Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CHOICE 101 in Kuantan!!

The Steps Of A Man - CHOICE KL 101 - Join us for a weekend of self-discovery, reflection and enrichment, as we venture to look deeply in our life choices and our relationships that we have in our daily lives. To find out more, kindly visit www.choicekl.org.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Choice is heading east!!

CHOICE KL is heading east! - Join us for a weekend of self-discovery, reflection and enrichment. We invite single adults from Selangor, and the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, to join us for this weekend as we venture to look deeply into our current life choices and in every aspect of the many relationships we have in our daily lives. Meet like-minded people and together discover more about ourselves. Register yourself now at www.choicekl.org to book your seat early, as places are limited.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Gospel alive #4 - No to Kiasuness

Do not compare yourself to another person.
You will unintentionally rank yourself before others and subsequently live in fear of loosing out.
Being Kiasu is being scared to lose
Rather, thank God and use the available gifts and talents he has given you, no matter how small or little it is.
Then He will reward you many times over.

~ excerpts from Fr Greg's homily

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A student's prayer

My precious Lord, I thank you for helping me through this one year. In that period of uncertainty, despair and distress you had guided me. You answered when I call. Your timing is perfect and true. You touch the hearts of those who are above me and gave me good mentors to set me on the correct path. You know the contents of my heart. I am nothing without You. I will be loss without You.

Thank you for your servant St Joseph of Cupertino who is so close to your sacred heart, for interceding from heaven. I also thank blessed St Anthony for being the protector of my studies.

Sacred Head of Jesus, enlighten me with your wisdom, like You had bestowed upon your servant King Solomon. Amen

Prayer to St. Joseph of Cupertino
O St. Joseph of Cupertino who by your prayer obtained from God to be asked at your examination, the only preposition you knew. Grant that I may like you succeed in the (here mention the name of Examination) examination. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.
O St. Joseph of Cupertino pray for me
O Holy Ghost enlighten me
Our Lady of Good Studies pray for me
Sacred Head of Jesus, Seat of divine wisdom, enlighten me.

Student's prayer to St. Anthony
Blessed St. Anthony, I place my studies under your powerful protection.
Your intercession has often helped me to make progress in learning and devotion.
I choose you as the protector and patron of my studies.
Through your intercession may the Holy Spirit fill me with light and strength, intelligence and humility. I implore You, Lord, My God, Creator of all things, to grant me the ability to grasp things correctly, and the talent of being exact in my explanations.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

CHOICE weekend in Kuantan!!!

I just had a chat with Fr Greg. He wanted me to share this message with all of you, so typing this in my own words la coz I couldn't type when he was talking.

"All of u have taken a risk of having the CHOICE weekend in Kuantan but its worthwhile risk. We have never had the weekend in East Coast and people of the East Coast are the ones who are most vulnerable although being more spiritual that us in Klang Valley, God is always with those who are most vulnerable. We are going out of our comfort zones.

We are now the instruments of God in reaching out to those in the East Coast. And with God being with those who are most vulnerable he will guide us.

Be like King David who responded to Gods message and  not like King Saul who reacted to Gods message and wanted to keep the prize.

All we need to:
-Listen to God
-Give the participants an experience instead of just a weekend
-Keep things simple
-Start being instead of doing

All of you are amazing people taking amazing efforts"

He ended with a thank you and wanted to have a quick spiritual retreat for CHOICE Team


Monday, January 1, 2018

Wishing you a blessed new year!!! - Centenary thanksgiving dinner.

Looking back at 2017 there were many things to be thankful about. It feels like a year has gone and past in a blink of an eye while nostalgia smiles in remembrance of the journey we had to take to complete this span of our lives.

This calls for a time of simple reflection. A free pass to relive the bubbling emotion we had secured in the vault of our hearts. How has the bitter sweet road touched us?

It has almost been a month since I sat on table number 15; tenderly lavished with sweet flower petals and a peacock flaming tea light candle.

The helium gassed balloons floating all above me were particularly ingenious as it provoked an uncontrollable childlike desire, almost instinctively, to grasp its tail end, as many as possible for a dashing picture.

 Then there was our very own in house band, rocking some music with solid drums and fiery guitars burning their way through the hall.

And Fr Gregory calling on the Choice members to join the Holy Orders the dance floor.

We came to celebrate CHOICE KL which has successfully journeyed through 100 weekends, facilitated by many priests, sisters, married couples and single adults who have gone through the program and then came back to serve.

His grace the Archbishop of Kuching, most Rev Simon Poh, who played a significant role of bringing CHOICE to Malaysia, graced us with his presence and celebrated mass with us and the parishioners of St Ignatius, PJ.

But most importantly, thank you to all the CHOICE members from near and far. With an exciting variety of CHOICE t'shirts, you came all the way, literally from the whole Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia to celebrate with us. We made many new friends and rekindled old friendships.

And then there were the CHOICEES from wayyyy back, during the earlier days where it all began. They came with their families.

Let me introduce the person from Choice #1

She won the lucky draw!!!

There was something peculiar about this photo-booth....

It made us go crazy for pictures!!! (the full photobooth album is stored in Choice Kuala Lumpur facebook page!!) but for a sneak peak...

Alvin M. our elegant MC for the night who has a features of a priest 😝almost singlehandedly became an archbishop in waiting when he almost did the closing prayer!!!

We thank the organising committee for a job well done and pray that in 2018, God will shower us with countless blessing, love, peace and joy. From the Choice KL team, a happy and a blessed new year to you all!!!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

A Christmas Carol with C99

Joy to the world the Lord had come. Let earth receive her king !

We Wish you all a Merry Christmas and to all a Happy New Year
 As the year draws to a close and we rejoice for the birth of our Lord savior Jesus Christ, the participants from C99 got together to give thanks for the great blessings of friendships that we received following our CHOICE weekend. And what better way to do it than to spread that joy by singing carols in some of our fellow C99 houses. We were also lucky enough to be joined by two participants from C100 and a special guest from Singapore.

Quick rehearsal outside the parish of Assumption. Shhhh, sing softly or we might awake the bay-bee. 
First on our list was the beautiful home of Ivy Pat. We were warmly greeted by Ivy's mum who was quick to offer us some of her homemade cookies (some of which Ivy claimed to have made herself).


Ivy's mom's warm presence and humble nature had us all glowing in delight.

As finished singing our hearts out and were about to take leave, we were presented by a very special surprise. Ivy donned her pretty white gloves, turned on the music and captivated us with a near flawless pantomime. It was presented as a gesture of thanks for all her comrades in C99 which had us truly humbled.
 Ivy can pull some pretty mean moves and we at C99 have the videos to prove it. 
Next up was a home of another C99er, Rachel. We were instantly greeted by her mom and wonderful niece, little Elisabeth. To our surprise Rachel's friend from Singapore (who happened to be a music teacher) took her seat at the piano and accompanied us beautifully through the carols. And boy did we sound much better after that !

9 out of  9 carolers agreed that we did indeed sound better with music.

Another surprise was in store for us all when Rachel's cute 2 year old niece Elisabeth sprang up and showed us her moves with a rendition of the world wide phenomenon which is Baby Shark.  
Little Elisabeth educated us on how to prevent a future shark attack by quickly identifying the various genus and species by analyzing their teeth and jaw structure.
Our final caroling session of the day was at the home of  Debbie from C99. This time we were welcomed not just by Debbie's mum Mrs.Jean, but also by her furry companion, Angel. Woof woof !

Charlie's  Debbie's Angels

And this time we had Debbie herself play out the carols on the piano, which led us to sing more than just the seven initial songs on our list. (including the famed rendition of C99's 'Kau Ilhamku' which has yet to see it's time on stage).  

Debbie working some magic on the keys.

We were feted with a delicious dinner of roast chicken and mash potatoes. Once our stomachs had settled we moved on to the final activity of the night, Secret Santa !

Dinner time !!
Wedding Silver Bells. Soon it will be............

I'm dreaming of a White Woman Christmas
Grace: Have a Holly Jolly Christmas........  Akka why you squeezing my neck so tight ah ?
'Twas fun it is to ride and sing
Last Christmas you gave me Ang Pow, but the very next day I blew it away. This year to save me from tears, I'll invest it in a diversified investment portfolio or any emerging cryptocurrency. 

We take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful carolers who blessed us not just with their astonishing good looks voice but also with their humble presence and commitment to make this entire day happen. Thank you for your time and effort.

We like to thank our own Ivy Pat from C99, for ensuring we followed through and properly executed this activity. 

Thank you also to our gracious hosts, for opening your homes for us to sing and fellowship.May God bless you and your families.
And most importantly a big thank you to our Lord Jesus, for ensuring us smooth and safe travel between the homes and giving us the joy and blessings from this entire activity.

Thank you everyone. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.