27 August 2014


 I love you  

Empathy Deficit

"The biggest deficit
that we have in our society
and in the world right now
is an empathy deficit." ~ Barack Obama

26 August 2014


"How are your plants?"
"Plants? Gone. Gave away. Threw away."

Gardening used to be one of my hobbies... :)

Miley Cyrus

"She lost herself within the man that she thought she was going to marry. She lost herself after the weeks of not eating after seeing the man of her dreams walk out of her life, she lost herself everyday after he left thinking about him, torturing her mind. She lost herself when she was left to continue life alone, without the person she thought would carry her through life. Don’t tell me anything about Miley Cyrus, when you don’t know what she’s going through or how she feels. Because none of us do. I don’t know and I’m just assuming. But for you all to judge someone so quickly just by the way she’s acting, doesn’t mean she’s a ‘slut’ or a ‘whore’ or is on drugs. Maybe she’s hurting, maybe she’s asking for help in all the wrong ways. Maybe she’s so desperate for Liam to love her again that she’s making a fool of herself. I’m not saying what she is doing recently is okay, because it’s not and that’s sad. But I’m just asking for you all to think deeper, before you even question her. “Wrecking ball” is so emotional, it makes you forget she ever did anything inappropriate. I will always love Miley Cyrus. I will never stop being her fan and if she needed a hand up back to reality and onto her feet. I wouldn’t say no." ~ Author Unknown 

25 August 2014


Went to three places
by bmw today.
Enough exercise
for the rest
of the month :D


"There’s a place in this world 
that we belong in, 
and to belong with. 
This world we live in is so big.
Sometimes we confine ourselves 
to this small tiny place in our head. 
There’s a place 
and a dream out there for me, 
I know it 
and I can feel it tingle on my skin. 
And in this coming year 
I’m making new resolutions 
to drop some things 
that have been a constant in my life. 
And in their place, 
new dreams 
and new places 
and new purposes." 
~ Author Unknown :)

24 August 2014


"Papaya not ready?"
"Papaya tree not ready, auntie. They from Malaysia."
"HaHa! Very funny hor, brother?"

Walking Away

"These days there are more 
and more things 
that I’m keeping to myself. 
Maybe I’m starting 
to think there’s no point 
in explaining things anymore. 
Through all these years, 
I’ve finally seen. 
And the easiest thing to do 
is walking away 
from negative people 
and all the bitter things." 
~ Author Unknown :)

23 August 2014


"Step by step I climb..."
"Whoa! You can translate from Mandarin accurately."
"Hee! I can listen but not speak well lor."

Technological Shortcuts

We use technological shortcuts 
for things from simple tasks 
like booking holidays 
and buying books 
to more consequential matters 
like searching for a new home 
or trying to diagnose our ailments.

But is the technology good enough 
to replace guidance 
from financial advisers?

Or is technology actually good 
for advisers 
because they can use it 
to do their jobs better?

22 August 2014


爱我的人和我爱的人 is the favourite song of some of my friends. One of them had just introduced it to me. Am I gonna be listening to Mandarin songs only very soon? :)


A calling 
transcends time 
but its impact is long-lasting. 
Going beyond the present 
can help us identify 
whether we are moving 
towards a vision 
or simply surviving the day :)

21 August 2014


"I bumped into SY's JJ today."
"Orh. Who else will you bump into tomorrow?"
"Don't know."


Try to read the signs. 
Sometimes when the idea 
of a possibility comes along, 
we will see little things 
coming together to make it happen :)

20 August 2014


"I bumped into JP's AN today."
"Really ah?"
"Ya lor. It's very interesting to do
groceries shopping with the lunch crowd."


Unless we expose ourselves 
to the significance 
of what we do, 
we may miss 
the bigger picture :)

19 August 2014


"They're stupid," said a lady.
"We must tell them directly," said a gentleman.
Both of them are answering the same question. Hey! :)


Personal callings 
are often solidified 
by the realisation 
that we are making 
a real difference. 
When we know 
there is more to work 
than a monthly pay cheque, 
each little task has meaning :)

18 August 2014


  Happy 100th Day!  

Many, many more happier days to come :) 

Loved and Loving

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao Tzu :)

17 August 2014


Jacob in House Rules.
Richard in P.S. I Love You.
There are too many similarities.


A calling 
is something deeply personal. 
Others can give input 
about what might inspire us, 
but at the end of the day, 
it is a choice we must freely make :)

16 August 2014


"IL flew to Korea again. But IH doesn't want to meet him."

"Serves him right. He deserves it.
He didn't treat her well at all."


If we want personal fulfillment 
and job satisfaction, 
aim for a little transcendence :)

15 August 2014


 PSLE Chinese Oral  

Your dearest Mummy has been WhatsApping and texting us. Everything should be fine. You're a very smart and diligent boy. We're always so proud of you, Boy Boy! 


The belief that 
there is more to life 
than the daily grind 
creates happiness, 
reduces stress 
and inspires greater productivity :)

14 August 2014


 PSLE English Oral  

Big Cutie Auntie loves you very much. Just do your very best (((HUGS)))


A calling in life 
is a sense of higher purpose, 
a sincere belief that 
we are place in this world 
for a reason :)

13 August 2014


Two strangers smiled at me. Hee!
A domestic helper.
A Jaguar driver who asked me to cross the side road first.


When a person uses the same excuse quite often, 
most of his contacts will not believe him anymore. 
Whether he is telling the truth or not, 
he has lost their trust 
and has gained a reputation 
as someone who is not trustworthy :)

12 August 2014


My favourite question lately:

"What would I do if the persons concerned were my favourite nephew and niece instead?"

I had been using this question to guide me along in different scenarios and situations in life :)

Calling in Life

We can have a job, 
or we can have a career. 

Or we can go one step further 
and find our calling in life :)


"We're only given one little spark of madness. We mustn't lose it." ~ Robin Williams

"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken," Robin Williams's wife Susan Schneider said in a statement. 

"I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken." ~ Ellen DeGeneres


11 August 2014


 Loving and lovely  

Soul Mate

“Finding someone you love and who loves you back is a wonderful, wonderful feeling. But finding a true soul mate is an even better feeling. A soul mate is someone who understands you like no other, loves you like no other, will be there for you forever, no matter what.” ~ Cecelia AhernP.S. I Love You :)

10 August 2014


It was a very innocent question.
"How are you today?" I asked.
Tears just welled up in his eyes.
"I miss my mother. I'm thinking of her.
Whenever I meet you, I think of her more."
He is a young lad from a foreign land
working in the fruits stall which I frequent.

Big Idea

Silence is the key to success :)

09 August 2014


Auntie MCLC had just uploaded many photos for everyone to enjoy :)

Noble Silence

Noble silence is an effective way to train ourselves in speaking mindfully and decently :)

08 August 2014


Who would have expected so much suspicions and questions
from a foreign land,
just with the change of a contact number?

At Rest

Up to 90% of a person's decisions are made by his subconscious brain. The subconscious brain does its best work when the mind is at rest :)

07 August 2014


 See you  

A big THANK YOU to your Dear Dear and the Aunties Brigade! :)

Fresh Ideas

Silence calms the mind such that its subconscious taps all sorts of areas in the brain to yield fresh ideas :)

06 August 2014


Belong to the same household in our neighbourhood :)
Brown jag SKH 292 B
Red benz SKP 292 J


Silence calms the mind and makes it more aware of everyone and everything :)

05 August 2014


 Love Love  


Silence is valued as golden. We need to be still in silence to be closer to God and nature :)


This is a translation from a Mandarin song. It is for my personal reading :)

Do not feel bad, I would stumble
Because I have learned in the gentle hands of flying
The sky began to yearn for the higher
Tie him down the line open
To high spirits
Along the way, many of the same desire
Life should not be a struggle is the time and growth
Understanding agitation dream
The original I'm not alone
Covered injury is a glorious medal
I cry just wanted to embrace the power of the sky
Select Never surrender
Free and easy to applaud
I fly confidently
I sing better than anyone else cool
Conquest wind barrier
With my youth wings
I fly confidently
I'm stubborn than anyone else
Subversive vision of the world
Hesitate to break
Color the sky is my only direction
Purely my faith
Singing the same strong
I fly confidently
I sing better than anyone else cool
Conquest wind barrier
With my youth wings
I fly confidently
I'm stubborn than anyone else
Subversive vision of the world
Hesitate to break
Color the sky is my only direction

04 August 2014


Two of my closest texting buddies are abroad now.
Please be safe.

I wish that I could share more but I can't.
Please pray for safety and journey mercy.
Thank you :)

 I miss you and I love you  

Good Deeds

Good deeds are prized over loose tongues. We need to practise stoic calm and keep our emotions and tongues in check :)

03 August 2014


She majored in both English Language and English Literature.
Her most favourite book is One Hundred Years of Solitude.

“Intrigued by that enigma, he dug so deeply into her sentiments that in search of interest he found love, because by trying to make her love him he ended up falling in love with her.” ~  Gabriel Garcí­a MárquezOne Hundred Years of Solitude


Writing at our desk gives us a chance to retreat far enough from ourselves and the world into our lives, to see the larger shape of it :)

02 August 2014


 My dearest beloveds  

Cupcakes and handbag :)


"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." ~Marcel Proust :)

01 August 2014


Smile and laugh all the time. Life becomes much more colorful then :)


We need that balance of stillness and movement, stimulation and quiet. We need to be in touch with the world, but not hostage to it :)

31 July 2014


Each place has a different memory.

The text notification beep sounds so much more melodious now :)


Stress and fear suppress creativity. An hour of quiet reflection will make us more effective at work than three hours spent with our nose to the grindstone :)


My mobile phone refuses to text successfully now. Perhaps it needs a break. I'm going to have texting withdrawal symptoms very soon. Have a nice day! 

30 July 2014


It's just not you to update your status so often
with hidden negative emotional meaning.
I'm very concerned about you.
You know how to contact me.
Please be strong.
I still care.

Online World

The online world offers really exciting possibilities. We have to be offline a lot to know how to make the best of them. Then we can begin to ground ourselves in the clarity, wisdom and perspective that will allow us to know how best to negotiate those possibilities :)

29 July 2014


"This song tak boleh lah!"
"How about 'I Am A Barbie Girl'? Boleh tak?" :)


There is a need for stillness in life. These sanctuaries of stillness are required to empty the mind :)

28 July 2014


HaHa! Someone just asked me to listen to this Mandarin song. HaHa! Tak faham lah :D

因为在温柔手中 我已学会翱翔
一路上 许多相同渴望
生命不该是挣扎 是时光与成长
满身伤 是光荣的勋章
我呐喊只想找回 拥抱天空的力量


"My mobile phone is very hungry nowadays. Need to charge twice daily."
"Just like the owner."
"WEI!" :D


One should be silent as often as possible amid the madding crowd :)

27 July 2014


"AH! Really ah?! Aiyoyo!" :D

Brad Dwyer, the developer of Hatchlings himself, replied within 12 hours over the weekend, after an earlier reply from his team within the same hour. Impressed! Remarkable! Salutations!


Building empathy in a person is an inherently slow but worthwhile mental process. Those who are able to slow down often and reflect quietly on life, are much more likely to understand others better than those who prefer to be in active mode :)

26 July 2014


"Did you visit Auntie L again today?"
"No, I was tired."
"That's right. Please look after yourself too."

The Voice

Being alone in the country
With neither parents nor siblings
Relatives are staying abroad
She had an operation a few days ago

The Voice told me to visit my friend
She was just being wheeled out
from the operation theatre
When I was guided to her bedside
by a very caring nurse

Was painted along the borders
of the huge observatory ward
It was a new environment to me
Actually friends are not allowed in

Wearing a protective robe and footwear
I walked very gingerly over to my friend
I held her hands tightly
I am glad I listened to The Voice

25 July 2014




The ability to be still and comfortable with silence actually makes us more resilient as it trains our brain to be calm as well as mindful of everything around it :)

24 July 2014


Had a very nice chit-chat with Nenek, the grandmother, in the neighbourhood.
"Jika nenek tak buat bodoh, jiran kita itu tak ada kawan di dunia ini."

(It's actually quite fun to blog in another language. Google Translate can be so comical :D )


Woke up to this song today. It rings in my mind throughout the morning... :)

If We Hold On Together Lyrics

Don't lose your way
with each passing day
You've come so far
Don't throw it away
Live believing
Dreams are for weaving
Wonders are waiting to start
Live your story
Faith, hope and glory
Hold to the truth in your heart

If we hold on together
I know our dreams will never die
Dreams see us through to forever
Where clouds roll by, for you and I

Souls in the wind
Must learn how to bend
Seek out a star
Hold on to the end

There is a fountain
Washes our tears all away
Words are swaying
Someone is praying
Please let us come home to stay

If we hold on together
I know our dreams will never die
Dreams see us through to forever
Where clouds roll by
For you and I

When we are out there in the dark
We'll dream about the sun
In the dark we'll feel the light
Warm our hearts...everyone

If we hold on together
I know our dreams will never die
Dreams see us through to forever
As high as souls can fly
The clouds roll by
For you and I

23 July 2014


"Auntie tunggu cucu?"
"Tak ada cucu."
"Belum lagi. Auntie baik."
"Awww... Adik baik juga."


Only time will prove who and what matters :)

22 July 2014



Touched beyond words!

Human Being

"I disagree with you but I still like you as a person who is a human being, and I will treat you like that because if I don't, it would make everything bad. And that is what lots of people do and it is lame." ~ Author Unknown  :)

21 July 2014


"Hi, how are you?"
"Hi Mr Yau! Sorry, I didn't see you."
"It's ok. You were so happy looking at the bridal couple and their wedding entourage."

All or Nothing

This post (and 99% of my noon posts) was scheduled more than a year ago :)


20 July 2014




“My mother... she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.” ~ Jodi Picoult :)

19 July 2014


Will this snippets section be a regular daily feature on this blog? I really don't know. My writing style has changed a lot, with time and life experiences, since I started blogging ten years ago :)

Walk on Water

"When I am going through all my insecurities and uncertainty and lack of confidence, I was losing focus on God. I was focusing on all these other things, like my job and what other people thought of me and what the reporters were writing. Over time, I was able to check myself and kind of get my focus back. And I think God did something supernatural in me, something that I couldn’t do on my own, something that I may never be able to recreate. So I think in that instance I was just learning to fight to constantly live and play for God. And when I do that, I’ll be able to walk on water." ~ Jeremy Lin :)

18 July 2014


"Did I just say something that was so profound?" :)

"Scar A from the mosquito bite is quite faint now."
"Am I just a specimen to you? You're labeling the scars."
"HaHa! Let me sayang you with some more cream now."

"Holly had just opened the last envelope. The supermarket guy has not returned yet."
"It's just a novel, please." :D


When we are making important and big choices in life, please think far into the future and ask ourselves, "Can we live without this?" :)


Thoughts and prayers for all who have perished and their families in yet another Malaysian Airlines tragedy MH17. Be strong. Be courageous. RIP.


17 July 2014


"OH!!!!!... OH!!... Oh!..."
I was speechless upon hearing it yesterday.

Took a stroll to the beach after the heavy downpour this morning. Some fresh air at the seaside is very good for the heart and mind :)


We are not the same person we were a year ago, a month ago or even a day ago. We are changing constantly. We are growing daily. Experiences continue. This is life :)

16 July 2014


"Please phone my son for me again..."
"What happened?..."

(((HUGS))) Two very emotional phone calls with a friend
and her son yesterday (((HUGS)))

Gut Feeling

Be extremely sensitive to the very first impression. The gut feeling is always most accurate :)

15 July 2014



Most probably, this is my first time writing in Mandarin on my blog. I Google translated it. Actually, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude. There are so many versions in Google translate 感謝, 感激 etc. I don't know which is the most appropriate version. Please pardon me :)


“Sometimes I think my papa is an accordion. When he looks at me and smiles and breathes, I hear the notes.” ~  Markus ZusakThe Book Thief :)

14 July 2014


Leila T. is a very responsible and mature person. May all her wishes come true.


"It's me Mario:) If I fail, I try again and again and again. Faith!" ~ Mario Goetze

13 July 2014


Songs by Kenny Rogers on the loop :)

Where are all the good onions? The global weather is affecting the food quality.

World Cup 2014


"Who is responsible when the team play? I am. It's me. Who decided the tactics, I did. So, the person responsible is me. We ask for forgiveness." ~ Luiz Felipe Scolari

"I just wanted to give some happiness to my people. To my people, who suffer so much already. Unfortunately, we couldn't do it. I'm sorry, everyone. Sorry to all Brazilians. I wanted to see my people smiling." ~ David Luiz

"It's a humiliating, terrible defeat. I'm holding back because we're suffering with them. Their World Cup is spoilt." ~ Bixente Lizarazu

"Now we will have to be modest and humble and prepare the next step. There was no euphoria. There was happiness in the dressing room but we did not lift off. We don't want to over-rate this. The players have their feet on the ground. Nobody should feel invincible. The final will not be like this semi-final." ~ Joachim Loew

"We should just savour this moment and enjoy it. It's something special." ~ Mats Hummels

12 July 2014


Same cabin. Same time. Just one station to my home after some grocery shopping. Another coincidental meeting during the working hours exactly one month ago. Who was more surprised when I hopped onto the train? It was not the first time. It will not be the final time. As usual, I remained silent...

"We can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension on its own.” Chaim PotokThe Chosen :)


"The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of mutual respect and joy in each other's life." ~ Richard Bach :)

11 July 2014


 Trusting and trustworthy  


"There are some people who could hear us speak a thousand words, and still not understand us. And there are others who will understand - without us even speaking a word." ~ Author Unknown :)

10 July 2014


A very well-written comment on my post dated 20 June 2014. Thank you, Dr & Mrs Jim:

"I have had to abandon certain so called friends. I don't like to be harassed by people and would just as soon defriend them. Especially bad to me is areas where I am sensitive anyway." ~ Dr Jim

"Wow! Brother your Germany 7-1!"
"Yeah! I'm so happy Auntie!"


"When we have a larger purpose in mind, remember that the road to achieving it, is a marathon for life. Don't ever lose sight of it, but don't expect success to come to us as quickly as we want it to. In fact, let go and embrace the fact that success may never even come to us, no matter how hard we try. But at least we did." ~ Nicole Seah :)

09 July 2014


 Congratulations! Praying for favour from God and men