Ah, Gender Nouns: When it Drives Your Brain to an Overdrive Frenzy

Welcome to the brain-melting time with @littlenewthings …

I always love to learn new things, and from my Steemit ID you would have known for the fact that it is my ultimate goal to learn new things everyday if possible.

And one of my bucket list is to always (try to) master at least a language outside my country’s usual dominant languages, which is English, Malay and Mandarin (for my case) because part of my dream is still be able to travel the world and keep meeting new people (if possible).

But often times, being overly multi-tasking has pretty much drained my attention span and a dream has become a habitual excuse for my procrastinated laziness.

Until I spotted a Buzzfeed Video: A Japanese Technique to Overcome Laziness has caught my attention when it popped up on YouTube some time back.

Not wanting my brain to easily drift to something else and kept finding excuses for being a slug, I decided to take a challenge to kick my butt to stay focus on something that could eventually build more sustaining habits in the long run.

No… freewrite can’t do as I kept losing ideas what to write lol… Kudos to @elizacheng who is still very persevering… so I took an easier path

Learning a language that constantly melt my brain: Dutch

Don’t ask me why… I have no idea how this happens. I could easily identify German, French and Japanese because there are certain similar vocabulary exists in the Malaysian languages (one way or another) even without going through a vigorous course like Greek / Hebrew (which I kind of lost quite a bit along the way); but Dutch: this is one language that I just have an owl head spin whenever I try to learn to pick up words along the way. Maybe it is the speed they speak, or maybe, my brain is just unable to click.

So making this language as the hardest challenge I can pick up and also to kick my laziness aside, I took the opportunity to try out the language app @bluewaffle recommended 2 months ago at his post – Language Barriers – Duo Lingo to see if I can pick up this language much better with the baby step habitual re-programming technique by the video Buzz feed shared: practice 5 minutes a day.

And the great part about this app is that it will nag you from notifications to emails, just to practice your picked up language; not to mention their reward challenges…

But today this post is not talking about the app, this is talking about the language that drives me nuts – at the definite article The where there are two: het and de

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And I kept mixing up and messing up the choice of definite article when it comes between objects and humans.

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And it is really frustrating when you think you chose the right one, you get this…

Why the heck do Dutch put two so distinct words to represent the same thing??

(Because for French it is closer between le and la)

Answer probably lies on gender noun.

So according to learnpractice.com, regardless of the direct meaning of the noun, like woman , each noun has their gender identity and it is very much effected when it is referring to singular nouns (all plural nouns use de definite article: so this eliminates a whole lot of confusion)

So for singular human identification of male and female adults, the definite article refers directly to its gender, masculine or feminine, and de is used to pair with it.

Hence you have De man and De vrouw without hesitation.
(I am writing without google translator – yay!)

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But when you come to referring to a kid, which can be referring to either gender, this noun falls on gender neuter (think of it as neutral), and het definite article comes into the picture.

(Now we know where the word “kindergarten” is derived from!)

BUT! A boy (jongen) and a girl (meisje) are two totally different gender noun representation. A boy though is a minor (child) could still use de as the definite article but because a girl usually refers to small like a little child, “the” definite article ended up with het instead.

And then comes the more confusing part: Objects with masculine / feminine or neuter gender references.

Like apple and bread.

These two nouns are totally different (well as the app has pointed) in gender; while the apple seemed to have a masculine / feminine definite gender noun, bread got stuck with neuter (maybe it is because it is made of different ingredients besides wheat?)

And so, I kept getting error between de appel, het brood and het sap (the apple, the bread and the juice… don’t ask me why a juice in English sounded like a “soup” in Dutch… I am still melting here)

In the end, you just got to memorise first and try to understand later.

(I think my significant other will have a field day reading this…)

So to those who has been whining about how hard English can be, try Dutch as starters. I can guarantee you will literally repent (change your mind) from your old point of views!

And to make the challenge worse?
omg… @littlenewthings, what else can it be more challenging than getting yourself confused in a foreign language?

Since I am already taking one foreign language, I might as well pick up another from the far East: Korean

Let’s see which language could last longer in my brain. haha…

De-clutter the Past – Pressing Forward to the Future

Ah, moving… It’s both a new adventure and a nightmare, a bitter-sweet of both emotions, especially you have no idea what you gotten yourself into while you hoard onto things over the years.

Especially when you are rushing against time trying to get the room ready for beds to roll in for your beloved family members.

This really  make me think twice about buying stuffs in the future…nightmare

However despite of the nightmares of unpacking, for some people it is actually quite a nostalgic feel especially when you get to go through your past and see how far you have come.

Other times, it could also be something that you either have forgotten or something you wished you never need to look at it again.

For me, it was a mixture of everything.

Haha… I couldn’t even remember when did I draw this… maybe in the early 2000s…

There were great memories combing through old photos and see how I grew and how weird looking I was during my days growing up (ah you know the 80s and 90s hair styles), for me there were also something that I have totally overlooked and never would have imagined how dark I was at the time.

It made me wonder did I truly meant the words I used on my diary, or what I went through at the time was so destructive that it is now a clear reminder that I should be grateful that I am dead to that past, that I am already a new person just as I just shared over a week ago.

However while I comb through even more things that I have totally buried (but still kept aside) I no longer felt as victorious as I have felt before while facing the monster of the past in me. I was staring at the eye of something that wished to consume me into a certain darkness that I wished no one average girl should have gone through; and there was a good few hours that I totally have lost track of Christ.

I felt I was no saint redeemed by my Saviour at the time.

That was until a sharing on YouTube from The Last Reformation snapped me out of my dark distraction…

“God is not there to show you that you are a bad person, He is there in desire to set you free.”

“Half of the time those who are Born Again who were not able to live a freed life is because there are still some sin that was consciously or unconsciously hoarded deep inside of them, something that they should have left it dead while they die with Christ and rose with Christ.” (paraphrased)

Oh how true this one statement is, when one only believed, not grasped the full meaning of it and literally not walk through what the Word of God has truly declared in his / her life.

I kept that dark part of me buried in the pile of boxes I kept for years.

Ignorant, insecure, demotivated, self-doubt, angry, dark and destructive, self-pride and rebellious.

90% of my sketches I found at the time reflected how I felt while I struggled through my teenage years (except the happy funny one at the top).

And then the testimony of a renown worship leader, her words rang deep inside me as she shared a paraphrased testimony that relates to the scriptures in Romans 6…

What then shall we say? Shall we continue in sin so that grace may increase? By no means! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer? Or aren’t you aware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We therefore were buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be raised to life as He was. We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be rendered powerless, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. For anyone who has died has been freed from sin.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, He cannot die again; death no longer has dominion over Him. The death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God. So you too must count yourselves DEAD to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

The Holy Spirit gave a full slap at the silly head of mine

Dead to sin; alive to God.

What was past was – past. When one chooses to the baptism of death to the past and rose again totally new to the future, it isn’t just a ritual, it isn’t just a declaration to the public; it is as it is.

The old self is already dead the moment I let it die in the water while I rose to a new life that is clothed on me.

If one still wish to keep the past he/she is supposed to have buried, then one is either denying the new life, or simply forgotten what is written on the scriptures are real and not just some holy word written almost 2,000 years ago.


So out those old manga sketches go, most of them, along with the poisonous words I wrote while I was still a lost angry teen, all into the shredder, chucked into the paper recycle bag, and out it goes from my house.

These soul consuming past that I chose to let go 12 years ago, it is time they are gone forever.

Every shred of those past was a detox of my soul, ready for a new life that God has prepared for me.

I’d probably still have some more sketches / diary that is lying around but it doesn’t consume me anymore. Even for a short moment I get distracted again, knowing the fact that the Word is alive in me would just reboot and flush the corrupted system gives me the confidence to just keep – going forward.


If this sharing has reminded you that there are some things that you know, if you are a born again Chist-ian, should already be totally buried but it is still cling in you – even as simple as an overlooked character: self-pride, or even someone that is keeping you a step backward from living a full life, then perhaps it is time to let the Holy Ghost have some clean house literally and in you too.

It’s nothing to be ashamed or self-bashing if that happens, because many of us are literally oblivious that this is the very fact that we kept wondering why we aren’t living as victorious as we should be.

Tips and Tricks: Making Different Headers in Microsoft Word

Howdy everyone!

Every since 2 weeks ago, my office has been challenged with a lot of hurdles to get things organised; especially getting everyone to standardise their documentations together.

You see, my office deals with a lot of letters and instructions; and most of the time, although there is a pretty standard documentation template, colleagues tend to make their own design (and not getting from the main one).

And most of the time, because of that, there are many standard formatting issues, especially reference numbers (because these are all official documents addressing to recipients) often get left out or just totally done out of place.

Hence it was my task and challenge to make a standard template in Microsoft Word that will be deployed and used for many other projects we handle for clients and consultants.

Over the course of researching, I found there were several ways that could work, but is not efficient.

One of them was REF command in Fields object

The good part of using form fields are that you could actually bookmark your fields and then have another field to refer to it; but the bad part of it is that it will not update the referred information between the master field and the sub field on the fly, until you press print preview. This is very inconvenient especially for those who are creating a Save As soft-copy document into PDF files and email out because it doesn’t automatically update it.

So I went to search around and look for other alternatives.

Hallelujah to Presearch.org ! Oddly this search engine although ties to Google search results but its accuracy is way much better!

(psst! It also allows you to earn crypto while you search!)

And there is where I found a way to control it via Styles.

Using Styles to Make Reference Pointers between Document Body and Footer

According to what I have read through and watched the tutorial video, it is stated that the easiest way to control referencing via styles is to place the reference source into tables format, so that if there are any changes in the cell, the style is never effected.

I have decided to use the Microsoft Word Controls for other programming purposes, and I will make this entire reference into a customised style.

I am using Microsoft Word 2010 where it is sitting at the ribbons of the application; and I think the more recent version is also the same; and you click on the expand arrow to see more. Alternately, you can use Alt+Ctrl+Shift+S  keys (I am not certain of Mac machines) key shortcut to launch it.

So over here you will need to add a new style; a unique new style that will not be used by any other parts of the document so that whichever refers to it, will not get confused of the value inside.

Make sure the name of the style is not too common; and since I am creating a reference number value in the cell, it is unique enough because it is not frequently used by others.

So as you can see, I have decided to add an underscore to the name of the new style so that I personally will know that it is my customised style; and you can even change the font size, spacing, font types and paragraph format as well.

Once you are done, click OK.

Now, the test

So according to the video I learned from, if I create a header or a footer, as long as I point that data to the customised style, it should automatically update as well.

So at the footer, I wanted the reference number to be at the middle of the footer page; so I will just insert a basic 3 column footer and delete the sides.

After that I go to the Insert Tab and choose Quick Parts then select Field.
Note: You cannot just update the current container to the style. It doesn’t work.

So inside the Field window, StyleRef (Style Reference) is the one you need to choose from, and select the customised style you have chosen. For me, my unique customised style would be Reference_Number.

And voila! this is the content field default value that I have original made in the body of the word document.

And I have moved the table closer to the footer so that you can see that as I typed the content field, the footer updates on the fly!

So there you go! A really cool trick to make sure that your important information that needs to be at the footer automatically updates to avoid typo / spelling mistakes.

Oh one more thing!

Do you know that you can have a different first page header and footer, or you can even add in odd and even page customised footers at one go?

At the Header and Footer Ribbon section, you will see the option check box that will allow you to add on extra header footer settings into the document / template you would like to customise in order for a better control of what you want to display. Most people use New Section at page setup; (I used to do that too) but that is when you need to create more than 3 types of header and footer set, which comes in handy if you are writing your reports, proposals, thesis or a book even.

And to give you a better understanding, here is how it looks like when I have clicked Different First Page checkbox; where immediately you will see the footer has changed and the reference I created is hidden until second page is made.

I hope this entire tips and tricks process has given you a better understanding and a new thing to learn on how to make your Microsoft Word document more standardised and effective presentation with references you can avoid making mistakes.

 

Setting My Happiness on Hold… For the Sake of What is More Important – Redemption of two lives

This sounds like an idiot in love writing this…

Maybe it is.

But let this notation be burnt in this blockchain forever; and maybe, when I look back at this many years later, it is either a #prayer-request answered , or God has a better way.

Either way, I leave it to the One Who has a higher way and higher thoughts than me

paraphrased from Isaiah 55:8 – 9

Not the one who thinks that he will make a choice for me when I am in this somewhat torn up situation.

Many people do not know about my love life, simply because I never really mentioned it.

Half of the time people listen to this story, probably before I could say anything, this is their answer.

“excuse me, sorry to say this. BUT ARE YOU FOR REAL?”

Yes. This is a real story.

Only those who has been so consumed in their daily lives and daily happiness would have splat that question right at my face and would have thought I am the biggest idiot in the world.

Maybe I am.

But I know for the fact if God placed someone in your life and pulled you both through for 20 years of friendship, love, support and with a few times of friction in between (yes we broke up before); then God has a great lesson for us both to learn in life.

All my life I have been living in defiance (so to speak), never live in the norm . Materialistic and worldly pleasure, name and success is never in my dictionary.

Probably because I carried a burden for 30 years before I was saved , redeemed , washed and made whole for the next 12 years.

Throughout those years, I have always have this mindset that I just do not fit into any category of people. I’d probably be totally fine alone…

Until I met one who just decided look back at me with all my flaws and said, teasingly,

“I love you anyway”

Probably at the time he would have thought it’s just a fling sentence, and probably he would have used this same sentence on many other women who came and left in his life, probably equally broken along the way, hurt, disappointed, and many more…

…but never would have thought that THAT one small kind word could have lasted a friendship for 20 years.

And would have come to a point we both want to build a life together.

But there is a mountain right in front of our lives right now

You see, this person, did not walk through his life like any other normal man. 9-5 job, gets to hang out with his friends after work (well, he does get that occasionally, unless he is not telling me everything haha), goes to church to worship as he please (which most Christians in the free world so taken for granted for the privilege they are given).

Gets to live.

Or so he likes to point it out.

Ever since 2011 he has been in and out of war zones, with his weapons, dodging bullets, arresting bad people, doing things a human rights activist will cringe and squirm and yelled, “foul! foul!” , spent most of his time in desert and jungles, stayed awake on guard duty when the rest of the world is asleep…

…and getting PTSD for what he believed in fighting for.

This is something that will always upset me for the decisions these world leaders are making. Although we will always agree to disagree on this issue, but I will always respect his code of honor for that.

And probably at this point most of the people would have said,

“Why on earth do you want to entangle yourself with this kind of a person?”

And not chose an easier life: meet someone normal and start a family?

Well, if you have read my earlier paragraph, I am not the norm.

@chloephuan93 would probably testify I have the weirdest biggest heart she has ever seen; I am not THAT HOLY; and yeah, why not? It sounded romantic isn’t it? A live maybe many girls secretly wished they would have been through.

But oh, this is no fairy tale.

I just fell in love. Like any one would. Just to a totally different category kind of a person.

Maybe you can say that, “I like challenge.”

But all I could see was, this is an honorable person who has just gone through so much for something he can choose not to fight for, but he did it anyway.

Not many people is willing to put their life on the dangerous line for a world of people they do not know; moreover those who probably are (literally) ungrateful for it and just think they are there to rip off their sovereignty, just because these people totally see things not the same like the normal people do.

And now 20 years down the road, he has become someone who still loves me, but totally groomed into a different kind of mindset person.

But someone who deserves happiness too. Or are you quick to judge this person before you even get to know him simply because of what he does?

What war can do to a man… Only those who were once on the ground will know.

Isn’t it @derangedvisions ?


Another is someone who has lived with me from the day I was born.

Stubborn, pretty much finds me irritating when I used to cry a lot when we were young.

(The only person who managed to convinced me to eat a salted canned fish with his wildest most talented imaginable scenarios when there’s no other food available on the table – and I ended up loving the food till this day)

Who had to look after me when our parents have to work for hours till late at night just to put food on the table…

took part time jobs during school holidays…
(I too started giving tuition when I was in my teens just for an extra buck)

Who hated his life while growing up because of the lost of freedom – he had to be the big brother of the house while he could have been going out playing with his friends.

And who couldn’t wait get out of the house and see the world.

Who, didn’t have to go through hell on earth but equally had a hard time growing up, met the (not the most perfect) girl and decided to marry her anyways because he was being responsible to his choice, “I have made my bed, now I have to sleep on it.”

(Let’s not go there. It’s his life.)

Broken through his past decisions, became harder and behaved foolishly under pressure, and one who would rather walk on this earth his way .

A young boy who once totally love men in arms and what they stand for ; to a man who could pretty much do not really consider what his words could really damage people.

Who was once a loving brother (I know he still is but just using all the wrong ways to show it), but now totally turned into someone I feel sad watching from a distance hoping if he could just live a better life without materialism blinding him.


Both are the hard individuals who has very important impact of who I am today.


And both who because of one stupid comment, one big mouth (me), one hard heart… has now become one of the mountains I must break in Jesus Name for a hope of a peaceful communion.

Maybe it is because my fault that I never really shared my life to my brother about the man I am courting that caused this total misunderstanding that could have been easily avoided…

But what is done is done.

I am putting my happiness on hold…

I love both of them very differently but they are both my family, including my fiance even I have yet rendered my vows.

Both of them need a touch of miracle.

I am not asking God to change their hearts for my conveniences.

I am asking God to do the right thing for their happiness.

 

They both deserve the freedom in their mind. No matter how hard life thrown at them in totally both different ways, totally both different worlds, they both deserve joy and peace.

They both deserve to taste what I have tasted. The Goodness of God that turned my life around.

But I do sound a little selfish here… hoping that the two person can somehow find a common understanding and look pass hurts and for my sake, be at peace without walking away from this relationship. So that I can at least have a peaceful RoM.

For my sake, for my aging parents sake…

Because even if I end this 20 years relationship and totally overdue union (simply because war has driven us far apart) for my brother, it could just happen to any other relationship that comes along later in the future as long as this issue is not resolved.

This is a heart issue.

This is a miracle probably only divine can intervene.

And I hope, maybe, just maybe, this post will become a testimony of His Almighty many years down the road; no matter what the outcome is.

So I will keep my happiness on hold and keep lifting both of them in prayers. In whatever way, in silent, in darkness, whatever.

They both need this. They both need the Shalom peace…

That surpasses all understanding.

I am just keeping this log into the blockchain as both a reminder and maybe, to those who would like to stand along and pray along with this foolish lady with (apparently) a big heart.

Nevertheless… If I perish, I perish.

Thy will be done

Redeemed, and Reborn – Why I don’t Often Wear A Cross

“Why do you wear a star of David, baby?”

I never managed to answer this question to him when he saw it…

I guess when you read this title, and probably saw the question, there’s a first conclusionwould have jumped into your mind…

Let me be clear before I continue: I am not Jewish.

A lot of people when they first saw this symbol would have thought that I am in Judaism; but for those who truly know me personally would have said otherwise.

But why would I still not pick a cross to wear, but instead of wearing… this?

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You see, wearing the cross is easy . It as come to a norm that even a non believer wears a cross because it resembled something meaningful that has been around for 2,000 years.

Others even wear it upside down simply showing defiance.
(I am not going to touch the topic there)

Instead, I chose to wear something that challenges me to remember something significant and also an object that would spark people’s curiosity. Most of the time when you see a cross from far away, you’d probably already have a certain mindset set on the person who’s wearing it.

Something perhaps would catch people off guard, maybe a little time to listen to my story

You see, no doubt Christianity is widely spread in evangelism by the Western countries especially during the British occupation throughout the world, I am not good at memorizing church history, and often Christianity is marked as a White man’s religion .

However often overlooked that Jesus was born in a Jewish society, the first nation that God had a covenant with…

And so call being called as “the chosen nation”

Ahem! Pardon my digression!
I did not mean to go that way, that wasn’t my intention.

Anyways, as Jesus was born into this Jewish society over 2000 years ago, because of the covenant that God had and the promise of a Savior (Messiah) to be born in Isaiah 53.

Hence the structure of this pendant was formed based on that promise, that was given to the Gentiles … and was called

“One New Man*”

(as in Adam in Hebrew – mankind)

It is closely related to what Apostle Paul mentioned in Ephesians 1:5-6

He predestined us for adoption to Himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed in the Beloved.

And through the menorah (the olive tree symbol for Jewish custom), through the Star of David (where it signifies the Messiah in Christian context), and the fish … represented quite a fair bit about how Jesus’ ministry emphasized the people He reached out are fishes who became fishers of men .

That’s a lot of theological mumbo-jumbo…

 

But to me, it is personal because it reminded me that because of Him Who came all the way to save me, used to be viewed more or less an outcast from the norm, a damaged rebel full of anger; clean me and fix me up, clothed me with a new heart and a new purpose with His righteousness (not mine), restored my brokenness bit by bit, glazed my cracks with His gold…

Like Kintsugi …

(a Japanese porcelain mending method)

but way much better …

…because my scars are all bore on my Saviour’s body for the sake of my freedom.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation : old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17

Me wearing this gives me the daily reminder that I am no longer confined in my old hurts, old mistakes, old destructive habits, that condemn and ate me alive at one point; but been made brand new.

And also a story to tell how His Grace and His mercy has pulled me through for a little over a decade now.

Of course, I still occasionally wear the cross when I don’t wear this… I like to switch it and let the silver rest from my (occasionally) acidic sweat (haha)… too much coffee I suppose?

I was very blessed to have my friend who so happened did her pilgrimage in Israel and managed to get me in an affordable price; otherwise I won’t have the opportunity to tell my stories at present day.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my sharing as much as I have enjoyed preparing it.

Seeing What Others Do Not See – Compassion

5 days with no posts could be a lot of reasons:

  1. Busy with work
  2. Settling things aside
  3. Stuck with nothing to write

All these 3 applied to me the last few days as I have been tied up doing stuffs in the real world and also spending quality time with love ones; and sometimes when you spend too much time with people even with someone you love dearly, friction can always occur.

I won’t really want to write anything down here but it is interesting when one person sees an incident one way, and another person sees it in an opposite way; despite both agree that the situation was not rosy.

This morning when I was reading through devotional I came across this interesting piece when how Dr. Les Parrott (author of The Mindfulness of Jesus) spoke about how Jesus sees what others sees differently, with the famous example of the incident how a corrupted tax collector could have his mind and heart totally change with one house visitation in Jericho.

He pointed out something that truly strike my mind in how I was handling the friction situation between my love one and me.

The life of Jesus is filled with these perceptive incidents. Where others saw a paralyzed man, Jesus saw faith. Where others saw a political traitor, Jesus saw a new disciple. Where others saw crowds of harassing people, Jesus saw people being harassed. Where others saw sinners, Jesus saw people in need of mercy.

Being in Christ Jesus, God has taught me to be mindful.

One sees a stupid comment as an annoying challenge; but I saw it as a troubled soul with too much worry saying the wrong things at the wrong time.

One sees an incompetent gesture in the past does not deserve forgiveness – that a leopard does not change its spots; while I see the little effort of trying to make amends is the sign of the beginning of a repented soul.

Yes – humans tend to repeat their mistakes. My experience reading the bible (even though I still have not fully cover it all in detail) shows me that history tend to repeat itself.

But that doesn’t mean there is no turn around.

If the Bible is recording historical incidents in the New Testament and Jesus did walk on earth (and not merely a fairy tale like others perceived), then I believe the goodness of God that leads to repentance (the change of mind) is true, and it can still work in modern days.

I am believing that the goodness of God will keep leading to people like Zacchaeus (for example) and anyone who has done so much wrong in the past, to turn around into a new leaf if they would let God renew them.

But who will be the agents who shows God’s intention now that Jesus no longer walks on earth in His physical form?

A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.
by Jesus – in John 13: 34 – 35

Those who believed and followed Him

We who are accepted and redeemed from our past failures are the only vessels left in this darken world that amplifies compassion towards those who think they are undeserved; who would see through Jesus’ eyes instead of our own.

Some might even say that we are some softie ready to be devoured by those who would take advantage of our kindness.

But who is to say that there will not be someone out there who truly needed a positive push to set back to the right track; just like how Jesus gave Zacchaeus and opportunity to mend right for what he has done wrong?

I can’t say that I am mastered the skill of the Master‘s heart in compassion; but at least I am willing to learn and improve with wisdom.

And I believe this is how love is, real love can be manifested.


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My Day Alone in Antwerp (Recap)

Hello everyone!

Man! Writing a recap after years can be really challenging, but it is also fun to reminiscence where I was and how I felt at the time.

And this time, this is non other my favourite relaxing place during Autumn – Antwerp.

Although I spent most of my time lazing around and doing my work as well, but I still managed to cover some off places and took some really nice photos that I hope all of you would like.

Here’s a blow up size of the famous Gothic view of the Meat House Vleeshuis which actually situated very close to the pier in Antwerp.

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There are plenty of places to see in Antwerp itself, which I didn’t cover much because half of the time I was resting and working; but overall if I were to travel there again, Antwerp will still be my favourite place until I find another cozy spot like it.

If you would like to read my full recap, please click on the image. I chose to keep it at my own site simply because in case I need to add or update something, I could still do so.

I hope you will enjoy my recap piece as much as I have enjoyed preparing it; and stay tuned for my next one that will cover both of the most famous landmarks in Antwerp.

A Day in Brussels on My Own

Finally, I get to sit down and continue to write further of my recap journey in Europe; and today, I will cover one of the famous places in Brussels; the Underground old Palace – De Coudenbergpaleis

I didn’t get to really cover a lot of touristy places in Belgium simply it was

  1. Raining on and off
  2. The change of routes every 2 hours was taking me in circles
    I think I literally passed the European Union building 2 – 3 times because I decided to take the Metro bus instead of walking in the rain.

But all is not lost, I discovered that fries overdose can be very fattening and coma inducing, yet still satisfying; but in case you want to try the special fries, be sure to get (at least) 3 – 4 people along with you… otherwise you would probably be fries phobia for a few days. haha.

And don’t try to eat the Special Belgian Fries with Belgian Waffles within 24 hours alone…

As usual, I have decided to write the full recap at my personal blog site simply because if I am posting it here on Steemit, I will not be able to edit (in case of any inaccurate information) after 7 days; so it is still the safest bet to write a summary here and you can click on the Brussels park picture to read all about it.

If you have been to Brussels before and you believe that there is more to see (by the way I didn’t manage to go to the Atomium due to Metro train closures) please do share your experiences over here at the comments section.

I hope you will enjoy reading my recap in the main site, as much as I have enjoyed preparing it.

ps: If you want to see how “round” my face become after 48 hours devouring the fries, do click on the picture to find out more.

Next Stop – Further South to the capital where all European HQ are located – Brussels (Part 1)

Wow, speaking of in the mood of writing… hahaha

If you have noticed why I suddenly posted another summary for my next travel log is because I wrote about Antwerp yesterday but only got post it today.

And I should have rested and proceed to writing the next post tomorrow but since my parents are reading, @aikido.hung has challenged me to write under pressure (haha) to complete the next recap for his city, Brussels.

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I was actually there for 2 days but I will just cover the first day travel there in this post.

And as you will notice, AirBnB actually is much better than hotels if you would like to have a feel on how travelling freely is in Brussels (not to mention that it is actually cheaper than hotels), because it is not super huge for the touristy city center; except Atomium , which is located in a totally different area and I regretted for unable to visit due to unforeseen circumstances; because right at the evening of this first day visit, Paris was bombed and the whole city center (and other cities) were under Level 3 – 4 alert, where most of the MRT stations are closed for bomb inspection.

And as usual, I have decided to leave my goofy photos at my personal blog site, so if you are interested in seeing what I have discovered during my first ever visit to Brussels, please feel free to click on the image of this post to read the full take of it.

Do comment it here if you have been to Brussels and let me know what other really cool places you have visited while you are there. I definitely will be planning another visit there again as I did not cover much places yet!

Crossing the Border to the South Side – Hello Antwerp!

Hey everyone!

Before I post part 2 for Amsterdam, where I need to dig in a little more of my archives and get the locations right, I have decided to write on the next day’s trip, which is about 1 1/2 hours train ride down South and cross the border, to the city of music (in my standard) which is Antwerp.

It’s actually quite a beautiful place if you love the quiet side of a city by the river. It feels a lot different compared to Amsterdam, even though there are some pretty neat small malls with international brands to shop in.

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So if you are curious to know more about Antwerp, which I couldn’t cover everything in one post as usual, please click on the picture to head over to the full recap of my first few rest days in Antwerp before I head on further south.

It’s not as long and thorough as the Amsterdam post, but you can get to know some of the highlights there.