Friday, 31 October 2008

The Grand Union

It was a late afternoon when we decide to have a little peek on Grand Union Canal near Pear Tree Bridge, milton keynes. The canal was tranquil and quiet with few ducks making their way to their home.
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The Grand Union Canal in England is part of the British canal system. Its main line connects London and Birmingham, stretching for 220 km (137 miles) with 166 locks.It has arms to places including Leicester, Slough, Aylesbury, Wendover and Northampton. canal12
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The Grand Union Canal was also the original name for part of what is now part of the Leicester Line of the modern Grand Union: this latter is now generally referred to as the Old Grand Union Canal where necessary to avoid ambiguity.
(Below, we are at different part of Grand Union Canal - Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum)
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I don't know what all this yacht look alike is called. But I saw people living in it. They'll have their kitchen, bathroom, living room, as in the proper house. And so I heard by living on this "ship" they are freed from council tax!
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We took all this picture at about 6pm. Actually it was already quite dark, to my surprise the camera CCD is more sensitive than human eyes and the picture turn up as if it was shooted at about 4pm noon time!
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A year ago, we actually went to this area (Pear Tree Bridge) to see one of the prospective property. Unfortunately, the flat was way too expensive, probably 20% of the cost goes to the prime view of the canal.
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It's been a rewarding afternoon... considering we were there only for about 30 minutes.
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Okaso (Episode 1 of 5 centimeters per second)

As I promised, I've watched the first episode and here is the link
EPISODE 1:
Part 1 click HERE
Part 2 click HERE
Part 3 click HERE

Comments : I love the way they narrated the audience through the story (that is by reading their letter to each other). And the flash through all the childhood memories was adding a melancolic touch. I can imagine Takaki's feeling knowing he will be terribly late, and later on to find out Akaki was still waiting for him in the station. It's a touching end to the episode. Both of them so happy to find each other. Takaki somehow realise their love journey just come to an end, even when it's just began.

I can read ANYWHERE

Josiah really can read anywhere. I can guarantee he doesn't get this from my gene!

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Baby everywhere!

By this age, most of my friend either just getting married or in the proliferation phase of life. So it's not a weird sight to see baby...after baby...after baby for each visit.
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This is my thrid meet up with Amoz (I post Alice and Zonny family picture 2 days ago) and he had change quite a bit. Longer hair, chubbier cheeks, and now he can sit firmly inside Josiah's police car without being held.
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Our Ideas Limited

Thought that I should share this. This is an unfortunate example of a funny billboard found near our house. Hmm...I wonder why they don't have very good business....any idea ?

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5 centimeters per second

I happen to be browsing around and hit this. Translated from it's Japanese origin, Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru, though the title makes no sense at all (at least to me?!?!) but nevermind. It suddenly errupt to my mind how Japanese anime and drama always have special place in my heart. Compared to western movies, Japanese story-line tends to be perfectionist and idealist such as a story about childhood love that last a life time rather than a man who sleeps around. And I love the melancoly ambience of this movie, considering this is a cartoon. I think the illustrator does spend quite a lot of time doing it.
Plot
The plot is set in Japan beginning from the 1990s and ending in modern day, with each segment centered on a boy named Takaki Tōno. It is important to remember that the first episode takes place during a time period when cell phones are uncommon and e-mail doesn't exist.During one spring in elementary school, Shinohara Akari had told her friend Toono Takaki that sakura petals fall at a speed of five centimeters per second. At the time, she had commented on how it looked like snow and had hoped that they could see it together the next year. However, the two had been separated after graduating elementary school and keep in touch only through letters. Akari starts writing to Takaki half a year after graduation, though soon it seems that the distance between them would grow even more because Takaki has to move from Tokyo all the way to Kagoshima. As fall and winter pass by, Takaki thinks about going to see Akari in Tochigi before he has to move away. They eventually decide on a date, March 4th, and Akari mentions in her letter that there’s a sakura tree near her home.When the day arrives, Takaki has the train ride out to Tochigi all planned out. Akari had said in her letter that she’d be waiting at the train station at 7PM, but Takaki notices that it has started to snow that afternoon when he boards the first train. As he begins his journey, Takaki remembers how he and Akari had spent so much time together when they were together because of how similar they were - they both transferred into their elementary school and both preferred the library. They had been teased by their classmates for being a couple, but they weren’t afraid as long as they had each other. The two of them had thought that they’d end up going to the same junior high school, but that didn’t happen. Takaki then remembers then night when Akari had called him up to tell him that she was transferring schools. She had apologized, but he was helpless to do or say anything. Takaki’s uneasiness suddenly starts to grow when he finds out that the heavy snow is delaying the trains. As he continues his trip towards Iwafune in Tochigi, the delays mount and it’s soon 7PM. He thinks that Akari must be getting anxious, but soon his thoughts go back to the day she called him to tell him that she was transferring schools. He feels ashamed that he wasn’t able to use gentle words towards her who was so much more insecure at the time. Although he’s going to see her now, he spent two weeks also writing her a letter that he’s brought with him. When Takaki loses this letter to the wind after he reaches into his pocket to get his wallet to buy a drink at a station, he still continues on. Things get worse when the train he’s riding stops completely because of the snow - he’s now almost two hours late.
It takes two more hours for the train to get moving again, and Takaki spends the time trying not to cry. He eventually arrives at Iwafune at 11:15PM and expects Akari not to be waiting anymore. Thus, Takaki is surprised to find her still there, asleep in the waiting room of the station. She cries when he wakes her and the two share the bento that she prepared. When he declares that it’s the most delicious thing he’s ever eaten, she thinks that he just feels that way because he’s hungry. The station manager soon indicates that he’s closing up, so the two have to leave. Akari leads Takaki to a solitary tree out in a field of snow - it’s the sakura tree she mentioned in her letter. The two then experience the sensation of spring as Akari catches a snowflake in her hand and thinks of it as a sakura petal. She even compares it to snow, just like she had done when they were young. It is under this tree that Akari and Takaki gravitate towards each other and kiss.
At that moment, Takaki feels that he could understand where his heart and soul are and can share his experiences, but in the next moment, he becomes unbearably sad. He realizes that they can’t stay together and that there’s an overpowering life and endless time ahead of them. However, the uneasiness that has a hold on him melts away until only Akari’s soft lips remain. Akari hugs him after the kiss, and the two end up spending the night together in a shed after talking for a long time. When Takaki has to leave on the morning train, Akari tells him that he’ll definitely be ok from now on. As the train pulls away, Takaki asks her to take care and write and call. Takaki thinks to himself that he didn’t tell Akari about the letter that he was going to give her, but later lost. What he doesn’t know is that she also had a letter with his name on it that she didn’t give him. Takaki feels that the world changed because of the kiss and he now wants the strength to protect her. As he thinks about only that, Takaki continues to watch as the scenery goes by outside the window. The story then have a twist. Takaki is now in the third year of senior high in Tanegashima, where the Tanegashima Space Center is located. Kanae Sumita, a classmate of Takaki, has special feelings for Takaki, but she does not have the courage to express her love to him. She later observes that Takaki is always staring off into the distance, as if searching for something far far away.

Final closing : It is now 2008, and all three characters have gone their separate ways. Takaki is now a computer programmer in Tokyo, and Akari is preparing to get married. Kanae has presumably also moved on with her life. Takaki still seems to be longing for Akari to the detriment of his lifestyle and his other relationships, including a girlfriend he has been with for three years. Akari, while going through some old things, finds a letter she wrote to Takaki but never sent. She feels nostalgic for those days but has moved on with her life. On the verge of a breakdown, Takaki quits his job and tries to finally begin to take control over his life for the first time.One day while walking down a road, Takaki comes to a railroad crossing. He passes a woman on the railroad crossing, and he stops on the other side of the tracks when he realizes what a strong resemblance she bore to Akari. He turns around to see that the person on the other side has also stopped and then also begins to turn around, but both are cut off from getting a good view of the other by two trains which cross on the tracks. Takaki waits for the trains to pass, expecting the woman he had seen to be waiting on the other side of the railroad crossing. After both trains have passed, he is disappointed to see that the woman is nowhere to be found. With a slight smile, he turns around and continues on his way. He smiles not because of the fact it was not Akari, but the innocence of his first love and how he had felt about her.






p.s: If I happen to watch it, I promise to share some :-)

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

River Cam

It was a cold frosty morning in Cambridge....
Nonetheless the sky was clear and the air was crisp and dry. It was a perfect day for visiting river cam.
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The River Cam is a tributary of the River Great Ouse in the east of England. The two rivers join to the south of Ely at Pope's Corner. The Great Ouse connects the Cam to England's canal system (via the Middle Level Navigations and the River Nene) and to the North Sea at King's Lynn. The total distance from Cambridge to the sea is about 40 miles (64 km).
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In earlier times the Cam was named the Granta, but after the name of the Anglo-Saxon town of Grantebrycge had been modified to Cambridge, the river was renamed to match. It has no connection with the much smaller River Cam in Gloucestershire.
Over the river cam was beautiful greeneries (which some of them had turned red or yellow in autumn).
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Punting is the most popular form of boating on the stretch of the river between Jesus Lock and Grantchester. Several of the colleges own punts, and they can also be hired from various companies, either with or without a person to operate them (a "punt chauffeur").
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Unfortunately, it's impossible to walk along the river without entering several different college grounds. (We didn't hire a punt because the sun nearly set by 5pm). So we ended up crossing so many bridges to avoid jumping over the college border. But my son had always doing this everytime we stopped at the bridge, and he quietly watched the ducks and the punt racing together.
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Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Your thought is not MY thought

King David has a noble aspiration and his plan was well thought out, that is to build a house for the Lord. However I Chronicles 28:2-3 said that it was not God's purpose to have him to build the Temple. David has procure much of the production materials but Solomon was to complete the project.
Often it seems our plan are real good ideas, we probably think it was perfect! But many times they aren't God's will even when the intention is right. So what happen if God disagree with our plan? Well, some have tried to force the issue. You might get your program off the ground, but it ain't gonna fly! Remember that God's way is and always been the best.
I'm sure David motives were pure, it's just he wasn't the one to build the Temple according to God's plan. How you react in these God-directed-road-blocks is vital. I think one thing to do is to turn our disappointments to God appointments. To see how it turned out, read II Chronicles 1-7. It soundes like glory and God's will were best!
(Tim Green, source : Baptist bread)

Orange

Today, we just had the first snow. Definetely the earliest so far. Unfortunately, snow in UK doesn't stay on the ground long enough to be enjoyed. This makes me remember the most dreadful season of all just about to arrive. Winter.
While all state house and garden are giving closure notice, all parks turn barren and the festive day are about to over, I take a few glance of some of my autumn picture, I guess it's time to part and say goodbye. Until we meet again Orange!!!
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(Picture taken at Clare college, Cambridge).

Monday, 27 October 2008

Love

Love is a strange thing. It does not need any reason, does not need any cause, does not know end and does not know time. Love can be the most beautiful thing happen to someone, and can be the most terrible thing at another time. God had thought me a lot about love, from these two men of my heart, my son and my husband. I define the worst thing could happen in my life is for me to lose any of these two men.
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So what is love?

In order for men to understand the God infinite wisdom. God demonstrate His great love by sending His ONLY son to redeem us, sinners. I can't give my son as a ransom for my best friend, how could God give His son for a ransom for his enemy?
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Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
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Catching up

I am sorry I had not been faithfully uploading my blog.
A lot of the entry were quite outdated (the picture took from ages back) frankly, it's all because I had a lot of catching up to do. This week, pastor Tim Green came to UK to speak on our revival meeting. That is from Thursday-Sunday every night. The meeting itself has been a great blessing to me, though I was quite worn out on Sunday.
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Alice and Zonny came to join us for the Friend day (the sunday of the revival meeting), but I hadn't got a chance to show you any picture yet. I had never been very close to them up until they moved to UK. It was a great encouragement for our church to have them that sunday.
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Here is the picture we took 1 year ago.... (Ok, last time I had loads of time to kill just to edit the picture nicely, but not now!

while Amoz hasn't even born yet! And this, is how we are now.
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I guess 1 year flew so fast, but we hadn't done as much as we should for the Lord! We need to stop wasting our time and do something useful before taking the same picture again with additional grandchildren included!


Sunday, 26 October 2008

Hear when HE knock!

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
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So,do you hear Him knocking at the door of your heart?

Saturday, 25 October 2008

1...2...3....Action!

My son had never like staying outdoor in UK too long. He was ok when we were in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, States, Indonesia, Singapore and man... you name it, he loved all except UK's outdoor!
When he was small I used to blame it all to the weather that too cold or windy, or for the ground of being gui and muddy, or for the grass being too wet. Now, he is nearly turning two and had not giving a sign of loving the outdoor even when the day is fine and dandy.
Today there is loads of leaves piling up on the racecourse park. So one a fine saturday morning, we decided to educate Josiah a little bit about "outdoor living". To my surprise, he decided to stay OUTSIDE for longer than 30 minutes, enjoying himself kicking all the soggy leaves in the air.
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At the end of it, his beige pants already turn brown, and his boots as heavy as elephant feet.
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But he enjoy himself "terribly" good.