I had started to notice a trend in church attendance. I have been a pastor for nearly three decades, and the youth portion of our congregation gets smaller and smaller every year, it seems. Our youth group used to have several dozen kids in it, and today there are only 14. The sad part is that other church pastors have told me that 14 is an impressive number! To me, it is not, and that is why I decided to contract out some work to a video production house in Singapore.
I knew that we had to grab the attention of the youth with a catchy video. A common misconception is that church is boring, or people who go to church are not allowed to have any fun. I figured if I could get a nice video showing just how much fun our kids do have at our events, it might get some other kids interested in at least trying it out. Continue reading The Power of a Good Video
Of course the current conditions in Hong Kong are not favorable to me, and the truth is that I have a lot of friends there who sort of make it impossible for me to remain there. The authorities in mainland China likely would not care what my passport says if they thought that arresting me would serve some sort of purpose for them. At any rate right now I am working in mobile app development in Singapore, although that is just a temporary thing. I am not even really sure that I have a legal right to work in this city without going through some hoops or at least getting all of the proper paperwork. In fact I am not even acting as though I am here for that purpose. Continue reading I Am Still Moving Around Now
Every day I go to the local coffee shop and use the bitcoin trading app on my phone to trade bitcoin. The coffee show is a quiet place where I can trade in peace while having a delicious beverage. Some customers came into the coffee shop while I was using the app and they asked me what I was doing. They were entranced by the colors of the chart that showed the price changes. I told them all about bitcoin and they had some idea of what it was, but didn’t know how to make trades.
I told the customers more about trading bitcoin and they wanted to try it for themselves. I told them where to download the app and once they did, they started making their first trades. Continue reading One by One They Trade
My father has been working for a project for the past 20 years. He got an old race car for a low price because it was in poor condition. He decided to restore it and keep it in his garage. Although he couldn’t legally race it in the street, he was still happy to have the car and worked on it every chance he got. I’ve seem him add various parts to the car, and have even helped him with the restoration process. I bought a plate from https://www.showplatesdirect.com/number-plates-maker/ to help him commemorate the project finally coming to an end.
Both my father and I had mixed feelings about the car finally being restored. Continue reading The End of a Project
Life can be so unfair. My grandfather worked hard all his life so he could provide a good home and good lives for his wife and children. He did not know that by doing so, he would be cutting his own life short. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma nearly a year ago. I knew that was cancer, but I had no idea what all it meant. Cancer is cured in so many people nowadays, but there is no cure for this particular cancer. The only thing that made it easier for my grandfather was finding out about mesothelioma compensation.
While he would have chosen life over money, he did not have that luxury. He can only do what is realistic for his family. He is still young, barely retirement age, which is the irony in all of this. But the doctors gave him just two years because the cancer was so advanced. There were lots of tears, many prayers, and finally acceptance that this was something out of our control. Continue reading He is Making Sure Gram is Financially Okay
I work from home, and every day I have to resist the urge to jump right back into bed and go to sleep. When I used to go to work at an office, I was forced to travel and I would stay awake by getting a cup of coffee from the break room. At home, I didn’t have my own coffee maker, so I found some good recommendations from Cuppabean and purchased one to aide me in my quest to stay awake in the morning. I don’t like to drink too much coffee, because it will make my heart beat faster and give me a jittery feeling.
I could have just drank some energy drinks, but I don’t really like the taste of those. The drinks I’ve tried are usually sugary and they have some kind of weird after taste. Continue reading Fuel for the Work Day
My wife hired a top magician in London for a surprise birthday party for me. I wasn’t expecting to have a party this year, and my wife and I went out for dinner. The dinner was all a diversion so that I wouldn’t suspect that people were waiting at home for the party. As soon as I stepped in the door after coming back home from dinner, everyone yelled “surprise” and I nearly had a heart attack. They all did a good job of keeping the party a secret. Even though I had just come from dinner, I was still hungry enough for the birthday cake they had for me.
The magician at the party started his act by doing a magic trick with me. Continue reading A Surprise Party and Magic Act for My Birthday
I was watching a robot battle show with my friends and we thought it would be cool to make our own robot and enter it on the show to compete with other robots. We came up with some designs for the shape of the robot, figured out what the main weapon would be, and thought about what materials would be best to make the robot. We decided that it would be easier to use slot framing from an aluminum extrusion company, rather than trying to find random bits of aluminum to put together a frame, or casting our own.
Getting the aluminum frames for the robot was the easy part. A lot of the difficulty of constructing the robot came in programming it, and getting the main weapon to work without the robot flipping over. We also had to think of a way to get the robot to self right if it was ever flipped on its backside. When a robot is flipped upside down and can’t turn over, the referee counts the robot out after ten seconds and it automatically loses. Continue reading An Aluminum Body for an Artifical Being
I was at my wit’s end trying to make Excel work for me. For my personal uses, it was very easy. I had no idea how to create the spreadsheets that I needed for my growing business though. I needed to keep extremely accurate records, and I was just not able to do the spreadsheets exactly how I wanted them to be. I needed to have reports run daily, with some being run multiple times throughout the day. I felt lost because I am the furthest thing from an Excel expert that there is.
I knew that there had to be someone out there that could help me though so I went online and started looking. I was disappointed when I did not find anyone local. Continue reading I Needed to Have Customized Spreadsheet Help
I wanted to find a good Toronto dance school for my son. I did not want to find one that would just hone his skills a bit, where he would be in a recital or two with other dancers who were not as passionate as he is about dance. My son wants to be a professional dancer, and I wanted to find him a dance studio that would be able to help him reach his dreams. He has always shown amazing talent, but he knew that he needed to have instruction by someone who understands his own passion for it.
I looked at several different dance studios in the area, but I was not pleased with any until I looked at one that is just a bit further away. It may take us an extra ten minutes to get there, but that is well worth it for the instruction that he gets there. The instructors are world class, and they have the same passion that my son exhibits for dance. Continue reading My Son Has a Bright Future in Dance
I was going to create my own wedding invitations because that just seemed the thing to do with modern weddings. I looked at a social media platform for some ideas, and I picked out the invitations I wanted to use. I purchased the materials to print them myself, and I was horrified at how they turned out. They did not look nice at all but rather cheap. I tossed them all in the trash and went to https://www.brideandgroomdirect.co.uk/wedding-invitations, which is what I should have done from the beginning.
I decided from that point on that I was going to leave things to the professionals that should stay with them. Continue reading I Ordered My Wedding Invitations Online
One of the things that I did not like about the new kitchens when I designed mine was that everything had to be stainless. It was the latest and greatest thing that all people were doing in their kitchens. My biggest mistake was getting it because it is so very hard to clean. I decided to get black stainless this time for my condo in Parc Esta and I am so glad that I got it for the reason being that the black never gets any fingerprints on it and all you have to do is wipe it off with a towel or cloth. Continue reading Stainless Steel Appliances in Black
When I was growing up, I was located in the New England region while I was raised by parents of second generation Americans. I was really happy to be able to go to the Jersey shore every single summer while I was growing up for vacation. Once, my parents took us to Florida by car so we could see the country and actually go and enjoy Disney World. Now that I am older I like to look for things like Harajuku fever and other really cool locations so that I could see different things that I might not see back in my every day life. I like to be able to go and meet new people who are in the lands where I go across the world. I think that every person has a story and I think that it is really important to sit and listen to what they have to say because it is so important for you to learn about others.
The more that people learn about one another the more they will understand and I think that when people understand where you are coming from that they will make the way to learning more about themselves. I have learned that the more I learn about other people, the more tolerant of different people I am. I grew up in a place where a lot of people did not like others that were not like themselves and I knew that it was going to be good to learn about others when I saw that we had new people moving in when I was younger. The family did not look like us and I knew that they were going to have an awesome story and I learned so much from my dear friends, I love them still to today.
I didn’t understand why people would spend time as adults playing video games, but I understand why now. My friends told me that they wanted me to try out the new video game that they had just got at the store. I told her I did not want anything to do with a video game and she told me that she wanted me to come over and just hang out. I saw that she texted me to look for Idle Heroes cheats before I came over so that I could help her out with the game. I did not know what to say because I really did not want to go but sit and watch her play her games like she has me do. I usually end up watching TV or reading something but I like being with her because she is cool to just sit in a room and hang out with, we always end up laughing.
Well, this time it was very different and I ended up trying out the new game because it looked fun. Continue reading Loving the Video Games Now
I wasn’t sure how I was going to make friends when my husband’s job moved us from one part of the country to the opposite coast. I was really nervous since our ten year old daughter was going to have to make new friends and find a soccer team that she could play on. She is one of the best players in our home team and I was worried the she wouldn’t find a team to play in the new town. I looked online at links and saw https://hackceptional.com/snapchat-hack/ that there were a lot of different soccer clubs in the area and that if you paid to play, that you could play with kids from different towns and be on a travel team. I thought that it was going to be a good experience to call ahead and send some of her stats to some of the better teams in the new area where we were being moved to.
I saw that there was a travel team with girls her age and they were looking for a striker, she is a striker and she had the most goals scored on her team least year and that was at a very competitive team level. I was glad that we were moving to a warmer climate because that meant that we were going to be able to play outside more months during the year and that she could become a much better player than playing at the local indoor places during the winter in our home state. I was excited to see how she would improve her game being able to go and play outside more months during the year. I was excited to see that there were people who were willing to help me when I got some emails back from the new coaches.
I was a late bloomer as far as music is concerned. I used to listen to a bit when I was younger, but I did not really get into it until I was a college graduate. I guess I spent so much time studying and making sure that I got good grades that everything else took a backseat. Now that I have a great job, I listen to a lot of music. I go to different websites where I can get an mp3 download, and I find songs I like this way as well as ones that I was not even aware of.
The last time I went there, I scrolled through some of the older songs on the list, and I was impressed with what I heard. I like that I can listen to the songs before I download them. That saves me a lot of trouble because there is quite a bit of music that I don’t like too. That is true even when it is the same artist. I will listen to a song by an artist, and fall in love with it. Continue reading I Find the Best Songs Online
I have a fairly large yard and it normally takes me about three hours to mow it. I try to get it done all at once. It just seems so much easier that way. For Mother’s Day, my children bought me an mp3 player so I could listen to music while I’m doing yard work. It certainly makes the time go by quickly. But before I could use it, they had to explain to me what an mp3 song download was. I had no idea how to use this technology, which was new to me. Little did I know how much I was going to enjoy listening to music again.
It turns out that I can go to a website and pick out whatever songs I wanted to listen to. There was music from just about any genre you could think of. Continue reading Listening to Music on My New Mp3 Player
When I was a kid, we created our own fun outdoors. We would play all kinds of games, and we would hate to go inside at night. I hear all the stories today about how we were different than kids today who spend all their time on electronic gadgets, but we would have done the same if they were available then! That is why I understand the mindset of kids, because I like those gadgets too. In fact, that is one of the reasons why I wanted to find an affordable app development team to help me make an idea that I had come to life in digital form.
I run the local youth group at church. I love teaching the teens because they are at an age where I know we can reach them if we do it in the right way. I have been in prayer over this for a long time, and I finally was ready to bring my idea to life. Continue reading An App Designed for Teens
I tried the modern route of healthcare, and it was not helping me any. I guess I cannot really say that, because I was getting some relief. I just thought that it would give me a lot more. I decided to look into some alternatives to see if there was anything that could help relieve me of the pain I was in nearly every single day, and that is how I came to research TCM in Singapore. Traditional Chinese Medicine is something I heard of but did not really understand, but that quickly changed once I started reading up on it.
I knew that it was something that my grandparents and their grandparents before them relied upon, but I thought that it was outdated. When I read that it is very much a healing system of today just as it was for my ancestors, I knew that I wanted to try it. Continue reading I Am Feeling Hopeful About My Health
I was able to get a good deal at one of the transportation services in Singapore for one of their buses. I needed a bus to transport all of the members of my football team around the city, because we were celebrating after winning the championship in our league. This was the first time that the team had ever won and I wanted the guys to have a good celebration. They were more than excited to know that they would be celebrating the win and they all had ideas for where we should go to.
All of the guys had their favorite restaurants that they like to visit, so rather than trying to choose just one, we decided to go to them all. Continue reading All Aboard for a Celebration