Thursday, 28 August 2008

Life Is Too Precious

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is costly, care for it.
Life is wealth, keep it.
Life is love, enjoy it.
Life is mystery, know it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

~ Mother Teresa

Wednesday, 20 August 2008


Amitabha Centre is not just another charity-oriented assistance centre but it also plays a vibrant role in the life of the less-privileged community regardless of race, religion and creed.

Amitabha Centre had set up Haemodialysis Centres, Old Folks Centre (located in Kulai, Johor, Happy Garden, Old Klang Road Kuala Lumpur and Taman Malim Jaya, Melaka ). Scholarship for the poor, provide medical assistances (financially), give necessities to poor families and help sourcing jobs for the handicap and ex-convicts. Their goal is to eventually be a self-sustaining charity foundation by employing the less privileged and ex-convicts to collect recyclables and using the generated incomes to reach to more needy person and sustain their charity programs.

Amitabha has centres situated at the following locations:

1. Johor Bahru - Tel : 07-2380442
2. Kuala Lumpur - Tel: 03-79811320
3. Ipoh - Tel: Please contact Kuala Lumpur centre for enquiries
4. Melaka - Tel: 06-3364601

The address of the Kuala Lumpur Centre is as follows:

Amitabha Centre
7-3, Jalan 2/116D
Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-79811320

Please donate cash or recyclables to the centre if you can. The world can be a nicer place, because you care.


Today I watched a video introducing Amitabha Centre. I watched it during my treadmill jogging session over the half and hour span. I don't know why suddenly it occurred to me to pick up my Buddhist video collection for something to watch instead of one of those Hollywood movies. And Amitabha came right into my sight the moment I flipped thru the album.

My heart was heavy and I can't breath lightly after the run. Not so much of the panting but the images of people suffering, on the beds, on the streets and in the old folks home. Some of them needed dialysis three times a week, and they can hardly put food on the table for the family, not to mention about medical treatment fees. Some of them were abandoned by their children and became beggars on the street and most ended up in the old folks home with children sitting at home. I can't bear to watch the interviews relating their heart wrenching episodes.

I began to worry that in this present economy crisis that has affected almost all walks of life, how do these people continue their livelihoods?

My earlier plan of group visiting to homes was stalled mainly due to the increase in petrol price and the resultant inflation which I'm sure has taken a toll on everyone's livelihood. This may not be the right time to ask people to donate their money while everyone has tightened even their own belts.

On the other hand, I also believe that things can work out on individual basis. I always thank God for having a healthy body and able to provide help to others in small ways.

It is a blessing to be able to give.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

A holiday too short

Took a break to Brisbane and Gold Coast for 10 days, sort of "spying" on Vivian, and had a "walk-thru" of her uni life there.

We had a very pleasant journey and met very friendly people. Especially those friends of Vivian from the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Brisbane, they absolutely made us felt very comfortable and warm in the cold winter Sabbath sermon. Thank you Percy, Darren, Mel, Sasa, Nick, Elizabeth Baines, Auntie Julie, Gloria and friends for taking care of Vivian all this while. Words simply can't express enough our gratitudes for making her life there easier.

Well Vivian, you certainly made us proud knowing life studying in the University is not a bed of roses! Like you said, it is a full time "Unpaid Job", which mama 100% agrees to it.

The next time we come around will be 2010 on her graduation day. Wish you luck my sweet dear.

Photo of me and hubby with "Praise in harmony" and Vivian's other church mates

Sitting at South Bank with part of Brisbane's skyline at the background

One for the album, missing here is our "hero" Villi, who stayed home to prepare for SPM

Vivian welcoming us at the veranda of her house on our arrival

A mama too excited seeing her "long lost" daughter

Housemate Wei, from China currently pursuing English in UQ

View of Surfers Paradise from our balcony on the 30th floor of The Aegean apartments, next to Q1

Valerie celebrated her 3rd year birthday amidst the Olympic Opening Ceremony

Surfers are everywhere despite the winter chill

Look at their tails... can't give it a miss