Sunday, 29 June 2008

My Surrender - Steven Curtis Chapman

Song taken from YouTube.

My Surrender - Artist : Steven Curtis Chapman

Does it all sound the same?
Are my words getting through?
I’ve been trying so hard
and I’m about to break
So here I am with all I have

And I’m giving it all back to You
All back to You
I surrender
Yeah, I’m giving it all back to You
All back to You
This is my surrender
Take it all

And what song can I sing
but the song that You give
I have nothing to bring
that did not come from Your hand
So here I am with all I have

And I’m giving it all back to You
All back to You
I surrender
Yeah, I’m giving it all back to You
All back to You
This is my surrender

All my plans and all my dreams
I’m giving it all to You
I lay it all down at Your feet
I’m Yours

So what song can I sing but this song?

I’m giving it all back to You
All back to You
I surrender
I’m giving it all back to You
All back to You
This is my surrender
Take it all
Take it all
Lord, take it all
Take it all


I was cleaning my apartment today and rearranging my furniture and TV after cytusm suggested a new layout to make full use of the limited space that I have. I like to listen to music while I am doing my household chores and I put on my ipod and I chose the playlist where I have listed a few of my favorite Christian songs ....... and this song started playing .... My Surrender by Steven Curtis Chapman who is one of my favorite singers...... the lyrics hit me hard. I know that I have been slacking in my walk with God .... I have been running my life the way that I want to ..... I surrender but NOT COMPLETELY. I like to have some control over my life. I was reminded again to give it ALL ... to surrender it ALL unto Jesus. That He alone can sit on the throne of my life .... less of me and more of Him. More of Jesus in my life ... in my actions .... in my words .... in my thoughts. In fact ... all that I have comes from Him.

Dear Lord Jesus ... forgive me for living my life the way that I want to ..... forgive me for going my own way. It is so easy to leave You out of my life. So easy to make my ears deaf to Your voice. So easy to harden my heart to You. Please soften my heart .... make it soft and moldable. I give it all to You .... I lay it all down at Your feet ... I am Yours. Amen

Mekong Delta Day Trip ... Vietnam

I managed to go for a Day Trip to Mekong Delta.... more information from wikipedia.

From wikipedia

"The Mekong Delta (Vietnamese: đồng bằng sông Cửu Long “Nine Dragon river delta”) is the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. The Mekong delta region encompasses a large portion of southeastern Vietnam of 39,000 km² [1]. The size of the area covered by water depends on the season."

The place was vibrant and full of life .... full of colors..... not forgetting the "angry looking" clouds which kept looming over us .... I said a quick prayer ... so that it will not rain while we were on the boat.

Our lady sailor .... contemplating about life
Towards of one of the islands in the Mekong Delta
We stopped at one of the coconut sweet making factories....
Busy at work ...... fresh from the oven :)
They harvest their own honey
Honey with rice wine drink .... not my kind of drink but I enjoyed the tea with honey and lime :P
Erm a free snake show
Stopped by a restaurant for lunch ... yummy seafood fried rice ( psstt ... it was the cheapest dish on the menu )
Hmmm when will Mr Right come along to sweep me off my feet ( she was actually waiting for us to pay for lunch )
Another trip on the sampan in a shallow water area
Stopped by a fruit farm and saw them selling THIS !!!!!! Scorpion and cobra alcohol tonic drink said to ahem ahem for the guys :)
Lots of fruit
They performed some traditional songs for us
One on the way back
Finally back on solid ground ... phew ... survived ... and it was an experience of a lifetime and I am a free thousand "dongs" poorer.

Saturday, 28 June 2008

Hi me the walking zombie

How does one revive something which is dead ??? I have been trying to figure out what to do for months and I was told to be still and rest in God .....it will soon come to you ......... etc etc etc. The fact is that I have lost the interest and passion for what I do. How come something which I was so passionate about turn into something which I loathe. I hope that I can rekindle the passion or find a new path in life ... a new goal .... something to pursue.

I really thank God that He had placed people in my life who had supported and encouraged me along the way. It is me myself who is restless to figure out what to do with my life.

I think I just need to slow down again and just rest and savor every moment in life. Be still my heart and trust in God.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City

Day 1 .. Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is buzzling with life ..... at about 6 am in the morning I can heard the sounds of motorcar which are muffled by the thousands of motorbikes on the road. I have never seen so many motorbikes before.
Breakfast ..... :)
Even the stuff toy gets to ride on the bike :)
Bikes everywhere .... they outnumber the other vehicles.
More bikes !!!!!!!! So many bikes ... hmm how to cross the road ??????
By keeping calm and walk slowly across the road while the bikes avoid you ( got this tip from Lonely Planet )

Saturday, 21 June 2008

More photos to come later


Just wanted to share 2 pictures which I took in Vietnam ... more pictures to come when I have sorted them out. Have a great weekend :)

Casting Crowns - East to West



Artist: Casting Crowns

Song: East To West

Here I am Lord,
and I'm drowning
in your sea of forgetfulness
the chains of yesterday surround me
I yearn for peace and rest
I dont want to end up where you found me
and it echoes in my mind,
keeps me awake tonight

I know you cast my sin as far as the east is from the west
and I stand before you now,
as if I've never sinned
but today I feel like I'm just one mistake away
from you leaving me this way


and Jesus can you show me
just how far the east is from the west
cause I can't bear to see the man I've been
rising up in me again
in the arms of your mercy I find rest,
cause you know just how far the East is from the West
from one scarred hand to the other.


I start the day the war begins
endless reminding of my sin
time and time again your truth is drowned out
by the storm I'm in
today I feel like I'm just one mistake away,
from you leaving me this way and Jesus can you show me,
just how far the East is from the West
cause I can't bear to see the man I've been
rising up in me again
in the arms of your mercy I find rest
'cause you know
just how far the East is from the West
from one scarred hand to the other.


I know you've washed me white,
turned my darkness into light
I need your peace to get me through,
to get me through this night
can't live by what I feel
but by the Truth your Word reveals,
I'm not holding on to you
but you're holding on to me,
you're holding on to me


Jesus you know
just how far the East is from the West
I don't have to see the man I've been,
rising up in me again
in the arms of your mercy I find rest
'cause you know just how far the East is from the West,
just how far,
from one scarred hand to the other.



There are things that I regret in my life ... I am not perfect and I know that I have screwed up many times ..... yes I know that He forgives me ... but many time I am the one who finds it hard to forgive myself. Memories are on a repeat loop .... some are sweet and some are haunting and some wont stop accusing me of the past mistakes... past sins...... daily it is a struggle ..... Dear Jesus please remind me just how far the east is from the west ... that is how far you have taken away my sin from me and that You have forgiven me completely with no strings attached. Dear Lord ... I run into Your arms of mercy....dont let go ... keep holding me close.

Monday, 9 June 2008

Ho Chi Minh Here I come

Greetings from Ho Chi Minh City

Got on the flight and was craving for the nasi lemak.... ordered the nasi lemak combo with green tea and it was yummy.
It was already dark by the time we landed in Ho Chi Minh City. It was a pleasant surprise to see that there was a driver to pick us up from the airport to the hotel that we will be staying.

The street was buzzling with life....and I have never seen so many motorcycles before...... even though it was haphazard ... everyone gave way to one another with constant honking.
After we checked in .... we decided to go out for a walk to find some local food and we stumbled upon this restaurant which is open 24 hours.... and the prices are fixed. It was a nice ambience when we walked in and we were greeted with the local warmness though not everyone understood English. Good thing there were pictures for me to point to and also english translation.

They provided chrysanthemum tea deliciously chilled.
Very yummy juicy prawn and minced pork spring rolls

It was the best milk coffee I had tasted !!!!!!

I ordered the beef balls noodle :)

Paid the bill and they gave me 4 chewing gum .... very nice touch
This is the restaurant I went to.

Ok good night ..... I am happy that there is free wireless access in my hotel .... gotta hit the sack ... will be out the whole day tomorrow for a trip to Mekong Delta .... more pictures later .

Awaiting for a new journey to begin

Just sitting around eagerly awaiting a new journey to begin.... I have already checked in my luggage ... just lazing around until it is time to board the plane ... I am planning to try out the nasi lemak on board.

The Labuan trip was good for me ... it helped me to make up my mind about some things in my life .... especially my job .... and what I should do with my life. It helped me to slow down. To evaluate my life ..... to weigh the pros and cons and to finally do what I want ....

Anyway will update when I get back or when I can get internet access ... :)

Friday, 6 June 2008

More photos of Labuan

Just wanted to share a few more photos of Labuan ..... I really took alot of pictures :)

The beach at Layang Layang
Near the market

The War Monument
The Chimney ... remnant from the old mines

Wooden bridge towards the old mines
Botanical Gardens
Botanical Gardens

Near the market :)

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Sushi King with TZ

Met up with TZ before he flies off to Africa to work for 20 months. We met while blog hopping .... and we try to get together for a meal once in a while to catch up on what is happening on each other's life. TZ is the one who has been the one always nagging me to work out ..... trying to get me to join Fitness First etc.

We decided to meet up at Sushi King as he was having his gym work over there in the shopping complex while I was on my way back from work. I was stuck in the jam for 2 hours today due to the heavy rain ( man ... I miss Labuan where there is no jam ... :) )

TZ was very excited to show me his new toy a VR Nikon lens 18-200 mm ... a nice piece of work :) I managed to try out the lens. I was armed with my small Fuji Finepix compact camera which had been my constant companion since I purchased it.

TZ showing me a night shot of the KLCC Twin Towers
Some of my macro shots :)

TZ in action
Wah .... green tea soya milk .... I did not try it

TZ and me :)

Take k my friend and keep in touch ... will miss you when you are off in Africa