Woot, Nicol!
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - November 28, 2006 Posted: 4:55:43 PM EDT

Nicol David after beating Natalie Grinham
Image taken from nst.com.my
Nicol David all pumped-up after beating Natalie Grinham to win the World Open 2006 title at Belfast.

“I am so pleased with the way I played. It took so much to be patient, to stay in there and work it to the end as well,” said Nicol. 

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Give me a lever...
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - November 25, 2006 Posted: 6:04:32 PM EDT

Archimedes
'Give me a lever, and I shall move the world.' ~ Archimedes

A couple of friends asked why I haven’t been updating this blog. Too busy? Yes and no. Perhaps I am going through what you might call a “too much to express but nothing to say” phase. I haven’t been idle for sure. I will list down some of those things I’ve been wrestling with for the past months.

One item for thoughts. Li-ann has been eating like crazy. She said she's going to be a cocoon soon. A cocoon at 10? But that makes sense to me too, except mine is purely inside my head.

Books I’ve been reading:

Andy Grove
'You are always in danger. You are in danger of competitors, you are in danger of new ways of doing things, but most importantly, you have a danger that the way you have conducted your business is going to lose relevance'
~ Andy Grove

Non-Fiction
++++++++++++++

ANDY GROVE : The Life and Times of an American
by Richard S. Tedlow

MIND SET!: Reset Your Thinking and See the Future.
by John Naisbitt

SUCCEESS Built to Last
by Jerry Porras, Steward Emery and Mark Thompson

Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People's Minds
by Howard Gardner

The Boston Consulting Group ON STRATEGY
edited by Carl W Stern & Michael S. Deimler

Leading at a Higher Level
by Ken Blanchard

The Leader’s Guide to Story Telling : Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative
by Stephen Denning.

Shere Hite Report on Women & Love :
A book a bought when I was an undergraduate. I dug it out and found it refreshing to glean through some of its insights.

Amy Tan
“Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the muses.”
~ Amy Tan

FICTION: Courtesy of Li-ann
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Most of Amy Tan books. Li-ann is craving for books beyond her Harry Potters and Roald Dahls. She’s been reading the Archie comics in between, so I thought maybe Amy Tan’s books will introduce her to a more familiar world.

Sensuous Horizons by KS Maniam : Reread my old master’s collection.

Captain, my captain...
Captain, My Captain!

Movies I’ve Watched Recently:
+++++++++++++++++++++

Superman Returns : Accompanied Wesley and Li-ann.

Open Season : Same

Happy Feet : Same

Free Willy 1,2 & 3 : Wesley’s obsession for 3 months straight.

Fast & Furious on Video and GTR 2 on my laptop: Wesley’s recent obsession

Dead Poet’s Society: Used this classic in DVD for my team retreat recently. Was overcome by the relevance of the theme in my current challenges.

Saving Private Ryan : Watched the DVD. 

Mix 06 tech videos : Well not really movies but exciting to watch the unraveling of a new world, again.

Songs Playing in my Car Stereo
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Guang Liang, (Michael Wong) courtesy of Li-ann’s infatuation with this Malaysian singer.

U2 : How to dismantle an ATOMIC BOMB....>>Unos, dos, tres, catorce>>Insert guitar riffs!  Wesley's Top No. 1 for 4 weeks.

Michael Buble & Nat King Cole : Yep, it’s that time of the year again, wow.

Switched to REDfm for morning drive. Gave up Litefm, DJs getting indulgent, songs getting stale.

Still with AI-fm (106.7) for going home journey.


Thoughts Currently Playing in My Head.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Web 2.0
Image taken from Avidos.net

Web 2.0, Vista, Office 07, Atlas, WPF, WPF/E, XBAP and the Story of Exodus.
Archimedes' Fulcrum 

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