Saturday, 29 December 2012

Welcoming New Year 2013

                                                After Christmas,

                                 Comes New Year!!

Where did the year go? Suddenly it is December .......again - and we realize that with giant strides we started in January and within a blink of an eye, 2012 is on its back!

A big "Thank You" to each and everyone of you, for the impact you had on my life this year. Especially for all the e-mails I received.......without you, I'm sure that 2012 would have been extremely boring. 

May 2013 mark the beginning of a Tidal Wave of Love, Happiness, good health and Bright Futures.

And to those who need someone special, may you find that true love.

To those who need money, may your finances overflow.

To those who need caring, may you find a good heart.

To those who play Golf, may you improve your game & enjoy it !!

To those who need friends, I am still here for you.

No fighting today? No kidding!
We're business people, no fighting, just feuding.
Thanks for being my friend!

    ALL THE BEST IN 2013 

Alan CY Kok

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Told you not to go to Thailand!

                                  Looks like it's the other way round.

When we were much younger, our older folks painstakingly advised us not to go to Thailand, so as not to fall into the romantic magical traps set up by the enticing Thai ladies at the seedy entertainment joints. Yes, it was true that many brave Malaysian young men crossed the border to marry their Thai sweethearts they met during their adventurous rendezvous when they were there. Well, just like all other marriages, some ended up in divorces, and some ended living together happily ever after.

                        The silent body language was so conspicuous.
                   Haven't you sampled hospitality with a Thai dignitary?
Look, you're touching my arm too. A friendly handshake will do, man!
     The US President could not help taking a peek at his Thai counterpart.
Her eye-movements are so enticing. The President fell into a frenzy over her!
Yeah, this is the time to relax and chat during the state banquet. A small talk will go a long way.
"Don't forget to call me when you come to Washington." 

Coming back to present day, on Nov. 18th 2012 President Barrack Obama of the USA had the honoured opportunity to sample Thai hospitality in the company of charming hostess First Lady of Thailand, viz. none other than the 45 year old Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. In the following few events when the two leaders met during Obama’s state visit to Thailand, they exchanged tacit glances; their revealing body language was very obvious. The President of USA could not resist the charm exuded by the host. He fell head over heel with PM Yingluck. She unreservedly displayed her intrinsic Thai feminine values to capture Obama’s attention. Of course this invoked the wrath of the First Lady of USA, Michelle Obama. Guess the President had lots of explanation to do in their hotel suite when the American First Couple called it a day for their rest.

I can't take it any longer!
I'll make sure he repents!
Wait till we get back to the
White House!
I had been kissed by a black man!
He had hugged and kissed a reluctant Madam Aung San Suu Kyi of Myammar, totally ignorig Asian cultural values in protocol. Poor Madam Aung San looked so helpless.

Alan CY Kok

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

The Wooden Bowl

The Chinese staunchly observe the Qing Ming traditional customs to remember their loved ones who had passed away.
Autumn leaves fall and winter will come soon. Does that signify the change of seasons or end of life?

A frail old man went to live with his son,
daughter-in-law and four-year-old grandson.
The old man's hands trembled, 
his eyesight was blurred and his
step faltered.

The family ate together at the table. But the elderly
Grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made
eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor.
When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated
with the mess. 'We must do something about
father,' said the son.
'I've had enough of his spilled milk,
noisy eating and food on the floor.'

So the husband and wife set a small table

in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone 
while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner.
Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two,
his food was served in a wooden bowl.

When the family glanced in Grandfather's
direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye
as he sat alone. Still, the only words the
couple had for him were sharp admonitions
when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

The four-year-old watched it all in silence.

One evening before supper, the father noticed

his son playing with wood scraps on the floor.
He asked the child sweetly, 'What are you making?'

Just as sweetly, the boy responded, 'Oh, I am making
a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in
when I grow up. 

'The four-year-old smiled and went back to work...

The words so struck the parents so that they were
speechless. Then tears started to stream down their
cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew
what must be done..

Confucius had always stressed the practice of filial piety to his disciples.
The late Mother Theresa had been a fine crusader to care for the poor, aged and the handicapped. She is deemed a saint to the Catholics.

                  This is the finest portrait of Jesus Christ I have ever seen.
His Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the Abbot founder of Fo Guang Shan Temple of KaoShiong, Taiwan, is a very respected devoted Buddhist monk. He paid few visits to his mother in  mainland China before her demise. He had always preached about the importance of filial piety.

That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand
and gently led him back to the family table.
For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with
the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor
wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped,
milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.

It's a grave mistake to send Dad away to sit alone at a corner for his meal intake.
 I pray to wish that Grandpa will see me through university before he goes. He has the money!

On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter
what happens, how bad it seems today,
life does go on and it will be better tomorrow.
If the father had been a hero to the child, how could anyone with right mind send the senior one to be seated elsewhere from the meal table? The daughter-in-law who played a part in coaxing should be rebuked too. Heaven forbids!

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person
by the way he/she handles four things :
a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage
and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I've learned that making a 'living'
is not the same thing as making a 'life...'

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.

People love that human touch -- holding hands,

a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I've learned that you should pass this on 
to everyone you care about. 
I just did.


            This candle was lit on the 
        15th of September 1998

    Someone who loves you has helped
keep it alive by sending it to you.

Don't let The Candle of Love,
Hope and Friendship die

Pass It On To All Of Your Friends
and Everyone You Love! 

                                        Let the eternal flame burn forever.

   Alan CY Kok

Thursday, 20 December 2012

The Real Bambi and Thumper

A patient and hard working wildlife photographer braved the extreme cold to capture some rare pictures that touched our hearts. It was about the friendship that bound a dear and a hare together in the wilderness of Alberta, Canada.
What stunning results the photographer had reaped in capturing these awesome shots!


The real life Bambi and Thumper!
                               Love is all around

Thanks a lot to Ron Lim,

Of LA, US for sharing.
Alan CY Kok