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Treasure our MOMENTS, treasure our identities: A tribute to John Updike

Life is like a candle in the wind.  Are you living your life to the fullest today?

I came across this moving poem by John, who has recently passed away.  A fantastic poem encapsulating the essence of time, life and identities.  This ties in perfectly with my latest Most Touching Story to date, Shan’s MOMENTS in time.

Good and bad times are part of life and living.  Have you etched yourself in the hearts and minds of your loved ones today?

I’ll leave you with John’s poem.

Perfection Wasted

And another regrettable thing about death

is the ceasing of your own brand of magic,

which took a whole life to develop and market-

the quips, the witticisms, the slant

adjusted to a few, those loved ones nearest

the lip of the stage, their soft faces blanched

in the footlight glow, their laughter close to tears,

their warm pooled breath in and out with your heartbeat,

their response and your performance twinned.

The jokes over the phone. The memories packed

in the rapid-access file. The whole act.

Who will do it again? That’s it: no one;

imitators and descendants aren’t the same.

– John Updike

Composed 1/24/90

Collected Poems 1953-1993 (Knopf, 1993, p. 231)

January 29, 2009   No Comments

Free Stories-Alive! series: People live and L.O.V.E.

My beloved friends,

Following my light-hearted story of Riiibbitt! Ed and Jason! which received a standing ovation, I will be sharing on People live and L.O.V.E. tomorrow evening at my home club!

People live and love.  People live and L.O.V.E.  What does “L.O.V.E.” mean?  Journey with me as I take you on Shan’s rollercoaster of L.O.V.E.

I invite you to the fourth of five installments in my Stories-Alive! series in Singapore.  Details as follows:

  • Title: People live and L.O.V.E.
  • Venue: Bishan Toastmasters Club, Bishan Community Club, Level 3, Lecture Room 1, Singapore
  • Date: 20 January 2008
  • Time: 7-10pm

I look forward to seeing you there!

With love,
Pei Shan

January 19, 2009   1 Comment

Words of wisdom: Decisions is living

The logic makes us intellectual, the emotion makes us human.  Making major decisions is living. – Yip Pei Shan

This is an excerpt from Left brain versus right brain? Shan’s take on logic and emotion.  Making decisions are making choices.  Choosing what we want, choosing what we need, choosing what we desire.  It is so wonderful!  We are intellectual humans gifted with choice!

November 6, 2008   No Comments

Zest for LIFE!

Zest for LIFE!!!

Do you have zest for life?  Zest is the last of the 24 strengths in the VIA, and is categorised under Transcendence.  Vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment encapsulates zest (Zest, n.d.)!

September 13th is my first performance on the big stage in a grand theatre.  Having been to Victoria Concert Hall several times as a spectator, it is a dream come true not only to intimately experience the performance area, but also to experience first hand a live performance on stage, with a 500-strong audience!

Awesome is the word, zest is my feeling!  Have you experienced totality in your encounters and activities?  Do you experience the passionate drive that fires up your engine for the entire 24 hours?

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September 11, 2008   No Comments

Words of wisdom: Pursuit over achievement

Achievement is good, pursuit is greater – Yip Pei Shan

This nugget of wisdom was born from a day out with Xin at Sentosa. Photographing the sun, the wind, the skies, nature and people around us, we had a delightful conversation over achievement and pursuit.

Achieving is good, however, pursuit is greater. [

August 11, 2008   No Comments