The Triumphs of Jane Eyre
I have a new favourite book. Reading Jane Eyre was a completely enthralling experience for me. It blew my mind, that a book published in 1847, 162 years ago, could resonate with such currency for me. Everything that I have been musing upon of late - about the world, about human relationships, about the relevance of laws and principles, God’s place in each of these, how we are to respond - ...
Chapter 37, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
(Jane returns to find Mr Rochester widowed, crippled and blinded by a fire set off by his mad wife.) ‘Jane! you think me, I dare say, an irreligious dog: but my heart swells with gratitude to the beneficient God of this earth just now. He sees not as man sees, but far clearer: judges not as a man judges, but far more wisely. I did wrong: I would have sullied my innocent flower - breathed...
Chapter 27, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
(Mr Rochester, husband to a madwoman locked in his attic, recounts his tragic past to Jane and begs her to live with him as his wife.) ‘One instant, Jane. Give one glance to my horrible life when you are gone. All happiness will be torn away with you. What then is left? For a wife I have but the maniac upstairs: as well might you refer me to some corpse in yonder churchyard. What shall I...
Preface to the 2nd Edition of Jane Eyre
“Having thus acknowledged what I owe those who have aided and approved me, I turn to another class: a small one, so far as I know, but not, therefore, to be overlooked. I mean the timorous or carping few who doubt the tendency of such books as Jane Eyre: in whose eyes whatever is unusual is wrong; whose ears detect in each protest against bigotry - that parent of crime - an insult to piety,...
The music great of our generation taken from us so soon. He will be remembered and missed dearly. #michaeljackson
So what -am- I doing these days?
These days, I struggle to find the answer to the question “So what are you doing these days?” Contrary to my plans, I’m not gainfully employed, but I’m not exactly unhappy about it either. I sleep according to the wrong time zone (GMT+8 4am-12pm?!), and spend my time either reading, watching videos online, or meeting up with cherished old friends. Ocassionally, I have...
Both Adam & I love Kris’ announcer voice. Kris and Adam interview each other: http://bit.ly/1XUq61 #krisallen #adamlambert #kradam
NO IT DOESN’T! RT @alotofmillion: http://i43.tinypic.com/2ljonxi.jpg DOES IT GET ANY CUTER I ASK YOU DOES IT GET ANY CUTER. #krisallen
RT @BreakingNews: major subway train crash in Washington, D.C.: http://adjix.com/tf76
I've had such good days I can't complain
Friday: Debo’s birthday party! Had a great time catching up with old friends and meeting new ones at Tea Party (being the name of the restaurant/cafe). I think I may have talked poor Sam’s ears off (Debo’s brother). And it must have been the first time I saw Nic pout (after I joked that I didn’t want to sit next to him)! Saturday: Alumni choir fellowship! Charades never...
hey @johncmayer, what do you think of The Script? http://bit.ly/1d5sCT
definitely have to say #happybdaykrisallen hope he keeps it real, and keeps the music coming!
If my God
If my God only gave me what I wanted only asked me to do the things I wanted to do only put me in situations I wanted to be in only spoke to me when I wanted to hear Him only said the things I wanted to hear only did the things I wanted Him to do Then my God would only have as much authority as me only know as much as me only understand as much as me only thought as much as me only cared about me...
RT @mmindytan: “All the good men are either married or gay.” - Mindy Tan, fellow rabid American Idol S8 fan #krisallen #adamlambert #kradam
All the good men are either married or gay.– Mindy Tan, fellow rabid American Idol Season 8 fan
Facial Recognition for Fags (Cigarettes) - Jan... →
Cigarette vending machines in Japan use facial recognition technology to verify that the purchaser is of legal age?! Crazy. Brilliant and crazy.
2nd Order Baby-Sitter/Durian Ice-Cream
My mum decreed that I stay home today to baby-sit with her, as we had 3 young ones - 10, 1 and I want to say 6-9months - come over to spend the day with us. The oldest of the three exercised her big-sister muscles, and did some baby-sitting of her own! She looked after the 1 year old very well, it was very sweet and I wish I could say the same of myself at age 10, that I was as kind or mature....
Springing back to action!... Slowly
Yesterday, I finally ended my spell of doing-nothingness (at home, we call this “nua-ing” - “nua” means “soft” in a Chinese dialect, either Hokkien or Teochew - I think?). I booked my (free! I love frequent flyer miles) air ticket to London for school in October, I got two pairs of glasses fixed, I accompanied my mum to the fish farm, and joined the Fellowship...
Yes, I caught Sara Bareilles in concert at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston - great concert venue, you’re right up close to the performers and they can hear everything you say - and yes, I held my phone the wrong way.
In Kenya: Alex Nesbeda →
Our very own Tufts Intervarsity staff member Alex Nesbeda is right now on a mission trip in Kenya! Already, she’s posted a very insightful entry on her arrival and first impressions of Kenya. Do check out her blog, and for those that pray, do keep her and her team in prayer. From Alex’s blog, something to think about: We have been reminded that “it’s not right. it’s not wrong. it’s...
Put him on and Limmy -will- sing along: John Mayer →
It’s another sweltering day in Singapore, and somehow, my soul/heart/ears/mind/whichever part of your internal self it is that cries out for music (or is it all of it?) demanded John Mayer. Just 1 song in, and there I was, bopping about in my room, (weirdly enough) singing along to “Bigger Than My Body”! Since age 12 or 14, if I was asked to choose only one CD to listen to for...
Isn’t it interesting that all 3 of the Adam-Allen-Alison clique got record deals first? There’s power in togetherness & mutual support.
I think questioning God’s authority and asking God questions are different things. I think God genuinely appreciates the latter.
So why can’t I bring myself to sleep any earlier than 3am these days?
I am a camera in need of a lens switch
I’ve picked Gilmore Girls back up this summer holiday, to finally cover seasons 5 and 7, and with my additional New England experience (not to mention additional years of age, gosh I’m old, how long have I been watching this show?) I’m getting so much more out of it than ever before. Some choice selections: (Paris is hating on Marty for bringing over food from a party he...
Sing, Sing a Song
Since arriving home nearly 3 or 4 weeks ago, I immediately jumped on the prep-train for the annual Choir concert given on this past Monday evening. The repertoire was wonderful, colourful and exciting as always, but even more precious was the community I was so quickly able to rejoin. It’s such a blessing to have a community to come back to, a community I don’t even have to go through...
Interview w Kim Allen, Kris’ Mum: http://bit.ly/BUBd0 Kris’ proposal - perhaps based on MJ’s “Remember the Time” - was romantic genius.
American Idol Season 9 Auditions Kick Off in Boston on June 12, woot woot!
Summary of 5-Day Vacation in Perth, Australia: http://bit.ly/ZbMDr
5 Days in Perth, Australia
This entry is dedicated to Jen Liao. First non-American Idol entry after the spree! ;) You know you’re undeservedly, incredibly blessed when you touch down at home from school early Monday morning only to fly back out again on Sunday evening of the same week for a short vacation. If life gets crappy for me from now on, I’m one in a minority of people in the world who really...