Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Tagged: List of Fives

It is time for me to enjoy some fun courtesy of tags by Rev. Anthony and Gerrad.

The rules of the game are as below:
1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about himself/herself.
3. At the end of the post the player then tags 5 people and posts their name, then goes to their blogs and leaves a comment, letting them know that they got tagged and to ask them to play and read your blog.

What was I doing ten years ago? April 1998
1. Preparing for SPM examination (My most hardworking year throughout my life)
2. Being tricked by classmates during April's Fool (They abused my innocence. Let's leave the details behind)
3. Spending tons of time on football (daily dosage)
4. Err...Breathing??
5. Err...give up la! Can't think of anything in particular...

5 things on my to-do list today
1. Thesis!
2. Thesis!
3. Thesis!
4. Thesis!
5. Thesis!..Oh ya, football too.

5 snacks I enjoy
1. Butter cookies
2. McFlurry
3. Banana Fried Ball a.k.a. 'Bom' (at 'Kakak' stall)
4. Mamee
5. Fishball in every form and cooking method

5 things I would do if I were a billionaire
1. Sponsor my family on a trip to Israel
2. Donate to the poor
3. No money left...haha
4. As above
5. As above

5 of my bad habits
1. Sleeping late
2. Unpunctuality
3. Difficult to wake up early (or be woken up by human or mechanical means)
4. Eating too fast
5. Talking too fast

5 places I have lived
1. Taman Sentosa, JB (when I was a baby)
2. Taman Pelangi, JB (my current residence)
3. Taman Universiti, Skudai (a rented house during Uni days)
4. STM, Seremban (my current current residence)
5. Port Dickson Presbyterian Church (my current weekend residence)

5 jobs I've had
1. Part-time bakery assistant (after Form 5 - for 3 months)
2. Internship in a civil engineering consultancy (before Uni and during Uni days - for 6 months)
3. Tuition teacher: taught webpage design, MS Office and SPM Physics (during Uni days - 1 year)
4. Project Executive in IOI Properties (after Uni days - 2 years)
5. Pastor to-be (after STM - duration unknown)

5 people I tag
I can only tag those I assume/guess/think are still reading my blog. However, ignore this if you have done this before:
1. Serena
2. Pei Ling
3. Jonathan
4. Serene
5. Desmond


The Blessing of Adversity

Adversity. It can be our worst enemy or our best friend.

I once heard someone say, "When you are faced with adversity, it either makes you bitter or better." When a tragedy suddenly befalls us, we can either choose to become bitter and blame everyone else (including God) except ourselves. Yet, that makes us miserable people and stops us from moving on. In such cases, adversity becomes our worst enemy. On the contrary, we can choose to believe that every adversity that befalls us is written within God's Great Story of Creation, and trust that God allowed it to happen to enrich and refine us. In such cases, adversity becomes our best friend.

Adversity is like a crash course, accelerating our learning and growing curve, forcing us to learn priceless life lessons that we would not have learn in the absence of adversity. C. S. Lewis is right in saying, "God whispers in our pleasures, but shouts in our pain." It is in adversity that we hear God most clearly. Therefore, we need to learn to give thanks not in spite of adversity, but give thanks for adversity.

Adversity is indeed a blessing (although it is hard to say this when one is in the midst of it, but it remains a fact). Amidst a prosperity-oriented, positive-thinking church culture, such a fact must be reiterated relentlessly.

"Blessed are those who face adversity, for theirs is the fruit of the Spirit."


Saturday, April 26, 2008

Out of Hibernation

Anyone out there?

It has been 98 days since I penned my last post. I don't even know whether anyone is still reading this blog. :)

I guess it is about time for me to wake up from my mental hibernation and start stretching my brain muscles.

Posts coming very soon...