I shall start with last Tuesday. I went to watch ‘Kung Fu Panda’ with my two sis straight after my Physic’s tuition. My tuition ended at 6.45pm and the movie started at 7pm, so we only had our dinner after that…but my sis brought breads into the cineplex to make sure that we will not be like the hungry panda…hahaha…:) (For your information: no outside food is allowed in the auditorium)
Kung Fu Panda is the best animation movie that I had ever watched…
“Kung Fu Panda” features Jack Black as Po the Panda, a lowly waiter in a noodle restaurant, who is a kung fu fanatic but whose shape doesn’t exactly lend itself to kung fu fighting. In fact, Po’s defining characteristic appears to be that he is the laziest of all the animals in ancient China. That’s a problem because powerful enemies are at the gates, and all hopes have been pinned on a prophesy naming Po as the “Chosen One” to save the day. A group of martial arts masters are going to need a black belt in patience if they are going to turn this slacker panda into a kung fu fighter before it’s too late.
“there is no charge for awesomeness or attractiveness”-Po in his dream
Last Friday was the state level military band competition in Ipoh. Around 6 something in the morning, my house phone suddenly rang.(never expect to receive any phone call that early). My mom picked up and it was Mr.Tan, who wanted the school band’s past achievements and history.(From what I heard, he phoned Mr.Ling KN around 3am…Woah!!!) He asked whether the school EB computer had any of them. But, so sorry I can’t help much cause there isn’t any. Our school band rented 3 buses (2 bas persiaran and 1 bas sekolah) as the musical instruments, uniforms and other stuffs required alot of space.
Me and Juhann went together with the band members as helpers(kuli and photographer) and were arranged to sit in the bas sekolah. During the journey, there was not much talking as many of them were sleeping so soundly but I was much much awake cause I normally don’t sleep in bus. (According to some research, the percentage of surviving in a freak accident is low if you are sleeping when the accident happens.) EB just bought a new camera so I experimented on it and took some photos of sleeping people. The way they sleep was really unique and I wish I could post them…;)
We reached Perak Stadium at around 10am and our school band had their rehearsal. After that, we went to Jusco to eat our lunch. Sushi? too expensive…McDonald? eat ‘sien’ d…KFC? chicken again…:S…so, guess where did we ended up.
Yeah, it’s FOODCOURT!!!
After having ‘cheap,filling,not oily’ food, we went window shopping. (It’s better to shop with your family than to shop with your friend…agree?)…:D…Window shopping is kinda boring so why don’t we go to CAPCOM station (here) for the next 1 hour. I did’t play but just loiter around and watch others play. (Juhann and See Chew enjoyed the air hockey very much till I lost count how many round did they played)
Later, we went to YMCA to take some rest and ‘bong-bong’ (bathe)…We had our dinner there too then we proceed to the stadium. We met Winnie and Yvonne there as many had knew that they were studying in Sam Tet but are back in ACS [(here) and (here)]. Juhann wore red shirt and I wore pink. Yvonne told Juhann that red colour is Sam Tet’s colour…:-S…But what to do, takkan want us to change meh…no matter what, we always support ACS—“Together we made ACS great, Together we made ACS proud”
Juhann and I found a very suitable place to take photos and videos of bands performing. It’s the highest platform of the grandstand which lead to the roof of the main entrance. Something funny happened there and only two of us know about it. I shall keep it a secret…:P
The competition started at 8.30pm sharp. 6 schools (Ave Maria Convent, Sam Tet and Perak Girls School,from Ipoh, Nan Hwa and ACS, from Sitiawan, San Min from Teluk Intan) participated. Ave Maria started off with a bang but Nan Hwa ended the day in a bang bang…The result:champion-Nan Hwa, second-Ave Maria and 3rd-Perak Girls School. Everything ended around 11 something. Here’s the interesting part when I got the chance to step on the stadium’s grass where Perak’s football team’s players play their home game in Malaysia League.
Time to head home. When we were on our way home, our bus was stopped by a patrol police car for unidentified reason. We reached home safely around 1 something, luckily we didn’t ended up in the police lock-up…haha…;)
Korean singers from…definitely from Korea lah 🙂 came to my church last Monday. I was asked to help them to set-up their stuff in the afternoon. Although we had language barrier, hand signs did help much to understand what they need. Luckily, 2 or 3 of them (interpreter, violinist and a singer who sang the ‘Passion’ song) can converse in English quite well. We had dinner together in the church.
I ponteng chinese tuition to attend this event, so did Natalie and Tiffany…:)…The night was fun and interesting with loads of solo (saxophone, bass guitar, electric guitar, ,drum, violin….) I was happy to see many new faces there. Indeed God is doing something in Sitiawan’s youths.
Welcome back Darly. Daryl came back from Ausralia and reached Sitiawan around 6.30pm and rushed to church to catch the Korean singers. He was supposedly to come back earlier. More stories (here).
I went to watch another movie yesterday with my sis and her friends. We watched ‘Wanted’ on its opening…cool man…this is the 1st time I watch a movie on its opening…:)…This movie is really awesome and MUST WATCH!!! Must watch scenes: car chasing, car moving on its rim, unexpected shot that will make you jump up of your chair, curved bullet, dead pig hanging everywhere, time bomb’s mouse…
25-year-old Wesley Gibson(James McAvoy) was the most disaffected, cube-dwelling drone the planet had ever known. His boss chewed him out hourly, his girlfriend ignored him routinely and his life plodded on interminably. Everyone was certain this disengaged slacker would amount to nothing. There was little else for Wes to do but wile away the days and die in his slow, clock-punching rut. Until he met a woman named Fox. After his estranged father is murdered, the deadly sexy Fox(Angelina Jolie) recruits Wes into the Fraternity, a secret society that trains Wes to avenge his dad’s death by unlocking his dormant powers. As she teaches him how to develop lightning-quick reflexes and phenomenal agility, Wes discovers this team lives by an ancient, unbreakable code: carry out the death orders given by fate itself. With wickedly brilliant tutors–including the Fraternity’s enigmatic leader, Sloan(Morgan Freeman)–Wes grows to enjoy all the strength he ever wanted. But, slowly, he begins to realize there is more to his dangerous associates than meets the eye. And as he wavers between newfound heroism and vengeance, Wes will come to learn what no one could ever teach him: he alone controls his destiny.
All in all, two Angelina Jolie movies (Tigress in Kung Fu Panda and Fox in Wanted) in two weeks…not that I like her, it’s just coincidence…;)
Later, in Physics tuition, I recommended my friends to watch ‘Wanted’. But, debate started when they are undecided when to watch. “Watch at night lah, more romantic”….”Don’t want lah, watch in the afternoon is cheaper”. There they goes…indeed it’s cheaper to watch in the afternoon if you show them your student card (RM 5)…You can watch 3 movies in the afternoon compared to 2 at night. By the way, my sis and Jia YI showed their ACS student card and their height blinded the operator…haha…:P
This is my 100th post and I shall give a surprise………….
Am I wanted?
What Ling Cyn Sheng Means
You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don’t get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It’s easy to get you excited… which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don’t stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.
You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.
You are deeply philosophical and thoughtful. You tend to analyze every aspect of your life.
You are intuitive, brilliant, and quite introverted. You value your time alone.
Often times, you are grumpy with other people. You don’t appreciate them trying to interfere in your affairs.
You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.
You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.
A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.
You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.
You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.
You may miss out by not settling down, but you’re too busy having fun to care.
You are the total package – suave, sexy, smart, and strong.
You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.
You don’t always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don’t have as much going for them as you do.
You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.
Success comes rather easily for you… especially in business and academia.
Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You’re a strong person.
You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.
Rick Warren (REMEMBER HE WROTE ‘PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE’)
You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife now having cancer and him having ‘wealth’ from the book sales. This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren,
‘Purpose Driven Life ‘ author and pastor of Saddleback Church in California
In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said:
People ask me, What is the purpose of life? And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were not made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.
One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body– but not the end of me.
I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act – the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity.
We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn’t going to make sense.
Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you’re just coming out of one, or you’re getting ready to go into another one.
The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort.
God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.
We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that’s not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.
This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.
I used to think that life was hills and valleys – you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don’t believe that anymore.
Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it’s kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.
No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.
And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for.
You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems.
If you focus on your problems, you’re going into self-centeredness, ‘which is my problem, my issues, my pain.’ But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.
We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her.
It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.
You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life.
Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.
It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don’t think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease.
So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence. He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72
First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit. We made no major purchases.
Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church.
Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.
Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.
We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity?
Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God’s purposes (for my life)?
When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don’t get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better. God didn’t put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He’s more interested in what I am than what I do.That’s why we’re called human beings, not human doings.
Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD.
God’s Blessings on you today.
DO YOU KNOW HOW THE APOSTLES DIED?
Matthew Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia , killed by a sword wound.
Mark Died in Alexandria , Egypt , after being dragged by horses
through the streets until he was dead.
Luke– was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to
John Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge basin of boiling oil
during a wave of persecution in Rome . However, he was
miraculously delivered from death. John was then sentenced to the
mines on the prison island of Patmos .. He wrote his prophetic
Book of Revelation on Patmos .. The apostle John was later freed and
returned to serve as Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey . He died as
an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully.
Peter was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to
church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he
felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died.
James, Just The leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown over a
hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he
refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he
survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s
club. * This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during
James the Great , son of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when Jesus
called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader
of the church, James was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem . The Roman
officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith
at his trial. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of
execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the
judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.
Bartholomew also known as Nathaniel Was a missionary to Asia .. He
witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey . Bartholomew was
martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by
Andrew was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras , Greece .. After
being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the
cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that,
when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words:
“I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been
consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.” He continued to
preach to his tormentors for two days until he expired.
Thomas Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary
trips to establish the church in the sub-continent.
Jude, Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in
Matthias The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot,
was stoned and then beheaded.
Barnabas One of the group of seventy disciples, wrote the Epistle of
Barnabas. He preached throughout Italy and Cyprus . Barnabas was
stoned to death at Salonica.
Paul Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome
in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment which
allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed
throughout the Roman Empire .. These letters, which taught many of the
foundational doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the
Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings here are indeed
minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by
the apostles disciples during their times for the sake of the Faith.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake:
But he that endureth to the end shall be saved. Mt 10:22
1 – First Important Lesson – Cleaning Lady.
During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one:
‘What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?’
Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name?
I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.
‘Absolutely,’ said the professor. ‘In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do
is smile and say ‘hello.’
I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.
2. – Second Important Lesson – Pickup in the Rain
One night, at 11:30 p.m., an elderly African-American woman was
standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a
lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately
needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.
A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in
those conflict-filled 60s.. The man took her to safety, helped her
get assistance and put her into a taxicab.
She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and
thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man’s
door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his
home. A special note was attached..
‘Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night.
The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you
came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying
husband’s bedside just before he passed away… God
bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.’
Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.
3 – Third Important Lesson – Always remember those who serve.
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less,
a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and
sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.
‘How much is an ice cream sundae?’ he asked.
‘Fifty cents,’ replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled is hand out of his pocket and
studied the coins in it.
‘Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?’ he inquired.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the
waitress was growing impatient.
‘Thirty-five cents,’ she brusquely replied.
The little boy again counted his coins.
‘I’ll have the plain ice cream,’ he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on
the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice
cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress
came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the
table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish,
were two nickels and five pennies..
You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he had
to have enough left to leave her a tip.
4 – Fourth Important Lesson. – The obstacle in Our Path.
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a
roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if
anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the
king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by
and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the
King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did
anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of
vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the
peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the
stone to the s ide of the road. After much pushing
and straining, he finally succeeded. After the
peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed
a purse lying in the road where the boulder had
been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note
from the King indicating that the gold was for the
person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The
peasant learned what many of us never understand!
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.
5 – Fifth Important Lesson – Giving When it Counts…
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a
hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who
was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only
chance of recovery appeared to be a blood
transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had
miraculously survived the same disease and had
developed the antibodies needed to combat the
illness. The doctor explained the situation to her
little brother, and asked the little boy if he would
be willing to give his blood to his sister.
I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a
deep breath and saying, ‘Yes I’ll do it if it will
save her.’ As the transfusion progressed, he lay in
bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did,
seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his
face grew pale and his smile faded.
He looked up at the doctor and asked with a
trembling voice, ‘Will I start to die right away’.
Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the
doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his
sister all of his blood in order to save her.
I’m uploading the video while writing this post…..It’s super slow lar..it took me 3 hours just to upload this video..:)
Actually I already made 1 video last Saturday to show the youths today but Alvin asked me to make some adjustment to it yesterday…So, I made this video just hours before youth meeting. I even brought my laptop to worship pratice to complete the video and missed part of the pratice. For your information, I cycled around the town just to get the video done. That was kinda fun actually. I cycled to Alvin’s house twice to get the photos and once to church to show him the video. I cycled because the petrol is too expensive lar…stingy fellow…hahaha 😛
As I had promised, here is the video…
It’s clearer compared to the one shown in the church because church’s projector is not in good condition…
I will upload the 7 group videos for Banana Nite when I have time because it takes some time to upload them…:(
By the way, today’s worship was awesome!!! It’s not because that I’m part of the team but it’s different from our previous meetings…anyone who attended would agree with me…:) I hope that this kind of worship will continue…I think we should give credit to Alvin for making this possible….*clap clap*….He organised worship workshop during the two weeks school holidays…A lot youths joined the workshop and it really helps a lot…We also changed the way we conduct the weekly youth meeting, after worship we had the announcement, offering and followed by sermon, just like normal Sunday Service.