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Remembering Prince Philip’s best quips

RIP Prince Philip [www.pinterest.com]

“I declare this thing open, whatever it is.” (visit to Canada in 1969)

“If it has got four legs and it is not a chair, if it has got two wings and it flies but is not an aeroplane, and if it swims and it is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it.” (1986 World Wildlife Fund meeting).

“How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?”(to a driving instructor in Oban, Scotland, during a 1995 walkabout).

“Oh, it’s you that owns that ghastly car is it? We often see it when driving to Windsor Castle.” (Talking to neighbour Elton John’s about his beloved Watford themed Aston Martin, in 2001)

‘Are you asking me if the Queen is going to die?’ (on when the Prince of Wales would succeed to the throne)

“If it doesn’t fart or eat hay, she’s not interested.” (on the Princess Royal)

“I’ve just done what I think is my best. Some people think it’s all right. Some don’t. What can you do? I can’t suddenly change my whole way of doing things. I can’t change my interests and the way in which I react to things. It’s part of my style. It’s just too bad, they’ll have to lump it.” (on his reputation)

“Bits are beginning to drop off.” (Approaching his 90th birthday, 2011)

“Tolerance is the one essential ingredient … You can take it from me that the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance.”

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Adieu, Larry King

Remembering some of Larry King’s best quotes…
“I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.”
“You gotta ask ‘why’ questions. ‘Why did you do this?’ A ‘why’ question you can’t answer with one word.”
“I never use the word ‘I’ when I interview someone. I think it’s irrelevant.”
“Basically, what it comes down to is I love what I do. I don’t do it for fame. I don’t do it for money. I just love it.”
“I never forgot being poor, and I never stopped thinking how fortunate I am.”
“I’m 80 years old, and I don’t know what I’m going to be when I grow up.”
“I’ve got a nice car. I love my job. I’ve got a bagel store, and I have breakfast every morning with friends I grew up with. I’ve been in movies, I’ve written books – I don’t know how that all happened.”
“The Kardashians can be famous for being famous. What do they do? I can’t figure it out.”
“I don’t wish anybody ill, I really don’t. I’ve got a lot of faults, but I was never jealous or envious or… it’s a waste of time.
“If I do something caring for a friend, I have no doubt in my mind they would do it for me.”
“Getting your house in order and reducing the confusion gives you more control over your life. Personal organization some how releases or frees you to operate more effectively.”
“I’m sort of the comic relief after a hard day at work. My message is that it’s OK to relax.”

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R.I.P. Sean Connery

“You call this archaeology?” [Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade]

“You call it luck. I call it destiny.” [The Man Who Would Be King]

“I take the good with the bad. I can’t love people in slices.” [First Knight]

“No thinking—that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is…to write, not to think!” [Finding Forrester]

“May God grant us the wisdom to discover right, the will to choose it, and the strength to make it endure.” [King Arthur]

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RIP, sweet Ebi!

sweet Ebi
Three week ago, 
Shaye, my 8-year old daughter
bought herself a blue budgie and a bird cage. 
And she calls her Ebi
(named after her favorite Japanese food,  Ebi Sushi).
  Ebi is the sweetest little thing. 
You know what they say about pets and their owners being so alike. 
Well, Ebi was just like Shaye – cheerful, noisy and messy.   
When we’re around she’s the most obedient sweet little creature. 
This morning , when we woke up we were shocked to find Ebi’s lifeless body,
her head stuck in between the bars.
Perhaps she got curious, stuck her head in between the bars,
panicked and broke her neck.   
Just two days ago, I was playing with Ebi and
noticed the bar spacing at the bottom corner of the cage was a bit too wide. 
But I did not give it much thought nor did I mention it to hubby. 
I believe if I had said something about the wide spacing,
he would have done something  cos he’s Mr Fix-It. 
 Again, I had ignored the inner voice hinting that something is wrong. 
It’s a painful and unfortunate incident and a lesson of life and death for Shaye.
But I’m thankful for the joy Ebi brought and the time spent with her. 
Oh, how she loved watching television with us in the room at night. 
And a reminder that life is fragile and we must enjoy every moment.   
Little by little we will let go of  our loss but never of our love. 
Fly free now, sweet Ebi!
We love you and you’ll be dearly missed.
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Happy Heavenly Birthday, Dad!

“May the winds of heaven whisper softly in your ear –
Happy Heavenly Birthday, Dad!  
Thinking of you today on your special day.
Sending you much love and loving thoughts.
Until we meet again on the other side of the rainbow!”

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“The life of the dead is placed on the memories of the living.
The love you gave in life keeps people alive beyond their time.
Anyone who was given love will always live on in another’s heart.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Journey of love and acceptance

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Going on 18 years now since my dad was called home.
And it took me a long time to realize that
the process of grieving is not
something one can ignore.
It is not about being weak or strong
or how long one should grieve.  
Grieving is a journey  of acceptance.  
A new way of seeing.
A lesson on life and death.  
An awakening to living a true life.
Grief is an act of love we have
for those we love and hold so dear.
 It is really a journey of love in the presence
to a new journey of love in the absence.

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Message to my aunt in heaven

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Hello again, Aunt Ying
I thought about you today.  Though it is nothing new as I often thought about you in silence and whenever I see the beautiful plants and colourful flowers at the nursery near my home.
I remember those times we sat and talked.  Talking to you was always a treat.
We once talked about life and death.  You told me that one day you will die and I said, “Aunt, please don’t say that.”  But you said, “It’s a fact we must all accept.”  You then showed me a beautiful photo of yourself and said it will be the photo of your final journey.
Not too long after that you told me that you had trouble sleeping and you were getting quite forgetful.  I did not feel anything amiss at that time cos I was rather forgetful myself too.  
I feel sad and helpless when you told me you could no longer drive or do your own shopping.  I know how much you loved to be independent.  You said you would never want to be a burden to your family.
Also, you often spoke about your two loving daughters, both have made you felt really loved and blessed as a mother. And how much you loved and enjoyed being a grandma to your two wonderful grandsons.
I thought about my visit to your home with  Sydelle and Shaye in November 2016.  You said you felt very tired.  Though you did not say much on that day,  you looked at Sydelle and Shaye and uttered “They are very beautiful”.  Something you often said about the girls when we meet.  I’m thankful that we visited you that day.  But I never thought that would be our last goodbye.

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Today, I will light a candle for you to let you know,
I miss your smile
I miss your voice
I miss your wit and your wisdom.
Rest in peace, Aunt Ying!
I shall see you one day on the other side of the stars.
Much love, Pat