Friday, December 29, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Nice and soft, hahaha
The Christmas Day was a good day for me. Even though it was a busy day, but at the end of the day, it was worth it. Woke up at 8am coz need to roast the turkey. Not only one turkey, but 2 turkeys!! Ah Teng and I volunteered to do it. We marinated the turkeys on Christmas Eve afternoon and left them in the fridge overnite, so that the sauces and herbs are absorbed by the turkey meat.
Turkey marinated overnite.
Baked in the oven for about 3 and half hrs.
Isn't it beautiful??!!
All the food on the table, ready to be served!!!
Another specialty, Pork sausages in apple sauce, very nice, prepared by Caressa.
Monday, December 25, 2006
Yesterday was Christmas Eve, and COHS was having an English Christmas Eve service at 10pm. So surely everyone have to dress at their best for the Lord. For me, I don't have new clothes, but still I wear my best shirt and pants for the nite. The only new thing I got is, me new Spectacles! I got the spec last Wed. but I planned to start wearing them last nite. Well, it sorta got a bit of attentions from friends around coz having this new spec with a little twist of new style. So far the comments I got was favourable. (heh).
The service was good. It's been a long time since I see Christina Yeo danced. Last nite she danced with a group of youths during the opening service. The dance was good and eye catching as the dancers doing some cool steps and dances, something new for the COHS. For me that's the highlight of the event. (will post their pics later) The church was packed with people, the regulars, non-regulars and also 1st timers.
After the service, was bout 12am already. So me and my cell members, and a few other friends went to Ah Teng's place for supper, and "secret Angel" gift exchange!!! My cell members were excited about the gifts they were going to get, guessing what will they get and from whom. It was fun, hilarious and enjoyable exchanging gifts, with new twist, to guess who bought the gifts they ordered. (will posts the pics soon) For me, Ivy bought the gifts for me, got a tooth brush, candy and Nike Socks, just as what I had ordered, hehehe. I bought Alfie a drum stick bag, which is one of the list he wants. Reason I chosen the bag over the others is because I'm looking forward to play in church band with him someday soon, hehehehe. Our supper was porridge, teow chew style. Why porridge? Well I guess because we'll be having big feast at dinner later on Christmas Day, so we be kind to our tummy for a while, hehe.
Me new glasses
Me wearing me new glasses
The starting event of the service, the dance by the youth and Christina Yeo (can u see her?)
The 3 enjoying themselves. hehehehe
Yay! Free gifts!! Decorated candles given away to all who attended the Christmas eve celebration, even youths and children.
Me and Jack, glad that the service ended Joyously,..."phew"!
After the service, straight to Ah Teng's place, for Secret Angel present exchange. Look at all of us holding our gifts!
Me showing off the gifts that I got.
Ding's turn. He got a RED shirt.
Ah Teng got himself a WHITE shirt.
This is me 2nd presents for Christmas: tooth brush, candy & Nike Sox.
Me helping our to prepare the porridge. Yummy!!
Last Saturday was one of the busiest day in preparing for Christmas. In the morning started the day by doing shopping with cell members for the Christmas day dinner, we bought 2 turkeys for our dinner and 2 kg of PORK sausages. Sounds expensive rite? hehe. Then band practices for Sunday worship and Christmas eve's service.
Then in the evening, Christina Yeo invited me, the cell members, church staffs and close friends for her home blessing ceremony. And I'm appointed by Christina do conduct the home blessing progression. Pressure man. Even Rev. David and wife was there. Booklet was provided as a guide. So I have no choice but to conduct the event. Her apartment is nice (will post more pics later). Everything went well. Maybe a little bit too quick, tried to end the ceremony and prayers asap as it was the 1st time that I conducted such an event. Will learn and improve from this good experience. After the ceremony, wat else, "makan" time!! After the dinner, Christina served us dessert, CENDOL. It was GOOD!!! Next time will ask her to serve us that again, hehe.
Christina prepared her specialty, "CENDOL"
Last Friday nite, me and my cell group went out for caroling. We visited 3 houses, but 2 of these were on cell members' home, bu had never visited their house for carols before. 1st hse was an old couple from England. They were introduced by Nellie. They have been in Labuan for about 5 weeks, and they plan to settle here long term. They are friendly and welcoming.
2nd house were Ah Teng's hse at Lazenda Villa 5 there. After the singing and blessings, he and Peggie served "tang yuen", my 2nd portion for that day. They served them with red beans, something new to me, and it's nice.
3rd and the last house were Mr and Mrs Alfie Liau's place. They too served us "tang yuen", my 3rd portion, which was nice too. Infused with ginger.
My cell members singing with JOY and happiness (the dog "Joy" was there too, heh)
The hosts singing happily........
Me and Theodore leading the carols. (heh)
Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Last nite's prophetic seminar was good and had a big impact to my life. It's about living up to your dreams. Dr. Paul Ang said that God gives us dream even when we were young. But are we able to live up our dream? I once had big dreams for my life, but since teenage days, I stopped dreaming and wondered around. Now it's time for me to dream again, as it can be a catalyst for my life. Lord Jesus, guide me in my dreams, that I can be mighty tool for you. Mould me again, that I can be more like you. Let me move on from my past failures and the start believe in You wholeheartedly, so that I may face successes, all in Your name, AMEN!!
Talk by Dr. Paul Ang....
Everybody paid full attention, awesome and powerful message.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
The prophetic seminar was good. A big hit to my heart. Need to always think the positive side despite my weaknesses that I have and that bothers me. Jesus looks at the potential, not the weaknesses. I too need to see the people the way Jesus did, both fellow Christians and non-believers.
After the seminar, hunger sets in, so we headed off to "Island" or "ai-ren" to get a bite. They have this "curry - kon lo mee", reminds me of the food I had when I was studying in Inti College, Nilai. One of the stall in the cafeteria serves good curry kon lo mee, which the meat were wild boar. But in Island was chicken meat. It's ok, but cannot beat the ones I had in my old college.
This afternoon after lunch with fellow church friends, went back to office, and one of my colleagues offered me a lollipop. It was a Chupa Chups XXL with chewing gums inside! As far as I know, I think this is the 1st time I had a candy that BIG, really XXL! I was wondering how to enjoy this big lollipop. It was strawberry flavour, which it tasted very strong and sweet. It took me almost one and half hour to finish it and then spend bit more time in chewing the gum.
The candy was ok, but I don't really like the gum, doesn't taste good, have this bitter taste, maybe the rubber thingy. The smell of that flavour really strong, some colleagues walked past by me while i was enjoying the candy and they paused and asked where this strawberry smell came from, and I took out my candy and showed it to them "nah, from here", hahahaha.
The look of it in my side cheek. If I do this all the time, I'm sure I'll look like chipmunk/hamster with baggy cheeks, hahaha!
Having hard time trying to finish the candy.
Last nite went to church to help in wrapping candles, for the congregation as Christmas gift. Have to wrap about 1000 pcs!! But I was late to reach there to help. Supposedly I planned to skip it, but one of my cell member really good in making me guilty, in the end I go and help them. (heh) Ah Teng! I'll remember U!!
Look at them busy gluing and wrapping the gifts.
Sample of the candles. Quite nice as a gift,...don't u think so? I'm proud my cell members willingly helped to wrap these gifts,..heheh.....showing the spirit of Christmas!!
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Last nite had bbq dinner, for my bro and his friends visiting Labuan. We woke up at 6.30am to go to PASAR to buy some stuff for the bbq. Been quite a long time since I went to the market. I remember I used to go there often with my mom when I was in primary school. She does the buying and I'm the "trolley", hahaaha. But I do learn some tips on how to buy good and fresh food. So yesterday I do the buying and my bro and Siew May were the "trolleys", hahaha.
After the shopping at the market, we went for breakfast. Had nasi lemak at a stall in Sea Sports Complex. That stall is famous for this dish. A bit pricey though, but the food was good. Been a long time since i visited that stall.
Lamb chop!! I do the marinating and my bro did the dirty work, mixing them up!!! The lamb was good, really exceed my expectation, everybody loved it. (I got the recipe from the Internet, that's why it's good, heh)
Squid!! And again, i din do the dirty work, just do the marinate. hahaha.
Dinner was good, I think everybody enjoyed it and also the fellowship. Farid is back in town. Glad to see him again with his family. His daughter grown up, look more like him, (hopefully not a joker like him, heh) Will catch up with u soon man!!!
This coming week will be a SUPER busy week. Need the LORD'S strength!! My cell group's carolling, prophetic nite, a cell member's home blessing, band practices for this coming Christmas(including sketch rehearsal), and Christmas cell group harvest dinner. Dear Lord, bless me, my cell members and everybody who are involved in these coming events. Give them strength and encouragement to serve You with JOY and PEACE! AMEN!!!