Grace Abundant is run by me, Hoong Ern Ng, a Malaysian Chinese currently studying Computer Science at Harvard College. I grew up in Malaysia until the age of 16, when I was awarded a music scholarship to study my A levels in England. After finishing my A levels, I started my undergraduate studies at Harvard College, where I currently am.
I’ve always enjoyed tinkering around with computers from a young age, both in terms of software and hardware. At times, this has unfortunately resulted in my computer(s) no longer working, but generally, I’ve learned a lot on the way. On the hardware side, I’m not one of those “uber-geeks” who build their own robots and so on (although, I have to say, I did have to implement a very basic MIPS processor for one of my courses) I enjoy building my own computers and taking apart my laptops (with the excuse of cleaning them).
I have played music for pretty much all my life, beginning classical piano at the age of 3, and eventually got a music scholarship to study my A levels in the UK. On the performance side, my main instrument is the piano, although I also play the trombone (mostly in jazz bands), as well as the drums, guitar, bass, etc. to varying degrees (mostly in church and school/college Christian Fellowships).
I also enjoy arranging and orchestrating music, as well as doing a spot of composing here and there. In combining my love of music & technology, and run my own recording studio (Grace Abundant Studios) where I record my own songs and other music groups as well. I do a fair amount of MIDI sequencing, especially virtual orchestras.
In 2010, I picked up an interest in amateur astronomy and astrophotography, after taking a course in Celestial Navigation. While I don’t have my own equipment, I frequent one of Harvard’s observatories where I stargaze and use an amazing telescope–a 9″ achromatic refractor made by Alvan Clark in 1905: not the best picture quality, but definitely quite a beauty, especially given its age. While I’m not at Harvard, I enjoy watching the skies and also use Harvard’s remote telescopes that you yourself can use! I think the skies are one of the understated wonders of the world–out of this world, so to speak. I also put some of my celestial navigation skills to use when I go hiking.
Nature & Hiking [Mountains]
I believe that hiking — mountain climbing in particular — is one of the best ways to experience nature, to get away from the business of life when we need a break. In addition, I have found that it’s one of my most effective forms of exercise (personally speaking), in that one has to persevere hours and hours of climbing. It’s a test of both physical and mental endurance, and something which you can’t ‘stop’ halfway when you get tired (unlike swimming/jogging/gym). Once you’re on the way to a mountain top, you know you have to make your way down. In addition, the summit of a mountain presents a goal to push for — something tangible, even if there’s no view at the top. Most of my hiking experience has been in Malaysia, and you can read about my climbing experiences.
As a Christian, I believe in a God who loves us, who loves me personally, and you as well, in a way that we can never understand – Abundant Grace. This actually ties into my own name, which means Abundant (Hoong) Grace (Ern), hence the name of this site.
If you want to know more about me, feel free to contact me.