Thursday, March 29, 2007

90/10 principle

i've gotten this in my email a couple times in the past

i just got it again today

it's a good read so i'm sharing it with y'all


The 90/10 Principle

Have you read this before? Discover the 90/10 Principle. It will change your life (at least the way you react to situations). What is this principle?

10% of life is made up of what happens to you. 90% of life is decided by how you react. What does this mean?

We really have no control over 10% of what happens to us. We cannot stop the car from breaking down. The plane will be late arriving, which throws our whole schedule off. A driver may cut us off in traffic. We have no control over this 10%. The other 90% is different. You determine the other 90%.

How? By your reaction. You cannot control a red light., but you can control your reaction. Don't let people fool you; YOU can control how you react.

Let's use an example. You are eating breakfast with your family. Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You have no control over what just what happened. What happens when the next will be determined by how you react.You curse. You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the cup over.

She breaks down in tears. After scolding her, you turn to your spouse and criticize her for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table. A short verbal battle follows. You storm upstairs and change your shirt. Back downstairs, you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish breakfast and get ready for school. She misses the bus. Your spouse must leave immediately for work.

You rush to the car and drive your daughter to school. Because you are late, you drive 40 miles an hour in a 30 mph speed limit. After a 15-minute delay and throwing $60 traffic fine away, you arrive at school. Your daughter runs into the building without saying goodbye. After arriving at the office 20 minutes late, you find you forgot your briefcase. Your day has started terrible. As it continues, it seems to get worse and worse. You look forward to coming home, When you arrive home, you find small wedge in your relationship with your spouse and daughter.

Why? Because of how you reacted in the morning. Why did you have a bad day?

A) Did the coffee cause it?
B) Did your daughter cause it?
C) Did the policeman cause it?
D) Did you cause it?

The answer is " D".

You had no control over what happened with the coffee. How you reacted in those 5 seconds is what caused your bad day. Here is what could have and should have happened.

Coffee splashes over you. Your daughter is about to cry. You gently say, "It's ok honey, you just need, to be more careful next time". Grabbing a towel you rush
upstairs. After grabbing a new shirt and your briefcase, you come back down in time to look through the window and see your child getting on the bus. She turns and waves. You arrive 5 minutes early and cheerfully greet the staff. Your boss comments on how good the day you are having.

Notice the difference? Two different scenarios. Both started the same. Both ended different.

Why? Because of how you REACTED. You really do not have any control over 10% of what happens. The other 90% was determined by your reaction.

Here are some ways to apply the 90/10 principle. If someone says something negative about you, don't be a sponge. Let the attack roll off like water on glass. You don't have to let the negative comment affect you! React properly and it will not ruin your day. A wrong reaction could result in losing a friend, being fired, getting stressed out etc.

How do you react if someone cuts you off in traffic? Do you lose your temper? Pound on the steering wheel? (A friend of mine had the steering wheel fall off) Do you curse? Does your blood pressure skyrocket? Do you try and bump them? WHO CARES if you arrive ten seconds later at work? Why let the cars ruin your drive? Remember the 90/10 principle, and do not worry about it.

You are told you lost your job. Why lose sleep and get irritated? It will work out. Use your worrying energy and time into finding another job.

The plane is late; it is going to mangle your schedule for the day. Why take out your frustration on the flight attendant? She has no control over what is going on. Use your time to study, get to know the other passenger. Why get stressed out? It will just make things worse.

Now you know the 90-10 principle. Apply it and you will be amazed at the results. You will lose nothing if you try it.

The 90-10 principle is incredible. Very few know and apply this principle.

The result? Millions of people are suffering from undeserved stress, trials, problems and heartache. We all must understand and apply the 90/10 principle.

It CAN change your life!!!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

a jolly good time

when we went to taitung last month... ivan's family, especially his cousin, showed us great hospitality

his cousin, who serves full-time in taiwan's air force, was in town this past weekend so we wanted to return the favor... plus wifey and i wanted to do a little celebration of our own

we went to jolly brewery in taipei

they brew their own beer and it was some pretty good beer

i had more than i should have had, but it just was some pretty good beer

what can i say?

i love beer!

despite the little episode with austin powers, we had a jolly good time at jolly's...


a couple of these...

a few more of these... and i was feeling very tipsy


beer drinking contest... and no, none of us joined






more pics here...

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

austin powers doesn't like to be called dude

oh, behave!

i'm not a racist

let me just get that out of the way first before i'm called one

most foreigners i've met in taiwan have been pretty cool and nice people

i'd say 99 out of 100 foreigners in taiwan are pretty cool and nice people

it's unfortunate we ran into that 1 that's just a total ass and an arrogant moron

we were out drinking a few days ago and the table next to us were a bunch of english speaking folks which included this austin powers look-alike old british guy

he seemed pretty grumpy and moody and kept giving our group funny looks

was it because we are a bunch of "taike" and were speaking taiwanese

for whatever's worth, their table was the loudest in the whole place... we were nowhere near their uproar

anyways, one thing led to another as i was walking by their table going back to my seat, austin powers ended up standing right in front of me and we were looking at each other

i gave him a nod and said "hey, how's it going dude?"

his response in a very heavy british accent and loud voice "I'M NOT A DUDE!" (so, are you a bitch then?)

he then quickly turned around and took a seat at his table, so i just ignored him and went back to my seat

a few seconds later, i looked towards austin powers and he was just throwing a fit and berating to his group "I'M NOT A DUDE!", then followed by "WHAT THE FUCK!?" and mimicking me in a chinese accent "how's it going duuuude?" and going on and on about being called a dude

ok there DUDE

i wanted to confront him but we were having a good time and really why let some loser ruin the night for us?

yea, you are really cool and above all of us because you speak english?

yea, well... i do too... so???

go eat a spotted dick and choke on it

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Monday, March 26, 2007

to flush or not to flush...

... that is the question

to flush or not to flush

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

hangover in macau

yup, i'm back in macau again for the second time in 5 days

flew in this morning and flying back out to taiwan in a couple hours

not fun

especially since i have a pretty bad hangover

headache, dizziness, nausea, backache, muscle pains... you name it

basically i've been feeling like shit all day long

lesson of the day... if you have to wake up at 6am to catch a flight, do not stay out drinking until 2:30am

not fun

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

macau recap

macau airport

as you can tell from the past couple posts, i was just in macau not too long ago

i didn't stay there that long either

just a bit over 2 hours to be exact

landed in macau around 11am on tuesday (3/20), flew back to taiwan around 1:20pm

i ended up being awake for over 35 hours

not fun

the reason for the short stay in macau is because i was playing the role of delivery boy

i had to personally deliver some parts for our factory in china

our engineer for this project came out to macau to meet me, took the parts and rushed off to the factory

why not use a courier like dhl or fedex you are asking?

because there was simply no time

so why was i up for over 35 hours?

because i was out in our factory in taiwan with our crew trying to make good enough parts for china to use

we were there until 5:30am when we finally made enough good parts

as soon as i got them, i went home, packed the stuff, took a shower and rushed off to the airport to try to hop on the earliest possible flight out to macau

i got there at 7:50am

i missed the 6am and the 8am flights

8:55am flight it was

i was some expensive delivery boy too

the flight cost nt$18,000 (approx. us$550)

regularly, flights to macau are under nt$10,000 (approx. under us$310)

if we had used a courier service to deliver the parts, it would probably cost $550 as well... nt$ tho', but it would arrive the next day, and that's not even guaranteed

there was simply no time

when i flew back to taiwan i went back to work instead of going home

it was only 3pm when i got back and if i go home i would definitely fall asleep and wake up in the middle of the night

not fun

by the time i got off work, went home, took care of some errands and went to sleep it was 9:30pm

which makes that a bit over 35 hours since i last slept

not fun

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

landing in macau

landing in macau

landing in macau

landing in macau

landing in macau

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

hello from macau... once again

well, here i am at the macau international airport once again

as usual, whenever i'm here... i come to the chinatrust vip loung to grab some grub, a few drinks and use the internet

i'm flying back to taiwan in about an hour

even tho' i just landed in macau about an hour ago from taiwan

i haven't slept in more than 28 hours... and counting

well, what can you do?

work's work

gotta do whats gotta get done

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Monday, March 19, 2007

a rich visit

my colleague rich from our chicago (elk grove village to be exact) office was in town (business trip) for a couple days

as always, whenever he's in town, we go out for a few drinks

this time around, the usual suspects joined us...

rich in taiwan

rich in taiwan

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

one year wedding anniversary


and just like that, it has been a year

and what a year it has been

happy one year wedding anniversary pumpkin

love always

now, let's go back...

our "love story"...

pre-wedding photos...

wedding ceremony / reception photos (part 1)...

wedding ceremony / reception photos (part 2)...

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

a great new blog


wifey's got a new blog

check it out here...


a little shameless self-promotion

hey, at least i didn't feature myself here... yet

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

r.i.p. miki

r.i.p. miki

r.i.p. miki

i hardly knew you

hope this is true

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Monday, March 12, 2007

have a coffee break

starbucks coffee break

stop by any starbucks (in taiwan) for some coffee during the time metioned above

hey, it's free!

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

congratulations eva & aaron

eva & aaron

congratulations to eva and aaron

they got married yesterday and we attended their reception dinner party last night

it was a very traditional affair with "strippers" and all

the most important thing, i got him back!

got my revenge!

you see, here in taiwan when you get married, at the reception dinner party, your friends will make a special drink for you

last year when i got married, aaron contributed to my drink and last night i returned the favor

his drink started with a half cup of scotch whiskey

we then passed that cup around the table and everyone had to add something to it

when it was all said and done, the drink had scotch whiskey, beer, guava juice, soy sauce, green tea, chicken soup, jell-o, vegetable broth and a dab of wasabi plus a couple other ingredients that i don't remember

here's the end result...

the drink


my drink at my wedding was pretty horrible too

when i was done with it, it even had fish skin and bones in it


aaron almost threw up after he drank it

well, no sympathy from me

been there, done that

you only get married once in a lifetime (well, i hope and wish it's only once for everyone>

best wishes aaron

a vid of one of the strippers

eva & aaron wedding

eva & aaron wedding

eva & aaron wedding

eva & aaron wedding
aaron's dad chugging down a bottle of beer... the old man can drink!

eva & aaron wedding
getting ready to drink "the drink"

eva & aaron wedding
smelling it before drinking it... it smelled funky!

eva & aaron wedding
"the drink"

eva & aaron wedding
the reaction

eva & aaron wedding
just about ready to throw up

eva & aaron wedding
drunk aaron up on stage singing karaoke... good times

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

300 the movie

i rarely go to the movie theatres nowadays to watch a movie

i only go if i feel the movie is worthwhile and warrants the big screen and the sound system

basically, dramas and comedies are a big no-no

action movies only


last night i saw these trailers...



that looked epic

looks like the movie theatres will get my patronage for the first time in a few months

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Friday, March 09, 2007

mickey d's

mcdonald coupons

if you are in taiwan and like mickey d's then you know what to do



save $

and go crazy

don't come after me if you end up like this tho'...

fat ronald

mcdonald victim

don't say i didn't warn you

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i'm cooler than a polar bear's toenail

rain, rain, rain!

i am not cool in the i'm cool sense

no, i ain't cool like that

i am cool in the i'm freezing my ass off sense

yes, i'm cool like that

it's been raining non-stop for the past 6 days with the temperature dropping to the low teens celsius (mid-50's fahrenheit)

yea, you canadian and american folks are probably laughing your asses off

"you wimp, that ain't shit", i hear y'all saying

i don't care... i am freezing my ass off

this is already too cold for me

i hate the cold

i've never been good dealing with the cold and all this rain doesn't help either

"but... but... but you grew up in canada???" some of you who know me might say

yea, so???

in canada we had heaters... throughout and everywhere

the plug-in heaters here are no good

plus it ain't like i can carry that around everywhere i go

the point is...

no point

just ranting and that i hate this weather and that i'm fucking cold

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

international women's day

international women's day

today is international women's day

today... march 8th



not the best date nor number to dedicate to women

who came up with this date?

what are the odds?

(need to know mandarin chinese to understand)

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

bored on a saturday afternoon - hongludi

the past couple days have been cold and wet

quite a change from the past week, when it was warm and sunny

that was the case this past saturday

just a beautiful day

we had planned to go meet some friends for a few drinks that night but had nothing planned during the day

so we were sitting there at home bored with nothing to do

we didn't want to waste the beautiful sunny day knowing that it was gonna start to get cold and rainy the next day lasting a whole week

so off to zhonghe we went to hike up hongduli (烘爐地)

hongduli in zhonghe

hongduli in zhonghe

hongduli in zhonghe

hongduli in zhonghe

hongduli in zhonghe

hongduli in zhonghe

hongduli in zhonghe

hongduli in zhonghe

hongduli in zhonghe

hongduli in zhonghe

hongduli in zhonghe

hongduli in zhonghe

hongduli in zhonghe
a little panorama collage i did with a series of photos i took of the view up there... click on image above to enlarge

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