Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 reflections


It's been a sort of adventure time for me.

First time I spend more than a year outside West Malaysia. In the familiar shores of Kota Kinabalu. I must admit I think I settled down quite well, partly thanks to a lot of familiar faces here.. from friends to pastors.

I spend most of time studying for my theological training...that's why I am being send here and meanwhile for the weekend, I am serving at All Saints cathedral.

That being clarified, studies so far have been challenging but thanks to the grace of God, so far my studies have been good. Results, most of the time, were encouraging and it really caught me off guard. I admit sometimes I never thought I will do that well. Really praise God and that will encourage me to study hard and do well.

I said it before so I say again -- never thought within a year, I finished so much theological paper.

Next year, more to come. Hope all will turn out well.

Ministry side, it's not surprising to say it's busy. Week in week out, the peak will be when Diocese host events at Cathedral. Like prayer conference and EHS conference. Even though can be tiring, again God's grace always sustained me and I learn a lot from these experiences. Being blessed through it even as I serve God.

My album/music side... well...yes, pretty quiet except an online EP release by me.

I decided to stay low profile for some reasons --

1) focus and prioritized my energy on my studies and ministry first
2) Take some time to slow down and refocus my goals for the music side. See what direction to go.
3) Understand the life here, although it's quite straight forward

I know some may disagree with my points above but at some point, refocus is needed. Sometimes I came to a point where I did think about stopping entirely. I kept going back to reasons why I choose to embark on this album journey. It's tiring actually so I need to ask myself why I want to do it. That's why most artist would take time to refocus. It's good to slow down and not go head-on aimlessly. Most importantly, to know what you want to achieve.

Then, something happened this year which again lead me the question on what direction I want to achieve. The most dramatic thing ever happened to me for album/music side, which I kept quiet until now was actually I received a mail from producers of a certain TV show and asked me if I want to be part of this massive talent search around this region. Mind you, this show is well-known world-wide. The audition for this event, from what I read, attracted so many people to its audition. I actually received a so-called "1st round" bye to the next round of audition because the producers hand-picked me to be on the show BUT I still need to be "audited". I told them I can't fly over to KL due to commitments here, but I send them my audition video instead (since they asked, I find no harm just sending a video).

So with all that happens, that throws me into thinking mode about what I want and what I want to achieve. If you are in my shoes, you can imagine the dilemma I went through. It was quite tough for me although I already made up my mind at some point. The place where questions being raised by myself like "is it what I want?" "would this be a great opportunity?" "would I regret about missing it?"

I admit at that point, I don't think this "talent search" thingy is something I would want. Maybe if you asked me 5 years ago, I probably be more keen. Currently, life have changed, my season is pretty much very different right now and I think I managed better with the capacity I have right now, that is moving around the indie circuit. At some point, yes I want to see my songs out there but time will only tell.

But this incident gave me reasons to give thanks to God. Praise God that my music have captured some people's attention, praise God that I am able to see how He has used me.

That being said, I hope God will continue to use my talents and music to do great and mighty things, according to His timing and season.

I admit I miss performing in gigs and all. 2015 might see me stepping out a bit so let's see how it goes.

Aside that, 2014 sees a lot of interesting things around me...

Like how this country went through tough season. Keep it short, this country really need God.

MU.. transiting from that Moyes era to LVG reigns. LVG is bringing the goods so far, I am loving the form they have. Let's hope it ends with some trophies.

All in all, there are some achievements (big or small) that I am proud of and at the same time, there are some regrets. I won't be dwelling in those successes or regrets but I want to move on to 2015.

I believe it's exciting year yet. Yup, I need to echo the usual quote : "the best is yet to come..."

Hereby too, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to friends near and far, also asking your forgiveness for any shortcomings.

May you have an exciting and fruitful 2015.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas dinner with ASC ENG worship team

Had "team night" activity with ASC ENG worship team. It was the Christmas edition and also vision casting night with them. Wonderful fellowship with laughs, food and interesting christmas gifts.

A big thank you shoutout to David Samuel 's Samuel & Co. Catering Services for providing the awesome food for our worship team dinner just now. There was pasta, bread pudding, salad, lamb stew and lasagne. Delicious stuff especially the lasagne was finished instantly by everyone.

Exciting times ahead for us in 2015, believing God will lead us to greater heights.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

28th December 2014 song list

The last weekend of the year!

Here was the songs chosen, basically reflect the feeling of thanksgiving.

HC : 10 000 reasons : 4th
Closing : 2nd

Friday, December 26, 2014

Thursday, December 25, 2014


Although it's been said many times, many ways.. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all 

Peace has come

Peace is not merely the absence of external trouble - it is the "presence of a Saviour" who cares about the human condition -- Brian Houston
a very appropriate Christmas article as we reflect on the peace that God has given to us. A peace that surpasses all understanding despite what is going on around us. 


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Pentatonix's Mary Did You know

A lot of people been talking about Pentatonix's Christmas album..

Well.. this one is the pick of bunch for me...

Monday, December 22, 2014

ASC ENG Youth concert : the Truth

I recently lead worship in the English Youth concert entitled "the Truth"

Here are some pictures

Sunday, December 21, 2014

21st December 2014 songs

Here are the songs was picked for 21st December...

HP : it came upon the midnight clear
Angels from the realms of glory
Open my eyes
Majesty worship His majesty

Offering : Praise Him in the sanctuary
Holy Communion : Here I am to worship
Response : 4th song
Closing : Go tell it on the mountains

Saturday, December 20, 2014

in the chaos and confusion

Christmas is coming..

Beyond the bright lights of Christmas decorations and beautiful wrapped gifts, there's stress and tension around.

Recently the world was rocked by some terrorist attack at Australia and Pakistan. Closer to home, there are some who are still stoking racial and religious issues.

Let me take you back to the Bible. Put yourself in Joseph and Mary's position when they were about to receive Jesus into this world. So much chaos. So much stress.

Now take that position and compare to today's feeling.

I admit sometimes what I don't like about Christmas is the amount of stress I get into when preparing for Christmas event. Sometimes I am disappointed with the way things are done or said. Maybe sometimes, some things don't go according to plan.

I remember in 2009, when I was at FCC, the biggest headache I got that time was the church main projector malfunctioned. If you are in my position, I don't think you will enjoy the stress. I have to make so much calls and arrangement to get it fixed by Christmas.

In those midst of chaos, sometimes it's easy to get distracted and get grumpy like Scrooge about Christmas. It's not a pleasant feeling but sometimes I have to learn to get over with it.

Probably Joseph and Mary have that same feeling. Running away from people who trying to hunt them and cannot find a place for the family to settle down. But what we can learn from them is to stay faithful and trust in God.

Again, truth to be told, I am also disappointed at some people making funny statement about Malaysians celebrating Christmas. But remember, 2000 years ago, some people also make a big hoo-ha when they learnt a Saviour is coming.

Nothing is new under the sun but stay firm and let God's peace reign.

Feliz Navidad

Christmas is around the corner..

Here's one fun cover by this Youtubers..


Post by Walk Off The Earth.

Friday, December 19, 2014

look at the world

the great Swiss theologian Karl Barth said :-- ‘take your Bible and take your newspaper and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.’

in short, learn to see the world through God's eyes. Then, you can understand why so many things happened in the world.

Then you know what to pray and intercede.

Then you learnt to stay strong in God.

Monday, December 15, 2014

14th Dec 2014 songs

Here is the songs I led on 14th Dec

HP : What child is this? 

O come O ye faithful 
God of Ages
Your name (christmas version) 

Offering : Long time ago in Bethlehem 
HC : Be Thou my vision
Response : 4th
Closing : Stir up the hunger

Monday, December 8, 2014

7th December song list

Songs I chose in 10am English service

Heart Preparing : None But Jesus
Joy to the World
Beautiful one

Offering : Angels we have heard on high
Holy Comm : Just let me say
Response : 4th song
Closing : Today is the day


Was caroling with the youths just now. 

Brings back memories of my youth days.. Travelling around Ipoh town with youths and young adults to bring some christmas cheer to houses we visit. Laughing, singing and eating. 

Same can be said about this time with these KK youths. We all had a wonderful time going around singing carols. Not forgetting, we wanna thank our generous hosts as well for allowing us to sing carols at their homes and blessing us with wonderful refreshments.

Get ready for some Christmas cheer!