April 2009

This is a song that was popular a few days ago, this song was first written by 王啓文. However, the version I am posting here is sang by 香香 because I like the MTV here.

Sometimes I think that love is over emphasized in the pop song. but again, I kinda like this MTV alot. As the lady still loved the guy even when she is dead. (This is the reason why she is appearing like a cartoon character. So lets enjoy the song together.

I found an English translation of the song, but I feel that in order to sing it, a lot of the meanings have to go, hence I decided to re translate this. But again, my translation is not perfect, so feel free to give me this advice.

老鼠爱大米 (The mouse loving his rice)

Artist: 王啓文

Stanza 1
我听见你的声音 wǒ tīng jiàn nǐ de shēng yīn
有种特别的感觉 yǒu zhǒng tè bié de gǎn jué
让我不断想 ràng wǒ bù duàn xiǎng
不敢再忘记你 bù gǎn zài wàng jì nǐ
我记的有一个人 wǒ jì de yǒu yī gè rén
永远留在我心中 yǒng yuǎn liú zài wǒ xīn zhōng
哪怕只能够这样的想你 nà pà zhǐ néng gòu zhè yàng de xiǎng nǐ
如果真的有一天 rú guǒ zhēn de yǒu yī tiān
爱情理想会实现 ài qíng lǐ xiǎng huì shí xiàn
我会加倍努力好好对你 wǒ huì jiā bèi nǔ lì hǎo hǎo duì nǐ yǒng yuǎn bù gǎi biàn
永远不改变 yǒng yuǎn bù gǎi biàn
不管路有多么远 bù guǎn lù yǒu duō me yuǎn
一定会让它实现 yī dìng huì ràng tā shí xiàn
我会轻轻在你耳边 wǒ huì qīng qīng zài nǐ ěr biān
对你说对你说 duì nǐ shuō duì nǐ shuō

我爱你 wǒ ài nǐ
爱着你 ài zhe nǐ
就象老鼠爱大米 jiù xiàng lǎo shǔ ài dà mǐ
不管有多少风雨 bù guǎn yǒu duō shao fēng yǔ
我都会依然陪着你 wǒ dū huì yī rán péi zhe nǐ
我想你 wǒ xiǎng nǐ
想着你 xiǎng zhe nǐ
不管有多么的苦 bù guǎn yǒu duō me de kǔ
只要能让你开心, zhǐ yào néng ràng nǐ kāi xīn
我什么都愿意 wǒ shén me dōu yuàn yì
这样爱你… zhè yàng ài nǐ

Repeat Stanza 1 and Chorus
End with Chorus

Here here is the english translation

Stanza 1
Whenever I hear your voice
Theres always this special feeling
Which allow me to think of you all the time
and will never forget you
I remember there is someone
Who is always kept in my heart.
Even if this is the only way to remember you

If there is really a day
when the ideals of love can be fulfilled
I would put in more effort, and treat you better
and would never change forever
Regardless how long is the road ahead
I would let that love be fulfilled
I would whispher softly to your year.
Telling you… telling you

i love you
loving you
just like how the mouse loves his rice
No matter how much storm and rain
I would still be right beside you
I miss you
missing you
irregardless of how bittle it is
As long as I can let you be happy
I would be willing to.. love you like this

This is one of the epic battles recorded in the story, “The Romance of 3 Kingdoms”. A frictional version of the official historical record of the 3 Kingdoms.

The author uses this battle to portray the change of fortune for Lord Liu Bei. If you were to remember, he had been defeated and seek refuge for alot of other nobles. This round he fled south to his relative Liu Biao and was given the town of Xin Ye. This is where he went to visit the strategist Zhuge Liang 3 times.

At the time of battle, Zhuge Liang had been in service. Cao Cao started to move his troops south to destroy the other feudal Lords of the south, namely Liu Bei and Sun Quan. He first sent troops to attack Xinye, as it is the nearest town to the north.

He dispatched one of his famous general, Xiahou Dun with a elite calvary of 10000 which is to lead way for Cao Cao’s main force.

Zhuge Liang was new to Liu Bei and his great generals Guan Yu, Zhang Fei and Zhao Yun are doubtful of his ability to lead the force. Hence Zhuge Liang needs to gain their respect before they would be able to issue commands to them easily. (you can see that they are very doubtful of him)

As for the historical accuracy of this battle, there was a record of this battle, and the only difference between that record is, there was a officer called Xiahou Lan was captured by Zhao Yun. He pleaded with Liu Bei to spare him. At the battle site, there was many archaeological finds of broken Halberds and ashes of grain were found, which is determined to be from the 3 kingdoms period.

What we can learn from this battle is
1. Never underestimate the opponents you are dealing with, Xiahou Dun thinks Zhuge Liang and Liu Bei are weaklings. This lead to Zhuge Liang’s strategy of “Not to win, only lose” succeed in drawing his forces into the hilly area.
2. Over confidence is a problem that can lead to defeat.

I have attached 3 movies of the battle, it is an Drama based on the story of Romance of 3 Kingdom

Scene 1. The Scene with Cao Cao and his ministers and Xiahou Dun bragging that he will capture Liu Bei and Zhuge Liang
Scene 2: Zhuge Lian issuing the orders for battle, and the reaction of the generals
Scene 3: The Actual Battle itself
Scene 4: The generals returning triumphant. (Only the first 1 minute, the rest are other parts of the story)

Hahahaha This clip reminded me alot my work as an IT Engineer. Sometimes I think in the past, when new inventions such as books replaced scrolls, we do not need a help desk to teach them how to use it.

Is this a problem of over complication in usage or a bad user design? haha enjoy

I remember once when I was teaching a lesson, there was a student who shared with me this very unusual case. She spotted this particular classmates cheating in the exams, and she reported that to her teacher. I think to myself, this should be commendable, but then she raised a question to me. “Well, I really reported my classmate because I do not like him, so is this a good thing?”

Her questions reminded me of another friend of mine who wanted to report a person who was giving him alot of problems in office to the corporate ethics department. He managed to gather alot of information about the person and found many proof of his illicit dealing. But in his mind he was purely revenge. He was talking to me about this intense feeling of revenge that motivated his action.

This lead to me to think, what is God’s view over the matter? Is it really something such as Right Actions but Wrong Intention? From the 2 examples given above, the right actions are namely
reporting the evil deeds such as cheating and illicit dealings. But the wrong intention here is hatred and revenge. So we can be sure that there are things like Right actions and wrong intention.

In fact, we all know that our God is a God of justice and hate treacherous dealings. We can read it from the following verses in the bible,

“Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight.” Prov 11:1

“And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness Against sorcerers, Against adulterers, Against perjurers, Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, And against those who turn away an alien- Because they do not fear Me,” Says the LORD of hosts. (Mal 3:5)

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you. But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? (Mic 6:8)

However, as we are doing the right thing, we must also remember that God also delights in mercy and forgiveness. God also revealed that although we may be doing the right thing, God is still the God that looks at the heart of man (1 Sam 16:7). As much as God likes Christians to do the right thing and report injustice and wrong doing. But God ultimately discern the hearts of the man to check for the motivation behind our actions. We can see this in the famous sermon of the mount where Jesus was talking about committing adultery in the heart (Matt 5:27-30), as well as killing a brother in the heart (Matt 5:21-26).

If we suffer wrong and is seeking revenge, always remember that it is God who would dispense justice and take vengeance (Deut 32:35)

God would want us to do justice, at the same time to love mercy. Hence, we all must be careful of what is the motivation behind our acts of justice.

I was out with an old colleague and friend for coffee. He is a supervisor of many operators, and their duties were to handle business forms processing. According to him, the work load for the day varies from hour to hour. There are times where there are no work to do, and there are times where the operators could hardly take a break.

What happen is once, there was a colleague who wanted to give him problem, she visited his project site, she picked the exact time where there was less work to do, and pop in to say hello to his operators.

The next day, she made a huge complain to his boss, commenting that the operators have nothing to do, and it is not very “Cost Efficient” and his boss, being all suspicious of him all along, believed her. And force my friend to cut his operators to a 2 persons operators.

As I am listening, I recalled another management person that someone else shared. This “Management” personnel is constantly suspicious that his hourly paid operation staff would tend to”Work slower so as to clock more hours” And he force his supervisors to devise thousand and one reports so that he can read. He also came up with very funny “Productivity calculation”. The easiest way to illustrate is to take the following example
“It takes 4 hours to fly from Singapore to Hongkong using 1 aircraft”
“Therefore with 4 aircrafts, it is possible to fly from Singapore to Hongkong in 1 Hour”

Now wait a minute is this calculation making sense? Well.. I guess most of this Sukhomlinov business leader cant care less. After reports are being created using such weird logics, these sukhomlinov leaders then call for all operations management to the meeting and complain why it is so “Cost Inefficient” Then they will suggest cutting the manpower to one less head-count. Then they will start the process of “Site visiting” once again.

These problems are a result of the management not understanding the following thing.
1. The nature of the business they are handling
2. Unaware or unconcern about what their operators are doing
3. Always having a feeling that the workers are out to cheat the company money
4. Where the source of income is and where the expenses are

And the result of the managements dumbness, leads to the following
1. Many man hours producing management reports that doesn’t show any important data
2. Man hours spent in meetings staring at these funny looking reports and trying to make sense of it
3. Funny decisions made to the companies operations result to more inefficiency
4. Man hours spent coming up with new ways to track old data.

Now consider this, is it more worth it to concentrate on things that matters? rather than to waste all the time staring at these reports? Is this business of suspecting the operators really a good way to get a business going? Feel free to comment.

Hmm I heard this since I was a boy, and only lately I understand that its one of the most
widely known Cuban song. Which is also turn into a patriotic song in Cuba as well..

This version that I am sharing is not revolutionary.. hence its more loving type of lyrics
I also decided to translated Guantanamera Guajira Guantanamera as with reference to a girl from Guantanamo instead of the patriotic meaning.

Title: Guantanamera (A Girl From Guantanamo)
Singer: Celia Cruz

Guantanamera Guajira GuantanameraX2

Yo soy un hombre sincero
De donde crecen las palmas.X2
Y antes de morir yo quiero
cantar mis versos del alma.

Guantanamera Guajira GuantanameraX2

Cultivo una rosa blanca
En junio como en enero.X2
Para el amigo sincero
Que me da su mano franca.

Guantanamera Guajira Guantanamera X2

Mi verso es de un verde claro
Y de un carmn encendido X2
Mi verso es un ciervo herido
Que busca en el monte amparo.

Guantanamera Guajira Guantanamera X2

English Translation (This is borrowed from Wikipedia, which had a full song and all the other verses)

girl from Guantánamo, oh that peasant girl from GuantánamoX2

I am an honest man
From where the palm tree growsX2
And before dying I want
To share the verses of my soul.

girl from Guantánamo, oh that peasant girl from GuantánamoX2

I cultivate a white rose
In July as in JanuaryX2
For the sincere friend
Who gives me his honest hand.

girl from Guantánamo, oh that peasant girl from GuantánamoX2

My verse is light green
And it is flaming crimsonX2
My verse is a wounded deer
Who seeks refuge on the mountain (or in the woods).

girl from Guantánamo, oh that peasant girl from Guantánamo (Until the end)