Wednesday, November 01, 2006

New blog site =)

Due to the fact that blogspot always delete part of my post (don't know why!), I decided to try out multiply so please refer to: http://jcyy84.multiply.com for further posts =)

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Burning at Burns

2 down, 3 more to go!

After 7 long days from my first paper, finally had my Landlord & Tenant paper this morning! =) But the biggest challenge is still yet to come - Law of Evidence this Friday. A full year paper filled with all these technicalities and rules, it's definitely one of the hardest paper that I've taken up voluntarily >.<>

Been occupying the spaces at Burns Cal, and study is made so much more fun with so many people that you know around you! The fact of knowing you're not the only one going through this is comforting =) But of course, there is the occasional distraction of wanting to talk to people >.< destress =")

Been coming across beautiful scenery pictures in people's blogs (well, only Martin's and Esther's =P), and scenery like that always reminds me of the hotel that I've always wanted to go since I was a teenager. I hope I got the name right, it sounds a bit funny and I don't know what it means - it's Burj Al Arab in Dubai. A documentary was made about it a few years ago, and I remember I was just staring at the TV screen, going 'waaaaa...' 'waaaa...' =P
They say pictures speak louder than words:



I think the website will tell you all about it: http://www.burj-al-arab.com/

Law of Evidence is waiting for me >.<>

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Strength from the inside out

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving

Dear God, I thank You for...

You raise me up so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
I am strong when I am on Your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be

I praise You for Your faithfulness, for what You’ve done in my life. Above all, I praise You for who You are, despite my circumstances. Thank You for meeting me at where I am =)

P/S: Thank you to ah ni for believing in me =) Thank you for your letter, it made a difference =) God bless you, my sista!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Security and Completeness....in Him

Hehe...taking a break off study now =) Taking my thoughts off the New Zealand Health System for a while >.< Was just reading a few blogs (not a few...actually, quite a lot...that's the distraction when you connect to the internet and you use your laptop to type out your notes =P), and sort of made me think about a few things, and one of the things is completeness in God, and in Him alone.

I remember sometime ago I was having a talk with a dear friend, and we were saying how girls tend to feel complete only after they find their other half, and that they somehow think that they will only be at their best once they find a boyfriend / husband. And we were talking somewhere along the lines of seeking completeness and full security in our heavenly Father.

And I was just reading "Lies Women Believe" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. And one of the things that struck me was the lie that "God is not really enough". Quoting from the book:

"When it comes down to it, we don't believe God's word is truly sufficient to deal with our problems. Oh, it can deal with everyone else's problem; but it doesn't speak to my issues, my needs, my relationships, my situation.

Sure I need God. But I need Him plus close friends; I need Him plus good health; I need Him plus a husband; I need Him plus children; I need Him plus a job that pays enough; I need Him plus a house with a microwave, a washer / dyer, a garage and a fresh paint job.

Do you really believe that if you have God you have enough? Or are we looking to other things and people t fill the empty places of our hearts – food, shopping, friends, hobbies, vacations, our job or our family?”

I remember there was one point in my life I had to let go of something that forms part of my identity, something that sort of defines who I am for a very long time, something that “completes” me. And I suddenly lost it, I don’t know who am I supposed to be, and without that title on me, I don’t know where my foundation is. It is true that they say situations break you down so that God can build you up again, totally brand new, with a new heart and new attitude =)

And when you’re totally submitted to Him, it’s amazing how He sees your heart and that He blesses you with something that’s even heaps better! =D With Las drilling into my head everyday to put God as top priority and love Him above everything else (even though sometimes he said the right things at the wrong time – I feel like ahhhhhh!!! =P), I am really learning to find my completeness in Him, and nothing else – not boyfriend, not friends, not school work, not fame, not ministry.

Looking back, I am grateful that I was broken before, because God’s work was most evident in my life then. With that, I can truly say that I am complete and accepted in Christ. Of course, there are still times when I struggle, but Psalm 23 reminds me that “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”. Claiming His truth everyday in my life, it’s a process, and He helps me along the way.

It’s true that I am a daughter, I am a sister, I am a girlfriend, I am a friend, I am a lifegroup leader, I am a law / economics student – and all that is good, but above all else, I am God’s child, I am a Christ follower – and that is the identity that I want to hold onto more than anything else and pray that my life does reflect the love and mercy that He has shown me.

“Yet we – fallen, condemned, unworthy sinners – can stand before God clean and unashamed, acceptable in His sight. How? Because Jesus – the pure, sinless Son of God – is acceptable to Him, and we stand in Him.”

It’s been a long time that I felt such peace =) Such… overwhelmed by His presence =)

Okay enough thinking already! Need to get back into the battlefield of trying to memorise how the NZ health system works >.< All the best for studies people!! =)

Friday, October 13, 2006

5 more days to exam!

Had an interesting but long day today >.< Firstly, today's weather...gosh! I almost got blown away by the wind! The wind was soooo strong, even the big tree branches fell on the floor! And also it was super duper hot!! Reminds me of Malaysia weather, which means also a good day for laundry =P Thanks to Jenn for helping me wash my duvet =)

Secondly, Las and I found a wallet (with a lot of cards in it!) on the way to lunch, and since we found no phone number in it, we decided to hand it into the police station. The first thing that came to my head when I saw the wallet was the law that I learnt in first year, about finders keepers and also how you shouldn't say "what should I do with this?" or something like that =P Can't really remember, aiks... But that was my first time entering Dunedin police station, the receptionist area was quite well presented and they have ID card access in every door beyond the receptionist area =P So the lady took down Las' details, and off we go to lunch!~ So that was my first experience with lost and found property, thought it reminded me a lot of the pendidikan moral that we used to learn back home =)

Thirdly, in the afternoon, had my last tutorial for the year - it was suppoed to start at 3 p.m. but by 3 p.m. no one showed up yet (which is quite understanable considering it's the last day of the semester =P), and then a girl showed up so ended up having tuition with her one on one, and after that another guy showed up. So that was my record-breaking 2-student tuition session! =) But it was good getting to know them beyond just the tutor-student conversation =P

With exams creeping up on me, stress level was up the roof for the past few days, but a letter from a friend yesterday kind of changed the whole perspective of things for me. So need God to recharge me at the end of the day for the next 2 weeks, energy level seems to be running out so quickly these days - might be the age factor, getting old each day *sigh*... =P

Okie, better get back to study now!! Mum always prints out my blog entries so that dad can read at night before he goes to sleep (it's his bedtime reading =P), so good night daddy! =)

Something that I'm holding onto these days: "And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God" - Ephesians 3:17-19

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Photos

Could only find these two photos for the night that I took >.<>

With the performers and backstage people =)
Me and Las after the performances =)



Monday, October 09, 2006

Happy Mooncake Festival

Finally! *phew* A heavy burden is lifted off my shoulder =) It was a HUGE deal for me to accept the privilege to MC in the Mooncake Festival organised by the Otago Chinese Culture Association. It was HUGE because firstly, I have to MC in Mandarin (a language that I've not spoken properly for about 5 years) and I have to do this in front of a lecture theatre of 500 people >.< I was stressed, stressed, stressed... I knew I will be nervous about it, but I still took it on after considering for 2 weeks (mum thought I could do it =P)

So spent quite a few days and nights doing research on the internet about lion dance, mooncake festival, traditional instruments, stories, myths, traditions of the Chinese culture. It's funny how they decided to use two Malaysians (well, Chewy is not even really Malaysian! =P) who don't know anything about the Chinese culture to be MCs for the night >.<>.<

But I have to say I really enjoyed the night =) Started off with fashion show, and all I can think of is what will happen if I tripped over my Cheong Sam and fell over =P But the cheers from the homegroup crowd really helped me to calm down a lot, let me know that I am not in unknown territories (have to understand that I've been involved with church activities so much that I am like a total stranger in any other activities >.< night =")">.<

Have to express my heartfelt gratitude to a few people who have helped me along the way:
  • Alastair's mum - for helping me with translation; thank you for the hours that you've put in to guide me into better vocab and grammar of the chinese language =)
  • Chewy – huni buni helped me a lot in calming my nerves, encouraging me, and also praying with me before the night starts =) Thank you for making a fool of yourself on stage, just to ease the tension and awkwardness =P It was so much fun MC-ing with you! =)
  • Jenny - for helping me with make up and hair do - thanks to your wonderful artwork that make me presentable on stage =) I really enjoyed the make up session! You took away a big chunk of my stress when you agreed to take care of my make up and hair do =)
  • Wan Ing - for lending me the gorgeous baby pink ball dress that I wore that night, lots of 'Where did you get that dress from?' comments *wink*, and I say 'All credit goes to my friend!'
  • Gina - for lending me the Cheong Sam that will match Chewy's chinese top =) It was red, and I thought it made me and Chewy look like a very matching MC pair! =) A lot of good comments for the Cheong Sam as well! =)
  • Homegroup people and friends in the crowd - you guys were sooo awesome, so touched by the support that you show by turning up, I know it's so near to exam time already, and yet you still came =) Thank you!!! Thanks for your cheers, support and the laughs, they really really meant a lot =)
  • Friends and lifegroup members who sent texts and gave encouragement all the way =)
  • Las (aka ‘Ali F’ – apparently this is what he is called by his friends before, don’t u just learn something new everyday =P) – thanks for putting up with my screams when I can’t get the Chinese words right and my stress for the past few weeks, hehe… and also my forgetfulness which makes me even more stressed =P
  • OCCA – thanks for having me!! =) Keep up the good job, you all rock!!~~

It was quite a full-on weekend, with lifegroup and church straight after that >.< But now back to studies!! Final exam has caught up on me this year so suddenly, without me even realising it – really need to pull my socks up and get started now! =) One more week till exams, we all can do it!

P/S: I didn't bring a camera that night, but will post up some pics after I get some from Reiko or if anyone has pictures, can pass them to me? =D Thanks!!

Happy Mooncake Festival

Finally! *phew* A heavy burden is lifted off my shoulder =) It was a HUGE deal for me to accept the privilege to MC in the Mooncake Festival organised by the Otago Chinese Culture Association. It was HUGE because firstly, I have to MC in Mandarin (a language that I've not spoken properly for about 5 years) and I have to do this in front of a lecture theatre of 500 people >.< it ="P)">

So spent quite a few days and nights doing research on the internet about lion dance, mooncake festival, traditional instruments, stories, myths, traditions of the Chinese culture. It's funny how they decided to use two Malaysians (well, Chewy is not even really Malaysian! =P) who don't know anything about the Chinese culture to be MCs for the night >.< And have to make cue cards, and coordinate everything with Chewy a few times so that he knows what I'm talking about etc etc. I think the days of preparation made me was stressful enough to form one huge pimple on my left cheek just the day before the night! >.<

But I have to say I really enjoyed the night =) Started off with fashion show, and all I can think of is what will happen if I tripped over my Cheong Sam and fell over =P But the cheers from the homegroup crowd really helped me to calm down a lot, let me know that I am not in unknown territories (have to understand that I've been involved with church activities so much that I am like a total stranger in any other activities >.< night =")">.<

Have to express my heartfelt gratitude to a few people who have helped me along the way:

  • Alastair's mum - for helping me with translation; thank you for the hours that you've put in to guide me into better vocab and grammar of the chinese language =)
  • Chewy – huni buni helped me a lot in calming my nerves, encouraging me, and also praying with me before the night starts =) Thank you for making a fool of yourself on stage, just to ease the tension and awkwardness =P It was so much fun MC-ing with you! =)
  • Jenny - for helping me with make up and hair do - thanks to your wonderful artwork that make me presentable on stage =) I really enjoyed the make up session! You took away a big chunk of my stress when you agreed to take care of my make up and hair do =)
  • Wan Ing - for lending me the gorgeous baby pink ball dress that I wore that night, lots of 'Where did you get that dress from?' comments *wink*, and I say 'All credit goes to my friend!'
  • Gina - for lending me the Cheong Sam that will match Chewy's chinese top =) It was red, and I thought it made me and Chewy look like a very matching MC pair! =) A lot of good comments for the Cheong Sam as well! =)
  • Homegroup people and friends in the crowd - you guys were sooo awesome, so touched by the support that you show by turning up, I know it's so near to exam time already, and yet you still came =) Thank you!!! Thanks for your cheers, support and the laughs, they really really meant a lot =)
  • Friends and lifegroup members who sent texts and gave encouragement all the way =)
  • Las (aka ‘Ali F’ – apparently this is what he is called by his friends before, don’t u just learn something new everyday =P) – thanks for putting up with my screams when I can’t get the Chinese words right and my stress for the past few weeks, hehe… and also my forgetfulness which makes me even more stressed =P
  • OCCA – thanks for having me!! =) Keep up the good job, you all rock!!~~

It was quite a full-on weekend, with lifegroup and church straight after that >.<>

P/S: I didn't bring a camera that night, but will post up some pics after I get some from Reiko or if anyone has pictures, can pass them to me? =D Thanks!!