The Power of Declaration

Hi everyone! I hope all of you are having a great start in this brand new year 2019!

Here I’m to share with you my first sermon of the year at Trinity Christian Centre by Senior Pastor Dominic Yeo on the power of declaration and godly words we can speak to transform our lives in 2019.

In reality, facts should not determine our confession as negative facts and a lack of faith results in despair and unbelief. Instead, we should declare and speak words of affirmation – words that comfort, reassure, and ascertain ourselves and others.

In Matthew 8:5-10 – When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, and in terrible suffering.” Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.”

Notice that there is power of the declared word.

The declared word has the power to create from nothing to something; The declared word has the power to transform; The declared word has the power to evict and break sickness and demonic strongholds.

1 Peter 4:11 – If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.

Besides holding the position of the redeemed, our position of sonship as sons and daughters of God give us the right to claim and the right to represent Jesus. In Zechariah 2:8 – For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After he has honored me and have sent me against the nations that have plundered you – for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eyes.” 

Psalm 17:8 – Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings

We are clearly the apple of God’s eyes! God loves us so much (Ephesians 2:6 – And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.) and we are created in his image. (Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.)

2 Corinthians 5:20 – We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

Amen!

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2D1N Tanjung Pinang, Telaga Biru & Lagoi Bay Villas, Bintan

Hi guys! I spent my early Christmas weekend over at Tanjung Pinang and Lagoi Bay in Bintan. My fruitful day started colorfully as I shopped around Tanjung Pinang town and their traditional market area. Aside from a wide variety of dried food products, the morning market also sells the usual clothes, bags, shoes, caps, accessories, toys etc.

I had my chicken feet mee soto at Soto Ceker, Sabar Menanli at Jl. Rawa Sari No. It’s so good and so cheap! It’s around SGD$2 for both a decent bowl of delicious mee soto and an iced tea that unfortunately left a tinge of “drain” aftertaste on the tongue. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the local taste.

Next up – GUESS WHERE?!

This surprise was my visit to Telaga Biru Bintan!!!!!!!! It is actually a desert area! Wow, I was captivated by its beauty. This is a super good place to relax and chill. It reminds me of my trip in Dubai’s desert safari.

You can stare at the desert or enjoy the beach view and sea breeze while relaxing on the wooden swing. It’s therapeutic!

The tranquility of Telaga Biru Bintan awes me. The lake is so blue! Legit!

You can even try to achieve inner peace!!!!!!

This is the cheapest version of a desert cum beach you can ever go to; the entrance fee is a mere SGD$1 per person. I have negligible complaints except that you just have to walk carefully to avoid slipping and falling on the uneven rocks.

Moving on, my main highlight would be my stay at Lagoi Bay Villas. I was greeted by a sparkling LED lighted Christmas tree upon my arrival. It’s pretty innovative and economical.

Enjoy this 2 min video of my villa named Jimbaran!!! Woohoo!!! It’s spacious, cozy and neat.

I’ve a soft spot for garden themed open showers and a private pool. Chill in the pool all night long with beer and soak in a warm bubble bath for an ultimate rejuvenation of the mind and soul. Prices for Lagoi Bay Villas start from around SGD$200+ per night.

Breakfast will be served to your villa the next morning at your preferred timing. The choices are limited, and the food is just passable. Thankfully, I microwaved the otahs that I bought the night before to spice up my breakfast!!!!!!! Tanning and dipping into my very own private pool after breakfast was a great choice. You get the sun and vitamin D, and you get to exercise and lose some calories!

If it’s not enough, you can also walk to Lagoi Beach for more activities such as riding an ATV and playing water sports.

Another plus point is that Plaza Lagoi is a stone’s throw away from Lagoi Bay Villas. It is small in scale as of now but the beautiful night lightings, water fountains, restaurants and shops still make it a worthy visit. You will enjoy the ambience Plaza Lagoi offers and its Christmas carols background music!

All in all, I had a great Christmas weekend!

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2D1N Glamping at Punggol Lake, Singapore

Hi guys!

Who wants a staycation in an air-conditioned big bell tent in Singapore?

Glamping Society has successfully impressed me!

I was lucky to stay in Tent 3, as it has a nice decor and is situated right beside the pavement, carpark and water point. The tent can fit up to 4 people comfortably. It’s clean, spacious and extremely cozy. Even in the day time, it’s cooling inside the tent itself as long as both the air-con and fan are on!

Told ya, it’s beautiful, isn’t it?

Inside the tent, there’s complimentary mineral water in the small fridge and vanilla wafer biscuits on the table. You can chill and watch movies in bed on your phone or read a book while enjoying the cozy-ness. There are also free public toilets nearby the campsite but take note that there are no shower facilities available.

Kids would love this double decker bed in tent 3! It’s like an animal and forested theme glamping experience. Exciting yet safe. Glamorous yet cozy enough for me to snuggle in bed all day and all night. The bedsheets styles are homely too; it’s like a home away from home!

Even as night falls, it’s well lighted up inside the tent and you can continue to slack and relax as the weather cools even more. Do not worry about the rain if any, you’ll be fully covered and protected as long as you hide inside your tent! I would recommend you to bring some board games to keep yourselves entertained or bring along a wireless microphone and start your personal mini concert inside the tent! The best part is that there is a live band at night at one of the bars right beside tent 3 and that means you can sing along to the live band IN YOUR BED!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOW SHIOK IS THAT!!!!!!!!!!

Enjoy the scenic Punggol Lake and escape from the hustle and bustle of city life with this staycation! This unique experience of camping outdoors in a luxurious bell tent while admiring the glowing LED lightings is romantic too! Food wise, there are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants for you to choose from and they are situated just beside the glamping area. There’s also prawning and a place where you can play pool. It’s fun!

Glamping Society
Punggol Container Park
50 Punggol E, Singapore 828824

Prices are around SGD$139 per night for weekends.

For more information, please contact Glamping Society at glamnomadic@gmail.com.

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Yassin Kampung Seafood @ 676 Woodlands Drive 71 #01-19 S730676

Hi guys!!! Woohoooooo!!!!!! Here’s an early Christmas tasting feast I enjoyed at Yassin Kampung Seafood, focusing mainly on its 4 latest mala dishes – mala crabs, mala prawns, mala fish and mala chicken.

Yassin Kampung is a family restaurant with over 15 years of experience serving HALAL ASIAN CUISINE. The head chef is Muhammad Yassin Ng, a Chinese Muslim with over 30 years of experience in the culinary industry. With elements of Asian cuisine complementing their specialities, Yassin Kampung strives to capture the essence of an authentic Singaporean cuisine through succulent delights. Now let’s zoom into some of the food!

My favorite mala dish out of these 4 creations is the mala fish. It’s huge, fresh and tasty. The fish meat is totally soaked with the mala taste and leaves a lasting aftertaste on the tongue for quite a while. The spice level can be adjusted to what suits you best.

The mala crabs are meaty and juicy. I love the crunchy sound as I bite / peel the crab shells bit by bit and suck it dry while feeling the fiery spice and hotness on my lips. No doubt the mala taste is all sunk inside the crab meat too! Shiok!

A special favorite of mine also includes the mala chicken which is cut into small bites, making it both a great starter and a main meat. It’s addictive because you can pop one after the other and the level of numbness and mala-ness just lingers in your mouth more and more. Crispy and fragrant on the outside and tender and fleshy on the inside!

The mala prawns are not bad; it’s coated in a heavily mala taste shell but still retains its original naked prawn taste on the inside.

Another signature of Yassin Kampung Seafood would be their special creation of KAMPUNG DURIAN CHICKEN!!!

How many of us have tasted durian WITH chicken? I definitely have not, and I was skeptical about this dish. They use real durian flesh to make the durian sauce that is to be poured generously over the fried chicken. I felt that the durian taste was a little on the sweeter side, hence making me felt like it’s a bit like those artificial flavored durian taste. Despite being a durian fan, this dish is not so much to my liking but I have to give credit that it’s a bold creation.

Surprisingly, I think their satays are awesome. The satay sauce is sweet and heavy on its peanut taste and the satay meat is those type that’s bigger and meatier. It’s chewy and flavorful as well.

I particularly enjoyed the beef soup because of its rich broth and yet a homely taste. It’s my kind of comfort food that would be made perfect with just plain rice.

The baby kailan also fits in well as a complementary dish to other mains though I thought it would be better if it’s less salty and less heavy on the oyster sauce taste.

By the way, don’t belittle the keropok sauce (and of course the crunchy keropok) until you try it!

All in all, if I were to pick one dish, I recommend the mala fish as a MUST-TRY @ Yassin Kampung Seafood!

On a side note, do also check out their instaworthy and refreshing RAINBOW drink and CHOCO BOMB shake! They taste as good as they look. Legit.

The mango sticky rice, cendol, Thai coconut ice cream and durian ice kacang are just some of the great desserts available to end off a hearty meal on a sweet sweet note.

Hope you’re drooling now!

Thank you for Yassin Kampung for the kind hosting.

Thanks for reading!

9 Korean Cuisine in Singapore

1) Baek Jung Korean Restaurant & Bar

If you’re craving for KOREAN food made by authentic Koreans, Baek Jung is the place to go! The bulgogi is good! You can order the set meals for sharing.

Baek Jung Korean Restaurant & Bar
72 Telok Ayer Street #01-01 Singapore 048460
Tel: 82640364

2) Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory @ 313@Somerset

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I recommend the Honey Butter Chicken ($28.90) from Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory. These crispy boneless fried chicken chunks were made piping hot, crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. If you think the chicken is not enough, the fat potato wedges that come along with it certainly will make you feel full. To experience the Korean feel and style, this special honey butter chicken is also served with very chewy rice cakes tossed with honey butter sauce and seasoning. It does give an addictive taste! I loved the almonds and macadamia nuts that’s sprinkled all over as well. Good for sharing.

Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory
313@Somerset,
 313 Orchard Road #B3-04/05/06

http://www.chirchir.com.sg/

3) Bibigo @ Suntec City

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Jangjorim Bibimbap ($11.00): Braised Pork Bibimbap – bibimbap topped with braised pork in soy sauce, fried egg and assorted vegetables in a sizzling hot stone bowl served with soup. Quite a small portion….. limited ingredients. The only good point was it’s very hot! Hot bowl + $3.00  top up: choice of fried korean dumplings (super tiny and crispy!) or red chicken (very sweet)

Bibigo
#B1-107, Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard
Tel: 63385809
Daily: 11:00 – 22:00

4) IceKo Korean Food Cafe @ The Cathay

Just happened to pass by this small little stall, IceKo Korean Food Cafe yesterday night with Tigger and decided on a quick dinner. Surprisingly, the food’s quite nice and the prices are very reasonable and affordable. Yum yum! Will definitely be back to try the bingsu (Korean Shaved Ice Dessert)!

IceKo Korean Food Cafe
The Cathay #B1-24, Singapore

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Talking about Korean food and bingsu, I tried a special bibingsu ice dessert during my tea break in JB with Woof a while back and it was not bad but sadly it closed down already.

5) Ju Shin Jung Korean Charcoal BBQ @ 27 West Coast Highway #01-18/19

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First Korean Charcoal BBQ in Singapore

Founded with the vision of providing authentic Korean food to both the locals and the Korean community in Singapore, Ju Shin Jung Group of Restaurants have grown from strength to strength. Opening their first restaurant in West Coast before the onslaught of Korean restaurants started in the late 2000s, they quickly gained a base of loyal customers who helped spread the restaurant’s good food and service standards through word of mouth.

Ju Shin Jung West
27 West Coast Highway #01-18/19 Westway IF Singapore 117867
Tel: 6464 0872  Fax: 6464-0873
Lunch 12pm to 3pm and Dinner 6pm to 11pm
Facebook: jushinjungpage

http://www.jushinjung.com.sg/

6) Kimchi Korean Restaurant @ Suntec City Convention

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I only liked the spicy rice cakes. The texture of Korean rice cakes taste similar to bubble teas pearls! Super love it. YUMMY!

Kimchi Korean Restaurant (Suntec City Convention)
3 Temasek Boulavard #02-387 Suntec City Convention Tower Singapore 038983
Tel: (65) 6337 7811

7) Nene Chicken @ Scape

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Going by its name, the word “Ne” in Korean means “Yes” and Nene Chicken simply means “Yes Yes Chicken”. This expression is often used by Koreans to reflect their willingness to put the best effort in any kind of situation with a positive mind. Sounds so positive eh?Founded in South Korea in 1999, with the philosophy of providing a happy and positive lifestyle, NeNe Chicken very quickly became one of the nation’s favourite fried chicken brands with its crispy batter and juicy meat. Well, the very simple secret is through their batter-dip process where oil does not seep into the chicken meat unlike most other Korean fried chicken. Our dear Nene Chicken landed in Singapore in 2012.

Nene Chicken @ Scape
2 Orchard Link, #02-39, S237978

Tel: 6509 0907
Opens Sun – Thu & PH: 11am – 9:15pm & Fri, Sat & PH Eve: 11am – 10:15pm
http://www.nenechicken.com.sg/

8) Seoul Yummy @ Bugis+

IMG_3073Highly recommended!!!!!!!! I love the brown rice!!!!!!!!!!! Appetizers can be refilled for free. Pork belly very very shiok to eat with kimchi. Spicy chicken very flavourful and hot. Beancurd soup’s very very hot and spicy. The kind of place where I’ll always return for decently good korean food.

Seoul Yummy @ Bugis+
201 Victoria Street, #04-11, Singapore 18806
Tel: +65 6509 6900

9) Ssikek Korean Grill BBQ @ United SquareIMG_1400

Bee hoon and vege were nice and tasted like home cooked ones.IMG_1401

Some of the meat are well seasoned while some are unseasoned and comes with the natural flavor. I like both.

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If you’re too lazy to grill your own meat, you can also eat the cooked food like vegetables and sushi as well.

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Ssikek Korean Grill BBQ @ United Square
#B1-15/16/17 101 Thomson Road Singapore

I WANT TO GO KOREA TO EAT AUTHENTIC KOREAN FOOD!!!!!!!!!!

SOMEBODY BRING ME PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3D2N Loola Adventure Resort, Bintan Island

Hi guys!!!!!!! Here’s sharing with you my exciting and adventurous trip to LOOLA!!!!!!!! I stayed in the one bedroom bungalow facing a calming sea view. It’s an eco resort, and I love the cooling gel pads underneath the bed!

The food at Loola made me felt at home. The taste was very homely, alike to what my mum usually cooks. Even though I was a little turned off by some of the mosquitoes, flies, termites and other insects, I appreciated the quiet ambience and vast sea view at the dining area.

These bungalows are built in the recent 1- 2 years and are perfect for a getaway to an island nearby Singapore! You can take the ferry from Singapore’s Tanah Merah ferry terminal to Tanjung Pinang ferry terminal where the LOOLA people will pick you up there.

Otherwise, you can kayak your way to LOOLA if you’re feeling like Superman / Aquaman!!!!!!!

Welcome to the start of my LOOLA adventure!!!!!!!!!!

You can relax around LOOLA and try the traditional bamboo stick fishing while enjoying the peace and tranquility. Then send your freshly caught fishes to the kitchen and the chefs will fry them for you!!!!!! It’s one of my happiest moments in LOOLA because the fishes I caught by myself really tasted 100 times better than any other fishes I’ve had in my entire life. I felt great.

In fact, I even managed to catch live octopus, crabs, prawns, clams, snails, sea cucumbers and other types of shells! Thank God for the great weather and great fun spotting these different little marine creatures.

Over at LOOLA, the activities are fun! I did the skywalk and took a leap of faith, not once, but twice! Woohoo!

The zip line brings you INTO THE POOL!!!!!! It only takes 3 seconds.

I guess my greatest achievement would be my climbing of the coconut tree. Never did I expect myself to reach the top when the branch was shaking while I was making my way step by step up the tree!

I did the rock climbing multiple times!

One of the most enjoyable night moments include indulging in a seafood and bbq feast dinner while enjoying the wind and sound of the sea waves and feeling the sand on your feet. The best thing that happened was that I caught most of these LIVE seafood during the sea-based tidal walks and got them boiled for dinner!!!!!!! FRESH & AWESOME!!!!!!!!

It’s been a long long while since I had a legit campfire for team building. It’s warm, fiery and strong; I enjoyed every moment of it. Thank you guys for having us!

Playing musical chairs are a must!

For the laid back ones, you can bask yourself in the nature and enjoy a kampung walk / stroll from LOOLA to the nearby villages to see how the people live their daily lives. They rear chickens and ducks for food and grow coconut trees, banana trees, chili plants and more.

You can also choose to get involved in the village community and take part in the various meaningful community projects and do your part for the less fortunate such as helping to revamp toilets, build homes, etc.

Last but not least, go shopping at Tanjung Pinang town on your last day before returning to Singapore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas in advance guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you all enjoyed this post.

Thanks for reading!

 

Heaven Comes to Earth this Christmas

Have you ever wondered how does heaven come to earth this Christmas?

Matthew 1:18-23 New International Version (NIV)

Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[a]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[b] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[c] because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

Christmas is about God invading earth with his transforming power.

Christmas is the first coming of Jesus. In other words, Jesus brought heaven to earth!

Luke 2:4-18 New International Version (NIV)

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

The shepherds spread the word concerning heaven invading earth. We must be like the shepherds and share God’s love and power.

What about the second invasion of heaven to earth?

Acts 1:8 New International Version (NIV)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

When we receive the baptism in the spirit, we are empowered with a renewed focus to share Jesus with others.

Acts 2:4-6 New International Version (NIV)

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.

This season, we celebrate God’s answer to prayer, i.e. The Arrival of his Son Jesus.

Acts 10:37-38 New International Version (NIV)

37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

We should do the same as Jesus did! Do good, heal the sick, cast out demons, share the power of God everywhere.

Matthew 6:9-15 New International Version (NIV)

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
    but deliver us from the evil one.[b]

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Praying “your kingdom come” means to invite God to rule in your heart. It is about soul winning and evangelism and an indication of your decision to live for God according to his plan.

Each time you pray, you plant a seed to grow. So start praying now and invite Jesus into your life to witness for yourself the amazing transformations that he’ll bring to you!

Thanks for reading!