Thursday, December 11, 2008

busy bee

I realize I haven't posted in a while, sorry. I've been real busy these past few months, and even though I've had time to post, I just dreaded the act of doing it out of fear of posting a 10-page long entry. What I'll do instead is give a quick summary of the happenings in my life since I last posted, and over the next few days I'll be posting an entry for events I think would be interesting for you to read more about (unless I talk about them enough on this post).

Let's see. I was baptized (by immersion) in October. I felt great doing it - people would ask my WHY I hadn't done it before, but better late than never I guess. It was a pretty fun weekend too - my mom came to visit (to witness the baptism), and I was able to treat her to a nice hotel room and take her to pretty decent restaurants. I could tell she is happy to see I'm doing well over here, which in turn makes me glad. I give full credit to God on that one though (thank you).

So my friends and I dressed up for Halloween. It was fun - my first time actually dressing up since I was a kid. Influenced, I dressed up as a stereotypical, country-side Vietnamese guy. It was funny to me and my friends, but we didn't go to where Vietnamese people were, so not very many people got the joke. Oh well. We ended up going salsa dancing by the end of the night, which was cool because we got to dance all dressed up. I never thought dancing with a witch would be fun.

I again thank God for all the good times. Aside from teaching salsa dancing to my 3rd and 4th grade students, I am now also an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in the Vietnamese Community Center nearby work. I teach mostly older people, and I really enjoy it. They are very nice, and they work hard to improve their English. The weekend following Thanksgiving Day, they even set up a potluck for the class. It was awesome to get to hang out with them. Some of my students are really good cooks, too. :-)

What else. Oh, I was part of a fashion show. Yes. For a fundraiser organized by the Vietnamese community. Yes. It was definitely a new experience. I was all sorts of nervous, but ended up doing good. I got to hang out with the girls from the fashion show backstage - and also with two well-known Vietnamese artists (singers). Also, I should mention that I also participated in the opening ceremony, which involved singing the Vietnamese anthem. Yes.

More recently, we made a trip down to San Antonio, TX to go to this year's Puerto Rican festival. It was pretty fun. We ate lots of food and danced a lot. They put on some shows displaying old school Puerto Rican dances like bomba, plena, danzon, and others. It was cool. Long drive though~

Even more recently, I started teaching salsa dancing to more people. One of which won the Miss Teen pageant some time ago (Yes, I had to mention it. Ahem.). It's pretty fun. I'm not advanced at salsa dancing by any means, but I figure if I can teach people enough so that they can go out and have fun, and maybe even continue learning elsewhere, then why not.

That's all I remember for now. Some more events are coming up as the year comes to an end, so I'll try not being as lazy this time, and keep you posted. God bless.