Mizuno Run

Mizuno Run
We did our run this morning. It was a good get together. It was also a tough run. I started pretty well with my buddies but when I was making my way up Mt. Faber I felt cold and clamsy. I knew my glucose level was going down and I really had to stop. My diabetes medicine was taking effect of reducing the glucose count in my body. I thought the sweetened milo would do some help but no. It was a struggle but I thank God for my two buddies who waited for my and stopped to wait for me. They didn’t have to but still they did. Well, still I managed to finish the 10km run.
After the run, we had a nice talk at the ‘canteen’ and it was good and refreshing.
Throughout the whole afternoon, I was feeling very lethargic and restless. My whole body was not mine and I certainly felt the fatique of the run. I am really not sure if I can still take on the Realrun challenge and the Standard Chart. Marathon. I am so worried that I will collapse half way, especially after what happened today.
Anyway, I think I will not think too much. Still I am looking forward to the next get together and a good run.
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Carnival Day

Carnival DayYou‘ve Got No Choice!!!
The carnival is finally over! We stayed overnight the night before and had a great time together working and having a rooftop BBQ. I could see that that everyone was very tired and the mind was really put to the test to stay awake and alert. Well, one best way to do that is to do crazy things and thrilled our minds. It was a long long night as most of us slept around 3 to 4 in the morning. I had only 3 hours of sleep. I woke up at 6 plus and started working immediately with Chye. Doing up the Redemption Counter and making sure that everything was in place.
Well, the Carnival started unofficially at 8:30am. The students arrived and there started one whole day of huzzer and buzzer. Somehow, I knew, or we knew very well that we were all very tired, but the one wave after another of activities and problems and issues distracted us off our tiredness. So, the body seems to be separated from the mind. Perhaps Decartes is right about the Body-Mind dualism. It can be separated. For almost 10 hours that day, we all put aside ourselves and tiredness and purpose to make everything works. We were all hit by our tiredness only when we all pushed our store into the Girl’s Room and sat down there for a time of complaints. We all had our complaints and unhappiness. We all had our grievances and despair.
One of the things that were mentioned, and probably the most crucial issue, is that the teachers were not really with us on that day itself. They were not at their stalls…they were not following instruction…I know some teachers were really enjoying themselves and blending together with students to make this a fun-filled day. I really appreciate their efforts and commitment. But for some, I must say, we are not examplilary of the things that we always tell our students. Anyway it is all over! To God be the glory…great things He has done!
It’s not over yet. P wants us to have a 2 days 1 night retreat for the Carnival Committee members to reflect on the whole project. Well, let’s take this time to celebrate our efforts!

Today is Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday
Today is Palm Sunday. This is the first day of the Holy Week, the last week of Jesus on earth. More than two thousands years ago, Jesus entered into Jerusalem and willingly submited Himself to the will of the Heavenly Father to die for the sin of the world. He came to replace us on the Cross so that we too can enjoy fellowship with God. He came and he entered Jerusalem that day so that He can reverse the curse of sin and set us free.
The Bible tells us that on that day, when the people heard that He was coming to Jerusalem they were glad and elated. To welcome this King, they took palm branches which can be commonly found and wave it as a praise offering to Him. Many took off their outer garment and placed them on the floor to make way for this King of glory. However, little did many of them know that in the midst of praise and great rejoicing, Jesus, the Son of the Living God, was riding His way to the final destiny of His earthly ministry. Everything about Palm Sunday reflect great humility and submission to the divine will of Yahweh. The palm leaves, the donkey and even the people that worshipped Him on that day.
Today as we praise and worship the King of kings and Lord of lords, let us also remember His humility and submission to the will of God. He didn’t have to do it, but He did it for us! It wasn’t easy, but to Him it was worth it. To many he could have taken that opportunity to consolidate His influence among the people. However He didn’t. It was not God’s will to do that. He didn’t come to set up an earthly kingdom. He came so that we can be set free!
Almighty and everliving God, in Your tender love for the human race
You sent Your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to
take upon Him our nature, and to suffer death upon the Cross,
giving us the example of His great humility:
Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of His suffering,
and also share in His resurrection;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
(from the Book of Common Prayer)