Sunday, February 08, 2009


To all my dear relatives, friends and readers in Singapore and throughout the world,

I received the following email from my buddy, Dr. Stephen Au, from Canada. I know you will enjoy it, and most importantly, be cheered UP!

Let us all continue to look UP to God for His blessings to rain upon us. For God's economy is not the same as the world's economy.

Let us continue not to give UP on our faith for God had said that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed, we can move mountains of doubt, fear, depression, unhappiness, uncertainties, gloom and doom.!

Let us all continue to look UP to one another with love and respect and continue to look for the beauty and good points in everyone.

Even as we climb UP the ladder of success and prosperity, let us not forget to pull Up the hands of our fellowmen who might be struggling along the steps of the ladder. Like geese, let us help to give strength and energy to one another so that we can all keep UP the lovely formation of "V" in life! "V" for victory!

Forever the optimistic one,
Choo Choo aka Ganchau


Lovers of the English language might enjoy this. It is yet another example of why people learning English have trouble with the language. Learning the nuances of English makes it a difficult language. (But then, that's probably true of many other languages.)

There is a two-letter word in English that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is 'UP.' It is listed in the dictionary as being used as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP ? Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends and we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.

At other times the little word has a real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.

And this up is confusing:

A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP !

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP , look the word, UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP . When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it wets UP the earth. When it does not rain for a while, the soil dries UP.

One could go on & on, but I'll wrap it UP , for now time is UP , so time to shut UP! more thing:

What is the first thing you do in the morning & the last thing you do at night?


Don't screw up.

Send this on to everyone you look UP to in your address book.

Now I'll shut UP!

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