Merry Christmas

Well, Christmas over her certainly is a little different from what I had back home in South Africa, but then nothing really is, and seeing as this is not South Africa, it’s really not all that strange.

I had dinner with my work colleagues and we ate and drank and chatted about all sorts of stuff.

On Sunday, today, Ava and I went to church in the evening and then stayed after church for a get together they have called “vinyl cafe” where they have lots of things to eat and drink and you can just socialise with each other.

That’s it from this side, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you will have a wonderful New Year, which is coming up next week. For those on holiday, enjoy it, next week is a normal working week for me, my holiday comes with my week off for Chinese New Year from the 28th of January as far as I know.

So keep safe, and don’t forget what this wonderful time of year is all about… the birth of Jesus Christ.


King Canute

Long ago, England was ruled by a king named Canute. Like many leaders and men of power, Canute was surrounded by people who were always praising him. Every time he walked into a room, the flattery began.

“You are the greatest man that ever lived,” one would say.

“O king, there can never be another as mighty as you,” another would insist.

“Your highness, there is nothing you cannot do,” someone would smile.

“Great Canute, you are the monarch of all,” another would sing. “Nothing in this world dares to disobey you.”

The king was a man of sense, and he grew tired of hearing such foolish speeches.

One day he was walking by the seashore, and his officers and courtiers were with him, praising him as usual. Canute decided to teach them a lesson.

“So you say I am the greatest man in the world?” he asked them.

“O king,” they cried, “there never has been anyone as mighty as you, and there never be anyone so great, ever again!”

“And you say all things obey me?” Canute asked.

“Absolutely!” they said. “The world bows before you, and gives you honour.”

“I see,” the king answered. “In that case, bring me my chair, and we will go down to the water.”

“At once, your majesty!” They scrambled to carry his royal chair over the sands.

“Bring it closer to the sea,” Canute called. “Put it right here, right at the water’s edge.” He sat down and surveyed the ocean before him. “I notice the tide is coming in. Do you think it will stop if I give the command?”

His officers were puzzled, but they did not dare say no. “Give the order, O great king, and it will obey,” one of then assured him.

“Very well. Sea,” cried Canute, “I command you to come no further! Waves, stop your rolling!. Surf, stop your pounding! Do not dare touch my feet!”

He waited a moment, quietly, and a tiny wave rushed up the sand and lapped at his feet.

“How dare you!” Canute shouted. “Ocean, turn back now! I have ordered you to retreat before me, and now you must obey! Go back!”

And in answer another wave swept forward and curled around the king’s feet. The tide came in, just as it always did. The water rose higher and higher. It came up around the king’s chair, and wet not only his feet, but also his robe. His officers stood before him,
alarmed, and wondering whether he was not mad.

“Well, my friends,” Canute said, “it seems I do not have quite so much power as you would have me believe. Perhaps you have learned something today. Perhaps now you will remember there is only one King who is all-powerful, and it is he who rules the sea, and holds the ocean in the hollow of his hand. I suggest you reserve your praises for him.”

The royal officers and courtiers hung their heads and looked foolish. And some say Canute took off his crown soon afterward, and never wore it again.


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What’s up in Peter’s life

Well, it’s been a while so here is an update of what is happening.

Firstly, the biggest news of the moment is that Ava is in Tainan for a while. She went back the weekend before last on the 26th of November. She hadn’t felt very well and needed a break from just everything. When she goes home she can pretty much just take it easy. She is feeling better now and is going to be coming back this Saturday morning. It’s been quite something with her being away for such a long time, which is something that hasn’t happened since we got married. She has stopped working altogether and will continue to go to her University to study and see how that goes.

The doctors told Ava that she really needs some rest. When she went to Tainan they did some checks and found a build-up of Calcium or something of that nature on the umbilical cord. They were concerned about the child’s well-being. Anyways, prayer does the trick as God knows far more than any doctor ever could, being the designer of us in the first place. So we’re looking forward faithfully to a healthy little baby girl around about May next year.

Secondly, the 40 days of purpose website is now dormant. It was a real blessing being able to do that website and hopefully a blessing for those who joined up for the daily updates from the site. You can still check it out now at

Thirdly, last month was a great month for It managed to make a lot more money than it did the month before. Things are building with that and I have actually now got a few writers on the line from to do some articles. It’s not the cheapest thing to have done, but if I can sink a little money into that, keeping the site growing, and then focus my attention on promotion, things should build to a point where I can start branching out and looking at other stuff online to do. It still doesn’t make enough money for me to live off, but it is a positive step, as it reinforces my confidence that it will work. The eventual aim is to develop streams of income so in essence the websites can be run with only a little intervention from me and eventually none at all.

School remains busy and things just go by day to day as usual. Christmas is coming up so everyone is getting lost in the talk of Santa Claus and putting gifts under trees and stuff. The one thing that hit me is that even though Christ in Christmas is almost lost here, still things like the star on the top of the tree don’t get a second look, whereas it actually has some meaning to it. Time to break out those stories of the nativity.

Also, another call for those who are interested in you own website. I have opened so you just click on the link on the main page and you can sign up for your own website. You can put pictures in your posts and there are a whole range of themes to choose from to give your site that custom look.

On another great note, which I might have mentioned before, my parents are coming to Taiwan. Of all the people who could come and visit me I honestly didn’t expect them to be the first ones. So there you are. They’ ll be coming at the beginning of February of thereabouts, just after the Chinese New Year holiday. That’s a good thing as being the only major holiday of the year, its a nightmare to go anywhere within Taiwan or anywhere in Asia for that matter.

So that’s Peter for the meantime, I hope you are all doing well, it’s good to hear from those who send emails. I try to reply as often as I can especially to individual emails. God Bless and don’t forget why this is the season to be jolly.

Hint: A certain saviour of the world was born, who eventually died to save us all