Month: November 2007

"Dear Friend"

The post below is written by the Friend I met up with last week. It’s an absolutely beautiful testimony that I’m sure will resonate with many of you. It resonated very deeply with me for it describes the journey that I too had been on. Here’s to all who have ever desired true friendship. Have faith that in God’s time and in His own mysterious and wonderful way, He is preparing you to enjoy what you have always desired… only it may []


One of the enduring qualities I appreciate about people is the ability to generate positive energy. I like those who, when faced with a problem, soon think of how they can solve the problem or transform the problem into a learning opportunity instead of moping around with a defeatist attitude. I like being around those who, no matter how bleak the situation is, can still see the beauty and good in it and direct others’ gaze towards the light instead of pulling []

Changi Airport T3

My mom’s family is is in town these few days of our annual gathering in Singapore. As part of the program, we brought them to the Terminal 3 Open House for a sneak peek. Construction was still going on in quite a lot of areas, especially in the transit area. But the guided tour we took for $3 (with all the money going to the Singapore Cancer Society) was comfortable and interesting. I was very impressed with T3. Not so much from []


For a little over an hour on this Saturday afternoon, I huddled in a dark cinema packed with mostly girls less than half my age waiting to be Enchanted. The excitement was palpable and a quick gaze around revealed many eyes bright with anticipation. As the house lights went down, Zibin whispered, “Looks like you have plenty of little girls to shriek along with!” It turned out to be an excellent movie in many ways although it failed to work its magic []

More Disney-Leibovitz Magic

Rachel Weisz as Snow White Roger Federer as King Arthur Julie Andrews as the Blue Fairy & Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) as apprentice fairy Disney does make some inspired choices! I never liked the cartoon Snow White, but Rachel Weisz really fits as the ‘fairest of them all’ doesn’t she? ******* Disney’s Enchanted comes to theatres in Singapore today. Can’t wait to catch it this weekend! :D

Snow in Toronto

“it’s supposed to snow tonight. it’ll be the first night of heavy snow i hope. it’s long due.” That line in Wanting’s email immediately conjured up in my mind of how Murray St. looked like from my bedroom window during heavy snow. I miss that exhilarating feeling of watching heavy clusters of snowflakes dance their way down from the heavens right in front of me and dusting the pavement with sugar-like icing. I wonder, did it really snow? Will the snow stay []


Have you ever asked yourselves why you value your friendships? Friendships are good for many reasons of course, and it serves different purposes at different stages of a person’s life. What I value most in my friendships now is the role my friends play in making me a better person. Companionship is nice, and it’s comforting to have friends to share certain things with, but all that pales in comparison for me to the ways a true friend can help me regain []

False familiarity

I may have offended quite a number of people through Facebook. I’ve ignored Friend requests as well as all manners of pokes, probes, sheep-throwing and some wall messages as well. I may be out-of-date with the whole netizen whirl, but I still prefer my online interactions to be with people I know personally, and preferably, with people I actually have relationships with. I’m not interested in making new friends online. I’m not even that interested in re-establishing old relationships that were only []

Did you pick up your tool-box?

Had a very interesting evening of conversation with a couple of friends yesterday, and among the topics we traversed was education. One of my dinner companions is probably what many Singaporeans consider to be the pinnacle of academic success. I believe he achieved perfect scores in his ‘O’ and ‘A’-levels and went on to win a President’s Scholarship to read at Harvard University. Considering how well he succeeded in Singapore’s education system, I thought it particularly noteworthy that he said that if []

Accent Rouge

A serendipitous shot along Orchard Road I haven’t felt much inspiration food-wise or photography-wise since returning to Singapore. Maybe it’s a state of mind? In any case, Wanting’s query about how Singapore looks like now gave me some motivation to bring my camera out again. This would have been a very boring shot if not for the blonde woman striding into frame in her black dress and red heels, totally complementing the bus-stop’s colour scheme. I got lucky! A few other pics []