Monthly Archives: September 2008

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years.

Surprisingly, as the total population of the world increases, the distance between people increases too.

Compared to people 20 years ago, we’ve significantly gained more things literally, but somehow I began to think whether the evolution of the human technology and scientific breakthroughs are really good for us? Our world has evolved so much, but have we really grown for the better?

Modern day technologies are indeed running our definition of our world, but are they to take over our meaning in life? Is making money really the modern definition of life? Yes it’s true that we eat to live, and we make money just to eat. That is simply called surviving. But is this our main aim in life? I guess we might get to choose what do we want to achieve during our days here, but maybe we should take a step back and wonder whether all these are deservingly taking up our time.

However and perhaps, i guess it’s not possible to change our way of life now, not completely I guess (cos Singapore’s inflation is 6% this year!! ouch!!)

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A Message by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete…

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

— George Carlin

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an auditee for life

a crazy email i received about a guy with an auditor as a wife… hahaha

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I have a professional woman as my wife; a CPA. She uses LIFO method while taking out the refrigerated food.

She thinks I am no good with numbers. Fine with me, for now she handles the budget of the house. Initially
she used to send me a bill at the month end, but when I told her that I am not her client but her husband,
she asks for the money in advance. The expenses had been rising steadily over the months, so one day I
snooped into the papers maintained in a current file. No wonder! She was charging mileage and overtime to
the house budget.

She is crazy, I tell her but she corrects me. No honey, I am the auditor. I fail to see the light.

Every scrap of the paper in our house is filed. She tells me as per some Ordinance she must keep a copy of
every thing for at least ten years before destroying it. I am worried.

The other day we had an hour-long fight. Later, I got to know that she had charged that hour to a client of
hers, in the time sheet. My time was put down as unoccupied.

She says that she loves me and I tell her that I love her too. However, she never believes me. She says that
there is susceptibility of it being a misstatement. Duh! She wants my representation on this!

Last year our house accounts got a qualified opinion I had not kept the supporting etc. of my purchases. Not a long time back my brother’s wedding was to be solemnized. Wedding cards had been sent.

After some time I started receiving a steady trickle of letters. I was puzzled until my wife explained that
external evidence was more reliable. She had called for confirmations from all those to whom cards were
sent.

When she cooks: my wife at times does not go by recipe. Where the recipe says add half-teaspoon
vinegar,one tsp black salt or one teacup of water, she ignores them. She says that they are not material when taken in context of whole meal being prepared.

She is crazy, I tell you. Surprisingly everybody calls her an auditor, instead. I checked the dictionary and
it did not state that auditor is a synonym for crazy. The dictionary must be outdated.

When we got married, she had given me an Engagement Letter and I Had said how cute-how sweet. Now she
gives it to me every year saying that her standards state that it must be sent anew if there is any indication that I have misunderstood the objective and scope of engagement. Huh!

Apart from sending me the engagement letter once again she says I can’t get rid of her just like that. She
says that she has the right of being heard before I appoint some one else.

Phew! For a minute, I thought that we had jeopardized our going concern status. Duh! Dare I say so??

I am told by one of my female colleagues who is married to a CPA that the scenario is even worse when
the guy is a CPA. Apparently he capitalized the wedding expenses as preliminary expenses and is writing it off every year.Also the time he spent dating his wife before marrying her is still under consideration for
valuation…valuation of intangible assets.

So guyz/galz please think twice….should u really marry a CPA? and yes please discount it by the appropriate rate to arrive at the present value of the risk of doing so !!!!!!!

(An Auditee for life)

no updates~~

ya no updates, or maybe i’m lazy to update…i even forgot when is the last time i blogged!! zzz

anyway, been slacking alot in office recently, due to some non-urgent bookings i had in the last month and really nothing much to do or follow up. i guess i sometimes did miss those times when i was really busy and had to OT till midnight everyday. haha i think having things to do in office is still better than slacking and do self-study online. zzz

bah, lazy and no mood to type le… end