of soaring & dreaming

September 23, 2008

Out of order

I was reading the post, The Senate is “Out of Order” in the stressed in the city blog earlier tonight.  I was reminded of a time many years ago when Key & I were in a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City. We were trying to order some food and a couple of items we wanted were not available. The waiters told us they were “out of order”. We got a laugh out of that. It was my first time to hear about this. Then some time later, in Bangkok the same thing happened. I was trying to order something and the waitress also told me it was “out of order”. I was surprised, thinking maybe I missed something about the meaning of this phrase. Maybe this is part of the vocabulary among the restaurant service providers? Nobody knows.

Who knows what other words and phrases are being misused nowadays but have become common place or quite accepted…maybe that’s how words and language evolve.

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Fun during aerobics

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It’s been more than a month now since the semester opened. Since then aerobics classes have also commenced. I have been quite good during the past weeks in attending it. We have classes three days a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 5 to 6 pm. I am trying not to miss any class as I really need the exercise. I find it fun despite the fact that most of the time I am one or two steps slower than the teacher :). Really fun especially when the footwork gets complicated, and the foot and hand coordination gets crazy as well. So there are about as many steps and styles as there are girls in the class. Each one trying to copy our teacher’s actions who makes it looks so easy. But some steps are really hard!

Today I arrived early so I had a chance to talk with our aerobics teacher. I asked her name. Guess what her name is? She is called “EAT”, or it sounds like that. Can you believe that? Here we are supposed to not think about eating, and food. Another funny thing is that while doing aerobics, I could not help smiling because I am thinking of what to prepare for dinner after aerobics. I was mentally trying to make an inventory of my ref contents. Then my tummy starts grumbling, and my mouth becomes dry. I start to feel hungry. Good I have a bottle of water nearby so I can take a sip. It’s good thinking about food does not add kilos.

One hour of aerobics is so good – and only for a 10 – 20 baht donation per time. Dee tee sood!

My bad dream experience …

Filed under: family,Life stuff,Spiritual — carnationzky @ 6:20 am
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with my nephew, niece and sis (cottage on top of a hill)

with my nephew, niece and sis (cottage on top of a hill)

Last weekend early morning I woke up from a bad dream. It was bad in a way because in that dream I felt fear. The scene was in one of the bedrooms in the basement of our house in Antique. We were on the bed facing the window and I saw somebody through the glass. I remember every time we slept in our basement we always had this fear of somebody looking in from the outside. It is because the upper half of the room is on the ground, making the window on ground level, and the lower half of the room is in the ground. Although there are metal grills in between each window pane, the thought of somebody intruding into our space and watching us un-noticed is so frightening. So anyway, in this dream I felt the same fear and I suddenly woke up. When I woke up the feeling in the dream was still with me and at first I thought I was really in our house there in Antique. But in fact I was in our small flat in ST6 at AIT. After realizing this, I told myself that here in the flat I was not facing any window similar to our house and so it could not be true that there was somebody as in my dream. But the fear was still there and I thought maybe there was somebody in the room. By that time I was already fully awake and realized that it could not be true! Then the fear was gone. I sat up and prayed for God’s protection and to completely remove any fear or any bad thought from my mind and heart. And then I prayed for everyone at home, especially for my parents who are still staying in our house, and my sister and her family who are living just next door. In fact the window in my dream faces my sister’s house.

key and yian showing his artwork

key and 22 yian showing his artwork

Always when I wake up from a bad dream, I would pray, because I know that there is something or someone God wants me to pray for. Usually I would pray for the people present in my dream, or the places or situations that appear in the dream. And in this instance I knew God wanted me to pray for my family. This conviction strengthened when later in the day I got a message from my parents that my nephew who lives next door was rushed to the hospital at around 3 am or so, at the same time that I was having that bad dream. It was raining so hard there. My nephew could not breathe and he said he felt so tired. So they got very nervous and rushed him to the emergency room. Apparently he fell at school and ate some canned goods which triggered an allergy attack, along with too much sweat which dried on him. His bronchial tubes were almost closed that was why he had difficulty breathing. Thank God they were able to bring him quickly to the hospital, which is just nearby, and he was given oxygen ASAP.

some of yian's clay artworks

some of yian's clay artworks

Now he is recovering, with still a dextrose attached to him. My Dad said that three men had to hold him down while the dextrose was being attached because he was resisting as he did not want it. Who would? And he was screaming, “Mommy, I do not love you anymore!” The hospital staff were all surprised as he was screaming in English. At least it’s something we can all laugh about now after the storm has passed. We keep praying for his complete recovery.

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