Saturday, December 27, 2008

In closing

It's time to formally close this chapter of my life. The year away has been an interesting and learning-filled one. I'm eternally grateful for the opportunity to spend the year away, relatively stress-free and free from responsibility.

The most memorable thing about my year was being able to catch up with precious old friends, to spend time with them. If I am even half of what they are in demonstrating hospitality, love and kindness, I am a better person.

It's now time to move on and time to be an adult again back (:(() at pumpkinmagic

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A genius!

Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty is an amazing piece... he is truly a genius! Had the priviledge to catch it at the BBC Prom yesterday. Sitting on the floor in the arena in the middle of the Royal Albert Hall and having a "picnic" is truly another enriching experience! Hahahahhahha...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


I am DONE! Hehe. Somehow, I expected to feel exhilarated, but nooooo..... nothing. Well I suppose it's because the journey up until yesterday been a slow and steady trudge and unlike the exams where there was a build up for an intense few hours in the very end , the deadline for the BB invasion has always been on the horizon. Anyhow it's all over now! And it's slowly sinking in how soon I'll be back on home soil.

Hmmm, what shall I do today? Such a wonderful feeling this lack anything to do... hahhha. I'm treasuring it while it lasts since all good things come to an end. :P

PS. There's some crazy digging by construction workers just outside my building causing a deafening din!! Thank goodness I need not worry about concentrating on my paper... the noise is driving me a little nuts. :P

PPS. I've received 4 free tickets to attend the Visa 2012 Olympic Party. Hahaahhaha.. o well.

PPPS. Realised last Sunday that it was going to be my last session at HTB. I'm gonna miss it!!!! LOADS!! It's been such a wonderful, enriching experience. A lovely blend of worship and grounded teaching.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Climb Ben Nevis or go for the Olympics 2012 Handover Visa Party?????

Help me decide!


Music/Lyrics: Brooke Fraser
Performed by: Hillsong United
Album: All of the above

I see the King of glory
Coming down the clouds with fire
Em7 A Bm
The whole earth shakes, the whole earth shakes, yeah...
I see His love and mercy
Washing over all our sin
Em7 A
The people sing, the people sing
D/F# G A Bm
Hosanna, Hosanna
G Bm A
Hosanna in the Highest
D/F# G A Bm
Hosanna, Hosanna
G A Bm (D)
Hosanna in the Highest
I see a generation
Rising up to take their place
Em7 A
With selfless faith, with selfless faith
I see a near revival
Staring as we pray and seek
Em7 A
We're on our knees, we're on our knees
Repeat chorus
Instrumental: Bm D Em F#m
Heal my heart and make it clean
D Bm
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
G A Bm
Show me how to love like You have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks Yours
D Bm
Everything I am for Your Kingdom's cause
G A Bm
As I walk from earth into eternity

Monday, August 11, 2008

Your life is like a letter...

Friday, August 8, 2008

China has arrived!

I was totally wowed by the spectacular performance put up at the 2008 Olympics! Although not a Chinese national, I too, felt a small tinge of pride. :) I loved that there was a little boy from Sichuan who survived the earthquake as part of the parade in remembrance of those who perished.

(Photo borrowed from the official website)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Can't run from it... no can do.

"... From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." - Luke 12:48

Friday, August 1, 2008

List of books to re-read

Some books are worth re-reading, if nothing else for the simple reason that they contain words of wisdom and insight easily forgotten over the passage of time. Here's one to start with:

1) The Time Bind by A. R. Hochschild (1997) - because the realities of managing effective work-family balance will probably be more relevant later on.

2) The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson (1963) - inspiring account of God's calling, compassion and sacrifice.

3) Through Gates of Splendour by Elisabeth Elliot (1981) - the cost of obedience

The timebind

The idea of more time for family life seems to have died, gone to heaven, and become an angel of an idea.

The social world that draws a person's allegiance also imparts a pattern to time. The more attached we are to the world of work the more it's dealines, its cycles, ita pauses and interruptions shape our lives and the more family time is forced to accommodate to the pressures of work.

Parents often feel they owe their children a time-debt and make up for it by indulging them with treats or softened rules in exchange for missed time together.

Such is the world we live in where the social worlds of home and work reverse. Many have grown up in this world where one knows not an alternative. Can one possible reverse the balance of work and non-work even if one wanted to?

[parts summarised from Hochschilds' "The Timebind"]

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Of romance

Someone told me recently that romance has a shelf life of 5 years and that after that only love remains. Me thinks: What is love without romance?!

Interesting... it never occured to me that romance had an expiry date, I've always believed that romance and love go hand in hand. How sad, this notion. But then again, is it not a more realistic point of view? I dunno. Things are far greyer these days. Nevertheless, I choose to believe as I did before that one cannot separate love from romance. ;)

Anyways, my friend's statement peaked my curiosity and I Googled "what is romance?" and "is romance real?". Here're some snippets of what I found... some are hilarious!

How to be romantic (check it out here)
"...a whole ton of things are intrinsically romantic, and you should use them to your advantage..
  • Fancy Curly Things

    Flair and flourishes are romantic. Whenever you get her a greeting card, get one of the ones with all the curly pink scribbles on it. When you write her letters, make the tails of the 'g's and 'y's really long and the loops in the 'd's and 'b's and 'p's really big. That's way romantic. Notice how romantic the title banner at the top of this page is? The 'R' is particularly romantic, because it's red." [Me thinks: What?!! Are girls that guillible?]

"When you connect with and experience your own feelings while, at the same time, taking in the feelings of the one you love, you are walking straight into the open heartspace of real romance, into the special connections you make with one another, whether small and subtle or grand and brilliant." [Me thinks: I like this]

"Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Romantic

10. The Rose-Growers of America need your help.

9. You'll stay young-at-heart.
8. You need all the help you can get!
7. Love makes the world go'round.
6. Your partner will let you out of the Doghouse.
5. Romantics lead more interesting lives than mere mortals.
4. Why Not?
3. Your partner wants it-- What more reason do you need???
2. You'll score points with your partner's mother.
1. It will improve the quality of your life."

Share your point of view at BBC's Talking Point on the subject "Is romance dead?"

Monday, July 21, 2008

Fav shots

Here're some favourite shots taken recently in Paris and Cambridge. I'm lovin' summer!

Summer Holiday

The canto movie staring Sammi Cheng and Richie Ren brings back memories! Lets go for a beach holiday again!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Today's insight

Prayer isn’t about giving God a list; it’s about opening ourselves and our lives to him so that he can influence us more deeply and we can come to know him more intimately.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Remembering the past

By looking back, we are reminded about the many blessings which have been poured out in our lives, despite the challenges and despite the sadness.

By looking back, we strengthen our resolve to move on into the future, to take what we have become and to make good of it.

By remembering the past, we will never forget who we were, come to realise what we are now and strive to be who we want to be.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Psalm 23

A psalm of David. 1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,

3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.


This always gives me peace.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Nothing like a live performance

If I may just say, watching Alicia Keys perform live is totally awesome!!! Shame I forgot my camera... silly me! Here's a pix of yesterday's concert from ThisisLondon...

Sunday, July 6, 2008


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

--Rudyard Kipling

Interesting that Nadal & Federer were shown to recite this on BBC's live telecast of the Wimbledon 2008 men's single finals.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

You never let go

We sang this at church today, among many other songs which brought tears to my eyes. This one especially touched me. God has been so good.

You never let go - Matt Redman

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I’m caught in the middle of the storms of this life
I won’t turn back
I know You are near

And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?
Whom then shall I fear?

Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

And I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
We’ll live to know You here on the earth


Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You

Lovin it!

Several things to look forward to over the next couple of weeks:
- Wimbledon
- Race for Life
- The Feeling concert
- Alicia Keys concert
- Paris

Yay!! I love summer :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Race for Life

I'm taking part in Race for Life on 29th June to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Events like Race for Life are an important way in which Cancer Research UK is able to fund its life-saving work into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer.

Join me in supporting Race for Life and a fabulous cause! Sponsor me here -

About my charity :

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is the world's leading independent organisation dedicated to cancer research. We support research into all aspects of cancer through the work of more than 4,250 scientists, doctors and nurses. Over the past 10 years alone, thousands of lives have been saved through earlier detection and improved treatments. But, much work remains to be done if we are to achieve our aim of beating cancer.
Charity Registration No 1089464

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Amsterdam photos and random stuff

Here's some of my favourite shots taken at Keukenhof and some random ones... ;)

SATC Goodie Bag.... courtesy of A and M! I had a great time at the movie.

Meet Daisy... I could not resist! ;)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Of mercy

‘The quality of mercy is not strained; it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath’ (The Merchant of Venice). Such is the mercy of God.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Today I discovered a new sin...

it's called covetousness.... hahahahaha

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Blood, sweat and T-shirts

BBC Three has been airing a 4-part series about India's garment sweatshops. It's a moving account about child labour and appalling work conditions. Six young fashion addicts experience life as factory workers in India, making clothes for the British high street. In this series, the six work in the mills of India’s cotton belt and stitch clothes in cramped back rooms, sleeping next to their sewing machine. See how it changes their attitudes to cut-price clothing. Makes me think twice about the clothes I buy from high street stores. Watch it here and think about your next purchase. This is another reminder of how blessed we really are.

Monday, May 12, 2008


What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

~ William Henry Davies

His grace abounds

Today I was pleasantly reminded that encouragement comes from all places... "His love is more than tongue can tell, His love is more than tongue can tell. The love that Jesus has for me (e-e-e) is more than tongue can tell". (Googled the song, but can't seem to find the name of the songwriter. Do tell me if you know!)

Friday, May 9, 2008

Keep the Sabbath

"If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on my holy day,

if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord's holy day honourable,

and if you honour it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please of speaking idle words,

then you will find your joy in the Lord,

and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob."

Isaiah 58: 13 - 14 (NIV)


Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what's a heaven for?


O, give me a vision...

Monday, April 21, 2008

Prov 1:7

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline."

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

When one is blown away by the wonder of God's creation

Saw this on HL's blog and couldn't resist sharing it here...

A measure of heart

I've come to realise that we are all given a certain measure of heart. Once poured out, can never be refilled... not up to its full measure, at least not over a short period of time. I've seen this happen to so many. But why, I wonder? Surely man was with more than just a little elasticity. Surely as man was made versatile, man's heart would've been made so too?

The answer I believe is that man cannot heal on his own, simply because man did not make himself. He needs to go back to his maker to be made whole again... for the cracks to be filled and a new coat of paint applied. Man needs to arrive at a place were man seeks restoration from the one who began it all.

There is but no other way for man to be made whole again, to restore his measure of heart.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Japanese sweets

Such lovely packaging...Arigato! :)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Pumpkin is trusting in the Lord and seeking Him with all her heart.

"The Lord is my light, and my salvation,
Whom shall I fear, whom shall I fear... "

Thursday, March 13, 2008

me fed-up. wanna do more, more, MORE!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

At what expense?

Water is being diverted to Beijing in preparation of the 2008 Olympics, threatening the lives of millions of peasant farmers in China’s north-western provinces, according to a senior Chinese government official. It is predicted by the China Water Resources and Hydropower Scientific Research Institute (what a long name!) that there will be water shortages in China by 2010. Such is the price of pride and progress.

*Courtesy of

Our world is an integrated system and there's no denying that we leave footprints, like it or not. Will we, each in our own way, take responsibility for our world?

Read more here.

Sunday, February 17, 2008


I popped into the V&A museum after CNY open house at the Malaysia Hall, enroute to HTB.

Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft Exhibition

Glass lungs

Europe 1600 - 1800

What's that smell?

My fav: An ivory carving

Monday, February 11, 2008

Culture vulture

On impulse, I spent an hour or so at the British Museum today after class. It was SO packed!

Poor teddy looks a little down.. found him opposite the Brit Museum

Chinese performers at the museum

Lovely Jasper teapot