Nox Gaudii 2015: Behold I Make All Things New

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There's nothing like starting off the new year with youth from all parishes at the monthly Nox Gaudii (Night of Joy) organised by Office for Young People (OYP). Through Nox Gaudii, OYP seeks to stir faith among the young people as they come together to worship God, receive teaching and prayer and experience the fellowship of the local Church community.



Youth Chaplain Fr Jude David preached today on the theme "Behold I Make All Things New"

He highlighted the contrast to New should not be Old, but Stale.
How many of our spirits, lives, community or church have become stale?

In Faith, we are given a new beginning, a new start to this year. We are called to "behold" to embrace and experience a newness of live in Jesus Christ. We are called to live our lives, not in our old wine skins, but in our new skins.
“No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. - Luke 5:36-38
It is wonderful to start the year on the right footing of reconciliation and the calling to reflect daily on the Psalms. Before January 2015 ends, what is our decision to prepare ourselves as new wineskins to embrace all the goodness that God will pour upon us?

Next Nox Gaudii happens on 27 February 2015 at 2 Lorong Low Koon.

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101 Things You May Not Know About Me

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You know people write New Year Resolutions as their 1st post of the year and pretty much never keep them...
And in tradition of not doing one and since in 2012, I wrote a post on My Bucket List - What if I Die Tomorrow?, I thought I will start off this year by sharing "101 Things You May Not Know About Me"!


Have a Great 2015!

1) I'm a sucker for things that glow in the dark
2) I think I am a geek at heart, but often I am really not interested in the techie details. It's very misleading…
3) My car of choice is the Jeep Wrangler, which I know I will hear an earful from my mom if I ever really purchased it!
4) My 2nd choice for a car is the BMW X5
5) My first car was a 1987 red Honda City with black and white cow print seat covers. My housemate used to joke that if I scrapped off the body paint, it will reveal Thai Pineapple tin cans
6) I'm impulsive in too many levels
7) I have a secret passion for cooking. I truly wish I had more time to pursue it
8) My favourite local dish has to be the Chilli Crab
9) Eating a juicy piece of medium rare beef steak with a thin layer of meltable fat make me happy
10) Cheese and white wine makes my day
11) My favourite fruit is a green apple
12) I eat rice more than anything else
13) My mom is the best cook I know. I am fortunate to get to eat her cooking ever so often
14) Chilli and spicy food is like my life. My Sin Sei has advised me to massively cut it down for the good of my health… I feel like my life is over
15) When it comes to alcoholic drinks, I am really more a cocktail kindda gal. But don’t give me those weak pinkish, girly kindda drink
16) Divers are proven to be more fun people. I am a diver
17) I dived up close and personal to a Dugong (local version of a Manatee). Fed her sea grass and touched her velvety soft skin with my bare hands
18) My favourite Disney Princess is Snow White. She is the only authentic looking one with short black hair, smaller eyes and a slightly plump physic. Every other princess just changed the hair and skin colour
19) I have a sponsored child who lives in the Bo Kluea region of Thailand
20) I've gone with VERY minimum sleep for a stretch of 7 days during my diploma days. I was literally a waking Zombie
21) I sleep on an average about 6 hours every day
22) But trust me, I can really sleep. I was once on a 5 days live on-board dive trip that I slept throughout except to dive, eat and go to the toilet. Everyone on-board was amazed at how much I could sleep!
23) My ability to sleep anywhere, anytime in any condition was trained during my days on film productions. With exceeding long hours on a film shoot, catching a shut eye in between shots was essential
24) I only started being short-sighted when I started post-production work in video editing
25) My name means 'Born At Christmas', but in actual fact, I was really born on Good Friday
26) My middle name is Faith
27) At labour term, 97% of babies are born head first. I belong to the remaining 3% that is born breech
28) Most people think I am a Cantonese cause I speak the dialect very well, but I'm actually a Nonya Peranakan
29) My great great grandfather is Yap Ah Loy, founder of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
30) Don't mess with my family
31) As of 2014, I have visited in record 134 unique countries, states or cities
32) I am very versatile when it comes to traveling. I can shop till you drop in Seoul or beach bum at length in Boracay
33) To the surprise of many, though I've visited many countries, I actually do not enjoy traveling as much as people think I do
34) The coldest I've ever experienced was -35 Degrees Celsius. Such degree of cold cannot be described…
35) I kissed the Sphinx of Giza in Cairo
36) Watching the sun rise on the top of Mount Sinai (2,285 m) in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt was one of the most beautiful experiences I had. It was a breath-taking sight as the warm rays of the sun lit the land, I truly felt God's wonder
37) It takes me between 30 - 45mins to shower and dress up
38) I actually enjoy listening and watching opera. This interest developed only in 2008 when I supported my friend who performed in Giacomo Puccini's Turandot
39) My first musical was Bugsy Malone performed by an all child cast in Broadway, London when I was 7 years old
40) When I got my first official pay check while working as a contract on a Canadian animation pilot series, I purchased myself a SONY Discman. Back then, it was the coolest gadget to own
41) I am not a breakfast person
42) I can be very convincing. I believe I can sell anything. But somehow, I won't go into sales…
43) I am very likely able to influence you in more than a few ways
44) On 1 January 2012, I wrote my Bucket List
45) I'm a Red colour gal, most people think that Yellow is my colour
46) My nickname in Primary School was 黒兔子or Black Rabbit. I was very tan when I was young. If I can recall correctly, the nickname was given by the school bus uncle
47) If I have to pick a favourite animal, it will be the otter
48) I have green fingers that I will eventually cultivate
49) My first computer was a Western Digital x486 Computer. It cost over S$3,000 back in the early 90s
50) I've never smoked. Not even a puff. Most people find it hard to believe
51) When I laugh, I laugh loud and whole heartedly
52) I can't play any musical instrument… except for 2 family cords on the guitar and egg shaking… does that count?
53) I have a serious fascination with the Lost World of Atlantis. I totally believe it is real!
54) One day, I want to pick up astronomy more seriously. Before that, I will buy myself a serious enough telescope
55) And at some point also pick up Psychology
56) I have a thing for history. Yes I am more old school and old soul than I really want to admit
57) I am a true blue 80s kid. Test me
58) My childhood involved; Roller-skating, Pound Puppies, Horror VHS Videos, Stunts in the Swimming Pool, 80s MTV and Ice Kachang
59) My childhood playground was the five foot way and back alleys of Chinatown
60) My fav childhood snack is Kueh Tu-Tu stuffed with coconut. Some old love never die…
61) I fence Foil and Épée. Fencing changed my perspective of swords
62) I really don't like guns very much
63) My reflex and balancing skills are above average
64) Given the chance, I will take up golf a lot more seriously
65) I named my Scott Contessa MTB, Rocky Racoon. She's a diva bike
66) My longest single day cycle was a total distance of 180km from Mersing to Malacca in 2007. I couldn't feel my ass after the ride
67) If I had my way; I'd be chilling by the pool, busking in the sun most of the time
68) Best game ever, The Legend of Zelda. I am a hard core fan
69) My life is filled with more Black and Whites than shades of Gray
70) Good deals hardly come my way; almost never
71) Pardon me, but ballet is such a… *yawn*
72) I can never decide between monsters or robots. Don't make me choose
73) I want a real robot maid
74) I like anything pirates. Arrrgh!
75) I am a huge fan of quirky things from ThinkGeek, Fred And Friends, Joseph Joseph, DCI and Spinning Heads
76) I am still wondering if I am more idealistic or pragmatic
77) I scored 95 points on a Happiness Index. It read "You are on cloud nine! You don't need much guidance about how to become happier."
78) I often think too much… sometimes I don't think enough
79) My previous career was in animation. Pixar's Toy Story was my turning point
80) Movie directors that rock; Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Quentin Tarantino, Wong Kar Wai, Akira Kurosawa, Henry Selick, Takashi Miike
81) One day I will produce a children illustrated story book on the Kuchinta Cat. I've been talking about doing this for the longest time
82) I am an extrovert that really don't mind staying alone at home
83) I've chosen my funeral songs. My friends already know them
84) Having eaten Fugu (a deadly poisonous fish) and Octopus Sashimi (with the suction of chopped up tentacles on my tongue and gums)… I cannot decide which Japanese cuisine is more bizarre
85) I am very sentimental
86) I am a lover of Shakespeare
87) I am a modern art museum junkie
88) I support deserving aspiring designers that dare to be creative
89) I'd very much love to own a bathtub but I dread the thought that I have to wash it clean all the time. I'm anal about toilet cleanliness
90) I don't like anything too sweet. I shiver at the taste of artificial sugar. But I dig Garrett's Chicago Mix (a tossup of CheeseCorn and CaramelCrisp) and Krispy Kreme originals. I know, my friends roll their eyes at me…
91) I have a Facebook account that I hardly visit. I really should be using it more though I don't know why
92) All the friends that I have in Facebook are people I really know. If you are not on my Facebook chances are I either don't know you or don't want to know you
93) I'm a book kind of reader. I still enjoy flipping through real pages. iPads and Kindles still cannot replace the experience for me
94) Any problem that can be solved by money isn't truly a real problem to me
95) Math with fractions, alphabets and funny characters are my greatest downfall
96) If I won a million dollars... ... But in all honesty I really wouldn’t know how I would win a million dollars cause I don't gamble
97) If I wanted something bad enough, I probably already bought it
98) I've been so blessed to have met Pope John Paul II twice, once in Singapore 1986 and another at World Youth Day (WYD) Manila, Philippines 1995. I've met a man that became a Saint
99) Besides Pope John Paul II, I've also met Pope Benedict XVI once at WYD Sydney, Australia 2008. It would be an honour if I could meet Pope Francis, he is pretty awesome
100) I am a student of Pope Saint John Paul II's Theology of the Body. Truly living it out every day of my life continues to be a call to depend on God's strength
101) The most precious gift my parents bestowed upon me was the gift of Baptism and the chance to know Jesus. For that, I am eternally grateful

Read:
My Bucket List - What if I Die Tomorrow?
Happy 2012 at Yello Jello!
2011: Off to a WILD start
Catching up in the New Year (2010)
Retrospective 2008
Closing up 2007
The First and the Last (2006)
2005
Counting down to 2004

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God Rejoices In You

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God Rejoices In You
The Lord your God is with you...
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17
God rejoices in your life.
He believes in you... watches over you...
and tenderly keeps you in His constant care.
You are valued and loved,
not only by those who know you,
but by the One who created you!

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Singapore Night Festival 2014 - Singapore Arts Museum (SAM) Re-Skinned!

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Each year as the Singapore Night Festival return to transform our urban cityscape into a dazzling wonderland playground, crowds gather in front of the Singapore Arts Museum (SAM)to catch the ever popular projection lighting that illuminate the old St. Joseph Institute (SJI) building to ones wildest imagination. For the past years, projection and computer artists make the impossible happen. Here's a little walk back memory lane as SAM re-skins itself each year.


2012
Mimoïd II
Mimoïd II transformed the Singapore Arts Musuem (SAM) into a spectacle of projection wonder. Mimoïd II presented a constantly evolving architecture of a building where each transformation is based on the building's history and structure. The artwork goes beyond history, into the anticipation of paradise and the unknown. The word "Mimoïd" comes from Stanislas Lem's book, Solaris. The Mimoïds, which are wave formations of hundreds of thousands of pixels, have a particular fondness for all human artefacts and they imitate and 'give variations on the theme of a given object'.



2013
The Magic Melody by Tigrelab
(Light sculpture) @ School of the Arts
During the 2013 Singapore Lights Festival the Singapore Art Museum transformed into an immersive futuristic instrument. A video mapping prologue introduced the essence of the instrument, showing how visuals and sounds combine with each other to establish a dialogue between architecture and people. Audiences were awed-inspired as an ingenious interactive video-mapping project magically translated sounds generated by your mobile devices into gigantic visual creations onto SAM’s façade, right before your very eyes. “The Magic Melody” was a collaboration between creative studio Tigrelab and the interactive art practice Welovecode.




2014
Spirits of Nature

In this multimedia extravaganza, the faccedilade, balconies, windows and columns of the Singapore Art Museum transformed into a vast canvas showcasing the beauty of Mother Nature. On this giant canvas, natural elements came alive with spirits of their own; winds rumble and blow, fires are sparked and nature blooms. Be enthralled by the fantastical spirits of nature that surrounds and engulfs us in an immersive showcase of light and sound.

Looking back at my past posts, I started visiting the Night Festivals since 2009! It remains one of the premiere night events in Singapore not to be missed.

Read:
Nocturnals Roam at the Night Festival 2009

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Petition to immortalize Robin Williams in his favourite video game - Legend of Zelda

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We lost Robin Williams, 63, to an untimely death on August 11, 2014. Arguably one of, if not the most, funniest man to ever walk the earth, the loss of Williams is felt worldwide with a collect intake of disbelief and crushing sadness. Robin Williams was not only an excellent comedian but also a game enthusiast, so much so that he named his daughter, Zelda after the princess in Legend of Zelda.

Following a petition to name a NPC (Non-Player Charater) within World of Warcraft to memorialize the late Robin Williams, fans of Legend of Zelda are now petitioning to Nintendo to do similar in the new Legend of Zelda game. Nintendo of America for Ocarina of Time, Skyward Sword and Four Swords hired him and his daughter to promote the franchise in a series of ads.

The petition proposed by Nick Schaedel, Petition Organiser writes
To:
Nintendo of America, Nintendo

Please consider naming an NPC in the new Legend of Zelda game after Robin Williams. It was a series he loved, and it's a small tribute to a great man.

Sincerely,
As of 16 August, over 95,000 petitions were signed. I have submitted mine as an avid supporter of the game. It's a pity Williams did not have the courage to live out his difficult life, I have no doubt that he would continued to make the world a funnier place.
Make a petition at Change.org. I would love to see "Robin" around in the game.




Skyward Sword Commercial


Zelda and Robin Williams - The Legend of Zelda- Skyward Sword Commercial


Ocarina of Time Commercial


Robin Williams and daughter Zelda talk about their love for Ocarina of Time

Read:
25 Years of The Legend of Zelda
"The Legend Of Zelda" Retrospective
The Legend of Zelda's next adventure: Spirit Tracks
The Legends of Zelda on Wii Music
Wii Dreaming & 24
Hooked on Zelda!
The Legend of Zelda is back with The Minish Cap!
Wii Music
For the Love of Wii
Play! A Video Game Symphony Concert
End of Autumn @ Animal Crossing
Cool Toys I Want For Christmas
I have a Nintendo DS Lite!

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Learning from the Wrongologist - Kathryn Schulz

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"The miracle of your mind isn’t that you can see the world as it is. It’s that you can see the world as it isn’t." - Kathryn Schulz
Before coming across this TED talk On Being Wrong, I didn't even know there was such a position call Wrongologist!

Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? "Wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility. Kathryn Schulz is the author of "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error," and writes "The Wrong Stuff," a Slate series featuring interviews with high-profile people about how they think and feel about being wrong.

“What’s most baffling and most tragic about this is that it misses the whole point of being human,” she says. “If you really want to rediscover wonder, you need to step outside of that tiny, terrified space of rightness and look around at each other and the vastness and complexity of the universe and be able to say, ‘Wow, I don’t know. Maybe I’m wrong.’”

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