And Jo passed the card, with Confirmation:

Joshua 1:9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Whatever I’ve written in the goal list this year, I’m gonna go after it. No regrets, take it all on.

At the end of the day it’s that smile on the face after taking joy in all you’ve accomplished amidst all those challenges.

Let’s do this together lord

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It’s pretty damn obvious:

I’m behind Luis Suarez. All the way.

Not just cos’ he’s my favourite player (Alvin can attest that honor comes once in a blue moon)

But it also signifies the importance of family, support, and forgiveness.

The more they crucify and stand against you, the more we’ll guard, protect and care for you

Nunca te camina solo Luis Suarez

You’ll Never Walk Alone Luis.

It’s been awhile

Things have changed for the better, though its been really tiring. For some reason energy seems to sap REALLY quickly.

Yet things are on the way to become better. 2011 has been a challenging year, yet a breakthrough year in some aspects.

For the first time I’ve thrown off the stigma of living up to everybody’s expectations. And to also have courage.

The rhema: Joshua 1:8-9

Courage, Law, Redemption.

And the chance encounter with an old SOT classmate, she reminded me of the power of visualisation, of words, of speaking to the future.

Yeah, it did work before at the last marathon didn’t it? Kept confessing it’ll be the fastest yet, came to pass.

Torres was lost. But Suarez came.

Exams crashed big time, yet the 1st class remains reachable.

Family didn’t respond, yet one step closer.

Friends didn’t respond, but they’re open to me.

I still believe, 2012 WILL be the best year yet.

P.S And my little prayer lord?

Straight As this year, a valuable internship with no lack of finances, a trophy or two for LFC. Suarez’s name to be cleared(and to meet him face to face). Sister & mum to get saved. CG to grow 2-3fold. Personal capacity to expand and touch many, many more lives.

And for the first time, I want to share my space with that special girl.

Between you and me, let it be the year.

Nothing beats the joy of finding your limit. And then pushing it

Had a great run with Wanli & Alvin for the full marathon. Even though we started 40 minutes late cos of organisers’ screw up over logistics.

Turned out that all of us had to do a running battle against 70+% of the runners trying to get ahead of them!! Hit my personal Best of 4 hours 42 minutes. A good way to end the year well after earlier disappointment in the 100km.

I’ve run non-stop for 3 years now. Distance clocked minus training is 6 full marathons, 1 half and 60km completed in the 100km challenge. Which means I’ve covered 8 marathon distances in 3 years (334KM)

And I’m feeling the effect on my knees, with the worrying propensity to vomit after 30km, my body is giving lots of warning signs to slow down. So I’ve decided to take a break for a year, I’ll be back in 2013!!!

Not to worry, I’ll be open to help anyone wanting to train for a full marathon. After all, all the experience accumulated must be put to good use right?? After this is a physical gift given to me by God to use and develop

And yes, won a major battle with my mind after struggling for so long.

No longer do I have to live up to anyone’s standards, because even God doesn’t have one

No longer do I punish or diminish my self-esteem because I didn’t meet someone’s perceived standards. I’m free!! =)

Feels good to just smile to myself, and smile without a reason

After the breakthrough, came the test.

Had another of those trying moments again. Those poisonous dark thoughts.

Then I realised, after Saturday’s message. About never giving up.

And god directed me back here. And asked why I named it so.

And I realised……

Ok, now for the battle I’ve always tried to hide from. This time, theres no more hiding. Time to fight

Thank you

For Resurrecting what’s left of my broken life.

I’ll give my life for you, no more looking back, but to look forward.

There is freedom in your name, thank you Jesus =)

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When the mountaineer has scaled a peak, he looks for new ones to scale.

When an explorer has finished charting ground, he looks for new lands to explore.

Likewise when an athlete finishes a race, he scours around and prepares for his next.

Too many times we hear of people’s dreams and visions. Wanting to do this, wanting to achieve that. Everything is about themselves, theirs, and them being the focus of everyone’s universe.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against chasing your dreams. It’s good!! having a goal in life is way better than merely existing and wandering around in circles. If not, lots of time will be spent (and wasted) seeking an answer to that question.

It’s just that: do we stop and look around? Can we forget ourselves for a moment and look at our fellow man next to us? Take some time, talk to ’em. Listen to them speak, too often we complain about not having anyone hearing us and yet ignoring the brother/sister next to us crying for help.

Great men have spent their lives helping good men. The greatest men and women have given their lives to aid great men. After all, how often do we hear people say: my greatest dream is to help you achieve yours?

I believe we’ve that within us, we just need to listen to it from time to time. And let’s not hush that voice with rationality. The greatest things don’t always follow rationale nor logic:

Just as the founders of two of the world’s leading technology giants didn’t complete their University education.

Or a team beaten at the halfway mark could stage an almighty comeback against a juggernaut of an opponent at the biggest stage

Or a small boy armed with five stones could defeat and behead the most fearsome giant in his time.

Or how an ostracised, ridiculed, hated man could give his life and not only forgive, but redeem those very same people whom wanted him dead.

Let’s bring this closer to home, literally:

How a sleepy fishing village could grow into the metropolis of today, after being told it has no natural resources, physically and economically disadvantaged in the space of two generations?

That’s right: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Liverpool FC, David, Jesus of Nazarene, Singapore.

All of them defied logic.

So many times we fail to pursue our goals, being beaten back by ‘logic’. Social or acceptable norms. Being ‘safe’.

Guess what, none of the above got what they have today by being ‘safe’. They got it in the midst of risk, crisis, events which threatened their existence, at their lowest points, shaking their very cores and thrown the most daunting challenge. They’ve stood up and not only proven themselves: But they’ve defined and changed history.

So many times we’ve talked about being worldshakers, history makers. But are we truly? Ready to step out and make the bravest, boldest, most insane act of all?

Yes, whomever’s reading this, I’m talking to you.

What is your dream? That quiet little dream you’ve always cherished? The one you were afraid to say in case someone laughed and mocked?

Well I’m no different, in fact, I’m gonna go one step further: Let me tell you some of mine.

1: I’m gonna be an economist. To foresee events of this world and foretell what’s gonna happen. Then prepare what’s needed ahead so everyone will’ve more than enough for their needs.

2: I’m gonna be the owner/leader of Liverpool FC. To lead and inspire this storied, magical and proud family back to its’ glory. And to send out a message that dreams and visions CAN indeed be resurrected. There’s no need to take the easy way out.

3: I’m gonna be a leader of men. To help and inspire ordinary people around to shoot for their dreams and point them in the direction they’ve to go. Be it in anything in life. An advisor, mentor, teacher. So to speak.

4: I’m gonna have a happy family. With a nice and cosy home, a virtuous & beautiful wife with two wonderful kids. Even though I might be busy with my responsibilities I’ll pledge to give my utmost for them. And fulfil their needs as much as I can as a father, a husband and a man.

See? Don’t be afraid.

Purpose. We’ve all had one. Otherwise why would we be here? Yes our lives may have completely varying paths. But we can work together, with each other. There’s no need to pull away or work against each other.

We can all pull together in the same direction. Yes, we can.

Be brave, be bold, you can do it. Run after it. Whoever’s reading this, just know that I care, and I’m running with you.
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I’ve always been drawn to the underdog, always has, always will be.

Seeing them getting trampled raises a certain fury within, to fight for justice.

‘Give a writer a pen & be amazed by what he can write. Give an artist a brush and he’ll paint an awesome picture. Give a singer a tune & he’ll sing a touching melody. After all, the most amazing moments in life is discovering what lies within you’

Someday when my time has come: I like this to be my defining quote

I love these moments of peace. When you shut off those noisy moments

iCare.

A future to look to, a platform to aspire.

It was also a rude shock, seeing the stuff and roots within me.

Chastened……frankly shocked, stunned and disappointed by all the crap within me.

Well…..at least this will teach me to be humble, to reside in him

What’s the point of achieving my dreams if I don’t become a better man