Thursday, September 30, 2004
Saturday, September 25, 2004
I WISH YOU ENOUGH
Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last
Moments together at the airport as the daughter's departure
hugged andhad been announced. Standing near the security gate, they
the mother said,
"I love you and I wish you enough."
The daughter replied,
"Mom, our life together has been more than enough.
Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom."
They kissed and the daughter left.
The mother walked over to the window where I sat.
Standing there, I could see she wanted and needed to cry.
I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by
"Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would
"Yes, I have," I replied. "Forgive me for asking but why is
this a forever good-bye?"
"I am old and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead
and the reality is the next trip back will be for my funeral,"
When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, "I wish you
enough." May I ask what that means?"
She began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down
from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone."
She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in
detail and she smiled even more.
"When we said 'I wish you enough' we were wanting the other
person to have a life filled with just enough good things to
Then turning toward me, she shared the following, reciting it from
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough helloes to get you through the final good-bye.
She then began to cry and walked away.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person,
An hour to appreciate them,
A day to love them,
And an entire life to forget them.
Friday, September 24, 2004
monopolization of internet line. That's why I'm typing this on the MS
Word and will send it by email later. So while waiting for Pastor to
get OFF line, here's my ranting. Oh ya, wanted to be online to do my
Cybermissions course. Hehehehe doing cybermissions with only one line
to useâ¦ mati lah. Somemore, most of the time Pastor is online. Sure
drag wanâ¦. From 12 weeks course to 24 weeks course..hehehe. Hopefully
the streamyx will come fast lah.
According to the articles that I've read, there are over 945,000,000
people using the internet for this year and a whopping 709,100,100
eMarketer out there. Talking about selling, the internet is really a
mega market place. And the internet language population is changing
from the dominant English to other languages.
The statistic is for September 2002: English 36.5%; Chinese 10.9%,
Japanese 9.7%; Spanish 7.2%, German 6.7%; Korean 4.5%; Italian 3.8%;
French 3.5%, Portuguese 3.0%; Russian 2.9% and Dutch 2.0%
Wahâ¦ must learn Chinese alredi lah, or Japanese.
Oh yes, Pastor OFF line alredi. Time to cyber with a missions.
Your IQ score is 122
This number is based on a scientific formula that compares how many questions you answered correctly on the Classic IQ Test relative to others.
Your Intellectual Type is Visual Mathematician. (Visual...hmm, I agree... always look at other people...mostly girls...).This means you are gifted at spotting patterns Â both in pictures and in numbers. These talents combined with your overall high intelligence make you good at understanding the big picture, which is why people trust your instincts and turn to you for direction Â especially in the workplace. And that's just some of what we know about you from your test results.
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Monday, September 20, 2004
taste nice or not. That doesn't mean that I don't like good food. I
loves good food. I know whether the food is delicious or not. I know
between awful and delicious food. And I don't like bad awful food.
But....I'm not crazy about food.
I know people who are so called food lover. And these people know who
you are. The extent that they do to get the food that they like is
sometimes beyond my understanding. I mean they would be willing to
spend lots of money just to be able to eat the delicious food. Some
would travel as far as 4 hours journey so that they can eat the food
that they crave. Some would travel to the remote areas just to try a
certain kind of food, just because they heard from others about it.
I wouldn't understand these kind of people. Maybe that is what drives
them. Delicious food drives them, seduce them, allure them, just like
magnet to iron. Guess I'm just not crazy about food. Eat to live, not
live to eat.
It's now easy to get Annabelle to sit down properly. She kept on moving and wanting to be carried. She scared of the barber lady. Thank God for the lollipop which manage to keep her quiet. I had to carry her while the barber cut her hair. All her hair dropped on my shirt and jeans. First time experience.
Saturday, September 18, 2004
My PS gone alredi, spoilt and that's the end of my PS playing game. Some more no more time to play with Annabelle around. So now I'll stick to blogging.... which I can do while I'm alone at night.
Wah.... got more than one maids in the house.
Ever experience that moment where you are in awe of other people's
wealth? I had.... many times... and I wonder whether I'll some day
experience all this wealth. And I'm still wondering. But then I know
that it is all material things that will not last. I thank God for
what He has already given me. Good health, good mind, salvation which
life for eternity, a good wife, sweet Annabelle and another one coming
soon, a good family, a good country, a job/ministry and many more. To
that I'm grateful and contented. Indeed the Lord is good and generous.
Today I read Psalm 45 - 50. Many wonderful wisdom from the psalms.
This is one of them.
"Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his
house increase; he will take nothing with him when he dies, his
splendor will not descend with him." Psalm 49:16-17
When I die, my heavenly dwelling is much much better than the most
beautiful house in this world. Why then should I be in awe?
Thursday, September 16, 2004
The gals father started searching for the two lovers but they could not find them. At last, he accepted their love and asked them in a newspaper to come back. Her father said that if u both come back i will marry u wit the guy u luv, I accept that u loved each other truly. So in this way their love won and the age old attitude of the tribe took a beating. The couple went to the city for shopping for the wedding.
He was wearing a white traditional dress, and was crossing the road when a car came and hit him and he died on the spot. The girl lost her senses. After a long time she recovered and accepted that her love has died.
One night she was sleeping in her home with her family. Her mother had dream in which she saw a fairy. That fairy asked her mother to wash the blood spots of the guy from her daughter's clothes as soon as possible. But her mother ignored the dream.
Next night the father saw the same dream, he also ignored it. Then when the girl had the same dream the next night, she woke up and told her mother about the dream. Her mother asked her to wash the clothes on which there were blood spots. She washed the spots but some remained.
Next night she again had the same dream she again washed the spots but some still remained. Next night she again had the same dream and this time that fairy gave her last warning to wash the blood spots, else something terrible will happen.
This time the girl tried her best to wash the spots, the clothes tore, but some spots still remained.
In the evening on same day when she was alone, someone knocked the door,when she opened the door she saw the fairy at the door. She got very scared and fainted. The fairy woke her up..., and gave her an object. That awe-struck girl asked "what is this..? to which the fairy replied
"..... Try Liquid Dynamo... it removes even the toughest stains ....."
That's right. Instead of paying these outrageous taxes, I'd give them $3.00 an hour. And, I'm only going to pay them for 5 hours, not planning time. That would be $15.00 a day. Each parent should pay $15.00 a day for these teachers to baby sit their children. Even if they have more than one child, it's still cheaper than private daycare.
Now how many children do they teach a day - maybe 20? That's $15.00 x 20 = 300.00 a day. But remember, they only work 180 days a year! I'm not going to pay them for all the vacations: $300.00 x 180 =$54,000.
(Just a minute my calculator must need batteries.)
What will teachers say about those who have 10 years of experience and a master's degree? Well, maybe (just to be fair) they could get the minimum wage. We can round that off to about $6.00 an hour, times 5 hours, times 20 children. $6.00 x 5 x 20. That's $600 a day times 180
days. That's only $108,000.
Wait a minute! There is something wrong here...
Monday, September 13, 2004
Altogether, a total of nine OA came. Achau’s family and Asmahwati. Drove back to the house to pick up Michelle and Andrew’s boys. After loading all the things, I drove the van to buy nasi lemak. Then the van gave problems. It jerks and sounds of explotions came from the exhaust pipe. Slowly drove back to the house. Call up Terry to borrow his van. Michelle borrowed her sister’s Kancil. Then we drove to Pantai Kundor. Timothy Cheng and Evelyn reached there already.
Unpacked all the things and the children then went for a swim. They really enjoyed themselves. Annabelle also seems to enjoy the trip. She just sat by herself and played with the sand. The children also build sand castles and they are really creative. We brought fish and sausages to barbeque. At about 12 noon we all ate nasi lemak plus the barbequed fish and sausages. A good time for all of us. I drove the van and send the Orang Asli back to their village. A wonderful day for me.
Saturday, September 11, 2004
He asked me to call back later.
What lah!. If attend meeting, make sure your phone is on off mode lah.
Waste my money calling him. Have to call him later. Sometimes these
people is either too clever or too stupid. If you don't want people to
disturb you, please switch off your handphone lah. Simple thing also
don't know. Very irritating.
Anyway, may God gives those with handphone the wisdom of switching off
their handphones during meetings.
Friday, September 10, 2004
A boy was sitting on a park bench with one hand resting on an open Bible. He was loudly exclaiming his praise to God."Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God is great!" he yelled without worrying whether anyone heard him or not.
Shortly after, along came a man who had recently completed some studies at a local university. Feeling himself very enlightened in the ways of truth and very eager to show this enlightenment, he asked the boy about the source of his joy."Hey," asked the boy in return with a bright laugh, "don't you have any idea what God is able to do? I just read that God opened up the waves of the Red Sea and led the whole nation of Israel right through the middle."
The enlightened man laughed lightly, sat down next to the boy and began to try to open his eyes to the "realities" of the miracles of the Bible."That can all be very easily explained. Modern science has shown that the Red Sea in that area was only 10-inches deep at that time. It was no problem for the Israelites to wade across."
The boy looked surprised. His eyes wandered from the man back to the Bible laying open in his lap. The man, content that he had enlightened a poor, naive young person to the finer points of scientific insight, turned to go. Scarcely had he taken two steps when the boy began to rejoice and praise louder than before; "Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God is SO great!".
The man turned to ask the reason for this resumed jubilation."Wow!" exclaimed the boy happily, "God is greater than I thought! Not only did He lead the whole nation of Israel through the Red Sea, He topped it off by drowning the whole Egyptian army in only 10-inches of water!"
Thursday, September 09, 2004
I have to write my journal everyday. That’s the requirement for the Renovation Of The Heart class. Need to pen down (or maybe type in) my thoughts for the day. Good and also “bad” thoughts. It will definitely be private. But I can look back and evaluate how I’ve progress. Good idea but do I have the consistency and perseverance to type/write until it becomes a habit of mine
About today. I received my digital camera Ben Q DC3410. Bought from Ebay at US$110. Consider good bargain lah. Small size and very sleek. Can use as a web cam also. Can record video clips and audio clips too.
With this blogging stuff, I need the digital camera. But the main thing is to capture those precious moments of my daughter Annabelle and the coming one Junior in December. Got to be ready before all the memories faded off from my mind. Praise God for the advancement of technology. But I must use it for the good of mankind.
Okay, that’s all the journaling for now. Got to go back home. Adios. Good bye. Chai Jian. Sayonara. Apa –apa lah.
Monday, September 06, 2004
Even as I preached, I know the message is definitely for me. I canrelate many times and ways that I've been disloyal. If not in action, then in my thoughts and feelings. Dissatisfaction is the most common reason for people to be disloyal. Ungratefulness is another main reason for us to be disloyal. And our carnal nature adds up to the tendency to rebel or be disloyal to the person(s) who deserves our loyalty.
Would I be loyal now since I've preached about it? I dare not say that I'll be loyal because it is something that we develop through time, especially times of trouble. But one thing that I've learned is that many of us expects loyalty from others. We want others to be loyal but we ourselves will find many reasons not to be loyal to them. It is not how others treat us that determines whether we should be loyal or not. The determining factor is our goal to be Christlike. Loyalty is demanded from us by God and especially when things get rough, our loyalty will be tested.
There is however a limitation to our loyalty to others. No one have the right to ask us to sacrifice ethical principles in the name of loyalty. When an employer asks us to tell a lie, he immediately forfeits his right to claim/demand loyalty from us.
My wife asked me whether I'm loyal to her. So far so good. I'm married and still loyal. hehehe. I know that she is loyal to me. Praise God for that. Marriage is a covenant and not a contract. Look not for anyway to escape your marriage but look for ways to strengthen and build the best relationship that you'll have besides your relationship with Jesus Christ.
On the scale of 1 to 10, my loyalty to others is rated 7.5. Be patient with me, I'm still working on this character.
Share your thoughts with me.
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
While still lying down on the bed, I heard the sound of thunder and rain. Waaah. Raining... maybe the picnic will be cancelled. Anyway, wakes my wife and told her to get ready. She said that it's raining. She asked whether she has to go. I said yes. Then we forced ourselves to wake up, took our bath and get ready to go. By the time we are ready to go, it's already 8 am, which is the time we should have been at the Pantai.
We stopped by along the road to buy breakfast and thereafter went to the spot planned for the Family Day. A few families have already arrived. What is amazing for me is when I opened the car door to carry Annabelle out. She was still sleeping throughout the journey. When I opened the car door, she woke up and saw the beach and the waves. Wahhh... she shouted while pointing at the beach... asking to be carried out immediately. Never has I ever seen her so eager to go out. It's like she is afraid that her daddy will not let her go out to the beach... that she shouted loud and pointed to the beach. Not to disappoint her, I carry her out immediately. She then quietened down.
By the time most of them finished their breakfast, a few more families arrived. At about 9am, the organizer started the competition. First the sand castle competition. Three groups competed. They are all excited about their castle. The boys group are straightforward plain strong castle while the girls groups are more creative and definitely have the girls touch. All the three castles are different and unique according to their builders.
Then there the long jump competition. Some of them can really jump far. The tug of war competition is the best. Those above 40 against those below 40. Those above 40 are the strong adults... the fathers. Those below 40 are mostly the youth and children... mainly girls. I joined the below 40 group.... I'm still young lah. Organized the group and when the whistle blow, we pull and pull and pull. Then we won. Changed side and again we pulled and pulled and pulled. But this time the rope didn't move. After almost 15 seconds of pulling and hanging on to the rope, we managed to pull the other group. Wahhhhh.... our group won. Can't believe it that the children managed to win.
Suddenly, it started to rain. Everybody quickly packed their things and we went back home. That night, I can feel my body aching... ai yo... getting old already lah..