Monthly Archives: January 2010

Cry Out To Jesus

The 9/11 terrorism attack. Hurricane Katrina. The H1N1 virus. The Tsunami. The Indonesian quake. The Australian heatwave. Etc…..and most recently…the Haiti earthquake, now with already hundreds of thousands deaths. :-(

Natural disasters or phenomenons that claim lives all over the world. is it just me or does it seem more frequent in thisВ millennium? В Hmmm. Anyway, human responses has been quite similar – either they would question God for bringing such calamities…or they would be moved and turn back to God…for refuge, for support, for love.

Makes me wonder too if God sometimes allow these things to happen so that His people would be ‘poked’ to turn back to Him? And the scary frequency of ‘reminders’ these past couple of years would give us some food for thought. Do we need reminders to turn back to God?

Anyhow, I would like to share an inspirational song to all the quake victims in Haiti. May it help them all to get back on your feet again as they cry out to Jesus. Amen.

Cry Out To Jesus – Third Day

Cry Out to Jesus (Third Day)

To everyone who’s lost someone they love
Long before it was their time
You feel like the days you had were not enough
when you said goodbye

And to all of the people with burdens and pains
Keeping you back from your life
You believe that there’s nothing and there is no one
Who can make it right

There is hope for the helpless
Rest for the weary
Love for the broken heart
There is grace and forgiveness
Mercy and healing
He’ll meet you wherever you are
Cry out to Jesus, Cry out to Jesus

For the marriage that’s struggling just to hang on
They lost all of their faith and love
They’ve done all they can to make it right again
Still it’s not enough

For the ones who can’t break the addictions and chains
You try to give up but you come back again
Just remember that you’re not alone in your shame
And your suffering

When your lonely (when you’re lonely)
And it feels like the whole world is falling on you
You just reach out, you just cry out to Jesus
Cry to Jesus

To the widow who suffers from being alone
Wiping the tears from her eyes
For the children around the world without a home
Say a prayer tonight

Rebooting Realities

Much as I enjoy watching Reality TV gameshows, I must admit the current line-up of such programmes have certainly begun to lose its flavor when they first started or are just void of imagination or ideas anymore to hook the viewers.

I realised many shows that I used to faithfully follow in the past are just not worth watching anymore. And the NEWer shows are well, just not up to the mark.

I wonder if it is because these so-called ‘reality’ TV gameshows are seemingly lacking its sense of erm, reality? Or has the world or country that we live in become so much more exciting and REAL compared to the surreal life on the idiot box?

Just like the Star Trek franchise was given a much-needed reboot last year in the spectacular hands of JJ Abrams, I would like to offer the following suggestions on how TV producers could reboot or reset existing Reality TV gameshows to lure back its viewers:

The Apprentice

“You’re Fired!” became an exciting buzzword when this Donald Trump production first aired. Since then, the challenges and drama hasВ dissipated and I think the show hit an all-time low when even celebrities started to join in. Sigh. This show could be rebooted with the introduction of fresh working life challenges, likeВ В selling fighter plane jet engines to the highest bidder. Added challenge thrown in is to find the engines first..

Amazing Race

Who even remembers the winners of the last season?!! Although this trek around the world race is still interesting to watch (especially to see places around the world), I felt their challenges could be made more difficult and exciting when they come to KL again. For example, the ‘Roadblock’ challenge could literally mean one over here…giving ample time for the last placed teams to catch up. Or design a task for them to discover an item in Putrajaya following only roadsigns, and to make their way out again.

Survivor

I haven’t been following this show for many seasons already but I know they have introduced this funny thing called Immunity Idol, which allows the participant to be saved from being voted out. Cool concept at first but rather boring already. How about introducing an Appeal Idol, which would allow any participant that has just been voted out but happy with the decision, to bring it out and appeal for another decision. The jury could then take a couple of months to assess and consider the appeal…

American Idol

How do we make this singing competition more interesting? How about having a Controversial Song Week? We have some notable songs from our very own Namewee. :-) or how about adding a Creative Dubbing section. Malaysia seems to have many of these people who have nothing else better to do in abundance…

Last Comic Standing

With the amount of ridiculous comments seen in our papers and media these past couple of weeks, wouldn’t it be good for everyone if all of these jokes were televised for all to see by having a special version of Last Comic Standing for our politicians? Imagine the volume of good jokes that would be collected at the end of this season’s show? Whoa..

Beauty and the Geek

With the advancements of technology, it is only normal that some of our politicians may not have time or even believes in such technology, like gadgets, social networking sites, etc. I caught one such episode from Beauty and the Geek where the so-called Geeks would show the Beauties how those gadgets work. В So I thought wouldn’t it be helpful for us to ensure our politicians are not kept so ancient by putting them in this gameshow, replacing the Beauties instead. Over one season of technological tutorials, our politicians should be able to keep up-to-date in the information superhighway and future technologies….and could finally do away with smoke signals to communicate…

Wipeout

After watching a few episodes of this physical challenging gameshow, it can get a little dull as we noticed the obstacles are the same, week after week! Sigh. How about shooting the show in Malaysia, where we have natural obstacles that can be as real as they get – bridges that can give way anytime, roof structures that can collapse anytime and color-coordinated human rally obstacles…

Hmmm…am just being wishful thinking, or do I actually get to see these shows live everyday? :-)

Practical Tips Before Leaving Home

Living in KL can be quite challenging, especially whenever you plan to leave the house. These are some practical tips that you may want to observe if you’re from KL:

1. Be safe. Always make sure your doors and windows are safe and secure, alarms activated, etc.

2. Be equipped. Always bring your mobile phone or GPS coz the signages in KL may get you lost..

3. Be alert. Listen to news or tweets on another upcoming rallys or riots – and make sure you wear the correct color-theme for that day.

4. Be well fed. You never know when the next roadblock is going to appear on the same road you’ll be on or yo could be starving to death.

5. Be prepared. Always leave some spare cash or credit card in your car somewhere. You never know when you could start driving out to a nearby mall, enter the car park and find out you forgot your wallet. So you have to dig those car pockets for extra coins amounting to RM 2 to insert into the machine so that you can enter the car park, quickly make your way out of the mall, drive back all the way back to your house nearby, go get your wallet, back into the car and drive back ALL the way again to the mall and pay RM 2 entrance fee again. Did I mention the distance of unpreparedness could only be very nearby, and you would still have wasted close to an hour…bummer. *&^&%$@$#$%…only happens in KL…

A Little Laugh

Life sure is challenging.

Everyday we are faced with unnecessary stress, anxieties, deadlines, troubles, making ends meet, putting food on the table, problems, arguments, etc. Whew. And whilst we try our best to meet these obstacles head-on,В sometimes, we forget to turn to the wisdom of our children first…

Last night I was in the midst of cradling and cooing Caitlynn to sleep. Her eyes were already closed and from the breathing, I knew she had just gone off to sleep. Suddenly, she produced a cheeky smile and started to giggle for a good 2-3 seconds. A split second of her little laughter that would be etched in my memory as anВ occurrenceВ that brought me instant joy and made me forget everything else.

Wouldn’t life be simpler if we could just laugh our troubles away? Have you had a little laugh today? 😀

Tiger Unshelved?

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Poor Tiger Woods. TheВ repercussionsВ of hisВ embarrassingВ episode of late can also be seen (on unseen, rather) from supermarket shelves..

I was grocery shopping in Carrefour the other day when I came across this aisle that displays Gatorade’s line of thrist-quenchers. People who buy this brand (like me!) would know that Gatorade has got some big names in sports to endorse their products, including our very own Nicol David, Maria Sharapova, Ronaldinho (?), and of course, Tiger Woods…

I was surprised to see there was no sight of Tiger’s drink there (Grape-flavored, for those who are curious…)!! Pity…that was my favourite flavour too. :-(

Either he has also lost the endorsement with Gatorade, or people snapped it up quickly thinking it could be some collector’s item…Hmmmm.

Anyhow, poor Tiger…

Bumpy Lessons of Life!

If you have not heard, there is a really cool project that is on-going called “A City of Shared Stories Kuala Lumpur“. It is simply a place for anyone to share a short story or poem about any area in KL. Imagine the volume of stories that would be collected from this project!!

What are you waiting for? Zoom over to the “A City of Shared Stories Kuala Lumpur” site now and share a story now!

I’m posting my shared story here for your reading pleasure. My original submission is also posted there, complete with map location and all. Pretty nifty, huh?

Bumpy Lessons of Life!

Taman Impian Ehsan // 16 Jan 2010 //В by Allan

Think of Serdang, and these words might come to mind: Green trees, Millions of UPM students, and of course…Speed Bumps.

Yup, those long man-made semi-circular striped stuff on the roads that disintegrates any attempt to beat the 0-100km/h speed record. The same criminal guilty of scraping the underside of your car whenever you carry a full load of passengers. Yup, the ‘Speed Bumps of Serdang’ has infamously become a natural feature of this town.

When I was studying in UPM, these bumps would be an indicator that I was already approaching the university or Serdang. Heck, we could even give directions to a particular faculty by the number of bumps from our residential college!

I have since moved to a housing area in the interiors of Taman Impian Ehsan, which is not too far from Serdang. So, I was not fairly surprised that those devious speed bumps have a colony in my housing area too! There are so many of them that I am still unable to keep count of the exact number of bumps leading from the main road to my house! Thankfully, I am a person who always tries to look for the positives, even from these speed bumps.

So, now whenever I drive home and make contact with all my bumpy friends, I am reminded that our life will always be filled with ups and downs before we reach our destination.I am also reminded that we should learn to slow down sometimes and enjoy what life has to offer. I am also thankful that it was bumps that were built, and not traffic lights!

But best of all, the speed bumps give me a clear sign that I am very close to home and my beloved family!

“I don’t like SPAM!”

Bummer. Spent a big chunk of my night cleaning up all the contaminated comment spam which struck my blogs. Yup, it was not only one blog but all my other blogs too, Our Playful Pups, Our Photo Gallery and Our Video Vault were all not spared! I don’t like SPAM!

Immediately installed some anti-spam plugins to prevent any further madness! I don’t like SPAM!

Is it some kind of conspiracy? Is it some form of cyber-attack? Did the price of spam go down overnight?!! I don’t like SPAM!

Anyway, all these spam triggered memories of Monthy Python’s classic skit. For those of you who have not seen or heard of Monthy Python, then you have not seen how funny sketches should be executed. These blokes from England are pros in creating some of the silliest sketches ever. Their heavy British accent may take some time to get used to, but their sketches are pure masterpieces, and certainly not SPAM!

For those of you already know Monthy Python, this classic SPAM skit video I found on YouTube will definitely put a smile on your face. Enjoy!

Menu of the Month

With so many tragic episodes happening around the world of late, I guess ‘violence’ has got to be the flavour of the month. Thus, I present here the Menu of the Month as a quick recap of last week’s violent madness!

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Menu of the Month: Violence

Starter:
NBC Late-Night Shuffle Salad

(An American classic that is sure to fire up your appetite for the rest of the evening. Cold vege and sour fruits laced with twisted actions of complicating two of its main ingredients, Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno. Possible third topping in Jimmy Fallon may force this dish to be served only after midnight.)

Soup of the Day:
Cream of Wild Arson

(A traditional soup with heritage links to the middle-east and is known for its spiritual values. In Malaysia, this dish has been adapted to its local flavours of wild arsonists torching churches everywhere following a High Courts ruling to allow the word ‘Allah’ to be used in a Catholic publication. Word of advise to stir the soup gently as it could get hotter…)

Main Course:
African Ambush

(An exotic delicacy that defines ‘violence’ in an extreme manner. The Togo football team was ambushed when they arrived in Angola for the Africa Cup of Nations. Tragically, the attack left 3 dead and many others wounded. The team has since left the tournament. Can’t football be spared from this madness?! What is the world turning to?!)

Dessert:
Chinese Scrambled Pancakes

(Local Chinese favourite that should leave everyone talking and squabbling for eternity without any resolutions. Affectionally also known as the MCA Crisis, it is shocking to see this party still not being able to recover from the shock of the last GE results.)

Bon Appetit!

Special only for this month: FREE FLOW of house drink….Molotov Cocktail!!

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Wait a minute…we’ve not even crossed mid-Jan yet!! Hope we can still change the menu!!

Allah Yang Setia

It is indeed gloomy times in Malaysia of late.

To date, four churches have become targets of cowardly arson attacks in the wake of the recent decision of the Malaysian High Court to allow Catholic’s Malay version of their publication The Herald to use the word ‘Allah’.

Personally, it is really sad to see such brutal acts happening in our own backyard. The audacity of these ‘internal terrorism’ clearly reflects how safe Malaysia is. On the other hand, the drama and events we are witnessing in front of our very own eyes has also brought out the voices from all quarters.В A large majority of Christians and non-Christians (including Muslims) have come out to condemn these actions that is threatening national security.

As a Christian, this episode has made me reflect much deeper about my faith and God’s faithfulness.

1. In times of gloominess and darkness, В I’m confident His light would be able to shine brighter!

2. Looking at the brighter side of things, this episode has brought more Christian to their knees in prayer! A weapon oft forgotten, let’s continue to pray fervently for our nation.

3. We should also not allow our emotions to take over the situation. Rather, we should (more than ever) depend on God’s promise that He would be faithful to be with us, trusting God to protect us and eventually make the necessary judgments.

With my eyes turned upon His faithfulness, allow me to share this beautiful piece from the inspiring pen of Jonathan Prawira called Allah Yang Setia. Enjoy!

Allah Yang Setia

Allah Yang Setia (Songwriters : Jonathan Prawira & Joseph S Djafar (Music); Vocals: Franky Sihombing)

YESUS, KAU TELAH MEMULAI
S’GALA YANG BAIK DALAMKU
ENGKAU MENJADIKANKU
SERUPA GAMBARAN-MU
DAN BERHARGA DI MATA-MU

YESUS, KAU TELAH MEMULAI
KARYA YANG MULIA DALAMKU
KAU BERIKAN HIDUP-MU
S’BAGAI GANTI DOSAKU
KAR’NA KASIH-MU PADAKU

REFF:
S’KARANG KUMEMUJI-MU
ALLAH YANG SETIA
YANG TAK PERNAH MENINGGALKAN
PERBUATAN TANGAN-MU

S’KARANG KUMENYEMBAH-MU
ALLAH YANG MULIA
SEMPURNAKAN SEG’NAP HIDUPKU
AGAR INDAH BAGI-MU