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Christmas Songs = Answer to Prayer

Today I woke up, said a teary goodbye to my Love, did some packing, went to work, had a blast for my last Computer class with my students, did some grading, went home…

That was all before I finished packing.

I was a bit stressed. I got home at around 1pm. My goal was to leave for the airport around 2pm. I don’t know what took me so long, but I finally remembered to go to the Lord in prayer about my anxiety about the upcoming trip.

I met my goal (5 minutes off the mark, but close enough) and left on time. I found a taxi easily enough. The taxi cab driver was chatty… which normally I don’t like. Today though, it was a welcome distraction.

I was worried about getting to the airport on time. When the taxi driver learned how much time I had left before my flight (a little over two hours when we started the ride) – he said, “Oh, you be there early, lah!” Apparently, he didn’t think I needed to worry about getting there on time.

As I got to the airport, I had no idea where to go. Wouldn’t you know, the first counter I walked upto happened to be the right airlines. Sweet. Thank you Lord.

I found out that they couldn’t check my luggage for the entire flight. Somethign about my flight’s layover being too long. So I’ll get to re-check my luggage in Shanghai. Woohoo. Oh well.

My nerves were slowly settling. I got to the gate and realized that they hadn’t even let people through the security check yet. I was early. (At least for Singapore airport standards.)

Phew.

I sat down to wait.

And guess what’s playing on the speakers? Christian Christmas songs put to instrumental/piano music (ie: sans words). So calming. And the songs immediately bring the wonderful lyrics to songs like “O Come All Ye Faithful” or “The First Noel” etc… to mind. Just the reminder I needed to refocus back to Christ.

Thank you Lord for reminding me through the loudspeakers at the Changi Airport that I need not be anxious, but trust in you.

US (via Shanghai) here I come 🙂

PS – Andrew come soon!

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Going Retro

Andrew’s work celebrated their 20th anniversary last week in style with a GALA! (Okay it has really taken me over a week to get this post done. so really, 11 days ago.)

When Andrew received the invitation, my first thought was, oh neat! I’ll get to dress up for a fancy event.

Then Andrew told me what the theme was: Retro.

Honestly? Retro?

It didn’t give much in the way of describing what “retro” was  –  so we were left to our own devices to interpret the theme. Thankfully/un-thankfully (depending on which side you’re on) all of Andrew’s retro clothes that were in his former before-married-life wardrobe have since been disposed of. But, on second thought, none of them would be fit for a “gala” anyways. Oh well. (I mean, oh good!)
I didn’t have high expectations for how the retro gala would turn out. But we went anyways deciding to make the most of the opportunity to go to a night out.

The night started by a taxi ride that took 45 minutes, with 25 minutes waiting to make it the last 1km due to traffic. It could only get better right? It did.

We had a great buffet dinner. (Though some of Andrew’s co-workers at our table were very disappointed to learn that the complimentary beer had run out. We didn’t care.)

From there it got better. We were told that everyone … EVERYONE … would be leaving with a lucky draw price. Part of me was like, What? How is it lucky if everyone gets one? (It reminded me of The Incredibles quote from Flash, “If everyone is special, then no-one is.”) But rest assured, that thought was quickly followed by the thought of, Sweet!

One of the funniest parts of the night was the talent show. Different employees had signed up to give various “talent” demonstrations.

Talent gone retro

One of the other groups to perform did a wonderfully coreographed routine to a retro rap song.

Check out the costumes!

Now this groups’ costumes weren’t retro. But they did appeal to the crowd. You see, Andrew works at a company that utilizes several clean rooms (rooms with regulated air/etc so that certain technological equipment can be run). The costumes that these dudes are wearing are clean room suits! The whole room laughed quite hard when the group stood up to give their thanks after their performance; they said, “We especially want to thank [so-and-so] for our costume designs!”

The fact that the room was filled with a vast majority of engineers did not go overlooked. For one of the ice breakers, each table was provided with a myriad of cups, popsicle sticks, and tape. The challenge was to be the table with the tallest “castle.” The word “castle” was quickly interpreted by peoples’ actions to mean tallest “tower.”

Cup Tower

Here, Andrew’s friend/co-worker is standing on a chair attempting to attach a string of popsicles to the delicate tower we had built.

Tower Stability = fail

Even though our table didn’t win the prize for having the tallest structure, we still had fun!

Our "Retro" Outfits

(I was going for 1940s. Meanwhile Andrew sported his one geometric tie and his pleated pants to invoke a hint of retro.)

I thought with the gala we would be done with “retro.” Instead, the gala seemed to just begin a week filled with retro experiences. Or maybe it was just that we were more attuned to the retro references?

Either way, Tuesday we were sitting at home when we heard music from outside. Now this is not uncommon. Most weeknights we can hear a dancing group using one of the common areas to practice their routines. We are accustomed to various songs accompanied with the instructors, “one, two, cha-cha-cha” and other mixed English/Chinese directions to her dancing class. But what we are not used to is hearing this song come on:

Warning: This song has addictive attributes and is very likely to end up getting stuck in your head. Believe me – I tried it. Consider yourself forewarned before clicking on the link.

On Thursday I ended up listening to good ol’ Newsboys while I set about to baking/cooking for our Thanksgiving meal. But the album I was listening to, of all albums, was Love Liberty Disco.

And on Friday, I saw a gentleman on the MRT (aka- subway/train) listening to a walkman! I didn’t know they still existed!

I am sure to get a lot of grief for my family/friends for deciding what is/should be retro. So before I close this post I am required to defend myself. Retro is defined by Merriam-Webster as “ relating to, reviving, or being the styles and especially the fashions of the past : fashionably nostalgic or old-fashioned <a retro look>”

I know that my past hardly seems “past” to those of you who have a few years on me, but have compassion on me. I can’t help my age! 🙂