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The journey through life is imbued with the realm of the spiritual. My adventures in both and my walk with the Lord Jesus.

Under the Shadow of Your Wings

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11:43, Monday, 27 May, 2013

Let me just say this so I can get it out of my system: Apart from clothes, shoes, and accessories, I dislike coordinating. There’s nothing intriguing about it, nothing remotely tantalizing about putting people and dates and times together, and while I do it as ably as the next person, I would rather be doing… Read More ›

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I’ll Bring You More Than A Song

There’s a Mandarin song I recently had to learn to sing properly for church worship. It wasn’t a particular favourite, but I worked on singing it right. Word by word, I took the song apart so I wouldn’t twist the Mandarin words out of shape by treating it like an English song. My confidence grew,… Read More ›

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A Georg Jensen Watch For Cambodia

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. — John Keats. The Vivianna bangle watch by Georg Jensen is a thing of beauty. Designed in the early 1960s, this open-bangle watch remains a work of iconic watch design; the cool stainless steel encircles the wrist magically without a clasp, and the dial reflects light as… Read More ›

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Restoration

First Fig My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends— It gives a lovely light. Edna St Vincent Millay, A Few Figs From Thistles, 1920 These are the burnt-out ends of smoky days.

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Pink Neon

If moods were colour, this is my mood today. This day, bookended by Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, is one saturated by a Love which came down two milleniums ago, heated by a love eternal, cooled to the coldest cruelty of humanity. A love enlivening, life-ending, in the end, life-giving. In Him was life, and… Read More ›

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Spirit Song

Seventeen days til Easter. It’s the eye of the storm; a lull, a borrowed peace. There’s a line in an old, old song Let Him have those things that hold You And have I? Then His Spirit like a dove Will descend upon your life And make you whole In some ways, yes. I used… Read More ›

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Repost: 10 Tips on Successfully Giving Up Facebook For Lent

The first time I gave up Facebook was just a year ago, which you can read about here. The second time was early this year when I felt the conviction that all that online chatter, about as substantial and nutritious as a Chicken McNugget Meal, was filling up the echoes of my mind. The most… Read More ›

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Lent 2012

Lent is upon us, it seems. What will you not be doing? Previous Lent posts here have been getting a lot of hits, as people start looking up what it’s like to give up the social networks for 40 days. Here’s the Lent list: Ten Tips On Successfuly Giving Up Facebook for Lent (2011) All of… Read More ›

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Realism, or The Line Between

In this excerpt from a short story by renowned fantasist Peter S Beagle called Professor Gottesman and the Rhinoceros, a Swiss-born professor of philosophy brings his niece to the zoo and finds himself being spoken to by an Indian rhinoceros. “Professor, it was indeed I who spoke. Come and talk to me, if you please.”… Read More ›

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Breakthrough

Where I live my friends refer to as Manhattan, largely because of the district and because the interior is reminiscent of a New York pied-à-terre. In Manhattan gather some of the coolest, most precious bunch of God-loving people I know. Lately, there had grown an aura, like a silent disesase, within the group, ensnaring odd… Read More ›

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Transient Thoughts in Transit

It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, although that might not be far from the truth. So much has been happening, all good, thanks be to God, that I have been, for some time now, at a loss for words. Thoughts and ideas are percolating inside, quite unlike the latest espresso-brewing machine which… Read More ›

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Thoughts in Transition

Already November? October has been a special month in so many ways. The most important was that I decided to go on a personal season of Lent the second time around in 2011. As theologian Oswald Chambers wrote, “Unless we are experiencing the hurt of facing every deception about ourselves, we have hindered the work… Read More ›

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A Message From A Dream by Carl McColman

A recent post by American writer Carl McColman, whom I follow online, set me thinking in a way I had not for a long time. It benefitted my thought life in a significant way and I decided to write to Mr McColman about publishing his post in Featherglass. I am so glad I did because here is… Read More ›

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How Can I Say Thanks

Earlier, it crossed my mind to revisit what took place last year and compare it to today. But looking back makes one merely wistful. Living in the now and savouring it makes the future look more dazzling. That will be the next post. For now, it is late, and the weekend has been incredible. So in a… Read More ›

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Waiting for a Star to Fall: The Birthing of a Song

For my friend, Royston. Sometimes a song waits for the right people to come along to bring it to completion. Most times, the composer is merely a a tool in the hands of the Maker, the Creator, from whom all things come. And if the tool gets sullied or tainted in the process, well then,… Read More ›

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Thought for the Day

“Seeing, contrary to popular wisdom, isn’t believing. It’s where belief stops, because it isn’t needed any more.” Terry Pratchett, the celebrated fantasy writer, wrote this. If you can see something, you don’t have to put much belief in it, because you know it is there. And so, I am stepping out on a limb this… Read More ›

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Never In My Wildest Dreams

Every so often, a band comes along with songs that take your breath away. Their music and lyrics become like favourite books read many times over–you know the plot, the characters are old friends–, and there are some things that only grow better with time. You want to play their songs. You download the chord… Read More ›

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Resist The Fame, Seek His Glory

A little more on my chat with Pastor John W Stevenson whom I had the privilege to chat with here. He speaks carefully, with discretion borne from much hindsight, prudence, and sensitivity. It’s a combination integral to being a musician, a songwriter, a pastor, a prophet, and most of all, a worshipper of the Most… Read More ›

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The Places of the Heart: Where Songs Come From

Recently, I met a talented musician who sings, writes his own songs, and is also a pastor and worship leader. John W Stevenson and I had the opportunity to chat for my radio podcast which features musicians from around the world. His songs have the quality of waters deep and still, yet you get the feeling you’re… Read More ›

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Letting

Letting go. [Image by WIlly Volk via Flickr] In letting go and letting God, the hardest thing is to let go completely. I surrender all, I surrender all . . . so we sing, and the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. I need to keep my arms raised, holding and withholding nothing…. Read More ›

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Journeys

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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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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When A Stylista Contemplates World Missions

This post is dedicated to my gal-pal, Yv. A month ago, I very badly wanted a gold pendant I saw at Tiffany’s. But Andre said I should not get it  “without any reason.” Some friends helped me find a reason in my upcoming wedding anniversary, now only a few days away. Thing is, I don’t… Read More ›

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Let Everything Else Go

As I was researching an upcoming guest for my next show (sneaks: Christian guitarist extraordinare Benny Prasad), I checked out another musician he once jammed with, Phil Keaggy. You can listen to the song here. I do think that anyone who listens to it will feel a sense of liberation if you let the music… Read More ›

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God’s Incidences (Coincidences)

Life is made up of so many coincidences that sometimes we take them for granted. One person’s coincidence (merely being in the right place at the right time) could be, for you, a “God incident”, orchestrated by the Father to enrich and enable you in your journey of life. A couple of mornings ago, I met… Read More ›

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Maundy Thursday 2011

In the Christian calendar, this is Holy Week in the runup to Easter and today is known as Maundy Thursday. Growing up in the Methodist church, I used to see this name oft-printed in the church’s calendar of events and it’s become a part of my unused vocabulary. Like most unused words in my treasury… Read More ›

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Almost there: Day 34/40 of Lent 2011

This Lent has been quiet. Calm. No relapses that I’m ashamed of. I haven’t felt deep urges to step into a store. I walk briskly through malls to get groceries for dinner, make a key, do a quick lunch or pedicure. As for Facebook, I like being off the hook. No need for Newsfeeds, don’t… Read More ›

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Hitting A High

Today is a special day because of a number: 4500.   As of early this morning, this blog received a total of 4500 hits since its inception 15 months ago. This is interesting, because just four months ago in November, the blog hit 3,000 views. That’s a jump of half the total number of hits… Read More ›

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Lenten Thoughts

Lent 2011 is approaching. On Wednesday, March 16th, Day One of a 40-day period of Lent starts, signalling for us who choose, the start of a journey of the soul. Giving up something we like, something worthy of sacrifice, is always worth doing. Why? Because it bears the “peaceful fruit of righteousness.” In chapter 12… Read More ›

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I Don’t Know How To Love Him

In this day and age, nothing is ever truly controversial anymore. Maybe for 15 minutes, which is an eternity in virtual time. But there was a time when songs and musicals had the ability to shock and polarize groups of people, and musicals like Lloyd-Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar in 1973 was considered blasphemous because its… Read More ›

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How Your Mind Is Like a Dollhouse (Sometimes)

God is like the owner of a dollhouse, the kind in the picture above, where there is no facade, and the owner can see all the rooms in the house at once and furnishes each room as He likes, and places the doll in whatever room He chooses. For you who believe, your heart and… Read More ›

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Five Things You Might Want to Know About Mission Trips

I realize that people go on missions for reasons they don’t always acknowledge or are aware of. It is true that sometimes, the motive or aftereffect is one of misplaced pride or smugness that one has done a good deed. This is what I know, based on my experiences on short term missions. I’m aware… 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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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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I Never Believed This Was Possible – But Now I Do

I play the synthesizer as part of the band in church on Sundays. I'd heard stories from other musicians of how the Holy Spirit can fall on you and as a result, new sounds, new riffs and melodies can arise from your instrument even as you are playing. I found that hard to imagine. I… Read More ›

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Day 26: Failure

Prologue: It took me a long time to decide to post this, possibly one of my last entries about my Lenten experience. Day 26 was, without doubt, my nethermost point of the entire 40-day season, when my spirits were at an ebb, and I was mired in torn and tangled emotions. An event in Day… Read More ›

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Day 35–Angels

March 31st, 2010 Almost to the finish line. This must be the hardest week of Lent for me. And yet, and yet. I made a mandatory trip to the supermarket to get four cartons of canned drinks. It was a morning when I felt a deep tiredness, a leadened heart. I loaded the boot, and… Read More ›

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Day 21–Going Bonkers

Ever get the feeling you’re trying too hard? I think it just hit me. Wham. I’m so tired right now there’s no energy for an exclamation point. Kapow. Ever get the feeling there’s so many things you WANT to do, HAVE to do, and ultimately, also DON”T WANT to do? This feeling, it feels like… Read More ›

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Days 37-39: Easter weekend

4 April 2010 Amazing weekend. Good Friday saw a full day, with music practice for Easter (again, I wasn’t slated to play on Easter weekend. I can only thank God for the privilege of serving Him on such a day like that), the drama rehearsal, and then preparing for the Good Friday service at home…. Read More ›

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Day 36–A Friend’s Passing

Holy Thursday, 1 April 2010–A familiar face, from decades past, lay enclosed in a box, a sudden compactness that I was not ready for. My eyes rested a full 2 seconds on his face–it was a face of rest—–and then focussed on the texture of the wood surrounding him. Already, we could see he was… Read More ›

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