Monday, April 05, 2021

The Happiest Day in my Life, 2021 USA April 4


I discovered this waking up on Monday morning in Kuala Lumpur, that the General Conference of the Church in US on their 4th April afternoon announced that a Temple of the Church would be built in Singapore!!! 4th April is also the Birthday of my late wife Geok Lee who has been been Touching Lives when when she was alive and even years after!

Sunday morning I was at Church for the fast and testimony meeting. It was online for social distancing but it was announced we could be present in the church meeting house too! We had to inform the controller of the Zoom online meeting by chat that we would like to bear our testimony and I was informed that I will be next after Susie How. When I came up to speak, I just remarked that Susie and I believe are the oldest in age in the KL branch today where we both have outlived our spouses too! I remarked that had stayed up watching the opening session of the General Conference in Salt Lake City and when I woke up on Sunday morning, watched the latter part the Priesthood session too. I also mentioned that it was my wife Geok Lee who pointed out that the building we were meeting in could be acquired when I was a District President to arrange with our area office in Hong Kong to follow up.

After Church I went to visit a close friend living nearby whom I have brought to Church to spend the whole afternoon there chatting as usual, covering Gospel topics and others. I went home to break my fast and was feeling tired when I tried to go online. So I went to bed instead and had a good long sleep till 8am where after some morning routines, I went online to find that the live conference was over but they had this published news.

Wow, I couldn't believe what I was seeing! I was repeating to my friend when we met that I always had a poor memory but through an OPT Optimal Performance & Thinking system I had developed on my own, I have used it to achieve all I wanted to in life! This included academia, technology, family, business, religion etc. I even fined tuned it by using latest online technology today to keep up with rapid information & scientific explosion occurring in the world. The friend was about 17 years older than me and wouldn't even have a cell phone. I therefore couldn't really explain how I use algorithms to build up all the information of my brain stored in the small phone that I could access any time on any topic I have chosen to store in the Cloud. This was when I pulled up one of my old book journals that I had brought to Church and an old diary, which were part of the system I had used in the old days to remember dates, events or my experiences in life that I wanted to remember. 

I didn't plan to visit this friend and brought them along as they were records I was using to refer them in writing a new online post I was working on. I also mentioned that I had met an online friend during the past Chinese New Year who was 91 going on 92 some time this April! This amazing man named Michael Rogge from Amsterdam Holland has been my pre-occupation of interacting with him online since we connected last Chinese New Year!

While being busy focused on Church and later on simply decided to meet this old friend, I actually was totally not conscious that April 4th on Sunday was my wife's birthday! I connect the dots only when I went online on Monday morning to view the last part of our Church General Conference! I enjoy my visits with this old friend who is a retired psychiatrist and could make remarks of myself that maybe I can classify myself as having a dialectic mind! Whatever mind I have has really has been consistent in transforming my life over time to suit new changes in the world! Most important is I feel I am really a down to earth or rational person trying to figure out my extraordinary experiences in Life! 

I had already learned the meaning and purpose of life when turned 21. I was just taking on the challenge of learning Quantum Physics and Human Consciousness which seems to be the latest trend or interest of science today. I guess those two subjects motivated me to start my own personal research and continue to record them as part of my life journals housed today at Afterall, journals have it's usefulness of introspection to all that I have learned or experienced in life and thus served as good addendum to my creative book to know it is backed by Science!

To be continued...

Monday, January 18, 2021

First 2021 Familylane post

18 Jan 2021

Today is the birthday of my first grand child Leah Liu Yu Li who turns 5 years of age with a video recording here. While it is night now in Kuala Lumpur, it's just early morning of the same day in the USA. Her birth and growing up years including a trip to Kuala Lumpur for our family reunion in 2018 is recorded in this family post. Leah had a baby sister Anya Liu Yu An born on 21 April 2020 where both their pics are found in this post.

Before the day is over, I like to include a special 'Nonya' lady I met in Penang in 2020 who is also born on this day too. 

Why is she special? Well she is born on 18 Jan 1938 that makes her 83 years old today and look how active she is dancing in this video:

Her name is Annie Lim, born in Singapore and made her home in Penang where I was introduced to her by my friend Ang in the photo above with three of us together!

She is famous in Penang well covered by the press as shared below

I had to interview her to find out more information of her amazing life and vitality to have roles to act in the following movies:

Anna and the King (Penang)
Road to Dawn (Penang)
A Tale of Two Cities (Penang)
Dream Hotel (German film in English)
Love & Death at Java (Penang - German film in English)
Shining Love (Penang - Mandarin)
Mata Mata (Penang - Mandarin)
Wedding Diary (Penang & Singapore)
You mean the world to me (Hokkien)
My Papa Rich (Penang - Jack Neo Instagram)
Unforgiven (Penang)
Crazy Rich Asian (Blue Mansion)
The Journey (Chinese movie)
Media Corp 2019 (Promoting Peranakan Culture)
Kung Fu Taboo (Penang-Julia St temple)

On top of all that, she has 5 sons and 3 daughters with 20 grand children!

The only other famous 'Nonya' lady I know is when I was researching for my family history who wrote a book entitled, 'Memories of a Nonya. Her name is Queeny Chang shared here. 

10 Feb 2021
Pre-Chinese New Year

With the emergency MCO announced by what Malaysian's know is a backdoor government trying to hold on to power by avoiding full parliamentary meetings that will question them if they have a majority vote to continue as the current government, one can't expect much to celebrate this CNY especially when the economy of the whole country is going downhill! (Ref to politics in Malaysia)

So the best we can do in our relationships with family or friends is to interact via the internet, which fortunately I could do easily as a senior citizen today. Most could use WhatsApp that has become popular with those without a techie background and initiated ones progress to Facebook and Messenger that is a little more sophisticated. I could fully use the two of them due to an inherent desire in me to always seek to connect with my family and friends since young. When technology was more basic in the early days with no internet technology, I would learn some simple programs that I could create a newsletter to print out and send by snail mail to all my friends (Ref to my newsletters)

This word "seek" at the start of the year of 2021 became more prominent or important to me to explain my own consciousness. I could continue to have a lot of quiet time to ponder about the subject especially with the ongoing pandemic and emergency MCO executed by local government. I had started a new Consciousness journal at the end of 2020 where I was impressed to recreate a new presentation format of James Allen's famous short book entitled, "As a Man Thinketh" that has come under Creative Commons license. (Ref to my journal version of James Allen's book.)

Today, in Facebook messenger, I received a message from a very long, good and close friend who sent me this old pic

It is a photo of my Mom with Felix Yong who rarely connects to me on Facebook and this was a nice surprise. I'm impressed to share it in this journal to remind me that my mother, born in Penang, was also considered a Nyonya though living in KL, she would only dress up like a Nyonya on certain special days only. She is more accustomed to wear modern clothes as seen in the photo above.

Some old photos from a small album my father had given to me shows my grandma wearing the Nyonya. My mother as a young wife was just wearing a simple Chinese outfit were both my father and mother were married young at 16 in 1937.

Here is an old pic of what Chinese call the "Full Moon" dinner/celebration of my birth after a month from birth, the last and seventh child of my parents. She was just wearing a Chinese "Cheong Sum" styled from China different from the Nyonya culture. I remember that she did wear the traditional Nyonya dress on rare occasions as it is quite elaborate and time taking to wear, most likely having learned it from my grandmother,

Chinese New Year 2021
Year of the Ox celebration