through gus' lenses

quotable quote September 21, 2011

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“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt


2011 @kokol February 21, 2011

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1 january 2011 – oh, the sight that greeted me on the morning of a brand new year!

sunrise at approximately 7am.

the majestic mt kinabalu.


ushering in 2011 @kokol February 20, 2011

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31 december 2010 – initially, i planned to usher in 2011 with dinner and a movie with friends. however, part of my heart longed for more. and as circumstances had it, i was soon part of my church group heading towards kokol prayer summit to usher in the new year.


i have heard so much about the kokol prayer retreat centre but this was my first time there. i thought the architect who designed this building is genius. the design concept of the building is based on a picture in jerusalem showing Jesus carrying the cross to mount golgotha along the via delorosa.


to read more about kokol prayer summit, click here.

anterior view of kokol prayer retreat centre from the main road. as it is located approximately 2,800 feet above sea level, it is no wonder that the weather is cooling.


one of the two dogs guarding the prayer retreat centre.

have you seen such intricate spider web?

the surrounding neighbourhood.


nature lover will love it here!

our clean and cosy room.


to be continued…


November 29, 2010

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18th april 2010 – third and final day in kundasang.

view from the balcony of our room at fairy garden resort. tel: 088-889688.

we had breakfast at the cafe across the road from kinabalu national park. cheap and good! these are just random customers at the cafe. snapped their picture because i love the way their hair was lit up by the morning sun.

kinabalu national park with mt kinabalu at the background.

since it was a sunday, before i drove back to kota kinabalu, we dropped by a church in kundasang for a visit. i was so encouraged by them. the congregation sang their hearts out, led by the worship leader with only a guitar as an accompaniment. and even though they did not have much money, they gave it anyway to send their evangelist for further education. also, the pastor served passionately, lingering behind to talk to her “flock”, even the young ones.


a few days before our visit, the church building was broken into by men who threatened the church. fortunately, no one was harmed.

unlike church members in the city, these villagers have to walk under the sweltering sun to get to church and to return home around noon!

i have so much more to learn from them.


chinese new year + valentine’s day 2010 May 3, 2010

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14th february 2010 – 1st day of chinese new year & valentine’s day.

this picture was taken at the new church premise @luyang. here, i was trying to tuck in my tummy *sheepish*


i realize nowadays, i’m lousy at uploading pictures. mainly because it takes a lot of time and effort to do so. therefore, from now onwards, i will only upload a few selected pictures instead of the whole lot of it. by doing so, hopefully my blog will be slightly more up-to-date. tak ketinggalan zaman.


dance practice for chrismas 2009 February 14, 2010

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19th december 2009 – dance practice for christmas at d’stream, centre point sabah.

*all pictures taken by felix wong with “gus”


the hip hop dancers – cynthia lee, ivy & lulu

contemporary dancers – cynthia chia, yeong ying, margaret & myself

lulu, our christmas dance teacher, in action




lulu lao shi giving us some pointers

viewing our dance routine with amusement


mad & matt’s wedding dinner January 5, 2010

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29th november 2009 – mad & matt’s wedding dinner at ocean seafood restaurant

the setup

the kids

the friends

the masters of ceremony

the entrance

the prayer

the toast

the people

the couple


the bride

the first dance

the perfect ending