Month: July 2006

Good-bye Again

I’m flying off to New York tomorrow morning! There’s still much I’d have liked to do before leaving, but I can’t finish them all. I haven’t even time to say proper good-byes to my friends, though they’ve all been in my mind and heart even while we haven’t met or spoken. There were letters/emails I wanted to write before I leave… so many of them… but maybe those will have to wait too. It will only be from August 18 that I []

Travelogue VII: Roots

In less than three days I’ll be leaving Singapore again, and my mind has been full of thoughts and reflections. I’ve been so busy during the day this week that I’ve been losing sleep in the night due to all the things whirling in my mind. These two months in Singapore have been crazy busy, but it has also been very restful and fruitful for me in many ways. Wedding preparations went on without much glitch and I’ve witnessed first hand how []

Banded in Matrimony

We got our wedding rings today!!!! Well, not really… as in, we didn’t buy anything, but we certainly decided where we were going to get them! And it’s all thanks to Enling who recommended Fairies Inc. to me, a wonderful little establishment that makes customized wedding bands. And by golly, there were really interesting designs! Thin bands, thick bands, champagne gold, rose gold, black gold (yes, BLACK gold), white gold, platinum… etchings, engravings or embossing. And couples have come up with all []

Justice, Kindness & Humility

When I was at St. Nicks last week, I was pleased to see this banner with the verse from Micah 6:8. Somehow it felt really apt for a school that had “Simple in Virtue, Steadfast in Duty” for its school motto. Depending on your translation of the Bible, the verse may be slightly different, but the essence is to do what is right, to love (kindness/loyalty/mercy) and to walk humbly with God. Just this past Monday, my mom came back after having []

Freedom from Connectedness with God

You will discover that the more love you can take in and hold on to, the less fearful you will become. You will speak more simply, more directly, and more freely about what is important to you, without fear of other people’s reactions. You will also use fewer words, trusting that you communicate your true self even when you do not speak much. The disciples of Jesus had a real sense of his loving presence as they went out to preach. They []

Words

I was reading an issue of Family: Good Living, Better Parenting magazine this morning while waiting for my mom at the NUS MRI Centre. There was a short article entitled ‘Speak Wisely’ which spoke about the power of positive affirmation in parenting. As you can expect, the overwhelming tendency is for parents to focus on the negative and criticize the child when positive affirmation is what the child needs. Or so writes Dr. Hal Urban who got his PhD in ‘peak performance’ []

Deep Dark Secrets De-classified

Today during lunch I was reminded with a jolt that there was one person in this world who could, if he wanted to, blackmail me. Well, let’s just say that this person remembers things I did ages ago of which I have little recollection. John was in his story-telling element today, with Zibin, Cathy and my mom as rapt audience. Me? I was listening with horror and embarrassment as I realized that his stories rang a bell…and that nobody, not even my []

Viral Attack

Well, well…seems Zibin’s not the only one who picks his timing in falling sick. With just 10 days to go in Singapore and still a zillion things to do, I’ve lost the battle and succumbed to the evil virus that has been wreaking havoc on my mom and dad for the past week. And don’t pray pray, I’ve been warned by the doc that this one could well pack quite a whallop. I’ve already experienced the headache, dizziness, breathlessness and nausea… seems []

'To whom shall we go?'

A couple of weeks ago, I was having lunch with a friend. N:“Do you believe that there is a God? And do you believe in God?” Me:*surprised* “Yes, of course I do.” *wonders* “I thought you knew I was Catholic.” N:“I did. But I know many Christians… and not all really believe in God. Some are Christians…well, for other reasons.” ************ Why do I believe? That is a question I’ve asked myself at various times in my life. Like some love stories, []

Fanfare Quiz

Would the apartment building you are staying in have a fanfare? Wing Kwong emailed out a link for the apartment building they will be renting come mid-August (right now they’re still staying in a service apt). I opened the link in a new tab and was taken aback when a fanfare resounded through my quiet bedroom. (It sounded like the beginning of a movie theme.) Well, after taking a look at The Biltmore‘s website, I think a fanfare isn’t so out of []