Thursday, 22 June 2017

Bridge over troubled waters* - Simon and Garfunkel

A touching tribute. So sad. One's home is supposed to be the safest place one can find in this cruel world.

It was also touching to see the firefighters clearly moved and saddened by the tragedy. These brave people ran in and went up when everyone was trying to go down and out. Respect!

*The original version, such a beautiful song. It won 5 Grammy Awards in 1971 including Song of the Year and Best Contemporary Song.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Empty* - The Cranberries

Thought of day from my Hymn Lovers Favorites calendar:-

One can only fill a bottle if it is empty. God can only fill me when i empty myself.

*Taken from their No Need To Argue album.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Don't need much to be happy* - Mary Chapin Carpenter

It was her first time on the beach. She absolutely loved it!!!!

It wasn't a very nice beach. The sand was coarse and brown. But did it matter to her? No. She was the most contented person in the world, with her little shovel and small pail which she got me to fill up with sea water for her a couple of times.

As my student said, it's so nice to see how children are easily contented by the little things in life.

We have so much we can learn from the children. They are truly a blessing from God.

*From her Ashes and Roses album, released in 2012.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

For good* - Kristin Chenoweh and Idina Menzel

An important and timely reminder from the camp talks -

Romans 8:28-29 'And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters'.

In ALL THINGS. God works for the GOOD of those who love him (me!). God has also predestined me to be CONFORMED to the image of his son.

In ALL THINGS - this includes the pain and suffering that i have to go through.

The pain and suffering is not something bad. It's not bad luck (trials are appointments, not accidents - reminder from another talk). It's not that life is unfair and i just have to suck it up. God is using that to work out something. For me. For good.

*The brilliant duet from the musical, Wicked.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

My favourite things* - Julie Andrews

My daughter just came out of her room (again) and told me she thought of scary things.

I told her when that happens again, she should think of her favourite things. Happy things - like picnics and swimming, and bicycles and playgrounds, and ice cream and fries.

She replied, '...and tomato sauce too?'

I said, yes, she can think of that too!

She then happily went back into her room. =)

*One of my favourite songs from the wonderful The Sound of Music.

Monday, 15 May 2017

I will always love you* - Whitney Houston

I was reading a newspaper article about a 77 year old woman who is staying in a home and yearns to see her children this Mother's Day.

Here is what she said:-

“My two sons are busy and may be staying overseas. I don’t blame them. Hopefully I will get to see their faces and tell them how much mommy loves them. Don’t mention they have abandoned me. My sons have their own families and I don’t intend to bother them. Just tell them mommy loves them and will always keep them in my prayers.” 

It breaks my heart to read this. It also reminds of the kind of unconditional love a mother has for her children - despite what her sons have done or failed to do for her, she still loves them and prays for them.

To a certain extent, i can emphatise with her. There are times when my daughter is angry at me and refuses to even look at me. But i still love her. And i cannot think of anything that she can do to make me not love her anymore.

I know that i annoy my mother a lot - and can be very impatient with her. But no matter what i do, i know she will still love me. What a strong woman she is. When my father fell ill, she had to take care of him and face with his frustrations. When he passed away, we were all worried for her - but she showed us that our worry was unfounded. She has since went through the worry of seeing her youngest son go through 2 brain surgeries to remove tumours therein. She is still strong - but physically getting old. I am glad that she gets to spend her twilight years enjoying the company of her 4 grandchildren.

p/s - It makes me wonder - we have laws which require mothers to take good care of her children when they are young. Should we also have laws which require the children to take good care of their mother when she is old?

*I think everyone should know of this classic hit of hers, taken from the soundtrack of the movie, The Bodyguard.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Reality* - Richard Samderson

Expectation vs reality!

I guess that is to be expected?

But wait a minute!!!!! See this! Reality lives up to expectations!!!!

*Apparently, this song is featured on the soundtrack of a French film! One of my favourite songs way back in the 80s.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Without you* - Air Supply

I am still watching Agents of SHIELD. And I'm still enjoying it!  In fact, the past few episodes have been getting really good reviews from fans. I agree with them!

Last week's episode was one of the best ever! It moved me to tears so much.

This was one of the best TV scenes i've watched:-

Mack and a few of the team are trapped in the 'framework' - a matrix kind of world where everything is just a computer programme. Daisy and Jemma went into the framework to get their friends out - but they have to convinced them first that they are in the make belief world.

Finally, they get everyone together and convinced them to return to the real world - all except Fitz (who had to be forced to go back) and Mack. It's not that Mack does not believe - but in the framework, he had Hope. Hope is his daughter - whom he lost in the real world. And to him, Hope is everything to him. She means the world to him.

In an emotional speech, Mack responds to Daisy's plea of returning to the real world and leaving behind what is not real. He said that Hope laughs at his jokes, they watch movies together, when Hope is sad, he holds her. Hope is real to him. And he does not want to live in a world without Hope.

At that moment, i could relate to him. If i was in the same position, would i want to live in a make belief world with my daughter, or would i want to live in the real world without her?

*Their version was the first version of this song that i heard.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Never gone* - Backstreet Boys

It's been 10 years since papa left us. Time really flies. We went to the columbarium like how we did for the past 10 years. The difference was that we are all much older. But we enjoyed recalling little things about him that made us all smile.

There are times when I miss him a lot - more than I thought I would. But more than that, I wish that my two girls would have had the chance to know their yeh yeh - he would have loved them deeply and they would have enjoyed being spoiled by him and entertained by his antics.

But having said that, I know my girls will see a lot of their yeh yeh in me - and I will try to love my girls selflessly and sacrificially as he did to me when he was still around. I thank God for giving me such a wonderful example to follow.

*Taken from the album of the same name, the song was written for one of the guys' father.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

The greatest love of all* - George Benson

I can try to guess. Or even imagine. But I'll never know how much it meant for the Holy One to take away my sin.

So here I am to worship, here I am to bow down, here I am to say that you're my Lord. You're altogether lovely, altogether worthy, altogether wonder to me.

*The first and original version before Ms Houston made an even bigger hit of it.