Waste not – by Eric Knight

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Autumn time (photo by Uzay)

Autumn time (photo by Uzay)

“Waste not the smallest thing created, for grains of sand make mountains, and atomies infinity.  Waste not the smallest time in imbecile infirmity, for well thou knowest that seconds form eternity.”
– Eric Knight

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The little wave

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On waves - on oceans (photo by Yana Gayvoronskaya)

On waves - on oceans (photo by Yana Gayvoronskaya)

A little wave, bobbing along in the ocean, having a grand old time. He’s enjoying the wind and the fresh air – until he notices the other waves in front of him, crashing against the shore. “My God, this terrible”,the wave says. “Look what’s going to happen to me!”

Then along comes another wave. It sees the first wave, looking grim, and it says to him: “Why do you look so sad?” The first wave says: “You don’t understand! We’re all going to crash! All of us waves are going to be nothing! Isn’t it terrible?”

The second wave says: “No, you don’t understand. You’re not a wave, you’re part of the ocean.”

[source: “Tuesdays With Morrie” by Mitch Albom]
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令人动容一幕:小狗被撞身亡同伴原地苦守

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比熊:“腊肠弟弟,你干嘛睡觉啊?”

比熊:“腊肠弟弟,你干嘛睡觉啊?”

腊肠:“比熊哥哥,我快不行了,你快走吧,马路危险!”

腊肠:“比熊哥哥,我快不行了,你快走吧,马路危险!”

比熊:“弟弟,我不能丢下你,好心人,快停车救救我的弟弟”

比熊:“弟弟,我不能丢下你,好心人,快停车救救我的弟弟”

动物虽不会言语,但它们对同类的感情,却往往令人动容。前日下午,长江隧道大智路入口处,一只腊肠犬被车撞死,与它同行的一只比熊犬守护着伙伴的尸体,久久不愿离去。

前日下午4:50左右,这两只狗当时结伴而行,大概是迷失了方向,误入长江隧道大智路路口。当时,进入隧道的车辆密集,车速很快。当驾驶员夏先生发现它们时,腊肠犬已被撞倒在快车道中央,而比熊犬一直守在腊肠犬旁打转。

记者10分钟后赶到现场时,这只白色卷毛比熊犬仍守在腊肠犬身边,无助地四处张望,不时用前爪和鼻子拱一拱地上的腊肠犬,似乎想唤醒伙伴,赶紧离开这里。

此时天色已晚,记者和一名旁观者试图翻过栏杆救出比熊犬,但因车流密集、车速过快,未能成功。

几分钟后,意外再度发生,一辆快速驶来的小轿车猛地撞上比熊犬。比熊犬一声惨叫,在地上翻滚出几米远,但它居然爬了起来,发狂地向隧道里跑去,很快消失在滚滚车流之中……

[source: http://news.cnhubei.com/ctdsb/ctdsbsgk/ctdsb14/201102/t1620436.shtml]
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Ye Lai Xiang (夜来香) by Sandcastle

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the live band, Sandcastle performing during Stephenie and Danny's wedding night

the live band, Sandcastle performing during Stephenie and Danny's wedding night

When I attended Stephenie and Danny’s wedding dinner last December, there was a liveband, Sandcastle performed many wonderful songs including Ye Lai Xiang (夜来香 in Chinese, fragrance of the night) for the guests of the dinner.

The song was originally sung by Li Xiang Lan in the 40s of the 20th century. Then the song is covered by many popular artists such as Teresa Teng and Fei Yu Qing.

Ye Lai Xiang is a Chinese name of a kind of flower, night blooming jasmine or scientifically known as Cestrum nocturnum. The flower blooms at night and are strongly scented which released at night. The lyric describes the beauty of the flower however it has another hidden meaning of missing a lady when nightfall.

During Stephenie and Danny’s dinner night, Ye Lai Xiang was the last song performed by Sandcastle and I managed to record it and share here:

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January.February 2010

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Chinese New Year red packets (红包)

Chinese New Year red packets (红包)

The ChinesEE New Year 15-day celebration was just over last week and we would like to wish everyone a happy Chinese New Year. May everyone be happy and healthy always.

During the first day of Chinese New Year, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and red packets from their parents. These packets often contain money in certain numbers that reflect good luck and honorability. In Malaysia, married person would not turn down the request when asked for red packets as it would mean that he or she would be “out of luck” in the new year. So next Chinese New year, when you meet someone married, do not hesistate to request for red packets.

Last month in mid of January, we too celebrated Thaipusam together with the Tamil community. During the colorful celebration devotees would carry out rituals like shaving their hair and carry various types of kavidi (burdens) undertake a pilgrimage along a set of route while engaging in various acts of devotion. Besides devotees would subject themselves to painful rituals such as piercing themselves with hooks, skewers and small lances. It was a nice feeling to be among friends and sharing the joy of one’s festival.

May everyonEE be happy and healthy always. Sharing some shots taken these two months festival season.

1 Malaysia lion dance

1 Malaysia lion dance

Hi there!

Hi there!

fishing village in Merlimau, Melaka

fishing village in Merlimau, Melaka

brothers

brothers

vibrance

vibrance

dusk

dusk

inside

inside

blessing of marriage

blessing of marriage

sisters

sisters

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Wedding – Stephenie and Danny

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Stephenie and Danny in the wedding's tea ceremony

Stephenie and Danny in the wedding's tea ceremony

On a very hot day of December 2010, Stephenie and Danny were married in a traditional Chinese ceremony in front of their closest family and friends, including their adorable daugther, baby Ashley. Stephenie and Danny wore amazing Chinese customs which made the wedding day even more vibrant and joyous from start to finish. It was a true pleasure to be a part of their lovely wedding day.

Stephenie is the sister of my friend, Kenn-Wai. who is also a wedding photographer. He invited to join the joy the of big moment. Few of the good friends, Fred, Angel, and James were also joined to shoot on the very fine day. They have experience in wedding photography so it gave me a good chance to learn from them for the first time.

Congratulation to Stephenie and Danny. Thank you so much for having me along. May you both be happy always.

Shots after the jump.

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