Sunday, August 28, 2011

A story - How much before it's enough?

An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.

Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, "Only a little while."

The American then asked, "Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more fish?"

The Mexican said, "With this I have more than enough to support my family's needs."

The American then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life."

The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat: With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor; eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles and eventually New York where you will run your ever-expanding enterprise."

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But, how long will this all take?"

To which the American replied, "15 to 20 years."

"But what then?" asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said that's the best part. "When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions."

"Millions?...Then what?"

The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."


Got the above story from someone's FB comment... it blew my mind away.. yet it sounds rather true, don't you think so?

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Captain America - The First Avenger

All right here goes, a lengthy review on the movie (did this before just that it's been ages since the last one).

Captain America - The First Avenger
(click on each of the pic to enlarge)

It was a good experience. But still not as good as X-Men: First Class which blew our seats off with its superb storytelling, catchy special effects, direction of film, costume etc... that was truly a 10/10 film.

And after Thor came Captain America. A movie which speaks little of what mankind is nowadays: Selfless, Integrity, Strong Moral Values, Compassion, Value of Other's Life, and others.

That is what makes Captain America. He ain't a snobbish at all like Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man or a Prideful Hero/Prince - Thor (he was prideful till being taught a lesson by his father Odin)

Captain America started off as nothing. Born as Steve Rodgers, a frail young man who was rejected 4 times to join WW2 as a soldier. And somehow fate made him meet up with a scientist named Erskine, a creator of the Super Soldier Serum, who finally gave Steve a rare chance to enter the academy. Steve Rodgers was given the green light to be included as the first of the test of the serum, which produced what we know as Captain America. You'd be asking, hmmm that would means many version of him right? Sadly Erskine was murdered right after he delivered the results on Steve Rodgers. Every last remaining hope or sample of producing another was all gone too.

That is when you would see how a young man who was constantly bullied and beaten up would stand against the world's evils and come to bring justice to those who need it. That is what Captain America stands for. Like how Dr. Erskine would say it none the better: "Why someone weak? Because a weak man knows the value of strength, the value of power..."

What follows would be how he'd go all the way to the Hydra's fortress and saving his fallen comrades, forming a team and going to everywhere to wipe up that Nazi extremists group.

The ending is a jaw dropper since you'd see how Captain America woke up 70 years later in the future!!
(this part also gives me the hope of better Capt America uniform since his current one.. urm.. seems quite awkward.)

[spoilers end =p ]

Bring your kids to watch this movie, it would teach them of many great values...

And be sure to stay back for the ending credits (which takes quite some time to finish) for the most awesome trailer that you'd see.... The Avengers!! Assembling May 2012. You'd be one of the first to actually see the trailer since it's not even officially out yet.

Would write more on Thor and X-Men: First Class if I have the time. Such great Marvel movies just made me love those comic superheroes even more!! Awesome job Marvel.. awesome job.