Saturday, December 29, 2007

My Dad turns 51

My dad turns 51 today. Here are pictures of him showing off the gift I gave him. It's a bling with a cross that spins!! He once asked me how should he wear it. I told him to just be himself & that he's the only dad I know who is cool enough to wear it.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Mikayla Yee

I have plenty to write on HUGE 2007. my videography assignment in JB, & our TOUCH Christmas production... But none of that can beat this latest craze...

Mikayla Yee was born to Lemuel & Melanie Yee on December 21st, 2007. May and I were there an hour after her birth, and I must say that it's a privilege to know someone ever since their first day on Planet Earth. It's REALLY REALLY COOL.

Don't know the hospital don't allow videography, but we managed to capture a few precious moments on my video camera (I asked Lemuel if he wants to do a reality show on Mikayla, but there's no answer yet). I would have edited and uploaded the video if I weren't so busy (practicing DOTA). But you can view some videos at the grandpa's website -

All HUGE 2007 Videos

Alright, guys. Here are all the HUGE videos that were shown during the camp itself. Come February there will be more coming up. So stay tune to this blog =)

HUGE: Champion: Vlog 03

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

Back & Gone Again

I've just came back from Taiping about 5 hours ago. HUGE camp 2007 was wonderful. There were some things that I wished would have been different, but I'm glad to say that I was blessed indeed. I'm very excited about writing on my experiences in HUGE here, but time doesn't permit. I will be on another bus in about 9 hours' time, this time the destination is Johor Bahru. Hopefully I'll have some time alone to pen (type) my thoughts down during my 4 days' stay down south. In the meantime, you can check out the videos below.

Gosh I'm missing TOUCH already...

HUGE pictures

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Cell Potluck

Our cell group had a potluck gathering at my place last Friday. Our teenage members brought their friends over for food & games. Maybe it was awkward at first but later everyone was at ease. The "ha" & "what" game certainly broke the ice. I believe that our 21st Christmas party will be a greater success, now that our friends are familiar & comfortable with us.

And it was a really nice feeling for me, a 23-year-old. Somehow, in spite of the age gap (it's not that big), we could connect with one another. I didn't feel too old in their presence & they didn't feel too young or small to communicate with me. And in a small but significant way, that night comfirmed my ministry to the young people.

Joy of Christmas: Log 1

It feels like it's been a long time since TOUCH has attempted a skit. We're making a comeback this year, and I see that we're breaking new grounds. This time around Ken Chung is leading a team of 7 writers to produce a story of 3 friends, who seemed to have forgotten the true meaning & joy of Christmas. I'm helping out with the script, the videos & will oversee the practices, supporting Ken Chung in his first attempt at directing. May on other hand will be helping Jacklyn with props. But more significantly, she'll be assisting Rachel in creating a whole new element to our skit. It's exciting, nerve-wrecking & worrying at the same time, but we believe it's a risk worth taking.

Most of the script has been concluded (just a few hours ago), and tomorrow we'll be having our first practice. It'll be interesting to work with the 3 main character, all of whom will be performing a lead role for the very first time. Can't wait.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The Piano & I

Last Saturday I fulfilled 1 of my tiny dreams of playing the piano & singing for a wedding ceremony. It's so interesting how God remembers the little things we ask, things that 'age' and 'maturity' brushed aside as insignificant & unnecessary. Well now I'm beginning to see this Dream-Giver also as the Dream-Fulfiller. And being that loving Father that He is, He rejoices to see us trusting in His beautiful timing & miraculous ways of making our dreams come true. I love how He remembers our dreams & our desires.

2 calls came in recently. 1 call was from YAM asking me to create their HUGE camp session videos yet again (view an example here). It was rather late, but nice nonetheless. I think YAM has a vision & direction for the youths of Malaysia, so it's a joy to serve them in that manner. The other call, that came in only today, was a very significant one. I can't say much about this yet, but it's pretty massive & I'm really excited about the project. I'm confident that I'll do well & impress. Hopefully I'll impress enough to be participanting in this project for the long term. But in the meantime, I'm just enjoying God's favour upon my life & will continue to trust that He really likes me & wants to make my every dream come true.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

2nd Prize

On the way to Menara Star this morning, I keep trying to imagine myself letting out a shout of victory, but I just couldn't. Neither could I imagine myself out of the top 3 placings. For the past 2 weeks I've been getting mix reviews from friends, mostly positive ones. Even so, one can't help but to think about the mistakes we made - we should have done more research & planning before the contest; we shouldn't have wasted almost 2 hours in Rawang; I should have used Adobe Premier Pro for sound mixing; boy we should have had time for Penang food...

It was really nerve-wrecking to wait for the results with May & Freddi. The MC was counting down from 10th place & we kept saying "don't call our name, please don't call our name". Good thing we were told beforehand that we were in the top 5, haha!! But in the end, we were beaten by a worthy opponent, & the results were fair. It's a bittersweet feeling, though, knowing that there was a 50% chance we would get first prize and RM2000 more.

Well, all in all, I'm grateful for the outcome of my first attempt in a video competition and my first taste of fame. Knowing that I could have done so much better with the video, I have confidence moving forward.

A big THANKS to all those who voted for us.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A Walk With My Father

My father took me for a walk this evening. A long walk, he said it was going to be. And it took me a really long while to see that we were at the back of the mountain. You know the mountain - that big thing that gets in the way of your vision, your everything. It was nice to see what was going on on the other side of the mountain. For many nights now I've been confused by the noise, the rumble, and the occasional shaking. I could not understand all of it from this side of the mountain. It's so in-your-face, you'd think everything else should be that way too.

I never knew there was a way to the other side of the mountain, but my father did. And it was indeed a long walk. But there I was, watching everything that was going on at the other side of the mountain. A major counstruction was going on. So this is what all the noise was about, I thought. There were a few buildings already up. It wasn't until my dad told me that I realised that the uniqueness of these buildings. It's like nothing I've ever seen. My father of course has seen these designs, but he still talked about them with sincere excitement.

We reach a stream, by a big plain land. The atmosphere was serene and calm. The blue sky accompanied with the formation of the clouds was as beautiful as ever. We just hang out there for a while to just soak everything in. Funny how there's peace and beauty at the other side of the mountain.

On the way back, we found ourselves at a tiny slope. It was steep, but I remember how my brother and I along with some neighbourhood kids would glide down such slopes, back in the day where the trees and wild grasses didn't cover the foot of the mountain. And when there's rain, we would love to just watch water flowing down from the cracks in between. And today I stood there asking myself: Where is the courage that I had when I was a boy? Is it wisdom that stops me from sliding down the slope, or has fear gripped me? I finally decided that the best way to answer the question is to just attempt the slope. The glide was a success, but I couldn't evade the stone that caused a small cut on my shin.

There were no words exchanged when we got home, but I believe both my father and myself knew it was a special long walk. Memory of the walk would be good enough to keep me strong while facing the mountain. And of course the cut would serve as a good reminder too.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

PK Gathering 3

9 PKs came together. We sat around the dining table & tested each others' food. It was homely, it was warm. Oh ya, we had pictaboo (combination of pictionary & taboo) too. Everyone was connected. It was good. Let's do it again.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Penang Here I Come!!

my number: 012 3691839

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Bowling with TOUCH

It was a really good time. The cheering for one another, the stunts & different styles, the celebration dances.... The only regret I have is that I've learned that I should never play bowling ever ever ever again.

Monday, October 22, 2007


While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"
On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." - Matthew 9:10-13

God, how about those who are sick but yet do not know it? How can we help them? What is Your plan?

Thursday, October 18, 2007

What A Buzz!!

That's right, it's just been a buzz here in TOUCH ministry. First there was Andrew & Daniel, Lim brothers who have been attending Segambut cell for the past 2 Fridays. And even though there wasn't any newcomers in first youth service after the BBQ, I was still very much encouraged by the attendance of the Rooftop BBQ - we can get 54 youth to gather in one place, why not in youth service? Last Saturday we had several newcomers in our youth & there was MUCH REJOICING!! God was faithful & He's telling us that we're still very much in His thoughts.

Right now we must continue to work on the foundation of the youth ministry in order that we'll continue to have growth & fruits from our efforts. We must not just stop & dwell upon this
little success (comparing to what God wants!!), but press forward with greater focus & intensity, knowing the victory that is ahead of us. I believe it was no coincidence that during the week where we were feeling down, God led me to share on Joshua 3, when the Israelites finally crossed over Jordan River & begun their conquest of the Promised Land - how they took 40 years to cover ground that was actually a 2 weeks' walk. It was their unpreparedness that
has caused them that.

My desire is that we would move out from that small hang at the back & into the 2nd floor hall for our youth services - it's within 10 seconds' walk of each other, but are we able to get there by year end? Together, we most certainly can.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Snail Mail

I forgot who came up with the brilliant idea of sending snail mail with a photo to all the newcomers who came for the BBQ, but Joseph & Caleb got the stuff printed out and both of them came to my house to finish up the letters... you know, cutting out the letter, putting into the envelope, sticking on the stamp...

the letter

Check out our envelope with our new logo!! Yes, we can print our very own envelopes!!

May saw the letters & said that she wished she was a newcomer. I share the same feeling =)

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Rooftop BBQ: YATTA!!

Thank you everyone for coming to our first ever ROOFTOP BBQ!! Your presence has enliven the atmosphere & I'm looking forward to more good times with all 53 of you!! And in case you're wondering - YES, the fireworks was most certainly part of our plan (not)!!

Now imagine all 54 of us coming together every week...

Visit to Subang Cell

Last Friday (28/09) I went to Subang cell meeting. May was suppose to come with me, but she was ill. Being alone & quiet in the train brought back a lot of memories. I don't remember what was before, but I remember Barbara was the one who felt the need to start the Subang youth cell. I joined her in starting up the cell group & when she left, I continued serving with Debbie. I remember coming with Joseph and also with May - I believe that was 5 years ago.

Now another cell leader has left (Jason) and that night was the first time I see the new leadership in place. I reminded them of the significance of the moment - that now is the time to make the necessary changes. Re-evaluate - take the good, throw the bad, & FOCUS. At the end of the night, I felt that they too sense the importance of the moment. And I believe that they would rise to the occasion & be an example to all the other youth cell groups of our church.

Take them flying, Ben & Jac!! Hebrews 12:1-2

Friday, September 28, 2007

Rooftop BBQ

This is history in the making. You won't want to miss it.

Saturday: Fion's birthday

Fion is May's colleague. She arrived in KL in April from Kuantan & doesn't have many friends in KL. Last Saturday was her birthday, so May and I took her for her first Japanese meal. We spent 2 hours together, and after that time I was really grateful to have known a new friend such as Fion. Hope we'll have many more good times together.

May says she can be a part time model. What do you think? =)

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Friday: Ken Returns

Was fortunate enough to get in touch with Ken Chung the moment he arrived home. We met up with him after our cell meeting (which was a really good one). 4 months away in US, working as a lifeguard, Ken Chung looks entire different. But he was still as wacky as before, as he shared his experiences in the US with my cell group.

Good to have you back, Ken!! Looking forward to many adventures ahead!!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Thursday: New Drum Set

15 years and more, our church drum set has surpassed the services of Andy & Gabriel. On Thursday, Caleb, our current drummer, was taken out for a real treat - to buy a brand new drumset.

I think the new drum set would set off a big buzz in our church, even though this is only 1 step out of a series of events that is & will be taking place. The new drum set would be the most shiny piece of equipment up on stage, which now has a new arrangement to create the optimum sound. And these are only the things that people see when they step into the church. There are still many more movements in the backgrounds.

Personally it's helping me to take myself more seriously: the vision I have for the youth, the goals that we set together. I mean, things are being done to ensure that we have the space & capacity to run with these dreams that God has given, so I've got to prepare myself for the marathon ahead. I believe the beginning stages would require a lot of getting-out-of-the-box initiatives, but once we gain momentum, we're really gonna enjoy this run - especially when we run together. And oh, we might get a new drummer too... How about that?

Wednesday: HELP's Food Buster

Rachel and Alexa: Presidents of Food Busters

It's basically a very simple idea: Gather the college's food lovers, form a club that hunts weekly for the best food available in the Klang Valley & beyond.

I think youth ministries should start clubs as such in their neighbourhood. Something as neutral, harmless, fun, interactive as football, food, & music can bridge gaps & break walls. I wonder what would gather the youth of Jalan Ipoh... Hmm, I can't wait to find out.

Friday, September 21, 2007

About Yvonne

Yvonne will be the first to tell you that she has this strange notion of doing what she knows is wrong, & not following through with the conclusion "ya I need to stop doing that". She doesn't realise that she has managed to come to a realisation that many has not - we knowingly, repeatingly, willingly & foolishly, plunge into the same pile of shit. The next question we have to ask ourselves is WHY, but why bother? There's no reasonable answer to justify our unreasonable behaviour. We should just stop it. God help us all.

Yvonne tells me that she likes talking to me because we don't just talk about currents issues or the weather, & there's always some truths to be pondered upon. Well, as much as I enjoy saying things that provoke minds into deep reflection, I love to have such conversations with 'un-churched' people, because I too benefit from those moments. Her honesty about her own life has driven me to look into my very soul & do some... well... soul-searching.

And out of the much reflections lately, this one is a lesson learnt - that when we really humble ourselves & not be judgemental, the people around us - churched or not - can serve a mirror for our souls. And if we are willing to listen, we'll come to our senses & take steps to get ourselves out of that pile of shit...

Yvonne, thanks for sharing & thanks for listening.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Rooftop BBQ

Venue: FCC Rooftop

Time: 5.30pm

Date: 29 September 2007

Thursday, September 13, 2007

This Is For Jason

On 9/11, the world remembers the tragedy that befell US 6 years ago. But my desktop calendar reminded of the fact that Jason was on his way to London... He got a scholarship from Astro, and he will be spending the next 3 years in London, studying graphic designs or something like that.

He has been a blessing to me & our youth ministry over the many years, but I really want to appreciate him for 2 things: 1, his involvement in my first movie & 2, for leading the Subang youth cell. Of the many dreams I have, I'm so glad to have him be involved in the 1 dream I managed to fulfill - making my first movie. It was a blast. And God used him (and Jacklyn) to impact great things into the Subang youth cell. Now that Benjamin (thank you for training him) is carrying the torch, I believe Subang youth cell will be moving further onwards.

Here are Jason's parting words for TOUCH:

p.s: Jason, don't worry. You won't be sorely missed. We all carry some part of you in us. Plus, Ken Chung's coming back soon =)

p.s: We visited Jason the night before he left for London. View the video here.

Friday, September 07, 2007

PK Gathering 1

We started here, and the bond is so strong that we don't want to settle for meeting once in 2 years. Our first PK Gathering 1 was held at Or~Ju, Metro Prima, Kepong, on 11 August 2007. And I'm so glad to finally get the video done!! WOHOO!!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Church Camp Camera Crew

Another big event has gone by, signifying of yet another set of videos for me to work on. It's going to be challenging, but it's great to know that I had 2 excellent cameraman capturing the moments - Brian & Rachel.

I also want to say a big thank you to all those who helped with the interviews & silly what-nots in between the services: Daniel, Joseph, Jason, May & the rest of the youth who bring so much more onto the screen. Creativity comes so naturally for you guys

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Friends That Are Good To Have

Rabeeka getting into the reading groove...

Phoebe, the new kid on the block...

Doing what girls do...

It was great fun being host to Phoebe. Big thanks to Justin (yea he was with us too) & Rabeeka for coming along.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

This is for Lydia

from left: Alina, Rachel, Lydia

All the best, Lydia, in your search for a job in Canada. May God's favour be upon you.
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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Tutoring Again

It's been 2 years. Now I bring in new perpective & new methods into my teaching. I feel like I've somewhat matured with the role I play in church. And of course I'm glad to have May come along on this. It would be a great training ground for us.
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