Saturday, August 30, 2014


finishing this book... "quiet" by susan cain

i am a quite a visual person
the first thing that caught my eye when i was walking up and down the aisles of the book shop
was the cover of this book.

it was white...  even the title was white.

the next thing that caught my eye was the line at the bottom of the cover:
"the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking"

with this line, i bought the book.

i find myself nodding my head as i read along...
there are lots of points that i couldn't agree more with...

"yet today we make room for a remarkably narrow range of personality styles.
we're told that to be great is to be bold, 
to be happy is to be sociable...
which means that we've lost sight of who we really are."

"aggressive power beats you up:
soft power wins you over."

"real strength comes from substance."

"soft power is quiet persistence."

this book talks about how introverts can quietly sustain and succeed in a world
that seems to value character over personality.

"without introverts,the world would be devoid of:
the theory of gravity
the theory of relativity
W.B. Yeats's 'The Second Coming'
Chopin's nocturnes
Proust's 'In Search of Lost Time'
Peter Pan
Orwell's '1984' and 'Animal Farm'
The Cat in the Hat
Charlie Brown
'Schindler's List,' 'E.T.,' and 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'
Harry Potter"

Thursday, August 28, 2014

sometimes, you can only laugh

who are you?
"i am darth vader!'
oh my!
"no i am baby darth vader!"


"i am hulk"
oh dear!
"why mami, why you don't like hulk"
he is green and big... like a monster
...  pointing at the bamboo leaves ...
"look mami, these are green too!
but they are not scary!"


what do you want to be when you grow up?
.... silence ....
"no no no, i want to be hulk!"
why do you want to be hulk???
"because i want to be hulk!"
okay, but mami is scared of hulk...
"i will hold you really tight and you run away!"
.... scratching my head....
how can mami run away when you are holding me really tight?
mami is still very scared...
"ok, i will take off the helmut"
but hulk doesn't wear helmut...
he wears nothing but ripped off pants...
.... silence ....
"why mami?  yucky!  dirty!"
yes, that's why mami doesn't like hulk.
"then i am baby hulk!"


and today is his K2 orientation...
he was the only one in class that didn't want to introduce himself and held his head down...
after some mingling, time in the playground
he was running around, chasing his old classmates end to end
ignoring me..  like i was invisible.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

blue sky, white clouds, golden sea

big boys now,
fast and fearless
they don't really wait for us anymore.....