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Origami A Day is moving!

Dear readers/subscribers,

After 2 years, I have finally made the decision to move my blog from WordPress.com to a self hosted domain. This has been a plan in the pipeline for some time now, hence the few updates to the blog for the past couple of months.

So, meet Paper N Pearlz, my new origami-cum-paper blog! This blog will mainly contain posts on origami that I do, similar to Origamiaday. In addition, I also want to try out other paper crafts, including Kirigami, Iris Folding, Card Making, Scrap Booking and whatever else is possible. So do join me in my adventures 🙂

Do subscribe to my feed there. You can subscribe via Emails or if you prefer adding it in a reader, my feed is http://feeds.feedburner.com/PaperNPearlz.

I have been slowly moving my posts to the new blog, but it is turning out to be a long process! So, in order not to keep you waiting for new posts, I will be posting at Paper N Pearlz, while still migrating my data.

Please do continue reading my posts and continue commenting on anything you find interesting 🙂 See you there!

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The Intelligent Investor

I have enjoyed playing around in the stock market in the last couple of years and have been incredibly lucky in not losing a lot of money, even though I didn’t have much of a clue on what went on in the markets! I think the most intelligent thing I did do was to purchase stocks during the slump of 2008-09 when most of my friends were busy selling for a loss.

So given my fascination for the markets, I figured it was high time I learnt something, so that I don’t end up losing all my savings. And since ‘The Intelligent Investor’ by Benjamin Graham is said to be the best book for beginners, I started reading the book.

I am finding the book to be quite an interesting read, so much so that I haven’t been folding much. Hence the not-so-frequent posts in recent days. Please bear with me. I will be sure to post some Halloween origami soon 🙂

Thank You Lord!

Praise the LORD, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits

– Psalm 103: 1, 2

During the beginning of October, my dad was diagonised with 3 blocks in his heart which would require a surgery. What started off as a routine test soon escalated into a CT scan, angiogram and finally a surgery! Due to the criticality of the blocks, it was decided to schedule the surgery as soon as possible. This turned out to be a week after the angiogram, on 7th October.

We had a lot of friends and relatives supporting us, both through prayer and physical presence. We were very touched by the concern, their prayers, their encouragement and support. We always had someone to lean on, talk to. I was amazed by such good will 🙂

The surgery was successfully completed and my dad was moved into the ICU. There were a few issues that had to be sorted out, causing him to remain in the ICU for 3 days. By God’s grace, all his vitals slowly returned to normal and he was finally moved out of the ICU today! He is still in the hospital but is now out of danger. He is recovering rapidly and would have happily come home with us today if we had asked him!! 🙂

We all thank God for His grace in bringing our father through this terrible time. The Lord has always been faithful to us and it was all the more evident during this trying time and we continue to give thanks to God with very grateful hearts.

I am reminded of Don Moen’s song ‘God is good, All the time’, a very apt song at this time in our lives..

God is good all the time
He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
God is good all the time
Through the darkest night, His light will shine
God is good, God is good all the time.
If you’re walking through the valley
And there are shadows all around
Do not fear, He will guide you
He will keep you safe and sound
‘Cause He’s promised to never leave you
Nor forsake you and His Word is true.

God is good all the time
He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
God is good all the time
Through the darkest night, His light will shine
God is good, God is good all the time.

On a Break

It’s been a year since my last break 🙂 And since we also have our annual Church sale coming up, I have quite a bit of work to complete for the sale.

So I have decided to take a short break from my blog.. I will be back by the first week of August and will be starting off with pics of the Church sale 🙂

In the meanwhile, happy folding 🙂 And do come back in August!

Wow

Here is a little poem that was shared on my Facebook wall. I am not usually into poetry but rather liked this one, though I think the title needs work 🙂

Wow

I was shocked, confused, bewildered as I entered Heaven’s door,
Not by the beauty of it all, by the lights or its decor.
But it was the folks in Heaven who made me sputter and gasp–
The thieves, the liars, the sinners, the alcoholics, the trash.

There stood the kid from seventh grade who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor who never said anything nice.
Herb, who I always thought was rotting away in hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine, looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jesus, “What’s the deal? I would love to hear Your take.
How’d all these sinners get up here? God must’ve made a mistake.
And why’s everyone so quiet, so somber? Give me a clue.”
“Hush, child,” said He “They’re all in shock. No one thought they’d see you.”

Judge NOT.

Vinil John

Learning a new language

It is said that, in order to keep one’s mind active and to reduce the risk of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, it is said that one should learn something absolutely new every year.

Whether this has been proven scientifically or not, it is still a very good practise to learn something new every year. So in keeping with this, a few years back, I had attempted to learn Japanese. I don’t know why I decided to learn the language, but it just sounds so, so different from other languages I have heard that I wanted to try it out 🙂 Well, it is a very difficult language to learn! With all the hiragana and kathakana and kanjis, it takes a lot of effort to learn it! And to top it off, I learnt that I am not really great with languages!! So I gave up after some time.

Now I am back to learning another language!! This time, it is French and hopefully this time I will fare better than with Japanese. For some reason, French has always fascinated me and since the French embassy here was offering online classes to learn the language, I decided to make use of the opportunity.. I am yet to proceed much farther than ‘Je m’appelle Pearlie‘, but I am enjoying learning it. I hope this time I can pick up enough to at least understand and speak some amount of French 🙂

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