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Archive for March, 2013

March Magnificat

I enjoy soaking and be mesmerized by the rhythm of Spring rain;

But it can get pretty gloomy when the drizzling lingers

and the chilly weather becomes heavy hearted.

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The dreary March shower happened one or two weeks ago

but the thought of drips and drops of heavy downpour has long been vanished;

for Mr. Golden Sun has finally come out of its hibernation and melted away the misery mood into sun-sensional shouts of glee!

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Today is the last day of March and tomorrow will be April.

March shower; April flower!

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Here comes the sun!

Bright sun

Warm sun

Blazing sun

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I’m walking on brilliant Son-shine!

Sunny walk

Nature walk

Prayer walk

Welcome Exuberant Easter Sunrise

Welcome God’s Shower of Blessings

Welcome Glorious Son-shine of Love

Welcome Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on us

Job 37:21-24

Now no one can look at the sun,
bright as it is in the skies
after the wind has swept them clean.
Out of the north He comes in golden splendor;
God comes in awesome majesty.
The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power;
in His justice and great righteousness, He does not oppress.
Therefore, people revere Him,
for does He not have regard for all the wise in heart?

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Silent Saturday

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Yesterday was Good Friday — Crucifixion Day

Tomorrow will be Easter Sunday — Resurrection Day

So what shall one call this Saturday?

The day when nothing happened?

No name Saturday?

How about Silent Saturday — a day for Reflection and Meditation and… Anticipation!

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John Ortberg has written a few articles on the-day-before-Easter and here is one titled “The Day Between”:

So far as we know, there has only been one day in the last two thousand years when literally not one person in the world believed Jesus was alive. On Saturday morning after Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples wake after not having slept for two days. The city that was screaming for blood the day before is quiet. Crowds have disbanded. Jesus is dead…

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This isn’t Sunday. This isn’t Friday. This is Saturday.
The day after this but the day before that.
The day after a prayer gets prayed but there is no answer on the way.
The day after a soul gets crushed way down
but there’s no promise of ever getting up off the mat.
It’s a strange day, this in-between day.

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In between despair and joy.
In between confusion and clarity.
In between bad news and good news.
In between darkness and light…

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More of John Ortberg’s meditation on “What happened the day before Easter” where he touches on

Shattered Dreams;

Third-Day Stories,

The Hinge of History;

Between the Trees;

The Miracle of Saturday;

can be found here

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Skeletons of Trees

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It’s officially Spring and ’tis the season to marvel at the skeletons of trees! Some might feel leafless trees dull looking, ugly, gloomy, barren, vulnerable, lonesome, depressing and lifeless;  But I find great beauty and plenty of potential in rugged and naked trees.

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A bare tree is a piece of art in itself. They look dramatic, mystic, alluring, gripping, transparent, unashamed, hopeful and inviting.

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During this season of the year, many of these life-awaiting trees have become lively singing trees… with songbirds perching on the bare branches, chirping and whistling joyfully welcoming the dawn of Spring!

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Many of these bare trees can’t wait to leaf and to show-off their cheerful hue while some Spring birdies are tweeting away for their mates to come and nest in this soon-to-be their leafy shelter for their young.

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Dancing branches of naked trees in the midst of a gurgling brook is a great sanctuary to be at.

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The ruggedness and the carefreeness of these skeletons of trees towering toward the alluring blue sky is intriguing to gaze upon. The bare and naked branches stretching upward reminds me that I too need to yield my naked spirit, soul and body before the Holy God!

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There is no palm branches to wave on this Palm Sunday weekend, but one could simply imagine the bare branches on the treetop rustling in jubilation: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” (John 12).

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Roaming in the Rainforest

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People used to think that we lived on trees when they heard where I was from…

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maybe they were referring to this creature…

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It was fun venturing through this pristine rainforest recently.

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It was “rain”-ing thus making roaming in the “forest” pretty sensational!

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The walk was peaceful… with steady sound of raindrops trickling down and hitting the leaves, the umbrella and the trail.

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This place is supposed to be a great paradise for bird-watchers;

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But there was no sight of colorful tropical birds nor the singing of their tither tatter in the rain.

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The lovely blossoms exposing their tropical hue is enchanting nonetheless.

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Look, orang utan ~ well known as “men of the forest” in Malay!

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These living apes on the trees were having fun leaping and swinging on the rope putting on a teasing acrobatic show for us.

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Hey, I know these people!

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Hee, they’re my siblings, 2nd brother and 2nd sister!

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After roaming through this green lush rainforest and breathing in such fresh clean air, we felt so rejuvenated, refreshed and hungry!

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Ahh, the above picture with my second brother reminds me of this childhood picture we took together years ago!

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Eat and be merry

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Friends were prattling about the adventurous food that they’d eaten such as pig fallopian tubes, dog meat stew, snappy crocodile meat cooked in Szechuan style, rich and tasty kangaroo meat cooked in steak form or bear meat and vanison stew; and they’re curious to know what exotic cuisine I’d been sampling during my recent faraway fare.

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Well, simple food gives me simple joy, and here’re just some that I merrily ate! Some dishes are not so feasting to the eyes but they sure excite the palate! Before drooling over the food, here’s a grace-ful prayer I learned from a lovely girl named Elizabeth 🙂

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谢谢天父,

赐给我们美味的食物。

求天父让我们吃喝身体健康,

小孩存着感恩的心来领受。

感谢祷告, 奉主耶稣名求,

阿们。

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A homey dish of Kolo mee
A so-so plate of char kueh teow

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A hot bowl of tasty kueh chap (go check internet to find out what it is)

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Flavorful cattlefish with kangkong… hmmm, why they blend so well together?

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Appetizing rojak… I think my version look & taste nicer ;p

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A super-deliciously tangy midin/bilin (jungle fern) salad, I almost nibbled the whole dish all to myself!

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Famous home-made laksa that my sister insisted I tried ‘cos when she sponsored this delicacy at her church food fair, it was always in demand!

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Oh how could I forget about these munchies…

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Oh these 3-in-1 coffee from Malacca and Tenom strongly recommended to me are worth trying…

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exceptionally aromatic, silkily creamy & a sure thumbs-up!

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So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
(I Corinthians 10:31)

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Friends and family signed that I just missed out on the recent bountiful fruits harvest such as super-creamy durians.

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Fear not, for in our humble little town, there is always lots of ethnic crops in harvest… almost every day!

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While at the open market, I was thrilled to come across this long lost childhood flavorful candy fruit.

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I thought that this velvet tamarind fruit was in extinction long time ago!

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So happy to re-enjoy this nostalgic fruit called Keranji.

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Bell fruits… how I love thee…. they’re in season all-year-round.

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People usually dip them with sour plum powder; But those ones that I had were as juicy and sweet as can be.

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Ahh, crunchy pickled mangulong… maybe sweet, maybe sour…

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and a glass of refreshing mangulong drink waiting to be sipped!

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Love the combination of sugarcane juice with young coconut meat…

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and this mouth-watering coconut pudding in tender coconut shell!

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Look what I stumbled upon!

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Like the challenge of cutting this rough spiny skin until the meat is edible.

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Now, tropical fruit adventure is no adventure without a taste of the king of the fruit!

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As I was about to board on the plane, one of my foodie goodie nieces handed me this heavenly delicacy to gobble, bon appétit indeed!

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Genesis 1:29
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”

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