Wednesday, April 04, 2007

the joys of life

today was such an interesting day. On the relief teaching front, it was a much better day than yesterday.. M (the down syndrome kid) stopped abusing me so much and i plucked up my courage to scold the class more and punish them, so they were quite angelic for most of the day. I was impressed with the way they did their filing! it was an accomplished day for relief teaching, and tmr will be my last. bittersweet as always, but relief teaching is not where i belong, even though i've learnt a lot and made quite a fair bit also considering the amt of hrs i put in. heh :)
In the afternoon when i got back, i suddenly had the urge to start packing.. so i did! and finally progressed from being 0% packed to 20% packed, all in 30 mins. And i went online to learn cricket, managed to get some pointers. After that mum and I went to Auntie Katherine's place in holland to pick up her old books, and mind you! we came back with 40-50 kg worth of books including commentaries, christian books and bibles. Fantastic resource. I hope to donate it to the church library like maybe for the young adults to refer to and really get into some solid bible study. So much potential, it would have been such a waste if she threw all those books away.
At night was the last council mtg, and it was good, we shared abt how God was moving in each faculty, hall, and standing comm, and its amazing to see how God has been so faithful in providing for His people even in all our weaknesses, and VCF really has a future not because of what we've done, or how good and devoted the year 1s are, but because we have a God who is walking with us every step of the way, and He is more than able.
The best part of the night was yet to come..
Totally unknown to my schedule, by a funny twist of events, J, J, L, H and I went to the EH evangelistic event! It was so cool! It was a nice cosy candlelight gathering with abt 30+ ppl, sitting around in tables and hearing performances of ppl singing and playing music on the piano and guitar, pretty much like a bar atmosphere, in the function room of EH. Each table had fondue (is that how you spell it?)! the thing was that when we got there, there was no other table available but the one right in the centre with the chocolate fountain. We felt rather paiseh for a moment, but since spontaneity and sportsmanship was the order of the night, and certainly the prevailing mood among our band of 5 VCFers, we happily obliged, (I mean its a chocolate fountain after all right?) then just as we sat down and were making our passing jokes abt how our supper plan was turning out much better than we expected.. ( we had planned to go fong seng after dropping by EH for a while ), someone mentioned, "oh no my strawberry got eaten up by the chocolate fountain" (such a benign comment..), and the next moment, the chocolate fountain "exploded", and the chocolate spun out and basically, we all got splashed with Chocolate! I mean that's like how cool larh. J and I were both wearing white somemore, and we got the most of the splashed chocolate. It all added irony to Addie's earlier comment in council mtg that she had such sweet friends, we were really sweet with chocolate all over us. J went on to grace the occasion with his delightful playing and singing. And Lionel the staffworker said something so profound. He asked me "so what can we learn from this event?" and i asked, "which event? the chocolate mishap, or the evangelistic event?", and he said both.. Sounds like a serious spiritual question right? then he went on to say.. "don't leave your lost fruits alone" and that pretty much answered both questions! He went on to elaborate that we're all blessed with spiritual gifts, which we as a community should use to bless the entire body, and if one part suffers, the others suffer with it, to put up a successful event like this needed everyone's gifts, like hospitality, administration, evangelism, helps, just to name a few, and only if all these things came together in a united way, would the event be all the more complete and successful.
It really was an eventful day. To be sprayed by chocolate, every boy's dream :)

Sunday, April 01, 2007

holy week

this holy week leading up to good friday has extra significance for me this year.. as i prepare for my trip to India. I'm excited yet feeling rather surreal abt things.. the reality that i'm going overseas for 2 months hasn't struck me yet.
Relief teaching in the mornings, monday mtg CR for dinner to get a better idea abt Ashakiran hospital, tuesday FT, wednesday Council mtg, thursday mtg H and S to better idea abt CFH, and W for supper, and friday to sunday for family and close friends while i prep for the trip. I'm looking forward to what's ahead. :)

Friday, March 30, 2007

A Chapter Closed

where do i begin.. where do i start? I think i'll just ramble. I just came back from a subcomm and cgl debrief for the whole year, and thus concludes my responsibilities in VCF for the year (excluding the council mtg next week that is).. I'm happy with how the debrief went, and the fact that we could share openly about our reflections on the year that passed. Many things were discussed, albeit briefly, the good and the bad and improvements that can be done for next year.. I hope that all in all, the next committee would be able to learn from our experiences, and bring medicine CF closer to what it should be. :)
I hope i didn't overwork my comm this year! If you're in my comm and are reading this blog, my apologies.. i guess on hindsight we really did a lot of things this year compared with previous years, and i hope it was for the better all in all.. many thks to you guys for all your efforts and sacrifices for the CF! As i mentioned, our God will not shortchange us if we're faithful to His calling, and the reward will come (even if we'll only see it in heaven).
Its been a busy few weeks, arranging plans and arrangements and meeting ppl for my India trip (9 days to go!), settling handover stuff for VCF, meeting ppl together with ben and jo, and relief teaching in the mornings at Grace Orchard School where my mother teaches.. (its a special education school somewhere between MINDS and mainstream). Relief teaching has been interesting.. initially i was really reluctant to take it up when my mum asked me, cos come on, its my holidays after all right? when was the last time i had a real break?? I agreed only cos it was my mum asking me and i didn't want to disappoint her (I'm always doing these things for ppl.. haiz..) But after having taught for 4 days now.. I think its been a great experience so far. I've seen children with Angelman's Syndrome, and Tourette's Syndrome, and Downs, and AVmalformations that ruptured as a kid.. yeah.. from a purely medical point of view its been interesting! heh. But more that that its coming to terms with the fact that there are so many kids like these who are around in society, and if not for schools like Grace Orchard, these kids would not have much hope.. Cheers to Grace Orchard!
There's so much i want to say abt VCF.. but its just too much. I'll probably take these 2 months in India to really process it through and reflect on what i've learnt and grown in the process of chairing the ministry. I'm in a melancholic mood again, but yet peaceful.. I dunno.. its a strange feeling.
On Wednesday I met Gilbert and Taupok for lunch at YIH, and we had a wonderful chat.. Its been a while since we've caught up, and even though we overshot our time (rudy had to leave at 2.45 but we left only abt abt 3.10), we still had stuff unshared. I'm glad for these 2 brothers in church, and I'm thankful for how God is really working in their lives through their experiences and struggles.. and I'm really so excited for Rudy as he takes his step of faith to join full time.. I pray that God's Spirit will lead him to truly live a life of significance for Him!
I guess I'll leave this blog entry as it is.. I'm so in the mood for blogging, there's so many things i haven't mentioned.. I hope that this would help me sort my thoughts out as well. :)

A Chapter Closed

where do i begin.. where do i start? I think i'll just ramble. I just came back from a subcomm and cgl debrief for the whole year, and thus concludes my responsibilities in VCF for the year (excluding the council mtg next week that is).. I'm happy with how the debrief went, and the fact that we could share openly about our reflections on the year that passed. Many things were discussed, albeit briefly, the good and the bad and improvements that can be done for next year.. I hope that all in all, the next committee would be able to learn from our experiences, and bring medicine CF closer to what it should be. :)
I hope i didn't overwork my comm this year! If you're in my comm and are reading this blog, my apologies.. i guess on hindsight we really did a lot of things this year compared with previous years, and i hope it was for the better all in all.. many thks to you guys for all your efforts and sacrifices for the CF! As i mentioned, our God will not shortchange us if we're faithful to His calling, and the reward will come (even if we'll only see it in heaven).
Its been a busy few weeks, arranging plans and arrangements and meeting ppl for my India trip (9 days to go!), settling handover stuff for VCF, meeting ppl together with ben and jo, and relief teaching in the mornings at Grace Orchard School where my mother teaches.. (its a special education school somewhere between MINDS and mainstream). Relief teaching has been interesting.. initially i was really reluctant to take it up when my mum asked me, cos come on, its my holidays after all right? when was the last time i had a real break?? I agreed only cos it was my mum asking me and i didn't want to disappoint her (I'm always doing these things for ppl.. haiz..) But after having taught for 4 days now.. I think its been a great experience so far. I've seen children with Angelman's Syndrome, and Tourette's Syndrome, and Downs, and AVmalformations that ruptured as a kid.. yeah.. from a purely medical point of view its been interesting! heh. But more that that its coming to terms with the fact that there are so many kids like these who are around in society, and if not for schools like Grace Orchard, these kids would not have much hope.. Cheers to Grace Orchard!
There's so much i want to say abt VCF.. but its just too much. I'll probably take these 2 months in India to really process it through and reflect on what i've learnt and grown in the process of chairing the ministry. I'm in a melancholic mood again, but yet peaceful.. I dunno.. its a strange feeling.
On Wednesday I met Gilbert and Taupok for lunch at YIH, and we had a wonderful chat.. Its been a while since we've caught up, and even though we overshot our time (rudy had to leave at 2.45 but we left only abt abt 3.10), we still had stuff unshared. I'm glad for these 2 brothers in church, and I'm thankful for how God is really working in their lives through their experiences and struggles.. and I'm really so excited for Rudy as he takes his step of faith to join full time.. I pray that God's Spirit will lead him to truly live a life of significance for Him!
I guess I'll leave this blog entry as it is.. I'm so in the mood for blogging, there's so many things i haven't mentioned.. I hope that this would help me sort my thoughts out as well. :)

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Crossroads 2007

Since I got started blogging again, I might as well blog abt more things. Crossroads 2007 was held last weekend at Changi Aloha Resort, Chalet H and I. The location was really good, and so was the timing I must say, it started on the friday right after my mid posting test for orthopaedics on Thursday. So after the test I went for CTS, and the harvest rally after that as usual, came back late. Oh yes, on tuesday was FT on running the Christian marathon. So as it happened, i was nicely prepared for Crossroads even before it happened (FT and harvest rally), and there was a sense that something special was gg to happen at Crossroads.. and it did.
I was really inspired at Crossroads, through the seminars and the session we had with graduates (Stephen of course). Dr Tan Soo-In was the main speaker, and somehow i managed to sign up for all the sessions that he conducted without knowing beforehand the ones he was taking. I was blessed to get to know Dr Tan, who's a dentist by training, and as he shared his theology as well as his life experiences, he really came across as a very real and sincere person, someone who is really serious about his faith and its consequences, and someone who has fought many trials in his life and learnt a lot from them without getting disillusioned or disgrunted.. The sessions were long and tiring but full of insight. I really concentrated for most of the sessions, and really gleaned a lot of wisdom to guide me in the future. Shaun and I are still in the process of writing the notes, and we'll send it out soon.. hopefully. Life as it is will always be full of challenges cos we live in an imperfect world.. can we work hard to partner in God's work (even in medicine or our various professions in the future) to bring abt kingdom values on earth and be a salt and light wherever we are? The talk with stephen was very sobering as i reflected on the reality of housemanship and army in just about 1 years time.. I really should be gearing myself up for that..
Amazing, the whole camp was really blessed, and i hope that what I heard will stick with me.. It has definitely served as a primer as i look forward to my india trip to find out more abt my purpose in medicine, and i hope that through my india trip i can also gain that passion for medicine that has been dwindling over the years in med sch.
Thks dudes for making Crossroads 2007 such a memorable experience, and thank you God for your guidance on my life!
:)

VCF

Its the 4th of February! 1 month of 2007 has passed, its 2 months from my india trip between which there'll be chinese new year, ortho end of posting test and patho pros.

I've been busy-ing myself with VCF as usual, and foremost on my mind is next year's committee. I've been talking to the M3s mainly, especially ben, melvin, james, nat, ben, daniel, joanna trying to perhaps get them thinking about how vcf will be next year when they become the seniors. Its been great chatting with them and finding out more abt their lives and struggles, and their passion and faith. As much as i've been talking so much and trying to inspire with words, I know that at the end of the day its the Holy Spirit which will convict them and cause the real change. So... I've decided to day to stop nagging at ppl, (I've said all i needed to say), and to just pray more. Its something like starting a fire, I just add the spark, and hopefully something ignites in all of them. I really see great potential not only for the M3 batch, but also the future of VCF.
Today I was glad to arrange an M3 VCF breakfast for that very purpose to get them together to talk abt VCF and how things will be next year. Initially a couple of them didn't reply and also some smsed to say they couldn't turn up, and we were down to just 5 of us, Nat, Ben, Jo, Melvin and myself. We considered sitting at the small table at ghim moh (6 seater) instead of the big (10 seater), but thankfully we didn't, cos what happened next was surprising!.. James turned up (although he said he wasn't coming), followed by Ruth-ann (who happened to be there after her run), followed by susan (who woke up late but still came although she lives 1 hr away), then Stephen, then wenxian! and just nice, the 10 seater table was filled, and the jedi council was complete!
The sharing we had was really good i felt, i hope with all my heart that this is just the start of many good things to come in vcf with the M3 batch and beyond, it was ended off by a really inspiring account by stephen about the early church and biblical history, he always has this gift of inspiring us.
Personally for me its a bittersweet feeling as I approach the end of my term in VCF. I've given off my year to VCF this year, and with it has come many good times as well as many disappointments, and i've matured so so much in the process! maybe i'll write a separate post on that some day. For now, I know I must make a conscious effort to take a step back and let the M3s get used to taking charge of things. With Melvin doing the evangelistic outreach and Nat in charge of the retreat, I know for now that things are in good hands. I really need to pray more, heh. For me personally I look forward to having time and space to grow again, not having the weight of responsibility. I know i haven't been putting my best effort into my medical sch learning, as well as in doing bible study.. Its something i should really get back to doing, in silence and solitude.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

No tears in heaven

No tears in heaven
forgot to add the milk run, the half and full marathon!! Its an achievement i wouldn't have expected before this year. many thks to the friends i trained with: bukit batok gang (likman, pakling, ben), vcf gang (ruth, huien, gary, damien, songyang), colin, and of course my dear twin Lester.

this year i got to know many nice pple better, although most of them are my bro's friends. haha. I thank God for getting to know the vcfers: ruthann, huien, damien, gary, junwen, minghui, yanchang, yue-en, weichin, nelson, khelvin, cheryl, sophia, huishan, sida, rachel, lydia, ivan, peishan, adeline, chloe... i bet i forgot a few.. the suppers, camps, workshops, council mtgs. i've had with these pple have been very fun and have really lit up my 2006..

Saturday, December 30, 2006

No tears in heaven

The year 2006...
Jan: turbulent CNY
Feb: lennie's wedding
Feb: Pharmaco and Cofm Pros
March: Fam Med Posting, Thanksgiving at deb's place
Apr: CTVS elective, LPC camp, Med VCF retreat, sherm's op, Apt as Med chair
May: Medicine reposting @ sgh
June: FOC camp
July-Aug: Paeds posting, posting rep, vcf started
Sept: Short postings ENT, Patho, Eye, Anaesthesia
Oct: Macau/Hongkong trip
Oct-Dec: O&G
Dec: VCF Christmas party, mcf thanksgiving, prc camp, MEEt camp, youth camp

Friday, December 29, 2006

No tears in heaven

Its been an eventful holiday indeed. starting from the Youthphoria camp last monday to thursday (in the middle of which we had our vcf christmas party), then bs with the east group at pris place on friday morn, then MEET camp friday to saturday (supper with belle, bang and david on friday night), Christmas eve gathering at tiffy's and kevin's, and Christmas gathering at my uncle's place. Tuesday had prc camp briefing in the morning, then met ruth for lunch, then went for cg outing.. bumped into a lot of meddies in town, at night went for weichin's mum's wake. Wed and thurs prc camp, followed by mcf thanksgiving in the evening.. and today, met up with my med subcomm!
I can't believe i did so many things.. but i guess its a great release from my O&G posting, and stresses that i've been facing. i really thank god for this hols.. :)