600km Walking Pilgrimage through Spain

Written by Denise Chng Lisan & published on September 2 2008

From the moment I discovered an ancient pilgrimage path in Spain in June last year, the attraction of walking hundreds of kilometres towards an assured destination grew on me daily. My eagerness to go on a month-long journey on foot across the steep slopes, lush valleys and forests of the Pyrenees, and through countless small towns and villages, was part of a subconscious quest to find depth and meaning in my life. At the age of 33, I was approaching – prematurely, perhaps – what seemed to be a mid-life crisis.

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Letter from Quebec: Preserving Heritage

Written by Denise Chng Lisan & published on November 8 2008

'TRAVEL is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living,' wrote Miriam Beard. Life in Quebec is now my teacher, pointing out my knowledge gaps and honing my ideas of living - be it language, culture, life-skills, or the environment.

Denise Chng Lisan

The Procession and the Grotto

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Tuesday, September 18, 2007
It was raining. But thousands of people make their way towards the Sanctuary for the candle light procession. Thousands of candles lit everywhere. Such a beautiful sight. Rosary was recited in at least five different languages. Everyone was singing Ave Maria. It is truely a cross-cultural and language event. I felt that people were united in spirit even though different languages are spoken. I attended midnight mass at the grotto as well.

This evening, I felt the spirit and memories of my mother very strong. I miss her very much. Her voice, her smile, her gentleness. I suppose that is what Mother Mary is to mankind - the Mother that protects and loves. I needed to grieve, so I let myself sob like a little child in front of Mary's statue.

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