Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Direction

Psalms 119:105
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (KJV)

Ever since i got Baby (pardon me, it's my PDA), I get to play with its GPS function. It's a very useful feature because it really guided my friend and I whenever we traveled to unfamiliar places. Its navigational capabilities never failed to amaze me as it shows the right direction towards the designated destination.

I just picked up a new quiet time series last night. It's a book called "Knowing God", prepard by John Louis. Reading it under the table light, I tried to read it as much as I could as my eyes getting more sleepy. Despite of that, I knew deep down in my heart... I really yearned to know God more, even more.

I know many times I have sinned, but I can't help to acknowledged that many of of my worst sin is failing to understand God is truly a Being, and not a concept.
For the past couples of weeks, the attitude of my heart was revealed whenever I pray... I knew that somehow, there is something lacked there.

Feeling indifferent? Definitely...
Feeling inadequate? Definitely too...

So I decided to take this 10 days challenge to get back my heart for God... even so ever having the full understanding and accompanied by feeling of closeness to the Almight God.

I will be posting up here and there of what I will discover.
So for you, readers, if you happened to be in the same state as I do, do contact me personally so that I can pray for you. I will be ever so glad if there is at least one person can sit in the same boat with me.

Until then... next time :)

I Love To Tell The Story

"I Love To Tell The Story"
By Alan Jackson

video

I love to tell the story
Of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and his glory,
Of Jesus and his love.
I love to tell the story,
Because I know 'tis true;
It satisfies my longings
As nothing else can do.

[Refrain:]
I love to tell the story,
'twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story
Of Jesus and his love.

I love to tell the story,
For those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting
To hear it like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory,
I sing the new, new song,
'twill be the old, old story
That I have loved so long.
[Refrain]

This is hymn is one of my favorite song and it's sang beautifully by Alan Jackson.
This hymn was written by Arabella Katherine Hankey back in the early 19th century. This simple song reflected alot on the poem which she wrote to dedicate her love for Jesus.

I was introduced to this song by my dad when I went back to Brunei for a week break last May. He was supposingly to lead a simple worship and singing on that particular Sunday and he decided to sing this song. I remembered very vividly as he went to grab his guitar, put on his reading glass, and strummed the strings to the tune of his hum. Wow... unbelievable! The music and the lyric is so beautifully matched!
I hope you too would enjoy hearing and watching this simple clip.
As you listen, I want to encourage you to reflect upon those many great great stories of Jesus done for many of us.

Enjoy :)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Baby



Actually, it's a HTC Cruise - a PDA phone.
I decided to name it "Baby" the moment I got hold of it.

So what's so cool about this gadget?
Honestly speaking, I am not really a hardcore gadget guy. It's just something that I must invest on it and it's a need.

It costs me almost RM2K, but it's still worth it because of many useful functions and uses.

Aside from the cost of this device, this device is really pretty when you see it. The main features are :
GPS - hooray! Now I won't get lost in a massive road of KL. And I won't be duped by some cunning taxi drivers who often take a longer route in order to squeeze out my wallet.
WiFi - most laptops are heavy and lugging it along can be such a hassle. With this PDA, I can just carry it easily and simply order a hot chocolate milk drink from Starbuck and then I can online using its free WiFi connection.
3G - Sigh... I'm using a DiGi prepaid line actually and 3G is not supported yet.
EDGE - Oh... at least, I can still use this feature to online whenever got emergency.
Faster processor - at 400Mhz, it's pretty fast for such a small device.
Well, there are more.. but lazy to type it.

But overall, HTC Cruise is really a good device :)

I really marvel at how technology nowadays can really change the lifestyle of people.
I think technology really helps to bridge people whether they may be friends or strangers. It's a marvel to live in this 21st century :)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Durian! Durian! Durian!

Durian - the king of the fruits!

It's the durian season once again! Millions of people in Malaysia here will throng themselves amongs the orchards, supermarkets, or even at the stalls located at the road sides.

You will either love it or hate it.

***addition***
Sorry folks for the short post. My mind really went blank what I should type it here about durian. Honestly durian is not really my cup of tea. But I still enjoy eating it, especially together with friends and family. Do you realize that eating durian is always a a social gathering? Everyone sit around the durians and slurp and gooble up the fruits. And if you notice, you will hear alot of sound effects - "slurrp...", "pui-tui!", "nggmmm...", "haaahh... (exhaling the breath)", etc.
All of these really make up what make it interesting for social gatherings.
Have fun tis' season of durian-ing!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

What is Joy?

Hmm...
I need time to think about it.
Plenty of time, actually.

Anyone care to help me out?
You may feel free to voice out by typing it in the comment box.

***addition***

Joy is when knowing God is in control of your life.

Joy is when people inspired you what God have done in their lives.

Joy is when people really show their love and care for you when you needed it the most at a point of your life.

Joy is what you will experience when things went wrong, but at the later end, it turns out something good.

Joy can be seems quite rare, but it is in everyday of our lives.

Joy is not about being happy alone. It meant to be shared.

So, readers... what else joy is to you?
I shall leave it the rest to you to put on your thinking cap and feel free to add to the comment below.

Have a joyful day :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Cooking Pan No-Jutsu!

Finally I bought a new cooking pan! :)
Thousand of thoughts now flood in my mind as I imagine what I am going to do with it. I took the liberty to cook my own lunch since I was on leave from my work. The wall clock is now ticking towards the lunch hour, as my stomach starting to make noise. It's really blessed to be a man being prompted by sheer hunger and even more blessed that cooking is his specialty :P

While humming "Amapola", I took out one egg, one tempura fish fillet and two hashbrowns from the fridge and set aside ready to be cook. I took out the new cooking pan and take some time to read the instruction. I know most people don't do that, instead they just rip open the product and start using it immediately and to their final horror, things can turn out more harm than good. Hmm... reading the instruction helps alot. It said here, that you can only use your hands to wash the pan with little detergent, so that the Teflon coating will last longer. I washed it with water and with my bare hands and wipe it dry with a kitchen towel.

Tik tak! OK, the fire started already :)
Pour the cooking oil... and wait for the oil to heat up and spread evenly across the pan. Crack the egg and perform the sunny-side-up-no-jutsu! Oooh... the smell of the cooked egg is delicious without even tasting it! (Are you drooling already?)

The next 'jutsu' will be the hashbrowns - gotta add more oil.
Psssshh... Ouch! Ouch! Those hot oil starting to splash onto my feet. Adoi...
OK, this side up done. OK, next side up. OK, done. Set aside on the kitchen tissue towel to absorb the excess oil.

OK, the final 'jutsu' called the Ala-Fillet-Fish-No-Jutsu! This is more Japanized coz you see, this fish fillet is coated with tempura! Hai! Fry! Flip! Fry! Flip! Swoop! Done!

Aah... what a glorious lunch! To compensate with all these oil riched foodie, I decide to complement it with a wholemeal bread :) It turns out pretty delicious and satisfying in the end after all the hard work :)

"God, thank you for the food and be grateful about it. Amen". OK, time to chomp!
Ngam-ngam-ngam... slurp-slurp-slurp... ngam-ngam-ngam...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Just tagging myself

ONE OF YOUR SCARS, HOW DID YOU GET IT???
Left elbow. Got involved in a car accident back in early 2000.

WHAT DO YOU WANT MORE THAN ANYTHING RIGHT NOW???
A bed to sleep on.

WHAT DO YOU MISS???
My campus days. So much of assignments. So much of classes to attend. Yet, so much of fun!

WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION???
The bonds which I share with people who are close to me.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SMELL???
The smell of rain.

DO YOU GET CLAUSTROPHOBIC???
It defines as anxiety disorder which sparks the fear of being inside an enclosed place, like lift. No, I don't have this phobia.

DO YOU GET SCARED IN THE DARK???
Not really. I just couln't see anything at all.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOGNE / PERFUME???
None. Plan to get one cologne soon.

COFFEE OR ENERGY DRINKS???
Energy drinks, especially Milo!

IF YOU COULD EAT ANYTHING RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD IT BE???
Kettle's Potato Chips! *droool...*

WHO IS THE LAST PERSON WHO MADE YOU MAD???
Not telling. It's slanderous to mention the name.

DO YOU SPEAK A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE???
Yes. 2 main Chinese dialects. Malaysian Malay and bit of Indonesia Malay. A bit of Tagalog and Japanese.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TELL SOMEONE HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOU???
By being expressive and telling them face to face.

SAY A NUMBER FROM ONE TO A HUNDRED:
7! It's either can be my lucky number or unlucky one.

BLONDES OR BRUNETTES???
I prefer natural.

WHAT IS THE ONE NUMBER YOU CALL OFTEN???
Used to. But now most of the time, people will ring me up.

HAVE YOU BEEN OUT OF YOUR COUNTRY???
Yup. Many times.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN???
Taiping. A place is called Peace when the 2 triad societies decided not to wage war against each other. It's a humble small town.

FIRST JOB???
Wash toilets - at home-lah!

WHAT DO YOU GET COMPLIMENTED ABOUT MOST???
My smile? I'm not sure.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF ALCOHOL BECAME ILLEGAL???
Doesn't really matter to me.

WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY???
Anything. I'm usually contented with anything.

HOW MANY KIDS DO YOU WANT???
Well, I would like to have 3 kids in the future.

WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE???
Yup, a great guy in the Bible :)

DO YOU WISH ON STARS???
Nope. Never done that.

WHICH FINGER[S] IS YOUR FAVORITE???
My thumb. It's very handy :)

DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING???
No, I don't really like.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT???
Fish, I prefer it nowadays.

ANY BAD HABITS???
Champion in being cranky. Dig nose in public, lest I tried hard to conceal it.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING CD ON THE SHELF???
None. I'm pride myself in collecting movies :)

IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU???
Yup! I have found another 'twin'.

WHERE IS YOUR SECOND HOME???
Brunei :)

DO YOU TRUST OTHERS EASILY???
Usually I'm more incline to trust others. You can call me naive if you want to.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TOY AS A CHILD???
Remoto-controlled car!

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN A MOSH PIT???
Nope. Never been in a rock concert before.

DO YOU UN-TIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF???
If it's a new and branded shoe, I will do it.

THING YOU ATE???
French toast.

SIBLINGS???
3 wonderful siblings :)

YOU LIKE SUSHI???
Yup! I used to have it for dinner every Monday.

ARE YOU TOO SHY TO ASK SOMEONE OUT???
Nope :)

Just tagging myself... Coz I have nothing better else to do here.

A: "Hey, what are you doing?" B: "sudoku-ing..."

Any of you enjoy playing sudoku? I know some hates it. I know some loves it. And I know some crazy about it.

My dear friend, Corrinne, loves it alot. She plays whenever she can find time to do so. Chatting with her online is no-no whenever she's glued to it. She will most probabyly give a very short reply. That's how she loves it so much.

To me, sudoku is very mind boggling for my brain. I just couldn't get the correct combination of numbers ranged from 1 to 9. Maybe I'm poor at Math since young. I used to count using my fingers for I must see. If I'm embarassed to count using my fingers, I would take out some "biji saga" - those bright red color seed from an Angsana tree. Its bright color will keep me entertained and full of attention. Maybe next time, I will use the "biji saga" to play sudoku. How is it so? You go figure-lah!

From "never mind-lah" to "Aha"!

It's very tiring and demotivating whenever I want to blog. First, I have to think what to say. Second, I have to check on my grammar as I type. Third, I am very particular whenever I type in English. Fourth, I never passed my English when I took the GCE 'O' Level. Fifth, I vowed to improve the words and the grammar usage whenever I could - of course, others may feel free to correct it for me.

My dear best friend, Evelyn is very encouraging as I shared my woes in typing blog. The plain message I got from her is - be original.

Aha! Eureka! Why didn't I think of it earlier? Why am I so consumed by all the reasons from 1st to 5th? Nay... it's time to show my originality in typing/writing, lest the whole world can criticized it to their hearts content!

Ah... I feel elated and relaxed after typing this out :)

4:11pm

Tuesday, 4:11pm.
No, nothing significant about the time. I just couldn't think of a proper title for this blog. I have been away from this blog since early January this year. The reason? Well, there are plenty, and plenty enough to be an excuse - lazy-lah, no Internet at home-lah, dunno what to write-lah, can't think of anything-lah, etc.

Last weekend was a great time of learning about faith. In the Christian world, you will get the hear the message of faith throughout the years, decades, and even most in the coming centuries. Had it become the central topic of our Christian lives for such long? Is there an end to this topic? I think, the answer is a no. Because the Bible holds a never ending story when it talks about faith. It's very exhaustive when you keep thinking about it. But the human mind can never able to comprehend the amount of faith that we need to place in our lives. We see it. We hear it. We feel it. We taste it. And we touch it. Faith is everywhere and it encompasses the very nature of God for men to go through.

I think faith generally can be found anywhere, everywhere, anybody, everybody, anytime and every time. It's just so amazing when I realized that God is still often amazed by human's faith. Faith must be something really keep God amused and entertain, or in an encouraging word - it inspired Him.

Ah...

Mind boggling-eh, my readers?
I guess I wanna stop typing this for now. I will come back to type more of it once when my mind made it up. Until then... ta!