Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Motivation For The Day

I would like to share a very nice e-mail I received this morning from a friend. Written in simple words but very motivational.

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When I woke up in the morning lying in the bed, I was asking myself;
What are some of the secrets of success in life?
I found the answer right there, in my very room.

The Fan said be cool
The Roof said aim high
The Window said see the world
The Clock said every minute is precious
The Mirror said reflect before you act
The Calender said be up-to-date
The Door said push for your goals

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Carry A Heart That Never Hates
Carry A Smile That Never Fades
Carry A Touch That Never Hurts

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Imitation Of Life


Have you heard of this quote imitation is the highest form of compliment. It is nice to imitate someone like Bill Gates or Dr.Abdul Kalam and have their qualities and abilities. But to the young generations, they don't only see Bill Gates and Dr.Abdul Kalam. They watch and learn more from us. We as parents, siblings, teacher, friends, public etc. through our actions and character pose an example to them.

For instance, you spend $300 at the bar and another $50 you tip the bar tender. But when the grass cutter charges you just $15 to mow your lawn you complain it's too expensive. Think for yourself. It is unfair for you to complain that the grass cutter is charging you high. If you could tip the bar tender $50 then how come you can't pay the grass cutter $15 . Your children are watching your unreasonable mentality and in future this is how they will be, biased.

How about this situation. You queue up to get into the train. But you are standing far behind and have less chance to get into the train due to massive crowd. When the train arrives you just jump the queue and push your way into the train ignoring the person standing first in line for hours. Once one person start doing this then everyone follows it. This is how our future generation is going to be, without tolerance.

There are many small mistakes we make that we don't realize. Or perhaps we realize it but we do not want to correct it because of pride and ego. But let us think of it again, do you want your children to imitate your bad examples. And does that compliment you?
Copyright © Jayanthi.K

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hari Malaysia 16.09.2010

If not for you...
I would not have learned to say 'terima kasih' and 'xie xie'
I would not have laughed and shared joys with
friends of different races,
I would not have tasted yummylicious
Nasi Lemak, Satay, Dim Sum, Char Kuey Teow, etc.

If not for you...
I had to walk a thousand miles to my destination,
I had to carry buckets of water to quench my thirst,
I had to use a kerosene lamp to study,
I had to bare sleepless nights coz of mosquitoes,
I had to sleep on the floor and shiver in cold.

If not for you...
I would not have a chance to be who I am today,
I would not have read 'Sarasvathi',
I would not have played 'Sarasvathi',
I would not have 'Letchmi' and so died of poverty. 

Selamat Hari Malaysia!
I'm proud to be a Malaysian.
Thank you Malaysia.Copyright © 2010 Jayanthi.K


 
 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Stuff and Nonsence

Mum always told us not to talk about others or more like gossip about others. It's never a good thing to do because when you hear others talking bad about you, "you'll be hurt", she says.

Mum also said my late grandfather (whom I never got to see) never encouraged his children to read entertainment magazines especially concerning the Tamil film and music industry.

We were brought up the same way too. Mum never encouraged us to read entertainment magazines. "The news aren't true, they make it up to sell their products" she says.

I was different though. Being with a circle of friends whom constantly talked about the entertainmant world (western), I did not want to loose out. Friends of mine had Astro, which at that time was newly introduced and not many had it. They would chat about the latest music video on MTV and of course the gossips.

I had my way to catch up with the entertainment world. Newspaper's entertainment section and the radio. Though I didn't get as much information on the latest hits and gossips, I still had something to cling on with the gang.

I stopped this nonsence right after my schooling days. I realised it wasn't worth plus I would feel sad whenever there is some bad news about my idol. Mum was right, I would imagine how that person would feel when they see those unscrupulous articles.

Read through singer  Chinmayi's blog post the other day. She commented on one of the entertainment magazines back in India that published news of her shifting to some other place. The funny thing was she got to know of her 'shifting news' after she read the magazine. Kwaa kwaa kwaa....


I'd rather hear news from the actor or singer themselves. Kudos to Chinmayi for creating her own blog.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Nothing is Impossible

Here's one of my creations....


Vaishnavee was so upset and confused. Only two days left for the competition. She hasn't completed her designs. Bundles of cloth materials of all kinds were lying everywhere on the floor. Mannequins with unfinished Salwar Kameez tops and bottoms made her even more upset. She was now on the verge to give up her dreams of becoming one of the top designers of Indian costumes.

The image of herself holding the most prestigious award slowly vanished into dark black clouds. Vaishnavee rose from the couch. She looked at herself in the mirror.

"Am I going to look like this forever? So upset like I lost my life. Never!!"

She ran to the washroom sink and washed her face. The coolness of the water made her feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Then looking back into the mirror she saw the image of herself as the worlds top designer. Her designs were sold all troughout the world.

To be what she always wanted to be she has to throw all her negative thoughts and habits. With determination Vaishnavee worked hard to complete her designs to be presented at the most awaited Fashion Show Finale. She has made it to this point and now nothing is going to stop her.

Finally the day of the competition arrived. Walking down the runaway were models presenting Vaishnavee's Designs. The crowds cheered and the judges looked intently at the pieces and jot down the marks. The image of herself as the top designer appeared again only this time it was on the headlines and fashion magazines.


"If you believe it's too difficult, it will be.
But if you believe it is possible, it will be.
And if you want it to be, you need to believe."


Why The Teacher Caned Me?

It's so weird how some people behave. I was just sitting on my sofa and thinking about my past or rather my schooling days. That day was...err couldn't remember the exact date, but I was in standard 5, year 1995. It was a Bahasa Malaysia period. We were instructed by the teacher to complete an essay on a workbook.

I was flipping the pages of my workbook to find 'that' page we were supposed to write an essay. When I reached my destination ('that' page), to my surprise I had already completed the essay because apparently I had marked extra pages for the previous homework thus I have completed 'that' page.

Then 'that' kid sitting next to me just grabbed my workbook, ran to the teacher's desk and told the teacher that I had already completed my essay earlier.

I thought the teacher wouldn't mind my careless mistake. But my bad luck, she got so mad and called me to her desk. She scolded me and took the cane and hit my palm. And 'that' kid laughed at me. My eyes were full of tears and I really felt sad.

I just couldn't understand that such a lame mistake could be a big issue for the teacher. I was caned because I did extra work? I know I didn't follow her instruction (only that once). That is NOT a reason to cane a student, unless I never followed her instruction all the time.

I still wonder till today, the teacher caned me because I did extra work? Why?


Monday, September 6, 2010

It's Never Too Late To Learn

Today I sat for my ABRSM Grade 2 Theory Exam. Wasn't that tough, of course I practised a lot. It was my first official music exam. Only kids were sitting for these exam. I was the one and only adult there. Felt embarrassing.


I had to throw away my 'ego'. It's my dream to learn to play the Piano. Of course I wish to learn Indian classical music as well but.... guess I'll start with Piano first. Singing....maybe later.


Waiting for the practical Piano exam. I hope I can get a distinction for it. Just need to work hard on it, especially my tempo, it's horrible. The moment my instructor starts the metronome, I get so nervous and play the song I practiced 'bezzilion' times like I never seen a Piano before. I seriously need to get that nervousness out of me before the practical exam.


For those who think I'm wasting my time on music, hell you all should do what you want to do not do what others want you to do. I'm happy I finally got a chance to fulfill my dreams. It's never too late to learn anything.