Thursday, 28 February 2008


well, we just have to choose a vantage point... we surely pick the perspective we take.

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

the wounded man stopped breathing and the blood drained out of his system
the soul traveled from afar . he was pronounced dead.
how many crucifixions must we take to have our own resurrection?
we take delight in all things new, meeting people at the crossroads, journeying.
it is tiring though. how is it possible to always choose the unpaved and unpopular?
it may only be me... trying to be like you. nah--pretending.

Friday, 15 February 2008


The front lawn of my house is full of scrap. We waited for almost one month for the HMR (heavy metal recycler) to pick it up but it seems that it will stay for a while out there. We even called one day to complain but a grumpy wife simply dismissed us saying that his hubby is in the hospital. Translation: wait till he is able to get it.

The waiting went on and our grumblings grew. We just can't believe that our tiny yard became a 'junk yard'. It is a terrible site for the pedestrians.

I will go back to the surly reply of a wife in pain. Little did we know (to our abberation of tabloid-community papers), the incident regarding the hubby was no domestic hospitalisation. It was work-related. Apparently the guy and his son was mauled and 'chopped' by rival HMR groups in the morning while the two were rounding up for some scrap metals.

Big sigh. In a very clean, posh and rich Australia, they too fight for scraps. For them it was a 'job hazard'. I just don't know how they would call the fighting scavengers of payatas and many other 'smokey mountain' areas in my country.
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Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Text of PM Rudd's 'sorry' address

February 12, 2008 - 6:18PM

Today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

We reflect on their past mistreatment.

We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were stolen generations - this blemished chapter in our nation's history.

The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia's history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future.

We apologise for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians.

We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country.

For the pain, suffering and hurt of these stolen generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry.

To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry.

And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.

We the Parliament of Australia respectfully request that this apology be received in the spirit in which it is offered as part of the healing of the nation.

For the future we take heart; resolving that this new page in the history of our great continent can now be written.

We today take this first step by acknowledging the past and laying claim to a future that embraces all Australians.

A future where this Parliament resolves that the injustices of the past must never, never happen again.

A future where we harness the determination of all Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to close the gap that lies between us in life expectancy, educational achievement and economic opportunity.

A future where we embrace the possibility of new solutions to enduring problems where old approaches have failed.

A future based on mutual respect, mutual resolve and mutual responsibility.

A future where all Australians, whatever their origins, are truly equal partners, with equal opportunities and with an equal stake in shaping the next chapter in the history of this great country, Australia.

Sunday, 10 February 2008

the pace

your slowness can be as nasty as your response. look around you. we are called to run towards what we can offer and can actively do... the snail irritates me. yes. but it is a consolation too. no matter what, there is a movement.... so slow but it moves..
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The launching

we've shared our dreams and hopes dearest
we bottled it up together
it is time to launch our ship and sail away
don't be bothered by the undercurrents and the tide
let it take over
allow the waves to disturb us...

it will sail slowly
it sucks into the dependence of the wind
pray that the water will sustain its hospitality

come now my love...
we face the odds
let's submerge in the water...
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