Our first parcel from home

As usual, uncle Moses has always been a faithful 'care-giver' of ours. THANK YOU UNCLE MOSES!

Early Christmas presents for all!
My last dim sum...

Sob, sob...tears of joy and tears of sadness...I have graduated from my dim sum course and these were the last few dim sum I did.

"Ba pao" or meat steam bun. Mine was so good even my teacher said hers wasn't as good as mine. When you have a good teacher, you have a good student

Pearl dumpling. Very special dim sum, the outside is made of glutinous rice and flour. Nice soft sticky feel.

This one reminded me of the famous Crown Prince flaky mooncake but I must say (another Singaporean friend also agreed)
that this pastry is way better than the one sold at home.

From here, I hope you can imagine how flaky is the pastry.

Using the same dough, we tried out a different recipe. Hmm....one word to describe - superlicious!

I have come to the end of my dim sum course. A wonderful learning experience. What I used to see only on TV, I was able to learn from the real expert. What an eye opener indeed. What used to look and seem difficult to do, I now know that it is indeed easy. Imagine the amount of money I will be saving eating my own home-made dim sum from this day onwards!
The roller coaster ride

Little Ann brought home a book titled "The Roller Coaster". It was a book for pre-schoolers like her but it contained the most profound thought even for the adults. It talked about people who enjoyed going on roller coaster rides, the ups and downs, the twist and turns. At the end of the ride, some came out, asking for more, some fell sick and some..no big deal.

It had a little message to the story...Life is like a roller coaster ride, the ups and downs, the twist and turns, just hand in there. It was indeed a cute little book but I thought it spoke volumes.

Isn't our life such. We sometimes, go through the mountain top experience and the bottlomless pit of a valley...but like a roller coaster ride, each event will finally come to an end. For me, without God, I don't think I will ever survive life's roller coaster ride.

This was what I had read in my US pastor's blog. Really, God is the main course of our life, the rest are just our M&Ms, Skitties or like what Pastor Winter said "twix bar on our way home"

God is the ballast that steadies and rights our ship in life's rough waters. God is the grid which allows us to see things in their real dimension and to measure those inflationary moments which tend to pop leaving little in their wake. Lest it appear that I'm suggesting that God is the cosmic salt and pepper which adds flavor to everthing in life, let me clarify: God is not a nice accessory to life's ensemble, He's not the spice. He is the substance. He is the main course.

God is the 800 pound gorilla in the room. He can't safely be placed on a shelf to gather dust, we can't pretend He isn't there without risking harm. Even if we become entirely absorbed in our own thing, an aroma will still be wafting through the air that tells our hearts there's someone else bigger and stronger in the room with whom we have to do. We can never be sure He's adopted our agenda rather than His own, so we have no choice but to deal with Him, honestly, thoroughly, first and foremost.

If you're a person of faith, pursuing a vision for life and stretching for goals apart from God can only result in a vacuous moment of achievement that ends with you wondering, "Is that all there is?" Pursuing a vision and stretching for goals with God on the sideline looking on can only lead to an abiding uncertainty that has you constantly wondering, "Is this right?" Pursuing a vision of God and stretching toward Him is what puts everything else into perspective and leads to peaceful satisfaction as goals are achieved along the way.

So, at this place in life, decide once and for all whether or not you're a "God person." You're here because you are people of faith, so I hope you are a "God person." If so, make Jesus Christ your meat and potatoes. It is the only wise and sensible way of dealing with him. Then let everything else be the twix bar on the way home and you'll find your journey was sweet. (thundersounds.blogspot.com. Tuesday 9 June. Twix bar on the way home)