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Somewhere out there for 2011 January 16, 2011

Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, New Year.
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Just popped in to check on the visitors who have visited my site for the day, and clicked on an old post that one virtual visitor from the US had visited: ‘Another Heartwarming OT, an aspiration & inspiration – Somewhere Out There’ ; only to realise that the youtube video wasn’t available anymore. Wonder what had happend to it? Anyway, it said the video had infringed some copyright rules and was taken off… Some  killjoy, but I really love both the song and the cartoon even till today. It has left such a fine impression on me since then. The pure, pristine, innocent lyrics sung in the most idealistic, cute & utterly adorable way. I could almost feel I’m 5 again :

[taken from http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/anamericantail/somewhereoutthere.htm%5D

Somewhere out there,
beneath the pale moonlight,
someone’s thinking of me and loving me tonight.

Ty: Somewhere out there,
someone’s saying a prayer,
that we’ll find one another in that big somewhere out there.

(*)Ty: And even though I know how very far apart we are,
it helps to think we might be wishing on the same bright star.

Fv: And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby,
it helps to think we’re sleeping underneath the same big sky.

Together: Somewhere out there,
if love can see us through,
then we’ll be together, somewhere out there,
out where dreams come true.

 

*note on 13 Feb 2011 — don’t really know why the American Tail Version of ‘Somewhere Out There’ has a problem of sharing content on blogs, but I think I should just give it up. So just enjoy Maher’s version of the same song. Her maiden performance at a national competition is still the best.

2011 has come & really people should learn a couple of lessons from this song. It’s a sort of hope and faith that everyone out there has a someone out there to share their lives in a meaningful way. More than often, bad things happen because certain ill-meaning thoughts sunk into their minds to committ crime, injustice to another being because they think they are excluded from the love, passion and compassion from their peers/world around them.

The idea of negative thought such as terrorism, murder and such ills are resulted from the fundamental loss of love.

The basis of happiness is to feel cherished. And the way I see the world is that people who bore a simple outlook of life with content usually are far happier than those who linger in the realms of complexity — the kind that eats one up where material greed is concerned. You can almost identify one when you meet it because the years of experience seeing different kinds of people etc everyday that has sharpened your senses. Well I suppose many could identify this..

Anyway, on a bright note,  I’ve found another super video from this 4 year old kid (then in 2008) who sounds exactly like a brilliant star that shines. She was way better than any adult singing the same song because of her angelic voice. Her innocent, cheerful & extremely loving open demeanour attracts your attention. So here it is Kaitlyn Maher on ‘Somewhere Out There’ :

I think she is a very confident &  mature singer. Being an extremely patriotic & very impressive American, she also seems to be extremely bright. I would think she’d make a brilliant inspiring American leader if she would keep her given nature unchanged. What I’ve found it interesting was that there were two British judges on the panel. Wonder where was the competition held? Her later performance, such as the one done when she was 5, singing Ave Maria, was somewhat polished up to a commercial-like level, which I do not prefer. I still favour the one above — its simply crystal & priceless!

Enjoy! And may 2011 would be a far better year sans the natural disasters that we have seen; with more people learning the way of life that health, wealth and prosperity is simply based on content and recognising that money is not the sole religion of the 21st century — its  a poison that kills a sustainable and happy life.

Hope I’ve made sense. — Karen Fu

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Postgrad or not? – the value of education to answer real problems. January 4, 2011

Posted by @Karen_Fu in Architecture, change, education, environment.
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I have just received an email invite to attend a talk for postgraduate studies by an American professor. Honestly I had thought the college would not call me up anymore because I get the sneaky feeling they may not really like the way I think. On the other hand, I don’t have the time to attend as I happen to work at that time slot and the time is really pretty much fixed. I don’t know if I want to study any more. I have been catching up with some of the best professionals and many ironically do not hold a postgraduate degree. It seems to me that my motivation for postgrad appears to wane over the years after talking to too many people. I seem to have an impression that education does not breed the ideal graduate who could genuinely contribute to society in a sustainable and healthy way. Maybe its due to the people whom I talked to but I didn’t really think they were exactly nice people.

I was particularly ‘pissed’ by a few academics who seem to think that postgraduate education provides the ultimate skill. Not that I disregard the fact that advanced skills contribute to a far higher quality of solutions; but more of the fact that it was delivered in arrogance. I don’t like pompous, matter of fact answers. I often find humility in the most intelligent people and that group of smart people aren’t exactly all from postgraduates.

Some time back, I was talking to an academic who claim to say that better buildings are made through more years in the university. I know Tadao Ando, a famous Japanese architect, didn’t attend any professional architectural school at a university. He was entirely self-taught. By self-taught through travelling and working, he formulated his own ideas which invariably meant that he was creating fresh ideas/methods away from the convention. Le Corbusier was another famous architect who did a similar way. Perhaps some people may argue that these great innovators were such because knowledge then wasn’t as diversfied and in depth, which makes self teaching possible. But somewhat I feel that postgraduate training is unlike undergraduate. The latter offers a base. If you have a good base, you could extend and multiply off your knowledge later. If you had a lousy base, you can’t do postgraduate anyway ‘cos it wouldn’t be effective.  A good foundation is one that allows one to form ideas and method to learn, apart from skills.

I also question about the true value of a college education for we have problems that are not exactly being solved. Its more morphed than being answered permanently. Looking around at the changes in science and tecbnology; language and humanities; can anyone truly claim that the worlds problems or rather on a microscopic level, a society’s problem be sorted sustainably? We may be living longer but we may not be necessarily be living healthier. We seem to sort problems partially, and leaving another part of the problem to mutate into another new set of problems.

I wonder if we have really learnt our lessons inside out. Over the course of history of seveal thousands of years, human deceit has never been really eradicated. It appears that people of lesser formal education appear to learn more at times when disasters come. The only downpoint of these people are that they lack impeccable verbal skills. Language skills appear to dominate in the area of intelligence. It really shouldn’t be this way. I have learnt a great deal everywhere from everyone. I wouldn’t have the guts to claim I know it all. Neither would I have the might to say I am perfectly educated. I often feel that many around me have taught me a lot. Hence I am now questioning the true value of education. We should humbly take cues everywhere from everyone. The direction we are heading may well be wrong.

Simply because we have an impending global disaster — both physical and metaphysical climate. — Karen Fu

2010 in review – interesting report card from WordPress… January 2, 2011

Posted by @Karen_Fu in New Year, wordpress report card.
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Tomorrow is a free day to me and I’ve decided to put up the pictures etc late into the night — I owe it way too long.  I have also got a pleasant surprise off WordPress in my Inbox to learn that I’ve got a ‘report card’. While wondering how they do the research on bloggers, here is what they’ve given me for my ‘Daring To Change’ blog for the year 2010… :

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 17 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 53 posts. There were 22 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 15th with 54 views. The most popular post that day was One last goodbye – One lesson I have learnt: .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, en.wordpress.com, karenfu.posterous.com, live.feedjit.com, and linkedin.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for karen fu, burning earth in hand, chinese handwriting, daring to change, and 1000 singapores.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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One last goodbye – One lesson I have learnt: October 2010

2

My Virtual Presence January 2009

3

Me-the ‘naughty’ blogger December 2008

4

Our National Treasure — 108 year old Humanist Teresa XuZhe January 2009
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Our National Treasure — 108 year old Humanist Teresa XuZhe January 2009
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Why Daring To Change (DTC)

Some of your most popular posts were written before 2010. Your writing has staying power! Consider writing about those topics again