Better Late than Never

12/11/2018

From the time my son was less than a year old, I have set up a tree for Christmas. That was almost 30 years ago! Since then I have set aside a small sum of money yearly to add to the decorations I have.

The first thing that always gets set up is the tree. The tree reminds me of the tree that my Saviour died on for me and everyone… The green leaves remind me of the life He rose from the dead to give. Splashes of red on the tree often remind me that His blood was shed for me. The decorations on the tree remind me of the abundant life He promises – so much! The lights tell me yet again how He is the Light in a dark world; I am thankful. The gifts under the tree are reminders of the most wonderful Gift, and also of the gifts the Holy Spirit.

Normally I would set up Christmas decorations by the end of October. Any later, I would be swamped! This year, though it is already November, I am very glad to have help! Better late than never indeed!

The decorations promise to be nicer than ever this year. Looking forward to the end result.

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Yesssss

08/11/2018

So it  has been a while indeed. I have been contemplating whether or not to continue with posting here. Hence the silence.

After much deliberation, I have decided, and will do a makeover as well… So my answer to my own question as to whether or not to continue is YES…..

On more way to say YES for us, is the way the East Malaysians say it …. BAH!

Memories

23/04/2018

This day and age, it is so easy to snap photos on our phones and then wonder what to do with them. Post on social media?

I wonder if we ever go back to them again? Many tend to live for the moment.

In the old days (showing my age!) we would think twice, no thrice, before pressing the shutter. A roll of film did not come by cheap. After the roll was completely snapped up, one had to get the photos developed. I remember the days when we could send the roll off and get the prints a few weeks later. At that time, that facility seemed like a major step forward!

Then came digital cameras, and smart phones… and even better cameras. So yes, I wonder how much memory goes with each series of photos taken, seeing that it is so very easy to snap a moment.

Unlike this. I came across this photo recently. I can tell you the exact moment I snapped it – the occasion and location – and the story that goes behind the photo.

And the story doesnt stop with just the moment the photo was taken… There is a story after this story as well… but both would be for the next post…

Stay tuned….

The Days of Small Beginnings ….

02/02/2018

There is a saying:- Dont despite the days of small beginnings…. Taken from Zechariah 4:10, and a little out of context, this is a symbol of some small beginnings….
Me covering my face after a workout because … who looks good after a workout unless they have a team of make up artists and a camera rolling???

Just started going to a fitness and conditioning centre. I’ve been having such a sedentary life that I have got very unfit and flabby. To the point that I am so very tired so very easily.
I decided to finally do something about it when my son and friends opened this centre, next door to his physiotherapy centre. What a fantastic combination. Off I go then…
More posts to come as I (hopefully) make progress.

Debut… And More

29/01/2018

So….  This then is my debut. I’ve been on stage before – during my school days, and if I recall right, twice during short performances at church services. This however was different. Together with a small cast, I was coached by a professional, and it took months. 
I can’t say I didnt enjoy it. I used to struggle a lot with being the focus of attention. Handicapped me. Hindered me. I have healed and grown much since. Hence this debut. Enjoyed working with the team. I learned a lot.

Guess what? There might be a reprise, and this time at a Black Box. Wow…. Stay tuned.

Room with a View

04/01/2018

Sometimes it is just nice to sit and be still. It’s been such a hectic few months. From multiple weddings to funerals, from Christmas plays to Christmas parties, from rehearsals to performances, from family time to work catch-ups…. It’s time to relax. Be quiet. And just chill.

What better way than to do it from a room with a view? Apart from being by the beach, or enjoying a walk in the park… sometimes I just want to hibernate. Thankful for the view I get….
Do you like what you see?

Glorious Glow

23/09/2017

I am told some of the best sunsets in the world can be found on this part of Borneo. It is dramatic, it is arresting, it is memorable.
Sitting down to enjoy a picnic dinner with loved ones is something to be treasured. Memories built with the little ones will not be easily forgotten. Deeply etched within me are such scenes which draw me back to this place time and time again.

Not So Bitter

29/06/2017

It had been a while since we visited this shop. We used to frequent it when our children were schooling. As a beloved routine, we would send them to their respective schools, drop by the main market to get some provisions, then stop for a delicious breakfast before heading home. The staff at the shop would be preparing our regular orders before we could even get to a seat. The stall there was so popular that you would need to get there before noon to get a decent plate.

Then one day, we were late doing our regular run. We decided to drop by the shop anyway. Who knows, our regular stall might still be open?

Well, our regular stall wasn’t, but we this was.
So, a new stall was mounting up a challenge. Their offering was quite different. Spinach noodle. Home-made too. Yum. And something else.

Bitter gourd? Deep fried bitter gourd with salted egg. Oh my, what a lovely unique taste. This is addictive! I will have to make my way back again, and this time deliberately later in the day!

Magnet Magic

02/06/2017

There is just something about magical about magnets. Coming in all shapes and sizes, they can give much pleasure to the little ones. Learning shapes, colours, and yes, even alphabet and numbers. From there, they can even spell and make phrases.

Fridge doors are the best places to have them.  Given a good variety of good quality magnets, you can watch the children play as you mooch about nearby. Add to the magnets other materials which can and cant be stuck by the magnet, and the children will learn even more. The possibilities are quite endless!

Now that my children have outgrown these versatile entertainment, I still keep them around because they are handy for when visitors’ children come around! Yay!

This Time Five Years Ago

21/05/2017

How times flies. This time five years ago, our second offspring was graduating and giving the valedictory speech.

Today will see him having worked for five years, fulfilling his bond in this nearby country where he had gone upon accepting a scholarship. He’s going to graduate again, having done studies by night as he worked. Proud of him, his perseverance, and diligence. Thankful. Reminiscent of my time of leaving home at a young age, to study and work, and then end up staying for twelve years! I, too, celebrated my 18th and 21st birthday away from family. Thankful that he had good friends to celebrate with…..