SLIDER

WELCOME TEXT

Welcome to CYB| Chea-Yee's Blog.

This blog captures the musings and anecdotes of the daily life of a Malaysian who is now living in Melbourne, Australia.

NEWSLETTER

http://monitorcamera.com/

31/03/2005

http://monitorcamera.com/

I found this really great site....

It lets you take pictures of yourself for FREE. Damn. I look so great on it!!
No comments
I knew IT!!!

I knew IT!!!

Jasper cried the moment he arrived in school. Muahahhaahhaha I knew he was going to do that ....and I was not the only one with that premonition!!!!

HAH!

Anyway, tomorrow the 6 yr old kids are going to 1Utama for a Oral Health Exhibition. I can't join thoughh....*Oh Well*.. Much as I would like to join the kids.....WHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

I was thinking of sending my car for servicing this week, but Sunday is All Soul's Day, so even the servicemen are off work....so, just have to do it next week lor. I am sure that many of the chinese families would be going to cemeteries this Sunday. Well, someone has to do the cleaning of the hills....and it's not me. I hate cleaning and gardening ! ha ha ha ha ha. (unless I was 9 years old lor........i was crazy about it then!).

My uncle has that responsiblity, being the eldest, since he doesn't go to church anyway, and that family has so much free time on Sundays, let them be the Marthas lor....

Anyway, my CG was initially planning on taking the orphans from Trinity Home to the zoo, but the kids have apparently been there for about 5 times, and weren't interested to go there for like the 6th time. Lolz. So they're going to the Petrosains KLCC this Saturday, meeting at FGA on Saturday 1.30. Whoever wants to joins us..well, you can either meet us there...or uh there at KLCC there. Give me a call if u intend to do so.
Well, inform me lar. The more, the merrier lar... Heheh.

The ratio of adult: kids, 30:20....imagine, more adults going to the Petrosains instead of kids.....Such a FUNNY sight lar....
No comments
Ultraman Ichi Ni San Shi Goh

Ultraman Ichi Ni San Shi Goh


2nd ad with my hands.....can see my head. Posted by Hello
No comments
Ultraman Hands *HAI!!!*

Ultraman Hands *HAI!!!*


The first ad with my hands.......Wheeeeeee Cool, huh? Posted by Hello
No comments
Coincidence or what?

30/03/2005

Coincidence or what?

Jeff sent me a message this afternoon:

"Isn't it a coincidence that the quakes that hit Acheh both came the day after Christmas & Easter respectively? or a God-coincidence?"

I can't answer that question. But it could mean that God is very angry with the people of this Earth.
He has given the people two separate occasions to remember the Lord, and yet on these 2 separate occasions,
what has the people of the world done?vThe people are still taking it lightly. Well, don't say I didn't warn ya......

God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the Courage to change the things I can,
and the Wisdom to know the difference.


************************************************************************************

Today, the school had its first semester Assessment. Imagine testing a 2 1/2 year old boy on his knowlege of the letters of the Alphabet.

NO WONDER Jasper cried lar....serves Lilian right. The boy is like this blur blur fella. I don't even understand half of what he says half the time.

But then again, I would darn not call any small kid that age blur or lazy. Well, HELLO. He cried for practically one entire period of break that Mercy had to take him out into the garden to settle him. Lilian daren't ask Jasper to do the assessment test after that, in case he cried again, because he got so stressed out by the assessment test. Well, OF COURSE lar!

Here I am rolling my eyes. She wanted to PROVE to me that the boy could do it. By scolding him and nagging him. Let me roll my eyes again. Try doing it again, and see what happens lar...ok. You can go settle the boy yourself.

Anyway, today I bought an Abacus for RM8.30 from Popular Bookstore. Why? Out of interest. My school has been having Mental Mathematics class using the Abacus. I think it is very misleading to call it a "Mental Maths" class. Technically, the the Abacus and the Montessori beads function as an aid to calculating, whether it is division, addition, subtraction or multiplication.

No doubt the company is just jumping on the bandwagon by having a "mental maths" class, so to term it. The fact is, the abacus has been used by the chinese for Ages hence. So, it really is not what you called a new invention. The concept is just revamped and remarketed to make it sound good to those desperate parents out there. But nonetheless, I would recommend it than the calculator any time soon.

*************************************************************************************
My first official workout training with Khu yesterday was a TERRIBLE disaster. He didn't even ask me to continue after an Hour......muahahhahahaha

He said he suspects me of having Low Blood Pressure, because I faint and get dizzy easily. Yeah, I couldn't even walk straight after the first 12 minutes that I felt like giving up. He also said that I had to change my diet: Not enough Iron, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin C. Hmmmmmm...talk about Iron supplements....*Sigh*. I am also easily suspectible to sicknesses....like colds, cough, fever..you name it....

*DAMN*.

ARRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...

The article is going to drive me nuts. How Can I even write about modern vs traditional types of instructions or any kind of methodology in a parent magazine??? DAMN...asking me to summarize it is just too bold a movement. If parents have any idea on what it means anyway.....ARRRGGGGHHHHHHHH!
I should have just stuck to whatever Shirley asked. I don't even know how to start on the article now, as it is. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn.
No comments
post-Earthquake.

29/03/2005

post-Earthquake.

Another Earthquake? Is this God's sign of warning us to repent?

People REPENT!!!!

I'm not worried about myself. It's others that I am worried about. I really don't want anything to happen to my friends.

I heard about the earthquake on the radio this morning. When I heard it, I was actually still half asleep, so therefore, I didn't actually hear it. My maid informed me that there was the earthquake, but it didn't really sink in until Mercy told me about it when I reached the U/G branch. That's when I started to panick!!!!
Seems that the earthquake tremors hit the Segambut area, the Sri Petaling and United Garden area as well. I was not aware of it, because I was already asleep by then. How fortunate the timing was!

Solution: More prayers.

This morning, instead of going as normal to the United Garden branch, I was informed to go to the Desa Petaling branch instead. Alice was most surprised to see me.
Indeed, the 4 yr old kids there are most well behaved. Yeah, according to Alice. But BLUR. Muahahahah

My 4 yr old kids are Naughty as Hell. They cant sit down quietly for a while. Instead, they will be bombarding you with question after question. But they are intelligent. That's what I can say. They know how to bully and manipulate their parents. Woah.
Alice asked me to present the yellow knobless cylinders (highest to lowest, biggest to smallest). I informed Alice that one of the cylinders were missing, to which she frantically went out looking all over in the boxes just to look for it........well, search on.......it's really too small to even be seen...*Sigh*

I have a friend who was very hard hearted to the Gospel. In the past, when I spoke or mentioned anything about it, he was totally against it and spoke badly about it. But now, although he still refuses and will never want to step into a church, he seems to have softened towards it. I think its because of the prayers that my friends and I have interceded on his behalf.

Actually, not one..but LOTs and LOTs. I petitioned an ENTIRE list of names for prayer...and I think it would take a Long Time to even finish praying for the list.

I was thinking of this when I asked Alice. Alice and her husband were not Christians when they got married, but fortunately, they both accepted Christ together. By that time, they already had kids. She said she felt a lot of burden, because before these, they had a lot of Buddhist idols at home (no, they're not staying with his in-law).
I am not sure what she meant by that though, but obviously she got them removed.
I asked if any other members in the family were believers, and she said her sister-in-law was the only christian in the family since high school. She must have interceded a long time in prayer for them.

Even my parents. When my dad converted to Christianity, he was accused of leaving the Chinese Culture....blah blah blah..That he was bringing shame to the Yong family. Etc. Etc. Well, as it is said, if the believer does not pick up his cross, he cant be considered a follower of Christ. Do you think my dad cared? Anyway, look who's having the last laugh now. My dad and mom are more prosperous than they were ever before.

Woah. I dunno how long more or how much I would have to intercede in prayer for my friends. It really is a test of perseverence and persistency on my part, I guess. Wahhhhhh.......
There's one thing I can say about sharing the gospel. Never do so without interceding by prayer first.

We are asked to share and fulfil the Great Commission, but we are not doing it with our Own Might.
No comments
Differing methods of education.

28/03/2005

Differing methods of education.

I'll be writing an article to compare and contrast the different methods of education, namely the modern and traditional methods of education. If anyone has any say on this,or information on it, it would be most appreciated.
As it is, I do not think that there is harm in utilising either methods of education, but both have their pro & cons.
People are going back to using the chinese "calculator" - the abacus for teaching and aiding in learning math, much as Montessori had designed the beads as an aid to teach mathematics.

The modern methods and style, would include not using just the calculator, but also modern invention and technologies, such as the computer, the mobile (yes, to learn language these days!), the calculator, and whatever new scientific discovery these days.

I haven't got a set title to it, but currently am merely just reading up on it.
http://www.taemag.com/issues/articleID.16209/article_detail.asp
http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/methods/technlgy/te800.htm

The areas covered namely are,

Traditional vs Modern instruction,
Merely verbal vs Hands on Instruction,
Premature vs. Developmentally Appropriate Instruction,
Fragmented vs. Integrated Instruction,
Boring vs. Interesting Instruction,
Lockstep vs. Individualized Instruction,

Use of Technology in Education
No comments
Change of Name

27/03/2005

Change of Name

I've decided to change the title of the blog.

The previous title no doubt, is a profession of my faith.

But it would deter many even from reading it.

I admire Captain VonTrapp who refused to put up the German flag, but then again, I'm not him.

Cheerio, readers.
No comments
Breast-ingly glittery

Breast-ingly glittery


glittering, originally uploaded by BullockCart.

It's so breast-ingly glittery I need sunglasses!!!!

No comments
Breastsy.

Breastsy.


glittering1, originally uploaded by BullockCart.

So breast-ingly glittery. ;-)

No comments
Liver-FARKING-Fool!!!!!!!

Liver-FARKING-Fool!!!!!!!


photogenic CY, originally uploaded by BullockCart.

A shot of myself in a Liverpool jersey. Cute neh????

No comments
A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet...

A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet...

Actually I beg to differ.

The name Jacob, means "deceiver", supplanter and "one who grabs the heel"."liar". Heaven help if I call any of my sons Jacob!!

Jacob's name was changed to Israel, because you have power with God and with men and have prevailed.”, a prince with God or he rules with God.

Isaac, "laughter", he was the son of Abraham. I have a classmate by the name of Isaac, and seriously, he really LIVES up to his name! ;-) I was reminded of THAT fact, during discussion periods when Kim mentioned it. ;-)

Esau, twin brother of Jacob, means "red".

Sarah "the princess", the mother of Isaac.

Abraham, means, "the father of multitudes".

Ishmael, son of the handmaiden, Hagar and Abraham, means "God shall hear".

Judas, from Judas Iscariot. Although it means the praised one, his name is synonymous for "betrayer" or "traitor", for betraying Jesus. So, heaven help you if someone gave you that nickname! LolZ.

Jonah, destroyer, as per term Jonah Day, used in the Anne of Green Gables chronicles, means a really BAD DAY, because where ever Jonah went, he created trouble.

Lucifer, means Bringing light. Strange, being this is the other name of the Devil, who is NOT know for bringing light into the world.

As for names of my friends, there's

Diahann: from french, Divine!! Ha ha ha. Ooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

How DIVINE a person I must be. Hehe

Eugene: from Greek, noble, Goodly heritage.

Hmmmm......goodly heritage? Mwa hwa hwa.... we'll see....we'll see. hor??? ;-)

Matthew: from Hebrew, Gift of God.

Oi, Jojo, you sure u don't want this name ah?

Asta: from Hebrew, deritative of Queen Esther, Secret, hidden.

She should read the story of how Queen Esther saved the Jews from extermination.

Joe: from Hebrew, short for Joseph, means May Jehovah add/give increase.

Joseph was the last of two sons of Rachel and the twelve tribes of the Israel nation.

James: from Hebrew, same meaning as Jacob!! Ha ha ha ha. Too Bad.

Jason: from Hebrew, he that cures.

Uh huh.....

Irene: from Greek, peace.

hmmm mmm.

Elaine: from Greek, the light that shines.

*Starts rolling my eyes.....*
No comments
Surveys

26/03/2005

Surveys

Last Cigarette:
1996
Last Alcoholic Drink:
some hardly alcoholic drink, which made me got a red face.
Last Car Ride:
Uhh.....last night from prayer meet.
Last Kiss:
Feb 9th.
Last Good Cry:
On Wednesday. In the car when I was singing and driving at the same time. Lolz.
Last Library Book:
Ummmm. some time last year kwah.
Last book bought:
A music manuscript.
Last Book Read:
When Boy Meets Girl, by Joshua Harris.
Last Movie Seen in Theatres:
Constantine.
Last Movie Rented:
Analyse That.
Last Cuss Word Uttered:
.......
Last Beverage Drank:
Tea
Last Food Consumed:
Pancake for Breakfast.
Last Crush:
Eugene. I should think you'd have known that I was absolutely nuts abt him by now. Ha ha ha ha ha ha.
Last Phone Call:
Vivien, yesterday to ask if I wanted to go for some seminar on Saturday.
Last TV Show Watched:
Some chinese series on tv (about gods and goddesses).
Last Time Showered:
Last night.
Last Shoes Worn:
Slippers from car to home
Last CD Played:
Uhh.........Passion of Christ.
Last Item Bought:
My lunch ... Prawn Meehoon.
Last Download:
Some stuff from JoJo.
Last Annoyance:
Having to constantly think about Christ.
Last Disappointment:
Uhhh.....which one do u want me to start with?
Last Soda Drank:
7 Up.
Last Thing Written:
an email.
Last Key Used:
Door key to open the door to my house
Last Words Spoken:
Arrggggghhhhhhhh!!! This morning when I left my room to go down for breakfast, and my dad said, Oi, come down for breakfast!
Last Sleep:
Last night
Last Ice Cream Eaten:
Haven't. In ages.
Last Chair Sat In:
The one I'm in right now ...
Last Webpage Visited:
Friendster.com
No comments
Wesak Day: Conversation with Nicholas Chin.

25/03/2005

Wesak Day: Conversation with Nicholas Chin.


Here's another conversation I had with a kid about the Wesak Day thingy. It is with Nicholas Chin, a 4 year old. And ENTIRELY in Cantonese.

Me: So, did you go to the temple on Sunday?
Nicholas: Yes, I did. My dad took you there?
Me: Only your dad?
N: My mom went. My sister went also.
Me: So, where is this templed that you went to?
N: It's nearby my house in Puchong.
Me: Ahh...okay. So, what did u do there?
N: pray to god.
Me: ah..pray to god...who is it did you pray to?
N: "Leong Leong".
Me: Leong Leong? Who is that?
N: Leong leong la......
(I think this is the Queen Goddess "Leong Leong" in the Chinese dieties that I watched on some Cantonese series on TV2 not too long ago...)

Me: how does she look like?
N: very tall. Very white....
Me: Uh....okay....
N: We took some flowers for shower.
Me: Flowers for shower? Whatever it that?
N: Supposed that "Leong Leong" will protect us because we bathe with it.
Me: Umm..okay..... So, what is that string you wear on your hand (referring to the yellow string).
N: I also don't know.
Me: You know what the flowers are for, but you don't know what the string is for?
N: Don't know want ah.
Me: Were those chrysanthemum flowers that your mother got?
N: I think so.
Me: where did you get the string from?
N: Daddy took it for us.
Me: Where did your dad take it from?
N: I don't know. My dad took it for us from the temple.
Me: So, how did you use the flowers? Wat it in a tub or a shower? As in, is it the stand shower, or the tub?
N: Stand also got. Tub also got.
Me: Wait, so you are saying that your mom used the flowers in the tub, right?
N: I think so. I think it is the tub. But stand also got. Mommy lets me shower by myself at home. My auntie (the one that I send to) don't let me shower by myself.
Me: Your aunt? I know the way your aunt is! She doesn't even allow you to open the car door! Do you think she will let you shower by yourself?! Your aunt is so very protective lar!


-Needless to say, it is rare you can find 4 year olds to have a conversation with adults. Half of the kids in school, the older ones that is, though they may be 6 years, cant actually engage in a "adult-like conversation" with adults. Ching Wen and Nicholas are among the few so far that have been able to do so.
Most of them may be able to understand what you say, but they could not give you the answers that you may require.
(Now you know why I like to use Nicholas for my observations, eh?!!)
No comments
Liverpool! Champions of Champions League!!

Liverpool! Champions of Champions League!!

*Damn*

Hehe. I know all those Liverpool fans will be out cheering the entire day today.

Ha ha.

PG is one heck of a Liverpool fan......the game must have ended right before 5:38am this morning. *lolz* I knew instinctively that Liverpool won....!! *duh*.

He says he'll be basking in the glory of the winnings in the office with his colleagues without applying for leave. *hehe*. (no less with a splitting headache or half asleep. LOLz)

Nah....! I 'm not a soccer fan. But it sure is fun to observe the behaviour of people whose favourite soccer teams won during the championships. *Lolz*.

Yes. Yes. We all know that Liverpool won. No need to rub it in. ;-)

Actually, he'll go ballistic when he finds out what I named the rabbit in school after.......Ha ha ha ha....

Anyway, just came back from meeting Vivien at Midvalley earlier.
You know what? I can't wait for the holidays to come! So many things happening at the same time!
Celyn returning. The surveying for a new car. My prayers being answered. ;-)
I haven't any plans for the holidays, but that's fine...I'll see as it goes along lor. :-)

And the end to my course and starting of a new semester 2 at USQ.
Damn. I will be so busy with 3 subjects to do the next semester. I'm trying to finish up all my training sessions so I can concentrate on my studies and revisions. Really, if God wanted me to be fit, He WILL make me fit! (even without going to the gym. LoLz).
Salihah is going down to USQ next sem. So it'll be cool. I get along with her better than with SooYee anyway. Heh.
No comments
Good Friday and Easter.

Good Friday and Easter.

There'll be a play entitled "A handful of Nails" by FGA church in Goodwood Park, off Klang Road.

Date: 25 March 2005 (Friday)
Time: 8.00 pm.
Venue: Sanctuary (the "cinema" old block).

A worship service at Calvary Glory, Tmn Desa (opposite the Tmn Desa hospital). Lunch will be provided after the service.

Date:27th March 2005 (Sunday)
Time: 10:00 am onwards.
Venue: 14-1 (1st Floor), Jln Desa, Tmn Desa. off Old Klang Road.

Oh yeah, I did forget to add that there will be a screening of the movie, Passion of Christ after the lunch service. Do come and watch it.

Do come. the events above are meant for not just believers, but for all and everyone to come.
If you do intend to come, please inform me so I can meet you there.
No comments
The Nation of Israel.

The Nation of Israel.

Yesterday night, I watched the Passion of Christ (on tv, obviously).

Hmmm....I seriously don't know why I would like to torture myself with the vision of someone, (namely, the actor, Jim Cadieveal) being tortured and whipped countless times.

Perhaps, it is just to remind myself of the sacrifice that God has made for us.

When the High Priest said, "HIS Blood SHALL be upon OUR people", he really had no idea that it would include the entire nation of Israel for that matter....

Truly, the Israelites brought it upon themselves the problems that they have had until this present time. How the Israelites were scattered when the Romans conquered their land in AD70, to all parts of the world, yet, where the Jewish people are, there they yet, are still able to prosper. People like Bill Gates, Lisa Kudrow, (What's that other guy from Friends), Aaron Spelling, Alicia Silverstone, Natalie Portman, and family, and all those big shot Jewish people...

Yet, God has been gracious to reinstall their nation in 1948.

Just for your information, I am a "Spiritual Jewish", "spiritual" daughter of Father Abraham. Actually, any Christian is considered a "Spiritual" daughter or son of Father Abraham, and therefore heirs of promises that was given to Abraham. Amen!

Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Yeah, I'm rambling about the Jewish people, and I have no idea what I am going on about.

Nevermind.
Hmmmm.

My colleague, Bee Sien, asked me how do Chinese Christians revere the death of another Chinese, because many of them refuse to take the incense?

Well, there is a difference between culture practice and belief practice.
Chinese Christians do revere the dead, but we do it in a different manner.

Chinese Christians may probably bow in reverence to the dead, (not pray, mind you),
but to take the heong or the incense and put it onto the altar, is not something that we will do, because it is no longer a cultural thing, but a belief practice.
We do revere the dead at the funeral, but we just show it differently.
No comments
Great is Thy Faithfulness

24/03/2005

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Refrain

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!


Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS Copyright © 1923 Hope Publishing Company. 380 South Main Place, Carol Stream, IL 60188. (800-323-1049) Used by permission.

*************************************************************************************

There have been times where it takes me a while to see what the Lord has done for me or to me. Yet, I do not realise that things that happen, could have been a blessing in disguise.
Yet instead, I rant and complain about how Unjust the Lord has been.
And yet through it all, He has preserved my heart, my purity and my love.

He has kept me from Harm's way and I have not seen it.

How Great is the Lord's Faithfulness for One which is Wayward!

Lamentations 3: 22,23: It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassion's fail not. They are new every morning: great is they faithfulness.

John 14:27 (KJV): Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
No comments

23/03/2005


yeah, me at my seat during intermission for 2nd half of SOM play to start.  Posted by Hello
No comments


At the Istana Budaya for Sound of Music night show on Tuesday. Tapestry is on 2nd floor. Cun babe, huh?  Posted by Hello
No comments


Mad model stuck on tapestry ALERT!! Posted by Hello
No comments


Pauline, the lawyer chick, with her short hair...at Dome's for dinner at KLCC. No longer single & available! Way to go! ;-) Posted by Hello
No comments
Courage & Intuition

22/03/2005

Courage & Intuition

I had my first KFC chicken sandwich after a long long week.....Wah...The first few bites were totally *unforgettable*

Yum Yum Yum.

Hmmm...don't you think it takes REAL courage for a girl to say what she has to say and face the uncharted sea of consequences bravely in the aftermath?

Saying what she has to say, with the God-given intuition that she has, and it in the best instinct to be self protective of the unseen, yet uncharted dangers that she could feel using her heart and brain that she has been given.
Yet, shrouded in the emotions around her, she can't see the road that stands before her, and cries for what she thinks she wants but knows that the decision could have been the best decision ever made? God Seems to play a Funny Game, all the time.

Yet decisions that are made from Courage, self preserving that is, IS for it is how much Worth we place on ourselves that Others will value us. Yet, if we DO NOT value ourselves, who then Will?
Please do not tell me that God will say that. It is Final as, God has already spoken in His Word, it is up to oneself to interprete it accordingly.

Wholesomeness.
Holiness.
Purity.
Sincerity.
Transparency.
Value of Self.
Clarity.

1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not selfseeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

How wonderful to have experience such love. To have a friend who does not seek for self, and keeps no records of wrongdoing nor delights in what is wrong, but to continue in the path of wholesomeness, purity and sincerity, that it Protects, Trusts always, Hopes for the best and perseveres. To have a friend who will protect and sacrifice, how good the Lord is, that He has protected me from Harm's ways.
No comments
Solid food.

Solid food.

yummy...after a week on a liquid diet of mashed potatoes, porridge, soup and bread and anything in soup, I'm back to my first meal of solid foood.

Yesterday, Mabel made an emergency call to me to help her with one of her assignments. I'm not too sure what it was, but it was a Focus Group in regard to SWOT of the AmbiPur Car Air Freshener. Strengths, Weaknesses, Threats and Opportunities.

Hmmm..yeah..so I being the cousin sister that I am, went and helped her out, coz they needed volunteer interviewees, and I had to drive myself down to Tmn Desa, park my car, and she picked me up.Yeah, she also asked me to be dressed in my office wear, to which I brought a long my camel brown trench coat, and if it were a black one complete with a black sunglasses, I'm sure I could have outshown Trinity from Matrix anytime soon. ;-) Yeah, that's because we would be on recorded on videocam, so had to dress PROPERLY, hor?

Oh,,....Hei, JoJo...the world is a small place huh? "Matthew" eh, shall be English name christened for you hehe....
Been trying to introduce you to Mabel in church each time, but never did, but you guys did eventually meet up, huh? ;-)

Anyway, went down to 1U after the interview, and had a nice meal at Genki Sushi!! Yummy!! After which, we went to Wong Kok Char Teng at SS2. *Damn* I was so tired!
No comments
Palm Sunday.

20/03/2005

Palm Sunday.

Palm Sunday is the Sunday the week before Easter.

On this day, one week before Jesus was crucified on the Cross, Jesus went through the streets of Jerusalem.
They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" (Matthew 21:7-
9)
No comments
Pay to Caeser what is due.

Pay to Caeser what is due.

http://www.scripturestudies.com/Vol4/D6/d6_ot.html

Well, that was the topic of the CG's discussion today. The main character for today's topic is Jacob, son of Isaac in the book of Genesis.

Genesis 30:27
But Laban said to him, "If I have found favor in your eyes, please stay. I have learned by divination that the LORD has blessed me because of you." 28He added, "Name your wages, and I will pay them."

Laban (who is Jacob's father-in-law) wanted Jacob to stay (as Jacob wanted to return to his own country, Canaan)
because Laban realized (oddly, by divination) that he, Laban was being blessed by God through the presence of the godly man Jacob.

This happens often: the ungodly blessed by God through the presence of the godly.
We see this all around us: the wayward son kept safe by God through the prayers of his godly mother, the worldly husband prospered by God through the prayers of his godly wife, the business enterprise rendered successful by God through the prayers of its godly employees.
And just like Laban, so often those who are blessed through the presence of the godly, do not turn to God themselves. Instead of yearning for the presence of God Himself, like Laban, they just desire the continued presence of the godly people through whom they are blessed by God. They do not desire to worship and obey God, but they want to partake in His blessings.

Therefore it is important that Christians do their best in whatever tasks that is given, that God can bless others through us. Because serving others well is our way of worshipping God, that God can bless us too.
No comments
A walk to remember

A walk to remember

Today I stayed home the entire day to rest.
Practised the organ in the morning. Watched tv the rest of the day...2 tv movies in fact.

The first being A Walk to Remember (Mandy Moore and Shane West), and second being Phantom (starring Billy Zane).
I cried a bit after watching A Walk to Remember. It was...touching in that sense. I like it that her character was very strong although in the movie, the the girl's character was suffering from cancer.
The Phantom was.....well...okay lar.... I think A Walk to Remember was more thoughtful in the after sense that is.

Anyway, my parents are coming tonight!! After being away on holidays for one week to China. My brother is off to Singapore for about 15 days training. Ok, seriously speaking, the Atos is only terrible car to use. I'm afraid that the car could get unbalanced any moment (it seems rather unstable) . Not to mention that it has a slow pick up.
The Waja on the other hand, is much better. It does have its problems. My mom's audio is not working at all. but at least it's stable and feels grander. Lolz.

WHen I drove it down to Eugene's work place and was picking him up, he was looking high and low for my old jalopy (yeah, yeah), but couldn't find it. He thought I drove a a black metallic BMW. ha ha....that will be the day lar...Oh I wouldn't mind driving one. Just that it is too expensive to maintain in the long run. So, nah!!

In the evening, I went to FGA for a combined CG (of all the other CGs). Its rarely that they have a combined CG, and so happened that this week that they have it. So, lucky me lar.
Past9r. Pat (she didn't look like a pastor to me, however!) took down my email and said she would email the list of activities.

The CG is planning to take the orphans from the Trinity Home to the Zoo on 2nd April at 1.20pm. Hmmm...See first lar.

Ok, the group is actually a hilarious bunch. Man...from the onset, you'd probably think they looked pretty boring, but once we settled in after the meeting for dinner at Kuchai's, the things they talk about man.....it's not that the group talks dirty or starts swearing (obviously they won't do that), but it's how they are being sarcastic to one another and that all.

Pastor Pat and this other guy are Liverpool fans. Brandon is a Chelsea fan. I'm not sure what team Simon vouching for (I think it is M.U). So the Chelsea fan start to say that Liverpool fans in the UK were very hooliganistic, so the ears of the Liverpool fans there perked up and started to listen....ha ha.
That's why I say Liverpool fans are very......*fill in the blanks yourself*.
No comments
last few days of freedom!

19/03/2005

last few days of freedom!

Ahhhhhhhh...

Last few days of freedom!! What have I been doing, you might ask?

WEll, in order to recuperate, I have had to sleep in in the afternoon so that I would have enough rest for the day. I need enough rest to recuperate in order that my sores and wounds from the surgery would heal...which I should have been doing, but have not.. DAMN.

Thursday, stayed in to rest the entire morning. Sent my maids to their postings first though. Then after waking up at 4pm, it was raining heavily on my side of town. Then went to pick them up.

In the evening, I met up with Vivien (another lawyer!) at Midvalley. I'm so bloody sick of that place by now.... *sigh*

I managed to buy this fantastic powder soup packet from Campbell's. It's pretty good, because I don't have to cook it, but just add hot water and drink it like normal.

Friday, sent my maids to their postings in the morning. Then went to the U/G office and stayed there until noon. I took a bus to Sentral and met up with WoanChye (another lawyer in the making!! Lolz). The people I met up on the way to the bus were very friendly. When the bus reached Sentral, they even stood up to direct me the way. How very sweet.

When I was at the Chicken Rice Shop, I bumped, (or I saw from where I was sitting!) my penpal's brother, ShiongSoon. He came over and chatted with us.....Ha ha he said WC looks about 21 years, although that's even far from it! It was Casual Friday, so they were both dressed casually for work. I was so surprised to see Woan Chye dressed casually in jeans, when normally it would be more official attire.
Shiong Soon was as crappy as ever. (I'm not surprised that he is....)
He has not changed one bit since the last I saw him (which I have absolutely no idea when it was!) but WC thought he was fine (which I'm even more surprised at!).

"Banyak Orang, Banyak Ragam."

I finally managed to have my first solid food today!!

Koay Teow with Shredded Chicken. No chewing required. Only Slurping Action needed.

Well, dinner was Cambell Powdered Soup and Toast Bread. SAD.

Damn. I can't sleep now. I slept from 3.30-7.40pm. So I can't sleep for the rest of the night.... SIGH.
No comments
Holidays: 3rd day & more porridge!

17/03/2005

Holidays: 3rd day & more porridge!

On Wednesday, I sent BOTH the maids to the kindy and went back to United Garden. Lilian had left me an apple and an orange for the kind deed I did for her on Tuesday....ahhhhhh....all in a day's work lar. No problemo.

I had brought all the ParenThink mag and was going through it with Mercy and then I left for town early to beat the traffic jam. There are quite a lot of stuff in the magazine which is actually quite useful, but I haven't had the time to actually go through it, but merely just skim through it.

The merchant bank where PG works in is.....well...like a merchant bank lar. Initially, I felt pretty lost walking in it actually. Lolz. Well, I had porridge again for lunch....*speechless*. ...sigh. I haven't had rice in almost a week. I'm getting sick and tired of eating porridge and mashed potatoes for every meal. SIGH.

We went to some place near Pudu for Teochew rice. It took me forever to eat that entire harmless bowl of porridge.

I look at the porridge.
The porridge looks at me.
I smile at the porridge.
The porridge smiles at me.

Whhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. What FUN!!!!

Then after, I met up with Mandy whom I was to buy the tickets for Sound of Music. The matinee tickets for Sunday were SOLD OUT. So for those who wanted to join us on the matinee, unless you are not working 15 hours a day, feel free to uh....order it online. Lolz.

We bought about 6 tickets, (including Mandy's friends). The bone head totally forgot about her tickets on the counter and had to drive back all the way back to Istana Budaya!!! Ha ha ha. She had to go back to work after that all the way to Serdang!

Mandy is someone I met in Fitness First, who incidentally is also doing the same MCI course I was, but she deferred for a year. She's older than me, so her acquaintances are naturally older than I am. Cool. Can't wait to meet her friends as well! ;-)

Then I went to pick up my maids, and sent them home. I took a short nap, and then drove down to Midvalley to meet up with Asta to watch Constantine. Ok, initially I DIDN'T want to watch Constantine, but after reading the Power Evangelism: Signs and Wonders book, I decided to.

This I felt is because I wanted to see what the hype about the movie was, no matter how theologically incorrect or misguided the movie was and I realised that I was having the Western WorldView, being stuck in the "rational" mindset.

I realised that I totally refused to believe that devils and spirits could cause sicknesses, or believe that animism exists, because that actually is the truth and a fact, and no matter how many times I wanted to deny it, but the fact remains that it happens. So, no small reason why those Christians with a Western WorldView had trouble accepting that.

No comments
2nd day of holidays.

2nd day of holidays.

How was my day on Tuesday? I Had my organ lesson at noon (that I was almost falling asleep!) , then after rushed down to Cheras to meet Shirley, the new editor of Genius Media for ParenThink mag. Yup. Just brainstormed and discussed the title of the articles that I was to write for the upcoming months . Wow, the discussion took about two hours plus, coz I arrived before 3 and went home about 5.30!!

Then I rushed back to pick my maids up coz I was supposed to meet Larissa at Midvalley. Larissa is an ex-college mate from HELP. She knows my brother, and also James & practically the entire Yong clan. Lolz.
Larissa was complaining that she was ALREADY hungry at 6pm...ha ha ha . No food at the office, ke? She also attends FGA, so she knows the update on whats happening there as well. She knows Stephanie and Pst. Andrew Kulasingam....(duh, like whom from FGA don't know lar??)
Initially, I thought of watching either Sepet or 5 children & It with her, but then in the end we decided not to lar, so more time to chat lar! Went to Secret Recipe and we both had lasagne. It took me forever to eat of course..... ha ha.

I told her about the predicament that i was in, and she said she would try to help out if it was possible lar. Heh. Cool, Larissa! I even told her about the list of names that I made and sent out for prayer on the Internet....even better. The more people who pray for it, the better!!
Larissa was postponing her dental surgery as well....why lar, everyone is so afraid of doing it? No less that the first time was traumatic, I know that...but stillll......just to evade the problem in such a manner will only cause more problems in future, isn't it??

No comments
First day of holidays.

15/03/2005

First day of holidays.

Man, my holidays are fully packed. I have something to do every day of this week, and trying to fit 9 ppl to meet in 5 days on different occasions of each day, plus gym workouts and movies is quite a task, I might say. LOLZ. If it weren't for the fact that my jaw was hurting, I'd be going Full Fling into it. Lolz. and totally Enjoying myself as well. If you get the gist. ;-)

Today I had planned to go to the gym, but I didn't. Instead, at the last instance, I decided to meet up with an ex-college mate, Pauline. The long lost college mate of mine, but I have not seen in almost one year. Like anniversary only. Ha ha ha. The best part of the news is she HAS had a boyfriend for almost 1 year!!! And all this while, my friends and I thought she was *fill in the blanks yourself* ......you know. Ha ha ha ha ha.

She proclaimed it as "hopefully my first, and my last". Lolz. Her bf, apparently is a real darling. Who helps out without being asked, and is quite practical. What about being practical? I wouldn't mind if my bf helped me around without my asking. Like help me clean the house (but then I've got maids at home), so hmmmm stuff like helping me to get the car serviced (instead of relying on my dad for advice), going shopping with me. Stuff like that.

Nah, its not that I don't like flowers, nor chocolates or stuff like that. Its okay if I get them once in a while, but I guess after having received lots of them in the past, I now prefer getting gifts (from either bf or friends) which I can use.

Teddy bears, photo frames, decorations and things which take up space in my room I find pretty impractical. I've got enough photo frames and teddy bears, and those take up a lot of my wall and horizontal space. I dont know about others, but I think practical gifts are more viable than flowers in practicality. They DIE out after a few days...and I end up giving them to my maid who may probably value it more than I do. Lolz. They're good if one is in a ROMANTIC mood though ;-)

What are practical things I like?

- Hmmmmm.....gift vouchers from MPH ( i prefer choosing my own books or stationery that I like).
- things that I can use like purses (noone has ever got me a new purse all this while...and I'd like an extra ultra feminine looking one. Sigh),
- GOLD jewellery that I can wear ;-)
- watches and more watches (the batteries die out...so can someone help put new ones into them?)
- accessories that I can wear (from Axxexx or some exotic thing),
- perfume (something like Champ Elysees or Tresor by Lancome. Those kind lar.)
- Stuff from Body Shop. A set is good as well. (from bath soap, perfume, shower cream to cosmetics. I WILL use them. They're animal cruelty free, no less. I don't fancy Clarins, Lancome and all those weird sounding brands that they have in the market. Don't even know how safe they are. You'd only be paying for the packaging and advertising, which in my opinion, is NOT worth it.)
- a new phone. Right. as if anyone is THAT generous. But my Panasonic year 2000 punya hp dengan charger buatan OZ masih berfungsi sampai sekarang.
- a cosmetic and masseur package. That'll be REAL cool and relaxing. ;-)

things I don't like getting again include:

-teddy bears
-clothes (unless you know my size very well),
-shoes (unless you know my taste and unless they FIT),
-books (I have not enough time to read my own textbooks and u need to know my taste in books as well. FYI, I like British writers.)
-photo frames, floor rugs, clocks,
-chocolates ( i don't eat them coz i'd end up giving it to my mother instead),
-flowers (except only on special occasions like when I get married or You really pissed me off or something like that),
-Silver ( I cannot wear Silver buatan Malaysia. My body chemistry Not Compatible).
-Barbie dolls (if I ask you to get me barbie dolls, it means that I only treat you like a good platonic friend. They are nice gifts to look at but they take up space no less).

Naturally, when I meet up with Pauline, the topic would end up about my ex, and we would start bitching about him. Not very complimentary, but we enjoy poking fun at him ;-)
He went after Pauline at one time. Now that we think about it, he, THAT ex, would make a very unsuitable match for Pauline. Although it may be her first, it really is not the numbers of suitors that makes the grade. I definitely do not think my EX would have made her very happy though. ha ha ha.

As Sun Tzu said, it is not the number of battles that one has won, but being able to conquer and win over the enemy without inflicting any damage on them is probably the greatest victory once could achieve. So having a great number of suitors, really does not mean a thing. If you know what I mean. :-)

I don't know if I can go into the corporate hours in KL and work 14 hours a day. I think I will just die. After being so used to working from only 8-3pm p/day, going from 8am-8pm is something that I don't think I could consider. I think I'll just die. But I respect those who can do it, no less though. :-) Only people like me with my working hours, can consider keeping a blog. Imagine those who stare 10 hours onto a computer. I doubt they want to look at the monitor when they come home from work. Lolz.

Anyway, this morning, I went to the public dental clinic near my home. The filling of the tooth on my right side had come out, so I couldn't eat. That means, I couldn't eat BOTH on my left, coz it was healing, and NEITHER on my right, because the filling came out. So, BOTH sides were hurting. AISAY man. What a painful experience!!

I went to get a diagnosis of the injury to my tooth. The doctor just said that I needed to get a filling done. Well, I rarely go to the public hospital unless during school holidays only, because I have lots of time to spare and wait there without worrying about having to work.

Actually, its my first time to a public dental clinic. I have never been to one before this. It was an eye opening experience nonetheless, because I have been so accustomed to going to a private dental clinic. I only knew or realised the existence of that particular public dental clinic, becoz Asta told me about it, and she had been there before. Well, no harm in checking it out right?

The dental clinic actually makes checks and demonstrations once per year each to private kindergartens and public schools around the area. The kindergartens under the Bethany Montessori umbrella were listed there as well under the private kindergartens section!
Cool, huh? But whoever who typed the list, misspelled the name of the kindergarten!
No comments
Annie's farewell pictures.

14/03/2005

Annie's farewell pictures.


Annie having a "psychic" moment.......lets all take a moment to pray that she would get out of it.......everybody QUIET!!!!!!! Posted by Hello


3 beautiful babes gazing sexily at you. ;-)
Annie trying to be a witch and seduce you to give all your $$$ to her!!! Posted by Hello


The entire gang before dispersing off for the evening. Posted by Hello


Peng Guan and KMT (otherwise known as JoJo to the rest of the gang). He lost those precious sun glasses, I heard! Posted by Hello


Asta & I at Annie's farewell at Sunway Posted by Hello
No comments
movies!

movies!

I watched 3 movies in 2 days!!

I borrowed "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" from Fitness First.
The movie talks about how childhood issues can affect adulthood. It stars Ashley Judd and Sandra Bullock. This movie was a bit slow, but watchable lar.Good for a lazy afternoon, but not worth watching twice.

Then watched "Being Julia" with KT on Saturday at Midvalley.
The movie stars Annette Bening and Jeremy Irons.
This movie is not bad lar. KT wanted to watch 5 children& It but since the run for Being Julia is already ending, I said it was much better to watch it. We did end enjoy watching this movie. The plot was not too bad, but a tad bit slow for my taste.
I had a nice chicken porridge for dinner at McD's before the show. KT said he feels guilty for having his chicken sandwich but I said it was fine. Everyone of us has to go through that some time in our lives.

Then Robots on Sunday with Ben at Summit. The movie is NOT bad. worth watching, but okay lar for kids. I totally forgot that tomorrow is the beginning of school holidays, so there were plenty of kids in the theatre.
I had porridge for dinner at home before the show. Ha ha!

I've been having porridge for lunch, dinner and maybe for the next few days. Sad lar. Real SAD. If not then it's mashed potatoes, soup, Indon Mee (from Nathan's Corner, no less) or more porridge...I cant stand to see another bowl of porridge again. Aicks. Aicks. Aicks. I don't want to eat any more porridge!!!!
No comments
Unseen spirits in your home?

13/03/2005

Unseen spirits in your home?

Ok. I *seriously* look *TERRIBLE*.

I definitely look terrible. I think. Ok, I don't look that bad...but nah. My face is still bloody swollen up. and it will be so for the next few days. I can't eat hard food, and I can't drink cold water. This is some serious shit, man.I need to get a filling done on the tooth on the right side of my jaw.

My jaw still HURTS. I'm on painkillers and antibiotics every few hours for the next couple of days. DAMN.

Well, anyway, I was reading this book that belongs to my dad, on Power Evangelism: Signs and Wonders. It talks about the culture background that most of us comes from, whether it be from the Western worldview or Eastern worldview, and how it affects those believers who convert to Christianity.

As it is, the Trinity is made up of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Power Evangelism talks about heeding the nudging of the Holy Spirit to evangelise. But this is neglected, because many modern Christians don't believe in the Holy Spirit or that the Holy Spirit was only for those Early Church Believers in the first century. That does not make them any less "Christian" however, but it just makes their walk with God less fulfilling, satisfying and powerful.

Yet it is written that it in HIS name that whoever believes and calls in His Name, would have the same power NOW as it was THEN to cast out demons and spirits as the Early Church believers had done so.

Mark 16:17-18
These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents (with their hands), and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."


Criticism Forestaller: Now, this is not telling anyone to STUPIDLY go around drinking poison, playing with snakes and going into occult practice. You may be stupid, but please DON't BE so Stupid. Even God can't help the really STUPID who want to challenge God in hoping that God will redeem them from their stupid acts. Comprendo?

Even the modern churches in the Western worldview don't believe in it and many are afraid of unleashing and depending on the Holy Spirit as it is something "not rational". They don't believe in signs and wonders and that demons and devils can and could be the cause of problems that they do not realise. Curses are just as strong, because they can bind in your unbelief and cause bitterness of heart and wreck your health.

Whereas, for those who came from a background with the Eastern Worldview, animism or believing that spirits inhabit things, creatures and creations is something that is very common to us and that they are a cause of many unseen problems that we do not realise.

However, the Bible states in many occasions and instances that there ARE spirits and demons inhabiting creatures, people, and these spirits and demons are the cause of many sicknesses , storms in the sea (remember when Jesus walked on the water?), and he drove out many demons and spirits out of people. In fact, Jesus did more acts of casting out demons and healing the sick than preaching the word.

When I was very young, about 9 years old, my father brought me and my brother to the playground. My dad was playing soccer with my brother. Somehow or another, the ball got kicked into this chinese alter and my father went to retrieve it from the alter. Immediately, my father felt a pain in his leg. This is most probable to the fact that my dad had "invaded" the "territory" of the spirit that was living within the alter when he went to retrieve the ball back. My dad quickly prayed. The pain did go away and he had to rest after that, so he didn't continue the game. I can still remember that very incident although I was very young then. And no, my dad didn't have to get a pastor or a priest to pray for him, because it was not necessary for him, as he already had the power vested IN him to do so.

Oh, dont' you know that there are spirits living within every alter regardless whether it is Hindu, Kwan Yin or the Kitchen God? No one asked you to go around STUPIDLY provoking these spirits unless you want to get into trouble. Even the yellow "fu" that the chinese people get from the temple have a certain spirit living within it. Putting it on is easy. It is the removing of the alter or whatever thing that the Buddhist priest gave you is the difficult part because you may provoke the spirit within it.

I take an example of a story that Jeff's friend related to me. When his friend went to Eastern Malaysia, the family members bought some totem pole souvenirs from some cultural centre and brought it home. Somehow or anothr, by God's hand, a sister of the friend (with a gift to see spirits) saw the totem pole and could see a greenish like spirit appearing from the totem pole and it was laughing at her. The sister had to call an elder to come and pray and they manage to banish the spirit and burn the totem pole.
This is a reminder that do be careful when you do buy stuff from other cultures. These spirits may cause uneasiness or trouble in your homes if you are not careful or aware of it.

You don't ever know what you might be bringing back INTO your home.
2 comments
Dental surgery and a rim exposure.

12/03/2005

Dental surgery and a rim exposure.

I don't really know if to call today a good or bad day....*sigh*

Anyway, the morning was fine. However, towards afternoon, as I was sending the kids back, my car hit some kind of a boulder, and I realised the wheel was losing air. I didn't realise it was getting bad, till halfway, another car on the side signalled me and I had to stopped the car by the road and had to check. Ok, it was bad. Initially I thought it was the case of the tyre itself.

FORTUNATELY, by God's providence, there was a BP station like, less than a minute away. So I drove.
Ok, by now I was seriously panicking. I stopped the car next to the air pump and pumped some air into the trye. I could hear a hissing sound....then I realised that I REALLLY REALLLY had a flat tyre.
Then I took my remaining two kids, Lakshana and ChengWei into the station and made a call to my dad. He told me to just speak to the technician at the BP....*right* . Ok, it was not alright, because I didn't know what to do. The two kids were running amok, and I was there like panicking and had no idea what to start with!!

So fine, I spoke to the technician and he checked the tyre. THe verdict: I must have knocked into some strong boulder of some sort and the rim came out. He said I had to change the rim or not the car would not be able to drive the car too far away......so fine. I just told him to change the rim. And check the gear oil and battery and water level as well. *lolz*. The bill came up to about RM53.00. Which is not bad...yeah, my gear oil is leaking.....I really have no time to change it.....I can't be bothered. But it will cause me trouble in future, that's for sure.

Actually I had a craving for WanTan Mee today. And I totally forgot about my Dental Appointment card. So I had to go home to get it. Ai...........I thought I missed my chance to have WanTan Mee.....but fortunately, there was a store on my way out. *HOORAY!!*

Well, anyway, let me tell you about the dental surgery. I thought I was already late. However, when I arrived at the hospital, the doctor told me that the staff were only returning at 2.45. By the time they got every thing figured out, and yes, i had to give my appointment card, it was about 3pm +.

When I was in the surgery room, the doctor told me that it was better to remove the tooth on the upper jaw.

I got so agitated at hearing that, that I started to hyperventilate!
My heart rate went up , and they had to wait a while before they could start.
You know, this is the second time I'm doing this, but I wonder why didn't they give me a depressant pill or something. I thought clinics normally do that or something.

I couldn't even bear to see the doctor to put any kind of scapel or god-know-what-instrument that I totally closed my eyes and didn't want to look.
This is the best part...halfway through the procedure, a student came in. Ok, I have had friends who are in the medical line, but not in the dental. So there I was, listening to half of what the student was saying, and half to what the doctor was saying.

There was more noise cause I heard another chinese male doctor coming in. I could spy that he was not bad looking actually. But I was getting agitated coz I had absolutely no idea what the doctors were doing and there were these people talking behind me. So I started grumbling and whine and whine and whine a lot.

When they asked me if I wanted to remove the upper jaw tooth, I was getting even more agitated. The reason they wanted to remove the upper jaw tooth is that because the lower jaw tooth is no longer there (its partner that is), the upper jaw tooth will grow longer because it does not clench to something.

By the time the entire procedure was over, I started to cry.

I think the doctors were wondering what happened. I was so relieved the entire procedure was over and yet at the same time, I was feeling so bloody confused. DAMN.

My jaw was hurting and I could barely talk. Anyway, they gave me the antibiotics and painkillers.

How much did the entire procedure cost? Hmmmmmm......I didn't pay a single cent. Don't ask me why.
I was so surprised I couldn't say a thing. I didn't even pay a single cent except during the registration.

Eh?
No comments
Spiritual beings with Earthly bodies.

10/03/2005

Spiritual beings with Earthly bodies.

Today, I was sending one of my boys back, Ching Wen, who asked me "Did I tell you about my grandfather who passed away?" I nodded yes, although in actual fact, he didn't. So anyway, he started telling me about his grandfather.

"You know ah.....they put my grandfather in a box (coffin, he means). Then they burned him and put him in the temple.

So nowadays, we go to the temple a lot to pray. We bring food to the temple."

"Eh, who's going to eat the food?"

"The spirit is going to eat the food".

"Ohh...but how is he going to eat the food, if he doesn't have a body?

I think he got stumped there.

Yeah..... that brings into question.

Why do you bring food for the dead when they are only spirits, I would like to ask??

It is perfectly rational to bring food to someone who is sick at the hospital, or to a home, or to an orphanage because they need food. Much more so, if you say that any earthly creature would need food because they need to convert the food into energy for them to use to move and do work. This would definitely be a very good scientific rationale.

I have a colleague who told me that, during All Souls Day, people bring bouquets of flowers and leave them at the cemetery. Then at night, cemetery and gravediggers come to steal the flowers and sell them off. Some even use a shovel to hit the grave in hope of meeting spirits so that they can get digits for their 4D . Reallly.....

As it is, humans are beings made in the image of God. We are made in the perfect image of God, but it is Sin that causes imperfection. AIDs for example, is a result of intercourse of man with animals. It was not intended that humans to procreate with a monkey in hopes of relieving his lust.

Yet, we are only here on Earth temporarily. When humans die, so does their physical bodies die. But their soul remains. Their spirit then leaves the body. As according to the Bible, the spirit can only go to either Heaven or Hell. I don't think that there is such a place as purgatory, but the spirit would wait in a place called Paradise before awaiting the judgement of God.

According to the Bible, God is a spirit being. And when we worship God, it is our spirit that is worshipping him. His Word also states that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we should not grieve the Spirit by not taking care of our own bodies, for our bodies have been made Holy when we accepted Christ into our lives and that He lives in us and within us.

God in his awesome goodness and love sent Jesus to die for us. He didn't want us to die, so he send Jesus to die for us. To watch someone who is considered "Son of God" to be flogged, punished, humiliated in public and die on the cross just to carry a burden is a burden that would deem so painful for any human being. He could have chosen to not do that for us, but He loves us so much, then and now, that He was willing to do that for us.
IF Jesus had chosen to sin, all that He had done for us would be in Vain, and I would be going STRAIGHT to Hell. Jesus had a choice to do that, but He DIDN'T.

I do know that what I suffer cannot be in comparison with what He has suffered for us. And yet I complain about how horrible my life, like how the Israelites did after crossing the Red Sea. And God punished the ungrateful Israelites by not allowing them to enter the Promised Land by letting that generation stay in the desert for 40 over years.

If you have not seen Passion of the Christ and seen the miraculous love of God, I suggest you do that now. You will either be compelled, convicted or start crying bucketful of tears.
No comments
more politics and politically correct roles.

more politics and politically correct roles.

It would be great to say that all things work out well in a school. Hopefully everyday.
But that would not be the case. Unfortunately not everything goes smoothly all the time.

Today, a couple took their children out of the school and transferred them to another preschool. Citing quite a number of reasons for that very purpose, I so happened to venture into the office when the particular set of parents came in. You can be rest and very well assured that the principal was definitely not in a good state of mind for the entire morning after. Something that you can measure using a thermometer for that very matter. :-P

As it is, there is something to learn out of every situation. That is probably the most important thing to do whenever a problem crops up.

Would not it be great if every day things turned out fine all the time? But that is the very purpose of a teaching practice internship. To learn and make mistakes so that we will not make mistakes in future. Not to say that our reports will be perfect. I guess that is the problem with us Asians. We are so afraid of losing our face that we want to make everything perfect and good in hope that we will score well. But it probably is a different perspective in their culture. Which in a way, is good. We are able to overlook the "pride" issue in the attempt to understand ourselves and our weaknesses.

Anyway, today my parents were concerned over the issue that I was only taking two subjects instead of three. I think it is because they had to purchase the bank draft and were surprised that the amount for it was less than the one before. I had to sit down and explain that there were some logistical problems within the university itself. They wanted to know if the course would end any later or if I would complete the course in the stipulated time given. I had to explain that students are allowed at least 7 years to complete the entire course, and the student could choose the number of subjects as minimal as one per sem if they wanted to.
No comments
Moon River ruminations.

08/03/2005

Moon River ruminations.

For the past one week, I have not had the mood nor the time to even practise my organ pieces. I meant to do it yesterday night after returning from college, but I was too tired after being done with an article. I was already halfway falling asleep whilst doing the article for that matter!

Surprisingly, my teacher passed one of my music pieces today! Hah. So much for practisng anyway!
Anyway, today I was working on the "Moon River" piece today. Ordinarily, it would seem a rather melancholic piece, but I was actually feeling really good as I played it. It seemed to me such a joyous and happy tune as I played it today.

I have been sick for the entire one month, and I have only just recovered. Thankfully I didn't have to go and see the doctor for probably about the 3rd time in less than a month's time!

Well, I have God as my healer! ;-)

I was sick last week, so I had to cancel my Personal Training session with Khudairi and also to postpone my music class last Tuesday to Wed instead. Mdm. Choi asked if it was a heart related , or physical sickness that I was suffering, and to which, I replied it was a physical problem lar!
OI!! I had a really bad fever on Monday ok!
************************************************************************************

The last one week has been one of internal rumination of past experiences and thoughts.

Isn't it true that humans try their best to keep away repeat experiences of pain as far as possible?
I have been reading this book that I borrowed from a friend. She didn't think it of any use to her, but the moment I read it, I somehow felt connected to it. It is called, Reinventing Your Life, by Young. Jeffrey & Klosko, Janet.

Admitting that we are and that we have a problem is actually the first step to solving it. The more we run away from a problem, the more it will continue to haunt us. Especially if it is a self-defeating cycle which leads to more problems in the long run.

When I was feeling depressed, there were times that I had wish my life had turned out differently.
How I had wished that I would have a different set of a family that I was born into, a different school that I had studied at, and even that I had a different personality altogether. I even wished I was not even the person that I am now at all!

But seriously, wishing and hoping really cannot change reality or yourself. And that IS the REALITY of the situation. Sometimes, I wonder if God had any use for a person like the one I am....

God says that it is our experiences that is WHAT HE is able to use us for? I am not really too sure about that, but only time can tell. Although His Word says so, but sometimes, really, I need something more tangible to fall back on.
I would like to say that even The Ugly Duckling had a good ending to the story...I wonder how would my ending be like?

I was reading a fellow Singaporean blogger's website. She was ruminating about the school she went and how she was one of the worst students in her highly ambitious class in one of the highly ranked academic school, and how many of her classmates had gone on to complete their degrees in some highly ranked university in Singapore whereas she was just a diploma holder in some god-forsaken- field-of-some-sort which was probably not looked on highly by her peers or something of that sort.
Fellow blodgers to her website told her that it was not a paper academic qualification which would help her or is a measure of her success in life. To which, I do agree that THAT is true.
She is no less an unsuccessful blogger. In fact she is ONE of the most successful bloggers around that it MAKES money for her.

I thnk what is most important however, is that as a person, and an individual, is that I am aware of my circumstances and the reasons or intentions behind my actions and what it is I have to do next.
Yet for me, reliving the entire pain and all the emotions that come with my depression is essential to help me move forward in life. In a way, it helps ground me to reality as it helps me understand and lets me be more conscious of my actions and behaviour as an individual.

WHy be envious of the success of the next person? Would that really help me in anyway but just to make me annoyed and scheme evil things? That really seems silly to me anyhow.

Being able to do the things that I would be able to draw the most passion out of and that satisfies my desires and needs, is probably somethng that is worth striving for. Doing things I like, like watching and doing theatre, writing, being myself, insanely mad & crazy, totally affectionate and mad and loud at the same time, not being the mainstream person and girl like everyone else, is what I have been doing and enjoying about myself along all this while.

To say that we do not need others is truly a fallacy. No man is an island. Yet people who need people are the happiest people in the world. How ironic. We all strive and need attention and approval from others on some level or another. It just depends on how much approval we need, that is.

I enjoy blogging. and writing. When I was younger, I used to keep a diary. Damn. In fact, I have been keeping a diary since I was 14. I enjoyed reading lots and lots of books. Classics for that matter from Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, mysteries, Anne of Green Gables, Sherlock Holmes, thrillers. You get the gist. I also used to write stories. Lots and lots of it and showed to people (who would read it). Until about Form 3 and then stopped. Why? No idea.

My mother used to frown upon it and always compared me to my brother, who was only into his bloody soccer games and Police Quest games, and kept saying that playing computer games was probably much better than keeping a journal of sorts.
Do you think I cared? Do you think I listen? I mean, what do you think would have happen if I did listen to her?
Hmm...then again, when DID she ever listened to me anyway?? She barely ever asked me about my side of the story anyway. How does that make me feel, lar?
But then again, I don't look for her approval now. I'm not 15 anymore.

I would not say that I am a very good writer. Yet, blogging has really brought the love of writing back to me. I would say, it is probably my main medium of expressing my thoughts to the world out there now.

Well, you WAIT for me World. I'll Show YOU!
2 comments
Kinder-garten politics. Heh.

Kinder-garten politics. Heh.

When Melanie told us to write one Summary of Day report for every day that we clock in, she meant too about the staff, happenings of the school, how the day went and even the emotions of the trainee herself.

Today was a pretty good day. I wouldn't say it went really bad or good for that matter.
Among some of the things that a teacher, whether trainee or not, that she/he must look into when having a class to handle, is the issue of 'discipline' of the class children.

As it is, I am now NOT a class teacher, but the teacher in charge of the Montessori lessons. My colleague, whom I shall call her as LT, is the class teacher. Basically my role now is just to ASSIST her and also to take charge of the other Montessori lessons for the other classes.
I would say, initially I was not used to having a class to my own, after all these years as one, and now when I am "so called" a trainee doing my MCI internship now.

The principal was in a bad mood, as the class that LT is taking charge of, is one of the noisiest class. I think that the age group (2 1/2 years to 4 years) really does not justify how the class is run. The principal expected me to run the class in strict discipline form, and reprimanded for not doing so......and she went on and on and on and on....and there I was keeping quiet. Nor did I try to justify myself.

Anyway, I was pretty annoyed, as I have my own responsibilities and I draw the line at where I am supposed to help and assist in the classroom activities. I was actually seething and exploding inside, but fortunately, somehow, something made me control my emotions. I was actually annoyed, as the principal was accusing and making assumptions that I should be taking care of the classroom, when in actual fact, it really is NOT my responsibility to do so.

So after I had calmed down, I went to the office and spoke to the principal. I had to do it pretty quick, as I had another class ( the 5 years Beginners' class that is) to do a Montessori lesson with.

I told her that it was unfair and not justified of her to assume that I should be in charge of the discipline of the class, being that I was only there to assist in the classroom activities.

Firstly among the reasons are, LT is the class teacher. As it is, she HAS to be responsible and take the lead for maintaining discipline of the classrom. The class teacher cant wait or assume that the teacher who is assisting to do the maintaining of the discipline in the classroom, can she?
Otherwise, WHY is she called the class teacher??
When parents have a problem, they go straight or would report to the class teacher, and not to the Montessori teacher. Not to mention the fact that, some of the parents don't even know my name.

FOR Heaven's sake....it has happened before..well this year, so far that is.

I can assist LT when it comes to preparing the work and activity materials, maintaining the classroom when she's away, bringing in other materials when she can't move away as it may cause disruption in the classroom (such as the babies crying when the main teacher is missing from sight!), maintaining discipline when she is teaching, but that is as far as it goes.

If both of us are in the classroom, and there are children who are misbehaving and yet she does not do anything to maintain order in the classroom, what can I say?
I am not going to overrule taking the lead of maintaining discipline of the class if the main teacher does not think it necessary to do so at that time. It is HER class after all.

I think the entire rationale that the "class teacher is waiting for a lead from the person assisting so she can prove her worth" is really a fallacy, unless she has spoken to me beforehand.

The reason I say this is because I have worked as an assistant in MKIS before. If the kids are making noise and Linda does not complain, then I will leave it. However if she thinks that they were too noisy during a playground session or should be quiet, she will tell me either before or after, and I will know what to do next.

Seriously, some things should not even need to be mentioned!
No comments
Do you SKYPE? :-)

07/03/2005

Do you SKYPE? :-)

I was trying out Skype with ChewFoong and Joseph who is in Penang just yesterday.

DAMN. Very very clear and sharp voice over the phone. Joseph's using a wireless mike, so he can walk around the room. DAMN.

I seriously can't wait till Annie gets one!

Oi, Annie!!! Get Skype. I can just talk to u over the Net. All you need is mike and the software, and voila, we're off on an inter-continental over the ocean chat which is totally absolutely FREE!!! As long as the other party has Skype, that is.

Just came back from Prime. Had dinner with Chew Foong and gang.
Damn. Why couldn't Melanie have given the talk earlier. Really a total waste of time doing all those lesson plans when you just told us that it was NOT even necessary!!! ARRRGGGHHHH!!

Anyway, whoever has Skype, do ADD me!!
No comments
June: A Sleep In.

06/03/2005

June: A Sleep In.

I was having a nice deep reverie, when Warren's call woke me up from it.
Ok....he asked me to submit a review of my childcare artsy articles in 2 weeks time, and since I have already watched Lemony Snicket, it would be timely that I should write one of it to submit to his "owner-of-a-particular-artsy-based-website-which-I-shall-decline-to-name-until-it-is-time-to-do-so".
To write it in an articulate voice..uh...right....right. If I can do it.

It sounds challenging, being a genre that I am not actually too fluent about.
Hmmm..but no harm in giving it a try. No harm to doing that! True?

Hei, anyone into Sound of Music? yeah. a couple of my friends are into it and we're thinking of watching it, preferably on a Sunday matinee, since that is about the only time where everyone else is free and not rushing home from the office! There's student rates (for those with a student card), and then there's a 15% off published rates for Maxis and Maxis One Club subscribers.
The last show I watched was Saturday Night Fever with U Joe.
Yes, thanks to him for bringing me to watch it! ;-) I never knew so many popular songs were part of the soundtrack, BUT now I know!! :-)

Just some new updates:

I'm dropping one unit off my course this sem1, coz it's a Year3 unit, and I'm only in Year 2. USQ is revamping the entire programme, and unfortunately, we are smacked right in the middle of it, being distance students of the programme as well. Which reminds me, I have to get the OZ exam fees cheque ready before Friday in order to continue for the rest of the semester.

I'm going to college on Monday to meet with Chew Foong and the MCI internship co-ordinator, as Melanie says that there has been changes to the internshp requirements. I'll be heading to the gym after that...hopefully (coz I think we may end up having dinner together after that...) Lolz.

I had brought all my sports attire on Saturday to go after class, but I was half asleep coz I only slept at 4am the night before, and almost falling asleep after class at 12pm! LoLz. Anyway, I borrowed another movie from the Fitness First club at Summit no less.

Then there's my dental surgery on Friday. Damn. Not to mention a final Arts assessment theory exam as well. Nothing serious like my CMS exam, but nonetheless, I still need to study for it.

I'm supposed to have my final 6th grooming class this coming Saturday, but in lieu of my surgery, and the fact that I have a TEA class with Shobana at 4-6pm on the same Saturday, that has to be cancelled as well.
Guess I really don't have much of a choice, do I? Heh. But nevermind. more practice, the better!

See you kids!
No comments
Christ's Love For US.

01/03/2005

Christ's Love For US.

Romans 3:23

For ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God

WHAT DOES THIS SAY TO YOU?

Romans 6: 23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 3:16

For God so Loved the World, That HE gave His ONE and ONLY son, that WHOsoever believeth in Him, shall Not Perish BUT have Everlasting Life.

WHAT DOES THIS SAY TO YOU?

Romans 10:9-11

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

11As the Scripture says, Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

WHAT DOES THIS SAY TO YOU?

Revelation 3:20

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

WHAT DOES THIS SAY TO YOU?

WHAT DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND? PLEASE READ IT AGAIN, then.
No comments
Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom

Keeping your heart:
Don't demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the great. It is better to wait for an invitation than to be sent to the end of the line, publicly disgraced (Proverbs 25: 6-97)

Cast not your pearls before the swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again, and rend you (Matthew 7: 6).

Keep your hearts with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life (Proverbs 4: 23).

When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it. ( Matthew 13:46)

Conversation:
Whatsoever things are true, honest, pure, lovely, of good report, if there be any virtue, of if there be any praise,

think of these things. (Philippians 4: 8).

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:6).

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and healing to the bones (Proverbs 16:24).

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation (Isaiah 52: 7).


Love:
I Corinthians 13: 4-7

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It is not rude, it is not selfseeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Role of a man and his love for his wife: Ephesians 5:25 -33
25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her ......
28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
29After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church–
31“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”
33However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Galatians 5:19-23

19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness and self control. Against such things there is no law.
No comments
1 Peter 3: 1-5

1 Peter 3: 1-5

XiaXue is appointed as Ambassador for Singapore's Local Brand.

DAMN.

But as.... 1 Peter 3: 1-5 says...

1 Likewise, you wives should be subordinate to your husbands so that, even if some disobey the word, they may be won over without a word by their wives' conduct
2 when they observe your reverent and chaste behavior.
3 Your adornment should not be an external one: braiding the hair, wearing gold jewelry, or dressing in fine clothes,
4 but rather the hidden character of the heart, expressed in the imperishable beauty of a gentle and calm disposition, which is precious in the sight of God.
5 For this is also how the holy women who hoped in God once used to adorn themselves and were subordinate to their husbands.

And we have seen two steps.
First, hope in God and fear no man. Don't put your hope in your husband; put your hope in God. (And to the single women I would say, don't put your hope in getting a husband, put your hope in God. The only man worth getting is a man who wants to be second in your life not first.)

Then the second step is that when you have put your hope in God, his sovereignty takes away the pride in your heart, and his love takes away the fear in your heart, and what's left in your heart is gentleness and quietness, as Peter says in verse 4. (Or: meekness and tranquility.)
And that is the adornment you should pursue.
The woman who adorns herself within with such a spirit, will know how to adorn herself without for the sake of the kingdom and for the salvation of her husband.

OK, that DOESN'T MEAN ladies go around looking like a hag. There is a difference between dressing attractively with good taste, and dressing TO attract.
No comments