2014-04-27

Dandioy's Doodle | TCSH DRESS CODE


Title : Schizophrenia People wearing weird clothes You can still dress fashionably without breaking the rules.

Inspiration: The colour schemes of this artwork are green, khaki, and grey. My favourite colour combinations recently. Reminds me of Starbucks haha. Btw, I finished this piece of artwork in Starbucks. I used around 3 hours. Drawing in Starbucks is so stress-relieving. Love! 

Miss Lauren asked me to draw this for college. She wants something refreshing and cool. So I came up with the idea of having one guy and one girl wearing half decent cloths and another half indecent outfits. I mean, exposing your body doesn't show that you are fashionable right? I appreciate and admire people who dress decently and yet still look chic and trendy. 

This is printed into multiple copies and they are pasted around college right now and I'm happy every time I walk pass them. Happy Abby is happy!

Lotsa love, 
Dandioy

2014-04-25

Dandioy's Doodle | Sincerely yours, Tyler Ward


Tyler Ward had a t-shirt designing contest going on last week and I was like, "Why not?" So I joined. This is the design I handed in. I didn't have enough time to do this since I was very busy with my assignments and stuffs so I finished this in 1 hour something. 

Title: Sincerely yours, Tyler Ward 
Inspiration: His photo...DUH! Haha.

I wouldn't say that this is a satisfying artwork since he doesn't look like Tyler at all, maybe the hairstyle is quite similar but I just couldn't master the art of shading yet. He looks more like a Korean guy for me! LOL! Anyways, since I'm trying a different kind of drawing style, I guess I can give myself a 8/10? Haha. Maybe I should draw Kim Soo Hyun next time! 

Hope you like this episode of Dandioy's Doodle! :P

Love,
Dandioy

2014-04-24

IB life | Do I regret taking International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme?



Do I regret taking IB? I believe this is the question everyone of us in IB pondered on all the time. For those who don't know what is IB, here is the definition of IB:
A.K.A. International Baccalaureate - A malicious program aimed at the unnaturally brighter population in an attempt to overload their brains, thus reducing them to vegetables without lives. However, a true IB student will respond by adapting and bullshitting their way through.
Okay, just kidding this definition is from Urban dictionary. :P

Here is the definition of IB in Wikipedia:
The International Baccalaureate (IB), formerly the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), is an international educational foundation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and founded in 1968. IB offers four educational programmes for children aged 3–19. The organization's name and logo were changed in 2007 to reflect a reorganization. Consequently, "IB" can refer to the organization itself, any of the four programmes, or the diploma or certificates awarded at the end of the diploma programme.
What is the Diploma Programme? [from  ibo.org ]

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme, has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

IB in Malaysia
You see, there is three stages of IB, which is Primary Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. IB is fairly new in Malaysia but personally I think after a few years IB will slowly gain its popularity in Malaysia. People nowadays tend to go for Cambridge A Levels because CAL is such a popular programme and it is considered "safer" than IB.
So far, there are 16 IB World Schools in Malaysia offering one or more of the three IB programmes. 5 schools offer the Primary Years Programme , 4 schools offer the Middle Years Programme and 14 schools offer the Diploma Programme. -- IBO

 Schools in Malaysia that offer IB [screencap from IBO]

There are MANY people asking me, WHY IB when you can choose Matriculation, STPM, CAL, SAM, CPU and other foundation programme? 

First of all, I would like to tell you guys how I get exposed to IB. The story goes: There was an IB school in Singapore came all the way from Singapore to Sibu, Sarawak to introduce this programme to us. The school was Hwa Chong International School. They wished to have some of their prospect students from our school. Since I went to their school before for Asian Youth Chinese Forum 2011 [you can see the post HERE], I was very impressed by their students. I just loveeeeee 
  1. the way their students carry themselves, 
  2. the confidence and self-esteem they possess, 
  3. the design of their uniforms (I actually prefer uniforms than casual wear at least I don't need to crack my head thinking what to wear to school everyday), 
  4. the international atmosphere they are in and 
  5. the fact that they are a bilingual (English and Mandarin) school, which is a PLUS POINT.

I always wished to continue studying Mandarin after SPM because of my love towards Mandarin language. However, sadly I don't get the scholarship for this school. (I was down for three days as it had been my dream school for 2 years) I was planning to apply to CAL just like most of my friends do. But then I saw IB appearing on my MOE school list. The idea of studying IB stroke me. Why not study IB in Malaysia even though it might not be as good as in Singapore?

Anyways, I believe God will have a better plan for me, if He closes the door, He will open another window for me.

I face a lot of struggles choosing IB. People kept bombarding me with questions like:
  1. What the hell is IB? 
  2. Why don't you just go Matriculation since you got the offer already? It's free and cheap and bla bla bla...
  3. What don't you go A-level / CAL? Most of your seniors do this and you should just follow their paths just to be safe...
  4. WHY THE HELL you choose IB when you got a JPA scholarship?
  5. WHAT THE HECK?! YOU REJECTED JPA? ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?
  6. IB? Is that International Business? [OH GOD LET ME DIE *facepalm*]


So these are the 10 reasons why I have chosen IB:
  • REASON 1: It is not 100% exam orientated. (70% exam based)
    • Being a government school student for 11 years, I would like to try out something new. I would like to study a programme which is different. 
  • REASON 2: IB aims to mould you into an all-rounder.
    • IB offers 6 subject groups, which is language, additional language(s), the social sciences, the experimental sciences and mathematics. You may choose either an arts subject from group 6, or a second subject from groups 1 to 5. In my case, I had chosen English Literature (SL), French ab (SL), Psychology (SL), Chemistry (HL), Biology (HL) and Mathematics (HL). In IB, you study both arts and sciences, which I really appreciate because I am never a 100% art or science students. I am always in between and I always an avid believer of "Art + Science = Wonder". If you can never decide which discipline you want to go to in university, IB is for you as you get to expose yourself to all type of subjects.
  • REASON 3: IB is highly recognised by universities all over the world.
    • especially in the US! US universities appreciate students who don't just merely focus on one thing. If you are going to apply for US universities, you should be aware that the US universities they look at your personality and not just your grades, unlike UK universities who are 100% academic based. 
  • REASON 4: IB teaches you to know the world.
    • In English Literature, we learn translated works like THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Russian), WOMEN AT POINT ZERO (Saudi Arabian) and classics like ROMEO AND JULIET, I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS, MAUS...It enables you to learn the world from other perspectives. We learn about cultures indirectly from the literatures and it opens my mind.
    • In French, we learn French (what am I talking about). Being an IB students we don't just learn one language. Besides that, learning French sounds so fancy right. LOL At first I was quite disappointed because in Taylor's College Sri Hartamas they don't offer Mandarin language. I don't mind if they let me take Mandarin Literature HL. At least I don't need to spend extra time learning a new language. But then I think, what is the point of IB when I just want to study my own first language and just dwell in my comfort zone? IB is meant to let students stepping out of their comfort zone and be a risk taker.
  • REASON 5: Speaking of being a risk taker, let me list out the IB LEARNER PROFILE. *again, so fancy LOL*
    • Photos credits to : http://www5.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/
    • According to the IBO, the IB learner profile is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century. Which means, after finishing your IB, you will be able to possess these 10 qualities. 
  • REASON 6: IB gives you an insight into every discipline. If you are uncertain about your future, then you can just join IB and venture into all the 6 subject groups! I'm sure that you will discover your interest afterwhile, because of the internal assessments (IAs) and assignments the teachers given to you. People might say that IB's syllabus is board and not as in-depth as CAL's but bear in mind that, in IB, we have IAs which give you the opportunity to research a subject/area you are interested in. 
    • Btw, what is Internal Assessment you might ask. According to IBO, 
    • IA includes:
      • oral work in languages
      • fieldwork in geography
      • laboratory work in the sciences
      • investigations in mathematics
      • artistic performances.
    • Basically IA is a kind of assignment but a huge one. Understand?
  • REASON 7: IB trains you to be an independent learner. Being a government school student, all I do is swallowing everything my teachers gave me and vomitting out everything on my test paper. The traditional way of spoon-feeding method. In IB, the teachers will guide you to do your work. And you will realise that we gain a lot of informations by asking our seniors (at least in my college it is)
  • REASON 8: IB stresses the hell out of you. YES THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS I CHOOSE IB, BE AMAZED. I would like to put myself into a stressful situation. Sounds weird? Did you ever heard of the story of the coffee beans? The more pressure you put on the coffee beans, the better the coffee will taste. I want to be the coffee, I want to stress myself and I want to bring the best out of myself. I always believe that stress can make a better individual. ( Even though I feel like I'm dying right now. We just finished our Group 4 project and I felt so relieved!) IB is a programme full of DEADLINES. You exceed the deadline, YOU DIE. Be prepared to buy 10 packs of 3-in-1 Nescafé coffee to help you survive through all those sleepless nights!

  • REASON 9: Meeting all types of people! Since this is IB, it makes sense that there will be a lot of international students. In TCSH, we have friends from Iran, India and Bangladesh. Let's say if you study CAL, you will most likely being placed in a class with friends who take exactly the same subjects as you. In IB, I have friends who take Theatre, Economics and Business. We get to mingle around and know their subjects and assignments. 
  • REASON 10: It is all about life experiences! I mean, we only have one college life right? Why not make the best out of it? In IB, we need to have an international service trip (depends on your school, in our case, our college had chosen Cambodia for us since our seniors were there last year) We will get to teach the Cambodian children in their school, cook for them and build houses for them! I'm getting excited now just thinking of it! Haha. As you can see, IB is not about STUDY, STUDY and STUDY. 
Of course, there are some cons to study IB (don't say me bias ah):

  • REASON 1: IB stresses the hell out of you. Yes, this can be both the pro and the con of IB. I feel like I'm contradicting myself, but this is the truth. I seriously have a love-hate relationship with IB.

  • REASON 2: IB is expensive. If you are not sponsored by any scholarships, the study fee could be crazily high, around RM 100,000++? Even though you are sponsored by scholarship like me, you still need to pay the money for the international trips and textbooks. [These are some additional expenses you need to pay even though you are studying other programmes, such as the test fees for SAT (if you are applying to US), IELTS (if you are applying for UK), TOEFL (If you are applying for US), UKCAT & BMAT (If you are applying for medicine)] If you are going to attend some workshops, you still need to pay for RM 500++. (Crazy, I know.) P/s: if you are under MOE scholarship like me, they will only pay for your IELTS test only. 
  • REASON 3: You can hardly have time for yourself. If you are not willing to sacrifice your private time to study/work on assignments/doing your CAS activities, IB might not be a good idea for you. Go shopping at weekends is a luxury for us. I need to squeeze a little of my time everyday to type this post.

Okay, finishing the pros and cons of IB, now you might ask me, why choose TAYLOR'S COLLEGE SRI HARTAMAS?


  1. Ministry of Education (MOE) Bursary only gives us two options, which is TCSH and KDU.
  2. Taylor's College has a very nice reputation.
  3. I had seen 40 IB scorer being produced from TCSH.
  4. TCSH is relatively small compared to TCSJ. I like the small class environment. I feel like the community is more closely-knitted!
  5. IB is like a big family for me! The seniors and juniors have very close relationships.
If you are interested how's my IB life, here is a link >>HERE<<

My IB Semester 1 posts >>HERE<<

My IB Semester 2 posts >>HERE<<

Finally finished this longggggg post! If I have any grammatical mistakes, please forgive me. I have barely have time to sleep so just comment my mistakes below so that I can make amendments! Hope you like this post and remember to share this to your friends who are having dilemma whether choosing IB or not! I struggled a lot last year, so I hope that this year my juniors can have a little guide from me. 

A little bible verse to share: 
…And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
-- Romans 5:4 Bible

P/s: I realized I didn't answer my question above haha. The answer is unknown. I will tell you after I finish IB. So stay tuned! :P

Cheers,
Dandioy

2014-04-21

Dandioy's Doodle | Dorothy


Those who are familiar with my drawing style would say: Hey, this is totally not your style AT ALL. Personally I kind of love this style because I don't want people to confine me into certain type of drawing style. I want to show people that I can draw cartoon, I can draw manga, I can draw portraits and I can draw gothic style too! I admit that I love my old drawing style but I know that if I want to grow I need to make a change. 

Artwork name: Dorothy
Inspiration: Did you ever heard of the story of Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz? 
Yes, the colour of her hair is inspired by her dress. To be honest, besides the colour of the hair and the name, there is nothing related between these two LOL. Sometimes you draw something because you just think that it looks nicer this way or another. 
Dorothy is holding a cup of sadness because she is incredibly sad. Simple as that. She is not satisfied at where she is right now and she is confused with her life. Her hair is azure blue just like the colour of the sky but her eyes are grey like the gloomy clouds. She is a paradox. 

Hope you like this piece of artwork :)

Love,
Dandioy

2014-04-19

Dandioy's Doodle | Buffy the Buffalo

If you haven't know already, as International Baccalaureate students we need to go for an international charity trip. In our case (Taylor's College Sri Hartamas), since our seniors had been to Cambodia before, the teachers think we might as well just go Cambodia and finish the work they haven't finished yet. We formed a Cambodia Trip Committee so that we can raise fund for the Cambodian children. And I just so happened to be the T-shirt designer. 

My artwork: Buffy the Buffalo. 
Inspiration: Buffalo is the national animal of Cambodia. So yeah. :/ 



 Thank you so much Joey for putting the designs together, I love how it comes out.

Can't wait for the t-shirt and the Cambodia Trip itself! Yay! #perksofbeinganIBstudent

Love,
Dandioy

2014-04-18

Dandioy's Thoughts | Being alone

I had been alone since last mid semester break, for a whole solid week. All of my friends went back to their hometown for a break. You may think that I am lonely and what not, but the truth is, I like being alone. I like drinking coffee alone, and reading alone. I like sitting alone, and walking home alone. It gives me time to think, and set my mind free. I like eating alone, and listening to music alone. 



Because I am so quiet these days, I am able to think about everything, my interests, my talents, my values, my principles, my future, my true passion. I am always curious about what the futures hold. I am confused about everything in my life. I can only speak to my soul when no one is talking to me. The noise from the outside world is just too loud. All the noises are restraining myself from taking reaction on everything this world had mashed into my face. Only through solitude, I can take a step back and think. What should I do next? What I really want? Is this decision going to bring me to my destiny? What is my destiny anyway? What does the future hold? After 1 year and a half, where will I be? 

Life is never predictable. That's what makes life beautiful. 

Love, 
Dandioy

2014-04-14

Toasties Post | Toastmaster Project Speech 5 Imperfections + IB life updated (IOP)


Imperfections

Maya Angelou says, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” Today, will be the day my story unfolds in front of you guys. I believe everyone thinks that we are imperfect, some people are totally fine with their imperfections he but as for me, a perfectionist, I want to be the best in everything. I always have high expectations from myself and other people. Maybe because of that, I am always disappointed and depressed because every single day, I will experience disappointment from myself, and also others. Call me overly sensitive, I can get hurt by the slightest sarcastic jokes and I couldn’t help but feel sad. I don’t have a large circle of friends because I cherish close and deep relationships rather than the “hi, bye” relationships. 

I am that kind of person who think too much, but talk too little. I observe a lot and I don’t tell people about it even though I notice it. When I was young I always thought that I was some kind of outcast, because I couldn’t fit in the society. I am such a complex homo sapien that sometimes I don’t even understand myself. I can be social and out-going for a day or two, but you will find me hiding away from people for the next whole week. I have a limited word span everyday, let’s say 1000 words, if I exceed the word limit by another 1000 words, I will just shut my mouth up for the next day. Growing up, I always think that I am imperfect, because I am not as verbal and eloquent as my friends, I spend too much time speaking to myself instead of talking to people. I always think that I am not perfect because I am not as happy-go-lucky as others. I like people too much or not at all; I care something too much or not at all; I rather live a short meaningful life than a long monotonous boring life;  I am THAT extreme. During my adolescence days, I was so stuck in all the thoughts that had been blooming inside my mind and I was so lost. I believe in love too much and I always looking for the ultimate relationship which doesn’t even exist in the world. My introvertion and stubbornness make me feel imperfect.

However, growing up, being the one who keep chasing perfections, I always ponder on the definition of perfection. What makes me a perfectionist? Am I really a perfectionist? Does perfection means flawlessness? If so, what is the definition of flawlessness? To what extent that something has achieved such degree of accuracy or excellence to be called as “perfect”? How do you know that definition of perfection is perfect? And how do you come up with the idea of flawlessness when you yourself are not sure whether your judgement and reasoning is perfect? Being a human, we all have different types of personalities, what type of personality is “perfect” personality? Is extroverted personality perfect? Is introverted personality perfect? Is being artistic a perfect personality trait? Is being logistic a perfect personality trait? 

Since we have no idea what is perfection, how do we know we are imperfect? Maybe we are all perfect in our own way. Or maybe we are all perfectly imperfect? ORRRR, maybe we are all imperfectly perfect? We think that we know everything, but in fact we don’t, just like perfections and imperfections. If so, why don’t we just scratch out the idea of judging whether something is perfect or imperfect and just let it be? Love yourself, be yourself.

Imperfections. Perfections. Thank you! 

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Just think that it is a good idea to post my toastmaster speech here. (Because I haven't been posting here for a week because of IOP presentation and I want to make people feel like I put in effort to update my blog)

After my speech honestly I thought I was doing okay because I did't bring my notes when I was delivering my speech and I thought I using eye-contacts to engage with my audience. But no, my evaluator said that I TOTALLY SCREWED UP MY ENTIRE SPEECH. I was quite shocked but I kept my emotions in my heart and smiled and nodded to him because I didn't want people to judge me as a person who didn't accept constructive criticisms and suggestions. Even though I was totally smiling all the way for the rest of the meeting time, I was deeply hurt. 

I knew I should be open-minded. I knew I should feel okay. But I was not okay. I just go emotionless for the whole day. There was an experienced distinguish toastmaster from speakcom who told me that it is okay to be myself. Being an introvert it was such a huge disadvantage for me to get evaluated by an extrovert, especially on the topic of "Body Language", as he will expect a lot of body gestures and dramatic movements from me. I keep convincing myself that I am okay, but now the thing is, I get so nervous for my coming IOP presentation. I totally lost my confidence and courage to speak in front of people. (Ironic right, join Toastmaster to make myself feel confident in public speaking and instead I ended up being intimidated) 

I slept at 3 yesterday because I was worrying about my IOP. Luckily today my IOP presentation was okay. (at least that is how I think and I don't want to know how Ms. Vale think, it will just make me feel nervous) However, I think I will take a rest for my Toastmaster Project Speech. I still need some time to recover from my scars. Well, as I mentioned before, I'm imperfect, it's okay for you to criticise me so hard, you can shoot me with your words, you can trod me in the very dirt, but like DUST, I'LL RISE. --- Maya Angelou

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IB Individual Oral Presentation (IOP)

Btw, speaking of IOP, I am thinking of writing a post about IOP. BUT I DON'T HAVE THE FREAKING TIME. However I will just write some of my feelings here just in case I forgot. Inspiration comes and goes so it's better to keep a record. 

After doing some research on Maya Angelou, I realise that I truly respect her as an independent, strong black woman. She is truly inspiring and phenomenal. 

An autobiography written by Maya Angelou. (Maybe I should write a post about a book review of this but again, I DON'T HAVE THE FREAKING TIME.) Also, I feel like posting up my IOP presentation but I will only be doing that after I finished my IB, graduated and get my results haha. Don't wanna anyone plagiarise my work. 

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is one of our IB English Literature syllabus. I thought it was boring before but now I love it to death. (okay maybe not that extreme) 

This week has been tough. Too much things going on. Too little time to handle. 


So inspiring. One of my favourite quotes from Still I Rise.

It was a hectic IB life in this week. So glad that I survived my IOP, the upcoming ones will be Psychology IA, CAS and Maths IA. BLESS THIS STRESS.

P/s: upcoming post: Things about International Baccalaureate

notsohappy,
Dandioy

2014-04-08

骚灵文|你不是真正的快乐

你幸福吗?短短问题,却能够让你反复沉思。如果现在的你不快乐,我现在命令你!给我看以下的影片!


才三岁的小娃儿,居然比我还明白,幸福的意义。曾今何时,我笑,是因为我感到很幸福?说到快乐,给大家分享最近我单曲循环到爆的一首歌哟!


五月天原创版本



邓紫棋在《我是歌手第2季》第12期的演唱

我一直都很喜欢五月天,喜欢他们开朗超嗨的《恋爱ING》,眷恋他们浪漫的《星空》,更为他们疗愈的《你不是真正的快乐》疯狂。邓紫棋的版本更是让我惊艳。如果说五月天的微摇滚唱法有一种疗愈、抚慰心灵的力量,那么邓紫棋的唱法就有一种鼓动人心的正能量,真心喜欢LUPO在歌曲后面来个大转折,把词改成“我要你快乐”,完美传递她所要表达的讯息——我知道你不是你真正的快乐,但是答应我,一定要快乐好吗?因为我要你快乐!


五月天 

你不是真正的快樂

作詞:阿信
作曲:阿信

人群中哭着 你只想变成透明的颜色 
你再也不会梦或痛或心动了 
你已经决定了 你已经决定了 

你静静忍着 紧紧把昨天在拳心握着 
而回忆越是甜就是越伤人 
越是在手心留下密密麻麻深深切切淡掉了 

你不是真正的快乐 你的笑只是你穿的保护色 
你决定不恨了 也决定不爱了 
把你的灵魂挂在永远锁上的躯壳 


这世界笑了 于是你合群的一起笑了 
当生存是规则不是你的选择 
于是你含着眼泪飘飘荡荡跌跌撞撞地走着 

你不是真正的快乐 你的笑只是你穿的保护色 
你决定不恨了 也决定不爱了 
把你的灵魂挂在永远锁上的躯壳 

你不是真正的快乐 你的伤从不肯完全的愈合 
我站在你左侧 却像隔着银河 
难道就真的抱着遗憾一直到老了 然后再后悔着 

你不是真正的快乐 你的笑只是你穿的保护色 
你决定不恨了 也决定不爱了 
把你的灵魂挂在永远锁上的躯壳 

你不是真正的快乐 你的伤从不肯完全的愈合 
我站在你左侧 却像隔着银河 
难道就真的抱着遗憾一直到老了 然后才后悔著 

你知道真正的快乐 你应该脱下你穿的保护色 
为什么失去了 还要被惩罚呢 
能不能就让配角全部结束在此刻 重新开始活着 

歌词很美很美,是不是 :)

献给,不是真正快乐的你
D 留

2014-04-07

说出来的苦叫做软弱,藏在心里的苦叫做坚强

……但是在主里,上帝绝对要我们在祂里面软弱,因为祂要为我们承受我们的压力、悲伤和痛苦。这几个星期,我一直为自己的未来感到迷惘,甚至感到恐惧,说实话,虽然我在人前都说我想要成为一名医生,但是我其实并我知道自己到底要做什么。

前几个星期,我问我的senior,到底在UK读医科容易不容易,她说,很难,很多senior申请了很多外国大学到现在都还没有拿到录取信。我麻木了,从前我觉得,崩溃就是悲伤的最高境界,但是一直到那个时候,我才知道,原来麻木才是。她问我,为什么要读医科?我说我不知道,说我喜欢帮助别人?其实我帮助久了我的身心很快就疲惫了。

从前有个人对我说过,上帝从来不会把我们的人生摊开来,然后让我们选择我们到底要不要过这样的人生。祂会把我们的路一点一点的为我们揭开,祂会为我们指点迷津。就在这几个星期,我觉得上帝离我越来越远,圣经上说,上帝有的时候会藏起来,不让我们感受到祂的存在,是因为祂想要让我们成长,就像是刚学走路的宝宝,父母就算再不情愿,还是要放开牵引的双手,让孩子自己经历无数次的跌倒,因为他们知道只有把孩子逼到最墙角,孩子才会开始走路、开始成长、开始坚强、开始独立、开始懂得面对自己的人生。

我相信,上帝就是让我面临这个阶段,我相信,如果我觉得我走得很困难,那是因为我在走上坡,我相信,上帝,祂一直都在聆听我的呐喊、哭泣,即使我感觉不到祂的存在,我相信,祂一直在我身边,就是我在打这篇文章的时候,祂也在我的身边欣慰地笑着,我相信,此刻的大雨倾盆,绝对能够换来未来的绚丽彩虹,我相信,祂在我还是婴儿的时候,就已经把我的人生路铺好,我相信,祂会引导我走接下来的路,尽管我的懒惰、不足的智慧,祂仍然爱着像我这样不完美的孩子,其实,我一直都相信。


看到GEM的旧文,我相信是上帝通过她来启发我。

“摩西死了以后,耶和华晓喻约书亚,说:现在你要起来,和众百姓过这约旦河”After the death of Moses,the Lord said to Joshua,Now then,you and all these people,get ready to cross the Jordan River.坐下来一直悲哀,会使我们四周的环境更加艰难,会使我们的心更加痛苦。只要我们不去理会痛苦。立即担负起神的使命来,光明就会随着来到,我们也会刚强起来了。When we sit down to brood over our sorrows,the darkness deepens about us and creeps into our heart. But if we turn away from the gloom,and take up the tasks and duties to which God calls us,the light will come again,and we shall grow stronger.

当我们觉得悲哀的时候,当我们感觉到痛苦的时候,不论是什么原因造成的,我们的心都是在受伤。我们会觉得很累,觉得也许没有什么希望,会觉得周围的环境也发生了变化,不像以前那样给自己一种安全的感觉,会变得更加艰难。我们需要一段时间来治疗,来休息,来让心中的伤口愈合。这个时候,我们想坐下来,在人生的跋涉的路边坐下来,可是我们不能坐下来,痛苦就像寄生虫一样,你越休息,它越吞噬你的心。耶和华告诉我们,站起来,站起来渡过河去吧。是的,痛苦在折磨我们,我们不能被痛苦的煎熬所折服,我们需要坚强的站起来,往前走,迎着神的使命往前走,幸福就在彼岸,痛苦是会慢慢被治愈的。如果我们因为痛苦而沉沦不前,我们将会失去远在彼岸的幸福。记得泰戈尔说过一句话:“不要因为失去太阳而哭泣,否则你也将会失去群星。”  
--取自http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_47158aa0010000gf.html





《荒漠甘泉》

  “耶和华的仆人摩西死了以后,耶和华晓谕摩西的帮手嫩的儿子约书亚说,我的仆人摩西死了;现在你要起来,和众百姓过这约但河。”(约书亚记一章1-2节) 

  当忧愁和损失同时临到你的时侯,你第一个冲动就是想放弃一切,坐在失望中伤心。但是你决不能这样。须知你是在战场的前线,正当胜败关头。如果你踌躇一刻,同胞就要丧胆,神就要受着亏损。所以你不该稍有耽延,连痛哭一场的时间也不能。

  某名将常述说他在战争时所遭遇的一段伤心的经历:将军的儿子是一个陆军中尉。一次,父子各率一军,开拔前线。不久,总攻击开始,将军身先士卒,向敌阵冲锋;在战场上,他偶然瞥见一个本国的战死军官躺在地上。跑近一看,乃是他自己的儿子。他第一个意念就是抱了尸身痛哭一场,但是转念之间,他想到身负重责,战争的胜败就在这一点,岂可因个人私事贻误大事;于是在死者灰白的冷唇上抢了一个热吻,鼓着勇气,急忙帅领军兵向前冲去。

  如果约书亚在摩西的墓旁一直哀哭,是哭不活摩西的;也哭不出神的祝福来。忧愁哀痛留下深深的伤痕,在哀痛者的心上,刻划着不可磨灭的记录。我们从来无法真正去解脱大悲伤; 经历了大悲痛之后,决不会和经历之前完全一样。然而,倘能正确和欣然去接受悲哀,它能发挥培养人格的丰富影响力。而那些从未受过痛苦心上从未留下过悲哀烙印的人,才是可怜虫。我们未来的欢乐,一定要像穿过乌云的阳光,才能倍见光明。神既如此吩咐了。我们要从

  行任务种中,去找寻最真确最丰富的安慰。如果坐下悲哀,会使我们四围的环境更艰难,我们的心更痛苦,我们的力量衰弱。只要我们不去理会痛苦,立即负起神的使命,光明就会随着来到,我们也会发挥刚强的力量了。——密勒(J.R.Miller) 

献给,跟我一样在挣扎的弟兄姐妹
D 留

2014-04-04

Food Hunting | Caffé Bene @ Sunway Pyramid

Caffe Bene is a coffeehouse chain based in Seoul, South Korea. It was founded in May 2008 by Sun-Kwon Kim, current CEO of Caffe Bene. Caffe Bene is the largest coffeehouse in South Korea in terms of the number of stores. [From Wikipedia]


I have been seeing photos of Caffé Bene flooding my instagram recently so in order to see what's the hype, I google Caffé Bene and I get hooked ever since. Pretty baby blue background with the medium brown handwritten letter 'b' logo is just too pretty! :) And I couldn't resist cute designs, so I  MUST TRY CAFFÉ BENE. (Even though I don't see the connection between them Haha)


After raving about Caffé Bene for the past two weeks, finally today Ivanna and I went to the Caffé Bene in Sunway Pyramid. 


How it looks like from outside. Super cute right.


It looks even cuter with its logo. <3 HEHEH.


OMGGGGG, GELATOOOOO. The worker/barista/waiter (?) there was super friendly and he even said "annyeonghaseyo" to us too. AHHHHHH. Koreannnnn. :>


How it looks inside. Again their signature logo and a huge clock.



Love the mural art. 


You can see their efforts by looking at the details of the door knob. 


Love the design of the napkin too!


Me and Ivanna being happy.


We ordered a Green Tea Tower Bingsu since this is their signature dessert. Besides green tea, they have cookies and creams, strawberry and mango flavours too. This is a single size, but it is enough for two people actually.

So what is bingsu?  Patbingsu is a Korean shaved ice dessert with sweet toppings such as chopped fruit, condensed milk, fruit syrup, and red bean paste. The snack is highly popular. This snack originally began as ice shavings with red bean paste. [From Wikipedia]

So basically it is Korean version of Malaysia's ice kacang. 


It tastes amazing, as it is not too sweet and I love how the tastes of the cashew nuts and green tea compliment each other. Plainly awesome. A must try for every green tea lovers! 



Btw, they have another branch in Solaris Mont Kiara too!

Lotsa Love,
Dandioy

2014-04-03

Taiwan Trip 台湾之旅 | Day 0 (171213)

Six years. It had been six years since our family went for a vacation together.

六年了,我们一家人已经没有一起全家旅行六年了。出国旅行,在回忆里似乎已经是很遥远的事情了。所以对于这次的台湾之旅我们全家可是超级兴奋的,买了DSLR,Tripod,新的旅行箱,开开心心地整装待发咯!


身为家里面的摄影师,掌管DSLR的工作理所当然的成了我的责任啦。出门前还不忘很Vain地拍了一张OOTD (害羞 

因为妹子怕如果定了早上的机票我们会晚起床迟到,她定了晚上九点多的机票,有备无患,哈,聪明。我想自从看了Home Alone圣诞经典影片,我们都很怕会重蹈戏里主角的覆辙,所以定了晚上的机票以保安全。大概在傍晚六点多的时候我们就去公公婆婆的家做个去旅行前的道别。

Zoe booked our flight at nine o’ clock at night so that we wouldn’t be late because of the got-up-late this sort of lame excuses. (I think this is the phobia that had been developed in our family ever since we watched “Home Alone” the movie, HAHA) Around six, we took our luggages and rucksacks to gong-gong and ah-ma’s house to pay them the last visit before we took our flight off.

大概在七点半的时候我们就到达诗巫机场啦。诗巫机场在这几年里真的进步了很多,从半露天飞机场到全冷气玻璃墙机场,从小小简陋的摊位到还可见人的Sugarbun,KFC还有香氛店,从半残不废的烂椅到舒服的座椅,这些改变我们都有看到,虽然诗巫机场比起其他的国际机场根本就是小儿科搬不上大场面,但是至少你一点一点地进步,身为诗巫人的我看到你的成长很是骄傲哦。

Around 0730 p.m., we reached Sibu airport. Man, I actually didn’t really noticed that Sibu airport had such a huge improvement througout the years. From the open-air to well furnished glass wall, air conditioned space, from having lousy nameless “kedai-kedai” to Sugarbun, KFC and fragrance shop, from nearly-broken waiting seats to comfortable cushion chairs, all these changes impressed me. Although Sibu airport is still considered small and not that competetive compared to other International Airports such as KLIA and LCCT, it stills make me feel like home.

因为我们整整早到一个小时多,消遣时间最好的方法就是拍照啦。妈咪一直说我的拍摄技术很差,哎。

And hell yeah before we departed we took lots of photos in the airport. We even took out our tripod stand so that we can have our family portrait. And mum kept complaining because she said my photographic skills suck. Le sigh.







Family Portrait 全家福


After one hour plus of flight we finally reached LCCT. 上机,一个小时后我们就到达LCCT机场了。
We went Tunes Hotels by taking a bus. 搭了趟巴士去Tunes酒店。




We bought some food in 7eleven and this shop. Hot Cups, spaggettis and rice. Nothing too special tho. 我们在 7 eleven 和Sri Kulai买了一些杯面啊,意大利面啊还有饭之类的,没什么特别的。

Our room for the night. 当晚的房间
没想到那里的房间那么小因为没预料到那个房间是给两个人睡的,所以我们就六个人挤着睡,爸妈还有小妹子在床上睡,我,Zoe还有Gabriel在地上睡。睡得很不舒服,冷气又太冷,只能期待在到达Taiwan之后能够睡比较好的床咯!


The room was soooo small. I think it’s supposed to be a room for 2 people but we managed to squeeze 6 people in. Thriftiness level: ASIANNNNN. Dad, mum and Janice slept on the bed while Zoe, Gabriel and I slept on the floor. Pity us. I couldn’t have a quality sleeping and resting time since the floor is so hard and the air conditioner is too cold. Not gonna say I have a good time in that hotel. Hope that I can sleep on a bed when I reach Taiwan. I was so desperate. *Sigh*

这篇不是很精彩因为我们还没有正式到达台湾,但是我答应下一篇一定会比这篇有趣,记得锁定我的部落啦。

DAY 0 isn't that interesting as we didn't officially reached Taiwan yet. But I promise next post about Taiwan will be super interesting okay? HEHEH. Stay Tuned. :)

Lotsa love,
Dandioy
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