Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Nice dinner

OOoo it's the third week now... and my brother Lieng is going back Brunei for his holiday. His holiday is one month, so hope that he makes good use of it to cultivate God's word in his life. We have a nice dinner today, 可以说是饯行. Haha... in pizza hut... a cheesy fordue + a regular pan pizza (Lieng wants Hawaii Lover) + Hut's Platter + 4 soup of the day + 4 mirinda orange drinks. Wooh... how full we are! Haha... need to exercise a lot le... haha...

Think my timetable for the semester is ready now... there shouldn't be anymore changes... I got my Monday free... Tuesday just 8-10am lecture and Wednesday just 9-10am tutorial. My Thursday and Friday aren't so nice... Thursday 9am-12pm, 2-4pm got lecture, then Friday 8-10am lecture, 12-2pm need to TA a lab class and 3-4pm got tutorial. Then plus my harmonica Monday and Friday 7-10pm each. Hehe... oh boy oh boy... haha... what a NICE semester... haha... what do you think those "free" time for? Haha... for my honours year project of coz, haha... just like last sem's CS3215. Haha...

This Monday, we practised "Under the Sea"... though it is nice to hear... but hard to play... esp keeping to the rhythm and playing the correct notes... haha... basically I didn't practice for so long le... now need to take it up and play the song... haha... only got the song "Spirited Away" memorised last last week. Haha... sometime just play for fun... then got MMP on Friday... need to teach others to play harmonica, haha... not an easy task... just think of how I can only do the tongue block in more than 4 sessions of MMP... while some of them did it in just 2 sessions... haha... well done... the only thing is that the recruitment this time is quite less than previous one... but I hope we can retain this number, haha... coz previous recruitment always drop like y=1/x when x is between 5 and 10000..., haha... then end up left those being elected to be exco. But I glad the previous batch, still got some more players apart those exco. Haha...

Well well... 11.30pm++ le... my bro Ngie complain too full le, haha so can't sleep... hehe... bah continue to think about my HYP and also reading lecture notes or relevant materials of my module this sem, haha...

Just remember this: God will not withhold anything good from us. He knows what's best for us.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Rainy season

Back in my own room yesterday. Have been in "PraiseHaven" Bukit Timah Salvation Army from last Saturday, busy "entertaining" a group from Macau, their Australia & Singapore concert tour. I think our concert tour to Japan in 2005 is more fun than theirs though they have more people... they went around Australia and Singapore (last stop) with 12 days... and think there are 4 or 5 concerts. Haha... viola to them... so hardworking...

As expected, some of them are quite nice, but some of them just show their attitude... looking down on some of us as they think we just 'mere workers'... or 'servants'... it is not easy to entertain them due to some problem... (1) language barrier... both my bro and I don't know how to speak cantonese and... sometime I doubt that they understand our Chinese or English... (I know some do, those nice one... no need to mention those bad one le... they NEVER listen even if they do understand) (2) they always change plans... amhei and woodland cc has prepared very nice food for those vips, but they don't appreciate it... they wanna go back to hotel before the food come... haha... but we, 'workers', get to have those expensive food then. (3) They didn't give accurate informations... we wasted a lot of effort...

So... for 4 days, we went to the airport 3 days... day 1, pick up the advance party from the airport... the # of people in advance party is more than what they have told us... thus... we, 'workers', have no room to sleep in because we don't have enough rooms on that day. So we sleep in the lobby area, on the sofa... then wake up 4.45am to go to airport to pick up the main group... that's day 2... then go victoria concert hall for their rehearsal... they requested for snare drums and tom-tom, but... they brought their own snare drum and didn't use tom-tom... sweat... they say 4 bass chairs... but during rehearsal, they want 6... during concert... they don't wanna get off the stage when the guests are coming in le... anyway its their concert... management from above told me to get them off at 6.15pm, then also told me to "as long as they are happy"... wow... what an instruction... so concert/stage manager is not a good thing to do when your 'clients' are making life miserable for you... hope that's my last time being a concert/stage manager... what an experience... really sweat sweat...

I always felt rush whenever the clients don't listen to me but there are instructions passed down... I afraid that the management scold me for not getting them off the stage at 6.15pm... then if I insist (this is useless anyway... they won't listen), making them not happy, then that's the other side that the management can scold me le... so making my life really difficult, don't you think so? Haiz... anyway... hope there's no longer any case like that...

Haiz... day 3 is their masterclass... help them to arrange their chairs and instruments in the hall in the morning... then in the end they change the arrangement... really, I am not angry about this, I have expected it anyway. It just that I don't know they gonna shift and I don't know where to help, dun want later they say more help more trouble le... so I just stand there looking... but think my bro doesn't understand me... thought that I am angry about the shifting thus unwilling to help them... haiz...

Have been very sinful for me these few days... my heart occupied by the frustration and heat by these people... but I keep on praying silently in my heart to cool myself and my bro down... constantly reminding myself on God's teaching and really... He has shown kindness to us... our helpers, the lorry uncle, the bus drivers are all very helpful... and understanding... I always thank God for all these... for the food that He has given us... but remind myself that living in this world doesn't depend on these food only... but on God's word... God has His own plan and time... I am learning to put all my trust in Him... God's word is so much to learn... one can never fully understand God's word and there is no way for one to graduate from God's word... because His word are just too great!

How blessed are we His children... reflect on what He did for us all these while and we see His miraculous hands surrounding us, leading us on His way. Glad I am one of His children. He also give his command to all His children to save people from sin by inviting him to receive the salvation and willing to be His children... he will be as blessed as any of us...

Friday, August 10, 2007

End of week 0

Coming to the end of Week 0, each faculties and halls is gonna drive their rag down to city hall to have a run down tomorrow. Haha... well... usually they did their run down over at the running tracks here. Last year, they did it at both places... now this year, they only did it in city hall. Haha.. anyway... I don't want get crowded, so not going to see the run down tomorrow.

God blessed my bro and I to have an hour ++ of basketball yesterday. Good weather. Hehe... and we sure are tired after playing haha... and my shoes got its underneath layer broke off... haha so walked like a duck with webbed feet back home...

I had a "tiddlycard meeting" with my other "tiddlycard developers" and my profs... and how nervous I am when my prof asked me to explain to others what my part is related to the tiddlycard project... my part is about generating forms from a form descriptor... so I am still exploring xforms and I haven't got the idea how is it related haha... anyway... I did show those what I did... but others show "more contribution" for their parts and I am amazed. Haha... coz there wasn't much activities recorded in tiddlycard_wiki and no one made any commits to svn. Haha... anyway... I am now investigating the xforms myself... check if there's any way to generate forms with just javascript... (coz the generator I thought that is the best built from Java, so can't put it into our tiddlycard) so... there goes... waiting for my profs to send more instructions for me...

Just finish welcome tea today, then go ntuc (while some seniors and exco have their meal in varynice, coz the food for welcome tea wasn't enough... as usual) to buy some stuff... (my tmr breakfast) ahahha... scare later my family say me torturing myself again... haiz haha don't they know that if I increase weight, it also considered torturing myself? Haha... I'll b scolded by my doctor le... haha... need to control everytime when eating hhaa...

God continues to bless all His children and may we all pray earnestly and faithfully for the evangelistic meeting on Sept 3-8. Hopefully I can get friends to go too.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Week 0: Orientation week

It's week 0 of the academic year and here goes my last year in NUS (hopefully). Haha.. as I am saying this to one of my sisters, that uni is a training ground for us, prepared by God. Learn to depend on Him and living by faith. A lot of lessons learnt while I am studying. Eventually we have to work in the society, in order to earn our living as this is proclaimed by God after sin came into the world.

Though this may be a curse to men as we have to labour in order to get our food, God can turn it into a blessing as through working, we learn about God's providence, learn to depend on Him more, trust Him and learn to live by faith. Truly, as I saw from my brothers and sisters around me, those working one, God continue to bless them and let them be a light to their colleagues. Stand firm on God's word and do not compromise with whatever different from God's word.

Surely my honours year project is demanding and difficult too. Getting familiar with XForms in order to generate forms from a form descriptor is not that easy at all and teaches me to depend on God more. When there are progress, I feel very happy and thanks the Lord. But when I encounter troubles or hurdles, I shall learn not to give up easily. Pray and may the wisdom of God guide His children.

I am currently learning to pray for brothers and sisters, for the church and my family members. Previously, I realise I have been not devoted to praying, as I just pray for myself. Now, realising that this isn't the prayer life that the Lord want us to live, I trying to learn to pray for others. Battling against my laziness and selfishness, the Holy Spirit will help me to overcome these two attributes of old self.

May God continue to bless His children and His children willing to put full trust on God, live by faith and bears the fruits of the spirit. When I am writing these, I am reminding myself, hehe... hope it do remind anyone who reads these too.

Many thanks to Liche that she made nice pasta for our dinner, haha... Ngie helps her of course. Well, I do lend a hand too, not much, just open the tin can with the can opener. It was my first trial of the can opener and it was much better during my second trial when we have pasta again for our Sunday (just passed) night. Thanks God that it is a very nice dish and we're full after eating our "piece". Haha... we divided it into 4 pieces. We then brought the last piece to Lieng, traded with his ps2 (currently in Ngie's room) and a boiling flask (currently in my room now). Haha... good trade? Haha...

Lieng is still busy with his assignments and tests. He just finished a paper on last Thursday at 9pm then we brought him the pasta (the first trial). Haha... hope he doesn't forget to put God first in his heart no matter in any circumstances. Hehe... hope he doesn't dislike me for keep on reminding him about "sleep early", "put God first", "don't waste money on those you had", etc. Haha...

Oh ya, Ngie is having difficulties in trying to understand his project. Haha... pray for him. Hehe... Looks like a lot of praying to do. And yeah, praying is the basic thing to do for a reborn Christian.