Gratitude.

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I have not been writing for a long time. As you could see, it has been more than half a year. 

Lots of things have been going on with my life there and then from last year forth.

I have gotton a career switch and now am in a company that gives me lots of opportunities. An eye-opener. A job with lots of laughters and bright sunshines. I am grateful for very appreciative and wonderful boss who probably will be one of the role models in my life. Grateful for colleagues from all walks of life of different culture and religion, from all corners of the earth. Of course there are lots of challenges along the way, but i Know God is good and he is always there with me.

Apart from the career switch, I am also officially married to my best friend, my soulmate. Preparing for our upcoming wedding takes time and I am sorry i couldn’t blog so much during these months.

On top of the career switch and status update, I am also officially a proud owner of our love nest! I will be getting my keys to my home this week! One of my current job is to constantly check, source, plan and purchase items for the house. HAHA! Frankly, I enjoyed it more than i enjoyed my wedding! 

So much things have happened these months and I am planning for even more….e.g Going for courses which allows me to gain more skill and knowledge! 

During this period of time, thank you to friends who have been giving concern on why i haven’t been blogging!

Last and most importantly, Thank you God for Family, Friends and Everything in my life!

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Deeply Love, Richly Bless

I fall at your feet by New Creation Church. 

I bought this CD named “Unmerited Undeserved” a few weeks ago. This song has been ringing in my head ever since I started hearing it. Believe it or not, even without the CD, this song will still linger on in my ear when I go on with my usual activities.

Surprisingly, this song is so special but I can’t find it at all in youtube, so I made a “Video song” with some pictures on it to share with you how I really felt.

This few months have been tough on me in lots of aspects of my life, but as I look back, I feel blessed more than ever! I see Jesus in every aspects of my life. He is telling me stories I never seen or heard before…this is what I “see” in my world with him…

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THE STORY OF SOMEONE WHO LOVES ME SO MUCH THAT…

“For You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might be rich.” 2 Cor 8:9

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I closed my eyes and there I found a young girl, staring at a waterfall. A voice said: “His blessings upon your life is like the waterfall, ever flowing, over flowing with goodness, but if only you would pray, you can get into that waterfall and catch a glimpse of his blessings.” – What little blessings it may seem to you is already greater than you can imagine.

There, i found the young girl playing alone at the waterfall and suddenly feeling so heavy and breatheless, she started to struggle. A man in white lifted her up from the water effortlessly.  – Jesus is our Shepherd. He uses his staff and rod to steer us from danger.

When the young girl was finally tired, he placed her on his shoulders and carried her up the mountains. They sat at the edge, overlooking the lush green scenaries and mountain tops when the sun is setting. Under the beautifully lit skies he said to her: “My beloved, I am the creator of the world. I made everything you see and those which you can never imagine. Rest in me.” – At ever circumstances, Jesus is there at the point of our needs. Believe in him that he will see you through everything because he is the one who make everything, the alpha and the omega. He can give you greater things, through his work and not by yours alone.

Night came and the little girl soon fell asleep in the arms of the lovely man. Even as the day grew dark and alone, the man embraced her with all his life, enduring the cold winds that blew. Under the dark skies, the girl slept soundly not even the thunder could wake her up.  – God is our 24hrs protector. He doesn’t sleeps and he works to protect you even when you are asleep.

As the day breaks, the little girl smiles and wakes up to a beautiful sunrise with her eyes fixed on the man who has wrapped her in his arms while she slept. Rejoicing that the day is good, she holds his hands and she saw markings on his hands. Fixing the eyes on him, she suddenly finds herself in a garden with rows of lilies. Birds flew by and the little girl marveled at the beautiful “picture”. Just then the man said:” I clothed the lilies, I feed the birds of the earth, don’t worry little girl, I will take care of you, feed you and cloth you with lots of love.” – If God can take care of the lovely lilies and birds of the earth, what more God can’t do for you when you are his most beloved? Trust in him and look to him in all your needs.

The little girl nodded and understood what the man had shown her. She knew that instance that she is never alone at every situation. She is deeply love and richly blessed knowing that his presence is what she needs as she grows.

When I opened my eyes from the image that was painted in my mind as I listen to this song, I broke down in tears. All is real.. God is promising me that if i look to him at all times, everything will be taken care of by him. Oh these days I love to just sit at his feet like Mary does and behold his beauty. I can do this and feel that time pass so supernaturally fast for me and before I know it, I am hunted down by his blessings and love. Oh, my soul is richly bless! Hope it did for you too!

Take Home Lessons

Blessing in Disguise.

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Failure in Disguise by jayesslee

This song is absolutely encouraging especially when you try to listen to it at night or at moments when you feel real lost and is struggling to give up.

Somewhere out there, I know no matter what, there will be a God who will feel our pain, knows our struggles and what we have been through. I have tried so hard in whatever I do and I know it is not time to give up! Neither should you.

Giving you the lyrics to the song, hoping that it will give you the same taste of encouragement that it gives me tonight.

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Failure in Disguise by jayesslee

Have you ever felt like you were the only one on the road?
Have you ever wondered, “Where has everybody gone?”
Have you ever felt abandoned?
Have you ever felt alone?

Have you ever felt like just crying out for help?
And then did you wonder “Will they even understand?”
Have you ever felt a pain you could not bear?
But the world, it goes around just fine anyway.

Well I, I hear your cry,
And I, I feel your pain;
I know you try so hard
To make things right,
To overcome
This endless fight–
Just don’t give up.

Have you ever felt like you just stepped over the line?
And then, did you just pretend that everything was fine?
Have you ever felt nobody knows who you are?
Have you ever felt like a failure in disguise?

Well I, I hear your cry,
And I, I feel your pain;
I know you try so hard
To make things right,
To overcome
This endless fight–
Just don’t give up;
Just don’t give up;
Just don’t give up;
I won’t give up.

Public Speaking

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Public Speaking

Recently, I have a privilege to attend a 3 hour public speaking course. It is pretty short but good enough for a starter like myself.

Let me share with you some of the lessons I have learnt during the short span.

1. Overcome ourselves.

Well, my dad is the one who encouraged me and my brother to go for this course. I guess everyone knows that being able to speak in front of many is just one of the things that set us apart from the rest. Overcoming ourselves makes us one step there I guess. So for those of you who have fears, do challenge your fears as it will bound to make you stronger! Those of you who have done just that, give yourself a pat on that shoulder because it is not easy! During this course, the instructor praised everyone who comes for this lesson because it meant that we are moving!

2. Good Energy!

If you attend some outdoor functions like family fun day or if you are early for an event, take notice for the first time the songs being played at the background. Are the lively always? That is it! Lively songs brings about “energy” that moves people. It gives the ambiance and liveliness you would want your listeners to have! So do not belittle the small details!

3. Overcoming Fear / Anxiety on Stage.

Give yourself a boost of confidence by standing feet apart to central yourself infront of your audience. Deep breathing and glance across every eyes of your audiences. Looking at the forehead or nose doesn’t help because it just makes people feel uncomfortable.

4. Practice Makes Perfect? No! Setting Clear Intention Makes it Perfect!

They say practice your speech and things will be perfect. Well, it sure will help you in lessening that fear you have in you but what if you were to miss a few words or forgot your script? Well, fear not as long as your intentions are clear. Who will remember that you have forgot your words? Yes, only you will know! So knowing your intentions will help you put your message across at ease.

Example. If you were to teach your student to drive a car, your intention is simple. Student will be able to drive a car. Now, to have your intentions clear, the next step is to make small intentions that will lead you to achieving your main objective. This step when referred here may be first teaching the student about the car and how it functions, then knowing the traffic rules and on the road driving and so on and so forth till the driving exam and eventually reaching the goal.

This means bringing audiences from their understanding of Point A to Point B. Note that point B is the objective and having a clear intention is important so that we will be able to look at whether the speech is conforming to that.

5. Keeping your audiences.

I think everyone would agree with me that keeping the attention of audiences are hard. Sometimes we fall asleep at lessons or presentations of people just going on and on like a machine gun. Well, today I learnt that in order to keep the attention of audiences, we have to have a 2 directional approach. Asking a 100% response question and hearing this feedback will give us a feel of the audience’s attentiveness.

Eg. Question 1.  How many of you hope to be a good public speaker? How many of you agree with me that life in Singapore is rather fast-paced?

Note that the questions are a yes or a no answer which triggers a 100% Response! This brings audiences back to the same level of thought altogether. Of course you will have to as questions that are somehow related to your speech!

6. Communication.

All we need to have to be a public speaker is with us everywhere we go. Therefore we are able to speak at anytime. These are the tools of communication:

Eyes – Look at your audience and see them looking back at you!

Ears – Listen to what your audience ask or feedback to you!

Body – Body language speaks a lot. Gestures play a part too.

Mouth – Definitely you will need this to speak.

7. Build Experiences.

People learn better and faster if they can relate to themselves. Through games, I learn that somethings are learnt best through experiences rather than speaking on and on just hoping that the audiences will understand. We had games during the session and these games just forge a deep impression till now. I guess experience makes comprehension easier and allows us to remember it clearer. It is the creative part in our right brain that we remember how this lessons through the games we had. Building experiences is surely a powerful method to bring across intentions fast and safely!

8. Gratitude to questions being thrown at us.

In everywhere around the world, starting when we were schooling, I think most of us can picture ourselves asking teacher some questions and being laughed at by our fellow classmates or teacher for asking “Stupid” questions. Well, encouragement is what we need in life isn’t it? And to have questions thrown at us probably meant that someone wants to know more about what we are trying to bring across. Being gratitude will allow audience to feel appreciative when they ask question. Through this, I learnt to thank every audience for questions. This makes communication two directional and also meant that your audience are pondering over what you have said. There are no “Stupid” questions because you never know what more knowledge are hidden in this questions waiting to be explored.

9. Practice in front of people who grades you.

Practice makes perfect and having people to grade you while your practice will allow you to learn something about yourself. It can help you to improve on your speech and it boost your confidence when you discover the areas that you do best in when you didn’t even know.

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Well, I can’t say that I can speak well now, but definitely I am more confident than I was before. This was what I learnt and I hope it will benefit you just the way it did for me. Have a great day!

Time to Change..Who moved the cheese?

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Who Moved My Cheese by Dr Spencer Johnson!

To me, nothing come by chance. Just like fishing in the deep deep sea, the one that  you have hooked on is the one that is fated to meet with you. Just like the number of books in the library, this one caught my attention and as i sat in the library, i read this book in less than an hour and the book is amazing on how it actually relates to many aspects of our life. I was told by the librarian that they have a audio version of this too. Perhaps its a really good idea to buy one of this book to keep. A good book is really worth the keep because the knowledge and ideas that comes with it never cease to capture or influence your heart.

This book is about 2 mice and 2 humans who search through the maze to find cheese. Cheese is their life . You can say that cheese gave them or help them attain the life that they wanted.  They soon found cheese and the 2 humans were too complacent over it that they didnt know that the cheese will one day finish. Having been mice, the mice knew that the cheese would one day finish and was already at the start of searching the cheese when they realize that the cheese is finished. The 2 humans however were sitting there thinking who moved their cheese. One of the humans finally realized the need to change and the story transform to motivate us on how change is necessary and what goodness will happen if we were to change at the right time.

If you really want to know about this story but you didnt have the time to read, you can take a look at this youtube story on this story from below:

Some notes to remember from the story:

picHope that it inspires you as much as it did to me!

Have a great day today!

Let’s Be Creative!

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This video reminds me of who I really was when I was younger.
Not afraid of heights, not afraid of falling, not afraid of anyone and anything else as long as I reach that thing that I wanted to do. Looking back, i really enjoyed my childhood years.
How is it now for you then after you have outgrown your childhood days? I am guilty, so guilty of being an adult now. I lack faith in what I will like to do, I doubt myself so much and I really want to change the way I think and be happy and carefree again! Lets remove this self conscience magnet in us and live life well!

To all the youngsters out there, do whatever it is to reach your goal as long as that goal is legal and serve the purpose to contribute richly to your society and your interpersonal life!

THE CLIMB!

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Miley Cyrus – The Climb

Watch the movie Hannah Montana on television today. One of the most inspiring musical show that inspires. This song is so motivating for me now as I met with my own personal problems.
Things will get better.
This walk will only get better.
Thankful for whatever I have right now.
Life can be such a maze, I am finding my route back on track again!
This year will be a winning year for me for when I have nothing, God makes me full and whole and Jesus is walking closer and closer to me. I know I am rich because I believe that Jesus is all that I need.

Hang in there should you have some stormy weather you have to sail through! This is our climb, its not the end that matters because it is now that you will remember forever!

Great day ahead to all!

Just for some of you who are going Bangkok..

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I planned this trip for around 3 months before embarking on the 12th January 2012!

This post will probably help some people who are planning their trip! Well, whether if you are a male or female, shopaholic or someone who is only looking for relaxation, you can be assured that Bangkok will give you the best kind of service and holiday enjoyment. To top this up, the prices of things, food and services in Bangkok is rather worth the price you are paying!

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Wished to make a call home but not increasing your own telco expenses? Go to the nearest thailand telco booth when you check out from the custom! Its at the extreme right side when you face the main entrance after getting your baggages. You can ask around if you need assistance!

Get the below sim card and you can ask the smiling lady at the frontdesk to…

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Dare yourself today!

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Dare you to move by switchfoot (Jayseelee cover!)

Today is Wednesday! Let this song be your theme for today to dare yourself to do the things you always felt like doing but do not have the courage to!

What will you do for yourself today like you never ever thought you will do? Life is unpredictable! Let’s live our day to the fullest we can!

One thing I learnt : The meaning of rejoicing means being grateful and praising God on our dreaded days, our hardest moments.. No matter how unclear my journey is, how stressful my life is, I will and must remember to look to him for strength!

This Wednesday, let this song stir your heart and motivate you in whatever you do today! Live life to the fullest for everyone who loves you!

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Songwriters: Foreman, Jonathan Mark;

Welcome to the planet
Welcome to existence
Everyone’s here
Everyone’s here

Everybody’s watching you now
Everybody waits for you now
What happens next?
What happens next?

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift
Yourself up off by the floor

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before

Welcome to the fallout
Welcome to resistance
The tension is here
The tension is here

Between who you are
And who you could be
Between how it is
And how it should be yeah

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift
Yourself up off by the floor

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened

Maybe redemption has stories to tell
Maybe forgiveness is right where you fell
Where can you run to escape from yourself?
Where you gonna go? Where you gonna go?
Salvation is here

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself
To lift yourself up off by the floor

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened before

Flower Card Craftwork

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What will you do to destress? Need something to keep your mind of things and feel satisfied at the end of the day?

It is time for some craft work!!

I research on pop up cards on youtube and this is what i found! 3D Flower pop up card!

The video is awesome and teaches simple techniques on making the card.

Before you start, below are a list of items you might want to prepare first before you work along with the video.

Items you need

1. 5 A4 Colour / Printing Paper

2. Glue

3. Scissors

4. Colour Pencil / Highlighter.

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My End Product (trial):

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PS: will improve on it after a few more trials!