Recaps of Amsterdam (part 1)

Hallo allemaal!

For some of you who has known me for quite a while would have known that I have actually been to Europe twice back in 2015; but it has been a little bit and pieces from my trip that I have written like the one I spoke about Prague or the one that I speak about in Vienna.

But since I forgotten to save up the URL and I ended up not knowing whether I have previously published them; moreover Steemit only shows posts dated as far as only 10 months ago, I have decided to write only summaries over here and you can head over to the link that I will provide to read it through so that I won’t lose its original content along the way.


And in this post, I have decided to briefly show you how my day trip in Amsterdam was; and it is only part 1 because I still need to compile it one by one, and I have someone now to keep me in check so that I can FINALLY finish writing it. haha.

I basically didn’t cover the entire city as it was more of catching up with the people I care about; but I DID try the herring fish which is totally a leveled up challenge for my bucket list . And if you would like to see my facial expression, you’d pretty much have to click on this link to find out. haha.

Overall part one was quite fun despite there were some rain, and most importantly is that I get to see someone I hold most dear who I did not see for 3 long years.

So I hope this summary post will bring you enough curiosity to click on the pictures to find out the part 1 of my Amsterdam trip. And please feel free to comment here instead about what you think.

It will be a lot easier for me to keep track in Steemit simply because I have notifications.

My takeaway from this day’s journey

Even @aikido.hung did not know that there was a new museum I discovered with my gal friends along the way. So even though it is just a short visit it was still considered fruitful.

For those who wants to read my Summer backpack trip in other parts of Europe which I need to finish it, please feel free to read this old post of mine: Treading the World – Loving Your Home … and I still have plenty to finish it.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this summary for my Europe recap as much as I have enjoyed preparing it.

Tried and Tested: Safest Way to Clean Rust

Hello everyone!

I am pretty sure you know some of you actually finds metal items are actually very useful, particularly when it is easier to wash and probably sturdier than plastic.

But often times even the mighty stainless steel (well, depending on the quality of the steel itself) could still succumbed to one of its nasty enemy (of all metals)

RUST

There has been tons of solutions that pretty much tries to sell you how to really get rid of nasty stains, and those products actually come with quite a hefty price; but recently during my reunion meetups, I met an old friend who is a strong advocate for vinegar who has shared how good it is.

And interestingly I was almost giving up trying to clean my mini steamer that was coated with rust until I found some youtube videos that actually mention vinegar can easily clear up rust particles.

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After giving this a try, I soaked the surface of my mini steamer with vinegar for 8 hours and used a metal brush to lightly brush it; it works!

That gave me a little more confident that vinegar actually could work; but how about really nasty ones?

I head on to tackle on the metal cabinet at the new place I acquired that was coated with a really thick layer of rust and it smells really bad.

I bought a larger bottle of vinegar which costs about 60 cents USD and I allowed it to soak for about 10 days.

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The day of the verdict came…..

I did use the metal brush to brush it in between the 10 days but I let the vinegar solution soak a little longer. This morning when I got a little time, I used the kitchen paper towel and started to wipe it off to see how well the vinegar did.

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I agree it still needs more time, but look at the amount of rust it has gotten off from the surface, leaving the metal still in tact and not corroded.

I have decided to clean up and pour fresh vinegar and let it soak probably a few more days before I attempt again.

So do stay tuned for the result! And see if I can turn the insides of the metal cabinet back to its former glory!

Rest – the Song that Brings a Soul’s Journey Home to Love

Finally, I have a bit of time writing again…

It has been an overwhelming journey since last week when I took on the challenge to be part of the D101 team of Bob Fitts for a memorable weekend praise and worship.

As those who have been reading my post many would have known the last 1 1/2 years has been nothing but tons of challenges but one by one, God pulled me through.

The last 11 years with the LORD has been nothing but colourful.

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This is especially when you get to learn so much from the renown yet humble missionary + song writer who rocks the world with the songs God inspired him to write.

I’ll just skip the technical part on how we learn 15 songs of harmonizing until we narrow down the right few songs just enough to bring healing and restoration to congregations who just needed that bit of rest in Jesus…

…and come into my personal journey of assurance and love that God has given me that I would like to share with you through this magnificent weekend.

You see, last weekend was not just another awesome worship experience for me.

Rewind back to 2002, when I was first invited to attend a cell home-fellowship, my closest friend and someone I loved so much on this earth was deployed after 9/11; and during one of our conversations, as concerned as I was about his well-being, this was something he shared with me.

2 Corinthians 12:9
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Don’t worry, God will take care of me…

right before his tour of duty started.

And that was the beginning of my own journey seeking this one God Who would take care of my bestie whom I love so much; and how I was redeemed by my Lord and my Saviour.

Fast forward 12 years has passed, I never could really express this verse, how much His Grace, Christ Jesus is efficient during the time of my journey in life overcoming one mountain after another; while my heart yearn after God to keep His promise my bestie put his trust in that one verse…

Until last week when (uncle) Bob decided to pick this song for the congregation. A simple yet powerful lyric amplifying the scripture 2 Corinthians 12:9 and what Jesus has said:

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28

And in written in this way:

I rest in Your love

My strength comes from You alone

Your grace in more than enough

You are the fountain for my thirsty soul

You are everything that I need

My all sufficient King

I rest, I rest

In your love

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This song didn’t really hit me hard during practice until when I was just resting and letting the melody and the plucking of the acoustic guitar, suddenly I was brought back into my memory…

…when I stormed up to a (quite famous) chapel and made God promise that He’ll look after my bestie because he’s His child.

During that time, I was not even a Christian myself; but I could still vividly remember when I walked down the staircase back to the car after a good hard cry, the peace (that surpasses understanding) was just flowing in me.

From that memory, a still calm voice came to my heart:

Didn’t I say I’ll look after him?

At that very moment, both Friday and Saturday session, my heart was just melted and walls of fear (that kept trying to build up from time to time during times of adversities) just broke away into dust.

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I hope this song and the YouTube of the song I share with you here brings you your personal encouragement and assurance for those who are seeking rest and truth, that you are loved and

… everything is going to be ok

If you have personally encountered your experience of such I do welcome you to share with me at the comments (or feel free to write about it and share the link here too).

I hope you have enjoyed reading and assured, as much as I have enjoyed preparing it.

Attempting Zero Waste Movement in the Office: Hoping to See it Survives!

Hello Steemians! It’s Friday and I hope all of you are looking forward for a weekend rest!

This morning when I entered the pantry, I saw something extra at the edge of the window at the corner of the pantry…

I actually thought that there was some upcoming luncheon coming (yes, my office loves pot bless luncheons and Malaysians love to eat!) until I started enquiry to my colleague who set it there about what is going on.

“Oh, boss said Monday onwards no more packed plastic containers from outside. These containers are for them to use when they go out to pack for food for lunch”

In my heart I was like…

Finally

Even during the TSU days when I used to love taking pictures of my lunch and share to the then paid-by-image-share (non crypto) platform, many has realised that I always used a glass container to pack food.

In fact, I have started this practice since 2014.

If you have seen my most previous #zerowaste attempt I tried to shop at a bulk food store and I got a pretty good satisfaction of getting ingredients I need without wasting an extra container.

Moreover, since 2015, Malaysia has been trying to implement no plastics bags during weekends

Penang was the first to fully discard plastic bags usage for the whole week at the time, and end of 2016 Selangor state has follow suite.

But if you can see this picture from The Star Newspaper that was reported back in 2015, till this very day, Malaysians on consumerism mentality still prefers to pack food from lunch and dinner.

There were times when I tried to encourage others to just use a tempered glass (and at the time I even volunteer to buy for them) all I got as a reply was:
it is too troublesome while going out; besides, I only decide what to eat when I am out there

So when my boss was talking to me about getting coffee (-) the disposable cup, I thought he was personally giving it a try.

Until I saw the rack of newly bought containers today.

My other lady boss has even decided to get steel straws for every staff just as a kick-start to at least try to be more zero waste conscious.

I am actually very happy that she did that. It would greatly encourage the staff to learn a totally different lifestyle.

Although today after seeing 3 of my staffs whined when I asked them “that’s a lot of packed food from the stalls today, what’s the occasion?” and their response was, “today is the last day we can enjoy buying food with packed food containers and not needing to wash them when we are done” ; I personally feel excited and hopeful that maybe; just maybe, there is a new habit blooming.

We will see how it goes after 21 days…

When a new habit gets settled as part of the lifestyle.

When I was packing food the nearby deli@work shop for some salad, I just shared what my boss did and requested in case any of my colleagues or bosses decided to pack lunch / coffee and brought their containers over, they would be great if they are able to help them and encourage them.

The deli gave a great response and maybe that will help them spread more of the awareness.

If you can’t see the miracle, be the miracle

Nick Vujicic

Sometimes you just need to know that even when you stand out of the crowd and be the change despite everyone else stands against your believe of making an impact for the world, just keep pushing.

Even if it takes 4 years later to see change happening for others.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this sharing and be encouraged; as much as I have enjoyed preparing it.

Cross Over – Transition or End Route?

“… he didn’t make it at the bypass surgery.
pray for him and his family…”

That was the text message I received from my good friend who’s husband (also my good friend)’s father passed away due to his lungs could not endure it during a heart bypass surgery, while I was in the midst of discussion at the meetup of #teammalaysia before @superoo7‘s departure

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Many would have thought that this seems to be the end of one’s journey as the family knows very well that this procedure is a gamble for my friend’s father to just have that little longer time with his family on this beloved blue and green (and some part rather hazy and brown) planet we call home.

But that did not work for him

I also have those who I cared who is fretting their lives of losing someone; not to mention I am looking at my own parents who are at their golden age journey of life and many would ask this question.

Is this it?

Being a believer in Christ myself I know that there are more to it. Just as the picture showed that it may be a little scary for each and every one of us who is about to face that valley of shadow and death (reference), it’s a cross over personally for me.

But how sure can I be?

Let’s agree to disagree, if I am wrong, my life ends; just like that. Plain and simple.
From dust I came, and to dust I will go.
(reference)

But what if I am right?

Or more to say, that what I read from the Word is true and infallible, that this is only a transition to the next?

(Even Taoism shows the map… I will not say more here though)

What if it is like the picture above, you walk through the darkness and there’s light at the other end?

And that it is possible that route is true?

What if at the other end of the tunnel there are 2 different outcomes?

And both are not “to nothingness”?

How would that impact your journey on Earth?

As I plan ahead of my schedule to ensure that I will have enough time to set aside for my good friend for his father’s wake, this is once again given me a deep thought on how we walk on this home we have while we are still given time to walk on it.

  • Will we be so engrossed in chasing after a mission / target solely to please ourselves for just a short while?
    or
  • Will we perhaps see things in a perspective on where we truly want to focus on, and what truly matters?

I am currently writing this as my thought flows because I too might have cross roads that I will need to choose and see what truly matters.

And for those who still have a breath in you when you wake up:

Smile, you are given one more day for the very purpose you are made to be; onward and upward till you cross over.

I hope that this deep thought of mine would also propel you to have a deep sense of realisation of you purpose / questions when you face though life’s hard choices; as much as I have enjoyed preparing it.