Tribute to Teachers

Mother’s Day has come and gone but I’m sure we won’t treat it as a one-off thing. Hopefully we will continue to cherish our mothers every single day.

Besides mothers, we shouldn’t forget our teachers as well. Since we are celebrating Teacher’s Day this coming Saturday,  it’s good to talk about them from now till then. Do share with me your experiences with your teachers.

I remember this funny lesson I had under this temporary teacher when I was in Form 2. He told the whole class that we would only understand some of the sacrifices made by our parents when we reached adultery. Being respectful, we didn’t correct him but it made us more determined to study harder so that we wouldn’t be taught the wrong thing.

May 11, 2009 at 11:50 pm 2 comments

Happy Mother’s Day

HappyMothersDayHordes of people on this day
Ambush restaurants of renown,
Pressing for a place to sit,
Peering for a vacant spot,
Yelling for attention.

Mom shakes her head
Over this rowdy behaviour,
Then softly tells me,
Head for home where
Every chair is not fought over.
Reaching home we all cook,
Save our dearest mom.

Dad says grace before meal,
And asks God to bless mom abundantly,
Yes, this blessed day we truly cherish.

May 10, 2009 at 9:50 am 1 comment

Mom’s The Word

Perhaps it’s not a bad thing
To equate keeping secrets
With mom’s the word.

Mom’s like a confessional
Where pains are poured
And wounds are healed.

Mom’s a listening ear
Who’s slow to judge
But quick to comfort.

Mom’s indeed the word
Which cheers the soul
Mauled by stabbing remarks.

May 9, 2009 at 11:17 pm Leave a comment

Ode to Maternity

For nine months I stayed within
Her discomfort came writhin’
Though my presence weighed her down
No self-pity did she drown.

Then waves of shrieks unfurled
As I came to this world,
I hushed as she uttered,
“Joy for me you’ve rendered”

Many years has she toiled
Ageing lines have her coiled
To you, fragility
To me, maternity!

May 8, 2009 at 7:15 pm Leave a comment

Tribute to All Mothers

I’m sure by now most of you would have made plans for your mothers this Sunday. Perhaps you’ve already booked a table to celebrate that occasion. Or you might even try your hand at cooking just to impress her. Whatever it is, I’m sure you all want to make it memorable.

Pawing and I have decided to spend the next three days starting from tomorrow writing poems to our mothers. And we’ll reserve our best poem for last, namely this Sunday. So don’t miss our pièce de résistance.

Shakespeare once said:

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

And it’s true that the written words will definitely last so long as there are inhabitants on this earth. Poems can be treasured for all time as they can be reread. So do take some time to write.

May 7, 2009 at 2:26 pm 1 comment

Theology of The Body

How many films or television series have you watched that really show the beauty of our physical bodies? Most would portray these bodies as objects of one’s lust. Or the other extreme would be the prudish view that they should be veiled and left in the confines of the bed chambers.

Pope John Paul II who came up with his 129 talks on the theology of the body shows us that the body is to be treated neither with contempt nor with inordinate desires. Christopher West came up with his commentary on the pope’s theology so that lay people like us can understand the profound thoughts of the pope better.

The following clip shows how the bodies can be viewed: something dirty but gives limited pleasure; or something awesome and gives boundless joy.

And do you know that the body has a language of its own? Wonder what our bodies speak? Enjoy the following clip:

May 5, 2009 at 2:54 pm 1 comment

What’s There to Divulge?

This card that was displayed on every table in Delicious eatery caught my attention.

Divulging card

My friend who happened to join me for dinner found it amusing. Aside from the divulging slip, we were also bemused by this phrase: Jazz Trio performing live exclusively for ‘The Living Room’. Isn’t it strange that this trio is going to perform for a room? Will The Living Room give the trio a standing ovation if the performance is deserving of praise?

Logically speaking, a band performs for an audience at a particular room. Thank God STP wasn’t there lest he give his fair share of criticisms and a modicum of praise. Hmm…perhaps the whole thing is meant to be divulged after all.

May 2, 2009 at 8:30 am 2 comments

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