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If You Were Born Down-to-earth, Don’t Fake IT & Try To Be A Jingsen

31st October 2011  MON

Special Dialogue by:  Joshua  & His Friend

Many are just fake jingsen ...


In Asia, this stuff called Jingsen signifies great “value” for life. It’s just roots growing at high altitude mountains but believed to be a great tonic for reviving life.

Everything that is perceived to be of great value would be replicated by human.  Including Jingsen of course. Not all Jingsen are taken from high-altitude mountains these days, many are just “home-grown” in the farm. Worse still, many are just something similar in shape but normal roots.  These are the Fake.

One day my friend came to update me about his son Yan Kong. (readers could find a few more articles on this Yan Kong personality on this blog, e.g. Why Exhaust Pipe Could Not Revert Back To Cannon…).

My friend told me that his son Yan has developed a few new symptoms lately, he went on to explain to me what he actually means,

–   Yan tends to wake up in the morning and claiming that life is meaningless and he’s struggling along;

–   Yan has this new girlfriend he goes out with (very often) but he kept saying he doesn’t like the girl;

–   Yan has reinforced his belief that he’s destined to do big thing and he’s different from the rest;

I have to stop my friend from going on and on about his son Yan.  I asked him a point-blank question, “So who you think has screwed up Yan’s life?”

My friend tried searching for good explanation but finally he relented, “I think it’s his grand-ma….” I followed the lead and pushed for more, “Then? What did Yan’s grand-ma does to create such an idiot?”

The story was, since Yan was a child he was taken care off (and lived with) by his grand-ma.  His grand-ma used to bow down to Yan when she interacts with her grand son, showing the gesture of serving a “prince”.  Even till today, the Grand-ma continues with this “time-honoured” practice.

I told my friend, “The whole trouble started with your mother treating your son Yan like a prince. In other words, she make Yan believe in himself that he’s a genuine high-altitude born Jingsen!  In reality, you son is merely a fake. So this thing just went on and on…”

Be it in the farm or in the mountain, Jingsen cannot think and decide for itself whether to be genuine or fake ones.  But humans are different, we can be made (conditioned) to believe in a myth even we are not.  An idiot can be persuaded and conditioned to utterly believe that he’s really an genius after a consistent form of molding, either by system or another human. It’s a dire case.

My friend stared blankly into my eye and seek for a confirmation, with sense of guilt. I replied blatantly, of no choice though, “Yes, friend. He’s just another fake.  God bless.”  With that, I leaved him in deep thought… but I have to leave.  Then I moved away and headed straight for my favorite Wan-tan noodle shop, just few blocks down the street.

Life Is The Reflection of…

29th October 2011  SAT

Article extracted from newspaper

with special commentary by Joshua (Pastoral)

Life Is The Reflection of…

The combination of the 3 + 1 elements makes up entire reflections of Life.  They are, boredom, Character, Diversity (the three basic ingredients) plus, Faith.

There’s about 90% of all human live life in boredom, sticking through same environment, same job, same circle of friends, same topics, same community etc. the whole life.  They never done anything extraordinary or adventurous.

There’s about 5% of people who live life with diversity and explore many new frontiers that come along their path.  They open windows of opportunities and seize them.

There’s this 5% of idiots live life with their stubborn character and sitting on the Red Chair (read Red Chair Syndrome posted in this blog) doing their “business” as they wish and thinking that they are more right than others, all the time.

Now, you may start this interesting exercise. Group your friends and people you know into the above three types of Life Reflections and ask yourself as well, which one you are in?

Life is also a choice… first, before it turns into reflections.  When that happens, it becomes history.

Last but not least, Faith make us closer to God, and embrace Hope.

Appended below an article published in NY Times & ST

Copy-cat & Who’s Next?

28th Oct 2011  FRI

Interesting news extracts   (By Roadside Observer)

(1)  Copy-cat Show.  My friend from China just told me that this Lion city’s Chingay 2012 public show / performance is an outright copy-cat of China’s “Legend of West Lake”.  The Legend of West Lake is one of the most popular water surface performance being held daily at Hangzhou West Lake site.  This sets people thinking about whether this is creativity or just copy-cat? Worse still, if it is just a cheap copy-cat at best.

This Chingay runs out of good ideas?


(2)  Who’s Next?  Korea is the one goes after the footstep of Taiwan, over time the country produces too many graduates and ends up 40% of fresh graduates couldn’t find a job!  In Taiwan, many graduates are taking jobs such as, cab driver, sales girl, food-stall keeper, delivery man, tuition, construction worker, waiter/waitress, ticketing staff etc, etc.

The interesting question is:  Who’s Next?  Some of my friends guess that it could be Singapore, a matter of time.  Too many private schools are churning (yes, it’s the right word) out all sorts of Graduate Products… Watch Out.


Red Chair Syndrome

26th Oct 2011

Contributed by:   Joshua (Pastoral)

Red Chair Syndrome – A Mind Game

There’s this special syndrome that many people are involved but yet unconscious about it.  It is the Red Chair Syndrome.

A red chair in a room normally signifies a special status of the person who’s sitting on it.  A few conditions apply to the Red Chair Syndrome, in relation to human behavioral responses in such circumstances:

(1)  One who think that he’s really fantastic but really it isn’t.

(2)  One who likes to be paid special attention all the time, using up others precious time or resources.

(3)  One who loves to exercise power over others; physical or mind.

(4)  One who thinks he’s born to enjoy privileges at all time and he’s always right.

(5)  One who seldom remains calm & collected.

(6) etc., etc.

From time to time in our life we may be sitting on a Red Chair without a clear knowledge of our situation.  Hence, people could change from one state of mind to another unconsciously.  The more important aspect of self-check is to ask ourself, “Am I sitting on a Red Chair?”

It feels good when we sit on a Red Chair.  But, if we generally do not belong to the seat, the eventual outcome can be disappointing and frustrating, worse still, may end up just another piece of S**t! Or an rusty exhaust pipe… (i.e. full of noises).

The wilderness of the Mind

24th Oct 2011  Mon

Special Topic Extracts from news article


The extracted article above sounds interesting enough for readers to briefly understand how human bias and held perception could greatly influence people’s thinking.  And hence, the way they view the world.

I have a friend whose son (by the name of Yan Kong) is one person who loves to talk philosophy with people around him.  The problem is not about philosophy per se, the real trouble is with himself.  This young guy who only learned the very surface of philosophical theories and started to behave like a professor, or rightly, in his own proclamation, he’s a philosopher.

So, those with good knowledge of him soon start to realize that Yan Kong is cooking up his own philosophy to fit into his own bias of his mind’s game.  Gradually, Yan builds a strange dream of his own and eventually he moves into this dream in the wilderness.

The last time I heard about him, was that he (Yan) was seeking true happiness and he would live life without taking into consideration what others have to say and think… at all.

—  Joshua

Change Is Good… Just Like The OWC

22nd Oct 2011

Extracts of interesting news reports

(A)  China Needs More Heroes?  Many Chinese now realize that the country needs lots of heroes, to save their moral system.  Maybe China needs Superman and Spiderman more…

(B)  The OWC (Obedient Wives Club) in Malaysia is gaining attention.  Maybe all Asian countries need to have OWC chapters… This is the “New Normal”.  Viva OWC!

(C)  Shark Killer – Taiwan.  Now the truth is revealed…  Just look at the terrible proof.

(D)  New Star Is Born, far away…  The universe can still give birth.  Never too old to do it.

Qaddafi – DOGA

21st Oct 2011

Interesting News Update

(A)  Qaddafi Game Over…

Was he happy?  Over the time when he was in full control.

Happiness is three-in-one...


(B)  This DOGA thing…. is making dogs happy (for sure).  Now available in Hong Kong.

Now, who's happy???



Philosophy of the Giant Exhaust Pipe

20 October, 2011  THUR

Contributed by:   Joshua  (pastoral)

Why Exhaust Pipe Can’t Revert Back to Cannon? Unless…

After the last conversation with my friend about the subject of his son Yan Kong (refers to another article in this blog dated 7 Oct 2011), I was so intrigue by the syndrome of self-professed philosopher, in which many young men like to emulate some great guys out there.

Someone asked me, “Would an exhaust pipe” (i.e. in our analogy it’s a useless self-professed philosopher) capable of reverting itself back to be a more useful “Cannon” (i.e. with real substance)?

My answer to the person was, “It’s almost an impossible task… at best, the so-called Exhaust Pipe may just aggravate itself into a bigger one, a giant Pipe!”  In which, louder noise and more irritating…

Why is that so? Why can’t the self-professed idiot reverting himself back to useful and meaningful logical piece of mind? The reason being that the structure of car exhaust system is fundamentally different from the cannon. The car exhaust pipe system is a bundle of twisted (looks very distorted) manifold pipes put together at the front end from an engine and then it is extended all the way back to the rear of the car and puffs hot air through the tail pipe.  Oh yes, and makes loud noises to be apparent. Now, just imagine that human thought process is being “pumped” through such a similar system?  The end result in which will be very distorted of course.

So, in order to correct a self-professed guy, it is not to put him through even more sophisticated remedial programs or institutes of higher learning.  “Distortion being enhanced will only make it a gigantic distortion!”  There’s no such thing as self-correction under the circumstances.

To revert a loud car exhaust pipe back to a cannon; the only way viable is to destroy & rebuild. That is to say, the exhaust pipe must be melted down completely and then, taking a new process of molding a cannon. The end result of this approach will see a cannon, at last.

Also, I learned from the father of Yan Kong (who’s turned into an exhaust pipe) that his son has been mingling with friends and talk philosophy.  This is a syndrome of trying to line up as many exhaust pipes as possible, to create a Big Bang!  The problem with them is that, they thought so long as more people are involved in talking some meaningless philosophy, truth will prevail…  In fact, on the contrary, the only truth is the Police will come, because of hot air and polluted noises!

Maybe, just maybe, this guy Yan Kong will be re-molded one day…. but not until he’s completely destroyed. first.

More noise does not equal to power...

Blame The Infamous Cultural Revolution Or Economic Growth?

This is the follow-up of the most broadcasted toddler accident case in Southern China city.  (Read the related article posted on this blog on 19 October 2011).

The following CCTV captured picture clearly showed the van was charging at the toddler (just seconds before she was knocked down).  Another picture showed one of the 18 passes-by who deliberately ignored the injured toddler lying on the ground!!!

Each time when such immoral cases happened in China, the public media would criticized the society as a whole.  However, after a while everyone will forget and such things happen again and again… but in different forms. Such as, poisoned food, poisoned milk powder, hit & run (by vehicle), etc. etc.  So the question is, will the (mainland Chinese) society change for the better?  Apparently all good stuff of the Chinese long-lasting culture was completely destroyed in the infamous Cultural revolution.

Is This The China We already Knew?

19th October 2011

Interesting News Extracts (China)

Is China's moral structure collapsing?

A 2 years old girl on a street was knocked down by a van in Guangzhou city, China.  But instead of stopping the vehicle to check, the van driver just drove off. His reason for doing so was “Of course i had to run off, after knocking down someone…”!   Then another truck drove pass the place and again, went over the injured girl!  As if nothing had happened.

Worse still, with the poor little girl lying half-dead on the street in bright day light, at least 18 passes-by pretended that they didn’t see her!  These people just walked past the injured girl without showing any concern. The whole tragedy was captured by a CCTV camera high up on the street corner.  Finally an old lady who was on her round (rubbish picker) saw the girl and pulled her to the side of the street and shouted for help. When the stunning scene was shown on the news TV, the whole country turned concern. 

Is this the China we already knew? 


Disable but remains stoic and determined

Stoic & Determined

There’s this old man in the northeastern province of China who has been disabled by an accident but remains stoic and determined.  both his hands were left with only the index finger could still move, but he spent the past 10 years practicing Chinese calligraphy font style while bagging on the street.  Now this guy has been identified by a commercial company for his unique style of Chinese font writing, paying him good money to develop such font style for prints and media usage. 

Is this China we already knew?


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