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I received these jokes this morning and had to share them. Thought they were ingenious, whoever created them.

Beauty of the English language which shows that guessing the root word may have a different meaning.

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The following questions were in a UK grade 12 equivalent examination– (Purportedly genuine answers).

Q. What is a turbine?
A. Something an Arab or Sheik wears on his head.

Q. How is dew formed?
A. The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

Q. What are steroids?
A. Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.
(Shoot yourself now, there is little hope.)

Q. Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.
A. Premature death.

Q. How can you delay milk turning sour?
A. Keep it in the cow.
(Simple, but brilliant)

Q. How are the main parts of the body categorised (e.g. The abdomen)?
A. The body is consisted into 3 parts – the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs and the abdominal cavity contains the 5 bowels… A, E, I, O, U

Q. What is the fibula?
A. A small lie.

Q. What does ‘varicose’ mean?
A. Nearby

Q. Give the meaning of the term ‘Caesarean section.’
A. The caesarean section is a district in Rome .

Q. What is a seizure?
A. A Roman Emperor.
(Julius Seizure, I came, I saw, I conked out.)

Q. What is a terminal illness?
A. When you are sick at the airport.
(Irrefutable)

Q. Name the four seasons
A. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

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I had to share this!!!
Cheers

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Photo: an old carriage wheel in Kitahama Station, Hokkaido

Its the first weekend of 2019. The fireworks and champagne have been put away. Reality strikes. 2019. As my nephew put it, its the last year that has any teen in it.

My friend Joseph from Chinese Toastmasters club sent this greeting.

用真诚经营爱情 (love/ romance)
用执着追求事业 (career)
用善良对待朋友 (relationship)
用平淡对待磨难 (meditation/ spirituality)
用虔诚祈盼幸福 (fun/ joy)
用感恩回报人间 (social causes)

心随爱走,爱随心愿。
朋友一生幸福,永远快乐!

In every culture, the new year signifies hope, new beginnings.

Even as I meditate on this photo I took in Hokkaido, Japan of an old carriage wheel found in a displaced train station, where no one stops but is now a tourist stopover from a long drive. Horse carriage disrupted by trains disrupted by cars, disrupted by …

Time rushes on.

Disruption is the only constant.

What 3 major areas will you focus in 2019?
Financial goals
Learning and Growth goals
Friendship
New technology
New markets
Fun
Volunteer
Health/ fitness?

Can you combine any of these goals?
Join a fitness class with a friend
Walk to/ from work
Train for Machu Picchu or Camino de Santiago, Spain

I’ve finally signed up for a diploma on social media branding. My goal is to increase my writing and launch a podcast.

Q: Can”t I learn on my own?
A: I’m relying on a community to push me. We will see.

As Stephen Covey wrote in his book on 7 Habits of Successful people, put in the big rocks first.

Barriers/ Limitations
Time (Classes on Saturday)
Money (government subsidy)

What I need to do to make it happen:
Research on schools offering program (done)
Application (done)

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Apple dessert with cream coated with chocalate served on crushed chocolate with dried apple shavings. Photo by SN.

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Excellent, seafood freshly flown in from Japan atest to the chef’s connections with suppliers.

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Seafood served on a boat with dried ice effect.

What it takes to create a sensory experience. At 980RMB a head, majority of the 46 diners are millennials = power of a growing consumer class in Shanghai.

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6 projectors on a semi-circle theatre seating 46 diners.

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A Kabuki theatrical experience with waitresses in cat like masks and kimono.

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Screen filled with environmental messages, and stories about the ingredients you are partaking. A multi-sensory experience, people coming together to celebrate wedding anniversaries. A Japanese expat spending the last night of his Shanghai posting alone at the restaurant – friendships.

A thoughtful gesture at the end when the chef bid each of us goodbye with a warm heat pack for your fingers 暖宝宝。

Address: China, Shanghai Shi, Changning Qu, Panyu Rd, 381号Rm 105-107, Bldg 6 (交通大学 metro station)

I distinctly remember that night, jogging through Robertson Quay, when a friend who started working in the National Parks Board, turned to me, and asked me the name of a tree.  I had then been reading NPark’s publication, 1001 Plants.

Perhaps to mask my ignorance, I recalled saying to him that we aim to know the names of 10 trees. Afterall we live in a garden in a city. Singapore, as you know was a barren piece of land, when the British left, and in the 1980s, the government took an active effort to plant a variety of trees on the roadside.

To this day, we debate whether “Know 10 trees” was his idea or my idea, but his Marketing Comms Director  posted it, the Postal Service SingPost took the idea and printed firstday cover stamps with the idea.

Well, I didn’t get a cent coming up with the idea, but being a stamp collector, I am pleased to inform you that our Philatelic service did a great job with the design. 

My point being. Simplify.

When you move into a new industry, a new sector, or want to understand a new field, what are the 10 things you must know. Or less. 

Don’t swallow the ocean. Not 1001. Start with ten, or five. Start now.

Ten people I want to connect with.

Ten future trends that can affect my industry.

Ten possible jobs I can pivot to. 

Start with an idea, and bring others along with you. 

#Lifecanbemoreinteresting#

Ozawa: Self assertion is perfectly normal in Europe. Its the only way to survive. In Japan though, people think and think about things until they finally take action – or take no action at all. … I am not sure which mentality is better.

Murakami: Its true in just about any field in Japan. Maybe even in writer’s circles. People cant do anything until they’ve gauged the opinions of the other people present. They look around, they absorb the atmosphere and only then do they raise their hands and say something unobjectionable. That way there’s no progress where it matters, and the status quo is set in stone. #High Context#

Absolutely on Music, conversations with Seiji Ozawa by Haruki Murakami

Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish. Ovid 17 BC.

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At Enabling Village

Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me. Carl Sandburg

‘Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out’, Art Linkletter

15% of students (postgrad or undergrad) I’ve met in universities have an idea where they are going in their career. Majority have no idea. Many feel embarrassed even, that they don’t have a passion.

How can I follow my passion, if I don’t know what it is?

I recently discovered this theory, “Planned Happenstance”, although this theory was developed in 1999 by Mitchell, Levin and Krumboltz.

Planned (having arranged the parts) + Happen (to occur by chance) + Stance (a view or attitude).

‘At the core of this theory is the fact that unpredictable social factors, chance events and environmental factors are important influences on our lives.’ John Krumboltz

Planned happenstance theory proposes that career counselors can assist clients to develop five skills to recognize, create, and use chance as career opportunities.

Happenstance opens up sources of new and non-redundant information. Our destiny can change in that one moment.

These skills are relevant for all of us.

1. Curiosity: explore new learning opportunities. Try a variety of activities, to discover what you like or dislike. A lunchtime talk ? A new sport?

This happened to one of my clients who was at a lunchtime talk at his church and sat next to a headhunter working on a project up his alley.

Or my friend AT, in her thirties, found her lifetime partner, at a friend’s wedding dinner. She nearly did not attend because of work commitments. Its not only in the movies.

2. Persistence: keep trying despite setbacks. Mistakes and failures can provide great learning experiences.

3. Flexibility: change attitudes and events. If things don’t go as planned, look for new opportunities as they crop up. Find out top 3 trends impacting your industry.

4. Optimism: believe that opportunities are within reach. Be ready for it. Pick up that skill now.

5. Risk Taking: take action, small steps even in the face of uncertain outcomes. Have lunch with a different colleague every week. Volunteer to do the next company presentation. Champion a cause at the next Townhall meeting.

In “Fail Fast, Fail Often”, the authors cite Jeff Dyer’s research that people who live in a new country for 3 months are 35% more likely to start a new business or invent a new product.

Some ideas
▪Map your luck, map areas of repetition and sameness in your life and replace with activities that bring new experience.
▪Talk to someone you don’t yet know on your course or place of work
▪Learn how to articulate your strengths and interests
▪Look for opportunities to develop new skills
▪Research a new company/ product
▪Do an internship
▪Get a LinkedIn account for networking, research and exploration
▪Keep a learning journal to help you stay motivated
▪Reward yourself, do an activity you enjoy

More ideas:

Luck Is No Accident: Making the Most of Happenstance in Your Life and Career. Krumboltz, J., & Levin, A.S. (2004) Impact Publishers.

Planned Happenstance: Constructing Unexpected Career Opportunities Kathleen E. Mitchell Al S. Levin John D. Krumboltz, JOURNAL OF COUNSELING & DEVELOPMENT, SPRING 1999, VOLUME 77

Fail Fast, Fail Often: How Losing Can Help You Win: Ryan Babineaux, John Krumboltz