Sunday, January 23, 2011

January almost over

I thought we just entered in the new year. but in actual fact, first month of the year is almost gone. Have you started your year yet? Kicking in your gear and set out to contend for the things you want to see happen?

One thing that I want to do more this year is to read books. More books.

Any good books to recommend reading? =)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Why did I start and continue this blog

Every friday I get email from a sitetracker website telling me I have got 2 visitors average daily for the week. I m quite surprised actually as I wonder who would visit this site when its not being updated! Must be something wrong with it. But anyway, I have been thinking to revive the blog for a long time now so I guess the sitetracker email gave me a tiny push at the end =)

The birth of this site has been for collection for my thoughts. It was titled Under Construction because at the area where I was staying then when I created this blog then, there were apartment construction sites. It was near Damansara Perdana, PJ and new condominiums were being erected and I wonder now if they have been completed already. Anyone?

So the blog started with a thought. Seeing those work in progress made me realise that my life too is under construction. Many areas in my life is being renovated, being bulldozed, being extended, being corrected, rebuked, grown, rebuilded etc etc. A never-ending process, I hope, as long as I live.

So there you have it, the reason why I started and decided to continue posting tonight. The life work on progress thing is probably the same for you and everyone else but one thing I learn is that you should never be afraid to share what you learnt!

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Spidey lesson

I have a pet spider.

I do.

As the owner, I get to decide his gender.

As the owner, there are a few things that I can say about his character.

Adventurous. He travels with me everywhere. There was once he followed me all the way to Riversdale beach and absolutely enjoyed it. Never complain.

Faithful. He never leaves nor forsakes me.

Shy. I have never seen him around.

Determined. He lives behind the left side mirror of my car. How do I know he exists? My left side mirror is always webbed.

No matter how many times I destroy the web he spun, the very next day, he spins new ones. I am not sure if he has caught any bugs, or if he has enough food every day to last him. All I know is he spins his web over and over again. Same corner same spot.

If a spider can be so determined so laborious, what more man then. It’s a choice that we can choose. Every time when what we build is swept away, do we pick ourselves up and start again?

When our experiments don’t work out, do give up or do we redo them properly?

When out assignments seems endless, do we still do it with our best?

When we face disappointments, do we still dare to take risks in the future?

When people let us down, do we still choose to believe in people in the future?

When what we plan doesn’t work out, do we choose to learn from the outcome?

If spidey is a human, he is probably going to be quite a character.

Friday, April 9, 2010

James 3:1-5

Words are powerful, like it or not. Joking or not. They cut, hurt, tear down when you say unpleasant things. They encourage, build up when you say pleasant things.

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boast. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire... James 3:1-5

So, choose, nc, on what to say and when to say. Sorry for the times my words have been like a fire!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

What do you do?

Sunday today in church, Pastor's message rings familiar. What are we defined by? Very often, we are defined by our profession.

In any new social setting, we normally would introduce our name, where we are from, then next, would be what do we do.

About more than a year ago, I remember vividly a night before an exam (Chemical Energetics), I was awake praying, talking to God. I remember asking God again what I would become. Was this course that I was doing God's very plan? That I would specifically be this Massey graduated Chemical and Nanotech Engineer?

Like what Pastor said today, we are not defined by what we do, but who we are. God can called us to be anything and still bring God glory through what we do. No matter if it's an engineer, dentist, sales person, teacher, business investor, doctor, real estate agent, scientist, pastor, lawyer, food technologist, vet etc. As long as we are honest, diligent, and God honoring in the ways we work.

Apart getting good at what we do, (by study, going to uni, going to work etc), dont you think we should grow who we are as well!?

Of cos, the hardest bit would be finding who we are.

As we grow up, we often don't know who we are, what is our purpose on earth. Is it merely getting a degree, get a good job, meet someone, get married and go by life? at times, this life progress sounds fine, but at times, we scream quietly inside us wanting to do more, desiring something greater, as though we are wired to feel that way.

Then, we always look within ourselves, to our hearts, to find purpose, but we find no answer.

We are looking at the wrong place to begin with. Would you agree with me that the best way of finding out what an invention is for, is to approach its inventor. Looking at the invention itself, might or might not you can figure out its purpose. As wonderful creations, we too could look to our Creator, to find out who we are, and what we are wired for.

If these questions are something that you are wrestling with, I encourage you to start looking at the right starting point.

How much do the Creator know about you and me? Read here!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Chick flick and more than a good habit

New semester started like 4 days ago. Class contact hours are shockingly relaxed but workload does not seem to cease. But am enjoying the flexibility of time!

School and reading never seem to fail to be associated together. Apart from 4th year research project that requires us to read heaps, we have another book to read. Its a novel that talks about how this plant guy manages his in trouble plant while his marriage itself is too in crisis. One of my classmate describes the book like a chick flick. oh boy! Should be quite interesting to read nevertheless!

Books are valuable assets. It's like getting another person's years long experience in a few days/weeks/months time as we read them. We won't have managed plants and factories before but other people have, and the novel which we were told to read is their experiences. Reading the book is like having a taste of their experience.

I do not read as much as I wish to as I have plenty of books that I am interested that I want to read. I want to cultivate reading more this year and on the left tab can be seen some of the books that I am currently reading (some since last year already!). Only through reading we can widen our mindsets and ideas! So I encourage you to pick up a good book and read too!

(Of course, mere book knowledge does not do us any good too! Takes life application to turn knowledge into wisdom lah!)

Clubs day, rejections and sales

Club's day yesterday. For the 3rd year now I was manning the booth for OCF. You could say, same old thing every year. Talk to newbies, telling them who we are, what we do, and invite them for the Kiwi Culture Night that we are doing on Friday.

I saw many responses personally. Apart from 'ok and yes' I got some rejections too.
  • Sorry Im not a Christian (though one doesn't have to be a Christian to come)
  • Nah it's alright
  • Ugh!
  • *silent*
We all hate rejections but part of life is to get rejected. This reminds me of an insightful post I read on rejection a while ago. I like specifically what the author wrote at the end.

"The question is again - is not how to avoid rejections but how to embrace and grow from rejections. We can avoid rejection at all costs. We just don’t take risks anymore and live a safe life. We don’t reach out and open up ourselves to be vulnerable. We don’t invest in lives of others and just live for ourselves. We don’t make a stand or dare to dream to live a larger life. We live our lives driven by fear of rejection rather than fear of God. We live our lives driven by safeness of life rather than dreams.
"

Find Part 1 and Part 2 of the post there.

I am proud of those who came yesterday and talked to the newbies. We forget how much of a long way our little conversations could be sometimes.