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Aug. 29th, 2004

Something I got from a site..

Something to think about ...

Read Each One Carefully and Think About It a Second or Two

1. No man or woman is worth your tears, and the one who is, won't
make you cry.

2. Just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to,
doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.

3. A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches
your heart.

4. The worst way to miss someone is to be sitting right beside them
knowing you can't have them.

5. Never frown, even when you are sad, because you never know who
is falling in love with your smile.

6. To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be
the world.

7. Don't waste your time on a man/woman, who isn't willing to waste
their time on you.

8. Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one, so that when we finally meet the person, we will know
how to be grateful.

9. Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened.

10. There's always going to be people that hurt you so what you
have to do is keep on trusting and just be more careful about who you trust next time around.

11. Make yourself a better person and know who you are before you
try and know someone else and expect them to know you.

12. Don't try so hard, the best things come when you least expect
them to.


Jul. 21st, 2004

the Vitruvian Man

My current interest is Leonardo Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man, the perfectly proportioned man. The concept of the Vitruvian Man however was borne 1500 years before Leonardo's birth.

A little history...

Marcus Vitruvius was a Roman architect in 1 BCE and he authored the famous treatise, De Architectura, which was further segregated into 10 blocks. Each block dealt with aspects of architecture, city planning, and machines and his book was the authority on these subjects up through the Renaissance, and still has influences in modern architecture today.

It is in the beginning of Book III, in his discussion on the building of temples, where the concept of Virtruvian Man emerges:

Similarly, in the members of a temple there ought to be the greatest harmony in the symmetrical relations of the different parts to the general magnitude of the whole. Then again, in the human body the central point is naturally the navel. For if a man can be placed flat on his back, with his hands and feet extended, and a pair of compasses centered at his navel, the fingers and toes of his two hands and feet will touch the circumference of a circle described therefrom. And just as the human body yields a circular outline, so too a square figure may be found from it. For if we measure the distance from the soles of the feet to the top of the head, and then apply that measure to the outstretched arms, the breadth will be found to be the same as the height, as in the case of plane surfaces which are completely square.
(Marcus Vitruvius, De Architectura, Book III, Chapter 1, p 3)

It is Leonardo who completed the Vitruvian Man in 1490.

Leonardo DaVinci's The Vitruvian ManCollapse )

After Thoughts on Reading the DaVinci Code

I'd just completed Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code about an hour ago. The book's truely intriguing though I must admit my impatience while reading the book at the start.

My interest in this book fired up when I randomly picked up a book at Borders. Think it was something like 'Breaking the DaVinci Code'. It mentioned things like how people's faith wavered after reading the novel by Dan Brown, about the Priory of Sion, Christ's supposed union with Mary Magdalene.. etc

While reading the novel, I was truly amazed at how things unfolded leading to the events narrated in the story. The way Sauniere masqueraded the true hiding place of the Holy Grail especially. This novel is unlike another book that I've read, (vaguely, was it The Tomb of God ?) analysing the location of the Grail. For starters, the latter wasn't even a novel, but was based on facts, and involved intricate studies in various areas, in an attempt to uncover the truth.

Dan Brown's novel offered an alternative view as to how the Grail may be viewed, unconventional nonetheless. It also opens doors to less popular culture such as feminine divinity, and references to God as Yahweh, a term I came across while reading one of Karen Armstrong's works.

My interest now lies in the other things mentioned in the book. Such as DaVinci's works. I've got the Last Supper's jigsaw hanging in my room and while reading the novel, I made certain references to the picture at one point or another. It's really interesting, but I do admit, I don't wholly swallow Brown's narration, it is after all, a novel.

Jul. 17th, 2004

After the Big Day

My convo just came and went. This was the day every student in NTU would be long awaiting, and every parent's dream come through.

It was all very exciting. The thought of finally completing my formal education and moving on to the next phase of my life made the ceremony all the more significant. It's like an initiation to the next phase.

I sat through the entire ceremony elated, and deeply immersed in the proceedings of the ceremony. I wanted to fully experience the once-in-a-life-time atmosphere. The entire proceedings lasted about 2 hours, and the waiting phase, and hour and a half.

There was this point, toward the end of the ceremony where the validictorian was delivered. The speaker at one point told us to stand up, turn around and look at our loved ones, the ones who supported us through the course of our education and give them a round of an applause. It felt so up-lifting as tears welt up in my eyes.

Well, this cycle of my B.Eng studies have ended. Let's see if I'll take this any further now. =)

I'm just looking forward to my Europe trip, and my new career thereafter. I hope all will go well from thence.

Jul. 15th, 2004

Eve of the Convo

It's my convo tomorrow. Finally!! After 4 years of slogging it out in NTU.

It's kinda exciting and nerve wrecking in a way. Having all those eyes fixed on me as I walk on stage to receive my folder. What if I trip and fall? What if something unexpected happens? Lol.. I can't imagine. I'd be so nervous.

It's also the day I get to see Jw after his long week at OCS. But he'd be out for convo up till before lunch then it's back to camp for him. I'd get to see him again on Sat anyway.

Oh.. and it's convo ball this Sat. Again this is another event that I'm looking forward too. I pray that it'll be a happy evening for me. Unlike the other day when we went to take convo photos as a group back at NTU.

Well I'm just so excited!

August 2004



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