Thursday, December 2, 2010

Kosin University

I highly recommended this University to pursue your degree for the Kingdom of God.

Be prepared to be an ambassador of Christ. CORAM DEO.

Kosin University at a glance:

  1. Provider of Christian Higher Education which celebrates the unity of faith, life, and learning.

  2. A caring, learning community nurturing students academically from a Reformational Perspective.

  3. A friendly, cosmopolitan atmosphere with students from over 26 nations.

  4. Perched on the side of a mountain with spectacular views overlooking the port of Busan in South Korea.

(It was taken from Kosin University English website:

Monday, October 11, 2010

Joshua Songmin Haniel Liem

God blessed us with a wonderful gift this year.

One month ago, on September 11, 2010 at 23.42, my wife gave birth to our lovely son, Joshua Songmin Haniel Liem. He was 3.7 kg and 51 cm long.

The picture was taken when Joshua was one month old. Some Indonesian brothers and sisters came and celebrated his one month old (plus nine month in the womb of course) in our little house.

We gave him a quite long name to express how Great our God is. Moreover, we also want to confess our faith through this name.

Here is a little story about it.

Name Joshua was given by my Professor in Kosin University, Dr. Richard J. Edlin. He is a great Professor I ever met. He walks by faith and shows his integrity to his students.

Joshua itself means God save us.

Name Songmin was given by our Korean Pastor, Jung Noah. He lives by faith and becomes a role model to our family.

Songmin was taken from Korean word which means holy people/person.

Haniel was given by ourselves. Dita and I always call our son 'Honey' since he was in the womb of his mom which means our beloved one. We changed it a little bit to fit Indonesian pronounciation Hani, then we added el behind it which represents Elohim, one of God's name.

Liem actually is not only my family name, but Dita as well.

Finally, we combined all four words together in purpose which come from English, Korean, Indonesian, and Chinese word to express who, what, and where we are now.

So, we hope that through Joshua Songmin Haniel Liem who already beloved by God, saved by His grace will be a holy person for His glory.

We always pray to God that He will be our Guide, because in fact Joshua is His son, we are only His stewards to fulfill His Will. Please pray for us to be a great parent for him and to do our best since to be a parent is a wonderful privilege we get.

Old poem: "To educate a child is much better (and worthier) than to correct an adult"

Monday, May 24, 2010

Teacher, I don't like science

I heard a story of a child's perception about a subject related to the teacher who teaches it here in Korea. The teacher printed some pictures of the Solar System for discussion in English class. When one of the student saw the picture, he straight away said "Teacher, I don't like Science..." and pulled himself back from the table to show that he was not interested at all in the discussion.

The teacher was curious to know why this fouteen-year youngster doesn't enjoy learning about sun, earth, moon, galaxies, comets, etc...

And she asked a question to the student, why don't you like Science? This is very interesting. We can learn about planets, solar system, the place we live in, etc".

The student was still showing his unpleasant mood in his face and replied, "Teacher, I don't like Science because I don't like the Teacher."

He gives the reason why he does not like the teacher. He says that his science teacher used to debate him and sometimes hits his hands if there is a disagreement between him and the teacher on the subject.

From this story, we may realize that the teacher is in an important part of students' lives. Teacher can bring a great influence on a student through his character or his way of teaching, and even he may put the student in a dis-likeness of a subject. Being a teacher is a difficult job for sure.

God gives every teacher His blessings by giving each of them a chance to enter children's lives by nurturing and educating them.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Let's love our children

I wrote an article in Korea Times recently.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Study and Generation Gap

My wife wrote some blog postings related to Education which I also want to share it here. I hope it can be a blessing for everyone who read her writing.

It also can be read here.

I also agree with Dita that we have to study all the time throughout our life.

Some people think that after graduated from High School or University they can stop study.

Study is not only the matter of academic study where you are required to sit in the class, listen to teachers and do exam. Study can be anywhere and anytime. It doesn't need you to go to school or do your homework to get good point or score.

What I mean with study here is to update yourself with any new information, technology, method, design or any news around the world. Listening to radio, watching television, reading newspaper both online or hard-copy, browsing internet, attending seminar or training can be several ways to equip yourself to aware with today's world.

Dita and I were discussing about this subject when we were having dinner yesterday. I noticed that many parents stopped 'studying' and just focus on their job which cause them not aware with their children's world and their way of thinking. It is so called 'generation gap'.

Parents don't want to know about new technology such as internet, blackberry, online-game, facebook, blog, etc, which are popular these days. Parents are far behind in their knowledge of new scientist invention or medical research.

I told Dita about my professor who always read the latest published books and share to his students. My professor actually can just share any famous books he had read that were written by famous author in the past 5, 10 or 20 years. The content of those good books might be relevant on those era, but not exactly for today's era. So, it will be great if he can share a new book which is relevant for today's situation. That's why he doesn't stop reading.

We were reminded to keep studying since we are going to be parents. We have to equip ourselves and aware of any changes in the world. Our child's world will be different from ours, that's why we have to reduce the generation gap to be able to understand our child better. Let's study!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Robotic Technology: Good Idea but Not for Classrooms

The title was taken exactly from my friend's article in Korea Times several days ago.

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