Monday, July 13, 2009

Keep God out of football?

Kaka in ‘I Belong to Jesus’ T-shirt during the Confederations Cup final last month

The headline really caught my eyes and I can't help it but search and find what actually it's all about.
FIFA has sparked controversy after disciplining the Brazilian team for overt displays of Christianity during a match. Stars including £56million Real Madrid forward Kaka and captain Lucio revealed T-shirts with devout slogans such as ‘I Belong to Jesus’ and ‘I Love God’ during the Confederations Cup final last month. Now FIFA has risked accusations of being ‘anti-religious’ by reminding Brazil of its guidelines banning players from making displays of a personal, religious or political nature on the football pitch.

Seeing it, first of all I have to comment my respect to the international superstar player for his dedicated faith in Christ, unashamedly confessing that he belong to Jesus. I believe this is how he wants to give God the glory and praise in his football matches after making scores. Truly bringing God to his work.

Secondly, can FIFA actually keep God out of football? I don't thing so. Hey, God likes football too. That's why it is still existed until now.

This news really encouraging knowing that there are still people like Kaka an international stardom person would choose to live his life for God. Brabo!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Managing money doesn’t restrict freedom

I read this article from Get Rich Slowly and found it very interesting, useful and practical. Most important the author actually have used it and found it works for their life. Here is the part article for reading.
The JARS Money Management System
Then we started using the JARS money management system discussed in Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.

How to use the JARS system
Here are the jars and a short description of each one.

  • Necessity account (NEC - 55%): This account is for managing your everyday expenses and bills. This would include things like your rent, mortgage, utilities, bills, taxes, food, clothes, etc. Basically it includes anything that you need to live, the necessities.
  • Financial freedom account (FFA - 10%): This is your golden goose. This jar is your ticket to financial freedom. The money that you put into this jar is used for investments and building your passive income streams. You never spend this money. The only time you would spend this money is once you become financially free. Even then you would only spend the returns on your investment. Never spend the principal.
  • Education account (EDU - 10%): Money in this jar is meant to further your education and personal growth. An investment in yourself is a great way to use your money. You are your most valuable asset. Never forget this. I have used education money to purchase books, CD’s, courses or anything else that has educational value.
  • Long-term saving for spending account (LTSS - 10%): The money in this jar is for the bigger nice to have purchases. My wife and I have used the money from this account to go skiing in The Rockies in Whistler, BC. We also used this money last September for our trip to Italy and Switzerland. The only reason we’ve been able to make this happen is because we’ve accumulated a nice sum each month in our LTSS. A small monthly contribution can go a long way.
  • Play account (PLAY - 10%): This is my favorite account. PLAY money is spent every month on purchases you wouldn’t normally make. The purpose of this jar is to nurture yourself. You could purchase an expensive bottle of wine at dinner, get a massage or go on a weekend getaway. Play can be anything your heart desires. My wife and I each receive our own play money, and here’s the best part. We’re not allowed to ask what the other person spends their money on.
  • Give Account (GIVE - 5%): The money in this account is for giving away. Trisha and I give money every month to the Sick Kids Hospital Foundation. We also use the money in this jar to give to family and friends on birthdays, special occasions and holidays. You can also give away your time as opposed to giving away money. You could house sit for a neighbor, take a friends dog for a walk or volunteer in your community.

How the JARS work
Here is a sketch of how we use the jars. Actually, we don’t use jars at all. All of our accounts are electronic savings accounts with our necessity (NEC) account being the only exception; it’s a checking account. Trisha and I deposit all of our personal income into our necessity account. The money in our necessity account pays for all of our expenses. The remaining money is distributed into five other accounts.

I learned very early in the process that the jar percentages are not critical. To guarantee your financial success, just start using the system and build the habit. This is the key. It doesn’t have to be perfect when you start.

Managing money doesn’t restrict freedom — it creates freedom.

Monday, July 6, 2009

At what age should discipline begin?

There should be no physical punishment for a child younger than 15 to 18 months old, regardless of the circumstances.

An infant is incapable of comprehending his or her “offence” or associating it with the resulting consequences. Some parents do not agree and find themselves “swatting” a baby for wiggling while being diapered or for crying in the midnight hours. This is a terrible mistake.

Other parents will shake a child violently when they are frustrated or irritated by the incessant crying. Let me warn those mothers and fathers of the dangers of that punishing response.

Shaking an infant can cause serious neurological damage, which can occur as the brain is slammed against the skull. Do not risk any kind of injury with a baby!

Especially during the first year, a youngster needs to be held, loved, and calmed by a soothing human voice. He should be fed when hungry and kept clean and dry and warm. The foundation for emotional and physical health is laid during this 12-month period, which should be characterised by security, affection, and warmth.
This article was written by Focus on the Family Malaysia (www.family.org.my) and the Questions and Answers are extracted from “Complete Family and Marriage Home Reference Guide” by Dr James Dobson with permission.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Fishy birthday

This time around, mummy birthday was celebrated among fish.....literally so to say.

Together with the kids, I brought the whole clan to KLCC Aquaria making it a family birthday getaway. It has been some time the kids and us visited any new places. Furthermore ever since the 3 weeks self imposed quarantine, the kids and us really looking for a break. So it was a look forward to occasion. I was on leave for that purpose.

After visiting KLCC Aquaria, we also drop by to Pavillion which is very near by. So we managed to kill two birds with one stone that day. Both places were our first time visiting it. It was fun.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Keep in touch......cyberway

You name it.

There is just no excuse you or me unable to get connected or stay in touch with people, friends, family etc.

I recently get hook up by Skype. Not that I just found out their existance. But it really came into my family life at the proper or right time. Well, back again to our kids recent Hand, Foot and Mouth infection expisode. Reanne and Ivan were grounded and so are we (besides going to work and mommy gotto stay closed to take care). We were in a way cut off from the outside world especially from love ones and close friends.

Our children unable to visit and see their grandba (Ah Kong) and grandma (Ah Ma). The grandparents missed them a lot indeed. So also their Ah Ye (3 of them). That when I seriously look into ways for them to get in touch. Then I found Skype is the most friendly and reliable among the few furthermore it is totally free via internet (only paying the internet not the call).

One thing leads to another and now the kids able to get in touch with their Ah Kong, Ah Ma and Ah Ye(s) via Skype video chatting. Last few days they were setting up Skype and buying the necessary webcam and mic for that purposes. Just superb. It is a totally new experience in getting in touch with people. So far and yet so close thanks to technology.

That makes it totally no excuse unable to get in touch.

P.s: My Skype ID is chunkiat2u

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Just amazing


That says it all, I believe.

Just amazing how God so swiftly works His wonders and grace. In less then one month after Soo Pei resigned and quit her current job to become stay-at-home mom, doors were opened for her to be able to do freelance works at home. She already managed to complete two projects. One of the project already able to compensate her last working salary. Praise God. Again I said it is just amazing. This is what she always wanted to do.........first able to put on the full time mother role and then simultaneously able to make an income. Anyway not easy though. But worth doing it.

It was really not an easy decision to make earlier quiting her job. For one our family finance will be affected. Multiple commitments is on our shoulders.....house, car, kids etc. But the prompting of her heart is enough to convince her to go for it. I must confess her faith is much bigger than mine. I am always too calculative in my move. Think this and that. Hmmmm....

After seeing His wonderful provision, we are looking forward to see more opening from God. At the same time not forgetting to give back to His kingdom as well.

Belated Father's Day

I received this belated Father's Day gift from the Children Ministry Sunday School last Sunday as I was not around when the Church celebrated it. In fact my whole family didn't attend due to the children Hand, Foot and Mouth disease episode last 2 weeks or so.

It is a tradition for our Church to celebrate the Mother's and Father's day where children will present gift to their respective parents.

The cute gift was a key chain made from giant safety pins beautified with colorful beads forming 'I love DAD' wording. Not forgetting the wonderful chocolate bars. Thanks guys.


New Cheque clearing system enforced

Bank Negara has announced the nationwide rollout of the cheque truncation and cheque conversion system (CTCS) with effect from today. With the rollout, the cheque clearing system in Malaysia will be driven by the transmission of cheque images and data between banks and the clearing house compared with the current physical exchange of cheques.

In a statement yesterday, the central bank said the CTCS system was now managed and operated by Malaysian Electronic Clearing Corp Sdn Bhd (MyClear). MyClear is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank Negara that commence operations on Jan 2.

Bank Negara also said that from September 1, only the newly-designed cheques conforming to the eSPICK Cheque Design Standards and Specifications will be accepted by banks for clearing. Consumers are advised to exchange their unused old-design cheques for the new-designed cheques with their respective banks.

Outstation and local cheques will be cleared on the same day and funds will be credited to the depositor's account no more than two days later. However, in Kelantan and Terengganu which have different weekend bank holidays, cheques deposited on Sunday will require an additional working day for funds to be made available into the depositors' accounts