## Logic Quizes Again!

Yo, readers! I'm back with more logic quizes! Dare to answer it? Go on! But be careful, some of them are tricky questions ;)
Let's start!

1. Supposing three men were frozen, 2 died. How many were left?
2. There are three houses. One is red, one is blue band, and the other is white. If the red house is to the left of the house in the middle, and the blue house is to the right to the house in the middle, where is the white house?
3. A lift is on the ground floor. There are 4 people in the lift including me.
When the lift reaches 1st floor, 3 people get in.
The lift goes up to the second floor, 3 people get out 6 people get in.
It then goes up to the next floor up, no-one gets out but 12 people get in. Halfway up to the next floor up the lift cable snaps, it crashes to the floor. Everyone dies in the lift. How did I survive?
4. Two women and two doctors walk into an ice cream parlor. They each order an ice cream cone. When their ice creams come, there is only 1 strawberry,1 chocolate and 1 vanilla.
How come they didn't complain?
5. There was a train going along the track and a car coming along the road at a right angle to the train. They were both going at exactly the same speed and would have crashed in the middle where they met. But they didn't. How come?

## How to be Truly Happy?

I got this from my trainer, Ken. His post is interesting, and I think this will help you to improve yourself too. I hope you enjoy it.

I suppose that this would be the key question that all human being would ask at least once in their life... For some, maybe this is the only key question they are asking all their life.

To be honest, I don't have the answer either.

What I hope to share is maybe my personal feel and what I experienced over the challenging periods of my life.

I found my answers in a simple phrase. I don't remember where or when I learnt this from. And it goes like this, "Appreciate What You Have, And Not Complain About What You Don't."

For most people, the latter is so much easier to do. Who could blame them? It does feel good that we have people listening to our complaints... And better yet, start a "forum" with them to see who has a better complaint.

I have been through that myself. When my mom was down with her current illness, I complained about life being unfair to a kind lady like her. When my life was in a mess, I complained about why is the world so unfair. When I was down and out, I complained why is it that no one understood me. When I was sick, I complained why I was so unlucky. The list continues.

Well, I must admit, it did feel good to let off all the negativity through complaining. BUT, what I soon noticed is that, the negative feelings usually returns... And sometimes, with more negativity. And I end up, being more unhappy with what's going on in my life.

This, I suppose, is because of the Law of Attraction. Like Attracts Like.

When we complain, what we are actually doing, is not just "releasing" the negative energy. What we fail to notice is that we are also sending out negative energy to the Universe. And the Universe would do what a kind Universe do... Send back more of such energy back at you.

Maybe that's why, people who usually goes through rough patches in their lives, seemingly stays in such rough patches for a long period of time... Until some thing or some one comes and "rescue" them. Sometimes, never.

Thus, while complaining gives you the immediate release of negative energy and the "happy" feeling, it is, in my opinion, definitely not the way to true happiness.

As I have said, through the recent years of challenges, I realized that when I chose to see this from another perspective, things almost always get better...When I chose to appreciate more and give thanks.

Take for example, my mom's medical condition. It is something which is beyond my family and I. Not something which we can control or change. So, I can choose to be upset, and unhappy about it. OR, I can choose to be happy that my mom is still alive and that I still have time to spend with her.

So what if she may not understand what I am saying... She can still hear my voice...
So what if she may not be able to tell me exactly what she wants to say... I can still hear speak...
So what if she may not be able to walk... I can still push her around in a wheelchair to where we want to go...
So what if she may not be able to eat properly on her own... I can take care of her, the way she did when I was younger.

And more importantly, I chose to see the love that my family has for her.

From all these wonderful things that I am already bestowed, what's there to complain about?

Same for other aspects of my life...

Come to think of it... I am already blessed with so much.

Note:
This post is copyrighted by my trainer, Ken.
Don't forget, appreciate what you have, don't complain about what you don't!

-Jean

## Hiragana

What do you know about Hiragana? Well, you know it as Japanese words. But do you know more about it? Now I'm here to give you more information about it.

Hiragana

Hiragana consists of a basic set of characters: five singular vowels, 39 distinct consonant-vowel unions and one singular consonant. Additionally, を wo is included (although pronounced the same as vowel お o, [o]), bringing up the total count of common-use characters to 46.

These basic characters can be modified in various ways. By adding a dakuten marker ( ゛), a voiceless consonant is turned into a voiced consonant: kg, sz, td, and hb. Hiragana beginning with an h can also add a handakuten marker ( ゜) changing the h to a p.

A small version of the hiragana for ya, yu or yo (ゃ, ゅ or ょ respectively) may be added to hiragana ending in i. This changes the i vowel sound to a glide (palatalization) to a, u or o. Addition of the small y kana is called yoōn.

A small tsu っ, called a sokuon, indicates that the following consonant is geminated (doubled). For example, compare さか saka "hill" with さっか sakka "author". It also sometimes appears at the end of utterances, where it denotes a glottal stop. However, it cannot be used to double the na, ni, nu, ne, no syllables' consonants – to double them, the singular n (ん) is added in front of the syllable. For example さんにん sannin "three people".

Hiragana usually spells long vowels with the addition of a second vowel kana. The choōn (long vowel mark) (ー) used in katakana is rarely used with hiragana, for example in the word らーめん, rāmen, but this usage is considered non-standard. In informal writing, small versions of the five vowel kana are sometimes used to represent trailing off sounds (はぁ , ねぇ ).

Here's a hiragana chart for you:

The Hiragana Syllabary

Here is the first Japanese syllabary. Japanese has no alphabet, but instead two syllabaries and Kanji, a modified subset of Chinese characters. The Hiragana Syllabary.

Do you like manga or anime? Well, I found an interesting way to people who like manga to learn about hiragana. Take a look at this poster, and feel free to download it! (I got this poster from na-insoo on deviantArt ☺Feel free to check the profile too!)

That's all about today's Japanese lesson. Hope you like it! Cheers!

-Jean

## Japanese 5 Elements

Have you read a comic called Naruto? There, you can see about 5 elements, Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and Lightning. But is that true? Well, let's see what Japanese culture have about the 5 elements.

Japanese old tradition says that with these five elements, you can get a wonderful well-balanced life. You can find these elements in everything, and if you can get along with them, you will be able to have a long and happy life.

1. Chi. It means Earth. Represents the hard, solid objects of the world. Emotionally, Chi is predominantly associated with stubborness and stability. In the mind, it is confidence, and emotionally has a desire to have things remain as they are; a resistance to change. When under the influence of this chi mode or "mood", we are aware of our own physicality and sureness of action.

2. Sui or Mizu. It means Water, represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world. Outside of the obvious example of rivers and the like, plants are also categorized under sui, as they adapt to their environment, growing and changing according to the direction of the sun and the changing seasons. Blood and other bodily fluids are represented by Shui, as are mental or emotional tnedencies towards adaptation and change. Sui can be associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, and flexibility.

3. Ka or Hi. It means Fire. Ka represents our metabolism and body hear, and in the mental and emotional realms, it represents drive and passion. Ka can be associated with motivation, desire, intention, and an outgoing spirit. Besides the obvious examples of heat and flame, lightning can also be thought of as an extension of Ka.

4. Fū or Kaze. It means Wind, represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement. Aside from air, smoke, and the like, fū can in some ways be best represented by the human mind. As we grow physically, we learn and expand mentally as well, in terms of our knowledge, our experiences, and our personalities. Fū represents breathing, and the internal processes associated with respiration. Mentally and emotionally, it represents an Open-minded attitude and carefree feeling. It can be associated with will, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom.

5. Kū, oftenly translated as Void, but also means Sky or Heaven. It represents those things beyond our everyday experience, particularly those things composed of pure energy. Bodily, Kū represents spirit, thought, and creative energy. It represents our ability to think and to communicate, as well as our creativity. It can also be associated with power, creativity, spontanity, and inventiveness. Kū is of particular importance as the highest of the elements. In martial arts, particularly in fictional tales where the fighting discipline is blended with magic or the occult, one often invokes the power of the Void to connect to the quintessential creative energy of the world. A warrior properly attuned to the Void can sense his surrounding and act without thinking, and without using his physical senses.

-Jean