Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Strongman Competition 2004 pics

yeah, finally got the pics from the competition... here are some of them...

The hay carrying part of the competition... these things weigh a lot more than they look

the 6.5 tonne truck i had to pull... shoe came off

defending champion who won again this year... erik... too strong for anyone to beat... and he's PES C.... gee

may post others in future... if i have the time and energy... heh

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

1st quiz

ok, this was gonna come sooner or later anyhow...

-----------------THE OBVIOUS---------------
* Name: Ian Andrew Lee Shangjin

* Nicknamez: Maori(Creative arts camp), Ball(secondary sch)

* E-mail:

* hair: Short and quite a lot of whites

* Brothers/Sisters: nil

* When is your bedtime?: 11 or 12

-----------------FRIENDS AND LIFE----------------
* Lyk anione?: ya..

* Who do you go to for advice: Jacob, Winnie, Weicheng, Serene

* What's the best feeling in the world: seeing someone commit his/her life to God.

* Worst Feeling: seeing someone turn away from God

* Ambition: Pastor maybe? full-time church worker... but this is up to God.

* Do you want all your friends to do this
and send it back to you?: Not unless you're as bored as me right now

* Colour: Black and Red

* Day/Night: Both

* Summer/Winter: Winter... Singapore's too hot

* Lace or satin: har? no idea.

* Ice Cream: Coffee/ rum and raisin

* Subject: errr... Literature i suppose... "Et Tu Brutus?"

* words: o_O... people have favourite words?

* phrases/quote: "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint."

"Do not be afraid to die, you are already dead"

------------------HAVE YOU EVER-----------------

* Ever been so drunk you blacked out: never been drunk before actually

* Missed school because it was raining: nope.

* Been hurt emotionally: ya.

* Kept a secret from everyone: ya.

* Had an imaginary friend: nope.

* Wanted to hook up with a friend: err... ya.

* Cried during a Movie: nope.

* Cut your hair: nope, my hair cascades down to the floor after not cutting it for 19 years. -_-''

* Been sarcastic: Refer to above

-----------------RIGHT NOW------------------
* Wearing: shorts and shirt

* I'm feeling: a little hungry and very warm

* Thinking about: what's for dinner, whether to turn on the aircon

------------DO YOU BELIEVE IN-----------------
* Yourself: err... to a certain extent

* Your friends: yep.

* Tooth Fairy: Maybe when i was 4

* Destiny/Fate: nope.

* Angels: yep...

* Ghosts: yep... but i believe they have no power over me

Sunday, June 27, 2004

the Blues again

blah... i hate having the blues... just sitting here at the com, thinking about stuff and feeling crappy... very often i feel kinda lonesome, that i want to be with someone, someone who i can hold and confide with all the time. Yet, i know it is something not meant to be rushed into, and it should be ordained by God. It should be in His time... not mine.

This feeling is something that every teenager goes through, i'm pretty sure... and it's gonna come very often... the crappy feeling of being alone. Unlike most people my age, i've never been in a steady relationship before. To me, i feel that the 1st one should be the last one. I should be able to tell myself that i want to spend the rest of my life with her before getting into any relationship.
Some people tell me that i'm rather foolish to have such a view... that it's impossible to marry your 1st steady... Some people tell me that it's a good aim, but not to be discouraged when it doesnt work out... whether or not i'm really foolish? only time will tell i suppose.

Had a good time of worship during YM today... played the guitar... my fingers nearly died though, my hand cramped up several times during many songs... but by God's grace, i found the strength to continue playing.
once again, the subject of Youth Sunday comes to mind again... i really want to lead worship for it. Will i get a chance? Can i ask for a chance? Does God want me to just let Winston lead? i don't know... Hopefully the clouds will clear soon...

Saturday, June 26, 2004

One Way

Haven't blogged in quite a while... been busy with school.. then on friday i went for ZERO camp at 3rd place (again) which just ended today. It was a camp tailored to teach us (the youth leaders) more about ourselves, our spiritual gifts and also the nitty gritty of how to plan camps... i must admit that i found some insights to be very intersting and enlightening at times... insights that actually helped and i've never heard of before, for once...

Managed to see how other Youth groups work etc... and so far from what i observe at times, I actually thank God that our leaders are rather mature about most things and more capable than others... of course at the same time, i think it's sad how other youth group leaders run stuff... it's kind of pathetic...
they had arguements with each other... kept challenging each others' suggestions and some even had a realllyyyy screwed up attitude, to the extent that i saw some group members walk out of a Youth Ministry core for a private meeting late at night... THE REALLY SCARY part about it is that the leader (i know this guy from ACS barker), can actually say "fine lah, show attitude lah" as the other person walked off... o_O

It's sad to see others of the same faith have these kind of attitudes and everything... it especially makes my heart heavy when i see a brother backsliding to the extent that he even challenges God and questions his purpose in life... and yet, the only thing i can do in times like this is just pray for them and wait for a recovery...

"You are the way the truth and the light,
we live by faith and not by sight
For You, We're living all for You.
One Way Jesus, You're the only one that i could live for"

Another thing that affirmed me during the camp, was what one lady said.... that we are actually just a bunch of zeros... nothings... which reminded me of what i said during church camp. "I am a CHRISTIAN... without CHRIST, you're left with IAN... to me, IAN stands for I Am Nothing. Because without CHRIST, I AM NOTHING".... The lady continued with saying that Jesus is the ONE true way, the ONE truth, the ONE light...
with that "1", even if the body of Christ is represented by many 00000000000000000000s. Each "0" for each member in the body of Christ. It still will become 100000000000000000000000000000000000000...
i don't know how many zeros i would have to put to that number... but it is HUGE....
and it's something very powerful... meant to move the world to continue to add the 0s to that number... and we can only get stronger...

Monday, June 21, 2004

in the Library

ok, in the school library now... using the com here.... have break until 1pm... talking to selwyn amanda and xinnie now... bored bored bored bored bored bored bored....
ok... kelvin's nagging me to go see cca stuff now.... bye

Sunday, June 20, 2004

dum dum dum!

sch tomorrow... blegh... it sucks having to go to school while everyone else still has another week or 2 break... oh well, time to face reality tomorrow...

amongst other things... i'm really itching to lead worship for youth sunday if possible... everytime they get the YM band to play for youth sunday, an adult worship leads... and none of us actually get a chance to lead worship for service... maybe it's something i oughta push for...

was mom's bday today... went to club for dinner at the garden grill... steak good... saw Jae there also with his parents... left around 10.30 because my parents went to watch some lounge bands audition... must say that they're not bad... from observation, some are playing the instrument in the wrong way, but still sounds good... some play the instrument right and coordinate with the rest well, but just aint suitable for the lounge... oh well...
overall, my most interesting observation is that to play a gig like that is much easier than to lead worship... it's very very different... i always knew it was different lah... but now i can really compare the two...

off to bed i go....

Saturday, June 19, 2004

and then there were 2

2 more days to school.... got my timetable for this semester yesterday.... this semester is realllyyy slack... the latest i get to go home is around 2-3pm... and earliest is probably 9. Thanks God it isn't as hectic as my last semester...

just got back from IPC (International Prayer Conference)... worship was vibrant... like from the TRAC worship and music camp... hope that this kind of worship will become more accepted and integrated in the methodist churches... it already is in some churches like BRMC and Wesley...

Lots of stuff to think about and share with some YMMs right now... hopefully will get the chance to talk to them...
oh well... time to practice a little for worship on sunday then sleep... zzzz

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Camp Blues

alright, so i came back from camp on tuesday, didn't update till now coz i've been having camp blues... i think the thing that doesnt help the most is that my school starts on monday -_-'' bah... TP is screwed up... i have like 4 days of holidays left now... sigh... oh well, at least today i get to go out with the rest to catch a movie... let's see... it's gonna be aaron, andrew, serene, xiaorong, damein, janice, shu fen, vanessa, jonathan, euclid, xinnie and me... that's quite a few...
also on the brighter side, MINDEF reduced NS to 2 years only... booyah... haha... well it's not like i'm dreading NS... it's just that the faster i can get out the better...
Probably gonna pick up the bass since damein is going into Tekong next wednesday... so his bass will be unattended... will play his till i can probably get my own.
Think i sprained my wrist... went to gym yesterday and it hurt like crap when i pushed anything heavy up without bracing it first... what scares me is that it's been hurting a little for quite some time and i just ignored it and continued my training... i better give it some rest...
gtg now if not i'll be late in meeting the rest...

Friday, June 11, 2004

Church Camp ahoy!

tomorrow going Port Dickson for church camp.... looking forward to it... as always, the 1st part is always very fun to me... the trip on the bus... dunno why... but i like trips on coaches...
it's 1am and i gotta wake up at 5.30... not much time to sleep... gonna gather up some extra stuff now and hit the sack... seeya guys when i get back on tuesday (for those who are not going)

Shout Outs:
Jae - take care man... don't be so miserable... look on the bright side of life... when you cant.. do something constructive with ur frustration and pain... like go work out... God is always there for u bro...

Michelle - watch those vulgarities yah? take care... will catch up with you when i get back hopefully...

Terri - u terrible slacker... go gym... and never come camp somemore... sigh... nvm... have fun without us.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Day at Shaun's place

Worship Team gathering today to welcome all the lower sec guys and gals into the team... overall was a little better than what i expected it to be. It's just that everytime we end up and Shaun's place, it would be very sian... dunno... just for 1 reason or another...
played a little games, talked a little, jammed a little then watched "Legend of 1900" with canadian pizza for dinner. Pretty good movie, but i can't say much for the ending... though it was rather philosophical and interesting, it was still rather stupid. Go watch the movie if you want. i give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars... wonder why i never heard of the movie before.

Need to buy swimwear... i realise i dont have any... and Church camp is on friday... odds are that we'll be swimming every day... but boardshorts are too expensive, i hate trunks and there ain't anything else... not unless i dig out my old wetsuit.... which probably doesnt fit anymore... and i'll just look extra.... oh well... see how... i'm complaining too much these days... gah...

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Jammin' 2

came home at 11.30 after jamming at the third place again. This time with Samuel Damein Euclid and Romona. As well as Josh Daniel and Colin from Living Waters Methodist Church and Benjamin from Toa Payoh Methodist Church.

was a good time of fellowship and worshipping again... Could actually sing properly today... kinda tired now... talking to Winnie Romona and Eugenia online now...
Talked to Eugenia about setting up a Youth Ministry Crew... to deal with logistics, projection and sound in YM... looks like i have the green light to go ahead and start it up... i pray that God will show me what to do in this ministry, and how to touch the lives of those who do join the crew...

Sunday, June 06, 2004

I will soar with You above the storm

got back from the Creative Arts Camp on saturday. It was a good experience. Met people from all the other TRAC (trinity annual conference) churches and schools... made friends with some guys and girls from Living Waters Methodist Church and Toa Payoh Methodist Church. Very encouraging to see so many people interested in serving the Lord with their talents in music. Reminds me that we're not alone...
However, on a down side, i didn't learn much from the workshops... most of the pple attending my workshop were rather young and had only lead worship 1 or 2 times, or never lead worship before. So i guess Joy and I felt rather out of place in the beginning, having lead worship for around 3 years already.
The thing that did make a difference was the speaker sessions and the sermon. Challenges posed to us that is hard to ignore. Challenges that were meant to be met, no matter how difficult they may seem. I will take up this challenge to my best ability...

Hide me now under Your wings
Cover me within Your mighty hands

Find rest my soul in Christ alone
Know His power in quietness and trust

When the oceans rise and thunders roar,
I will soar with You above the storm
Father, You are king above the flood
I will be still and know You are God

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

next camp up

I have worship and music camp organised by TRAC tomorrow at 3rd place. Should be interesting... going for the worship leader workshops, so will get to meet other worship leaders from other churches. Will get to share viewpoints and ideas i guess.

today i woke up without a voice... couldn't talk much. Then went to gym around 12pm. after gym, i could talk quite a bit... but still very hoarse. Met Serena, had to teach her how to play some songs on the guitar... her church camp is tomorrow and she has to co-lead worship with some friends. Rested for awhile after that then went out to cartel and brownbox for dinner and dessert with Winnie.

Hopefully tomorrow my voice will be fine... if not i think there'll be a bit of difficulty during the workshops tomorrow... k gtg and sleep.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

I'm back..

ok fine, so i wasnt like gone for very long in the 1st place, but BB LTC is just very tiring. However, this time round, unlike last year, the LTC had a lot less "tekan" sessions. Last year they had to do pasa malam (for those who know what that is eh jae?)... the boys nearly died... this time round we actually played games all night without much "tekaning". Weicheng is quite scary as an officer... perhaps SAF should have sent him for OCS instead of store... haha... At the end of it, the whole experience was very rewarding... bonds formed, leaders trained and a whole lotta stinkin' boys.... i think the reason why we didnt see that many flies was because they had all died of the smell.

To XiaoXuan: hey thanks for dropping by... hopefully i will do better next time round... but it'll be in 2006, not 2005... so i may be in BMT then... not sure.

To Jae: the 20kg stacks aint so much about the weight... it's more about how u grip something so huge.