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So They Say #2

Without duty, life is sort of boneless; it cannot hold itself together. ~ Joseph Joubert pearlie

The Essentials in a Christian Home

Rev Victor Vethamani's sermon today was taken from Colossians. Colossians 3:18-4:1 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly. Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged. Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites. Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master—in heaven. Now that I am looking at the ve

Do social networks make people self-obsessed?

Check out this article in BBC News, Status Update: Who cares? ( BBC News, Thursday, 27 August 2009 12:49 UK). I may not Facebook much or send Tweets at all, but I do blog everyday. So I'm self-obsessed? I wonder ... I started blogging in March 2006. I began with the purpose to just express my thoughts, nothing more than that, and todate, the purpose hasn't changed much. I blog because I needed a place to put down my mullings and going public through a blog gives me a sense of quality check as far as my writing is concerned and more importantly to have blogger friends to kind of as a monitor of my thoughts. So far so good. I have joined Facebook in 2007, and after spending a couple of months getting connected with friends and playing with the applications and games, my interest waned. I log into Facebook very rarely. But since I started using the iPhone in April, I have been checking it a bit more often but more as a lurker, just to find out what has been happening with th

A Thousand Words #112

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pearlie Photo (c) 2009 Alex Bramwell

A Clogged Drain and A Controlled Mind

And so we stayed at home, Calvin with his computer as usual, and I with the laundry and a clogged drain. I have tried using chemicals to unclog it but it hadn't work. And the laundry has to be done and so I had to improvise and use buckets instead to drain the water. I think I burned quite a lot of calories washing several loads of laundry today. And I still have to figure out how to unclog the drain. Meanwhile I have been viewing some videos in YouTube.com on Buddhism, more particularly on Meditation in the Discovering Buddhism series. Buddhist meditation is about transforming the mind, the discover what the mind is really all about and from that find out what what life is all about. It involves a lot of concentration on a targetted object, be it the breath or Buddha. This is my preliminary understanding of meditation in the Buddhist worldview. Christian meditation on the other hand is prayer and the study of Scripture. The ultimate of Buddhist meditation, I think, is the

Will be an incomplete food week

SH's car broke down and it will be in the workshop for longer than expected. As such, our Food Week wouldn't be a Food Week after all. We also planned a trip to Sungai Klah tomorrow to bring my parents there for a day, but it wasn't to be. pearlie

Food Week Day #2

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We were at Decanter Bukit Damansara today for our Day 2 of Food Week and Calvin had a great time. First he had the carrot soup and half a dozen of escargot. As usual the mommy forgot to take photos, until it was too late. The soup was good, the escargot wasn't. He ordered the Cheesy Sandwich for his main meal. He enjoyed it. I ordered the Stewed Oxtail - no good. It was regretful. For dessert, Calvin went against my advice and ordered the Hot Banana Pancakes. I was glad he did because it was utterly delicious. Again, the mommy was so eager to eat, she forgot to take a picture! This photo is "borrowed" from www.peggychow.com. I also ordered one of my favourite - the affogato, it couldn't taste any better. pearlie

Food Week Day#1

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School holidays have begun and the beauty of it this time, Calvin has his mommy at home the whole week! We did not make any travelling plans but thought that since Calvin is some sort of a food connoisseur (the truth is, he just loves to eat), we could make this a food week and try something new everyday, or something we have not tried in a long time. Our plans are not concrete and so we inadvertently began with San Francisco Coffee. Calvin loved their Fettucinne Carbonara but have not eaten there for awhile now. And so it was a very nice start to the food week. Fettucinne Carbonara for Calvin, Roasted Chicken Bagel and Caramelatte for me. Yummy! And here's to a great week and hope we don't get any pinches *. pearlie * Pinches is a word coined by Calvin. In Malay it means "jelak". I am not sure if there is an English word for it. It means a feeling that you get when you have eaten too much of something that you just don't feel like eating anymore of that p

History Channel's Inside Islam

I came back from church today and switched on the TV, which is a rare thing. I turned to the History Channel only to discover that I have missed "Inside Islam". It would be good to watch as a follow up of the Ministry in a Pluralistic Society lectures. So what the next best thing to do? YouTube, of course! Check it out here if you are interested (there are 9 parts of about 10 minutes each). But be warned of two things: 1. I think the videos are "censored" in at least 3 sections. If I remember correctly, one on the Sufis, another on the American muslim lady's comments on the covering of head and another on the attack of the Ottoman Turks. If you watch it, let me know if I am right. 2. As they always say it, history is not "pure" history, in that they are presented in the context and interest of the historian. These videos are made as a response to the 9-11 catastrophe. Let me know what you think. pearlie

A Must Watch: Pixar/Disney's Up

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We watched the new Pixar's movie Up and absolutely loved it! I was engaged in the movie from beginning till the end. I got teary eyed in the beginning and towards the end, it made me cry - and it wasn't easy wearing 3D glasses! Ratatouille was Pixar's best until this one. pearlie

Why wasn't it like this before?

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Heheh. I am just refering to my coffee. It has been about 2 weeks since I left KPMG and I am missing the coffee there already (and my friends as well!) So I got myself to the nearest Gloria Jeans and ordered my usual cup of Caramelatte. But why didn't they look like this before? pearlie

Misbehaving Christians?

What should be done when Christians show unacceptable behaviour? I have a few accounts that is fresh in mind, which has been occupying my thoughts. These are not uncommon, and I can be guilty of some of it some time or another. But what should be our response to them? 1. Christians who swears and use expletives 2. Christians who are rude and accuse others without any basis in church settings 3. Christians who nurture resentment towards others in the family of Christ 4. Christians who unknowingly are insensitive to others The pastors and leaders of the church play a crucial part in this but what if they are not in the picture? What if it happens in small pockets of the church with no pastor or leaders involvement? pearlie

What happens to me online after I die

I know the title of this post sounds morbid - and I had to change the usual second person address back to first person. It was during Weng Hung's wake service that I brought this up with SH, that it will be a good idea to include important online information in wills for easy access. He just smiled but I kept thinking about it. Then I read this recent Time article. What do you think? How to Manage Your Online Life When You're Dead By Gaƫlle Faure Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009 pearlie

SUFES on sale?

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I received an sms from Daniel last week informing me that SUFES, one of my favourite bookstores, in on sale. I plan to forget about it but Noel sent me this sms yesterday: I did not go to SUFES today and I did not buy WBC on Exodus, The History of The Christ by Schlatter, The Moody Handbook of Theology by Enns, etc. I did not spend more than 350 ringgit. Pearlie must not not go there! Note the double negative. Substantial books are not not going at 15% off the normal price. When are you not going? Obviously he was in denial and it is obvious to me that he did buy all those books. I called him up this morning and before we knew it, we find ourselves in SUFES contentedly browsing through the shelves. I got these: The Lotus and the Cross Jesus Talks with Buddha by Ravi Zacharias Noel told me about this book which he said was excellent. I look forward to reading it since I am afterall to do an assignment on Buddhism. The Compact Guide to World Religions by Dean C. Halverson, ed

Catching Up with Twitter

I am quite happy twitting except that I am using it to read news and current happenings more than anything. I am following 61 twitters but the more active ones that turn up in my iPhone's Twitteriffic are BBC World News, BBC Breaking News, CNN Breaking News, The Star, Newsweek, Time, New York Times, Amazing Photography, Photography News and Mashable. That is quite a lot to follow but it is keeping me up to date. Do you Tweet? pearlie

My Black Dress

Grace Notes is getting along in its rehearsals to get ready for our concert on 12 and 13 September 2009. The ladies had their measurements all done up and dress design selected. I have picked several designs for the ladies to choose from, with each of us wearing a different black dress. The dresses are currently work-in-progress. I went for a fitting today and I love it! pearlie

Ronda Utara Day 3

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Moving out of Taiping As expected, there was no time to go to Penang and so we decided to roam around Taiping a bit and then to drive slowly back to KL using the trunk road. We had breakfast in the same place we had lunch. We spent quite a long time in the Lake Gardens as it was a haven for photographers. The scene there was beautiful. Finally, I now have a decent bench photo :) All praise and thanks to our God for his wonderful creation and allowing us to a part of it. Praise the Lord. pearlie

Ronda Utara Day 2

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Still in Ipoh We wanted to go to Foh San for the most famous dimsum in Ipoh. We were told that the crowd would be there as early as 6.30am and so we planned to wake up at 6 and head off early. But we were too comfortable in bed and it wasn already 7+ by the time we got there. It wasn't that bad - we still got a table, albeit the last one. Chee cheong fun , egg tarts and prawn rolls. Har gau - prawn dumplings. Pei dan chook - century egg congee. Our verdict? Well ... no big deal -- we've tasted better dimsum in KL -- Yuen Garden in Puchong to be precise. My complaint was that the dimsum carts were not heated carts and by the time the food was served, they were cold. The only nice decent serving was the congee. We weren't too satisfied with our excursion in Ipoh - we kept getting lost and the food wasn't so great. And so before we left, we wanted to give it one more try and headed to the place which were closed when we got there yesterday evening before dinn

Ronda Utara Day 1

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Alicia and I had been planning to drive up north to Kampar, Ipoh, Kuala Kangsar and Taiping, and if we have the time, to Penang as well. The highlights of our trip will be the local food and of course photography - Alicia with her Panasonic Lumix and I with my Canon 40D. I wanted to go blind, i.e. without any plans and just happen upon it as well go along but Alicia being Alicia, she is a planner. She was all ready with maps and guidebooks. I'm fine with that as well and off we went! We began our trip at 9 in the morning after a dimsum breakfast in Kuala Lumpur (KL). The dimsum wasn't so nice and so we do look forward to savouring dimsum when we get to Ipoh. Our first stop: Kampar The name of the town was derived from two Cantonese words: kam pou , which means precious gold. It probably refers to its previously rich tin reserves. The quaint little town. I spotted this watchmaker from a clock shop hard at work ... ... and a keysmith. Some grocery storekeepers - the on

A Thousand Words #111

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pearlie Photo (c) 2006 Fleur Suijten

My first so-called photo shoot "job"

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Sue asked me a favour to take photos for her catering business. And so I had a blast today in her house taking hundreds of shots of the finger food she had so painstakingly prepared. First, I had a field day with the bruschettas. I took these the most because being amateurish with photography, I had to get used to the place, the lights and all. Then there were the fruit tarts. There were more shots but my favourites were these couple of closeups. Taking photos of brownies proved to be the most challenging of all. It is just so difficult to bring life of out a blob of chocolate mass. But I think these look alright. And with a glass of milk with an angle, I quite like this shot. The cookies were no brainers. Though I still think something is missing. Then the oh so glorious cupcakes - I adore them, and they were super delicious too! And if I really have to choose, off all 330 shots, these two are my most favourite ones. Check out Sue's website here: Scr