Quotes of the Day – Christmas

December 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” Calvin Coolidge

“The earth has grown old with its burden of care. But at Christmas, it always is young. The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair. And when the song of angels is sung, soulful music breaks the air.” Phillips Brooks

“I have always thought of Christmas as a good time; a kind, forgiving, generous, pleasant time; a time when men and women seem to open their hearts freely. God bless Christmas!” Charles Dickens

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, & hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings, rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” Agnes M. Pharo

“When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow, we hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago, and etched on vacant places are half-forgotten faces of friends we used to cherish, and love we used to know.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“The festive bells announced the birth of the Redeemer and the ornamental tree adorned his arrival.” Mr. Simon

Brain Teaser – Riddle #3

December 19, 2014 § 1 Comment

In spring, little boys (and girls) look up and stare
To see me ride so proudly in the air.
My strength all goes once the bond is parted,
And on the wind I drift off broken-hearted.

What am I?

I’ll post the answer later in the comment section.

Culture in Music – Hong Kong

December 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

The greatest Cantopop song.

Shanghai Tang (from the TV drama The Bund) – Performed by Frances Yip

Culture in Music – New Zealand

December 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

The greatest song from New Zealand.

Nature – written by Wayne Mason & performed by The Fourmyula

Happy Hanukkah!

December 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

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“On Hanukkah, some people ask: why couldn’t we light all eight candles in one night instead of having to light a new one for each of eight nights? It is because Hanukkah is not merely a cause for celebrations; it is a trial of perseverance.” Mr. Simon

Quotes of the Day – Love

December 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

“The first symptom of love in a young man is shyness; the first symptom in a young woman is boldness.” Victor Hugo

“Love is a promise; love is a souvenir; once given, it is never forgotten; never let it disappear.” John Lennon

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” William Shakespeare

“O mortals, what is love that binds beyond life on earth? To all corners & in pair we fly, braving season side by side. Union is bliss; parting is woe; agony is boundless, and for a lovelorn soul, sweetheart.” Louis Cha

“To love is to forfeit a bit of one’s ego. When one is in love, he gives out a lot but receives little.” Mr. Simon

Sword of Fury: Chapter II, Part 8

December 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

The Cha’s mansion was already burned down when Jung arrived to Dosi. At least 300 bodies were found in the ashes. It was the biggest massacre in the city’s long history. Jung was saddened by the unexpected tragedy; he was keen to learn the fate of his good friend and family.

The good news was that no baby was found among the bodies. “Cha’s newborn must still be alive,” Jung presumed.

When he learned a body was discovered in a forest outside Dosi, he hastily arrived to the scene to identify the body. Although the body was in the state of decay, Jung recognized right away that this was his friend Cha Ri.

Click the tag “Sword of Fury” to read previous entries/chapters.

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