Archive for July, 2006

Latest update on deadly accident

Tragic trip for 47 pilgrims

Ok, no Singaporeans were involved. Please continue to pray for the dead and injured.

Dies irae.. again?

I have recieved news that a bus of Singaporean Catholics on their way to St Anne’s Church in Penang was involved in a serious accident. The bus flipped over, and 11 out of 24 passengers were killed. There should be a report in the papers tomorrow.

Please pray for the repose of their souls, especially in the Rosary and the Office for the Dead. Please offer your reception of the Eucharist for the salvation for their souls.

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine.
Et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion,
Et tibi reddetur votum in Jerusalem
Exaudi orationem meam
Ad te omnis caro veniet.

Requiem aeternam dona defunctis, Domine.
Et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine
Et lux perpetua eis.

Redivi – I have returned

Rumours of my demise have been greatly exaggerated…

I’ve been rather busy and quite burnt out as a result. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to.

19 May – 21 May: TICE Eco-Camp
26 May – 27 May: Band Camp
3 June – 4 June: Precamp, Curia Meeting
9 June – 11 June: Legion of Mary Recruitment Camp
15 July – Christopher Chan’s Confirmation (My godson!)
16 July – Our Lady of Mount Carmel Junior Curia Feast Day and Swearing-in of Officers
22 July – Recruitment Camp follow up event

I’ve also managed to finish two major projects, being my NYAA Gold Award journals, and my Singapore Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology competition essay. If nothing goes wrong, I will be going for the interview with the NYAA Council this Friday. Wish me luck!

Here are some photographs…

TICE Eco-Camp

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NYP Geo Council at the jetty, Pulau Ubin

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NYP Geo Council at the other side of Pulau Ubin

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With long hair. (In that week alone I was mistaken for a female twice! Can’t help it, I’m pretty. =p)

Recruitment Camp

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Priscilla and I. Priscilla is Angela’s sister.

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Mark and I. The two elites of the Legion.

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Group shot

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Fun Group shot

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My group (Yes, that is a NYP lanyard. It beats having something pinned to my shirt.)

Sorry, no photographs for the other activities… haha.

Currently, I’m on industrial attachment. I have four more weeks to go. I hope I can complete my projects before then. Too bad the attachment doesn’t count into my GPA. That would be such a boon. Unfortunately, my FYP has gone to the dogs, so I have little hope of reaching 3.5 by the time I graduate.

And I have to compete with all the hardworking individuals in my cohort AND in other polytechnics AND in the JCs in order to gain university admission.

It’s too late to regret not studying properly in my earlier years. I rather look forwards then backwards, though now and then I sigh to no avail. Right now I’m trying to pave a way for myself by getting to know more people. Hmm, networking is so important. I’ve also been thinking of and researching ways to make my CV look better.

And what if I don’t get into the local university? My parents keep saying that I can always go abroad. Yeah right, show me the money, dear Mum and Dad! Yes, we are having money trouble. I swear, DON’T ever do MLM. My parents say that it’ll bring in the money, but I’m not seeing it. I don’t desire world riches, but I still need to eat you know?

I need not fear; for there’s always the workforce. They need skilled microbiology technicians like me. =P
But that will be after NS. Unless I can temp as one before that?

I was considering the Library service. Books? I like dealing with books. Yes, perhaps I shall read up on this career (pun intended.) In fact, I saw an ad for temporary assistant library officers just now… but it’s for the next 6 months, and applications have to be in by Monday. I don’t know. I quit Band to that I would have more time to focus on Legion and my studies. I don’t think working part time will be a good idea. It’s the last semester; I cannot afford to muck up.

Is this the end of Ian’s life? Oh no, it has only begun…Still, if I die, I hope you guys will chant Die Iraes and the Office of the Dead for me. =P

Yeah, these months have been stressful but I thank God for helping me to get pass them, especially during my projects and attachment. Thank you everyone, for your prayers.

On an upbeat note, things in Legion are starting to look more hopeful. We’re getting more new recruits these days. But we need to train good leaders, fast. I don’t have much time left. The army awaits.

So you see Ian, things aren’t that bad. Have faith, God will provide.

Spera in Deo, quoniam adhuc confitebor illi: salutare vultus mei, et Deus meus….


July 27, 2006

Dies irae dies illa, solvet saeclum in favilla, teste David cum Sibylla.

THAT day of wrath, that dreadful day, shall heaven and earth in ashes lay, as David and the Sybil say.

What horror must invade the mind when the approaching Judge shall find and sift the deeds of all mankind!

The mighty trumpet’s wondrous tone shall rend each tomb’s sepulchral stone and summon all before the Throne.

Now death and nature with surprise behold the trembling sinners rise to meet the Judge’s searching eyes.

Then shall with universal dread the Book of Consciences be read to judge the lives of all the dead.

For now before the Judge severe all hidden things must plain appear; no crime can pass unpunished here.

O what shall I, so guilty plead? and who for me will intercede? when even Saints shall comfort need?

O King of dreadful majesty! grace and mercy You grant free; as Fount of Kindness, save me!

Recall, dear Jesus, for my sake you did our suffering nature take then do not now my soul forsake!

In weariness You sought for me, and suffering upon the tree! let not in vain such labor be.

O Judge of justice, hear, I pray, for pity take my sins away before the dreadful reckoning day.

You gracious face, O Lord, I seek; deep shame and grief are on my cheek; in sighs and tears my sorrows speak.

You Who did Mary’s guilt unbind, and mercy for the robber find, have filled with hope my anxious mind.

How worthless are my prayers I know, yet, Lord forbid that I should go into the fires of endless woe.

Divorced from the accursed band, o make me with Your sheep to stand, as child of grace, at Your right Hand.

When the doomed can no more flee from the fires of misery with the chosen call me.

Before You, humbled, Lord, I lie, my heart like ashes, crushed and dry, assist me when I die.

Full of tears and full of dread is that day that wakes the dead, calling all, with solemn blast
to be judged for all their past.

Lord, have mercy, Jesus blest, grant them all Your Light and Rest. Amen.

Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem. Amen


Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us

Stella Matutina, ora pro nobis

Our Lady of Perpetual Succor, pray for us

St Michael the Archangel, pray for us

St Jude, pray for us

St Benedict, pray for us

St Dominic, pray for us

St Anthony, pray for us