Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Monkeying around to celebrate CNY

Posted by Xian Wei

Gong Xi Fa Cai!
This year's CNY might be one of the most prosperous CNY for me. I get to visit my cousins again, and eat and talk with them. Also, we had the reunion with some of my parents' friends. 

The Yusheng. The only dish that did not vary in the reunion dinner during our visits and stays. So if you can't escape from it, just eat it.

During the CNY, animals(sugar glider [right]) and insects(cicada [left]) also wanted to visit us. They were quite a company. Ming's buddies showing off their martial arts skills, all enjoying the festive CNY. And of course, the famous movie "Ola-Bola", a Malaysian production. This is, by far, the best movie made by Malaysians. A truly heart-warming movie that is about not only football, but also about the hardship of Malaysians in the 80s. Watch it if you are truly a Malaysian!

We stayed with our cousins during CNY. All the cooking smells from kitchen preparing for the reunion dinner really made us hungry. So we made some snacks like sushi and TC wraps (Tomato and Cheese Wraps). We had an enjoyable time preparing and eating the food.

Besides eating, we also played with firecrackers, 'pop-pop', UNO and soccer. We enjoyed watching the lion dances. It seems that the lions had their genes mutated because now, they are acrobatics. The cheeky monkey also came with the lions, dancing about happily, glad that this year is the Year of the Monkey. 
I've always enjoyed celebrating CNY with people. It is a wonderful festival that we Chinese should be proud of. So, have fun monkeying around in the Year of the Monkey! :) 
新年快乐!(Happy New Year!)

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

A Cool Breather in Cameron - 22-25 Jan 2016

Posted by Xian Jin

Finally, the moment we have been waiting all year: a rest and retreat at Cameron Highlands! I was longing for a cool, refreshing time up here, away from the scorching heat back in KL.

 The OMF bungalow, where we stayed for 4 days. It was very spacious, with so many places and treasures to explore and discover. I spent much time in the library, going through old books in peace and quietness. 

The scenery was simply beautiful, lush green surrounding the entire bungalow. It was a cold, squally morning; the forest of different shades of green overlooking the blue sky. The air was so fresh and clean, a pleasant environment.

Football Time!!! We spent hours outside playing sports. I enjoyed the cooling atmosphere up here, something we didn't have back in the city. 

You can never really feel bored here, what with books to read, animals to play with and the people you spend hours with. 

It's moments like this, just being together.

Purestream Got Talent 2016!!! This year we saw spectacular performances, from singing to a banana & vegetable keyboard to solving two rubik's cubes in two minutes. We had a great time.

I had a very meaningful and memorable time up here, and I'm sure everyone did too. Being here, putting our daily distractions aside bore many fruits. I was rather sad as we left for home, as it marked the end of our R&R. Needless to say, I would certainly want to come here again. Already, I missed the books and animals there. The scones too, of course.

A New Chapter - 2016

O Lord our governor, we beseech Thee, of Thy mercy,
That we may have the heavenly vision, 
And behold things as they seem unto Thee,
That the turmoil of this world may be seen by us
To be bringing forth the sweet peace of the eternal years,
And that in all the troubles and sorrows or our own hearts
We may behold good, and so, with quiet mind
And inward peace, careless of outward storm,
We may do the duty of life which brings to us
A quiet heart, ever trusting in Thee.

We give Thee thanks for all Thy mercy.
We beseech Thy forgiveness of all our sins.
We pray Thy guidance in all things,
Thy presence in the hour of death,
Thy glory in the life to come.
Of Thy mercy hear us,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

By George Dawson
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