A new blog about the World of Contradictions

2016/05/12 - Leave a Response

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This is my new blog about the World of Contradictions https://maodunworld.wordpress.com/. I have in mind to build this new blog for a long time. The reason why I established this blog is as written in the ‘About’ page of the blog:

In Chinese language, ‘mao dun’ 矛盾 means contradiction. Mao Dun is made up of two Chinese language characters to form a noun, or it can be a verb. The first character means spear, and the second one means shield. If someone with the best spear attacks the other one who has the best shield, then we may have ended up with an unresolved fight. Often in life, we use only either the ‘spear’ or the ‘shield’ to think and to do things depending which one is more convenient in achieving our goal(s). By this habit of thought, we relentlessly pursue efficiency, development, and innovation etc. Are these the sole meaning of our living, surviving, and life? Efficiency has brought us more working hours and not the time to enjoy the family time and bonding, development has brought us many destructions rather than the building of Eden on Earth, innovation and creativity have brought us the dependency of human on technology and not about being independence in our thought as well as in our living. Maodun World WordPress wants to convey a message to people that contradictions or ‘mao dun’ are part of our life, and we should breath in a new spirit into our thoughts and living that contradiction is a co-operative force rather than an opposing force.

矛盾处在我们生活的每一个角落,很多时候我们只选择其中的茅或盾去思考或去做一件事。我们很多时候只是为了走捷径去生活,无止尽的去追求效率、发展、创新等等。难道生活生存生命的意义就是这些事吗?效率带来了更忙绿的工作时间而不是更多的去享受家庭的生活,发展带来了更多对自然的破坏而不是建立一个天堂的地球,创新带来了人类生活生存对科技的依赖而不是独立。矛盾世界 WordPress要传达的是让我们把矛盾的纳入我们思维和生活的一部分,去接受不是一种对立而是一种合作的精神。

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I hope that you will like the blog because it is about our thoughts and ideas, about how little things in life can change the way we see the world, about people and their cultures, about photography, and most importantly about love. You are most welcome to share little stories from the blog, or even to contribute your beautiful thoughts and stories that you want to the blog.

kc

The Tao of Plastic Society

2016/04/06 - One Response

 

By K.C. Toh
The following link is a image showing the ‘food’ inside a whale before she died at the beach in Singapore. The skeleton of whale is now on display at theLee Kong Chian Natural History Museum in the National University of Singapore.

http://www.straitstimes.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_pictrure_780x520_/public/articles/2016/03/15/whale2mar15.jpg?itok=-VA6gGyL

 

绝圣弃智,民利百倍;绝仁弃义,民复孝慈;绝巧弃利,盗贼无有。此三者以为文不足,故令有所属;见素抱朴,少私寡欲;绝学无忧。
《道德经》19章 绝圣弃智

If the government stops to worship the sage and the intelligent one, the people will be benefited tremendously. When the government stop to set a standard for the benevolent and righteous one, the people will be returning to the path of love and being kind. When the government stops to use clever ways and interests to lure or to prevent people to do something or from committing crime, there will be no thief or robber. These are the three important things in theory to rule a country but are not sufficient for Tao. Therefore the government must guide the people to live simple and to avoid being greedy. Most importantly, to see beyond what human knowledge can offer is crucial for us to live peacefully with nature, and therefore  following the Tao.
-Chapter 19, the Book of Tao

(Note: This is a chapter interpreted based on the understanding of K.C. Toh, the author of this blog site. This interpretation is even different from the normal directly translation of the old Chinese text to the modern Chinese text. The author use the word ‘government’ in the explanation as in the original text which has used the people/citizen to illustrate the causal effect. In the past  it was the government that led the change of nation through various policies (or even it is true now as we can see how every country is competing on GDP growth to make their nations richer, and to implant people the belief that we need more in life to be happy))

The reason why I put this verse from the chapter in the Book of Tao is because the human is a species that is most intelligent among all animals on the planet. Yet we do not put our intelligent into good use. We created a vast knowledge that is leading the disaster to all other species on the planet. Even we know and understand the problems, we cannot stop the process of destruction because we have set greed as the primary tone in saving our planet.

Further reading:

Eight Million Tons of Plastic Dumped in Ocean Every Year
My wish: Protect our oceans

The courage and a promise to Earth from a small nation

2016/04/06 - Leave a Response

There is a country sandwiched between two of the greatest civilization and the world most populated countries, India and China. It has only 0.7 million inhabitants in a 40 thousands square meter area. Its population is 8 times less but with an area 60 times bigger than Singapore. Most importantly, this country has the courage to truly change the world we are living to a better place. They make a promise no any other country dare to make, and they live a living no other developed country dare to emulate. This is Bhutan. Here is the promise from Bhutan. So what is our promise to Earth?

My destination

2016/04/05 - One Response

《我要到的地方》

我看着自己前方的路,
没有走下去,
因为你还在那里等待。
让我牵你的手吧,
我们会慢慢的走,
去你要到的那个的地方。
如果你问我要到哪里,
我会说,亲爱的,
将经过你要到的那个地方。

I stare at the path in front of me,
and do not walk any further,
because you are still there waiting.
So let me take you with me,
and we will walk slowly,
to the place where you want to go.
If you ask me where I am going,
I will reply, my dear,
on the same path to your destination.

祈泉
2016年4月5日于新加坡

Photography in the National Gallery Singapore

2016/04/04 - 2 Responses

About 6 months ago I quit my research job and started my photography business. I am not sure where the path will lead me. Most importantly I think  that I am stupid enough to dare to make a bold change in my life. After all, we only live once. I will occasionally post some links about photography from my new blog site, jupiterstudio.com.sg. I still want to maintain my wordpress blog here purely as place for a more spiritual communication with my blog friends, i.e. about poetry, arts, photography, love, and life. I hope you will enjoy too some works and words from my another blog site.

http://www.jupiterstudio.com.sg/blog/2016/3/28/photography-in-the-national-gallery-singapore

Thank you for the kind support and love from friends around the World!

K.C. Toh
4 April 2016, Singapore.

 

To live in the moment

2016/03/03 - 5 Responses

《活在当下》
我的生命,
是不是不属于,
我自己,
他有自己的信念,
活在了当下,
却不期待着永恒。
当前进的时间,
像一双手,
揭开了未知的面纱,
他就在那里守候着,
准备迎接那第一线光芒。

My life,
does not seems to,belong to me,
he has his own will,
only to live in the moment,
but not longing for the eternity.
As the marching time,
like a pair of hands,
unveiling the unknown of future,
and there he is on standby,
to greet the first ray of light.

祈泉
2016年3月3日于新加坡

The interpretation of Life (II): A big dream and a routine life

2015/10/20 - 7 Responses

I quit my job as a researcher a couple of months ago. It was my passion to be a scientist, to understand the nature, and to discover a whole new world. The burning flame of this passion is subsiding now, because everyday I am reading news about how human has transformed our world with the technology in worst unimaginable ways. Science and technology has certainly ‘improved’ our life with some conveniences, such as how you can see my writing from another corner of the world in an instant. We are enjoying our lives at the expenses of our future generations and other living things on this planet.

I loved the story of the book ‘Jonathan Livingstone Seagull’. It is about a seagull who dreams to become better in flying with wings rather than just to use the seagull’s wings for finding food in a routine life. The mentioned seagull wants to learn something different each and everyday. It is a story about pursuing a dream with our heart. Is not this a reflection of my life? When I look back to the history of mankind since the industrial revolution, I realise a little bit more about the world around us. The dream we dream, is not an individual dream, or is isolated. Our dreams are always linked with the world through someone or something in a vast invincible networks that we do not perceive.

This world is so complicated with the networks that we can see, but also those that we cannot see. The scientists or others might have their own big dreams to understand the world around us, but eventually these understandings will be translated into technology to help us in our routine life in gaining more wealth by exploring the resources of this planet, or to manipulate the world around us. We simply reduce the meaning of happiness into a simple equation by mixing it with hunger for power, fame and wealth. So what should I do in life? My decision of quitting my job may not cause a ripple in this world, but I wish it is the first step of my journey to seek the happiness for myself, and may be for the world. I want to be in the part of a routine cycle for an extraordinary life for love, that is how much we have taken from this world, give it back to this world and to our future generations, including our love and happiness.

Kee Chua

2015年10月20日于新加坡

Read other post:
The interpretation of Life (I): Routine is dangerous?

Your existence

2015/10/07 - 5 Responses

do you know your existence,
paint my journey of Life,
into the most beautiful scenery of the World,
your Eyes,
speak to me in a mysterious way,
like the twinkling of the Stars,
your Smiles,
cuddle me into the Sunshine,
and together we dance in the musics of happiness,
and your emotions,
are the seasons of my life,
blanketing the World with the unspoken solemn colors of temples of heaven,
my dear, your existence,
is just like a magical pen,
that i am always looking forward to,
our next few sentences in the chapter of life.

你知道吗,妳的存在,
将我人生的旅程,
如一幅画彩上了最美丽的风景,
妳的眼睛,
总是用神秘的方式像星星那样和我对话,
妳的微笑,
把我拥入了阳光里一起跳跃在快乐的音符里,
妳的喜怒哀乐,
在我人生的四季里让大地覆盖着天空里神殿肃穆的颜色,,
亲爱的,妳的存在,
就像一支神奇的笔,
让我总是期待着,
下一段在我们生命篇章的文字。

祈泉 2015年10月7日于新加坡

*****
It has been exactly 11 months today that I have never posted anything on my blog. Working as a researcher has consumed me a lot of my mind and energy. Most importantly, I am always having doubts now on what science can bring to people their happiness. May be is just like our earnings, it does not necessary mean more or more efficient in earnings equal to our happiness in life. Therefore I quit my job about a month ago, and may be will look for my other passions to make a living which eventually brings me happiness, and the serenity.
*****

Father and son

2014/12/08 - 13 Responses

I follow the contour of love
to connect the memory of your face,
I am not afraid to not remember,
but to not able to love, and to see you again,
you look at me in the same way,
son, I know how you feel.

A goodbye used to be an arising hope for the next meeting,
O no, not this time, and anymore,
so I keep my sadness,
in the smile to you,
you smile to me in the same way,
son, I know how you feel.

You ask me, do I wish to stay.
I reply, I do.
But I cannot promise you that perfect moment,
when I am no longer be at your side,
you do not wish me to leave,
son, you know I too share your feeling.

父与子
我沿着爱的轮廓,
窜起我记忆里你的脸庞,
我不是怕记不住了,
只是怕再也没有爱着、和看着你的机会,
你用同样的眼神看着我,
孩子,我知道你也和我一样,

从前与你的离别总燃起重逢的希望,
O 不是这一次,也没有下一次了,
我把自己的悲伤,
藏在了我对你的微笑里,
可是你也对着我微笑,
孩子,我知道你也和我一样。

你问我,想不想留下来,
我说,想,
可是我答应不了你那适当的,
不在你身边的时刻,
你不想我离开,
孩子,你知道的我也和你一样。

祈泉 2014年12月8日于新加坡

Stories of you

2014/11/05 - 6 Responses

《Stories of you》

I often write about you,
those stories without tear,
but carry a little bit of my sadness,
without a sound,
but remind me our innocent laughter,
without the color,
but like a painting that linked many events of happiness,
without your name,
but contain all the memory of  you.

/Dedicated to those whom I have loved and who have walked beside me for a part of journey of my life.

《那些关于你的故事》
我很常写关于你的事,
故事里没有泪水,
却带着我一丝丝的悲伤,
没有声音,
却让我想起我们天真的欢笑,
没有颜色,
却像是一幅许多连在一起的幸福片段的画,
没有你的名字,
却全都是和你一起生活的回忆。

/送给那些和我曾经一起走过一段人生路程我挚爱的人。

祈泉2014年11月5日于新加坡

Remembering Mom

2014/11/01 - 15 Responses

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如果有一天我躺在了这里,我希望我的墓碑上写着: 这里躺着一个快乐的人。
If one day I have finally laid here, i wish on my tomb write this: Here lay a happy person.

《Remembering Mom》
My father has departed more than four years ago, and my mom exactly two years today. Yet, I never stop missing them. I seldom dream about them in the night, I think they must still be loving me, and not willing to prolong my sadness by visiting me in my dream. Every week or biweekly, I will cycle in the weekend to the columbarium 15 km away from my home where their remains have been kept. I always bring them a bouquet of flowers, and tell them the latest news and progress in my family’s and my lives. The morning in the cemetery is tranquil with just the singing of birds. The meadow and trees are greeting the clouds and the sky, and the shadows of the tomb are stretched by the morning light to become the prayers for the Sun. Sometimes midst will be formed due the surrounding forest, to give a mysterious feeling that some golden temples of heaven are behind this dreamy veil. There are not many places like this in Singapore, but for a tiny city state, this is something to be proud of. It is a wonderful place, and I am sure my parents are very happy to meet me in this gate between the Heaven and the Earth. When I was living in Europe for 9 years, my pa would often call me to say only the same few words just to show his love to me. I never feel impatient about this repetitive words of love. Now pa and mom have gone, and every time when I come to visit them here, I am saying the same few simple words to them: I love you, my dear dear father and mother.

Related post:
A letter to heaven
A mother’s call
mom 23 Sep 2012

《妈妈的忌日》
爸爸离开了我四年多了,妈妈也离开了我今天刚好两年了。可是我对他们的思念一点也没有减少。我在夜里很少梦见他们,我想是他们一定还爱着我。没有托梦来见我,是不想我因思念他们而一直伤心着。我每一两个星期的周末,都会骑自行车到约离我家15公里外的坟场给他们送一束花。我会告诉他们家里的事和我最近过的好不好。坟场那里很清幽,只有小鸟在歌唱。草地和树对应着白云和蓝天,早晨的阳光照在墓碑上拉长的影子就像对着太阳祈祷的人们。因为附近都是树林,有时会有一些薄薄的雾气笼罩这里,在早晨里就好像雾的里面隐藏了天堂金色的寺庙。新加坡这样的地方虽然很少了,但是对一个这样小的国家来说,其实还是值得骄傲的。这是一个好地方,爸爸妈妈一定会很开心在这连接天堂和凡间的美丽的地方常和我见面和对话。我以前在欧洲居住的时候,爸爸总是会给我打电话,都重复同样关心我的话,我一次也没有显得不耐烦。我知道,父爱其实就是那么简单的几句话。现在爸妈都走了,每次到他们的墓碑前,我也对他们重复几句简单的话:我爱你们,我最亲爱的爸爸和妈妈。

祈泉2014年11月1日于新加坡

相关的贴子:
一封寄往天堂的信
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mom 23 Sep 2012

Life Photo Series

2014/10/30 - 11 Responses

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只有生命面对了死亡,活着才变得真实。
Only when life faces death, living becomes apparent.

– 祈泉,2014年10月29日于新加坡

图片小故事
人类自古至今,一直都在追求着长生不死。或许用石头来比喻长生不老并不合适,因为人有自由的意志而石头没有。如果有一天人的生命真的面对着永恒,现在我们对情与爱的认知或许要彻底改变。我害怕改变吗?不,我害怕的是失去了活着的意义,因为它建立在我现在所认知的爱上,也因为只有在生命变得脆弱时,我们才会懂得去珍惜。所以如果上天真的给我一个长生不老的选择,你应该会知道我的决定。可是我还有一个愿望,那就是让我的生命在我离开后像化作春泥又长成了一朵花那样不停的变化,在大自然里生生不息,并得到了真正的永恒。

THE LITTLE STORY ABOUT THE PHOTO
Mankind has been searching for ways to be immortal. May be it is inappropriate to equate stone with immortality of man because man has his freedom of will but not the stone. If it really happens one day eternity has been integrated into life, may be our current understanding of love would change drastically. Do I afraid of change then? No, I am just afraid of losing the purpose of my living, for which it builds on the current understanding of love, and that the fragility of life leads us to cherish life itself. So if the Heaven has presented me with the choice of immortality, you would know my decision. I still have a wish, that my life would be constantly transform from one form to another form in eternity, such as to become the soil that grows into a flower after I departed, so that I could eventually live eternally in the Nature.

The Furry World Photo Series

2014/10/29 - 17 Responses

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老天托我给你一个口信…好好的爱我。
GOD HAS A MESSAGE FOR YOU….LOVE ME.

– 祈泉,2014年10月28日于新加坡

图片小故事
我常常对人类某些想法感到很困惑。我们为什么要孩子来到世上然后又告诉他们世界就是这么的残酷。我想,残酷的不是世界,是我们自己。不是吗?我相信如果我们愿意给世界一点一滴的爱,爱会汇聚成一条河流,让她流经的世界会更加的美丽。这也是你的梦想吗?

THE LITTLE STORY ABOUT THE PHOTO
I am often very confused with some human behaviors and thoughts. Why would we want to bring our children to this World and ask them to face the cruel reality of the World later on? For me it is not the World that is cruel, it is ourselves. Isn’t it? I believe if every of us is willing to give a little drop of love for this World, love will flow like a river and to make the World more beautiful wherever the river goes. Aren’t you sharing the same vision with me?

The Furry World Photo Series

2014/10/28 - 18 Responses

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你愿意用你一点点的爱来交换我的友情吗?我会附送你我的全部,包括爱。
Do you want to exchange a little Love for my friendship? I will give you everything I have, including Love.

– 祈泉,2014年10月28日于新加坡

图片小故事
我们是不是都在犯同样的错,总以为自己都是付出比较多的一方呢?不管是孩子和父母之间,还是兄弟姐妹之间,或是情人伴侣之间。更多的时候我们是不是不应该纠缠在付出的多与少之间?如果你问我应该在意什么才是好的?我想,我在意的是是否我的爱能活出她真正的意义?

THE LITTLE STORY ABOUT THE PHOTO
Don’t we always make the same mistake, and to presume that we are the only one who give the most of our love? It happens between the relationship of the children and the parents, the brothers and sisters, the lovers and companions. Isn’t that most of the time we should not focus on the issue who is giving more or less and perhaps on something else? If you ask me about my opinion, I would say to focus on my ‘Love’ to lives the meaning of her life.

For you

2014/10/25 - 11 Responses

《给你》
微笑,
那是我的语言,
快乐,
那是我的微笑。
世界问我,
你对我的爱呢?
我回答说,
O 那是我的灵魂!

《For you》
Smiling,
that is my language,
Happiness,
that is my smile.
The World ask me,
what about your Love to me?
I answer,
O that is my Soul!

祈泉,2014年10月25日于新加坡

Rainy days

2014/10/24 - 3 Responses

《雨天》
天空下着雨,
有时从云那里来,
有时却从心那里来,
如果从云那里来,
我会坐在世界的窗边,
等待太阳看到我微笑的一刻,
如果从心那里来,
我将给自己一个最亲切的拥抱,
告诉世界把爱常留我心。

《Rainy days》
The world is raining,
sometimes it comes from the clouds,
sometimes it comes from my heart,
if it comes from the clouds,
I will sit beside the window of the World,
to wait for the moment for the Sun to see my smile,
if it comes from my heart,
I will give myself a dearest hug,
to ask for the love of the World to stay forever in my heart.

祈泉,2014年10月24日于新加坡

Life Photo Series

2014/10/23 - 17 Responses

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我们内心的不平静,是不是因为我们还不了解自己内心里住着的那位朋友呢?
Isn’t that the untamed feeling in our mind a sign of the lack of understanding of the friend that lives in our heart?

– 祈泉,2014年10月23日于新加坡

图片小故事
这照片是在新加坡麦里芝蓄水池拍的。那里是城市里的天堂,因为有一大片树林。有多大呢?好吧,这片树林绕一圈回到原地,需要走至少4个小时。或许你说不是很大,但是用心和自然交流我们需要数字来证明吗?如果我的家有一个后院,而在后院里有自己的小花园,我想,天堂就是在我家后院,不是吗?我肯定是这样想的。我希望人们不要小看那小小而卑微的数字,像树林和我们的小花园一样,那里隐藏了我们难以用凡人的聪明和智慧所能理解的幸福。

THE LITTLE STORY ABOUT THE PHOTO
This photo was taken at the Macritchie reservoir. The place is a heaven of the city, because of the large patch of the reserved forest. How large is the place exactly? OK, to go around the forest needs at least 4 hours of hiking. May be you might not agree with me it is big, but do we really need numbers to support our care and love for the nature? If I have a home with a backyard, and in the backyard I have my own little flower garden, don’t you think that the heaven is in my home’s backyard? I certainly think so. I wish that we will never underestimate the humble number of something, like the forest or our little garden, the hidden joy they can bring is beyond our wit and wisdom could reach and understand.

Your lovely comment is always encouraging.

The Furry World Photo Series

2014/10/22 - 10 Responses

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在梦里我追逐着一个有爱的世界。这会是我张开眼睛后的世界吗?
I DREAM I AM CHASING A WORLD WITH LOVE. IS THIS THE WORLD WHEN I HAVE MY EYES OPENED?

– 祈泉,2014年10月22日于新加坡

图片小故事
这是初生的还没张开眼睛的小狗,是我表妹的一只腊肠狗生的。当时我2012年底去文莱参加我侄女的婚礼,也是我母亲去世后一个多月我到那里去拜访几个很久没有联系的亲戚。因为父母都走了,和亲戚联系的担子就必须由我们后辈来做。我希望世界上的父母,不只要把爱给自己的孩子,也要以身作则的努力建立一个有爱的世界。

THE LITTLE STORY ABOUT THE PHOTO
The photo shows a new born puppy that has not opened the eye, it was given birth by the Dachshund of my cousin in Brunei. I went to Brunei in 2012 to attend a wedding of my niece, and also to take the opportunity to visit some relatives after my mom has passed away, and to reconnect with them. I feel that it is time for the younger generation to take over the responsibility to reconnect with the near and far relatives after both of my parents have departed.I just wish all parents in the World would give their love not only to their children, but to set an example to their children of their effort to make this World a better place.

Your lovely comment is always encouraging.

The Furry World Photo Series

2014/10/21 - 4 Responses

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你需要时间来陪伴的是我,还是自己的心?
Do you really think you need time to be with me, or to be with your heart?

– 祈泉,2014年10月20日于新加坡

图片小故事
这张照片是去槟城参加一位朋友的婚礼,在新郎的家拍的。这是他和弟弟养的一只狗,叫Big Boy,好好玩的名字。

THE LITTLE STORY ABOUT THE PHOTO
This is a photo taken when I was attending my friend’s wedding in Penang, Malaysia, and was taken in his home. This is a dog raised both by him and his younger brother. The dog has a cute name, the Big Boy.

Your lovely comment is always encouraging.

There is a place

2014/10/20 - 13 Responses

《有一个地方》

安静似乎在这里落了脚,
虽然偶尔几个朋友会来拜访,
一起欣赏我没有花的花园,
听着没有声音的乐曲,
就算没人说一句话,
我的心却装了满满的快乐。

这里或许不曾存在,
因为大多时候我也会找不到它,
只有当我的心清静的时候,
这里就会突然来到我的跟前,
我没看到这里有任何的路,
更不用说知道来这里的路。

或许你会问,
那朋友如何能来到这里,
我一只手按着我的心
另一只手按着你的心,
我没说一句话,
闭上了我的眼睛。

《There is a place》
It seems like silence is settling in this place,
although occasionally some friends might come to visit,
to admire the garden without a flower,
to listen to the music without a sound,
and even if no one is talking,
my heart is filled with joy.

May be this place does not exist,
because sometime I could not find it,
only when my heart is calmed,
then the place just come to my realization,
I don’t see a single street here,
not even to mention if I know any road that leads to here.

May be you would ask,
how would your friends come to this place,
with one hand I place on my heart,
and the other on your heart
without a word,
I have my eyes closed.

祈泉
10月20日2014年,新加坡。

/新的工作已经开始了,会越来越少时间能写自己的部落格。但是,我还是会认为这是一个给自己找的藉口。我希望这样能鞭策自己无论如何都要尽力继续的写。

/My new job has started, and there will be less time for me to write and to post. Nonetheless I will still think this is the excuse that I give to myself. With this mindset, hopefully I will keep reminding myself to post whenever possible.

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