Friday, November 29, 2013

Growing Deep in Faith (Part2)

Here's a sequel of my Growing Deep in Faith post early this year. Since the inspiring thoughts and light bulb moments I had while reading this book is overwhelming I decided to make another post of the sections I considered highlights of this book.

Enjoy reading!

A Worthwhile Exchange

There are only three things you can do with your life. Squander it. Spend it. Or invest it.
We all exchange our lives for something - career, dreams, family, position or love. Many fail to live well because they have failed to exchange their life for worthwhile things.

Looking Up Together

It was not the city that gave significance to the temple. Rather, it was the temple of God that gave significance to Jerusalem as the city of God.

We seek God not because He is lost or absent, but because He is present and invites us to seek Him. For if God were not present, it would be futile to seek Him.We seek God because He has availed Himself to us.

Faith that Overcomes Worry

From God's point of view there are three basic reasons why people are paralysed by their anxieties:

1. Having your treasures in the wrong place
2. Viewing life from the wrong perspective
We worry because we failed to see God in the circumstances of our lives.
3. Serving the wrong master

We cannot live a life that is problem-free but we can live a life that is worry-free.

Faith and the Discipleship of Joy

We do not need to know many things to have joy, just three basic truths about God:

1. God is supremely God. He is the supremest Supreme; the mightiest Almighty. Our existence is through Him and our identity is in Him.
2. God id supremely Good. His mercy is everlasting and His faithfulness is eternal.
3. God is supremely in control. This is not to say that He is a controlling God. Rather, His grand creation (God is God) and His gracious compassion (God is good) are governed by His glorious character (God is in control, nothing is beyond His sovereign will)

PNB Online Remittance through DBS iBanking

Requirements:
1. User is registered to PNB
2. User made a one time remittance with PNB to acquire a 14-digit reference number for the bank account where future remittance will be done
3. User must be enrolled in the iBanking facility of DBS
4. User should have a DBS iBanking Secure device

Remit Online:
1. Log-in to DBS iBanking https://internet-banking.dbs.com.sg/IB/Welcome
2. Select Bills Payment

3. Select "Philippine National Bank" from the dropdown options

4. Select the account where to debit
5. Key in the amount you want to send. Please note that remittance fee (SGD5.00) will be deducted from the inputted amount.
You may refer to the PNB foreign exchange conversion at http://www.pnb.com.ph/singapore/
6. Key in your 14 digit reference number
7. Select  Payment Type
8. Click Submit

9. Input necessary DBS one-time PIN validation to confirm your transaction

10. You should be able to see the summary of your completed transaction


 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Elderly Love @All Saints Home

Have you imagined a time when a woman will no longer be insecure with her body, when beauty is no longer defined by flawless skin, black and shiny hair, charming face and a voluptuous figure. When a man no longer tries to seek approval from others by trying to accumulate his achievement, when masculinity is not measured by the sturdy abs and muscles they formed through rigid workout. Well I initially I thought that all these are product of my wishful thinking and it's impossible to reach this point someday, but surprisingly I was wrong. This kind of world already exist, not in the future but in our today -- through the lives of the elderly people. You may not have picture my analogy in its ideal form but it doesn't remove the fact that these folks are free from all the petty concerns of life which society and media dictates.

While others are focusing all their strength in the goals they thought would give value to their life, these people cease struggling because they already understood what are the real essentials of life.

This is exactly what we've experience with the uncle and aunties(as how Singapore used to call their old folks) from the All Saints Home in Tampines last Saturday, November 16, 2013, where we had the opportunity to celebrate with the 6 elderly having their birthday this November and almost 60 residents of the home.


I will never forget the genuine smile in their faces when we wheel them down in their wheelchairs so they can join the event. You could sense the excitement in them seeing new faces of volunteers. They never get tired saying 'thank you' and waving their hands even if takes a lot of strength for them to just raise their hands. They were already thrilled with a small talk even if you're just asking for their name. What sets them apart?! Even the simple pleasures in life like meeting a new friend or playing a plain, non-techy game brighten up their day.



They don't frustrate themselves in winning the game we played in fact we were the ones eager and competitive to get the blackout and shout Bingo for their card! They were also easily delighted by the simple prizes we prepared for them. We got so many things to learn from these grateful souls.



It has been a great privilege to bless others and serve God with your friends and officemates. God is truly amazing! From the planning stage until the actual event, He was there to guide us through. His provision is perfect and on time. Special thanks to people who extended their help in making this event possible. God bless you more than a thousand folds!


Initially we thought of blessing these folks that day but it turned out we were the ones who are more than blessed by their grateful heart and joyful spirit.

Faces of the elderly were advised not to be published in any form of social networking sites to protect their privacy but we will always remember their faces full of thanksgiving that any high-tech camera can never capture.

If you're interested to volunteer or help, you may visit their official website http://www.allsaintshome.org.sg/ or http://www.asvolunteer.blogspot.sg/ for more information.
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’  --Acts 20:35

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Yolanda's Aftermath

Saturday, November 8, 2013 when super typhoon Yolanda(international name Haiyan) ravages the Philippines particularly Tacloban, Samar and nearby towns in the central Visayas, ransack properties, livelihood but most heartbreakingly took more than three thousands of lives.  


Yolanda's damage at Tacloban City.
Photo courtesy of newsinfo.inquirer.net
It's undeniable Visayas is in state of calamity and the country is mourning. Yes, we may not see the light yet, but every person who are willing to give assistance in any form is the light that will guide us through. Every Filipino, young or old, public figure or civilian, rich or poor, every neighboring country who extends their help and assistance is a building block of hope. 

You can help. I can help. We definitely can! Providing for the basic needs of the Yolanda casualties, is an essential help. An encouragement in action. No help is small. Every single help can make a big difference. A bottle of drinking water can quench the thirst of a tired soul who lost everything he had. A pair of clean clothes can warm a body of a woman who only had herself. A decent meal can give hope to a mother who doesn't think of herself anymore but what to feed her starving kids. All of these contributes to the day when we all pray that we would look back on this adversity but we no longer see the casualties instead we see resolute and unified Filipinos.

Your prayers will always be beneficial not only to the victims but also for you and me who prays and who's faith is strengthened knowing that there's a God in spite of all.
God gives His hardest battles to His toughest soldiers. 
Yes, we are devastated now, but it doesn't mean we'll forever be. The bayanihan spirit of the Filipinos and the grace of God will keep us standing on our feet, with hands ready to reach out for others who needs help. Again, there would be countless unsung heroes, who are ready to sacrifice in helping out their kababayans. Neighboring countries who selflessly donate and gives hope to the Filipino people. 

Pilipinas kaya natin to! We are born to brave the Pacific and no typhoon is strong enough to crush the courageous hearts of the Filipino people. We can definitely get through this! Yesterday with typhoon Ondoy(aka Ketsana), today with strongest typhoon in the world Yolanda and even with the future calamities.   

Don't just donate because its the right thing to do, donate to the right group of people or institution. Here's some of these organizations:  

http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate
http://www.worldvision.org.ph/press-center/urgent-your-help-needed-typhoon-yolanda-affected-families-visayas-region
http://www.supportunicef.org/site/c.dvKUI9OWInJ6H/b.8856405/k.2FAD/Donate_now_for_the_Philippines.htm

Another Blissful Year

I am truly overwhelmed with every blessing God has showered me, every miracle He let me experience, every person He brought into my life, every provision He remembers to give at the right time, every promise He never fail to keep, every single day He allowed me to live and witness His abounding love. Love that I am not worthy of, but still He freely gives.

Another year has passed and I can only vouch for God's great love and protection. Yes, there could be not-my-day season but I also know that the Lord allowed tough times so I could all the more appreciate the good times. Some bad-hair-days or im-not-into-myself moments, but I can also remember how the God of order de-clutter the mess I am in. There could be hit-to-bottom stage in my life where I almost give up but I can also look back on how God graciously restore me. Few inside-a-dark-tunnel-like days but I can also recall how God puts me back into the right perspective. Overall, I can only be grateful for everything He has done to me.

Life. Family. Career. Friends. Health. Relationship. Grateful Heart.

The innumerable greetings, messages, birthday cakes and celebrations are just the icings on top of the cake.

Birthday celebration with V.me QA Team


Birthday celebration with Housemates

Birthday celebration with Dgroup
Thank you Lord! God bless you guys!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Virgin America's In-flight Safety Video

Do you remember the first time you ride an airplane? I bet you're very attentive to the cabin crew as they demonstrate the aircraft's in-flight safety tips. But the more frequent you travel up in the air, you become accustomed to it, hence loose interest in the safety instructions. This is a known issue for all the airline companies, as it becomes harder to capture the attention of the passengers. Law of diminishing demand? or Attention Deficit Disorder? Haha both are hyperbole. Well whatever the cause is, the management and flight attendants from Virgin America employ their creative beans to bring together this boring yet essential in-flight safety tips to an impressive production number. They sing, they dance, they act, they rap but most importantly they inform. It's like a talent buffet.

Personally, I felt like watching a larger than life Glee performance. Enjoy and turn to the beat as you watch this video.

Caution: Too much exposure to this video may cause LSS(Last Song Syndrome).