People Power People U love to love or hate! <![CDATA[Steve Jobs Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua]]>
The people that compare Jobs to folks like Nikola Tesla don't know what they're talking about.  Tesla not only had great ideas, but he actually got his hands dirty to actually create machinery and other devices to bring alternating currents to practical use.  Similarly, Bjarne Stroustrup not only had the idea to make computer programming easy and logical, he actually worked from 1980-83, buidling off the computer language C to invent C++ (a computer language that's the backbone of so much computer software and video games today).  Tesla and Stroustrup were real geniuses.  Jobs, on the other hand, was just a guy who had wacky ideas but made his team of computer hardware and software engineers do all the work for him, while Jobs took all the credit.

Jobs, you might have fooled a lot of people into thinking that you were a genius, but you haven't fooled me.]]> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 20:22:57 +0000
<![CDATA[ A Visionary Who Leaves Behind Quite the iLegacy]]>
Steve Jobs literally changed the world.  He revolutionized technology and in turn, those products went on to affect many people's lives in positive and profound ways.  His genius-ness enriched our lives through innovations that changed the way that we consume and create music, movie, news, and other information and entertainment, and even changed the way that we communicate with each other, the way we learn, the way we think, and the way we live. 

Just to name a few. 

Not to mention that many influential and successful young entrepreneurs in the tech sphere of the past couple of decades cite Steve Jobs as a huge inspiration.

Looking back on Steve Jobs' life story and experiences, it's apparent that he's lived a colorful and unconventional life with a lot of bumps in the road.  No one could have predicted that someone who lived a life like Steve's to get to the point where he ended up.  He was an accident, born to unwed parents who gave him up for adoption.  His first chosen set of adoptive parents changed their minds about adopting him.  He dropped out of college.  He traveled to India in search of spiritual enlightenment.  He experimented with psychedelics.  He got fired from his own company.  He got diagnosed with cancer.

Et cetera, et cetera.  You know the story.

Yet, I'm sure that no one can imagine anyone else but Steve as the one who made Apple what it is today.  Like it says on his tribute on the Apple site, "Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built".

No one says it better or tells his story better than Steve himself, nor is there a better way to showcase his charisma.  These two videos will give you the chills, and in light of his passing, especially his third story in the second video:


At only age 56, Steve left us far too soon.  He had so much more living to do and so much more to contribute to the world.  In spite of the multiple medical leave of absences that he took in recent years, he still made it a point to be a part of every major product and strategic decision at Apple.  Looking back on his last years, despite his failing health, it's obvious that he was still brimming with ideas, that he was highly, highly passionate about Apple, technology, and changing the world, and that he had so much more that he wanted to share.  He must have worked right up to the point until he really felt like he physically could not give anymore, only resigning less than a month and a half before his passing.

"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose".  Let this be a lesson to us to live life to the fullest and to take risks into the unknown, no matter how scary.  Seriously, go out and live.  Boldly.  Do something.  Find ways to change the world.  Spend a little money if you need to.  You can't take it with you.

R.I.P. King of Silicon Valley. 

Thank you for all that you've shared with us and for being such a visionary and inspiration to so many.]]> Thu, 6 Oct 2011 08:20:56 +0000
<![CDATA[ RIP Steve Jobs! The Legacy? Follow Your Heart!]]>

Death knows no boundaries. It does not recognize nationalities, age, demographics, beauty, bank accounts nor fame. We can't really tell who will live to a ripe old age or who will pass on the next day. All we are left with is how much a person has effected in his lifetime, not how long he has lived.

Steve Jobs is the inspiration behind this review. You may/may not like him but you can't quite fault his ingenuity or his strategic marketing even if you're his main competitors. I'd choose to think that Jobs passed away at the height of his career. Whatever could be or would be in the future is up to anyone's speculation. For Steve Jobs, he has done more than most of his peers in the technology sector by simply catering to consumers' needs and a step beyond that. He had simplify life for many and facilitated the world's leap to a more connected world.

He is certainly an icon of our times. Just as Princess Diana was. These are 2 public people whom I woke up unexpectedly to news of their deaths. Shocking? Yes, to quite a degree. They are too young to die and had done a great deal for many in the world. Shocking enough to think about our own mortality and be reminded of our time left in life as well as our place in this life.

Yet, the death of Steve Jobs translates to an immortality - his spirit, his creativity and his belief about following one's own heart will be here to stay for decades if not centuries and beyond.

Most of us don't know the man but most of us personally and intimately know his works. We live our days alongside his many creations. We were transformed one way or another by them. So yes, we know the man, well, in a different dogma and dimension. 

Yes, Steve Jobs is gone for now, but his legacy is here to stay, forever and ever....................

(A Lunch Featured Review)]]> Thu, 6 Oct 2011 05:49:42 +0000
<![CDATA[Steve Jobs Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Thu, 6 Oct 2011 03:01:17 +0000 <![CDATA[Anders Behring Breivik Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> his world?

Taking innocent lives can never be the way, can it?!

For a country like Norway, where it was once the safest and one which has the highest GDP per capita in the world, this incident must have sent shocks and aftershocks in its society!]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2011 16:38:01 +0000
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<![CDATA[ Is it the end of it all?]]>

Bin Laden's death does not quite spell the end of terrorism. It does spell justice for many who lost their family members on Sep. 11 and also those who went on to fight the war of terrorism. It is a closure for many people. An emotional closure very much needed for those who suffer from the horror of losing loved one's in a madness that many of us who didn't personally suffer can associate and imagine. No matter how much we try to empathize, the loss of loved ones create a vacuum and emptiness in the survival's lives.

Many Americans celebrate Osama bin Laden's death. It is a war won against terrorism as far as the western world is concerned. It is a victory and a justification for the resources spent on a 10-year war. It is also one which hopefully will bring the many soldiers stationed in the Middle East home. That is more meaningful for those families who have their sons', husbands' and fathers' lives at stake. I didn't keep a count and I wonder how many lives have been lost in the process?! This war has almost crippled the US treasury among other things. Budget that could have been spent on other ways to help one's citizens and saves lives have instead been spent on a war that is crucial for a democratic, open and safe world.

Now, is the world going to be more open and safe with Osama's death? We do not have answer to that. As it is, the governments are emphasizing about safety and staying vigilant for retaliations from other factions and supporters of Osama and of terrorism. Is it going to escalate further? Are others going to try to emulate Osama and may be even with the intention of making themselves an icon of a war that they believe in fighting against the West? 

So many questions, so little answers. I haven't traveled much in the last two years to the U.S. or European cities so I didn't have to put up with the awful airport security devices imposed on all air travelers. What I do know from what I heard from friends is that in order to maintain the freedom we all love, we have lost personal freedom of movement in the process. And if one thinks about it, this will not be the end of it all. It is not likely to end terrorism. Without Osama, there would be someone else to take up the seat. The seed of hatred and revenge had been planted long before Osama bin Laden. How the plant will grow depends on environmental conditions and its survival instinct. So, until the western world is able to uproot that ugly seed, things are not likely to stop. For awhile, the enemy will stay low but they will rearrange themselves and will emerge again. For all our sake, we'd better pray they do not form into a cyclone and thunderstorm which will cause even more nightmares and destructions for the rest of the world!!! New leaders (of whatever kind) have the tendency to try to prove themselves to the world and their supporters. They have an energy that existing leaders might have depleted during their reigns. That is clearly not something we all will look forward to (esp. where it will threaten our basic right of movement and survival)!!!

In the mean time, stay tune to the war In Libya! It is another tornado in the making, if not already!]]> Wed, 4 May 2011 04:02:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Death of Osama bin Laden Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Death is not something I'd wish upon anyone, be it in return for retaliation or justice. However, it is hard to feel pity for a man's death when he has killed thousands of innocent beings and made even more orphans. Hopefully, his death will spell the end of the terror the world has been made to face for the last decade or so. It may be too much to hope for but we cannot condone his past actions and extremism. All we can hope for is that with his death, the horror ends!]]> Tue, 3 May 2011 02:18:06 +0000 <![CDATA[Osama bin Laden Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
However, retaliations from terrorists are now expected so governments have to be vigilant. 

In the mean time, you can read about how he was killed almost on every news site as well as the TV channels.

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<![CDATA[Robin Li Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
Robin Li may have been criticized for many things but I do believe he has made the world a better place for some 1.5 billion Chinese both in China and the world! He also proves that one doesn't have to be an American to be highly successful! He lives the dream of many Chinese youths and entrepreneurs! Both fluent in English and Chinese, Robin Li is one of the most successful person in China! ]]> Sun, 1 May 2011 10:17:45 +0000
<![CDATA[ A Pithy Look at the Royal Wedding]]> If the theatricality and utter ridiculousness of the hats and fascinators parading into Westminster Abbey didn’t force you to watch the royal wedding, surely the pomp, circumstance and theatricality of the whole event did. Still didn’t bite? Fine, then I shall be forced to regale you with all of the dirty details of the Royal Wedding.
Since I know very little about the social or royal elite of Britain I have no idea who most of the homely women in the floral print Sears dresses and dowdy skirt suits were, but a whole bunch were in attendance. Most arrived three hours early to sit around, gossip and get a good seat. Much like the anticipated Star Wars premiere, camp outs, tents, long lines and frenzied crowds filled the streets.
Then, at some point, David and Victoria Beckham showed up. She had a black, oval, pill box growth stuck to her forehead and a black twig was sticking out of it. I assume it was one of those chic hats protocol forced all the ladies to wear. I personally found the oval twig hat quite stunning and her long ponytail hairpiece swinging behind her was the perfect addition. Also her futuristic, all black, a-line dress was perfect for space travel. David looked dashing, as usual, and sported his Commander of the British Empire medal on his lapel and a top hat in hand. Thank goodness there were no microphones around and we were spared his squeaky voice.
Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish were also in attendance. Elton John’s posture could’ve used some improvement but his yellow vest was very fashion forward. Speaking of yellow, the Queen Mum was dressed in head to toe yellow with some very sensible bow-tied beige stacked heels. They could have very well been from the Easy Spirit sensible heels collection but don’t quote me on that.
Her Majesty did succeed in maintaining a stoic demeanor, avoiding smiling, singing, moving or making any show of expression which might reveal human feeling. I would think Victoria Beckham took a cue from the queen on her royal wedding demeanor.
Prince Charles and Camilla showed up at some point, but who knows when? I may have gone for a snack break at that point. Sorry, I’m only human. Then, Prince William and Harry showed up in red nutcracker inspired military outfits and I hoped against hope a ballet performance would break out in the abbey.
Kate's mother arrived with her son James, a cake connoisseur, and was dressed in a three quarter length coat and matching hat which wasn't nearly as ridiculous as most of the hats in attendance. She was as trim and elegant as her soon-to-be-married daughter.
Kate’s sister Pippa, who was her lady-in-waiting, arrived soon after with the miniature bridesmaids and pages in tow. Pippa wore a long, white, form-fitting, short-sleeved, cowl-necked, Alexander McQueen gown designed by Sarah Burton. Was that enough adjectives for you?
Of course, everyone was waiting with baited breath to see THE dress. The car which took Kate Middleton and her father to Westminster Abbey was all windows and the top of the gown and her veil were partially visible. Everyone gushed over the top half of the gown but when she arrived at the abbey and emerged from the car everyone could finally gush over the bottom half. I’m certain many believed it was the dress that would have launched a thousand ships were she named Helen and in ancient Greece.
Kate’s gown was also by Alexander McQueen and designed by Sarah Burton. It had a modern elegance with long lace sleeves, a lace covered bodice, a very slim waist and a full flowing skirt in an ivory tone with a two-meter train. It was stunning, simple and regal. She wore a small tiara in her hair with a long veil attached. The veil was like a soft mist over her face and one could still make out her features. There was nothing too elaborate or overwhelming about her attire.
The ceremony was underway soon after and the long, painfully slow walk down the aisle commenced. Kate seemed very composed and her father held her hand as her sister Pippa and the bridesmaids and pages followed behind. Prince Harry who was standing next to William turned around to see Kate commencing down the aisle. Many viewers reported that they thought Harry told William, “wait till you see her.” But, of course, only Harry and William really know what was said.
The ceremony itself was quite uneventful. When Kate finally stood next to William they were both beaming and they exchanged some words which led to laughter. One humorous moment we all could share was when William Arthur Philip Louis (yes, that is his full name) had to jam the ring on Catherine Elizabeth’s finger, nearly taking the skin off with it, because it wouldn’t fit. It must be against royal protocol to actually size the ring prior to the wedding. It was beautiful to see them smiling at each other as they exchanged vows. It gave some indication that these two people were actually marrying for love.
Soon after, hymns were sung (not by the Queen, of course) by the congregation and the choir boys and choir men. A plethora of varied collars peaked out from atop the choir gowns. There were doily collars, ruffled collars and bow-tied collars. It’s a mystery whether the collars indicated some sort of difference in rank.
Kate’s brother James gave a reading during the ceremony which stated one should “associate with the lowly.” Although, one would think if one labels another “lowly” it might reveal one’s own feelings of superiority towards that person. Then, Dr. Richard Chartres gave an address in which he included a, as he described it, “pithy” quote from Chaucer.
While they were seated listening to sermons and hymns, Kate looked back at William and they gave each other knowing smiles reminiscent of small children at Sunday mass. It was a sweet glimpse at a private moment.
Then, everyone filed out of the abbey and William and Catherine, now the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge, took a carriage ride through the crowds which ended at Buckingham Palace.
There was some waiting while the royal family and wedding party took pictures inside and after an hour the newlyweds and their family emerged on the balcony of the palace and waved to the throngs of people cheering below. The much awaited kiss finally happened between William and Kate but the crowd was hardly satiated with the chaste kiss which lasted less than 3 seconds. Finally, William leaned over and gave a longer kiss to his bride which ended in both adorably blushing. It was a lovely moment and beautiful ending to a momentous historic event.
Battle of Britain planes flew past Buckingham palace twice and the royals went back inside the palace, but not before Kate gave one more look over her shoulder at the crowd.
Whatever your stance on royalty or weddings or crazy hats, one can’t deny this was an event millions of people were fascinated by and wanted to witness. All joking aside, it was refreshing and heart-warming to see a royal wedding based on mutual love and admiration. It gave a hopeful beginning to an institution with so many tragic endings.
  By Aphrodite M.]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 05:11:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Drew Barrymore Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 03:13:54 +0000 <![CDATA[Catherine Zeta-Jones Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 03:09:38 +0000 <![CDATA[ Checkmate!]]>
10000 media reporters, 1900 guests, 180 countries broadcasting and countless smitten spectators. A marathon broadcast covering the "legacy of Diana". When the little prince grows into adulthood and begins a new chapter in his life, the world watches on as he takes his bride. Not just anyone but the stunning Kate Middleton who'd be the future Queen!

The location: Westmister Abbey
Visitors and well wishers from all over England and the world began camping outside the Westminster Abbey the day before. The mood is festive and wonderfully vibrant. People are all excited and looking forward to the 16th royal wedding of the Westminster Abbey history.

Priceless treasures are also on display within the church. Many of the mosaics which are normally covered and protected are all on show this special day. Kate asked for Maple trees to be planted within and it's her way of taking nature into the church.

At 8.30 am sharp, the guests are shown into the church and seated. I wonder if everyone is outside celebrating today in the UK. It's definitely a long weekend this week and the excitement must be awesome in London today! 

While everyone is waiting for the ceremony, the newscasters go around interviewing people who have come into contact with the royal couple. It was interesting to hear them talk about Prince William and Kate Middleton as it gives the audiences all over the world a personal glimpse into the royalties. 

The Gown & Fashion
Before we all get to see the precious gown, we have an array of colors bursting within the Westminster Abbey. Interesting hats of all kind of shapes and colors brighten up this Spring day which is a little gloomy as rain has been forecast for the later part of the day. Everyone dresses impeccably, least of all the band. This is certainly entertainment at its best!

Some guests spotted (in order of appearance) are David & Victoria Beckham, Elton John, Mr. & Mrs. Cameron, the Sultan of Brunei, Prince Albert of Monaco, Serbian Royal Family, Queen of Denmark, King & Queen of Norway, 

At 10.12 am, we see Prince William and Prince Harry leaving Clarence House. The groom is fabulously dashing in the bright red colonel uniform of the Irish guard. There is exuberance everywhere along the route to the Westminster Abbey! The Princes look relaxed as they get out of their car, both as dashing and handsome! Diana would have been proud of her sons! *sob, sob*

At 10.30 am, we see the bride's mother and brother appearing from their car and arriving at the Abbey.The bride's mother looks sweet, collected and happy. 

At 10.35 am we see the Duke of York (aka Prince Andrew) with Princess Beatrice & Princess Eugenie who are now 21 and 20! How time flies!

At 10.38 am we catch the first glimpse of Prince Charles & his wife, Camilla leaving for the Abbey. 

At 10.41 am, the Queen is on the way dressing in bright yellow! She can be spotted from afar and everywhere in that bright dress! Oh wow, The Queen is 86 this year and had recently celebrated her 63rd anniversary! The Queen arrives at 10.48 am at the Westminster Abbey. 12 mins more to go and the church service will commence! This is highly exciting!

Of the 3 ladies who have now arrived, I must say I like Mrs. Middleton's dress best (designed by Anna Valentine)! It's simply cut and has a nice silky feel to it. Her hat is not too big and just the right size!

Kate Middleton appeared first at 10.50 am when she boarded the car and we get a little view of her wedding gown! It looks simple and regal from what I can see. Delightful! Delicate with a lot of intricate laces. Nothing like Diana's. Yes, Kate Middleton will be remembered for hew own beauty and style from now on! I like her bouquet of flowers, very modest and sweet :)

What a lovely view of the bride along her journey to the Abbey. The visitors and well wishers are all eyes on the bride and totally ecstatic! The bride is radiant and happy with her father by her side. Sarah Burton desinged her dress (click on the link for more details about the gowns and pictures). What a vision as she step out of the car. Totally exquisite! Very traditional and a timeless look!

Church Service
The wedding is due to commence. The bride arrives punctually at 11 am. She looks exquisite and totally relaxed in her beautiful gown. I love her tiara! Very princess-ty! 

Prince William looks more serious as he gets out and heads towards the alter. The sight of the bride walking towards the alter is magnificent. What a sight and a happy moment in time! Now, I know why so many girls dream of this moment. After this, any wedding would pale in comparison! Of course, we all can't compare a wedding as such just like we can never wiped out Diana's wedding from our memory. This wedding will instead form new memories for us and they are such wonderful memory to capture on films! I could almost glimpse the tears in the bride's mother's eyes.

Beautiful and lovely moments of the exchange of vows. The chorus is just as spectacular! The ceremony took 1 hour all in all and the couple steps out of the church at 11.08 am, greets the crowd and boarded the 1902 carriage. Celebration begins! The crowd is exuberant! This is the moment everyone is waiting for! What a climax!!!

This is definitely the wedding of the decade!!! Absolutely Gorgeous!

Checkmate, Kate! You've taken the King!

Balcony Appearance

Sharing their first (and then again, second) kiss officially as husband and wife, Kate and Prince William appeared on the Buckingham Palace to the delights of the crowded spectators and well wishers.  Well, folks, that's the end of the ceremony unless you've been invited to the afternoon reception for some 600+ guests!]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 10:33:15 +0000
<![CDATA[Wedding of Prince William & Princess Catherine Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 07:09:11 +0000 <![CDATA[Donald Trump Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
Trying to shift the America's workers dissatisfaction by pointing fingers at your trade partner is not going to get you anywhere even if you're lucky enough to be elected!!!]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 04:59:57 +0000
<![CDATA[ Counting down to the wedding of the decade (& it's not mine)!]]>

This reminded me of the many Chinese weddings I had attended. It's actually like a show put up for everyone's sake, other than the couple. Some couples enjoy the attention, some don't but still obligated to put up with it for their parents' sake. Now, one would wonder how this couple feel? Judging from the privacy, it can be inferred that they both prefer the wedding in private (for themselves and their respective family than for the country and the people who adore them). Time certainly flies, it doesn't seem that long ago Prince William was merely a toddler! Now, he's moving into another phase of his life.

What is interesting to me is the speculation around about the bride being pregnant! That's good news and one that if it's true is translating to a change in the law about the heir to the throne. If it's a princess, she'll have a right to the throne ahead of the prince (traditionally, boy has priority). The order of birth is of utmost important now. And... the talk is that it's going to be a princess! Now, that's something I'll look forward to. Princess is most adorable! :-)

Before that happens, it'd be interesting to see the bridal gown! I think every woman loves the wedding gown. With Kate being tall and slim, she'd look pretty and regal, I'm sure. Yet, it'd be a tough comparison (and many people would do it regardless) when the images of Diana in her wedding gown popped up. Those of us who are old enough had seen that fairy tale wedding of the century and many of us had loved Diana in all her innocence. She certainly had been one special princess! Ok, enough about Diana and let's focus on the bride in this wedding.

She's the star of the day, that day being a week from today, Apr. 29, 2011. Here are the sites you may want to check out if you're interested in following the progress and counting down to that very day:

There will be Live Streaming on this site:
If you're interested to shop for souvenir, this is the site:

I took a peep and found even iPhone cases other than the normal china, coins, key chains and t-shirts are offered for sale! (Do know that most of these are Made in China products!)

I thought the Royal Charitable Gift Fund is one of the greatest idea! If you're really interested in giving, click here.

Some tip-off about the wedding:
  • 1900 invitations had been sent to friends and family.
  • There will be 2 cakes. The fruity traditional cake is designed by Fiona Cairns. The bride has asked for 16 different blooms & types of foliage on the cake (each with different symbolic meaning). Prince William's childhood favorite Chocolate Biscuit cake will be the other cake. 2 wedding cakes?!
  • Prince William will be the last one to see the wedding gown (after an entire world had seen it!). Rumors had it that the gown is designed by Sophie Cranston earlier but now the Daily Mail claimed Kate Middleton designed it herself!
  • The Wedding will be stream live on Youtube (local time, 11 am). It is estimated that there will be 4 hours of filming.

So, see all of you there, on YouTube (unless you're one of those who are lucky enough to be invited to the actual wedding at Westminster Abbey) ;-)

PS: I'm rating it a +5 because essentially I love weddings. It doesn't matter whose, wedding is a cause for celebrations :-)

(A Lunch Featured Review)]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 23:16:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Elizabeth Taylor Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]>
I think she would prefer to not get too much attention and she gave me the impression that she wants to keep things private. Shows you you had loads of class than letting her funeral be a media circus.

 RIP, Liz! Thank you so much for the entertainment you've given my family through the years.]]> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 02:38:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Moammar Gadhafi Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Sun, 27 Mar 2011 15:40:15 +0000 <![CDATA[Elizabeth Taylor Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Sun, 27 Mar 2011 15:37:57 +0000 <![CDATA[ Power Play]]>
It is probably not coincidental waking up with some subject matters for review on Lunch. Interesting, before I began this review, I had thought of writing one on MEN in general. What men most wanted had been floating in my mind just as I woke up this Sunday morning, the first morning in my bed since my vacation began elsewhere 2 weeks ago. And most interestingly, the first thing that came to my fuzzy mind as I was waking up was POWER! Call it instinctive, call it courtesy of experience or call it simple observation, I had the desire for power as #1 most wanted thing for men. Naturally, generalizations as such are dangerous. I do have a penchant for dangerous stuff though, so indulge me a bit, ok? After all, is a place where we are allowed to voice our opinions and neuroses (possibly even phobias!).

Power beckons and power seduces. Writing about what men want under this review is not going to reach a wide audience. Most people in America (or at least readers on are neither interested in Japan nor Libya. I think I get a wider audience with a review on Movies or other forms of entertainments. Still, it is in this subject matter that what men want most that reinforce or make sense of why my earlier inability coming to grips with reality. Other things men want on the said list would be CONTROL, COMPETITION and $ (or financial gains). Interestingly, PEACE is NOT on the list. Butt off, for those who disagree, it is MY list. If you disagree, you can have your own very list ;P

So, as perplexed as I had been, when one begins to see men with regards to what they want out of life, things at least begin to make sense. Whether that's a reflection of reality is not quite as important as not coming to grips with reality. After all, reality is quite subjective and only makes sense to the individuals concerned. The U.S. and the allied forces are again engaging in military strikes. For whatever reasons, well, that's not for me or you to decide or debate on. Alright, time to get onto that list or a review of men in general, that'd be a lot more entertaining than what's going on in the Middle East & North Africa! Right? ;-)
Politics is not my forte nor interest. Although, I have no clear idea why so few people who are more well verse in this area decide not to write a review of this matter on Lunch! So, here's my unconventional political review :D 

Enjoy...]]> Sun, 20 Mar 2011 05:47:07 +0000
<![CDATA[ She's LIVE in VEGAS, yes, AGAIN!]]>
The setting: Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas.
The show: Live in Las Vegas.
The performer: Celine Dion.

It’s not simply a concert, it is an entourage of performers all in unison that created one of the mostl lively singing concerts I’ve ever come across! It’s Vegas production that sets it distinctly different from the rest of the world’s. That’s the X-factor about a Vegas show. That’s also why it is so exciting visiting Vegas, if only merely to have an experience of these shows. It’s what I feel Americans excel in; Vegas shows and Hollywood movies. Sometimes, with the China upsurge in the world’s arena and with so much exposure to the Chinese markets, I tend to forget how  wonderful America can be. Yes, it is declining in many areas, least of which the financial and  political arena. But, in the entertainment field, the U.S. is still way advanced than many countries in the world. It is here I find the magic of yesteryears; when I was very much enthralled by the wonders of being in America and how the world looked up to it in most fields of expertise.

Yes, it is here that not only Celine Dion came alive but also America comes alive for its audiences. Celine may be French Canadian but she’s one of the icons that symbolizes the western way. If you are a fan of her &/or her songs, then this is a DVD set for you (2 DVDs of 5 hours of entertainment; the concert & 3 exclusive documentaries, namely Because You Loved Me (A Tribute to the Fans)A New Day: All Access and A New Day: the Secrets). I know, I’d rather be the one in the audience in Vegas but we can’t always have our dreams come true! Mine has in so many areas and I’m grateful even if it’s a DVD version of the show that I’m watching. Afterall, I’m going to be at another show in Macau “The House of Dancing Water” tomorrow evening so I have a lot to be thankful for!
Many of her songs I’ve heard before and some are the best selections which we are all familiar with. I’m glad that I found something new too. Not just her excellent stage presence, not just the professional dancers and awesome choreography but also the most important element of all, songs that will be here to stay, songs that give one a sense of connection with that inner soul/s. Yes, some even shed a tear or two listening to her singing… it comes so naturally and so touchingly.  For those who love high fashion, you’ll be happy to see all the colorful dresses in the show too! So, it’s not just for Celine’s fans but for fans who appreciate the good things in life! A show that sets it apart from many shows in the world; a must see for all of us who have grown mellow over the years; a show that comes alive in more sense than one!
I surrender all … to the magic of Celine and a thousand dreams, to the chance of living it again, to not let go… to live again with love… Vegas rules, Dion lives on!

Upcoming:  Celine Dion will return to Vegas this March 15. So, if you're in the neighborhood, it's your chance to catch the new upcoming show! I'm envious!!!
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<![CDATA[ Awaiting for the next episode]]> Love to be loved by You is awesome! It's been awhile since I heard something so beautiful. Strange that i haven't actually heard anyone mentioned it. Even here on Lunch, Marc Terenzi is still unknown. As with many things in life, one things lead to another. Charice led me to Sarah Connor which in turn led me to Marc Terenzi. It's like a maze, each corner one turns, one finds another new world. That's the wonder of the virtual world.

The song Love to be loved by You is not only Terenzi's signature song, as you can see in the video, it was also his wedding song. Marc Terenzi and Sarah Connor have since been divorced even though they still have two child from that marriage. While they are still very young and a long road ahead of them, even the short time they were together they did a great deal of things together. From the few videos I've clicked on, I could feel that love connection between them. Sarah and Marc also participated in a one off reality TV show in Germany which marked the beginning of their wedding and married life.

Marc Terenzi has managed to record a whopping 7 albums in a short span of 4 years. His last album was released on Aug. 8, 2008; the day Beijing Olympics opened. Until his next album, let us enjoy some of his best.

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<![CDATA[ You don't have to like her to enjoy her music]]>
Yet, at times when we reached the age where we look back and we find that we haven't left some stages in life. That we still long for the good things in life and that despite it all, there are still things that are worth our time and attention and sharing it with whoever who cares to look and find.

Toni Braxton is such a case. I don't know much about her nor do I even liked her that much. But, I did like a few of her songs enough to want to write a review about these productions. I didn't even know what she looked like when I first come across her song, Un-break My Heart. That was some 14 years ago. Yet, it seems just yesterday... I listen to the very same song again by looking up YouTube and I still like it as much as I did then. How is that possible, right? I'm as puzzled, as I've said before in my other review on Music, there are just some melodies which sticks to me, for ages, forever... it's like once you've heard it, it will never leave your consciousness. Which brings me to the thought, that if one suffers amnesia, one may have forgotten one's own identity, but when it comes to music, I don't think one will have forgotten that one has heard it before. Interesting, don't you think?

For those of you who love Toni Braxton, I've embed some of her music below and as much as I like them for myself, I hope you like them too. Enjoy.......

Spanish Guitar is Toni Braxton's 3rd Single released in 2000 & produced by the legendary David Foster. As with Un-break My Heart, I didn't see the MTV music video until today. How can that be possible?! Beats me!!! Anyway, now I know how sexy her videos are. It also amazes me how far a singer will go when it comes to the making of a music video. By that, I mean how much they will bare themselves. Oh, i know it's nothing new in this age and generation. Still, it is something refreshing for me. In this case though, it's done in good taste. In other cases, I'm not so sure!

Spanish Guitar is a truly sensuous song. In every sense of the word. Spanish Guitar is very latino, very much the style of Enrique Iglesias and a very romantic song. It brings to mind some of the time I've spent in Spain and Portugal. Truly wonderful and lovely. 

In 2006, Toni Braxton managed to score another hit with Il Divo in The Time of Our Lives which was performed in the 2006 FiFA World Cup in Berlin. Really? Oh wow, I didn't know that! I was there in Berlin during that World Cup and yet I missed them! That's unforgivable!!! How on earth did I missed that?!?!?! Oh well, if you are like me, here's the said video. Enjoy........

P.S. I must qualify that the rating of +4 is mainly given due to the few songs of hers which I do love very much. Other than that, there are also a great deal of her compilations which I don't care for.  This particular rating is not given on the totality but of the few singles which I thought enough to render it a +4.]]> Sat, 4 Dec 2010 13:03:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Elvis Presley Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 16:18:19 +0000 <![CDATA[ The Unlamented Death of Le Corbusier: Forty-Five Years After the "Genius" of Bad Urban Planning]]> The 45th anniversary of the death of Swiss architect Le Corbusier on August 27 slipped by without a mention that I've seen, despite the fact that his ideas about building new cities with apartment towers had repercussions around the world.

His intention was good, but remember that is what the road to Hell is pave with. His aim  was to make things better for people. Getting rid of substandard, unhealthy housing, and separating industry from residential areas was supposed to reform both cities and the people who lived in them. Nine decades after he began to expound his ideas, it is clear that the "tower in the park" he advocated has been a failure nearly everywhere except under special conditions.

Apartment towers for rich or upper middle class people seem to work reasonably well, but where corners were cut in construction and the poor were isolated in them, urban disaster has been nearly universal. Many such projects in the US like the Robert Taylor Houses in Chicago lasted only a few decades before they were demolished.

The picture on the right was taken in 2005 in Shanghai, which then was razing low rise traditional housing in order to build towers. The jury is still out on how well they will succeed, but recent rumbles of dissatisfaction have been heard as far away as North America.

The photo at bottom is of Singapore, which is probably the one successful, large scale exception. There people were able (or strongly encouraged, or maybe even coerced, depending on your point of view) into buying apartments in buildings where care was taken to mix income and ethnic groups. Good public transit and nearby jobs were also part of the planning.

The fact that I've seen no other mention of Le Corbusier's legacy in the last week is a measure, I think, of the just disrepute his ideas have fallen into.

Moral: bad ideas are sometimes dangerously popular. Better not to destroy but add to what is already working, as Jane Jacobs advised.]]> Tue, 7 Sep 2010 13:33:21 +0000
<![CDATA[ What an idiot!!!]]>
Around 10 am, a bus load of 25 people (22 foreigners from Hong Kong on their last day of a 4-day tour) was hijacked by a former policeman who demanded to have his job back (he was accused of extortion last year). The gunman has since been killed after the 11-hour hold out at around 8.30 pm (HK time). 

3 kids and 2 elder with a local was released earlier in the day. A few hostages (around 4 or 5) were seen getting out of the bus as I'm writing this review.

Now, this case seems so unreal... like watching a movie live on TV. There are even reporters from many foreign countries surrounding the bus. Even the policemen were around it for hours.

I began watching it only about an hour before the gunman was killed. He was seen shooting (like a machine gun of sorts) out of the bus. At least 2 are dead although the local TV has not reported how many are dead or injured. For a moment, I got a flashback to Sep. 11 when I was watching on CNN live of the 2 plane attacks. The entire episode (both then and now) seems so unreal! Which makes me think, what is the world coming to?!

Back then, it started a war. Now, a law-enforcer turns terrorist to get his job back?!?! Ridiculous!!! The guy is nut! Or is he? Or is it a case of we cannot trust law-enforcer now?

Philippines is like the Mexico of South East Asia. Even back then, many Chinese are afraid of going to the country as many of them had been kidnapped by the local mafia groups. I had taken many years before I even set foot in the country, and it was only for 2 days to the resort town of Cebu. And as with Mexico, people asked me why I want to visit. Why indeed? After this event, many tourists will be wondering...

So, what did the guy accomplished? Nothing! Absolutely nothing other than showing he's an idiot! I have no respect for such people, regardless of what instigated the bloody mess to begin with. But I've also been told recently by another guy from Rio that it's even worse in Brazil. The story goes that policemen are so corrupted that they teamed up with bankers to rob clients in the bank! A Chinese lady was killed some time ago for having brought $1/4 million cash to the bank to be credited into her a/c! The policemen were called and when they arrived at the bank they then killed the lady and shared the loot with the bankers! Geez, how corrupted can a country be? Well, not until you set foot in one, you'd probably haven't got a good grasp of the situation.

As for the Philippines, I'd consider it my fortune I've had been there before. It'd be a long long time before I consider heading that way again! And, I'm sure the same goes for many people around the region. I've nothing against the Filipinos, but unfortunately, the country is not safe to warrant us to risk our lives for someone's insanity! For the unfortunate few who lost their lives in Manila, I feel so very sorry for them and their family members... It's a freak tragedy and a very incapable Filipino military!

Latest Update: 8 tourists have been reported killed, 1 seriously wounded & 6 are in hospital under observation as a result of this incident. The rest of the tour group will be flown back on Cathay Pacific chartered flight by the Hong Kong government asap. The government has advised all tours from Hong Kong to be canceled and all tourists to return home at the soonest. Travelers have now been advised not to go to Philippines.]]> Mon, 23 Aug 2010 13:55:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Marianne Williamson Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Mon, 12 Apr 2010 12:57:42 +0000 <![CDATA[Donald Trump Quick Tip by bvincejr]]> Tue, 6 Apr 2010 13:04:00 +0000 <![CDATA[ The Man behind the success of Alibaba]]> Jack Ma – a name synonymous with success in China. He’s none other than the man behind the billion dollar B2B site Alibaba is the 2nd biggest Internet IPO in the world, after Google! Alibaba is listed on HKEX (Hong Kong Exchange) since Nov. 2007 under the symbol 1688.HK. Alibaba serves more than 40 million members from 240 countries in the world. Now, I’ve got your attention, haven’t I? ;-)
Under Jack Ma’s stable of successes includes China’s largest online marketplace I bought my MP5 from and if interested, do check it out. You can buy almost anything from that site! It’s a Chinese C2C portal so you will need to know how to read Chinese. It’s never too late though ;-) Other than that, Yahoo is also a major shareholder in Alibaba (40% economic stake) while Japan’s Softbank has a comparable 33% stake. Time magazine has honored Ma in its Top 100 list of the World’s Most Influential People in May 2009. Subsequently, Ma was also chosen as one of China’s most powerful people by BusinessWeek in the same year.

Jack Ma has been called the father of entrepreneurship in China. A most wiling teacher or mentor to all those who are willing to listen. Of my 2.5 years living in China, the most rewarding of things I learnt is the many opportunities this country offers for learning. Much can be sourced from its television programs or books sold. For want of a better word, not lacking in information at all. What matters though is that you look hard enough and know where or what to search for. At times, even if one has no idea what one is looking for, one comes across things that is most amazing and wonderful! If you think it’s a land of opportunity for making money, I think not. Instead, what I discover here is the wealth one is not accustomed to thinking about them as treasures or wealth!

As for Jack Ma, he’s one such find. He’s fast becoming my mentor in entrepreneurship. Jack Ma is eloquent (he was an English teacher for a few years before turning entrepreneur) and like many in Asia who has had no special connections or wealth in his family background he made it through trial and error, reflection and introspection. What’s most wonderful is that despite his success, he’s willing to impart his learning and experiences to all others who are willing to listen! That, I think is incredible & commendable. So many success stories,  including Mr. Li Ka Shing, one of the richest billionaires in the world, is too busy with their success to come into direct contact with the public through the public media, much less to go on programs to help others go on the right path! In Shanghai, there is such a platform (through its TV Channel China CBN) for success to breed success. There are brainstorming sessions among some of the most prominent businessmen in Shanghai and also one-to-one direct interviews with leading companies’ CEOs. I love those programs and wish they have more of such enlightenment around the world. I know you’ve such programs in the U.S. but I find for most part, U.S. media is out to get or scrutinize a person in negative light rather than with a positive intention to begin with when producing a program. For some reasons, they have deviated from their original goals of producing the program. Programs that are popular are programs that ‘vandalize’ or attacks its guests and their reasons for doing such is because the audiences get a kick out of it?! That’s so darn unhealthy as far as I’m concerned and that’s not my concept of freedom of speech at all!
As with some people I’ve come across, be it on the internet or my personal friend, you could be right on a hundred things but instead of commenting on all that you do right, they pick a point that they think is not great to them & comment on that instead! That’s just so deflating! Perhaps its human nature, I don’t know. Perhaps even I do it unconsciously! But, what I do like in China is that it finds a balancing act in its media and it is necessary to do so for whatever political or societal reasons. I like a society that is amicable, just a community that’s livable. And, I don’t think that’s an encroachment on freedom; I think that’s responsible living.

Now, back to Jack Ma. He teaches us to live a conscious life, live with integrity and live responsibly. One’s success is not simply measured by the amount of money one has in the banks or one’s shareholdings in listed companies. In his talks and advises about being a success in the business world, one gets a glimpse of the real person behind that success and that’s what I love most about his series of “Winning in China (赢在中国)”, a program designed to offer candidates extra capital to finance their businesses. Jack Ma is on that panel of those judges who offer suggestions to those applicants who are competing for the funds (I believe it’s about RM$10 million, slightly more than US$1.3). The point is not whether he’s being paid for it. The point is that he makes suggestions which I’m sure many viewers have benefitted so much so that people like me may actually convert those programs onto FLV format and listen to them over and over again!
So, yes, thanks to Jack Ma I’m a better person. And I’m quite sure that one fine day, his advises would yield results & benefits which unrivaled anything I could have imagined now! And when someone does that for another that is the benchmark for a successful person! That’s MY benchmark, anyway. I believe a successful person is one who embodies concepts and beliefs bigger than himself & imparts them to others thereby creating a chain reaction that makes the world a much better place to live. He also proved that with perseverance, one can get ahead in life. There is no victim in this world; the only victim is one that’s in your own mind! A man not only with world class vision but also one in a class of his own!

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<![CDATA[Sandra Bullock Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Mon, 8 Mar 2010 16:13:09 +0000 <![CDATA[Donald Trump Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2009 00:29:43 +0000 <![CDATA[Bill Gates Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2009 00:14:20 +0000 <![CDATA[ A Course in Miracles]]> Marianne Williamson is a great writer, but she's an even better public speaker! 

I enjoyed her books (esp. Enchanted Love), I devoured her lectures and seminars. And I've read a great many and listened to even more.


Marianne is most entertaining when she is speaking to an audience.  She speaks to a group but her power lies in that it feels like she's speaking to me alone & addressing my very personal problem as at that point in time. I could listen to her for hours which I probably couldn't have if I were to read her books. That's the beauty of Marianne Williamson, I feel. She makes us listeners listen and in doing so, transmits and translates all her teachings into our being effortlessly. And she's a darn great teacher too, if I may say so.


I won't do justice by what I've to say about her here on this review as I'm not a great writer by any measure. But I am quite a reader and I think I have been able to pick up good and great stuff from both the bookstores and libraries. In doing so I'm able to share with you what's great out there. So, I hope you enjoy her books and lectures now that I've put her being in your horizon. 


Marianne is also an ardent student of A Course in Miracles. She talks about it being "all an inside job. There is nothing outside." and you might also be interested in looking that up yourself. 

I highly recommend that you get some of her audio books which I had many volumes in cassettes. I had them convereted to MDs at one time but have not managed to convert them into MP3. I'm not sure if they are still available in the market but if you can get them, it'd be great. She covers topics like Relationships, Love, Death, Money, Forgiveness, etc, etc... Her audio books were a great way to transverse those long hours on the road and in flights!



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<![CDATA[ The Man with Dreams]]>

Imagination? Fantasy? Magic? Dream? Oh... where should I start? Creation? Oh, yes! CREATION: It all started with the creation of MICKEY MOUSE!!!

And, the creator? WALTER ELIAS DISNEY (Dec. 5, 1901 - Dec. 15, 1966)! A man of vision & imagination. Imagination that translated ideas from a pencil into THE WALT DISNEY WORLD & THE MAGIC KINGDOM.

It has been said: "The pen is mightier than the sword". In this case, the man with the pencil is the legend! A storyteller, an innovator & a producer, Walt Disney created "Steamboat Willie" (i.e. the sound cartoon made in 1928 {yeah, it was that long ago!} starring who else (?) but Mickey Mouse). Subsequently, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (anyone who has never heard of this? You must be an alien :-)), Walt's 1st successful full-length film, challenged him to new heights; TV show, movies, Disneyland & plan for Disney World.

So, how did Orlando came into the picture? In 1958, Walt commissioned Economics Research Association to look for a site for Disney World. 1st choice? Ocala. 2nd choice? Orlando. So, how was it Orlando was finally the location chosen? Trivia: Do you know that the location of the Disney Theme Parks (namely Disney World & Magic Kingdom) was actually swamp & forest in 1958? I didn't, but now I do!

OK, the story goes like this: While flying over this site & on the way home, Walt heard news that President Kennedy was shot & on that fateful night he made his decision to have Disney World built in Orlando. Other contributing factor was Orlando's weather which permits year-round visits by people from all over the world!

Thanks! Walt, for creating such a wonderful & magical world for all children & adults alike. A world where all dreams come true!

To quote Eric Sevareid (CBS Evening News): "He (Disney) was an original; not just an American orignial, but an original, period...".

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<![CDATA[ Takeshi & his sex appeal]]>

Takeshi Kaneshiro (金城 武 - Jīnchéng Wǔ) is the most attractive Asian actor as far as I'm concerned. He's both a Japanese and a Chinese. Speaks fluent Japanese and Chinese too! Not only is he attractive, he exudes a sexual appeal none others could command. He's also a very professional and good actor. His father is Okinawan while his mother is Taiwanese. 

Mixed race children are normally much more attractive than their parents and Takeshi is a great representation of that. He's a citizen of Japan and was brought up in Taiwan. Not only is he bilingual, he also attended school in Taipei American School which enabled him to speak and be fluent in English as well. He acted in both Japanese & Hong Kong movies. Some of his more famous acts are God, Please Give Me More Time (1998) (Japanese: 神様、もう少しだけ), Hero - The Legend (1997), Tempting Heart (1999), Turn Left, Turn Right (2003), House of Flying Daggers (2004), The Warlords (2007) & The Battle of Red Cliff (2008).

Ok, what can I say more about Takeshi? Well, I'm no longer at an age where I go gaga over an idol or actor. Still, I think not only is he highly attractive, he's also very intelligent and fluent in many languages. I have high regards for people who can speak multi languages as I feel it makes the person more worldly and an international citizen. I don't know about you, but Takeshi Kaneshiro is certainly THE Asian Star for me! :-)

Oh, by the way, this guy can sing too! For those of you in the northern hemisphere, you might have seen him modeling for Armani Underwear, Sony Vaio Personal Computer, Honda, Toyota, Shiseido, etc...

Personal Bio:
Date of Birth - Oct. 11, 1973
Birthplace: Taiwan
Fan Site:


Takeshi Kaneshiro Ericsson TVC from icon film hk on Vimeo.


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<![CDATA[ Cara Mia]]> Strauss Waltzes I eventually ended up buying many of Mantovani & his orchestra's CDs. The interesting thing is that early conditioning made it such that whenever I hear his orchestra playing, I feel like I'm on a holiday! His music certainly brings images of Europe, not sure how that is so, nowhere but Europe. Images of Europe... it must have something to do with those waltzes from Johann Strauss!

This is really not a review, rather it's an intro to some of my favorites from Mantovani's music. I hope you'll like them. They are truly some great classics!

P.S.: My most favorite of the pop music by Mantovani is in fact Cara Mia. However, I couldn't find it anywhere on Youtube. 





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<![CDATA[ People]]>
People from Funny Girl is one of them. I love the lyrics in this song too! Lovely!

People, People who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world
We're children needing other children
And yet letting our grown-up pride
Hide all the need inside
Acting more like children than children
Lovers Are very special people
They're the luckiest people in the world
With one person,
One very special person
A feeling deep in your soul
Says you are half now you're whole
No more hunger and thirst
First be a person who needs people
People, people who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world.

With one person
One very special person
A feeling deep in your soul
Says you are half now you're whole
No more hunger and thirst
First be a person who needs people
People, people who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world.


Papa Can You Hear Me from Yentl is another great piece of music. 


Another of my personal favorite of hers is the soundtrack from the movie I Finally Found Someone starring Jeff Bridges & Barbra, sung by Bryan Adams & Barbra. Great song for a wedding too!


Some other all time favorites are:
  • Evergreen
  • Memory
  • Send in the Clowns
  • Somewhere
  • The Way We Were


Here are the latest from Barbra at a recent concert. Cool to hear her and Il Divo singing some oldies, making the song trendy somewhat!




Finally, as an added bonus for doing this review and searching for the appropriate videos on YouTube, I found this classic, another all time favorite of mine!   S o m e   d a y   m y   p r i n c e   w i l l   c o m e   from the cartoon Snow White, sung none other by Barbra! Cool!!!

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<![CDATA[ Be My Love, Student Prince!]]>
Mario Lanza was one such singer and actor as with Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Cary Grant  & Richard Burton.
Mario Lanza was famous for his spinto tenor voice and his portrayal of the Great Caruso. My memory of him dated back to the Student Prince record with which my parents used to listen to (dozen of times). Lanza's songs are some of the greatest music ever composed and his rendition of them was so inspiring that famous singers and tenors like Elvis Presley, Pavarotti, Placido Domingo & Jose Carreras have all paid tribute to him one way or another.

Jose Carreras paid tribute to this great musician in his 1994 world tour by saying that "If I'm an opera singer, it's thanks to Mario Lanza" while Placido Domingo echoed the same sentiment 15 years later on CBS by saying "Lanza's passion and the way his voice sounds are what made me sing opera. I actually owe my love for opera thanks to a kid from Philadelphia."




And so, for all of us who are lovers of operas, the Student Prince is the source of greatest inspiration who began the journey of the greatest music ever to have graced our musical world. Thank you, Mario Lanza!


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<![CDATA[ Used to hate him, now I love him]]>
But as time went on and I learned more about his past and savviness, I began to become less annoyed with the guy. 

When I read somewhere that during his college days at Indiana University he bought a bar and made hundreds of fellow students limited partners, i loved his style.  Not only did he raise capital, but he ensured a steady stream of patrons by having a network of hundreds of fellow student-owners. 

When I read that after selling one of his earlier comapnies, he decided to buy a lifetime first class air pass on American Airlines for $250,000 (less than ten years later, American sold the same pass for $3 million), I loved the move.  That's exactly something I would do.

The more I learned about the guy, the more I realized he was extremely smart, extremely savvy, extremely odd, and a little crazy. 

Now I love the guy.  Whenever I happen upon his blog,, I'm thoroughly entertained and normally find some insightful thoughts.  Here's the post that inspired me to give Mr. Cuban his props and write this review:  I love that he shared this letter.  I give it a 97 out of 100 on the unintentional comedy scale.

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<![CDATA[ The King]]> Elvis Aaron Presley, the king of Rock 'n' Roll or simply The King. Despite dying at an early age, Elvis left the world with many broken hearts and a legacy unrivalled by any other singer. He remains one of the best selling solo artists in the history of music.

What more can one write on Presley other than what the press had written and what the world had known of him? NOTHING! Oh, perhaps there is one, for many people, including my aunts, he was bigger than life itself!!!

All there is left is to reminiscent his legacy.

Enjoy it all, fans of Presley! It's Now or Never!




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<![CDATA[ Love Is A Many Splendored Thing]]> That’s how I feel when I found myself enjoying music from the past era. 60s, 70s, 80s…

I am blessed with parents who are musical inclined and who have a love for music in their younger days. Mario Lanza, Elvis Presley, Engelbert Humperdinck… I heard them when their music were still recorded on LP, not cassettes, not CD, not MD, not DVD & certainly not MP3! They were/are all great singers and had/have excellent vocals. Their songs live on even after they have passed on.

Engelbert is still around, I believe. Some of his older songs are now being recorded by Il Divo and Patrizio Buanne. Both are great artists as well.

For old time sake, I found some old recordings and new videos by Engelbert on YouTube. Ha, I’m beginning to be thankful for Youtube’s wide reach of audiences!

Here are some of my personal favorites:





In 2000, Engelbert sang these at his concert in London. He's still as great as ever!



Excellent, aren’t they? The oldies might still be the best! Nostalgic, romantic and certainly everlasting! I do have my parents to thank for, this is one of the legacies they leave with me, an appreciation for music of all ages!

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<![CDATA[ Thank you for the music]]> Abba stormed the world in the 70s and 80s. My first glimpse of them was in Abba the movie in early 80s. The band disbanded in 1983. For those interested in Abba, check out Wikipedia's entry

Occasionally, I hear their songs being played over the radio in the 80s and perhaps even 90s. But no more until very recently again when the musical Mamma Mia! movie version was released mid of last year (2008). Since then, the CD stores have been playing Abba's music all over again.

Originally from Sweden, Abba consisted of Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida), Björn UlvaeusBenny Andersson and Agnetha Fältskog. The band's name is an acronym formed from the first letters of each of the group members' given names.

I found a documentary video (in Swedish) on Abba from Youtube. It was uploaded by member Brightnights and there is also an attached translation of the documentary, if you are interested in watching. I've copied the translation here for your viewing pleasure.


"Agnetha Fältskog got her break through at the end of the 60's with self-composed ballads like "Jag var så kär" and "Om tårer vore guld". She took the Swedish peoples heart and hit the charts.

Björn Ulvaeus began his career in the folk group Hootenanny Singers. The records are released via Stig "Stikkan" Andersons records company POLAR. In 1969 Björn and Agnetha became a couple. Three years later they recorded their first pop song together with Benny and Frida - "People Need Love".

Benny Andersson was through the 60's a long-haired pop idol i Swedens most popular band "Hepstars". With songs like "Cadillac" and "Sunny Girl" did they reach the top of the charts and perform in the Swedish folk parks. Already in 1966 Björn and Benny became best friends and started to write songs together.

Anni-Frid Lyngstad or better known as Frida had her break through in a talent competition. In 1969 Frida and Benny became a couple and the year after they co-operated with Björn and Agnetha in a show. As a pop group they had their big break through in 1973 with the song "Ring Ring". 

The year was 1974 and the date the 6 of April and the place was Brighton in England. In glitter costumes Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Frida almost jumped on the stage and performed "Waterloo". ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest and had their internationally break through. Manager Stig Anderson was praised by artist from all over the world. A number of hit songs came - for example "Honey Honey", "So Long", "Mamma Mia" and "SOS". In Australia the groups video was shown on TV and the country was hit by the so-called ABBA fever.

In 1976 was ABBA one of the worlds most popular groups. They traveled to Australia and made a TV show which was seen by so many viewers - actually more than the moon landing some years earlier. In Europe every single record they released became an enormous success. ABBA dominated the top charts with songs like "Fernando", "Dancing Queen" and "Money, Money, Money". In 1977 the group toured around Europe and then Australia. That tour was portrayed in Lasse Hallström's "ABBA The Movie". In the spring 1977 ABBA reached the USA charts #1 for the first and only time with "Dancing Queen".

During the summer and fall 1977 ABBA recorded the album "ABBA - The Album". On the album were songs like "The Name Of The Game", "Take A Chance On Me" and "Thank You For The Music". ABBA needed a lot more time in the recording studio and the next album "Voules-Vous" was first released in the spring of 1979. This album had radio hit songs like "Chiquitita", "Does Your Mother Know" and "I Have A Dream". During the fall 1979 ABBA toured around North-America and continued around Europe too. They also had yet another single success with "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!".

In March 1980 ABBA went on their last tour and it was in Japan. It was also the year of the album "Super Trouper". It had hit songs like "The Winner Takes It All". ABBA was more popular than ever, but at the same time the ABBA members felt they wanted to go on with their own different music apart from ABBA. Then in 1981 came the last ABBA album "The Visitors". And the final ABBA song came the year after with the single "The Day Before You Came". Then it was time for Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Frida to go separate ways.

Frida made some solo albums after ABBA, but has more been working for environment projects. Even Agnetha recorded solo albums. "My Colouring Book" from 2004 came after a long break away from the limelights. Benny has recorded under his own name and together with Orse Spelmän and Benny Anderssons Orkester (BAO). But most of the time in co-operation with his friend Björn.

With "Chess" a dream was born - to write a musical. Chess was written together with lyrics writer Tim Rice and was presented in 1984 on a double album (LP) and a concert tour. Two years later the musical had its premiere in London and has since been played in many countries. In the year 2002 the Swedish version of "Chess" had its premiere on Circus in Stockholm and had around half a million visitors.

In the fall 1995 had Benny and Björn's first Swedish language musical premiere on Malmö's Music Theatre. It was "Kristina från Düvemåla", which was based on Vilhelm Moberg's novell "Utvandrarna". After playing in Malmö and Gothenborg, the musical had its premiere on Cirkus in Stockholm in 1998. All in all "Kristina från Düvemåla" has had about 1 million visitors. An English version is now on its way to the USA.

Björn and Benny say, that "Mamma Mia" is the musical they didn't know they had written. It was the theatre producer Judy Craymer who got the idea to make a musical using the songs of ABBA. Manuscript writer Catherine Johnson got the solution by writing a new story. So on the 6 of April 1999 "Mamma Mia" had its premiere in London - on the exact day - 25 years after ABBA's victory in Brighton on the Eurovison Song Contest. And it became the beginning of a success no one ever dare dream of. Today the musical is played all around the world and in different languages. And now in Sweden in Swedish."

So there you've it, the story of Abba.

Abba's music are everlasting. They are something from the past but still very much enjoyable till today, somewhat similar to music of Elvis Presley and Beatles. 

My favorite songs from Abba are:
Thank You for the Music
The winner takes it all
Hasta Manana
Happy New Year
Knowing Me Knowing You




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<![CDATA[ MY American Idol]]> Christopher Adam "Chris" Daughtry (born December 26, 1979) may not be the American Idol in the 5th season, but he's my American Idol. Amazing vocal and rendition of songs. I love his performance of Bryan Adams song Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman. Love it!!! It was awesome! See it for yourself on Youtube. This is one of those very moment when I'm truly grateful to Youtube! :-)


Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman is an “amazing song, lyrically & musically”, “it has all the elements of a great love song” & Chris Daughtry perfected it as we saw his performance on American Idol. What an amazing performance!!!

To really love a woman
To understand her - you gotta know it deep inside
Hear every thought - see every dream
N' give her wings - when she wants to fly
Then when you find yourself lyin' helpless in her arms
You know you really love a woman

When you love a woman you tell her
that she's really wanted
When you love a woman you tell her that she's the one
she needs somebody to tell her
that it's gonna last forever
So tell me have you ever really 
- really really ever loved a woman?

To really love a woman
Let her hold you - 
til ya know how she needs to be touched
You've gotta breathe her - really taste her
Til you can feel her in your blood
N' when you can see your unborn children in her eyes
You know you really love a woman

When you love a woman 
you tell her that she's really wanted
When you love a woman you tell her that she's the one
she needs somebody to tell her
that you'll always be together
So tell me have you ever really - 
really really ever loved a woman?

You got to give her some faith - hold her tight
A little tenderness - gotta treat her right
She will be there for you, takin' good care of you
Ya really gotta love your woman...

Then when you find yourself lyin' helpless in her arms
You know you really love a woman
When you love a woman you tell her
that she's really wanted
When you love a woman you tell her that she's the one
she needs somebody to tell her
that it's gonna last forever
So tell me have you ever really 
- really really ever loved a woman?

Just tell me have you ever really, 
really, really, ever loved a woman? You got to tell me
Just tell me have you ever really,
really, really, ever loved a woman?


Chris Daughtry has since moved on to Hollywood and carved a name out for himself in the music industry, esp. in the rock album category. He's the third most successful American Idol contestant in terms of record sales, after Carrie Underwood & Kelly Clarkson. His new song, It's Not Over has been nominated the Best Rock Song at the 50th Grammy Awards.



Best Rendition of the American National Anthem I’ve ever heard!

So, what about now? What's he into?


Chris Daughtry latest composition is No Surprise which was performed recently on American Idol.
I like it very much. How about you?

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<![CDATA[ The Music of Bryan Adams]]> Bryan (Guy) Adams really, but I found myself liking quite a few of his compositions.

This may be walking down memory lane as he has been on the music scene for as long as I can remember. Beginning with the most popular song (Everything I do) I do it for you from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner.  This song spent a record-breaking seventeen weeks at number one on UK Singles Chart.


And then comes the movie in the 90s, The Mirror Has Two Faces starring Barbara Streisand and Jeff Bridges. I finally found Someone is the soundtrack for that movie, a duet between Streisand and Adams. A great movie self-directed by Barbara Streisand which was nominated for an Oscar. The song gave Streisand a first significant hit in a decade!



Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman
was my most favorite of all his songs. Written in 1995 it hits no. 1 in the U.S. for 5 weeks but I’ve somewhat missed it then. Strange! I only got to hear it performed by Chris Daughtry at the American Idol in 2006, a decade later! I fell in love with the song sung by Chris and yes, he’s my very own American Idol! THE Idol. I love his rendition of the song. Just awesome!

Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman is an “amazing song, lyrically & musically”, “it has all the elements of a great love song” & Chris Daughtry perfected it as we saw his performance on American Idol. What an amazing performance!!!


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<![CDATA[ Flying Without Wings]]> Westlife, another Simon Cowell discovery. Very successful with 14 no. 1 singles in the UK (3rd highest in history; only behind Elvis & Beatles!), very delightful. Another foursome like Il Divo (original band was 5), its members being Nicky ByrneKian EganMark Feehily &Shane Filan.

My favorite songs from Westlife?
Flying Without Wings & Seasons in the Sun

Please check out Westlife channel on Youtube for more of their songs as they have requested embedding to be disabled.
Official Website:

I love the lyrics in Flying Without Wings:

"Flying Without Wings"

Everybody's looking for that something
One thing that makes it all complete
You'll find it in the strangest places
Places you never knew it could be

Some find it in the face of their children
Some find it in their lover's eyes
Who can deny the joy it brings
When you've found that special thing
You're flying without wings

Some find it sharing every morning
Some in their solitary lives
You'll find it in the words of others
A simple line can make you laugh or cry

You'll find it in the deepest friendship
The kind you cherish all your life
And when you know how much that means
You've found that special thing
You're flying without wings

So, impossible as they may seem
You've got to fight for every dream
Cos who's to know which one you let go
Would have made you complete

Well, for me it's waking up beside you
To watch the sunrise on your face
To know that I can say I love you
In any given time or place

It's little things that only I know
Those are the things that make you mine
And it's like flying without wings
Cos you're my special thing
I'm flying without wings

And you're the place my life begins
And you'll be where it ends

I'm flying without wings
And that's the joy you bring
I'm flying without wings 



And YES, sometimes all it takes is a great song or two. You're loved for life, Westlife!



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<![CDATA[ Secret Journey]]> Omar Akram: "“I look around me and see people who are bored, restless, stagnant,” explains Akram, “and I know they often take ‘secret journeys’ in their mind as they daydream about other places they could be. The lucky ones get to take an actual trip where they escape from the pressures of their lives. They see new places and have uncommon experiences. I like to think the music on my album can serve as the soundtrack for their journey, whether it is a mental or a physical trip. Everyone needs to get away sometime.”"

It is indeed in music we often can get away as far away as we can, within or without. Even though I'm one of those very few like Omar who are given many opportunities to travel the world, I still find myself in the solace of music. Be it a mental or physical trip, music such as those of Secret Garden & Omar accompany me to all parts of the world. It's been many years since I've discovered the magical journeys of Secret Garden & Omar Akram. I now share with you their legends and legacies. I think you'll love it as much as I've.

The talented Omar Akram

Discover Omar's talent & compositions: Omar Music

Some of my favorites:
Unity, Opal Fire from his first album. (Listen to tracks from Opal Fire).
Dancing with the wind, Never Let Go & Passage into midnight from his 2nd album (Listen to tracks from Free as a bird)
Secret Journey & Passage of the Heart from his 3rd album (Listen to tracks from Secret Journey)

So, there you have it. One of my treasures of life...




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<![CDATA[ Farrah Fawcett died today of anal cancer]]> First, she was all hair and nipples.  It was only much later that America realized that, although she would never be a great actress, she did have the talent to do more challenging roles than the TV crap that made her famous.  Oh, like every young fellow at that time, I watched CHARLIE'S ANGELS and lusted after all three of them.  I can admit that.  Farrah was not my favorite, but I do have to admit that I thought she was hot, too.  Then, she was in one of my all time favorite movies, LOGAN'S RUN.  A very good scifi movie, which also had another of my favorite beauties, Jenny Agutter.  Later, with THE BURNING BED, she showed that she could do more serious roles, although that red bathing suit poster kept coming up as well.

I, for one, am sorry to see her go.  She had her moments, fought the good fight, and finally lost, just as all of us must.  Rest in Peace, Farrah.  You will be missed.

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<![CDATA[ When East meets West]]> (百度) is the name of the site. Baidu accounts for about 70% or possibly even more of the Chinese online searches. Other major players in the field are Google China (谷歌)& Sohu (搜狗).  Yes, no mistake about it, Baidu is ahead of Google China (in terms of popularity & no. of searches), thanks to the ingenuity of its founder, Robin Li.

Robin Li spent his undergraduate years in Peking University & then went on to SUNY  Buffalo (State University of New York) for his Master Degree in information technology. After his graduation in 1994, he worked for Dow Jones & Company & was involved in the develpment of a software on the online edition of Wall Street Journal. He is also the initiator of ESP technology (although what exactly is that, I've no clue!).

After a few-year stint in the U.S., he went back to China in the hopes of changing the Chinese people's life with technology. In end 1999, he took home with him seed money from investors & founded Baidu with Eric Xu. In August 2005, Baidu was listed on NASDAQ at issue price of US$27 per share but traded to a high of US$122!!! On that same day, his net worth was recorded at almost US$1 billion at the mere age of 37! Robin Li was borned on the same year as Yahoo's founder Jerry Yang, in the year of monkey, aka 1968! They began their career as techie and made major contributions to their field of expertise. Robin now spends most of his time involving himself in the management of the company rather than programming but is still very much involved in the monitoring of Baidu's users' experience. I like the fact that even as a search engine company, Baidu is dedicated to refine and improve users' interface and experience. That to me is the most important part of an online site. According to Robin's interview with CBN (China Business News), he's in it for the long haul. He is dedicated to making Baidu THE search engine in China. Robin now overseas more than 7000 employees in Baidu, a 10 fold increament since Baidu's public listing in 2005. That signals how fast-paced the growth is in this company & internet activities in China! Bravo to Robin Li for having made a difference!

Baidu CEO
Managing Asia on Robin Li (Part 1, 2008)
Managing Asia on Robin Li (Part 2, 2008)

Robin Li财富人生

百度:做中国最好的搜索引擎 (上,2009)
百度:做中国最好的搜索引擎 (下,2009)
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<![CDATA[ Lang Lang Concerto]]> He's the lastest icon in China. Children & adults adore him. He's the pride of the Chinese people. He's Lang Lang (郎朗), the classical pianist who has entertained China and gained much acclaim since his first public recital at the age of 5. Borned in 1982 (that makes him a mere 27-year old), Lang Lang was originally from Shenyang. He's Manchurian & was an invited performer at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  It has been noted that "Lang Lang has demonstrated an extraordinary ability to connect with audiences on a personal level and established himself as one of the most exciting artists of our time". Some likes him, some don't. In China, he's pretty much revelled though.

What I do like about Lang Lang is the fact that he inspires many with hopes of becoming a classical pianist (& having been the child of a piano teacher, I can attest that is the most difficult thing in life)! There may be many musicians who are considered superior to him in terms of techniques, but a piece of music is a better composition when it inspires and excites. Lang Lang has a way with kids and that's his major contributions to classical music (although definitely not the only one)! If every kids can be inspired to learn classical music, then a good writer can inspire children to write good literature too! That to me is the essence of being good and being talented!


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