Month: August 2007

Hurting the ones you love

‘The only people who can hurt you are the people you truly love. The only people whom you can hurt are the people who really love you.’ That’s what my friend Duanneng commented on Yinwei’s blog. I think she is right on. If ever you loved deeply, you would also have been hurt deeply. But if you truly loved, such hurt would only till the soil of your heart to make it even more fertile. And if you have experienced love that []

Hot Yoga Not So Hot

I tried Hot (Bikram) Yoga for the first time at Pure Yoga yesterday. I have to say, I didn’t care very much for it. 25-30 extremely sweaty bodies cramped in a sauna-like room with perspiration beads being dripped and flung about… and with so little space in between yoga mats that I couldn’t even do a sun salutation properly without hitting the people on either side of me? Ech. The instructor warned me beforehand that the heat will get to me, and []

Perspective

Two men looked out from prison bars One sees mud, the other sees stars. – Frederick Langbridge We live in the same world. Do you see doom everywhere, destruction, evil, mayhem? Or do you see love, hope, forgiveness, triumph and joy? Is it what is ‘out there’ or what is in you that makes you see what you see? Is it sheer idealism and naiveté to see the rose among the thorns in people? To point to the tendrils of light that []

iHome

One of our new electronic acquisitions for the matrimonial home. It all started when Zibin said he needed an alarm clock. But then, as Chandler and Joey would put it, “we took it to the NEXT LEVEL”. And so now we’ve got an alarm clock, radio and iPod speaker system and charger in one. You can even wake up to music from your iPod, or be lulled to sleep by it as the music gets softer and turns off by itself! I []

There's No Place I'd Rather Be

Who would have thought I’d listen to PM Lee deliver his National Day Rally speech with rapt attention for the entire 2 hours without getting out of my seat even once? Who would have thought that listening to his speech about ‘leveling up’ education and about Singapore’s future, I’d be moved till my eyes were moist? Who would have thought that, after the speech, watching the MTV to Kit Chan’s ‘There’s No Place I’d Rather Be’, and knowing full well that it []

Dawn

Taken during my flight back to Singapore in June Dawn brings new hope. A reminder that for every dark night we endure in our soul, the birth of a new day is never far away. For without the black of night, there is no joy in the tendrils of light that each dawn brings. May dawn awaken in your hearts today and bathe your souls with warmth and light! *********** Lord, Fill this new day with Your grace in every possible way. []

Living on the 24th floor

Room with a view The Good: – Plenty of fresh air and gusty breezes that keep the apartment cool – Killer view, especially when I do yoga in our living room – Gorgeous perspective of thunderstorms The Bad: – Long elevator ride – Dust accumulates real quickly when I keep the windows open for fresh air ************ Keeping the home clean is certainly more challenging in Singapore than it is in Toronto. For one, because we keep the windows open more, dust []

Living it 'Up'

Room with a view The Good: – Plenty of fresh air and gusty breezes that keep the apartment cool – Killer view, especially when I do yoga in our living room – Gorgeous perspective of thunderstorms The Bad: – Long elevator ride – Dust accumulates real quickly when I keep the windows open for fresh air ************ Keeping the home clean is certainly more challenging in Singapore than it is in Toronto. For one, because we keep the windows open more, dust []

Some things…

Strange how God plans things… and how He answers certain questions when we least expect Him to. Strange how He chooses to communicate certain things to us, strange how He drops reminders in our lives about the people He wants us to keep loving, even if only from a distance. Strange but wonderful, because it is these little things that make me feel the reality of His touch in my life. ************ A sincere and heartfelt wish need not always be expressed []

Honeymoon Royalty

All we wanted was a few days of total relaxation with as little travelling as possible. After a brilliant suggestion from Jing Jing and minimal research on our part, we decided to book the Spa Pool Villa at Banyan Tree Bintan for our honeymoon. We had an absolutely fantastic time… it was suited perfectly to our personalities and preferences. We wanted to relax in a quiet place… we had a lovely villa with our own private swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, indoor []