Scary Games
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - October 31, 2007 Posted: 2:39:22 PM EDT

Last night, my 6 years old engaged me to a “monster trying to eat me up after abducting my fave pillow” game. There was a lot of laughter, whimpering, crying out loud, more laughter and frantic pleadings for 'Papa, no more monster!'


I was actually not too keen on this game because from experience, the invitation to play always ended up with him bawling loudly that I was scaring him too much!


But last night, I realized he was actually enjoying been mauled by the “monster” because despite the occasional tears and loud protest, he persisted in wanting to be 'eaten' by papa the monster.



Anyway, to cut the story short, after 1 hour of that same game, I've had enough. I pretended to have been dead, killed by his ultra-powerful (Insert saliva-flying sound effects) karate chop . And as he was lying down, victorious over the dead monster and sniffing his pillow for comfort, I suprised him by suddenly resurrecting the monster with a very loud and evil yelp.




Wesley leapt to his feet instantly, his eyes wide with terror and as I howled with laughter at his reaction, he dived into the beddings and cried piteously accusing me of scaring him to death.



I felt so bad and said sorry 100 times. I then hugged him tight to give him comfort. After that, I spent the another 30 minutes doing penance, stroking him to sleep.



Before he fell asleep, he said to me with this tired little voice,



“Papa, you promise me to play monster game tomorrow, OK?”



There you have it!



I think my son enjoyed being scared senseless, what with tears, loud bawling, heart-rending pleadings and all. I just hope my neighbors won’t call the police anytime soon.



That nearly scared me to death!
Let's Do It AGAIN!

Read about this at WIRED!


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Any Web/Multimedia Designers on the look-out?
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - October 25, 2007 Posted: 2:33:55 PM EDT

Thank you for this beautiful piece. 

If you are a web, multimedia or even a graphic designer who wants to get into interactive design, and is on a lookout for a job or a part-time position, write to me at or call Florence Wan at 03-79555855/7955-5148.

I've got several exciting positions to fill. I will explain to you what and why you should consider working with us. 

You will be inspired!

Hear from you.

Wiley Chin    

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To inspire is a calling...
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - October 25, 2007 Posted: 1:56:05 PM EDT

John Maeda

Notes on Being an Instructor
John Maeda, 2003

In the role of the instructor, due to your own conceit there is much damage that you can do to a student. At the same time, due to your own sense of charity, there are many possibilities that you can open for the student. In the former case, it is possible to do well by a student to show them how to prepare for the future in an explicitly formulated manner. However, in all cases you must consider the short-term future versus the long-term future. Students need to make their own mistakes on their own terms. Any hints you can give them quickly expire as they have left you. Independence cannot be taught.

Charity is an important quality for an instructor. You continue to give all that you can in terms of your at-thatmoment insight, your future ideas, and opportunities that might be available to you that you share with your students. The new instructor quickly realizes the difficulty to this approach. That is a difficulty wrought of human ego. For instance, you might suggest to a stuck student a particular direction. He/she will grudgingly adopt the approach, and then sometimes succeed. Most likely, in a rush of passionate creation he/she has forgotten that it was you (the originator) that suggested the idea. Your ego is hurt; their ego is nurtured. And it can become even worse when the student later tries to impress you or claim creative equality to you by sometimes literally rubbing it into your face. My advice is to move on.

People who have ideas, continually have new ideas. You are better off letting go of your ideas as it means that you no longer have to do them anymore. You are living life in the most efficient manner.


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Broken pieces
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - October 20, 2007 Posted: 1:26:41 PM EDT

I got in touch with an old friend today. It felt like I'd stumbled upon and picked up a piece of myself I'd left behind in my hurry to travel into the future.

For a couple of minutes, I felt a surge of emotions long forgotten.

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Worth every moment of your up!
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - October 11, 2007 Posted: 11:02:52 PM EDT

Inspired talks by the world's greatest thinkers and doers.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader...


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Cameron Sinclair - Architecture For Humanity
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - October 11, 2007 Posted: 10:39:44 PM EDT

NOTE: Follow this link if you can view the embedded video above:

Design like you give a damn!

Accepting his 2006 TED Prize, Cameron Sinclair demonstrates how passionate designers and architects can respond to world housing crises. The motto of his group, Architecture for Humanity, is 'Design like you give a damn.' Using a litany of striking examples, he shows how AFH has helped find creative solutions to humanitarian crises all over the globe. Sinclair then outlines his TED Prize wish: to create a global open-source network that will let architects and communities share and build designs to house the world. Click here to see the results of his TED Prize wish >>

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Impromptu FRIM trip with Michelle & Wesley
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - October 11, 2007 Posted: 12:34:24 PM EDT

FRIM after bkt at Kepong.

The reward for the kids...

Daddy's a horse always...

The Singaporean with the Japanese penchant for camera works... 

The camera-woman, Michelle doing the Japanese tourist thing...

oooooOOO...this is too cold for meeee....



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Reading List
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - October 9, 2007 Posted: 12:50:30 PM EDT

Reading these 2 books.

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (Hardcover)
by Naomi Klein (Author)

Practical Intelligence, Karl Albrecht
Practical Intelligence: The Art and Science of Common Sense (Hardcover)
by Karl Albrecht (Author)


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