Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Long wait at SATA Chai Chee

Medical Report Form (27 Aug)

I thank God for He finally answered my prayers regarding my PR Application. For His grace unto me, it is a letter of approval and some forms that I need to complete, including medical report form (for doctor to fill up) and a company form (for my employer to fill up). I decided to go to SATA this morning to complete my medical report form. I thought I could get back to company as early as 10am, thus I didn't apply for a half-day leave.

Thank God that I manage to find my way to SATA, up on a hill, with TungNgie screaming at the other end of the phone because I didn't get what he meant before. Haha... for registration, I got a queue number "005" and I was indeed happy... thought that I really can make it to the company around 10am... it was 8.45am after I am done with registration, thus I got a new queue number, "105"... and I saw numbers like "102" and "104" on the TV (numbers don't run in sequence)... thus that led me to think it would be my turn soon... I need to do X-ray, HIV screening and consultation with a doctor.

However, to my surprise... my first activity, X-ray, only begun at 9.45am... 1 hr after my registration... my 2nd activity, consultation followed on, that's good... but my 3rd activity, blood test, is an hour next again. Haha... so... a long wait at SATA. Tonight I saw on the Today newspaper, under Voices column, the big title "Long wait at polyclinic" made me recalled this event. Haha...

Tough Testing (28 Aug)

Friday is coming... and it means we need to buck up our effort for lab testing... there's a lot of on demand build-ings this 2 weeks... and I won't be surprise if there's more too next week, haha... though we are moving forward to another phase of testing...software development is not as easy as you think... or... as I think, haha... especially testing... problems arose even before my team's product get to open... haha... anyway, will continue to pray to my Lord for giving us the wisdom and knowledge to solve all the problems we met... haha... busy and rush periods, hehe...

MSN Space vs Google Blogger

Looks like MSN has improved a lot, trying to improve the image of its Vista. The chief developer of Window 7 has started up blogging and willing to receive comments from users, although I am not sure if they are going to implement what does their user want. Haha... I have been using Window from young and... I can't deny that I am so used to Window this OS. Haha... although sometime I do find it frustrating to use, after I tried Ubuntu... I still think I better get back to Window. Haha... and I will not be able to recognise all the features by Apple Mac after I used my friend's mac. Haha... it has only one button for the touchpad.

I have tried once to uninstall Ms Office, using open source, free software like Open Office, Firefox, etc, but I just can't find the features I want. Haha... I have tried Ubuntu and kinda like it, hoping to have install it in a machine, so that I can play with. Haha... I thought my dinosaur will be that machine, but haha... it died before I install it... haha...

I heard Google is having some problems, with its app engine, Gmail, etc... for now, I haven't experience such trouble from Blogger yet. Haha... I got back my MSN Space, http://tungleh.spaces.live.com/, but haven't decorate it, haha... thinking how should I dealt with that... not sure when I move it to there... (after I used up my Picasa storage?) Haha... I will state here when I move over. Haha... where's Yahoo? Haha... I would like to hear how YUI is doing... haha... it is one of the nice GUI library online that I have tried during my Honours year. Haha...

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Spaghetti for dinner

Home cooked meal

My bro TungNgie and I have spaghetti for dinner tonight. We bought a pasta sauce from NTUC Fairprice (Bedok), and began cooking once we reached home. TungNgie also cooked a vegetable, "xiao bai cai" to accompany the spaghetti. He also cooked the sauce for the spaghetti by adding the pasta sauce to a cooked dish of minced meat and capsicum. Haha... It was a good dinner. Haha... I helped out by preparing the spaghetti. Here are the photos:



Here's a larger view of our spaghetti sauce:



Haha... sure great to trying out things. We are thinking of borrowing a recipe book from the library after TungNgie get his PR. Haha... that's in September. Haha... in the mean time, still trying things ourselves... and I am still waiting for my letter, whether it is acceptance or rejection. Hehe... everything in God's hands.

How I have spent my Saturday (today)

This morning, my bro and I went back to the company to work on something... and thank God that it worked, although there were quite a number of issues. Haha... we left the company around 2.30pm for lunch at Bedok MRT, then we took a bus to Tan Boon Liat building. We went to SKS bookstore because TungNgie wanted to buy some books. Hehe... you can ask him yourselves what book he is buying. After that, we took the bus with the same number back to Bedok here. Well, that's it for my Saturday. Haha... feel like "recce"-ing (LiChe said that this is the right spelling for what I have thought "reki" is not an english word, haha...) when we were on the way to the Tan Boon Liat building, passing the petrol station (wow, the price is sure 4x more than what I saw in Brunei, yikes...)

ICQ

Hmm... one of my neighbours here has an ICQ account and I think he/she has a lot of friends to chat too? Haha... because these few nights, I just kept on hearing the "uh-oh" ICQ alert sound... and it "uh-oh" frequently. Haha...

Correction: I realised that it is not ICQ, but he is playing a game. No idea what game is that. Haha...

Previous home cooked meal

For this week's Monday to Friday, we have not had a home cooked meal, haha... the previous one is on last Sunday I guess... a capsicum dinner. Haha... look at this yourselves:



Haha... bah, that's all for now. Tomorrow is Sunday! Haha... the Lord's day!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Firework Friday

Firework at NDP Venue

Today I went with Clifton, ChongMing (Clifton's friend, not sure if I got the spelling right), Monica, ZhenZhen and my bro TungNgie to a place opposite to the Marina Bay floating platform, where the NDP 08 is held on August 9. We can see the floating platform, though small and dark at night. The fireworks were sure wonderful and we had an excellent time watching the amazing firework, which sponsored by France (heard from Clifton). Clifton, ChongMing and Monica were busy taking shots with their nice-techy camera, ZhenZhen used Monica's digital camera to take a 13 minutes video while TungNgie and I just watched at the fireworks.

The fireworks are pretty good and I had a nicer spot this time, compared to two years before when my friends and I tried very hard to find a place to look at the fireworks near the esplanade. This time I am far from esplanade and not as crowded as previous occasion. Haha...

Light travels faster than sound, haha... apart from thinking about lightning and thunder, now I can add fireworks to my example, haha... when the big fire-flower exploded at its height, I can only hear its exploding sound after a second, haha... it is like watching tv where the show and its audio are not synchronize. Haha...

Weekends tomorrow

Oh yes, weekends tomorrow, which means the week has ended. It is so fast to think that time really flies. Thank God for all these days that I may continue to walk in His will. I have not received the letter, whether it is an acceptance or rejection, from ICA regarding my application of PR. Pray that I will receive it soon, or God gives me the courage (and my call manage to get through) so that I can find out about my status.

Our product is going to release soon but our teams are behind schedule, in terms of testings. Our company is very strict on testing, as you know, that it doesn't want to appear bad in front of customers, right? Haha... especially when my company aims to become "Global Number One". Haha...

TungLieng will sit for his last paper of the semester on next Monday and pray that He does not forget about God's will for him. May he willing to take God's word seriously. I thank God that my friend Jiaen is willing to come for Saturday's evangelistic meetings, and he is asking another friend of ours, Cherchin, whom I am also inviting, to come with him. Hehe... I still need to pray for them, if God allows, hope they can come for other days as well. Haha... I will try my best to attend all the meetings. Will continue to pray for Kahying and Changkiat, pray that they are willing to come for any of the meetings. Haha... though Changkiat told me that he may not make it.

Emailing gospel

Considering to email my friends regarding my testimony for my Lord and the gospel. Not by my own words, but straight from God, hehe... we need not beautify God's word, because His word already contains the power. My target audience would be my father, my relatives and my friends. English or chinese, pray God grant me the wisdom to write these emails.

Biography of George Muller

Have been reading George Muller's biography (in chinese, thus it is quite tough to read the name of towns and people he visited or met), and found that it is very interesting to see how God's work in his life. His life, church and the three orphanges are not wealthy at all. A lot of time, I read that it is God who provided them the money to buy food, clothes and education materials. I have also read that Mr. Muller and his brothers and sisters in Christ remains to be faithful in God even when they were facing a financial crisis. They prayed non-stop, and encouraged one-another to remain faithful in God. In the end, God provided them all. I am so touched when I read one of the brothers or sisters who donated money to Mr. Muller's orphanage at the right time. God has His own time and we have no right to hurry God, because He is our creator. I felt so happy that I have such a caring and righteous God... one who cares about me, and one who never leave me no matter how bad I am.

Many times, when we are in a terrible situation, we thought God is not with us, or we took God as the last resort when we sought for help. It isn't like that actually. God shows forth His power when we remains faithful in Him during such terrible situation, and only then we can witness His power and strength, and thus we can thank God for that. He does not leave us when we are in difficult situation... continue to seek Him and He will provide an escape route for us. He has been speaking to your hearts, but can you hear? His voice is soft, thus we have to be calm to listen. If we are using our own way to solve a problem, just like looking for an escape path ourselves, rather than listening to God's soft-spoken voice in your heart. We will eventuall lose our way if we had taken our own ways.

Ok, I think that's all for now. Thank God for the lessons and I will continue to read the book. Haha... till I finish it of course. Haha... good night!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My Testimony

My family

I thank God that I am borned in a wealthy family, not lack of food, clothes and shelter. I thank God I do not have a broken family. I have a twin brother, a little brother and a little sister. Although my family isn't a Christian family (where both parents are Christians), I thank God my mother is a Christian and my father does not object my mother to bring us to church, where we learnt about Christ Jesus and the salvation the One and Only God has prepared for everyone of us.

I thank God for my family and I continue to pray that God will open my dad's heart and willing to accept Christ as his personal saviour too.

My grown-up place

I grew up in a small town in Brunei, Kuala Belait. It's a peaceful town, and not much activities though. I thank God for that because night activities can be sinful temptations. Hehe... I thank God for my church, Christ Fellowship Church, KB. I start to get interested about the bible, because it contains a lot of interesting stories, especially the one on a pair of twins - Esau and Jacob. You can guess why, because I am myself have a twin brother. In this story, I heard about how Jacob tricked his brother and father (Isaac) with the help of his mother (Rebecca). At that point, my Sunday School teacher explained to us what's sin. She also told us how Jacob escaped from his brother, and how God has protected him during his runaway.

Then I start to know about who God is, what sin is and so on. More and more, I became interested in the stories in the bible. I learnt about Jesus Christ and the salvation he has completed for us by sacrificing on the cross and so on as well. I recognised myself as sinner, and willing to accept Him as my personal savior. However, for all these, I kept them in my brain. As I grow, I thought my faith in my Lord has grown too. Due to my non-lacking lifestyle in KB, I do not experience any hardship (except when studying for exam, I felt that's the worst thing in life then), my faith is not tested and I have not realise how weak my faith is till when the time came...

Test of my faith

I thank my Lord for my "sudden"-good result, haha... just joking, at that time, I know I need to study hard for my Lord, thus I put myself through for my secondary school. In Brunei, it is Form 1, Form 2 and Form 3 for lower secondary and Form 4, 5 for upper secondary. I completed my lower secondary with good results (better than I was in primary school)... and I believe what happened next is really His wonderful plan... my brother TungNgie got an ASEAN scholarship to pursue his education in Singapore. My parents, in order to keep my bro company, sent me out too, even when I failed to get the scholarship and didn't get in the same school as my bro. I went to a neighbourhood school near TungNgie's school (arranged by Singapore's MOE)... and I thank the Lord that the RI Boarding School (where TungNgie is arranged to live in) boarding master was kind enough to let me stay with my brother. Yes, it is indeed a God bless and it was the start of our test... of my faith (our faith to be precise).

Away from our non-lacking lifestyle, here comes the lacking lifestyle, we felt like our parents had threw us out of the house, left us both alone in Singapore to ... "suffer" haha... yes, my brother felt the same way. At that time, I threw all I know about this Almighty God at the back of my brain. We cried every night before sleep (for the first week)... because we missed our home, our family and all the "fun" things at home... how weak is our faith. Haha...

I thank God that He has arranged Brother Hock Lee here in Singapore, serving in one of the church... and it is the church we are serving now too, hehe... the Fishermen church of Christ Fellowship (if I have not written the name wrongly, I know in short is FCF), haha... he brought us to the church in Geylang. Our Sunday School teacher was Brother Anson.

Every Sunday, we would need to take MRT from Bishan to Aljunied (the nearest MRT station to the church)... yes, we think it is very far -.-"... In KB, we have cars... here in Singapore, no cars... only got bus 11 (our human legs)... Brother Anson would call every Saturday night, asking us whether we will be coming on Sunday.

Yes, this is the most rememberable event... the phone call every Saturday night... after a year been to the church, we became lazy... we are not used to the chinese-to-english translation or english-to-chinese translation during the service... as like all teenagers, we felt that it is boring... we didn't know the exact meaning of worship afterall... we tried to escape the phone call a year attending the church... we asked our friends, non Christians, to help us take the phone call, and told Brother Anson over the line that we were not in. What a lier we are... and my non Christian friends witnessed all this... they must be thinking, "Wow, Christians are the same like us! Great, let's go for fun, or party, or study for our exam, etc"... haha...

That's the worst fall of my life... eventhough we always ask our friend to take the phone call, Brother Anson just never stop calling... every Saturday night, he just kept calling one time for us... during those period not going to church, on Sunday, I don't feel happy... I felt that I am lying to someone... I also didn't make good use of those time, I was sleeping rather than studying and preparing for my exams...

At the end... when our preliminary exams for our GCE O'Level are near, we couldn't take it anymore, my heart was very heavy, sick of lying to Brother Anson that we were not in... my non Christian friends even offer to help us answer the call now, as he "got used to it" le, haha... we decided to persuade Brother Anson not to call us anymore, because we don't feel good lying to him and telling him we are preparing for our exams, so won't go to church anymore... TungNgie went to take the phone this time.

If Brother Anson was to say, "OK", then both of us are doomed. However, he did not... he is not persuaded by us, but I thank God... God gave Brother Anson His word, and we 2 are being persuaded in the end... we two went to the church the next day. We had a great chat with Brother Anson in church... and on that hour... I realise how weak is my faith... and how merciful my God is... He is willing to pardon my sinful act... from that time, my brother and I go to church every Sunday, with the joy and peaceful heart... we learnt what's the meaning of worshipping our Lord... and start to depend on Him on living our life... including through our tough periods, our preliminary exams and the GCE O'Level exams. Our results didn't fare much from our non-Christian friends although we spend Sunday morning in church.

From that time, I truly repent and commit myself to the Lord once again... not only O'Level, but also through the periods of my A'Level and throughout my uni days... yes, Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world! Nothing in the world is better than that. You won't experience this joy and peace till you truly recognise yourselves as a sinner, and you need Christ's blood to cleanse your sin away... after Christ died on the cross, He rose on the third day, signifying that He has victory over death! Thus we will know where we will go after we leave this world... and it is the heaven... where God is.

This is my most rememberable testimony for it has affected my life... from that time I really know what is lacking in my life... not food, not clothes, not shelter, but a healthy spiritual life...

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Cleaning up the house

Clean up

We two tried our best to clean up the boxes, but haha... since TungNgie has found LiChe's stuff, we took some of the things out of the boxes (cleared 3 boxes) and put them in some drawers. Haha... then we went to clear our desks, and slept the floor, mop, clean the toilet and so on. Haha... has been a busy afternoon.

After that we took a nice bath, play a game of virtual basketball, watched the last few seconds of olympic basketball - Argentina vs Iran. Pretty good match, Iran managed to make a run at the last few minutes, but can't score enough to chase the Argentina's. Haha... oh well... saw some NBA players, Emmanuel Ginobili, Luis Scola and Carlos Delfino. Haha... Ginobili was the MVP of that game with 32 points. Haha... then we have maggi mee for our dinner... laundry and that's it! That's my Saturday! Haha...

Getting my laptop

That's how I spent my morning... getting my dinosaur from the vet... and the vet confirmed that my dinosaur is "incurable", in other words... no hope le... haha... well that's the end of my dinosaur... 4 years with me... died on its 5th year... I was hoping I can have a "test PC" so that I can install Ubuntu, Solaris, other operating systems so that I can "try" these systems, hehe... too bad then, haha...

Singapore going GREEN?

Haha... this is terrible... Singapore going green is good, but... what if the people is not cooperating? Haha... you can only see that the campaign is a failure, haha... people are burning "hell money" to "celebrate" the "ghost days"? Hhaha... I don't know all those stuff, but I think burning things and do all those sorts of "tian ling ling, di ling ling" are crazy things... the burning things defeat the go gree campaign, and the government didn't do anything about it, going green huh? Ya right... who could have believed that? Haha... this sinful world cannot be green anymore because of the sins of all men...

Hmm if you ask yourselves, why do the people burn these "hell money", etc thingy? Is it because they fear of ghosts coming out to haunt them? Then why don't believe in the salvation that God has prepared for everyone? By accepting the salvation, we know we are going to heaven after leaving this world, and we know we have an all powerful God that we can depend on.

Just look at Israel, last time they burned their children, sacrificing to idols (the god Molech)... yet they end up in trouble... now the people burn papers and things... a less significant things for sacrificial, will they escape from trouble like that? Haha... no way... God is in control of all things... something that many people see it... they thod Satan is controlling the world, that's why all the fear... well I won't be surprise if a non-believer doesn't know where he/she will go after leaving this world, because they don't have the assurance...

Anyway, other than that... it is impossible for a country to go green, because of the sin of all men. Oh man, I prefer taking bus than walking due to all those smoke from the burning activities... haha... another thing is smoking... you can see people smoking everywhere... really... and the smokers don't care where they are standing... they just... smoke... well... these smokers are inconsiderate... they can go ahead harming their own health... they wanna harm others health as well by smoking in the public... smoking at the middle of the pathway... haiz... sad to see such people... no matter what's the age... once I saw a skinny old man... very skinny... looks fragile... but then still smoke... and... did the government do anything about it? I can only pray. Haha...

Considerate passengers

In MRT or bus, I would thank my Lord when I saw someone let out his/her seats for others, maybe elders, pregnant women, disabled, etc... haha... I usually stand in bus and MRT. Haha... oh ya... speaking of consideration, haha... you can see Singapore's courtesy campaign didn't go quite well... on MRT platform, yellow lines are drawn and boards and announcements are all telling the passengers, "please let others alight first before going into the train"... haha.... this is the worst scene... you can see people who want to alight when the MRT stop in front of you, right? Before the door open, all the passengers on the platform gather round the door, as if... 1, 2, 3, when the door open, ATTACK! What an ugly sight... people are alighting and boarding at the same time... as if the people are so scare that they can't get on the train... or the train will close its door when he/she was on the way in.... hmm haha... humans... people... sinners, yes... I thank God that I am a sinner saved by grace, totally thankful to my Lord...

Ok, now to get some sleep for tomorrow's bible study and worship service! Nitez...

Friday, August 15, 2008

NUSHO Welcome Tea

NUSHO Welcome Tea

There sure are a lot of people when my bro and I arrived 7 or 8 mins late. Haha... woah, you can see all the people. Haha... due to the distance to travel to NUS CFA Studio from Bedok, have been considering whether to turn up for harmonica practice or not. Haha... anyway, the food is great, enough for everyone I guess, haha... anyway, this is usually the "scenery" that from a lot of people down to... some stable number, haha... and hmm regarding the charges, I am not sure what had the exco members have decided. Haha...

Weekends

Yes, another weekends coming! This is just great.... haha... I need to retrieve my laptop from the HP service centre... the "obsolete" dinosaur... it has been 5 yrs only... and haiz... technologies fly with the time... In Geography, even 5 yrs we still termed as "recent"... haha... but laptop is considered "obsolete"-d. Haha... then my brother and I plan to clear the boxes in our house... meaning to clean up everything... re-arrange the things... haha... this only happened because LiChe had difficulty searching for her things in our house... thus TungNgie only then felt the urgency to clear everything up, haha... anyway, he found what LiChe was looking for... and I hope he doesn't just put anywhere in case he lost it again. Haha...

Trip to Europe?

Not sure if this is for real or not, on Wednesday, my bro, ZhenZhen and I talked about a trip to Europe next year February, haha... the countries covered are Finland and Sweden. Haha... anyway, all in God's hand. Just need to pray that whether the trip is something God allows us to have. Haha...

September Evangelistic Meetings

Not to get lazy now, I have emailed my friends about this meeting, but not sure if they did receive my mail (or jgnore it), haha... anyway, I will try my best to SMS them, haha... and also pray for the invitees' of brothers and sisters in church. Haha... may God continue to give us the strength and wisdom, able to persuade our friends and relatives to join us in this meeting, so that they, too, will hear about this wonderful news, a good news that God, the one and only one, has prepared a salvation for each and every one of us. Haha...

Window Live Spaces

Yup, I got my live spaces back... hmm so what? Hhaa.. just gonna put it there till I need it (when my blogger's photo storage is full?) Haha...

Home Cooked Food

I will put all cooked food in my photo album, so you can see our cooked food on the slideshow, or think you can click it to go to the photo album itself, so that you'll get a bigger view? Haha... still very lazy to label every photo there, but I'll see if one day I get myself to do that. Haha... anyway, good night... great to hear my sister TungCi got a good score for her Maths short test (don't know it is testing on, she didn't tell me about it), but I hope she does so well for her final exam too. Hahaha... tata! Nitez..

Monday, August 11, 2008

August 2nd week

Oh no...

As I insert the memory verses for August, I realise that time sure flies... and I have stopped memorising memory verse for a month now... I have not memorise the verses for July and August. Need to gear myself back to memorising them again, and it'll be tough... as I have tried it before, when I return to memorise verses after my last uni examination (when I have stopped for two weeks)

9 Aug Teen Youth Fellowship

It's national day (it's Saturday anyway, but some brothers and sisters who works on Saturday got a break), and some of us met up in Sengkang MRT before Clifton brought us to his home... to cook! Haha... we have spaghetti (two sets, with different sauce), a pan-fried salmon and sausages (with and without cheese in the middle). Also, ZhenZhen brought salad, some sisters joined in to decorate the salad. We have prepared the gadgets and "ingredients" for our self-blend smoothie on one table. This smoothie is blended by our sister EnnYew and Doris. Haha... I still think the smoothie goes better with some vinegar, haha... add taste to it.

I thank God for the fine weather we had on that day while cooking, haha... we cooked from 10:55am till 12:30pm? but then we only eat for 30 mins... wow... we sure were hungry... haha...

I have invited HongKit, but he can't joined us for the cooking, thus I invite him for the lunch. I thought he can't find his way here and I am to be blamed because I didn't go down MRT to fetch him.... I am worried... and on the verge of regretful feeling (that I invite him to somewhere I don't know much how to get to here... and I am being lazy to go down to MRT to fetch him)... I saw that God leads... He brought HongKit to our block, then I managed to go down to bring him up. For that I just keep on thanking my Lord, and repent for being lazy, and for being so little in my faith on God... Before HongKit got to our block, I was keep telling myself, "God will lead him here," but I didn't pray, I just waited and "worried"... because I took the things into my own hand, didn't put it to God... I fell into Satan's illusion that I shouldn't have invited HongKit, then I won't be into so much worry... yes, if I have not invited him, I won't be worrying that he can't find his way here. I fell to Satan's trap and really regret that I have invited HongKit, but eventually, I thank God that He stop me from thinking with an sms from HongKit that he has reached our block. When I saw the sms, I repent... I knew I have sinned against my Lord, I have not trust Him and I realise how little my faith is unto my God... from these, I learnt this lesson... experience is sure one thing that God wants us to go through, so that we can learn... and most importantly, reflected our relationship with Christ... although I thought my relationship with Him has been stable and strong, this experience make me reflected that how silly and low-faith am I... how am I going to face God like that? I fell when I met up with a problem... as simply as that... I thought I can be like Job, but I didn't.

I thank God for He is in control of all, and I have managed to learn from this experience. I will not stop encouraging brothers and sisters, even unbelieving friends to our fellowship (of coz, I need to know what type of fellowship it is before I invite, right? Haha... can't possibly invite a non-believing friend to a seminar that is prepared for Christians, they won't understand what the speaker is speaking. Haha...)

In conclusion, I thank my Lord, repent to Him, and continue to serve Him... pray that I grow in my faith unto Him so that I won't fall into Satan's trap when I encounter my next test/problem in life. May God also strengthen His children's faith unto Him. It is only through trials (fire in the furnace) before we know how capable, how faithful we are to our Lord (whether we can come out of the furnace, being a gold or silver... or come out as burnt wood?) Haha...

That's for my experience for that 1/2 - 1 hr of anxiety. Haha... then my brother, TungNgie led in our singinspiration, and he shared with us his testimonial when he first came to Singapore for his GCE O'Level... in english, haha... (after the fellowship, he told me that he had difficulty finding words to describe what he want, haha... but thank God, hopefully his message to the teens is clear to them)

Then moving on, our speaker for that day, brother Roger answered some of our BGR (boys-girls relationship) question regarding courtship and dating (non-US version - do you know that 'dating' in US involves sleeping together? In another word, one night stand. So don't say 'yes' if someone wanna date you in US) We have a wonderful sharing from the speaker and we have really learnt a lot there, especially for those who is going for marriage, and those who is looking for a partner... haha... it's God's will for his children to get marry... but not anyone, but someone God tailored for us. Hehe... how wonderful our God is. He loves us as much as our partner (has to be a Christian) Hehe...

We ended the fellowship around 4.30pm. We have some refreshments... the leftover yogurt drink... and a cup of the self-blended smoothie... haha... I wonder who finished it, because it was still there when I left with HongKit and TungNgie. Haha... some of brothers and sisters stayed for some chatting...

Raining season

Last last week was a very hot week... no rain, just the sun, then last week... rain has been pouring down, strong and powerful... haha... my brother and I even walked home in the rain on last Thursday. Haha... not sure about this week... haha.. all in God's will. One of my friends put on his msn nick - "Not dare to pray for rain anymore". Haha...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

National Day holiday

Holiday on 11 Aug

It is surprising to know that NUS still conducts lectures, some of the brothers and sisters does not have a break on 11 Aug. Since 9 Aug is the national day of Singapore and it fell on a Saturday, I thought 11 Aug is made holiday for everyone, but it isn't. Haha...

Invitation for evangelistic meetings

Heard about a lot of message regarding spreading the gospel these few weeks, because our church's September Evangelistic Meetings are near, less than a month away. Yea... very true... the most important thing that I neglected during my four years in NUS (more precise, all my years in schools and university) is to spread gospel... hopefully I have made a good testimony for my Lord in front of my friends, let them inspect how we Christians do things and how we make our decision... and who do we depend on when we met with difficulties. Yes, these parts and parser of life, no matter how "small" it is, they are relevant... as in showing how Christ lives in our life.

I really give this "spreading gospel" task (the great commission that our Lord Jesus Christ has entrusted to all believers before He ascended to heaven) a big thought... how could I have not spread gospel to my friends, my so-called "best friends"? And to think that God put my bro and I with them together again in the same university after we have left Singapore for two years. By these two years, my friends have introduced more friends to us... and we met new friends as well... the sad thing is... I have never spread gospel to them... I only "try" (not to my best) to invite them for previous evangelistic meetings... I am afraid... afraid that I lost these friends... and I'll be alone... Satan's powerful trick... blinded me from my God...

Eventually, after hearing so many messages on how we should honour God, not men... on agreeing that I need to carry my own cross to walk with Him and this requires me to pay prices. Think of how Christ suffer for me... but how do I have repay Him? Nothing... but it is never too late to begin my work... the work of paying the price to follow Him. This really requires God's strength and wisdom... and He has promised that He will provide if we ask...

Baptism thought and Service to my Lord

I do think a lot about baptism... have I really prepare my heart to serve my Lord? I am scared sometime that I do not have the capability to be used by my Lord... I believe... it is my own fear + Satan's evil plot... that caused fear... putting myself in an extreme point where I think I do not deserve to serve my Lord because I am too useless...

Our Lord really does not need us to serve Him because He is all mighty and He can do everything Himself, with just one word, He creates the universe, creates the light, creates the heaven and earth, creates everything... but He wants to be with us... He love us... but we are not deserved to serve Him... we are sinners... and thankfully, He is willing to come down to our world, sacrifice for us as the eternal lamb... His blood covers our sin, and we are saved because of that... God is willing to forgive us because of the blood of Christ, or else we will die in front of God... you will never want to taste God's wrath...

Baptism... is a symbol of commitment to our Lord... to the church we baptise in. Serving the Lord is such an important role for being a Christian... it helps us to grow spiritually too... you get trained (serving the Lord doesn't mean safe-sailing all the way) and able to taste the goodness in serving Him. Jesus once said that His yoke is light... Haha... yes, if we are depending on His strength... if you only wants to use ur own strength, you just making things miserable for urselves... and you will soon that you can't do it without God's strength. Haha...

Prayers

After I heard about Mr Spurgeon's non-stop prayers for his 5 unbelieving friends from one of the service, I thought... how important are prayers... praying non-stop for his friends... and it took ard 50++ years for all his friends to become believers (they believed in different years, three believes in ard 5, 18, 32 years... the last two took ard 50 yrs before they became believers)... and I think about it myself... have I pray so earnestly and non-stop for my friends? No, I didn't... only pray some time ... when I remember... again... it isn't too late to start praying for them and hope God will remove their obstacle to come for our church's incoming evangelistic meetings.

Don't wanna be blamed

Haha... heard this during today's service... our speaker shared with us a story that a lady of medium age came to speak with him... telling him that she is a Christian. The speaker said, "that's good, how do you become a Christian?" She answered, "God love us so much that I become Christian." My speaker directly asked, "So, you are sure that you can go to heaven after you die?" Surprisingly, that lady replied, "No, whether going to heaven or hell, I will only know after I die."

Then the speaker told her, "You will never go to heaven like this, because your faith is not correct." She wept... the speaker didn't compromise with that by saying "oh sorry that I make you cry..."... the speaker took the chance to spread the true gospel to her. The speaker is actually happy that she wept... meaning she really admit that her faith is wrong... better than she be angry and move away...

The speaker told us that if he didn't told her that her faith is wrong, when she goes in front of God and God put her to hell... she will complain to the Lord abt the speaker, "Hey that guy knows that my faith is wrong, how could he has not correct me?"

Another one that the speaker shared with us this morning (think I have heard this b4, but no harm hearing it again) that there is a christian who always buy pork from this particular stall... after a few years... one day, the butcher told the christian that he is so glad that he has accepted Christ the day before, and want to share this gospel with him... the christian then only told him that... "actually, I have known God a long time before"... the butcher, bewildered, ask... "why have you not tell me of this wonderful Jesus Christ before?"... so what's your response to this story... what if the butcher die without hearing the gospel? He will surely go to the Lord and complain that this christian has never tell him the gospel before...

Yes, whether a person believe in the Lord is God's will, or God's power, or God's blessings... but we, as the children of God, need to go sow the seed, to spread the gospel... no matter whether that person is going to believe in the Lord or not. We just need to sow the seed, as easy as it is! God provides the sun and water for the seed to grow... but we need to sow the seed...

So, brothers and sisters, are you willing to be "blamed" by your non-believing friends/families/relatives before God? If "no" is your answer, let us work together to spread the gospel... pray nonstop for our unbelieving friends/families/relatives. I know it is not an easy thing to do... but we must depend on our Lord to do it... not "try doing it", but DO IT! Haha... not "JUST DO IT" (Nike's motto), but "DEPEND ON THE LORD TO DO IT". Haha... may our God continue to bless us... may we willing be a tool for Him to use effectively... hehe...

Good nitez...

Saturday, August 09, 2008

September Evangelistic Meetings

Invitation for the September Evangelistic Meetings

English Evangelistic Meetings go from September 1 - 3 and Chinese Evangelistic Meetings go from September 4 - 6. Hope you all can come! Hehe...

Man has, through centuries of hard work, achieved rapid and astounding success in science and technology. However, man's morality deteriorates with each day and we remain at a loss when tackling the depravity of man. Problems that have plagued history still remain with us today in its ever potent forms. It can be said we have utterly failed. The news we read daily in the newspaper proves this point. What is man's real problem? Despite an increasingly intelligent mind, the human nature is irreparably corrupted. Man kills other men, and kills himself. Some 2600 years ago, an Israelite prophet declared that, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9)

To such a world, the Lord Jesus Christ said, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (John 8:12) The Lord Jesus is not only the light of the world; He desires to save the world from darkness, so that they may live in the light.

Through the ages, those that have come to know and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour have had their lives transformed. As the Bible says, "If anyone is in Christ; he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Are you struggling with your sinful tendencies? Are all your efforts to overcome sinful temptations futile? Do you desire to walk in a path of light, to lead a life of holiness, but find yourself powerless?

We welcome you to join us at our evangelistic meetings on 1st - 6th September and learn more about our Lord Jesus Christ and what He has done for you. And by believing in Him, you may receive a new life and walk in the light!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Had a break from programming

Home programming

About this program tha my bro and I have been developing for the one week, we has finally done at least the skeleton of it... the pictures and the words are there, yea! Now, the audio and making some exercises (e.g. multiple choice? drag-n-drop feature?) , haha... the audio is alright, as we have tested that it can work before we start off the project, haha... but the drag n drop feature is a pretty hard one to add... we'll see about that... the multiple choice exercises should be ok, but we have to come out with the questions, answers, choices and the mechanism behind choosing the questions. Haha... so next version, R1.02.

Home cooked dishes

I have put up a slideshow on my sidebar on the photos that TungNgie took for our home cooked dishes. Haha... however, I haven't add in the captions for them... I'm pretty lazy to do that though. Haha...



This is our last home-cooked dinner. There are two bowls of rice, a dish of meat + veggie and a dish that should be an omelette, mushroom omelette to be precise. Haha... the former is cooked by TungNgie and the latter me. Haha... so happy. Haha... a clearer view:



TungNgie is so nice to take a closer picture for all of you... and you see... it is a mushroom omelette. I'm not lying. Haha... still learning...

Spiritual lesson learnt from cooking

You must be wondering, wow, what can I learn from that? Well, it is because I am very scare of the "jumping" oil, when the oil is heated and some dips of water dropped into it... the oil started to "jump", haha... then I learnt that if I wanna cook, I just have to hang on, work through those pain (when "they" hit onto your hands), haha... yea true... if we want to spread the gospel and do this great commission from the Lord, we need to face people's rejection (or scolding perhaps) bravely. Hehe... pray for these people who rejected God's word. Hehe... yea, so then, that's one lesson. Always depend on my Lord.

Other than that, I just played my NBA Live 2004, a good game... then went on to play a RPG game that I had stopped for a long time ( > 6 months). Haha... that's all for now. What a "playing" afternoon (+ evening) I have today... haha... anyway... moving on to the next phase of programming after the "break". Haha...