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Malaysia Day 2

May 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Little late, but better than never, neh?

My second day I did more traveling around Kuala Lumpur by myself until meeting with a few more people from our church in Hiroshima.

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May 21, 2012 1 comment

A couple pictures I forgot…

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One of the main reasons that weekend was so exhausting was because I was translating for my parents almost the entire time.  My Dad in particular is a talker, and he took no mercy on my limited Japanese in choosing topics for conversation.  Economics, education, government, church history – we must have covered it all in like a 5-hour conversation with the Haitaka’s.  My brain felt like natto by the we got home.

I don’t like natto.

But you should try it sometime.  For the experience.  Sort of like how they say you should try durian at least once…  😀

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Kuala Lumpur – Day 1!

May 1, 2012 Leave a comment

I was gonna write a big long post about all the stuff I did today my first day in Kuala Lumpur, but it turns out I’m way too tired after it all so here are just some pictures…  😀

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony…? Is that what we call it?

April 26, 2012 3 comments

Not that I’ve ever been to one in the States.  But I’m pretty sure whatever it looks like in the US, it looks very different from what I got to see here in Japan.

April 2 the new church plant was officially “finished” (with quotations because there’s still various things being done now).  The construction company handed over the deed, keys, and set up a cute little red ribbon for us (the three pastors, the construction company owner, Peter Oh, and me) to cut.  Isn’t it usually just one person who cuts?  Oh well…

Pictures after the jump!

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Easter Party!

April 2, 2012 1 comment

Cotton leftover from Christmas decorations.

Crayons.

Stickers.

Paas egg-dying set.

50 hard-boiled eggs.

Guess what we did for our end-of-the-year party???

A little early, but I figured it was close enough that we could do an Easter egg hunt and paint Easter eggs all the same.  Had nine adults and four kids – with me that’s 15 people in my apartment!  We were definitely hitting max capacity but we managed alright!

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The Motherland (Korea)

February 16, 2012 4 comments

After my week in Thailand I went to Seoul, Korea to visit family.  The last time I went was in 2005, so there were a lot of family I hadn’t seen in a long time and a couple new faces who I hadn’t yet met!  🙂  Always fun to meet new babies.

Did some shopping, ate a lot of really excellent Korean food, did touristy stuff, and generally all-around got spoiled for the week.  What was especially cool was even my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th cousins (I saw several of these) whom I’ve met maybe a handful of times still welcomed me with lots of warmth and love.  I feel like I’ve gained a little bit of a 2nd (or is this my 3rd?  maybe 4th?) home.  Thanks family!

Pictures after the jump!

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Gingerbread House Party! Part II

December 23, 2011 4 comments

Last time I told you all the incredible pain and suffering we all went through to get the darn houses together.  Today, you shall see the end result.  😀

 

For all my histrionics, it really was actually a great deal of fun, both for the ladies that came and for me.  Six ladies, plus one child, came out for the party, one of whom is not a member of our English class or our church, but has showed some interest in the class for a while.  Hopefully she’ll start coming out next year.  🙂

We also had a couple  performances from our students!  Izumi-san and her daughter Yui-chan performed a song that Yui-chan learned at her preschool.  She was kinda shy at first, but really opened up to all the attention she was getting.  SO CUTE.

Yuko-san and Mariko-san (who is our non-class member) then performed some hula for us!  Kinda random, but really very pretty.  They brought their skirts and leis and everything and danced a traditional hula dance for us, and then Yuko-san also performed a “gospel hula” dance for us.  One really cool thing was you could see the gospel hula was truly a form of worship for Yuko-san.  You could totally see in her face that she was loving what she was doing and loving the Lord.  Awesomeness.  Praise the Lord for different forms of artisitic expression with which to worship him.

Afterwards, I also got to hang out some more with Reika-chan and Chie-san and we spent a lot of good time talking.  An exhausting day, but so much fun and such good fellowship.  Praise God for things that work out even when they don’t.  Haha.  Just goes to show I’m not the one in control.  😀

Left-right: Mariko, Reika, Chie, Izumi, Yui, Yuko, Hiroko, me

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