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August 18th, 2006


09:39 pm - More Blogthings Stuff
Your Values Profile

Loyalty: 

You value loyalty highly. 
You're completely devoted to your friends and family. 
Even if they totally screw up, you're still there for them. 
Just make sure they're equally loyal to you!


Honesty: 

You value honesty a fair amount. 
You're honest when you can be, but you aren't a stickler for it. 
If a little white lie will make a situation more comfortable, you'll go for it. In the end, you mostly care about "situational integrity."


Generosity: 

You don't really value generosity. 
Your needs always come first, no matter what. 
And you'll possibly help someone else out... 
But only if it helps you in return.


Humility: 

You value humility highly. 
You have the self-confidence to be happy with who you are. 
And you don't need to seek praise to make yourself feel better. 
You're very modest, and you're keep the drama factor low.


Tolerance: 

You value tolerance highly. 
Not only do you enjoy the company of those very different from you... 
You do all that you can to seek it out interesting and unique friends. 
You think there are many truths in life, and you're open to many of them.

 
 
Your Ideal Relationship is Marriage
You've dated enough to know what you want. 
And that's marriage - with the right person. 
You're serious about settling down some time soon. 
Even if you haven't met the person you want to get hitched to!
 
 
Your Five Variable Love Profile

Propensity for Monogamy: 

Your propensity for monogamy is high. 
You find it easy to be devoted and loyal to one person. 
And in return, you expect the same from who you love. 
Any sign of straying, and you'll end things.


Experience Level: 

Your experience level is medium. 
You probably have had a couple significant loves. 
And you may have even had your heart broken. 
But you haven't really dated a wide variety of people.


Dominance: 

Your dominance is low. 
This doesn't mean you're a doormat, just balanced. 
You know a relationship is not about getting your way. 
And you love to give your sweetie a lot of freedom.


Cynicism: 

Your cynicism is medium. 
You'd like to believe in true and everlasting love... 
But you've definitely been burned enough to know better. 
You're still an optimist, but you also are a realist.


Independence: 

Your independence is low. 
This doesn't mean you're dependent in relationships.. 
It does mean that you don't have any problem sharing your life. 
In your opinion, the best part of being in love is being together.


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August 11th, 2006


06:43 pm - eHarmony

So I was talking to Stacey today, and I remembered that I had taken an eHarmony test a while back. So I decided to revisit my results. Here they are. 

Hmm... apparently some things may have changed since then. But the rest still seems pretty accurate. Anyway, here was the result of who was compatible with me.

"Unfortunately, we are not able to make our profiles work for you. Our matching model could not accurately predict with whom you would be best matched. This occurs for about 20% of potential users, so 1 in 5 people simply will not benefit from our service. We hope that you understand, and we regret our inability to provide service for you at this time. "

Yeah... so I'm one of the lucky 20% that does not match anyone on their site. Eh, whatever. If their site doesn't have someone compatible for me, then perhaps someone here. Perhaps one of my readers or friend of one of my readers?

Well this was all totally random lol. ::sigh:: Later everybody.


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August 1st, 2006


08:56 pm - Blogthings

Well I'm bored, there's no one on, and the bulletin on Myspace is down. So here are quizzes from blogthings.com.

And now I'm bored of even this. Time to go searching for something else to do.


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May 22nd, 2006


06:35 pm - Celestial Choir

Find your Celestial Choir
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January 29th, 2006


10:16 am

Gung Hei Fat Choi everybody! Today is Chinese New Years, and it is the year of the Dog. I shall now share with you all the legend of the Chinese Zodiac.

Legend of the Chinese Zodiac: how the twelve animals came to be and why certain animals were omitted.

The legend was told many centuries ago, when the Chinese have not invented a time measurement yet. For it, the Jade Emperor (Emperor of Heaven) decided to call for a contest: a race! All the animals of the kingdom were invited to participate in this event that incidentally took place during the emperor's birthday. There will only be 12 winners. In order to win and gain a permanent place in the Zodiac Years, the animals must cross a swift current river and reach the designated spot on the shore.

While we are all aware of the hatred between a cat and a rat, these two animals were actually very good friends once. Good friends they may be, but these two animals are the worst swimmers in the animal kingdom. Although bad swimmers, they were both intelligent. They decided that the best and fastest way to cross the river is to hop on the back of the ox. The ox, being a naïve and good-natured animal, agreed to carry them across. However, when there is a carrot dangling in front, it is sometimes difficult to stick to friendship and the crafty rat decides that in order to win, it must do something and promptly pushed the cat into the river. Because of this, the cat had never forgiven the rat, and no doubt, hated the water too. After the ox had crossed the river, the rat jumped ahead and reached the shore first, and it cleverly claimed first place in the race!

Following closely behind was the strong ox, and it was named the 2nd animal in the zodiac. After the ox, came the tiger, panting away while explaining to the emperor just how difficult it was to cross the river with the heavy currents pushing it downstream all the time. But with powerful strength, it made to shore and was named the 3rd animal in the cycle.

Suddenly, from a distance came a thumping sound and out pop the rabbit. It explained how it crossed the river: by jumping from one stone to another in a nimble fashion. Halfway through, it almost lost the race but the rabbit was lucky enough to grab hold of a floating log that later washed him to shore. For that, it became the 4th animal in the zodiac cycle. Coming in 5th place was the gallant dragon, flying and belching fire into the air. Of course the Emperor was deeply curious as to why a strong and flying creature such as the dragon should fail to reach first. The mighty dragon explained that he had to stop and make rain to help all the people and creatures of the earth, therefore he was held back a little. Then on his way to the finish line, he saw a little helpless rabbit clinging on to a log so he did a good deed and gave a puff of breath to the poor creature so that it could land on the shore. The emperor was very pleased with the actions of the dragon and he was added into the zodiac cycle. As soon as he had done so, a galloping sound was heard and the horse appeared. Hidden on the horse's hoof is the slimy sneaky snake whose sudden appearance gave the horse a fright thus making it fall back and gave the snake 6th spot whilst the horse took the 7th.

Not long after that, a little distance away, the sheep, monkey and rooster came to the shore. These three creatures helped each other to get to where they are. The rooster spotted a raft, and took the other two animals with it. Together, the sheep and the monkey cleared the weeds, tugged and pulled and finally got the raft to the shore. Because of their combined efforts, the Emperor was very pleased and promptly named the sheep as the 8th creature, the monkey as the 9th, and the rooster the 10th.

The 11th animal is the dog. His explanation for being late although he was supposed to be the best swimmer amongst the rest was that he needed a good bath after a long spell, and the fresh water from the river was too big a temptation. For that, he almost didn't make it to finish line. Just as the emperor was about to call it a day, an oink and squeal was heard from a little pig. The term "lazy pig" is due here as the pig got hungry during the race, promptly stopped for a feast then fell asleep. After the nap, the pig continued the race and was named the 12th and last animal of the zodiac cycle.

Have you ever wondered what your Chinese zodiac sign may be and how it signifies your character? Here's a brief idea of what each creature signifies to your character.

Rat
Years: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1971, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924, 1912, 1900
Characteristics: Those who are born in the year of the rat are known to be innovative, intelligent and full of crafty ideas. They are also people who know how to make the best of a situation, making it their advantage. They are also collectors by nature, and are probably the only ones who are awake when the world is asleep. Rats basically need to be careful with their temper and greed. They are best matched with the Dragons and Monkeys. Their archenemies are the Horses. How true this is I am not sure, but my husband is born in the year of the Rat and I am in the year of the Dragon. We have a great partnership! Perhaps there is some truth in this.

Ox (Buffalo)
Years: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925, 1913, 1901
Characteristics: Honest, patient and conservative. The Ox is most happy when left alone to their devices. They are also great parents because the Ox is regarded as a dependable creature. However, they are also stubborn creatures. Because of their dependable character, you can trust that an Ox will always finish the task laid out to them despite having a slow start. They are good friends with Snakes and Roosters, but totally at ends with Goats.

Tiger
Years: 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926, 1914, 1902
Characteristics: Just like the creature, Tigers are brave and powerful creatures. They are also people who dare to take risks, which of course make them good natural leaders. In order to secure their stand and ensure everything works well, a Tiger must think carefully before making a move, and not let their brash character offend others. Good friends to the Tiger are Dogs and Horses. Monkeys are a no-no.

Rabbit
Years: 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927, 1915, 1903
Characteristics: It is said that those born in the year of the Rabbit are the luckiest of them all. This is because the Rabbit have good characters. They are gentle, talented, friendly and always gracious. These wonderful qualities make them highly popular among their friends. Sometimes, a Rabbit can be very shy and sentimental, but if they can overcome that, they can succeed in almost everything that they do. Good friends are Goats and Pigs; but Roosters are not on a Rabbit's list of buddies.

Dragon
Years: 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928, 1916, 1904
Characteristics: Unique, energetic and overly-dramatic are the Dragons. They also have an interesting imagination. On the downside, the Dragons are moody creatures who strive for perfection. Dragons should be aware of Dogs but are buddies with Rats and Monkeys.

Snake
Years: 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929, 1917, 1905
Characteristics: While many deemed the Snakes are sly and cunning, the Snakes are actually talented and graceful creatures. They are also wise and subtle in their ways. They are generally people who care about their looks and are sometimes rather stingy. However, if only the Snake knows how to make use of their true qualities, they will find themselves quite popular. A Snake is best with the Rooster and Ox, while it hates the Pigs.

Horse
Years: 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918, 1906
Characteristics: A Horse's high spirit and energy are engaging. Their positive outlook in life also makes them well-liked among friends. By nature, those who are born in the year of the Horse love to travel, preferably alone. Because of their character, they are generally impatient creatures, therefore they should learn to chill out and finish whatever tasks they've started on. Good mates for the Horse are Tigers or Dogs. Rats are definitely out.

Goat
Years: 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919, 1907
Characteristics: This is a loving and gentle bunch. They are also elegant and creative. They can be rather shy at times, but once they learn to step out of their comfort zones, they should do well. Goats are not particularly friendly with the Ox, but enjoy being around Pigs and Rabbits.

Monkey
Years: 2004, 1992, 1980. 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932, 1920, 1908
Characteristics: Monkeys are fun people to be with because they are confident, energetic and happy. They are also curious creature. Attention is always showered upon them because of these attitudes. However, if a monkey gets overly confident, they can confuse themselves. Monkeys are advised to stay away from Tigers and find solace in Dragons or Rats.

Rooster
Years: 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921, 1909
Characteristics: And so when the Rooster crows at the crack of dawn, it wakes us up. Roosters are generally punctual people, totally reliable and independent. They also enjoy taking center stage and are sometimes vain creatures. Because of this, the dependable Ox and shrewd Snakes make good friends while the solid Rabbit smells trouble.

Dog
Years: 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934, 1922, 1910
Characteristics: As most of you already know, Dogs are sporting, loyal and honest people. They are also helpful and positive, although sometimes they tend to worry too much. Dogs make good friends with Horses or Tigers, but beware of the Dragons.

Pig (Boar)
Year: 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935, 1923, 1911
Characteristics: Noble and strong, the Boar or Pigs are noble creatures and will always put others ahead of themselves, especially their family. Friendships they build will last a long time even though the reckless nature of a Pig can sometimes be tough to handle. Pigs are a bane to themselves, therefore making friends with Rabbits or Goats would be a good idea.


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January 28th, 2006


08:02 pm - Gung Hay Fat Choy!


Gung Hay Fat Choi


Tonight is Chinese New Years (Gou Nian) Eve, and so I will share with you the legend behind this annual celebration.


A long time ago in China, on the eve of each new year, a monster named Nian (Year) would terrorize the people. As each new year approached the people would abandon their village and hide in the mountain. Then one year, an old man comes to the village and offers to get rid of Nian. So new years eve comes, and the villagers all go hide in the mountains as usual. The old man stayed behind, kept all the lamps lit, and decorated the village with red paper. Nian comes into the village and sees the red paper everywhere. Nian is afraid of the color red. He also sees the old man dressed in red. He is approached by the old man and the old man suggests to him to just eat the other predatory animals around the area. So the hungry Nian does just that. He eats the other predatory animals, as well as domestic animals, around the area. As he did so, the old man got onto his back and set off fire crackers. This scared Nian and the old man rode him away from the village. The next day the villagers came back to find that Nian really was gone. The old man returned to them in the form of an immortal and told them what to do to keep Nian from ever returning.


And so each year, the people will decorate the village with red banners and lanterns to keep Nian from entering. Parents will set off fire crackers to frighten Nian away so that their children may go out and play. The feasts, red envelopes, and all other traditions came later.


This is just one version of the legend. Another version says that the people dressed as lions to frighten Nian away. They did the lion dance as a demonstration to Nian that they were lions showing off their power.


In addition, New Years is known as Gou Nian. This does not mean New Years. It actually translates to Pass Year - which means Survived Year (Nian the monster).


With that said, lets translate "Gung Hay Fat Choy." This is what Cantonese speakers say during the New Years celebration. But it does not mean Happy New Years. It translates to Good Fortune and Prosperity.


Now moving on to what every kid in China look foward to each year. Money! That's right, during New Years families come together and children receive a red envelope with money in it - lie si (lo shi) - from the adults. On New Years day, the children go out and wander around saying Gung Hay Fat Choy to every adult they see. As a rule, if a child says that to an adult, the adult must give the child a lie si. This is the Chinese version of Trick-or-Treat.


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January 1st, 2006


12:00 am - New Years Resolution

Happy New Year everybody. This is my New Years Resolution - the first resolution I've had in the last 7 years. Have any of you noticed that at some point in my life I just decided to stop doing a lot of things and I'm now starting to do them again? Eh, whatever.

Anyway, resolutions:
1. Return to posting on blog and livejournal. But, that's not the resolution. My resolution here is to exercise more tact when I post.
2. Do not repeat my mistakes - all of them - from last year. That is gonna be pretty impossible. But if I succeed... well, Christians, Catholics, Jews, and every other religion, I owe you all an apology. 'Cause if I do suceed in not repeating my mistakes from last year then there is a god(s).
3. Now, just to throw this one in - eventhough it's totally generic. Final resolution is to do a hell lot better in school.

Anyway... here comes the countdown.

10

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!


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December 24th, 2005


09:12 pm - Night Before Christmas

Home for the holidays - in a manner of speaking. A post I now make as part of the Christmas holiday season, nothing more. This is a random passage from one of my favorite stories of all times. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

 

"A merry Christmas, uncle! God save you!" cried a cheerful voice. It was the voice of Scrooge's nephew, who came upon him so quickly that this was the first intimation he had of his approach.

"Bah!" said Scrooge, "Humbug!"

He had so heated himself with rapid walking in the fog and frost, this nephew of Scrooge's, that he was all in a glow; his face was ruddy and handsome; his eyes sparkled, and his breath smoked again.

"Christmas a humbug, uncle!" said Scrooge's nephew. "You don't mean that, I am sure?"

"I do," said Scrooge. "Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You're poor enough."

"Come, then," returned the nephew gaily. "What right have you to be dismal? What reason have you to be morose? You're rich enough."

Scrooge having no better answer ready on the spur of the moment, said, "Bah!" again; and followed it up with "Humbug."

"Don't be cross, uncle!" said the nephew.

"What else can I be," returned the uncle, "when I live in such a world of fools as this? Merry Christmas! Out upon merry Christmas! What's Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer; a time for balancing your books and having every item in 'em through a round dozen of months presented dead against you? If I could work my will," said Scrooge indignantly, "every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!"

"Uncle!" pleaded the nephew.

"Nephew!" returned the uncle sternly, "keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it in mine."

"Keep it!" repeated Scrooge's nephew. "But you don't keep it."

"Let me leave it alone, then," said Scrooge. "Much good may it do you! Much good it has ever done you!"

"There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say," returned the nephew. "Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round--apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that--as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!"

The clerk in the Tank involuntarily applauded. Becoming immediately sensible of the impropriety, he poked the fire, and extinguished the last frail spark for ever.

"Let me hear another sound from you," said Scrooge, "and you'll keep your Christmas by losing your situation! You're quite a powerful speaker, sir," he added, turning to his nephew. "I wonder you don't go into Parliament."

"Don't be angry, uncle. Come! Dine with us to-morrow."

Scrooge said that he would see him--yes, indeed he did. He went the whole length of the expression, and said that he would see him in that extremity first.

"But why?" cried Scrooge's nephew. "Why?"

"Why did you get married?" said Scrooge.

"Because I fell in love."

"Because you fell in love!" growled Scrooge, as if that were the only one thing in the world more ridiculous than a merry Christmas. "Good afternoon!"

"Nay, uncle, but you never came to see me before that happened. Why give it as a reason for not coming now?"

"Good afternoon," said Scrooge.

"I want nothing from you; I ask nothing of you; why cannot we be friends?"

"Good afternoon," said Scrooge.

"I am sorry, with all my heart, to find you so resolute. We have never had any quarrel, to which I have been a party. But I have made the trial in homage to Christmas, and I'll keep my Christmas humour to the last. So A Merry Christmas, uncle!"

"Good afternoon!" said Scrooge.

"And A Happy New Year!"

"Good afternoon!" said Scrooge.

His nephew left the room without an angry word, notwithstanding. He stopped at the outer door to bestow the greetings of the season on the clerk, who, cold as he was, was warmer than Scrooge; for he returned them cordially.

 

Alright, that was a rather long passage. Well, anyway...
"Happy Christmas Harry." "Happy Christmas Ron."


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December 12th, 2005


04:13 pm - Which Reindeer Are You?
You Are Cupid

A total romantic, you're always crushing on a new reindeer.

Why You're Naughty: You've caused so much drama, all the reindeers aren't speaking to each other.

Why You're Nice: You have a knack for playing matchmaker. You even hooked Rudolph up!

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December 6th, 2005


07:47 am - The Million Move Handshake

This is something I've been meaning to write about for weeks now. It's something that has been annoying me for the last... 8 years. What is it with these elaborate handshakes? It's so annoying! I can never tell whether someone is gonna do a normal handshake with me, or if they're gonna go with the finger-hook, or the thumb-lock, bump knuckles, etc. Seriously who the hell invented the elaborate handshake? What ever happened to the normal handshake? Extend arm with open hand, bring open hands together, close firmly, up-down, open hands, and pull away.

Remember that Home Improvement episode when Wilson was explaining to Tim where the handshake originates from? It comes from the midevil times. Two men would meet each other on the battlefield. One would extend an open hand to the other to show that he is unarmed and therefore comes in peace.

It's highly likely that the elaborate handshakes come from the salutes that secret society members did to acknowledge each other. Alright, that I can understand. I can even understand if gangs use it. But everyone using elaborate handshakes! That means more than 90 percent of the people in the United States are members of a gang or a secret society! And the rest of the 10 percent just do it so that they don't appear rude (this is where I fall in).

Maybe I should re-word my question. Who's fault is it for the elaborate handshake leaving the world of gangs and secret societies, and entering mainstream culture? This person has given me 8 years of annoyance!


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