About Me


This is a personal diary. I’m a lawyer, a Christian, love watching Hawthorn and  Manchester United, and love my vino.

I was born in 1965. The other great events of that year were around the Beatles, Martin Luther King Jr and Muhammad Ali. I was born in Klang, Malaysia and grew up in that town, until I left the country for the first time when I was 20 years old.

I first came to beautiful Australia via Sydney. Bob was PM then, with John Howard as default Opposition Leader. I went to University of New South Wales for a few years and enjoyed living in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, going into the city on weekends for work. After finishing at UNSW, I went back to Malaysia to practise as a lawyer in Kuala Lumpur.

I left Malaysia to return to Australia permanently in 2004. John was PM then. I became an Aussie citizen in 2007 but have considered myself an “ex-Malaysian” from the moment I returned in 2004.

I now live in Melbourne Australia, with my wife and a couple of little black furry pooches. The older one we sometimes refer to as the Little Black Jedi. The younger one, a young one (2 years old at the time this update is written) that thinks it owns the place.

Our daughter left home for Canberra (ANU) a number of years ago. She and Micaiah were married in 2017 and they both continue to live and work in the capital city. On 15 March 2023, they became parents to Abigail, a beautiful little girl. My wife and I got to Canberra in time (a day earlier) for this amazing occasion.

My wife and I are part of an Anglican church community in the Blackburn North, in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

I started following Hawthorn when we first moved here and became a member a few seasons ago – I love watching them now and go for as many home games (at MCG) as I can.

If you feel compelled to comment I’d ask you address the subject matter at hand and identify yourself. Otherwise please feel free to email me direct.

Mar 2023


19 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hello there.

    I don’t quite know your name, but there’s a few questions I want to ask you about Mac Robertson Girls High School, if it’s okay with you.

    So you see…I can’t seem to find contact details. Is it alright if you give me your email address or alternatively, you can email me.

    And yes, it’s serious life and death stuff.

    Thanks in advance.


  2. What happened with the Elijah Challenge thingo?

    I’m presently studying what William Lau’s teaching. (just downloading them from the net) And I’m leaning more to believing him…

    So I’m interested in problems you see in his logic & communication & style. {Though to clarify, I suppose I think I’ll rarely find a writer whom I completely understand, & see every point they make, & follow every line of their arguments all the time, so when I find inconsistencies or questions I write them down (to help me to remember & clarify them) to better enable me to discuss the issues with the writer when I meet them.}
    Thanks for your candid comments… looking forward to hearing, when you are able…


    1. Hi Paul

      I’m not sure I follow your question, if there was one. My problem has been set out in the entry as well as in my responses to some of the comments. Was there anything specific you wanted to ask me?


  3. p.s. I like your Title.
    Especially when Ian is said not as I-en (as I am used to saying it), but as I-arn (as many do pronounce it). Which do you normally use?


    1. Hi paul

      No this is my journal alone. My wife is part of my life and I adore her but she has very little to do with this journal safe the occasional counsel and suggestion.


  4. As far as I can see there are a lot of problems with the EC. There are more
    non-sequiturs that I can poke a stick at. I’ve read its training manual because I have an in-law who is really into this stuff, and came away thinking it was worse than I could have imagined. Where do I begin?

    From the EC training manual:

    p6. Elijahs will raise up Elishas after them. Where is the bible passage for such a monumental claim?
    p7. There is no such thing as the spirit of Elijah. This is concocted rubbish. There is only mention of demonic spirits and the Holy Spirit itself in the bible.
    p8. Why is the whole thing called the EC when Elijah’s call to the Israelites was to people who had backslidden as opposed to non-believers? There is a logical error here.
    p10. Proponents of the EC have a basic misunderstanding of the inner working of the Holy Spirit and salvation. We are saved to do good works; we do not do good works in order to be saved. I don’t know how anyone can take Ephesians 2:8-10 and twist it to such a degree. He also doesn’t get the calvinist’s distinction between covenant of redemption and covenant of grace – they are two different things. One can taste the Holy Spirit, but not be saved. At that time, someone is not yet saved (Hebrews 6:4-8) — Esau and Judas (Iscariot) are such examples. They are in the redemptive covenant (part of the vine), but are not saved.

    I’ve only done up to page 20, but can continue in a similar fashion for the rest of the manual if desired,

    God Bless,


  5. Hi there. Help me out here. You just linked to one of my posts; “Alone in the universe”. Point is although I am prolific in writing my posts, I’m new to blogging, so I don’t know what that means (linked). As a result I have not approved it . If your explanation sounds reasonable (as you are a Christian) I should approve it. And I read your Solitude post. I liked it.


    1. Hi Miguel
      When I write an entry on my blog, there’s a side bar which prompts me to link other pages/blogs who have also written on the stuff I was writing about. I link some of these where I think anyone who reads (including/particularly me) can read what someone else has written, to consider if and how that affects his/her/my own thoughts and feelings on an issue.
      I hope that helps.
      I also like what you have written, ie our place in this universe and whether intuitively we tend to seek meaning and truth. As a Christian, I believe God has initiated that process and we need to simply respond to Him.
      Best regards

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      1. Thanks, I understand. I will approve it. Thanks for explaining it. However, not to cry, but the “like” did not come through. Just the message about the link.


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