Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Today's Reading

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:1-5 NIV

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do you always wonder why do the NS men have to "suffer" during their BMT?

I got a taste of that suffering during my early days as a recruit in an uniform group, yep, you might have guessed it right, we wore ugly green uniform that needs to be starched!! (I was like huh? What is starch ah? - thankfully for me, I have a mother who enjoys starching my uniform whenever I need them to be starched as she enjoy reminiscing the days when she has to do it for my uncles hahahaha)

In the first 3 months of being a recruit, I was shouted at, screamed at for at times no reasons. Punished for nothing. Made to run around the school like as if we were training for a marathon, told to put things together in double quick time (for what I dunno, maybe to give the seniors more time to torture us??). Ate, drank, peed, bathed in record time.... and I can tell you the 5mins break that the Subaru Challenge has is a luxury!

Why in the world did they have to do all that for??

Because, "suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope."

And I truly believe that character requires shaping through some hardships.

Till today, those of us who have suffered together, stayed together, close friends for the past 18yrs.

So the next time you feel like you are under the mill, think of it as an investment towards your character, it can only add value to you as a person.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Weight of the Glass

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy do you think this glass of water is?"
Answers rang out through the room. Some said 20g, others said 500g.

The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it."
He continued, "If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.


"And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on.


"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.


"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can.


"Relax! Pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy it!"

Monday, September 24, 2007

How was your weekend?

My weekend has been SHORT! yes too short to start with....

Watched a DVD on friday night and slept in late on sat.

Wanted to clean the rest of the house (because we started clearing things out from our study a couple of weekends ago and felt that the de-cluttering exercise was so liberating that we should extend it to the rest of the house) but guess what? the progress is slow.

My greatest fear: that the process if decluttering is slower than the process of purchase/gifts...

over the past few weeks, while we were actively decluttering, our family and friends were also actively contributing items BACK into our household... hmm... we'll need to put up some signs to tell everyone to hold back their "goodies" till Christmas for us, at least let us enjoy some SPACE first. hahaha

Anyway, sat was a super lazy day coupled by the fact that we were sleep deprived, so we spent a good deal of the time catching back our sleep.

Spent the evening at a girl friend's house and we talked about everything under the sun particularly make-up while Ad went on to do more cleaning up at home and did his mooncake shopping for the year... (see what I mean by slow speed of decluttering vs fast rate of purchase?? *tsk* *tsk*)

When we returned home, what was meant to be putting the mooncakes into the fridge became a "lets clear the fridge now" exercise. We spent the next hour, discovering the amount of sauces, pastes, drinks, food items that we had (hee hee) and YEAH we got more space in the fridge!!

well, after we stuff the box of mooncake into the fridge, we are like kinda back to square one with the not so much space left thingy.... *sigh*

Sun was a even shorter day. We sprang out of bed early to go to church, it was our church's Food and Funfair day. Time to take out those dusty coupons and utilised them! yeah, we were excited about being able to purchase something with our coupons as with previous years, we were always not in time to catch the stores by the time our Mass has ended...

After Mass, we cheong out to the funfair again and yeah there was MORE food available, we ate and we ate and we ate. So guess what was the BEST afternoon activity to do???

SLEEP!! hahaha

oops, with the afternoon GONE, its time to get ready for a wedding dinner.... ironing, washing up, drying my hair to style it, putting on make up (including my first attempt at eyes... hey girls, i did it!!! Ad says it looks GREAT!!), finding the right pair of shoes, bag, accessories etc....

the weekend is GONE just like that.

How was yours??

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

How to use Scribd

Warning from Orchard NPC- Snatch Theft



please warn all your friends and family.

I hope they do not spread to the outskirts of heartlands nor "upgrade" into motorbike snatch theft which would be very much more dangerous for anyone to be walking along the streets.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Total Distraction....

was supposed to put in my every last ounce of effort to be focused on getting alot of materials ready for a discussion tomorrow...

then an invitation to video chat came in....

it was an invitation to do a foursome!!!

my virgin foursome experience...

had to treasure it... had to enjoy it....

there goes my precious evening time....

now need to re-fuel the system to burn the midnight oil....

more photo updates later...

teutoburg's link is the clearest....
conclusion: starhub 6000 is BETTER than NUS's lan connection and singnet's 10Mbps....

siva's photo, needless to say he pretends to be busy and forgets to smile at the camera... but claims to be the first to put up his image online, beating all of us flat!

my photo all of them are blur like sotong and I can pose very well for cameras...Thank you thank you

next we went on to take video shots of the video iChat... see lah so much time wasted... now gotta to figure out how to edit the 150Mb worth of video to shrink it down....

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God Meant It For Good

by Jon Walker


“You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result.” (Genesis 50:20 NIV)


Joseph’s life was anything but peaceful. It was complicated by youthful folly, broken dreams, and the mean-spirited actions of others. Sold into slavery by jealous brothers. Thrown into prison on false charges. Yet he remained a man remarkable for his lack of bitterness or regret, always seeing God as the “Great Engineer” behind even the worst of circumstances.


In a final confrontation with his brothers, he graciously noted, “You meant it for bad; God meant it for good.”


The theology packed in that statement is astounding. “God meant it for good” means:


You can accept the past – No sin, no action, no choice on your part is too big for God to handle – or too big to be worked for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) Just ask Joseph! Better yet, ask his fearful and famished brothers, who were forced to rely on him for survival.


You can embrace the present – There’s no need to play the “what if” game. The past is gone, and no energy you expend will ever change it. The future is in God's omnipotent hands, so you’re free to focus on the present. Your job is to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, trusting him to forgive the past and transform the future. Martyred missionary Jim Eliot once wrote, “Wherever you are, be all there” – not living in the past and not fantasizing about the future. God wants you in the present because that’s where his grace will flow.


You can look expectantly toward the future – Even if you make mistakes today, God still controls your future. Walking in the Spirit, you can live life to the fullest, unafraid of making mistakes and unconcerned that you may stumble into some terrible circumstance that takes you out of God's control. Even when things appear to be terrible, you can trust that God is working out some divine plan through you.


What does this mean?


· No matter how bad things get – God is still able to bring good out of it. Today, thank God that nothing – no disaster, no delay – is bigger that his ability to turn it into something good and godly.


· Thank God and let go – Thank God that he is sovereign over your past, your present, and your future.


§ Give God the circumstances, disasters, hindrances, hurts, and sins from your past.

§ Give God your current situation, your disasters, hindrances, hurts, and sins of today.

§ Praise God that he can work anything in your future for godly good, that you can walk in confidence that there is nothing anyone can do to you, or anything you can do that will be beyond the reach of God’s grace and redemption.


· Look for God’s hand – Walking by faith means you see God’s hand even in the most difficult of circumstances. You trust his ability and his willingness to transform the bad into godly good. God is not limited by people’s motives. In other words, it doesn’t matter why someone hurt you, God still can transform a deliberate, mean-spirited situation into something for his good.


· What will you allow God to change? – There it is: some situation, or event, or person in your life that, as far as you can tell, was “meant for bad.” How do you think God meant it for good? Ask God what he wants you to do with this situation (event or person). When he answers, do it.



© 2007 Jon Walker. All rights reserved.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Singnet is NOT trustworthy!!

Singnet SUCKS!!!

I pay $88 a month for 10Mbps broadband speed but hardly reaches that kind of speed EVER, nevermind, but in the past few months we have been putting up with drop lines throughout the day and Night!!

It is terribly frustrating to have such a lousy service provider and its supposed to be our national service, leader... *PHUI*




We used to be on Pacnet, we have hardly encountered such situations, if yes, its rare, in our 3yrs of contract with them. Gosh, even starhub subscribers get a faster download speed then singnet with lesser problems.

this is terrible!!

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Did You Know??

That there is only 140g difference in the weight between the MacBook & the MacBook Pro???

All this while I was thinking that my Peppermint is feather-light weight in comparison with Ad's mambo jambo MacBook Pro... however our bags doesnt seems to show that huge difference.

Ad usually attribute it to the amount of "junk" in my bag.... but hor, he's usually got MORE junk than I do... so finally after some close inspection at the spec sheets, the truth is out....



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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Snoopy Mobile Phone GAMES!!!



Download from Namco Games, IF you are in USA!! :(

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Animation on Anti-Whaling

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Earthquake Tremors Felt

Finally, I felt some tremors, actually now that its being pointed out to me, i realised how INsensitive I am.

I thought there was some underground train that was passing through hee hee



for a local update of the seismic information go to NEA website


for a global look at the seismic situation, go to GFZ

local site address kindly provided by Ad, global site address kindly provided by someone's bf, who is IT savvy....

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

messed up schedule

today's schedule is totally messed up by some msn communication with a commerical firm that is conducting some work on our behalf.

issues that were trashed out:

1 billing issue - bill was for 350USD but they sent me 450USD!! too much difference sure DIE

3 invoicing issue - billed for two sets of work but only showed the order number for one, am I to guess which is the other one?

7 sets of work require some serious evaluation for the poor quality, which they can only re-examine ONE set of it. :(

more time was spent on trying to determine which aspects of the one set of work to be focused at. That took alot of time to check, re-check and they made one offer and changed their offer and I had to check, re-check and suggest for an amendment to their offer and then have to check, re-check.

eyes are tired. mind is tired.

how to complete today's to-do list?? now now i wonder....

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Men & Shopping

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Transformed Marlboro

The video link

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Specialized eateries popping up at TP

These are just two of the many that was spotted at TP Central.


Their business seems very popular, its usually sold out by 7pm!!




not sure if there are so many almond lovers out there, I only like them as raw/roasted nuts, never enjoyed those almond jelly, got funny taste!!
someone should try their cakes and let us know if they taste nice!! hee

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Radiant Certainty

Embrace your pain with certainty that God has plans for us!

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by Jon Walker


“I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” (John 16:20-22 NIV)


There are some days when, frankly, I don’t feel much like worshiping God. There are probably more days like that than I’d care to admit.

But usually those are days are when I’m staring at my circumstances and making faithless judgments about what I see around me. And I struggle with the God-truth that he is in the circumstances that surround my life – all the circumstances.

Have you ever considered that heartbreak is part of God’s plans for you, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”? (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV) We put so much energy into avoiding the hurt when God would have us embrace it. He wants us to know that he can heal our hurts, even use our hurts for his benefit, and for us to faithfully believe that sometimes the circumstances we think are harming us are actually positive situations God is engineering.

God, who is omnipotent, sees the breadth and depth of our circumstances, and he knows his plans for our lives. Thinking, then, like Christ, we can slowly, ever so slowly, begin to understand that avoiding the pain in our lives is actually an act of faithlessness. God calls us to faith in him during difficult circumstances; we’d rather place our faith in avoiding the circumstances.

As always, Jesus shows us the way – because he is the Way. Jesus embraced the pain of God’s plan for his life, and he did it with full faith that God was still working the plan to bring a “hope and a future” to your life and mine. Christ was so sure that his grief would turn to joy that he showed a radiant certainty in God’s faithfulness (“Radiant certainty” is a phrase William Barclay uses to describe the attitude of Jesus at the Last Supper).

Our Brother Jesus, who is also our King, was heading into a crisis that would cost him his life, yet he was so certain – radiantly certain – of God’s faithfulness that not one of his disciples even discerned the gravity of the crisis! Jesus was so certain of God’s faithfulness that it radiates throughout his whole being.

And we, too, can have this radiant certainty about God’s hand in our lives. We can say, when it comes to God’s faithfulness, “I know because I know that I know.” That’s radiant certainty! The cross was Christ’s glory, not his penalty – and the same is true of difficult circumstances in our lives.

So what does this mean to me?

· God’s faithful character – You will develop this radiant certainty in God when you learn to trust in his faithful character. Your daily worship of God is irrevocably tied to your faith in God.

· Praise God anyhow – You must choose to praise and worship God every day, no matter what the circumstances of your life. Developing a radiant certainty in God begins with simple steps of faith and obedience.

· Respond to God, not your circumstances – When faced with a painful or difficult circumstance, ask God, “How do you want me to respond to this?” Keep your eyes wise for the “Why me?” traps that lay about your circumstances.

· You can be radiantly certain of this: Difficult circumstances are opportunities for you to intentionally focus your faith in God and to see what he will do to give you hope and healing.

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amazing strength in a woman

this lady was born without her arms, yet she made full use of her legs to do everything that anyone else can.

amazing!

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New iPods!

Finally, after watching how the iPhone has gone off the shelves before they even warm the shelves and we have the new iPods!!!

awesome!

even the Nano has been refreshed!!







Check out the video at Apple!

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

I would LOVE a HENK!











isnt it such a cool suitcase erhm bag erhm HENK???

check out the Henk website for more information.

btw, I wont mind receiving one of each for my bday & xmas for the rest of my life.... the cases costs USD$20k each, with a long line of waiting list, only sold 50+cases in their past 4yrs of operation...its another one of those Hermes bag syndrome...

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