Interplanet Janet

April 13, 2015 Leave a comment

You get to design your own planet: tell us all about your planet — the weather, the seasons, the inhabitants. Go. 

I would try to preserve the greenery on my planet rather than design an artificial ecosystem. Nature’s cycle would not be disturbed to give way to our ambitions wrecking havoc and disorder. There would be growth and development but with careful consideration to our nature.

Nature is an embodiment of infinite love. She just gives us all we need and does not take anything in return. We have to build our planet with  nature at the centre of everything we do. In this way we can reap immense rewards as nature will only bless us with bountiful rain and wonderful weather all year round.

Reducing, reusing and recycling will be practiced in schools and become a habit of our citizens. In this way we will not pollute our beaches and our habitat. It is the responsibility of the inhabitants to preserve the beauty and greenery on our planet. They would do this through education, empowerment and rewards.

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) https://vexingpoint.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/daily-prompt-2/#more-4516
2) https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/dp-daily-prompt-interplannet-janet/
3) https://alotfromlydia.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/perfect-world/
4) https://jaysnaps.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/my-planet/
5) http://lifeisgreat0.com/2013/12/23/planet-earth-in-peace/
6) https://vandachittenden.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/daily-prompt-interplanet-janet/
7) https://tjbarkerseattle.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/planet-of-origin/
8) https://monbeaumanoir.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/daily-prompt-interplanet-janet/
9) https://kate0murray.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/creating-a-world/
10) https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/daily-prompt-interplanet-janetspace/

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If I had a hammer!

April 10, 2015 2 comments

If you could learn a trade — say carpentry, electrical work, roofing, landscaping, plumbing, flooring, drywall — you name it — what skill(s) would you love to have in your back pocket?

Being a handyman can prove to be a real blessing!.  We do not need to raise our hands and shout for help everytime there is a small repair work at home.  Being an engineer, I love to tinker with stuff and try to repair stuff.  I have built my own amplifier system at home.  Ofcourse, I am not always successful and sometimes after all the effort, I have had to raise my hands and call the repair man.  But, most of the time, I will give it my best shot.

So if there is a blocked sink in the kitchen, there is a fan to be installed, some drilling to fix a showpiece,  cleaning the airconditioner,  replacing a tap, assembling furniture from Ikea or fixing a computer – I will try to check out if I have all the right tools before I set out on my mission.

DIY is interesting! Trying out these odd jobs has always proved to be a blessing for me as it has saved me a lot of hassle of trying to contact the plumber, electrician or a handyman!

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) https://alotfromlydia.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/ode-to-bob-villa/
2) https://juliepowell2014.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/skill-set/
3) https://alkagirdhar.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/diy-leaky-showers/
4) https://bobbeck1600.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/daily-prompt-if-i-had-a-hammer/
5) http://karenmesa.com/2014/04/25/friday-five-trades-i-would-love-to-learn/
6) http://thehalfandhalfblog.com/2014/04/25/teach-me-how-to-do-anything/
7) https://jaynesdailypost.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/if-i-had-a-hammer/
8) https://ivymosquito.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/makin-it-on-my-own/
9) https://dailymusing57.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/daily-prompt-learning-a-trade-having-a-skill/
10) https://lindaswritingblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/skills/

Ripped from the Headlines

Click over to whatever website you visit most frequently to get news.  Find the third headline on the page.  Make sure that headline is in your post

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(Photo courtesy: Channel News Asia)

The 3rd headline that appears on my Google news list is “Singapore zoo to welcome four koalas from Australia”

As part of the SG50 celebrations and building better diplomatic relations between Singapore and Australia,  the Australian Government announced that 4 Koalas would be flown in from Brisbane and will be at the Singapore zoo for a period of 6 months.  This is seen as a gesture of goodwill between the two countries and as a part of a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the two countries called Project 2025.

It provides a 10-year framework for closer economic ties, as well as in defence, foreign affairs and people-to-people fields.

I want to know what love is…

March 16, 2015 3 comments

We each have many types of love relationships — parents, children, spouses, friends. And they’re not always with people; you may love an animal, or a place. Is there a single idea or definition that runs through all the varieties of “love”?

All your life
We were the centre of your universe
How can I describe love
Patient, selfless, sincere?

 

The day I heard you speak
Tears streamed from my eyes
How can I describe love
Innocent, bright, wondrous?

 

The magic of your creation
Bewildering, Unfathomable
How can I describe love
Inspiring, Overwhelming, bliss

 

Shaking order into random motion
Blending art into my logic
Bringing music into mundane routine
Complementing the voids

 

Trying to define love
Is shining a candle to the sun
Lifting the veil of ignorance
Lead me into your light

 

 

© copyright, skm

 

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3) http://marcimentalhealthmore.com/2015/03/14/daily-prompt-i-want-to-know-what-love-is/
4) http://angloswiss-chronicles.com/2015/03/14/daily-prompt-i-want-to-know-what-love-is-love-is-a-walk-in-the-country/
5) http://teepee12.com/2013/05/11/daily-prompt-i-want-to-know-what-love-is-love-is/
6) http://basicallybeyondbasic.com/2013/05/11/daily-prompt-i-want-to-know-what-love-is/
7) http://www.inspiringmax.com/love-2/
8) http://onmyfrontporch.com/2013/05/12/daily-prompt-hi-mom/comment-page-1/
9) http://moondustwriter.com/2013/05/11/seeking-hoping-believing-love-wordpress-photography-love/
10) https://alotfromlydia.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/love-is/

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I’d like to thank my cats!

March 10, 2015 Leave a comment

You are receiving an award –- either one that already exists, or a new one created just for you. What would the award be, why are you being honored, and what would you say in your acceptance speech?
Today, I am excited, thrilled and elated to receive this World Championship of Public speaking award here in Las Vegas in front of toastmasters and friends from all over the world!

It has been a long, roller-coaster ride for me. I began my journey with Bishan Toastmasters club and ever since I have been actively involved in meetings, contests and networking.

After winning the club contest, the area contest, the division contest and the district level contests, I cannot believe that I came, I saw and I conquered it here too at the World Championship.

I would like to express my profound gratitude to my mentor who has worked with me and guided me throughout my journey.

This award means a lot to me and it would not be possible without the love of my parents and family who have supported
me always.

But most of all, I would like to express my thanks to each and every member of my club who have stood by me, encouraged me and motivated me throghout my journey.
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2) https://psibrone.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/and-the-award-goes-too/
3) https://allthingscuteandbeautiful.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/daily-prompt-being-thankful-5/
4) http://greenembe.rs/2015/03/09/yay-i-got-an-award-fiction/
5) https://yzhengblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/awards-for-academia/
6) https://alotfromlydia.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/the-worlds-greatest/
7) https://thelonerose.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/the-inspiration-award/
8) https://tjbarkerseattle.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/awards/
9) https://novelbynature.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/daily-prompt-id-like-to-thank-my-cats/
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We can be taught

What makes a teacher great?

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Teachers are our role models. Some of my teachers made learning fun and the 45 minutes of their class was truly riching and fun.

One of my teachers had such a passion for maths and science that he transmitted the passion to his students. It was a joy to watch as he nurtured in us a love for these subjects. He taught us how to go out there and get our goal in life. He had strong ethics and values and led by example. He had a passion to make us worldly wise and not just bookish.

On the last day of school my teacher who taught us Leadership & Public speaking- wrote something in my notebook that I will never forget to this day –He wrote “Self conquest leads to world conquest”. I feel that these are the little things that teachers can inculcate in their children – a love of the subject, values and leadership.

In a classroom you find all types of students – some focussed and others easily distracted and hyperactive. A good teacher is able to engage the children in activities that bring out their unique nature and kindle the interest in the subject. A teacher enables the children to look at a problem from different perspectives so as to develop creativity and out of  the box thinking.

With too much focus on maths and science and use of logic these days a teacher can help develop an enthusiasm in art  and craft to balance the use of intuition with logic.

Teaching is not about reading from a book or writing words on the board. It does not promote rote learning. A teacher does not have to teach everything. He or she is more of a facilitator who builds a solid foundation and develops keen interest and curiosity so that the students are spurred by a desire to find out more.

Teaching is a noble profession as the foundations, ethics, morals and values that are built up during our primary years go on to define our character and leadership skills later on in life!

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2) http://geekergosum.com/2015/03/08/my-best-teachers-or-we-can-be-taught/
3) http://laissezfairelife.com/2015/03/08/the-daily-prompt-12-we-can-be-taught/
4) http://teepee12.com/2013/09/21/1110218051/
5) http://nananoyz5forme.com/tag/we-can-be-taught/
6) http://kattermonran.com/2013/09/21/daily-prompt-we-can-be-taught/
7) http://lifebeinggirly.com/2013/09/21/dr-emmett-doc-brown-we-can-be-taught/
8) http://teepee12.com/2015/03/08/to-love-learning-we-need-great-teachers/

Circle of Five

A writer once said, You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”  If this is true, which five people would you like to spend your time with?

I would consider it a great priviledge and honour if I could spend some time with these people.    I would like to learn from these people but I still want to be my unique self.  I believe that by spending more time with inspiring, motivating and humorous people some of their enthusiasm and creative energy would influence me and motivate me to become a better person.

Jerry Seinfeld
I enjoy watching him perform stand-up comedy as well as on the sitcom Seinfeld.  He has a great sense of humour

Stephen Hawking
One great physicist I would love to meet in my lifetime.  He is a very inspiring person.

Amitabh Bachchan
A superstar of Bollywood cinema who has made a name for himself in Hollywood also.  He has a great personality with a towering figure and a baritone  voice that captures everyones attention

Jim Rohn
One of my favourite motivational speakers.  I would like to learn a lot from him.

Dr. APJ Abdul  Kalam
The man behind India’s successful space programme.  A great scientist who inspires Indians everywhere with his great ideas and humility.

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2) http://thecheekydiva.com/2012/12/12/daily-promptcircle-of-five/
3) http://enchantedseashells.com/2012/12/12/daily-prompt-circle-of-five/
4) http://mirthandmotivation.com/2012/12/12/reflections-a-circle-of-five/
5) http://geekergosum.com/2015/03/02/people-i-want-to-be-or-circle-of-five/

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Plead the Fifth

What question do you hate to be asked? Why?

Where are you going?
How old are you?
When are you getting married?
Is it a boy or a girl?

How much do you make?
Why have you become so weak ?
Why are you so late from work?
What is your wi-fi  password?

There is a limit to the pesky questions people can ask you which can intrude into your personal space.  There are so many answers we do not know about the universe, science, technology but people would rather not discuss these.  The favourite pastime is gossip.

People who ask these questions must be rather bored or have no hobby/personal interest because they are not interested in their  own lives but would rather try to gather all personal details about you  (even your bank balance).

Sometimes you think that these people need to be told off  as they can be rather irritating and get on your nerves.  But that may not always be the right approach.

Most of the time – the vitriol and gossip comes from a deep sense of lacking and inferiority complex. So, we have to realize for your own sense of well-being that this is not personal to you; it’s all about them and what is missing inside of them.

Understand that their lack of self-competence is driving them to take cheap shots at you because they see something in you that they want but can’t have, usually because they lack the discipline to put in effort or to try harder. Again, it’s not about you; it’s right back to what’s not going right inside of them.

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3) http://kevindeisher.com/2015/03/01/349-i-plead-the-fifth/

A Bangalore weekend

February 22, 2015 Leave a comment

During the Chinese new year holidays here in Singapore, I had booked for a short, lightning trip to Bangalore to be with my family.  We decided to go on a day trip of Bangalore on the last day of my stay.

Our first stop was the Bannerghatta National Park.  We went on a trip of the zoo and also took the Safari trip.  It was a good, memorable experience where we got to see animals like elephants, lion, tigers and deer at a close range.

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We then visited the Visvesvaraya museum.  This museum has several interesting exhibits on physics, mechanics, space science, automobiles, engines etc

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Our next stop was the Bangalore palace.  This was an eye opener for me.  The audio guide and the beautiful exhibits in the palace revived memories of the grandeur and opulence of the Vadiyar Maharajahs and their lifestyle during the British Raj.

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I also visited the Iskcon temple at Rajaji Nagar and took a ride on the Bangalore metro.

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It is surprising that I could visit so many places during this short stay.  But sometimes the lesser time you have, the more you can accomplish.

I enjoyed the short stay in Bangalore as I could be with my family as well as visit some of the landmarks of Bangalore.

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An Ode to my Childhood

February 15, 2015 Leave a comment

Write an ode to someone or something you love. Bonus points for poetry!

Goa is beautiful !  Goa is home to some of the best beaches in India – take Miramar, Calangute, Colva, Candolim, Bogmalo,  Anjuna or Vagator.  Here you also find some of the best churches and temples.  .  The Dona Paula beach was just a kilometre away from our home.  We would go there for evening walks.

In pre-primary school, I studied in Our Lady of the Rosary a convent school a walking distance from our home.  My 3 sisters and brother also studied in the same school.  When I was in Primary 3, I stood first in my class.  I remember that day very clearly  because when I came home from school my mother hugged me.

From Primary 4, I joined the Don Bosco High School in Panjim the capital city of Goa.   When I was in my primary school, I had no idea what I wanted to become in life.  During recess time, an icecream man would come outside our school selling all kinds of icecream – milk, chocolate, strawberry etc.  He would ring a bell to attract the students.  I always found him smiling and happy.  I used to tell my parents that I wanted to become an ice-cream man when I grow up.

My earliest memories of Goa revolve around activities off school.  The walk from school back home yielded so many treasures.  We would pluck black berries, tamarinds, mangoes, cashews and jamuns (fruit with blackish-purple skin ).

My brother and I would do most of the home shopping.  This involved buying ration rice, sugar , wheat and kersosene for lighting the stove.  In those days there were no gas stoves.  The walk to the shop was down a steep slope and quite an adventure.  The walk upslope carrying the kerosene was really tiring.  We would also have to carry the wheat to a mill where it would be pounded into fine powder so that my mother could make chapathis.

We would balance the shopping, studying and play after school.

We mostly played cricket, table tennis, basketball and other games like hide and seek, kabaddi and just running around with bicycle tires, marbles etc.

We lived in the staff quarters of National Institute of Oceanography.  We had a nice club here with ping pong table, there was also a cricket ground and a basket ball court.  The club had a library and a bridge room.  There was also a dispensary nearby.

Festivals were a great time in our colony.  I still have vivid memories of the Sarvajanik Ganesh Chaturthi celebration.  There were seven days of celebration involving dances, drama and bhajans.  All children would get a chance to participate.  We also celebrated Diwali, Holi and Christmas and everyone came together to celebrate.

Another interesting event in our colony was the open air screening of movies once a month.  It was a great occasion.  A screen would be setup and a projector was also setup.  The movie reels would come in the evening and all the children would be excited.  People would setup chairs in places where they could get the best view.  We watched most of the Bollywood movies of the 70s and 80s in our colony.  This was before the advent of the television.

I still remember the day television came to our colony.  As we did not have a television at home we would go to our friends place to watch Chayageet , Chitrahaar and the Sunday movie.  A year later we got a television at home.  It had a light brown shutter cover and was a Weston Black and White television.

In school, I loved to take part in elocution, debates, and quiz competitions.  My teacher Ms. Vilma Vaz who was pretty had a great love for English and inculcated the same love in us.  She explained poetry and English literature with great passion.  She also encouraged me to take part in poetry recitation.  I was good at mathematics and usually scored full marks.

Another teacher Mr. Crasto taught us music and public speaking.  He had a great oratorical style of speaking.  He has been instrumental in developing my public speaking skills.  On the last day of school, Mr. Crasto wrote this quote in my autograph : “Conquer yourself.  Self conquest leads to world conquest” .  I will never forget those inspiring words.

We could take up a second foreign language in school and I opted for French.  I loved French and studied it upto higher secondary.  I still remember some French and would love to visit Paris and see the Louvre museum , the Eiffel tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the museums and vineyards.

To commute to the capital city Panjim we had to walk down a steep slope and come to a bus stop near the National Institute of Oceanography.  From there it was approximately a 7km bus ride to Panjim where Don Bosco High School was located. Near the bus stop was a kiosk selling cigarettes, candies, milk etc.  Mr Fernandes was the owner of the shop.   Some of the candies were multi-coloured spherical balls and looked so wonderful  – called “godye” .  There were also chewing gum and bubble gum which we loved when young.

Growing up in a big family of 5 taught us a lot about sharing and we had to grow up learning to share space and also appreciate our differences and quirks.  I admire my parents for instilling in all of us the right values in life since young and giving us the greatest gift that they could give us – a good education, the foundation on which we could build our lives.

After my higher secondary, I joined the Goa Engineering College at Farmagudi which was about 35kms from my home in Dona Paula. It was  a great experience living with students from all over India in the college hostel.  After my graduation I had a brief stint of work at the National Institute of Oceanography.

There are myriad of magical memories that come to my mind when I think of Goa.  I am eagerly waiting and planning for a visit to Goa to re-kindle some of the moments that shaped my life!

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2) https://joec0321.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/odetospring/
3) https://thelonerose.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/love-is/
4) https://whoison1st.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/bliss-thy-name-is/
5) https://yzhengblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/to-you/
6) https://dragoneystory.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/let-my-words/
7) https://zombieflamingoes.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/a-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-odes/
8) https://howyoufeeling.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/love-yourself/
9) https://looking4godtoday.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/my-soul-sings/
10) https://siapositive.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/gift-of-love/

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