Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Rotterdam, Netherlands

I am on leave till Wednesday and I am back in Seremban.... been ages since I came back ... finally have time for myself to go through my Europe photos and also read some of the books I bought recently ... I also made time to catch up with old friends.

These are some photos taken in Rotterdam. After classes, I will go for walks and dinner with a few friends. The city is one of the most modern city in Netherlands ....

Yup we walked the bridge to the other side.... a great workout.
Lovely blue sky .....

This one of the theatres where they have plays, shows etc. Unfortunately it is not in season now so we were not able to go for any shows.
One of the underground subway tunnels.
The huge shopping mall in Alexandrium.

Finally a candle light dinner to finish off the day ... we had a nice dinner at a chinese restaurant.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

The Distance by Phillips Craig and Dean



The Distance by Phillips, Craig and Dean

Broken up on a road that felt like freedom
A rebel headed anywhere but home
Adam’s fall repeated in a moment
Kept it at the edge of Eden’s door

In the company of the angels
Reachin’ from a beautiful world
You could’ve waited

CHORUS:
You couldn’t stand
Couldn’t stand the distance
You wouldn’t bare the silence anymore
Love broke the fall, bridged across to reach us
You opened Heaven’s door
‘Cause you couldn’t stand the distance

Close enough to see the love I needed
A seeker lookin’ for the way back home
Underneath the weight of what I wasted
While mercy stood lookin’ down on hope

Then you ran to where I was waiting
And your love crossed the canyon between us
You came to save me

CHORUS

So close to your mercy
Yet so far away
You ran to me
You ran to me
Forgiveness
Embrace me
You call me by name
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

CHORUS (x2)



Silence .... silence for so long ..... the distance was increasing .... the intimacy fading ... only hardening of the heart. And still He has a way to break through all my defenses. I have stopped going to church for a few months now since I got back from Europe. Been keeping to myself again. Might give DUMC a try since I got a cousin there or maybe pay the Grace Assembly a visit since I got an old classmate there. Anyway I might spend Christmas in KL since I got some friends coming over from India, Sabah and Penang.

It is amazing how God will never let you go ... never let go of His hold over me ... it is I who lets go of His hands. This song brought tears to my eyes while I was driving to work in the morning .. stuck in the jam .... was lost in thoughts .... and the song started ... the Spirit of God just washed all over me .... filling me .... completing me .... washing me clean .... yes how easy it is to push God aside .... to let everything fill me instead of God. Yes it He never stops reaching out ... never stops wooing. What an amazing God I serve ... the Lover of my soul ... the Faithful one for the unfaithful one. This kind of love has never stopped amazing me. It is beyond words. Once again .. I gave myself completely to Jesus. Amen.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Organization Chart : an illustration

One of my friends sent me this email and it kinda get the message across really loud and clear in a comical way.

Friday, 25 September 2009

An email from a friend : To celebrate growing older - thoughts to ponder on



Just wanted to share something that I received from a friend via email .... it was a good reminder to live life to the fullest with no regrets.

Have a great weekend ...

Cheers



From the Email :

"This is something we should all read at least once a week!

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio "To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written." My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone...
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it..
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present..
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry..
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks..
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you, really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple..
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone, everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift"

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Updates : on my uncle

Update :

On my uncle's condition. He is transferred out of Neuro ICU. He is back in the normal ward. He remembers most things now. He is able to stand with support though he is still weak on the right side of his body. He might get discharged back home end of this week.

Thank you so much for the well wishes and prayers. Really appreciate it. God is good.

Please continue to keep my uncle in prayer.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Please pray for my uncle

Please pray for my uncle, Set Chee Kong who will be undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumour. He will be going into the operating theatre at 8.30 am Malaysian Time.

I am getting ready to visit him in the morning before his surgery.

Thanks a lot guys.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Nijmegen : it was love at first sight

Nijmegen ... the city which I fell in love at first sight. This is one of the cities in Netherlands where I really felt at home .... no rush ... it was serene. The people were friendly ... people greeted us on the road, strangers offered help when we were struggling with the map. It was just a nice feeling walking through the town and the parks. It was lovely. This was a place where I did not rush back to Rotterdam .... we took our time.


I spent alot of time on the trains ..... my iphone was my trusted companion .... providing me with music and games and books to read. I really love the big screen :D
I wanted to make this photo look antique :P

Part of the ruins left in Nijmegen

Part of a pillar of the cathedral.
The church in the center of town.

The grand organ pipes in church.
Lovely lighting in church.




Machine vending snacks :D


We had chinese food at the park...yummy.
Back to Rotterdam and I spotted the Daihatsu Mira which was the Perodua Kancil back in Malayisa.

I took alot of pictures ...but the memory of the places I have visited will remain in my memory forever.

Life's Healing Choices - by John Baker

I have been reading John Baker's book - Life's healing choices ... I am really impressed with what the Saddleback Church in US is doing .. especially the Celebrate Recovery meetings where someone can just meet up with others ... a place to be transparent .. to know that one is accepted unconditionally regardless of the past and current experiences .. the demons that holds us back .... we all have skeletons in the closet .. the things that we alone know and we guarded it fiercely so that no one will ever know the truth about us fearing rejection. The Saddleback Church provided an environment where people could just let down their guards, tear down the walls and put away the mask and be transparent about who they really are .. knowing that they will be not be judged but will only find love, support and acceptance. I wonder if I can ever find a Malaysian version of the Saddleback Church. Still the search goes on. In the meantime, I can only keep praying and cling on to Jesus for dear life. Maybe our culture had not reached the point where we will not judge but accept and love. That God alone can change someone.

Lord, I pray that You will show me this church where I can go to and grow and be set free to be who You want me to be .. to serve You ... You alone sees my heart's desires. You alone know the real me.... my heart's desire to love You and to be loved by You and to share Your love with others who do not know You yet ... to touch lives for You. Please guide me and show me and give me the strength and faith to keep going on and live for You alone. Amen

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Amsterdam

I managed to go on a half day visit to Amsterdam with Tracy who is my tour guide :D. Just managed to visit the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. The rest of the time was spend having a meal while sitting and enjoying the sights at the park.





Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Trust His Heart - sung by Newsong



Trust His Heart - sung by Newsong

All things work for our good
though sometimes we can't see how they could.
Struggles that break our hearts in two
sometimes blind us to the truth.
Our Father knows what's best for us;
His ways are not our own.
So, when your pathway grows dim,
and you just can’t see Him,
Remember He's still on the throne.

God is too wise to be mistaken.
God is too good to be unkind.
So when you don't understand,
when you don't see His plan,
When you can't trace His hand, trust His heart.

He sees the Master plan.
He holds the future in His hands.
So don't live as those who have no hope.
All our hope is found in Him.
We walk in present knowledge,
but He sees the first and the last.
And like a tapestry, He's weaving you and me
to someday be just like Him.

God is too wise to be mistaken.
God is too good to be unkind.
So when you don't understand,
when you don't see His plan,
When you can't trace His hand, trust His heart



This was an old song which I had on tape.... I bought it in Canada when I was doing my Grade 12 in Medicine Hat, Alberta. I had listened to this song many times when I could not see His hand in my life. It had been some time since I heard this song.

It has been many years since I left Medicine Hat, it has been about 20 years now. How time flies .... things change .... more responsiblities in life, diferent experiences, more distractions, many more things fighting for my attention, the loneliness ... that at times I forget that I can trust His heart. I still look at things which are tangible. I look for visible signs of God in my life .... but many times, it is not possible to feel Him or to see His hand in my life. Sometimes when life gets too routine, I tend to just live life in autopilot. The same old thing day in and day out makes it so easy to forget about Him. There was not much fellowship in KL to be reminded of God's goodness and power. I am amazed at how God always know who to pop into my life to remind me about Him. This time it was Yap who blogs at cpwaterman.blogspot.com, I stayed with him and his family when I was in Paris last weekend. It was great to hear him talking about God ... how God had been so faithful ..... It awakens the fire within me to be reminded that my God is alive and real. To see Him working in another person's life was a good reminder to me. Coz sometimes I feel that I walk around like a zombie in my shell .... I feel numb at times .... maybe it helps to numb the hurt ... it helps to stop feeling sometimes. And little did I know that the last weekend I spent in Paris was a place of awakening for me. Last Sunday before I left Paris, I sat in the Sacre-Coeur Basilica Cathedral and said a prayer to God which I used to say many years ago .. "God use me, may Your will alone be done in my life. Lead me in the path that You want me to take. Show me Your will for my life."

So when I don't see His hand working in my life, I will trust His heart. The Lover of my soul. Amen

So I want to share this song with you ... to not lose heart ... know that when you can't feel His hand, you can trust His heart.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Netherlands Day 2

2nd day in Netherlands ... thank God that I did not suffer much jet lag. I was able to sleep at night and get up in the morning. It was Sunday and we went to a church near Amsterdam, C3 Amsterdam Church.

See all the taxi are MERCEDES !!!!!

Countdown to church service.
C3 Church
After church we headed over to Volendam... a fishing village which is now a tourist spot.
Windmill !
Volendam.

Volendam was a good play to get souvenirs as they can be bought in bulk here and are cheaper than the cities and airports.
Fridge magnets
Tulips decor
People just relaxing under the sun and have a beer.



Had some Dutch beer ... yummy ... smooth.
Prawns cooked with chilli, spices and onions .... very fresh and succulent.

We headed over to Edam ... a quiet place for a walk.
You can find chinese restaurant everywhere!
Favorite past time .. hanging out with friends and loved ones and having beer.
And my cozy room.... time for my sleep...zzzzzzzzzzzzz.