Monday, March 28, 2011

Behind Every Successful Man.... a not-so-successful past:

Credit: Angels Bud

Monday, March 21, 2011

手帕般的邂逅 A Kind of Meeting Like a Handkerchief




The worst kind of meeting is a meeting like a fish;
the more you meet, the greater the pungency.

The kind of meeting to be most wary of is a meeting like a blossoming flower;
when the flower is in bloom, it is a joy; once it shrivels, it is discarded.

The most beautiful kind of all meetings is a meeting like a handkerchief;
when things get rough, it dabs away your perspiration;
and when sadness overcomes you, it wipes away your tears.

——Passage recited by Jan Di in Korean drama "Boys Over Flowers"

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Man, a Boy and the Starfish—A Timeless Seaside Classic

An old man was walking along a shore at dawn when he saw someone in the distance bending down, picking something up and hurling it into the ocean. As he got closer, he saw that it was a boy picking up starfish one after another from the sand and gently tossing each back into the water.

The old man got closer still and inquired, “Good morning, young man. May I ask what you are doing?”

The boy paused to look up and answered, “The sun is out and the tide is going away. If I don’t return the starfish back into the ocean, they will die.”

“But son, do you not realize that the shore stretches on for miles and miles, and each mile has starfish lying along it. What difference will you be able to make?” the man questioned.

“Well,” the boy replied, picking up another starfish and flinging it back into the ocean. “It made a difference to that one.”

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Best Medicine

An emotive episode in one of the latest issues of Baby Blues, if you have not caught it:

Scenario: Young daughter Zoe is down with the bugs and mum Wanda is nursing her at her bedside.
Wanda: How are you feeling, sweetie?
Zoe: Awful. Can't you make me feel better?
Wanda: There's nothing I can give you for a virus, Zoe.
Zoe: Nothing...?
Wanda then leaned forward to cuddle Zoe, who closed her eyes and broke into a big smile.
Wanda in her thoughts: Five hundred years of medicine, and they still haven't topped the hug.