More Than a Carpenter

Recently, I’ve just finished reading a book entitled – More than a Carpenter. It is indeed an awesome book regards to Christianity. I am a fairly new Christian; the book had successfully answered most of my reservations on Christianity ( what makes Jesus so different, are the bible records reliable ..etc).

In the book, Josh McDowell(book’s author) thought Christian must be “out of their minds”. He perceives that everyone with sense knew that Christianity was based on a myth. The myth of Jesus Resurrection. Thus, he decided to challenge the religion. He starts with the bible, knowing that if he could uncover indisputable evidence that the bible is an unreliable record, the whole of Christianity would crumble. However, in the end, he could only came out with one conclusion: that the Old and New Testament documents were the most reliable writings in all of antiquity. Well, if the bible were reliable, how about Jesus in the bible? The author would share the core of what he had learned in his months of research through the book he written, so that we may see that Christianity is not a myth but a rock-solid truth.

In More than a Carpenter, the author focuses Jesus Christ, who changed his life. It is indeed a hard-hitting book for people who are skeptical about Jesus’ deity, Jesus resurrection, and Jesus claims on lives.

P/S : I don’t know about you, but my faith on Jesus Christ is getting stronger after reading the book ..  =)

The Road Not Taken

Remember our childhood? The happiest moment would be celebrating the Birthday. Receiving blesses, gifts from parents, siblings, relatives, friends that made us felt so loved and important on our “Big Day”.

Happy Birthday  xxx , may all your wishes come true.

We have dreams since childhood, almost every Birthday, people bless us with the same old wishes over and over again. However, as an Innocent child, we are extremely pleased with that, because we believe, all the wishes – They will eventually come true in the future.  Life is just so simple for a child, isn’t it (without the necessity of making tough decisions)?
And now, the child had grown up. Standing at the Cross-road determine which way to go ..
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Lols, are you familiar with the poem? (Boring .. Especially during Literature period). After years, the moment when I truly digest the poem, surprisingly I find out this poem is rather meaningful.
Aren’t we often muddled through this state of affairs in our lives? Ever wonder “The road” you have Not taken?  Too often, we were given options, and decision has to be made. We habitually ponder each and every alternative; unfortunately, from time to time we couldn’t foresee what seize in the future.
At all times, we regret with the decision we have made, and start wonder, what if another option was selected. However, if the “another option” was taken, the option will lead to another possibilities, and then neglect another possible path of choice. No difference right? Whining about the decision you have made at the earlier stage did not help much, instead, walk through the decision you have made, will make a new realm of possibilities.
That is what we have to go through in the journey called – Life. Whatever decision you have made, that’s the decision you have chosen, get a move on.  Keep the faith in you, always believe when God bring you to the test of your life, He will bring you through it =)

I’m Blessed, so do You

I am blessed. I am blessed to have all the inspiring man around me, allow me to gain an opportunity to perceive how they actually have their life-changing experience through every decision they have made, how they actually embark their Life-Journey with colors. Do remember people, they pursue the identical education system as we do (doesn’t matter with IPTA or IPTS), but why are they so distinctive (what shapes them differently)? I personally find out all these Inspiring man, they have One thing in common – Sacrifice. They sacrifice. The moment, you discover an honorable smile on the stage, cheer for their utmost honor, have you ever wonder how much they have actually sacrificed? How much they have actually vanished behind the stage? The journey is never easy; all these facets keep reminding me, and constantly inspire me to change for the better (benchmark the inspiring ones).

Nevertheless, I am blessed again by having a supportive family. My parents are modestly accessible. They assist their children whenever regard as necessary; they let their children fall, in turn to allow their children to stand up again with their own foot, just to be tough and independent all the time.

I Love you Dad, I Love you Mum, I Love you Bro  <3

I do not have much impressive achievements. I would like to say, I’m still in the process of learning, grabbing my opportunity to actually explore the surroundings. But, I will not lose my faith; Because, I believe God will lead me along the way, He will provide me with strength; Also, I have my supportive family, my love one, the “benchmarkSs”, even positive friends. I understand this is in no way as easy as it looks, because not everyone is going to see the same level of importance in the work I do. However, I believe with every roadblock I hit, I am given more time to think of an even better approach for my goal.  I believe someday I am going to be one of the change makers, who make a difference =)

I have my decision to make now. So do you, Do Not Hesitate n Let’s do it !

 

 

Explore the people and things around you. Doesn’t have to be any Great person or any Awesome thingy, each people has their own story to tell, each thing has its own worth of existence. Living in a hustle bustle city, kindly allow yourself to hold up your footsteps for a little while, you’ll surprised yourself with unforeseen great deeds. Trust me =)

My Journey with God through Prayers

Hello, my long absence blog =D

“ Omgness, I’m stressed. Argh, my exam’s tough. Bla, I don’t like what I’m doing. How could this be happening? This is so unfair! .. etc” We whine, as always.

Lately, I felt gratified with my lives, sincerely treasured what I’ve received from the Father Lord. Especially through worship, I truly felt – Our God is just so close to us. He leads us, bless us through our lifetime. We live by His purpose and for His purpose. We were made by God and for God. Therefore, why are we still worrying and being afraid throughout our lives since God already has His amazing plan for us?

Give yourself to God. Surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes.

Romans 6: 13 (TEV)

However, I would like to express my gratitude to *someone special, he brought the light for me. He enlighten me about God, he brings me to church, enables me to hit upon spiritual sustenance through Jesus Christ. What a Joy =)

Now, back in campus, I’ve caught up myself with Christian Fellowship, Cell Groups, and presents church with my brothers and sisters in Christ – Deborah, Charis, Lynette, Michelle, Rose, Jeremy .. etc. They were nice and gracious, honestly, makes me feel like home.

One of the major facets that distinguish Christian Fellowship with any other clubs or organizations would be the tie between the individual. Christian Fellowship would be a place where we could actually place our faith in each individual as Christian Fellowship carry out a strong family tie which link all of us together. What a Joy =)

This day, Lord, I pray that You will enable me to trust You each time a problem arises. Whenever I get stressed, remind me to turn my eyes on You and Your sufficiency. Lord, thank you for everything that you have given me. You are the One who gives me strength, power and determination to reach this position. I know that You
will never leave me. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen..

 

Define Me – Cathryn Yap See Ling

 

It’s another Friday people !!  May God Bless you with a Gradient Smile on your face =)

Well, Xin Kun just enthused me this morning, and had made me somehow gonna *blog about myself (A Tale of – How a Lost Girl Found Her Track).

Frankly, I’m kinda in Lost after my STPM. Well, define “Lost”. I don’t really know my path, wondering Where should I heading to Next, standing at the cross road like everyone else does. Why BBA was chosen, too bad to say, I’m actually following Others Footsteps- My friend’s footsteps. I don’t know what am I going to do with the course, I can’t really see what myself going to be after I grad. After all, I don’t see my “Directions” as I’m living in other else’s life.

My philosophy was so simple :

Enter Uni- spend my three and a half years time in the campus- Grad- Work.

I perhaps Most of you out there had the same philosophy as I once did, some of you even Living in that “philosophy” ; but No offense aites =)

Time flies, semesters throughout semesters, I study because I have to study. Until the last semester break, someone seriously did inspired me. God blessed me with this guy, he somehow inspired me in many ways. His passion successfully made a Lost girl (me) back on track again. I grew up so much with this guy came along in my life. He’s probably one of the most Amazing guy I’ll ever come across; with so much passion and talent which constantly inspired me to do better. He’s being very supportive, driving me along the way. He never been selfish enough to share his experiences, thoughts with Everyone else around him. He blesses Everyone with his sincerity, his smiles, his faith.. He inherits the blesses through sharing the Ups and Downs with you like a Guardian Angel =)

As what happened already happened. I’ve chose BBA as my course. Life goes on. I started to seek my passion in business. I started to ask myself what am I going to be after I officially grad. Am I going to stuck my whole working life in a “office box” or any other consultation companies or banks? What can I see myself in 10 years time ..etc

Once again, God blessed me with a Professor, someone whom I accidentally bumped into while I was reading all the ” business books ” in cafe. Seeing all the books lying on the table, he came across and asked ” what is business means to you? ” Of course, my answer never really did satisfied him. Cos according to him, my answer could somehow apply only in my examination paper x) After that I had an hour conversation with him. Surprisingly, I’ve learned so much throughout this ” One hour- conversation” ! Even far more than what I’ve learned throughout my semesters. This is No joke, people x)

Business is a Big Word. According to the Professor, apparently we got so much to do with Business, therefore, it’s a Must for us to Enlarge our scope of vision rather than constantly trapped ourselves in the Comfort Zone. It’s just up to you whether you choose to serve the “customers” or the “community”. I somehow find my direction in Social Enterprise, I choose to Serve The Community. I don’t know if I have my own dreams, but I do know I could help others. I neither a Great Philanthropist nor Goodwill Ambassador but will certainly play my little part to serve the community as a whole.

Thank God for the Wonderful people ( Family, Love ones, Anyone else that plays their role in my life) that He had placed around me, they are like Angels in my Life. These people had colored the pages of – My Book of Life. God had created us with his Purpose. God’s guidance and help is what we need day to day.

One measure of our Love for God is how much we show love to His children.

 

My Purpose of Life is to worship God. Love His children- through the Act of Giving =)

Thus, I’ve found my Direction in Social Enterprise. How about you?

You can start living on Purpose today.

  -Rick Warren-

The Island of Memories – Penang

Hey peeps !

I’m gonna blog about Penang  =D

As stated in the title : Penang – The Island of Memories. Frankly speaking, I had quite some memories with this Island of Pearl (Penang). Therefore, it feels like “ home ” whenever I step the earth of Penang, the familiarity whenever I make myself on the ferry (an aged transportation that never fade its glory, symbolizes Penang ).

Well yea.. Penang’s a fascinating fusion of the East and West, Penang embraces modernity while retaining its traditions and old world charm. These are reflected in its harmonious multiracial populace and well-preserved heritage buildings which led to George Town being accorded a listing as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site recently. Long regarded as the food capital of Malaysia, Penang also entices visitors with its beautiful coasts ( Ferringhi Beach ! My favorite hide-out with friends) and scrumptious cuisines (Hawker food of course! ). My favorite fried oyster egg, char kuey teow, har mee, laksa .. etc, which are so gonna lure your taste bud peeps! The authenticity of the hawker food, you could have it All in Penang!!   Yummy Penang !! Peeps, believe me, you just couldn’t find anywhere else like Penang !  Not trying to ” hard-selling ” la ..  x)

 

Journey of Memories..

Lots of memories created; Memories of having a trip to Penang with family, Memories of campus getaway with besties, and of course Memories with love ones  =) Memories of sharing Yummy Hawker Food together .. with contented smile on each other faces. Memories of walking on the street . Appreciation of the Heritage..etc I cherished Every Moment I had in Penang =)

Japheth ever asked me will you take Penang as a place where you could ” settle down ” ? My answer would be ” Why Not ? ” Cos it feels like home for me already =)

 

 

 

Giving Changes Everything

Hey peeps ! Ever thought of Entrepreneurship?! How about Social-Entrepreneurship =D

What if with the Simply act of Giving you could have achieve a Life of significance? What would that look like to you? More family time, living dead free or making a living by making a Difference. How about enriching lives of others? Including those who you care most about.

What if you could achieve all of these and at the same time help to fight the No.1 of health risk that most children faced in the world today. A research indicates that up to one half of all childhood deaths in the world due to Malnutrition. What if we could discovered the most advanced solution for helping to fight this problem — Social Entrepreneurship. We could help to change the world through the Simple Act of Giving.

 

Social Entrepreneurship means:

Rewarding ordinary people for making an extraordinary impact on the world.

Anyone regardless to their Age, Education, Experience can become a Social Entrepreneur. Old Business Models require you to excel in Marketing, Selling, Training. However, in this New Business Model, Success could come through the Simple Act of Giving.

Why??!

Because Giving changes Everything.

And the best part would be what you Give away Cost you Nothing. That’s right, It’s Free to Give. So now, it’s Up to you. Simply choose to give and become the part of the world changing movements. Because if you had figured it out by now, Giving Changes Everything =)

Steve Jobs – The Greatest Philanthropist

The word Philanthropy comes from the Greek philanthropos which comes from philein for “to love” and anthropos for “human being.”

Philanthropy means love of humanity.

Which bring us to Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs has been declared as : The Entrepreneur of the Decade, The CEO of the Decade and Now The Philanthropist of the Decade.

Like the other billionaires , Jobs tend to give his billions away to serve the community. In 1986, he started up a public foundation, but closed it after 15 months. This is mainly because Jobs acknowledged that it takes enormous time to give money away. He clearly don’t have much time on that.

However, Jobs figures he can do more good by expanding Apple !  Guess what peeps, we suppose to thank God for that!

What a loss to humanity it would have been if Jobs had dedicated the last 25 years of his life to figuring out how to give his billions away, instead of doing what he does best.

We’d still be waiting for a cell phone on which we could actually read e-mail and surf the web. “We” includes students, doctors, nurses, aid workers, charity leaders, social workers, and so fort.

We’d be a decade or more away from the iPad, which has ushered in an era of reading electronically that promises to save a Forest worth of trees and all of the energy associated with trucking them around. That’s just the beginning. iPad had even enhanced the creativity of kids.

And you can’t say someone else would have developed these things. No one until Jobs did, and the competitive devices that have come since have taken the entirety of their inspiration from his creation. Without Steve Jobs we’d be years away from a user-friendly mechanism for getting digital music, which means we’d still be producing hundreds of millions of CDs with plastic cases.

What’s important is how we use our time on this earth, not how conspicuously we give our money away.

On these scores, the world has no greater philanthropist than Steve Jobs. If ever a man contributed to humanity, here he is. And he has done it while battling cancer. Just because Jobs has been extremely busy, that doesn’t mean that he has not been thinking about  humanity. Steve Jobs has traded his time for human progress. Not for personal pleasure.

Today, The Philanthropist of the Decade – Steve Jobs were Dead at the Age of 56. Our hearts go out to Jobs and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts. May him Rest In Peace ..

Gates : “The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.”

 

A statement from Jobs’ family reads, in full:

“Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.

In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.

We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.”

 

Source : Harvard Business Review

Has Anyone Told You ?

Hey peeps !

Have you been Fed today?

Has anyone told you today you’re Loved?

Has anyone made you felt Appreciated and let you know how Special you are?

Has anyone Assured you that you are exactly who you need to be?

And that in simply doing what you love to do, you are doing enough?

Has anyone reminded you that you didn’t come here to prove anything?

You just came to be You. (Just you)

You are one of a kind, a true original, A masterpiece of incomparable value

God placed it there the day you were born, and every loving thought you think

Radiates forward brightening the world and making it a better place to be.

That’s how Powerful  and how Loving you could be.

So now, I ask again ..

Have you been Fed today?  Has anyone told you that you are truly loved?

If Not, then won’t you please, Let me be the one?

You’re Loved

 

There is more hunger for love and appreciation in the world today than for bread .

- Mother Teresa -

 

Individual entrepreneurs and the power of getting entrepreneurial for young people

Greetings people, Larry C. Farrell just had an “ Entrepreneurial Talk” in Seminar Hall A, Convention Centre, UUM on 14 September 2011. It’s definitely our honor to have Mr. Farrell to educate UUMers on the true means of Entrepreneurship (The power of getting entrepreneurial for young people). Despite, share his personal experiences in entrepreneurship (something inspiring !!).

Well people, Welcome to the New Entrepreneurial Age !

Entrepreneurial plays the most significant role in this age. Why ?? Because as we all know, entrepreneur create jobs. For your information, worldwide job creation has became a ” race to the bottom ” . This is chiefly because job creation seems to go to cheaper labor ( Vietnam, Cambodia, China, India ..etc )

Therefore, K.T. Li had proposed a ” Job/ Baby ” ratio. According to K.T. Li if we tend to create more babies, we have to create more jobs!

Why people, companies, and countries all need ” it ” ??

This is mainly for the people, companies and countries to survive the 21st century, downsized and uncertainties, even global economy. In order to fend yourself in a downsized and uncertain world. Looks entrepreneurship as one of the career options, especially in this golden entrepreneurial age  =)  Therefore, indirectly put in the plain words ” why some countries are richer than the others” .

Let’s move further to ” Entrepreneurial Basic ” ( This would be what Mr. Farrell keep mentioning throughout the talk )

Sense of mission

Feeling what you’re doing is important!

Customer/product vision

This is the most important words in business.

Understand the customers, that what’s matter — Steve Jobs

High-speed innovation

Akio Morita, Founder of Sony

Moving quickly is the secret of entrepreneurship – Akio Morita, founder of Sony.

This could be explained by the “creation” of  Sony Walkman that “ruled” the entertainment years back. And now, we have ” iPad, iPhone ..etc

Self-inspired behavior

One of the factors that could distinguish Entrepreneur from the Manager would be; Entrepreneur loves their product. They understand the consequences if they don’t have “something” to sell, they have no ” cash ” to feed their family. Entrepreneur ever thought of ” do it to get rich“. They believe bad performance = bad consequences. Entrepreneur lives life like this. How to possess self-inspired behavior? Of course, with higher commitment, would eventually leads to higher performance =)

Managing is the easy part. Inventing the worlds next great product is what’s hard.

  -Steve Jobs-

Sarah Breedlove

A woman, with 3 children, no husband, without higher education; yet she’s the first Self-made woman millionaire !

If she has Nothing to do Something, I believe we can Do even More.

Do you remember when you were a kid? A kid, and you thought you could do anything?

You still CAN. Because a lot of what we consider impossible is easy to overcome, because in case you haven’t noticed, we live in a place where One individual can make a difference.

Want proof?  Just look at the people who built our country:  Our parents, grandparents, our aunt n uncles, even immigrants, newcomers, they are Ready to make their mark. Maybe they came with very little, or perhaps they didn’t own anything except for a Single Brilliant Idea. These people were doer, innovators. Until they came up with the name – Entrepreneurs!

They change the way we think about what is possible. They have a clear vision of how life can be better for all of us, even when times are tough.  Right now, it’s hard to see, when our view is cluttered with Obstacles, but Turbulence creates opportunities for success and achievement and pushes us to discover new ways of doing things.

So what opportunities will you go after and why? If you’re an Entrepreneur, you know that risk isn’t the reward. No. The rewards are driving Innovation. Entrepreneur change people’s lives, create jobs, fuel growth, and make a better world!

Entrepreneur are everywhere, they run small businesses that support our  economy, design tools to help you stay connected with friends, family, and colleagues around the world. And they’re finding new ways of helping to solve society’s oldest problems (Social Entrepreneur).

Do you know an Entrepreneur? Entrepreneur can be anyone even.. YOU.

Could be You

So, seize the opportunity to create the job you always wanted. Help heal the economy, make a difference =)  Take your business to new heights, but most importantly, remember when you were a kid, when everything was within your reach, and then say to yourself quietly, but with Determination: It still is ..  =)

 

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