Archive for February, 2009

Not a good day

9 of my colleagues were laid off today. The rest of us will be taking home a 5% pay cut. Other than that, I guess the day went pretty well.

Those who were retrenched didn’t expect to get the letter. A couple, I think, maybe kind of knew it was coming. Almost all went home as soon as they came out of HR. One person was quietly sobbing at the way her friends had been ‘mistreated’. It was a rather sombre mood. All had to clear their desk and leave today.

How do I feel? I’m not sure. Yes, I feel sorry for these guys. My heart is still heavy and part of me is still thinking about the whole incident. I spoke to one person as he was clearing his table. Found out he’s a believer and that his brother-in-law is a pastor. Some good news at least – glad there will be people praying for him. The others – well, I don’t really know them – it’s a big agency, you tend to hang around with the people you work closely with.

Did the company do the right thing? Don’t ask me. I have no idea. I’ve never led a large agency and there’s a reason why I wasn’t put in that chair to make these decisions.

But let’s not analyse the situation. It’s not the end of the world. We’ll get over this recession. If you have some time, can you take a moment to pray for my friends? Ask Christ to comfort their spirits and heal the wounded areas. Pray for your boss and company as well. Heaven knows we all need to be aligned to His will.

 “I have been young and now am old; yet my eyes have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his children begging for bread.” Psalm 37:25

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As voted by the judges of Wallpaper Magazine’s 2009 Design Awards. My guess is that the choice probably wasn’t based on the quality of the sermons and the constant presence of the Holy Spirit. According to the architects, it’s meant to resemble an explosion, frozen an instant after detonation. The windows were designed to ‘drag light from different parts of the sky into individual parts of the interior’. Drop by the next time you’re in Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Spain.

The Palestinian issue in brief

So apart from checking my blog stats every half hour, this morning I received an interesting piece about the Middle East conflict. After some exhaustive reseach, meaning I asked the first person that passed by, I understand the following happened recently at the UN.

A representative from Israel began: “Before beginning my talk I want to tell you something about Moses. When he struck the rock and it brought forth water, he thought, “What a good opportunity to have a bath!”
He removed his clothes, put them aside on the rock and entered the water. When he got out and wanted to dress, his clothes had vanished. A Palestinian had stolen them.”



At that point, the Palestinian representative jumped up furiously and shouted, “What are you talking about? The Palestinians weren’t there then.”



The Israeli representative smiled and said, “And now that we have made that clear, I will begin my speech …”

Actually, I doubt this really took place (because the UN has no sense of humour) but it’s funny, and I hope it made your day too. Thanks, Lucrece!

Waiting

always-forgive

Nothing much to update on the t-shirt front. All going well I suppose. Am waiting for the logo to be done, a couple of illustrations to come in and our trip back to KL to get things going. I should probably post some of the completed pics up soon … heaven knows some peeps have been nagging me about it already!

Revival in the land

awesome

Occasionally, I make the mistake of catching up with the news in KL and that’s when all the funny just fizzles out of me. It’s hard to blog about stuff like t-shirts, design and made-in-china toys, and not care about the situation back home. The whole thing makes The Sopranos look like an outtake from Little House on the Prairie.

When my colleagues find out that I plan to move back, they look as if I had just dissed their mothers. Admittedly, apart from the food and family, there’s pretty much nothing else. Except for one simple reason: I was born there. It’s where I grew up.

Sure, the government isn’t looking too hot, the education system can’t get you through a blood test, and the police seem about as honest as a three dollar bill. But thousands of people are praying for our beloved country, and I believe in the promises God has for this land.

Besides, if your parents are say, acting a little strange, do you move into the house next door? Only if they carry parangs and plan to put one into your neck. But for the most part, you stay and take care of mom and dad. Doesn’t matter if they poop around the place and think that you’re in the way when you try to clean up the mess.

I know a person who left Singapore and emigrated to Canada. This was back in the eighties when the Lion City wasn’t exactly doing too well. He sold everything he had, and took off for the land of moose pie and maple leaf.

Then Canada’s economy dropped. He lost his savings, his job and had no choice but to move the family back here. However, Singapore’s economy had unexpectedly improved and now everything costs twice as much. Once he had a bungalow, now he could only afford a hdb. 

I think the technical term for it is ‘twice-screwed’. Singapore is a great country. But Malaysia will always be home. It is a land flowing with milk and honey. A land filled with people who are inventive, brave, passionate, beautiful, generous, loving and kind. I know because I grew up with them. I went to school with these guys. I swopped comics with them, and ate cookies at their house during Raya.

Today when I read the newspapers, all I see are giants in the land. We are mere grasshoppers in their sight. But as sure as the walls of Jericho fell, these unruly giants will also bend their knees.

Understand I’m not talking about man but things like corruption, cronyism, racism, violence, injustice and oppression. History has never found a cure for these giants. And to say that they will soon be notions of the past is to come across as a little naive and idealistic.

But you didn’t hear it from me. Check The Book. Because of the prayers of the righteous and the mercy of heaven poured out, it is going to happen. And I want to be there when it does.

I just hope you’re ready for it, Malaysia.

Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God. Rev 11:15-16

The ironing lion

 

No idea what it's saying but I like it.

Not sure if it means what I think it means. I like it anyhow. Not a Sunday Morning tee but do visit Graniph to buy one. SGD35.

Probably kid safe

Garbage truck set complete with dating couple.

Seen at Toys R Us: Garbage truck set complete with dating couple.