Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Xin Qi Yi!

sleeping late is not a very good idea. especially with a day ahead and training on conducting informal gym activities using the school's gym room in the evening.

Reading in the train this morning, Something that I was reading talked about Christians that are 'busy doing GOd's work'. That all this doing without a heart change is meaningless.
Was reflecting upon the things that I do, and asked myself, "what about you Jacob?"
moving into more focused purpose of saying you're serving in the Lord's Kingdom & whom is this for?

When people praise you for an attribute that they saw you in[which seems to be happening to me], remember to who's glory it goes to(:

It's by God' Grace that I still have energy to be up now[sleeping soon of course].
The evening training was very fun, it's more of doing instead of sitting there to listen what activities can be done. It was by Carmee Lim, wow, I really salute her for never-ending attitude towards learning & being excited about new things/discoveries.

Learning about how the brain grows, why we do certain exercises, how to facilitate the growth of differet parts of brain for child's neurons to make effective connections.If you set your mind on something, You will be able to do it, keep practising and working in the area...
We have 100billion of these neurons from birth. Wow....

there's live demostration from her 4 grandchildren, timely & effectively presentation. But children being children, you see them in the moment trying to impress grandma doing the higher level steps while grandma, moving around none stop, with lots of adrenaline in their blood.
That's children for you
Was wonderful to see the teachers coming out to participate and trying it and so eager to test it out with their children in the mornings

Will miss the children, teachers the school that I spent with for 2months, and into a new season in life.

Something i took away from the training.
-Neurons and 'fire' together, wire together-

Praying for people who's still in te midst of exam marathon...jia you jia you!

Working people, be His Witness as you live your life daily amongst HIS people(:

Monday, August 25, 2008

A brand new week ahead!

Early mornings are so interesting sometimes, especially when you are doing something halfway, decided to take a reset by walking around, ending up in your brother's room. He wakes up, seems like he's half awake, that was really funny watching him repeat something that he jsut did earlier in the day.

Early in the night, we watched the closing ceremony of the Olympics. Wow, so fast and poof!16 days have gone past...

Later in the night we have re-telecast of Locally made movies. Tonight was timely
"Army Daze" the Movie. I watched it Long Long time ago, when Jacob was schooling in primary school.
The whole family was sitting there trying to remember the parts of this movie. Had 1 of my hardest laugh in a long while, super funny mann.
It's really funny with the way they show you what happens in an average army barrack, people from different backgrounds and coming together where they build bonds & 'knock it down' together.
And you say temporary good bye to your family peeps & friends for a while. My mum was laugh at the extreme stuff they do, especially that mum. i was like, " wait till it comes to you turn."
Which I think she will be fine, better con't to prep myself ...

So before the week whizzes, here's a short segment of the movie. Enjoy(:

Joshua Our dear brother is leaving for China for 6 weeks
it passes fast & it 's gonna be good exposure.
We pray for him even as he steps foot on foreign soil that He be a witness, a Light that shines in darkness, lighting up the path, being an encouragement to the peopel he will meet & be with in this 6 weeks.
Take care Bro, we are gonna see you really soon!(:

Have a blessed week ahead my friends!

Friday, August 22, 2008

It's Friday

With training at school on Wednesday, we were talking about focusing on becoming the other & what is our intention in telling the children different things and understanding waht your mindsets gets you to do sometime.

The becoming the 'other' activity taught to be fully focused on the other individual, and not be self conscious. you wanna really be like that person or children.
Even in te middle of the sometimes chaos of children trying to test
"how you gonna handle me when i respond this way"
you wanna be focused on your intentions objectively & go with the children, being 'other' conscious.

-Learning to be focused on getting my task get ahead-

I think God is teaching me something about giving, woww.
Draw nearer to HIM

Take Care my friends!(:

-Encouraging you-
something that I read from my email this evening...
"To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.
To do the will of God is the greatest labour.
To know what you do pleases God is the greatest pleasure."

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


I Had a day of photo taking for the teachers. Taking Candid shots, wrestling the camera from them as they feel some shots are not too glamrous.

-Counsin@ Chijmes, taken a long long ago-

Going down for a workshop on teaching your child to read, especially with the very young children. It was a sharing cum seminar shession by this lady, Jackie Silberg. Looking at the ladies in the audience & myself being the ONLY gentleman, it struck me, that these people will actually make their way here in an evening wanting to do something with their children back at their centres. And what keeps these ladies going?
Got a renewal what the Early years, even the few months old infants are that important, and we overlook it sometimes, because they can't respond such as talking for us to assess whether they are progressing in different areas. They are absorbing more than we think.

An Article that was shared with me..Be blessed by this short write up from My brother & sister in Christ, Keen Hoe & Li Ting(:

The Duck & the Devil

There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm.
He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods.
He practiced in the woods; but he could never hit the target.
Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner.
As he was walking back he saw Grandma's pet duck.
Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved!

In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile; only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.

After lunch the next day Grandma said, 'Sally, let's wash the dishes'
But Sally said, 'Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.'
Then she whispered to him, 'Remember the duck?'
So Johnny did the dishes.

Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, 'I'm sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.'

Sally just smiled and said, 'Well that's all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help'
She whispered again, 'Remember the duck?' So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.

After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's; he finally couldn't stand it any longer.
He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck.

Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, 'Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the , windowand I saw the whole thing
but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.'
Thought for the day and everyday thereafter?

Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done... And the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.) ..whatever it is...You need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing.

He has seen your whole life.
He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven. He's just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you.

Monday, August 18, 2008

A Monday, start of the week!

On Sunday, we had the previlage of Naveen and family to share their testimony. How easier for a 2nd generation christian to take his/her faith for granted. In his own time, as we seek tobring non-believers to christ, that we be humbled by HIM as we seek to share the love story that God gave us to others who might not know HIM yet.

The Singaporean table tennis team put up a pitch for the Gold, which the China team really lived up to their No. 1 standing. the smacks are accurate, with calm nerves.
was at my 2nd aunty's place for dinner. Steamboat, which we went to the outside table for Korean BBq style. You eat significantly more butter than the actual food, but all in the name of fun! The child at enrichment classon sunday was much better today. Thank God!Let's keep reinforcing on postive behaviours & ignoring the negative ones(:

The monday comes with me having 2 mroe weeks at Mindchamps Preschool. the enlistment date of 12th Sept. Everyday at the school,for myself, when I look at the children or the environment, I get really excited when I link something back to what i learnt. Sometimes it's quite discouraging that you know something needs to be done but you seem to forgotten..
Children love to act up when you least expect them to be.

God keep your children & people in your arms(:
Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday, reminds me of 'Tuesdays with Morrie"(:
How wonderful it is to Honour Him(:

Take care my Friends! People with Exams jia you jia you, HE will give you the courage to overcome any challenges ahead with wisdom and strength(:
People who are the working bunch, that the busyness will not distract you from drawing close to HIM(:

P.S: Pictures to be uploaded

Saturday, August 16, 2008

4A Class outing with an Inconveinent truth

We had a blast of a time at Sentosa. It stated with some prep at Giant Hypermart at VIVOCity. Queuing up to buy the admission pass, people were saying," it's been ages I came to Sentosa." and people asking about my height, how 1 saw me from a distance when we were walking , what are the secret foods that contribute the height growth.joking with one another :D

PLaying different games, captain's ball,volleyball, frisbee& this game that our classmate Sean wanted to teach us.
It's like everyone is in this court area. and in 2 teams, the objective is to knock the opponents out. It's done through players passing the ball to each other, and when they are near the opponent player, you use the ball to 'tag' Him/her. when you 'tag' you are confine to your area . we were running around, tagging one another. perspiring really lots. Thank God for the water we got at Giant to keep us hydrated.
It was a good time of fellowship with one another, as we get older, these times are much treasured moments, where you stop and look back how far you have gone since secondary school days with one another.
It's a blessing to be able to meet up with your peeps from secondary school, catch up with them.
Thank God for that(:

Met up for dinner with Eoin, Phebe, Shadrach, Han, Xiang, Mr Yao...Italian food is tasty, alittle over the cost but it's good food.
Tiramisu has wonderful taste,a thought to learn to make it

something I learnt : Responsibility is one thing, Purpose is another thing.

A truth that gets me thinking, and as you think about it, the thing gets bigger, a little messy.
[jacob not very good at holding so many thoughts for this particular situation seh]
Mai pen rai (it's alright in thai)

Instead of dwelling in helplessness in not solving the problem, Pray for GOd' wisdom in the situation. Pray for us to discern what is HIS decision for the next step, In Jesus , whom we believe he did for us, Amen(:

GIve thanks for the days that we Live!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

An evening at Granny's

-Say Cheese!-
Today's menu Special: Stemboat!

Today's dinner was just fantastic, Got an sms in the morning from my cousin saying that Ah-ma's inviting for dinner tonight!

It all started from me returning her house keys on Monday after having hoarding it over the National day holiday. walking between her house and my uncle's place which is just beside hers.
The whole talk was about
"next you want to come, inform us earlier la" says Ah ma
Had wanted to go have dinner at her place every Monday for the next month or so before i enlist on on September 12th, since my Sunday afternoons were taken up with things going on in church.

was very elated to be part of the fellowship at her palce with 3 uncles and cousins all eating.

Am really thankful for an extended family who shows me what graciousness is, what being family, to enjoy each others company.

Just sitting in front of the TV, with my 3rd uncle back from Shanghai for the summer, heraing him sharing insightful thought/jokes on things we watch on TV lightens the evenings.

People never fail to ask,
" ehh, you going into army, ready anot?"
like so NOT....
Taking a break before the big Day on 12th September. that's what is recommanded. Was so tempted to going to work in sept to help out for their 1st week where new children will come in. BUt te conclusion was, Rest...Prepare your heart, your mind, your body, prepare enough fuel to be that light in darkness when i falls while in camp, be that salt that is cultivated properly sot hat when it's being used for 'passing the flavour' to others, it is in good condition.
it's not about being physically ready only, it's mentally ready. You can be fit, but if your mind and heart is not ready, you will take lots more stress than usual. And it's also so with your beliefs, your faith will be challenged. How do you respond as a Christian, as a witness for Christ?

Continuing the week ahead with gratitude and continuous wanting to seek GOd, Honour HIM, mannn how easy to say and harder to acct upon it?


12th August 2008

Have to credit Naveen for sharing this video!Terima kasih abang[thank you bro] (:

How has everyone been?haha, I have received 2 notifications to update my blog. Which is quite true, what's a blog without updates of reflections from Life & walking with HIM. Between the previous post and now, there are 3 entries squished in between. Jacob has gotten a little lazy in blogging things that I come across daily. really interesting things.

Teacher: "We are gonna celebrate Singapore's Birthday tomorrow children"[Friday]
Child: " Singapore is coming to the school?"

A brief giggle in celebration of child's response to Singapore's Birthday
-the innocence that children exhibit-

Hope everyone is going well. No one goes well all the time. When you don't, Allow Him to minister to you.
P.S: The pictures are coming!don't put off too long:D
Take care my Friends