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Selerasa Nasi Lemak

Adam Road Selerasa Stall no. 2.  The chili is good. My delivery man is better!

Nasi Lemak Comfort Food

Delivery with a smile!

Kwok Mun had to Q up for about 25 mins.  On a Sunday – lunch hour!

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Another tough day

Yet another tough day. Made it through, possible only with family & friends.  

Worth yet another photo! For the one who brought me Boon Tong Kee dinner!

Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.  Colossians 3:14-15 

Taken in some MTR station in Hong Kong 2016

A unifying theme, each time your read the gospels -Love. It’s a message above all. 


Problem with Miracles

A Christian miracle remains an important part of its doctrine. The arguments for and against whether a miracle can or not still occur cannot be entirely & successfully argued in my simple blog. But here are my thoughts so far (much more formative now, after 3 years & 8 months have passed).

David Hume, the Scottish Philosopher, Economist, Historian better known today for Naturalism and Skepticism defines a miracle as a ‘violation of the laws of nature‘. Later he adds that a miracle is “a transgression of a law of nature by a particular volition of the Deity, or by the interposition of some invisible agent”. In essence, he would reason that Miracles do not happen in a natural world.

C.S. Lewis, the famous British novelist & atheist turned Christian would define a miracle in Theological terms as an observation – “an interference with Nature by supernatural power“. By his definition, a miracle doesn’t break the law of Nature – those laws continue to apply. It interrupts the course of Nature – for instance in the Virgin Birth, a miraculous spermatozoan would impregnate a Virgin and the usually natural laws of nature continue. By this definition, Lewis argues that miracles occur relatively commonly today (at this point of time I fail to understand that point). Continue reading

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Secret to a good breakfast

The most important meal of the day, ‘they’ say is breakfast. In truth, most times we rush through it, skip it or rush through it at the coffee shop / food court / lounge at work. On weekdays it is so difficult to have a nice leisurely breakfast with your family. On weekends, most good foodie breakfast places are too crowded.

So, breakfast in reality is a lousy meal unless you have a nice leisurely breakfast with important people!

The last 2 days have been good days for breakfast at home with Daryl. Managed to have 2 very nice breakfasts in a row. Daryl is pretty much enjoying it because her breakfast consists of memorizing for her IB exam (she is in the midst of it), the weather is surprising very cool and Chiao Lin is hanging about already back from exercise at the Ritual gymn. I’m not sure what Spring is up to though. Continue reading

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Regarding Miracles – a brief history of Cessationism

I am halfway reading thought C.S. Lewis’s book – Miracles. I have come to realise that the many questions we ask today in the 21st century are not new. People have been debating about it for decades & centuries. We might think that our forefathers were less informed decades today – and that knowledge and science have advanced so much that we are smarter & therefore correct in our thinking.

Miracles, healing & creation / existence. Same old questions but many today thinking that we have the answers in already in the year 2017!

Nothing can only be further from the truth I believe. Because today, we remain none the wiser.

Regarding miracles, this is worth a read: A Brief History of Cessationism. The article is from TGC – The Gospel Coalition.

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A recurrent theme

I base today’s thoughts on my interaction with a few people over the weekend. Started with a the view that the Bible as a collection of folklore passed down inaccurately, to UnkleE’s blog on ‘Moving beyond the reformation: Grace, faith & works‘ and then to a friend’s text message on Psalm 32.

Psalm 32: 1-7. Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away,and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord. And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment. For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.

So here goes –  my “Thought for the day”. Continue reading

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What’s the diffference between Fine Dining & not so fine dining

Weather this weekend has been weird. Showers at night making it nice and cool and the sun blazing hot in the afternoon.

So this Sunday lunch was our usual casual meal. Chiao Lin bought back a nice pork belly rice (Vietnamese) from Pho Street at Westgate. Couldn’t ask for more. We also had nice Nasi Padang and Ban Mi.

Anyhow, what I am trying to say is that the simpler things in life are often more fulfilling.

Yum.  For me, this post is to remind me of this hot lazy day.  For others, try out Pho Street – pretty good Vietnamese food. We frequent the outlet at Westgate. There appears to be many other outlets not all having the best online reviews.  But Pho street remains my favourite.   Continue reading

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Learnt a new term today – Yolo. YOLO’ is ‘you only live once’, a modern exclamation of enthusiasm that has reached viral meme popularity since 2011.

This expression is the evolution of the phrase ‘carpe diem’ (‘seize the day’).

It is used to inspire courage and bravery, or to justify doing something idiotic and embarrassing. You will see YOLO spelled with its four letters, as well as with the pound sign hashtag ‘#YOLO’. Sad to say I am slow on the pickup of this term. Chiao Lin knows it also. Anyhow, I can’t quite disagree with seizing the day…..

Here are 2 quote’s from Dead Poet’s Society (Robin Williams)….

“Sucking the marrow out of life doesn’t mean choking on the bone.”

“Carpe, carpe. Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”

The most poignant quote being the later. But you know how I feel, don’t forget, there could be a tomorrow we need to tackle. Leaving you with  a little verse so that you don’t worry too much about tomorrow!

Anyway, a chance to sneak in couple of photos of dear friends I am so glad to have spend so much time with. We made trips to Penang in 2008 & 2010 together. And some scattered trips up there again courtesy of the best host on earth – Peter. Latest trip was last year 2016.


It’s already 2017 so I suppose I’m a little slow in the uptake and this term posted maybe a little embarrassing because everyone else probably knows about!

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Moral Argument 

Just thought it would be a nice time to share William Lane Craig’s video on the Moral Argument for God.  It’s a good start to apologetics as the video is only about 5 minutes long. 

Also, perhaps after my posts of Paul vs James / Faith vs Works – a simple basic verse to clarify things, lest we get too confused..

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

Ephesians 2:8-10 

So let’s not forget we are made Alive in Christ for His good works! Made possible by His grace! Hope this last line sums it up nicely


Faith vs Works……Paul vs James

I recall always debating about this in my teens. Endless it seemed. Then came a time when you couldn’t be bothered which was right. In the last 5 years or so I have been extremely disturbed by unequal opportunities (amongst other things like crazy miraculous claims, good ‘old’ prosperity news et cetera). In the context of “salvation” – what if I was born in a war torn country or simply say in a different place where my exposure to life / God is limited.

Would I in still “believe”? 

  • Is Paul right? Do I just need to have faith alone to be “saved”? Will I lose my ticket to heaven if I didn’t say the “Sinners Prayer”. It’s a pretty straight forward prayer if I you just recite it in simply from rote.
  • Or is James right? Do you need works & actions to back up faith. A common middle road taken is when people believe that good actions will naturally follow your good faith.

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