Saturday, 28 June 2008

David vs Goliath Powerpoint






My name is Josiah

He is cute....

He is adorable....

He is handsome....

But...
Probably by this point of time, you have notice that his hobby is playing with "junk"

Cute pose

My son is 18 months old, and he still not speak a word. This is what he did in order to ask me what is the colourful creature in front of him.

Celebrating Euro Cup Final

Definetely is not only adult whose into football this days.


He is not british, so he can support Germany!


Thursday, 26 June 2008

Powerpoint Children Illustration

I have been toying around with the idea to create children illustration when I discover that Powerpoint is in fact a very good vector drawing tool (at least good enough for me...). This a test concept, totally done in Powerpoint, of a shepherd during the nativity scene (which later I realize is not biblically correct... but anyway...).

Wedding day accessories

If you look for a unique handmade wedding day accessories, surely you have to visit http://www.wenyadesigns.com/, She made beautiful earrings, brooch, necklace and bracelet. She is able to customise her design too!






Now, I belong to Jesus

(One of my fave hymns....
you should hear how does is sound,
the word is indeed so sweet)

Jesus, my Lord
will love me forever,
From Him no pow'r of evil can sever,
He gave His life to ransom my soul;
Now I belong to Him;

CHORUS:
Now I belong to Jesus,
Jesus belongs to me,
Not for the years of time alone,
But for eternity.....


AMEN!!!

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

GIMP : How to change eye colour


Recently has been wanting to change my eye colour without wearing contacts! I found out that singapore famous blogger, Xiaxue, did the same thing on many of her picture. So, I decided to find out HOW! Here is the video, you can do it in 2 minutes! (Well, mine is a bit crude, I only have 5 more minute to blog so forgive me...).


This is my original eye color, dark brown. I didn't follow the tutorial 100%. Instead I create a new layer, and add one circle masking each eyeballs on each layer. And then bucket fill the circle with whatever color you wish. Last step, choose "Dodge" on your layer operation and select 95% opacity. And tadah...!!!

To change the color, simply change the color balance (changing hue saturation as shown in tutorial is a bit too drastic for me), and here you go... another new color created!!!


Konigsee


Lake Konigsee lies below the Watzmann, nestled in the mountains of Berchtesgaden National Park. The emerald-green hue of the shimmering water captures the heart of everyone who sees it.


The Palace and pilgrimage church were founded by the Prince-Provosts of Berchtesgaden in 1134. The triple-concha design of the church dates back to 1697; the stucco-work is by the Salzburg master Joseph Schmidt. In the 18th century the summer and hunting palace was rebuilt, with older building sections incorporated. After Berchtesgaden became part of Bavaria in 1810, the palace became a hunting lodge for the Bavarian kings and was one of their favourite haunts. Since the Romantic period, the world-famous pilgrimage church, set against the Watzmann range, has been a source of inspiration for numerous landscape painters.

Lake Konigsee's landmark, the chapel of St. Bartholomew, can only be reached by boat. This world-famous church, originally dating back to the 12th cent., lies at the tip of a picturesque peninsula. Neighboring the chapel stands the former hunting lodge of Berchtesgaden's provosts and Bavaria's kings, today an idyllic location for an inn.


Note :Königsee is a beautiful 8km long lake nestled among some spectacular mountains. Apparently it's one of the cleanest lakes in Germany. For about 13 Euro you can take a boat trip along the lake. The guides explain all the various features along the way.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

A small reunion

I've just went to London on Monday to meet my brother in law and his wife. They are on honey moon tour around Europe for 2 weeks (fantastic!)

So here three of us went to London using London Midlands service from Milton Keynes. Josiah was so excited riding a train. This probably his 2nd ride in his life!


We walk around St. Paul (which was amazingly packed on lunchtime break), and then we went to Natural History museum. The building absolutely a stun (as you can see from the picture above). There is all sort of things inside it. Like this....


But Josiah doesn't do animal, he only like steamy and wheels. The only bit that he liked is the earth and geological section, whereby there is a huge purple earth like ball with an escalator going right into it.

He was absolutely thrilled when we ride through it!

I must admit, because of my stupidity I didn't have ANY picture or whatsoever from that day. Yes... we brought the camera but left the battery at home!!!!

In summary, we had a great time with my brother in law and my sister in law. Both of them thought that Josiah is an absolute grandparents spoiler, and his cheek is definetely as big as satsuma orange!

Sunday, 22 June 2008

3 years and counting...!

Again this post is a bit late. But late is better than never.
Have you ever wonder, if you can choose who'll be your brother and sister, who would you choose? I've been thinking about this a lot. No doubt I am blessed with one great sister ever, so given a chance to choose, most likely I am going to pick her. But I understood that many people is not as fortunante as me. Many christian are treated as threat and enemy by their direct family. Simply because they hate to see the light that shine and expose how sinful they are.
I am previledge, to have my brother and sister in Christ over here in UK, where I am far from comfort of home, far from my parents and my sister, yet God gave me another "family" I certainly called them my own. Thank you Lord for being so faithful to our church, Kettering Free Baptist, and giving us a chance to pronounce a sound and biblical doctrines to life of people in west midlands. Thank you for all this years you have given me and Yusdi a heavenly bretheren to takecare and encourage us.

Once again.... happy birthday my church, may the Lord be our only vision....until we enter eternity.

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Neuschwanstein

I was stunned the first time I saw this picture. My research on Germany had brought me to this castle, which allegedly was the very castle Walt Disney had modelled upon. Of course, I was hoping, on my visit to Bavaria, Germany, I would be able to see this castle and took my picture with it :-)


Neuschwanstein Castle (German: Schloss [formerly Schloß] Neuschwanstein, lit. New Swan Stone palace; pronounced [nɔɪˈʃvaːnʃtaɪ̯n]) is a 19th-century Bavarian palace. Located on a mountain top in Germany, near Hohenschwangau and Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Swabia, the palace was built by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner, the King's inspiring muse. Although public photography of the interior is not permitted,[1] it is the most photographed building in Germany[2] and is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations.

Ludwig did not allow visitors to his castles, but since its opening in 1886, over 50 million people have visited the Neuschwanstein Castle.[3] About 1.3 million people visit annually, with up to 6,000 per day in the summer.[4] The palace has appeared in movies several times, and was the inspiration for Cinderella's Castle in Walt Disney World and Sleeping Beauty's Castle in Disneyland.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Hello and Goodbye


Last saturday was another reunion day for us. After 3 years stranded in UK, we met again one family from our former church, Heritage Baptist, in Singapore. Aileen, Julia, Henry and Zach spent 1 week in UK for vacation. To cut the story short, we end up meeting up in Oxford. Not sure how many times have we brought our guest to Oxford, but there you go....
Allegedly, Aileen was studying in UK about a decade ago!

Zach looks so different, he was about 1 when we left. And now he is such a tall boy. He resembles Julia a lot, Aileen said probably because they both spent a lot of time together! (Now, how does that worked???)

First stop was Christchurch college, unfortunatelly the "harry potter" dinning room was closed. But I still managed once again adore the detailed workmanship of the front lobby of the dinning chamber.

Since they stop at the gift shop, then we decide to do this...

Josiah is so loud as usual. It's a good thing that camera didn't record sound!

We stopped at the chapel, the common room, and then, we decide to do something more British. It was a fine day and the sun was out shining. That would mean.... go to the park. Zach seemed to enjoy this than window shopping in Corn market Street. He just found out that tree around here is easy to climb!

And then he tried to feed the ducks, unfortunately we eat all of our crepe and had nothing left beside a bag of nuts. But rather than make the ducks choked from eating nuts, or probably causing peanut allergy, Zach decided to gave them leaves instead! Brilliant idea! (Ducks :"Hey mister, I need some carb here!!").

It is strange when you came to realise, that you actually met old aquintances more when you are thousands miles away from home.

Our last stop, natural history museum, where Josiah met his buddy, mr leopard.
We waved our final goodbye, and until we meet a decade from now!

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Coton Manor


I am really sorry for not be able to blog as often as I should. There is a lot of things going on recently. We'd been quite busy in church (just have our 3rd year church anniversary today, thank God!). And tonight our pastor will be off to Germany for 10 days. And my company doing so well that I had been overloaded with work! Which is a good thing!
**Finally for the FIRST time, I actually join a company that MAKES money!
This week, we met Aileen, Julia, Henry and Zach... our dear bretheren from Heritage Baptist Church in Singapore. Picture and story will be uploaded sometimes this week.

So this is Coton Manor. We went there couple of weeks ago (while the weather permitting).

Coton is a hamlet in the English county of Northamptonshire.
It is located between Guilsborough and Ravensthorpe. Coton is in the civil parish of the latter which, in turn is part of Daventry district. Coton Manor is a popular visitor attraction for its gardens and bluebell woods (in may).

So on this entry you'll see, loads of flowers...

Such as this....

And this....


The water appear like crystal under the sun. Really pretty!

And more flowers...
This peaceful ten acre garden occupies a hillside position extending down from the 17th century manor house, constructed of mellow Northamptonshire stone. Landscaped on different levels, it comprises a series of distinctive smaller gardens, providing variety and interest throughout the season, and enhanced by flowing streams, fountains and ponds. Beyond the confines of the garden, there is a magical five acre bluebell wood and a colourful wildflower meadow at its best in June & July. As well as enjoying the garden, many visitors will want to explore the extensive nursery, take light lunches or teas from the Stableyard Café, or visit the garden shop. Garden courses complete the range of activities available at Coton.


And, a bit of wildlife.... or should say, domesticated life!



This is me posing in front of some strange looking flowers.

And believe it or not, the park actually have flamingos!! I wonder how it survive on British weather?!



**Yawwwnn....** Need to go to sleep now... till later!