stand the test

James 1:2-4 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. face the trial  —–>  stand the test of faith  —–>  perseverance is produced —–> maturity is attained…

am I ready?

Most of us had never expected that we would experience a 6.0-magnitude earthquake in Kota Kinabalu in our lifetime as our state Sabah is outside the Pacific Ring of Fire, unlike our neighbouring countries the Philippines and Indonesia. The tremour we felt in KK early morning on 5 June lasted for only about 15 seconds…

nocturnal fragrance

The fragrance of Tonkin Jasmine (Telosma Cordata, Pakalana Vine, Tonkinese Creeper, Chinese Violet) is one that will stop you at your track and make you look for the source as it is rich and heavy yet wonderfully pleasant. Although the Chinese name of Tonkin Jasmine/夜来香 literally means “when night falls comes the fragrance”, the heavenly…

shall we dance?

The Oncidium orchids are referred to as the dancing ladies because of their flared lips that look like flounced dancing gowns. How beautiful they are when they dance gracefully in the wind in their yellow skirt… Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair… — Susan Polis Schutz, American poet Dance…

from buds to blooms

Take time out, slow down, exhale and immerse in the wonderment of nature — enjoy the flowers, from buds to blooms! —– the flamboyant multi-petal hibiscus the delicate yellow ixora the elegant red ixora the delightful powder puff flower Flowers Albert Laighton (1829-1887) They are autographs of angels, penned In Nature’s green-leaved book, in blended…

purity

Matthew 5:8 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 馬太福音 5:8  8 清心的人有福了!因為他們必得見神。 Psalm 51:10 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 詩篇 51:10 10 神啊,求你為我造清潔的心,使我裡面重新有正直(或譯:堅定)的靈。

red

The colour red — reminds me of Chinese New Year, which coincidentally happens to be two days away.  Almost everything relates to the Lunar New Year/ spring festival (春節) is in red, from the decorations with red tanglungs (lanterns), red peonies and red ornaments, red spring scrolls at the door, red fire crackers, red angpaus…

shyness

When we were little we were all fascinated by how the leaves of the mimosa folded rapidly when being touched. Very few of us could resist touching the touch-sensitive leaves when we came across them while playing in the fields. Though we hated stepping on the prickly stems when we were running around bare-footed, at…