Oh Tuhan pimpinlah langkahku
Ku tak berani jalan sendiri
Ajarku, itulah doaku. Agar ku merendahkan diri.
Menurut firmanMu tiap hari
jadikan pelita dalam gelap.
Mencari domba yang sesat, itulah kerinduan jiwaku.
Ok, I have to admit. I like looking at my feet a whole lot. I think that’s one part of me that’s pretty! Being narcissistic about my feet. Haha.
Sometimes we are faced with something that looks like this, and wonder, how am I going to do this???….
Sometimes circumstances in life look like this…
We keep looking down at the steps in front of us. We look in front to see the huge daunting task ahead of us. (There’s no way our burden may be as big or heavy as this fellow… ) Step by step we trudge along, wondering “when will this end? Will I get there? How long will it take for me to make it? Are we there yet?”
And sometimes we forget to look around, to see this….
… and miss out the point on what it is really about!!!
Sometimes our path looks sweet like this…
And then sometimes we look back and think “wow, did I actually come up all these?”
Reminding myself, it is not I, but God who enabled me to make it this far.
By God’s grace, I am here.
A year that went by pretty slowly, but then towards the end it flew by so fast. Time is relative I guess, depending on what you are doing, where you are focused on.
Its a little late for a 2013 reflection post – but its only January 2014… better late than never.
So, 2013 I did pursue my resolution – try something new!
1. Joined a singing group!
Tapestry was one of the best experiences I could ever have – and meeting some of the most amazing people on this planet. Singing with them brought so much joy to my soul! https://www.facebook.com/wearetapestry?fref=ts
2. Working hard!!!
8 hours a day, standing, teaching, fun but so tiring!
3. Packing up my life in a suitcase. Leaving home.
MOving to a foreign land – where I don’t understand 80% of what people are saying. And living there!
4. Studying again!
I told myself I’d never go back to study – but look where its brought me! China, studying Chinese. Learning a new language! Going back to my roots. I’ve discovered – WHY did I wonder why I’m not white? The Chinese are brilliant resilliant people! I’m so proud to be Chinese! Although I must say – being white does have its advantages in China. Too bad a lot of Chinese still think that way.
5. Selling my bike!
Maybe I do regret it a little…
6. Traveling in China
By rail! Interesting experience. And using Chinese in a majority of my travels! PhewWEET!
7. Opportunities to share the Good News!
One of the highlights of my stay in China – God’s enablement to talk to others about the Gospel. So many people have never even heard of what Jesus has done, what does Christmas mean, that God loves them…
8. Meeting awesome people
Who LOVE God. And are committed to Him. So amazed at these warriors.
9. Sauntering around in a funny suit on New Year’s Eve.
Ok, this is a private moment. No pictures. Haha
Hands up anyone who remembers this snack!!! I used to eat it as a kid… and there were many ways to eat it. I liked to take it apart piece by piece, sometimes three at one go, nibble it, chew it, let it melt in my mouth, let it roll around….
Anyone remember the name???
Yes, they are called Haw Flakes!! I used to think that was a really funny name.
Then I came to China and found out what they really were!!!!
This is a very common sight on the road. Candied fruits
Take a closer look…
Still closer. These are what they are- fruits on a stick!!!
They have a sweet-sour taste. So it’s actually quite nice with the sugar coating to balance out the tang.
Here they are in their natural form…
Locally known as “shan zha” (山楂) , or “Shan zha chuar” (山楂串儿) – those on a stick, they are Hawthorn Berries and they are abundant around Beijing, perhaps around China. Hence the name Haw Flakes. Now it all makes sense!!!!
Swimming is a very lonely sport.
There are no words or smiles or gestures. Just bubbles and splashes.
The only human interaction you get is when your skin brushes another passerby, or worse, when you accidentally kick someone’s face when they come too close. I guess it only happens when there are quite a number of people using the pool.
In China there is somewhat an unspoken system. There are 8 lanes in an Olympic length pool. Then in every lane, there is a “going” and “coming back” side. If you’re heading down you use the right side, coming back you use the left side. So just swim in a line and back. Very systematic.
I was very fortunate to share a lane with one other person. So there was no crowd at all. Soon after she left. So I was alone again. In fact, I find it more enjoyable when I had the lane all to myself.
Probably its because I’m a loner. 😉
Lesson learnt today:
Look carefully and read the menu before you open your mouth to order. How could I order “yi jin” when the menu shows ” 一两”
And then I asked for a plastic bag to “dabao” the remainder of my food – had to pay 一毛 for it. But she accidentally pressed ¥1.10 cos you can’t undo the payment and I ended up with a cookie.
Such is my luck.
How many ways can you cook oatmeal? Here are a few:
In a vegetable soup with green vegetables and kum zhum ku. Don’t know the english name. Tastes pretty good!
With white button mushrooms. Salt and pepper. Tastes a bit strange. Maybe if I use butter to fry the mushrooms first would be good. And no green vegetables here. Too much salt. Ugh.
Finally, a sweet version-with Banana and Nutella!!! If you have a sweet ripe banana it would be fantastic. Adjust chocolate sauce to taste. I should have added more chocolate paste!