Saturday, September 15, 2012

Free Spirit

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no tears in a gloom-filled room,
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little – But not for long
And not with your head bowed low,
Remember the friendship that we once shared,
Miss me – But let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take,
And each must go alone,
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to your friends that we know,
And bury your sorrows in doing good works,
Miss me – But let me go.
(poem by Henry Scott Holland)

Chang's ashes will be scattered in Cameron Highlands today in fulfillment of his last wish. He loved the Highlands and had planned to spend his time in retirement there. In his own words, he was a free spirit, happiest spending time in the cool climate of the Highlands.
Have a good rest, my dear friend.

(updated by Chang's Friend)


  1. Good decision. He loved Cameron Highlands - his retreat place.


  2. May God bless your family.

  3. Chang will be very happy to know his wishes fulfilled. May he rest in peace now.

  4. My dear friend of Chang,

    Below is the traditional Theravada Buddhist ending recitation for the departed. May I be allowed to recite this for my Buddhist friend, Chang Chee Teck. May he be reborn in a happier life, and may he attain the final bliss in due time.

    Sabbe sankhara aniccati
    Yada pannaya passati
    Atha nibbindati dukkhe
    Esamaggo visuddhiya

    Transient are all conditioned things
    When this, with wisdom one discerns
    then is one disgusted with ill,
    this is the path to purity

    Sabbe sankhara dukkhati
    Yada pannaya passati
    Atha nibbindati dikkhe
    Esamaggo visuddhiya

    Sorrowful are all conditioned things,
    when this, with wisdom one discerns,
    then is one disgusted with ill,
    this is the path to purity.

    Sabbhe dhamma anattati
    Yada pannaya passati
    Atha nibbindati dukkhe
    Esamaggo visuddhiya.

    All Dhammas (natural phenomena) are without a soul
    when this, with wisdom, one discerns,
    then is one disgusted with ill,
    this is the path to purity.

    Aciram vata yamkayo
    Pathavim adhi sessati
    Chuddho apeta vinnano
    Niratthamva kalingaram

    Before long this body will lie on earth,
    abandoned and devoid of consciousness,
    useless as a log.

    Anabbhito tato aga
    Ananunnato ito gato
    Yatha gato tathagato
    Katattha paridevana

    Uninvited he has come hither,
    He has departed hence without approval,
    Even as he came, just he went.
    What lamentation then could there be?

    Aniccavatta sankhara
    Uppadavaya dhammino
    Uppajjitva nirujjhanti
    Tesamvupa samo sukho
    (slowly repeat last verse three tines)

    All component things are indeed transient.
    They are of the nature of arising and decaying.
    Having come into being, they cease to be.
    The cessation of this process is bliss.

  5. Chang, Rest in Peace

    Chang's friend, Yes, he was different in so many ways, I salute ! By scattering his ashes in Cameron, besides allowing himself continue to enjoy (perhaps perpectually) his favourite holiday, it compels his loved ones to let him go too (it is more difficult if burial is otherwise done,i.e physical tombstone shall serve somewhat to remind of the deceased)

    May be that's one way of lightening the baggage as one pass on (Is it so Khadijah?)

    Rgds, KokPiew

  6. Farewell Chang.Though I do not know you personally, It's like I had lost a close relative. Maybe because due to myself losing two closest relative ( My father and an uncle ) due to Cancer in just one year time has taken toll on me and I can't help but sharing the grief with your family.You had break through a barrier of a terminal illness that not many men and women ever did and survive for long enough to tell about it.I salute you.


  7. 'Mind is the Chief'.

    Chang is a person who has the strongest mind that I met so far. He is free now, and he is reading our comments.

    This is my last comment in this blog.

    Bye Chang CT. Till we meet again.

    Gary Kang

  8. Rest in Peace Chang.
    We know you are in a better place now.

    Though we will miss you dearly,
    your daily update with your blog and research.
    You will never be forgotten.
    For you will live with us forever in our hearts and in our memories.

    Until we see each other.