Thursday, October 30, 2008

Project Report #31 - MonKee Business

Hey there Sponsors! It has been a fantastic week so far. I just got went to Nilai yesterday night to do bible study with some of the Inti boys there, it was a great time. We studied about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and how it all begins by first getting the gift of tongues. One of them who has yet to receive the Baptism of the Spirit was really inspired and was eager to receive the gift of tongues.

One of the boys told me that his friend showed his a video of documentary that was disproving being slain in the Sprit, in other words, falling down when someone prays for you. I just told him bluntly, that no one who is walking right with God, whose heart is right before God, would want to fake such a thing. Falling under the power of God is just a physical expression, people can fake it but it is between them and God.

At the end of day, many people can fake it, but the ultimate proof that God has really touched them is that their lives have changed. The fruit of being touched by God is CHANGE! So judge by the fruit, and not by the expressions. After explaining that to him, I really felt in my spirit that a load of uncertainty has lifted from his shoulders, that now he knows how to respond when people challenge the truth of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Many will chase after signs and wonders, many people just pursue just the expressions of the gifts of the Spirit, but we must continuously guard out hearts to not chase after just the form but denying its power. We must always run after God’s heart, making His desires our desires and becoming a person of great substance and character. Becoming a vessel of honor begins inside… So speaking in tongues and all the other gifts are physical expressions of an internal conviction. Thank God for a fruitful time there doing bible study with the boys, as I was teaching, I too reminded myself of a lot of things..

Today’s the big day, I’m going to be facing my first round of appraisal for this year. God indeed has been so faithful to me this year in terms of career. He has blessed me with many opportunities to venture into various areas of the software development industry for F&B sector. I’ve grown a lot in my knowledge and character in handling tight scheduled projects. I also really thank God for a good, generous boss and also very helpful colleagues that have never abandoned me when I was facing difficult times. Praise God for His providence!

We’ll be going to Singapore for the Asia Conference hosted by City Harvest Church in a few weeks time. I’m really excited for what God has in store for us there. It’s gonna be a fantastic time of learning and ministry. The exchange rate for Ringgit to Singapore dollar is rather high now, but no worries, God will provide! Haha! I will not let money be an obstacle, this is an obstacle I know I can overcome through God! Be prepared for the report I will bring back from Singapore!

The Harvest Generation Worship Team is currently having vocal and choir training with our singers, believe or not I’m also in the programme. HAH! For those of you who think I can’t sing, be very amazed at the end of this programme, Ceh-Wah! Just kidding… Nothing to brag about, we’re just looking into avenues to grow our talents in music and singing. We have 2 very good instructors from the SIB BM church, Lenny and Joyce, who really pour their hearts out in teaching us.

Lenny is recording artist and vocal teacher by profession and Joyce is the choir conductor of SIB KL BM service which comprises of about 60 choir members. Joyce’s mother is a ‘big-shot’ choir conductor in Indonesia and is very well know by the locals there. When Lenny and Joyce did a demo in singing, we all felt so unworthy to sing anymore. HAHA! They are so GOOD! Even impromptu songs, they make it sound like it’s been practiced for months! But we really thank God for people who are willing to stand by the church and help build us up.

It’s been awhile since I wrote to appreciate the sponsors of this project. I shall continue today introducing a young gal, who was very timid and quiet when she first came up to Subang, but after she joined CampusCity, there was a huge turn around. She’s one of the strongest young gals I know, despite going through hard times, she has risen above the circumstances and really dependent on God all the way. This gal is no other than Amanda Tan aka Alamanda!

Don’t mistake her for a Chindian ok? She’s pure Chinese~! This gal is super athletic! She can play netball really really well. To see a young student who is willing to learn, willing to give 100% in her service to God and 100% in her studies really inspires me. I speak on behalf of all the CampusCity leaders of that time when I say that we’re all very proud of her!

When she first came to join us in CampusCity, I remember she was super quiet. She wouldn’t even say more than 4 words in a sentence. But after she opened up her heart for the Holy Spirit to work in her, things began to change. She started off serving as an usher, the later as a choir member, then she took up preaching class, leadership training and bible studies, and numerous GIGs. She even joined us to pray at 5.30am, way before the sun rose, for a week when Ps Ryan called for a prayer meeting.

I thank God for her life because she never looked down on the talents that God has given to her. She has always availed herself for ministry no matter how small the task may seem to be to most people. I mean, many people think that being an usher is a small thing, but every role in the Kingdom of God is vital! Your hand can’t tell your feet that it’s useless, neither can any ministry tell the other that they don’t need it. If you’re missing a little toe, did you know that you will find it hard to balance when you’re walking? That’s how important every part of the body of Christ is, no ministry is too small for God.

To Amanda, continue to keep that heart of humility before God. True promotion only comes from God alone, so never ever despise the days of small beginnings. I know you’ll be graduating and will eventually be working. Hold on to the principles of God, never ever let your foundations in the Word and Spirit be shaken by circumstances that will arise against you. Stay faithful to the call that God has placed in your heart and pursue the vision with everything you got.

Man may look at the outer appearance but God looks at the heart, continue seeking and pursuing the things of God and He will bless you abundantly. All the best in all your undertakings, remember to always put God first in everything that you do. Never compromise on the Word and Spirit, in everything give your 100%. Honor God with your life and He will definitely honor you.

PROJECT REPORT! I’m actually considering to install a piggy-back engine management system onto my car. Still looking into the pros and cons of doing so, it’s pretty affordable because I found a guy that I can deal with a very good bargain. I may even propose to help him sell these products if I’m satisfied with the work he’s going to do with my car. Will update you guys more about this when the job is done. Hopefully I’ll be able to land some car jobs in the coming months through this. I’m still praying and looking out for business opportunities and investments in can make to gear myself up to achieve the vision that has been placed in my heart…

Well, that’s all I have all of you today. It’s pretty short compared to me last few entries, but I guess I shouldn’t take so much of your time reading this. So take care people! Have a great weekend ahead! God Bless!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Project Report #30 - They Came, They Saw, They Got Married (Part 2)

Hey there sponsors, it’s been awhile since I last made an entry. As usual, I’ve been really busy, it’s better than having nothing to do. Like what Pastor Ryan always say, while we’re on earth let’s work hard because when we’re in heaven, we’ll have eternity to rest all we want. Haha~! I am really looking forward to where Harvest Generation is heading towards as a church. Things are getting very exciting!

We just went to Ipoh 3 weeks back to do 5 services back to back in 3 different places covered in a span of 30 hours, amazing eh? We’re going to take another service in CBC PJ this coming Saturday evening and it’s gonna be exciting! It’s like going for GIGs but at a more amplified version of it! This time, we’re stretched as working people! But it’s great because we really see the change in the lives of these young people.

Ps Ryan now is a very happy man! Finally, my senior Pastor is no longer a bachelor! This paves the way for the rest of us to even journey on towards marriage. We had a ball during the preparation of the wedding, the bachelor night and the wedding itself! Let’s just begin with the bachelor night that we had for our beloved Pastor… Writing this is not just for you folks to read for myself also to cherish these good times…

We all gathered at Calvin’s house week before the wedding day with everything prepared. I rushed here and there just to get pastor a nice ‘sexy’ underwear, Chris T bought some sex stuff and the others bought some sushi, body shaver and shaving cream. We had a good laugh shooting videos and taking pictures of the stuff we bought, here are some pictures of that very faithful moment…

After all the stuff was settled and the ‘plan’ was devised, we set out in 2 cars to Pastor’s house. Note that Pastor thinks that we’re only going to pick him up and go karaoke, heheh… So the plan was to ask Calvin to get Pastor to open the doors as we hid in the bushes nearby where we would ambush into Pastor’s house. However, the ambush plan totally failed because Pastor locked the doors behind him as he was exiting the house. So we had to say ‘we need to use the bathroom’ excuse and all that nonsense to get him to open the house doors again. Finally after much pushing through, we manage to get him in the house and sat him down in the middle of the living room as we surrounded him and prepared the ‘bachelor night’ torture…

First up, we prepared a box of nicely sliced salmon sashimi with wasabi on the side and laid it out for Pastor to eat it. NOTE: Pastor Ryan HATES sushi! But this was the request of his dearest bride-to-be for him to eat the sashimi. So pastor ate about 3 pieces but he could not finish it, by the third piece he said he was gonna puke…”all for the sake of marriage..”

Second up, we took out the nicely prepared briefs, custom designed by me, and made him wear it outside his jeans. I purposely bought the biggest size and the most nerdish undies I could find. So he wore it and we made him pose for picture taking… if any of you watch the Zohan movie, we made him do those poses… I shall not elaborate any further… HAHA!

Third up, we took out the ‘razor’~! It’s shaving time! We made Pastor roll up his pants and asked his most trusted assistant, Calvin Tay, to rub on some shaving cream on it. Then Calvin had to shave one part of Pastor’s leg… I personally think that it wasn’t enough because it can’t even be seen! But since he’s our Pastor, we let him off with only a patch of his right leg shaved. Before we could clean his legs, he got up in retaliation towards us and started to wipe the shaving cream on anyone that was around. Poor Nick Chan was on the floor at that time so he got most of the shaving cream on him… oh well, casualties of war… HAH~!

Finally, after all the shaving stuff is cleaned up, each of us presented Pastor with a sex thingy… HAHA… there were condoms, different kinds of lubricants, massage oils which can be used as lubricants as well and other goodies for a good night of ‘FUN’. Silly Jeffery was standing beside Pastor as he was pouring out some lubricants onto his hand… we all know what Pastor was gonna do, but either Jeffery was ignorant or he likes what Pastor is gonna do… so as predicted, Pastor whacked the lubricant on Jeff’s face as he was the nearest victim while we all stayed a safe distance since earlier.

So thus comes the end of the opening ceremony of the Bachelor Night for Pastor Ryan. We then head out to Neway SS17 to have out buffet dinner and crazy karaoke session. We sang the dumbest and funniest songs… well, I guess the songs were not to blame for the horrid noises we made with the microphone and speakers.

While we were all having fun doing crazy stuff at Neway, guess what the girls were doing for Brenda’s bridal shower? They were watching Olympics at Carol’s house. Oh well, the girls are just more composed than us guys… we had the night of our life!

Let’s move on to talk about the wedding preparations. The day before the wedding, all of us were working hard to get things together before 8pm so that we could rush for the Emerge Conference at Sunway Convention. Sadly that day when I loaded stuff to be shifted to the wedding location, some of the equipment tore off my back window tints causing scratches to my windows as well. At first it was frustrating because I very saying my car mah, but then again these things can be replaced whereas a good wedding for the 2 people we love so much is priceless!

All of us were dead tired by the time we were done with the logistics, dry runs and last minute settlements. Even after the Emerge Conference, some of us had to do some more preparations before the big day… I think most of us slept no earlier than 3am that night, some didn’t even sleep…

Then the BIG DAY came! Early in that Saturday morning, we all got up really early, grab some stuff from church and prepared ourselves for the Chip San Liong session, for those of you who don’t know Cantonese, this is the ‘going to get the bride’ session in Chinese tradition. I sent Carol to the hotel early that morning before meeting up with the others guys at Pastor’s house. After Pastor came down in his new suit, we prayed for the entire wedding day. Then we took some Heng Tai photos in and outside the house before we convoyed to the hotel to meet the bride and the nemesis Chi Muis…

When we arrived at the hotel, the first thing we worried about was to get the pulpit from the lorry that came not too after we parked, and unload the other stuff that we had in our cars to be set up at the wedding place. After sweating it out for awhile carrying and working the equipment, the Chi Muis gave us a rang and told us, “we are READY…MUAHAHAHA!”

So we went up to the 10th floor of Holiday Villa Tower and right outside the door, the Chi Muis were already waiting for us... They first gave us each a few tissues and we wondered what ever for? Then they made us do pumping aka push-ups… Haiyah, simple stuff la… not a problem at all… they wanted all of us to do an accumulated amount of 200 pumps.. Pastor, Doc Leong aka Kwong Yew, Calvin and I tapau-ed over 40 pumps each already… rest just had to do the remaining. So we succeeded through the first hurdle…

Then the girls brought out a tray covered with a cloth, we don’t know what was underneath it. They had stuff in 4 cups which were suppose to signify sweet, sour, bitter and spicy. Again, we guys drank until there was only a few drops left for Pastor to take… Thanks mainly to Calvin who took most of it by himself for the sake of his pastor… we guys nailed the second hurdle with ease!

The third hurdle, the girl brought out a cloth with different lipstick marks on it. Pastor was given 3 chances to guess which one belonged to his beloved bride. The first guess was wrong and Pastor was totally clueless about the correct one. Then our hero came, Mr Nick Chan… asked Pastor to smell the lipstick but of course he didn’t la, but Nick continued by pointing out the one that looked most like Brenda’s lips and guess what? IT WAS CORRECT! HAHAH! We were all puzzled how Nick would know Brenda’s lips so definitely… Pei Teng even said how come Nick knows Brenda’s lips more than Pastor? We all had a good laugh!

Final hurdle, the girls told us that they wanted RM308.08 angpau to gain access to the room where the bride was in. The celaka thing was the 8 sen~! Since our ‘beloved’ government introduced the rounding mechanism, where on earth are we gonna find 3 sen? But as guys, we always find a solution to a problem. We first went checked our pockets, car seats, under car seats, under car carpets and finally only wallets, but availed to nothing. This shows that Harvest Generation guys are not cheapos that bring around loose pocket change… HAHHA!

So we went around the hotel to every restaurant and shop frantically looking for the 3 sen to make up the dumb 8 sen. Finally after much searching, we manage to get the 3 sen from a very nice florist near the entrance of the hotel. She was giggling with her other acquaintances in her shop when we told her what we needed the 3 sen for. YAHOO! The mission is completed and we all rushed back up to the 10th floor to greet the Chi Muis but with ‘something’ up our sleeves…

As soon as we arrived at the door, we started shouting and banging on the door for them to let the groom in. They said they wanted to see the money first, we tried to trick them into opening the door to pass the money to them but Harvest Generation girls aren’t so dumb la… sheesh… we scammed them by giving them the money little by little by slotting under the door. We gave them about RM100 over until we scam them by repeatedly saying that we don’t have any more money… but actually we had about RM300 over with us at that time… hehehe… the fun of Chip-Sun-Liong sessions…

So the opened up the door a little bit with the hinge still on and asked Pastor to sing the magic song to Brenda… Pastor and all of us have not a clue what is the magic song so we started to sing the song composed by Pastor himself a few years back… ‘In Your Presence’… HAHAH! I can’t believe we sang a worship song to get to the bride, it shows that Harvest Generation men goes through God to get to the women they love… HAHA! Later only I found out that the song they wanted Pastor to sing was the song he was gonna sing for the bridal entry.. And so finally, the doors were opened and Pastor got to see his bride in all of her glory for the first time ;)

The rest of us had to head down to the garden where the wedding was gonna be held to do more preparations and sound checks while Pastor, Brenda and a few other leaders stayed back to commence with the Chum Cha aka Tea ceremony with Pastor’s family. Then it started to rain heavily… oh no…

About half an hour before the wedding began, Rev Dr Kong Hee of City Harvest Singapore arrived with Ps Kevin Loo and another pastor. A lot of the younger members of our church were stunned to see him walk in to the hotel, so much so that they didn’t know what to do and just froze. But even when he walked pass me, I could really sense and feel the anointing on that man. It’s like he has an aura around him, just an amazing man of God. Donald, Alvin and Doc Leong were Rev Kong’s personal bodyguards for the day, they did a great job but they looked so funny because they were so serious… Normally they are very smiley people but that afternoon they really took on the ‘bodyguard mode’… As the guest arrived, soon the wedding began…

Sherene, one of our close friends from Harvest Times, Ipoh, took the stage as the emcee for the ceremony and kicked it off with an opening prayer. She then asked announced the entry of the bride and the crowd we ecstatic! Well, at least for the Harvest Generation and CampusCity people… Michelle Foo, Pastor’s niece was the flower girl, Carol was the bride’s maid of honour and Calvin Tay was the best man. Pastor Ryan sang the song “I Was Born For You” as the bride made her way to the altar… You could see that both the bride and groom were almost in tears at that time... It was simply a remarkable moment…

They joined hands as Rev Kong took stage to pray a prayer of blessing over them. Then praise and worship started lead by Calvin. After praise and worship, Rev Kong took stage again to give a short sermon, which was AWESOME! I have never heard a wedding sermon like that in my entire life! Was really convicted and moved in my spirit… Then he called on to the bride and groom to take stage for the exchanging of vows, communion and prayer of blessing… and finally the long awaited line, Rev Kong gave his blessing for Pastor Ryan to kiss his bride, we went ecstatic again! And Rev Kong announced the new couple “Mr and Mrs Ryan Foo Say Liang!”

The wedding ceremony was relatively short but amazing time for not just the bride and groom, but for all of us as well. Remember I said earlier that it was raining very heavily? Well, we didn’t understand why God would allow it rain at first, but later we realized… Thank God it rained because of 2 reasons, 1) The place where the wedding was held would’ve been unbearably hot! 2) The rain drowned out the horrid karaoke session that was taking place at the restaurant just beside the wedding ceremony thus the ceremony was not distracted… So, PRAISE GOD FOR THE RAIN! HAhaha! It was also a personal breakthrough for me that day, for the first time I wore striped shirts and a polka-dot tie which cost me a bomb! Hahaha! What to do, Carol loved the shirt and tie ;)

We had a great time catching up with old friends from CampusCity that we have not seen in a long time. The bride and along with some leaders went on with another Chum Cha ceremony with Brenda’s family this time. After everything was done, the bride and groom went back to the bridal suite to settle some things and prepare themselves for the dinner. We were packing up stuff from the garden and working in the dinner hall making sure everything was organized and planned out properly. We liaised closely with the hotel manager and employees, even made some friends during the preparations. The wedding event manager, Catherine Tan, did a superb job overseeing to everything an ensured a perfect running wedding dinner.

At about 8pm, the dinner commenced with the emcees for the night, Chris and Sherene, introducing the newlyweds in. The bride and groom entered the hall holding hands with the crowd cheering them on. Then the best man and the bride’s maid entered the hall behind them holding hands too… it was so funny! Why? Like I said before, the bride’s maid was Carol and the best man was Calvin and for those of you who were in CampusCity in 2005, Calvin and Carol had some history together in our campus party drama… Calvin was so pai-seh when he sat at the table I was at and kept apologizing to me for holding Carol’s hand. It was really funny and we laughed like mad.

Then the stage lights went dim and the hotel staff put together a stage piece which involved 2 swans dancing together and suddenly 6 baby swans came out! HAHAHA! Common Pastor, You the Man! Then Sherene and Chris took stage again to emcee the entire dinner. They really did a fantastic job and had such good chemistry on stage. For most of us, we didn’t have much time to sit down and eat everything dish that was on our table. In fact, my table most of the time was empty because all of us were running around so much. I was up in the sound/lights control room half the time. The dinner went on with speeches from the best man, the brides maid then came the infamous Yam Seng session lead by Calvin Tay… it was really FUN! Hahah! Pastor Ryan and Brenda poured the Champagne on the stacked glass and delivered a speech to the crowd.

The dinner ended with the newlyweds Yam Seng-ing at every table. We joined in the fun and screamed to our hearts content till we had sore voice and a stomach full of Chinese tea. Although we had much fun but much work was also awaiting us to finish. A group of undisclosed people went to the save room with our in-house bodyguards to do the angpau counting, some went to help out the newlyweds with some final issues at the suite and the rest of us stayed back at the hall to pack up our equipments.

By the time we left the hotel, it was about 12.30am Sunday morning. Some of us guys went back to church to move the stuff back and prepare it for Sunday morning service. When we were done with moving, it was close to 1.30am. Like I mentioned before, most of us didn’t get to eat much that night and were hungry so we dropped by Taj Curry House for a quick supper. After we were done with supper, I sent Carol home before meeting up with the guys again at the hotel where we spent the night, because it was a complimentary room. We joked and laughed awhile but eventually we all ‘died’ all around the floor from exhaustion.

Next morning we got up at about 6am to prepare ourselves for church, we had to be in church by 7.30am, a little earlier than usual, because we needed to setup and make sure everything is running on stage for the service. We had a great service that morning! Pastor Ryan and Brenda thanked the church at the end of the service because they were so grateful to all who have worked hard to bring this wedding together and it all superseded what we expected. Another great testimony is that every bill, every expense was taken care of and the newlyweds had no debt. In fact, God blessed them with more! What a wonderful start to a journey together as husband and wife, without the worry of owing any one any money… God is indeed faithful!

So that’s the account of what happened in the events that led to the wedding, the wedding itself and the day after the wedding. For those of you who didn’t get to attend, well… you missed out on a great time! As tired as we were, it was so worth it! For those who are interested, there are pictures of the wedding loaded at

The past few weeks have been rather frustrating for me and Carol. We really had to juggle through a lot of unnecessary burdens that was laid on to us by irresponsible people, but then again, the bright side is that it has taught us to be more gracious and merciful. Sometimes people may not appreciate the sacrifices you’ve made for them, but that’s what grace is all about, to give something to someone although they don’t deserve it.

Why were we frustrated? I’ll just give you an example, if you loaned someone something because they needed it, and then when it’s time to ask for it back, that person conveniently ignores you, how would you feel? To add on to that, the person goes around telling people that you falsely accused him of stealing your stuff… WOW! And you just asked him because he was suppose to be the person responsible right? Since he borrowed it from you? That’s why we were bummed for that moment… but this is just ONE of the issues that surfaced over the months, not as simple as that lah.. It takes a lot to get me and Carol so mad. HAHA!

But despite all this, we continuously pray for that person and pray even for ourselves to guard our heart from not doing anything out of anger and vengeance, never fighting evil with evil. It’s tough, but only through God’s love this can be achieved. Injustice is all around us, if you live our lives to justify every injustice done to us, we’re just wasting time and, eventually, our lives away. We can just do all we can do and let God take care of the rest…

Leviticus 19:17-18
‘You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

Deuteronomy 32:35
‘Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand, And the things to come hasten upon them.’

So the lesson learnt, don’t try to correct everyone’s mistakes, if there’s no conviction within their spirit then there’s nothing more you can do until the person realizes that he needs God. We can be there to encourage, show mercy and help in whatever way we can for the person, but we should never waste so much time convincing the person to do the right thing if he’s not willing to… Feed those who are hungry, give drink to those who are thirsty… Disciple the ones who desire to be discipled…

Matthew 9:12-14
When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Me and Calvin are now making trips to INTI Nilai to do bible study with a group of boys there. They’re really passionate and hungry for more of God and His word. In fact, because of them, I began to pick up jogging again to maintain my health! HAHA! It’s no joking matter because I know for me to stretch myself between ministry, work, family, relationships and building my vision, I have to be both spiritually and physically fit. But the boys in Nilai have been really a great encouragement and blessing to our cell and our church…

God is really working in Harvest Generation, we can really see the type of hearts He’s bringing in to build this church together with us. People who are Church Based and Kingdom Minded… Our numbers may not be very great right now but with core values and foundations of this church built on the Word of God, our dependency on the Spirit, and our hands to the plow, we will definitely see an increase of not just numbers, but quality of the people’s hearts! So friends, believe with us for God’s best!

PROJECT REPORT! I just changed my front tires because it exploded the day after I came back from Nilai. The funny thing is both front tires burst at the same time. HAH! Cost me nearly 1k to replace just 2 front tires, but miraculously God provided. Was really worried where the money was gonna come from because my road tax is expiring this month and I had to prepare cash to go to Singapore next month for the Asia Conference in City Harvest.. budget was really tight… actually, NO BUDGET for the tires change at all would be the right term. HAHA! Praise God for His providence that I manage to pay it all off.

Well, that’s all I have for you people today. I hope you’ll have a splendid weekend ahead. Hope to bump into one of you sometime soon, I would be running around most of the time. Take care people, God Bless!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Project Report #29 - They Came, They Saw, They Got Married (Part 1)

Hey people, it has been a really packed the past month… ministry, work, travelling, cell teaching, music teaching, business, etc. Praise God that despite my very active lifestyle, I have not fallen ill. We had a wonderful time last month, 8th of August, we travelled to Kuantan to celebrate Uncle James’ wedding then we had Ps Victor to speak in our church Sunday service.

Let’s begin with the Kuantan trip, one thing’s for sure that we all really had fun! We departed from Subang at about 7am, we were suppose to leave at 6am but due to some miscommunication, our dear friend Tan Sri (to be) Jeff Yeo thought we were suppose to leave later. Calvin and I drove, there were 9 of us that went. Poor Carol was the only girl that went because the others had prior engagement or couldn’t take leave that day. I had noisy group of people in my car… Carol, Nick, Donald and Jeff… but at the initial part of the journey, all of them slept till we reached Karak R&R stop. From there, the geng made stupid noise and cracked dumb jokes… so laughed our way until the next R&R stop at Termeloh at 8.40am where we had our breakfast.

After breakfast, we continued our journey laughing all the way to Kuantan. In the midst of the journay, Jeff, as usual, stated a very mind boggling, yet interesting thing. He said that the governing body of Subang is planning to fight traffic problems by implementing Speed Traps in the future. At first thought, we were all like “WHAT?!!”… to a regular person, it is totally stupid and impossible to fight traffic jams with speed traps.. but as we pondered on the process and technical functions of speed traps, we began to slowly dissect how the functions of speed traps, not the stereotype purpose of it, can actually do a lot for traffic easing. How? Go figure out yourself! Haha!

We arrived in Kuantan at about 10.15am, we met up with Uncle James and his wife-to-be, Sister Pat, at a very nice but pricey kopitiam called Kemaman Kopitiam. There we had another round of breakfast again! Eating Spree! The food and drinks were superb, better quality than the kopitiam places (Old Town, Old Taste, etc) places we get in KL/Subang Jaya. The place is owned by a Chinese man, but every single worker in the shop is Malay, all the recipes for the food were also very Malay. It was a good time there. We saw 4 sizes of traditional coffee making strainers hung on the wall. At first glance, it looked like old saggy-baggy white underwear, FOUR SIZES! So we were making fun of it la, one for great-grandpa, one for grandpa, one for dad and last one for son. Plus the bigger ones had brown stains on it… looks quite bad la.. HAHA!

After breakfast, we went to MS Garden Hotel, where the wedding was going to be held. There we checked in to the room and continued making more noise. Once again, poor Carol had to be stuck there with all the guys laughing and doing crazy stuff. But of course, I tried my best to take care of her whenever I could la.. Hehe… We ran through the ceremony dry run later that evening and it was really funny. Uncle James and Sister Pat kept make funny gestures during the dry run. The rest of us practically changed the entire deco of the ceremony hall. The hotel had great deco stuff but the arrangements were quite cincai. So we did some adjustments here and there and at the end, the couple was very happy with new setting.

After the dry run, we went back to the room and rested before heading out to the mall next door to have our very late lunch. The mall really reminded me so much of Summit USJ. So ate, bought some stuff for the wedding ceremony, then went back to the hotel to prepare for the wedding.
At about 6.15pm, the entire guest had arrived and the wedding ceremony began. The couple made their entry with rousing applause, mostly from us la cause the other people were all so old! Calvin led worship while me and Raymond were on the guitars. Then Ps Ryan did the wedding vows, exchange of rings, communion and the unity candle. Before the ceremony ended, Ps Ryan invited the Kuantan pastor, Rev. Dr. Quah to pray a prayer of blessing for the newly weds. It was a very short but sweet wedding, I wouldn’t mind having such a short but so power-packed wedding myself next time. I dread long draggy weddings…ZZzzzZZZ…

We ended the ceremony at 7.15pm, then we guys went up to change into something more comfortable while Carol went to the dinner hall to prepare herself to emcee for the dinner. We proceeded with the dinner with Uncle James and Sister Pat making a grand entrance. Again, we were the ones cheering for them mostly. Carol took the stage and she did a fantastic job! She looked really good that night too… After the second dish, we guys took the stage to do a song presentation. Guess what song? Yup, you’ve guessed it! Our infamous Belaian Jiwa… for a wedding??! Well, Uncle James liked the song and it was the only Malay song Ps Ryan knew how to sing. I had the privilege to play the guitar for them with Raymond. I tell you, the singers were so emo when they sang… the picture speaks a thousand words…

After our presentation, we continued eating while listening to speeches from different ones. We had a good and ‘good’ time listening to different people go up to sing karaoke. Calvin also went up to sing, he did a really good job, karaoke kaki mah! While he was singing, my good friend Jamie went up to give him a flower. Don’t let Ern Suey know ok? ;P

We wrapped up the night with a group photo outside the hall. I took a lot of photos myself, but some I cannot upload la… for my own collection :)

We then proceeded back to the hotel room where we freshened up and changed. Uncle James and Aunty Pat later greeted us in the room, they were very happy with the whole ceremony and dinner. They couldn’t stop thanking us but honestly it was our pleasure and felt no obligation or pressure to do all that we did for them. We were very happy that everything went beyond what they expected. Praise God, it’s only through Him that we could’ve achieved this. After our long goodbyes, we packed up and left the hotel to go to a house Aunty Pat prepared for us to stay the night. We didn’t want to stay in the hotel because the room we had was just next to the newly weds… plus we didn’t bring our earplugs. We wanted to dump Carol at the hotel and all the guys to stay at the house where we can have our pre-bachelor party for Ps Ryan… but my conscience kicked in and Carol didn’t want to be left alone there also la.. darn…

Anyway, we arrived at the house shortly and unloaded our stuff. I accompanied Carol to her room downstairs just to keep watch because we found out that there were two other male occupants in the house, they looked like construction workers and were not very friendly. The guys took the other rooms upstairs. After I made sure that Carol had locked all her doors and windows, I went upstairs to join the guys. We were actually too tired to party. Jeffery went out to meet his dad and bought back some satay, which is actually no match to the Ampang satay, but all of us were too tired to eat. I fell asleep watching the Olympic Opening Ceremony repeat...

Next morning, we got up, washed up, packed our stuff and left for breakfast at a very famous nasi dagang stall. But too bad, we arrived too late and all the nasi dagang were sold out. Nevertheless, we ate the other goodies that they still had, nasi minyak, nasi kerabu, ayam goring, ayam merah, and etc… As usual, we stuffed ourselves la… After breakfast, we went off to Teluk Chempedak and walked around the beach. I could tell you the story, but I’ll just let the photos below do the job for me…

We left the beach at about 11.30am and wanted to go eat at a very famous stall that sells nice kerepok lekor, but our dear friend Jeffery forgot how to get there, after spending 20 minutes looking for the place, we gave up and just left for KL as William needed to go to work by 3pm that day.

On the way back, again everyone slept in my car until we reached the Termeloh R&R stop. The highway to Kuantan and back was really bad, the roads were so uneven... My car was practically bouncing on the road! By the time I sent everyone home and got home myself, it was about 4.30pm. I had a short rest before leaving again for cell group at 8pm. We had a great time at cell and after that we had our Sunday morning worship practice at 9.30pm. Guess who I saw there? My good friend Phoon Pei Teng! Yess, she’s back! For holidays only la, but it was really good to see her again. After practice, Carol went home to rest while I took the others along with Pei Teng for supper. Good time of catching up with her and showing the others the pics I took in Kuantan… So that’s all for our Kuantan trip story.

The next morning, we were in church by 8.15am. We had a good time praying with the other leaders and worship team members. Ps Victor spoke for our service and it was a powerful time! He spoke a message about failures… that every lasting success must be molded through heaps of failure. God allows setbacks to come into even out strongest areas so that we can be prepared to handle great success. Take the life of Joseph, just read through it in Genesis 37, 39, 40, 41. This is the account of Joseph’s life from the time where he arrogantly boast about his dreams, to the time he faced persecutions and setbacks, and in the end all that was to prepare him to be the man that he was destined to be. A lesson worth learning… Failures are not the end… True success can only be obtained when we learn how to handle failures… And there’s only 1 way to learn how to handle failure… TO EXPEREINCE IT FIRST HAND!

PROJECT REPORT~! I have not done anything to my car lately besides repairing my aircond. Found this really good aircond shop in PJ State which does a fantastic job with a superb price. I am in the midst of planning for the next upgrade which will be the base of all other major upgrades that I will be investing in the near future… Will provide you guys with more information when the time comes and when cash is sufficient.

Harvest Generation’s Second Anniversary is coming up soon in September! We’ll be having our anniversary service on the 7th of September 2008, with a very special guest speaker, Rev T.T. Quah. If you guys can come join us, it would be a great pleasure to serve you that day. Please do buzz me if you’re coming as we would need a head count because we’re catering lunch! It’s on the house!

That’s all I have for you all today, it’s gonna be a very exciting month ahead! For my next entry, I will write about Ps Ryan and Brenda’s wedding ceremony at Holiday Villa, Subang Jaya @ 30th August 2008. Stay tuned ya! Till then, take care and God Bless!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Project Report #28 - The Road Not Taken

Hello people, making another entry as I’m a bit free-er now. It has been a long weekend for me and the team from Harvest Gen but we all came back feeling really fulfilled both in spirit and also in stomachs! We went to Ipoh to minister in 3 different places back-to-back all within 12 hours, something I personally have never done before. Challenging, but it was really worth it!

I’ll start from the very beginning, we departed from Subang Jaya at about 6.30am, it took us slightly above 2 hours to reach Ipoh town. Calvin, Chris, Nick and were driving and surprisingly we were not that tired even though all of us have had a long week before this. As we were driving towards past Simpang Pulai, I notice that there was a police with a speed cam on the tower just beside the highway, at that time I was travelling at about 120km/h… wasn’t so bad la. I slowed down after that and as I was slowing down, low and behold, our dear Nick sped and overtook me. I was like “Oh no…”

To make things worse, just about 5km after Nick overtook me, there was a roadblock… Not just any roadblock, but a speed trap roadblock! And guess what? Both my car and Nick’s car were stopped by the police. I wasn’t really speeding though, the policeman who took my license and inspected my car just gave me a warning saying that I was a little bit over the speed limit… about 122km/h, so he let me off la. As I was driving out, I pass by Nick’s car and both he and Ps Ryan were talking to the policeman attending to him. We waited for them at the side of the road further up from the roadblock. When Nick came to meet us, guess what? He got a speeding ticket! HAHAH! How fast was he going? 123km/hour! We all laughed our heads off! So suay la he! Then he blamed me for not getting a ticket, he said he wanted me to kena sama-sama with him… haha.. Too bad, Nick!

Well, just after we continued our journey to Ipoh, we stopped at the Simpang Pulai petrol station and continued laughing at nick. So bad right we all? But it’s such a funny incident! Although I really pity him because he has to pay the saman, but I couldn’t help but to laugh! Here are some photos of the 'convict' and the car he was convicted in~! By the way, Calvin's just there to console him...

So Ps Ryan took over the driving from there and maintained our speed from there…

When we reached Ipoh at about 8.30am, we picked up Sherene Ng, the leader of Harvest Time Sanctuary Church youth, and went for breakfast at a Dim Sum place in town. We had a fantastic breakfast, ate like pigs! The food was fabulous! Definitely one of the best Dim Sum places I’ve ever been to.

After a great breakfast, we moved on to YMCA building at about 11.30am where we prepared for our first session. While we were setting up, some of our leaders went to meet with the YMCA leaders to discuss certain issues and programmes to be implemented for the youngsters there. At 1.30pm sharp, we began our session with worship lead by Ern Suey, it was really hilarious how she began. We were mainly ministering to students there, some non-believers as well, and she didn’t know how to begin. So she just shouted “Hallelujah! Let’s being!” So being supportive on the drums, I just had to bang my cymbals la… It was a rather abrupt start but it was no doubt a fantastic time of worship, the Holy Spirit really moved in that place. After worship, Calvin Tay took the stage for preaching. Although the interpreter couldn’t catch up in terms of scripture reading which cause a lot of abrupt pauses along the message, he preached still his heart out about Pressing On. 3 main things to catch from his message: 1)We have to face our trials 2)We were made to overcome those trials 3) We have to Press On to continuously maintain the overcoming nature so that we can finish the race of faith.

After the awesome session was over about 2pm, we met up with Ps Chan, the senior pastor of Canning Garden Baptist Church (CGBC). So we went to Ipoh stadium to have our ice-dessert stuff and more food. Again, the food was fantastic. We had a good time of fellowship with Ps Chan, he was a great host to us for that afternoon although he was still in pain from his appendix operation.

Soon after we finished our lunch some teatime, we made our way to CGBC at about 3.30pm to minister in the youth service. We had to setup and run through quickly some song for our sound check then we started praying. The presence of God was really strong as we began praying. Calvin lead worship and God really moved. Then Carol took the stage for the preaching of the Word. She preached about Not Having the Form of Godliness but Denying its Power. She spoke in the lines of not just serving in church to meet and maintain a ‘structure’ of else for sure we will burn-out, but we are to serve in full dependence on God and with a heart that is continuously charged with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Only when we empty ourselves of OURSELVES can God move powerfully in and through our lives.

The service ended at about 5.30pm, we mingled a bit with the crowd, I spoke with some of the more senior people of that church to catch up with them. We had to leave about 6pm for another youth service at Harvest Time Sanctuary. When we reached Harvest Time, it was about 6.20pm. Some of us started setting up our instruments immediately while some rested. It has been a very long a tiring day for all of us but we still believed that God will move mightily in for the next session we’re taking.

After a short rest, proceeded with sound check and began the service at about 8pm. Chris lead the worship that night, we really sensed the Holy Spirit moving in the midst of us. We could really see that the youth there came with heart really expecting an encounter with God. After the worship, Ps Ryan preached the word. He spoke about God Shaking and Stirring Us. The thing that struck me most in the message was when he said that when God shakes, everything that’s not meant to be there will be shaken off, but whatever that’s meant to remain will be STIRRED. It’s an amazing revelation to me personally. Ps Ryan goes on to say that after the every shaking, after the every stirring, our vision and purpose becomes clearer…

Ps Ryan opened up the altar for the people to respond and it was a great time of ministry. The youth really prayed their hearts out when Ps Ryan let them to pray in tongues! I felt so at home over there. At the end of the service, we sang the song ‘Shine Like Stars’ 3 times! By that time, I was really physically depleted… can you imagine playing drums, a very physical instrument, for 3 sessions in 8 hours straight? HAH! It’s like jogging 30km to me… but it was only by the grace of God that I manage to play right till the last beat that night. All glory be to God!

We ended the service at almost 11pm. Had a short time of fellowship with some of the youngsters there. We even had the privilege of meeting the Senior Pastor of Harvest Time Sanctuary, who is also Sherene’s father. Wonderful man, you can really see how much he loves the young people, and how much they love him. So we packed up, freshen up a bit, and had our debriefing which Ps Ryan and we funnily sat exactly the same positions as how Ps Kong Hee did when he met us in CHC Malaysia. Then we left for dinner to the famous curry mee place near Ipoh Garden.

Again, we ate like mad because we were really hungry! I personally felt like fainting already after the evening service because it was really drawing out as we ministered to the people. Physically tired, but spiritually so satisfied! We met some of the youths there as well and got to know some of them better. They are really a fantastic bunch of people. By the time we were done, it was past midnight already, so we said our thank yous and goodbyes and made our voyage back to Subang Jaya.

We stopped by briefly again to fuel up in Simpang Pulai, again! HAHA! While we were there, most of us went a bit high because we were happy for ‘someone’ who made great ‘progress’ in this trip. Hehe… but we’re very proud of him for FINALLY taking initiative. After fueling up, laughing like mad men, and buying bottles of Livita, we began our long journey back down the dark and car-less highway.

It was really torture for me to drive back, not just because I’m so physically tired, but also due to the poor vision of the NON-lit highways. We had only reflectors from the road lane lines and the dividers to guide us on the road. If there was a bend ahead, from a distance it’s as though there’s no more road more road. Took a lot of mental strength to endure through such a drive, having to be on tiptop alert the whole 2 hours of drive in pitch darkness… But praise God, we made it safely back, if not I wouldn’t be making this entry now. Hah! We reached Subang at about 2.30am, by the time I sent everyone in my car home, it was almost 3am. After showering, washing up and unpacking, it was already 3.30am, Sunday morning.

Yet, this did not stop us from going to church within the next 3 hours and prepare for a great service. In fact, the team that went for this trip were the same people who was serving the very next morning for Sunday service. Tired? Of Course~! I was on the drums again. Calvin and Chris had to pickup and send people back from Nilai. But did anyone complain? NONE! We still pressed on in our prayer and service to God. We played, sing and preached our hearts out! And the outcome? God move mightily again in our service… Calvin preach another powerful message which stuck many hearts. All this was possible only by the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit..

To end the story of our Ipoh ministry trip, most of us went home to ‘die’ on our beds. I slept a good 4 hours after Sunday service. By God’s grace, none of us fell sick. In Harvest Gen, we are always taught that we’re ordinary people who serve an extraordinary God. And because we choose to walk the path that is set for us by the extraordinary God, we no longer live ordinary lives. Many people say we’re crazy, even some of our closest friends wonder how we manage so to cover so much in such a short period of time… all I can say is that it can only be God! Because I ,myself, am amazed how God has chosen to use me in such an extraordinary way… to bring me through things I never knew I could do or achieve… All praise and glory be to God~!

That’s all I have for you guys for this entry, I know it’s a bit long but I hope this entry will be a testimony to inspire some of you to get out of your norm, comfortable lives and take up the challenge of pursuing the purposes that God has rightfully placed in your life, without making excuses, without complaints. No great thing ever achieved by anyone has come easy and without sacrifices. The old nature has to die for the new nature of God to prevail in our lives. Challenge yourself daily to walk with God closer, always remember that God will never ever lead to a place where His grace cannot keep you. Every challenge that you encounter is meant to make you stronger, every trial is meant for you to succeed over, every obstacle is meant for you to overcome it! Have a great week ahead and God Bless…

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Project Report #27 - The Hills Have Bykes

Hey people, it is with great regret that I was not able to make much entries the past few months. Things have been moving very fast in church, my work as well as other things that I’m currently involved in. for starters, I forgot to mention that earlier this year God has blessed me with an increment of 33.37%.. Praise God for His providence. I’ve been able to bless people with simple things like birthday gifts, meals and transportation. God blesses us to be blessing right? I’m trying my best although I’m still not perfect, there are a lot of things within me that’s birth from selfishness that I have to deal with day by day and I believe one day I shall conquer it once and for all. No war is won in a day..

Much has been happening in my life, I find myself being challenged within these past few months to forgive and let go of things that people wronged against me and the people I love. It’s not easy, I’m still dealing with issues of anger and grudges, it’s a learning curve for me but I’m praying really hard that I will be able to overcome this soon. Easier said than done? Definitely! This is because the only people that can hurt you are the people who are closest to you.

Being close to a person is like taking off your bullet proof vest in front of another person whose hand is still on the gun trigger. It’s a risk to love anyone, I’m not talking about romantic love, just plain close friendship… So would I stop loving people close to me and further develop more close friends? Of course not! What’s life without friends? Some may abandon you, but the ones who stick by you will be priceless in good times and bad.

Church has been fantastic the past few months! We’ve been ministering in Ipoh, Klang, and even had our first church baptism in May with 4 candidates! We’ll be heading to Ipoh again this Saturday, it’s gonna be an entire day. We’ll be leaving Subang Jaya at 7am or so and by the time we’re done and travelled back from Ipoh, it would be about 4am, Sunday morning! Mind you, we won’t be skipping church on Sunday morning. Is it tiring? YESS! We’re still human with physical bodies… but we believe that if we choose to pay the price today, the future generations that will come after us will reap the benefits.

What are we doing in Ipoh and Klang? We’re partnering with different churches there to do youth works. Training them in different practical ministry skills, helping them mold their character and never compromising on the things of the Word and Spirit. For those who have been through the CampusCity Leadership Training last time, this will sound familiar to you. This is rather similar, but we’ve made some changes to suit the culture and the level of the different groups that we’re ministering to. It’s amazing to see young guys and gals, age 14 to 17, to preach for their own youth service! We’ve seen many lives of these young ones changed… All glory to God!

About 3 weeks ago, our church had a mini outing to the well renowned Bukit Cherakah, which I refer to as Bukit Celaka due to a lot of unforeseen circumstances that has happened the few times I was there. This time, I did enjoy myself but with a certain price to pay la, let me tell you the story. We arrived there at about 10.30am after a breakfast. We had Indian breakfast by the way, which was not a good idea at all going cycling with your tummy full of spicy stuff. We rented bikes and off we went cycling in the forest reserve. This is where the pain began…

We just cycled without having any clue to which direction of the park we were going. The park was not all flat ground roads ok… it comprised of almost 70% slopes and most of these slopes were super steep! We practically cycled the entire park until then finally Ps Ryan decided to go to the 4 Seasons Climate thing, it’s just a building which gives you a feel of what season it would be if we were in a 4 season region. Not knowing where it was we just agreed to go, so we cycled all the way to the WRONG END of the park. Then only we realized that the 4 Season building was at the other FAR END of the park! It was like a good 15km of slope roads to get there. Disheartened, our dear friend Nick Chan wanted to give up already… I so understand why, with lousy bikes, hilly roads under the blazing hot sun, it was no joke that it was super taxing on our bodies!

Nevertheless, we cycled all the way to the 4 Seasons building with a brief rest at a small cafĂ© in between. Upon reaching there, we saw the youth group from HCA there. We also met a kid who looks exactly like Shaun Foo! Both chubby, dark and has exactly the same mannerisms! Shaun’s look-a-like’s mother even said herself that she almost mistaken Shaun for her son! HAHA~! For those of you who don’t know who is Shaun, he is Ps Ryan’s nephew that attends our church as well.

So after the brief amusement of finding the ‘twins’, we moved on to enter the 4-Seasons place. It was really nice although the whole place smelt like a vegetable shop. We took a lot of pictures there, Ps Ryan and Brenda took some couple shots as well for their wedding purposes. I took a few shots myself but I never got to see the pictures even till today. HAHA! We had a good time there just chilling out in the cold breeze of spring. After that we made our way back to the exit of the park to go home already..

On the way back, our dear friend Nick Chan again, got his bike chain stuck deep in between the gears. It took 3 grown men and 30 minutes to pull that thing out because we didn’t have the tools to remove and the bicycle shack was really far away. Ps Ryan, Calvin and myself got our hands practically coated with black gear grease. Then in the middle of fixing the bike, Calvin had a little cramp on his leg and felt like vomiting. Remember what we had for breakfast? Haha! Thank God he didn’t throw up in the end. We just cycled slowly back to the park entrance.

At the end of that day, everyone of us had sore-muscles, especially our butt muscles. Cycling up and down hill with lousy bikes and under the hot sun was really an ‘experience’! But one that I’m really glad I went. Above all this ‘pain’, every one of us had fun and it brought us closer together. Heck, it even gave us a bit of the physical exercise we need… we’re lacking a lot of that your know =P

PROJECT REPORT~! Nothing much has been happening with my car lately, I’ve just changed my voltage stabilizer and iridium sparkplugs to improve my idling and fuel ignition. This month’s expenses will be a bit tight due to the fuel price surging. Last time I could survive with RM350 for fuel a month, now it’s a staggering RM500 a month! Worried? A bit… Fearful? Not really… But I know God will provide because He has said in His word that He will never let His children beg for bread…

Do read my flooble chat entries once in awhile. I do post some really good quote which I come across during Sunday sermons or things that I read. I hope it will bless you as much as it has blest me. I think this is a rather short entry, I will update you all more on the Ipoh trip when I return. Praise God that I will be able to go to Singapore for the Asia Conference in City Harvest! God is faithful to provide!

Thanks for making time to read, nothing really ‘preachy’ today, just sharing some little things that has happened in my life. Stay tuned for the upcoming update maybe by next week. Till then, take care people! Have a wonderful week ahead and God bless!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Project Report #26 - Chronicles of Car-Kee-Ah

Hey people~! Sorry for long, long, LONG time of no updates. There has been just so much to do these past few months. Everything I’m involved in has been picking up pace, my work, my ministry, my relationships and etc. But nevertheless, God has been really faithful to provide all I need, it’s not been easy physically but I’ve survived and succeeded to overcome all obstacles to be where I am today.

Earlier this year my car met a minor accident, the catch is I WASN”T IN THE CAR~! Haha~! So for those of you who are saying “Sudah agak, kereta pantas pasti accident punya…” hear me out first before you judge me okay? It was 2 days before New Year’s, 30th of December 2007, early in the Sunday morning at about 7.20am, my can slid down my car park ramp and crash through my gate, collapsing the front gate and damaging the back portion of my car all together.

I was shocked when I came down and saw my car the opposite side of the road from my house when I came down. My front gate was on the floor, and my car’s back wheels were in the longkang. Upon further investigation, I found out that my handbrake cables were snapped, the previous owner had never changed them and the cable seal had already ruptured, hence causing the cables to rust and wear out. Without the handbrakes working, my car just slid down crashing through my gate…

That morning I was really upset when I saw the damages inflicted on my gate and on the car, it was heartbreaking because you all know how much I treasure the things I have. That Sunday morning, I was also on for worship and my mother encouraged me saying “Don’t let thing be a hindrance in giving your best to serve God today…” I tell you, my mom is one strong woman~! Because of what she said, and I believe it was from the Holy Spirit, I was determined to have a great Sunday in church no matter what, AND I DID~!

To cut the long story short, my repairs amounted to almost RM1800 for the car and RM1500 for the gate. Although I’ve been working for a year, I don’t have that kinda money in my savings. But praise God, my parents were generous enough to loan me the money to cover all my repairs. Although I know deep in their hearts, they’re willing to just give the money to me, but I’ve made a choice to take the responsibility in covering all cost because it is my car. So now every month, I’m setting aside some money to pay them back. Is it easier said than done? Obviously, but this teaches me to be responsible and take ownership of what belongs to me..

I went to Kuching with a few people from Harvest Generation last month before Chinese New Year, had a great time with Ps Cheli and his students. We helped setup a few things for him to be implement for his after school programs. I was really honored to be asked to do a Compute Demerit System for them, but in the end things didn’t work out. Nevertheless, I had a great time sharing my heart out together with me teammates in a career talk in Ps Cheli’s school, the students were really inspired. I believe, like what Ps Ryan always says, it is the anointing that God has given to us that draws the people to us, it not because of our own works.

The Kuching trip was really special not just because of the people and the FOOD, but also because we had a non-believer who came along with us and caught something from all of us. This friend of ours is inches away from accepting Jesus into his heart, but due to some family issues that he is very afraid of, he has not made that step. I believe the words that have been spoken, the love we have shown him, and the little Bible verses we have shared with him has sown seeds of faith into his heart. We just have to keep pressing-in in our prayers that he will one day accept the Lord personally. By the way, he does attends our church quite regularly, so praise God for that because it is a miracle in itself to see him so hungry for God’s word even though he isn’t a believer yet.

Let’s pause for a moment, to those of you who cannot tahan reading a long entry, you can stop here and continue another time because this entry is gonna be really REALLY long as I have many things to share. What to do? So long never make and entry already, HAHA~!

PROJECT REPORT~! The past one year with my car has been indescribable. I really enjoy the ride but there were also a lot of financial responsibilities to bear to have such a unique car. There were months where I had to wait for parts to come in and leave my car in the workshop for weeks, but in the end it’s all worth it (because it’s my passion mah). Below are some photos I’ve taken not too long ago on the recent modifications that has been made to the car the past 8 months, just sit back and enjoy the pics…

This first few pics are taken in my office basement parking. The angles I chose to take all the pics looks like those you see on cars-for-sale columns, but this is NOT for sale okay?! Haha~! This is the right front angle..

Here goes the left front angle, notice my car colour is different under different lighting conditions.

This is the back left angle..

Now the right back angle…

Notice there has been a few changes to the bodykit. This is the new rear-side skirting..

Now the new spoiler I had made from fibre… it’s a Subaru Impreza designed spoiler… I think I’m the only one who fitted to this car so far in KL-Subang area.. Compare it with the previous GT Wing I had... looks better right? By the way, my GT Wing was also damaged in the accident mentioned earlier...

The new front bumper diffuser, I had this installed about a month ago but some Mat Rempit broke off one side for fun when I was waiting at a traffic light. I knew he did it on purpose because he stepped on it and smiled at me some more. AND NO, I didn’t do anything to that stupid fella prior or after he broke my diffuser off, good way to practice forgiveness towards the unforgivable. Haha~!

Here’s the front left angle with the lights on… bright eh?

Here’s the front right angle with the lights on… still very bright eh?

Here’s the dead on front angle with my headlights and spotlights on… super bright eh?

The back angle with my brake lightings on…

The following pics from here on are taken in a different environment under the sun, you will notice again the colour of my car is very much different under different lighting conditions. These paints are known as diamond paint, and my car colour is Diamond Bronze…

Here’s the front left angle of the car…

The side portrait…

The back portrait…

And now the engine bay area.. notice the difference before and after… I had the engine parts cleaned and re-sprayed…

Closer view… you can see the intercooler stainless steel piping on the left of the pic with the blow-off valve welded on it…

Left side of the engine bay… notice the giant K&N open pod air-filter with the blue cold air-intake pipe on the far bottom right of the picture.

The right side of the engine bay…

Lower front right angle of the car… told you I’m a fanatic about taking pictures from different angles… things are seen differently when the angles are changed…

Lower front left angle of the car…

Lower back right angle of the car…

And finally, the lower back left angle of the car…

Hope you all have enjoyed the small pictorial show of the progress of this car project. I will be starting off the signing off session soon, I hope. It is rather difficult to meet up with all of you, but I will try my best to make some necessary arrangements to meet you all maybe in different groups or one at a time… there will be a photo taking session while you guys and gals sign the boot board, so be ready ya?

I would like to personally congratulate 2 couples who have recently gotten married, one is of course the infamous Jay Loh and Andy Yeoh, which I had a great privilege to attend their wedding ceremony. Jay has been a great inspiration to me the past couple of years because of her heart that never ceases to give God her best~! She is a very gifted and anointed worship leader and I’ve always enjoyed serving along with her when I was with Actstream. Keep it up, Jay~! There will be many people placed under you that will be inspired greatly through your life of service to God~!

Another couple that I would like to congratulate is none other than the very poetic, Ps Alex and Wern Lu~! Ps Alex is one guy that would never allow you to feel bored or keep quite when you’re with him. His witty statements and flowery languages just really wows you, and sometimes causes you to think through what he said. He gift in writing songs has truly been inspirational. Plus his anointing to lead worship in church is really unique. I’ve really enjoyed serving with him back in Actstream. Now that he’s married (finally), I believe more songs of passion, love, and maybe I tinny-winny bit of misery will be birth forth in the coming future. All the best Ps Alex~! I believe your journey in marriage with the one you love will be stupendous~! NOTE: Ps Alex is the culprit in the invention of the word INVITATIONALISM…

That’s all I have for you guys today, hope you’ve enjoyed reading this entry as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Forgive me if I don’t get to make an entry anytime soon due to many commitments, but I will try my best to do so. Oh by the way, I am very, VERY happy that DAP’s Hannah Yeoh won this tims round for Subang Jaya. I didn’t get to vote because I registered in January and the EC people said I was a bit too late to be allocated to the voting polls… I was like “What the…? What nonsense?!”. Why? Because they can do a background checking before issuing me my passport in 3 days but they need over 3 months to register me as a voter… nonsense right?

Okay okay, politics aside. I’m supposed to close this entry now and get ready to go for cell group. Alright people, have a great new week ahead~! Champion everything you put your hands on~! God Bless~!