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Movies seen between October – December 2011

At the Pathé cinemas here in Geneva, is this brilliant program called Pass Pathé. You pay a monthly fee (roughly the price of two movie tickets at the normal rate) and you get to see as many movies as you wish. I registered for this program in October and have been making the most possible use of it. Here are a list of the movies I saw between October and December 2011, with dates and my own personal star rating (out of 5, with a “-” meaning half).

  • Un Monstre à Paris, 22.10, ****
  • The Three Musketeers, 23.10, ***
  • The Smurfs, 23.10, ***
  • Habemus Papam, 24.10, ****
  • Drive, 26.10, ***-
  • The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, 27.10, ***-
  • The Ides of March, 31.10, ***-
  • Contagion, 12.11, ****
  • Et maintenant on va où?, 26.11, ****
  • Breaking Dawn (part 1), 26.11, **-
  • The Artist, 26.11, ***-
  • Puss in Boots, 05.12, ****
  • Carnage, 12.12, ****
  • The Intouchables, 24.12, ****
  • Happy Feet 2, 26.12, ***-
  • Hysteria, 26.12, ***-
  • New Year’s Eve, 29.12, ****

100 Theology/Christian Books I Should Have Read by Now

Inspired by the challenge of the same title over at Gabriel Reads, I decided to post up a list of theological or otherwise Christian books (by that I mean the books that wouldn’t count academically) that I should have read by now. I have not decided whether I would actually take up the challenge or just slowly read through the list, but this list includes books I’ve skimmed through/speed read and thought would read again someday, books I’ve read halfway through and books that simply interest me very much. Oh, and also the “classics” which have been mentioned far too often in my classes and I should probably at least get some more of. This list consists of 100 books but I will probably start another list soon. I will cross out those I have finished reading. Also, for my own sake, it will include both English and Indonesian books. Translated works will be mentioned in the translated title, otherwise I might not find them on my shelf. LOL. Oh, and all are books I actually have on my shelves.

  1. Out of Solitude — Henri J. Nouwen
  2. A Reader on Preaching: Making Connections — David Day, Jeff Astley, Leslie J. Francis (eds.)
  3. Tidak Ada Penumpang Gelap — Andreas A. Yewangoe
  4. HerStory — Barbara J. MacHaffie
  5. Kali Pertama Jumpa Yesus Kembali — Marcus J. Borg
  6. Yesus bagi Orang Non-Religius — John Shelby Spong
  7. Percakapan dengan Poppi tentang Allah — Robert Jenson
  8. Allah Menyapa Anda — Tony Jones
  9. The Christian Agnostic — Leslie D. Weatherhead
  10. Becoming a Pastor — Jaco J. Hamman
  11. Stress Management for Ministers — Charles L. Rassieur
  12. Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry — Thomas K. Ascol (ed.)
  13. Rediscovering Pastoral Ministry — John MacArthur, Jr.
  14. Classical Pastoral Care, Volume One: Becoming a Minister — Thomas C. Oden
  15. Konseling Pastoral — Aart Martin van Beek
  16. Mad Church Disease: Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic — Anne Jackson
  17. The Master’s Perspective on Pastoral Ministry — Richard L. Mayhue, Rober L. Thomas (eds.)
  18. Woman to Woman — Joyce Meyer
  19. Intimacy — Henri J. Nouwen
  20. Lady in Waiting (Expanded Edition) — Jackie Kendall & Debby Jones
  21. The Art & Craft of Biblical Preaching — Haddon Robinson, Craig Brian Larson (eds.)
  22. Pathway to Purpose for Women — Katie Brazelton
  23. Knowing God Intimately — Joyce Meyer
  24. Awareness — Anthony D. Mello
  25. The Jesus I Never Knew — Philip Yancey
  26. The Sexuality of Jesus — William E. Phipps
  27. Dear Pastor: Ministry Advice from Seasoned Pastors — John R. Cionca (ed.)
  28. Captivating: Unveiling the Mistery of a Woman’s Soul — John & Stasi Eldredge
  29. Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life — Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat
  30. The Book of Jesus — Calvin Miller (ed.)
  31. Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation — William C. Placher (ed.)
  32. Jesus Today — Albert Nolan
  33. Tidak Ada Gagang Pada Salib — Kosuke Koyama
  34. Indecent Theology — Marcella Althaus-Reid
  35. The Cost of Discipleship — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  36. Abelard & Heloise: The Letters and Other Writings — William Levitan (translator)
  37. In Defense of Sin — John Portmann (ed.)
  38. Augustine: Confessions and Enchridion — Albert Cook Outler (ed.)
  39. Lihatlah Tubuhku — Deshi Ramadhani
  40. The 15 Revolution — Paul Scanlon
  41. Mengajar untuk Mengubah Hidup — Howard G. Hendricks
  42. Ten Strategies for Preaching in a Multi Media Culture — Thomas H. Troeger
  43. Berdoa untuk Mengubah Hidup Anda — Suzette T. Caldwell
  44. 52 Weeks of Conscious Contact: Meditations for Connecting with God, Self & Others — Melody Beattie
  45. Creative Prayer — Chris Tiegreen
  46. Damai adalah Satu-satunya Jalan — Walter Wink (ed.)
  47. 1 & 2 Peter: Lectio Divina for Youth — Tim Guptill
  48. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World — Joanna Weaver
  49. Menuju Keesaan Gereja — Dr. Christian de Jonge
  50. A Theology of Love — Werner G. Jeanrond
  51. Seksualitas Pemberian Allah — Anne K. Hershberger (ed.)
  52. Perempuan, Agama dan Seksualitas — Jeanne Becher (ed.)
  53. Sepuluh Pemikiran Besar dari Sejarah Gereja — Mark Shaw
  54. Completely Forgiven — Shannon Ethridge
  55. Dance of the Spirit: The Seven Steps of Women’s Spirituality — Maria Harris
  56. Holy! Me? The Single Adult’s Guide to the Spiritual Journey — Harol Ivan Smith
  57. Ex Latina Claritas — Pius Pandor
  58. Balance — Robert Warren, Sue Mayfield
  59. Berdamai dengan Salib — Joas Adiprasetya
  60. The Homiletical Plot — Eugene L. Lowry
  61. Come be My Light — Mother Theresa
  62. Pedoman Lengkap untuk Pelayanan Kaum Muda — Warren S. Benson, Mark H. Senter III (eds.)
  63. In Memory of Her — Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
  64. Sexism and God-Talk — Rosemary Ruether
  65. Komik Manga Sejarah Kristen — Masakazu Higuchi
  66. The Day Christ Died — Jim Bishop
  67. Devotional Classics — Richard J. Foster, James Bryan Smith (eds.)
  68. Runtuhnya Kepedulian Kita — Yonky Karman
  69. An Introduction to Pastoral Care — Charles Gerkin
  70. God, Sex, and You — M. O. Vincent
  71. The Tabloid Bible — Nick Page
  72. The Contemplative Pastor — Eugene Peterson
  73. Resident Aliens — Stanley Hauerwas & William H. Willimon
  74. Introduction to Christian Worship — James F. White
  75. Clowning in Rome — Henri Nouwen
  76. Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life — Henri Nouwen
  77. Iman Sesamaku dan Imanku — World Council of Churches
  78. The Prayer of the Priest — William F. Eckert (ed.)
  79. The Song of the Valiant Woman — Al Wolters
  80. Bible Study Methods — Rick Warren
  81. Theology for Sceptics — Dorothee Soelle
  82. Feminist Theology — Natalie K. Watson
  83. Selamat Berkembang — Andar Ismail
  84. Wilderness Wanderings — Stanley Hauerwas
  85. Selamat Melayani Tuhan — Andar Ismail
  86. The Child in Christian Thought — Marcia J. Bunge (ed.)
  87. Radical Christian Writings: a Reader — Andrew Bradstock, Christopher Rowland (eds.)
  88. The Reason for God — Timothy Keller
  89. Preparing for Christian Ministry — David P. Gushee, Walter C. Jackson (eds.)
  90. A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart — Elizabeth George
  91. A Young Woman’s Call to Prayer — Elizabeth George
  92. A Young Woman’s Walk with God — Elizabeth George
  93. A God Who Looks Like Me: Discovering a Woman-Affirming Spirituality — Patricia Lynn-Reilly
  94. Letters & Papers from Prison — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  95. Healing Life’s Hurts Through Theophostic Prayer — Edward M. Smith
  96. 5 Menit Sejarah Gereja — Rick Cornish
  97. The Case for Christ — Lee Strobel
  98. Spiritualitas Tanpa Tuhan — Andre Comte-Sponville
  99. Silence — Shusaku Endo
  100. 30 Days — Nicky Gumbel

Musicals I’ve seen LIVE!

I’m a huge fan of musicals. Like many other people, of course it all started with watching The Sound of Music. Yet, watching musicals LIVE is an other-worldy experience which I love even better. If I ever end up living in the US, particularly in San Francisco, Chicago or New York, you can be sure that I would have a subscription to these shows! But for the mean time, here’s a list of musicals I’ve seen live. I will add dates and details once I manage to recall them, and hopefully some short review too.

  1. Phantom of the Opera
  2. Grease
  3. Cats
  4. Cabaret
  5. In the Heights, San Francisco
  6. Billy Elliot, Oriental Theater, Chicago — 05.06.10
  7. Wicked, Orpheum Theater, San Francisco
While I’m at it, here are some musicals I wish to see live in the future (ie. before I die)…
  1. The Sound of Music
  2. The Lion King
  3. Chicago
  4. Les Misérables
  5. Hair
  6. Mary Poppins
  7. Rock of Ages
  8. Stomp
  9. Any show by Cirque du Soleil (not exactly a musical, but close)
  10. Rent

101 Inspiring Quotes

(List in Progress)

  1. Sometimes, the only way to stay sane is to go a little crazy — Girl, Interrupted (Movie)
  2. Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one — George Orwell, 1984 (Book)
  3. Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays — Søren Kierkegaard
  4. Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring – Marilyn Monroe
  5. The wisest person knows he knows nothing — Socrates
  6. Life is really simple, but we insist on making in complicated — Confucius
  7. Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on it — Albert Smith
  8. The heart has reasons that reason does not understand — J. Benigne Bossvel
  9. The life that counts must toil and fight, must hate the wrong and love the right, must stand for truth by day, by night — Anonymous
  10. The more you know about the unknown, the more you actually understand how little you know. It makes you humble and brings you back to the world of wonders, miracles and magic — Thomas Herold
  11. People who shine from within don’t need the spotlight — Rick Warren
  12. Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do — Benjamin Spock
  13. We love because it’s the only true adventure — Nikki Giovanni
  14. Learn to listen like a teddy bear, with ears open and mouth closed tight. Learn to forgive like a teddy bear, with an open heart, not caring who is right. Learn to love like a teddy bear, with arms open and imperfect eyesight — Anonymous kid at Covenant House
  15. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain — Maya Angelou
  16. A bad day is just another day of learning. Make the best of it and stop complaining — Binsar Pakpahan
  17. There is much in the world to make us afraid. There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid — Frederick W. Cropp
  18. The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart — Helen Keller
  19. We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love — Dr. Seuss
  20. You can be deeply certain, and slightly doubtful. You can be scared, and really, really ready — Danielle LaPorte
  21. It’s more intriguing to be sexy in a less obvious way — Emma Watson
  22. The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter — Paulo Coelho, Veronica Decided to Die (Book)
  23. A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble — Mohandas Gandhi
  24. They say to love is to die a little… Ah, but not to love, I’d rather live in purgatory! — Heloise in Stealing Heaven (Movie)
  25. Sometimes our best decisions are the ones that don’t make sense at all — How I Met Your Mother (TV Series)
  26. A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires — Paulo Coelho
  27. Life is full of miracles, but they’re not always the ones we pray for — Eve Arden
  28. In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different — Coco Chanel
  29. Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out — Václav Havel
  30. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle — Albert Einstein
  31. 20 years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover — Mark Twain
  32. We shall have to repent in this generation, not so much for the evil deeds of the wicked people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
  33. There is no such thing as a hopeless situation. Every single circumstances of your life can change! -– Rhonda Byrne
  34. Smile, breathe and go slowly. –- Thich Nhat Hanh
  35. If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself –- Albert Einstein
  36. Don’t forget that in the midst of all your pain and heartache, you are surrounded by beauty, the wonder of Creation, art, your music and culture, the sounds of laughter and love, of whispered hopes and celebrations, of new life and transformation, of reconciliation and forgiveness. — William P. Young
  37. The only way to be happy is to love. Unless you love, your life will flash by. Do good to them. Wonder. Hope.
    Help each other. Love everyone. Every leaf. Every ray of light. Forgive. — The Tree of Life (2011 Movie)
  38. Our lives are difficult. Our losses are great sometimes. So grieve. Struggle. Find your way back on your own terms and in your own way. — One Tree Hill
  39. The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind. — Caroline Myss
  40. Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message. -– Malcolm Muggeridge
  41. All around the world, we are gazing skyward waiting for God… Never realizing that God is waiting for us. — Dan Brown
  42. We must get our hearts broken sometimes. This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something. — Elizabeth Gilbert

#because you’ll be up to whatever I can come up with as long as we’re spending time together, like…

– walking, running, dancing (and kissing :P) in the middle of heavy rain
– going to the planetarium
– stargazing! (and I mean actually lying down on grass at night and looking at the stars)
– going to various museums
– teaching Sunday School
– leading a camp session
– travelling to various places across the country (like Manado, Papua, Lombok, Medan?, etc.)
– cooking (or messing around in the kitchen)
– going to church together
– working on a project (yeah, seriously)
– wandering aimlessly at a bookstore…
– picking up books at random and talking to each other about those books, perhaps reading a few lines from it too
– debating
– watching TV
– cuddling… LOL
– oh, okay, hiking
– going out with mutual friends only to completely ignore them 😛
– trying out new food
– going to DUFAN! Ha!
– facilitating an event together…
– jam session!
– you accompanying me singing (like at church or at someone’s wedding)
– taking a nap *grin*
– reading
– going to the hospital (that is to say if either one of us is sick, not just because…)
– playing with your little nieces and nephews!
– getting to know each other’s friends
– aha! experimental travel!
– taking public transport… LOL again!
– hmm… riding the motorcycle?
– mall hopping just for fun
– cinema, well, if they manage to get Hollywood movies back…
– cleaning up my stuff? Hahah.
– talking, talking, and talking…
– ooh, I’ll come up with more… and you’re welcome to throw in some ideas too!

(We would have so much fun I can hardly wait!)

This Years B’day (presents) Wishlist

Cause you’re allowed to dream about getting things when your b’day is in a week… even when it’s your 26th and you’re very unlikely to get anything off the list 🙂

Apple iPad!!

Digital Camera. Doesn’t have to be this particular one.

Stacks of Books — Totally random ones are more than welcome. However, it would be awesome if it includes The Mosaic Bible and a whole set of Jostein Gaarder’s novels.

An original Moleskine notebook.

Logos Bible Software. Portfolio Edition.

Otto Plush Animal Bag.

Crystal Garden Wish Flower.

Ugg Boots. Preferably this model.

Birthday Wishes Jar. Epic want!

101 Things that Make Me Happy

in no particular order:
1. An idea that is do-able and fun, like writing down this list.
2. Teddy Bears!
3. Toy stores.
4. Bookstores and libraries.
5. Buying books, holding books.
6. Stumbling on something nice on StumbleUpon.
7. Getting an unexpected SMS from a friend.
8. My Birthday.
9. Making other people happy.
10. Getting that amazed look from my Sunday School students when I’m telling them a story.
11. Having someone tell me I’m pretty/cute/beautiful.
12. Or getting any kind of compliment at all, for the matter.
13. Cute guys flirting with me (shallow, I know).
14. Magazines.
15. Chocolates. Especially Mint ones.
16. Caramel or Mocha Frappucino from Starbucks.
17. Rain (as in the droplets of water from the sky NOT the singer, and yeah, I’m weird like that).
18. People understanding my sarcasm/witty jokes.
19. Presents!!
20. Mail (yeah, even if they’re just receipts or even bills… but better yet if it’s a package of some kind).
21. (cute) Kids 🙂
22. Grocery stores that stock imported items (You really don’t want to get me going on all the stuff).
23. Ice Cream.
24. A nice meal.
25. Seeing the printed out version of the layouts/designs I’ve made.
26. Taking pictures.
27. Seeing the pictures developed.
28. Being underwater (like when I’m swimming, or in a bath, or even in the shower).
29. SNOW! (unfortunately I don’t get a lot of that)
30. Stationeries.
31. Playing with Pierre (my dog).
32. Seeing the red light of notification on my blackberry.
33. Flowers.
34. Doodling.
35. Good quotes.
36. Good quotes by people I actually know.
37. Answering a question.
38. Answering a question in class and seeing the professor nodding in agreement to my statement 😀
39. Suddenly bursting into a line from a song at random.
40. Running into someone I know.
41. Baby hamsters!
42. Hugs and kisses.
43. Seeing a blog update from friends.
44. Seeing my desk all clean.
45. Listening to my favorite songs.
46. A cup of hot chocolate.
47. Reading a good book!
48. Looking at the stars.
49. Looking at the clouds.
50. A nice nap in the car.
51. Finding something (mostly shoes, books, and bags) nice on sale.
52. New stocks at the accessories store.
53. Browsing through items at Ace Hardware.
54. Hitting a perfect high pitched note during choir.
55. Mixed popcorn (i.e. sweet & salty in one box).
56. Taking a deep breath of cool, clean air.
57. My dogs and the things they do.
58. Going abroad.
59. A good movie.
60. CSI!

61. Writing something nice.

62. Reading an inspiring blog post.
63. Finding a nifty application.
64. Sudden “inspirations”.
65. Praying.
66. Being alone.
67. Being with someone I love.
68. Silence.
69. Silence when I’m with someone I love and we just enjoy each other’s presence.
70. Talking with my friends or exchanging notes in class.
71. Laughing.
72. Taking pictures of myself and getting a good result 😀
73. Stickers!
74. Randomness!
75. Finding something inspiring on Twitter or Tumblr.
76. Wrapping myself in a nice sweater when it’s cold.
77. Getting epiphanies 🙂
78. Realizing God’s love.
79. Singing “The Lord’s Prayer” in a congregation.
80. Finding things to be grateful about.
81. Several smells.
82. Sunrise and sunsets.
83. A nice picture.
84. Being loved.
85. Being shown expressions of love 🙂
86. People confiding in me.
87. Stories about people’s experience that give me shivers.
88. Being able to finish a test well.
89. Getting A’s!

90. Christmas.

91. Finishing an assignment/task.
92. The way my hair behaves when it dries after a wash.
93. Hotel rooms!
94. Hotel breakfast buffets 😀
95. Nice, long chats.
96. Looking back at things I wrote.
97. Candle lights.
98. Joking around sarcastically (with good, good friends).
99. Getting something I’ve wished for.
100. Falling in love ❤ ❤ ❤
101. Getting a reply/comment on twitter/facebook/my blog.

9 Things I’m Grateful for in 2009 and 10 Things I Resolve Not to Complain About in 2010

Last night there was this tweet from @ACFW60Million: Today is the last day of 2009! Make a list of 9 things you are grateful for and then make a list of 10 things you won’t complain about.

I think it’s a great idea to start 2010 (as well as my ComplaintFreeWorld project), so here goes.

9 Things I’m Grateful for in 2009:

  1. That I found (and lost) love. 2009 was a happy and sad year, but in the end I’ve realized that the experience has taught me a lot. It made me a better person in a way, and so I’m thankful about it.
  2. My dogs! I went from not having a single dog to having one precious little puppy to owning 9 Pomeranians and 2 Golden Retrievers. How cool is THAT? And oh, these little creature have changed my life in every single way possible.
  3. That I’ve made it past 3 semesters with good results! Okay, there’s still one result to come which probably won’t be as good as my last, but still…
  4. That I have good loving friends. And a wonderful family. That should’ve been on top. But anyways.
  5. My new laptop (!) and blackberry (!!), which I got on the same night (!!!) and is really awesome 🙂
  6. Watching CATS. My last Singapore trip. Yeah.
  7. Finding tons of life hacks and study hacks, and being able to implement some tips.
  8. Google Chrome and other internet related stuff.
  9. Performing in front of the President. Duh.
10 Things I Won’t Complain About in 2010:
  1. My study work load. It just has to be done. No complaints.
  2. My mom. I love her very much and thus I should not complain about her or…
  3. Things mom asks me to do. These will be done.
  4. My brother. LOL. He means well, I know.
  5. People who irritate me. I shall give thanks that I’m not like them, and leave it at that.
  6. Internet and Blackberry connection. I should be grateful that they even exist at all.
  7. Food. I resolve to eat whatever is given to me and not complain or even worse try to find something else to eat. Hey, there are people out there with no food at all!
  8. The heat. Global warming is evident. Instead of complaining, let’s go green and try to lower the degrees instead 🙂
  9. Traffic jams. Duh. Sleep and arrive fresh. Much better.
  10. Dog poop. Cause there’s nothing really we can do about it but pick it up, throw it away, and give the lovely dog a cuddle!

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