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3 year break!

December 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Michael Schumacher took a 3 year break before he went back to racing.

I think I need something of that nature right now..

Help!!

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Categories: Buzzes in my head, Math

Of Bagpipes, Starfruits and Resource Strategists

December 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Yup. Those three phrases best sums up my experience in this year’s (26th?) annual Youth Development Program. It’s been explosive in every sense of the word. Neither the rain nor the night deterred us from having a great time there.

Highlights of the camp include:
1. Huh I’m a resource strategist?!?!
2. How can a guy live without ever watching cartoons, AXN and have Koh Tsu Koon as their role model? Furthermore, his favourite musical instrument is the bagpipe and what people think is funny he thinks is weird, what he thinks is funny others think is weird. Hmm…
3.  A synonym for bagpipe is starfruit. Seriously? No.
4.  This song was on my mind throughout the YDP.

Just a cup of cold water. Just the little things you do, that make up to a lot. Awesome.

Anymore and I’ll post it up soon.

Falcon, OUT!

Categories: Religion

Oh for a closer walk with Thee…

December 14, 2010 Leave a comment

As they say, “Tengah malam ni, genap lapan tahun dah jadi sejak hari pertama jadi Kristian.” Looking back, I have not regretted making the decision, nor will I ever want to in the future.

People are always asking things like, “What’s your favorite Bible character?” or “What’s your favorite book/verse in the Bible?” But in reality, I hardly have any. Well, when I was just a kid I liked Moses a lot because of the Ten Commandments movie, and then I grew up. But as much as I don’t really have favorites in the Bible,  I do, however, have a favorite topic – Heaven. Last week was an awesome opportunity to learn about our home when life on earth is over. I learned that there ARE actually people who don’t want to go to heaven. That’s crazy, I thought. Who wouldn’t wanna go to heaven? It’s absolutely ridiculous.

It’s probably because they don’t believe in heaven. But suppose now that heaven does exist. The heaven described in the Bible, where the walls are of ruby, jasper, topaz, and its streets pure gold. There is no sadness, no crying, no sorrow – God, who will be among us, will wipe away every tear from our eyes. Of course, it is merely a symbolic description,  something which our earthly mortal mind can comprehend, but doesn’t the description of heaven would cause anyone to long for it?

People long to be rich on this earth. When a bunch of Malaysians came to Singapore to study, I was talking to one of them about four years ago, and I asked her, “So are you going to go back to Penang after your three year stint here?” I cannot exactly remember her response, but one thing she said struck me.

“Wait until I get rich first, then I go back.”

Get rich? Hmm… how do you get rich? How do you even define rich? How much money is enough? That’s it – the eternal question – How much is enough? 1 mil? 2 mil? 100 mil? 1 bil? Of course, as I got to know her, I learned that she can be self-disciplined enough, and that she truly cherishes her family a lot, but that’s beside the point.

What was I trying to say? Oh right. Rich. You know, the Bible talks about riches. A lot. Really. Lots. One account can be found in Matthew 5. Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

Sensible. Makes a lot of sense. It’s better to put our treasure in a safe and secure place so that we’ll have peace of mind, knowing it’s always there. Jesus taught us not to lay up for ourselves treasures on earth because of its temporal nature! The wise man Solomon even talked about it. In Proverbs 23:4-5, he says, “Do not overwork to be rich; because of your own understanding, cease! Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.”

The wise man Solomon said that riches are NOT. Like Jesus, Solomon also highlighted the temporal nature of earthly wealth. You can accumulate as much as you can, but just like that it could all disappear. Riches are temporary. They don’t last. And yet, people put their trust in them. Yet, there is a better hope in God, who is steadfast and sure, who cannot lie, who assures us of a permanent home in heaven, with all its riches.

So therefore, why not put our trust in God and in His Son who died for us so that we can be in heaven when all this is over?

Falcon, OUT!

Categories: Buzzes in my head

DCG

December 5, 2010 Leave a comment

How to play the Dominated Card Game:
Things you need: 2 deck of cards, and a working brain.

How it goes:
Preliminaries:
1. Remove the honors (KQJ) from both decks. Distribute them according to the number of players and type. (Eg: For 2 players, 1 player takes all the red honors and the other takes all the black. For 3 players, each players takes all K, all Q and all J, etc.)
2. Randomly draw numbers to determine who starts first.
3. Each player is given 5 cards and the life types of 1 deck faced up and the other deck faced down.

Gameplay:
1. At the start of your turn, draw 2 cards. There are 4 types of cards:
a. Red number cards – these are the Defense cards.
b. Black number cards – these are the Offense cards.

2. At each turn, you can play up to three cards. There are a few things you can do – play Offense cards to attack your opponent(s) or extra lives to add to your life pool. You do this by turning a faced down life card to face up. At the end of the turn, if you have more than 7 cards in your hand, you have to discard them until you have 7.

3. If a player is attacked, he may use Defense cards (as many as he likes) to block. The sum of the numbers must be at least the sum of the Offense cards used to attack. For example, if a player attacks with 10,8,9 together, then the defender needs to have defense cards summing up to at least 27.

4. If a player cannot defend or chooses not to defend, he loses 1 life. His loses when he has lost all his active lives.

Misc:
1. If there are only 2 players remaining, during a turn each player must play at least 2 cards or discard them.
2. If at any point in the game a player has used up all the cards in his hand, he may immediately draw 5 cards.

Questions and comments are welcomed!!
Falcon, OUT!

Categories: Happenings, Something else