Blogosphere Vs “Emailsphere”

Blogosphere Vs “Emailsphere”

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There’s that blogosphere, the world of weblogs for you.

Not sure if “emailsphere”

is an acceptable word for the electronic world. Nevertheless,

you know what I mean.

So there I was for the past 10 over years emailing away

until a friend recommended that:

”Since you’re so fond of writing & good at it, you should start blogging.”

Thus on 21 May 2009, my auspicious birthday, I made my plunge.

After several postings, I began to feel like retreating,

until a friend, Ean, in Singapore, whom I have not met in person,

encouraged me to go on. The rest as they say is history – if the word

applies for such a relative short time span of about three months.

At the time of my writing this, I have posted 106 variety of articles

& have reached a readership of well over 3,800.

A big welcome to you if you haven’t been there at my site!


For years I have been writing and I love it. I wanted to share this great love to the world by getting my manuscripts published, but it was all futile & vain. Rejection slips, though polite, are all that I received. I still have two unpublished poetry manuscripts and one on golf entitled “Swap Work . . . Play Golf” – essentially on the creativity of the game, its joy & frustration and the challenges that golf presents. I’ve got some successes getting articles published in the local papers & magazines including a self-published work on motivation “How To Have Motivation Unlimited”.


At Murdoch University, Perth where I spent one year in the graduate law program in 1995, I had to learn the use of the computer for the purpose of doing law assignments. So I did. From that point onwards, I was introduced to the electronic mailing world.


What a pleasure it was! Emailing is so fantastic, speedy, efficient & cheap. It’s miles ahead of “snail mail” which you have to go to the post office, purchase the stamp to post it. I guess that was how you lose track of your friends because it was such a tedious way of keeping in touch. Most people generally don’t like putting pen to paper. With emailing it’s so very convenient – the feel of the keyboard is different and with just one click you can reach a multitude of friends. In fact, there’s absolutely no excuse for people not keeping in touch with friends these days. No place is too far, no day is too short . . . the electronic world transcends both distances & time.


When told of getting into the blogosphere, I had then only fear! What would I know anything about blogging? The word itself was never in my dictionary, nor have I any connotation of its significance. Who would teach me or willing to? As it’s said, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.


That was my initial reaction & really there’s nothing to fear except fear itself. I always believe in action rather reaction. To me, age is just a chronological number. To ward off any physical effects or defects, we have to actively & positively stimulate our mental ability & capacity. Be in it to benefit it.


In the beginning, I played around with “multiply.com”, “livejournal.com” and even Google’s Blogger. However, I didn’t get much interaction, excitement nor satisfaction, until my sister Annie told me of “Wordpress.com”. Ever since end of May this year, I have been electronically transferring all my thoughts & philosophy into this newly created blog of mine. A very warm welcome awaits you if you have not been there yet:

https://p21chong.wordpress.com

As I express, the Word presses on.

Therein I have all my messages in one place accessible by all globally. My blogosphere is my home where I store that which people can conveniently explore. Blogosphere is far more stimulating, inspiring, motivating & “sexciting” than the more traditional “emailsphere.” My blood runs to my brain & through all my veins! My perspective on life takes on a higher plane, rejuvenating life, generating sparks & fire! Life takes on a new meaning and puts you on a different level. Your boundaries are challenged beyond all limits. In sales, they would say “The sky’s the limit”.


Remember the time before Christopher Columbus when men thought that the world was flat. On the Eastern front, there was the Great Chinese naval adventurer, Zheng He. The much more publicised Columbus sailed to America in St. Maria (eighty-five feet) in 1492. Zheng He sailed from China to many places throughout South Pacific, Indian Ocean, Taiwan, Persian Gulf and distant Africa in seven epic voyages from 1405 to 1433, some 80 years before Columbus’s voyages. His 400ft. long ”treasure ship” was much larger than Columbus’s.


By the same token, “emailsphere” pails in significance when compared with blogosphere. To me, the crux of the matter is that I thoroughly enjoy being in a new sphere, making new friends on an international scale & enlarging my circle of friends globally. Not everybody, as usual, will interact with you, but those who do, I find them to be more genuine, sincere & interesting. They are taking the extra effort of interacting with you even as strangers. But a stranger is truly a friend you have not met.


In blogosphere, you are creating your treasure & asset digitally while creating new friends globally. It’s a world of virtual reality. There’s the prosperity transferable in posterity.


In this world, the question is not how many friends have you got – rather how many people are you a friend to?


Paul Chong

Wednesday, 26 August 2009 @ 4.28 am

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent

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Misery Feeds Into Creativity

Misery Feeds Into Creativity

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Mythical Phoenix Rising Majestically From The Ashes



Talented people are in more ways than one peculiar in their behaviour and outlook. We may even consider them strange and difficult to understand, doing things out of the norm. Like all other human beings, they have their fair share of sorrow. In fact, they do appear to have it more abundantly than others do. Personal tragedies or otherwise, they suffer great disappointment, frustration and falling into depression, succumbed to drinks and drugs.

For all the fame and riches they may have, there is absolutely nothing, qualitatively or quantitatively, to be envied by others. Their lifestyle is like flashes of lightning with tremendous brightness shadowed by extreme darkness. One moment they are high up in the pedestal, next they are down in the dump, disappearing from public eyes or are confined to rehabilitation clinics and hospitalised for drugs and alcohol. Such is the nature and general trend of their lives whatever glamour and fame they may have. Broken marriages and family problems are their theme songs.

However, there are exceptions. Some are able to rise above their miseries, like the phoenix from the ashes, to sing and dance greater tunes. Some have the stamina and tenacity to stay on and intermittently making a comeback. Celebrities have a tremendous influence on the lives of their fans, changing lives through their music while undergoing changes themselves. One such singing celebrity is George Michael whose sensational life no doubt filled journalistic pages to capacity.

He, when intervied on Today Show, said something that reflect the creativity of all talented people: “Misery feeds into creativity.” We say when there’s a will there’s a way. I would emphatically say that if there’s a will there’s a way, provided it’s God’s way. Often self-realisation comes into play and something good always come out of the misery when touched by the angel and the hand of God . . . provided there’s a willingness to reach up and out. Many a great song and music were born out of misery . . . often superseding all previous numbers.

Each one of us is different, unique. We are all created in the image of God. We are God’s precious children. He loves us wherever we may have been, or whatever we may have done. When we ask how much He loves us, our Lord Jesus Christ stretched forth his hands and died for us on the cross. Our God is a creative God. Let His creativeness shines through in you.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent


Why This Craze Over Golf?

Why This Craze Over Golf?

Just part of my golf manuscript “Swap Work . . . Play Golf” demonstrating golf for challenging your boundaries, good physical activity & creativity.

SANY0871A delightful moment captured in the nick of time – one-putt shot!

What’s this silly game that I am so hooked up with? Just taking up the game at age 65 and after going through a back operation some two years ago? Like most people, I had the notion of being downright stupid chasing after a little ball not much bigger than the size of ping-pong or a squash ball, and all trying to put it into the hole, after a series of drive from the tee-off green. Most people, including seasoned professionals, encounter daily joy and frustration . . . yet they still persist and never seem to resist!

Here’s the” Golfer’s Poem” that says it all:

In my hand I hold a 1.68″ diameter ball

White and dimpled, it is rather small.

Oh, how bland it does seem to appear

This harmless looking little sphere.

By its size I just could not guess

The awesome strength it does possess.

But since I fell beneath its spell

I’ve wandered through fires of hell.

My life has not been quite the same

Since I chose to play this game.

It rules my mind for hours on end

A fortune it has made me spend.

It has made me curse and cry

I hate myself and want to die.

It promises a thing called par

If I can hit it straight and far.

To master this tiny little ball

Should not be very hard at all.

But my desires the ball refuses

And does exactly as it chooses.

It hooks and slices, dribbles and dies

Or disappears right before my very eyes.

Often it will have a whim

To hit a tree or take a swim.

With miles of grass on which to land

Yet it will find a tiny patch of sand.

Then has me offering up my soul

If only it will find the hole.

It makes me whimper like a pup

And swear that I will give it up.

And take to drink to ease my sorrow

But it knows I’ll be back tomorrow!

Have A Great Day! Yes indeed!! I am having the greatest time in my life now that I have discovered the joy of the game and no doubt too the frustration that goes with it.

This week I have played virtually everyday and even taking part in Club’s competition on Wednesday and Saturday. Last Saturday, I won a golf ball! After a round of 18 holes lasting five or six hours (sometimes more), my old bones keep telling me to quit. ‘Stop killing yourself” – my back and my legs shouting out aloud.

The popularity of golf supersedes all others. Of the ball game, whether it’s tennis, cricket, squash, hockey, football, rugby, basketball, softball or whatever ball – they all pale in significance and excitement when compared to golf. It is a game that combines all games. You wonder how such a little ball can generate so big a following all over the world with prize money unheard of with the others.

Golf is fascinating and stimulating

It’s exciting and “sexciting”

It’s exasperating and frustrating

Yet so satisfying and fulfilling

It’s exuberating and exhilarating

It’s rejuvenating and glorifying

It’s everything that you can think.

You soon run out of adjectives and superlatives when attempting to describe your feeling for golf. It’s so challenging and unpredictable. You’ll not likely to have two hits of the same!

Ever heard of “golfing widows”? That’s because the golf game has become, to the man, more than a mistress, day or night. All golfers are gripped with unsurmountable passion and such a magnificent obsession. I guess that’s the reason why more women are taking up golf, with Annika Sorenstam leading the way, even taking on the men in the battle of the sexes.

Golf needs not be an expensive game. The snob value and status symbol attached to it had put off a large portion of the general public. With more and more equipment being manufactured in China, you can quite easily pick up a starter’s set for no more than $300. This will see you through your amateur days and the golden years of your life. Of course, you can easily spend a fortune on upgrading your set and trying to keep up with the Joneses.

Golf is for all ages. Whether you’re young or old, you’ll get as much fun out of it. Tiger Woods is renowned for starting off as young as three. He is the best thing to have emerged on the golf scene, paving an inspirational path for all to follow. Hailing from Hawaii, there is this thirteen –year old girl, Michelle Wie, standing close to six feet tall and driving the golf ball some 300 yards, a distance that even the best of man cannot attain.

At Pickering Brook Sports Club, I have recently met up with a group of sprity old gentlemen and ‘young’’ ladies in their 60s, 70s and 80s, many of them been playing for over 20 to 30 years, and still going strong. They are some of the nicest people you can ever meet on the golf course. From the health point of view, you can certainly draw great inspiration from them to get started on the game and keeping on at it! There is no mandate age for retirement in golf. Some of the greatest golfers of the world, like Jack Nicholas, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and many others are still on the golf scene swinging away that little dimpled ball.

Pickering Brook Golf Course provides you with a different experience. Having played in Burswood, Hill View, Whaleback and Collier Park, which can be rather expensive even for a pensioner playing on a regular basis, Pickering Brook’s unique “sand green” course gives you that close-to-nature feeling with the natural bush and trees setting. Membership per year is only $88 and you can play everyday for the rest of your life like you have all the time in the world.

Life is one great adventure and golf provides you that! You’ll get up each morning excited, fresh and ready to go. Some say it’s better than sex!

Paul Chong

An Avid Golfer