Sunday, May 3, 2015

Happy Wesak. May peace and good health be with you.

This Sunday 3 May, 2015, Malaysia celebrates Wesak Day, The Buddhist thrice blessed holy day. Elsewhere this year, Wesak Day is on 1 Jun. Why? Usually, Wesak is celebrated on the first full moon day in the month of May, which usually will be the 15th day of the fourth Chinese lunar month. But this year the fourth Chinese lunar month full moon day falls on 1 June. Thus the difference.

A lot of so-called Buddhists do not really understand the pristine teachings of the Buddha. That results in wrong interpretations and understanding of what Buddhism is. Below is an article I wrote on the misconceptions about Buddhism. Hope on this auspicious Wesak Day this article may provide better understanding of Buddhism.

Happy Wesak to all my Buddhist friends. May everyone have good health and inner peace.…/Misconceptions-about-Buddhism

Thursday, January 22, 2015

When You Have A Good Heart

How true how true. What a stupid fool I am!! And will remain so for the rest of my life because I will still have a good heart.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Contemplation during this day of Christmas

"Be merry", everybody seems to wish everybody else during this day of Christmas. For other days, it is usually "be happy".  Fair enough.  All of us should be happy or at least feel happy.  The feeling of happiness should be for every moment and not only for this day of Christmas.  Sometimes life is not so rosy to be feeling happy.  If certain conditions do not generate happiness, we cannot be happy.  Otherwise we will be crazy to be happy when sad events confront us.  This year (2014) is the worst year for me.  My son was diagnosed with a serious illness.  This year, my son was warded for long periods, 5 times in all, twice in ICU for 9 days each.  I will be a mad father if I can be happy about this!

Then what should I do?  I accept what is dealt to me in this game of what we called "life".  If I cannot be happy because of certain conditions that do not warrant happiness, then let it be.  I am not going to brood over it for the rest of my life.  The least I can do is to resolve not to be unhappy over time.  Acceptance is a therapeutic resolve.  I turn away from feeling unhappy, and instead try to identify whatever positive aspects life still provides me.  I may not feel happy.  That's ok.  Now I concentrate on what I have that I should be thankful for.  These are the six "thankfulness":

1. I am thankful that I am in good health and of sound mind.

2. I am thankful that my son is recovering well.

3. I am thankful that my wife and two grandchuildren are healthy.

4. I am thankful that my grandchildren's parents are healthy, no matter what they had done to me.

5. I am thankful to my relatives who have given me moral, monetary, and spiritual support.

6. I am thankful for all those who have come to embrace my son in his hour of needs, especially the Christian friends and support group.   

What else do I want to be happy?  I just need to be thankful for what life dishes up for me. 

To all my readers, have a Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tan Danli : The story of this remarkable little girl with a happy ending.

This is the touching story of an eight-year old orphan adopted by a kind man in remote China.  I almost skipped this video as it is 16 minutes long.  Since the person who shared this video through facebook, insisted that I must "Please watch, don't skip this" I acted on his advice and watched.  Once the video started, I watched it till the end.  Please invest 15 minutes of your life watching this story of this remarkable little girl.  I only wish that my two adopted children will also watch this video and seriously contemplate what they had done or not done with their lives.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Karpal Singh, My Other Hero, May He Rest In Peace.

In the Malaysian political scene, I have two heroes whom I salute.  Eversince I could vote, I always voted for DAP.  Even before I could vote while still a student, I was a staunch DAP supporter for I knew all along DAP is a sincere political party working for peace and equality for all Malaysians.  It is only their other political opponents that spinned negative news about DAP.  If you disagree with me it is ok.  But I shall not go into debate with you.  This post is not for debating.  This post is to convey my solemn respect for the late Karpal Singh, who tragically was killed in a car accident this early morning.  Karpal Singh was my other local political hero.  May he rest in peace.  My sincere condolences to his family.  It is a very sad day.  I salute you Karpal Singh.

My number one local political hero is none other than Lim Kit Siang.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Most Expensive Surprise Gift From My Internet Friend

Yesterday I met up with my internet friend from KL.  He came to Penang to attend the Tzu Chi's graduation ceremony.  My friend Gary Kang is now officially one step nearer to becoming a Blue Angel of Tzu Chi.  He is now able to wear the grey shirt to serve the people.  After a period of time through further dedication of service to the community, he will become a full fledged Blue Angel, wearing the blue shirt. For those who don't know about what I am writing about, please read my article on Tzu Chi.

When we met, he presented me a clear plastic container which I thought were two pieces of timsum buns.  The plastic container was somewhat opague and I couldn't see clearly.  Then he opened the container, and to my surprise, it was an expensive commodity; 4 beautifully sorted pieces of pure birdnest.   By the way our friend Gary has a swiftlets' building in a remote town, and these four precious pieces came from there.  

I dared not ask him about the market price of these 4 pieces for fear he might change his mind and ask me to pay for them.  Just joking.  Gary will never do that to me, knowing I am a retired old man without pension.

Thanks a million, my friend Gary, for the expensive surprise gift.

Take a look at the photos below:

Two types. Left shows the finer grain. Right shows the streaky type.  

Closer look at the finer type

Closer look at the streaky type

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Brilliant Answers For Stupid Questions


 Q1. How can you lift an elephant with one hand? * You will never find an elephant that has only one hand.

Q2. In which battle did Napoleon die? * His last battle.

Q3. River Ravi flows in which state? * Liquid.

Q4. What is the main reason for divorce? * Marriage.

Q5. What is the main reason for failure? * Exams.

Q6. What can you never eat for breakfast? * Lunch & dinner.

Q7. What looks like half an apple? * The other half .

Q8. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what will it become? * It will simply become wet.

Q9. How can a man go eight days without sleeping ? * No problem, he sleeps at night. 

Q10. Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? * At the bottom of the page. 

Q11. If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in other hand, what would you have ? * Very large hands.

Q12. If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take for four men to build it? * No time at all, the wall is already built.

Q13. How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it? *Any way you want, concrete floors are very hard to crack.


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