Cats in the cradle....
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - August 20, 2007 Posted: 12:43:11 PM EDT

A good friend of mine sent me this article about guys who know that they have to do better than their dads in this challenging times. Here's an excerpt;

According to a study in 2002 by the Families and Work Institute, a research group, Generation X fathers (those age 23 to 37 at the time) spent significantly more workday time caring for and doing things with their children (an average of 3.4 hours each workday) than Boomer fathers did (2.2 hours each workday). Generation Y fathers will continue the trend, the institute predicts.


'This is one of the strongest trends we've seen,' said Ellen Galinsky, the president of the institute. 'When people ask 'What is the story of your data?' it's a men's story. Men are really different. It may be an evolution rather than a revolution. But it really is a change.'


Several factors may have precipitated that change, Ms. Galinsky said, including younger fathers who saw their own parents give their all to companies that ultimately downsized; technology that enables fathers to be home while also remotely connected to the office; and a post-9/11 family-first mentality.


'I have heard so many men say, 'My company is not going to hold my hand when I'm sick,' ' Ms. Galinsky said. 'The 'Cat's in the Cradle' song that this generation grew up with meant something.' 

Read this article here.


And there's the song, Cat's in the Cradle. The version I remember as a young kid was sung by Cat Steven, but I can't find it on Youtube. This one is by Ugly Kid Joe.


'My child arrived just the other day,
He came through the world in the usual way.
But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay.
He learned to walk while I was away.
And he was talking 'fore I knew it, and as he grew, He'd say, 'I'm gonna be like you, dad.
You know I'm gonna be like you.'

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon, Little boy blue and the man on the moon.
'When you coming home, dad?' 'I don't know when, But we'll get together then.
were gonna have a good time then.'

My son turned ten just the other day.
He said, 'Thanks for the ball, dad, come on let's play.
Can you teach me to throw?' I said, 'Not today, I got a lot to do.' He said, 'That's ok.'
And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed,and Said, 'I'm gonna be like him, yeah.
You know I'm gonna be like him.'

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon, Little boy blue and the man on the moon.
'When you coming home, dad?' 'I don't know when, But we'll get together then.
were gonna have a good time then.'  

Well, he came from college just the other day, So much like a man I just had to say,
'Son, I'm proud of you. Can you sit for a while?'
He shook his head, and he said with a smile,
'What I'd really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys.
See you later. Can I have them please?' 

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man on the moon.
'When you coming home, son?' 'I don't know when,
But we'll get together then, dad.
were gonna have a good time then.'

I've long since retired and my son's moved away.
I called him up just the other day.
I said, 'I'd like to see you if you don't mind.'
He said, 'I'd love to, dad, if I could find the time.
You see, my new job's a hassle, and the kid's have the flu,
But it's sure nice talking to you, dad.
It's been sure nice talking to you.'

And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me,
He'd grown up just like me.
My boy was just like me. 

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man on the moon.
'When you coming home, son?'
'I don't know when, But we'll get together then, dad.
you know well have a good time then.'


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Mr Woo Does Robotics...
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - August 10, 2007 Posted: 12:46:23 AM EDT

after farming rice and vegetables...a mad scientist with a mad wife.  

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A Malaysia without Haze in 2007
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - August 9, 2007 Posted: 1:05:34 PM EDT

Haze Free 2007 for Malaysia

I took this photo using my phone at 12.35pm today, from MBPJ. The sky is clear despite a thin film of dust. Last year, this wasn't how it looked like. We probably won't be able to see the white Menara Choy Fook Onn which is about 100 meters away, let alone Bukit Gasing in the background.

So I believe, despite all, 2007 will be remembered as the year without haze. Thanks to Global Warming and the disrupted weather patterns? The yearly dry season seemed gone as we are having rains for the past weeks. Somedays, it felt like rainy December.  

Oh, another good thing is, since the national papers aren't busy with our air pollution index and all, they get to focus on pollution of another kind, which is, very good, to say the least.

Law and disorder: A-G and IGP have pow-wow to find answers...
PUTRAJAYA: Tan Sri Musa Hassan has defended officers criticised for alleged 'sloppiness' leading to the acquittal of two men on a murder charge by the Kuantan High Court on Monday.

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What is it all about?
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - August 7, 2007 Posted: 5:16:16 PM EDT

One of those nights, you had fallen asleep on the sofa after a hard day's work, when all your household had gone to bed, leaving you downstairs alone in the hall and sometime in the middle of the night, you felt a hand touched you but you are not sure if you are really not in the unreality of a dream, but you woke up to see the shape of a child in the darkened part of the hall about 5 feet away, and a voice asking you this;

'What do you live for?'

You sensed that if you had given a careless answer, it would somehow cause irreparable damages to the fragility of your life and home.

'What do you live for..?'

The voice, still and clear, is like a forgotten melody that touched all those dark corners of your memories that suddenly made your lips tremble as if to speak only that you know you are mortally afraid of what you will hear yourself.

'What do you live for..?' 

As you try to shape your thoughts into words, (God? My family?,)  the little face cast a look at you with an expression much like forlon disappointment and then in a moment disappeared as if it was too wounded by your shallow reflexes that you'd dared to own those rehearsed phrases as your own voice, but the question lingered in the air...

'What do you live for..?' 


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Never again, Nando's.
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - August 1, 2007 Posted: 7:42:00 PM EDT

I was stuck at the Penang airport on Monday.

My return flight to KL was at 10.30pm and I had to kill time. Four precious hours. And I was hungry after a long, long day. I went up to the Nando's Chicken outlet and ordered a quick meal. 

Then I got a shock. Get this, I was made to pay RM6.25 for my little glass of Coke! I couldn't believe my eyes. Can it be? Has there been a mistake?

I asked the counter girl how could it be so expensive. She said Nando's@Penang Airport only serves 'bottomless' soft-drinks at RM6.15.

'I can't get a single cup?'

'No', she looked at me sheepishly.

I went back to my seat and ate my quarter chicken meal. When I was done with my meal, I made sure I had an empty glass for all of them to see. I wanted to see how this 'bottomless' Coke will work out.  

But I got no refill. None of them really looked. No one cared.

So, the fact of the matter is, Nando's Chicken knows you will need a drink for their chicken and they want to make sure they can profit from you to the max. They've worked out the fact that you will not even refill so they get to keep RM6.25 for a glass of coke, from each and every one customers who eat at their restaurant. They never intended it to be a refillable drink. It was just a convenient ploy to max-out on the customer.

But that's a shame, Nando's!   

Nando Chicken

You have lost one customer FOR LIFE.

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