Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Still more wedding pics - with friends and family :)

Still more wedding pics -- with family and friends

Monday, May 25, 2009

More wedding pics

Wedding Pictures... at last :)

Here we are clowning around after after the ceremony... friends and family have left for the reception and we stayed around a bit to take pictures...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Interesting Conversation

An Atheist Professor of Philosophy was speaking to his Class on the Problem Science has with GOD,the ALMIGHTY. He asked one of his New Christian Students to stand and...

Professor : You are a Christian, aren't you, son ?
Student    : Yes, sir. 
Professor : So, you Believe in GOD ? 
Student    : Absolutely, sir. 
Professor : Is GOD Good ? 
Student    : Sure. 
Professor : Is GOD ALL - POWERFUL ? 
Student    : Yes. 
Professor : My Brother died of Cancer even though he Prayed to  GOD to Heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn't. How is this GOD good then? Hmm? 

(Student was silent ) 

Professor : You can't answer, can you ?  Let's start again, Young Fella. Is GOD Good? 
Student    : Yes...
Professor : Is Satan good ? 
Student    : No. 
Professor : Where does Satan come from ? 
Student    : From . .. . GOD . . . 
Professor : That's right.  Tell me son, is there evil in this World? 
Student    : Yes. 
Professor : Evil is everywhere, isn't it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct? 
Student    : Yes. 
Professor : So who created evil ? 

(Student did not answer) 

Professor : Is there Sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the World, don't they?
Student    : Yes, sir. 
Professor : So, who Created them ? 

(Student had no answer) 

Professor : Science says you have 5 Senses you use to Identify and Observe the World around you. Tell me, son . . . Have you ever Seen GOD?
Student    : No, sir. 
Professor : Tell us if you have ever Heard your GOD? 
Student    : No , sir. 
Professor : Have you ever Felt your GOD, Tasted your GOD, Smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any Sensory Perception of GOD for that matter?
Student    : No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't. 
Professor : Yet you still Believe in HIM? 
Student    : Yes. 
Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn't exist.  What do you say to that, son?
Student    : Nothing.  I only have my Faith. 
Professor : Yes,Faith.  And that is the Problem Science has. 

Student    :  Professor, is there such a thing as Heat? 
Professor :  Yes. 
Student    :  And is there such a thing as Cold? 
Professor :  Yes. 
Student   :   No, sir. There isn't. 

(The Lecture Theatre became very quiet with this turn of events ) 

Student    :  Sir, you can have Lots of Heat, even More Heat, Superheat, Mega Heat, White Heat, a Little Heat or No Heat. But we don't have anything called Cold. We can hit 458 Degrees below Zero which is No Heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as Cold. Cold is only a Word we use to describe the Absence of Heat. We cannot Measure Cold. Heat is Energy. Cold is Not the Opposite of Heat, sir, just the Absence of it. 

(There was Pin-Drop Silence in the Lecture Theatre ) 

Student    : What about Darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as Darkness? 
Professor : Yes. What is Night if there isn't Darkness? 
Student    : You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is the Absence of Something. You can have Low Light, Normal Light, Bright Light, Flashing Light . . . But if you have No Light constantly, you have nothing and its called Darkness, isn't it? In reality, Darkness isn't. If it is, were you would be able to make Darkness Darker, wouldn't you?
Professor :  So what is the point you are making, Young Man ? 
Student   :   Sir, my point is your Philosophical Premise is flawed. 
Professor :  Flawed ? Can you explain how? 
Student    :  Sir, you are working on the Premise of Duality. You argue there is Life and then there is Death, a Good GOD and a Bad GOD. You are viewing the Concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can't even explain a Thought. It uses Electricity and Magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view Death as the Opposite of Life is to be ignorant of the fact that Death cannot exist as a Substantive Thing. Death is Not the Opposite of Life: just the Absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your Students that they evolved from a Monkey? 
Professor : If you are referring to the Natural Evolutionary Process, yes, of course, I do. 
Student    : Have you ever observed Evolution with your own eyes, sir? 

(The Professor shook his head with a Smile, beginning to realize where the Argument was going ) 

Student    : Since no one has ever observed the Process of Evolution at work and cannot even prove that this Process is an On-Going Endeavor, are you not teaching your Opinion, sir? Are you not a Scientist but a Preacher? 

(The Class was in Uproar ) 

Student    : Is there anyone in the Class who has ever seen the Professor's Brain? 

(The Class broke out into Laughter ) 

Student    : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor's Brain, Felt it, touched or Smelt it? . . ..No one appears to have done so.   So, according to the Established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that You have No Brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then Trust your Lectures, sir? 

(The Room was Silent. The Professor stared at the Student, his face unfathomable) 

Professor :  I guess you'll have to take them on Faith, son. 
Student    :  That is it sir . . .  Exactly! The Link between Man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that Keeps Things Alive and Moving.

"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
~Albert Einstein.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The 5 Love Languages

Do you know your love language??? 
Do you like gifts? Or would you rather spend time with your beloved? Do you get misty-eyed when your husband volunteers to do the laundry? Does your heart melt when she says, "I love you"? Or would a kiss and hug make your day?

Gary Chapman's book, the 5 Love Languages, talks about just that. Chapman writes that people have 5 love languages: Words of Affirmation, Time, Acts of Service, Physical Affection, and Gifts. Some people receive and give love in different languages. And -- it's different strokes for different folks. In my case, I think I like receiving love in terms of: physical affection and time. I think I give love in the same language. A friend of mine likes to receive love in terms of "acts of service", while her husband likes to receive love in terms of "physical affection" and "acts of service". What about you -- what's your Love Language?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Back from the Honeymoon!

While I would say that nothing beats our wedding ceremony in terms of "beauty of experience", our wedding reception at Geoffrey's of Malibu in terms of "mixed experience" (as in: good food, baaaaad service) -- the honeymoon was an experience in itself :) 

We honeymooned in nearby Palm Springs and San Diego -- loved it! We spent 4 days at the Two Bunch Palms (a spa-hotel in Palm Springs -- see pic below) -- our first room was very "eerie", so we transfered to a different one and immediately felt better.

I have never spa'd before and it was a neat experience -- I tried the customized swedish massage, a facial, and a sugar scrub :)

Next stop was San Diego. Our first BnB was cozy but was next to a train station -- a train passed by every 20 minutes starting at around 6:00am. 

Our next BnB was at La Jolla -- it was soo beautiful (see pic of bedroom above) -- the best and prettiest BnB I've ever been to, with gourmet breakfast served the next day (blueberry pudding!!!).