March 7th, 2007


Waa! Chaotic situation continues

So, what have I not caught livejournal up on in the past few days:

-Sunday, my roommate Jae came to church with me! It was fun!
-Monday, I heard about a church mission trip and signed up to go!
-Tuesday (today) I had my database class and 670, handed in a semantic network map, my term paper proposal, got homemade cookies from my church in the mail^^, finished grading, revised the database instruments entities, ran after the bus and missed it by about 20 paces at 9:00 pm, ate Chinese chow mein for lunch at 1:30 pm, was inspired by 670 to render the Bible History site as an XML rather than HTML site. This means establishing a consistent template with structured data that I can later sort, search, and display in sophisticated ways. I heard XSLT is one of the most complex kinds of programming, though. I should know, since I had a taste of working with it...

Anyway, about the mission trip. I will be helping with the people who are responsible for this site We are traveling to Alabama and my Bible study teacher, Craig Shakarji, will be teaching a session. I am really excited! It was a spur of the moment decision, but I felt I should take advantage of the opportunity. I have never done anything like this before...

It is funny, 'cause I felt the same way I did when I told my parents I wanted to go overseas [to Croatia]. On that occasion, I was 16 and came home with a contact name and number from school. I told mom, "I think I wanna go overseas"! My mom was just kind of shocked.
So Monday afternoon I called my mom and said, "So, I might go on this trip to Alabama...ummm..." My poor mom! At least she has a good sense of humor!
I will be going during the first half of my Spring break. The second half I will be going home! :D Hooooray!

Now I need to get ready for another day!

Travel Quotes

"The true value of travel was not in strenuous sightseeing - it was in opening one's heart to feeling." -Laurence Sterne

The most amazing changes can take place in a person through travel. And the strangest part is that they happen without you even being aware of it! Of all the sites I saw in Japan and all the heartache of Croatia, there is something more than all of these that I come out with from those years.
I always thought travel was like an epic story. Once you go, from start to finish it would be one adventure after another. In a way, this is true. At the same time, travel is nothing more than shifting your position to a different framework, a different set of rules. I was shocked when I discovered that study abroad was no more than the life of a student in a different spot with increased challenges. Of course, if you can appreciate the culture, it opens up a world of opportunity and treasures to discover! Then, you can truly stretch your imagination to take in the art of it. Then you can experience more than one lifetime's worth of stories.

"Only on a true return could you find that you'd never left" -Splashdown

In the end, though, I often end up right back where I began! All that I learned could have been found at home. I am the type that needs to take the round-about-way, the long path, to see what is right before me. I need to get involved; and, at the same time, take a step back before things become clear.

Travel is a mighty thing.
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Biblical people

Well, I had a little free time between showering and sleeping, so I put together a list of questions. These are mainly meant to get me (and maybe others) inspired to look into some interesting Biblical people! I intended this is be a sort of free-time amusement, but it really is challenging...

Biblical Figures Questionnaire

1. Who is your favorite Bible figure in the Old Testament? New Testament?
2. Who do you feel most curious to learn more about?
3. Who do you feel you understand really well?
4. Which Biblical author's writings do you enjoy reading the most from the Old Testament? New Testament?
5. Which Biblical figure's trials do you feel you can relate to?
6. Which Biblical figure's prayers are similar to your own?
7. Which Biblical character would you like to meet and talk to from the Old Testament? New Testament?
8. Which Biblical character do you think has the most exciting story?

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