June 26, 2011

Quote + What I think

"You know what’s weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change, but pretty soon…everything’s different.

- Bill Watterson

Random thoughts:
I am still really young and everyday I change my mind about things. But I always try to remember that nothing waits for you and if you really want something, there's nothing you can do, except work hard for it. 

I like things like this....HAHAHA This dog is just really weird.

These few years seems to have flown by extremely fast. We can't always live in the moment and sometimes we just don't want to. Then there are some days that we wish would last forever. Living in the moment always clashes with I have homework. I wish I could lie on the beach, stare up at the sky and listen to the wind. In these moments, time is still ticking away. but it slows down and everything becomes strangely peaceful and quiet. I like star gazing too but somehow I get a bit dizzy from it. But, besides that, the serene silence of the night is just so pleasant. 

Cutest Hedgehog :)

"Who ate all the cookies!!?!?!"

Social Smiles

Have you ever noticed that some people don't smile with their eyes? But can laugh at everything you say? It's actually true, in psychology's expressive behavioral explanation, the smiles in this senario is called a "social smile". When you are truly happy, your eyes smile too (just like the cat above...just kidding, you know what I mean haha). I guess people can always fake this as well, so it's not really a reliable sign of sincerity.


There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. 
-Shakespeare, Hamlet

June 25, 2011

Contemporary Art

A 10m tall giant rubber duck, created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, was displayed in the Japanese city of Osaka recently. The rubber ducky (and its taller cousin) has been travelling around the world since its creation in 2007.

Rubber Duck by Florentjin Hofman 
Hasselt 2009 
12 x 14 x 16 Meters
Inflatable, pontoon and generator 
(the cousin)

Florenjin Hofman claims his duck has "healing properties." What do you think? It does make people happy though :)
The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages! 

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June 23, 2011

Funny Moral Lessons

Lesson 1:
A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says, “I’ll give each of you just one wish” “Me first! Me first!” says the administration clerk. “I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.” Poof! She’s gone. “Me next! Me next!” says the sales rep. “I want to be in Hawaii,relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.” Poof! He’s gone. “OK, you’re up,” the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, “I want those two back in the office after lunch.”

Moral of the story: Always let your boss have the first say.

Lesson 2:
A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A rabbit asked him,”Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?” The crow answered: “Sure, why not.” So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested.
A fox jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very high up.

Lesson 3: Power of Charisma
A turkey was chatting with a bull “I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree,” sighed the turkey, but I haven’t got the energy.” “Well, why don’t you nibble on my droppings?” replied the bull. “They’re packed with nutrients.” The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. Soon he was spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.

Moral of the story: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it wont keep you there.

Lesson 4:
A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Moral of the story:
1. Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy
2. Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend
3. And when you’re in deep shit, it’s best to keep your mouth shut!

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June 19, 2011


In Europe a woman was near death from a very special kind of cancer. There was one drug that doctors thought might save her. It was a form of radium that a druggist in the same town had recently discovered. The drug was expensive to make, but the druggist was charging ten times what the drug cost him to make. He paid $200 for the radium and charged $2,000 for a small dose of the drug. The sick woman's husband, Heinz, went to everyone he knew to borrow the money, but he could only get together about $1,000, which is half of what it cost. He told the druggist that his wife was dying, and asked him to sell it cheaper or let him pay later. But the druggist said, "No, I discovered the drug and I'm going to make money from it." So Heinz got desperate and broke into the man's store to steal the drug for his wife. (Kohlberg, 1964, pp.18-19).

Do you think Heinz did the right thing? Are you able to determine if his actions were moral or not?

Morality is the ability to take the perspective of, or empathize with, others and distinguish between right and wrong. Some researchers suggest that morality may be prewired and evolutionarily based. 
I believe that moral development is a learned process. The environment, your culture, belief and values can influence your decisions. In some situations, determining if the choice was right or wrong can fall on the borderline. Morals are beliefs that people believe to be right; meaning its what we "think" is right or wrong. There is no permanent set of rules that we abide by, although sometimes there are universal beliefs. What you might think is unmoral, another person might think it is perfectly fine or acceptable. When if comes to the situation, you may also act differently than you would otherwise claim. People with high moral standards listen to their conscience, and or feel a sense of social responsibility.  Others are able to rationalize their actions. It all comes down too, morality is "in the eye of the beholder".

June 16, 2011

Can it be true that we are all wired to be optimists?

Research suggests that our brains are wired towards optimism. Our belief is that the future will be much better than the past and present. As the saying goes, tomorrow will always be a brighter day. It abides in every race, region and socioeconomic bracket. Since little children we've always played the game of "when I grow up" and even as adults we often think the glass is half full. Over time we may grow pessimistic, but ultimately we are born optimists. There is a glitch however, both neuroscience and social science suggest that we are more optimistic than realistic ( Noma Bar, TIME). We tend to overestimate outcomes such as test scores, marriage, promotions, etc. But do not be discouraged, because this evolutionary adaptation, is beneficial. How? Studies show that people who are often depressed tend to underestimate outcomes which in turn lowers standards and decreases motivation. Proving that expectations can change reality.
On a side note, I've always been told that...
"Your greatest competition should be yourself"- Dad
Whether you want to prove to others or see it as a way of defending yourself, its never the best weapon of choice when it comes to showing confidence.

The picture is irrelevant. It just looks so cute, I had to share :]

June 13, 2011


So many people along the way, whatever it is you aspire to do, will tell you it can’t be done. But all it takes is imagination. You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits.
- Michael Phelps with Alan Abrahamson (No Limits, The Will To Succeed)

Try giving up all the thoughts that make you feel bad, or even just some of them, and see how doing that changes your life. You don’t need negative thoughts. All they have ever given you was a false self that suffers. They are all lies.
- Gina Lake (What About Now?: Reminders for Being in the Moment)

June 10, 2011

Question of the day :)

Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale of all.
-Hans Christian Andersen

What was the first thought that came to your mind after reading this quote?
What do you think the quote means?

To me, it is simply saying, life is what you make of it; in a prettier way. 
There has always been this belief that life is not a fairy tale, because we all imagine this perfect world that life, just isn't. But fairy tales are just stories; a story of a life. And with life comes obstacles just like in fairy tales. The only difference is that we are not friends with dwarfs, fighting dragons and running away from evil witches. Although, life would be of great amusement if we use our imaginations. 

Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a magic door and a lost kingdom of peace.
- Eugene O'Neill

June 9, 2011

The Surprising Truth about what Motivates Us

Question of the Day:
Do you think this is true? If not, what motivates you?
The first step in finding motivation and inspiration to do whatever you want to do is know what motivates and inspires you in the first place. In finding the source, you can then be able to explain and utilize behavior.

June 8, 2011

Question of the day :)

Stress is a broad category that can be divided into many different types. It is a body’s reaction to external sources of mental pressure. Although many of us are aware of its existence, we often use it for blame, when in fact it should not be regarded as lightly. Stress can be both desirable and undesirable. Oftentimes we only focus on undesirable stress such has job stress, conflict stress, hassle stress etc. But there is a desirable stress and this kind of stress helps motivate us towards great accomplishments. 

What kinds of stress do you face daily? Do you think it might have reached the point where it may be detrimental to your health? Take a short break and stretch a bit. Going for a stroll may be all you need :)

June 7, 2011

Paper Clip Hearts :)

They're easy to make and still useable!
 Just thought I'd share this with you all





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June 4, 2011

Just a Thought...

Fish doesn't know it is in water. Similarly most of us are unaware of how [society] shapes our lives; whether it's the culture or environment.

One of my professors asked our class if we were "original". Did we believe that we are all unique and creative individuals.Were we indeed "individuals"? The answer for many was yes, most definitely! We are different from one another, we think differently, our tastes are different, etc. This is entirely true, however we are on many levels the same. We are unique, but we also share ideas. We think differently but our thoughts are more or less influenced by those around us. Our tastes in clothes, for example are different, yet we all dress similarly. And even those who don't really care about what they wear, there are still certain brands that you buy from. So as the professor said, unless you sew your own clothes it is not really possible to be "original". We are all sponges, we soak in whatever information is given to us. Even  those who "rebel" aren't really that original, they are only filling a category along with the others. 

Question of the day :) To what extent is each individual unique and/or original?

June 2, 2011

Garfield Comics :)

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The Important things in Life

A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter – like your job, your house, your car.

The sand is everything else. The small stuff.”

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal.

Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”