Letters of Life

Month: July 2010

Shopping (1)

I’ve been thinking about the shopping scene lately, and how the discrimination displayed by local sales staff is not going to get Singaporeans boasting about sales service as much as they boast about cheap hawker food. This is old news, but really, it’s time to nix atas (high-class) shops which encourage atas (snobbish) behaviour from… Read More ›

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When a Higher Court is Needed

The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong. Winston Churchill, 1874-1965 Where there are too many policemen, there is no liberty. Where there are too many soldiers, there is… Read More ›

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Reliving a Day

If reliving a day means not changing anything (because that would mean the Butterfly Effect), I’d have to think about one perfect day. Of course, over a life spanning decades, I am thankful that I’ve had many perfect days, not counting the red-letter days or milestone days, of course. Vacations, by definition, tend to be… Read More ›

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Repost: Some Greek Words

This is a repost from Carl McColman’s Website of the Unknowing. . . . Consider the original Greek words that have been rendered in English as purification, illumination, and union: Katharsis, Theoria, and Theosis. The first two, of course, have given the English language the words catharsis and theory. Let’s look at how these words… Read More ›

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Grey

When the mind is empty, fill it with something pretty. It’s a grey dreamy day, the kind of day one can luxuriate in and enfold oneself in delectable silks and cashmeres. This floaty skirt is charcoal silk satin overlaid with gunmetal silk chiffon. Over the skirt goes a cashmere cardy the colour of pale seaglass,… Read More ›

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Still on Hillsong

So Luki sent this and it made my day. This is good writing, because he writes the way he speaks, which is deceptively easy. Thank you for writing such nice things about me in your blog!!! I just read it and it made me reaaalllyyy happyy !!! Haha.. Thank you for doing that for all… Read More ›

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Coming Back to Earth

A week after Conference, and photos are still being uploaded onto Facebook. It prolongs the experience, obviously. It keeps us together, subconsciously. (Yeah, Chris Nolan’s Inception did that to me.) It makes me wonder, index finger on mouth Hello Kitty-like, why it was a week away from home like no other. This medley, performed by… Read More ›

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People Who Love People (II)

The second of my two-part paean (love the word!). Because we spent an intense nine days together, braving the cold, walking the vast Sydney Olympic Park where the Hillsong Conference was held, late dinners in Chinatown, acting crazy cool in the seaside town of Manly, and even to Miranda police station. Oh, and of course,… Read More ›

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People Who Love People (Part I)

So, these folks are bouncing around in the back of my head. So much so that I’ve decided to write about them, albeit briefly. Why? Because we spent an intense nine days together, braving the cold wind, walking the vast Sydney Olympic Park where the Hillsong Conference was held, driving from Parammatta (it really mattas)… Read More ›

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There and Back Again

It’s almost surreal to think that just seven days ago, I was plonked into Fall weather–grey skies, weather that demanded three layers to shield from a nip in the air and a biting wind–and then, in a blink of seven hours, was whisked back into the humid tropics, though tonight is cool and breezy by… Read More ›

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Winter in June

They say it is the coldest winter since 1983. The days are averaging 15 deg C, and sometimes cloudy and dreamy, and so I’m lovin’ it. Am with 9 others at the annual Hillsong Conference, spending 8 hours at Sydney’s Olympic Park, where the 10,000 seat Acer Arena sees us in worship and hearing world-class… Read More ›

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The Fine Art of Blogging

So I’m reading in today’s Urban, ST’s fashion weekly–the equivalent of the Today paper in the local fashion scene–about these kawaii girlbloggers who get a zillion hits a day and get ad revenue because adolescents and NSFs love gawking at these cutsey pictures posted on their blogs. Ok, I don’t know the exact demographics of… Read More ›

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Quote of the Day

Today’s QotD features MEL BROOKS! You’re always a little disappointing in person because you can’t be the edited essence of yourself. –Mel Brooks Pithy and brill! So I didn’t pick Rowan Atkinson, or Ricky Gervais. . . Mr Brooks’ heyday was too long ago to mention, but I’ve always admired his comic perspective. I’ve got… Read More ›

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