重新开始

30 11 2008

看了“斗牛,要不要” 这部戏 ,从中获得这句话。想在这儿,鼓励你,我的朋友们,和 我自己, 若现在或以后遇到怎么样的挫折,伤心。。。 就:

“哭过了以后就要把眼泪擦干, 重新把勇气找回来。在人生的道路上,任何时候都可以重新开始。只要肯努力,保持永不放弃的精神,没有什么事情是做不到的.”

 

“世界上没有什么困难是解决不了的。加油”

 

“不管最后结果是什么,只要问自己,是不是有过一百分的付出。。(若是。。那就挺胸坚强,应为没有好遗憾的。)”

 

“人生的得失不重要,最重要的是大家在一起。”

 

“Cry (if u need to cry). After crying, wipe away your tears, start a-new and find your courage once more. In this life-journey, you can always start anew anytime (It is never too late). With hard work, and never dying spirit, nothing is impossible.”

 

 “In this world, everything can be re-solved.”

 

 “Whatever the results are, you just have to ask yourself if you have given all you 100% (if Yes, there is no regret)”

  

 “In life, whatever losses or setbacks you encounter are not important, most important is everyone together, be united”

 

Something to encourage you, my friends and myself whenever we are meet with obstacles or something unhappy… lets all be strong, and look at the brighter side. Perhaps in everything, give thanks. As everything has its reason, only that we have not seen the reasons. God may closes this door, perhaps He has opened up another few doors. And whatever setbacks there are should not discourage you. Most importantly is be surrounded with loved ones, family and friends.

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Rose

30 11 2008

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.

I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.

She said, “Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?”

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze.

“Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked.

She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…”

“No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.

“I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!” she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.

We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk non-stop. I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine” as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she revealed in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students.
She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor.

Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, “I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.”

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, “! We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing.

“There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humour every day. You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.

“We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it!

“There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.

“If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.

“Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets.

“The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.”

She concluded her speech by courageously singing “The Rose.”

She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago.

One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.

Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly be.

When you finish reading this, please send this peaceful word of advice to your friends and family, they’ll really enjoy it!

These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY.

GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL.

We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

“Good friends are like Stars……. .
You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.”





Byee dwts 7

29 11 2008

Bye Bye Dancing With The Stars (dwts) season 7, looking forward to the next season!! =)

dwts season 7 Stars

dwts season 7 Stars





Congrats Brooke!

28 11 2008

DWTS has come to an end..

Like what I have shared in my previous post entry, my bet is on Brooke. and YES!! Brooke Burke, 36, TV personality, and Derek Hough has won the Dancing With The Stars Season 7!! =)

Brooke & Derek

Brooke & Derek

 

 

 

Congratulation to Brooke and Derek.. They deserved the dance mirror ball .. I am happy that they emerged as the champion.. =)

Results for dwts Season 7:

1st: Brooke Burke, 36, TV personality, and Derek Hough

2nd: Warren Sapp, former NFL star, 35, and Kym Johnson

3rd: Lance Bass, singer, 29, and Lacey Schwimmer

4th: Cody Linley, 18, actor, and two-time DWTS champ Julianne Hough

dance group at finals

dance group at finals

 

Loving Brooke and Derek’s free Style performance in the Final.. full score 30.. Here it is:

 

Song “You Are The One That I Want” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

They also performed a very touching Viennese Waltz to “Daughters” by John Mayer… which left judge Carianne and Brooke’s bf with wet tears..

They score full marks 30/30 as well for this dance.. View it here.

Viennese Waltz @ Finals

Viennese Waltz @ Finals

 

Check out the final episode recap here

 





Singapore PM to earn almost US$2 million — after pay cut

26 11 2008

Singapore PM to earn almost 2 million dlrs — after pay cut

AFP – Tuesday, November 25

SINGAPORE, Nov 24, 2008 (AFP) – Singapore’s prime minister is to lose 19 percent of his salary because of the global economic turmoil but will still earn almost two million US dollars a year, a report said Monday.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his cabinet, and other senior administrators will see their pay cut by up to 19 percent next year because of salary components linked to the city-state’s economic growth, The Straits Times website reported.

Singapore is in recession and the government said the economy could contract next year.

“In view of the clouded economic outlook and the likelihood that salaries will be lower next year, the government has decided to defer the January 2009 salary adjustment,” the report quoted the Public Service Division as saying.

The Division could not be immediately reached for comment.

With the pay cut, Lee will earn 3.04 million dollars (1.99 million US) a year, while ministers will see an 18 percent drop to 1.57 million dollars, The Straits Times said.

Rare public fury erupted in April 2007 when the government announced salary hikes for politicians and senior officials. In response, Lee said the government would pay him the higher salary but he would “donate” the increase “to suitable good causes” for five years.

The White House said at the time that US President George W. Bush got paid 400,000 dollars per year for doing his job.

Singapore officials have said high salaries are necessary to recruit and retain talented individuals, and to prevent corruption.

Teo Chee Hean, the minister in charge of the civil service, said the government last year introduced the mechanism linking a significant proportion of senior civil servants’ salaries to economic performance, a system which is working as planned.

“Public sector salaries follow the market up and down,” The Straits Times quoted him as saying. “This mechanism allows salaries to respond more rapidly to market conditions.”

Source:Yahoo





Massive 300-billion dollar rescue for Citigroup

26 11 2008

Massive 300-billion dollar rescue for Citigroup

AFP – Tuesday, November 25

WASHINGTON (AFP) – – The US government vowed Monday to safeguard the ailing economy, after stepping in to guarantee over 300 billion dollars in potential losses at Citigroup and pump 20 billion more into the financial giant.

The Citigroup rescue came shortly before midnight Sunday in a deal struck between federal officials and the financial giant ravaged by slumping stock prices.

“This is a tough situation for America. We’ll recover from it. The first step to recovery is to safeguard our financial system,” US President George W. Bush told reporters Monday.

He pledged his administration would take any future measures needed to shore up the struggling economy, after discussing the Citigroup rescue with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

“If need be, we’re going to make these kind of decisions to safeguard our financial system in the future,” he said.

The news of the Citigroup bailout boosted European stock markets Monday, which posted gains of 10 percent and more, with Citigroup shares putting on nearly 60 percent in a spectacular reversal of fortunes.

The Dow Jones also soared, gaining some 4.70 percent to close at 8,424.75.

“The failure of Citi, with its two trillion dollar balance sheet, would have been absolutely catastrophic to the global banking system,” said Fred Dickson at DA Davidson & Co.

Citi operates in more than 100 countries and, with more than two trillion dollars in assets, is widely viewed as too big to be allowed to fail.

In a bid to ensure that Citigroup does not become the latest institution to fold, the Treasury Department will invest 20 billion dollars in the group, giving US taxpayers an eight percent stake in the company.

That cash injection will come from the Troubled Asset Relief Program, a 700-billion-dollar package approved by Congress earlier this year to thaw frozen credit markets and keep the US financial system working.

The government will also agree to shoulder any losses up to 306 billion dollars of “loans and securities backed by residential and commercial real estate and other such assets,” according to the joint statement by Treasury, the Federal Reserve and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC).

The rescue plan came a week after the bank announced it was cutting 50,000 jobs worldwide on top of an earlier 22,000. At its peak last year, the company employed 375,000 people.

Citigroup, which last month reported a third-quarter loss of 2.8 billion dollars its fourth straight quarter in the red, will issue seven billion dollars in preferred stock to the US Treasury and the FDIC as payment for the 306 billion dollar guarantee.

It has agreed to comply with limits on “golden parachutes,” executive pay and privileges, and implement the FDIC’s mortgage modification program to limit home foreclosures.

Citi will also give the government warrants for about 254 million shares of the company’s common stock at a strike price of 10.61 dollars a share.

The guarantee calls for Citi to assume any losses on the portfolio up to 29 billion dollars and for the government to assume 90 percent of any losses above that level.

Citi’s chief executive officer, Vikram Pandit, said the bank appreciated “the tremendous effort” by the government to assure market stability.

“We are committed to streamlining our business and providing outstanding banking services to our clients around the world,” Pandit added.

A key player in the Citigroup negotiations was New York Federal Reserve president Timothy Geithner, named president-elect Barack Obama’s new Treasury secretary Monday.

“He plays a very important part in all of these discussions involving the financial markets and financial institutions in his role as president of the New York Fed,” said White House spokesman Tony Fratto.

Shares of Citigroup, a component of the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average, have tumbled more than 70 percent since the start of the year, with the bank hit by hefty write offs linked to the US real estate crisis.

It is only the latest institution to run into trouble since investment bank Lehman Brothers filed for bankrupcty in mid-September. A day later the government bailed at American International Group (AIG), effectively nationalizing what had been one of the world’s largest insurers.

 

 

Source:Yahoo

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JCS Classmates

19 11 2008

The next exam to prepare will be JLPT3 on 7th Dec 2008

Which is …. 2 weeks from now!!!!!! *GOSH* No time no time liao… time is running out….

This year, the location is in Nanyang Girls’ High School. My JLPT3 is in the morning, 0930-1245hr. I think JLPT4 will be in afternoon. My Jap classmates and I intend to go and celebrate on that day itself…. We will be meeting for dinner, if no change of plan.

We had a mini catch-up after exam today in TCC, Chris’s treat! =) Got to know them in class, and they are really nice, friendly people. I am glad to be-friend with them =D They will be taking JLPT4 this year, Ganbatte minasan!!

me+Tracy+Chris

me+Tracy+Chris

People always say that studying alone and going class alone has no motivation. Yes, trully, it always nice to do things with friends. But what if people/friends have different plans and paths? Do we change our plan/path just because of them? Are we doing something we trully want or just doing something together with our friends, just so we have companions?

I am not against such idea, but I trully feel we should decide on what we want to do and go ahead, unless it is for family or loved ones. Normally you should not do something just for someone or should not dun do something just because no-one is accompanying you… Even though ur alone at first, but perhaps along the way, you will meet some friends, befriend new people and you will never be alone forever… but there are paths that you must decide and take alone, if needed…

So be courageous, go pursue ur dream, coz you are worth that much..