming soon...

What is your new year resolution?

10,000 reasons to celebrate!

YES! I finally crossed the 10,000 web hits mark for this blog! and i made it before the close of 2007! I thought i have been blogging for a long time but it has only been 6 months.

Thank you to all of you especially my blog buddies and friends who are supporting this blog!


Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas isn't Christmas till it happens in your heart

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all my readers, blog buddies and friends!

A Christmas song to share with you.

"Christmas...isn't Christmas...till it your heart...somewhere... deep inside where christmas really starts..."

I found this video of the song on Youtube.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Do you want to quit?

There once was a story about a young man who wanted to cycle from one end of Australia to the other end. It was a daunting task. He cycled and cycled, through the towns and desert. His determination was soon eroded by the distance, hash environment and physical fatigue. He did not think he could continue any more. He wanted to quit. He had only completed half the intended journey. He looked at his map with despair. Suddenly, there was a strong gust of wind, the map folded into half, showing only a part of the journey. The map revealed only the man's next stop. He pushed himself on to the next stop. Upon reaching the place and rested, he uncovered more area of the map and pushed on to the next stop. And you would have guessed...he finally reached his destination, a step at a time.

Do you have this feeling that you want to quit? You have had enough and it is time to move on.

If you are at this stage, try to look at the next nearest milestone. If you want to quit in January, try to stay until February or March and when that time comes, stretch it a bit longer to June and if, by the end of next year, you still have that feeling it again.

This not-so-simple exercise is to ensure you do not quit on impulse and that you have taken the effort to sweat it out first. There is no perfect place on earth (That place can only be found in Heaven). You are placed where you are for a reason.

Success is normally found at the next unexpected turn.

Most people quit too early to see Success.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

You are alive for a reason, I hope you dance

You are alive for a reason
There is a purpose for everyone here...

"May you never take one single breath for granted
Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out [on Life] or dance
I hope you dance "

Life is worth celebrating!

Click to watch the music video on Youtube...

Monday, December 10, 2007

Is Life worth celebrating?

We worry about getting a job.
We worry about paying our bills on time.
We worry about not getting that promotion.
We worry about not getting love.
We worry about our health.
We worry about dying.

Is Life worth celebrating?

I came across this song recently and found it very meaningful.

I want to share it with you...

I Hope You Dance
by Lee Ann Womack

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder

You get your fill to eat But always keep that hunger

May you never take one single breath for granted

God forbid love ever leave you empty handed

I hope you still feel small When you stand by the ocean

Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens

Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance

I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance

Never settle for the path of least resistance

Living might mean taking chances But they're worth taking

Lovin' might be a mistake But it's worth making

Don't let some hell bent heart Leave you bitter

When you come close to selling out

Reconsider Give the heavens above More than just a passing glance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance
I hope you dance


Have you ever wondered what life is?

There must be more to Life than birth, study, work, retired and death...

Is it just about climbing up the meaningless ladder or chasing after that illusive title.
Would anyone remember these things about us after we are gone?

What they will remember, i hope, is the love you have given to them, the happy times that you shared with them and those difficult moments you have endured with them...

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Blogging can be as addictive as Role Playing Games

Millions of people around the world are addicted to online RPGs. RPG transports you to a different world despite your current situation and worries. That's why RPG, especially Massive Multiplayer online RPG (MMORPG) is so addictive. It draws you from the reality. It makes you want to come back again and again.

I once did an experiment. I was wondering why so many people were hooked to World of Warcraft. What's so interesting about the game? I bought the game and a game card (I bought one game card and told myself to stop the game after 60 days). The problem was that the game became so interesting, the game world so vast that I got plunged deeper and deeper into the game. As you play, you want to level up, you want more experience, you want to buy better armor and sword, with that you can have more power...I ended up extending my intended period; I bought another 60 days game card. Thankfully, I managed to pull myself out of the game entirely after that. The experiment nearly went out of hand. The hunter nearly became the hunted. It wasted a lot of my precious time and not to mention some health (poor eyesight, backache, headache etc...) because of the long hours of playing.

In some ways, blogging is like Role Playing Games.

  • You build your character gradually up (in this case- your blog) through 'missions' or constant tasks like update content, check and reply comments etc).
  • You can level up (in terms of PageRank, Technorati ranking etc.) if you blog longer and follow some known methods.
  • You can buy booster "accessories" (like paid traffic)
  • You can join a guild (blogger network or directories)
  • There is a system of reputation and authority to maintain
  • There is a vast world (the blogsphere) to explore
  • It can be addictive especially if you are chasing after ranking…
  • It can be addictive because of the newfound friendships and networking in the new media (as in the case of MMORPG and increasingly, Facebook)

I am not saying that blogging (or for that matter, computer gaming) is bad. In fact blogging allows me to improve my writing, meet more friends and allows me to communicate more with them.

I am just saying that in everything we do, we have to do in moderation.

Friday, December 7, 2007

A Final Fantasy Gift

I finally got a Christmas gift for myself!

This is the latest game of the Final Fantasy series on PSP.

I have been waiting for this game to be on PSP. I like the Final Fantasy series particularly Final Fantasy Tactics on Playstation 1. It has deep story line and different character advancement paths. I have always like RolePlaying Games...because i can play the role of a HERO!

In the midst of preparing gifts for friends and relatives, did you get a Christmas gift for yourself?

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Take Time to Give Thanks

This post was inspired by my blog buddy, Karen's post Precious Water.

I have been taking a lot of things for granted and i have promised myself to treasure these things.

We often take for granted necessities like clean water, safe environment, good road condition until we visited other developing countries.

In life, we complaint about this and that but never stop for a moment to count our blessings.

As we are approaching Christmas and the end of 2007, may we take sometime to ponder and give thanks.

Join me to count our blessings from 10 to 14 Dec 2007.

*This is a soul searching exercise and not a traffic generation tool. As we give thanks and count our blessings, we will not be cornered by our problems or worries. Hopefully, We can realise how fortunate we are and can be in a position to help others.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Do you know what Christmas you?

In the midst of you pursuing an additional income stream from blogging or preparing a long Christmas shopping list...

Do you know what Christmas means...
to you?

Christmas isn't Christmas till it happens in your heart...

Saturday, December 1, 2007

How i start to make money from my blog

This is a follow up to my previous post- Don't just blog for money.

Don't get me wrong, i am not advocating making money from blogging is wrong. I am just saying that we should not JUST blog for money. That is also a constant reminder to myself too.

It is very tempting to do series of paid post. By doing that, we run the risk of losing your reader and the momentum to write original stuff, the very reason why we blog in the first place (unless your sole reason is to set up a money blog then read my article - Don't just blog for money again) . I am not the "writer" kind of person (in fact, blogging improves my writing), so please pardon me if i do not write "professionally". I just write or blog my thoughts and straight from the heart.

The title "How to make money with your blog" for this post seems very tempting. I did not use that title (besides the fact that there are thousands oof posts with that title) because i am not an expert nor do i claim to make tonnes of money on the blog.

I have decided to change the title to "How i start to make money from my blog". I have just began actively monetising my blog. I want to record down my journey on this blog starting from this post. I am not earning six figure income from this blog but i would like to share my experience.

There is a very good post on How To Make Money With Your Blog Site by Robin Good. For those who want to know the different ways that bloggers can make money from their blog, it is a good read.

Ok. My report card so far...

The following monetisation resources are ranked based on the total amount i earned from my blogs and sites.

1. Smorty

Blog Advertising - Get Paid to Blog

2. Pay Per Post

3. Google Adsense

6. Affiliate for Amazon

How much did i earn? Let's say with what i earn this month, i can buy myself a decent Christmas tree. What will i be spending on (really)? To cover some of my ISP & hosting costs and buy some research books (including ebook) on web traffic & SEO.

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