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Forty Ways to Stay Creative

40 ways to stay creative

The infographic above speaks volumes about staying creative. One of them is to create an inspiration board. Also, get outdoors more often for a change of environment. Socialise and keep up with friends. Not just any friends who keep borrowing cash or always in debt or use you. But friends that motivate you to do even better and like-minded. Those that nurture and not cheat on you. Those that teach unconditionally and not mess up or confuse you. So, be careful who you choose to be in your circle of friends.

Moreover, learn new skill daily or read books. You would be lucky to have a mentor who is willing to spend time with you. If not, buy books and learn through self-discovery. Collaborate with others who have an honest heart and with good intentions. Not the other way around. More importantly, meditate and pray; for the prayer of a righteous man availeth much. God can send you the right person at the right time to be there for you and kick out the useless ones. This is the privilege as a child of the Christian God.

Declutter your workspace and write stuff down to keep notes. Listen to music and watch films. Go to the theatre, museum, take naps and listen to motivational speeches. Have sex and stop comparing yourself to others. Question things and turn off distractions like the tv, etc. Finally, let go of fear and be curious. Hence, this sums up almost everything here in the infographic that is carefully curated from the internet.

Crazy Rich Asians – 2018 Movie

The novel begins with a quote from the 14th century Moroccan scholar Ibn Battuta:
“ nowhere in the world are there to be found people richer than the Chinese ”
— Ibn Battuta

The book is told from the perspective of five main characters: Rachel Chu, Nicholas (Nick) Young, Eleanor Young, Astrid Leong, and Edison Cheng. The story revolves around the grand wedding between Singapore’s most eligible bachelor, Colin Khoo, and a fashion icon, Araminta Lee, which everyone calls the wedding of the year.

Rachel is a New York University (NYU) professor of economics who is originally from Cupertino, California. She was raised by her single mother and leads a typical middle-class life. When her boyfriend Nick takes her to meet his family in Singapore, she is completely unaware of what is in store for her.

Nick is also a professor at NYU, the same university as Rachel. Although he grew up in London, he is originally from Singapore. Unknown to anyone in New York, he not only belongs to one of the top ten wealthiest families in Asia but is possibly sole heir to his family’s great fortune. Despite this wealth, he was raised to be humble and to keep a low profile. Because of his upbringing, he is confident his family will approve of his simple girlfriend, but things turn out very differently than he expects.

Eleanor Young is Nick’s controlling mother who is obsessed with prestige and pride. Since Nick was born, she has allowed her mother-in-law, the Young family matriarch, to practically raise her only child, so that, when the time comes, she will leave the family fortune to him. As a result, Eleanor is not very much involved in Nick’s upbringing and is even separated from his father, who chooses to live and work in Australia to manage their family’s businesses there. She is also very adamant that Nick marry someone from the close-knit, rich circle of her friends and plans to sabotage Nick and Rachel’s relationship. She hires a private detective to gather information on Rachel’s family, which she later attempts to use to drive Rachel out of Nick’s life, but ultimately results in her son freezing her out of his life. Rachel is shocked when she learns who her father, Zhou Fang Min, is and leaves to stay with her friend, Goh Peik Lin and her family.

Astrid Teo is Nick’s famous cousin whose beauty is well-known all across Asia. Although she maintains a positive image to her family and society, her marriage is suffering. Michael, her long-suffering husband, is a self-made young man who is looked down upon because he does not come from money. Astrid discovers that he might be having an affair with someone in Hong Kong. When she confronts him, Michael admits to having an affair and leaves. With the help of her ex-fiancée Charlie Wu, Astrid confronts him again in Hong Kong where he reveals that he has in fact, not been having an affair and has only made it seem like he had so that she would want to divorce him, being no longer able to deal with Astrid’s family. In a last-ditch effort to help save their marriage and make Astrid happy, Charlie secretly buys shares in Michael’s startup company at a highly inflated price.

Edison Cheng is Nick’s spoiled Hong Kong cousin who works as a banker. He is one of the few members of his clan who lives up to his birthright as a member of one of the wealthiest families in the world. He wants to impress all his friends and relatives at the wedding, but his plans fall short because of his family, particularly his younger brother Alistair who is dating Kitty Pong, a starlet of questionable background and intentions. Alistair and Kitty are briefly engaged but she leaves him for Bernard Tai, a billionaire’s son, after Oliver T’Sien misleads her to believe that the Chengs are not as rich as she thought.

Rachel and Nick suffer a falling out with each other. Nick tries to convince her to stay in the relationship with him, professing that he no longer cares about what society and his family expects from him. Rachel doesn’t believe him, claiming that no matter how much they try to ignore his family’s legacy, they know they may not be able to. She tells Nick that she wants her children to grow up treasured and loved by their relatives like her own family has done, not be raised with a family whose primary concern is their own wealth, family legacy and the kinds of rich people they know. Rachel breaks up with him as a result and Nick realizes she’s lost to him. Depressed, he stays at Colin’s house for a while. At the Goh house, Rachel calls her mother, Kerry, and has a falling out with her. She demands to know why Kerry didn’t tell her about Fang Min being her father. When Kerry tries to explain that he was abusive and she had to save her life, Rachel blames her for her actions and hangs up the phone.

While staying at Colin’s house, Nick regrets bringing Rachel to Singapore without giving her an insight in how to deal with his wealthy family. Instead of his family liking Rachel, they successfully turn her against Nick, which leads to their eventual break up. He mentions this to Colin along with his thoughts of letting Rachel go. However, Colin suggests that Nick fight for Rachel and do one thing to win her back. As Rachel and Peik Lin are preparing to leave to meet Fang Min, her father who is in jail, Nick stops them from leaving, revealing that he’s brought something from China to her. To Rachel’s anger, it’s her own mother that he brought to Singapore. Annoyed with Nick for preventing her one chance of meeting her father, Rachel tells Kerry off: she doesn’t want to see her again and wants her to just let her meet her father. In desperation, Kerry finally reveals the truth about her real father: it isn’t Fang Min, but a man nicknamed Kao Wei. Rachel decides to listen to her mother and learn about the abuse she went through with Fang Min, including how Kao Wei saved her life by helping her escape to America where she stayed with her relatives. Upon realizing how abusive Fang Min was to Kerry, Rachel is remorseful for her earlier behavior and reconciles with her mother. Nick and Peik Lin take her and Kerry out for some satay.

One Thing is Needful

One Thing is Needful

My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart;
Proverbs 4:20–21

ONE THING IS NEEDFUL

George Müller, who lived in the 1800s, cared for about 10,000 orphans in total in his five large orphanages. But he never allowed his huge responsibility to take him away from the Word of God. He said that every day, he would set aside time to study the scriptures until his inner man was happy in the Lord.

Once, Müller met a man who worked between 14 and 16 hours every day. He told the man, “You are destroying your health. You don’t have time for your family and, most importantly, you don’t have time to nourish your inner man with the Word of God.”

The man replied, “I hear you, but I can’t see how I can cut down my working hours and spend time in the Word because even with the 14 to 16 hours I put in each day, I still can’t put enough bread on the table for my family.”

As the man walked away, Müller said, “He doesn’t believe that if he gives time to God’s Word first, God will take care of all his needs.”

Likewise, do you really believe that every day, only one thing is needful? Even if the bills don’t get paid, the children are not making any headway in their studies and the office work is not completed, all these things can wait. Only one thing is needful—that you spend time in the Word of God.

When Martha complained to Jesus that her sister Mary had left her to serve alone (Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet and hearing His Word), Jesus defended Mary by saying, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41–42).

My friend, you will not lose out when you take the time to sit down and listen to God’s Word. Even your health and well-being will be blessed (see Proverbs 4:22). So take time today to meditate on His Word. It will make your way prosperous (see Joshua 1:8–9), and give you divine health and good success!

– Pastor Joseph Prince

Incidentally, today is mum’s birthday.

4 Women who made a Difference in Block Chain

Women who made a difference in Block Chain

Big technology companies have routinely failed to hire women for new projects or promote them to management and board positions. But with blockchain, women have led the way on some of the most important projects, both at tech companies and start-ups. None of this was a given.

Blockchain first came into prominence because it’s the software behind bitcoin, whose early proponents were overwhelmingly male. In January, a party at the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami was held in a strip club and featured scantily clad women. Less than 5% of the speakers at the conference were women.

With blockchain, women have been leaders on several important projects, and companies developing business blockchain products have promoted women.“Diversity is a challenge across all tech subcultures,” said Amber Baldet, who ran JPMorgan Chase’sblockchain programs before leaving to start her own company.

“People have tried to call out crypto as being better or worse. What’s different about it is that from a pretty nascent stage there’s been a very open discussion across the community about how to foster inclusion, of all sorts of populations. Because we’re having that conversation earlier, we’re seeing results earlier. Hopefully, we’ll do better this time around.”

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At IBM, women run the show, from the general manager of blockchain Marie Wieck to her boss Bridget van Kralingen, to CEO Ginni Rometty. “We have the blockchain sisters at IBM,” says spokeswoman Holli Haswell. Here are four women who are leaders in blockchain: Blythe Masters, CEO, Digital Asset HoldingsMasters rose to managing director at JPMorgan Chase at age 28.

She built the bank’s commodities business into the largest on Wall Street and is credited with helping create derivative products like the credit default swap. When Masters left in 2014, she did not have concrete plans of what she would do next.

Blockchain stood out as a huge opportunity once she realized it could be “incredibly constructive, not just disruptive,” to financial services. “Coming from almost 30 years in that space, I knew in considerable detail the nature of the waste, the inefficiency, the delays.” Digital Asset has raised more than $110 million from investors including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan. It is partnering with Alphabet (ticker: GOOGL) to offer blockchain tools to developers and won a contract to remake the Australian Securities Exchange’sequities clearing and settlement system.

Masters also heads the governing board of Hyperledger, a nonprofit that has brought together developers building some of the most widely used blockchain platforms for business.

Marie Wieck, general manager for blockchain, IBMFor a company that has recently found itself behind the times in technology, IBM is betting big on the blockchain. Wieck, who has been at the company for more than 25 years, is guiding the company’s efforts to partner with the biggest names in the business, from Walmart to shipping giant Maersk.

Wieck, who went to an all-girls school and says she was encouraged as a child to pursue math and science, is worried about the paltry number of women now going into tech professions—fewer even than when she was growing up 25 years ago. Among her solutions is “to create a community of champions of both women and men who proudly support women in the STEM.

”Amber Baldet, co-founder, ClovyrBaldet has always worked in the financial industry but is just as comfortable in the world of computer programmers. As the leader of blockchain products at JPMorgan, she guided the development of the company’s Quorum software, a contender in the race to speed up finance’s antiquated databases and slow settlement times.

The product is built on Ethereum, a public blockchain better known for its cryptocurrency network, but Quorum is removed from the crypto world and allows banks to shield sensitive information. Baldet left and started her own company called Clover earlier this year to develop software that helps start-ups and more-established businesses more effectively use blockchain technology. She’s uniquely positioned to bridge the gaps that now exist.

“I’ve had the opportunity to talk to people who see things very differently,” she says. “Being able to transition back and forth, I can help people understand each other and build stronger products together.

”Linda Pawczuk, U.S. blockchain leader,
Deloitte Consulting Pawczuk has quickly climbed the ladder at Deloitte, where she was recently appointed to lead the company’s blockchain practice in the U.S., just a few months after being elevated to lead the finance blockchain group.

Before that, she led the company’s blockchain efforts in insurance for three years. In the early years, blockchain was too obsessed with “the engine-room stuff,” she said. To make blockchain work, businesses have to do something that doesn’t always come naturally: “They need to work cooperatively with their competition.” Lately, she sees that happening more and more.

“That’s a good signal.”

Pampered White Pomeranian

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The picture above shows a cute white Pomeranian in a floral band on hits head. Pet Pomeranians are surely very pampered by their beloved owners. They don’t mind spending an arm and a leg to make sure their pooches are well taken care of with some clothes, headbands, and what nots to entertain the owners.

I find the puppy above so cute that I decided to put its picture here for posterity. I have a golden Pomeranian, named Leia. She’s just too hyperactive just like its owner who trained it up to chase after plastic bone tied to a leash. Sometimes, I find it annoying that she jumps around like a tomboy and with male characteristics. Exactly like its owner! With me around, it is more subdued and but sometimes bark now and then wanting attention and food.

Anyway, its’ fur pelt is so long to stroke with plenty of thick furs, common amongst Pomeranians. They are cute to look at but must be trained to be potty or toilet trained and you need to keep removing the poo and pee.

Mama Mia 2 : Here We Go Again

Sophie Sheridan is preparing for the grand reopening of her mother Donna’s hotel, following Donna’s death a year earlier. She is upset because two of her fathers, Harry and Bill, are unable to make it to the reopening and she is having trouble in her relationship with Sky, who is in New York, over her memorializing her mother’s life.

In 1979, a young Donna has just graduated from university with Rosie and Tanya, and is getting ready to travel the world. While in Paris, she meets and parties with Harry. She later misses her boat to Kalokairi but is offered a ride by Bill, and along the way, they are able to help a stranded fisherman, Alexio, make it in time to stop the love of his life from marrying another. Unbeknownst to Donna, Harry has followed her to Greece; but he arrived too late, and sadly watches the boat sailing off in the distance.

In the present, Tanya and Rosie arrive to support Sophie with the reopening and it’s revealed that Rosie and Bill have split up. Sophie then visits Sam, who is still grieving over the death of Donna. Back in the past, Donna arrives on the island and while exploring the farmhouse, a sudden storm causes her to discover a spooked horse in the basement. She goes in search of help only to find a young Sam riding his motorcycle and he helps her to save the horse. Back in the present, a storm has caused serious disruption to Sophie’s plans for the grand reopening and prevented media coverage of the event.

Back in the past, Donna and Sam are enjoying a whirlwind romance, that ends when Donna discovers a picture of Sam’s fiancée in his drawer. A devastated Donna demands that Sam leave the island. In the present, Sam tells Sophie about her value to her mother. Meanwhile, Harry leaves his business deal in Tokyo to support Sophie, and separately Bill gets the same idea. Bill and Harry meet at the docks but are told there are no boats. However, Bill meets the fisherman Alexio and thereby secures boat passage for himself, Harry as well as the newly arrived Sky.

In the past, a depressed Donna is heartbroken over Sam but is able to channel her anger into singing with Tanya and Rosie. She meets Bill again and they go out on his boat; while they are gone, Sam returns, having recently ended his engagement for Donna, but is saddened to hear that she is with another man and leaves the island again. Donna discovers she is pregnant but has no idea which one of her three recent lovers is the father. Sofia, the mother of the owner of the bar where Donna and the Dynamos performed, overhears Donna’s wish to stay on the island and offers to let Donna live at her farmhouse and Donna happily accepts. It is there that she eventually gives birth to Sophie.

Back in the present, the guests have arrived at the party and Sophie is reunited with her other two fathers and Sky. Sophie reveals to Sky she is pregnant and has never felt closer to her mother, having now understood what her mother went through. Bill and Rosie reunite over their grief for Donna. Sophie’s estranged grandmother and Donna’s mother, Ruby, arrives despite Sophie deciding not to invite her. She reveals that Sky tracked her down in New York and she wants to build a real relationship with Sophie. Sophie then performs a song with Tanya and Rosie in honor of her mother, with her grandmother tearfully telling her afterward how proud she is of her. It is then revealed that the manager of the hotel, Fernando, is Ruby’s ex-lover from 1959 in Mexico, and the two are joyously reunited.

Nine months later, Sophie has given birth to a baby boy and everyone has gathered for his christening where Tanya flirts with Fernando’s brother. The ceremony takes place with Donna’s spirit watching over her daughter with pride. All the characters, including Donna and the younger cast, sing “Super Trouper” at a huge party at Hotel Bella Donna.

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