Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year 2012

Hi there! Long time no post.
First off, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas!
and it's almost a new year a.k.a 2012 so
I would first apologize to you
if you had the misfortune of clicking the player below to play my new song which I called
"Sam's Random New Year Song"
because it is very very random, poorly done, no instruments (not because I was feeling musically proficient but because I really have no instruments to play with *sob*), often out of key, weird in many places...
but since I'm so bored in my one month of holiday in Dublin...

enjoy! (not~)


Sam’s Random New Year Song




So many things have happened
So many things have gone
I started university as happy as a bone

So many things will happen
So many things to come
So much more to drink and party, hearty taste and rum

I’m counting down from one to ten
I’m counting on the long
I’m going down to town tonight and sing this happy song

Happy happy
Happy happy
(Happy new year)
Happy happy
Happy happy
(Happy new year)

Why isn’t it snowing?
Why isn’t it snowing?
In Dublin? And everywhere else?
Why isn’t snowing?
In Dublin?
And everywhere else?

It was Christmas and Boxing Day
It was supposed to snow today
But it ain’t gonna snow tonight
That’s right

I’m counting down from one to ten
I’m counting on the long
I’m going down to town tonight and sing this happy song

Monday, October 31, 2011

Netter's Flash Cards - Upper Limb

http://www.4shared.com/document/tBQUj4k1/Netters_Flash_Cards_UPPER_LIMB.html

or

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0Bxm3GjymSkZXNTY3MWU1MWUtYWRjNC00MGE5LTlmODItODVhNTVjMWM3Zjcx
(click download and download anyway etc)

I spent a few hours scanning over 60 flash cards of the upper limb (including shoulder region, axilla, scapula, arm, forearm and hand) and merged them into a PDF. For first year Med students!

I'm not sure if the link above works though. Also, sorry Netter's publisher for plagiarizing your work!! O.o

I'm sure many doctors produced from this will help the world to be a better place...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I Dream of Ice Cream

Another song I wrote, called "I Dream of Ice Cream", was a random thought while eating ice cream. I recorded this in two hours. I did one with Mark as well a week or so ago but I tweaked it here and there so here's the new one.

(note: if you can't play it immediately, wait a few minutes for the song to load. If still cannot then you probably don't have the latest Flash so either go update or ask me to email you the song. Cheers!)






I Dream of Ice Cream
By Samuel K Lis September 2011

Verse 1:

Fluffy puffy sugary sweet
Like a fluffy puffy ice cream
Melting like snowflakes on my teeth
Melting in my mouth, the calories

Verse 2:

Fluffy puffy sugary sweet
You’re like a fluffy ice cream
I’m melting when you’re with me
Melting in my heart, I’m happy

Chorus:

Honey I love you like I love ice cream
Cos you’re so sweet and refreshing
Honey I love you like I love sweet dreams
Cos you’re so sweet and magical to me


Verse 3:

I dream only of the best ice cream
I dream of it like you and me
I want you like I want ice cream
A lifetime’s stock of heavenly ice cream


Bridge 1:

But if I had to choose between you
And the best quality ice cream
I’m sorry, honey
I’m not sure which one I’d choose


End:

I dream of ice cream
I love you like I love ice cream

I’m sorry maybe I don’t love you
All that much after all

Monday, September 05, 2011

New song: Earthly Games and Glories

I wrote a song inspired by a preaching at church a few weeks ago about loving God vs. loving the world. It's based on two verses and a quote:

1 John 2:15 "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him."

Matthew 6:19-20 ""Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth... But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal."

C.S. Lewis: "Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."

I recorded this song in a few hours, with a lousy earphone mike but I used a keyboard for extra sounds for the first time since a long long time. Enjoy!






Earthly Games and Glories
By Samuel K Lis, August/September 2011

Verse:

In this world of short-lived wonders
Earthly games and glories fade away
I will choose to thirst and hunger
For your kingdom and majesty today
I’ll say

I love you


Chorus:

What can the world offer
That could ever compare with you
How could the things of this world
Draw me away
From your unending love
And the joy that you give
There’s nothing greater

I love you

Bridge:

For if I run after earthly treasures
It will all go to waste
But if I run after Jesus
His love will still remain

Bridge 2:
For if I run after gold and silver
I lose sight of what is true
But if I run after Jesus
He gives me all that is good
For He is good



Last verse:

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in
Aim at earth and you get neither

(C.S. Lewis direct quote)



Amen.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

OGDS Horrors

This morning I went for an OGDS (oesophago-gastric-duodeno-scopy) to check out oft-recurring gastric complications. The horrors!

First was the long wait at SGH. But it was quite opportune for me because there were these three pretty Indian ladies stuyding in London who was in SGH for attachment. I chatted with them about the UK, Medicine, general stuff. It was very interesting and it sure helped boost my confidence with foreigners. Especially those with that fascinating English accent - oh so posh and cultured!

Then when it was my turn to go through the OGDS procedure, I didn't really know what to expect. My sister came in to say that it would be an uncomfortable experience. Understatement!!

First thing to note is that the scope is about as big as a water hose. Ohgod. *shudder* I was told to lie on my side, bite a mouth piece, and in went the tube! "Infinity and beyond," said the doctor who was no doubt trying to make me feel better but it probably didn't help. I immediately regretted ever complaining about any gastric problems whatsoever because the tube made me gag and gag and tear up. I could feel tears running down my cheeks and saliva flowing out of my mouth, and there was nothing I could do about it. I felt so helpless.

It was one of the worst feelings I had ever experienced. The doctor asked if I wanted to watch the proceedings deep inside. I couldn't be bothered; I just shut my eyes tight and willed myself to not go into convulsions. Every time the tube was pushed in, I gagged. It was HOR.RI.BLE. Torture. But thankfully I heeded instructions to not eat or drink anything so that nothing would be actually thrown up.

So when it all ended, I was so relieved. I couldn't eat for another 2 hours and I felt faint and weak, but I survived! I swear I would never ever do it again. Ever.

It turns out that there was inflammation and my stomach or somewhere, symptoms of antral gastritis, so I have to take some medication. To anyone who plans to do the OGDS, think twice! Although it was probably important health-wise, but it was the worst 5 minutes of my life. Except maybe JPAM...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Step Into His Healing River

Yesterday Ryner Lai posted a status: "steps into His healing river". I was immediately inspired to write a song. The words just flowed out and in a few minutes I had the whole song. I recorded it today in about 2 hours. The quality's not so good because I don't have a good mike or MIDI keyboard since I'm just using my earphone mike to record everything but I hope I could carry the weight of the song.

When I first played the song, I almost cried because of the words that have been the strength that pushed us (me and many of my friends including Ryner) through the last two hard years. I hope the words speak to you as it has spoken to me even while I wrote it.


Step Into His Healing River
by Samuel K Lis, July 2011
inspired by Ryner Lai




Verse:

In this life of suffering
When there’s pain and wondering
Take His hand
As He leads you to His glory

There’s a place of wonders beyond
That’s prepared for us who believe
But while we’re here on earth
He has promised His glory


Chorus:

Just step into His healing river
Soak in His Presence
Where there is life
Just step into His promises
Drink from His water
Where there is joy
For I’ve seen the river
That flows eternally
Just drink from the fountain
Step into the river


Verse:

In this world of wandering
There is hope for those who need
For He gives endlessly
To those who’d ask Him

I have tasted of His goodness
I have tasted of His grace
So I say, come follow Jesus
You will never be the same
You will never be the same

Bridge:

Come, praise
For He is good
Come, praise
For He is Jesus
Come, drink from the fountain
Come, step into the river


[Note: This must be one of the longer songs I've recorded at around 8 minutes in length]

Genius Fish

Quote from Albert Einstein: "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

Najihah Zalkapli: "It'll take millions and millions of years before that quote become irrelevant."

Now, is that funny, or what?


I don't believe in Evolution, for the sole reason that I believe I am special in God's eyes.

Friday, July 08, 2011

I Will Survive IB

Now that IB is officially over and results are out, I can safely say that yeah, you can survive IB. But getting 45... maybe not so easy, hmm? I wrote this song sometime during first semester at KMB. I was planning to "release" it towards the end of IB but I forgot, so here goes... (loosely based on or inspired by I. Houghton's "Just Wanna Say")

So, to my juniors, especially my bros Everard and Cyril, you can do it!!! To my batch-mates, good luck wherever you go!! If you can survive IB (especially in KMB), you can survive anywhere!! Maybe the song should go "I have survived"... never mind.



“I Will Survive IB”
By Samuel Kana Anak Lis, recorded 21 September 09



Once upon a time when all was fine
I came here with my luggage I came in with a smile
I was happy I was lucky I was satisfied
But sooner or later all that changed in a while
I realized that it was not as simple as I thought
So many things to remember so many things to recall
But at the end of the day when the battle is fought
I’ll be grateful and thankful I won’t regret at all

Chorus:
I
I will survive (IB!)
I’ll win the race
Although it won’t get better (for now)
I will survive (IB!)
I won’t give up
Cos’ we’ll do it together

Time is precious it’s hard to get it back
Because work to do comes stack upon stack
Time to relax is so hard to come by
But one day when it’s over, I’ll be ready to fly
We won’t die, but I hope that we won’t crumble
Though I’m sure we might stumble and tumble
Because we’re strong, we are hardy we are tough
But how much is too much, when enough is enough?
Yet I’m thankful for this opportunity
Cos’ I know some people will kill to be me
If we weather the storm in this raging sea
I wonder, how hard could getting 45 be?

Refrain:
I will run I will battle I will fight to the end
I will turn every corner every twist and bend
Greatness is waiting if I work a little more
At the end of the tunnel who knows what’s in store?

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Project Love Song 1: My Hands Tremble



This is a song which I haven't properly title yet so it was titled "Project Love Song 1" when it was saved, but temporarily named "My Hands Tremble" for now. It was recorded by Anders Cheng and I, just now, for about 2 hours, using his super cool MIDI keyboard and condenser mike. It's just the first trial but I think it sounds pretty neat.

The lyrics are actually a poem I wrote way back in 2006 or 2007. I found it when clearing my room of junk. I think it was supposed to be for a certain someone but I'm not sure if I ever gave it to her. Here goes the lyrics/poem:


My hands tremble at the sight of your face
My heart races at the thought of your name
For how I fear to hold you in my embrace
Like you will never be mine to claim

Oh how I am afraid just to look at you
For you are like a fragile crystal rose
Becoming more and more amazing as you grew
From your beautiful hair to your toes

(chorus)
But no - you are not mine
And I don't expect you will ever be
Not at this moment of time
But one day well, we'll see

A crush? Well maybe
Infatuation? Quite plausible, actually
But could it be true love, could it be?
Would I ever risk my life for thee?


P.S. Thanks ANDERS CHENG!!!!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Inspire Me: The Lady Doing Her PhD

My mom met this lady in KL when they were both finding their way to UM (Universiti Malaya). The lady, whose name will be changed to "Siti" for privacy reasons, was going to UM to see her supervisor for her PhD thesis, in the field of TESL (Teach English as Second Language). Siti was pregnant. Okay, so that made things a little more difficult. Also, she was due to deliver, so after the meeting with her supervisor, Siti was going to the hospital for an appointment and check-up. But get this: Siti was BLIND.

Siti was walking around in the rain with a walking stick, trying to get a cab. My mom went with Siti to UM. Apparently Siti has a horrible husband who cares nothing for her nor the baby.

But look at her situation!! Already unfortunate to be blind, but she did her Masters in Sabah and is now doing her PhD. Then she gets pregnant, gets married to the wrong guy, but yet she still perseveres and pushes onward and forward.

Now THAT's what I call determination. To the max!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Oh God

Federer lost to Jo Wilfried Tsonga in Wimbledon in Quarterfinals.
I am SO DEPRESSED. And ANGRY.



(from www.wimbledon.org)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Creative Writing: Miracle of the Night

This is a story I wrote in secondary school for English class. We had to use certain words or phrases in one single story: "out of sight, out of mind", "double cheese burger", "Spongesbob Squarepants", "Rise if possible", "prom night" and so on. I underlined the required words. Enjoy!


"Miracle of the Night"


"Go away, you ugly beast! I don't want to see you ever again!"

The words kept ringing in my ears, stinging me and hurting me. The memory of it all replayed in my head, like a non-programmable DVD player that never stops. It was just a few days ago that we were such close friends, Ywonne and I. She had confided in me about a certain issue in her life, but woe to me and my big mouth that let the little pieces of information slip out to another friend, Wance. The events that followed were so terrible, it hurts to recount it.

The saying goes, that out of sight, out of mind, but as I trudged through the park near my house, I kept thinking about the incident painfully. I was so afraid that the many years we had together would be utterly destroyed because of a slip of my wretched tongue.

Suddenly I remembered Shrek II, where a saying goes that "happiness is just a teardrop away". I sat on a rock under the evening sky and began to let my tears cascade into a waterfall of glistening sparkles. Suddenly, the sparkles began to swirl around me, and I felt like I was sitting on a rock in a completely different forest.

The first thing to cross my line of sight was a shimmering pink fairy dancing in the wind. My breath and sobs were put on hold as I stared in disbelief. Then another blue fairy popped out from the trees, and another green winged creature from beneath a toadstool. In the blink of an eye, the whole forest was bursting and bustling with magical life!

Hundreds of fairies began to dance and make merry around the forest. Tables and magical food began to materialise out of thin air. I found a long table topped with all kinds of delicacies one could imagine. I asked a fairy what was going on. She replied, "It is out fairy's prom night, darling! Come and have a bite to eat!"

At the table, I helped myself to the most amazing food of my life. They had delicious chocolate that burst into a warm, pulsating juice that filled my mouth whenever I bit into it. There was a magic marshmallow that exploded into small flakes of tangy snow when bitten into, and a fantastic double cheese burger that shivered in my mouth.

Then the guest of honours arrived - it was Spongebob Squarepants! Along with him came Shrek the ogre, his wife Fiona, Puss in Boots and the Donkey. Puss captured his audience's heart with his deep Spanish voice and a ballad to soothe their souls.

"Oh no, amigo!" he gasped, for suddenly a great darkness enveloped the skies, casting chaos upon the party. It was the Ugly Stepsisters and the Evil Witches of the Northwest who flew by on their broomsticks and dustpans, flinging evil spells all over the place and cackling like there was no tomorrow. A zap of dark light streaked past my eyes and was headed towards Patrick. Spongebob saw it; he ran and shouted but Patrick was oblivious to the immediate danger. A great scream of pain rang out through the forest.

The witches cackled with delight and their successful attack, and left as swiftly as they came. The fairies rushed to see who had fallen. It was Spongebob! He had threw himself over Patrick and took the blow in his friend's place. The colour disappeared from Spongebob's bright face. Puss in Boots took off his hat to pay his respects. All was solemn and gloomy.

Patrick cried and hugged Spongebob tightly. "No, don't go!"

Spongebob looked at his friend and smiled despite the pain. "I am proud to die in sacrifice for a friend." Then he closed his eyes. His body went limp.

It seemed like an eternity that everyone stopped moving or breathing. All hope seemed lost for the dear sea sponge that had been a great friend to everyone. Suddenly the Good Fairy came with a large cross-like wooden structure with the letters "R.I.P" engraved. She held it high in the air.

"No, he can't die yet!" cried Mr. Krabb.

The Good Fairy smiled with a twinkle in her eyes. "No, dear, R.I.P means Rise If Possible." She looked up into the sky. "If the stars see it fit that Spongebob should live on, then it shall be done."

As Patrick looked on, a tear dropped from his eyes and fell upon Spongebob's spongy body. The other fairies' tears also dropped one by one onto the ground, and from there the sponge soaked up all the tears. The sparkles of tears formed into a swirling light enveloping Spongebob's square body, and life was breathed back into his body.

"A miracle," whispered the fairies. As Spongebob's eyes opened, I felt myself floating up into the air. Swirls of magical light lifted me into the sky and I suddenly found myself back in a familiar park where I had bawled my eyes out not too long ago.

I had seen enough to know what I had to do. With a renewed determination and a piece of magical chocolate in my pocket, I ran all the way to Ywonne's house, knowing that I had to make things right with a friend I would be willing to die for.

A Child's Poem

I was digging up old stuff and throwing stuff out of my room and I uncovered this really old poem that I wrote many years ago when I might have been in primary school. It was titled "Just For You" and was for my sister Hosanna...

"Just For You"

Dearest Hosanna...

Handphones may be costly,
Ornaments expensive,
Still you're so priceless to me;
Ants may work tirelessly,
Nothing can stop them,
No obstacle blocks them,
Yet you're more determined than these.

Shining is your personality,
It melts the hearts of many;
Sparkling is your innocence,
That softens the heart of our granny;
Encouraging are your smiles,
Reminds me always to be canny*.

Kindness is always in you,
Orbiting your soft heart;
Seeing me disturbing what you do,
And when in your room I fart;
Nevertheless, you forgive me,
Nothing stops you from laughing along,
And from your heart is where everything will start.

Somewhere there's a handsome teen,
In anxiety to attract your heart;
Still he waits ever so patiently,
Till there's the date of shopping together in a mart;
Entitled to be the most beautiful woman,
Realistic are my words that doesn't contain a single wart.

*canny - shrewd, wary or kind, term of approval

I laughed when I read this poem again, many many years later. I used to have a penchant for writing rhymes when I was a kid. I wonder where that went.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Romans 10:11

"Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame."

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Stand in the Gap

"To stand in the gap between the living and the dead" (Making a Difference - City Harvest)



I took it literally...

Friday, June 17, 2011

Faithful

You Are For Me - Kari Jobe

One of my favourite songs of all time. It's so powerful, because it's the truth.

The topic of faithfulness came up sometime this week. God is faithful, He is always faithful, He never leaves us nor forsake us, amen!

Faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit. So as I was pondering on faithfulness and relationships, somehow I began to let bitterness set in, because I started to feel that many people around me are less than what I expected, or that people have abandoned me or ditched me for other new friends. This bitterness grew into resentment towards just about every friend who may have slighted me in the slightest bit the past few days.

But bitterness just eats you up inside while the object of your resentment feels nothing. The more bitter you get, the more you stay away from people, the more people stay away from you, and thus the more bitter you become. I know it, I've gone through it so many times in the past. But then when you realise that it's not that people abandon you (although some do like a certain bitch I know very well) but sometimes a misunderstanding here and there causes distress right. The best thing to do is to look up, look ahead, thank God for all the great people you have in your life, and move forward, and release all burdens and grudges.

Simple as that. But in practice, it's hard. Sometimes people wrong you in the wrongest sense, and sometimes it's hard to forgive let alone forget. But I know a really close friend who can help you with that. His name is Jesus.

Monday, June 13, 2011

X-Men: First Class

was literally first class. Super cool!!
Wolverine's cameo was super funny!! "Go *toot* yourself."






My favourite mutant in the movie was probably Banshee because he could fly with speed of sound!!


Thursday, June 09, 2011

His Love Never Fails



Peace

I used to have trouble sleeping at night. My mind would be so active thinking about things today, yesteday, tomorrow; things people have said, cool stuff that happened on Fairy Tail (anime), and in the end I would be tired the next day.

Somewhere along the line, I developed a system of putting myself to sleep, so to speak. If I find myself being restless and unable to sleep, I would use the "Freeze Technique", where I force my body to freeze and so hopefully drift off the sleep. Sometimes I listen to music on my earphones. But no matter what I still had a restless mind. Until one day I met Peace, literally. He is also Grace. His name is Jesus.

Psalms 4:8 "I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone O Lord make me dwell in safety."

John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

I think that there was a sense of peace and rest and just being able to trust God when I started college. When I had no one to turn to, I just had to depend on God. At that point I feel that it was when I really started to leave everything to Him and let Him take control - and voila! - I could sleep quickly. Either that, or I was constantly tired after a whole day of assignments and doing IB that when I went to sleep at 1 or 2 am I dropped dead on the bed.

1 Peter 3:11 says to seek peace, and PURSUE it. Pursuit is an active, continuous thing. Ask, and you will receive it, because Jesus promised, (John 14:27) "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

Amen.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

The Standard Meal Prayer

One of the most commonly memorizes short prayers to be said before meals... The Standard Meal Prayer!

Father God, thank You for this food
Bless this food into our body
(and bless the hands that prepared it)
in Jesus name I pray, Amen

Forgive the quality, I'm lazy to keep having to remove the noise... Maybe next time.