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It is so quiet out there (except from time to time there are some noisy buses, mini-bus, train, taxi….). It is really beautiful and peaceful to start a day with a view like this.

To Plan My Day

I have successfully done it again today. Every morning I would start the day with a target to spend at least 15 to 30 minutes to plan my day. And then every evening I would end the day with a feeling that I have wasted my day because I didn’t plan the day well, or didn’t plan the day at all. And today, of course, same thing has happened. I again asked myself to plan my day, and at the end blamed myself for not really doing it, again.

I have to stop this. I hate this feeling. I really really have to spend my first 30 minutes tomorrow to plan my day.

Let’s see what I would say tomorrow evening. Good night.

Second Chance

Sometimes it is so lucky that we are given the second chance to go over things again. However, there is no “rewind” in our real life.

It is like how we miss the chance to drink a cup of tea, and we have to pour hot water into the pot to make the second cup. It is the second chance, but it is not the same cup of tea. Sometimes the first cup is always better, sometimes on the other hand we on purpose pour away the first cup and only enjoy the second cup. The bottom line is, it is different, and not everything allows you to have that second cup. No one drinks the second cup of coffee, because it usually tastes like diluted charcoal water.

New Neighbor

It is just shocking to know that there would be a new house built on the slope next to my little house. The machine started to dig a hole next to the house 2 days ago, and it is how we found out. No sign, no warning.

For those of you who have been really reading my blog and watching my photos, you would find that I have a nice balcony (and roof top) facing a sea view. Now half of the view and privacy would be blocked by my new neighbor! I still don’t understand what kind of technology allows people to build a house on a thin land like this!

(Pic 1 – L) The sea view (looking straight from our roof), (Pic 2 – R) The construction site (looking down from our roof, taken at the same spot as pic 1)

We have to buy new curtains and new security alarms because of this. Maybe I should organize a “farewell” BBQ soon, to say good bye to the view.

My wife comfort me and thought of a good point about this: the new house might help to block the noise from the highway. Well, everything, including the “bad thing” as it seem, has its good side. Sometimes it is just harder than usual to find that side out (or harder than usual to make it relevant to ourselves).


Very tired this week. It seems that what I have started on Monday only last till Tuesday. That is, my plan to start diving into the PhD application, and to start living within “the mode”. I need a break. Let me go out to the balcony to get some fresh air.
Many things have happened this week. Chris is very stress this week, and I worry her very much and she needs my support. At the same time, the office work is crazy this week. I have just been trying to keep up 70% of my job, which is, sit in the project meetings and keep fire out emails to project team members. I have no time to quiet down to think and organize myself.

I hope I could have energy to start doing some meaningful work this weekend. But I doubt it.

How Deals are done!

This is another joke from my friend:

Jack, a smart businessman, talks to his son…

Jack : I want you to marry a girl of my choice.

Son : I will choose my own bride.

Jack : But the girl is Bill Gates’s daughter.

Son : Well, in that case…

Next Jack approaches Bill Gates.

Jack : I have a husband for your daughter.

Bill Gates : But my daughter is too young to marry.

Jack : But this young man is a vice-president of the World Bank.

Bill Gates : Ah, in that case…

Finally Jack goes to see the president of the World Bank.

Jack : I have a young man to be recommended as a vice-president.

President : But I already have more vice-presidents than I need.

Jack : But this young man is Bill Gates’s son-in-law.

President : Ah, in that case…..

This is how business is done!!!