Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Me and Myself

I have been wanting to post my first blog, but, being a lazy bum, I tend to postpone whatever not important. Anyway, I know that, if I keep on delaying it, I would never be able to post anything. And thus, my first post here, introducing myself.

I am David Chan, also known as Yew Mun. I was born on September 22, 1978, which means I'm going to be in my 30's end of this year. I was born and grew up in a tin mine city called Ipoh. I studied in University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, for 3 years, and when I was 23, I graduated as a Bachelor Degree holder in Electrical Engineering.

I am now working in Penang, Malaysia, under the umbrella of an American semiconductor company called Altera Corporation, as a senior Product Engineer. My scope of work includes developing tests for new product verification and tests for failure analysis logging - not excluding involvement in debugging of new fabricated products.

Being the only child in my family, I grew up as a lonely child, mixing around with friends only in school and while attending tuition classes. At home, I usually get myself occupied with books, music, and even self-conversation (sounds like I'm a bit psycho huh). I was deprived of sports activities other than badminton (which I am not really good at). Well, there's a benefit towards my solitary behavior - I scored quite well academically.

My social life changed as I was elected as a junior prefect in my Secondary Education Year 2. My level of confidence was improved, and I became less introverted. Throughout my Secondary and Tertiary Education, I have my study life consistently balanced with extra-curricular activities, which which enables me to learn the important things in life never found in text books - team work, mutual understanding and agreement, tolerance, active listening, etc. Which is important in forming part of who I am today.

One of my most important and unforgettable moment in my life is the moment when I was convicted and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I received a simple yet impactful revelation by God on December 15, 2002, after encountering with a series of events. [I will create another post for my conversion story in case you want to know more.] After another year of Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) classes and rites, I was baptized on Easter Vigil, April 10, 2004. This change of my faith from Buddhism / atheism to Christianity opens my eyes and soul, and that forever changes the course of my life, from assuming self-dependency to Christ-dependency.

Another most important moment is when I attended my second Life in the Spirit Seminar (LSS), beginning on March 12, 2005. Unlike the first LSS, this one was organized by the Penang diocesan prayer group named Shalom Working Youth Fellowship (SWYF). The encounter of manifested presence of God was awesome and unexplanable. The presence was so powerful that my inner hurts were healed instantly, and I received the Gift of Tongues. It was the same seminar that I get to become a regular participant of SWYF weekly meeting, and I get to offer my service in one of the church's cantor team. I am further convicted that, with my hard-earned faith in Christ, I need to offer myself more for the Lord rather than being contented and blissful as a Sunday Catholic.

Other than work and church, I normally hang out with colleagues and church friends, traveled back from Penang to Ipoh to visit my parents and old friends. At other times, I will find myself reading (a habit/gift, thanks to my lonely childhood) or in front of computer playing games or surfing the net. And from now on, blogging would be one of them! :-)

This blog will be part of my lifelong journal (of course, this is the place where I will publish filtered material). And I am happy to have my first post published.


Gnap said...

Finally! :)

Hope yours lasts. Mine already half dead. :P

Gnu said...

Alas...nice post. Will drop by time to time:)

Gnap: Update...update...

Ian Ling said...

Yo, you learned how to be alone, doing things by yourself. I'm learning that now:P Still on a process of learning. Just started the journey:D

Anonymous said...

i am so pleased i read your first blog. very inspiring. hugs!