Dream of a Beach

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“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.”
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Amidst the Verdant Woods

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“When you enter a grove peopled with ancient trees, higher than the ordinary, and shutting out the sky with their thickly inter-twined branches, do not the stately shadows of the wood, the stillness of the place, and the awful gloom of this doomed cavern then strike you with the presence of a deity?”
– Seneca

The National Flags Square

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“Every one of us must respect each other’s rights and feelings, be tolerant of each other’s religions, customs and habits, for in diversity we can truly find real unity.”
– Tunku Abdul Rahman, first Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Today, 31 August, marks the 58th National Day of Malaysia.

The Giant of the Woods

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“All over the world there lingers on the memory of a giant tree, the primal tree, rising up from the centre of the Earth to the heavens and ordering the universe around it. It united the three worlds: its roots plunged down into subterranean abysses, its loftiest branches touched the empyrean. Thanks to the Tree, it became possible to breathe the air; to all the creatures that then appeared on Earth it dispensed its fruit, ripened by the sun and nourished by the water which it drew from the soil. From the sky it attracted the lightning from which man made fire and, beckoning skyward, where clouds gathered around its fall. The Tree was the source of all life, and of all regeneration. Small wonder then that tree-worship was so prevalent in ancient times.
— Jacques Brosse