Monthly Archives: July 2008

self-belief is from nothing more than a choice~~

Self Belief

Where does self belief come from?

Does it come from applause given by others on your efforts?
Does it come from a pat on the back for something well done?
Does it come from your partner, friend or family member saying you can do anything if you put your mind to it?
Does it come from winning a prize, coming first in some type of competition?

To all of these above, I say NO, NO, NO!!

Self belief comes from within!!!

It comes from knowledge, it comes from abilities, it comes from a knowing and love for
oneself, it comes from acceptance of ones weaknesses and it comes from a WANT!!

We all as human beings have different strengths, different abilities and different passions.

Sporting celebrities believe in themselves, they have pushed themselves to the highest of their abilities. They have taken their strengths and knowledge and worked with them to be the best they can in their particular areas offering competition and a love for what they truly enjoy doing. They believe in their talents and use them fully to their advantage!!

Self belief comes from achievements!

Self belief comes from choice!!

Self belief comes from lack of Fear!!!

Self belief comes from WITHIN. Self Belief comes from using the hard knocks we all get handed out in life to the best of your ability. Turning sadness into happiness, turning a weakness into strength.
Self belief needs to be nurtured, needs to be practiced and needs to come from a place of true honesty and love.

Self belief comes from Learning!!

Believing in YOU can take your life to a completely different level.
Experiencing life, practicing life, brings confidence and confidence brings self belief.

Do you remember the first time you got in a car and wanted to learn to drive…how scary!!
You bunny hopped down the road. You had your driving test…you failed first time around…did you jump back in and try and again…did you go home feeling like a failure!! What choice did you make? How badly did you want to pass your driving test?
You got your license first, second, third time around….how fantastic and on top of the world did you feel…you now have a new control and skill in your life!! How much do you believe in yourself and you abilities right now!

Failure is our best triumph….from our failures in life…we learn…knowledge and experience brings self belief!!

The world is made up of so many unspoken amazing people…and from lack of self belief they sit in the background and watch others reap great rewards from the effort they put into their life and by selling who they are as human beings.

Effort brings self belief!!

Do we ever really realise that we only get one shot of this life we live, and how every time we do something, is so important at the time we do it, is the only TIME we get to visit. That minute, that second, that hour…is the only time we get to do it…then its gone!! We may get to do again…but not in that same time, that same minute, that same second, that same hour!!!! Can you say that when you did it, it was to the best of your ability and that you gave 110% as if not, we have now moved forward to a new time!! What will you do with it??

There are many that will truly say they enjoy what they do with their work but so many that say they are just doing it because they don’t know how to do better, that they fear a change…they live half heartedly through lack of self belief. Through lack of effort.
Some take big jobs because it makes them feel powerful…for eight hours a day they feel great about who they are….what happens to the rest of the day? This is outsourcing self belief!! A fat pay cheque does not bring self belief!!

Theres no right or wrong way to bring yourself to a great self belief of you as a human being in this world!! Some chose to work on themselves, others choose to continue a life living in negatives and instead outsource their self belief. Some truly believe they are complete through what they are doing and through who they are!!! Have they ever tried to see life differently?

Self belief comes from a passion of ones self and ones abilities.

Have you ever pushed yourself so hard you never thought you would make to the finishing line, through work, through sport, through relationships!!!
Have you ever said I give up? What stopped you from going that one step further for you to achieve? Was it lack of self belief?

Ever thought you could run 5kms without stopping….some would laugh, but you CAN!! It comes from self belief! You may not be able to do it on day one, or day two or day three but I know if you kept practicing and believed that you can do it and wanted to do it, it would happen.

Have you ever been overweight and made a choice to do something about it? You try and try but don’t believe you can do it so you stay overweight and it doesn’t happen…
Have you ever been overweight, you make a choice that you no longer want to live overweight, that you don’t feel comfortable being overweight. so you decide to self believe, you put in effort, you try…weight falls off, your confidence skyrockets…you have just achieved and through this achievement you believe in who you are!!! You now self believe!!

Life is about doing…not saying!!!! It’s about not giving up but about working hard at what it is you want to achieve…today, tomorrow…the day after!!!!

How many times over your years have you sat back and said, “ I should have”
The truth is all of us have said this at one point in our life…its how many of us have then just gone and done…instead of living with regret.

Self belief is from nothing more than a CHOICE…choice of how you choose to live your
life !!! Its how you choose to see, how you choose to feel how you choose to BE!!

How many people make excuses for not doing something they truly love doing? If you truly want something…you WILL make it happen!

How many of us become so absorbed into our relationships, into our partners, into our families, into our friends and when it breaks down…we totally have forgotten who WE are!!! Our confidence is gone, our love for ourselves is gone, our self belief is shot down!!

An exercise to try:

Sit down and write about a negative in your life right now. Something that brings anxiety, something that brings sadness, something that is full of fear!!! Do this only if there is something real there…do not manifest or over analyse anything to do this exercise!!
Whether it is something you want to try…an issue that brings upset….a handling of a situation, that’s outcome was not positive…
Today write about it, now go and have your day, then tonight read it, go to bed, sleep, then tomorrow write about again…
Before you write about it again…read it….view it through different eyes…do a “what if I” with yourself…then sit down…and write about how you can change it… and turn it into a positive. Allow yourself to learn from it…come from a place of love when re-writing it!
If by trying to turn it into a positive takes effort, takes rewording, takes understanding or just acceptance…you have just given yourself a chance to see through happier and clearer eyes.
You have just turned a negative into a positive…you have self believed, you have achieved and you have just made a choice, giving yourself a chance, you have learnt and in return you feel more powerful and happier as a human being.

If you still feel anxious, unhappy and fearful…try writing in a more a peaceful place that brings happiness, remove yourself from your environment and take yourself to an environment that you enjoy being in.Whether that is lighting a candle in your bedroom, sitting on the beach, sitting under a tree or just sitting at home, do not give up until you have lifted this weight off your shoulders…you are worth the effort you put in and the happiness and clarity it will bring to your situation.
Now this is a life experience you have just reaped a reward from!!!
Well worth the effort don’t you think??

What is one of your strengths?
Can you use it in every day life?
Can you use today?
Can you use it right now?
Can you use to help others get to a better place in their life?

When you come to your last days on this earth…what will you regret….say, NOTHING now and chose to make choices so that you do not live in regret. Choose to live a truly fulfilled life!!
Theres no second chances to live another life but its never too late today in the life you have been granted, whether your 80, 50, 30, 20 years of age…do it now and reap great benefits for your self esteem and the life you have been given.
Appreciate being alive!!

Give yourself a chance…be true and real, love who you are, make choices, experience and ENJOY LIFE!! Very Happy
Marianne Potalej


christian the lion

love knows no limits and true friendship last a lifetime

this video is just so heartwarming… oh my god…

July 27, 2008

Lion becomes internet sensation

Craze for video of lion reunited with childhood owners

THE heart-tugging video diary of Christian the lion, a big cat who lived in a London antiques shop, has become an internet sensation – 38 years after he was returned to life in the African bush. The home movie has been watched 6m times on YouTube and other sites, rekindling celebrity for two Australians who bought a lion cub from Harrods in 1969 to impress their friends.

The trio became stars in Chelsea, playing football in a park, but Christian grew too big and at 18 months he was moved to the Kenyan wildlife sanctuary featured in the film Born Free.

A year later his former owners, John Rendall and Anthony Bourke, visited the sanctuary, but its founder, George Adamson, warned them to stay away from Christian, who was now in the wild and had his own pride. He said the lion would tear them to pieces.

Instead, as the film shows, Christian rushed towards them, putting his paws on Rendall’s shoulders and licking his face in joy. It is a moment of touching friendship that has reduced millions to tears, say critics, who believe Christian, along with other “positive” video hits such as the dancing man, where a chunky American dances badly across the world, show how the net is becoming more family-friendly.

After the meeting, Christian was never seen again.

theory of insanity

interesting quote which i stole from a friend over from her msn pm… haha, it totally describes the life of a city dweller, or maybe more specifically, my occupation… LOL

Keep doing the same thing over and over again, expect different result – Albert Einstein


wahahaha!! way too cute!!

u wanna play too?



higher CO2 enables plants to grow faster and larger and to live in drier climates

something amazing which i came across while reading

he’s actually proving that CO2 is the cause of higher plant growth! so if this is really true, what will be the result of those ‘reduce-co2-campaigns’ ?

im so enjoying all these controversial topics right now~~


GPP is Gross Primary Production, a measure of the daily output of the global biosphere –the amount of new plant matter on land. NPP is Net Primary Production, an annual tally of the globe’s production. Biomass is booming. The planet is the greenest it’s been in decades, perhaps in centuries.

Until the 1980s, ecologists had no way to systematically track growth in plant matter in every corner of the Earth — the best they could do was analyze small plots of one-tenth of a hectare or less. The notion of continuously tracking global production to discover the true state of the globe’s biota was not even considered.

Then, in the 1980s, ecologists realized that satellites could track production, and enlisted NASA to collect the data. For the first time, ecologists did not need to rely on rough estimates or anecdotal evidence of the health of the ecology: They could objectively measure the land’s output and soon did — on a daily basis and down to the last kilometer.

The results surprised Steven Running of the University of Montana and Ramakrishna Nemani of NASA, scientists involved in analyzing the NASA satellite data. They found that over a period of almost two decades, the Earth as a whole became more bountiful by a whopping 6.2%. About 25% of the Earth’s vegetated landmass — almost 110 million square kilometres — enjoyed significant increases and only 7% showed significant declines. When the satellite data zooms in, it finds that each square metre of land, on average, now produces almost 500 grams of greenery per year.

Why the increase? Their 2004 study, and other more recent ones, point to the warming of the planet and the presence of CO2, a gas indispensable to plant life. CO2 is nature’s fertilizer, bathing the biota with its life-giving nutrients. Plants take the carbon from CO2 to bulk themselves up — carbon is the building block of life — and release the oxygen, which along with the plants, then sustain animal life. As summarized in a report last month, released along with a petition signed by 32,000 U. S. scientists who vouched for the benefits of CO2: “Higher CO2 enables plants to grow faster and larger and to live in drier climates. Plants provide food for animals, which are thereby also enhanced. The extent and diversity of plant and animal life have both increased substantially during the past half-century.”

From the 2004 abstract: Our results indicate that global changes in climate have eased several critical climatic constraints to plant growth, such that net primary production increased 6% (3.4 petagrams of carbon over 18 years) globally. The largest increase was in tropical ecosystems. Amazon rain forests accounted for 42% of the global increase in net primary production, owing mainly to decreased cloud cover and the resulting increase in solar radiation.


Click to read the rest of the story

save the polar bear, save the world

interesting picture i found over deviantART regarding a poster for the global warming campaign. i remember the first real reason that i started getting concern about global warming dangers is when i watched the movie ‘an inconvenient truth’. the ‘facts’ in this movie may seem either real or fake to all of us, but isnt taking care of the natural environment the duty of us human beings? we, being the the dominant species, are doing anything good? haha maybe this is the result of us satisfying the 7 deadly sins, as i’ve described in my last post. what can we do now, other than educating our very own people of the effects of this?

anyway, this is an interesting picture.

Artist’s Comment:

Pollution is reaching creations: birds, animals, fishes, and insects. There is an open question about how the viewer is the reason of that. The visual language defines specific category of the pollution which is global warming.

seven deadly sins

i came across this cool series of drawings while browsing deviantART showing the seven deadly sins of humans – pride, avarice, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony, and sloth.

google for them and read them up, and see how many of these sins do u have? haha

i think i have them all, too.

Vanity, also known as pride, is the mother of all sins, which is the source of all other sins. They see and care about nothing else, but themselves only.


Gluttony is the inordinate desire to consume more than what one requires. This may not mean only food or drinks, as it may symbolize excessive indulgence in consumer goods, etc.


Avarice, greed or covetousness, is similar to lust and gluttony, which relates to abundance or excessiveness. This may not mean only the acquisition of wealth and power, but the indulgence of material goods too.


Sloth may merely mean the avoidance of physical or spiritual work. however, this historically meant a sin of sadness or despair, as this reflects an unwillingness of rejoicing during the early days of Christianity.


Wrath refers to the inordinate and uncontrolled anger or hatred. Alternatively, it is the impatience with authority or feeling of vengeance.


Envy or jealousy is the desire for another’s traits, status, ability, situation or possessions. Similar to avarice, it is a sin of insatiable desire, but of a non-material nature as it is typically psychological.


Lust is usually the obsessive/excessive desires and thoughts of sex, however it may mean the excessive love for one or oneself. Simply, it can also mean an indulgence in the self-fulfillment of physical pleasure.



blackeri’s deviantART gallery – Deadly Sins

ladder made in china, made with love~~

a little story which i came across while browsing through my inbox…


An incredible  love story has come out of China recently and managed to touch the world.
It  is a story of a man and an older woman who ran off to live and love each other  in peace for over half a century.

The 70-year-old Chinese man who hand-carved over 6,000 stairs up a mountain for his 80-year-old wife has passed away in the cave which has been the couple’s home for the last 50 years.

Over 50  years ago, Liu Guojiang a 19 year-old boy, fell in love with a 29 year-old widowed  mother named Xu Chaoqin..

In a twist worthy of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, friends and relatives criticized the relationship because of the age difference and the fact that Xu already had children.

At that time, it was unacceptable and immoral for a young man  to love an older woman.. To avoid the market gossip and the scorn of their communities, the couple decided to  elope and lived in a cave in Jiangjin County in Southern ChongQing Municipality.

In the beginning, life was harsh as hey had nothing, no electricity or even food.  They had to eat grass and roots they found in the mountain, and Liu made a  kerosene lamp that they used to light up their lives.

Xu felt that she had tied Liu down and repeatedly asked him, ‘Are you regretful? Liu always replied, ‘As long as we are industrious, life will improve.’

In the second year  of living in the mountain, Liu began and continued for over 50 years, to  hand-carve the steps so that his wife could get down the mountain  easily.

Half a century later in 2001, a group of adventurers were  exploring the forest and were surprised to find the elderly couple and the  over 6,000 hand-carved steps.  Liu MingSheng,  one of their seven children said, ‘My parents loved each other so much, they  have lived in seclusion for over 50 years and never been apart a single day.  He hand carved more than 6,000 steps over the years for my mother’s  convenience, although she doesn’t go down the mountain that  much.’

The couple had  lived in peace for over 50 years until last week. Liu, now 72 years, returned  from his daily farm work and collapsed. Xu sat and prayed with her husband as  he passed away in her arms. So in love with Xu, was Liu, that no one was able  to release the grip he had on his wife’s hand even after he had passed away.

‘You promised me you’ll take care of me, you’ll always be with me until the day I died, now you left before me, how am I going to live without you?’

Xu spent days softly repeating this sentence and touching her husband’s black coffin with tears rolling down her cheeks.

In 2006, their story became one of the top 10 love stories from China , collected by the Chinese Women Weekly. The local government has decided to  preserve the love ladder and the place they lived as a museum, so this love  story can live forever.

non-blinking world record

a woman challenging the world record for not blinking… even at sleep… haha

nice advert here!! haha

impossible is nothing

in response to my previous post

stop playing, jose!!

cute commercial about jose, who plays a imaginated game of football with his neighbour… haha


want to play?

tired of pumping balls… lets play! haha


nike vs adidas

the man wears nike… the other wears adidas… haha


and the whole world gave chase

what does nike mean to you?

LOL, inspiration from a colleague who showed me this commercial, TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL. and then i went on to dig all these out from youtube… amazing!

take it to the next level!


roger federer


leave nothing!


the secret tournament

During Spring 2002, new advertisements from Nike were broadcast featuring many of the world’s best footballers. The short films – made to tie in with the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan – were directed by Terry Gilliam. Two advertisements were filmed – “The Secret Tournament” and “The Rematch”. This webpage contains stills and behind-the-scenes pictures from the adverts.

“The Secret Tournament” was filmed in December 2001. Gilliam worked with Nicola Pecorini as Director of Photography and set designer Stefano Maria Ortolani. The advert, shot at Rome’s Filmhouse Studios, is set in the belly of a cargo liner. Within the cargo liner is a massive cage with turf. Where eight teams of three players play a tournament under the watchful eye of Eric Cantona.

“The Rematch” was filmed on January 28 and 29. Fraser Taggart was Director of Photography for this second shooting session.

The action takes place to the scintillating backdrop of a re-mixed version of the Elvis Presley song “A Little Less Conversation.” It’s the first time one of the King’s songs has been remixed.

– Text by Phil Stubbs, editor of “Dreams – the Terry Gilliam Fanzine”

More info on this page:

Nike site:


the secret tournament – REMATCH!!


its rounder!! -.-|||


good vs the devils “maybe they are friendly?”

no destructive lies, no ridiculous fears, no debilitating anger…

recently, i had this conversation with someone, which is more like a complain session of each other’s work experiences, which ranges from bad encounters with superiors, clients and colleagues. amazingly, i began to understand how people release their frustration by simply venting out on other people by scoldings, sarcasms and sometimes violence, haha. all in the name of stress. i guess that’s really common, perhaps they think that by doing that, they can get things done, their way. however, usually the reverse happens. frustration sets in, anxiety comes, efficiency increases (maybe at the expense of quality), fear grows and respect lost.

but then again, we discussed some pretty good experiences about amiable colleagues, clients and bosses, and usually, work relationships with these people grows well, and things get done pretty well. these few points alone led us to one conclusion, which is that people usually only functions at near their best level when their work is appreciated and when respect is given. who would like to work for one who screams at you, or someone who tells you that you suck?

“Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it. No destructive lies. No ridiculous fears. No debilitating anger.” Bill Bradley

i guess this quote suits the conclusion of our short discussion best.