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Nov. 14th, 2007


Feelings of dread

Ah! It used to be a much anticipated day of the year when I was younger, but now, I dread the passing of another year older.... 
Am feeling like there's not much purpose or direction in my life other than day-to-day existence. Is this situation of one's own making or is this part of God's plan? Who knows? And it would seem, who cares? 

Oct. 15th, 2007


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 The God of the Valley
TGIF Today God Is First, by Os Hillman

The man of God came up and told the king of Israel, "This is what the Lord says: 'Because the Arameans think the Lord is a god of the hills and not a god of the valleys, I will deliver this vast army into your hands, and you will know that I am the Lord'." - 1 Kings 20:28

Whenever we stand on the mountain, we are able to see clearly. It is the best vantage point to see what lies ahead. Wouldn't it be great to live on the mountain all the time in order to anticipate what is ahead? God allows us to experience the mountaintop at times. Joseph's first mountaintop experience was as a young man. He had the favor of his father, Jacob. He was given a fine coat and even had a dream about his future. As a young man, Joseph had a sense of destiny about his life. God often gives us a picture of our future so that we will remember this picture when we are being tested to trust Him in the valley. This picture usually does not reveal how God intends to bring about the visions for our life.

However, none of us really derive the character qualities God desires for our lives while we are on the mountain. It is in the valley where the fruit is planted and harvested. It cannot grow on the mountain; it must grow in the valley. God is a God of the mountain, but he is even more a God of the valley. In the valley, it is more difficult to see ahead; the clouds often cover the valley and limit our sight. Joseph was thrust into a deep valley that left him wondering if the God of his father had forsaken him. Jesus hoped that He might be able to avoid the valley that caused Him to sweat blood. There is a valley that each of us must enter, usually unwillingly, in order to experience the God of the valley-and to experience His faithfulness in the valley. Once we have spent time in this valley, we come out with something we would have never gained if we had not entered it. The valley brings much fruit into our lives so that we might plant seeds into the lives of others. God does not waste valley experiences. If we are faithful in the valley, we will enter a new dimension with God that we never thought possible. There is a harvest of wisdom and virtue that can only be grown in the valley.

Has God brought you into the valley? Know that the valley is a place of fruitfulness; it is a place of testing. It is where God brings what you know in your head into your heart. The only value of knowledge is when it becomes part of your heart. Look for God in the valley today.

It is indeed very trying to remain single (not even attached) when one reaches the age of 35 years (yes, I'll be that come Nov.) Honestly, I'd never thought I would live to see myself 30, what more, 35. 
35 seems so final in my mind... and like, there's only downhill from hereon. Esp. if one's single... I know I sound extremely negative about it... but think for a moment, if one is in a relationship, one has something new to explore, or if one has a family, one sees or lives life again through the eyes & experiences of one's children. But when you're single, you would have more or less "been there, done that", and life does lose some, if not most, of its sheen.

I was prompted to write this when I received a text (sms/ messaged) today from a friend who's basically in the same situation as I am, saying: "what I want, I don't get, what I don't want, I get". It just made me feel the helplessness of our situation...

So, is this the period where we are wandering in the valley? And would we have the strength to pass this test the Lord has set us? Would we ever come out of the valley and rejoice in our situation (no matter the outcome) or would we spend the rest of our lives wondering why did our lives end up so off-center?

Oct. 6th, 2007


Desiring to know what the Lord has reserved for me to receive

Understanding What God Has Given
TGIF Today God Is First, by Os Hillman

We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. - 1 Corinthians 2:12

God desires for us to know what He has freely given to us. One of the responsibilities of the Holy Spirit is to reveal His plans and purposes to us. They may be hidden for a time, but if we seek Him with our whole heart, we can know what He has given to us.

John the Baptist understood this principle. When asked if he was the Messiah, he replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven" (Jn. 3:27). John understood his role in the Kingdom of God. He came to pave the way for the Messiah; he was not the Messiah himself. His ministry on earth was very brief, yet Jesus described his life in this way: " 'I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he' " (Mt. 11:11).

Once we understand what God has given to us, we can walk freely in our calling. However, if we strive to walk in a role that He never gave us, it will result in frustration and failure. God wants to reveal His plan to us by His Spirit. This requires a willingness to seek and accept what He gives us. It may be different from what we thought. It may require adjustments to follow His path for our lives. As we learn from the life of John the Baptist, obedience requires death to our own wills.

Ask God to reveal what He has freely given to you. Pray that you receive and embrace only those things He has reserved for you to receive and to accomplish in your life. Then you can be assured of a life full of meaning and purpose, and you can look forward to hearing those all-important words someday, "Well done, My good and faithful servant."

Oct. 1st, 2007


Good day

Today I finally had the chance to do stuff which I'd always wanted to do!
Lie on a deckchair at the beach and read a book!!! It was glorious not doing anything, and the weather was superb as well.

To top off the wonderful day, after a tasty Thai dinner, my 2 friends and I went and sang karaoke at Red Box in Windsor House, CWB....

Although feeling tired now, I am utterly contented :D

p/s. tomorrow's a public holiday, so I can sleep in... now, isn't it all lovely?

Sep. 11th, 2007



Had an early dinner this evening, and when I arrived home at 11pm, I was famished, and the prospect of having McDs (there's one just downstairs from where I stay that opens 24hours)wasn't attractive at all!

There wasn't much in my pantry either (erm, that's just a grandiose term I have for the wall cabinet in my teeny-weeny kitchen)... except maybe for Quaker Oats.... not exactly mouthwatering gourmet, you might think?

Well, not if you have Bovril to "savour-ize" the porridge!
Yes, whilst it may not be gourmet, it certainly was yummy! :)

Aug. 26th, 2007


童 话 [tong(2) hua(4) ]

I wanted to do this earlier but hadn't the time... here goes, "Tong Hua" or "Fairy Tale" in pinyin:

童 话
tong(2) hua(4)

忘 了 有 多 久 , 再 没 听 到 你
Wang(4) le you(3) duo(1) jiu (3) , zai(4) mei(2) ting(1) dao(4) ni(3)

对 我 说 你 最 爱 的 故 事
Dui(4) wo(3) shuo(1) ni(3) zui(4) ai(4) de gu(4) shi(4)

我 想 了 很 久 , 我 开 始 慌 了
Wo(3) xiang(3) le hen(3) jiu(3) , wo(3) kai(1) shi(3) huang(1) le

是 不 是 我 又 做 错 了 什 麽
Shi bu(2) shi wo(3) you(4) zuo(4) cuo(4) le shen(2) mo(2)

你 哭 着 对 我 说 童 话 里 都 是 骗 人 的
Ni(3) ku(1) zhe dui(4) wo(3) shuo(1) tong(2) hua(4) li(3) dou(1) shi pian(4) ren(2) de

我 不 可 能 是 你 的 王 子
Wo(3) bu(2) ke(3) neng(2) shi ni(3) de wang(2) zi(3)

也 许 你 不 会 懂 , 从 你 说 爱 我 以 后
Ye xu(3) ni(3) bu(2) hui(4) dong(3) , cong(2) ni(3) shuo(1) ai(4) wo(3) yi(3) hou(4)

我 的 天 空 星 星 都 亮 了
Wo(3) de tian(1) kong(1) xing(1) xing(1) dou(1) liang(4) le

我 愿 变 成 童 话 里 你 爱 的 那 个 天 使
Wo(3) yuan(4) bian(4) cheng(2) tong(2) hua(4) li(3) ai(4) de na(4) ge(4) tian(1) shi

张 开 双 手 变 成 翅 膀 守 护 你
Zhang(1) kai(1) shuang(1) shou(3) bian(4) cheng(2) chi(4) pang(1) shou(3) hu(4) ni(3)

你 要 相 信 , 相 信 我 们 会 像 童 话 故 事
Ni(3) yao(4) xiang(1) xin(4) , xiang(1) xin(4, wo(3) men(2) hui(4) xiang(4) tong(2) hua(4) gu(4) shi(4)

幸 福 和 快 乐 是 结 局
Xing(4) fu(2) he(2) kuai le(4) shi jie(2) ju(2)

喔………. 一 起 写 我 们 的 结 局
Wo………yi(1) qi(3) xie(3) wo(3) men(2) de jie(2) ju(2)

Aug. 19th, 2007



Yesterday I had a really fun time doing what I loved best!!! Singing "K" (karaoke, as it is called in HK)

I'm such a fanatic about it that whenever I'm back in KL, I'll try to arrange a session with my friends, and we would literally sing through the night.... our record was when we sang from, I think, 9pm (or was it earlier?) to 4am (this was prior to me leaving KL)!!! But lately with the passage of time (read: growing older, and not having the stamina to last that long), we are at our best only up till 1 or 2 am. Shucks!

Anyway back in HK, I've been to singing "K" a number of times with my colleagues. I especially enjoy it when I go with one particular colleague who's from Spore cos she is the same age as I am, and we're both fluent with English songs, so, it's more fun to sing with her as she knows (and loves) the same songs as I do! My other colleagues (local HK ppl) generally think my choices of songs are weird and outdated.... hahaha You'll understand why when you scroll below for my Top 10 "K" songs.... these are my "must-sing", a "K" session is never complete without them:- (random Top 10, not in order of priority)

1. Sometimes When We Touch - Dan Hill
2. Something In Your Eyes - Dusty Springfield/ Carpenters
3. Heaven - Bryan Adams
4. Hold Me Now - Johnny Logan
5. Any Carpenters song esp. "There's a Kind of Hush"
6. Any ABBA song esp. "Thank you for the Music"
7. Through the Years - Kenny Rogers
8. Better Man - Robbie Williams (I shall sneak "Eternity" and "She's the One" in here so that they can be featured!!)
9. When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating
10. Any Boyzone, and Westlife songs

And for my best new discovery: Somewhere Only We Know - Keane!!!


p.s. My local HK friends also gripe that I don't sing any Chinese songs... but thanks to my Sporean friend who "pinyin" a song for me, now I can add to my repertoire, "Tong Hua" (or Fairy tale) by Michael Kwong... hehe...

Aug. 12th, 2007


Gloomy weather

Today and for the rest of the coming week is going to be wet and gloomy! But at least the temperature has fallen from a week ago when it was swelteringly hot at 33-34 degrees Celcius, where even if you sat down and did nothing, trickles of perspiration would run down your back!

Planning to spend my day indoors resting, catching up with my laundry (what a bore! But there's a tonne of accumulated ironing waiting to be done), and doing some work later on in the afternoon.

Yesterday I watched the Mr Hong Kong 2007 on TVB... all I can say is that, at least, the best out of the whole yucky bunch won! What a relief... to think that he was earlier voted out by the audience in the auditorium but got a reprieve when viewers at home voted him in again. The audience made up of very pretty (very made up, coiffurred), skinny HK girls/women who at one glance all had the same look (I call it the "HK girl look" - can't describe it but all of them have that same look). The audience were all women and the way they had reacted to the bunch of "not-too-fine" HK male specimen, you can't help but feel a mixture of pity and incredulity for them!
I'm not sure but I always get the idea that ppl who take part in contests such as these are always invariably not the best of candidates that the country can offer!!! Thank goodness that good sense prevailed when the best of the (terrible) bunch won! Sigh!!! What a relief... and what a good laugh it had been!

p/s. at least, the lead MC, Dodo Cheng Yue Ling (once my fav. TVB tv series actress esp. when she played opposite Chow Yuen Fatt), was entertaining!!

Aug. 11th, 2007


so much for my typhoon experience!

I was so excited about the Typhoon no. 8 signal being hoisted yesterday afternoon, that I am very disappointed with what had turned out.

Expecting gales, and generally violent weather, all I experienced was being stuck for 2 hours in a stuffy MTR station where it seemed as if the entire population in the surrounding areas had poured into, being shoved into the train when it arrived (although I must say that the trains came within 1 minute of each other to cope with the amount of passengers rushing home)

When I got out off the train at my station, I was expecting heavy thunderstorm, and me having to brace agst the winds walking back to the apartment... instead I encountered droplets of fine rain, and an overcast sky.

I even had time to drop by the local Wellcome shop to buy some vege!

Anyway, the signal no. 8 has been lowered to a no. 3 now...

And although I am disappointed that it was less dramatic than I had expected, I am thankful for the Lord's mercy and protection that I came to no harm....

p/s. I was all ready and waiting to capture a perfect picture of the violent winds to post in the blog as my first typhoon!!!! Now I have nothing to show for it... boo hoo....

Aug. 10th, 2007


Homecoming experiences 2

Did another trip back to KL in mid-July for 10days - it was basically a trip to spend some time at home with the whole family being together (my sis and nephew was still there, and we were to take the same return flight with me leaving in HK whilst they transit for the onward flight to US), and celebrating dad's b'day!

It was a hectic 10days as I wanted to do as much as possible - play with my nephew, bring him out to Sunway Lagoon (seeing how much he likes playing in water) & to the KLCC Park, outings to Midvalley Mall (which is one of my fav. malls - although with the change in parking rates, the place is no longer a super-value for money place to shop.... I reckon BU and Curve now take the no. 1 spots!!!), and of course, visit my friends!!!!

Things were made more jam-packed, because mid-week, my sis and I took a trip out to Bali in order for my mom to have my nephew all to herself (without sis hovering over her!)

This time round I chose to stay in Ubud (as the last time I went, I was in Kuta)... Ubud is so much nicer, more to see, as well as it had more class! Kuta's crawling with too many beach-bums (not my scene).... BUT the best places were still in the outskirts like the terraced rice fields on the way to Tegalalang, Tanah Lot and Bedugul, which we went to....

Picture of terrace rice fields:

Picture of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan in Bedugul:

Seascape at Tanah Lot:

Generally Bali is a very aesthetically pleasing place to visit, and the people there have a good sense of style. Plus local Bali food is really yummy.... bakso ayam was great!!!

The hotel that we stayed is built in a local Balinese architecture ... I remembered the first night on our way back from attending Legong & Ramayana dance performances complete with a full gamelan orchestra at the Ubud Palace grounds, we walked past the entrance of a hotel, and both sis and I went "Wow! That's beautiful" only to realise that we had just admired the hotel we stayed in!!! Considering that we were budget travellers, I think to have responded that way only goes to show that things do look good in Bali, particularly in Ubud.

This trip is all the more memorable because the last trip my sis and I did together was 11 years ago... well, let's hope it's a start again of many more trips in the coming years!!!

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