Quotes of the Month: September 2010

It’s been a while since I put up the quotes of the month thingy, so I thought I’d make this one a themed one,since September is just around the corner, I’ll make this the “Will Smith Edition” because his birthday is 25th September. The guy is brilliant, read on and you can see why he’s my hero.

Quotes from my childhood hero Actor-Producer-Musician-Husband-Father-Democrat and all round upright citizen, Mr Willard Christopher “Will” Smith Jr.:

“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.”

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”

“I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.”

“Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.”

“I don’t know what my calling is, but I want to be here for a bigger reason. I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived.”

“Parents just don’t understand.”

“Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.”

“So live that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.”

“I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.”

“The fellow that can only see a week ahead is always the popular fellow, for he is looking with the crowd. But the one that can see years ahead, he has a telescope but he can’t make anybody believe that he has it.”

“In my mind, I’ve always been an A-list Hollywood superstar. Y’all just didn’t know yet.”

“Take the diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.”

“If it was something that I really committed myself to, I don’t think there’s anything that could stop me becoming President of the United States.”

“There’s so much negative imagery of black fatherhood. I’ve got tons of friends that are doing the right thing by their kids, and doing the right thing as a father — and how come that’s not as newsworthy?”


Reflections: “Signatures and Public Speaking”

I’m not surprised that damn near nobody in the Malay community knows who I am, apart from the minor prominence I have within a niche investor crowd since becoming the country’s youngest property developer in 2005, I’ve always kept a very low profile, then again I haven’t personally met a Singaporean Malay worth above $50million yet, so no surprises as to why this is so.

This of course is great, because I can get around pretty much anonymously around the baju kurung and kueh raya hot spots to do my shopping in peace. This also means that other than Mendaki Club workshops and seminars, I escape having to speak at Malay/Muslim organisation events. I am thankful for this because, if not, I would not have any personal weekends to speak of.

I get called fairly regularly to speak at events, mostly organised by friends, and agree only because they’re my friends. I don’t usually say “no” unless there’s a schedule conflict with work or an MClub activity, because that takes priority.

Although sometimes, I do think it’s getting to be a habit, every time the question comes up on “Who do we know with personal experience on/that can speak on X and/or Y, and relate it to Z?”, if “X and/or Y” refers to any permutation of Real Estate/Concept Design/IT/Business/Community/Sports/Wellness/Fair-trade/Economics/Social Enterprise/Defence Technology/Sustainable Development, and “Z” refers to kids, parents, investors, shareholders, government officials, teachers, students, sales staff, athletes, yuppies or youths, somehow my name comes up and some Chinese, Indian, Indonesian or Ang Moh friend would text me a message “Are you free on DD MM YY?”, to which if my reply was “yes”, would be followed up with immediately almost always to the effect of “Cool! I’ll send you an email. Thanks mate! :)”.

I fully appreciate their regard for me as the convenient go-to for all and sundry, but it sometimes gets a little boring speaking at official thingies, so I whenever permitted, like to spice things up by peppering my oratory with my own signature quotes and sayings.

Just for fun I’ll leave you with a list below. Enjoy!


10 Things you need to do to make your Dream come true
“‎The first thing you need to do to make your dream come true, is to have a dream. The second thing you need to do, is to wake up and face reality. The third thing you need to do, is to get off your arse and make it happen. The fourth thing you need to do, is to get off your arse and make it happen. The fifth thing you need to do, is to get off your arse and make it happen. The sixth thing you need to do, is to get off your arse and make it happen. The seventh thing you need to do, is to get off your arse and make it happen. The eighth thing you need to do, is to get off your arse and make it happen. The ninth thing you need to do, is to get off your arse and make it happen. The tenth thing you need to do, is to get off your arse and make it happen. The last thing you should be doing is hayal (day dreaming).” ~ Eman Lim, 2007

The Truth About Stupid Questions
“Remember when your teachers told you in school, that there’s no such thing as a stupid question? Well. They lied. There are such things as stupid questions. And teachers ask them all the time.” ~ Eman Lim, 2009

Why reservists attend/conduct commanders briefings
“Well, gentlemen we all know why we’re here today, on this Saturday morning. Because the exercise is just a couple of months away, so we need to arrow people. Ironically, we kena arrow to do it. Why I am conducting this briefing, instead of CO? Because he arrow me to do it.” ~ Eman Lim, 2009

No smoking
“Age does not necessarily bequeath it’s bearer with wisdom, but wisdom can bequeath it’s bearer with a longer life expectancy. If you know it’s bad for you, don’t do it lah. Aiyoh! Like dat also must teach.” ~ Eman Lim, 2009

Doing business
“Many people want to do business, but business is not easy. If it was, except for teachers, nobody would join the civil service.” ~ Eman Lim, 2007

Sustainable Development
“The key to sustainable development is to make the design so idiot proof that who ever comes after you has a really hard time trying to f*ck it up on purpose. Simple solutions make the best design evolutions.” ~ Eman Lim, 2007

Why parents should listen to their kids and their kids friends.
“For all you know there could be a very good reason why your kids are telling you “Mummy/Daddy I don’t want to go to school because I have been persistently harassed by this two-faced big Indian kid that bullies the smaller sized kids and acts like nothing happened and pretends to be a good boy in front of the teacher.”, maybe the corroborating testimony by their friends are an indicator that he or she is being harassed by this two-faced big Indian kid that bullies the smaller sized kids and acts like nothing happened and pretends to be a good boy in front of the teacher. Listen to your kids, and independent testimony.” ~ Eman Lim, 2009

Therapeutic value of cats for people with intellectually and emotionally demanding jobs.
“If you’re a software developer punching out code all day, the last thing you need at the end of the day is a taxing conversational exercise. Therein lies the therapeutic value of having conversations with your cat, the simple exchange of mews, an extremely concise and efficient code transmitting emotional release. ‘Mew’, says everything you need to in one single particle of code. No syntax errors or misunderstandings, cats are the code monkey’s best friend.” ~ 2009

Quotes of the Month – May 2010

Here are some of my favourite quotes compiled this month.

“Not all who wander are lost.” –J.R.R Tolkein

“Heterosexuality isn’t normal, it’s just common.” –Derek Jarman

“I don’t drink Pepsi. I hate the way it represents the next generation of smiling people. Now Coke, it even sounds like a narcotic. Plus, it has fascist coloring. You really have to bow to Coca-Cola.” –Marilyn Manson

“A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes.” –Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

“Wit is educated insolence.” –Aristotle

“It’s not denial. I’m just very selective about the reality I accept.” –Bill Watterson

“Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday”

“Love is what still goes on when you’re not horny.” –Robert A. Heinlein

“I know a little boy who told me he could easily have won a race at his school except there was another boy who ran faster.” –Stephen Leacock

“You may have to get up early to get the worm, but you can get pizza until midnight!” –Snoopy

“Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one” –Charles Sykes

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” –Albert Einstein

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.” –Albert Einstein

“Isn’t it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists?” –Kelvin Throop III

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” — Bertrand Russell

“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.” — George Bernard Shaw

“Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity. ” –Nick Diamos

“There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.” — Henry Adams

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.” — Bertrand Russell

“Yes, being an adult is a drag, but the orgasms are terrific.” –Matt Groening

“The Vatican is against surrogate mothers. Good thing they didn’t have that rule when Jesus was born.” –Elayne Boosler

“Skill is successfully walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls. Intelligence is not trying.”

“Nothing is impossible. Some things are just less likely than others.” — Jonathan Winters

“Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.” — Lily Tomlin