Thursday, October 7, 2010

Samsons' "Kenangan Terindah"

I've been hearing the song "Kenangan Terindah" by Samsons quite often lately. Below are the lyrics of the song:

Aku yang lemah tanpamu
Aku yang rentan karena
cinta yang tlah hilang darimu
yang mampu menyanjungku

Selama mata terbuka
Sampai jantung tak berdetak
selama itu pun
aku mampu tuk mengenangmu

Darimu, kutemukan hidupku
Bagiku, kau lah cinta sejati

Bila yang tertulis untukku
Adalah yang terbaik untukmu
Kan kujadikan kau kenangan
Yang terindah dalam hidupku
Namun takkan mudah bagiku
Meninggalkan jejak hidupku
Yang telah terukir abadi
Sebagai kenangan yang terindah

Samsons "Kenangan Terindah"

The link below is the video of the song. Enjoy!!!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Malaysia Tanah Airku

Probably, what i am about to write here is a sequel to our dear Sister Dorcas' post that was advertised in The Star newspaper.

Malaysia is a country where i was born. I have great affection in this very country. On the day where i had to leave this country to further my studies in Australia, i knew that i was going to Australia to broaden my experience in studying overseas. However, i can't help but feel how blessed I am to be born in Malaysia. I definitely miss Malaysia. I have heard many negative feedbacks from many of my Malaysian friends in Australia, some claiming that they do not want to go back to their home country anymore due to all the political turmoil, but for me, Malaysia will always be deep down remembered in my heart no matter what condition it is.

Malaysia has given me so much, in terms of making friendships not only with people from the same race, but also with other races and religion. I feel that i am so blessed living in Malaysia because it is a very unique country, where we celebrate different festivals every year, such as Chinese New Year, Hari Raya and Deepavali. Not to mention our hangouts at mamak and also at coffee shop like Old Town really makes me feel comfortable in Malaysia.

Malaysia also provides freedom of worship like no other country. We, as Christians, are able to go to church every Sunday, not needing to worry what will happen to us, unlike countries in the Middle East, where people have to secretly worship God without anyone knowing. God has been so good to Malaysia, and He has been doing wonderful works in the country.

I can say for sure, I will be back in Malaysia after i complete my degree in Australia. I feel that I want to do God's work back home and try to minister to as many people as possible about Christ.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Freely You Gave It All For Us

I love this worship song that i recently sung quite often during Sunday worship in church. The words are so meaningful. The title of this song is This Is Our God.

Verse 1:
Your grace is enough
More than I need
At Your Word I will believe
I wait for You
Draw near again
Let Your Spirit make me new

I will fall at your feet
I will fall at your feet
And I will worship You here

Verse 2:
Your presence in me
Jesus light the way
By the power of Your Word
I am restored
I am redeemed
By Your Spirit I am free

Freely You gave it all for us
Surrendered Your life upon that cross
Great is the love
Poured out for all
This is our God
Lifted on high from death to life
Forever our God is glorified
Servant and King
Rescued the world
This is our God

This song is a great reminder that Jesus Christ willingly died on the cross for us to wash away our sins. He was not forced by anyone to go through this, but He just willingly did it for us. During His crucifixion, the people mocked Him and asked Him to save himself if He was God. But he did not and continued to obey His Father's will. The price that He paid on the cross shows us just how much He loves us. Let us remember Good Friday as the day where He freely gave his life to pay for all our sins and wickedness. Without Him dying on the cross for us, there is no hope for each and everyone of us.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Getting Into The Mix Of Things

Ok, so it's been a while since i updated my blog. I think i haven't updated it since i left home. Apologies for that.

I have just completed week 4 of my semester. This semester seems to be very relaxing to most people, as i do not have classes on Monday and Friday. So, i could say that my weekends is 4 days. However, i feel that i have more workload this semester. I have to study for a test every week for a particular subject, and i have to hand it answers for my tutorial questions every week as well for my other 2 subjects. How fascinating is that. The reason being is that the lecturers want us to attend tutorials, as there are many students who skip tutorials because there is no attendance taken. In order to force students to attend tutorials, they allocate marks just for attendance and they asked us to submit tutorial answers to our tutors, and there are marks awarded as well for each submission. However, the answers to the tutorial questions for the week have to be deemed satisfactory by the tutor before we are given the mark. Therefore, in a way, we have to plan our work carefully before we submit our answers. Assignments are also going to start very soon, and i will definitely need to work out my time well to finish my assignments on time.

I would like to post some other updates. I have been roped into the music ministry in OCF as a backup singer. I volunteered to serve in OCF as a backup singer last semester, and i actually did backup for the first time in OCF 2 weeks ago. I would also be doing backup during the OCF Easter Camp, which is 2 weeks from now. I was also asked to be an assistant in Bible Study during the Easter Camp. I really thank God for answering my prayer and providing me directions in His ministry. Indeed He is an awesome God, and I pray that He will continue to help me to be the shining light among all my peers.

For the first time, i would be going on a holiday with my friends. I will be heading to Tasmania after the Easter Camp. I have never been to Tasmania before, so i am looking forward to visiting it and enjoying the scenery and specialties in Tasmania. I will be away for 5 days. I have heard many good things about Tasmania from my seniors who have been there. I hope that we'll enjoy our trip to Tasmania. There will definitely be photos taken and uploaded into Facebook.

P/S: The weather here in Adelaide has been extremely hot. It is supposed to be autumn now, but it still feels like summer. Probably this is due to global warming.

Anyway, that's it for now. Hopefully i won't abandon my blog for too long. Cheers:)

Monday, February 22, 2010

It's Getting Closer

The days are getting closer. By saying that, i think you know what i mean. Yup, i'm going back to Adelaide to continue my studies.

Well, i may be sad that i have to leave for the second time. But, i have to be grateful that i even had a chance to come back home to Malaysia for summer holidays. I mean that i am really blessed that my parents have allowed me to come home for 3 months, which is pretty long. It was great to be able to be reunited with my family and my friends too, especially in youth. As far as i am sad to go away again, i trust that God will lead me through another year, and i believe that He will never leave me alone because He is always faithful to me. Of course i would love time to fly. How i wish that it was the end of the year again or how i wish i would never have to leave anymore. I will miss my family and friends here, but it is all about how I will be able to adapt once again to my new surroundings. I have to make sure that i always stay close to Him.

3 months just passes by so quickly. I hope this trend will continue without me realising it. Of course at the same time, i would want to achieve something significant through my studies, my spiritual growth and relationship with my friends in Australia. Hopefully i'll be more brave to make new friends when i meet the new intake of students at OCF. Not to mention that i'll be sharing with those who will be taking the same course as me during OCF. I pray that i will be able to give them good feedback and create a good time of bonding.

Chinese New Year holidays was a great one. I went back to Singapore to visit my grandma and spent some wonderful time with my cousins. Then, i headed to Ipoh for 3 days to visit my grandparents and relatives (mother's side). Overall, it was a good time to meet up, but the weather was really hot, perhaps hotter than usual. It felt like summer in Australia.

This week will be my final week in Malaysia. I am running some errands as preparation to leave. By the way, i have not even packed yet, so i'll do that this week. Fingers crossed, hopefully i will return to Malaysia in December. Take care, my friends!!! I will always pray for you all.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Time Really Flies

It's been a super long time since i last put up anything on this very blog. But well, since i'm waiting for time to pass before i officially get to bed, i might as well post something on this blog.

Time really flies. It's already February and i cannot believe that i have been back home for almost 3 months for my summer break. To me, i felt that i have not really rested well. But i have no regrets as i get to go to my home church every Sunday just to worship God and to join youth, though it is only going to be for 3 months. I really enjoy the fellowship among the youths and in the church, as well as being part of the Christmas drama of the youth. Many events have happened during my time back in Malaysia. These things really make me happy. It was wonderful that Dorcas and Kevin came back for Christmas too since i have not seen them for a long time. It was great just to catchup with them and share about our experiences abroad.

Rachel just left for Perth last week to further her studies. We went to send her off at LCCT last Monday. I am sure she will be missed in the youth. I wish her all the best and that God will continue to lead her and guide her as she settles down in a new place and environment. I hope i can pay her a visit sometime this year.

Not to mention that i am currently working in an audit & accounting firm for one and a half months. I have really gained some valuable experience from this job, though at first i was really slow at picking up things from my colleagues. I truly thank God that they have been patient with me, and guiding me step by step on what to do with the company's accounts. I would be lost without them. I have started to understand how working life is. It can be really busy and tiring, and no wonder working people are so looking forward to the weekends. My job is also pretty routine, as there is only one way to go about it. Those of you who are pursuing an accounting degree will probably realise it. By the way, i will be stopping work before the CNY break. I had enjoyed this experience that was given to me though it was short.

I am going back to Adelaide at the end of February. Suddenly, i am having a heavy heart. It feels like i don't want to leave Malaysia. But somehow, i have to let go this feeling and look forward to the future. I have to make use of my time wisely in my remaining days here. I believe God will carry me through the whole year and time will continue to fly. I pray for the youth too that God will show them a vision and that it will continue to grow stronger in relationship and honor Him.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Life Is Not A Bed Of Roses

Ok, it is time to update something in my blog in order to ensure that this blog is still alive.

I want to say thank you so much to TO2UGH Youth for sending me a birthday card all the way to Australia. I appreciate all the wishes that were written in the card, and i am always remembering all of you back home.

It's the 2nd week of classes for me this week after a 2 week mid-semester break. The 2 week break didn't felt like a break to me. This was because i had to hand up my Commercial Law II assignment in my 2nd week of break (This is the first time that i ever handed up an assignment during a break). It does not end there. I still had to hand up two more assignments (Business Finance II & Management Accounting II) the week after the break, which was last week. Thus, i didn't really get to enjoy my break though, as i was often in the university to discuss the assignment with my friends.

I did manage to watch "Up" though with my Bible Study friends in CF. The show was really nice and funny. It was a wonderful production from Walt Disney. Those of you who have not watched this movie should grab the opportunity to watch it. It is worth the money that you pay for a movie (though it is expensive in terms of Australian Dollars for me as i am watching the 3D version). I have also watched "Surrogates" and "Julie and Julia". Both these movies were nice too.

It's just past 3 months that i have been here in Adelaide. I have truly adapted to life here. In the beginning, it was really tough. I thought i could overcome the feeling of loneliness when i first arrived in Adelaide, but in truth, i couldn't. I remember listening to Alvin's sharing about his past experience studying in Australia. I always thought Alvin was one tough guy who could withstand anything that was put forth before him. But, he told me that he too couldn't overcome the feeling of loneliness at first. He told me that the most important thing is to make good friends, friends that can help you during your stay in Australia. I followed his advice and it really helped me a lot in adapting to life here in Australia, though i do miss home sometimes. I have to admit that i do count the number of days to the end of the year, in anticipation that time would go even quicker.

It's already mid October, and i only have 3 weeks, plus this week of classes remaining in this semester. I have a one-week study break before my finals begin. I am starting to feel the stress of studying again. I do not want to fail any of my subjects. The tuition fees here are so expensive and i really want to save my parents' money. I need to be more disciplined as i understand i have more freedom here than i used to have. I have to use my time wisely to revise for my exams. The worst thing, is that all my papers are within a week. That makes it even more challenging. The good news is i get to finish early while the others are still having exams. I prefer to look at the positive side of things to motivate me to study well for the exam. I would also try to do my best and continuing to seek God for wisdom and strength during the exam period.

Hopefully i'll be able to post more things in my blog soon. Till then, have a great week, everyone:)

Jonathan's Diary

For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only begotten son, that whosoever believe in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16