Sunday, July 08, 2012

Exploring Singapore

I was just sorting through my iphone photos and realised after Korea, I visited so many new eateries and cafes (and consumed too many calories, sigh). Groupons and cheap deals available opened too many cafe doors for me... Here are some of the places I tried:

Hosted on the Patio, Alexandra Road

Love the spacious place

Blurred shot of breakfast set ordered by Bro. Sorry too hungry so hands shoke haha!

My very delicious seafood crepe

On a totally separate occasion - Nana's Green Tea Cafe at JCube. Matcha taste was great!

Antoinette on a Monday with DVW

Colourful sweeties

Loved the decor!

Part of the breakfast I ordered. Baked stuff was good!

Thick hot chocolate

I love all-day-breakfast :)

D's order - yummy banana crepes

Groupon again - Handburger at Raffles City for dinner

Lamb burger - good taste but a bit too strong

Dory burger and yummy lotus root crisps

Apple pie - tartness balanced with sweet vanilla

Flourless choc cake. Rich. But if I must choose, I would choose burger over desserts!

May June's Hot Picks at Sunset Way

Quirky decor

$12 for two teas, toasties and a slice of cake

Astroboy corner

Explored Tiong Bahru on a beautiful day

A charming neighbourhood so atypical of Singapore

The true motive of my visit

Loved the wall

omg. $3.50 raisin bun super yummy.
pineapple, mango and passionfruit tart delicious but at $7, not as value for money (though I would still pay)

$5.50 latte. Eh I think focus on the pastries.

Haha I love the door!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Devotional by Mary Southerland - I Am Just Passing Through

Today’s Truth
John 14:1-3 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

Friend to Friend
I was flipping through television channels in a futile attempt to find something worth watching for a few minutes when the commercial for an upcoming movie grabbed my attention. A young man was trying to console his obviously upset friend. As he leaned across the table and took her hand, the young man quietly said, “God promised that everything will be okay in the end. So if everything is not okay, then this is not the end.” The profound and simple truth stopped me in my tracks.

It had been a hard day – for many reasons. I have to admit that several times during the day I had thought, “God, I don’t get it. Why is this happening?” I have been a follower of Jesus Christ for many years, but my faith obviously still has a long way to grow. For a few minutes, I had forgotten that this world is not my eternal home, and its troubles and trials are only temporary. You see, when I came to Christ, my citizenship was automatically and eternally changed from earth to heaven.

I read about an American tourist who paid a visit to a renowned Polish rabbi. The tourist was astonished to see that the rabbi’s home was just a simple room filled with books, a table and a cot. “Rabbi, where is your furniture?” the tourist asked. The rabbi simply replied, “Where is yours?” The puzzled American asked, “Mine? But I am only a visitor here. I’m only passing through.” The rabbi smiled and replied, “So am I.”
The apostle John wrote, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” In this passage, Jesus calls heaven “topos.” In the Greek, the literal meaning of this word is “place.” In other words, heaven is described as a real place. In this same passage, Jesus also calls heaven “oikos” which, in the Greek, literally means “a house or home, a dwelling.” Some people say heaven is “a state of mind, a dream or wishful thinking,” but the Bible is very clear about the fact that heaven is a real place. It is as real as the home and city in which you live.

  • Acts 1:11 “They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why are you standing here staring at the sky? Jesus has been taken away from you into heaven. And someday, just as you saw him go, he will return!"’ Jesus did not go up into a state of mind, a dream or wishful thinking. He went to a real place and a real home.
  • Acts 10:9-11 “Peter was going up to the roof to pray. He was hungry and wanted to eat, but while the food was being prepared, he had a vision. He saw heaven open.”
  • Stephen was martyred for Christ. While he was being stoned, he spoke these words: "Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God's right hand" (Acts 7:56).

The Bible repeatedly refers to heaven as a real place ... a very real and very beautiful place. Heaven is the workmanship of God. Think about that for a moment. Jesus was a carpenter, a builder. He announced that He was going away to prepare for us, a beautiful home in heaven. We know what kind of work He does. He created the universe in six days. Jesus loves detail. Look at the wings of a butterfly. He loves color. Look at a rainbow or a sunset. He loves beauty. Look into the face of a newborn baby. Jesus has been working on heaven for over 2,000 years. What a place it must be!

When I hold the troubles and trials of this world against the backdrop of heaven, peace floods my heart, mind and soul. I just need to remember that this world is not really my home. I am just passing through. How about you?

Heaven is the heart and soul of our faith. It is a reality. Read the following two verses. Record them in your journal. What new truth and hope about heaven does each verse give you?
  • Isaiah 63:15 “LORD, look down from the heavens and see; look at us from your wonderful and holy home in heaven.”
  • Colossians 1:5 “You have this faith and love because of your hope, and what you hope for is kept safe for you in heaven.”

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Absence

A long overdue update. Many things happened yet nothing much has really changed. My life was just fulfilling with its many pockets of fun and busyness.

Some highlights:

Sec 4 gathering at Wild Honey


My yummy breakfast food. We can really eat breakfast food for all meals!


My lovely classmates from good old days :)

A fun staff retreat

I highly recommend the Northeasten Park Connector! Punggol craziness with XP

First week of hols spent with a fantastic group in Bintan

Coming up next: church camp highlights and my fantastic Korea trip! Will take a long while before my next update because work is piling up and there are too many photos to sieve through!

Feeling quite tired this week, have not really rested this holidays yet and a little bogged down by work issues. But well, I am the blessed and the favoured child of God :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A great weekend

Weekend started early for me. I just left school early on Fri to check out the new Marks and Spencers flagship store. Wow, more space for shopping and the food hall has quite unusual microwaveable food and frozen berries. Followed by tea at Marmalade Pantry :)

Dinner was dim sum at Sims Avenue with bro. He was craving for dim sum. The place has a wonderful variety (200 items at least) but quite crowded and service was very slow. I definitely prefer Swee Choon.

Sat - afternoon tea after the Olympiad. Bday celebration for N with RK leaders. Food was quite yummy, view was great but I love the spiritual sharing by M! Notes included! Wah haven't enjoyed a cell group setting for ages :P

Corn muffins at Kenny Rogers (Sat lunch) - a great discovery to find someone who came from a BP Calvary church and in NCC now. Happy sharing! Then exploring Chocolate Rain stores, and meeting TTA gals at night to receive presents from HC and Chris' recent trips :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

a slow week

Or maybe more accurately, a week when I can't seem to focus at work and just choose to slack off. Oh well. My most efficient work was probably in the one hour spent on updating a website that someone was very rude to me about. But oh well, focus on the positive things instead...



Random things that made me smile this week: Trying on (finally) the loads of clothes I bought online or from a new designer I know, looking at my new encouragement board with verses to lift me up (never mind that now it's blocked by ugly work stuff), school mascot in tux, my latest mousepad (yup got a new laptop at work and its touchpad and touchscreen are too sensitive so I have to use a mouse), a box I got for HC (Japanese souvenir for the tourist who just went Japan), cheap iphone bumpers and cheaper earrings.

Not pictured but nonetheless made me smile: Catching up with the girls on Tue, getting lots of news that friends are getting married (4 in Dec!), and the new laptop at work.

Also watched Mirror Mirror (easy to understand, funny, no depth but good to cheer me up) and The Lucky One (romantic sappy tale but not too bad).

Dan read about Flams from 8 Days and we went to try. Apparently quite hot in France. The decor was cheery, there was no crowd. Food - we had roasted sausage salad (little greens) and a chicken tandoori flam to share. Quite light, definitely not your usual type of pizza and a little pricey I felt.

Post-movie desserts at House of Robert Timms. Quite Australian-themed. He had the apple crostata and I had a lemon bundt. Both came with vanilla ice cream. Funny we both wanted something sweet but ended up with something sour. I also had an iced chocolate. Eh suspiciously like milk with choc syrup. Think I would want to go back for mains like crocodile and kangaroo haha!