These few days staying over at my cousin’s house, I feel suddenly so grateful for having my sisters around. Sometimes certain things must happen to make you understand why God placed you where you are now. I thank God so much that there’s so much to live for in life. A lot of people don’t find a reason to live anymore. I wouldn’t blame them, considering their pitiful circumstances.
I feel so blessed that God has blessed me with so much. But what am I gonna’ do about it?
Certainly, I feel I want to do something about it! All around us, so many lives are crumbling – going down, down, down. I can’t just sit here and gape. It’s so hard for me to do something, you know, considering that I don’t go to normal school. I don’t have as much opportunity to witness – to do something more. But I believe there’s a purpose for everything placed where they are under the sun – in God’s perfect plan.
I keep reminding myself that God didn’t bless me with so much just for my own benefit – but also for the benefit of others. My dad always tells me and my sisters to count our blessings and name them one by one. How many can you think of?
It’s such an abundance until it’s countless, isn’t it? God blessed you with the gift of speech. Bless others with your words. Bless others with what you write, be it in your blog or the scribbles on your school desk. Bless others with the talents God blessed you with.
“Every good action and every perfect gift is from God. These good gifts come down from the Creator of the sun, moon, and stars, who does not change like their shifting shadows.” – James 1:17(NCV)
C’mon people, you’re not where you are for nothin’. There’s something more if you search your heart for it, if you seek God to know your heart. Do something more.
Dear God, bless me this day so that I can bless all those around me with what You have blessed me with.
My dad’s such a genius, I tell you! My mum emailed me the other day reporting some real amazing good news. Go read my dad’s blog. All glory to God.
Whoopee, I can hardly wait. Very soon my dad can certify me as an Open water Diver already! Can you possibly believe it? My own father – teaching me how to scuba dive! How cool is that? I’m so fortunate. Thank you God, so much!
Another exciting upcoming thing is… The Grace Youth Camp!!!
Oh my, oh my, oh my, I am so extremely hyped up. I can’t believe it’s so near already. And this year, the number of youths signing up for GY Camp is hitting the record of 300 campers already! My goodness, ain’t our God awesome? So many of my PJ youth friends are coming this year, and I’m so terribly thrilled about it.
Not to forget (I’ve been reminding a lot of people already…), there’s the Pre Camp Rally this Saturday at 2 o’ clock, in Grace Klang main sanctuary. It’s compulsory to be there. And seriously, it’ll get you totally hyped up for the actual camp next coming Saturday! So be there, or be square. =)
Man, I don’t know where to start. My mind is swirling with a thousand and one things to talk about – new ideas, big plans, new people, old friends, fun memories, exciting news, and so much more. OK, I shall begin with yesterday and today.
Since I’m at my cousins’ house, I had to follow them to their church – the Harvest Community Church. I already know most of the people there, but I got to know some new people once again, and I got the opportunity to catch up with some old friends. Yesterday after practice when we were all too free, we decided to play PICTIONARY…
Oh my goodness [screams!], I absolutely LOVE playing PICTIONARY! Who does, who does, WHO DOES?! Those who have played with me before would have seen me scream and yell and laugh and “look goofy.” ;) But yesterday I was especially blur; I don’t know why. Everyone was laughing at me for some reason (yes Claudia, you can stop sniggering at me)…
If it weren’t for my parents going to Phuket, I wouldn’t have met Jeremy, Shavonne, Carmen, Sharmein, Nicole, Barney, Jonathan, Phoebe, Jerusha, Boris, Ian, and a few others. Oh well, at least I am having fun and time is passing much faster than I thought it would. Talking about “old friends”…
Oh whoopee, I saw Jenna Oh today! =D By golly, she’s so unbelievably TALL… :P I also talked to Bryan while helping out in Sunday school. Oh how I thank God! At least I spent my time meaningfully – yes, talking to people. =) And then there was Matthew and Andrew, Claudia and Brandon, Jan Ern and Hanver (they are so wickedly cute, I wish I brought my camera!), and who else? Well, not a lot of people, but a lot enough.
By the way, have you heard of The Children of Hurin, by J. R. R. Tolkien? Brandon lent it to me without me even asking. Whoa, for the first time. What a miracle. Maybe he could see that I was in a “book-deprived” state. Ahahahaha! I’m so gladdened – now I’ve got a book to read! =D
On a random note:
Aaaaahhh, ZLWIN CHEW PINKO!!!!! I feel like screaming in your ear!!! (Not in an unkindly way, yeah.) I can’t believe it. I forgot. I CAN’T BELIEVE IT – NOW I REMEMBER! I am so shockingly surprised. (Don't worry, you will find out soon enough.)
I don’t care whether the word “exasperate” fits the above title or not, but I just seem to can’t stop using it! I like the way it sounds. I like the way it describes the way I feel exasperated. Oh bother, you don’t get it do you? Ah never mind!
Joyce Shamini tagged me yesterday. Justine Tee tagged me today. So who’s gonna’ tag me tomorrow and the day after tomorrow?
Rules & Regulations: -do not copy answers -the tag questions must be 100% the same -tag people after doing tag
1. Zlwin Chew 2.Adrian Yap 3.Justine Tan 4. Emily 5. Jon Kok 6. Kedric 7. Evelyn Chung 8. Lum Yinq Teng 9. Jon Chew 10. Tammy 11. Yoke Ping 12. Felicity Thong 13. Steffi 14. Su Ling 15. Michelle Ooi 16. Sarah Tan 17. Zoe Lim 18. Zoe Ng 19. Shannon Keng 20. James Too
How do you know 14? [Su Ling] Oh my. My answer is quite tragic. I think I forgot how I met Su Ling! xD
What would you do if you had never met 1? [Zlwin Chew] How can I do anything if I never knew I would or would not meet him?! My goodness, this is exasperating! But of course, I’m extremely grateful to God for my pink/Jesus/vainpot/chatterbox, freak of a friend. (Are we still the best professional chatters in the world? :P)
What would you do if 9 and 20 dated you? [Jon Chew and James Too] Hey, oh wow, what a coincidence. They’re both guys and they’ve got enough looks also! Haha, kidding. Or am I not? Answering the nonsense question, well, I wouldn’t allow for it in the first place.
Would 6 and 17 make a good couple? [Kedric and Zoe Lim] Uh, there’s a slight possibility. But I’m quite negative about it. (And stop asking stupid random questions!)
Do you think 8 is attractive? [Lum Yinq Teng] Hmm. She is attractive – according to what I remember of her since primary school?
Do you know anything about 12's family? [Felicity Thong] She has a brother whom she misses too much. =P
Tell me something about 7? [Evelyn Chung] Oh, this is easy! She’s so extremely, fascinatingly, wonderfully, ADORABLE!
What is 18's favorite pastime? [Zoe Ng] Camwhoring? I think. :P
What language does 15 speak? [Michelle Ooi] Probably English. Or was it gobbledygook? Nolah, Michelle is civilized of course.
Who is 19 going out with? [Shannon Keng] Ooo. Shanny dear? No one I’m sure. She’s too much in love with herself, it seems. (Was that the right answer, Shannon? :P)
How old is 16 now? [Sarah Tan] Young enough. But old enough, too.
When was the last time you talked to 13? [Steffi] Ever since she left for U.S. Which is, in September I think?
Who is 2's favorite singer? [Adrian Yap] Everyone other than himself. Ha-ha.
Would you date 4? [Emily] Why, yes. Why, no.
Would you date 17? [Zoe Lim] I already have. Or have I not?
Is 15 single? [Michelle Ooi] Uhm, I hope so… ;)
What is 10's last name? [Tammy] Is “Jayne” considered a last name? Or is it a second name? xD
Would you ever consider being in a relationship with 11? [Yoke Ping] I could be best friends with Yoke Pink! If only I had the chance to see her more often. =’(
Which school does 3 go to? [Justine Tan] MY school. :P
Where does 6 live? [Kedric] Somewhere you shouldn’t know where.
What do you like about 5? [Jon Kok] He’s nice to talk to. It’s easy to talk to him. This reminds me we haven’t talked for a long time. =(
Zoe Lim.Rosanne Koo.Lilian Tang.Yoke Pei.David Poh.Denissa Lee.BRYAN ONG EU JIN.
There! A perfect SEVEN. =)
- Whoopee, I got my phone back. It was under my bed. All lonely in the dark. But it was ringing enthusiastically with the messages that haven’t been read. -
Yes, that’s what my aunt calls me – “blur queen”. I have unintended-ly won the well deserved title. Oh well. But did you know why I was called the great majestic beautiful noble wonderful amazing blur queen today?
Like I told you in the previous post, my mum sent me and my sisters to my aunt’s house today. She flew off to Phuket in the afternoon. When I arrived at my aunt’s house, I realized I had forgotten to bring a few things…
I forgot to bring my hand phone.I feel like slapping myself. Now I remember why I forgot it: when I woke up this morning, my phone was on my bed. I had accidentally pushed it off the bed. I told myself I’ll get it later. But you see, the problem is, I have short term memory loss sometimes – so I FORGOT to retrieve it from under the bed. But that’s not the best part. Or the worst.
Did you know that I actually remembered to bring my hand phone charger?? YESSSSS. But unfortunately, I forgot the reason I’m bringing it, so I forgot to bring my hand phone along. Yesss, I know. Can you believe how dumb that sounds? I feel so foolishly foolish. Aaarrrrggghhh!
The next thing: I forgot to bring my load of piano books. So I can’t go for concert practice and piano lessons until my aunt is kind enough to send me back home to collect all these stuff I forgot to bring. Aaarrrggghhh!
And also, I forgot to bring something for my aunt – some piece of clothing – so she can match it with an outfit she’s planning to wear tomorrow for a function or something. She’s asked me three times to bring it already. And I FORGOT. Oh dear God, what’s wrong with me??!
My mum said that if I continue like this, one day I’ll loose something even greater than just losing or forgetting little things like this. I’m afraid I will eventually loose something big one day. Oh, what if I do? What if?
Nine more days till my dad comes back. Nine more days till my mum comes back. Nine more days till the pre camp rally. Nine more days till December. Nine more days till the fun begins…
Hurray, tomorrow my mum will be sending me and my sisters off to my aunt May’s house. She’ll kiss us goodbye and say hello to Phuket, where she’ll join my dad. I hope nine days will pass quickly. That is only if I’m having fun. I’m kind of upset that I had already finished the two books Amanda lent me. I finished it in three days! Why didn’t I wait and save it to read while I’m at my aunt’s house in case I got bored?
Rummaging the whole house in hopes of finding a readable book to enjoy (or rather, an enjoyable book to read), I found this ancient looking book entitled, Ben-Hur. Yes, Ben-Hur. I had no other choice. It’s better than nothing, at least! And another thing – Oh how I wish I had my camera with me!
Yes, I DO actually miss it okay. There were certain times when I spotted a good opportunity for a nice photo shot, but then snap! I remember with a pang! that I didn’t have my camera with me. There was once when I spotted this really pretty brown-orangey moth on my yellow curtains. It would definitely have been a nice shot since the sunlight was streaming-in through the curtains. Unfortunately, I could just gape at it and let the moment pass. =(
After reading my post yesterday, a friend asked me in an amused way:
But WHY would you go blind? What made you think about going blind all of a sudden?
Well, I think it was a rather intelligent question actually. Ahahaha, quite true. What made me think all of a sudden about the possibility of going blind some day? After all, there could be so many other more disastrous ailments I could have thought about. But you know, eyesight is so vital! Oh well, maybe I’m wrong. I could also say that my legs or my arms are equally as important. Or maybe I’ll never make up my mind which part is most important.
There were a few times when I asked myself, what if I loose my legs in some unexpected accident? And what if I knew it would happen before hand, and what if I could turn the situation around and instead of losing my legs, I’d probably trade it for my eyes (or my nose, or my thumb, or my foot, or my fingernail)?
Then as I was actually trying to decide which part would cause lesser loss if I traded it, I realized how stupid the idea was. But still, I couldn’t help thinking! Don’t worry though; I don’t spend the whole day thinking about such pointless things. But its still sort of gets at me sometimes. Anyway, today as I was thinking of a solution to this, the verse:
Psalm 37:23, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in His way.”
In the Contemporary English Version (CEV), it says, “If you do what the LORD wants. He will make certain each step you take is sure.” In truth, we really don’t know what’s gonna’ happen tomorrow. Anything can happen. But take heart that God is watching over us. =)
Yes, you got that right. I’ve thought of it before. It’s just too terrible. But really, that was the first thing that came to my mind when the question popped up. I didn’t think, if I go blind, I wouldn’t be able to watch TV or play DotA or play hide and seek or practice piano or go diving or take pictures (oh my goodness, why didn’t I think of that?!) or… No, I didn’t think any of that.
It’s a bit frightening isn’t it? But WHAT IF? Okay okay, that’s not my point, actually. Haha. :P The “what-if-I-go-blind-one-day” question was just a random thought. If I continue writing about it, I’m positive I’ll go mad. You would, too. So the lesson learned is: Let’s not ask too many “what if…?” questions. There’s so much to live for in life. Let’s not be imprisoned in our thoughts about what MIGHT happen in the future. Do what you can, NOW. Okay, um, that was not what I intended to write about, either. xD
I intended to write about this surprisingly interesting book – The City of Ember.Amanda Yip, another avid bookworm and writer, lent it to me along with its sequel, The People of Sparks. Amanda’s actually writing her second book now, a sequel to her first book, The Lily Island. Oh how I wish. What an accomplishment!
The City of Ember is a debut novel by American writer, Jeanne DuPrau. I’ve come across it before, but never came about to reading it. Now that I have, I do not regret. It’s nice – very engrossing. But I’m just a bit disappointed that it ended all too soon. I actually finished the whole book in about 4 hours. I couldn’t stop reading. It’s fiction, but yet, it felt real, and possible.
Sometimes I find it amazing how some people like writing fantasy/adventure/mystery/spy books, while some other enjoy writing love novels and what I call, ‘girly books’. Talking about ‘girly books’, I just don’t get it why most of them are either pink or purple in color! So drab and boring. Haha, kidding. Ok, that’s maybe why I’ve dubbed them as, ‘girly’. Zlwin would be unhappy, though. Ahahaha.
I find it funny how some people prefer horror stories rather than a-happy-ever-after fairytale. And there are also those who devote themselves to writing down important events of the century (what do you call them again? Ah yes, historians.) There are all sorts of funny people. All with different personalities and interests. One person’s treasure might be another person’s junk. One man’s delicacy may be another man’s poison. We’re just all so different. And that’s precisely how the world fits. God is so amazing. I find it all so incomprehensible!
Haha, you must be wondering what’s up with the funny title. Well, titles are usually what makes people curious to read your posts. You judge a book first by its title. Not always by its cover or the way it looks. Interesting titles draw people to read your posts. Okay okay, let me not stray away from what I want to write about.
Today I went to Berjaya Timesquare for hi tea at the Big Apple restaurant. But why, you wonder? Well simply because it was FREE! Yeah, I’ll go wherever there’s an opportunity to eat – good food only la, of course. :P Now when I think back, I sort of wish I stuffed myself more. xD It’s always like that, isn’t it?
But the thing I enjoyed most was the crisp buttered waffle topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled over with oodles of maple syrup and chocolate sauce. Mmm, yummylicious… It’s the way I describe it, right? Can you imagined if I said: I liked the crispy pancake with a blob of plain ice cream on it – and I squirted sweet syrup on it, also. Gah, that ain’t soundin’ tempting at all!
And, I managed to watch The Bee Movie, too. Oh of all movies! I guess The Bee Movie wasn’t exactly worth it to watch in the cinema lor… I wanted to watch Stardust, but since the timing was a bit out of the way, we decided to watch the Bee Movie instead. But I felt it was wayyy tooo looooong lah.
After saying all that, you must be thinking, “Eh Janielle, you still haven’t explained the title!”
Oh, yes – right, I forgot. Well, I today actually went out with Zoe, Tammy, and Zech. So that sums up 3 girls, and 1 guy laa. Ahahaha. :P
It was a nice day. =) So till the next time, the next movie I’d like to watch would be The Golden Compass. =D
Sometimes I take my sisters for granted. Yes, I always ignore them. I yell at them as much as my mother yells at me. Or maybe not. But don’t blame me, cause’ how can I not be tired of my pesky siblings when I actually study with them EVERYDAY???
But then again, without my sisters, I don’t know what life will be. Not that I’ll miss them or anything okay… It’s just that I’ll miss out a lot more in life. Hahaha. I used to think that I’ll be better off if I were the only child in the family. But as I grow up and think a bit more, I realize that it’s better to have someone to make noise and fight and squabble with than to be alone all your life. Of course, you can make good friends who can be like a brother or sister to you, but no friend can ever replace a real blood brother or sister.
My sisters see everything of me. They can blackmail me whenever they turn into an evil villain. But of course, I can threaten them in return and say, “If you tell anyone I did that, I’ll tell your best friend you did the same stupid thing!” And of course, they’ll back off and give me a “darn it, I should have thought better than to say that” look. But we help each other also la… That’s when we cover up for each other to get out of trouble! Yes, we’ve accumulated stupid little secrets over the years, but after time, we forget about them and move on.
It beats me to think that Janna and Jirene are actually my SISTERS – my real, blood sisters. Oh my, I’ll never be able to run away from them! (Okay, that sounds a bit depressing…) But on the other hand, I suppose they can’t run away from ME, either. Hahaha.
Since I see Janna and Jirene everyday, it’s no wonder that sometimes I forget that they are really my sisters, and not just some extra pet living in the house. But no, don’t get me wrong. They don’t even act like pets. They behave more like little monsters sometimes! I sigh every time someone says my sisters are so quiet and cute. Shudders.
Yes, maybe Jirene is cute, but I’ll never accept that she’s quiet and all nice. No, no, no. Unfortunately, I can’t say anymore. If my sisters find out I talked bad about them, they’ll do the same thing to me. And please, if they do actually find out, be prepared to hear that I’m actually not such a very nice person all the time also. Which is partly true la, obviously. Eheh. =) But since they’re my real sisters, there’s always pay back time of course…
Sisters in crime. "Stealing" tangerines from an orchard in Korea.
I was reading an article in an RD magazine about “giving excuses.” It sort of got me thinking a bit.
I wonder, why do we make excuses? And how often do we do it? While some excuses can be relatively mild, Others can be amazingly imaginative and wild.
Hey, it rhymes! xD
Why do we persist in making excuses and why do we think we’re so good at it? After all, most people can see right through even our “best excuse.” It’s rare that we can get away with our often times, “lame” excuses. Think back to the last excuse you made. How effective was it anyway?
Another thought that bothers me is: Can an excuse be a lie? Or is it a mere explanation?
Excuses are designed to justify your position or actions and remove you from blame. Explanations are an innocent attempt to clarify your behavior. While some excuses are a simple way to escape punishment, most excuses end up being a sort of lie. But giving excuses seems like a minor offense, doesn’t it? I think so, too. As long as we’re not really telling an absolute lie, it’s not really all that bad, is it?
Dr. Ginger E. Blume says that, “the very psychological and mental processes of dreaming up excuses are both emotionally draining and personally demeaning. Your self-respect suffers, even when someone else is unaware that you’ve covered over the truth. So make a decision to switch from using excuses to making explanations.”
When we are “caught in the act”, do we accept responsibility and admit we are at fault? Usually not. Instead, we make excuses. Excuses negate responsibility. Inspirational author Chuck Gallozzi says, “By refusing to make excuses and embracing responsibility, we reap many rewards.”
Leaving you to ponder on this, I will conclude with this verse: Ecclesiastes 5:6 says, “Do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin, nor say before the messenger of God that it was an error. Why should God be angry at your excuse and destroy the work of your hands?”
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else – Benjamin Franklin
Does some kind person here have this really-hard-to-find movie I really wanna’ watch called, Hairspray?
Oh please, please, have it. And, pray, could you lend it to me?
Just yesterday I called Shaina to ask if she could lend me her Hairspray DVD, but guess what? She said someone else had already borrowed it. Aiyoo… And when I asked when it would be returned to her, she told me that her friend would probably return in only NEXT YEAR! Oh shucks, what devastating news.
So if you have it, I’d be absolutely pleased if you’d be sympathetic enough to lend it to me. =D And also, my dad just left for Phuket yesterday afternoon. And he’ll be off for 3 weeks! Gah. Dear God please protect him. And us… :)
Looks like I’ve contracted some sort of horrible skin disease or something.
This shot was taken when I was in Phuket. Haha, but I like this picture. It shows how “burned” I was during the Phuket trip. I was literally living the “beach life”! And I miss it lah. Nearly everyday was spent hanging around at the beach and pool under the sun. No wonder I was sun burned to the max. My skin peeled off twice during the two-week holiday. It sort of recovered, then I got into the sun again, and it started peeling in a horrifying way.
Just a random shot. My mum caught this one.
I suddenly thought of Phuket because my dad will be going off to Phuket tomorrow until the end of this month to do his Scuba Diving Instructor course. Yeap, so very soon he can certify me to be an Open Water diver, too. =D
Yesterday I was talking with Diane about scuba diving and stuff. She dives, too; quite a handful of us from church scuba dive. And there are still a lot more who are interested to start. Man, we’re seriously so blessed to be able to do such things even at such a young age. I really thank God for the opportunity.
But unfortunately, I didn’t exactly, thoroughly, get to enjoy my first two “Discovery” dives while I was in Phuket because I was having horrible sea-sickness. When I surfaced, I started throwing up. Yes, right when I was still in the sea water. Ugh, you can imagine.
These underwater shots were taken by Nicholas Teh with Uncle Herbert's camera - they were also diving with us.
After our snorkelling and dive. Me, Janna, Jirene, Mum, Nicholas Teh, and Carl, our dive instructor.
A few other random shots. I find this scene pretty amusing. Taken at Patong Beach.
I don't know how else to describe this. It was just perfectly beautiful.
Credits to my dad for this shot. =D My dad will be taking the camera along, so I’ll be “camera-less” during these three weeks. Haha. Oh well. He’ll be posting pictures of his trip in his blog when he’s there.
- What a dreary day. I want to go for youth service! Gah. -
Yesterday I went for a Worship Workshop conducted by LIFE Church, in Grace PJ. They were a band representing their home church in Melbourne, Australia. The workshop was pretty fun, but unfortunately, I felt we didn’t have enough time. I didn’t take a lot of shots, though. But it’s sufficient.
Yes Poh Leong, here’s finally your long awaited post. Haha, you’re actually as tall as Tristan! =)
Marie, the worship director in Life Church.
Nicolas Tsakis, the senior pastor of Life Church.
Luke, the youth pastor.
Christopher, the senior pastor's eldest son.
The keyboardist and drummer: Tristan and Scott
Poh Leong trying out the bass.
Su Ling was playing drums!
Alicia, Ai Theeng, and I
Dawn, the guitarist. =)
Carl, Some lady xD, Sioe Fei, Nick, and Don (I think)
The lil' guy is Caleb
Tristan and Poh Leong
Chris and Brenda (eh, remember to bring your camera next time larr... :P)
Chris and Rebecca
Gabby, Miss Nuthead, and I =P
Tata, old friend. See you next year. =D Hey I just realized: spot those two people in the background? :P
I lost my teddie, can I hug you instead? See Dawnie's shirt? Hahaha. Man, Dawn looks too innocent. Warning: Don't be deceived. :P
Me, Sandra, Rebecca, and Marie Brenda, Ai Theeng, Sherwyn, Alicia, Marie, Rebecca, and I Credits to Poh Leong. =)
Yesterday marks the last day I’ll be seeing the Klang folks. I’ll only see them again on December 1st at the GY Camp pre rally. Boohoo. And the worst thing is, I’ll only be seeing Joyce NEXT YEAR!! This reminds me, I haven’t really TALKED to her for months already. Boohoohoo.
Tonight I’m going to Emma’s cell. Whoop-de-doo, where’s the blueberry cheesecake?? =D