5.20.2011

Bon Voyage

Had a memorable day today meeting up with a friend I had never met before but had been in contact with for the past several years all because my mother met said friend at a bakery one fateful day and decided to introduce us because he was pursuing Aeronautical Engineering, a field I was greatly interested in at the time. And listening to a thirty-minute long debate on the pros and cons of Facebook by said friend and yet another dear friend. Haw haw haw.

T - 4 hours and 48 minutes until take-off. Cheers to God for His goodness and grace. And to the wonders of family and friends!

5.19.2011

While on Earth

Today kicked off on a slightly rough note when my father brought back a form for me to fill in for the third time and I failed yet again to stamp my thumbprint on it despite practicing numerous times on a blank piece of paper. Both my thumbs have some serious issues with ink and paper. Oy. Frustrated, my father finally decided to bring me to the office to settle this thumb issue once and for all. Less than a minute later, we were done. Phew.

And then the day got marvelous after that. I had the glorious opportunity to meet up with three other high schoolmates for lunch. We had sat at the eatery for two solid hours until the power at the place decided to die, which was our cue to leave. It was a splendid afternoon spent with dear friends who cracked me up from the moment I left my house until the moment I got back home.

Praise God for the joy that comes from Above.

"Sorry, I'm not in the Milky Way right now." -A possible response to high school reunion invitations in the future by a gem of a friend

5.18.2011

To Remember and to Forget

Today was yet another blessed day spent with two dear high schoolmates at the age-old eatery by our school, the mall and the night market. Watched a chick flick which was a tad bit silly, gushed over the awesomeness of such good food and witnessed two friends physically assault each other at every chance they got. Just the best of times.

And just a spiritual note to self of God's amazing grace:
"And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins." -Hebrews 8:12

5.17.2011

My Summer So Far

Had a brilliant day today meeting up with my English teacher of seven years (albeit for a short while), having tea with my dear aunt-slash-ex-babysitter and hanging out at the mall with my hip parents. Did a bit of swimsuit-shopping but mostly did a lot of eating. And driving. And walking. And laughing.

God is good.

5.16.2011

Same Ol' Same Ol'

Today was an insanely brilliant day spent with my cousin brother and three other collegemates. Although we were technically out for twelve hours and I drove on the right side of the road once (among many other road blunders), I can't remember the last time I had felt such a familiar joy merely by doing the same things with the same people at the same places. It has been quite a while and being able to hang out with each other just like old times was the absolute bomb. Yo.

Traffic was bad. Conversations were nonsensical. Popcorn was delicious. Friends were amazing.

Felt as if I had never left. And what a great feeling that was.

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in Your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. -Psalm 139:16

5.15.2011

What A Woman

Had an amazing time at church, a splendid lunch with a splendid friend, a fantastic Japanese dinner with fantastic relatives and...the best conversation with my (best) mother yet -although this is really saying something because there have been many great ones.

God is all sorts of Awesome. And so much more.

5.14.2011

The Food Trip

Just got back from a one-day trip to Malacca with four hyper dudettes. The highlight of the trip had been queuing up for two solid hours just to have satay for dinner. And analyzing the nasty concoction in the drain as we queued. Yep.

Time to crash. Very much excited for church tomorrow!

5.13.2011

A Little More Conversation

Today was very much a people- and food-filled day. One that involved family, unimates from Nebraska, a dear schoolmate, a Patrick Star straw and a driver's license scare by my father who wanted to get even at me because I had popped back home unannounced. Oy.

Tomorrow will be yet another people- and food-filled day. Got a feeling that most days this summer back home would be so. Righteous.

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow (from a doxology). I am slightly overwhelmed by His many blessings that I don't quite know what to do with myself. I know He will help me figure out what it is He wants me to do in His insanely perfect timing. But as for the moment, I am receiving them with joy. God is good. And ain't that the biggest understatement in existence. Haw haw.

"...go..." -Matthew 28:18-20

5.12.2011

(Per)mission to Chill

I woke up this morning with a huge grin on my face all thanks to my dearly missed bolsters which accompanied me in my sleep. After lunch, which also made me grin widely, my parents and I left for my father's appointment with his chiropractor. My mother then made the chiropractor examine my upper torso since she had noticed how my right shoulder appeared to be lower than my left one. Oy. I eventually left with the knowledge of two arm exercising techniques and a pair of (cool) corrective slippers. Interesting stuff.

When we finally got back in the evening, I had the pleasant opportunity of Skyping with my brother and we blabbered for forty-five minutes about churches around the world, food hygiene, flying for God, cultural differences, KFC's Double Down and vacation plans. The highlight of the entire video conversation was the part where he showed me the sole of his lovely foot and I showed him one side of the pair of corrective slippers I had just gotten. Fun stuff.

Somehow, as the day progressed, the plans I had written down as mental notes long before setting foot on Malaysian soil got bludgeoned into irreparable pieces. Although I decided to give them to God just last night, I tightened my grip on said plans all too quickly when I couldn't see how the new ones would be beneficial based on my very limited understanding. There was and maybe still is much I fear when a NASA-funded Martian research project and an internship for a newspaper get dangled right in front of me one moment and immediately get snatched out of my grasp the next. And become replaced with vacation plans instead.

But God knows best and He sees the bigger picture I cannot yet see. I am not too sure if He really wants me to spend my time back home traveling -in the presence of phenomenal people, no less- instead of investing a little in my future, or perhaps something else entirely. But I think He had all the seasons of my life laid out even before I was born. 'Tis the season to travel, I suppose. Clearly, I need to learn how to chill.

Looking forward to...each day that comes!

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." -Jeremiah 29:11

5.11.2011

Land of the Good Food (and People)

Back home.

The dinosaur bottle a friend and I had gotten from Universal Studios in Singapore exactly a year ago is staring back at me with unnecessary rage as I type this in my dearly missed bedroom.

Might implode from containing my excitement in this post.

Cheers to the Man Upstairs!

I say again, cheers to the Man Upstairs!!!