Saturday, March 31, 2012

Peaks of my life in March 2012


At the start of the year 2012, though it is deemed to be a year of doom by some, I had anticipated an exciting year ahead with Body,Mind and Spirit experiences as per my forecast in an earlier post here. However I didn't anticipate that so much would happen so quickly!

If my life today can be charted on a simple graph with a line along the X axis representing time and the Y axis representing the height of my excitement in life, it will look something like the above. Notice the several peaks occurring in the month of March that ends on this day. I am compelled to note them down in this post by sharing the following highlights or peaks of my life in March 2012!

In addition to my regular mountain bike riding activities, I found myself scaling or hiking up to hill tops in the close vicinity of the city whenever I have time in Malaysia.

It is an exhilarating experience of getting your heart pumping hiking uphill and enjoying the view at the peak, in this case Broca Hill, south-east of Kuala Lumpur.

More exhilarating is to have a son join you to hike to the peak, in this instance, was the peak of Gunung Datuk in the state of Negri Sembilan.


If you can't get friends or family to come along, it's always nice to have Man's best friend to join you. With a trusted dog, you can even do it in the night time!

Besides natural hills or mountains, there are man made towers too that one could get a Peak experience like the KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur city. The visual experience can be viewed in this photo album.

One doesn't need to physically climb to get to the top as there are high speed elevators to bring you to the top in a matter of minutes!

To enjoy a first class buffet dinner with close friends from overseas and having a panoramic 360 degree view of the city is truly an unforgettable experience. This is a joyful Father and Daughter overseas outing for Tony Seow and his daughter Naomi from the US. Tony has become our 'Uncle Tony' in our family from his regular business trips to Asia where he got to see our children when they were little till our two daughters were married in his home state of Utah as seen in this latest wedding photo album.

Another old friend from the US, Govind, was also in town to join us for a hike up Melawati Hill or Bukit Tabur on the very next morning at 6am, after the sumptuous dinner we had at the KL Tower.

It's so nice to share what Malaysia has to offer in nature with our foreign friends.

After all the countries I had the privilege to travel to and the beautiful sights in the cities or up in mountain tops I had enjoyed, I have come to realize that nothing beats the peak experience that comes from human interaction with friends and family members in my life. They could happen just in the four walls of a home.

A new life joined us in the world with the birth of a healthy baby girl named Aliya Estelle Grant on 15th March 2012. We went to visit the baby at the home of her parents, Chelsea and Dixon Grant. When I saw Mumsie Bush, the mother of Chelsea, who came all the way from Logan Utah, I was almost in tears as a peak experience in her home during the wedding of Fei came to my mind!

Here is a pic of us in her home in May 2010 when she hosted us by offering her home to be used as the Bride's home for Fei's wedding. All the fun and laughter we had in that unforgettable peak experience, at the top of the Rocky mountains, was recorded in a journal post here.

Another thing that one experiences as you get older is that there is a double peak of happiness when we witness the younger generation reaching peaks of success and happiness in their own lives. I wrote a post on this entitled The Next Generation in my spiritual journal.

Seen here is the family celebrating the peaks of the lives of our two older boys seated infront, Han on the right and his brother Shuan. Only the 4 boys are with us now and so the two older boys are getting all the limelight with the peaks of their achievements.

Here is an opportunity to hear the sound of a peaking moment when Han opened his mission letter on a Tuesday night of 12 March in Singapore, witnessed by family members and friends, to know where he would be sent for his 2 year voluntary mission for his Church. Watch and listen to the short video clip below :

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Things couldn't be more perfect for Han. He had earlier received notice that he has been accepted into the new Yale-NUS college in Singapore for the 2nd intake starting Aug 2014.  His Church mission starts on 7 June 2012 as per the video clip, so he nicely finishes after 2 years to return home with a short break before going to college to further his education. These latest accomplishments would be added in his family profile page. (Han subsequently received notification that his mission would start later on 28 June 2012. The blog post covering his departure day to the UK is found here. News of his acceptance to Yale-NUS with his photo appeared in The Straits Times paper later.)

He received lots of cheers of encouragement for his mission in his facebook page after his announcement of his mission call as extracted below :


‎"Dear Elder Chong:

You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the ENGLAND MANCHESTER MISSION. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 24 months.

You should report to the England Missionary Training Center on THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the MANDARIN CHINESE LANGUAGE."
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Ashley Siow Preaching in chinese in england???
March 27 at 10:52pm · Like

Han Chong You'd be surprised by the number Chinese nationals in various locations all over the world :P
March 27 at 10:54pm · Like ·  1

Ashley Siow With pound at an all time low, im sure you can enjoy yourself lol
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Wen Jie Fred Tan congrats man!
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Irfan Rais It's a lovely place, very red and everything. Check out this shop called Hobgoblin's if you have the time, it was a playground to me!
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Ri-Chard Ng Congrats man!
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Cherry Fong Omg another UK bound fellow! We can meet up in the UK :D Congrats Han, your Chinese will be fine :-)
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Chong Keat Oh congrats! Han
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Han Chong ‎Cherry Fong Sure we could meet up - and you all can listen to me preach to you in Mandarin :P
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Fei Wyatt Han, Sis. Kerrin Henly (Royle) is from there.
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Alvin Tadina Wow congrats han!!! And u will leave first before me hahaha..
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Han Chong ‎Alvin Tadina HAHAHAHA funny how that works out eh :P My Mom says "nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah!" XD
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Cathy Lee Congratulations! Way to go!
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Chong Lee Khim So cool!
Tell me how many people turn up for your first preach k?
March 27 at 11:27pm · Like

Emma Tan Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Nezzy Chai i didn't know you're so good in mandarin, haha
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Han Chong ‎Nezzy Chai HAHAHA well I'm going to have to be hahahaha
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Jacinta Joy Lee Hahaha, "Elder Chong"!v XD
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Phoon Yi Congrats man! May God be with you, now and forever :D
March 27 at 11:43pm · Like ·  1
Sun Fu Chong See how your Mom is more excited than you! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=3562455059578&notif_t=like

Opening of Han's Mission Letter
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Judith Lam haha you'll be an hour away from york, if you wanna visit, let me know
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Brett Potter Barrett Blessings to you and your whole family!
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Jason Munyan congrats on that 非常好的新闻!! ;)
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Dixon Grant Congrats Han, you will be blessed serving the Lord.
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Pamela Nonis well Han your 'nasi bryani' shall arrived soon, Congratulations
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Han Chong Hehe looking forward to it, Pamela Nonis! :D
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Lee Chern Hui Hey buddy.. congratulation! and since you're going to England, and it's not far away from here, perhaps we can meet up during some holidays..
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Liew Hui Lian Woot woot! You will be amazing! I KNOW IT!!
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Genesis Cahigas congratulations! best two years coming up :)
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Chuck Liu Han, congratulations! We're very happy and excited for you. I know it will be the BEST mission for you!
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Dasmesh Singh congrats bro :). in ur free time help me visit manchester united at old trafford
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Tennyson Renner And thus it begins...
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Sheryll Goh WHOOHOO! We'll be near each other! Relatively
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Jenny Han Congrats Elder Chong! so happy for you!
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Han Chong ‎Lee Chern Hui Hehe you'll have to come visit me and I'll share with you the message of Christ ^^, There are no holidays for me XD
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Arjun Aj Rashiwala All the best buddy. Hope there's a com nearby when heart of the swarm arrives.
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Han Chong HAHAHA it's a full-time Mission, so no more computer games for me till I'm done hehe :P
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Arjun Aj Rashiwala Here's an idea. Increase ur apm. Create an account in a chinese server and preach and pwn at the same time. Just saying.
Wednesday at 1:33pm · Like

Han Chong LOL more like get pwned hahaha
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Ivy Irene Noche Awesomeness!!
Wednesday at 8:41pm · Like

Eunice Lian omg you are an elder????
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Han Chong ‎Eunice Lian Yes, I have the Priesthood, and I am an Elder. As a missionary I will be addressed as Elder Chong :P
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Eunice Lian WOW!!!! O.O
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Jiaying Lim May God use you as His instrument to be salt and light and to bring the gospel to the people over there! God bless and will be praying for you :D
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Han Chong Thanks Jiaying ! :)
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Leong Khen Lam all the best~~
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Waihon Chee would be funny to hear you speak chinese all the time suddenly haha. all the best!
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P.S.  (This blog is posted on 31st March 2012 which happens to be the day of a worldwide event known as Earth Hour starting at 8.30pm - 9.30pm local time, which is less than an hour from now, before we turn off all our lights.)

Post Development events : Elder Chong's first year experience on his mission is found here.

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