Devotion 29/03/2015

I have been reading Our Daily Bread and using “The Holy Bible” application (highly recommended) to starts plans. I particularly like Rick Warren’s because they are not overly preachy and helps to relate to daily life.

ANYWAYS! Sometimes, I find meaning words/verses/phrases and I do a screenshot of them. But somehow, an idea struck me today and I thought, “Why not just do a weekly Sunday thing?” Just in case the phone dies and the screenshots disappeared *choy!*

I don’t know where last week went. It just sort of zoomed passed. We, Singaporeans, lost a great leader on Monday. The same problems have been bothering – passion vs money. Still is. But when I find myself brooding over it, I am thankful towards LKY for putting me in a place where I can consider such things.

3 months. But I am missing the “Let’s go!” attitude already. Becoming a really quiet person.

Even when we feel discouraged and disconnected from God, we can remember that He will help us advance in our faith by making us more like His Son. His Word assures us that “He who has begun a good work [in us] will complete it until th day of Jesus Christ.” (Phil 1:6)

Dear God, I invite Your Holy Spirit to mold me into the person You want me to be.
Empower me to keep reaching for the holiness I see in Jesus.

– ODB, 5 July 2014

Father, thank You for letting us share with You our cares and worries.
We’re grateful that You stand beside us to comfort and guide.
Help us to console others as You look our for Your own.
God comforts us so that we can comfort others.

– ODB, 26 May 2014

An overwhelming sense of tiredness washed over me when I reach home. Thank God that it’s a short week coming up. I continue to ask for perseverance and wisdom.

In memory of Mr Lee Kuan Yew

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my first memory of Mr LKY.

Dear Mr Lee,

My very first memory of you was seeing you in Parliament on Ch8’s news. You were always in a white shirt with either a blue or black jacket. I was too young then to know who you are, that you were debating about things that helped me become who I am today.

I just want to say, “Thank you”. Thank you for doing what is right, what is needed and not what is popular. Thank you for your undying sense of responsibility towards us. Thank you for bringing together us together.

One of the things I always find hard to explain to friends from other countries was our unique blend of culture. After all, we are a country made up of immigrants. “Singapore? What’s your race? Chinese? Then are you from China? Is that friend from India?” Common questions that they ask. They don’t know we have all called Singapore home, that we have accepted each other’s differences and bonded. To quote something I heard on TV, “I always introduce myself as Singaporean. Not an Indian or a Singapore Indian. I’m just a Singaporean.”

Most importantly, Mr Lee, thank you for giving me a place I can call home, a place where I don’t have to worry about when my next meal will be, a place where I can fret over frivolous stuff, a place where I can actually decide between chasing my passion or earning money (versus survival or starve).

I’m not good at saying goodbyes. I’ll miss looking out for you during NDP. Sometimes, I feel lost when I think that you are not here anymore. To quote PM Lee, “..when he’s there, you know you will be alright, that everything will be okay, you will get through it.” I wish I had paid more attention to watch those Parliament highlights as a kid.

Thank you.

Cheers,
Huishan

– this thought came into my mind when I was watching the news about India mourning for LKY-

Our forefathers came expecting to find a pot of gold. there wasn’t. today, LKY created that pot of gold, so that we can have it, so that we can return to it, so that others can too.

– great eulogy from Cassandra Chew-

“We don’t have everything, but we have more than most, because of your lifelong labour. On behalf of young Singaporeans everywhere, I’d like to say: thank you.”

Ordering in Korean eateries

A Korean listening track from Kyunghee popped up on my iPod touch. I put them in 5 years ago and never took them out :p

Anyways, it was about ordering in Korean restaurants. While the conversation is generally valid, I want to make a tiny suggestion. Heh.

Instead of calling, “아주머니!” (Ahjumoni!) or “아줌마!” (Ahjumah!), it’s more polite and appropriate to say, “이모!” (E-moh).

All terms can be translated as “Auntie”. But there’s a bit of negative connotation for Ahjumoni and Ahjumah? probably cos of the way it is used in K-Drama. Plus it also refers to older auntie. You can probably use it for aunties that reminds me of your grams?

이모 is more like dads-sister/mums-sister kind of auntie. It’s more friendly and personable (:

There’s really no clear line as when to call who what though. Best bet? Go with your gut feel.

But generally, 이모 is good. Heee.

Whereas

Devotion 22/03/2015

I have been reading Our Daily Bread and using “The Holy Bible” application (highly recommended) to starts plans. I particularly like Rick Warren’s because they are not overly preachy and helps to relate to daily life.

ANYWAYS! Sometimes, I find meaning words/verses/phrases and I do a screenshot of them. But somehow, an idea struck me today and I thought, “Why not just do a weekly Sunday thing?” Just in case the phone dies and the screenshots disappeared *choy!*

Been having this dull ache in my tummy for a week. It’s uncomfortable but tolerable. It hurts the most after meals. Meh.

As I continue to ask for wisdom this week, I also wish for strength to resist temptation, to persist. No Type A personality.

Lord, let me see beyond my circumstances and put my hope in You.
All authority and power are Yours.
Remind me of Your goodness, and let me rest in Your love.
– ODB, 20 March 2015

Help me not take shortcuts to satisfaction, Lord.
Help me to run to You and Your Word for the strength to fight the enemy.
I’m confident that You will be there for me.
God’s road is not easy, but it leads to eternal satisfaction.
– ODB, 18 March 2015

Are any of you wise and understanding? Show that your actions are good with a humble lifestyle that comes from wisdom.
– James 3:13 CEB

That last verse. Wisdom and being humble. I pray for that.

Happy Sabbath, all!

Devotion 15/03/2015

I have been reading Our Daily Bread and using “The Holy Bible” application (highly recommended) to starts plans. I particularly like Rick Warren’s because they are not overly preachy and helps to relate to daily life.

ANYWAYS! Sometimes, I find meaning words/verses/phrases and I do a screenshot of them. But somehow, an idea struck me today and I thought, “Why not just do a weekly Sunday thing?” Just in case the phone dies and the screenshots disappeared *choy!*

My first full week at work is over. It’s funny. I usually end up doing/rushing some stuff out on my first week. There was a video, a proposal and now, a SharePoint site. All had short deadlines too *wipes brows* I am kind of still floating around. Still not seeing how what I am doing will fit into the big picture. Or maybe I am seeing it, just that it’s no longer my passion? Aish.

But I am a tad excited with this idea that I have. I hope I get to see it being fulfilled at least (:

Today will be about priorities. Am I doing what I should be? Or does that lie elsewhere?

Heavenly Father, give me Your wisdom to know what priorities I need to have at this season of my life.
Guide me in all that I do. I only want to do You proud with what I do.

– ODB, 3 March 2015

Dear Lord, grant us the wisdom to change our perspective rather than linger over messes.
Help us to see – and fix – the ‘messes’ we make for others.
-ODB, 26 Feb 2015

I guess the theme this week is wisdom. And that’s what I need. Amen!

learning the 注音符号。

Not sure why this popped into my head but as a kid, I can’t seem to remember the 注音符号 for hanyu pinyin. Back then, I learn how to read the words first before learning how to read the hanyu pinyin. I hated hanyu pinyin because they are the reason why I never ever get full marks for my Chinese exams !@$!#$@#^@^@$!

So when I was teaching tuition last year, this was how I taught my kids to remember the 注音符号 –

Imagine getting up in the morning,

1. You are sleeping (一) and it’s time to get up.

2. You really don’t want to get up so you pretend to get up by lifting up your legs (/).

3. Your mum is not convinced that you are up so you raised your arm (V) too.

4. Upon seeing this, your mum leaves the room and you can finally put down your legs and stretch your arms (\).

MUAHAHAH! Quite effective I think. The kids ended up laughing and learning something new (:

I also had a problem with remembering which alphabet to put the 注音符号 as a kid. So this is how I taught my kids –

Just write A E I O U at the side. Whichever comes first, just doodle on top of it.

My teacher never told me that okay! I had to figure that out somewhere in P4?

With regards to pronouncing the 4 tones? Easy! I make them ‘write’ the tone with their voice. For example, when pronouncing the 3rd tone, your voice must go down then up ;p It’s hard to explain in words. Pass!

Ahh. I do miss teaching (:

Devotion 08/03/2015

I have been reading Our Daily Bread and using “The Holy Bible” application (highly recommended) to starts plans. I particularly like Rick Warren’s because they are not overly preachy and helps to relate to daily life.

ANYWAYS! Sometimes, I find meaning words/verses/phrases and I do a screenshot of them. But somehow, an idea struck me today and I thought, “Why not just do a weekly Sunday thing?” Just in case the phone dies and the screenshots disappeared *choy!*

Just like this, the first 2 days of work passed. Went for my breast ultrasound the day before I started work and was told that Medisave covered the cost (: Loads of small things that motivated me. I am trying very hard to think positively but it’s hard because thank God for giving me perseverance.

A mish-mash of several screenshots this week cos they all mean something to me –

Lord it’s easy to let discouragement sap my energy and joy.
Help me to reject all agents of discouragement in my life and trust in You for comfort and strength.

– Our Daily Bread, 2 March

In God have I put my trust, I will not be afraid. What can flesh do unto me? (This gave me courage:))
-Psalm 56:4

“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not pushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed.”
– 2 Cor4:8-9

Happy Sabbath (: