Sunday, December 30, 2007

I thank God for...

Fishmen's Pie
Fishmen's Pie

1. Peace, love and joy in my family. Mom is fully recovered and back on her feet at work.

2. Talents, gifts & abilities with which to bless and serve others. As well as creativity and focus to pull ideas off. Above are pics of my virgin fisherman's pie (well received, I must say).

3. Opportunities in career and ministry, and capacity stretched!

4. Financial blessings through stocks, increment & bonus.

5. Completed my virgin marathon!

Most importantly, I thank Him that he's always my side, even when I was faithless.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas 2007

1. Christmas with good ol' AC folks. Some things never change, yet things aren't quite the same ever. Was great catching up and hanging out till 4am. Till next year, guys!







2. Christmas at Chang's - Candlelight service was as beautiful as ever, so too the symbolic act of one person lighting another's candle. I teared - yes I did - as I was reminded of that night divine and more so, because of the burden for friends yet touched. Merry Christmas indeed, to one and all.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Back from Phuket





Spent 3 nights on Koh Yao Noi at The Paradise. Snorkelling, tanning, lazing, spa-ing, breakfast-binging, island exploring, relaxing...

Wonderful place :)

View pics here.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Wisdom in photography



Wise sayings by Mr Hui from PSS photography class:
1. You're not taking a picture, you're creating a picture.

2. Don't follow what everyone else's doing; do what you do best with what you have.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Keep On Keeping On



Completed my virgin 42K in 5 hours this morning - it's on target and I'm satisfied :)

As CNA put it: Just crossing the line was a big enough prize.

The last 12K took a lot out of me though - cramps in the quadriceps and calves later left me hobbling along (yes I shoulda trained properly). Even the final 5km seemed so near yet so far, and Deep Heat can only do so much.

It was humbling to be overtaken by uncles and younger girls. But it was entertaining to read fellow runners who had scrawled their "Reason to Run" behind:

Most amusing - "Have you even seen the fuel prices recently?"
Most meaningful - "What's 42K compared to carrying a baby for 9months? To my wife and 6mth old son."
Most thought-provoking - "Each run is preparation for the next."

All in all, I thank God for His strength and protection, and for the grace to run this race.

Next year's possible target: 4h15min with running buddies

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Giving



The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.

Pierre Corneille
(1606-1684),the founder of French tragedy

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Story Telling, WOOT!


Fray Issue 1


It's the new Fray.com - featuring a book published every quarter.

For some reason, I just keep coming back to this site every once in a while. Perhaps there's a closet story-teller in me...

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Jesus loves, doesn't He?



Lead Me to the Cross
By Hillsong United

Savior I come
Quiet my soul remember
Redemptions hill
Where Your blood was spilled
For my ransom
Everything I once held dear
I count it all as lost

Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out
Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You
Lead me, lead me to the cross

You were as I
Tempted and trialed
You are
The word became flesh
Bore my sin and death
Now you're risen

To your heart
To your heart
Lead me to your heart
Lead me to your heart

Friday, November 23, 2007

Merry Littleness



As we practised carols in the office today (bosses were away) and sang "Have yourself a merry little Christmas now," it struck me:

One, it's Christmas. Two, I'm single - still.

Hate to start the "I wish somebody wants me" track, but it's true isn't it? Deep down, we all want somebody and for that somebody to want us back.

Then there's the personal stock-taking of goals, achievements and unfulfilled desires. And that same desparate cry for vision and direction.

How many more birthdays, events, crises, ups & downs must one experience before the end is nigh?

For out of the heart springs the issues of life (Pro 4:23 paraphrased).

Do something before this year ends. Something different and meaningful. Something you're meant to do.

Quick.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Grate precedes Greater



One aphorism really struck me today...

En commute, I wondered what more might come to pass before the year ends. And there it was, your attitude determines your altitude.

Compounding that, Maxwell reminded that change isn't comfortable, but building influence and gaining leadership certainly demands change.

In the past 10 days, I worried about money and fought emotions within. When family meets (and needs) money, what's the right attitude? Where can the line be drawn?

Monday, November 19, 2007

Who's your role model today?


Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about themselves, and small people talk about others.
Adapted from Fran Lebowitz, American writer (b. 1950)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Renew Anew



New boss, new perspective, energy renewed.

New cubicle, new colleagues, challenges anew.

New burden, new opportunity, friends not-so-new.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Punggol not so lovely

Punggol Beach 2

Inspired by photos I saw of obscure sites in Punggol, I awoke real early this morning and followed the route described - only to be thwarted by vegetation and a sense of caution.

Hmph.

Made my way to Punggol beach instead, but already missed the sunrise. When I spied a beautiful patch of lallang, was thwarted again - by a stray dog feeling territorial.

LRT 8

LRT 1

Thankfully on my way home, I spotted the LRT line and snapped some more.

Satiated, I am.

View the full pics here.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Tolong



Walked from Bugis to Peninsula today and separately encountered 2 people asking for money, both english-speaking and middle-aged. One wanted food but only from the food court and not the nearby kopitiam. The other wanted bit of transport money to get home. Would you give any of them?

Begging aside, discovered a myriad of old charms near Albert Center - from pungent dried goods to an old cobbler making women's shoes to hokkien baskers. Too bad didn't have my camera on hand.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Headline Flipping


Mephistopheles flying over Wittenberg, in a lithograph by Eugène Delacroix.

1. Magic Kingdom tragically illusory

Read about the failed Island Resort and Singaporeans losing their investments amounting to $1M in total. Pity.

As a matter of fact, a friend was roping me a few years back into the same MLM company when the marketing plan was being rolled out.

Phew!

2. Engineered to eat rice

Genetics (or epigenetics) made me do it, goes the common cry. Hmmm...

3. Videotape by Radio

When I'm at the pearly gates
This'll be on my videotape
My videotape
My videotape

When Mephistopheles is just beneath
And he's reaching up to grab me

This is one for the good days
And I have it all here
In red blue green
In red blue green

You are my center when I spin away
Out of control on videotape
On videotape(x6)

This is my way of saying goodbye
Because I can't do it face to face
So I'm talking to you before it's too late

No matter what happens now
I shouldn't be afraid
Because I know today has been the most perfect day I've ever seen.


Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Search Me, Know Me, Lead Me



Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;

Psalm 139:7-12

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Faith, Love, Ideology, and the lack thereof



The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD,
And He delights in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
or the LORD upholds him with His hand.

Psalm 37:23-24

What makes a mature response? One of fortitude, surely.

Talk is certainly cheap - instead, values and qualities are to be lived, not just talked about.

And I've found myself lacking...

Tonight:
- dinner at tucked away cafe in Far East
- fantastical movie Stardust
- conversations about love, murder and war.

Movie was greatly entertaining! But left me love-despondent...

Friday, November 02, 2007

Archifest - Tours included!



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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hickory Dickory Dock



Tussling unseen, egos flutter.

Transition unfolds, followers matter?

Teams congeal, habits fetter.

Truth bizarre, throw letter.

Band-aid

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

焦点



Shellshocked. Shitty. Shammed.

Sometimes one wishes emotions can be turned off like a chip.

So when the curtain's unfurled, does one fight or flee? It's not even clear which response is in faith.

Should gut feelings be trusted?

Stay focused, mespirit thinks.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Of Seeing, Fleeting and Wine



When you something beautiful, who do you tell? It's a telling answer. Yes, I saw the full moon a few nights ago and it was beautiful.

Ran the 15km today at 1h35m thereabout. Coulda, shoulda been faster but running with company is so much more meaningful :)

Oh, and the "egg yolk" sun this morning was unusually large and mighty beautiful too.

What's the big deal with wine and cheese anyway? Sour (fermented) grapes, you say? Perhaps. A more mature response is needed - it's not about atas-ness or social fit but about commitment and making a difference, methinks.

When you're feeling spent, how does one keep one's faith (amidst unanswered sms-es)?

If seeing is believing, what do you see?

Questions, questions, questions...

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Temptation



With Mac OS X Leopard...

Get thee behind me, Apple!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Lover Spit

By Broken Social Scene

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Change Parade



Confucius: Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change

Charles Kettering: People are very open-minded about new things - as long as they're exactly like the old ones.

James Baldwin: People can cry much easier than they can change.

Oliver Goldsmith: People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after.

Robert Kennedy: Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.

Lisa Alther: That's the risk you take if you change: that people you've been involved with won't like the new you. But other people who do will come along.

Okakura Kakuzo: The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.

Unknown: The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Benny Lava

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

=|



Q: What did Sushi A say to Sushi B?

A: Wassa, B!!?

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Ed Unlimited



For the past 2 weeks, been busy developing and executing the bookstore marketing plan. Must say, it’s turned out to be far more challenging and demanding than I initially thought.

Compound that with balancing other challenges at work. Uncertainty lies ahead as organizational changes begin to sink in. New opportunities and expanded responsibilities could result, but apprehension holds me for the moment.

My most important takeaway in the midst of this: sleep shortage demands spiritual sustenance. I see myself and other chugging on with less sleep, yet more speed. Now Houston, we’ve got super men and wonder women in our midst!

With the striking of the bio-clock and the year fast closing, the final straw came in the form a birthday gift of a book catalyzing a re-evaluation on my career.

Unsettled, unlimited, undone – that’s how I feel.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

The Man Who Swam the Amazon



From Wikipedia: Martin Strel swam the Amazon River, commencing on February 1, 2007, finishing 66 days later on April 7, 2007. If verified this would be another record-breaking distance of 3,274 miles (5,268 km), longer than the width of the Atlantic Ocean. He had escort boats that poured blood into the river to distract meat-eating fish such as piranhas and sharks. Near the end of his swim he encountered a tidal bore about 13 feet (4 meters) high, known as the Pororoca.

Monday, October 08, 2007

accountable & effective leader



It's tempting to blame one's followers for the mistakes they've made - until you realise it's reflection of leadership.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Rewinding



Hickory Dickory Dock,
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck noon
He's here too soon!
Hickory Dickory Dock!


This year I saw one candle too many and ate one cake too much. Meals with family/friend adorned with a song were the flavour this year - no more 21yo big bang celebrations eh? But I'm grateful for friends who remembered and bothered, even the simplest wishes via sms/msn.

With 2 years short of the big three-O, I find myself wondering where I am today and where I'm headed. For now, the future's a blur and right now, the busy-ness without a longer term purpose is starting to gnaw. Not to mention, the lack of sleep...

Spent my actual B-day snapping for colleague, D's wedding. Greatly enjoyable but stressful too. No wonder a photographer can get paid $3000 per hour.

Dear God, may I find my purpose in life, striving to my maximum value, beyond my wildest dreams. And may my burdens be lifted up to you in constant prayer.

Love, Ed