Questions for U.S. President George Bush Junior

I talked about reflecting on yourself to become a better “you” as everyday goes by.

I’m not a very political person, but I wonder if our president does any self-reflection.
I wonder if President George Bush Junior ever think to himself:

I’m already the president of U.S., the most powerful man in U.S. and possibly in the world, do I really need more power?
Maybe I should use my power more appropriately, for better cause, and not abuse the darn thing…

I (and my friends) have a crap load of money already, do I really have to help us obtain more?
Maybe we can use our time, money, and effort to help and advocate medical research or any kind of benefical social efforts.

I’m making more mistakes than I really want to when I speak in public…
Maybe I should work on my vocabulary and practice the presentation…

Had there been “a little” too many lives lost among all the wars I started here and there?
Maybe it’s time to find a way to stop them.

I have always been pushing democracy to the other parts of the world. Why don’t people understand?
Maybe they don’t understand the fundamentals of democracy. Wait, do I know the fundamentals of democracy? Is United States being a good example of democracy under my ruling?

Should I listen more to the opinions of the people I am supposed to be serving?
Maybe it’s time I listen to other perspectives.

Did I really change the government for the better?
Did I really make America a better place?
Have I contributed to the world positively?

And finally…
Am I being a good president? Am I being a good person?

Personally, I’m not sure if he can close his eyes and say with peace in his heart, “Yes”.
But that’s just me.

Do you have questions for our Mr. President?

Originally posted 2007-08-19 13:10:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Life is… Life is not…

As I at in the office plugging away at the keyword today, or not, since I got distracted and something hit me…

Life is not sitting in an office/cubicle for most of the day.
Life is not climbing corporate ladders.
Life is not about fame.
Life is not being super-rich.
Life is not having MacMansion.
Life is not about drama.
Life is not killing each other.

Life is compassion.
Life is having genuine relationship.
Life is appreciating what nature offers.
Life is simple.
Life is living in the moment.
Life is changing.
Life is learning.
Life is singing.
Life is playing piano.

Yes, I am a bit of a dreamer and I like it. I tell myself to work hard to move more and more toward what “Life is” everyday.

Originally posted 2008-05-07 23:18:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Skipping Shopping on Thanksgiving

In case you haven’t heard, there are a lot of brick and mortar stores openning on Thanksgiving day this year. I truly feel bad for the employees who can barely enjoy their turkey dinner with their family and loved ones. The best thing that can happen is for all of us to boycott such behabior, and say “f this shit.” But alas, I doubt that will ever happen.

No thanks to corporate America

That said, I still think we all have a choice. A choice not to buy into the absurdity in our culture. A choice that shows our character.

We’re playing a one-upmanship games with each other and have no way of stopping. The companies decide to compete (instead of saying no, we won’t do the same) with each other thinking “we must win.” So now we have all the stores opening on the day with the principle and ideal of being appreciative and showing gratitude for one another… not being more consumeristic and trampling over or clawing each other to get those consumer products.

No, I am not thankful that we have such culture.

This year, it’ll still be the same as before for me… I will not be shopping on Thanksgiving. I’ll be enjoying my day with the people I care about NOT shopping but just spending some quality time in each other’s company. To me, that is enough.

The other argument I’ll use is that most of the deals I find on Thanksgiving are not that great. The really cheap deals end up being products of lesser quality while the deals of things I’d like are not that more extraordinarily cheaper so big whoop.

So yeah, there are things I want… lots of them as many of us. But then again, I know I have enough, and what/who I will have around me is plentiful.

For that, I am thankful.

Originally posted 2012-11-22 00:53:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

HSBC whooping 6% saving…and the catch?

So the online saving rate war is back! HSBC is now offering 6% APY until April 30th 2007 but…there’s always a catch.

This deal only works on so-called “new” money which is basically any money you deposit between Jan 29-April 30. So in the end, I’d say you will only make a few extra bucks (in the sub-100k category) if you already have a 5% saving account somewhere. Especially since it’s only a 3 months deal from now. And then also due to the slow transaction time that will cause a loss of interest return on the days between money is moved and then there’s taxation. And if you have 100k+? You probably should be think about putting some of that money into funds/stocks portfolio anyways (or buy a house, do something w/ them plz) and won’t have 100k+ in saving :P

So I would say it’s not worth it, for the little gain and the hassle. Again, HSBC has very slow transaction from personal experience. It’s just another strategy to draw some new money/customers.

Originally posted 2007-01-28 03:50:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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