The tools are immaterial, the resulting piece is what's most important.

Monday, May 31, 2010

The Meaning of Marriage

What is the meaning of marriage? Marriage is “The legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife.” In the modern world, however, this definition of marriage is simplistic at best. The meaning of marriage differs from one person to another, and from one time to another.

However, marriage is a vastly different thing. On the up side, marriage is today more of a gathering of equals, rather than the subjugation of one to the other. On the down side, marriage often becomes much more temporary than it has been in years past.

The meaning of marriage can be looked at from a legal perspective. Legally, marriage is a binding contract between the two parties that joins together their possessions, income, and lives. Marriage is recognized by the state, and the dissolving of the contract can only happen through the legal process of divorce.

Marriage is also an agreement between the man and woman. Husband and wife take certain vows, to love one another, to cherish one another, and to stay together through sickness and health, for better and for worse. In most cases, this agreement includes sexual faithfulness, and a promise that each person will do what they can to make the other one happy.

For some people, this agreement between man and woman takes the form of a covenant between not only the couple, but God as well. Thus, many marriages are performed within the rites of various churches and religious institutions.

As it always has, the meaning of marriage is changing as the times change. As society changes, the institution of marriage changes. These changes may or may not be a good thing; in the end, they are probably a little of both. The meaning of marriage, in the modern world, is in a bit of flux; when people do get married, they should make sure that they agree up front on what they mean by marriage.

Congratulations to both Jeffri and Leanne on their wonderful occasion.


Why Live Simple?

How are you living? Do you have more stuff than you need? Are you spending more money than you are supposed to?

It is funny how to one generation to the next the standards of living are getting higher and higher.

What our grandparents would consider luxury, we consider as a basic need. I believe that is why we have so much ungratefulness going around. Everybody feels deprived!

Most of what we consider needs are actually are just wants.

Living simple helps us to be sober. We need learn to control our desires and live only what we actually need. In doing so, we are able to enjoy life more.

The less time we spend pursuing stuffs, the more time we have to slow down and experience life. Living simple, simple means getting our priorities right. We give priority to what is really important, like friends, family and God and not stuffs. Stuffs are just means for us to love better and not as an ultimate goal itself.

To be caught up in this materialistic culture is to be caught up in a life of shallowness and emptiness. You can never fill your heart with stuffs, only love can fill it.

We also want to live simple so others may live. Living simple gives us an opportunity to give more to those who are in need. Our lives become bigger than we are. We are stewards of what we have and not owners. God created it and owns it. We have an obligation to share to others what we have after our needs are met.

Why live simple?

Because you really want to live.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Be Thankful

Not so long ago, I didn't know that I can express thanks for the blessings and good things in my life. I just took things for granted. Or worse, I was worried that if I was to acknowledge the blessings that I've received, somehow something "bad" would happen and take away those blessings.

Sharkfin Mee Sua Tow

Now, I'm quick to express thanks whenever a good thing comes into my life. Somehow, there's always something to be thankful about!

3 Taste Oyster

Be thankful for what you have and you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.

Food hunt at Restaurant Teow Chew Meng @ SS 14


Monday, May 24, 2010

The Ultimate Human

From the bottom, every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.

Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change. Nothing can stop a man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal and nothing on earth can help a man with the wrong mental attitude.

Attitude is the way you mentally look at the world around you. It is how you view your environment and your future. It is the focus you develop toward life itself. A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude and anywhere will be a paradise. It is up to you.

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes.


Weekend Food Hunt - Restaurant Kim Lian Kee - Petaling Street

As usual, this weekend's food hunt brought me to Petaling Street. A restaurant called Kim Lian Kee famous for its Hokkien Mee. The shop is right at the corner just off Hong Leong bank.

Sweet and Sour Lala. Not as good as I have expected. Kinda tasteless as well.

Stir fried potato leaves or also known as "fan shu miu".


Friday, May 21, 2010

Change your thoughts, and you change your world.

Our life is what our thoughts make it. A man will find that as he alters his thoughts toward things and other people, things and other people will alter towards him.

Some thoughts always find us young, and keep us so. Such a thought is the love of the universal and eternal beauty.

Nevertheless, it is not too late to start building this day on a foundation of pleasant thoughts. Never fret at any imperfections that you fear may impede your progress. Always remind yourself, as often as necessary, that you are a creature of God and you have the power to achieve any dream by lifting up your thoughts. You can fly when you decide that you can. Never consider yourself defeated again. Let the vision in your heart be in your life's blueprint.

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

Difficulties are opportunities to better things. They are stepping stones to greater experience. Perhaps someday you will be thankful for some temporary failure in a particular direction. When one door closes, another always opens.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Haeun Khon Korean Food, AmCorp Mall

Last weekend's delicacy tasting took me around a 360 degree turn when I had korean food for lunch. Never had I thought of trying korean food ever (always a japanese fan). But a visit to Haeun Khon Korean Food @ AmCorp Mall, made me took back my words. Here are some tasty mouth-watering photos to share.

Their Menu

Random shots.