Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerI find people who are enthusiastic have the zest for life. Enthusiasm is a virtue that separates the ones who can only dream from the ones that makes it a reality. The word Enthusiasm comes from the Greek word “en theos”, which means, in God.
Sometimes we get excited about little things in life and sometimes behave like kids. I think that is perfectly fine. If you do not have the enthusiasm in work, your relationship or your daily chores, what then really motivates you?
Have that zest in life!
Are you self-motivated or a wheelbarrow? Who never moves unless, someone pushes you? Most of us are driven by our need to pay our bills and put that food on the table and probably have that annual vacation and that dream car or home. In the process we become debtors to the bank and others.
Just about a couple of weeks ago, I checked on my balance for my housing loan and discover after having paid RM60, 000 for 5 years the actual principal paid was only RM 10, 000! That’s how the banks get you in debt. Well most of us may not be able to save enough to buy a house cash, but it will be wise to reduce the loan as much as possible.
Never get into credit card debts. Never borrow against the future. Live within your means and strive to make more without wearing yourself out. Learn to show restraint.
Enthusiasm is the catalyst to make your dreams come true. Set your goals in paper and your mind will find a way to achieve it!
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerOnce a preacher said this from his pulpit, “ We are all walking graveyards, …we put all the dead things inside. Dead chicken, dead prawns, dead beef…”
Come to think of it, he is right. We were never designed to be meat eaters. Our teeth is for the herbivorous. It was after the great flood did God permit Noah to instruct people to allow meat in their diet.
I think we should have stopped eating meat when plant life was restored after the great flood. But having tasted nice juicy meat, how can one resist after that? Although meat by itself is not bad to consume, limiting it would be wise. We hear of all kinds of diseases associated with meat, but not with plant matter or seeds.
We now have this problem with H1N1 and sometime ago was bird flu and foot and mouth diseases. All these came from consuming pigs, chicken and beef. Because of the world’s incredible demand for meat, unscrupulous businessmen have taken advantage to produce poor quality and unhealthy breeding of animals to fatten their bank accounts.
Fish and chicken used to be safe for consumption. If you love meat, then go for village bred chicken and fish that has scales. Most fishes without scales such as Mackerel and “Kembong” are high in mercury content. Avoid prawns, crabs and clams if possible or consume less. They are filter animals that are designed by God to clean the rivers and sea of toxins.
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this blogger“ An ancient proverb says, “ It’s to a man’s honor to over look an insult”. When Cain Killed his brother Abel, (Adam and eve’s children) God asked Cain where is his brother. To this, Cain replied, “ Am I my brother’s keeper? If I were God, I would have struck him down for being insolently. But God never replied to his offence but judged him for his crime but then showed grace, when he cried for mercy.
King David who was anointed by a prophet to become the king of Israel in front of his brothers was despised by them and even mocked at when he came to the battle field where Goliath was. He ignored their offences.
It's easy to love the lovable. But we must try to show the same grace to the unlovable.
When the Pharisees (chief priests who later crucified and killed Jesus) tried to test Jesus by putting a trap question to him. Bringing an adulteress before him caught in the act, saying according to the law she should be stoned to death, and asked Jesus what would he do?
Jesus ignored them and continued to write on the sand. After much persuasion he got up and answered them, “ Let him who has committed no offence, cast the first stone”.
What is the message that these great personalities as well as God trying to tell us?
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerWell there is no 11th commandment in the bible that says that, but is probably the most significant unwritten law in Malaysia. There was even a foreign jazz band sometime ago in Malaysia who called themselves, “ Face First,” Which they said simply means…”Malaysian don’t want to loose face”!
I read a really interesting article by Xandria Ooi in The Star today entitled “ A pertinent fear.” Her article says it all about offenses and how one could deal with it.
We are not like the westerners where they say what’s on their mind and then forget about it. Its better to voice out then to hold grudges if someone offends you. Sometimes it could be an absolutely minor offense, but we could carry that grudge for years.
" One love, one heart, lets get together and feel alright ",...a song from Bob Marley
Especially when you work with others, offenses are sure to come. When I used to be working for others, the middle management were the worst people to ever work with. But the bosses listen to everything your middle management reports about you. So you need to swallow your pride and submit to them, but that does not mean you don’t have a say if you don’t agree with them. But ultimately you have to agree to their final decision for the good of the company even if the decision may not be the best. This is called doing things in oneness and unity which is better than division.
Every country has their own culture and things we must be aware of when traveling. Malaysian culture is, ‘be nice, don’t offend ‘.
Nobody is perfect, the beauty is, we all work with one another despite our differences and faults. A bunch of imperfect people coming together under a perfect God!
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerIf you gave me a chance, I wish I would attend just weddings on weekends. I think it’s a really wonderful time to celebrate with your friends especially with your friend/ friend’s who are getting married.
Well it’s the season for marriage now and if you have not been invited to any weddings yet, you probably don’t have friends in the marriageable age. Last weekend I was invited to a wedding reception in Tropicana. Since I was doing an item, I turned up early. I was supposed to meet someone who coordinates the event. I bumped into a sharp looking young man and thought he was my contact. Finding out later, he was the groom for a wedding next room . There were like 3 weddings taking place there.
Nothing like celebrating with good friends
Only about a month ago, my neighbor whom have been married for 6 years filed for a divorce. The one juxtaposition to my house divorced a year ago. Its sad when you have known them all these years, invited them to your house and see their children grow, only to see their marriage wreck. Both those families no longer live here. I have no immediate neighbors anymore. Kinda quiet around my house.
The wonderful couple
Marriage is a life long commitment. If we’re not up to it, don’t even think of getting into it in the first place. People always say to me, “don’t be too choosy, don’t be fussy, just find someone and get married”. Well its easy to just marry someone. But will you or that person stick with each other for the rest of your lives?
" This I Promise You" by N Sync
It is o.k. to be choosy, if you want to settle with someone forever.
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerI am sure most of us have heard the familiar Psalm of King David, Psalm 23.( King David is that great king of Israel who killed the 9 foot tall giant called Goliath, around about 1500 b.c. in Gaza Strip.) “The Lord is my Shepard….” Only yesterday my pastor was chatting with a few of us and reminded us of God’s promise, “ Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life….” (Quoting from King David’s Psalm 23) And he reiterated,” like a shadow, It will follow us. What a great promise!
Isn’t it wonderful to know that if the Lord is our Shepard, we need not worry about our future? No need to consult mediums, Feng Shui masters , horoscope etc. For surely, goodness and mercy of God will follow us.
Just about a few days ago, I went to my bank for a totally different matter. The officer there struck a conversation with me; he eventually discovered I was paying too high an interest for my housing loan. He went out of his way to apply for a reduction of interest for me that would help reduce my repayment of loan by a considerable amount. Now that has nothing to do with luck! “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me…”
Its the little things in life that makes all the difference. God is good!
I am beginning to see that in this world, we will have troubles. Never a day goes by that we face all kinds of challenges and troubles. I know for many, today is a black Monday. King David mentions in Psalm 23, “ yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thine art with me, thy rod and thy staff , it comforts me.”
We need that assurance to face the troubles that each day brings.
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerI was invited yesterdays to a wedding by my friend Karen. Apparently although I did not know the couple, Karen was close to them and I knew a couple of their friends who knew them.
The wedding was set in the garden of one of the couple’s parent’s home amidst lovely greenery. The canopy was well designed to capture a lovely outdoorsy party feeling. Although we had huge fans blowing droplets of water to cool the area, it was still quite warm.
I think garden weddings are lovely, but our climate is just not suitable for it unless we Malaysians learn to dress down, we can forget about having garden weddings.
Two of my very good friends, Pauline and John besides Karen
The party ended with a bit of dancing. I loved the people, and the time with them although I was dead tired and was ready to collapse once reaching home.
This week will begin a series of 2 more weddings for the next two weeks.
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerI witnessed a terrible tragedy yesterday in Desa Sri Hartamas. I had just found a parking bay at one of the spots in Hartamas and made my way to a Chinese restaurant to have lunch before my drum classes at the vicinity. While I had ordered my meal, I heard a commotion outside. Apparently the owner of the restaurant went out to enquire as to what was going on. Being curious and wondering if I could be of any help, I stepped out of the restaurant. Over the other side of the road I noticed a car had just climbed over the parking curb and had smashed onto a tree.
Invest in the lives of others; they are the greatest treasure we can possess
I didn’t think much of it except the fact that there was a minor accident and someone had been reckless as to drive in such a way. When I got back into the restaurant I got word that there was an accident and a child was involved and apparently he had died. The child was 3 years old. I didn’t know what to do but decided to make my way over to the scene to see if I could be of any help.
What I saw was the most tragic scene I had ever seen. I saw a mother holding a child in her arms and weeping while the father was comforting her. I didn’t know what to do as I was standing just a couple of feet from them. It was the saddest thing I have ever seen. Apparently the mother had reversed the car and lost control and she had run over her child. I saw the child’s face was covered with a cloth as I was told that the car tyre had run over his head. The father later gently carried the body and placed it on a cloth on the curb. I saw blood pouring from the head.
Store your riches in heaven; where your heart is there will your treasure be also
I came back thinking, how would the mother feel. This is truly a terrible tragedy and who could comfort the mother; my heart really went out for her.
The greatest treasure in our lives is not what we possess but whom we have. Our brothers, parents, children and friends are the greatest treasures in our lives. Things are here today and gone tomorrow. They can be replaced. How can you replace a life taken away so suddenly? Let us value each other while we still have them with us and thank God and appreciate him for them.
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerLaos Day 2
Our day started with two groups of students at the centre with Vince taking one group while I took the other. The students were around 17 to 19 year old, both boys and girls. We conducted a two two hours seminar each , one in the morning and the other in the evening.
Let the contest begin
I started by teaching them the basic understanding of drum notes and how to apply it into basic rhythm playing. There were a couple of students from last year who have improved since, while the others were new to drums. The Laotians are very musically inclined.
They seem to pick up really fast when you teach them by ear compared to using notes. They did well by the end of the week where Vince and I organized a concert competition among them.
Let the contest begin
They did very well. both Vince and I as well as the centres leaders were very impressed.
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerVientiane Youth Centre is a government based centre for Youth to educate them on the viles of drugs and unsafe sex, gangsterism and other bad practices. ( Most of these kids come from very difficult background, either financially or abuses)
They are given special curriculum to be involved in such as activities that would keep them away from the streets and build their moral, passion and desire to succeed. Drums is one of the programs they recognize, as Laotians love music. The youth is the future of Laos, so the government invests in their lives. Vince and I came under an NGO called Wawasan to do this for them on our own expense.
A poster picture of some of my students last year
I was pleased to note that my last year’s batch of students have gone on to further their studies.( there were no drop outs) One student became a radio show host and a few others got involved in TV programs while a couple of them became models! Guess, drums must be doing a little something good for them.