HI ya beautiful guys and gals. Diving is like a walk in the bottom of the pool!
Before we fly home on Friday, we're going to make three fabulous dives today in the Andaman Sea. First to a sunken wreck called KingCruiser at 100 feet below. Second to Koh Doc Mai, a huge coral outcrop vertical to about 80 feet. And third, to Sharks Point.
See ya all soon!
Some practice demonstrations controlling movement in shallow waters.
Here are my dive buddies doing the Instructor Training workshop briefings with me.
Chilling out at the graduation dinner.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Posted by John Beh at 9:10 AM
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Did you ever wonder when a lousy day ended like rotten weeklong garbage that tomorrow may bring worse news, and you're seriously hoping the bad news will somehow miraculously disappear into thin air, as the dark clouds mushroom away and shafts of blinding sunlight flood everything in shimmering white?
The day after tomorrow.
Whatever shrulmps you are in or think you are wallowing in, give yourself a hard quick whack. Have you forgotten that God is still God and you're but a pain the neck? Stop your whimpering and whining. Move off your behind and onto your knees. This is the time to give thanks on your knees. Start counting your blessings one by one.
The Bible says in Phil 4:8 Do not be anxious for anything, but in everything with prayer and thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Look up! For your redemption draweth nigh.
The day after tomorrow.
Posted by John Beh at 9:12 AM
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Finally. After two weeks of intensive training and assessment. I and my five dive buddies pulled through with flying colours and got certified as OWS Instructors!
Tonight is graduation night party at Soi Bangla.
Finally, I should be able to log in and post pictures and give updates.
But thank God for his grace and providence thus far - that I could do well indeed.
Scoring 100 percent in three sections, and 92 Percent in two sections for the theory examinations. And Scoring an average of 4.5 out of a top score of 5 for all the skills section.
I was actually aiming at 100 percent and scoring 5's all the way. But then again, God saw me through! Hallelujay!
Big hugs all to my lovely wife, Jessica, and my adorable three princesses, Janielle, Janna, and Jirene, for all their heartfelt prayers for me.
And all rounds of hugs for all of you who remembered me in prayer!!!
Good better best
Never let it rest
Until your good becomes better
and your better becomes best
All glory to God!
And now, for the GY Camp!!!
Hwai Tah and his team of five generals have been planning, strategising, and mobiising the troops for Dec 8-11, 2007, to put in another record breaking youth camp in Grace Assembly.
And this year, we're moving on to Just Doing IT Everyday this year from last year's Following Christ to be Fishers of Men by the resurrection power that comes from new LIFE in Christ Jesus!
And of course, nothing like that until you tasted the encounter with the King of kings and the Lord of lords first!
Posted by John Beh at 4:20 AM
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Finally, after nine days of intensive training, we're set to go through the final assessment. This afternoon, we begin the exams on dive theory and regulations. Tomorrow, the teaching assessments, skills demonstration. And Sunday, open water dive training demonstrations and rescue simulation.
So far, by God's grace, I'm doing pretty well.
Praying I'll pull through this weekend with flying colours.
Jessica joined me yesterday and has been enjoyed lazing around the pool already.
I'm arranging for a day trip to one of the islands for her tomorrow so she can enjoy her dives while I sit for my tests.
Janielle, Janna, and Jirene are happily enjoying their days at their aunt's place until we're back.
Time flies. And before we know it, it's pre-rally!
See ya all!
Posted by John Beh at 8:37 PM
Thursday, November 15, 2007
TSk TSK. Time just whizzed by since I landed in Phuket Sunday late evening.
Busy since with readings and assessments and exams and practicals on dive physics, physiology, equipment, calculations, skills and stuff.
Couple of the my dive kakis failed parts of some of the review exams. Thankfully, only me and a young British passed. Scored 80% to 100%. But more review tests to go.
But interestingly, all way more advanced in diving experience than me.
Praying to do very well. Must be top score mah. And polish up my skills.
Will post some pics when I can. Especially when Jessica joins me for fun dives next week.
Phuket is wonderful to dive. The Andaman sea is fabulous. Must make this annual dive spot la.
Hope to go there again early next year before dive season ends. So can certify Janielle as PADI Open Water. She dived there in April when we were there for couple of weeks.
And let the two other girls do Discover Scuba Diving.
Posted by John Beh at 4:33 AM
Saturday, November 10, 2007
The FRU getting all heated up during the crowd control. It's takes a lot to stay level headed. Not an easy job. Easy to freak out.
The one that didn't get away. Poor bugger.
Now this one was part of the demonstration. Nice choc sundae to cool off the heat after a long teary wet day.
All in a day's ruckus!
Big bird watching from the sky.
This is a good way to disperse the crowd. Don't know whether the water was laced with chemical or not. By the time I elbowed my way towards this water truck as the crowd rushed away, it stopped spraying.
Hah. That was when the warning bells clanged and the FRU assembled ready to fire. I thought what better place to be nearer to them and they'll shoot over me if they need to. But no. I was hit as I moved closer.
This was a zoomed shot. I was probably about 50 meters away when they fired.
This is the day everyone has been waiting for. Not everyone. But I was one of them. Well, some blogs say 100,000 people. Others tally it at 65,000. Foreign news agencies counted about 40,000. But let's just say tens of thousands thronged the streets of central Kuala Lumpur today to show support for a march to the King's palace to hand him a memorandum calling for his intervention to ensure a bersih election coming up before the year ends.
I'm posting some pictures I took from the beginning at Masjid Jamek, where news reports say the action was hottest, and ending at the King's palace when the crowd dispersed at 4.30pm.
(The system is really slow tonight. I'll post what I can today and continue tomorrow from Phuket where the line is faster)
Posted by John Beh at 6:11 AM
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Do you know diving is soooooooo fun.
You get to learn that everything underwater is 25 percent magnified. Even if you're shortsighted, still can see one.
Did you know that underwater, you can hear something 1475 meters away in a second!
Yes! Your hearing powers increase 4 times underwater but maybe not so powerful like Superman. Your friend can do Morse Code hitting the tank to communicate even if he's far away. But you gotta learn Morse Code first.
I'll be off to the Andaman Sea Sunday evening and back end of the month. Will keep you all posted on the latest sights and sounds yeah.
Next year, who wants to go diving with me?
Posted by John Beh at 8:01 PM
Tonight, Hwai Tah and his fabulous team will meet over pizza to think-tank through the final matters of GY Camp 2007 and decide the winning entries of the T-Shirt competition.
All you brave hearts who have sent in your best materpieces keep your fingers crossed but don't hope to die yeah, and see who emerges as the Chaaaaampionnnnn!
And those of you who don't know nothing about the Leaders Training on Saturday, click into janielle7unique.blogspot.com to check the latest pics.
Tomorrow is the Worship and Musicians Workshop in PJ Grace starting at 10am with the group of artistes from Life Melbourne!
Find your way there and don't miss the fun and learning. Me? I'll be there but may need to dash off to visit some Deepavali non Christian friend(s) and YES! tHE Young Adults PJ are going with Klang folks for Sea Food and to watch kelip kelip lampu fly in Kuala Selangor or somewhere in Klang where also go light fly or fly light?
This Saturday, Uncle Kevin J will be preaching his heart out to Klang youths yeah! So be there! He'll be bringing his team along and if you know his team, they can be real whackoes full of zest!
Posted by John Beh at 7:48 PM
Monday, November 5, 2007
Just in case some of you are wondering why the dices, I'll best let Zlwin explain because he's the brains behind the new header in my blog. And, yes. I liked it. So it stays.
The gambler places his bet. He gathers what is important to him and places it like an egg on the bull’s horn. He then takes the dice, shakes it in his hand and hoping for the best. He prays (to whom God knows) and he hopes. Holding the dice tightly in his palm he then throws it on the gambling table. The faces of the dice then decide his destiny.
What does it matter?
To a gambler who has almost nothing to call his own, nothing matters. No responsibilities, nothing matters. No aim in life, nothing matters. No reason for living another day, nothing matters. It does not matter to him anymore whether he lose or wins. If he loses, it is just another lost out of his hundreds. If he wins, he gives thanks to luck and then rolls the dice again and hope luck is still with him.
The problem now is that we fail to see beyond the question, “What does it matter?” Before we do something, we don’t even give a thought of how will it affect us or others in the days to come.
I have money, I have fame, and I have the position of utmost importance, what does having Jesus matter to me? Does it matter if I don’t share the Gospel? After all, there are a lot of enthusiastic Christians out there to do it. What does it matter if I am not one of them?
If I do this, what does it matter? If I don’t do this, what does it matter?
We lead comfortable lives and have everything we want for our pleasure and comfort. Life couldn’t be better than this. Read the Bible? Haha. What does it matter? Pray? Yea I do pray, I pray that God will bless my family and me. I thank God each day for the blessings He has poured on me. I am so blessed. Press in and seek the things of God and everything will be given to me as well? But I have everything. What does it matter?
We just go on with life each day chasing after our own dreams and desires oblivious of what is going on around us. Many of us do know the seriousness of the situation in the world we live in today... but... what does it matter?
Each day is lived based on the end results of yesterday’s living. Must we then take good care of how we live today? What does it matter?
We just throw the dice and que sara sara, whatever will be will be.
What does it matter anyway?
Posted by John Beh at 6:54 AM
Thursday, November 1, 2007
I unintentionnaly caught a movie a day or two back titled Flashback. Basically a comedy about a young FBI agent escorting to court an ageing 70's hippie rebel who had lost most of his youthful idealism but still had enough magic to rub off people who spent time with him.
Those of you who happen to know what a hippie is and the culture then understand it's all about living your dreams and fighting the conservative but corrupt capitalistic establishment.
That old fella, Huey Walker, had charisma and a dream. But no idea how to make the two work. Although he had a huge following, most of the crowd frazzled out over time, with nothing but a tattered dream.
What was wrong was the methodology.
Today, we are faced with similar dilemmas.
We know we need to fix the system. But how?
Mother earth is slowly hacked, poisoned, choked, stripped, and hanged out to dry a miserable death. Greenpeace and other environmental groups like Friends of the Earth, United Nations Environmental Program, Wildlife Trust, Earth Charter Initiative, Biofuelwatch, Global Witness, Nature Serve and many others are battling on fronts that most Christians know nothing about.
Corrupt capitalist governments, dictatorships, and imbecilic rulers of developing nations continue their merry making while more than two thirds of the world wallow in poverty.
What does it matter? To Christians and the church? Should we be concerned since the earth is slated for destruction anyhow? What is our role here?
Just preaching the Gospel? Or excuse me you say, preaching the Gospel includes the above. Yes?
It's never too late to rethink our life purpose and priorities. And methodology.
George Clooney said:
Don't wait till you're 65 before asking what should I have done with my life differently if I knew better.
Posted by John Beh at 12:57 AM