Tips to Take Great Vacation Photos

Want to take great photos in your vacations? Here are some useful tips.

I received very useful photography tips regularly from Digital-Photography-School.Besides I also see great photos posted in the site, gratifying satisfaction of my visual desire.

This is one of the site which I would highly recommend anyone who is interested in photography to subscribe. The website address is

I must say I do not take any commission from the school in recommending this 🙂

Enjoy this article and learn.

10 Ways to Improve your Vacation Photos

A Post By: Kai Behrmann


This has probably happened to all of us. We’ve just come back from an exciting trip and want to share all the wonderful moments with our friends and family. But after a brief moment we seem to be the only ones still enjoying the picture-show. Everyone else has quickly lost interest.

So what can we do to stop putting people to sleep with our vacation photos?

Here are some tips to help you take vacation photos that everybody will love. It’s easier than you might think, and it definitely doesn’t require expensive equipment. Keeping in mind some basic rules, you can take stunning images even with your mobile phone.

Let me take you to Paris and show you how with these 10 ways to improve your vacation photos: Continue reading

Being rich is not how much you have but how much you give

Giving is a virtue and it’s working out of our faith

I received this short film via a Facebook friend.

The story is very simple but the meaning is great, especially for those of us who strive so hard to be successful and rich.

What is success? To different people, it means different things.

Some measure success by the amount of money you have (I mean that kept in your possession), some by the number of properties you own, some by the string of status you put on your name card, some by the profession you are in, some by the number of friends you have (everyone is talking about EQ and networking now)……..the list if endless. However, we notice that these measures are all based on money, material possession and fame.

What is success? Continue reading

A Real Touching Story of a Chinese teacher

Let us not love by words only but by actions

I received this video shared by Sister Adeline this morning. I find it a great encouragement for us to continue loving in actions and not only by words.

The video is about a 30 year old man spending his time as a teacher in a poverty stricken village in Yunan Province of China. He can play guitar and compose songs. He joined a Talent Search programme with a simple desire to earn more money which could afford him to buy meat for his students. He did not mention a word of loving these children but his action spells “sacrificial love” for them and it can be understood by all.

There are so many passages in the bible telling us that our belief is like noisy gong if it does not touch others’ lives and make a difference. Continue reading

Memorable Travel at Zhangjiajie – Part 1 张家界之旅 (一)


I cannot remember when did I create this video. It must be when I first came back from the tour and was playing with some kind of video editing software.


Anyway, I am very pleased to share with you this beautiful place in China. The natural landscape is amazing. As you stand and gaze at the majestic mountains and strange-looking landscape near and far, you will not help but to praise the wisdom and majestic of our Creator.


I hope you enjoy it.

我希望大家享受观赏。 Continue reading

Travel Tips: How to choose a backpack?

Backpacking – the way to go when you are young…….

“I am probably too old to do backpacking travel.” This is a subjective statement, I know. Many travel enthusiasts will disagree with me, they can do backpacking though they are in their 60’s or even 70’s.

Well, I did backpacking in Western Europe when I was 20 with my then student flatmate Clarence Yeung. It was an experience that I would not want to exchange with any other forms of traveling. The thrill of finding all necessary information such as accommodation, eating places, supermarkets (for packed lunch), tourist attractions, train time table…..etc is really training us to make decisions quick in an unfamiliar land. We used to spend a few hours sleep on the bench (or even floor) in train stations just to get a connected train to a destination. Of course, you can choose not to do that. Being a student from Asian country where foreign exchange made it expensive to spend in Europe, we just tried to minimize traveling time and accommodation costs.

Both Clarence and I used backpacks. It was just not practical to bring bulky and beautiful luggage (this is reserved for exotic travel with escorted tours). My backpack was an inexpensive one made of nylon and with no famous brand. However, it had all the ingredients of a good backpack.

Yes. Choosing a good and suitable backpack is not an easy job. Most of the good and branded ones are quite expensive. Continue reading

Good news for Japanese food lovers in Kuala Lumpur

12 Japanese Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur that are insanely delicious

My daughter knows that her parents and brother are Japanese food lovers, so she shared the following blog post with us.

I also know that many of my friends love Japanese food too, so here it goes……check them out and see whether you can find good ones without the “exotic” price tag. 🙂 Continue reading

Valentine’s Day – You want to travel?

Blessed Valentine’s Day (3 days in advance)

I received this message from Lonely Planet…… sharing with me the 10 “best” traveling places on Valentine’s Day – well, at least for the rich and well to do couples.

Personally I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day because it is really too commercial. You may say I am not a romantic lover cum husband, I just don’t see the point to buy a stalk of rose for many times its’ price in “normal” days! My practical mind overcomes any slight impulse of wanting to be romantic. 🙂 I thank God that my wife Julia has the same idea. She said, “Why don’t we save that money and spend it on something else on another day, that gives us added purchasing power and value for the same amount of money.” Yay! It’s blessed to have a wife who has the same mind.

I want to share this not because I “condone” spending lavishly on Valentine’s Day………it’s just that the photographs in this are so beautiful that I want you to enjoy the places with your eyes if you are like me cannot afford to be there. Continue reading

Life is like coffee

What do you value the most in life?

I received this inspirational video from Pastor Inky – and I like it!

It spells of wisdom from the professor and it highlights the main issues facing us today:

We chase after the unimportant things and forget about what is the most valuable.

What is valuable can be very different to different people. To me a simple test is this:

What money can buy cannot be most valuable;

I am looking for things which matter most in life – relationships.

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恭祝大家农历新年蒙恩 Wishing all a blessed CNY

农历新年终于到了 Finally….Chinese New Year is here


Time flies…..we are going to celebrate Chinese New Year Eve tomorrow. Usually it is a time when the whole family (including all extended family members) having a reunion dinner together. With the increasing individualistic value and extended family disappearing rapidly, the younger generations may not see the significance of this event.


Do you know? For most of elderly family members, this is a day they have been looking forward for the entire year. This is especially true when most of their children and grand children are staying away from them for the rest of the year.

他们殷切盼望见到你们 They are looking forward to seeing you…………….

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Wow! These are in Malaysia.

I received this note from my friend, introducing 7 amazing places in Malaysia where we can visit without going abroad.

I have not tried them out, the pictures do look impressive. I guess they also come with quite a big PRICE Tag. 🙂

Extract from Female Magazine:

7 Amazing Places to Vacation at in Malaysia

December 27, 2013 2:36 PM by Rachel Au

Please forget to bring your passport and flight tickets.

Forget Paris and Hollywood land (okay, maybe don’t but let’s just put them aside) because if you’re really looking for a relaxing getaway, we say there’s no place better than home: Malaysia. We’ve listed down a range of spots within the country where you can just turn off and unwind for a few days.


villa samadhi

Villa Samadhi

Despite being 10 mins from the heart of KL, this villa residence is akin to a retreat within a retreat, where privacy and comfort is ensured. Especially perfect for couples, some rooms even come with a modern kitchen, a private garden or even a private Jacuzzi!

Psst… TripAdvisor rated it #2 of 245 hotels in Kuala Lumpur.

villa samadhi kl

Address: No. 8, Jalan Madge, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603 2143 2300
Reservation Tel:  +603 2161 0769

anggun boutique hotel kl

Anggun Boutique Hotel

A hidden gem within the Golden Triangle, the cool retreat is as its name perfectly describes it: elegant. With the designs and furnishings (handmade, by the way) of a good ol’ Malaysian house, you’ll definitely feel at home instantly!

Psst… The building was once home to a very successful Chinese immigrant.

anggun boutique hotel kl 2

Address: 7 & 9, Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603-2145 8003


sekeping serendah 2

Sekeping Serendah Retreat

Two words: glass house. If you’re looking for an entirely unplugged weekend, this is the retreat for you. Nestled within 5 acres of a tropical rainforest, get in touch with nature and just enjoy the peace and quiet. Great for a party of people, there’s also a BBQ pit and a swimming pool!

Psst… There are also waterfalls, Orang Asli villages, fishing lakes, the Serendah golf course and jungle treks available nearby for you to explore.

sekeping serendah retreat

Address: N3.368050, E101.631150
Tel: +6012 324 6552 (Christina)


calanthe artisan loft melaka

Calanthe Artisan Loft

Quick! Pack your friends and load them into the car for a roadtrip to Melaka coz we’ve found a pretty snazzy place for you to stay! A creative home concept, it’s comfortable for 4 peeps and is quite the sight for everyone’s eyes with its intense decor.

Psst… It’s just a few steps away from Jonker Street.

calanthe artisan loft melaka 2

Address: 16, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, (Heeren Street), 75200 Melaka
Tel: +6019 656 5619, +6019 355 9829


Macalister Mansion penang

Macalister Mansion

Feel like a Queen when you check in to this ultra-luxe destination that has been designed based on an old English mansion. All 8 rooms in the boutique hotel are not the same; each has its own bespoke features and artwork to match its individual themes. Let’s just say, you’ll forget you’re actually still in the same country.

Psst… CNN listed it as one of its 9 Best Luxury Resorts in Malaysia!

Macalister Mansion penang 2

Address: 228 Macalister Road, 10400 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +604 2283 888, +6012 632 7729


banjaran hotsprings retreat

Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

Rejuvenating geothermal hot springs, cascading waterfalls, natural caves; this place is fully equipped with the resources to put your body, mind and soul back to its peaceful balance. Located in a valley and surrounded by 280 million-year old towering Paleozoic limestone hills and a lush rainforest, it’s practically a sanctuary!

Psst… Other facilities include: a Thermal Steam Cave, Ice Bath, Garra Rufa Doctor Fish Pool, geothermal-heated swimming pool, Spa & Wellness Centre, jacuzzi and many more!

banjaran hotsprings retreat 2

Address: No. 1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 3, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia
Tel: +605-210 7777


the shorea seremban

The Shorea

Built within a tropical forest reserve, the resort is an appreciation of nature itself. Build mostly from recycled shorea timber, it’s a great place for some R&R with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.

Psst… You’ll also get to catch the beautiful sunrise and sunset at the Sun Decks.

the shorea seremban 2

Address: Kampung Kolam Air, Mukim Pantai, Jalan Jelebu, 71770 Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Tel: +6017 338 5698

*All photos via their respective FB pages/websites.

At the end of it all, you will probably exclaim “WOW”, hopefully it follows “it’s so amazing that they are all in Malaysia” and not “it is so expensive”. LOL

More about Shakespearean Sites

Yesterday I shared with you our family’s visit to this beautiful English town Stratford Upon Avon. (Click here for details)

Today, I am sharing this great article published by Lonely Planet. It is surprising to see the Shakespearean effects in different cities and towns. We can find the shadows of William Shakespeare, not only in the beautiful English town of Stratford Upon Avon, but in many other places in the world.

Ten Shakespearean sites for travellers

by SARAH BAXTER· 28 October 2013

With 2014 heralding the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, celebrate the Bard at some of his old haunts and best play places.

Shakespeare's Birthplace, in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Image by Glenn Beanland / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Image by Glenn Beanland / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images.

Stratford-upon-Avon, England

It all started on Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, in 1564. In a half-timbered wattle-and-daub house on a busy thoroughfare in this Warwickshire town, William Shakespeare was brought into the world. The 16th-century pad could hardly have foreseen its future stardom. Now, it’s one of England’s most famous dwellings, converted into a museum that recreates Will’s world, complete with period furnishings and a Tudor herb garden. But really, the whole town is Shakespeare-upon-Avon: pay your respects at Anne Hathaway’s comely cottage (former home of his wife), Mary Arden’s House (home of his mum) and the RSC Theatre, home of his living literary legacy.

The Royal Shakespeare Company is based at the Royal Shakespeare and Swan theatres in Stratford; for program see

Verona, Italy

‘But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?’ ’Tis likely the flash of a thousand cameras! The balcony of Verona’s Casa de Giulietta is not a secret spot. And though Shakespeare’s teen-love tragedy was set in the city, it’s rather doubtful that this humble 13th-century courtyard had anything to do with anyone who may have inspired Romeo and Juliet. But why let the truth get in the way of a good tourist attraction? Besides, with its enormous Roman amphitheatre, red-brick Castelvecchio, cobbled old streets and twisting River Adige, the city exudes plenty of real romance.

Entrance to the courtyard of Juliet’s House is free; there is a fee to enter the house and stand on the balcony.

Turrets and gables of Elsinore (Helsingor) Castle, made famous in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet,' framed in the castle gate. Image by Tom Horton, Further To Fly Photography / Flickr / Getty Images.

Turrets and gables of Elsinore (Helsingor) Castle, made famous in Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, framed in the castle gate. Image by Tom Horton, Further To Fly Photography / Flickr / Getty Images.

Helsingør, Denmark

The first Kronberg Castle dates back to the 1420s, when it was erected on the eastern tip of Zealand to guard the narrow Øresund Strait. Then, thanks to Frederik II ’s fancy renovations in the late 16th century, it became one of Europe’s key Renaissance fortifications. This reputation obviously travelled fast, for when penning Hamlet around 1600, Shakespeare placed his troubled prince right here. Now forever known as Elsinore, the castle has embraced its literary associations. Frequent productions of Hamlet are performed within Kronberg’s walls, which over the years have seen Laurence Olivier, Derek Jacobi and Jude Law take on the role of the great Dane.

Trains runs from Copenhagen Central to Elsinore (45 minutes). Kronberg is a 15-minute walk from the station.


Macbeth has a bad rep – Shakespeare did not write the 11th-century Scot well, making him out to be a power-hungry murderer with an unhinged missus. But was he really so bad? The Macbeth Trail driving route, launched in 2013, might suggest not, linking locations from Shakespeare’s play to the actual man. Glamis Castle (Wills called Macbeth the ‘Thane of Glamis’), Lumphanan (the Aberdeenshire village where Macbeth was killed in battle in 1057) and Cairn O’Mount (where Macbeth took his supporters en route to Lumphanan) are all on the trail – with some suitably dramatic Scottish scenery in between.

The castle and gardens at Glamis, 20km north of Dundee, are open for tours March to November (

Statue Of King Charles I with Scotland's Glamis Castle as the backdrop. Image by Helena Smith / Dorling Kindersley / Getty Images.

Statue Of King Charles I with Scotland’s Glamis Castle as the backdrop. Image by Helena Smith / Dorling Kindersley / Getty Images.

Maruyama, Japan

Did you read the one about the Bard and the bullet train? No one did – until 1997, when some Surrey-based architects built a slice of Elizabethan England not far from Tokyo. The flashing neon of Japan’s capital is still visible from Maruyama’s incongruous Shakespeare Country Park. An animatronic Will welcomes bardolators to this cluster of half-timbered cottages arranged around a village green, complete with stocks and maypole. Imported British oak supports the replica birthplace, Mary Arden’s house and a windmill, all constructed using traditional methods – though earthquake-proofed to suit the new location, 16,000km and five centuries away.

Shakespeare Country Park is around 80km northeast of Tokyo. The on-site theatre puts on Shakespeare’s plays (in Japanese).

Alexandria, Egypt

Antony & Cleopatra is all over the place: location-wise, the play flits across the Roman Empire. But it’s the scenes set in Alexandria that are the most exotic – and most tragic. In today’s Mediterranean-side city, mementoes of Cleo – Queen of Egypt from 51 to 30 BC – are scant. Her royal palace was destroyed by earthquakes, and lies sunken in the ancient harbour (though an underwater museum has been mooted); the Pharos lighthouse, built by one of Cleopatra’s ancestors, is likewise submerged. For now, the best bet is to promenade the Corniche, and ponder the glories that wait beneath the waves.

The Alexandria National Museum, located in an Italianate mansion on Tariq Al-Horreya St, documents the history of the city.

Mount Párnitha, Greece

Mount Párnitha National Park has nothing to do with Shakespeare. But since the main setting of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a rather non-specific ‘wood outside Athens’, it’s as good a bet as any. It’s certainly the most enchanting. While the capital’s suburbs have gobbled up much surrounding countryside, this swathe of caves, gorges, peaks, trails and fir forest – just 30km to the northwest – is an accessible and surprising wilderness. Inhaling its fragrant pine, walking amid its wildflowers and gazing up to 1413m Karavola (the park’s highest summit), it’s easy to imagine Titania and Oberon dancing amid the trees.

Bus 714 runs from central Athens to Thrakomakedones, where a cable car runs up into Mount Párnitha National Park.

Vancouver, Canada

Some historians believe Francis Drake stopped by the spot we call Vancouver in 1579; most think the Spanish got there first, but not until 1791. Either way, Shakespeare would have known little of this distant western land, and certainly set no works there. Yet, each year, Vancouver celebrates Will like he’s their own. Every summer since 1990 the Bard on the Beach festival has provided affordable access to Shakespeare: two stages are erected in waterfront Vanier Park, and a program of plays, talks and even a tasty bard-b-q is put on, against a breathtaking backdrop of mountains, sea and sky.

The Bard on the Beach festival runs from June to September in Vanier Park, Kitsilano; tickets and information are available from

Isola Bella, Taormina. Image by Slow Images / Photographer's Choice / Getty Images.

Isola Bella, Taormina. Image by Slow Images / Photographer’s Choice / Getty Images.

Messina, Sicily, Italy

Shakespeare set Much Ado About Nothing in Messina, northeast Sicily. A creative decision, or a hint at much more ado? In 2002 Sicilian professor Martino Iuvara put forth a theory: Shakespeare actually hailed from Messina. Iuvara alleged that young Sicilian noble Michelangelo ‘Crollalanza’ (‘Shakespeare’ in Italian) emigrated to England and went on to wed Anne Hathaway – an excellent translator. Maybe. Maybe not. But when it’s drizzling in Stratford-upon-Avon, Messina’s sunshine, pizzas and piazzas might seem a more attractive bard-honouring option.

Ferries connect Messina to Villa San Giovanni on Italy’s mainland (20 minutes).

Shakespeare’s Globe, London, England

The Globe, one of the first purpose-built playhouses in London, was constructed on the Southbank in 1599 – and Shakespeare was a shareholder. It burned down in 1613, during a performance of Henry VIII (stage cannons and thatch roofs don’t mix). Sketches of the theatre are, well, sketchy. Best guesses reckon it was a 20-sided roofless polygon built of oak laths and lime plaster. In 1997, these guesses took shape and a new Globe opened, 230m from the site of the original.

The Globe’s theatre season runs April to October; the exhibition and site tour is open year-round (

Stratford Upon Avon – A Beautiful Town with substance

Those of us who studied English literature would never miss this famous name, William Shakespeare. One of his well known quote, “To be, or not to be: that is the question”. – Hamlet (Act III, Scene I) is becoming a “must” when we talk about play and literature.

How many of us know the birth place of this great writer? We might have read “Stratford Upon Avon” as we studied Shakespeare’s life story but it seems to be a far away town that has no connection with us at all.

My family had an opportunity to visit this Shakespearean town and was amazed by the richness it offers. We enjoyed the historical sites as well as the beautiful scenery (and the graceful swans too) along the river side. I am here to share some of the photographs captured in this town. Being a new and learning photographer, we did not manage to take great pictures. However, all these pictures form happy memories for the family – because we spent time together in this beautiful town together.

Stratford Upon Avon -  "Avon" literally means river. It is based on the word "afon" in Welsh, with the same meaning

Stratford Upon Avon –
“Avon” literally means river. It is based on the word “afon” in Welsh, with the same meaning

My two children standing between a "king" and a "queen" - we have to pay to take pictures with them though

My two children standing between a “knight” and a “queen” – we have to pay to take pictures with them though

Both Julia and the swans seem to love this avon

Both Julia and the swans seem to love this avon

A must place to visit - Shakespeare's Birth Place

A must place to visit – Shakespeare’s Birthplace

The old Shakespeare's Birthplace is now a library -  The more modern building next to it is where all Shakespeare's information and multimedia presentations are

The old Shakespeare’s Birthplace is now a library –
The more modern building next to it is where all Shakespeare’s information and multimedia presentations are

British starter at Red Lion Public House

British starter / snacks at Red Lion Public House

A statue in the middles of a garden besides the avon

A statue in the middles of a garden besides the avon

Henry had his favorite scone and tea set in a cafe by the quiet waters.

Henry had his favorite scone and tea set in a cafe by the quiet waters.

The house of Shakespeare's mother (Mary Arden)

The house of Shakespeare’s mother (Mary Arden)

The British is taking Shakespeare's historical sites very seriously, gradually unearth precious information for further studies

The British is taking Shakespeare’s historical sites very seriously, gradually unearth precious information for further studies

Shakespeare came from a rich family - but the facilities in the room is somewhat simplistic by today's standard.

Shakespeare came from a rich family – but the facilities in the room is somewhat simplistic by today’s standard.

Can you guess what this is? Well, it is used for toileting at night in the room.

Can you guess what this is? Well, it is used for toileting at night in the room.

A happy couple smiling away in the town centre. You would love to walk in these streets.

A happy couple smiling away in the town centre. You would love to walk in these streets.

One of relatively inexpensive way of traveling in UK is to stay in Bed & Breakfast. It is still expensive to me!

One of relatively inexpensive way of traveling in UK is to stay in Bed & Breakfast. It is still expensive to me!

Relatively comfortable room to have 4 of us staying in

Relatively comfortable room to have 4 of us staying in

It wasn't that sunny - the sunglasses just made us look cool - the entrance of B & B

It wasn’t that sunny – the sunglasses just made us look cool – the entrance of B & B

Do you believe that there are people staying inside this boat? It's a boat house.

Do you believe that there are people staying inside this boat? It’s a boat house.

We were told that this is a favorite spot for afternoon tea - but it's a bit pricy

We were told that this is a favorite spot for afternoon tea – but it’s a bit pricy

In front of the theater which screens Shakespearean plays

In front of the theater which screens Shakespearean plays

This is a typical tudor style buildings in Stratford Upon Avon

This is a typical tudor style buildings in Stratford Upon Avon

You shouldn't miss the farm where you could freely feed the cattles

You shouldn’t miss the farm where you could freely feed the cattle

It's an extremely precious shot - because 4 of us are in this picture

It’s an extremely precious shot – because 4 of us are in this picture

So dear friends, I hope you enjoy these photos. If you do visit the U.K., please consider include Stratford Upon Avon in your visiting list. You will not be disappointed. It is a beautiful town with substance.

Celebrating Chinese New Year with Songs and Red Decorations

RedNext Thursday is the Chinese New Year Eve. I decided to change the background of my Blog to reflect the festive season and its joyous mood.

It reminds us the year is coming to an end soon and a completely new year awaiting us. I pray that there is peace in every heart, peace in every nation and peace in the world.

And for every Christian, may Philippians 4:7 be with us always; “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Red is the favorite colour in Chinese New Year. Wherever you go, shopping centres, markets, shops, schools, recreation places and streets, you cannot miss the “redness” of these places. I wrote a Chinese article last year about this special colour in this festive season. Let me share with you.


前几天,我买了些新年装饰品,墙上贴上红春联,客厅挂一串闪闪发亮的红爆竹,角落摆设红扇,置放一束红桃花,一篮子的柑和礼篮,再从书房拿出杭州买的”枫桥夜泊”的字画挂在饭厅………….真的满室春意盎然.爸爸一踏进家门,马上露出笑脸:”哈 哈,这样红彤彤的才有新年的气氛!” 他拖着小侄儿的手,站在春联面前,操着浓浓的客家音念着:”甜甜蜜蜜庆团圆,欢欢喜喜迎新年.”


近几十年来,”传统”这个词儿让人标签成”落伍”,”老土”和”退步”等负面的意义.记得很多年前,市场风行全黑的“乌鸦”装,爱“酷”的青少年,大年初一也百无禁忌,穿了一身黑向祖父母拜年.长辈一看,脸一沉,背过身去,吐口唾液:”大吉利是!”在当年的确掀起一场热闹的”代沟战”.老的说,年青人不尊敬长辈,年初一穿黑色,象穿孝服出街,别人不知情,还以为家里死了人呢!小的也不甘示弱,他们说,老一辈食古不化,颜色本身是中立的,他们只是随己好穿戴,没半点不敬之意.当年我是个年青人,纵使我不苟老人家的迷信,我选择体恤他们的心情.他们多数没受过高深的教育,他们用咸咸的汗水和坚挺的背脊把一家人养活.他们最怕的是天灾人祸,命运强霸捣碎一家的幸福,所以他们要平安吉利,要风调雨顺,任何触霉头的东西都避而远之. 其实,我还很庆幸,年轻人只是把黑色穿戴身上,而不是让它们变成”乌云满地”.试想想,门前挂黑布条,春联黑纸写,收到的红包是”黑包”………这是怎样的一种新年啊?



圣经里的箴言如此说:”一句话说得合宜,就如金苹果在银网子里。”金苹果在银网的画面本身就是一种美,绝对符合赏心悦目的标准.如果我们常年都慎言,诚心用话语祝福鼓励身边的人,我相信社会更美,我们的面容也会变得”赏心悦目”吧? 我希望天天是新年,人人讲好话,一切的误会,不欢, 咒诅和怨恨,都要了结,定意要重建温馨和睦的关系.


Besides seeing red everywhere, you also hear Chinese new year songs being played everywhere. Most of the songs are traditional with fire crackers, drums and cymbals as the background. They are great to add to the festive atmosphere.

However, I like a more sentimental Chinese songs sung by Kelvin Lau 刘勇男 & Angie Leong 梁爱慈 recorded in 1997. Click the video below and start enjoying it.

Unique and Awesome Places of the World

Be in awe at these places

I received a wonderful email from my friend Simon, sharing with me these unique and awesome places in the world. I really hope that I could have the opportunities to see some of them some time…..

I hope you enjoy reading and seeing these photos too.

Somewhere in Vietnam .. Canal River through a paddyfield

Beautiful New Zealand.. !!

Facing a Barracuda through a Giant Aquarium

Enchanted River is found in Philippines. It is called “enchanted” because no one has ever reached its bottom. Many people, including scuba divers, have tried reaching for the bottom but have failed, hence the legend of its bottomless pit. Moreover, locals share that NOBODY has been successful in catching the fish in this river, whether by hand or by spear. They say its bluish color is a result of its depth and the water clarity changes throughout the day. At around 12:00 pm, the water becomes clearer and even more majestic. 

Under the clear blue water of Lake Huron in Ontario,

3D Street Art , Rennes, France.

Tree house,Philippines

A stone path across a lake in Poland

Ausangate mountain, Andes, Peru. Want to go on a trek

The water spirals of Elakala Waterfalls ~ Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia

Zhangjiaje Stone Forest in Hunan, China. It is the inspiration for the floating mountains in the movie “Avatar.”

Hong Kong.

Purple and Orange Starfish on the Beach


Poland has a forest full of bent pine trees (Crooked Forest)

Christ the Redeemer Statue overlooking the whole of Rio was pretty special. You could see it from everywhere you went. I also have to say that the majority of the people who lived there, including the ‘natives’ (especially in the favelas) knew exactly who it was and respected it and what it stands for.

Every home should have this! – The staircase slider

The Astonishing Annual Red Crab Migration
Each year millions of bright red land crabs leave their burrow homes on Australia’s Christmas Island and start a long, laborious trek toward the sea. They descend cliffs, climb banks and maneuver around obstacles to reach the shoreline and lay their eggs, eventually returning to the island’s central plateau with their offspring in tow. The synchronized migration resembles a crimson-colored river undulating across the island and can last up to 18 days. The event typically takes place in November or December (the crabs will only move when it’s raining) and coincides with the turning of high tide and the arrival of the waning moon.   

The Inhabited Volcanic Island of Aogashima, Japan.

Guelta d’Archei Oasis, Sahara Desert

The Victoria water lily is native to the Amazon river

Gudvangen, Norway

The Tibetan Bridge in Claviere, Piedmont, Italy.

Awesome Lighted Cherry Blossom Lake (Sakura, Japan) – Beautiful

Prskalo Waterfall, Serbia

Perspective, The Redwoods, California ( The Redwood Forest)

Zachariasbryggen – Bergen, Norway

Cave Hotel in Cederberg Mountains, South Africa.

Vanishing Underwater Roller Coaster in Japan !!

Off the Amalfi Coast, Florence in  Italy

A Bougainvilla Patio Garden

Gorgeous reflection

Voringfossen is the 83rd highest waterfall in Norway on the basis of total fall.

Preikestolen, Norway

The Great Artificial Elephant, Nantes, France,

Merry Christmas! What does this mean?

Did you say, “Merry Christmas”?

I know, Christmas is coming soon. It’s just less than a month away. Are you starting your busy schedule yet?

I can imagine you are busy shopping and buying all sort of things to decorate your beautiful home. Yes, glittering ornaments hanging on a Christmas trees at the corner of your living hall is a class of its own. You feel good that you have a share of this holiday season.

Of course you will not let the church goes bare during Christmas season, right? You will volunteer yourself to put up the most traditional nativity scene at the church’s entrance. A small wooden bed surrounded by hays and sticks; may be a small little doll sleeping on the bed. How about putting up a few cattle around it, it adds to the Christmas atmosphere.

One more thing, your children must join the church’s carol team. When they stand up there wearing their best outfits, singing with cheers and confidence, your face will beam with happiness and pride. “Haven’t I brought up my children well? Look at them. They are the shining stars among the other children.” Parents are usually not objective when they come to looking at their own children. 🙂

Are these Christmas all about?

I came across the following video which I thought captured the heart cry of those who truly know the meaning of Christmas. Go ahead and listen to it and tell me what you think about it.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)