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Moving Mountains

As I wrote earlier today, right now I am in the middle of a life-changing moment, on whether or not I got accepted in this new company..

I have been staring at my phone for more than 10 times, and while I’m waiting for that telephone (which might not be ringing at all, or in other word.. “they find someone else..”), whatever it is, I’m trying to calm myself down, do my best to keep my head up, and believe that,

no matter what happen, I will still be able to move mountains.

So I scrolled through my music folder and these are the songs to help me get through this ‘awfully-terribly-extremely-horribly LOOOOOOONG day’ without losing faith to myself.

My first intention was to get motivated, but at some songs I begin to shed some tears (notice the emoticon?). There’s too many emotions involved.

(In no particular order, these songs saved me before, and it will save me always)

  1. Daniel Powter – Lose To Win
  2. Des’ree – You Gotta Be
  3. Kid Rock – Only God Knows Why
  4. Matchbox 20 – These Hard Times
  5. Green Day – 21 Guns
  6. Martina McBride – Do It Anyway 😦
  7. Decemberadio – Find You Waiting  😦
  8. The Beatles – Let it Be
  9. Linkin Park – Iridescent
  10. Bon Jovi – Living on A Prayer
  11. REM – Everybody Hurts
  12. Simple Plan – Anywhere Else But Here
  13. Sublime – What I Got
  14. The Glee Version of Charlie Chaplin’s Smile 😦
  15. Ingrid Michaelson – Keep Breathing
  16. Alanis Morissette – Hand In My Pocket
  17. Alanis Morissette – That I Would Be Good 😦
  18. 3 Doors Down – Away From The Sun 😦
  19. Oasis – The Masterplan / Sunday Morning Call 😦
  20. Linkin Park – Shadow Of The Day 😦
  21. Rivers Cuomo – Longtime Sunshine
  22. Smash Mouth – Hang On
  23. The Used – Yesterday’s Feeling
  24. Avril Lavigne – Tomorrow
  25. The Beatles cover by Syesha Mercado – Yesterday
  26. Natasha Bedingfield – (No More) What If(s)
  27. Foo Fighters – Ain’t It The Life 😦
  28. Miley Cyrus – The Climb
  29. No Doubt – Running
  30. Radiohead – No Surprises
  31. Bruno Mars – Never Say You Can’t 😦 😦 😦
  32. Fort Minor – Remember The Name
  33. Shooter – Life’s A Bitch
  34. The Queers – I Wanna Be Happy
  35. Five For Fighting – Superman
  36. Faith No More’s version of “I Started a Joke”
  37. Dream Theater – The Spirit Carries On
  38. Bowling For Soup – When We Die
  39. 311 – All Mixed Up
  40. Green Day – Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) 😦
  41. The Fray – All At Once
  42. Chumbawamba – Tubthumping
  43. Relient K – Forget and Not Slow Down
  44. Carrie Underwood – Lesson Learned 😦
  45. Dido – Look No Further
  46. Sum 41 – Pull The Curtain
  47. Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten
  48. Alicia Keys – Superwoman
  49. Lighthouse Family – Postcard From Heaven 😦
  50. Pink – Crystal Ball 😦

Enjoy and hope it helps to relieve any doubts, pain, regrets, anything..

 

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Bomb The Music Industry!

One thing I regretfully admit, WHY DID IT TOOK ME TOO DAMN LONG TO DISCOVER THESE AWESOME DUDES!???

Listening to their Vacation (2011) album kinda reminds me of Weezer and Kemuri, with a touch of The Strokes (pardon me for not giving you links to those great bands, go search yourself will ya?). Yet the lyrics are all AMAZING, I repeat, A-MA-ZING !!! It’s funny but not stupid, and it didn’t sound they’re trying too hard, and successfully made me smile, felt connected and wanted more!

The 2011 Vacation album starts with the song “Campaign for A Better Weekend”  which tells us about a guy who decided to get out the house on his newly-fixed bicycle. But then turns out his decision was wrong. Because then he got hit by a car. In the end of the song, he said, “I can’t shrug off the awesome weather but I can surely dress my wounds. It felt just like a vacation but still we complained until we all felt jaded and started to hate it.” The next song is “Vocal Coach” which is about boredom (I guess). The vocal tunes in this song sounds awesome, cheerful, and flawless.

And there’s “Everybody That You Love” with its lyric “all the people I love the best, are starting to get frustrated with my being a mess..” which describes the message they’re trying to deliver. That they are funny guys, but are easily bored and there were times when they’re disappointing their friends and families. Well, aren’t we all?

Next song is “The Shit That You Hate.” A critic for anyone who complains too much about life. The message? Figure this out: “so hold onto your home  and onto your hope, sorrow don’t answer problems, nobody cares, we’re all in trouble, the shit that you hate don’t make you special..”

Then comes my favorite song in this album: “Hurricane Waves.” A story about PROCRASTINATING! Ha! Awesome, great job describing it, guys! “I can wait till tomorrow to pay my rent and start to grow up..”

There are still few more songs left but I have to go home now. All I can say is that this is one of the most valuable discovery of all time. No I didn’t exaggerate this! If you don’t believe me, try listening to their album and experience my admiration!

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The Light Bulb Above Our Heads

When I was a kid, I use to write my name, address, zodiac sign and other stuffs including what I want to be when I grow up, on my friend’s diary book. I don’t know whether kids still do this nowadays, but it’s good to keep the imagination of having a dream job, isn’t it? It provides a path for you and keeps you focused on your purpose.

But just like technology, sometimes our dream must also change to keep up with the rest of world.

Advanced telecommunication technology took over the role of post offices and replaced it with e-mails, text messages, mobile phones, and online instant messaging. With the digital camera, we can directly print pictures at home, and thus eliminates photo-processing job opportunities.

However, there’s still this one dream which will never change from time to time: The dream to be successful. Each people will define success differently. For some it could mean being richer than these world billionaires, and for others it’s settling down in a mansion or a beach house, or even something that has nothing to do with material entities. Whatever it is, the picture seems really nice, right? Well, I hate to interrupt your dream, but let’s face it, you need to do something to make them come true.

Self-made billionaires don’t dominate industries, they transform them and spawn new ones. That takes more than intelligence, courage and luck. It takes divine-like vision. (read more here)

Okay, this sounds like a great way to be rich and popular, but where should I start? Do I have what it takes to be one of those revolutionary people?

Forget that (hard-to-interpret) word “divine-like vision” because I don’t know what it means (sorry!). But if you ask me where to start, you can start anywhere, you can start by giving some thoughts about how you see yourself, because success relies heavily on your own self-perception. And I have the perfect example of self-perception, which I took from a comment which was submitted to my previous post about the process of creation. The comment was “not everybody was born with such gifts.” — Which I choose to disagree. Why? Because if Mark Zuckerberg thought that way when he was studying at Harvard, then none of us will be in so much trouble due to Facebook. But I guess Zuckerberg and his pals were not a bunch of cowards.

It’s a perfect example of someone who have a negative perception about himself. And if you’re one of those person who are not sure about your own capabilities, you are free to leave this place without bothered to read until the last paragraph.

With even harder competition in the field of employment opportunity, more and more successful people are making innovations. To make them, you need creativity. And to have creativity, you must think outside the box. Finally, you can find ideas. It’s a process which involved the capability of our brain, which operates similarly to cars that must be warmed before hitting the gas. One of the best, effective, and yet simple way to boost and stimulate our brain is through reading.

I know it sounds like a belated campaign against illiteracy, and it wont guarantee anyone to suddenly have a light bulb above their heads. But as an amateur blogger who often have a lot of energy to write (but don’t have a clue on what to write about), I spent plenty of times reading other people’s work, blogs, and even weird news, just to find something interesting. I also praise Google for creating the Reader and yes, it works for me. I admit it is a little absurd to relate ideas, creativity, success and being a billionaire to a simple habit of reading, but it’s one way (among others) to help us, well, to be inspired?

I still have my own personal destination which will define my success someday, and maybe the “divine like” vision are flying around somewhere inside my brain, though I’m not sure about it (due to my lack of understanding upon its meaning). All I know, I’ve done something that make me feel good about myself: Blogging. I know I have put better use of my idle time, it’s one of the reason. Having the freedom to write about things that I find interesting, sharing my thoughts with everyone, compiling and digesting ideas and inspirations, is another bonus.

It won’t make me a billionaire anytime soon, and maybe it’s still far from what some people consider “successful” but hopefully it’s the beginning to a process called, “thinking somewhere, outside the box.”

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“This blog post is my submission to the IMO blogging contest”

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