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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Project 365 - Photo #243

Chillaxed at Starbucks, Jaya One with the Buy 1 Get 1 Free Merdeka Treat coupon from The Malay Mail. Applicable for Lemon Green Tea & Lemon Hibiscus beverages only. So, David & I gotten these two beverages.

Upon finishing, he "carved" a smiley, or rather, a "frowney" in the ice. :P

Ahh, I meant the mouth was already formed by itself in the ice, so David added another two holes to create the eyes.

CUTE!!!

Satu Bangsa, Satu Suara, Satu Nada, Satu Irama, Bersama Kita Capai Semua, Satu Malaysia!

Photo from here.

HAPPY 53RD MERDEKA, MALAYSIA!!!

My favorite song is still 'Satu Malaysia'.

Start:
Satu Malaysia
Rakyat Didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan

Verse 1:
Oh indahnya 'pabila
Kita bersama
Kau, aku, kita semua
Tiada bezanya


No matter, whatever the challenge may be
We'll face it together, the stronger we'll be

*Tamil
Ondraga seinthu, endrendrum vazhvom santhosham neeranthaeram
(Together we come united as one, and live forever, our happiness is permanent)

Chorus:
Satu Bangsa
Satu Suara

Satu Nada
Satu Irama
Bersama kita capai semua
Satu Malaysia

Rap:
Satu Bangsa - We're united in music
Satu Irama - United we stand

I feel the hearts of my people when we struggle everyday to be the best that we can
We share the food that we eat, we share the words that we speak,
I say what's up? You say, "Apa cerita?"
"You hungry bro? Jom makanlah!"


Verse 2:
We go up, never go down
We go up together

*Chinese
Wo men shi yi ge ma lai xi ya (
我们是一个马来西亚) (We are one Malaysia)
Wo men yong yuan zai tong yi ge jia (我们永远在同一个家) (We are one family)

Together we are strong

Tuan jie yi qi bu fen bi ci (团结一起不分彼此) (Unity with one vision)

Together we are strong
Xiang qin xiang ai wan zhong yi xin (相亲相爱万众一心) (We love each other and we share a vision)

United we stay, forever and ever
That's the way it's gonna be


Repeat Chorus (x1)

Bridge Sketch:
Ean: Dude, JJ!
JJ: Yes Ean.
Ean: You know what part is this in the song?
JJ: Yes, it's the part where they go one key higher.
Ean: Okay, we'll be quiet now okay?
JJ: Yeah, 'coz we can't sing but everyone else, one key higher!

Repeat Chorus (x2)

End:
Eh, dah habis? Saya nyanyi bila?
Eh engkau dah tua dah.
Engkau dengan aku tak nyanyi.
Tepuk tangan je.

Check out the song's video on 2009's post:
'Satu Malaysia' by AMP Allstars


 
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Check out AMP All Stars - Satu Malaysia Music Video (2010)!




Movie: The Stool Pigeon (线人) (2010)

The Stool Pigeon (线人) (2010) is another excellent police action movie from one of Hong Kong's acclaimed director, Dante Lam. Two weeks back, I watched Fire of Conscience (火龙) (2010), also directed by Dante Lam.

Senior Inspector Don Lee (Nick Cheung) works with stool pigeons (informants) in his job to hunt and catch bad guys in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Still haunted by guilt from his past relationships with former stool pigeons, Don is troubled when he needs to work with another new informant, Ghost Jr. (Nicholas Tse) to catch Barbarian (Lu Yi), a notorious armed robber and his gang. Ghost Jr. takes the risk as informant for the sake of money and infiltrates Barbarian's gang to provide Don with information about the gang's movement.

Don, worn out from many years of hard work, haunted by a guilty conscience, and coupled with a tragic past regarding his ex-wife, is unable to act decisively until the final moments.
Alas, it's too late when he finally makes the decision to no longer wants to be part of the web of betrayals upon betrayals...

Nicholas Tse is both vulnerable and volatile as the helpless hoodlum forced to make Faustian deals with both the crooks and the cops - deals he can't realistically hope to see out. He is working both sides for a surprisingly noble cause that goes above and beyond personal sacrifice, only to be manipulated repeatedly by Don, Barbarian and also the story's femme fatale - Barbarian's girlfriend, Dee (Kwai Lun-mei), a Taiwanese actress in Jay Chou's 2007 movie, Secret.

This movie drama hinges on the central dynamic between the two male protagonists, and again here it is the push-pull of co-dependence between Tse and Cheung's emotionally crippled characters that holds our attention throughout the film.


Note: Read more about this movie's review on Twitch.

If you love Hong Kong's police action thrillers with much emphasis on human nature's crippling imperfection and flaws, I'd highly recommend this movie. :)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Weekend Movie: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

He lived to find beauty. He killed to possess it.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) is a drama movie based on the 1985 novel Perfume by Patrick Süskind.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a dark fictional tale about the life and journey of
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), a young man with a superior sense of smell, in his pursuit of the craft of perfuming in the eighteenth century Paris.

Along the way, he meets
Baldini (Dustin Hoffman), a famous perfumer whose days of fame are long behind him. Baldini is the man who first leads Jean-Baptiste deeper into the secrets of scent preservation. However, Jean-Baptiste's work takes a horrific turn as he tries to preserve scents from young virgins in the search for the ultimate perfume.

This is a very beautiful art movie, not your typical blockbuster movie for mere entertainment purposes. This movie utilizes narration, long silent pauses, and slow, lingering camera movement to lead the audience into every single detail of the story. I find this technique very haunting yet effective.

As an art movie, everything is basically symbolical. In the end, it becomes clear that Jean-Baptiste is trying to capture the essence of love physically. He created the perfect feeling of love, both emotional and physical; a love encompassing perfect eroticism (not just emotionless sex). And in the end, he did what lovers do: he joined with other people. Yes, they absorbed him entirely, meaning that he became part of them, just as a person in love wishes to become part of his or her lover. But HE represented the very *concept* of love, and his physical absorption by the common people represents their ultimate adoption and understanding of that concept. (From IMDb)

Windows 7, Malaysia & Me Design Contest for Students

In conjunction with the nation's 53rd Merdeka Day on 31 August 2010, Microsoft Malaysia is calling all Malaysians to show our love for Malaysia.

Let's celebrate Merdeka Day with Windows of Malaysia Themes for Windows 7 by Reggie Lee.
This special activity is commemorated during a heartwarming event with the presence of Reggie Lee, Windows 7 team @ Microsoft Malaysia, media, and some of the members of the Windows 7 community at Imperial Chakri Palace, KLCC last Thursday, 26 August. You may download the themes from http://www.win7.com.my/Downloads/Themes/

If you're a Malaysian college or university student, the Windows 7, Malaysia & Me design contest is created especially for you! Show your love for Malaysia and build a uniquely Malaysia Windows 7 theme based on your Merdeka Day inspirations.

"Through the Windows 7, Malaysia & Me contest, Microsoft Malaysia is looking to inspire creativity and create new opportunities for talented Malaysian students. We invite students who are passionate about design, to share their Merdeka inspired designs with all Malaysians," said Yong Yu Tsing, Microsoft Malaysia's Windows Client Product Marketing Manager.

You may submit your entries to http://www.win7.com.my and they will be judged by a panel of judges headed by one of Malaysia's best loved Malaysian artists, the one-and-only Reggie Lee! The student with the winning theme will walk away with a 42" Panasonic LCD TV and an Asus netbook. Other prizes include Acer LCD Monitors, HTC Phones, and Windows 7 Ultimate software.

Contest Period: 26 August 2010 - 26 September 2010

So hurry up and share your creativity with the rest of Malaysia!

For more information on contest details, please visit Windows 7, Malaysia & Me Contest page. Also, do join the Windows 7 Malaysia conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Project 365 - Photo #239

Dinner of the day - Beef soup with potatoes, carrots, yellow onions, and cabbage.

*burp*


Windows 7 Merdeka Day Themes by Reggie Lee

In celebration of the nation's 53rd Merdeka Day, Microsoft Malaysia has tapped into the wit and creativity of celebrated cartoonist Reggie Lee to introduce seven unique Merdeka-inspired Windows 7 themes.

On 26 August 2010 (Thursday), the Windows 7 Team @ Microsoft Malaysia invited the media as well as some of the members of the Windows 7 community to an event at Imperial Chakri Palace, KLCC in conjunction of the launch of these new and exclusive Windows 7 Merdeka Day themes to the public.

We're excited to be able to meet Reggie Lee (right) in person. Microsoft Malaysia's Windows Client Product Marketing Manager, Yong Yu Tsing (left) said, "Microsoft Malaysia is pleased to collaborate with a home-grown icon like Reggie Lee. We are confident his distinctive designs and clever reflections of Malaysian life would appeal to Malaysians across the board."

"It's an honor to share my interpretation of the Malaysian lifestyle and what independence means for us through Windows 7," said Reggie Lee at the unveiling of the exclusive Windows 7 Merdeka Day Themes which comes in seven designs.


The Merdeka-inspired Windows 7 theme designs by Reggie Lee are available for download at the Microsoft Malaysia website in time for the Merdeka Day celebrations on 31 August.

Click on the "Download Theme" tab on the Downloads page to download these exclusive themes today!

For more information, do join the Windows 7 Malaysia conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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The T-shirt (door gift) and the 4GB thumbdrive (media gift) bear the Windows 7 logo.

THANK YOU to the Windows 7 Team @ Microsoft Malaysia for the invitation!

CONGRATULATIONS on the launch of the exclusive Windows 7 Merdeka Day Themes!

*** downloading themes in progress ***

:)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Project 365 - Photo #238

These are rather interesting and obscene junk food from Taiwan. :P

The first photo shows marshmallows in a packaging that resembles ladies' sanitary pads. The second photo shows sweets made in the form of ladies' boobs.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Project 365 - Photo #237

Junk food bliss at workplace. Thanks to Windy! :D




Fried Bittergourd

Fried bitter gourd is one my favorite vegetables whenever I opt for nasi kandar for lunch or dinner. 

I don't think I can ever cook this delicious, evil-looking dish because I can't understand half of its ingredients. :P So, here's a link for the recipe. :D


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Project 365 - Photo #236

Attended SMCKL #8: Social Media Showtime at Sunway Hotel Resort & Spa (24 August 2010). Seen here is @patrickteoh (dubbed the "Voice of Malaysia").

My Wishlist

Here's my wishlist. ;)

Note: Items below are not sorted according to preference. List will be updated from time to time.

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Dooodolls' Beary Fishy keychain.

(Updated: Surprise Gift!)

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A Charles & Keith ladies handbag.

(Updated: Bought!)

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Proton Saga 1.3AT M-Line - Blueberry Tea will be my Proton's color.

(Updated: Bought!)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Project 365 - Photo #235


Dooodolls are cute. :)


Weekend DVD 2: 28 Days Later (2002)

The Days Are Numbered

Day 1: Exposure...
Day 3: Infection...
Day 8: Epidemic...
Day 15: Evacuation...
Day 20: Devastation...


28 Days Later (2002) is a semi-doomsday horror movie shot in London about a contagious virus infection that turns the population into blood-crazed psychopaths.

Synopsis: A strain of contagious virus was accidentally released from a top secret laboratory in UK. 28 days later, the infection has gone wild. Those infected are locked in permanent state of blood-crazed rage and madness.

Jim (Cillian Murphy, Inception) wakes up from a coma on the 28th day, alone in an abandoned and empty hospital. He's confused to find London deserted and without a living soul. After he stumbles upon a rundown building inhabited by zombie-like beings, he runs for his life. Soon, he joins a few other fellow survivors. As they struggle to get to a military encampment that's supposed to provide a safer hideout, to their unimaginable horror, troubles have just begun.

This typical semi-doomsday movie reminds me of its sequel: 28 Weeks Later (2007) and another similar movie, The Crazies (2010). Overall, if you've watched more recent movies of the same genre, "28 Days Later" is not spectacularly fantastic. However, eight years ago, this movie was considered a huge success.

A mini review from Bloody Disgusting: "Zombie movie? Political allegory? Humanist drama? 28 Days Later is all of those things and more – a genuine work of art by a director at the top of his game. What's so amazing about the film is the way it so expertly balances scenes of white-knuckled, hell-for-leather horror with moments of intimate beauty."

Weekend DVD 1: Tekken (2010)

Tekken (2010) is a live action game-based martial arts movie.

The year is 2039. Human civilizations are mostly destroyed in world wars and the remaining territories are no longer run by governments but by different corporations. The largest of all, Tekken Corporation, sponsors the King of Iron Fist Tournament in which fighters come together to compete for glory, stardom, and wealth.

The storyline is very simple. It's all about pride, rage, revenge, and death.


Its main plot is very straightforward. Jin Kazama (Jon Foo), a young street fighter enters the tournament because he wants to kill
Tekken's Chairman, Heihachi Mishima (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) (photo below). Jin's mother, Jun Kazama (Tamlyn Tomita) was killed during an anti-insurgent raid by the Jacks, high-tech soldiers from Tekken Corporation.

Highlight of the movie: Scenes after scenes of deadly fight sequences combining different combat styles of the fighters from all corporations.

Fighters' photos from here.

First row (left to right): Jin Kazama ("The People's Choice"), Marshall Law (Chung Le), Raven, Eddie Gordo

Second row (left to right): Miguel Rojo, Bryan Fury (Gary Daniels), Sergei Dragunov, Yoshimitsu

Third row (left to right): Kazuya Mishima (Heihachi Mishima's evil and rebellious son), Christie Monteiro, Nina Williams, Anna Williams


I'm not familiar with the Tekken characters but if you've played the game before, you should be able to recognize them.

I'm not really into game-based action movies. However, I find the combat sequences impressive. Perhaps these mixed martial arts fighters really like to fight in order to improve their skills.

With such a simple storyline, compelling combat scenes, action, and drama for almost 1.5 hours, you might enjoy quite a substantial amount of action "porn". :)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Country Herb French Baguette Cheese Sandwiches

I bought a huge loaf of Country Herbs French Baguette from and made cheese sandwich for breakfast.

I spread margarine and arrange cheese slices that I've folded into mini triangles on the baguettes.

This is a very simple version of homemade cheese sandwich. Next time, I'll add more stuff, perhaps a slice of ham, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. :)

I like my cheese sandwiches toasted because I like melted cheese that oozes. So, I put them into the microwave oven for about one minute. It'd be better if you have an oven toaster. Glad that David likes melted cheese. We have these sandwiches for breakfast and dinner too. :)

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By the way, I saw these Star Wars™ Sandwich Cutters online.

Transform your Jedi's favorite sandwiches into high-energy fuel for lunches, snacks and parties with Millennium Falcon™ and Darth Vader's TIE fighter™ sandwich cutters. Created by the Jedi Kitchen Council to celebrate the Rebel Alliance's victory over the evil Empire, these cutters are fun and easy to use -- just press and cut.

It'd be great to have a set of these - could be handy in case we wanna throw any Star Wars-themed party. :D

Project 365 - Photo #233



Photo 1: New astromech droids from Astromech Droid Pack Series II (The Saga Collection).

R4-E1: Resides in Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine and is owned by the smuggler BoShek.
R2-X2: Flies on X-wing fighter Red 10 during the Battle of Yavin.
R2-M5: Loyally serves the Naboo royalty.
R2-A6: Assists fighter pilot Ric Olie during the Battle of Naboo.
R3-Y2: Assists the Rebels during their escape from Echo Base on the planet Hoth.

Photo 2: Latest photo from our droid collection. At the moment, we've 29 astromech droids as of August 2010. ;)

More astromech droid photos on my Facebook album. :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Project 365 - Photo #232

A huge loaf of Country Herbs French Baguette from Giant Hypermarket at only RM2.99!

My Twifficiency = 44%


Only 44%. LOL. What about you?


Find out from twifficiency.com
if you have a Twitter account.


Movie: Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler (2009)

Know your opponent. Win against all odds.

Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler (2009) is a Japanese psychological thriller based on Noboyuki Fukumoto's manga series of the same name, "Kaiji".

Kaiji (Tatsuya Fujiwara from "Death Note") is a young man who lives an aimless and mundane life. One day, he's invited to board a ship with hopes that by playing a game, he would be able to change his debt-ridden life. What Kaiji and other young men on board don't realize is that they have been conned into a deadly organized gambling competition by Teiai (Love Emperor), whereby winners will have their financial debt erased and losers will face a lifetime of hard-labor in an underground social system.

Gambling in this movie doesn't refer to gambling or fighting in casinos like those in Hong Kong movies. Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler adopts a different approach; it draws a strong picture of how people are forced to gamble their life because they are left with no choice. The strong portrayal of society's reality, i.e. clear segregation between the elites/rich and those who are perpetual losers/poor is very disturbing. Also, the death-defying situations that the gamblers need to go through are emotional and heart-gripping and in fact, the key entertaining element in this movie.

As the movie goes on, its storyline is explained in a series of easy-to-understand flashback. This is a very good approach, giving the movie a clean, clear, and non-cluttered overall feel. If you're a fan of Japanese manga series and movies, you might like to watch this one. :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Project 365 - Photo #230


Mitch Albom's "Have a Little Faith - A True Story".

'Will you do my eulogy?'

With these words, Mitch Albom heralds his long-awaited return to non-fiction. Not since his own Tuesdays with Morrie has any writer so movingly tackled the central questions in life. No one can fail to be deeply touched and uplifted by this extraordinary book.

'Have a Little Faith is an absolute wonder - tender, transporting and deeply moving, a profound meditation on kindling the light that struggles in billions of hearts. It is the answer to anyone who believed they'd never again read a book with the soul and grace of Tuesdays with Morrie'.
Scott Turow


Never take your loved ones for granted

Photo from here.

Original article from here.

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When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, "I've got something to tell you." She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes.

Suddenly I didn't know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. "I want a divorce." I raised the topic calmly.

She didn't seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, "Why?"

I avoided her question. This made her angry. She threw away the chopsticks and shouted at me, "You are not a man!"

That night, we didn't talk to each other. She was weeping. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage. But I could hardly give her a satisfactory answer. She had lost my heart to Jane. I didn't love her anymore. I just pitied her!


With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that she could own our house, our car, and 30% stake of my company. She glanced at it and then tore it into pieces.

The woman who had spent ten years of her life with me had become a stranger. I felt sorry for her wasted time, resources and energy but I could not take back what I had said for I loved Jane so dearly. Finally she cried loudly in front of me, which was what I had expected to see. To me, her cry was actually a kind of release. The idea of divorce which had obsessed me for several weeks seemed to be firmer and clearer now.


The next day, I came back home very late and found her writing something at the table. I didn't have supper but went straight to sleep and fell asleep very fast because I was tired after an eventful day with Jane.
When I woke up, she was still there at the table writing. I just did not care so I turned over and was asleep again.

In the morning she presented her divorce conditions. She didn't want anything from me, but needed a month's notice before the divorce. She requested that in that one month, we both struggle to live as normal a life as possible. Her reasons were simple: Our son had his exams in a month's time and she didn't want to disrupt him with our broken marriage.

This was agreeable to me. But she had something more, she asked me to recall how I had carried her into our bridal room on our wedding day. She requested that every day for the month's duration I carry her out of our bedroom to the front door ever morning. I thought she was going crazy. Just to make our last days together bearable I accepted her odd request.

I told Jane about my wife's divorce conditions. She laughed loudly and thought it was absurd. "No matter what tricks she applies, she has to face the divorce," she said scornfully.

My wife and I hadn't had any body contact since my divorce intention was explicitly expressed. So when I carried her out on the first day, we both appeared clumsy. Our son clapped behind us, "Daddy is holding mommy in his arms." His words brought me a sense of pain.

From the bedroom to the sitting room, then to the door, I walked over 10 meters with her in my arms. She closed her eyes and said softly, "Don't tell our son about the divorce." I nodded, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside
the door. She went to wait for the bus to work. I drove alone to the office.

On the second day, both of us acted much more easily. She leaned on my chest. I could smell the fragrance of her blouse. I realized that I hadn't looked at this woman carefully for a long time. I realized she was not young any more. There were fine wrinkles on her face, her hair was graying! Our marriage had taken its toll on her. For a minute I wondered what I had done to her.

On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I felt a sense of intimacy returning. This was the woman who had given ten years of her life to me.

On the fifth and sixth day, I realized that our sense of intimacy was growing again. I didn't tell Jane about this. It became easier to carry her as the month slipped by. Perhaps the everyday workout made me stronger.

She was choosing what to wear one morning. She tried on quite a few dresses but could not find a suitable one. Then she sighed, all my dresses have grown bigger. I suddenly realized that she had grown so thin, that was the reason why I could carry her more easily.

Suddenly it hit me! She had buried so much pain and bitterness in her heart. Subconsciously I reached out and touched her head.

Our son came in at the moment and said, "Dad, it's time to carry mom out." To him, seeing his father carrying his mother out had become an essential part of his life. My wife gestured to our son to come closer and hugged him tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid I might change my mind at this last minute. I then held her in my arms, walking from the bedroom, through the sitting room, to the hallway. Her hand surrounded my neck softly and naturally. I held her body tightly; it was just like our wedding day.

But her much lighter weight made me sad. On the last day, when I held her in my arms I could hardly move a step. Our son had gone to school. I held her tightly and said, "I hadn't noticed that our life lacked intimacy."

I drove to office and jumped out of the car swiftly without locking the door. I was afraid any delay would make me change my mind. I walked upstairs. Jane opened the door and I said to her, "Sorry, Jane, I do not want the divorce anymore."

She looked at me, astonished, and then touched my forehead. "Do you have a fever?" she said. I moved her hand off my head. "Sorry, Jane," I said, "I won't divorce. My marriage life was boring probably because she and I didn't value the details of our lives, not because we didn't love each other anymore. Now I realize that since I carried her into my home on our wedding day I am supposed to hold her until death do us apart."

Jane seemed to suddenly wake up. She gave me a loud slap and then slammed the door and burst into tears. I walked downstairs and drove away.

At the floral shop on the way, I ordered a bouquet of flowers for my wife. The salesgirl asked me what to write on the card. I smiled and wrote, "I'll carry you out every morning until death do us apart."

That evening I arrived home, flowers in my hands, a smile on my face, I run up stairs, only to find my wife in the bed - dead.

My wife had been fighting cancer for months and I was so busy with Jane to even notice. She knew that she would die soon and she wanted to save me from the whatever negative reaction from our son, in case we push through with the divorce. At least, in the eyes of our son - I'm a loving husband.

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The small details of your lives are what really matter in a relationship. It is not the mansion, the car, property, the money in the bank. These create an environment conducive for happiness but cannot give happiness in themselves. So find time to be your spouse's friend and do those little things for each other that build intimacy. Do have a real happy marriage!


If you don't share this, nothing will happen to you. If you do, you just might save a marriage.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

A Christ-centered marriage is a marriage that is sure to last a lifetime.

"So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate." Matthew 19:6

By Stephanie Halmilton


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This is a very sad article, but it's also a very good reminder. Never take your relationships with your loved ones for granted. Never. You never know what might happen in the end.

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