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Oftentimes children say things that offer us fresh perspectives in a creative way. They see the world with a unique set of eyes and expand our thinking!

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Take for instant, I have been raving about the glorious glowing of autumn leaves that I am now running out of words to further describe them.

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However, while chattering with a preschooler the other day by a row of trees that flashes with brilliant autumn color of amber, gold, red and green, I was inspired with a fresh perspective.

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The little girl was pointing to the branches sprouting with changing leaves and said “I love the colourful leaves dancing on the trees.”

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I asked her why and she responded excited with nodding head “because it reminds me of a rainbow!”

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Wow, what a beautiful “imagination”. Indeed, now as I look at the Fall leaves that unfold before me, I see not only the blazing autumn colours but colorful rainbows of leaves.

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Ah, rainbow… stunningly beautiful and… a sign of God’s promise!

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Genesis 9:12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:
13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.
16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”

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Autumn Alive

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Joy is the feeling I have when thinking about Fall.

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The lovely hues of the changing leaves are so brilliantly beautiful – red, green, scarlet, yellow, and orange – imitating a kaleidoscope of color!

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Some dangle on branches, some dance in the air, while those that have fallen adorn the path in the park.

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I feel so alive stepping onto the crisp fallen leaves surrounding the enchanting alleyway, then a spark of joy as I immerse myself in its beauty under a colourful canopy of leaves.

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The Forbidden City

I have seen this familiar building in movies and tv shows, so it was quite intriguing for me to visit the place in person.

The Forbidden City is also called Imperial Palaces or Gugong (故宫) which in chinese means “former palace” and now has become a palace museum. The palatial architectures were massive and impressive and I hope to watch a detailed documentary about Gugong fascinating history one day.

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The distance of the palace from one end to the other (entrance to the exit) is approximately 9.5 km.

Across from the street at the exit of the Forbidden City is the beautiful Jingshan Park; Jingshan 景山公园 in chinese literally means “scenic hill park”.
Because we had been on long walking tour at the palace for the whole morning, we decided to skip Jinshan.

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When a friend heard that I didn’t visit this scenic garden, she made sure to take me there as she said this gorgeous place is not to be missed. A couple of days later, she happily gave me a scooter tour of various highlights in the capital city, with a stop at Jingshan Park!

This famous park is especially pretty during the spring season as many auspicious flowers such as peonies are in full bloom; I could only imagine the beauteous.

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Autumn, however has its alluring attraction — The roadsides were decorated in glistening gold by the ginkgo trees. The blowing wind made the little cute fan-shaped leaves fall like gentle snow and the pavement is adorned with yellow leaves — like street of gold.

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Some people picked up the ginkgo fruits that dropped from the trees to use as herbal remedy.

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As we ascended up to the garden hill, my friend couldn’t wait to show me the aerial view of the magnificent ancient Imperial Palaces, as well as the modern city surrounding it – a mixture of the old and the new; I could even spot the area of where our hotel was situated!

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I am so glad I went up to the scenic hill ‘cos the panoramic view was indeed breathtaking from the top! As I looked at the tourists from across the street down below, I could see myself being one of those exciting crowd there just a few days ago, what a thrilling feeling!

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That evening, six of us took three scooters for a ride to enjoy the vibrant night scene of Beijing and we ended our night surrounding a Korean hotpot to keep ourselves warm from the biting cold autumn weather.

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Visiting Ancestor Home

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A group of us decided to go on an adventure to explore our ancestral home, the village where our late great-grandfather, grandfather and father used to live.

We didn’t have any relative there but we knew only the name of the village; so we had to depend on kind-hearted souls to graciously and happily lead us to the right house.

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We were so thankful to be able to witness where our ancestor used to live.

The neighboring villagers were really excited to see us — the news about visitors from another country spread by word of mouth, and the friendly neighbors came by one by one to greet us and share fascinating life stories.

Now if you want to know about your ancestors, it is sometimes best to check with their neighbours, as they may know more than your own family.

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While there, we were told many stories about our ancestors. In one, we learned that my great-grand father was born in a hut behind the papaya tree more than 100 years ago, to be exact, he was born in 1879!

The reason this 82 year-old uncle knew about our family history was because he said his grandpa and my great-grand pa were best friends! He even point to the spot where the hut was located; I think the so said birth place is definitely picture-worthy.

Even the pig were nosey and curious to know who these foreigners are that caused such commotion!

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As the house that my great-grandfather lived in was vacant for a long time , one of the neighbours decided to let a family who raised pigs stay there and watch over the house.

Before we headed back to the city, the villagers insisted that we take some fresh produce such as papayas and lemons back with us as an organic gift from our ancestors’ land.

To celebrate the success of our adventure and remembering our ancestors, we had a sumptuous meal of delicious papaya soup with clams and lemons for sauce dipping. It was the best, most hearty meal we had in our ancestral land!

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An artistic friend was decorating the church with beautiful palm leaves; and its time again for our Children in the Sunday School to reflect on the meaning of Palm Sunday and sing praise songs related to “Hosanna”.

What exactly is the meaning of “Hosanna”?

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This link from Got Question.org provides a really good explanation on the meaning of the word.

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The weather is wet and windy and my mood has turned gloomy, especially after days with a bad flu; And the trees outside are groaning and hoping for more sunshine to stream down so their naked branches can once again be adorned with budding leaves.

Out of the blue came a sunny sky!

With the sun sneaking in, I quickly grab my camera and scurrying out to take advantage of this lovely spring weather; And the first tree that catches my breath is the magnolia tree – what a pleasant surprise!

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Standing under and looking up the tree is most delightful — branches decorated with bunches of pink flowers against a background of clear blue sky with fluffy pearly-white clouds; I feel the presence of God and His gentle love liberating me from my gloomy self.

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Since Good Friday and Easter celebrations are round the corner, I stand beneath the pretty pink tree and reflect on the joyful season; and this beautiful poem by Carol Wimmer came to mind:

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When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not shouting, “I’ve been saved!”
I’m whispering, “I get lost sometimes
That’s why I chose this way”

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t speak with human pride
I’m confessing that I stumble –
needing God to be my guide

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not trying to be strong
I’m professing that I’m weak
and pray for strength to carry on

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not bragging of success
I’m admitting that I’ve failed
and cannot ever pay the debt

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When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t think I know it all
I submit to my confusion
asking humbly to be taught

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are far too visible
but God believes I’m worth it

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache
which is why I seek God’s name

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I do not wish to judge
I have no authority
I only know I’m loved

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Yes, beneath the beautiful blue sky and the blossoming pink, I’m feeling loved!

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A Colorful Journey

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A friend from Colorado paid a visit to town and begged to see our fall foliage.

I thought, didn’t she come from colorful Colorado? Why did she still want to see OUR autumn colors??

She described the place that she came from was full of Aspen trees so everywhere she turns, it glistens only yellow.

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Then I remembered that she used to live in Japan; isn’t Japan prominent for its fall season?

But she whined that where she used to live, only red Japanese maple trees were in bloom.

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Sensing her disappointment with only one-colored fall seasons, I knew that OUR multi-brilliant colored autumn blooming would revitalize her spirit!

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During the days prior to her arrival, the weather was a downpour of autumn rain. But the day we headed out for our an adventure, it was dry and brisk; so our VIP was treated to the amazing colors in the open air.

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When we drove by the leafy vistas blazing along the streets, my friend jumped out of the car, ran to the shimmering hue trees, and played hide-and-seek with the frolicsome fall leaves.

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After visiting several fabulous fall foliage, we had an al fresco lunch by a thunderous rushing stream water left over by the autumn downpour.

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As we headed to another park by the shoreline, this avid traveler noticed a narrow path leading to a small granite island; her eyes lit up and she wanted to run across the water.

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Since it was low tide, it was safe to cross the stony path.

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And of course, like any other adventurous and daring person, this athletic girl who ran half marathon not too long ago, trekked across the narrow trail and hiked up the steep granite slope like a mountain goat while I huffed and puffed, trailing behind her.

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When she reached the top, she basked in the sun and absorbed the splendorous view of the sea and sky;

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while I crouched against a big boulder from the exhaustion of entertaining her whole day long, chasing after the colorful fall.

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My chingu not only enjoyed snippets of yellow glory and flaming red that she had experienced in Colorado and Japan; she also savored splashes of leafy green, amber orange, scarlet red and mahogany brown of God’s exquisite and artistic creation!

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And behind the glamorous blushing leaves, we emerged as radiant facial cream, silky hair shampoo and dazzling eye-wear models!

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On this colorful journey during this autumn season, we also had a mini-reunion with our seasoned friends who not only look graceful but… youthful as ever — thanks to their our colored hair!

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“… for the joy of the Lord is my strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

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