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Are you lonely?


Oftentimes I do feel lonely
Sometimes I don’t know how to articulate the feeling
Basically I just feel so lost

Then one day I came across Psalm 102 which aptly expresses my heart’s cry

‘I am like a desert owl
like an owl among the ruins
I lie awake
I have become like a bird alone on a roof’

Yes, that’s how I feel at times
lonely… like a desert owl

Once I received a note from a dear friend BL
What she wrote must be spirit-led in helping me to define “loneliness”

“… Don’t be discouraged if at times you feel plagued with loneliness.
We all do. For being human is being lonely —

a loneliness that invites us to find fulfillment not in our-“self”
but in God who makes possible communion and community.”

Another friend uttered that she likes “being lonely”

“Being lonely inspires me to write and to express the thoughts of my heart;
it causes me to draw near to God,
the One who satisfies our hearts’ every desire, and more…

Yes, in times of loneliness
I do thank God for His Omnipresence
and for bringing various people from all walks of life
to travel alongside me

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Pick me up…

I was feeling a bit down and needed some pick-me-up moments

and i thank God for transporting me to this ascetic-liked place
that brought me peace and tranquility…

and hearing God’s voice through Isaiah 49:16a
“See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hand”

my spirit lifted up… like the clouds

my soul refreshed… like the sprinkling of the waterfall

i thank God for this pick-me-up moment
for in this solitude reflection
i learned again to accept life’s up and down
with humility and with grace
and was rewarded with this…

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ding dong
this humble little blog is turning one today
and here’s the first post from a year ago

to celebrate the anniversary i’ll post something down to earth which just happened recently…

a few of my gleeful friends just love to laugh at people…
they usually have quite a LOL feast when gather ’round
oh no! this time the target is me… what’s go around comes around *yikes*

see, they were flipping through old photo albums from like 20 years ago
and spotted an “old aunty” which was yours truly thus burst out laughing…LOL-ing over my once appearance & popular hairdo…*SOB*

hey, didn’t ya know it’s poor camera angle? *GRIN*

see this one, same hairdo ’round the same time but with different angle shot… the twin towers were still around then *sob*

anyhow, my dear friend Kel disliked me with short hair
during our younger days every time i came back from the salon
she would “lecture” me saying
“how many times must i tell you not to cut your hair so short”
i was like… what to do… hairstylists in general just loved trimming my hair away
and if i didn’t open my eyes & stop them, wah, i might have gone bald!

anyway, hope she’ll be delighted with my present hairdo… 20 years later ;p

guess it’s time for another hair chopping escapade to celebrate my blog’s one year old 😛

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Gossip Girls…

bbf #1 called last night
asked if i had “anything” to tell her
i was like what did she want to know
canucks lost, what else?

But then she was insisting…
“are you sure you have nothing to tell me?”

i was thinking hard at what she was trying to get at…

apparently she heard from the grapevine
that certain J went to a party and brought along a bf

i was like yeah i went to a few gatherings recently
but with a bf?
n.i.l.

but bbf #1 wasn’t convinced
after hearing more details of her gists
i told her aiya it could have been a misunderstanding lah
‘cos the person that brought a bf to the said party
could be another “J” from our church

bbf #1 still cannot be convinced…
earlier she even called up bbf #2 of ours
hoping to get some juicy news of me

WORST

when bbf #2 heard the inquiry from bbf#1
she assumed that surely yours truly had striked a match at e-harmony
thus bringing Mr. e-harmony to the said party… behind their back!

sounds like this juicy rumour of me is spreading like wild fire

oh, those gossip girls…

oh well, there’s no point in teasing back and forth

so i told gossip girl #1 to go back to her source and investigate further

true enough… it was the other “J” whose having a new found relationship 🙂

*Phew* the gossip was finally put to a stop!

there… we’re eyeing on Don Taylor, the hottest sport commentator in town…

but he just refused to look our way 😦

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Where there is faith…

When traveling to Paris
most people are eager to go shopping
or visit the landmarks
and of course the museums
but if you were in Paris
and you did not visit the Louvre museum
you “haven’t” been to Paris…

i am “allergic” to museum
i told my travelling companion
why waste time lining up for hours to see the arts there
why not just browse through the paintings
on the sidewalk outside the museum
at least the artists are alive
and we can chat with them for real

but see…, if you are in Paris
and you do not visit the world renown museum
you haven’t been to Paris

i didn’t enjoy arts nor have faith in my painting
but this time i have no choice
out of all the workshops the retreat offered
this particular one sounds the easiest ~~ “Copy and Paste”
that… i thought i could handle

i was kind of nervous sitting in the class
the facilitator encouraged us to take it easy
look around
see what attracts
and start painting…

I looked around and decided to paint something
but i kept making mistakes
no new sheets were allowed
i kept covering up the mistakes with more paints
to the point of giving up
the facilitator said that many painters become famous
not because they have talents
but because they accidentally make mistakes
and it is through their mistakes that
they discovered new tactics in painting
thus become famous

the facilitator glanced at my painting
and commented that i got talent
she… has faith in my painting

at the cafeteria we were asked to display our works
and let others guessed who’s whose
no one could guess which piece was mine
no one… has faith in my painting skill

a friend who has artistic talent in her blood
was impressed with my “hidden” talent
surprised me with a set of acrylic paint
the next day when we went shopping
said she “we’ll go a’painting at the park one of these days”
huh, my friend… has faith in me painting

well, here’s the original piece i was supposed to “copy and paste”

and here’s the outcome…


ah, do you… have faith in my painting?
or maybe i should go visit the museum more often…

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Fly High ^ ^

@Hornby Island


Everyone loves this picture I took
and I love it too
so perfect
Many suggested I should submit it for competition
even these two models thought so too…

E & Q scribbling

Aww… they’re not too keen to be seen with their camping outfits 😦

oh, how about this attire 😛

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Somewhere over the rainbow…

@White Rock

Rainbow… it’s glorious!

Whenever this colorful arc appears in the sky,
I would stop everything and just gaze at its wonder.

@ Outside the office one late afternoon

The first rainbow was recorded in Genesis 9
where God makes an everlasting promise to Noah
“I have set my rainbow in the clouds,
and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
Whenever I bring clouds over the earth
and the rainbow appears in the clouds,
I will remember my covenant between me and you
and all living creatures of every kind.
Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.”

According to Revelation 4, rainbow is shaped in a circle;
unlike on earth our perception is in an arc form.

~

Went out for dinner with J & C at this heritage building.

After the pasta & pizza, we decided to pig out some more…
eat and be merry for tomorrow we shall diet!

We drove to another restaurant for an all day breakfast meal & dessert.

On the way there, we were greeted by this luminous rainbow.

C commented that it’s a blessing and God’s covenant of love to me on this special day, Amen!

Next day these two special friends and parents treated me their home-cooked Cambodian specialist!

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ja…NICE!

Nice: [noun]
a city in southeastern France on the Mediterranean Sea northeast of Cannes.

I’ve always wanted to visit Nice and my wish was finally granted!

Browsing through farmers/flowers market

visiting Musee Des Beaux-arts

snapping away at the vibrant tourist town

strolling along the beach at twilight

listening to pounding waves

gazing at the Mediterranean sunrise by the beach

& swimming in the Mediterranean sea

bringing back a piece of love-shaped pebble

were some of the fun stuff we enjoyed in this French Riviera

resort on the French Riviera

Yealp, my travelling companion knew me well for this was what she wrote during our trip:

“Dear Janice, I can tell that Nice is one of your favorite spots!

You’re passionate about the place…

just as the powerful waves pound the shores with passions!”

Nice: [adjective]
pleasant or pleasing or agreeable in nature or appearance

What’s in a name

Well, as for mine it bears the word “nice”

I figure God wants me to be nice… and gracious:

… for that’s what my name means

creativity from friends

Sketched by friend Bob Evan

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