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Saturday, November 8, 2014

China Backlogs 2: Understanding Chinese


Here's another backlog entry from a journal entry I made while in China..

Oct 12, 2014
Its sunday today so we had a church service normally. So since we are living in the roof of the tabernacle, it would be natural that we be early.
It's exciting to finally feel what it feels like to be in a foreign country and be with the brethren who went through the same steps, stuff that we also had, spiritually speaking. I mean, these same people are the people Bro Bob, who ministered to my family and church back in the Philippines, was and has been burdened about. 
I am finally understanding why he has so much compassion and burden to the Chinese people. For one thing, as Bro. Gideon has said, their heritage mostly came from the Bible. Their's are not the mixture of different cultures from different country. They are more attuned to their own culture and historical heritage unlike some other culture that Ive experienced and personally saw. Japanese are the same but I think what separate the Chinese people from them are the fact that they are more open to the Gospel. I dont know, but so far thats what I have observed.
Having said that, its interesting to know and see people from different part of Asia believing and following the same doctrine that we follow back home. Not only is it a blessing, I think its a miracle that God could allow such things to happen. 
Suffice it to say, I have yet to see and know more about what traditional Chinese does. Especially does people who are Christian Chinese. 
Exploring this place is a lot more challenging that how it appears to be. Aside from the strong language barrier, there are simple stuff that I usually take for granted from them, especially back home. 
For one thing, if you see traditional Chinese drawings somewhere, you would typically stereotype it as chinese simply because of its intricacy. But looking at them closely, you will come to realize that each piece of art has been skillfully made. And how facinateing it would be to see them drawing inside a bottle using only a thin stick? I don't know what its called but its really happening. Im just totally overblown but their work of art. No wonder even their characters/letters are so hard to imitate!

Friday, October 31, 2014

China Backlogs 1

Here are some back logs from my previous trip to Shanghai China. Photos will be posted soon. :)

For a little back story about this, my sister and I decided to take a short vacation from work and attend a friend's wedding in Shanghai, China. We wanted to be a little early so that we could have time to visit other places and navigate the country all by ourselves. And we did. Here's how it went...

Oct 11, 2014
Shanghai China

We just got back from a tiring but albeit fun trip here in Shanghai China with my little sis as the 'ultimate' guide.
Travelling without parents could be so much fun, if one could only enjoy the independence and freedom that it brings. Although there wouldn't be anyone to answer for the food and the transportation and the little things that parents worry about for their kids, the kind of feeling that being own your brings is a lot more exciting and thrilling, specially to travel savvy kids like us. 
There are lots of perks, of course. We could enter any store that we want without the impatient growl of an annoyed parent waiting outside. We could buy any street foods that we want without the cajoling presence of a parent concerned about whether its clean or not. We could enter and roam at a certain place within the convience of our own time. 
I could go on and on about that, but I don't mean that in a negative way. In fact I do miss them in this trip but given the situation now, I would rather enjoy the moment. than sulk my way back home. 
We went to Yuyuan Garden via the metro. Could you believe that? Just the two of us. Without any Chinese to help us with translation. :)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Retrospection

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It’s amazing how time flies so fast. There is this old adage that says we should always take time to stop and smell the roses. Well, I guess that’s what I forgot to do this past few weeks.