Funny Signboard  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

haha i love this!

Location : Khyber Pass Road, Auckland

Ponsonby Ponies 28 - Glenfield 56  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

Its a score of my first competitive rugby game. Im now officially a player in the roster of Ponsonby Ponies rugby league team. Woooh!!

i didnt get much chance to play, due to my "greenery". i have no experience of competitive rugby, which made the coach worried if he chuck me in too long, ill just get tackled and made to run around, getting traumatized and not returning.

i forgot to take my camera to the game, so i cant upload any picture. sigh..

5 minutes of run in as a winger, got the ball once, get tackled once, thats it.

but im optimistic of getting more game time, and to prove myself that i can make a successful transition from American football to Rugby League.

hut! hut! Ponies!

Pictorial Entry - Rotorua Trip  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

What Teachers Make?  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.

One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, "What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?"

He reminded the other dinner guests what they say about teachers: "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach."

To stress his point he said to another guest;
"You're a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?"

Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, "You want to know what I make? (She paused for a second, then began...)

"Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.

I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can't make them sit for 5 without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental.

You want to know what I make?" (She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table.)

''I make kids wonder.

I make them question.

I make them apologize and mean it.

I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.

I teach them to write and then I make them write. Keyboarding isn't everything.

I make them read, read, read.

I make them show all their work in math. They use their God given brain, not the man-made calculator.

I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know in English while preserving their unique cultural identity.

I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.

I make my students stand, placing their hand over their heart to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, One Nation Under God, because we live in the United States of America.

Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life."

(Bonnie paused one last time and then continued.)

"Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money isn't everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant... You want to know what I make?

I MAKE A DIFFERENCE . What do you make Mr. CEO?"

His jaw dropped, he went silent.

wine tasting at ISpace Auckland  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

Went to wine tasting session at Ispace Auckland University. its an organisation for international students. 2 weeks ago they have an ethnic food pot luck, but i missed it. so im determined not to lose this one.

its basically a showcase of 6 new zealand wine, with 3 being white and another 3 red.

cant really remember the wines that i tasted. but it seems that new Zealand white wine is really good, and it suits me really well

as the six wines ive tasted, the 2007 Riesling from Wairapa Hills tastes the best. its fruity, but as the same time smooth and sweet. not too rough, not too dry. and its 16.90 dollars on promotion. gonna get it soon! really love it.

from the picture we can see how clear it is. its not too yellowish compared to the other white wines of the day, which made me feel that this wine gonna be nice. a sip doen the throat, its crisp, and smooth. just nice.

for the rest, its good, but i dun really reckon it. the red wines are really tough, and dry. feels like being punched every time i take a sip. guess Australian red wines are better.

IRD - its late but its still ok  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

man..finally got it.
17 days in total.
ill find a job after easter!
b4 that..its play time at rotorua!

of "World Youth Day! Im coming!" and "rubbish recordings in my life"  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

heard that! im coming!
Uncle ben!(or His Holyness Pope Benedict in full name)..
ill be seeing u there!

although it made a big hole in my wallet...
i cant afford the luxuries of my own cohortmates..
they buy shoes, buy music player, buy clothes, guitars..
i bought flight tickets for 600 and a road bike (le tour de langkawi style) for 300
and i feel stretched now..
I think i need to find a job...
but i still havent got my IRD number!!
stupid Internal Revenue Department!
its been 2 weeks now, and they said that ill get it in 10 days time..

went through my first palm sunday at NZ.
the church here is beautiful, but the parish priest seem to be a bit laid back...
still prefer to go to st. patrick's. but its far from my place..
but ill have probs for my easter sunday mass..
ill be at rotorua for holiday..kind off worried..
hope i can find a church to celebrate it..

Cinta Dalam Hati - Ungu  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

I have a soft spot for indonesian songs, espacially from the bands there. Now all thanks to Gaby, who flooded me with tons of indonesian songs lately, i got this song stuck in my head...

Cinta Dalam Hati - Ungu

Mungkin ini memang jalan takdirku
Mengagumi tanpa di cintai
Tak mengapa bagiku asal kau pun bahagia
Dengan hidupmu, dengan hidupmu

Telah lama kupendam perasaan itu
Menunggu hatimu menyambut diriku
Tak mengapa bagiku cintaimu pun adalah
Bahagia untukku, bahagia untukku

Ku ingin kau tahu diriku di sini menanti dirimu
Meski ku tunggu hingga ujung waktuku
Dan berharap rasa ini kan abadi untuk selamanya
Dan ijinkan aku memeluk dirimu kali ini saja
Tuk ucapkan selamat tinggal untuk selamanya
Dan biarkan rasa ini bahagia untuk sekejab saja\

lagunya enak banget!

NFL draft tracker  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

Sentence with ambiguity....  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

cant broke my head laughing after i see this poster. he must be kidding!
im sure it doesnt need ppl to think much to find out the ambiguity in this poster,
so ill leave it just like this

Psalm 23 - A Psalm of David  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

I always have an affair with psalm 23 - i myself cant seem to know why. i found it really beautiful, and it sort of summarizes the image of God in my heart - a shepherd, and we are his lamb. This Psalm also reminds me of my past, where this is the first time God revealed himself to me.

i met the psalm again, this time at the services at St. Patricks, where the choir sung it. i got so touched of it that i decided to share it on my blog entry.

Psalm 23 - A Psalm of David

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord