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Friday, March 30, 2012

Online GIF you can use ~ Taglines for this pix ~ No, I can't ~ Sorry, I can't go, I just can't ~ Believe me, I can't ~ Just can't do it, whatever it is (with a bit of tears)

This is available as long as it's there at the hosting link.

Online GIF you can use
~ Taglines for this pix
~ No, I can't
~ Sorry, I can't go, I just can't
~ Believe me, I can't
~ Just can't do it, whatever it is (with a bit of tears)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Psalm 21 ~ Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) [Year ABC]

This is an update for one of the 
Responsorial Psalms for Lent ~ by PGA

Verse 1: 
Verse 2: 
Verse 3: 
Verse 4: 
Psalm 21 ~ Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) [Year ABC]

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Verse 1. 
All who see me de-ride me.
They curl their lips, they toss their heads.
"He trust-ed in the Lord, let him save him;
let him re-lease him if this is his friend. R/.

Verse 2. 
Many dogs have sur-round-ed me
a band of the wick-ed be-set me.
They tear holes in my hands and my feet.
I can count every one of my bones. R/

Verse 3. 
They di-vide my clo-thing a-mong them.
They cast lots for my robe.
O Lord, do not leave me alone,
my strength, make haste to help me. R/.

Verse 4. 
I will tell of your name to my brethren
and praise you where they are as-sembled.
You who fear the Lord, give him praise;
all sons of Jacob give him glory.
Re-vere him, Is - ra - el's sons. R/.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Prayer for Baby Jude and Mum Pauline

Dear God, hear our prayer for Baby Jude and his mother, Pauline. Drawing from our own experiences in life with You... we believe that You know what is best for them. We believe that You already have Your plan for them. Nevertheless, we still pray. Give them the best possible outcome for mother and child as they journey in surrender to Your will. We also pray for their loved ones that they find the strength and stamina to persevere in their prayer for Pauline and Jude. We make this same prayer for those of us who are rallying around this mother and child. We pray for the medical servants you've sent to look after them that they would do their job well. We humbly ask all this of you through Your Son and His mother, Mary. Amen.


Murukku ~ by Diissa Impex

I found out they have a Facebook Link -> Diissa Impex's.

They sell other things like Curry Powders too.

Original Post

This Murukku was quite good so I just wanted to note it's label and contact just in case.


Dhall Flour, Rice Flour,k Vegetable Oil, Indian Spices, Chilli Powder, Salt.

Diissa Impex's [sic]
586, #07-3081, AMK Ave 3, Singapore 560586
Mobile: 9-180-3412 / 9-83-8524
Fax: 6-726-3059


Monday, March 26, 2012

The Promise of LOVE

Poem Text & Lyrics by: Elizabeth
Music by: Alphonsus
Wedding Date: 01Jan1987

The Lord has been kind to us all
We were saved by His death on the cross
He has showered upon us blessings from above
Of all the gifts which He has bestowed 
The greatest of all... is that of His LOVE.

The LOVE we now share is so strong and so deep
Just as the Father has meant it to be, 
Now that we... are one
Let our light shine forth for others to see
That by our example, His LOVE, they will know
This joy and peace that Christ gives His Church

We pledge our love to each other
We promise to be true in all we do
To love and to honor till death do us part
For this was the promise of love
We made to each other... In the presence of God


Monday, March 19, 2012

Random ~ Mansaku Wonder & Park

Today's going to be one of those random entries... "Random ~ Mansaku Wonder & Park"... and it doesn't get more random than this.

Is this food really as good as they say? I don't understand mandarin.

Mansaku Japanese Food @ Golden Mile Food Centre

Is this really the Wonder Girls?

[Real WG] Wonder Girls - WG in Singapore

I now understand the connection between Wonder Girls and Park Jin-Young


Hindsight, Foresight & Insight

May you have... 
the hindsight to know where you've been, 
the foresight to know where you're going, and 
the insight to know when you're going too far.
-- Irish Blessing

Weddings, Rhymes & Reasons

I find these 2 songs have certain similarities starting with the first line of the both lyrics. 
They were both written about the same time so one may have influenced the other.

Here are the lyrics... scroll down for the video of the songs

The Wedding Song (There Is Love)
~ Paul Stookey ~ wrote in 1969, hit in 1971
(He is now to be among you)

He is now to be among you
at the calling of your hearts
Rest assured this troubadour
is acting on His part.

The union of your spirits, here,
has caused Him to remain
For whenever two or more of you
are gathered in His name…

…there is Love, there is Love.

A man shall leave his mother
and a woman leave her home
And they shall travel on to where
 the two shall be as one.

As it was in the beginning
is now and till the end
Woman draws her life from man
and gives it back again. And… [Chorus]

Well then what's to be the reason
for becoming man and wife?
Is it love that brings you here
or love that brings you life?
And if loving is the answer,
then who's the giving for?
Do you believe in something
that you've never seen before? Oh… [Chorus]

Oh the marriage of your spirits here
has caused Him to remain
For whenever two or more of you
are gathered in His name… [Chorus]

Rhymes & Reasons
~ John Denver ~ wrote in 1969, hit in 1969
 (So you speak to me of sadness)

So you speak to me of sadness
And the coming of the winter
Fear that is within you now
It seems to never end

And the dreams that have escaped you
And the hope that you've forgotten
You tell me that you need me now
You want to be my friend

And you wonder where we're going
Where's the rhyme and where's the reason
And it's you cannot accept
It is here we must begin
To seek the wisdom of the children
And the graceful way of flowers in the wind

For the children and the flowers
Are my sisters and my brothers
Their laughter and their loveliness
Could clear a cloudy day

Like the music of the mountains
And the colors of the rainbow
They're a promise of the future
And a blessing for today
Though the cities start to crumble
And the towers fall around us
The sun is slowly fading
And its colder than the sea

It is written from the desert
To the mountains they shall lead us
By the hand and by the heart
They will comfort you and me
In their innocence and trusting
They will teach us to be free [Chorus]

And the song that I am singing
Is a prayer to non believers
Come and stand beside us
We can find a better way

The Wedding Song (There Is Love) ~ Paul Stookey

Rhymes & Reasons ~ John Denver

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Solfege Practice ~ Lesson 006 ~ 'O Let My Tongue' by Peggy Ling

In Lesson 006 of my Choir's practice I'll be using the song 'O Let My Tongue' by Peggy Ling.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Use Me Lord ~ Straight from the Heart, Celebrate You

I received these 2 texts from my father-in-law.



Lord, give me courage to be true 
To You in all I say and do 
Give me Love to keep me sweet 
To everyone I chance to meet 
Give me your power to keep me strong 
Grant me your presence all day long 
Give me the Faith that all may see 
How very real you are to me 
Give me wisdom to choose the best 
Help me perform each task with zest  
Give me vision to see your plan 
Use me, Lord wherever you can


Straight from the Heart

Celebrate you

You are worth celebrating. 
You are worth everything. 
You are unique. 

In the whole world, there is only one you. 
There is only one person with your talents, 
your experience, your gift.

God created only one you, precious in His sight. 
You have immense potential to love, to care, 
to create, to grow, to sacrifice if you believe in yourself.

It doesn't matter your age, or your color, 
or whether your parents loved you or not. 
(Maybe they wanted to but couldn't.) 
Let it go. It belongs to the past. 
You belong to the now.

It doesn't matter what you have been, 
the things you've done, the mistakes you've made, 
the people you've hurt.

You are forgiven. You are accepted. You're OK. 
You are loved in spite of everything. 
So love yourself, and nourish seeds within you.

Celebrate You.

Begin now. Start anew. Give yourself a new birth. Today. 
You are you, and that is all you need to be. 

You cannot deserve this new life. 
It is given freely, gift.
That is the miracle called God who loves you.
So celebrate the miracle and celebrate you!


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Teresa Hsu ~ Singapore's Mother Teresa

Wow! What a life! What a wonderful selfless person.

Teresa Hsu Chih
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Teresa Hsu Chih

The founder of Heart to Heart Service and Home for the Aged Sick.
Born7 July 1898[1]
ShantouEmpire of China
Died7 December 2011 (aged 113)
EducationHonorary Doctorate Degree,[2]University of Southern Queensland
OccupationSocial worker, Yoga teacher, nurse (retired)
ReligionBuddhism/Roman Catholic[3]
Teresa Hsu Chih (7 July 1898 – 7 December 2011), or commonly known as Teresa Hsu (Chinese许哲pinyinXǔ Zhe) was a Chinese-born Singaporean social worker, known affectionately as "Singapore's Mother Teresa", in recognition for her active life-long devotion in helping the aged sick and destitutes locally.[4] The retired nurse was the founder of the non-profit charities—Heart to Heart Service and the Home for the Aged Sick, one of the first homes for the aged sick in Singapore. She had been a social worker in China and Paraguay and a nurse in England, before coming to Singapore to start similar non-profit charities since 1961. As a supercentenarian, Hsu was still involved in charity work and was one of very few supercentenarians who were recognized for reasons other than their longevity. She had spent almost all her savings on feeding and housing the poor and the elderly, all of whom are younger than she was, but she herself led a simple and humble lifestyle.[5] In 2005, she received the Special Recognition Award from the Singapore government in recognition of her contribution to the country.[6]




Early years

Hsu was reportedly born on 7 July 1898, in Shantou prefecture of China, during the reign of the Manchu Qing Dynasty, although this has never been independently verified. When Hsu was young, her father walked out on the family for another woman.[7]Her mother, who was illiterate, had to fend for the three girls and one brother singlehandedly. At 16, her family moved to Penang in Malaya, where they worked as cleaners in a convent. As she did not want to be a cleaner all her life, Hsu asked the nuns there to allow her to study with the children, and they agreed. Combining study with work, she passed her Senior Cambridge examinations four years later. Equipped with a basic education, she ventured to Hongkong to work and, later, to Chongqing, China, where she became a secretary and bookkeeper at a German news agency in the 1930s. She quit her job to become a volunteer, helping the injured during the Sino-Japanese War.[8]
Recalling her inability to help the wounded people whom she saw during the Second World War, Hsu decided to become a nurse. As she was overaged at 47, she wrote a request to the chief matron of the Nursing Council in London. Touched by Hsu's sincerity and dedication, her application was accepted. She spent eight years in England doing nursing and another eight in Paraguay as a member of the German charity group Bruderhof, to start hospitals and homes for the aged there.[8] In her mid-50s, she decided to return home to Penang to be with her mother. In Malaysia, she assisted her brother in starting the Assunta Foundation for the Poor in Ipoh. She also played a key role in the startup of three homes for the elderly and two homes for young girls and neglected children in Ipoh.[9]

Home for the Aged Sick

The Society For The Aged Sick at Hougang Avenue 1, Singapore
In 1961, she came to Singapore to live with her older sister, Ursula, late principal of the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus in Bukit Timah. On seeing her dedication and commitment in helping the poor and sick, Ursula bought her a 0.6-hectare piece of land at Jalan Payoh Lai in 1965, so that Hsu could open the first home for the aged sick in Singapore.[5] The two sisters ran the Home for the Aged Sick for five years. Ursula financed its operations with her pay, while Hsu managed it and made some extra cash by selling the harvest of 10 coconut trees and a dozen banana trees in the backyard.[10]
The sisters converted a servants' quarters and a bungalow into wards for their patients, but it became increasingly difficult to cope with the numbers. In 1970, with about 100 patients, they approached the Rotary Club for funds. The Rotary Club agreed to finance the home on condition that the club take over the running of it. The sisters handed the deeds over to the Society for the Aged Sick, an association formed by the Rotary Club members. The society built three blocks to house the increasing number of residents and Hsu remained the home's matron until 1980, when she was asked to retire at 83.[10] Hsu moved into a three-room apartment on the rooftop of the Home, built by the society. After her sister died, she left Hsu a sum of money which she was able to buy flats with—five in Singapore and two in Malaysia for those people who had no money and who were asked to move.[11] When asked where all her compassion and deep caring came from, Hsu replied:
I must have got it from my mother because she was totally dedicated to the job she chose to do and that was looking after the family. I think that trait was passed down to us. I've no family, so I look after everybody else. I choose to serve everybody else who comes to me—that is my job... The world is my home, all living beings are my family, selfless service is my religion.[5]

Heart to Heart Service

The Heart to Heart Service Centre is located at the premises of the Society For The Aged Sick in HougangSingapore
Shortly after she retired, Hsu set up the Heart to Heart Service with Sharana Yao, her co-social worker, a non-profit, non-government aided welfare service which provides food, clothes and monthly cash contributions to those in need. With the help of volunteers who drive her around, she brought necessities to the homes of elderly women and destitutes in their 80s and 90s on public assistance, such as rice, sugar, biscuits, beverages and monthly cash allowances of between S$20 and S$180. She got her rations and funds from various sources—merchants, people in the neighbourhood, church friends, and their friends. The needy get on Heart-to-Heart's list based on good faith by word of mouth.[10] In 2000, a Straits Times reader wrote to comment on her selfless contributions to the society and urged the young to follow her example:
As we admire the grit, good humour and faith that Ms Hsu has, might we also ponder over a certain dilemma: Where are the Teresa Hsus of today? Ms Hsu is at an age where most would have long retired, but she takes it upon herself to be of service to others, to those who are less fortunate than her. A society like Singapore requires a lot more individuals like this and we need them now... We need to have more youths as volunteers or pursuing a career in social work as they will be the core of our society... More publicity and attention must be drawn to volunteer opportunities and more must be done to recognise dedicated people like Ms Hsu. We cannot continue in our efforts of building a gracious society without strengthening volunteerism as a culture. There is little to be gained by being more cultured if we do not take the plight of the less fortunate into consideration.[12]


Hsu was still actively involved in charity work after turning 110. An advocate of healthy living, Hsu often gave public talks at schools, welfare homes, and hospitals in Singapore and overseas about health and service to the needy.[9] When asked about the secret of her good health and longevity, Hsu attributed her good health to a spartan lifestyle, vegetarian diet, and to her positive attitude towards life:
I prefer to laugh than to weep. Those people who cry to me, I always tell them it is better to laugh than to use tissue paper, as laughing is free but tissue paper still cost five cent. 'Ha ha ha' cost no cents.[11]
She would start her day at 4 am with calisthenics, meditation and an hour of yoga exercises. At night, she would do yoga again, then read until midnight. She picked up yoga at age 69, when she bought a book titled Forever Young, Forever Healthy. She also taught yoga to the young and old at temples, associations, hospitals and schools. She ate sparely; her breakfast is a glass of water or milk. Lunch was often milk and salad, unless "people bring me food", and it was milk or yogurt for dinner.[13] At home, she has a 2,000-volume private library she calls Prema, which in Sanskritmeans "divine love". Today, her days were kept busy with trips to help needy senior citizens, reading and yoga practice at her sparsely-furnished single-storey house attached to the Society For The Aged Sick.[8]


Hsu died on Wednesday, 7 December 2011, peacefully at home and was cremated on the same day without any rites, as instructed by her.[14] She was the oldest living person in Singapore at the time of her death.


  • 2006 aged 108: Received the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre's Special Recognition Award from Deputy Prime Minister S. Jayakumar.[6]
  • 2005 aged 107: A photography exhibition was held to honour Hsu's life and work at the Mica Building, from July 6 till July 18, titled OneZeroSeven Photography Exhibition: Teresa Hsu Chih.[15]
  • 2004 aged 106: Received the Sporting Singapore Inspiration Award from Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, for her devotion to the teaching of yoga.[16]
  • 2003 aged 105: Received the Active Senior Citizen of the Year Award from Chan Soo Sen, Minister of State (Education, Community Development and Sports).[17]
  • 2002 aged 104: Received a Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.[2]
  • 1999 aged 101: Received a one-off Special Award at the Woman of the Year 1999 awards ceremony at the Raffles Hotel organised by Her World magazine.[18]
  • 1997 aged 99: Named 'Hero for Today' by the Chinese-edition of the Reader's Digest.[19]
  • 1994 aged 96: Received the Community Service Award awarded by the Life Insurance Association for her contribution to community service.[20]

See also


  1. ^ "Supercentenarian but she'll still be there for the needy". The Straits Times. 8 July 2007.
  2. a b "USQ News dated 23 April 2003". University of Southern Queensland. Retrieved 2007-11-04.
  3. ^ Wong, Mun Heng (9 January 2006). "Tzu Chi Events in Malaysia". The World of Tzu Chi Vol. 76.
  4. ^ Tay, Ming Liang (7 January 2000). "Letter—She is our very own Mother Teresa". The Straits Times.
  5. a b c Khng, Eu Meng (1995). Singapore's Extraordinary People—"Teresa Hsu: Never too old to care for others". Singapore: Landmark Books. pp. 48–53. ISBN 981-3002-96-4.
  6. a b Yap, Su-Yin (23 November 2005). "The Substation wins award for model fund-raising drive". The Straits Times.
  7. ^ Sapawi, Tuminah (31 March 1994). "Never too old to be useful". The Straits Times. p. Life at Large section.
  8. a b c "100 years, and still going strong". The Straits Times. 31 December 1999.
  9. a b "Special Recognition Award : Teresa Hsu". National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre. Retrieved 2007-11-04.
  10. a b c Abu Bakar, Mardiana (20 May 1993). "Society: Unending service". The Straits Times.
  11. a b Shuying (Jul/Aug 2007). Nagapuspa (Vol. 11)—110 Years Old, A Life of Abundant Wealth. Singapore: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Publication. pp. 78–79.
  12. ^ Ren, Alex (12 January 2000). "Letter—We need more youths to do volunteer work". The Straits Times.
  13. ^ "Staying '97 Years Young'—A calm mind and simple life the secret". The Straits Times. 7 November 1997.
  14. ^ RAO, Sharana. "Announcement". Heart to Heart. Retrieved 2011-12-12.
  15. ^ "Around town". The Straits Times. 6 July 2005. p. Life Events section.
  16. ^ Chia, Han Keong (30 October 2004). "107 years old, and still going strong". The Straits Times. p. Sports section.
  17. ^ "Teresa Hsu is Active Senior Citizen". The Straits Times. 14 November 2003.
  18. ^ "Three women of substance". The Straits Times. 3 March 2000.
  19. ^ Sapawi, Tuminah (7 November 1997). "Strong and supple, at 97". The Straits Times.
  20. ^ Chin, Soo Fang (3 November 1994). "Young-at-heart : 94-year-old wins life insurance award". The Straits Times. p. Life at Large section.

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