Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Learning to CLIMB a tree

When I was a little girl, I remember I will sneakily learn how to climb. Unfortunately for me, most trees in Asia with branches normally grow big and tall. If there is any that is short, it's usually has thin branch that won't be able to hold my weight. And don't start to mention what kind of animal you can find creeping on trees in tropical countries. It can range from harmless ants, to big golden spider or even snake! (Which probably explain why most parents does not like their kids to learn how to climb in the first place).

But things are so much different in UK. You can find a tree that have loads of branch and low enough that even a 2 year old can have a go trying to climb it.
It probably has ants or spiders creeping on its dry bark, but nothing poisonous or dangerous insect lived in UK ecosystem except for Black adder snake.
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Ok, I should rephrase that. This is a 2 year old trying to crawl on it.
*I guess I should change the title to : Learning to CRAWL a tree*
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So, if you have climbing technique to share? drop me a line :-)

If it be possible

Inspired by a sermon by Pastor Brian Enlow from Matthew 26:39.

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Sunday, 27 September 2009

Beach Time

I've been abandoning this blog for a little while and have not putting any "real" entry for ages. Okay, now that I've done my wales picture editting, I'll share with you some of our "beach time" fun in UK.
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It's been said again and again all over in this blog, that in UK sunshine or warm days are rare commodity. So, if you plan to jog, kick some ball, stroll in the park, or having barbeque, you should just.... do it no matter it's rain or shine. Yes, after awhile, you'll get use to doing things regardless of the weather.
That's what I say about going to the beach in UK.
Not only it's not covered with golden fine sand.
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And it's pebbly and lack of good strong waves.
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But it's also very windy and cold. The water feel like come out from the fridge even though we are visiting the beach in the middle of summer!

At first it's look like the only activity you can do here is throwing pebbles to kill some divers (if any).
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Or digging sand.
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Yes, digging sand seems to be more popular among the kids.
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During the low tide, the beach expand a lot. You can see these brave crowds (including my husband and my boy) decided to walk into the shallow cold water and have some fun.
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And after that, the Abbie and her children were sharing ice cream! A perfect way to get cold :-)
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While my son was busy writting a calligraphy. I am sorry, I mean "pretend" writting a calligraphy (which was done by Abbie).
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At the end of the day, we had a great time.... regardless of the weather.
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Thursday, 24 September 2009

Biblical Headlines Written by Today's Media

On Red Sea crossing:
WETLANDS TRAMPLED IN LABOR STRIKE
Pursuing Environmentalists Killed
On David vs. Goliath:
HATE CRIME KILLS BELOVED CHAMPION
Psychologist Questions Influence of Rock
On Elijah on Mt. Carmel:
FIRE SENDS RELIGIOUS RIGHT EXTREMIST INTO FRENZY
400 Killed
On the birth of Christ:
HOTELS FULL, ANIMALS LEFT HOMELESS
Animal Rights Activists Enraged by Insensitive Couple
On feeding the 5,000:
PREACHER STEALS CHILD'S LUNCH
Disciples Mystified Over Behavior
On healing the 10 lepers:
LOCAL DOCTOR'S PRACTICE RUINED
"Faith Healer" Causes Bankruptcy
On healing of the Gadarene demoniac:
MADMAN'S FRIEND CAUSES STAMPEDE
Local Farmer's Investment Lost
On raising Lazarus from the dead:
FUNDAMENTALIST PREACHER RAISES A STINK
Will Reading to be Delayed

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Reflection

If you ever wonder why Prince Charles is crowned Price of Wales, this probably will be the answer.
It goes back to the long history of Caernarfon Castle.
Caernarfon Castle (Welsh: Castell Caernarfon) was constructed at Caernarfon in Gwynedd, north-west Wales, by King Edward I of England, following his conquest of Gwynedd in 1283. Caernarfon Castle is part of the World Heritage site 'Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd'.
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The tradition of investing the heir of the monarch of Britain with the title of "Prince of Wales" began in 1301, when King Edward I of England, having completed the conquest of Wales, gave the title to his heir, Prince Edward (later King Edward II of England).
According to a famous legend, the king had promised the Welsh that he would name "a prince born in Wales, who did not speak a word of English" and then produced his infant son to their surprise ; but the story may well be apocryphal, as it can only be traced to the 16th century. However, Edward II certainly was born at Caernarfon while his father was campaigning in Wales, and like all infants, could not at the time speak English. (Indeed, growing up in the royal court over the succeeding years his first language may well have been Anglo-Norman, not English.)

The castle was used again in 1911 for the investiture of the then Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, because of its past associations with the English crown. This set a precedent which was to be repeated in 1969 with the investiture of Charles, Prince of Wales.
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This picture we took on our last visit to Wales, at around sunset time, the river across the castle reflects the perfect its perfect image.

Monday, 21 September 2009

New BLOG!

Just want to share to everyone, I've created new blog. So far I've invited 1 team member to join hand in this project, but I am open to the possibility adding more if anyone of you are interested to join.
The project called "Free Christian Wallpaper" at kjvchristianwallpapers.blogspot.com.

I personally always find it refreshing to get an encouragement or reminder from God's word.
So if you have a good picture (whereby you owned the copyright) and want to share it with everyone, you can let me know. Or either you can become a regular contributor (let me know your email address and I'll invite you).
Here are some of the samples.
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Hope to see you there :-)
God bless!

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Be still

It was a pretty saturday evening. From a distance, I heard my husband and my son giggling noise and excitement voice in the bathroom, I also heard some occassional splashing and "NO" being shouted.

Laying in my bed. I smiled.

The air was fresh and clear, the road beside our apartement had gone quiet, our upstair neighbour seems to be out too....well, a usual quiet saturday night in my house.

I opened my window, and there it is... the sun having her farewell party in the sky. Another beautiful day just ended. It's a lot has been going on for the last few weeks.
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In the stillness of the night, these few weeks episode flashing clearly on my mind. I was still feeling at loss that our dear friend, Jacob and Grace, had to stay put in Singapore regardless the success of getting admitted in MBA course. Apparently, God has a different plan for them.
I believe our loss here will be a blessing somewhere else. Few days ago was suppose to be the day that we all reunited again here in UK.

My weariness grew more as I remember about my husband's visa which will expire soon. I definetely hate dealing with UK Border Agency.

"Ah, It was not AS important". I was telling myself.
I was thinking about two friend of mine whose marriage was in a wreck, and both of them has been telling me the misery. I was thinking about our missionary friend who just lost their youngest son on road accident a week ago. About 3 weeks ago I receive the the good news that my sister in law was expecting. However, they just lost their baby 2 days ago.

I simply lost words.

On the other hand, my grandfather situation has not yet improve.

I sighed. There is so many load of life.
Suddenly, a verse appear on my memory...

"Be still, and know that I am God"
(Psalm 46 : 10a)

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I feel the rush of peace and comfort. Yes, I almost forgotten. Many times I was in such a hurry to tell God loads of my hope and expectation. Many times my prayer was just pleading to God, requesting Him to take out all of my problem in life.
But have I give Him a chance to speak to me?

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Share your experience

Okay, I feeling kind of inspired to ask my fellow bloggers (and commenters) to share your experience.

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My son is in a stage of "curious" about anything around him. One day we were walking on the hill nearby our house, and he was enthusiastically looking for wild flowers, bugs, creeping stuff, slugs, and snails on the proximity.

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He will squat for ages waiting for it to moves or show him some cool thing bugs can do.
He we so estatic when we pointed out a hole on the ground that he found could have been a rabbit house.
At this age, he has absolutely NO FEAR of anything! (I would put it, he has absolutely NO CLUE of what he is getting into). Somewhat bees, wasp, or huge hairy spider only tickles his curious mind even more.

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So, I am going to ask whosoever be willing to blog about their best experience exploring nature around you. Or probably you can blog about funny story or doing absolutely unusual things. It can be on the beach, hill, forest, countryside, or even deserted land. One of my friend pointed out you can get close to nature even in the city!

Leave me a comment with your blog link, and share with us your high and interesting (probably crazy) moments!

Monday, 14 September 2009

Biblical knowledge, according to children

Too many sadness and complaint is no good. I decided it is time for a LAUGH!!!

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* In the first book of the bible, Guinessis, God got tired of creating the
world, so he took the Sabbath off.

* Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah's wife was called
Joan of Ark. Noah built an ark, which the animals come on to in pears.

* Lot's wife was a pillar of salt by day, but a ball of fire by night.

* The Jews were a proud people and throughout history they had trouble with
the unsympathetic Genitals.

* Samson was a strongman who let himself be led astray by a Jezebel
like Delilah.

* Moses led the hebrews to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread
which is bread without any ingredients.

* The Egyptians were all drowned in the dessert. Afterwards, Moses
went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten ammendments.

* The seventh commandment is thou shalt not admit adultery.

* Moses died before he ever reached Canada. Then Joshua led the
hebrews in the battle of Geritol.

* The greatest miracle in the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand
still and he obeyed him.

* David was a hebrew king skilled at playing the liar. he fought with the
Finklesteins, a race of people who lived in Biblical times.

* Solomon, one of David's sons, had 300 wives and 700 porcupines.

* When Mary heard that she was the mother of Jesus, she sang the
Magna Carta.

* When the three wise guys from the east side arrived, they found Jesus in
the manager.

* Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption.

* Jesus enunciated the Golden Rule, which says to do one to others before
they do one to you.
He also explained, "a man doth not live by sweat alone."

* It was a miracle when Jesus rose from the dead and managed to get the
tombstone off the entrance.

* The people who followed the lord were called the 12 decibels. The epistles
were the wives of the apostles.

* One of the oppossums was St. Matthew who was also a taximan.

* St. Paul cavorted to Christianity. He preached holy acrimony, which is
another name for marriage.

* Christians have only one spouse. This is called monotony.

Riding my ORANGE bike

It feels just yesterday Josiah learned how to walk. Before I knew it, he is now learning how to ride his 4 wheel bicycle.
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We decide to get him this little bike about 4 weeks ago (yes, I pick the colour, hard enough to steal as it is too striking!). And he had been go on and on trying to ride it inside the living room, kitchen or hallway. So, one fine autumn day we decide just to bring him out and let him have a go.
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He is doing okay, fell a few times but he did not give up and hop back on. But the truth is...we walk faster than him paddling his bike! So at the end of it... he decide to do this.
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Saturday, 12 September 2009

Friday, 11 September 2009

The truth about HONESTY

There are so many people who like to be described as honest. I mean, really, don't you like have a honest spouse? honest friend? honest parent? honest colleague?

But the truth is, how many people actually like to hear the truth?
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I was watching the telley (or what you called TV) in my office. Yes I am paid to watch it just in case you are wondering. As a part of my embedded engineer expertise in subtitling, there I am reading each and every conversation in "Home and Away", a program in ITV.

On one of the scene, the main protagonist, a middle age attractive looking woman who worked as a private investigator, trying to gather some data from her client, Clara, a thirty something, not so tall, rather plump looking lady. She dressed in red tight fitting party dress, expose her cleavage and wearing such a thick make up and lots of diamond.

The PI asked her "So, how can I help you?".

"I think my husband is cheating on me, and I would like to know for sure". Clara explained.
"We had been married for 10 years, this is long before he is became a successful businessman".

The PI's assistant cutting the conversation furiously "you don't need a proof, all men are the same. We had too many clients like you, don't spend your time and money on this!".

"How do you mean?" she questioned.

"I am sorry that my assistant is too direct in saying thing. What she means is, do you really wanted to know the truth?" asked the PI.

Clara thinks and she start to shiver. She throws herself to the sofa and start to sob.

The PI sat next to her, put her hand around Clara's shoulder and tryng to comfort her : "Clara, I am a woman too, I understand how you feel. But let me tell you this, you better of packing up and heading home. Knowing the truth won't change anything. It would just burn you in anger and disappointment".

"I know...." Clara answered "But I can't... I need to know the truth"

The bits that movies really strike me. Yes, so many people demanded for the truth but they won't like to hear or accept it. Now, men will agree with me when their wives ask "Am I look fat in this outfit ?" or "Do I look old?" you had better think of diplomatic answer rather than being honest.

Some people will demand for my honestly, while I know giving them the truth will hurt. The worse news is, those people are normally your own family or close ties. Isn't that true that while you speak with aunties and uncles (your parent siblings), cousins, or in laws (parent, sister, brother you name it) you have to wear "politeness" and "know-the-right-manner" mask. You say things in the name of respect and diplomacy.

I find it easier to speak my true opinion and feelings with close friends and even sometimes with stranger because they don't care who of who you are (and you don't care what they think of you!).

But I can't.

It's like telling the truth about condemnation, judgement, hell and repentance.

The truth about HONESTY is.... many times, it hurts. But when the wound heals, you'll feel satisfied and thankful that you have known... the truth.

p.s : just in case you are wondering the ending of the movies. Yes, Clara's husband was cheating on her (with his former secretary, a better looking girl as usual). Clara end up confronting him on the hotel where the adulterous couple were staying. But her husband chooses the other.
And she is driven with jealousy, drive her car and killed both her husband and his lover.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

I must have been forgotten

After such a long time (read : a few month), I must be have forgotten completely about this post. Me and my little family was in Rome few months back, and guess what, I have not blog about Colosseum!
Even today, in a world of skyscrapers, the Colosseum is hugely impressive. It stands as a glorious but troubling monument to Roman imperial power and cruelty. Inside it, behind those serried ranks of arches and columns, Romans for centuries cold-bloodedly killed literally thousands of people whom they saw as criminals, as well as professional fighters and animals.
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Ok, lets start by camwhore a little bit.
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Learning our mistake from visiting Vatican City, we came to Colosseum roughly at about 5 p.m in the afternoon. It was great! No queue and no crowds, hence we can take a picture easily and as much as we want.
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The Colosseum or Roman Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium, Italian Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo), is an elliptical amphitheatre in the center of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.
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Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. As well as the gladiatorial games, other public spectacles were held there, such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era.
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It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine. (I was so amazed by this fact!)
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It has been estimated that about 500,000 people and over a million wild animals died in the Colosseum games. Indeed, it was the amphitheatre's reputation as a sacred spot where Christian martyrs had met their fate that saved the Colosseum from further depredations by Roman popes and aristocrats - anxious to use its once glistening stone for their palaces and churches. The cathedrals of St Peter and St John Lateran, the Palazzo Venezia and the Tiber's river defences, for example, all exploited the Colosseum as a convenient quarry.
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You can see the stage whereby the bloody battle used to took place. The arena itself was probably covered by a good 15cm of sand (harena), sometimes dyed red to disguise blood. And, as is evident in Ridley Scott's film Gladiator (2000), the arena was dotted with trap-doors designed to let animals leap dramatically into the fray. The arena was also sometimes decorated with elaborate stage scenery, so that the ritual murder could be varied with theatrical talescollosseo14
Although in the 21st century it stays partially ruined due to damage caused by devastating earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and its breakthrough achievements in earthquake engineering.
It is one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions and still has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads a torchlit "Way of the Cross" procession around the various levels of the amphitheatre.
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More picture from the outside. Note that in summer, colosseum closed at 7.30 p.m. Hence it is quite make sense to get the last admission at 5 or 5.30 p.m and spend 2 hour crowd free wandering around this magnificent place.
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Some picture on the late evening.
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