Sunday, November 30, 2008

Why men dress themselves ugly when they get old

I'm not talking about others, cos I don't know what other men's stories are. I'm talking about myself. Well, I'm not yet forty, but I think I'm kinda give up myself in terms of making myself look good with clothes.

Well, I do buy clothes, but most of them are for work. Cos, I still have to look decent to go to work. I'm not a salesperson, I still have to visit clients every now and then. Also, I couldn't dress too bad in my working environment.

However, for after hours, I really giving up in terms of dressing up or for occasions. Perhaps, there is not much 'occasions' that I need to dress up. I don't think I need to dress up to go grocery shopping, or just dine out in neighborhood eateries. As such, I just put on my old clothes.

As I was poor when I was a kid, I didn't have the money to buy nice clothes, just new clothes would make me happy. Brand name stuffs were largely off limit. As I grow up, I learn more about economy and business, knowing that large share of money that we pay on brand names stuff are for the 'name' rather than the clothes itself. Also, learning that fashion is not evil, but just not my cup of tea. I do buy brand name clothes every now and then, for their quality when they are on serious sales or just for going to work purpose. Mostly, I don't really have the 'urge' to buy clothes to dress up, to make myself look good, or like most women claim: make themselves more confident.

For men, as we get older, we just have seen too much and know enough that we don't need the clothes to make us confident. We know that if we have money, we will be confident. Or, if we are a knowledgeable person, we will have confident. Clothes can help, but it is more like the 'garnish' decoration on the dishes, like those roses that made of carrots. No matter how fresh and tasty the carrots are, not matter how beautiful that rose is, if the main dish tastes bad, the dish sucks! it fails, that's it. So, we would rather devote our time and resources on other things that make us more confident.

Also, if we have family, especially with kid(s), the expenses will be high. As we only have only so much 'ammunition', personal clothing usually is low in priority. Unless, the men is very into clothing, or like designs, or kinda artistic, etc. I think most grown men just don't put much thought in their own clothes.

On my personal level, I don't have a big closet, as more space has been provided to my wife to put her own clothes. I just don't have the urge or incentive or simply 'space' to buy new clothes. Yes, I can throw old clothes away, or like my wife said, 'retire' them. However, I'm just brought up in a frugal lifestyle. When I know there are so many people in the world that doesn't have decent clothes, and clothing industry is just an environmental unfriendly industry, I just don't want to 'retire' my clothes if they still fit and clean. So, their 'retirement' age have been pushed back, and the 'immigration' into my closet has been really slow. Only, those that are 'job-related' have faster entries.

Don't know if that's the same or similar case for other grown men......

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Magic Crocodile

A nice magic! Enjoy!

Some recent observations and thoughts...

Economy is bad.

People are being laid off. Those who have jobs scare of losing them.
Merchants want cash badly, they dump their inventories, especially those of luxury fashionable goods.

Big sales everywhere, and crowds just swamp in stores and buy things that they don't really need. They bought them because they have stayed in line for too long to leave with empty hands.

Many shops will close down in future months. Brand names, familiar names will become history.

Investment markets is too stormy for the ordinary folks, they were engulfed and stripped. Only the braves and the insane remain.

People that can keep jobs feel lucky for a moment, and just work.

Some people will put off the idea of getting marry, having kids for financial reason.

It is a bad time to graduate from college, a worse time without a degree, and the worst time to retire.

Bad news will be norms, people will become desensitized to them.

Suicide and homicide rate will go up. Crime rate will go up as well.

It is good time to make good comedy movies, if they can get financed. It is a bad time to make bad movies, if they are lucky to get financed.

We don't need tragedy or horror movies. Cos, we just need to look around.

Religious activities, attendance to temples and churches will rise.

Self-help books will be hits, how to get rich books will be in bargain sections, like 'Dow at 40,0000'.

People will spend more time at home with family and watch TV, or serving net. Those, with a crowded family, small home, only 1 TV, and one PC will have more fights and arguments at home.

Lastly.....things will get worse before turning better. That's a thing that I'm sure. Cos, things are in cycle. Things will change and keep changing. Only Change is forever!


Monday, November 24, 2008

Stranger in a household

I've hired a domestic helper from overseas to help us to take care of our baby. She arrived our home a month before my wife gave birth to our son. Things took time to adjust with a stranger staying with us. We lost some privacy, and our living habits had to change a bit as well. Certainly, there are pros and cons with a live-in helper. She is taking care of a lot of stuff that I don't wanna deal with and had to do before her arrival, like washing and cleaning. The biggest of adjustment that I think is that we need to watching out for her moves closely. It is quite stressful and frustrated some times. Also, we need to make sure we lock our doors and keep an eye of our personal documents and valuables, cos we have heard enough stories about what they can do with our stuffs.

She is not a hardworking person by nature, so her motivation to work, the quality of her works need monitoring. Sometimes, we thought if we treat her better, would she improve? However, I think it is a downward spiral right now: the worse she perform, the worse we treat her, and then she performs even worse. Her contract will due later next year. Decision has not yet finalized about her continuation with us, but I do have sometime on my mind.

Certainly, I don't think we treat her really badly, no abuse or that sort of things, also, we can't really treat her too bad, as she does spend some times alone with our son who has not yet learn to talk. There are enough news about how those domestic helpers abuse kids, we do worry about that, though I think she hasn't done that sort of things to our son. We both know that she doesn't treat our son as good as she can. We know that he is not her son, but she can pretend to treat him better than she does now. Glad that she is not a good actress that we can tell if she is mad or upset. So, there is less mind games that we have to play with her. However, if a baby doesn't like a person, he will not hide, and we know that.

We heard that many folks who hire a domestic helper do buy a safe to lock valuable stuff. I did contemplated that before but gave up that idea. Anyway, lock our stuff and watch out her moves in our room is something we do that everyday. Thank God that my wife is a more detail-oriented person that I am. So far, things are okay, but it is stressful sometimes.

I don't know about other people, I will always to treat her as a stranger in my home, from day one till her last day in my home. I only know that if my guard is down, I will only invite trouble for visit. If we want to get something, it won't be free lunch, everything has a price.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

If I just learn that I’ve only 24 hours to live

Lately, I came across a Japanese movie based on a graphic novel about death. Certainly, the Japanese ‘Jack the Reaper’ is handsome and loving, doesn’t want to bring his targets to death and all that. Just reading articles about that make me think about the idea of …what will I do if I just learn that I’ve only 24 hours to live….

Assuming that it happens on a weekday, the first thing I will do is to leave office immediately, and send an email to my boss later. Then, I will call my wife to take emergency leave and then pick her up and go home.

The rest of things that I will do include:
Use my camcorder to record words that I wanna tell my son when he grows up. Most likely will be by topics, like a section about attitude to learn, another about dealing with girl/woman and on marriage, etc. Then, I guess I will record my will as well, so that all monetary issues are settled.

I will order all the foods that I wanna eat, like crabs, sushi, pizza, ribs, all sorts of fruits, desserts, etc.

I will pass the passwords and accounts of all my stuff to my love ones.

I will call my immediate family to be with me and my wife + my son, then spend the rest of the day with them.

I may listen to few songs that I like.

Of course, I need to comfort my family and love ones emotionally to make sure they are ok after my departure. I don’t want to see them cry.

By the time that all these are done, I think there is not much time left. I guess I will just say “I love you and Goodbye” to all of them. Then, close my eyes with a smile.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A brief shopping spree

In such bad bad economic environment, my personal belief has always been save, save and save! On the contrary, I've been doing quite a bit of shopping lately. The prices of the items that I bought, thank God, they are largely lower than it had been, but still, it is $$$ I'm talking about.

I bought a fridge last week out of urgency, as my old one was broken, the motor just didn't work.

I bought 2 pieces of suit last week as well. Why? because I just found out my old suits do fit anymore. The victums of my lack of excercise and over-eating. What can't I say? Yes, I'm going to start doing some excercises (the fact is I've not started yet), but I need clothes to go to work! and the weather is getting chilly lately.

I went shopping with my wife over the weekend for clothes. I've not done that for a long time....since we became parents. She needs work clothes, so we spent $$$!

Also, I bought a wallet for her as present lately.

Comparing with others, I don't think we spent out of control, we did most of them pretty much based on 'needs' rather than 'desire'. Though, my wife has been affected by the sweep of 'SALES' that are going on lately under this global financial tsunami, we still can manage our spendings reasonably well. Thanks to our busy schedule with works and kid, when u don't have time, u just don't go out of your way to spend. That's something that I always believe in.

Friday, November 14, 2008

A picture replaces thousands of words

This is how I feel today, triggered by an incident at work, and get me thinking about other things......

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Change? Change what?

Just came across an interesting article that put a spin on the hype of 'change' that Obama is gonna bring to the States. I think it would be a nice one to put some weights on the people who are lifted up in the sky by the Obama balloons:

Conned Again?

If the change President-elect Obama has promised includes a halt to America’s wars of aggression and an end to the rip-off of taxpayers by powerful financial interests, what explains Obama’s choice of foreign and economic policy advisors? Indeed, Obama’s selection of Rahm Emanuel as White House chief of staff is a signal that change ended with Obama’s election. The only thing different about the new administration will be the faces.

Rahm Emanuel is a supporter of Bush’s invasion of Iraq. Emanuel rose to prominence in the Democratic Party as a result of his fundraising connections to AIPAC. A strong supporter of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, he comes from a terrorist family. His father was a member of Irgun, a Jewish terrorist organization that used violence to drive the British and Palestinians out of Palestine in order to create the Jewish state. During the 1991 Gulf War, Rahm Emanuel volunteered to serve in the Israel Defense Forces. He was a member of the Freddie Mac board of directors and received $231,655 in directors fees in 2001. According to Wikipedia, “during the time Emanuel spent on the board, Freddie Mac was plagued with scandals involving campaign contributions and accounting irregularities.”

In “Hail to the Chief of Staff,” Alexander Cockburn describes Emanuel as “a super-Likudnik hawk,” who as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006 “made great efforts to knock out antiwar Democratic candidates.”
My despondent friends in the Israeli peace movement ask, “What is this man doing in Obama’s administration?”

Obama’s election was necessary as the only means Americans had to hold the Republicans accountable for their crimes against the Constitution and human rights, for their violations of US and international laws, for their lies and deceptions, and for their financial chicanery. As an editorial in Pravda put it, “Only Satan would have been worse than the Bush regime. Therefore it could be argued that the new administration in the USA could never be worse than the one which divorced the hearts and minds of Americans from their brothers in the international community, which appalled the rest of the world with shock and awe tactics that included concentration camps, torture, mass murder and utter disrespect for international law.”

But Obama’s advisers are drawn from the same gang of Washington thugs and Wall Street banksters as Bush’s. Richard Holbrooke, was an assistant secretary of state and ambassador in the Clinton administration. He implemented the policy to enlarge NATO and to place the military alliance on Russia’s border in contravention of Reagan’s promise to Gorbachev. Holbrooke is also associated with the Clinton administration’s illegal bombing of Serbia, a war crime that killed civilians and Chinese diplomats. If not a neocon himself, Holbrooke is closely allied with them.

Madeline Albright is the Clinton era secretary of state who told Leslie Stahl (60 Minutes) that the US policy of Iraq sanctions, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children, had goals important enough to justify the children’s deaths. Albright’s infamous words: “we think the price is worth it.” Wikipedia reports that this immoralist served on the board of directors of the New York Stock Exchange at the time of Dick Grasso’s $187.5 million compensation scandal.

Dennis Ross has long associations with the Israeli-Palestinian “peace negotiations.” A member of his Clinton era team, Aaron David Miller, wrote that during 1999-2000 the US negotiating team led by Ross acted as Israel’s lawyer: “we had to run everything by Israel first.” This “stripped our policy of the independence and flexibility required for serious peacemaking. If we couldn't put proposals on the table without checking with the Israelis first, and refused to push back when they said no, how effective could our mediation be?” According to Wikipedia, Ross is “chairman of a new Jerusalem-based think tank, the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, funded and founded by the Jewish Agency.”

Clearly, this is not a group of advisors that is going to halt America’s wars against Israel’s enemies or force the Israeli government to accept the necessary conditions for a real peace in the Middle East.

Ralph Nader predicted as much. In his “Open Letter to Barack Obama (November 3, 2008), Nader pointed out to Obama that his “transformation from an articulate defender of Palestinian rights . . . to a dittoman for the hard-line AIPAC lobby” puts Obama at odds with “a majority of Jewish-Americans” and “64 per cent of Israelis.” Nader quotes the Israeli writer and peace advocate Uri Avnery’s description of Obama’s appearance before AIPAC as an appearance that “broke all records for obsequiousness and fawning.” Nader damns Obama for his “utter lack of political courage [for] surrendering to demands of the hard-liners to prohibit former president Jimmy Carter from speaking at the Democratic National Convention.” Carter, who achieved the only meaningful peace agreement between Israel and the Arabs, has been demonized by the powerful AIPAC lobby for criticizing Israel’s policy of apartheid toward the Palestinians whose territory Israel forcibly occupies.

Obama’s economic team is just as bad. Its star is Robert Rubin, the bankster who was secretary of the treasury in the Clinton administration. Rubin has responsibility for the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act and, thereby, responsibility for the current financial crisis. In his letter to Obama, Nader points out that Obama received unprecedented campaign contributions from corporate and Wall Street interests. “Never before has a Democratic nominee for President achieved this supremacy over his Republican counterpart.”

Obama’s victory speech was magnificent. The TV cameras scanning faces in the audience showed the hope and belief that propelled Obama into the presidency. But Obama cannot bring change to Washington. There is no one in the Washington crowd that he can appoint who is capable of bringing change. If Obama were to reach outside the usual crowd, anyone suspected of being a bringer of change could not get confirmed by the Senate. Powerful interest groups--AIPAC, the military-security complex, Wall Street--use their political influence to block unacceptable appointments.

As Alexander Cockburn said of Obama in a pre-eection column, column “never has the dead hand of the past had a ‘reform’ candidate so firmly by the windpipe.” Obama confirmed Cockburn’s verdict in his first press conference as president-elect. Disregarding the unanimous US National Intelligence Estimate, which concluded that Iran stopped working on nuclear weapons five years ago, and ignoring the continued certification by the International Atomic Energy Agency that none of the nuclear material for Iran’s civilian nuclear reactor has been diverted to weapons use, Obama sallied forth with the Israel Lobby’s propaganda and accused Iran of “development of a nuclear weapon” and vowing “to prevent that from happening.”

The change that is coming to America has nothing to do with Obama. Change is coming from the financial crisis brought on by Wall Street greed and irresponsibility, from the eroding role of the US dollar as reserve currency, from countless mortgage foreclosures, from the offshoring of millions of America’s best jobs, from a deepening recession, from pillars of American manufacturing--Ford and GM--begging the government for taxpayers’ money to stay alive, and from budget and trade deficits that are too large to be closed by normal means.

Traditionally, the government relies on monetary and fiscal policy to lift the economy out of recession. But easy money is not working. Interest rates are already low and monetary growth is already high, yet unemployment is rising. The budget deficit is already huge--a world record--and the red ink is not stimulating the economy. Can even lower interest rates and even higher budget deficits help an economy that has moved offshore, leaving behind jobless consumers overburdened with debt?

How much more can the government borrow? America’s foreign creditors are asking this question. An official organ of the Chinese ruling party recently called for Asian and European countries to “banish the US dollar from their direct trade relations, relying only on their own currencies.”

“Why,” asks another Chinese publication, “should China help the US to issue debt without end in the belief that the national credit of the US can expand without limit?”

The world has tired of American hegemony and had its fill of American arrogance. America’s reputation is in tatters: the financial debacle, endless red ink, Abu Ghraib, Gitmo, rendition, torture, illegal wars based on lies and deception, disrespect for the sovereignty of other countries, war crimes, disregard for international law and the Geneva Conventions, the assault on habeas corpus and the separation of powers, a domestic police state, constant interference in the internal affairs of other countries, boundless hypocrisy.

The change that is coming is the end of American empire. The hegemon has run out of money and influence. Obama as “America’s First Black President” will lift hopes and, thus, allow the act to be carried on a little longer. But the New American Century is already over.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions. He can be reached at:

Monday, November 10, 2008

倪匡 - One of greatest Chinese writers

No he is not dead yet. Just happen to come across an article about him here. So, I just wanna share with others. (sorry this article is in Chinese). Here we go....

倪匡与李敖同岁,这两个人绕了四轮“十二生肖”之后,1983年的一批人便诞生了——我即是此批之一,都属“猪”,今年乃是本命年。在性格上,我们有着极大的相似之处,但在道路选择上又富含歧见。其相同的特点,大致可以归纳出:工作狂的倾向,不要命的倾向,“一根经”的倾向,“一竿插到底”的倾向,笔力强劲恣肆的倾向。倪匡无限地挖掘自己的潜能,在政治取向上走的是“爱国必须反共,反共才是爱国”的道路;李敖的选择已经趋于投机、献媚和盲从,与金庸、黄霑一样“晚节不保”,成为统战之棋,却未有丝毫警醒觉悟。倪匡与李敖,两者都属高产作家。前者乃全世界之最,手写速度是每小时2,500字~4,500字之间,1996年使用“声控电脑”后,写作速度反而变慢;而口才亦属一流,讲话速度比写作速度还快,一旦慢下来就要“打结”。李敖从《老年人与棒子》开始,写了46年,速度亦属惊人,想当年半夜三更起床写作,搞连续数年的“通宵达旦”,这种锻炼历程比我还要早几十年。两者都是“数千万字”的作家,但李敖不可与倪匡相比之处,在于其原创有限、范畴有限、文体有限,而倪匡一生居然从来没有抄袭过自己,可谓思源开阔、源源不断的作家典型。 在











我们现在所看到的倪匡,乃是一个72岁的老头,下厨、种花、养鱼,闲云野鹤,壶中日月,但千万不要忘记,这是一个内心火热的紧跟时事的人物。我所能看到的敏感信息,他同样能够毫无保留地看到。从他近年来接受采访的言论中,我了解到,实际上倪匡比相当多的大陆人还要了解大陆状态,他曾经细致地看过《中国农民调查》,了解过北京“上访村”,以重大的同情来看待威权统治下的底层群体——当然,也包括已遭渗透的香港。我可以作出这样的判断,作为一个奋斗数十年的作家,倪匡对香港最热衷的刊物,一定不是其它,乃是《开放》、《争鸣》、《动向》、《前哨》一类。或者,有些大言不惭地说,我知道倪匡,倪匡也未必不知道我。虽然我们之间隔了48年的年龄差异,但在诸多地方肯定是“anger management”(以怒对怒,气味相投)。我看过诸多有关倪匡的评论,有的惋惜倪匡泄私人之愤,有的希望倪匡抛弃前嫌,有的则十分同情倪匡的早年遭遇,有的则是“当代红卫兵”式地辱骂:“倪匡,你连自己的祖国都不要了,你叫我如何崇拜你?”更有糊涂到家的人,说出这样的话:“没有毛泽东的中国,大使馆可以被人炸,飞机在家门口可以被撞,南沙可以被瓜分,邪教可以在中南海静坐示威”,以此奉劝倪匡对共产党充满敬意,此种“国即是党、党即是党主”的逻辑与判断,与皇权意识无异,简直有辱国人基本智商。倪匡之政见,不唯独是当年所论,乃是紧跟信息所得,绝非意气用事,更不必以“非党即非国”来简单定论。



倪匡被誉为“东方艾西莫夫”,亦即“华文科幻之帝”的意思。与艾萨克·艾西莫夫(isaac asimov)并列的,据我所知,还有阿瑟·克拉克(arthur c. clarke)、安森·海因莱因(robert a. heinlein),此三人被称为“科幻小说三巨头”。艾西莫夫乃是本世纪最顶尖的科幻小说家之一,曾获代表科幻界最高荣誉的“雨果奖”和星云终身成就的“大师奖”。以艾西莫夫命名的《艾西莫夫科幻杂志》,乃是美国当今数一数二的科幻文学重镇。倪匡被誉为“东方艾西莫夫”的理由甚多,诸如同样俯仰万年,同样宏观的视野,同样讨论人性与政冶、经济、军事等文明要素产生的互动影响,同样闪动着关怀人类未来的笔触,同样超越一般科幻的局限。倪匡将大量重大问题投入于隐喻之中,其情节波澜壮阔,其内容辐射辽广,其语言干净利落,其人物潇洒自由。掩卷之后,大感非仅“猎奇”而已,乃有极深刻之倾诉。既如此,则其作品又何限归类?何限地域?何限历史?写到此处,猛然想到一则快事。2006年3月~2007年2月,大陆《红袖添香网》与香港中华书局共同举办“2006新武侠小说大赛”。在此活动之中,上网阅读的倪匡竟于不经意间发现一流参赛作品——周翔的《放纵剑魂》。倪匡随即致信周翔:“大有可能是出自古龙英灵的指引,因为你作品极出色,相信古龙若在生,也会觉得高兴。你已经掌握了写小说最重要的诀窍,就是有极好的想象力和通顺的文笔,掌握悬疑也恰到好处。我现在逢人便说你的小说好看,近日会和金庸见面,就会告诉他。并希望可以找到肯出版的出版社。”果不其然,《放纵剑魂》获得新武侠大赛七月之“月冠军”。此种洞见,可见倪匡之眼力与感召。

Friday, November 7, 2008

What about "Change"?

The theme of 'Change' has been Obama's campaign for the past 21 months. Sure, he is elected, it means that he needs to deliver whatever changes he has promised.

From my personal side, I don't need to do what Obama did, trying to sell 'Changes' to others to get buy-in and all that. However, I do see different challenges.

The idea of wanting to change at a personal level is because I'm not satisfy with certain things at their current stage and want to carry out the changes to make things better. I'm sure there are tons of self-help books out there that can help, though I deem that most of them are simply telling us what we should have already known. So, I'm just gonna list out what I think that will work for me here.

Step 1 - Self-realization - finding what I don't like about.

Step 2 - Investigation - finding out what are the root causes of those shortcomings or defects.

Step 3 - Diagnosis - finding out what actions can be done to get rid of those shortcomings or defects.

Step 4 - Planning - schedule and arrange the procedure to carry out those actions

Step 5 - Self-motivation - make myself to carry out the plan

Step 6 - Execution - actually carry out the plan and certainly review and amend the plan as it goes.

Step 7 - Plan completion and maintenance - when the actions are completed, some of them may become a new habit that will be ongoing......

Step 8 - Review - learn what was done right and wrong for future reference.

I think each step has its own challenges. Depends on what my goals are, it could see problem on all steps. As I'm not talking about a job, or something coming from outside, I'm talking about something inside our head. For me, self-motivation is the difficult, particularly when I'm occupied by other responsibilities, it is so easy for me to tell myself to do it later. So, many of my ideas on self- improvement and changes are simply ideas or plans without start dates. Just make me sad to think about that. Use an analogy, I think it is true that we won't go the restroom in the middle of the night, if we can 'hold'! Though, we all know that if you wake up because if you feel like you need to piss, you won't go bad to sleep unless you piss. Keep on fighting to hold is not gonna work. I guess I'm not that 'full' yet, that's why I'm still holding and not going to the bathroom. Maybe I'm just too dumb to do that....

Not sure if others have the same problem or not. What step would they found most difficult?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Michael Crichton 1942 - 2008

On Nov 4, besides the U.S. Presidential election which took up most of the space in news media, a great author died on the same day. He is got to be my all-time favorite American author in terms of number of books that I read from the same author. I still vivid remember that I told my friends that the movie version of Jurassic Park sucks comparing with the book. Cos, I read the book first, also so as the Lost World and Rising Sun. As some critics had said, Michael Crichton didn't write novels, he wrote movie script. I think that is so true. His novel chapters, scene by scene are exactly like movie images running in my head. Also, he did a lot of researches to prepare for his works, not just ideas alone. Though, later on I was busy with many other things that I stop reading his novels. I thought I will pick up his books again in future when I have time. With his passing, I think we lost a great author in modern time. Yes, there are many great authors out there, but sorry, I don't know them well. I think Michael's novels should be able to test against time. Yes, there are always new technology there, but the characters in his movies are more or less timeless, they all reflect different aspect of human nature while wrapping in intriguing storyline and hi-tech concepts. Thanks him for providing us excellent entertainments through his words, and his body of works will live on for years to come!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

President Obama


Well, as predicted, Barack Hussein Obama will become the 44th President of the United States starting from Jan 20, 2009.

Yes, it is historic, it gives some people hope, colored kids to look up to, and a lot of things to talk about in the coming 'days'. However, I think he is more than being the 'Tiger Woods' of the U.S. politic. With the problems he is facing, if he can politically survive, it will already be a triumph. As I believe, there is only so much a person can do. Surely, there will be tons of wise guys to help him, both inside and outside his administration. But the people, the States is facing are something very much fundamental and deep rooted.

For examples, financially, American need to change their attitude towards borrowing, spending, and investing. Educationally, you need to make kids feel learning is cool, geeks should be idols, not jocks. Medically, how to reform the whole system to make medicines affordable in the long term. These challenges are enormous. Also, payback to interest groups and the really power in various committees in the Government that tied in with big corps in defense and energy, as well as foreign powers. U think that's easy? I don't think so...

Anyway, Mr. Obama will begin his honeymoon today and the public is going to pound on him very soon. It is because America has got used to the comfortable way of life for so long, they would rather take painkiller than real bitter treatments to get well. That's my thought in spite of the hope that I have on him from the other side of my personality.

God bless him and America!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

How American sees the world...

Yes, today the great country of the United States will elect a new president. Yes, it is claimed to be the most important election in many people's lifetime, cos it will not only affect regular Americans, but whoever the president will be will also affect the world. Everybody (almost) thinks Obama, the champaign of 'Change' will win. Will he also change how American see the world?

The pics in the blog is extracted from Google Image. Thx!