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

Seeding life

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Sunday, April 26, 2009

It's SPRING. The birds are back and out about. They chirp on trees, reminding all that life is back. The snow has melted, and the trees are awakening.

And I, I feel like a bear coming out of hibernation. My spirit is coming alive, and my layers of procrastination are melting away with the cold winter. The writing voice in me that went silent is starting its whispers, urging me to pen down words that speed through my brain. I feel like writing again, which is a gift of grace for me.

Like the migrating birds that are coming back home, I feel a sense of return. Or rather, a sense of renewal. There are many things I want to do this spring, summer and autumn. One of them is starting my very first organic garden.

I started seeding yesterday. Seeds of life. Seeds of sunflowers, tomatoes, chillis, lemon basil, and sweet basil. Today, it'll be carrots, purple basil, thai basil, cinnamon basil, chives and oregano.

It's rather amazing that the act of seeding is so - huge yet small. There is no rupture nor orgasm, but the idea of rather explosive, I'd say. In a month or two, these little tiny elements will become fully grown mature plants bearing fruits. In the mean time, there is really nothing else to do, except wait.

I'm already getting impatient.

Wait, my soul, wait.

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