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Discerning

I’m going for a retreat in Penang. Need to rethink and readjust my life. Things cropped up, I just received a letter of transfer. But I am happy with the new posting, it’s a new breath of life after spending a good six years in the design office doing engineering analysis and design.

Uncertainties are fogging my mind, there are so many questions in life I have to set straight – career advancement/change, relationship, marriage vocation.

In His time. All will be revealed.

May with the help of Fr. Ignatius, the retreat master, it will be a fruitful discernment.

How I removed candle wax from my car seat

Some times I can be really careless and forgetful, from leaving behind my wallet to forgetting to bring my glasses. To my greatest horror, this morning I realised my biggest yet carelessness – leaving the Easter candle on my car seat. Having parked my car under the hot sun yesterday, the entire candle stick melted onto the car seat which is made of fabric. It covers almost the entire right seat.

1_Wax Stain

I freaked out! Being an OCD, I can’t just stand to see a huge blot of oily wax stain on my brand new car seat. Minutes after making a post on Facebook, Victor and Alicia suggested that I use the ‘iron method’ to remove the wax. So I tried what they recommended:

Step 1: Scrap of excess wax

I used the blunt side of the butter knife to scrap off the wax, this is so not to damage the fabric and to prevent the wax from melting further onto the fabric during the ironing stage.

2_Scrap off wax

Step 2: Remove scraps

Next, I took out the vacuum cleaner and suck away all the wax scrapings since it is almost impossible to use a brush or by hand.

3_Discard scraps

Step 3: Place paper towel/serviette

After making sure there’s no wax scrapings left on the cushion, I place the serviette on the affected areas. You’ll need a lot of serviettes for this purpose.

4_Serviette

Step 4: Iron

Instead of using brown paper, I make do with the newletter paper. I laid it over the serviette and started ironing on it, this allows the wax to melt again and be absorbed into the serviette. I  repeated the process a number of times in the same area to heat all the wax into the serviette. The iron was set to medium heat.

5_Iron

Step 6: Clean with dishwasher

Most candles are made from waste cooking oil. Even though most of the wax could be melted and absorbed by the serviette, there was still oil residue on the cushion. Not able to take out the cushion cover, I mixed a few drops of dishwasher in the warm water and blot on the area gently with a sponge to remove the residue. Then I dabbed with warm water to remove the dishwasher.

6_Dishwasher

Hola! After one hour of cleaning this is how my car seat looks like. Almost as good as new but the white oil mark is still quite noticeable. I’m still not very satisfied with my work, will get some dry cleaning solvent to clean off the faint white marks or probably send it for a cushion wash.

7_After

Instead of sending my car for an expensive treatment, I spent less than 20 bucks and one hour to remove the wax. Bought an extension cord (RM12.90), a packet of serviette (RM1.10) and new sponge (RM3.00).

Seven Churches Visitation

The seven churches visitation also known as Visita Iglesia is a pilgrimage practice originated in Rome by St. Philip Neri, where the faithful visited the seven Roman basilicas: St. John Lateran, St. Peter’s, St. Mary Major, St. Paul-outside-the-walls, St. Sebastian, Santa Croce-in-Jerusalem and St. Lawrence-outside-the-walls. It is a tradition reaching back to the 16th century, according to Catholic News Herald the visitation to seven churches on Holy Thursday gives Catholics the opportunity to recall the seven stops of our Blessed Lord along the Via Dolorosa.

This year’s Holy Week, I learned a lot about church tradition and rites from my friend. Mark was the one who suggested doing the seven churches visitation pilgrimage since it was a tradition back in his hometown, where as me being a Kuching native has never heard of this before.

Being the engineer, I charted out the route for the visitation, mainly covering KL & PJ churches (with improvisation along the way). Since I was singing for the church choir on Holy Thursday, our first church was St. Francis Xavier Church. After mass we spent some time in prayer at the altar of repose before departing silently.

We then hopped into Tim’s car and rode from one church to another, covering the nearby churches in PJ – Assumption Church and St. Ignatius Church, then churches in KL – Chapel of Kristus Aman, Church of Our Lady of Fatima, St. Anthony Church and finally the Cathedral of St. John just before midnight struck.

The altars of repose were carefully prepared with abundance of flowers and plants, burning candles and subdued electric lighting, creating an ambiance of silence and meditation. The faithful kept watch as Holy Thursday moved into Good Friday.

The Altar of Repose

Here’s the route which I charted:

 

Perhaps next year, I will chart out a different route for the churches in Puchong, Subang and Klang.

Blessed Easter Monday!

Daniel

Podcast

podcast

We commute to work, we turn on the radio, more often than not it’s just the radio presenter with their boring monologue or hysterical laughter which is noise to the ears. Being someone who treasure his alone time, I prefer something quieter and more reflective when driving. So a friend of mine recommended me this podcast called  “Pray As You Go”.

Over time, I find this daily prayer session useful for my spiritual growth, it combines music, scripture of the day and some questions for reflection. Produced by the Jesuit Media Initiatives, each podcast last between ten and thirteen minutes, a perfect companion whilst travelling to and from work, lunch break, etc.

Amidst the hustle and bustle and the myriad of distractions this life offers, just listening to the podcast (how can I not mention I like the sound of church bells) allows me to pray and reflect albeit short is the time compared to the 24 hours given to each one of us. It is not rosy and shiny all year round, sometimes I find the reflection rather dry but at times the scripture speaks right to my heart.

There are of course many more reflection materials available, but if you are like me who want to start your day with some reflective moments, you can download the podcast or iOS/Android App here www.pray-as-you-go.org

Holy Week Mass Time for Catholic Churches in Klang Valley

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UPDATE: The Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur has released the Holy Week & Paschal Liturgies on their websiteLINK.

Holy Week for year 2015:

2nd April 2015  – Holy Thursday
3rd April 2015  – Good Friday
4th April 2015 – Easter Vigil
5th April 2015 – Easter Sunday

For the convenience of those who’ve reached this blog searching for mass times, I’ve screen captured the schedule from the Archdiocese website. You may click to enlarge the image.

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ArchKL_2KLNorth

ArchKL_3KLSouth

ArchKL_4Petaling

ArchKL_5Klang

Have a blessed Holy Week to all!

Daniel

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