Macaroons: UnionJac

I love macaroons. But not all macaroons are alike.

I’ve tasted some really bad ones and I’ve tasted some heavenly ones.

UnionJac macaroons ranks in the heavenly category.

Utilizing premium ingredients, not only are these melt-in-your-mouth goodness, they are flavorsome!

UnionJac is the only baker I know that produces premium macaroons with edible designs. They make the perfect gits!

I loved the Cranberry Orange with Truffles Christmas macaroons.

UnionJac Christmas Macaroons

And these Pineapple Spiced Chinese New Year macaroons were brilliant!

UnionJac Chinese New Year Macaroons

This Valentine’s Day, UnionJac is producing their special “Jack & Rose” series inspired by the romance in the film Titanic.

UnionJac Valentine's Day Macaroons

“Jack & Rose” consists of rose flavored macaroons, delicately filled with a luxuriously silky smooth dark Belgium chocolate ganache surrounding a dollop of homemade raspberry jam.

UnionJac Jack & Rose Macaroons

If you want to give your loved one something special this Valentine’s, head on over to UnionJac’s official Facebook page here for contact details.

Last order by 12 noon, February 13th.

I can’t wait to get mine! Hint! Hint!

Books: Cafe David 1 & 2

You can now purchase Cafe David: Serving Coffee for the Soul – Relationships 1 and 2 online with free shipping!

Click here for Book 1

Click here for Book 2

In Book 1:

  • Why are Asian men NOT ROMANTIC?
  • How do I deal with disappointments as a result of UNMET EXPECTATIONS?
  • Why do women end up with INSECURE MEN?
  • How does choosing the WRONG FRIENDS forfeit my destiny?
  • Why are people so DYSFUNCTIONAL in their relationships?
  • Do you believe in marrying your BEST FRIEND?

In Book 2:

  • What is  ROMANCE all about?
  • Are women wired in such a way that they cannot imagine marrying their BEST FRIEND?
  • Are women really more TALKATIVE than men?
  • If you have been lying to a loved one, would you now TELL the truth?
  • How do relationships affect your DESTINY in life?

Includes Bonus Chapter on how David proposed to his wife!

Cafe David invites you to join in the lively debate around these topics on relationships.

Listen in on what others think and see whether you agree or not.

What are you waiting for? Pull up a chair and be prepared to have your thoughts provoked!

A New Gospel? Part 3

In Part 1 of this series, A New Gospel, I made the observation that there are 2 parts of the life of Jesus that are most emphasized – His Birth and His Death.

Consequently, the 2 most popular celebrations of the church are Christmas and Easter.

You might not have picked it up but there is a mismatch in the above statements.

Easter is not the celebration of the death of Jesus. It’s the celebration of His resurrection.

I remember when I was young, my father used to say, Good Friday should be celebrated more than Easter as the death of Jesus holds more significance than His resurrection.

Really?

Again, I want to suggest that this conclusion may be a result of reading the Bible through hand-me-down glasses.

Sure, His death is truly significant.

But, lots of good people have died in history. So-called prophets, messiahs and other enlightened human beings.

What sets Jesus apart is His resurrection.

His resurrection is the game-changer.

Anybody could have died and their life turned into a legend that spawns a religion.

But when somebody rises up from the dead and is seen by many witnesses, you have to pay attention.

Jesus accomplished something when He died. But what He was trying to accomplish was not completed until He resurrected.

Therefore, I want to suggest that we correctly celebrate Easter as a glorious reminder of the hope that we have in a resurrected Christ who is today victorious over sin and death and is ruling over all.

But don’t take my word for it.

Read the Gospels. Listen to the message of Jesus. Hear His words. See His life. Look at the epistles through this lens.

And get ready to be inspired by a powerful vision of what the resurrected Christ means today!

Wedding Videographer: Forza Pictures

A great wedding videographer is not just one who captures the day but one who tells a story.

Forza Pictures, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is run by Sandra Boon, a creative storyteller.

Forza Pictures

I think her work speaks for itself. Check out these 2 videos!

Tip: Go full screen for the best experience.

You can check out more of Forza’s portfolio at their Vimeo channel here:  http://vimeo.com/forzapictures

You can also contact Forza at: bugsbcf@yahoo.com

Back To Drugs

After more than 5 years, I’m finally taking drugs again.

Towards the end of 2007,  I made a radical change of direction in my lifestyle.

It was based on my belief that our body was created to heal itself. The reason why we get sick is because our immune system is weak and is unable to deal with the attacks from bacteria, viruses and everything else.

Major change number 1 was moving to a predominantly vegetarian diet. A topic for another day.

Major change number 2 was deciding to no longer rely on drugs.  And consequently, no longer going to see a GP (doctor) whenever I felt sick.

Of course, for serious problems like back pain and issues with my ear, I would see a doctor. I’m talking about your usual bouts of flu and infections.

Why?

Well, generally, with western medicine, the approach is often to just deal with symptoms. The drugs attack the symptom, not cure the problem.

For example, Panadol might take away the pain of my headache but it won’t remove the tumor that is causing my headache!

Also, in Malaysia, doctors always prescribe antibiotics whether you need them or not. Not only does it harm you, it makes the bacteria more resilient!

Why would I want to pump these chemicals into my body?

I need a really good reason before taking drugs. Like the time when I had a tooth infection. If I didn’t take antibiotics and the infection spread, I could die!

So, for the past 5 years, I have been relying on natural remedies whenever I get sick. As long as I can strengthen my immune system, my body can heal itself.

So, I always joke that when people get sick, they will go to the clinic. When I get sick,  I go to the supermarket!

Well, I’ve been sick for the past few weeks and I’ve been travelling a lot so I’ve not been able to do my usual juicing.

A few days ago, I had such a bad cough, I thought maybe I caught TB from the country I just came back from!

Exercising wisdom, I finally went to see the doctor to get the usual dosage of antibiotics, cough mixture and lozenges.

As a result, I was reminded of another reason why I dislike these drugs. They make me drowsy!

So, for the past few days, I’ve been so unproductive. I felt like a zombie wandering around my house looking for brains to eat. Don’t worry, my wife is still of sound mind!

Honestly, there is another story behind my recent bout of sickness.

Towards the end of last year, I was just looking back on 2013 thinking that it has been my healthiest year. I haven’t been sick for an entire year!

I was feeling proud of myself that all the years of watching my diet has finally paid off.

When I was thinking this, I suddenly felt cold. Oh no. David, you’re going to pay for this.

Sure enough. 4 days before 2013 ended, I got sick!

That’s when I discovered that PRIDE is a much bigger sickness than flu bugs and bacteria!

A New Gospel? Part 2

In the first part of this series, A New Gospel, I suggested that we tend to interpret the message and purpose of Jesus through the epistles, the letters of the New Testament.

Why is this so?

Probably because the letters are more doctrinal and explanatory in nature. They seem to explain things more since they were written to different churches and individuals.

On the other hand, the Gospels seem to be just full of stories.

So, what happens is that, we end up interpreting the Gospels through the Epistles instead of the Epistles through the Gospels.

Or, as some have put it, we end up interpreting Jesus through Paul rather than Paul through Jesus.

Isn’t it strange that we should elevate Paul above Jesus? Isn’t there something wrong with this picture?

And this is why we end up missing out on a huge part of the purpose and message of Jesus.

If you still find it hard to accept what I’m highlighting here, let me give you one example.

Hilssong Word NLT Magazine Bible

Hillsong London has produced a marvelous magazine-style NLT Bible called Word. You can purchase it with free shipping here.

This Bible is arranged into 4 themes as explained in their introduction:

Hilsong Word NLT Book Order

The first 4 books you will read in this Bible to understand “What God has done, how and why?” are epistles! And guess which is the first epistle?

Romans!

At least Mark goes in there at the end.

You might think that this is not really a big deal.

Trust me, it is.

After reading the Gospels over and over again last year, now, when I read the epistles, I see things which I never saw before.

Ask my wife how many times I’ve said to her in the past few months, “Oh my goodness! This epistle doesn’t say what we always thought it said!“.

Again, I encourage you to find this treasure I mentioned in Part 1 of this series.

You will also be saying “OH MY GOODNESS!“.

Part 3 here

How To Spot A Scam

Barely 3 days after I posted the blog Do You Want To Get Rich Quick?, the latest Get-Rich-Quick scheme appears on my Facebook timeline.

A few years ago, a friend told me about this “Gold Investment” company which guarantees a 30% p.a. return. Straightaway, I said, it’s a scam.

As expected, I got the defensive response.

I discovered quite a few friends were into this “investment scheme”. One friend even told me that it has to be legitimate because he was introduced by a university professor who sits on the Board of the company. Surely, a university professor can be trusted?

I have learnt that when it comes to money, nobody can be trusted! Not even your mother!

Fast forward a few years and the company gets shut down by Bank Negara and many who donated their life savings are now still suffering.

Well, today,  I discovered a new “gold trading investment” opportunity.

Not offering 30% guaranteed return.

Wait for it.

Guaranteeing 120% p.a. return. Wow!

Not only that, you get 10% for introducing new suckers, I mean, investors. And not only that, you get additional bonuses based on the balancing of a binary MLM structure 10 levels deep.

Wow! So many bonuses!!!!! Quick invest!

Listen. One of the easiest ways to spot a scam is this rule:

If it’s too good to be true, it’s too good to be true!

As a general rule, run away from anybody who guarantees you 30% or more consistent return on an investment.

Nobody on planet earth can give that kind of guarantee.

Even the richest, most respected, most revered investor, Warren Buffet, cannot give you that kind of guarantee.

Do you know that in the past 30 years, Warren Buffet has only achieved an 18% annualized return on his investments? (source)

Warren Buffet? One of the richest men in the world. Only 18%?

Someone should ask him to put his money into this new gold investment scheme.

If it’s too good to be true, it’s too good to be true!

Remember this.

Nobody can stop you from investing into a scam. But if you introduce others to do so, you are responsible.

Don’t be a fool.

2 Things About Me

Hi! I’m David.

Before we go on, let me tell you 2 things about myself:

1. My brain seems to have lost the capacity to remember details about people especially names, faces and background.

Don’t ask me why but I can forget your name the moment after you tell me.

And the moment after you remind me.

Somehow, the neurons in my brain associated with names and faces has malfunctioned.

I am plagued by this constant question – Where have I seen this person before? Looks familiar…

Then I start to panic.

Is this a church member? My client? My ex-schoolmate? My former colleague? My relative?!?!! Help!!!

This is why I am grateful that my wife is not like me! She is my people recognition app. The problem is, I can’t bring her with me everywhere all the time.

I am hoping that Google Glass will have facial recognition capabilities.

Otherwise, please don’t get offended if I ask you, “Have we met before?“.

2. I have bad breath.

I have this cavity at the back of my mouth which the dentist says he can’t do anything about. It’s a gap between my last molar and a wisdom tooth that didn’t grow.

It is like a cave that provides safety for refugee food scraps.

Despite all effort to keep it clean, food does get stuck in there and emits a foul smell as it rots.

It’s just something I have to live with. And I guess, you have to live with too!

So, if you want to get upset with me if I forget that I know you and my breath stinks, I’m sorry. That’s just who I am.

So, here’s what you can do to help me:

  1. Remind me of your name when you meet me. Say, “Hi David! I am…..”.
  2. Pinch your nose and breathe through your mouth. It makes talking to me much more bearable.

If all else fails, just remember this.

I love you.

Even if I don’t know who you are.

Bags: Out Of The Ashes

There’s a new uber bag in town.

It’s limited edition. It’s hip. It’s tough.

And it’s environmentally-friendly!

Say hello to the OOA General Supply bag.

Out Of The Ashes Details

OOA stands for Out Of the Ashes. These bags are made from recycled canvas.

No, not your sissy canvas.

This is from canvas used on trucks.

Weathered canvas.

Tough guy canvas!

Like this guy here.

Out Of The Ashes Recycled Canvas

As a result, no two  bags are alike. So, if you want to be different. Here’s your chance.

Oh, and it’s not just for guys. Girls should also carry some tough guy canvas around!

Out Of The Ashes for Girls

You can check out OOA General Supply  here:

FB: https://facebook.com/ooageneralsupply
Instagram: http://instagram.com/ooageneralsupply

Bandung, Indonesia: Lawangwangi Creative Space

I love Bandung!

This is my 3rd trip to Bandung and I must say it is still one of my favorite places in South East Asia.

This time round our friend, Chriz Theo, recommended a place up in Dago called Lawangwangi. It is now my favorite place in Bandung!

Lawangwangi Creative Space

You can see from the featured picture above that the gate itself is an optical illusion. Lawangwangi is an art gallery and lounge.

This is one of the cool outdoor art installations.

Lawangwangi Art Installation

The lounge is on the top floor of the building and it’s a really classy space filled with art installations.

Lawangwangi Cafe

The best part is the deck that extends outside of the lounge.

Lawangwangi Deck

From here, you get a beautiful view of the Dago hills and the city of Bandung. This pic is taken from the end of the deck.

Perfect View from Lawangwangi

I could stay here all day. We really enjoyed watching the sun set over Bandung. Click on the pic to see the whole 200 degrees panoramic view!

200 Degree View from Lawangwangi

If you are ever in Bandung, make sure you check out this place. I’m not sure how good the food is but the arty farty vibe and the view is worth it!

You can get more details from their official FB page: https://www.facebook.com/LawangwangiCreativespace

The gate and the lounge photos above are taken from the official Lawangwangi FB page.

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