Friday, March 31, 2006

Hey!!
just to share with all of you how the Lord has been encouraging me in my attachment. I was super blur on the 1st 2 days of work. I had a negative feedback from pple around me. I felt really discouraged. However, as I do my QT, God is constantly telling me something. His word really comes in timely. I personally am weak in my practical work. However, God has encouraged me tt He is my strengthe and support. He has given me hope. Hope is something which we can't see and waiting for it. If we already have something, what is there to hope for. The Lord also comforted me how He sacrificed His life for all His chosen pple and how precious I am in Him. He even adopted all of us as His childeren!! I felt guilty for complaining so much. The Lord also comforted me that WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERERS IN CHRIST. God has already conquered the evil one on the cross!! Hey pls pray for my attachment. I have lots to catch up. I really hope to pass this last lap of attachment. Pls really keep this attachment in prayer as I am gg to be 'drilled' in to doing staff nurse job!! c ya tmr!!

Hi there!!
Well, one big consolation is that you're not the only ones having exams! For me, as new staff, i still have lotsa assignments and readings to complete before my dateline..which is on the gen12 commissioning day itself! It will also be my new staff graduation! Please be praying for me to be able to finish my assignments on time! And most importantly, for us all, in the midst of our busy schedules, to really have fruitful times with our Lord!

Remember, God is the source of our strength! (Phil 4:13)

Here's a verse to encourage us in our WALK with God:)


"But Godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promises for the present life and also for the life to come" 1 Timothy 4:8b

May we strive hard to please God alone, and recognize that while we grow in Godliness, ie, being true reflectors of the image of Christ, only then can we become true ambassadors for Him! God loves you! Gambette Kudasai!

Hey! Wondering how you guys doing! really looking forward to meeting up w u guys on sat! I'm sure its gonna be a good lunch and a good team meeting!And please post your prayer requests on the blog! I don't believe only Jo has got prayer requests lorh! Want to pray for u all also cannot find things to pray! haha.. Let me start the ball rolling! Please pray for favor and strength! Especially cause i took up the challenge to be coordinator for the freshman camp in NUS. And EXAMS COMING! Please let me know how i can pray for you guys soon! Gambatte to those studying for exams!
Josh

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Heya! Need you all to pray for my exams this Mon-Wed (Apr 3, 4 & 5). Please pray that I can complete studying everything while not becoming anxious. Also pray that I can do well for them to reach my potential. Thank you!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Hey all! Hope everything's fine with life, studies and support raising.

This is just FYI, about a syndrome in Japan called hikikomori, for those who've not heard of it before. I chose to post this cos it's a problem really unique to Japan. In most places of the world, the problems are more in the area of high crime rates, corruption and so on. But in Japan, you get really weird problems like these on one hand and really low crime rates on the other.

What I've copied and pasted is just the intro. For the rest, go to

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hikikomori

Hikikomori (ひきこもり or 引き篭り lit. "pulling away, being confined," i.e., "acute social withdrawal") is a Japanese term to refer to the phenomenon of reclusive adolescents and young adults who have chosen to withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement due to various personal and social factors in their lives.

While there are mild and extreme degrees, the Japanese Ministry of Health defines a hikikomori as an individual who refuses to leave their parents' house, and isolates themselves away from society and family in a single room for a period exceeding six months, though many such youths remain in isolation for a span of years, or in rare cases, decades. Many cases of hikikomori may start out as school refusals, or tōkōkyohi (登校拒否) in Japanese. According to estimates by psychologist Saito Tamaki, who first coined the phrase, there may be 1 million hikikomori in Japan, 20 percent of all male adolescents in Japan, or 1 percent of the total Japanese population. Surveys done by the Japanese Ministry of Health as well as research done by health care experts suggest a more conservative estimate of 50,000 hikikomori in Japan today. As reclusive youth by their very nature are difficult to poll, the true number of hikikomori most likely falls somewhere between the two extremes.

Though acute social withdrawal in Japan appears to affect both genders equally, due to differing societal expectations for maturing boys and girls, the most widely reported cases of hikikomori are from Japanese families with male children who seek outside intervention when their son, usually the eldest, refuses to leave the family home.

University of Tokyo
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

University of Tokyo 東京大学 (Tōkyō Daigaku)
Logo of the University of Tokyo
Established 1877
Type Public
Staff 4,100
President Hiroshi Komiyama
Undergraduates 14,000
Postgraduates 14,000
Location Bunkyo, Tokyo Japan
Campus setting Urban
Member of Tokyo 6 Universities
Website www.u-tokyo.ac.jp

The University of Tokyo (東京大学; Tōkyō Daigaku, abbreviated as 東大 Tōdai) is generally ranked as Japan's most prestigious university, as well as a leading university in Asia. The University has five campuses in Hongo, Komaba, Kashiwa, Shirokane and Nakano and 10 faculties with a total of around 30,000 students, some 2,100 of them foreign (a large fraction by Japanese standards). While nearly all academic disciplines are taught at the University, it is perhaps best known for its faculties of law and literature. This university has produced many top Japanese politicians though the power of the school has been gradually decreasing. For example; the ratio of its alumni in prime ministers is 2/3, 1/2, 1/4, 1/5 and 1/6 in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s respectively. The University of Tokyo is widely thought of as being one of the most prestigious schools over many areas while its rival schools are the other 6 of Seven Universities, which were Imperial Universities before World War II, especially Kyoto University. In science, Kyoto University has produced more top scientists and Nobel prize winners. One of the presidents of Tokyo Imperial University was Kikuchi Dairoku.

It is one of the Tokyo 6 Universities in baseball.

The Akamon (Red Gate)
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The Akamon (Red Gate)

The main Hongo campus occupies the former estate of the Maeda family, Edo period feudal lords of Kaga Province. The university's best known landmark, the Akamon (Red Gate) is a relic of this era. The symbol of the university is the ginkgo leaf, from the abundant trees throughout the area.

The university was founded by the Meiji government in 1877 under its current name by amalgamating older government schools for medicine and Western learning. It was renamed to Imperial University (帝國大學 Teikoku Daigaku) in 1886 and then "Tokyo Imperial University" (東京帝國大學 Tōkyō Teikoku Daigaku) in 1887, when the imperial universityWorld War II, it assumed the original name again. With the start of the new university system in 1949, Tōdai swallowed up the old First Higher School (today's Komaba campus) and the old Tokyo Higher School, which henceforth assumed the duty of teaching first and second-year undergraduates, while the faculties on Hongo main campus took care of third and fourth-year students. system was created. In 1947, after Japan's defeat in

The University of Tokyo has since 2004 been incorporated as a national university corporation under a new law which applies to all national universities.

Despite the incorporation, which has led to increased financial independence and autonomy, The University of Tokyo is still partly controlled by the Japanese Ministry of Education (Monbukagakusho, or Monkasho).


Faculties and Graduate Schools

Faculties

The Yasuda Auditorium on the University of Tokyo's Hongo Campus.
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The Yasuda Auditorium on the University of Tokyo's Hongo Campus.
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Letters
  • Science
  • Agriculture
  • Economics
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Education
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences

Graduate Schools

  • Law and Politics
  • Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Humanities and Sociology
  • Science
  • Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Economics
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Education
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Frontier Sciences
  • Information Science and Technology
  • Interdisciplinary Information Studies
  • Public Policy

Research Institutes

  • Institute of Medical Science
  • Earthquake Research Institute
  • Institute of Oriental Culture
  • Institute of Social Science
  • Institute of Socio-Information and Communication Studies
  • Institute of Industrial Science
  • Historiographical Institute
  • Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
  • Institure for Cosmic Ray Research
  • Institute for Solid State Physics
  • Ocean Research Institute

Famous alumni


Prime Ministers


Mathematicians


Others


Sanshiro Pond

Sanshiro Pond detail, Tokyo University's Hongo campus.
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Sanshiro Pond detail, Tokyo University's Hongo campus.

Sanshiro Pond, in the heart of the university's Hongo campus, dates to 1615. After the fall of the Osaka Castle, the Shogun gave this pond and its surrounding garden to Maeda Toshitsune. As Maeda Tsunanori further developed the garden, it became known as one of the most beautiful gardens in Edo (now Tokyo), with the traditional eight landscapes and eight borders, but also known for its originality in its artificial pond, hills, and pavilions. It was at that time known as Ikutoku-en (Garden of Teaching Virtue). The pond's contours are in the shape of the character kokoro or shin (heart), and thus its official name is Ikutoku-en Shinjiike. However it has been commonly called Sanshiro Pond since the publication of Natsume Soseki's novel Sanshiro.

University of Tokyo in fiction!?!?

  • In the manga and anime Love Hina, the main character, Keitaro Urashima, is a ronin who failed the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo several times. He later passes the exam.
  • The manga Dragon Zakura is about a poor lawyer—and former motorcycle gang member—who tries to make students from a high school with a poor academic standing enter the University of Tokyo directly upon graduation.
  • The DC Comics character Superman is frequently seen in flashbacks as attending the University of Tokyo in his secret identity of Clark Kent.
  • The teacher/stalker character Suguru Teshigawara from the popular manga and animeGreat Teacher Onizuka was educated at the University of Tokyo and often takes pride in his education. series

University of Tokyo in Asia
Top 100 Asia Pacific Universities
(2005) by Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

  1. The University of Tokyo
  2. Kyoto University
  3. Australian National University
  4. Osaka University
  5. Tohoku University
  6. Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  7. University of Melbourne
  8. Tokyo Institute of Technology

btw, NUS is ranked regionally between 9-19 and NTU, 37-65 =)

Monday, March 27, 2006

click on the pics to be directed to the homepage of the universities!
(top is Todai, bottom is Gaidai)


Hey guys! please pray for eliza!! she's really pretty sick! Down with flu and cough and all sorts of rubbish! pray that this sickness that doesn't belong to her body will leave her! Keep praying for Christelle too!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

paiseh!!! some words big some words small

Hey, a song reminded me about obeying God. It was sung in church. I hope this song will encourage all of us to want to seek for His will according to His way and pass the test!! Not sure if it helps. May this be a prayer to all of u! It may be familiar to most of you, however, let it be a reminder.

To keep Your lovely face

Ever before my eyes

This is my prayer

Make it my strong desire

And in my secret heart

No other love competes

No rival throne survive

And I'll serve only You

WOW! God is really great! i'm was really encouraged today when two people in church supported me immediately upon receiving my newsletter! Hope and pray that u guys are experiencing this same sort of grace!

To Steph: I'm sure God will reward your faithfulness! Just keep praying! I'm sure the whole team is praying for both Christelle and you! EVEN if its not in God's plan for you to go, i'm sure God something better in store for you! just keep praying yea!

Hey, I'm in it now. Actually my blog is at blogspots too. Hee.....hee, my exams are just over. Boo~~~attachment starts tomorrow. i'm gg to be drilled at work. Hey keep me in prayer while I ask the person in charge of work. I start work from 8-4:30. . 1st time I've ever worked extra half and hour in sgh. yup...yup!! trust God. Hey guys thanks for prayer for me. I'm seeking God's will in His way. This is what I've learnt today in church. One day all of us will have to 'face the music' as in, we will have to face a test to see if we are really true disciples of Christ or just gg to church and sing praises and participating. I just learnt that to be obedient to God's will is not enough. We need to be obedient to God's will in His way and not our way. One way is to get to know God more, which I am learning. cos' not everyone who cried Lord, Lord will pass the test. If I carry on being a sunday christian or come for mission trip because others do, then Jesus will say "I never knew you away from me you evildoers. That's very freaky!! So right now, yes I am praying to go for the mission trip. I just need to learn to listen . So pray that I'll obey God's will in His way than to fulfill my own desire. Thanks!!!

PHEW!
Finally managed to finish writing out the notes on my newsletter! yay.. can give it out tomorrow! Thank God for helping me get this done. Hope u guys are doing well in support raising!
Josh

Tokyo Team 2nd meeting on 25th March 06.
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