Ramblings

Goodbye 2017 Hello 2018!

My 60th Birthday

2017 started off on a very somber mood as January 1 2017 was the day of the funeral of my brother-in-law Chieng Yew Kuok. January 11 saw the passing on of Sarawak’s beloved Chief Minister Pehin Sri Haji Adenan bin Satem. Sarawakians had been pinning their hopes on him to bring much needed change to Sarawak. His untimely passing brought ...

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Life Is Great At 60!

Life is great at 60

Today I turn 60. It seems not that long ago I was still studying at Kai Chung Middle School in Binatang. But six decades of life I have lived so far. It has been said that life begins at 60. Yes, 60 is the new launchpad year for adventure, opportunity and change. For turning sixty today, I don’t harbour any ...

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Oh How I Long For Thee!

Me on Mount Royal in Montreal in late autumn in the late 1970s

Oh how I long for thee Not seeing you makes me feel empty More than thirty seven years have gone by Since I bade you goodbye.   Memories of you linger Your whiteness in winter Footprints in the snow As temperature dropped low.   Memories of you bring Sweetness and joy in spring Fields of green emerged from their hibernation ...

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And You Think Your Job Sucks?

Down the crooked coconut tree

For a lot of people, it’s inevitable. After enough time at any job, you start to think that your job sucks. It doesn’t have to be that way. We’ve all dealt with bad bosses or back-stabbing colleagues but that doesn’t mean the cure for our ills involves quitting our job and finding another. Every job is still a job and ...

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Filial Piety – Your Children Are Watching You!

Your kids are watching you.

Children are very impressionable. Their brains are like sponges, soaking up what they see and hear. Their minds retain bad experiences and imitate what they see, hear and observe to be true. Someday, your children will be walking in your shoes. Not just literally, but figuratively, in their role as an adult. As parents, there are few aspects of our ...

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Surround Yourself With Positive Influences

Surround Yourself With Positive People

“Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through.” – Karl Marx It is a worthwhile exercise to analyse the influences that impact our life. Our station in life is ...

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Please Let Go Of Me

Please let go of me

Into my life you came two months ago And has adamantly refused to let me go What did I do wrong? You look so forlorn.   In sleep I seek comfort I admit I am at fault Taking your existence too lightly And over-stressing you nightly.   Is this your way of getting even? When will I be forgiven? Can’t ...

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Jobbie

Debbie & Joseph

Peanut butter. Yes, this post is about peanut butter. To be precise, it is about Jobbie peanut butter. I was at home this afternoon when Ninja Van delivered a packet addressed to my son. It was later in the evening that my son told us the packet contained six bottles of Jobbie Chunky Peanut Butter (380 grams). My wife and ...

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Getting Out of My Comfort Zone

Welcome to the world of cryptocurrencies

It has been almost one month since I published my last blog article. It is not that I have become lazy to write. I have been pretty occupied with a few ventures that have taken quite a lot of my time. I don’t even have time to indulge in reading novels, my favourite pastime. I came to the realization that ...

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The Finger Lift

Finger Lift

I was on Facebook when I saw a video featuring the Finger Lift trick. It brought back memories of that night in 1976 when I was in Upper Six D class at Kolej Tun Datuk Tuanku Haji Bujang. I came across the trick in a non-fiction book that I was reading at that time. After sharing the trick with my ...

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