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Best song covers I've ever heard

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I was checking out YouTube and noticed this video in the recommended videos to watch. I am picky about what I watch but the song title got me - Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time. I grew up with this song and so I watched it, a cover of the song nonetheless, and I was enthralled.  JTBC Superband is a new reality show in South Korea where they have contestants team up in bands to perform.  I have not seen much, and they have not subtitled the episodes and it will take me a really long time to figure out the conversations. So I haven't watched it yet.  But here are the YouTube versions: take a listen and tell me their talents are not insanely good.  Most of them are Korean Americans, but I still have problems with their pronunciations, here and there.  But their voices, and music prowess, they are so good.  JTBC Superband, Time After Time This starts off a bit on the slow side but keep listening, it gets better and it closes with a grand finish. JTBC S

The Art of Thinking Clearly

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I was having a meeting with some colleagues yesterday and we talked about how we found thinking skills to be rare among workers these days. And today as I was looking for a book to read, I found this in my stash.  The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli Perfect. Just what I needed.  As I dive in, I find that the author describes 99 cognitive biases that we are all prone to. He says that this is not a how-to book, in that he does not go into details on how to deal with the biases. But he does a very good job in describing and warning us.  I have only read until the 42nd bias with 57 more to go.  My next step is to find someone interested enough to discuss this with, so that I will remember and be always mindful of cognitive errors.  Anyone interested? pearlie

Hillsong worship songs in Korean

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I was trying to connect with some young people in my church to get their thoughts about worship.  And I've seen some of them with K-pop memorabilias and I thought I'd go check out some Korean worship songs to get them more exposed to Christian worship songs.  It was then when I found out that Hillsongs do have this thing they called Global Project Korea, with their songs translated and sung in Korean.  I listened to a few and found this one interesting. I can only understand bits here and there and so in checking out the original English version, I found the lyrics quite creative and unconventional. However, I find that it's more of a soloist song rather than a worship song because to me, it will be difficult for a regular congregation to sing it, only to find out later that it won worship song of the year and song of the year.  Looks like my church congregation has a lot of catching up to do, in order to upskill our singing and music abilities

When I didn't feel like attending church

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I've been getting quite stressed up lately and I didn't feel like going to church this morning, which doesn't happen in all my life.  Well, not that it doesn't, just that it's very rare. However, I made the decision to go anyway. I know I didn't feel like it but I know I had to.  So I turned up for service, and it turns out it's a good thing I did.  I have always looked forward to Dr Leong Tian Fock's sessions and I didn't know he was preaching today.  His sermon on Psalm 44, A House of Prayer: Through the Psalms of Lament  was what I needed.  He said at one point that there is no point in hiding from God. Because if we do, we are denying the fact that he is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving.  He knows anyway, and he has the power to do something and he loves me.  That's all I need to know for now to get myself right again with him.  pearlie

Tried the Eatigo app?

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Have you used the Eatigo app before? I don't use it that often but I've used it several times on restaurants that offer 50% discounts. And this is one of the places I have been going to quite often: Mr Dakgalbi at Pearl Point Shopping Mall.  It isn't too far from home and my son really likes the cheese ring version.  He will be going back to uni soon and I won't have anyone to go with me after that.  Too bad my husband doesn't like the place and I find eating alone in restaurants a bit too weird.  Probably I need to get used to it, eating alone.  pearlie Source of photo: The Double Eaters

I went watchless only for a month

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I posted last month that I am again doing without a watch but it only lasted for a month. I keep lifting my wrist to read the time. I was chatting with my husband when I mentioned the new Mi Band 4 and before I knew it, he ordered two units.  One for him and one for me.  They arrived a couple days ago and we are so far very happy with it.  With an AMOLED screen, the watch face is very bright and attractive.  And I found out today that we can actually load up third party watch faces on it. Since my Razer Phone 2 does become a conversation piece wherever I go, I found this cool watch face for my Mi Band 4.  pearlie

Fancy some Sarawak Laksa?

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I went out for lunch with a colleague today and he brought me to SRK Borneo in Fraser Business Park. I ordered Sarawak Laksa and I was told that it is very authentic. It wasn't that large a serving. It was just nice and it was extremely good.  They serve so many varieties of dishes that I will have to visit this place a few more times.  SRK Borneo 62, Jalan Metro Pudu 2,  Fraser Business Park,  55200 Kuala Lumpur pearlie

A memorable photo collage

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I had wanted my boss to give up this section of our wall but thanks to my dedicated staff, she took up the challenge and filled it up with much life and colours.  Except that my face seems to be everywhere. Never been so exposed. LOL.  pearlie

Beautiful Accident ★★★☆☆ and Wonderful Nightmare ★★★★★

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I was watching some music videos when I found this original sound track with some movie clips done for a Taiwanese movie, Beautiful Accident. It looked interesting and so I watched it, the movie.  It's about a lawyer who didn't have time in the world for anyone else but her own success and career. Until she got into an accident, accidentally died, and the heavens needed a week to get her life back. So in the meantime, she is required to fill in as a wife and mother of two. Beautiful Accident (2017) It was only later when I discovered that it was a remake of a Korean movie, Wonderful Nightmare.  This is like when I discovered Miss Granny and 20 Once Again and watched both in sequence. I found their similarities and differences very interesting and wrote about it here .  And obviously I watched Wonderful Nightmare too. Wonderful Nightmare (2015) My take?  I find the Korean version very much better than the Taiwanese one.  For one, when I was

My Tapestry of Songs

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It's my birthday today and as I commute to work, I thought I'd shuffle play my 1000+ songs in my Apple Music and get surprise birthday gift songs one by one in a row.  It's the happiest commute ever! The first song itself gave me an idea to weave my own birthday gift by taking a sentence out of each song to make a tapestry of lyrics. So I connected all 20 songs into one song all for myself. Yea, I was commuting quite a lot today. LOL.  It was tough to connect 20 songs of different context, in its proper sequence as it plays, and I know it's far from perfect. It may even sound wrong but that's life isn't it? We try to put things together but not everything seems to fit, and we never could attain that perfection we always wanted.  But in the end, it is the LORD who holds our life together and it's only in him we find our true purpose, our final home.  A TAPESTRY - OUR FINAL HOME And he said age is just a number, But it feels like

A sunburst of musical diamonds

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I have always found public praying hard and would rather not do it, but I still have to as a worship leader, and so when I came across this book, I quickly bought a copy and began reading. Leading in Prayer, A Workbook for Worship by Hughes Oliphant Old I have only just started but have already found it very useful. My next rostered duty will be a month away, which gives me enough time to finish reading it. It will definitely become my reference book from now on when I prepare to worship lead.  It is also a very good read. Whilst reading the chapter on The Psalms as Prayer, there is a considerable section on singing the Psalms. And I read this line, highlighted here: I like how the author described it as "a sunburst of musical diamonds."  Wow, it definitely makes me want to check it out.  It is indeed lovely and I wish I'll be able to one day sing it in a cathedral with the most wonderful acoustics.  Check it out, if you do appr

The crazy tonal languages

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My dad is a Cantonese and my mom a Teochew. And I grew up speaking English and Cantonese at home. I don't know any Teochew though.  I drove them out for lunch today and we began talking about singing in Mandarin and Cantonese whilst we listen to Taiwanese singing in Cantonese and Koreans in Mandarin. The Chinese languages and dialects are all tonal languages and would you believe that Cantonese has 9 tones, 6 common tones with an additional 3?  I figured out what the 6 are but still have no idea what the other 3 stand for. And here is an interesting article, aptly titled Nine Tones of Hell , that says, "There are some Cantonese tones that only dogs can hear."  LOLOL.  I found the 9 tones here  and it is amazing that all the 9 tones are the numbers 0 to 9.  But it may be difficult to remember the sequence by numbers. And so here's another way  with more memorable sentences, but only the first 6 tones. Pick which works for you, I pick nu

Tired but happy

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I'm tired but happy. It was a really long day today with back to back meetings but I'm happy with how the day went. My colleague did say to me once that it seems to take very little to make me happy.  I'm not sure if that's the case but now at this age, I think I have lowered down my life expectations.  Life's not perfect but nonetheless, I feel I'm blessed and I'm thankful to God for it.  Trust in the LORD, and do good;  dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD,  and he will give you the desires of your heart. ~ Psalm 37:3-4 (ESV) pearlie

Why Korean Dramas?

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Like I have mentioned before, I have two good friends whom I chat often with, about Korean movies and dramas, and one of them said today that she doesn't want to watch any more dramas after "soooo many years of watching" (ten or more years probably). I told her it wouldn't happen. I had never understood why some people are so addicted to Korean dramas.  Until I started watching one.  And I would always blame my niece , and she'd always be amused by it.  In short, what happened was she was at my house one day and I gave her the TV remote. She put on a Korean drama and the rest is history.  That was in June 2016, and I've been hooked as a result for three years now.  You have been warned. Don't start or you'll never stop.  Why you may ask, like I did, would anyone be so addicted to Korean dramas? I can now tell you why. 1. Their scriptwriters. They are really good storytellers. Sure they have familiar storylines bu

How to get rid of crickets?

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Some crickets have somehow gotten into our bedroom and it's wrecking havoc. They are so loud, it's hard to just ignore.  And the irony is I've instinctively treated it as white noise...until my husband mentioned it.  We tried hunting them out but the sound is so loud it's reverberated throughout the entire room.  Any idea how to get rid of them? Maybe the best way is get in a few female crickets... pearlie

You sure it's Coke Zero?

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My three favorite caffeine fix: coffee, tea and Coke, Zero to be precise, since I'm cutting down on sugar. Whenever we are at our favorite place with free flow of drinks, my son will go fill up our paper cups and I'd always ask, you sure this is Coke Zero?  And he'd just give me that look.  But when I didn't ask him that question today was when it mattered.  He drank it and said, "This is not Coke Zero."  Apparently, it was switched between the two and I drank half a cup of sugar-filled drink.  pearlie

Two and a half years, two languages

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I wrote  Five Interesting Things about Learning a Language and that was way back in February 2017. Wow, how time has travelled.  I wrote about these 5 things: 1. There are five sets of people on language acquisition: monolingual, bilingual, trilingual, multilingual and polyglot 2. There are five categories of languages on amount of time required to acquire them 3. We desire to learn a new language based on the prestige of the speaker 4. What it takes to acquire a new language to an intermediate level 5. Chinese is the hardest language in the world, in absolute terms, even for the Chinese themselves Check it out here for the details.  While I read the article again today, item 4 stood out for me. That section was about the length of time you need to acquire a new language and exactly how much time you need to invest on it. And I said that, "I will only be able to dedicate an hour a day, at best, and (with that) it will take me three years to

Create in Me a Clean Heart

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I was leading worship today, and with today's theme according to Psalm 51, I chose this song by Sovereign Grace and like most of their songs, it's timing is quite interesting. Take a listen. It's quite a good one. pearlie

My identity and meaning of life

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I checked out today's reading in Paul David Tripp's New Morning Mercies and I loved it. For someone who is always asking about meaning of life, I have to remind myself that in Christ, I don't have to, because I already have an identity and meaning of life.  pearlie

Chen of EXO, Flower

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Two of my friends who are very into Korean movies and dramas are not, unlike me, into Korean music at all.  I suppose it's because I love music a lot and even if I could not fully understand what they are singing, I still can appreciate their excellent vocals and music production, which I must say, is very good.  I find that whilst most singers are just ok, this one is truly exceptional. Just take a listen to him here. Chen has a good clear voice with superb control. Except that he sounds almost the same in this whole album that I cannot listen to more than three songs at any one time.  pearlie

Late but forgiven

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My church pastor was asking me today what he could pray for me as I prepare for worship leading this Sunday. My request was simple: "To have my mind set and centered on him. I have too much many things crowding out God." And the funny thing, or not so funny thing rather, was that I had so many things in mind today that I totally forgot about music practice! Oh no, oh no, oh no.  Thankfully I didn't have a band involved like before. I have one keyboardist who was kind and gracious to forgive me and I still turned up for practice.  Late but forgiven.  pearlie

From music to mercies

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We have completed the book that we were using for our short devotion time during our Grace Notes weekly practice and after hunting quite a long while for a new book, we finally settled on this one. New Morning Mercies, A Daily Gospel Devotional by Paul David Tripp It wasn't easy to find a good book. I had wanted to get one that is music related or one written with musicians in mind like this one were were using. Crescendos and Diminuendos, Meditations for Musicians and Music Lovers by Jack Coleman Every chapter of this book is a short devotion based on an Italian musical term, e.g. Legato, Da Capo, Rallentando, etc. It was very well done and we enjoyed every reading in every practice.  And so I had quite a high expectation for our next book but I couldn't find one that is both excellent and music related.  I had to finally settle for one that is not based on music but on the grace and mercy of God. I hope it will serve to help us focus on God e

For creativity, borrow a 4-year old

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Kids Describe a Perfect World to Koji the Illustrator I happenned upon this series of videos in YouTube today and to me this very video shows the epitome of kids and creativity. And at the same time this article appeared in my email from Curiosity. Perfect timing. One Unusual Way to Unblock Your Creativity: Borrow a 4-Year Old pearlie

Do you mind map?

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I use mind maps a lot to help me think. In my IOS days, I have purchased a lot of apps but settled with MindNode5 which in my opinion is the best. I can't remember what all the other apps were. I had iThoughts and Total Recall and one more I think. But I could not find MindNode in Android and so I need to hunt for a good alternative and settled with SimpleMind Pro. I got the PC version as well. Why mind map works for me? I suppose my brain does not work in a linear way. Stuff in my mind are all over the place and I sometimes have a lot of stuff hidden and forgotten. So I use mind maps to associate, connect and trigger my thoughts to help me think and put everything on paper, and in this case, an app. I use to stick to paper but since I started using the PC version, it is meeting my needs. I do have the freedom to move things around and disconnect and reconnect as I see it in a bigger picture, which I can't do on paper. Just that on paper, it looks much more visual

I went to watch Phantom of the Opera!

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Melissa and I went to watch Phantom of the Opera today. It was extremely well done.  People were lining up to take pictures at the entrance and since we were early, we got in line as well.  I googled "what to know before watching Phantom of the Opera" and what most people said was, "nothing! Just enjoy it fresh. And the plot is not complicated anyway." And that was what I did. I did not read any synopsis and did not even find out anything about the characters. It was only here that I see ah, there are three main characters: The Phantom, Christine Daae, and Raoul.  We were not allowed to take any pictures during the play and so we took some before, during intermission and after. We were early. By the time it started, the front seats were all filled. The back seats were sparsely occupied. Here is the first scene of the Opera de Paris, where old theatre items are to be auctioned. The huge iconic chandelier is the middle piece on stage.  This was intermission. And

From the heart of a loafer

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I was randomly playing songs in my Apple Music when out of the thousand over songs I have, this was played and I had a nostalgic moment This is a song by Sam Hui and to me it really showcases the beauty of the Cantonese language. Notice the wealth of meaning with the economy of words. I like the song except for the part where he says life destines you, which of course I don't agree. I make my decisions in life and in Christ I decide and have life. And the part on clear conscience and living a just life deserving greatest joy would make a good discussion because it doesn't happen. Who is to say your conscience is clear and your life is just to begin with. For those who don't know the language, I found the translation here which I've added to the lyrics below. 浪子心聲 Long ji sam seng From the Heart of a Loafer 難分真與假 Nan fan zhan yu ga It's hard to tell the true from the false 人面多險詐 Yan min do him za People's appearances are decei

A Thousand Words #226

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ARGGHHHH!!! pearlie

The heart won't let it go

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Ever since I began using my Razer Phone 2, which I won in a lucky draw, it has now become the only device I use.  And I had so many devices that I carry with me everywhere I go: the iPhone, the iPad and my Kindle Paperwhite. I sold my iPhone two weeks ago. And I just sold my iPad an hour ago! I have been using my Razer Phone for all that I need to do so much so that my iPad had been sitting on the shelf untouched for the longest time. I do not like to see it unused. But my heart didn't want to let it go.  But then I was thinking since nobody batted an eyelash when I put up my iPhone 6S for sale in mudah.my, I thought I'd just do the same with my iPad and see if there'd be any interest.  I posted these shots. Not very attractive I know but believe it or not, I got 10 inquiries for it.  I responded to the ones I was comfortable with and finally sold it to one of them.  My head won. But my heart is aching. pearlie

Wonderful Things of the World #10: Nitro Cold Brew

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I still have not found out what exactly what kind of coffee this is. I keep telling people it's beer but coffee.  It's SO good.  pearlie

God Allows Complaints

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I was in KL Wesley on Sunday and found the sermon preached by Rev Dr T Jeyakumar very good.  I was waiting for the church to probably put up the sermon in mp3 but all I found was a PDF sermon notes .  He gave an expository sermon on Habakkuk 1 and here are some of his memorable statements.  Habakkuk is not asking why evil but how long will God tolerate evil. He begins with faith, a questioning faith. He knows only God can put things right but why not as quickly as he wants it to. So many things God seems to be overlooking... He was disturbed how long will God tolerate evil. And h ow  can more evil nation used to punish a less evil nation? Is we don't point out of the sin of others we do them the greatest disservice and we mock the good news of God. God will not abandon us. We are suffering not because we are abandoned but because he is disciplining us.  For more, check it out here .  pearlie

The most difficult things to do in life

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Today I realised I have overreacted and I made an apology to someone I felt I was unfair to.  Then I came across this poster: The superlatives may be overstating it but it definitely does feel like to apologise, to forgive and to forget are amongst the hardest things to do in life.  And God knows I need practice, hence seventy times seven.  pearlie