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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What are we missing out?

It has been a ritual for a colleague of mine to send out inspirational stories every other morning to everyone in the office, and today, I wish to share with all of you what I have just received yesterday.

The story in the email read like this :

"Perception, taste and priorities of people are today's quest.

A man stood at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousand seven hundred people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule. A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace.. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars. Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theatre in Boston and the seats average $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organised by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people."

The outlines in this story were:

1. In a common place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Yes/no
2. Do we stop to appreciate it? Yes/no
3. Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context? Yes/no

One of the possible conclusions from above experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing in our life?

Worth sitting up and taking note of it - Think!!!

....And think was indeed what I did right after. And Oh my, I do miss out a lot of things.

Monday, May 18, 2009

She's back from Outer Space


I am back online from my weeks long hibernation. Loved it. Will go for more.
Some snippets on what have been going on in the life of yours truly:

1. Took the time out from our usual in-KL activity and went to Malacca for the weekend. Mainly the trip was Abah's idea, as he needed a golfing getaway. And since his future SIL (read: my fiance :D) is a golfer himself, Abah is so happy that he has an instant Golfer Friend to hit the green with him anytime. Joined by Mimie's boyfriend Shaz, the three went golfing happily while the rest of us - the non-golfers, went to the Safari and enjoyed a group of Elephants dancing and wooing us with a "hand" stand. Later that afternoon we went for a seafood feast at Umbai. Gosh I've never consumed Seafood that much.

2. Jashar Hamzah a.k.a the love of my life, and I celebrated our 11th Anniversary on the recent 28th April. Couldn't be more happier! It's been blissful!

3. I drove to PD later that weekend for more getaway. I just wanted to be at the beach with Jashar.

4. I learned a new Labah-labah song from Naufal. It's the same Incy Wincy Spider song, only that the three year-old changed the lyric a lil bit to "Labba labba leyli, pigi pajat pewigi".

5. Went to get some stuff for my Wedding. Loved it.

6. Naufal tried to understand the "F language" by copying the words when we converse in it but to no luck. But I bet he's going to understand some words in F language soon.

7. My prayers to a dear friend. Nadya, be strong.

8. I need to start some fat burning activities. Not being able to squeeze in my skinny jeans is a horrid experience.

9. I am so hooked up on sewing. My inspiration? Miss Novita Estiti from Sew I do. This lady is fantastic! She works wonders! She makes me want to knit again! Love her!

10. I am finally going for Kursus Kahwin with Jashar this weekend.

11. I really missed some friends. Both old and new. Azera, Azura, Suya to name a few. And Balqis, I hope you'll come with us to Malacca next week.

12. I am so hooked up on Rock Legends!. I am at level 34 now and really feeling like a Rockstar.

13. I am 6 months, 2 weeks, and 4 days away to being Mrs Jashar Hamzah so allow me to once again, for the I-dont-know-how-many-th time, get down and do the chicken dance!

Back to square one. Bila nak kurus ni! Nak kena tempah baju dah! Adoiii!