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Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Tools that contain life and LIFE itself


During their visit, the conversation turned to complaints about
stress in their work, lives and relationships.

During their visit, the conversation turned to complaints about stress
in their work, lives and relationships.

Offering his guests hot chocolate, the professor went into the kitchen
and returned with a large pot of hot chocolate and an assortment of
cups. Some cups were porcelain, glass, crystal, some plain looking,
some expensive, some exquisite. He invited each to help themselves to
the hot chocolate.

"Notice that all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken, leaving
behind the plain and cheap ones."

"The cup that you are drinking from adds nothing to the quality of the
hot chocolate. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some
cases even hides what we drink."

"What each of you really wanted was hot chocolate. You did not want
the cup . . . but you consciously went for the best cups."

"And soon, you began to eye one another's cups."

"Now friends, please consider this . .

"Life is the hot chocolate . . your job, money and position in society
are the cups."

"They are just tools to hold and contain life."

"The cup you have does not define, nor does it change, the quality of
life you are living."

"Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup,we fail to enjoy the hot
chocolate God has provided us."

The happiest people don't have the best of everything.They just make
the best of everything that they have!!

Live simply . . .
Love generously . . .
Care deeply . . .
Speak kindly ...



~ and remember ~ The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least.

Monday, 26 January 2009

Happy 牛Year!

am half dead after New Year Celebration in church last night as stayed up to prepare for Sunday School and New Year celebration on Saturday.
 
I was truly rejoicing , mainly because i prayed a lot for the Sunday School lesson on kingdom of God and for celebration event in our church..
 
Praise the Lord, one lady accepted the love of God.
 
Also very thankful that 4 of my friends came: Elise, Ken, Shan yee and Keith. We should have taken a photo together!
 
Could hardly wake up this morning for work. Called mum and dad, then grandma. A surprise that my cousin brother texted me. We have lost touch for at least 5 years!  Grandma is still happy, so that's good.
 
Told grandma about my move to hong kong and my plan to study bible college. Grandma said : are you sure, it's very tough path. Have you thought about it thoroughly? Grandma is a christian many years. I expected her to say "great " but she didn't. I guess probably because uncle and auntie is on this path and she knows how they struggle.
 
Either full time christian ministry or not, i think it is a struggle living in a imperfect world.Sermon from yesterday talk about life is not  existing, but as human being, we have a purpose, we have dreams to achieve, we have meaning, if not, we are worst than animals. At last animals, we can have their meat, or their skin can be used for handbags etc. For human being, would you want to eat their meat or use their skin? When we die, we are nothing, just dust.
 
Makes me think: yes, life has to be lived meaningfully and with purpose. I have worked since i left university and yet i have not enjoyed what i do. Although i had comfortable life, but i still feel i want to live my life for Some purpose or some mission.
 
I know it's a tough choice, but i am thankful that Albert also feels the same. Both of us will be going together. Whether we will become pastors or full time church staff, it will all depends on how God lead and calls us.
 
This has been playing on my mind: 
Obedience is better than sacrifice.."

Friday, 23 January 2009

Now, with God's help, I shall become myself


Exciting, i am the youth leader for CCIL Youth camp in 2009. I also designed the handbook.
 
I am really excited about the lives that Gos is going to touch and transform in these young people.
 
The theme is iD, on identity and on who are we?
 
This is truly relevant in all of our lives. All of us are affected by our upbringing, what our parents or friends say to us.
 
Negative broken records are playing in our soul and never goes like:
 
you are not good enough, you ought to do better, etcc..
 
inevitably, we grow up thinking that if we do better, we will be loved more, or accepted more.
 
Insecurity is in us. We strive to gain acceptance and hopefully these will give us security and identity.
 
BUT NO...
 
God is interested in WHO we are, more than what we have or do.
 
It's being, not doing. It's who we belong to... We belong to God because He made us, He knows us, we are His children.
 
We no longer need to strive, or be a better person, be a good person in order to be loved. God loves us just as we are, and accept us. He even loves us so much that He doesn't want us to stay the way we are. He wants to show us what is it to live an abundant live.
 
I too struggle with that. Each time i do, i have to go back to the One who gives Unconditional love.

One life One thing/One mission/One passion

Yesterday after reading Lance Armstrong by Karen Cheng, something came to my mind:
 
we only have one life, and we should only focus on doing ONE thing/one mission.
 
say when we mention Mother Theresa, one thing came to mind: love and care for the weak and poor
Heath Ledger: actor
Obama: President
 
Irene Tan: ?
 
Some people find their One thing/mission at a young age. When they have found it, they are like fish in water.
 
Some people may do lots of other things until they arrive at that One Mission/passion of their lives
 
Some people never found their one mission of their lives because they don't even bother
 
I do want to work on One Mission/passion in my life. Living for One purpose and makes a difference.
 
Pharmacist who found or develop some new drug? Nope, far from it as i didn't have the change to expore PHD.
 
Singer? nope, can't sing although i wish i could..
 
Pianist? nope, not as brilliant as Lang lang
 
What options is left? i am on my way exploring..

Client for bridal make up and hair on 18th October



(accidentally deleted my post as was trying to sort my categories! )

Yes... it went very well .... my client had a great day on her wedding while i did her make up and hair!

I enjoyed it too! except the waking up at 6 am bit. Albert was kind enough to drive me there!

Ideesphoto


Free Advertising for my brother in here!
 
Idees Photo Studio by Joshua Tan,
ranges from wedding photos, pre-wedding, personal portraits family portraits, kids portraits, product/commercial
 
You name it, he's got it.

Sleep for sale?


once heard people said: " you can buy the best bed in the world. but you can't buy sleep.."

Bible says: "It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep." Psalm 127:2

Being able to sleep is definitely a gift from GOD. I know drugs that can help with sleep but they are quick fix and they give you dreams.

Heath ledger died on 22nd January 2008 of accidental drug intoxication. I was amazed looking at the cocktail of drugs he was on:

oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine.

6 very potent opiod and benzodiazepines at one go? Heath Ledger must be very desperate to get his sleep to reach this point.

Such a waste... my age, when people are celebrating his talent... with his fame, money.. yet le lost his sleep and PEACE...

Is he alone in this universe? i dont think so...

Thursday, 22 January 2009

am i too small?

The inevitable question strikes: millions are dying of disease, AIDS, hunger, cancer etc... pollution etc..
 
BIG problem, BIG issues.. what can a small me do ?
 
i often ask the question.. what can i do? does it really make a difference..
 
if you look at mother theresa, one person DO make a BIG difference...
 
and Jesus... One man, only lived on earth for 33.5 years. The first 30 years were quite silent from bible, his public ministry was only 3.5 years, yet the impact!
 
Yes we are not Jesus, but He makes us like him through his Spirit.
 
Interview by Karen cheng with Lance Armstrong who raise cancer awareness
 
We can make a difference!
 
No i am NOT too small to make a difference.

Computer and our planet


Simply running a PC generates between 40g and 80g per hour, he says. of CO2 Chris Goodall, author of Ten Technologies to Save the Planet, estimates the carbon emissions of a Google search at 7g to 10g (assuming 15 minutes' computer use). ... from Times online
I am guilty of lots of carbon emissions.. PLus flying form UK to HK or Malaysia..
i do lots of google searches.. i blog .. i watch series, i listen to songs online... oh no, what will happen to our planet?
so i always switch off the computer monitor screen when i'm away from my desk. Do you?
Please do so to minimise CO2 emission... at least, do what you can in your capacity.
I am moving to hong kong in June 2009, so hopefully can cut down long haul flights too.. just to comfort myself

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Routine in Hong Kong

As we spent most of our time with our elderly friends, "yum cha" -meaning having dim sum before 11 am is the normal routine. We joined the club too and we enjoyed it!
 
Why 11 am? They have discount before 11am.
 
The dimsum shown in the photo is definitely something i enjoyed. My first time having it too! Enjoy!

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Our nation

Dear friends,

We had decided to do another recording for "Malaysia Shout Your Praise"
and it is called "Every Nation Shout Your Praise" as we realised that we have lots of friends outside Malaysia.

We have received lots of great feedbacks on "Malaysia Shout Your Praise" and we want to bless as many people as possible with this song and to declare and pray for our nation today.

Just
CLICK HERE and it will bring you to the download page. We are giving away the lyrics, the chords as well as the Power Point.

Please do view the video at
http://www.youtube.com/user/1accordministry to witness how God moved prophetically when we sang this song for the first time in our first Worship Brings Change Tour '08 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

The story behind the song:

I have seen many Malaysians leaving the country for "greener" pastures. While there may be valid reasons for them to migrate, it saddens me whenever I hear negative comments made towards their own country. They remember very little good things about
Malaysia and remember only the bad things that made them leave.

That often makes me question myself, "Are we not responsible for our own nation? God cannot be making a mistake by placing us in the nation we were born in. If we leave, then who is going to reach this nation for Jesus?"

Many of us have forgotten that God placed us in a certain country for a purpose. We often complain about the ills and forget the great things He has done in our country. We must believe that God is sovereign and that He can transform our nation!

We need to stir our hearts to love and begin to pray for our nation so that God will bring revival to our streets, towns, cities, states and our country.

Let us stand together united in ONE ACCORD and declare "every nation shouts God's praise!"

I pray that the song will bless and inspire you to pray for your own nation.

God bless!

Monday, 19 January 2009

Prison Break 3: Lantau Island 大澳

Our elderly friends are so nice to us that they also organised a trip just to show us Lantau Island 大澳. We didn't go to the central of Lantau Island to watch Buddha etc, not interested. We went to this place called 大澳 Tai O:

"Tai O, also known as "The Venice of the Orient", is the largest settlement on Lantau Island. Crisscrossing canals run the length and breadth of the small fishing harbor. "

Let me take you through our walk. We saw a prison on our way to Tai O.
This is the prison. Such good location!

When we arrived at Tai O, we were greeted by fishing boats.


When we arrived, we have to cross a long bridge. The view was amazing along the bridge.


Can you see the beautiful elegant creature there? Posing?
This is a great contrast, if only i have wider lens. He is fishing, oblivious to the surrounding. The man made buildings pale in comparison to the creation of God.

Then we went to visit the cousin of our elder friends who own a restaurant.
We walked passed a garden with home grown vegetables..

City boy and girl like us were smelling some leaves with fragrant.
and we saw some love letter...

Yes, glorious food! The food was great, espcially the salted chicken. After wrapping the chicken , they actually buried it with sea salt. So the chicken tasted like salted smoke chicken. Then there was this vegetarian fish, made of Yam but in the shape of fish. The fist looked so chubby and adorable that i was a bit reluctant to eat it.
You see what i mean?Such adorable yam fish.. =)
After lunch, albert and I went in search for wild dolphins.Tai O is unique because the wild dolphins hang around the sea surroung this island. It cost HKD 20 on a boat ride per person.Unfortunately, winter was not the season.

The tour on the boat was worth HKD20. We were drove to far out away from the island. One of the attraction is this rock which resembles a captain.

As we were on the boat,when the wind blew, i felt that i was about to fall into the ocean. Then i saw this small boat with one person fishing. At that moment, my heart went out to the fishermen. It's a dangerous occupation.

With that 20HKD, we also get to tour around the "oriental venice".
"Homes built on stilts over the water are a common sight here. Tai O was once a garrison town but has now become a peaceful fishing harbor. Salted fish is a local specialty." from travelchinaguide




Apparently there are 2 types of houses: one is made of aluminium, which is burning hot in summer and some has moved on to brick wall.

How is one able to stand the heat in summer ? i wonder...

Last but not least, shopping time!
Not my usual definition of shopping for clothes or iphone.. but shopping for dried fish.Lots of dried salted fish and abalone and shark fins. Our friends bought two big bags each home!
The customers will point from the bridge and the man will weigh the fish and pass it to the customers.
Dry shark, please take a photo it says.




After looking at this huge shark fin, i felt bad for eating it.. poor shark =(

This photo is classic, my favourite:


On our way home, auntie bought us some yummy desert:

The interesting part of this desert is that : theh name of the leaves that are used for making this desert sounds the same as chicken poo. It's the same leaves that albert was smelling in the photo above.

Then we saw this sign board that one of the street is called 番鬼塘,Fan Kwai Tong in english that is the word used to describe westerner, click on the photo for clearer view:

Great day, great company, great weather.Nice and kind aunties and uncle.
I will go back there in summer again, just to see if i can watch those wild dolphins.

Prison Break 2: Hiking at 6am

Continuation from prison break 1

After exam torture, our retired/elderly friend was kind enough to bring us for a hiking at a water reservoir. She told us the walk is about 1 hour.



We woke up at 5 AM... YES 5 AM! Then we left the house in pitch dark, took a cab and arrived the foot of the hill at 6 am. The other elder couple was waiting for us. We started walking.. in pitch dark.. this was my first life time experience.. trekking in the dark. Uncle also had a radio with him, which is very nice. Kept us alive ha !
We were the youngest but we were the slowest!! So embarassing!

Eventually the whole journey took 3 hours! It's all worth it. We had a great fun. After that , we went for dim sum with them. Their treat. They are always so nice to us young people hehe.





My favourite: Trees!
That was the view from above. Then we went to the reservoir.. amazing!



This looks like a mineral water commercial! ha


Family photo time! I was so tired after 3 hours!



After 3 hours of hard work, our friends also treated us to Dim Sum. How nice! They treat us young people very well!

The bad news was the ankle that i spraine from basketball got worst after this trip. Poor Albert has to put up with my mourning and massage my trotter!

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