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Thoughtful to the extreme, you are often obsessed with perfection and the rules governing your own personal interests. Your world is black and white. You love to work within a logical system, such as language, computer programming, or mathematics. Manipulating a system that can be completely understood is a distinct pleasure to you, because of your confidence in the underlying veracity of your belief system. Because of your appreciation for logic and order, those who speak or think in a sloppy manner are apt to generate more than their share of wrath. Although very amiable, you are not drawn to friendships out of a sense of personal need. You are just as happy by yourself with a good book or puzzle. Because you are so involved with thought, you will on occasion have difficulty dealing with the day-to-day problems of a normal life. Taking out the trash, doing the dishes, these are often left until the last possible moment, if at all.

Quite an enormous part of my diagnosis is correct!  XD

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A Way Out

It has been years since I’ve watched Beauty and The Beast.  I’ve forgotten how much I enjoy watching those old Disney princesses animations.  I think a Disney movie marathon is called for after I am done with my bachelors degree.  That is, if I don’t fail any of the hell subjects that I have this final semester.

Watching Beauty and The Beast kinda reminds me of something that I’ve always kept hidden since I’ve started university.  I’ve always been a whimsical child since young but I do not show that side of me to people anymore.  Only to those few who were the closest of friends do I show them the idiotic crazy me, all defenses down.  I wonder if it’s really that hard to be me in front of others.  I have put on a stone expression so often that sometimes I forgot how it feels like to smile naturally when I want to and I hate being out of my room so much that I’m practically a hermit.  I am getting a little too comfortable with my fandom, books and crafts that I am not willing to take a step further forward.  Maybe I should try a little harder to get out of my shell.  But it is so hard to do so.  No one is here to back me up when I fail or give me a hug when things gets rough.  I miss those people who would always know the right things to say to me when I am feeling down and who I can feel comfortable with without caring for appearances or even being careful with words.  Those people are always there for me without asking for anything in return.  Because that is what friends are for.  They are the people that have never asked me for anything at all, and because of that, I am willing to give them everything of mine in return.

I want much more than this provincial life!
I want adventure in the great wide somewhere
I want it more than I can tell
And for once it might be grand
To have someone understand
I want so much more than they’ve got planned

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Which Tarot Card Am I?

You are The Empress

Beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, luxury, dissipation.

The Empress is associated with Venus, the feminine planet, so it represents,
beauty, charm, pleasure, luxury, and delight. You may be good at home
decorating, art or anything to do with making things beautiful.

The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea a form, the Empress is the womb where it gestates and grows till it is ready to be born. This is why her symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. Even so, the Empress is more Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

I wonder if this really describes me…  Hmm…

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During the rainy seasons or lazy days when you just feel like staying inside your house, there are times where you find yourself at a lost without anything to do.

And without realizing it, another day would have passed you by.

There are a lot of things that you can do during those times.  Read a book, watch a movie, play a computer game or even try out some of those yummy recipes from last month’s magazines.

But, why do all those things alone?  Why not call your friends and family members over and play some indoor games?

Surely each and every single one of us has play certain types of indoor games during our childhood.  Card games such as happy family or snap.  Board games like monopoly, scrabble, chess or even simple ones like snakes and ladders.  And girls would have played congkak or batu seremban.

By nature, human are born to play.  It is in our instinct and is fundamental to our existence.

Games help us connect with other people.  By sharing the joy, laughter and fun we are able to build a strong bond between friends or family members.  Not only that, the games that we have played could also be a part of our future conversations as well.

Games are also an antidote to loneliness, isolation, anxiety, and depression.  Just by playing with other people, we trigger a release of endorphins that lifts our spirits allow us to connect with others in delightful and meaningful ways that banishes loneliness.

Games could also stimulate your mind.  Board games like chess could help you improve your strategy skills and scrabble could also increase your vocabulary.  And monopoly could provide a chance for you to compete with your family and friends on your real estate skills.

But, monopoly is expensive!  And there is a limit to the number of people who can play at chess and scrabbles.

So here comes a game that is inexpensive and yet allows a  bigger group of people to play at the same time.  This game is called the Sugoroku.

It can be prepared with just a piece of paper and a pen and you will only need counters and dice to play this game.

The Sugoroku is not unlike the modern snakes and ladders.  It is also liken to a labyrinth.  A Sugoroku game only goes in one direction and leads to the end which is the goal.  There are boxes to land on and in each of those boxes are rewards or punishment games.

This game is so simple.  So what is it that made it fun to play?

Well, since you will be the one making the Sugoroku board yourself, you can cater the rewards and punishment games to the people that you will be playing it.  Not only is it simple to make, I finished making mine within 2 hours only, but if you make it together with the people that you will be playing with, it will take a shorter amount of time.

It will be a game that you have made for yourselves to play.

Not only that, of course punishment games are meant to be embarrassing.  Well, these embarrassing moments will be the heart of the game.  Laughing at friends when they have to perform an air guitar stints or when they have to bear panda eyes on them until the end of the game.  These moments are priceless.

And before you know it, the distance between you would have been shorten.

So would you like to play a game of Sugoroku with me today?

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26th November 2011

BIRTHDAY FAN LETTER

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Dear Ohno-san,

Thank you for your existence in my life.  Knowing you has changed my life a lot.  Although I am just another one of your millions of fans, I am glad that I am one of those millions. You have been a great inspiration to me and you have cheered me up through my most depressed time.  I am smiling again today because of you.

Gentle and kind, how could anyone ever resist you!?  Creative and artistic yet so humble and carefree.  Your dedication to your hobbies (not your work) have inspired me to be more dedicated to mine.  You didn’t want this job that you have in the beginning but I am glad you did not drop out.

I do not know where I am heading in the future.  And I do not know what I will be doing.  But I will work my hardest to live life to the fullest.  I am lazy and I lack motivation especially now when I need it most.  But, seeing you work so hard now have pushed me to put more effort in mine.  This is my pledge from today on.

I hope that you can find your own happiness in the future and that by then I would be happy to give you my blessing.

Please stay just the way you are.  Don’t ever ever change.

I will always be a fan of yours.

And for all those years ahead of you, all the best!  May Arashi keep climbing up to the top!

Love,

Isabelle

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Dear Chemistry Coursemates,

Listening to all your speeches for the past 5 weeks has been fun.  In the two and a half years that we’ve been together, never had I felt that I know you like I do now.  I truly have enjoyed this class a lot.  Lets continue on being like this until we graduate.

Sincerely yours,

Isabelle

Sometimes, there are a lot of feelings that could not be expressed to the person that’s in front of you.  Sometimes, there are words that just could not be said out loud.  Well, these words are much easier expressed in writing.  Everyone used at least some form of written communication daily be it email, text messaging or even Facebook.  These are not a bad thing. Here are some stats about the electronic form of written communication.

With the advance in technology, communication has gotten much more simpler.  Emails are fast.  Text messaging are convenient and Facebook even has photos and videos.  But amidst all these, a lot of people are missing out on the joy of receiving a handwritten letter in their postbox.

Let me tell you how I feel when I receive a letter in my postbox.  We all receive gifts on our birthdays.  And that makes us happy.  But birthdays are an annual event whereas with letters, we can send and receive them all year round.  Therefore, to me, almost everyday can be a birthday.  And the anxiety of waiting for days for the letter to arrive amplifies the joy I feel when I receive it.

With the introduction of the Internet, sending a message is just a few steps away.  You just need to type the message out and click ‘send’.  And with Facebook, you’re even being reminded of a person’s birthday on the day itself!  What happened to the effort of remembering someone’s birthday and writing them a letter or a card few days before and sending it out so that it will arrive on time?  I am sure that this single action will make the recipient really happy as well.

Also, the act of writing by hand, slows down the mind and forces it into a contemplative state in which chosen words convey emotions that could not be captured in a single word “Hi”.  The handwriting of the sender also gives the letter a little more extra identity.  That is why I believe that the intimacy of a handwritten letter will never be obsolete.

A handwritten letter is also something physical for you to keep and to cherish in the years to come.  All the text messages in your phone, those emails and Facebook updates, what will happen to them in another 5 or 10 years time?  Will you be printing out those emails to keep in a box for future reading?  Or will you even scroll down thousands of time on your Facebook profile just to read a comment from a few years back?

With handwritten letters, you can collect and keep them in a box.  And this box in the future, will become a part of your memory.  This box in 5 or 10 years time will be filled with priceless treasures.

Some might give some excuses to get away from writing letters.

First, they might say that they have terrible handwriting and that their letters will come out horrible.  Well, I say that practice makes perfect and the more you write, the more you can improve.

Next, some might complain that a 2-3 page long letter is too much!  I can’t possibly write so long.  Well, you don’t have to.  Just a simple note card to say, “Hi, how are you.  I’m thinking of you.” would suffice.

Some might also say that sending a letter is costly.  It takes about 40 cents to send a letter locally whereas an email does not cost a single cent.  Well, with the transportation of the letter and the work to sort it out, I’d say that those 40 cents are definitely worth it.

A person who truly cares or if you really have someone that you cherish, you’ll definitely go the extra mile for them.  So why not give them a surprise today and send them a handwritten letter.  I’m sure that will definitely make their day.

Handwritten letter is a method for you to convey your messages through time and space.  Until now, letters from thousands of years ago still exist.  Although frayed and yellow with age, their messages are still clear.

When you are writing a letter, you are giving away a piece of yourself.  The person that you are at the time when the letter is written, the person that you are at that exact place, that exact moment are captured in physical form and this is what a handwritten letter represents.

Now, wouldn’t that be one of the best gifts ever?

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