IT'S such a blessing when you have, among your real friends, the teachers who not only taught you but also truly made a difference in your life.
TODAY is Mothers Day, so let’s turn our attention away from the mother of all election battles, to the real mothers.
Now is the time for the battle-fatigued protagonists to be magnanimous in victory and gracious in defeat, bearing in mind that the real winner must be the people of Malaysia.
To make things happen for the betterment of our society, we should look into long-term goals instead of short-term achievements. It’s like planting a tree in your garden with a seedling. The tree planted the right way will take time to grow, but its roots will run deep and strong, providing shade for the generations to come.
WE occasionally make the wrong turns, but if we take those detours as useful lessons, our life will truly be enriched.
THERE are many people out there who may not have to pay taxes but have to worry about making ends meet.
It is not about big money. It is principally about being sensitive to the needs of the people around us.
There’s more to the simple neighbourhood coffeeshop than meets the eye. Apart from the fare served, it is also a place where people meet to freely chat about virtually anything under the sun.
A life well lived is where you discover true joy even in tumultuous times.
AT the end of the day, our perspective on life will determine what we lend our voices to.
Some of the most generous people aren’t billionaires but modest folk who are committed to living simply so that others may simply live.
JUST like the real marathon, it is important to maintain a steady pace, whatever our current station in life.
EVERYONE'S concept of time is different even if we all have the same 24 hours in a day.
LET’S talk about love. Love is not a one-day commercialised event that deludes you into spending a tidy sum to prove your love for another person.
Letters and cards help to build up your treasure trove of special memories with loved ones.
AS Chinese New Year approaches, many young adults dread facing the invasive questions posed by older relatives. Instead of seeing it as overbearing, perhaps we can look at it differently.
WE should learn to laugh more, and more importantly, at ourselves, because laughter is the best medicine.
There is much to be gained in any conversation if we truly know when to speak and when to listen.
IT may be diplomatic to promise to catch up with friends, but make sure you really find time to do so before it is too late.
IT seemed timely, yet ironic, that one of the articles featured in this newspaper during the recent holiday season was about how to return unwanted gifts. It may strike a chord with you. I suspect that some of the gifts you received in recent weeks have yet to be opened.
THERE’S something reassuring about hearing the captain’s voice when you are on a plane, even when it is a short journey from Penang to Subang.
AND so the world did not end on Dec 21, 2012, which is why I am still able to write, and you are able to read what I have to share.
ALL of us have made and lost friends along the way. While there are the occasional rotten apples, the ‘real’ buddies are worth fighting for when life, over the course of time, causes one ‘to lose contact’.
NATURE’S great events, like how salmon swim thousands of miles upriver, evading grizzly bears as they leap mightily over the waterfalls, really come to life when you watch them on high-definition TV.
December makes one think about time and what we have done – or not done – over the past year.
IT’S always fun when a bunch of city slickers heads into the jungle. More so when all connections to the outside world are cut off – no TV, no Internet, and horror of horrors, no cellphone signal.
HAVE you been shopping lately? We are truly spoilt for choice considering the number of shopping malls that seem to spring up every now and then.
THERE is an MRT station coming up near my office. The barriers lining the main road remind me that traffic congestion will build up as the work progresses.
MILESTONES. We cross them every day without realising them sometimes.
WE have all read about the 84-year-old man in China, Wang Xuzhong, who was disowned by his children because of his part-time job as a nude model.