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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???



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