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A Mother's Prayer

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When I was in university, I almost failed an exam on Analog Electronics. It was the first time in my life that I was so ill-prepared for an exam (I was already too digital then!)! But I somehow survived...

On the night before the exam, my Mom noticed that I was visibly stressed. She had never seen me so helpless because I was usually confident before an exam and would go to bed early. But that night, I was trying to revise and understand how to solve possible exam questions. I just couldn't grasp the concepts and tried to call friends for help but they were all busy with their preparations too.

My Mom sensed my predicament and knew that she shouldn't interrupt me especially when she could not be of any help with my studies. So she did what she knew best in such hopeless moments: she took out her rosary and prayed. Somehow when I realized she started praying, I felt peaceful and my mind started to clear up a bit. And I felt the sudden urge to call a friend, someone whom I would n…

Seeding Racial Harmony

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Last Friday, my wife and I volunteered at the "Racial Harmony Day" annual event at Montfort Junior School. It was a real fun and memorable event with yummy traditional and multicultural food and interesting activities like rickshaw rides and whacky photo booths.

Many other parent volunteers put in their heart and soul to make the event a most meaningful one for their children by recreating a "kampung" environment where Singaporeans from the four main ethnic groups used to live together and interact freely; nobody locked their doors in those days because everyone viewed one another as part of the same big family!

The following photo touched me deeply and conjured up feelings of pride, security and peace because it represented Singapore's dedication to continued racial harmony in the generations to come:

Theme song of the ultimate Superhero

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If you had listened to the main themes of "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Man of Steel", you would agree with me that Hans Zimmer is one of the most talented composers of cinematic music of all time. 

Music is the universal language of humanity - it connects our hearts and reaches the innermost and unchartered depths of our very being. And in a movie, it is the key unseen actor who is always in the background, tugging at our hearts, spurring our spirits, courting our emotions and transporting us into another reality.

For me, this is the crown jewel of Hans Zimmer's work to date - a theme song for the Superhero of all time - put on your best headphones (mine is the awesome ATH-M50) and be wowed:

Thoughts for the Year

At the start of this new year, I would like to share my personal thoughts which are inspired by my life experiences and captured in short original quotes:
Love

"You truly love when you love even when you don't feel like loving."

“It matters little that you cannot do great things because little things can matter greatly too when done with love.”

"True Love loves loving regardless of the lovability of the beloved." 

"True love is a decision to love even when the feelings of love have gone into remission."
“Let all your thoughts and actions be immersed in pure LOVE, and you will understand the mystery of LIFE.”
"If family matters to you, it matters you spend quality time with family."
Happiness
“Your Happiness will find you when you help others find theirs.”

“The surest way to lose happiness is to seek it."

"If you're not happily exhausted at the end of the day, it means you have not found a worthy challenge that exploits your fullest pot…

Human Planet - 80 inspirational stories

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At the advice of my niece Lin, I bought the Human Planet blu-ray set and it turns out to be one of the best blu-ray sets I've ever bought!
I am totally mesmerized and inspired by each of the 80 stories which give a unique human perspective to every imaginable challenge posed by Mother Nature. From sky burials to a 6-day treacherous trek to school, from hunting with a loyal eagle to fishing over raging waters, every story bears witness to the indomitable human spirit which is so lacking in our modern cities. If you think you had a bad day at office, watch this and suddenly, your problem becomes trivial when compared with the seemingly impossible "tasks" of the unsung heroes in the Human Planet!

My Little Green Meal Box

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I've never failed to elicit giggles and surprised looks on aunties and uncles when I passed them my little green tupperware meal box to pack a meal!

Let's do our little part for the environmentby bringing our own meal boxes! I look forward to the day when stares are given to those who didn't bring their own boxes!

OREDY: One Message A Day...

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One message a day... this is how I hope to change the world.

Hence, I have started a free messaging service called OREDY (One Refreshing & Empowering message DailY) for Singapore mobile subscribers as well as anyone on WhatsApp.

Rest assured that your personal information will not be shared with anyone else. This is purely my personal endeavour to make a difference in the world; I will be choosing the messages daily which are categorized into various lists.

Here're the List Codes of my service:
QUOTES: Daily inspirational quotationsfrom great men and women throughout history, eg. "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." Albert Einstein (1879-1955) Physicist BIBLE: Daily inspirational Bible verses, eg. "My Grace is sufficient for you, for My Power is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9JOKES: Daily hilarious jokes to keep the wrinkles away, eg. A sandwich walks into a bar. The barman says, "Sorry we don't serve food in her…