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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