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Date:2007-10-22 22:22
Mood: relaxed

been working at clubhouse for about 2 months
has been totally exhausting but great stuff...

doubt i will post here very much now

do find me on facebook though

and still could use a lot of prayer =)

Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 Whoever says "I know him" but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may be sure that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
1 John 2:1b-6

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Date:2007-08-23 12:50
Subject:More London!
Mood: exhausted

Went to the home office to apply for a new visa today..

They've made the office really nice and really coordinated for once
of course that comes at a ridiculous price for a visa in the 100s of ££s!

had a 90min interview with the officer and almost died
he was really nice... but they are so finicky now it's ridiculous

but praise the Lord I can stay in England till end 2009!
and hopefully that will be the last application I make... kinda had enough of the United Kingdom after what will be 9 years!

Start work with the church in 2 weeks! yay!
No more LABS!!!

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Date:2007-08-08 12:38
Subject:Wedding Photos
Mood: cheerful

Have put 1/3 of the wedding & dinner photos up on facebook

non-facebookers can also view:

london wedding:

singapore dinner:

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Date:2007-07-31 08:35
Mood: exhausted

Best day ever *grin*

sample London wedding & reception (@ All Souls Church) photos:

sample Singapore wedding dinner (@ Le Meridien) photos:

plenty more on facebook...

will write more later =)

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Date:2007-05-25 12:11
Subject:so fun
Mood: bored

Homophonous Phrases!

(A homonym is one of a group of words that share the same spelling or pronunciation (or both) but have different meanings. Examples are stalk (which can mean either part of a plant or to follow someone around) and the trio of words to, too and two.)

"Dogs' dogs dog dog Dog Dogs"

John, where James had had "had", had had "had had"; "had had" had had the teacher's approval.

Lady Cavendish stood up and gathered her thoughts. ‘Indeed, the uses of had had and that that have to be strictly controlled; they can interrupt the imaginotransference quite dramatically, causing readers to go back over the sentence in confusion, something we try to avoid.’

‘Go on.’

‘It’s mostly an unlicensed-usage problem. At the last count David Copperfield alone had had had had sixty-three times, all but ten unapproved. Pilgrim’s Progress may also be a problem due to its had had/that that ratio.’

‘So what’s the problem in Progress?’

‘That that had that that ten times but had had had had only thrice. Increased had had usage had had to be overlooked, but not if the number exceeds that that that usage.’

‘Hmm,’ said the Bellman, ‘I thought had had had had TGC’s approval for use in Dickens? What’s the problem?’

‘Take the first had had and that that in the book by way of example,’ explained Lady Cavendish. ‘You would have thought that that first had had had had good occasion to be seen as had, had you not? Had had had approval but had had had not; equally it is true to say that that that that had had approval but that that other that that had not.’

‘So the problem with that other that that was that . . . ?’

‘That that other-other that that had had approval.’

‘Okay,’ said the Bellman, whose head was in danger of falling apart like a chocolate orange, ‘let me get this straight: David Copperfield, unlike Pilgrim’s Progress, had had had, had had had had. Had had had had TGC’s approval?’


Esau Wood sawed wood. Esau Wood would saw wood. All the wood Esau Wood saw, Esau Wood would saw. In other words, all the wood Esau saw to saw, Esau sought to saw. Oh, the wood Wood would saw! And, oh the wood-saw with which Wood would saw wood! But one day, Wood's wood-saw would saw no wood, and thus the wood Wood sawed was not the wood Wood would saw if Wood's wood-saw would saw wood. Now, Wood would saw wood with a wood-saw that would saw wood, so Esau sought a saw that would saw wood. One day, Esau saw a saw saw wood as no other wood-saw Wood saw would saw wood. In fact, of all the wood-saws Wood ever saw saw wood, Wood never saw a wood-saw that would saw wood as the wood-saw Wood saw saw wood would saw wood, and I never saw a wood-saw that would saw as the wood-saw Wood saw would saw until I saw Esau Wood saw wood with the wood-saw Wood saw saw wood. Now Wood saws wood with the wood-saw Wood saw saw wood


Nose Knows No Snows

A homophonous phrase that is unique in that every word in the sentence is different, yet it sounds as if the word "nose" is simply repeated four times.

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

The sentence is unpunctuated and uses three different readings of the word "buffalo". In order of their first use, these are

c. The city of Buffalo, New York;
a. The animal "buffalo", in the plural (equivalent to "buffaloes"), in order to avoid articles;
v. The verb "buffalo," meaning to bully, confuse, deceive, or intimidate.
Marking each "buffalo" with its use as shown above gives

Buffaloc buffaloa Buffaloc buffaloa buffalov buffalov Buffaloc buffaloa.
Thus, the sentence when parsed reads as a description of the pecking order in the social hierarchy of buffaloes living in Buffalo:

[Those] (Buffalo buffalo) [that] (Buffalo buffalo buffalo) buffalo (Buffalo buffalo).
[Those] buffalo(es) from Buffalo [that are intimidated by] buffalo(es) from Buffalo intimidate buffalo(es) from Buffalo.
Bison from upstate New York who are intimidated by other bison in their community also happen to intimidate other bison in their community.

Other languages:

In Dutch, "Als In Bergen, bergen bergen bergen bergen bergen, bergen bergen bergen bergen bergen." Roughly meaning: "If in Bergen, heaps of mountains salvage heaps of mountains, then heaps of mountains salvage heaps of mountains".

In Mandarin Chinese:
"mā ma mà mǎ ma? mǎ mà mā ma ma?" (妈妈骂马吗? 马骂妈妈吗?)means "Does Mother scold horses or do horses scold Mother?"[4] However, Mandarin is a tonal language, so the words above are not true homophones.[5] This sentence is used as an exercise to show the contrastive nature of Chinese tones and practice their correct realizations.[4] A similar example is Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den, in which shi is repeated with varying tones.

In Cantonese Chinese:
the phrase "gò go gó gò gòu gwó gò go gó gò" (in Yale romanization, Chinese characters: 嗰個哥哥高過嗰個哥哥) means "That older brother is taller than that older brother".
the phrase "gǒng gǒng góng gǒng gòng gǒng gǒng, gǒng gǒng gǒng gǒng" means, "Grandfather says, 'a can clank knocked Grandfather dizzy.'"

In German, "Wenn hinter Fliegen Fliegen fliegen, fliegen Fliegen Fliegen hinterher" means "If flies fly after flies, flies fly behind flies." (Same meaning as the Dutch Als achter vliegen vliegen vliegen, vliegen vliegen vliegen achterna)

Also in German, "Die Männer, die vor dem Schokoladenladen Laden laden, laden Ladenmädchen gerne ein" means "The men who are loading shutters in front of the chocolate shop like to ask out the shop girls" (Variant: "Ladenjungen, die Schokoladeladen laden, laden Ladenmädchen zum Tanz ein")

In Hebrew, אשה נעלה נעלה נעלה נעלה את הדלת בפני בעלה (Isha na'ala na'ala na'ala na'ala et hadelet bifnei ba'ala) means "A respectable woman put on her shoe, locked the door in front of her husband". 'נעל' (na'al) means 'put on (footwear)' and hence also 'shoe', but also means 'lock'. 'עלה' ('alah') means 'raise', from which the niphal 'נעלה' means 'exalted' or 'noble'.

In Malay, lovers can say "Sayang, sayang, sayang sayang sayang. Sayang sayang sayang?", which translates to "Darling, I love you. Do you love me?". This is a true homophone as the same word is used for pronoun and verb. The person being asked can even reply "Sayang", or "Sayang sayang sayang", in return.

In Swedish, Norwegian and Danish, "Far, får får får? Får får lamm!" which translates to "Daddy, do sheep give birth to sheep? (No,) sheep give birth to lambs!" Extended variant is: "Får får får? Nej, får får ej får för får får lamm." (Does sheep give birth to sheep? No, sheep does not give birth to sheep because sheep gives birth to lambs). Another version is "Far får får, får får lamm" (Father receives sheep, sheep gives birth to lambs)

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Date:2007-05-06 10:53
Subject:something totally selfish..

inspired by jacky...

Create your own Friend Test here

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Date:2007-04-24 13:07
Subject:the next step...
Mood: content

Am one step closer to spending the next 1-2 years in London... wheee...

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Date:2007-03-19 12:10
Subject:Running Men...
Mood: calm


Help support 5 runners to raise funds for more gospel work at the All Souls Clubhouse!

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Date:2007-03-17 15:46
Subject:London weather...
Mood: sick

This week's 5 day weather forecast for london...

Saturday - High 16C, Low 8C - Sunny Intervals

Sunday - High 9C, Low 1C - Sunny Intervals

Monday - High 7C, Low -1C - Hail Shower

Tuesday - High 7C, Low 1C - Cloudy

Wednesday - High 8C, Low 3C - Sleet/Snow

Absolutely bonkers..

On a side note..

you know.. we can barely even get the tiniest of things right in science
you have to wonder why people put so much trust in 'scientists'...
considering I'm one of them...
how on earth could they believe in the big, cosmological scale things!!

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Date:2007-02-19 13:25
Subject:slightly weird... but fun for some
Mood: bored

You scored as Karl Barth. The daddy of 20th Century theology. You perceive liberal theology to be a disaster and so you insist that the revelation of Christ, not human experience, should be the starting point for all theology.


Karl Barth




Martin Luther


John Calvin


Jonathan Edwards


Charles Finney


Friedrich Schleiermacher




Jürgen Moltmann


Paul Tillich


Which theologian are you?
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Date:2007-02-08 12:09
Subject:The Tudor Rose
Mood: crazy

All Souls Student Bible study is so famous that even Jude Law and company hang out with us in the pub afterwards...

Seriously I have no idea what they were doing in a place like the Tudor Rose at 10pm on a Wed night..
I did manage to brush past him and say.. excuse me, can I get my pint?

Am regretting that we didn't go up to them and tell them about Jesus
Imagine the newspaper headline under the celebrity section the next day:

"Good News! Law fulfilled in Christ"


on a side note
that is amazing!

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Date:2007-02-04 20:16
Subject:Personalised cards
Mood: curious

Advertising for a friend's business..

handmade cards for any occasion..

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Date:2007-01-29 23:16
Subject:Weekend Away
Mood: ecstatic

This weekend there was a combined retreat for 85 students (between 19-30, both international and local).

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Our speaker was the Rev Dr Michael Reeves, head of theology for UCCF (the UK National Christian Union Organisation), also an ex-preacher at All Souls...

This guy is always phenomenal for the way he does theology and then preaches it...

We had a total of 6 90min sessions on Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Job, Psalms, thinking theologically & the cross. I don't have to tell you that those are incredibly complicated books to understand as a whole.. but he did it really well, and yet keeping it simple enough such that non-English students could understand. And always revealed everything about Christ!

I have low-grade audio recordings of all of them if anyone wants. They're approximately 10MB each and I can send it to anyone who would like to actually listen to them!

A couple of interesting points I noted on the side:
1. The gospel is more than mere morality or filling 'a God shaped hole'. All humanity is condemned to eternal death in Adam.. we need a saviour.
2. Faithful gospel preaching should always end in the question: "Does this mean if I accept Christ I can do anything I want (even sin)??" That proves you have indeed properly spoken about the love and free gift of grace on the cross, then you can explain how a Christian deals with sin by a response of love and never by legalism.
3. Anything that man can come up with about God will almost certainly never describe the real Living God (even theologians), only the revealed God in scripture (the gospel is called a mystery because although it is plain to see in front of our eyes, we need to be told what it means). Thus OUR God is the God hanging on the cross, where His real glory, love, power, justice, mercy, etc, etc are all completely revealed. Completely the opposite to any man-made idol or angelic being... 4. "Crux probat omnia" (The cross tests everything) & "Crux sola est nostra theologica" (the cross alone is our theology) - Martin Luther

It was a brilliant weekend with everyone coming out completely looking forward to the new creation and being in close communion with the living God, as well as understanding the immense liberty and freedom we have in Christ, that (as the Puritans would say) it is justification by blood, and nothing else! How else could any of us respond to that accept by saying, Lord let me have it! If we always preached like this, how many would reject Him! So if we neglect to evangelise, to further our relationships, to disciple, to become holy.. there is only one option for the rest of man...

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Date:2007-01-07 18:48
Subject:I'm engaged !!
Mood: thankful

If anyone didn't know it...

After just over a year... we're finally engaged!

Like any guy.. I refuse to share details... but like any girl you can ask HER how it happened =)

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This is a hint to where it was done.. you'll only know if you're in London...

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No date yet.. but soon & very soon..

Praise be to the Father!

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Date:2007-01-04 14:15
Subject:An interesting start to 2007...
Mood: enthralled

After several new year's eves in different parts of the world (amsterdam, singapore, paris, london, etc)...

this yet was by far one of the better ones.. spent at All Souls church watchnight service.. being filled with the Spirit of God, a much more potent vintage than anything previously imbibed...

service was again practically full with more than 500 of us listening to my favourite theologian... Rev Dr Paul Blackham...

the bells of Westminster chimed midnight and we all wished one another a happy new year in Jesus' name... one year closer to Christ!

on the way back, I noticed our minister walking home alone and since I happened to be on the same block quickly ran up to him to escort him home...

surprisingly we (3 of us) were invited up for a 'quick' drink of M&S mulled wine at his flat...
and so spent the next FOUR HOURS being amazed by the theology of animals, marriage, the life of Paul the apostle and the cross of Christ & judgement

must say that was the best new year's eves ever.. even if I did only get to bed at 6am =)

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Date:2006-12-25 01:00
Subject:Blessed Christmas!
Mood: good

Christmas eve midnight service at All Souls was packed... around 500 people
this is on a day where there is hardly any public transport, and it was from 11pm till 1am
I was immediately rebuked because I wanted to stay home and sleep and recover from jetlag

What a glorious sight to see so many people from as young as 18 to 70+ from 50+ countries there to listed to the good news of the Word Who came to become flesh... and to share in communion at the Lord's table...

With a powerful evangelistic sermon from Rico Tice, incorporating segments from Jonathan Edward's famous sermon "Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God"....
based on the verse...
Matthew 1:21b "You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."

Just thought I'd share and encourage...
Christ came to die for sins... to destroy the work of the devil... that we may once again have free fellowship with the Living God, and more than that, so that we will be raised to glory with Him...

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Date:2006-11-14 10:36
Subject:Ultrasonic ringtones...
Mood: calm

You are about 20 years old
The teen repellent will no longer foil you, but you can still hear some pretty high tones.

The highest pitched ultrasonic mosquito ringtone that I can hear is 16.7kHz
Find out which ringtones you can hear!

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Date:2006-11-10 12:34
Subject:What becomes of boasting?

27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. – Romans 3

The works of men count for nothing before God, they are all evil and will all be found to be worthless in the coming fire; burned away to nothingness in the new creation. Yet we are always found placing value in our earthly works, leading us to a fool’s pride and condemnation by God. Not so with faith, the law of faith is the exclusion of boasting. Faith implicitly and explicitly denies self-boasting, since it trusts in and exalts the work of Christ and Christ alone, thus all we have left to ‘boast’ about is Him, and the His works done through us, denying any self-seeking pride. When we are found thinking highly of ourselves even after doing the Lord’s work, we have negated the whole work itself, and it will not be of any credit with the Lord, indeed our reward has been given in full by the men. But when we selflessly do the Lord’s work, and it results in only further admiration and praise for Him (because it has stemmed from a love of Him), then too does the Lord praise us. So what is our boasting? Is it not when His strength is seen in our weakness? Or is it not too the heavenly fruit of our labour since it can only be brought about by the Spirit?

Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord and always do so!

(Ref: Psalm 10:3, 34:1-3, 44:7-8, Jeremiah 9:23-24, Matthew 6, 1 Corinthians 1:28-31, 2 Corinthians 12:9, 1 Thessalonians 2:19, James 1:9, 4:19)

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Date:2006-11-07 15:11
Mood: sick

Been sick for 2 weeks straight now..

still can't get rid of intermittent fevers...


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Date:2006-10-25 23:07
Mood: weird

this is the weirdest thing ever!!


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