My Blessed trip to Surabaya Dec 2007

Singapore International Airport

A. At home preparing for the Trip

19/12/07 9am

I wasn’t really ready for the trip. I have not packed my luggage and also have not bought Christmas Gift for my Online Daughter Cichi (Now call Spiritual Daughter). Also I remembered that I had not book my seat for the Flight yet, so I called JetStar and confirmed my seat. Then I went to Jurong pt at around 10.15am and I bought a brooch for Cichi. On reaching home, I discovered that Cichi SMS me at 8.13am saying that her Boy Friend will pick me up in his Motorbike. Lolz, that means I cannot use my Brand New ABN Amro Luggage bag. I continue to type my reborn again Testimony. Oh dear, what present to give to her Boy Friend? I really have no time to buy. So I went to my Metal Cabinet drawer and found a brand new mouse, I decided to give this as Gift. I can’t finish my Testimony, as I am running late, I decided to pack up for my trip. I found my Samsonite Cloth Luggage and decided to use it, as it is more ideal for my ride on the Bike as it is Flat. After packing in everything that I needed for 3 days. I found space for my carry bag with Lap Top. Wonderful; but I am running late. It is 11.45am. I am supposing to check-in 40 minutes before 13.35 hrs, the flight time. There will be no refund or reschedule of flight if check-in after less than 40 mins before departure time at 13.35 hrs. At the Road Side, just outside my apartment; 1, 2, 3, 4 taxi passes by without stopping and I was really desperate, going to be late. So I prayed to our Lord Jesus for help. Just then a Vacant Taxi came to my rescue just across the road. The time is 12:21pm. Oh dear, I wonder if I can make it to the Airport, 40 mins before 13:35 hrs. i.e 12:50 hrs. On my way, I constantly prayed to Lord Jesus; and said unto our Lord “if it is God’s will that I should not be in Surabaya, then I shall be late”. Finally, the Taxi arrived at Terminal 1, exactly 12:50pm, traveled a distance of 39.1km. I quickly rush in to check-in at the ValueAir counter; just in time. Praise the Lord.

B. Arrival in Surabaya on time

Fighting Statue Symbol
While on flight, the gentlemen sat beside me saw me reading Bible and he turned around and said, “you are a good Christian, and he ask if I do preaching service?” I told him “No, I am just Servant of God” So I asked him for his reason for coming to Singapore and he said he has to come to Singapore once every 3 months for his treatment at Glen Eagles Hospital. The Flight stewardess served us a piece of meat bun, plain water and a cup of coffee. Budget Airline what, what can I expect, paying airfare of S$68 only. Then we exchange name card; and I found that he is a Catholic Priest based in Surabaya. We share some common knowledge like, how to stay young and happy. We both agreed that we must have a joyful and happy spirit within us. This is some joke I shared with him. Saeedah (my Colleague) had mentioned that she is feeling old sitting besides 2 old men and how I managed to convince her that it is the joyful and energetic spirit that keeps a person young. I tell her of a real life experience where a man of only 33 years of age but doesn’t look like his age, haggled and full of white hair. 2.45pm Surabaya time (it is 1 hr behind Singapore) Our ValueAir landed perfectly without Bounce. I told my newfound friend that I was here in 1992 on transit to Australia with the Republic of Singapore Air Force. The C-130 bounces 3 times on landing.

Cichi SMS me to wait for her Boy Friend at Judang, that means Taxi pickup area, I think. A good-looking young man approached me and said “Are you Stanley? I am Cichi boy friend, Rudy.” So I replied, “Yes, I am. Am I so glad to meet you. Thank you”. After introduced ourselves, I came to know that Cichi and Rudy is our Brother and Sister in Christ. They both attend Bethany Church Service. God Bless. It is drizzling outside. Rudy asked me to wait for him while he rides his Bike here. Within short wait, Rudy arrived with his small Bike. I sat on it with my Samsonite in-between him and me. He was very concerned that I might fall sick by getting wet. But I told him that it is okay. The destination is going to takes about 2 hrs, so my back will get wet. Rudy started his small Bike and off we go into the drizzling rainfall. Wow, what a ride! There are more bikes than cars and it is amazing to see Cars giving way to bike and bikes gave way to Bicycle. My rider waved in and out of traffic amongst all the other bikes. Throughout the journey, I prayed to Lord Jesus for our Safety. So many turns, left and right, squeezing in between vehicles and at one stage a van was just inches away from my back, threatening to hit me. It was very exciting but dangerous. We are about 1 hour 15 mins into our journey and Rudy decided on a mid-way stop. We had our food at JS PLAZA Lt.2 Rudy bought me KFC as I had not changed Sin dollar to Rupiah. He ordered himself, Japanese style food. Then I wanted to take picture with Rudy but he said he don’t like to have his picture taken. So I just take a shot of the shopping center. Having our belly filled up we continued our journey. Same experience again, waving in and out of the traffic. Smelly dung from Cow and Goat being breed domestically by the roadside. What a sight! Finally almost 40 minutes we arrived at Hotel Cendana, so Rudy asked me what is my budget for the hotel. So I tell him, in the region of US$30. So he did not hesitate to move forward and ask the Security guard standing in front of us. The friendly security guard guided Rudy to another Hotel, only 2 mins away. Hotel Pregolan. It is like cottage house. So I chose Standard room and the rate is exactly S$30 after conversion. Perhaps he heard wrongly, thought I said S$30, LOLz. I request Rudy to bring Cichi to meet me on the same night. So I waited but fell asleep.

19/12/07 2315 hrs

Then about 11.25pm I heard my door being knocked. Rudy and Cichi were here. So I opened my door and let them in. Rudy bought SIM card for me. I briefly discussed with them of my plan. So we had decided to meet the next day, which is 20/12/07 11am. But later Cichi SMS to me saying they would come at 1pm instead as she has something to do.

20/12/07 8am

Writing my Testimony

I woke up, continue the testimony and managed to complete it. At 10:27 am, I received SMS from Cichi saying that she and Rudy cannot come till 1pm because they have something to do. Oh dear, so I am stranded here till 1 pm. So I waited but both of them are not here. I went to HOTEL CENDANA nearby, 3 minutes walk. Found out from the desk girl that I can use the Credit Card to purchase meal at Restaurant there. I am really hungry. The waitress brought me to the seat and passed me the manual. So to play safe, I asked if they’d accept Credit Card, she said must-spent minimum $100,000 Rp. So I studied the manual. Most costly main meal cost only $34,000 Rp. I have got to buy 3 meals to accumulate to $100,000Rp. So I can’t eat here too, headed back to my Hotel. Then at 1.54pm, I received SMS from Cichi, asking me to prepare myself, as they are bringing me to the Mall.Flood on Street
Rudy drove a Boxed pickup here with Cichi accompany him, of course. So I hop onto the front seat beside Cichi and off we go. Rudy reminded me to carry my Computer along so that I can show and teach Cichi web design. Ah yes, we arrived at PLASA SURABAYA. Pretty big Plaza like Jurong Point. Shoppers here comprises of at least 45% Chinese and Rudy told me that, this shopping center is for middle and upper class. Yes very clean, many good branded retail. Passed by some Toy shop, I mentioned that I am looking for Rubik Cube for my younger son but I suggested to Rudy that we could eat first. So we went and have meal together. I ordered Satay with rice and another plate of rice with Beef. Rudy and Cichi ordered salted vegetable soup with pork rib, Kabar stick. I have my other order of desert, Ice jackfruit and fruit mixture with syrup. While Rudy have Avocado and Coconut mix. I offer to say payer of thanks before consuming our food. Lolz, Cichi said that Rudy complained that my prayer was too soft because he can’t hear my prayer. Then I said, I have to be mindful of Muslim around us but he said it is Okay. I asked for the Bill but Rudy refused to give because he said that I am their Guest, I should not pay. So I told him that if he doesn’t let me pay this meal, next time I dared not come to Surabaya. See my trick worked. He reluctantly gave me the bill and I paid him $100,000 Rp. Meal cost $98,000 Rp. The desert was so delicious, they are all make from fresh fruit and coconut milk, unlike back home where it is all canned stuff, Yak! Then we went to have a look at the Multiplex Theatres and found out that most of the new show that Singapore already been showing for weeks is not here yet. I can see some concern in Rudy’s eye, so I told them, I am not watching movie, as it is 8pm already, don’t want to tired them out. Rudy told me that he is not rich, he provides service and skill to his friend in return for accommodation, food and the trading in glassware, and they will split profit. So, perhaps I think, they have been sourcing for transport so that is the reason why they came late. Then Rudy and Cichi said that tomorrow, they can’t meet me as they have to help prepare and attend a friend’s wedding. On the way back, apparently the rain had stopped. So I kept my umbrella, but once out of the building, there are rain droplets. Rudy turned hero for Cichi, he removed his T-Shirt, bare top to let Cichi cover her head. Wow, a hero to the rescue. Lolz, I thought I should take my shirt too and throw it onto the floor, so that Cichi don’t have to walk on onto wet floor, ha ha ha.

21/12/07 – 8.30am

Today I got a FREE and Easy day myself. I woke late about 8.30am; I started to continue my trip dairy. Read Bible and complete one more Testimony. Then it started to rain. I decided to walk to the mall myself and along the way, many Taksi horn at me, hoping that I would ride on them. Many turn here and there, round the perimeter of the building and I finally reached Mall in 10 mins. It is about 3pm. I walked every level of the shops surveying the things being sold there. I need to buy the 4 X 4 Rubik Cube for my younger son but couldn’t find any toyshop selling. Nothing much to buy as mostly branded is just slight cheaper than Singapore. No even up to S$10 cheaper, I am comparing Shoes, Shirt, pant, and watches. I finished my shops tour at all level; it must be 4.30pm so I asked the information counter if there is an Internet surfing facility there. I was told there is two free Wi-Fi surfing, 6th floor, Coffee Bean and Ground floor the TeleKom Kopi Cafe. I bought a 3-pin plug converter and secure a seat for myself. It is good that I am Multi tasking. I get to read some of my emails, and then I am hooked on Yahoo Online Pool while tweaking the Shopping cart script. I realized that this script is not bug free and is not 100% adaptable for Multi Language. I don’t know. Just Praise the Lord for the Wisdom. For I never have gone for any course or training on php programming script but somehow I managed to solve the problem in 45 mins while enjoying some pool game. I continue to do some graphic amendment and create new folder for Bahasa Indonesia.

So my trick is in the Language file, put all the button links there so that upon calling of particular language type, it will automatically show the correct Language Title banners and buttons. It Works, Great! I had won one online pool game and lost four. ūüôĀ Oops it is 2015 hrs, I better hit for home. As I stepped out of the building, my cheerful face becomes worry face. The landmark building that supposedly guide me home has been engulfed by darkness. I am not sure of my way home. So I prayed to our Lord Jesus to help me to calm down. Slowly but surely, I started to remembered my direction, yes; turn right, walk straight pass 2 car dealers, past 2 buildings and then turn right along shopping building parameter and walk straight, look for road junction where there is a Yunan Shopping center at MTX building. Yes found it. And I make it back to the Hotel around 8.40pm. Back to Hotel, I sing praise to our Lord Jesus Hallelujah, Hallelujah. I watched live telecast of Europe Soccer but fell asleep. Just before sleeping at 1.30 am somehow I getting to smell familiar perfume. “Are you here?” then I went to sleep. The day before, heard a voice saying “What is it going to be now?”

22/12/07

Breakfast I waited but somehow both Ruby and Cichi wasn’t here in the morning. Ah yes, I have the same breakfast for the past 3 days, 4 slice of bread with some butter, chocolate sprinkles, 2 hard-boiled eggs with salt at side of the plate, one cup of coffee and one cup of tea. It is about 12.30pm and both of them still not here. So I decided to check out first to settle my bill, 507,000 Rp for 3 nights stay. That is less than S$28 per day. Getting worried, I called Rudy and Cichi couple of times but no answer. Then, I start to help myself to ease my tension. I get to know the Desk girls and joke with them. Tell them about my Friendster account and Yahoo chatter Id, get to know all the 3 girls name. Tell some more jokes. Oh yes, I gave away my Singapore 20 cent coins to all 3 of them plus a Male cleaner; they all like it very much. Then all the girls take my coin and rubbed against their back shoulder and they said that it is for Luck. I told all 3 of them to rub on my back shoulder, so that I can have more lucks than them. Ha ha ha. Just then Rudy called me saying he will be here at 2.15pm. When I was just about to have more joke fun, both of them came and I hopped onto Ruby’s Boxed Pickup and he drove me to Airport. I checked in first and then once I come out of the secured area, I took pictures with Rudy and Cichi. We have lunch together. Cichi have Fried Noodle, I have beef on rice and Rudy have Beef soto with rice. This time I volunteered to do the thanks prayer but both of them still have their eyes close even I had said Amen. Lolz , they said I prayed too soft again. I paid the bill even though Ruby insist that he should be the one paying since I am their guest. Ruby seems lost for words till I kept saying it is okay I want to get rid of my Rp. Then I depart for Singapore arrived at 6.45pm Singapore time. Journey takes about 1 hrs 45 mins. At Airport, no none came to pick me up so I took a Taxi home.
Friendly Counter Staff rubbed Coin on Shoulder for luck :)Cichi and Me, Daughter and Papa :)

Imprisoned by SELF

Imprisoned by self

This phenomenon requirement of immense understanding of how and why people who had said prayer to accept Jesus Christ and had walked the life of a Christian and yet are being trapped by their Own imprisonment without Knowing. Outwardly they seems alright but most of the time, without knowing, it is the self convincing and self consoling of being okay that make them a Whitewashed wall Christian. Only through conviction and the grace of Lord Jesus that one may be broken down and only if out of the emptiness one could realized the needs to be wholly filled by the goodness of the Holy spirit, then they will be released Completely from the bondage to the Self and worldliness by the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ. We will be using the 2 different lives, a big contrast between Lot and Job.

LOT, imprisoned by selfishness all his life.

Genesis 13:5-12 “And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land. And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left. And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.”

LOT was Abram’s cousin. God blessed Abram so much that the land is not able to hold Abram and Lot’s family. There were strift between them so Abram suggested that they stay separate. But Lot was very SELFISH, without showing gratitude to what Abram had done for him. He chooses the best land for himself. This action of Selfishness of Lot later birth to Lot being in league with cursed Cities where Sodom and Gomorrah becomes very evil and God had the Angels destroyed them. Thus the cities represent SELF and Ground (Worldliness).

LOT, imprisoned by his doubts.

Genesis 19:17-38 “And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord. Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die. Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters. And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our Father. And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day. And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.”

So Lot had requested the Lord (Angels) to dwell in City called Zoar so that he and his daughters can dwell there. Unfortunately, he let his thoughts, (which is the Evil of all things) take control of him and he becomes DOUBTFUL and thus leading him into the Mountain where sin of incest was committed between him and his daughters. The offspring of the SIN (as a result of doubts) thus give birth to Enemies of GOD, the Moabites and Ammonites. In another words, doubts cost Lot to lost his Spiritual Life. The blessings from God which Lot had requested (a new place), he did not received it gracefully leads him to another place of curse since he moved further away from God’s blessing.

So, for us Christian, we really have to examine ourselves. Did we make request from God our Lord Jesus for things and then discard it just because our thoughts is that it come too easily and we decided to lusts for something better and better? Be careful, my Friends the “better” things that perceive could be a curse or in fact it is the temptation of the Shadow of Darkness.

Lot had never get out as a FREE unselfish man to serve God but instead he was imprisoned by his SELFISHNESS. (Where it is the SELF CENTRED thought that creates doubts in God’s given Vision) For it is selfishness that makes him think that he is more righteous than others, doubting all the time. What he wanted is the best for himself. His life is spent on sins.

Job, the unselfish FREE man.

Job 1:21-22 “And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

God allowed Satan to test Job. He lost everything and yet he didn’t blame God. Instead he still blessed the name of the LORD. His profound declaration that everything is provided and given by God, and the LORD has every right to take it away from him.

His three good friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar sat them with Job for seven days and seven nights to mourn with him without saying a word. What a great friends! In our modern society who can sit down with a friend for even 3 days without talking? But all three of them break their silent and trying to say that Job suffered because he had sinned and ask him to repent. But Job in his unselfish righteousness found no comfort from his friend. In the end, Job passed the test and he the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends.

Job 42:7-10 “And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job. So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.
And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.”

So it is true, all Children of God, being Christian are subject to test. A great man like Job is unselfish is a FREE man serving God. While those who are selfish would not be able to understand God’s work.

Both punishment by God (because of sins and curse) and testing by Satan (as authorised by God) may result in the same way, lost of love one, possession, strike with sickness and other adversity.

There are differences between those Christians under punishment and those Christians under test. Those under punishment has NO direct communication with God and the danger for these group of people is that they aren’t aware and thought that they are under test. All these punishments are a result of bondage to one’s SELFISHNESS.

Where Selfishness is the root of all sins.

While Christian under Test may suffer the same thing but they still has direct communication with God. God will continue to chasten them, guide them and eventually lift them out of adversity and rewards them abundantly.

Christian under punishment needs someone of good faith to intercede on their behalf for forgiveness, just like Job intercede for his three friends Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. If they turn around and repent they will be forgiven, but if they stayed as rebellious and being stubborn. They will never get out of the imprisonment. Forever imprisoned by Self.

Addon notes:15th Jul 2009

Many thanks to Pastor Kong Hee for helping me find this message His enemies the Moabites, the Ammonites and the Syrians.

Jahaziel Promises a Great Deliverance. 2 Chron 20:1 “It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat.”

You can read the whole Miracle by Pastor Kong Hee blog, Five Steps to Miracles.

Cutting the Rope

Watch this Movie first. Right mouse click for control.

Distributors: Sony Pictures
Starring: Chris O’Donnell, Robin Tunney, Scott Glenn, Bill Paxton, Stuart Wilson
Directed by: Martin Campbell, Simon Crane, Roger J. Vernon
Produced by: Marcia Nasatir, Lloyd Phillips, Robert King.
Released : December 8 2000

WOULD YOU CUT THE ROPE?

Cutting the rope, the father’s life is being sacrificed for the survival of his son and daughter. Not cutting the rope, everybody’s life is at stake.
The son definitely was in very difficult position. He had to decide fast enough whether to cut the rope or not. Cutting the rope, he definely sent his father to his death. Not cutting the rope, all will die together because the rope anchor point was loosening up. But the constant beckoning by his father that he should not let his sister die, he finally cut the rope. The love for the sister is great too.

If the father has the knife, he would had cut the rope without hesitation; such is the love of the father for his children. Food for thought. If you are the person below, pulling others down and you have the knife and yet totally unrelated to the people hanging above¬†you, would you sacrifice your life¬†by cutting the rope so that others can live? Or would you hold on to the rope and has this selfish thought “Since I had fallen, I will hold on to the rope and all should die together?”
Let us examine the sequence of event leading to this tragedy. Someone had lost the grip of the bag and dropped due to careless mistake. It is not heavy, just contained some tools, inside the bag, worth some money. But this weight due to velocity of fall accumulated such great forces that pulled 2 men off the anchors. What happened next is the daughter, son and father was hanging by the rope with their safety jeopardized by the two men below them. The father had to release the 2 men because they were selfishly struggling, kicking and violently shaking the rope. It was a very important decision the father had to make, that is to let them go and fell to their death. THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS THIS.
In Christian life, sometimes an individual (represented by the person who dropped the bag) may had done or committed something wrong that they may think is insignificant. They didn’t realized that this “Small error” would accumulate to such a great force of problem that,¬†like the dropped bag,¬† accumulates velocity such that the force is so great that it pulled the men off their anchor. The person on top maybe asked to lead by the leader (represented by the father¬†of the daughter and the son). That careless mistake by people on top leads everyone to fall and all hung perilously by the rope. The father had to disconnect the fallen men below¬†because they¬†would not listen to instructions but kept making lots of noise and worsening the situation. The moral of the story, he or she who is the leader, may selfishly continuing holding on to the rope even though knowing¬†that¬†they had make the mistake and endangering others’ lives. It was a mistake to¬†engage careless people on top. Would the fallen he or she cut the rope? Is cutting the rope is the only solution to save others?

Or if cutting the Rope, God, our Lord Jesus would engage the Angels to prepared soft ground so that you didn’t die but suffered some bruise from hitting soft ground. Today, none of us have to cut the rope because Jesus Christ is above us, with his Angels, holding onto the rope and helping us climbing up the mountain inch by inch till we reach the top with him. We will not fall. Hellelujah, Praise the Lord!