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The Answer June 29, 2009

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I believe you are the answer to every tear I’ve cried
I believe that you are with me,
My rising and my light.

Give me strength when I am weary
Give me hope when I can’t see
Through the crosses I must carry
Lord, bind my heart to thee

That when all my days are over
and all my chores are done,
I may see your risen Glory
Forever where You are.

                                                                    – Corrinne May



inspiration June 29, 2009

Posted by walnutsrice in clothes inspiration, completely crazy.

i need to go rip the sleeve off on of my jackets to create this:




and attach a pouch to my jeans or any pants i wear – check out the strap around the thigh


25.06.09 King’s tribute June 26, 2009

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As the sunset of one’s life approaches, we often will wish we will be remembered for the best we have been. In the essence of one’s true character and personality as we tried our best to live it, through ourselves or others. Just as sunrise marks the beginning of a meaningful and fulfilling journey together, hopefully filled with love, joy and kinship, sunset should be a welcome embrace to a life lived to the fullest.

May this have been so:

As I would remember you always

have a break June 26, 2009

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have a kit kat:


my absolute comfort food 😉

26th June June 25, 2009

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Michael Jackson passes away due to cardiac arrest.


Hopenhagen (Copenhagen 15) will gather world leaders for the UN Climate Change Conference on December 7th 2009. It symoblises a movement, a moment and a chance at a new beginning. To improve the environment, global measures must be taken; however as lofty policies get discussed, sometimes I wonder if these are discussed with in-depth knowledge of real problems and situations.

To follow the Hopenhagen movement leading up to the conference, keep watching this space. or follow it on Twitter like everyone else, which provide great links to other environmental happenings around the world.



Dead Sea Scrolls June 25, 2009

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Israel is a country I would go back again. and again.

Israel is rich with history, and Jerusalem seems to be a city in constant search for its identity, as a place that seem to bear the expectations of a biblical past and situated in a modern future. The tension in the city is evident, particularly on Friday evening where the buzz in the city heightens before coming to a complete stop till Saturday evening. My trip to Israel in 2006 is nothing short of magical. The second last day concluded with a trip to the Shrine of the Book where I admired the Dead Sea Scrolls, the only evidence to the authenticity of the bible.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are finally coming to Singapore!

Dead Sea Scrolls

They will be on display at the Art House from 27th Aug to 20th September

to join their facebook group, click here

i am super excited!

living June 22, 2009

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“Twenty years from now,

you will be more disappointed by the things

that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.

Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.”

                                                                                Mark Twain

vest again? June 19, 2009

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if most of you think i buy half my clothes from Kyurii, I am not surprised. But rest assured I do not. I just buy a lot of vests from her. My latest acquisition is this lace black vest – I have the grey version and it has been nothing short of perfect.


the weather is so absolutely scorching these days that my outfits vary around a tank top + vest thrown over + pants / skirt. and on the weekend, simply replace the pants  / skirt with shorts. Nothing else is bearable in this weather. so glad the vests that I bought recently are all thin. I don’t like wearing a tank top / tshirt without layering. It seems too boring.

19.06 June 19, 2009

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hands up to those who did not meet use Google Translator before.

I remember copying over an entire document into G.T to convert into English so I could read it without flipping the dictionary every 2 words. It was a breeze to read after. Now Google is starting to translate Persian into English, so that the world could more closely follow the elections in Iran. or should I say, post elections in Iran.

Will Google eventually manage to translate ancient language (Hebrew or Egyptian) into modern languages?


There is a very fine line between taking caution, and over-reacting. At this point, I am inclined to believe we are over-reacting to the H1N1. It took the civil service no later than a weekend to develop the BCP, and put in place measures to temperature scan, mobilise units and set up a tracking system for passengers affected.

And now! Even the education sector is catching up with E-Learning. It makes me wonder if one day, someone is going to come and say that to sterilise the world, people should just stay home and cyber-interact.


As usual, I will only buy something that is no longer in fashion. Hence, the iPhone will not be mine until Apple comes up with another type of gadget that takes all attention away from the iPhone now. In maybe, 5 years? Its amazing how fast something can go from hip to obsolete.



i like the word – Palestrael 😉

life and contentment June 18, 2009

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I was sent this:

      “The happiest people in the world are not those who have no
      but those who learn to live with things that are less than perfect.”

      A group of graduates, highly established in their careers, got
      together to visit their old university professor.  Conversation soon
      turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his
      guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a
      large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic,
      glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite –
      telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

      When all the students had a cup of coffee, the professor said: “If
      you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up,
      leaving behind the simple and cheap ones. While it is normal for you
      to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your
      problems and stress.  Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality
      to the coffee.  In most cases, it is just more expensive and in some
      cases even hides what we drink.  What all of you really wanted was
      coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups…
      Then you began eyeing each other’s cups.”

      Now consider this, said the professor, “Life is the coffee; the
      jobs, money and position in society are the cups.
      They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we
      have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live.
      Sometimes, by concentrating on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee
      God has provided us.  Enjoy your coffee!”

      The happiest people don’t have the best of everything.  They just
      make the best of everything.  Four things to take note of in life…

       1. Live simply.
       2. Love generously.
       3. Care deeply.
       4. Speak kindly.

14th June June 14, 2009

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Singapore to have a Natural History Museum? Why not? The Raffles Museum has a good collection of specimens, and with some of our prized artifacts linguishing in the depths of a storage house, it is time for them to see the light of the day and let Singaporeans enjoy the biological history of Singapore.


We gave this whale skeleton away to KL in 1972 when NMS changed focus. We are shortsighted, no?

With less than 1% of the zoological Reference Collection on display, i think we will have a great collection 😉



modern day conflict with the ancient truth June 14, 2009

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Many Jewish settlers in the West Bank believe the land was promised to them by the Bible of God.

And it is this, the promise of Judea and Samaria to the Jews, that has created a long standing conflict between the Israelites and Palestinians for the land at the West Bank. Maps were drawn and re-drawn. Boundaries were demarcated and re-demarcated. The occuptation of East Jerusalem, although considered to be part of the West Bank and therefore part of Palestine, was ‘required’ to complete the undivided city of Jerusalem – to be the captial of Israel as told in the bible.

240px-1947-UN-Partition-Plan-1949-Armistice-Comparison  240px-UN_Partition_Plan_For_Palestine_1947

I am not certain if the supposed promise meant having to create a diaspora of the Palestinian people, and to oppress them for decades. It certainly isn’t the way to fulfil the promise or to live the promise. A quick google search would pull up images of the Wall that circles Palestinians settlements at the West Bank, cutting people off from schools, work, families and other essential services. To get across the ways, they had to go through strict security checks at certain times of the day. At times of unstability, the checkpoints may be close for days. Both groups seek to create an independent statehood. The initial intention is not to create one at the expense of another. But one thing led to another. And here is what it is today.



Don’t let the beautiful image of the sunset trick you. The reality of the walls are harsh. The suffering is real. The bleakness of the future is starking. What is the use of installing these walls to mark out the boundary between two people on the same land? The polarity of yours / mine, Israelites  / Palestinians.

And the chosen one / not the chosen one?

USA 2010 June 12, 2009

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For the Highline Project (at long last!), I will head to the USA next summer. I have tracked the progress of the HighLine since construction begun. And to know that the first phase has been opened to public, I really am jumping for joy. I think this is THE project of 2007, 2008 and 2009. I have not come across another project that is so inspiring, and transforming.





I am thinking of summer plans already. It doesn’t look like I would travel anywhere for the rest of the year to anywhere major. Summer in the West Coast would be real fun – Seattle, California, San Francisco, and possibly Mexico. Then head to NYC for a couple of days to check out the Highline Project, and the New Visitor Centre at Times Square!

Parks are fun..soon June 12, 2009

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as a designer, it becomes almost a responsibility to present what is real to the public. not what is ideal. Even as we commence a design, the land is not a tabula rasa i.e. a blank slate. It is irresponsible to perceive, and present a place as if nothing ever existed. On the other hand, a good design is deliberate. Every component counts.

Recently, I have been looking at how ‘fun’ components may be added into a park design (at a low cost), possibly using recycled materials or salvaged items. give it a good clean up and chuck it at the park to create an element of surprise. why should designs be..predictable? These pictures gave me inspiration:



Tthese photographs do not imply that the Schobrunn Zoo in Vienna does not clean up their exhibits space; rather, it presents to visitors a realistic view of the natural habitats. Do you really think the Amazon River is intact? Do you think ocean floors are clean and pristine? Of course not. Besides, wildlife in the zoo is no longer presented as decorative objects to be viewed through a cage or a staged set. Instead, zoos have slowly begun to modify the mode of presentation, showcasing wildlife in a manner that is closest to their natural habitat.

Another more light-hearted project which I came across is almost funny. and very amusing. definitely cheap to do.



i always refer to Color Me Katie for inspiration to make parks more fun.

i have ideas. need to sleep on them and see if I could put them into Punggol Town Park and also Children’s Park.

The question of faith June 11, 2009

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Science tells me God must exist. My mind tells me I will never understand God. My heart tells me I am not meant to.


Camerlango: Professor Langdon, do you believe in God?

Professor Langdon: Well, I want to believe. Its not easy. Having faith requires leaps of faith, cerebral acceptance of miracles …”

Camerlango: I did not ask you what man says about God. I asked if you believe in God.

Professor Langdon: Faith is a gift..that I have yet to receive.


I still think faith is a gift that was given, but only because I sought it. This is the interesting bit about faith. Most gifts are given without asking – but somehow faith doesn’t come to those who don’t search for it. Alongside faith, I did not ask for the understanding of  God, because I think if i had to understand God thoroughly before having faith, I may never believe.

If you ask me if I fully agree with what the bible says, my answer is no. I shall not say what they are. However what I disagree with is independent of my belief in God.  Maybe because I don’t agree with everything said in the bible, I find it unrealistic that one can accept the entire truth. without questioning.

The circular argument is this. If God is flawless, then the truth must be perfect. If the truth isn’t perfect, then God is flawed?

Poker Face June 11, 2009

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i should do something about my liking for cheesy songs. first it was duffy. now its Lady Gaga. It is my brother’s fault. Poker Face was on repeat mode the whole of last night! and it was replaying in my head the whole of today!

11th June: am June 10, 2009

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North Korea has defied instructions repeatedly to stop its missile testing near the shores of South Korea, and continues to pose a nuclear threat. Sanctions would not work, as it has proven time and again. The U.N resolution is almost powerless against North Korea, and it has already defied the Korean Armistice in 1953.  So what now? There seems to be no dialogue. No one speaks to North Korea. Its a top-down decision, and the best part is North Korea doesn’t seem to acknowledge the supposed top. I prefer the CNN report.

I may not be absolutely knowledgable about negotiations, but it brings back memories of WWII when Germany openly defied instructions from the Allies Forces to stop occupation of its neighbours. Repeatedly. The Allies Forces were too soft and despite repeated incidents, did nothing firm to stop in fear of triggering a war. Will this happen again? 


when a good intention turns out way too wrong. A woman in Jerusalem gave her mother a new mattress, throwing away the old tattered one she has slept on for..forever. And it contains $1 million dollars of life-savings. Now thats a new way of saying keeping your money below your bed. The intensive hunt for the mattress in the massive rubbish dump is on. Will they find it?

What would you do? I cannot imagine myself having $1 million dollars and I really..wouldn’t enjoy sleeping on money.


Is vertical farms the way to go in order to preserve the environment? Every time i read reports on farming destroying natural environments, I seem to become more convinced we should try out vertical farms. or find alternatives to natural materials. I think beyond telling the same story of less tress = more carbon dioxide in the environment = increase temperature and therefore climate change, there should be a more lay-man way of lesson telling. These are really abstract terms which people find it hard to relate to. It may need to be site specific, or relating to past examples where the effects have happened.


Operation Christmas Child June 10, 2009

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when i was in college in melbourne, my church used to organise Operation Christmas Child at the end of the year. We could participate as individuals or in groups, where each would get a box to fill. We could fill it with necessities like toothbrushes, tooth paste, socks, a T-shirt, notebook, pencils etc. These boxes would then be sent off to different countries for the less privileged.


I could almost imagine the joy when these boxes are passed out. You can read stories about how these boxes transformed lives in remote parts of the world and spread joy to those who need them. Distributing blessings allow us to share a little of what God has given us, and we shouldn’t underestimate what this could do. Even brightening up a dark spot in people’s lives are worth the effort.

Maybe this year we could do something like that in church. rally the church together to pass these to a local community organisation. and it doesn’t need to happen only at Christmas. It could happen anytime of the year. I should discuss with the girls.