Wednesday, October 23, 2013

My Vote for ThePianoGuys!

Hey guys!

I've voted for this classical tribute to David Guetta, played by my favourite modern classical music artists, ThePianoGuys, to win Response of the Year at the YouTube Music Awards.

If you people out there have a place for classical music in your heart too, please do check out ThePianoGuys Channel on Youtube (I bet most people out there know of their existence already!), and vote for them to show your support! You will definitely ♥ their music videos!

Cheers to ThePianoGuys!  

Monday, February 4, 2013

Gua Tempurung

I finished my Progress Test last Thursday, then fell sick, caught a flu. But it's no stopping me from enjoying my weekend with God and nature!!

Petaling Jaya's Full Gospel Assembly Youth (FGA PJY) had successfully carry out a one-day trip to Gua Tempurung (Perak) on Saturday!! It wasn't my first time entering Gua Tempurung, but it's the first time I went for the river tour!! Fun, exciting!! It's been so-so-so long since I last had such a great trip in God's creation of nature's beauty!! What's more, going with my church friends was so much fun!! We really had a great time!

The cave was beautiful, at certain views, especially the cave window view! Probably not as good as Gua Niah in Sarawak, but still beautiful, in my eyes at least. =) We first toured the the 'dry' route, climbing up and down flights of stairs, while enjoying the scenic view in the cave. We saw rocks formation with the shape of a sea horse!! And a human's face!! There's many other unique shapes, some people could see a dolphin, but I didn't see any. It's a mystery how nature works in the world of Art. Masterpieces of God, maybe.

Gua Tempurung was also once a shelter for the communists, during the Emergency back then I guess. So we also saw some old Chinese writings on the wall, with beautiful drawings of British vintage cars!! They could really draw!! However, some easier-to-reach sections of the cave have been scribbled by tourists. I personally think it's not a good idea, kind of like vandalism to me.

After that, came the most exciting part, the river route!! Since we took the smaller package, we actually didn't explore the whole cave. It must be much deeper, and much more dangerous to take the complete package. The river route started with a rocky slide into a deeper section of the cave. Then, we had to climb into a hole to the lower chamber, before reaching the icy cold underground river. And hence, started the river "walkathon". We frequently found ourselves hunching, crawling or even swimming when the cave ceilings get too low at certain areas.

Now, I would like to highlight a misconception among many people when it comes to the river tour in Gua Tempurung. It's NOT SLIPPERY AT ALL!! Because there's no sunlight in there, there's no mosses on the rocks in the riverbed. It's mostly sand and stones under water. It may be harder for some people to keep their balance due to the uneven riverbed, but it's really not slippery. Unless you're stepping on big slabs of marble at one or two sections of the river, which you might want to take note because the marbles are smooth, the rest of the river is considerably safe.

The water is actually quite clean, especially for Malaysia rivers. It's only a little bit murky, because of the sandy riverbed and those powdery rocks of the cave. Your shoes won't be damaged, it only gets dirty. By the time I reached the exit, whatever little space left in my shoes were filled with tiny stones and sand. But after a good cleaning, those shoes can still be used. Still, it's not advisable to wear slippers or sandals that have a thin sole, and too exposing. A covered pair of shoes will protect your feet from sharp rocks and stones.

The river is quite shallow, though the water level reaches my hips at certain places. Not advisable for children under 12 years-old to travel the river route, but there were kids as young as, 7 years-old maybe, among us youths who explored the cave. Of course, we young adults kept a very close eye on them, all the time. We were lucky to have strong guys among us, who gave helping hands for almost everyone at difficult areas, such as the rock slide and the deep hole to the lower chamber.

In conclusion, that was a great experience!! Never knew caving could be this fun!! I really want to go for more of this kind of expedition. Maybe next time I can try some more challenging adventures, like the full package at Gua Tempurung, or maybe Malaysia's world-famous cave, Gua Niah. For those who are interested to have a tour in Gua Tempurung, or those who wants to know more about this cave (especially those who have never heard of it), you may check out this website for more information!     {LINK}

Have a safe and enjoyable caving/potholing experience people!

P/S: Thank God for such a wonderful weekend and a safe trip under your protection. Amen! =)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bible Quotes & Proverbs (NIV) #1

1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, 
but whoever hates correction is stupid.

2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

2 Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.


This post was due on the first week of 2013, right now it's expired by 3 whole weeks!! Sorry people, have been kind of busy lately...

So, how did I spend my last few days in 2012??

Read some interesting novels!! The Shade's Children by Garth Nix, and two books from the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. I'm halfway through the third book now, will continue reading during Chinese New Year break.

Watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with my brother and my mum. In 3D!! My second 3D movie in cinema!! =D

Went for three Christmas celebration in three churches!! On the 23rd December in Petaling Jaya Full Gospel Assembly (FGA). Attended a Christmas Eve Virgil in St. Theresa Catholic Church, Melaka. And lastly, Gateway Christian Fellowship, Melaka Christmas Gathering on Christmas morning!! These are the presents I got from gift-exchange and some friends from PJ!! *Bliss~ 8(>.<)8*

Now, what's new to me in 2013??

Proceed with my ACCA courses in F7 (Financial reporting), F8 (Audit and assurance) and F9 (Financial management) papers. Hoping and praying that I won't fail my papers from the previous semester. My guess it's a 50:50 chance since I didn't study as hard as I used to back in those days... *Sighs*

Started using this massive open online course (MOOC) website called Coursera!! I might get bored with studying a particular subject/course for a long time, but I always love studying new things!! Hence, I've enrolled in a number of courses here on this website introduced by a friend. Hopefully I will manage my time well too in this tight schedule. Here are the courses that I've signed-up for!!     {LINK}

There are, currently, 215 courses offered in Coursera, for FREE!! If you're interested in getting your hands on these courses, here's the link for you!!     {LINK}

Oh! I'm also getting more active in church, especially in PJ, since I've joined the weekly FGA Youth activities. Guess what?? I can't believe I'm learning how to play the drums in church!! Of all other musical instruments. Haha!!

Now I can't wait for the Gua Tempurung Trip next Saturday!!

>> What I do in church when I'm not drumming and not studying. In other words, when I'm bored.

Right now, I'm only three days away from my first Progress Test of this semester. This time, I have to make myself study!!
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
George Santayana
Lessons learned from previous semester, never repeat them, never.