STYG Lenten Play 2015 Performance

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This video took a little too long in the editing room due to my commitments with school and work *classic excuses*. But Hey! Still it's better late than never.
I cannot be more proud of the youth who spent weeks rehearsing and putting this act together for the children at Good Friday.

Presenting to you - St. Teresa's Youth Group's (STYG) Passion Play 2015!

Behind the Scenes

Final briefing before the start of the performance

Backstage dressing room

Final thanksgiving prayer. it's a wrap!

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Nox Gaudii (Night Of Joy) 2015: Being A Church On Fire

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Nature has a way of reacting to its surroundings. A flame will bring light to its environment and in addition, warmth. A flame when kindled will burst into a fire. Fire can transform, it can destroy or it can cleanse. I am always mesmerized by the burning flames of fire. At camp bond fires, I can stare endlessly into the flames that dances in shades of red, orange, yellow and blue. The warmth, the sound of crackling wood and the smell of char burnt remains. The element of fire reminds me of such beauty and at the same time such danger.

Unlike other evangelical or charismatic christian denominations, the Catholic church locally is known to be traditional and often subtle in our outreaches. We are commonly described as lukewarm or reserved. I'd like to think that each of us has a little flame in us from Pentecost. If many little flames come together for the mission of Christ we will burst into a raging fire - fearless, swift and powerful to spread the gospel.
"I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning!"
Luke 12:49
This is the fire of faith, the fire of passion, the fire of conviction, the fire of love, the fire of holiness, the fire of hope. When this fire touch our lives, it changes us forever.

We are called to come together to be a fireplace. Many in our church have yet to meet Jesus. Can we be a fireplace to grow friendship and to share our lives?

Fr. Jude David's preaching on Being A Church On Fire
"If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames."
1 Corinthians 3

My little handmade flame after Nox Guadii with a personalized message

"We know we were made for more than ordinary lives
It's time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive!"
Thrive, Casting Crowns
Burn with praise!

Nox Gaudii 2015: Behold I Make All Things New

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10 Habits of Genuinely Charming People

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Sure, everyone knows blunt, impolite, and even rude people who are somehow extremely successful. (I know a bunch of them.)
But since we're all more likely to build professional and personal relationships and do business with people with people we like, we're naturally drawn to individuals who are polite, modest, agreeable, kind.

In short, we're drawn to people who are charming.

I know a bunch of them too, and here's how they do it:

1. They willingly show a little vulnerability
Charming people don't try to win any unstated competitions with people they meet. In fact, they actively try to lose. They're complimentary. They're impressed. They're even willing to admit a weakness or a failure. It's really easy. Say you meet a would-be Donald Trump and he says, "I just closed a fabulous deal to build the world's best golf course on the most amazing oceanfront property on the planet." Don't try to win. Instead say, "That's awesome. I'm jealous. I've wanted to build a small recreation facility for years, but can't line up the financing. How did you pull off such a huge deal?" Charming people are confident enough to be unafraid to show a little vulnerability. They know that while some people may be, at least temporarily, impressed by the superficial, everyone sincerely likes and appreciates the genuine.

2. They show they're genuinely glad to meet you
They maintain eye contact. They smile when you smile. They frown when you frown. They nod their head when you nod. In simple, nonverbal ways, they mimic your behavior - not slavishly, but because they're focused on what you're saying. That feedback loop helps two people bond - and the ability to bond is the essence of charm. (If you want more ways to be likeable, check this out.)

3. They search for agreement instead of contradiction
Unfortunately going contrary is an easy habit to fall into. It's easy to automatically look for points of disagreement rather than agreement. It's easy to automatically take a different side. And it's easy to end up in what feels like an argument. Charming people don't actively (or unknowingly) look to disagree; they look for points of agreement. Then, if it's appropriate, they gently share a different point of view - and in that way, help create an outstanding conversation.

4. They (selectively) use the power of touch
Nonsexual touch can be incredibly powerful. (I'm aware that sexual touch can be powerful too, thanks.) Touch can influence behavior, increase the chances of compliance, make the person doing the touching seem more attractive and friendly, and can even help you make a sale.For example, in one experiment the participants tried to convey twelve different emotions by touching another blindfolded participant on the forearm. The rate of accuracy for perceiving emotions like fear, anger, gratitude, sympathy, love, and disgust ranged from 43 percent to 83 percent - without a word being spoken. Say you're congratulating someone; shaking hands or (possibly better yet, depending on the situation) patting them gently on the shoulder or upper arm can help reinforce the sincerity of your words.

5. They often dine out on their foibles
And they're also not afraid to look a little silly. Skating in a cowboy outfit may be a little extreme, but charming people don't mind occasionally being in a situation where they aren't at their best.
And oddly enough, people tend to respect them more for that - not less. When you genuinely own your foibles, people don't laugh at you. They laugh with you. And they realize it's OK to let down their own guards and meet you at a genuine level.

6. They're masters of social Jiu-Jitsu
Some people have a knack for getting you to talk openly yourself. They ask open-ended questions. They sincerely want to know what you think, and that makes you open up to a surprising degree. You feel like the most interesting man (or woman) in the world. And you like them for making you feel that way. As soon as you learn something about someone, ask why they do it. Or how. Or what they like about it, or what they've learned from it. Charming people ask sincere questions that make it easy to answer in a thoughtful, introspective way. They make you think, in a good way, about yourself, and in the process make you feel charming too.

7. They always pass the "server test"
(You know how you go out to eat with someone and they're nice to you... yet dismissive of the server? That's the server test.) Charming people treat everyone the same way: as deserving of respect and kindness.

8. They're great with names
Charming people remember names and even small details, often to a surprising degree. The fact they remember instantly makes us feel a little better about ourselves -- that means we, even in a small way, we matter. And that makes us feel better about the person who remembers us. Yet even though charming people remember names...

9. They never name drop
I have a friend who can somehow squeeze the fact he once met Jeff Gordon into almost any conversation. "I'm planning to stain my deck this weekend," I'll say. "Hey, I was sitting on my deck listening to the race last weekend. Jeff Gordon was leading for a while but then he had engine trouble. If I know Jeff Gordon -- and you know what, I kinda do - I bet he was pissed." (Granted I've done that too, but hopefully for a good cause.) Charming people may know cool people... but they don't talk about it. And that only adds to their charm.

10. They always let you talk more
And that makes you feel important.

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Lent 2015

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And here we are again, another start to the Lenten season and also the start to Lunar New Year to usher in the year of the Goat. This year we start lent in the festivity of Chinese New Year Eve, a night of celebration where the entire family gathers for the traditional reunion dinner feast. It was almost impossible to fast and to think that the one full meal of the day will be a glorious feast just did not feel right. Still we started lent, in preparations midst the festivity with the anointing of ashes and 40 days leading to Easter.

As far as I can recall, this is probably one of the most challenging Lent. There was an occasion or two that Ash Wednesday was actually postponed because it fell within the festive period. Not this time around with Archbishop William Goh. Over lunch with my Chaplin, I was sharing how this occasion really makes us think about our priorities in life and where our faith stands. Is our faith one of causal convenience and one that happens to suit our lifestyle?

As in every lent, I try to focus on the traditional Lenten pillars of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Earlier this year, I have been spending some time daily on Psalms and Proverbs. Prayer requires commitment and discipline. As St John Paul II says,
“Our witness would be hopelessly inadequate if we ourselves had not first contemplated his face. Prayer develops that conversation with Christ which makes us his intimate friends: Abide in me and I in you.” (Jn 15:4).
The busier we are, the more we must pray, so that we will find strength and discernment to tackle what lies ahead of us.

And as much as I am aware that effective prayer must be accompanied by fasting, I admit (time and time again) I don't do well in this department. However, I do want to take on the challenge and invitation set by Archbishop to fast on Fridays for the New Evangelisation. There goes TGIF! Perhaps with the support of the larger church community, we can through our actions and prayer, proclaim the Good News about Jesus, who is the Truth, the Way and the Life. And in the words of Archbishop William Goh,
Fasting also enables us to listen more attentively and to be more docile in obedience to the Word of God. Fasting is therefore the soul of prayer and the answer to our prayers because it shows our sincerity in asking for what we want from the Lord. Fasting bears no fruits unless it is watered by mercy and charity. More importantly, we are called to fast from our sins – especially the capital sins of pride and arrogance, envy and jealousy, anger and unforgiveness, sloth and irresponsibility, gluttony and the destruction of one’s body and soul through lust, pornography, greed and hoarding.

This lent, I pray for a deeper prayer life, a greater appreciation of the love of God, a more generous heart and with the church - a new evangelisation spirit.

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Star Trek ThinkGeek Loot

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There are times where my geeky side give in to nerdy Sci-Fi Star Trek stuff. A whole lot of officially licensed Star Trek loot! And in my attempt to watch (or re-watch) all seasons and episodes of Star Trek, I thought I would indulge in a little Star Trek joy.

1st up are Star Trek: The Original Series Knee High Socks. Featuring matching colours for Command in Gold, Engineering in Red and Science in Blue.
These socks will go perfect with my roller blade boots!

Next up is the Engineering Star Trek Apron in saucy hot red! Beautiful and high quality embroidered insignia with ThinkGeek labels and an adjustable strap. Unlike in deep space, people on earth still have to cook. Some consider it a great pleasure and hobby.

Lastly, the reason why I bought the rest of the loot - The Command Star Trek Insignia Pin. An exact screen-accurate replica as-worn on J. J. Abrams' Star Trek movie, having been cast from the props themselves. Plus, these puppies are solid metal (hand-burnished finish) and NOT plastic with two pins to keep them attached to your shirt, and properly oriented. This is tribute to explore strange new worlds, to boldly go where no man has gone before...

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For The Girls Who Drink Whiskey Huffington Post Women

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This was a funny read on Huffington Post Women, sent by Celeste, who knows that I am a whiskey-loving gal. I had a good laugh reading the article, recognizing bits of myself and thinking if it bore more truth than not!

Written by Kate Bartolotta with Sara Crolick

An article has been making the rounds lately explaining and extolling the virtues of the "two kinds of women."

There may be white wine-drinking women and red wine-drinking women, but there are whiskey-drinking women, too. Sure, it may not be as common - choosing a drink traditionally thought of as "for the boys" -- but we exist. And we're here to tell you about it. While we won't scoff at the offer of a glass of vino, our heart sits in a rocks glass with whiskey and two cubes.

Whiskey-drinking women are adaptable by nature; we can sidle up to a bar or ease deep into a favorite reading chair.

A whiskey drinker dines by moonlight, with her fingers, sitting on the floor on pillows and any which way she pleases.

A whiskey drinker writes poems about the movie she watched in her dreams. She watches people, the moon and stars, the lines around your eyes when you smile, taking them all in and savoring them.

Whiskey drinkers read (a lot); they love everything from classics to self-help. They read books you've never heard of and quote them in the middle of a heated conversation.

A whiskey drinker loves on her own terms; whether it's for an hour or 10 years, her love will write on you indelibly. Whiskey drinkers are romantics in every sense of the word; they believe in the romance of language, of hearts and the romance of living.

Whiskey drinkers skip the games, but never outgrow being playful. Take her for a walk and she'll find all the best puddles, swing with you at a playground and wish on a whole constellation.

Whiskey drinkers know when to savor the moment and when to grab it by the collar and drink it down quickly.

Whiskey drinkers know that vacation isn't somewhere you go; it's a frame of mind. Wherever she goes, it's an adventure. If she simply must choose a destination, you'll probably find a whiskey-drinking woman tucked away in a cabin in the woods.

A whiskey drinker is an old soul with fresh eyes. She can show you how to find the magic in an ordinary day.

Whiskey drinkers listen everything from Chet Faker to Billie Holliday, from Clutch to the Foo Fighters, from MC Yogi to Bruno Mars, from Carla Bruni to The Killers and whatever the hell happens to catch her ear, catch her mood, catch her hips and make her dance. She needs a soundtrack to move her through her day.

A whiskey drinker is all about the give and take. Take her seriously and she'll give you a reason to smile. Give to her authentically and she won't take you for granted. Whiskey-drinking women know when to engage and when to hold back; they're trained in conversation, so long as it's deep enough to hold their attention. The whiskey-drinking woman will shut down with small talk and gossip.

Whiskey drinkers know that Twilight is overrated; it was better the first time around when it was called Wuthering Heights. She wants to write her own story, and if you're lucky, she'll invite you along.

Whiskey drinkers love relationships, but they especially love relationships with substance. Whether romantic or platonic, whiskey-drinking women won't waste precious time with people who don't fill them with feel goodness.

A whiskey drinker is a connoisseur. Her tastes are specific and have more to have more to do with the way he walks, the way he talks, the way he watches her... than the amount of stubble he's sporting or the kind of car he drives.

A whiskey drinker has been blonde. And red-headed. And chocolate brown. And maybe purple. Or maybe she picked a favorite and kept it. Whatever color she picked, she loves playing with her mane, and if you're good, she'll let you run your fingers through it, slowly, over breakfast in bed.

Whiskey-drinking women appreciate comfort above all else. They want outdoor, late night porch hangs in the summer and blankets and amazing books in the winter.

Whiskey-drinking women laugh with everything they've got; they appreciate smart, subtle humor, but sure as hell aren't above cat video binges.

A whiskey-drinking woman is the queen of deep conversation. She loves long, meaningful chats. She loves figuring it all out. If you sit down to talk with a whiskey-drinking woman (especially when she's got a whiskey in hand), expect to cover anything and everything. Expect to look up at the clock to realize it's 3 a.m. and still be hungry for more.

Whiskey-drinking women think there's magic in writing letters - actual letters, with pens, paper and postage. As a result, they've been known to write them.

Whiskey drinkers love the scrawl of pen across a paper, but they swoon for the feeling of vintage typewriter keys under their fingertips.

Whiskey-drinking women don't worry much about glass-holding rules. They'll just as happily drink from a teacup as a rocks glass.

A whiskey-drinking woman can rock t-shirts and jeans like none other, and she's not afraid to pair denim with fierce red lipstick. She will dress up on a Tuesday afternoon, just because. She has flip-flops and Chucks -- and she can tell you a great story about her favorite boots. She's a laid-back, high-class girl who can make her oldest pair of jeans look like a million bucks.

A whiskey-drinking woman can't stick to a list of someone else's creation to define her. She shifts and changes as the light hits her, full of warmth and curiosity. She is fascinated simply by being alive.

A whiskey-drinking woman knows that none of us fit in these neat little boxes. She'd never pigeonhole other women - or men, for that matter. She knows that each of us are infinitely full of gorgeous nooks and crannies waiting to be explored, and that the people who are willing to brave our fire in order to enjoy our warmth are the ones worth keeping in our lives.

She knows it's not about what it's in our glass, but the fact that we drink life in completely.

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