Life Photo Series
2014/10/17

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Isn’t life itself the most beautiful music ever played?
你不认为生命本身弹奏的是最美妙的乐曲吗?

– 祈泉,2013年12月22日于新加坡

//This is an old unpublished work, and words are revised, with the title changed from Earth Call’s Photo Series to Life Photo Series.

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The Cat and the Leader
2014/10/16

My friend asked me, what lessons can a cat teach us in order to become a good leader? Allow me to tell the story from one of my mistakes. My younger sister brought a cat to our family sometime ago, and I tried to discipline the cat like a dog. As you can imagine, I failed squarely. This is not a lesson only about knowing the differences between cats and dogs, but to remind me although dogs’ obedient make us feel superior, nonetheless the pride and ego of the cat can thwart this sense of superiority. Ever since that I do not harass the cat to listen to me, she has been getting friendly with me, and occasionally trying to play with me. This opens my mind about the qualities of being a good leader is to accept and tolerate the diversity in characters, behaviors, and ideas of people, and furthermore to guide them in an appropriate way so that we reach farther and higher goals (in life) together. Do you agree? One more thing, dogs and cats can easily forgive people’s mistake and to love them again, so why can’t us human do the same?

//This discussion is related to the post https://riveroftheheartblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/senseless-quote-of-the-furry-world-photo-series-6/
//To tolerate and to forgive are not easy things to do, and I believe most of the people and including I feel the same. However, we should not resist to have incremental improvement for ourselves each and everyday in the hope that when we look back at the distance we have covered, it would be an important journey in life.

我的朋友问我猫和当领导有什么关系?这事要从我的错误说起。我妹妹养了一只猫,但是我却把牠当狗来教导。可想而知,我碰了一鼻子灰。这事不仅仅是告诉我猫和狗个性上的区别,更是告诉我纵然狗因为他的顺从而让我们觉得自己处在的优势,但是猫的高傲却彻底的践踏了我的这种心态。现在很多时候我都不去打扰那只猫,反而她和我更亲近了,也会主动靠近我和和我嬉戏。所以作为一个真正的领导人,心胸要比其他人更大更广,去包容和接纳不同人的个性、习惯和见解,并循循善诱的去引导其他人和自己走向更高远的(人生)目标。你同意吗?哦还有一点,狗和猫是那么容易的原谅了人的过错和从新去爱人,如果动物可以这样,何况我们人类呢?

祈泉书于10月16日2014年,新加坡。

//与此短文有关的我之前的贴子 https://riveroftheheartblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/senseless-quote-of-the-furry-world-photo-series-6/
//包容和原谅是不容易的,我不认为自己都能做得好,但是只要我们每天都给自己一点进步的空间,我相信有一天当我们回头一看时,会发现这是一段重要的人生旅程。

Completeness
2014/10/14

How do I interpret completeness of life? Completeness has a profound meaning in Buddhism. However, I want to see completeness as something simpler, that is to discover our inadequacy in life, and to make improvement to ourselves. Just like when there is light, there is shadow, or the complete cycle of a day that consists of the day time and the night. The completeness of life to me superficially is about to play the roles as children, as brothers and sisters, as parents or as friends as we going through different stages in life. In a more elaborate understanding, and to refer from Lun Yu*, is to have the heart of care and love for any old or young one by taking them as our own elders, or children. Completeness as in the personal entity, is about to break free from our own pride, prejudice, and ignorance. We like things that we deemed beautiful, like a pretty child, or a person who is handsome or beautiful. In completeness sense, the question is how can we assess various characteristics of a person in a just way, and to give these characteristics the credit as much as their appearance. On top of these assessments, ultimately is about our heart being opened to them by considering them as our loved one. Completeness to me is not about being perfect, but being able to see the imperfections in us. We need to embrace imperfections in us, so that we know that we can become a better person in each and everyday. To me, life is an adventure about self discovery. What do you think?

*Lun Yu, please refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analects
//This post is related to the post https://riveroftheheartblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/life-photo-series-4/

圆满对我来说是什么意思呢?圆满在佛教里意义深远。但对我来说只是简单的指时刻都看到人生和自己的不足,然后改进。圆满有如光与影同时的存在,如白天和黑夜互相的交替而形成的一天。人生过程的圆满,表面上在于经历为人儿女、为人兄弟姐妹、为人父母或为人朋友的不同人生的阶段。更深一层的意义就论语来说,就是我们能不能做到老吾老以及人之老,幼吾幼以及人之幼的时时刻刻保有一种关怀与爱的心态。就个人而言,圆满是自己能否打破迷惘。好比每个人都喜欢美丽的事物,如美丽的孩子或美丽的人。但是我们能不能对一个人的其他的方方面面给予更公正的评价呢? 当然在公正之上,还有对他人有如对自己亲人的理解与关爱。圆满指的不是完美,而是能接受自己的不完美而尽力的在生命的每一天做好自己。人生对我来说犹如踏上发现自己的冒险。你认为是吗?

祈泉书于10月14日2014年,新加坡。

//这贴子是Life Photo Series的延续讨论 https://riveroftheheartblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/life-photo-series-4/

The beauty of the world
2014/10/13

或许世界的美不在于她所隐藏起来的,而是在于我们的心。

May be the beauty of the World does not lie in its hidden perspective, perhaps it lie within our heart.

– 祈泉,2014年2月18日于新加坡

 

A magical moment
2014/10/12

《神奇的时刻》A magical moment

A magical moment knocks at your dream in the first light of the morning. She asks, do you wish to come with me to the enchanted forest?

一个神奇的时刻轻轻的敲着你的梦在那早晨的第一线阳光,她问道,您愿不愿意和我走在那像通往魔幻世界的树林里?

祈泉
2014年10月12日于新加坡

 

Completeness
2014/10/10

你同意吗人活着不是为了走向死亡,而是为了走向圆满?
Do you agree that life is not about living towards death, but instead towards completeness?

– 祈泉,2014年2月16日于新加坡

 

Life Photo Series
2014/07/05

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《沙漠之花》The flowers of desert
2014/06/15

There is a kind of Love
flourishes in the cracks of time
to see her own life
as the symbol of eternity

有一种爱
开在时间乍现的裂缝里
把自己的生命
当成永恒

祈泉
2014年6月15日于新加坡

The interpretation of Life (I): Routine is dangerous?
2014/06/14

I often read my friends’ Facebook. I like some of the things they shared that make me think carefully about life. Recently I read one quote, which I quite often come across nowadays:

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.”
― Paulo Coelho

I like Paulo’s Alchemist, but I don’t think I am agreeing with the quote. Why? First of all he put two things in opposite, adventure vs. routine. Imagine if we travel to a country, a village, we see normal living of people, it could be exotic because of a different place, a different culture, a different language, a different religion, or a different race, and these routine living of people add to the stories that we called adventure.

For me, there are some caveats in the quote by Paulo, i.e.,

1. It is often useful to think ‘We’ instead of ‘Me’. By differentiating often we want to emphasize superiority and inferiority, and often the case is ‘Me’ superior and ‘He/She’ inferior.

2. By emphasizing ‘We’, we appreciate that we are part of a society, a tiny molecule of the World, and everyone is part of our adventure, and ‘We’ are part of theirs as well. Isn’t that the way in learning of appreciation in life should be a part of our adventure, and an important journey in life?

Kee Chua
2014年6月14日于新加坡

Life Photo Series
2014/05/15

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This is another photo series that I created sometime ago. The Life photo series is mainly focus on how we can see life in its simplest form, and to find the fundamental elements that can make us a complete person.

Hope you will enjoy!

KC
15 May 2014, Singapore

《慵懒的时刻》A lazy moment
2014/05/11

《慵懒的时刻》A lazy moment

有时候我想
懒惰一下
谁也不想见
音乐也不想听
连梦也不想
连想什么也不想
或许我应该
找一个秘密的角落
让时间
也找不到我
然后看着自己
渐渐融化在
虚空里
没有留下
任何痕迹

Sometime I wish
to be lazy for a moment
to see no one
to listen to no music
even to dream no dream
or not to think about thinking itself
may be I should
find  a secret place
that even time
cannot find me
then to watch myself
slowly dissolving into
emptiness
leaving without
a single trace

祈泉
2014年5月11日于新加坡
Revised on 2016年8月13日

Earth’s Call Photo Series
2014/05/09

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Have not being published anything lately. I hope that I can publish some of the photo series that I have being working on in the last few months. I also hope these photo series will bring you a different perspective in living with and loving nature, the World, and the people.

warmest regard from Singapore,
KC
2014年5月9日

《生命在这一刻》Life at this moment
2013/12/03

我的生命
曾否有一刻
为你而活?
让我歌唱吧
这一刻
我为你而活!

我的生命
曾否有一刻
为你而开心?
让我歌唱吧
这一刻
我为你而开心!

我的生命
曾否有一刻
为你而落泪?
让我歌唱吧
这一刻
我为你而落泪

我们的生命
曾否有一刻
相拥在一起
让我们歌唱吧
就记住这一刻
因为明天当星星道别了太阳
我可能将道别了你

Is my life
for one moment
is meant to live for you?
O let me sing a song
for this moment
I live for you

Is my life
for one moment
is meant to be happy for you?
O let me sing a song
for this moment
I am happy for you

Is my life
for one moment
to cry for you?
O let me sing a song
for this moment
I cry for you

Is our life
for one moment
is meant to embrace each other?
O let us sing a song
to remember this moment
because tomorrow when the stars say farewell to the sun
I may be saying farewell to you

祈泉
2013年12月3日于新加坡
Revised on 2016年8月14日

献给在我生命中一起走过的人
dedicated to all people who have walked with me in my life

//We think we do not have to live for others, but think again, so many have lived for us, at some moments in our lives.
//我们以为自己不为谁而活,想一想,我们生命里的许多人,也都曾在我们生命的某个阶段,不经意的为我们而活。

// The meaning of the last verse is about in darkness we light up hopes for each other, and the Sun signifies the end of the darkness, and thus the beginning of our new lives.

//There were two main ‘enzymes’ that led me to writing of these verses, my recent conversation with my secondary school friend Shirley about her struggling in the growing of her heart and soul (and mine too), and a canon pixma advertisement that led me to discover a beautiful song ‘Your Firefly’ by Ben Cocks. I completed these verses while listening to this song, because I wanted to write something beautiful like this song too.

A sigh
2013/11/28

《叹息》A sigh

蝴蝶飞过了
是我不够美吗?
蜜蜂也飞过了
是我不够甜吗?
云来了又走了
雨下了又停了
我凋落了
世界叹了一声
我问世界
你还在等待谁
世界说
是你,我亲爱的花儿

The butterflies have flied past me
am I not pretty enough?
The bees have flied past me
am I not sweet enough?
clouds have come and gone
rains have dropped and stopped
and I have fallen
the World sighs
I ask the World
who are you still waiting for?
The World replies
is you, my dear flower

祈泉
2013年11月28日于新加坡
Revised on 2016年8月15日

《最后的影像》The last Image
2013/11/24

妈妈,
死亡来了,
我送你到这里,
请妳把妳的眼睛当成一部相机,
拍下最一个影像,
我向妳道别的微笑。

Mom,
Death is coming,
this is the last checkpoint I can be with you,
but please imagine your eye as the camera,
to capture the last image,
the smile when I say goodbye.

祈泉
2013年11月24日于新加坡

//A writing inspired by the conversation with LoveIsGiving in one of my post https://riveroftheheartblog.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/《向死亡微笑》to-smile-at-death/

Unable to hold on
2013/11/20

有人说
财富是幸福
也有人说
幸福是财富
我问幸福
我是妳的什么?
幸福回答说
我梦里的一片云

Some people say
Wealth is the Bliss
some people also say
Bliss is the Wealth
I ask the Bliss
who am I to you?
The Bliss replies
A cloud in my dream

祈泉
2013年11月20日于新加坡
Revised on 2016年7月6日

 

《如果我是蓝蓝的海》If I am the blue blue sea
2013/11/15

如果我,
是蓝蓝的海,
那蓝蓝的天空,
就是我的心,
我的喜怒哀乐,
是天气,
我的希望,
在星星里,
我的呼唤,
是午后温柔的凉风,
而你知道吗,
夜里那挂在夜空的月亮?
那是我打开的心扉,
等待着妳。

If I am,
the blue blue sea,
then the blue blue sky,
is my heart,
my happiness and sorrow,
is the weather,
my hopes,
are with the stars,
my calling,
is the tender wind of the afternoon,
and do you know, the moon that hang in the night sky?
That is the door of my heart I opened,
for you who I am waiting.

祈泉
2013年11月15日于新加坡

《蜕变》The transformation
2013/11/10

《蜕变》The transformation

我的心
是等待蜕变的毛虫
不在梦想里
向往花儿夏日的天空
而是在现实里
要成为天空美丽的花儿

My heart is a caterpillar
waiting for a transformation
not to be in the dream
to long for the summer sky of flowers
but to be in the reality
to become beautiful flowers of the sky

祈泉
2013年11月10日于新加坡
Revised on 2016年8月16日

A wish of the world
2013/10/31

《世界的期待》A wish of the world

你用细小的身躯
抵挡着命运的暴风
像小草等待着雨露
小花等待着阳光
而你等待着爱
可是亲爱的,你坚持的微笑
却让世界
也等待着你的幸福

Your vulnerable little body
standing against the ferocious storm of fate
like the little grass waiting for the rain and dewdrops
the flower waiting for the sun
and you are waiting for the love
but my dear, for the smile that you have never given up
even the World
is waiting for your happiness

祈泉
2013年10月31日于新加坡

《期盼》An expectation
2013/10/30

《期盼》An expectation

My thought
has been away for a while
I do not know
where is she now
through the wooden window
I stare at the path leading to home
shadows of the trees
have stretched out to cuddle each other
the tender breeze touches my chins
comforting me by bringing the smell of dust
from a foreign land
I am wondering about
places that my thought has travelled
would she buy me a souvenir
for every place she has visited
and would she tell me the little stories
for every special moment she has encountered
when the first star
begins to twinkle in the sky
my heart is again filled with hope
for the little surprise
of life

我的思想
已离开了我好一阵子
我不知道
她走到了哪里了
凝望着木窗外
那回家的路上
路边的树已拉长着的树影
拥抱着彼此
微风吹拂在了我的双颊上
挟带着一种安慰
来自那远方的尘土的味道
我在想
我的思考她
走过了什么地方
她会不会在每一个地方
都给我买一些特别的手信
她回来后
会不会给我讲一些
她的旅程里一些有趣的小故事
当天边的一颗星星
已开始闪烁了
我又满怀期盼
这生命里的
又一个惊喜

祈泉
2013年10月30日于新加坡
Revised on 2016年9月2日

 

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