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.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Ten thousand angels cried* - LeAnn Rimes

It rained (again) this evening - on Good Friday evening. When that happens, I always remember this song:-

*I love her version of this beautiful song!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

How deep is your love* - Boyzone

"...When you do have a child no matter how much you think you're prepared for it you'll be stunned by the capacity you have to love somebody."

RDJ.s character in Ally McBeal

I shared this quote before on Facebook, quite some time ago - and i still feel stunned at how much love i have for my daughter. The other day, i just sat with her, holding her hand, looking at her happy face and feel the love inside of me just .... just wanting to explode! I just sat there with a big smile on my face, hoping she didn't notice the tears i had in my eyes.

I wished she can know how much i love her... but at the same time, i know she can't. Not until she has a child of her own...

*Their remake of the Bee Gees classic!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Only one* - BoA

This was sitting in my draft folder since last August. Came up with the title and wanted to start blogging but did not get the chance to do so.

Until now - when it seems right to do so?

I noticed back then that all the links to my friends blog in the side bar reveal that not one of them have continued blogging! Yes, i am the only one left.

In fact, there was a time when i was sure that i would join them - and leave the blogging world for good. You would note from the side bar that in 2014, i only blogged twice! Only 2 postings in the whole year! I only resumed in 2015 after my second major surgery in recent times. But by the end of 2015, i was only blogging once a month.

Things did not improve much in 2016 - in terms of blogging.

The event that triggered my blogging life again was watching the movie Sing with Shona. I did not think i would blog regularly again - but at this point of time, at the end of February, i have already blogged more than i have in the whole of 2016!!!!

The thing about it though is that i do not know if it will last. I have many things i wanna blog about lately but i've been so busy. Term is resuming next week - and i'll be really caught up with work - at Uni and in church!

I really hope i can go on blogging... but if not, then at least i would have improved this year compared to last year!

*The lead single from her 2012 Korean album of the same name.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

The dream is over* - Story of the Year

So 9 months after winning the Premier League for Leicester against all odds (see my post here), Ranieri gets the sack!

In an interview yesterday, he said that his dream has died. It's ironic that a man who made so many people's dreams come true and who has inspired millions not to give up on their dreams now finds his to have died.

Was it the right thing to do? What is 'right'? Unfortunately, in today's EPL, he can be considered fortunate to have lasted so long!!! But some fans wouldn't mind being relegated if he was still their manager.

The debate will go on but all should be able to agree that the EPL has lost one of the most charming, humourous, passionate managers.

Let me end off with something light-hearted...

*A song taken from the 4th studio album of this American rock band.