Sunday, October 29, 2017

Company Halloween party

I guess it is more than just Pumpkin head, Frankenstein, vampire for costume selection nowadays. It more colorful and cheerful selection in 2017, like zombie, Hatsune Miku, Gundam (yes, there is a guy who cosplay this mecha series...) because we are living in Cosplay era!

I was actually thinking of this,
but the cheapest I can find in various online shops are at least RM200+, so forget about it.

What do you plan to do for this coming Halloween?

Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Reformation and Ecclesiology: Calvin's Ordinances ~ English-Mandarin Bi-lingual Open seminar

While the world is crazy about what to do on Halloween (especially in this Cosplay era) which is next Tuesday, the Reformed Christians are commemorating the 500th year since Martin Lurther pinned Ninety-five Theses on churches in Wittenberg, which is also serves as the foundation of Protestant Christianity. It is also known as Reformation Day (31st October).

I attended public seminar by China Horizon which focused on the above titles because this kind of topics usually attracted me (ya, I love boring subjects...). This will help me to understand the basis of my belief, too. On top of that, it was hold at my church (so ya, it is good to go home...)!
It was taught by Dr Samuel Ling (my favorite pastor, too due to his prowess in Chinese, English and music) and just in case you are not familiar with him, he taught in bilingual simultaneously and he told us why during the seminar.

Here are the notes distributed during the seminar and below are some more points by Dr Samuel Ling, from my memory (correct me if I am wrong, OK?):

  • Calvinism is not equal to predestination, the latter is just part of what John Calvin taught. Predestination was first mentioned by Augustine of Canterbury (long before John Calvin was born).
  • Puritans were technically Calvinist which gathered like Congregational and belongs to Church of England.
  • Education, since it was established during the Academy (1559) should includes both academic and non-academic subjects because we need to understand God' world (liberal, humanities) first before we can understand God's words (bible).
  • Instead of reading bible as a magazine (by gossiping on the content like is Jonah saved?), we should read it with thinking (by asking proper questions, refer notes above).
  • Reformation, is not about creating something new, as depicted by the literal and secular meaning of this word. It is about going back to where it all started.
  • With slight irrespective elements to a lot of churches nowadays (political correctness), churches today, especially those independent churches, Church should be built on biblical foundation where it is neither authoritarian nor democratic, it should be like those during Calvin ages where Presbyterian (teacher, pastor, deacon in today language) was elected by the Congregation yet rules over them but any individual pastor is subject to supervision within the Council so that there is mutual support and discipline among the ministers.
  • In order to help ourselves in deepening our faith, try spending 90 minutes a day in reading bible and complimentary good study materials, pray. In long run, this help to increase our English/Chinese literacy, too.

There are few further reading materials, 3 of them we used for this seminar were,

Friday, October 27, 2017

Distant World ~ Music from Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary edition (Jiritsu 而立)

If you do not heard of Final Fantasy, you probably are not a electronic gamer or don't have someone near to you as one, but it is ok, life is more fantastic outside of gaming world....

Just like how Square Enix is able to turn all its game OST (original soundtrack) into an orchestra performance since 2007 (thus this year marked the 10th year anniversary of this stand alone business entity). Final Fantasy, however was born 30 years ago, to be precise, 12 December 1987 (ya, as old as me).

Distant World is actually not the first attempt for Square Enix to try sell OST as separate entity, in fact the great composer of FF, Nobou Uematsu actually formed and disbanded a rock band that play FF OST before, they called themselves The Black Mages (I still have their original CDs, gosh it is priceless...).

I am not the one who is very keen to go for live performance but since my sister did not want to go unless I accompanied her so.... She is quite upset when Distant World first released the 2017 world tour schedule without including Malaysia...and I guess God answered her prayer but including it somewhere around August (based on organizer's posting on Facebook).

Yay, they have backdrop for people to "punch card" now!

Yep, the chocobo is priceless, unique and one-and-only (by my sister)
So here we were, quite nice seat compare to our last visit to KLCC Plenary Hall for Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour. My bad, because I didn't know that we can choose our seat during ticket purchase phase at TicketPro site...

Well, it ends up better than my expectation despite the fact that the merchandise counter queue was crazily long. These were what they sold that day,
and we only bought this,
not the Moogle (by the way, Chocobo was sold out)
...because we think the art leaflet was the only thing that worth our money...

The track list for the night was printed in the leaflet with some surprise addition...

Oh ya, there was a new trailer for FF7 Remake broadcasted during Opening - Bombing Mission (FFVII) so ya, a real surprise for a FF gamer like me...

OK, I can't remember most of the addition but it definitely ends with this....
Like he said, it is not a FF Orchestra performance if there is no One-Winged Angel (片翼の天使 Katayoku no Tenshi). In fact we were asked by Arnie Roth, the conductor to sing along when Sephiroth was sang by the choir!

For more photos from official site, you can check this out!

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