The power of music

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Uncle Robert and Auntie Janet sharing with the power of music!

Music heals.
Music energizes.
Music motivates.
Music changes relationships.
Music changes our mind world.
Music soothes troubled hearts.
Music lifts when crisis sets in.

In this election, the politicians have resorted to use “songs/music” to express their sentiments and messages. SUPP has its rap song, “Who Says?” while DAP promises “Change” in its election song called “Just Change”.

Added to that, for the past few nights in SUPP functions, songs were sung to the tears of many.

I believe that many would have focused their hearts on beauty and love when the candidate like uncle Robert shared on the loss of his mother at the age of 5 and missed mother’s love. Many would have given it a thought when he reminded the people not to become “political orphans”. When he and his wife ended with the song on “Mother’s Love”, an atmosphere of expectation, hope and enthusiasm would have been created with the music!

Solomon was a king who used the powerful influence of music.

In 1 Kings 4:32, “His song were a thousand and five.”

In Ecclesiastes 2:8, “I acquired men and women singers, and a harem as well – the delights of the hearts of man.”

And I won’t miss one of my favourite books in the Bible, “The Song of Solomon” which records Solomon’s romance!

Do you have a song in your heart? Today, I have this song from Issiah 55:12 –

For you shall go out in joy and be led back in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands,”

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The balloon man

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Ten Years ago, I was one of the Sunday School teachers in our Church. My students ranged from 5 to 8 years-young. There was one story in the lessons called “The balloon man”. The story goes like this –

One day the balloon man walked into the park with a hundred balloons.

“Come and get your free balloon!” he said to the children there.

But only two boys and two girls came to get a free balloon. The others thought something was wrong, so they would not do it. Soon the balloon man walked sadly from the park with 96 balloons.

The teaching from the story is that Jesus is like the balloon man. He came to give each of us a life that goes on forever. He offers each of us a room on His beautiful home in heaven. But only a few people accept His wonderful offer.

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet a young boy who was in my class during his young days. He shared with me that he had never liked balloons. While other children went to grab the free balloons distributed at supermarkets or parties, he did not ever want to touch one. Why? He shared,

The balloons are so uncertain. You do not know when they will fly away. You do not know when they will burst.

He went on,

Until I heard the story about the balloon man in your class! I know I really do not need to worry about the “what-ifs”. It’s free. It’s just like the free gift given by Jesus.

I always thank God for giving me that opportunity to spend time with the young ones. There is no more rewarding investment to be made!

Making of a good day

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I was at Celcom office yesterday to combine my Celcom Broadband (on the go!) to my Streamyx (Home fixed Broadband) which could give a saving of RM40 per month. At the counter, there is a display written,

Let Me Make Your Day

I asked myself, should I depend on someone to “make my day” or should I be proactive in “making my own day good”?

Incidentally, landed in my mailbox today is an article on tips given by Dr Norman Vincent Peale on “The way to a good day”. I think it’s great!

The magic words are THINK, THANK, PLAN, MAKE and PRAY.

Think a good day. We must see it in our mind that our day is good. We are what we think!

Thank a good day. Thank God in advance for a good day ahead. Thinking affirms our way of thinking!

Plan a good day. Well, we all know. Plan, plan, plan!

Make a good day. Make it our business to put good in a day!

Pray a good day. Start and finish our day with God.

These are tips from Norman Vincent Peale.

Add-ons from Yan from some borrowed wisdom –

Throughout our day,
Give God our waking thoughts. Step into His presence before we begin our day.
Give God our waiting thoughts. Try be with God in our silence.
Give God our whispering thoughts. Whisper some brief sentence prayers anywhere, in any setting.
Give God our wanning thoughts! What better place to doze off than in the arms of our Father!

Unfolding of words

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I love reading letters. I grew up with letters from BingXin in her series “Letters to young readers”. BingXin (1900 – 1999) is a Chinese writer of 20th century. Her letters to young readers have stimulated and is still stimulating and educating generations of young readers.

Other book of letters in my collections includes one on friendship titled “84 Charing Cross Road”. This books is an exchange of letters between the author, Helene Haniff and an English bookstore, Marks & Co. The exchange of thoughts and feelings between the two persons are very heartwarming.

Earlier last month, I read in the news that Tun Dr Mahathir has launched his book on selected letters to world leaders. That I have marked in my “Palm Treo” as a must-buy book. Marking it in my Palm Treo because it means a book shopping list in my next trip to bookstores in Kuala Lumpur!

Yes, I got it when I went to KL last week. And I finished reading it in the airport. What other better thing I can do in airport?

I love Dr M’s clarity of thoughts and his being very vocal in various issues. In issue related to terrorism, he classifies it as “Winning Hearts and Minds”. Issues related to Globalization, he classifies as “Between Power and Powerlessness”. In issues of War and Conflict, it is classified as “Then Peace (As Always)” and for Economic and Diplomatic relations, he terms it “Raw Power (not skill) is real diplomacy”.

I am not a “book reviewer”. But, I always borrow wisdom from authors. Here is one from Dr M in his Prologue for the book –

Whether I was a good or a bad Prime Minister is, of course, not for me to say. When I am dead and gone, the judgement would be more accurate. Since I will not be around then, it would be quite meaningless to me. My children and friends would be the ones to savour the truth or bear the pain of whatever I am condemned for.

Ending with another borrowed wisdom from King David for the candidates in the nation’s General Election engaging in the war of words –

The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.
I open my mouth and pant,
longing for your commands.
Ps 119:130-131

The Comforter

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I am sorry if you find it not so courteous to put such intimate thing on a blog. This is my blanket. My mum gave it to me on my wedding. So, it has been with me into the 22nd year. A long time, right? It’s as new as the first day I owned it. It still keeps me very warm.

I know Rachel likes it very much. Quote her, “Your blanket is so wonderful. It keeps warm when it’s cold, yet covering it on a hot day does not generate much heat. It’s like mummy.”

Well, considering Rachel has not always been very expressive of love in words, words like that do keep me very warm, just like how the blanket does!

Chris would use it when I am on travelling.

Both of them have asked if I could get one like that for them. I have been searching in the old shops, shops that sell China goods – no luck as yet.

Last week, I was called to travel to Kuala Lumpur on a next available flight for a meeting. I did not get to say “goodbye” to Chris as he was in the afternoon class while I managed to tell Rachel on the phone. It was rushing from office to airport, caught a flight from Sibu to Kuching, and trying to connect the flight to Kuala Lumpur. By the time I reached the hotel where the meeting was held, it was 11 pm. Just as I settled down, Chris called. He was crying bitterly, and in between sobs, he said, “Jie-jie (sister) took your blanket away!”

Hubby was not at home too. So, I left that behind my mind and carried on with my meeting. By the time I settled in the hotel, it was past 2 am. I made a call home. Chris was settled now. Jie-jie did not want to give him the blanket. So, he decided not to sleep, the next day being no-school day because of Chap Goh Meh.

Last night, Chris shared about using mummy’s blanket when mummy is not around.

“The blanket has your scent. I could feel your presence. It is my comforter. It is like mummy is right beside me.”

Last night I was reminded of how reassuring it would be to have God right beside me to consult, confide and share every moment of my life, whether in joy or in sorrows!

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor (Comforter)
to be with you forever…
you know him, for he lives with you
and will be with you.
John 14:16-17

What drug is your personality?

I was quite “amazed” by one Chinese newspaper reporting on the “horoscope and personality” and “feng-shui talk” of the candidates in the nation’s general election. Other reports of the candidates include their private life beyond politics. Then, I came across this “What drug is your personality?” and took the test. Here is the result. Quite fun. Give it a try!

Your Personality Is Like Heroin


You’re capable of the highest highs and the lowest lows.

Addicted to feeling good, you’ll do almost anything to avoid pain.

People seek you out, even though you can be quite moody. They’re hooked on you! At your best: You are euphoric, stress free, and a little sleepy.

What people like about being around you: They’re not exactly sure, but they can’t get enough about you.

What people dislike about being around you: When you finally leave, they go some pretty serious withdrawal.

How addicted people get to you: Very… you’re quite dangerous.

Wine gladdens life

Today I cooked “Braised shank with Fuzhou red wine”.

Here are all the ingredients you need. I have trimmed all fats from the pork, except for the skin on the shanks that I left. I have also blanched the pork in boiling water to take away the “smell”. The Chinese herbs I used are Yu Zhu, Dang Gui and red dates.

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Heat the wok with sesame oil. Saute ginger until fragrant. Then add in the shank and stir fry briefly. Transfer the shank and ginger into stew pot, add in the Chinese herbs and a bottle of Fuzhou red wine and stew for about 90 minutes.

And, there you are!

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It really gladdens life!

Bread is made for laughter,
and wine gladdens life,
and money answers everything.
Ecclesiastes 10:19 RSV

That sounds not acceptable, especially on the part of “money answers everything”. However, I once listened to an audio sermon by a pastor who said this way,

Even the legitimate, normal, proper joys of life like the bread which enables us to feast together and the wine which gladdens life, is all made available by money. That is why “Money answers everything.”

However, this pastor cautioned that money supplies everything that is needed; but that money must come from hard and profitable work.

He said that what makes a nation healthy are industrious, hardworking citizens who work very hard.

So, work hard, and have some wine to gladden our life – that’s actually how you can work for a better tomorrow for our next generation and generations to come!

I have just stumbled into this blog about making “Fuzhou red wine“. My late mum used to make it. I think it’s too big a task for me!