lovely diacritic?

Is actually quite simple
8 October, 2008, 12:34 am
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Sick of eating boring take-aways that are filled with excessive oil and salt? Why not cook up a meal by yourself? You do not have to worry if it will turn out bad because no one else will bear the cost of such undesirable taste except for yourself. Also, you could try ANY method without any nagging from more experienced people. So much freer and flexible.


I successfully did so yesterday afternoon. (It turned out great except I think the beef was alittle hard due to overcooking.) It was a simple 45 minutes job. Furthermore, it was a relaxation from my intensive mugging. All the ingredients I needed were just basic ones which can be found in the supermarket. – Beef, pasta, onions, oyster sauce. That’s all! Whatever extras you can add them yourself. As I said, no one will nag at you.


As what I’ve always wished for, to cut onions into circular shapes! The experienced one, my mum, always discourage me from doing so. Since she was not going to eat it, why not?


Lovely isn’t it?


The penne I used


The bigger rings went it first as they needed more time to cook. Had a weird analogy that fat NS boys get enlisted first too.


Next that went in were the rest of the onions followed by the beef and oyster sauce – Is it not simple?

(I think the beef looks overcooked here already. Apologise for this being my first attempt)


The only downside of this whole cooking thing – Washing up


Yay! It turned out great! 🙂 It is like a mix of Chinese and Italian dish. Sounds srange but I love it.

(Something random, but that is the cup of coke light I drank while cooking. Felt like Jamie Oliver, who drinks wine while cooking.)


Why not you try it yourself? 🙂


Emily Bear
5 September, 2008, 12:55 am
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Is it not a joy to discover prodigies and see how supportive families can be?


Only By Grace
29 August, 2008, 12:24 am
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Have you ever been caught in a situation where you have a major exam coming up and yet you are down with a bug that strips you off the concentration to study, the ability to retain what you have studied and the confidence to do well for your exam?


I have, and it was just this week. Having my last two papers in a day plus a fever and a killing diarrhoea kind of sensation, I really had NO choice but to sink into my bed and allow the thoughts of doing badly for the papers to haunt me. Furthermore, my classmates only had ONE paper left, which means that they had spent more time preparing for it. Thus, their grades will surely far exceed mine. BUT, in that kind of situation I chose to turn to God. Having no physical health to carry on and feel like I am done for, I took His hands and trusted in Him to pull me through the papers. On top of that, I am thankful for the friends around me who prayed for me too.


During that similar paper, I was still experiencing pain and that caused me to fumble in my thinking processes and concentration span. It was really a hindrance to me. The next day, (how advanced technology is to mark the papers so quickly.) I got back the script and boy! I was the top of my class for that subject.  (Do not have the idea that I am always the top) And that paper was really a miracle for the marks I got was almost twice of my classmates.  See how amazing God works?


Furthermore, a miracle happened for my second paper too. It was Music Paper. The same night that I was all sick on my bed, I still listened to the tracks on my MP3 player to do the least I could to be mentally prepared. Out of three topics I could listen on, I chose one and out of all the tracks in that topic, a particular one, which usually never stood out to me, appealed to me just that night. I just kept listening over and over again. Little did I know it was the track that was tested for the paper! How wonderful is that! I believe that this is beyond coincidence and it is surely by God’s grace to pull me through both papers despite my sickness that night.  


When the situation seems like there is no way out, He never fails to take control of the problem and just lead you through it. I am glad that through my situation, God’s power is unveiled and that is why I want to share it with you to testify that God is greater than all the problems that you think is already humongous.

Mould Me
13 July, 2008, 10:48 pm
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This is the most suitable analogy to describe how God works in our lives. He moulds us from a lump of clay to a pottery and we are able to be filled with Him daily so that we can pour into other people’s potteries. The shape of the pottery represents our character, and whatever decorations or details on it are like the material possessions of the world. These details can wear off over time or get washed away on rainy days. Basically, they will not last. It is only the shape (character) that is kept permanent and be brought to heaven after death.


Any issues of the past must be settled and not hidden away with the attitude saying, “I just musn’t let this happen again.” The hurt will not disappear but rather, sink deeper within you. So deep that only God can remove it. This is like sand stuck in the mould. For God to mould you into a better person, you have to ask Him to intervene to remove this bits of sand.


And some of you may be wondering why some potteries are different from another. Isn’t it… UNFAIR?

Romans 9:21 “Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?”

Romans 9:14-15 “What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.””

This is why in Exodus 7:14-11:10, God hardened Pharaoh’s heart although Aaron and Moses performed miracles. This is so that God’s power will be displayed.

Romans 9:17 “For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.””

(References: Wasn’t God Unfair In Hardening Pharaoh’s Heart?)


Therefore, do not lose heart and think that God is unfair. He is actually in the process of unfolding His plan for you. Just like standing on the underside of a huge cross-stitched cloth, you do not know what the bigger picture is, only the artist knows. Until he is done, you can either doubt or trust that he is doing up a perfect piece of work. In the midst of cross-stitching, trust in God that His piece of work is a perfect one for you.


Placing Near Your Heart
3 July, 2008, 11:47 pm
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Got this very interesting insight from Sherman:


Why have the word of God near your heart?

When your heart is broken and shattered, the word of God will just fall in.

Like A Tunnel
17 June, 2008, 12:27 am
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John 16:33

… In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

Jesus did say that in this world, we will have hiccups. But it is through Him that we will not falter. So let us not lose heart and continue to believe in Him.

Walking into a tunnel that is totally pitched dark gives you a sense of vulnerability and instill unnecessary fear in you. With a candle of flame burning in your hands, it guides you, and encourages you to carry on till the end of the tunnel. This is a perfect scene when you are in times of trouble. As you enter, the light from outside will just grow dimmer and negativity sets in. With God your light, He will lead you to the end and not forsake you. In the middle of the tunnel, if you think that there is no light and decided to give up on Him by blowing the candle of hope off, you are simply giving up on yourself. God is actually working a miracle but you cannot see it. As you approach to the end, you will see the light shine brighter and brighter. This is when God’s hand stretches out and all you got to do is to grab hold of that hand and be released from the tunnel of trouble. Therefore, do not blow out that candle of yours, but instead, trust in the Lord and believe that you will be lead out of the tunnel. The purpose of the tunnels in your life are to mould you into a better person for character is the only thing you can bring with you to heaven.


This can be graphically illustrated with the well-known, J-Curve.


Except that the y-axis should be represented with “the light you see from the tunnel” instead of, erm, “balance of payment”. Therefore, do not give up and believe that your graph will make a turning point too and shoot up to its fullest.


Even Josh Groban has a song about this.


And yes, God hears and loves you.

Keeping the Same Attitude
20 May, 2008, 6:41 pm
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Picture yourself lying comfortably on your bed, ready to sink deep into slumber land. Next moment, you recalled that your phone is running out of battery. What are you going to do? Just ignore and charge it the next day? Surely, there will not be time with the morning rush. Knowing the goodness of charging your phone, you peeled yourself away from the soft mattress and dragged that gadget to the charger. It was worth all the effort for you know, this little action you did will save you from tonnes of missed calls and inconvenience you could have encountered the very next day.

Same thing goes for your daily walk with God. At times you may be shagged but still insist on opening the word. That portion of sleep you forgo cannot be compared to the time spent with Him for you know that only He will truly recharge you. Therefore, if you can have that attitude towards worldly possessions, why not God?