Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Trip to Taiwan

"Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 

'So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." - Matthew 6:26-34 NKJV

I was on a trip to Taiwan to visit my 80 year-old grand-aunt, who lives in Taipei. It was such an enriching trip and I would have to say Taiwan is much more advance in elderly care. People there seemed to be very respectful to their elders.  

Singapore, in contrast, was not as gracious towards their elder generation. An ungrateful, under-aged student was being investigated recently for posting hoax about Lee Kuan Yew, who is the founding father of modern Singapore. What a spoiled brat !! I hope he reflected on his idiotic act and become a better and useful person one day.

My grand-aunt is eligible to receive monthly handouts from the government, as she doesn't have children or own a home herself. Her husband passed away about 4 years ago. She has 1 stepson and 1 step daughter, but both are not close to her. She has some savings she accumulated when she was working during her younger days, and a little bit of passive income. She has no debt. She leads a simple and frugal life, living in the senior folk home. Her income is more than what she needs to pay for her daily expense.

Her day is full with activities like exercise, computer training, church activities or just meeting with friends. Do you believe that she even uses LINES to communicate? :-) ... Well, I'm happy to see her. I wish her a healthy and happy life.

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