When can I try this?
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - September 29, 2008 Posted: 11:26:18 AM EDT

Do you think the Jet man's contraption might be available for rental in amusement parks soon? Or maybe they might commercialise it and make it available at Toy'R'Us? It will be so exciting to fly one to work... or visit my mom at Kulai with this. No more worries about traffic-jams and long, boring journeys. I suggest a light-weight but indestructible exoskeleton as a peripheral for this product. And a bumper-like device in place of the helmet. Just in case ;-) 

Original story below:

Swiss man flies over Channel on jet wing

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Where have all our children gone?
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - September 26, 2008 Posted: 11:20:05 AM EDT

Photography by Dian Agung Nugroho

What's the use of going to school when we do not learn to honor the humanity of another? What's the use of knowledge when we have no self-knowledge? What's the use of material wealth when we are consumed by our demons inside?

Why are we sending our children to dance classes, piano lessons, dramalabs and all other extra-curricular activities  to enrich the lives of our children but we won't spend 15 minutes a day speaking to them about the need to love and respect for another? 

Dear mothers of the children of the world,

Please teach your children the meaning of love, honor and respect because one day you might find out too late the disdain you've modelled to them so carelessly in your selfishness will stare you in the eyes, cold and demeaning, just like you.


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Hold On
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - September 14, 2008 Posted: 12:00:10 AM EDT

Hold On (Dan Hill)

So you flung your fist high in the air
But the world remained the same
And all the demonstrations
Filtered out through graduation
And the times that were a changing
Never changed.

Freedom takes on new meaning
When you have a family of five
And peace and revolution dissolved in its own solution
When you're fighting for your life
Just to survive

It's then you've gotta

Hold on - for what you believe in
Hold on - don't let it fade
Still you've gotta
Be strong - find yourself a reason
You never change the world
But just the same
You've gotta hold on stronger
Each and every day

When the night creeps in so hollow
When the silence makes you scream
When you're so damned scared of failure
When the world's burned out it's saviors
When you're feeling too vulnerable to dream

It's then you've gotta
Hold on - for what you believe in
Hold on - don't let it fade
Still you've gotta
Be strong - find yourself a reason
You never change the world
But just the same
You've gotta hold on stronger
Or else you'll fade.

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Sky burial by Xinran
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - September 10, 2008 Posted: 4:35:57 PM EDT

SKY BURIAL n. a traditional Tibetan funeral ritual in which the corpse is exposed to the open air to be eaten by sacred vultures

I had sworn myself off fiction after my post-grad on Malaysian fiction. I had enough of stories. I think it was a little like when you had been in the kitchen too long, you discovered you have lost your appetite for food.

Over the past 15 years, I can count the number of novels that I have read with just one hand. Therefore I surprised myself by finishing the novel below, Sky Burial by Xinran, in 3 hours. I had originally bought it for my 12 years old. I saw her sitting on the couch, transfixed. Then it was my turn.   

The blurb says,

'In the early 1960s a rumour circulated through China that one of its soldiers in Tibet had been brutally fed to vultures. Xinran was a little girl: the tale frightened and fascinated her. Thirty years later, she met a Chinese woman who could tell her the astonishing story that lay behind the legend. Her name was Shuwen and she had spent most of her adult life lost on the Tibetan plateau. . .'

The story begins as below;

'In 1994, an old woman dressed in Tibetan clothes smelling strongly of animal skins, rancid milk and dung sat down opposite me in the town of Suzhou in China, and began to describe the 30 years she had spent searching for her husband on the Tibetan plateau. I was working as a journalist at the time and had made the four-hour journey by bus from Nanjing to interview her. Her name was Shu Wen.'

A haunting story told simply. 

Here's an interview of Xinran, who also authored the acclaimed, 'The Good Women of China'. 


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Guilin, China
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - September 9, 2008 Posted: 2:29:31 PM EDT

Guilin, China

If you get to visit China, which part of this big country will you go?

I got to ask myself this question this time. I've not been to China so I am taking my guys over for a 5 days trip to the Middle Kingdom. Beijing was a good candidate for the trip. So was Shanghai. But you know, I have this thing for nature and the cultural part of this country. All things considered, (cost too, of course) I am taking all my guys for an experience of that part of China we have always seen and heard of, but only as paintings on the walls and stories from our grandmothers across Malaysia.

Guilin, this will be the first time I will set foot on the land of my ancestors.  

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The Black Swan
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - September 2, 2008 Posted: 7:09:06 PM EDT

I am reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb's, 'The Black Swan : The Impact of the Highly Improbable'.

For a person who likes to identify everyday patterns and enjoy 'making predictions' about what will happen based on what had happened in the past, this book is a rude slap on the face. A big slap.

But well, since I pride myself as someone who has the appetite for the truth, no matter how indigestible, I read on, slaps after slaps.

And I have been enjoying the stinging blows of Taleb's contrarian insights very much.

There's a sado-masochist in me, I guess. ;-)


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