Inspirational Steve Job’s Commencement Speech 2005

I heard it then a few years back, and I came across this video again. In a strange way, it seemed to be God’s way of reaching out to me, after I cried for him to save me from the depths of despair. It is like how he wanted me to listen to this again and pick myself up from where I was.

It made me realize and remember that I was a failure once before. Maybe to many people I wasn’t. I went to a decent secondary school, and I had a PSLE score of 247. Just 3 points short to making into a SAP school. Many people would have wished they had my score, but to me that was one of my down moments of my life. And I climbed up. I made it into NJC, I made it into NUS. For someone that is not classified as the top 10% of my cohort, I eventually climbed up to get Dean’s List twice. That’s top 5% of the cohort in two semesters. I climbed all the way through my own effort.

And so this time I would meet with another failure. I might lose my first class honours. I might do so badly for my FYP that I wouldn’t have a high CAP, but still a decent classification of honours. I might be a failure in some of high society’s eyes, someone who fell from grace from a first class cap to a 2nd upper class honours. It is not as if I have never fallen before, and it is not as if I won’t pick myself up again. It is not as if it is the end of my life.

I might fall now. But the fundamental character that has been built in me will rise again. That mental tenacity that says never to resign to fate, that brain where all dreams are stored and visualized, that raging part of me that wants to start a side business. These are the qualities that won’t die with this small failure. Guards taught me that a skinny and small sized guy like me can become an elite infantry soldier. Guards showed that although I failed to make it into Officer Cadet School, I ended up becoming a PS, controlling just 1 less person than a regular PC, which is me.

I might not get what what I have always wished for in my life, but hey, I always have a plan B to make things work out. And no matter how many times I fall, I will climb again. This setback of not achieving the highest class of honours will not destroy me. People like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates never graduated from college; yet they have achieved success beyond the reach of most graduates, not to mention that my eventual class of honours would still be considered decent.

At least I know where my dreams lie. At least I know where I want to go. One day, I would be there in the parade square standing proudly, telling the whole world, hey, I still made it to become an officer after all. And eventually I will achieve success beyond my wildest dreams. A 2nd upper isn’t going to cripple me. In fact, it is as Steve Job’s said, it would be liberating. Free from the stress of academic success. And I will go on to conquer new heights.

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ENGIN OWeek 2010 Mass Dance Song: Do You Remember?

Hey! Jay Sean
Yeah! Sean Paul
Lil Jon!
This one right here is for all the ladies
Ladies who want to take it back
Holler at them Jay

I’ve been thinking about you
And how we used to be then
Back when we didn’t have to live we could start again

There’s nothing left to say
Don’t waste another day
Just you and me tonight
Everything will be okay
If it’s alright with you then it’s alright with me
Baby let’s take this time let’s make new memories

Do you remember do you remember do you remember
All of the times we had
Do you remember do you remember do you remember
All of the times we had
Let’s bring it back (Bring it back!)
Let’s bring it back (Bring it back!)
Let’s bring it back (Bring it back!)
Let’s bring it back (Bring it back!)
Let’s bring it back

(Yo Jay Sing for these ladies!)

So long since you’ve been missing
It’s good to see you again
How you how you doing
And how about we don’t let this happen again

There’s nothing left to say
Don’t waste another day
Just you and me tonight
Everything will be okay
If it’s alright with you then it’s alright with me
Baby let’s take this time let’s make new memories

Do you remember do you remember do you remember
All of the times we had
Do you remember do you remember do you remember
All of the times we had
Let’s bring it back (Bring it back!)
Let’s bring it back (Bring it back!)
Let’s bring it back (Bring it back!)
Let’s bring it back (Bring it back!)

Yo ay girl yo bring it back to the time when you and me had just begun
When I was still your number one
Well it might seem far-fetched baby girl but it can’t be done
I’ve got this feeling fire blazing and it’s hot just like the sun
Know you feel it too my girl just freeze up may the good vibes run …
Girl take a sip of the champagne take a lil trip down my lane my girl
While you noe every night you’ll feel alright look I tell you dis girl atta My world
Dont change imma na Rearange Ay girl imma tell you straight dis atta my world
How many years do you want come kiss dis I know you miss this
That’s what I heard that’s what I heard that’s what I heard word girl

There’s nothing left to say
Don’t waste another day
Just you and me tonight
Everything will be okay
If it’s alright with you then it’s alright with me
Baby let’s take this time let’s make new memories

Do you remember do you remember do you remember
All of the times we had
Do you remember do you remember do you remember
All of the times we had
Let’s bring it back (Let’s bring it back)
Let’s bring it back (Bring it back)
Let’s bring it back (Let’s bring it back)
Let’s bring it back (Oh)
Let’s bring it back

The Climb: Miley Cyrus

I can almost see it
That dream I am dreaming
But there’s a voice inside my head saying
“You’ll never reach it”

Every step I’m taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I’m not breaking

I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I’m gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going

And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on

‘Cause there’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb, yeah!

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Somebody’s gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb, yeah!

Keep on moving, keep climbing
Keep the faith, baby
It’s all about, it’s all about the climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith, whoa

Life’s a climb, but the views great.

No matter how, we always have our own mountains to conquer, and in its place, another mountain. But we go on and on, to greater heights, cause that is what we are. Never ending determination to get what we want.

Aya Ueto – Ai No Tame Ni

Recently I’ve been addicted to this song, and another one, Yume no chikara, which I will post some other time. I don’t know why but Jap songs seem nice. Even when you can only figure out a few of the words. Haha.

Here’s the translated lyrics from the Cherryblossom Garden:

For the sake of love, one more time, now my dream may wither, so I give it water
But I believe in just one thing, and that makes it all alright

I let my tears flow and put all the things I lost in my right pocket
I’ve hidden them, but you always see how they hurt don’t you?

Close your eyes as the sunset fills the sky
and the warmth won’t disappear

Even at a time like this, you smile
Shining upon this heart of mine

For the sake of love, I keep walking, protecting the flower that grows in my heart
There is only one thing that’s important to me, and it allows me to live like this
It’s simply for the sake of love

I smile as put the memories of our encounter in my left pocket
One day, I’ll be proud of the way I’m loving you right now

I thought that the time had stopped
I have not forgotten that night

The words you spoke that time
Even now, they lift up my heart

For the sake of love, I keep walking, protecting the flower that grows in my heart
One day, you and me will go the place of our dreams, always believing that we can get there
It’s simply for the sake of love

For the sake of love, one more time, now my dream may wither, so I give it water
But I believe in just one thing, and that makes it all alright

For the sake of love, I keep walking, protecting the flower that grows in my heart
There is only one thing that’s important to me, and it allows me to live like this
It’s simply for the sake of love

I think I like the chorus where “There is only one thing that’s important to me, and it allows me to live like this”. For me, currently its dreams, or yume in Japanese. And it is the reason why I love “Yume no Chikara” or “The power of dreams”.

I guess alot of people would be able to identify themselves in this song, and hence it is quite meaningful too. 🙂

As long as you love me

Backstreet Boys – As Long As You Love Me

My OG Ziki from Zeus House sang it in the Dove Shower OK! competition. I like this song and I couldn’t help singing along with them when I was fliming the whole song. I guess it affected me a little.

Although loneliness has always been a friend of mine
Im leaving my life in your hands
People say Im crazy and that I am blind
Risking it all in a glance
How you got me blind is still a mystery
I cant get you out of my head
Dont care what is written in your history
As long as youre here with me
Chorus
I dont care who you are
Where youre from
What you did
As long as you love me
Who you are
Where youre from
Dont care what you did
As long as you love me
Every little thing that you have said and done
Feels like its deep within me
Doesnt really matter if youre on the run
It seems like were meant to be
Chorus
Bridge
Ive tried to hide it so that no one knows
But I guess it shows
When you look into my eyes
What you did and where youre coming from
I dont care, as long as you love me, baby.