Life IS A Bed of Roses ~ (a short random post which came from nowhere)

Whenever people say ‘life isn’t always a bed of roses’, I have an innate urge to rebut. Cause to me, Life IS a darn bed of roses.

Here’s the thing – when people hear this particular phrase, the imagery that which appears in their head is a pile of ONLY rose petals or flowers (thus the ‘bed’) -> this in turns equates to and depicts having a pretty nice life. And considering what life is like, (life ain’t always nice and doesn’t usually go according to what you have planned out), we thus agree with the phrase ‘Life isn’t always a bed of roses’.

I, however, imagine things a little differently. To me, a bed of roses includes ALL parts of the rose plant – flowers, buds, leaves, branches, thorns alike – and not just the petals with their oh-so-sweet fragrance (do forgive me. I kind of like the scent of roses). While the flowers depict our sweet/nice/everything-goes-according-to-plan side of life, the thorns hurt you. And let’s face it. Life does hurt us at times, non?

If you’ve never been hurt, it’s either:

  • You’ve never actually lived life before OR
  • You are pretty sheltered (Lucky you!)

So…Life really IS a bed of roses after all. It can throw you into scenarios which:

  • Really hurt you (like the thorns): Having Setbacks, Failing interviews and tests, Getting rejected etc.

and also

  • Are pretty smooth-sailing (like the soft rose petals and flowers): Success, Having a Family, Stable Job etc.

So the next time someone says life isn’t always a bed of roses, I suppose you COULD try repeating this.

Einstein’s Riddle!

Okay so I came across this riddle today and I just HAD to give it a shot at solving it.

Yes, I love solving riddles and cracking my brain open. The aftermath usually gives me a sense of adrenalin rush XD since caffeine and sugar rush doesn’t seem to work on me.

Anyway, I’d like to share this riddle with the rest of you. So, have fun solving it!

Source: http://9gag.com/gag/4137344

I dare you: Einstein's riddle

Figured out the answer? Great. Don’t spoil it for the rest please XD I’ve solved the answer and would perhaps give the solution…just need to back track on my logic and train of thoughts.

ENJOY!

Ojamajo doremi – Ojamajo Carnival!!

NOSTALGIA!

Okay, I have no idea why but this song suddenly appeared in my head. It’s the opening of one of my favourite childhood shows – Ojamajo Doremi (Magical Do-Re-Mi) and the title is ‘Ojamajo Carnival!!’

Plot Summary: Doremi Harukaze, 3rd grade student at Misora Elementary School, claims to be the world’s unluckiest pretty girl. Fascinated by witchcraft, she is drawn into a mysterious shop where she meets Majo Rika and is able to deduce that this lady is in fact a real witch. Being exposed by a human triggers a curse that transforms witches into magical frogs. To regain her original body, Rika must turn Doremi into a witch by teaching her how to use magic. Thrilled by this odd development, Harukaze becomes a witch apprentice. Unfortunately, her two best friends, Hazuki Fujiwara and Aiko Senoo, discover that Doremi has become a magic user. Afraid that Harukaze might become a magical frog too, Majo Rika recruits both Hazuki and Aiko and makes them witch apprentices too. The trio has lots of adventures as they try to triumph the necessary trials to become real witches.

It’s cute and lots of fun! I’d probably watch it again just for nostalgia sake, even though it will probably kill a ton of my brain cells cause the show’s –

  1. Brain dead and
  2. A little delusional, where everything’s all puppies, rainbows, unicorns etc. if you know what I mean (NO! DO NOT INSERT MR BEAN MEME HERE PLEASE TYVM!)

Here’s the full song:

Lyrics, both romanji and english translation are as below:

Note: I took ’em from the site: http://www.animelyrics.com/anime/ojamahoudoremi/ojamajocarnival.htm

Romanji

Dokkiri Dokkiri DON DON!!
Fushigi na chikara ga waitara do-shiyo? (Do-suru?)
Bikkuri Bikkuri BIN BIN!!
Nandaka tottemo suteki ne i-desho! (I-yone!)
Kitto mainichi ga nichiyoubi
Gakkou no naka ni yuuenchi
Yana shukudai ha ze-nbu gomibako ni sutechae
Kyoukasho mitemo kaitenai kedo
Koneko ni kiitemo soppo muku kedo
Demo ne moshikashite honto-ni
Dekichau kamo shirenai yo!?
* Ookina koe de “PIRIKA PIRIRARA”
Hashaide sawaide utatchae
PAPA MAMA sensei gamigami ojisan
“Urusa-i” nante ne kazan ga dai funka
** Osora ni hibike “PIRIKA PIRIRARA”
Tonde hashitte mawatchae
TESUTO de san ten egao ha man ten
Dokidoki wakuwaku ha nenjuumukyuu
Kinkira Kinkira RIN RIN!!
Nagareboshi wo tsukametara do-shiyo? (Do-suru?)
Batchiri Batchiri BAN BAN!!
Negaigoto ga kanau yo ne i-desho! (I-yone!)
Kitto mainichi ga tanjoubi
Haishasan ha zu-tto oyasumi
Itai chuusya ha yawarakai MASHUMARO ni shichae
“Sonna no muri sa” Kimi ha warau dake
Koinu ni kiitemo shippo furu dake
Demo ne moshikashite honto-ni
Dekichau kamo shirenai yo!?
Ookina koe de “PIRIKA PIRIRARA”
Fuzakete sawaide odotchae
PAPA MAMA sensei gamigami ojisan
“Nenasa-i” nante ne kaminari okkochita
Osora ni hibike “PIRIKA PIRIRARA”
Jarete hashitte asonjae
JU-SU de kanpai okawari hyappai
Genki ga tenkomori nenjuumukyuu
Repeat *
Repeat **
Zutto zutto ne nenjuumukyuu

English Translation

Throbbing, throbbing, DON DON!!
If mysterious power appears, what shall I do? (What will you do?)
Surprising, surprising, BIN BIN!!
It’s somehow very nice, do you envy me! (We envy you!)

Surely everyday changes into Sunday.
There is an amusement park in the school.
Let’s throw all unwilling homework into a trash box.

Though I read textbook, such tale isn’t in it.
Though I ask kitten, it turns up the face.
But maybe really
I will be able to do it!?

* With my loud voice, “Pirika Pirirara”.
Let’s frolic, let’s make merry, and let’s sing.
Dad, Mom, teacher, and snappish oldman
say “Noisy” just like that volcano erupts violently.

** Sound it in the sky, “Pirika Pirirara”.
Let’s fly, let’s run, and let’s turn.
I got 3 marks in the test, but my smile got full marks.
I feel throb and excitment throughout the year.

Shining, shining, RIN RIN!!
If I can catch shooting star, what shall I do? (What will you do?)
All right, all right, BAN BAN!!
My wish comes true, do you envy me! (We envy you!)

Surely everyday changes into birthday.
Dentist will close always.
Let’s change painful injection into soft marshmallow.

“Such tale is impossible” You only laugh at me.
Though I ask puppy, it only wags the tail.
But maybe realy
I will be able to do it!?

With my loud voice, “Pirika Pirirara”.
Let’s romp, let’s make merry, and let’s dance.
Dad, Mom, teacher, and snappish oldman
say “Go to bed” just like that thunderbolt hits me.

Sound it in the sky, “Pirika Pirirara”.
Let’s frisk, let’s run, and let’s play.
Cheers, drink juice, another 100 glasses.
My energy overflows throughout the year.

Repeat *

Repeat **

Always, always, throughout years.

高進 – 沒有一夜不想妳 (There’s not a night where I don’t think about you) Lyrics (Eng Translation)

One nice song I recently came across. Just had to share it.

Translated it so that people who don’t understand Chinese can listen as well ^^

一場雪慢慢下了一個冬季 我的心彷彿過了一個世紀

多想把妳抱在懷裡 不再讓妳受委屈

我說過這一輩子 都會好好的疼妳

忽然間妳消失在人海裡 我找不到 關於妳的一點點消息

神哪算我求求你 告訴她離開的原因

我不想再一個人 傻傻的哭泣

我沒有一夜不想妳 我的心裡好愛妳

可是妳的心 已經不在我這裡

我沒有一夜不想你 我的心裡好愛妳

不願放開手 我還深深的愛著妳

一場雪慢慢下了一個冬季 我的心彷彿過了一個世紀

多想把妳抱在懷裡 不再讓妳受委屈

我說過這一輩子 都會好好的疼妳

忽然間妳消失在人海裡 我找不到 關於妳的一點點消息

神哪算我求求你 告訴她離開的原因

我不想再一個人 傻傻的哭泣

我沒有一夜不想妳 我的心裡好愛妳

可是妳的心 已經不在我這裡

我沒有一夜不想妳 我的心裡好愛妳

不願放開手 我還深深的愛著妳

我沒有一夜不想你 我的心裡好愛妳

可是妳的心 已經不在我這裡

我沒有一夜不想妳 我已經感覺好無力

不願放開手 我還深深的愛著妳

我沒有一夜不想你 我的心裡好愛妳

不願放開手 我還深深的愛著妳

我沒有一夜不想你 我的心裡好愛妳(心裡好愛妳)

可是妳的心 已經不在我這裡(不在我這裡)

我沒有一夜不想妳(沒有一夜不想妳) 我的心裡好愛妳

不願放開手 我還深深的愛著妳(深深的深深的愛著妳..)

(English)

Only a season of winter has passed with the gentle falling of snow, yet my heart feels as if a whole century has passed

How I wish to embrace you in my arms, and not let you suffer any grievances

I have said it before for this whole life, I will always care for you.

You were suddenly lost in a sea of people and I couldn’t find any news on you

Oh God I beg you, please tell me the reason she left

I don’t want to be stupidly crying alone anymore

 

There’s not a night where I don’t think about you, my heart truly loves you so

But your heart is no longer here with me

There’s not a night where I don’t think about you, my heart truly loves you so

Unwilling to let go, I’m still deeply in love with you

 

 

Only a season of winter has passed with the gentle falling of snow, yet my heart feels as if a whole century has passed

How I wish to embrace you in my arms, and not let you suffer any grievances

I have said it before for this whole life, I will always care for you.

You were suddenly lost in a sea of people and I couldn’t find any news on you

Oh God I beg you, please tell me the reason she left

I don’t want to be stupidly crying alone anymore

 

There’s not a night where I don’t think about you, my heart truly loves you so

But your heart is no longer here with me

There’s not a night where I don’t think about you, my heart truly loves you so

Unwilling to let go, I’m still deeply in love with you

There’s not a night where I don’t think about you, my heart truly loves you so

But your heart is no longer here with me

There’s not a night where I don’t think about you, my heart truly loves you so

Unwilling to let go, I’m still deeply in love with you

 

There’s not a night where I don’t think about you, my heart truly loves you so

Unwilling to let go, I’m still deeply in love with you

 

There’s not a night where I don’t think about you, my heart truly loves you so (heart truly loves you so)

But your heart is no longer here with me (no longer here with me)

There’s not a night where I don’t think about you (not a night where I don’t think about you), my heart truly loves you so

Unwilling to let go, I’m still deeply in love with you (deeply and truly in love with you)

Having a family in Singapore? More $$$ in pockets isn’t enough

Okay. Unless you’re a mountain turtle or have been living under a rock, I think you’d have heard at least ONCE about living expenses, starting a family, raising a kid etc. in Singapore.

And I think we all know that it just isn’t easy.

There are about a gazillion factors that goes through my head when I think about the issues of starting a family in Singapore – and guess what people? Money is just one of them.

Yes, the living expenses in Singapore is rather high, and is going up even higher thanks to inflation. Essentially to survive, we have no choice but to earn more money. Of course, sometimes people tend to go overboard with being materialistic and stuff even if they can’t afford it.

Yes, both males and females who favor money over health and their personal well-being. I have heard of horror stories where people starve themselves just to buy branded goods to show off. Or steal. Or enter prostitution.

But that’s not the point.

In terms of money, if one truly wishes to start a family but the amount of money isn’t sufficient, then make sacrifices. I’m not saying no food/drinks/living on scraps. I’m saying sacrifice overseas trips, cut down on expensive restaurant foods and such. Oh, and don’t buy more than what you need. Splurging once in awhile is ok,  but don’t overdo it. Latest trends and gadgets are not usually a must-have.

Also, how do you have more money in your pocket? Work. You slug your way out, climb up the corporate ladder, do plenty of OTs, just to earn a few more bucks. By the time you get home, you’ll be too tired to have a proper bonding session with your children. Having kids and seeing them only a few hours each day and two full days is not going to help bond the kid with the parents.

And yes, of course. There are those who don’t even have a chance to get attached. I believe the phrase ‘Why you want to have boyfriend/girlfriend? Study first lah! Get proper job first!’ And as faithful obedient little children, we do just that. Of course i’m not saying that you are entitled to get attached at a young age, especially not before your international exams are done with (aka O levels and A levels). After that, there are parents who still insist that their children carry on studying.

Essentially, studying and working has become part of their lives. It’s been ingrained into them and thus even in the future, they don’t actively seek out partners to be have long-term attachments with. Sometimes it’s their own choice, other times it’s cause their studies and work just takes up too much of their time.

In Singapore, our only resource are our people. We have minimal/almost no natural resources. Therefore, each of us are literally milked dry in order for our economy to grow. That’s the sad reality of it all. Without people, our country is just going to die.

Although fine to be fair it was the policies that landed us in this state in the first place.

So yeah, thinking of having a family in Singapore? Earning more money to cover living expenses isn’t enough. Unless you’re going to be like those parents who simply give their kids money and let them do whatever they want without caring for their emotional needs, you’ll probably need to find some other way to have a proper family where you can actually have sufficient time to bond with your kid.

Cheers!

Dragon Nest Academic Class!!! Part II

Back story:

‘The Academic class hails from the future, at a time where Lagendia has been completely destroyed by the evil Red Dragon. Many of the great heroes have perished in the great battle, and survivors are few and far between.

Feelings of despair and hopelessness run rampant in the lands, and survivors decide to abandon their current world and create a new one, to prevent the imminent destruction and death. In order to do so, they will need to go back in time to save Prophet Rose and activate Goddess Altea’s Monolith.

Spearheading the mission is Academic Jasmine, the Chief Developer of Berlin Corporation and the granddaughter of Kelvin and Lily. After fixing her grandfather’s Apocalypse airship, which is capable of travelling through time and space, she sends her younger sister (Playable Character) to the past, to complete the mission of creating a new world.

However, during the course of the time travel, Academic Jasmine’s sister is struck by an unknown accident and she ends up in current Lagendia. Having travelled 50 years backwards, to the present time, her physical form has taken on that of a child.

Now in order to save Lagendia from its impending future, Academic Jasmine’s sister will have to unravel which time period she has ended up in and race to save the prophet to complete her mission. Her only means of communication with Jasmine, who is in the future, is the Academic Station.

With Lagendia on the brink of chaos, time is of the essence. Now young Academic, the future of Lagendia is in your hands! Go forth and light the beacon of hope for the people of the future!’

 

OKAY! My academic class character (NurvyLin) has just leveled up and gained a few levels! =D

Here are my current skills. Since I’m planning on following this route – Academic -> Alchemist -> Adept, I didn’t select

Active

Quick Shoot -> Level 2

Air Shot -> Level 1

Napalm -> Level 1

Passive

Wrench Smashing -> Level 1

Magnifier Attack -> Level 1

Air Bomb -> Level 1

Dodge -> Level 1

My upcoming skills that I wanna’ learn are:

Active

Bubble Bubble

Passive

Aerial Evasion

Health Bolster

Mental Foritude

Attuned Mind

P.S. I love my Bubble Gun XD It’s so cute. ‘Bloop bloop’ ‘Pop Pop’

See ya all around!

For my other post on Dragon Nest Academic Class: Click Here

Dragon Nest Academic Class!!!

Ho mama! It’s here! It’s finally here!!!! The newest class addition in le Dragon Nest SEA!

Let us all welcome…

*drum roll*

THE ACADEMIC CLASS!!!! Here’s a video (which I am pretty sure most, if not all of you Dragon-nesters die hard fans out there have definitely watched!!)

Isn’t she just adorable? XD

Anyway, I have already decided. My Academic class shall be an Alchemist (my partner’s going to be an Engineer =D).

Video Preview

Top: Alchemist; Bottom: Engineer Boss Rush

More updates after I try out my new academic(alchemist) character ^^

See ya everyone!!!!