by Trevor H
He was stuck on the highway of life in traffic
Listening to the busted radio’s static
His car just a beat up, rusty, old heap
The door locks were broken, the horn wouldn’t beep
No air conditioning, a hundred and three degrees
Not a cloud in the sky, he prayed for a breeze
The windows were cracked, but only rolled down half way
But it was still better than walking to work every day
The traffic was caused by heavy construction
The signs up ahead told him to use extra caution
Bright orange cones guided him through the maze of a mess
The broken gas gauge said empty, that meant he had even less
So he turned the wheel sharp and he swerved past the cones
He put the pedal down and hurried around the construction zones
Cutting back onto the highway, he shifted into second gear
As he laughed at the line of cars in his broken rear view mirror
As he focused his eyes from the mirror back to the pavement
He was surprised to see a dark blue mass where there should be cement
A bridge had slowly eroded and was finally washed away
He slammed on the brakes, the old car began to sway
But those brakes were old and dull, he plunged into the sea
His car splintered on the jagged rocks, and the waves devoured he
His lungs slowly filled with water, stopping his young heart
He should have listened to the cones that warned him from the start…
Originally posted here.
Someone sent this to me, written by an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who lives in Chula Vista , CA . He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment, to ‘explain God’. Thought it was quite cute so I put it up to share with you, hope it made your day like it did mine
EXPLANATION OF GOD:
‘One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn’t make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn’t have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.’ (more after the break)
Haven’t been here myself for ages. I’ve been entertaining the thought of blowing the dust off this blog and working on it again.
Over the past few months, I’ve had many more stories to share for this blog. But alas, time does not allow me the pleasure of working on this blog and sharing a different perspective of life with you.
Hillary and I often talk fondly of Kero, laughing at her silliness, and wondering where she is now, our precious co-sojourner who’s been gone for almost a year now.
And I’m still surprised at the comments that come in for this post on running away from life, even as recent as last week.
Hey folks, it’s been terribly busy for me and I’m suspending my blogging here for a while due to my ultra busy schedule. Well, I oughta tell you what’s been keep me so super busy :
Licence 2 Play 22-24th May SUNTEC Convention Hall 603.
Quick spill: First ever physical Facebook gaming competition in the world, first ever World of Warcraft Arena 3v3 Tournament in Asia, Launch of Maplestory 2, breaking a record on the Singapore Book of Records for number of turnups for Maplestory, etc. Do I need to say more, especially to the gamers?
e27 unConference 16th May Matrix @ Biopolis
Quick spill: 31 startups from 10 countries (numbers updated) come together for the premier unConference of the region! Tickets selling out fast!
and I’m also helping to promote Video Games Live! on 19th June. THE gaming symphony event! Have you got your tickets yet?
All this in between my crazy travelling schedule over the next 2-3 months. Which is why I really have no time to blog here for a while.
I’m still blogging at CNET Asia though, do drop by often and I hope to resume my blogging on this site soon!
I’ve also taken on some new work and there should be an announcement soon regarding a new site I’m working on. Stay tuned for the announcement!
This blog might be suspended for as I exit the highway for a while to run my errands, but it’ll always be around because we’re all on a journey on the highway of life and you are my precious co-sojourners.
See you when I rejoin at the next exit!
A co-sojourner emailed this news story to me, feeling really angry about it. It’s a really sad story.
It’s so obvious that the Thai government have floated these people out to the big sea to whither and die. And newly elected fresh-faced Thai Prime Minister Abhisit refered the investigation of this case back to the very people who conducted these inhumane acts. Tells you pretty much what he stands for.
Interestingly, Abhisit was Continue reading
I just got back from a couple of days in Mumbai. I guess this trip made me more reflective than ever following the recent 26/11 terror attacks.
Security was tight, reminded me just like Indonesia when I was there after the Bali bombings.
Even as myself and billions of Chinese all over the world celebrate the lunar new year, I just wanted to leave this thought on faith with you.
All of us operate with a certain amount of faith in our lives. The word ‘faith’ can be quite hard to describe sometimes. A good way to understand it would be when you are a passenger in a vehicle on the highway.
Look at it this way, how many times do you ask the driver to show you his license, or do a test drive for you, before you decide to hop on and enter the highway with him? Basically, you’ve placed a certain amount of faith in this driver, enough to entrust your life at least!
Many times, we enter into the highway of life with a certain amount of faith in whoever is in the driver’s seat. Faith in yourself, in your god, in the person who is leading you.
Perhaps this is how Obamania came about, someone that the masses decided to place their faith on when the times are dark; in hope that this driver would be able to drive them through the darkness towards their destination. And I hope he does, for the sake of the world.
As we enter the Lunar New Year celebrations, I wanted to leave this thought with you – if you have faith to step into that car, entrusting your life to the driver, without checking his/her license, maybe today you have faith to do other things that you didn’t dare to do in your life? Or faith to believe in someone to be in your driver’s seat?
Have a Blessed Lunar New Year!
Filed under Must read!, Stories, Thoughts, Notes to You, Life, Personal, Travel, Work, Writing, Co-sojourners, driving
There are some drivers I met – and they are mostly of a certain type but I don’t really want to mention names – that can’t tell very well between left and right.
You give directions like “Turn left ahead” and that person will signal right! And vice versa of course.
Yeah, let’s not get started on the details :p I don’t feel like having an accident on the highway today.
But I was just thinking about it recently, how that relates to life – since this blog is about highways relating to life.
And I think this one is obvious enough : Continue reading
A fellow co-sojourner told me he turned down the company’s offer for a company car including transport allowance. It kinda baffled me so I had to ask the big “WHY”?
“Oh, I used to drive but I prefer to let others drive me or take public transport so that I don’t have to drive others around.”
That really got me thinking about one’s attitude towards life.
Why would one prefer to Continue reading
‘If I don’t make it out…’
Lo Hwei Yen’s husband talks about her last moments
|By Teh Joo Lin & Kimberly Spykerman
‘Only in her very last sentence did she say, ‘Please tell them (the authorities) to hurry up’,’ said Mr Puhaindran, who wants people to know his wife was a brave Singaporean. — ST PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN
EVEN as she was being held by terrorists in her Mumbai hotel a week ago, Ms Lo Hwei Yen’s voice remained steady as she spoke with her husband on her mobile phone.
‘I was reacting to her trying to remain calm as well,’ her husband, Mr Michael Puhaindran, recalled yesterday.
‘Only in her very last sentence did she say: ‘Please tell them (the authorities) to hurry up’.
‘That’s when I really couldn’t take it and I told her I loved her so very much, and she said the same thing.
‘And those were her last words.’
Some time later, the 28-year- old Ms Lo was killed by her captors. She was one of several people who lost their lives in The Oberoi Trident Hotel, one of several Mumbai landmarks attacked by terrorists whose rampage left over 180 dead.
Yesterday, during his wife’s wake, Mr Puhaindran spoke to reporters for the first time about her last hours.
While the 37-year-old was composed at the start of the 40-minute interview attended by some 20 journalists and cameramen, by the time it ended, he had broken down several times.
He said he last saw his wife on Wednesday last week when Continue reading
This is a classic case to me, of how the most bitter of enemies can come together again to continue the next part of their life’s journey together as co-sojourners.
It’s interesting that Obama is taking the way of Lincoln to build a ‘team of rivals’. Can he hold this ship together? For the good of America and the world, let’s hope he does.
This also drives home the point that there are no enemies forever. You may decide not to continue your journey with so-and-so co-sojourner now, but you never know when your paths will cross again and you’ll be traveling down the same road or highway together again.
Now I wonder if Obama will do anything interesting with McCain?
(Signing off from Seoul)