Thursday, October 30, 2008

My little trip down south

Alright, I thought I'd talk a little bit more bout my journey there. I can't say too much about the military aspect. That would put the very existence of this blog at risk. But I want to say that for a certain reason, I had lots of spare time in the field to read God's word and meditate on it. And I also had a fair amount of time to read Benny Hinn's Welcome Holy Spirit, which Caleb lent me. And as I read and meditated, I went through a period of growth. Growth in scriptural knowledge. Growth in intimacy with the Holy Spirit of God. Feeling His warmth and peace. Talking to Him in the cold mornings, talking to Him while doing the armskote.




The armskote there was something that I was initially rather concerned about. But it's over. And I really thank God for that. I did not exactly have an easy time out there. The days were really hot, what with the ozone depletion. The nights were reallly cold. Every night you shiver. Quite badly too. Uncontrollably. Sometimes I wondered whether I'd get hypothermia. Cuz shivering is 1 degree below normal body temperature. And hypothermia can be reached at 2 degrees below normal temperature. And I also had some people who made things a lot harder for me.






This is the Australian frog which initially did not want to pose with me.






But having learnt how to speak frog, I coaxed it into changing it's mind.


Frog:"Okay, can I go now?"



But all things worked together for good. And I came home safely. The last day. Looking back. Thinking of how shitty it was to get off the cosy plane on the first morning. Of the living conditions in the field. Of the cold, of the endless combat rations- 8 days straight at one time. I really thanked God as I boarded the plane home. Sweet home. Humid home. Wonderful home.





Rockhampton cuisine is generous, rich. Generally not too oily as I understand, but the quantity is amazing. Heavenly after being in the field for so long.





Ming Kiat (my Rest and Recreation roommate) and I. Outside our motel room.





Fitzroy river. Which cuts through the middle of Rockhampton. So named for rocks in the river, and "hampton" which means town on a river flat.



The eponymous rocks. There are swooping magpies there. Which come straight at you when alone. Cool stuff.
This here is the coach headed for the airport.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

BACK!

Yes I'm back.

I am so glad I went. I learnt so much. Had a wonderful time with God down there. Also learnt the true meaning of cold. Shivering through the night. Singapore is so much sleep-able at night.

Looking forward to the rest of my life... haha.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Today I fly

Going over to Australia this afternoon.

Had a dinner with Caleb and Jesh last night. Really treasure the time I spend with these 2 bros. Also treasure all the well-wishing smses sent to me. Pam, Andrea, Tiew.

When I come back, I'll have completed what must be the last major exercise in my National Service stint. And when I come back, I look forward to more time spent in church and CM. I always looked forward to this trip as a beginning of the end, a means to the end, so to speak.

I have run and not given up and the end is in sight.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Been surfing around

Well when I booked out last night I went to have dinner with Daniel Yim in the town area. Was good to talk.

Did some surfing on the net late last night, into the wee hours of this morn. And was looking at my JC friends' blogs. And it occured to me that I've missed out so much on their lives. Perhaps just simply because I spent more time with people in church, or at army, or somewhere else. Not necessarily a bad thing, since I can only keep up with limited people within a limited amount of time, but still it set me thinking.

And also went to visit some random church peoples' blogs. See them doing all sorts of things. Some overseas, some still within the island. Saw their colourful, well decorated blogs, of which mine pales in comparison. Right now I'm not really bothered with these embellishments, maybe next time.

And even went to see some random Christians' blogs. Saw some blogs a little like mine, which has much to do with ramblings about their Christian walks etc.

Well I've been feeling rather alone these days. Even in camp. Just feel so alone. I mean, I don't have much to talk with other people. Some days I'm kinda feeling troubled and unsettled in camp. Schedule was a little more relaxed the last few days but yet I didn't feel quite happy.

And even in church, I feel quite alone some times. Yeah, there are people around. But I still come and go home alone. How do I explain it? Something like there are people who exist within social entities. They are always found within a group of friends. The group of friends is a social unit. But I'm an entity and unit by myself.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Away for a while

I'll be in Australia training for the last 3 weeks of this month.

Please pray for good weather, training safety, a wonderful time and for me to discipline myself to do my quiet time, no matter how busy. Pray for the time to spend with God.

Apparently it's a nice training area. Very picturesque. Shall see.

Recently I've been thinking bout the going-ons in my life. I find that it sometimes gets hard for me to blend in with the crowd. I'm just so different... different in the way I do things, different in my beliefs. And I also have very little common interests with most other people my age, I feel.

Oh well. 4 months and 11 days left in this army.

And please pray that God will allow me to make it for the end of year camps. I'll be signing up for them and putting down the money. I trust God to do what He intends to do. And if the money is non-refundable, it is an offering to God. I've already taken the leave.

I'm looking forward for a time of quiet and God-seeking. A time of fellowship with my family of Christians.

God-willing, God-willing. The most common refrain.