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The Iron Lady – An inspiration and a reminder

“One of the great problems of our age is that we’re governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas” Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

 

Yes. What is it about feelings? Feelings that does not translate into required actions that would make our society a better place. Are we better off today than we were 50 years ago? Honestly, I don’t think so. All that crap about public welfare and humanity. Did Steve Jobs bother about others’ feelings when he closed down the many projects to focus on a few? And if he did, would he then have done it and in return create such amazing products bringing Apple on track? I highly doubt so.

Being in HR, I’ve seen for myself how managers are unable to manage their people due to their feelings. That is especially apparent during the yearly performance appraisals when they refuse to grade poor performers down. I can only assume that they fear hurting the feelings of others or the need to maintain their popularity as a ‘good’ manager. Regardless, in my eyes, these managers are purely incompetent.

Why would you see grading down a performer as negative? Perhaps, it would instead motivate him/her to try even harder. Especially if this was brought up during the appraisal, you could then take the opportunity to come up with specific goals for your subordinate to achieve and guide him/her to achieving it. No, instead, you are guided by your feelings to give an average grading. Is this fair to the performers then? Are you motivating the performers?

I’ve drifted again. Point is, do the right thing. Life is not a popularity contest. Doing the right thing may not be easy, you may not get the approval of majority but if you’re sure it is the right thing, do it.

 

“Watch your thoughts for they become words.Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny! What we think we become.”

Margaret Thatcher

Celebrating the Chinese New Year with angry birds

I love Chinese New Year. The annual affair filled with awesome food, family time and the opportunity to meet up with my relatives. Most of whom, I only see once a year. Well, here’s where it gets a little awkward for me. Though I love the idea of seeing them and being in their presence, I’m actually not too keen on socializing with them.

Anyway, this year, somehow the theme was angry birds. So here you see, a table filled with angry birds plushies.

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Which were then cleared away as the kids needed their coolest playpen ever.

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My super cute chubby cheeks nephew whom I met for the first time with wig from last year’s clown theme.

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Time for the annual sisters shot. This year, in accordance to the theme, they decided to pose/act as angry birds.

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Cousin having a good laugh at their crazy antics while baby Jylan found it all too noisy.

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Following that was the attack of the angry birds on baby Jvan.

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Exhausted from the battle.

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And that, my friends, is how I spent the first day of the Chinese New Year with angry birds. Hurhur.

Say NO to shark fins this coming Chinese New Year

While many would think that there is no harm in eating that bowl of shark fins placed in front of you since the shark has already been killed for this, they are wrong. The impact may be small on its own, but they snowball into something bigger. The lesser bowls of shark fins eaten would portray a decrease in demand while the same or an increase in number of bowls eaten conveys a message of constant/increasing demand to the restaurant owners, companies and suppliers. If someone offers you a bowl of shark fins, say no. Take the opportunity to share with them about shark finning, even if it is just one sentence.

Shark fins are of no nutritious value and instead, contain high levels of mercury. Why are we paying so much to ingest mercury and at the same time support the illegal and cruel industry?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against killing for food, neither am I about to become a vegan. By all means, go ahead to kill for food and fill your tummy. Just not with such cruelty. Take the whole shark, not just the fins. Don’t cut off their fins and then throw them back helpless and bleeding to death. Imagine if someone cut off your limbs then leave you on the ground bleeding to death.

The turning point for me came when I watched a particular scene in Sharkwaters, when the camera captured the scene of a single shark, finned, and thrown back. I could practically see or perhaps imagine the helplessness in its eyes.

Because of the value we’ve placed on their fins, sharks are now being hunt to extinction. Not yet, but soon, if nothing is being done.

This was the original poster for the movie ‘Jaws’.

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This is a portrayal of reality.

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Both photos are taken off the internet.

There are so many reasons for us, humans to say no to shark fins. Let’s do our part this coming Chinese New Year and say NO to shark fins.

Burning coals

No, in good sooth: the fire is dead with grief,
Being create for comfort, to be used
In undeserved extremes: see else yourself;
There is no malice in this burning coal;
The breath of heaven has blown his spirit out
And strew’d repentent ashes on his head.

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Actually I just wanted to post this photo which I think turned out really well. 😛

FTS

Classic example of condoning the wrong and penalizing the innocent.

Why do I have to bear it then? You know what, I’m sick of it.

Common scenario at work, you’ve a colleague who is less competent, prone to mistakes and unable to manage deadlines. What happens? Soon you’ll find yourself not only clearing her shit, but taking on more projects because your boss doesn’t trust her to do it. And so, she gets paid the same amount for doing less work because she sucks while you, on the other hand, gets paid the same amount for twice the work because you’re good.

Is it just about being hung up on unfairness or is this a flaw in our society?

Why so? Because we’re being taught to sympathize with the weak. We have to be nice. We should help one another. But at the expense of what?

Survival of the fittest? Wrong. Survival of the weakest, at the expense of the fittest. Till the fittest realizes this flaw, gets sick of it, throws in the towel and in turn becomes one of the weak leeching on the fit.

And there you have it, the society you’ve created with your bloody moral values and public good.

I used to think that this world is unfair. I was wrong.

And no, nothing happened at work.

How would it have been?

Somehow, when I get mad, looking at the blue photos makes me happier a little.

Becoming increasingly impatient and short tempered recently. I mean I’ve been that way all along but it seems to be getting worse. I don’t get how irresponsible some people can get, how stupid they behave or how dense they are. Its like, I’m frustrated enough dealing with incompetent idiots at work and now, my friends? Why can’t people just do what is required when it doesn’t even take a lot of effort? I’m pretty sure everyone has encountered some sort of frustration at work and knowing how much it sucks, why do you still to the same to another?!

I truly don’t get it.

“In reality, our beliefs seem so obvious to us that we’re often amazed that others can see things so differently”

Note to self: Do not be one of those. Learn to manage my anger.

That aside, completed reading Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick. Its a really interesting read. It amazes me how North Korea can be so different from what, almost, the rest of the world is today and I really wish there is more information about North Korea on the internet.

Was asked if I hated the ruler, well I don’t. It is just another way of ruling, another strategy and another practice (Weird how I can accept this difference, yet not the daily differences around me daily). Things did seem to be better initially, the people there seemed pretty satisfied, but the world moved on as they remain stagnant. Somehow, that caused much of the suffering of today. Should China and Russia remained as communist countries, they would probably have gotten on a little better. That said, if America were to have taken a communism stand, things would be greatly different.

Doesn’t democracy have its cons as well? Before China and Russia moved away from communism, weren’t the people in North Korea happy? Weren’t they happy before they had knowledge of the outside world? Could it be that we’re only focusing on the negativity in North Korea? Could there be another side we know not of?

I remember telling a friend that I felt sad for the kids in Yunnan, cause they did not have the comforts of the modern world that we had and she told me not to, cause they were happy in their own ways, not wanting from the lack of knowledge of the world outside.

So then, are we feeling sorry for the North Koreans by comparing our level of comfort to theirs? And how is this comparison accurate?

How did living become so complicated? If humans could survive living in caves and hunting for food, why are we stuck in concrete jungles, working more than 1/3 of each weekday and living the rat race?

The root to all evil isn’t money. Its knowledge.

I’ve drifted.

Whoa. Really pretty photo I got off Wiki of a crater lake at Tianchi, border of China and North Korea.

Longest..

Was reading up on the history of Maldives when I came across a super long name, Al Sultan-ul Ghazi Mohammed Thakurufaanu Al Auzam Siree Savahitha Maharadhun. the first Sultan of the third dynasty of the Kingdom of the Maldives.

Googled a bit, here’s what I found.

The longest person’s name to date is Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Jack Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorft Senior

WTH. Maybe his parents wanted many kids. Zeus is cool though. There were quite a few names that came up in the search though. Would love to see the name on an ID.

The longest one-word name is of a young Hawaiian boy named Kananinoheaokuuhomeopuukaimanaalohilo. Which means “The Beautiful Aroma of My Home at Sparkling Diamond Hill is Carried to the Eyes of Heaven”.

I’m not even gonna try and prounounce it.

The longest place name is the actual name of the city Bangkok, in Thailand:

Krungthepmahanakonbowornratanako-
sinmahintarayudyayamahadilopono-
paratanarajthaniburiromudomrajni-
wesmahasatarnamornpimarnavatarsa-
titsakattiyavisanukamphrasit

This translates to “The land of angels, the great city of immortality, of divine gems, the great angelic land unconquerable land of nine noble gems, the royal city, a pleasant capital place of the Royal Palace, eternal land of angels and reincarnated spirits predestined and created by the highest Devas.”

Whoa. How did they shorten it to Bangkok? Probably renamed though.

Singapore should really mean sardines in a can.

Random 😛

Choices

Can’t say that I wasn’t given a chance. Although there were valid reasons in turning it down, it was my choice. Its always easier when you accept that you’re not a victim of fate/destiny. Everything happens for a reason. Reasons which reveals itself when you least expect it.

Today’s event was sorta a success, the one who called for it was please and yet I felt no satisfaction. Now what?