Dear Mr Jane

Dear Mr James,

I am Mr Pen from the council. Could you help with the publicity of this article. We purchased new books for our libraries recently and we would like the members of the public to know it. Some members of the council went for book shopping during the books mega sales at the fifth avenue recently.

We were very lucky enough to be given a budget for our libraries this year. We bought 1,553 books from the sales and we have still have the budget to purchase more books for our libraries this year. Great effort from our council to fill up our rural libraries and encourage our children to read.

Ok. Thanks Mr Pen. I will do it. By the way, I am Jane.

Oh, great! Thanks Mr Jane!

[This is a true story happened to me few days ago. However the name had already been changed]

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Our Common Home

Three years ago, we moved to our new house. It is a simple home but much bigger and with better environment. It has four bedrooms compared to the old wooden house with only two bedrooms.

My mother has a beautiful garden, I have my own bedroom, my father has a space for his vegetables and all other stuff and plenty of space for my four annoying dogs to run around.

Most important, it is a lovely home, filled with love and food.

While I enjoy our new home so much, I cannot help but to think that outside our concrete home, we have a bigger home with a more diverse family.

We call it earth. This earth is our common home; a home that is rich and can provide for everyone; a home that enables us to grow up and to enjoy our lives.

However, today, our home is in crisis. Our ecosystem is collapsing and nearly half of the population in the world is crying for help for a new home because they have nothing to eat, according to UNICEF.

This is the phenomena in which we call the effect of climate change.

It changed this world from a place of abundance to a place for the survival of the fittest, because climate change isn’t just an environmental issue, is a political issue, a social issue and an economic issue.

United Nation describes climate change as a threat to human security with the poor are the hardest hit. The World Food Programme said ‘Hunger is number one cause of death in the world’ and with climate change affecting greatly on agriculture, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) had reported that starvation among young children will be increased by 20 per cent in 2050.

The World Bank predicted at least 20 million people in the world will be pushed to poverty by 2030. That is 12 nears from now.

We are living in a world of great global inequality, and climate change will accelerate it.

That demands the world leaders to change their policy in governing their country or risk greater inequality.

Let me ask you something

As a family, when our brothers and our sisters in need of help, will you try to offer them help, or will you walk away?

The time is now to take action. So, what can we do? Napoleon Hill said, ‘If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way’.

When my father decided to build a house for the family, he was met with financial difficulties, I’ve never seen my dad been that stress. It was a trying times for the family, but that was the time, all of us came together as a family; despite many loans, some of us applied for personal loans and they were approved, we forked out our savings, including my mother who is not working helped financial.

Because of our efforts, the house was completed in a year. I learned that if we are united as a family, even if we give the little that we have, we can achieve our goal.

It is the same thing in answering the cry of our brothers and sisters in this common home. A little effort goes a long way. And we all know that the only way to address climate change is to save energy.

We all know how to save energy; we can do it at home. Things like use recycled papers or stop wasting our food because as Pope Francis said ‘It is like stealing from the poor’. We can also switch off the lights or electricity when not in use, turn of tap water when brushing our teeth or use our own lunch box when ordering take away. Once you do that, it will create a ripple effect. You teach your children and your friends and they teach their children and their friends.

But if you want a step further, be the ambassador to speak about this issue.

We must recognize that climate change is serious, it is urgent and it is growing. Yet things can change, but we need to work together in building our common home. Our future generation deserves much better world than we are in right now. What kind of Home do you want to leave for them?

Our Common Home

Three years ago, we moved to our new house. It is a simple home but much bigger and with better environment. It has four bedrooms compared to the old wooden house with only two bedrooms.

My mother has a beautiful garden, I have my own bedroom, my father has a space for his vegetables and all other stuff and plenty of space for my four annoying dogs to run around.

Most important, it is a lovely home, filled with love and food.

While I enjoy our new home so much, I cannot help but to think that outside our concrete home, we have a bigger home with a more diverse family.

We call it earth. This earth is our common home; a home that is rich and can provide for everyone; a home that enables us to grow up and to enjoy our lives.

However, today, our home is in crisis. Our ecosystem is collapsing and nearly half of the population in the world is crying for help for a new home because they have nothing to eat, according to UNICEF.

This is the phenomena in which we call the effect of climate change.

It changed this world from a place of abundance to a place for the survival of the fittest, because climate change isn’t just an environmental issue, is a political issue, a social issue and an economic issue.

United Nation describes climate change as a threat to human security with the poor are the hardest hit. The World Food Programme said ‘Hunger is number one cause of death in the world’ and with climate change affecting greatly on agriculture, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) had reported that starvation among young children will be increased by 20 per cent in 2050.

The World Bank predicted at least 20 million people in the world will be pushed to poverty by 2030. That is 12 nears from now.

We are living in a world of great global inequality, and climate change will accelerate it.

That demands the world leaders to change their policy in governing their country or risk greater inequality.

Let me ask you something

As a family, when our brothers and our sisters in need of help, will you try to offer them help, or will you walk away?

The time is now to take action. So, what can we do? Napoleon Hill said, ‘If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way’.

When my father decided to build a house for the family, he was met with financial difficulties, I’ve never seen my dad been that stress. It was a trying times for the family, but that was the time, all of us came together as a family; despite many loans, some of us applied for personal loans and they were approved, we forked out our savings, including my mother who is not working helped financial.

Because of our efforts, the house was completed in a year. I learned that if we are united as a family, even if we give the little that we have, we can achieve our goal.

It is the same thing in answering the cry of our brothers and sisters in this common home. A little effort goes a long way. And we all know that the only way to address climate change is to save energy.

We all know how to save energy; we can do it at home. Things like use recycled papers or stop wasting our food because as Pope Francis said ‘It is like stealing from the poor’. We can also switch off the lights or electricity when not in use, turn of tap water when brushing our teeth or use our own lunch box when ordering take away. Once you do that, it will create a ripple effect. You teach your children and your friends and they teach their children and their friends.

But if you want a step further, be the ambassador to speak about this issue.

We must recognize that climate change is serious, it is urgent and it is growing. Yet things can change, but we need to work together in building our common home. Our future generation deserves much better world than we are in right now. What kind of Home do you want to leave for them?

NY Celebration

Okay, before I proceed, just to let you know, I accidentally deleted the things I wrote here. I didn’t know how it happened, but it happened very fast. So, I had to retype it. It was not a good day for me, particularly tonight. You will know it later.

So, today marks the 15th day of Chinese New Year, also a final day of New Year. 15 days gone, just like that. People got off work early today, just for the celebration; good food, firecrackers, fireworks, and maybe listening to Chinese New Year song for the last time this year. For me, I posted the video of pupils dancing to ‘Everyday is a good day’ song on Instagram.

Tua Pek Kong temple was once again filled with worshippers causing traffic congestion. It wasn’t their fault though, they had to fulfil their duties; give thanks for the things that happened for the past 15 days and to ask for blessings throughout this year.

I planned to celebrate it with my family tonight, but it didn’t go as planned because I had a dinner at a restaurant tonight. I wasn’t looking forward to go, not because I wished to be with my family at home and celebrate with them, but because I was fighting flu. I wasn’t feeling so well.

Nevertheless, I had to go there with an open heart and positivity. I went there with such great spirit, but met with disappointment. You see, there were three of us in the initial plan. Three of us agreed to attend because nobody else wanted to attend. None of them showed up. I was disappointed because I felt like I’ve been left alone. Now, I was trying to be a baby or to give in to self pity, but I wasn’t particularly comfortable sitting at a table full of strangers. I wasn’t good in meeting new people.

So, I need my teammates with me! I just could not enjoy my meals and yes, I left after the second dish because I felt stupid and because I was feeling very tired and quite sick. I think, if one of them was there, I would feel better. But yes, I was quite sick, so I decided to go home and it was already 9pm! We had just finished our second dish!

I left with disappointment but at the same time relieve that I had left. I could breathe the air again! I went for a slice of pizza and went home. There went the last day of CNY celebration. Slowly my disappointment slipped away and I listened to ‘Everyday Is A Good Day’ many times. I tried to sing along too. It didn’t matter what happened tonight, I am still living.

Surviving 40 Days

This is the lent season, and for us catholic, it is a season of fasting and penance. Every lent season always remind me of one thing (apart from Jesus’ passion and death). It reminds me of my first fasting experience. Now, I never fast except for Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. That was the first time I decided to fast because I was inspired by my roommate. Every lent season she will turn into vegetarian for 40 days and she never fail.

So, I thought, since I had a roommate who is a catholic, I could fast with her. I took it up and told the people in the kitchen that I will be vegetarian for 40 days. I had my dining card stamped as vegetarian. No escape this time.

First day was fine, I was pretty excited, my first day went without any difficulties. I thought this was easy, 40 days might be a piece a cake for me.

Second day, fine. Third day, okay, I could feel a little pinch; fourth day, the pinch was getting painful; the fifth day, my body was craving for meat; sixth day, I felt angry; seventh day, I went to the KFC.

That was heaven!!! I enjoyed the chicken so much that when I finished it, I immediately felt regret. I went back to the hostel, I told my roommate what happened…

“You did what??!!” She asked, I could feel the bitter and disappointment in her voice. Maybe a little shock too.

“I went to the KFC and ate the chicken” I said, with greatest regret.

“Why?”

“Because it is chicken! I could not stand it!”

“Why did you do that? You should resist it!”

“I know”

“You’ve done it for a week. Why did you give up? You have 33 days left!”

“Thirty three days!!! I don’t know if I can survive 33 days!” I said it, still could not imagine that I had to fast that long. But I knew I had to do it

“So, what do I do now?” I asked.

“What to do now? Start over. Failing one day, doesn’t mean you stop it all together. You have 33 days left, start fasting again. This time ask God for strength, you own strength will fail you, but God won’t” She pointed out.

I listened to her advice and started fasting again. And truly, this time I did it with great determination. Since that day, I struggled, but not as much as I first started. I started to pray more as I fast daily.

I survived that 40 days.

Here’s To The Daily Blog

Hello!  I will just go straight to the point here.  I have decided to do daily blog from now on.  It is a big commitment for me.  I do not know whether I can do it, but I will do it.   2018 is going to be a year for me to start doing things.  You see, I have this blog for quite a few years now and I posted entries on and off.  And I thought, I should not do this anymore.  When I first started, my attention was to share my thoughts and experiences to the world.  Things that mean a lot to me.  I am not sure if I am offering valuable insights to the world.  All the blog posts that posted do offer me better insights especially on myself and I learn to be a better person.  I learn to express myself better.  I also learn to share things on the things I’ve always believed in.  My adventure stories…I love the stories.  If i hadn’t start blog, I would not know how beautiful they are.  I would only have pictures to tell the story.

So, why do it daily?  I thought, if I really need to learn to express and to offer more, I should make it an effort.  In fact great effort.  It will not be easy; juggling between works and other things I am doing.  But, I should do this.  I had been thinking about this, and I think it is time.  I do not have the strongest English in the world, I made mistakes here and there, but I should take the opportunity to be brave and learn.

So, for this daily blog, it will be in the form of stories like the posts in this blog or it will be in the form of photographs and some stories or captions (as you can also see in this blog) or in the form of reflections.

My hope for you is that you will like it.