Life

Saturday Morning reflections

The morning after a long day, especially on a Friday night, knowing that the next day is the weekend and we can just do about anything in the world to take us away from the last 5 days of work, late nights and everything.

I find myself drifting in and out of sleep last night, probably cause I am out of home (specifically at a guesthouse somewhere in Penang Island), air-con was cold, mozzies we just being vampires on us through out the night, and I thought that I’ve had purchased a can of spray to rid of them!

It was a struggle, but I managed to get myself off the bed, into a pair of trousers, a flattened out my bed hair, and head down to the concourse for breakfast. Nothing lavished was served just toast (just had bread cause the toaster ain’t working)  and coffee, that would work for now, for me to ease into the new day.

Now that you have just finished reading the first 3 short paragraphs of my morning thus far, for my Saturday Morning reflections,  well… here it goes.

Starting out a new job, new band release of our new single and soon to release EP in April and travelling, has got me thinking a lot about my life. I can say that my personal life has been pretty decent, great family, financially getting along pretty alright, personal life: I am always on repair to work on myself, great bunch of close friends whom I care about, this year, on I want to spend time with those who really matters in my life and equally respect me for who I am. Screw those who don’t they are just a waste of my time.

A couple of things that I want to make things different of my current “work-in-progress” of my 2014. Living life to it’s utmost fullest.

Keeping things real. That’s one thing that I have been doing towards the end of the year onwards. It’s always important that we are realistic about each situation we are in, in making goals or to tackle problems that we face. You will end up in disappointment and let yourself down, or in a work or group situation, you don’t want to be like ” I knew it”, when it’s already too late. Fix it, look at the situation holistic, try predict and interpret every move and things that may go wrong before leaping on to anything, so that when things go well, you know that it was successful and when things go bad, you have already know. Couple of situations like this arised recently, guess in a group it is not easy to decide and work things out, compromise, but well, we can always learn from situations like that in a group. Though I have given pre-warning, well… we will learn next time. Sometimes things may turn out well despite hitting up the problems that you foresee, for everyone it can be improved next time to not let it occur again.

There is only one life, live the most of it. Yes, last year everyone was like ‘YOLO’ for every situation. The world has came to a point where there are so many bad things happening, the economy, poverty, crime rates, natural disasters and etc. Well, hate to say this but yes, we should have some point have a phrase like ‘YOLO’ in our lives to make the best out of life in every situation. Regardless of believes, we would never know but to be assured that there will be another life? Eternal life after death in this world? We can only trust something that gets us going in this life, and for now, live for every moment in everything to make life the best journey that you can get out of it before we move on to other adventures in life. Conquer your life. Do more in life. Live your life.

Be who you wanna be. Being in the places that I have worked in the past and learning from mentors, ex-bosses and working with many different people, that’s the best and great things that I love about my job where I am able to work with various different people. One thing I have learnt that makes the successful where they are and how they got to “I am on top of the world!”. The magic happens here: WORK ON YOUR PASSION. Wherever you are, or at whatever ranking you are at, you are always working towards your passion. It may not happen now, but it will happen if you work towards it. I believe that when one has not reached the ideal state of life you wanna be or work on your passion and be able to sustain out of this, I believe that God has somethings that he wants you to work on, to learn from, to build and strengthen upon, so that when you are ready and at the prime to make your passion happen, you will have the smoothest ride of your life living your dream and passion to the ultimate satisfaction and success, and anything that comes against your way, you will be able to overcome any hurdles coming your way.

I have made this vague for one reason cause I want this to relate to you as much as it has been working for me, I want you guys to know that you are the maker of every situation that you are in, you are in control cause God placed you there for a reason and for you to find the reason for yourself of why God placed you there to find the meaning of every thing in life to make your life of purpose be fulfilled yesterday, today and tomorrow. Because if you didn’t already realise it, this is the one life we have, that we know for sure.

Conquer your life. Do more in life. Live your life.

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Life

Fast track to the present! Part 2

On my personal note and how I’m coping with life…

I realized I’ve changed so much… And I find in this stage of my life, in fascination of learning more about who I am and what I am to be come.

I’ve so many things that I wanna do and achieve at work and out of work. My Career, Music, the bands, self improvement in my cooking, getting back into my fitness  getting my room organized (which never happens), and hanging out and meeting new friends. serving in Church, food venturing and my deepest dreams.

It all bared down on me for the longest time that I should do something and this is the ultimate litmus test to get me to where I want me to be. I am at cross roads making major decisions now on where I want to be and with whom I want to share it with. I’ve been so blessed and touched by all the things that happened in my life since coming back from Bangkok, but now I need to hear the call and to make the right decisions to continue to move forward.

Right now I’ve got a lot on my mind on what I’ve to do next. I know after making this colossal of a  decision, it is about moving on and not looking back, cause I know that God has a plan for me and it is up to me to make things happen, as nothing will happen if I do not move.

I know I probably sound emo right here… but I’m feeling anxious and excited at the same time to discover and wait for how I will paint my future.

I know here it may seem real vague on what I plan to do, so for those of you who want me to share my testimony and what I’m up to, lets talk and meet me in person over coffee and let me tell you. I’ve a plan to reach for the sky, I may not see them now, or I may just catch a glimps of the dream, but I know they are there hiding behind the clouds.

I tweet @danRFTS

I meet digital faces here.

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Life

Fast track to the present! Part 1

It’s been awhile…

OKAY.

IT’s been a LLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNGGGGGGG time since I last blogged! I can even hear imaginary echoes in my dusty old blog.. I even start to think that “Diary of Danny” is so weird now, it definitely needs a major switch up in here!

See… I got distracted and just spent 15 mins playing on the guitar and forsaken this poor poor blog… sigh…

Hmm… So what have I been up to lately….

So lots of stuff has been happening since my last blog post on Sept 11, last year.

I’ve been so busy with getting used to the working life since I graduated. It still seems so surreal even till now that my uni and highschool days are over even tho they feel strangely like they all happened recently.

I liked the fact that my work place feels like another haven, a whole big and awesome Alpha family that I see every weekday, work with, have great lunches and conversations with and people that I can count on and be part of a team that make things work! It is definitely such a blessing to have colleagues like these, whom I’ve learnt so much from the past 6 months that I’ve been here, and everything went by so fast, and to me, I feel that I’ve known them longer than reality, that I can even have the privilege to call them my friends.

Alpha 245 - Christmas 2011

Yes we are indeed a crazy, wacky, funfilled, never ending energizer family. And that’s me in the bottom right of the photo (above), with my long hair. Now I’ve a total different hair do totally!

 

AHM 2012

Well here you go (See above)! Short and more presentable I feel for work and anywhere. I feel good as well cause I’ve never had a satisfied hair cut ever in my life, this is pretty close to what I was looking for. So for those of you who didn’t know, that’s why I just kept my hair long, since I can’t get the hair cut that I want.

But fret not! I’m still the same Danny 😀 Seee…. (pict below)

Alpha gatherings

Yes its me… and I love food… as you can see…

 

Comic of Me

As you can see…. this comic above was made by my Alpha Boss. D: So yes… I’ve developed to be a character in a non-fiction comic! Crazy Alpha team!

Btw! I’ve also just finished my 6 months probation period at Alpha as of 15th Feb!

 

Confirmation

You are now lookin at the latest and confirmed ALPHA245 Brand Executive! : )

Yeah! Like a boss! P :

Hahah!

So that is a summary of my work life, I was really hoping for an increment, not now,  but I know that I’m not to worry as He has surprises in stored for me, as I know that I gain everything thru Him when I place Him first. I  really have to thank God for the doors He opened in my life and how He showed me that I can be who I’m today, a molded and changed person for the better, from me being who I was in the past, today and what He holds for me in the days to come.

I guess this is a cause of celebration that I’m now a permanent Burnetter and a proud Alpha245 BE.

For those of you who may not know yet…

I tweet @danRFTS and meet digital faces here.

 

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Life, Sightings

The ship set sail

Voyage of Columbus

Before a captain sets sail on his ship,

Before a captain departs on his voyage,

He sets a plan that will last through the age.

He spills out the map and lay down the tracks,

the beginning of a great movement awaits.

The Days and nights quick fades away,

The ship yet still stays at bay.

His dear friend has joined arms in his quest,

Yet confidence grew less and less.

He said: “Kill that anxiety and have faith my friend!”

Captain replied: “Yes my brother its time to make mend!

We shall rise and reap the opportunities laid before us

and let not pass like a ship in the night!”

T’was months pass by and progress has seen ripen,

his days of learning has deepen.

As time is ripe to reap its harvest,

its time to gather the men and steadfast towards our very quest.

Gather the men, ship held at bay,

yet men who’s been to sea will hold to bay.

Young Bloods is scarce,

yet to find a gem among stone,

will be one to savor.

The Crew

“Gather, gather the men who are braver!

Your time has come to seize the day!”

Thy captain awaits his men,

to raise from the earth and take his place.

For when the time comes, along thy captain they shall stand,

The ship will set sail when the ships crew are chosen.

The ship will then set sail.

–  Danny New –

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Food, Life, Sightings

Japan Earthquake & Tsunami: How I am helping and you can too!

Pray For Japan

 

Hey all,

We all have heard of what happened and Japan is in the state f National Emergency and  a disaster that has brought me close to tears.

I’ve been praying for my Japanese friends who have family back in Japan and also for the people and the nation, and for the surrounding nations to swiftly send aid to Japan.

I’ve been thinking to myself, is prayer enough? And I came to a decision that I want to help as much as I can in this cause. I’m still a student, and there is only so much that I can do to help.

So I make the most of it and chose a few things that I could do.

  1. I just pre-ordered a “Army for Japan” Shirt, where my proceeds will be donated to the Japanese recovery effort by Salvation Army. (Click on the photo for the link)

    My Army for Japan shirt receipt

    Army For Japan shirt

    Army For Japan shirt by Salvation Army

  2. I’ve sent an online donation to the Australian Red Cross of AUD$20 , where all proceeds will be used to provide equipment, and medical supplies for this relief and to those in need. 

    My donation to the Red Cross Japan & Pacific Disaster 2011

  3. A group of my friends at university is putting together donations and sending at least one Shelter Box (of aid) to Japan to provide supplies which contains a shelter made by Vango (leading tent manufacturer), A Smile (which contains drawing pads, books, colour pens and crayons), Warmth and Protection (contains thermal blankets, insulated ground sheets, mosquito nets and water purification equipment), Self Sufficiency (a survival tool kit: hammer, axe, saw, shovel, wire cutters and other tools), Fit for purpose box for storage of things, a heart at home kit (containing: a multi stove kit (specially designed to use things in the environment to run the stove and to provide food for a family), and other equipments. So my mission is to donate a further $20 for this effort to provide at least a Shelter box to Japan. (Click on picture below for more info!)

    Shelter Box

  4. I will be fasting lunch for a week starting 14th March – 20th March 2011, as well as dedicating an extra half an hour of each of my work outs to the Japan & Pacific disaster.

So I am doing my part by donating $100 of what I can afford and also my time to this cause.

My friends, your family and citizens of Japan, my prayers are with you and I hope that my part can help you get back on to your feet.

So what are you going to do to help? Below are some links (with organizations and NGOs) on how you can help and make a difference:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/11/how-to-help-japan-earthquake-relief_n_834484.html

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_newsroom/20110311/wl_yblog_newsroom/japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-how-to-help

 

Help Japan

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Life, Sightings

Underneath the skin

Behind the mask

Yesterday I was just talking to a good friend, a brother to me as well, and we were talking about how our actions can lead to consequences by the image that we allow people to portray on us amidst all the masks we put on ourselves, we might not realize or do not care about what would happen because of our actions. We may stumble people, cause people to judge, and building conspiracies against you, because you were not careful with your wayward ways and mistakes that cannot be undone, and cause heartbreak and lost of so many things that were long build memories and relationships which would take a long time to heal, amend, lost of accountability & trust or even lost forever.

I don’t know if any of you who are reading this have felt or experienced this way before, but through experiences I’ve had in my life sometimes we do not expect and see the goodness and evil that are around us, which does make us human after all. And we sometimes forget and know who our allies, brothers and friends really are. Just like a game of Mafia, where it’s about deceit vs. true honesty. Sometimes we do not realized till it’s too late that the true colours of people really show and hit a point of “I told you so” or “look at what you have done”

I am just so blessed and thankful that I came to realize who my true friends are and they are those who will stick by me, support me, will jump with me, and guard me when I fall or giving me advise when I’m uncertain.

I love you guys and we shall press on together. I do not want to mention names cause some of you will be reading this and you know who you are and you have been a blessing in my life. For those who are facing any uncertainties, problems I mentioned in the first paragraph, I suggest you look at yourselves at whether you are helping anyone or anything by judging people on the outside, and for those on the other end of the stick, do be accountable for your actions and what you may portray to others on the things that you do. You know who you are and what is right and wrong.

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Life, Music, Sightings

Holidays so far & preparing for migration…

Hey guys!

It’s again been a long while since I’ve blogged in this space! Don’t worry guys! This blog will not fade away! It holds lots of memories and important dates just like a personal Autobiography that keeps on writing until the “ink” runs out.

Well I’ve been on holidays since my exams and presentations ended on the 25th of May. I’ve to refer to my diary to keep track of my dates! hahaha… Even’t I don’t remember! Since holidays started, I’ve been busy with gigs and also recordings with my band An Honest Mistake, and the occasional session with A Ruthless Cleansing & Diandra.

Yesterday’s gig was super fun! An Honest Mistake was the featured act brought to you by Monsoon Records Vol.4. It was definitely a great set, comments were, the band was tight, great sound (thanks to the awesome sound man at Laundry) and everyone, including ourselves enjoyed the show!

AHM @ Laundry Bar, presented to you by Monsoon Records

From left: DarrenTeh (Guitar), BaldwinChua (Keys), LeonardChua (Lead Guitar), KevinTan (Bass)

Leonard Chua

Leonard & Sheryl - Best picture for the night!

Myself! the Emo violinist ;p

Awesome photos by Brendan Lee! You can visit more of his photos for the night here, and do visit his webpage as well here!

Other than music, I’ve been busy preparing myself to get ready to head to Canberra to further my studies, will be waiting for my results to be out hopefully by next week! If all is good and no hiccups then I will be flying on the 1st of August and arriving on the 2nd of August.. on my 21st Birthday… what a way to celebrate it on foreign soil… alone… SAD!

My friends and family were saying that they wanted to celebrate it earlier haha… My wish is actually to have a concert for my birthday…. Guess it will be next time then when I come back! Not to fret though, cause I’m only there for a year, so I’ll be back in the beginning of July 2011!

fly away to a new place.. like birds migrating to a new home...

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