Easter

The easter musical was lovely. Everyone sang magically and I could almost hear the love overflowing from each heart. That's how the most beautiful music is made right? With hearts of love. This year's musical was on the life of Paul. How one man chose to live his life because of the love and grace extended to him. The story and songs were so wonderfully woven together and by the time we got to the penultimate song, I was close to tears. "One day all the soldiers will go home. They'll cease fighting for the battle will be won. As the captain says 'well done, you've fought the fight the race is won'. Wounded soldier, the war is over, welcome home!" It was my first time helping out in costumes for a production and it was a blessing to be included in the team. It was pretty amazing how the guys were transformed with their constumes and makeup. But what was more amazing was seeing lives transformed by the Lord's grace. The musical will be on again today. 8pm at Bethany Independent Presbyterian Church, 301 Upper Paya Lebar Road. If you have some time, do come by and enjoy the musical and find out more about why Christians comemorate Good Friday and Easter. Come early as seats fill up real fast. Drop me a note if you would like to come. I'll try and save you a seat. 0 comments

Just a Closer Walk with Thee

I am weak, but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.

When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore.

I was baptized about 15 years ago. I remember that when I wrote my testimony for my baptism, I quoted the words of this old hymn. I was young and my faith was simple. My simple desire was a closer walk with my Lord each day. 

During the Maundy Thursday service this evening, we remembered how our Lord Jesus was betrayed by one close to him, and how He chose to love despite the betrayal. Pastor spoke about how we must guard our heart from turning away and betraying our Lord. This could only be done with a close relationship with God. I was challenged to continue to seek this closeness with the One who gave His life for mine and suffered in my place because of love.  And I was reminded about this old hymn that I hadn't heard in years. 

15 years on, my prayer is the same. Just a closer walk with Thee.
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All Roads Lead To Rome

My life's road led me to Rome last week. As they say, all roads lead to rome right? I was on a work trip, which meant we hardly had any time off the demanding schedule as usual, but the beauty of the city was unavoidable.
At every turn, we were greeted by an old church, a beautiful ruin or a quaint street. Each whispering of their glory days past.
We walked on paths that gladiators once strode through. We passed the corridors of emperors. We touched walls that witnessed the rise and fall of empires. While streets were filled with tourists, the air was thick with history.
We made the best use of whatever time we had to see the city. Which included walking to our destinations instead of taking a taxi, and brisk walking around the Coloseum just before closing time.
But at the end of the day, while all roads may lead to rome, my heart will always lead me home. And while im grateful for the amazing opportunities I have to see the world, I'm glad to be back where my heart belongs. 0 comments

Privilege

It is my last night here in Rome. I'm in my tiny room with dim lighting, cracking walls and strange sewage smell. I'm down with a cold and my face is sore from blowing my nose countless times through the day. Things could be better. Yet all I can think about is how incredibly fortunate I am. 

I recognize that to be able to do what I do is an uncommon privilege that is undeserved.
I recognize that I am covered in prayer by many who love me.
I recognize the Lord's abundant grace upon me with His protection, strength and wisdom.
I recognize His hand in my life. 

And for that I am grateful to The Lord from whom all blessings flow. 
 


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I was a School Girl Dressed in Blue

"I am a school girl dressed in blue
These are the things that I should do
Bow to the king
And curtsey to the queen
close my eyes and count sixteen!"
SCGS has great self awareness
Anyone remember skipping to this rhyme during recess? I do! My childhood school days were filled with wonderful memories of skipping, playing hopscotch, five stones, catching, scissors paper stone and my all-time favourite- Zero-Point! And all that was done in my little blue uniform.
Clockwise, from top left: With Ms Poon my Pri 4 teacher; with Ms Cho my Pri 3 teacher; with Ms Heng my PE teacher.
Heading back to SCGS on Saturday for the Mee Pok Day was a joy. We caught up with school mates, met our favorite teachers (who still look the same though 2 decades have passed since they taught me), and savoured the warm vinegar filled noodles again. 
Where my taste in beautiful tiles was honed
As we tread upon the beautifully peranakan tiled corridors again, we reminisced about the days we ran down for recess, played games in the amphitheatre, burnt food in the home economics room and dug holes in the ground during Girl Guides. 
We were really privileged girls to have been able to study there. The gorgeous environment we got to study in, the outstanding facilities, the wide range of opportunities and activities made available to us and the strong school tradition. Looking at what the girls do in school nowadays, things only got better, and I totally I want to go back to school again. 
Our memories of SCGS are gold. 
Each one of us was fashioned as precious jade and gold. 

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At the Carwash

Mr Kwek and I headed to the carwash near my parent's home the other day. It was a car wash with a difference.
Upon rolling into the car wash cabin, we were greeted warmly by 6 smiling staff members. I have never seen so many staff members at a car wash before and I have definitely never had so many people smile at me at a carwash before. 

The wash begins with a serious washdown by high powered jets of water controlled by an older uncle and the other staff members moving around the car ensuring that every part of our car was washed. This was followed by a good soaping. That's where our hearts were warmed as I saw the staff members help each other, pointing out spots which each other missed, or specks which needed further scrubbing to get rid of grime. Then another washdown by the the jets again and we rolled out of the cabin for drying by 2 other staff members. Our little Colt sure felt thoroughly washed, and highly pampered by the overflow of attention.

If only every carwash gave us such wholehearted service.

What was even more special about this carwash was that it was a joint effort by SPC and the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS). So it is staffed by the intellectually disabled. 

While the intellectually disabled are often seen as less desired employees in by employers, going through this carwash was incredibly humbling. The joy, pride and effort they put into their work put me to shame. We have much to learn from them.

Mr Kwek and I will head back there again the next time we need a carwash and you should check them out too, especially if you are around the Vivocity area! Details of their address, opening hours and prices are below.

Address
616 Telok Blangah Road 
Singapore 109027 
Tel: 6473 1148 

Operating Hours: 
Monday to Friday: 9.00am-7.00pm 
Saturday and Sunday: 9.00am-5.00pm 
Closed on Public Holidays


Price List:
Saloon Car: $8.00
MPV/SUV/Mini Van: $9.00
Large Van: $12.00
Taxi (Saloon): $4.00
Taxi (MAXI Cab/MPV): $6.00
Mini Bus: $17.00





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Kwek Kampong

If you can't tell from my many #kwekkampong posts, and I haven't already raved to you about how awesome it is staying here, let me tell you now, I LOVE the new Kwek Kampong. 

From the big things like its incredibly convenient location, to the details like the peranakan tiles under our main door and the astro turf shoe rack. I thank God for this cozy little home done just the way we like it. 

I could be happy spending all day in the Kwek Kampong (cue tai tai dreams). 

Yet I have come to learn, that the Kwek Kampong, like any home, is at it's best when filled with the joy and warmth of the people who love us. 

So to all our loved ones, the Kwek Kampong doors (and please come and admire our special doors) are always open to you. We also have a spare room and extra bed for anyone who needs a place to rest and a happy home :)

(Though we have had a number of friends over, this was the only time we remembered to take a photo)
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