This is one of the postings when I'm cramming so many things into one. That could mean I'm either busy, very busy, extremely busy or just in the mood of cramming things. :)
1) Fish for father
Not my father, my kids’ father. My father passed away in June 1996, when I was still studying. My kids’ father bought me new slippers for father’s day. Hehehe. What ever day it is, it’s always shoes day for women.
We had a quiet celebration at Manhattan Fish Market on Sunday. They had a promotion of a free desert and a family picture taken for us on that special day. Then we went to have a carousel ride. What ever day it is, it’s always ‘horse day’ for the kids. Hehehe.
2) Thank you for the oscar.
I have never had a formal education on presentation skills or public speaking. Nor have I ever been properly trained on speaking or interpersonal communication (personal coaching is very much welcomed here. Hehehe.)
Nevertheless, I’ve done many presentations in front of my customers. Talking is never my specialty. Standing in front of scrutinizing eyes is one of my greatest fears. Bombarded with technical questions (that included stupid questions most of the times) when you’re as good as a brain dead situation sometimes could mean a career suicide to me.
Yet, I braved them all. I’ve even done a technical presentation (that was more like a testimonial sharing) in front of a crowd about 1,000 people at Sunway Convention Center back in 2003. Until today, I still couldn’t believe that I was once on that stage, bluffing all the way. (I hope you’re not one of the audiences then. Yes, I had no idea what I was talking about that day.)
Last week, my manager got me to attend a formal Presentation Skills training for 2 days. I got this Oscar for participating. We jotted down all the important notes on it. There were many techniques being taught in the classroom. By now, I’ve forgotten 90% of them. Hehehe.
At the end of the 2 days, my only conclusion was: What you need most is guts and passion. The rest will come along.
3) The world is filled with bad people
Last month, my neighbor’s house was broken into in broad daylight. They lost some valuables including credit cards and golden accessories. Yesterday morning, while driving my kids to their school, I saw two police patrol cars parked in front of another neighbor’s house; about 10 other neighbor chit chatting with really concerned face outside the gate. It was another robbery.
My house was robbed about 4 years ago when we were out working. I lost my wedding ring, watch and the kids’ piggy banks.
When I came home from gym last night, turned on the TV to watch the prime news, there came terrible news: a husband and a 7 months pregnant wife were brutally murdered in their house. The murderer successfully denied the rights of 3 people to exist in this world. Taking lives as if he was god. I wonder what went on in the murderer’s mind when he/she was stabbing the victims mercilessly. Didn’t he/she look them in the eyes? Didn’t he/she listen to them begging for their lives? Did he/she leave his/her heart at home before he/she drove to the victim’s place and commit the gruesome act?
Are we human as we claimed ourselves to be? Or would we become more human if we were to live amongst wild animals in the Amazon jungle?
I know most of you are still engrossed with today's daily, scanning through all the news related to 'The High Profile' murder and trial of this decade. Many of us start to do our own theory and analysis. Many would also just refuse to look at the papers or watch the news coverage on the trial as there are people who have lost their faith in the judicial system. Many also would try to get as much inside stories as possible. I fall under the last category of people. So, who has inside stories.... call me, ok?