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8 months ago (Sep 2008), I wrote about competency vs complacency due to some insights that I gained while reflecting my own performance at work. Starting February 2009, I faced the same struggle again.
I'm always aware that COMPETENCY is versus COMPLACENCY but what I'm not aware of is that this might create a COMPETITION. Due to this COMPETITIVE nature, I need to come to some sort of CONSENSUS to smooth the CREAKS and CREVICES that issue out of it. But no worries, I'm getting there, I just need a few more instances to get everything in pace and in place. :)
On top of this, I'm still searching for some sort of "armor of salvation" to brace myself against the attacks from my inner turbulence due to some recent changes that I'm facing personally. I've no one whom I can trust and not biased to talk to. So, I need to withdraw my energy and strength by reading and learning from self-enhancement articles via the internet.
Saturday night has been a fruitful and thoughtful night. As I spent some quality time to surf the net, I stumbled upon a rather impressive site:
I'd like to highlight some interesting articles with some parts of their highlights that I find handy and useful.
Note: Click on the links to read the full articles. Credits are given to the hosting site and all original writers without any intention of infringement.
1. Maintain your hormonal balance. 2. Forgive yourself for your mistakes. 3. Connect with who you are. 4. Avoid energy vampires. 5. Speak kindly to yourself! 6. Listen to your body. 7. Volunteer your time. 8. Let go of perfectionism. 9. Use your core strengths. 10. Take time for yourself.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
The best definition of a successful woman revolves around how she feels about, defines herself, and whether she's living up to her own potential. It doesn't matter what educations she has, whether she's grouchy, what illness she struggles with, or what others say about her.
There's nothing less healthy, less attractive, or less appealing than a woman with a grim face and stone cold sober personality. Lightening up reduces stress and draws people to you, which can help you achieve more (if you learn to delegate and accept that people do things differently than you).
Whether you're aggravated at your boss or disappointed in your partner, "grimming and bearing it" doesn't help. Irritability or a grim attitude isn't going to make the situation easier or more tolerable - so we might as well tap into our senses of humor, wit, and cheer.
Lightening up helps you get more done by: 1. Making others feel more comfortable, relaxed, and more open to cooperating with you. 2. Keeping your stress levels low, so you can see new solutions and opportunities. 3. Making you appealing to be around, which means you're less likely to be left shouldering the burden! 4. Keeping your thoughts clear and focused, so you can work more quickly and efficiently. 5. Making you more memorable to others… in a good way.
Developing a sense of lightness, wit, and humor is a habit that can take you further in your career and personal life! By the way, the female of every species is stronger in terms of stamina, longevity and performance under stress.
"When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others" ~ Amelia Earhart
"Don't take things personally; someone's always going to be mad at you and that's okay. What other people convey - in what they think, feel, say, and do - is rarely about you; instead, it's almost always about them" ~ Robert K. Cooper
1. Thrive on the success of others. 2. Don't compare yourself to others! 3. Find - and push - your own buttons. 4. Do what comes naturally.
Late dinner at Kluang Station after being disappointed by the truth that I couldn't get Terminator Salvation tickets on Friday night. :(
By the time I reached GSC, One Utama, the queue was as long as eternity. Saw that 3 time slots for Terminator Salvation were red, indicating "Sold Out" and the rest of the 7 time slots were blinking in orange, indicating "Selling Fast". Argghh, the disappointment, although it's not unexpected. LOL!
I ended up watching ICAC. Ahhh, never mind, there's still chance, may be next week.
Now, let's talk about dinner.
Kluang Mee Siam Slightly spicy fried beehoon garnished with sliced omelet, cucumbers, sambal, chillies, prawns, and chopped coriander.
Kueh Teow Soup with Chicken Slices Similar to Ipoh Chicken Hor Fun. This one has milky broth. I think they added milk, as if this is Fish Head Beehoon. LOL.
ICAC stood for Independent Commission Against Corruption (廉政公署), a prominent independent civil service in Hong Kong, established in 1974. There are many jokes surrounding this acronym such as "Investigating Chinese Ancient Customs" and "ICan Accept Cash". The newest addition is Wong Jing's new film, "ICorrupt All Cops" (金錢帝國).
With a solid cast of veterans - Tony Leung (梁家輝), Anthony Wong (黃秋生), Eason Chan (陳奕迅), and Bowie Lam (林保怡); freshies - Alex Fong (方力申), Kate Tsui (徐子珊) and seductive Natalie Meng (孟瑤) with her terrible Cantonese pronunciation, this movie is rather eye-opening while taking a little break from Wong Jing's usual vulgar and cheesy comedies.
In essence, "I Corrupt All Cops" is a fictionalized movie about the corrupted Hong Kong police force activities (1963-1973) that ultimately led to the establishment of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) service in 1974.
Personally, I gave perfect scores for Tony Leung's powerful performance as the corrupted, ruthless, and arrogant Chinese Chief Inspector Lak. I loved the scene where he bashed one triad society's leader to death just because that good-for-nothing fella raised his voice against him. Anthony Wong, who took on the role as a useless and foul-mouthed low ranking cop named Unicorn is also another spectacle to behold. Watching his tug-of-war with his inner self to find human integrity in the evil world of corruption is kinda heart-wrenching. As usual, a lot of people had to die. :(
A review can be found here. I think I saw Torrent files available. You might consider watching the downloaded version instead. :)
How or where do you guys meet each other? Well, on the 12th of February 2009, well, that's 2 days before Valentine's Day and ummm... I just sort of make up my mind to turn him on. :P What's so good about him? Okay, let's go point by point. :)
1. He inspires me to go micro-blogging. So, I've this little space or outlet for my ever-flowing creativity via words and photos!
2. He allows me to retweet all the wonderful info, ideas, thoughts, news, and whatever that are worthy to share in Twitterverse with other Twitteroos.
3. He gives me the opportunities to connect with so many wonderful people around the world.
Whatever that means, just sign up for an account and follow me and we can share ideas and things, bla bla bla. Nah, his picture. :P
Example of tweets that I love to receive, reply to, and retweet.
Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE,the word itself says, "I'M POSSIBLE"! (Audrey Hepburn)
Expect the best, be prepared for the worst; f*** what others think and do your own thing!
At 4am 5 min 6 sec on 8th of July this year,04:05:06 07/08/09such a consecutive sequence will NEVER happen again. (Via http://bit.ly/KrD8j)
Dream as if you'll live forever,live as if you'll die today. (James Dean)
If you can't CONVINCE them, CONFUSE them. (Via http://icanread.tumblr.com/)
IF you believe in me, that changes everything. (Via http://icanread.tumblr.com/)
Check out the list of quizzes that I think are 'qool', meaning not 'stupiq'. Pardon me for making up words. :P
And I find this "Name Number" quiz kinda interesting, especially when I tried out different combinations. Life is meant for versatility and flexibility, right? :D By the way, this quiz can be found in Facebook.
In this quiz, you should key in your birth name. My birth name is Lee Yin Min and the number generated for it is 7 - The Deep Thinker. Explanation as per screenshot below.
Then, if I key in Joyce Lee Yin Min, I'll get number 2 - The Mediator & Peace Lover. Explanation as per screenshot below.
If I key in Joyce Rachel Lee, I'll get number 1 - The Leader. Explanation as per screenshot below.
If I key in Joyce Rachel Lee Yin Min, I'll get number 4 - The Worker. Explanation as per screenshot below.
Well, I'll stick to number 7 because that's from my birth name.
Synopsis:X-Men Origins: Wolverine tells the story of Wolverine’s epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe whose appearances in the film series have long been anticipated. Release Date:29 April 2009 (GSC) Cast:Dominic Monaghan, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds
Synopsis:When Langdon discovers evidence of the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati - the most powerful underground organization in history - he also faces a deadly threat to the existence of the secret organization's most despised enemy: the Catholic Church. More... Release Date:14 May 2009 (GSC) Cast: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgard, Pierfrancesco Favino, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Updates: Watched Wolverine & Angels and Demons. Check it outhere.
Synopsis: The centerpiece of the film will be bringing to life the Smithsonian Institution, which houses the world's largest museum complex with more than 136 million items in its collections, ranging from the plane Amelia Earhart flew on her nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic and Al Capone's rap sheet and mug shot to Dorothy’s ruby red slippers and Archie Bunker’s lounge chair. More... Release Date: 21 May 2009 (GSC) Cast: Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria, Robin Williams
Terminator_Salvation Synopsis:Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Terminator Salvation stars Christian Bale as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. Release Date: 28 May 2009 (GSC) Cast: Christian Bale, Anton Yelchin, Sam Worthington, Bryce Dallas Howard
Synopsis:From the director of box-office hit Spiderman Trilogy, Sam Raimi once again bring you another new horror Drag Me To Hell. A loan officer (Lohman) ordered to evict an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse, who turns her life into a living hell. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point. Release Date:11 June 2009 (GSC) Cast: Alison Lohman, Justin Long
Synopsis:On the surface, Saya is a stunning 16-year-old, but that youthful exterior hides the tormented soul of a 400-year-old 'halfling.' Born to a human father and a vampire mother, she has for centuries been a loner obsessed with using her samurai skills to rid the world of vampires, all the while knowing that she herself can survive only on blood like those she hunts. Read a review here. Release Date: 11 June 2009 (GSC) Cast: Gianna Jun (Jun Ji-Hyun), Allison Miller, Koyuki, Masiela Lusha
Updates: Dropped from the list due to suggestions from those who have watched. :S
Synopsis: Continuation of war on Earth between two robotic clans, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, leaving the fate of mankind hanging in the balance. More... Release Date: 26 June 2009 (GSC) Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox
Synopsis: Set in the 1930s, "Public Enemies" is a film adaptation from Bryan Burrough's book "Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34." The story unfolds during America's Great Depression Era with the focus of FBI agent, Melvin Purvis trying to stop notorious American gangsters like John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, and Pretty Boy Floyd. More... Release Date: 9 July 2009 (GSC) Cast: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum, Billy Crudup
Updates: Didn't manage to watch due to procrastination. Ooops.
Synopsis:In Harry Potter and the Half-Bood Prince, as Harry begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, Lord Voldermort wreaks havoc throughout Britain, and the pressure to defeat him grows stronger. Using an old Potions book which previously belonged to the “Half-Blood Prince”, Harry is able to increase his magical knowledge and prepare for battle. Release Date:16 July 2009 (GSC) Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
Updates: Dropped from the list because I've never watched any of the HP movies or read any of its books. I don't like kiddie fantasies.
Synopsis:Subway train Pelham 1-2-3 becomes the focal point of an audacious terrorist attack. Gunmen seize the train and hold its passengers and conductor hostage underground. The immediate reaction from the mayor on down is one of utter disbelief that anyone would be crazy enough to capture a train. Veteran NY transit cop Zachary Garber (Denzel Washington) knows better. Lead by the most callous of the captors, Mr. Blue (John Travolta), the gunmen have planned everything down to the smallest detail. They demand a hefty ransom within an hour or they'll start killing hostages. More... Release Date:23 July 2009 (GSC) Cast: Denzel Washington, John Travolta Updates: Watched. Check it out here.
Synopsis:Director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) adapts the beloved Hasbro G.I. Joe toy line with this Paramount Pictures production that pits the Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity against the evil forces of the organization known as Cobra. Release Date: 7 August 2009 (GSC) Cast: Channing Tatum, Christopher Eccleston, Sienna Miller, Dennis Quaid, Ray Park, Rachel Nichols, Marlon Wayans, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lee Byung-hun
Synopsis:Set in South Africa, this movie is a "Cloverfield"-type sci-fi about an extraterrestrial race that is forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth and suddenly finds a friend in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. Alien spacecrafts are seen hovering over many locations, interrupting daily human lives and raising concerns from the residents of the area. More... Release Date: 13 August 2009 (GSC) Cast: Sharlto Copley, Kenneth Nkosi, Robert Hobbs, William Allen Young
Synopsis:Based on a true story, THE SCREEN AT KAMCHANOD is set in 2007, a modern world still haunted by past mystery. Dr. Yuth is obsessed with finding the truth behind the newspaper report on the incident in which film projectionists were hired to screen movies to a throng of ghosts. Release Date: 13 August 2009 (GSC) Cast: Achita Pramoi Na Ayudhya, Pakkramai Potranan, Namo Tonggumnerd, Pimonwan Hoonthongkam, Ongart Cheamcharoenpornkul, Chamlong Klingpetch, Apichai Trakulpadejkrai
Cold Prey II Synopsis:During the winter of 2006, five teenagers faced a brutal tragedy in the Norwegian mountains and only one girl survived. Frozen and weak, Jannicke is brought back to a local hospital. But the nightmare is not over. Release Date: 13 August 2009 (Cathay Cineplex) Cast: Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Marthe Snorresdotter Rovik, Kim Wifladt
Up Synopsis:From Disney•Pixar comes "Up", a comedy adventure about 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell. More... Release Date: 20 August 2009 (GSC) Cast: Christopher Plummer, Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai
Synopsis:The story of a couple (Peter Sarsgaard and Vera Farmiga) that seeks adoption after losing their own child, only to welcome into their house a young girl who has a hidden evil streak underneath her sweet demeanor in the Warner Bros. picture, Orphan. More... Release Date: 20 August 2009 (GSC) Cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Vera Farmiga, Isabelle Fuhrman
Don't expect much. It says, "Mini Unatama Don", right? :P I've two pieces of eel, onions fried with egg, and Japanese rice, neatly tucked in a small little square box. After 30% discount, it's RM3.40. A tiny eater like me is easily satisfied with this tiny portion for dinner.
I've a new understanding about communication, the lifeline of our interaction with other human beings on this earth, at least with those around us - teammates, colleagues, siblings, friends, acquaintances, etc. We can't avoid human interaction, be they positive or negative, unless if you decide to become a hermit and reside in one of those forest reserves, which is rather unlikely. :)
With courtesy of Naoko, I was given a piece of paper with this title imprinted on it: THE NON VIOLENT COMMUNICATION PROCESS. At first, I hesitated. Non violent? Sort of implicating that I'm violent. Anyway, why not give it a read? My inner self urged me to read it. I'm glad I read.
1. Observe: * What is actually happening in a situation? What are people saying or doing? * Is our life enriched or not by their speech and deeds? * The concrete actions we are observing that are affecting our well-being.
2. Feel: * State how we feel after our observation. * How we are feeling in relation to what we are observing.
3. Need: * Indicate what we need from the feelings that we've identified. * The needs, values, desires, etc that are creating our feelings.
4. Request: * Indicate what we are wanting from the other person that would enrich our lives or make life more wonderful for us. * The concrete actions we request in order to enrich our lives.
For more details, read the original article. Below is an excerpt:
When we use NVC in our interactions, with ourselves, with another person, or in a group, we become grounded in our natural state of compassion. It is therefore an approach that can be effectively applied at all levels of communication and in diverse situations: * intimate relationships * families * schools * organizations and institutions * therapy and counseling * diplomatic and business negotiations * disputes and conflicts of any nature
I'm helped. Now, it's the matter of putting them into practice.
Before every minute of action, there should be an hour of thought. (Henry Ford)
Until you are happy with who you are, you will never be happy with what you have. (Zig Ziglar)
Yesterday is the past, tomorrow is the future, and today is the present. That's why it's called a gift.
It's a sign of maturity when you can take correction to heart and learn from it rather than becoming defensive.
One will make mistakes, get into trouble, and face failures. Accept this and STOP demoralizing yourself with self-pity.
Success is always sweet but its impact on one's life is not as profound as what a failure could do.
A plan without action is a dream. Action without a plan is a nightmare.
You LOSE CONTROL when you kinda LOVE something about your situation and HATE the solutions that you're supposed to take to face it.
Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is a delay, not a defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end.
Whatever you want in your life, the key to YOUR success is to TRANSFORM your thinking, emotions & behavior!
You can tell the size of your God by looking at the size of your worry list. The longer your list, the smaller your God.
Nothing is too great and nothing is too small to commit into the hands of the Lord.
Oh my! Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian will crack you up if you love movies with tonnes of humor, not those slapstick humor though. :D Watching this movie was like riding a roller coaster while journeying through time to witness humorous (not tense at all!) 'battle' between the good and the evil at the Smithsonian Institution. (Wow! How I wish I could visit this place someday!)
Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart - a feisty, adventure-loving lady who's pretty straightforward with her thoughts and actions. I'm quite impressed with her, especially during the scene whereby she enlightened Larry Daley (the main figure of the movie) unintentionally about why was he running a business of which he himself was not excited about. What she did changed Larry's life.
Hank Azaria as Kahmunrah - a rather humorous ancient Pharaoh who failed to instill any fear in his opponents. Muahahaha! I love the scene where the giant stone figure of Abraham Lincoln shooed Kahmunrah's 'magical' bird-man army back to their dark world. Oh my gawd... That was hilarious! See the screenshot below.
Here's Kahmunrah's ally - a rather unusual assembly of Ivan the Terrible (or Awesome, a Russian), Al Capone (an Italian-American gangster), and Napolean Bonaparte (a French).Abraham Lincoln told Larry by quoting Matthew 12:25, "Every kingdom divided against itself becomes desolate, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand." That's how this good-for-nothing-but-hungry-for-power ally fell. Interesting.
Ahhh... Albert Einstein - cute little bobbleheads bobbing on the table while repeating 3.14159265 again and again at lightning speed, much to my amusement!
Overall, this is a GREAT weekend movie that you just have to watch!!! Till then people, have a great weekend ahead!
I've a discount dine-in voucher worth RM10 with 31 May 2009 as its end date. So, why not use it? Haha! The bottom right dish (from photo above) is Fried Salmon in Groovy Sauce. From the menu, this dish is described as, "Special fried salmon tossed in our tangy sweet sauce... absolutely lip-smacking." A good dish as an appetizer, very flavorful.
From top left, clockwise:Salmon Shio Bibimbab (baked rice in claypot, mixed with salmon, vegetables, and seaweed), Tuna Nigiri, and Dynamite Balls (salmon-wrapped rice balls baked with special dynamite sauce).
I vote the baked rice as the best dish of the night. I love the crunchiness of the piping, steaming hot rice mixed with the rich gravy of salmon, vegetables, seaweed, and an egg seeping through every grain of rice. Delicious! The Dynamite Balls failed to make any worthy-to-be-mentioned impression to my palate despite its kinda fantastic name. Same goes to Tuna Nigiri, I could get those tuna 'slabs' at Jaya Jusco, just smaller in size and cheaper. :P
Price wise, not recommended if you're on budget. Total bill was RM32 (after deducting RM10 from the voucher). :)