The Trials, Victories & Adventures of Los PaulOS

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. ~ 1 John 4:18

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

And The Saga Ends

Was sent on a Wild Goose chase yesterday and today. Well not that wild, but a waste of time lah.
Yesterday I went with my buddy, colleague and cell member Chee Seng to the Taman Tun Police Station to clear the fine. So I presented my summons and a letter of appeal to reduce the compound imposed.

The officer in charge said

"Di sini kami tak boleh meluluskan rayuan bagi mengurangkan kompaun. Awak kena pergi ke Balai Polis Jalan Tun HS Lee jikalau awak hendak membuat rayuan. Kompaun untuk kesalahan lalu lintas sebegini adalah RM70 sahaja. Kalau awak tak mahu membuat rayuan awak boleh bayar kompaunnya di sini. Kalau rayuan diluluskan semestinya kurang-lah."

Translation :
We can't approve your letter of appeal to reduce your compound. You will have to got to the Police Station in Jalan Tun HS Lee in KL. For a traffic offence such as yours, the compound should be RM 70 without any appeal. You can pay your compound here for RM70 without any appeal. If you go submit your letter for appeal you will definitely get a reduction in the compound imposed.

So naturally, I thought, I'd go down to KL tomorrow during lunch and get my letter of appeal submitted. So my good friend Chee Seng said, "That's a good idea and you can ask your boss for some time off to do this lah."

So I resolved to go down to KL the following day. (i.e. today)

So I went down to KL today during lunch by LRT. I reached the police Station at approximately 130pm. Went to the Appeals room, but no one was to be found at the desk/counter. A few of us were waiting there to submit our letter of appeal. Then the officer came (about 20 minutes later) and took his seat. Then he tells us that appeals for parking, accidents, etc are not eligible for appeal.

So needless to say that I made the trip down to KL for nothing. I paid the compound of RM70 in the end.

Imagine I had 2 police officers (the "Summoner" (officer issuing the summons) and the officer at the Taman Tun Police Station) who told me I could make an appeal.

Well so some time was wasted, travel cost... so all in all i actually paid more going down to KL to make an appeal for the summons.

Lesson Learnt: Don't get a summons. ha ha ha

Proof of Purchase : One Illegal Parking Spot

Thursday, October 14, 2004


On Tuesdays I have a regular meet up with my MAG guys. MAG stands for Mentoring and Accountability Group.

This group is a homogeneous group. In other words, it's just only MEN. We discuss mainly, men issues and share our struggles and pray and offer suggestions how to grow together. Some may ask how different is this from cell?

I find it very different from Cell because, we are all at a similar level of commitment to the Lord. All of us who are in this group of mine are faithfully serving the Lord in a leadership or misnitry capacity. Our issues are quite different from the ones shared in cell. There is always a level to which we can share at cell in order not to stumble the "younger" ones. It is one of the places where I get my "input" so that I can "output" at cell.

So to me, the MAG is to help me where the Cell can't actually help me. Here I grow together with my brothers and we share deeply about our lives, our struggles and our victories. Almost nothing is left uncovered; Our relationships, our prayer life, our thought life, etc I am glad to have this group of 8 brothers who are consistent in their commitment to meet up and be accountable to one another.

Last Tuesday, we gave each other some "homework". We're supposed to come up with our findings and explanation on "End Times" in particular Rapture. circa Revelations 19 & 20.

Anyone who's got any good reading material that you can suggest, I'd gladly appreciate you pointing me on books to read or refer to.

It came up when a few of us have different ways of explaining it. So we've asked each MAG member to perform some research and discuss this at our next meeting so that we can all learn/teach and edify one another. You may ask.. Why is this important? I believe it's important to solidify our understanding in this area as there are unbelievers and believers alike who will ask these questions. It's always good to be prepared with an answer.
1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect

So, likewise in your walk with God, always set Christ as Lord. And since HE IS LORD, we are charged to be responsible with knowing what is contained in His Living Word.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

The Summoning!

Yeah... I have been Summoned!

Well nothing really heavenly happened. I was summoned by the police. Or in a similar Malaysian term "Kena Saman". Here's proof of my first ever Police Summons. Dunno if Mum and Dad will ever see this ... Ha! Ha!

* I cut off the lart part of the Driver's Particulars so that ppl won't see my details lar. *

How'd it happen? Well, my colleagues and I went to Sri Hartamas for lunch cum Christmas Costume hunting expedition.

Sri Hartamas is notorious for it's lack of parking spots. I drove round the same area for about 8 times and almost got knocked by a huge lorry who didn't see where he was reversing. I prayed for a parking spot but still none appeared. This did not however douse my faith. Needless to say it was a tough time finding a parking spot since everyone there was double parked and triple parked (*exagerated*)!!. So I dropped my colleagues off at Spicy Kitchen (not that far from Uncle Don's) and proceeded to look for a parking spot.

But to my dismay, could not find a spot. It was about 15 minutes already looking for a parking spot. I am usually quite a stickler for rules i.e. I will look for a parking spot even if it takes a long time. But I didn't want my colleagues to wait for me for lunch so when I saw a non-dangerous spot but was marked as yellowline just outside opposite Finnigan's. So I parked there next to some construction just outside Finnigan's and RHB Bank.

Well, I left my car there and had a nice lunch at Spicy Kitchen.

As we were walking towards the Costume Shop, I saw a couple of men in uniform writing out a summons at my car. I walked hesistantly to my car, but Alas, I was too late, they'd already issued.

What's funny is that the policeman name "Muadzar" said something. He looked like a fair-skinned-Indian moslem and I think some gals would say "He's cute". Well he said, "You should've come a little earlier and I could've cancelled the summons. Next time put a note to say that you've gone for lunch."

Quite peculiar right?

He went on to say "Go and write a letter of appeal to get your summons reduced. Go to any police station and submit this summons and appeal."

But what's nice is that my colleague offered to pay part of the summons. I think I'll gladly accept the offer. :)
*Thank you very much Mandy*

Well, that's the adventure for the day.

We got to see our costumes at Century Fiesta Sdn Bhd and found out that we can only book them only in the beginning of November. What costumes you may ask well it's for Christmas. No points for guessing what I'll be dressed up as. My colleague would be dressed up as Santa Rina. Hope to have pictures of that at the end of the year.