Escape to: Hong Kong

Adventures

We (Australian-based family and I) only stayed in Hong Kong for 3 days, and to be honest, it felt waay too short. I love the idea of travelling, and I’ve always told myself that when I do travel to a new city, I’d like to stay long. Long, like at least a week (unless it’s a really really small city). I felt like there was so much more to this city than Disneyland and night markets.

The thing that impressed me the most about Hong Kong is their public transport. It is so easy to navigate – everything is colour-coded, from the signs around the train station to the signs inside the train. And it’s so much faster than Auckland’s trains (Sorry, Auckland.) Despite it’s chaos, you can’t get lost trying to get from point A to point B.

We stayed at this Air BNB in Jordan, and I loved its location. It was close to the train station (10-minute walk), and it was close to a couple of bakeries (if you know me, I love bakeries … because bread and pastries) and Temple Street Night Market. I could try to give you advice, but I think A Pair and A Spare’s Hong Kong guides will be so much more helpful than mine. I basically did my research on Hong Kong through her blog. Anyways, I don’t think I can say much about Hong Kong, so here are a few photos to make up for my lack of words.

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Neither death, neither depth

Design, Word & Worship

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39)

Yes and amen. A billion times amen.

Hope is alive

Design, Thoughts

Listen to Kristene Dimarco’s “Hope is Alive” here.

Today we remember Jesus’ death and resurrection. To me, this  revolutionary act whispers, “Come home. Come, taste and see that the Lord is good.” It’s THE ultimate invitation that bridges the chasm caused by man’s rebellion against God.

To some, Jesus Christ is just another man. To some, a myth. To some, He might just be a good guy who did good and noble things. And maybe to some, the cross is a foolish act, a joke. But to us being saved, it is the promise of heaven that there is life after death, rejoicing after sorrow, freedom from chains, restoration from brokenness, revival after destruction, healing from sickness, and there is beauty for ashes. There is hope upon hope.

I pray today that you encounter the love of a Father that bankrupted Heaven to be in close proximity to you. He is alive, He is here, and He loves you with a love that can’t be fully grasped or explained even if all the superlative words in the dictionary are put together. (Yes, His love is that extravagant, and He is that good.)

Nothing will undo the work of the cross. Hallelujah, indeed.

Transformation Tuesday

Design, God-whispers

I have a confession to make.

I am an absolute sucker for movies that involve the lead character getting a makeover. I am ready for the day my Genovian queen nana will come and say that I’m a princess, so that someone else can come along and fix my wardrobe, my toenails, my hair and my eyebrows.

I think there is a reason why nail, hair, and even eyelashes salon still exist (and keep popping up). We all love a good transformation. Whether it’s chopping our hair off, buying a new mascara, changing our nail colours or getting our eyebrows threaded. Or waxed. I won’t judge.

We all feel good knowing that something about us has changed.

I wish I could tell you that when you accept Jesus into your life, you can assign the work to someone else, and you can just sit back, relax, and wait for Jesus to take you to eternity.

But you can’t.

Jesus can touch your heart.

But guarding your heart is your responsibility.

Hello, Proverbs 4:23.

The Holy Spirit can lead you.

But you have to follow.

The Bible instructs us in Romans 12 to not “conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of [our minds]. Then [we] will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

To the ones who dream

Design

I pray you have the courage to make your dream (slash goal) a reality, without trying to fast-forward through today, the here and now. Never stop dreaming.

And never ever ever stop praying.

Keep moving, keep learning, keep growing, keep going.

(Also, I just watched La la land again, and the song “The fools who dream” was stuck in my head and I need to (creatively) get it out of my system.)