March 2009


This is an very old Chinese classic sang by Teresa Teng many years ago. In fact I hear it wherever I go, once I was in Batam there was a live band, when it notice most of the audience are Chinese, suddenly sang this.. I believe they memorized the sounds and just sing it out… In fact when I was in Bali, at the seafood restaurant at Kuta Beach at Bali, the live band sang this too..

In fact once in a charity show, the 5th President Of Singapore Mr Ong Teng Cheong played this song for his wife, who was suffering from a terminal illness.

Then I realized that alot of my Indonesian friends had parents who likes to sing this, and they themselves know how to sing this, which was very surprising… In fact I think I remember hearing this in the sang by many of the older Chinese folks when I was eating at the famous “Chinatown” outside Novotel hotel in Jakarta, which has a open air free karaoke facility.

In fact when I look at the title, I was wondering , why did the author choose to use the moon to represent love. I remember this phase from an old Chinese song “月有阴晴圆缺 (yuè yǒu Yīn qíng yuán quē )” Which tells us that the moon changes very often, clear or cloudy skies, crescent or full moon.

Then as I read this lyrics I realize the person choose the moon because it is steadfast, and unchanging and true. So even if you were to perceive that it has change, it is always there. Even on a cloudy day when we cant see the moon, it doesn’t mean it is not there..Then I realize the singer Evoone Hsu also commented that in the interview. I have chosen her version to display in this entry, including the interview where she was expressing her thoughts on the song..

So lets enjoy the song now

Title:月亮代表我的心(The moon represent my heart (towards you))
Singer: Teresa Teng
你问我爱你有多深
nǐ wèn wǒ ài nǐ yǒu duō shēn
我爱你有几分
wǒ ài nǐ yǒu jǐ fēn
我的情也真
wǒ de qíng yě zhēn
我的爱也真
wǒ de ài yě zhēn
月亮代表我的心
yuè liang dài biǎo wǒ de xīn

你问我爱你有多深
nǐ wèn wǒ ài nǐ yǒu duō shēn
我爱你有几分
wǒ ài nǐ yǒu jǐ fēn
我的情不移
wǒ de qíng bù yí
我的爱不变
wǒ de ài bù biàn
月亮代表我的心
yuè liang dài biǎo wǒ de xīn

轻轻的一个吻
qīng qīng dì yī gè wěn
已经打动我的心
yǐ jīng dǎ dòng wǒ de xīn
深深的一段情
shēn shēn dí yī duàn qíng
教我思念到如今
Jiào wǒ sī niàn dào rú jīn

你问我爱你有多深
nǐ wèn wǒ ài nǐ yǒu duō shēn
我爱你有几分
wǒ ài nǐ yǒu jǐ fēn
你去想一想
nǐ qù xiǎng yī xiǎng
你去看一看
nǐ qù kàn yī kàn
月亮代表我的心
yuè liang dài biǎo wǒ de xīn

The translation of the song :
You asked me how deep is my love for you
and how much do I love you.
My feelings for you is true
and my love for you is true
As the moon represents my heart towards you

You asked me how deep is my love for you
and how much do I love you.
My feelings for you are steadfast
My love for you is unchanging
And the moon represents my heart to wards you

A Soft kiss from you
have indeed moved my heart
This deep love that is present
Keeps me longing until today

You asked me how deep is my love for you
and how much do I love you.
So I ask you to think about this
and ask you to take a close look at this
as the moon represent my heart

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This is a song that was popular during my Polytechnic days, this is sung by Andy Lau, which is often translated as “The Stupid Child” I would think “The Foolish Child” is a more apt translation.

The whole song was talking about someone which came to the city to work, yet continue to belief in the simple things that he learnt from the little town that he came from. Which resulted to him leading a very tough life, but the Singers here claimes that God loves such silly child.

Of course the singers here arent christians, hence they address God as the O Heavens. But I think sometimes leading a life like this foolish child is liken to us holding on to our morals and beliefs in a world where injustice seems to prevail and goodness are slowly depleting in the world. Will we still be like this foolish child who stubbornly holds on to his ideals and belief?

Title: 笨小孩(The Foolish Child)
Artist: Andy Lau

哦…宁静的小村外有一个笨小孩
ó… níng jìng de xiǎo cūn wài yǒu yī gè bèn xiǎo hái
出生在陆零年代
chū shēng zài liù líng nián dài
十来岁到城市不怕那太阳晒
shí lái suì dào chéng shì bù pà nà tài yáng shài
努力在柒零年代
nǔ lì zài qī líng nián dài
发现呀城市里朋友们不用去灌溉
fā xiàn ya chéng shì lǐ péng you men bù yòng qù guàn gài
花自然会开
huā zì rán huì kuài kāi

哦…转眼间那黱快这一个笨小孩
ó …zhuǎn yǎn jiān nà dài kuài zhè yī gè bèn xiǎo hái
又到了捌零年代
yòu dào le bā líng nián dài
三十岁到头来不算好也不坏
sān shí suì dào tóu lái bù suàn hǎo yě bù huài
经过了玖零年代
jīng guò le jiǔ líng nián dài
最无奈他自己总是会慢人家一拍
zuì wú nài tā zì jǐ zǒng shì huì màn rén jiā yī pāi
没有钱在那口袋
méi yǒu qián zài nà kǒu dài

哎哟往著胸口拍一拍呀勇敢站起来
āi yō wǎng zhù xiōng kǒu pāi yī pāi ya yǒng gǎn zhàn qǐ lai
不用心情太坏
bù yòng xīn qíng tài huài
哎哟向著天空拜一拜呀别想不开
āi yō xiàng zhù tiān kōng bài yī bài ya bié xiǎng bu kāi
老天自有安排
lǎo tiān zì yǒu ān pái

哦…他们说城市里男不坏女不爱
ó… tā men shuō chéng shì lǐ nán bù huài nǚ bù ài
怎黱想也不明白
zěn dài xiǎng yě bù míng bái
妈妈说真心爱会爱得很精彩
mā ma shuō zhēn xīn ài huì ài de hěn jīng cǎi
结果我没有女孩
jié guǒ wǒ méi yǒu nǚ hái
笨小孩依然是坚强得像石头一块
bèn xiǎo hái yī rán shì jiān qiáng de xiàng shí tou yī kuài
只是晚上寂寞难耐
zhǐ shì wǎn shang jì mò nán nài

哎哟往著胸口拍一拍呀勇敢站起来
āi yō wǎng zhù xiōng kǒu pāi yī pāi ya yǒng gǎn zhàn qǐ lai
管它上山下海
guǎn tā shàng shan xià hǎi
哎哟向著天空拜一拜呀别想不开
āi yō xiàng zhù tiān kōng bài yī bài ya bié xiǎng bu kāi
老天自有安排
lǎo tiān zì yǒu ān pái
老天爱笨小孩
lǎo tiān ài bèn xiǎo hái

The translation of the song is like this.

Ohh In a quite village there was a foolish child
born in the 1960s.
During his teenage years he came to the city, fearless under the blazing sun
he worked hard until the 1970s
All he discovered is that although his friend do not water their potted plants,
yet the flowers still bloom by itself.

Ohh, as the time past quickly this foolish child
reached the 1980s
He was in his 30s passing his life without any accomplishments
he passed through the 1990s
The most saddening thing is that he is always one beat slower than his peers
and never had much cash in his pockets

(Aiyoh) Give yourself a pat on your chest and stand up courageously once again
Please do not let this spoil your mood
(Aiyoh) Now face the heavens and pray, please do not take this too hard
The heavens will make their own arrangement for you.

Ohh.. they all said that in this city, the ladies only fall for bad guys
Yet he is unable to comprehend this simple fact
His mum once told him that true love will be the most exciting experince
But in the end I do not have a girlfriend
Yet this silly child choose to be as steadfast as a rock
just that at night he was unable to withstand that loneliness

(Aiyoh) Give yourself a pat on your chest and stand up courageously once again
Do not care if you have to climb the steeps hills or be in the deep ocean
(Aiyoh) Now face the heavens and pray, please do not take this too hard
The heavens will make their own arrangement for you.
The heavens still loves this silly child

This is an article that was left in my draft for a long time, and was a follow up on the study of 10 plagues that God has landed into the land of Egypt. Recently i decided to make edits to it.

To many readers of the old testament the God of the old testament has a lack of love, full of violence. Some may even accuse God of showing bias toward the Israelites. But actually, the story of Moses and the 10 plagues is the best illustration on how God executes his justice in the old testament. Many people like to point the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Jericho as well as the massacre of the Amalekites as evidence of Gods violence against human beings. However those records of Gods punishment are much less in details compared to the execution of the ten plagues onto the land of Egypt.

Before we start to point finger at God.. lets us now discuss how the Plagues begin

The Start Of The 10 Plagues

“The LORD God of the Hebrews has sent me to you, saying, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness”; but indeed, until now you would not hear! Thus says the LORD: “By this you shall know that I am the LORD. Behold, I will strike the waters which are in the river with the rod that is in my hand, and they shall be turned to blood. 18 And the fish that are in the river shall die, the river shall stink, and the Egyptians will loathe to drink the water of the river.”‘” – Moses (Ex 7:16-18)

The 10 plagues did not start because God wanted to flex his muscle before the Egyptians, rather it began with Pharaoh’s disobedience. There are some people that argued that it was Gods plan to harden the heart of the Pharaoh (Ex 7:3, 4:21). But let us take a step back and think, about this. “Did God made his heart harden?” or “Did God just allow Pharaoh to remain harden in his heart?” As I have describe in the last post, Pharaoh had a reason to disobey God. There was nothing alluring about Hebrew servants, but it is more about his status as the sun of Ra. If he is seen to be submitting to a unnamed God of the Hebrew, it will bring political problems into his kingdom.

Moreover, Pharaoh believed that the gods of the Egyptians will protect them from the God of the Hebrews, therefore he remain defiant throughout the 10 plagues.

Therefore, because Pharaoh has chosen in his heart to disobey God, so God decided to start the 10 plagues according to his earlier warning to the Pharaoh. Sometimes when Calamity falls on people, perhaps it is time for us to reconsider whether the calamity was a result of our disobedience to God. God sent his ambassadors (Moses and Aaron) to the Pharaoh but Pharaoh choose to disobey, therefore can we now blame God for executing the consequences? Bearing in mind that is is not just the Pharaoh’s decision but it is a decision of the courts and the magicians who were with the Pharaoh.

The first few plagues are targeted at the Hebrews as well.

In fact, God allowed the plagues to happen to all who disobeyed him. Why would I say it? Let us all take a look at some facts about the 10 plagues that we usually ignore.

Among the ten plagues

1. Water turn to blood (Ex 7:22) : Israelites w:ere deprive of drinking water as well
2. Frogs (Ex 7:25-8:15) : Frogs invaded the house of the Israelites living in Goshen as well
3. Lice (Ex 8:16-19) : The same lice attacked the Israelites in Goshen as well.

4. Flies

Do take note that only the 4th plague God made a distinction between the land of Goshen which the Israelites stayed (Ex 8:22-24). So, it would be unfair to God to say that he specially protected the Israelites from the plague.

Some of you may wonder, why then did the Lord punished the Israelites, what did they do to incur Gods wrath. Lets take a look at the reason behinds God punishing them.
a. The Israelites do not trust Moses, despites God giving Moses the sign. this can be seen at the incident of the Bricks without straw (Ex 5:1-17) They treated Moses with contempt (Ex 5:19-21)
b. The Israelites are faithless, they believed Moses initially (Ex 4:29-31). Yet they lost their faith when the Pharaoh started to be nasty.

In my opinion, during the time of the plagues, the faith of the Israelites must have went thought tremendous re-examination. It is during this time where they found that their faith is lacking, and therefore repented from their faithlessness. When they are reconciled with God, God immediately stopped his punishment upon them. however, the Egyptians hard heartedness clause God to continue to punish them.

Therefore my friends, when we consider the calamities that before us, if we were to discover that the calamities that befall us are indeed a result of our disobedience and faithlessness. We ought to quickly turn back and return to our God. Let us heed the advice of Moses to the Pharaoh

“Indeed I am going out from you, and I will entreat the LORD, that the swarms of flies may depart tomorrow from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people. But let Pharaoh not deal deceitfully anymore in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the LORD.” – Moses (Ex 8: 29)

Let us make the same mistakes as the Pharaoh who harden his heart. (Ex 8:32).

The Result of Turning Back To God

5. Livestock diseased

By the fifth plague, where there are diseased livestock, we can see Gods protection go beyond just protecting the people. When the plague started, the livestock of the Egyptians and the Pharaoh were all diseased and are dead. The Pharaoh assumed that the Hebrews livestock would die as well However, when he sent his men to check. All the livestock of the Hebrews were unharmed (Ex 9:7)

That is when the Pharaoh understand that the God of the Hebrews is a God that watches over everyone who put their trust into him.

So are we looking for grace from God? But when calamity strikes, do we now murmur against God and saying God doesn’t love us anymore? Actually the there are times where God uses calamity to remind us how far our faith has fallen. Over here God allowed the first 3 plagues to fall on the Israelites so that they would re-examine their faith. But we can be assured that when God gave a calamity, he will know how much his people can handle. Just like 1 Cor 10: 13 which reads

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” – Paul 1 Cor 10:13.

God will always provide a way of escape, in trials and temptation, one of the easiest way to escape is to repent before God and reexamine our faith.

One of the purpose of the 10 plagues is to turn the Israelites from the servant to the Pharaoh to a servant of God. Hence you always read God saying this “Let my people go and worship me”. Exodus doesn’t just record Israelites leaving Egypt, but it also records how God reform the faith of the Israelites and he does so by punishing both Egyptians and Israelites alike when they disobey God

Our God is a just God

Just like suffering have change the Israelites hearts and thinking.. and allow them to begin their journey of faith. Likewise now God has called out to his believers in the last days

“Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” – angel in Rev 18:1-3

“Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ Therefore her plagues will come in one day-death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her. ” angel in Rev 18:4-8

We are living in the world where God is about to show his justice to, the ancient Egypt and Babylon is a representative of our modern, “civilised” world. Will we now begin our journey of faith, and depart from that city? Likewise we must reform our faith, and depart from Egypt.

Today when I was with a friend, he was feeling pretty downcast…. and being a good friend as I am, I started to hear what he had to say.

Well this friend was working in a place where there was plenty of corporate information hiding, most of the information required for his duties are hidden away, his boss did not care, all they care about is whether, my friend was able to guess the next month revenue, and whether they all get to see their funny reports which can never tally.

Unfortunately, one of the reports receive customer feedback…. which has a butterfly effect similar to the Marco polo bridge incident. Where a minor problem get blown out of proportion. They all surrounded him and accused him of “Not having a good view of his project”, “Does not put his heart into his work”. Which result to now some big shot from the customer end was making a huge fuss over the matter.

In fact, that report never had any link to any bills and was only requested by some report hungry sukhomlinov business leader who never once made any sense with the data until lately he/she got so free to look at it… and thus a simple problem got blown out of proportion. when that happen, it depends on whether one would like to resolve the dispute simply or choose to begin a barrage of emails which is the climax of the corporate game of blame pushing.

Sometimes I wonder if I were him what would I do? Indeed, in the modern game of corporate blame pushing, it is inevitable that one day that they single send an accusation to us, in order to save their own backs. When you are wrongly accused, or verbally abused by your bosses, how should one react?

As I am praying about it, the Holy spirit allowed me to recall the scene of Jesus at his Crucifixion

“Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.” (Matt 27:27-31)

Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.
And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.'” Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing. (Matt 27:38-44)

Then, I recalled what Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Lk 23:34)

Over here Jesus continue to do the work that is necessary for him to finish (Despite all the accusation and insult he received)… During that prayer, I recall another scripture spoken by Elder Peter

Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
” Who committed no sin,Nor was deceit found in His mouth”;
who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness-by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Pet 2:18-25)

But understand this is one thing, I can only pray to God that he would give my friend the strength in spirit to withstand the reviling and accusation brought before him for a simple problem.

Once I remember when i just step out to work, there was many types of companies that interviewed me. In Singapore, there were companies for various sizes, there are companies as big as 400-500 staff, and there are some as small as 6 staff. The like to give themselves many types of abbreviation. Commonly in Singapore, you can hear the following term

MNC : Multinational Company
SME: Small and Medium Enterprise
Listed Company
Local Company with a Global Presence

What does these term really mean to an average worker? Sometimes I remember during the interviews sometimes I asked.. “So, what is the main reason why I should join you?” and the interviewer may say something like “Ohhh,,, You will now have a chance to work in a MNC… (Or Listed Companies). Once in my project, there was this client who always like to brag about her days as a CEO of some MNC.. (From what I know, sells toilet papers only).

Sometimes when she was leading her SME, she is still unaware that there is a huge difference between her ex MNC and her current SME.. she keep making noise over the slightest matter saying “You know… when I was working in the MNC.. I will never accept this type of quality” and over a very trivial matter she made everyone slog for hours and giving excellent productivity.

In fact.. so what is the main difference about being in MNC, listed company SME? To an worker who draws a monthly salary, so how does all these things apply to them?

MNC
A MNC merely means that this company has facilities and other assets other than their home country. They have a global management, very big and diverse businesses. Note that some MNC are merely combination of many small and medium companies which may or many not coordinate their efforts in profit making.

Such companies had an advantage of a huge capital, and the ability to buy up many small companies… leveraging on them to provide service at a much lower cost compared to other smaller companies.. However, their disadvantage is a lack of the overall view of all their businesses, only relying on numbers to make their decision.

One of the major characteristic of the MNC is that they have the highest number of Sukhomlinov business leaders and and fakes.. In good times this is alright because the company has massive capital, and since the management looks at numbers only. The Sukhomlinov leaders and managers can make good looking report (AKA Magical Dress in the Emperors New Clothes) to fool the management. And since the management only has time to look at numbers.. this is usually suffice.

Usually such organizations is full of corporate inefficiency and are slow in making decision. Due to the size and the number of people.. Simple decision can take thousand of years… and the Sukhomlinov leaders created alot of complicated business processes.. slowing down everything.

A MNC is somewhat like a huge monster who needs huge resources in order to maintain its business operations. This is the reason why it needs huge ERP and other softwares, however, with the abundance of Sukhomlinov leaders, they creates tons and tons of paperwork and administrative duties depriving the company of the ability to make quick business decision which is necessary for the current business climate.

For SME employing staff from an MNC, be careful of the creation of many MNC like corporate structure and inheriting the business politics and the start of corporate inefficiency. It would be disastrous to think that the small and miserable enterprise can have the capital of a MNC to maintain such corporate inefficiency.

I never realized I wrote so much, so I better divided up the discussion into 3 post.

It took me quite a while to get the translated version of this song. This song I heard is pretty popular among my friends in Indonesia. I manage to find the MTV, but not the translation

Until my friend Yohana helped me with the English translation. I just helped to rephrase some of the terms… So lets enjoy this song.

Title: Demi Cinta (Translated as “For Love”)
Singer:Kerispatih

Maaf, ku telah menyakitimu
Ku telah kecewakanmu
Bahkan ku sia-siakan hidupku,
Dan kubawa kau seperti diriku

Walau hati ini t’rus menangis
Menahan kesakitan ini
Tapi ku lakukan semua demi cinta

Akhirnya juga harus ku relakan kehilangan cinta sejatiku
Segalanya t’lah ku berikan
Juga semua kekuranganku

Jika memang ini yang terbaik
Untuk diriku dan dirinya
Kan ku t’rima semua demi cinta

(Refrain)
Jujur, aku tak kuasa,
Saat terakhir ku genggam tanganmu
Namun yang pasti terjadi,
Kita mungkin tak bersama lagi
Bila nanti esok hari
Ku temukan dirimu bahagia
Ijinkan aku titipkan kisah cinta kita selamanya

The translation of the song are as goes

I’m sorry to have hurt you,
and to disappoint you.
I even wasted my life
trying make u to be like me

Even as this heart still crying
Even as it is painful
but, i do it all for love

Finally, I lost my true love
I have given everything to you
including my weakness too

If this is the best
for you and him
I will gladly receive it for love

Refrain
Honestly, I’m not strong, when I hold your hand for that one last time
But, I must allow that to happen, as it is impossible for us live together
If tomorrow i see a happier you
allowed me to save our love story forever

It took me quite a while to get the translated version of this song. This song I heard is pretty popular among my friends in Indonesia. I manage to find the MTV, but not the translation

Until my friend Yohana helped me with the English translation. I just helped to rephrase some of the terms… So lets enjoy this song.

Title: Demi Cinta (Translated as “For Love”)
Singer:Kerispatih

Maaf, ku telah menyakitimu
Ku telah kecewakanmu
Bahkan ku sia-siakan hidupku,
Dan kubawa kau seperti diriku

Walau hati ini t’rus menangis
Menahan kesakitan ini
Tapi ku lakukan semua demi cinta

Akhirnya juga harus ku relakan kehilangan cinta sejatiku
Segalanya t’lah ku berikan
Juga semua kekuranganku

Jika memang ini yang terbaik
Untuk diriku dan dirinya
Kan ku t’rima semua demi cinta

(Refrain)
Jujur, aku tak kuasa,
Saat terakhir ku genggam tanganmu
Namun yang pasti terjadi,
Kita mungkin tak bersama lagi
Bila nanti esok hari
Ku temukan dirimu bahagia
Ijinkan aku titipkan kisah cinta kita selamanya

The translation of the song are as goes

I’m sorry to have hurt you,
and to disappoint you.
I even wasted my life
trying make u to be like me

Even as this heart still crying
Even as it is painful
but, i do it all for love

Finally, I lost my true love
I have given everything to you
including my weakness too

If this is the best
for you and him
I will gladly receive it for love

Refrain
Honestly, I’m not strong, when I hold your hand for that one last time
But, I must allow that to happen, as it is impossible for us live together
If tomorrow i see a happier you
allowed me to save our love story forever

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