Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lessons from the Hospital

An elective  operation confined me to my mom's home - no complains as I get to be taken great care of.  Mobility is an issue, and I am prepared to slowly gain full independence in due time.  There are multiple thankful moments as I get to do things slower and thank God for the lessons stored during the process. 

One such lessons includes:

- knowledge of the eventual outcome, but the patience and focus required in waiting. 

This happened in the hospital while I was awaiting my session with the Physiotheraphist.  Despite knowing that they would come and get me, impatience sets in when their schedule was packed and they could only pay me a visit post lunch.  Madness sort of set in then... it was a good reminder there and then that I know Christ will return, but certainly not according to my time.  Yet during the waiting time, I have to continue to be focused on waiting, and doing what is necessary and not be driven to madness due to my impatience.

I am certain this lesson will stay with me for quite a long while to come... :)

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Giving Thanks ... reminder too

It's the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) season again... and Lydia is going to take the exam in a matter of days.  As one who had gone through this horrendous examination many moons ago, I have difficulty imaging going through this tough period... not to mention the standard has gone up, up and up.  Math questions are beyond whiz kids of my era... why do the examiners set such tough questions? 

Year in year out, parents question the purpose of setting tough questions, yet every year such tough questions continue to get tougher...

Lydia was disappointed with her results and was shaken too... Seizing the opportunity, I had to share with her this EQ and IQ principle... I thank God that our kids are normal - they play, fight, quarrel, read, sleep, eat well... though their results are not great, I am thankful that grades is NOT the end in itself, but likely a matter to testing one's determination and perseverance.

While sharing with Lydia on the importance of EQ, I too, am reminded of this qualities too - even as an adult.  That EQ comprises of also the Fruit of the Spirit - Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness and Self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

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Friday, July 30, 2010


We started keeping pets recently - 2 hamsters to be specific.  Just a couple of days back, my neighbour (who also has 2 hamsters) decided to go for a holiday and hence asked us to take care of their pet hamsters while they are gone. 

Before I know it, Rachel shared that her classmate was giving her yet another hamster for her birthday!  I didnt think it was real, but boy! when I returned home last night, I was 'welcomed' by a sight of 5 hamsters!!! Sheesh... I felt that we have a mini-zoo here or something.

After getting over the initial shock of being invaded by hamsters, I felt that it is pretty therapeutic just watching them run around and nibbling on their food and even sleeping.  If only life for us is simpler.

I also reckon having hamsters help the kids to learn some responsibility as they have to change the bedding every now and then, maintain contact with the hamsters, and feed them.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Humour Books Online

I remember how I used to borrow joke books in secondary school and enjoy the humour that spring from the pages; not to mention riddles such as 'Why did the chicken cross the road?' Cannot remember the answer, but such were the things that occupy my free time.

Pastor George Ong spoke at our church yesterday and brought along his 12 volumes of books. While I was unable to attend the sermon due to my commitment to teach the kiddies at the same time, I had the chance to browse through his books... and again, the funny bone gets tickled.

Have decided to include just one example of his humour: Teacher: If I give you two sentences: Danny is walking home. He saw a dead man. Can you join the 2 sentences together? Student: Danny saw a dead man walking home.

Hopefully as the kids grow up, they will learn to add humour to their lives and learn to enjoy the journey along with the sparks rather than to take life too seriously... I know Rachel will... she is already picking up joke books... :)

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Kuantan - the Sea, Sand and Skies

During the recent school holidays, we decided to drive to Kuantan for a short family vacation. Ambitious plans were made whereby we decided we would meet at Woodlands at 8:30am!!! The kids packed their bags and hit the sack real early in anticipation of their early rise. Lo and behold! The kids were really up early... and were roaring to go :)

The drive took about 8 hours and were interspersed with multiple stops. With 3 MPVs and 22 persons (adults and kids) in tow, regular stops were a given :). Finally being guided by GPS for the final leg of our journey, we passed through a very unfamiliar stretch of residential estates before arriving at Swiss Garden Hotel where we would be spending the next 2 nights at. En route to Swiss Garden, we stopped by a pottery shop where I managed to snap this photo (along with an unnamed mozzie). I thought the colours were pretty!

The day after the kids (and the fathers) were ready to hit the sand and sea. In all they spent more than 2 hours catching hermit crabs and playing by the seaside and going out to sea. Nathan and Theodore did lots of stunts including 'flying fish' stunts... wonderful to have caught him in action.

After 2 hours, we had to drag ourselves away from the sea else we risk being totally sun-burnt. All of us were definitely a tone or two darker, but all had great memories of the times spent together.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

New York Hotel

Just before school was out, we decided to take a 2-day trip to Johor Bahru. Managed to secure a good rate for New York Hotel.

While the hotel is not swanky, it was a very comfortable 4-star hotel. The rooms were large enough and had a great view - we could see the path that leads to the New Immigration.


What is a trip without food - we took the kids to a hot stone lunch. Each of them ordered their set lunches and watch the raw food transform to cooked food. It was great watching them share their food and discussed how to slice the dory fish from the hot stone.

After breakfast the next morning, we decided to be the first guests to enjoy the hotel facilities. The kids had a fantastic time switching between the jacuzzi and the mini-lap pool.

All too soon, it was time to head back home... we'll be back to Johor Bahru again... that much we are certain of.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

BBQ and crabs

School holidays are here for the kids again. To break the school routine, we decided to check into a chalet and invited cousins over to spend some time with us. As we stay in a flat and have no garden of our own, we decided to take this time to have BBQ - the kids were thrilled and mom had to work out the menu.

While grocery shopping, we chanced upon crabs at Sheng Shiong, and they were going for a song! So with little hesitation, I picked up 4 crabs, not to mention live prawns. The kids were eager to watch prawns swim, and see crabs move.

Helping mom start the fire was probably a highlight of the day. They had a chance to 'play' with fire! Here I was, with no scouts training, I ended up using almost half a box of fire starters to start a fire!!! Nathan was also thrilled to be able to watch crabs in a pot. At the end of the day, I realised it was not so much the food that left impressions, but the experience of starting a fire, touching the crabs, using semi-dried leaves to sustain the flames... such activities stay with the kids.

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