Puff Away Your Look

Posted: January 14, 2011 in Announcements

You have made the decision to quit, but here comes the hard part: actually never to smoke again. (NOOooo) Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that smoking is harzadous for your health, not to mention your wallet. So, if you need another reason to quit, look in the mirror…..yeahhh, tobacco ruins your look..

The chemicals in cigarette smoke, including nicotine, carbon monoxide, tar and lead, reduce blood flow to the skin, reduce circulating oxygen, and break down the skin’s collagen and elastin. All that leads to extensive wrinkling around the nose and mouth….and it’s permanent. Sounds bad huh..it also reduces the water content of the skin’s outer layer, making it appear drier and more fragile. If that isn’t bad enough, smoking is also associated with increased risk of psoriasis (A chronic skin disease characterized by dry red patches covered with scales), skin cancers and hair loss. So, in a nutshell if you want to live longer and lead a more beautiful life (physically), butt out!

As for my this year’s resolution, i guess i will start with this Lah!

Hong

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He saw the haymaker coming just in time, and immediately arched backwards to let the fist’s trajectory sweep pass in front of his face. He stepped back and glared at its owner, a buff guy named Bayu (meaning “wind” in the Malay language).

Bayu merely grunted and stepped in with a series of jabs and crosses. He managed to avoid two punches before the third one caught him in the face, and the sudden pain caused him to shut his eyes momentarily. It was enough for Bayu, who immediately threw a right hook at his left temple which knocked him to ground.

Jika kau berani bermain dengan awek aku lagi, aku akan beri kau lebih dari ini.’ Bayu threatened, which meant ‘If you dare to fool around with my girl again, I’ll give you much more than this’ in local Malay, and topped it off with a kick to his midsection. The ruffian strode back to a silver Kawasaki Z750 and rode off, leaving him groaning in pain by the roadside with the motorbike’s exhaust fumes still strong in his nose.

Brayden picked himself up, slowly and painfully. ‘Asshole.’ He swore and coughed a few times and staggered towards the direction of his apartment. A few motorists passed by, looking with curiosity at the 22 year old Australian Chinese staggering along the roadside with his hand massaging his injured midriff.

Section update [Like Fiction?]

Posted: January 2, 2011 in Announcements

To all readers, our new section Like Fiction? is now up and running! If you’re a fiction lover, be sure to stop by and enjoy some casual reading. Like Fiction? will be updated on a weekly basis, so be sure to check back for new additions!

Christmas has passed (amidst all the caroling and expensive decorating and gift exchanges and what-nots), and after all that shopping or partying with friends and family, it’s time to sit down and think about what you’re going to do when the numbers of your calendar hit 2011~

Why does it seem so simple to make New Year resolutions, yet so hard to achieve them? This could be due to the fact that:

  1. You set unattainable or unmeasurable goals  (such as aiming to buy that new Honda Accord or Nissan 370Z when your current salary barely covers your living expenses)
  2. You lose motivation because of regular setbacks and frequent excuses
  3. Your resolution wasn’t really what your heart desired (which means you simply made one up)

So, in order to kick the bad habit of blaming yourself (or external factors) for failing to achieve your resolutions at the end of each year, here are some pointers:

START EARLY

Don’t wait until the first week of the New Year; start writing/typing out the goals you want to achieve or the things you want to do (in fact you can start now). Make sure you put your heart and mind into it and think carefully about what you really need, not want. Think of it this way: “I need to find a better job that fully utilizes my personal talents” instead of just “I want to find a better job”. Put that message some place where you see it everyday (maybe on your desktop monitor or fridge door) as a reminder of what you need to achieve throughout the new year.

SET YOUR OWN CHECKPOINTS

When you’re certain of what you want to accomplish, then break it down into several checkpoints leading to your goal. Say if you’ve got creative talent which is acknowledged by other people (other than yourself) and you’re still stuck with a course subject/job that doesn’t suit you, start planning your move. Find out which local design companies are hiring by contacting people you know who are in that related field, and then start getting your résumé ready. Keep track of your actions and congratulate yourself every time you take one step closer to achieving your goal.

CONSTANT MOTIVATION

Some people generate their own sources of motivation (intrinsic), others need external sources (extrinsic). If you belong to the latter, it is useful to enlist a friend who has a similar goal in design so that the both of you can encourage each other along. When you’ve accomplished a mini-goal (reached a checkpoint), you’ll naturally be more motivated to take the next step to the next checkpoint.

NEVER GIVE UP

Giving up is for losers/noobs/whiners/pessimists…or whatever you choose to call em. Achieving true success is never easy; it usually involves a lot of blood time, sweat or tears. If you make a mistake, take it as experience. Take a step back, see what you did wrong, and then tackle it using another approach. So what if the particular design company doesn’t accept your resume? Find another one. If your background experience in creativity is insufficient, consider taking up a course in design to get an academic certificate, and then apply again. If you have what it takes, then you have a high chance of succeeding.

Welcome All Ye Readers

Posted: December 29, 2010 in Announcements

Welcome to The Daily Scribbler, the place for casual reading (and to free your brain from daily stress). We will be adding new stuff every few days, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!