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Someone has written these beautiful words!

August 29th, 2012

 

 

与诸位分享:

Someone has written these beautiful words……
有人寫了這些美麗的文字

Why is a Car’s WINDSHIELD so large & the Rear view Mirror is so small?
Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE.
So, Look Ahead and Move on.

為什麼汽車的擋風玻璃是這麽大, 而後視鏡卻是如此之小?
因為我們的過去沒有像我們的未來這般重要。
所以,集中精神向前看,向著未來前進。
 

 
Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn,
but it takes years to write.

友誼就像一本書。
燒一本書只需要幾秒鐘,但寫一本書需要很多年。
 

 
All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it,
they will not last forever.
If going wrong, don’t worry, they can’t last long either.

生活中所有的東西都是短暫的。
如果生活順利,享受它,它們不會永遠不變。
如果生活遇到艱難,不用擔心,艱難也不會永遠不變。
 

 
Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond!
If you get a Diamond, don’t forget the Gold!
Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!

老朋友是金!新朋友是鑽石!
如果你得到一顆鑽石,不要忘了黃金!
因為要托住一顆鑽石,你總是需要黃金做托架!
 

 

Often when we lose hope and think this is the end,
Relax, sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end!

通常當我們失去了希望,很多時悲觀地想到這是末路,
放輕鬆些,親愛的,它只是一個彎,不是末路!
 

 
A blind person asked St. Anthony:
“Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?”
He replied: “Yes, losing your vision!”

一個盲人問聖安東尼:”有什麼東西比失去視力更差?”
他回答說:”是的,失去你的視野!”
 

 
WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES,
It takes away today’s PEACE。

擔憂帶不走明天的煩惱,只會帶走今天的平和。

 

Circulated by useful kaki, Ivan Koh

 

So, Let’s be Smiley U and I
Keep Life Simple and Colourful!

傻 人 有 傻 福

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Never Take Love For Granted

August 29th, 2012

 

 

A very poor man lived with his wife.

One day, his wife, who had very long hair asked him to buy her
a comb for her hair to grow well and to be well-groomed. The man felt very
sorry and said no. He explained that he did not even have enough money
to fix the strap of his watch he had just broken. She did not insist on her request.

The man went to work and passed by a watch shop, sold his
damaged watch at a low price and went to buy a comb for his wife. He came
home in the evening with the comb in his hand ready to give to his wife.

He was surprised when he saw his wife with a very short haircut. She had
sold her hair and was holding a new watch band. Tears flowed simultaneously
from their eyes, not for the futility of their actions, but for the reciprocity of their love.

MORAL:
To love is nothing, to be loved is something but to love and to be loved
by the one you love, that is EVERYTHING. Never take love for granted.

Contributed by my kaki, Ivan Koh

The story so touching that my eyes misted too, whenever I read it.

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Inspirational Speech by Ellen DeGeneres at Tulane’s 2009 Commencement Speech

May 10th, 2012

 

 

Everybody sees how you seem, however, only some know who you are!

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残而不废 自食其力 – 知足常乐 (with English Translation)

May 9th, 2012

 

by Baey Yam Keng on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 10:53pm ·

《我报》8-5-2012 – 炎下之意(专栏)文/马炎庆

 

 上个月“咖啡开讲”交流会上,有位好心的女士提起,一位坐轮椅的中年男子,每天早上很吃力地自己用手从家里推轮椅到他的报摊,晚上又吃力地推回家。有时 候累了没办法得停下来,休息片刻再继续。女士看他很辛苦,只要碰上了就会帮他推一段路,其他路人也会主动助他一臂之力。

 

  好心的女士问我,可不可以帮他找一台电动轮椅,以方便他出入。我被女士的善意感动,当场表示支持。我们首先会向社理会(CDC)或其他福利团体申请资金,但电动轮椅价格不菲,一般的援助可能只限于普通轮椅,那我们可以发动基层和群众,筹款买台电动轮椅给他。

 

   “咖啡开讲”结束后,我前往停车场的路上,碰巧遇上了在报摊的轮椅叔叔。我上前向他阐述了好心女士的建议,并问他对我们的计划意下如何。轮椅叔叔非常感 激,不过,他说,他其实已经有一台电动轮椅了。那时,他用了一阵子,因为双手闲着没有劳动,反而身体不舒服,所以他还是选择用回手推轮椅。

 

  轮椅叔叔患有小儿麻痹症,从小被父母遗弃,几十年来学会了自食其力。他的妻子也坐轮椅,但她对控制电动轮椅没有把握,所以,也选择用手推轮椅。他们知道自己的情况,照顾自己还勉强可以,所以决定不要有孩子。在他们身上,我看到一股不想麻烦别人、凡事靠自己的坚强毅力。

 

  目前,他们住政府租赁组屋,日常生活不成问题,但总会有一天他们年老了或生病了,又没有子女奉养,国家社区得负起照顾他们的责任。

坐在轮椅上,双手掌控命运

  之前在女皇镇服务时,每个月会定期分发干粮礼包给200多名低收入居民。当中就有一对哑巴夫妇,丈夫还患有肾病。在区内经常看到他们一脸笑容,骑着脚车,收集纸皮过活。

 

   他们虽然生活清苦,除了每个月的干粮礼包,他们住租赁组屋,也应该有领取公共援助金,当他们的议员那五年,他们从来没有要求过什么其他的援助。问了他们 好几次,有没有任何方面我帮得上忙,他们无法说出来,但我从他们的笑脸,看得出他们知足常乐,基层和邻居们也确定他们的生活没问题。

 

  社会上的好心人看到一些不幸人士,或年长者卖报纸、卖纸巾、检纸皮、收碗碟、做清洁工,总会引发怜悯之心,并惊叹新加坡为什么还有这么多贫困的人,甚至质问政府为什么不帮他们,忍心让他们受苦?

 

  就如轮椅叔叔和哑巴夫妇,他们接受了政府或社区某些方面的帮助,但还是选择靠自己赚点生活费。打发时间也好,用手劳动也好,这是他们的决定,他们的生活,或许更是他们的尊严。

  好心人要给电动轮椅,完全出自好意,因为看到别人吃力的挣扎,认为有电力代劳肯定会更好。可是,当我们进一步了解个别情况后便会发现,坐轮椅者其实宁愿用自己的双手控制自己的命运。

若撑下去,接受帮助没什么不好

   身为议员,照顾居民是我的义务。我得让居民们知道,需要帮助时随时可以找我、可以如何找到我,最重要的是,可以安心有信心地来找我。我也需要基层领袖和 公众的协助,散播讯息,甚至鼓励他们,如果真的撑不下去了,不要再勉强,接受社会的帮助并没有什么不好,以后有能力、有机会时,还是可以回馈社会,饮水思 源。

 

  我也必须通过言行举止,让人们乐于接近我、与我交谈分享。只有通过有效的沟通,才能了解实际情况,对症下药。

 

  对于轮椅叔叔的处境,既然他目前不需要任何帮忙,我尊重他的意愿。我已交代市镇会研究他来回报摊的路途,是否有梯级或任何路障,尽可能加强无障碍设施,让轮椅叔叔在继续掌控自己人生旅途的当儿,可以行驶得更顺畅顺心。

 

 

English translation

MyPaper 8 May 2012

 

Vulnerable or Vulnerable Not

During “Kopi Talk” last month, a kind lady highlighted a wheel-chair bound middle-age man who wheels himself daily to his makeshift news-stand every morning and home every night.  She observed that sometimes, he has to stop along the way to catch a breather.  Like most passers-by, this lady would always offer a helping hand whenever she catches sight of him.

To make his daily travel more convenient, this kind lady suggested that we help him get a motorised wheelchair.  I am touched by her thoughtfulness and supported the suggestion.  We could apply for a grant from CDC or other welfare organizations. However, as a motorised wheelchair is not cheap, the usual grants may only be sufficient to cover the cost of a regular wheelchair.  However, we can always mobilise the grassroots and the community to raise funds to purchase a motorised wheelchair.

As I was walking towards the carpark after “Kopi Talk”, I chanced upon the wheelchair-bound uncle at the news-stand. I related the suggestion to him and sought his opinion on the proposal. He was most grateful for the kind gesture but mentioned that he already has a motorised wheelchair.  He was using it in the past, but his health deteriorated as he was not exercising his arms.  Eventually he chose to give it up.

The wheelchair-bound uncle is a polio patient from young.  He was abandoned as a child, and has learnt to be independent.  His wife is also wheelchair-bound.  She too does not use a motorised one because she is not confident enough to control it.  Due to their circumstances, they decided not to start a family as they are not confident of providing a good life for their children.

At the moment, they live in an HDB rental flat, and have no problems with their daily needs.  However, when the couple eventually succumbs to old age and illness, with no children to look after their needs, community and governmental aid will have to come in to take care of them.

When I was serving at Queenstown, we gave out ration packs to more than 200 low-income residents every month. Amongst them was a mute couple, with the husband suffering from renal dysfunction. I often spot them cheerfully pedalling their bicycles around the neighbourhood to collect paper cardboard for a living.

Even though the couple leads an impoverished life in a rental flat, subsists on the monthly ration packs and probably also receives Public Assistance, I have not received any appeal from them for additional assistance during my 5 years as their MP.

When Samaritans see some unfortunate or elderly people selling newspapers or tissue paper packets, collects cardboard, clears dishes and cleans the streets in Singapore, some may be surprised at the sight and question why the government seems to turn a blind eye to these fellow Singaporeans.

The wheelchair-bound uncle, as well as the mute couple, for instance, receive assistance from the government or community in one way or another, but have not failed to continue with their abilities to earn their keep. They have made the decision and chosen their way of life.  They do this to kill time, to keep themselves physically active, or perhaps to preserve their dignity.

The good intention of providing a motorised wheelchair was to effectively reduce the physical demand on the user.  However, when we understand the situation better, we may discover that the wheelchair-bound actually prefers to take charge their own destiny.

Taking care of residents is my responsibility as an MP.  I have to assure residents that they are welcomed to approach me with their concerns and to know how to contact me. More importantly, they should have confidence in me that I am able to help them with their problems. I also require the assistance of my grassroots leaders and the community to help me reach out to residents and encourage them to accept help if they are in genuine need. There will always be opportunities later on to return the favour back to the community.

I will also continue to interact actively with residents so that they are comfortable with me and willing to share their concerns with me.  It is only through effective communication and interaction that problems could be understood and resolved.

I respect the decision of the wheelchair-bound uncle.  I have asked the town council to study the route he takes between his flat and the news-stand for any obstruction in his way.  We can do a part to enhance the barrier-free accessibility so that he can continue with his path of life in a smoother manner.

 

 This is my problem and I will solve it.

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Meaningful Song – 伴

May 3rd, 2012

 

A very meaningful theme song for the drama series Pillow Talk by MediaCorp, depicting how we should live, endure and accommodate one another amongst  partners, parents, children and in-laws.

 

 

如 果 命運可以訂做

如果 有另一次選擇

我想我 還是會

把手讓你緊握

快樂地陪你去坎坷

就算 你有天變落魄

就算 你老得不能動

我想我 還是會

挽著你看日落

你的心疼在淚光中

*嘴巴上 彼此嫌麻煩

眼神中 關懷那麼滿

沒說愛 卻早已認定

一輩子的伴

在人前 從來不浪漫

在心中 卻總為對方打算

最懂的人最暖的伴*

就算 我以後變囉嗦

就算 我老了有病痛

我想你 還是會

照顧我到最後

隱藏脆弱不眠不休

Repeat *  …  *

Repeat *…*

沒有辛酸

沒有遺憾

什麼是陪伴

什麼是心安

你是答案

 

 Know That You are UNIQUE!

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行人道。斑马线。交通灯 by Baey Yam Keng on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 12:28am

April 27th, 2012

This article is well-written in Mandarin and also translated into English by our handsome MP Mr Baey Yam Keng:

Patience, tolerance, magnanimous and  consideration are the important grains to become gracious Singaporeans.  How to form the habits?

Everday, praise 3 persons, do 3 good deeds and greet your family members and friends, say thank you.

After 18 days, you are a changed person to the better lah, dude.

 

我报》27-3-2012

炎下之意(专栏)

文/马炎庆

 

行人道。斑马线。交通灯 

前个周末的“咖啡开讲”交流会上,有位淡滨尼的居民就针对有些脚车骑士在行人道上的鲁莽行为,表示不满。

有关当局已在进行加宽行人道的工程,好让行人和脚车骑士有更大的空间共处。

可是,行人道的空间再大,人心的空间若不放大,也无济于事。脚车是铁马,速度比步行快,撞到的伤害力大。脚车骑士有义务照顾行人的安危,看到有行人在前方,应该自动放慢速度,按车铃也不要急躁,尤其上了年龄的行人,需要多一些时间反应,急促的铃声反而让他们紧张。

另一方面,如果行人认为,行人道是他们的地盘,可以随性,甚至大摇大摆地走,知道有脚车要经过,却故意不让步,纠纷就会这么开始了

 

在柬埔寨学会过马路的窍门

 

我在路上行驶时,注意到很多行人在过马路时有点大意,一面走一面看着手机,甚至在发简讯。

马 路如虎口,就算是在斑马线,或是交通灯绿人亮着的时候,也要左右看一看,查一查车辆是否停了下来。虽然在指定过道过马路完全没错,法律也会站在行人这一 边,可是,万一发生意外,吃亏的肯定是行人。就算交警法官会判肇祸司机有罪,扣分、罚款,甚至坐牢,但受伤的是行人,痛的是自己的身躯,值得吗?

十多年前去了柬埔寨,马路上的汽车、电单车和脚车挤得水泄不通,要过马路却找不到斑马线或交通灯。

后来,发现车子都不会开得很快,却也不会停下来让行人过马路,当地人都是慢慢地顺着交通,一步一步地走过去。不久,我也学会了过马路的窍门。

行人和交通融为一体,顺水推舟般地就可以缓缓地、安全地从马路这一边走到另一边。

与人相处,要理性规划,感性配合 

新 加坡是一个讲法律的地方,什么可以做,什么不可以做,都明文规定。执法者也很有效率,抄牌、警告、罚款或坐牢,总会有一招生效。可是,我们是否认为凡事有 法律保护,有警察抓坏人,而就掉以轻心,警惕心大减?或者,变得事事都依法行事?认为“这是法律规定,这就是我的权利”、“那是他的错,我为什么要让步? 需要妥协的人应该是他!”。

斑马线和交通灯固然是现代社会的基本交通设施, 但我们不可变成没有斑马线和交通灯就不懂得如何安全地过马路,更不要认为斑马线和交通灯就一定是万无一失的安全之道。

人与人之间的相处,公共空间的同享,除了有理性的规划,也要有感性的配合。凡事不要太计较,尽量为他人着想。

忍一时风平浪静,退一步海阔天空。

 

 

Translation

 

Pavement, Zebra Crossing, Traffic Lights

 

During the “KopiTalk” session held at Tampines North two weeks ago, a resident expressed unhappiness over the reckless behaviour of some cyclists on the pavement.

 

The relevant authorities are carrying out plans to widen the pavement so as to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists.

 

Unless we strive to be more gracious and magnanimous, this will continue to pose as a problem regardless of the width of the walkway. The bicycle is akin to an iron horse capable of a traveling speed many times higher than that of a pedestrian. Therefore, cyclists have the added responsibility of keeping their acceleration and environment in check.  When ringing the bell, they should exercise judgment and discretion, especially when alerting the elderly who require a relatively longer reaction time. Impatience will only create unnecessary burden and distress.

 

On the other hand, disputes are seemingly unavoidable if pedestrians insist on hogging the entire walkway and refuse to give way to an oncoming cyclist.

 

Learning the knack of road crossing in Cambodia

 

It is not an uncommon sight to spot pedestrians staring hard into their mobile phones or actively engaged in their text messages when crossing the road.

 

As the Chinese saying goes “The roads are no less dangerous than a tiger’s jarring mouth”, it is therefore crucial to make a quick visual scan of both your left and right to ensure that the traffic has come to a halt before crossing the road. In spite of the conscientious efforts to abide by the traffic regulations, it does not render one invulnerable to the traffic hazards. In the unfortunate event of a road accident, even if the driver eventually received the fair punishment meted out, the injured pedestrian remains the one bearing the physical anguish, wallowing in his sorry plight. Is this even worthy of a justification?

 

During my trip to Cambodia more than ten years ago, I found it almost an impossible mission to cross the roads in the sea of motorists and pedestrians when there was no proper traffic infrastructure. It took me some time to finally realize that the pedestrians had to move along with the streaming vehicles in order to get to the other side of the road.  While people do not drive fast, motorists would also not stop to give way to pedestrians.   Hence, the trick to crossing the roads with ease in Cambodia – pedestrians blending in with the traffic.

 

Rational planning interweaved with sensible complementarities makes the art of harmonious living

 

Singapore is a law-abiding nation with what we know to be the “to do’s” and “not to do’s” explicitly spelt out. Law enforcers are also efficient to issue summons, warnings, composition fines or even mete out the penalty of imprisonment, all of which will indubitably serve their respective purposes. However, can we just outsource our security to our polished and efficient Home Team and therefore subscribe to a lower level of vigilance and surveillance against external jeopardy? On the contrary, will we tailor every aspect of our lives in accordance with the law and ride on the privileges legally prescribed, and refuse to make compromises?

 

The zebra crossings and traffic lights are modern infrastructure that lend assistance to moderate traffic flow. Nevertheless, we must never take their usually functional and robust capability for granted and gets trapped in the assumption that these tools are unassailable and fail-safe.  Neither should we lose our innate ability to negotiate traffic in the absence of these provisions.

 

Building interpersonal relationships and living together in a common space not only ask for sagacious planning but also jive with the virtue of emotional and mental forbearance. Sometimes it serves us better to be less fastidious and to exercise greater consideration towards the needs of others.

 

Patience and tolerance in the fit of rage begets serenity and harmony.

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How to stay young, wahaha!

April 12th, 2012

A friend of mine always encourage me to stay happy. Below is an article sent to me not long ago.

 

The info below is priceless. Enjoy.

 

HOW TO STAY YOUNG
1. Throw out non-essential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.

My Report Card: Achieve 80%

 

2. Keep only cheerful friends.

My Report Card: Achieve 95%

 

The grouches pull you down. (keep this In mind if you are one of those
grouches;)

My Report Card: Achieve 90%

 

3. Keep learning:
Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain get idle. “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s!

My Report Card: Achieve 70%

 

4. Enjoy the simple things.

My Report Card: Achieve 70%

 

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and Lots of time with HIM/HER.

My Report Card: Achieve 90%

 

6. The tears happen:
Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire
life, is ourself. LIVE while you are alive.

My Report Card: Achieve 65%

 

7. Surround yourself with what you love:
Whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

My Report Card: Achieve 75%

 

8. Cherish your health:
If it is good, preserve it.
If it is unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

My Report Card: Achieve 80%

 

9. Don’t take guilt trips.
Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country,
but NOT to where the guilt is.

My Report Card: Achieve 65%

 

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

My Report Card: Achieve 80%

 

I can say to the whole wide world that I LOVE U but
80% of the people I say to, is really I LOVE YOU and
20% of the people I say to, they are but irritating people and you really find it hard to love them or probably you have emotional baggage with them.  It’s contradicting.
 

It’s just like what Thomas Ong in the show “Pillow Talk” said to Jasreel Low:
“I Love You” but “I Can’t Love You” sia.

 

And I was told to share the above with at least few friends.
Here I am, sharing this great info with the whole wide world.

 

THANK YOU, my fren. You are always on  my mind, just like the song sang by Elvis Presley.

 

So, my own conclusion is:   I am currently 10 years younger than my age, wahaha!

 

I have a friend.  He has just retired from flying.  He can reply me in his email with such sentences:

“THIS OLD MAN HE PLAY ONE HE PLAY NICK NECK ON  MY DRUM.  HAHA”

Is he happy to retire or is he adjusting to it or is he into depression?  Guess!

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Friend or Stranger

September 2nd, 2009

 

                                      Oooo  
   Some people            (           )  
   come into our lives   )      /
 
   and quickly go..       (_ /
  


              oooO 

             (          )       Some people
 
              \      (        become friends
 
                  \  _  )    and stay awhile…
 
  leaving beautiful       Oooo 
   footprints on our      (           )
 
       hearts…                    )    /
 
                                        (_/
   
 
 

                Oooo
                    (          )      and we are
 
                     \        (           never
 
                        \_ )      quite the same
 
                                   because we  have
 
                                  made a  good
 
                                     friend!!
   
 
 
Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That’s why it’s called the present!

Thanks Chan, Shirley and the gang for enduring me, for being a “on-off” friend of yours for almost 13 years and still enduring me.  I am the one that comes and disappears and come again and go disappearing again, giving you women the feeling of sweet and sour. Forgive the unpredictable!

Inspirational!

If We looked at the World This Way….

September 1st, 2009

 

If we looked at the world this way:

If you woke up this morning in good health, you have more luck than one million people, who won’t live through the week.

If you have never experienceed the horror of war, the solitude of prison, the pain of torture, were not close to death from starvation, then you are better off than 500 million people.

If you can go to your place of worship without fear that someone will assault or kill you, then you are luckier than 3 billion (that’s right) people.

If you have a full fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are wealthier than 75% of the world’s population.

If you currently have money in the bank, in your wallet and a few coins in your purse, you are one of the privileged few amongst the whole population in the world.

If your parents are still alive and still married, you’re a rare individual.

If you had read this message, you’re extremely lucky, because you don’t comprise one of those 2 billion people who can’t read.

And SO?

Work like you don’t need the money.
Love like nobody has ever hurt you.
Dance like nobody is watching.
Sing like nobody is listening.
Live as if  this was paradise on Earth.

SMILE and that will be positive.

Daily Journal, Inspirational!

Please Listen!

August 14th, 2009

 

Dear Papa and Mama,

Please learn to listen!

When I ask you to listen to me and you start giving me advice,
you have not done what I asked.

When I ask you to listen to me and
you begin to tell me why I shouldn’t feel that way,
you are trampling on my feelings.

When Iask you to listen to me and
you feel you have to do something to solve my problem,
you have failed me.

Listen!  All I ask is that YOU LISTEN.

Don’t talk or do  – just hear me.

Inspirational!