Right at the first quarter of the year, the number 7 became significant again the moment I received a phone call from Mom about 3pm that our oldest boy Han had just received his A Level examination results. He scored the maximum 7 As for all the subjects he took! I have no photos of this event to post yet but here is something interesting that occurred in the morning. I was paying some bills in the city and found that the street leading to the 'Padang' at Merdeka Square was jammed :
Later that evening I had planned to climb up a small steep hill in Melawati after dropping a friend's daughter for her reading class as her parents were out of town. It was a long time ago since I had scaled that hill and wasn't even sure where the starting trail was exactly. Nevertheless I felt adventurous to look for it to try it again since I had a 2 hour window of time before having to pick her back home again. I found the trail quickly and started on it till I reached the ridge at the top that I remembered had a spectacular view of the surroundings. Here are the pics I took :
Post-dated event :
March 5th, 2011 Saturday
My day started at 5am in the morning with a bike ride to the Lake Gardens with 2 other riders. At 9am I had to pick our friend's daughter(aged 7) and her two older brothers to school for their activities from their home. Incidentally, I forgot to mention that the family lives in a house that is numbered 7 on their street! All their cars left behind end with the number 7. For privacy, I cannot photograph these car plates but here is a shot of their house number on the gate post :
In the early afternoon I had a Toastmasters International Speech Contest at the KL PGRM building. All contestants had to draw lots to determine the order of who would speak first and can you guess what number was my draw? Here is a photo of my prize and the draw paper that I kept as the evidence :
... and my travel to Singapore and back being given seat no. 7 in both trips. See Full Story
It's been some time since I added to this special post not because the number 7 stopped recurring as there were many times my customer service number came up to go to counter 7 or my car just gets a vacant spot at pump 7 at the petrol station. I just felt they were too small or common a coincidence to be worthwhile making a record. Then comes the big one...
In the significant post mentioned above with the revealing story about the writings of my Body Mind and Spirit, I highlighted a very important symbolic meaning behind the Story of 7 which will change the nature of all future posts here. An excerpt of what I highlighted about the Story of 7 is quoted below:
The Story of 7 is really only the tip of the iceberg of all that I have experienced and it has become a metaphorical answer that I use to explain miracles of my life. "How sure am I that the miracles I've experienced are from God?", I've asked myself before others might ask me. My answer is purely a statistical response. It goes something like this...say you have two dices and you seek for a confirmation of something from God by 'rolling the dice' so to speak and all you have are two dices to roll and observe the outcome. What if you rolled the two dices 7 times and the number 7 total shows up 7 times in a row? Would you believe that God had given you the confirmation you had sought for? Well that is what symbolically happened to me in the series of events that occurred in my life. Without reference to divinity or any religion, I have used this simple metaphor in place of orally taking time to share the details of what actually happened which I believe had a divine intervention. Full length details are of course shared in my spiritual blog post, starting from here, where one can read a true and detailed account of my spiritual life as well as my thoughts, any time any where at their own pace without fear or favor. I realize that when reaching toward our biggest life's mysteries and deepest unanswered questions, words seem never enough and yet they are all we have. But I believe an optimal path can be chosen and that is one of simply doing our best to express what we feel and what we think or what we wonder and what we know.
So in other words, The Story of 7 that I started in the beginning which consist of a strange recurrence of the number 7 in my life is symbolic of many other events of my life that appear to occur due to pure luck or a matter of chance but could strongly suggest a spiritual meaning to it from a divine source. So the story of what happened to me on the birthday of my eldest son on Oct 19 of 2014 will be the first of its kind that qualifies to be in this blog. Others posts that now follows need not have the criteria of the number 7 being in the story and will qualify to be in the Story of 7 post so long as it has a miraculous experience in it or one depicting a plain lucky chance had occurred as many would call it. In the stories I write, I try to reflect optimal accuracy by using photos or videos whenever possible and most times the best of what my memory helps me to recall objectively and completely. I am satisfied after doing so to let the readers freely choose their own interpretations or conclusions.
It's Han's Birthday and first thing in the morning I made the following post in facebook :
Normally I would then have to select some music to override the original sound track of the video after I've added pics on the video. Miraculously as I played the video clip, a Happy Birthday Han sound clip somehow took over the original sound track! I know I had this sound clip a long time back but I had not clicked any icon in Movie Maker to load that particular sound track nor go to my computer files to look for it! I was simply amazed at how things worked out so quickly and I did get to publish it before leaving for Church to arrive on time also!
This little miracle reminds me that the same table where I sat by to make the video clip was the same table in Nov 2011 when Mom had just passed away and we felt she had switched off the power just at the moment we had lit the candles of the cake to celebrate the birthdays of Shuan and Jay together as recorded on this video. It is of course no coincidence the original video clip of Han above was taken in the same living room too!
20 November 2014
The trip of Miracles to Australia
Soon after I arrived in Melbourne Australia, I made a facebook post found below that triggered the stories of my trip that was fast accumulating. The special miracles I encountered to make it possible to reunite with my long lost friends is found in this post.
It includes a video of how I retraced my footsteps walking through a park in Eastern Beach, Geelong to find answers to my earnest prayer that occurred in Dec 1979. As stated in the post, this act of reenacting my spiritual experience on the first Sunday of Dec 2014 was purely to familiarize myself to the terrain where it happened. This was desired as though I've never forgotten the spiritual experience that occurred on that dark night, I never did take note of what exact street address the apartment of the Elders was located at that I walked to. Furthermore, I have never returned to the park to retrace my steps in daylight to see the actual terrain I had walked on.
14 Feb 2015
Chinese New Year is on the 19th Feb and I've been bogged down in KL for some assignments eager to return to Singapore. I haven't been riding my bike for awhile so when I saw this event on facebook a couple of days earlier, I signed up for it and showed up on Saturday morning which happens to be Valentine's Day. I was on chat with a US friend and associate in my early morning while it was afternoon there in the East so I struggled to get out of bed to be slightly late for the ride that starts at 7.30am
I was the number 7 and last rider to show up and I guess the group didn't know why I was smiling but I always smile to others anyway! So this is the reason why this post is included here.
19 Oct 2016 Birth, Death and Resurrection post inspired by Steven Kok from USA
7 June 2016 Miracle of an epic journey to Utah USA for all the family members
6 Mar 2016 Insect experience defining moments in my Body Mind Spirit life
27 Nov 2016
I found time to visit an ex St John's Institution Alma Mater member living in Taman Tun and suddenly I was brought to my attention of a bird flying up in the sky. I rushed out to the balcony to capture this bird in flight with my camera! It appears to be an Eagle which happens to be the symbol of our school which is shared in a blog post I did for our grand reunion event that both of us had attended a few years ago! Interesting that I would not have had this powerful camera with me if I had not responded to help another ex SJI member in the morning of the same day to do a video coverage of an important meeting. My life truly has been filled with many such coincidences which I've had interest to record them in my journals like this one about my bird stories which motivated me to write my first ever poem too!
This bird story and those of past years seen in the link given below deserves to be included in this category of the Story of 7 :
The morning that I could not sleep all night for the first time in my life :
Look at the modern Cochrane area today:
This post will share the truth about my amazing life and to understand why I had to start recording it early in my life as I knew then if I would try to explain to others later about my life, many may think I'm making things up or try to inflate things to be bigger than they are! I used to write them all in files or books of paper. Luckily in my career path, I made a switch from being a bean counting Accountant to become a Management consultant with IT based knowledge and experience. This had led me to be in Social Media today to share my Chronicles!!!
Below is a conversation I had with Linda Ng, an old friend that I knew in the early 80s who migrated from Singapore to Canada and I got to meet her again only on facebook. Our recent open chat though comments in facebook are below on the topic of my lucky No. 7:
21 Aug 2017
This is the every Monday activity I call an online family home evening with my children spread out to as many as 6 locations on some days as they travel too! On Mondays, I would look forward to an email of our 2nd son Woon Shuan serving on a voluntary mission where he earned enough to support himself to serve a calling for our Church who sent him to the London Mission for 2 years. He could do this as he had served the Singapore Army for 2 years where he as well paid as a Lieutenant. I was impressed to share his email on this post.