UEFA Cup St Ethienne vs. Rosenberg 3-0

This is my first experience, watching football live at a Stadium. With the huge generosity of St Ethienne Tourism Board, I had a free ticket to watch UEFA Cup Round Robin between the home team (which I now support) St Ethienne against Rosenberg. The best part is, I was given the VIP seat, where the view is excellent plus they serve wine and food before, half time and full time! What more can I ask?

The fans, was amazingly loud! And yes, St Ethienne has a great history in football. It has won 10 French League titles & 6 French Cups. But of course, it is not doing very well now. Well, here is a video of the atmosphere in St Ethienne’s home ground – Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Awesome-ly loud & happening! The fans were singing and jumping together. It was a fantastic atmosphere.

And here is a video of the 2nd goal. It was offside plus handball though. And it is caught on my Video! Nevertheless, it was a GOAL!

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My Joke of The Year – Best Phone Prank Ever!

Barack Obama & Bill Pullman

One of my all time favourite movie scenes is at Independance Day, where Bill Pullman was the President of USA, he made a speech to bring people together to fight aliens. I still enjoy watching it today, you can watch it below.

If you compare “President” Bill Pullman’s speech and President Elect Obama’s speech, there are lots of similarity:

1) America is in BIG Trouble -> We have Common Enemies

2) Cast our differences aside, Unite, and fight against our enemy

3) Faces of Americans looking towards their leader for hope & inspiration

Watching Obama became President is like watching a movie. I was in USA for 5 out of the past 12 months, and I have always been charmed to listen to this man: his speeches, his debates, etc. Maybe he has a very nice voice, maybe he has lots of charisma or maybe he just seems like a very intelligent and admirable man, someone that I can learn a lot from.

From a non-American point of view, this is a story about a man who did what most people said he can’t. He has started with humble beginnings, but that did not stop him from becoming the most powerful man in the world. Yes, We CAN! Choose Hope, over Fear. Choose Action, over inaction. Is there something in our lifes that we really want to change? Money not enough? Work Sucks? Boring Life? Change IT! Yes WE CAN!

I especially like how he (and/or his speech writer) ended his speech:

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves – if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment.

Yes We Can! Watch Obamas Speech! And I hope you will be inspired to Change for the Better!

And of course, not forgetting the “Independance Day Speech”

Stock Market Psychology

Recently, the stock market has been dorminating the headlines. My friend just sent me this picture which I thought was funny, at the same time thought provoking. Am I like that? Which stage am I at now? To see a clearer picture, click on the link here.

The Best Investment now for You

I just picked this up from digg. Cool!!!

Just to add on, if you bought $1000 worth of Lehman Brothers Share, you would have nothing now.

Drink beer, and recycle!

Arts Stream vs. Science Stream

I just read this article from Education in Malaysia. The author questions that

whether someone should choose a certain stream or subjects to study just because it is easier to ‘score’ in those subjects. In the Malaysian context, this usually manifest itself in the good students going predominantly to the Science stream and the poor students going predominantly to the Arts stream.

Reflecting on my own education experience, there is certain truth to the above statement. And this is sadening. If I am able to do it again, I will definitely do it differently. Not to say that I will definitely choose to do Arts, but the focus should be on discovering yourself, uncovering your talent and to search for your niche in this world, instead of matching guranttee A subjects to Examinations.

I think students nowadays are not given the freedom to explore their talents. They are bounded by fear, the fear of not getting straight As, the fear of not meeting parents expectation, fear of rejection. Without this platform of confidence, they are afraid to goto unchartered territories to self exploration, like take tough subjects, or subjects which are subjective like Economics, Literature, Chinese Studies or History. Thankfully, there are some who discover their talents at later stages of their life, like Mr. Lim Wah Guan in the article.

Well, looking forward, what can we do? Of course, a complete revamp of the education system is necessary. BUT, we also need to change our mindset towards education. Education is not just an academic excercise, like a manufacturing plant producing graduates with degrees that the society needs. It should be about discovering ourselves, realizing our talent.

Well here are some comments by the readers which I find interesting:

To many parents, it is all fine and well to pursue your dreams, as long as it can put food on the table and the reality of the matter is that the term “impoverished artiste” is not a misnomer. The sciences are a safer bet for landing a paid job as people with analytical skills are needed everywhere. Granted, we need people with creative skills too, but in far fewer numbers.

 

As it is, Malaysian students have been drilled to be overly obsessed with academic performance and most do not read for leisure. This means increasingly our graduates know very little more beyond their school textbooks.

US VP Debate

The highly anticipated US VP Debate! Well, I thought Sarah Palin was quite well prepared for this one. I was expecting some major “entertainment” moments from her, but it did not happened. Maybe my expectation of her was just too low that I am actually quite impressed with her performance.

Anyway, I saw this piece of joke, poking fun of our dear VP wannabe. Just for some laughter for the day. =)

Anyway, here is the link to watch the whole debate. Its 1.5 hrs long.

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