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What a blissful day…

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to have a Ladies Social High Tea…

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over tiers of delicacies with delightful patisseries, sweets, scones, savories and scented tea…

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prattling away…

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featuring delectable goodies  everyone brought for all to indulge in!

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Almond Croissants & Mini Pecan Tarts

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Exotic Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Bocconcine-tomato-basil Skewers with Balsamic Glaze and Olive oil; Mini-blueberry muffins

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Exceptional tasty traditional Egg Salad Sandwiches

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Creamy Cream Cheese Mini Fruit Tarts

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Yummy Crème Brulee  and Chocolate coated Almond

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Huang’s first ever baked Cheese & Cranberry Mini Scones

and not forgetting…

Blue’s Classic Coconut Meringue Pie

Lynne’s Mouth watering Montreal smoked meat

“Martha”‘s Spicy Edamame and Juicy Grapes
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Thank you “Martha” for hosting such a sweet princesses’ high tea and top-models-dress-up party. What a colorful and boisterious celebration we all had at your Casa!

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Fearfully & Wonderfully

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Reflecting on Psalm 139, wow, fearfully and wonderfully made!

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder!

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A number of eager readers were wondering why I had been so quiet lately especially in the blogging world ;p

Huh, absence makes de heart grow fonder, I guess ^ ^

Well, here’s what’d happened…

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I was taking a course.
I dreaded study and almost gave up study all together
because the school work-load had pretty much taken up
the majority of my waking hour!
I lost sleep to meet with deadlines;
I ate non-stop to conquer the stress;
my hair was falling in wads due to over-anxiety;
I was home-bounded just to get the assignment done;
I was totally depleted &
I had become anti-social;

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I thought with my kind of temperament, it would be better for me to study and learn through attending hands-on workshops and conferences so that I can implement what I learn right away to my professional development.  That way, I can learn first-hand what is out there, instead of stressing and spreading myself too thin worrying about all the school assignments. A couple of my friends also agreed.

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Others commented that I should just continue with my course and learn along the way, and not be too worried about the grades. One friend said she couldn’t give me advice but urged me to listen to the recent sermon on “Perseverance” 😦   I even consulted my professor regarding this big decision of quitting half way.  Anyway, through much prayers and encouragement from others, I have decided to pursue and to finish this term of school work, and then decide later what to do next.

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The following words of encouragement from the professor had definitely boosted my study-esteem:
-that my writing on my faith journey is gripping and appealing
-that I have the gift of clarity and focus in my writing
-that I obviously work hard on my assignments
-that I received one of the highest marks on my current assignment
-that I am an exceptional contributor to the class

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Phews, I finally submitted all my term papers and received most of the grading result with flying colors!

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So hello blogging world, I.Have.Returned!

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Alive and Kicking!

Stay tuned!

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I was wondering…

A number of people in my discussion group shared that their earliest glimpses of God was through christian music. One of them shared that when she was younger, every time after the church service was over, she would race to the swing set nearby, swing as high as she could and sing at the top of her lungs.    She said she didn’t realize it until much later that in those moments she was connecting with God.  Even today she feels she is most connected to God when she sings praises to Him.

As for me… it all began with a dead dog! Early one morning, in our hometown, we got up and was devastated to witness our big dog lying dead on the road. He had been killed by a drunk driver. With much sadness, we placed him in a wooden box and buried him in the woods nearby.

Later that day, I must have wrestled with the meaning of life and death. I somehow came up with a defense mechanism and a theory that people generally do not die unless they are very sick or are killed in a car accident, like our poor dog. I imagined as we grow older, we will grow as tall as my dad; and as we age, we will shrink like my grandma (who was pretty petite in stature).   Then slowly, we will shrink down to the size of a baby, and then we will grow tall again, and life repeats itself just like that, forever.

However, that night, death haunted me for I was hit with the reality that everyone must die one day.  I was shattered and I cried myself to sleep thinking about the purpose of life and the mystery of death; Sometimes I would imagine that I was in deep sleep but my family thought I was dead, thus placed me in a coffin and buried me. I imagined myself waking up and suffocating and screaming, “Get me out of here, I am not dead!!” This went on for years and I became a very miserable person, especially at night under the blanket, crying myself to sleep.


Then one day, one of my sisters brought a song home for us to sing. It was a beautiful song and it was as if a higher being was telling me there is hope in life. The lyric goes like this:

One day I was wondering what’s it all about.
Life is full of heartbreak, restlessness and doubt.
Then a gentle stranger whispered words of love,
pointed me to heaven, wrote my name above.

I know where I’m going, and who I’m gonna see,
I have a friend named Jesus waiting there for me.
He has given something that only He could give,
He gave His life in payment so that I could live!

After learning the song, I become hopeful with life.  When I finished high school, the same sister and her friends prayed for me and invited me to their church.  I was thinking since I didn’t know what to do with my life, I might as well accept the invitation. That evening at the basic Christianity class, my fear of death was stilled because I learned that Jesus is the Way to heaven.

Without much hesitation, I accepted Jesus as my Savior so that I could have a relationship with Him and that He could bring me to heaven.

Jesus answered, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

As I reflect on my childhood spiritual journey, I see how God has formed me through the ages and He continues to do so.  He has allowed me to wrestle with life issues at a very young age so that in due time I would fully surrender myself to Him and none other.

The other day I was contemplating by the edge of a creek, and this song from Numbers 21:17 sprang out from my soul!

I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me,
Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see,
Opens prison doors, sets the captives free,
I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me.

Spring up, O well, within my soul,
Spring up oh well, and make me whole,
Spring up, O well, and give to me,
That life, abundantly.

Hmm…, I wonder if we will see our family dog in heaven?

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My legs don’t lie!

I used to be so self-conscious about my big legs,
but it all changed one day…

I was at this famous clothing store trying on a denim skirt
which looked really good on me.
The skirt was a bit short so I decided not to get it.
But the sales lady convinced me that I had a pair of attractive legs.
She commented, “Oh, you have beautiful legs… lots of muscles!”
She further stated that
many people were trying to work out just to get those attractive feature
and that I was lucky to have such a pair!
Oh I do?
Without much hesitation, I quickly grabbed the skirt and headed to the cashier!

Imagine…, just a $10 skirt could rid one’s consciousness of big calf muscle,
thanks to this so called retail therapy!

Another time I went biking on a scenic trail.
At one point I had to ask for directions.
I approached a middle aged couple who looked pretty fit.
We chatted for a bit and then the man asked if I was an avid athlete.
I replied with a quick no and curiously asked what made him think I am one.
His wife, pointing to my calf muscles, commented,
“Oh, we could tell from those legs, they’re gorgeous!”

Wow, with that affirmation, I rode away happily in the breeze,
just thankful that I didn’t fall off my bike from cloud 9!

A friend from a far away land missed our recent get-together,
but she had the chance to guess from the picture
which foot belongs to which buddies.
Obviously, that pair of gorgeous muscle gave me away…
for she spotted them right away ^^

My legs just don’t lie…

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What’s in a name…

Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12

Today is my special day so I decided to ponder on the  word ‘容’- róng, the character that my parents chose to name me.

I used to wonder why they gave me such a plain name.

But after much surfing, I came to embrace and appreciate the value of this name.

The word ‘容’ when stands on its own means to contain; to accommodate.

And when the character stands alongside and support other character, the meaning is beyond riches…

容忍 endure

容身 shelter

容易 easy

容恕 forgive

容納 capacity to accommodate

容許 allow

容貌 facial feature

容光 radiant…

The name ‘容’ is indeed an authentic name ~ simple yet full of strength.

Thanks to my parents for the wisdom in gifting me this good name.

May I have the strength to live up to the full potential of this name… with God’s help!

A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
Proverbs 22:1

What’s in a name…

In fact, the mnemonic of the character ‘容’  can be seen in Psalm 84.

  means shelter or cover

is a deep valley

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Blessed are those whose strength is in You,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.

靠 你 有 力 量 心 中 想 往 錫 安 大 道 的 、 這 人 便 為 有 福 。
他 們 經 過 流 淚 谷 、 叫 這  變 為 泉 源 之 地 .
並 有 秋 雨 之 福 、 蓋 滿 了 全 谷 。
他 們 行 走 、 力 上 加 力 、 各 人 到 錫 安 朝 見   神 。

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