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Births, deaths, retirements, graduation, new careers, new homes, new thoughts, new perspectives - human life moves in cycles filled with transition and change. Some give up hope, while others bring us to the brink of despair.

It has been a while since i last blogged and today's blog is not going to be about music but something more reflective.

These past month has been a roller coaster ride of events. My mind and emotions have gone through the storms of life, and I just couldn't pen down how I felt into words. My mind is still in turmoil, but I feel that I should at least attempt to put down in writing my feelings and thoughts to release some of the pent up emotions within me.

I lost my father-in-law on 8 March 2011. It was a sudden death which left my husband and everyone shocked. Death is a difficult moment in everyone's life, whether it is a close family member or a dear friend. The pain of losing someone we love and care deeply about leaves us with a mix of emotions. The turmoil building inside
of us and the ache within our hearts will never go away.

When we lose someone we love, it seems that time stands still.
What is left is silence, a quiet sadness and a longing for one more
day, one more word, one more touch. We may not understand why
we weren't given a chance to say good-bye, but the only thing to
have them live on is to hold on to the memories of them and never
stop loving them.

In memory of my father-in-law,
A very apt quote from famous photographer Anne Geddes:
"Any man can be a Father, but it takes someone special to be a

We will always remember you in our hearts and memories of you will
never fade. Rest in peace ba ba.
Another traumatic event happened on 26 March 2011. My beloved
Dad suffered a stroke to his left brain which affected his speech and
comprehension skills.

It left me devastated as my once strong and independent father,
who took care of the household chores and cooking suddenly had to
be taken care of instead. At first I was in disbelief, which slowly
turned to anger and deep sadness and pain. But now that my heart
has calmed down, I should be thankful that my dad is still aware of
things going on around him though he might not be able to express
himself well. I am thankful that he still has his motor skills and am
grateful for everyday spent with him.

This event and the lost of my father-in-law has taught me to be more appreciative of our parents and people we love. Don't get so caught up in the cycle of life and neglect your loved ones. Don't just tell them you love them, express it in action. Everyday is heaven sent. Live your life and treasure it.

God bless you all!