11 Rules that you don’t learn in school.

August 28, 2007

From the book “Dumbing Down our Kids” by Charles Sykes


This is mistakenly attributed to Bill Gates, as a Speech he supposedly gave at Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia, California. 

It is actually from the book “Dumbing Down our Kids” by Charles J. Sykes, 1995, and is directed at high school and college graduates.

Rule 1:
Life is not fair – get used to it

Rule 2:
The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself

Rule 3:
You will NOT make $40,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both

Rule 4:
If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss

Rule 5:
Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping – they called it opportunity

Rule 6:
If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them

Rule 7:
Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents’ generation, try delousing the closet in your own room

Rule 8:
Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life

Rule 9:
Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time!

Rule 10:
Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs

Rule 11:
Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one



August 28, 2007

Others see you as an exciting, highly volatile, rather impulsive personality; a natural leader who is quick to make decisions, though not always the right ones. THey see you as bold and adventuresome, someone who will try anything once; someone who takes chances and enjoys an adventure. They enjoy being in your company because of the excitement you radiate


August 28, 2007

Time: 4pm
Location: Office

Colleague (C): eh… I think I’m going off. Will be on reservist for the next 10 days. Seeya after the term break. Need to go back to pack already.

Me (M): Ok. Bye! Enjoy ok? Will help you eat up any chocs you get on Friday. And I will feed your fish every hour!

Time: 4:30 pm

Location: Office

(Colleague walks to his seat and sits down)

C: You must be wondering why I’m still around right?

M: yah… must be waiting for my kisses right?

C: HUH??? (insert priceless and shocked look)

M: why? (offers hershey’s kissables)

(insert laughter all round)

I must be getting stupider and stupider

August 27, 2007

I don’t seem to make head or tail of this??? Am I getting stupid??? Read the following. (Emphasis mine)

Free Bowling Clinic
Saturday, September 8 2007, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Learn the basic of bowling with your friends and walk away with an exclusive goody bag each!

24pax @ $16/session.

Location: The Chevrons
Contact: –
Extra Info: –


Anyway, blur me forgot to register for shape run. think I should be able to make it leh… 5 km… at most walk rite???


August 26, 2007

Since the last time I blogged, I’ve…

  1. Finally managed to touch my toes!! (now to work on bending over and touching the floor with my elbows!)
  2. decided to learn german!
  3. decided to lose weight! and started on circuit 🙂

More food for thought:

How to increase your mental capacity:

Do things which are just outside your comfort zone.

This  – I believe – is the best thing you can do. It introduces some inconvenience in your life, but only in a bearable way. As a result, your mental muscles will grow stronger and your mental capacity will increase.

To help you put it into practice, here are 30 ways to do things which are just outside your comfort zone to increase your mental capacity:

  1. When someone asks you to do something, make your default answer “yes” (but don’t forget to say “no” when appropriate).
  2. In a gathering (class, conference, etc.), sit next to someone you do not know.
  3. Visit a place you normally wouldn’t (museum, monument, national park, etc.).
  4. Eat at a new place.
  5. Try a new kind of food.
  6. Go to a conference or seminar in a topic you are not familiar with.
  7. Email or call an old friend you haven’t met for a long time.
  8. Initiate conversation with someone you don’t know.
  9. Find the most unpleasant task in your to-do list and do it first.
  10. Email or message someone you don’t know to initiate a friendship.
  11. Learn a new hobby.
  12. Learn a foreign language.
  13. Join a new club and interact with the people there.
  14. Practice an art you normally wouldn’t (painting, music, etc.).
  15. Learn a new musical instrument.
  16. Be dare to ask. This is to familiarize yourself with rejection.
  17. Read fiction if you normally read non-fiction, and vice versa.
  18. Read a new author.
  19. Read an old book.
  20. Visit a new genre of blogs.
  21. Find friends from a new country (i.e. a country from which you haven’t had any friend before).
  22. Find friends from different professions.
  23. Volunteer for activities conducted by your social or business group.
  24. Do your groceries at a different store.
  25. Take a different route to work.
  26. Attend an art festival.
  27. Listen to a new genre of music.
  28. In a bookstore or library, browse books in a section you wouldn’t normally visit.
  29. Watch a new genre of movies.
  30. Read history more than news.

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August 19, 2007


This is so totally hilarious!!!

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I like to get to these things before I have to be asked

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I made some Niman Ranch lamb tenderloin with garlic, black pepper and Indonesian soy sauces for dinner. I hope that sounds ok.

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Is that the baby? I’ll get her.

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As long as I have legs to walk on, you’ll NEVER have to take out the garbage.

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Ooh, look, the NFL playoffs are today. I bet we’ll have no trouble parking at the crafts fair.

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I know. Let’s take you shoe shopping!

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Don’t want anyone “falling in” in the middle of the night.

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I don’t have to have a reason to bring you flowers.

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Hold that thought a second. I want to pull over to ask for directions.

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There are only a few sheets left. I’d better change it now.


“God, that is SO interesting. Tell me more.”

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Food for thought

August 15, 2007


The quote above reads

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Food for thought indeed…