Does anyone else think Singaporeans always need examples?

Feel like a superstar when I alight at buona vista during peak hours. Two rows of - Non clapping - people on both sides.

Running dog
Oh no the dog is coming towards me.
If it comes near me, I'm just going to kick it.

Phew it isn't interested in me.

Wait it's faster than I am :(
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From How to Meditate: A Practical Guide by Kathleen McDonald
From last sem's FWS:

Page 121

Whereas love is the desire for others to be happy, compassion is the desire actually to bring about their happiness by freeing them from their suffering.

Compassion is not the sad, anxious feeling we often experience when we see or hear about people's pain. Neither is it a sentimental involvement in their problems nor, on the other hand, a conscious holding back. All these responses are inappropriate and show that we do not understand the causes of the problems, or the solution.

Hurricane Irene
It really rained today. So interesting!

When you leave math professors to talk about random things...
He says:

In Dimension 2, a unit square's length to the furthest vertex from the origin is sqrt(1^2 + 1^2) = sqrt(2).
In Dimension 3, a unit cube's length to the furthest vertex from the origin is sqrt(1^2 + 1^2 + 1^2) = sqrt(3).

So as the dimension increases, the unit square's length increases.

Dimension 2:
Suppose you have a square of side 0.5. Its area is 0.25.
Suppose you have a cube of side 0.5. Its volume is less than the area of the square: it's 0.125 [decreases?!]

The first of staying-together issues
It happened.

I cooked dinner today [and yesterday, and I think the day before]. I started cooking the moment I arrived home cos I was hungry and wanted to eat. So assuming that everyone was going to be back for dinner, I cooked three portions.

I smsed to ask them where they were when dinner was almost done, so A took really long to reply as usual, the other (B) took an unusually long time to reply. A says he's playing tennis with a mutual friend, will be eating out, he's sorry that he didn't tell me, asked if I cooked a lot. I told him I can eat his share cos I was hungry.

Then B walked over to join A and A was supposed to drive both of them back. When B met A, A says he wants to play for half an hour more. ?!

B smses me, says that since it's going to rain, B is just going to eat out. ?!?! Rain -> stop playing -> come back and eat?

Doesn't A know that B is depending on him to drive back? They've been playing for 2 hours and it's not some formal thing... Doesn't it make sense to stop playing already? I mean since the situation is a bit messed up and he caused it by not telling me? Time to stop and atone for his mistake?

In sooth I know not why I am so angry.

Food/money -> can waste
Effort -> spent
Time -> probably wasting more if I feel angry

I seriously don't get the logic in this mess.

And the worst thing is, why do I feel angry about food being wasted like that?

Prayer for World Peace on Arts Quad
I saw the poster in Upson and so I went for this Prayer for World Peace, an event graced by the monks from the Namgyal Monastery. Namgyal Monastery is the North American Seat of the Personal Monastery of H.H. Dalai Lama. The only monastery out of Asia under the personal patronage of the Dalai Lama is here in Ithaca!

Even though there's a prelim tomorrow, I went for this event, because Lydia once said that some things just have to be done, like there's only one chance for it and studying cannot always be the priority.

I took photos and after they began chanting I sat my camera down and then stood back up, put my hands together and listened to the indistinguishable words in the murmur that the monks made.

Around me, some people had their hands together, some were standing straight, one lady was meditating. Most were just sitting, and there were a few lying down. So it struck me to mentally chide those lying down - what disrespect for the monks!

After some moments of observation, I realised - all these people don't actually need to be there. They were probably there only because they wanted to, and no matter what they're doing, why do I get to decide that those lying down are disrespectful? If the crowd were standing as they would probably be doing if this same thing had been held in Singapore, those sitting down would be disrespectful. If most people were sitting, those lying down are disrespectful. So if everyone were kneeling, maybe the standing ones would be disrespectful. By whose benchmarks should these judgements be made?

Taking a step further back, I considered further and thought that in the recent years, ever since I've become slightly more aware, all my views of other religions are influenced by my upbringing even though I've always thought myself to be open-minded. I've been looking at other religions through the coloured lenses that I grew up with. It's time to truly take an open mind, and try to see other things as they really are.

What an inspirational murmur...

It seems that I do need to take time to not be rushing/getting ready for the next thing in my life.

My math prof said "null is an old british word for zero"

Interesting that "old" and "british" go together haha

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I dreamt that balestier road flooded
The rain was so bad that water was pouring out of the shophouses' windows


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