true life

This is my 1st experience, to keep on follow-up a cancer patient’s story.

This kind of life story is much more heart-breaking than the drama series and movie. In fact, i dunno him personally. He is my fren’s brother, a father of 2 lovely kids and also the only son of an old mother. I met him occasionally in church on Sunday morning. Not really able to relate him to cancer. He looks so young and strong, from surface.

Since he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (FYI, this kind of cancer is so serious until sometimes being considered as terminal illnesses), he writes emails and sends out his prayer requests. Ans his sister who is my fren will forward these prayer requests to us.

Every emails are great reminders and great thoughts to me, personally, towards lives:
Stay healthy is a choice. Though we will meet again in Heaven, we would still love to meet each other in one healthy & strong & complete piece.

When you really tasted that life is so short and so uncontrollable, every second becomes so precious. No more TV program, no more clubbing will attract your attention; your family will become “the greatest entertainment”, and even giving you strength and joy to carry on… …

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The Greatest Insurance Program

What is the greatest insurance program?

  • WHOLE LIFE
  • CHEAP BUT FREE IS ALWAYS THE BEST
  • HIGHEST COVERAGE/SUM ASSURED

“If you ever find any insurance company would offer this kind of program, please remember to contact me! ” But sad to say, no company on earth could afford this kind of program.

But there is one from His kingdom… …

As an life assured, this program would pay out the highest sum assured that no one could afford (even Bill Gates) for your whole life (in fact, is eternal life).

Yes, you know what I want to talk about. The name of the policy  is Jesus Christ’s Salvation.

The Bible told us, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Even I do not quote from the Bible, everyone knew that we are simply hopeless to solve “the problem of death”. No matter how good we are, we are always not good enough to go to Heaven. “Who am I??? Heaven is God’s home, God’s Kingdom… … How good should I achieve so that I could live with Him??”

No one could enter your house unless you open the door for them. It is same in God’s family. He opens His door by sending Jesus Christ to our world, getting Him to be the one paying the price of sin. Therefore, we could enter His Kingdom, having eternal life… …

Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross, pay off the highest price in lump sum so that we all could enjoy the widest coverage (Death/ Disability/ Illnesses, and also your life, your family, your career and etc etc). Whatever He owns is always ready for you as well. The policy is ready, and there is no expiry date. We all are eligible to enjoy it eternally.

Frens, the best part of this program is YOU DO NOT NEED TO PAY A SINGLE CENT. For Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20)”

What you need to do is accept the offer letter from Jesus Christ, having Him to be your personal Savior and Lord.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

慶祝

今晚決定留一些時間給自己慶祝慶祝。慶祝… …

可以慶祝自己脫離月光族社團,而且還乖乖地順服十一奉獻。感謝主,這是我長久以來的遺憾。至於是怎麼脫離的,說實在地,除了靠著上帝的祝福以外,還是要非常感謝那些隨時都伸出援手的朋友。

可以慶祝順利考完M5和M9。說實在地,自從大學成績不太如意以後,我一直對考試存有恐懼感。雖說人人都說考保險很容易,只是選擇題而已。但是,我還是感到非常壓力。經理一直催促我去考試。但或許是自我期待高,所以平均每一次考試都用了一個月時間去準備,準備得非常有把握才敢進入考場。

比方說,及格只需要75題。做到80題的時候我就知道我可以離開考場了。當然,我沒有這麼做。畢竟考試費是公司付的,還是得負責人一些。當然,我也不會告訴經理我是超高分過關的。對於陌生的人,我還是懂得稍微謙虛一點的… …

為著這兩項突破,今天下班後去家樂福買了一束花給自己。對於安慰或獎勵自己,我是非常了得的。不需要很昂貴的代價。新幣20元以內,可以買一束馨香的花朵,又或者可以買一本很好的書,又或者可以吃一餐極新鮮滋味生魚片… …

好吧!如果這個月內可以順利通過Health Insurance的考試,我就和你們唱 K 慶祝。 (=

继续Notebook (I)

严格来说,这应该是organizer。
是阿斌哥“千山万水”来到新加坡的Muji却又找不到的notebook,败兴而归啊…

这是2007年Muji设计大奖中的优胜者之一。
我也挺欣赏这样的设计。毕竟每个人每天的巅峰时段都不一样,传统notebook 内的时间分割有时真的挺浪费位置。这种Semi-freestyle的设计能提供较多的描叙空间内。

这里有详细的设计介绍,要是价钱不太贵的话,我也希望买一本。呵呵呵…

谈起考试

最近去考M5,是毕业这么多年以来比较有压力的考试。跟考试专家晨小芳谈起考试心得,心里颇有感受的。

我们中华生所经历过的,究竟是什么样的教育制度?
朋友以为我在新加坡国大毕业,必定非常有才干。想不到这一纸文凭竟然成为我的面具。我只能说,“我自知自己并不是非常有学问有智慧的人,但我很会考试。”甚至有时候我会简短玩笑地说,“骗来的,呵呵呵… …” (是真的,okay?)

考试,有形式;形式,能决定所能考的内容和呈现方式。
如果考题统统都是选择题,你就必须“重点式”地记考试内容;
如果考题是是非题或填充题,你就必须特别留意关键字眼。这样的考试不难准备,要是作文题呢?老师教授一般都会‘同情’那些答案写得很长的同学。因此,你要学会吹嘘,但这是不够的。当考题靠你概念的时候,逻辑要在,关键字眼也必须在,尤其是学术字眼。因为老师在该考卷的时候,会根据答案卷上的 “重点”给分。要是你用自己的话来表达一切,他会‘看不见’你的答案的。

分析历届考题当然是必备功课。做错不要感到挫败,但它会告诉你重点在哪里。这些重点出现的频率和形式都很有帮助。

考试到最后,就不要在拼命吸纳新知识。从容复习,适当的娱乐都很重要。

M5时间结束的那一刹那,荧幕上只出现“Pass”一个字眼,竟然没有告诉我实际分数,嘴角不自觉地骂了一句DNS。唉,我想我是太久没有考试,心里泛起了强烈的好胜心。(而且考完不到5分钟,result slip 就被没收了,想多望几眼都难。)

忙碌有時

忙碌的時候,日子是怎么過的呢?

新工作已經邁入了第三個月了。是不知不覺的嗎?不是的,尤其是忙碌于眾多突發事件的時候,你就會開始抗拒上班;抗拒上班的時候,你就會開始數算自己的日子過了多少。

雖然只有三個月,但是在一些同事眼中我已經跟六個月的同事無異了。說穿了,時間根本不是問題,真正在鍛煉、使人成長的是經歷+經歷+經歷。人常說,失敗乃是成功之母。但是他忘了告訴你,你一定要從失敗中吸取教訓,不然它不會認你做兒子的。

當然,我和許多同事無異的地方就是天天都想著辭職。這是EQ上的挑戰,強大的挑戰。想著辭職的事,自然就會影響工作素質。這樣就更甭想失敗成為你母親。因此,我盡可能在開始抱怨的時候,也就是乘搭地鐵一個小時的時間內讀經禱告… … 得力有時不得力有時,就看你手上愿意放下多少給祂。

再無力的日子,沒有辦法讀經禱告,我就會流著兩行很冤枉的眼淚望著上帝。祂不會遷就我的急性子,總是說:一步一步來。

我想上帝若是帶我離開這個工作的時候,應該也就是我喜歡這份工作的時候吧?!

次文化隔膜

次文化的沖突有的時候比跨文化更難搞。

公司有兩大族群,不是按膚色而是國家,新加坡人和馬來西亞人。農歷新年快到了,“請假”事宜是午餐的“飯后甜品”,老板不愿意批準假期是大家所關注的。

在新加坡讀書工作,我已經習慣了農歷新年只有短暫的兩天。久而久之,我知道怎樣的假期“長度”是老板愿意批準的。因為已經習慣就不以為然。

然而辦公室里有的朋友剛來新加坡不是很久。對于這方面非常不解。如果你遇上一個同樣是外地來的老板,他也許能體諒(注:體諒不等于批準)。但是,如果你的老板是徹徹底底的新加坡人,習慣了農歷新年只有兩天假期,對于你要申請的長假自然有意見。這樣的次文化沖突,真是有理說不清的。(文化不等于道理而已??? )

畢竟這里的農歷假期市政府規定的,不是公司決定的。有的時候老家的人會以為這里遍地黃金機會,但有的時候,要握住機會也得付出一定的代價。不是嗎?

我默默地在想,原來我里面有這樣的變化。我在這里已經不只是個游子,不再是個外邦人而已;掛上永久居民的身份以后,就漸漸地適應、接受和融入這里的文化。這方面的責任,我還是做得不錯的。呵呵呵… …