Monday, July 07, 2014
sometimes i wish i can just shrug off comments and let live. it's their point of view anyway. why should i bother? most times i just ignore. i mean, there's no point trying to make others see another view if they are so entrenched in their own views? it's so painful and tiring. and who am i to "impose" my views any way?!? like i have said, everyone has their point of view. and there are usually 2 sides to the coin. Why can't people see that?
of course, if it's a friendly discussion between like-minded people, the conversation can be interesting, thought provoking and absolutely rewarding. i love those conversations. where differences are embraced and opinions shared frankly with no judgements and preconceived notions. and usually these are the people who make good friends.
some times i wish i can just accept comments at face value and let live. but some times it's difficult. i need to pray more. seriously. i think over the years as i drifted away from God, i have become more and more anal. I need to draw near to God. To pray and ask for His grace, love and patience to grow in me so that i can have extend more grace, love and patience to others.
But usually what irritates me are sweeping statements....
anyway, as an example. Us moving back to singapore end 2011.
To me, there is a season for everything. A time for every purpose under Heaven. I embrace the Lord's plans for us and i choose to believe that His plans are the best for us at the point in time. We can plan and plan but He orders our steps. And through our lives, He has shown Himself to be faithful and able. Leading us in His ways, and always providing for us. Unfortunately, i am not as faithful to Him as He is to me. Always the delinquent one. Always trying to run away from God. ;p
While i believe that moving back to Singapore is the BEST for us at this point in time, since the Lord has paved the way to bring us back, and i can see many positives with this move, there is also the flip side. the not so good bits about being back in Singapore.
So please spare me comments like "it's good that you all came back. good for kaira's education!" or "why did you all move back? singapore school so stressful. better to be overseas"
all i can say is this. the earth is round. not square. absolutes can be obsolete.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
About 10 (+/- i cannot really remember ; p) years ago I made my first holiday trip to taipei ... It was a short trip and did nothing to make me like the city/country... hee hee. All I remembered wad grey skies, rain, drab looking buildings and so-so food.
So for this trip we made in June I had pretty low expectations! Which was good for the trip turned out to be pretty pleasant!
Why plan a trip to Taiwan if I don't like it? Well I didn't actually planned it. A friend has made plans and bookings for the trip and she asked if we wanted to join them? So I did!
Here's the itinerary for our recent trip:
day 1: arrive tao yuan airport in the afternoon and took the transport directly to hualien. We took the van and the journey was about 4+ hours including 1 pit stop. It was a nice drive through coastal roads... but it meant that for some parts of it kaira experienced a bit of car motion sickness. But thank God it wax only the last bit of the drive. Pity also theat it was evening time...so we miss some of the scenery.
Day 2, 3 & 4 - we hired a local guide to bring us around hualien.
Day 5 - took the train to Tou Cheng, spent the night at the Top Cheng leisure farm
Day 6 - took train to taipei. Arrived late afternoon
Day 7 n 8 - taipei
Day 9 - took afternoon flight home.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
i will be so worried if a party led by Mr Low is in charge of singapore. after listening to some of the debates, i don't sense that he has a vision for singapore. or that his party has a plan in place to offer constructive alternatives. granted he may not be as articulate as PM Lee, but he sounds totally clueless as to what he is saying.
After all the "raah-raah" at the last election and the "high hopes" with Mr Chen joining WP, it's disappointing that they have not engaged the ruling party in a more rigorous way.
As for PM Lee, i totally respect him. And in many of his speeches (not just in parliament), i can feel his passion for the country and the people of this country. His father had a vision for Singapore. I believe he too has a vision.
I remember i didn't like him very much when he was younger. To me, he was arrogant. And similarly, for PAP. Arrogance + Detached from the ground == deadly combination. But i guess over the years and especially since the last wake up call, there has been a change. Sure there are still some questionable characters (;p) and challenges and problems..... but at least I see the government trying to adapt and change. and that is important to me. In the last 2 years since i am back in singapore, i can see the effort by the government to make SIngapore a home for all of us. To help those in need.
Sure, there may be things that i disagree, i believe we can voice out through appropriate channels. and pitch in when we can.
its easy to point out that this and this is no good. it's easy to criticise. and some people may go far simply by talking..... just like in the corporate world ... u know.... those who can BS ... climb far....
but it is far more difficult to be the one on the ground doing the work, thinking of the solutions and alternatives. any help (in the form of opinions, actual involvement) will be appreciated. and i hope as singaporeans we will all see that we have a part in this.
Enough of the pointing fingers and empty talk.
i love my country too much to put it in the hands of a party that doesn't seem to know where it wants to take my country.
Friday, May 23, 2014
hope to get back to writing, so that years down the road i can read about what happened and remember the good times! :)
Friday, January 17, 2014
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
And even though it's moving to a new apartment in Singapore, it still takes quite abit to adjust !!! Some misadventures (like a broken washing machine on the 3rd day of staying in) and perpetually unpacking and cleaning. It's tiring.
I am still unpacking by the way. Not done yet. I don't know where all my time goes to. But there are tonnes of work to be done and admin as well. which i usually don't have time to do till after Kaira sleeps.
Wish i am working. Then someone else can deal with all these things at home :D Nah. It has to be ME. heehee.