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Starbucks

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I had my second Starbucks experience today where Juliana bought me a cup of Starbucks Cappucino because I managed to get her a Starbucks card.


I like the tagline showed as displayed,

"Let's Remember Why we go together so well".

She bought me this as a gift of gratitude. While I was holding this drink to attend Women's Centre for Change Penang (WCC) New Building Fund Raising at Little Penang Street Market, another volunteer was saying that I tempted her with Starbucks.

During the lunch break, I grabbed her a cup of Blended Cream Mocha and she was so happy! She shared the drink with her mum and her brother and we managed to discuss more about her future study plan in psychology. I helped her to clarify about various psychological fields and we exchange opinions about our career path in psychology.

With a cup of Starbucks,

We get to know each other better,
We started a new friendship.

Therefore, I would like to add a small tagline as below,

"It's more than just …

Are you sure you will serve freely?

While waiting for mechanic to complete his service to my motorcycle, I had a inspiring conversation with his sister.

"If I don't have to worry about my living costs, I shall help anyone without any charge," I started our conversation.

"Are you sure? If someone will fully sponsor your food, accommodation and transport, will you really help freely?"

"Yuh, why not? But in life, I am still hunger of knowledge."

"Aren't you saying that you will provide your help freely? Now you sound like you will still hope for money in return of your help because you want the money to exchange for what you want," she confronted.

"......"

A simple sentence which caused me to reconsider why do I stay in helping profession since years back.

She was happy that she managed to discover my logical flaw within this simple conversation. I admit for my imperfection, but what fascinated me, is that she helped me to think about my decision, passion and motive in h…

Mid Autumn

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Celebrating mid autumn festival is meaningful, if there are friends or family around...

Last Saturday, I went to a simple gathering organized by Farlim Adventist Church and Cynn was putting a lot of effort in making this event successful.


Her prayer was answered.. Clear sky and round moon. Not to mention the happy faces among those who presented.


We had wonderful dinner, lantern puzzles (aka 燈謎), lantern lightning and of course, pastor's sharing.

One incidents happened during our effort to hang up those lanterns on raffia ropes. The lanterns were dropping one by one after a period of time because we oversaw the possibility for the ropes to be melted by candle heat. Well, something to learn. =)

Pastor was trying to share about light and he mentioned about how we, Christian reflects God's light throughout our life. I was touched...and actually I wanted to ask,

"Is it possible for me to burn myself to lighten up others?"

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"And God said, Let there be light: and th…

Seoul Garden dinner

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First time had a great dinner with colleagues.



Though it was just a simple dinner with them in Seoul Garden, Gurney Plaza, somehow I had different feeling about them.




Someone is constantly worrying about her family... Someone is having a lot of thing in her mind... Someone is trying hard to mix outside of office... Someone is never given up chances to have fun... Someone is ever ready to serve...
It is actually grateful to have moment with colleagues outside of office setting because you have to chance to observe and feel how they interact when work is not our main topics or concern. Everyone is trying to have dinner and you can tell how enjoy we were by just looking at these photos (especially Yuukie and Josephine).
Besides that, it was from this dinner, we knew our appetite, food intake volume, and diet preference. In fact, I had came to believe that those are skinny tend to eat a lot (well, don't mad at me, that's just my observation over the 24 years...).
Haha....so about the bil…

Seeds

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We were glad to invite Footstool Players for drama presentation at Penang Adventist Hospital. This year, they bring SEEDS to us.


The production is consisted of 8 sketches which were based on biblical account of what Jesus taught in parables, Jesus' miraculous actions, Jesus' comforting et cetera. This is their 10th anniversary production but you may surprise why it is "seeds"? Well, according Colin, the artistic director of the group, they remembered those who shared with them how Footstool Players sketch left an impact in their life over these years. Despite not knowing that whether the God's word is fallen on which kind of soils, they hope that God will grow the "seeds" that they shared to their audience, to fruitfulness in everyone's life.

Sounds touching, right? Ya, in fact some of the audience (includes me) were weeping during the performance was on.

Wanna know how touching the stories go? Read on...

1st Skit: The Seed and The Soils
Biblical so…

Tutu....'Bahnhof'...

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We visited a shelter home in Bukit Mertajam, Penang Bahnhof Youth Center.

Though there were some delay in planning, we were glad that they were welcoming us as much as we welcomed them.


We did not plan many activities for the children because all we wanted, was to have interactive moment with them. Of course, the discussion about how to deliver our help towards the less fortunate population with Alex and Thoo (center's owner) was inspiring, too.


For those who are in the helping profession or social welfare, I guess we all understand that running a shelter home or half-way house which serves as part of psychosocial support, is not easy. From getting a license for the center to the negotiation with neighbour for tolerance with children's voice level. However, these did not stop Alex to help these kids.

"If I do not help them, who is going to help them?". This remind me of Jesus' parable about the lost sheep. "What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, a…

Cast my burden on Thy, for You know where I shall go...

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While waiting for my sister, I managed to think about my current job and career development...

I recalled the moment I was struck by hopelessness and depression when my manager delivered the first warning letter to me few weeks back...

How slack I was....
How useless I was...
How stubborn I was...
How egocentric I was...

Then..

I rethink again what did that incident mean for me,
reviewed one of the case that I handled recently,
referred the policy of my job title,
and I saw this,

”A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)


I think that there is a purpose why God put me in this job at this hospital and begin to realize that I can perform better by applying what I have learned in the university.


All the while,


I was thinking that my degree has little and nothing to do with my current job, for I am a social worker but I am graduated in counseling. All I have to do in this job, is only to disburse the charity fund to the patient. With this mindset persists, …

Paintball

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Had paintball session with church mates on 31st July, 2011. Phew, I thought it was a easy game but it was quite demanding in terms of stamina because you need to squat, run, shoot, hide, and crawl...

Anyway, this remind me of our moment with Half Life: Counter Strike. Well, real life sports is far better and excited than computer game. You get to feel the tension in shooting and hiding where you cannot feel in virtual reality.
Salute!
Get set, solders!
With the effort of Juliana (thanks Juliana for organizing this game! =D), we managed to have a discount session of RM20 per person with unlimited life and 100 bullets. We started the game in 2 teams, aka white vs yellow.

Being hit by air gun is not that pain compare to gunpowder bullet and the impact can cause damage level as this...

...and only one of us were not hit directly... No casualty occurred but wounded legs, arms, heads, face....

Despite my team has won, but I found that the excitement of winning can only be achieved if limited l…

Walk for Sight and Sound 2011

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Went to a fantastic charity walk during 17th July and met some wonderful friends who are working under the same hood.


Ops, not ready yet?
Smile! (^ω^)
I am not sure what the Star reported about the figures is accurate or not, but I am glad that we can help and have meaningful experience to be "blind". Seriously, you know how many persons attended this annual event?


Not to mention, there were a lot of attractive prizes for the participants. iPad, bicycles, laptops...In fact, in the point of organization participation, Penang Adventist Hospital fellows must be really blessed. Out of 33 participation, 4 received lucky draw prizes where we had Wei Beng, Andy, and Doreen who won the hamper.
Beng poising with his hamper
and Ryan Goh, our grand prize winner! \(⌒o⌒)/


4 days 3 nights Penang-Phuket/Krabi Start cruise tour for 2 persons. (Psss, I heard he hasn't found his partner...You know what to do, right? =P)

Anyhow, the event went like this. We walked blindfolded with someone lea…

Forgiveness

I attended a bible conference by RBC Ministries on 23rd July 2011, saturday in Trinity Methodist Church Penang with elder Ooi and fellow church mates. Met Kwei Yunn and Xu Wen (just knew that she attends this church =D). Besides, provides a reunion of brother and sister in Christ, our Heavenly Father taught me about forgiveness through the mouth of Reverent Dr. Gary Inrig.

Though I may not have photographic memory, these are some of the points which I recalled from his sermon:
(corresponding biblical chapters: * Luke 7:36 - 50, * Matthew 18:21 - 35, * Luke 17:1 - 10, & * Matthew 18-15 - 20)

~ The central principle of forgiveness is where creditor pays off debtor's debt (Jesus died on the cross for our sin)
~ Forgiveness createslove and comes with obligations such as forgiving others
~ Eternal forgiveness of God is not equal to parental/conditional forgiveness of God
~ Forgiveness is not minimizing sin
~ Forgive is not forget but remember to forget
~ To forgive, one has to defi…