Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year Resolutions


It is the last day of the year 2010. In a few more hours, we will be celebrating our new year 2011.

Often when we come to the end of the year, we will analyze our life and then plan out what we want to do for the coming year.

Some of our new year resolutions have to do with ourselves. We may be targeting a weight loss, or thinking of making more money through online or offline jobs, or planning to get engaged and married.

Some of our new year resolutions have to do with our family. We maybe thinking of moving house or getting a new car. We maybe planning to send our children to schools, colleges and universities. We may want a new baby or adopt a child.

Whatever new year resolutions we have, it is good to plan and carry them out properly.

Life is short, and it will be good if we can make our life better and fuller in the coming year.

Some people are aiming too high; they have resolutions that cannot be achieved in a year's time. They have resolutions for show to someone; they have no desire to achieve their goals.

There is no point in making resolution that we don't and can't keep it. It is merely a waste of time to show and tell people what we want to do, when we have no desire to carry it out.

I have lost 12 kg for the whole of this years. My resolution is to achieve a double digit weight soon. And when I have achieved my target, I will be ready for another targeted weight.

I believe we must learn to make resolutions that we can achieve in a reasonable time frame.

There is nothing wrong in making resolution; in fact I welcome everyone to have theirs.

It will be good if everyone makes realistic and achievable resolutions for the year 2011.

Do you have your new year's resolution?

Are you ready for year 2011?

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas To You


Merry Christmas to you!

Is everyone coming home this holiday?
It will be nice to gather together, talk about old times and the latest happenings, talk about plans and resolutions, have fun and parties, be happy and free from stress.

Are you away from home?
Now, you don't have to celebrate alone.
There will always be places to go and friends to visit.
They will always be parties and fun times together.

Are you ready to celebrate?
Have you cleaned and furnish the house?
How about the decorations and the lighting?
How about the food and drink?
Do you have enough helpers?

Have you estimated how many visitors are coming?
Will they be all coming?
Do you require them to make appointment?
How about unforeseen visitors and strangers?
Will they be coming in big groups?

It is always fun to have family, relatives, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and many others around us during this festive season.
But it can and will be rather embarrassing if we are not ready.

So, do you think you have everything ready?
Will there be a last minute change?

Hopefully....

Merry Christmas to you

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Heated Discussion


Now in a discussion, you state and explain your view. You talk with confidence. You feel very strongly that you are right. Many around don't agree with you. Some are seen even shaking their heads. Would you continue to insist on your view, or would you keep very quiet, or would you walk out? What would you do?
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Some people wouldn't give up. They think they are right and they want to prove to others they are right. Are you like that and do you like it? Are you going to fight for your rights until you are proven otherwise?
*******
Some people prefer to keep quiet. But it doesn't mean that they are defeated. They want to understand why others don't agree with them and cannot accept their views, and they are giving chances to others to explain their stand.
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Some people just keep quiet or may just walk out of the conference room, feeling rather angry, disgusted and disappointed.
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In any debate or discussion, we must be responsible people. We don't always expect people to have the same opinions like us; we must expect to receive different view and opinions. The idea here is to respect people's view and accept good instructions. Sometimes, we even have to modify our views to adapt to their views.
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Arguing too much will only bring about bad feelings and sour taste. Some even come to a stage of criticizing one another and talking and stabbing each other's back. The relationship turns ugly, different cliques and separations are formed, making the situation worse! This must not be!
*******
So the next time when you are ready to join a debate or a discussion, be ready to accept one another, be ready to consider one another's views, and be ready to make peace and not war.
*******
Debates and discussion are good things. They work towards the betterment of the human kind. Of course, they are many debates and discussions that are really a waste of time, especially when the organizing committees have no idea of what they are doing and talking, and certain strong party begins to take charge to push over their personal views!


Friday, December 10, 2010

Is It Okay To Call Students 'Stupid'?


Will you shout at students and call them 'stupid'?
Will you do it in public?
Will you insult them with words like 'silly', 'stupid', 'moron', 'idiot' or 'foolish'?
*******
I was watching a group of students punished by the duty teachers.
The atmosphere was tense and charged;
You could feel the students' fear and anger.
I turned around and walked away;
I just couldn't bear to see what came next.
*******
Is it okay to call students 'Stupid'?
Is it okay to insult them?
*******
Teachers are role-models;
Teachers are good examples to follow.
Teachers shouldn't be so aggressive and intimating.
Wasn't it enough just to tell them their wrongs;
And punish them according to the rules and regulations?
Why used those bad words?
*******
I remembered teachers using bad words in naughty classes;
It caused me more pain and disappointment.
*******
I knew teachers are stressful with their works.
I knew teachers had many unrelated extra duties.
I knew the class size was big and students naughty.
But teaching is a noble profession.
*******
Teachers are supposed to teach the students well;
Teachers are purposed to get them ready for their future.
Calling students 'stupid' is not good;
Calling students 'stupid' will only make them lose their self-respect and confidence.
*******
Someones said, "Teachers are second parents to the students;
And they care a lot about them."
I remembered my great teachers in the past;
I was full of love and praise for them.
Without them, I wouldn't be who I am today.
*******
Vaguely from far I could still hear the bad words.
I took a few peeps and saw students passing by ran away.
It's definitely not good to do it in public.
********
Is it okay for teachers to call the students 'stupid'?
If they are not right, we can tell them they are wrong;
We don't have to label them as 'silly' or 'stupid'.
*******
Is it okay for teachers to call the students 'stupid'?
No. Teachers are role-model;
Student learn from their teachers.
What if students also call the teachers 'stupid'?
*******
It's just not right to call the students 'stupid'.
Those bad words must go.
Those labelings are bad;
It is not good for the school.
No. It's just not okay;
It's never okay to call students stupid in school

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Literacy


Will you marry someone who is illiterate?

Is it very important to you to marry someone who can read and write?

These were among the questions lingered in my mind when I started to choose my life partner many years ago.

Of course, it will be good if both of you can read and write; it helps a lot in the everyday interaction and activities.

But what if you decide to love someone who just cannot read and write? Will you marry him or her?

Some said love is irresistible and beyond boundary.

They said family background, literacy, social status, race and nationality, etc should never be a hindrance to love.

Will you agree? Will your family agree?

So what would you do? Would you marry her? Would you marry him?

As for me, what is important in love and marriage is UNDERSTANDING.

Do you understand one another?

Can you accept one another in everything?

Do you forgive one another and try to do better for one another as days go by?

Understanding is better than literacy.

I have seen wise and clever people who are impossible to get along with;

I have seen illiterate people who are so helpful and kind, and humble.

Love break all laws! All boundaries!

Love breaks all barriers!

Love needs trust, understanding, dedication, respect and commitment.

Love doesn't need literacy!

Do you agree with me?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Buying A House


If you are making the decision, where would you want your house to be?

I believe many would want it to be near to their workplace. It is easy that way if you have problem waking up or your morning routines are one of the first big hurdles that you have to tackle everyday.

Some would want it to be near to their parents and siblings, relatives and friends. Most of us just can't live alone for long; we would love to talk to someone we know, care and love. We would love to have gatherings, discussion and parties once in a while. Some would prefer to be near to their in-laws to please and satisfy the wife.

Some would prefer to be near to the schools their children study, since they may have many extra classes and extracurricular activities.

Some would prefer it to be near to the town or city to enjoy a luxurious and lavish lifestyle. Here everything is ready and if you have the money, many things are available readily.

Some would prefer to live in the outskirt to escape from the hassle and bustle of the city and the nightlife.

Whatever we do in the matter of buying a house, it should suit the convenience of everyone besides ourselves. And it is not easy.

Imagine the couples from different parts of the world, where would they build their house? Whichever they choose, the cost of traveling and visiting will be high!

Imagine the workplace is far away from the schools, which would you choose? It would definitely be a heartache for someones in the family.

And imagine it is away from shopping complexes, restaurants, recreational outlets, or the town or city itself, it would be a hard time to fulfill our needs and wants.

So where would you buy or build your house?

Some would prefer a movable house. What do you think?


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Loreal for Styling and Care


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Monday, November 22, 2010

Ordinary But Extraordinary Men


Here I am, an ordinary man with two ordinary vehicles and an ordinary house.
Many of my neighbors are also ordinary men who own an ordinary car and an ordinary house.
A few among us are also ordinary, but have many extraordinary cars and extraordinary houses.
Then, there are the rich and famous and showy among us who own many extraordinary houses and many extraordinary cars.
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None of these people surprised me before.
In fact, I lived contented, and was happy to see others enjoyed a better lifestyle.
But I was surprised when I saw extraordinary men with a very ordinary house and a very ordinary car.
I was surprised to know that they could still be very contented and happy.
*******
After many years of thinking, and experiencing life,
I am no longer surprised!
There are more to life than material comforts and physical pleasure;
There are other worthwhile pursuits and ways of life;
There are scholarly, academic and intellectual pursuits;
There are recreational, leisure and outdoor pursuits;
There are communitarian pursuits;
There are agricultural pursuits;
There are artistic and creative pursuits;
There are spiritual and religious pursuits;
In fact, there are numerous legitimate and honorable pursuits in life that are worth having.
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I am happy to see an extraordinary man living an ordinary life.
A man with a very ordinary car and a very ordinary house needn’t be ordinary.
After all, he or she is very special in the eyes of God;
He enjoy God and all His blessings,
And he commands respect, admiration and curiosity from others.
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Ordinary man needs not feels ordinary.
It is the ability and the freedom to enjoy life that matter.
I would rather enjoy the little that I have,
Than to hoard up treasures,
That I don't have the time and opportunity to enjoy.
*******
Ordinary man can be extraordinary;
Extraordinary man can be ordinary.
It is the quality lifestyle and amenities,
Hygienic environment,
And leisure experience,
That matter in life.
*******
I would rather be ordinary,
But live life extraordinary.
And I will be extra happy,
If I can remain ordinary.
Oh! Happy ordinary men!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Journey Home - Family Reunion


It was 3 on a Friday afternoon.
I had just completed my Adgitize and Entrecard clicks.
As promised, it was time to pick up the children from the airport;
They were returning home for their holidays.
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I drove to the petrol station;
I filled up the petrol tank.
Then I pumped up the tires.
We had a last minute hunch and thought;
Then we started our journey.
*******
The morning work had been rather relaxing;
I had less teaching periods and shorter teaching hours today;
It was the Muslim fasting month.
Nonetheless I occupied myself with productive activities;
Work ethics had taught me to be responsible and not to waste precious time.
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Feeling rather tired, I shrugged my shoulders;
I rolled my eyes;
Stroked and patted my neck a little;
Took deeper and longer breaths;
And tried to push away the burden of the day.
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With the music and conversation on,
A little laughter and humor now and then,
and the beautiful scenery along the way,
The day seemed nice and fresh again.
I felt refreshed and ready for the world.
Family gathering has always been a good cure for work pressure.
*******
The journey was smooth,
But I was filled with apprehension.
I had the radiator cleaned and the thermostat replaced,
After an overheated engine a few days ago.
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My heart was throbbing fast,
My eyes kept on watching the water meter,
As I drove slowly along the way.
It was only after half an hour later,
When everything seemed to be okay,
That my body, mind, and heart could settle down.
*******
We arrived at the airport an hour before the flight arrived.
We had 2 KFC dinner plate sets,
To celebrate our safe arrival and our well-deserved rest.
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We watching the people around us;
They were full of anticipation, expectation and excitement.
Some were talking quietly.
Some had their whole family gathered here.
The curious children were running around,
Pointing and touching everything they saw,
And talked and smiled and laughed among themselves.
The old men and women were sitting in a corner,
Waiting patiently and talking quietly.
*******
We laughed and smiled and had a good time.
But deep inside, we thanked God for answering our prayer,
Bringing us safely to the airport.
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The flight had arrived.
We had our sweet and joyous reunion.
We shook hands,
Hugging one another,
And had a nice conversation.
Then we got ready for our home.
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We checked the radiator water;
It was still filled to the top.
We had a nice surprise and a hearty smile.
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The dusk was deepening fast,
As we journeyed back home.
Many motorcyclists were along the way,
They were back from the city after their work.
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We arrived home after 7.
We put down everything,
We cleaned ourselves up and ready for our dinner.
And we continued our hearty conversation.
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It was indeed a day of journey and discovery;
A journey of learning and appreciating;
A journey of patience and humble discovery.
Thank God for the experience,
An experience that is difficult to forget.
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The journey home;
Ever filled with anticipation, expectation, and excitement.
It is not just a normal happening;
It is filled with worry, anxiety, and fear.
But we are not alone and not without God's promises,
As we journey home.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Quiet Routine


Sitting in the office, I was contemplating what to do next.
It was a quiet, relaxed and peaceful morning.
And I was filled with inspiration, motivation and life.
Somehow many things went in and out of my mind,
And I was feeling and touching things on my table,
Thinking and listing down everything I wanted to do.
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I checked some reports, dully signed and acknowledged.
I powered up my computer, checked through the latest emails.
I tidied up my files and folders, and sorted through papers.
Then I took a well-deserved rest, sipping my sugarless tea.
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Once in a while I was distracted by the noises and activities around.
I wasn't surprised; in fact I welcomed them once in a while.
It was normal and expected in a common office building.
Everyone was trying to release tensions and stresses somehow.
I had a quick smile and a quiet laugh.
Somehow we needed people to spice up our lives.
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I continued to enjoy my pleasant and fruitful time,
Doing all that I wanted.
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Then a colleague sitting beside was coughing terribly and continuously.
He might have smoked too much or eaten too much hot and spicy food.
Anyway, I knew for sure that he was not a good water drinker.
And lately every time he entered the room, the smell of cigarette smoke lingered for a long while.
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I took a sneak peek at him.
He was busy playing computer games.
I couldn’t understand how he could spend his working hours on personal interests while everyone was busy with official duties!
Anyway, it was none of my business and I continued to enjoy my works.
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It was nearing the end of the school term.
Many teachers were rushing up to finish their marking.
The school authority demanded the latest scores and grades,
Since the prize-giving day was really soon.
******
The students outside were making lots of noise;
They were already in their holidays mood.
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Some exam classes were having party with their teachers;
A time to get together and fellowship, before the departure.
They looked rather concerned for one another;
Some were quiet and sad, talking softly among themselves.
There were rounds of handshakes, exchange of greetings and well wishes.
The public exam was round the corner.
More than words.....
More than words.....
As they said goodbye to one another.
*******
Going back to the staffroom.
Here teachers gathered before they parted ways.
Many happy and smiling faces,
Talking and laughing out loud.
The teaching pressure must have gone.
Nonetheless, a few were still rushing through their last minutes work.
They looked rather troubled and worried.
*******
Walking along the paths under the trees.
It was always quiet and peaceful here,
So was I.
Life is always a passing through under the shelter of God.
Nothing really disturbed my life,
Except the duty of living a godly and thankful life.
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Nothing really stirred me up these days.
Nothing really affected me.
It was always a quiet routine.
And it always will be.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Admitting What We Don’t Know


Can we comfortably admit that there are some things or some people that we don't understand? Or do we do so unwillingly, grudgingly or not at all?

There are indeed many things and many people in this world that we don’t really know.

In fact, some of us may have many relationship problems with others. We may not know how to get along with our parents and elders, our family, our relatives and friends, our neighbors and colleagues, and sometimes even our ‘enemies’, strangers and first time visitors!

And the universe we have is so vast and we are so small, that there are always things that we don’t know, but somehow we pretend to know, we assume we know, and we insist we know!

But the funny thing is that sometimes we can’t even give a direct answer to a simple question. We make tons of excuses and we place a lot of blames. We try to avoid the question, not wanting to be trapped into stating our opinion. We make many speculations and assumptions, venture into many things we don’t know, and causing unnecessary attention and attraction. Then we deny what we have spoken, when pushed to a tight corner and under pressure!

The simplest thing to do in life is to admit what we don’t know.

While saying so, it is funny to notice that some of us are not interested in many things and many people that come into their life. They are keeping themselves to their own world, minding their own businesses and problems. Many happenings around the world are not their direct concern, and they don’t care even the life and death of others.

I believe we must show a keen interest to the world we live in. I believe we must contribute to the well-being of the world we live in.

Some of us claim that they are tired of understanding others. I don’t know why.

To me, the humble and positive spirit to learn from others is what we need these days. Ego and embarrassment don’t come in here. I believe it is our duty to learn to care about the many things and people around us. We are to be inquisitive and find out more!

Out there, there bound to be people who know more and can guide us through, giving us clear direction as to what to do! Out there, there will be people to coach us so that we don’t easily get lost!

Sometimes we do need to slow down a little, have a glass of hot or cold drink, and think through things. Maybe a little smile and a little nodding of the head to people around can be a good start. Sometimes we forget how positive attitude can really draw crowds of friends to us.

Learning to admit what we don’t know can really teach us many new things and help us cultivate better friends and acquaintances.

Maybe this is what you need now!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

We Are That Somebody


Some of us are born lucky.

We are born into a well-off family.

We are born smart and talented.

We have supportive, enthusiastic and committed parents and elders, who are always looking after us and our future.

Some of us are very disciplined, well-motivated, and well-behaved.

In fact, we are well-groomed for the needs of the time.

We are respectful, courteous, friendly, and responsive.

We become the pride and joy of our family.

And we cultivate wide circles of acquaintances and friends.

Some of us are born very pretty and natural,

We don't need to put on a lot of make-up,

And we look so attractive, appealing, and sweet.......

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But majority of us are born not that lucky,

Not very smart,

Not very well-off,

Not very talented,

And... not very pretty.

Nevertheless, we are happy,

And we try to be happy all the time.

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Somehow everyone of us knows that we are born unique and special.

We are born to be...... Somebody.

And as children, we want to be that Somebody when we grow up.

No, no. We never want to be born nobody.

No, no. We never want to live as a nobody.......

*******

We examine our gifts and talents God has given us.

They are here for a purpose - to make us Somebody.

We are going to use our gifts and talents to the fullest,

And become somebody everyone is proud of.

We are that somebody!

God willing.... We want to be that Somebody soon!

We are not lucky.

We are blessed!

We are that Somebody!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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Monday, October 25, 2010

A Simple Man Is A Happy Man


A simple man is happy with who he or she is, and is contented with who the others’ may be.

A simple man strives to be happy, though he or she may not be as wise or as smart, as loving and caring, as committed and hardworking, as precise and careful, or as patience and self-reliance.

A simple man is satisfied with what he or she has, and is always seeking to make a better use of everything.

I once had an old landlord who was living a simple life. There was this one time when I ‘borrowed’ her age-old kitchen utensil to cook noodle. I was in a hurry to go for my lecture and forgot to scrub the utensil properly. When I returned home, the good landlord was showing her sad and angry face, and refused to talk. I realized my fault and reminded myself to be very careful the next time.

Some of us are very particular with the things we have; we must make sure we return the things we have borrowed to the right place in a good condition.

But then there is another lady. She has difficulty throwing away things; everything is so precious to her and she wants to have a collection of everything. Her house was a mess, a breeding place for rats, cockroaches, houseflies and mosquitoes. Her neighbors have a hard time living with her.

Everyone is entitled to live their life their way.

But we must make sure that we don’t become a burden or nuisance to others.

A simple life makes a happy man.

A simple man is happy with himself or herself.

A simple man is contented and utilizes all that he or she has.

And a simple man lives in peace and harmony with all others.

It is never easy to live a simple life in a word filled with many attractions and temptations.

Many of us want to be a happy man.

But just how many of us can be a simple man?

For some, happiness is short-lived, a thrill for a moment.

For some, happiness is forever, a lifetime to remember.

Everyone seeks happiness, but not many seek a simple lifestyle.

A simple man is a happy man.

How about a happy man is a simple man?

Monday, October 18, 2010

There is No Second Chance in Life


The Secrets of Old Age:

  • Before middle age – Do not fear!
  • After middle age – Do not regret!

Enjoy your life while you can.

Do not wait until you cannot even walk, just to be sorry and to regret.

As long as it is physically possible, visit places you wish to visit.

When there is an opportunity, get together with old classmates, old colleagues and old friends.

The gathering is not just about eating; it’s just that there is not much time left.

Money kept in the banks may not be really yours; when it is time to spend, just spend, and treat yourself well as you’re getting old.

Whatever you feel like eating, just eat! It is most important to be happy.

Food which are good for health – eat often and more - but that is not everything.

Things which are not good for health – eat less but once in a while. Do not abstain from them totally.

Treat sickness with optimism, whether you are poor or rich,

Everyone has to go through the birth, aging, sickness and death.

There is no exception, that’s life.

Do not be afraid or worried when you are sick.

Settle all the outstanding issues before hand.

And you will be able to leave without regret.

Let the doctors handle your body,

God handles your life and loves you,

But be in charge of your own moods.

If worries can cure your sickness, then go ahead and worry.

If worries can prolong your life, then go ahead and worry.

If worries can exchange for happiness, then go ahead and worry.

Our kids will make their own fortune.

Look after four old treasures:

  • Your old body – pay more attention to health. You can only rely on yourself on this.
  • Retirement funds – money that you have earned. It is best to keep them yourself.
  • Your old companion – treasure every moment with your other half. One of you will leave first.
  • Your old friends – seize every opportunities to meet up with your friends. Such opportunities will become rare as time goes by.

With friends, everyday you must laugh, dance and be happy.

Running water does not flow back.

So is life, make it happy!

Enjoy every moment of your life.

There is no second chance in life.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

I Wish You Enough!


I received the following story through an e-mail and I want to pass it on.......

Recently I overheard a Father and a Daughter in their last moment together at the airport.

They had announced the departure.

Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the Father said, "I love you, and I wish you enough."

The Daughter replied, "Dad, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough too, Dad."

They kissed and the Daughter left.

The Father walked over to the window where I was seated.

Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry.

I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say goodbye to someone, knowing that it would be forever?"

"Yes, I have," I replied. "Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever goodbye?"

"I am old, and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is − the next trip back will be for my funeral," he said.

"When you were saying goodbye, I heard you say, 'I wish you enough.' May I ask what does that mean?"

He began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone."

He paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and he smiled even more.

"When we said, 'I wish you enough’, we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them."

Then turning toward me, he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.

"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear."

"I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more."

"I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting."

"I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger."

"I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting."

"I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess."

"I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final goodbye."

He then began to cry and walked away.......

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They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but an entire life to forget them.

To all my friends and loved ones, I WISH YOU ENOUGH.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Just To Say Hello


I received some nice sayings from a friend and I pass it on.

Do you know what is family?

Do you really understand what is behind the word family?

It will give us a shock when we know the answer:

FAMILY

Father And Mother, I Love You

Why does a man want to have a WIFE?

Because:

W---Washing
I---Ironing
F---Food
E---Entertainment

Why does a woman want to have a HUSBAND?

Because:

H---Housing
U---Understanding
S---Sharing
B---Buying
A---and
N---Never
D---Demanding

Do you know that a simple "HELLO" can be a sweet one, especially from our loved ones?

The word HELLO means:

H=How are you?
E=Everything all right?
L=Like to hear from you
L=Love to see you soon!
O=Obviously, I miss you

Please do say HELLO to everyone you care.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Memory Loss


I forgot to bring my reading glasses to work today. And this wasn’t the first time; and on several occasions I had forgotten to bring my wallet and my watch as well.

Forgetfulness had affected me and bothered me these days, and I began to worry.

Lately I had tried to be more careful and paid special attention to everything around me and everything I did. They were important and valuable experience to me. They had enriched and enlightened my life, making me understood and appreciated my role in life better.

I had also cherished and treasured every fellowship and relationship. Every encounter became a gift of God in life, and carried deep meanings and implications in life.

I had also become more ready and willing to jot down everything in a dairy to aid my losing memory; it helps significantly and improves my efficiency.

I had also made sure that I had enough rest, taking healthy and well balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and had regular workout and exercises. I was not sure whether they are good for memory loss or forgetfulness, but I believed they are definitely helpful.

But the fact that I had forgotten to bring my reading glasses made me worried. I rushed back to get it, and I was thinking what else I could do to reduce my memory loss.

Maybe some mind-challenging games and puzzles? I don’t know. It’s probably not a good idea; too tiring for me.

Some had advised me to take things easy and simply to enjoy life; memory loss is a normal aging process. I don’t know. It’s probably a good idea; but sometimes I am really scared!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Angry And Screamed


From a distance, I heard an angry man yelling; it was the voice of the Administrative Senior Assistance. He was screaming at the top of his lungs; I wondered how many students were involved this time or how they had made him mad and angry. But it was definitely not a great way to start a day!

I looked at my watch; it was a quarter past seven; a sunny and crisp morning for daily activities and routines, outings, travelling, camping........ But it is definitely not for screaming, yelling, shouting and bursting into anger.

This wasn’t the first time I heard him shouted and screamed; I had heard his angry voice several times before early in the morning; sometimes when I was passing by; sometimes when I was sitting quietly doing my work, like today.

I remembered I was like that before; ever self-conscious, self-willed, self-absorbed and self-determining. Extreme egocentric and narcissistic behavior ruins the day; getting moody and paranoid about people is no good for everyone.

Anger management and control, peace building, and emotional wellness are the needs of the day. It takes time, effort, dedication and commitment to learn, practice and perfect.

I have still a lot to learn. But one thing I keep on reminding myself: I must try my best not to get angry, especially at the break of day.

The shout and scream continue in a distance.......

They are hurting one another.......

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Some Simple Rules To Be Happy


Someone email me some simple rules to be happy and I pass it on.

Remember the 5 simple rules to be happy: Free our heart from hatred, free our mind from worries, live simply, give more, and expect less.

No one can go back and make a brand new start, but anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

Disappointments are like road humps, they slow us down a bit but we enjoy the smooth road afterwards. Don't stay on the humps too long. Move on!

When we feel down because we didn't get what we want, just sit tight and be happy, because God is thinking of something better to give us.

When something happens to us, good or bad, consider what it means.

There is a purpose to life's events, to teach us how to laugh more or not to cry too hard.

We can't make someone love us, all we can do is be someone who can be loved, the rest is up to the person to realise our worth.

The measure of love is when we love without measure.

In life there are very rare chances that we'll meet the person we love and loves us in return. So once we have it don't ever let go, the chance might never come our way again.

It's better to lose our pride to the one we love, than to lose the one we love because of pride.

We spend too much time looking for the right person to love or finding fault with those we already love, when instead we should be perfecting the love we give.

When we truly care for someone, we don't look for faults, we don't look for answers, we don't look for mistakes. Instead, we fight the mistakes, we accept the faults, and we overlook the excuses.

Never abandon an old friend. We will never find one who can take his place. Friendship is like wine, it gets better as it grows older.

Friday, September 10, 2010

A Park Nearby


It is a recreational park. There are two big ponds with different kinds of fish, fountains, bridges, piers, and huts.

Lately some had spotted small crocodile near the edge of the ponds. There is no clear knowledge as to how many of them or where they come from; though 100 meters away runs an age old river.

Notices have been put up recently to inform the public of the possible danger, and as a reminder that the local authority cannot be held responsible for any untoward accident. Many passersby are attracted by the big notices and many are seen bursting into smiles and laughter.

It is an age old park. There are many species of flowers, shrubs, plants and trees around the area. There are many types of birds chirping and chatting in the air and trees. The grasses are well trimmed like green carpets spreading over vast areas.

The sides near to the main roads are always tidy and clean, with many beautiful flowers, shrubs and plants, that every passerby would love it and consider it to be a beautiful park.

But dead leaves, twigs and branches are everywhere inside the park, and some of the roads and tracks are damp and slippery.

Much maintenance and repair need to be done immediately. Instead, many notices are seen erected everywhere to remind the visitors to use the facilities at their own risk.

Many of us enjoy our time here: fishing, jogging, pleasure walking, leisure cycling or riding, musing, pondering, contemplating, deliberating, reflecting, meditating, ruminating …….. Some of us enjoy photo and video taking, dating, family outing, and small group gathering.

I personally enjoy jogging and walking here. It helps me relax, refresh, enjoy and intensify my weight loss program. My major irritation and outburst is the movement of motor vehicles near me when I am jogging and running.

It is fun to live near to a park.

But just how many of us can afford it.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Students Fighting In YouTube


Video clips of students fighting in a secondary school here have made their way to the Internet. One of the clips showing a fight involving at least three female secondary students was posted on YouTube recently. The clip shows one of the girls trying to mediate a dispute between two students but the effort turns sour and they end up chasing and beating each other along the corridor of one of the classroom blocks. A headscarf of one of the girls is even pulled by another girl. Another clip featured two male students beating and kicking each other as a group of boys cheered them on.

Everyone needs attention and recognition, but not many know how to do it the right way.

Those who know try to do it quietly, peacefully and gracefully. Good moral, manner and high self-esteem play a major role in their lives and they want to continue to keep their cool.

But there are some who often resort to spectacular means and methods to show their emotions. Vandalism, graffiti, outrageous and obscenely perverted behavior, and many other antisocial activities continue to spread and influence our young people these days.

Some of us look with disdain and repugnance at those who continue to disrupt and violate the peace and harmony of the society. Some look with pity and compassion, realizing they need helps. Some have become immune and indifferent to the social ills and problems; they wouldn’t care less.

In the past, many teenage issues and problems were highlighted in the newspapers and television, though many more remained unreported and victims continued to suffer emotionally from the assaults.

With the advancement of the internet and other global communication links, everything comes out in the open; the weak and the lame come together, stand up and speak up. The parties involved have to act fast and end the high voltage drama, now that they can’t hide from the scrutinizing eyes of the public.

Many forums and discussions about teenage issues and problems are held, many suggestions and ideas are put forward, but words remain words, nothing much is done. The disease and its symptoms continue to spread and multiply, but no proper treatment is found and administered.

More and more video clips of teenage issues and problems in the internet!

Now the YouTube!

What’s next!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

It’s My Life


Life is so uncertain and unexpected, regardless of where we stay and what we do; and it is so short and so random, that we mustn’t take anything for granted. Every moment of our lives is so precious and so fleeting, that we hold on to them and refuse to let them go.

Nothing really stays forever; they grow up, leave, and die.

Some suggest we live a better life and enjoy all that come our way.

As we grow older, some suggest going vegetarian, eating balanced meals, watching one’s sugar intake, and tackling obesity head-on. Yes, a healthy lifestyle is a must.

Some suggest we cultivate and maintain strong family ties and a good parent-child relationship. Some insist that we be more sensitive to the plight of the elderly.

Some say that we must reach out to those in need; some say we must discover out potentials in life; and some say we must be environment friendly inhabitants.

They are all beautiful and splendid ideas and suggestions.

But just how many of us are living a healthy lifestyle, having solid family ties, helpful and friendly, and become self-help, self-improved and self-managed individuals? And what about environment friendly?!

The key to living a better life is to know we can do that; not mere talk, conversation or argument. It is to firmly settled in our beliefs and go on with our practices.

Life is so uncertain and so unexpected.

But just how many of us care about it until it is too late?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Stubborn Principles In Life


I was doing an analysis on my ex-students’ performance in the public examinations.

It was a tedious work; much time and effort was spent before I could complete it.

Then I sat back, concentrating on the report, and pondered over all that I had done for the past years.

As I thought through, a sense of disappointment and regret sank into my heart; I realized there was much room for improvement.

If only I could establish a better rapport and relationship with my students, I could make them score better.

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Sometimes we are too keen to solve problems at hand that we don’t realize there are better and more effective ways.

We are too narrow and rigid in our mindset that we wouldn’t listen to counsel and advice.

Now that damages are done, we are living to regret them.

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Sometimes it is the problem of communication.

We put so much emphasis on delivering our lessons that we forget we are communicating with people.

Humans are like that. We know what we are supposed to do but we never consider the human aspect of everything. What is important to us is efficiency or effectiveness, and we are satisfied.

If only we can be more considerate and friendly, and learn to develop some empathy and understanding, the students will listen to us more.

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Many times I had regretted on my actions and decisions.

I never knew they could bring serious and lasting problems until later in life.

Now that relationships have become tense and ugly, sometimes I do feel guilty and depressed.

Why not rather be wrong?

Why so assertive in winning?

Oh! Those stubborn principles in life!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Turn Over A New Leaf


We can’t determine the length of our life span or the impression we can make on others, but we can always live life to the fullest and be a great help to those in dire need.

Our daily lives needn’t revolve around certain individuals who have dominance and power over us; we needn’t feel scared or threatened if we are doing what we are supposed to do and we have done it to the best of our ability. Living up to his or her expectations is desirable but needn’t be the only goal in life.

We are masters and leaders of our own lives, and we determine the roles we play in the societies. Our failures and successes in life will be determined by the decisions we have taken for ourselves.

While saying so, I am not denying that we are servants and stewards of God doing His biddings. And this realization and contemplation should spur us on to reach our full potential and give our best in life.

Nervous and uncertain people always love to shy away from challenges in life. They dare not try to address pressing issues at hand; they rather wallow themselves in self-pity, anger, and misery. And I believe we needn't be like that!

I believe none of us is born a loser; we are not defeated people. We all have potential and we all have wonderful qualities and gifts that we can use and share with others. We just need to find out what they are and what we actually want to achieve in life.

Everything comes naturally in time.

We will have our turn and we will make our world come alive.

Just learn to take things one step at a time.

But don’t tarry.

Make quick and careful decisions and move on fast.

Life is a constant struggle and an endless adventure.

But it’s fun and it’s rewarding.

There's no time like now to turn over a new leaf.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Get Along Better With Everyone


Below are some of the beautiful words of wisdom on how to cultivate better relationships with your family, friends, colleagues...

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Before you say anything to anyone, ask yourself 3 things:
1.  Is it true?    
2.  Is it kind?    
3.  Is it necessary?

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Make promises sparingly and keep them faithfully.

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Never miss the opportunity to compliment or say something encouraging to someone.

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Refuse to talk negatively about others; don't gossip and don't listen to gossip. 

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Have a forgiving view of people. Believe that most people are doing the best they can.

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Keep an open mind; discuss, but don't argue. It is possible to disagree without being disagreeable.

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Forget about counting to 10. Count to 1,000 before doing or saying anything that could make matters worse.

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Let your virtues speak for themselves.

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If someone criticizes you, see if there is any truth to what he is saying; if so, make changes. If there is no truth to the criticism, ignore it and live so that no one will believe the negative remark.

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Cultivate your sense of humor; laughter is the shortest distance between two people.

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Do not seek so much to be consoled, as to console; do not seek so much to be understood, as to understand; do not seek so much to be loved as to love.

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Please share them to your friends... Everyone needs them.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Usha's Story


I received the following story through an email and I pass it on.

A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a galloping malignant secondary cancer. It was a very fast spreading cancer and although I underwent chemotherapy and radiation, I faced imminent death, and it was a terrifying experience.

For the first time in my life from the depths of my soul, I cried out to Jesus, "Lord, Help me. Please, help me."

There was no answer. One night as I lay down, preparing to face death, my 14-year-old son, Roshan, came to me with his Bible. He attended Sunday school regularly and had developed the habit of reading the Bible every night before going to bed. That night, he felt his mother too should read the passage he was reading. (When I look back, I marvel at our God’s compassion and the means He used to reach out to me.) Although from a Christian family background, I had never ever opened the Bible in all my life.

This is what my son asked me to read that night. Mark 11: 22-25 (New King James Version) So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses."

These words of scripture came alive and spoke directly to me. It was as if Jesus himself was speaking to me. With childlike, simple faith I believed every word I read. I realized Jesus had the power to heal me. However, it was the last verse that He highlighted for me that night, about forgiving others. My heart was so full of bitterness, resentment and anger. These feelings were rooted in me against people who had hurt me over the years. The hurt was too deep and intense, and I had bottled it all up. Unforgiveness weighed me down, but I did not know how to deal with it.

That night I asked Jesus to help me forgive and to help me let go of all the resentments buried in the depths of my being, unknown to any human being but known only to our God. It was as if a dam burst inside me and I wept through the night, reliving the agony of my unforgiving heart and as I did so, I placed all my negative feelings at the feet of Jesus. In the early hours of dawn, I experienced a peace, which passes all understanding. Jesus had cleansed me, as only He can. I felt light, as if a heavy weight had been removed.

Thereafter, I said a simple one-line prayer for the healing of my cancer. After which I thanked Jesus, accepted His healing (just as the verses of Scripture said), and drifted off to sleep in the early hours of the morning.

The next day, and for the next 3 weeks, my body was tested and retested. The doctors were puzzled. There was not a cell or trace of cancer in my body.

This happened 10 years ago. Deep-rooted unforgiveness had become a physical cancer and Jesus set me free through His Word. He healed me physically and spiritually, changing my life and my way of thinking. Later, I went to Bible School , and today He enables me to help others know that The Word of God is living, pointing us to our risen Christ Jesus who has the power to change lives, attitudes and circumstances.

There is no one like Jesus, our God of all compassion and mercy.

(Usha Chandy is a post graduate in Management from Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur, India. For 19 years, she worked for the Syndicate Bank in India . After her miraculous healing in 1992, she resigned her job and joined a Bible College in Bangalore and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology. She is now involved in leading women's Bible Studies, visiting cancer patients and counseling people going through various crises. She is married to Vijay Chandy and lives in Muscat., Sultanate of Oman. They have 2 sons who are doing their Master's in New York.)

Friday, July 30, 2010

A Paper Boat


When I was small, I was taught how to make a paper boat. Then I put it in the drain and watched it sail. Then I followed, and smiled, feeling very satisfied.

When I had grown, sometimes I imagined that I was a seaman; I wanted to sail, far far away; away from boredom and loneliness, away from misery and unpleasant surroundings.

I was made to realize that everyone has problems, and we are to deal and live with problems. And that is how life becomes more realistic and cruel.

The time comes when problems abound and there is no clear solution in sight. We become agitated and irritated. We struggle and fight along the way, sometimes we crumble from within, and we are left uncertain and unsure as to what to do next.

Sometimes, the ability and the willingness to lay aside our problems, and the readiness to do other things first, can be a great help.

But sometimes, no matter what we do and what amount of work we put into, we continue to feel the pinch, bear the blame and just can’t settle down.

Some suggest taking a walk in a garden or a park. It is refreshing and exciting to behold how nature works in peace and harmony; how everything everywhere is so unselfish and try to work as one for the benefits of all. No petty arguments, ugly disputes, and unnecessary conflicts. If only we can live and work together…..

Some suggest taking a stroll along the seaside, watching the wide sea of rolling wave; studying how strong and incessant are their impacts against the cliffs and rocks. Then we will be made to realize just how weak and tiny we are compare to the universe, and how insignificant and petty our problems compare to the work of nature.

Some prefer taking time reasoning, dreaming and imagining. Be positive and go for the best; be calm and peaceful in the face of troubles; be proactive and responsive to everything that comes along; be careful to scrutinize, analyze and solve everything one at a time; be ready to leave some difficult problems until later in time; and learn to submit to God Almighty whenever problems become impossible to solve. Be single minded and single hearted; all will be fine.

Problems abound; it is our daily round of toil; no one can avoid problem for long. How we deal and live with them will determine our outlook and our attitude to life.

The paper boat continues to sail until the wide blue sea, following its own course whenever possible, and continues its dreams.......

Saturday, July 24, 2010

A Long Time Friend


It was Saturday mid morning. I was having breakfast with my wife and younger daughter in one of our favorite shops. It has been our weekend routine to eat out, for a change and to rest and relax from our hectic weekdays.

As usual I had my bowl of kueh tiaw, and my wife and daughter their usual kueh tiaw soup. We ordered big bowl, as we had decided to skip lunch.

The place was quiet and inviting. We greeted friends by nodding our head or a soft pat on the back. Not many wanted to break the silence of the place.

Then came my long time friend. We had not seen each other for so long. He sat beside our table after patting me on the shoulder. His thick hair had become thin and he looked old with sunken eyes and cheeks, and long lower jaw.

We are long time friends and we always have a lot to talk when we meet; and now he is in his early 60s while I am in my late 40s.

He told me about his visit to China and his latest visit to a far away city to see his grandchildren. And I related to him my latest happenings.

I felt encouraged by his enthusiasm, his positive outlook, and his frank, blunt and downright speech.

Good friends are really hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget.

We had a good and meaningful time together, and a heart to heart talk.

And I treasure the time spent, and his loving care and friendship.

Hopefully our friendship will last for a very long time.

Monday, July 19, 2010

She Lived And Lives It Up


Driving along a weathered road with many potholes and rough surface, entering a cemented parking lot with cracks and debris, I slow drove my vehicle under a spacious canvas shade.

It was still drizzling lightly. It had been raining heavily since very early in the morning.

A cold breeze blew through me as I beheld an old tree with bare twigs and branches in front of me. I noticed the very few clusters of green leaves at its very top.

I recalled an old lady I encountered a day earlier. She was a widow with 2 daughters; her husband had passed away 18 years ago. She was a retired government school teacher but she had not retired from teaching; she continues to give English tuitions for a reasonable fee and sometimes free of charge.

Somehow we need to occupy our time with useful activities and relaxing quiet moment. Retirement does not mean we become a couch potato and become more senile each day.

Passed memories are great but overly distracted and affected by them would only bring along more grief and sorrow. Dwelling in the past sometimes isn’t a great idea.

The old lady related to me her life and happy moments. The ability to enjoy life and live it to the fullest is all that matter, the opportunity to help others is a bonus, and the peace and tranquility to worship God every rest day a blessing from God.

After those hard times and many grief-stricken moments, the children have now grown and she is more able to deal with adverse situations.

The weathered road, the cracked cemented path, the old and barren tree, and the sweet old lady brought along wonderful feelings that warmed my heart and brightened my day.

Life is not bad after all... if you know what I mean.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Appreciate Life


Sometimes life can be terribly bored and tired.

It’s time to think up ways to decorate our lives.

Putting on new clothing, wearing bead, silver or gold ornaments or some rare and expensive jewelry will be perfect; it adds the flair of feminine beauty to our life and style.

Changing our ways, habits and mindsets may also help; it boosts our confidence and morale, our self-esteem and self-worth.

Some prefer to alter and transform their environments; a new workplace and a new life will be nice.

But there are times when we just can’t afford all these luxuries.

But we need not be despaired if we learn to appreciate life.

Take a careful look outside the window and enjoy the beautiful scene will be nice; it helps to calm down emotion and feeling, clear the mind and help us think straight, strike a balance in our life and help us learn to be positive.

The world around us is filled with wonderful examples.

An old tree trunk with big and deep roots tells us how it has withstood the weathers.

The little flowers over the wilderness tell us how they have lived life to the fullest even in such short lifespan and in so difficult a condition.

The laborers working under the scorching hot sun remind us how they have sweated and toiled so much to help meet their ends; just look at their broad and satisfying smiles.

We need not be self-pity, always feeling sorry for ourselves.

We may not have a comfortable and conducive environment, but we can still appreciate and enjoy what we have; we may not have beautiful clothing, ornaments, and jewelry, but we can still appreciate and enjoy on what we put on.

Life is not so much what we have, but how we appreciate what we have; it is not so much what we possess; but what we do with what we have.

Naked we come and naked we go, and we just can’t take the world away with us.

The world always remains, though increasingly wicked and is heading towards destruction.

But we disappear into thin air and have to give an account of our lives to the Almighty God.

The fact remains, what sort of impact have we made in our life?

Appreciate life while we still live is all that matters.

We may not have all that we have wanted, but we can still appreciate our lives, and other people’s lives, and the beautiful world we live.

Live life and live it to the fullest!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Smoke Over The Town


It was about six in the evening when we finished our jogging exercises.

My wife and I took a short rest, gasping for breath and sweating profusely.

Then we began our return journey, passing through our town.

We were surprised to see thick and dense smoke all over the town.

The two petrol stations in front of the shop lots were covered with white smoke.

The back of a new shop building that has been once burnt down was in thick smoke too.

As I drove along, we were startled by an ambulance moving rapidly towards the building.

We looked around, wondering why no one was alarmed; everyone was busy with their activities.

Then I saw a man carrying and controlling a fogging machine….

Oh, fogging time; there must be dengue cases around the area.

Initially I thought the whole town was on fire; may be because of too much action movie lately.

Anyway, I believed this was the first time fogging was carried out in the town area.

Yet we were scared that the whole town was on fire; we looked at one another and had a nice laugh.

But the fact that dengue cases are getting more widespread these days do give us much worry.

The silent and deadly killer is finally attacking the town.

Hopefully it is not for long.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Potluck Lunch


We are going to have a potluck lunch for all the staff in the school.

This is to celebrate the Gawai festival at the school level.

A potluck lunch is a good idea since every staff can contribute different dishes to be shared together.

Some have planned to bring along the most popular traditional dishes.

Some desire to bring some cakes and drinks.

Of course, there will be those who don’t know what to bring; they collect money and buy some tasty food from the town.

Thinking of delicious and yummy dishes makes my mouth water; it is going to ruin my diet and workout routine.

Just once, I promised myself.

And try to control what I eat, I told myself.

Pondering further, and lamenting over past failures, I decided to say no.

I have skipped regular lunch for almost 2 months now; I have heavy breakfast and light dinner, and some healthy snacks when really hungry.

But the potluck lunch.... And so near to my office.... Ohhhhh...

Just take a bit of this and a bit of that....no harm.

I don’t know.

Oh! Potluck lunch.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sport Competition


I don’t play football.

I’m not a football fanatic or a staunch supporter of any team.

I just love to watch football games.

In fact, I enjoy watching sport competition.

I love to see their goal-oriented approach.

I love to see their team work and group mentality.

I love to see their enthusiasm to do a good job in a safe way.

I love to see their national spirit and commitment, and their dedication to their nation.

I love to see their skills, talent and passion for the game.

Some said games are simulation of the various activities in real life.

I think there are some truths in it.

But sometimes sport competitions are just too physical and less talent oriented.

And I don’t like to see people get hurt, or people who intentionally hurt others.

I also don’t like to see the dirty tricks, techniques and tactics.

I just want a fair game.

I love FIFA World Cup 2010 thus far.

May the best team win.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Another Day, Another Struggle


It was my fourth round jogging, with steadier but slower paces.

But breathing had become heavier and heartbeat faster.

It had been our daily routine in the late afternoon for many weeks.

Standing well over 6’ and weighing over 120 kg, the immense weight of my body had taken its toll on my feet. Both of my feet had become swollen. And I was a little panicked.

Frequent massages did help to soften and soothe the feet.

But I was getting impatient when I realized that my leather shoes were getting tight again.

Soon I might be in need of a pair of bigger size shoes.

Big size shoes are very difficult to buy in small town.

Specially tailored shoes can only be found in the city.

Besides, the frequent requests for bigger size shoes from salesgirls often draw unnecessary attention, secret smiles and laughter, causing even more shame and embarrassment.

I finally made up my mind to do consistent jogging exercises.

Jogging and walking around the big man-made lake of our small town had been our initial plan.

Then my wife and I decided to walk round the town.

Then we walked up and down certain rough and uneven terrain in the town.

But the distance, the dense traffic, the curious onlookers and the scorching heat of the afternoon sun sometimes did put us off.

Lately we had found a nice spot for our jogging exercise.

It was a quiet road under the double lane tarred bridge moving up to the man-made lake.

Both ends have a slope, a gentle slope and a steep slope; and there are many shady spots.

Vehicles are few and the surrounding is cool with beautiful landscape and a quiet river beside.

Moving into my fifth round, panting like a thirsty dog, I persevered and smiled to my wife who jogged in the opposite direction.

My back began to ache, and my sweat dripped thick and fast, and my slow paces finally came to a halt. No, I must not give up too easily.

I started to walk with big strides, regulated my breathing, cleared all my sweat, and regained my confidence. Another 5 rounds, I told myself, this time walk with big stride.

It was an hour later that we called it quit.

We finally finished our intended quest.

Another day, another struggle.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Keep Smiling And Have A Wonderful Day


My Friends,

If you want something you never had,

Do something you have never done.

Don't go the way life takes you,

Take life the way you go.

Remember you are born to live,

And not live because you are born.


Sometimes prayers doesn’t change the situation,

It changes our attitude towards situation,

And it gives us hope to change our entire life.


Happiness always looks small if you hold it in your hands,

But when you learn to share it,

You will realize how big and precious it is.


Wish you a great day ahead!

Life is 10% what you make it, and 90% how you take it.

Keep smiling and have a wonderful day.


This life is too short even to love.

I don't know how people find time to hate.

Sigh!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Walking Around Town



It took me and my wife almost an hour to complete our round around our small town yesterday.

Normally it would only take us 40-45 minutes.

We looked at one another and laughed heartily.

It was a good start for us after laying off jogging six months ago.

Laziness causes obesity and obesity is bringing in more laziness.

We started to enjoy going around town in our van, slowly doing our shopping, eating and sightseeing.

Without realizing it, we had laid off the exercise for so long.

Now that we are back, it’s time to work on our speed, distance, and workout.

It is fun to walk around small town like ours again.

We have met many friends and friendly people. There is lots of waving of hands, greetings, smilings and encouraging or admiring expressions.

We sweat very easily and profusely walking up and down the hills, turning the corners and balancing on the uneven terrain.

And sometimes the sudden weather changes do add some color to our mood. The cool breezes, the scorching sun, the drizzles or sudden intermittent rains, they are just wonderful; but not the lightning and the thunder.

We are very happy on our progress and we talked along our way as we were near home.

We are looking forward for more in the coming weeks.

Nothing is impossible if we put our mind and heart together, and work towards it.

Suddenly I am excited and hooked to walking around town again. LOL