Dragon Boat Festival…

Standing by with a box of eggs for Dragon Boat festival. Will see how many eggs we can stand on end this time. Good luck everyone!

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Eternal Life Plan

I am watching the YouTube video of “Revealing Heaven by Kat Kerr.” I don’t know why these days, I feel drawn to reading books about heaven. I have a collection of these books, like “Heaven is For Real,” and “Heaven is so Real.” At one time, I even considered writing a book on heaven and hell, warning people to plan their eternal lives now. However, I realized that there are a lot of books on the topic, so I decided to read them all and write about those that speak to me.

When Kat Kerr mentioned about Eternal Planning, my ears perked up. She says that salvation is free, but the life we live now determines our eternal position. What does she mean by this? She says that many people do many types of planning; vacation, wedding, real estate planning to mention a few. But do we ever take the time to plan the most important one of all…eternal planning? When this is launched, it will never change. We can work towards it until we die, but afterwards, there’s nothing much we do about it.

She suggests: “find out what God’s purpose is for your life and accomplish it. He has a destiny for all of us. We will either rule or reign with Jesus Christ in the new earth, or we will serve others. We will be held accountable for what God called us to do with our lives. We have specific destinies. If we don’t know our specific purpose, we must seek God and He will reveal it to us. God gave us different gifts, talents, and grace to accomplish our purpose. We must make sure that our earthly life counts for the Kingdom of God. Our reward will be to spend eternity, ruling with Jesus Christ. “

She also adds,” love one another and work together. The world will know us for our love of each other.”

What are we waiting for? The clock is ticking. It’s time to start planning for eternal life, if we haven’t done it yet.

Tomorrow is Dragon Boat festival. Get your eggs ready! Have a great weekend!

What’s in a Name?

…Everything!

My friend relates that ever since Jeremy Lin got famous, she never had to spell her name again. When she’s asked how is her name spelled, she’ll reply, “It’s Lin, as in Jeremy Lin.”

For my part, it has not been that rosy. I’m Cha Lim and I did not have any problems before, where my surname was concerned. In the past two months, though, my name was misspelled twice, from “Lim” to “Lin.”

The first time this happened, it was an inconvenience. I had to request for a new document with the proper spelling. The second time a lady called to verify if it was an “M” or an “N?” I told the lady, “It’s L-I-M. M as in mother.” I did not realize that for that lady, “mother” is spelled, “nother.”

I was upset when I first received the letter. Then, I realized that we wrote “M” on the application form, and the lady called to verify. However, her mind was already made up that my name is “LIN,” and not “LIM.”

While I was fuming about this, I suddenly realized that the “Lin” name is very famous because of Jeremy Lin. I can’t argue with that. Jeremy Lin is a great model for the youth. This was the Gospel message of Bishop Su, during the Confirmation ceremony of my sons. Jeremy Lin even wears a bracelet that says, “I pray for God.” For this, I am so glad. Jeremy not only plays well, he can bring the message of salvation to a lot of people around the world.

Let’s go back to the subject of names. The surnames Lim, Lin, and Lam, all have the same Chinese character. However, the Romanized version is pronounced and spelled differently in the various Chinese dialects.  Lim is for Fookien, Lin is for Mandarin, and Lam is for Cantonese. It can be a bit confusing to a lot of people.

Thinking back, I should have used another way of clarifying the confusion. The Taiwanese pronounce ” M” quite differently. The letter “M” is pronounced, “Emo,” which rhymes with, “Elmo,” of Sesame Street fame. If I had used that, then, I would have no problem at all!

16 more days to go until Dragon Boat festival!

Believe It Or Not!

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What’s that you see? Is that really an egg standing on one end? To see is to believe! Before we go to the story of the “standing egg,” let me share a segment from: http://www.whatsonwhen.com/sisp/index.htm

Dragon Boat Festival

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When: Jun 2012 (annual)
where: Taiwan
Cheering crowds gather to watch ornately carved boats compete in vibrant dragon boat races. The festival is a nationwide celebration held in honour of the poet Qu Yuan. Popular spots to see the fast-paced spectacle are Lugang and the capital, Taipei.

Qu Yuan drowned himself in the Mi Lo River during the 3rd century BC to protest against the then corrupt government.

When the local fishermen learnt of the poet’s demise, they trawled the waters to find him. They were unsuccessful, so threw rice dumplings into the sea and thumped the water with their paddles to distract the piranhas from the poet’s body. An important part of today’s celebrations is eating zongzi, pyramid-shaped dumplings made of glutinous rice.

A lesser known legend about this festival is the “standing egg” phenomenon. When my Taiwanese friend first told me about this, I did not believe it. That was until around 8 years ago when I tried this in my kitchen. I was able to do it, and so did my son. Here are some photos I took last year when I remembered to try it again in our present home. It didn’t matter whether I did it on the first floor (8 years ago), or on the 10th floor (our present apartment).

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How to do this:

On June 23, 2012 (Dragon Boat Festival this year, which changes every year), at exactly 12 o’clock noon, start letting the eggs stand on one end. Now, I don’t know if this works only for Taiwan time or for different times around the world. What’s really cool is if everyone who reads this post will try to stand an egg on one end on June 23, 2012 @ 12:00 noon their time and report their results here. That would be awesome.

I will start my daily posts (except Sundays my day of rest) with a countdown to June 23 based on Taiwan time. This will be fun!

For starters, 21 days to go (Taiwan time)!

Have an awesome weekend everyone!