Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Pergi Bala, or How I Misheard A Song

Recently I was attending an official function.

We wanted to celebrate our athletes who had done well in Rio. And so we invited them to come for a special dinner. All the athletes who had gone to Rio came, including the silver medalists.

Their names were called one by one, and they marched in to jubilant cheers. Even the ones that weren't so famous got the cheers. But not many people were clapping, because many people were taking photos.

We need to learn how to hear the important messages in life.


We stood close to the red carpet, and one of my friends asked us to turn our backs to the carpet so that he could take a group selfie with the athletes walking in the background. But once the athletes started walking in, lots of people started crowding behind us, and blocked the view of the athletes. So we stopped trying to do that.

Monday, 5 September 2016

How to show up

Some success gurus like to say that 50% of success is just showing up.

And I agree with that. We should all show up, because 50% of success is just showing up. Woody Allen puts it at 80%.

But how the hell should you show up? That's the part they never tell us. "Show up", they say. "You're already better off than those who don't show up. You're winning!"

So how should you show up? 

Eighty percent of success is just showing up - Woody Allen.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

The Man Who Betrayed His City

It was a hot afternoon in ancient Bethel.

A man came running from the city of Bethel, a small speck on the horizon. He ran towards a group of men hidden in the bushes. They looked at him anxiously. "Quick! What news have you got?"

The man was sweating. He was still catching his breath. He took a seat and asked for some water. Then he briefly reported his findings. "The city is well fortified. I observed it from within, and it was peaceful. There was no garrison, but still ... the walls are without weakness."

The men of ancient Judah had been despatched to attack a city called Bethel. Their scout had gone ahead to gather intelligence. But the news did not sound good. The city seemed invulnerable to attacks. It would be difficult trying to attack Bethel.

The commander of the small army of Judah was not intimidated. God would help him.

"Keep watching," he said. "Something may crop up."

The city was fortified and well guarded. The men were looking for a way in.



Saturday, 3 September 2016

Do not impose your religion on others.

Once upon a time, there was a headmaster in Sarawak.


The headmaster was a Muslim. He was overzealous, and he converted a non-Muslim student to Islam. The parents made a big fuss over it, and he was transferred to a new school.

Then, at the new school, he was just as overzealous. He decreed that all crosses and crucifixes were to be removed. Even the ones kept below the students' blouses. The ones that hung around their necks and nestled easily next to the students' hearts.

Yes, even those.

Here is a link to the original article.

The flag of Sarawak.


Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Three Lessons from Absalom's Life and Death

Quick Note:
Absalom was a son of King David. This piece was based on his life as portrayed in the Bible.



Absalom was David's favourite son.

Absalom was charming, handsome, and King David's favourite son. Some said, Absalom was the most handsome man in King David's kingdom.

But he was the third child born to King David. That meant that he wouldn't become king, not when his eldest brother was still alive.

King David's eldest son was called Amnon, a brother from another mother. Amnon had the same father as Absalom: King David. They all lived in King David's house, one big happy family.

Absalom was handsome and his father's favourite son. He would rebel against his father and declare himself king.


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