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Clatjw | 陈俊微。

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Last Day of Year 2
Monday, February 25, 2013 ▪ 3:01 PM

Wow. How time flies. Just like this, I've ended my second year in Ngee Ann Polytechnic. This year is not easy at all. There were moments I struggled and I cried. Obviously, there were happy moments too. Some friendships were lost, some were made stronger. No matter what, Im just thankful that I'm done with year 2 and to those who played a big role in shaping my life. Thank you.  I look forward to year 3 in 2 months time and I can't wait for my capstone project (FYP) and if God allows, i would really want to have my internship in Shanghai or Hong Kong. 

Worked with 2 groups this semester and just glad that conflicts were really kept to a minimum this semester or there isn't any in the first place :) 
Photo Credits: Natasha Kleinman


Anyway, after my last paper, I got my new Ixus 125 from Ruth (I sent to her house btw, lol)  and when I wanted to unbox it in the first level, i saw my girlfriend!!!  These were the first few pictures i took with my new camera! Btw, she looks really tired because she mugged the whole night! 


After that, I met up with xiaona for a short catchup session and she accompanied me to Sim Lim to fix my phone. The crack was so bad and I even had headaches just from typing it!

We walked around Bugis for a long time before we settled down on a Japanese Coffee House - Shokudo. And nope, hey don't just sell coffee/desserts! They sold main courses too! : ) 

Lol. I was trying out the smooth skin & portrait mode. 

Grilled Chicken Omu Rice ($14.80)

Kinoko Wafu Aglio Olio Spaghetti ($12.80) 
I really love this dish! It was a bit salty but really tasty! The mushrooms, oh yess the mushrooms were so fragrant and really juicy! oh nom nom nom.

My mentor : > 

The repair service for my phone took an hour so both of us settled down at Bugis Street and we bought Shark Fin Soup! 

After $75, all is well. 

oh hi! : > 

After spending time with Xiaona, she went to a christian conference and i went for my bible study :) 


That's about it, on how I spent my last thursday  :) 


Yesterday, Pastor Caleb briefed us about our mission trip theme and it was about 'Grace'. I'm still trying to wait upon the lord and ask him to guide me on what He wants me to preach in mission trip. I believe in this camp God will really work mightily through us and that He will make a great impact on their lives. I can't wait for march to come. There's just too many things to look forward! Mission trip, Kingdom Invasion, new job and so on!  God has also impressed on me that March will be a series of breakthroughs in my life and I can't wait. Before I end, let me close with this song called 
'Grace' by Laura Story 

I ask you: "How many times will you pick me up, when I keep on letting you down? And each time I will fall short of Your glory, how far will forgiveness abound?"
And you answer: " My child, I love you. And as long as you're seeking My face, You'll walk in the pow'r of My daily sufficient grace."

The love and Kindness we know we don't deserve. That is God's grace, my friends. Have a blessed week ahead!  

Till next time, xoxo.
It isn’t our responsibility to try to change people. It’s our responsibility to pray and love them."

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Canon IXUS 125!
Friday, February 22, 2013 ▪ 5:29 PM

Some of you might already know I spoilt my old canon camera during reunion dinner 3 weeks back.   I went to Canon service centre and wanted to fix my jammed lens but they quoted $200 for the repair cost ._. They told me i could trade in my old camera and get a new Canon IXUS 125 camera at $238 (Price before trade in is $299) Then I went to Sim Lim and most shops quoted $260. I actually set my mind wanting to buy from the canon service centre the next week and heng heng i chanced upon a Qoo10 shop and they were selling for $220 (w/o shipping) AND  SO HENG THEY GOT FURTHER DISCOUNT GOING ON. In the end I paid not more than $170  for my new camera :) 

Some random facts about Canon Ixus 125! Oh and this camera is really light! 

Sample Photos that I took around Bras Basah.  I will be using Church of Saints Peter and Paul as  test shots example.  I just took some photos of different filters but there are many other filters and programmes you can play with Canon IXUS 125.

1st) Auto Mode

2) Fish Eye 

3rd) Miniature Effect | IMHO, i feel that miniature only works well if you take from high angle. However, this shot turns out quite well too. #impressed 

4) Toy Camera Effect | I love this effect the most! It gives a very lomography feeling.

5) Soft Focus | I hate this setting the most. So blur see what? 

6) Monochrome | aka Black and White

7) Super Vivid | as you can see, the photos are vibrant and the colours are really contrasting. i like :D

8) Poster effect | I feel that the colour could have been much stronger and darker but nonetheless, still quite pretty!

9) Handheld Nightscene | I took this around 10pm without a tripod and as you can see, the photos aren't blur and that's because for this mode, they only use 4MP.

 I thought the colour wasn't very bright so i took pictures of other scenes :) Photos are quite bright and isn't shaky at all too! 

Some of other filters include: Smooth Skin and Portrait mode! 

As you can see, our skin looks really smooth and trust me, in real life my complexion is quite horrible! It is even worse now because of my exam period :( 

Glenda was there beside me when I unboxed my camera! #bff

I decided to compile some of the filters so you guys can make comparisons :) 
My previous cameras are Samsung L210 and Canon IXUS 130.

Overall, I am really happy with my purchase! The deliver took 6 days only and he gave 3 gifts too (4GB memory card, tripod and screen protector)  

If you guys wanna take a look at his shop, just click the photo below :) The shop is still having a discount now! So hurry up if you guys wanna buy okay ^_^

Have a good day everyone ;) 

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Sunday, February 17, 2013 ▪ 3:01 AM

I went CNY visitation with Youth today. Initially, I really thought i would feel awkward and might feel uncomfortable but thank God, the visitation was great and i did enjoy myself there. I'm really glad I've made the decision to join them today. How often the devil tries to plan negative thoughts and because of fear, sometimes, we decide not to go. You see, it is time to reject these pessimism in us and do what's right and not how we feel. Often, we do the latter and look at how much we have missed in God's kingdom. 

Going to different houses is really heartwarming to see families' core and heart is to love You and their return for faithfulness? Abundant joy and happiness. Lord, indeed you bless the cheerful givers. 

I particularly love the 3rd house the most (Uncle Fan Chieng and Auntie Susan's house) Not only their house is really nice but they shared how they met and how important it is to go after God's word. I felt tremendously blessed to be there today and no doubt, Salem is a really cozy church to be with. 

Sacrificing a day off not to study was a decision well made. :) 

ootd | my feather's earrings that most people mistook it as LEAVES. haha

In Uncle Timothy's Lift. We are all fascinated by it. 

At Uncle Fan Chien's house! 

Had a mini worship session too :) 

With Nicholas!  

Before I end,

Blessed are those who dwell in Your house
They are ever Praising You
Blessed are those whose strength is in You
Whose hearts are set on our God

We will go from strength to strength

Until we see You face to face

Hear our prayer

O Lord God almighty
Come bless our land
As we seek You
Worship You

For You are holy

For You are holy
For You are holy Lord

Have a good Sunday everyone. Till then :)

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Happy Valentine's Day!
Thursday, February 14, 2013 ▪ 11:45 PM

After having intimate relationship with God the past few months, the last 2 weeks I found myself battling with something i know i shouldn't do. My spirit man tells me "Clara, stop it. Stop it. Stop doing it." But my flesh did otherwise and you have no idea how bad i felt when i found myself in this continuous vicious cycle of feeling guilty and I even thought maybe the timing is not right for what God called me to be. This week, i am very unfocused. Instead of studying for exams, or seeking God's word. I did none of those. I lay on my bed, even though surfing the net was boring, i still surfed -.- I was really angry with myself for not completing whatever i should have studied for and i contemplated if i should attend bible study today. In the afternoon, I've made up my mind that i will skip this week but i don't know why when my parents are back, i felt that i need to leave the house. and so i went. IM SO THANKFUL AND GLAD I MADE THE RIGHT DECISION TO GO TODAY :)

I learnt so much today and the spirit of God is so real and whatever he taught today (Acts 6-9) just resonates with me. I know i want to escape the consequences of sin without repenting from it. I felt that I was living the life of Simon and that was unacceptable. the story of simon reminded me that repentance was still available to him but he blew it. He prayed for a change of fate but not a change of heart.

I realised that I need to set my heart right with God again and I need to repent and turn away from all those wickedness and unholiness and most important of all, i need to ask God for forgiveness. I need to put my pride and ego aside and ask God to make me whole again. If we don't repent or ask for forgiveness, sooner or later, the sin will catch up with you and it will be found out. At the moment, I repented and ask God for forgiveness and I felt that my chains were gone and God restored joy in me again. :') God's love is amazing.

I need you to soften my heart
To break me apart
I need you to open my eyes
To see that You're shaping my life

All I am,
I surrender

Give me faith to trust what you say
That you're good and your love is great
I'm broken inside, I give you my life

I need you to soften my heart
To break me apart
I need you pierce through the dark
And cleanse every part of me

I may be weak
Your spirit strong in me
My flesh may fail
My God you never will 

and before valentine's day end, remember Jesus loves you ♥ 

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My Younger Sister!
▪ 2:42 AM

On January 13, my sister turned 11. I know i don't usually talk about my sister to my friends and even if i did, i usually will complain about her. Today, im gonna do just the opposite. (OKAY, AS I TYPED THAT, I THOUGHT I SAW A FIGURE FROM MY PERIPHERAL VISION AND I SWORE MY HEART STOP FOR A BEAT :| ) Okay, back to story. 

Anyway, i love my sister a lot because she always sees the worst side of me and yet she still loves me unconditionally. Even though, I always scold her, she is really caring towards me. There was this time when I was sick and my sister who is 9 years younger than me, (Keep in mind, NINE YEARS YOUNGER THAN ME) took such good care of me. She took water for me, made a makeshift dustbin beside my bed so i could throw all my tissue paper in there. I know all these are really small acts but it really means a lot to me. These acts of kindness got me thinking have i even shown such love to her the way the Lord had instructed me to? 

I'm pretty sure there are times where I bet she hates me to the core but I thank God things will be alright in the end. :) These past few months there have been slight disagreements between us because she keeps on using her phone to watch Disney videos that are uploaded on YouTube! She is so addicted; very much like me when i was younger. I see so many similarities between us. The way we talk, the way we behave, the way we look and the way we act. A complete replica. 

Sometimes, i get so angry with her and I (always) raise my voice at her. (And trust me, this is something I am not proud of) I need to realise that I can't ask her to act the way I want her to be. She needs to be herself and I must constantly remind myself that even if i'm angry, i MUST NOT raise my voice. Talk properly. 

I know I am not a perfect older sister but I will keep on trying. I love you mei, to infinity and beyond. Thanks for putting up with my temper and for that I am eternally grateful. (you might not read it now but im pretty sure, one day you will be able to stalk this page. lol. like how you stalked my instagram webpage)  

This year, I pray that God's grace and favour will continue to shine upon you. I pray that you will do well in basketball and your love for the sport will never die. Ily and may the Lord bless you and keep you in many many many many many more years to come :) 



3 years ago: 

Time Check- 2:55am. 
ahhhhh i should be asleep now. Studying for exam? hmm who am i kidding.

Till then, xoxo.

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