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

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Off to DreamWorld tomorrow!

24/08/2007

Off to DreamWorld tomorrow!

It's been a very very long week.
  • I've had the strangest dreams on Sunday.
  • I've had my first volunteer experience at the school on Tuesday.
  • I've heard the strangest things on Wednesday.
  • I've felt the strangest emotions on Friday.
Anyway, I just handed in my assignment....Nevermind that for a moment I had thought it was deleted. I am still not sure what happened, so don't ask. >_<

But I'm feeling pretty much high, on top of the world as I'm off to DreamWorld tomorrow morning!! So Yeah!!!

I've also updated my Music PlayList, so check it out. ^_^

Jason & Leon, I want to meet up with you sometime when I do head down to Brisbane. I am not sure when, but I hope it is soon when I have managed to put my assignments aside. ^_^
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Bed, bed, I couldn't get to bed

16/08/2007

Bed, bed, I couldn't get to bed

My head's too light to try to set it down,

Sleep, Sleep, I couldn't go to sleep,

Not for all the jewels in the world....

Well, that was the case for the first days of this week anyways.

I have been readjusting my body clock to heading to bed earlier. I am one of those typical Asian students who sleep late and wake up late. Of course, in the Australian context, sleeping early should be easy. Most Australians sleep as early as 10.30 pm, and wake up as early at 5am. Most parties (at least for working people) end early.

The Austalian context helps too, as the sun is up as early as 4.45am (especially in summer) or as late as 6.30 (in winter). The sun sets at by 5pm (in winter) or as late as 6.30. Since I started the second semester, I have found myself to be about the only Asian in class. At least in most of my courses for this semester, and the previous. The fact that I have group tasks this semester stresses the importance of my being able to interact with the other local Aussie classmates in order to complete my assignments.

One of the first things I did (to at least get in line with them), is to actually sleep about the same hours. So far, it has been easy as my own friends have been reminding me about it *lol*. I was surprised to hear that they actually wake up as early as 5am....I don't know if I can ever do that, now....or more so when I get back to Malaysia, as the sun does not rise till about 7am.

Technically this is about the same for KL-ians, as I know that most of my friends (who are working) can no longer stay out late. The only difference in the Malaysian context is that we don't get paid for O.T and are still expected to come to work on time in the morning.

That's the only thing I can't stand about our Malaysian working life!

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Moment of randomness.

14/08/2007

Moment of randomness.

I was at the library on Sunday afternoon and was happily minding my own business surfing the blogs online on the computers. Right which, I happened to come upon this web log (can't remember whose!) which had photos of this man whose brain was infested with worms....

It was so disgusting. EUUUUUU!!!!!! I didn't realize I was "Thinking Loudly" cause a mate of mine, Sean who was sitting opposite me then gave me this look...

"Okaayyy....." and muttered something undiscernible.

This Aussie fella who was seated next to me started to laugh loudly.

Then *Surprise. Surprise* He asked me for my MSN contact.

?????!!!!

I was so surprised that I did.
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40 Days of Community

12/08/2007

40 Days of Community

Recently the church I am currently attending started on the 40 Days of Community. I was doing the 40 Days of Purpose with my cellgroup back in KL previously about 2 years back. (Although I can't really remember what we did in then!)

Anyways, the purpose of 40 Days of Community is to follow up with the principles that were "learnt" in the prior 40 Days of Purpose. Which may not necessarily be the case with all current members, although that might have been the stipulated conditions.

We drew lots and were assigned into groups according to the lots chosen. I had my reason for swapping groups with Jiaren... meanwhile, Aaron wanted to spend more time with him, so he willingly did that! (Sorry, Steph!! *haha*)

My group is led by this old but spunky English lady who was amazingly, one who had links with substance abuse and tattoos all over her body, but has completely changed her personality since her encounter with the Lord 5 years ago. *Amen!*

The structure of this program goes that every Friday, all members of the cell group will come together for the next 6 weeks and debrief on the reflections and outcomes of their journaling as they go through the reading in the text (Yes, it's real journaling and a real textbook!).

Participants of the cell group are not necessarily members of the church, nor are they Christians. The participation of this 40 Day journey provides them an avenue for wanting to contribute back and help out with the community, and the final culminating event to end this 40 day journey is a day spent helping out with refurbishment work at this public state school in Harlaxton. The school is lacking in many resources, with many of the student population coming from a lower socio-economic background.

Last night I started writing Day 1 of the journal which poses the question "What is Love?".
How many of the things we do are actually motivated by selfish interests? I believe that a lot of us are, and I am not afraid to admit that I fall under that category too. I do remember reading that the Lord looks not at our actions, but mostly the intentions behind it. .

One of my lawyer friends once commented a long time ago that when we start helping others less fortunate than us & see how much they have lacking, we then start to focus less on ourselves and give thanks & be grateful for what we have.

I do believe that by the end of these 40 days, perhaps the Lord will reveal to me, and many others many things about ourselves, and perhaps change us to become a more loving people and learn to care more about others.

Related Links:
Purpose Driven Australia
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Promptings & Premonitions.

04/08/2007

Promptings & Premonitions.

By now I am sure that practically the entire world would have heard of the collapse of the I-35 W Bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. I was at Justin's place some days back, and we were watching the news (one of those rare occasions where the television was actually turned on!). It was a bit of a shocker...

My heart goes out to those and the loved ones of those who were stuck at those bridges. I am sure by now, the authorities in the States will be checking every bridge for signs of cracks or those which have been declared "unsafe" just to avoid a similar incident.

Now you might ask, why prompting & premonitions? As a Christian, I have heard many testimonies been shared by those who have avoided these near fatal accidents, & incidents of similar nature. The Christian world is one that deals with the human spirit, the soul, demons, angels, miracles and prayers, and many of our dealings are of these nature.


An example is a mate, Matt who shared with the congregation last year that he once had this prompting to pray on one particular day, but he ignored it the entire day until finally he could not. So he finally said a short prayer, and it so happened on that same evening, when he was out driving his car at night, he had almost nearly got himself into a fatal accident because he had almost driven off the road on an unlighted road. (How he got himself there, we still have no idea...)

My friend Chloe once shared with the cell group that there was one time she was in the midst of her work at midnight (!) at home, when she felt a prompting telling her to call up a friend. Actually, she had the prompting to call her all day, but she also ignored it until finally she called her up. Very much time later only did Chloe found out that this friend of hers was actually contemplating suicide that night and was about ready to put the knife on her hand when she called!

Now what if you didn't obey the prompting? My new housemate Myriam, told me that last year she had this prompting where she didn't want to leave her home for an evening service, but she still went out. Normally she is quite happy to go out and join the service, but on that evening she had an uneasy feeling where she didn't want to go out of the home. However she ignored it. As a result of not obeying this prompting, when she came home that night, they found out that someone had broken into her home and ransacked through the possessions.

Believers call this the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I believe that there are actually many more similar cases like these but we probably are not aware of it. Have I ever been prompted by the Holy Spirit?.....Err....actually I am not too sure about that, but I did have a prompting one day during my pract last year.

I had a feeling that the pract liasion was coming in that day, and I was very sure she was coming in, eventhough she didn't inform me about it. It turned out my intuition was correct, and I had brought the documentation I needed to show her! *Phew!*

From a biblical stance, believers will say that the Holy Spirit prompts them so as to warn them of future accidents, misfortunes or for protection of their loved ones. Hence you can see that sensitivity to the voice or prompting of the Holy Spirit is an important ability that believers have to develop.

In my experience, I have come to believe that the HS speaks to both believers and non-Christians. How many times have many of us have had a change of decision, or decided to do something else instead due to promptings which we receive? I believe that this is not just because of our loved ones interceding in prayer for us, but also His innate love to protect all of us and keep us from accidents and death.

In my heart I was asking myself, how many people were actually warned or had a prompting to stay home that day, or away from the bridge, or to change routes before crossing the I-35 W Bridge that evening? I really believe there were.

We only hear of those who were involved in these accidents, but what of those who did escape it? It would be good to hear what they have to say.

Related links:
Abduction

Standing in the Gap
Intercessory Prayer: Battle Prayer
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