Saturday, April 30, 2016

Innocence Is Bliss

This highend restaurant just opened. Presenting the chef cum waitress cum entertainer!

My 4yr old granddaughter enjoying her recent birthday present.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Message From A Father To His Children

I have recieved this viral email message before.  This is about the message written by a father to his children.  I would have written the same message to my two children. (In fact, I had. There is a link to my article at the end of this post.)   It is very easy to write messages.  But the disappointing experience is that no one is listening.  Below is the message:

Dear son and daughter,

I am writing this to you because of 3 reasons

1. Life, fortune and mishaps are unpredictable, nobody knows how long he lives. Some words are better said early.

2. I am your father, and if I don't tell you these, no one else will.

3. What is written is my own personal bitter experiences that perhaps could save you a lot of unnecessary heartaches. Remember the following as you go through life

1. Do not bear grudge towards those who are not good to you. No one has the responsibility of treating you well, except your mother and I.

To those who are good to you, you have to treasure it and be thankful, and ALSO you have to be cautious, because, everyone has a motive for every move. When a person is good to you, it does not mean he really likes you. You have to be careful, don't hastily regard him as a real friend.

2. No one is indispensable, nothing is in the world that you must possess.
Once you understand this idea, it would be easier for you to go through life when people around you don't want you anymore, or when you lose what/who you love the most.

3. Life is short.
When you waste your life today, tomorrow you would find that life is leaving you. The earlier you treasure your life, the better you enjoy life.

4. Love is but a transient feeling, and this feeling would fade with time and with one's mood. If your so called loved one leaves you, be patient, time will wash away your aches and sadness.
Don't over exaggerate the beauty and sweetness of love, and don't over exaggerate the sadness of falling out of love.

5.A lot of successful people did not receive a good education, that does not mean that you can be successful by not studying hard! Whatever knowledge you gain is your weapon in life.
One can go from rags to riches, but one has to start from some rags!

6.I do not expect you to financially support me when I am old, neither  would I financially support your whole life. My responsibility as a supporter ends when you are grown up. After that, you decide whether  you want to travel in a public transport or in your limousine, whether rich or poor.

7. You honour your words, but don't expect others to be so. You can be good to people, but don't expect people to be good to you. If you don't understand this, you would end up with unnecessary troubles.

8. I have bought lotteries for umpteen years, but I could never strike any prize. That shows if you want to be rich, you have to work hard! There is no free lunch! (This is my addition: I still buy lotteries as I still have HOPE!)

9. No matter how much time I have with you, let's treasure the time we have together. We do not know if we would meet again in our next life.

Your Dad


You may like to read my article:  "How To Be Happy : Message From A Father To A Son"

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Recycling The Tzu Chi Way

Twenty-six years ago Tzu Chi started recycling of papers to save trees from being cut down rampantly. Now its recycling programmes encompass almost everything, and has spread throughout the world. 

I too, do my little part helping out at tc local recycling centre once a week. More work less talk. The Master encourages everyone to participate in recycling. This brilliant project gives everyone the chance to contribute to society. Everyone can do it. The Master used to say, "recycling gives us happiness and keeps us healthy." "Just do it!" Or in Taiwanese Hokkien "choe toh tio lah."

Recycling Program The Tzu Chi Way : My Hubpages article.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The End Of Blogging?

This blog is now a ghost town.  So are millions of them in similar fate.  Everything has a life cycle.  The end is near for blogging.  At least this is my observation and experience.  No one reads my blog now, so I don't bother to post.  Or is it because I don't post anymore, so my followers just faded away?  The chicken or the egg?  Whatever, the result is the same.  Blogging is dead, as far as I am concerned.  

Everyone is on facebook now.  So? If you can't beat them, join them.  Facebook is now my new play ground. Welcome to my new home:

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.


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