Wednesday, 28 April 2010

In the woods

Hello from Cologne! Just a quick post. I just read a post from my friend Agustina, I thought this was pretty good. Enjoy.
An atheist was walking through the woods.

'What majestic trees!
'What powerful rivers!
'What beautiful animals!
He said to himself.

As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him.

He turned to look. He saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charge towards him.

He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder & saw that the bear was closing in on him..

He looked over his shoulder again, & the bear was even closer.

He tripped & fell on the ground.

He rolled over to pick himself up but saw that the bear was right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw & raising his right paw to strike him.

At that instant the Atheist cried out,

"Oh my God!"

Time Stopped.
The bear froze.
The forest was silent.

As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky.

"You deny my existence for all these years, teach others I don't exist and even credit creation to cosmic accident."

"Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament?

Am I to count you as a believer?"

The atheist looked directly into the light, "It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps you could make the BEAR a Christian"

'Very well,' said the voice.

The light went out. The sounds of the forest resumed. And the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together, bowed his head & spoke:

"Lord bless this food, which I am about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord, Amen."

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Hello from Rotterdam!

Just a quick update from Rotterdam. We spent a day yesterday in historic town of Ghent (Belgium) and then driving to Rotterdam (Netherlands). Spring is really in the air! Loads of flowers blooming and the air was just smell sweet. We'll be looking at loads of tulips in a moment! *Excitement*
Isn't that amazing that God created something this beautiful that lasted only for few weeks?
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Friday, 23 April 2010

This is the big day

My son woke up this morning with a big grin on his face and said "mommey, train ride!" And yes, today will be the first time we going to take Eurostar train crossing UK border. We are heading for our holiday today.

However, at the moment I am still in office half day... then had to rush to the bank to finalise my mortgage, and then pack my stuff and walk to the train station and head to London st. Pancras.
My son is really excited about the trip. He now can understand that holiday means seeing nice exciting places. And being a cheapskate me, we normally end up with so much unforgetable "adventure" (that what I called the experience of being stranded, lost, run out of money) from time to time.

This busy work has been really really busy because we are releasing our software next week. I was flat tired and still have to cook, pack and do research for our holiday. So, don't forget to buy Technisat Freeview HD box if you are in UK! You probably will help me to fund another fun trip to share in the future... hahhahha.
I might log in to this blog if there is wifi available, however I won't be able to do any blog stalking meanwhile. And I've schedule some entries with loads of picture while I am gone. I'll be missing all of you!

I want to thank everyone who prayed for journey safety. I am truly thankful to the Lord that He allowed this trip to happen. In fact, just a day after I book my Eurostar ticket, the Eyjafjallajokull's volcano errupt (don't ask me how to read it!) and Eurostar ticket really solid sold out from that moment. Isn't it that God's grace that He even prompt me to travel by train? Isn't that God's perfect timing?
Talking about erruption, someone did took a beautiful picture of it here. In fact it is so beautiful that I almost decide to make it my desktop wallpaper.

Ok, I am just babling there...till later... had to run for my train now :-)

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Spring Walk (Blenheim Part 2)

I know I had not got a chance to put up some of this picture again. I've been busy with loads of things... my husband's graduation celebration (yes, he made it through his thesis defense alright, thank you for all the prayer), my mortgage application, house hunt and of course... packing and preparing for my holiday which going to start on Friday!! I am so excited.
So, here it is some of the Blenheim palace's picture as I promised... I shall keep the last part as scheduled entry to entertain you guys while I am gone.
My son was so fascinated with the canon. He refuse to look to the camera, too busy figuring out how to make the canon works. We just take a slow wander around the house, adoring paintings, furniture, read some history of Sir Winston Churchill's life, and then when feel bored we get out again and have a stroll in the park. I can't imagine how is it feels like having this property as my home!
And this is me lazing around in the garden that I never need to takecare of!
And lastly.... I have no clue what my little man is up to.
I must admit that pushing that stone-ball was my idea.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Spring Bloom (Blenheim Part 1)

So, I've just been to London just like I shared on my previous entry. London is indeed a beautiful city...for a tourist, but I had never imagine myself living there. I had never been envious to my friends who stayed in San Fransisco, Manhattan, New York or London. I guess if I still single, a nice cafe, vast selection of fine dining after tiring day at work or treating myself watching theatre would be something that I would lack having not stayed in big city. But be it, I am married with kid, so I need none of them.

One good reason to stay in countryside is the chance to have a huge big space to yourself, not necessarily in your home, but at least it wouldn't be too far. And what about a beautiful garden that you didn't even take care of? I am sure my city friend will be envious to see this.
So where is this? this beautiful park is a small-tiny-winey section of Blenheim Palace's garden called "Leisure Garden". The garden itself it's covering about 23 hectars of land, include a river, few bridges and lakes. And I've tried to walk it from 11 am to 5 pm and nothing close to finish it!

The palace is open to the public, and contains tourist attractions in the grounds, including the butterfly house, a maze, a plant centre, and cafeteria, but the atmosphere is still that of a large country house. The palace is separated by a little distance from this other group of attractions (the 'Pleasure Park'), and the two are linked by a free miniature railway service, the Blenheim Park Railway.
My son absolutely love his 15 minutes ride on this cute narrow gauge railway!
(Below, my son on Leisure Park a year ago)
The Leisure park itself has three big toddler playground, two big set of human chess, a big maze, liliput land, a big sandy playground for the young ones and a mini golf!
My son absolutely love this golf game. He thinks he is an expert. Unfortunately, even when he gets the ball to the hole, he used his club just like snooker.... which is not the way you suppose to hit the golf ball.
Yeap, he and his dad complete a 9 hole course!!! Quite tiring really.

According to Wikipedia : The progression from home to business has been essential to the palace's survival in the 20th and 21st centuries. Varied commercial concerns include a maze, adventure playground, mini-train, gift shops, butterfly house, fishing, and even bottles of Blenheim Natural Mineral Water. Concerts and festivals are also staged in the palace and park. While the Duke retains final control over all matters in the running of the palace, the day-to-day control of commercial aspects are outsourced to Sodexho Prestige, a division of Sodexho.

And the "tiny" leisure park does not ended there.... because lastly, the butterfly park and lavender garden (which of course bear no lavender since it was still spring)
On the next entry I'll be sharing with you the main part of the park that is the palace itself.... which is look like this from the air (ps. this obviously not my picture)
To be continued....

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Prayer request and loads of update

There are loads of thing has been going on this week. It's just so unbelieveable how everything come and go, time flies faster than a blink.

Tomorrow is a big day for my husband. Tomorrow he'll be standing in front of examiner. Tomorrow will determine the result of his research this past 4 years. Tomorrow is a big day in his history as postgrad student in Oxford university. Even though I left oxford quite a while ago and lived in midlands, but the thought that my husband will no longer be a student there left some void in my heart. Oxford has been a very special place for us!
(Above, my husband in the fellow garden of Magdalene College)
Over the years, we start our first friendship with the brits here, this is where we first fall in love to European culture and architecture, this is the place that inspire me to pick up my camera and share how beautiful UK really is!

Every evening we enjoy the companion, eating out in colleges, punting on the river, chatting for hours in local cafe, strolling over covered market, joining interesting club and meet amazing-super-talented genius. It's hard to believe that in Oxford we came face to face or even befriended a Olympic gold medalist, piano champion, famous book writer or soon to be famous actor. Oxford really feels like a big Disneyland to me and my husband. We are really thankful the Lord gave us this once a lifetime chance.

You can imagine how it feels like to stay here...(Magdalene college accomodation).

So please pray for my husband for tomorrow.

Another update is, we got the schengen visa to go to Europe and we are starting to pack our stuff. It will be a 10 day trip covering 5 country, Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany, Netherlands and France. We are so excited.

And, my cousin graciously gave me her 18-55mm f/2.8 lens! so I have a new, excellent lens to play with now. I'll upload more of the result tomorrow, meanwhile here is the spoiler.

And I also uploaded some christian flyer ideas (sunday school, christmas, tracts, coffee morning). More of them can be uploaded at

Monday, 12 April 2010

Daffodils time!

That's right, indeed spring time is here. From year to year daffodils has been marking the sign that spring is on the door. This year however, it got really dense because of the cold winter. Many people said that not only just daffodils, but many other type of flowers seed/bulb will "sleep" better because most of its predator are sleeping as well... after all it's too cold to stay awake!
I guarantee you that by the end of this post you want to see daffodils no more. Me, myself has been seeing it far too much. It grew wildly on the country side, in front of my house, on the neighbour gardens and even in 23 hectar garden of blenheim palace (you'll see it on the next post). I almost think that we are over-ruled by daffodils of all kinds.
Above, my son was curious how daffodils smell like. He said it was "yucky" but I am not sure he even inhale to smell anything.

Without my husband, I certainly will miss taking picture just a three of us the same time next year.


However, I remember that this season only last 2 weeks every year. Once again the glorious yellow, white, orange once again will be swept away by heat and sleep waiting for their turn to bloom again next year.
So what lesson we can learn from this beautiful creatures? Looking at them reminded me of this...
James 1:10-12
But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

London at night

This is the result of photo hunt few days ago. We arrive in enbankment tube station at about 7p.m and enjoy the quick stroll around. Still many tourist walking about hence we didn't take too much picture.
We dine at pingpong, a chinese dimsum restaurant. I had a blossoming jasmine and chysantemum tea which cost 2.99 GBP a glass!
The sunset was about 8p.m, rather late really... and the wind still a bit chilly. But we managed to wait until 9p.m. We took the picture from Jubilee bridge, next to us is the train tracks to charing cross. It's a bit hard to do good picture even with tripod and ISO 1600 since the bridge move everytime the trains pass by.
Some of this picture will be published on soon, if you have any scripture verse suggestion, kindly leave them on comment section. Thanks for looking!