Life in a Shell
                     - Shell of Love

Monday, April 30, 2007

Junk


The junk that I ate yesterday...

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Freedom

Once upon a time on a rich piece of land, some Pink small fries are ruled by the Purple aristocrat...

Friday, April 27, 2007

National Pride

Can pride feed you? No. Can pride quench your thirst? No. Can pride keep you warm? No. Can pride give you a shelter? No.
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Everyone makes mistakes, be it deliberate or undeliberate. Although whatever happened cannot be reverted, it is essential to be able to see one’s fault, to admit it, say one would never do it again (or at least try), and if possible, try to compensate for it. But taking the first step – "admitting ones' fault", is hard enough. Why? Pride.
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Why do we want to keep our pride so badly, sometimes to the extent of doing outrageous things, which at the end…would strip off the pride and expose the ugliness? The harder one tries to protect the pride, the quicker one would lose it. One with wisdom would choose to be humble instead of being proud.
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"The UK's role in the slave trade is a matter of "deep sorrow and regret", Prime Minister Tony Blair has said." "It is an opportunity for the United Kingdom to express our deep sorrow and regret for our nation's role in the slave trade and for the unbearable suffering, individually and collectively, it caused." (Quotes from BBC news)
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Being humble did not cost this country its pride.
"A man's pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor." (Proverbs 29:23)
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Let us learn - "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2)

One World One Dream

The Olympics (I mean modern Olympics), as everyone knows, is a sporting event with participating athletes from different countries, all over the world. It is an event made for bringing people of different race and nationality together to compete with each other fairly in sports. It is an event which symbolise that people from different political and social background are all equal and can coexist in harmony.
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In harmony? Can we really live together in harmony?
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The moto behind the game is perfect. But we are not. We all have our own ideas and we all want to protect our own benefits. Therefore, creating a perfect Olympic event needs compromisation, by a lot of people, all with different motives behind hosting/participating in the game. This process, creates disharmony, making the perfect game imperfect.
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Look at the news, check out the history of the Game - doping, racist chanting, violence, ticket touting, disgruntlement on the choice of host cities, disgruntlement on the routes for the Olympic torch... From personal pride to national pride, from personal economic gain to national economic gain...it is quite far away from being perfect.
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One world? It can never happen. One dream? Yes, let us all dream about it.
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(Well, it's always better having dreams than not having any.)

Thursday, April 26, 2007

MALDI-TOF

This week I feel privilaged that I got to work with a sophisticated piece of equipment. It's called MALDI-TOF - one of the many types of mass spectrometers. Anyway, if you haven't got an idea what it is, I can translate it into something that everyone can understand - this piece of machine costs approximately 400,000 british pounds.
(Here's a link if anyone is interested in the details: Bruker Daltonics)
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Yes, I got nervous working with this machine, but the good thing is that it's controlled by a computer - I can't break it even if I want to - unless I start to hammer the machine physically.
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Hopefully I can get some interesting results for my project by using this machine. And it's certainly going to look good on my CV now that I have experience on using this thing.
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(I did have experience working on similar machines before...so why the excitement?? Eeeerrr...this one is newer...closer related to biological science...and I discovered that our university has this piece of equipment before my supervisor did!! hahahahaaahaha...)

Sunday, April 22, 2007

I love Tesco

Tesco is one fine example of a retail giant which have been very successful. It was founded in the UK in the early 20th century and is now an international retailer with businesses reaching Malaysia and China.
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Looking back at how much it has grown in the past 10 or so years just make my jaw drop. Isn't it exciting that, we are all witnessing it's continuous aquisition of its competitors' stores, seeing how it is becoming so dominant in the retail business bit by bit, catching the headlines of the news time after time for their creative and successful new business strategies? What is more exciting is that we are part of the process! Just by walking into the store mindlessly as a daily habit, spending a few pounds on some food to fill our stomach and get some necessities to live on, we are fuelling its growth so tremendously.
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See how important we are to their business? But also, see how important to us it has become? It is not that we cannot live without it, but it'd greatly inconvenience us if this retail chain disappears from the surface of the earth.
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Maybe you don't agree with what I've said, maybe you never shop at Tesco. But for me, I love Tesco. 4 years ago I didn't have a car, every now and then I used to go to shop in a Tesco 4 miles away from home by taking a bus, journey time = 1 hour each way. Now 4 years later I still don't have a car, I've moved place since then. I go to Tesco every 2 weeks to do my food shopping. Distance = 207 miles, journey time = 5 hours each way. Call me silly.
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(Ok, I admit that I didn't travel all those distance just for going to Tesco, but I can't deny that going to Tesco is one of the highlights of every of these trips that I am taking.)

Monday, April 16, 2007

Smile :)


This picture makes me think of the Chinese version of the song "It's a small world". (The Chinese version has a similar, but slightly differnet meaning from the English version). It begins with this "Smile always, everyone, don't drop tears. Always have hope and do not fear."

Babies, aren't they so peaceful and trouble free?!~ We can all have peace and be trouble free too, if we want to.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)

Stay alert

Some recent incidences remind me of this verse in the bible:

"Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist." (2 John 1:7)

Even if you don't believe in Christ, there is a lesson that everyone can learn from this scripture - don't believe everything. Stay alert. Think and be critical about the information that we receive from other people, the media...etc., and think/find out about how reliable the source of the information is.

Of course we shouldn't over do it to the extent that we criticize everything and think that everyone's trying to deceive us. But we have to stay alert. This is to protect ourselves, and also those around us. As to other people, we are also sources of information.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Flowers

"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." (Matthew 6:28-29)

These are not lilies, or other flowers like roses or tulips which are well known for their beauty. But they are so pretty shimmering under the sun - the sun which made them noticeable to me, which made their growth possible.

Like the flowers, we are beautiful, because onto us a light is shone - the light that created us.

"Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."  (John 8:12)
"Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  (John 1:3-4)

Friday, April 13, 2007

The good and the bad



Good hamster

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Good crocodile

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Bad hamster

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Bad crocodile

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The animals, like us human, are not perfect.
"As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless." (Psalm 18:30a)

Easter

Just as I was going on about what I can and can't do without, this is an interesting piece of article that I came across:

"Has Easter become too commercial?"

"The Easter season I can do without, but I can't do without Jesus"

Electricity

Last night the circuit of our wall sockets was tripped, again.
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My room went into dead silence with no laptop use.
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What I do everyday is quite routine - and all depends on the laptop - which depends on electricity from the wall socket.
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While I was getting depressed I picked up my mobile phone and sent a text message to you. Then I realised one thing; I am so attached to my laptop, but I am more attached to you. I can do without my laptop, but I cannot do without you.

The British Way

Let's do it the British way, let's talk about the weather.
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It's gotten a lot warmer these few weeks. It's sunny everyday and the temperature's at around 20 degrees C with a gentle breeze. This is the most comfortable kind of weather for me; no sweat, no chills.
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As the weather gets warmer, my craving for fresh fruits and vegetables is back..


Oh..something's missing here, it's CREAM!~

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Quote of the day

"How ever safe a building is made to be, you put a person in there, it's not safe anymore", said the technical director of a famous consultancy firm.