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Sad and poignant New Year's Eve

Have you ever felt like you are trying the live out the whole year in one day? That is how I have been feeling on the last day of the year for the past several years. It's like having a feeling of disbelief that the year has passed by so fast and I am not able to catch up to it. And now on the last day of the year, I feel like I should have a blast of a day to finish of the year and welcoming a new one, but by the time half the day is gone, I am nowhere near having it mean something let alone having a blast. I have had sad and poignant New Year's Eve for the past few years and looks like I'm having another one today. So what gives? It's no wonder some people go to parties and get drunk senseless. There is just too much to be expected from the last day of the year that we know we are going to fail miserably to make something meaningful and profound out of it. I have not been attending any watch night services in church for years now. I think it will be a good idea that I

Solitude and Loneliness

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. ~ Mother Teresa Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone. ~ Paul Tillich We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness. ~ Albert Schweitzer Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness. ~ Dag Hammarskjöld Loneliness was the first thing that God's eye named not good. ~ John Milton I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. ~ John 14:16 pearlie

My Year in Books - 2015

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I completed the course on coaching

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I've only signed up for two paid courses and this is the second one I've completed. I've also completed these without any certificates, bringing to a total of six: I have two more to complete and after that, I think I will take a break from lectures, though there's one on Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul and one on What is a Mind ? which I think are too interesting to pass up. Here's learning getting the better of me, again. pearlie

I'm bored to death

When you pay attention to boredom, it gets unbelievably interesting. ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn I fell asleep reading a dull book and dreamed I kept on reading, so I awoke from sheer boredom. ~ Heinrich Heine Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism. ~ Wendell Phillips If I planned everything out in advance, I'd expire of boredom. ~ Peter Straub Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. ~ Marilyn Monroe pearlie Shout out to KC Bob who gave me the last quote above

A Thousand Words uhh...People #181

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We planned a short family trip to nearby Genting Highlands but I'm beginning to feel that it is an absolutely terrible, horrible idea. There were seven of us and we decided for a few of us to take the cable car up and not strain the car engine driving us all uphill. Well, it took us more than one hour lining up to board a cable car what with more than 1,000 people in the line. And I can imagine how massive a crowd there must be when we reach there. Oh dear... pearlie

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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I joined my family church in their combined celebration service today, which was held in a school hall. It was certainly some school hall. Amazing stage, lightings and I'm still in awe of the humongous LED screen. Just wished that the sound system was better. Merry Christmas all! May the birth of Christ fill you with much hope and joy. May we live our lives filled with the Holy Spirit, with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Amen. pearlie

My Christmas reading

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The First Days of Jesus, The Story of Incarnation by Andreas J. Köstenberger and Alexander E. Stewart "The birth of Jesus stands as a pivotal moment in the history of the world, marking a dramatic turning point in God’s plan to redeem creation from sin and death. Much to the world’s surprise, redemption had arrived . . . in the form of a lowly baby. Aimed at stirring your affections for Jesus, this meditative book will lead you on a step-by-step journey through the Gospels’ birth narratives, clearing away common misconceptions, making messianic connections, and setting the stage for Jesus’s later life and ministry." pearlie

Happy I finally found a good book

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No, not this one. The Magicians by Lev Grossman My brother was telling me about this new TV series that I must watch, especially since I liked the Harry Potter series and movies. So I had high hopes and looked out for the premier pilot episode. I was sorely disappointed. I felt that they were trying to fill in too many things in one episode and what they had wasn't very interesting or profound. It's was just boring. I then found out that the series was based on a bestseller book, and I got a copy to read. It was interesting but too bad it was only for the first half of the book. Soon I was getting bored and my mind kept drifting away as I was reading. I find that there isn't much of a plot and development of characters was very thin. I found myself having to track back several times, pages to re-read, when I got drifted off. It was frustrating. The narrative often go on a tangent to something else. I seldom ditch a book once I've started reading it, but at the thought o

Bethlehem's Treasure by Integrity Music

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Bethlehem's Treasure Integrity Music (1992) I used to listen to this album every year during the Christmas season for several years in a row. I've lost the CD but found it in Spotify here. It's lovely to listen to it again after so many years and be amazed with the wonderful gift of love that God has given us in Christ. My favorite carol here is We Three Kings of Orient Are. The classic carol is given a superb rearrangement. And what more, the carol has the whole gospel in it. It's beautiful. pearlie

I'm a fourth generation Christian

It may not mean much, but I just found out I'm a 4th generation Christian and not a 3rd, which I thought I was all along. I have always thought it was my grandfather who accepted Christ first, making him the 1st, my dad 2nd and me 3rd. I just found out that it was my great grandmother who was the 1st, making me a 4th. Most Christians I know around here are 1st generation Christians, and I thought me being 3rd was already quite a big deal, heritage wise. And that would make my son a 5th. Wow. People would say that God does not have grandchildren. I get that. We are all his children, but I'm proud that this faith in Jesus is a heritage in my family for so many generations. The LORD has been good to us, in good times and in bad times. He remains faithful. And my prayer would be for it to continue, for our future generations to continue to grow to have strong personal relationships with God, with Jesus. Amen. pearlie

Do the Epley Maneuver at home

If you have the vertigo, it may help if you could try the Epley Maneuver at home. My hubby was telling me the story that this man was about to get his head operated on when one of his doctors got him to do the maneuvers saving him a trip into the operation theatre. I am not sure if that's a true account - I can't find any of such stories in the Internet. But the Epley Maneuver works. You first need to find out which kind of vertigo you have for the right maneuver. Check the links provided in the video above in YouTube. pearlie

Christmas Cantata: Come to the Manger

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Grace Notes combined with the Kuala Lumpur Chinese Chinese Methodist Cantonese Church Choir presented a Christmas Cantata today: Come to the Manger, by Joe E. Parks. The choir have been practicing for about 4 months now and I must say, it was quite well done - to the credit of the conductor and Grace Notes's director Joanna Lau. The cantata carries a message that the angels have invited you to come to the manger and even if the inn had no room for him, do you have room for him in your life? pearlie

Christmas Team Lunch

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I was down for three days - the longest I've been sick and I had to drag myself back to work today. I've also been postponing my team's get-together lunch because of it. We finally made it for lunch today at Pigs and Wolf in Pavillion KL. The food is quite good. The juices were too - I had Funny Strawberry! pearlie

I completed Introduction to Psychology

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Spasso Milano @Pavillion KL

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I wasn't feeling very well today but I have been missing the last divisional dinner we had and so I thought I had better turn up for this one. No regrets. The food was good. The company was better. Wild Mushroom Rissoto Beef Tenderloin Steak Tiramisu pearlie

A Thousand Words #180

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Is anyone still blogging anymore?

I found it hard to keep blogging lately but I kept at it desiring to have a complete year of blogging this year. I blog to keep a public journal, which I believe nobody reads other than my current sole blogger friend Kansas Bob (thanks Bob!), who drops in once in a while. I know I do need to connect with other bloggers but I lack the time and energy. I wrote about blogging before: Why do I blog? and Why do I blog? 2 I still like to write. I don't have any other places where I can get my thoughts out, not that many come by but no matter. I still like what I do here. pearlie

Me in a video? Oh no!

My friend Phong, from Vietnam, is getting married this 19th December! I am so happy for him. He and his wife, Phuong apparently have many friends from other countries and they have decided to make a video montage from friends from all over the world. It is such a good idea. Except that I was asked one. Oh no... I hate being photographed and worse, I hate being videotaped. But for Phong's sake I have to do it, and I did. I am not going to post it here, no way Jose. I would just like to talk through the experience doing it. I started with getting a short script out. In brief, I wished them a happy married life, of love and companionship, of happiness and lots and lots of laughter. I also gave them a pair of wishes in Cantonese: bak lin hou hap, bak tau dou lou . A hundred happy years of marriage, being together till hair turn white. Next, I had to find a suitable place to do it and I finally settled for my bedroom. I get a private and quiet place with natural light coming in from the

It's cheesy but quite funny though

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Cheesy, you think? We finally made our way to the new IKEA at Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. Pearlie

No coincidence

I often unwittingly double-book myself and I did it again. I really thank God that there was a change in plans not in my control. The thing is I didn't even realised I double-booked myself until the day of one of the two events was changed. Both the events are very important and I cannot miss either any of them. And so I am so, so, so, so grateful they are now at different dates and time. This is certainly not a coincidence. It has happened too many times. God is definitely the captain and pilot of my life. pearlie

It's time for Christmas Carols

Christmas is coming and I used to get my Christmas music out to listen to...but ah! there's now Spotify and I have access to so much choice. But this is what I am listening to this round: Pentonix, That's Christmas to Me . They are fantastic. Pentatonix: Hark the Herald Angels Sing pearlie

Writing Social Science Field Notes

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I learnt something useful today. I used to take notes about happenings with people around me but I wasn't doing it very well and it soon turned out to my my venting journal and so I stopped it. But I found this website today about writing social studies field notes. Scientist often write fields notes and and we should emulate them. For example, these are field notes by a biologist studying birds: I must learn the skills of writing field notes and more objectively. The guide is found here . pearlie

A Thousand Words #179

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Why did I think it was Wednesday today?

The brain is weird sometimes. I actually thought that it was Wednesday today, when it's clearly Monday with the usual busyness at work on the first day of the work week. So why did I think it was Wednesday? It happened when I was in a meeting in the afternoon when someone remarked that it was a Monday. I raised my eyes and thought to myself, "Monday? Isn't it Wednesday today?" When I realised my mistake, I was really curious as to why I felt like it was a Wednesday. I thought about it a bit and realised why. I started my day attending a training at 9 in the morning in a hotel several floors above my work place. But I had to step out at 10 to attend a meeting back on the office. I was back in the training session at 10:30. I stepped out again at 3 in the afternoon for another meeting. With the in and out and in and out, my brain actually thought 3 days have passed! It's just too weird. pearlie

We will be complete when he returns

I learnt about the concept of protogospel from this morning's sermon on Genesis 3. And on checking my commentary, Derek Kidner says on 3:15, "There is good New Testament authority for seeing here the protevangelium, the first glimmer of the gospel." The first glimmer of the gospel... Wow. With the gospel beginning right from the start, we are clear that God's redemption plan for us is The One Grand Plan of God , which I have posted three years ago in December 2012. (Wow, I did not even realized I had posted that so long ago. The thought I had still feel fresh to me, which means I should continue developing it.) Although Gen 3:15 happened after the fall, it does not preclude that it is still God's one grand plan to create us in his likeness, who will disobey him and die, who will need the Incarnate Son of God to die and be raised for us to live. And as his kingdom is already upon us now, this Advent is where we are reminded of our waiting for his coming again, to b

Another new old

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I was talking about the brand new Atria Complex a few days ago and how much it has changed from the old. Today, I experienced the same nostalgia with the Port Dickson Methodist Center. Grace Notes was invited to sing in the Trinity Annual Conference's (TRAC) 40th annual conference. I was told that the center was renovated but I hadn't realised that it has been given such a complete makeover that I could not recognise it. Worse, I could not remember how it was before. Anyway, I feel we did just fairly in our singing this round because the acoustics in the hall was really so bad our voice sounded dead. Anyway, it's a good thing I found these pictures of the old center: Entrance to the center The Main Hall Inside the Main Hall Dormitories pearlie Photos: disciples

Completed my practical coaching assignment

I've completed my practical coaching sessions with the final session for my second coachee today, as part of the Coursera Conversation that Inspire: Coaching Learning, Leadership and Change course. I've started the course back in October and it has been quite a good experience, learning the useful Intentional Change Theory (ICT) model developed by Richard Boyatzis and having very interesting coaching conversations with my coachees. I've submitted the required written assignment. I will be required to do several peer assessments in the next few days before coming to a completion of the programme. pearlie

A useful MOOC aggregator

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I was introduced to this useful MOOC aggregator that helps group all your MOOC courses in one place. It also allows you to keep track of courses that you are interested in without enrolling, which was what I wanted to do in Coursera.org but was not able to. And my list in Class Central is certainly growing. pearlie

Seeing psychological disorders everywhere

I was trying to catch up on the Mental Illnesses lectures in the Introduction to Psychology course in Coursera. Professor Steve Joordens kept cautioning us that "learning about [psychological] disorders makes you see them everywhere, even in the mirror!" It did in fact happened exactly as he cautioned. I noticed that I became quite down as a result in these few days, and it just might be because of the lectures, what with panic attacks and phobic disorders, depression and schizophrenia. pearlie

The new heaven and new earth

I am still reading NT Wright's Surprised by Hope and learning a lot from it and I'm especially glad that it somewhat conforms to what I thought about heaven and what we bring to heaven, or rather the new heaven and new earth. With it, I'm now able to be more firm about my thoughts on the subject. For one, Wright's gist of the book is about life after life after death, and on one of his favorite subject, the kingdom of God, which he interprets quite differently from the other writers and scholars. One of the important things that he brought up is how wrong our regular thought of heaven is. After we die, we do not get transferred to a distant and disembodied heaven. But rather, we come back to this very earth, but renewed, like it was supposed to be, good and perfect as created by God. I blogged before about my nagging thoughts on the existence of God . I made a general reference to the Star Trek series where the beliefs of gods in alien civilisations are seen to be stu

My dad's philosophy for now

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I took time to check out some places we can go for a short holiday with my parents and we thought of going to Ipoh. At first, I thought we could just be thrifty and book a budget hotel in town. We've stayed in Ritz Garden Ipoh before and found it decent and thought we book rooms there. But no. My dad wanted a better hotel. His philosophy? If he doesn't enjoy life now, when can he do so? :) And so we booked an apartment in this award winning hotel and we are certainly looking forward now to our short holiday. The Haven Resort Ipoh  pearlie

The New Atria

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My hubby suggested that we go to Atria for lunch today. I thought to myself, why does that place sound so familiar and yet I can't place it at all in my mind what and where it is. It was only when we got there that I realized it is the good old shopping complex that I used to go to back on those days for get-togethers with my old friends. And how different it is now. It was apparently under massive renovations since it closed for business back in 2008. It was reopened in May this year. It has changed so much it is unrecognizable, and it no longer bring back any of those good old memories. Before After Before After pearlie Photo Sources: Julian Si , Go Where , Visit Malaysia , The Malaysian Insider

How to best do your peer assessment assignments in online courses

I have again used up my weekend to catch up on my Coursera courses, and time well spent. However, I was finding it hard when it comes to assessing the assignments of my peers. As much as I want to be generous in my assessment, which I usually am, I found it hard this time in the peer assessment of the final exam assignment in On Strategy: What Managers Can Learn From Philosophy - Part 1. And from what I have learnt in my own submission, my peers' assessment of my work and my assessment of theirs, I think these will be good pointers on how to submit a good assignment in Coursera. 1 . The most important point to take note is that the people who are assessing your papers are not experts. They probably just know as much as you do. Therefore, you need to present your paper clearly in the simplest form and language as you possibly can. If your arguments are all over the place or if your explanations are too complicated, most probably you will not be getting good assessments from yo

Dazed

I was feeling absolutely dazed today. And in reading this article, I have what which is called the Fuzzy Brain! Well, this was what I felt exactly: ...there are days when it just feels like your brain isn’t all the way there. You stare blankly at the computer screen, your eyes glaze over, and no matter what you do, you can’t quite pull your head out of the fog. Ah, yes—the dreaded “fuzzy brain.” Its cause is unknown, but if left untreated, it can be quite detrimental to your productivity. For more, check out the article here . pearlie

I'm no traveler

I'm not a proper traveler. I don't like to be challenged or have too much change and prefer a week just to relax. ~ Karl Pilkington My mom was proposing that we go for a trip end of the year - somewhere in Asia, not near but not too far. I spent these two evenings checking out places, flight fares, hotels and interesting places to do and visit. The thing is with just two evenings of research, I got so tired I don't feel like going anymore. I think I will just stay right here at home. pearlie

Worrying Times

I read this in CNN today: How is this not World War III? With the recent attacks in Paris, and then with Turkey shooting down a Russian plane, CNN reported that "If this had occurred during the Cold War, we would be bracing for the possibility of a nuclear war. Thankfully, that conflict is over...Don't misinterpret the moves as evidence of calm; a furious Russia has called Turkey 'accomplices of terror' and Putin warned of 'significant consequences.' And these are just some of the latest developments in the world's most complicated conflict." It is indeed worrying times. pearlie

A Thousand Words #178

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I spent the entire day discussing the company's vision and mission with my colleague, to no avail, but it was still a good discussion. pearlie

Questions I had with Genesis

In my recent commute to work, I was listening to Genesis on mp3 and it was very interesting as I began thinking as I listened. These were the few thoughts and questions I had. 1. I realised Adam and Eve actually had quite many years in the garden of Eden before they became discontented and wanted more. They bore another sin names Seth after the death of Cain, when Adam was 130 years old (Gen 5:3). So they would have had many years in Eden before they sinned and were banished. 2. Adam and Eve didn't seem sorry for what they did when they disobeyed God. They did not feel that they needed forgiveness. Was forgiveness something that "existed" then? 3. If Genesis counted for the hundreds of years men lived as literal years, why do we take each of the creation day as millions and billions of years? Moreover, other parts of Scripture interpreting the creation days as single days.  4. Why did God go through all the trouble with the flood? Why don't he just wipe them all out e

Wonderful, how wonderful

Glorious Day by Casting Crown I was worship leading today and the bible passage was on 1 Corinthians 15, the passage on resurrection. and I chose amongst others, this song by Casting Crown. And I don't really believe in coincidences in that I have been reading quite a bit about resurrection lately, and still reading Surprising Hope by NT Wright. Wonderful song. Wonderful book. But much more than that, what a wonderful God. pearlie

Addicted to Learning

I have to admit that I am currently addicted to Coursera! What else am I when I'm currently actively enrolled in a total of five courses. I kept finding courses that interest me. One on coaching, one on psychology, one on philosophy, one on thinking and one on both thinking and philosophy for managers. And I had to catch up with my coursework in Introduction to Psychology, having kept it aside for too long. I spent my entire day on it today and completed the mid-term exam which was a 64-question quiz, and a peer assessment written assignment. I was to write a 500 to 700-word paper on a current event relating it to a psychological concept from the lectures. I decided to write about the Bystander Interference effect from the tragic death of Wang Yue . I might post it here later, after the deadlines are passed. It is a very, very tragic story. pearlie

A Thousand Words #177

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So, so, so busy. pearlie

Today is a five-star day

Today was a good day. I did not have high expectations but it turned out surprisingly well. I spent the day in a Learning and Development Seminar organised by People Potential. I learnt quite a lot, reconnected with a former colleague and met some very nice people. For one, I inadvertently took part in a situation game in stakeholder management and we came out as the winning team. However, I was quite left out because I'm not used to being in simulation games. In my previous experience in taking part in case study games, I normally take a really long time to even get myself into in right context. The other team members were really good. They catch on very fast. But at least it was a good first experience for me. Next, I was in an Emotional Intelligence session and one of the tool that was introduced to us was the gamification of emotional conversation. The objective of the game was to share our lives and our feelings to inspire one another. I enjoyed it a lot. Finally in th

When I'm so tired

I found out today that when I'm very tired, I have a very short temper. And I also heard that the thinking part of our brain is six seconds delayed compared to the emotional part of our brain. This means that when we feel anger for example, we only begin to think and respond properly six seconds after we felt it. And it can spiral into reaction after reaction without realising it, which means our thinking and evaluation never kicks in at all. I'm not sure if that is true, but I certainly must remind myself to wait and not react in emotions when I am tired. pearlie

It's all because of love

I am reading NT Wright and in two of his books, he used this saying by Ludwig Wittgenstein, "It is love that believes the resurrection" - a deep and profound statement I am still unpacking. And I'm still figuring out what Wright means by "Love is the deepest mode of knowing because it is love that, while completely engaging with reality other than itself, affirms and celebrates that other-than-self reality." But I love it when he said that, "All knowing is a gift from God, historical and scientific knowing no less than that of faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love." I am here beginning to see love very, very differently. As a thinking person, I'm always for logic and truth. Love I have placed it under emotions and feeling, though in a much deeper and substantial worth. I remember when I read the conclusion of the Harry Potter series, I felt disappointed that the reason for it all was love. Really? I remember remarking to myself.

Confidence vs. Arrogance

When you really believe in something with all your heart and would do anything to stand your ground, you can come off as arrogant, even though that is the last thing your want to be. There is indeed a fine line between confidence and arrogance. This is what I have observed: One will listen to you and ask you questions to let you have your own opinion. The other will just insist he is right. One will genuinely appreciate your accomplishments even though you both know you are not in his league. The other will put down or dismiss what you have done. One respects those he does not agree with. The other bad mouths them especially behind their back. One is humble. The other is proud. What other behaviors have you seen? pearlie

YouTube Weekend

I spend the entire weekend with videos in YouTube by CBN and Answering Islam . As much as I have no conversion experience, being a third generation Christian, I could experience it vicariously through the testimonies of people in those videos. They were amazing. pearlie

I'm already overwhelmed

I had a meeting in church today discussing about teaching youth in church next year, and the topic chosen was Theology. With the topics that was listed out, I am feeling seriously overwhelmed, even though I will not doing all of them. 1. The Evidence of God 2. The Knowability of God 3. The Names of God 4. The Attributes of God 5. The Trinity 6. The Divine Decrees 7. Calvinism and Arminianism 8. Creation 9. Providence 10. The Origin of Man 11. Man as the Image of God 12. The Origin of Sin 13. The Covenant of Grace pearlie

Isn't it painful when you need to hold back your laughter

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I was standing at my colleague's table today taking a break at work when I took and opened up a book on Dilbert's comic found on her desk. I leafed through the pages and read this strip. I found it so utterly funny and not wanting to laugh out so loud in the quiet office that I was really having a hard time! pearlie

Pain God intended

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I was going to do something but God put a block to it. He is indeed my pilot and my deliverer. pearlie

The King or the Fairy?

My hubby and I were watching Arrow when we heard a piece of music being played in the soundtrack. My hubby asked me if it was the piece from the Nutcracker Suite. Possible I said, and I tried checking it out via SoundHound. (I just hummed the tune to get it identified - the things we could do these days with technology). It turned out it wasn't the Nutcracker piece but Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King. You take a listen to both these and tell me they don't sound alike. I hear or sing one and would not be able to remember the other. But one does seem more masculine and the other feminine, don't you think so? Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg pearlie

Saving my blog in PDF

I have been blogging since 2006 with daily blogging till 2009, after which it was intermittent till I was back to a daily from 2014 till now. I have a total of 2,256 published posts including this one and I thought it would be good to save an offline copy of my blog. I tried it here in BlogBooker and whilst the results may not be perfect, it can still generate a reasonably good one and it's free. pearlie

My recent interest in superheroes on TV

I seem to be watching a lot of superheroes on TV lately, with my latest on Arrow. But with both Marvel and DC, which do you prefer: DC Vs Marvel: Who Is Winning The Superhero TV War? I am not really a superheroes fan but I grew up with Superman and Batman movies, and I like them. Marvel came with Spider-Man and I was just okay with it. But soon I was into X-Men and The Avengers. And when it comes to the female leads, I am definite for Marvel. I simply could not stand the female leads in DC and I couldn't agree more with this writer when he said the scriptwriters could have done better and develop better characters rather than those that are "narcissistic, vindictive, incredibly self-righteous, and sometimes passive-aggressive," like that of Iris in Flash, Lana in Superman and Laurel in Arrow. Especially Iris in Flash...urgh... Check out the article here . pearlie

A Thousand Words #175

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There is no coincidence I am having the worst migraine in years. It's a possible divine obstruction. pearlie Source: myria

When We Grief

Words will not express the grief we feel But by words are how we are made When God said, "Let there be light," And "It's not good for man to be alone," he said The special people he places us with Are those we have come to cherish With whom we spend our time together But some leave us sooner than we wish We suddenly become as lonely as we can ever feel God is with us we know we're told And yet we feel we can never get away from The pull of the darkness, the vortex, the hole Yes, we can, my friend, yes, we can You may not believe it now For God is our best companion It's that simple, that's how Speak to him, he hears He is just by your side You may not see him but feel him He is with you, before you to confide Speak to him as you would any other Your dad beside him is as real as you can imagine The moment you feel you're going to lose it Call to Jesus, he listens, so trust in him And of all the people he has placed you wi

My Gallup Top-5 Strengths and Coursera being a big part of it now

My top-5 Gallup strengths are Connectedness, Intellection, Input, Learner and Empathy. When I first got the results I had no idea what is Connectedness, I don't know why I have Input as one of my top-5, I was proud of my Intellection, I thought Empathy for me was more like a given and I wasn't too impressed with my Learner. My thoughts about my top-5 has now completely changed as I began to understand more about myself and the five Gallup themes. My now most troublesome strength is really Intellection. I can lose myself in it and lose you in a conversation. You'll still be talking away but I will be busy thinking about something you have just said. That's bad. I am most proud of my Input strength. When I finally understand what it represent, I began to see its utility, pun intended (Input is where I collect things because of their utility). This is where my resourcefulness is at its best. Ask my friends and they will attest to the fact that I can usually get th

Reverting to a Previous Version of an iOS app

I usually view through my Apple apps before I update them in my devices but I didn’t do that yesterday and simply proceed to “Update All”. I wouldn’t have known anyway, but Waze’s update was a major one and I was very unhappy with the new version of Waze 4.0. I am so used to the interface of the previous version, but that is not the reason why I was unhappy. New interfaces just need some getting used to and some rewiring of the brain to relearn where to tap and slide for what I want. The reason why I was mad with it was the fact that with my not-so-great eyesight, with both shortsightedness and longsightedness, I could not really see the extremely thin directional lines in the app. So I searched the Internet for a solution and found it here . I managed to revert it back to the previous version, but do take note that when you find the old .ipa file you need in your PC, save a copy of it somewhere. I followed the instructions provided but the file went missing. Thankfully I did save a co

My Coaching Assignment

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I began my coaching assignment today as required by the coaching course I am taking under Coursera, using the above Intentional Change Theory (ICT) by Richard Boyatzis. I am obviously incorporating the Gallup StrengthsFinder tool and it went very well. It is helpful to place it in a framework like the ICT. I am looking forward to my second coachee tomorrow and subsequent sessions for both of them. pearlie

What Managers Can Learn From Philosophy

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I have signed up for this course in Coursera some weeks ago but have forgotten about it. On top of that, I am currently busy following two courses under their signature programme anyway, and so I wasn't actively looking for any new courses to follow. I was reminded of it by my colleague today and I went to checked it out: On Strategy: What Managers Can Learn From Philosophy . I spent some time on it this morning and almost finished the first lecture and it is really very interesting. There is indeed much to learn about strategy and change from the philosophical point of view - the lecturer posits that there are two kinds of change and the one that he is teaching here refers to change in perception, as opposed to change in reality. I have actually joined in quite late but for this course, I am allowed to readjust my time line and I did just that. I will be finishing the first lecture soon and looking forward to the peer reviewed assignment due end of this week. I am ver

Too much good TV to watch

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I caught up with this TV series, Daredevil, recently and I have enjoyed it. I read somewhere that we are at the Platinum Age of Television - there is just too much good TV to watch. I hope I don't waste it all on TV though. pearlie

Enjoy your life!

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I received an email from Faithlife.com on a special price for this book. And since I am (always) seeking for my purpose in life and with Ecclesiastes being one of my favourite books, I bought a copy and started reading. A Life Well Lived, A Study of the Book of Ecclesiastes by Tommy Nelson I like the way the book began. Here are some of the portions I like: The Book of Ecclesiastes is as close as the Bible gets to pure philosophy. But it's different from most philosophy in that it is not so much an inquiry of one man's mind as it is God's declaration of the meaning of life. Solomon begins with the position that life is vain. He does not mean that it is totally meaningless or that it doesn't have any ultimate purpose. By vain, he means that you live for sixty or maybe seventy years and then you're gone. Life just doesn't have any natural reward of itself. It doesn't automatically head to a climactic point of happiness, meaning, and fruition. It was alright as

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl ★★★★★

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I thought the title of this movie was quite interesting and so I watched it, and it was actually pretty good. It's not a love story but a story about awkwardness and friendship. It's is based on a book written by Jesse Andrews, and it's quite creative. I am not very familiar with the movie titles in the parody movies Greg and Earl have made, but I'm sure they are hilarious. Check them out here . On top of it, Rachel, the dying girl, was into book art. Aren't these fabulous? Except that I would never cut up a book like this, how lovely it will turn out to be. pearlie