Degrees and What They Mean to Me

1. Temperature
I am a tropical girl, a true blue one. I sat down to write this post only after I successfully adjusted the air conditioning temperature in the hall and rooms of this serviced apartment my family and I are staying tonight to 29 degree Celcius. Shh I hope no one noticed.

2. Education degrees
My mom obtained her Masters degree in education when she was well over 60 years old, an endeavour she embarked on just because she felt she had too much free time on her hands. It was quite sweet to see how my dad would sometimes send her to class and then sit down for a drink at the university’s cafeteria to wait for her. Incidentally, my mom’s Masters degree is from the very university where she and my dad met. Hmm I have nothing else to say about degrees…except that I have observed that having a degree is just a ticket that helps to open doors. The rest is still up to us as success is anything but automatic, even for degree holders — be they Bachelors, Masters, or PhDs. Who are we kidding anyway? Everyone knows some of the most successful people in the world are college dropouts.

3. The third degree
Outside of the police interrogation room, or formal investigations, the third degree, in my opinion, occurs only when there are control and insecurity issues involved. Ideally words and questions should be used appropriately and not too liberally. Yes even as someone who enjoys writing, and whose day job involves a great deal of writing — I swear by the economy of words.

So that brings me to the end of this post 🙂 Toodle-oo before this gets too wordy!

This post is part of SoCS:
http://lindaghill.com/2014/10/24/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-october-2514/

One-Liner Wednesday–On a Vacation, Not a Tour

Day 1 in Phuket Island, Thailand: didn’t concern myself with taking countless snapshots, or going to ‘must-visit’ places because to me a vacation is about relaxing and enjoying a different place and culture, and of course, when you are in Thailand – indulging in cheap and yet good massages!

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Why I Love Hotel Majestic Kuala Lumpur

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The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is owned by YTL Group, the same group behind some other luxury hotel brand names in Malaysia, like JW Marriott and Pangkor Laut Resort. Thus the ‘wow’ service and small yet opulent touches are rather characteristic, though they are all branded differently.

20141021-191320.jpgHaving been around since 1932, Majestic KL boasts a grand colonial-era building — reminiscent of Singapore’s Capella Hotel and Penang’s E and O — white, imposing, majestic looking. Once at the door, however, service is warm and attentive. “Good morning ma’am, welcome to Majestic Hotel.” “This is Eunice, and she will assist you with your check in.” “Ah were you the one who called regarding an early check in? Your room is ready now.”

The reception staff even helped me check the best way to get to the airport tomorrow morning for my early flight to Phuket, Thailand. I am also given the express check out option — a very thoughtful and proactive gesture.

20141021-191434.jpgPlush beds, LCD TV, mini bar and tea/coffee making facility, bath robes and the whole works in a well-appointed and elegant decorated white and earthy-color theme came as a delight rather than a surprise, being standard features one would expect of a luxury

20141021-191549.jpghotel. But the bathroom caused a me to do a double take: there’s a bathtub with a tray right smack in the middle, AND a television! I wonder which channel to watch while I soak in it later tonight, maybe while sipping a glass of wine, too. Hee hee.

20141021-191728.jpgToiletries come in colourful, generous-sized bottles — probably close to 100 ml each — the shampoo, shower gel, conditioner, and body lotion come in pomelo, cucumber, and mangosteen flavours. Soap bars are from Crabtree and Evelyn’s La Source range. What a delight!

20141021-191824.jpgDining and room service are pricey–which is not a big problem since the hotel provides a regular shuttle service to KL Sentral, which is adjacent to the Nu Sentral Shopping Mall, and also Starhill Bukit Bintang, another shopping and dining haven.

This is another plus point for Majestic KL–since from KL Sentral train station it is easy to get to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA2 either by bus, train, or a cab.

I am looking forward to my Thai tropical island getaway, but I will be sorry to have to leave Majestic tomorrow morning. So I will just make the best of my evening there–with service and surroundings fit for the Majesty.

Gonna hop on the free shuttle back to the hotel now!

Being Christian: What It Means to Me

Inspired by my pastor’s preaching on praising God this morning, I searched Youtube for Christian praise songs and found this beautiful number by Singapore’s New Creation Church.

Unto You, be all glory and all praise–indeed!

This song got me sentimental and thinking of what a wonderful God and Saviour I have chosen to follow. And an amazing journey I have had since the day I began to follow Him–the God who loves me despite my imperfections, mistakes, and rough edges.

And that really should not be a surprise at all because there is no command in the Bible for the followers of Christ to be all saintly and perfect. If we could achieve that there would be no need for Jesus in the first place.

I guess Christianity becomes controversial and offensive–when Christians forget their own humanity and need for Christ, and go around trumpeting opinions and dishing out do’s and don’ts in His name. Maybe it’s easy to blur the lines between becoming like Christ, and wrongly thinking that we are already like Him and therefore have the right to impose our views on others.

Being a Christian, to me, is simple. It simply means I have a source of guidance to turn to in times of troubles and doubt. I have a Higher Authority to whom I look for hope when things happen that defy explanations, and when prognosis for the future looks bleak. I have a point of reference when I am not sure what is right or wrong. It means I have knowledge that shapes  my beliefs, principles, and ideals. The rest — like the fun worshipping in church, the peace and joy and boundless optimism —  are the happy by products of my walk with Christ.

So this is how it works for me–my relationship with my Saviour, and learning to become a better person. It may work differently for others, and the good news for me is, I know enough about the Bible to be absolutely sure that I am only called to follow Christ, not to be on His law enforcement team–if there is even one in the first place. Ha!

 

A Day with Maria and the Von Trapps

“Maria! I grew up watching you sing, dance on the hills, gaze into the eyes of the handsome Captain Von Trapp, and become an instant mother to the seven beautiful Von Trapp children!”

I am excited beyond words to live my favourite childhood scenes. The Von Trapp residence is a mammoth palace, where do I start exploring? Maria is kind enough to take me on a tour through the palatial place, showing me the room where she sang “My Favourite Things” – oh how I remember those curtains she used to make the children’s clothing for their outdoor trip!

Since I have only one day in the Sound of Music, she asks me which scene I would like to live. I choose the one where she sings “The Sound of Music” at the mountainside she grew up, before leaving her old life to become a governess to the Von Trapp children. What a delight to discover that we sing in the same key, so we both walk and run on the grass, throw pebbles into the stream, stretch our arms wide, look to the sky, and sing in perfect harmony.

The only time left for me to meet the children and the Captain is dinner, so I join them before returning to my life. How unfortunate that speaking is not allowed while eating,so there’s not much conversation, only prim and proper, restrained behavior.

I am not sure what the proper etiquette is, so I merely give everyone a polite bow before leaving.

 

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Another Awesome Thai Song

I discovered this song five years ago when I was a freelance copywriter, working from home (and other favourite spots) to many tunes. It has remained one of my favourite songs till this day.

1.24 am now and I am wide awake–no thanks to the Starbucks Caramel Macchiato and my 45-minute run at 10 pm, I guess.

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2009

Road trip up north

Me and my newly discovered self

A work in progress trying not to put life on hold

Wistful at the old,  hopeful for the new

The present hanging in attempted balance

Awkward and uncertain, down the decided yet unfamiliar path

Layers of doubt shed along the way

Till I got to my core

And now I am whole

And you, I will always remember.

 

 

The Shape of Things to Come

Badge by Doobster @ Mindful Digressions

Badge by Doobster @ Mindful Digressions

Here I am today
In my own little pad
And computer
Typing away
Writing
Making my living doing what I love.

So this is my shape today
A shape full of hope
Of some dreams that have come to pass
So this is why I believe
To a good extent we can
See the shape of things to come
Envision, predict, foresee
Draw the blueprint
With the power of our dreams
And the hard work that follows the dreams
Egged on by the heart’s desires
The reasons to jump out of bed every morning
Knowing that every single day
The future is taking shape.

If the present is like clay
Take it, mould it, shape it well
Because every day
Every thing we do
Goes into the shape of things to come.

I want mine to be all pretty and lovely
Jewel encrusted, teeming with life and laughter
Solid like a century-old oak tree
Yet fluid like water
Full of freedom like leaves that dance all they like in the wind
And fall to the ground
Only when their service to nature
Is done.

This post is part of SoCS:
http://lindaghill.com/2014/10/17/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-october-1814/

When Love Was Absent

You, my regret and my joy

I am sorry you partook in my pain

An unwitting recipient you were

Of my mess, my angst, the weakness that was me

Now that I have got me made right

You will partake in my strength

The grace I have come to know, really know

I will love you with all my heart

Take a break when it gets too much

But I will always bounce back

I will always be here

Because I can love you

Now that I love me, too.

 

Hate is the absence–not the opposite–of love. Those who know love can never hate, just like how having light exempts us from darkness.