Love Unites, Hate Divides


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People are entitled to their opinions.  Doesn’t mean we have to follow what the crowd do.  The world is fractured filled with angry, broken, hurt, lost and forgotten people. Love this saying, “We are here to heal and not to harm. We are here to love and not to hate. We are here to create and not destroy.”  

If we stop, consider and think first, most of us will not leash out in reaction and respond in a level head way. Apply Godly wisdom in all situations. 

Sometimes, we may not even like our leaders or even feel that they’re unfit for the role. The truth is the Creator of the universe does not need our approval. He can choose who he wants for His purpose. We often discount people base on the exterior and not the heart. Remember these:

The Lord can control a king’s mind as he controls a river; he can direct it as he pleases. -Proverbs 21:1 NCV

Surely you know. Surely you have heard. Surely from the beginning someone told you. Surely you understand how the earth was created. God sits on his throne above the circle of the earth, and compared to him, people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the skies like a piece of cloth and spreads them out like a tent to sit under. He makes rulers unimportant and the judges of this world worth nothing. They are like plants that are placed in the ground, like seeds that are planted. As soon as they begin to grow strong, he blows on them and they die, and the wind blows them away like chaff. God, the Holy One, says, “Can you compare me to anyone? Is anyone equal to me?” Look up to the skies. Who created all these stars? He leads out the army of heaven one by one and calls all the stars by name. Because he is strong and powerful, not one of them is missing. –Isaiah 40:21‭-‬26 NCV

All of you must yield to the government rulers. No one rules unless God has given him the power to rule, and no one rules now without that power from God. –Romans 13:1 NCV

Hope this serve as a kind reminder, just because a Christian won’t support something, doesn’t mean that they hate the people involved in it. Choose the high road and stop the nasty naming, blaming and throwing stones, especially Christian Leaders must lead by example. It is good to be sensitive and gracious to give people space and time to heal, dream, build, pray, love again. Be the salt and light, continue to shine brightly in the darkness of your spheres.  


O Lets together let people know that we are listening. May this not just be a facebook post but a quality of character that defines us!

To my Muslim friends – if you can find no one who will treat you with respect or welcome you with love, I will.

To my Hispanic friends – if you find yourself with nowhere to go or no one to help you or your family, I will.

To my LGBTQ friends – if you feel alone or lost and wondering who will stand up for you, I will.

To my Black friends – if you wonder if anyone will value your life, I will.

You are my friends, my neighbors, my family. Even if no one else will hear you, apologize or help, I will.  

– Shad McNeil

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Real Love doesn’t hurts 


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Three months ago, I attended a charity high tea,  fundraiser for women suffered from domestic violence.  It makes me ponder about real love. 

Most young people will dream of having a lifetime of great romance, to find that someone special, the ultimate soulmate at some point. Unless someone has corrupted their minds to dream of that. Maybe someone has been living in the broken, fractured and dysfunctional family or environment for too long. It certainly become their norm. Psychologically and physically is damaging for anyone especially young children and youth that have no power to change their situation unless the adults rise up and make right decision and choices for the safety of the family. 

Truly, you are enough! You don’t need someone to complete you. That is the Hollywood romance movies try to make us feel that way. You are complete, whole and a beautiful unique masterpiece created by your Creator. So never settled for second best. Your soulmate is to add value to your life, to love, treasure, cherish and protect you like Christ loves His Bride. 

This is a good reminder for any single woman looking for love. Real love doesn’t hurt, a real man never hurts a woman. It is berserk to love somebody who hurt you constantly. Needless to say, is nutty as fruitcake to think someone who harms you loves you. Maybe is Stockholm Syndrome that the victims feel positive for the abusers. In most cases, they’re brain washed to the extent of protecting and defending the abusers.


6 Early Warning Signs of Abusive Relationship by Pamela Jacob.

1. He will romance you. He will buy you flowers and gifts. He will likely be the most romantic man you have ever met. He will pay attention to you and make you feel special and wanted. You may find yourself thinking that he is too good to be true — because he is. He needs you to trust him and develop feelings for him, because it is much easier to control someone who loves you. He will make you feel like you are his entire world — because he wants your world to revolve around him. Of course, just being romantic is not necessarily a sign of abuse. But, an abuser will often use these gifts and romance to distract you from other concerning behaviors, such as control and jealousy.  

2. He will want to commit — quickly. He will say that it’s love at first sight, that you are made for each other, and that he can’t imagine his life without you. He will sweep you off your feet, and tell you he has never loved anyone this much. He will insist on being exclusive right away, and will likely want to move in together, or even get married, very quickly. He needs you to love him, and to belong to him. You may feel like the relationship is moving too quickly — trust your instincts.    

3. He will want you all to himself. He will glare at other men for looking at you and question you about your male friends. You may think this jealousy is cute, or even loving — at first. But soon, he’ll make you feel guilty for spending time with friends or family. He will call or text you several times a day, and may accuse you of flirting or cheating. He will say he loves you so much, he can’t stand the thought of anyone else being near you. And soon, no one else will be. This is the beginning of isolation.  

4. He will be very concerned about you. He may get upset if you don’t call him back right away or if you come home late. He will say it’s because he worries about you. He will start to question who you saw, where you went, and what you were doing. He will mask his control as concern for your well-being. He will start to make decisions for you — who you spend time with and where you go — and claim to know what’s best for you. Soon, you’ll be asking his approval for every decision. Your control over your own life will slip away, as his power and control grows.  

5. He will be sweet and caring — sometimes. He will be the sweet, loving man who everyone else sees, and who you fell in love with. But, sometimes, he will become the man who puts you down, makes you feel guilty, and isolates you. He will make you believe that if you just did something differently, loved him more, or treated him better, he would be that sweet, loving man all the time. You will stay because of your hope for the man you love, but will spend most of your time being controlled by the man who hurts you. Eventually, you won’t be able to tell the difference. 

6. He will play the victim. If he gets in trouble at work, it’s someone else’s fault. If he has a bad day, someone is out to get him. And if he is upset, he will blame you for his feelings and actions. He will expect you to make him happy and fulfilled — and when he’s not, he will blame you. He may apologize for yelling, putting you down, or hurting you, but will always find a way to make it your fault. He will say things like, “It’s just that I love you so much,” or “I wish you didn’t make me so crazy.” Eventually, he will blame you for making him hit you. 

If these warning signs are happening in your relationship, even if he has not hit you (yet), this is abuse. Control, jealousy, and isolation are not love. And abusive behavior will not change — no matter how hard you try, or how much you love him. This man may seem like your dream come true, but soon, he will become your worst nightmare. 


Tips on How to get out of Abusive Relationship by Roogirl.com

1. Recognize the Signs

The first step is to recognize the fact that you are in an abusive relationship. Denial is a strong force that can keep us in toxic situations far longer than is safe or necessary. You may feel that your partner is an overbearing jerk, but he’s not that bad. Until you acknowledge the behavior as abusive, you won’t be motivated to take action. Here are a few of the signs:

Controlling: takes charge of the household money; demands to know your whereabouts; threatens to leave or throw you out; forces you to socialize, even if you don’t feel like it; withholds affection or attention; tells you how to dress; makes sure that the one thing you want is exactly what you won’t get.

Isolation: causes a riff between you and your family; slowly makes you stop spending time with your friends; all of his friends are now your friends; doesn’t allow you to go places without him; withholds money so you can’t go anywhere.

Crazy-making: blames his mistakes on others; is a different person in public than he is at home; changes history (denies saying or doing something that you know he did); tells you you’re too sensitive; has unpredictable mood swings; twists your words and uses them against you.

Emotional: disrespectful to you; harms animals or things you love; rolls his eyes at you; humiliates you privately or in public; seems energized by fighting; says things that make you feel good but does things that make you feel bad; treats you like a sex object.

Physical: hitting; pushing; blocks you from leaving the room or house; holds you down; forces you to have sex.

If you are experiencing these things in your relationship, seek help immediately.

2. Disengage

Before preparing to leave your abusive partner, you need to regain some of your power. First of all don’t announce that you are leaving him. It will only make your situation escalate or he will act like the perfect partner for a while until he begins abusing you again. However, you can stop the pattern of: abuse, guilt, excuses, normal behavior, fantasy, set-up then back to abuse. Instead disengage when he tries to bait you into an argument.

3. Secretly Save Money

If your abusive partner controls finances, this can be difficult but not impossible. Get a post office box that any mail from the bank can use to send statements. If you don’t set up a secret account, find a place away from the house to hide your money. A few alternate places are a locker at work, with a trusted friend or a safe deposit box. If you receive your paycheck through direct deposit, have some of it go into a different account.

4. Get Help

Many women stay in abusive relationships because they are too embarrassed to tell their friends and family. If their partner acts like Mr. Perfect when he’s in public, they may feel that no one will believe them. Although your family and friends love you, you may have trouble believing it if you’ve been emotionally beaten down. You can also find help through online sites or local women’s shelters. This is not something you have to go through alone.

5. Get Documentation

This is a two-fold process. You want to get documented proof that you are being abused. If you are getting a divorce or have children it is imperative to prove to the court that your partner is abusive. Take pictures of any physical abuse; save any abusive messages or emails; keep a dated journal; talk to your doctor and call the authorities when he is abusive.

You also want to have copies of all your important documents and keep them safe. Once you leave, he’s not going to politely hand over your tax records, birth certificate and insurance information.

6. Pack a SHTF Bag

You want to have an emergency bag already packed and hidden in case the shit hits the fan and you need to get out in a hurry. Have clothes for you and your children, some but not all of your money, a key to the car and a spare cell phone. If you fear for your life and need to leave the house in a moment’s notice, you want to be prepared.

7. Have a Safe Word

Have a safe word in place with any people involved, including your children, that will let them know if you are ok in the moment or if it’s a “code red” situation.

8. Have a Place to Go

Know where you will be going when you leave. This may seem like an obvious thing, but when you are in the moment it may be difficult to think. You also don’t want to worry people involved in helping you if they find that you’re not at home or if they get a call from your soon-to-be-ex. If you’re planning to stay with a friend or family member, make sure you have a key to their home. If you are leaving during an emergency situation, you’ll need a way to get inside if they aren’t home.

9. Call for Back-up

If all goes according to plan and you have movers reserved to move your things, let the police know ahead of time. They will be there to make sure there isn’t any trouble. If your abusive partner somehow finds out, and shows up to stop you (which is illegal) it will be a good idea to have the police already there.

10. Call a Lock Smith

If you plan to stay in the home and kick out your partner, you will also need to have a rock solid plan in place. Most abused women find it safer and easier to relocate themselves instead of their abusive partner, but it can be done. If you have proper documentation of his ongoing abuse, you should be able to get a restraining order. Once he is out, call a lock smith and have all the locks changed. You may also want to have a security system installed or have the code and password changed on the existing one. Before making this choice, please get all of the professional advice you can pertaining to your specific situation.

11. Get a Restraining Order

Once you have left him, get a restraining order. You want to have documentation in place to be able to have him easily removed when he starts harassing you. Remember that this is not the time to feel relaxed. This is the most dangerous time. If he doesn’t come at you with escalated anger, he will come to you with hearts and flowers. They are equally dangerous. If he doesn’t harm you now he will harm you later if you choose to take him back. So, do what you can to cut all contact with him.

12. Take Time to Heal

Once you get out of an abusive relationship it is time to begin your recovery. Finding a therapist who specializes in domestic violence is always a good idea. You’re broken and will require help putting yourself back together. You may suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or depression. Don’t ignore this very important step. You won’t be completely out from under the abuse if it is still affecting you. You also don’t want to repeat the mistake of getting into a relationship with another abuser in the future. It will take time, but you will heal from your experience.

Making the decision to get out of an abusive relationship is extremely difficult. People must understand that women who are in the situation are suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. Although the term was first associated with kidnap victims, it also applies to women who are unable to leave abusive men. By changing the perception of the problem, perhaps more women can find the strength to leave and more people will be willing to help. If you are in an abusive relationship or suspect that someone you know may be do everything in your power to get the help you need.


Below are some Help Links:

http://www.thehotline.org/

https://www.1800respect.org.au/

http://m.whiteribbon.org.au/finding-help

Prayer to Cut Soul Ties Links: http://www.missionariesofprayer.org/2010/11/prayer-cut-soul-ties/


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Earth Day [jour de la Terre; día de la Tierra; giorno della Terra; 地球日] 

  
Good Day, Beautiful People! 

22nd of April was Earth day. I’m just thankful that the earth is a beautiful and wonderful place that God has created. Yes, I’m not in denial, I’m fully aware the fact that some part of world is sick, in turmoil and in the dark place. 

For this point in time, I just want us to focus and gaze at the stunning photos via Pinterest by some amazing photographers. Just get lost in it, have a selah moment, forget all your troubles and enjoy the magnificent masterpiece earth that the Creator is showing off. Imagine what He can do with your life if you are willing. After all He created the earth out of nothing, simply by speaking it into being. 
  

Greece, ocean is the blue heart.
  

Split, Croatia
  

Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

  

Johnnesberg, South Africa 
  

Valley of Flowers, Himalayas of the Uttaranchai, India

  

Hitachi seaside park, Japan.

  

Sunset in the Provence, France.

 

Dreamy nature, Pink Moss Bridges, Ireland.

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Cervical Cancer Awareness; La sensibilisation au cancer du col utérin; Conciencia del cáncer de cuello uterino

  
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I know most of us will support all cancer awareness and search for cure. January is a month for cervical cancer awareness.  So if you’re know any woman that are closed to you from age 17 to 70 please may this be a kind reminder for them to go for screening.  I’m talking to the real women who always put others first and tend to put self last and forget about self care.

   
    
   
The latest research is going to shock you is that even nuns are exempted. That sounds absurd as they are not sexually active. Below is the link: 

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancers-in-general/cancer-questions/cervical-cancer-in-virgins

http://www.obgyn.net/obgyn-nurses/nuns-virgins-and-spinsters-rigoni-stern-and-cervical-cancer-revisited

  
  

  
Fight for your future. Support in any way you can. Live in the land of Hope.  NB: 4th Feb is World Cancer Day.

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We Remember [nous nous souvenons, recordamos, noi ricordiamo, 我们记得]

   
 

Good Day, Beautiful People! 
Wow! Last year this time, I wrote about Rememberance Day!  Seems not long ago, yet a year has come to pass.

Today, is Rememberance Day, Memorial Day, we take time to honour and remember the daily Heroes who sacrificed to protect our country and the people who are currently serving in the arm forces. I am thankful for the ongoing service men and women for keeping  our borders safe. Light a candle and buy a poppy fundraising souvenir to contribute to support the Appeals.

    The living owe it to those who no longer can speak or tell their story for them. – Czeslow Milosz from “The Issa Valley”

    Leave you with these images:

       
        
     
    Links:

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-11/national-remembrance-day-around-australia/6929578

    http://www.anzacmemorial.nsw.gov.au/events/remembrance-day-service-2015

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    Seven Bridges Walk

      
    Good Day, Beautiful People! 

    October is flying too fast for me. Work front is demanding and not forgetting all the commitments and social engagements. Too many things to do and have enough time for everything as usual.

    Here October we try to create all cancer awareness, especially pink ribbon. Some call me crazy to sign up for 27km, seven bridges walk for Cancer Council. I never walked that kind of distance before. It was my very first try.  Last year I did city to surf which 14km run for those who already following me  last year knew this. There are a few reasons why I do this walk. It is my personal healing journey, to raise awareness, fundraising, in rememberance of loved ones who fought cancer and migrated to heaven and friends that went through cancer hell and back. Some still awaiting for God’s miracle for their lives.

    Every time, I sign up for something tremendous or enormous, something will play up or the enemy will try to create a havoc in order to get you. A bit anxious since I signed up, my body was not 100% again. I had bad hayfever, sinusitis and allergy itchy cough. Normally, I’m a person who love to embrace change, a challenge and try new things. Life is too short to do the same old things.

    Well, I’m determined to finish the daunting 27km long walk. I prepared my heart and body for the big day, 25th October 2015.  This fundraiser event is hosted by Cancer Council NSW yearly to raise money for research and create awareness for different cancers. They’re celebrating 10th anniversary for seven bridges walk this year which is pretty special. 

    Some of the word I meditate:

    I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. – Phil4:13

    Be strong and courageous. – Deut31:6

    I will never leave you nor forsake you. – Heb13:5

    For nothing is impossible with God. – Lk1:37 

    The fact about long walk is not only great to train your mind, body and spirit to the next level of good positive thinking, endurance, perseverance, determination, attitude of “DONT GIVE UP!”and toughen your body. It also helps you to clear your mind of all the garbage, detox your mind and focus on the things that really matter.

    The map of the 27km 7 bridges walk:

    So pleased to let you know I did it and complete it with my walking buddy and a few other friends. There is a will, there is a way!  By the way, age is not the limit. As I have witnessed kids as young as seven and silver hair seniors in their seventies or eighties doing it and complete the walk.  Not forgetting,  moms and bubs with prams and people who are physically challenged who managed to do this walk! 

    I proud to show you some photos I’ve taken on the walk.




      
      






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    Love Wins


    Good Day, Beautiful People!

    Isn’t this quote full of love and grace, so Christ like. As believers we are susposed to mimic Jesus to show grace, kindness and mercy to people around us, not bickering among ourselves whose doctrine is right which denomination got it. Keep pointing fingers at other denomination theory is wrong. It looks immature, ridiculous and ugly. Imagine, Heavenly Father watching us from above, the kids (different denominations churches) air dirty linen in public.  People in the world think we’re fighting for religious theories and complicated the bible.  Doctrine and theology are men interpretation so is not 100% right as bible interpret itself which is inspired my God.  This is really unattractive to get people to get saved and have relationship with Jesus.

    Bono from U2 said once he believes in God but it is the christians that he is having trouble with. I can understand why. I think we all have a fair share crazy christians in our lives who can really wonder which planet they come from.  Is because of this reason one of my great friends is still not convinced of having Jesus in her life. Some of my friends have chosen to walked away after being christians for many years. This is enough to break my heart. Be gracious when you speak about other believers and churches.

    The Pharisees and Scribes had many accusations against Jesus is recorded in the gospel. Jesus did not condemn all Scribes and in fact they were not all bad. Nicodemus and Gamaliel were scribes and Hillel also for that matter. The young ruler who came to Jesus asking questions was no doubt a Scribe and Jesus said to him, “Thou art not far from the kingdom of God,” (Mark 12:32-34) and He referred to some of His followers who would go to proclaim His truth as “scribes” (Matt 23:34).

    Jesus never came on earth to die for your doctrine, your theory your theology. He came here to die 2000 years for the LOVE of the people including you, me, people we love, people we care, people we disgust and people we detach.

    Seriously, churches put away your differences,  stay focus, big picture is the church United together as the beautiful imperfect Bride and prepare for bridegroom, Jesus returns.  Demonstrate love, kindness and mercy; show people source of the light so they want it for themselves.


     

     

     

     

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    Harry Lee Kuan Yew (LKY), Legendary Founding Father of Singapore [16 September 1923 – 23 March 2015]

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    My heart is heavy and deeply saddened upon receiving early morning text messages streaming in from Singapore. Today is a very sad day for the Nation of Singapore! Many Singaporeans are mourning for the passing of Founding Father of Singapore, the first Prime Minister, (Minister Mentor) MM Lee Kuan Yew (LKY).

    People may have to agree to disagree with something you said, the hard decisions you contrived at the given circumstances and some policies you made. Amazingly, your shoulders were broad enough to take the public criticism. Like your lifelong friend, Henry Kissinger said ” He was not at all a charmer. He was not a flatterer. He had developed his point of view. He would present it with great intelligence and eloquence – not in order to get you to do something specific, but to understand the nature of the world in which you were living.”

    No matter what is your view about this man, it is undeniable fact that MM LKY was a Visionary, Hero, rare influential Statesman, Strategist, Economic Pragmatist, Entrepreneur and Legendary Giant in the Political World and Architect of modern Singapore. Without MM LKY, the tiny red dot in the world map, a little sleepy Island Temasek, will not be the Modern Singapore that the world has known. He has sacrificed his life to build Singapore from a third world to a first world country surrounded by the third world countries. His profound wisdom and leadership has made Singapore a stable, peaceful, progressive and prosperous country. May Singapore continue to be the country of a meritocratic government and a fair education system with equal opportunities for all, affordable housing, high productivity, high efficiency, low crimes, low corruptions, a great business hub and financial powerhouse.

     

    MM Lee Kuan Yew Famous Quotes:


     

     
    If you want to reach your goals and dreams, you cannot do it without discipline.

    I am nobody’s stooge. I am not here to play somebody else’s game. I have a few million people’s lives to account for.

    You lose nothing by being polite. The answer is ‘No’, but please say it politely and give the reasons… Explain to me why ‘No’. Don’t change ‘No’ to ‘Yes’. Don’t be a fool. If there was a good reason why it is ‘No’, it must remain ‘No’, but the man must be told politely.”

    At the end of the day, decisions have got to be made by adults, not teenagers, but it has got to be made in such a way that when the teenagers become adults, and they look back on these decisions, they will be proud of the generation that went before them.

    I have believed in Malaysian merger and the unity of these two territories. You know they are people connected by geography, economics, and ties of kinship — would you mind that we stop for a while…

    Every person, genius or moron, has a right to reproduce himself.

    I wish I can meet my wife in the hereafter, but I don’t think I will. I just cease to exist just as she has ceased to exist.

    I don’t believe in love at first sight. I think it’s a grave mistake. You’re attracted by physical characteristics and you will regret it.

    You either have the Western view – you marry the woman you love, or the Eastern view – you love the woman you marry. Well, I tried to match both, and I think it wasn’t a bad choice.

    Whoever governs Singapore must have that iron in him. Or give it up. This is not a game of cards.

    I do not yet know of a man who became a leader as a result of having undergone a leadership course.

    I always tried to be correct, not politically correct.

    To be successful in a profession or in business, to become wealthy cannot be compared to making the lives of your fellow men better. This can bring immerse satisfaction.

    What I fear is complacency. When things always become better, people tend to want more for less work.

    If Singapore is a nanny state, then I am proud to have fostered one.

    I have been accused of many things in my life, but not even my worst enemy has ever accused me of being afraid to speak my mind.

    I make no apologies that the PAP is the Government and the Government is the PAP.

    One man one vote is a most difficult form of government… Results can be erratic.

    I was a product of the times, the war, the occupation, the reoccupation, my 4 years in Britain, admiring but at the same time questioning whether they are able to do a better job than we can.

    Even from my sick bed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up.

    Singaporeans, if I can chose an analogy, we are the hard disk of a computer, the foreign talent are the megabytes you add to your storage capacity. So your computer never hangs because you got enormous storage capacity.

    Political reform need not go hand in hand with economic liberalisation. I do not believe that if you are libertarian, full of diverse opinions, full of competing ideas in the market place, full of sound and fury, therefore you will succeed.

    I ignore polling as a method of government. I think that shows a certain weakness of mind – an inability to chart a course whichever way the wind blows, whichever way the media encourages the people to go, you follow.

    With few exceptions, democracy has not brought good government to new developing countries…What Asians value may not necessarily be what Americans or Europeans value. Westerners value the freedoms and liberties of the individual.
    Freedom of the press, freedom of the news media, must be subordinated to the overriding needs of the integrity of Singapore, and to the primacy of purpose of an elected government.

    I started off believing all men were equal. I now know that’s the most unlikely thing ever to have been…

    Repression can only go up to a point. When it becomes too acute, the instruments of repression, namely the army and the police, have been proved time and time again in history to have turned their guns on their masters.

    I have no regrets. I have spent my life, so much of it building up this country. There’s nothing more that I need to do. At the end of the day, what have I got? A SUCCESSFUL SINGAPORE. What have I given up? MY LIFE.

    “When you were born you were crying and everyone else was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone else is crying.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson. My thoughts and prayers for PM Lee Hsien Loong and his family find peace, comfort and strength during this difficult time. Praying for peace and blessings over the nation of Singapore. Good night, Sir or to the locals known as “Ah Gong”! Rest in peace with Mrs Lee. The world will never have another Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Singapore is forever indebted to you.

    My most fondest and treasured memories, were listening to my late Dad and late maternal Grandpa telling me your stories and past Singapore stories. What touches me the most is that Mr Lee was your faithfulness, your incredible love for your beloved wife, a good father and a loving family man who took care of your loved ones.

    In honesty and truthfulness, Sir, you had lived the great American’s ethos, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country” -Kahlil Gibran. These words were made famous by United States President John F. Kennedy in his 1961 inauguration speech. Because of you, Sir, I am proud of my heritage even though I don’t live in Singapore now, it is still my second home. Singaporeans who travel and live in overseas will tend to agree that the locals are really spoilt by the fruits of your labour. Thank you for teaching us to dream big even everything around you look bleak. With vision afloat, an intelligent and loyal team of people, determination, focus, diligence, sweat and tears, success is attainable. Your legacy will live on.


    MM Lee Kuan Yew’s Biographies and Books of Singapore Journey for avid readers and those who are interested in politics, economy, his intellectual wisdom and philosophy:

    ◾From Third World to First: The Singapore Story

    ◾From Third World to First: The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew, Vol. 2

    ◾The Wit and Wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew

    ◾The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew

    ◾Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going

    ◾My Lifelong Challenge Singapore’s Bilingual Journey

    Everyone know you’re either really great or really bad to appear in the front page of most of the key international newspapers and TV news worldwide. Reading amazing tributes across the globe, tears are unavoidable.

    Online Tributes by world leaders:

    http://www.todayonline.com/rememberinglky/international-tributes-pour-mr-lee-kuan-yew
    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/lee-kuan-yew-the-economic/1734418.html
    http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2015/03/lee-kuan-yews-singapore?fscr=scn/fb/wl/dc/anastonishingrecord
    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/us-lawmakers-pay-respects/1743752.html?cx_tag=recommend4u#cxrecs_s

    Online Tributes by sphrazor Part 1 & 2:

    Special Song by Dominic Chin: You first believed (original) – Thank you Mr Lee

    Special Song from China: Little Red Dot – Tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    Eulogy by Henry Kissinger:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-world-will-miss-lee-kuan-yew/2015/03/23/80867914-d172-11e4-8fce-3941fc548f1c_story.html?hpid=z2

    Below is the link for your Online tributes:
    http://www.rememberingleekuanyew.sg/
    http://tribute.smu.edu.sg/

    Singaporeans Tributes:

    News Links:
    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/specialreports/rememberingleekuanyew
    http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/pm-lee-grieved-beyond-words-mr-lee-kuan-yews-death-20150
    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/mr-lee-kuan-yew-public/1746416.html
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32012346
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/23/world/asia/lee-kuan-yew-founding-father-and-first-premier-of-singapore-dies-at-91.html?_r=0
    http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/22/asia/singapore-lee-kuan-yew-dies/
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/lee-kuan-yew-dead-singapore-founding-father-was-pm-for-31-years/story-e6frg6so-1227273982846
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/singaporeans-mourn-death-founding-father-lee-kuan-yew-29827974
    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/lee-kuan-yew-the-man-who/1745372.html
    http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/singaporeans-queue-for-hours-at-lee-coffin/story-e6frfkui-1227281411705
    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/lee-kuan-yew-death-7-unusual-facts-about-singapores-founding-father-1493752

    Live Blog:
    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/live-blog-special/1743308.html

    BBC News Link:

    Time Magazine Link:
    http://ti.me/1EJC2Nk

    State Funeral Service:
    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/state-funeral-service/1744036.html











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    Happy International Women’s Day

    Good Day, Beautiful People!

    8th March every year is time to celebrate International Women’s Day worldwide! The essence of the commemoration of occasion ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards girls and women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements.

    Well, the political and human rights subject matter designated by the United Nations. It directs and conducts active, healthy, powerful, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women across the globe are accessed and investigated in a hopeful manner. Some folks celebrate the day by wearing purple ribbons.

    So thankful to all the beautiful, amazing, strong and resilient women in my life. My late grandma, my mom, all the women in my family and extended family, my friends and my mentors. By looking at their lives, give me something to look up to and to build more and want more out of my life. I am grateful that I am living in a country that believe in women’s rights, equality and women’s freedom. Like Oprah said “Here’s to more achievements, equality and realization of our dreams.”

    At the same time, I am also praying and believing for the girls and women who are being oppressed in certain countries in the world will enjoy the freedom, human rights and equality in the near future. Basically, those countries that oppressed women and children are not flourishing and unstable.

    Truly, woman is created to be the man’s helper, partner in life and his equal. Clearly, it is written in the bible, woman is made from his rib of his equal, not from his head to control him, not from his feet to feel inferior to him.
    “God put the Man into a deep sleep. As he slept he removed one of his ribs and replaced it with flesh. God then used the rib that he had taken from the Man to make Woman and presented her to the Man.” Gen2:22 

    Well, this is an excellent model we can be inspired to be. Honestly speaking, most of us will consider this is a tall order to follow. I am pretty certain I will not be doing all that especially the knitting, sewing and making my own clothes. Of course, there are women that are given such talents to sew and knit. Some are given green thumbs to grow plants and flowers in their gardens. We may not have all these talents but all of us are given something unique that we are good at. So stop comparing your talents and your life with others. Be you and that is enough. Celebrate the beautiful, authentic and exclusive you. Collectively, we cheer and applaud all our achievements.
    A good woman is hard to find,
    and worth far more than diamonds.
    Her husband trusts her without reserve,
    and never has reason to regret it.
    Never spiteful, she treats him generously
    all her life long.
    She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
    and enjoys knitting and sewing.
    She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
    and brings back exotic surprises.
    She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
    for her family and organizing her day.
    She looks over a field and buys it,
    then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
    First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
    rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
    She senses the worth of her work,
    is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
    She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
    diligent in homemaking.
    She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
    reaches out to help the poor.
    She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
    their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
    She makes her own clothing,
    and dresses in colourful linens and silks.
    Her husband is greatly respected
    when he deliberates with the city fathers.
    She designs gowns and sells them,
    brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
    Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
    and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
    When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
    and she always says it kindly.
    She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
    and keeps them all busy and productive.
    Her children respect and bless her;
    her husband joins in with words of praise:
    “Many women have done wonderful things,
    but you’ve outclassed them all!”
    Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
    The woman to be admired and praised
    is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
    Give her everything she deserves!
    Festoon her life with praises! -Proverb 31:10-31

    Below are quotes that are encouraging for you or the girls and women in your world:

     

    Links for further reading:
    http://www.internationalwomensday.com/
    https://unwomen.org.au/international-womens-day
    http://www.internationalwomensday.com/theme.asp#.VP1J2I0cTDc
    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/international-womens-day-highlights-end-the-right-to-rape-campaign/story-fnq2o7dd-1227252605714

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    Falling Forward [Tomber en avant]

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    Good Day, Beautiful People!

    Sometimes life gets in your way. Things happened or some situations made you so frustrated and overwhelmed.

    Last Monday was one of those days. Woke up late, in a hurry to get to work. Next minute, I ended missing a step, doing random gravity check, kissing the “holy ground”, trying to be a hero saving my laptop! It always looks and sounds so hilarious when you watch it on TV, especially on Australia Funniest Home Videos unless it happens to be you. Go ahead, laugh at my expense if you have good imagination. At least, I manage to make your day. Thank God, I’ve no broken bones. Only swollen ankles and knees, bruised ego, palms, sore elbows, shoulders and lower back.
    Well, I guess prayers, TLC (tender, loving, care) from family and friends are great support, painkillers, massages and physiotherapy were my best buddies.

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    As if that is not enough, this Monday I twisted my left hip for no good reason. Medical explanation is my body trying to overcompensate due to pain. Some are more inclined with divine explanation may feel is a spiritual attack. Sound more to me like a pathetic and annoying drama one after another. Seriously, I do not have time to slow down. I resent even more when I am forced to rest, especially when timing is all wrong. I am sure some of you can relate to this.

    This got me thinking. When we were young, as toddlers we learnt to fall before we learnt to walk. Each fall a child learns to gauge better. Eventually, a child learns to stabilise and walk with confidence. Before you know that child is running like a roadrunner. Figuratively and literally speaking, we all have to learn to fall and fail before we can get up, shake it off and start the process all over again till we succeed.

    Question is as an adult how many of us really apply this principle. We can choose to sit there and sulk, even throw ourselves a pity party or we can choose to dust ourselves off, get up, stabilise, try again and again, move forward till we accomplish and triumph. The sooner we choose to get up and try again the better we recover and get back on our race lane. Is good to have that simple childlike mentality, have the spirit of perseverance, persistence, bravery, courage, determination, dedication, willpower, assurance, steadfastness, conviction and confidence to do it till we get there. Can you imagine how good this is for our soul, mind and body.

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    In case you are feeling, deflated, burnt out, blue, disappointed and discouraged today, yet you have made it this far. So I consider that is really strong and courageous. The moment when you feel like quitting is the moment when you need to keep pushing. Often the temptation to quit will be greatest just before you about to succeed. I am sure you heard of this saying, “God is up to something or the devil wouldn’t be fighting you this hard. You’re going to win!” Hope this encourage you somehow to get up again and give another go regardless how distasteful the situation you are in.

    Below are some inspiration quotes for you to ponder:
    Even when you fall down on your face, you’re still moving forward. – Victor Kiam
    The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but is rising after you fall. – Vince Lombardi
    If you fall behind, run faster, never give up, never surrender and rise up against the odds. – Jesse Jackson
    The greatest glory in living is lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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