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Ever tried Sudoku? Well, I’d never! Then at work one day, one of my colleagues was talking about it…. Then a customer was talking about it…. What?!?!?

Those whom know how to solve it and play it will say to you that it’s quite addicitive. Dont worry, it’s not gambling!! Its a puzzle based on a square grid (such as chess problems and crosswords)…

The rules are very simple. You are given a 9 x 9 grid divided into nine 3 x 3 mini-grids (boxes) and with some numbers already placed in it – then you just fill in the rest of the grid, in such a way that no number appears twice in the same column, row or box!!!

When I was first introduced, I thot – “oh no, Im rubbish in maths and arithmatics!” Well, there is none of this involved… All you need is LOGICAL THINKING, PERSEVERENCE and PATIENCE.

I truely reccommend this to you if you are lacking in the aspects stated above! Maybe when your children are slightly older or if you have young friends – why not introduce it to them – to expand their mind and logical thinking.

My tips:
1) Scan the rows (1-9)
2) Scan the columns (1-9)
3) Each box (1-9)
4) Fill in the gaps

Example: Numbering system starts from top left.

-No.9 is in row 1 and 3, so it must be in row 2
-No.9 is also in box A and B, so it must be in box C

-No.4 is in row 2 and 3, so it must be in row 1
-No.4 is in box A and C, so it must be in box B
-No.4 is in column 5, so the only place it could be is box B, column 5, row 1.

Answers here!

After math

On the day of sending my grand dad to cremation, we had a traditional ceremony, the norm chantings, walking around the coffin and sending him, barefoot on the way to the crematorium (only about 400 metres, followed by vehicle picking us up.)

The special part of the last day, was having a live band to play some nice songs loved by my grand dad. I must say, they were really good.
They played about 30 songs, and they know from oldies in the 60s and the lastest in the 2005. They were so good that, most of the songs played left many with watery eyes, as we all listened to various songs liked by my grand dad. Especially one which i will always rem, “Long Shu Xia” a famous chinese song sung by Yu Tian.
I can still vividly see my grand dad trying to sing like Yu Tian.

A Grandfather Story.

He was a man whom taught me how to be a grandfather, a man with wisdom and abundance of experiences.

He was the one who showed me my lst look of a S$500 note. It was green and lovely. He taught me the value of money and how to appreciate every cent of it.

He learnt it the hard way, hence telling his decendents to keep one’s feet on the ground and hard work will pay off.

He showed me how to live frugal and happily, however i watched him in plight sometimes.

He showed me magic tricks that was so easy, even a 5 years old will spot it, yet at age 10, i was baffled.

He was funny and jovial even though his face might show stern emotions.

He was both a father and grandfather when i was younger, older and still will be.

30 years ago, he was fit and healthy doing some small business to earn a living to support the family.

3 months ago, he was feeling down and lonely without his beloved wife bickering with him.

3 weeks ago, he was having a good time on his birthday, enjoying company of his family and amazingly chatting to his grandson via MSN for a solid 1 hour.

3 days ago, he was alive but yet not talking, unlike his character of being chatty.

3 hours ago, we just burnt his new “house, cars, gold ingots, clothes, tv and a harley davidson” to “ship” all the goodies to him where he is now.

3 minutes ago, i was thinking of him and the good times with him.

3 seconds ago, i paused.

“Time is the only thing that goes in one direction. The moment u say “good” its already “bye”. Money can’t buy time, in fact money can eat away ur time. Find the solution to create more time, to spend with ur beloved, cos time only goes one direction!”

Count Your Blessings…

Today, I drove huppy to the airport to return to Singapore, because he had to be there for his family. It was rather upsetting cos it has been ages since we spent time apart, however, this was something that could not be avoided. We discussed alot and this made me reflect. Now I want to share this with you – Counting your blessings…

“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in the quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.”

The Contender Theme Song is dedicated to my Huppy as I know this is his favourite song…

See you soon when I join you in Singapore xxx

Jigsaw Puzzle

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle,
It might be a bit messy when u just start.
But once you put the pieces together,
You will see the bigger picture.
The only way to see the picture is to try ways to put them together.

Note too that every piece is important,
Without one piece it will not be a complete picture.

Original quote by Allan