Sunday, July 27, 2008

Ephemeral moments

The afternoon shower coolness lingered in the air as I made my way out the office last Friday evening. As I strode past Starbucks, I walked into a bubble cloud. A child was amusing himself by blowing soap bubbles. He giggled and chased them after every exhalation. The bubbles burst into nothingness upon contact and the scene got me wondering…
I think we all love playing with soap bubbles at some point in our lives. Perhaps like me, you still do. Why do we revel in such an activity when it reminds us of the transience of happiness?
I must be in a melancholic mood and cold grey evenings tend to trigger this bout of wistfulness.
On a happy note, I bought myself a bottle of red nail polish today. I seldom wear polishes and should I paint them, they would most likely be coated in a safe shade of subtle pink. Didn’t know what came over me but I reckon it must be the desire to don on more mature and womanly hues on my fingers from now on. ;-P
OPI names its polishes in the most creative fashion and this bottle is called “An Affair in Red Square”. It is part of its Russian Collection. Hm...nice.


Friday, July 18, 2008

Wedding Bells A Ringing But When Thou Art Do They Sound For Me?

2 very dear friends got married to different individuals this month. It is with deep regret that I have to miss both of their celebrations. One took place overseas and the other was held on a day I had to actually work! =(
Congratulations Shian and Jenn!

Anyway, this is indeed a year for weddings. A colleague is currently busy with his wedding preparations and as he busied himself with all the arrangements, I am constantly reminded of the fact that I have decided to register my marriage this year. I promised both of us that it will be done in 2008! Now, the thing is, I haven't a clue to kickstart my wedding plans. Indoors or outdoors? Simple or elaborate. If it's the latter, looks like pandemonium will rule since we are well into mid year. But the intent is strong, the mind is set and despite fuel hikes, I am going to grease the wheels and axles to get things moving forward; surely and smoothly. Wish me luck!


Monday, July 14, 2008

Now Reading...

I think a book review is totally unnecessary for this book. Light reading material with a storyline (I think one can finish it within 5 hours but I suggest covering in at a leisurely pace when your mind is most receptive to its contents).

I resisted picking up this book for the longest time-mainly because of its title. As my blog readers will come to understand, owning a Ferrari IS one of my life’s goals. “Whatever the heck should I read something that goes against my dream?” I dismissed it off with ill concealed disgust when I saw it displayed on the shelves.

What made me take a second look and purchase it then? The words in fine print did. The line between the title reads “A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny”. Maybe if my destiny includes buying that sold Ferrari, I may well benefit by understanding how best I can achieve that more swiftly.
And well, an international bestseller no less. Curiosity got the better of me and I bought it after deliberating over it in Kinokuniya.

Was it good? You bet. Was it useful? Yep. As with all self help books, it imparts a number of wise teachings. Nothing rocket science but it brings a lot of issues into perspective. I am reminded to focus on my passion and seek out my ultimate life purpose. Sad to say, to date, I am not doing so. It’s time I take action.

Last but not least, I am very impressed with a line in the book that goes “There is nothing noble about being superior to some other person. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self”.
Well said. I guess it’s time to run my own race.

Link to a very good summary of the principles taught in this book:


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