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Back from Sunshine Coast!

29/09/2006

Back from Sunshine Coast!

Hi people...
Just came from a 3 day long "retreat" from the ANS Church retreat at Sunshine Coast for the past 3 days.

I had a really long....... nice break. Being that I totally didn't attend any of the sessions....LOL.
Hei, it is supposed to be a retreat ya'know?
I didn't want to stress myself out than I already am already.

Anyway, I got to get to know some people better.
Like Wati, Richard, and Wil. (they only mentioned 3, so I mention 3 only lor!)

Wil accepted Christ on the 2nd night of camp!! That is absolutely marvellous! All the leaders prayed for him. I am sure that will be a decision he will ponder on for the rest of his years... :-)

A number of the China workers came for the trip.

M.T also invited 3 of his China friends to come as well.

First day
:
We arrived at about 11.30am.
We all received our name tags and then played some exciting ice-breaker games.

At about 1pm,
Had a nice lunch:
mediterranean rice, some kind of pita bread, and pine-apples. Yummy!

Then we headed off to play Captain Ball (not sure what that is, but some non-contact ball using the hands to throw the ball without running away with the ball).

and of course, soccer!
Which I had absolutely no idea how to play at all!
Then we headed back to our units to get changed for the night.

Dinner was:
Can't remember.
Ice cream and Jelly at night.

And went for the session at night.

2nd day:

Breakfast was:
Bacon and eggs. My fav!

I slept through the morning.
Dunno what happened lor.
Jiaren woke me up 3 times through my sleep.
Seow!

He was meditating on the word.
The bible was right beside him all the way.

Lunch was:
Burger.
Ice-cream for dessert. Yum.

We had beach games today. Every got pulled into the water! Haha.
I got to ride on a jet ski!
Woo hoo...It was a face-stretching exercise indeed!

Dinner was:
Chicken with gravy.
Potatoes in skin.
Vegetables.

Skit night was great.
Love group was great.... led by Edna.
Tonight we saw 2 leaders peeking out from hiding. Edna. M.T
Notwithstanding that I heard that Jiaren contributed a lot to his team a lot. His persistency (as usual) paid off well.

M.T can sing! Not bad...
Avadhut....as I already know....can sing just as well. Haha. He sang a Hindi song.

Then we watched "I Not Stupid 2" till 2am.
Jiaren & co, + ChiFung & co, + Shaun & co + Kevin played UNO till 3.3am.

3rd & Final day!

Breakfast was:
Sausages, tomatoes, and....can't remember.

Ok, I came in in the morning for the final session, but...I still went back to sleep after that...

*Never mind*.

We packed out stuff and headed for lunch.
Today was "also can't remember."

Then we headed off to the Sunshine Plaza.
Stayed there till 4.30pm.

Avadhut had gone off with Al, so he cooked dinner for us.
G'd on ya, Avadhut!

We were so dead tired by the time we reached home.....

After dinner it was
ZZZzzzz......time.

(*but not before we saw the videos on YK's lappie though!)
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Sunday updates.

25/09/2006

Sunday updates.

Finally, I realise where I heard the name "Becky Sharp" from. The name is actually a character from "Vanity Fair", whom I had won 4 tickets to watch a single screening of it at Golden Screen Cinemas the year before.

Anyway, the mysterious Peter Sharp (friend of my housemate, Tony) turned up at ANS today. He was teaching English to the foreign China male labourers before service started today.

I was pretty much surprised to see him there! He didn't recognise me coz I had my shades on before that! LOL.

Today I helped out at the Kids Church (I have been helping for the past few weeks...so, what can I say about it?).

Anyway, Debbie wants me to take over for the next 2 weeks as she wants to take a break from teaching next week.

Well. Well. Well.

I really put my "behaviour management" skills to the practice today. We had two new African (well, that is what I thnk they were anyway) children who came today. They really put Debbie's wits to the test. LOL.

I was able to handle them surprisingly, and they listened well when I told them to. LOL. I hope that they too will next week!

We had our Pre-Camp Briefing today. The pastor was telling the do's and don'ts for the 3 day camp at Sunshine Coast that we'd be going from Tuesday morning.

Anyway, back to the Peter Sharp fella. Apparently he's completed he's completed two undergraduate majors, one which is in some Engineering thing, and the other in Middle School Education. He has since resigned from his job at the HarrisTown school. The school has a reputation of students being hard on teachers. Well.

He also spoke to Joey & Wil in mandarin (which I found surprising) but then he told us that he had spent a year teaching English at tertiary level in China. So, he *HAS* been immersing in the typical China China culture. LOL.

Tonight for dinner, I cooked *surprise surprise* Chicken Curry.

Mun came over and cooked Ba Ku Teh *yummy*! It was great. I have since found that the ba ku teh has heaps of garlic and pepper seasoning in it...which is probably what gives it its tangy taste.

I decided to invite M.T to come over to join us for dinner...(Hei, it is a bit sad to always have dinner by yourself all the time you know?)

It was a most scrumptious tummy-filling dinner.

Yum. Yum.

After that, we headed over to pick Grace up and went over to Angel Cafe for an after dinner coffee. Her housemate, Carrie came along with her.

Angel Cafe is a really hip coffee place. Something like a hip coffee place like Domes in KL, but classier.

I ordered a cup sized Cappucinno. We ordered two cakes. (can't remember the names lar).

Ok, what I can say is that, it's a real pity that YK's first experience with Cappuccinno had to be a real bad with the Mackers version of it...Next time, we'll take YK to try the one at Coffee Club and let him try the better version one of it instead.....(then he can't say Cappucinno tastes bad!)

Took heaps of pictures with the group...Yeah. Yeah..I know..I really just don't have the time to upload and look through them...*Some day la..Some day la*.

Anyway, by the time we got home, (about almost 11am) I was so tired....and wanted to sleep.
But it so happened that my brother was online, that I had a conference with him. Hah....

Now, I am so bloody awake coz the coffee has really gone into me..*Sigh*.
Oh well. Then an entry here it goes lor. LOL.

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This week's fantabulous updates!

23/09/2006

This week's fantabulous updates!

Ok, I know I haven't written in ages... *Well, for this past one week anyway.*
Just to update you guy....

Last Last Week..
Friday:
Went over to a friend's house to sleep over. There was a movie marathon at McGregor, so there was no Uni-Group on that night.

Saturday:
Woke up at 8am.

Had a lovely breakfast that our male mate who came over cooked. *Yummy!*
Even had Kong Yuin Chue in our noodle soup!

Went for the Annual Flower Festival at Toowoomba town with Izam, Hanna, Kevin, Avadhut. Bumped into Val & gang in town! Seems that everyone from uni was there for the floats and parade on show today. Finally met up with YK and Rachel in town today.

Took lots and lots of pictures at the flower garden. Bumped into Jojo, Bolly & Alan at Queen's Park.
*Will try to remember to post the pictures later...when I have the time!*

Sunday:
Nothing much up today.
Helped out at Kids' Church.
Debbie wants me to help for two Sundays during the school holidays....

Last week,
Tuesday:
Went to see my Professional Experience co-ordinator. Alice Brown. She called my mentor and gave me some feedback and guidance strategies for me to do during my pract.

Wednesday:
Took the bus down with my housemate to the Toowoomba City Library at 13:20 hours. Returned all my books and only borrowed stuff which requires me to return in a month's time. Borrowed Boy Meets Girl, and What Every Young Woman Should Know.
Did some grocery shopping at Grand Central after that.

Thursday:
My professional Experience. Our Toddler2 group went to SpringBluff on a train ride. It was a hot day. I would have loved to wander around the garden....but I am not going to drag 2 toddlers around with me!
Anyway, the day more or less went well, coz my mentor was pleased with my lesson planning and signed me off my tasks! Praise the Lord! Have been praying a lot about this!
Jiaren and Co (YeeAnn & Andrea) dropped over at my unit after dinner. We had a nice chat and prayed about my research trip for Friday.

Friday:
Went to M. Child Care Centre (near McGregor residential college) to do my research. I was praying really hard for today and I praise God coz the morning went really well.
I really loved the atmosphere there, and I very much enjoy the programme that the pre-school has in place there.

Took a nap at 14:00 hours, and woke up right before 15:00 hours....it was so *HOT* and stuffy, that I just woke up...Well, the weather will just get warmer from now onwards...till Summer comes anyway. I hope it rains every now and then, so the blistering heat will go away.
The weather was about 25 degrees celcius. Plus the air is pretty dry here. I know that YK and a mate of Tony's had nose bleeding. I hope that won't happen to me!
Loaned the "What Every Young Woman Should Know" to Andrea.
Watched Slither after Friday Uni-Group. Hmmm....zombie horror movies are so *intellectually demanding*. I think I shall stick to killer-slasher movies after this.

Saturday:
Went over to Deborah & Cheng's new house for nasi lemak lunch. *Yummy*. A lot of the International Friendship people were there to help them move their belongings.
The Beef Rendang was very *tender*, YK observed. (haha).
There was a Detective Game with the GameZone today at mid-afternoon today. It was *interesting* game, which required walking and intricate M rated story lines. LOL.
My Hongkie mate, Izam, is going to prepare a lovely dish "Imitation SharkFin" for dinner using cornflour, transparent bean vermicelli noodles, kong yuin chue, and probably eggs.
No idea how he will attempt that since it's his first time, but it's always worth a try!
*Much later after dinner...*
*Burp* The dinner was fantabulastic!

Kevin made a mushroom pork in soya sauce delicacy. He cooked it for quite a while to tenderize it. And also stir-fried cabbage. *Actually the mushroom pork dish was something that he made out of some idea on top of his head....but that tasted good, so who cares!*
Izam and Hanna made the "Imitation Shark Fin" soup. Other things they added to it apart from those I noted above are chicken stock, chicken stock seasoning, hand-stripped chicken meat, prawn meat, finely sliced chinese mushrooms....and bowl after bowl of cornflour mixture.
*It took forever to congeal!*

Chi Fung made grilled bbq pork strips. Using Smoked Barbeque marinade from Aldi's. He marinated his *meat* even longer than mine! Last night during dinner apparently.
I made roast chicken wings marinated in soya sauce, cornflour (and other seasonings) and honey. I probably should have put in the honey later....but *nevermind*. Anyway, it turned out pretty well. So there! Izam said that the marinade really *went into the bone*, so that is pretty good, I guess. Hah!
YK came over to join us for dinner at Unit 35. He didn't want to eat fried Indo-Mee *alone* for dinner. LoL! ;-)

Tony has gone back to his Nana's for the weekend and will be back during the week-day.
Avadhut has gone out somewhere for dinner. Maybe...*pak-toh-logy* kwah. Ha ha.
So there....a lovely nice Saturday dinner to kick start the beginning of Recess. Probably we'll do something novel for Mid-Autumn Festival as well. Heh.
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Iron sharpens Iron.

17/09/2006

Iron sharpens Iron.

"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens the wits of another".
Proverbs 27:17
I went over for a sleep-over at a friend's house, H, on Friday night. It was pretty much long overdue, in the sense that I was expecting it to be much later. However, then I realised that I couldn't wait too long, as she was leaving Uni at the end of the year.

She was going through a period of transition, and so was I. In a sense, we were both going through a similar trying period of transition, but each handling it in our own manner.

Isn't it strange that when you have spent enough time with a person, you can more or less figure out what is on their minds, without actually mentioning it? (Of course, this may not necessarily hit the nail on the head all the time, and may not work each time either.)

I was actually discussing this with another acquaintance who had caught on to the entire situation but had kept silent all this while. I figured H would have caught on to it by then.

And yes, I was right all along.
In fact, she was the first person to have caught on to what I was going on without my mentioning it.

That very first time. She knew she was in trouble then.

I had also caught on to it, yet could not very well clarify it either.
Yet neither of us mentioned it.

By then, I thought it was wiser we each kept to our space.
Which we did eventually.

The call came much earlier than I expected.

I knew it was time to answer it.
It was time for reckoning.
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Waiting on God.

13/09/2006

Waiting on God.

I wonder really, how many times have I written on this already?

Anyway, I was reading my educational texts this morning, when the thought just came to me that I should blog this.

If you are wondering, I have been reading my housemate's book, "When God Writes Your Love Story" by Eric & Leslie Ludy from time to time.

It is almost similar to Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris (which I think is better), which I bought a couple of years back. It took me ages to actually go through Boy Meets Girl, cause the first time I read it a couple of years back, I found the way that Harris has portrayed our relationship with God and "our waiting on God" much too difficult a pill to swallow.

But after going through it the second time, like last year, I found that I could actually relate to it better. Of course, my reasons for relating to it by then had completely taken an entire round-a-bout circle of change.

Now, why am I relating this on my blog?

Firstly, I think that "Waiting on God" is a concept, that I find not many people to really understand.

There have been so many times within the past few years that I found this entire "Waiting on God" concept to be real ironic. Isn't it strange that a lot of people get hitched, or start dating because they "dont want to feel alone"? Or, they do that because they are alone, and along the same time, know that the person was not really the person who was right for them, but they'd rather have someone, then to not have someone?

That was a real temptation for me in the past many years since I had broken it off with the first guy I broke off with after a year. He, on the other hand, is now *technically engaged* to this girl, and they are most probably getting married before he reaches the age of 30. Which is not too long from now.

I on the other hand, have opted not to do that. One of the things that Harris has noted is that the reason God does not bring the right person, (or even if the right person has come into our lives), is because He feels that we are "not prepared" to shoulder this responsibility of having to care for another person.

When God brings the right person to us, he intends that it should be a long-term commitment between both partners. A relationship which has God in the middle, and as the Head.

Did you not know that a cord of three is not easily broken? Ecclesiastes 4:7.

When we shoulder the responsibility of having to care for someone, it includes a commitment till the day when we have grown old, and the beauty has faded from her cheeks, and their skin that has turned to chalk.

How many times have we got involved with a partner, for a short-term fling, and ended up with broken hearts and pain at the end of it?

I think that it will be a revelation for the younger generation if they knew this truth. How differently they would live their lives if they knew the plan that God has given for them.

A friend has noted to me that it is difficult for us to find someone that we like. With mutual attraction and affection of both sides of the interested parties. So they start it with the rationale that it is okay, because "like-like mah".

But once again, the question that I have asked myself, or I would ask them is that

"Does this relationship honour God?"

"Does the way we run this relationship honour God's purpose for us?"

"Is it God's purpose for me to be in this relationship?"

I would like to mention to this too, a verse from

1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, 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.

This verse has kept me away from trouble and temptations for the duration of my time since I arrived in Toowoomba. I believe that it will continue to do so in future, and for others as well.

How can you define a man (or a woman) who is self-seeking?

~Self-seeking is where a human goes seeking for their own pleasures, without any regard for any other parties that could be involved (or not involved).

~Self-seeking is where a man (or a woman) pressures their partner to have sex with them.

~Self-seeking is where a person goes for a fling with another person, without any regard to how the other party might feel at the end of it.

~Self-seeking is where a person goes for a one-night stand with another person, without any regard to how their behaviour may affect the other person's perception of them.

~Self-seeking is when a married man (woman) runs off with another woman (man), and leaving the family (and children involved) behind, because the other man (woman) holds for them more understanding, pleasure and beauty.

If a person loves another, they seek to "always love (the other person as themselves), always trusts (God), always hope (in God), and always perseveres (for the sake of God)."

I know that even when a person "waits on God", it does not mean that they will be immune from the heart-aches, crushes and pain.

But I feel that it is the experience of "waiting on God" as we go through these life troubles as we seek God's counsel that we get develop a more intimate and closer bond to God.

It's not that "Waiting on God" should be a curse, or a burden that we as followers of Christ should put on our shoulder like.

But as Ludy says, we should "let God be our sweeter song".

That "waiting on God" be a time and experience in our faith that He is changing our hearts, preparing us for the time that when He brings the right person into our lives, where we would be able to embrace it, because He has made all things ready for us because the time is right.

Amen.

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Post Sept 11.

12/09/2006

Post Sept 11.

I have not much to write of late recently. Well, it is post Sept 11 today. Last night we watched "United 93" at my unit, in commemoration of the Sept 11 attacks. It was....*educational*.

I finally managed to hand in my ECE2112 assignment last night. I am not sure if what I wrote for my assignment is correct, but I would only know when the assignment has been marked and returned!

Anyway, lots been happening lately. There was Kevin (from ANS) , Aun Huei and Iris's (from AOG) graduation ceremony on Saturday afternoon. Then there was the LAN party at my unit on Saturday night. I wanted to go for the Ravi Z. thing on Saturday, but since I chose to go and meet up with Rin Na, I decided not to go for the Ravi Z. forum. Justin had come back from Rosewood for the weekend and is now back at Rosewood. I also had a *slight* temperature on Saturday...which doesn't really help a person much when they want to do an assignment??!

Well, I even met up with Rin Na, Ree Sion's elder sister at the graduation.
Rin Na is my high school mate, and is currently married to Kim Poh, another fellow Inaian, who is my senior by a year. She came with her two children, a boy, and a girl, and her parents for Ree Sion's graduation.

Sze Yin, another Inaian, happens to be Ree Sion's gf. (She was in Judith's year, although Sze Yin is younger than Judith by a year). Sze Yin was formerly studying at UQ, but is now in Melbourne (if I am not mistaken). Sze Yin happens to be one of those who blogs, so I more or less knows whats happening on her side!

So, there it was, this "Inaian" co-incidental meet up. All the way in Toowoomba, Australia, for a convocation, far away from Ampang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia!

LOL.

It sure is strange to see Rin Na after 9 years, with 2 kids in boot! Well, actually I didn't even remember that Ree Sion would be graduating, had Rachel not reminded me that Ree Sion was having his convocation either! Reflecting on the life that Rinna has now, I would say that I very much prefer the life I am having now.

Today I met up with my lecturer to discuss the progress of my research...It's not really going anywhere at the rate I am working. Which, therefore, is the reason why I am going to utilize my daily planner like my life depends on it now!
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Put God First.

06/09/2006

Put God First.

After reeling from intense readings for my assignment...I finally have time to take a break. My lecturer relented in providing me a 3 day extension for my deadline, which is Monday, the 11th for my assignment. For which, I am truly happy!

I spent the whole day just typing up paperwork for my professional experience for my mentor to look through on Thursday. You know, as a female, and not getting any younger, I have had enough experiences with people to realise when something is not going right. I have in my hand, sufficient instinctive knowledge and understanding to decode and encode signs and body language, which otherwise may not seem comprehensible.

I have enough instincts to decode facial expression, which may have been missed out by others but sufficient enough for me to reflect upon.

If there is one thing I can say, I must probably be the most transparent person ever to go enter the steps of a church. You could read the feelings off my face because I am that transparent. Most of the time anyways.

You'd think that you'd be safe from secrecy at church. But as I have discovered, that is not true at all.

I guess what I am saying is, the right kind of accountability towards the Church and the Body.

The best role model I have had so far is Madeline. There are others of course, but, (Kathleen.....sorry I can't even remember the rest of their names at Connexion and Ruggeds. Yes, I know you read my blog every so often). She is among the many personal encounters I had, which I feel have made an impact on my life.

The best part is that, God answered her prayer because of her faithfulness to Him. It was like a dream come true for me when I heard that. I was just too happy for any words that could describe it.

Madeline was a role model for me, because she really lived the example. I was there every step of the way, when she showed her total devotion to God. She refused to budge even when the person right in front of her eyes was totally pleading with her.

Every time in the past year that I have felt like faltering, I always remembered Madeline.
I love God more than I could love anyone.

I could not go out with someone whom God has not approved for me. I could no longer do anything that would displease God.

And each time I felt something, I would ask God, Is this person the right one for me? If this is not the right person for me, please take these feelings away from me.

Sometimes I am not sure, and I let myself go. That does not stop me from having actual feelings for a person that God does not approve. However, I have learnt enough from that experience to not want to go through that anymore.

Debbie from Kids Church had this message for me last week, saying "Put God First". She felt that it is a personal message from God to me, and I really think so too as well.

I am thankful to have friends like Alan, who though he is not of the same faith as me, I feel that God has placed him in the right spot. He has really helped me see things from a better perspective, and remind me of my interests and goals as well, and that I should go for it whatever the costs. Ditto to you too, Alan!

Going for meetings, praying for one another, and serving God is indeed a service to His Ministry. As much as I would like to say it, but I would only go if my heart is in the right place. I see all these people, yet, there are many time I have asked myself, is their heart really in the right place?

Time and again, there have been many times since I arrived in Toowoomba, that I wanted to do something which would go against His Words. Yet, He would always find that in that nick of time, a verse that will appear out of nowhere to me, that would pierce through my heart, and remind me of His Faithfulness to me.

There have been so many times that I have wanted to be unfaithful to this God who has been nothing less than faithful. Although I keep worrying about the most minute details, but He keeps everything in time. Providing me the wisdom which has kept my feet and heart intact.

I have kept my heart reserved this time. He has helped me keep my heart intact this time.

Waiting for His very words to speak to me.
I pray that God will continue walking with me Hand in Hand as He leads me in the right direction. I pray that God will continue to give me strength to keep me pure and clean in His Sight.

My heart cries because He has really kept me intact throughout the journey this time.
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Shopping.

04/09/2006

Shopping.

Today I went shopping with my roomie, Yong Kuang.

Let's just say that after a few failed attempts to actually get the ball rolling, today is one day which actually went well. When I say shopping, I meant grocery shopping.

What were you thinking there???


In the morning I went for a 2 hour lecture. Got home about 10.20am. So we waited for the Bus. No. 4 that comes at 11am.

First we went to the Toowoomba City Council Library. It's really great, coz I have one month's length of time for either books or compact discs borrowed from there. We borrowed about 14 items worth of children storybooks, magazines, DVDs and soundtracks. The only limitations are on the DVDs which are only rented out for a week.

Which is really great, coz I doubt I would have been able to have access to it any other way.

Then we headed off to Grand Central to have our lunch.
We got some grocery shopping at Coles....but as we were leaving to the bus stand, YK then reminded me that we forgot to get eggs. Chicken eggs! Oh well.

If there's one thing we need to get for a change is... some thing besides chicken meat.

When I was in secondary school, we used to have chicken meat on the menu every day. It was such that, the canteen was nick named "KFC". The headmaster was incensed, coz at our year end proms, this made the head lines of the prom bulletines.

Which was really funny! like we even cared what the headmaster thought, ha!

My unit is exactly becoming that. We have had all kinds and varieties of chicken meat prepared in our Unit....on my part it is steamed, curry, black soya sauce, pineapple honey lemon, fried, sweet and sour, and whatever I can think off for now.

After Justin's party the other day, I find that there is the necessity for me to try working with different kinds of meat....coz I find that I am pretty "handicapped" in other kinds of meat. Have to look through cook books but that'd be a good learning experience though... heh.
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Erikson, the man.

02/09/2006

Erikson, the man.

Early this week, I made an appointment to see the counsellor at the university.

But by the time it was due, I was much better. I was even thinking of skipping it as well, but what the heck! I thought. Since I made the appointment, I might as well go for it.

I told her my perspective on things, and after reflecting on it, she mentioned Erikson's Psychosocial Theories, which I am quite familiar with. She mentioned that the fashion in which I had developed my defence mechanism as a young adult in my early teens probably no longer works for me the way it should have as when I was in my late teens, or early twenties.

I am also aware that this similar trait manifests itself in a very different manner, and each person is affected differently by it. She also mentioned that the way I am developing is also very much normal for many young adults.

The reason I am aware of this change, is due to the conflict that I had been facing recently. Of course, with every desire or need to change for the better, there would also be the risk that I have to face with the change.

To go without my protective armour that I have used for such a long time, that it is practically almost second nature.

I have enough self esteem to know what I want and to go for it. If I do not respect myself, no one else would. The issue of being without my protective armour, and the issue of
my self esteem are two completely different set of issues, and is something that I have to work out.
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