Faith keepers takeaway

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

– 2 Timothy 1:7


Bearing with each other

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” – Colossians 3:12-14

Seriously, I don’t know how some people do it.

But they do…

and so must I

Greatest mistake?

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you’ll make one.”

– Elbert Hubbard

The Dawn of a New Beginning

I was in Trafalgar Square 2 months ago when England advanced to the World Cup knock-outs by beating Slovenia 1-0 in their last group match. Being the ‘centre for national rejoicing’, I wasn’t too surprised to find a bunch enthusiastic (and possibly semi-stoned) England fans celebrating at the square. Some men were going around topless, beer bottle in one hand; some were draped in the national flag; one lady was blowing non-stop into her vuvuzela; and quite a few more decided to go for a dip in the fountain. With curious tourists snapping away on their cameras, the fans were more than happy to spread the joy and show off their national pride.

If this was how a group stage victory was celebrated , imagine if they won the World Cup.

Then again, the fans may well have thought things through – in a very rational and realistic manner – and felt that England’s chances of going far in the tournament were very slim. In other words – Celebrate! Have fun! Go crazy and enjoy yourselves… for very soon the time of mourning and despair will come (which it did).

Germany, here we come!!!..... not

On another note:

Newcastle is BACK in the BPL. And they’ve put last week’s defeat firmly behind them by trashing Villa at home yesterday. Carew blasted his penalty wide (thks John!), Barton scored a cracker, Andy Carroll bagged a hat-trick (prompting comparisons with Drogba’s playing style), Nolan tucked in a couple more and Harper kept his sheets clean. So far, no other team has scored more in one match this season. It was a good day at St. James.

As they say, ‘not everyday is a Sunday’. Celebrations may not last beyond the next match and plaudits thrown in may well be premature. After all, it is still a long journey ahead in the league. Nonetheless, yesterday marked the dawn of a new beginning and hopefully (*fingers crossed*), a sign of better things to come.


The other day I turned on the power to my home PC. Immediately, there was a *POP* (similar to the pop-pop fireworks) accompanied by a bright spark behind the CPU unit.

Pop-pop fireworks

The entire house plunged into darkness and I was momentarily stunned. Papa headed to the switch box, groped around and flicked on the circuit breaker. Power was restored and everything went back to normal.

Except the CPU.

I don’t know what caused the POP but I do know that we’ll have to send the PC in for repairs – the 2nd time we’ve done it in a month… haih

I’m hoping it would be just a minor problem, e.g. power surge killling off the power supply but leaving everything else (especially the HARDDISK) in working order.


Just keep swimming

Will be back in the office tomorrow after 3 weeks of holidays.

Gearing up to dive into the big blue sea of complaints, problems, solutions, servers, updates, patches, downtime, alerts, meetings, ym, buzz! buzz!, monitoring, lame jokes, political ramblings… just to name a few.

View of the big blue sea from Ibiza Island


Gran Torino

Gentle now, a tender breeze blows
Whispers through a Gran Torino
Whistling another tired song

Engines hum and bitter dreams grow
Heart locked in a Gran Torino
It beats a lonely rhythm all night long
It beats a lonely rhythm all night long
It beats a lonely rhythm all night long