Monday, March 30, 2009

Update

Updates on my friend, Ean Nee, who was in ICU.

Yeap, WAS in ICU! She came out on the 17th! Praise God! What is even better, this time, she did NOT go back into ICU!

She was conscious by evening after we prayed for her and her fits and seizures were greatly reduced.

She is beginning to recognise people, learning to walk and talk again! And this from the girl whom the doctors gave up on because they didn't know what was wrong nor what treatment to give to her!

Truly God is an AWESOME God!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sue Ann

Was juz reading her bloggie....

This is my memory of Sue Ann....

When I first came to TOD (I mean to really 'stay' in TOD, lah - I've been 'visitor' since 1998) in July 2003, I was quite used to seeing some of the people like P. Kim and Eunice and A. Ean etc. etc. as I would normally drop in whenever I was in KL.

But it felt at first as if I was still a visitor. U know what I mean? Kinda like, there would be polite smiles and queries as to your health, but not a feeling of being part of a family yet.

Sue Ann was different. I remember in about the second week I came, Sue Ann came up with a big friendly smile and immediately talked to me as if I was just a normal member of this TOD 'family'. She treated me as if I belonged.

I felt so warm and wanted at that stage.

I will never forget that welcome nor the way she makes people feel comfy all the time. SA, I miss u! Looking forward to you coming home, dear.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Family Day

I am going to e-mooooooooooo....

My church is having Family Day.

Whoopee.

Family walkathon. Family outing. Family games.

Waaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! I dun have fam-blyyyyyyy.......... *sobs*

Everyone got mother, father, brother, sister except meeeeeeeeeeeee..... *emos* *emos*

*sulks*

P.S. *lawls* For those who are getting confused, it's not that I'm an orphan or anything lah... it's just that my family isn't going to be coming to Family Day coz they're not Christians, let alone TOD'ites.

Friday, March 13, 2009

My friend's doggie



Yeeeeee!!! Sorry-ler, I HAVE to upload my friend Ovira's doggie picture into my blog! I so ger-rrrrraaaammms this dog! Look at that face! He looks like he is smiling! His name is Moka-Chan!

Gerrrrraaaaammmmmssss lerrrrr!!!

See more pics of Moka - http://simpleexperiences.blogspot.com/2009/03/gill-gill-gillian-d.html

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Embryonic stem cell research

The debate on embryonic stem cell research is an interesting one to me.

The controversy is simply this :- the research uses human embryonic stem cells. Upon extraction of the stem cells, the embryo will die.

Those who are pro-research argue (very truly) that the embryos were going to be thrown into the garbage can anyway. These are human embryos made by fertility clinics which were not used.

They also argue that early tests show they hold promise in the treatment of degenerative diseases.

Those who are anti-research say that it is nothing short of murder.

So who is right?

I think for those of us (including myself) who perceive gestation as being the beginning of a human life, we would agree that this is murder.

But on the other hand, it can't be argued that the embryo was going to be destroyed anyway, and wouldn't it be better, therefore - more noble, if you will - for the embryo to be sacrificed for a good cause rather than be unceremoniously 'dumped'?

What do you think?

Financial crisis

Been a bit worried lately.... I won't say 'a lot worried' because I try to keep a balance. No point worrying over what I can't control, rite?

Have been calculating and re-calculating finances .... and asking God why my friends had to all decide to get married this year ....*lols*. No, just kidding - it's a happy thing to see them get married :>

It's strenuous doing mental math in my head everytime I want to make a purchase, but on the good side - I've better control over my finances than ever before.

And I've seen God's provision to cover 'worry-areas' - like sponsorship, and monthly expenses etc. Truly He has been very good to me during this period :>

One thing about being an auditor; you can't hide your financial status from me :> I know whether or not u'll be able to pay my fees, not just this year, but in the next following 5 years or so! That adds to the worry....

But I find that God has been good to us in my office to tide us through and to send clients when things start to look gloomy again.

I don't know how long this financial crisis is going to last ... it doesn't look promising till at least late 2010. And that's an optimistic projection!

But I believe that I will come out still able to say "God's been good to me".

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

"Mummy, I love you!"

I was just thinking about someone I know who seems really uncomfortable with being told, "I love you!" But I have to admit, that's pretty hypocrital, because I don't feel comfortable with it either! At the back of my mind, I'm always thinking - 'If you really knew me, would you still say 'I love you'?'

On the way back to Singapore on my last trip, a mother with her two little girls sat next to me on the bus. The mom sat in front and would turn around off and on with little admonishments, like "Don't kick the lady in front of you!" "Jie jie, don't tease mei mei!"

And in the midst of all these frequent little 'reminders', the youngest girl cheerfully chirped, "Mummy, I love you!"

The mother said, "I..." and then cleared her throat, "I love you too!"

It made me smile. What a sweet reminder thru all the nagging and fuss and worry - Mummy, I love you!

No matter how, no matter what, no matter when.

Only children can say that with total openness and u know they want nothing from you. How beautiful and how wonderful - if only we could all say that too!

Ean Nee

I went home last weekend mainly because I wanted to visit an ex-classmate of mine.

My school (or one of my schools, anyway!) had a kindergarten, a primary school and a secondary school all in the same compound. So most of us have seen each other grow through losing our baby teeth, wearing training bras, taking our first major exams all the way to dignified maturity... (ahem!)

This classmate of mine called Ean Nee is currently in ICU in General Hospital. She's been in ICU for 2 months now. She was originally in Pantai, but when the medical bills got too high (read: 6 figures!!!), she had to be transferred out to GH.

So that's where she is now.

Classmates of mine have stayed in touch through Facebook to keep updated on her progress. Christian classmates have gone in to pray for her and we keep praying for her.

So I went with another classmate and met up with another 6 classmates during visiting hours on Saturday. We tried to sneak in as a group but got caught *lols*.

So we patiently waited outside. Finally I went in with two Christian classmates. Ean Nee was in a coma - she normally is - and lately she's been having fits.

At first I really was intimidated by all the tubes and stuff. But then I looked at my friends and said, "Let's pray for her?" and they agreed. So I laid hands on her as did my classmates and began to pray out loud for her. Immediately I felt warmth and confidence sweep over me and I began to pray strongly for her healing.

When I left I touched her cheek and told her 'goodbye'.

It's kind of funny because the last time I was in GH ICU in Penang, I remember I was terrified by another friend's condition. She was also in a coma, also having fits... and I remember that when I visited her, I felt all faith leave me and for once, I was face to face with the reality of my faith - and I found that I DIDN'T have faith!

That Sunday I cried and cried during altar call - it was my first confrontation with the reality of God to me. I found myself crying out, "God, who are You"? And I had been a Christian for about ten years by then!

But this time was different. I believe part of the reason is because of all the hospital visitations. Like David with the bears and the lions before he stoned Goliath, it had been training time for me.

And when I started to pray, I found faith started to flow. Before I prayed, I honestly did not feel faith!

Thank You God for this journey of faith.