| July 2004 |

Love and Marriage

One day, Plato asked his teacher, “What is love? How can I find it?”

His teacher answered, “There is a vast wheat field in front. Walk forward without turning back, and pick only one stalk. If you find the most magnificent stalk, then you have found love.”

Plato walked forward, and before long, he returned with empty hands, having picked nothing.

His teacher asked, “Why did you not pick any stalk?”

Plato answered, “Because I could only pick once, and yet I could not turn back. I did find the most magnificent stalk, but did not know if there were any better ones ahead, so I did not pick it. As I walked further, the stalks that I saw were not as good as the earlier one, so I did not pick any in the end.”

His teacher then said, “And that is love.”

On another day, Plato asked his teacher, “What is marriage? How can find it?”

His teacher answered, “There is a thriving forest in front. Walk forward without turning back, and chop down only one tree. If you find the tallest tree, then you have found marriage.”

Plato walked forward, and before long, he returned with a tree. The tree was not thriving, and it was not tall either. It was an ordinary tree.

His teacher asked, “Why did you chop down such an ordinary tree?”

Plato answered, “Because of my previous experience. I walked halfway through the forest, but returned with empty hands. This time, I saw this tree, and I felt that it was not bad, so I chopped it down and brought it back. I did not want to miss the opportunity.”

His teacher then said, “And that is marriage.”

29 July 2004 · Fun · Comments (0)

Version 3.0

My latest redesign is almost complete, with minor changes still needed. All the hard work I put into restructuring all the code properly during my last redesign finally paid off, and all I need to revamp the layout was to make changes to my CSS file.

As the amount of content grows over time, I decided to make some changes to the archives section to make it more user-friendly. I’ve also added new categories and have some of the old categories renamed, so please update your bookmarks. Fear not if you’re greeted by a 404 error page after clicking on your favourite links — the search function is always there to help.

SG Watch 3.0 has arrived. Enjoy!

27 July 2004 · Site · Comments (0)

Penang Trip

I’ve taken an unofficial hiatus longer than expected; unofficial in the sense that I’ve never intended to take a break at all. But life back home has been so fun-filled and exciting that I can hardly find the time to take a break from all the activities and update about my life thus far.

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Although I didn’t make any travel plans for this summer break, the travel bug infected me once again and I jumped at the chance when Howe asked if I would like to visit Penang with him. Initially I felt quite awkward to go along since it was supposed to be a family trip for his family; but the warm hospitality I received from everyone there made me felt at home and I really enjoyed myself in Penang.

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It’s always more fun to have locals showing you around; you get to eat good food which tourists normally don’t get to taste, visit attractions where tourists normally don’t get to see, and not look at the place from a tourist’s perspective. Although I did get to eat lots of delicious hawker food at the local markets — places I doubt I would visit on a guided tour — Penang’s weather was so hot that Howe and I opted to hibernate in the comfort of our air-conditioned hotel room for most afternoons, learning more about giant bird-eating tarantulas on the Discovery Channel instead of visiting more attractions.

Updates will be less frequent due to my busy schedule, but I’ll try to find time to arrange the photos taken during my recent trip to Kota Kinabalu and upload them as soon as possible. In the meantime, please feel free to browse through the photos from my Penang trip.

10 July 2004 · Travel · Comments (2)

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