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.

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Hope in its full glory

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Tuesday, November 04, 2008
I have just witnessed hope in its full glory.

Watching and listening to Obama's presidential acceptance speech is like being in the historic moment when Martin Luther King said, "I have a dream!..." We cannot walk alone... We cannot turn back... I have a dream...I have a dream...I have a dream... That was in 1963.

Today, 45 years later, Obama exclaims, “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time,” he says, “tonight is your answer.”" Yes, you can... Yes, you can... Yes, you can...

What a speech that moved spirits. As author Maya Angelou rightly put it, he lifts the hopes of people and takes them on a journey with him. The victory is not just about Obama, but about people's hopes vested and manifested in him and what he represents.

For most people, the deciding factor lies not in his policies, but in his power to inspire. That is what a true leader who possesses the innate power to lead people's imagination to see his vision.

This election does not just belong to the US. Its significance hits home abroad, as people from around the world rally and watch on.

This, truly, is a significant historic moment.

2 Response to 'Hope in its full glory'

  1. S L Said,'> 8 November 2008 at 14:11


    Read your article in the Strait Times, Nov 8 and then I found your blog. Interesting and inspiring journey.

    Was a former Singaporean but have since embrace Canada as my home. Hope you will find more in life in Canada.

    Wishing you the best.


  2. Denise Said,'> 10 November 2008 at 19:53

    Thank you SL. =)


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