Thursday, January 26, 2012

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition


Recently, I visited the exhibition Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Here's a simple post on my visit: Experience Titanic the safe way.

This exhibition will be held at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands from 29 Oct 2011 - 29 Apr 2012. Singapore residents can request for special discounts to this exhibition. For more information, please visit http://titanic.sg and http://www.marinabaysands.com/Singapore-Attractions/ArtScience-Museum/

Monday, January 23, 2012

Read: Stephanie Dowrick's Seeking the Sacred


Author: Stephanie Dowrick
Title: Seeking the Sacred
Published by Jeremy P. Tarcher/ Penguin

This book took me more than a month to read while commuting on buses and trains. Nevertheless, it was a comforting and insightful read. I may have to re-read it a few more times to better appreciate the depth of the ideas.

I chose this book as I have grown to find comfort in the writing style of Stephanie Dowrick. I experiences her writing style as one that gently inspires and encourages while providing the space of kindness to grow.

This book, like its synopsis says, is "a book for the spiritually curious, as well as for those already engaged with the deeper questions". It is an invitation to "discover what makes our lives sacred, satisfying, and meaningful". I like the inclusiveness of this book. It is worth a read especially for someone who lives in a multi-religious country like the one that I am living in.

The key topics in this book are Reverence, Identity, Love, "Do No Harm" and Transformation. Each of these topics provided depth to invite us to "imagine the world we would live in if we dared to see all of life as sacred - unconditionally."

With this, I wish you blessings for the Lunar New Year.

(Here is a list of reviews on this book: http://www.stephaniedowrick.com/news/seeking-the-sacred-reviews/)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Relief is here!


There is grief in my heart
As heavy as the pouring rain
Unexpectedly the sun sneaks in with its gentle rays
Shines through a bead of my fallen tears

The double rainbow appears
Lending a lighthearted lift to my shattered soul
Reminding that relief is here,
Right now.

(Notes: This evening, I saw a double rainbow from the Art Science Museum. Sighting the rainbow inspired me to write this poem.)

Friday, January 20, 2012

I surrender

I surrender.
To the silence of the night,
I surrender my darkest emotions:
Anguish, confusion, disappointments, sadness and more.

And have the faith that
The angels of the night,
Shall transform this silence into
Echoes that sing the music from the heavenly realms.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My love for greeting cards

This evening, I was reorganizing my humble collection of greeting cards and notes. These were the expressions of the thoughts and care from friends over the years. It was a comforting and touching experience to reread these cards and notes. I felt I was rediscovering a way to count my blessings, i.e. through rereading at least a part of my collection of greeting cards and notes.

I started collecting greeting cards and notes from a time when I was possibly in lower Secondary level. The collection started as a way to remind me of the care and encouragements that friends so generously give. I continued to collect the cards over time after I have experienced that it is therapeutic to browse through and reread even a portion of the collection.

Some cards may bear simple words of greeting yet the thoughtfulness that came with them can be deeply felt. Some cards bear interesting designs and often remind me of one of my dreams to establish a business that aims share kindness and care through greeting cards, notes and gifts. Some cards which were hand-made reminded me of the care and effort that went into realizing the cards.

With this post, I thank my friends for the thoughtfulness and care that were so generously shared, through simple gestures such as sending an encouraging card. Thank you!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pasta shape test

This test ties in well with my recent posts on my visit to Italy. Enjoy the pasta shape test.

I learnt that orecchiette "is a kind of home-made pasta typical of the Puglia or Apulia, a region of Southern Italy." Its name comes from its shape which reminds one of a small ear.



You Are Orecchiette






You are easily inspired, and you see beauty in unusual places. Anything can be art for you.

You have a tempered, reasonable way of thinking. You tend to take every new idea in and meld it with your world view.

 You're happy-go-lucky but also quietly enigmatic. You keep most of your thoughts to yourself.

You are sentimental and open-hearted. You love many people, places, and things.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A friend's online boutique


This afternoon, I met up with one of my friends for tea and a visit to the National Museum of Singapore. Over tea, I learnt that she has established an online fashion and accessories boutique.

It seems that shopping online has helped bring convenience to the consumers, while providing consumers with easier access to more unique products at affordable prices.

If you are looking for dresses, accessories, and more, please visit: http://www.shopon.sg.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Italy 2011

Ponte Vecchio over River Arno, Florence, Italy, on the left of the photo.

This October (7 - 17 Oct 2011), I visited Italy on a group-tour package provided by one of the tour agencies in Singapore. My intention was to be in Italy to experience and to appreciate the architecture in parts of Italy as well as the natural landscape.

Please find a list of the posts that I have written regarding this visit to Italy:


Special thanks to my travel-mate for her patience throughout the trip. My thanks to our coach driver, the attentive tour-manager and the knowledgeable tour-guides. I was grateful that our tour group had generally enjoyed good weather and great hospitality throughout our stay in Italy.

It was an enriching experience to be in Italy. When I was younger, I had deemed it as one of my favourite countries in the world that I would like to visit. I was attracted to its seemingly rich history and the interesting 'shoe' shape of the outline of this country. I hope to visit Italy and the rest of Europe again.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Charming Naples

Castel Nuovo, a medieval castle in Naples.

Naples, also known as "Napoli" in Italian, is a city in Southern Italy. During my recent trip to Italy, the tour group had a night stay at Naples after our visit to Pompeii, the UNESCO heritage site.

According to Wikipedia, Naples' historic city centre is the largest in Europe. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

While we were at Naples, we learnt that Naples is famous for its pizza. The tomatoes from Naples is said to be one of the freshest in Italy. However, I had missed the chance to enjoy a Pizza Margherita from Naples.

One of the puzzling things that I could not quite comprehend when I was in Naples was that the locals seem to like to remind tourists not to be out alone at night. The extent of the cautionary attitude was so great that while I was in Naples, I did not visit any single place except the Chinese restaurant that we had dinner in, the hotel and the ferry terminal where we took a hydrofoil to Capri island. Whatever else that I saw in Naples were observed from the tour bus! Interestingly, I was influenced to be obedient and did not venture out during my entire night in Naples.

Whatever it is, I am rather tempted to consider visiting Naples one day in the future (perhaps with a bodyguard so as to assure the cautious locals). Naples offers a very beautiful sea view, and so I shall end this post with a photo of the charming sea view taken from the tour bus. Be delighted.

Monday, January 02, 2012

A message to the Sun



Dear Sun,
Could you please write me a caring message
On a droplet of water with your rays?

To paint a lovely rainbow across the skies.
Turn the gloomy colour of the monsoon season
To a healing palette of the sacred

Bringing ease to the pain
Of my roots growing deeper into the earth
Under the beams of your loving rays.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Irish Blessing (Beannacht) - John O'Donohue


video source: http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZfvS2LYbZLQ


This is a New Year's Blessing by the late Irish poet John O'Donohue. I find the poem comforting and kind. May this bring you blessings for a meaningful and joyful year of 2012. And all shall be safe and well.

Bennacht — A Blessing — by John O’Donohue

On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.

And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The gray window
And the ghost of loss
Gets in to you,
May a flock of colors,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the curach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
And may the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.
(source: http://firesidelearning.ning.com/profiles/blogs/remembering-john-odonohue)