Robert Tang

Make time to help others see the world half full when they feel half empty.

Leap and the Net Will Appear

Leap and the Net Will Appear

Posted By on Sep 22, 2012

Sometimes, we are confronted by situations or face decisions that appear to have no positive outcomes.  It feels as if we’re at the edge of a cliff or precipice and there’s no turning back.  I came across this [zen saying] that captures the course of action that we all need to take … we just need to take the leap, whatever the perceived outcome.  And surprisingly, a Net will appear and everything turns out fine in the end.  It may not be what we anticipated … whether negative or positive … sometimes, it is just “different” and many times, the outcome is better than what we thought. So, the next time, when faced with the unknown or uncertain, “Leap, and the Net Will Appear.” [zen saying]

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I recently learned about Sabah Snake Grass (Clinacanthus Nutans) as a promising herbal treatment for people going through various stages of cancer.  This is a grass that grows in Sabah, a state in my native Malaysia.  I have been able to find mostly anecdotal reports rather than clinical studies, but it will be interesting to track news about this.  Here are some links for anyone interested:

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The Secret Life of Chaos

The Secret Life of Chaos

Posted By on Jul 1, 2011

“The Secret Life of Chaos” attempts to explain how we, as humans, got here.  It traces the contributions of Alan Turing (The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis), Boris Belousov (Belousov Reactions), Edward Lorentz (The Butterfly Effect),  Robert May (Population Dynamics), and Benoit Mandelbrot (Fractal Geometry of Nature and the Mandelbrot Set):


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A Quick History of Mathematics

A Quick History of Mathematics

Posted By on Jun 1, 2011

I have started today to revisit my passion for Mathematics.  To me, math is nothing more than the use of “symbols” to express relationships between “things” in the most simple of ways.   Check out this BBC TV series called “The Story of Maths” which is one of the best programs that traces the historical significance of this subject:

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Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s
Erratic fly
Or gazed at the sun into
The fading night?

You better slow down
Don’t dance so fast
Time is short
The music won’t last

Do you run through each day
On the fly
When you ask “How are you?”
Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?

You better slow down
Don’t dance so fast
Time is short
The music won’t last

Ever told your child
We’ll do it tomorrow
And in your haste
Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch
Let a good friendship die
‘Cause you never had time
To call and say “Hi”?

You better slow down
Don’t dance so fast
Time is short
The music won’t last

When you run so fast
To get somewhere
You miss half the fun
Of getting there

When you worry and hurry
Through your day
It is like an unopened gift
Thrown away…

Life is not a race
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.


The words in this poem are poignant and timeless, which is why it has been added to this blog.  However, it is also being circulated as a “Chain Letter”, so if you receive any message about sending money, please do your due diligence to check out sources!  Do a search on Jessica Mydek and you’ll see feedback about the chain letters.

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People come into your life
for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON. . .
It is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty,
to provide you with guidance and support,
to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are!
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part,
or at an inconvenient time, this person will say
or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die.

Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met,
our desire fulfilled, their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered.
And now it is time to move on.

Then people come into your life for a SEASON….
Because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons:
things you must build upon in order to have
a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all
other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

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Take the time to reflect and thank those people for being a part of your life — whether they were a Reason, a Season or a Lifetime.

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