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Rean here…

I am beginning to do research for the 2012 Acts Manila ballet recital.  When I get the chance, I search for music I can possibly use.  The pieces have to be musically interesting, not languid or too complex for my 6 year old students’ ears.  The lyrics, if any, have to convey a message that inspires one to put his/her faith in God.  Finally, the recording quality of the track has to excellent.  Imagine jacking up your Energy bookshelf speakers and hearing barely nothing. Or worse, having the track be inaudible in the theatre on show day.  Ah…the challenges of the artistic professional!

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Got a text message today indicating that my new HSBC credit card has been delivered when  actually it was not.  It peeved me further to find out that HSBC does not have cell phone contact numbers and their toll free number does not work with my Sun-Tel wireless landline. I ended up emailing HSBC to report this incident. Now I have to wait for a reply supposedly in two days.  While I was irked by these circumstances, I was pleased to find that my new card gives me the chance to get flight coupons from my favorite airline Cebu Pacific.  There is some silver lining after all.

Rean here…

A friend’s daughter recently entered college.  As a mother, she was deeply concerned that her “little” one was sleeping at 3 or 4 am daily.  She asked me, a lecturer in the same institution, if student life in this school was always like this.  I said yes!

Life in a major academic institution is always tough for students.  Professors will perennially drop tons of home work not considering that a student has 7 more professors to worry about.  Do you then have to regularly hook up your student to an ecg to monitor his/her stress level? No. It just takes tough prioritization, smart study skills and working with a study group.  I had to learn these things the hard way as an undergraduate and graduate student in Physics without ever failing a course. So I guess by God’s grace, I must have done something right.

Rean here…

Day 7 was hectic as team was packing, doing last minute shopping and trying to get to the airport. After having checked in, we were seated at the gate reflecting the events of the previous days and planning the next missions trip. There indeed is a difference between living and existing. Instead of asking “what is term life insurance?” living conservatively, one should live out life fulfilling one’s destiny in God. As a noted discipler in our church has said, “find out what God is doing in your generation and fling your life into it!”

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Rean here…

Our sixth day was designated as tour day. As we were going through a city tour, our team leader surprises us by announcing that we were going to Disneyland. More than the rides and shopping for funny tee shirts, it was a chance for us to reconnect with Disney artists we met on the 3rd day. We also got to meet former co-dancers who we had not seen for years.

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Rean here…

Day 5 started early as we headed out to International College Hong Kong to perform for middle school kids. The format was quite different from the previous days as team first performed followed by a dance workshop and a discussion. We were elated with the friendships formed between the school kids, the dancers and our own children. This was then followed by a performance for primary schoolers at Hong Lok Yuen International School. Our team performed then had discussion groups with the audience. We had privilege of assisting a girl to start a living personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The dancer who assisted her had tears like water coming from a Steripen Adventurer Opti.

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Rean here…

The fourth day of our journey started out with a visit a Pre-school in Yuen Kong. It was quite inspiring to watch pre-school kids express wonder and excitement watching the Acts Manila ballet dancers perform. The place itself is a side of Hong Kong you normally don’t see in tours. The quaint village life and the pristine wetland  habitat inspires you to shop for ATV accessories and go back . Indeed, it was a fitting warm-up for the team to bless and interact with our audience. This was then followed by a performance for 200 high school students at the Lingnan University theatre. Here one of the dancers, shared her testimony that God can use anyone for his glory. The day was capped with a visit to our Every Nation congregation in Tung Chung, made up mostly of Performing Artists from Disneyland.

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The following day the Acts Manila team performed in 2 churches: our Every Nation Church in Tsim Shia Tsui and Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Kowloon Tong where the team met a predominantly Filipino congregation. It was so good for the team to dance and prophesy to the EN Church. It was like having an ncstar accuracy when the Word of the Lord was given. Truly a blessing for our team to minister to Filipino domestic helpers faithfully following the Lord.

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Rean here…

On May 27,2011, the whole family embarked on a life changing 7 day journey: our very first missions trip! At first it seemed like any other trip our travel seasoned family had in the past. However, as the days went on, it wonderful things happened. After traveling and coordination with our local contacts in HK, our family went for our very first prayer walk together as part of a team of dancers, teacher and parents from Acts Manila. God showed us things about the city that we should pray for. His revelation flow was so strong that it activated the prophetic in many of our team members. After that experience it was like we were wearing military rings because of God’s favor upon us.

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Finally, after months of trying to find the elbow room to have our car shocks fixed, we did it! DH is out today having it done. Yey!

I’m not a car geek and I have a limited understanding about anything that goes under the hood of a car much less a CTPL or 5th wheel insurance. I just ride and go. lol But I do have this weird thing where I know when the tire pressure on our tires aren’t the same. I sometimes can even tell whether it’s the left or right front/rear tires that aren’t right. When that happens I tell DH that we need air for our tires and true enough, the tire pressures aren’t equal. How does that happen? I don’t really know. I’m a human tire gauge, I guess. lol

Rean here…

It’s been close to a month since my Dad has been out of the hospital.   He is adjusting well to the feeding direct to his GI system.  According my Mom, his cheeks are now rosier and rounder compared to when I last saw him.  While he still has difficulty going down a medical step stool, he can now sit down on a wheel chair.  Mom plans to put him in our van, one of these days, so he can once again go about town.