Friday, December 01, 2006

View of God

We only realize the power of the moral law when it comes with an "if." God never coerces us. In one mood we wish He would make us do the thing, and in another mood we wish He would leave us alone. Whenever God's will is in the ascendant[1], all compulsion is gone. When we choose deliberately to obey Him, then He will tax the remotest star and the last grain of sand to assist us with all His almighty power. - Oswald Chambers - Utmost for His Highest.

[1] = superior; predominant

4 years and 3 months later

It's cold outside,
After the first major freeze,
life is back to normal,
4 years and 3 months later,
arriving at the door of adulthood.
College had taught me much,
with 3 papers and presentations to go,
i have one foot in the real world.

Life events had brought me around the world,
to see the lives of other people,
which are equally beautiful,
equally important and precious.

I've seen my worldview changed,
thoughts changed,
ideas changed,
to see the world not from a temporal view,
but with an eternal view.

I've seen and feel heart breaks,
as well as love,
as well as kindness.

Sometime i wish my day can be filled with music,
where Coldplay and Mat Kearney can cross path,
where KJ and Kanye can douce out,
where songs can speak for everything ..

Life is beautiful,
more beautiful that it was,
i love to smile,
i love a cup of hot coffee in deep winter,
i love starbucks in Texas,
makes me feel i am back in the Northwest,
i love driving down the country road with my window down,
i love life ...

I'm thankful -
for God's grace in my life,
for countless of hours in labs that taught me the meaning of procastination and its results,
for research that opened my eyes to the wonders of God's creation,
for friends who share joy and tears with me,
for songs that fuzzle up my heart ....

Monday, September 04, 2006

Sunrise , Sonrise

so i woke up this morning to the sound of my alarm clock,
i think today is going to be different,
i wanted to be more discipline in my life.
there are a lot of things to get done this couple of days,
will school in full swing and college ministry season starting,
ah -- welcome back to life.
though i am still waiting for news about my job as a peer teacher - which i really need it this semester - i guess eagerly i waited and waited and waited - and will continue to wait til the department calls me -
so, here i can again this semester - it's the last of my undergrad career - i wanted to make
it enjoyable yet interesting yet fruitful - i think all my classes has some kind of projects (and that's good) - and - i'll be working on a research subject with my AI prof - that would be really interesting !!

anyways - college ministry season - it's good - i think -
even though my group is kind of small, but i guess there's nothing
to be discouraged about - we've got a lot of people signed up saying they are
interested in checking us out - so i guess that's a plus ..

oh- i might go up to austin for a rally to end the genocide in Sudan - you should come too -
ya know - as Christians - and as humans - we should care about the welfare of others, even though they are like 10000s miles away - so - 1 pm on Saturday at the Capitol in Austion -

well - that's all i'm sayin.

peace out.
and um'

til then

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Man on a mission

i'm a man on a mission.
you'll know after you've talked to me.

get excited about the semester !

aggietech aka daniel

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Back in the heart of Texas

finally get to take a breather from my busy schedule of travelling from the last couple of weeks to work on some of my stuff (ie. homegroup action plans, comp sci research proposals and such) - it's great to be back in the heart of texas - and back in my favorite coffee shop (coffee station) - nothing beats a great coffee shop with great brews , sounds and decorations !! -
my summer was great - was kinda slow (and restful) until the last couple of weeks where i was travelling between 4-5 cities and 2 continents !

i am glad to be back in texas - culture shock !! yeah - after speaking mandarin for like 3 months, speaking english again is kinda weird - and trying to revert back to western minded kind of thinking with the eastern thought not far away - is kind of weird - but to be a east-westerner or west-easterner is important in this globalized world - to know the best of both cultures and take advantage of that fact will make a person - successful - i guess that's a business person would say.

anyways - i'm back !! still have a lot of stuff on my mind - especially again on intellectuals and Christianity -

well .... i'll write more on that later.

gig'em and peace out.


Saturday, July 15, 2006

Thinking about a lot of things (Part I)

There are much to be written about what i am thinking recently, from the books i've read, or situation that i've been in, or countries that i've visited - i'll try to come to some sort of organization for what i am thinking - it involves - pretty much everything from religion to technology to politics , conflicts between countries, and then about us - humans - and myself - obviously.

To start it off, i've been in multiple cities in multiple countries in the last couple of months, from my "home town" in the US to my "home town" in East Asia, there are much to be said, and much to be ponder about.

First of are things that we had taken for granted in the United States, from the technologies to food or sports - for one thing, as a follower of Christ, we've taken our faith and blessings for granted. As i am currently visiting the island of Taiwan, where the population of Christian are probably 2 to 3% which comparably lower than countries like Singapore, South Korea, and the US - but there are fervency here - some that i don't see in the States - the Christians here pray for revival and claim cities and neighborhood for Christ, they pray for healings of people's heart, they pray for physical healings, they are praying for God's glory to be displayed, in their country. The Christians here pray with authority that i felt we sometimes lacked in the States, have we stopped believing ?? or have we just sunked into the mindset of a Technopoly (i will refer to this book later) - where science had become our certainly, and not God ?? Let's just ask ourselves this question, who is constant, God? or the knowledge of this world ?? and who would we trust ??

if you've kept up with East Asian news lately, we all can see the struggle in Taiwan's democracy, where this "baby democracy" is still trying to learn how to be truly democratic, and how integrity is important , and how freedom needed to be used - very interestingly - just in the last couple of weeks and months, i can see that prayers are being offered for the Presidents, for the Parliament and such, for a government with Integrity - i hope this government will be truly transparent and truly free - and i am glad to be part of its audience as i watch it unfold ... and be part of the process by praying for it =)

Here's the next question i am going to pose - is United States getting less free - or have we just taken for granted of what we've know - or what we've inherited from previous generations of spiritual heroes ?? Have we gone soft of what we knew as truth ? Have we let the media or public opinion shaped the truth ?? I read some truly saddening news today where a valedictorian's speech was cut short (or blank out) because she mentioned her thankfulness to Christ as her savior - What is wrong with that speech ? A person truthfully thank her savior for saving her - yet doesn't have her rights to speak about that on her graduation ? In a free America ? what kind of argument is that? Persecution in America ? you tell me about that ...

I guess situations like that are fairly common lately, with the label of separation of Church and State , our country had taken away the opinion of my generation - we know the truth too - and when we share it, please do NOT shut us off ! Christians can be prominent figure too, we can be valedictorian as well, prominent scientists - even successful businessman , and stop branding us as backwards people, because we are NOT, and we refused to be branded as that -

okay, maybe i've written too much about that issue - let me know what you are thinking as you read this - and there's much more to come as far as what i think on other issues - definitely including the mid east conflict ... ahh ...

til then,
peace out,

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Football Madness - some 100 people gathered together to watch England vs Paraguay - England Won 1-0 Posted by Picasa

Music Fountain on Sentosa Island Posted by Picasa

Merlion ! - Mermaid + Lion Posted by Picasa

Capitol Hill ?? - Nope, Singapore Supreme Court Posted by Picasa

Mall with a Chinese Design Posted by Picasa

This is for you - Adri  Posted by Picasa

Singapore - where the east meets the west :-) Posted by Picasa

Welcome to Singapore ! Posted by Picasa

Monday, June 05, 2006

sitting in the airport , waiting for my plane to come ...

so here i go again - flying to singapore to visit my cousins then going to malaysia to visit the rest of my family.
my time in Taiwan had been great !! :o)
it was fun getting to know more about my parents ~ chill with them and such -
it was great getting involve with the local church , and getting to know the local believers - it was great ...
so , i am waiting for my plane to come - it time to really go home - ahh - bet ya don't know i am from malaysia - actually small town malaysia - i'll definitely post some pictures.

ok - for now - it's bye , til i see ya again.


Thursday, June 01, 2006

Sunshine and Rain

i love the rain - because it cleanses the city - and the atmosphere feels cooler and fresher after a pouring rain. i love walking in the rain and sang "Grace like rain" by Todd Agnew - to remind myself of the grace of God and we've been washed clean !

anyways - i've been in Taiwan for more than 2 weeks now - it's still a - um - crazy experience - at times i was really boring because i lived with my parents at the 14th and 15th floor of a condo-plex - or because i haven't attempt to drive yet - i do walk and take the bus - lol -
anyways - i got a chance to share at the youth service last weekend - i talked about Christ being our friend - see John 15:15 - Christ called us friends - not slaves, but friends because He's telling us stuff that He heard from His father - what a priviledge to know Christ as a friend - and that's eternal life - John 17:3 -

so - one thing i've realize while i am here - is the prayer of the believers for their country - i don't know how much we pray for our country in the US - we prayed for our own needs, maybe the needs of our church, or the needs of our bible study and such - but do we pray for our country - i am amazed - although the population of Christian in Taiwan is not as huge as the ones in North American, but their fervency and their passion is as huge as or even bigger Christians in places that are more Christianized - anyways - so - while we in the US (okay i am not for the moment -- ) need to pray for the revival and renewal in our country as well - prayer is important - the harvest is here , the kingdom is near.

i've made some new friends here - through the Christian Fellowship on the college campus that my parents teach at. A guy named Phil that is absolutely on fire for God - he leads the worship that we have in the middle of the campus, although we only have 5-6 people to start with, students do stop by and listen and sing with us from time to time, that is amazing - and Phil, is awesome, he loves hip hop and rap just like me - except he was like - man, hip hop in US is so messed up, because they used some much cussed word .. then i introduced him to KJ52 and such - haha - it's kinda hard to explain gospel rap, but oh well ..

well - there ya go ... my post for the week ..
i'll put some pics up soon - and i'll be travelling to s'pore and m'sia next week to meet
up with my counsins and go back to my hometown for a couple of days,
oh yeah ..
Sweet Home Alabama!
(ok - not exactly Bama, but feels like that - like the movie - going home - back to the roots ..)

please cont. to pray for me :o)

thanks, God bless.


Wednesday, May 24, 2006

My Primary Food Source - even in Asia - Filet O Fish ! Posted by Picasa

Bro and Sis Gangsta Post ... oh yeah ! Posted by Picasa

Shaved Ice Posted by Picasa

My sister and I at Taiwan Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The other side of the world

ni hao from the other side of the world,
i've safely made it to home in taiwan :o)
it was a long trip but it sure is nice to be able to be at home with my parents and sister.
i am still adjusting to the timezone, lifestyle, culture, language and such, prayer will be appreciated :o)

it had been great so far, had an opportunity to sat down and pray with my family yesterday, something we haven't done at a family in a while because i was always MIA when they get together with my sister.

today will be fun - well the first day that i will have other human contact then my family, and it's going to be challenging (i think) - to get to know other people, to make friends and to talk and share my faith and such. Last time i was here, i was very very shy, hopefully today will be a little different !

oh anyways - the view from my room is awesome, especially at like 6 oclock in the morning - since taiwan had long abolished daylight savings time (it is too confusing) , day usually dawned around 5:30 in the morning (actually that's like Oregon with day light savings ... haha) - so from my window at the 14th floor, i can see the sun shining down on the city - that is absolutely gorgeous !

anyways -
that's my post for now - i'll take some pics of view and post'em up here -

take care y'all.

love and peace.


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

this just came out a couple days ago,
check it out.

go KJ.

(can't stop dancing to hip hop music.)


the semester came to an end at 5/9/2006 - 5:30 pm.
i am a free man.

stuff to do before i leave town
- pack my stuff up (and store it in storage)
- pack for my trip
- pay my bills
- talk to prof about research
- find a sublease
- have fun as usual !

Monday, May 08, 2006

Sunrise , sunrise

it's been a while since i saw sun ray's in my own room,
i had them during my summers in Oregon where sun will rise and its rays will shine on my face to wake me up from my sleep ... today the same thing happened to my room in Texas - i guess after the thunderstorm last night, the sun decided to wake early and shine brightly, that was totally awesome. i am just starting my round of exams today, i thought i had a plan to study everything according to my time table, but i guess that doesn't really work out all the time - i am almost ready for today's test, but not tomorrow's ... i guess i am in a little bit of time crunch but hopefully i can pull it thru :o)
anyways - i'll be done by tuesday - and then the life after school (for 3 months) will began, what kind of journey awaits me ? it's still too early to tell, but i know next 3 months will be interesting, testing and hopefully enduring.

ah, how i miss the nature, mountains , waterfalls and beaches.
ah, how i miss the music, especially the smooth jazz that puts me into a happy mode ...
but, thank God for the day and a nice breeze in the middle of May,
especially in texas.

peace out,

Saturday, May 06, 2006

i guess i am not supposed to write this but i will ...

it's finals week, finally !
the semester really flew outta my hand like a baseball - once its gone, its gone - and it will break that window .. jk
i guess i decided to post something in the middle of finals week because i am not supposed to -
i've been posted on my xanga for my dead days junk - but i decided to switch back to blogger because i like blogger better -
last couple of days had been wonderful ! - see my post in
i think i am getting some studying done - not all - i hope to get at least my AI done tonight so i can start on other stuff like the OS final that i am sweating over -
anyways - last couple of weeks had been fun (and lots of ups and downs .. and whole lot of in between - mood wise ..)
i did get to go to Ring Dance last weekend, and that was fantastic :o)
just a thought - sometimes i wish that Ring Dance never ends - so the life can really be that dreamy (ya know - dances and such) ... but i know the dance did end, life just keeps on moving - sometimes i wish that church service will never ends - like um - sunday everyday to keep the spiritual momentum going - but it does (the corporate part anyways ...) ... so life goes on ...

i love finals week - because the library is packed and everybody is studying -
now A&M does look like Harvard or MIT (during finals only !) ...



well - if you are still reading this - shoot me back with something -
and i'll keep on posting.

oh btw i'll be in taiwan/m'sia for the summer - i'll def. keep everyone posted.

peace out.


Thursday, April 13, 2006

Andy Hunter

Shadow proves there's sunshine

i love Switchfoot - their songs prove to be inspiring - the Nothing is Sound LP might seemed darker and rock harder than their other CDs, but i love it, i love the reality of it.
I've just read thru a book by Billy Graham on his last crusade in the NYC, i like how he is so relevant to our generation although he's pretty old, i love the examples that he drew from different sources, from MTV to BillBoard to Madonna, yet he stayed true to the message of Christ, reminding people the Gospel in the midst of this dark world. I didn't know that one of the most requested song / popular song is "Satisfaction" , "i can't get no satisfaction" is what they sang, and yet that is so true, i can't get no satisfaction, at my job , at my school, or my relationships with others. Sometimes i feel empty, just because my circumstances is down, or when i am very insecure - thinking what would other people think of me, or what would the next girl that i meet will have the first impression about me - sometimes i don't really care, i can be straight to your face and let you know the truth and be myself -

sometimes when i am down i just turned up my speakers and blasted away in my car with Avril jammin' out loud that makes the situation even worse - sometimes i can jammed with Andy Hunter's Techno music to just get me into my mood -
i guess i relied on outside influences too much sometimes - always hoping that the right song will come on the radio that kicks me into certain mode - like "Jesus takes the wheel" by Carrie Underwood or "Jesus walks" by Kanye or "Breakaway" by Kelly that lauches me into working coding mode - seems like i know there's one constant point in my life - which is Christ, yet sometimes i rely so little on it - i was so frustrated yesterday that i called my buddy up - and trust me i was emotional and crazy - he asked me to calm down - go pray - then call - don't just call him next time if i am in the drama king mode - haha - there's quite a bit of truth in that - i know the importance of community and accountability as Christians - yet another important thing - solitude with Christ and going to Him because He's the constant point of our lives is important too - that strikes accord in my heart again.

anyways - all those ramblings - just to make one point -
"spend time with Christ - go to Him in prayer and listen to Him"
that's the point.


Thursday, March 09, 2006


They are free
yet they are slaves
of the hurting and dirty and dying.
What is the vision?
The vision is holiness that hurts the eyes.
It makes children laugh and adults angry.
It gave up the game of minimum integrity long ago to reach for the stars.
It scorns the good and strains for the best.
It is dangerously pure.
Light flickers from every secret motive,every private conversation.
It loves people away from their suicide leaps,their Satan games.
…And this vision will be.
It will come to pass;
it will come easily;it will come soon.
How do I know?
Because this is the longing of creation itself,
the groaning of the Spirit,the very dream of God.
—Pete Greig, excerpted from The Vision

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Rainy day in Texas

It's a rainy day in Texas,
it's rainy and cold,
much the the Pacific northwest,
i love sitting in the coffee shop during a day like this,
talking with my best friend over a cup of warm coffee,
i missed days like that,
where it's just too cold to do anything else,
thus i am going to enjoy today,
it's a perfect day for the winter (spring is not here yet!),
it's a perfect day for deep thoughts and reflection,
it's a perfect day ... to let the weather be depressed but not me,
it's a rainy day in Texas.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Love for Enemies

Matthew 5
43"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.' 44But I tell you: Love your enemies[b] and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Monday, February 06, 2006


Proverbs 21:21 (New International Version)

21 He who pursues righteousness and love
finds life, prosperity [a] and honor.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006


sometimes i just want to be normal,
normal life normal school normal day,
sometimes i just want to hop on Highway 6 and go home,
spend time with my dad and cook with my mom in the kitchen,
or go outside and play catch with my sister,
sometimes i just want to be normal,
go on dates like everyone else,
and marry the girl of my dream,
sometimes i just want to be normal,
normal like free,
jump into the pool or shout at the beach,
and be who i want to be,
sometimes i just want to be normal,
but then normal would imply being abnormal,
i guess life is not normal as it seems,
as the American dream that make sense to you and me,
like Switchfoot singing meant to live,
are we living as life is a gift,
or a burden that would better off not bear at all,
i guess i am not normal as it seems,
i'll fly home to greet my folk,
still spend time with my dad on the street back home,
cooking with my mom on the 15th floor,
overlook the city with my sister,
maybe there's where i belong,
maybe i don't belong anywhere,
this is my life,
a gift from God that is too great to deny,
to bring Him glory and honor and praise,
to live the way i was made,
as Chris Tomlin sings,
and the curtain rises,
we'll bloom tomorrow,
just like those roses.

Monday, January 23, 2006

City lights and Dreamy nites ...

City lights and Dreamy nites,
how far can we go before we fall down on our face,
recognizing our own failures and weakness,
knowing that we can't have it all,
or have it at all,
what are you waiting for?

Playlist -
Coldplay - Til Kingdom Come, Fix you
U2 - Sometimes you can't make it on your own
Keane - Bend and Break

Cold Night

it's another cold night down in Texas,
sandwiched between the sunny days and rainy days,
just like the emotions,
loneliness was what i felt,
for hours after much of soul searching,
joyfulness and happiness is what i found,
for hours after endless hanging out with my favourite friends,
it seems like season comes and season goes,
what i can treasure most is now,
with friends that i love most,
these are the days,
these are the ways be lived,
like Kanye rappin',
nothing ever promise tomorrow,
except the sun will rise,
and the rain will fall on everyone,
and God's mercy is raining down on us,
and again,
thus let's live it ...
to the fullest.


Thursday, January 19, 2006

Get fixed

Fix You - Coldplay
When you try your best but you don't succeed
When you get what you want but not what you need
When you feel so tired but you can't sleep
Stuck in reverse

And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can't replace
when you love some one but it goes to waste
could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

And high up above or down below
When you're too in love to let it go
But if you never try you'll never know
Just what you're worth

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

Tears stream down your face
When you lose something you cannot replace
Tears stream down your face
And I

Tears stream down your face
I promise you I will learn from my mistakes
Tears stream down your face
And I

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Boston !!  Posted by Picasa