Letters of Life

Month: July 2011


The thing about journeys is that sometimes God sets you on a path which, without His intervention, you’d never have found yourself on. And there comes a point in the journey where you stop and ask yourself–usually in the middle of a momentous moment–you ask yourself, “How¬†did I get here?” And you start tracing back… Read More ›

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First Impressions (III)

Last weekend, a friend brought a guest to church. She was a young woman who climbed mountains. In fact she had once climbed a mountain in China. How high? About 6,000 metres, she said matter-of-factly. Her down-to-earth reply encouraged me to share my experiences in climbing. It took about 10 seconds. I described a recent… Read More ›

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First Impressions (II): Be Nice Now

First impressions can be 100 per cent way off course, but they do count. This might surprise you, but more people than you think do not, or did not, have a good first impression of me. (Is this old news?) And so, I will work on making a better first impression. Since I am now… Read More ›

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First Impressions

This little story puts paid to the idea that first impressions–by this I mean the immediate perception based on a brief analysis of outward appearances–don’t amount to a hill of beans. Detractors say don’t judge a book by its cover. But human nature is full of biases and the mind categorizes before you can think… Read More ›

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I Shall Wear Chocolate

Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me. –Audrey Hepburn The cake sat like a freshly minted book, as yet unopened, lacquered in glossy chocolate ganache, mirror-smooth and pristine. One had to wait until the birthday song had been sung before it could… Read More ›

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Letting Fear Work For You

A new friend who is a natural on the piano tells me he likes to play what he doesn’t know. In contrast, he tells me one of his best friends, a multi-instrumentalist, likes playing what he knows, the kind of music he truly enjoys. In all likelihood, probably the kind of music he identifies with…. Read More ›

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When Haha No Longer Means Just Haha

When not in use face-to-face, ‘haha’ no longer is the sound of laughter. Instead, “haha” has evolved to mean many many things in instant messaging and online media. The online medium revels in ambiguity, and ‘haha’ has probably become one of the most ambiguous terms in use right now. Here are nine other meanings to… Read More ›

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In My Life

There are places I remember all my life Though some have changed, Some forever, not for better, Some have gone, and some remain, All these places have their moments With lovers and friends I still can recall Some are dead and some are living In my life, I loved them all . . . I… Read More ›

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My Favourite Moments at Camp Mission Possible 2011

My list of favourite moments at our bi-annual camp, held in the historic town of Malacca. The theme: World missions. 8. Being part of a convoy of four cars entering the town on a quiet Thursday afternoon, pretending the empty streets were just the way they were when I was little, and making a beeline… Read More ›

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