Saturday, October 08, 2005

Kids: Your Insurance Policy

Youths who make world their oyster - Oct 8, 2005

I don't know about you, but a lot of us may have been approached by insurance agents who give us their spiel to buy unit trusts or some kind of insurance policy using the case of us needing funds for retirement.

Based on various calculations, the figure needed for retirement normally comes up to between $500K to even $1.5million.

However, thinking about it then, how did our parents ever survive? They never had a million dollars in their bank accounts and for some, not even $10,000.

The answer is kids.

Sure, they may seem a burden in the early years, but say you have 3 kids and by the time you are retired hopefully they are contributing about $500 each. That makes a tidy sum of $1500 a month to sustain you for your retirement. Not bad huh?

So, go on, have more kids,not only does it please the government, by going over, you're also contributing to your own retirement fund. Consider it as an investment... literally.

Heck, even the government thinks so. To quote Singapore Minister of Health, Khaw Boon Wan: "His insurance is that he has a good son-in-law." (Making sense of health-care dollars, Straits Times, 17 June 2005)

So doesn't that give you an incentive, to groom your sons into doctors, lawyers, champion footballers and golfers; and your daughters into ladies that will attract the best men to marry them? :)

Imagine, your son becomes a champion golfer, okay, not a Tiger Woods, but hey someone in the top 10. He could rake in something like $1-4 million a year depending on endorsements. And if he does it when he's 17 years old, you'll hit it even before retirement age.

And there are plenty of sports to choose from, look at the Williams sisters in tennis, Michelle Wie in golf, Wayne Rooney and Freddy Adu in football.

So instead of worrying and being influenced by those insurance agents and ads on TV, go out onto the fields, fairways, courts, and pitches and turn your child into your biggest investment.

And if they need a good reason to support you, you can even say its written in God's Word. (Gen 47:12; 1 Timothy 5:8).

Friday, October 07, 2005

What Free Speech?

Police give stern warning to protester - Oct 7, 2005
Elephant probe ends with slap on the wrist

Sigh, so they finally caught the white elephant protestors.

I wish they didn't.

Actually, I did think of a way to defend them.

Remember the last scene from Spartacus? "I'm Spartacus", "No, I'm Spartacus", "He's lying! I'm the real Spartacus".

People from Buangkok could all make their own white elephants and then claim that they were the ones who put up the white elephants.

It would have been interesting to see the gahmen try to lock up an entire constituency. That will probably embarrass the government more and drop the whole thing.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

In The Beginning Was The Tao

In the beginning was the Tao. And tha Tao was with God and the Tao was God. Tao was with God in the beginning. (John 1:1-2)

I flipped through a book on the Tao Te Ching in the library and was pleasantly surprised with the many similarities between Taoist teaching and Christianity.

After more research, I found out that the Chinese translation of the Gospel of John really does use the word Tao for the Word.

CS Lewis in his book "The Abolition of Man" uses the word Tao to describe the source of objective truth in combating moral relativism. And who is the true source of Truth?
Paul on his missionary trip to Ephesus saw that the Ephesians had paid homage the the "Unknown God", whom he later proclaimed as Christ.
In the same way. The teaching of Tao paves the way for Christ, who is fulfilment of the Tao.
Here are some similar sayings between the Tao Te Ching (TTC) and the Bible.
"Tao begets one; One begets Two; Two begets three; Three begets the myriad of creatures". (TTC).
"Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." (John 1:3)
"I do my utmost to attain emptiness" (TTC).
"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." (Mark 8:34)
"The way is forever nameless". (TTC)
"Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?" God said to Moses, "I am who I am . This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.' " (Genesis 3:13-14) [I AM because I AM is everything, I am the Alpha Omega, I am the beginning and the end.]
"The submissive and weak will overcome the hard and the strong" (TTC)
"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5)
Lest I be accused of promoting syncretism or proposing that all religions lead to God, I conclude that even Lao Tzu points the way to Christ who is the Tao made flesh.
Rather, the road of Tao leads to the only highway to God which is Christ, the Way.
"The World had a beginning, and this beginning could be the mother of the world. When you know the mother, go on to know the child. After you have known the child, go back to holding fast to the mother." (TTC)
"Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me." (John 6:45) " "'You do not know me or my Father,' Jesus replied. 'If you knew me, you would know my Father also.'" (John 8:19) " Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
What an amazing prophecy of Christ embedded within the Tao Te Ching!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

What Makes America Great

The Horatio Alger awards are given each year to people who have faced and overcome significant personal adversity through hard work, integrity, determination and a strong dedication to helping others.

Among the people who have been awarded this award are:

James Kimsey, man who, in his youth, helped support his family, went on to graduate from West Point and then went on to steer a struggling 10-person, basement start-up into America Online.

Dr. Vincent Norman Peale, who grew up helping support his family by delivering newspapers, working in a grocery store, and selling pots and pans door to door. He was a reporter on the Findlay, Ohio, Morning Republic prior to entering the ministry and becoming one of the most influential preachers in America and went on to author 40 books.

Billy Graham, who grew up during the depression. He cut lawns, trimmed hedges, and washed dishes to help pay his bills in college. He later became one of the worlds best known evangelists.

Wally Amos, Johnny Cash. Tom Selleck, Buzz Aldrin plus a host of other people have received this award.

Hard work, perseverence and a belief in yourself that allows you to become a better person that's what makes America great. Somehow, you don't get the same feeling living here in Singapore or from Malaysia.

Success is a journey, not a destination. It's a lifestyle.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Quote from Antwone Fisher

"Life often has a way of making people feel small and unimportant. But if you find a way to express yourself through writing, to put your ideas and stories on paper, you'll feel more consequential. No one should pass through time without writing their thoughts and experiences down for others to learn from. Even if only one person, a family member, reads something you wrote long after you're gone, you live on. So writing gives you power. Writing gives you immortality." -- Antwone Fisher

Write your thoughts. Blog for a good reason.

First Entry

This is my first entry into my own blog that I set up on my website. Sometimes I wonder whether I should use a blog. Did start one on but didn't publish anything. Didn't continue anything. But I decided that there's no better way to publish your thoughts.

There probably will not be any secret skeletons that I will reveal. I think a blog isn't the place for that.

I discussed this with a friend and I think writing about other people and your opinions should remain in your personal diary under lock and key rather than for the public to view.

Saying so-and-so is a b**** or whatever you think about someone doesn't reveal that person's character but rather yourself.

Thinking out too loudly is like intellectual flashing. "Look how clever I am in slandering someone else."

I just read today that the blog was actually invented in 1997 by a guy who is now penniless. But other people are capitalizing on the ideas.

So really, you don't have to have a great idea to be rich. In fact, just take others, improve on it, give it a twist and run with it.

Bill Gates did the same thing. So can I.