Instant noodles

August 26th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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Honestly, I wasn’t a big fan of instant noodles. I almost never eat instant noodles. To me, instant noodles are not real food. 

Back home, I am spoiled with awesome food at home. My mom and my aunts, they are awesome cooks!  Instant noodles are not my kind of appetite. 

It’s funny how being away from home, simple things like instant noodles just bring you back for a moment. Ingredients to make the food like home, isn’t easy to get and most of the time, it cost more. Instant noodles is the easiest way to bring me back home.

This taught me to appreciate every moment that I have. Not to regret when it’s gone. People that are with you now, they may not be able to be there for you all the time. Show your appreciate and show your love as often as possible.

Book Review: The God I Never Knew

August 13th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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As a Christian, we have heard of God, the Trinity and we talked mostly about God the Father and God the Son – Jesus, yet, not many knew about God the Holy Spirit.

In this book, “The God I Never Knew” Ps. Robert Morris (the Author, and the senior pastor of my church, Gateway) introduce us – The Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is:

  1. the GOOD gift from God.
  2. is a person, NOT an it.

I would like to share on of my favorite stories from the the book.

A story is told of a poor man in Eastern Europe in the early nineteen hundreds. The man longed to move himself and his family to the United States in hopes of building a better life. After several years of scrimping and saving, he finally accumulated enough money to purchase a third-class ticket on a large steamship to New York City.

He only had enough money for one ticket. So he and his wife decided he would go ahead of his family, find a job, and as quickly as possible save enough money to bring them all to America to join him.

He spent virtually all his savings on the ticket, leaving him very little for purchasing food on board the ship. Plus, he would need what little money he had left in order to get established once he got to the promised land of America. So he bought a wheel of hard cheese and box of crackers to keep him sustained on the twelve-day voyage to the New World.

As his ocean journey began, he carefully rationed his cheese and crackers, making sure he would have enough to carry him through the whole trip. Sometimes during meal times, he would look longingly through the windows of the dining rooms where simple but hearty and abundant meals were being served to other passengers. The food looked wonderful, but he comforted himself in the knowledge that on some future day he would be earning enough money to eat well and feed his family. Then he would slip back to his little stateroom for his ration of cheese.

On the final day of the journey, there was great excitement on board because soon the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island entry point for new immigrants would be in sight. It was a good thing, too, because the man had eaten his final portion of molding cheese and stale crackers at noon the previous day. He was hungry.

The man eventually found himself at the railing of the ship, standing beside one of the ship’s stewards. They conversed a bit about the excitement of the arrival. Then the steward asked a question. “I don’t mean to pry, sir. But I noticed that you didn’t take any of your meals with your fellow passengers in the dining hall. I trust that we didn’t do anything to offend you.”

“Oh my goodness, no,” the man said. “Everyone has been gracious. It’s just that I am saving what little money I have left for my expenses getting established in America. I didn’t want to spend money on food.”

The steward’s expression of confusion became one of shock and dismay when the meaning of the man’s words sank in. “Oh, my dear friend!” the steward said. “did you not know that three meals each day were included in the price of your ticket? We set a place for you every meal, but you never came!”

Of course, the man didn’t know, until it was too late – and the opportunity for blessing and provision on his journey had been forever missed.

A Place Set for Us. 

Every day I encounter Christians who are just like this man. They live without the blessing and provision available to them as born-again children of God on the journey of life. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit as a wonderful gift –  a gift better than having Jesus Himself with us – and the price for His presence in our lives was fully purchased by Jesus on the cross. The Holy Spirit came with all the other amazing blessings of salvation. But some believers never receive and unwrap the gift.

Instead, they live lives of cheese-and-crackers Christianity. They muddle through this world powerless and deprived of the richness of God’s presence, consoling themselves with the knowledge that heaven awaits by and by.

Some look longingly at the power and usefulness in God’s kingdom that others seems to enjoy. Their noses pressed against the window, they see certain believers who obviously hear the voice of God clearly and seem to always be blessing others with timely messages of encouragement and spiritual refreshing. These are the same Christians who consistently seem to make wise choices and avoid pitfalls, almost as if they know in advance what lies around the corner. They pray with a higher dimension of power and effectiveness. Miracles and amazing “coincidences” are a part of these believers’ daily lives.

Those on the outside assume such privileges are for a special class of Christian, not them. But they are wrong. God has set a place for them at the bountiful banquet table of His Holy Spirit. But they never come.

The Holy Spirit is definitely not for “certain people” but for all who asked.

Book review: The Daniel Plan

July 27th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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One of my goal this year was to change my lifestyle. My husband and I wanted a healthy lifestyle, so this book was perfect for me.

As the person who controls the kitchen, my family health lies in my hand (that, sounded like a big responsibility). “The Daniel Plan” was written by Rick Warren, the author of “Purpose Driven Life”.

In this book, I learned about:

  1. We are what we eat. It is very important to read the label on the food packaging.
  2. How to read food label. We need to know what we put into our mouth.
  3. It was pretty easy to eat healthy, and eating healthy doesn’t mean you stop socialize or cannot eat desert ever.
  4. Daniel plan gives a very practical guideline and even list of food you could store in a pantry.
  5. Lastly, was the recipe. I was a new cook then, don’t know much about cooking (I still don’t šŸ˜…), the Daniel plan book comes with some recipe that you could easily make at home, and the ingredient is inexpensive.

Our lifestyle has gotten better since. My husband taste bud changes. Stuff that he didn’t think is “too sweet” it is now “too sweet” for him. Although I needed to cook more, but I think I like it. šŸ˜„

Poelman Kitchen: Attempted Satay

July 25th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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My husband once said, food is like the introduction of a culture. I think I agree with him on that. 

I am a Malaysian. Like most Malaysians, I am proud of our food. I like the diversity, and how our food translates that. 

This week I attempted to make satay at home. Satay is grilled chicken on skewers, but I do not have a grill or skewers, I made a pan seared version of the satay. 

The flavor just brings me home. Especially right now is hari raya season, my Malay friends will be having open house still… Satay is one of the food that they will serve to their guests. My craving for satay probably is because it’s hari raya! 

Next up, will need to prepare Kuah kacang (peanut sauce)… Kuah kacang and satay is like the peanut butter and jelly. 

Celebrate life: BrianĀ 

July 21st, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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Brain turned 29. He is one of my husband’s close friends, and he is one of the first few people I met in America.   This is Brian… The picture, kind of tells you who Brian is. He is ALWAYS high in energy, greeting you with a warm big bear hug and a big big smile on his face, showing off his perfect white teeth. Everyone loves Brian, if someone couldn’t get along with Brian… That person has a problem. 😛 
Happy Birthday, Brian! Pray that you will grow in wisdom and do all things in love. 

Book review: More than a hobby

July 21st, 2015 § 2 comments § permalink

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Hobby Lobby is one of the first few stores that my family introduce me to when I first landed in America and since then Hobby Lobby has become my favorite arts and craft store. 

In my opinion hobby lobby is the haven of Arts and Crafts, and all crafts lover will love Hobby Lobby. 

What do I like about the book:

  1. It helps me see a different perspective about using technology. Technology is to help us, not us serving technology. Hobby Lobby don’t feel the need to keep up with technology and slow down the operation. Choose what technology serve your operations the best. 
  2. Honor God, serve people. If I start my own business, this will be the principle I want to have. 

These 2 things really stood out to me. Highly recommended for those who wants to venture into retail. 

Love tank refill: packages from love ones

July 13th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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  First up: letter from Amy! Nice to hear updates from friends back home in old school ways. I love handwritten letters, it has human touch to it 😀
  Second in the mail: Asam boi!!! Just a small little package to satisfy my craving. My husband call these “my drugs”. 😝
  Finally… My biggest surprise. This arrived in my mail on Saturday (July 11, 2015). Courtney quietly surprise me with this little (okay not so little) package. Time for some muffin projects 😁
My love tank is full now. Thank you, my girlfriends… 

So American: July 4th

July 12th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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My very first July 4th experience. It was one of few  (I think they only have 7 public holiday, I may be wrong) America’s public holiday. 

I missed the fireworks, but got to enjoy something better then fireworks – a musical. 

Pre-July 4th   
   My first musical in America: Godspell. A musical produce by our church here, Gateway. Coffee and tea was served right on the stage during intermission. The company that serve us awesome coffee is called COFFEE:EXPERIENCE (I think) 
July 4th  

    
 Barbaque of course! Lots of yummy meat serve on a American flag theme plate. Have to match the holiday… 😎 we had our bbq at Tim Storm’s house. 

  Pizza… allllll GONE!!! In Walmart. That my friend, it’s proof that July 4th is a big holiday and a party weekend in America. 

Celebrate life: Julie’s birthday

July 12th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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Greg and I are truly blessed to be apart of a life group (finally!). It feels more like home church when you have people you know and do life together other then your husband 😅 

When we first got to the life group, we were welcome by a sweet lady, Julie. She is our life group leader, and most of the time we meet at her house, and last Thursday (July 9) we celebrated her birthday. It was an honor to be there to celebrate her life 😄 

  It won’t be a party without balloon 😝
  
    
    
   Food and more food! 
  She… Reading her love letters out loud. 
    
 Showing off her new kicks. 😁😁😁 

  

   Happy birthday Julie, the blessed one. You are a great leader and we are blessed by you. Thank you for your care and love, and we thank The Lord always for you. 

A Dallas downtown kinda day

July 10th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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The day started early. Having to go to government department on that day, we needed to start the day super early before he head down to downtown Dallas. 

Where did we go? Places we went during a day in Dallas. 

   
 First stop:  Mokah cafe, Deep Ellum. It has good review in Yelp. True enough, the drinks was pretty good, and my husband and I like the quiet ambient of the cafe. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
 Second stop: The Elephant Press. This was the surprise that my husband arranged for me. I love that I could finally smell the smell of ink and be in a letterpress printing studio. It was very different from what I used to, but it brought back a lot of fond memories. 

     
    
    
    
 Third stop: Perot museum. This museum is really well done. Good place to visit for dating couple and for families :) My favorite is the engineering floor and gem stones. Gem stones was very beautiful and most of the gem stones was on loan from a woman. I was very impress and enjoyed every moment that I was there. 

  

   
    
 Fourth stop: Dinner! It was a authentic Mexican food. The service that we receive was top notch. One of the best that I have ever received since I moved here. This restaurant also have good review on Yelp. 

   
    
    
 Final stop: The Garden (I can’t remember what’s the name of the garden). The garden is supposedly above a highway. The garden comes to life when evening comes. Family around at the garden, kids running around, singles working out and dogs owner walking their dogs. Here we are, my husband and I trying to walk off our food after an awesome meal. 

   
   Bonus take home: Misprint paper from Elephant press. That will satisfy my paper making for a while. :) 
It was a good day. More adventures to come…