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All Things Weird & Wonderful

Skinny Pig
Breed: Guinea Pig (Practically hairless)
Price: S$150 (USD120) for one, S$200 (USD160) for a pair
My neighbourhood pet shop is promoting the Skinny Pig and I like stopping by to check them out. To me, this critter fits the traditional definition of cute—ugly but adorable!

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My Favourite Bird
Pelicans always look adorably goofy to me. That large throat pouch never fails to make me smile 🙂

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My Favourite Dog
Chow Chow resembles a miniature bear with a lion’s mane. Its unique tongue comes in one of my favourite colours—purple! Origin: China, where it’s known as 松狮犬 (Songshi Quan)

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My Favourite Cat
Don’t know what breed Harry Cat is, but I really like this picture from a children’s book called “The Cricket in Times Square” written by George Selden and illustrated by Garth Williams. I’ve added one of my Guiding Principles and made it the cover of files containing songs that I use to lead group worship. The words in Chinese 敬 拜 耶 和 华 (prono: jìng bài yē hé huá) mean Worship Yahweh/Jehovah.

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The picture reminds me of Isaiah 11:6 in the Bible, “And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatted domestic animal together; and a little child shall lead them.” …..World Peace!

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A Thing Of Beauty Is A Joy Forever

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“I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray”
-Joyce Kilmer

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Glass Finery – Skylight of Raffles City as seen from Out Of The Pan restaurant
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Apple Delight
I call this the Fruit Fly—what imagination! -(Artist unknown)
Love the way the stalk was split to make butterfly antennae!

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Red Blood Cells seen under a scanning electron microscope that detects incredible details of 1-5 nanometre in size. They’re the most common type of blood cells and they have the tall task of carrying oxygen to our entire body. Women have some 4-5 million RBCs per cubic millimetre of blood and in men, it’s 5-6 million.

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Eagle Paw
Sheer artistry! -(Artist unknown)
“Those who wait for and hope in the Lord shall renew their strength & power; they shall soar on wings like eagles and mount up close to God; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired”
-Isaiah 40:31

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Perspective
“Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done”
-Johnson Oatman, Jr.

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Fun Occupation: Regurgitator
(Thanks to rYo for sharing this)

Fun On The Job
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Of Underdogs & Beating The Odds

SELECTED POSTS FROM MY PREVIOUS BLOG (2)

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The following post was clearly a hot favourite with readers, with feedback flooding in even more than a year after it was first published. I could only surmise that many liked the idea of underdogs getting a breakthrough or nice surprise, such as when a cleaner wins a pair of air tickets at the office Dinner & Dance instead of a manager. I remember a heartwarming night when a supervisor declined his top prize and placed it back in the draw.

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ROOTING FOR THE UNDERDOG
June 2011

Much has been said about the power of cyberspace and mobile media, and they’ve certainly given rise to a whole new collection of verbs such as googling, twittering and facebooking, as well as added a fresh layer of meaning to traditional ones such as surfing, posting and tweet. The ability to quickly garner knowledge on endless subjects from all sorts of sources is a great equaliser! Not surprisingly, teams taking part in treasure hunts or fun quizzes are often seen turning to their smartphones for answers.

I must admit that hardly a day goes by that I don’t tap an online platform for some information or other. So, with the help of the internet, here are links to several of my favourite underdogs. Be inspired and challenged!

Top Dog – The dominant person in a situation or hierarchy.
Underdog – Origin 1887. The beaten dog in a fight. An unlikely winner in a contest or struggle, someone who’s at a disadvantage. Synonyms include bottom dog, dark horse, stalking horse, sleeper and upsetter.

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NICK VUJAJIC – From No Limbs To No Limits
Born 1982 with No Arms & No Legs.
Motivational Speaker & Evangelist. Married. Dad.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOzsjEmjjHs – (Addressing Youths)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo_24_qTNac – (Addressing Adults)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXlCeKBWfaA – (Sharing at Rock Church)
Check out: http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/

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TED WILLIAMS – Stay Hopeful, Never Give Up!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rPFvLUWkzs&feature=fvwrel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYFQxD0yMWQ&feature=relmfu

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SUSAN BOYLE – Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover
Singing the song “I Dreamed A Dream” from my all-time favourite musical Les Miserables
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxPZh4AnWyk

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CHOI SUNG BONG – South Korea’s Susan Boyle
Orphaned and homeless but far from helpless.

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GAVIN ROBERT STEVENS – I Can Do It!

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MARLO & FRAN COWAN – Who Says We Can’t?
Watch: http://www.godvine.com/Watch-What-This-90-Year-Old-Couple-Does-at-the-Clinic-1106.html

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SEVERN SUZUKI – Together We Can!
Oldie But Goldie

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A Tale of 2 Jeremys – Against The Odds
February 2012

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Jeremy Lin
His achievements and wholesome lifestyle are inspiring basketball fans throughout Asia

Read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/23/jeremy-lin-knicks-guard-religion-role-model_n_1297558.html?ref=jeremy-lin”>

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Jeremy Lim
His positive outlook on life has touched the hearts of Singaporeans since he was a child

Read: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/%E2%80%98it%E2%80%99s-not-about-hardware–it%E2%80%99s-about-heartware%E2%80%99.html

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Dost thou love life?
Then do not squander time,
for that is the stuff life is made of.

Benjamin Franklin

Have a wonderful month filled with Love, Joy & Peace!