Within You, Without You. by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - April 30, 2007 Posted: 9:21:02 AM EDT
I just heard the Beatles, 'The Love Album' version of this Indian-inspired Within You, Without You. I must say I didn't like it much when I was 17. I love it now. A beautiful song! Great lyrics, beautiful melody, sublime instrumentations. And a great remix job by George Martin & son. I could almost see Ramli Ibrahim dancing to the tune. :-)
Learning to lead by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - April 24, 2007 Posted: 6:01:21 PM EDT
A leader worth his/her salt, will not call to attention another's failure to divert the focus from the issues at hand, but steadfastly take responsibility for the inadequacies he/she has and learn from it.
Who were the robbers? by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - April 23, 2007 Posted: 3:22:15 PM EDT
For the past few days, I've been asked by friends and family members about what happened on that fateful night (Pls look at previous post).
I can't help it but I think something is wrong with the way we profile crimes in Malaysia. Here are some samples of the questions I got asked.
Policeman at Police Station:
Police : 'Who were the robbers? Chinese or Indians?' Me : 'Malay' Police : 'You mean Indonesian' Me : 'No, Malay, they speak Malay like us. They look like middle-class kids'
Friends & Family Members:
Friends: 'Are they drug-addicts? Must be! Or Indian gangsters???' Me : 2 Malay men. They wanted the money, they hit me but I can tell they didn't try to harm us too much' Friends : You lucky. Indian gangsters would have slashed you first before they take anything from you.
Indian Taxi-Driver taking me to Setapak JPJ to renew my license 'Cina ah? Sure Melayu!'
I think, other than the fact that our neighborhood aren't that safe anymore, we have a deep sense of distrust among our people. I know for a fact the robbers could be anybody. I know the robbery points to a more serious social problem within our society.
Here's another downer.
When I was trying to renew my lost driving license at Setapak, I discovered that if I refuse to collaborate with the runners crowding outside the govt office to bribe the system, I will have to pay with my time and patience. I sat there about 2 hours waiting for my turn while witnessing people who came after me got served first. My number got skipped at least 5 times before I was asked to go to the counter.
The runner who wanted me to pay off the 'system' for 'faster service' smirked at me when I finally came out from the room.
Not all is bad though.
I went to PJ to get my replacement IC done and got it done in less than 30 minutes. No hanky-pankies. I went to the JPJ office at PJ and got served fast enough. Also no hanky-pankies.
I was robbed at knifepoint by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - April 20, 2007 Posted: 12:26:09 AM EDT
Last night (Weds), I was helping my wife Christina with the prep work in setting up her aesthetic clinic. Another friend was with us. At about 12am, 2 men came to the shop door and pretended they had something to deliver to us. They knocked at the locked tempered glassdoor. The shutters were half-down. The next thing I knew, they broke open the door and assaulted us. They both had knifes. They took all our personal belongings.
Getting It Wrong. by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - April 13, 2007 Posted: 9:44:25 AM EDT
Very often we miss the point in our relationship with our customers. Like the way we get our priorities wrong in our personal relationships. We focus our attention on the most demanding persons. We forget about the quiet ones.
We pour our resources into our most demanding customers with the loudest, most threatening voice. Or that one that promises most profit. And we neglect that quiet, friendly and unassuming customer.
The loud ones will always be there. They will always get what they want. To them, the glass is always half-empty. The meek ones, they appreciate the good work. They will in their quiet way, tell 10 people about you. (The loud ones will take what you offer and disappear).
Don't take the unassuming, undemanding customer who is sitting in the corner of your restaurant for granted. He might not be loud but he isn't stupid. He can see everything you are doing. He knows his rights aren't being taken care of but he just won't raise his voice to get it. He doesn't believe in having to raise his voice to get what he's paid for.
All those quiet unassuming customers, they won't raise their voices.
I've buried a tiny seed in the ground, and I'm watching it grow. Early I rise to see the sun shine, In the shadow I wait for the rain to fall. I've planted a dream in my heart, and I'm waiting for its promise, come what may.
The Rose by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - April 4, 2007 Posted: 8:58:01 PM EDT
One of those songs...
I don't know why but this song popped into my mind while I was driving home just now. I first heard this song when I was about 17 years old. Yes, one of those songs that probably shaped the way I see things when I was growing up.
The Rose ~ Bette Midler.
Some say love, it is a river that drowns the tender reed. Some say love, it is a razor that leaves your soul to bleed. Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need. I say love, it is a flower, and you it's only seed.
It's the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance. It's the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance. It's the one who won't be taken, who cannot seem to give, and the soul afraid of dyin' that never learns to live.
When the night has been too lonely and the road has been to long, and you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong, just remember in the winter far beneath the winter snows lies the seed that with the sun's love in the spring becomes the rose.
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