Something that's not considered rare, but yet not easy to find, the Scarlett O' Hara is definitely much sought. There are quite a number of people on the lookout for it and they usually grab it whenever they see it.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
of something is always intriguing.
After work, I was walking through Cold Storage at KLCC and something caught my eye. It wasn't a particularly product, but what was used to make it attractive really caught my eye. Being as bright as it was, it wasn't difficult to spot:
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
It is no secret that there are things in our lives we want to achieve but we can't, because something stands in our way. It stands tall and wide, there is no way to go around it.
You can try running from one end to the other, tyring to find a gap, a loophole. We run and we run, but there seems to be no end to it. At the start, a sense of desperation pushes us to try and find this small gap somewhere so we can squirm through. As time passes, that resolve fades and we resign to accept the blockade in front of us. We don't like it, but its there.
The same was true for East Germans many years ago who were dealt with a wall right in front of them that created a divide between them and West Germany. The Berlin Wall literally divided a nation already troubled by a divided governance (democracy in West Germany due to French, British & American occupation and communism in East Germany due to Soviet occupation).
A wall stood there, dividing families, blocking opportunity, preventing the formation of a united nation. Many tried to escape, many did successfully, but many also died trying. As the wall was strengthened, there hardly remained any way to escape it. In all of this, a fundamental problem remained. The wall was still standing, and it stood in the way for change needed to create a united Germany.
I was watching the German Chancellor speak to Congress live on CNN about a week ago, being able to understand through the live translation.
German Chancellor speaking to joint meeting of Congress on November 3, 2009
She spoke in German,"Ronald Reagan far earlier than others saw and recognised the sign of the times when, standing before the Brandenburg Gate in 1987. He demanded............."
Ronald Reagan delivering the speech in Berlin.
The translation paused for a moment as she exclaimed in English, "Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate... Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."
The whole of congress stood to applaud that significant statement that would later be a catalyst for people to jump to action and finally break through the great divide that had caused much pain and heartbreak for Germans for 28 years.
Germany has come a long way to progress as much as it has. After the wall was destroyed, both East and West Germany were unified and this has led to the development of the strong and respected nation within the European and international community that we see today. On the 9th of November this year, Germany celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and has become a symbol of a breakthrough to freedom.
What I believe, is that whatever prevents us from going to the next level, we need to break through it. I did not say, under or around, but through it. Sometimes, we can't even see the wall in front of us. Invisible it is sometimes, and that's where we need to reflect and find out what it is, so that we can shape up to prepare and completely destroy what stands in our way from going where God wants us to be.
I'm at the stage where I need to sit down and think about the obstacle in front of me, the thing that blocks me from moving further from where I am. Once I know what it is, maybe just then, I'll be able to break free.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
There are two people who I deem to be very intellectual and very philosophical in UTP. There are probably more, but the two that I guess I've been exposed to a bit more are:
Jared came out with something the other day that I thought was very interesting and you really should read it. To be honest, I'll have to say I wasn't really following his blog, but I'm in the office today, and just decided to click on Jared's name through Khael's blog.
Here's the links:
the Orignal Post (by Jared)
the Appropriate Response (by Rakan Masjid President, Akram)
It was well thought out to the point that the Rakan Masjid head himself replied in an interesting manner.
Of course, there were some responses, and Henry had an interesting one of his own. The reason I like the original article is that its got something to it that's just prompted responses from people, and I wouldn't say it was in the normal boring demeaning way, which at the end of things only proves that people are just being angry and not edifying at all. There have been some good thoughts here and there, although sometimes you can't help but feel annoyed by extremists.
I think I have a response of my own too. I'll need to gather my thoughts first though, but whatever I come up with next, you can be sure that I'll be as open as I can about it.
Good on you Jared. Well done.
Monday, November 02, 2009
It was one of those days where I wouldn't be in church on a Saturday helping out with NSt, but being somewhere far away to witness the wedding of a friend.