Monday, July 31, 2006

Remembering the brave hearts

I was supposed to go to Yogjakarta in Java, Indonesia, 2 weeks ago to help the survivors of the Bantul earthquake. As Mt Merapi has stabilised, the mission was cancelled. The last Singapore Red Cross relief mission team returned home early July.

While I was busy with preparations for Lehigh, news of another tsunami rocked the airwaves.... Given that I am flying off soon, there was nothing much I can do but pray.

I remember how Tadaffee, my design partner, created an imaginary advertisement poster using the photos I have taken of tsunami-stricken Aceh:

[Finally... the solution to our problem! Clorox]

Here's to the brave survivors of the tsunami and other natural disasters and wars. We admire your great courage. May the world learn from you who smile in the face of grim.

You'll think of me

I took a short road trip to Kuala Lumpur & Muar in Malaysia to visit loved ones before heading to New York. The get-away was special as it was my birthday weekend. :) Anyway, while cruising along the KL highway, the radio station kept playing this song:

...Take your records, take your freedom
Take your memories I don't need 'em
Take your space and take your reasons
But you'll think of me
And take your cat and leave my sweater
'Cause we have nothing left to weather
In fact I'll feel a whole lot better
But you'll think of me, you'll think of me...

Alas it was the soothing voice of Keith Urban. I couldn't seem to get the tune out of my head. The lyrics pulled my heart strings...

Ahh... the bitter sweet memories of love found and lost...

To all the walking wounded, remember to move on. So you stumbled while trekking, but you'll soon discover that wonderful trekker who will reach out for your hand so that you'll not slip again on life's hard ice.