Friday, September 06, 2019

POETS IN MOTION

Poets don't  judge,
they eat magic
moments - their
eyes open to hidden
wonders under the
spell of mouthfuls
of delight.
 
Up and down, poetic
jaws move like ships
on tossy waves; while
food-filled cheeks
sway to the dance of
gestated thoughts in
mouths chock full of
revelation.

And inside? - the poet's
incisors slice the hidden
 enchantment from holy
 meat to nibble at
glory and to then be
consumed by sacred
 reflections for others
 to feast.







Tuesday, August 27, 2019

¡NO EXCUSES!

Azkargorta replied in no uncertain terms - "No Excuses" 

I had asked him to share a helpful insight I could take away from our encounter. He didn't flinch - the words "No Excuses" slid from his lips easily. He cited an example: he fined players who turned up late for training sessions, never accepting the argument that coming late was part of our Latino culture.

 We are more than our carnal self-imposed limits. 

The bible talks about the excuses we use to justify our lack of commitment and trust in the One we serve...Moses said he couldn't speak well; I'd probably have said something similar if I had to take on Pharoah - this dude crushed people for a living! 

Gideon told the angel he didn't come from an important family when given the charge to unite the Israelites and lead them into battle against the Midianites.

 And some folk told Jesús they couldn't follow Him cuz they had pressing family matters. 

Stepping out in faith can be kinda scary; fear-driven excuses lead us nowhere. Trust the Lord...He'll take care of us...
   
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deut 31:8

    

Monday, August 26, 2019


  CONVERSATION WITH AZKARGOTA 

I  bumped into the legendary Xavier Azkargota a few months ago at BISA, the bank near my home at Equipetrol Norte, Santa Cruz! 

Azkargota coached the Bolivian soccer team that qualified for the World Cup in 1994. I had just arrived in Bolivia as a young missionary and the thrill of sharing in the nation's celebration at qualifying for the World Cup was exhilarating!

We exchanged pleasantries, talked about the similarities of our roles as coaches - a diocesan bishop coaching the clergy; and him as coach of a soccer team. 

The Lord brings interesting people into our paths

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

BISHOP RENNIS VISITS BOLIVIA

- Making History- 

Several years ago Bp Rennis Ponniah (Diocesan Bishop of Singapore) his wife Amir and their son Abraham visited Bolivia. We enjoyed having them and here is +Rennis giving a talk to the leaders of Cristo Luz Del Mundo. +Rennis and I share a common racial heritage, in that we're both Tamils.

I translated his message into Spanish.

It's likely we were making history: two Tamils ministering in South America - one speaking in English and the other translating in Spanish!



+ Rennis lived up to his calling as an effective bible expositor at a special weekday night meeting. The Lord's people were blessed by his powerful message on the " Risen Christ's Presence On Road to Emmaus".   

We grew up in the parish of Christ Church and also attended the same mission school in Singapore.

Friday, December 30, 2016

ELIJAH n HIS ANCIENT DESK TOP

SPOT - OUR BELOVED DOG 

BROWNIE - OUR BELOVED DOG

ELIJAH AND MICHELLE 
BLAST FROM THE PAST - the early years of 2000 -
ELIJAH 

THE FAMILY 
   

Sunday, December 04, 2016

THE EARLY YEARS

THE EARLY YEARS! - STUDYING THE LANGUAGE

This is a photo of Michelle, Elijah and I in Cochabamba in 1993. We studied Spanish, linguistics and cross-cultural communication in the Language Insitute run by the Maryknoll Fathers. It's a Roman Catholic institute, open to anyone wishing to learn Spanish and the main native languages of Bolivia highlands, Quechua and Aymara. Michelle and I took turns to attend classes at the institute. If she went in the morning, I would look after Elijah; and vice versa.

I miss the innocence of the early days

Thursday, November 24, 2016


UNCLE EDWIN'S WEDDING


This is a photo of my uncle Edwin's marriage to my aunt Emily. My uncle, a warrant officer, was a shipwright in the Royal Malaysian Navy. She was a nurse, a matron in the government hospital. They were very much in love.

Uncle Edwin passed away several years ago. They have 2 sons, Christopher and Michael; and a daughter, Angeline.

I am on my uncle Edwin's left. He helped me arrange my tie before we went to the church for the church service.

On aunty Emily's left is my sister Rebecca. My father and mother are behind the newly weds.

My uncle Edwin was my mother's younger brother. He and aunty Emily were married in Johore Bahru, Malaysia.