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This is just fascinating! I was doing a bit of research on how swans actually die after watching Maya Plisetskaya dance the Dying Swan when I stumbled upon this video on swan courtship. Swans actually do partner for life. Really! I thought that  heart-shaped swans were just a cliche for anything romantic. What’s amazing is  they really do form a heart shape  during swan courtship. What a truly awesome God we have!

 

If you enjoyed this, there’s more to learn on BBC UK. It’s definitely a great resource especially for teaching kids. While I’m on research mode, I think I’m going check if there is anything on compost tumbler online.

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!

visit www.actsmanila.com

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.

visit www.actsmanila.com

Rean here…

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.

visit www.actsmanila.com

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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Rean here…

Yesterday was a great day as my ballet students from Jesus the Risen Savior School performed my choreography at Pergola mall, BF Paranaque.  While they may not have been the best group in terms of technique or performance, they surely stepped up to challenge I set before them.  Ballet is about executing steps with right placement and technique while meeting synchronizing movements with the music. The somatic demands beat the best supplements for weight loss as you train for precision control of the whole body.  I am truly proud of my girls perfomance yesterday, now I will push them to higher levels of technique and performance.

Frustration gripped me as I walked in the department store…I went to the men’s section…then to the ladies section…finally to the kids section…I couldn’t find it!  In the men’s section I only found loose pants, copy cats of originals designed for America’s obese.   In the ladies section,  I only found substitutes in blues and grays.  I finally found it in the kids section only to realize it was small and black! I wished I spent more time searching for it in front of my ACER Aspire.  Didn’t Nacho Libre say “there comes a point in life when a man must wear TIGHTS”!!!  ARGGHHH!  I finally decided on white boxers instead.

Rean here…

Since my childhood, dance has always been a part of my life.  There would often be an inner beat that I could follow to express myself through my body.  There were times when I was so conscious about my technical abilities as a dancer similar to a teenager’s perusing of  www.howtoremovepimples.org.   There were other times when I was bothered about what people would say if I did something lyrical like jazz or ballet.  Through all these times, one truth has remained, I dance for God.   It is the vehicle through which I declare the goodness of my Creator and Savior.  It is the pulpit on which I stand.   While I continue to hone my skill as a teacher and dancer, it is the Spirit of God that makes me effective in my mission.

Rean here

The last couple of days have been very exciting for me. After so many years, I joined a contemporary dance workshop conducted by Compania Artemis Danza. What was even more delightful was the nature of the technique taught: Post-modern influenced by Aikido. SUPER! I was flushed with adrenalin that I started doing the leaps and bounds. I seemed oblivious to the fact that I’m in my late 30’s. A reality check came as I hit my face on the floor as landed from a leap. It wasn’t the best acne treatment, but it sure gave me the grounding I needed. Ha! Ha! Ha!

Part of our home school exercises today featuring the original poetry of my kids, Kai (grade 5) and Aemu (grade 2).  Their poems are unedited and are published as is. Haiku has other related forms such as the senryu, renku, tanka, haibun and haiga. In haiku, it is about  man within the world while in senryu, it is the world within the man.

THE POETRY OF DANCE – A HAIKU SERIES

From Kai:

… the soul expressing

transforming into stories

wonderful and vague…

charged with emotion

that which words cannot portray

bringing us to tears…


From Aemu:

… dancing with no one

in an empty pink chamber

dancing all alone…


dancing in a room

in an empty pink chamber

dancing for Mother…

More to come in the future! Thanks for reading.

Rean (again!!!)

After more than 10 years, Tes took her 1st ballet class last Friday.    This intermediate level modern ballet session forced her to do splits, jetes and rolls she hasn’t done in ages.  It was quite understandable that my dear wife  was sore all over during the 2 days that followed.  As this is only a temporary setback, I  expect her to reap the long term benefits of this activity.  The total body work out will definitely keep her fit as a fiddle.  Perhaps it’s time for us to shop around for new clothes.