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What's the deal about BIGGER?

Let's keep this short, sweet, and simple.

To be BIGGER doesn't mean we can or need to do a lot more things FOR God. Our natural understanding is that bigger equals more capable, more able, and things like that. Well, it's not.

2. To be
BIGGER, we need to come back to the basic by knowing what does becoming a human being mean. It simply means acknowledging the facts that:
* we're made in God's image (Gen. 1:26-27)
* we can do nothing apart from the Lord (John 15:5)

3. To be
BIGGER, we need to realize that what we are is more important than what we can do for God. It's a matter of being a human BEING, not human DOING.

4. To be
BIGGER means we're subjected to responsibility and accountability for our deeds in our daily living despite the fact that God has given us freedom of choice. We can't blame others or circumstances for things that we did.

5. To be
BIGGER means God enlarges our capacities, especially in our ability to hear His speaking. He enlarges us, not for us to do a lot of things for Him. He wants us to have the capacity to listen to Him and that He can deal with us. However, God does this based on where we are in our Christian journey. So, it differs from individual to individual.

"I exhort you therefore, brothers, through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:1-2, Recovery Version

Back from BIGGER YA Camp!

Yes, I've been absent from blogging for the past three days!

Well, I was at Port Dickson as I attended SIBKL's Young Adults Camp 2009!

And, to your (dismal or joy, up to you, hahaha), I shall allocate a quota of one or two posts to publish what I've gained from this camp, especially in relation to the camp's theme: BIGGER! Skip reading them if you're not interested. LOL!

Do bear with me for the next few days and no worries, I'm not changing my blog to a preaching blog. :) I still have more food photos and movie reviews to post! Stay tuned!

Just want to share one little thought before I move on.

"I've lost my identity as a Christian and I've made the choice to abandon the Lord and anything to do with His church for the past two years or so. I replaced and substituted the Lord with my career. However, no matter how successful I am in my career pathway, I'm experiencing an even worse restlessness, boredom, and loneliness, something that I can't explain with words alone."

"By His mercy and grace, He has arranged people around me to slowly bring me back to Him and His church, and I could say, without condemnation and after so long a time, I'm now at rest and peace, realizing that I'll be never be out of His reach no matter how far I ran away from Him. God is really, really faithful."


Movie: The Box (2009)

You Are The Experiment

Synopsis adapted from ©Warner Bros:

What if someone gave you a box containing a button that, if pushed, would bring you a million dollars but simultaneously take the life of someone you don't know? Would you do it? And what would be the consequences?

The year is 1976. Norma Lewis (Cameron Diaz) is a private high school teacher and her husband, Arthur Lewis (James Marsden), is an engineer working at NASA. They are, by all accounts, an average couple living a normal life in the suburbs with their young son until a mysterious man with a horribly disfigured face appears on their doorstep and presents Norma with a life-altering proposition: the box.

With only 24 hours to make their choice, Norma and Arthur face an impossible moral dilemma. What they don't realize is that no matter what they decide, terrifying consequences will have already been set in motion. They soon discover that the ramifications of this decision are beyond their control and extend far beyond their own fortune and fate.

The plot sounds convincing and interesting. The problem is, James Marsden and Cameron Diaz don't manage to strike a strong on-screen chemistry that will keep this gloomy, draggy, and confusing movie watchable. A noteworthy point of the movie is its heavy focus on human emotions - love, hate, dilemma, fear, etc.

Needless to say, I began to feel restless and my interest to continue watching waned drastically after the first hour of the movie. Another thing, Cameron Diaz look old and pairing her up with the youthful looking James Marsden is just so... weird.

Overall, if you don't want to fall asleep in the cinema, I don't recommend this movie. Watch it on DVD is good enough.

Forgive & Forget?

Forgive and forget, that's what they say. It's a good advice, but it's not very practical. When someone hurts us, we want to hurt them back. When someone wrongs us, we want to be right. Without forgiveness, old scores are never settled... Old wounds never heal. And the most we can hope for is that one day, we'll be lucky enough to forget. ~ Grey's Anatomy

Sometimes and in certain matters, ignorance is blissful. Let the dead bury the dead. Let the past be the past. I just want to move on...

I must not be defeated by this sudden surge of emotions. I must not succumb to self-depreciating thoughts. I am who I am. Emo-ness, go away.

Tub Dabar

Today's Catch

In 2 Chroni
cles 19:3a, "There is, however, some good in you,..." This verse was spoken by Jehu the prophet to King Jehoshaphat, the king who obeyed God totally during his early years and partially during his later years.

The English word "good" in the verse above is translated from the Hebrew phrase, Tub Dabar. This is a very rich phrase and the fact that it's translated into 85 different English equivalents throughout the entire Bible shows how marvelous this phrase is!

I'm impressed with the meaning of Dabar. Dabar is the intuitive divine revel
ation of God in us that is the same as what is in God's heart.

What do I learn today?

1. In your success, don't forget that it's God who gave it to you.

2. Never stifle the "Good of God" (tub dabar) on the inside of us. When we obey the Lord, we can hear Him accurately and won't make fraud decisions.

3. Partial obedience will cause us not to end well.

A verse that touches me as I muse upon His wor

Ephesians 4:30, "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption."

"Lord, thank You for Your speaking."


Movie: A Christmas Carol (2009)

I believe, most of us have read Charles Dickens' timeless tale, "A Christmas Carol" when we were young. Even if you haven't, it's okay.

Here's a little synopsis: On a Christmas eve, Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly and bitter miser must face the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come in order for him to be guided to repentance due to his harsh and bitter manner of life before he suffers the worst fate in his life.

This is a rather dark and gloomy animated movie with a heavy sense of dread, bitterness, and punishment. I'd say I don't really like the story except for its excellent and awesome 3D technique. If you've watched Beowulf (2007), it's that almost real-life technique that A Christmas Carol is adapting.

One more thing, I'm so used to American English that I find British English a bit hard to understand. The fact that I'm straining my ears to understand the conversation also contributes to the reason why I don't enjoy watching this movie very much.

Anyway, if you love Disney's animated movies, you won't want to miss this movie. :)

I learn to pray

Recently, I learn to pray. I thought I know how to pray since the day I believed in the Lord. But as the days go by and as I embark on the journey of the Christian life, I begin to lose the initial simplicity and become more and more complicated. I thought I know a lot.

A few days ago, I was inspired to write a post with the title, "I look to You".

Lately, I realize:

* Praying is like breathing. Just as breathing is essential to our life, praying is essential to our Christian life.

* Praying is like talking to the Lord. It's not about what jargon I use. It's about being personal with the Lord.

"Lord, thank You for Your wonderful doings. Happenings that I think are coincidences are indeed Your sovereignty. I'm speechless. Lord, thank You for the people You've arranged at the place where I work, the outlets where I eat, and even Twitter. Thank You for recovering in me the desire to meet with Your church. Thank You for reviving in me the hunger for Your word and to worship You!"

I'm in awe. It's not what I've done or can do. But when the Lord works, it's just marvelous.

The Lord touches me with these verses:

Philippians 2:9-11: "Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

Dinner @ Pumpkin House, Kota Damansara

Here's the address of Pumpkin House:
No. 21-1, Jln PJU 5/4, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya.

Close on Monday. Business Hours: 10am till 9pm.

They've a website! It's in Mandarin. LOL.

Upon entering the outlet, I find Pumpkin House very sparse and a bit gloomy due to its very simple and humble interior. Maybe they need some "touch-ups". However, don't be fooled. This outlet is boasting of its natural, healthy, and nutritious selection of food and beverages.

Take a look at the following photos.

Pumpkin Porridge is the perfect soul-healing and heart-warming food on a cold, rainy night. It's cooked with minced meat and topped with dried seaweed and spring onions. Awesomely delicious! Only RM4.50 (correct at the time of writing).

Rice Wine Pumpkin Noodles is certainly a must-have for those who love rice wine dishes. Bear in mind, the broth can be rather tasteless. I believe this dish is prepared with less salt in mind, perhaps?

Spicy Sichuan Pan Mee is for hardcore spicy food lovers. Careful with your selection. If you can't really take spicy food, please avoid this dish at all cost. It's seriously hot and will numb your palate.

Dried Pumpkin Pan Mee looks okay. Instead of dried anchovies, this version comes with dried seaweed and fried pumpkin. It's served with a small bowl of soup.

Nasi Lemak Special looks good! The rice is the best of all, fragrantly cooked with a generous portion of pumpkin. A telur mata kerbau, a chunk of fried chicken, sambal and the rest of the edible stuff on the plate look mouth-watering and pleasing to the eyes.

Pumpkin Fried Rice looks great too! I didn't get to taste it but judging from its appearance, I bet it's delicious too!

Rice Balls in Pumpkin Juice is a dessert. Not too sweet or sticky. I like the combination of the rice balls and the pumpkin juice. A great dessert to end the night.

Overall, good rating! I'd love to revisit this outlet for more food! :)

Bukan Cinta Biasa :: Siti Nurhaliza

I love Siti Nurhaliza's vocals. Bagaikan Sakti, by Siti Nurhaliza & M. Nasir is a very poetic song - my all-time favorite BM song.

Here's another one of my favorite songs from Siti Nurhaliza - Bukan Cinta Biasa. If you've a good command in BM, pay attention to its lyrics, it's very beautiful, feminine, and rich in emotion.


Lunch @ Cagayan's, Centre Point, Bandar Utama

Update: This restaurant is not operating any longer.

in Centre Point, Bandar Utama is a restaurant famous for its Philippines cuisine, especially pork-based dishes. I've been there before.

Windy, Naoko, Jason, and myself tried their set lunches, priced between RM6 & RM10. One set consists of a main dish, a drink, and a dessert.

Windy's Stir-fry Pork & Vegetables, served with white rice is a decent dish.

I choose Curry Pork Ribs Rice. Actually, the curry pork ribs comes in a claypot. I scooped some out and poured it on the rice for this photo.

Jason goes for Curry Pork Ribs & Cagayan Pork Fried Rice. This is how the curry pork ribs looks like in a claypot. Truth to be told, I love the curry. It's not as rich as the Malays' or Indians' and not as sweet as the Japanese's. It has a distinctive flavor that leaves us to yearn for more. :)

Naoko's Baked Pork with Cheese & Rice is what we voted as the best dish. Pork cutlets baked with cheese is sensational!

Movie: The Fourth Kind (2009)

There are four kinds of alien encounters. The fourth kind is abduction.

So, it's clear that The Fourth Kind has something to do with extraterrestrial beings and abductions.

Actually, I don't quite buy the idea of alien encounters.

According to this mockumentary, a scale of measurement has been established for alien encounters.

* 1st kind: When a UFO is sighted

* 2nd kind: When evidence, e.g. radiation is collected
* 3rd kind: When contact is made with extraterrestrial beings
* 4th kind: Alien abduction

What's The Fourth Kind about? Psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich), based in Nome, a very remote town in Alaska begins videotaping her hypnosis sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly witnesses disturbing evidences of alien abduction.

Footage recordings of multiple terrified witnesses during their hypnosis sessions, including Dr. Tyler herself are part of the movie. However, their allegations of being visited or even abducted by extraterrestrial beings share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is investigated throughout the film.

The idea of shooting it as a mockumentary is not something new. We've seen this shooting style in Cloverfield, REC, and District 9. To me, the idea of using alien abduction to explain the whole phenomenon is stale. Certain scenes in the movie depict demon possession so apt to such an extent I was wondering, doesn't demon possession make a better selling point?

Overall, a so-so movie. I won't recommend it unless you're really a fan of the theory of alien abduction.

I look to You

This post is dedicated to fellow Christian friends who understood what I'm going through. I've been procrastinating for the past two weeks to write this post because I don't want to give the impression that I'm condemning or will be condemned or judged. So, I'm trying my best to be mild and not defensive. If I do, please forgive me, in love. :)

For the past one month, I've been experiencing certain changes and challenges and I found myself in dilemma. Basically, two points.
First, am I making the right decision? Second, am I led by the Lord or am I led by my own uncertainties and emotions? People said, don't analyze or you'll paralyze. But, I need to find answers to my questions. To do that, I need to start somewhere.

I'm not renouncing my faith but I'm heading towards somewhere different from where I have been. When I did this, I knew I'm taking the risk to be shunned. Good thing is, I'm now comfortable with the group of Christians I'm with. Let me put up 2 short points concerning how I'm led to be with them.

1. The Word - as substance and sustenance.

* The
first sermon that I attended talked about John 10:1-21 - The Shepherd and His Flock.
* The verse that I enjoyed that week was 1 Peter 2:25:
"For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls."

* The
second sermon really spoke into me. We need to view the church from the point view of God, not according to my personal choice.
* What is the church? It's the house of the living God. Going deeper, the church is also the body and the bride of Christ. These are from Ephesians 5.

* The
third sermon is about persecution as a Christian.
* The verse that I enjoyed that week was 1 Cor. 10:13:
"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."

* The
fourth sermon is about asking the Lord to disturb us! Biblical base: Luke 5:1-11.
* That week's Friday & Saturday, a few sisters shared with me one point, not together, but at separate occasions. "Joyce, pray and tell the Lord, He's always with you."
* That Sunday itself, these words just hit me right in the core of my being: A personal encounter with Jesus will make you realize how much you want to live for Him!
* It's not about impressing people. Just need to start small, then go deep, then surrender all to the Lord, based on our spiritual growth / journey.

2. The People - as a family and home.

* They are normal human beings with proper jobs and some have families.
* I see the love of Christ, I see brotherly love, I see loving thy neighbors.
* The bonding and togetherness are rather strong. I've started to hangout with them in different activities and they're a cool, fun bunch of people. :)


At the moment, Whitney Houston's "I Look to You" is a song that describes my feelings.

(Verse 1)
As I lay me down
Heaven hear me now
I'm lost without a cause
After giving it my all

Winter storms have come
And darkened my sun
After all that I've been through
Who on earth can I turn to?

I look to you
I look to you
After all my strength is gone
In you I can be strong

I look to you
I look to you
And when melodies are gone
In you I hear a song
I look to you

(Verse 2)
After I lose my breath
There's no more fighting left
Thinking to rise no more
Searching for that open door

And every road that I've taken

Led to my regret
And I don't know if I'm gonna make it
Nothing to do but lift my head

I look to you
I look to you
After all my strength is gone
In you I can be strong

I look to you
I look to you
And when melodies are gone
In you I hear a song
I look to you

My love is all broken (oh Lord)
My walls have come (coming down on me)
tumbling down on me (All the rain is falling)

The rain is falling
Defeat is calling (set me free)
I need you to set me free
Take me far away from the battle
I need you to shine on me

I look to you
I look to you
After all my strength is gone
In you I can be strong

I look to you
I look to you
And when melodies are gone
In you I hear a song
I look to you

I look to you...
I look to you...

Movie: 2012

We were warned.

We're aware of how 2012 is hyped as the great disaster or apocalypse movie of 2009. 2012 is based loosely on the 2012 phenomenon, which is basically the Mayan's prediction of how the world will end with cataclysmic events on December 21, 2012.

Once again, Roland Emmerich, known as the "Demolition King" who also directed Independence Day (1996), Godzilla (1998) and The Day After Tomorrow (2004), gives us another disaster flick. In Independence Day, there were aliens annihilating mankind; in Godzilla, a giant lizard terrorized New York City; in The Day After Tomorrow, drastic and disastrous climate change brought tsunami and havoc.

Now, in 2012, the whole world ends dramatically and prominent landmarks all over the world tumbled and crashed.

It's a great movie. Impressive CGI, realistic scenes, and tear-jerking moments when it comes to how a human being relate to another human being, regardless of race, when they realize that the end is imminent. Urgh. I've to pinch myself so that I won't burst into tears. :(

For a movie as long as 2 hours and 40 minutes, there must be something that could keep the audience glued to their seats. 2012 did this with an interesting and straightforward flow without dwelling too deep in the Mayan theory or any other theories about doomsday. It doesn't touch about religion or God. In fact, the most prominent factor that holds the movie together is the portrayal of the value, strength, and importance of humanity in times of danger, hopelessness, and fear.

A very good movie. Must watch. The tickets are selling like hot cakes and it's very difficult to get them. Try your luck, maybe after a week later? :)

Starbucks' X'Mas Beverages

I Starbucks' X'Mas Theme - WISH - such a magical word.

Starbucks' Christmas Beverages is back!

Toffee Nut Latte / Toffee Nut Frappuccino®

Rich & creamy. Toffee Nut Latte is a rich, buttery flavor of sweet toffee, combined with the warmth of toasted nuts and blended with Starbucks' smooth espresso and velvety steamed milk; topped with whipped cream and toffee-flavored sprinkles.

Mocha Praline / Mocha Praline Frappuccino®

A full-bodied blend of smooth espresso, creamy steamed milk and rich chocolate, accented by hazelnut syrup and topped with whipped cream and mocha drizzle.

What's on this card? 

* Receive a complimentary Starbucks Coffee 2010 Planner upon accumulation of 11 WISH stamps.


How to accumulate? 

* Purchase 11 Starbucks Grande size handcrafted beverages (brewed coffee, espresso-based beverages, tea, tea-lattes, hot chocolate, and Frappuccino Blended Beverages) from 3 November 2009 till 15 January 2010.The hunt for 11 stamps shall begin! :D

Updated on 2 December 2009:

My hunt for 11 Starbucks
WISH stamps ended triumphantly! Check out my post with a photo of the elegant Starbucks Coffee 2010 Planner!


It's a matter of going on

Random highlights from meeting up with a few of my gal pals - 2 wives, a toddler, 4 singles (plus myself).

1) A younger guy as boyfriend / husband is acceptable. In fact, the 2 wives in this groupie has husbands younger than themselves.

2) Most girls like guys with a smart sense of humor. I can't remember other requirements apart from caring, tidy, neat, mature.

3) Most guys are picky and set rather high and almost unachievable requirements in terms of choosing spouses.

4) Guys go for looks, not personality. This is a valid point. The truth hurts.

5) Some couples met each other at YA Camp.
What a relief! Kidding. :P

The best sharing of the night: It all depends on God's timing. You'll be surprised when God reveals the one to you.

Another point of which all 4 of us singles agreed to: In our course of life, if we meet the one, cool. If doesn't, it's still fine.

Speaking of these points, a song popped in my head. Kelly Clarkson's "Already Gone" - a powerful song.

"I want you to know, it doesn't matter, where we take this road, someone's gotta go... You can't make it feel right when you know it's wrong. I'm already gone, already gone. There's no moving on, so I'm already gone."

I'm okay. I've wished you all the best in your life a long time ago when you decided to "move on". I'm already gone. I've been going on.

I ♥ DiGi 3G!

Breaking News! I can make Video Calls with my DiGi number because I've 3G!!!!! w00t!

@DiGi_Telco really lives up to its motto - "I Will Follow You". Kudos to the team who did a great job of following up to make my 3G dream comes true!

I DiGi 3G!

Quoting them: "At DiGi, your needs are at the centre of everything we do."

Check out my experience with DiGi's friendly, down-to-earth, useful, and super-fast customer service via Twitter. Compared to DiGi's previous tweeting style, I'd say this current team is way better and is really, really human as they make an effort to stay connected with customers. I'm indeed impressed.

  1. @DiGi
    DiGi_Telco @joycescapade It's my pleasure. Quick! Go make ur 1st maiden video call! Make history! Have a splendid day ;-)
  2. Joyce Rachel Lee
    joycescapade This may sound lame but why all my attempts to make video calls to @DiGi_Telco numbers are "disconnected"? Hmmm...
  3. @DiGi
    DiGi_Telco @joycescapade YAY we did it! Time 2 tell all ur frens to buy a 3G phone ;-)
  4. Joyce Rachel Lee
    joycescapade Oh yes, I will! 10x for following up!! Kudos! RT @DiGi_Telco: @joycescapade YAY we did it! Time 2 tell all ur frens to buy a 3G phone ;-)
  5. Windy
    wind_goddess * Looking @joycescapade happily playing the video call....* I want a 3G phone!!!!!
  6. @DiGi
    DiGi_Telco @wind_goddess Broadband Anonymous (like Alcoholic Anonymous). Rehab 4 ur broadband addiction :-) Kidding! @joycescapade got 3G already! U?
  7. @DiGi
    DiGi_Telco I know u r being whiney :P & I LOVE ur loyalty. btw y r u asking @joycescapade 2 bug us? :D Remember 2 video call her. She's cute & sweet :)
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A Starbucks a day ~

I Starbucks & my Starbucks buddies too, as simple as that. :)


My ♥s in my life

I my job.

my work clients.

my colleagues & friends.

Oopsie, forgot to mention I
the Lord & the church.

Still prioritizing. :P

Anyway, there are things that turn me off.

E.g. People who shit-talk aren't impressive but are ignorant & arrogant (bodoh sombong), pretentious, and are attention-seekers. Sweet-talking is okay. Shit-talking is NOT okay.

My point is, treat others the way you want to be treated. I'm learning to think twice, mellow down unnecessary sarcasm, and be more diplomatic in my responses nowadays. Otherwise, if I start to get vocal, hmmm... that'd be too late.

Read this on Tumblr: We scream our insecurities but mutter our apologies. And that's why the world feels so wrong. It's true. Truth to be told, nobody likes to hear the same complaints from the same person again and again and again. Most of the time, it's our perception or even preconception over a certain person or matter that causes us to complain and whine endlessly. I did that before and sometimes I still do, I admit. But then, I realize that this attitude is affecting my passion regarding the things that I'm involved in and doing.

IMHO, I learn to embrace whatever weakness there is (according to my POV). Then, I start to test different workaround ways to handle issues that are brought forth by those weaknesses. It's useless to get stuck and whine, agree? Why don't do something to turn that situation around? It's good for morale too. Spread the positive vibe!

Just my two cents. Filling rather positive at the moment! :D

Cell Lunch @ Bad Ass Coffee, Tropicana City Mall

Update: Closed down.

I bet we all have heard about this outlet - Bad Ass Coffee at Tropicana City Mall. You'll be "greeted" by its mascot, the "I Love My Bad Ass Attitude" standee outside the outlet.

It's a nice, secluded place with a soothing, classy ambiance - a great place for a twosome romantic getaway or even hefty eating-out-get-together moments in groups!

Gastronomic delights include Western, Asian, and fusion dishes. Quite pricey but food quality is surprisingly good!

Beverages include their signature "Bad Ass" coffee selections with prices that could fight with Starbucks, Coffee Bean, and Gloria Jeans. Nonetheless, I didn't pick one. I chose Polar Bear instead, it's milk topped with white chocolate. Superb!

Below are some of the dishes that we ordered.

Almost all who ordered Hawaiian Burger commented that it's juicy, succulent, and delicious! Of course! The shout-out on their menu indicates that the burger's beef patty is made from 100% imported beef.

Portion wise, it's rather filling, I believe. Some of them can't finish the fries. Price wise, I consider it affordable. :)

Bad Ass Toast is a light, simple dish. I considered it as an appetizer though. Good for those who won't gobble much food. :)

Now, this is tricky. It's actually Tom Yum Spaghetti. Hmmm... This fusion dish tasted weird. Maybe it's just me and my palate. You can give it a try though. :)


Google & Sesame Street

Google Doodle in conjunction with Sesame Street's 40th Birthday!

Big Bird

Cookie Monster

Bert & Ernie



Count von Count

Whole Sesame Family!