Thursday, October 20, 2005

Me and my class 04S2 ;P Posted by Picasa

It's been 3 years of teaching now ... The first year was fun! However, also met with many ups and downs. The second year, I tried to be stricter - but it didn't seem to work. At the back of my mind, there is always this lingering thought - How can I be better? How can I better help them and produce better results? For the past 2 years, I was so convinced that this job is not cut out for me. But thanks to this lovely class and some others, there are still fond memories whenever you choose to give :)
"It is more blessed to give than to receive."
Do give your teachers some words of encouragement... This is a job that is hard to measure by the word "success". Perhaps, my students' "success" is my "success" ... If you don't want to end up seeing old, cranky, boring teachers ... perhaps it's time to go up to one and appreciate that one for the good work done :)

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Reflections ...

It has been a wonderful trip for me, a great eye-opener, able to see the cultural differences and to get to know the history of these countries better. Some of the places I hope to visit:
1) West coast of America, since I had visited the East coast already. :)
2) Different parts of China - especially Yunnan, which is very scenic.
3) Japan, Hokkaido
Oh God, take me round the world, I pray. :)

This is my last stop of the tour - Quebec, Canada. I like this place because it is really charming and beautiful ... It is also nicknamed "Little France" as it was once a colony of France. Posted by Hello

Can you see the "seeds of hope"? Brother Andre believes in healing the "soul" rather than physical healing. He would make sure that all who come to him will receive a seed of hope and encouragement regardless of whether they get healed or not. Posted by Hello

Why are there so many walking sticks?! During the time Brother Andre functioned as priest, many handicapped and lame will get down on their knees and climbed a long flight of steps leading to the church. They will request prayers from Brother Andre. Whenever they received a miracle, they will come back and leave their walking stick behind. And you know what, there are about 8-10 shelves of walking sticks like the one you see in this picture in the church! Posted by Hello

This is a wax museum of some sort for Brother Andre. During his funeral, it was estimated 1 million people in Montreal turned up, including the Pope II, who knelt and prayed a prayer for him. Posted by Hello

This is the St Joseph's Church. It is the largest Catholic church in North America region. This church is special because of a priest that served there in the early 1900s to 1937 when he died. An amazing story unfolds ... Posted by Hello

Old parliament house, Canada. There is a cat lover staying behind the parliament house, taking care of cats and other wild animals. Posted by Hello

Boat cruise along Thousand Island, Canada. You will see many different types of houses like this one. Beautiful. :) Posted by Hello

View of the New City Hall in Canada. Posted by Hello

At the 113th storey, there is a glass panel looking straight down to earth. You can see some steel structures around it, which makes it very hardy and safe to even jump on the glass panel! You have to look up when you walk across the panel otherwise it will give you an illusion of falling... Posted by Hello

View from the CN tower - from the 114th storey!! :) Posted by Hello

This is the CN tower - the world's tallest tower in Canada. Posted by Hello

Close up view of the Niagara Falls. It's made up of 3 parts. Over at the American side, you will see the Falls - named American Falls. Over at Canada, you will see the other 2 Falls - the one on the left hand side is called Bridal Falls, the other one is called Horseshoe Falls. Posted by Hello

Wearing a poncho ... preparing for a boat ride ... I'm going close to the Niagara Falls! :D Posted by Hello

View of the Niagara falls from the Skylon Tower, Canada. Magnificent! Awesome! Posted by Hello

This is Hershey's Chocolate World! Named "the sweetest place on earth". Over here, it shows you how Hershey's chocolates are made and there is a tram-ride that takes you around the different processes in the factory. Posted by Hello

This is one of the items found in the Corning Museum of Glass. This picture is made up entirely of tiny pieces of glass! The tour guide estimated 50,000 pieces needed. Can you see the tiny figures in the picture? Yes, they are made up of glass oso! :O Posted by Hello

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Whom have I in heaven but You

This is the lyrics from a Chinese worship song from Psalm 73:25-26 "Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." It's a song that ministered to me in my few days stay in my brother's house in D.C.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

This is a permanent "feature" outside the White House. This woman is a demonstrator of world peace. It's a hot summer afternoon but it did not deter her to champion for her cause ... Strong "conviction" ... Posted by Hello

This is the White House ... where the President and First lady stay ... Posted by Hello

Vietnam War Memorial. Names of soldies that died are written on the black wall. Posted by Hello

This is the Liberty Bell that was struck when America gained its independence. It is not used anymore. It is not because of the vertical crack you see because it had been repaired. If you look carefully, it's actualy the faint horizontal crack... Posted by Hello

Korean War Memorial. More soldiers died in the Korean War than the Vietnam War, but still Americans remembered more of the Vietnam War than the Korean War. Posted by Hello

This is Jefferson Memorial. Jefferson is a very smart guy, the one who drew up the constitution after the Independence War. And he was the first one to strike the Liberty Bell. Posted by Hello

Independence Hall ... There is a statue of George Washington, as well as two memorial signs on the floor in remembrance of 2 presidents - Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy (possibly because both were assasinated) Posted by Hello

Franklin Roosevelt Memorial - it's a nice place with greenery and waterfall, cooling. It has many quotes from Roosevelt, which you will like if you like altruistic stuff. Posted by Hello