Taxi Driver in JB

Today I took a taxi, and chanced upon the same taxi driver who previously drove me before. We thus struck conversation with our existing relationship. I realized that taxi drivers aren’t all that bad refusing to go by meters and things like that.

He asked me for advice on whether he should buy his child a laptop to bring to class at secondary 2, which I felt may be a little risky in Malaysia. I also wasn’t sure of how helpful it would be, given the recent article I read citing a case study where the introduction of technology into a certain area didn’t result in an improvement in test scores.

I also found out that his taxi rental is ridiculously cheap at RM120 a month, and he said that if he works hard he can bring home about 4-6k after tax and (house?) rental.

He shared of how he and his wife separated over a difference in personalities, and I urged him to find back his first love with her. It reminded me of how we are all real people living in a real world with real problems. That if we would just open our eyes and look around, we will see needs that can be met everywhere, just like what Bill Wilson said.

I don’t know if the taxi driver would take my advice, and I don’t know if I’ll ever meet him again. But hopefully, maybe, my one small bit of encouragement can make a dent in his decision scale.

China 1854 and Today

I just finished watching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWcyMK8EmCc a few nights ago. The video is a little poor, but if you strain a little you’ll catch most of it.

The film outlines Hudson Taylor’s story from his arrival in Shanghai in 1854 till the death of his first wife Maria in 1870. The pains he went through, the establishment of China Inland Mission (n.k.a. OMF International), and the examples of how he trusted for God’s providence in everything from financial needs to finding a mate. Even in times of desperation, he refused to take up loans, believing that God will pay for God’s work. Today he leaves behind a rich heritage of thousands of missionaries who have in like manner given their lives for the work of the gospel in East Asia.

Fast forward 157 years to today, and we see a very different China. China today is the second largest economy in the world; yet per capita, it ranks at 95-100 depending on whose chart you use. In many ways, it is still a world of its own, separated by socio-political boundaries. Within its geographical and cyber domains, you will find substitutes and replicas of everything you can find elsewhere. It may possibly even be the only country that could sustain itself in the midst of a global crisis.

While the Chinese now don western clothing, some fundamentals do not change. People today have the same basic needs as 157 years ago. The fundamental human need for love and community, to know that there is someone out there who will truly stop and listen. Perhaps especially more so with the stresses placed on the society with rapid development in cities across the country.

For the most of you reading this going to China, your first thought would be to fly. Yet I know of a friend who spends about 3 full days traveling from her home to study in Shanghai every semester, starting off with one night in her province’s capital followed by an almost 48 hour train journey to the eastern city of Shanghai. I’m not sure how many would contemplate taking a train from New York to LA. It is a journey that sounds intriguing in itself that I would want to experience in my lifetime, and I hope to write about my story The 4,222 km Journey.

It is no doubt that the entry barrier today is so much lower than 1854. Affordable air fares, no more 6 month ship journeys. However the amount of dedication that it will take to reach this great nation is no lower, with the population having more than tripled since then. I believe that eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor mind conceived the things which God has in store for those who love him. The future is going to be so glorious :)

Transfer of domain from Godaddy to name.com

After years of hesitation, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and transfer eccentri.cc from Godaddy to name.com. In a way it’s a little nostalgic to do that as I used to be a big fan of Godaddy, till they started doing some things that gave me a sleazy impression of them. Well or at least of the founder. During the most of the process Godaddy has been pretty helpful actually so I’ll give them some points for that. This is just an outline of the process for me, which took approximately 10 hours in all to complete. Decided to start the domain transfer last night with no idea that it could take a few days on average. I think this time delay mechanism is to prevent people from stealing domains too easily.

  1. Went to https://manage.name.com/domain-transfer to get started, only to find out that I needed an auth code (ok I knew this was involved somehow) from Godaddy.
  2. Logged in to Godaddy, but the only intuitive option was for the auth code to be emailed to me. I clicked on the link a few times and never got any email. Not sure whether it was a technical fault or otherwise. Ended up using the download option from http://help.godaddy.com/article/1685 to download the auth code in a csv file. Unlocked the domain at the same time.
  3. Thankfully I had re-registered starserve.info prior to this as my domain admin contact would have been unreachable otherwise.
  4. Put the auth code into (1) and waited.
  5. Noticed advice on (1) that the domain should have sufficient validity to complete the transfer, and started to panic as my domain was expiring in 4 days. Contacted name.com to find out that the ball is in Godaddy’s court.
  6. In the meantime I made a record of all my DNS records
  7. Received an email from name.com to the domain administrative contact email to verify that I wanted to transfer the domain. Clicked the link to go ahead with that.
  8. Received an email from Godaddy informing me that I could either accept the transfer immediately or do nothing, in which case the transfer would automatically continue in 3 days time. Of course I didn’t want to wait, so I decided to give Godaddy a call to see what I could do to expedite the process.
  9. Ended up going through Godaddy’s domain manager to accept the transfer immediately.
  10. Domain showed up in name.com shortly with a few more emails from Godaddy.
  11. Set up new DNS records immediately.

Overall the process was fairly smooth and I’m glad I finally did it and now have all my domains under one roof :)