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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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A New Gospel? Part 1

I’ve been on an interesting journey in the past 1 year.

I’ve been asking more questions than I normally do and I’ve been constantly surprised by many of the answers I’m discovering.

One of the questions I’ve been asking is, “Why did Jesus come? What was His message?“. Ok, that’s actually 2 questions. But they are related.

I know what you are thinking. “Huh? That’s a no-brainer. Jesus came to die for our sins so that we can go to heaven.

Really?

Let me ask you a question. Which part of the Bible do we normally go to find the answer to this question?

Most Christians would answer, “The Epistles”. Yes, the letters in the New Testament. Specifically, Romans.

Hang on.

Shouldn’t we find out the purpose and message of Jesus from Jesus Himself?

Guess what I discovered.

The church generally only focuses on 2 parts of Jesus life. His birth and His death.

Guess which days you see the most people in church? You got it. Christmas and Easter.

Hang on.

What happened to everything in between the birth and death of Jesus?

I came to the realization that all this while I’ve been missing something really huge. It’s always been there but I never saw it because I was filtering everything through glasses I’ve been given to wear.

So, for the most part of 2013, I did my best to take off those glasses and listen to the words, ministry and life of Jesus afresh again. I tried my best to experience Jesus as though I had just met Him for the first time.

I went through the Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John over and over and over again. Not just picking a few verses here and there. But going through each book from start to end. Taking in as big chunks as I could.

I listened more than I read.

And I was shocked!

It was almost as though I discovered a New Gospel! Well, not really. But a much fuller, richer, deeper, transformational, compelling Gospel!

It’s like what Jesus said in Matthew 13:44,

God’s kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidentally found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic—what a find!—and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field.

I found treasure!

And I would like to invite you to find it too.

If it is at all possible, put aside all your preconceptions of why you think Jesus came. Take off the glasses you’ve been wearing all these years and try to see Him with fresh eyes.

Start with the book of Mark. Read it through 2-3 times. Then do the same with Matthew and Luke. Then John.

No time to read? Invest in an audio bible. Listen to it every day as much as you can.

It is my prayer that you too would find this treasure hidden in the field. A treasure so great, you would sell all to buy the field!

Part 2 here

Marrying For Love?

Did you know that marrying someone for love is a recent phenomenon?

It’s not that people in the past did not marry because of love. There were those who did.  It just wasn’t the norm. Love has not always been the main motivation for marriage.

Think about it. Western culture, especially American,  is the one strongly pushing the concept of marrying for love. And yet, the rising rate of divorce and broken relationships seems to suggest that this concept may not be working.

Are there better reasons to marry? Companionship? Procreation?Partnership? Productivity? Spiritual compatibility? Economic advancement?

Today, we expect our life partner to fulfill all our emotional, psychological and social needs. Is this expectation really reasonable? Are couples unhappy because of having the wrong expectations?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you should just accept it if you are in an unhappy marriage. I’m just wondering whether we are looking for happiness in the right place.

Disappointment is the result of unmet expectations

What do you expect from your marriage?

Cafe David Is Back!

The original Cafe David blog was started in 2005! Wow! Seriously? Has it been that long?

It eventually spun off 2 books on relationships.

With the advent of Twitter and Facebook, blogging was no longer as popular as before.

So why am I blogging again? Because I have a lot of things to discuss with you!

The original intent of Cafe David was an online space where we could all hang out and talk about everything under the sun. We had some pretty good conversations then.

This is my hope for Cafe David in 2014 and beyond: to spark off some meaningful conversations about life, love, faith and everything else!

Come back and visit often!