07 August 2008

Tourist in my own city

We had a week's vacation recently but decided not to burden ourselves with the stress of travel and the budget-busting expenses of hotels. So we did the unthinkable, vacation in our own home - Kuala Lumpur. We've always wondered what tourists saw in KL and what the experience would be not getting stuck in 2hr jams getting to and back from work. Instead enjoying the malls and sites at a leisurely pace.

Here are some snapshots of our little tourney..

Rabbit Park

A frolic in the rabbit park, Bukit Tinggi.

A journey through the underwater word, Aquaria KLCC.
Eye on Malaysia

A vertiginous ride above the city.
Mines North Lake

And cruising on a the world's largest tin-mine-turned-tourist-attraction.

All in all, not bad. KL's still the place to be!

06 August 2008

The Learning Attitude

In all areas of my vocation (medical research, teaching and patient care) and ministry (theological learning, teaching from the Bible and shepherding) I try to factor in a source of learning to uphold the giving.

That ensures that I am not only keeping a good input-output balance, but that I'm constantly growing and developing. A leader has to lead himself well, and a teacher must first be a learner. Undergoing the riguers of learning myself makes me empathise with my students and puts me in a unique position to walk with them as equals.

I was thumbing this book: 'Critical Thinking and Clinical Judgement' by Rosalinda Alfaro-LeFevre and found a list of 'Intellectual Traits' according to Paul & Elder (2001). Among them, these three struck me as truly essential:

Intellectual Humility

Intellectual Courage

Intellectual Integrity

Paul & Elder defines intellectual humility as 'consciousness of limits of your knowledge; willingness to admit what you don't know.'. Intellectual courage is 'awareness of the need to face and fairly address ideas, beliefs, or viewpoints to which you haven't given serious hearing.' Intellectual integrity is 'being true to your own thinking; applying intellectual standards to thinking; holding yourself to the same standards you hold others; willingness to admit when your thinking may be flawed.'

Put simply, admit your ignorance, be open to contrarian views, and practice what you preach! How often have I tried to fudge an answer or asked a student to 'go home and do your homework' when I wasn't sure myself? How often do I fail to perform a complete examination when I tell my students they're not allowed to take shortcuts! How often do I teach from a text in the Bible and interpret it according to my pet theologies without looking deeper into authorial intent, historical context, canonical and christological significance? Intellectual humility, courage and integrity are not signs of weakness, they are signs of a person who seeks truth above all else and most of all of himself.

03 August 2008

Weekend Kitchen Therapy

It's Sunday. Not just any Sunday. A Sunday after a tremendously crazy and stressful week.

I'm a compulsive overeater, and I destress by eating or cooking. So today I opted for cooking instead of binging.. But wait a minute.. I have to eat what I cook don't I? Well.. It has to go somewhere!


English breakfast sausages with sunny side up.



Carbonara - the Italian coal miner's high-calorie energy meal. Crisp-fried bacon, eggy-cheesy-creamy sauce with onions & garlic. And a sprinkle of parsley.
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