Thursday, November 15, 2007

How stupid are some people....

Customers booed Qantas staff as they came to the assistance of an elderly woman who collapsed and died at Brisbane airport, according to reports.

The 80-year-old woman was standing in a queue at the Qantas club lounge when she apparently suffered a heart attack on Monday morning, the Courier Mail reported.
Customers, frustrated by long queues, booed staff members who left their check-in counters to assist the woman until medical assistance arrived.

The woman was treated by two doctors at the terminal until paramedics came, but they were unable to revive her.


Some people need to have some respect for others in need.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Definition of Love : As told by Children

Definition of Love : As told by Children
Touching words from the mouth of babes.What does Love mean?A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, "What does love mean?"The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined.
See what you think:
"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love." Rebecca- age 8
"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth." Billy - age 4
"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other." Karl - age 5
"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs." Chrissy - age 6
"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired." Terri - age 4
"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK." Danny - age 7
"Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss" Emily - age 8
"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen." Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)
"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate," Nikka - age 6(we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)
"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday." Noelle - age 7
"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well." Tommy - age 6
"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore." Cindy - age 8
"My mommy loves me more than anybody . You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night." Clare - age 6
"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken." Elaine-age 5
"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford." Chris - age 7
"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day." Mary Ann - age 4
"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones." Lauren - age 4
"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you." (what an image) Karen - age 7
"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross." Mark - age 6
"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget." Jessica - age 8
And the final one -- Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child. The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, "Nothing, I just helped him cry"
What's your definition of love?

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Jaye's second design consultation

I reckon this deserves a meal for payment =)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Jaye's first design consultation

I kinda guessed the plan of the house and added a massive verandah covering the front half (the public half) of the house. I added stairs for circulation to the service yard - for hanging the laundry and using the backyard, and also to the new car port. In the existing carport I've extended the house to create a games room adjacent and complementing the lounge. This room is intended to be the centre of entertainment in the house for its occupants and visitors alike! Also, the KFC franchise extension is very appealing.... The games room acts as an informal entrance to the verandah and allows the outside space to be like an outdoor room to supplement the indoor space. The current games room becomes darth nolla's rehab room with the original darth vader rehab capsule. W's room is boring as usual.


Unfortunately, I've had to break my blogging curfew because a certain SOMEONE has tagged me with this post, and i feel bad ignoring it =P At least i'll get to control what their house looks like when i get the 'official' go-ahead to create the best games room in brisbane =)

Rules for this 8 interesting things post:

* Each player must post these rules to begin the meme.
* Each player starts with eight random facts or habits about themselves.
* People who get tagged must blog about their eight things and post these rules.
* At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
* Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

1. I'm a msn bum... I can't remember the last time i've been home and not sleeping, and not on msn... for a while...

2. I am a badminton fan... no I'm not a girl, and no, badminton is not a girl's sport. If you think badminton is a pushover, then I'll gladly challenge you and watch you fail hitting the shuttle on countless occasions =P

3. I hate onion... Probably because ever since i can remember, i've known that my dad hates onions too, so its probably more that i'm just used to hearing people complain about it, and using it as an excuse, than me really hating it. Though... I'm not a big fan of most veges... so that contributes to my disgust in onions

4. I speak 'hakka' or 'ke jia hua' or 'haga wa'. And no, its not some random maori language (though... i know a bit of that too), its a dialect of chinese. Some people won't believe me, but it was a very common language back in the day of the Dynasties. Not as common as mandarin, but it is more older than most dialects, as far as i have heard/read/etc. and apparently the hakka people were persecuted by the other chinese, so that's probably why no one knows about it now. There's links between hakka and other languages and dialects - taiwanese, japanese, and even english apparently!!

5. I'm a christian, I love going to church, reading the bible, and growing in my walk with Jesus. I won't deny it, or compromise it with anything in my life.

6. I love music... all kinds. My iTunes list has christian songs, english rap/hip hop/pop/etc. , chinese rap/pop , korean pop, jap anime theme songs, acapella groups, mainstream artists and bands, christian artists and bands, songs my friends have compiled or composed... I have the lot. EXCEPT cantonese of anything... i don't know how people put up with cantonese music...

7. I study architecture.... and I haven't done any all nighters or crazy work hours yet. I did 2am's the past few days, but it was because I was at camp on the weekend, but I finished early yet again, and that is why I'm posting now - I have a critique presentation in a few hours.

8. I am addicted to nandos. I think I haven't had it for 3 weeks now, and I'm sad :( I love the extra hot nandos chicken... its hot, and you can really feel the flavour!! I also love malaysian curry puffs, satay, ice kajang, well made laksa, and all the malaysian delicacies =) I'm also a big fan of italian pizza and carbonaras. I love food =P

Welll i have to tag 8 people i guess, and i don't know who checks my blog, and I don't support forwards and tagging THAT much... but here's my 8:

Euan - dunno if he checks much

*shrugs* if you don't do it, but oh well =P

Monday, July 30, 2007

Jaywalking in Bris - News Report

Jaywalkers in Brisbane could lose demerit points from their driver's licence and face increased fines under a new proposal being put forward by police.

Under the proposal, pedestrians who disobey traffic signs such as "don't walk" will lose a point from their own driver's licence.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

1/4 Way Mark

It feels so bad... I still have 4.5 years until I graduate! People say I could've done Med, or something better than Achitecture... but I have to say that behind the time commitment, the subjective-ness of the course, and the cost from all the utensils we need... the course is finally beginning to feel must more interesting! Its funny how today, as the new semester began, we all have this new-found 'passion' or interest in architecture... when we've been bludging or whinging for the past 18 months.

A month of work experience has really opened my eyes to the reality of what I might be doing later on. Not really looking forward to the overtime and stress involved with that, but the designing and creative flair involved seems really interesting! Imagine walking around the city looking at a beautiful building and saying "I made that thing look good!"

Well, a new semester has begun. 13 weeks of pain and stress, but ultimately, it feels like it will be an enjoyable semester of learning, applying our creativity and logic, and ultimately, providing eye catching designs to 'wow' everyone! GO GO GO!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Growing up...

Its quite funny how everything lately has been reminding me of such a simple and logical, yet amazing and surprising thing - we're growing up! Faces I remember from primary and high school are now older, maturer, and wiser. Even the 'older' faces are getting older and busier! No longer do we waste time playing games etc. around the clock... everyone is so busy in their own ways, and life is just swallowing us all up! Its so awesome just to have some time that we can catch up with those people that are close to us. Time that we can stop and just relax with our friends, have a laugh, do stuff together, and enjoy the time that we have.

Time is always ticking... one day we'll all have full time jobs, be married, have kids and all those things to make us busy, but the thing we have to hold on to are our close friends, who will be there to make us smile, give us a laugh, and to enjoy fellowship together.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Unity - Literal or Metaphor

There's been a lot of discussion lately about the idea of unity and 'one church' at SDBC, and it has brought issues up such as the chinese/english church, different services, different home groups, and different youth activities just as examples. The push is for all these activities, meetings, and groups to be united as one church - this was supposed to be demonstrated in events such as combined services. There's been many pushing and pulling and re-organising happening, but my question is: is it really necessary?

I've been part of SDBC for 11 years now... and no one can doubt that I am a part of SDBC. I've been active in many different areas of the church, and i do feel very much united as a part of SDBC. Do i feel united in these big church events - the answer is yes, of course. Its awesome seeing everyone together as one big group. BUT, is that the only way to feel united - the answer to me is no. I feel united as part of SDBC with my fellow SDBC members because I know that we are all on the same path, to the same direction, and with the same common purpose. Maybe it is good to have big gathering events once in a while, but it isn't the be all and end all of being united. I may have a different interest to the bloke sitting at the back of the church, or the guys that go to different services - and this is where the small groups come in. Unity doesn't mean we all have to be together all the time and every time. We need to have the same purpose and common goal - that is the key of unity to me.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Taming the Tongue

Today's service was named "taming the tongue". The truths from the sermon are so true and applicable to anyone and everyone. The tongue... though such a small part of a person, says a lot about the person. It has the power to bless, and to curse. When uncontrolled, the tongue can be sharper than any sword.

The video clip before the sermon was very powerful... countless words... infinite hours of work... everything thats been done, can be undone by one word.

We have to be in control of what we say. We have to tolerate others, and speak truth in love. There's no more rejection than being criticised openly by others. One word can change lives.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

What's left in life?

I'm in an assessment mood. Around me, everyone is madly rushing and studying to achieve their so called "perfection" or however close they will get to it. However, I'm just sitting here, wondering... what's left in life, when things drive you to be a monotonous workaholic?

I'm a firm believer of work, rest, and play. I'm Asian. I grew up with parents, who, ironically are teachers and now tutors, who were always on my back, screaming and shouting and telling me to study my brains off, or my future will be gone. It's probably true, that if u have no work ethic, you're probably stuffed for the future, but to me, work isn't the centre of life. Some would say "but josh.. you're smart! we're not!" or "yeah we know you're smart josh"... but that isn't the point. If work was the centre of life... what would the world look like? It would probably look like one of those gloomy factories that boring engineers work at. Everyone just standing looking at the production line... waiting to do their job. It would look like a computer... like a robot... like a machine.

If work is the central part of your life, I think you've totally misunderstood. Work is a part of life, yes. To most, its an important part of life. If life was a machine, where would the laughter be? how would you find your close friends? where would you see the beautiful smiles on people's faces? where would you find time to relax? to rest? to play?

Keep your balance. Know what life is all about. Then, you will be truly satisfied.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Fashion Etc.

During the past semester we've been having interesting discussions about decoration, ornament and fashion in our history tutes... revealing many many things about its influence. Stuff about beauty and 'inherent' beauty (its universally accepted as beautiful) or 'positive' beauty (when its up to someone's taste or perception that its beautiful). Apparently this debate has been going on for more than a millennia, and the idea of ornament has governed many different periods of architecture and history.

Well this week's tutorial was the finale! many points came out of our text and discussion like:
  • one who tattoos himself is like a 2 year old
  • one who tattoos himself is a criminal and a degenerate
  • one who ornaments is trapped in the past and is also a 2 year old and a degenerate
  • one who rids himself of ornament has proved mature and above society and its trends of fashion and ornament
  • this is why architects supposedly all wear black so they use their creativity on their projects as opposed to ornamenting themselves

Also some points from other tutes:

  • a demented hand made vase is worth more than the elegant machined vase
  • a machine-made beautiful pearl necklace is nothing more than supporting slave labour
  • imperfect but original is better than perfect and machined
  • women support slave labour when they buy jewellry
  • perfume was originally made so people could substitute it for having showers

Ok back to work =P

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The past month recap

Hello Blog... I've been ignoring you for a month now... so i guess i'll write something up. Its been soooo busy over the past month that I even forgot i had a blog =P Now its pretty much the busy time of the semester with projects and assignments and exam (singular!) coming up... and also things like FiGS camp, meetings, possible holidays etc. etc. to think about. Well... here's a quick point list of what's new in the past month:

  • Its almost exam blocks!!! (again... singular "exam" and 20% only =P)
  • I'm 19 hehe (most people are like... OH NO!!)
  • Birthday party with heaps of fun and surprises (thanks guys!)
  • New computer and big big monitor ^^
  • mayfest and buddha fest
  • figs PARENTS night... lol
  • new badminton racquet ^____^
  • cousin came over from NZ
  • UQ pizza first time this semester =P
  • did my critique/presentation for project 2 and it went pretty well
  • easy 30% exam memorising 60 buildings

Things coming up

  • holidays!
  • figs camp!
  • melb. mayyybeeeee
  • qld and gc open ^___^
  • aus. international!
  • um i dunno what else

As you can see, my blog motivation is going down and downnn....

better get back to work =P

Monday, April 16, 2007

How to recognize that you are a design student

The alarm clock tells you when to go to sleep

You know what UHU tastes like

Redbull, coffee and cokes are tools, not treats

You’ve slept more than 20 hours nonstop in a single weekend

You’ve listened to all your cd’s in less than 48 hours

You’re not seen in public

You lose your house keys for a week, and you didn’t even notice

You’ve used an entire roll of film to photograph a sidewalk

You’ve become excellent at recycling when it becomes to making models

You use holidays only as extra sleeping time

You’ve got more photos of buildings than of actual people

You’ve taken your boyfriend/girlfriend on a date to a construction site

You can live without human contact, food or daylight, but if you can’t print, its chaos

When you are being shown pictures of a trip, you ask what the human scale is

You can use Photoshop, Illustrator, and make a webpage, but you can’t use Excel

You buy 50 dollar architectural magazines that you haven’t read yet

When someone offers you a BIC pen, you feel offended

Monday, April 02, 2007

Lazy. Lazy. Lazy.

Man... how lazy am i! 7 posts this year... and haven't blogged properly in over a month! Well things are really busy here and I'm actually not procrastinating... hehe

So what has happened over the past month? not much...
  • Badminton comp and many baddy nights
  • Uni assignments and *sigh* presentations
  • Organising FiGS stuff every week
  • Depriving myself of sleep
  • Work
  • Going out for meals since I'm so lazy... mmmm Grinders side wedges =P
  • Poking friends hehehe
  • Being stupid as usual

But now I have one week break and I wanna make the most of it!

Want to:

  • Sleep
  • Play badminton
  • Go fishing maybe?? JAYE!!!
  • Poke friends
  • Be my stupid self =P
  • Sleep
  • LAN party maybe?? (who's up for easter sunday?!?)
  • Catch up with people
  • Finish my stupid assignments

Well thats my post for now =P

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Do you know how it feels?

Do you know how it feels
To live life every day
Waiting to be noticed
In any particular way

Do you know how it feels
When you are all alone
No one to see or listen to
Or talk to on the phone

Do you know how it feels
To wake up to the bright sun
An exciting day ahead of you
Instead at the end, the day is none

How would you really feel
If your loved ones turned you away
They were your only refuge
The reason you chose to stay

Why do people live every day
Treating others as if all were the same
When everyone carries heavy burdens
Our suffering, hurt and pain.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Jaye's Dream Home!

*drumrolls* J-Dimension presents the Jaye-home Project!

Here are some questions that will hopefully point J-Dimension into the right direction in this exciting new project!

Will Jaye need:
1. a) a huge house
b) a small and cozy house

2. a) one-storey house
b) two-storey house

3. a) a big backyard
b) a small or no backyard

4. a) a new age, sleek, stylish design
b) a traditional, conservative design

5. a) a big gaming room for us all to gatecrash
b) a swimming pool for us to gatecrash
c) a tennis court for us to gatecrash
d) a star wars like Darth Nolla module
e) any or all of the above

Should the design be:
a) Simple and most efficient
b) deliberately annoying

What should be a major idea for Jaye-home Project?
a) style
b) functionality
c) open-ness to visitors
d) star wars like
e) no idea is neccesary

We are also looking for a piece of land to situate Jaye-home Project. Please contact me with some suggestions!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The best bus in the world is...

The best bus service in the world! Reduces joshi's bus trip from home to UQ by a massive 30 minutes! Yes... from an original 10 minute walk to GC, 20 minute bus to the city, 10 minute walk and wait for the 407/412, and then another 20-25 minutes to get to the wrong side of uni, and then walking 5 minutes to the architecture building... Joshi now walks 10 minutes to GC, hops on the awesome 169 (at about 9 - 9:30 with a relatively empty bus) and 18 minutes later, he is about a 2 minute walk away from the architecture building :D

Uni is pretty normal again i guess, except heaps of newbies that i know hahaha... We're already getting assignments! The one we got today is pretty cool... we have to renovate an existing building into an 'ecohome' or an eco-friendly home. Yesterday's lecture was interesting too... about greek and roman architecture. Its really awesome looking at the ancient buildings and deciphering the ideologies and thoughts behind their masterpieces.

Other than that... really tired and stuffed from working 6 full days last week. FiGS was awesome though... first time we had such a full on program... and it was great! Hopefully we can continue on this platform we have begun to build, and really have fun while learning heaps. Also... so much stuff happening lately! Mum went to melb for the past 2 weeks cos of my cousin's wedding! First one from mum's side i think. Last year, we went to malaysia for the first wedding from my generation in the whole family (both mum and dad's side). Now 2 weddings have taken place... both my fav. cousins from each side :P and another wedding in the next month down in melb... and then one (or two... waiting for news... lol) at the end of the year!

What else has happened...? hmmm... last sunday was first soccer game with all the youth around bris. It was really awesome, even though a few randoms rocked up. Badminton is getting a little boring lately... thought i mite still play in the next comp. Hopefully more people and better people will come on fridays and sundays so I can have a good hit out!

Well.. that's all from me... busy busy me :) might take a nap now hehe (look at the time i posted :P)

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Norm kicks in again...

Well... after a massive summer holiday... it looks like the norm has kicked in again for 2007. Work has been a real eye opener about how to manage time more efficiently... and I'm probably gonna learn more about that with work + uni combination, and also missing parent(s) for at least 6 weeks this first semester! Been awesome catching up with my best buddy for the past week or so... but now, uni is around the corner and we are really into 2007!

Anyways... have a few funny work stories... (from a computer shop)

1. Customer calls in: "do you guys actually sell computer parts!?!?"

2. Customer calls in: "do you have any 5.25 inch floppy disc drivse for sale?"

3. Customer brings in system that 'overheated'. After technician analyses the system... he finds a piece of plastic melted on the CPU (plastic was part of packaging and customer did not remove it...)

4. Customer asks if CD rom drive can be used as a cup holder.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Proud to be An Aussie

Being Australian is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on the way, to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows ona Japanese TV.

Only in Australia ... can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.

Only in Australia ... do supermarkets make sick people walk all the way to the back of the shop to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Only in Australia ... do people order double cheeseburgers, large friesand a DIET coke.

Only in Australia ... do banks leave both doors open and chain the pens tothe counters.

Only in Australia ... do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars on thedrive and lock our junk and cheap lawn mower in the garage.

Only in Australia ... do we use answering machines to screen calls andthen have call waiting so we won't miss a call from someone we didn't wantto talk to in the first place.

Only in Australia ... are there disabled parking places in front of a skating rink.

3 Aussies die each year testing if a 9v battery works on their tongue.
142 Aussies were injured in 1999 by not removing all pins from new shirts.
58 Aussies are injured each year by using sharp knives instead of screwdrivers.
31 Aussies have died since 1996 by watering their Christmas tree while the fairy lights were plugged in.
8 Aussies had serious burns in 2000 trying on a new jumper with a lit cigarette in their mouth.
A massive 543 Aussies were admitted to emergency in the last two years after opening bottles of beer with their teeth.
And finally.... in 2000 eight Aussies cracked their skull whilst throwing up into the toilet.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

2007... the busy year...

Its just the second week of the new year, and its been so busy already! So much has happened... good and bad... especially in the past week, and right now I'm so tired I just wanna sleep forever! Well... lets see what I've done so far this year...

  • picnic at Roma St.
  • Dinner with friends at home
  • lan party
  • shannon's place
  • badminton mornings x 4
  • sunday 4hrs badminton
  • 8hr figs meeting
  • job interview
  • started new job, quit another
  • worked 22hrs in 3 consecutive days
  • went fishing and got a crazy arm tan

Got home from fishing yesterday at 5 and looked in the mirror to see a huge arm tan and a strip of neck tan. SIGH... as if i'm not tanned enough!! Fell asleep last night at just after 10 while i was reading... *yawnnn*

woooww... so much has happened! more than i thougght too... and its just 2 weeks into the year. Who knows what good and bad things are around the corner... lets just hope that there's more good than bad huh? Either way... it must be an omen that 2007 will be a busy year!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

New Tech

I've been browsing around while at work... looking at some new technology out there... and this is what I have found so far:

-Corsair Dominator RAM... with its own fan!!!

-Carbon fibre Computer case (wow... light! and expensive too!)

-Iphone (apple's new phone... too bad its not as good as the other brands)