Shhh! Secret Life of a Princess

Random, provoking thoughts from a self-confessed princess :: with focus on motivational learnings from the media. I hope to inspire everyone to be the best they can be

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Characteristics of People Born in the Year of Horse

It's just characteristics of a horse, wanting to roam free, always on the move and always working hard no matter what they do. If one was to see the characteristics of those born in the year of horse, you would see a person who is restless and always striving for excellence. And that is who I am. Career-driven, ambitious and knows what I want. And most of the people I know who are born in the same year too.

Horses (in this context I refer to people born in the Chinese year of horse) in general has more depth in their soul, being quite philosophical if they wanted to. Horses will be the first to help tsunami striken families, be involved in social endeavors and has stronger values than other animal signs. Being workalcholic, life to them is not all about enjoying even though they like to reward themselves every once in a while, unlike animals like rabbits and roosters that aim in life is to enjoy or to eat good food and relish a materialistic life.

Unfortunately, this sign might be one of those that gets domesticated (means married) much later as theyare driven to achieve other things in life first or deemed too independent to the point of arrogance. Well, one can’t just have everything in life right?

Most common quotes coming out from the horses' mouth, pardon the pun:
'I want to be financially independent at 40'
'I want to be a millionaire by 30'
'I am not free tonight cos gotta work'
'I left because of a better offer. How can I say No!'
'I do more than one job'

I am just so proud of one of the horses which has made Malaysians proud, Jaclyn Victor who represented Malaysia in Asian Idol and sang her heart out but unfortunately lost to the pretty boy Hady Mirza from Singapore.One could seehow hard she works and how she puts her all in each and every performance, a true, blue horse she is. :)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Extraordinary Beings

A man who almost lost his mother to cancer and who is now divorced but having to take care of 2 kids due to the irresponsible nature of his ex-wife but is unbelivably positive and optimistic about life regardless of all challenges he is going through. A male boss who is also divorced, fell in love with a beautiful colleague who likes his gay best friend but fights for his staff and takes life easy despite all challenges he go through. An intelligent non-graduate who lives life to the fullest being street smart and business savvy with values filled with social kindness and the well being of humanity.

My life in Singapore can be viewed like a soap opera but yet I am living it day by day. Had I not been in Singapore, I would not have met these incredible characters and would have been trapped being among those who think that being seen in the latest handbag from LV or tasting food from the poshest restaurants bring meaning to their life. They must not have heard of Alicia Key's song - 'If I Ain't Got You' and understood the meaning. Well, I am glad that I met these people whom I gain inspirations and shaped my life despite being in a country which everyone deemed materialistic. Even the programmer I manage inspires me with his ambitions, determination and thoughtfulness for the company despite being bombarded with ever lasting work. That is why I never stereotype and find more joy in knowing people and celebrate their idiosyncrasies. I hope to meet more of these people and continue to have guidance in my life.

You know who you are and I will continue to gain strength and inspiration from you.

"Most of mankind is born into mediocrity, with a lucky few born to greatness. But is one's destiny predetermined or open to nurture and a bit of luck for good measure."

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Something Magical Happens Everyday!

Something magical happens everyday. And it happens when you least expects it. As for me, magical things happen on simple bus rides from KL to Singapore and vise versa. I take one almost every month having to go back to KL either for family visits or for work. I met so many variety of wonderful characters through this 5 hour trips and I am glad to say I have expanded my network of people due to chatting with people on the trains or buses who go to Singapore for travel or for work, like me.

I met people working in the Defense line (when traveling by train from KL to Gemas, wow, I forgot there is even a place with that name in Malaysia), a cheerful girl in the Creative industry (by bus from Larkin to KL) and a pretty Ipon girl in the Sales line (which I conversed animatedly for the last 3 hours on bus comparing the differences of life and people in Malaysia and Singapore). It is the time when I am traversing between modes of working competitively in Singapore and going back to warm and compassionate Malaysia that I am a bit confused on how to handle my emotions that appears characters like these which seem to light up the journey a little.

I even had rides on Aeroline, the Executive coach that serves really yucky food that cost you RM80 per ticket just to use a miniature toilet, have food served to you as well as to use powerpoints without Internet connections. These bus rides have the friendliest pasengers of the lot and sometimes when I am hesitant to chat as my focus was to get as much rest as I can while I am on the bus or to snuggle up to my book, there appears these amazing characters that astounds me with intellectual talks and sharings of experiences in countries all over the world. I even had an uncle who talked so much that I feel he was bragging but I was too courteous to stop him and I guess he found the greatest listener of all as he went on the whole journey. Then I had this auntie who talked to the boys behind her and while I eavedropped their conversation, I knew she just wanted a partner to talk to and thus started talking to her. She was so pleased that I helped her with her immigration card and carried her luggage for her that she gave me a souvenir (as depicted in photo) from China and chatted with me on her great experiences there. I learnt a lot abt China from her. ;)

I sat beside a guy whom I thought was arrogant just to find out at the last 3o minutes that he has the most intellectual mind and fantastic regional experiences due to his profession as Researcher for an International Japan bank, interviewing Fund Managers all over that world. I wished we had chatted earlier as that short conversation was one of the most informative 30 mins in my life!

See how magical things can happen in a simple menial bus ride. So chat with the stranger beside you next time, you never know what you gonna get. ;)


Monday, December 17, 2007

Meaning of Success

To laugh often and much (Need to do a bit more)

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends

To appreciate beauty

To find the best in others

To leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition

To know even one life has breathed easier because you lived

This is to have succeeded

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have succeeded, almost :)


Monday, December 10, 2007

My Celebrity Lookalikes

Just did this for fun even though I know that had I used a different photo, it would have been a different combination of celebrities. And thrown in some male producer and actor that I respect who looks like me for fun. :) Good but slow algorithm of face matching technology used by this website: MyHeritage.