Monday, January 26, 2009

LNY 1st day

Lunar New Year Eve

My brothers (Tung Ngie and Tung Lieng) had our "Reunion Dinner" yesterday, with chicken soup (with meat and mushroom), vege (xiao bai chai + braised mushroom + carrot) and a dish of curry (with meat, long bean and lady fingers). Hehe, they are just nice, hehe... we managed to get our stomach filled... full and then we watched some television programmes before we brushed up and went to bed... we 2 went to bed, Tung Lieng hadn't... don't know what he's been doing till... around 3++am I think... hehe...

Lunar New Year 1st day

Our breakfast is going to be a cabbage meal... but currently, as Tung Lieng has not awoken yet, the breakfast is not ready yet when I am writing this post. Haha... most shops don't open today. Our Sunday School class is going to start discussion on the book of Proverbs, thus we have been assigned to do some introductions of the book before starting on it. Hehe... thus I think I will use today to find the "Deiffent theme in studying Proverbs". After reading a study guide book on the book of Proverbs, I find it quite interesting because the guide book points out some interesting characters - gluttons, scoffers, lazy, simple, etc. Haha... these are all kinds of attribute people could have (one or more). Hehe... oh ya... there's leftover from yesterday dinner, thus we might finish them this afternoon. I believe we can do that, hehe... after I have cleared my stomach just now, hehe...

Ok, that's all for now. If my family in KB is reading this, I just wanna say I miss you all too. Hehe... miss my dad, my mum, my grandma and my sis. Hehe... but most importantly I don't forget about my Lord for He is always with me and I shall always keep my life pure for Him to use me. Thank God that He has changed me to a new me, because my old me is just just so ugly, in terms of personality and spiritually!

Lesson from Tower of Babel

The last Sunday, Brother Hock Lee shared with us on lesson learnt from Tower of Babel. The reference passge in the bible is Genesis 创世记 11:1-9. Something I learnt from the lesson, even if the lesson could be nothing new, but it is surely serve as a reminder to every Christians or saints to reflect on our life on earth.

We saw from the passage that after the people settled down, they started to think about what to do... they started to think about man's work... not for God, but for themselves... something for us to reflect - when we have settled down, e.g. a quiet time or a holiday (whether school holiday or public holiday), what's the first thing we think of? Is it for the Lord or for ourselves? Yes, many times I tend to think about my work because currently my project is in a rush mode.

Next, they started to build a city. There is nothing wrong in building a city or a tower, but these men wanted to "make a name for ourselves (themselves)". Their motive is not to honor God, but honor themselves. They have replaced God in their heart with themselves. It has been like that all along... we saw that people are selfish, eventhough the education "encourages" us not to be selfish... even a parent can teach a child not to be selfish, but people can never learn from education or even their parents, because once the child saw that their parents' selfish act, they will "follow". This is all entirely coming down to one root problem - our sin in our heart. Our sinful heart causes us to be pride, wants to gain attention, and do everything and anything against God's will. Thus it is very natural for us to NOT TO OBEY GOD's WORD.

However, you can't say "hey, it is natural wah, just let it be then." No, even if you allowed it yourselves, God won't allow it. Why? Because our One and Only God loves us and doesn't want us to go the destruction way (John 3:16-18). From the reference passage, we saw God took actions when the men were building the Tower of Babel.

The passage in verse 5 reads "the Lord came down" - means that the people's work are insignificant. These people want to build a tower to reach heaven, want to prove themselves better than God... but to God, these people do not have any idea what they are doing. From the word "came down" or in chinese "降临", we saw God has to "come down" to see how the men are doing - doesn't mean if God didn't come down, God doesn't know what the men are doing - the men here also means "son of ground" as we people are just made of soil. Something for us to reflect: in all we do or did in our life, don't feel proud about them, because they are all insignificant in God's eyes. Nothing to be proud of. Do you think you can be proud when you have a beautiful body? Or a very high career? Or very wealthy? People boast about their achievements no matter how minor it is... they just want to gain attention, want to make a name for themselves. To God, all men's achievement are nothing. Just think, if you look at a line of ants busy carrying their food from one end of a ruler to the other end. To the ants, they have achieved a lot... how about you? You just need to take their food from them and bring to the end, how insignificant these ants' effort are... just like how God viewed our achievements, thus, nothing to boast about their achievements.

We saw that God diversed the men's language. Some people get the wrong meaning that God did not want men to achieve something, or if God doesn't stop them now, God can't stop them later. No, God is the Almighty, He can do anything, He is the "I AM WHO I AM". God wanted to stop them from doing what they are doing now... these people didn't know that whatever they are doing is sinning against God (they want to take over God, they want to make a name for themselves). Like a child who has done something wrong, but he/she didn't know he/she is wrong, the parents need to discipline the child, or the child will go wild, as in... he/she thought what she is doing (sinning against God) is the right way to live their life.

God has shown mercy to these people by diversifying their language, because He can take away these people's live easily. He wanted the people to stop their construction work (they are building/piling up their sin - and this will lead to eternal death). Something to reflect: Think why God has put you into a comfortable situation, is that something you can do for our Lord? Don't continue sinning, but repent (1 John 1:9). Don't be proud when you achieve something, but thank God for that because it is God-given. For whatever you do, think about the motive, because no matter how innocent the action may be, if you do it with a wrong motive, you are sinning against our Lord.

May this serves as a reminder to all of God's children.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Near to CNY

Break from work

This CNY holiday sure comes at the right time. A break from my work, hehe... I thank God for that. For the past 2 nights, I have been bringing codes home and worked till midnight, latest was 12.30++am only, hehe... not dare to go too late, will harm my body and I can't think properly when I am sleepy. Hehe...

Today I finally solve one of two parts of my bugs... wow... using 4 to 5 days to clear one part. Now the other part, will start clearing them from tomorrow onwards. Not to forget, I need to write unit tests for those codes I have written to solve the bugs. Haha... unit test, tedious job though. Haha... need time to think for the best way to unit test the codes. Hehe...

Anyway, put all these in God's hands and I believe He will lead me through. Hehe... today I am going to sleep earlier than the previous two nights. Hehe...

Shops run wild

The shops here go all out to display their goods, Bee Cheng Hiong (美珍香) has a lot of promotions on their bah kwa... and people still queueing up to buy them during these recession periods. Hehe... I like Chinese New Year because this is the only time I can eat Mandarin, a kind of orange, lu kan.

Haha... I read on one of the brothers' post that he is studying Bahasa Melayu, haha... I thought of some terms near to lu-kan. "luka" is injure, "lupa" is forget and "sukan" is sport (not "lukan"). "lipas" is cockroach, "lepas" is skip or past, "lima" is 5, "limau" is orange or lime, "lalat" is fly. Haha... just for fun xia. Hehe...

Prayer meeting yesterday

Yesterday Brother Hock Lee shared with us Psalm 32:3-5, the different outcome of keeping silent (does not repent from sin) and being open to the Lord (repent, tell God your sin committed)... for keeping silent, we saw that we'll be in danger, feel like no strength (bone crushed) as we know that our sin can't escape from God's eyes... the sin is like a disease or cancer in our body, draining our energy and life.

Surprisingly, if we repent and seek God's forgiveness, the Psalm 32:3-5 says that God is more than willing to forgive us. He wants all of us to have the desire to get near Him, approach Him, seek Him and also, ask for His forgiveness. Although He won't like to see us sinning, He know we are weak, and when we sinned against Him, He wants us to go back to Him, He wants us to tell Him our sin, and He is willng to forgive our sins. In the bible, there also mentions that if we don't repent, God will not forgive our sin.

So, why live a sinful, weary life? Hurry, repent and ask for God's forgiveness, for He is the One and Only God... He is the Only One who can say "I AM who I AM"... He is the Only "I AM" for He created the heaven and the earth... no name is greater than His. He shows us what true love is, so that we can love Him back... but the worldly love is far far different from the true love God shows us.

May all brothers and sisters willing to commit ourselves to our Lord for He is the Only One who can say "I AM who I AM". Let us have the desire to follow our Lord's step, follow His footprints for it is the safest way on the most narrow road. (The broad road, where most are walking on, leads to eternal death, instead of eternal life.)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Week by week

Time to fix bugs

This week I have been doing integration testing on my part at work. Hence, next week my boss has given me two and a half days to solve the bugs I logged during testing. So... time to fix bugs and a major obstacle I have seen in my code... not enough MVP (model-view-presenter)... well it was actually in a different style of MVP - some kinda of Supervising Controller, but this is hard for unit test (thus my code coverage is low)... thus in order to increase the code coverage (need to increase the efficiency of unit test), I need to refurnish my codes to another kind of MVP, Passive View, where the View is like a slave to the Presenter.

If I am going to change, it will take quite some time for me... as I am a slow thinker... moreover, the worst thing is that it may break my current code and thus may create more troubles. Although the proverb "No pain, no gain" does exist, the problem is the schedule... it is very tight right now for me but really... since the boss is asking for more code coverage as well as bug fixing, I think the best way is to refurnish it... one good thing is that I can do a better unit test, another thing is that I am revisiting my code and able to pick up the part that I have slacked (thus the bugs, hehe, I hope so). Hehe... I will continue to put all these works in God's hand and pray that He helps me in this matter.

A late Friday, Saturday and Sunday (maybe)

It has been more than a week since my last post. Hehe... Tung Ngie and I went to a gathering with some of our NUSHO alumni. Some of them (2 or 3) still going to band practice on every Monday and Friday (well, some skipped for this gathering). Everyone got job and basically the conversation has been revolving around our jobs. Oh ya, some even go on to taking PhD. Wow, hehe... congrats to them on their perseverance! Haha... anyway that was Friday night... we reached home around 11++pm, and slept around 12++am.

On Satuday (today), we have a video session with the English session Youth Fellowship. The video is the first of the series on Joshua Harris' talk. Joshua Harris talked about what true love is from the bible and I love his examples. He has a lot of humour expressions. Haha... actually we had singinspiration first before the video, led by brother Joshua, beautiful four hymns. After the video, we formed into four groups and had some discussions. My group is led by auntie Janice, and there are 11 of us. Hehe... both my brothers, Tung Ngie and Tung Lieng, are in the same group as me, as well as Joel. Then there is another brother, and 5 sisters (sorry, can't remember their name). We had dinner after the sharing... and a birthday cum farewell cake (to different persons). We reached home around 10++pm and what a long trip in MRT from Bukit Batok to Bedok. Haha... we took a bus from Sixth Avenue to Bukit Batok interchange... we thought it end at Clementi interchange instead. Haha...

Tomorrow could be another day when I will come back late... friend's birthday at West Coast Plaza... the other end of Singapore from where I live (and work)... surely do hope I have the guts to share God's gospel with my friends...

What could be the next post's title? Month by month? Haha... oopz almost 12am le, need to go bed and prepare for tomorrow's Sunday School! Hehe...

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Day by day

It's Wednesday

"Half of the week is gone", said Tung Ngie when we just reached home around 8.30pm. We set off from our workplace at 8pm, went to NTUC to buy bread and kaya (pandan) for tomorrow's breakfast, and a fruit juice, then all the way back. Hehe... day by day, oh... there is pastoral group prayer meeting this week, thus there is no prayer meeting today, that's why we managed to work till so late.

Some celebration nearby

Hmm, I am not sure what event is organised across the road, but there are some singers and a rock band that play music for the singers to sing. Most of the songs the singers sang are Chinese New Year songs... though there are still two or three weeks away from Jan 26 and 27. The singers tried to be "modern" as well, (ahh, that's why they hired a rock band), adding rock background to the traditional chinese new year songs. Haha... the singers and the emcee spoke English, Chinese and a chinese dialect.

One of the songs (this is not chinese new year song as I said "Most of the songs" earlier, not all the songs) sang reminds me of my childhood, listening to my mum and grandparents sing the oldies at home. Haha... especially my mum. Haha... having a picture of my mum singing karaoke and all her children listening in my mind le, hehe... I put it up after I drawn it (cartoon style of course, still a beginner). Haha...

Wonder when the celebration going to end... hope it doesn't prevent me from sleeping, hehe...

Geylang Teens Youth Fellowship at 10 Jan

We will meet at 2.30pm in East Coast Park, the meeting point is the ever-easy-to-find McDonald restaurant. Haha... hope to see you all there! Hehe... looks like Zhen Zhen, Delina, Hong Jan or Hong Ling have the activity that day planned. Hehe... continue to pray for them and every teens and youth (including young adults)! Haha... this will be my (and Tung Ngie's) first time to East Coast Park after moving to Bedok. Hehe...

Ongoing celebration

Wow, looks like the singers are moving off from CNY songs, but pop rock songs... at least better than those metallica songs, haha... though I like their music, haha... very rhythmic, haha... so I guess they make a good choice hiring a rock band instead, haha... oh yeah... looks like the singers are foreigners, as they keep on saying "friends from Singapore" or "新加坡的朋友"... oh now they invite a Malay, and they started speaking Malay. By they way, I am only listening, thus I don't know how they all looks like, and I guess its a rock band, haha... wow now malay songs! Haha... this malay song is familiar though, haha... oh its a malay song MEDLEY! Haha... that's all now, going to brush up.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

A forward from friend

A forward from friend

Another post that consisted a forward from a friend. No matter the incident is true or not, we know how evil all human hearts are, and I believe such things can happen to anyone, not only females. For money, human can do anything including killing one another.

Dear All,

This is pretty scary, in connection with the case on Ms Canny Ong who was raped and killed last year.

A friend stopped at a pay-at-the-pump gas station to get gas. Once she filled her gas tank after paying at the pump and about to leave, the attendant inside came over the speaker. He told her that something happened with her card and that she needed to come inside to pay.

The lady was confused because the transaction showed complete and approved. She told him that and was getting ready to leave but the attendant once again urged her to come in to pay or else.

She proceeded to go inside and started arguing with the attendant about his threat. He told her to calm down and listen carefully: He told her that while she was pumping gas, a guy slipped into the back seat of her car on the other side and he had called the police. She immediately became scared and looked out there in time to see her car door open and the guy slip out.

The report is that the new gang initiation thing is to bring back a woman's body part. One way they are doing this is crawling under girls/women's cars while they're pumping gas or at grocery stores in the night time. Then, they will cut off the legs ankles to disable them in order to kidnap them, kill and dismember them.

The other way is slipping into unattended cars and kidnapping the women to kill and dismember them. Please pass this on to other women, young and old alike. Be extra careful going to and from your car at night. If at all possible, don't go alone! This is real!!

The message:
1. ALWAYS lock your car doors, even if you're gone for just a second.
2. Check underneath your car when approaching it for re-entry, and check in the back before getting in.
3. Always be aware of your surroundings and other individuals in your general vicinity, particularly at night!

"World peace"?

Can we get any peace in this world? No, there isn't any peace. Although there are some "peace" campaign going around the world, or the main aim of unions is to promote peace and so on, there is no peace in this world because of the sin in all of our heart.

There's only one way to clear the sin in our heart - by accepting Jesus Christ as your personal saviour. Christianity is not a religion, and it should not be divided into some denominations (such as Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, etc)... Christianity is the truth - the only truth is from the bible, God's word - no other scripture can be claimed as the truth because they are just mere words from human, not the one from the One and Only God.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Next holiday : End of January

End of Festive "season"

There goes my holidays these two weeks. Next "holiday" will be Jan 26-27, Chinese New Year holiday. One thought in my mind is "I can't wait to go back home in KB." Another thought comes, "so what if I can go back home?".

Well, apart from being together with my family, I am sure that it'll be like wasting time in KB, because I will be sitting around in the living room, play PS2, walk around the house, enjoy my grandma's cooked food, able to play basketball in my own compound (if there's no rain), waiting for the night to come before I go to bed, and there's another day. It'll be somewhat the same for what I am doing now for some Saturdays when there's no church activity, except there's no grandma's wonderful food here. Hehe...

Thus how should we view each day? Hmm... I think how we live for our Lord is that makes the difference. Our Lord wants us to serve Him and think about His words every hour, every minute, every second. Joshua 1:8 says "Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."

Yet my heart sometimes resisted on following God's word, not willing to sacrifice myself for Him, although I know it is very important to do that, for Romans 12:1 says "Therefore, I (Apostle Paul) urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship." I also know that my Lord is a wonderful God, and He will NEVER short change my life... He will even bless all His children who have the heart to serve Him and sacrifice for Him. I know all these, and many times I have the desire to sacrifice for my Lord.

Having the desire is not enough, the actions must follow on. If there's only desire but no action, it is just NATO (no action, talk only), God will not be pleased. Thus I need to continue to tell myself, and PUSH myself, to do His works.

Memory verses

Our church encourages all of us to read the bible and keep Lord's word in our heart (memorise verses). Hehe... last year, I have memorised from January till June. Due to my laziness, I have not called myself to start this memorising again... it is sad and I have always been NATO in this area of work. Think I need to push myself again, hehe...

"Girls always have room for dessert" I have forgotten where I heard that from, but I don't know if that's true or not. One thing I am sure of is "Christians always have room for God's word", no matter what age we are, or how "poor memory" we admit ourselves be, I am sure our Lord will give us room in our heart and brain to store His word. Thus, it is no excuse for us to say we are not capable to memorise God's word. Hehe... when we are living God's word in our life, then it will be harder for us to forget His word. Hehe...

Some interesting books

I have finished reading one of the fisher books 渔人丛书, #17 - 天路上的忠告. It comprises of the messages spoken by one of the pastors in 香港喜乐福音堂, 胡恩德先生. The content touches on all sorts of teaching for our spiritual walk with Christ. Very interesting I found it to be, and learnt a lot (and the next thing is how do I apply what I learnt in my life). Haha...

Next few books I will be looking at: "Christ among other gods", "Be Skillful" (used for Sunday School) and "The Case for Christ" (gift from my Sunday School teachers). Hehe... how blessed I am with so many books. If you have been to any of my church's libraries (Queenstown and Geylang) , there are many more books, hehe... but the most important thing we have to get straight in our mind is that these books are reference books only, a guide to help us understand the bible in some particular topics or directs us to some passages in the bible that we need to solve our problems (perhaps)... the ultimate book is the bible, God's word. We need to listen to God's word directly ourselves, for it is only there, we can find comfort, strength and grace from our Lord.