Saturday, October 28, 2006

Cute moments

Imageries fly past us every day, every moment is unique. There are some which are more deeply entrench in our minds, some of meaningful significance, some of cute moments. Here's a post about some cute moments....


dun you wonder what's going through that little boy's ears? He was listening with such strong intention!


"hmm... what's that gadget there?" says little baby J, "I wonder if its tasty?"

The OH I'm going to Faint Shot....


The I'm happy like bird shot...


The HUH?


The OMG what are u doing shot...


The WHO is THAT?? or WHAT IS THAT?


Tulang or not?

We were eating at a hawker center and Ad exclaimed something over the next table.... As I looked over my shoulders, I could not help but noticed how HUGE the Tulang was in the little girls' hands.....

but guess what got Ad's attention instead?

hee.... it was the size of the little girl who seems to be abit on the chubby side and yet still indulging in the ultra sinful tulang.....

After his explanation... I'm going to stay off tulang for another few more years...

Discernment

I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. Romans 16:17-19 NIV

In mandrain there's a saying that goes: 經珠者赤 經墨者黑

it means that whoever that befriends people with good moral practises will benefit and learn good moral behaviour, thereby become a good person. While on the other hand, one who befriends those with undesirable habits/behaviour will become ill in their ways as well.

This is a common saying amongst the chinese population and used widely when an elderly wants to advise anyone towards choosing the kind of friends they want to be with.

In the current context, the commonly used term would be Peer Pressure.

It was a term that I learnt when I was attending a course at SANA, an institute that teaches why taking drugs is not a good thing, how to recognise the subtances, how to say No to it and how to avoid being in the company of people who enjoys destroying their own lives by taking in drugs.

Likewise, in life, if we are surrounded by people who are kind, forgiving, patient, we end up being kinder, more forgiving, more patient ourselves. It is because they set the norm for the pace of life that we live in. If we are surrounded by people who enjoys gossiping, small talks, drinking, non-constructive conversations, then it becomes a norm, a lifestyle to lead a life that way.

At the end of the day, we are responsible for who we want to spend time with, how we spend our time, what we do with our time, you can chose to lead a carefree life style centered around yourself or chose to be a servant of God and be obedient to His words. Its a choice.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Daily Miracles

We've been experiencing daily miracles from the hands of God...

Thank You Lord!

Fri: My insurance agent told me that the insurance policy covers both pre & post-operative cost! Isnt that wonderful???

Insurance policy was from Aviva, My Shield, which is a Hospitalization policy which deducts its premium from CPF. So go and get yourself and your loved one a policy now! Get protected!

Sat: Spent an amazing time at a fren's house, enjoy good quality fun-loving company, provided by the Lord.

Sun: did all the things that we never imagine we could do.... ha ha ha....

Mon: a letter from the insurance company telling us that they will cover most of the surgical cost!!

Tue: getting Ad's dream come true at a very affordable price... God is Generous!
Also, had a chat with a friend who used to be burdened by many personal issues, but he was giving praise to God and seeking God's strength through prayers faithfully! Such a touching moment!

Wed: we're still waiting to see God's miracles for us today....

What about you? What was your miracle today?

Pray my frens for Ad....

This morning, he woke up to a crushed mailbox.... Pray for him our friends, today's most efficient communication tool and to-do listing companion, is also his life, bread and butter.... the devastation is unimaginable....

just the other day, I was chatting with some friends, asking them if they felt withdrawal syndromes if they are without their machines, without hesitation, they all went "Of Course!".

another lesson here is..... Everyone of us has a limit, including machines, hardware and software, just that at present times, these limitations for the hardware and software are set so so so BIG that we do not realise that they are there. Or we fail to remember their existence because, before we run out of "space", we are already thinking of upgrading ...

So friends out there.... BACK UP TODAY!

NEW MBP!



Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Happy Birthday iPod

Yes, iPod turns 5 today. Read it at TUAW, its a pretty touching story, read it here.

I recall how Ad's name was called out in a lucky draw for the first generation iPod not too long after we got together.... ha ha ha... it was hilarious because it was something that none of us expected. I was chanting his name loudly during the whole entire lucky draw and there was only one last prize left... the first prize, the 1G iPod. I can still remember how stun we were when his name was called out. ha ha ha ha... we looked at each other in disbelief. We waited for a few seconds to check if there was another Ad in the crowd...surprising there wasnt! ha ha ha....

God has been kind to us! Thank you Lord!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

ME, cute cute ME

I found these photos of me and....

I cannot resist posting or boasting about how CUTE I was when I was a little girl. Hee....

But then again, this could the youngest photo of ME ever!

And take this as payback for D&S hee... cos of the expose of their youthful days's photo ha ha ha ha... but who can resist being mad at me, such a cute cute ME!


so cute HOR???? hee.... I still have those natural curls....
I think it was the curls that made me so cute....


see how natural I was at holding onto the scroll? I think I got addicted to holding onto a scroll from a young tender age of 6. I'm still collecting scrolls at 30! ha ha ha

I wonder if they still do this at the kindergardens these days. I have little photo memories of my kindergarden days except for this photo. If I search in my memory bank hard enough, I might recall the faces of some of my kindie friends's faces....

Those days were FUN! I loved running around my kindergarden (which later became a worker's quarters when they were doing renovation in a nearby hawker center and then it became a CAR park! :(( ).

I loved the sand pit next to our classroom, not because I enjoy being dirty, but because it means MORE running around the school! ha ha ha....

We even have a little hut next to our school building for us to rest in the shade while waiting for our parents to come and pick us up. I spend many fun-filled hours with my pals in this little hut, playing imaginery games and again, running around! ha ha ha....

I recall those tiny little chairs and tables which we will shift them around to form little groups for doing different work, we even have chinese classes! hmm.... I wonder what do the other races's kids do at this time? I particularly remember the chinese lessons because for every first page of the book, we have to write our names out in chinese characters.... my chinese names consist of many many strokes! Some of my friends finished WAY before I even got halfway through! There and then, I resolve to NOT let my kids have such names! ha ha ha...

I love the little pantry area where we prepare milo, horlicks and biscuits for our classmates during breaks. I think my teacher found me too hyper, so assigned me to do such chores, so that I wont be running around in vain! ha ha ha.

those were the days.... Here I challenge you guys out there with blogs to dig out your kiddo photos and blog about your childhood! go Steph! go Otterman! go Purpledusk! go go go!

Disappointed with Krisflyer Membership Services

Yes, they've been really slow in replying to ME. So slow that even my mileage points were expired BEFORE they were credited into the system.

How did that happen?

I took a flight to SFO 3yrs ago with Ad, they only credit my flight there, but not the return trip, I've patiently requested for them to look into it, I have not heard from them since that trip. Now these points are expired!

Well, if I had those points credited to my account, I would have been able to use them right? If I dun, how to use them?

Better still, they also "miss" out my recent SIN-SFO return trip points again! Is it my name or the membership number? They simply do not like me?

How come both of Ad's trips are credited without a hitch and BOTH my long haul flights were missing? If its a short trip, I wont even waste time and be bothered with them. But each leg is worth 8440points! That's quite alot leh! One return trip from SFO can earn enough points to do a short trip to Bali or somewhere nearby. Are they trying to desuade me from going to Bali??

I am just overly disappointed with Singapore's leading airline's Krisflyer membership services, maybe there's a reason why they are named so differently.... So that people with bad Krisflyer experiences will NOT associate the Singapore Airlines with it.

I just cannot imagine how these "cock-up" can occur in today's day and age of technology. Please do not make a joke out of how IT savvy Singapore is!

Better still, I had to try to re-set my pin 3 times before it actually got reset! The online system is so unreliable, it hanged for the first time while I waited over 2hrs for the little screen that says "Please wait while we process your request". Then I got fedup, I sent in an online request to be emailed to me. I waited 2days and it still did not happen. I dunno which server they are using, to have such slow replies... do their server reside in Timbaktu? Even then, I'm sure the internet pipings should be faster than that! 3rd and final time, I requested for it again and it went through! Imagine having to do everything 3times with them?? Very tiring leh!

If they want to give points, give generously lah, dun give some dun give some. Provide half-F**k online services, might as well dun provide.

Mid week laugh....

True Friendship

1 When you are sad -- I will help you get drunk and plot revenge against the sorry bastard who made you that way.

2. When you are blue -- I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.

3. When you smile -- I will know you finally got laid.

4. When you are scared -- I will rag on you about it every chance I get.

5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining.

6. When you are confused -- I will use little words.

7. When you are sick -- Stay the hell away from me until you are well again. I don't want to catch whatever you have.

8. When you fall -- I will point and laugh at your clumsy ass.

9. This is my oath..... I pledge it to the end. "Why?" you may ask...."because you are my friend"


Friendship is like peeing your pants: everyone can see it, but only you can feel the true warmth.


Send this to "all 10" of your friends, then get depressed because you can only think of four!!! (don't send it back to me....I don't want to hear it!!!)


And remember....when life hands you Lemons, ask for tequila and salt and call me over !!!!!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Hobb-ing

This is a notty and cute picture that I saw on a car, could not resist taking a photo of it hee.... its also for my fren C who enjoys their comics.

BBQ with Class

How many of you have had a BBQ with proper culinery?

I'm talking about setting the table with a table cloth (proper cloth kind, not those yucky plastic ones...), proper procelin plates (not plastice ones), proper fork and knief (those that you can actually cut things through not those plastic ones), have a glass of wine to sip before dinner is served?

Oh, yes, its still at east coast park's bbq pit.....

one day, one crazy guy went to book the pit at a AXN machine and ordered for this high-class bbq to be carried out... one group was responsible for dressing up the dining table and providing the wine and tableware. Another group was responsible for the bbq stuff like charcoal and food (which was beef, bacon and onions).

Can you believe that we are that bo liao? enough to set up a pit to burn down 2bags of charcoal for almost 2hrs before we started cooking the beef? yes... we did that.... yes.. its confirmed... we're CRAZY! ha ha ha... here's the photos... enjoy!


oh, i forgot we had a cheese platter as well! for pre-dinner snacks... hee.. actually we were really hungry! We ate up ALL the cheese and crackers before dinner had started to be cooked! Because the chef say that the fire was not ready YEt!


the fire when it first started, after alot of effort to shield the wind away from the "ta ma" super siong boy! even the aluminium tray came out to help....


the containers to bring food, drinks, ice, chill the wine etc.... kitchen towels to wipe hands, even got soap and water for washing hands.... yes, we came prepared...


in the spare time (while waiting for the BloodY fire to be ready!!) we lighted up some sparklers and poked them around our little makan space hee...


finally the fire was ready and the cooking started! Yipee!


do you notice that there's ONLY beef, bacon and onions being cooked? yeah... so much effort for cooking so little food.... was looking out for the chicken wings, sausages, marshmallows etc....


the haze was pretty bad as well, so we set up our own ANTI-haze device... to "return" Indonesia some of their smoke....


but our efforts were so futile, the wind was stronger then my mini snoopy fan! darn... i'll bring a bigger fan next time....


finally.... FOOD! it was absolutely delicious!!! and very momerable too! Now, I'm looking forward to MORE bbq BEEF ha ha ha... we're so pampered!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

I have a Right!

I'm sorry, I just cannot resist this cute comic strip of Linus....



Baby A's Tech edu tour of Sim Lim Sq

Yes, Baby A has to "live up" to his godparent's crazy obsessions with technology. So he got his first tech education in situ!

in Sim Lim Sq!

Oh yes, he's a true blue techno-gadget-baby. He could not stop looking at the racks and racks of computer parts, getting himself amused with the SD cards, compact flash cards hee....




oh yes, who would pass out a chance to be mesmerised by the bright lights coming out of boxes?


he'll even pose for photos! yes... he was born with this talent! ha ha ha.... yes, when he was born, he was wailing and wailing on his baby cot, the moment I went over with a camera to capture his first moments, he stopped his tears and stared hard at the metal gadget called digital camera! With his eyes widely exploring the metal gadget. He's definitely his daddy's boy!


with all that flashing lights and new words like SD cards and CF cards to remember, baby A could not help but feel knock out from his first experience at Sim Lim Sq. We are wondering how long will he remember what he "learnt" ....

then, he's up and recharging with a generous dose of FOOD!
he's such a cute little one!


Check the Lining

Are we enveloped in our own "sufferings" or "misfortunes" and wonder why have God left us out in His big plans? Why do others always seems to have it better than ourselves? Why do others have bigger houses? Nicer cars? Fatter pay checks?

These are some of the "grivences" that I've heard when i'm talking to quite a few folks over the past week.

Many years ago, a very dear friend gave me a book called Cover to Cover through the bible as it happened. I was eager to read and find out what does the bible hold, what were the stories that got so many people talking. I took a leap into it, but I did not even make it through the first month!

Because I got stuck. Really stuck at Job's experience. For a very devoted man, Job placed his trust in God completely. But the evil one challenged Job's faith and trust in the Lord and took away Job's family, wealth, assets, gave him illness and a bunch of friends who do not seems to understand Job's faith and kept jeering at his "God" who allowed Job to suffer and turned a deaf ear to Job's pain and prayers and calls for answers.

I got stuck because I was also going through a pretty rough patch myself, it was the time when I had my first series of operations and did not understand why do I have to lose an ovary to an inexperience surgeon? The months that followed went by without a single day of me asking WHY God, I did not kill anyone or burn a house down, why do I have to go through such pain and loss?

I shared so much of Job's pain and confusion at our helplessness with the battles that kept charging in our faces. I failed to understand the true meaning of Job's suffering. I just focused on his suffering and injustice.

One reading which I came across recently, gave me the insight, the understanding that I seek, here I share it with you.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
the Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shalll I be afraid?
For He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble;
He will conceal me under the cover of His tent;
He will lift me high on a rock.
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Psalm 27:1,5,13-14

George Whitefield, an 18th century evangelist, was once robbed in a way that spoke of the goodness of God. Stephen Mansfield related this story in Forgotten Founding Father: The Heroic Legacy of George Whitefield.

Whitefield and another man were riding by horseback to a meeting when a robber accosted them and demanded all their money. They gave it to him, he left, and they continued on their journey. A few moments later, the robber returned and demanded Whitefield's coat, saying, "its better than mine." Once again, the preacher did as he was told. He exchanged his coat for the robber's, and again the robber left.

As they continued on, the men looked behind them, only to see the robber riding towards them again at a full gallop. Enough is enough, they thought, and the two spurred their horses on and reached the next town safely before the robber caught up with them.

Later, they wondered why the thief had pursused them a third time. But when Whitefield felt the lining of the thief's coat, he found the answer. Inside was a purse with much more money in it than the thief had stolen from them. Whitefield used the money for the orphans he supported in Georgia.

Sometimes you can't see God's goodness until you stop and look back. What doesn't appear at first to be his goodness can one day prove to be just that.

Of what do you feel you've been robbed? Your health? Your career? Perhaps your children have been taken from you. Perhaps someone has robbed you of your reputation by telling lies in an effort to destroy you. We can be robbed of a hundred different things, some not so painful, others so painful that all we can do is to silently scream inside.

But God in his providence is caring for you. Somewhere in the coat of circumstances, hidden in the lining, is the wealth of God's goodness. You can't see it now. You may not even be able to feel it. But it's there. God's goodness is always there. And his provisions is always on time. - Steve Farrar (6th Oct 2006 Our Journey, RBC)

The next time you have doubts about God's goodness, shout out " I believe in the goodness of God despite my circumstances!"

Singnet is down

Singnet is down despite paying more for it!

Pacnet was more dependable, we do not have any problems with it over the past 3years.

:(

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Insightful & Humurous book

Am reading Robert L. Short's Gospel According to Peanuts. He uses the comic strip to bring out certain theories, philosophies, differences between Santa Claus and the Great Pumpkin, the story of building our houses on the rock instead of on sand, how Linus's stickiness to his blanket can be a reflection of our security etc.

I tried reading this book a few years ago when I first got it, but found it too cheem to be understood. Maybe that time still too young to understand parables and the meanings behind it.... ha ha ha....



try it, its really cool hee...

Friday, October 13, 2006

At home...

back home, alot of things happen too! Especially when I'm "home-bound" from the op and I had to do some "light-weighted" stuff to distract myself from the endless porridge eating days....

I'll start with what really perked me up even when I was feeling really tired in the hospital, it was this bouquet of Star Dust Lilies. The flowers are so fragrant that smelling it makes me feel happy and good. :)


then a few days later, I recieved a giant fruits and flower hamper from my car mechanic A, he's such a sweet gem....

got so much fruits lor... that we have to JUICE them!

in the spirit of healthier living, Ad and I decided to invest in a fruit juicer which we've been talking about for a million years... some of our friends were surprised that we have yet to get it! ha ha ha... well, there was Philips sale one of the weekends which thrilled Ad as it was exactly what he was waiting for. So he waited no more, three men throtted out of the house in search of the best deals at the Philips sale and returned victoriously with a Power Juicer-like juicer hee... we had fun getting fruits to be Juiced in the following weeks to come, here's feeble attempt at taking a shot of it...

best part of this juicer is that we dun really have to cut the fruits ha ha ha... shiok ah!

They say laughter is the best medicine... and one would never imagine to that one can derive so much laughter from the Xbox! ha ha ha..... One of those nights when I was truly restless and cannot sleep, we decided to explore a new game which Ad had recently acquired: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King! I was very excited upon hearing the title of the game hee... cos it was my favourite of the three parts. And wondered what is it like to be playing the game for it!

Sorry ah, saya very suaku wan, this is my virgin experience at playing a game adapted from a movie, I had tonnes of questions about the games, the players, the rules the scences etc all of which was tough to answer because they come out at lightning speeds ha ha ha....

So we started the game and we chose our characters.... Ad was Aragon while I was Legolas hee... cos he's cuter! ha ha ha... and I liked to make Legolas jump up and down in his light-footed way. Very cute, too bad the animated version of him is not as cute as him in real life.. :(

We started the game playing in the deep dark stoney mountains where Aragon must defeat the dead spirits and gain their support. We were unfamilar with the routes and unsure where the bad guys would jump out of... so we played cautiously and fought hard (which means just jamming the fingers on all the buttons on the controller and screaming at the top of my lungs ha ha ha). I pretty much used my street fighter-playing techniques on this game as well. However, my fingers started to numb after a few matches with the dark side... it was painful to fight! Literatelly!

THEN! after we got rid of all the "evil" in the first part.... which took us like 15mins to fight... and then there was no more bad guys, we got stuck!! We did not know where to go! ha ha ha... we roamed around and around and around until we knew the mountains pretty well, still we did not know how to get across to the "dark side". finally we gave up trying and went online to seek for help! hee...

yes, I was laughing at how silly we were... fight for 15mins and search for 30mins!! ha ha ha....

here's our screen shots... note how "POWERFUL" we are...with the extended green bar...due to the long periods of non-fighting! ha ha ha





HARDo gAy!!!! Phooo....

There's a Jap variety show where a male host wears tight black leather hot pants with his tight chested black leather sleeveless vest in his singature black leather cap and boots. He calls himself the Hard Gay, walks about with strong pelvic thrusting that almost certainly draws laugther to its viewwers. (of course you may tend to be disgusted by his loud, rude behaviour initially too!)

What was very interesting about him and his shows are that he tries to deliver certain society moral messages in some of his shows like the Sakura episode which really touched my heart, seeing how he reminds Japanese to clean up after themselves. Or the Ramem Shop where he helped a young ramen shop owner draw customers to his new shop. His ways of drawing attention to himself or the issues that he's trying to tackle is fun, funny, innovative and many times surprisingly enterprising! hee....

There's a huge crowd of folks talking about him and his latest shows, thanks to youtube, we are blessed with the tv shows lined with english subtitles. So click on the link above and key in "Hard Gay english" and you'll find a few pages of his videos. My personal favourites were the Ramen shop, Sakura, Yahoo, Tomy toy maker, Social Improvement hee.... enjoy!

His fever is so hot that fans are making things that resemble him... here's one...

super cute key chain stuff toy or even on your bag or wallet... I've got to wait till I lay my hands on one for myself... hee... *wink*

BAD parking! ha ha ha

yes.... this is a case of seriously bad parking... and the driver is NOT a woman!!! so all you men out there who keeps jeering at lousy women drivers.... Wake UP and start mourning for your brothers who park just as badly if not worse! ha ha ha

yes, seeing how badly this car is parked brings great joy to me as its a strong testimony that men can also Cock UP on their driving! ha ha ha.... *tongue stick out to all men who jeers at women drivers*



looking around

a photo blog about things that caught my eyes. just a random assembly of stuff.... this is serious back-dated blogging! ha ha


this is a sign that made me scratch my head when I saw it, what does it mean? anyone?






these lovely display of roses of different color makes such a delightful sight. giving us ideas what to do with the roses that our lover give eh? :)

a really cool vintage car, getting a tan under the sun... always wonder about what is their "life" story, where did they come from, they lookes so exquisite, so dignified with all its chrome nice and shiney.


Wednesday, October 11, 2006

food food n more food!

one dinner that i cooked by myself long long time ago... when i can still eat EGGS! hee...



check out what's underneath the egg....

did u see the noodles peeking out? dun worry, I din use the MSG that came with the noodles, I used ketchup and seasame oil to make the nicely cooked noodles fragrant and delicious also with a few drops of soya sauce... truly chinese cooking! And with Coke, any food would tastes delicious! hee...

oh... this one is of Mos Burger, it was ages since I last ate a Mos Burger, when they first came to Singapore decades ago, I used to frequent it with my friends as the place is always neat and clean and their burgers freshly prepared upon ordering. Which garantees that the burger will come FRESH and HOT! yummy! After all these years, their standards has not dropped, their burgers were still just as juicy with the sauce oozing out from every bite...

okay, I realised that the picture here looked pretty gross! like a bloody burger.. ha ha ha... i'm a lousy photographer! ha ha ha.... maybe I need a camera hp with better autofocus?? *hint* *hint* Christmas is coming.... ha ha ha ha.... I'm so thick skin... ha ha ha

remember the good old days when we would take MRT to marina south and take bus no. 400 to marine south south to eat steamboat dinner for under $10? I always remember hiding at the bowling alleys after the bbq-steamboat to "cool" off. I used to go there in a huge group of friends who do not mind the hassle of squeezing in the bus getting there and leaving the place... ah... those were the days... so we went there again! hee....


this is the begining when we're still very tamed.... or rather, after like almost a decade, we DUNNO how to get food liao!! *tsk* *tsk*


These days, at S$12/person, its pretty "high-class", they provide a huge range of cooked food from fried rice, noodles, mee goreng, satay (very good ones too! but each person can only take 8 sticks at a time), fruits etc. The spread of uncooked meat was huge too, many different types of marination on the different types of meat, so you can work out the math. What was disappointing was the range of vegetables, the only green green veggie was cabbage. so sad.... I was hopping for fresh sweetcorn instead of the mini-corn *bleah*


Can you guess? yes, these are crabs. FRESH ones too! Upon payment, you are given a few receipts, one of which allows you to claim your share of fresh crabs and prawns hee.... so fun, you get to pick out which crab you want and you have to clean it yourself and prepare the crab yourself too! our crabs are very professionally cut hor??? of course lah! we got big chef to do it wan leh... dun play play....


prawns were alot more exciting to "play" with... they give us a container of LIVE prawns and they were jumping up and down in the container... it was impossible to take them out without running fear of them all jumping out! Ha ha ha... after a while, we just dumped the whole container into the hot boiling soup to "tame" them first before bbq-ing them ha ha ha

A tale about food....

Once upon a time, there was a boy who loves food. He loves eating so much that he doesnt realised that he's been CAUGHT eating! ha ha ha

so here's a photo trail of this boy's munching deeds... hee...

That's him trying to telling the folks not to touch the food....


here's the food....




And the MAN-EATER..... oops... the man eating....


here's him ducking away from his TWO milkshakes... not one but TWO!


oh well... that's what friends are for.... more foodie blog to come!

Earthly Envy vs Heavenly Wisdom

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such 'wisdom' does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. James 3:13-18 NIV (Listen)

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Sometimes it is hard to see if certain events or persons are truly part of God's army or they are just good at making that false image infront of others. I can be truly active in church related activities but am blind to God's love, deaf to God's actions. On the contrary, I can be a none-church-goer but I read the bible daily, pray and seek God's grace and mercy daily, be reminded of Christ's suffering to redeem us from our sins.

Who can tell, who is more "Godly"?

I think only God can.

But I was taught to pray for the power of discernment when it comes to ambigous situations, when we are lost and confused which is truly a Godly path to follow, you can try it if you are also lost at a junction....

"Lord, grant us also the gift of discernment. knowing what is right, what is wrong, what is from you and what is not. That we learn not to make mistakes, not to commit to the devil and not follow the ways of the dark. Give us wisdom to deal with our adversities in the many ways that challenge us. May you hear our prayers and grant them as we have faith your will. In your son's most precious name, Amen."

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Hit by waves

Our family has taken a pretty rough ride in the past few months... just like we've been continuously hit by waves, shocking us at great speed giving us little time to "soak" in its intended galore....

here's a footage of a family trip to Seoul last year, our MPV was parked along side of the front of a beach which has waves coming in .....


enjoy....


Sunday, October 08, 2006

Happy Birthday Papa and Goodbye

Today is Dad's birthday and so the family made a trip to go and visit him.

I was perhaps too tired to take notes of how the rest of my siblings are doing, but mum was teary, we got on with the things that needed to be done and got back pretty quickly.

Thought that its an appropriate time to share some of the journey our family took together, ending with a buddhism rite of sending my dad on his final journey to be cremated.

I guess many of us do not truly realise how precious our parents are to us until they are gone forever. Often, many misunderstandings, differences, "generation gap" becomes the excuse for us to bear grudges with our parents and give ourselves the reasons to "ignore their wishes". I want to say that, parents are also human beings, they also need to be loved and cared for, they also need to feel wanted, secure in their children's love and affection. For every smile, affection, kiss, hug that you readily give to a kid, a friends's kid, you should be giving one if not more to your own parents. Because they would have lavished their affection on you unconditionally. Perhaps you were too young to remember the time when your mum rushed you to see a doctor about your fever or your dad had to work 16hrs a day to bring milk powder back home for you. It was not easy for any parent to rise kids, let allow parents who may have financial, health or other difficulties. If you take a close look at those friends around you, those in their parenthood, the amount of dedication they give to their children, you'll see some form of dedication that your parents gave you to as well.

When there are times you are brewing with anger with your in-laws, try to remember how loving he/she was to you/ your spouse. Their love is genuine, once they are gone, you'll never have the chance to sit down with them for a meal or a chat or watch how they interact with others. These are just some of the things I missed about my daddy. My wish for you out there, is not to waste a moment in expressing your gratitude, your love towards your parents or in-laws. You'll be surprised how long they've longed for your affection and love as well.

Dad, we miss you. Happy Birthday Dad!



Saturday, October 07, 2006

Wii

Wii (read as Wee) is a new game machine by Ninetendo! It revoluntionalise how games are being played unlike the Xbox and PS hee.... so cute!

to play the game, u hold the controller as you would move in real life hee... so if you are playing action games, you can jump around, up and down and it can be a great exercise tool as well! It ultra suitable for active gamers like me who enjoys dynamic gaming environment! I dunno how many gamers can just sit still playing all those fighting games or running around on the screen but sit totally still in action....

it was also reported that this new design for Ninetendo game console allows 2-5 players for some games and also moves away from the more violent games. Personally, I think its a great idea! Allow our kids to have fun without having to dig eyeballs out or beat up some fellow... someone should do some study on the relationship of playing violent game and non-violent games if they would lead to more violent tendencies in real life of the kid.... I'll volunteer myself as test subjects! I'll do the non-violent games test!! hee....

go check out their website, couldn't display the images... :(

Sky high PSI



man... I thought it was bad when the PSI index was at 130 in the morning.... now its at 150! This is terrible! drink more water folks!

check the PSI readings at NEA

cut down on going out and wear a super air tight mask if going out is a must!

Surprisingly, the air is quite clear in KK (Sabah), I guess the winds have brought the haze to us and they get the clear skies!

And the skies are clear in KL as well!! They got the rain!!

*humph*

"Throw the guilt away"

For a long long time, I've wanted to hear him say "kid, I'm proud of you" or a smile that says, "I love you".

But that never took place.

I feel guilty for not doing so many things that perhaps if I did, it would change the "fate" that my dad would still be with us today. I took these feelings of guilt with me everyday, everywhere I went. There was no food or anything that would even mildly excite a molecule in my body.

I spoke to one of my good friends and she told me crudely:" You've got to throw the guilt away!"

She shared that I cannot allow myself to even entertain such thoughts. Its like loading myself with more and more dumbells with each guilty thought and that would prohibit me from leading a fuller life ahead.

Sometimes, we just need someone to blatantly tell us what we need to hear.

It did make me realise that carrying all those guilt was unnecessary....

I've been wanting to close the chapter on dad's passing on our blog, but I could not bring myself to do it. Yet.

food for thought

had a pretty good sharing session today with my sis and this 4 pointers came across to her as very insightful and I thought its kinda cool to share and let's explore what are YOUR interpretations of these 4 pointers....

Background:
Sis attended a course which draws lessons learnt from the chinese history, culture and dissect life's real significance.
One of the lessons was centred around a practise by a family for many many generations, her course instructor encouraged them to discuss the significance behind of these "motto" set by this family. So let's see what you can come out with hee...

1. Wake up early each day - not the 7am kind, its the 3 or 4am kind....

2. Clean your house each day - make thorough cleaning of the house including making beds daily for each member of the family

3. Be sincere in offering respects to elders (deceased ancestors) - in the olden days, to pay respects for the family's deceased ancestors, one must abstain from sex, meat etc for a number of days and also meditate etc before they can make the journey to their family graves to offer their respects to their elders.

4. Offer aid to whoever in need, be it a family or friend - includes all forms of aid, financial or physical or emotional.

Can you think of a good moral value behind each of these practises? hee....

i'll explain them some time down the road... give you time to think about them.... pls feel free to leave your comments and we can discuss about it heee...

Friday, October 06, 2006

Next Generation Idols!

Two new lovely kids were added to our lives recently and we are discovering the beauty of God through them each time we meet them....

here's to the new generation of Idols.... who knows... they maybe famous icons of Singapore you know? *wink*
check out how well they can belt out challenging songs like Somewhere Over the Rainbow, even we have to take a deep breath before reaching the high notes, these two kids, they can sing AND jump up and down at the same time!



here's one of Ad who was having so much fun doing the Do Re Mi sequence and when Ad gets distracted..... he gets Corrected! hee.... somehow, many kids have that tendency to do that to him... watch the video and you'll see what I mean! ha ha ha....



Arn't they lovely?

Thank God for children! yes, even though they belong to other parents hee.... as long as we get to enjoy their lovely company! ha ha ha

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Cycling across SF Golden Gate Bridge

hee... yes, it was one of the crazy things that we did and we did it on National Day (SF time).

well, according to our friends J & S, it was a fun thing to do, they did it on their last trip to SF, so we thought, we should give it a try as well... it was only when I sat my butt on the bike that I realised that it has been about 15yrs since I last cycled and same goes for Ad as well! ha ha ha....

5mins was all it took for me to feel PAIN in my butt!!! I wanted to give up!! but we had two other friends who are ultra fit and they took off quite a fair bit before I can attempt to change their minds about the little adventure... besides, we were the ones who "con" them into the cycling thingy...eeks

On the map, it seems like a pleasent trail of 45mins, the lady explained that there would be a small slope going up but in reality, there were MORE then just one slope! there were like 5million killer slopes! Okay, not 5 million I was exagerating, but each slope was tougher then the previous one, makes me wonder WHICH was the "small slope" that she talked about...

Well, with pain in my butt, we persevered and we did make it to the SF Golden Gate Bridge in one piece, the view.... awesome.

The experience... unforgetable!