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Archive for April, 2008

Appetite for Destruction: Eat to Live or Live to Eat?

Posted by ghostpipe73 on April 28, 2008

I’m not much of an eating person. I eat only to fill up my duty as a human person who is required to furnish himself with grub three times a day at a routinely time throughout. of course there are the in-between snacks and titbits but that’s minor in my daily eating habits.

I have been living my life in a country with mixed cultures and practises, and as the topic of discussion suggests, these different cultures each pose eating habits which I find rather alarming. Alarming in the sense that when it comes to eating, the rule of thumb is, it’s gotta be good, prepared rather sumptuously and to be eaten with absolute glee and without a care of what tomorrow may bring to your health. Be it Malay, Indian, Chinese, Iban, Kadazan, etc. etc. whatever ethnic group it comes from, the order of the day for food paraphernalia is never short of killing the digestive system and incessantly making attempts to paralyse the liver.

I guess other cultures in other parts of the world are the same.  The Greeks for example, enjoy meals upon meals upon meals for every meal of the day they have.  And I know of this from experience as I have a good old Greek-American friend who loves every meal he has. I have nothing against eating lavishly and sharing the good food on the table with friends, families and loved ones as a sign of happiness, prosperity and all that jazz. I do however have something against making the dining part of an event the most important part of that event, e.g. in a charity dinner, you’d sometimes forget why you’re there because the bloody highlight of the evening would be the dinner instead of the whole charity thing.  Then again, I have issues on charity dinners because I think it’s most of the time organised by hypocrites.  But that’s another story.

Food is for nourishment, and to me food should be taken moderately at the time it’s supposed to be taken.  When taken moderately and with the right amount of balanced type or class of food that one is supposed to take, then you’d be as healthy as a horse for as long as you can live. And that is how I personally perceive the matter of food. I do not like food in large amounts simply because it more often than not gets wasted, i.e. it’s not consumed completely.  I hate people who have a tendency to waste food. Talking about the different cultures in this country, the food prepared generally uses large quantities of saturated oil and fatty stuff, because as you know Asian food tends to be fried most of the time.  Western food tends to be healthier since boiling, grilling and baking are options that are actually considered and used also in Western cooking, Unlike Asian cooking of course.  There are Asian food that has less frying or the use of heat to prepare it, such as Japanese sashimis and sushis. Good to a certain extent but can be bad too if the rawness gets to your blood.

Moderation, that’s the word I was told to use when it comes to selecting food to eat. Or anything that goes into your mouth.

I found a recent quote in one of the emails forwarded to me.  It said this: “Health = Knowledge + Discipline”.  Self-explanatory I guess.


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What can you and I do?

Posted by ghostpipe73 on April 19, 2008

Lack of basic needs. Rush to acquire basic needs. Tribal tensions erupted. Civil wars. Unnecessary killing. Food depletion, hunger. More unnecessary killings.


Darfur now.

If you can’t help Darfur, at least help yourself to be thankful for what you have every fucking day of your life.

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The Fierce Urgency of Now

Posted by ghostpipe73 on April 19, 2008

I’m not much of a follower of the current US presidential campaign, but every now and again when I watch the world news and I hear this on-gong debate thing between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, I would wonder – how sincere are these individuals in walking their talk later on should one of them win?

Regardless of that fact, I was struck with some degree of awe when I heard this short excerpt of Obama’s speech which saw him using typical power words in the right intonation and position in each sentence and then seeing him ending it with a quote from the late Dr. Martin Luther King – the fierce urgency of now.  “There is such a thing as being too late….and our moment is now”.

My moment is now.  The fierce urgency of now. Now.

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Pride In the Name of Love

Posted by ghostpipe73 on April 19, 2008

The theme of love governs plentiful of songs written ever since song-writing existed. This love song is expressed in every possible angle that love can be seen to be at work, be it the love for a person, persons, a whole nation, a belief, an ethnic group, anything. It’s a song that enabled plentiful other love songs to be written more specifically, since writing a love song from more than one angle of love is not what most songwriters would normally do. At least I don’t think so anyway.

Pride, in the name of love.

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Dealing with the tides in one’s life

Posted by ghostpipe73 on April 13, 2008

This past week has seen me working my butt off on one of my projects with my current employer.  I had to prepare for a very important report presentation and days before the actual day itself, I was having anxious thoughts and on-the-edge sort of sensation running through my veins. It’s not that I’ve never done any of these presentations before, so I’m still not very sure why I was feeling the way I did.  I’m a bloody professional after all, am I not? I mean, 11 years in the business does count for something right?

In any case, the outcome of the event was much better than I thought it would be.  For my part of the presentation, I think I managed to nail it through as clear as daybreak.  I’m not the best presenter there is in the company, but hey, I am one of the most experienced and probably one of the best.  I consider the positive outcome of the presentation as one of my little successes in life.  And yes, I feel really good about it, really good.  It makes all your effort seem worthwhile when you know that the receiving party whom the material was prepared for accepted the work you delivered and acknowledged your worth.

I’ve had plenty other little successes too, outside of my career.  I don’t really ever  remember having one huge success, all of mine has been small ones which I’ve manage to accumulate in the 34 years of my existence on this planet.  But of course, along the path of success I have also had my fair share of incessant failures which seemed to be unavoidable.  My financials for example, is still very much below par for a person my age.  And that is one aspect of my life that I really need to urgently sort out, fast and efficiently.

The path leading to achieving your dreams of getting what you want is never short of tidal successes and failures which needs to be documented carefully in order for you to understand and appreciate life as you live it.  From my own experience, nothing ever goes as planned.  No matter how good a planner you are, life just seems to fit in the things you need not according to your desired timing, rather it fills up the racks at its own phase and as it sees fit.

I am continuously trying to elevate and improve my life every single day, trying to go beyond what my mind actually tells me I can do, and instead following the stronger desires in my heart.

I’ll start to do one change in my life today, and that is to exercise at least 3 times a week for at least one hour each time.  Health is very important, and if I am to see everything through, then I need my health at its peak condition.

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Michael Clayton I am

Posted by ghostpipe73 on April 8, 2008

The movie Michael Clayton starring George Clooney has had a tremendous impact on me ever since I first watched it about 3 weeks ago. Reason being of course because I could relate profoundly to it, with the way how things are going with my own life, career-wise and also on a more personal level. Clooney’s character, Clayton, is somewhat a man on the verge of actually losing his sense of well-being due to the myriads of trials and tribulations that he’s currently facing in his life. He could barely made it on his own but somehow he did, and that was the portrayal of his character which I admired. He somehow knew that the only person who could save him from all hell he was facing was himself.

In life presumably, no one really knows who you can trust or rely on with absolute black hole certainty. There is always a minute chance that your trust can be wagered upon due to circumstances unforeseen and also due to sometimes trivial yet critical errors commonly acted upon by a normal person. I have learnt, over the past few years, to rely on my instincts rather than pragmatic judgement or justification when it comes to trying to plant some seeds of trust onto someone. I suppose it’s not really ethical to frankly tell any person or people you come across in your lives that you do not see trust as something you would diplomatically exchange with them in a bid to foster good relationships, whether professionally or personally. I leave a rather large room in between myself and the other party, any party, to allow for my own thoughts and instincts to do their work in deciding on how much pint of trust I could allow myself to sprinkle away onto a person prior to subsequent interaction.

I believe a man or woman should always be prepared to row his or her own boat, despite the various offers by individuals or organisations to provide you with an outboard engine (or something similar for that matter). Row your own boat, ladies and gentlemen, row your own boat.

Nature and God entrusted human beings, a long time ago, with the responsibility to be stewards of the planet and all its creatures, to take good care of all that is on Earth. Well, as you can see for yourself, man did not do a good job. Trust has been betrayed, over and over again, and in particular these days, with global warming fast becoming an issue that everyone is not only starting to talk about openly, but also to voice out their opinions with regards to issues related to preserving the environment.

I found this video called Beautiful Life by 30 Seconds to Mars. Watch it and try to feel the underlying message of the song/video.  Betraying trust originally given by the Earth to her stewards has dire consequences, and everyone of us should know what to do and what not to do while we’re here on the Planet.

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