All entries for April 2005

April 18, 2005

Last Weekend of Hols..

Should really be studying but it is the last weekend of hols!!(another lame procrastinating excuse!)
Saturday: Had a super diner with some really close friends. Food was awesome. Home cook food is always better. Have tried almost all the food in Coventry and nothing can beat this :

Mash potatoes (plus parnips. new recipe), all kinds of chicken (Thai curry,sweet and sour, baked,fried), veg(baby corn and beans), soup(bak kut teh-peppery Sinagpore soup with pork).

Sunday: Made Black Bun, a traditional Scotish cake with Shu Bei. Kinda like Christmas pudding. We followed the recipe from a book Shu Bei bought from British Heart Foundation.Took ages to make the pastry. But when we finally did it, we were overjoyed.
Black bun before going into the oven..

After 2 and a half hours in the oven..

We waited patiently for 30 mins for it to cool before we can actually eat it..

Aaaahh…finally we can eat it! It would have been better with ice cream but the best part was chatting after diner.Browsed through recipe books and planning the next cooking experiment.So exciting!!!

Went to uni this afternoon to play badminton. It was so quiet. Everyone is probably freaking out with assignments datelines and stuffs.
I am worred bout revision too but trying to be positive.
A brand new term, a brand new begining.


April 16, 2005

Why did the duck cross the road?

Godbrother was driving me and my housemates home from uni when he suddenly exclaimed 'Duck!' and miss the duck just in time. This happen in front of the Maths Department road. We were positive we didn't hit the duck but just to make sure the duck was alright, we turned back. The poor duck was hit by a cab just a while after we were gone. It was raining, and there were duck feathers on the road. We carried the duck from the road to the grass. It was quite still when it was being carried. It must have been traumatic experience for him. There was no blood or anything but part of his feathers were ripped off. He should be able to survive. Can't help but wonder why did the duck cross the road. There was another duck. Probably his mate but he didn't seem to really care for the injured duck. I remember someone told me that ducks always go in pairs. Why didn't the duck's mate care? Hmmmm…What were these 2 ducks wandering around uni at night anyway?
Those of you reading this must think I made this all up but this whole incident really happened and I have got witnesses too.
Worked at the Arts Center tonight (before the duck accident). I really enjoy working there. The duty managers are friendly and I get paid to watch shows for free. Watched Vanity Fair tonight. It was 2 and a half hours. I thought it wil be boring but fortunately it wasn't boring and I have to say the movie is pretty good.

April 15, 2005

Love is When..

"Love Is When"
by Peggie C. Bohanon

Love is when someone is there
To share a hurt and hug a care.

Love is when he stands so tall
And smiles and eats a burned meatball!

Love is when your heart belongs
In arms familiar, safe and strong.

Love between a man and wife
Is much like God, Who gave His life.

He meets our needs; He shares and cares;
He gives His love in answered prayer.

So far beyond all earthly loves,
This God awaits your heart's deep love.

For love is when He grace imparts
To fill your life, and win your heart!

Found this poem here.
Touched by the love story of Peggie and Joe who both trusted the Lord with all their heart.


April 14, 2005

Memories of P.E

Sports in school only bring back awful memories of getting hit by the ball on the face, getting a C for Physical Education when all my other subjects are A. In school we had 4 sports houses (Red, Yellow, Blue and Green) I was in Red. During P.E classes, we have to play competitive games between the houses and there was always unequal numbers between the houses. So I was always sent to other houses whenever there was extra people in my house cause I was the weakest link. No matter how hard I run, I was still last. And whichever team I am in they will end up losing. Maybe having me in the team just demotivates everyone.
It hurts so much when you feel unwanted and useless.
It always made me feel inferior. I always dreaded going to after school sports practise which was compulsory. I always try to pretend to be sick but dad saw through me of course and would not get me a doctor's note.
One day when I got back from school, I told my Aunt I felt like such a loser and she said "... there is nothing much you can do cause this retardness in sports is a genetic thing, everyone in the family suck at sports. People are just different. Some are better in some stuffs, some are better in other stuffs. You have to learn to be thankful for the things You are good at."
As I look back now, I am grateful for those awful memories of PE. The experience did make me stronger. Now no matter how people look at me, it affects me no more because I will always hold on to my aunt's words – People are just different.

April 12, 2005

Sepet

''It is as near to you as your life but you cannot wholly know it.''- R Tagore

Those are the end words in the movie Sepet. It is a movie that I think all Malaysians should watch. It has the theme of inter-racial love relationship between a Chinese boy and Malay girl. Check out the official website of the movie Sepet Sepet means small eyes which is often a description for Malaysian Chinese who typically (but not all cause my eyes are not sepet.) have small eyes.
I like the movie maybe cause it is not one of those typical love stories that we so often watch. It felt really nice watching the movie cause it is something close to the heart. Being away from home just watching a movie made and shoot from home is just so heartwarming. Watched it with my housemates and I think everyone enjoyed it. Another thing I love about the movie is it has all the languages that Malaysians speak in it – English, Malay, Cantonese, Hokkien, Mandarin and at the opening it even has a poem read in Mandarin ( the poem is written I assume by R Tagore)
I googled him and read some of his poems. Check him out, R.Tagore He is indeed a great poet.
More reasons to like the movie. The director is a lady from my hometown Muar ( the best place in the world) ! Credit must be given to Yasmin Ahmad for coming out with this movie. To her that movie is not about inter racial relationship but more about 2 people from different backgrounds falling in love. She believe that first love will always be true love. I can't believe it when I read it cause I used to believe it though I have never been in a relationship and everyone who has been in relationships told me it is crap. It is good to know that there are people who believe in true love.
I am not too sure exactly what the end words by R Tagore meant but I think it meant that Love is always in us but we will never truly understand or grasp the meaning of this emotion.

What have I been up to beside coughing all day long? Have been listening to the CD Joanne Jong burnt for me. It has 146 inspiring praise and worship songs! Thanks so so much Joanne! Love it! And thank you to all who left 'Get Well Soon' messages. I am better already.


April 08, 2005

Cuttest Lessons In Life

Received a forwarded e-mail entitled 'Cuttest Lessons In Life' by Sing Cher. Love the cute pictures and their respective captions. It touched me deeply cause it is sent by my 'oldest' friend, we have known each other for 15 years. Best mates since 7 years old!
My favourite pic from all the lovely pics in the e-mail is…..

''Love someone with all your heart.''

Thank you Sing Cher for being such a good friend. For watching out for my family when I am here. For being so supportive in all that I do and for just being the sweet you that you are. Cheers to 15 years of friendship!
Feeling kinda nostalgic now. All the memories of childhood and school girl days… I had such a wonderful group of friends in school. We had so much fun and life seem so simple back then. We had big dreams of the future. We do silly stuffs just for a good laugh. We talk endlessly on the phone even though we see each other everyday. We meet up during the weekend just to 'lepak' (Malay word for chill.) To my old gang- Sing Cher, May Ling, Hiang Ting, Vicky, Szu Hwee and Guek Kee- miss you girls loads and even though we are miles apart, you girls are always remembered in my prayers. Smile and be happy always!


April 06, 2005

Easy to love hard to forget..

It is 3.30am. Slept at 9 pm yesterday after drinking a mug of lemonsip that godbrother gave me. He is ill as well. Maybe he is lovesick from missing his girlfriend who is still in Malaysia or maybe I spread the cold to him. Hope he gets well soon.
Have been lazing around since coming back from WiM. Played badminton yesterday but felt so tired after that. Went to the gym but felt so drained. I need energy. Where is all my energy? Should start to do some work but my cold and cough seem to be getting worse despite the care of all around here. Maybe I am just plain lazy. Using my cold as an excuse to procrastinate my work.
Can't sleep now. Looking at horoscope on yahoo. Can't help but wonder if there is any truth in horoscope or is it just a load of rubbish. Maybe it is nothing but plain generalization. Each of us probably have some characteristic of all the horoscopes. The sceptic in me thinks it is crap but I still love reading horoscope. Maybe it gives hope to people like when it says you will meet your soulmate, you will find true love. True Love? I am quite a sceptic. Maybe cause I have not found true love. So, I can't really believe it. But I do do believe God has someone for each and everyone.

It is easy to love someone but it ain't easy to forget someone.


April 03, 2005

My thoughts in plain words..

''Therefore as God's chosen people,holy and dearly loved,clothe yourselves with compassion,kindness, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity''
_Col 3:12=14_

As I was leaving Bangor, I reflected on the week I had spent there. I had mixed feelings. I was glad to be going home cause I was feeling really ill but I felt sad at the same time at leaving all the amazing friends I made there. Everyone has been so kind and have touched me in their own ways. The touching things I had felt is so hard to put down into words but it will always be remembered in my heart. I learnt a lot in Wales. I learnt that we should always be true to ourselves. Everyone in Revelation is just so amazing. Everyone is unique and special in their own ways. I am so thankful to God that I had the chance to experience the warmth of everyone at WIM. I pray that God will continue to bless all the angels I have met in WIM. May they continue to sing in the Joy of the Lord!


Building Bridges.

'Building Bridges is the theme of Bangor WIM ( Revelation's annual Week In March). It brought together about 100 over people from 14 universities. Guess building bridges is all about bonding people.'

Saturday 26 March
Woke up really early cause was feeling really excited. As I was lugging my bags to go catch a bus, Godbrother Gan came to give me a lift. So grateful to have a brother like him. Not only that he waited with me for half an hour at university cause we got there too early. Met Jenni whom I was getting a lift from for the first time. I was really worried cause it is a 3 hour plus drive to Bangor and I am not a very good at making conversations with new people. But thankfully somehow it was alright. We talked about random stuffs. She is a such a nice girl.

Reached Bangor at about 4 ish pm. Everyone seem to know everyone but everyone is so friendly and you see smiley faces all around you. It eased away the worry I had that I will be left out cause I am shy and quiet with new people. It is really ironic. I was never a shy person in Malaysia but I am becoming more and more quiet as I grow older. I was a chatterbox when I was in school but it just toned down at some point and I know not why or when I changed. Maybe it was after Grandma pass away. I just wished I could take back those hurtful words I ever said to her. I think and reflect more these days than talk and I write down random thoughts in a journal so I will not forget them.

I decided to join WIM cause I wanted to meet more people and overcome my shyness and being able to go to Wales was an added bonus. Bangor is such a lovely coastal town. Love it. Another reason for joining WIM is to experience British culture.

Easter Sunday
Performed at Pentecostal church ( the church where we were staying). Watched the children performed their Easter performance. They were so cute. More rehearsal after that. Skipped dinner to go to the Catholic church in Bangor for the evening mass. The mass was a simple one with only 2 hymms sung.
Had a dance splinter meeting. Then met my Bond Group. Awesome people, Kate ( Leader) who was one of the first people I got to know when I arived, Jon Finis ( the National coordinator). Jen who is really hyperactive funky girl, Elllie another funky girl, Martina from Chech who sleeps next to me, sweet Patty from the states and Tom who is really creative and cool.

Monday
There were 2 choirs – Menai and Britania. I was in Britania. Learnt more new songs.
The most exciting thing that day was Ceilidh. I always see it on Tv but never really had the chance to experience it. But it was so fun. My arms were bruised from this scotish dance.

Tuesday
Felt ill and a little homesick. Got to know more people and everyone seem to ask the same question 'So, when you going home?' I will not be able to go home this summer cause I will be doing an internship with PWC in Birmingham. Will probably go home in Christmas. Seems like such a long time. Called mum later at night to tell her how much I miss her.
Felt better after busking and singing in the open air. Had bond group diner at a curry house. It was followed by a pub social.

Wednesday
Felt very ill today. Guess most people were feeling dryness in the throat too.
Daniel Thomas, a professional from London taught us 2 songs. It was really inspiring. Finished the dance and I thought it was really well choreographed by Martyn and the rest of the gang.

Thursday
Received flowers from Martina and Patty today. So sweet of them. Had a shower at the swimming pool. It felt good but I didn't really feel clean from showering in my swim suit. It was a long walk back and I was sweating from walking up the slope.
Cabaret night! It was fun watching people performing. My favourite was when Salve Regina was sung. It was so beautifully sung. I performed with the rest of the dance gang too. It was good fun. And I got a Paper Plate award for Best Massage. It was such a suprise.

Friday
Concert day. People seem a little stress but excited about the concert. The songs we sang : Higher and Higher, My soul says Yes, Living Years, All Right, Get on Up, Man in the Mirror, and Trading My Sorrows. The other choir sang You are Good, Unwritten, Who is Like the Lord, I'll be there for You, Rain Down, My Help, and We Offer You Praise. And combined both choirs we sang Stand Still and Know, Somebody to Love and Let Me Say So. The concert was amazing and it almost brought a tear to my eyes. Received some roses and a piggy bank from my Guardian Angel. After the concert there was a party. Wasn't feeling very well. Wasn't really in the party mood. Maybe I have outgrown my party years. Age is catching up slowly but surely.

Last day..
Went to the sea side with Patty. It was a sunny day and the walk there felt so peaceful.
Found out who my Angel was. Jon Finis! So lucky to have him as an angel. He is an angel indeed.
Helped to clean up the church. Then went for pub lunch and home bound to Coventry once more. The view of Bangor from the way back was lovely. Why didn't I noticed it on the way there? Sometimes in life we just fail to recognize the beauty of what is around us. 'Stand Still and Know' how beautiful is the life that God has given us.


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