Sunday, May 3, 2015

Lessons Learnt from Ankle Injury 2015

Lessons from left foot discomfort,
lots of love, care and comfort.

My flesh may fail, but my heart is strengthened by God;
I may have to hobble to move, but my soul is serving good.

I still want to look cool because being alive isn't supposed to be uncool,
Life is short but colourful, it appears only once we've got to make it meaningful.

Now I can fit myself in other's shoes,
Empathize for those who have problems to shower head to toes.

Every little encouragement is appreciated,
Every second I can still contribute will not be wasted.

Thank you, and thank God (^_^)


Thursday, February 21, 2013

阿爸,再见!

三十二年来,我第一次没有爸爸,变成了单亲孩子。在我工作的学校有很多的单亲孩子,他们的内心因着缺少了那一块田地而有所空虚,我是略知一二。此时此刻,我是真切的身同感受。而这永恒的缺失,唯有天父和耶稣的爱,才得以填补。  

我感谢天父,因为在我幼小和成长时,甚至是我成家立室的时候,我都有一位父亲。疼爱我,帮助我,让我有一个活生生的榜样学习如何成为一位父亲。我爸爸不是一位完美的父亲,当然我也不是,谁认为自己是呢?可是我知道爸爸他已经尽了他最大的努力爱我们,负责任的照顾我们。爸爸,谢谢你。

其实一开始真的很难接受爸爸已经走了的事实。昨早凌晨一时赶到医院时,看着医生说的那一段经典的对白,感觉一点都不真实。带着沉重的脚步一步步的走向病房,听着姐姐们的痛哭,看到爸爸就像平常那样躺在病床上。不同的是,无论我怎样的呼叫爸爸,爸爸,爸爸  爸爸都没有回答。可我还等着奇迹的发生。

种种的片段在脑海飞快盘旋。小时候跌倒爸爸帮我涂药、扶着我教我骑脚踏车、淹水时爸爸让我坐在澡盘里像坐船、有一次没有做功课爸爸被叫到学校,班主任给了我重重一鞭,回家后爸爸再请我吃藤条大餐、还有一次我们睡午觉直到水淹上床才惊醒,差点把妈妈气到断气、中学时和爸爸象棋大战几百回,直到爸爸再也赢不了我,我开始发现我成长了,而爸爸开始衰退。

读大学时,每当我半夜回到吉隆玻,爸爸就会到Puduraya用摩托车载我回家。那一晚,当我和爸爸停在无人的红灯前,说暗中的事情上帝仍然察看,爸爸说,“阿邦,你信了耶稣后真的很不一样了。”这一句话给了我信仰上很大的信心。我也回问他,“那你几时要回到教会啊?”当时他答应退休后会回到教会。结果他真的信守诺言。我的见证让他归回耶稣;他回到教会后努力的读经祷告,参加乐龄团契,骑着老摩托车到教会作礼拜,结果也成为了好见证,让姐姐们也回到教会的怀抱。

人生是很矛盾的,人的智慧也很有限。有时我不知道是爸爸还在医院受苦好?还是现在他离开了好?是或淋着雨,或穿越车龙骑摩托车来回医院好?还是再也不需回到那间医院好?是爸爸再多一天就七十三岁好?还是爸爸今天在天堂开生日派对好?

上帝的话语给予人安慰。

凡事都有定期、天下万务都有定时。生有时、死有时;栽种有时、拔出所栽种的、也有时;杀戮有时、医治有时;拆毁有时、建造有时;哭有时、笑有时;哀恸有时、跳舞有时;神造万物、各按其时成为美好,又将永生安置在世人心里,然而神从始至终的作为、人不能参透。传道书31-411

上帝的旨意是美好的,上帝的时间更是准确。只是我们的目光太肤浅。我们只珍惜眼目所能见的。以为失去了生命,便永远隔绝。

但现今你们既从罪里得了释放、作了神的奴仆、就有成圣的果子、那结局就是永生!罗马书622

昨晚钟传道说到再见永别,这给了我们一家很大的安慰。我的大儿子Matthew问到,爷爷做什么?我告诉他:爷爷is sleepinghe’ll wake up in heaven, we’re going to see him again. So, shh... Let him rest.”因为知道爸爸去了哪里,也知道我们将和他再会所以我们才得到安慰。现在我最大的愿望和祈求就是妈妈也愿意把她的生命交给耶稣和上帝。

感谢那么多的亲朋戚友,同事,邻居,教会的弟兄姐妹到来致敬及给予各种方式的帮忙。感谢乐龄团契的诞生让爸爸在有生之日也能经历在基督里委身学习。

感谢亲爱的天父能够让我们三姐弟同心合力把爸爸的遗言和遗嘱一一完成,不再有遗憾。

愿荣耀归于上帝。

Sunday, June 5, 2011

To Win Is To Have The Heart

One thing the Dallas Mavericks team in the NBA and our tiny Serdang Baru 1 Primary School Basketball team have in common is that - we want to, and we need to prove ourselves.

We've been the underdogs for a long period or, most of the time. Although we've been producing some quality players and picked up some medals collectively as a team along the way in the district competitions, but not the gold yet for our U-12 team, be it boys or girls (We surprised a lot of people to came out as the U-10 Girls Champion last year, but that's not heavy enough).

As for the Mavs, they have:
Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry - Who lost to the Miami Heat in 2006 Finals when up with 2-0.
Jason Kidd - Appeared twice in the Finals but lost both to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002 and San Antonio Spurs in 2003, respectively.
Shawn Marion - Been to the Western Conference Finals with the Phoenix Suns but never got through.
Peja Stojakovic - Similar experience as the Matrix while wearing the Sacramento Kings jersey.
Deshawn Stevenson - Called himself the Lebron Stopper when facing the King who was still a Cavs back then but never really lived up to that name.
Tyson Chandler, JJ Barea, Brian Cardinal and Ian Mahinmi - All were doubted even to be legitimate NBA players.
Some more, the now injured Brendan Haywood and unwanted free agent Corey Brewer. Which means the WHOLE team.

When I say the whole team, that's including their head coach, Rick Carlisle, who built the foundation for the 2004 Champions, the Detroit Pistons but was fired prior to that championship year.

With so much heart-breakings, tears, sweat and blood shed like them, I have no choice but to fall in love with this beautiful Dallas team. They've been playing their heart out throughout the course of this playoff. They carried each other's back, hustled the whole game, shared the ball and always looked for the best chance to score. Most amazingly, they never gave up.

That's where all the great comebacks they've succeeded in every round came from, including the one, game 2 of the Finals which made me cry at the end of it because they didn't give up to fight even with a 15-point deficit in the last 5 minutes.

That's what basketball is all about, it's about effort. It's about who wants to win the most. It's about being a TEAM to do it together.

Now, with the Mavs up 3-2, just one more win away to crown themselves as the NBA champions of 2011, their time is NOW.
Go Mavs!!!!!!!!!!


ps. We're going to have 30 over new boys and more than 30 new girls joining our school team next Monday. It's a new chapter in our school team history. In order not to lose, we will have to give our heart for every practice, to work really hard, the time is now. Go SB1!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Shaq-a-Claus delivers gifts

Adapted from Slamonline.com :-)

by Anton Kudriavtsev/@TheDiesel

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even Jerry Krause.
The banners were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Sternbot soon would be there.

The players were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of max contracts danced in their heads.
Free agents and those wanting a trade
Begin dreaming of possibilities made.

When out on the court there arose such a clatter,
They sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to half court they flew like a flash,
Tore open the floor to discover ‘Toine’s old stash.

They opened the box and like angels did sing
Money, some notes, and Artest’s pawned ring.
When, what to their wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, is that Bill Laimbeer?

The sled did shake and the players stepped back
They knew in a moment it must be St. Shaq!
More rapid than Rose escaping his SAT’s
He whistled, and shouted, and called them with glee!

“Now Amar’e! Now, Dirk! Now, Durant and Dwight!
On, Bron! On, Kobe! Don’t invite Chris Bosh and we’ll be alright.
To the top of the key! Quick like John Wall!
For we have much presents to deliver to all!”

For Rondo, as smooth as he is with the rock
For his form, I give him a brand new Shotloc.
Give Delonte the right number to dial
For KG, the blood of his enemies in a vial.

To Oden some thick pads for his knees
For Durant a protein shake – lift, brother please!
As Melo receives his double air miles
Tim Duncan opens his present with no smiles.

For Paul Pierce the full series of “Matlock”
For Jennings an upside down frown for when he’s blocked.
Blake Griffin, I deliver a new pogo stick
To mock your opponents, thine dunks be so sick!

For Joakim a new conditioner for the hair
For LeBron a hologram, to pretend a ring’s there.
Forget you Kobe? Never the gall
To you I give the best present of all:
Shock collars for all your teammates, no waste
Don’t pass you the ball? How do 120 volts taste?

We say “Merry Christmas” to one and to all
Except Turkoglu, to whom we simply say “ball”!




Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Funny Boy

早上5A的体育节,一场晨雨过后,周围还是有点湿......

LKL:老师,学校为什么不要建一座有盖的体育馆?那么下雨时我们还可以上体育节啊,也不会被雨淋到。

我:那你筹到多少钱了?(学校最近在进行筹款。)

LKL:我筹到了十六块钱。

我:那,够建一座体育馆吗?

LKL:......

LKL:买一打厕纸还够......那天我跟妈妈去超级市场......


后记:没有一份工作比当教师还要愉快(God knows),尤其当你处在一所"有教无类"的学府时。沙一什么都有。这里有很多特别(或特殊)的可爱学生,常让人哭笑不得,却也感触良多。上帝所造的生命每一个都真的很独特。

LKL应该不知道,我很爱和难以定义的他谈天说地,胡说八道却又头头是道。

感谢上帝,他的恩赐难以形容。-哥林多后书9:15

Friday, September 25, 2009

R.I.P. to Yoshito Usui and Crayon Shin-chan クレヨンしんちゃん

It's been another sad news for me. Reading the news that Usui San went missing during hiking was like a history-is-repeated-again when the paper reported Yasmin's in the coma.

Although I make no meaning to both of these great artists and entertainers, but they do mean quite a lot to me. Yoshito's comic was a great source of laughters and gateway to the Japanese culture and humor.

Expecting and buying his new volume has already been a part of my comic collecting ritual. And it'll stop at 49.

September 11, 2009. The Tragic Day. As it was.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

15 Malaysia

Malaysia is changing. Again. I would say. When things hit the the ground, they bounce. That's how it goes with the scenarios we have here in this beautiful land.

Our forefathers were once young and united when this country first gained its independence. Life was tough but the spirit was high. Then we had our growth, in terms of material, but our leaders overlooked the importance of unity, and underestimated the people of Malaysia. It was hitting the ground, so it bounced back, tsunami-style, 308.

Since then, voices are allowed, and heard. Again.

Now, nothing is hotter than the voices of New Malaysia - 15 Malaysia, the uniqueness only the true Malaysians can comprehend (to laugh about and ponder).

Link yourself and be a fan.

Monday, July 27, 2009

R.I.P. to Yasmin Ahmad

Michael Jackson's death to me was like a lost on the entertainment side, I'll certainly miss his moon-walk, dances and those songs written for humanity and the environment. But that's all.

I prayed for Yasmin. God has His reason but I did hope that the stroke won't take Yasmin away. We all know that there's a time for everything, but what a grieve it is for us Malaysians to witness an icon, if not an extraordinary person represented the weaker-influence groups of Malaysians (i.e. a female-open-minded-muslim) to leave us so suddenly. She is the future-Malaysian I hope my students grow up to be; she is the present one-Malaysian that Dato' Seri Najib can relate to.

We should credit her for her true-Malaysian lifestyle and exceptional art-pieces and films she had produced. Indeed we're suffering a great loss.

R.I.P. Yasmin Ahmad, 25th July 2009.

P.S.
Filmography:
Rabun (My Failing Eyesight) (2003)
Sepet (Chinese Eye) (2004)
Gubra (Anxiety) (2006)
Mukhsin (2007)
Muallaf (The Convert) (2008)
Talentime (2009)