Sunday, October 01, 2017

4th Quarter 2017

2 Oct 2017





4 Oct 2017

Happy Birthday Su 








Father and Son goes bike riding in the night to have dinner on Dad's birthday



8 Oct 2017




10 Oct 2017




15 Oct 2017

Near Kuantan Pahang




16 Oct 2017



18 Oct 2017

Deepavali




19 Oct 2017
Penang




Happy Birthday Han in Singapore



22 Oct 2017
Penang Church



24 Oct 2017



28 Oct 2017
Penang Festival




30 Oct 2017



2 Nov 2017




6 Nov 2017
5th Anniversary of Mom's passing







7 Nov 2017
Choir Performance at Yale-NUS with Han's Overtime Project barbershop group.
With Ray on the night before his enlistment to the Singapore army.


Ray not used to his army haircut while waiting for the bus to Yale-NUS campus for the Choir Performance 

 With Han his oldest brother after the evening's performance


Watch Ray's enlistment program and Han's performance in the videos below :




8 Nov 2017
Ray's enlistment day for National Service at Tekong Island



12 Nov 2017
At Church in the Bukit Timah Ward in Singapore




Catching up with family in Singapore after Church 



16 Nov 2017



19 Nov 2017
At Church with Han and later to visit the Story Telling activities at the National Library, invited by Mom's Story telling friends. Click the blue F icon to view videos in the comments section.





Met up with Lily Fu who is a Toastmasters Club friend in Kuala Lumpur who is doing a 1 year course in IT in Singapore.


20 Nov 2017
Face to Face with Elder Oaks and Elder Ballard
Live broadcast to YSA Singapore with Ray





Video has been set to start in the 35th sec from the beginning showing the Singapore YSA group waving their hands with Ray in the centre with both hands up.

The full broadcast can be viewed in the Newsroom page of the Church found here.


27 Nov 2017
Back in Kuala Lumpur
Mingling activity with recent converts at Church




1 Dec 2017
On assignment for Media Coverage:
Young Single Adults Convention starts in Semenyih for 3 days duration. (Click the comments icon or the blue F icon to view more photos or videos.)

Day 1

 


2 Dec 2017

Day 2





Afternoon, visit of Elder Meredith, Area Seventy for a talk, President Tolman of the District for Haka dance instructions and President Well of Cheras branch for Cha Cha instructions






Day 3
Morning, Visit of Elder Woo, Area Seventy 



Mixed 70 photos covering the 3 days events in one Album :




11 Nov 2017
KL branch Christmas party



19 Dec 2017
Rushing to complete all report journals 









Shared in my facebook page a touching story of a returned missionary who had a drug gang leader in his mission area who was making fun of the missionaries....



After watching the video and sharing it, I was inspired to share my personal testimony and story of my conversion as a comment below the video:



22 Dec 2017
Remembering our 35th wedding anniversary:


Looking back 35 years to the time we got married, I couldn't have imagined then of what I know now, that we can store precious memories of our lives even in the Clouds so that our posterity can enjoy them long after we are gone!


24 Dec 2017
Just before midnight on the Eve of Christmas




25 Dec 2017
1am on Christmas Morning for a Google Hangout online with the family and Elder Chong:





His experience from opening his mission call letter to going to the MTC and then to his mission field can be read from here.


29 Dec 2017
Sharing a video that shows the simple activities that kept me positive all year round



31st Dec 2017
Last Sunday of the year to share a video expressing my yearend feelings of appreciation of my family members and friends.








A Countdown post made just before midnight to the New Year of 2018




Monday, September 11, 2017

In Memory of Albert Michael Jack being father of one of the many Expat families of Kuala Lumpur

We had a visit to Kuala Lumpur from Tony and Susan King, formerly branch members in Kuala Lumpur Church in years 1982 to July 1984. We met for dinner with a few other older local members shared in a facebook post embedded below :



Meeting the Kings and our discussions of pioneer expats in KL brought me prompted me to recall that due to my old outlook email being inundated with junk mail and my incomplete migration to Gmail , I had failed to follow up on a notification email I had received on the passing away of one of the prominent expat members of Kuala Lumpur whom I first met when I came back from Australia in 1980 for Chinese New Year celebrations. This was Mike Jack, the branch President of our Church in KL. Clearing up my email account quickly, I found the email I was looking for and replied it to ask for my information so that I could create this post in Memory of Mike Jack who passed away on 29 May 2016 :






Here are some photos of Mike Jack that I can retrieve from my old photo collections :


He was called as group leader in Nov 1977 of the members of the Church in KL who were meeting at the YMCA. (Photo source - Courtesy of Jackie Ho)


I came home to Kuala Lumpur for the Chinese New Year celebration in Feb 1980 prior to receiving my mission call. There was already a KL branch meeting in a church owned building in PJ where Mike Jack was the Branch President. In the photo is my mother, directly behind the baby rocker with Mike Jack behind her at the last row in the back.

This is the only family photo of the Jack family that I have. Missing is the new baby they adopted from Malaysia before they left the country when his work tenure had ended.


This post in memory of Mike Jack is now posted to a special Easter post made in memory of people I know who have left us which can be viewed by Clicking Here.


Saturday, July 01, 2017

3rd Quarter 2017

1 July 2017



3 July 2017

Michael de Jager sharing about the original Von Trapp Family that brings back memories of our family naming ourselves the Von Trapp Family in our Church Talent Night performances.



Development of online Family Home Evening during Elder Shuan Chong's mission :



Memories of the last online get-together with baby Leah : Click here to view the online recording.



This video is recorded in 1995 and Elder Shuan Chong (in red shirt) has grown up today to serve as a volunteer missionary in London :




6 July 2017

LRT ride from PJ to KL Sentral







7 July 2017

Monorail ride to KL Sentral :




At KL Sentral :



9 July 2017


10 July 2017

Unique Family Home Morning  in KL




11 July 2017



16 July 2017




17 July 2017

First MRT ride from Kuala Lumpur to Kajang :







18 July 2017




20 July 2017



21 July 2017



22 July 2017




24 July 2017




25 July 2017




27 July 2017



28 July 2017




30 July 2017




31 July 2017

At Petalz Condo with ex SJI students hosted by Liew Thim Mun and wife Judy




1 Aug 2017



3 Aug 2017



7 Aug 2017




11 Aug 2017





13 Aug 2017






15 Aug 2017




16 Aug 2017

Tragic accident of Cevin Ormon's father and his wife




17 Aug 2017

Celebrating the 77th birthday of our Form 1/4 teacher Mr Stanley Van Dort




22 Aug 2017

Riding the MRT train to Sungei Buluh 






Ern moves to KL from Singapore for a year:


He starts to register at ATC college in a business course. He took a photo with the top student of the Law program whom I had interviewed in a video below.

He gets to join the Young Single Adults at Church at an activity to watch the fireworks at midnight on pre Merdeka or Independence day day

He joins a Self-Reliance 2 day conference at the YMCA

Videos related to Ern are found below in the next few days till 1st Sept:

27 Aug 2017



Interview with Mr Stanley Van Dort (click the blue Facebook icon below to view the video

or Click Here to watch the video.

28 Aug 2017




30 Aug 2017

Fireworks on the Eve of Malaysia's 60th Independence Day




31 Aug 2017

Self Reliance Convention at the YMCA Kuala Lumpur




1 Sep 2017



3 Sep 2017



6 Sep 2017



7 Sep 2017

Playing Superman with Ern on the exercise floor. Click the comment section below to watch the video :



8 Sep 2017

Reuniting with Tony and Susan King, former expat family living in Kuala Lumpur in the 80s



The visit of the Kings inspired me to remember the Jack family who were in KL branch at that time of our lives together as members of our Church.
I therefore took time to create a blog post in remembrance of our Branch President Michael Jack who passed away on 29 May 2016. His name is also added in an Easter blog post in memory of family members and friends who have left us.


10 Sep 2017



11 Sep 2017




13 Sep 2017




14 Sep 2017



16 Sep 2017



18 Sep 2017




22 Sep 2017




24 Sep 2017




25 Sep 2017




26 Sep 2017




27 Sep 2017















Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's day 5.58am 6/18/2017 and my Story of 7

The significance of the time I woke up early on Sunday morning on Father's Day in Malaysia?

Time : 5+5+8 = 18, 1+8 = 9  

Date : 6+1+8+2+0+1+7 = 25, 2+5 = 7   

Time + Date : 9+7 = 16, 1+6 = 7

Time + Date : 5+5+8+6+1+8+2+0+1+7 = 43,  4+3 = 7


The significance isn't so much that the numbers all add up to 7 but the spirituality behind the stories I share on this day. The stories are not mine but from my oldest child in the family and daughter Fei, whom I first emulated to begin blogging, following her latest teen interest. Why have her stories on this Father's day post one might ask? The answer may soon be made apparent when I begin to share more of my thoughts in this same blog post based on the links of my Body Mind Spirit experience explained here. Today I have further related the Body Mind Spirit domains to the 3 important domains of Interpersonal, Cognitive and Intrapersonal for the 21st century that have been named by the US Academy of Sciences Engineering Medicine.

Well besides the time and date of the start of this blog post that was coincidentally significant, shared above,  Father's Day this year turned out to have other coincidental events squeezed in one day. I'm spiritually uplifted by this coincidence of events, unaware of it when this baptism date was fixed by the missionaries who chose it based on when the people they were teaching would be ready to be baptized. At Sacrament Meeting, we witnessed a father giving a baby's blessing to his first child. In the afternoon we witnessed another father who baptized his youngest child. We also witnessed another convert baptism in KL branch all captured in the facebook post below:




In the night of this Father's day June 18, (night in Asia, morning in USA) we had a family google hangout together, missing only Shuan who is serving as a missionary in London.  This hangout ended up to be a wishing of Happy Birthday to Fei and Ern that could not happen on the day of their birthdays on June 14 and 16 respectively as the timing just couldn't work out for everyone. Interesting that when it all works out, the play of numbers of the time and date above for me in KL adds up to number 7 as computed up above at the start of the post! How wonderfully coincidental and smooth flowing everything turned out,

The star of the online gathering, of course, was Baby Leah who entertained us actively with her presence. Watch the excerpts of the video below:



Next morning I woke up on a Monday while it is still Sunday or Father's day in the US to read Jay's facebook wishes to his father for Father's day and to Su, for their Wedding Aniversary screen captured below :


It was then that I realized that I had left out noting this Wedding Anniversary as also one of the coincidental events occurring on this year's Father's Day of June 18. The wedding activities of Su & Jay in June 18, 2011 where all our family members made it there is still vivid in my mind and treasured in this journal post.

On this same Monday, I also wrote our family email to Shuan on his mission in London with the following excerpts :

"Dear Elder Chong,

I received another email from your Mission President assuring everyone that you and all missionaries in London are safe due to a bombing of a mosque there. On checking the news, it occurred near a mosque at Finsbury Park, I am glad you are safe and other missionaries too but sad for those who died. It is indeed a tumultuous world we are living in and reminds me of Elder Russell M. Nelson 's talk entitled "Men's Hearts Shall Fail Them" during troubled times prophesied in the world towards the End.

Well a lot happens to me each week and more so this week with a culmination on Father's Day on Sunday June 18, 2017

Much earlier a couple of weeks ago, I had changed my facebook profile pic to a ridiculous one below:

It kind of ties in with the photo I first posted of Leah in facebook last summer below with the 'Who' question as well seen below :

Little did I know what I did then quickly while at the Liu's home to create the photo above would be relevant today with the terrorist activities England is having!

But the reason for the toilet seat around my neck photo was captured for a different reason. It was a new toilet bowl cover btw that I had bought to replace the one that was broken in our Spore home. It is symbolic for me, maybe not to others haha, of my life's achievements. I have learned in life to fix almost anything due to my Head's ability to have ideas, have the Heart to connect people to work with me plus the Hand to really do it. (Action)

You see, the new fb photo profile of mine was symbolic that I have reached a level in life where I have little fear or embarrassment for my weaknesses or whatever negative things about me that people may want to gossip about. As the down-to-earth person from young, my CSF initials in my journal writings explained that I began to understand myself to be one who seeks to Connect, Synergize and Futurize with others."   End of the excerpt from the week's letter to Elder Chong, cc. to family.

(This Head, Heart & Hand metaphor was learned recently from my TalkLane video interview with an old friend seen here.) Of course, I would give due credit to my God the Savior for his Spirit that filled my Heart and Mind to help me do the noteworthy things in my lifetime.

Here is his reply, 

Happy Fathers Day Dad!

Thanks for all that you do! The house would be falling apart if you're
not there haha! Thank you for always trying your best to be there for
us whenever we needed you. Perhaps we don't say it much and on the
contrary grumble a lot. But whenever I think back, I'm grateful you're
always there. I'm glad to hear how many things are working out for
you. Love hearing about it every week! Take care!

Love,
Elder Chong

Being active in the beginning to blog in familylane, fastlane  and spiritlane, later qualifying to be in Social Media by joining facebook, I am surprised some senior extended family members who are out of touch with what social media really is about, but could access some of my publications, questioned me if I was boasting of how successful or rich I was!!!  I guess my toilet seat profile picture should paint a thousand words to help them realize the 'systematic errors' in their thinking.

The above excerpts of my writings to our Elder without mention of the "30 days of Vulnerability" initiated by Fei explains why I chose to include her facebook posts on this blog post. She was the one who showed me how honest and open she was to share things to the public and so I followed her style. Fei was actually in my Creative Support Centre office in Kuala Lumpur in 2004 involved in a team to help me start off an on-going research focused on Optimal Performance and Thinking with the objective of helping Organizations to become more effective. (See this journal post.)

My following comments shared with her in some of her vulnerability posts further reflects the connection we have to each other:






The ancient domains of Body Mind Spirit or the Interpersonal Cognitive Intrapersonal domains named by science today come to play in my perception of her communication below :


Sharing her Vulnerability for 30 days
















































































My comments shared below :







To be continued....

Thursday, June 08, 2017

SJI Johannian reunion (years in school from 1971-77) planned for Sat Dec 8, 2018 in Kuala Lumpur

MYSTERY GUEST TO OPEN UP YOUR MIND

Any further information on the Dec 8, 2018 event will be updated on this same blog post so remember to click this link (https://goo.gl/FK5bFA) to access this page and you can copy the link to pass to others who like to register and confirm for this fun and heartwarming "ROARING 60s" reunion event set to "OPEN UP YOUR MIND"


The event will be at the GTower Hotel in the Club floor or Level 28. Full Event Dinner Guests  arrive at 6.30pm Saturday, Dec 8th, 2018 while After Dinner Guests arrive at 9pm. A guest list will be at the reception for all participants to register. A buffet dinner will commence a little after 7pm where at 9.30pm, a cake cutting ceremony will kick off continued mingle, fun activities with dance music & Karaoke till 1am or later. Free flow of soft drinks are provided all night. Alcoholic drinks can be purchased from the bar.

Special Mystery Guest: Introduced at the start of the cake cutting ceremony to surprise all present who will "OPEN UP YOUR MIND" and even may change your life after 60 forever!

Location: The GTower Hotel is located at 199 Jln Tun Razak KL, just beside the Tabung Haji building or near the junction with Jln Ampang. The event will be at the Club level or Level 28, a change from the RoofTop previously planned which is closed for renovation.  Click here for map location.


The above is the inside area with balcony view outside as per the first photo above


Dress Code: Roaring 60s outfit with prizes for best-dressed individuals judged by the teachers.

Dinner: Western-themed Buffet Menu with Charcuteries (cold cuts) a variety of seasonal fresh garden salad, cream of mushrooms soup and an assortment of bread rolls with butter. Mains include Roasted chicken with cashew nuts and oyster sauce, red snapper fillets with spicy herbed tomato sauce, roasted leg of lamb with sage and tossed garlic, Asian-styled spicy fried noodles with shrimps, dauphinoise potatoes, mixed vegetables in rosemary butter, steamed fragrant rice. Dessert includes a fine assortment of cakes and pastries, cream caramel, coconut custard, raspberry yogurt mousse in shot glasses, fruit tarts, seasonal tropical fruits platter. Coffee or tea and soft drinks with 2 types of chilled fruit juices.

Music: Best of 60s music and some 70's music for after dinner events which includes mingling activities and dance.

PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS with Instant registration and follow-up confirmation :

RM150 for those registered for the full dinner which includes after dinner event.
Arrival Time: 6.30pm (SOLD OUT)

Only registration with payment for below is available: 


RM50 for After Dinner Events only, catered for those with prior dinner appointments, with cakes served, titbits and a free flow of soft drinks served till midnight or longer. Alcoholic drinks can be purchased from the bar that closes at 1am. There will be prizes, dance and lots of mingling and fun including karaoke. Arrival Time: 9pm

Make payment to RHB bank account no: 21421310150223 under the exact name of Fastlane

Email to admin@fastlane.info to give your name or list of names you're paying for, amount, date and time of banking in and a returned confirmation email will be sent back to you or "pd" will be marked on the list of participants found in the WhatsApp group list. The former is only for those who did not use digital interbank transfer where information of who is paying for what is in the banking system already. You can even email a screenshot of your bank in slip if you banked in manually or if paying for a list of names to include those names in an email or WhatsApp message. This will help to identify payments not via internet banking or payment for a group of names. If no confirmation is acknowledged through the WhatsApp latest list, on this landing page list, reply email or any other means, you can call 03 2110 0639 for assistance. Use the same email above or relevant WhatsApp groups to submit in advance Youtube karaoke songs you desire to sing.

(For the After Dinner Events, there is a simulation of 'SJI Drive Soap Box' contest or 'Job Alongs' where a batch payment for 4 persons will be charged at a 3 persons' price of RM150 only. All excess collection above costs will be donated to poor students of St John's through Bro Augustine who is a member of the Board of Governors of SJI.)

Last day for registration and confirmation by banking in cash or online payment for the after dinner events is NOON Sat 8 Dec 2018. confirmed by payment of RM50 per person which can be grouped together as stipulated in the above paragraph.



A full names list of all those paid and confirmed for 7pm and 9pm event will be available at the door on the evening of the event. (Strictly No Entry for those whose names are not in the list at any time during the event to be fair to everyone else who had to pay in advance as we have to pay in advance before the function as required by the hotel.)  The list below will be updated daily until 7 Dec 2018.


Registration and Confirmation: Payment of RM50 by Noon of Sat 8 Dec 2018
"ROARING 60s" reunion event set to "OPEN UP YOUR MIND" Special Mystery Guest: Introduced at the start of the cake cutting ceremony, 9.30pm to surprise all present who will "OPEN UP YOUR MIND" and even may change your life after 60 forever!
Alumni Reunion SJI 1971-1977 Saturday 8th December 2018 
Venue Gtower Hotel Club floor or Level 28, 199 Jalan Tun Razak (Beside Tabung Haji Building)
Time Start from 9pm 
Parking RM4/-
Attendance List for After Dinner Events - 9pm - 1am.

1) Pardip pd
2) Jalal pd
3) Radziff pd
4) Cho Yong Fei pd
5) Poh Lin pd

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SOLD OUT: Registration closed
Alumni Reunion SJI 1971-1977 Saturday 8th December 2018
Venue Gtower Hotel Club floor or Level 28, 199 Jalan Tun Razak (Beside the Tabung Haji Building)
Time Start from 7pm. (Arrival 6.30pm)
Parking RM4/-
Atendance List for full dinner event.
1)Sun Fu pd
2)Vincent Liew (pd) 
3)Thim Mun (pd)
4)James Buxton pd
5) Lionel Cornelius pd
6) Kay Tat pd
7) Vincent Wan (pd)
8) Ahmad Zubir pd
9) Natarajan (pd)
10) Ignatius Kraal pd
12) Teacher Mr Tee Kok Bin (foc)
13) Harjeet Singh pd
14) Manon Lopez pd                
15) Thor Kong Hock pd.
16) Govind Nair pd
17) Charles Ooi pd
18) Lim Sim Seng pd
19) Lim Yan Pok pd
20) Harold Quek pd
21) Lim Lig Gene pd
22) Francis Tan pd
23) Eik Mai pd
24) Karl Tan pd
25) Kuan Kah Soon pd
26) Tan Kim Teck pd
27) Alvin Lim Kim Chuan pd
28) Leong Kwok Hung pd
29) Terence Saw pd
30) Eugene Hon pd
31) Dato Carol Chan pd
32) John Chacko pd
33) Jeffery KK Phang
34) Rozzana Chung Yoke Lin pd
35) Dr Shaidan pd
36) Teacher Stanley van Dort foc
37) Teacher Bro Augustine foc
38) Teacher David Fernandez  foc
39) James Edison pd
40) Dato Zarul Ahmad pd
41) Bob Toh pd. 
42) Duke Low pd
43) Teacher Sis Emmanuel (foc)
44) Dr Malek Reedzuan pd
45) Stephen Chiam pd
46) Darius Abdullah pd
47) Lai Leong Yew pd
48) Teacher Mrs Janet Gonzales foc
49) Lee Chuan Huat pd
50) Allan Chan Hock Chai pd
51) Wong Tuck Keong pd
52) Lee Seng Kiong pd
53) Wong Kien Mun pd
54) Teacher Kiru Rokk foc
55)  Fong Jones pd
56) Teacher Dr Indrani Manuel AMN foc
57) Ainuddin bin Hamid pd
58) Farah pd
59) Wong Keng Lan pd
60) Gloria Lee Loo Ching pd
61) Annie Wong pd

More Teachers may be added.







Some old pics at school and reunion gatherings years after can be viewed here.