warmth and happiness!

Sunflowers are such cheerful flowers! Every time when I look at them my mood is instantly lifted and I just can’t help feeling joyful! If I were a flower… I would be a sunflower. To always follow the sun, turn my back to darkness, Stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of…

tropical fruit (part 1 of 2)

I visited an old friend LF this morning and was amazed by the fruit and vegetables they have planted in the garden. It was like walking down memory lane seeing some of the fruit trees that we used to have in our old family home and at the same time it was an eye opener…

weeds

“Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.” Eeyore to Winnie the Pooh (A. A. Milne) “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) American essayist, lecturer and poet “A weed is but an unloved flower.” Ella Wilcox (1850 – 1919) American…

rejoice!

Last Sunday I woke up with a knot in my tummy! It was all because I had agreed to do the Chinese to English interpretation for an old classmate YT who would be preaching in his church that morning. I have been serving as an interpreter for the bilingual service at a sister church once…

dancing and praising

What a Monday! Amidst the numerous operational challenges at work we experienced a 5-hour blackout in the city this afternoon and it was absolutely horrendous when you run a hotel. On my way home after work, the post-blackout traffic was almost pushing me to the limit and I was just glad that I made it…

elegant beauties 幽蘭飄香

我愛蘭花高潔典雅的形態,飄逸秀柔的風姿,端庄脫俗的氣質,剛柔相濟的品格和“在幽林亦自香”的美德。 張學良的《詠蘭詩》令我陶醉。。。 《詠蘭詩》 — 張學良 芳名譽四海,落戶到萬家。 葉立含正氣,花妍不浮華。 常綠鬥嚴寒,含笑度盛夏。 花中真君子,風姿寄高雅。 My favourite flower is the orchid, all varieties, shapes and sizes I love them all! I love them for their beauty, elegance, fragrance and uniqueness and I think they truly are one of God’s wondrous creations! In the Chinese culture orchid is one of the Four…

one of the four noble plants – orchids, 花中四君子之一 – 蘭

“芝蘭生幽谷,不以無人而不芳, 君子修道立德,不為窮困而改節。” – 《孔子家語》, 中國文化先師孔子 (551–479 BC) (蘭花生長在深谷中,不因爲沒有人來就不散發香氣;君子修身養性,不因爲窮困而輕易改變人格和志向。) “An orchid in a deep forest releases its fragrance even if no one is around to appreciate it. Likewise, men of noble character hold firm to their integrity, undeterred by poverty.” – Confucius (551–479 BC)

night jasmine 夜來香

I spotted the little yellow flowers with beautiful scent in dad’s container garden the other day and I immediately knelt down, dug through the vines to get a better look at them and spent some time trying to get a good shot of the blooms before I asked what it was. Dad said, “This is…