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(bah)
25 May, 2009, 11:41 pm
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Type that in MSN messenger and you get an emoticon of a sheep. It is on my peronal message now and it reminds me of the song “Shepherd of my Soul”. It was a song during last Sunday’s worship and I was truly ministered. It reminds me to be submissive and to follow wherever God may lead me.

 

Shepherd of my soul I give you full control,
Wherever You may lead I will follow.
I have made the choice to listen for Your voice,
Wherever You may lead I will go.

Be it in a quiet pasture or by a gentle stream,
The Shepherd of my soul is by my side.
Should I face a mighty mountain or a valley dark and deep,
The Shepherd of my soul will be my guide.

Shepherd of my soul Oh You have made me whole,
Where’er I hear You call how my teaars flow.
How I feel your love how I want to serve
I gladly give my heart to You O Lord.

Be it in the flowing river or in the quiet night,
The Shepherd of my soul is by my side.
Should I face the stormy weather or the dangers of this world.
The Shepherd of my soul will be my guide.

 

I think the lyrics of the song was inspired by Psalm 23.

Today in the MRT, I was thinking about University of Melbourne and worries all flooding in again. God used a very interesting way to speak to me. There was this lady wearing a T-shirt with Psalm 23:4 printed on it. It reads,

“Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.” (NLT)

“I will not be afraid” stood out to me. Interestingly, how this NLT version was different. Usually in most other versions, it is “I fear no evil.” If it was in the other versions, I would not be reminded of the verses God gave me when I first got the offer from University of Melbourne, which I even blogged about it in “Don’t be afraid.” Why, how could I forget. Thank God for reminding me of the word He gave me last time. He truly touches me.

So once again, I dedicate myself to God that I will not be afraid and to follow wherever He leads me.

(bah)



I want to ride my bicycle!
24 May, 2009, 1:03 am
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Thanks to Job for putting this tune bug into my ear last night. But it was quite appropriate because I was going to cycle at Pulau Ubin the next morning.

SO, before you think of night cycling, try out cycling at Pulau Ubin first. (I wanted to do night cycling so badly, but after today, I doubt I have the staminar.) The slopes are not as steep as the roads outside but it is still THE killer and after everything, you get butt pains.

The view I had while cycling:

(I don’t expect you to watch the whole thing, but last few seconds, 9:16 onwards, you can catch my dad doing a stunt – cycling without both hands!)

Anyway, the clouds were exceptionally pretty today. Some clouds were even lower than the rest. Feels like you are in the mountains.

View of the clouds:

Oh, and things to beware of while cycling in Pulau Ubin. The beaten tracks are quite bumpy. There was a young boy who was not that experienced, slammed the break and flew off the bike. He dislocated his arm after that. Good thing the ambulance came but I THINK, he still had to take a boat back to Singapore. Also, the routes do not have barrier. If you cycle out of it, which I almost did because I was too caught up in preventing the video camera from falling off, you either cycle into the trees, or roll down a slope. (Mine was roll down a slope. Thank God I quickly redirected my bicyle to the centre of the track before I went of track. PHEW!) Lastly, beware of little commandos who yell at slow cyclist and use their towels to whip you unreasonably. I got a video of one:



Monkeys Can Cook Too
24 May, 2009, 12:58 am
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Guanyu showed me this video from YouTube. I didn’t know monkeys can be this smart! So I think now restaurants and food stalls can start hiring monkeys to cook and cut cost. Just ensure they observe hygiene in the kitchen and I think the food will turn out to be the same. But people will have to take some time to adapt to these new chefs.

Anyway, JK said something so apt when I showed him the video:

“Monkey see, monkey do.”

Haha!



Jehovah Jireh
21 May, 2009, 11:52 pm
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What a fun song! It popped into my head when my dad was telling me that if God really wants me to go overseas to do music, He will provide.

 The first line of the song that appeared in my head was, “My God shall supply all my needs, according to His riches in glory.”

 Most probably that line was taken from Philippians 4:19

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” 

 



Don’t be afraid.
21 May, 2009, 12:11 am
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Looking back at my previous post, One Way, God has certainly brought me through an amazing journey. He instructed me through John 6:12 to apply for all the universities that I can and I obeyed. Now He has blessed me with so many openings. The universities I got are SMU SOSS, NUS FASS, NTU Psychology, and the one that I just received today is, University of Melbourne Bachelor of Music! Praise the Lord for blessing me with so many openings that I never thought that I would get.

Before the reply from the Music Degree, I was kind of settled with SMU SOSS but I did not have 100% peace of mind. SMU has been my dream school since 2006 and the reason of choosing her is because of the electives they have (ie. Music, Dance, Art), the seminary teaching style, the CCA – InDanCity, and the distance. The only thing I did not like is the fact that it is 40% project work based and looking back at the experience I have in JC1 with H1 Project Work, I am not very keen in doing projects regularly for the next four years. But then again, I thought that I should counter my fear and overcome it because project work is inevitably part of working life. If I do not counter it now, I will have to do in the future. So I was settled with SMU SOSS without a 100% peace of mind for some reason which I do not know of.

Then I got the acceptance from University of Melbourne today! I totally could not believe my eyes when I read the acceptance e-mail and had to read it a few times before it sank in. (Because University of Sydney Bachelor of Musicology rejected me yesterday so my hopes kind of went down slightly) However, I got to accept this offer by 31st of May and pay a deposit of AUD$10,000. Gosh. And I cannot accept until the scholarship accepts me which will only be in July! I need the financial aid because just tuition fees alone ranges from AUD$64k to AUD$74k. So I went to seek God and asked just cast my cares upon Him (what I learnt in the last mentoring session I had) Basically talk to God about my situation and asked Him for a direction. He told me “don’t be afraid” through Chris Tomlin’s “On Our Side” and Psalm 112.

The lyrics of the chorus goes:

If God is on our side
We won’t be afraid
Though the mountains may fall
And the sky will crumble
There ain’t nothin’ gonna stand in our way

Psalm 112:8 says:

His heart is established; he will not afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies. (NKJV)

His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries. (ESV)

Through this, I know I do not need to be afraid and just trust in the Lord. 😀

I am so excited to see what God has installed for me.



And I thought the basketball tricks on 17 Again were fake.
9 May, 2009, 12:44 am
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I was watching The Ellen DeGeneres Show the other day and I could not help but to video Zac Efron doing all these stunts despite knowing how bad the quality will turn out. So pardon the poor quality, and be impressed as I am when you see Efron do a spin on his pinky finger.

 

 

This is the basketball trick from 17 Again that I could not believe intially. It is also my most favourite scene in the movie. Even though it seems like they are just tricks, each movement actually paints the picture of the word that he says. Pretty cool eh?



What most people forget about worship
9 May, 2009, 12:31 am
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“It is to make a worship experience about God rather than about us.”

– Bill Hull