2014 reflections

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2014.

It's been a sort of adventure time for me.

First time I spend more than a year outside West Malaysia. In the familiar shores of Kota Kinabalu. I must admit I think I settled down quite well, partly thanks to a lot of familiar faces here.. from friends to pastors.

I spend most of time studying for my theological training. That's why I am being send here. .

That being clarified, studies so far have been challenging but thanks to the grace of God, so far my studies have been good. I said it before so I say again -- never thought within a year, I finished so much theological paper. Anyway, results, most of the time, were encouraging. 

Next year, more to come. Hope all will turn out well.

My album/music side... well yes, pretty quiet except an online EP release by me.

I decided to stay low profile for some reasons --

1) focus and prioritized my energy on my studies and ministry first
2) Take some time to slow down and refocus my goals for the music side. See what direction to go.
3) Understand the life here, although it's quite straight forward

I know some may disagree with my points above but at some point, refocus is needed. Sometimes I came to a point where I did think about stopping entirely. I kept going back to reasons why I choose to embark on this album journey. It's tiring actually so I need to ask myself why I want to do it. That's why most artist would take time to refocus. It's good to slow down and not go head-on aimlessly. Most importantly, to know what you want to achieve.

Then, something happened this year which again lead me the question on what direction I want to achieve. The most dramatic thing ever happened to me for album/music side, which I kept quiet until now was actually I received a mail from producers of a certain TV show and asked me if I want to be part of this massive talent search around this region. Mind you, this show is well-known world-wide. The audition for this event, from what I read, attracted so many people to its audition. I actually received a so-called "1st round" bye to the next round of audition because the producers hand-picked me to be on the show BUT I still need to be "audited". I told them I can't fly over to KL due to commitments here, but I send them my audition video instead (since they asked, I find no harm just sending a video).

So with all that happens, that throws me into thinking mode about what I want and what I want to achieve. If you are in my shoes, you can imagine the dilemma I went through. It was quite tough for me although I already made up my mind at some point. The place where questions being raised by myself like "is it what I want?" "would this be a great opportunity?" "would I regret about missing it?"

I admit at that point, I don't think this "talent search" thingy is something I would want. Maybe if you asked me 5 years ago, I probably be more keen. Currently, life have changed, my season is pretty much very different right now and I think I managed better with the capacity I have right now, that is moving around the indie circuit. At some point, yes I want to see my songs out there but time will only tell.

But this incident gave me reasons to give thanks to God. Praise God that my music have captured some people's attention, praise God that I am able to see how He has used me.

That being said, I hope God will continue to use my talents and music to do great and mighty things, according to His timing and season.

I admit I miss performing in gigs and all. 2015 might see me stepping out a bit so let's see how it goes.

Aside that, 2014 sees a lot of interesting things around me...

Like how this country went through tough season. Keep it short, this country really need God.

MU.. transiting from that Moyes era to LVG reigns. LVG is bringing the goods so far, I am loving the form they have. Let's hope it ends with some trophies.

All in all, there are some achievements (big or small) that I am proud of and at the same time, there are some regrets. I won't be dwelling in those successes or regrets but I want to move on to 2015.

I believe it's exciting year yet. Yup, I need to echo the usual quote : "the best is yet to come..."

Hereby too, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to friends near and far, also asking your forgiveness for any shortcomings.

May you have an exciting and fruitful 2015.
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Peace has come

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Peace is not merely the absence of external trouble - it is the "presence of a Saviour" who cares about the human condition -- Brian Houston
a very appropriate Christmas article as we reflect on the peace that God has given to us. A peace that surpasses all understanding despite what is going on around us. 



MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
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MERRYCHRISTMAS2014

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Although it's been said many times, many ways.. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all 



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musicianscube profile

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There's a new music platform on the internet and it's catered specifically for local artist.

Having said so, my profile is up there too! Here is where you can visit...

http://musicianscube.com/tim-lim

Explore and like! :D
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reverbnation update

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for local and PJ Reverbnation charts, this is the highest I achieve so far. Again, I am not sure how this happens but praise God and thank you all for your support.

Continue to spread the love, peeps! =)
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updates

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It's close to the end of 2014...

I think it's the 2nd or 3rd time I hit top 10 in Reverbnation's pj chart and steadily hovering top 20 in Reverbnation's malaysian pop chart for some time. How i did it is still a mystery to me but still, I am grateful to God for all that happened and thank you all for your support. Thank you for the airplays and shares. Thank you for the feed back. Thank you for everything.

I know this year has been a quiet period for my music side, just a few appearances and online releases but hopefully next year there will be more. I am looking into the possibility of touring so just keep an eye on this space. New music? maybe. but will see.
Till then, keep spreading the love peeps.
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"tonight" by TL

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One of my new songs from the online EP. Hope there's more new stuff for you all to enjoy =)

Be bless and enjoy!
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flashback friday : album launch at KL and Ipoh 5 years ago

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Since we are still in the week of THIS ROAD's 5th anniversary release, here's a flashback video on the THIS ROAD tour 5 years ago...

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#thursdaythrowback 090909 first album launch

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In conjunction of the 5th anniversary of first album launch this week.. here's some pictures from that faithful day...

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.136085227127.110565.111924767127&type=3

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.155066857127.117600.111924767127&type=3
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5th anniversary

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It started off as a dream. Later on, it became a reality.

Sometimes it feels like yesterday. On 9th September 2009, I released my first album – THIS ROAD

As I was young and starting to indulge myself in song writing, the sense of doing an album dawns on me. It’s like my dream to do so, just that I am not sure in capacity.

Thanks to encouragement by friends and being inspired by many local artists’ adventure, I took the step of boldness to do my first album. Trusting it is all God’s plan, I embark on this journey, knowing it won’t be easy. That is why my first album is entitled THIS ROAD.

It’s been 5 years. I remembered the launch vividly. I never forget everyone who came, everyone who supported me, and everyone who encouraged me. Because of all of your little support, here I am writing this note of thanks. Because of all of you, there was a follow-up album – THE DAY AFTER (released in 2012), there’s tours, and seeing how the music reaching to people I myself haven’t met yet, impacting lives in one way or another. I am still amazed that even till today, some people still talk to me about the first album and how much it impacted them. Testimony like this really spurs me on and at the same time, acknowledging that indeed it’s the man upstairs who makes it all possible.

One of the many frequent questions I get for the past few years is will I released another album. Time can only tell. To be honest, I am not sure. But what is certain is I will still be doing music, in one way or another. It’s a passion that never dies.

That’s where this online EP comes in. To celebrate 5 years of the first album release and also a big thank you to all of your support throughout the years.

Here is the link : https://soundcloud.com/timlimproject/sets/tl-online-ep

This EP contains 5 songs – some songs you have heard before online and 2 new songs I wrote in recent years. I want to thank Lo Shi Seng and Bryan Limus for helping me out in making those songs becoming a reality. All the songs were recorded at Shi Seng’s humble recording studio and Bryan Limus helped in mastering some of the tracks.

As these song is on soundcloud, feel free to loop it as much as you can.If you want the songs as a mp3 and want to play them at your own convenient, you can email me at timlim1206@gmail.com or contact me then I will send you the songs. If you are convicted to buy these songs from me, well, just let me know. I have no fix price for my songs – you can buy these songs at any price. Basically my concept is like an “online tip jar”.. just tip if you love the songs.

I know some of you ask why I don’t sell it on itunes or spotify or something. It’s a long story to tell but at the end of the day, I guess the personal touch between me and you is vital for me, and I admit I have a niche market for these songs.

That aside, I hope you enjoy this online EP. I hope these songs will be a blessing to you, keeping you excited about what’s next. Most of all, it is to thank all of you. Yes, the online EP is dedicated to all of you.

Much love
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eve of the 5th anniv

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Tomorrow will be the 5th anniversary of my first album THIS ROAD release. Which song from that album is your favourite?
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20 facts of TiML!M

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Was tagged to do this 20 facts game by a few friends on instagram.. So here we go..

1. I am the eldest in the family
2. Born in an awesome town called Ipoh
3. Favourite soccer team is Manchester United and been their fan since 10 years old
4. Speak fluent English and BM, can converse in Cantonese while my Mandarin and Hakka is kindergarten level. I cannot read or write any Chinese dialect.
5. I started to learn guitar when i was 12 years old
6. I can play acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar and drums. So my life’s regret is to never pick up piano when i was young
7. First band that i like was MLTR
8. Hate horror movies
9. I am a big fan of Kamen Rider, super sentai and power rangers. I still watch them
10. I am a big Marvel comics fan
11. Favourite color : red, green, blue
12. 12 is my favourite number because it is my birthdate
13. I actually would favour western food over asian food
14. I worked in BERNAMA, a local news agency before for 3 months as part of the industrial attachment. So ya, had the chance to meet local politicians, sportsmen, artists in person
15. I have visited most of the Malaysian states except Terengganu and Perlis
16. I represented my primary school in chess and handball tournaments
17. If i am eating rice, i never like to eat it dry. I would pour soup or sauce over it.
18. I hate vanilla. Never give me anything vanilla eg ice cream or cake
19. Coffee lover
20. In case you forget, i have two solo albums — “this road” & “the day after”

Thank you for reading this but unfortunately you are tagged to do this 20 facts challenge. LOL. It’s fun, help us all to know each other better. You can do it here on fb or on instagram (because i originally got this tag from Instagram.. Lolz)

Anyway.. HAPPY FRIDAYYYYY!!!
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TL @ MGM2013

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remember on December last year, I performed at MGM2013?? Okay, I know it's quite some time ago so I am sorry for delaying the video upload.

But anyway, for the benefit for those who unable to witness the performance, here is the video, thanks to Kim Loong. Hope you enjoy the 10 minutes performance. Songs performed were "compass" and "hold on to".


Stay tuned for more from me..
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top 10 reverbnation chart?

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yesterday I got this email.

Saying I have broken top 10 on Reverbnation's PJ pop chart.

Seriously, I am not sure how Reverbnation chart works but well, little things in life we give thanks and celebrate! =D

As the picture says, I just want to thank everyone for your support so far and hope there's more to come.

Cheers.
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Something in September

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GREETINGS FRIENDS! :)

I just want to take this opportunity to announce that in September, I am planning to release some special tracks.

These songs were actually recorded when I was still in KL. I did not immediately release them because I was playing with thoughts of what to do with it but now, I feel the time has come for the world to listen to them. Details on how I am releasing it, well, I am still looking into it and as time passes on, I hope to have a firm answer for it. It could come in a form of just singles or an online EP. So yea, speaking with faith here on the release.

These songs will mark the 5th anniversary of my 1st album release so I guess that tells you when it is out. At the same time, it's my way to thank you all for your never-ending support and love towards my solo project.

I said it many many times, that doing this has never been easy. Sometimes I feel like throwing the towel but by the grace of God, I am still doing music. Maybe not in the capacity that I thought but I am taken aback how far the music has gone to. Your encouragement time and time again reminds me not to take this opportunity lightly. I am also reminded at the end of the day, these songs are not about me but about Him. I am not saying this to sell the songs.. I am saying that it's not by my own might but by His strength I am doing this.

With that, I hoping these songs will be a testimonial of God's goodness to all of you. I pray these songs will be a blessing to you all and can't wait to let you guys hear it.

More to come. Till then, much love.
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little updates

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Recently a lot of people affirmed me through the albums and songs I wrote.

Above is one example.

Perhaps I should get some songwriting back on track. I have been abandoning it a bit because busy with conferences, camps and studies.

Will keep you all updated.

But I hope in Sept-Oct I will be doing something special for you all. I hope.

Cheers peeps!
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my birthday wish 2014....

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Thank you all for making this year’s birthday fun and awesome.

I suddenly wished everyday it's my birthday.. because you all have made it awesome in your own beautiful ways.

I am not sure why FB notified you all a day earlier about my birthday so on the eve of birthday, I already received so many wishes. 

Anyway, I appreciate your wishes a lot and it means to me, that’s why I take the effort to reply each one of you. It always that time of the year where I received lots of messages on various platform.

Thanks for the cakes as well. Love them!

So many people to thank... so one big love to you all!

Prior to my birthday, I admit I struggle with the questions of what is next for me. The thing about living life with God, it’s always an adventure. The more I asked sometimes, the more I find myself trusting in God. That’s what has been driving me on. That’s what has made my life interesting over the past few months.

Recently I was with a wise man and he was asked a question by a friend of mine about what he thinks about life and the things that happening in the world. He just simply answered “without God, we are just hopeless”. 

Simple yet profound.

True, without Him, our life is a mess. Look at the world today, we can say all we want about every issues out there, but truth to be told, we need God. That’s the bottomline.

There’s so many negativity out there… especially here on social media honestly. Sometimes it saddens me to read how much “pain” you guys going through whether in schools, relationships, work or life. I want to say no matter who you are, believe me that you are actually better than the circumstance. Don’t waste your energy on negativity, it’s never worth it. Things come and go, including negativity. We just need to be positive and persevere. We cannot be perfect.. yup.. I will make mistakes and do things that I regret but life is a never ending lesson.

That’s my birthday wish for you all. Each one of you can make a difference in the world. You don’t need to be like Bono or Mother Teresa-que figure to be a difference. Just be who you are. Be that shining light in your home, schools, office and nation.

Again, let me say....


Can't resist using his face. Sorry Mr and Mrs Sio Yean but your son's expression is just priceless.

Much love. 
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wedding gig

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Performed 2 songs at mr and mrs Gavin's wedding banquet.

Was an honour to perform for them because i know both of them for a long time .. Since our time in FCC.. From cell group to ministry to being Gavin's housemate.. 

So God bless them! Cheers to you lovebirds!!
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Glorious Ruins -- EASTER 2014 cover

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how's the weekend for you guys? how's Easter for you?

Hope you have a meaningful Easter so far. I myself having a tiring but an awesome Sunday.

As promised, as previewed, as mentioned.. here's this year's Easter cover from me. First video from the land of Sabah! :D

Glad to be able to work with my awesome mate Sam Vun (nonsensei production) and also a talented pianist Deborah Ho for this video. Thanks for your time and effort to make this cover happened!

I guess it's fitting that as we are nearing the end of the day, it's good to reflect the message of the Cross and know that because of Him, we have a hope that last for eternity.

To quote Hillsong's devotional material for this song --
"The prophetic message of Isaiah 61 promises a future hope. Just as the ashes, symbolic of mourning and loss, are transformed into a crown of beauty, God works our struggles into beautiful stories of good triumphant over evil. When we are shattered, God lovingly restores our lives, putting our brokenness together again. When the harsh desert sun beats down, we find shelter in God’s protective span."

This song is one of my favourite recent Hillsong track. Hope you all will enjoy that cover and be encouraged.. well.. feel free to leave your comments and if you like me to do more covers, let me know too!!

Also, feel free to share this video around!

cheers. much love!
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ah april!!

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It's APRIL already!!!

And recently I just recorded a new cover so stay tuned for that!

Clue : every year I covered worship songs for Easter so this year is no difference..
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#prayforMH370

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Sharing a song of hope in times like this.


Keep the faith. Keep praying.

Our hearts are with you, those affected by the event
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Salvation is here (lim brothers)

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how's your CNY??



My bros recently visited our friends' music shop at Ipoh called Shion Music and we did a cover there. 

I know a lot of you waiting to see us perform as siblings.. so here you go!

A cover of a classic Hillsong United track. ENJOY =)

Share it and comment if you love it! :P

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Horsie year!

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Let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!!

Hope you have a blast.

Anyway, past few days have been busy for me as I am busy preparing and packing. Some of you might know that I will be based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah for a year plus, after CNY.

I want to take this opportunity to say thanks for all the love and support throughout my time here at KL. I will be back in future, as the Lord leads. Anyway, take care and God bless!
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livegigcam #2 @ Sol Frontera Wednesday Open Stage #11

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As promised, here is the footage of my live performance at Sol Frontera few months ago.

Covering Coldplay's Yellow.



Yes, I am starting this series on my youtube called livegigcam.

Hope you enjoyed it! I love challenging myself doing some live covers. Glad able to pull this off.
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soundcloud promo

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if you have soundcloud account, you can follow me. 
if you need some songs to stream, you can click this.
there's some free download songs too. so.. what you are waiting for?



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Pisco Bar

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Had a great time performing at Pisco Bar. Great experience. Sang 5 songs, including a John Mayer song.


Met the manager who got me this gig, pretty amazed how he got my contact and he loves my music. Wow.

It's my last gig here before i spend a year at KK. Of course, I will be back in future but gonna miss performing at KL. Anyway, i am looking forward to explore the KK music scene as well.

So, be in touch with my music journey here.
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Pisco Bar on 15th Jan

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Having a blast so far?

If you are making plans for coming few days, here's a suggestion...


Coming Wednesday 15th January, I will be one of the performers at Pisco Bar. Will be performing around 930pm onwards..

Here's the FB event link :-
https://www.facebook.com/events/527568817350454/?previousaction=join&source=1

so come around will ya? =)
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song dedication to my siblings

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Since it was my bro David's birthday recently and my youngest brother Daniel did a cover of Lego House (watch it here :-http://youtu.be/7n1whgkl5Ts) .. time to do something..

YES.. it's time that the big brother respond with a version of its own..

Well.. it's all fun sake. Really.

Anyway, we all are big fans of Ed Sheeran. Amazing singer-songwriter.

If you think I should do more covers "properly".. uh.. let me know! >.<
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Wednesday Open Stage #13

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First gig of 2014.

Always enjoy performing here.

More pictures at FB
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