Monday, March 5, 2018

Reaching out to Holy Family Chapel, Genting for CE101

My first experience reaching out to the Genting community.

It was a smooth journey traveling up to Genting Highlands. We started from PJ, headed to Silent Ray's place for tea and from there met Steven and finally journeyed to Genting. We attended mass at Holy Family chapel. It was also my first visit there. Fr. August Li was very accommodating and believe it or not he was also a previous participant of the choice weekend. We were delighted to have met our old Choice family as well as being given the opportunity to reach out to the single adults of Genting.

The team at Holy Family Chapel

Inside the Chapel

Reaching out 

Beautiful late evening view after mass on the way down from Genting.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Choice 101 service team formation + testimonies

As we prepare ourselves to reach out to Gambang, Pahang on the 13th-15th April, Father Gregory held a mini formation retreat for us.

We started off with praise and worship followed by a prayer for C101. Big Ray introduced to us what choice is all about and how large we actually are as a community. Choice is not an isolated KL group but actually involves many states and languages and even countries like Choice Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and recently formed Choice groups of Korea and Sri Lanka. We also have Choice National and Choice Asia meet every few years to discuss the direction and challenges faces in CHOICE.

Next was Father Gregory Chan’s formation. He started off with Lazarus and the rich man. The rich man was only thinking of himself until death and failed to reach out to others. Only in hell was he thinking of his brothers and he wanted to warn them to change their attitude lest they fall into the same trap. However,  it was already too late. Therefore, Father Gregory implored us to reach out and to build bridges with others, especially the 4'L's: the least, lost, lame and lonely and to bring Christ's love to them. Failure to build bridges would lead to an "inseparable gulf" like the rich and poor man.

Sharing my personal experience, I noticed, after C100, my journey with Christ was never alone. I thank the Choice team for reaching out to me.

Later, he also spoke about the Samaritan woman at the well who actually thought of Jesus as a prospect, a love interest. Jesus was actually revealing himself as 'Lord'  and not 'husband', in hebrew, Ba'al and not ba'al. The subtle change in capital and small 'b' made all the difference. She only realized, it was Him, her Lord and Master when he said the words 'I am'  just like the story of Moses and the burning bush. Then she put her water jar down which represents her past baggage and went around the whole village spreading the good news. She was thirsty for God in her life and yearned for the living water and when she received it, she became Christ's missionary bringing others to Jesus and just like Choice, she wanted to share the joy she had received.

These were some of the testimonies from our formation attendees. What touched them the most? 

"What touched me was the Samaritan woman... God used her desires to make Himself known to her as the I Am. When she knew who He was, she put down her baggage’s and went to bring others to get to know Jesus.  It was apt for me as the search to fulfill the desires of my heart is etched in knowing Christ more and inturn knowing myself more. Ultimately to pass it onto others"                             
Ivy Pat

Father Greg asked 'what is the magic that happens at the choice weekend?'. I've been struck every weekend by the 'miracles' that happen every time. I know it's the Holy Spirit that takes over and to be 'used' by him in any small way is a privilege. To be a bridge                                                   

A Lifeline to a Life Bridge:
I learnt that the Secret ingredient to reaching out to someone is to be a bridge, not a wall.
And in order to extend a bridge, the secret recipe is not cement, Jesus, It’s because of the brokenness & Rejection in life, all can find comfort and solace in God.
Damian Khaw

- I’m part of a CHOICE family that has an international appeal which has and continues to impact so many lives * gasp  Clarity of role structures to ensure all runs smoothly was insightful as I never knew so much Governance was involved (not your typical tidak apa NGO organisational structure) - we’re accountable. Lady by the well misunderstood Jesus’ intention as her own intentions were impure and manipulative. May my words and actions not be masked for the sake of having things my way ; even when my way was not impure. Move away from that thinking, “Why cannot do that (impure act)?”

Formation snapshots

Formation notes by Ivy Pat
Blogged by : Daisy
Short testimonies contribution by:
Daisy, Ivy Pat, Petrina, Damian Khaw & Rachel
Images by Choicies members.

Thank you choice for giving me the opportunity to blog. Its my first time blogging.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CHOICE 101 in Kuantan!!

The Steps Of A Man - CHOICE KL 101 - Join us for a weekend of self-discovery, reflection and enrichment, as we venture to look deeply in our life choices and our relationships that we have in our daily lives. To find out more, kindly visit

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Choice is heading east!!

CHOICE KL is heading east! - Join us for a weekend of self-discovery, reflection and enrichment. We invite single adults from Selangor, and the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, to join us for this weekend as we venture to look deeply into our current life choices and in every aspect of the many relationships we have in our daily lives. Meet like-minded people and together discover more about ourselves. Register yourself now at to book your seat early, as places are limited.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Gospel alive #4 - No to Kiasuness

Do not compare yourself to another person.
You will unintentionally rank yourself before others and subsequently live in fear of loosing out.
Being Kiasu is being scared to lose
Rather, thank God and use the available gifts and talents he has given you, no matter how small or little it is.
Then He will reward you many times over.

~ excerpts from Fr Greg's homily

In the mean time I found this online: 😂😂😁😁

A student's prayer

My precious Lord, I thank you for helping me through this one year. In that period of uncertainty, despair and distress you had guided me. You answered when I call. Your timing is perfect and true. You touch the hearts of those who are above me and gave me good mentors to set me on the correct path. You know the contents of my heart. I am nothing without You. I will be loss without You.

Thank you for your servant St Joseph of Cupertino who is so close to your sacred heart, for interceding from heaven. I also thank blessed St Anthony for being the protector of my studies.

Sacred Head of Jesus, enlighten me with your wisdom, like You had bestowed upon your servant King Solomon. Amen

Prayer to St. Joseph of Cupertino
O St. Joseph of Cupertino who by your prayer obtained from God to be asked at your examination, the only preposition you knew. Grant that I may like you succeed in the (here mention the name of Examination) examination. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.
O St. Joseph of Cupertino pray for me
O Holy Ghost enlighten me
Our Lady of Good Studies pray for me
Sacred Head of Jesus, Seat of divine wisdom, enlighten me.

Student's prayer to St. Anthony
Blessed St. Anthony, I place my studies under your powerful protection.
Your intercession has often helped me to make progress in learning and devotion.
I choose you as the protector and patron of my studies.
Through your intercession may the Holy Spirit fill me with light and strength, intelligence and humility. I implore You, Lord, My God, Creator of all things, to grant me the ability to grasp things correctly, and the talent of being exact in my explanations.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

CHOICE weekend in Kuantan!!!

I just had a chat with Fr Greg. He wanted me to share this message with all of you, so typing this in my own words la coz I couldn't type when he was talking.

"All of u have taken a risk of having the CHOICE weekend in Kuantan but its worthwhile risk. We have never had the weekend in East Coast and people of the East Coast are the ones who are most vulnerable although being more spiritual that us in Klang Valley, God is always with those who are most vulnerable. We are going out of our comfort zones.

We are now the instruments of God in reaching out to those in the East Coast. And with God being with those who are most vulnerable he will guide us.

Be like King David who responded to Gods message and  not like King Saul who reacted to Gods message and wanted to keep the prize.

All we need to:
-Listen to God
-Give the participants an experience instead of just a weekend
-Keep things simple
-Start being instead of doing

All of you are amazing people taking amazing efforts"

He ended with a thank you and wanted to have a quick spiritual retreat for CHOICE Team