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  • georgesong 11:34 pm on April 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: acoustics, , chapel, , doxology, , , , live recording, , , praise and worship, , , , reverb, sanctuary, , where in the world,   

    vivien + george’s first recording/music video… 

    this has been TOO long in the making!
    vivien being a gifted and anointed worship leader for many years at her former church, ecc, and myself leading worship for the last 16+ years at my father’s church and then at quest (though currently on a sabbatical – will be writing more about this shortly)… we’ve always dreamt and talked about recording together.
    now with a baby on the way, we felt even more compelled to start (even if it’s as simple as this video).
    especially as we are in the midst of “dark friday“, this song rushed back all the wonderful memories vivien + i experienced when we sung this powerful song and how Christ is truly worthy alone to be praised for the sacrifice He made.
    praise God from whom all blessings flow… hope you are blessed: 

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    • SuJ'n 12:44 am on April 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You two are ridiculously cute.

    • LK 7:53 pm on April 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      wow, gsong and viv! keep making music! 😀

      • Omma & Appa 12:54 am on April 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Praise the Lord!
        What a holy and gracious song you two sang.
        It touched omma and appa hearts deeply.
        Thank you, a-dle mama and gongju mama,
        Keep up the good work.
        Have a blessing Easter Sunday service.

        • georgesong 8:11 am on April 4, 2010 Permalink

          @LK: can you teach our child to paint as well? 😉
          @Omma & Appa: how cool is this?!?!? my parents read/comment on my blog! 😀 (better watch what i write…!)
          @joe: they do ROCK!

        • joe 10:20 pm on April 5, 2010 Permalink

          your parents are with it!

    • Dale 8:26 am on April 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      george that was beautiful. Happy Easter!

      • georgesong 11:23 pm on April 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Dale: mr. terasaki! much thanks for the kind words… hope you’re doing well in studies + life. miss worshiping with you! happy easter to you + your family!

    • Rach S 8:16 pm on April 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful!!

  • georgesong 5:53 am on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: atami, bullet train, hot springs, hyatt regency tokyo, ito, japan, konichiwa, naked, ohayo, ohayo gozaimasu, onsen, , sake, sashimi, sayonara, shizuoko, sushi, tokyo, where in the world, yakuza   

    where in the world… (part 6)? 

    are viv + i?
    konichiwa…” from tokyo, japan!

    i’ve always wanted to visit the “land of the rising sun“…
    wish the trip was longer but we had business to take care of so we had to make it short.

    "ohayo gozaimasui!"

    one of the many highlights of the trip: riding japan’s bullet train! i enjoyed the clean/plush and speedy ride to our first destination!

    first night was spent in ito city (shizuoka prefecture) at a SUPA BALLA (More …)
     
    • JJ 6:46 am on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      BFF….LOL!

      • georgesong 8:32 am on January 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @JJ: glad you finally figured out how to leave a comment! 😉

    • Bruce 12:28 pm on January 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      “(minus the fancy schmany electric toilet w/ seat warmer + bidet… why can’t we have this in the u.s.?!?!).”…..

      You Can! Check out http://www.spaloo.com for a US model- with heated seat and all the bells and whistles. You can buy them here: http://www.toiletbidetseat.com/.

      Great Pictures!

    • Sub 10:17 pm on January 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, yeah….you had a ball….You and Viv come home safely……………with my giftzzzz!

    • Rach S 5:17 pm on January 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You guys look so cute in your Japanese clothes. Did you sneak those in your suitcases? =)
      The blanket looks very cozy too! In your suitcase? =D

      • georgesong 3:54 pm on January 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Rach S: haha… considering the cost per night, we should’ve taken them! 😉

        • leahklug 10:40 pm on January 11, 2010 Permalink

          when are you getting back into sea-town? looking forward to catching up!

    • Joseph 6:07 pm on January 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      nice george… i want some ramen now! hot tub looks rather nice too… 🙂

      • georgesong 8:24 am on January 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        @Joseph: you can have all this too if you go to japan for your next web coding gig!

  • georgesong 2:35 pm on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bird's nest, caesar's home hotel, cantonese, capital, , forbidden city, great wall of china, imperial palace, lotte, mandarin, mandy and pandy, michael phillips, mutianyu, ni hao ma, night market, olympic, , rosetta stone, scorpions, seahorses, shenzen, silk street market, summer palace, the berlin wall, tiananmen square, tobbagon, water cube, wángfujing, where in the world   

    where in the world… (part 5)? 

    are viv + i?
    ni hao ma… (again)” this time from beijing, china!

    having aready been to the southwestern part of china, we had an opportunity this time to visit the northeastern part… the capital of china:  beijing (a.k.a. “peking” or “the forbidden city“).

    ni hao ma... welcome to "the great wall of china"!

    to be honest, i really wasn’t looking forward to going. i was hoping we could rest/stay longer in hong kong before our next scheduled trip to japan.
    but having gone, all i can say is: (besides being mind-numbingly COLD…) beijing ROCKED!
    of course, vivien was responsible for this (as she has/is/will continue to be the reason all things in my life ROCK :))!  it was awesome seeing her switch gears from speaking cantonese to mandarin. she navigated us through the streets as if we were locals! what an incredible skill it is to be multi-lingual!
    **SIDE NOTE: upon our return, i’m gonna get miss rosetta stone and learn some mandarin (maybe i’ll also have to look into mandy and pandy)! as is evident, china will continue to develop its global presence and will be a (if not “the“) dominant presence/force in the next 10-25 years. and Lord willing, we hope to return (and hopefully i’ll be fluent in mandarin!).**

    upon arrival, i really wasn’t sure what to expect. i remember being somewhat fearful of beijing/china. (More …)

     
    • Daniel Azuma 5:51 pm on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I for one find it hard to believe Viv would wear a “moth face” backpack…

    • annie 1:36 am on December 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m surprised the locals understood Vivien’s Mandarin. ha ha….. It’s very cold in Seattle too, temperature’s been in the 20-30’s….

      • Viv 4:22 am on December 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        @annie: ha ha, me too. Two strangers told me that my Mandarin is good. I was like…hmmm….are you kidding…(didn’t say that). I guess you do what you have to, since I’m the only one who can speak some Chinese. 😛 I have to ask for direction so many times… Fun adventure…

    • LK 8:21 am on December 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      amazing photos, keep them coming!

    • ni appa 5:53 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Do you seriously get to ride a toboggan down the great wall? Now I have to go there.

      • georgesong 10:46 am on December 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        @ni appa: yep, it was totally cool! if you go, let viv + i know and we’ll join you guys! 😉

    • joseph 11:51 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      where in the world are you guys @ now??

      • georgesong 12:46 am on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        @joseph: currently in NZ, but we’ll be leaving tomorrow (Christmas day) to australia + the great barrier reef! merry Christmas to you + all!

    • lotus & peter 2:35 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Merry Christmas George & Vivien!
      Beautiful photos of your adventure! — lotus & peter

      • georgesong 12:47 am on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        @lotus & peter: thanks guys! merry Christmas to you + yours as well! 😀

    • Stella 7:32 am on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Have a warm Christmas in Australia!

  • georgesong 5:40 pm on November 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 9 streets, , anne frank, canal, centraal station, dam square, F google, , public transportation, red light district, rikjsmuseum, special brownies, steve balmer, stroopwafel, tandem bike, tisfris, tot zien, trader joe's, travel, van gogh, where in the world, www.ijm.org, www.thesoldproject.org   

    where in the world… (part 4)? 

    are viv + i?
    hallo…” from amsterdam, netherlands!

    definitely an interesting place… especially after the scenic, country-side feel we experienced while in southern france. amsterdam is well known for many things: it’s historic churches/buildings, great public transportations: trains, trams, buses + bicycles, windmills and beautiful canals… and probably equally known for their, er… ummm… well, open views (like hatred of google, recreational drug use + prostitution, just to name a few).

    steve balmer's favorite t-shirt (had to censor the 'F' word for the younger viewers)...

    I AM-sterdam-it!

    viv had heard about their “special” brownies so we decided to  (More …)

     
    • Rach S 10:14 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoy seeing your updates!
      I see Vivien got you in a scarf. =)

    • esther lee chong 7:02 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      hey george! how are you? i see that you are out and about roaming the world. how fun! hope you are well.

      • georgesong 10:38 am on November 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        @ esther lee chong: spending time w/ viv’s family in HK and taking some excursions when we can! blessings + peace to your family!

    • ni appa 5:46 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Glad you guys are enjoying Europe! My boss lives in Amsterdam and sends me stroopwaffels all the time….bomb.com.

      When you’re in london and want a good cheap eat….go to Taza, it’s a shawarma hole in the wall. Easy to find…get off the Queensway tube stop on the red line (or Bayswater stop on the green/yellow line), take a left out of either station and it’s a half a block up on your left side. Can’t miss the long line that will be standing outside. £3 for a shawarma…..so freakin good.

      • georgesong 10:47 am on December 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        @ni appa: remember, you can get the stroopwafels at trader joe’s now! as for london, we’ll have to save the great tip for next time… we only had a layover there. 😦

  • georgesong 7:42 pm on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: annapurna, guide, himalayas, international porter protection group, ippg, kathmandu, maoist, namaste, natural hot springs, nepal, , poon hill, porter, sunrise, swine flu, tatopani, traveller's diarrhea, trekking, tribhuvan, where in the world   

    where in the world… (part 2)? 

    are viv + i?
    namaste…
    nama-stah,
    ma-ma-coo-sa from nepal!

    definitely a dream destination (more so for vivien + her love for outdoor adventure than i). the sights were spectacular and awe-inspiring… how could one look at it all and not acknowledge the Creator?

    the places:

    • kathmandu (1400m/4593ft)
    • pokhara (910m/2986ft) – a short 25min flight from kathmandu.
    • phedi (950m/3116ft) – starting point of our 6-day trek with a gazillion stone steps and insane incline grade!
      we were blessed to have our guide: manoj + our porter: kumar. over the journey they became more like family! while we had our hiking boots, performance gear attire, trekking poles and only carrying day packs… kumar wore nike tennis shoes, jeans, a button-up shirt, used NO poles and carried our 35lb. backpack through some sick terrain. he saved our lives (and our backs… literally).
      ** note: am thankful for international porter protection group (i.p.p.g.) and hope they continue to look out/care for the porters. and in the future, we hope trekkers will have enough porters for the gear they bring as to not overload/work and pose potential harm to them!
    • tolka (1790m/5872ft) – first night’s stay. having no electricity at this teahouse, viv + i, ended up going to sleep at 7pm! one of the most restful nights of sleep i ever had! only took going to nepal to find it. who would’ve thunk it?
    • ghandruk (2020m/6627ft) – imagine having this view while eating breakfast!
      P1000600

      momo having mint tea + traditional chapati bread

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    • SuJ'n 8:42 pm on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I am insanely envious. I tried to get to Nepal in late spring/early summer of 2007 – but alas, my subletter had left before I could finish my Asia travels and my kitties were home alone.

      • georgesong 4:19 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        @SuJ’n: actually, you were one of my early influences! seeing all your travels to different asian countries gave me the travel bug! hope you get a chance to go to nepal!

    • lil 9:19 pm on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      good to see an update from you guys! safe travels.

    • leah 2:15 am on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      wow, this is AWESOME. thanks for the pics + update. feel better soon, and bring back some awesome adventure stories from team song!

      • georgesong 4:20 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        @leah: thanks, zaff! started on some antibiotics and much needed bed rest… we’re both feeling better already.

    • Annie 5:28 am on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      awesome pictures!!! sorry to hear about the traveler sickness. get well soon and get ready for your next stop!

      • georgesong 4:22 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        @Annie: dohd-zay (“thank you” in cantonese)… glad south of france + amsterdam will be a much more leisure trip than the rigorous trekking of nepal! can’t wait to see where you and siang go when you retire and travel the world in a couple more years! 😉

    • ni appa 4:29 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      dude, looks like you’re having a blast…why am i not surprised viv is embracing the traditional garb and you’re still in your trendy coats. 🙂 oh yeah, can you friggin get a facebook account and update us like the rest of the world does? wordpress is so 5 years ago, bro.

      • georgesong 9:49 am on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        @ni appa: when we go to korea i’ll put on a han-bohk. and bah-humbug! facebook schmacebook… now hurry and get your marketing blog on wordpress setup! 😉

    • Sub 8:35 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Nice! Don’t forget to get me presents. Yes, plural. If you find pepto, take it like every day. It helps to protect your stomach from any food caused stuff…..=)

      • georgesong 9:50 am on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        @Sub: great idea! i’ll take your current present + break it into pieces. i am buying a belt holster for a bottle of pepto… 😐

        • Sub 4:41 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink

          You break it, I break you! Have fun and have some delicious madelines and don’t forget the presents….one track mind? Yes.

    • Rach S 1:10 am on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Great photos! Stay healthy! Looking forward to hearing about France and Amsterdam.

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