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1 comments | Thursday, November 30, 2006

Thought of the day: Get angry!

I just hate to admit that there are people who are so insensitive of other people's feelings. It is even harder to admit that your "acquaintance", who you think is gonna exercise much extra care not to commit this hurting behavior, is the one doing it towards you.

You say good things to the person just to make him feel better. You try to tell the him how good he is in what he does even if he actually sucks. You give him a "very good" rating even if he hardly pass a "satisfactory" level. Reason: to make him boost his confidence.

But he'd sting you like a killer bee. You'd get caught off-guard with his boorish criticisms in front of your friends.
I am no hypocrite. I tell my friends what's wrong with them or if what they do causes trouble to me or to others. But I always do it in a softer kind of way and not to embarrass you in front of others. Ugh!

There are people who are just so insensitive! What culture do you have boy?

I suggest, before these people do the criticizing, they have to look at themselves in the mirror and criticize their reflection first...Hahaha.

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0 comments | Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Thought of the day: Keep thinking!

I have been here in Brookings, South Dakota for more than 2 months. It isn't easy to be here in an environment I feel so weird at times. Not really comparable to the environment I used to stay when I was in Europe for two years. Here, at times, it disappoints .

However, before I'd go on spilling one negative word to another, I would like to acknowledge people who are instruments in making me feel a little at home.

Drum rollling....

Mark - One great German buddy who never fails to discharge few of his philosophical thoughts, which I think are awesome cool.

Vincent - He's the mighty lion who roars like he is the king. Hahaha. He has an admirable attitude and a great sense of humor. Mark and I, could not help but laugh at his jokes.

My Mentor - One of the good guys, or maybe the best, at the GIS Center. He makes me think I needed to do more to better my profession and he does it professionally. For instance, he told me once that one easy way to be acknowledged in my own field is to publish scientific articles and do more researches. He helps me in many ways than one and pushes me to do things independently.

Adam - This guy is never the guy you think he is. I never thought he is righteous and devoted to his faith. The one time I had a conversation with him over coffee, I felt so relaxed for the fact that I am a devoted Catholic myself. He was the only one I am able to share religious experiences with. God bless you brother.

Marcela - The only lady I get to talk every single day. She has one confiding personality that it is so easy for her to win your heart. One hint: you have to do a peek and boo each morning. LOL.

Eugene and Bernard - These are the guys I share office room with. They both are intelligent and hardworking guys who work till wee hours in the morning. I am with two good-humored individuals :-)

The rest are still acquaintances. Sure, time permits, I will get to know one by one better. That is not hard I guess. It takes a little more than the usual "hi" or "how are you" to keep the ball rolling.

I don't think they'd be able to read this here, but if they do, well, welcome to my blog :-)

Update: I forgot to mention one important person in our department, Jo Ann. She is just so approachable and so friendly that all you could do is smile and thank God for having her as our department secretary.

Okay, more update soon.


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0 comments | Sunday, November 26, 2006


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0 comments | Saturday, November 25, 2006

On our way to Sioux Falls to celebrate the birthday of one of our colleagues.

One more pose...

Inside the car. Was it 30 minutes of driving?

Finally! Welcome to the Taste of India, one of the Indian Restaurants in Sioux Falls.

So there were five of us. Please check the previous galleries for their names..haha.

A lighted candle in the middle of the table...

...and a great spicy soup.

We really didn't care what those dishes were, we just found them very sumptuous.

Full? What about a last pose?


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0 comments | Thursday, November 23, 2006

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0 comments | Tuesday, November 21, 2006

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GIS Center Coke Vending Machine

GIS Center Coke Vending Machine?!

One of the Wall Lights

Lighted Lamp Post

Star at Night

First Christmas Lantern I saw

Basement Lighting


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0 comments | Monday, November 20, 2006

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You have to be attentive so as not to miss the English subtitle.

Let the cuckoos cry out my name...lalala

Kenyan versus German. Come back soon to see the results.

The three musketeers.

Eric receiving the grand prize.

Vincent receiving the second prize.

Amadou, Narayana, Mark, Marina, Vincent

Marina, Vincent, Eric, Adam

Vincent didn't understand the movie, I think :-)


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0 comments | Monday, November 13, 2006

If you like, you can click the photo for a bigger view.

I am starting to collect books again!

The Market Restaurant at the Student Union Building

Just finished lunch.

At the entrance of the Wecota Hall, where our office is located.

From Left: Mark, Narayana and who else?

The old-looking Wecota Hall, South Dakota, Brookings.

Built in 1915. I told you it's old.

Winter is about to come -- yeheyy!

A familiar scene outside my window - nothing special.


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0 comments | Saturday, November 11, 2006

A rough sketch I made for Joan, our secretary.

Colleagues at the South Dakota State University

Oh, he's Narayana (pronounced as Narayna) from India

Preparing dinner with a Czech friend, Marcela

During dinner with Mark, Vincent, Eugene and Marcela

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0 comments | Friday, November 10, 2006

Office Hallway

Find my Name!

Where I work, or should I say, where I blog :-)
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