Kids Have More Fun

Talk about having fun, kids can easily beat their adult counterparts, like taking candy from a baby. Seriously, adults can be so bad at enjoying the moment and having straight fun that they may as well just watch the weather channel.

My observation is substantiated by watching my niece who’s only slightly over one year old. It’s fascinating watching and paying attention to her. If you know a toddler around you, try to pay attention yourself.

I talked about living in the moment previously, young children are the ones who can really do it, probably because they are at a stage before they learn to have the kind of thoughts that we adults have, which in most cases, are simply illusions.

If a kid sees someone they like, they smile and is very excited.
If an adult sees someone they like, he or she may think, “Is it appropriate?”, “Does that person also like me?”, “Is that person going to return the favor?”, before smiling and show friendliness toward that person.

If a kid enjoys doing something, they are simply doing it and enjoying the moment completely.
If an adult enjoys doing something, they think about if it’ll last, if they can hold on to it, trying to capture the feeling, instead of simply doing it.

What I’d like to say is: We adults have much to learn from the kids, on how to live in the moment and how to simply have fun sometimes.

Originally posted 2008-02-08 23:57:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Earth Day — 1 out of 365 Days to Save Earth

earth_half_destroyed.jpgToday is supposedly Earth Day, but I am not a big fan of these specially designated days. Shall I mention Hallmark holidays?

This does not mean that I do not understand the meanings of them or that I do not celebrate special occassions. I love to have the opportunity to spend time with friends on birthdays and holidays. I also do my best to act in ways to show people how much I care and appreciate them.

Raising the awareness of the population to care for Earth is of course a positive thing. The reason I do not like these “special days” is because they show such fakeness. Though I do not want to generalize too much, but what generally happens inside and outside of the special days during the year is…

We spend 1 day saving Earth and the other 364 days not caring, if not unearthing (destroying), it.
We spend 1 day showing our love and making the other person feel important and the other 364 days overlooking him or her.
We spend 1 day being thankful to family and friends and the other 364 ignoring, if not being angry and frustrated, at each other.

The list of holidays goes on.

This kind of manner resembles that of people display for their new year resolution. Let alone how we spend a crap load of money on gifts on people while the most important thing is having and building the connection among us. It is something called relationship. Gifts are nice, and especially nice if they are thoughtful, but they are still not THE point. Relationship does not build on gifts.

Having special days are fine, but do not forget to do the same in the other 364 days in the year.

Originally posted 2008-04-23 17:41:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

My Experience with E-LOAN Online Saving

I received my first statement on my E-LOAN saving account that I opened 2 weeks ago, which has the highest APY of 5.50% for a online saving account . A few comments about what I like, based on my experience switching from HSBC (and ING preveriously):

  • The opening process is quick and clean, and unlike HSBC, no need to wait couple weeks for confirmations.
  • The login process is easier. You create your own username, as opposed to HSBC’s use of account number, which means you most likely save it in a file somewhere and then copy and paste, which doesn’t make it any safer in my humble opinion.
  • The interface is cleaner, more please to the eyes :) From a web design perspective.
  • Transaction from external checking account is quicker, unlike HSBC that takes 3+ days.
  • And of course, 5.50% vs. 5.05% APY

So far, I’m pleased with E-LOAN. However, we’ll have to pay attention if they will change the rate in the near future.

Other choices for online savings account, besides E-LOAN, HSBC, and ING with decent rate are:

Having saving!

Originally posted 2006-11-01 23:14:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

We Own Things? Things Own Us?

I saw a commercial on TV tonight advertising storage and warehouse space. It begins with a lady entering her garage from the house but her car is not in her plain sight, instead… you guessed it! She sees a crap load of household utilities, furnitures, etc. Simply a load of crap. She then beeps the car with the unlock remote, and it shows the car completely buried under all the junks. Since it is a storage commercial, it inescapably concludes with her showing a happy face as she is loading them junks into a rented storage.

You know what I think when I see that?

I see the result and disaster created from materialism. It reminds me of an old saying that goes something like the things we own end up owning us. How true!

Remember I talked about the nice and uplifting feeling from my Memorial weekend clean-up? It did take me awhile to learn and realize. I used to think maybe keeping those things around, there will be use for them somday, just MAYBE. But then I have come to learn that having all those things creates clutters that annoy and stress me out unconsciously. Why? I would attribute it to the loss of space, which leads to the feeling of being confined and closed in. On top of that, I have to figure out what to do with a lot of these items! Often time all the items we keep just do not have a real purpose and do nothing but take up space beyond the initial excitement after the purchase.

So we have to figure out what to do with them. Or they could just be around taking up living space. On top of that, we need to repair and maintain both items that get used and those that don’t. As all these tasks cost us time and effort, we are becoming the servants of materials. Materials that we made the choice to buy.

Thus, here are the few things I propose for us to do:

  • Throw out or sell (craigslist/ebay/amazon…) unused, unnecessary items in the house – first step to fixing cluttered status quo. Do with cleaning.
  • Consistently keep our space clean and organized – again, this keeps the mind clear and thus allows for thinking clearly.
  • Have discipline when making purchases – understand if the item is needed, if it has its usage in daily living, and/or if it will be frequently used. If you must buy, buy things that offer lasting, long-term happiness, comfort, or higher standard of living.
  • Keep it simple – do we really need all these furnitures, fancy electronics, Persian rugs, gadgets after all?
  • Find peace and happiness within self – do not fall for “retail therapy” to fulfill these two purposes. Ask yourself, “Does it really make me happy long-term if I buy this?” or if it will just be a few seconds of joy right after purchasing, which begs the question if it’s worth it for dropping all those cash. Lasting peace and happiness are only to be found within.

Not only will these tips save you money from unnecessary expense. You won’t have to pay for these storage space too. Yay! Either way, it doesn’t hurt for you to think about the points above when you want to buy something.

On a last thought, I really wonder how in the world can someone accumulate so much stuff as to run out of space? Wouldn’t they realize how much space is left, then either clean up or control what more they buy? Oh well…

Originally posted 2007-06-20 11:35:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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