Sunday, January 08, 2017

1st Quarter of the New Year of 2017

My facebook post in the last quarter had a first time video I could capture of a bird in flight

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7 Jan 2017
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8 Jan 2017

9 Jan 2017

I started spending time to reply some emails that I might have waited too long to follow up. I started to explain to a friend who preferred to send email to me instead of using facebook comments and private messenger why I tend to procrastinate in replying emails as opposed to responding in Social Media chats like Facebook :

"Dear .....,

Sorry that my email replies tend to be slower in Modern times compared to my Social Media responses. In the past, I would take time to write snail mails before the technology of emails came about and would bring a bulk of letters to the post office to stick stamps on envelopes with hand written names and addresses. From hand written mails, I advanced with printing a well crafted family newsletter where I would hand write a couple of lines of personal messages only.  I could find a window of time once only every year end to do this to make sure I could stay connected with my family members and friends spread out in different continents around the world. In short I am better at sending bulk mails out than replying any mail coming to me. When social media technology came in particularly facebook, it really was a breakthrough technology to make it so simple to find friends and also to allow one to keep track of another's life without having to send a mail of words to all the family and friends out there by batch once a year. I like to note that for all the family members I had sent out mails to, only a handful would reply to me and for those who did, it would most likely be the batch mail that they would send to everyone each year too and I would be included in that list.

I guess replying snail mails or even emails seem to require more effort as one may like to respond to what another said or answer a question posed by the sender and that would definitely take more time than just shooting off 'duplicate batch mails' once a year. People like me especially who take time to think and compose what I like to say with the detailedness to make sure especially if I was answering a question that I wish to respond with clear and accurate words as that is all I have to communicate with the other, using only words.

In social media, we have short chats media like comments in facebook, pictures that paint a thousand words and videos that can tell a whole war story of the world in the length of watching a documentary or a longer captivating movie that can even be more entertaining as well as informative compared to reading a book! One can even do this while on the go in a bus or waiting in a long queue by reading or watching on a smart phone. As you may already know, I have no problems writing with detailedness or responding with clear and accurate words where today with technology, I can give a further url or hypertext link which you can click and it will open up another online page to give you more detailed information or better still in video form like when I think in my mind, the lyrics of the Song "Words" by Bee Gees, "It's only words, and words are all I have...", I can refer you to the video by clicking here -

Before I do that part of the mail for you, that is to answer the questions you had posed to me in an earlier email, I like to give you another url link here to a Book writer and a Psychologist/Professor in MIT who explains in a video of her book entitled, "Reclaiming Conversation" and talks about the 40% drop in all markers of empathy among college students in the last 10 years. Click here for her talk - "  End of the first part of my email.

The video in the url link for the song and lyrics of "Words" by Bee Gees can be viewed below:

Hmmm... I guess as explained in the Law of Attraction, you think of something and you begin to notice that thing more often perhaps. But for the first two posts of the Eagle in the Sky from my friend's condo and the Bird in my apartment, it isn't because I was thinking about a bird as it just happened along the busy path that I walk each day, most likely thinking of a myriad of things! I make note of this difference including what I have classified in my Story of 7 posts as the 'miracles' I have observed in my life that occurred without seeing a number 7 at all that primarily starts from here.

16 Jan 2017

The new year continues with active branch missionary work in the Kuala Lumpur branch of the Church.

18 Jan 2017

A TalkLane interview at the KL Marriott with our special guest Tomoko from Japan enlightened me about the Japanese culture which had for a long time been a mystery to me!

18 Jan 2017

A treat to be online with my grand-daughter Leah to celebrate her 1st birthday and to test my gift for her to develop big vision like the Universe!

24 Jan 2017

Updated my facebook profile photo using a video for the first time :

26 Jan 2017

Heading down to Singapore to spend Chinese New Year with family :

Some thoughts of the Fastlane Nations of the world helping a trouble continent like Africa :

28 Jan 2017

Chinese New Year celebration starts on the Eve of the new Lunar Year :

30 Jan 2017

1 Feb 2017

Click here to view the above facebook post which was posted by Han coincidentally at the same time after my monkey photo post! He is at Yale in Connecticut doing a semester of computer programming classes over there before returning back to Singapore in June 2017 for his internship in JP Morgan.

5 Feb 2017

7 Feb 2017

Oath taking as High Court Judge at the Palace of Justice in Putra Jaya for my nephew Lim Chong Fong. Click here to read the online news. 

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9 Feb 2017

Keeping in touch with my daughter and son-in-law in complex America

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Publishing my first book :

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12 Feb 2017

Dinner with some old boys from school :

Working hard on my desk :

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15 Feb 2017

17 Feb 2017

25 Feb 2017

27 Feb 2017

1 Mar 2017

Yes he is adapting to the drizly, bleak and cold weather of London

With some interesting historical places to serve in

With Chinese dinner for Chinese New Year in Feb 2017

A zone meeting of missionaries and their cars taken 6 months into his London Mission

The above photos and more descriptions can be seen in the journal containing the letters from Elder Shuan Chong in the first year of his mission found here.

3 Mar 2017

Friday night in KL before leaving for Penang on Saturday but first a morning walk/run from Lake Club to the gardens with a couple of friends!!!
Posted by Sun Fu Chong on Friday, March 3, 2017

4 Mar 2017

5 Mar 2017

6 Mar 2017

8 Mar 2017

9 Mar 2017

11 Mar 2017

Nice of Han to take time during his spring break to visit Boston from his college in Yale Connecticut to share this video in facebook which I've extracted to make a youtube post here :

12 Mar 2017

19 Mar 2017

An old friend from Orem Utah, Anthony Seow, emailed me a copy of an article in the Churich News on the Week of March 19, 2017 that can be read online here.  It doesn't mention my name and the story was first captured in 1985 when I was called to be a branch leader in Kuala Lumpur as per the scanned newsprint shared below :

As they say, there is no 'Rhyme or Reason' or logical reason why this experience of mine should be mentioned 32 years later except... maybe God is just continuing to give me what I've been recording as miracles in my life, to know that I'm being watched after and indeed I must testify humbly that he has never stopped blessing me! Despite all the opposition that has come to my life, from within and without, I have remained steadfast in my faith towards Him even though I know I am not a perfect man. I have carefully been recording my life's experiences, after having embarked on an exercise of faith in the Savior for the first time when I was baptized on 29 July 1979 in Geelong Australia. The spiritual part of my life's story, for anyone interested, begins here. The other chronicles of my life can be found here. It has been an amazing experience and I'm living every day with joy and gratitude for all I have learned and capable of learning so that I can be more helpful to my family, friends, and community. I am grateful to have learnt about the power of revelation as shared in this video below. 
"We all know that human judgment and logical thinking will not be enough to get answers to the questions that matter most in life."  Henry B. Eyring :

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24 Mar 2017

25 Mar 2017

Trip to Melaka

30 Mar 2017

31 Mar 2017

Events of the 2nd quarter of 2017 can be found in another post by Clicking Here.