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mardi, novembre 29, 2011

 Enneagram Test

So I took this test called the Enneagram http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/dis_sample_36.asp, and it showed that I was mostly Type One:

THE REFORMER Enneagram Type One
Enneagram One

The Rational, Idealistic Type:
Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic

For more about the meaning of the arrows, see below.

Type One in Brief

Ones are conscientious and ethical, with a strong sense of right and wrong. They are teachers, crusaders, and advocates for change: always striving to improve things, but afraid of making a mistake. Well-organized, orderly, and fastidious, they try to maintain high standards, but can slip into being critical and perfectionistic. They typically have problems with resentment and impatience. At their Best: wise, discerning, realistic, and noble. Can be morally heroic.
  • Basic Fear: Of being corrupt/evil, defective
  • Basic Desire: To be good, to have integrity, to be balanced
  • Enneagram One with a Nine-Wing: "The Idealist"
  • Enneagram One with a Two-Wing: "The Advocate"
Key Motivations: Want to be right, to strive higher and improve everything, to be consistent with their ideals, to justify themselves, to be beyond criticism so as not to be condemned by anyone.

The Meaning of the Arrows (in brief)

When moving in their Direction of Disintegration (stress), methodical Ones suddenly become moody and irrational at Four. However, when moving in their Direction of Integration (growth), angry, critical Ones become more spontaneous and joyful, like healthy Sevens. For more information, click here.

Type One Overview

We have named personality type One The Reformer because Ones have a “sense of mission” that leads them to want to improve the world in various ways, using whatever degree of influence they have. They strive to overcome adversity—particularly moral adversity—so that the human spirit can shine through and make a difference. They strive after “higher values,” even at the cost of great personal sacrifice.
History is full of Ones who have left comfortable lives to do something extraordinary because they felt that something higher was calling them. During the Second World War, Raoul Wallenburg left a comfortable middle-class life to work for the protection of thousands of European Jews from invading Nazis. In India, Gandhi left behind his wife and family and life as a successful lawyer to become an itinerant advocate of Indian independence and non-violent social changes. Joan of Arc left her village in France to restore the throne to the Dauphin and to expel the English from the country. The idealism of each of these Ones has inspired millions.
Ones are people of practical action—they wish to be useful in the best sense of the word. On some level of consciousness, they feel that they “have a mission” to fulfill in life, if only to try their best to reduce the disorder they see in their environment.
Although Ones have a strong sense of purpose, they also typically feel that they have to justify their actions to themselves, and often to others as well. This orientation causes Ones to spend a lot of time thinking about the consequences of their actions, as well as about how to keep from acting contrary to their convictions. Because of this, Ones often persuade themselves that they are “head” types, rationalists who proceed only on logic and objective truth. But, the real picture is somewhat different: Ones are actually activists who are searching for an acceptable rationale for what they feel they must do. They are people of instinct and passion who use convictions and judgments to control and direct themselves and their actions.
In the effort to stay true to their principles, Ones resist being affected by their instinctual drives, consciously not giving in to them or expressing them too freely. The result is a personality type that has problems with repression, resistance, and aggression. They are usually seen by others as highly self- controlled, even rigid, although this is not how Ones experience themselves. It seems to them that they are sitting on a cauldron of passions and desires, and they had better “keep the lid on” lest they and everyone else around them regret it.
Cassandra is a therapist in private practice who recalls the difficulty this caused her in her youth.
“I remember in high school getting feedback that I had no feelings. Inside, I felt my feelings intensely and yet I just couldn’t let them out as intensely as I felt them. Even now, if I have a conflict with a friend and need to address an issue, I rehearse ahead of time how to express clearly what I want, need, and observe, and yet, not be harsh or blaming in my anger which is often scathing.”
Ones believe that being strict with themselves (and eventually becoming “perfect”) will justify them in their own eyes and in the eyes of others. But by attempting to create their own brand of perfection, they often create their own personal hell. Instead of agreeing with the statement in Genesis that God saw what He had created, “and it was good,” Ones intensely feel that “It wasn’t—there obviously have been some mistakes here!” This orientation makes it difficult for them to trust their inner guidance—indeed, to trust life—so Ones come to rely heavily on their superego, a learned voice from their childhood, to guide them toward “the greater good” which they so passionately seek. When Ones have gotten completely entranced in their personality, there is little distinction between them and this severe, unforgiving voice. Separating from it and seeing its genuine strengths and limitations is what growth for Ones is about.
(from The Wisdom of the Enneagram, p. 99-100)

[Enneagram Test]
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vendredi, novembre 25, 2011

 Cambridge bungalow for sale £2.5m neg: Pictureque & convenient

Hello! I am helping my aunt advertise her amazing home for sale. I'm listing it here just in case anyone reading is (1) interested in buying this place, or (2) can help me forward it to someone whom you think would be interested.

It's an amazing house - I stay there when I visit Cambridge (too few times for my liking), and we're all heartbroken that she's got to sell it (because it's so pretty!) but all the kids - my cousins - are all grown up and moved, so she wants to move closer to them so visiting isn't such a hassle.

Address: 14 Barrow Road, which is along Trumpington Rd. It leads (if I remember correctly) all the way to King's College's greens, which to me will always be remembered as the "Harry Potter learning quiddich place in the film" - a long name, but a fond memory. 1,538 sq m (or 16,555 sq ft) of pure bliss!

Pictures you say? Here:

And here's the details if you're seriously interested (or are reading this from an ad somewhere):

Cambridge bungalow for sale £2.5m neg: Pictureque & convenient
This is a lovely pictureque and spacious 1930s home on Barrow Rd (off Trumpington Rd) - I know because I've stayed here! Prime residential area on a private road on the south side of Cambridge town.

Cambridge University within cycling distance (or a pleasant 2 mile walk!)
Private schools St Faiths and Perse Prep within easy walking distance.

Addenbrooks Hospital, Botanic Gardens close by.
Local shopping centres located at Trumpington.

One hour away from London.
20 mins away from Stansted airport.

Moving to be closer to children.

This is a family accommodation on two floors. Ground floor has reception hall, sitting room, and south-facing dining room that looks out into the mature garden (it has a fruiting mulberry tree!)

Ground floor: Garage, Reception Hall, Cloakroom, Kitchen, Pantry, Dining Room, Sitting Room,
Breakfast Room, Conservatory, WC1
Second floor: Bedroom 1-5, WC2, Bathroom, Study, Storeroom 1 & 2

Ann LIM (+65) 94389284 (Singapore)
Mrs KERR at +44-(0)1223-312-067 (Cambridge)

[Cambridge bungalow for sale £2.5m neg: Pictureque & convenient]
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jeudi, novembre 17, 2011

 Authenticity: Becoming, never Being

Tonight at Kennel Nights (edition 004), we spoke about Authenticity - being honest, true to oneself, following one's passion, and responsibility. The scene was set amidst Dempsey's lush greenery - in the old barracks building. The mood: intimate, almost confessional. A wonderful jazz saxophone player from Australia (moonlighting as a student in SMU) started the evening with a stripped down version of What A Wonderful World - and with that, the evening began.

Secret Speaker John was invited to initiate the discussion with his story - how he escaped the clutches of management consultancy, to running an ice yoghurt store, to a coffee house, to buying and running a design school. Unrehearsed and unassuming, his insouciant sharing led to a soul-searching session with the 20-odd participants who were in the room. What exactly is Authenticity - who do we know personally who has this quality, who doesn't, what is it, how is it responsible to the people around us, how can we live with aspects of uncertainty around us as we muddle through life - these were the questions this disparate group grappled with in this 2-hour long session (it could have been longer; I left at 10 as I had to return home to make enough Wordless Books for CEC8.)

What were my take-aways from this session? Content-wise:
1. Authenticity can be felt
2. People don't really understand the difference between authenticity and success (seems like most feel there is a trade-off between your soul and money

1. Ambience matters.
2. Moderator must ensure punctuality (on all ends)

[Authenticity: Becoming, never Being]
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mardi, novembre 15, 2011


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 How do I address you?

Been meaning to post this for a while - applying for a KrisFlyer account reveals the extent to which they really chap about how to address you - check out the dropdown list for the sheer plethora of titles which you can attribute to yourself! (Also says a lot about their clientele.)

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[How do I address you?]
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samedi, novembre 12, 2011

 Julian's Wedding!

[Julian's Wedding!]
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 Skinny jeans

So I'm planning on altering an old pair of bell-bottom jeans into skinny jeans. I thought I'd hand it over to the alteration aunty, but after watching this awesome video - complete with rap soundtrack - I think this project is home DIY-able.

Wish me luck!

There are plenty others too, but this one tickled me the most, and I think the rap soundtrack won me over.

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[Skinny jeans]
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mercredi, novembre 02, 2011

 Real Steel

Lego is for wussies.

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[Real Steel]
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mardi, novembre 01, 2011

 Toilet Trouble: Grout

Mix the grout (its like flour!)

Spread the grout on tiles

Use your hands to really get the grout into the holes between tiles
Leave to dry for about 30mins

Wipe away the excess grout
Leave to dry for 48hrs(2 days)

Sigh... stupid tile refused to get its groove back.

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[Toilet Trouble: Grout]
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