Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Soldier's Sacrifice

A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco.

"Mom and Dad, I'm coming home, but I've a favor to ask. I have a friend I'd like to bring home with me."

"Sure," they replied, "we'd love to meet him."

"There's something you should know the son continued, "he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mind and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us."

"I'm sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live."

"No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us."

"Son," said the father, "you don't know what you're asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can't let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He'll find a way to live on his own."

At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him. A few days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide. The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn't know, their son had only one arm and one leg.

The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we don't like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren't as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are. Thankfully, there's someone who won't treat us that way. Someone who loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of how messed up we are.

Friday, December 18, 2009

A Mother's Sacrifice

My mom only had one eye. I hated her... She was such an embarrassment. My mom ran a small shop at a flea market. She collected little weeds and such to sell... Anything for the money we needed she was such an embarrassment. There was this one day during elementary school.

I remember that it was field day, and my mom came. I was so embarrassed.

How could she do this to me? I threw her a hateful look and ran out. The next day at school..."Your mom only has one eye?!" and they taunted me.

I wished that my mom would just disappear from this world so I said to my mom, "Mom, why don't you have the other eye?! You're only going to make me a laughingstock. Why don't you just die?" My mom did not respond. I guess I felt a little bad, but at the same time, it felt good to think that I had said what I'd wanted to say all this time.

Maybe it was because my mom hadn't punished me, but I didn't think that I had hurt her feelings very badly.

That night...I woke up, and went to the kitchen to get a glass of water. My mom was crying there, so quietly, as if she was afraid that she might wake me. I took a look at her, and then turned away.

Because of the thing I had said to her earlier, there was something pinching at me in the corner of my heart. Even so, I hated my mother who was crying out of her one eye. So I told myself that I would grow up and become successful, because I hated my one-eyed mom and our desperate poverty.

Then I studied really hard. I left my mother and came to Seoul and studied, and got accepted in the Seoul University with all the confidence I had. Then, I got married. I bought a house of my own. Then I had kids, too. Now I'm living happily as a successful man. I like it here because it's a place that doesn't remind me of my mom.

This happiness was getting bigger and bigger, when someone unexpected came to see me "What?! Who's this?!" ...It was my mother...Still with her one eye. It felt as if the whole sky was falling apart on me. My little girl ran away, scared of my mom's eye.

And I asked her, "Who are you? I don't know you!!!" as if I tried to make that real. I screamed at her "How dare you come to my house and scare my daughter! GET OUT OF HERE! NOW!!!" And to this, my mother quietly answered, "oh, I'm so sorry. I may have gotten the wrong address," and she disappeared. Thank goodness... She doesn't recognize me. I was quite relieved. I told myself that I wasn't going to care, or think about this for the rest of my life.

Then a wave of relief came upon me...one day, a letter regarding a school reunion came to my house. I lied to my wife saying that I was going on a business trip. After the reunion, I went down to the old shack, that I used to call a house...just out of curiosity there, I found my mother fallen on the cold ground. But I did not shed a single tear. She had a piece of paper in her hand.... It was a letter to me.

She wrote:

My son...

I think my life has been long enough now. And... I won't visit Seoul anymore... But would it be too much to ask if I wanted you to come visit me once in a while? I miss you so much. And I was so glad when I heard you were coming for the reunion. But I decided not to go to the school.... For you... I'm sorry that I only have one eye, and I was an embarrassment for you.

You see, when you were very little, you got into an accident, and lost your eye. As a mother, I couldn't stand watching you having to grow up with only one eye... So I gave you mine...I was so proud of my son that was seeing a whole new world for me, in my place, with that eye. I was never upset at you for anything you did. The couple times that you were angry with me.

I thought to myself, 'it's because he loves me.' I miss the times when you were still young around me.

I miss you so much. I love you. You mean the world to me.

My world shattered!!!

Then I cried for the person who lived for me... My Mother...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Amazing Railway Tracks

Monday, December 14, 2009

Google has Done it Again... (Mind-Blowing Device)

Guess what you can do with a touch screen, camera, scanner, WiFi, and google maps ...
View a building through it, and it gives you all the information about that building....
Choose a building and touch a floor and it tells you more details of the building. You can use it when you want to know a car model, an insect name, what kind of food is served at a restaurant and how much, who built a bridge, etc. etc.
It’s got a scanner built in.
so you can use it this way when you want to check the meaning of a word in the newspaper, book, magazine, etc. It would be much easier to read a real book. You can use the dictionary, wikipedia, thesaurus and anything else available on the web. What do you think?
Indoor guide:Works in a building, airport, station, hospital, etc.
Automatic simultaneous translation: here Latin to English.
Search keyword: Helpful when you want to find out a word from a lot of text in newspaper/book.
Nutrition: This kind of function would be helpful for health freaks..

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Life is about correcting mistakes.

Monica married Hitesh this day. At the end of the wedding party, Monica's mother gave her a newly opened bank saving passbook with Rs.1000 deposit amount.

Mother: 'Monica, take this passbook. Keep it as a  record of your marriage life. When there's something happy and memorable happened in your new life, put some money in. Write down what it's about next to the line. The more memorable the event is, the more money you can put in. I've done the first one for you today. Do the others with Hitesh. When you look back after years, you can know how much happiness you've had.'

Monica shared this with Hitesh when getting home. They both thought it was a great idea and were anxious to know when the second deposit can be made.

This was what they did after certain time:

 - 7 Feb: Rs.100, first birthday celebration for Hitesh after marriage

 - 1 Mar: Rs.300, salary raise for Monica

 - 20 Mar: Rs.200, vacation trip to Bali

 - 15 Apr: Rs.2000, Monica got pregnant

 - 1 Jun: Rs.1000, Hitesh got promoted..... and so on...

However, after years, they started fighting and arguing for trivial things. They didn't talk much. They regretted that they had married the most nasty people in the world.... no more love...kind of typical nowadays, huh?

One day Monica talked to her Mother:

 'Mom, we can't stand it anymore. We agree to divorce. I can't imagine how  I decided to marry this guy!!!'

Mother: 'Sure, girl, that's no big deal. Just do whatever you want if you really can't stand it. But before that, do one thing first. Remember the saving passbook I gave you on your wedding day? Take out all money and spend it first. You shouldn't keep any record of such a poor marriage.'

Monica thought it was true. So she went to the bank, waiting at the queue and planning to cancel the account.

While she was waiting, she took a look at the passbook record. She looked, and looked, and looked. Then the memory of all the previous joy and happiness just came up her mind. Her eyes were then filled with tears. She left and went home.

When she was home, she handed the passbook to Hitesh, asked him to spend the money before getting divorce.

The next day, Hitesh gave the passbook back to Monica. She found a new deposit of Rs.5000. And a line next to the record: 'This is the day I notice how much I've loved you thru out all these years. How much happiness you've brought me.'

They hugged and cried, putting the passbook back to the safe.

Do you know how much money they had saved when they retired? I did not ask. I believe the money did not matter anymore after they had gone thru' all the good years in their life.

 "When you fall, in any way, *Don't see the place where you fell, instead see the place from where you* * slipped.*

Friday, December 11, 2009

A Lady Tree in Near Thailand

This is amazing tree named 'Nareepol' in Thai.
Naree means 'girl/woman' and
Pol means plant/tree or 'buah' in Malay.

It means women tree.

It is amazing what God create the World in many forms

That amused human beings...... .

You can see the real tree at Petchaboon province about Almost 500 kms away from Bangkok .


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Trip around the World

Cherry bloom in Japan

Japan is a country on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean. The "Land of the Rising Sun" lies to the east of the Asian continent and is composed of over 3,000 islands.


Autumn in Germany

Germany (German: Deutschland) is one of the world's leading industrialised countries, located in the heart of Europe.


The beauty of Antarctica

Antarctica (from Greek "opposite the Arctic") is a continent surrounding the Earth's South Pole. It is the coldest place on Earth and is almost entirely covered by ice; however, it is also the world's largest desert.


Scenery of Europe

German's New Swan Castle
"New Swan Castle", a dramatic Romanesque fortress with Byzantine and Gothic interiors, which was built next to his predecessor's castle: Hohenschwangau. Numerous wall paintings depict scenes from Wagner's operas.

View of Holland
Holland is a region in the central-western part of the Netherlands. The name Holland in this and the other entries on this page ultimately stem from holt land ("wooded land").

Beauty of Tibet

Disney Castle 

Golden Maple Leaf 

Lavender Farm and Tree

The Night Scene of Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower (French: Tour Eiffel) is an iron tower built on the Champ de Mars, beside the River Seine, in Paris, France. The tower stands 300 meters (986 feet) high, not including the 24 meter (72 feet) antenna.

Blue Sea 


Mirror Lake 

Breithorn Peak (switzerland)
The Breithorn is a mountain in the Alps, considered the most easily climbed 4,000 m Alpine peak.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Audi with Latest Fundoo Tyres

These tyres are airless and are scheduled to be out on the market very soon.
The bad news for the US. Law Enforcement is that spike strips will not work on these tyres.

A. no more air valves.
B. no more air compressors at gas stations.
C. no more repair kits.
D. no more flats.


These are actual pictures taken in the South Carolina plant of Michelin.