Category Archives: Education

Watch “Why do animals have such different lifespans? – Joao Pedro de Magalhaes” on YouTube

I know its comparing animals but tempted to think these life extending factors can apply to human lifespan.

External factors

  • frigid cold environments causes lower heartbeat and metabolism, can be achieved by living in cold places and doing not too much activities. Not sure if I am willing to move and live in a colder environment. Although I do love swimming relaxed in the cold water like a whale.
  • As much low activities may be low heartbeat and low metabolism. Studies have shown that people who exercise tend to get lower resting heart rates than those who are sedentary. High intensity exercises may increase metabolism. I guess I can focus on long slow endurance when I do swimming, cycling and running.
  • Fasting does lower metabolism. I don’t eat as frequent anymore. Fasting during the month of ramadhan may help once a year, but I practice intermittent and water fasting more often on other months throughout the year as well. Although I may lose weight on this and negate the size factor later…

Internal factors

  • Evolution and Genetics, these is unfortunately the luck of the draw, interestingly, there are genetic therapies being developed, potentially we can identify the genes that are responsible for ageing and extend our life by altering them. Lets see if this happens in our life time.
  • healthy immune system, these is also partly genetic, but also on how well we avoid getting sick and in addition recover from them. Medicine has come a long way in assisting us to these very well. Let’s just hope the germs don’t win the biological war against us.
  • bigger size, partly genetic, partly nutrition. The bigger the organism the less predator they have, in addition, metabolism can be lower as the body does not need to produce heat too much to maintain body temperature. May also allow bigger animals to eat less per body weight, which lowers the metabolism again. Although my fasting might reduce my weight and thus reduce the size effect.

Watch “Why Is Learning So Hard?” on YouTube


Saw this video on why learning is so hard for some people. I noticed this when I was teaching people to learn. The ones who were very analytical tend to learn slow, while the ones who don’t think and just do it tend to learn fast.

I thought this was specific to learning physical skills like swimming. But apparently in applies to any learning process.

So the key is stop thinking too much and just learn. But my question qould be, how do we stop people from thinking too much? Or am I thinking too much?

Landmark Forum Notes

I would like to take this time to note what I have learned in landmark forum in this blog. This is to remind myself and others what we have learned from landmark forum, as well as to share with others so that they may be open to take up landmark forum.

But first I would like to assure the organizers that I will not reveal too much of the course. I believe what I share will urge people to be inspired or moved. And if they would like to join Landmark forum, then it would be a bonus for both those people as well as the Landmark forum. There is more value in understanding these words through the forum, then just reading them from this blog. Words in brackets note where I have heard or read something similar before. but I admit that after attending this course I have a deeper understanding of them and their proper applications in life.

  • Have Integrity – Part of Integrity is being Authentic to others as well as yourself, especially your word. (Your word is your wand, Laws of Success)
  • Separate Facts and Interpretations – Life happens. How you interpret it, and how you interpret other people’s interpretations has affected your beliefs and actions. Once you accepted this and let go of your past and persistent interpretations, you are open to new possibilities in life and take charge of how you see things in life. (REBT – Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy)
  • Be aware of “IT” – “IT” is a part of human nature that can be described of Inner chatter. “IT” often stops you from doing anything. If you do nothing you will definitely fail, but if you do something you will have a chance to succeed (Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor on “stroke of insight” and Eckhart Tolle on “A new earth“)
  • Be, Do and Have – People often want certain results, and they do actions to create this results, but they only do actions based on their view. But being open to a bigger picture, allows people to have more options and choose the right actions. (Bruce Lee)
  • Be aware of Rackets or Persistent Complaints – Complaints that come with fix way of being causes people to lose ownership of their life, and sacrifice their Life to satisfy “IT”. So let go of “IT’s” interpretation, and gain full life. Accepting events does not mean condoning it. (Eckhart tolle on “a new earth”)
  • Issues in your life may affect other parts of it. e.g. family conflict can affect love relationships or working performance, and vice versa.
  • Change Versus Transformation
  • Truth about life that will give you power
  • Meaning of Life (My own introspections and self reflection. I thought I had the answer before, but I didn’t, and now I do)

For the points that have no brackets are were new to me, and yet it may have been present through out history as the tools successful people have used intentionally or inadvertently to become powerful and remarkable. Please Comment if you want.

Patient, Loving and Compassionate,

Bobbyofbrunei ­čÖé

Listening to sound

Never realized we can see/sense sound through are eyes. Although, it might be illuisionary :p I have felt music on my skin, forgot that you experience more of the sound when you are playing it.. now where is my old guitar.. it would be nice sense the music again.

Education ;Age Limit is Good or Bad?

I was surprised to read in the local newspaper about age limit enforced in schools. Basically it says that children cannot go into schools until they reached a certain age. Additionally students of a cannot move up the class unless they are the correct age(mostly those who entered early), even if they passed their exams.

http://news.brunei.fm/2010/01/04/age-limit-for-classes-with-new-school-year/

I was curious why the sudden enforcement, as well as its purpose. The only way I see it, the ministry is just following the set rules. May be its because there is a belief that students of a certain age can only learn at a certain level and therefore it would be pointless for them to learn at a more advance level. as they would be at risk at failing at that level and therefore wasting government resources.

The decision to enforce the age limits will standardize the age of students at school levels, and allow all students to be learning and competing at the same level. or does it? Do all people at the same age, mentally mature similarly?

When I was in school, there were a small number of students who were at the most 2 years younger then me, and they performed as well as the other students. They interacted with “older” students in a similar manner.

Biological Age and Mental age may be correlated. As foolish youth leads to the wise elder. But I do not think everyone’s rate of development is the same. Sure, studies have been done on students of a certain biological age should be able to learn certain things, but the ages are often an average of the study. Not the ages themselves. There are also studies that suggest that date of birth and school performance may not be completely correlated, and that any differences would disappear in a few years.

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a746748165

“estimates suggest there is no effect of age at school entry on educational performance” Source:http://ideas.repec.org/p/iza/izadps/dp1507.html

“If the gain score shrinkage among older children maintains as students progress through middle and highschool, it is expected that the younger children will eventually perform similarly or even higher thanthe older groups.” source:┬áhttp://www.eurojournals.com/ejss_10_1_05.pdf

What I found to be the most unfortunate consequence is that with this enforced rule, Bruneians will never see young geniuses not unlike those in other countries of teens getting a degree. That would have been nice for brunei. Something to be proud of ­čÖé

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/12/06/Teen-gets-college-degree-in-just-2-years/UPI-62321228621929/

A good option would be to make the age limit rule to remain a guideline, that can be revised, or allowing students who do not fulfill the age requirements to move on as long as they pass their tests and exams.