Friday, November 27, 2009

27-11-09 (Friday) "Smell Your Own"

Can I just say... It feels GREAT to be back home. Now, as I think of my home country, I am reminded of this commercial in Singapore.

Most of the time, it is not JUST the good things that make you miss someone/thing. Coming back home, I realize that I even miss all the dirty and worn out toilets in town, the small(er) shopping complexes, the lack in variety of shops and even the low level of hygiene at eateries around Miri. Those are what make Miri home to me.

In the same way, I think of how we tend to talk bad abt the ppl in our lives, how they annoy us, the petty little things they do that just bothers the pee out of us. When we separate for a while, those are the very things that we miss the most.

On another note, I was thinking of sth "coincidentally" in the toilet. Our faeces doesn't smell as bad as others' faeces. Ever realized that?

Same thing: When 2 parties do sth wrong, ourselves and someone else... The other person's wrong thing is usually wrongER than ours. Or... At least it SEEMS that way, eh? I think the problem is that we don't like to see the bad thing in us surfacing in someone else such that it kinda reflects us.

Big banana. BIGNANA!!
So, I think we should try to work hard on ourselves rather than start placing judgment and destructive criticism on others. Bear with me, I am working on it as well.

God has everything in control and His timing is really absolutely perfect. =)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

26-11-09 (Thursday) "Greatest Club In The World?"

Sorry Liverpool fans... I just had to post this. Saw this off a friend's friend's pic in Facebook. =P

Pretty smart stuff, whoever came up with this... Heheh...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

25-11-09 (Wednesday) "2012"

"who is this that rises like the Nile,
like rivers of surging waters,
She says, 'I will rise and cover the earth;
I will destroy cities and their people.'
Charge, O horses!
Drive furiously, O charioteers!
March on, O warriors -
men of Cush and Put who carry shields,
men of Lydia who draw the bow.
But that day belongs to the Lord, the LORD Almighty-
a day of vengeance, for vengeance on his foes.
The sword will devour till it is satisfies,
till it has quenched its thirst with blood..."
~ Jeremiah 46:7-10a
The Bible (NIV)

That was the passage that kept going thru my mind as I watched the movie. Well... not exactly this passage but one of these passages which carries the same theme.

Armies and military strength stand useless against God. Pretty evident through this movie, don't you think so?

I like how the movie makes me think: What will I be like when the end of the world comes? Will I still be frantically striving to save my life when I know I can't make it, like those who were trying to run away from a tidal wave? More importantly, when the end arrives... Will I be letting go easily? Or would I have gathered so much on earth that I just don't wanna leave yet?

I like Adrian's father's approach to life, that its d ppl n relationships in life that matter more. =)

Hope you watch and enjoy the show too. But even more, I hope you leave the cinema thinking about stuff. =)

Monday, November 23, 2009

23-11-09 (Monday) "1Malaysia"

Finally... Home... Its been... 40 weeks and 6 days...

I'm glad to be back.

Back to the land of squatting toilets.

Missing those corridors actually...
Back to having to pay for entry to toilets in public areas.

To undrinkable tap water.

To where the colours of the birds around are just limited to black or brown.

To where the coins aren't so massive they tear the coin compartment in my wallet apart every. single. time.

Back to having fixed time. The hours don't change every half a year.

To where practically everyone speaks at least 2 languages and many speak 3 or more languages (including dialects), not to mention the dozen dialects that're spoken all over the place.

To where we don't bother with proper English. We somehow understand broken English better. Better yet... Throw in all the other languages/dialects/expl*tives to make it clearer.
"Eh, this one you sure boleh ah? Cannot simply one, you know. You say one ah? Cincai la..."

To the place where there are 2 options to cleaning up after some massive bodily disposal in the toilet. Its tissues or water hoses with high pressured water. "Brrrr...."

It just feels awesome to be back home after all this while...

"This is 1Malaysia."
... And for more than this one reason... ;)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

21-11-09 (Saturday) "Gone"

Tomorrow... I head back home to Malaysia.

I look back on the past 10 months and think of all that's been said and done...

And I thank God.

I thank God for the chance to rediscover myself in a new place.

I thank God for revealing Himself to me in a new place.

I thank God for the many new influences He's put in my life over here.

I thank God for has been and what could've been.

I thank God that much that seemed unlikely to happen, I have been given the privilege to try out.

I thank God for teaching me lots and lots, day by day.

Most of all... I thank God for Life. I thank God that I am still alive.

Friday, November 13, 2009

13-11-09 (Friday) "Daniel 3:25"

I was reading the verse when it occurred to me...

What were they talking or doing in the furnace then, eh? What was the fourth person conversing with them about?

"Hey, how ya doin'? Its pretty hot in here, hey mate?"

"He said, 'Look! I see four men walking around in the fire,
unbound and unharmed,
and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.' "
~ Daniel 3:25
The Bible (NIV)

13-11-09 (Friday) "Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder"

Today, I woke up to my list of things to do:

1) Nothing

Ahhhh.... How I have missed the feeling of guiltlessness for being idle.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

08-11-09 (Sunday) "Ran... Wait for it... domness"

I don't get how "faster" works. Everyone runs and some just end up ahead of others. How come they can move their legs faster and push off harder? Their quads and calves? Yeah, sure but... I still dun understand how it works. We all try hard to be fast, no? Heheh... Weird question, sorry.

2 weeks to going back now...!!!! SO EXCITED!!! First, there's kampua... Then, rambutan, mangosteen n "mi4 gan1"(Honey mandarins) n maybe durians. I should try and be more productive this time round going back. Anyone need help with stuff over the break? Hmmm.... Maybe start off at home first. Okay... No movies or computer games...!! Well, at least not TOO much.

Something feels different about going back this time. Feels like there is much to happen, much to be done, much to achieve. Doesn't matter that its gonna be short. Its more a matter of what one sets out to do in the time given. Anyone in with me on this?

I will miss Canberra when I go back. But for now, I miss Miri.

Dang I just love this color accent feature on Canon IXUS!

Greatest love that anyone could ever know
That overcame the cross and grave to find my soul
~ "Till I See You"
Joel Houston