on justice -Benedict/James Orbinski

''Justice only fails when we fail to imagine that it is possible. But like so many things, it depends not only on imaginings but on what we do.'' - James Orbinski

Monday, December 8, 2008

Lead Me to the Cross - Hillsong United (All of the Above)

Savior I come
Quiet my soul remember
Redemptions hill
Where Your blood was spilled
For my ransom
Everything I once held dear
I count it all as lost

Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out
Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You
Lead me, lead me to the cross

You were as I
Tempted and trialed
You are
Te word became flesh
Bore my sin and death
Now you're risen

To your heart
To your heart
Lead me to your heart
Lead me to your heart

Sunday, December 7, 2008

For the past two months....

It's been a while since I've updated my blog, due to... 
1) Laziness
2) Too much pictures/stories to post
3) Facebook... that's where most of my updates have been so far. But I have to admit that I'm starting to feel a bit iffy about Facebook... for reasons I'll list in another post. 

And Blogspot isn't very stable either at the moment, apparently, since all the pictures I posted are just out of order; I wonder if it's because I've been ignoring it for so long... 

Well! Here they are - in random order - my life here in Vancouver for the past few months.

Og's birthday party... with TWO bday cakes. Lucky boy... well, you only get to turn 20 once. =)
Jo, don't look so down. We'll get you 3 for yours!

Walks in DEER LAKE is one of the most enjoyable things in Burnaby.

New girlfriends!! There's nothing like girl chats.... about... well, boys. and other girly things you can possibly think of.

New church, and new group of friends... One of them is from South Africa, and a chef at one of the restaurants in Grouse Mountain. This is FONDUE NIGHT at his place. yumyumyum.

Work..... is pleasant, and a bit boring at times. But look! we decorated our work station! We have the prettiest Christmas decorations in the entire office. Go Dental Department!

Daddy and Wei feeding Yue cake. A rare gesture of generosity.... =)

And... well, isn't this picture self-explanatory?

I wish I could go on but.... 

I need some beauty sleep! =)

Monday, November 17, 2008

one of the funniest videos I've seen recently...


And piki, you will enjoy this!

Friday, October 31, 2008

How Deep Is Your Love...

Now I know YOU will like this song, dear Auntie ~ =D

Recently, I've realized...I love listening to oldies.

What does this mean?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Passion of Our God

We sang this for worship the other night at church, and I was singing along, the images I had was just our God in all His splendor and glory, without any association with, well, unholy or unclean things. But then when I youtubed this song, and saw the video, I realized that how just miraculously intertwined are these two things which are essentially the Good News itself: our sins and His Love = the Glory of it all.

And, I guess the best verse to sum it all up is this:

''For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.''

John 3:16

oh, and just in case some people can't deal with violent scenes... this video is very graphical.

The Glory of it All

by David Crowder Band

At the start
he was there, he was there
In the end,
he’ll be there, he’ll be there

And After all our hands have wrought
He forgives

Oh the Glory of it all is:
he came here
For the rescue of us all
that we may live
for the glory of it all
for the glory of it all

All is lost
find him there, find him there
After night
Dawn is there, Dawn is there

After all falls apart
he repairs he repairs

Oh the Glory of it all is:
he came here
for the rescue of us all
that we may live
for the glory of it all

oh he is here
for redemption from the fall
that we may live
for the glory of it all
oh the glory of it all
the glory of it all
oh the glory of it all

After night
comes the light
dawn is here
dawn is here
it’s a new day
it’s a new day
everything will change
things will never be the same
we will never be the same
we will never be the same
we will never be the same
we will never be the same

Oh, The glory of it all is
you came here
for the rescue of us all
that we may live
for the glory of it all

Oh you are here
with redemption for us all
that we may live
for the glory of it all
for the glory of it all
oh the glory of it all

Friday, October 10, 2008

My Japanese Visitor

This post is long overdue... But here I go anyway!

So, for those of you who know me, you probably also know PIKI. A dear friend, auntie (long story), foxy chicken (even LONGER story and for reasons I can't even remember), and finally, an irreplaceable member of the Three Musketeers Team (Mock.... Yeah! Ing.... Yeah!)

And this dear friend of mine came for a short visit. And this would be the perfect moment to pop that corny line...

'If only time could stop...'

Thanks to her short visit, I got to go around BC, as a tourist myself, and also finding myself in love with this city just a tad bit more~ hehe.

And what did we do besides sight seeing? 


How can we leave out CAKE from our busy schedule?
This is in GANACHE, again... (my regular spot, now!)
And ... meeting up with friends include... really, really old friends!
Neighbour Flanders  were part of our friends circle 8, 9 years ago?! And it was a joy meeting up together again, after such a long time. Talking about old times is one of my favourite things to do now. Nostalgia, what an obvious sign of aging.

This is us, at a lounge/bar place near GANACHE, with yummy 'tasting' menus and an atmosphere so relaxing and chic at the same time that we just took the longest time to finish 3 small plates of delicious food.

Here is one of the 3 delicacies we ordered that day...
Oh, it really does taste better than it sounds.... Can you tell from the picture?

And UBC garden!
The weather was hands-down amazing that day - actually, for 3 days Piki was here, the rain was just somehow chased away... by....


And how could we not squeeze in BUBBLE TEA on our last night?
Remember the Pudding Milk Tea at 宝島?

Until next time...... when we go to PARIS!
L'annee prochaine, peut-etre?

Save up now, s'il vous plait!

Monday, October 6, 2008


This is another wonderful song that is stuck in my head...

I need to find this on CD...

Christian CDs shopping.... who's up for it?
(I miss the one near Atwater station, what was that called?)

You spoke and worlds were formed
You breathed and life was born
You knew that one day You would come
So far from Heaven's throne
Clothed in human form
You showed the world the Father's love

You gave, You gave Your life away
You gave, You gave Your life away
You gave, You gave Your life away for me
Your grace has broken every chain
My sins are gone, my debt's been paid
You gave, You gave Your life away
For me, for me, for me

You lived a sinless life
Yet You were crucified
You bought our freedom on the cross
Forsaken for our sin, You died and rose again
Jesus, You are the Lamb of God

How glorious is Your love
If I could sing forever, it's not enough
How glorious is Your love
If I could sing forever, it's not enough
It's not enough, 'cause

Forsaken for our sin, You died and rose again
Jesus, You are the Lamb of God

Saturday, October 4, 2008

'From the Inside Out'

I heard this song at the camp I went last weekend - and just couldn't sing for the first couple of lines :

''A thousand times I've failed
Still your mercy remains
And should I stumble again
Still I'm caught in your grace...''

I'm so thankful I went to that camp!!

Here are the lyrics:

A thousand times I've failed
Still your mercy remains
And should I stumble again
Still I'm caught in your grace

Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
In my heart, in my soul, Lord I give you control
Consume me from the inside out Lord
Let justice and praise become my embrace
To love You from the inside out

Your will above all else, my purpose remains
The art of losing myself in bringing you praise

Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
In my heart, in my soul, Lord I give you control
Consume me from the inside out Lord
Let justice and praise become my embrace
To love You from the inside out

Chorus 2x
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
And the cry of my heart is to bring You praise
From the inside out Lord, my soul cries out

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

It's good to be back HOME!

There's nowhere like home!!

In total, I think I have five hometowns: Tian Mu (Tapei), Dorval (Montreal), Shinchon (Seoul), Burnaby (BC), and finally Dazaifu (Fukuoka).

All these places I've spent some of my best years, and if home is really where the heart is then there is no doubt that these cities will remain as they are in my memories, my heart!

Just a few days ago, I met up with my co-worker/teacher's brother from Dazaifu.
We spent a few hours chatting in Starbucks, just chatting away about what we had in common: our 地元/hometown!

One day I will stop writing and whining about how much I miss Dazaifu, but I know I will always have somewhere to call 'home' and can gladly shout: 『ただいま!!』

New friend from home: Su-kun! 

The whole afternoon was cloudy and looked as though it'd start pouring down rain like crazy, but on our way to English Bay, the Sun surprised us and made me fall in love with Vancouver all over again.

And one of the good things about being at home is that I can finally brush up on my Chess skills again!

... out the Self-Taught chess champion and the Chess Camp Geek of the Year!

Mr. Gloop seriously contemplating his next move.

And the result?

...out the TIE.
Our kings met face to face (well, kind of)- and well, Og finally gave in knowing that he can't beat his scary older sister... >=)

Finally, a second good thing about being back home is...

Playing dress-up with Jo, my teenage (when did this happen??) sister.
I wore my mom's Qi-Pao and caused a tear at the side of the dress. 
It was either I was getting fat or she was really tiny.

Soon, you'll get to wear that Qi Pao, too, Jo!
And I'll roll on the ground, laughing, when you crack that dress open!
5 years later.... it won't be that long, nor as slow as we think, eh?

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Thoughts on 300

I saw 300 a couple of days ago with my dad and brother, and...

I really liked it.

I have to admit, I never turn down an epic film, and usually enjoyed watching most of them - and this recent one has just made it to the top of my list, alongside with Gladiator (Oh, and of course, the LOR trilogy).

Historical epic for me is a blast - even with all the gory violence - I take it pretty well (with girly gasps and the view blocking with the aid of a pillow), I think.. But when it comes to war movies set in modern times, I'm always mortified by the shooting/fighting scenes, because it's just too close to the present reality. 

But... getting back to the point.... 300! 
What an awesome movie. 

(Another thing worth mentioning is that it was shot in a studio in Montreal..! Yes, I'm a proud Montrealer and changing my residency to B.C. doesn't change a darn thing)
One of the most memorable scenes for me was when Xerxes was persuading the deformed 'Hunchback' soldier from Sparta to join the Persian ''dark'' force, luring him in with status and sexual lust, things out of the reach for him as an outcast.

''Unlike the cruel Leonidas, who demanded that you stand, I require only that you kneel.''

This line jumped out at me and I just had to make a personal interpretation out of this, a bit biblically.

My take on this is that Xerxes kind of represents the World and all its power, desire and material goods that it has to offer. It 'only' requires us to kneel - to yield, to give in and eventually crumble to pieces at Its feet as we find ourselves incapable of perceiving anything beyond that, spiritually blinded. But if we choose to 'struggle' and 'stand' (in spite of our 'hunchbacks', caused by burdens that we have to carry), in spite of the pain and suffering we must go through to get to that glorious posture, we will please our King and win the battle in His name. 

Well, I guess movies are like this. The second it's out, projected unto the screen to millions and millions of spectators, it is bound to produce just as many different interpretations. And this is just what I got out of the movie.

Of course, it's just part of the reason why I enjoyed this movie so much... 
My vocabulary is too poor to describe all the spectacular fighting scenes that goes on in 300.

...The next movies I'll be looking forward to are 'Battle at Red Cliff' and 'Tekken'.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Takao Ando 安藤 忠雄

When I was in Taiwan in March, I was eating breakfast while flipping through the morning paper and came across a whole section on a famous Japanese architect---Andou Takao. What kept me reading was a picture of a church that he had built in Osaka, called the Church of Light. And I'm sure no better name could've been chosen for this church. Its main theme is based on shade and light, with concrete taking on the first role, and a window shaped in the form of the cross as the latter. 

... I'm horrible at architectural description.

Here are some visual aids:

(This is his other church in Hokkaido - thx to Hiukei for pointing that out!)

What an amazing sight...! 
To friends who are making traveling plans to Japan.... visit Osaka and go to this church!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008








Monday, September 15, 2008


Gym was always my least favourite subject in school - and with Figure Skating as my only favourite sport for the last 20 something years - I'm not the most active person. Walking is probably my only other exercise I persisted on doing, knowing that all the cakes I consume will probably go up to my cheeks... 


I think things have changed since Japan. Biking to work has not only been healthy but enjoyable for the past two years, and playing with my kids during lunch break certainly earns me a good pat in the back for being so energetic even in the hottest and most humid weather I have ever experienced. 

So I made an important decision before coming back to Vancouver... 


(Piki, Flanders - remember our Spice Girl phase? I think we sang songs meant for our ears only during dishwashing after Isaiah - and wasn't 'STOP' a popular one [with moves]?)

So I'm going to take up more sports. 
And so far, I've been playing basketball (oftentimes not shown any mercy from Og - defeated most of the times - but getting there) at least 3 times a week, speedwalking every morning, and just recently played golf and tennis with my dad.

Oh, and also BOXING....
My arms were sore all over the following day.

And ... TENNIS! 
My shoulders are aching as I'm typing now... But I really enjoyed playing it, and will bug my dad to be my personal coach. 
(Og! I challenge you to a duel! [Mr. Burns' style])

My Daddy aka Tennis King of the World

Recently I've been REALLY enjoying my time in Vancouver, taking things slow... and basically being a fresh tourist here, in one of the best cities in Canada. 

(we had the hardest time guessing the owner/waitress' ethnicity!!)
Thanks for the great sushi! and I still need to pay you back... >.<


Haha... This is my dashingly handsome brother, making a wonderful dish of #)($'")('%#0)`@* with a lovely apron on.


The photographer really knows his timing, eh.... 

THAT'S RIGHT!! More biking! 
(I love biking....)
We rented bikes for two hours and it was GREAT.

If you look closely at the rocks, you'll notice some rocks that are piled up, with the tip of the rock on one another. 
I remember us joking about going down there and poke at the 'standing rocks' for fun... I stopped laughing when the weird guy with the funny hat (the ROCK-PILER) passed us by and gave us a long, stern stare.

And guess what dessert we had...... 

..... It reminds me of RED MANGO.

Let the fun times continue......

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near." (Philippians 4:4-5)

Friday, September 12, 2008


''To the Church in Ephesus:
''Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.'' (Revelations 2:4-5)

''To the Church in Laodicea: 

''Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'' (Revelations 3:19-22)


I think that the ''First Love'' mentioned in the passage to the Church of Ephesus contains such a powerful message, and it's amazing how differently these words appear to me at different stages of my life.  

I remember first highlighting this in my Bible probably at least 7-8 years ago and trying to understand how this passage meant to me and how I could apply it to my life. And I remember thinking back on my spiritual ups and downs, and identifying the spiritual peak as my ''First Love'' encounters with God.

But now as I read it again, I think that the ''First Love'' must mean this. 
Our First Love should have and have always been with God - and since we are sinful from birth, this bond has been broken and find ourselves disconnected with His Love. The sole purpose of our life is to cling unto the search of our ''First Love'', to get back to the ''height we have fallen'' from. 

I guess it must mean this to me at this stage of my life, since I am not exactly at my spiritual peak and have, frankly, forgotten about my goal in this life. 

Ephesus, is a church that I have built in my heart for a while now and I think God is rebuking me in His own special ways...




Thursday, September 11, 2008

王菲 and nostalgia

Piki! do you remember our FAYE PHASE? ...

笑忘書 - 王菲

沒 沒有蠟燭 就不用勉強慶祝
沒 沒想到答案 就不要尋找題目
沒 沒有退路 那我也不要散步
沒 沒人去仰慕 那我就繼續忙碌

*來 來 思前想後
來 來 從此以後

#〔讓我親手〕將 這樣的感觸
寫一封情書 送給我自己 感動的要哭
很久沒哭 不失為天大的幸福

+〔就好好〕將 這一份禮物
這一封情書 給自己祝福 可以不在乎

有 一點幫助 就可以對誰傾訴
有 一個人保護 就不用自我保護
有 一點滿足 就準備如何結束
有 一點點領悟 就可以往後回顧

啦 從開始哭著嫉妒

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Quick update with pix! 夏天的尾聲~

My very own TITLE at the office! ^0* ~

Touring Downtown Vancouver... 

My pretty Japanese friend, Yoko!

Sushi Roll ... and how does it taste in Canada?

My new friends - first off, 小羅志祥!



Piki, do you like my new hair? :p

Monday, August 25, 2008

On being Lazy but still a Regular Blogger...

Recently, I've gotten quite lazy with words.
I've been letting all my pictures tell the stories...
And I'm going to let this go on because....


But I do miss writing elaborate passages, and I will pick it up again soon when I have the time and the energy to. There are just way too many things to recap on.

But first, here are more pictures:

@ Korean Restaurant about 4, 5 blocks away from our house. 

Og experimenting just how far his tongue can stretch... 

And here is Jo, reluctant to be his lab mice

The next two pictures are self-explanatory.

旁白:I'm the cutest dog ever. 

... EVER!!

And.... I'm becoming such a lazy writer, and a much, much more greedy sleeper.


Sunday, August 24, 2008

GReeeeN 愛唄 

I heard this song from my students in Japan when we all went for KARAOKE.



愛唄 GReeeeN 歌詞
「欸 、要獻給最愛的你」 別笑 我聽我說
唉唉 還是笑我傻
ただ 泣いて 笑って 過ごす日々に
在只是哭泣 微笑度過的歲月裡
要獻給妳 這首愛歌

「欸 那天我們說了什麼呢?」
第一次見面的那一天 很生疏
あれから色々あって 時にはケンカもして
在那之後發生很多事 有時還會吵架
この広い 僕ら空の下 出逢って恋をしていつまでも
我們在這寬廣的天空下 相識相戀直到永遠
ただ 泣いて 笑って 過ごす日々に
在只是哭泣 微笑度過的歲月裡

要獻給妳 這首愛歌
僕ら2人 日々を刻み
向上天發誓 愛死妳了!
僕の声が続く限り 隣でずっと愛を唄うよ
只要我還有聲音 就會一直在你身邊永遠歌頌愛情喔
歳をとって声がかれてきたら ずっと手を握るよ
隨著年歲增長 如果聲音嘶啞了
ずっと 手を握るよ
「泣き」「笑い」「悲しみ」「喜び」を 共に分かち合い生きて行こう!

Monday, August 18, 2008


The three Lee Sisters, guess who's the oldest??


BBQ party!

This is me in Canada, looking Japanese and surrounded by Japanese.



四年ぶりの家族の時間が急に増えてきて、やっとお母さんの手作り料理を勉強できる〜〜かな?へへ、ピキちゃん、十月に私の運転だけじゃなくて、ルックのCHEF D'OEUVRESも楽しんでね!



(Time to study for my DRIVING LICENSE!)

p.s. 菅さん!遅くになったごめんね!

ル * クップルのみんなとケーキ達が懐かしい〜〜〜〜〜!
I miss you and all the cakes! ^0^v

Friday, August 15, 2008

方大同 - 忘了美麗 (Live at tHE WALL, Taipei) MV

拖著他的手 (但不是你現在的男朋友)
那年是你教我 若愛是對 是錯
別怪我 也只是碰巧而已
別粗心 別大意 別玩弄感情
別來不及 別太可惜
忘了美麗 那愛的承諾
(怎麼想 怎麼看 怎麼辦 應該如何反應)
讓我怎麼想 怎麼看 怎麼辦 如何反應
這不關我的事 這是你和他和他的事
別怪我 也只是碰巧而已
別粗心 別大意 別玩弄感情
別來不及 別太可惜
忘了美麗 那愛的承諾
別粗心 別大意 別玩弄感情
別來不及 別太可惜
忘了美麗 那愛的承諾
別粗心 別大意 別玩弄感情
別來不及 別太可惜
忘了美麗 那愛的承諾

Mr. Khalil!!!


Who's going to accompany me to Mr. Fong's concert in 2009?

Monday, August 11, 2008

Hello and Bonjour!

So it's been a little bit more than a week since I've been back home, in B.C.
And I've gotten lazy in updating me blog.
So let me sum these 10 days up with pictures...

But before that, let me share the picture of my place in the biggest mess its ever been in:

My little ''BIG'' brother in the pretty pink shirt I bought him:

My lovely parents, spoiling me since I've been back (:

My crazy little sister, with her even more crazy big sister, enjoying CHUA BING!

Our youngest family member

My other little brother?