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.

Straits Times Life! Article,Denise Chng Lisan,Camino de Santiago,Camino Frances

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 Art & Poetry of Marcel Gagnon - part ii

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Saturday, July 26, 2008
Inside the Centre D'Art of Marcel Ganon, I was amazed to find even more of the touching and inspiring poetry of Marcel Gagnon. I devoured them, swam in their meaning, bought and brought them home with me. This one speaks to me and moved me....and I hope they will too move go to the end of your dreams.


I would like to tell you the words of assurance
That it is easy to realize one's dreams
But this road is full of little steps
Two steps ahead and one behind
I would like to tell you the words of hope
Go without fear, even if you are trembling
You will discover what life has to teach you
The true marine does not lose its time
telling stories of its adventure by the quay;
it is in the sea
I would like to tell you the words of travel
That, I too, I was there;
I was lost and was found
Passion sustained me; life defended me
The mountains humbled themselves to let me pass
I have seen this soft valley below, the space for breathing
I was filled with this freedom
Like the river that searches the sea,
From far, I've seen another mountain
Another challenge

And I started all over again, one more time, to my great joy
At last, I've understood that the nature is born again every spring
And that the difficult road that follows
is more important than the last dream accomplished
I would like to tell you the words of sadness
That there is no age for dying
That there are the old who are young, and the young who have died
I would like to tell you the words of love
Charging through life, in your life;
They will protect you
It is really good to feel alive

Marcel Gagnon
(Translated from French by Denise Chng Lisan)

4 Response to 'The Art & Poetry of Marcel Gagnon - part ii'

  1. Evan Said,'> 3 September 2008 at 07:07

    Hi Denise,

    You wrote a nice article on the camino on the Straits Times.

    Here's a link from my blog.


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