Misc

Misc

Real Books vs e-Books

I’ve been slowly working my way through an informative book on historical theology called Calvin’s Company of Pastors. I bought it as an ebook at a discounted price of about $5 on Amazon a few years ago. Reading it on my Kindle, I found it somewhat frustrating as I couldn’t readily jot down notes in the margins. Now, I realise you can highlight and type notes in the…

SLHCC Sermons

I’ve had a few people ask about podcasts of our Sunday sermons. Previously, we used to update to iTunes, making podcasts an easy process for listeners – just subscribe and a new sermon gets downloaded automatically whenever it’s uploaded to the SLHCC site. However, there’s something broken with the iTunes update that we can’t quite figure out… So in the meantime,…

Espresso!

I love coffee! My preference is for a quick shot of espresso, no sugar. Despite my love for coffee, I can’t really afford a decent espresso machine – they generally are in the 1K range. And while I love coffee, there’s a lot more I could do with a spare $1000! It’s not that cheaper machines don’t extract a good cup of espresso. It’s the consistency which is the…

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? (Theological Version) (Copied from a post on Facebook…Thanks Kamal Weerakoon for the find.) Rick Warren: The chicken was purpose driven. Pelagius: Because the chicken was able to. John Piper: God decreed the event to maximize his glory. OR . . . it was an act of Christian hedonism. The chicken realized that his greatest joy would only…

Computers – A Retrospective

I’ve been in a rather nostalgic mood recently. Even for things which aren’t usually considered of sentimental value. Like computers… With the start of the new year, I overhauled my desk and rearranged my monitor layout (I have an iMac & a second monitor). This got me thinking about my old computers that I owned and used. I stumbled across a post on this topic from 3…

The Nightmare Airport

I heard a lot of horror stories about Terminal 1 of Manila Airport. Maybe I was underestimating all I heard. But none of the stories does justice to the sheer nightmare that is the Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. Usually, having anything named in your honour is a rare privilege. But the Aquino family should revoke the right of the airport to use the…

Oddities

If you remember my blog from years ago when I was at Lausanne III at Cape Town, I posted on some oddities. In keeping with that wonderful (?) tradition, here are some oddities so far… Oddity #1: Well-Armed Like any other shopping mall, there was a handful of sports stores. But I was surprised to find this next to the Reebok store. Yes, a gun store. Now maybe this is…

SilverKris Lounge – SYD

I’m off to the Global Diaspora Forum in Manila today. I’m not travelling to Manila directly, but will spend a week in Korea, before arriving in Manila for the conference next week. And as per usual, I’m in the airline lounge. I know I say it all the time, but I enjoy the freebies! I fear, however, that my flight will be delayed. It’s now 9am, and this is the view outside…

Definitely Useful. But Prestigious?

Asiana Airlines provides a gift for their frequent flyer program members who reach higher levels. I’ve been Diamond Plus for a while, and re-qualified last December for another 2 year period. Recently, I received in the mail a package that I wasn’t expecting. On opening it, it was a very nicely presented box. “What’s this?” I wondered… On opening the magnetic lid of the…
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