Friday never fails to thrill me to bits.
I need some yummy chocolate ice cream and an ice cold beer, and maybe a game or two of Settler’s.
Dance History has consumed my waking hours and flabbergasted me with its never-ending assignments and readings. Yet deep down, I’m really glad. I realized why this topic is so huge.. it’s not merely the history of dance I’m studying about now, but bits of world history and church history. Throughout the past 3 weeks, we’ve worked our way through the primitive, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilizations… learned about some of the craziest myths ever and how dance, theater, prose/poems and music evolved.
I’m really excited too about the video promo for the School of Dance. YWAM has some new staff who are really pro with filming and media, and they have been doing video shots of us dancing over the past two days. Got to choreograph and dance a bit of lyrical Hip Hop! My goodness, I forgot how much I love that. I’ve been doing so much ballet and modern that I need a lil’ dose of some hiphop attitude again.
Randall Flinn from Ad Deum Dance Company (Texas) is coming on Sunday! We’re gonna have him for a week… oh my! I CAN’T WaIT! I met him 6 years ago at Dance Collective ’04, a dance workshop to network christian dancers in Singapore. Caught a vision of dancing for God from him. And look where I am today. It’ll be so good to see him again… the guy who God used to inspire me so much about dance and using it for its highest purposes.
Ok…. gonna go treasure my weekend before classes start again on Sunday. Oh Jesus.. help me find breathing space!
OCEANS is gonna be released on the 22nd April 2010, a truly splendid documentary to bring the magic and beauty of the underwater world to us! Watch out for it… oh my goodness, i miss my underwater babies sooo much. I need to don my diving gear real soon…Nitrogen-deficiency symptoms appearing….
I woke up, body still wearied out by the cold I caught 2 days ago, and my heart still feeling tired from all the private emotional battles I had to fight this week when memories of the past sneaked back.
Still, I wanted to start the day right… I needed some quiet away from people. Some sanity in myself somehow to be restored… Shut myself out from noisy kids in the hallway and people laughing and watching TV in the morning.
Was feeling terribly anti-social, but I’m glad I decided to spend some time with Louie Giglio. It’s so good to know how I’m still loved and understood completely… by a God so indescribable and big and magnificent even when I’m feeling like crap. I can’t describe Him aptly. I’ll be doing Him a disservice. But this morning, I felt something deep in my heart bloom when I heard about this amazing God I serve and know.
That’s a picture of earth caught in a ray of sunbeam.
I love this picture…. I learnt those lovely pink parts are incubators where stars are made… Every second, a star is being formed in the universe, according to astronomers. Wah….
“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loose the cords of Orion?” Job 38:31 (God was talking to Job)
Incidentally, He is the same God who “made the earth by his power, founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.”
* (Part 2-5) can be found easily on the sidebar of the link above.
“TO WHOM WILL YOU COMPARE ME OR COUNT ME EQUAL?
TO WHOM WILL YOU LIKEN ME THAT WE MAY BE COMPARED?”
This morning, I woke up with great news from a friend….
And I couldn’t help but sing for joy. This song just popped into my head. It’s such an old song by Don Moen, but it really expressed what I was feeling inside. Oh God, I thank You that your mercies are so healing!
Jesus You are so good
Jesus You are so good
There’s nothing to fear when I’m here in Your presence
Jesus You are so good
Jesus You are so, so good
And I just wanna thank You with every beat of my heart
It was one of those perfect holidays where I got to be involved in lots of activities, but it was still restful at the same time. The best thing was, I got to experience the lovely and unexpected hospitality of so many YWAMers there. Some of these people are friends of my friends, but nevertheless, they were so warm and welcoming. We stayed at at one of their houses (at a lovely place in Beaverton), got rides from our accommodation to downtown Portland (about 30 min’s drive away), and even got shown around town and treated to home-cooked dinners. I felt utterly blessed by the people I got to meet. It really inspired me to wanna be as open and generous with people when they come visit in my hometown in future.
I felt really taken care of and loved by God too. A mixture of perfect timings and divine appointments was what made me sit up and realize that Daddy God was orchestrating stuff even when I was quite clueless and taking a holiday in a city I knew nothing much about and without much needed transportation. I love it! I love it when God cares even about me having fun and taking breaks.
We got to attend a Good Fri (night) service last minute because of Arli (one of my dance pals)’s friend, and I experienced one of the nicest service I’ve had. It was at Solid Rock Church in Beaverton, and I really like it because the concept was different – short worship, sermon/word, then break up into groups for discussion with appointed leaders, regroup for worship and then a great tacos dinner and cookies after that. Even though it was uncomfortable discussing the word with people i didn’t know, I felt it made me think and vocalize what I just heard, instead of just sitting in the pews and absorbing non-interactively. Cool concept! I hope to see it done in our services one day.
Anyway, there’s too much to write about spring break. I’ll let the pictures do the talking… they’ll hopefully convey more than what mere words can do.
But here’s a list of things to check out if you ever go to Portland, Oregon. It’s a really neat city!
– Powell’s City of Books (mega book store that’s very much historical there)
– Art walks on 1st thursdays of the month – artists and musicians open shop in the evenings and share their craft over complimentary wine and snacks.
– Oregon Zoo… they have Californian sea otters there! Woohoo
– The many ‘green’ stores there, for e.g. Seventh Planet in Chinatown. Everything is recycled, and they sell interesting things like greeting cards that contain basil seeds that you can bury and plant after you read them. Hehe.
– Lots of wineries and breweries!
– Voodoo donuts – the maple-covered ones are crazy yummy! They are THE donuts to check out in town.
– Shopping at Buffalo Exchange (cool brands for really cheap prices)
– Ride the MAX line for free in downtown Portland.
– Stumptown Coffee Roasters, and if you like there are Starbucks every 3-5mins of walking. NOT kidding about this one… it’s hilarious.
– Saturday Market (a time where artists display and sell their wares. In my opinion though, I think lots of stuff are overpriced. I much prefer our local pasar malam anytime).
– Cheap but really good Thai food after 7pm at Pioneer Place food court.
– Portland City Grill at night. Happy hour on food! And a great view of Portland from the 30th floor.