Sunday, April 30, 2006

Sunrise



Norah Jones

Sunrise
Sunrise
Looks like morning in your eyes
But the clock's held 9:15 for hours

Sunrise
Sunrise
Couldn't tempt us if it tried
Cuz the afternoon's already come and gone

And I said
Hooo, hooo, hooo
To you

Surprise
Surprise
Couldn't find it in your eyes
But I'm sure it's written all over my face

Surprise
Surprise
Never something I could hide
When I see we made it through another day

Then I say
Hooo, hooo, hooo
To you

And now the night
Will throw its cover down, ooo, on me again
Ooh, and if I'm right
It's the only way to bring me back

Hooo, hooo, hooo
To you
Hooo, yeah, hooo, hooo
To you


9 hours on with a 30min shut-eye... have gone past no man's hour - could it be the adrenaline?

*eyes glazed*

Friday, April 28, 2006

Giving



Of giving, Paul has this to say,
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: "He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever." Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! (2 Cor 9:6-15)
How should one respond to a call for generous giving? Loans, bills & duty are all unmistakable clear, but so is the Word.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Friends of Timor


Check out the funky ad campaign

Flower Power



A sight that never fails to cheer me up is the array of bougainvilleas lining both sides of the overhead bridge spanning AYE. Already half-breathless from trudging up 3 flights of steps, the warm display of rich purple flowers simply takes the rest of my breath away. I wonder if perhaps the exhaust from traffic below actually nourishes their colour. With a lighter step, I trudge on to start my day at work, with my botanic friends reaching out through the restrictive grill, as if to shake my hand. Ah, such simple pleasures :)

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Cloud Watching



The sky looks beautiful today;
the vast blue expanse decked with wispy whites.
Take a moment, take a breather
to enjoy what He has made.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Gotta Love Them



To celebrate my bro's belated BD, brought my family out for Italian dinner. Now there's nothing like good food with a great family - esp. panna cotta tt's just heavenly :) Learnt a small lesson in acceptance & setting high expectations tho.

Recipe for Vanilla Panna Cotta
(courtesy of Martha Stewart)

2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
1½ cups heavy cream
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
½ cup whole milk

For The Vanilla Syrup:
½ cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved
2 teaspoons Marsala wine

Blessed Easter



He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. (Isaiah 53:3-7)

Yet on Easter Sunday, He rose again and... We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (Romans 6:4)

Hallelujah and hallelujah!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Friday Out






It's an odd feeling, mingling with strangers whom I should have more in common with. Even more so the brave act of wanting to "keep in touch".

Well, till we meet again...



Meanwhile, enjoy the video. Titled "Unoriginal Beauty".

Heh.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Divot Galore



Divot n. - A piece of turf torn up by a golf club in striking a ball, or by a horse's hoof.

Star light, star bright, First star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might spare the grass tonight.

First golf lesson and I like the sport already - the perfectionist in me cries out...

Monday, April 10, 2006

60 cents



Hopping off the bus, with home only a 5min walk away, a sense of relief (the kind that comes at the end of a work day) came upon me. But within 10 seconds, a dark Indian man of medium build and dressed in t-shirt/trousers came up to me. In well-spoken english, he asked me for help in the form of 90 cents and gestured to the bus-stop behind.

I looked into the whites of his eyes sharply contrasted against his dark skin - fear faintly flitted somewhere within. Reaching into my pocket, I found 60cents and thought, that's not much, and gave it to him. No questions asked.

"I need 90cents," he repeated.

"That's all I have," I blurted, smiled, nodded and almost waved goodbye.

I think he thanked me, but can't remember now.

As I crossed the overhead bridge, I immediately weighed what I'd just done and whether it was the right thing to do. This came to mind, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll feed himself for the rest of his life."

Now why did he approach me and not the others in front of me. Do I, in my office attire & intellectual-looking specs, look decent and trusting? Or like a fool who's about to part with his money...

Maybe I should have confronted him and enquired politely but firmly why he didn't have any money on him. Maybe I should have prayed for him. Maybe I should have waited with him till he boarded the bus.

What if he's a cigarette junkie or a drug addict begging for a needed fix? But he did speak well and coherently.

My brother came to the same conclusion as I did, albeit without the misgivings: give him the benefit of doubt. Besides, it's only 60cents.

Over the air: Fernando Corona's Rostro

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Keep on running



Been eating too much junk of late and this nagging cough isn't helping. Running's my only way of consoling myself.

Read in John Bevere's Drawing Near recently, if there's only junk food within reach, he'd rather skip a meal. Admire tt discipline.

That's a great book BTW. Am only halfway through it but am re-examining myself, how I view God and most importantly, my personal relationship with Him.

Have you heard from Him recently? You know, it's a great privilege to be able to commune and fellowship with God who created all vastness of the universe and everything in it and yet desires for intimacy with every one of us. Amazing huh?

"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you..." (James 4:8)

How many times?





Just caught Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Three Times (2005) with G.

An interesting film that takes 3 unique perspectives at love - gained and otherwise. Pretty generic statement there, but won't provide any spoilers here.

Ah yes, memories... While travelling along ECP & spying Bedok Camp behind the foliage, I blurted, "Stupid camp."

What if one had met me at different times of my life?

Let's see... there was Ed the cute little Teochew boy who had too much junk food. There was Ed the blur geek who never played enough catching. Ed the pimply, angst-ridden & depressed teen. Ed the still angst-ridden but now temperamental NS boy. Ed the computing geek cum horn-tooter with newfound sense of confidence. Ed the happily attached.

Now it's Ed the humble civil servant *grin*

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Give me back my delifrance



Out with pseudo-French cafe, in with bland, identity-less bistro - no more Celine Dion on repeat or having your sandwich made in front of you. And the latte's bad. 'nough said.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Walk on Water?


BBC: Did Jesus walk on water - or ice?

"Jesus may not have walked on water as the Bible claims but rather skated on ice formed through a freak cold spell, a scientific study has found.

Rare atmospheric and water conditions could have caused ice to form on the freshwater Sea of Galilee."

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Office Humour

Two suits are at the bathroom, at the urinals. The first one goes, "I'm going home for the day, take care. You have a good one." And the second one goes, "Thanks, I didn't know you were looking."

Caveat: Can't help you if you don't get it

SIFF 2006

 


Anyone interested?

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Yangon



Lonely Planet has this to say: "The decision to travel to Myanmar should not be made lightly."

I remember my uncle, who's based there, telling me about an explosion tt ripped just below his apartment and how he raced downstairs to see dead bodies lying about.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Another Sunny Island Set in the Sea




Click click...


Pulau Tioman, that is. T'was sun, sea, sand, snorkeling, beach babes & Ramly burgers galore. And a much needed getaway it sure was, even if it meant enduring long bus/ferry rides.

Commented to fellow holidayer, for my retirement I shall become a beach bum & set up shop on an island like Tioman. The retort was, why so stupid, just invest in a resort and make it your holiday retreat.

Yeah hor?