I was attracted by Tangkak beef noodle ... but no longer so. The beef noodle has changed from big bowl to smaller bowl; full bowl of tasty soup has been reduced to half bowl; junky beef meat has been chopped to small cube, like the Rubik's cubes... the beef noodle there attracts me no more, and I do not see the need to be at Tangkak. （See old post)
But the Holy Spirit has called on me today:"go to Tangkak...".
Has the Spirit found a new beef noodle stall that serves original Tangkak beef noddle?!?
No. The normal stall that I went was on the right, whereas the Spirit called me today to turn left!
At about 11:15 am this morning (Friday 23/09/2011), my wife and I arrived at the traffic junction in the middle of Tangkak Town. I did not turn right as usual to the Tangkak beef noodle stall ... instead, following the prompting of the Spirit , I turned left....
After traveling for about half a kilometer, I reached my destination on right : The Church of St. Matthew, Tangkak.
There a kind looking elder and a bearded man (not St.Matthew, but a learned man）were waiting for me!
This was my first ever one-to-one encounter with the elder, and first time with the bearded man after a 3-year absence.
Yes, I was there to meet up with the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. John Yu and the immediate past Superior-General of CDD, Rev. Fr. Stephen Ng.
The Spirit works in a mysterious way ... never mind why I was at the St. Matthew's Church, and why Fr. Stephen was there too... What was important : The Name of the Lord has been manifested ... Alleluia!!
Fr. Stephen has completed his terms as the Superior-General of CDD last year and returned to Malaysia from Taiwan about 5 months ago. Currently he is on Sabbatical leave and residing at the CDD House in Pulau Gadung, Melaka.
Shedding fair skin of northern hemisphere, he is now tanned and radiant, looks younger and rejuvenated by the tropical sun. And this is the familiar Fr. Stephen I used to know!!
He was here on the invitation of Fr. Yu to celebrate the Feast of St. Matthew, patron saint of the parish.
I was honored and blessed to meet Fr. Yu, a respected and well-loved senior priest in the Johor-Melaka Diocese. I had the opportunity to lunch with him and acquaint him through his sharing, thus deepened my respect and admiration of this loyal servant of Christ.
I was impressed by his agility, and moving up steps with ease. I asked him what was his secret of health.
Besides sharing his daily regimented healthy life style, he presented me a few words of wisdom:
1. Rise early daily, 2. Exercise daily, 3. Eat moderately and 4. Don't worry
Fr. Yu rises everyday around 5:00 am and follows by exercise. He has formulated his own exercise routine and doing them without fail for more than 50 years.
He serves the Lord with joy and peace in his heart. He is one of the very few priests who conduct Catechism classes for young children. He reckoned the initiation of religious instructions to young children (pre-Communion) is a an important phase and foundation of faith education.
He also shared on the touching faith journey of his own father. And because of his father, he became priest.
Fr. Yu came from a staunch Buddhist family in the North-Eastern province of Jilin in China. He vividly recalled his experiences of chanting Buddhist prayers during his childhood days. His father converted secretly to Catholicism without the knowledge of his parents and family. He faith was tested severely, just like Job in the old testament. He courageously persevered, his faith stood firm and solid. God blessed him, God rewarded him later .... And he managed to pursue his auntie to enter a religious order, and sent 0his son (Fr. Yu) to the seminary!
I was not able to detail his sharing but hope that his story of faithfulness and courage, services to the people of God would be broadly publicised, as a great example to younger generation, to promote priestly and religious vocation.
Fr. Yu later brought us to view the newly open church (open on 9-10-2011) and its facilities.
It is a spacious, practical and comfortable church. There are classrooms, meeting rooms, a small library and a hall. It is very suitable for organising youth activities.
The church is situated at the center of town, with peaceful and quiet surroundings.
With a joyful heart but reluctantly, we bid goodbye to Fr. Yu and Fr. Stephen at about 2:00 pm, and continued our journey to .... Johor Baru!
Generally, she is healthy, no hBp, no diabetic, good appetite, good memory (better than me)，though legs muscles weaken,but can walk about without help 基本上她还算健康，没有高血压，没有糖尿，好胃口，记忆良好（比我还好），脚虽点弱，还能步行自然
How are you? I guessed all of you are well and jolly.
I have visited your mother today, and she was tears welling as always. She has "shrunk" further and her voice was distinctly weaker.
She repeatedly telling me "asking God to take me away, life is no meaning at all". However, she still longing one of you would take her home. She has packed all her belongings in plastic bags and placed them on the bed, so when the day comes, she can leave this place immediately.
I have spoken to her that when she dies, I would not attend her wake, would not attend her funeral .... I have done my part as an old friend, visiting and comforting her when possible. What I do after her death is no importance at all, it is for show to the living only. But deep down in my heart, it is my reluctance to see her filial children "sad faces" at her funeral ......that preventing me to do so.
I understand the difficulties that you children face looking after old people. But visiting her at the old folks home, showing care and concern is least you guys can do, and the only thing she is looking for .... She is feeling being abandoned!
One of the workers told me that, your mother was feeling down and sad whenever she saw visitors coming with food and .....LOVE to see their loved ones.
When I told you guys your mother's feeling and yearning to be home the first time you sent her to a Home, I knew that you all took me as a busy body and trouble maker.
Inspite of our friendship, especially your mother with me, none of you informed me whenever she was sent into a Home or changing of one Home to another.... I am a busy body and trouble maker.
If she were to continue to be "trapped and suffered" in old folks home, I sincerely wish that God would grant her wish .... she is more than 80 years old, and has had enough....
Visitors would see this chapel in the middle as they enter into the Monastery 访客在进入修院后，马上见到这修院中部的小教堂
Interior of the Chapel 小教堂内部
This morning, I brought Fr. Peter to Serdang Hospital for anointing of a coma patient.
Due to rain and short of time, I drove Fr. Peter to the Carmelite Monastery in Seremban immediately after the hospital visit (otherwise he would have driven himself). It was my first visit to the Monastery which was opened about 2 years ago.
The Monastery was parched on top of a hill with good view of surrounding area. It is bigger, more comfortable and beautiful than the old one in Mantin.
We arrived at about 11:20 am. Fr. Peter was there to administer Sacrament of Reconciliation for the Carmelite sisters.
The sisters prepared lunch for both of us.
The thoughtful sisters, despite their own vegetarian diet, prepared quite a delicious meal specially for us.
Our Lady of Carmel, Pray for me sinner and my family!
It was an exciting and adventurous holiday in Cameron Highlands.
14/9, we left our apartment at about 9:00 am and headed towards Boh tea Sungai Palas plantations which was about 9 Kms away off the main road.
The road to Sg Palas plantation is narrow and winding. It is advisable to honk at certain sharp corners to alert cars coming from opposite direction.
It is a lovely and sprawling plantations with tea plants grown on rolling hills stretching as far as eyes can see.
We spent almost two hours at the modern and comfortable cafe with viewing deck, drinking the famous Boh tea, enjoying cakes and scones, admiring the beautiful surrounding.
After Boh plantation, we decided to put our adventure spirit to test - driving up to Gunung Brichang (Mount Brinchang) which is at the western end of Boh plantations.
It was misty and the road was wet after rain. Our sturdy and faithful Toyota Unser brought us to the end of the road of Mt. Brinchang which is 2031 metres, believed to be the highest road in Peninsular Malaysia! (Genting Highlands is 1860 metres).
Due to heavy mist, we were not able to have a good view of surrounding areas except the communication towers built by Telecom Malaysia.
It was a GREAT feat for us ... a man and three ladies, a boy and a toddler, drove on the highest road in Peninsular Malaysia, not with a 4-WD, with a family MPV ... albeit an economy version!
About 4:00 pm in the afternoon, we met up with a mutual farmer friend Mr. Ng who has a vegetable farm at Kg Raja, 10 kms from our hotel.
It was away from the beaten track and needed a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get there. We enjoyed our ride at the back of truck.
We were surprised to see such a big area of farm in Kg Raja which is mostly parched on steep hills. We admired and respect the hard working and innovative highlands farmers.
Mr. Ng planted mainly Choi sum, big Bak Choi and small Bak Choi, sold to an agent of a hypermarket. His farm produces about three to four hundred kilograms of vegetables daily.
He led us round his farm explaining the growing process and schedule of his produce. He is a third generation farmer succeeded from his father.
Currently he faces worker shortage. The situation was made worse by the recent government 6P foreign workers registration program.
Mr. Ng is a very generous man, besides giving us tens of kilograms of vegetables, sweet potatoes and corns, he insisted buying us dinner before saying goodbye after the visit.
The restaurant we went was famous among the locals. We have local dishes with local ingredients, especially Big Bak Choi freshly plucked from Mr. Ng's farm... DELICOUS !
On the next day 15/9 morning, we visited Paul and Cindy, formerly residing in Kajang. We have a brief visit to their flower farm before saying goodbye.
Side A: 1.) Higher fatality on the roads - Deputy Inspector General of Police (IGP) was saddened by the increase road accidents and 289 deaths during the 13 days Hari Raya period despite more policemen deployed on the roads.
Side B: 1.) Police are unable to cope with the summons and warrants of arrest issued to motorists .... so every now and then offered 50% discount to encourage motorists to settle their summons. Better still, many motorist take the short cut, before summons being issued, on the scene "out of pocket" settlement is better than "out of court" settlement! Save time and less trouble ... Summons? no big deal!
So Malaysian motorists have no fear of the law!
Side A: 2) Wah !!! every body is pretending to be surprise that we have registered more than 1.3 million of illegals ....... don't worry, more illegals would continue to come to our country, by land and sea. If you throw a stone in a night market, the chances of hitting an illegal is 50-50.
Side B: 2) Have no fear, we have all types of operation of amnesty for the illegals. Recently we have the 6P illegal registration progamme ..... and a present of a 3-year work permit... everybody is happy, everybody is making money. No Malaysian Identity card? No legal paper? Don't worry, just make sure your pocket got money!
Side A: 3) Primary students fallen ill after drinking the 1 Malaysia milk .... diarrhea, vomiting....
Side B: 3) More students' health would be compromised .... The school free milk project has been stopped many years ago due to many problems.... students fallen ill, milk poisoning ....
But it is such a lucrative project ... no one would give up easily. So re-branding needed.Free milk project closed, 1 (WANT) Malaysia Milk is not good? try 4 (FOR) Malaysia .... how about 8 (EAT) Malaysia ?!!
Side A: 4.) Lynas Rare earth plant is surely here to stay despite protests, appeal and experts opinions...and lesson learned from Mitsubishi Rare Earth Refinery in Bukit Merah, Perak which was closed in 1992.
Bloody smart Australian sell rare earth for profit and Malaysia kept the waste ...very toxic waste for generations of Malaysians. Smart business plan!
Side B: 4.) Australians had bribed Malaysians to get money printing job from Central Bank Malaysia.... So not surprise we have many supporters of Lynas plant here...
Furthermore, millions of dollars has been pumped into the building of the plants in Gebeng, Kuantan. It is quite impossible for the Pahang state and Federal government agencies to order Lynas to close down and go home ...(the plant is wholly owned by Lynas Australia).
And no one is willing to return $$$$$ pocketed .....
BTW, our transactions accept no coins but notes only!
A 面） 全国副总警长很悲伤的看到今年的开斋节假期，警方虽然增加了执法人员，交通意外及死亡人数（289人）仍然升高了。
B 面） 警方不能清理发出的交通罚单及逮捕令，所以常会给予50%折扣鼓励驾驶人士前来清还。有的驾车人士或骑士更聪明的，在还没有开罚单之前，就在现场“口袋外”和解，比“庭外”和解更有效和快捷。交通罚单。。。算得上什么！
B 面）外劳们绝不害怕。我国长至五年，短则三年，都会有很多的大赦行动，开放大门给他们回去，然后再偷渡回来。最近有的就是6P 非法外劳漂白登记行动，加上一份三年的工作准证 。。。 大家都高兴得意，因为大家都可以 make money !没有准证？没有合法文件，没问题，最重要的你的袋子有 MONEY !