Friday, November 29, 2013

Patience And Faith

There are times when one just has to be patient, in the hope that things would return to what they once were. Circumstances change and whilst it is necessary to embrace change, sometimes the changes are for the better, at other times not necessarily so.
Sometimes, the changes are very much apparent. Sometimes, our gut tells us so. At such times, we may want to seek answers, or we could also let the situation unfold, run its course, and perhaps resolve itself in time. I have learnt that to embrace the latter means having to be patient, to have faith and to let fate deal its card.
Uncertainty is never kind, but hope is where the promise lies.
This Balinese family graciously allowed me to join them for prayers at Pura Ulun Danau Bratan in Bedugul, Bali.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Reality Check

News of the untimely passing of a classmate of mine today is yet another reminder of how fragile life can be. We are in the prime of our lives and such a sad occurrence is a reality check for the rest of us.
We need to be aware of and make the necessary effort to live each day well. Be happy and thankful for what we have in our lives. Embrace the ones we love. Communicate what we long to say. Fear not rejection. Realise our travel plans. Indulge in the food we crave. Exercise some. Lend a helping hand to the needy. Fulfill our potential in our careers.
Enjoy the simple things in life.
Beautiful sunset.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Love Actually

A few days ago marked the 10th anniversary of the release of 'Love Actually', one of my favourite movies of all time. I probably stumbled upon it a couple of years after its release but have since been watching it every now and then, particularly in the weeks leading up to Christmas. I sometimes just watch clips of scenes that I find especially endearing and moving, many of which are available on YouTube.
For the many reasons why I love this movie (see my previous post, it is the life-affirming nature of its various storylines that make it such a feel-good watch.
Come this festive season, I am certain to re-visit this perennial favourite, and will take with me the many lessons that one ought to reinforce in one's life.
Love Actually.

Sunday, November 3, 2013


Spending a festive holiday with friends is always an enjoyable and memo-rable expe-rience. After a hiatus last year, we were once again invited to Mohan's for his Deepavali open house yesterday afternoon. A couple hours of chit-chat over tid-bits, food and drink amongst friends is the perfect way to celebrate the 'festival of lights'.

The invitation was extended to many, and those who turned up were indeed those who have formed a close working relationship with Mohan in the wedding circle over the years. When the like-minded gather, it is always a catalyst for great conversation and camaraderie.

Till the next gathering, here's wishing everyone all good things in life.

Group photo at Mohan's.