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Monday, December 03, 2018

As a couple

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As a couple... I've learnt to make the art of discussing our differences a life long goal and best time to practice that art is when a quarrel begins.

~ 56 year old & married for 31 years.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

'Oh Shenandoah' as Christmas Carol?

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'Oh Shenandoah' as Christmas Carol?
~ by Fons

Shenandoah - Peter Hollens (A Cappella)
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Oh Shenandoah as Christmas Carol? 

At the time of writing this, 'Oh Shenandoah' is NOT a Christmas Carol... but poetically, it could be. After some research, I have come to terms that 'Oh Shenandoah' can be used as a Christmas Carol.

It isn't a usual Christmas Carol... but it's actually quite good to be used as one.

Here are my personal thoughts & sharing. 👇

First, here are the Exact Lyrics to the PDF Score (NOT posted here):

Oh Shenandoah,
I long to hear you,
Away you rolling river.
Oh Shenandoah,
I long to hear you,
Away, I'm bound to go
'Cross the wide Missouri.

'Tis seven years
since last I saw her,
Away, you rolling river.
'Tis seven years
since last I saw her,
Away, I'm bound to go
'Cross the wide Missouri.

Oh Shenandoah,
I took a notion.
Away you rolling river river.
To sail across
the stormy ocean.
Away, I'm bound to go
'Cross the wide Missouri.

Oh Shenandoah,
I'm bound to leave you
Oh Shenandoah
I'll not deceive you
Away, I'm bound to go
'Cross the wide Missouri.

The Lyrics. 👆
In the Bible, Christ has talked about Husband & Wife as God and his Church. This Song talks about a man longing to see the girl he loves... so just like Christ longing to come down to meet his People (the Church, his Bride)... and so he comes down as Baby Jesus. "7 long years" in the Bible is seem to be some kind of magic number to mean A Long Time... and 7 x 7  is even longer. The last verse... quite sad... seem to speak of the coming Easter as well when he has to leave us 😢. Some of our usual Christmas Carols has that too.

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Sunday, November 04, 2018

Psalm 17 ~ God Our Rock ~ by Malcolm Nerva

Text used by Malcolm:

He titled it 'God Our Rock'

Response:
I love you, Lord my rock, my strength my one salvation.
I love you, Lord my rock, my strength my one salvation.

Verse 1:
I love you, LORD, my strength,
O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.

Verse 2:
My God, my rock of refuge,
my shield, the horn of my salvation.
Praised be the LORD, I exclaim,
and I am safe from my enemies.

Verse 3:
The LORD lives forever! 
And blessed be my rock, my God, my Savior!
You who gave great victories
and showed kindness to your anointed.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

How Cars Should Be Parked In Singapore (My Opinion)

In my own opinion, this is how cars should be parked in Singapore. This refers to only to Reverse Parking.

Always park leftmost to the line. Driver has more space on the right. Passengers at the back can all use the right-back door. Front passenger can be let out before parking, and in after parking. Don't worry about the car parked on your left because if he does the same, he will have enough space to come out of his car and that would create space for your front passenger as well. We should always park leftmost to the line to get the maximum open door space for not only ourselves, but for the 2 cars parked next to us and everyone should be happy.


Although if everyone parked in the centre the same can be achieved, but this method guarantees that you will have control of getting the maximum amount of space.




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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Sukiyaki ~ What a Joke!

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Sukiyaki ~ What a Joke!



There's a famous song, Sukiyaki that hit number 1 in US in 1963. Its actual title is "Ue o Muite Arukō" which means "I Look Up As I Walk" is a Japanese-language song that was performed by Japanese crooner Kyu Sakamoto. If you look at the translation of the lyrics, it is basically a Sad Japanese Love Song. In English speaking countries, it is best known under the alternative title "Sukiyaki", a term with no relevance to the song's lyrics. (Sukiyaki is a Japanese dish of cooked beef.) Just imagine... it's just like taking a Sad American Love Song and naming it "Hamburger". 😂

On top of that, the Japanese Lyricist (Rokusuke Ei) wrote the lyrics while walking home from a Japanese student demonstration protesting against a continued US Army presence, expressing his frustration at the failed efforts... and this song reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the United States in 1963. 😂

Source Link:
Sukiyaki (song)
~ from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukiyaki_(song)
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Lyrics: Ue o Muite Arukou

The title means "I look up when I walk." The English title was changed to Sukiyaki because it was easier for Americans to say and associate with Japan. The English version called Sukiyaki is not a literal translation of the song and it is not the translation provided below. (Sukiyaki is actually food and has nothing to do with the song.)

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Japanese:



Ue o muite arukou
Namida ga kobore nai you ni 
Omoidasu haru no hi 
Hitoribotchi no yoru

Ue o muite arukou
Nijinda hoshi o kazoete 
Omoidasu natsu no hi 
Hitoribotchi no yoru

Shiawase wa kumo no ue ni 
Shiawase wa sora no ue ni

Ue o muite arukou
Namida ga kobore nai you ni 
Nakinagara aruku 
Hitoribotchi no yoru 
(whistling)

Omoidasu aki no hi 
Hitoribotchi no yoru

Kanashimi wa hoshi no kage ni 
Kanashimi wa tsuki no kage ni

Ue o muite arukou
Namida ga kobore nai you ni 
Nakinagara aruku 
Hitoribotchi no yoru 
(whistling)
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English:



I look up as I walk
So that the tears won't fall
Remembering those spring days 
But I am all alone tonight

I look up as I walk 
Counting the stars with tearful eyes 
Remembering those summer days 
But I am all alone tonight

Happiness lies beyond the clouds 
Happiness lies up above the sky

I look up as I walk 
So that the tears won't fall 
Though the tears well up as I walk
For tonight I'm all alone tonight
(whistling)

Remembering those autumn days 
But I am all alone tonight

Sadness lies in the shadow of the stars 
Sadness lurks in the shadow of the moon

I look up as I walk 
So that the tears won't fall 
Though the tears well up as I walk
For tonight I'm all alone 
(whistling)
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

SIGHT is what you see with your Eyes; VISION is what you see with your Mind.

SIGHT is what you see with your Eyes; 
VISION is what you see with your Mind.

HEAR with your Ears; 
LISTEN with your Heart.

Nice... BUT... don't forget that it's simply 'Rhetoric'.

Sight & Vision actually mean the same thing and are actually interchangeable but in recent times people have rhetorically tried to separate the 2 quite effectively actually. But in reality, although they mean the the same, the difference in the 2 seem to be gaining momentum... and I do like the distinction that their division is making... so yeah, they're different after all!

Rhetoric is the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the exploitation of figures of speech and other composition techniques. Although designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect, but is sometimes regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content... sometimes.

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Here's an interesting take on Sight & Vision:

EYECARE: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SIGHT AND VISION

EYESIGHT essentially refers to the physical attributes and performance of the many organic components involved in the visual system. 20/20 vision is a commonly quoted measure of normal vision, yet it simply describes the sensitivity of the eye to see fine detail in the distance.
Unlike eyesight, VISION is a thought process, which emerges an understanding of what is seen, where it is and how to react to it. It combines information from many sensory systems to create a perception of reality. Vision describes a more dynamic and interactive process, essentially a whole information processing system developed through experience to gain understanding of the external visual space world.
For example, in a person driving a car, vision is much more than reading license plates clearly at a distance. Vision is the total process whereby the spatial relationships between the cars are taken in and processed by the driver in order to guide the car safely to its destination, without an accident and with minimum stress. Vision judges the relative speeds of the other cars, and alerts the driver to a pedestrian stepping onto the road or another car at an intersection, or the door of a parked car opening.
Vision is what directs the baseball player to swing the bat at the exact right moment and place in space to make contact and hit a home run.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Get rich on Bitcoin? The highs and the lows


Some people are so lucky... but to live like this is just too risky. Do NOT live like this guy. While this guy was lucky, there were MANY who were NOT as lucky. Watch this video and see.

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MUST-WATCH
Get rich on Bitcoin? The highs and the lows
22 Apr 2018 12:23AM (Updated: 22 Apr 2018 12:30AM)

This man went from struggling to pay for chicken rice, to being able to pay off a condo unit – thanks to Bitcoin.

But Talking Point asks, what are the risks involved, and should you put your coin in?

2 years ago Eugene Tay was struggling to make ends meet.

Today, he owns this 1-Bedroom Condominium Apartment which he paid over half-million dollars for last year - using Bitcoin.

Eugene Tay, Freelance Actor, bought his home with Bitcoin.

[In this video Eugene Tay says,

I had almost no money in my wallet - (when) I wanted to buy a plate of chicken rice I had to consider whether I should buy it.

Everyone was telling me...

"Bro, you're crazy!"
"Don't be silly,
you'll lose your money,
it's fake money!"

... but for some reason, I was just stubborn. I was like, either I stick to what I'm doing today... and die hungry, or I do something drastic.

So I took all the money I had and pumped it into Bitcoin.

The market was so hot back then, that any coin that you put your money in, you would make 5 times - in a week! So I started rolling because I got lazy to cash out.

By the time I could afford a condo and got a surplus, I said OK, now it's time to cash out.]


The Monetary Authority of Singapore warns that Bitcoin is a High-Risk Investment.

And it can be stolen.

Not everyone was so lucky. Watch this Video Link below, to see that there are others who made loses and are victims of this Bitcoin Investments.

Video Link:
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Jesus in the garden... again (2018)

This is Stevan Widyasmoro (on the left) who sang very well as Jesus in a recent Easter Cantata 2018 and had more ease in reaching the high notes than i did when i played Jesus in 1999 and 2011. Scroll to hear an excerpt of his singing in a video at the end. @seb , thanks for taking this photo.


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FULL Versions on YouTube: 

Video 1 (Audio Only): sung by Stevan Widyasmoro
- Help This Shepherd Be A Lamb (2018)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arhidZEAEZc




I think he'll be able to sing it -- at ease -- any time. I had lots of warm-ups to do, to sing mine... here below is a video of me singing the same song.

Video 2: sung by ME
- Help This Shepherd Be A Lamb (1999)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwTwNfvrUCM. (LoQ)



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Jesus in the garden... again.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

London's calling. Heed it!



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Jinkli Nona ~ Lyrics & Meaning

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The meaning of ' Jinkli Nona '
~ according to kodrahkristang (via iG or instaGram)
~ at this link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BgRHwr2FHfm/

The "Jinkli Nona", a song about a man who wishes to wed a beautiful woman, is one of the most well known Eurasian folk songs in the community in Singapore. It is often accompanied with the Branyo, a classic Eurasian folk dance.

The term "Jinkli" is believed to come from the word "Sinhalese", which transitioned into the word "Chingalee" and ultimately to "Jinkli".

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Lyrics:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/keep-kristang-alive/jinkli-nona/975376472483689/


Jinkli Nona

Jinkli nona, jinkli nona
yo kereh kazah
kaza nunteng porta nona
klai logu pasah?

Teng kantu teng
kantu teng falah nunteng
amor, minya amor
amor minya korasang

O nona, minya nona
Ki lonzi bos ta bai
Si yo nungka tomah kon nona
Nungka filu di mai pai

O nona, minya nona
O nona minya korasang
si nona muitu bemfeta
yo jah kai na-a-faesang

Pedra, linya, agu
diamanti di kualidade
jah beng na minya brase
pretu, brangku minya bontadi

O nona, minya nona
yo ta bai pa Telok Mas
inkontrah
floris cherozu
cherah, cherah, kereh mas

O nona minya nona
sa kabelu restah chang
akeli mesmu kabelu
beng marah yo sa korasang

O nona minya nona
yo ta bai fikah soldadu
si teng bos sa furtuna
yo birah fikah kazadu.

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My Comment at:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/keep-kristang-alive/jinkli-nona/975376472483689/ 

I found this YouTube Link to the song Jinkli Nona. I must say that this is probably the best version I've ever heard.


Here are some comments about the song that I'd like to share.

I am not fluent in the Kristang Dialect, knowing only a few words. As to '*Jinkli Nona*' meaning '*Sinhalese Girl*', that's only what I keep coming across to, so I can't say for sure if that what it really means.

What I find interesting is the word-play in the song, very tongue-in-cheek, especially the 2 lines that go "*kaza nunteng porta nona / klai logu pasah*" which sounds like it has a double meaning.

"*kaza nunteng porta nona / klai logu pasah*" literally means "*house no door girl / how to pass*". Without punctuation it opens up many translation possibilities with questions. Questions like, 'Whose house has no door?', 'The boy or girl?'. The word '*passah*' means pass and could actually mean an '*approval*' rather then a '*passage*'.

Possibility 1:
boy has no house, no door, so how to get approval
~ could mean that: '*a boy who is unable to afford a door to his house may not be fit for marriage. But in current times, this analogy could also be easily used for both boys & girls*'.

Possibility 2: 
girl's house has no door, so how to get approval
~ could mean that: '*a girl who has lost her virginity may not be fit for marriage (keeping in mind that virginity was very important in those days). But in current times, this analogy could also be easily used for both boys & girls*'.

I find this song has very deep meaning and lessons to learn from and it's *'probably why it's sung at all Kristang Eurasian Weddings*'.
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Kristang: Nus Kung Nus (Nos Kong Nos)

Own people, like family.

Nus Kung Nus
Nos Kong Nos

Nus = We
Kung = and / with

Nus Kung Nus
= We and / with We
= We and / with Ourselves
= Tahu Sama Tahu (Malay Equivalent)

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

To Believe or NOT to Believe?

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Eye Witness Accounts ~ by PGA, my thoughts:

[WORLD News. Woman suspect dead, 3 hurt in shooting at YouTube's California headquarters The shooter apparently committed suicide after gunshots erupted at YouTube’s offices, sparking a panicked escape by employees and a massive police response.]

I came into my work office lift and the TV (in this lift) was playing a live coverage of a breaking news where an eye witness was testifying what she saw.

I could not exactly hear what she was saying but this got me thinking about eye witnesses accounts in the Bible. Do we trust them? If we do, why do we and should we?

Ravi Zacharias (an Indian-born Canadian-American Christian apologist) has a good description & guide lines as of how and what to trust.

I must look it up.
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Thursday, March 08, 2018

Car Scrapped on [2018 Feb 20, Tue]


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[2018 Feb 20, Tue] = Car Scrapped. On this date we drove to Scrap Yard.
[2018 Feb 19, Mon] = Last date I parked at Mediacorp Campus

These photos were in our AMK Car Park and just before we drove to the Scrap Yard.



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