Remembering Tony


A tribute to Tony Lee published in the Garabandal International magazine (by the Australian Garabandal International Apostolate)  

On 19th October it will be six months since my beloved husband Tony returned to the Lord. While he is missed in so many ways, we strive to continue his prayerful work of praying for others, one prayer group of which is in the name of Our Lady of Garabandal.

He was associated with the Australian Garabandal International Apostolate since January 1990 and the team has published a tribute to Tony in their quarterly magazine. While it was published a few months ago, we waited to share this in the blog, so as to commemorate his 6-month anniversary this month.

We wish to express our deepest appreciation to the Australian team of Tony Kissane, Judy Bond, Judy Terry and Regina O’Shaughnessy for honouring Tony’s memory in the magazine.

Our Lady of Garabandal, pray for us and the world.



Praying The Rosary


In the Catholic liturgical calendar, today, 7 October is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary, in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Praying the rosary has a profound effect on people’s lives. Perhaps this is an opportune time to share one lady’s personal experiences – the article is called:

How The Rosary Changed My Life by Jacqueline Burkepile (please click here to read it)

While we are on the topic of prayers, let us pray for each other and for Peace in the world.

God bless us all.



Brushing For Bright Eyes!


Suzanne, 92, brushes her eyebrows several  times a day, upon waking up, after reading or watching tv.

Like every part of the body, one’s eye area needs to be ‘woken up’ after sleep or after an intense period of reading or looking at electronic gadgets!  Even when your eyes are feeling sluggish when suffering from sinus or a cold.

I just use a soft toothbrush and brush my eyebrows one at a time, starting from the inner end to the outer end. Repeat it a few times and it activates the blood circulation in the eye area…and immediately the tired eye feels revitalised.

Simple as that. If my eyelids are heavy with sleepiness, brushing my eyebrows helps to keep my eyes open.

Have a blessed day.


St. Anne’s Feast

St Anne and Mary

Photograph taken in the iconic church of St. Anne, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

26 July is the Feast Day of St. Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In Malaysia, the St. Anne’s Feast of Bukit Mertajam happens to be one of the 20 biggest Catholic pilgrimages in the world, and is celebrated at St. Anne’s Church, Bukit Mertajam on the mainland of Penang.

It regularly attracts an estimate of about 100,000 pilgrims from Malaysia as well as neighbouring countries, who gather to pray or thank her for prayers answered and petitions granted through her powerful intercession.

Spread over a period of ten days which includes the actual feast day on 26 July, celebrations include a candlelight procession, a nine-day novena and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

A prayer to St. Anne:

Dear Saint Anne, 

I praise god and honor you for having been given the grace to be the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandmother of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Many who have implored your help have felt the happy effects of your goodness and powerful intercession. Encouraged by this thought, I humbly implore you, O good Saint Anne to hear my request:

(here mention your petition)

O loving Saint Anne, whose heart is ever full of human sympathy for those in trouble, pain or anxiety, have pity on me and grant me your favour as you have done for others in so many wonderful cases for the greater glory of God. Help me to know, love and follow Jesus by being a concerned citizen and an active member of His Church and to reach Heaven, there to praise God with you forever and ever.


An Officer & A Gentleman — Expressions by VAL

My darling daddy returned to the Lord on 19 April 2016 at the age of 93. It will be two months since that fateful day, on 19 June 2016 – which coincidentally happens to be Father’s Day. Every year, I used to create a card for him – one that he would print out and […]

via An Officer & A Gentleman — Expressions by VAL

Upcycling Project: A Jade Necklace And Bracelet

I enjoy working on at least one creative project daily or every other day. As I always say, there is never a dull moment!

The creative process is all-consuming and keeps me busy, focused and at the end of it all, the lovely results keep me on a natural high!

One of my many creative, hands-on activities is to string together my own jewellery pieces. I have been doing it for years, and I even teach others to do the same, if anyone is interested to learn.

Suzanne at work on necklaceRecently a head-rest made out of jade had come undone, scattering all these cool-to-the-touch rectangle pieces all over the place. My first thought was to piece them back together, but then when I ‘saw’ the prettier alternative in my mind’s eye, I got to work immediately.

With the inspiration edging me on, I completed the upcycling project all in one afternoon and voila! I had fashioned a new necklace and bracelet set with the jade rectangular pieces. As the jade pieces were too heavy for the ears, this set, when worn, would have to be complemented with other jade earrings.

Suzanne with necklace and bracelet set

Every morning before leaving my room, I am always completely dressed – and that means with a full set of jewellery too….many of which are of my own handiwork of course.



Palm-combing Activates Blood Circulation

Palm-combing Suzanne at 91

For years, I have been reading about the activation of blood circulation using various methods.

In traditional Chinese combing or brushing therapy, the focus is on the head (which I have discussed in the post :100 Brush Strokes A Day (please click here to read it).

Some books advise the pressing of the teeth of a comb on the fingertips, thumb and across the reflexes on the palm, while others have advised the combing of the palm and the back of the palm.

Personally, I find that using the comb to lightly comb the palm from the wrist out towards the fingertips and the same on the back of the palm, is an easy and effective way to awaken the reflex points across the palm surface and the back of the palm surface.


Suzanne combing her palm - for blog

Suzanne combing the back of palm - for blog


I hope you too will find this simple method easy and effective in helping with blood circulation.