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All Children are Small People who will Change Some Day

10 February 2017 – 11:15 am |

 
A child has small hands, small feet and small ears, but that does not mean they have small ideas.

Children have little things, just like them:
a little bed, bright little books, a little umbrella, a little …

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Because Birthdays are …

18 March 2017 | Posted in: Daily | No Comment


 
… to be remembered, although it happens year after year
 

 
… God’s way of reminding us that we have been blessed with another year, and hence we must find our true calling, use our limited time wisely and be a blessing to others.
 

 
I thank God for these 4 people in my life.

They are far from perfect, like me.

Yet their presence in my life teaches me so much about life, love and God’s grace.

Parents, Let’s Nurture Our Children’s Love for Reading

10 March 2017 | Posted in: Daily, Inspirational | No Comment

I recently discovered these 3 ‘worrying’ facts:

1. Indonesia is the second worst among the world’s 61 most literate nations, only higher than Botswana, according to a new study conducted by Central Connecticut State University in the US.

2. Jakarta is named the world’s number one “Twitter city”

3. Hoaxes and fake news have become a massive problem in Indonesia in recent months

In short, Indonesia’s literacy level is low, BUT its people loves to write and share their opinion online!

Knowledge and one’s love for reading and learning influence the heart and mindNow.

Looking at the 3 points above, … are they related, you think?

Well, I think so.

I believe, knowledge and one’s love for reading and learning influence the heart and mind.

And what we feed into our mind and heart subsequently affects the kinds of content (opinion) we share.
 

 
Reading has somehow become a rare activity these days, especially amongst the younger generationSo, what is its relevance to us as parents, some may wonder.

I feel it’s an urgent call, a reminder, for all parents to nurture their children’s love for reading and learning, since their early years.

Teaching them:
… to enjoy reading.
… to read from credible sources.
… to digest and think about what they’ve read.
… to always have a thirsty and humble heart, one that’s willing to learn

(Reading has somehow become a rare activity these days, especially amongst the younger generation. Unfortunately.)

Anyway.

Food for thought?

Sources for the above 3 points:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/03/12/indonesia-second-least-literate-61-nations.html

http://jakartaglobe.id/features/indonesias-surprising-love-affair-with-social-media/

http://time.com/4620419/indonesia-fake-news-ahok-chinese-christian-islam/

Representing Our Choice of Religion

27 February 2017 | Posted in: Daily, Inspirational | No Comment

In recent months, in Indonesia’s context, one’s choice of religion seems to receive more attention than usual.

‘Gee! Your doctor wasn’t nice, was he? Was he a Christian?’

‘My doctor spoke to us with zero empathy! I was disappointed to know that he was a Muslim.’

‘I hope you’ll find a good Muslim specialist.’

Sadly, more tension and negativity towards different religions is present lately, … tension rather than harmony and tolerance.

Many write comments about others in such hurtful manners.

Personal opinions about someone (who holds a different view or belief) are written in a highly provocative and hateful way, online.

Since we cannot change others, … let us consider representing our choice of religion and faith positivelyI know it happens in other parts of the world.

I guess, I just didn’t wish for it to happen right here in Indonesia – a country which acknowledges six religions and promotes religious tolerance and ‘unity in diversity’ motto.

Anyway.

Since we cannot change others, … let us consider representing our choice of religion and faith positively, especially at times like now.

Because our choice of words and actions, in social media or in real life, represents our religion and faith. Whether we like it or not.

Food for thought.

Anya: Scribbles and Doodles

22 February 2017 | Posted in: Daily | No Comment

Thoughts : Mothers and Wives – Privileged or Victimised

11 October 2007 | Posted in: Inspirational, Marriage & Relationships, Parenting | 2 Comments
Thoughts : Mothers and Wives – Privileged or Victimised

Some food for thought I’d like to share. From today’s Women’s Fellowship.
When we know the ‘price we need to pay’ for doing something and yet we still are willing to do it, it’s called ‘sacrifice’.
On …

When kids can help Moms stay sane

4 May 2009 | Posted in: Daily, Parenting | 3 Comments

Some three weeks ago I wrote a post on ‘How to Stay Sane’ if you’re a Stay at home Mom. Practical tips that I hope will help us manage our days as fulltime moms.
But as …

The emotional roller coaster of my 3-year-old girl

9 June 2007 | Posted in: Daily, Parenting | One Comment

I don’t know if this happens to other little girls. All I know is that it happens – occasionally, not that frequently though (thank goodness!) – to Anya.
She can wake up crying in the morning, …

The facts of being married

26 February 2005 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships | No Comment

This was Wilson’s conversation with the guy who cut his hair the other day:
Guy: Oh, so you’re married already? *really suprised* You would’nt have done it so early if you had the choice, would you?
Wilson: …

Marriage : Real Love Works!

1 March 2011 | Posted in: Advertorial, Marriage & Relationships | 8 Comments

Yep, that’s US close to TEN years ago!
It was when we were at the Registry of Marriage in 2001. I was twenty five, and Wilson was twenty six =)
It’s a little hard to believe at …

20 Food for Thought for Newly (or soon-to-be) Married Couples

4 April 2016 | Posted in: Inspirational, Marriage & Relationships | No Comment

Yesterday my husband and I had the privilege of joining two ‘bridal showers’ arranged for a total of 4 couples who are going to be married this year.
I don’t know if you’ve been to one, …