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.