Friday, April 3, 2020

My Reflection Journey - (Specially Dedicated To Those in the Medical & Service Line)


A couple of days ago, I had read on Facebook about an Italian couple who were nurses and had been called back to work in their working place, to aid with the increasing number of the coronavirus cases. Maybe some of you may have read the story.

Anyway, this couple had two children and they had to leave them with their parents. As the number of coronavirus cases had been increasing day by day, the couple soon found that it was impossible to even see or talk to each other as they were running up and down treating patients.

Finally, for a brief moment they had the time to look at each other's eyes, probably wondering and having conversations in their minds telepathically like, “When will we have the time to be together again”, “When can we see the children and spend time with them again”, etc.. and they both pulled down the mask they had on and exchanged a kiss. Then without wasting time, they put it back again to carry on with their work. Little did they know that their parents had also caught onto the virus and had passed on while they were working.  No sooner after that they both had caught on to the virus as well and passed away, not knowing that the day when they exchanged the kiss, was the last time they would see each other alive. A picture of this couple was taken when they pulled down the mask to exchange the kiss amidst all what was happening around them.

This story really moved me and I found myself in tears. Their story is an inspiration for those who are called to the medical line especially those frontline. Guess, the day when anyone decides to say "Yes" in becoming a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or anybody in the medical and service line, was the day they were called in their jobs to a lifetime of service bringing Christ’s love to others without realising it.

When I used to tell my friends who had chosen the medical line as a career path that they had made a lifetime commitment to their jobs, they would either nod their heads listening to my thoughts or have no idea what I was talking about.  I could understand that answer as some of them only chose that career path, as their parents told them too. Of course it would be different if they had chosen that career path on their own. Then, it would mean that they had a deep desire in wanting to help and cure people.

Today, with our current situation and all that we are facing especially with people contracting the virus, they do need all our support, prayers, encouragement and strength. Everyday is a challenge as they watch people heal and die. It's not easy, because just like us, they are human beings. It is important they know that they are cherished and loved always as they may not come back alive. If you can't see them, I would encourage one to send a text or What's App message or even call when they are off duty to these people, if you do know them personally. I’m sure that they would really appreciate it.  You never know its little things like this that keeps them going.

Likewise, we should also try do this for our family, relatives, friends and etc.. during this season of LENT. We should not only try doing it because of LENT but for always.  I am sure that this Lenten experience is something different for all of us. With all of us not being able to participate for Mass and Way of The Cross as a community, it opens our eyes and makes us appreciate being able to go to Church daily and during the weekends to receive the Eucharist.  For me personally, I missed serving at church and seeing the people that I used too.  The wanting of hugging them and saying, “Peace Be With You” or “How Have You Been? I missed my friends and the Choir practices.  Perhaps, God is telling us something. Are we really listening?  As we go through this movement control order, I believe it’s a good time for us to reflect on ourselves and be better persons not only to our loved ones but to the people around us.  It is a time of grace for us to be closer to God through prayer, to reconcile and forgive as well, so that we can experience God’s love, peace and joy in our hearts.  May we also take the time to meditate on the Word of God which is the food for our soul, so that our actions can bring the love of God to everyone and we can light each other’s candle.  Pray as well that God will give us the courage and strength to go through this stormy period and His mercy be upon us all.

By the way, if you are moved after reading this reflection, you’re most welcome to share with anyone whom you may think needs it.

Monday, January 27, 2020

CHOICE English KL brings joy to the Myanmar community

Three different Catholic Myanmar community homes in the city welcomed Christmas with carols sung by the youths from CHOICE English Kuala Lumpur (CEKL) on December 22.



KUALA LUMPUR: Three different Catholic Myanmar community homes in the city welcomed Christmas with carols sung by the youths from CHOICE English Kuala Lumpur (CEKL) on December 22. With the Extraordinary Missionary Year 2019 drawing to a close, this outreach was held in line with one of the four dimensions called upon by the Holy Father, to undertake missionary charity among the poor and the marginalised as a commitment with the whole Church.

First on the list was the Lai Catholic Community of Malaysia centre in Jalan Sungai Besi. The youths were warmly welcomed by the catechist Steven, together with his congregation of over 30 members. After a short prayer session and several carols, the youths were treated to a surprise when members of the community responded by singing a carol in their native language. When asked about the significance, they explained that the lyrics were about their continued faith in the Lord and the hope of their people for a better future.

The second centre visited was the Zutong Community Chapel Centre (ZNCC), located along Jalan Loke Yew. The youths were greeted by the many happy faces of mostly young children, whose parents had yet to return from their workplaces. The community leader Sebastian, showed his talents on the keyboard as both he and his congregation danced and sang along with the youths in joy ful unison.

The third and final visit was to the Zaniet Catholic community, a home comprising of five families. The youths were warmly hosted by David, who was lost for words trying to explain his joy at meeting the carollers. A year ago a number of youths from CEKL had been by to sing carols for them and he was very grateful that they had kept their promise to return this year.

Most of the youths were taken in by the generous hospitality and humility possessed by the migrant communities, who continue to keep the Lord in their hearts despite their daily trials and tribulations. “We plan to make this into an annual event,” said Andrew Arul, coordinator for CEKL. He has also earmarked similar outreaches as part of the their regular MAD (Make a Difference) projects. — By Steven Raj




Thursday, November 21, 2019

#RE-LIVING MY CHOICE EXPERIENCE


CHOICE RETREAT- 9/11/2019 & 10/11/2019

#RE Live Your Weekend


My CHOICE Family 

When I decided to attend this retreat, I didn’t know what to expect and just went with the flow.  I was amazed and found the sessions conducted by Kumar and his wife Monica were very enriching and involved most of us to use our heads to think and digest.


The phrase “Be Still And Know I’m Here” which he mentioned during the session caught my attention.  Then when we were given some time to be alone with ourselves on the second day, taking deep breaths, hearing the sound and seeing the waves crashing into the shore, I felt really calm.  Still, considering the many distractions and noises present, it was hard to stay focus and listen to my inner voice.  The session made me understand how important it is to take time and be alone with myself and God.  Finding that inner space and willing to let go of the "noises" in my life.  These "noises" can often be a distraction and lead to self-sabotage at times.  I am learning to trust my instincts, not always hearing and doing what people say when faced with challenges and making decisions.  I also discovered how important it is to know myself and to relearn what I have been taught.


Then, when we're doing the “Treasure Hunt”, it taught me how important it is to work as a team despite our many differences in the way we think, react, do things, knowing our strength, weakness and acceptance of one another.  Also, the bonding time at the beach and BBQ opened my eyes to see the importance of family.  Yes, being a family after a long day, having some leisure time, walking, playing futsal on the beach, swimming, taking pictures, sitting, eating, chatting, laughing, singing and listening to music by the campfire. For me, that is what a family is all about, the sense of togetherness.


Fr Gregory session on “Christus Vivit” (Christ Lives) a Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on Young People based on a guide written by Pope Francis was very informative. It helped me understand my call as a youth and to embrace that call in the church whether by way of service, religious or matrimony.  The importance of forgiveness, building bridges, to communicate when there are disagreements and misunderstandings instead of posting it on social media.  It was exciting to know as well from the scriptural point of how God views youth to inspiration from the saints to practical advice.

On the second day during one of the session, Archbishop Julian Leow had surprisingly dropped by for the retreat.  His Grace shared a little about himself and one of the things that he went through as a student while studying in Australia.  I thought that was something I could relate too. Such a wonderful feeling to have His Grace sit with us, come down to our level and simplifying things in a way that we can understand.

Overall, the retreat for me was really amazing, and I indeed "Relived" my  CHOICE Weekend. It had left footprints in my life.  Hope that CHOICE KL would organise more retreats like this in the near future as it is a great way to build spirituality and bring CHOICE'S together.  I would like to thank the organising committee for taking the time in organising this for us.  May God Bless You And Your Families Abundantly.

Here are some pictures that were taken at the retreat. Enjoy viewing them and may the memories of CHOICE bring you home...

Golden Sands - View During The Day

Golden Sands - View At Sunset

Waves Crushing Onto The Shore During Sunset

Relaxing Session Before "The Session" 

Wefie Session


Fr Gregory's Session On "Christus Vivit"


Attentively Listening To Fr Gregory's Session (Blur Sotong😆)



First Day Luncheon

This Is Not CHOICE Weekend Briefing But Treasure Hunt Briefing
Team Silent - One Of the Treasure Hunt Teams






Team Silent's Cheer






Team Bare-Backs Cheer







Team Chipshotz Cheer




One of The Treasure Hunt's Task -  Basketball (Way To Go Jasper from Team Bare-Backs😉)


Another Treasure Hunt Task - Had To Use The Mouth & Tongue To Find The Coins
(Way To Go Janice From Team Silent)



Way To Go Mujan From Team Bare-Backs


Way To Go As Well  Marky From Team Chipshotz
Cikgu Marking Our Answers For The Treasure Hunt... 
Don't play2... got auditor from each group to check whether marked correctly or not.😱😲
(Really Tough With So Many Country Flags)



The Winners For The Treasure Hunt Was Team Silent (Led By "The Fearless Leader" Dr Mark)

Team Bare-Backs  Was 2nd Runner-Up For The Treasure Hunt 
(Led By Bebek a.k.a "Babe")



Team Chipshotz Was 3rd Place For The Treasure Hunt (Led By Debbie)



BBQ  Dinner Time 


Certificates of Appreciation (Done With Love By Joy Nathan)

Clear & Bright Skies At The Beach


Beach & Futsal Time


Watch That Ball Go...Wow...




Girls Wanna Have Fun

Goofing At The Beach


Chilling & Watching The Sunset



Footprints In The Sand

Water World






The CHOICE Baywatch Cast 


Magnificent Sunset

Campfire By The Beach



Second Day Breakfast Time

Second Day Retreat Session
The Retreat Couple - Kumar & Monica
Jejaka-Jejaka Bersama Dengan AB Julian

Second Day Luncheon After Mass With Fr Kenneth Gopal OCD
On The Patio Excited To See The Sea


Enjoying The Company Of  Each Other


Jejaka-Jejaka Tengah Posing Untuk Majalah CHOICE



Sampai Sahaja Di Sini Dan Harap Jumpa Anda Semua Lain Kali










Thursday, October 24, 2019

My Journey through CHOICE KL 103


Greetings,

My journey to choice was something unique to me. I always wondered on why the other choicee's would tell us to not expect anything or don't anticipate what's going to happen. Thus i went with an open mind and open heart to accept the experience that was about to befall upon me. 

Upon going through the entire ordeal I realized so many hidden cracks in my life. I realized everyone that comes here are just like me. Struggling to understand life's journey, as we all embraced Jesus and allow God to navigate our lives, we learn to live within our means and harden not our hearts to be open to the world.

I am ever grateful to the everyone who had cross paths with me during this journey. It was one that has rejuvenated the spirit within me and allowed me to continue my devotion towards God and his people.

Cheers 
A.J CEKL103

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Choice’s interfaith programme - MAD Project


Choice’s interfaith programme - MAD Project

It was my first time helping. For many of us Choicees, working together with our neighbouring Mosque by assisting them to distribute free bubur lambuk and dates to passing vehicles and local residents was truly a memorable experience. I personally want to thank the staff for being so welcoming to us and for allowing us to share with solidarity, the spirit of Ramadan with our fellow Muslim brothers. 

After giving out the bubur we had a short briefing to familiarise us with Islam and we were also invited to  break fast with our Muslim community at the Masjid. Before the buka puasa, the Imam first introduced us to the community following which prayers in rememberance of the departed were conducted. 

Delicious food were served including sirap Juice,Tom Yum & Bubur lambuk. Some even brought food from home to share with the community.



Waiting to break fast

Our Yummy Tom Yum Soup

Fifi...trying to Feed the passing vehicles

EJ

Just us.. AA, Care bear, Ruth, Chris, Cher, Jon, Jas, Fifi, Daiz & EJ

Mandatory Selfie FieFie&Daiz

the Boys...we did not hold traffic....

Group Shot

The Men again

Trying to get ready in the middle of the road was not easy- but we did it. We managed to distribute all.

Distributing More bubur


Dates and fruits to start our breaking fast.