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In memory of a brave woman

‘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.

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‘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

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My Father’s Hands

A son asked his father, ‘Dad, will you take part in a marathon with me?’.
The father who, despite having a heart condition, says ‘Yes’.
They went on to complete the marathon together.

Father and son went on to join other marathons, the father always saying
‘Yes’ to his son’s request of going through the race together. One day, the
son asked his father, ‘Dad, let’s join the Ironman together.’ To which,
his father said ‘Yes’ too.

For those who don’t know, Ironman is the toughest triathlon ever.
The race encompasses three endurance events of a 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile (180.2 kilometer) bike ride, and ending with a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) marathon along the coast of the Big Island.

Father and son went on to complete the race together.

View this race (have some problems embedding)

This post was inspired by last week’s Sunday Sharing from Notes from My Heart

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I’ve been sleeping with the cutest babe..

Yes, it’s time to come clean coz I haven’t really introduced this co-sojourner to you all this while. It’s about time I introduce to you my closest and cutest babe whom I’ve been sleeping with all this while, way cuter than the one I met in Ximending Taipei last year :

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EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT: BODIES BEING THROWN INTO RIVER

Please pray for Myanmar:

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT: BODIES BEING THROWN INTO RIVER
Dan Rivers
in Bogalay, Myanmar
CNN

Homeless children watched on Tuesday as solemn men unceremoniously dropped dead bodies into the river of this southern Myanmar township.

The funeral-like procession to the river was one of many disturbing images of the destruction left by Myanmar’s deadly cyclone, which could be seen everywhere in Bogalay.

The estimated 240km/h winds spared only four of the 369 houses Continue reading

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Cambodia Suspends Foreign Marriages

Hi folks, sorry for the ‘radio silence’ here. I’ve been walking around with the ‘swamped thing’ t-shirt :p

Here’s an interesting piece on co-sojourners I came across today :


Cambodia has temporarily banned marriages between foreigners and Cambodians because of concerns over the rising number of brokered unions involving poor, uneducated women. The move follows the publication of a report highlighting the abuse of many Cambodian brides who went to South Korea following hastily arranged marriages. Rory Byrne reports from Phnom Penh.

The ban will at least briefly halt the increasing number of marriages of poor Cambodian women to foreign men, mostly from Taiwan and South Korea.

Most such marriages are hastily arranged by brokers who charge clients up to $20,000 Continue reading

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America – Towards a future of no discrimination?

In the recent debacle where Clinton released videos of Obama‘s pastor Jeremy Wright making racist speeches, instead of just allowing the controversy to die down and move on, Obama tackled the issue head on (in Philadelphia) in what must be one of the most inspiring speeches I’ve heard, and totally off-the-cuff too!

Check it out :

Loved the way Continue reading

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Mistakes in life – Lessons from the highway.

I grew up in a culture where we are not so forgiving towards mistakes. A recent chat with an american-based venture capitalist (VC) confirmed this:

“I’ve realised that over here, when your startup fail and you lose money, people scream for blood.”

“But over in the US where I come from, when your startup fail and you go back to your VC, he’d say ‘common, you can do it, gimme one more startup to invest in!'”

What a strange contrast. Almost unimaginable to us here in this part of the world.

But then I thought of a parallel. Driving Continue reading

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