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Archive for March, 2006

Friends that inspire

Did you ever get to know someone better, to realise that you are far from equal; and then you realise that you have a great deal to learn from them?  Over the last weekend, John and I caught up with a friend, and I was reminded of how inspiring some of our friends are to us.  Although I’m not very young, I feel that I still have a lot to learn about this world and its workings, and having these more streetwise and saavy friends as mentors are a great way to learn.

I had lunch with a colleague, Chris, today, and realised that I’m beginning to look up to him as well.   I shall add him to my list of mentors.  There is always so much happening in the corporate world… politics, performance, operational issues, getting thrown into the deep end of the pool, etc.  How we cope with our work and personal challenges affect everyone around us, especially those we work with.  If we remember to cope gently, graciously, and pay genuine attention to the needs of those around us, we make ourselves a lot easier to work with.   What amazed me about Chris, is his awareness and appreciation of his staffs’ needs and the challenges they face, despite the fact that he’s so new in taking on his leadership role.   How did he do it?  By listening and paying attention.

My bosses are also my mentors.  Joanna and Gary are the most benevolent bosses I have ever worked with.  And did you know, Benevolence is a must have attribute for any great manager?  I read that somewhere in one of those Sun Tse Art Of War management books.  Image

It’s great to have so many mentors around me.  Thank you all for inspiring me in your own ways

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3rd project

Red Charmed Crystal Ring

When my colleague, Wendy, first showed me the crystal dangling ring she made, I was inspired!  That was what caught my fancy, and got me interested in this, my new-found hobby!  Thanks very much Wendy, for showing me a whole new world!

Well, I couldn’t get the dangling ring out of my head, so I just couldn’t resist the temptation of challenging myself.  Yes, I know I’m only a beginner… but you can’t discourage me from trying.  This is my 2nd attempt actually.  I left the wires too long in my first attempt, so it didn’t look nice.  In this 2nd try, I cut off over 2cm of wire off each strand!  And it does look a lot better than the first one.  Image

I showed Wendy my masterpiece, and she was all praises that I figured it out so quickly.  She also suggested that the ring would look much better if I had chosen larger sized crystals.  Sigh… guess I’ll have to try again!  But it won’t be my 4th project… as I’ve started on a pearl dangling ring already!  I’ll show you guys when that’s done.  Image

So what else am I planning to make?  I have this idea of a lovely dangling bead belt, so I think I’ll try that next.

School’s out? (Day 4)

Nic and I shot off to the bead shops after work, for bits and pieces towards our new projects.  I’m making another necklace, same design as the 1st one, but in a different colour; and I also bought the bits to make a couple of dangling rings.  I love those rings, so learning to make them will be a thrill.  But that’s meant to be more intemediate stuff… as I’ll need to work some wires, which I’m totally new to, so I’m not sure how it’ll turn out… but that’s not stopping me.  The worse thing that can happen, is having to take it apart, and start again… perhaps after attending a class or 2, right? haha…  Nic also bought some findings and beads for her next bracelet.  It looks very pretty in the book, but unfortunately, she couldn’t get all the stuff she needed from the 4 shops we went to.  Perhaps the couple closer to clarke quay will have what she needs, but it was 9pm so a little late for those shops.  Anyway, we had dinner with YK, and I went straight home.

John had sent me a couple of messages to say he couldn’t find the babies in the main tank when he fed the fish, so I was anxious to get home.  Checking on them was the first thing I did… and I was dismayed Image.  There were some gravel on the leaf where the littlings were, along with 2 little ones, but apart from that, I couldn’t see anymore.  Where have the rest gone?  Aggie and Archie were still working hard, keeping a close eye on that leaf, so perhaps they were waiting for the last 2 to mature before moving them somewhere else?  John and I turned off all the lights in the living and dining area to watch them… but nope, they just stayed at the corner where the eggs have been.  They were still fending off the other fish… but never went anywhere else. They can’t possibly have lost their fries despite their tight surveillance, can they?  Image

After much nagging from my fat cat, Shandy, I finally left the tank to fuss the kitties… my mind was still with the little ones… what has happened to them? Image 

I checked again this morning, but to no avail.  In fact, the last 2 wrigglers were gone too.  All that’s left on the leaf, were some tri-coloured gravel.  But Archie and Aggie were still in surveillance mode.  What does this mean?  Have they mistaken the gravel for their eggs?  That can’t be, can it?  Anyway, I’ll check again tonight… and if they look like they’ve lost interest, I’ll return Augustine to the main tank.  In my personal opinion, Augustine makes a far better father.  He did a great job with the fries he had with Aggie before, but unfortunately I left, the barbs in the tank as I didn’t realise they had spawned; and I read somewhere that the tank should be left alone after spawning, to prevent any stress to the parents. 

(*sigh*) I’m broken hearted… but life is such.  I wonder how Aggie feels about it.  I looked into her eyes to try read her emotions, but to no avail.  She’s lost 2 batches of fries in just 6 weeks… although I’m still hoping that she hasn’t lost this one… perhaps school’s out and the little ones are playing among the plants? Image 

3 Day old angels

The embryos hav all sprouted tails… and the as the ‘heads’ are heavier and sticky, they’re grounded to the leaf, but their tails are waving about in the water vigorously!  Archie and Aggie have also gotten more aggressive, and even watchful of me while I photographed them!  But they are right to be concerned.  I’d be weary too if I see a big black cannon looking thing pointing at me and my family. LOL.What’s also amazing is they’ve also changed their routine to suit the little ones!  Feeding time, and at first glance I thought they were just stuffing their faces… and forgetting the Academy… boy was I wrong!  Aggie and Archie took turns to gather food in their mouths, and brought them back for their babies!  I’ve recorded a short clip to show this:

COOL stuff!!!  I’m still hoping and praying that these littlings will survive.  The tank conditions are perfect, with the right pH and kH; fresh plants, minus the predators… I think it’ll work this time!

The Academy (Day 3)

Can you see them?  The embryos hav all sprouted tails… and the as the ‘heads’ are heavier and sticky, they’re grounded to the leaf, but their tails are waving about in the water vigorously!  Archie and Aggie have also gotten more aggressive, and even watchful of me while I photographed them!  But they are right to be concerned.  I’d be weary too if I see a big black cannon looking thing pointing at me and my family. LOL.

What’s also amazing is they’ve also changed their routine to suit the little ones!  Feeding time, and at first glance I thought they were just stuffing their faces… and forgetting the Academy… boy was I wrong!  Aggie and Archie took turns to gather food in their mouths, and brought them back for their babies!  I’ve recorded a short clip to show this:

COOL stuff!!!  I’m still hoping and praying that these littlings will survive.  The tank conditions are perfect, with the right pH and kH; fresh plants, minus the predators… I think it’ll work this time!

The making of … The Angel Academy!

Here’s a short video on the Angels’ egg laying from Day 1!

Cool feedback!

Cynergetix Web Site

I’ve just received feedback about the Cynergetix web site which I put together with the client some time ago. I can’t help but grin from ear to ear. The site belongs to a small company, and the web site content is quite limited; so it’s great to hear that people are finding it ‘dynamic’ and ‘refreshing’!

It’s great that the company is getting such positive feedback. And it pleases me even more as the site has sentimental values for me too. This site happens to be my very first CSS-styled site. Although it was a small project for me, it provided me with the knowledge and experience I needed to kick start my next revamp project.