half way into 2015

well, it’s been more than 6 months into 2015, i thought i would just pop by for a quick update.

life has been pretty hectic and packed with the usuals. i need more rest in order to get things in order.

the past 2 months, i had a short trip to bkk, church camp and ymlc which was really refreshing and a great break from work. and now that those are done, work has entered a lull period and i have to motivate myself to give my best at work.

i also havent found the time to reflect on the past 6 months which also explains this haphazard post.

some of the things i really want/need to do now are

  1. get my ministry stuff sorted (Block outreach, equipping course)
  2. get my eating sorted out. i need to get some proper breakfast. may have to go back to oat and bananas. i have been ok at cutting out sugary drinks for a long time. but think i need more fruit and unhealthy carbs.
  3. read more –  i’ll be really glad if i could finish that one book!
  4. get fitter/stronger – need to be more strict on this. i am still unsettled on running/gym/home exercise.
  5. organize my stuff –  there is a reason why it’s call the WARdrobe right??
  6. PRAY more –  for people and to speak to God.
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YMLC 2015 Reflections

i think this week tops the other great week i had at BKK and Church Camp.

I attend the Young Methodist Leaders Conference over the past 4 days and I served as a mentor.

Before

I didn’t quite know what to expect as it was my second time attending and first time attending as a mentor. During the Mentor’s Briefing held a month or so back, I remember feeling rather small, yet excited for what was to come. Because I just knew that it was going to be a worthwhile experience. And at the same time I though that it would be a good time to renew my relationship with God. I felt a little small because I wasn’t really a full time staff or pastor or anything of that capacity. But it didn’t bother me much because I knew those things wouldn’t matter in the end.

The day arrived and I was part of the team that went a day earlier. From Day 1, i could already feel the change in atmosphere. Where everyone was just full of love and compassion. As I didn’t know any other mentors prior to the trip, I spent the most of my time during my journey there observing the people around me. And I was deeply inspired. I wanted to be like them. How great it would be to be surrounded by people who Honor you and build you up and not tear you down?

They were just filled with so much ‘youthfulness’ even though many of them were not of youthful age. You can see the difference in someone who is filled with the joy of God that just shines through from their faces versus someone who is just satisfied by temporal things.

we had to pose with the pastor as shown on the play card

we had to pose with the pastor as shown on the play card

The games were really fun and I have to thank God for this bunch of amazing people who made it so easy for me to just help everyone get settled. They just broke lose so easily and started joking around within the first hour. haha. Thank God for that because I am not a social butterfly. lol.

YMLC 2014 GROUP 1

YMLC 2013 GROUP 1

Also met up with my group from 2 years ago for a short catch up. it was really great to see them!

GROUP 1!

GROUP 1!

A picture with everyone inside. haha they are such a fun bunch. lol.

the lovely girls!

the lovely girls!

MCOTI represent!

MCOTI represent!

What I learnt

I was truly amazed at how God took mercy on us all and showered His love and Grace by revealing Himself to us. He is able to work within each one of us and use our failures and setbacks to shine through and show His power. How God can truly transform the impossible. He is really the God who can move the mountains. I was deeply encouraged by my group as they shared how God worked in their lives. It was just proof to me that God is not only real in my life but in the lives of others. That there is true Hope when we put our faith and trust in the One Who Saves.

I also learnt that we need to take responsibility in Power. The workshop that I attended really was relevant to me. That I have the Power of God within me and because of that, I am able to do far GREATER thing through Him.

I also learnt that God can use the broken, the sinful to encourage others. I had the privilege of praying for many people during ministry time. They were all strangers who had come forward to receive intercession for various things they had on their mind. Prior to that, I told God that He would enable me and give me the wisdom to say the right things. Throughout the ministry time, I was just overwhelmed by the grace and love of our Lord. He told me that every child was precious to Him. Our identity lies in Him and nothing can take that away. I prayed for various people with various needs that they shared with me briefly. I remembered praying for one lady who had some issues in her workplace. As i prayed, I felt God prompting me to pray for her family. I was half uncertain because for all I know, her family could be doing great and I totally praying for the wrong things. But I prayed anyway, I thought that that would bring her comfort. When I ended the prayer, she told me that she indeed had some issues at home and she thanked me. I was just blown away.

How could God use me? I am but a mere servant, existing on earth??

Aren’t there more anointed people out there?

Then I realised that God’s Power is always there for us to tap onto. He doesn’t shy away from us only and all we need to do is to call upon His name.

I was just filled with awe that God would use me to bring comfort and peace to the people around me. and I, in turn was deeply moved and encouraged too.

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The worship sessions that we had left a deep impression upon me. I have never been so EXCITED and just bursting with energy during worship. Just. Wow.

It was then that realised that there is nothing more beautiful in the eyes of God than His children bowed down in worship with hearts and hands lifted to the heavens. I was truly amazed and just speechless. I felt I could deeply connect with God through worship.

What’s next?

I suppose the next step would be, that what would we do with the experienced we had?

It’s not about the moving experiences, but how our experiences move us.

This was shared during the workshop. It so true. I want to move on and apply what I learnt. I am not contented where I am and I wish for GREATER.  I am excited for the plans are bubbling within me. May God inspire me deeply.

Conclusion

I received more than i expected over the past 4 days. It was a time of spiritual rest and restoration and more than that, I just fell deeper in love with God. This experience caused me to crave more of Him, more of His goodness.

There were areas that I felt I can improve and need to work on. So I will spend some time reflecting on that as well.

With that said, I can’t wait for YMLC 2016.

Bangkok/15 #NothingBahtTheTruth

Finally an update! and a travel one at that. haha! i love writing travel posts as it allows me to relieve the experiences through my subpar writing. haha. but still, hope this post will help any of you who may be traveling to the Land of Smiles soon

First group photo without S.

First group photo without S.

we arrived at 12:30am and took the USD$60 limo to the apartment because it fit all of us and our bags. it was a very comfortable ride!

The other 2 girls.

The other 2 girls.

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Welcome drinks? haha. i didnt have any though. this had gold flakes innit.

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first bangkok meal the next morning. haha. had breakfast near the local street near our airbnb apartment. ordered in broken english.

$1 breakfast

$1 breakfast

So simple but so satisfying. This bowl of pork noodles really hit the spot. Eating along the roadside and sweating like mad with the hot weather? Check.

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Random Basil Pork Rice

How many can you eat?

How many can you eat?

we had the famous boat noodles near Victory Monument Centre before heading to the Chatuchak weekend market. the noodles were really good. the girls had about 5 bowls each. while the boys had about 8 bowls each. Each bowl cost 12 Baht (S$0.48). There you can choose either pork, beef or some sour dry noodle. I enjoyed the pork and beef bowls. you can also choose whatever type of noodle you like. Tasted really good with the chilli powder. Gives it a good kick.

Boat Noodles

Boat Noodles

The broth is super flavourful. Wishing for some right now.

Chatuchak

Chatuchak

No other photo inside Chatuchak because it was so sweltering hot that one hand was used to fan myself. and the other holding the shopping we had. hahaha. coconut ice cream to beat the heat. but it was rather substandard. the one from the other stall near the clock tower is much better imo. but still, anything cold on a hot day is always appreciated.

after Chatuchak, we visted Rot Fai Night Market, which i will blog about in another post. That place was a real treasure.

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Day 2 at Platinum! In other words, shopping heaven.

3 girls worth of shopping in about 4 hours. haha.

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lots of goodies inside 😀

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Snapchatting outside the toilet. haha.

we then headed for a much needed massage after combing the 5 floors of platinum mall at the usual place opposite Pantip Plaza. i dont normally spend on massage in Singapore because i cant justify the price. but here, i always get massages. $10 for 1hr of pure relaxation. haha.

after that we proceeded to Siam area for dinner at Som Boon Seafood. We went to the very new Siam Square One, where many of the cafes and japanese restaurants are. the mall is HUGE.

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The Hello Kitty Cafe is here too.

Curry Crab @ Som Boon Seafood

Curry Crab @ Som Boon Seafood

The Famous Curry Crab at Som Boon Seafood. they have about 7 outlets but this one is quite convenient as the mall is linked directed from Siam BTS station. the restaurant is also very fancy for Bangkok standards. we ordered a bunch of dishes and they were all good. i especially like the prawn/crayfish vermicelli (tang hoon) it was very flavourful and peppery.

the curry crab was something different. the gravy goes excellent with white rice. i expected abit more flavour though. we also ordered the oyster omelette which was packed full of flavour and they were very generous with the oysters too.

It costed us about S$15/pax for 7 people. Very value for money. We ordered two Medium servings of Curry crab and a whole lot of dishes.

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We went to a cafe at the same mall. Will blog about all the cafes we visited in a separate post.

Took the BTS/BRT home.

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Aftermath of shopping madness

Aftermath of shopping madness

after getting back home, the girls 2 girls then paraded their shopping hahaha.

#creeping behind the girls

#creeping behind the girls

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Bridge at Chong Nongsi Station. I believe this is the CBD Area. Where you can connect to the BRT, which is the bus service.

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Hobo #ootd

Hobo #ootd 

#Filters

#Filters

Felt like treating myself.

Felt like treating myself.

Kikkoman Soy Sauce

Kikkoman Soy Sauce

It was a very fruitful trip and i enjoyed myself thoroughly. Thank God that He kept us safe throughout. will talk more in the next post!

focus

it’s been quite a long time since i last updated this blog.

been busy with life. with work, with church, with stuff..

there is this urge to just spend some time and money to travel and see the world. it’s a little tough now due to the current situation. but perhaps i just need to bite the bullet and just go and hesitate less..

it’s been a busy few weeks. havent been focusing on myself enough and i feel like out of touch. praying that i will be able to pull myself together and aim to achieve something outside of work.

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missing those carefree times…

a post about nothing in particular

hi there,

i knew i wanted to blog, but was ensure of what i should blog about. we are just about 3 weeks into the new year and have pretty much settled in. how have your new year resolutions been? haha. have u been working out, saving money etc? (:

well, the year has started off on a good note for me work wise. it’s been busy, but nevertheless, satisfying. i feel a sense of accomplishment when i get tasks done. of course im not great or an expert at what i do. im still learning and getting the hang of the industry. but im thankful to be where i am right now. and i want to thank God for knowing me best and planning ahead for me (:

i want to post some photos but i post quite regularly on my dayre account. haha. so you may wish to add me or read my posts at dayre.me/cheeziepeazie !

The Nam Hai experience + 2014 year end happenings

hey there! happy 2015!

posting a few more photos from my vietnam trip in nov 2014.

breakfast time

breakfast time

delicious tropical fruits

delicious tropical fruits

my fav vietnamese prawn rolls

my fav vietnamese prawn rolls

cao lao

cao lao

night market lanterns

night market lanterns

lots of people getting their professional photos taken at the ancient town.

lots of people getting their professional photos taken at the ancient town.

my first banh mi.

my first banh mi.

the flavours in this seeming humble local delight was just out of this world. i dont even know what they put inside but they sure taste good. i believe there was egg, pork slices, veggies, chilli sauce, maybe even cheese all married together in a lightly toasted baguette. and then maybe doused with some fragrant shallots. it was delicious and really worth getting our hands dirty and chins dripping with the sauces. this, was from The Banh Mi Queen, a little off the beaten track in the old town, but not hard to find and certainly popular with the locals and tourists.

the shop is unpretentious and the owners live at the back of their shop, which is not well decorated with fancy furniture or air-conditioned like many other eateries in the area. you know u’ve found a jem when u see handmade letters with recommendations pasted inside a glass cabinet.

ingredients

ingredients

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the outdoor rainshower which i miss so dearly..

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after our lovely vacation, December was a flurry of events one after another that i felt i could barely breathe. haha.

youths caroling

youths caroling

leaders meeting

leaders meeting

youth camp

youth camp

aaron's birthday

aaron’s birthday

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hope 2015 has been starting out to be great for many of you!

The Hoian Holiday-The Nam Hai

hi everyone, im back from my short holiday vacation with my family to Hoian. it was prolly one of the best and most relaxing holidays i’ve had. we went there to just do nothing and some light shopping

the focus of this post would be the amazing THE NAM HAI which was and prolly is my fav hotel/villa of all time hands down!

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hello from the skies

hello from the skies

fluffiest of clouds

fluffiest of clouds

the town of Danang

the town of Danang

we took the silkair flight direct to the Town of Danang. and Hoian is about 30 mins drive from the airport. we arrived in the late afternoon to a rather gloomy town. that was expected cos it’s the monsoon season.

we were picked up by our private driver who offered us cold towels to freshen up and cold bottled water. coupled with free wi-fi in the van, we knew we were in for an amazing trip. and sure enough we were!

my dad pondering over life.

my dad pondering over life.

once we arrived, we were greeted by the hotel’s manager as well as our private butler for the length of our stay. we were then transported by buggy to our private villa where paradise awaits… we were first ushers into the living room which was massive?!?!?! like bigger than some 4 room flat. lol. there were plenty of lounge areas. perfect for couch potatoes like me.

there was also no need to check in at the reception cos you do your check-in in your villa itself. hehe. our butler was lovely tho. very polite and non-intrusive.

lazing around in the massive living room

lazing around in the massive living room

the entrance of the villa

the entrance of the villa

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we then headed for dinner at My Hanh seafood resturant which is located Danang. this was recommended by our driver. that place is quite popular with locals.

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morning glory a.k.a kang kong. haha.

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massive prawns steamed with garlic

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after dinner, our driver picked us up again and gave us a short tour of Danang town. since our hotel was in Hoian, it was a good opportunity to have a short city tour of the town.

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woke up bright and early to a rather gloomy sunrise again. we kinda succumbed to the fact that the rest of the trip was gnna be gloomy and toyed with the idea that we were probably not going to enjoy the poolssssss. sob sob.

i went for the free yoga class offered by the hotel. it was quite interesting and a good workout to start the day! it wasnt easy tho. cos i am not flexible. haha. but doing yoga in the peace and quiet in the amazing property (facing the main pools) was a really amazing feeling.

i then joined my family for breakfast which was DAMN GOOD. some of the dishes are served on-demand. meaning u order the dishes and they prepare it on the spot. like eggs, pho, cao lao (hoi an speciality). all freshly made on the spot. they also served a myraid of juices, fruits, cereals.

the service there is top notch. our server even chatted with us and we found out she was adopted by an american family who sent her to singapore to study and learn english. amazing. the staff there also remember your requests who proved to be very impressive during our breakfasts over the next three days.

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hehe.

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our private beach front villa. it was literally BY THE BEACH. my words cannot sufficiently describe the awesomeness and serenity of the place. there were barely anyone on the beach save for some local fishermen.

poolside

poolside

we then headed to the poolside once the rain stopped to get as much chance of the pools as we could. it was really quite cold due to the sea breeze too. haha. but nothing was stopping me from getting into the amazing infinity pools.

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we arranged for a trip to go into the ancient town of Hoi an. which to me, though touristy, had a charm of it’s own with its quaint shops selling souvenirs, tailors and shoe shops. admist all the touristy shops, there were also many quaint cafes, pushcarts selling local eats and plenty of vietnamese restaurants ready to cater to tourists at affordable prices. the heart of the ancient city caters to mainly tourists with much better designed (and cleaner) eateries.

however, if u wander further off the main streets, u would find more local shops and eateries.

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not so nice photo of me

not so nice photo of me

one of the rare photos of me. cos my sister was not too keen on taking photos of me.lol.

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the hotel reception by night. which was gorgeously lit up. the hotel area is rather dimly lit to give off the private and romantic feel. but may not be suitable for people with night blindness cos it is really quite dark and u need to watch your footing cos there are quite alot of steps too.

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waiting for our transport to bring us to dinner.

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pho. this time a different kind (with thick rice noodles)

pho. this time a different kind (with thick rice noodles)

we had dinner at Madame Lan’s in Danang. which was also recommended by our driver. the food there is pretty good. but also, at tourist prices. but u will have a peace of mind as the place is clean and well maintained. you would not be disappointed even though our server wasnt too fluent in english and we had some problems communicating our orders to her. haha.

salad

salad

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photo with the vietnamese staff

photo with the vietnamese staff

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the pools by night. super gorgeous.

the pools by night. super gorgeous.

i have yet to post pictures of the amazing room haha. hopefully in the next post! stay tuned!!!!