Tuesday, July 29, 2008

soldiering



Read recently that James Blunt used to be a soldier and even served in Kosovo. It's heartening what he says about being in the army:
I had to learn about different opinions and perspectives. Many people think the Army is just a group of people who follow orders. But it is not just that: you have to read a situation, assess and react appropriately. And you have to be flexible; soldiers have to switch, at one order from a commander, from being an aggressive force to peacekeepers. One is about forceful action, the other about hearts and minds. It's not surprising that I was able to become a musician after my military career, given that in the Army I learned how to change roles in an instant.


I have seen peace. I have seen pain,
Resting on the shoulders of your name.
Do you see the truth through all their lies?
Do you see the world through troubled eyes?
And if you want to talk about it anymore,
Lie here on the floor and cry on my shoulder,
I'm a friend.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Taking off



Quicker than you can say seven years and there goes!

Over mountains, over seas, to a life less ordinary in a brave new land.

Envy? Nah. A tinge of sadness though.

But there's no time and no need for moping.

Oh the glorious day of living in the fullness of one's calling!



All my bags are packed I'm ready to go
I'm standin' here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
But the dawn is breakin' it's early morn
The taxi's waitin' he's blowin' his horn
Already I'm so lonesome I could die

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
Cause I'm leavin' on a jet plane
Don't know when I'll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Recollection



Memories buried deep,
tears I used to weep.
Keys I did not keep,
once I learned to sleep.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

motorcycle diaries (singapore edition)





Singapore Dream - Round the World


Found out about this amazing Singaporean couple, currently riding around the world on a Honda bike since 1st Jan 2008 and aiming to cover 48 countries by June 2009 thereabouts. Starting budget: $50K (hence the appeals for support from fellow countrymen).

Foolhardy? Perhaps. Defying all rational sense of Singaporean pragmatism? Ah then! Defining cool? Absolutely! ;D

Friday, July 11, 2008

Finishing?



Just signed up for Nike+ Human Race. Though haven't been running regularly, friends & colleagues know me as the "marathon guy."

Tonight CG message was quite apt - about finishing well. Life's indeed a marathon, broken up into shorter runs. The run of bible school's coming to an end. What's next I scratch my head...

Onward I tread.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

We Try Our Best



J. R. Simplot, Farmer Who Developed First Frozen French Fries, Dies at 99
Clay Felker, Magazine Pioneer, Dies at 82
George Carlin, Comic Who Chafed at Society and Its Constraints, Dies at 71


A tad morbid for a blog opening, but I really find myself intrigued by the passing of personalities and having their life's achievements recounted.

Built to last, comes to mind, for lately I find myself thinking about the legacy that I might leave - and for now, live.

Indeed the best of us really do try our best. Bringing out the best in ourselves - and more. Nurturing what's wanted in others.

As the song goes, "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine!"

And inspired I am, by the chefs who gave it all for their me