Blind spots

I’m not referring to the American drama with a somewhat similar name. Reading the synopsis and ratings has tempted me to start watching it, but every time I’m tempted to start a new series, I’m reminded that:

  1. I have a horrible history of backlogging them (the only series I’ve actually finished is Friends, which is a bit pathetic by anyone’s standards), and;
  2. Not even How To Get Away With Murder could captivate me?! And no plot could be better than that.

I’m every television producer’s worst nightmare.

(I assure you, I do have a point to this post.)

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Sydney Photo Diary II

Round two of pictures are now here! This time with more cultured pastimes (read: Art Gallery NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art and The Grounds of Alexandria). The art/creative scene in Sydney is buzzing and it was a great experience mooching around the galleries and garden grounds.

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Loads of natural light in the galleries.
Harbour view
The obsession with seafront and harbour views continues. Snapped in between aisles in the NSW gallery.

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If you look closely, those are actually household goods- rolling pins, Tupperware containers etc.
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Trying to understand contemporary art and not just see these as coloured, plastic doors.
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Indonesian protest art.
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Paintings on a straw background.

On the last day before my flight, we took advantage of the sunshine and visited the Grounds of Alexandria. Alexandria is an industrial side of town, so it was a really pleasant surprise to duck into a luscious, green setting with a selection of cafes and other eateries to choose from. The food was really decent (the berry smoothie was absolutely yummy). The vibe was cool as well. Imagine enjoying your meal and cuppa underneath hanging vines and solid timber structures. All I could think about was the maintenance fees and effort that go into the place daily… But, let the pictures speak for themselves!

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Something about eating in a greenery is just so comforting.
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Dessert selection!
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Lunch!
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Touring with the locals.
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All smiles.

It was such a good experience touring around the little nook and crannies (and those more touristy nooks) of Sydney. In the 4 day-visit, I spent just under $200 (flights excluded) for accommodation (tip: stay with locals!!), food, a couple of magazines, transport and the attractions. Such a worthwhile trip!

Currently sitting in Malaysia now. Not missing the cold weather in Australia and definitely appreciating the sunshine here. Hopefully more photo diaries are on their way! There’s nothing particularly exciting coming up in the next couple of weeks except a dear cousin’s wedding and family birthday celebrations! Always appreciate time spent with loved ones, they’re a blessing and definitely something to be thankful for. 🙂

Speak soon!

 

Jack of All Trades, Master of None

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”- Robert A. Heinlein

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Sydney Photo Diary I

I just returned from a week away in Sydney. Leaving the rain and cold in Melbourne behind was a good decision, even for just four days.  I’m terribly aware of the potential friction between Sydney-siders and Melbournians, but I’m still unashamed in confessing that I’m a potential convert towards our north-eastern neighbours.

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A Lesson in Trade

All of us are accountants and managers, maybe just not in the professional sense of the term. We navigate life weighing up costs and benefits. We try to make the most pragmatic use of what we already have. We mull over how to spend our time and money wisely. Sometimes this doesn’t go too well and we make seemingly irrational decisions. That double-scooped ice-cream when a single would have sufficed? That new pair of kicks that looks strangely similar to any other unbranded pair? Yep, we’ve all been there.

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Blessed are the merciful…

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. -Jesus Christ, Matthew 5:7

The concept of mercy is something I struggle to understand and accept. My experience of being shown mercy by the world has not been life-changing or particularly humbling, especially living in a ‘quid-pro-quo’ society, where desiring mercy is seen as a sign of weakness. If you know me, (even if not terribly well) you will also know that I’m not the most empathetic person. If I’m not careful, people become issues to solve; ministry becomes merely a dispensary of God’s correctional truth without a demonstration of His loving grace.  It was verses like Matthew 5:7 that actually stopped me from becoming a Christian. Other verses include Matthew 6:33 ‘Seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness, and all these will be given unto you’ and Matthew 7:1 ‘Do not judge so that you will not be judged’. So many principles.

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Redeemed Time

We’re all messengers of our individual stories. To this, you might say: Nah, I’m not eloquent enough to share my story; or: my life story is not engaging enough to be retold. I guess the routinary nature of most of our days gives off the impression that every day nothing exciting happens is a day not worth mentioning.  Hence, we wait for weekends, summers, holidays and festive seasons. We wait for the turn of the decade, for our graduation night, for our first pay-check.  Continue reading