Sunday, May 1, 2011

A New Chapter in Blogging

Hi Friends and Visitors,

It is almost three years since mid-2007 that I start blogging and along the years I learn more about myself, discovered my new passion in photography and made some good friends. However as I'm taking on more job responsibilities, need to keep track with school works and hope to devote more time for family, I find myself seriously short of time and the time seems getting shorter day-by-day! Eventually I found updating Ben's Slice of Life become a heavy burden instead of a healthy venue for self-expression, due to lack of time. Thus, I decided to take a whole new approach on blogging, focusing on thing I enjoy most, which is photography and do away with story-telling.

As the old adage said, a picture is worth a thousand words is ringing so true to me when one has so much to express yet has so little time available. So I'll start a new chapter of my blogging life in Ben's Photo Journal at It is a photoblog where I'll share photos that I taken and cherish since I seriously into photography with Canon 450D in mid-2009 and Canon 7D in early 2010 till present. I hope you will stopping by Ben's Photo Journal and I greatly appreciate your questions, thoughts and opinions as these will help me to grow in my photographic endeavors. 

Starting today, I'll not be updating Ben's Slice of Life unless I'm so compelled to. I would like to thank you for your visits and valuable comments to Ben's Slice of Life of these years.

All right see you there in Ben's Photo Journal and cheerio!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Monday Blues

Your Monday Blues is getting from bad to worse... when you still wake up at 5 o'clock on Monday morning, walking to the mirror and telling yourself; you love Monday and you love your job, despite it is your day-off! And this scary thing is happening to me!!! Don't laugh at me okay, it is better for me do beat the Monday Blues on a positive note by telling myself I love Monday and I love my job to the mirror than throwing my slippers at the alarm clock right? Otherwise, why not tell me how you beat the Monday Blues, so I can learn some new tricks ;)

Coming to the point, many discouraging things happened to me in the last few weeks. It seem like I'm pounded hard from all fronts; work, study and personal. Most of the discouragements are my own doing for making and not letting go unrealistic expectations for myself and along the way may have upsets and hurts others including someone I like very much. Not only I'm tiring by the discouraging outcomes, I may also aggravated the problems by getting angry with myself for being helpless to turn the tides. There is a point while driving one late night, I felt extremely tired and angry with myself that tears flowing down my cheeks and I felt like wanted crying my heart out but I stopped doing that... sorry dudes if I made you more depress than I am after you read this (blush)

Guess we human are like that, when we set our expectations sky high, thinking if we fall, we will fall on the cloud but we fell into the valley instead and making ourselves and maybe people around us get hurt. I need to learn how to make realistic expectations. I also need to learn how to give up especially on relationship matter... giving up doesn't always mean we are weak or surrender, sometimes it just means we're strong enough to let go or love the person enough that seeing the person happy is all that we need.

Thanks God, that I'm blessed with a great friend that has been contacting me frequently, patiently listening to my troubles and providing encouraging advices to help me keep my sanity in check during these difficult times. Dear great friend, you know who you're and thank you for not letting me walking alone through these difficult times :) I also find comfort, encouragement and reassurance from reading Psalm 23 in the Bible last Saturday that God is my shepherd, I lack nothing. I hope, like me, you will find comfort and encouragement through this beautiful song Psalm 23, sing by Don Moen.

Jesus my shepherd and only provider
He makes me lie down in green pastures
He leads me beside the still water
He restores my soul

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me
All the days of my life
And I will dwell in His house forever
Until the end of time

Jesus my Shepherd and only provider
You make me lie down in green pastures
You lead me beside the still water
You restore my soul

Though I walk through the valley of shadows
I will not be afraid
Your rod and staff are my only comfort
And You'll be with me always

You prepare a table before me
In the presence of my enemies
And You anoint my head with oil
And my cup overflows
My cup overflows with Your love
With Your love

P/s: Flip the cat is photographed by me using Canon 7 D with EF-S IS USM 17 - 55 mm lens at his lovely home in Amsterdam, the Netherlands about two month ago. Flip is a purebred cat and I really enjoy taking his portraits as he is real smart playing cool and emo. Don't know I can folding my arms on the floor as cool and emo like him :D

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

God will make a way

The first time I was moved to tears by a song was in late 2007, nearly half a year after father passed away. I don't know what to say and I don't know what to pray during those darkest period of my life. Pain, sorrow and anger have been clamping my heart tightly for nearly half a year after father dead.

That night, tears flowing down my cheek while I was listening to Don Moen singing "I will sing". For the first time after nearly six months my father passed away, I was again able to pray and sing to God again. I will never forget that night how He has healed my heart from all the pain, sorrow and anger that almost suffocate me.

The last two months are one of the most trying periods in my life. Tired, frustrated and stressed are the best three words to describe my feeling after a painful personal incident and continually pounded with overwhelming demands from the class and office. I'm not aware that I'm exhausted until I almost crash into another car on the way home last Friday. It is a scary near missed. My mind and body like stop functioning for few seconds in the middle of a fast moving expressway.

I've been trying hard using my own way finding solutions and overcome problems but I've exhausted myself in doing so. That night, God whispered to me and healed me again through a song of Don Moen "God will make a way".

God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me

He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength
For each new day
He will make a way
He will make a way

By a roadway in the wilderness
He'll lead me
And rivers in the desert will I see
Heaven and earth will fade
But His Word will still remain
He will do something new today

I realized it is foolish of me thinking I can solely rely on my own intelligence and might to make a way out of the many problems I faced. By doing so, I've denied God's right to be my guide and make a way for me out of the wilderness.

You may encounter problems that you could not solve. It can be relationship, money, job or a life and death situation. You're tired, frustrated, stressed or helpless that the way forward seen to be in total darkness. I'm not assuring you of a solution or a divine intervention. I can only urge you to open your heart to Don Moen's song "God will make a way" and put your faith in Him to make a way for you. I also dedicated this song to the people in Japan, may God make a way for you to overcome the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters and heal your sorrow and pain.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Stop Pointing Finger & Start Taking Responsibility

Some Malaysian ministers and government officials never stop bemused me with their antics. The latest antics were a DG of a religious authority that defended their anti-Valentine day campaign by claiming “Valentine day celebration is associated with another faith and synonymous with vice activities” (thestar, 2011). What is shocking was they have even issued a religious decree that banned the celebration of Valentine day among people of their faith based on the same claim. To add insult to injury, a DPM who should be leader to Malaysian of all faith defended the religious authority and decree by claiming Valentine day is not appropriate from their faith’s point of view (thestar, 2011). It really made my mouth taste bad when I should joyfully said happy Valentine day!

First of all, Valentine day is not associated with the particular faith as they have claimed (thestar, 2011). Secondly, why it is so difficult to address the real problem directly? Why beating around the bushes, and blaming other faith and celebration when the real problem is sex among unmarried couples of their faith and their child that born out of wedlock?! It is laughing stock that others have to borne the blame and took the hit whenever people of their faith could not control their birds and bees, could not differentiate their father from other people father, not as successful as people of other faith or whatever wrong that happened.

Stop pointing finger and start taking responsibility! It is naive to treat people of a particular faith as little children or endangered species as they are forever innocence and need constant protection and whatever things going wrong are because of other people wrong doing or influence. This kind of people that finger pointing, blaming others and not address the real problem is spiritually blind and how a blind person could lead other blind persons? No offense to those who are physically blind.

Nobody owed anyone a living or should be held responsible for other people life, except a parent to their child. Instead of blaming others, why not cage the birds and bees if one cannot accept the fact parent owe their child a living and is responsible for their life. It is a personal choice, a personal responsibility that every individual must take when doing birds and bees and don’t blame others and Valentine day for their own loose birds and bees :P

Well forget the religious zealots and I wishing you happy Valentine day ;) Soul mate is real hard to find ... when you find your soul mate, you will recognize her as a reflection of your own heart. May you find your soul mate for those still single and may your love blossom even more for those already found one.

p.s all photos shown above are not mine. Please click the photo to see their source.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fabulous Pizza & Pasta @ Thamara Cafe

I was in great mood for a good ol' pepperoni pizza last Saturday that we headed to Thamara Cafe after a torturous photography trip to Tanjung Piai National Park. The thin crust pizza is hot, crispy and crunchy with generous topping of succulent chicken pepperoni and mozzarella cheese that melt perfectly in the mouth. It was the best pizza I ever had and easily beaten down the typically dull pizzas from fast-food chains.

Not fully satisfied of just having the fabulous pizza, we ordered a spicy tomato pasta with fresh prawns, mussels and squids. The pasta was fabulous but beware that it was real tongue-scorching and not for the faint-hearted! It was so spicy hot that I'm sweating profusely like sitting in sauna after a few bites.

If you expecting a deep burn in your pocket, you'll be surprise that it only cost less than RM 30 (about SGD 12) for these two fabulous dishes. Kindly bear in mind, before you rushing to Thamara Cafe, that I don't guarantee you the same dining experience that I have, and it is completely feast at your own risk! ;)

Thamara Cafe's address: 14 Jalan Indah 16/7, 81200, Taman Bukit Indah, Johor Bahru (Opposite Tesco Bukit Indah)
GPS Coordinates: N1 28.781 E103 39.839
Phone: +60-16-7171-343; +60-12-7373-103
Facebook: Thamara Cafe
Open: Tues - Sun from 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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