Friday, March 18, 2011

Death row in Pudu Jail or is it Pudu Jail in Death row now?

Is this the last prisoner being released from the famous Pudu Jail of Kuala Lumpur? No, it's just Me cheering Freedom, Freedom, Freedom!  Enjoy what could be the last few pics you can see of this historic jail.
Pudu Jail is now put into the death row by the authorities to be torn down leaving perhaps only the main gate taken in the 1st photo!
Even the murals painted on the walls by a former convict who spent time in this prison will not remain

See the video for more information about Pudu Jail :

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Story of 7 continuing into 2011 and beyond

The continuing Story of 7 that I started to tell on my oldest sister's 70th birthday celebration now continues on this new page in 2011 as the old page was getting too long to manage.


Right at the first quarter of the year, the number 7 became significant again the moment I received a phone call from Mom about 3pm that our oldest boy Han had just received his A Level examination results. He scored the maximum 7 As for all the subjects he took! I have no photos of this event to post yet but here is something interesting that occurred in the morning. I was paying some bills in the city and found that the street leading to the 'Padang' at Merdeka Square was jammed :

The access through Merdeka Square was blocked. Was there a riot going on came across my mind with all the unrest in Egypt and Libya recently!
 The area was full of uniformed personnel but they were just looking up.
 They were all looking up into the sky to see the parachuters trying to land on the 'Padang'.
 I reviewed my photographs taken to find this shot of 7 parachuters!
There was no riot. It was just a preparation for an Armed Forces Day performance the next day. Aren't we lucky to live in peaceful Malaysia? You don't have to physically fight the government leaders but just vote them out without violence if you are unhappy. To be honest, there were more than seven parachuters that morning but taking a photo of 7 in the sky was coincidental!

Later that evening I had planned to climb up a small steep hill in Melawati after dropping a friend's daughter for her reading class as her parents were out of town. It was a long time ago since I had scaled that hill and wasn't even sure where the starting trail was exactly. Nevertheless I felt adventurous to look for it to try it again since I had a 2 hour window of time before having to pick her back home again. I found the trail quickly and started on it till I reached the ridge at the top that I remembered had a spectacular view of the surroundings. Here are the pics I took :

 The trail at the bottom is just a little path that is stony...
 ...which turns to be come a little rocky
... becoming even steep that one has to rock climb.
I have a GPS in hand to check my bearings regularly as I was on this trail alone using self timer for this shot.
I finally reached the top where there is a long narrow rocky ridge
 ...with a magnicent view on either side of the ridge
...with the ultimate surprise of finding the number 7 painted on a rock!

A video of the experience shared in the photos above is found here :



Post-dated event :


Han was able to celebrate his achievement of 7As  for his A Levels examination with his cousin Ying Er who also achieved the same 7As. This event in Singapore is shared here.

Han's exercise of faith and works from as early as 2012 has led him to receive a full ASEAN scholarship to study in Yale-NUS as shared here.

March 5th, 2011 Saturday

My day started at 5am in the morning with a bike ride to the Lake Gardens with 2 other riders. At 9am I had to pick our friend's daughter(aged 7) and her two older brothers to school for their activities from their home. Incidentally, I forgot to mention that the family lives in a house that is numbered 7 on their street! All their cars left behind end with the number 7. For privacy, I cannot photograph these car plates but here is a shot of their house number on the gate post :



In the early afternoon I had a Toastmasters International Speech Contest at the KL PGRM building. All contestants had to draw lots to determine the order of who would speak first and can you guess what number was my draw? Here is a photo of my prize and the draw paper that I kept as the evidence :


Click here to read more about the above events with more pics and videos.

March 9th, 2011

I had mentioned about a little 7 year old girl  that was included in a previous post which was on the day I had been informed of our oldest son's A level results of 7 As.  On this day the following week, I had picked her from school and brought her to Kota Damansara to pick up her older brother. She started to ask me to tell her about the Story of 7 as I had mentioned to her earlier in the week that I had included her into my family post. I turned on my Nokia phone with broadband internet access to let her see the pics on the original page of the Story of 7 as I related the events to her. She was totally amazed! Just as I ended explaining the pics, we reached our destination at Kota Damansara and see what we saw recorded in the following pics :

As I finished the story, I pointed out the car infront had 7 on the plates as well in the car model of A170!
I found a spot to park the car to have lunch and we had just started walking around in the neighborhood when she pointed to a mixed rice stall! She was even more amazed after hearing my story!
After lunch we met up with her brother and she pointed out to me again this time to a motorbike with 77 on the plates in a shop that was just beside the college building of her brother.

April Fool's month

Mom's birthday where she raced to write her short story to the 7th page...


... and my travel to Singapore and back being given seat no. 7 in both trips. See Full Story


October 2014


Changes in the criteria that decides what gets posted into the Story of 7

It's been some time since I added to this special post not because the number 7 stopped recurring as there were many times my customer service number came up to go to counter 7 or my car just gets a vacant spot at pump 7 at the petrol station. I just felt they were too small or common a coincidence to be worthwhile making a record. Then comes the big one...



I found some amazing feedback from my Google+ profile page that shows approximately 700,752 views were recorded for my posts in Google , at this time of writing, and made a facebook post below after changing my facebook cover to follow my Google+ cover above :



You can click on the link to the blog post given above to read the full story or click here.


In the significant post mentioned above with the revealing story about the writings of my Body Mind and Spirit, I highlighted a very important symbolic meaning behind the Story of 7 which will change the nature of all future posts here. An excerpt of what I highlighted about the Story of 7 is quoted below:

The Story of 7 is really only the tip of the iceberg of all that I have experienced and it has become a metaphorical answer that I use to explain miracles of my life. "How sure am I that the miracles I've experienced are from God?",  I've asked myself before others might ask me. My answer is purely a statistical response. It goes something like this...say you have two dices and you seek for a confirmation of something from God by 'rolling the dice' so to speak and all you have are two dices to roll and observe the outcome. What if you rolled the two dices 7 times and the number 7 total shows up 7 times in a row? Would you believe that God had given you the confirmation you had sought for?  Well that is what symbolically happened to me in the series of events that occurred in my life. Without reference to divinity or any religion, I have used this simple metaphor in place of orally taking time to share the details of what actually happened which I believe had a divine intervention.  Full length details are of course shared in my spiritual blog post, starting from here, where one can read a true and detailed account of my spiritual life as well as my thoughts, any time any where at their own pace without fear or favor. I realize that when reaching toward our biggest life's mysteries and deepest unanswered questions, words seem never enough and yet they are all we have. But I believe an optimal path can be chosen and that is one of simply doing our best to express what we feel and what we think or what we wonder and what we know.  

So in other words, The Story of 7 that I started in the beginning which consist of a strange recurrence of the number 7 in my life is symbolic of many other events of my life that appear to occur due to pure luck or a matter of chance but could strongly suggest a spiritual meaning to it from a divine source. So the story of what happened to me on the birthday of my eldest son on Oct 19 of 2014 will be the first of its kind that qualifies to be in this blog. Others posts that now follows need not have the criteria of the number 7 being in the story and will qualify to be in the Story of 7 post so long as it has a miraculous experience in it or one depicting a plain lucky chance had occurred as many would call it. In the stories I write, I try to reflect optimal accuracy by using photos or videos whenever possible and most times the best of what my memory helps me to recall objectively and completely. I am satisfied after doing so to let the readers freely choose their own interpretations or conclusions.


19 October 2014
It's Han's Birthday and first thing in the morning I made the following post in facebook :








There is an amazing story that comes along with the making of the above video clip. If you look at the time stamp of my facebook post above the video, it's Sunday morning of Han's birthday at 10.51am. Church for our family starts at 1pm and I am also Mr Mom preparing dinner for the night celebration. I had just arrived in Singapore the night before about 9pm and used the time to shop before midnite at our nearby 24hr supermarket to get all the ingredients for the next day's dinner as well as a birthday cake.

I woke up early on Sunday morning with a goal to get a video clip done for Han for this blog post that I can share with him on facebook too. I had to select pics from my family photo files and create ideas how to present them. I was confident that with my computer storage of photos and my optimal brain for ideas, I could get the job done. The main challenge I knew was trying to use Microsoft's Movie Maker on my new notebook that was running on the latest Windows 8.2 which had a bug of no sound production since I had first tested it over 3 months ago but had no time to resolve the problem. Ray the youngest had woken up early and he was trying to do something online for his brother too. He became a witness for me of the miracle that occurred that morning. He knew I was struggling on my little project as I was talking out loud as I commonly do even on the facebook community lol.



First I chose a video footage of Han at 16 months old, as above, with his Mom in our Singapore home when his grand parents were still alive. I added the video on Movie Maker and sure enough there was no sound. It played fine by itself outside of movie maker but not when loaded into it. I googled for a solution and found this video solution. (Post dated : The link doesn't work anymore today so another is provided here.) I followed the guide and fixed the problem but in a different way from the video guide. Some auto message appeared on Windows 8 to click the speaker icon and when I did that and tested the video clip loaded on Movie Maker it worked but here is the miracle :

Normally I would then have to select some music to override the original sound track of the video after I've added pics on the video. Miraculously as I played the video clip, a Happy Birthday Han sound clip somehow took over the original sound track! I know I had this sound clip a long time back but I had not clicked any icon in Movie Maker to load that particular sound track nor go to my computer files to look for it! I was simply amazed at how things worked out so quickly and I did get to publish it before leaving for Church to arrive on time also!

This little miracle reminds me that the same table where I sat by to make the video clip was the same table in Nov 2011 when Mom had just passed away and we felt she had switched off the power just at the moment we had lit the candles of the cake to celebrate the birthdays of Shuan and Jay together as recorded on this video. It is of course no coincidence the original video clip of Han above was taken in the same living room too!


20 November 2014
The trip of Miracles to Australia

Soon after I arrived in Melbourne Australia, I made a facebook post found below that triggered the stories of my trip that was fast accumulating. The special miracles I encountered to make it possible to reunite with my long lost friends is found in this post.




It includes a video of how I retraced my footsteps walking through a park in Eastern Beach, Geelong to find answers to my earnest prayer that occurred in Dec 1979. As stated in the post, this act of reenacting my spiritual experience on the first Sunday of Dec 2014 was purely to familiarize myself to the terrain where it happened. This was desired as though I've never forgotten the spiritual experience that occurred on that dark night, I never did take note of what exact street address the apartment of the Elders was located at that I walked to. Furthermore, I have never returned to the park to retrace my steps in daylight to see the actual terrain I had walked on.


14 Feb 2015

Chinese New Year is on the 19th Feb and I've been bogged down in KL for some assignments eager to return to Singapore. I haven't been riding my bike for awhile so when I saw this event on facebook a couple of days earlier, I signed up for it and showed up on Saturday morning which happens to be Valentine's Day. I was on chat with a US friend and associate in my early morning while it was afternoon there in the East so I struggled to get out of bed to be slightly late for the ride that starts at 7.30am

I was the number 7 and last rider to show up and I guess the group didn't know why I was smiling but I always smile to others anyway! So this is the reason why this post is included here.


I didn't know what the statistics would be on the event page the night before and captured the above photo a couple of days later to note that it was accurate as 7 did show up but I was surprised at our 1st food stop, we had an eighth person joining us. In fact I was surprised earlier that someone was taking our photo as we passed by the highway stop to learn later that he was the organizer of this event who hurt himself slightly in a recent fall so he had to pull out from the ride but could join us for breakfast. 

Everyone was high with humor and as we sat down chatting, we noticed that there was one sporting woman with us with 7 men so the group unanimously called ourselves 'Snow White and the 7 Handsome Men', an appropriate name we felt as it was indeed Valentine's day.

By nightfall I decided to post some pics on facebook seen found below and created a special video that contained photos and video shots that were all taken on Valentine's Day and Night! I called it a Made in Malaysia production as it reflects the diversity we have in culture, music and language not forgetting the energy of the people! 


Click the comments icon above seen at the bottom left to read all the comments and additional photos posted. The special video created can be seen in the comments too or viewed below:



Valentine's Day and Night Special from Dad the KL City Kid on Vimeo.


2016

This particular year has been a major transition for me in my personal life, family life, business life and church life! I have therefore been particularly busy and engaged in all fronts and had to cut short my writings in my journals mainly due to the conservation of my free time to be spent on writing my first book that has a target year of 2017 to be published. Can anyone guess why? Hahaha

I have used facebook to record many of my significant events and saved time in trying to create a detailed blog post from scratch so I've used facebook posts to be embedded in blogger posts here. There were instances too strange to completely be shared to the public through facebook immediately and so there are some rare posts where I did spend time to try to capture what actually happened in my more private blogger journals. Overall I have used all the technology I know from social media with facebook, blogger, youtube, vimeo, Microsoft movie maker, Macbook Pro iMovie and Google products especially using Android smart phones to synchronize with Chrome browsers on the PCs and notebooks any information relevant to my creation of stories in writing, videos or photographs, often all combined using the best of what Multimedia tools allow today. For connecting with the public for information etc, I use the normal phone with messaging or facebook messenger which are both that gets my prioritized attention. Other messengers I use with both my Singaporean and Malaysian numbers in two separate phones include WhatsApp,  Gmails, Google+ hangouts, WeChat and Skype.

I will use blogger tools to give the reader relevant links to instances where what was experienced and recorded can be viewed by clicking hyperlinks. As my writings on blogger posts are tagged with html coding, a reader can be led to the correct post or any section of the post with the story that qualifies to be shared here, considered a miracle in my opinion, so that it can be quickly accessed without reading through the entire post unless the particular journal post is entirely dedicated to a miraculous experience! 

I will start with a recent experience doing a Dec 22nd anniversary post for my late wife. This means the links I will start posting may not be in chronological order and may go back in time in years past where I did not include them even though they seem to be miracles to me but didn't have number 7 in the experience. Here goes :



27 Nov 2016

I found time to visit an ex St John's Institution Alma Mater member living in Taman Tun and suddenly I was brought to my attention of a bird flying up in the sky. I rushed out to the balcony to capture this bird in flight with my camera! It appears to be an Eagle which happens to be the symbol of our school which is shared in a blog post I did for our grand reunion event that both of us had attended a few years ago! Interesting that I would not have had this powerful camera with me if I had not responded to help another ex SJI member in the morning of the same day to do a video coverage of an important meeting. My life truly has been filled with many such coincidences which I've had interest to record them in my journals like this one about my bird stories which motivated me to write my first ever poem too!




7 Jan 2017 

This bird story and those of past years seen in the link given below deserves to be included in this category of the Story of 7 :

Click the comments icon above to read the comments I had shared or simply the "See More" prompt below.
19 Mar 2017

An old friend from Orem Utah emailed me a copy of an article in the Church 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... 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 :

(Click the play icon below & move the cursor to the bottom right to turn on the speaker.)

1 April 2017

The morning that I could not sleep all night for the first time in my life :


2 April 2017

The reason was soon discovered found in my comments at the bottom of the post or share below :


I ended the above long comments to end my facebook post that started on 1 April just past midnight! It was already about 8am and I planned to take an hour nap to rush to the KL branch meeting. At about 6am in the morning, Sharon Wong who teaches the Gospel principles class in the branch fb messaged me to request covering the lesson for her as she had to follow her family for "Qing Bing" Chinese festival to clean up ancestral graves so I agreed. The topic she told me was entitled "Atonement" which I found as chapter 12 in the Gospel Principles Manual.

Now I was up all night to watch the live session of the General Conference of our Church held in Salt Lake City Utah on their April 1 Saturday US time which was our mid nite Malaysian time on April 2 Sunday.


Elder Henry B Eyring talked about Family History and the inspiration to me is to follow up on my mother's Cheah family history by going to Penang again.

Elder Russell M. Nelson talked about the Atonement of Jesus, perfect for my lesson to be taught at Church for the Gospel principles class as requested by Sharon.

Just as I have been told by Church leaders, if you have a question or problem in your mind, you may find the answer by listening to the talks in the General Conference which I did! 

This is a spiritual miracle for me which I've taken time to record as I knew something special would happen. As I knew I would be busy in the year 2017 in writing my first book to be published, I merely kept my journal briefly in facebook instead of spending time to write them in my blog journals directly in the past. Due to advanced technology in social media today, I was able to embed my original posts from Facebook to a quarterly post. It is from there that I further transferred any event that I felt was a miracle to this special Story of 7 blog post.



10 June 2017

Some humour!

As a Chinese, someone exclaimed to me that I wasn't Chinese as I believed my lucky number is 7 instead of 8 which is a lucky number known to most Chinese. Click the blue 'f' facebook logo below to read all of the comments and why I insisted that I was still a Chinese :


If you're lazy to click and click with all my hyper links, just click here - The Happy Chinaman in JB 


17 Jul 2017 or 17/7/17




(Click the play icon above & move the cursor to the bottom right to turn on the speaker.)

So the Chinaman really wouldn't waste the opportunity for a free ride on the MRT to Kajang and return. He was thoroughly impressed with the changes in the Chinaman Cochrane area with gangster schools that my father was afraid I would be advanced to for Secondary education from my Pasar Road English school! I was therefore transferred to the school Najib went shared here.

Look at the modern Cochrane area today:





Let's take a look at what we see inside the Cochrane MRT station and in the train:









Old buildings of Cochrane are still seen in the area with lots of construction going on in the vicinity:




I would remark that it seems quite a miracle that this country has reached a state of progress as what I could share from my pics and videos of the launch of our MRT system in Kuala Lumpur. Like the rest of the free world, we have our political fights and I'm glad since young, I had the vision and hope for this country shared in a couple of journal posts I've done.  One is here and another there.



18 July 2017


According to the facebook link for Lushbowl, my friend Ahmad Fizal Othman was the 77th person to check in. See below.

19 Jul 2017




So the story continued that on the next day, 19th July, Fizal continued his facebook posts with food dialogues.

He even captured a shot of me inside the Lushbowl restaurant that we were checking out and provided a facebook link to the page below:


To my surprise on checking the facebook page of Lushbowl that Fizal was recorded to be the 77th person to check in!

Now in the comments section of Fizal's new facebook post on Mamak and Indian food which I started to comment on, I came across the name of Robert Leong who left a comment too with screen shots below :



20 Jul 2017

This post will share the truth about my amazing life and to understand why I had to start recording it early in my life as I knew then if I would try to explain to others later about my life, many may think I'm making things up or try to inflate things to be bigger than they are! I used to write them all in files or books of paper. Luckily in my career path, I made a switch from being a bean counting Accountant to become a Management consultant with IT based knowledge and experience. This had led me to be in Social Media today to share my Chronicles!!!

Below is a conversation I had with Linda Ng, an old friend that I knew in the early 80s who migrated from Singapore to Canada and I got to meet her again only on facebook. Our recent open chat though comments in facebook are below on the topic of my lucky No. 7:






Now at lunch time on 17/7/17 knowing that it was a unique day of multiple 7 numbers, I was expecting something to happen but wasn't sure what it would be until I turned on the television for the news as I was taking a break from my daily routine of research and writing work for my book.

So I got to record the story of the day down, as shared above and it seemed like 2 days in a row later, I was hit with a good spell of lucky No. 7 experiences with more stories to share. Now on the 4th day or 20th July my mind was caught up in a writer's block in researching a subject on our 'Consciousness'. I was close to getting a breakthrough and even felt quite excited that I might have found a 'key stone' knowledge that would explain the miracles of my life which I had covered up with the number 7 Story title to make it sound like good luck! 

So when Linda surprised me to inform me that her son's birthday was on 17/7/17 too, I felt impressed to tell her on chat that she had inspired me to share something more in my open journals about some contents of my book, as I felt my writer's block or 'Gordian Knot' was getting unloosened soon, and that she should stay in touch to learn more of what I would share. This will be the very post to reveal my discoveries!

These are a sequence of events that occurred via photos :

I started to read cover to cover the book of David R. Hawkins, a medical doctor and a scientist with a Ph.D to research the field of human behavior and consciousness

I watched his videos Part 1 and Part 2

I needed to sleep when my brain got tired

When I got up, for some reason, there was a dark colored book beside my bed, not from the stack that is seen in the other photo above. The cover suggests a mystical book that I had bought some time ago but never read it and decided to read it.

The Book is by Robert Rabbin a mystic.


Here is a brief story of his life.


I went out of my room to search more on the internet.


Of course, I had to find a title with No. 7 on it which is very enlightening to read by clicking here.


21 Aug 2017

This is the every Monday activity I call an online family home evening with my children spread out to as many as 6 locations on some days as they travel too!  On Mondays, I would look forward to an email of our 2nd son Woon Shuan serving on a voluntary mission where he earned enough to support himself to serve a calling for our Church who sent him to the London Mission for 2 years. He could do this as he had served the Singapore Army for 2 years where he as well paid as a Lieutenant. I was impressed to share his email on this post.


Hi Everyone!

Many things have happened this week!

On Monday evening, we had a lesson with our Portuguese investigators. At the end of the lesson when we were about to go, they suddenly brought out food!
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I noticed that Portuguese love to share food. It's actually part of their culture. My ward mission leader is also Portuguese and after he explained the history of Portugal it made a lot of sense. The oppression they they faced under a dictator in a way made them learn to take care of each other. They actually had a peaceful revolution in April 25 1974!

On Tuesday, we had to drop one of our investigators. He simply did not want to change his ways. It was a very pleasant last lesson where we agreed to disagree. I wish there were more of these than those of people ignoring us. Something I've learned from this person is the danger of replacing repentance with rationalising. He picked the commandments he liked and came up with excuses to not keep the others. I guess he's not quite prepared to change yet. We told him the church is always there, and that he has our phone number so he can always come back whenever he wants to make a change in his life. After we said goodbye, we watched him walk away... and lit a cigarette... :(

On Wednesday we had exchanges! I spent a whole day with Elder Yamada from Japan! 
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It was so fun to serve with him. He is full of faith and is always excited and positive about everything!
He got along with one of our investigators who's is actually pretty similar in nature!
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You can see a little bit of our drawings to explain the different groups of people that were led to America that are mentioned in the Book of Mormon. It's really so exciting to teach people who actually take the time to read!

At the end of the day, we were blessed with Costco Pizza!
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The member who got it for us was truly inspired. She normally buys us 1 pizza which is more than enough. Somehow she decided to buy 2 when there were more missionaries because of exchanges! We didn't tell her there were more missionaries!

The day after our exchanges was interviews with President and Sister Stevens!
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After looking at the photo, one of the missionaries commented that we're a super district instead of a zone. I found that to be rather true because we're quite few in number. However, we heard that there will be 32 missionaries coming in next transfer! Counting out the leaders in the mission, it probably means almost everyone will be training or follow-up training next transfer!

Here are some of the pictures I took on the train while on the way to interviews at St. Albans:
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You know summer is ending when they start gathering in the hay into bales. I'm not looking forward to winter at all!!!

We had a miracle lesson after interviews as one of our investigators who dropped us last week decided to come back. To make it even better, his boss has allowed him to change his shifts so he could come to church for the first time this week!

On Friday, we had a lesson with another one of our investigators. After listening to his life story, it is difficult to not believe that God has led him to the church. He has been coming to church since February. He is waiting for the right time to be baptised... we're working on it!

After the lesson, we had to go to from the chapel to a member's home to do some service. There's another miracle there. As we were waiting at the bus stop, it began to drizzle. As soon as started to rain, a member stopped in front of us and told us to get in. We were saved by that ride! We were completely unprepared for the rain. It was totally sunny that day, and because of that:
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Rainbow! :)

My most spiritual experience in the week was on Sunday once again. This is actually related to last week when we learned of a member of the ward who had a strong testimony of the gospel and lived all of the commandments which she knew except one, which was coming to church. What has prevented her is the severe social anxiety she has and it's the worst I've ever seen. We were given permission by bishop to administer the sacrament. She had not partook of it for almost 2 years and broke down in tears when we offered it. We did so, shared a spiritual thought and gave her a blessing. This week, when we went to visit her again, she was completely different. No longer depressed, but bright and full of hope. It was as if there was a glow in her countenance. 

This experience reminded me of one of the people I taught a while back. During that time, I saw a gradual change in her which was amazing. This time, I saw an almost immediate change. Partaking of the sacrament renews the covenants that we made at baptism. It is as if we're being baptised again. This experience made it very obvious for me.

Ok, the final news is that our trio is now disbanded. Elder Gato has been reassigned to the Joao Pessoa, Brazil mission. This is what happened on his last day in the England London Mission:
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Now it's just Elder Birch and I. It's kind of strange for me having been in trio for so long, but I'm looking forward to the remaining 4 weeks with Elder Birch in this transfer!

Have a wonderful week!
Love,
Elder Chong


The rainbow photo of my son above links my mind to some spectacular rainbow photos of my life shared below:


The above double rainbow had to be taken in 2 parts as my camera couldn't take the whole arch of the rainbow seen over the Provo Temple in the summer of 2005. I guess the photo cameras then didn't have panoramic switch for wide angle scene shots nor a built in video capability to capture the whole scene.

The photos below are captured in the Autumn of 2005 in a trip with my daughter to Moab Utah :



Besides photos, I'm glad I became a chronicler to write journals, like this one, on experiences of my life which will include videos too such as the time I could share with my daughter camping in the desert. These rainbow pics was inspired by my son's email home shared above about the miracles on his mission in London and how he saw a rainbow too. As 


Sunday 1 Oct 2017

This is the start of last quarter of the year, a critical one for me as is my last quarter to complete the writing of my first book targeted to be published early next year. In order to focus time for my book, I have stopped several important things that I do in my life. I slowed down the progress of my Socialpreneur business plans, cut down my trips and time spent in Singapore including my other overseas trips, reduced my writings on blog journals like this one by merely making quick posts on facebook and embedding relevant posts from there to my Body Mind Spirit blogsposts or named Familylane Fastlane Spiritlane blogposts respectively.

Now this blogpost of the Story of 7 was specially created to record unusual coincidental events or those of spiritual nature that can be deemed miraculous that I could share from my life.

A Church meeting ruled by Theocracy and an Apartment AGM meeting ruled by democracy

On this significant day, being a Sunday, I had the feeling that it would be quite a busy day for me to be occupied by two organizations requiring my participation. Firstly I had Church meetings that would start at 9am for Branch Council, followed by further meetings of 1 hour each starting at 10am for Sacrament, Sunday School and Priesthood meetings ending at 1pm. Next was an Annual General Meeting(AGM)of our apartment required by the Strata Titles Act of the country where registration by owners or their proxies would be open at 10am and I assumed that the meeting would begin at 2pm as was the same time in all the past years.

On the Saturday before, the apartment office called me, passing the phone to Mr Philip Yap, the building manager, who asked if I was willing to loan my amplifier sound system for the AGM bringing it early in the morning at 9am or 10am. Now this was an irony as 7 months earlier, it was this same type of general meeting that Mr Philip Yap opposed my sound system, instructing the guards to not allow me to use the power socket points when I voluntarily brought my sound system to be used at the the carried forward EGM meeting then of Feb 19, 2017. Representing the owners of the apartments holding its general meeting, I insisted that this was conducive to be used to facilitate the meeting and boldly plugged the amplifier's cable to the power socket, reminding the guardLis that all members present were owners of the apartments and that Mr Philip Yap and the guards themselves were all employees paid monthly salaries by the owners through the monthly maintenance fees contributed by all apartment owners. After the EGM, Mr Philip Yap began his act of harassing me  personally by instructing the guards to clamp my vehicle. (This episode, with others previous and subsequent that followed, has been recorded on this TalkLaneNow public post.)

As Saturday night approached, I decided to go to bed earlier than usual seeing my following day would be full. Live General Conference sessions would be available on the internet for the Saturday morning session occurring in Salt Lake City, the Church headquarters but would be too late for me to watch them in our local time in the middle of our night. This Sunday, being the first Sunday of the month would also be our Fast Sunday so I did fast and pray for the next day tomorrow that all the meetings would turn out well.

I woke up about half past seven in the morning and felt all priority should be given to the Church meetings and when I left the apartment about 8.30am, I told Sam the new office employee that I had urgent and important meetings from 9 till 1pm and could only come back immediately after all my meetings, thinking to bring my sound system in time for the 2pm AGM of the apartment owners.

The first meeting at Church went well. Seen in the photo below is after a fruitful and spiritual Branch Council meeting of heads of all branch leaders led by the Branch President Boyd seated and wearing a coat and tie. 

We often hear the Church referred to as a democracy, when in reality, instead of being a church where the body is governed by officers elected by the members, the Church is a theocracy, where God directs his church through representatives chosen by him explained here.

After 1pm I rushed back to the apartment meeting which I referred to as a democracy type meeting when I posted in Facebook a report of the AGM. One can click the blue facebook icon below to see the entire post including more information in the details that I have added under the comments section of the post.


To my surprise when I went back to the apartment to attend the AGM, I discovered that I had the wrong notion that the 10am registration of voters was only prelude to the meeting in the afternoon at 2pm. There was food catered to be served before starting the meeting after registration so when I got back about 1.30pm, the meeting was actually at the tail end. I found that the result of the elections was very satisfactory to all the owners who lived in the apartment as they did not like the way Mr Philip Yap ran or ruled the management office as explained in this detailed TalkLaneNow post that I created in Social media. This experience taught me the power of social media to bring justice to the communities of a democratic country where I wasn't even needed in the actual voting meeting itself!

2 & 3 October 2017

Steven Kok in US saw my Democracy is alive post and sent me a message below past midnight on my Monday morning. This message became significant to me only a couple of days later on reminding me to relax. Read further below to know why.  I found time to watch the recorded General Conference talks and was deciding which Apostle I would listen to as it was late and I just had time to watch and listen to one only. In deciding who to listen to, my mind thought of the Apostle who performed the sealing in Su's sealing to Jay in 2011 who was just newly called i.e. Elder D. Todd Christofferson whose title of his talk was "The Living Bread Which Came Down from Heaven"



After the Sunday AGM and as recorded in my video, the resolution was passed by majority present to give every unit back the one open car park space.  However, in the first few days of the new week, I met one newly elected council member who informed me an office staff who had written the minutes of the AGM had somehow change the resolution of the open car park space entitlement to every unit to become not a properly approved resolution in the official AGM but only to be an item proposed and to be decided by the Management Council in their meeting! Now this was a complete change in words to be recorded in the minutes of the meeting that will be enforced by the laws of the land. I couldn't believe that he could do this as we had a good Chairman in attendance, even the Chief of COB in attendance to monitor the meeting as a representative of the meeting plus my video recording of what exactly happened on that Sunday afternoon. The video was possible as it was one of the last 3 items of business raised at the end of the meeting when I was present in which a proper vote by show of hands was counted with no opposing votes by show of hands, meaning it was a unanimous decision of the AGM. 

It was Monday late morning that I heard about the wrongly typed minutes my immediate thoughts were that this must have been a deliberate act of the staff with some collusion with Mr Philip Yap whom he had reported to previously and had hired him. I decided to walk into the management office to talk to the staff about it on Tuesday Oct 3 morning. My emotions got into the better of me and I roared at him, releasing my frustration over the matter and left the office. As I contemplated over what I did later on Tuesday night and listened to more conference talks online, I felt the need for personal repentance.

4 Oct 2017

Rainbow connection explained!

In the late morning, I walked into the office and apologized to the specific staff for my uproar on the previous day and he too apologized to me for the mistake.

I took photos of the office where members of the council were meeting with staff to continue the follow up of managing the office and doing all the necessary to follow up after the change of Management Council of the Apartment :




This new day of Wed Oct 4th was special as it was the birthday of Su, my 2nd daughter. As I continued to review my journal, I realized the spiritual thread from the last post of this journal that started with my 3rd son's email and his miracles with a photo of the rainbow and my sharing of the rainbow photos of this same daughter when I was with her in the Utah desert in her days as a student at BYU Provo. Then the Sunday night or early Monday morning to listen to that one conference talk by choosing the Apostle that was involved in her wedding in 2011 to hear his words in 2017 that helped me realize of the importance of our Savior Jesus Christ in my life today Here is an excerpt from his talk that touched me :

This suggests the need for a mighty striving on our part. We cannot be content to remain as we are but must be moving constantly toward “the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.”17 Like King Lamoni’s father in the Book of Mormon, we must be willing to give away all our sins18 and focus on what the Lord expects of us, individually and together.

Not long ago, a friend recounted to me an experience he had while serving as a mission president. He had undergone a surgery that required several weeks of recuperation. During his recovery, he devoted time to searching the scriptures. One afternoon as he pondered the Savior’s words in the 27th chapter of 3 Nephi, he drifted off to sleep. He subsequently related:
“I fell into a dream in which I was given a vivid, panoramic view of my life. I was shown my sins, poor choices, the times … I had treated people with impatience, plus the omissions of good things I should have said or done. … [A] comprehensive … [review of] my life was shown to me in just a few minutes, but it seemed much longer. I awoke, startled, and … instantly dropped to my knees beside the bed and began to pray, to plead for forgiveness, pouring out the feelings of my heart like I had never done previously.
“Prior to the dream, I didn’t know that I [had] such great need to repent. My faults and weaknesses suddenly became so plainly clear to me that the gap between the person I was and the holiness and goodness of God seemed [like] millions of miles. In my prayer that late afternoon, I expressed my deepest gratitude to Heavenly Father and to the Savior with my whole heart for what They had done for me and for the relationships I treasured with my wife and children. While on my knees I also felt God’s love and mercy that was so palpable, despite my feeling so unworthy. …
“I can say I haven’t been the same since that day. … My heart changed. … What followed is that I developed more empathy toward others, with a greater capacity to love, coupled with a sense of urgency to preach the gospel. … I could relate to the messages of faith, hope, and the gift of repentance found in the Book of Mormon [as] never before.”19
It is important to recognize that this good man’s vivid revelation of his sins and shortcomings did not discourage him or lead him to despair. Yes, he felt shock and remorse. He felt keenly his need to repent. He had been humbled, yet he felt gratitude, peace, and hope—real hope—because of Jesus Christ, “the living bread which came down from heaven.”20
My friend spoke of the gap he perceived in his dream between his life and the holiness of God. Holiness is the right word. To eat the flesh and drink the blood of Christ means to pursue holiness. God commands, “Be ye holy; for I am holy.”21
Being my daughter's birthday on this day, I made this facebook post which has a video of 2005 edited on this day to what can be viewed today by clicking the video seen below:




To be continued.....