Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 wrap up

Today is the last day of 2016, so here I am wrapping things up, no plans for tonight plus fever, urgh!

Let's get to some of the major events in this year. 

Firstly, our beloved grandmother passed away at the age of 86. 
She will surely be missed, next year Chinese New Year will be different without her.

Next, we had a short 2 days 1 night trip to Sandakan with uncle's family. We had lots of fun taking pictures of Elopura's vistas. We visited our grandma's younger sister. Oh, don't visit there during Hari Raya holidays cause most of the muslim workers are not available and the food service will be really bad.

I was elated to have the opportunity to travel with my friend to Sarawak, which is my very first time. Thanks to Clarice and Ilyas's family, our budget trip was made possible, we saved a lot on accommodation and transport. Will definitely go back there with my family.

Then, I had another chance to board on plane, this time with another friend, Teh and an aunty to Nilai to attend a christian conference. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish the conference and headed to KL to meet my brother. I even met my form 2 science teacher Pn. Kumar there, talking about coincidence!

Apart from that, our parents is celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary! So happy for them. 

Lastly, I finally get to meet my 2 long lost cousins and their adorable children.

To sum things up, it was a year full of adventure. I know I still have a lot to improve, and I will try to make everything better. Thank God for this wonderful year and I pray that more good things will come next year. Happy new year everyone!

A season of warmth and blessing.

After freakin 10 years, I finally got to meet my long lost kampung cousins and their kids.

10 long years.........................................A lot of things transpired in a decade!
Mum said back in 2006 we met once, but I cannot recall a tiny bit of it as if I had amnesia.
Plus there was no photos taken to remind me.

The last time I remembered seeing them was during my cousin Velni's wedding in 2003.
So, let's make it 13 years.

Now my cousin Velni has 6 children! The eldest is 13 already. O.M.G.
While her sister Juana who is now residing in Penang has 3 daughters!
Velni and Juana used to come to our house and be our nanny, that's why I remembered them.
As for the rest, not a single clue


This is my cousin Juana's family, they came back to visit their kampung after 10 years.
They have 3 cute little daughters. Nurul, Alia and the youngest Damia.



They stayed 1 night at our humble house before departing to Penang.
Thank goodness our house is quite near to the airport. 

1 year old Damia.

My dad has 3 sisters and each sister has a dozens of kids who are now scattered all over Malaysia.
Sometimes I wonder how these kampung folks can raise so many kids, but come to think of it, kampung has so many cheap or free resources compared to living in a city. I guess that's how they survived. My dad wanted a third child, but mummy say no no due to financial constrain that time. Hey I could have another little brother or sister!

Recently we taught dad how to use a smartphone, with his limited knowledge of tech jargon, he is now able to use whatsapp.  Thank God with the availability of technology, it did helped a lot in finding some of the long lost relatives. Finding all of them would be an arduous task as some staying in rural area kampung has no internet connection, and by kampung I'm talking about gravel dirt road, lots of trees and bushes, and people walking around in sarong or barefoot. Besides they probably never heard of the word wifi before.

On the 26th we decided to visit dad's kampung Kota Marudu. This trip has made me realize that I have so many nephews and nieces. The reason we seldom go back to kampung is because it's quite far, about 2 hour journey from KK. Secondly, I don't speak my dad's language - dusun. My dad just never taught me. I guess that's how the phrase mother tongue got its name from, cause we usually follow the mother's side. And I have to say I felt ashamed for not knowing my own language. So daddies and mummies out there, be sure to teach your kids your own language.


I baked them some cupcakes. They were gone in a jiffy!

These kampung kids probably never received wrapped gifts or party packs before. So in this season of blessings, I decided to bless them with simple gifts. These are my soft toys which had been sitting in the glass cabinet for years waiting for a new owner to play with them. Plus, it's time to clear out all the ancient stuffs in the cabinet and replace them with new decorations =) So it's killing 2 birds with one stone. They are considerably still new, I gave them a new look by just wrapping them up nicely. Hey, who doesn't like presents?



Yongest to eldest front row from left: Si Punai, Jerry, Jacky, Si Piloy,
Back row from left: cousin Velni and her eldest daughter Si Kunai.
One missing, Si Yu Sang. Followed his dad to the kebun potong getah.

Enjoying the cupcakes.

And the other day, we went to a new store named Ninso at kelombong, all the items are sold at RM2.50. So we grab all the snacks, and I realized, hey, we could transformed it into a party pack for every kids, I'm 100% sure they'll be delighted when they receive it just like I received mine at Sunday school long time ago.

Watching these elated kampung kids accepting those simple gifts, it reminded me of my childhood, how I used to be like them. Each party pack may only cost a few dollars, but it meant the world to me. We don't have much back then, so scarce food like snack is an extravaganza. Now that we have more, we want to bless others just like how others blessed us in the past. This is the season of giving, you don't have to buy expensive gifts, as long as you're sincere, you know that you're doing good, and you are happy, that's all that matters. If you're blessed, be sure to appreciate it and don't forget to thank God and that person as well.

I hope to see them again soon, probably will go back more often. No more excuses.

And here's a short getaway to Tips Of Borneo.






Thursday, December 22, 2016

Moana

Spoiler alert!


Make way princesses, a new Disney female warrior is slaying the theater and her name is Moana!

Watching the movie made me wanna go to an island and dive into the beauty of the ocean right away. This movie is literally paradise. Oh Disney, please make more movies like this.


Moana, voiced by talented 16 year old Auli'i Cravalho with amazing voice.


Say hi to HeiHei, it's considered the dumbest Disney's pet ever created. 
It may look dumb but it's definitely funny!
I still think Pua the pig should tag along, Pua and HeiHei make good companies on the voyage.
I just had Heihei satay last night =)

 Maui's face reminded me of an Hawaiian Legend, a true singing legend, Israel Kamakawiwo'olec who sang the famous ukulele version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow. 


Disney is famous for its magical soundtrack. Few of them are my favorites. 


The main theme song. How Far I'll Go.
I prefer Auli'i Cravalho's version.
 Elsa, it's time to let it go. Get the pun?

 

 Next is "Loimata e Maligi". 
Gotta learn to sing this Hawaiian song. It's just so soothing.


That crab just made me looked up the word decapod.
It meant any of various crustaceans of the order Decapoda, characteristically having ten legs, each joined to a segment of the thorax like crabs, hermit crabs, lobsters, and shrimp.

Oh I just found out there's a scene of the crab Tamatoa after the credits.

 

You might be shiny but nope, I still prefer the Sebastian coz you're evil!


Can someone please remind me of this scene. Was it deleted? Cause I cannot recall it.

Next in my list : Beauty and the Beast. 
Can't wait to be your guest!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them

5 years after the last Harry Potter film was released, once again HP die hard fans are feasted with a magical HP spin off - Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them.

Spoiler Alert!

My first thought after watching the movie.
OMG can I have a Niffler?!!!!
I couldn't resist the quirkiness and cuteness of this rodent like creature which responds to shiny stuffs.

Ain't he a beaut?

J.K.Rowling and the entire production team had never failed to amaze me since the first HP movie, Fantastic Beast is definitely no exception. 10/10
And I'm a person with high expectation.

I've seen so many magical movies, non of them can beat any J.K.Rowling's masterpiece.
People say sky is the limit for creativity, well I say Rowling's imagination is infinite.
I don't think anyone in the universe can produce greater work than her.


The poster alone is damn wicked!

The cinematography, cast, plot, everything, it's just too overwhelming for a pottermore like me.
I was completely immersed in the story as if I was in there.

The story started off with a few escaped creatures on the loose, and the key characters are on the pursuit to find them. Some of the beast are adorable like the Niffler, some require certain embarrassing actions to catch them like the Erumpent, and some are very useful like a Bowtruckle, a stick insect like creature which unlocked Newt's chain during a crucial moment.


Then we have some deadly creatures as well.
Instead of an acromantula or a basilisk, there's obscurus which is the dark element of this movie.
It looks kinda like a dementor.

As you watch the movie, you'll notice there are a few differences between the American and British wizarding world, like no-maj vs muggles, Ilvermony vs Hogwarts (still the best school), and MACUSA vs Ministry of Magic.

Out of all the key characters in Fantastic Beast, I particularly like Jacob Kowalski.


Jacob is an important character, he is a representation of us, a no-maj. His expressions upon seeing these magical wonders are definitely spot on. I would totally trade anything to be in his shoes, even for a millisecond. 

News says that there are going to be 4 sequels. *squeaking and prancing around in the room*
CAN'T WAIT ALREADY!!!
Oh thank you thank you so much J.K.Rowling. 
You're the reason I still believe in magic. 
Please continue to produce jaw-dropping, mind boggling, heart pounding magical work of art.

Next movie on the list : Disney's Moana!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Almost got cheated!

So a few days ago, I went out to find my cheese, which is a job.
And...... guess what, I almost got fooled because of my naivety!

Ok, before I go into the story, let me ask you one question.
What comes into your mind when you see the word "management trainee advertising"?
Immediately you thought of work related to advertising right?
And what does advertising mean?
It means promoting other company's product through many means like campaign, tv commercial, giving out flyers, or through social media.
At least that's what I thought in the first place.

Alright, now back to the story.
I saw this job vacancy in Mudah.my. (A little warning, lots of stuff in Mudah can't be trusted!)
It stated there, advertising, event branding, ushers. I got excited cause I love events!
The pay is RM1800, no experience needed, no certificate needed.
Sounds too goo to be true right?
My mum who eat more salt than me doubted it for awhile. She said this job sounds like those salesmen carrying their product and walking around selling things.
Nevertheless I still applied.

The office is at Api-api centre, the agency is called Vision Group.
It was a small simple office.
There were a few brand's posters hung up on the wall to make it look convincing.
I was told to fill up the form.
A few others showed up and did the same thing not knowing they were about to fall into a trap.

So we waited for an HOUR before the manager came out of his office and started interviewing us.
I was the first one to be called.
He asked me about some work experiences and what are my current goals.
Then he introduced the company's name and background which is DNMC International.
He said that they will have roadshows and events.
His tone was very fast. I didn't really get the whole thing.
So I asked do they advertise through television, he said no, only face to face advertising.
So in my head was Ohhh, maybe my job is to find client through door to door method and ask them if they wanted to advertise their product. After all this is an advertising company.

Then he said I can start the next day, come at 9am wearing formal. If I got selected I will get a second interview. I was sooooo exhilarated and couldn't wait to tell my mum about the good news.

Typical me wanting to do some homework about advertising jobs and also research this company, I googled!

And...... that's how I found out this company, it is not what I thought at all!
I read from so many blogs, and they all claimed the exact same encounter.
This is a direct selling job! Just like a salesman. Just like my mother's thought!
Oh why is my mum always right?

From what I found on these blogs, they said, the pay is commission based. a van will drop the salesmen somewhere (offices, restaurant, commercial centers, residences) and they need to carry products like plushies, cheap toys, watches, makeup products, etc and sell them under the hot sun . Their commission is very low, some claimed each month only earn about RM300 - 400, can't even pay their bills. A lot of them quit after knowing the truth.

Do you know why people quit?
It's because these people felt cheated.
The companies are not being honest about their offered jobs.
It is not what is shown on the vacancy advertisement.
This is not even close to event!
The manager did not mention about selling stuff AT ALL during the interview.
There's actually nothing wrong with selling. Just come clean about it and maybe, just maybe people will join and won't feel CHEATED when they join this company.

I thank God so so much when I found these feedback and personal experiences from the victims or else my time and energy would be wasted.

If you go to Mudah, you'll find many similar job offers like Pembantu Event, Penyelia Event, Crew Event, etc. They are all under DNMC International with different agency names all around Malaysia.
Their offered salary is usually, RM1450, RM1500 or RM1800.

Always remember that when something is too good to be true, there's udang sebalik batu.
Hey it rhymes!

With so many bad reviews about this company online, I doubt that anyone who sees it will join them afterwards.

For job seekers out there, just go to jobstreet, it's one of the most reliable job seeking means out there other than local newspaper.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

谁搬走了我的乳酪?

今天又有一本好书要介绍给大家啦,《谁搬走了我的乳酪?》Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson。其实也不是什么新书,这本是书出版已经有18年之久了,但总是后知后觉的我最近才得知其存在。呵呵!

都完了以后,整个人感觉顿悟了好多东西,不愧是本改变人生的一本好书。
毕竟,这本书是关于改变

这本书里面的故事很简单,但却蕴含着很多人生大道理。

警告:如果你还没读过这本书,又不想看到Spoiler,我建议你先去读一读,网上有,然后在到回来。

每个人都有自己的乳酪,而我目前的乳酪是我的未来,一份适合我的工作。

就像故事里面的人物,我曾经天真地以为乳酪不会不见,每天可以安心地吃乳酪。
没想到乳酪真的不见了!来不及适应的我措手不及,不知如何应对,沮丧了好久。
在这3年里,我尝试不断地出去找我要的乳酪。
寻寻觅觅,结果都是徒劳无功,失败了,我又回到原点,我的安乐窝。

而每一次失败,都需要很长的时间恢复状态。
这些失败都让我觉得我无法生存在充满危机的野林。
我觉得好虚弱,好无助,好想放弃。

读完《谁搬走了我的乳酪?》以后,精神又振作起来了,对前途充满了憧憬。
于是我立即在网上寻找工作。

很侥幸的,我很快地找到了一分看起来很好吃的“乳酪”。
下一篇文章,我将会告诉你们我如何差点吃了“坏乳酪”。

《谁搬走了我的乳酪?》的重点是改变两个字!
很多人就是无法适应环境改变或不愿意改变而被淘汰,
尤其是正在处在科技迅速发达时代的我们。

社交媒体就是一个很明显的例子。没有参与社交媒体的人就会很严重地比别人落后。
失去的不只是和朋友们的联系,还有很多各方面的重要新闻知识。
我有个朋友到现在还是不愿意创建面子书帐号,她认为面子书会让她分心。

商家们更要懂得利用社交媒体来推广他们的产品。还在用传统的方式宣传的商家们迟早会失去很多“乳酪”的。

因此,我们要像“好鼻鼠”和“飞腿鼠”那样,及早注意事情的小变化,然后进入迷宫寻找新的乳酪。

好啦,希望你也可以尽早找到你想要的乳酪。

Saturday, October 29, 2016

《影响力》

最近刚用了一个月的时间读完一本关于营销的一本书,书名为《影响力》《Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion》, 是美国鼎鼎有名的心理学教授 Robert Cialdini 的原著。



《影响力》主要有6大心理秘笈 - 互惠、承诺和一致、社会认同、喜好、权威和短缺

读完了才发现原来我们每天都被奸诈的商家们围绕着,甚至掉入他们所精心设计的营销套全里面。

《影响力》真的让我对营销完全大开眼界,很多时候,我们被这些营销手段骗了都不知道,还沾沾自喜地认为自己做了对的选择。说到被骗就让我回想起去年发生在我身上的一件事。(其实不止一次了,回想起就有种想揍自己一顿的感觉 >_<!)

去年,我在面子书看到一则广告关于如何成为成功的销售者。当时我并没有任何产品可以卖,但从我点击那个广告的那一刻,我就被广告里面的主角的亲身体验深深地吸引了。
我单凭几个字就速速地下了愚蠢的决定,参加他所谓销售课程,之后便毫不犹豫地汇了RM160进他的户口。

您可以猜猜是哪几个字让我这么快做决定吗?

名额有限!”,“优惠价只限于这几天!”,“过了这段期间,你就得付更高的价额了!”。

就这样这位行家成功地让这条“笨鱼”上钓了。

书里面有解释到我当时为什么会那么冲动 - 短缺原理

其实这个销售课程到底有没有面临短缺问题?
又或则他所谓“优惠价”只限于那几天?

过了几天,我有到回去那个网页查看,事实证明这一切都是那个人所伪造的假象。
“优惠价” 仍然还在,“名额”仍然开放。
我当时愣了一下,还有点懊恼。

其实事到如今,我从未上过他所谓的销售课程。

他不时会举办一些免费的讲座会,而我每一次都会去。
但你要记住世界上没有免费的午餐,这个讲座会只是一个布局让你有机会听到他的产品。
而更耻的是,他的课程越卖越贵,但他的手段还是一样。
有趣的是,当你看透了他的营销手段时,你才发现原来他在运用《影响力》的几个心里因素罢了。

其实过往我也面对很多类式这样的经历,只是一直被蒙在鼓里,一直都没发现。
你有没有试过买了一些特昂贵却用不着的产品?
或则你有没有试过,明明只想要买一件物品,但从店里走出来却拿着大包小包的?

如果你的答案是“是”的话,恭喜你,你也和大部分人一样,掉进营销手段的套圈。
所以,我个人非常推荐你读一读这本非常有《影响力》的书。
里面举出了很多大公司所采用的营销手段的例子和实验证明给你看原来我们是多么容易的上当。

我是从Suria Sabah 的图书馆借来的,你可以去那里借来读。
读完以后,别忘了和我分享您的读后感哦 =)

Friday, October 14, 2016

25 周年纪念

要和一个人一起度过25年并不是一件简单的事情。
所以在这里要恭喜爸爸妈妈银婚快乐!




2011 年瓷婚


婚姻是靠两个人的合作,默契,一退一让而酿成的。
25年来遇到的重重困难你们都能够挨过来,
很多夫妻无法做到这一点而闹离婚。
所以给你们100个赞!



谢谢你们22年来的细心照顾。
虽然小时候经济不是很好,但还是能够给我们最好的,把我们两个养的圆圆胖胖的 =)



这几年因为我的情况,让我们一家人面对一些困难。
但是希望你们会继续支持我,帮助我迈向成功。

请给我5年时间,我要在你们庆祝珍珠婚之前成功,用我自己赚到的钱带你们去环游世界。

再次祝你们25周年快乐!
愿上帝继续祝福你们,给你们喜乐,平安和健康的身体。(是时候要运动了)

Facing your fear

Before I entered this industry, I'm fully aware of the circumstances which will be coming along.

Rejection. That's right.

My manager taught me telemarketing, which is to call random strangers and introduce them our product. As I made my first call, my heartbeat was racing like a horse, adrenaline rushing up and down. However, I still managed to conquer my fear of calling strangers. My first call was full of mistakes, there was a lot of "uh" and "um". Practice makes perfect, I improved bit by bit as I made more calls.
 
I made 80+ calls in total, and only managed to make one appointment.
The moment I got that one appointment, I felt like I finally caught a fish!
I was so overwhelmed with joy and couldn't wait to meet this "fish".

For a person like me who loathe rejections, I broke down on the 5th day of working.
The reason why was, today the "fish" told me that she couldn't make it and not sure when will she be available. I was so disappointed and finally burst into tears.
After so many rejections, I still got nothing.

They gave me all kind of reasons or excuses like they are driving, having meeting or busy.
I actually don't really mind if they reject me nicely.
But some of them were really rude, they pretended not to hear me, I know because it's obvious, some even worst, just hang up the phone while I'm still talking.

I knew that I have to face rejections, but I just never thought it would be so hurtful at times.

Seeing members in the group chat closing cases everyday makes it even stressful for me.
I can't even find a single prospect, how do I close any deal?

The thing about this industry is you gotta know a lot of people. I don't know many people.
I don't know any big bosses, or datuk datin.
I only have my high school friends and they are mostly scattered around the world studying.
My relatives are out of the option. That's why I'm out of prospects.

I know it's hard. Sometimes I even wondered if I choose the right path, but I don't wanna give up easily like last time. I wanna breakthrough. I want it so bad. But it's really hard, especially for someone like me.

However, I am very grateful that some of my friends are willing to come out and be my white mouse, I really appreciate it. Thank you friends, you know who you are. So if I call you one day for yamcha, don't be surprise ya.

Anyhow, I still wanna congratulate myself for being able to call 80 strangers. It's one of the biggest breakthrough so far although I haven't catch any fish yet.
So please continue to pray for me, I need a whole loads of mental strength, endurance, perseverance and patience.



Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Blessings come in many ways

Here's a little testimony about God's bountiful blessings in my life.

On Sunday during offering time, I looked at my wallet, I was only left with a RM20 note and a few RM1 notes.So instead of giving the rest of RM1s, I choose to give RM20. 
At that time I just felt like giving, nothing much.

The next day which was yesterday, I was told that some distant relatives from Perlis wanted to treat us dinner at a local seafood restaurant. They wanted to repay my mother's favor for helping them run some errands. Guess what, it was one of the most lavishing dinner I've ever had!
 I had my first taste on abalone, it was pure heaven.


The texture is a bit chewy, kinda like a calamari, but a lot more expensive.


Can you guess how much all these scrumptious dishes cost?

Then upon leaving, my distant uncle gave us a huge bag of fruits which he plucked from his orchard.

Wait, that's not the end of it.

In that black plastic bag, we discovered a box of bird nest on our way home, only God knows how much it cost!

Talking about the amount of blessings we received in one single day!

God blessed us in so many ways, so much more than we could think of.
A mere RM20 in return of more than RM400 worth of blessings. 
Yeap that's right. That dinner alone cost a whopping RM400.

I believe that, when you give to God from the bottom of your heart, you'll receive unexpected blessings from Him. It may not be in monetary form, it could be anything, food, clothes, or even a part time job which was offered to me by a stranger I met last week.

Here's a book I'm currently reading and it's all about practicing the magic of gratitude.
Yea, the magic here refers to gratitude. 
It's not entirely a christian book, but it's based on this scripture. 

Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. (Matthew 25:29)


If you think you are constantly complaining about every aspect of your life, especially financially, then I recommend you should get a copy of it.

In a nutshell, when you are truly grateful, you'll be given more, sometimes more than you ask for.

Monday, September 12, 2016

A breakthrough

In my last post, I mentioned why coming back early was the right decision.

Here's the story.

2 days after I came back, I received a message from Edgar asking me to join a conference. At first I wasn't that keen on joining as the conference was going to be 9 hours long. However, since it's located nearby my house, I decided to give it a go and brought my mother along as well.

There were 3 Singaporeans speaker flew all the way here to give us motivational talk. 
The first one was Mr. Jimmy Ong. As he shared with us his heart wrenching life experiences, my tears started to build up at the corner of my eyes and eventually flowed like water down my cheeks.

Bankrupt, divorced, and lost his son to brain cancer, Mr. Jimmy lost everything. He was at the lowest point of his life, he could have ended his life easily, but he didn't. His son's death had instead lifted him up, changed him and made him a whole new person again. He also came to know Christ at the same time, however he was mad at God taking away his beloved only son at that juncture.

At the Christian seminar, I had the exact same thought as Jimmy about God's mysterious and sometimes cruel way of handling our lives and purposes. 

Why would He take away someone we love so dearly?
Why didn't God heal the sick?

It turned out that God has bigger plans for Mr. Jimmy. 
He uses Mr. Jimmy to touch thousands of life, including mine.
I was so touched that I have the courage to go up on stage and shared my thoughts and received Mr. Jimmy's book "Breakthrough". Again I couldn't hold my feelings inside and burst into tears in front of everyone. Oh I felt so embarrassed. >_<!


Mr. Jimmy is now a successful life coach, travelling around places, sharing testimonies and touching lives. He might have lost his son, Shaun, but God had blessed him with another 2 adorable sons through second marriage with his second wife.

Mr. Jimmy's predicament was a lot worst than mine.
If he can gather the courage and stand up and restart his life, why can't I do it?
At that particular moment, I've made up my mind to make a change about my life.

The second speaker is Karen Foo, also a motivational coach and trainer.
I found out we shared the same affliction. 
She gave me an encouraging hug while I was crying on stage. 
Thanks Karen. Your story touched me as well. 


The last one was funny Mr. Ken Koh.
He was good at keeping the audience attentive. 
We all had great laugh listening to his talk about mindset.  
Always remember that mindset is the key to everything.
Didn't get to take picture with him.
Anyway another inspiring talk indeed.

Do you believe in God's plan?
On this fateful day, aside from meeting 3 powerful inspiring coaches, I was offered a job by a lady!
No one has offered me any job before.
After considering it for a day, I took the job offer as a financial consultant.
It turned out that the lady also used to shared the same problem with me.

I don't think all of these are coincident.
I believe in God's plan.


A truly page turner, especially the chapter about Mr. Jimmy's son. It was pulling my heartstrings. 
Thanks Mr. Jimmy for the wonderful inspiring book.

It's time for a breakthrough.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

是时候回“家”了

在朋友的母亲的促使下,加上好奇心,我和一位朋友参加了一个基督教研讨会。
就这样,在前两个星期,我们搭飞机老远地飞到森美兰。
但是很遗憾的,我只逗留了三天就离开了往吉隆玻找我的弟弟。

我实在是不喜欢这个教会。
不喜欢他们的敬拜赞美,更不喜欢他们的讲道。
他们没有钢琴,鼓和吉他, 只有竖琴。


竖琴的确有很美妙的声音,想像钢琴和吉他的混合。

他们说,在天堂只有竖琴,因此只能用竖琴赞美。
有一点我实在是不能不能认同的一点,
他们鼓励病人不要去看医生,吃药和开刀。
而是完完全全100%依靠神。

我觉得这个是有点误导的。(我的前牧师也这么认为)
没错,上帝是个医治的上帝。
但同时,上帝也给了人类智慧去医治其他病人。

不是每个人都可以像你们一样有那么大的信心。
生病固然要吃药,也可以同时寻求上帝的万能之手来触摸你的病痛。
这样双管齐下,才能把病魔给完全地撤除。

在那里,我得不到平安。
心里就只想离开这个不适合我的地方。
那一刻,我突然好想念之前的教会和牧师。
于是,我决定要回去!

对不起了朋友,我无法陪你完成整个研讨会。
我知道每个教会都有不同的教导,我无法接受您的教会的理念。
所以我只好选择离开。

第三天早上,收拾好行李,搭KTM往吉隆玻去。
没想到,一年后,我又有机会来到这繁忙的城市。
在Nu Sentral 和弟弟会合后,我们到附近找酒店安顿下来。

第二天是星期天,我搭LRT去以前在PJ念书时常去的教会。


Subang Jaya 一代的新LRT轨道。
感觉上这里的支柱特别高,有点像过山车。
45分钟后,我到达了Wawasan站。
有个叫Kyle的教会成员来接我。
车里坐着一个女孩和来自Nigeria的黑人。

告诉你一个有趣的现象:黑人都喜欢隆重打扮。
他们去教会就好像参加晚宴一样。
男的西装革履,女的绚丽洋装。
看着自己的一身T-恤和牛仔裤,觉得有点儿随便。哈哈

3年后回来,有些人或许变了,离开了,但圣所熟悉的气息依然在。
和以前常照顾我的Jane一起坐,聊了很多。
敬拜开始的那一刻,不知为何,眼眶不自禁地湿了。
或许我太久没有敬拜赞美神,也或许我太久没有听到那动听熟悉的旋律。
或许,这就是他们说的圣灵的感动。

这几天,弟弟带我去购物广场逛街。
这些商场看上去都一样。
我第一次去Pavilion, 没想到要走一大段路。
害我的脚酸得要命,回到酒店时赶紧泡温水解一解酸痛。


带弟弟去吃日本餐。如果你想要经济的日本餐,我建议你还是别去Pavilion。

星期一晚上,我们到SS2的夜市逛一逛。
那里的东西玲琅满目。
有穿的,用的,喝的,当然还有很多吃的!


七彩缤纷的糕点。10个 RM9.


猪肉煎饼。好吃!RM3

当然还有很多我们来不及拍下来就吃光光了。呵呵
那里的烧卖便宜又好吃,8个RM5。
吃饱后,我们搭Grabcar 到附近的LRT站。
超便宜的,来回才RM8。

最后天早上,正当我下去附近的茶店打包早餐时,
偶然之下,我遇见我中学初一和初二的科学老师!
太巧了吧!

Pn. Kumar好像吃了仙丹,样子毫无老化的痕迹。
很高兴见到她!

接着,我和Devlin牧师到附近的印度店吃早餐。
和牧师重逢的那一刻,心里那种喜悦是无法形容的。
我们已经有2年多没见了,有太多的话提要聊,其中包括我在研讨会时的经历。


遇见你除了高兴,还是高兴。希望将来我们又能够相聚。

弟弟送我到楼下的巴士站后,我们就道别了。
和弟弟单独这几天还挺满足的。
他要考试了,我有为他祷告和加油打气。

虽然没有完成研讨会,但我还是学习了很多东西。
至少我看到来自很多不同国家的基督徒们。
我还看见和听见竖琴的美妙声音,但我还是喜欢钢琴。

下一个post,我会告诉你们为什么这次的早离开研讨会是对的。
因为我经历了一些改变人生的事情,我也相信这是上帝的安排。

Monday, August 22, 2016

In love with Sarawak - A testimony

Remember that I told you about the "entrance" to the cave in my previous post?

Well  it was actually the EXIT of the cave.

We didn't know about it, we just naturally entered the cave from a nearby resting area where Ilyas's popo was going to wait for us that time.

The supposedly exit.

There were reasons why it was the exit instead of the entrance, because when you come from the right entrance, it's coming down. So instead of coming down, we were hiking up thousands of stairs.
There were bird poops everywhere including the handrail. So yeah, my hand was full of bird poop.
Nope, you don't wanna imagine that. 

The endless going up stairs were draining my energy real fast, my calves were hurting, my stamina was used up. Up until one point, I told my friends to abandon me and just go ahead. Ilyas's mum and aunty gave up halfway and said they wanna go back. So I decided to join them as I thought I couldn't make it anymore. It was just too much for a weakling  like me who never hit the gym. Then one of the aunty told me to keep going, she said there was a famous mural ahead, she told me to keep on going and fighting. Hence, I listened to her and continued my journey alone in the dark with sheer light from my hand phone. 

Then slowly I could see rays of light coming from from the front, what I saw next made me kept on praising the Lord at that point. Later, I saw my friends not far from me.


When I got out of the cave, it was a HUGE relieve. 
And I realized that the 2 aunties hadn't reach the resting area yet.
Hmmm, curious.
Then only we found out that the point I was about to give up was actually near the exit and also the shortcut. So the 2 aunties ended up walking twice the exhausting journey.

I thank God so much that I didn't give up halfway.
Here's a simple lesson that I learn:
Never give up cause the light might be just around the corner.

I wanna thank God so much that I was blessed to have this trip.
I'm so grateful that my friends thought of me when they plan this trip in early March.
Thanks guys for putting up with me as I can get a bit cranky at times, 
especially when I'm tired or hungry or about to catch the plane.

I also wanna thanks Ilyas's awesome friendly family for their hospitality.
Thanks to Clarice we were able to save a lot on accommodation as we were staying at her dorm.
Thanks to Ilyas for being our driver, tour guide and clown of the group.
Thanks to Yee Fei for taking good photos of everyone. 
Thanks to Janet for the ice cream and KFC and
Thanks to Brian for being a wonderful addition to this group and also a spare driver whenever he was needed.

I've learnt to rely more on God's timing, sometimes His timing might just be better than you thought.
For instance on the last day,
 I was worried that we might be running late to the airport, we were really late that time.
but look on the bright side, I got to see the marvelous sunset before heading off to the airport. 


On the way to the airport, the song "惧高症" was played and I fell in love with it in an instance.
 I started reminiscing all the crazy moments we had from the first day.
Watching the sunset made it even harder to say goodbye.
Then tears slowly building up at the corner of my eyes.
 Thinking now that I had to go back and I feel like everything was just too surreal for me.
I guess it's because this was my first vacation with friends and it's been a long long time since I had this much fun and laughter.
I will never forget a single joyous moment with your guys.

Every time in the car,
 we will listen to Onefm's special game called 
"玩转space秀,有One没完".
Whenever Jay Chou's latest hits "Try" was broadcasted, audience will call in to join the game. 
If you are lucky enough to be 8th caller, you'll be selected.
All you need to do is answer a simple question and get RM1,000 worth cash or more!
We were all so excited every time when this segment was broadcasted.
Ilyas tried to call a few times but failed. Haha, but we had lots of fun listening to this programme.

Have you guys ever have this experience, 
whenever you listen to a certain song, you'll be reminded of certain memory?
Well, now whenever I listen to "不该"、 "你,好不好"、“惧高症”and "Try",
I'll be reminded of this marvelous Sarawak trip.

Sarawak is a beautiful place indeed. I'll come back for you I promise!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

In love with Sarawak Part 2

Day 5 Friday 5/8/2016

Woke up at 4.30am to get ready to the airport. Thank goodness we all manage to pack and clean the house before leaving Clarice's dorm.

We shared some simple bread-cake for breakfast at the airport which I bought previous day. 
Then, it's time we bade goodbye to Kuching and headed north to Miri.


Ilyas's grandma came and picked us from the airport. It was only 5 minute journey to his house. Ilyas's house was nice and cozy with a touch of kampung vibe, surrounded by some vegetation, a nice fish pond and garden.

His popo was very friendly to us, she made sure we were comfortable and got everything we needed.
Big thanks to popo. 
While Clarice and I staying at home having some girls chat, Ilyas, Yee fei and Brian went to the airport to pick Janet. I heard they were awkward upon meeting for the first time. Hehe.
For lunch, we had 虾米炒米粉, our first home cooked meal in Sarawak, cooked by Ilyas's popo herself of course, Not bad!

Due to the rain, we couldn't go outdoor, so we went to a local shopping mall and sing-K!
Oh I had a lot of fun singing with them. Surprisingly Brian's voice not bad eh!

Moving on, Ilyas brought us to this Christian cafe, I was blur blur at first. Then baru I got it.
We were celebrating Janet's birthday!


Happy 22nd Birthday Janet! All the best in your career.

When we saw the rain subsided, we were brought to this hill called Canada Hill to watch sunset.
There's this old well called Grand Old Lady which was used to dig oil.



The view behind was just breath taking. 
There's a cafe there where you can enjoy the scenery while having a meal.
 But you have to beware of the dogs. Ilyas got bitten while lucky Clarice almost got bitten.

So without further ado, we accompanied Ilyas to a clinic to have him checked and treated. 
By the time he finished his treatment, it was around 8pm. 
We were completely famished!
Ilyas's mother belanja us dinner at a nearby restaurant. Thanks aunty!

Battery flat. Goodnight.

Day 6 Saturday 6/8/2016

Woke up early for today's another strength and mental challenging adventure.
Once again, Ilyas's generous mummy treated us with yummy kolok me breakfast. 
They say if you didn't visit any cave, you never come to Sarawak.
Hence, off we went to visit another cave - Gua Niah it was! 
It was quite far from the city. Took around 1 hour journey to reach there.
The entrance fee was RM3 for students. However you have to pay RM1 boat fee just to cross the river which took less than a minute.


Ilyas's popo, mum, little brother, aunty and cousin also joined us.


Pause to take a picture. The foot journey to the cave was quite far. I really admire Ilyas's popo for making it all the way there, however she didn't enter the cave, but still good enough.


Along the wooden trail, you will see many millipedes crawling and making loving. 
Guess it's mating season. Janet was terrified by em'.


Finally reaching the "entrance" of the cave.
 I will tell you why I put the quotation mark there, there's another story behind it.
Stay tuned to my next post.

Unlike Fairy Cave, Niah cave was a lot safer, no steep wet stairs(some parts were sheer darkness), but a lot more smellier and also further. But still, the scenery inside was just as majestic as Fairy cave.
The rays of light coming down from above was pure heavenly.
I didn't take many photos, as I was really tired.

Sorry my camera didn't manage to capture the essence and detail of the cave. 
Trust me, it was way more pretty than this.

By the way stamina is must have if you plan to hike. 

 A group photo after completing the hike. 

We had KFC for lunch, Janet's treat. Thanks Janet!

Went home exhausted and smelly, took a quick refreshing bath and wait for dinner, this time Ilyas's popo cooked curry chicken for us. Yum!


 At night we planned not to go anywhere as we were all tired. So we stayed at home and played this game in our room. It's main objective is to find the spy. It was quite fun, the perfect activity for slumber party. 

Day 6 ended at midnight with a wide smile =)

Day 7 Sunday 7/8/2016

Couldn't believe it's our last day in Sarawak. 
Today we all woke up quite late except for Yee Fei and Ilyas. 
They went out early in the morning with Ilyas's grandparents to buy breakfast. 
Guess what, another round of Kolok mee!


This is Sarawak chu chang fen. The sauce was slightly sweeter and redder than KK's one.

After everyone got ready, we headed out to a cafe to have some refreshment and just relaxed before sending Ilyas's brother to attend his first piano lesson.
While waiting for him, Ilyas brought us to Miri park. It was vast and beautiful.


There were suspension bridges, fountains, small swimming area, barbecue shacks, jogging track and playground.

After picking Ilyas's brother from his class, we went to a local famous ABC shop to quench our thirst. 

ABC campur RM3.80 


I like this snack. They were deep fried sweet potatoes and tofu. 
They paired so well with the rojak sauce.

Our last destination was Tusan Beach. The beach was utterly clean.
Not a single rubbish was noticed. Let's hope that it will stay that way forever and ever.
Ilyas said the beach was just recently discovered, that's why it was spotless.


The beach was situated at a cliff, so once you got down to the beach, you'll see many little caves like this. My jeans was halfway wet as I couldn't stop myself from soaking my legs in the sea water, besides enjoying the soothing sea breeze caressing my face and listening to the sound of the ocean. 
It was just pure heavenly.

Can you guess what does it look like?
A horse drinking sea water!
What a sight to behold!


Unlike KK beach, you won't notice a single island floating on the horizon.
A wonderful amazing sunset to end our trip.
Bye Sarawak, till we meet again next time.
I had post-holiday-blues looking at these memorable photos over and over again.

*Some photo credits to Ilyas, Yee Fei and Brian*