Tommorow he shall.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Tommorow he shall.
Friday, March 27, 2009
The location of the camp was perfect, not to far from KL (less than 2 hours drive) and food from the surrounding towns is absolutely delicious and cheap if I may add to that.
The Grand Kampar Hotel is really nice, being new and all. And the rooms are really spacious.
I brought back a lot with me this Church Camp, as I did so the last one we had 2 years ago.
Pastor Daniel Kumar was really entertaining with his sermons and has included a lot of jokes and laughs. I have attended a couple of Ps Kumar’s sermons in church during renewal fellowship on Fridays. And I was really caught by surprise when Ps Kumar said to me “Hey, I remember you. I prayed for you before haven’t I?” And he even remembered what he prayed for me.
Ps Kumar is one who was blessed with the gift of prophecy. And when he prayed for all the church members individually during renewal fellowship, I was actually quite reluctant to go up for prayer. But a church member encouraged, so when I went up, he asked me “What could I pray for you?”
I gave a quick thought, and I told him “I am very blessed, there isn’t much I want now I guess, but perhaps to learn to be a woman after God’s heart.”
He smiled and as he prayed for me, he had a prophecy and said this to me “Dear sister, I can see you with many people around you. You can talk and connect with people from all walk of life and from all ages. You also have the gift of prophecy.” It was later that I come to realize that I really can talk with people from all age range and all walks of life. I can talk to uncles about the current economic situations. I can talk and listen to aunties about child care or cooking or stuff like that. I can talk to lil kids bout Madagascar or Ben Ten. I can talk to grandma or grandpa about properties and investments or of their grandchildren. I can advise youth bout their studies or get updates from them of the latest music or laugh out loud at their lame (and sometimes dirty) Yo-Mama jokes.
Like the Parables of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), I feel that I am truly blessed with many “talents”. And because of this, I have to learn to make full use my “talents” for the glory of God and His kingdom. And hopefully one day when I meet my Maker, He would say to me “Well done good and faithful servant…..”
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
4 MORE DAYS & COUNTING!
Cuddling up with your loved ones and admiring the stars in the night sky or organising a treasure hunt in the dark? At 8:30pm on Saturday 28 March, people from all corners of the world will turn off their lights for one hour - Earth Hour - and cast their vote for action on climate change. Anybody can participate and join together with millions of people across the globe celebrating Earth Hour.
Earth Hour is about taking simple steps everyday that collectively reduce carbon emissions – from businesses turning off their lights when their offices are empty to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby.
Here are 10 different ways to spend Earth Hour and reduce your carbon footprint:
1. Attend a local Earth Hour event or organise your own by throwing an Earth Hour street party with your neighbours.
2. Gather family & friends for a night picnic in your local park and look at the stars.
3. Enjoy a family dinner (or a romantic dinner for two) by candlelight - who says that romantic dinner has to be limited to Valentines? *wink*
4. Organise a treasure hunt in the dark.
5. Take the dog for a night walk. If you don't have a dog, take your gf or bf out for a romantic stroll.
6. Have a candle-lit bath.
7. Sit in the dark and share stories. Ghost stories will be perfect! *wink*
8. Organise a family night playing board games
9. Share a romantic night in with your loved one
10. Upload your ‘on the night’ photos and videos to flickr and YouTube respectively, and then add them to the Earth Hour flickr group and the global YouTube Group.
Earth Hour Executive Director, Andy Ridley, is encouraging people to participate in whatever way they choose and to think beyond the hour.
“There are no hard and fast rules surrounding participation in Earth Hour. We only ask that you flick that switch and have fun doing whatever you choose to do during that time.
Make Earth Hour work for you. Families with young children should feel free to turn their lights off earlier than 8:30pm and for those having too much fun in the dark during the hour, don’t feel you have to limit yourself to one hour and switch back on at 9:30pm.”
To find out more about Earth Hour, visit the official website http://www.earthhour.org/, sign up and join millions of people in more than 1,400 cities and towns in 80 countries throughout the world by turning off your lights for one hour at 8:30pm on Saturday 28 March.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Special thanks to JC for praying for me and helping me out :)
And also to all my friends who have supported and contributed ideas on what to say *wink* :)
Wow, I remember it was a couple of years back, not that long ago, that I was exactly at where you guys are, sitting in Auditoriums, listening to talks given out. Never would I have imagine that the tables will turn and here and I am, hopefully helping you guys to make what may be a life changing decision.
First of all, let me start this off by giving a brief background of myself.
After my SPM, I enrolled myself into Sunway College for the CAT/ACCA programme. I completed my course in 2 ½ years with straight passes before I was accepted into the Big 4 as an auditor at the age of 19. It was after I started work that I decided to enroll for the ICAEW course. I was working in audit for about 2 years before moving on to commercial. I am now currently attached to Hong Leong Group for almost 2 years, my latest position being the group Accountant a Malaysian public listed company under the Hong Leong Group.
Many people I know have asked me why did I take ACA when I already have ACCA, as both are professional qualifications. Many even praised me for being so brave – having endured the difficultness of one professional paper and with that, knowingly opt to take another. Well I suppose that by nature, I am a go-getter kind of person and I decided that if I wanted to be in this field, I want to push myself to be the best in what I do.
Which brings me to the age-old question : What is the difference between ACA and ACCA? Well, to state the obvious, ACCA has one more alphabet “C” than ACA. So yes, I went through another round of torture just to drop one “C”.
Jokes aside, there are slight similarities in both the ACA and ACCA papers, afterall, they are both UK professional accountancy papers. In terms of subjects – both papers covers a wide range of subjects that includes - financial accounting, management accounting, tax, audit, law, etc
I personally feel that the advantage of the ACCA syllabus compared to the ACA is the in depth of the syllabus. The scope of things we learn in ACCA is much more deeper that what I learn in ACA, and there is no such thing as an open book exams for the ACCA. So all your rules & accounting standards have to be at your fingertip.
Whereas, some of the ACA exam papers are open book and one could make references to certain materials that are allowed in your exams. But having said that, it doesn’t mean that the ACA paper is much easier than the ACCA.
Now here is where I believe the ACA paper distinguishes itself from other professional accountancy papers. The three papers at the advance stage that is not just a subject paper by itself, but an integration of all the subjects you have learned at the professional stage. These advance stage papers have seamlessly integrate all the theories and technical knowledge – your tax, financial reporting, law, audit, etc into a papers which scenarios are similar to the scenarios that you may face at work.
One of the cool things about this exam is that it allows me to develop this skill where I could integrate what I learn and apply it to my work, as it is very relevant. Though on one hand, what I learn in my classes is relevant and applicable at my workplace but on the other hand, what I learn at my workplace is relevant to my studies.
I must say in this aspect, I have a very good opportunity in what my ATE (Approved Training Employer) haw to offer. I am involved in many corporate exercises in my Group. Being in the same room with the top management of a multinational and diversified Group like Hong Leong, the big C’s I call them – the CEO, CFO, COO, CIO I get to see they issues that one need to consider for in each corporate exercise. So when it comes to these exam questions, which I mentioned earlier – being similar to real life scenarios, issues that I need to consider becomes second nature to me. And this is how what I learn at work has helped me in my exams.
Having highlighted all the good things about ICAEW programme, it’s time for the “bad news”!
As the famous Chinese philosopher Confucius once said “ All good things are difficult to achieve; and all bad things are easy to get”.
I’m not going to lie and convince you that this course is a piece of cake. Afterall, Sunway TES is not paying me for this talk today to convince you that it is. But jokes aside it is going to takes a lot of hard work, determination, commitment and sacrifices. It’s really a long and winding road, and sometimes after a tired day of studying, I ask myself “ Why did I sign up for this”. But it is important to always stay focus on the goal. And of course, with the support of fellow coursemates who are in the same boat, the tuition provider & lecturers and also from my ATE mentor, the seemingly impossible task of passing these exams is actually quite possible.
For me, and I advocate for many others in my position as well, time management is of the essence. Even before I signed up for my ACA course, I was quite concern of being able to manage my time well. Unlike ACCA, for which I was a full time student, I would have to take ACA part time student, as I will be working full time. It would be a different ball game altogether. I would need to learn to juggle between work, studies and my social life.
For me, it was a difficult to manage at first – my friends and family sometimes don’t see me for months as I bury myself with work and studies. You can ask my parents sitting over there.*
But once I got the hang of it, I am able to manage my time well. So, on top of a five-day work week and studies, I’m able to plan my time so that I could hang out with my friends and catch up on some of the latest movies, spend quality time with my family, take part in ICAEW activities and events – such as this, as well as being active in church. I strongly believe that though there is no denying that getting a professional qualification is great, but what good is it if you are not an all-well rounder right?
So what is next for me and where will this all lead to now that I am a qualified ACA?
Be one of the big “C”s in a multinational organization? Why not?
An Audit Partner of one of the Big 4s? Perhaps?
An entrepreneur like Dato Tony Fernandes? Who knows?
As cliché as it may sound, the sky is truly the limit and the opportunities are endless. Having this qualification has opened doors at the start of my career and will continue to do so.
I would like to leave with you all a last piece of advise.
At the end of the day, there are no right or wrong choices – whether or not you choose to take the professional route – ACCA, ICAEW or to do the degree route or perhaps after this talk, you may decide not to do accountancy at all. But whatever the case may be, always aspire to be the best that you can be.
Shoot for the moon, even if you missed, you will land among the stars.
* My parents came into the hall (to my utter surprise) to support me! Thanks Daddy & Mummy! :)
Friday, March 13, 2009
As the first country to flick the switch for the global event, WWF New Zealand's Earth Hour organiser, Dairne Poole sees her country as playing a vital role in Earth Hour’s journey to reach one billion people in over 1,000 cities, across 25 time zones.
"New Zealand will be the first country in the world to turn its lights off for Earth Hour 2009 with 43 councils and local bodies taking part. Even though we are a small nation, we are setting an important example for others to witness and hopefully follow," says Ms Poole.
The global wave of participation will gather momentum through Asia Pacific with major cities such as Sydney, Seoul, Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur (our monumental KL Tower will go black), Manila, Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Mumbai and Delhi dimming the lights as millions flick the switch to express their concern for the planet.
Across the globe Earth Hour will provide the platform for a collective voice to be heard from each and every time zone. From the streets of Cape Town to the Hills of Los Angeles, Earth Hour will unite people from all walks of life as the call for action on climate change makes its transglobal journey.
Paris, the ‘City of Lights’ will make a powerful statement by turning off its famous lights, including the Eiffel Tower, for Earth Hour. In the birthplace of democracy, thousands of Athenians will gather to watch the lights go out at the Acropolis in acknowledgement of their vote for action on climate change.
Metropolises across the Americas including New York, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Mexico City and Las Vegas will see their united voice accompanied by unfamiliar lighting – stars.
Earth Hour Executive Director, Mr Andy Ridley, said that Earth Hour signals the beginning of the journey to Copenhagen, where the future of the planet rests with world leaders.
“Earth Hour will focus global attention on addressing the issue of climate change. We are asking one billion people to take part in what is essentially the first global vote for action on climate change by turning off their lights for one hour and casting a vote for earth,” he said.
“Earth Hour hopes to provide a global mandate for action on climate change to the world’s leaders at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December this year, where an agreement will be made to supersede the Kyoto Protocol.
“It is imperative this agreement leads to a sustainable outcome that suitably addresses climate change. Earth Hour presents an opportunity for every person in the world to have a say in that agreement’s outcome and ensure it isn’t merely an insubstantial token effort by our world’s leaders,” said Mr Ridley.
Click here for the Earth Hour Global Timing Schedule.
Be part of this Global Event! VOTE EARTH!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I came across the online news of the shooting rampage in Alabama.
At gym, right after work, CNN was reporting of a shooting rampage. I thought it was the same incident, until I realise that this incident was in a school located in a small town in Germany.
11 (including the gunman) dead, victims include an 18 month old daughter of a local sheriff in the Alabama rampage.
In Winnenden,Germany, the 17 year old gunman took away 15 lifes with his fathers' collection of 16 firearms along with multitude of ammunition. Most of his victims are school students and school teachers.
In memories of all the victims of this devastating violence and their families.
Qian, this is dedicated to you! :)
A man lands on a hot air balloon in the middle of the desert, not knowing his whereabouts he looks around. Along walks another guy so the balloon man asks "Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?"
"Sure" says the other one "longitude 23'45", latitude 34'12".
"Oh," says the balloon man, "you must be accountant"
"As a matter of fact, I am, how did you know?"
" Well, you just gave me a very precise piece of worthless information."
" I see" says the accountant "and you must be a consultant."
"You are right, how did you know?"
"As long as you're up in the air, you seem to know where you're going, but as soon as you get down to earth, you're lost."
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
THIS IS THE WORLD’S FIRST GLOBAL ELECTION, BETWEEN EARTH AND GLOBAL WARMING
On March 28 you can VOTE EARTH by switching off your lights for one hour.
Or you can vote global warming by leaving your lights on.
The results of the election are being presented at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009. We want one billion votes for Earth, to tell world leaders that we have to take action against global warming.
What you can do?
Turning your lights off for an hour is a great start. However, there are many other things you can do to make Earth Hour 2009 a success.
Sign Up Now. Become a part of Earth Hour and get useful tips and tools to reduce your carbon footprint everyday
Tell A Friend. Better still – tell them, your family and even your work mates. Encourage them to sign up. Email them a link to this website and mobilise even more people!
Tell Your Story. How is climate change affecting your family and your community? We want to hear how you're becoming part of the solution.
Run your own Earth Hour. Download our quick guide for how to run Earth Hour in your city or town. It's easy!
Your Earth Hour. What will you be doing at 8.30pm on Saturday March 28? We're keen to know what you have planned for Earth Hour 2009. If you'd like to share your plans with Earth Hour and the media, then please send us an email describing with as much detail as you can what you have planned to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to include your name, where you live (City and Country), and your contact telephone number including your country code.
Blogger Tool Kit: Create a blog post about the importance of global action on climate change and how participation in Earth Hour can make a difference.
VOTE EARTH, BECAUSE EVERY VOTE COUNTS!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I went down to Malacca with JC to visit my dearest grandma :)
We had a food-spree, where we ate till we we stuffed. We had:
1) Nyonya Laksa @ Donald & Lily (but nothing beats my grandma's rockin authentic Nyonya Laksa) for lunch.
2) Heavily pork-lard laden popiah from the famous vendor opposite Madam King Supermarket at Jalan Bunga Raya.
3) Banana fritters (pisang goreng) along the once-beach-now-reclaimed-land
4) Coconut shake (coconut juice + flesh + vanilla ice-cream all blend into one) just opposite our house
5) Oh Chien - which is fried omelette with oysters
6) Nasi lemak kukus which is only RM 1.50 for a generous portion of steamed coconut rice plus unlimited condiments of cucumber, ikan bilis, egg & samba l(extra spicy - just the way i love it)
7) Home made cendol from this nice Peranakan lady in her house at Bukit Rambai - the coconut milk she uses is so sinfully rich!
8) Grandma's homecooked meals - the best of the best :)
And on Sunday night, I was at SJian's place, where he cooked for us dinner. Loved the beef stew so much! *thanks SJian* And the dessert that CKong made was also superb! :)
So nice to have male friends who can cook :)
Gosh, so much eating for one weekend! Must go on a diet this week! :)
Friday, March 6, 2009
- Soren Kierkegaard-
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
YOUR LIGHT SWITCH IS YOUR VOTE
This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.
For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.
This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour.
Ok, the stories goes this way.
Once upon a time, Xiao & Shan went to the same chemistry tuition.
We were bored, so we started to devise an evil plan……*muahahaha* *thunder strike*
We wanted cheese, and where else to get that many cheese but the moon. But we then realise that it cost too much money (fuel cost) to go via a spaceship.
So we decided to go via a rope and a basket & to move the basket, we would get a friend to cycle to generate electricity (see we were paying attention durin physics dynamo lesson).
And who else better to cycle than an ahtletic and so we nominated you :)
And that my friend, is the story of the moon & cheese.
I'm gonna be giving a talk to a group of parents & students on accountancy in Sunway College next weekend. And god knows how fearful I am speaking on stage. The only way to conquer my fear is to face them I guess.
Dear Uqba and Shan Lyn
Thank you so much for agreeing to take time off your busy schedule to speak to potential students on our Open Day. Just thought I could email the details to you:
Date: 14th March 2009
Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Title: ACA as a Profession: A Personal Perspective
Venue: Audi 7
Guest speaker: Uqba
Date: 15th March 2009
Time: 2.45pm – 3.45pm
Title: ACA as a Profession: A Personal Perspective
Venue: Audi 7
Guest speaker: Shan Lyn
Ms Loh Wei Yuen, Head of ICAEW Malaysia will start off by introducing herself and talk about the ICAEW. She will then pass it on to you for about 10-15 minutes to share your ACA experience before finishing off with Q&A session. It would be great if you could touch on the following (you can select a few or add to it, if you wish!):
1. Why did you choose the ACA
2. What's the difference between ACCA and ACA exams (this is for you, Shan Lyn)
3. How did you benefit from the work-study structure
4. How did the exams prepare you for your job and career
5. What did you enjoy most
6. What's the hardest part
7. Any practical tips or advice for students who are considering the ACA
Once again, thank you so much for supporting Sunway and the ICAEW in this manner. You can buzz me on my mobile phone once you arrive. See you then and have a wonderful evening.
Cheng Soo Min
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
1) Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.
2) Add a '+' to the ones you LOVE.
3) Tally your total at the bottom.
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen X+
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee X+
6 The Bible - X++
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott X+
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne X+
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell X
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker 1/2X
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Alborn
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle X+
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Beloved - Toni Morrison
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
Read: 7 1/2
So I am like most people. Need to catch up on my reading! :)