Friday, December 28, 2007

Attention All PMRians and others as well..


Wow.. i have been hearing wonderful news back home.. Just wanted to Congratulate all PMRians for the wonderful results each and everyone of you got.. continue to shine for the Lord..

As you all move on to Form 4, you might get a little shock in the beginning but you will get used to it. The fact that you might find out that things are maybe much more difficult shows that you are progressing into a whole new level of learning. Take it as a challege and a form of increasing maturity on your part. Hope that you all will enjoy this new stage of your education.

Before i forget, please consider taking Bible Knowledge as a subject. God has called us to be students but that doesn't mean that we only study science, maths etc. We should be constantly study His Word as well. Studying God's Word is even more important. Since the Malaysian government has given us this wonderful opportunity to take Bible Knowledge as a subject, shouldn't we as Christians take it? I don't know the statistics, but i know that many Christians do not take Bible Knowledge because they might complain:

1.they have too many subjects already

2.Bible Knowledge is too hard.

3.I might do badly and it will not look nice on my certificate

What utter nonsense....

Are we saying that taking other subjects are more important than the WOrd of God?

What would the Government think about us Christians when we only claim but don't take the opportunity to take the subject?

Doesn't it show how much we regard studying God's Word?

Anyway.. all i am saying is please consider this carefully. I can confidently say that most of us do not study the Word of God. Quiet time is not counted. So, i say take this oppotunity to kick start your Bible study habit. It will 'force' you to do it. It gave me an extra incentive and motivation then to study because i was a lazy bum. You will only study 2 books, Luke and Acts which are the basics of Christianity. Don't think you already know it. The Word of God is LIFE.

Monday, December 24, 2007

No place like home...


It's the time of the year that you just want to enjoy yourself and nothing else. As far as i can remember, Christmas period has always been a very busy time for me. While i was a child, it was always the time we look forward to as we will get to buy our own presents for Christmas. Christmas Eve's dinner at grandma's house with all the cousins was definitely a time that we enjoyed. All the delicious food that will be made, and of course the opening of presents on the stroke of midnight. As i became a teenager, it was activities all the way. I remember dancing to the song 'Best Friend' for a Christmas party by the pool for church. Carroling was an annual affair but we have significantly grown from 1 bus load to 2 bus loads. Come to think about it. Christmas has always been busy and plenty of people around. That was home.

Spending my first ever Christmas away from my family is weird. It's not easy either. Am currently at a family friends house in south London. But its never the same even when you have friends around. Christmas is not only the celebration of Chirst's birth but a time for family to get together to celebrate. The world has changed so much that families no longer sit down together at a table to eat everyday. Children often can't wait to get out of their houses and complain about the incompetencies of their parents. Christmas is now usually the only time that a family has an excuse to get together to dine. Thats is maybe one of the best things that have come out of this commonly celebrated occasion.

Christmas makes me think of Family. My wonderful family with all my relatives as well. It is a time of celebration of God's goodness and blessing to our family. And of course my Family of God that i treasure so much. So spending Christmas with some family friends in a different country will certainly be a difference experience. But it can never replace wat is back home.Lets just say that there is no place like home...

Friday, December 21, 2007

The lonely turkey

HALLELUYAH!!! I just finish my last lecture today and its the end of the semester. I have been here for 3 full months.Wow.. how did i survive it? i don't know.. but i did.. Off for Christmas break now but will have to be back for exams in January. Thats the only down part. But hey, i deserve a reward after 3 months of hard work. Come on.. don't i deserve it? haha..
People have been asking me about what i will be doin for Christmas. I have been telling some people this story.

The myth: sitting all alone in my room. Roast my own turkey and have it on my own for Christmas eve dinner. Add some entertainment in, maybe watch a movie while eating. Leave the other half of the turkey for Christmas day lunch. All in all, it will be an interesting Christmas with some peace and quiet. But of course a lonely one as well. Because i have no where else to go.

Some people didn't believe a word i said before i could even finish telling my sad plan. But some very good friends of mine(winks at Ryan) actually bought the story and sympathized with me. I wanna thank them for their utter loyalty and faith in me. Haha.. ( i know im goin to get it from them now)
The truth: I will be leaving tomorrow to a family friend's house in Guildford, south of London. I will be spending my entire Chirstmas and New year over there. Of course in the process of enjoying myself i would make sure that i put some study in for my exams as well..(hopefully.. hehe)

Well i am sure you all will be hearing from me again very soon. I have a early Christmas dinner with my friends to go to. So, thats it for now. God bless everyone.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Somebody gonna get a hurt real bad

I have been so busy this pass week. It's end of semester so that means assignments to hand in. Have been writing an essay on Corporal Punishment which some of you have seen. I seriously didn't know that corporal punishment is banned in the UK and all over Europe under EU law until Ryan's cousin aunty told me whne I first got here. It means that the government bans parents from using physical punishment on children. Schools are not allowed to punish either. That's like the stupidest thing i ever heard. How are children goin to learn anyway? By reasoning with them?
Dad:' Please Tom put that knife down. It's dangerous.'
Tom:'Papa.. papa.. nanana... ahhh...'
Tom is 2 years old and you expect him to understand a single word you say. goodness. I think thats why there is a major moral decay over here in the UK. You hear of students in school swearing at teachers and stomping out of the class. Children making police reports about their parents. Teenagers suing their parents in court. What has the world turn into? Parents don't even have the right to discipline their children anymore? I think precautions like this was taken because of several abuse cases that happen. But taking parents authority is like taking away their birth right if i may put it that way. When i have handed in my essay maybe i will post my essay here to see whether you all agree with my arguments and solutions.
On a lighter note, here is a video from Youtube by Russell Peters. He is an indian comedian from Canada and the 2nd best comedian on earth(im the 1st). He is simply hilarious. Go watch this clip, it's only a couple of minutes. He has a swearing problem like all americans but apart from that everything is simply SUPERB!! enjoy... you won't regret..

video

note: to understand the title you will have to watch the video

If the video is not buffering very well you can go to this link..

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3926685424170083906&q=russell+peters&total=1127&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=1

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

30 Things To Do In An Exam When You Know You're Going To Fail It Anyways!


This is something i got on facebook from my friend. Most of you all have fonished exams so maybe you can try it next year.. haha.. i might try it.. hehe.. just for fun.. totally pointless..but let me know which are the ones you like best.. have fun..


1. Get a copy of the exam, run out screaming "Andre, Andre, I've got the secret documents!!"

2. Talk the entire way through the exam. Read questions aloud, debate your answers with yourself out loud. If asked to stop, yell out, "I'm SOOO sure that you can hear me thinking." Then start talking about what a jerk the instructor is.

3. Bring a Game Boy. Play with the volume at max level.

4. On the answer sheet find a new, interesting way to refuse to answer every question. For example: I refuse to answer this question on the grounds that it conflicts with my religious beliefs. Be creative.

5. Run into the exam room looking about frantically. Breathe a sigh of relief. Go to the instructor, say "They've found me, I have to leave the country" and run off.

6. 15 min. into the exam, stand up, rip up all the papers into very small pieces, throw them into the air and yell out "Merry Christmas." If you're really daring, ask for another copy of the exam. Say you lost the first one. Repeat this process every 15 min.

7. Come into the exam wearing slippers, a bathrobe, a towel on your head, and nothing else.

8. Come down with a BAD case of Tourette's Syndrome during the exam. Be as vulgar as possible.

9. Bring things to throw at the instructor when s/he's not looking. Blame it on the person nearest to you.

10. As soon as the instructor hands you the exam, eat it.

11. Every 5 min. stand up, collect all your things, move to another seat, continue with the exam.

12. Turn in the exam approx. 30 min. into it. As you walk out, start commenting on how easy it was.

13. Get the exam. 20 min into it, throw your papers down violently, scream out "Darn it!" and walk out triumphantly.

14. Arrange a protest before the exam starts (ie. Threaten the instructor that whether or not everyone's done, they are all leaving after one hour to go drink.)

15. Show up completely drunk (completely drunk means at some point during the exam, you should start crying for mommy).

16. Comment on how sexy the instructor is looking that day.

17. Come to the exam wearing a black cloak. After about 30 min, put on a white mask and start yelling "I'm here, the phantom of the opera" until they drag you away.

18. If the exam is math/sciences related, make up the longest proofs you could possible think of. Get pi and imaginary numbers into most equations. If it is a written exam, relate everything to your own life story.

19. Try to get people in the room to do a wave.

20. Bring some large, cumbersome, ugly idol. Put it right next to you. Pray to it often. Consider a small sacrifice.

21. During the exam, take apart everything around you. Desks, chairs, anything you can reach. 22. Puke into your exam booklet. Hand it in. Leave.

23. Take 6 packages of rice cakes to the exam. Stuff at least 2 rice cakes into your mouth at once. Chew, then cough. Repeat if necessary.

24. Ask to go to the toilet, and then sound the fire alarm

25. Walk in, get the exam, sit down. About 5 min into it, loudly say to the instructor, "I don't understand ANY of this. I've been to every lecture all semester long! What's the deal? And who the hell are you? Where's the regular guy?"

26. Do the entire exam in another language. If you don't know one, make one up!

27. Bring a black marker. Return the exam with all questions and answers completely blacked out.

28. Every now and then, clap twice rapidly. If the instructor asks why, tell him/her in a very derogatory tone, "the light bulb that goes on above my head when I get an idea is hooked up to a clapper. DUH!"

29. From the moment the exam begins, hum the tune Amazing Grace. Ignore the instructor's requests for you to stop. When they finally get you to leave one way or another, begin whistling the theme to the Walls are falling down.

30. After you get the exam, call the instructor over, point to any question, ask for the answer. Try to work it out of him/her.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Thank You!!


















I have finally gotten my laptop back
and it has restored my communication with the world again.. haha... Well it has been busy weeks for me.. parents were here for 3 weeks and spent 5 days in Germany and went on a visiting spree of family friends around England(literally).. was tiring at times but it was great to have mum and dad over here..

Thank you all again for all the Birthday wishes and especially those who even sent me an sms, Thank you... The day before I left for Germany my friends Serena, Alice, Joan and Mabel gave me a surprise birthday party of sorts.. it was unexpected... they bought some champagne, a cheese cake and a truffle. Mum was also present as she was giving them some 'cooking' classes while she was staying with me for a couple of days.. We left Uni on Friday after class to join dad in Harlow, North East of London where he was working.. We took the flight from Stansted Airport the next morning at 7am to Karlsruhe, Germany.

We landed in Karlsruhe and with the help of a chinese hot dog lady made our way to Heidelberg where we were staying.. It's was quite an unusual experience because everything was in German and surprisingly not many people could communicate in English.. or at least understand what we were asking them.. It was really funny especially when mum was ordering her food because half the time the waitress wouldn't understand a word that we said.. had i known earlier that i would be coming to Germany i would have taken a couple of lessons from Chirs... haha.. the only word i knew was 'Danke' which means thank you.. Heidelberg was a really nice place.. We went up to one of the oldest castles in Germany which was on a mountain and it was snowing there.. the view of Heidelberg city from up there was exceptional.. simply beautiful.. Heidelberg has nearly 1000 years of history and happens to have the biggest wine barrel in the world.. The wine barrel was really interesting as it was used to tax people in the olden times.

We were in Heidelberg for 3 days and then we moved on to a small town called Speyer where dad had a meeting.. I 'celebrated' my Birthday on our last day in Heidelberg and got a series of sms wishes right through the night before because of the time difference... Speyer is an even older town with more than 1000years of history.. It is home to the 3rd oldest Cathedral in the World after St.Peter's and St.Paul's.. The Cathedral was just a stone's throw away from our hotel and it looks spooky.. It still contains the tombs of the kings of Germany but also has some beautiful paintings on the ceilings and walls.. While we were walking around in the Cathedral, there was this pianist who played the most iry sounding music on the pipe organs.. Imagine walking in this hundreds of years old building with tombs, dim light and echos whenever you speak.. and you get this joker playing the pipe organs.. shivers man.. Pipe organs don't exactly produce the nicest sound.. it makes you feel sad and guilty in some way.. maybe that's why so many people go for confession.. haha.. We went back to Karlsruhe on our last day to stay for a night.. We visited this Media and Film Museum which was really interesting.. Never seen anything like that before.. It had equipment that were first used by movie producers years ago to the latest used by people like Spielberg.. I'm sure Ryan would love it.. It had equipment that could manipulate sound and images.. the great thing was that we were able to do it first hand on our own..

One thing that impressed me most about Germany was their efficiency, it was just quite incredible. The transport system is excellent and with the combination of trams, trains and buses are able to take you to nearly anywhere in the city. The trams run straight into the town centres and its track act as the divider for the cars on the road.. All public transports are very frequent and has a timetable for it which nearly never changes. BUT, the Most Amazing thing i encountered is the punctuality of all public transport. If the timetable states that the next tram is at 5.43, be sure you be there before at 5.42(literally) because the tram would arrive at 5:42:30 and leave at 5:43.. its just incredible.. i timed it for the first few times and it never failed me.. These goes as well to buses who are nearly uncontrollable when on roads.. It just blows my mind on how they do it.. In Malaysia we indicate time using quarters(every 15mins), that's how bad we are.. when we were there dad and i were indicating time by the minutes and seconds because we had to or we will just simply miss our transport..

One of my main goals when i went to Germany was to try their famous Franks(sausages).. At the end of the trip i counted that we(3 of us) had a total of about 25 franks in 5 days.. The franks a just simply delicious and come in all shapes and sizes.. The mustard they use on their franks are also superb which i would attribute my new found love for mustard.. The Germans eat a lot of pork and meat and i must admit that i was so busy trying out different German delicacies that i got a bit sick of it on our last day. Mum also got to try her favourite Swine-Hacks(pigs trotters).. If you are a meat lover, Germany is definitely the place to visit for you.

Over all, it was just a great time that i got to spend with my parents. Travelling in a foreign country especially of a language we don't understand was certainly an interesting experience and would certainly not be the last for me..

I would just like to Thank Mum and Dad for giving being here this last 3 weeks here with me. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to experience life in a different country and culture. Hope that i would be able to make you proud.. Love you both..

I want to Thank our Heavenly Father once again for providing the open door for me to be here.. Lord, may You continue to lead and mould me more and more according to your plan for me..

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Wait...

next post coming soon.. my laptop is in the hospital... more stories on Germany too.. haha.. God bless!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

All the Best!!


In a few weeks time you will be like the man in the above picture.. hang in there.. Just want to wish all SPM and STPM candidates all the best in their exams.May our gracious God be with you always.. May God give you wisdom, composure and peace as you take your papers.. May God grant you strength and focus as you last through this hectic duration of weeks.. May God lay beside you to grant you rest in Him to be fresh for the next day.. All the Best and God bless!!

Our God is an awesome God.. He reigns forever more.. Amen

YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Murphy's Law


What is Murphy's Law? Is it good or bad? There's a whole list of murphy's law which i have no idea how it came about.. Let me tell you.. most of us have experienced this before just that we don't realise it.. It's a law that we all have to abide even unconsciously..

Murphy's Law:" If anything is likely to go wrong, it will go wrong at the worst possible time. The time we least expected and in the worst possible fashion."

MY LAPTOP JUST KONK OUT ON ME!!! Arghhh.... at the worst possible moment too.. Dad had asked me to find out which is the best way to get to Harlow(north east of London) because he has a conference there.. Lo and Behold,i pressed the start button and all i get is a black screen.. ??? What happen??? i really panicked... 2 of my assignments are due on Monday Friday respectively... Not now.... i couldn't sleep well that night.. smart me though.. i had saved my work on my thumb drive.. but how could i be sure? I have totally lost confidence in this IT stuff...

The next morning(Sunday), I went over to my friends flat to use her laptop.. I breathed a sigh of relief and laid back on the chair when i saw my 2500 word essay appear on the screen.. goodness... Thank God... my other assignment was also in place.. but i was still worried about my laptop.. With Dad, mum, Uncle and Grandma we went to visit the historical city of Oxford.. Even the fascinating historical tour that we took could not take my mind of the laptop...

Aren't we a bit too dependable on technology? Has it been a good thing for us or has it just spoilt us? I read in the papers yesterday that there is a bar in London that u can order your beer via sms/text... ??? How big can the bar be?? It means people are too lazy to just get their bums of the seats to walk to the bar to get a beer.. What type of world has this become? i think the future will be that we dun even need to get out of our beds and everything is done for us...
The entire age of civilisation is an enormous cycle.. hundreds of years ago people craved for the technology we have now to make their lives easier and more comfortable.. but now... people want to go back to the old ways.. living in cottages.. going for holidays in the mountains.. living in the countryside away from all the concrete and skyscrapers... humans.. aren't we a really special but highly mysterious breed of homosapiens...

As the saying goes :"The grass on the other side is always greener". Technology has definitely made our lives easier and more comfortable. In which age could you speak to someone thousands of miles away face to face with no charge? but admit it.. a lot of us just wish to have a quiet place.. no traffic jams... no noise but the singing of crickets... ahh.. the life... If God would appear right in front of us now and tell us that he will grant us the gift of choosing which generation we would want to live in, won't it be a dilemma?

anyway.. i have handed in my first assignment yesterday and will get my laptop checked out soon.. am currently in a family friends house using their computer... but remember my dear friends.. Murphy's Law can be a good thing to us as it teaches us to be more cautious and plan better.. although sometimes things just cant be helped but this is life... Like my wise old(but still young) Taikache says:" Never call your child by the name Murphy!!" haha...

p/s taikache, its a more immediate reminder for you than me... haha...

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Looking forward to the break

Ok.. don't worry that's not me.. i haven't lost that much weight ok.. i have lost a couple but i'm getting there(winks at jem).. Yeah its been some time since i wrote.. I have just been so so busy this pass week.. 2 assignments are due next week and with many to follow still.. Have to prepare for a presentation in 3 weeks time and its not that long a period based on the amount of research that needs to be done which i haven't started.. yeah.. so it's quite a full load for me recently..

The plus point is that my parents have landed!! woohoo!! My uncle and grandma also tagged along because they have to visit some friends over here.. anyway.. i went to the airport to meet them.. just got back from a superb north indian dinner with them.. ahh.. the taste of curry and spicy stuff is simply delightful... This british land has no chili whatsoever.. you cant even get chili if u go to Mcdonalds.. can you believe that? How do these people eat here? Chili is the toast of all food which brings out the full flavour in all the food we eat.. Chili.. one of God's many amazing creations.. don't you think?

Alright.. enough of my sermon on why people should eat chili.. that was just the introduction.. maybe i should write about it sometime... anyway... so since parents are here.. i gotta rush all my work and try to finish them during the weekdays so that i can go galavanting with them during the weekends... yay... so i must work hard so that i can say that i truly deserve the break during the weekends... haha.. ok.. now.. back to work isaac!!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Meaningless?? or not...


It was Halloween yesterday but it is a day that is nearly never celebrated in Malaysia. A day that we only see on TV shows or movies. What on earth is halloween? this is just a brief history of halloween.

Halloween, or the Hallow E'en as they call it in Ireland , means All Hallows Eve, or the night before the 'All Hallows', also called 'All Hallowmas', or 'All Saints', or 'All Souls' Day, observed on November 1. In old English the word 'Hallow' meant 'sanctify'. Roman Catholics, Episcopalians and Lutherians used to observe All Hallows Day to honor all Saints in heaven, known or unknown. They used to consider it with all solemnity as one of the most significant observances of the Church year. And Catholics, all and sundry, was obliged to attend Mass.

Through the years and even generations it has evolved into some what of a day of excuse. An excuse to get sweets, wearing something stupid and not be laughed at, having a bad hair day and getting commended for it, partying all night long etc. We usually watch on TV seeing children dressed in costumes going to each home to get sweets and the house owner is obliged to give out candies. It actually reminds me of the hungry ghost festival that we often witness back in Malaysia. It sounds similar, just that the ghost around here has a sweet tooth.... haha...

Anyway.. i went with my friends yesterday to the pub nearby to experience my first halloween.. not that i celebrate or care about it but just to see what people do.. It was a funny experience seeing people dressed up running around.. most of them already half drunk.. the worst thing is as i was walking, for every 20m i would count about 5 splatters of vomit.. absolutely disgusting.. and im doing a presentation on Alcohol consumption on Friday... anyway... it was fun at the pub.. people dancing and drinking away... These poor misguided people got no where to go and the highlight of their day is drinking and clubbing in the night.. was talking to one of my classmates and she told me that drinking and clubbing is her life.. she has nothing to do if she stops clubbing... i was saying to myself "what a sad life". So have i finally understood the word meaninglessness?

This really reminds me of the times i read the book of Ecclesiastes where the wisest man that ever lived on this earth, King Solomon laments about meaninglessness on this earth. His famous tag line in that book is "everything under the Sun is meaningless". The man who had everything in this world, power, wealth, women, kingdom, castle etc. and he says everything is meaningless. what sense does it make? So what then is our purpose on earth? Are we just extra dough that God miscalculated? NO.. God has a purpose for all of us.. That's why He sent His only begotten Son Jesus to redeem us from sin. We have a mission. Solomon goes on to say that life without God is meaningless. We have a call. Those people need Jesus and there are many more out there who need Him too. I really hope that i would never have to understand or experience meaninglessness in my life. I have Jesus.. Halleluyah!!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Put a smile on God's face

I got this story from an email from my dad and found it really meaningful and would like to share with you all.

WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN

I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around.We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said,

"This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer and are received."I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world. Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.

The angel then said to me, "This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them." I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledgment Section," my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed "How is it that there is no work going on here?" I asked."So sad," the angel sighed. "After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments ""How does one acknowledge God's blessings?" I asked. "Simple," the angel answered. Just say, "Thank you, Lord." "What blessings should we acknowledge?" I asked. The angel replied:

"If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world. "
"If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy ."
"And if you read this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity."
Also ......" If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ... you are more blessed than the many who will not even survive to see this day ."
"If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ... you are ahead of 700 million people in the world."
"If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest,torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world "
"If your parents are still alive and still married ...you are very rare .."
"If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you're unique to all those in doubt and despair."

Just take a moment to think now. Aren't we truly blessed? Often we take things for granted and expect God to answer all of our prayers. How many times do we actually thank Him once He has answered them? We usually get on with our life and IF we remember we say a short prayer of thanks. Lets make it a habit to thank God not only for the things he has granted us but the fact that we are even alive, Praise and Thanks to our God the maker of the heavens and the earth. Let's put a smile on God's face.

ATTN:Acknowledge Dept.: "Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and for giving me so many wonderful people to share it with."

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Bring the light of each day to the next and leave the darkness behind

pic from left:Alice, Serena, Joan and Mabel
Argh... i didn't realise that i have not posted for nearly 2 weeks.. well thats bad and i apologise.. i gotta make this sort of a habit and keep it going.. anyway.. i have been having a real busy weeks.. preparing for assignments, presentation, research, reading etc. When lectures start, work do pile up. I did my first group presentation on monday for my study skills module and suprisingly it went quite well. There were some positive responds from the class and i think our group has set some sort of standard as we were he first group.. hehe.. It's good to get one out of the way though.. that presentation was like part of our exam so hopefully the lecturer was kind..

I now realise that every single thing my dad said about university was true. READING and RESEARCH. There's just so much reading to do in preparation for class as well as after class. For the first time in my life i'm actually making good use of the library. The libraries here are huge and is updated every year with new books. This is what i call a REAL library not like those we have back home or at least in kluang. For my information and technology module, we have to design a webpage as one of our assignments. We tried it that day in the computer lab and it's just so cool. It's quite time consuming using that html stuff but it was great fun. I'm just wondering how my webpage will look like as i have not real thought about it. Any ideas?

There was also a major development in my self nourishment career here too. A few of us friends of the same course decided to cook together for dinner everyday and i happened to be the only guy among 4 girls. Strangely enough they have generously elected me as chief chef as i continue to develop my hidden talent of cooking.. hehe.. according to certain experts and researches my talent has some funny mechanismes and can only function in this country of England and not back in Malaysia. They said that the heat of Malaysian weather prevents the mechanismes in my body from functioning. Sadly, that means my beloved brothers and sisters in my homeland would not be able to taste my cooking. BUT... there is one way.. Get a plane ticket, fly here and taste the famous cooking of chef isaac!!(silence.... pin drops...) ok never mind..

On Saturday, the 4 girls and i went to central London for some sight seeing. Let me introduce you to this 4 lovely ladies. They are Serena and Mabel from Hong Kong, Joan and Alice from China and of course me. We went to visit Buckingham Palace and witnessed the royal march and band along with thousands of people who were crowding the entire gateway. I just cant bring myself to imagine the amount of people if the Queen was actually there. The crowd was just incredibly massive. We also went to the National Gallery at Trafalgar square. To many, visiting the National Gallery in London is a social and cultural obligation when visiting England. It was real fun as i got to see actual paintings of famous artist like Leonardo Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Monet, Raphael, Michelangelo etc. The oldest painting i saw was dated in the region of 1250 by some italian artist. These were paintings and artist that i have only heard of and seeing them with my own eyes were great. We had to make our way back to campus a little earlier to catch the rugby World Cup final which amazingly the girls with no prior knowledge of the game decided to tag along. As the match went on, i had to be the live commentator for them. All in all, i think they enjoyed the atmosphere at the bar more than anything. Watching at the bar is a total different experience which i really enjoyed. Let's just say that the day would have been perfect had England won.. sigh..

In this world, nothing's perfect. If it's perfect we wouldn't need God anymore. Many a times, we often look at the negatives in everything. The scenario:

Mum: How did exam go today?
Son: I didn't know how to do 5 questions, i tikam them all.

Familiar conversation? Have you said it before? I have.. The son could have said that he knew how to do the other 45 questions. Wouldn't it be more encouraging? We should look at the positives. Look on the bright side, appreciate the things that God has provided for us. We are not failures but victorious in Christ.


"Bring the light of each day to the next and leave the darkness behind." isaac

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Journey begins but am i ready?

Classes have started for the pass one week. Sorry for not posting the pass week. Have been really busy preparing for my presentation on Monday. It certainly has been a really interesting time for me. Having course mates from all parts of the world is cool. My course mates come from countries such as Pakistan, India, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Russia, Albania, Iran, Nigeria, UK, Turkey etc. It's exciting and even though i have only been with them for a week you start to see some enormous contrast in areas like value systems, culture, mindset etc. All the things i use to say about standing up for what i believe has really come to the test. Some lectures which involves a lot discussion sessions are my favourite because i get to know people better and find out what is actually going on in their head. I sort of expect some of the things that come out of their mouth but i have certainly been shocked a couple of times too. This is not to scare anybody about University life ok.. hehe.. It's just that it doesn't help but to make me think sometimes how sheltered we can be. Humbly i would say that i have had more exposure than most people but it's not any easier. Everything that has been taught for 19 years has finally been put to the test. I was confident that my fortress was strong but, is it?

Will it be able to take the wind? maybe yes, anyway it should.

What about the wave? I think it can

What about the coming tsunami? Err...

When I start to see,think and imagine what could happen there's a sudden doubt and fear. What if i fail? What if i fall? God help me..

God will always be willing to help because he is our Father and He loves us.
But am i willing to be helped? Am i doing my part?
That is the question that i am wrestling with at the moment. Will i be ready when faced with extreme adversary?

"Now therefore, listen to me My children. For blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear my instructions and be wise, and not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to Me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the post of my doors.For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord." Proverbs 8:32-35

Be faithful with Simple Daily Chores. Obedience is better than sacrifice.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Sheperd always takes care of his sheep

This past few days were great. Ryan came over to the University to stay with me for a couple of days during my orientation week. It was really fun to have a friend from home to be with you. Sometimes without even realising it, it actually helps you settle into a new environment much easier. Then on Friday we left for Ryan's aunt's house in Lewes. Lewes is a small town in the South of London which took us a good 2 hours to get there. Aunty Am(unc.Ven's sister) and Uncle Ian her husband were such lovely people. They certainly stuffed the both of us with such nice home cooked food. We spent the rest of the night watching this stupid but hilarious show caled Monty Python. It really felt like home.

The next day, we had lunch at a really nice restaurant called Bill's which serves one of the most delicious cake i have ever eaten. It's a bit like the chocolate banana cake you get at secret recipe but just imagine 10 times better. haha... mouth watering le... anyway.. the toast of the day was the rugby world cup match England vs Australia. The best thing is that England against all odds BEAT Australia 12-10. yoohoo... to top it up.. Manchester United also demolished Wigan 4-0 that very Saturday afternoon. ah.... What joy and excitement... In the evening we also enjoyed a delightful walk along the country side and witnessed some quite spectacular views.

It was certainly a weekend well spent with friends and 'family'. This was certainly my very last 'vacation' of sorts as classes start on Monday. As i reflect, God has truly been gracious to me for providing such friends. I find it quite incredible with God's timing of things. Of all times, Ryan was able to make the trip to the UK at about the same time as i would be coming. And because of his many relatives here, i am really blessed to have been able to meet them. These are gestures that can never be measured. With no relatives in the UK with the exception of one, i am suddenly somehow acquaited with the Nair family. With unc.Ven and A.Sze's flattering words i have miraculously being invited back to their houses in the near future. All my life i have been brought up in an environment that puts utmost priority in FAMILY. This was one of my greatest fear when not having a 'family' around. Lo and behold, God has provided one in the form of the Nair family where i truly felt at home. One thing I do know is that God has brought me to this country for a purpose-TO MOULD ME into His likeness. As a mother to her child, He leads me with such gentle kindness and doesn't throw me into the deep end all of a sudden. I recently read on Joyce's Blog. LET GO, LET GOD. If we don't let go of our worries and troubles how can we expect God to help us?


I cast all my cares upon You,
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet,
And many times i don't know what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You


This was a song that i heard since i was a child(ask paulus if you want the tune). God has brought me back to the basics once again. God doesn't short change us, but it's often that we do not trust Him enough.


"Lord, i would like to thank You once again for giving me this opportunity to be here. Thank You for providing for my needs when i sometimes fail to even realise. Thank You for being there for me always. I pray that I will continue to learn the Art of letting go and letting You. Thank You Lord. I Love You my Father. Amen."

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Tour of London

Had a great weekend with Herman in London last week. On Saturday he brought me on a tour of London. We went to Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Downing Street(prime minister's office), Covent Garden, Chinatown, St.Paul's cathedral, Westminster Abbey(the Church)top, Big Ben(the clock) and some other places too. It was a great fun just walking in London. These are places that i have heard of since i was young. Some places like Leicester Square, i first heard about it while playing monopoly(winks at wei ling).. haha... So i really had so much fun just walking around. Thank God for the good weather, a nice sunny day. Central London was also swarming with people. Because it was such a nice day everybody was just taking a walk in the streets. We also went to Regent Street which is like the Orchard Road of London. Shopping shopping shopping everywhere. Im sure people like Kar mun and Joyce would absolutely love Regent Street. haha.... The pick of the day for me was actually at Covent Garden. It's quite a popular touristy place where you can enjoy some old buildings and a nice cup of coffee. The wonderful thing there was the Street Performances. People just put up a performance to entertain people who visit that place and they do not get paid. Performing on the streets is their livelihood and they survive on people's contribution after each show. I utterly enjoyed the performance. The great thing is that people here are also very sporting and responsive. They actually answer questions and support the performer. In all my experiences in MC-ing believe me, us Malaysians are just so hard get going even in Youth camps. Anyway, we Malaysians really have a thing or two to learn from the English especially in the area of politeness. Shame on us... haha... Thats it for now.. more to come when i get back to campus tomoro.. see ya... top:London eye

Saturday, September 29, 2007

CAUGHT at the London tube

Finally im back to some sort of civilisation.. am at Herman's(Colin's younger brother) house in London. Came here on thursday after meeting up with Ryan. We certainly had a great time catching up and spending time at his cousin aunty's place. It's always really nice to meet someone from your own town in another country.
Anyway, on Wednesday we were suppose to meet at Victoria ticket station. I was waiting at the tube(like lrt or mrt) ticket station while Ryan was waiting at the train ticket station. I was carry my bag pack and a hand carry while waiting at the counter. I also wore a black cap and was looking out for Ryan. Suddenly, 3 policemen walked up to me and pulled me to a corner. Here's the conversation. p-policeman, i-isaac

p: excuse sir could u pls tell me why are u standing here?
i: im actually waiting for a fren, we are suppose to meet here
p: can i have your ID pls and pls put your bags at that corner thank you
i: (puts bags down n smiles)
p: This is no offence sir but we are part of the anti-terrorism body and we will like to check your bag. Is there anything inside that will hurt me if i open it?
i: Errr... no
p:(checks bag while the other policeman calls some embassy or something to check my name)
p:Alright, pls fill in this form for me and all your particulars. dun worry no record will be kept.
i:(???? then why do i need to fill in my particulars)
p:Thank you for your patience, hope you enjoy London
i:Thank you

Well, i kept a copy of that particulars sheet cos it says British Police or something. Quite an interesting thing to happen on your first time on the London tube. Well, Ryan n i had a good laugh bout it.(Ryan has a 2nd part of the story i will let him tell that.. hehe..)
It's been really cold in London this few days. It rained the whole of yesterday so i had to stay home for the whole of yesterday. But it was rally nice to catch up with some ppl. Had a chat with a couple of my aunts back home. did a very onteresting conference call with mich, tien n ly. Mich was so excited bout the conference call cos we were all in 3 different countries. I think skype is just simply incredible.
Anyway, will be going to visit London today and going to Chinatown on sunday b4 heading back to Uni. Orientation will start on Monday and hopefully i can get everything into place as quickly as possible. Well miss u all back home.. i think yf is starting now... love ya

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Unexpected turn of events

Checked into campus yesterday and realised that my orietation only starts next week instead of today.. sigh.. some serious communication problem.. the worst thing is that u practically cant do anything until u have enrolled and get your student ID and everything.. so no internet, no joining the sports club.. no nothing.. real frustrating.. sigh..
But i mean everything might turn out just well as i have some time to get used to the place here... am currently in the Library in Uxbridge town.. bout 20 minutes walk from my campus... might be meeting Ryan tomoro and will go stay in another frens house for the weekend.. orientation starts only on Monday fro the whole week.. Classes start only on the 8th of October... so i hope i can get some internet lines around... We live in a world that is so dependant on technology.. well.. have been thinking bout how ppl actually live without it last time.. anyway... since we already have it.. just make use of it la.. haha... till then everybody... im well here... hope u are too..

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Arriving in London

Just arrived in London. The flight took about 13 hours and it was not pleasant. Sitting with 2 huge Aussies in the pathetically small SIA airplane was definitely not enjoyable. I thank God that at least i could sleep for a couple of hours to take away some agony.
Anyway, my cousins gave me an unexpected surprise yesterday at the airport. Really did not expect them to come because wei wey kept saying that she was busy and stuff.. haha.. really thank you all for coming it meant a lot... Friends from singapore and Kluang made the trip too.. it was really nice to see them at the airport..
Well, am now at a friends house now.. Very tired but am actually getting ready to go to church in a while.. some Evangelical Church of some sort.. will certainly be interesting to see how the churches here are like... anyway... will only be going over to the University tomorrow... till then..

Friday, September 21, 2007

The time has come

well.. the time has come.. i love the song from the UNITED live album UNITED WE STAND... as the the Word of God says:"A man has to leave his father and mother to be with his wife..." dun worry im not getting married yet.. it kind of feels that way.. "A boy has to leave his father and mother to learn to be a man". At this point of time, first and foremost I would say i will have to learn to be a MAN after God's own heart first. Well, im sure this journey forward is just another step and challenge God is taking me.
Jit had to give me a little lesson on packing yesterday too.. i think if not for him i would stillbe in Kluang right now(am in singapore now). some ral last minute packing doesn't help at all. I always do so many other things first, esp meeting other people. sigh... sad that will have to leave everything and that life that i have known for the full 20 years of my life.. Thanks for all your wishes and encouragement. I hope i have left something with you all back in Kluang, my friends in Malaysia and other parts of the world. I hope that i have left something that has encouraged and motivated you to run towards the Crown of righteousness. I pray for God's bountiful blessings to be on all of you.
THANKS you guys n gals for being a blessing to me. LOVE you all.. God bless...
p/s prepare the tear tsunami is coming to malaysia n singapore... haha..
Flight SQ322 11.20pm departure from singapore

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Welcome people of the earth


tralala....

oh hi.. sorry for this terrible picture because i am not a person who likes taking pictures(wink moon & potato) of myself so this is the best i can get. It was actually between this and my baby photo.. Well lets just say that i grew quite a bit... haha... anyway.. i have a blog at last.. i use to give people lectures on why sometimes blogs are the biggest waste of time.. yeah... so why am i doing it now? WEll.. it's bcos i love u people and i know that you all will be concerned about whether im commiting any crime out there or not..haha...

Well for all those who are yet to know, the 2nd biggest guy in town(2nd only to jit) is leaving this little but vibrant town of Kluang. Some people are soffucating so i need to sacrifice myself to free up some air.. hehe.. Am actually going to study in the UK... Brunel University, Uxbridge West London. So this is the best way to keep communication, update and ensure you people that i am behaving myself. -to the next -to the next