Too Intense

Can you imagine? Things are either too hot, or too cold. There is no mildness. Reminds me of the days of Israel’s wandering in the desert. Everyone watching their conversations and actions, not knowing when it would cause them to be severely punished by God; and not sure in what manner that would be manifested.

Sometimes, we just need to de-intensify the situation.

Before a spark is ignited in the midst of a room filled with gas!

I’m rambling.

And far too cryptic for my good. 🙂

Malaysia, Why Oh Why?

PM: Yes, we ARE an Islamic state
Yoges Palaniappan
Aug 27, 07 7:35pm
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has today for the first time said that Malaysia was an Islamic state and not a secular state.Abdullah, in a parliamentary written reply, said that Malaysia was an Islamic state ruled by Islamic principles, and at the same time, was also a country that believed in Federal Constitution.

“Malaysia is an Islamic state, ruled based on Islam Hadhari which I have introduced,” he stressed.

This is a clear departure from his stand made earlier this month that Malaysia was neither ‘a secular nor a theocratic state’ without saying the country was an Islamic state.

This is not going to be a happy celebration for me and my family. 50th year of nothing. Sad.

Of Pool Playing

Imagine my surprise to read of Kelvin, an acquaintence from PwC and who was from Monash, Melbourne. Read it here.

Malaysian accountant Kelvin Yap, who now works in Britain, said while the higher salary was enticing; it was more the international exposure and greater opportunities that took him there.

He used to work with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Kuala Lumpur for three years before moving to London, saying that the job progression is good despite people thinking there would be a glass ceiling for non-English professionals.

Yap, 26, from Petaling Jaya, now works as an investment professional in HarbourVest Partners, a global private equity of funds.

The fact that he is younger than me made it harder to accept that he is an accounts genius. No joke… his grasp of the intricacies of the field is tremendous. Very bright person who scares everyone working with him (in a good way).

Still begrudging the awful defeat of playing pool with him after hours while doing work at Silverlake Sdn Bhd years ago. I think the score was like 18 (him) to 2 (me).

Guess he is flying high now.

With all the success it makes me wonder about the spiritual aspect that ultimately brings the strongest and cleverest person down on their knees.

Small world. 🙂

Everyone expects you to say sorry, when they don’t do it often enough.

Seriously, I have said more ‘sorry’s to people than I have received.

Maybe my conscience is more sensitive. It doesn’t have to me emotional guilt, it often is a logical guilt (where you know from Law that it is not appropriate).

But never let other people’s weakness an excuse for our own obedience to the Law of God.

Without Internet

I don’t have any connection to it. Long story. This weekend is going to be interesting because of that. Yes, I’m prepared for withdrawal symptoms. 🙂

Piano / Drawing

I’m actually considering teaching piano to maybe 1 or 2 people (at the most).

Same goes with Drawing.

Purely based on interest.

We’ll see how this might go. 🙂

Hopeless

I don’t like to write much about work. Yes, I’m lecturing in a private local uni. The state of education in Malaysia really is quite appalling. Granted, this is not only here but also a global problem.

Which makes me enjoy ALL the memories of my previous years of education. I look back from primary to post-grad and I have to say that overall, God really gave me the best experience a student can get. Not all were fun, not all were beneficial, but it was lessons well taught.

The primary problem with the current education environment stems not so much from the government (really) but the decadent spirit of the youth. A worldliness that shows itself forth by the “packaged”, “simple”, “instant” mentality. And we are not helping them if we make things too simplistic and too formulatic. Thus, the tendency for them not to think and to ponder and to analyse and to contextualise.

Thankfully there are some (1 or 2) that are not lumped up into the general fold.

I wish they would see that spiritual education is just as important (if not, more) as secular ones.

David’s Good News

Re-reading the famous passage and account between David and Goliath brought forth the principle background characters that were equally involved in the setting. Truly a refreshing news (gospel) that we need to hear again… the Gospel according to David.

This was also brought about by John Woodhouse’s (principal of Moore College) excellent 4 parter series preached in St. Andrews, Sydney. Shows how important it is to have a balanced teacher and preacher on board. Very insightful and edifying indeed.

What Is That To You?

Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them…. When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”
(Joh 21:18-22, slight adaptation on v.20 by me)

A very powerful lesson and very important scene in the gospel of John… Follow Him even to the cross Peter, and do not be distracted or concerned over what destiny God has for others. Does it matter? We do as God has commanded and willed. Do not be discouraged by others if they ‘seem’ to have it easy, or if they ‘seem’ to be given other ‘privileges’… what is that to you?

Overcome the world through the fixing of our eyes on God’s Destiny for us.