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Fallen Leaves

Fallen leaves

Forlornly they lie beneath the trees Fallen leaves that have broken free Freedom that is so deceiving For death is beckoning.   Shattered dreams are like dead leaves Treasures that have been stolen by marauding thieves When hopelessness rears its ugly head You may wish you are dead.   Like new leaves that slowly emerge A strong will is difficult ...

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Heavenly Lake Ashi

Lovely view of Lake Ashi & Mt Fuji

On our second day in Japan, we took a bullet train from Shinagawa Station to Odawara. This is the first time in my life that I have ever travelled in a bullet train. From Odawara Station, we took a normal train to Hakone-Yumoto Station, the gateway to Hakone.  We spent a bit of time in the vicinity of the station ...

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Floral Paradise At Flower Dome

Lovely dahlia

After our Japan trip, we stayed in Singapore for three days. On the first day, we made our way to Gardens by the Bay to visit the Flower Dome. During our last visit to Gardens by the Bay a few years ago, we only visited the Cloud Forest as the Flower Dome was under maintenance at that time. Gardens by ...

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Sensory Overload At Robot Restaurant Tokyo

The taiko drummers

During our trip to Japan in the last week of January 2017, my son Clarence booked tickets online for the Robot Show at the Robot Restaurant in Kabukicho – Shinjuku’s red light district, Tokyo. Initially I was not gung ho about the show, thinking that it was for kids. When Clarence told me what the show is like, I was ...

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Oh My Kawaii, Cuteness Overload In Japan!

Are they sporting? Lovely couple!

Clean, polite, safe and cute….these words are often used to describe Japan. So during my family trip to Japan from January 26 to the 31st, I thought I was prepared for all these. But I found myself bombarded by a “kawaii explosion”, getting caught in a severe case of cuteness overload. The word “kawaii” literally translates into “cute” and symbolizes ...

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You’ll Be Greatly Missed, Tok Nan!

Tan Sri Adenan Satem

“It does not matter how long you live, but how well you do it.” – Martin Luther King Jr. Sarawakians from all walks of life and from both sides of the political divide are grieving the passing on of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem. It is rare to see such an outpouring of sorrow over the passing on ...

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Follow Your Passion And Cultivate It!

One of Aires' artwork on the wall of Permaisuri Imperial City Mall

Have you noticed the lovely mural artworks in Permaisuri Imperial City Mall in Miri? I have been wondering who did the artworks but I got the answer in the January 2 2017 issue of the Borneo Post when the paper’s reporter Cindy Lai did an article about Aries Kong. Yes, Aries was the one commissioned to do the artworks. 25-year-old ...

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RIP, Ah Kuok!

RIP, Ah Kuok!

Today is the start of a brand new year. It is supposed to be a time of joy and anticipation as we begin the year with a clean slate. But nothing could be further from the truth for the family of Chieng Yew Kuok, my brother-in-law and husband of my wife’s younger sister Angela. His family is finding it so ...

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Goodbye 2016!

Taken at the wedding of Carissa T'en and Jia Lim

Today is the last day of 2016. As I look back at the year, I am filled with mixed feeling. Someone said that every year, like wine, has its own flavour. I cannot agree more. At times, 2016 was sweet like a Vin Santo Rosso but at other times, it was overwhelming like a Cabernet Sauvignon. The election of Trump ...

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