Royal Rangers Selangor #6

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Trust The Papers...

I guess today's newspaper says it all....

Happy birthday, bro! Have a good one tonight and come back all jazzed up...remember, no black tie ok? All other colours are allowed...:)

With love,

RR Selangor #6

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Six Essential Commitments For Leadership - Part 3

Good morning, friends...

The time now is 1.52am. To be perfectly honest with you, its the teh tarik thats keeping me awake. So while my brain is constantly being bombarded with thoughts of little sheeps running and jumping over a wooden fence, I thought it might be a an excellent time to do some ranting over here in the blog! :)

Well, let's recap what happened over the basically started off with a bunch of teams shooting blanks all night long. Its not common when the 4-horse battle ends up with blanks and rubber bullets for 90+ mins. Nevertheless, watching the Gunners being gunned down was an eye-candy, I must say. At least it brought a smile to at least 3 billion people across the globe. But hey...there's a new skipper in town. Gone with the old, in with the new (kid). We'll see how well Cesc Fab performs as the new kindergarten head prefect. :)

Here we see Gallas and Cesc Fab doing the 'Loo loo, skip to my loo' dance...told you so. This new skipper can really 'skip'. Bet Gallas was muttering 'You're dead, pal' in French...

Anyway, jokes aside...for the 3 Arsenal fans in Malaysia, please do not take this personally. Its all being done for the sake of good sport. The next time when the Kops or the Blues crash, I'll be sure to put a good post on it. But of course...if Man Utd were to lose, sorry la. I'm closed for the week. You go blog about it on your own blogs...haha!

And yes...last Sunday, the E-rangers had to make some last min adjustments in their program as the planned Skytrax trip did not materialize due to logistics and booking issues...and so, to satisfy the ER's cravings for adventure and uninhibited excitement, we came up with an equally exciting courtesy of DanSel aka BlueDan @ DanJay @ IbanBaby :)

Can you sense the excitement in Cmdr Kenny's face (and eyeballs)??? I dont know about the way I see it, I think his eyeballs are slightly misaligned. Dont you think so too? No worries...this Christmas, with a lil' help from us, we'll make his eyes see straight and keep him focused on God. Haha!

Anyway, what was he so excited about? Well, that's cauz we had a PIZZA party for the rangers!! Trust me...anything to do with good food, they'll be all fired up and attendance will be full house! Best part is...some of them even skipped Sun breakfast and Sat night dinner cauz got free pizzas on Sun. Terrible fellas...freeloaders! :)

Yum yum yum....12 large pizzas in total! God bless Dominos...and RR of course. Some fellas champion la...some were born small-eaters. Some were born moderate eaters, and some heavy and large eaters. But some were called for a specialized ministry...natural-born MPK, or should we say...Alam Flora. They're basically the clean up crew...they eat all that's left behind, and also anything the closely resembles food!

The entire pack of wolves in action! Trust me...nothing was left behind. What a fun time together....celebrating our last RR meeting for 2008 in style. Italian cuisine! Haha...

Well hey...we weren't the only ones who had a good time! The Discovery Rangers too had a blast of a time...getting into the Christmas spirit and winter season by Ice Skating in Pyramid! From what I heard...these gorgeous kids had a superb time skating and falling! More pics to come in the next post...stay tuned!

Be blessed even as you read up on part 3 of the Six Essential Commitments for Leadership!

Vow to relax and trust God.

“Anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter into God’s rest” (Hebrews 4:11).

If you’re going to be in ministry, you’ve got to learn to relax. You need to be concerned about the people around you, but at the same time, you’re not God. You can’t bear everybody’s burden all the time.

How do you release those burdens? First, you’ve got to pray. Ultimately, God is the one responsible for your flock. He’s the one responsible for the growth of your ministry. Share your burdens with him in prayer. Then you need to spend some time in God’s Word meditating on his promises.

Remember what God has done in the past:
– in God’s Word and in your own life. God has a good track record of taking care of us.

Remember that when you’re tempted to let the stress of your ministry position overwhelm you. Will you commit to surrendering your stress to God?

Have a good sleep tonight and don't bite the bed bugs! I pray that you'll have sweet dreams of ice-cream, chocolate cookies, jam tarts and one huge piece of KFC chicken...God bless! And oh...many thanks for your prayers for Cmdr Ben Yee. He's finally been kicked out of the hospital and is back home, still surviving. Time to get well, bro.

"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:30-31

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Oh Pantai...Home Sweet Home!

Hello rangers!

Oh boy...there ain't no place like home. And also, there ain't no place like Pantai Medical Center! Seems like its becoming a routine visit for some of us...haha. And yes, as you already know...this time, the latest casualty to enjoy the comfort Pantai Hospital patient's ward is Cmdr. Ben Yee! Yup...he had his appendix removed (and not inserted back in as thought by Daniel Raj). So forgive him if he feels kinda' light on his right side...

Anyway, we thought we'd spread some joy and some excruciating laughter-pain with him during the day. Guess what? We found out that he likes to watch Disney Channel! Haha...oh btw, do keep his exam results in prayer. Our poor dude had to sit for his Law paper yesterday in the hospital ward, feeling all groggy and funny due to the gas they gave him...

Keep on praying for his speedy recovery and we hope to have him back in the futsal court where he belongs...Goal Keeper! Rest well bro...this one's specially dedicated to you!

Cmdr. Ben looking all forlorn and confused...:)

So we decided to help him out by sending in the gummy bear, Daniel Raj...who found the hospital sofa to be quite comfortable and wanted to spend the night in hospital to study for his SPM...and accompany Ben. sweet!

Thumbs up from our in-house patient! Should be back in action within 3 weeks time!

Have a great weekend and we look forward to see you in RR tomorrow! Remember...lots of cool stuff happening in RR tomorrow...dont miss out on it yea? God bless and please la...try to stay away from the hospital and take care of your appendix. Dont let your friends play with it!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Six Essential Commitments For Leadership - Part 2

Hey friends...

Greetings from the Land beneath the wind...had a pleasant 3 days, taking some time off from the busy-ness of Klang Valley just being by myself over here, but I must say...I'm looking forward to going home soon!

Just to let you know...Cmdr. Ben Yee was admitted to Pantai Medical Center at about 10pm today, and underwent surgery to remove his appendix. We're glad to inform you that he's still very much alive and well, and the surgery went well. We're also glad to say that no other organs were removed this round, albeit the fact that he's not a complete human anymore (without his appendix)! Haha...we wish him a speedy recovery and looks like there's no futsal for him this coming month eh?

Oh btw, do also pray for him as he's currently in the midst of sitting for his final exams....adui. What a time to have your appendix removed! Anyway...just pray pray pray for him ok? Thanks friends...
Continuing on from where I's the 2nd part of the 'Six Essential Commitments for Leadership'. Have a pleasant time reading it, friends!

Vow to forgive those who hurt you.

“Make every effort to live in peace with all men. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up” (Hebrews 12:14-15).

Leaders forgive those who hurt them. You will be hurt in ministry. It’s going to happen. It’s a given. You will be hurt both intentionally and unintentionally. You will be hurt by those who recognize what they’re doing and those who don’t. You cannot be in ministry without being hurt. If you call the shots, you’re going to take the shots.

But you’ve got to be willing to forgive those who try to take you down. If you allow bitterness to build, it will choke your heart for God and your love for people until your heart just shrivels.

Will you forgive when every bone in your body wants to retaliate?
Just some announcements...

The Discovery Rangers will be going for Ice-Skating this Sunday in Sunway Pyramid at 1.30pm. Please contact Cmdr. Wei Chuan or Cmdr. Shie Yee if you're interested to join in the fun! Of course, provided that you're between ages 9-11 yrs old. :)

The Expedition Rangers will be going for Skytrax Adventure in Bukit Cahaya this Sunday. We'll be leaving at 1.30pm sharp! For those interested to join in the tree-top canopy adventure, do contact Cmdr. Reuben for more details! Should be a thrilling time swinging from tree to tree...definitely not for the faint hearted! :)

Have a good weekend, remember to take it easy...and I'll see ya all in church on Sunday! God bless, rangers...!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Six Essential Commitments For Leadership - Part 1

Hola Amigoes and Gringos...

Yess...the Boss is finally back! From where? I have no idea...been around town actually. Went into hiding for a while after Arsenal pipped Man Utd to avoid the press and the 3 Arsenal fans in Malaysia. Did you know that there's probably only about 10 Arsenal fans in Malaysia, and 3 of them are in GT? Anyway, now that MU is back in action and Arsenal are back to their comical best, its time for me to say Hello to the world once again and keep you updated with what's happening!

Please take note that there will be RR meeting this Sunday, 23rd Nov at 1.30pm. It will be the final official RR meeting for the year, as we will be taking a break in December as most of the leaders and older rangers will be away for mission trip. More on that in the upcoming post.

But anyway, do not be overwhelmed with sadness and sorrows. We DO have something good in store for all of you! Yess...keep 20th Dec free yea? We're gonna' have a 'wild wild west Christmas' with all the rangers and leaders together under the moonlight! More details on that in the coming days...keep a lookout for it! Its the Year-End party that you dont wanna miss!!

As part of our commitment to provide you with good stories, valuable teachings and edifying articles here in this blog, for the next few posts, I'll be posting up some interesting points that was written by Rick Warren, author of the best-seller 'Purpose Driven Life'. Many thanks to Councilman Jeff Yee for the email. In this mini-series, he focuses mainly on the 'Six Essential Commitments For Leadership', which I would like to share with all our readers today. We'll start off with the first point for today:

Six Essential Commitments For Leadership
by Rick Warren

Leaders are always defined by self-imposed standards. I’m not talking about standards set by other people, but standards they set for themselves. Great leaders always expect more from themselves than they do from their followers. They put forth more effort as well.

That’s leadership.

If you were to look through the New Testament for the phrase “make every effort,” you’d find it six times. They represent six important vows we need to make as leaders. I believe these six vows will lead to an effective and productive ministry.

1. Vow to maintain integrity.
“Make every effort to be found spotless, blameless, and at peace with him” (2 Peter 3:14).

God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. No one is perfect. To be spotless and blameless means to live with integrity. How do you maintain integrity if you’re not perfect? You need to be transparent. A person of integrity is not claiming to have it all together in every area. On the contrary, the person of integrity is willing to be open about their strengths and weaknesses.

Having integrity also means living what you say you believe. You model what you teach. And you tell the truth, even when it’s tough. All leadership is built on trust. And trust comes from having the reputation for living out what you believe and for telling the truth. As a pastor and leader, people must trust you.

Will you make a commitment to lead with integrity? Will you be honest about both your strengths and weaknesses? Will you commit to living your sermons out every week? Will you tell the truth to those you lead even when it’s tough?

Do take the time to read through the article and continue to strive to be a more effective and dedicated leader in all that we do...service unto the Lord.

Here's a picture that I will never forget. Camporama 2000! Selangor #6 - KLIA! Brings back lots of really good memories for all of us, I reckon...

Have a blessed week ahead, friends. The Boss is off to KK now...God bless! Stay alive and for my SPM friends...hang in there! Just a week more to go before you can fly once again!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hero Of The Day...

Good day, rangers and friends!

Even as we're halfway through another busy week and one that's full of drama and excitement (especially for all my SPM-ers), here's an inspiring story of an 8-year old hero who risked his life to save another. Truly, as the scriptures says...

John 15:13 - Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his brother.

Boys Receive Medals for Saving Friends From Drowning

Kevin Husketh pins a medal onto the shirt of his son, Jordan, during a Royal Rangers award ceremony Sunday in Tyler. Jordan, 8, was awarded the Medal of Valor for his part in saving the lives of two boys this past Memorial Day.

Two Tyler brothers and their friend were presented with the Royal Rangers' highest medals of honors for saving the lives of two drowning boys.

"We appreciate you boys more than you will ever know," Rev. Charles Plunkett said Sunday during the awards presentation. "We applaud you for so much that you have accomplished so far. But we know that the greatest is yet to come."
During a ceremony held at the Victory Assembly of God, Jordan Husketh, 8, was awarded the Medal of Valor for saving a life at his own risk. Jordan was swimming in his back yard with three neighborhood friends on Memorial Day, when two of his friends, who couldn't swim, drifted too far into the deep end of the pool.

Jordan, seeing his friends were in need, jumped in after them.

"What amazes me is that Jordan at eight years old, to think so good and to dive in to help them. He swam over, got Logan and pulled him to the side of the pool and went back for Alex," Jordan's father and Tyler Section Royal Rangers Sectional Commander Kevin Husketh said.
Jordan was able to pull one of the struggling boys over to the side, he went back to get the second friend but was pulled under.

The first friend who Jordan saved then jumped in after him and all three boys were struggling in the middle of the pool.

Jordan's mother saw part of the scene unfold from a window inside the house and began screaming for help from her other son and is friend, 16-year-old Joshua Husketh and 17-year-old David Woodbury.

Mrs. Husketh was unable to swim.The teens sprang into action ran to the pool and threw flotation devices to the drowning boys and was able to pull the three boys out of the water.

Kevin Husketh pins a medal onto the shirt of his son, Jordan, during a Royal Rangers award ceremony Sunday in Tyler. Jordan, 8, was awarded the Medal of Valor for his part in saving the lives of two boys this past Memorial Day.

"We didn't believe it at first, but when Gina (Mrs. Husketh) had the serious look on her face, we bolted," Woodbury said.

Outside he saw the boys bobbing in the water faces red and eyes bulging.

"It was great to be there to save them. If we had not been there, there would have been three less boys in the world," Woodbury said.

Joshua Husketh and Woodbury were both awarded the Medal of Courage for saving a life and no risk to their own.

All of the boys attribute the training they received as a Royal Rangers for their quick action during the emergency.

The Royal Rangers is a ministry in 65 nations that motivates boys spiritually through Bible study and memorization of devotionals and Christian role models. The ministry also includes outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and rappelling that strengthen the boys physically.

"I'm just so proud of these boys, my heart just swells every time I think of it," Husketh said.
Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass spoke at the ceremony telling the boys that their work and actions were admirable.

"In life there are two decisions we make that are life altering. The first is to accept Christ as our savior and the second is to live the life that is for him. With what you are doing you have taken the step to do onto others as you would have them do unto you," she said. "Each of you are to be commended,"

Five other boys received other medals and certificates of achievement. Bronze medal recipients included Chris Schultz, 14, of Frankston, Kim Ortega, 15, of Tyler, David Woodbury, 17, of Tyler.

Certificates of achievement recipients included: Chris Schultz, Eddie Schultz, 17, of Frankston, Kim Ortega, Jordan Husketh, John Parker, 11, Leland Parker, 9, David Woodbury, and Joshua Husketh.

Have a super-duper pumpkin smashing week ahead, friends! I'll see ya around soon enough...God bless!

Friday, November 07, 2008

ROLF - Whatever that means...

Here's a lil' something to kickstart another amazing weekend for all your working kids out there...let the good times roll!

What Makes A Malaysian A Malaysian

1. You can name all the players from the the English Premier League, but askyou to name one football player from Malaysia , one name also cannot come out.

2. When StreamyX come, you complain StreamyX too slow. When Maxis Broadbandcome, you complain Maxis Broadband always disconnects. When WiMax come, youcomplain Wimax too expensive. In the end, you say StreamyX still the bestlah.

3. When toll price increase, you complain. When petrol price increase, youcomplain. When you go Starbucks buy RM10 coffee, NO COMPLAINTS.

4. When you cannot find parking in a shopping mall and have to walk veryfar, you complain. When you go inside the shopping mall and there's SALE ,run from one end of 1Utama to the other also NO COMPLAINTS.

5. You are always late. And the excuse you give when you're late is alwayseither: (a) traffic jam (b) no transport or (c) cannot find parking.

6. You have a parent who force you to take science stream in high school,study engineering in Uni, then when you graduate, they ask you to forgeteverything you learnt in Uni and do commerce.

7. You know someone who can specially develop an angmoh accent when speakingto a American / British / Australian.

8. You complain against the government in kopitiam, you talk loud loud.Leave anonymous comments on blogs, you also talk loud loud. Attend ceremahby DAP, you shout loud loud. Then when Opposition organise a protest and askyou to go, you dun wan. Scared later kena tangkap by ISA.

9. Every year on the 30th April, you are one of the people below queueing uplast minute to submit your tax return at the IRB.

10. When you pay RM10 for something that costs RM1, you blame the Chinese.

11. When a government service is too slow, you blame the Malays.

12. When a building is not good and collapsed, you blame the Indians.

13. When a Chinese student won a scholarship, you say 'Wah! Very cleverhor?'

14. When a Malay student won a scholarship, you say 'Aiya! Of course lah! He Malay mah!'

15. When an angmoh stranger kiss you on the cheek to say hello, you veryhappy. When a Malaysian guy kiss you on the cheek to say hello, you slap him.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Who's Kidding Who!

Hello once again, rangers and friends...

Forgive me if I do sound a lil' groggy and cranky right now...been sleep-deprived due to CL football, and best stay up all night to watch your team earn a draw, get ready for work, and suffer the rest of the that's what I call passion! And I bet there's a whole lot of other fanatics out there just like me, eh? Let the good times roll...

This time, I'm back once again with yet another priceless moment in history encapsulated in this single photograph. Trust would never believe the big boys and girls these kids grew up to be!! Anyway, have a fun and amusing time trying to identify who's who and which is the cutest culprit among the bunch of bananas! :)

And of course, once again...will some please leave a comment; identifying who's who in the pic? Would really appreciate that. Thanks yea!

Have a cool Thursday night. The weather's fine, things are looking up...and oh, did you read our dear PM's line of the century???

According to the STAR, "It is possible for anyone from a minority group to be a nation’s leader, even in Malaysia," says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi.

“It is up to the people to decide, just as the Americans had done through the democratic process,” he said while extending his congratulations to Senator Barack Obama.

Once again, well done to President Barack Obama and of course...hope you had a good laugh!

Monday, November 03, 2008

The (Best) Days Of Our Lives...

Happy Monday friends!

Yup...don't we all just lurrrrve our Mondays!!?? Check this out...I woke up this morning with a new zest brewing inside of me. Its like one of those days where you suddenly get all fired up and look forward to a productive week here's what happened. I woke up early....about 7am (that's early for me ok?), left my house at about 7.30am...and best part is, got stuck in the ridiculous and horrendous Klang town traffic jam till 8.30am!!! And I am in office, made it just in time to be still considered an 'early bird'. I'm sleepin' in tomorrow...:)

Well, what an awesome feelin' to be back in rangers after 6 weeks of break! It was really good to see all of you rangers and leaders looking sharp in your uniform and I'm sure we all had a fantastic time together even as we proceeded to our individual outpost meetings. Looking forward to more of the same in the coming weeks! As for those who are in the midst of your exams and trials in life, our prayers go out to you...

Also, a very Happy Birthday to Cmdr. Amy Joy Tan who celebrated her 18th birthday yesterday (2nd Nov)!!! God bless yea...hidup Chindian! :)

Just a final post from our 21st RR Anniversary...I know its a bit late and overdue, but nevertheless, better late than never! Thought I'd share with you the fun side from the anniversary and the post-event photo shoot (which we're really really good at!) with the rangers and leaders. Have fun viewing them yea!

Here's the Chin-squad - Kenny, Kevin, mama and Theresa! All looking very decorated and celebrated rangers!

Here you have it...3 generations of Senior Commanders with the newly crowned GMA boys...definitely one for the albums!

"Lord Jesus, pls bless this chocolate cake even as it makes its way down my throat...please do not let anything stop it from reaching its destination and feeding my beloved internal organs. I also pray that you'll give me that warm fuzzy feelin' that comes with chocolate!"

"In Jesus' name, Amen!" Well done, Alison...:)

Here's the E-Rangers ravaging and grabbing their share of the spoils, or should I say...their Cookarama prizes! was won by Iceberg patrol, but here we see Su Vien (from the patrol that didn't win) claiming her share of the prize! Haha...

The Adventure Girls with their Cookarama prize...its been a wonderful year for them. Definitely a fun and crazy bunch of girls! Leaders included....

Our GMA boys Kevin and William taking a walk down the 'aisle'...and to salute them on, we have the E-Rangers doing a guard of honour stance.

Here's Lisa and Phaik Joo together with the gypsy from China, Ms. Cheryl Lim! Oh boy...she's so gonna' kill me for this....haha!

Awww...the 2008 ER Commanders! Many thanks to each one of you for making it a memorable and adventurous year for all of us, as always! 2009, here we come! Better make sure you're all still early retirement!

And as always, the ER and friends would like to bid you farewell and have a pleasant week ahead! From all of us, continue to do what you do best...STAY ALIVE! Party on, ppl...

That's all from me today...will be posting up more oldies pics and some really cool latest pics. Hope you'll enjoy viewing them as much as I've enjoyed posting em'.

Have a absolutely smashing day ahead...just some words of wisdom from my side. Whether you're working, mugging the books or being a plain grape fruit to society, here's how you should live life... Win like Chelsea. No sweat at all. And if you're tired of winning easy, then do it like Man Utd...give everyone around you the 'kanchong' feeling. And if you're tired and burnt out like Arsenal, take a break. There's always next year...the next season. But most of all...dont live life like Liverpool. Biar mati action. Jangan mati accident. Your team scores 2 out of the 3 goals, and yet you still lose...hahaha!

Adios...I'm out of here!