Imaginative (and silly) childhood activities

Over dinner last night, Sarah and I started recalling the things we did and played when we were children. We were bursting into peals of laughter as we thought about the silly, naughty and imaginative activities we were involved in, some of which really amused DR as we related these stories to him. Here are some:

1. While on supermarket trips with mom, Sarah would sometimes go and squeeze the mangoes and apples real hard. Reeeaaaalllly hard.

2. After being discovered by me for reading my diary post on my list of crushes, Sarah who was then 9 years old tore out that page from my diary and swallowed it in panic.

3. We once twirled around in circles until we had the vertigo effect. We immediately collapsed on our beds and suffered a fever for the next couple of days.

4. We played “masak masak” (make-believe family) where Sarah was the mom and I was the daughter. Problem was she was the younger sister.

5. We used to pretend to burn paper money – by throwing pieces of toilet paper while kneeling at the toilet bowl in mock grief. Watched one too many Channel 8 dramas. Sigh.

6. Joe joe recently reminded me that I invented a bicycle game called “Adventure Ride” where somebody would lead a few of us on bikes by cycling really quickly with no prior plans about where we would go. There could be sudden swerves midway!

7. “Water babies” – a game Angie, Sarah and I used to play when in the bathroom in primary school when we had stayovers. We basically just soaped up the entire bathroom floor and ourselves to make everything slippery -.-

What PSI 321 revealed to me

When Singapore’s PSI soared just this Wednesday evening to 321, people were frantic and complaining how the haze was a major hazard. I was one of those who would also check the PSI on the NEA website and lament about the suffocating smoke. However, that same day, another university acquaintance posted a radically refreshing message on Facebook.

While the social media were abuzz with plenty of complaints and laments, this university acquaintance actually posted, “God bless Indonesia… may the land produce a good harvest for them!”. His message drew me back to the Bible where Jesus had asked us to love our enemies and even bless them when they curse you. Such radical love and blessing of others are what we have been called to do. This message led me to continue to think about God’s word.

As I pondered about God and His word in the midst of fear, anxieties and complaints, I wondered if I was behaving like an Israelite – complaining and asking God for short-term relief, forgetting God’s greatness after a magnificent exodus from Egypt. God then revealed his greatness to me. Oftentimes, Singapore thinks she has it all – good governance, robust infrastructure, first-class talents, clean streets… But through this haze caused by the burning of Indonesia’s forests, God demonstrated that He is the sovereign one. Much as we always like to think that we can have everything, take control and shape our own destiny, we realise that sometimes there are adversities that are simply beyond our control, just like this haze. Singapore has clean air, water and always lauded for having no pollution etc… but when palm oil producers in Indonesia decide to slash and burn the forests, we are as helpless as a newborn babe. This is when I realise that Man is so limited. However, God remains sovereign above all. Knowing this in my heart then quelled my anxieties about bad health caused by the haze and got rid of the incessant checking of PSI.

I’ll take the haze as it comes because I believe God is in control amidst this seemingly hopeless situation. Let’s all continue to pray!

Killing the cockroach with God

You may be laughing at the title of this blog post but yes, I did kill the cockroach(es) with God.

One morning, DR told me he saw a baby cockroach scurrying across our table but he couldn’t it crush it in time. We were all rushing for work so there was no way to hunt this baby roach. I was scared as the existence of a baby roach meant that there could be roaches elsewhere. That morning, I prayed hard to God, asking Him to kill it… Though the fear of that roach crawling on my bed crossed my mind (URRRGGGGHHH), I quickly submitted these fears to God and continued to ask of the Lord to kill it.

That same evening, as I stepped into my dad’s room, I saw a teeny weeny, roach-like creature… And that moment, I knew God had answered my prayer as I went forward to crush and flush it down the toilet bowl. From then, I had a peace of mind.

That was one week ago.

Today, a small roach appeared as I was clearing the dustbin in our room. I managed to kill it and instinctively, I had that feeling this roach was the one that DR saw last week. I noticed that this roach had some sort of colour at its back so I texted DR to confirm. It was confirmed – the one I killed today was the roach DR saw last week. I thank the Lord for allowing me to see it and then kill it. So yes, two cockroaches killed; the first one to calm my imaginative, fearful mind and the second, to confirm that the actual cockroach had been killed.

I learnt two lessons:

1) When God wants to accomplish something, in this case killing the cockroach, He does it through human hands so that He can receive the glory.

2) I need to clean our room properly :S



Don’t pay late!

The price of late payment for my UOB credit card?

$20.36 for paying two days late. This translates to paying out $10.18 in interest per day!! $%^&*^&*

I was aghast when I saw the amount of interest I had to pay for being late. So, please, remember to pay your credit card bills promptly. It’s really not worth paying the penalty for late payment with such a high interest rate… :/


[Post-edit: Found out that I was actually charged $50 for late charges and $20.36 for interests! Gave a call to UOB to get them to waive these late charges.. I will know whether I get the waiver next month.]