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Nope…not talking about the beverage.

I’ve actually been thinking of this word for awhile now and have made a “fresh” realization what it all means. I’m looking at my life right now and have observed the need (more and more now than before) to have absolutes.
– moral absolutes
– emotional absolutes
– mental absolutes
– spiritual absolutes

…the list goes on.

And in the times that we’re in, both economical and political; isn’t it about time that people wake up? Mind you, I’m still learning and I’m not “there”; I’ve made loads of mistakes and am ashamed by it BUT I’ve learned to (in my best ability) put this word into practice more and more in my everyday living.

We’ve been taught that “okay” is okay, but it’s not. In fact, I think that is totally ridiculous. Absolutes don’t agree with “okays” or “it’s alright” – there’s only a YES or a NO. And here we are facing a generation of people that are living lives that are simply, “okay”. And I’ve been having conversations with different people and just hearing them talk about the way they’re leading their lives is just (sorry to say this)… disappointing. They’re getting more disillusioned and settling with just “okay” – in the way they get into relationships, handle stress, study, work, lead their lives, etc.

Sorry to say this but, “okay” is really not okay. Absolute’s the new okay.

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A friend sent me the link to that video just today and I thought that it was both nice to the ear and to the heart. Check it out 🙂

And because of that video, I went on a rampage checking out other youtube videos (bad, I know). One particular video that I bumped into just really stayed on my mind – it was a proposal in the middle of a basketball game; the guy went down on his knees and the whole nine yards. The girl rejected his proposal. YIKES.

Also, heard that a brother of mine didn’t get his appeal accepted for the second time to come back to KL. I think it’s just absolutely mind boggling how when we’re in dire need of doctors in our country, yet we’re still have the nerve to stop doctors from coming back.

Are the people in power absolutely awake? I pray so.

Sometimes, when there’s no other way; it just comes as blatant as possible. Last night I was at a 10pm to 12am prayer and I was led to a portion of scripture that, I would’ve read it at least (AT LEAST) once, if not twice in my lifetime. But when I read it again last night, it just blew my mind.

3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up. (Psalm 5:3)

And the bit that really threw me off was “…and i will look up.” Maybe it’s just me, with the different thoughts and decisions that I’m surrounded with but that one line really hit me. The word “will” represents a choice, a decision, a point of consideration and the words “look up” basically means, the direction that my eyes (spiritually) should be focusing on.

So to put all those thoughts on that verse down; it basically said (to me) “…make a choice son, look up cause anywhere else you’re looking at is just cutting it short.”

Divinely blatant.

My house compound got broke into on Sunday night. The thief took 7 pairs of shoes and 3 of ’em were mine. Sigh. I guess he / she had one nice “gong xi fa cai”.

That’s Happy Chinese New Year in mandarin. Yup, it’s not always about oranges only.

This time, it was a pretty short cny break. Not that I’m complaining but maybe another night’s stay would be a bonus.

Anyways…

I aimed at taking as many pictures as possibly so that this would be the most visually documented chinese new year for me. I tried. The thing is, you can’t really take lots of pictures when you’re in charge of driving the whole way back. I like driving. So just try picturing a boot full of luggage, new year cookies (baked by my sis – awesome), boxes of dialysis solution (dad’s) and shoes. Traffic was bumper to bumper and we had to get into the coastal road halfway, which was really cool cause it’s definitely more scenic than the PLUS highway.

First stop: Bak Kut Teh Lunch with Old Friends

Aunty Tan and Dad.

Aunty Tan and Dad.

Next Stop: Sitiawan

Again, I was driving. So my sis was the one happily snapping pics away. The journey was scenic – rice padi fields, kampungs and a clear view of the horizon. I remembered that an uncle of mine brought me to one of these padi fields for eel fishing. An experience it was.

45 minutes later, we hit Swiss Garden Damai Laut. Nice resort. Probably the best choice in Sitiawan town. Here’s the view from the room.

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The next 3 days were just filled reunions, good food, red packets, firecrackers, warm conversations and late supper laughs at grandpa’s house.

Ah Gung's Pad.

Ah Gung's Pad.

I guess with all the comfort of city life, you really miss how simple life can be. Everything’s around the corner – kedai runcit, kedai ubat, kedai kopi; everyone knows one another and I mean EVERYONE; joyous occasions are celebrated and tough times are faced as a “family”. Most of all, I’ll miss

– hearing rubber seeds landing on roof after being “launched” from the tree

– being woken up by the chickens at 5am

– walking opposite for a plate of kanpua noodles for only RM1.50

This one is about RM2.20 and it's near the main town market.

This one is about RM2.20 and it's near the main town market.

– sitting at the side of the house and just looking at the many faces waiting at the only bus stop of the village to town

– having to hold my nose everytime i passed by the rubber sheet processing house 5 doors away

– playing firecrackers (awesome)

– riding motorcycle around the kampung without helmet or license (sssshhhhh!)

And most of all, this chinese new year, I miss my grandma. I missed having her call me to the dining table for my mee suah (she still makes the best ones), hearing her sing as she laze in the living room during the afternoon, seeing her put weird white powder on her face and of course, I miss talking to her. 

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May the coming chinese new years help us remember the simple joys of life, fragility of lives and the Friend that holds it all together.

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A change we all can believe in!