Tsunami : A Changed Perspective
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - December 31, 2004 Posted: 11:16:50 AM EDT

Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa, by Katsushika Hokusai(1760-1849)

We share the grief of the Malaysian people, the people of Asia and victims across the world, some of whose lives are permanently altered when tsunami swept away their loved ones and their homes on 26th December 2004. Our thoughts and prayers are with them through this time. You can also help them by donating at : The Star-Maybank, Tsunami Relief Fund,  The International Federation, UNICEF, American Red Cross or other local organizations. 

The seas join your shores with mine. The tides that caresses your white sandy beaches, roar unto my rocky fringes too. 

We are connected. Our destiny is one. 

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Cheers to that, Utopy!
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - December 30, 2004 Posted: 1:21:34 PM EDT

Once in a while, something happens to you and it makes you sit up and take notice...Such a thing happened at XiMnet 2 days ago.

At around lunch, we had a delivery call at our door.

It turned out to be 2 botttles of Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noir Champagne, Sonoma CA, shipped all the way from San Francisco. A gift fom our US client, Utopy. Signed off from Ben Tang (VP of Marketing)  & Roy Twersky (CEO).

I thought later...this must surely be a validation for all of us at XiMnet, and that our efforts to make our clients look good is bearing fruits.

We haven't popped the bottles yet but we will soon...Cheers to that, all at XiMnet. We have made a difference!

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So that was Christmas...
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - December 30, 2004 Posted: 12:58:38 PM EDT

Hi friend, it's the end of the year again...  

We have made all those resolutions and broke everyone of them through the years. Yeah, but we know we will always carry on with our lives, walking each step bravely, guided by our hopes and dreams. I hope you make up some more of those in the next few days. I know I will. Whatever yours will be , I hope they will spur you onto 2005 with joy in your heart and a smile on your face. And I wish some of them might come true for you too.

So while you are at that, here's a quote for you:
'Life is what happen to you when you are busy making other plans'. ~ John Lennon

***Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year , to You & all your loved ones ***

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Fine! I will also mend your Hobbo Suit!
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - December 6, 2004 Posted: 4:37:54 PM EDT

OK, let's begin. I watched The Incredibles with Li-ann, my 8 years old daughter and my wife Christina last Saturday. Christina dragged her feet to the AMCorp theatre. She'd wanted to watch movies with real people in them. She told Li-ann very clearly that, '...mommy's watching this cartoon because...mommy wants to reward you for being a good girl'. Li-ann did well for her final exams and had been 'extorting' for all kinds of favors and gifts as much as she could, since the holidays began.   

I watched it because everyone in XiMnet thought it was good.

So was it good enough?

I guess it was. It's a fun outing for Li-ann. But guess who screamed, laughed and squealed shamelessly throughout Mr. Incredible's adventure?

Yes...I guess cartoons are no longer for kids anymore.

Oh, Li-ann started zipping around the house on Sunday morning. She was thrilled by Dash's speedy legs and silly facial expression. I thought she would identify with Violet but she didn't. She didn't like the shyness and introversion of Violet. What does that say about my girl? I don't know for sure... 

Anyway, what struck me most about The Incredibles is the symbolism of the characters. The strong and value-driven dad who loves his family. The elastic, flexible, adapt and change as required by the circumstances mom. The introverted, defensive-thinking tween girl, Violet, who withdraws or make herself 'invisible' for self-protection and blocks out dangers with a 'ultraviolet shield' and the hyperactive boy whose speed and energy is needed to keep the family alive.

So is the movie worth the time? Well, I enjoyed it, especially when I see my 2 'kids' responding and reacting to the storyline with so much gusto. 

BUT, Edna Mode made it all worth while. What an excellent characterization, she!

'Supermodels! HAH! Nothing super about them!!! Skinny little sticks with pouty lips!' 

But honestly, I would rather read a book.  

OK, OK, for Edna's sake, go watch it!

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Wiley Chin
Chief Alchemist
XiMnet Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

An alchemist of the Internet and marketing strategies, leading the charge to put our creative and software talents into serving companies who are out to slay the global giants. Also known as Chief of Caffeine Consumption and hallucinates between projects. Yes, that accounts for his “giant slaying” stuff.

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