Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown (2009)

This book is about Robert Langdon's adventure seeking for 'Ancient Portal' in Washington D.C. in order to save his captivated dear friend Peter Solomon. Plots and everything are not much different from his other books: The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and the latest one Inferno.

This book stimulates readers to seek for ancient terms and architectural sites described inside and that's what I love most about this book - provides new general knowledge to pursue. And to see things from different point of view. Freemasonry, Rotunda, George Washington, Ouroboros, Magic Square, Abramelin Oil, Akedah knife are little bit of new things I know from reading this book.

This kind of book open my mind more widely and tells me that earth has been there for more than five thousands years and there's so many things I don't know. Many things I see weird now may be common years ago or somewhere else, such as occultism and idolatry, those things did(or even do) exist. They might be not much different from modern science to us nowadays. The simple parable is: F4 was a big thing in 2001 but teens these days would find them old-fashioned and idolize EXO instead, but what's the difference? They are both groups of handsome men idolized by young girls at the moment. Knowledge is a tool, and like all tools, its impact is in the hands of the user, Trish said. Have a more mature faith...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Bye 2016, Hello 2017

Adventurous and thrilling (if visited at evening, around 4pm or even later) Blue Point Beach
And it has been 2017 already! :D

I am more than grateful that in the end of 2016, I had a chance to go to Bali as office trip with my office mates. It was super fun, oh man, all I could remember is that I laughed and smiled so widely all the way there.

The beaches and traditional Balinese buildings are all beautiful. I hardly slept on the way because I didn't want to miss the beauty and spesific charasteristic of roads in Bali as I might not feel them again when I am in Bandung. Rimba and Mulia Hotel impressed me very much. And togetherness we felt when wandering around under strong sunlight to reach W Hotel. The laugh we shared when playing ping-pong together in Rimba. And the best one is the thrilling adventure we got in Blue Point beach. There are so many precious things to see and feel, I thanked my boss very much for accomodating us there. And for an office mate of mine for recommendating Babi Guling Pa Dobil and Blue Point Beach.

Before that, on December 17-18 I had a chance to take part in Christmas Celebration in my church, and I am so grateful for it. I can dance and sing, all my body and voice are for God, eight times in two days. And there I made new friends. We played, talked and laughed hard together. I met many different characters and it was very nice to know them all.

When I recall myself years ago and looking at myself now, I can see how kind God has been to me. I have pals to laugh with, the ability to laugh from the heart itself. I am grateful for it, very much. I am going to start each day with grateful heart, open every prayer, --whether in good or bad condition-- with sincere gratitude. Don't sweat small stuffs but cherish every little thing in life.

One thing I hate most about Christians are when they speak and look so holy, talking much about God, spreading verses etc. but inside they don't represent the kindness and holiness of Christ he follows. Hypocrite, we call it. I don't want to be one. However, sometimes I am truly excited speaking about God (for He is so great!) yet another time I realized that what I say and do don't represent Christ's characteristics. Other person who doesn't even believe in Jesus may have a better characteristic than me. It sadenned me, but I've learnt everybody has their own strengths and weaknesses. Forgive yourself, for He has first forgiven your past sins and not recall it anymore,so why don't you? Just keep improving and learn to understand God's heart more. Never judge fellow Christians who make mistakes as well, we are all forever learner.

One greatest lesson I got in 2016 is never let your sin and guilty feeling intimidate and make you leave God for you feel unworthy to see His Face. In the mid of 2016 I experienced this. I left my morning prayer, I was so ashamed to call His name, and I felt so depressed and lost. When I told my friend that I felt so unworthy and afraid that God might hate and reject me, she told me not to be intimidated by my sin, but come to God in regret and humility, admit your mistakes, ask for forgiveness, and never do that again. And I am grateful that I've been free from that form of sin for longer time by now --not by my own power but His help-- and I can feel His presence in my morning prayer time, everyday^^.

My wish for 2017 is that I can have a heart and actions like one Christ has. Responsible, righteous, yet full of love and mercy. Have a pair of eyes that can see everybody as precious souls loved by God. Have a pair of hands that help people in needs. Have a heart of loyal servant that sincerely care other people. I know I am far from one, I am so ignorant and self-centered, but I am going to learn.

I am thankful as well that I can have a father and mentor figure in Ps. Philip Mantofa. He shared his preachings in his Youtube channel  and I am blessed by listening The Words of God he shared. I learn many things from these videos. I understand His heart more. I even cried when I listened to his preaching about Esther chapter 1. Listening to him talking about Words of God is like listening to somebody excitedly sharing about his very kind best friend that he really knows and adores. It's full of spirit, God-oriented, all is for God's honour. And that's how we have to live our life: all we do is for His glory.

Father and Son Daughter Kamehameha
A random collaboration of me, Son Goku, and a friend who captured this. A wish that came true, posing kamehameha on the beach! XD


















Drawing Goku here burnt my spirit... I want to draw manga again >///< I want to draw Androgynious Avengers but I find out that I am lack in basic knowledge about history of China. Even if I won't make the manga history-based, at least I have to know many things, the more detailed fashion and architecture style, weapon they used, their lifestyle, political style, etc. So I googled about history of China and felt amazed after. History is so much fun! Don't know how, I then watched Police Story (1985) directed and starred by Jackie Chan and I love it so much! The comedy and action matched my preference very well. This genre is one I like best! I felt in love again with Jackie Chan (yes I loved him before after watching Rush Hour 1-3 in about 2012), he was so great. I then watched about a third of Drunken Master (1978) and this reminded me of Kungfu Boy, the fashion style, the martial art, the girl scene. I haven't assured which one came first but one of them must be inspired by the other. Dragon Ball as well shared the same concept of gag and fighting style. People are inspired to inspire ya? Kungfu must be so popular during those time (about 1980s-1990s), just like how internet, technology development, and social media for us these days.

I want to be more productive, read and learn more. Haruki Murakami, Two PDFs Oro gave me, The Lost Symbols (Dan Brown), the following books of Narnia series, many other Agatha Christie's books, History about Japan and China and other places, there are lots of interesting things to read. I also want to learn Japanese and (or) Chinese. I also want to learn martial art, maybe wushu (because I want to be like Jackie Chan and Son Goku, oh childish me^^")

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Bapa Kupersembahkan Tubuhku - Graha Bethany Nginden Surabaya


I rarely get direct prophecy (or simply I am insensitive).
However, in one morning prayer time, when I was confused about what worship song to sing,
I randomly sang the reff of this song, and then the whole song,
and this explained what my heart wanted to say.

This song explains what my heart wants to say.

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) - C.S. Lewis (1950)

This book told us about an adventure of four children: Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy who were sent away from London due to the war and lived in a country house with a Professor. The house was big and adventurous. It was Lucy who went inside a wardrobe full of coats in a room and came to a snowy wood, a different place called Narnia where she met a kind Faun named Thumnus. Narnia was controlled under a wicked lady called herself a queen: White Witch whose real name was Jadis. She was the one who made Narnia always winter. Thumnus was in fact commanded to bring human to White Witch and he was friendly to Lucy to lure her. However, he felt sorry and changed his mind. He led her to the lamppost where she could go back to the wardrobe and her real world.

Her siblings didn't believe her about her adventure in Narnia. But the next time in a hide-and-seek game they played together, as Lucy came again to Narnia to meet Thumnus, Edmund also came but he met the White Witch. She seduced him with Turkish Delight and promised him more if he brought his siblings to her the next time he went to Narnia again.

Then four of them came together to Narnia and instead of meeting Thumnus, they found out his place to be wrecked and a note left there, saying that he was brought to White Witch's castle for betraying her by fraternizing with her great enemies (human).

Lucy felt sorry for Thumnus and wanted to helped him but didn't know how. Later they met Mr. Beaver who told them what was really happening in Narnia. He told them that they couldn't do anything to beat White Witch, but the real King of Narnia, Aslan in on the way, and he was their only hope.

The story goes on when Edmund remembered the delicacy of the Turkish Delight and betraying his siblings by going to the White Witch himself just to be chagrined next. And how Aslan came and save Edmund and the whole Narnia, bringing back spring to the white dull-always pale Narnia.

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This story was quite light and suitable for children. From my point of view, the concept of story was great and flexible that if Lewis had wanted to, he had been able to make the story much longer and heavier for adult consumption but he didn't.

I love the story, the adventurous feeling you feel when you imagine coming to another world from a regular wardrobe full of coats. The fear when you found your friend's place was empty and knew that he was kidnapped by the evil. The admiration you feel when you see the Mighty King Aslan, his golden mane and his roar, his sacrifice.

This book told us also about betrayal and teach us to be careful of 'Turkish Delight'. Anything in this world can be 'Turkish Delight', looked seducing and worthy and by the time we use all methods to pursue it, we had just fallen to the trap. Nothing's good about this 'Turkish Delight'.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Semua Karna AnugrahNya - Jeffry S. Tjandra


Contemplate the lyrics. 
We have no reason to be arrogant as all are from Him. 

Last Sunday I went to orphanage with my cellgroup friends, and I am so blessed by that activity.
They're cheerful, full of spirit kids, dearly loved by God.
I laughed so hard, so freely, hoped they'd catch the happiness, deep inside.
Making other people --especially the ones in needs-- happy are one greatest happiness.
I thank God for Apri for arranging this event.
I thank God for this experience.

It's all by His grace given to us that we are chosen, called, and used.