Day 3: My Favourite Quote

Dum Spiro Spero


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“While I breathe, I hope”. A quote so beautifully etched on the building that houses the Kuching Post Office, a great reminder for all of us to never stop hoping. It was the official motto of the Kingdom of Sarawak during the Brooke rule, and I love how there are still people who remember it. 


One day, as my mum and I were driving home, we were stuck in a jam in front of the post office, and that’s when I saw it: Dum Spiro Spero. Out of curiosity, I googled its meaning, and the its meaning dumbfounded me instantly. Of course, it has its significance in the roots of Sarawak history, but it impacted me so deeply that I vowed never to forget it. 


A quote that reminds us that even in the darkest of times, we should never give up hope. A quote that reminds us that while we still have life left in us, it is hope that keeps us going. A quote that gives us the promise of a better future. In other words, a quote that reminds me to never, ever give up.

Author: Natalie Ha

I remember being enthralled with the written word ever since my parents started reading fairytales to me at a young age. Seeing the power it has to influence behaviours and mindsets, I have learned, over the years, to translate my thoughts onto paper, in an attempt to positively disrupt the lives of others. Having my written works published in various forms of media has empowered me to weave stories that people can resonate with. I look forward to the life-long process of perfecting this craft, and hope to see my work touch the hearts of many in the future. This blog attempts to do just that - and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy penning it down.

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