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Everyday we are tied together with heartstrings, some we don’t even realize.

Heartstrings — it’s one’s deepest feelings normally attached to a relationship.

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February is a special month to remember these heartstrings — to reflect, to appreciate, and most of all, to connect and re-connect.

First there is the Chinese New Year celebration with family reunion; and then there is Family Day, a provincial statutory holiday during this weekend.

Family Day allows us to celebrate heartstrings — whether it is our immediate family or our family in Christ.

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What follow next is Valentine’s Day — the day to celebrate romantic relationships or treasured friendships; once again, tugging on our heartstrings.

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Looking deeper into all our heartstrings, the centre and the reason of it all is Jesus Christ.

This “Valentine” bookmark reminds and solidifies our love with Jesus.

Because of Jesus, we are saved.

Because of Jesus we can have a heartstrings with God.

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心弦 — 以基督的心为心

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A Bittersweet Memory

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Best spot to witness the hub of the town –
with the hustle and bustle of people trading goods and services,
while others sipping on freshly brewed coffee or fresh cold tropical drinks
at one of the many coffee shops
and glancing up at the symbol of the cross every so often.

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Best spot to enjoy the breeze from the palm leaves,
or mesmerized by, oftentimes, the glorious twilight.

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Best spot to watch the night market come to life as vendors eagerly set up their booths with colorful clothing, bags, hawkers’ delights; awaiting shoppers to bargain at the endless merchandise and to savor the many delicious finger licking foodies.

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Inside the place, we brainstormed and our ideas flowed; a simple make-over for the place was ignited. Through a couple months of strenuous work by my two dear friends & their fabulous team, a new face-lift for the hospitable dwelling place came to be.

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After just two months of indulging in the freshly painted wall and the polished new flooring… then came the unexpected… which happened just two days ago.

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*blazing pics courtesy of Borneo Post online & The Star online

Hearts torn to pieces staring in disbelief at this colonial-era shophouses — our nostalgic dwelling place, where six generations had built their families and memories — collapsed to shambles.

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Though all materialistic good including daily simple clothing, that we took for granted, were burned to ashes;

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we are thankful that our dear family members were able to escape from the inferno unharmed!

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The “best spot” mentioned earlier is now cautioned as hazardous.

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Lives were saved, and we are prayerfully waiting in anticipation for the rebuilding of the shelter that our ancestors had passed on for us to inherit.

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Here’s one of the offsprings who represents the 6th generation in this estate.

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詩 篇 Psalm 36:9

… 在 你 那 里 有 生 命 的 源 头 ;
在 你 的 光 中 , 我 们 必 得 见 光 。

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For with You is the fountain of life;
in Your light we see light.

(Aftermath pictures taken by Mek & TKY)

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Kong Hee Fatt Choy

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Been wanting to celebrate festive CNY back home for years and finally the wish was granted!

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Had a super precious & prosperous CNY celebration with family & friends!

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I used to be the receiver of angpow, guess who’re the recipients now 🙂

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One of the antiques that our parents left us with is this biscuits container.

Whenever we went home for family gatherings, we would often gather ’round this tin can.

We gathered not to eat biscuits but to browse through childhood pictures which our parents stored in the can through the ages.

At times, the container was so stuffed with photos that the lid could hardly be covered.

As the years went by, those sepia photos were getting fewer and fewer.

For every once in a while, someone would sneak away a picture or two here and there of their liking ;p

The last time I went home, I eagerly searched for this treasure chest in hope to find some more oldies but the can is now empty and a bit tarnished.

I would love to inherit this rustic antique which holds such journalful of cherished memories.

Here are some pictures of our dad’s glamourous occupation at a local cinema once upon a time.

Whenever the movie stars came to town, for functions or to promote their films, my dad and his colleagues would fetch them  and keeping them company.

Because our dad worked in the cinema, we could watch movies for free all the times.

Our password at the entrance was ” I am a child of Mr. Chan!” thereby gaining us access to the VIP seatings in the building.

I didn’t know if it was because of my father’s occupation in the showbiz or me hanging out at the movie theatre too much, for when I was younger, I always dreamt of becoming an entertainer.

I admired child actor Shirley Temple and Maria the governess from the Sound of Music to bits, and wishing I could be like my child idol Agnes Chan one day!

Here’s one of my long lost & found rare childhood pictures — dreaming of becoming a superstar!

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A Surprise Visit

It’s all a surprised visit…

From the Christmas story we learned that Zechariah the priest had a surprised visit by Angel Gabriel telling him that he and Elizabeth would bear a child and they are to name him, John (Luke 1).

As well, Mary, Joseph & the shepherds had a surprised visit by angels at various times informing them of the birth of Baby King Jesus.

Recently, my family also had a surprised visit, not by an angel, but by a “cake”.
On the eve of my nephew’s wedding, the family went out for a family dinner.
Two of my siblings had to excuse themselves to go and pick up a “cake”.
Everyone knew that a cake was needed for the pre-wedding celebration.

An hour or so later, lo and behold,  my two sisters delivered the “cake” to the restaurant, all the way from their international airport.  Everyone had a surprised shock on the arrival of this speciality “cake” aka yours truly; the looks of amazement on their faces were priceless… huh, they were well-tricked!!!

the speciality "cake" fresh from the airport

Until now, my nephew, still feels giddy upon my surprised visit. The other day he wrote and wowed that I had really given him & his wife a BIG surprise!




Can you spy the “cake” in these 2 pictures ;p

Today in my hometown, another family celebration is going on… another wedding!

One of my nieces, whom I used to babysit and play with, has grown up and is a bride today!

I so wish I could be there to give her a surprise visit too…

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Feed me till I want no more…

Visiting hometown means Family, Friends & Food.

My family and friends are incredibly hospitable and generous towards my visit.

Now who can resist such platters of food presented right before one’s eyes;

they literally feed me till I want no more…

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made by sis-in-law

bobo chacha, acha, vegetarian popia by childhood friend

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Blessings

I called home yesterday because it was my eldest brother’s birthday.

I wondered how old he was?

And he asked me to think ‘People’s Republic of China’.

Then I realized that he is as young as PRC.

The National Day of China is October 1 so is my brother’s birthday.

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This brother’s name is ‘Boon’.

According to Dictionary.com, the definition of ‘boon’ is “something to be thankful for” or “blessing” or “benefit”.

And the word ‘Boon’ comes from the Old Norse word bōn meaning “a prayer.”

Big brother had a minor stroke many years ago.

On this special day of his, I blessed and prayed for God’s healing to be upon him.

I prayed that he will believe that there is no god truer than God, no god greater than the Great I AM.

This month I’ve also set aside each day to pray and bless each individual person in my family.

Jesus reigns!

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This hand…


Normally I don’t write or share
about my family members in the blog
but since Valentine Day is ’round the corner
thought I’ll pay a salute to this special person in my family
hehe, I hope I won’t cause siblings rivalry after this post 🙂

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due to family tight budget
without hesitation dipped into the toilet bowl
to pick up the 20 cents (my pocket money for the day)
which I accidentally dropped into the toilet bowl
and was too disgusted to pick it up myself
i was shocked when i saw this hand
went into the toilet bowl
right before my eyes
to salvage the coin

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presented me with the first expensive educational toy
— the wooden smooth colorful puzzle cubic block

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learned sewing & tailoring and sewn some new clothes for me
for chinese new year celebration years ago

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brought me to attend the funfair/carnival in our local town
enjoying the crowds
riding on various roller coaster rides
eating savory pork jerky & melty cotton candy

this hand…
never fails to send warmest regards through snail mails
on special ocassions annually

this hand…
when we are in need never fails to be generous

this hand…
is a hand of love
both tough and tender love

this hand…
must be a praying hand as well

this hand…
is the hand of my eldest sister

i’m sure all my siblings agree that this sister is second to none

all snapshots taken during eldest sis & second sis visit a couple of years ago

I think my second sis was the happiest
‘cos her desire to enjoy Autumn season finally come true
her next desire is to plunge into winter wonderland

read her gratitude to God in the comment here

here’s a heart-warming song to share with all
this mv was made by me once upon a time
when i was so crazy about this korean drama called ‘Full House’
hee, the last time i checked it has over 81,000 hits
so enjoy and see what you think!


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My niece-in-law is so smart… she planted the papaya trees not only for the fruit but to help shield the afternoon scorching sun from shining into her kitchen.  Her  neighbors like her idea and so they all planted the papaya trees in their backyard.

Looks like this time I come back at the right season — fruity season!

My dear childhood friend and her husband never fail to prepare sumptuous meal for me to enjoy. They also love bringing me to fruit farm.

This is the first time I ever seen okana or black olives on branches and trees!

“Black olives’ or  ‘Okana’ is one of my favorite food.

To enjoy dabai, one has to placed the fruit in a lukewarm water to soften them.
However many of us prefer to “cook” or to “soften” the fruit with soya sauce and sugar under the hot sun for a couple of hour. This method of cooking make the flesh of the fruit even more flavourful.

We enjoyed playing creative games with the seeds after we ate the softened flesh but these days not too many people play with the seeds anymore.

We would wash and dry the seeds…

chop them up into halves and eat the refreshing kernel inside… nothing is put to waste!


Another blessing from the earth is of course durians! And when it comes to this king of the fruit… it’s usually durian buffet for us — eat all you want!

The highlight for me at durian orchard was listening to durians dropping from the trees in the middle of the night.  Then early the next morning we would run out to the orchard to pick the fresh durians and had them for breakfast!  I was told that durian never hit people’s head when it drops!

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