Sunday, June 29, 2008

29-06-08 (Sunday) "Remove Our Temptations, Lord?"

2nd Common Test(CT) just ended Thursday last week. Only AFTER the last paper did it feel like the holidays had begun. The 4 weeks prior to that didn't seem much of a holiday at all...

During my Quiet Time a few days ago, "Our Daily Bread" featured this short passage about asking God to remove our temptations. It said that if God DID remove our temptations, then we'd have nothing to make us grow, nothing to test our character. So... Maybe God does let us be tempted so that we can become a stronger and stronger person! I guess that explains why my prayers about the removal of temptations have never really been answered. Will learn to pray for STRENGTH to overcome the temptations instead of cowardly having them removed instead. With great strength to overcome these temptations comes immunity! The temptations may still stay around but we'll become IMMUNE to them if we practice to go AGAINST them!

Felt a bit unwell as service today was about to wrap up. Screwed up a lot on the tempo, the others had a really tough time keeping up. I didn't even pay attention for the whole message. Felt so bad all the way till I got back. Just hafta realize that God has already forgiven me for my attitude now. *shrieks and tugs at hair*

ANYWAY...!! Hair For Hope 2008 is coming up! 1 more Sunday! Brace yourselves people... It'll be a GREAT surprise! REALLY looking forward to it now...

Track & Field Nationals coming up too! These two weeks. Gonna do my best after all the work these past 2 years. Gonna make sure it all pays off! We are ACTUALLY reaching the finish line now! Praise God!! Do pray for me, yeah? Thursday, long; The next Wednesday, triple.

"And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure."
~ 2 Cor 12:7

Monday, June 16, 2008

16-06-08 (Monday) "MalaysiaNS boleh!!!"

Got this forwarded mail... Quite interesting.

"Can a family man with Salary RM3,000 survive in Malaysia

Let's do some simple calculations here.

In Malaysia , the average family income is RM3,000 /month
(where father works, mother doesn't).

I understand there are many families whose
monthly income does not reach RM3,000,
but, to make things simple,
let's take RM3,000 as the figure. Ok lah, right?

Okay, let's start rolling with a family which has
Papa, Mama, 1 daughter and 1 son. Ngam-ngam ....

Calculation starts...

Electricity and water bill: RM100
(No air-con, No home theatre, No water heater ... ok?)

Phone bill ( Telekom): RM100

Meals for a happy family: RM775
(3 meals on RM25/day, RM25 for 4 persons...?)

Papa makan / teh-tarik during working hrs: RM155
(RM5/day, RM5 .. can eat what?)

Car repayment: RM400
(A proton saga aeroback, 7 yrs repayment)

Petrol (living in city, traffic-jam): RM300
(go to work, bring son to school,
only can afford one car running)

Insurance: RM650
(kids, wife and myself)

House repayment: RM750
(low cost housing repayment for 30 yrs,
retired still have to work to pay!)

Tuition: RM80
(got that cheap meh? i don't think so)

Older children pocket money @ school: RM20
(RM1/day, eat bread?)

School fees: RM30
(enough ah?)

School books and etc: RM100
(always got extra to pay in school)

Younger children milk powder: RM50
(cannot have the DHA, BHA, PHA one, expensive)

(shampoo, rice, sauce, toilet paper)

Oh wait!!! I have to stop here, so...
No Astro,
no movie @ cinema,
no DVD,
no CD,
no online,
cannot KFC,
cannot McDonald,
cannot go Park walk during weekend (petrol expensive),
no chit chat on phone with grandparents, and etc...

Let's use a calculator to total up... WALAO EH! Shit! RM3,610 already...

EPF belum potong, income tax lagi........oledi RM3,610 ....

How to survive lah tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekalian ???

Our Deputy Prime Minister asked us to change lifestyle?

How to change? Don't eat? Don't work? Don't send children to school and

Besides that, I believe in Malaysia population, there are millions of
rakyat Malaysia which still don't earn RM3,000/month!!!

What is this? Inilah Malaysia Boleh... Sorry ... it should be Malaysians
Boleh , because we're still alive and kicking!!

Our politicians must be mad!!!!

Please forward and comment boleh or tak boleh. No wonder so many Ah Loong
around lah... ..."

Gotta love the English... Pure Malaysian ni!@!

Monday, June 09, 2008

09-06-08 (Monday) "Entropy & Men"

Had a good CG session this past Saturday. What Neale said abt sth made me suddenly think abt how entropy governs our earth but not us.

Entropy says that disorderliness is preferred, right? Ice tends to melt as water molecules are more disorderly. Gas molecules of vapour are even more disorderly, hence water evaporates... But man, no... we may tend to get untidy many times but we all desire to be in neat and tidy surroundings.(Most of us, anyways...) When some stuff in your room is strewn all over the floor, you tend to WANT to pick it up(somewhere very DEEP, DEEP down I know there's that feeling...) and place it somewhere proper.

Kinda puts the verse abt being IN this world but not OF this world in perspective too. We're in this world governed by entropy but we're not so inclined towards it ourselves as we prefer somewhere less 'entropical'...

Took those two pics of toilets on the way to Port Dickson for Church Camp last week. The toilets were in this restaurant in Yong Peng, Johor where we stopped for lunch. I almost MISS how dirty Malaysian toilets are. Hehehe...

Thursday, June 05, 2008

05-06-2008 "Church Camp Comes to A Close"

As it would be with any other camp, the church camp this time round at Selesa Resort at Port Dickson left everyone reluctant to leave. these 3 days and nights have been so meaningful, basking in the glory of God's presence and enjoying the fellowship of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

I went expectant of much to happen at this camp, since it's entitled "The Spirit-Filled Church". The speaker, Ps. Henry Madava, a Zimbabweean serving in Kiev, Ukraine spoke with great authority and truth. I felt certain that God WILL make me feel sth different this time. However, come all the times Ps. Madava asked for those who felt a touch of God, I never seemed to be one of them.

I felt rather discouraged by this. Thank God for Elena. Through her prayer for me, I decided to not let this hinder my walk with God. God doesn't talk to everyone in the same way and I believe He'll have His way with me when He thinks the time is right. It's not MY choice to make Him speak to me.

I rejoice in the words of Ps. Madava of revival coming to SEA starting from Thailand. I had no idea so much was happening around the world thanks to God. I guess it's bcos I'm too concerned of where I am all the time... I hope I'll be around long enough to see things happen around this region, starting from CMC. We all have our parts to play in making big things happen. I will from now on, become a CHAMPION for God. Will you?

I had so much red dragon fruit for breakfast this morning that as I p**ped just now, it all came out red as if I was bleeding from the back! I'm SOOoooo tempted to show the pic but... I think your imagination will have done enough damage already. (Yes, I DID take pictures...)