We give them ourselves We give them each other We give them roots We give them wings

We give them ourselves

We became a family because we were in love. But as the children came, it became easier to love them, than to love each other. There is nothing more secure for a child, than for him to have parents who love one another. Till death do us part, for better or for worse. Everyday, we are learning how to love each other again.

We give them each other

They have their good days and they have their bad days. We teach them, that they are each other’s best friends. Unlike the unconditional love they receive from us, they have to earn each other’s respect, and they do. They have learnt to live with each other – have fun, fight, patch up and play together again. We are proud of them.

We give them roots

My child first came to the world, with my blood in his. He may leave us one day, but our genes stay forever in his. He grows up in our world and according to our choices. One day he will choose his own world, and live with his own choices. We give him a past, so he knows, that he is not alone in history. He is part of a narrative from long ago, which has endured till now. He has value. He has great worth.

We give them wings

My child has but one life to live. He wants to be happy, and I want him to live it as a righteous man. Happiness takes hard work, and being righteous even harder work. We give him all that we can, not necessarily everything he needs. For his destiny is beyond us, and he has to find his own ways and his own answers.

Ingrained in each child - in his heart and the depths of his being - is a dream. This dream is that which the child desires to do, for it gives meaning to his life. Walk with us, as we help our children reach their destinies, and discover our own.

19th Apr 2013

NZ South Island – Christchurch, Kaikoura, Greymouth (Day 1-3)

Day 1  We arrived at Christchurch at 10:35am.  We were supposed to pick up the Campervan from Britz immediately, but due to a misunderstanding, we had to wait a few hours.  We...

19th Apr 2013

NZ South Island – Franz Josef, Wanaka, Queenstown (Day 4-5)

Day 4 We gave the children donuts for breakfast as we needed to make an early start. We started our drive to Franz Josef at 8:30am.  We reached Franz Josef...

19th Apr 2013

NZ South Island – Wanaka, Queenstown (Day 6)

Day 6 When we woke up the next morning, we saw how beautiful our surroundings were. As usual, Samuel was the first to wake up. He went to feed the...

19th Apr 2013

NZ South Island – Dunedin (Day 7-8)

Day 7 We got up and drove off early – at 8:30am. 8:50am We stopped over at the Clyde Dam. It is the largest concrete dam in New Zealand. I have...

19th Apr 2013

NZ South Island – Otago Peninsula, Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook (Day 9-10)

Day 9  We drove to the Otago Peninsula and visited the Albatross Colony the next morning. The view was beautiful. We did not see any Albatross (we did not want...

19th Apr 2013

NZ South Island – Christchurch (Day 11-14)

Day 11 We started our drive back to Christchurch at 8:30am, stopped for petrol at 9:30am, and packed a BK lunch at 11:30am. After travelling more than 300 km, we...

10th Apr 2013

谢谢你,对不起。Thank you, and Sorry.

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10th Apr 2013

听妈妈的话 – Jay Chou

My son shared with me another song yesterday. It is a Chinese song by Jay Chou. It is lovely, and touched my heart, all the more because my son was...

02nd Apr 2013

My two minute of fame

Woah, guess what, I am actually the “Singaporean of the Day”. Thanks to my litter-picking initiative. Here’s the video. Actually, honestly, I do not think that what I did was...

01st Apr 2013

The Family Narrative

I have never suffered in my life. But my parents did. Trials and tribulations they went through, indeed. There are many parts of their stories which I do not yet...

01st Apr 2013

Goodbye, my love

Today is the day I cease to be a civil servant. Today, I say goodbye to one of my first loves. Yes, I loved being a civil servant – it...

26th Mar 2013

My own “Ah boy” to man

One of the joys of being a parent to boys, is having the chance to witness the little ways in which a boy turns into a man. I had one...